Obituaries

Carol Lynn Ellington

Carol Lynn Ellington, 75, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Allure of Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 1st, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral and Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Father Michael Pakula will officiate.  A memorial visitation will be held from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home prior to services. An inurnment will follow services at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation or to Perthes Kids Foundation.

Carol was born on November 13, 1944, the daughter of Henry and Ethel (Youtsey) Royston, in Eureka, KS. She graduated from Eureka High School, in the class of 1962. She married Tom Ellington on July 17, 1966. Carol and her family moved to Geneseo in 1984, where she and her family made lifelong friends. Affectionately known as “Mrs. E.” Carol worked at Agri-Pro, Dr. Richmond's Bard Optical, Geneseo Humane Society, St. Malachy Catholic Church and as a Home Health Care Provider for the Henry County Health Department. Carol was a kind and caring person. She loved people and made friends wherever she went. Carol also had a great love for all animals, from wounded wildlife to her many cats and dogs. She took care of all and gave them a good life. Carol’s greatest joy was being a mom and a grandma. Her life revolved around her children and they were extremely lucky to have her as their mom. Carol’s love for her grandchildren was unmeasurable. She attended every ball game and big event she could and made her amazing carrot cake for every birthday.

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 53 years, Tom Ellington; son, Christopher Ellington of Martinez, CA; daughters, Jerri (Jeff) Nimrick of Kewanee, IL, and Julie (Robert) Haas of Berwyn, IL; stepchildren, Tommy Ellington of Tulsa, OK, and Paula Stingley of Fairfax, OK; seven grandchildren, Jacob (Sara), Jeffrey (Liz), Jared, Joshua Nimrick, Dru Ellington, Samual Stingley, and George Haas; four great-grandchildren, Olive, Jeffrey, Stella, and Jada; and her special loving sister, Carolyn Sage of Kewanee, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ethel Royston, sister, Karen Royston, son-in-law, James Stingley, and many beloved pets.

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Mary Ann (Holevoet) Reiling

Mary Ann (Holevoet) Reiling, 88, of Geneseo, formerly of Atkinson, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Allure of Geneseo.  A funeral mass to celebrate her life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson.  Monsignor Richard Soseman and Reverend Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel.  A rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to Allure of Geneseo and Heartland Hospice.

Mary Ann was born on February 20, 1931, the daughter of Herbert and Gertrude (Irwin) Ahlgren, in Kewanee, IL.  She graduated from Neponset High School.  On May 2, 1953, she married Marvin Holevoet.  He preceded her in death in 1996.  She later married Rodney Reiling in 2001.  Mary Ann was a member at St. Anthony Catholic Church and served on the Altar & Rosary Society.  She was a talented and wonderful cook and many family members and friends preferred her home cooking.  She enjoyed helping Alice VanKerrebroeck with her catering business.  She enjoyed the farm life, loved to garden, and was the strong bond of the family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Stephen Holevoet, Lilburn, GA, Cathy Parchert (Darrell Koenig), Rock Island, Kevin (Tina) Holevoet, Geneseo; grandchildren, Nick (Katie) Parchert, Nathan (Cari) Parchert, Brandon (Emily) Holevoet, Alyson, Megan, and Madison Holevoet; great-grandchildren, Blake Parchert, Riley Parchert, Brian Parchert, and Drew Parchert.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Gertrude, her husband Marvin, brothers, Clarence, John, and Tom Ahlgren, and sisters, Dorothy Lansbarkis and Margaret Himes.

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.Bradley Stephen Welch

Bradley Stephen Welch, 27, went home to God on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Genesis Medical Center, Emergency Department – Illini Campus, Silvis.  A visitation service to celebrate his life will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.

Bradley Stephen Welch was born on September 19,1992.  As a child Brad loved cooking, swimming, and wanted to try every sport. He loved to make his siblings laugh and would let his sisters do his hair and put makeup on him. He loved to hear their laughter! Brad had a smile that could light up a room and was a truly likable young man.  Brad loved his family, was a talented cook, and an avid reader. He loved to talk with his Mom about recent books they had both read. He loved working with his hands and working on cars with his Dad.  He loved his nieces Kaydence and Olivia and was excited to meet his next two nieces/nephews in July. 

