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Carol Ruth Johnson

Carol Ruth Johnson, 88, formerly of Kewanee, died Friday, February 15, 2019 at Hammond Henry Long Term Care, Geneseo. Carol was born March 14, 1930 in Cordova, IL, the daughter of Elmer and Helen Nelson. She graduated from Hoke country grade school in 1944, Salutatorian at Cordova High School in 1948 and Northern Illinois University in 1952. She married Russell Mighell on June 20, 1954 in Cordova, he preceded her in death on April 3, 1966. She married John Davis Johnson on November 20, 1971 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death on June 24, 1985.
Carol was a member of the Cordova Baptist Church until 1954, when she joined the First United Methodist Church of Kewanee. She served the church choir, United Methodist Women, Circles, Library Committee, Nominating committee, Worship committee, Lay visitor, and as Chairman of the Administrative Board from 1989 to 1991. She was also a member of the Clio Reading Club.
Carol taught Home Economics at Somonauk High School from 1953 to 1954 and Home Economics and Kindergarten in Kewanee Schools from 1967 to 1971. She worked in Medical Records at Kewanee Public Hospital from 1978 to 1981 and at the Kewanee Public Library from 1985 to 1989.
Survivors include one daughter, Gail (Stephen) Click of Coppell, TX; three sons, Gregory W. (Kay) Mighell of Geneseo, IL, Brian T. Mighell of Wylie, TX, Scott N. Mighell of Macomb, IL; grandchildren, Arielle Click (Scott Fulmer), Austin (Becky) Click, Cody (Courtney) Mighell, Travis (fiancé, Leah Redeker) Mighell, Taylor Mighell, Jade Mighell, Carolyn Mighell, James Munger, Hannah (Aaron) Jones; great grandchildren, Oliver, Valerie, James; sister-in-law, Eleanor Nelson, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, stepson, John Matthews Johnson, brothers, Charles Nelson and Delmer Nelson, and sister-in-law, Vanetta Nelson.
Memorial Services will be 11:30 am, Friday, February 22, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service on Friday at the church. Burial will be at Jericho Cemetery in Sugar Grove, IL at a later date. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Carol’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Marian J. Evans

Marian J. Evans, 93, of Cambridge, died Friday, February 15, 2019, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 19th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Todd Smith will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cambridge.

Marian Jeanne Larson was born December 29, 1925 in Moline the daughter of Frederick and Mary Jo Huizenga Larson.  She grew up in Burns Township, attended country schools, and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1945.  She worked at Brown, Lynch, And Scott Hardware in Cambridge from 1945 to 1947.  Her marriage to Dale N. Evans took place on May 11, 1947 in Cambridge.  He passed away on August 16, 1989.

She was a homemaker and also worked at Wayne's Super Value in Cambridge from 1970 until retiring in 1990.  Marian was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cambridge, where she taught youth Sunday school, the Women's Missionary Group, and the Mothers of World War II, where she served as treasurer.  She loved hymns, cats, reading, and the Chicago Cubs.  Marian was known for her devotion to her children and their families.

Those surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Mary Lou Evans, Reno, NV, Alan and Nancy       Evans, Aurora, IL, Dennis Evans, Cambridge, two daughters and sons-in-law, Mary and Bryon Link, Andover, and Janet and Phillip McCuistion, Minneapolis, MN.  Other survivors include nine grandchildren, ten great  grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and a sister, Suzanne Heaton, Cambridge.  Her parents, her husband, and a sister, Beatrice Spivey, preceded her in death

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John A. Ohman

John A. Ohman, 82, a resident of Rosewood Care Center in Moline, died Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the center. Funeral services will be held at 1p.m. Friday, February 22nd at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. John Plunkett will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus.
He was born February 12, 1937 in Elmira, IL, the son of Gustaf A. and Esther L. (Turngren) Ohman. Survivors include his two sisters, Marie (Jerry) Harris of Bossier City, LA and Helen Minch of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents and a half-brother, Raymond Waters.
John had worked as an assembler for Abilities Plus.

