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Maelene Walton

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

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

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

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

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Lori Ann Quanstrom

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

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

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

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

 

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James H. Hamer

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Charles Thompson II

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

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

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

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

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Keith Nelson

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

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

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

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

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Constance Herrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Michael Camey

 Michael John “Mike” Camey, 59, of Kewanee, died at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, April 22, 2018 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. The family asks that you wear your favorite Chicago sports team attire to the services. Cremation will be accorded following services. Memorials may be directed to the Ron Santo Foundation to help find a cure for diabetes.

He was born July 23, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of Michael D. and Vietta (Ostergren) Camey. He married Debra L. Carlson on August 13, 1977. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, three daughters, Nicole Camey of Shiloh, IL, Michelle (Seth) Peed and Rebecca (Brad) Ensley both of Kewanee, two brothers, Tim (Victoria) Camey of Tucson, AZ and Joshua Camey of Kewanee, four sisters, Joni (Jim) Russell of Hot Springs, SD, Tina Williams of Apache Junction, AZ, Julie Martin of Bethalto, IL and Angela (Kirby) Tucker of Trenton, IL, four grandchildren, Madison Peed, Logan Peed, Mykel Ensley and Karleigh Ensley and thirteen nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mike graduated from Kewanee High School in 1976. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force obtaining the rank of Airman 1st Class. He was a self-employed contractor, owning and operating Camey Construction. He was proud of his Irish heritage and had coached softball and enjoyed going to the riverboat and especially spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid Cubs, Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and Fighting Illini fan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Brett J. Meier

 

 

Brett J. Meier, 20, of Hooppole, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 21, 2018 in rural Kewanee, IL, from injuries received in an accident while spending time with his friends. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018, at the Zion United Methodist Church in Hooppole, IL. Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. A private inurnment will take place at Hooppole Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 26, from 3:00-8:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Brett J. Meier Memorial Fund.

 

Brett was born on August 28, 1997, the son of Douglas J. and Lisa A. (Knowles) Meier, in Macomb, IL. He attended Annawan High School and graduated with the Class of 2016. During his high school career, Brett played for the A-W Titans football team, and was an active member of the Annawan FFA. Brett was currently employed with Wright Electric in Geneseo, IL. He was a lifetime member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Hooppole, IL. Brett enjoyed fishing, hunting, and longboarding. Most of all, Brett loved his family and friends, and all of the time he spent with them.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Doug and Lisa Meier, Hooppole, sister, Jill Meier, Hooppole, grandparents, Dean & Norma Meier, Hooppole, Dwight & Alberta Schrodt, Macomb, IL, and Jan Knowles, Macomb. Brett is also survived by his uncles & their spouses: Junior (Sharon) Meier, Annawan, Merle (Lori) Meier, Illinois City, and Larry (Tammy) Knowles, Macomb, along with many cousins, and dear friends.

 

Brett was preceded in death by his grandfather, Michael Knowles, and by his great-grandparents.

 

 

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Carol Schwefel

Carol A. Schwefel, 85, of Kewanee, died Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Heritage Manor in Chillicothe, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 27 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Rev. Christopher Bushre will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 26 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church or to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

She was born March 20, 1933 in Ixonia, WI, the daughter of George and Elvira (Baumann) Perry. She married Otto A. Schwefel on June 17, 1956 in Ixonia, WI and he preceded her in death on June 2, 2014. Survivors include her children; Susan (Joe) Cervantez of Kewanee, Steve (Laura-Lee) Schwefel of Lake Geneva, WI, Sara (Todd) Black of Champaign, IL and Scott (Diana) Schwefel of Lombard, IL, a sister, Georgene (Dennis) Schramm of Watertown, WI, eleven grandchildren; Chris and Eric Cervantez, Sara (Jacob) Nimrick, Dean and Keith Schwefel, Rachel, Jane, Peter and David Black and Emily and Olivia Schwefel and two great grandchildren, Olive and Stella Nimrick. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Janice Haberkorn.

Carol graduated from Oconomowoc High School in Oconomowoc, WI. She had worked as a secretary for her husband at Schwefel Investment Service and prior to that had worked at Carson-Pirie-Scott in Kewanee and for the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church and its Women of Faith. She also belonged to the Ladies Reading Club and Bridge Club for over 40 years. Carol was a people-person who enjoyed traveling with her husband, reading, doing crossword puzzles, spending time with family and friends and especially attending her grandchildren’s activities. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Phyllis J. Doll

Phyllis L. Pilarski Doll, 92, of Kewanee, died at 11:25 am., Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am., Thursday, April 26 at Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 pm., Wednesday, April 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 4:30 pm. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church, 716 N. Tremont St., Kewanee, IL 61443.

She was born November 14, 1925 in Kewanee, the daughter of Leonard and Blanche (Miller) Ainley. She married John E. Pilarski on August 17, 1946 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on October 8, 1980. She later married J. Al Doll on July 4, 1997 and he preceded her in death on October 16, 2007. Survivors include her four children; JoElla (John) Streicher of Kewanee, Betty (Steve) Stiegerwald of Brazoria, TX, Sue (Layne) Crabtree of Bahama, NC and Janet Pilarski of Kewanee, her sister, Nancy Parrigo of Clearwater, FL, six grandchildren; Jay (Gina) Streicher of Sycamore, IL, Jill (Matt) Taylor of Germany, Jane Streicher of Freeport, IL, Cheri Lenart of Lake Jackson, TX, Chad Crabtree of Durham, NC and Jeromy (Ami) Crabtree of Wake Forest, NC and her seven great grandchildren; Katie and Olivia Streicher, Will, Ben, and Lain Taylor and Kalei and Regan Crabtree. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert and William Ainley, two grandsons, D.J. Lenart and Josh Streicher and son-in-law, John Streicher.

Phyllis had worked in the catering business. She was a long-time member of Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church and had sang in the church choir and also in the St. Peter's Evangelical Church UCC choir. She had volunteered at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, was an honorary member of the Kewanee VFW, former member of the Kewanee Moose Lodge and member of the Henry County Senior Citizens Center and the Ladies Mission Society. She loved to travel and visit with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.   

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Betty L. Riley

 

 

Betty Louise Riley, 85, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, IL. A memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. There will be a Women of the Moose Service at 6:00 p.m. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. A private inurnment will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held on Wednesday prior to the service from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Hillcrest Home Activity Fund.

 

Betty was born on October 4, 1932, the daughter of George W. and Florence (Tannahill) DeGroot, in Canton, IL. She married Merle Riley on December 26, 1948 in Canton, IL. She worked for Ed Lambin at Lambin Jewelers in Geneseo for nearly 25 years. Betty was a member of Women of The Moose for over 45 years and was also a member the Order of Eastern Star in Lewistown, IL. She was inducted into the Geneseo Woman’s Bowling Hall of Fame in 1998, an avid bowler and bingo player who also enjoyed fishing and playing cards. Betty’s favorite thing to do was spend time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Merle, Geneseo, daughters, Thelma (Alan) Wulf, Davenport, IA, and Pat (Bob) Drescher, Geneseo, daughter-in-law, Pam Riley, Geneseo, brother, Howard (Lillian) DeGroot, Jacksonville, IL, sister-in-law, Donna DeGroot, Farmington, IL, 7 grandchildren; Stacy Pontillas,  Brian (Lisa) Wulf, Gregory (Elicia) Wulf,  Heather (Rob) Henry, Brook (Marc) Dalmasso, Trevis (Carrie) Riley and Tasha (Rolando) Meza,  13 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

 

Betty was preceded in death by her son David L. Riley, brother Russell DeGroot and her parents, George and Florence.

 

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William J. "Bill" Pritchard

 

William J. “Bill” Pritchard, 75, of Atkinson, passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at OSF St. Francis in Peoria, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery in Kewanee, IL. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 23, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Annawan-Alba Fire Department, the Atkinson Fire Department, or the Atkinson Congregational Church.

 

Bill was born on February 22, 1943, the son of John W. and Lois (Manthe) Pritchard, in Kewanee, IL. He married Josie Lake on October 8, 1967 at the Atkinson Congregational Church. Bill was a life-time farmer and belonged to the American Hereford Association. He enjoyed raising cattle and farming. He was also a member of several church boards, and was an active 4-H leader. Bill will be remembered as a kind and gentle person that never knew a stranger. He was loved by many.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Josie, son, Todd A. Pritchard, Atkinson, daughter, Tamera J. (Nathan) Fulton, Atkinson, and several loving cousins.

 

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lois.

 

 

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Timothy P. Rohrig

Timothy P. “Tim” Rohrig, 54, of Kewanee, died at 2:53 p.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018 at his home.

Per his wishes cremation will be accorded and no services will be held. Memorials may be directed to the Encounter Church in Kewanee. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. 

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Pamela D. Robbins

Pamela D. “Pam” Robbins, 73, of Kewanee, died at 7:25 a.m., Thursday, April 19, 2018 at her home.

Cremation will be accorded and no services are planned at this time. Private inurnment will be held at Blue Ridge Cemetery in Chillicothe, IL at a later date. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born March 12, 1945 in Waterloo, IA, the daughter of Wilson and Maxine Briggs. Survivors include her mother, her children, Aaron (Lisa) Robbins of Chillicothe, IL and Stephanie Robbins of Kewanee, four grandchildren, Nathan Robbins, Brian Yelm Jr., Brooke Yelm (Adam Ramsey) and Erin Yelm, a great granddaughter, Addisyn Ramsey, a brother, Sam Briggs, a sister, Barbara Butts and two nieces, Bobbi Jean Butts and Tamara Butts. She was preceded in death by her father and son, David Robbins.

Pam served her country in the U.S. Navy for 3 years as a journalist obtaining the rank of Seaman Apprentice. She was a homemaker and had worked at a nursing home and at Wal-Mart prior to her retirement. She thoroughly enjoyed her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Lanny Rae Minnaert

 

 

Lanny Rae Minnaert, 75, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at his home in rural Geneseo. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 23, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at Colbert Cemetery in rural Hanna Township, Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 2:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Atkinson-Geneseo Food Pantry or the Ag Scholarship Fund.