Brad is preceded in death by his brother Cade. Brad is survived by his parents, Patrick Welch and Cassandra (Fernando) Munoz, his children Mason and Isabelle, and siblings Brendon Welch, Monique Welch, Tifany Welch, Jordan Welch, and Karoline Welch.

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Kenneth W. O'Dell, Sr

Kenneth W. O'Dell, Sr., 56, of Cambridge, died Thursday, January 23, 2020, at UnityPoint Health - Trinity Rock Island.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 29th at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, with military services at the graveside.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Kenneth O'Dell Memorial Fund.

Kenneth Wayne O'Dell was born May 20, 1963 in San Luis Obispo, California, the son of Robert L. and Mary R. Pharr O'Dell.  He graduated from Huntington Beach (CA) High School in 1981.  His marriage to Dori Warner took place on October 20, 1995 in Provo, Utah.  Kenneth served in the U.S. Marine Corp for 13 years and then operated his own business, Eagle Mountain Concrete in Eagle Mountain, Utah from 2000 to 2007.  He then worked as a miner and operator for Tata Chemicals in Green River, Wyoming, and later for the City of Salt Lake, Utah, until retiring in 2018 due to poor health.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint in Kewanee.  When he lived in Eagle Mountain, Kenneth was a volunteer firefighter and EMT.  He loved working on old cars and enjoyed building improvements on his home and other structures.

Those surviving are his wife, Dori, five children, Kenneth W. (Cynthia) O'Dell, Jr., Heber City, Utah, Katie Marie (Kolby) Hilton, Kallie Rose O'Dell, Brianna Nicole O'Dell, all of Cambridge, Amanda (Jimmy) Jagard, Utah, and Jed Robert O'Dell, Cambridge.  Other survivors include ten grandchildren, a brother, Tom (Sue) Sturgeon, Garden Grove, CA, and a sister, Katherine (Tom) O'Dell, Idaho.  His parents and a brother, Jerry, preceded him in death.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Robert Paul Hultman

Robert Paul Hultman, 70, of Kewanee, died at 5:55 p.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020 at the Kewanee Care Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Linnea Gustafson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m., Monday, January 27 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

He was born January 17, 1950 in Geneseo, the son of Jim and Agnes (Stahl) Hultman. He married Carol Fuller on July 8, 1977 in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, a daughter, Jodi Pettitt of Kewanee, four brothers; Steven (Lynn) Hultman of Bettendorf, James “Jake” (Jill) Hultman of Geneseo, Bradley (Linda) Hultman of East Moline and Martin Hultman of Atkinson, two sisters, Barbara (Bruce) Erenberger of Bettendorf and Luanne Krueger of Woodhull, three sisters-in-law; Vicki Hultman of Atkinson, Marilyn Hultman of Geneseo and Beverly Hultman of Franklin, TN and his grandson, Justin Pettitt and his girlfriend, Hanna Holmes. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Philip “Dugan”, Roger and Dennis Hultman and a brother-in-law, Dick Krueger.

Robert graduated from Cambridge High School. He had worked as a fabricator at Kewanee Manufacturing for 10 years and then at Knaack Manufacturing until his retirement. He was of the Lutheran faith and was a member of the Kewanee Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed bowling and taking care of his yard and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralohme.com.

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Raymond J. Lang

Raymond J. Lang, 88, of Macomb, IL, formerly of Galva, died Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at the home of his daughter in Galva.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 28th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services followed by a military service by the Galva Fusiliers.  Brandi Klughart will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.   Cremation will take place after the service and inurnment will be in the Galva Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be made to OFS Hospice.

Raymond Joseph  Lang was born October 27, 1931 in Edina Missouri, the son of Guy R. and Geneva I. Noblett Lang. He was educated in the Edina schools and graduated from Edina High School in 1950.  He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.  His marriage to Ruby Landreth took place on October 29, 1954 in LaPlata, MO.  She passed away on June 20, 2010.