 

 

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John L. Matuszyk

John L. Matuszyk, 88, of Kewanee, died at 3:30 p.m. Friday, February 15, 2019 at OSF Richard Owens Hospice House in Peoria. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23rd at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Very Rev. Jerry Rafelko will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials can be directed to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
He was born on December 6, 1930 in Kewanee, the son of Francinek and Julia (Spinner) Matuszyk.  He married Caroline Petty on April 30, 1955 in Kewanee. She preceded him in death in 1999. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two infant daughters, two brothers, Frank and Joseph, three sisters, Agnes Osborn, Mary Warren, Julia Lingwall and two sisters in infancy. He is survived by his children, Frank (Cheryl) Matuszyk, John Matuszyk Jr., Joe (Jill) Matuszyk, Anna (Duane) VanDeSample and Tim (Treva) Matuszyk all of Kewanee, Mark Matuszyk of Tiskilwa and Anthony Matuszyk and Carolyn Eilts, both also of Kewanee, several grand and great-great grandchildren and a sister, Sister Ann Margaret of Buffalo, NY.
John had attended Kewanee schools. He served his country during the Korean Conflict in the Army with the Battery B/Company C, 5th Armored Division from 1951 to1953. He had worked at the Walworth Co., Demmlers and for the City of Kewanee Street Department. He enjoyed eating a good tenderloin, going for rides, attending yard sales and socializing and visiting with people at Wal-Mart. He especially enjoyed his family and his Sunday card games with his sons. In earlier years, he enjoyed roller skating with his wife.

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Eloise M. VanDeVelde

Eloise M. VanDeVelde, 93, of Kewanee, died on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the Kewanee Care Home in Kewanee, Illinois. 
She was born December 27, 1925, in Manlius Township, Bureau County, Illinois, a daughter of Frank and Martha (Hoffman) Clary, the second of their three children.  She married Marvin Bruno VanDeVelde on December 20, 1944, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Sheffield, Illinois. She is survived by her husband, Marvin. Additional survivors include one daughter, Susan (Roger) Wallace of Kewanee, Illinois and four sons, Gary (Kristin) VanDeVelde of Jefferson City, Missouri; James (Debra) VanDeVelde of Dahinda, Illinois; Timothy (Becky) VanDeVelde of Dahinda, Illinois and Patrick (Stephanie) VanDeVelde of Winchester, Illinois. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren, with one on the way. Her sister, Shirley Ann Joos, Hampshire, also survives. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Marvin Clary. 
She was a member of Saint John Paul II Catholic Church and the Altar Rosary Society in Kewanee.  
Eloise was a graduate of Manlius Township High School.  Young and newly graduated, she filled in as a teacher for the children at a local rural school, helping her community during the difficult years of World War II. A simple meeting at a dance grew into a bond for life when Eloise married Marvin. A great cook, several generations have enjoyed meals at her table where everyone was graciously welcomed, yet humbly reminded, “Now, it’s not fancy!” Dedicated to home and her treasured family, she gave unselfishly and lovingly throughout her life, always expressing thanks and mindful of God’s blessings. For several years she worked at the Red Oak Tea Room and Christmas Shop in Bishop Hill, Illinois. With white hair, Christmas dress, and a warm personality, Miss Ellie was Santa's best helper. 
Truly beloved by her family, she is held forever in our hearts.  
In the words of author and educator, Angelo Patri, "In one sense there is no death. The life of a soul on earth lasts beyond departure. You will always feel that life touching yours, that voice speaking to you. She lives on in your life and in the lives of all others that knew her." 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 18 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, February 17 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 1:30 p.m. lnterment will be in Galva Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee.

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Mary Creasey

Mary Creasey, 99, of Kewanee, died Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Kewanee Care Home. Mary was born December 18, 1919 in Kewanee, the daughter of Mina and Stephanie (Burkowski) Shinkevich. She attended Kewanee schools and graduated with the class of 1937. 
She married William (Bill) Creasey in Kewanee on September 2, 1944, he preceded her in death on February 14, 1998. They farmed in the Osceola and Elmira areas. Mary was a homemaker, lifeguard in earlier years, 4-H leader, and election judge. After Bill passed away, Mary moved to Kewanee. 
Mary is survived by her daughters, Connie (Ed) Ostrowski, Kewanee, and Martha (Greg) Easter, Peoria. She has three grandchildren, Vicki Ostrowski, Sydney, Australia, Steven (Erin) Easter, Bloomington, IL, and Andrew (Marjorie) Easter, Cedar Falls, IA. Also surviving are seven great grandchildren, Maggie Jo, Lucas, Ali, Alison, Reagan, Lincoln, and Greyson; and a brother-in-law, Robert Pancner, Darien, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, John; a grandson, Mark Ostrowski. Also preceding her were six brothers, John, Paul, Doc, Pickles, Steve, Leo and two sisters, Stephanie Shurnis and Alice Stontz. 
Mary enjoyed reading, playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, listening to Russian music and visiting family and friends. 
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am, Friday, February 15, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Please leave an online condolence for Mary’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

 

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Doris M. Hepner

Doris M. Hepner, 91, of Kewanee, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at Good Samaritan Society, Prophetstown, IL. Doris was born September 7, 1927 in Bath, IL, the daughter of Guy Waverly and Letha Grace (Powell) Salisbury. Doris married Harold Hepner on November 6, 1948, he preceded her in death in 1976.

