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Darlene M. Kaiser

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

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

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

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

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

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Leona J. Lewis

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

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

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

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

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John D. Schillinger

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Margaret P. Gillespie

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

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

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

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

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Guadalupe Interial

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

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

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

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

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Robert J. Hoste

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Michael R. Tank

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Jane M. Fehlman

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Mary Jane Miller

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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JoAnn Jenkins

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

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

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

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

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Donald L. Spurck

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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June Girkin

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

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

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

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

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Margot MaCauley

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

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

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

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

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Daryl Tuttle

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

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

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

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

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Juan Jiminez

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

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Lucille L. Cathelyn

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Roger W. Miller

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Maxine Kallas

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

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

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

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

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Mary "Katie" Johnson

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

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

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

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

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Dianna D. Hotchkiss

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

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Elsie E. Taylor

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

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

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

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

 

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Margaret Jonas

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

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

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

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

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Shirley Ann Thompson

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

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

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

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

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Bernice G. Cooper

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

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

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

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

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Marilyn J. Heaton

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

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

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Stephen R. Pyle

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

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

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

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

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Judith R. Harvel

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Jean M. Nordeen

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

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

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

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Bernice G. Cooper

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

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

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

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

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Doris E. Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

           

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Gary Petty

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

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

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

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

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Shirley A. Blankenship


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

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F. Mary Urquiza

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

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

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

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

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Ann Elizabeth Lizotte

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Alice Mimi Hammons

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

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

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

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

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Edward J. Galle

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Robert E. Mahar

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

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

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

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

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Donnie L. Rice

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

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

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

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

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Ralph J. Moens

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Harold A. Dillon

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

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

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

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

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Derrick E. Glisan

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

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

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

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

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Royce A. "Buzz" Stenzel

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Mary Lou DeCausemaker

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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Karen L. Wieneke

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Debbie Carroll

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

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

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

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Dale E. Burger

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

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

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

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

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Lowell Dale Ewert

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Harold A. Dillon

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

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

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

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

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Romelle J. Hintz

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Steven L. Hepner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    

  

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Ferne I. Lindell

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Marjorie L. Rahn

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Brantley M. Francis

 

 

Brantley M. Francis, 3 year old son of Matt and Jeanna Francis, of Geneseo, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on December 16, 2017. Funeral services celebrating his life will be on Wednesday, December 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Geneseo Evangelical Free Church where the family requests formal attire, followed by a burial at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Reverend Stephen Palm will officiate. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 19 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo where the family requests casual attire, #TeamBrantley or a SuperHero shirt is appropriate.  Memorials may be left to the Brantley Francis Memorial Fund.

 

Brantley was born in Peoria on August 11, 2014. Brantley loved the color red. His favorite foods were pizza rolls and McDonalds, especially his favorite, chicken nuggets. He loved the Justice League, Marvel Avengers and Ninja Turtles. He liked the Ninja Turtles so much that he even wanted to be Raphael when he grew up.

 

Brantley is survived by his parents, Matt and Jeanna, his sister, Brooklyn, grandparents, Brad & Chris Olson, Moline and Eric & Sheila Francis, Geneseo, great-grandparents, Jeannine Hicks, East Moline, Betty Olson, Moline and Bonnie Jazwick, Orion, great-great grandmother, Geraldine Gronenthal, Nebraska. Brantley is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.

 

 

 

 

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Irene Janet McCartney

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Irene Janet (Kotynski) McCartney of Geneseo, IL passed away peacefully on December 9th, 2017 with family members by her side. Services will be held in the morning on Thursday, December 21 at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. The visitation will be from 9:30 (rosary at 9:30 a.m.) to 10:30 a.m. in the church followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m.  There will be a luncheon in the church hall following the Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Irene’s name to the Geneseo Food Pantry, 217 North Russell Street, Geneseo, IL 61254. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Irene was born to the late Anastazy S. and Janet (Jaskulska) Kotynski in1926 at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital, Chicago, IL.  She was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hammond, IN.  Her godmother was Cecilia (Chessia) Glazer. Irene attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from Hammond High School. Irene worked at a Naval Office in South Chicago and at Hammond City Hall as secretary to the City Engineer.