He started working as a welder at LeTourneau in Peoria from 1955 to 1956.  Raymond then transferred to the coal mine in Victoria in 1957 and worked there until 1980.  He then went to work at the mine in Industry until retiring in 1994. His memberships included the Kewanee VFW and the Hagberg-Hamlin American Legion Post No. 45, Galva.  He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Sheri and Tom Kewish, Galva, a son, Joe Lang, Austin, TX; three grandsons; Aaron Kewish, Galva, Chris Henscheid, Aledo, Tony Lang, Cedar Park, TX, a granddaughter, Autumn Harland, Moline IL, a great-grandson, Lorenzo Sarver, Moline, and a great granddaughter, Bristol Henscheid, Joy.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter, Teri Henscheid, and a brother Francis Lang.
Condolences may be expressed at  www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Donald J. Bengtson

Donald J. Bengtson, 92, formerly of Cambridge, died Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 27th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, with military services.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorial may be made to the Donald Bengston Memorial Fund.

Donald James Bengtson was born September 17, 1927, in Kewanee township, the son of John  and Myrtle Petty           Bengtson.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1946 .  His marriage to Hazel Mallery Whisker took place on November 18, 1950 in LaFayette, Illinois.  She passed away June 24, 2015.  Don served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.              

He was a farmer and worked in the Cambridge area for Don Krueger and then for Ralph Blackert.  Don began working as a janitor at the Cambridge High School in 1979 and worked until retiring in 1989.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially at Oak Run.  His memberships included the Cambridge American Legion Post No. 417.  He was of Methodist  faith. 

Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert John and Karen Whisker, Orion, grandchildren, Corrie Newman, Andover, Carrie (John) Staley, Cambridge, Chad (Linda) Blank, Ashland, WI, Jenifer (James) Morris, Coal Valley, and two step grandsons, Cord Williams, Orion, and Jason Schneblin, Alpha.  Other survivors include 17 great grandchildren, several great great grandchildren, and a sister, Helen Brummet, Geneseo.  His parents, his wife, a daughter, Connie Blank, twin grandsons, David Dwayne and Dwayne David Hickenbottom, a sister, Margaret Shelton, and a brother, John Bengtson, preceded him in death.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Martha P. Hatch

Martha P. Hatch, 93, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at Allure of Geneseo, Geneseo, IL.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 27, 2020, at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo.  Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 
2-4 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo, First United Methodist Church, and Mayo Clinic Cancer Research.

Martha was born March 19, 1926, the daughter of Ray and Anna Pauline (Scott) Bird, in Fulton County, IL.  She attended Galesburg High School and San Pedro High School, in California.  On June 2, 1944, Martha married George E. Hatch, in Galesburg, IL.  He preceded her in death in 1993.  She was previously employed at Royal Neighbors of America and remained until her retirement.  She attended First United Methodist Church, Geneseo.  She was a member of Valley Chapter 274 of the Eastern Star, Rock Island County Genealogical Society, United Methodist Women, Circle of Friends, Royal Neighbors Social Club, and Royal Neighbors Retirees.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Brianna (David) Mallum, Geneseo, and Grant (Sue) Hatch, Colona; grandchildren, Marta and Tom Timbrook, Mathew and Jennifer Mallum; great-grandchildren, Colin, Aidan, and Isabella McConville, Corrine, Clara, and Cayson Mallum; sisters, Nancy Murrell, Roseville, IL, Sharon Lance, Rock Island, Linda Bloomfield, Keokuk, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Anna, her husband George, sisters, Shirley, Barb, and Eddie, brothers, Dale and Donnie.

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Elizabeth J. "Betty" Johnson

Elizabeth J. "Betty" Johnson, 81, formerly of Cambridge, died Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 25th, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Mullin will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to the Hope Creek Activities Department.

Elizabeth Jeanne Durham was born June 14, 1938 in Rock Island, the daughter of Eldo A. and Florence E. Hoffman Durham.  She was educated in Rock Island schools and graduated from Rock Island High School in 1956.  Her marriage to Leo L. Johnson took place on August 23, 1958 in Rock Island.  He passed away on December 16, 2017.  Betty attended Black Hawk College, East Campus, in Kewanee from 1987 to 1988 and received an Administrative Assistant Diploma. 