 

Lanny was born on December 12, 1942, the son of Clyde and Elsie (Turf) Minnaert, in Geneseo, IL. He married Veronica Hecks on June 16, 1963, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. Lanny was a lifetime beef producer and commissioned cattle buyer for Tyson Foods Inc. He was a long time member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, and was active in Cursillo. Lanny was also a member of the Hand & Hand Rolle Bolle Club, Henry County Beef Association, Geneseo Rolle Bolle Club, an active volunteer at Hammond Henry Hospital, and participated in Marriage Encounter. Lanny was an avid Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed playing rolle bolle and playing cards with his friends, and loved to travel out west. Most of all, Lanny enjoyed spending time and working with his family.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Veronica, children, Debi (Ken Atkinson) Minnaert, Jerrod (Andrea) Minnaert, Shawn (Chris) Minnaert, Audra Minnaert, Lance (Carissa Jones) Minnaert, and Jolene (Brandon Yocum) Minnaert, all of Geneseo; 16 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Lanny is also survived by his sister, Judy Shepherd, Geneseo.

 

Lanny was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Elsie, brother, Larry Minnaert, and a brother-in-law, Earl Shepherd.

 

 

 

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Dr. Carol Gleich

 Dr. Carol S. Gleich, 83, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

She was born in 1935 the daughter of Carl and Edna (Krause) Gleich. She graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1952 and was inducted into the Wethersfield Wall of Fame in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts, Master’s Degree and her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa where she was honored in 2010 as a Major Foundation Contributor.

Dr. Gleich was the Director of Clinical Laboratory Science and professor at the University of Iowa before joining the U.S. Public Health Service in 1977. There she served as Director of the National Area Health Education Centers Program; she served as Executive Secretary of the Graduate Medical Education Program and was the Director of the Geriatric Education Centers Program. Dr. Gleich was the Project Officer to the Gore-Chernomyrdin U.S./Russia Health Committee and for over 10 years served as U.S. Project Officer with the Egyptian Ministry. She published extensively, was the Chief Delegate at and made numerous presentations to International Congresses. Her life’s work impacted thousands of health professions in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Gleich traveled extensively with a special love of Egypt, Europe and the far East. She retired to Moline in 2005.

She was preceded in death by her soul mate and long-time companion, Juan Jimenez and step-brothers and step-sisters. She is survived by caregivers, Stephanie and Jim Godke, a step-brother, Dan (Michelle) Blust of Longwood, FL, step-nieces and nephews, Godke, Holtschult and Krause cousins, as well as friends around the United States and the world.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 20 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. David Lorenzen will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Trinity Health Foundation in Moline or to St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Margret "Peggy" Bailleu

Margret “Peggy” Bailleu, 71, of Kewanee, left this world at 6:54 p.m., April 16, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.

 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 21 at the Church of Peace in rural Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, April 20 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Garden of Peace Cemetery in rural Kewanee. The family asks that memorials be directed to the Church of Peace Improvement Fund.

 

She was born May 20, 1946, in Salt Lake City, UT, the daughter of Freeman Bruce and Beverly (Watson) Harmon. In 1964, Peggy met her husband, Robert E. Bailleu on a beach in Hawaii and they were married at St. Peters Church in Kewanee on October 23, 1965. Left to wander without her are her husband, Bob and son, Rob (LeeAnn) Bailleu of Kewanee; and daughter, Brenda (John) Mannin of Indianapolis, IN and grandchildren, Emmerson Mannin of Muscatine IA, Olivia Mannin of West Lafayette, IN, Spencer Bailleu of Kewanee, and August Mannin at home. Also surviving are a brother, Jeffrey (Barbara) Harmon of Murrieta CA, a sister, Bonnie (Bob) Scurzi of Killeen TX, sister-in-law, Nancy Nordstrom of Galva and brother-in-law, John (Jacki) Bailleu of Flower Mound, TX, plus a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

Peggy spent her childhood in New Mexico, Utah, and Hawaii while her father was in the military. After marriage, Peggy and Bob made their home in Kewanee where Peggy worked as a telephone operator, waitress at the Little Red Hen (where she thought a quarter was a good tip) and a stay at home mom. In 1978, She and Bob started B & B Printing in Kewanee, retiring in 2008. Peggy enjoyed an active life before the strife of Parkinson’s Disease took hold. She was an avid tennis and racquetball player. She loved flowers, puppies, breaking out in show-tunes, and trying to sell her husband’s glassware. What she loved most though, was her family, especially her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Robert Whitmer

Robert Whitmer,97, of Kewanee, died Friday, April 13, 2018 at Courtyard Estates, Galva. Robert was born July 21, 1920 in Kewanee, the son of Herbert and Catherine (Huber) Whitmer. Robert graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of ’39. Robert married Doris Petty in Kewanee on March 23, 1946. She preceded him in death on June 13, 1994.

Robert is survived by his daughter, Cheryl (Floyd) Williamson, Noblesville, IN; son, Herb W. (Millie) Whitmer, Toulon, IL; four grandchildren, Todd Williamson, Amy Behme, Brooke (Chad) Traphagan, Tim Williamson; six great grandchildren, Alyssa, Carter, and Tristan Behme, Delaney, and Dawson Traphagan, Nick Williamson; and sister, Bonnie Thompson. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris; two brothers, Donald, Jack; three sisters, Joyce Ballentine, Faith Monson, Peggy Buckingham; and an infant grandson, Eric Andrew Williamson.

Robert served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Robert was a carpenter with Kewanee Boiler for 30+ years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kewanee. Robert was a very independent, hard-working man with a great sense of humor. In his earlier days he loved to garden and spend time with his family at their cabin on the Rock River. Robert also enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, and attending church services, but was happiest when spending time with family. Each memory of Robert will be a blessing to us.

Memorial services will be 11:00 am, Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee. Dr. Dale Dykstra will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 10-11 am on Thursday prior to the service at the First Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. Please leave an online condolence for Robert’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Katherine S. Breedlove

Katherine S. Breedlove, 95, of Kewanee, died Friday, April 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm at OSF St. Luke Hospital, Kewanee. Katherine was born February 17, 1923 in Shreveport, LA the daughter of Earl and Charlotte (Berkley) Smith.  Katherine married Robert E. Breedlove on June 1, 1947 in San Antonio, TX, he preceded her on May 23, 2006.

Katherine is survived by three sons, David (Karen) Breedlove of Arborvitae, WI, Bill (LaJean) Breedlove of Kewanee, Dan (Elizabeth) Breedlove of Kewanee; daughter, Debbie Kay (Michael Pillen) of Kewanee; daughter-in-law, Gretchen Breedlove of Iowa; 16 grandchildren, Molly Breedlove, Ann (Lance) Peterson, Erika (Dan) Michalski, Bill (Caitlin) Breedlove, David (Kellie) Breedlove, Michael (Krystine) Breedlove, Kevin Breedlove, Brian Breedlove, Adam Breedlove, Mark Breedlove, Cal Breedlove, Maddie Breedlove, Jack Breedlove, Claire Pillen, Carter Pillen, Charlotte Pillen; 15 great grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Mary Breedlove of Muscatine, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Bob; sister, Margie Conaway.

After high school graduation she worked at Dunn and Bradstreet Law Firm. During WWII she worked at Kelly Field Air Force Base, head quartered in Texas from 1942 to 1946. After marrying Bob, they moved to Kewanee in 1949. Kay spent the next 70 years raising her family, enjoying grand children and great grandchildren. She was always attending games, concerts and activities for her family. Kay enjoyed playing bridge and other card games. Her favorite past time, in her later years, were watching her neighbor boys playing in the yard and feeding her birds. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. Burial will be in the Wethersfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Abilities Plus, or the Kewanee Senior Citizen’s Center. Please leave an online condolence for Katherine’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Melody F. Jones

Melody F. Jones, 54, of Kewanee, died April 12, 2018 at 7:05 am on a Conquest Carnival Cruise. Melody was born June 8, 1963 in Streator, IL, the daughter of Glenn and Marie (Hebert) Shaner. Melody graduated from Neponset High School and obtained her Associate Degree from Black Hawk East.

Melody is survived by her dad, Glenn; two daughters, Ashley (Willeum) Boykin, Kankakee, IL, Felica (Brian) McVicker, Kewanee, IL; two sons, Michael Jones, Kewanee, IL, Jonathan (Whitley Gregoire) Jones, Morton, IL; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marie Shaner.

Melody was a Customer Service Manager for Wal-Mart. Melody loved going on cruises every two years and loved a good deal. She loved her animals; her dog and her snake, and her horses when she was growing up. She enjoyed keeping up with Facebook friends and playing the games. She especially loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Aaron Clark will officiate. Burial will be in the Osceola Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm, Friday, April 20, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Society. Please leave an online condolence for Melody’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Jeanneane Nance

Jeanneane Nance, 86, of Kewanee, died at 9:42 a.m., Monday, April 16, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Private funeral services will be held at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

She was born October 28, 1931 in Kewanee, the daughter of William W. LaRue II and Wilna (Smith) LaRue. She married Cleo L. Nance on March 3, 1951 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on July 15, 2010. Survivors include her children, Sue Nance of Kewanee, Cindy (Elmer) Philhower of Nappanee, IN, Rick (Cheryl) Nance of St. Charles, IL and Jeff Nance of Kewanee, grandchildren; Jason (Heather) Philhower, Jenn (Jeff) Wise, Joanne Philhower, Evan and Parker Nance, Brian (Heather) Nance, Heather (Dustin) Morden and Kevin Nance, great grandchildren; Jarod and Bailey Philhower, Brelynn and Brody Wise, Ethan, Eva, Emma, Elise and Evelyn Nance and Atticus, Liam, Reese and Alivia Morden, a sister, Marlene (Jon) Clayton of Kewanee and a sister-in-law, Pat LaRue of Bryant, AR. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Gary LaRue and William LaRue III and a daughter-in-law, Diana Nance.

Jeanneane graduated from Kewanee High School in 1949. She was a homemaker. Her hobbies included reading, crocheting, cooking, baking and gardening and she thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Elaine Damm

 

Elaine “Jane” Damm, 61, of Kewanee, died Monday, March 12, 2018 at 12:50 am surrounded by family and friends at Toulon Health Care. 