Doris is survived by two daughters, Christy (Jim) Gosch, Cabool, MO, Glenda Andrews (Patrick McIntosh), St. George, UT; two grandsons, Justin (Becky) Gosch, Sheffield, IL, Kevin Andrews, Jr., Kissimmee, FL; two great grandsons, Johnathan and Thomas Gosch; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Marcia Dragolovich, Cathy Hainline, and Kathy Hefner. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Richard and Guy Salisbury.

Doris was self-employed, having worked for Dr. Terry, Creamer Funeral Home, St. Paul’s Church, and many private homes. She was a member of the Red Hat Club, Kewanee and the Kewanee Artists Club. She helped start the Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church on Hepner Street in Kewanee. Baking was her passion. She enjoyed gardening and decorating for the different seasons. She was the most diligent shopper her children knew.

Memorial Services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home for the Salvation Army, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Doris’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Lawrence Philip Thurwanger

Lawrence Philip Thurwanger, 86, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Advocate Eureka Hospital at 9:28 p.m., Friday, February 8, 2019 in Eureka, IL.
He was born August 5, 1932 in Kewanee, the son of Philip J. and Sophia (Verschage) Thurwanger. He married Sharon Elaine Snider on May 16, 1953 in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife, Sharon, three children; Mike (Christine) Thurwanger of Eureka, Terri (Dennis) Waggoner of Germantown Hills and Janet (Jeff) Fults of Penfield, IL. He enjoyed his six grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald E. Thurwanger.
After graduation from Kewanee High School with the class of 1950, he served an enlistment in the U.S. Navy during the waning days of the Korean Conflict as an Aviation Radioman. Following his military service, he returned to Kewanee where he resumed employment with the Kewanee Star Courier working as a newspaper pressman. He was an active member of his union and served for a number of years as president of his local.
Larry was an active member of Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee throughout his life there, serving in a number of ministries within the parish. He and Sharon later moved to Metamora where they were members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and most recently moved to Washington where they are members of St. Patrick Parish.
Larry was an avid Cubs and Illini fan and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He maintained his sense of humor and still brought smiles to those around him to the very end. He enjoyed his life and those who touched upon it. His was a life well lived.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 16 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 15 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Visitation Catholic School.

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William Howard Mercer

William Howard Mercer, 81, of Neponset, died, Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, IA. Howard was born May 16, 1937 in Galesburg, IL, the son of Stanley and Ruth (Thompson) Mercer. He graduated from Neponset High School with the class of 1955. Howard married Kathleen Hull on December 27, 1974 at the Congregational Church, Sheffield.     
Howard is survived by his wife, Kathleen; two sons, Stanley (Audrey) Mercer, Kewanee, Michael (Becky) Mercer, Harrisonburg, VA; two grandchildren, Tyler Mercer, Princeton, Ashley Mercer, Princeton; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. 
Howard worked at Martin Engineering in Neponset for several years and later worked at John Deere for 25 years, retiring in 1997. Howard joined the Masons in 1967 and was a 32nd Degree Mason. Howard loved to do woodworking, building and refinishing furniture. He enjoyed working away in the flower garden. Howard was a home body and loved spending time with his dogs. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends. 
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A Masonic Service will be at 7:00 pm, following the visitation. There will be no Funeral Services. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Western Bureau County Food Pantry, Sheffield. Please leave an online condolence for Howard’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

 

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Florence G. Boelens

Florence G. Boelens, 93, of Cambridge, died at 9:55 p.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at the home her daughter in Kewanee with her family by her side.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Monday, February 11 at St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, February 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Atkinson. Memorials may be directed to the Florence Boelens Memorial Fund.
She was born January 9, 1926 in Annawan, the daughter of Julius and Martha (LeFevre) VanAutreve. She married Raymond C. Boelens on February 3, 1945 in Atkinson and he preceded her in death on December 15, 1996. Survivors include her son, Francis (Pat) Boelens of West Liberty, IA, her daughter, Mary Ann (Tim) Anderson of Kewanee, six grandchildren; Kris Fields and Kirk (Amy) Boelens, both of Moline and Chad (Amber) Anderson, Jason (Laura) Anderson, Kari (Matt) Clark and Kali (Nate) Nichols, all of Kewanee and nineteen great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Florence was one of a kind. She always had a smile and kind words and never a complaint. She was an amazing wife, mom, grandma and friend. Those that were blessed to have Florence in their life remember her as one of the sweetest ladies they know. She took pride in her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She spent many days on the farm baking cookies with them, letting them swim in the hog tank, play in the corn and ride dirt bikes. Whatever they dreamt up, she would let them do. She never raised her voice and always had time for love and hugs. She loved working in her garden, taking care of her cats and taking pictures of the farm. She was a member of St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee and the Altar and Rosary Society at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Cambridge.
Florence had an amazing life and was a blessing to all who knew her. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at