 

Irene married the love of her life, Michael John McCartney, Jr. in 1950.   Witnesses at her marriage were her brother Edward S. Kotynski and Michael’s sister, Gertrude A. McCartney.  Their first three children were born in Hammond, IN - Michael III, Mary and Regina.

 

Michael took a job with Detroit Testing Lab and Irene had the next three children while living in Detroit – Chris, Maureen and John.  Their youngest child, Marie, was born in Toledo when Michael took a position with Owens-Illinois.

 

Michael and Irene raised their family in South Toledo, attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where both were very active in the church and community.  They spent time making and maintaining numerous friendships that lasted a lifetime.  Irene was particularly fond of her birthday club and her Weight Watchers group (They met after meetings for lunch and joked about how they “watched” as their “weight” went up!)  After Michael retired from O-I, Irene and Michael moved to Chickasha, OK and lived there until Michael passed away in 2008 after 58 years of marriage.  In 2009, Irene moved to Geneseo.  In 2017 she moved into Good Samaritan Nursing Village in Geneseo.

 

After Irene and Michael retired, they had calling cards printed with the phrase, “We have lived fully; We have loved well.”  Michael and Irene certainly did!

 

She is preceded in death by her husband Michael, Jr., her parents Anastazy S. and Janet (Jaskulska) Kotynski and her brothers Edward, Henry and George.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She is survived by seven children: Michael III (Joie Zatko), Schererville, IN, Mary, Owatonna, MN, Regina (Al) Sutherland, Chickasha, OK, Chris, McCook, NE, Maureen (Robert) Hall, Pfafftown, NC, John (Sally Lonsdale) of St. Petersburg, FL and Marie (Kevin) Lillis, Geneseo.  She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

 

 

The burial will take place on January 6, 2018, in Chickasha, OK at the Fairlawn Cemetery (Grady County, OK) next to her husband of 58 years, Michael, Jr.

 

 

 

 

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Leo L. Johnson

 

Leo L. Johnson , 88, formerly of Cambridge, died Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 20th, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, with military honors.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremations Services.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church.

 

Leo LaVerne Johnson was born March 2, 1929 in Andover Township, the son of Herman A. and Hazel T. Wildermuth Johnson.  He was educated in Cambridge area school and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1947.  He attended Black Hawk College, East Campus, in Kewanee.  Leo joined the Iowa National Guard in 1948 and served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War era.   His marriage to Elizabeth J. Durham took place on August 23, 1958 in Rock Island.

 

He was a farmer in Andover Township until retiring in 1983.  Leo then worked at the Osco Fertilizer business from 1983 until 1988.  He was an "Onion King" concession  worker for several years, starting in 1987 and also worked at the Henry County Clerk's office in the Elections Department from 1989 until 1999.   He moved to Cambridge in 1991.

 

His memberships included the County Center Grange #1862 and the Henry-Pomona Grange #84, both of which he joined in 1971.  Leo was a Webelos Leader and Cubmaster from 1970 to 1980 for Cambridge Cub Scout Pack 135.  He was a lifetime member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church, serving two terms on the Church Council, 23 years as Sunday School Superintendent, and 30 years as Pledge Secretary.  He was a very active member of the church.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Betty, his children, Kevin L. (Lynn) Johnson, Davenport, Todd R. (Diane) Johnson, Cambridge,          Jo Ellen (Eugene) Goodwin, Aurora, CO, Christopher J. (Becky) Johnson, Platte City, MO, and grandchildren,  Chasity (Nick) Brown. Todd R. (Kaley) Johnson, Jr., Nicole (Nick) Catour, William Haff, Brandon Haff, Rebecca (Jon) Deyo, Dustin Goodwin, Eric Goodwin, Jessica Johnson, Courtney (Chance) Goodson, and Noah Johnson.  Also surviving are 18 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, two brothers, Donald (Yvonne) Johnson, Cambridge, and Larry D. Johnson, Geneseo.  His parents, a sister, Shirley Louise Johnson, an infant son, Adrian Anton Johnson, and a granddaughter, Amy Johnson, preceded him in death.