There will be a Celebration of Life for Elaine “Jane” Damm on April 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Kewanee. All of Jane’s friends and family are welcome to come enjoy food and fellowship while we remember the life of a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Please leave an online condolence for Elaine’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Betty Jean Harris

 Betty Jean Harris, 93, of La Fayette, died at 5:32 p.m., Sunday, December 24, 2017 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Cremation has been accorded and A Celebration of her Life and burial will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018

 at Osceola Grove Cemetery and Community House in rural Bradford. Memorials may be directed to the Osceola Grove Country Research Club or to the Henry County Humane Society. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

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Betty Jean Sellers

 Betty Jean Sellers, 89, of St. Cloud, FL, formerly of Kewanee, died April 13, 2018 at her home.

Graveside services and interment will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 20 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born August 26, 1928 in Madison, WI, the daughter of William John and Pearl Mae (Booth) Coffey. She married Charles D. Sellers Sr. on December 31, 1947 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on June 19, 1989. Survivors include her children; Connie (Jerry) Westefer, Chuck (Sandy) Sellers and Kenny (Connie) Sellers, all of Kewanee, Bob Sellers of St. Cloud, FL, LuAnn (Ron) Scott and Jim (Kim) Sellers, both of Kewanee, Jeannie (Bernie) Scott of Greenville, SC and Karen (John) Mitchell of St. Cloud, FL and seventy-six grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Terry Sellers, a brother, Bill Coffey and a sister, Virginia Dziengel.

Betty had worked as a restaurant hostess. She thoroughly enjoyed being with her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Rita Fischer

Rita A. Fischer, 82, formerly of Kewanee, IL, died at 11:25 pm on April 7, 2018 at Brookdale Broadway Mesa, in Mesa, Arizona.

 

Visitation will be at Schueneman Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee from 10:00 am to 10:50 am, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  Rosary Service will be at 9:30 am prior to the visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at Visitation Catholic Church St. John Paul II in Kewanee at 11:00 am, Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Interment will be immediately following mass at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu will be officiating.  

 

Rita was born on April 14, 1935 in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of Richard and Christine (Rath) Jones.  She lived on Rockwell Street in Kewanee for 80 years, until her health concerns necessitated a move from her beloved home of 55 years that she and her husband Jack built.  Rita married Jack Fischer on September 3, 1955 in Kewanee, He preceded her in death in 2006 after fifty years of marriage.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Christine (Rath) Jones, infant son, John; her beloved brothers; Richard Jones, James Jones and Thomas Jones, her dearest sister, Theresa (Jones) DeCraene; her special sisters-in-law, Janice Jones and Bette Jones; brother-in-law, Robert DeCraene; and grandson, John Mathias.   

 

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Sheryl and David Blahnik of Queen Creek, AZ, son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Yelena Fischer of Maryland Heights, MO, son, Gerald (Jerry) Fischer of Orlando, FL, grandchildren, Katherine Mullis of Queen Creek, AZ and Orlando, FL and Nicholas Fischer of Maryland Heights, MO and sister-in-law, Helen Fischer of Galva, IL.  

 

Rita took great pleasure in spending time with her children and her grandchildren.  Rita attended Visitation Catholic Grade School and Kewanee High School.  She was a longtime member of Visitation Catholic Church.  She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society, delivered meals-on-wheels, and assisted with delivering communion to the homebound.  After raising her children Rita worked for several years as a hostess for Fenwick’s Restaurant in Kewanee, IL.  She was a Cub Scout and brownie leader.  Rita enjoyed volunteering at Kewanee Care and assisting with fundraising events and activities.

 

Rita was a proud member of the Rockwell Street Girls Group, and cherished the many years of monthly lunches and dinners they had together.  She was a member of a prayer group with friends from Visitation Catholic Church.  She enjoyed spending time with her many wonderful friends and neighbors.  

 

The family would like to thank the staff at Brookdale Broadway Mesa and Tara Lacono, physician, for the exceptional care of Rita.   

 

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to a memorial of your choosing in Rita’s name.  Please leave an online condolence for Rita’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Diane Humphreys

Diane M. (Holtschult) Humphreys, age 67 of Bloomington, IL, formerly of Kewanee, died Monday, April 9, 2018 at her home. Private graveside services will be held Monday, April 16, 2018 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens with the Reverend Paul Copeland officiating. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Kewanee of which she was a member. Online condolences may be left for the family at wwwschuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

Diane was born June 9, 1950 the daughter of Leonard and Phyllis Holtschult.  She graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1968.  She is survived by her mother; one son Jason (Angelique) Humphreys of Ft. Meade, Maryland; one daughter, Shannon (Ward) Donovan of Mendota, IL; and two grandsons, Gabriel Humphreys and Justin Donovan.  She was preceded in death by her father and her step-father Ken Schultz. Diane enjoyed her family and reading books.

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Roland Omanson

Roland G. “Rollie” Omanson, 100, of Kewanee, died April 12, 2018 at 6:40 pm at Kewanee Care Home. Roland was born February 1, 1918 in Osceola, IL, the son of James and Hildur (Rylander) Omanson. Roland graduated from Neponset High School with the class of ’36. Roland married Mary (Cinnamon) on August 13, 1941 in Kahokia, MO, she preceded him in death on April 9, 2006.

Roland is survived by two daughters, Linda (Steve) Joiner, Freeport, IL, Christy (Ron) Bowen, Blue Springs, MO; six grandchildren, Dan (Kris) Joiner, Tim (Ashley) Joiner, Cara (Brad) Combs, Aaron (Akane) Omanson, Jamie (Andrew) Plett, Leslie (Quinn) Garcia; and 16 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Roger Omanson; two sisters, Esther Adams, Evelyn Frey; brother, Phil Omanson; and two grandchildren, Jonathan and Sharon Joiner.

Roland farmed all his life in Osceola, retiring in 1986. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Young Man’s Sunday School Class, and the Stark County Farm Bureau. He was a moderator, deacon, trustee for the First Baptist Church in the 80s. He was on the Neponset Grain Elevator Board of Directors. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, gardening, and was always there to lend a hand.

Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Monday, April 16, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in the Toulon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-10:30 am, Monday, April 16, 2018 at the First Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Kewanee or Preferred Hospice, 150 W. S. Street, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Roland’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Willard McCurdy

Willard D. McCurdy, 74, of Galva, died at 4:35 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Russell Collister will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the Grace United Methodist Church in Galva.

He was born March 26, 1944 in Galesburg, the son of Herman and Arline (Kenney) McCurdy. He had been married to Margo Hinderliter. Survivors include two sons, Ryan McCurdy of Galva and Allan McCurdy of LaFayette, two daughters, Deana (Paul) Bersell of Galva and Brandy Crane of Milan, a brother, Roger McCurdy of Galva, two sisters, Janice Goff of Missouri and Barb (Dennis) Roberts of Geneseo, eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Willard served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp. serving in the South Pacific as a demolitions expert. He had worked as a piece and sheet metal worker at John Deere Harvester in East Moline, retiring in 1997.  He had also farmed and operated a used furniture business in Galva. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. He enjoyed golfing, bowling and hunting and in his early years had been a member of a pool league. He also enjoyed attending auctions and following the Chicago sports teams. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Charlie Haywood

 Charlie Haywood, 93, of Kewanee, died at 8:21 a.m., Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at his home.
 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Elder Felton Beck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee.

 

He was born July 6, 1924 in Brookville, MS, the son of Jim and Susie (Clay) Patton. He married Wendolyn McGee on September 14, 2010 in Rock Island. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, his children; Lenora (Leartic) Brooks, Sharon Smith, Janice Haywood, Wanda Haywood and Mary Jane Haywood, all of Peoria, Kimberly Haywood of Kewanee, Chauncy Haywood and Harvey Thorton, both of Peoria, Samella Haywood of Galesburg and Denzell Haywood of Bloomington, IL, two step-daughters, Naomi Newell of Peoria and Patrice McGee of Lees Summit, MO, a step-son, Adrian Brown of Bloomington, MN and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a son, Charles.

 

Charlie was a truckdriver for Consolidated Freight Way retiring in 1989. He had also worked for Armor Packing House in Peoria, Hennepin Steel and the Illinois Highway Department. Following retirement, he had driven a bus for Bridgeway and had worked for Dixline in Galva. He was a member of Faith Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Peoria. Charlie was a people person who enjoyed traveling, eating and a good conversation. He also enjoyed hunting and had raised, bred and sold hunting dogs. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Janice E. Sample

 

 

Janice E. Sample, 84, of rural Geneseo, passed away on April 9, 2018, at her home. Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the memorial service, (2:00-4:00), at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Janice Sample Memorial Fund. Per her request, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Janice was born on September 6, 1933, the daughter of Oliver Gordon and Loretta Iverson, in Rock Island, IL. She graduated from the Moline Lutheran School of Nursing. Jan was united in marriage to James Frank Sample on September 4, 1954, in Rock Island. Frank preceded her in death on October 1, 2014. She worked as a nurse for a few years, and later assisted her husband with farming. Together, Jan and Frank founded Samples Photography. They owned and operated their business together for 40 years. Jan was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and had been attending the First United Methodist Church in Geneseo. She enjoyed doing yardwork, flower gardening, and working on her home.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Daniel Sample, Geneseo, and Doug (Becky) Sample, Davenport, IA, the six foster children that her and Frank helped to raise, and her sister, Carole Appelquist, Milan, IL.

 

Jan was preceded in death by her parents, Oliver and Loretta, and by her husband, James Frank Sample.

 

 

 

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Donald C. Lundburg

 Donald C. “Don” Lundburg, 85, of Galesburg, formerly of Oneida, died at 10:09 a.m., Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Marigold Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Galesburg.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oneida Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Oneida American Legion. Memorials may be directed to the Gordon Behrents Senior Center in Galesburg which enabled Don to remain at home as long as possible due to their dedication, compassion and support.