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Eloise I. Currier

Eloise I. Currier, 93, of Sheffield, died at 12:48 p.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at the Kewanee Care Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 15 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Her son, Bill Currier will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 14 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in rural Annawan. Memorials may be directed to the Fairview United Methodist Church, Church of Peace or to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
She was born November 6, 1925 in Neponset Twp., IL, the daughter of George W. and Ethel (Adams) Harvey. She married William J. “Bill” Currier on December 6, 1946 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on January 25, 1989. Survivors include her three sons; Ronald (Pamela) Currier and William “Bill” (Rita) Currier, both of Neponset and Stephen (Iris) Currier of Sheffield, two sisters, Anna Mae Sapp of Kewanee and Verna (Anthony) Codo of Youngsville, NC, seven grandchildren; Chadd (Liane) Currier of Olathe, KS, Heather (Rob) Currier-Cullinan of Tampa, FL, Kristen (Curtis) Balfour of Neponset, David Currier of Annawan, Keri (Andrew) Benning of Morton, IL, Matthew Currier of Sheffield and Jennifer (Daniel) Bartolazzi of Springfield, IL, great grandchildren, Hillary and Ava Currier, both of Olathe, KS, Elizabeth, Nolan, Addison and Emily Bartolazzi, all of Springfield and Abigail Balfour of Neponset and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother and sister-in-law, Warren (Ruth) Harvey, a brother-in-law, Dan Sapp and a great granddaughter, Norah Benning.
Eloise graduated from Neponset High School in 1943. Following high school, she had worked at Boss Manufacturing, Walworth and had also worked at G.E. in Morrison, Super 8 Motel in Kewanee for 13 years, the Henry County Senior Citizens Center and as a teller and file clerk at Peoples National Bank for 29 years until her retirement. She was affiliated with the Church of Peace in rural Kewanee. She enjoyed collecting dolls, traveling, watching football, playing cards, taking pictures, shopping at Goodwill and the Salvation Army, writing poems, riding on combines picking corn, riding ATV’s, embroidering and crocheting. She also enjoyed visiting with friends and eating at McDonalds. Most of all, Eloise enjoyed family gatherings at reunions, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas and just being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

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Debra K. Sundberg

Debra K. Sundberg, 64, of Kewanee, died at 11:11 a.m., Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 9 at Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, February 8 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church or to OSF Hospice.
She was born October 5, 1954 in Kewanee, the daughter of Leo and Dorothy (Kubinsky) Skovronski. She married Richard Sundberg on May 28, 1983 at the Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church in Kewanee.

 

Survivors include her husband of Kewanee, a son, Justin Sundberg of Thief River Falls, MN, her daughter, Leslie (Eric) Street of Chesterfield, MI, two sisters, Christy (Ralf) Enemark of Kewanee and Patricia Skovronski (significant other, Bert) of Ohio, IL and two grandchildren, Cora and Brystle Street. She was preceded in death by her father, her mother, Dorothy Hepner and grandmother, Anna Kubinsky.
Debra graduated from Kewanee High School in 1972 and with Associates degree from Black Hawk East. She did secretarial work at Production Credit Associates, the Farm Bureau, Central School and tutored for Literacy Volunteers of Illinois. She was a member of Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church and its Ladies Adoration Society. She enjoyed bowling, playing tennis, golfing, playing cards, gardening traveling and shopping.

