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Robert L. Grant

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

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Virginia R. Angelcyk

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

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Jeffrey P. Warner

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

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Donald E. Currier

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

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Dr. Marilynn Baxter


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

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James F. "Jim" Wyffels

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

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

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

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

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Betty J. Galle

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

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

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

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Delores G. Domingez

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

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Marilyn F. Stout

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

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Bruce J. Ainley

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

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Kimberly Lee Wilson

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

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Gertrude M. "Trudy" Johnson


 

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

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

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

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

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Emery "Bill" Craig


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

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

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

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

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Merrill E. Taber


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

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

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

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


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Beverly Younggren

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

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

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

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

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Esther A. Hetzel

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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Mary Jane Carney

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

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

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Thomas R. Witte


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

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, May 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee.

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

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

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Dale W. Hofmeister

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Paul C. Donovan

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

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

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

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

 

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Jacquelyn J. "Jacki" Klawonn

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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Rudy B. Holmstrom

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Joseph S. Talbot

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Leah Arnold

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

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Wanda Lee Wallace

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

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 6 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Terese TouVelle will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Senior Citizens Center or to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA.

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

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

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Thomas Schwerbrock

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

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

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

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

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

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Paul G. Holevoet

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Thomas E. Ahlgren

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

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

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

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

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Eileen F. Mann

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Virginia M. Patty

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Milton L. Carlson

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

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

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

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

 

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Georgia M. Powers

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

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

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

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

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William L. Anderson

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

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

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

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

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Sylvia E. Barr

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Maelene Walton

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

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

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

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

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Lori Ann Quanstrom

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

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

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

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

 

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James H. Hamer

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Charles Thompson II

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

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

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

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

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Keith Nelson

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

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

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

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

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Constance Herrick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

 

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

                                                       

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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.

 

 

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

                                                       

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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.

 

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

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