He was born June 22, 1932 in Cambridge, the son of Clair and Rena (Stephens) Lundburg. He married Guynith L. Hodges on December 30, 1955 in Cambridge and she preceded him in death on September 18, 2017. Survivors include his children, Dustin Lundburg and Jackie Lundburg, both of Galesburg and Karen (Tom) Kelly of Galva, two grandchildren, Seth Kelly and his fiancée, Donel Samuel of Boston, MA and Sierra Kelly and her husband, Frank White of Chicago, two brothers, Dean (Joyce) Lundburg of Orion, IL and Gary (Susan) Lundburg of Goodyear, AZ, a sister-in-law, Judy Lundburg of San Clemente, CA and his beloved dog, Candy. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gene Lundburg.

Don attended ROVA High School and prior to serving in the U.S. Army had drove a truck for the Oneida Lumber Yard. This experience got him a place in the motor pool during the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the military he drove trucks for Don Berg and Bell Trucking and had also operated the Oneida Gas Station.

In 1965 he became an over the road truck driver for Warren Transportation and was a proud recipient of the 25-year accident free award. Don and Guynith owned and operated the Oneida Laundromat and Oneida Small Engine Service for many years. Don co-chaired the Oneida Homecoming Committee along with Tom Green in the 1980’s. Following retirement, he enjoyed camping and joined the Great River Ramblers and was a member of the American Legion-Oneida Post for 64 years. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Stacey Ann Trigg

 Stacey Ann Trigg, 54, of Kewanee, died at 10:52 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2018 at her home.

A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 -7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Animal Shelter.

She was born July 12, 1963 in Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Harvey and Jean (DeTaeye) Morton. She married Tim Trigg on February 13, 1982 in Geneseo. He survives, as do her two sons, Andrew Trigg of Kewanee and David (Allison) Trigg of Altona, her grandchildren, Addison Singer of Galva, Kemper Trigg and one on the way, her mother, Jean Morton of Silvis and her siblings, Roxanne McKeng of New Windsor, IL, Lisa (Brent) Thompson of Hanford, CA, Julie (Tom) Keith of Moline, Trudy (Danny) Odle of Kewanee, Marsha (Matt) Brown of Sycamore, IL, Brenda (David) Seyler of Moline, and Harvey (Jody) Morton of Geneseo and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law, Donna Glick of Glendale, AZ.  She was preceded in death by her father.

Stacey had graduated from Geneseo High School in 1981. She had attended a beauty school in Sterling. She had worked for the past 11 years as a tire technician at Farm King in Kewanee. She enjoyed following the Chicago Cubs, doing computer games and spending time with her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Joan Lucille (Madsen) Meier

 

 

Joan Lucille (Madsen) Meier, 91, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL, while visiting relatives. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 13, at First Congregational Church, Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, April 12, at Vandemore Funeral Home and as well as one hour prior to the service at the church (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.) Memorials may be left to the First Congregational Church, Geneseo or charity of donor’s choice.

 

Joan was born on January 7, 1927, the daughter of, Alfred and Verda (Johnson) Madsen, in Princeton, IL. Growing up on the family farm in Sheffield, Illinois, she learned how to preserve fruits and vegetables as well as deliver milk, in a horse drawn wagon. She graduated from Sheffield High School with the class of 1944. In 1948 she graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in Home Economics Education. On November 11, 1951 she was united in marriage to Donald Ernest Meier at the Sheffield Methodist Church. Joan taught Home Economics in Monmouth, Cambridge, Tiskilwa and Geneseo, Illinois.  Joan was a very active homemaker and volunteer.  She was a skilled seamstress and cook, well known for her frozen sweet corn, ham balls and Danish pepper nuts by those fortunate to eat in the family home. Joan volunteered with 4H, as a Cub Scout Den Leader and as a Girl Scout Leader, participated in Home Bureau and Home Economics Clubs and was active in church. She belonged to the Sheffield Methodist Church, St. Peter United Church of Christ, Geneseo, and most recently the First Congregational Church of Geneseo. Most importantly she was a loving wife and mother of two children, grandmother of five and great-grandmother of two.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Donald Meier, her son, Robert (Emily) Meier, Montesano, WA, her daughter, Janet (David) Landeweer, Arlington Heights, IL, grandchildren, Daniel (Zandile) Meier, Bothell, WA, Ryan (Elena) Meier, Woodinville, WA, Julia (Evan) Rush, Stillwater, OK, Steven Landeweer, Miami, FL, and Jonathan Landeweer, Arlington Heights, IL, great-grandchildren David Meier and Jobe Meier, sister, Marilyn Wilkerson, Elk Grove Village, IL and a brother, Richard Madsen, Carlsbad, CA.

 

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Susan J. Linzy

Susan J. Linzy, 66, of Kewanee, died at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Toulon Health Care Center, Toulon. The family will have a Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 6-9 P.M. in the upstairs of the Elks Lodge, 113 N. Tremont St., Kewanee. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Cancer Care Center, 8940 Wood Sage Rd. Peoria, IL 61615. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

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Mildred Costello


 

Galva… Mildred E. Costello, 100, a resident at Courtyard Estates in Galva, died at 2:45 a.m. Thursday April 5, 2018 at Good Samaritan Society, Geneseo Village. Per her wishes, cremation will be accorded and a private graveside ceremony will be held at a later date at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery in Palentine, Illinois. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

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Margaret Lewin

Margaret Lucille Lewin, 100, of Galva, died at 10:53 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until the time of services at the church. Rev. Trisha Chapman will officiate.  Burial will be at the Galva Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Rux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Russell Pennock

Russell Hollis Pennock, 85, of Kewanee, died at 6:20 pm, Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo. Russell was born December 15, 1932 in National City, CA, the son of Charles and Annie (Mason) Pennock.

Russell is survived by two sister-in-laws, Hazel Pennock, Creve Coeur, IL and Margie Pennock, St. Charles, MO; and several nieces and nephews. Russell was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, William, Richard, and Rolan Pennock; and special friend for many years, Patty Reed.

Russell served his country in the US Army in Korea. Russell worked for CAT and later at Pabst Blue Ribbon in Peoria Heights, he retired in 1982. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and reading.

Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veteran’s Council. Visitation will be from 10-11 am prior to the funeral service. Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice. Please leave an online condolence for Russell at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Jack C. Peveler

 

 

Jack C. Peveler, 80, Silvis, formerly of Atkinson, passed away on Wednesday April 4, 2018 at Aspen Rehab & Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Burial will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Moline American Legion Post. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral service, 10:00-11:00, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Jack was born on September 20, 1937, the son of Howard and Clara (Speice) Peveler, in Davenport, IA. He graduated from Clinton High School, in Clinton, IA. Jack was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. He worked as a supervisor for John Deere Harvester Works in Moline, IL, for 22 years. Jack then moved to Los Angeles, CA, where he worked for Boeing Aircraft. He retired from Boeing in 2000. Jack was a member of the Free Masons and the First Baptist Church in Camanche, IA. He enjoyed painting, learning and preserving history, and going fishing. Jack also loved his dogs.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Shonda Besse, Ormond, FL, Rhonda (Brian) Maynard, Greenfield, IN, Lourie (Bill) Morrissey, Bettendorf, IA, and Michelle Gibson, Kewanee, IL, son, Scott Peveler, The Dalles, OR, and five grandchildren. Jack is also survived by his sister, Judy (Mike) McNalty, Coal Valley, IL.

 

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Clara, sister, Evelyn Bower, and a half-brother, Rodney Peveler.

 

 

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Kimberly Mae Coles

Kimberly Mae Coles, 49, of Kewanee, died on April 1, 2018 following a four-month battle with cancer.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Inurnment will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to P.I.N.K. (Pitties In Need Kennels).

She was born March 12, 1969 at Darnell Army Hospital in Fort Hood, TX, the daughter of Madelyn (Berger) Keller of Kewanee and Doyle Finin of Princeton. She is survived by her parents, three children; Nicole Coles of Tulsa, OK and Karen Johnson and William Coles III, both of Little Rock, AR, six grandchildren, two brothers, Robert (Susan) Finin of Bettendorf, IA and Glenn Finin of Oklahoma, three sisters, Alicia Peed of Tiskilwa, Christine (Douglas) Warren of Kewanee and Brenda (Gary) Brokaw of Princeton and her significant other, Chris Rodriguez.

Kimberly had worked at Walgreens, APAC and the Kewanee Leather Factory. She enjoyed time with her family, cookouts and celebrating the 4th of July. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Patricia A. Fowler


Patricia A. Fowler, 83, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, surrounded by her loving family, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, April 9, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service on Monday, at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services and a private inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Patricia Fowler Memorial Fund and will be distributed to local charities by the family.

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Marjorie Neal

Marjorie Elizabeth Neal (Ritta) passed away April 4, 2018, after a brief illness following a stroke. She was just shy of her 92nd birthday.  She lived with her son, John, and her grandchildren Derek and Lanson in Kewanee, Illinois, for six years.  Prior to her return to Illinois where she grew up in rural Mundelein she lived for forty-four years in the Rhinebeck, New York area where she worked for years at the gate of the Dutchess County Fair, as a poll worker and treasured her position as a receptionist at the Astor Home for Children. She loved her family and especially bonded with her special needs grandson, Derek, who lived with her after her husband, Cecil, of 54 years died.

 

One story always told about her was when she was a child riding with her parents along an icy road and the car spun in the center of the road.  Instead of being frightened, she said “Do it again Daddy!” That was Marj. In her youth, she was a majorette and could dance the jitterbug.

 

She is survived by her brother, Ernest R. Ritta (Joan) and her four children; Gerald R. Neal (Donna), Thomas W. Neal (Carlene), Janet Neal Hughes (Tom), John W. Neal (Elizabeth 1994), her six grandchildren; Tracy Neal Sherrow, Todd Neal (Rhonda), Chad Neal (Kimmy), Matthew Neal, Derek Neal, and Lanson Neal, and her six great grandchildren; Adler, Alex, Lola, Carly, Harlow, and Emmerson. Predeceasing her was her husband, Cecil R. Neal (1999), her parents, Ernest P. Ritta, Gertrude E. Ritta (Thorsell) and her three sisters; Shirley Clark, Irene McCormick and Frances Hertel.