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John P. Clayton

John P. Clayton, 86, of Kewanee, passed away Monday, February 4, 2019 at Royal Oaks Care Center in Kewanee with his wife by his side.
He was born October 21, 1932 in Farmington, IL, the son of Fred and Oce (Schuler) Clayton. He married Marlene Murphy on July 16, 1983 at the First Congregational Church in Wyoming in a private ceremony with Milt and Mary Carlson as attendants. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, his step-son, Matt Murphy of Las Vegas, NV and Matt’s little Yorkie, Oakie. Other survivors include three sisters-in-law; Farlene Clayton of Peoria, Joan Clayton of Windsor, CA and Pat LaRue of Bryant, AR and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Fred, Richard, his twin, Gene and Roger, brothers-in-law, Gary and William LaRue and a brother and sister-in-law, Cleo and Jeanneane Nance.
John graduated from Farmington High School in 1950 and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Education degree from Western Illinois College in 1954. His teaching career of PE and grade school studies started in Sheffield and then for the Dunlap School District and then lastly for 26 years for the Wyoming School District, retiring in 1989. He also coached junior high boys’ basketball in Wyoming.
He was avid sports fan following the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. John was a member of the 1949 Farmington High School football team that was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame at the Peoria Civic Center in February of 2005. Following his retirement, John volunteered his time decorating Windmont Park for the Christmas season. He and his wife enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas to visit son, Matt. He also enjoyed playing cards with his friends; Maryann, Dee and Bill. John was a loving husband and a great father to Matt, treating him like he was his own.
It was John’s wish to forego funeral services and be remembered in life as a kind and caring man. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus, 1100 N. East St., Kewanee, IL 61443, Henry County Humane Society, 197 Fisher Ave., Kewanee, IL 61443 or to OSF Hospice, 3405 N. Seminary St., Galesburg, IL 61401. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. 

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William Lee "Bill" Murphy

William Lee “Bill” Murphy, 69, of Moline, formerly of Kewanee, died January 31, 2019 in East Moline.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 9 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dr. William R. Toliver will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
He was born November 8, 1949 in Peoria, the son of Wilmer G. and Mabel L. (Ensley) Murphy. He first married Charlene A. Brown and together they had two children, Shannon and Greg Murphy, both of Kewanee, he latered married Pamela Murphy and together they had three children; Tony (Amanda) Murphy of Davenport, IA, Tim (Gail) Johnson of Cambridge and Cricket Murphy of LaFayette and he then married Patricia S. Wiley and they later divorced. Other survivors include two step-children, Toby Wiley and Tyna Hart, three brothers; Gary Murphy, Dave Murphy and Dennis Murphy, all of Kewanee, three sisters; Pat Murphy, Donna Schwigen and Dawn Peed, all of Kewanee, grandchildren; Shelbi, Aleigh, Gunner, Tucker, Brooklyn, Abigail, Mabel, Marissa, Ashlyn, Lilly and Wiley and a great granddaughter, Paislee. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Mike and Randy, two sisters, Sandy and Sheila and a brother in infancy.
Bill served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a truck driver for FedEx. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and loved to work. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

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Christina M. "Christie" Lutes

Christina M. “Christie” Lutes, 46, of Kewanee, died at 12:04 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019 at her home. Cremation will be accorded and no services are planned at this time. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. She was born October 10, 1972 in Albany, GA, the daughter of Richard and Carolyn (Rutledge) Lutes. Christiana is survived by her father of Kewanee and aunts, Barbara Harrison and Julie Rivera, both of Glendale Heights, IL, Connie Gowen of Downers Grove, IL, and Laurie Boling of Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her mother and her grandparents.

Christina obtained her associates degree from Black Hawk East and had attended some classes at OSF Saint Francis School of Nursing in Peoria.  She loved reading love stories on her Kindle and spending time with her dad and her dog. 

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Mercedese E. "Midge" Ingle

Mercedese E. “Midge” Ingle, 78, of Kewanee died on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.  Graveside services will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7th at Sheffield Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 339 E Chestnut St. Sheffield.  Memorials may be made to her family.

Midge was born April 20, 1940 in Sheffield the daughter of William and Verna (Scott) Pease.  She graduated from Sheffield High School.  On Jan. 15, 1962 she married Donald Ingle in Cambridge, IL.  They enjoyed fishing, biking and especially walking.

Survivors include her husband, Donald; children, Bob (Billie) Ingle, Kewanee, Verna (Tim) Price, Bloomington, IL, Mel (Sue) Ingle, Kewanee, Leonard Ingle, Kewanee, and Mary Jones, Kewanee; grandchildren, Jerry, A.J., Jason, Nathan, Nicholas, Calib, Ryan, Hailey, Alex, Lindsay, Nick, Jonathan, and Kevin; great grandchildren, Emma, Isabelle, Jaxon, Ryker, Addisyn, Madilynn, Aria, Gavin, Avery, Damon, Chiles, Noah, and Jasper; and great great grandchildren, Lindsay and Kramer.  She was preceded by death by her parents, a sister, and five brothers.