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Howard M. O'Neill

Howard Michael O’Neill, 81, of Kewanee, passed away at 8:00 a.m., Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 22 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Msgr. Douglas Hennessy will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday, December 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held in Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Visitation Catholic School or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

He was born June 28, 1936 in Kewanee, the son of Clement John and Helen (Plymm) O’Neill. He married Kay M. Johnson on January 19, 1957 at Visitation Catholic Church in Kewanee. She survives, as does a son, Michael (Karol) O’Neill of Kewanee, two daughters, Carrie (Brock) Wakefield of Kewanee and Liz (Pete) DeSmit of Virginia and eight grandchildren, Alexis and Aaron Wakefield, Kelly Fuentes, Anna Slover, Rachel Perva, Patrick O’Neill, Megan Zannoni and Zachary DeSmit and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Clem Jr. and Lawrence.

Howard graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1954. In his early years he had worked as an agent for Burlington Northern and then worked as a gas journeyman for Illinois Power for 30 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish, Kewanee Elks Lodge and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of a Hummel Club and Forever Fords; a Model T and Model A Club. He enjoyed traveling. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Raymond L. Gentry

 

Raymond L. Gentry, 83, of Atkinson, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL. A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson. Memorials may be left to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Ray was born on May, 9, 1934, the son of Ralph and Ruth (DeWolf) Gentry, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Atkinson High School. Ray married Kenlyn E. Verschoore on November 6, 1954, in Davenport, IA. Ray was a horse trainer for 45 years, and also judged the American Quarter Horse division at horse shows for 33 years. Ray was a very talented man. He enjoyed doing oil paintings. Ray’s true love was horses. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Kenlyn, son, Rock (Val) Gentry, TX, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, sister, Cheryl (Mike) Lewsander, Port Byron, IL, and his brothers, Winfred (Ruth) Gentry, Atkisnon, IL, Jack (Elaine) Gentry, Moline, IL, Roy (Vanda) Gentry, Viola, IL, Keith (Sandy) Gentry, Chatham, IL, Jim (Audrey) Gentry, Atkinson, IL, and Rich (Pat) Gentry, Atkinson, IL.

 

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Ruth, sister, Connie Edwards, and by two grandchildren.

 

 

 

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Janette L. Alexander Arkland

 

 

Janette L. (Alexander) Arkland, 67, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully at her home on December 14, 2017, surrounded by her family. A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, December 18, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Reverend Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Janette L. Arkland Memorial Fund. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Janette was born on March 21, 1950, the daughter of Maurice and Leora “Bonnie” LaVonne (Allen) Alexander, in Moline, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School, after which she received two years of respiratory therapy certification, and her EMT-I training and certification. Janette worked as an emergency room technician and EMT-I for the Geneseo ambulance service, at Hammond Henry Hospital for 32 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she served on several committees and taught Sunday school. Janette loved her birds and cats, and traveling with her family out west, and to the Rocky Mountains.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Jennifer Arkland, Geneseo, grandchildren, Bryan, Magan, Glen Lee, and Bryne Arkland, great-granddaughter, Tatem Belle, brother, Dan Alexander, Geneseo, sister, Sharon Long, Muskegon, MI, and five nieces and nephews.

 

Janette was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Leora “Bonnie” LaVonne, sister, Renae Michelle, and brother, Dale Lee.

 

 

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William J. Trussen

 William J. “Billy T.” Trussen, 59, of Kewanee, died at 7:40 p.m., Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Jason Garcia will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service and inurnment will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the William Trussen Memorial Fund.