 

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the Ivanhoe Congregational Church in Mundelein with internment of her ashes following in the Ivanhoe Congregational Church graveyard adjacent to the church where Cecil and many members of Marjorie’s family are buried. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Special Olympics. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

 

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Jordan Lee Nyert

Jordan Lee Nyert, infant son of Stephanie Chayer and Daniel Nyert, was born a silent birth at 7:58 a.m., Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 2:00-3:00 p.m.,Saturday, April 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

Jordan Lee is survived by his parents of Kewanee, his sister, Kassidy, grandparents; Kary Chayer, Brenda Grabbe, Kurt and Crickett Nyert and Mark Grabbe, great grandparents; June (Dwayne) Negley, Ada Creech, Nancy (Mike) Haptonstall and Pat Nyert, aunts; Maranda Grabbe, Amy Nyert and Ariel Chayer and uncles; Allen Grabbe and Michael Chayer. He was preceded in death by his brother, Kaden, grandfather, Jody Chayer, great grandparents; Wayne Chayer, Warren Creech, Frank Gustaitis and Charles Lee Nyert and his cousin, Jasper Chayer.

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Carmen Murphy

Carmen Marie Murphy, 75, of Kewanee, died at 12:35 p.m., Friday, March 30, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Jeff Goard will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Carmen Murphy memorial fund.

She was born October 3, 1942 in Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Irvin and Ruby Marcella (Garrison) Scovil. She married Robert Lee Murphy Sr. on June 19, 1960 in Cambridge and he preceded her in death on September 12, 2012. She was also preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her children, Robert (Beth) Murphy Jr. of East Moline, Scott (Peteann) Murphy, Penney Bengston, Susan Doye and Kevin Murphy, all of Kewanee, and Rick (Alicia) Murphy of Neponset, thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, a brother Dwayne “Skip” Scoville (Linda Harden) of Missouri, two sisters, Joanna (David) Wilson of Rock Island, IL and Marsha Jones of Topeka, KS, two half-sisters, Lori Scovil of Lexington, KY and Susan (Van) DeWilder of Kewanee and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Carmen graduated from Cambridge High School and had worked at various fast food restaurants. She enjoyed cross stitching and being on the computer. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Nancy L. Modder

 

Nancy L. Modder 70 of Galva died March 29, 2018 at the Richard L  Owens Hospice home in Peoria Il. Services will be 1:00 p.m.  Thursday April 5,2018

 at Schueneman Tumbleson funeral home, with the Rev John Burns officiating, visitation will be two hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Mount Olivet cemetery, memorials may be made to Richard L. Owens Hospice home in Peoria or to Friends of  the Animals, Kewanee.

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William L. Nightingale

William “Bill” L. Nightingale, 58, of Kewanee, formerly of Aurora, IL, died at 2:50 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at his home. Bill was born in Aurora, IL, the son of Louis and Wilma Nightingale. In 2002 he married Tamara Zerbes at the Methodist Church, West Jersey, IL.
Bill is survived by his brothers, Gary (Otilia) Nightingale, and Daniel (Sharon) Nightingale; sisters, Barbara (Ernest) Hilbert, and Debra Nightingale; many nieces and nephews, and countless friends he made throughout his life. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Tamara, who was the love of his life.


Bill grew up in Aurora and attended East Aurora High School. After a brief stint in the US Air Force, Bill came back to Aurora where he worked as an industrial painter and undercoating specialist. He took pride in the quality of his work, and later brought his skills to Kewanee where he was employed by a number of industrial manufacturers, most recently Midwest Trailer Manufacturing.


Bill was an avid outdoor sportsman who loved camping and fishing, collecting vinyl, and traveling with his wife. He was skillful with his hands and had a knack for repairing, remodeling and gardening. Bill and Tammy are reunited for eternity along with Tammy’s beloved dog, Misty.


Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service on Saturday. Burial will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to the family. Please share a memory or a condolence for Bill’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

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Marjorie E. Gray

 

Marjorie E. Gray, 74, of Orion, passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center – Illini Campus Emergency Room, in Silvis, IL. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Melva Graham will officiate. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, April 4, from 4:30-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Arthritis Foundation. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Marjorie was born on January 8, 1944, the daughter of Ferris and Ruth (Sander) Hanks, in Muscatine, IA. She graduated from Lowden High School in Lowden, IA. Marjorie was united in marriage to Russell D. Gray on January 9, 1965, in Cedar Rapids, IA. She worked as a legal secretary for a law firm in Rock Island, IL for over 20 years. Marjorie was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and Women of the Moose. She enjoyed scrap-booking, doing puzzles, crafting, reading, and cooking for family gatherings. Marjorie loved reading the “Maxine!” comics.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Russell, daughter, Terri Knutson, St. Louis, MO, son, Todd (Kelly) Gray, Geneseo, and two grandsons, Connor and Samuel Knutson, St. Louis, MO. Marjorie is also survived by her brothers, Lynn (Sherry) Hanks, Mechanicsville, IA, Harlan (Ellen) Hanks, Tipton, IA, and Bill Hanks, TN.

 

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, Ferris and Ruth, brother, Larry Hanks, and son-in-law David Knutson.

 

 

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Nova Lynn Kida

 Nova Lynn Kida, infant daughter of Chase Kida and Alexandra “Lexi” Bender died at 4:17 a.m., Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 31 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kewanee. Joe Hamilton will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the family. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born at 2:37 a.m., Tuesday, March 20 in Peoria. Survivors include her parents of Kewanee, parental grandparents, James and Doreen Kida of Kewanee, maternal grandfather, Jason Bender of South Carolina, maternal grandmother of Sandra Bender of Princeville, paternal great grandparents, Doris Kida and Mary Ann Bishop, both of Kewanee, maternal great grandparents, Michael and Connie Bender of North Carolina and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Though her time here was short, Nova Lynn was so loved by her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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John Peed Jr

John Robert Peed, Jr., 47, of Kewanee, died Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 12:04 pm at OSF St. Luke’s Kewanee. John was born May 20, 1970 the son of John Peed and Marsha (Lee) Price. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1988.

John is survived by his mother, Marsha (Ron) Price; father, John (Roxanne) Peed; daughter, Harleigh Younge; granddaughter, Paisley Schmidt and another on the way, Emery Hiebing; brother, Jesse (Wendy) Peed; step-brothers, Shannon (Donna) Price, Jacob (Rachel) Poulos; niece, Rickelle Bishop; and nephew, Jesse Peed, Jr. John was preceded in death by his grandparents, Don and Gloria Peed and Clarence and Betty Lee.

John worked at Pine Trailers after High School. He later had a route in Galesburg for Swan’s Ice Cream, then at Kress as a fork truck driver, and at Wyffels driving a fork truck. John enjoyed jet skiing, fishing, and riding his motorcycle. He especially loved spending time with his granddaughter.

As per John’s wishes there will be no services. Please leave an online condolence for John’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Gerald L. Swan

 Gerald L. “Jerry” Swan, 82, of Kewanee, died at 9:30 p.m., Friday, March 23, 2018 at Toulon Health Care Center.

Per his wishes cremation will be accorded and there will be no services. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

He was born July 5, 1935 in Toulon, the son of Guy and Blanche (Robinson) Swan. He married Donna Puskar on November 8, 1953 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on June 28, 2006. Survivors include his daughter, Chris (Ron) Morrissey of Kewanee, a daughter -in-law, Paula Swan of Toledo, OH, four grandchildren, Melissa (Wes) Short and Jim Morrissey, both of Kewanee, Nicole Morrissey (Mike Haxby) of Colona and Jeffrey (Elizabeth) Swan of Plano, TX, six great grandchildren, Sara, Jenna, Kaleb, Devin, Blake and Janell and two brothers, Dean and Mike Swan. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Tom and Jack, a son, Jeffrey Swan and a great grandson, Cade Morrissey.

Jerry attended Wethersfield schools. He worked at many area service stations and auto repair shops as a mechanic. He retired from Turpin’s in Geneseo in 1997. Following retirement, he had worked at Mirocha’s Auto Service in Kewanee. In his early years he coached Little League baseball and also worked the chain gang for Kewanee High School football games. He enjoyed taking care of his yard, going to the casino with his wife and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Gerald E. Hammer

Gerald E. Hammer, 86, of Annawan, IL, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at Unity Point-Trinity in Rock Island, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate. Burial will follow at the Annawan Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, March 26, from 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to Concordia Lutheran Church, Annawan/Alba Rescue Squad, or Girl Power 2 Cure (Rett’s Syndrome Research).

 

Gerald was born on November 18, 1931, the son of Grant and Erna (Boysen) Hammer, in Sterling, IL. He married Neta L. Morgan in 1950; she preceded Gerald in death in 1966. Gerald was later united in marriage to E. Luetta “Lou” Yearian on December 4, 1971, in Annawan, IL. Lou preceded him in death in 2012. Gerald was a grain and livestock farmer in rural Dixon for 20 years. Following his farming career he worked for Morton Buildings in Atkinson for 10 years. Gerald was employed at the former Case IH, from which he retired. After retirement, Gerald worked for Wyffels Hybrids in Atkinson for 20 years. Gerald was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo, NRA, and Ducks Unlimited. Gerald enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Vickie Hoogerwerf, Annawan, Dyann (Greg) Wancket, Annawan, Sheryl (Leon) Bennett, Galva, John (Kay) Hammer, Kewanee, Steve (Tammy) Tinsman, Honorsville, AL, Dave (Kathy) Tinsman, Wichita, KS, Renee Tinsman-Dean, Lacrescent, MN, and Keith Tinsman, Avon, IN. Gerald is also survived by 29 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and by a sister, Lorraine (Jim) Lowe, Lena, IL.

 

Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Grant and Erna, two wives, Neta and Lou, three grandchildren, a great-grandson, a son-in-law, a brother, and a sister.

 

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Susan J. Linzy

Susan J. Linzy, 66, of Kewanee, died at 2:15 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Toulon Health Care Center, Toulon. Susan was born June 12, 1951 in Kewanee, IL. She was the daughter of John and Margaret (Failon) Scott.