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Robert Frank "Bob" Mason

Robert Frank “Bob” Mason, 88, of Atkinson, formerly of Kewanee, died at 9:27 a.m., Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the Hillcrest Nursing Home in rural Geneseo.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Stephen Mueller will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo.

He was born August 5, 1930 in Kewanee, the son of Henry Robert and Lucille (Hamilton) Mason. He married Ruth Norberg on November 19, 1949 in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Atkinson, three daughters, Debbie (Douglas) Fyke of Lee, IL, Marie Kay (Charles) Golt of Esmond, IL and Teresa (Peter) Dean of Miami, FL, three grandchildren, Danielle Foster, Erin Rockstead and Megan Golt-Backer, two step-grandchildren, Amanda Dean and Nicole Dean and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Bob graduated from Wethersfield High School. He was a police sergeant with the Kewanee Police Department for 17 years. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo. He enjoyed hunting and had raised field trial dogs and hunting dogs. He was also known as an animal collector as he often retained stray animals until a home could be found for them. 

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Mary Lou Sheets

Mary Lou Sheets, 92, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Woodridge Supportive Living Center in Geneseo with her daughter Julie and son-in-law Steve by her side. Per her request no visitation will be held.  A private funeral service will be held at the Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, IL. Those serving as pallbearers will be Michael Atwell, Bruce Fehlman, John Greenwood, Mike Haugse, Kevin Paxton, Denny Reese and Larry Vandersnick. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice or Woodridge Supportive Living Center or towards a Nursing Scholarship.

   Mary Lou was born on October 9, 1926 the daughter of Lewis and Mabel (Dahlgren) Synkersen. She married Charles L. Sheets on September 11, 1948. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1984. Mary Lou graduated from Galva High School in 1944 and then went on to Moline Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing graduating in 1948. She worked 10 years for Dr. P. J. Doering and Dr. J.C. Parsons and later became a charge nurse/manager for over 25 years at Hammond Henry Hospital.
  
   Mary Lou was an outstanding cook and baker of yeast breads/rolls/pastries and pies. She enjoyed hosting and attending coffees and happy hours, playing bridge, watching college and NBA basketball and listening to Geneseo football on the radio. She was an avid reader and listener of TV news. She was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church, Geneseo and active participant of the United Methodist Women and for many years helped with funeral lunches. She found great enjoyment caring for her grand dogs. Involvement in her grandson Hunter’s life brought her the most special joy.

  Special acknowledgement and gratitude to the Woodridge staff and the Hospice team and special friends, John and Diane Greenwood for the attentive care, kindness, and respect they provided daily. She loved and appreciated every one of them.

  Those left to cherish her memory are one daughter; Julie (Steve) Fiers of Geneseo, one grandson; Hunter Fiers of Chicago, one brother; Dean Seefeld of Normal, IL and several nieces and nephews.

  Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband Charles, her parents Lewis and Mabel Synkersen, 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and her grand dog Vinny who passed away a few days before her.

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Robert Frank "Bob" Mason

Robert Frank “Bob” Mason, of Atkinson, formerly of Kewanee, died at 9:27 am Sunday February 3, 2019 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, rural Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 7th at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be in the Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to Concordian Lutheran Church.
 
He was born on August 5, 1930 in Kewanee, the son of Henry Robert and Lucille (Hamilton) Mason. He married Ruth Norberg on November 19, 1949 in Kewanee. She survives as do three daughters, Debbie (Douglas) Fyke of Lee, IL, Marie Kay (Charles) Golt of Esmond, IL and Teresa (Peter) Dean of Miami, FL, three grandchildren, Danielle Foster, Erin Rockstead and Megan Golt-Backer, two step-grandchildren, Amanda Dean and Nicole Dean and six great grandchildren.
 
Bob graduated from Wethersfield High School. He was a police sergeant  with the Kewanee Police Department for 17 years. He was a member of Concordian Lutheran Church in Geneseo. He enjoyed hunting and had raised field trial dogs and hunting dogs. He was also known as an animal collector as he often retained stray animals until a home could be found for them. 