He was born April 16, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of John H. and Ina L. (White) Trussen. Survivors include three brothers, Gary Spahn, Jerry (Susan) Trussen and John Trussen III (Tamara Weir), all of Kewanee, three sisters, Judy Curran of Kewanee, Kathy (Tim) McCants of Coal City, IL and Holly Lee of Kewanee and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents a sister, Joy.

Billy T. graduated from Kewanee High School in 1976. He had worked as autobody repairman and in maintenance at Kewanee Corporation. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and he enjoyed woodworking, cooking and baking, gardening and especially spoiling his nieces and nephews. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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LaWana M. VanDeWoestyne

 

LaWana M. VanDeWoestyne, 82, a resident at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, formerly of Colona, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Hillcrest Home. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colona, IL. Reverend Peter Zorjan will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in East Moline. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, where the Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to the LaWana VanDeWoestyne Memorial Fund.

LaWana was born on December 25, 1934, the daughter of Floyd and Florence (Pecaut) Sutterer, in Perryville, MO. She attended Alleman High School. LaWana was united in marriage to David C. VanDeWoestyne on May 16, 1953 in East Moline, IL. David preceded her in death in 2010. Together, they owned and operated Daves Apple Orchard in Colona for many years. LaWana was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society at St. Patrick Church in Colona. She loved to play bingo, tend to her flower and vegetable gardens, and most of all, LaWana loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Michael (Patti) VanDeWoestyne, East Moline, Jack (Toni) VanDeWoestyne, Amboy, IL, Mark (Tracey) VanDeWoestyne, Browntown, WI, Andy (Kathleen) VanDeWoestyne, Durand, IL, and Keith VanDeWoestyne, Rosco, IL, and her daughters, Brenda (Mike) DeKezel, Colona, Vickie (Joe) Francis, Burleson, TX, Janice (Mark) Giesler, Erie, IL, and Linda (Steve) Raney, Moline, IL. She has 22 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. LaWana is also survived by her sisters, Doris Williams, East Moline, and Dorothy (Bud) Melton, Washington, IL.

 

LaWana was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Bill Sutterer, and by her great-grandson, Conner.

 

 

 

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Florence G. Hendrickson

 

Florence G. Hendrickson, 89, of Geneseo, died Saturday, December 9, 2017, at her home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 16, at Concordia Lutheran Church, in Geneseo. The Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate. A visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 18, at Crystal Lake Memorial Park, in Crystal Lake. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary, Concordia Lutheran Church or the Geneseo Education Foundation.


Florence was born October 17, 1928, in Crystal Lake, the daughter of Charles and Freida (Holtz) Gumprecht. She graduated from Crystal Lake High School and Northern Illinois University. She married James Hendrickson in January 1957 in Crystal Lake. He died in March 1981. She taught third grade at Northside Elementary School in Geneseo from 1969 to 1994. Prior to that, she taught in Marengo and Algonquin. Following her retirement, she continued to work as a substitute in the Geneseo School District. She greatly influenced generations of Geneseo students.


Florence was an active 23-year member of the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered more than 5,000 hours and had served in multiple officer positions on the Auxiliary board over the years. She also was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church and the Concordia Ladies League. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, traveling and water aerobics.


She is survived by her children Mary Hendrickson, of Jacksonville, N.C.; and Steve Hendrickson, of Parker, Colo.; as well as a brother, Charles Gumprecht; and sisters-in-law Karin Barnwell and Joyce Novovesky; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents; and her brothers, Arnold Grumprecht and Edwin Gumprecht.

 

 

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James M. Rasmussen

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

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

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

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

 

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Wilbert W. Wolf

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Jimmy Dean Gibson

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

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

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George W. Clary

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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JoAnn Timmerman

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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Keith Robert Jones

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Joan Renard

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

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

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

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

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Leslie Sadilek-Sampson

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

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

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Don R. Martin

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Jasper Joseph Chayer

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

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

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

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

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Beatrice Haines

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

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

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

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

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

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Marvin D. Scranton

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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Loren J. Alexander

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

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

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

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

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

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Jeffery L. Autery

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

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

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

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

 

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