Susan is survived by her four sons, Glen (Bobbi) Cravens, Kewanee, Matthew (Joette) Cravens, Florence, Az, Charles Linzy, Davenport, IA, Frank Linzy, Kewanee; one daughter, Megan Linzy, Davenport, IA. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one brother, Jack (Sue) Scott, Neponset. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Elaine Brooks; two brothers, Glen Scott and Ralph Lee Scott; one great grandchild.

Susan attended Neponset schools and graduated from Toulon High School with the Class of 1969. She attended Black Hawk East Campus where she received a degree in nursing. Susan worked at the Kewanee Hospital. She taught many students to play piano, which she truly enjoyed. She also enjoy crocheting, and going to McDonalds for her coffee, most of all, she enjoyed her family.

There will be no services at this time. The family will have a Celebration of Life Services at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Illinois Cancer Care Center, 8940 Wood Sage Rd. Peoria, IL 61615. Please leave a memory or online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Ilene M. Gosch

 Ilene M. Gosch, 94, of Herculaneum, MO, formerly of Kewanee, died Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the home of her daughter.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC in Kewanee.

She was born August 31, 1923 in Kewanee, the daughter of William and Lola (Piester) Reiff. She married John F. Gosch on June 23, 1946 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on May 30, 1991. Survivors include her daughter, Marcia (Phil) Grant of Herculaneum, MO, her son, Jim (Chris) Gosch of Cabool, MO, three grandsons, Brian (Aly) Grant and their daughter of Houston, MO, Justin (Becky) Gosch and their sons of Sheffield, IL and Kevin (Abby) Grant and their sons of Herculaneum, MO, a granddaughter, Amanda (Caleb) Lloyd and their children of Round Rock, TX, her brother, Eugene (Shirley) Reiff of Kewanee, a sister-in-law, Elaine Reiff of Texas and numerous nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Wayne Reiff.

Ilene graduated from Kewanee High School in 1941. She had worked at Boss Manufacturing and at J.C. Penney. She was a member of St. Evangelical Church UCC in Kewanee. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Edwin C. Rahn

 

 

Edwin C. Rahn, 78, of Rural Geneseo, IL, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 23, 2018 at St. John Lutheran Church, Edford TWP. Reverend Christopher Bushre will officiate. Burial will follow at St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church or Parkinson’s Research Association.

 

Edwin was born February 16, 1940, the son of Elmer Edwin Carl and Esther (Konhert) Rahn in Geneseo, IL. He graduated Geneseo High School with the class of 1958. He was united in marriage to Wanda J. Burrell on May 23, 1965 at St. John Lutheran Church. Edwin was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in Osco Twp.  Farming was his passion. Ed was the fourth generation to farm the family farm and now his son is following as the fifth. He was extremely proud of the generational farming his family was able to accomplish. He was a member of the United States Army Reserve.

 

Survivors include his wife, Wanda, sons, Scott (Laurie) Rahn, Osco, Kevin (Stacie) Rahn, Geneseo, daughter, Sandra Rahn, Atkinson, and grandsons, Kyle and Kaleb Rahn, step grandsons, Kenneth Cullinson and Heath Church. He is also survived by his brother, James Rahn, Atkinson and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Esther and one brother, Elmer Rahn Jr.

 

 

 

 

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Clifford E. Verdick

 

Clifford E. Verdick, 88, of Annawan, passed away on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at Kewanee Care Nursing Home in Kewanee, IL.  Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Annawan. Visitation will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the Mass, at the church, where the Rosary will be recited at 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials for Cliff may be sent to Abilities Plus in Kewanee, IL. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Cliff was born on March 31, 1929, the son of Edmund and Irene (Causemaker) Verdick, in Annawan, IL. He graduated from Annawan High School. He proudly served our country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Cliff married Marilyn L. DeMink on September 23, 1950 in Annawan. Cliff started his working career as a service technician with his dad at Verdick Implement Co. and later worked for the Goodrich Equipment Co. in Geneseo. He retired in November of 1995. Cliff was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was also a 38 year-long member of the Annawan/Alba Fire Department, of which he was Chief for 30 of those years. Cliff was also a member of the Annawan VFW. He was honored to go on the Quad City Honor Flight on April 16, 2014. Cliff enjoyed fishing trips to Canada and Wisconsin. He also had a passion for woodworking and was very talented in building bird houses and feeders.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Marilyn, sons, Randy (Lori) Verdick, Iowa City, IA, Marty (Annette) Verdick, Champaign, IL, and Larry Verdick, Kewanee, IL,  his three grandchildren, Hailey Verdick, Neal (Elizabeth) Verdick, and Lisa (Jon) Penner, and two great-grandchildren Dana and Claire Penner.

 

Cliff was preceded in death by his parents, Edmund and Irene.

 

 

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Albert C. Boelens

 

Albert C. Boelens, 89, of Atkinson, passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, IL, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Albert Boelens Memorial Fund.

 

Albert was born on August 13, 1928, the son of Richard and Emma (Claeys) Boelens, in rural Atkinson, IL. He was a graduate of Galva High School. Albert married Mary Jane DeReu on September 22, 1951, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Sheffield, IL. He was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in rural Atkinson. Albert was involved in many organizations including, the International Fellowship Program, Friends of the People of Haiti - helping with medical missions, longtime volunteer of the American Red Cross, Henry County Farm Bureau, Henry County Livestock Producers, and Henry County Pork Producers. Albert enjoyed bowling and spending time with his friends and family.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary Jane, sons, Dennis Boelens, Atkinson, Mark (Lois) Boelens, Atkinson, and Patrick (Chris) Boelens, Geneseso, and his daughters, Tina Murphy, Plano, TX, and Roxanne Ryan, Rockville Center, NY. Albert is also survived by nine grandchildren: Troy (Micki) Boelens, Dustin Boelens, Matthew (Megan) Boelens, Curtis (Amber) Boelens, Lindy (Jake) Carlisle, Brandan Boelens, Chirstopher Ryan, Thomas Ryan, and Sean Murphy, and ten great-grandchildren.

 

Albert was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Emma, and by his brother and sister-in-law, August and Margie Boelens.

 

 

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Rosemarie Taylor

 Rosemarie E. “Rose” Taylor, 76, of Colona, formerly of Kewanee, died at 5:15 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018 at Genesis Medical Center-Illini Campus in Silvis, IL surrounded by her family.

Cremation will be accorded and inurnment at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee will be held at a later date. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

She was born February 10, 1942 in Schweinfurt, Germany, the daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Mock) Pfannschmidt. She married Robert R. Taylor Sr. on December 22, 1961 in Konigshofen, Germany and he preceded her in death on January 22, 2009. Survivors include her children, Brenda (John) Wiggin, Audrey Johnson (Jeff Muckey) and Rosie Walker, all of Kewanee, Robert (Michelle) Taylor Jr. of Brimfield, Michael (Jennifer) Taylor of DeKalb, IL and Diana (Jeff) Carman of Colona, fourteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and her cousin, Karl (Ann) Mock of New Jersey. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

Rose loved her garden, flowers and nature, especially daisies. She was an avid reader and loved to read and write poetry. She loved her crime television shows and HGTV. She enjoyed going to the casino and playing her penny and quarter slot machines. Rose also loved collecting many things through the years but her Santa Claus’s were her favorite and she had an extensive collection. When her grandchildren would tell her “I Love You,” she would always respond with, “Love You More.”  This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Elaine Damm

Elaine “Jane” Damm, 61, of Kewanee, died Monday, March 12, 2018 at 12:50 am surrounded by family and friends at Toulon Health Care. Elaine was born March 15, 1956 in Kewanee, the daughter of Samuel and Vivian (Brezee) Jackson. Elaine was educated at Kewanee Schools.

Elaine is survived by two sons, Jason (Rachel) Damm of Bettendorf, Eric (Amy) Damm of Kewanee; two daughters, Autumn (Nick) Tiska of Peoria, Lexie (Jarrod) Jackson-Galli of Kewanee; nine grandchildren, Alexandrea, Drake, Layden, Halea, Taylor, Payton, Hunter, Piper, and Nolan; two brothers, Randy (Kelly) Jackson of Kewanee, Andy (Lorie) Jackson of Kewanee; one sister, Christy (Allen) Ehnle of Kewanee; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Vivian (Brezee) Jackson; and one sister, Sandra Ann Jackson in infancy.

Elaine was a passionate, loving mother. A dedicated homemaker, she loved gardening, crafting, sewing and cooking meals for her family. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends. A Thank you to a special nurse, Morgan Keane, and her two helping hands. Elaine touched many hearts.

There will be a Celebration of Life for family and friends at a later date. Please leave an online condolence for Elaine’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Thomas F. Boss

Thomas F. “Tommy” Boss, 65, of Chariton, IA, formerly of Kewanee, died at 6:31 a.m., Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Legacy Lodge in Chariton, IA.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

He was born April 22, 1952 in Kewanee, the son of Charles T. and Betty Ann (Browning) Boss. He married Bonnie Gwinn on August 19, 1995 in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Chariton, IA, two step-daughters, Shannon (Mark) Hornby of Van Meter, IA and Jennifer (Don) Skinner of Corydon, IA, two brothers, Jim (Barb) Boss and Dave Boss (Deb Newman), both of Kewanee, his sister, Mary Boss of Indianapolis, IN, five step-grandchildren, Autumn, Hunter, Zac, Blake and Shelby, nieces and nephews, Nick (Miranda) Boss of Alexis and Jake (Kathy) Boss of Kewanee and great nieces and nephews, Avery, Amelia, Alison, Mercedez, Bentley and Audi. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert Boss, a sister, Sharon Boss and a step-granddaughter, Melanie.

Tommy worked as a machine operator at Great Dane in Kewanee for 37 years. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, traveling, socializing with friends at local bars and especially spending time with his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralohme.com.

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Roberta Kuster

GALVA – Roberta Ruth “Becky” Kuster, 89, of Galva, died at 5:23 p.m., Monday, March 12, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Karen Martin 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 GYSA (Galva Youth Sports Association.)