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Henry H. Hill

Henry H. Hill, 92, of Kewanee, died Thursday, January 31, 2019 at OSF St. Luke’s Medical Center, Kewanee. Henry was born November 16, 1926 in Kewanee, the son of George and Jessie (Howell) Hill. Henry married Teresa M. VerShaw on October 15, 1955, she survives.
Henry is also survived by a daughter, Diane (Mike) Berry; two sons, Steven Hill, Jeff Hill; two granddaughters, Jenny Tye (Andy Kilstrom), Amanda (Erik) Liepitz; two step-grandchildren, Michelle (Sean) Murphy, Matthew Berry; five great-grandchildren, Drew, Erik (Elise), Nikki Tye, Delaney, Luke Liepitz; one great-great grandson, Kyler Tye; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, George, Harold (Lefty), James, Fred, Edward, and Al Hill; two sisters, Lily Murphy and Edna Wilson. 
Henry served in the Merchant Marines and the Army Air Corps during WWII. He enjoyed the Honor Flight he took in 2012. After retiring from John Deere Harvester, he fulfilled his dream of getting a High School Diploma and was very proud to get his GED. In his younger days he loved traveling, camping, and country western music. He enjoyed going to the Kewanee Boilers Basketball games. In his later years, he never missed his granddaughters’ various games and he went to all of his great grandchildren’s activities, even donning WHS green.
He was a board member of the Flemish American Club where he and his beloved wife, Teresa, loved to go dancing on the weekends. He liked playing cards with their group of friends, going to the Sale Barn on Fridays to look for bargains, the Chicago Cubs, and he especially enjoyed solving all the world’s problems with his coffee group at McDonalds. In the last couple years, he loved going out to eat, making it his personal mission to find the areas best onion rings. He was happiest when the family could get together and spend time. 
Funeral services will be Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 1:30 pm at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Deacon Martin VanDeMeltebeck will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery where Military Rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veteran’s Council. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm, Monday, February 4, 2019 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kewanee School Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association. Please leave an online condolence for Henry’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

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Evelyn M. Orwig

Evelyn M. Orwig, 87, of Galva, formerly of LayFayette, died at 10:24 a.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Courtyard Estates in Galva.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 2 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Fred Reiner 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 LaFayette United Methodist Church.
She was born June 22, 1931 in Toulon, the daughter of Phillip and Effie (Strong) Muckey. She married Donald F. “Donnie” Orwig on March 17, 1950 in Toulon and he preceded her in death on June 23, 1992. Survivors include her five children; Randy (Ada) Orwig of Galesburg, Debbie (Jeff) Arch of Kewanee, Phil (Sandy) Orwig of Atkinson, Teresa “Teri” (Mark) Kemp of Galva and Tim (Marsha) Orwig of Plainfield, IL, seventeen grandchildren, thirty-three great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Phillip Muckey and Kenneth Muckey.
Evelyn graduated from Toulon High School in 1949. In her early years she helped in the activities department at Toulon Health Care Center. She had worked as a mail carrier and loved being a homemaker and raising her family. She was a member of the LaFayette United Methodist Church where she served on several committees and taught Sunday School. She also volunteered for the Stark County Fall Festival and was an avid bowler and had bowled in several state tournaments. Evelyn had a caring heart and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She loved gardening, canning, knitting and crocheting, working with flowers, reading her Bible, providing baked goods for church activities and was known for her sugar cookies. Her most cherished time was spending it with her family and friends. 

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Louise A. Anderson

Louise A. Anderson, 93, of Galva, IL passed away suddenly on January 28, 2019 at the Kewanee Care Home in Kewanee.
Louise was born March 20, 1925 in Galesburg, IL to Frank and Anna (England) Sandburg. She graduated from Galesburg High School. Louise married James E. Anderson on February 8, 1948. They farmed west of Bishop Hill until Jim passed away in 1992. Louise then moved to Galva.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James E., three brothers; George (Marie) Sandburg and Frank (Lottie) Sandburg, both of Galesburg and Robert (Barbara) Sandburg of Muscatine, IA and two sisters, Alice (Carroll) Brown of Macomb and Florence (John) Sprinkle of Galesburg. Also preceded by brother-in-law, Lester (Joan) Anderson of Bishop Hill.
Louise is survived by daughter, Carol A. of Kankakee, IL and fourteen nieces & nephews, including special nieces Linda (Larry) Fuhlman of West Liberty, IA and Theresa Edgell of Galva. Also survived by especially good friends Myron & Debbie Lindbom of rural Galva, Dean & Darlene Wexell of Galva and Shirley Bent of Toulon.
Louise lived independently in Galva until a sudden illness in December 2018. She had been at Kewanee Care Home since December. Louise enjoyed outdoor gardening, reading and visiting with family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Trisha Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oneida Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Society. 

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Norma "Faye" Coad

Norma "Faye" Coad, 80, of Galva, died at 3:05 p.m., Sunday. January 27, 2019 at her home.
Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of her Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
She was born November 3, 1938 in Galesburg, the daughter of Phillip and Lulu Norma (Olson) Foglesong. Survivors include her two daughters, Sherry L. (John) Kelly and Janita F. Furgerson, both of Galva, four step-daughters, two step-sons, her sister, Linda Cooper of Poplar Bluff, MO, thirty-five grandchildren, several great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, David Coad, two grandsons, Bradley O’Brien and Kenneth Coad, a granddaughter, Bobbi Jo Mullenix, two brothers, Butch Foglesong and Bob Foglesong Sr. and her special friend, Robert Trujillo.
Faye had managed a motel in Moline for many years. She was a collector of Conway Twitty and Tweety Bird memorabilia. She was crafty and enjoyed doing household repairs. She also enjoyed watching Arena football, cookouts and especially spending time with her family. Faye loved drag racing and was a part of the Ozark Mountain Super Shifters family. 

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Betty L. Robertson

Betty L. Robertson, 85, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, 27, 2019, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 12 Noon, on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the First Congregational Church in Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 11:00-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, one hour prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Betty was born on July 12, 1933, the daughter of Roy A. and Beaulah J. (Thurman) Wilson, in Greenfield, IL. She was united in marriage to James Robertson on December 16, 1951, in Abingdon, IL. She was employed as a librarian and study hall supervisor at Geneseo Jr. High School and also owned and operated the Prairie Workshop in Bishop Hill for 23 years. Betty was a long time member of First Congregational Church, as well as a member of the Western IL Tourism Council, Junior Women’s Club, JC’s, Boy Scouts of America, and numerous quilting clubs. Betty enjoyed quilting, reading, playing bridge, and going square dancing with her husband Jim.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Jim, sons, Richard Robertson, Atkinson, Greg Robertson, Bishop Hill, and Todd (Janni) Robertson, Colona; five grandchildren, Nicole (Brett) Myers, Columbia, MO, Eric Robertson, Eagle River, WI, Brittany (Matt) Parker, Washington, IL, Tyler (Renee) Robertson, Geneseo, and Caleb (Leah) Robertson, Wilton, IA; and eight great-grandchildren, Maxton, Lilly, Molly, & Ellie Parker, Shea, Harper, Ryder, & Reed Robertson. Betty is also survived by her sisters, Carol Morby, Aledo, and Charlotte Sensebaugh, of Galesburg.

 

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Beaulah, a son, Dennis Robertson, sister, Donna Jones, and a brother, Jerry Wilson.

 

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John C. Fiers Jr

John C. Fiers, Jr., 87, of Geneseo, went home to meet Jesus on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at his home. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 1, 4-7 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo, IL. There will be a scripture service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Alzheimer’s Research.
John was born on May 20, 1931, the son of John Fiers, Sr. and Alice (Marten) Fiers, in Geneseo, Illinois. He is a graduate of Geneseo High School. In high school, he raised show cattle, won champion Hereford one year and reserve champion for Black Angus the next.  Out of high school, he took a job at John Deere Harvester Works and enlisted in the Army Reserves.  John married Nancy Munson on September 12, 1953, at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. John was a lifetime farmer in rural Geneseo and a Pioneer Seed Corn dealer for 25 years. He was an innovative farmer and was one of the first to have an irrigation system and to use nitrogen in the area. He had a very strong work ethic that defined his life. He was passionate about helping with prison ministries, including the Henry County Jail, East Moline Correctional Center and Galesburg Correctional Center. John was instrumental in organizing the first WATCH group at St. Malachy parish. He became president of the WATCH board.  The WATCH ministry grew to churches in Illinois, Iowa, Tennessee, and Colorado.  He was president of the Men’s Full Gospel Fellowship in Davenport for many years. John was an avid NASCAR fan and especially liked to watch the driver, Jeff Gordon. He even spent time as a stock car driver at the Moline Speedway. John loved his Hayden’s Hikers buddies, the Cubs, and the Bears.  He enjoyed fishing on summer vacations to Minnesota with his family. He especially loved and looked forward to his annual trip with his wife to Waikiki Beach, Hawaii for 25 years until it became difficult for him to travel. He shared his love for Jesus with whomever he could and wherever he traveled. 
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Nancy; son, Steve (Julie) Fiers, Geneseo; daughters, Susan Fiers, Schaumburg, IL, Sherry Leftwich, Hampton, IL and Becky Jo (Troy) Clark, Davenport, IA. His grandchildren are Justin Fiers, Ashley Leftwich, Amanda Fiers, Zachary Leftwich, Hunter Fiers, Broch Leftwich and Jessica Bailey. His great-grandchildren are Aidan, Ava, Chase, Violet, Maggie, Carstin, William and Liam.
John was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Marjorie Fiers, Pat Wahlheim, and Mary Ann Buechler.

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