She was born September 29, 1928 in Magnolia, IL, the daughter of George and Erma (McCambridge) Hauger. She married Francis Peterson and then later married John H. Kuster on May 13, 1960. He preceded her in death on October 25, 2006. Survivors include her children, Kenneth Peterson (Bonnie Rogers) of Galva, Susan (Alan) Kitterman of LaMoille, IL, Rose Mulder and her friend, Larry of Kewanee, Sandra (Tom) Brock of Cambridge, Jeanie Kuster and Cynthia (Donald) Collinson, both of Galva and Linnea (Doug) Meadows of Abingdon, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Louis Peterson, nine brothers and five sisters.

Becky was a hard-working farm wife and mother. She was a 50+ year member of the Rebekah Lodge in which she held many offices. She enjoyed quilting, reading, coaching softball, baking, catering and especially making wedding cakes. For many years she was a member of the State Road Community Church and later became a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She touched many lives and will be missed by all. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxufneralhome.com.

 

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Robert Dean Hunt


Robert Dean "Bob" Hunt, 85, of Kewanee, died Saturday, March 10, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm, Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Jon Vincent will officiate. There will be no visitation. Private burial will be held at a later date at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Kewanee.

 

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Denise Sellers

Denise Marie “Nee Nee” Sellers, 52, of Williamsfield passed on the morning of Sunday, March 11, 2018 at her home. She was born October 11, 1965 in Peoria.

Denise is survived by many who love and adore her. Most notably are her husband, Bob, her children; Jessica and husband, Beau Coulter and Emily, her grandchildren; Lillian, Victoria and Oliver, and her dad, LaVerne Wamboldt. Her mother, Joyce and daughter, Chelsea preceded Denise in her death.

Denise ran daycare in Williamsfield for many years and touched many lives. She was a graduate of Williamsfield High School in 1983 and served as President all four years. Denise will always be remembered for a quick smile and a love of all that is fun. She loved to tell her children everyday how much she loved them and she detested the thought of them driving. Denise was outgoing and straightforward. She was kind and giving to all.

She lived in Florida, North Carolina and settled back in Williamsfield. Family was everything to Denise and she couldn’t get enough of her grandchildren nor enough of her tiny dog, Cheerio. Denise was so easy to like and will be missed but never forgotten.

The family would like to talk, laugh and share memories of Denise “Nee Nee” by hosting a Celebration of Life Service. Service is an open house at the Williamsfield American Legion onThursday, March 15 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. located at 222 N State Route 180 in Williamsfield. Memorials may be directed to the Denise Sellers Memorial Fund. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Wayne Swearingen

Wayne “Col” Swearingen, 83, of Kewanee, died March 11, 2018 at 5:27 pm at his home. Wayne was born October 28, 1934 in Kewanee, the son of Russell Dean and Frances Marie (Jacobs) Swearingen. Wayne married Mary Nye Swearingen on June 7, 1958 in Kewanee.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary; son, Tim Swearingen (Jeania Anderson), Sterling, IL; daughters, Robin (Bernie) Gray, Brentwood, TN, Julie Rosciglione Huff, Bellville, IL ; grandchildren, Matt, Chris and Steve Gray; Ben, Amy, Stacy and Brittany Reuter; Alex Huff, Brooke Artman, Jade Prosser and Rhonda Swearingen; great grandchildren, Aubrey, Jamie and Lillian Gray; Gabriel, Luciana, Elias and Dominic Rosciglione; Maverick and Ryker Queern; Olivia and Ben Reuter; sister, Bonnie (John) Engel, Bettendorf, IA; brothers, Don (Joyce) Swearingen, Kewanee, and Kenny (JoAnn) Swearingen, Honolulu, HI. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Kaitlin Rosciglione; and two brothers, Dean and Alvin Swearingen.

Wayne served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He retired in 1989 from International Harvester/Case IH. He owned and operated Colonel Wayne Swearingen’s Auction Services for 38 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post 31 and the VFW Post 8078. Wayne especially loved spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be 1:30 pm on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Military Service will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:30 until the time of service on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to Unity Point Hospice of Moline or the Quad Cities Honor Society. Please leave an online condolence for Wayne’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Marlene Ross

Marlene Ross, 89, of Geneseo died on March 11, 2018 at Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 16th at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate.  Burial will be in North Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo, with an Eastern Star Service being held at 7:30 p.m.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or First United Methodist Church, Geneseo.

 

O. Marlene Mutchler was born January 25, 1929 in Tarkio, Missouri, the daughter of Floyd E. and Sadie G. (Clark) Mutchler.  She graduated from Shenandoah High School, Iowa, and Commercial Extension Business School in Omaha, Nebraska.  Marlene was united in marriage to Lowell “Pete” Ross on September 10, 1950 in Shenandoah, Iowa. He preceded her in death on November 26, 2004.

 

Marlene was a bookkeeper at Farmer’s National Bank for 18 years before retiring in 1997.  She also did the bookkeeping for her husband’s business, Pete’s Shell, and Ross’ Pee-Wee Service.  She was a very active member of First United Methodist Church, Geneseo, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Order of Eastern Star as a Past Matron and the secretary for over 28 years.

 

Survivors include her daughters, Rebecca (Daniel Schmidgall) Keim, Arvada, CO, Ruth Ross, Libertyville, IL, and Cheryl (Steve) Luehring, Geneseo; and a son, Howard (Amy) Ross, Oquawka, IL; ten grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren; sisters, Alice Erickson, Essex, IA, Jane Bragg, Maryville, MO, and Imogene Moore, Tarkio, MO; and many others who called her “mom” and “grandma”.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers, four sisters, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and a great granddaughter.

 

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

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Elsie M. Marchand

 

 

Elsie M. Marchand, 94, of Hooppole, IL   passed away on Thursday, March 08, 2018, at Genesis Assisted Living Center in Aledo, IL. Due to family events and traveling her Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.m.  Saturday March 24 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan. Burial will following the Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation for Elsie will Friday March 23,from 5-7 P.M. at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel with a Recitation of the Rosary at 4:30 P.M.  

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Alivia J. Ensley

 

 

 

 

Galva… Alivia J. Ensley, 9 week old infant of Leah Anderson and Donald Ensley, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:14 PM in the emergency room at OSF St Luke Medical Center, Kewanee. A funeral service will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 13, at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Visitation will be held from 10 AM until time of services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded after the services. Memorials can be directed to the family.

Alivia was born on January 1, 2018 in Galesburg, Il the daughter of Leah Anderson and Donald Ensley. She is survived by her mother, Leah Anderson (Austin Carpenter) of Galva, her father, Donald Ensley of Galva, two brothers, Claighton Ellis and Sylus Ensley, a sister Zaydi Ensley, her maternal grandparents, Kathy and Tad Anderson of Galva and paternal grandfather, Paul Ensley of Kewanee, paternal grandmother, Cheryl Robson of Galva and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Alivia, in just her short time here, was a joy to hold and love by her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Ruth A. Selander

 

Ruth A. Selander, 91, of East Moline, passed away on Friday, March 9, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care in Geneseo, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Matt Kamprath will officiate. Entombment will follow at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline, IL. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the funeral service, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Hammond Henry Hospital Foundation.

 

Ruth was born on May 26, 1926, the daughter of Frank and Mayme (Carlson) Kellett, in Aurora, IL. She was a graduate of the East Aurora High School. Ruth was united in marriage to William G. Selander on April 17, 1948, in Aurora. William preceded her in death in 2003. Ruth was a librarian’s assistant for United Township High School for many years. She enjoyed reading, poetry, crossword puzzles, and scrapbooking. Ruth was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

 

I know it may seem trite to say but Ruth Ann (Kellett) Selander was the best!  In her almost 92 years here with us, she did all the common things; golden childhood; wartime adolescence; post war marriage; children; grandchildren; great-grand-children – but she did them all so well.  She filled all the cracks and crevasses between those common guideposts with love, creativity, and laughter.  I wish I could have the time and your attention to tell you all I know – it would fit volumes.  You would laugh, you would cry, you would be amazed at the talent she possessed.  You would love her as we do.  And now, you would regret the last chapter, and beg for more as we do at this time.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Shari (Brad) Storm, Geneseo, IL, and Susan (Gary) Schobert, Plano, IL, son, Timothy (Elia) Selander, Arlington, TX, grandchildren: Dan Schobert, Melanee (Ken) Johnson, Rachel (Bob) Woodrick, Andrea (Adam) Raftery, Kaci Storm & Fiancé Matt Vermillion, and Tyler (Kelly) Storm, and seven great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Haley, Mia, Owen, Charlie, Chambers, and Annabel. Ruth is also survived by her sister, Marjorie Seifert, Yorkville, IL.

 

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mayme, husband William, one brother, and one sister.

 

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Dorothy L. Quayle

 

 

Dorothy L. Quayle, 86, of Cambridge, passed away on Friday, March 09, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo, IL. A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Private inurnment will take place at Oakwood cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Dorothy Quayle Memorial Fund or a charity of donor’s choice. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Dorothy was born on May 1, 1931, the daughter of Charles E. and Cobie (Miller) McKinzie, in Moline, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1949. Dorothy was united in marriage to Ivan Quayle in 1949. He preceded her in death in 1995. Dorothy was an LPN first working at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, and later practiced under Dr. Young and Dr. DeGracia for many years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, ceramics, cooking, and golfing. Dorothy was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Rick Quayle, Cambridge, IL, and Bruce (Donna) Quayle, Peoria, IL, grandchildren, Courtney (Jon) Gentry, Matt (Kelli) Quayle, Jake (Erica Heid) Quayle, and Kelly Quayle-Piggot, four great-grandchildren: Maxx & Maelyn Gentry, and Lilly & Ella Quayle, and sisters, Dixie Lund, Osco, IL, and Helen Ludwig, Geneseo, IL.

 

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Cobie, husband, Ivan, grandson, Maice Quayle, two sisters, and one brother.

 

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Carl Calhoun

Carl Phillip Calhoun, 57, of Kewanee, died at 11:40 A.M. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the Toulon Health Care Center, Toulon. Carl was born May 11, 1960 in Richland Center, WI, the son of Delbert and Susan (Kilstrom) Calhoun. He attended Kewanee schools. Carl married Lori Gray, they later divorced, later he then married Terri Lynn Kelly they also divorced. Later, he married Carolyn Ann Wyman at New Life Fellowship, Pekin, IL, she preceded him in death on May 13, 2013.

Carl is survived by his parents; daughters, Carlie (Don Lange) Bauer, Theresa (Joe Mayer) Calhoun, both of Rock Falls, IL, Brianna Calhoun, Colorado; sons, Cyle (Trisha) LaChat and Tyler LaChat, both of Wisconsin;  five stepchildren, Abbey, Amy, Amber, Adam and Artie Thompson; eight grandchildren, Jade, Raven, Willow, Anna, Caitlyn, Oliver, Edmond and Leo; siblings, Tim Calhoun, Milan, IL, Paul (DeAnna) Calhoun, Jack (Christina) Calhoun and Rebecca Rearden, all of Kewanee; grandmother, Muriel Kilstrom, Kewanee. Also surviving are several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Anna Calhoun and Carl Kilstrom.

Carl was a laborer and jack of all trades, he worked at various places. He enjoyed playing Pool, Macrame, and Moral Mushroom hunting.  Carl loved horses. His leather hat was very special to him. Carl had many friends and would give the shirt off his back if they needed one. He was a total caregiver for six years to his stepson, Artie.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Donor’s Choice in Carl’s name. A special thanks to OSF Home Care that took care of Carl and to Toulon Health Care for their good help at the end. Please leave an online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Mary Lou Hill

Mary Lou (Yermolkaitis) Hill, 88, of Kewanee, IL passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at her home from natural causes.

Mary was born Septermber 9, 1929 in Kewanee, IL. She was the daughter of the late John Yermolkaitis and Pauline (Ruploski) Yermolkaitis.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Harold Dean Hill. Children: Steven (JoEtta) Hill of Pekin, IL, Connie (Mark) Mancini of Dallas, TX, Michael (Robyn) Hill of Kewanee, IL, & Patrick (Judi) Hill of Galva, IL. Grandchildren: Eric (Libbi) Hill, Brian (Bree) Mancini, David (Marie) Mancini, Brittany Mancini, Brittany (Aaron) Coopman, Brandon (Sarah) Ince, Seth Hill, Nick Hill, Savannah Hill, Sydney Baughman, Austin Baughman, Bryce Hill, Shay (Josh) Renner & Kyrsten Hill. Great-Grandchildren: Elena & Arianna Mancini, Dekker Coopman, Isaiah, Benjamin, & Declan Ince, Brynn Renner, & expecting a great-grandson April 2018 (Eric & Libbi Hill).

She was the youngest of five children and preceded in death by her siblings Julia (Walter) Vinson, John Jr. Yermolkaitis, Roy (Fran) Yermolkaitis, & Bernice (Adam) Weinstein.

Mary graduated from Kewanee High School class of 1947. She retired from GTE after 40+ years of dedicated service. She enjoyed watching the Cubs and doing crossword puzzles. She was a proud member of the First Christian Church of Kewanee. Above all, the most important thing to her was her family. Some of the fondest memories her family has are the annual family vacations to the Wisconsin Dells. She had the rare ability to bring people together.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. March 13, 2018 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, IL.  Visitation will be held 6-8 P.M. Monday March 12, 2018 at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Kenneth M. Jacobson

Kenneth M. “Kenny” Jacobson, 84, of Kewanee, died at 12:02 p.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Cremation has been accorded and memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, March 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Inurnment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Kenneth Jacobson Memorial Fund.

He was born October 24, 1934 in Kewanee, the son Raymond J. and Clematine Florence Marie (VanHecker) Jacobson. He married Connie Lee Warren on July 2, 1960 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on January 7, 2017. Survivors include two sons, Daryl Jacobson of Toulon and John Jacobson of Kewanee, three sisters, Carolyn Dison and Becky (Monte) Kilby, both of Kewanee and Pat (Robert) Morris of Rialto, CA, two grandchildren, Shea and Kegan and one great grandchild. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sons in infancy, a sister in infancy, a brother, Robert and a daughter, Mary Martens.

Kenny graduated from Kewanee High School in 1953 and served his country in the Air Force from 1954-58. He had worked as a union carpenter for Tymar Construction and River City Construction. He was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and the Kewanee American Legion and had been active with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Michael L. Keegan

 

 

Michael L. Keegan, 67, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. A private graveside service is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 at Oakwood Cemetery. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor’s choice. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Michael was born on January 7, 1951, the son of Willard Keegan and Arlene (Phillips) Keegan-Morehouse, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from the Roosevelt Military Academy in Aledo, IL. Michael married Sue E. McElwee on June 16, 1973, in Geneseo, IL. He worked for John Deere in the seeding division for 30 years retiring from the maintenance department. Michael had a passion for drag racing and gardening. He loved spending time with family and spending time with his friends at the Cordova Drag-way. Michael also loved spending time with his constant companion and fur baby, Addy.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Sue, son, Kris (Jennifer) Keegan, Geneseo, daughter, Nikki (Phil) Smith, Geneseo, and granddaughters, Kameryn Keegan, Taylor, and Tristen Smith. He is also survived by his brother, Earl (Laura) Keegan, FL, and several nieces & nephews.

 

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Arlene, sister, Pam Keegan, and brother, James Keegan.

 

 

 

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Leo Vujakovich

Leo Vujakovich, 78, of Kewanee, died Monday, March 5, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, IL. Leo was born August 1, 1939 in Kewanee, the son of Milan and Anna (Germanovich). Leo married Donna Holz on July 31, 1966, at the First Methodist Church, Kewanee, they later divorced, she survives.

Leo is survived by four children, Denise Vujakovich-Bair, Kewanee, Leo Michael “Mike” Vujakovich, Kewanee, Anthony “Tony” Joseph Vujakovich, Kewanee, Teresa Vujakovich-Jagers, Annawan; grandchildren, Sarah Perkins, Baley Jagers, Stephanie Bair, Jeremiah Bair, Bradyn Jagers, Bryce Jagers, Dalton Vujakovich; great grandsons, Leo James Cruse and Aiden Lambert, great granddaughter, Braylee Vujakovich; brother, Nick Vujakovich, and sisters, Joan Vujakovich, Vivian Vranjes, Stina Tavares. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, seven sisters, and two sisters in infancy.  

Leo was a factory worker at the Boiler Shop in Kewanee, and later at Caterpillar in Peoria/Mossville. He was in the reserves for the National Guard. Leo enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. He loved getting in the car and driving to unknown destinations. He also loved to cook in his younger years. The Vujakovich family was Serbian Orthodox out of Joliet.

A Celebration of Life will be Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 1-4 pm at the VFW, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Leo’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Carol Ann Davis

Carol Ann Davis, 65, of Kewanee, died at 7:07 a.m., Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses in Kewanee. Paul Schultz will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Friday, March 9 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses.

She was born July 26, 1952 in Morrison, IL, the daughter of Albert A. and Joanna E. (Lain) Ackerson. She married Dave Davis on March 4, 2006 in Peoria. Survivors include her husband of Kewanee, three sisters, Cathy (Donnie) Piester of Kewanee, Candice (Jeremy) DeBrouwer of Rock Island and Colleen (Edward) Fleming of Independence, MO, two brothers, Douglas (Denice) Ackerson of Sheffield and Lester Ackerson of Kewanee and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Christine.

Carol graduated from Black Hawk East. She was a homemaker, enjoyed doing crafts and was known for her baked desserts. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donna S. Osbourne

Donna S. Osbourne, 79, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, March 5, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo, IL. Funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 12, 2018 at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 11, from 4:00-7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where a scripture service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Malachy Catholic School.

 

Donna was born on August 9, 1938, the daughter of George and Christine (Ragar) White, in Hannibal, MO. She graduated from Hannibal High School. After high school, she attended Truman State College in Kirksville, MO, Augustana College, and then graduated from Western Illinois University with her degree in education. Donna was united in marriage to Jack E. Osbourne on June 7, 1958 in Hannibal, MO. Jack preceded her in death on November 23, 2009. Donna taught in a one room school house in Keokuk, IA, and later taught school in Carbon Cliff, IL. She also taught 2nd grade at the Colona Elementary School for many years. Donna then served as principal of St. Malachy Catholic School for 17 years. After her retirement from St. Malachy’s, Donna became the principal of Lyle Elementary in Kewanee, IL. She continued to teach as a substitute, after her time as principal, up until last year. Donna was a member of BPW, Christian Family Movement, Cursillo, and has been active in Parents Club at St. Malachy. She enjoyed shopping and cooking in her spare time.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Michael (Kathryn) Osbourne, Omaha, NE, Dr. Jeffrey (Sandra) Osbourne, Hartland, WI, daughters, Teresa Haskins, Cambridge, IL, and Pam (Dave) Watkins, Geneseo, IL, along with her 12 grandchildren; Roger Haskins Jr., Erica Haskins, Christopher Schultz, Jesse Watkins, Benji Watkins, Katie Watkins, Mary Osbourne, Kristine Osbourne, David Osbourne, Ashley Osbourne, Travis Osbourne, and Tara Osbourne, and her two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Wyatt Dugger. Donna is also survived by her brothers, Gary (Linda) White, Maryland, Jim (Joyce) White, AK, Dave (Lori) White, Hannibal, Danny (Karen) White, Hannibal, and Paul (Debbie) White, Hannibal, and her sister, Cindy Hancock, Monroe City, MO.

 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, George and Christine, granddaughter, Stephanie Schultz, and by a brother and sister.

 

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

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Gary D. Washburn

Gary D. Washburn, 74, of Kewanee, died at 1:50 a.m., Monday, March 5, 2018 at his home.

His body will be donated to medical science for research and there will be no services. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

He was born December 8, 1943 in Kewanee, the son of Grover “Cody” and Frances (Grayson) Washburn. He married Margi Braggo on December 30, 1972 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. She survives, as does his mother of Kewanee, two sons, Brock Washburn of Minneapolis, MN and Clint Washburn, two brothers, Mark (Lisa) Washburn and Larry Washburn, both of Kewanee and two grandchildren, Michael and Luke. He was preceded in death by his father, a son, Luke Anthony and a brother, Keith.

Gary graduated from Kewanee High School in 1962. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He had worked in research and development at VanPacker’s in Buda until his retirement. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralohme.com.

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