She worked at the Henry Count Clerk's Office for nine years.  Betty was church secretary at the Bethany Lutheran Church in Woodhull from 1997 to 2006 and then served as secretary of the Cambridge Lutheran Church from 2006 until 2013.  She was a 50+ year member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher and VCS coordinator for over 30 years, a church council member, and a choir member.

Betty was  the NIS WELCA Northern Highlights Editor for six years, and was very active in the Women of the ELCA at the church.  She joined the County Center Grange #1862 and the Henry Knox Pomona Grange #84 in 1970, and was involved in scouting for over 35 years, starting in 1967.  She served as a Den Leader and went on to serve in other Illowa Council positions.  Betty loved to make photo books for her family, and enjoyed trips with her husband, visits to her children and their families, reading good books, and visiting with special friends.

Those surviving her children, Kevin L.(Lynn) Johnson, Davenport, Todd R. (Diane) Johnson, Cambridge, Jo Ellen (Eugene) Goodwin, Aurora, CO, Christopher J. (Becky) Johnson, Platte City, MO, 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, six great grandchildren, a sister, Shirley (Walter) Kehler, and a brothers, Ronald (Suzie) Durham.  Her parents, her husband, an infant son, Adrian Anton Johnson, a granddaughter, Amy Johnson, and a brother Dennis Durham, preceded her in death.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Charles Timothy Bennett

Charles Timothy Bennett, 77, of Elkhart, IN, formerly of Kewanee, died Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Indiana. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, January 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, January 24 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

He was born January 1, 1943 in Henry County, IL, the son of Clayton and Marjorie (Ripka) Bennett. Survivors include his three sons; Timothy Bennett of Indiana, Matthew Bennett of Michigan and Scott Bennett of Indiana, his siblings; Shirley (John) Maurer of Champaign, IL, Sherman (Karen) Bennett and Richard (Peggy) Bennett, both of Kewanee and Donna Ericson of Galva, eight grandchildren, an aunt and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, several aunts and uncles and his sister, Sharon Bennett.

Charles graduated from Wethersfield High School and served his country in the Army National Guard for 6 years achieving the rank of Spec 5. He was a retired heavy construction worker. He had a love for farming and showing dairy cattle. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Harry L. Seger

Harry L. Seger, 87, of Annawan died on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25th at the Annawan Community United Methodist Church.  Pastor Peg Emmert will officiate.  Burial will be in Annawan Township Cemetery with military honors.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Memorials may be made to Annawan-Alba Fire Department or to the Annawan Community United Methodist Church.

Harry was born on September 4, 1932 in Erie,  IL, the son of Leslie and Alvina Seger.  He graduated from Erie High School and served in the U.S.Army during the Korean War.   On July 20, 1956 he married Barbara Pringle in Erie.  She died on October 20, 2004.  Harry had owned and operated the Pringle Locker in Annawan until his retirement in 1999.  

Memberships include Annawan VFW, Mineral American Legion, and the Annawan Community United Methodist Church.  Harry enjoyed motorcycles, fishing and boating.

Survivors include his daughter Jill (Tony) Weddle, Wallace, NC; son Brent (Ada) Seger, Colona, IL; brother, George (Joann) Seger, Erie; and a sister-in-law, Sheila (Ron) Clary, Geneseo.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Barbara; brother, Don; and sisters, Thelma and Ruby.

Video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Harry’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Nancy J. Lyford

Nancy J. Lyford, 61, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Genesis Medical Center – East, Davenport, IA.  A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Randall Mullin will officiate.  Burial will follow at North Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the funeral home.  Women of the Moose memorial ritual will be held at 6:45 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to the Nancy Lyford Memorial Fund.

Nancy was born on August 23, 1958, the daughter of William Johnson, Jr. and Virginia (Mix) Clayton., in Geneseo.  She graduated from Geneseo High School, then attended and graduated from Illinois State University.  She married Michael Lyford, they later separated.  He preceded her in death in 2019.  Nancy had been employed at the Rock Island Arsenal as a program analysis officer for over 25 years. She was very active, for many years, in the Women of the Moose, Geneseo Moose Lodge #577.  She was a recipient of the College of Regent Degree, served as Senior Regent, as well as holding numerous other offices.  Nancy was an avid bowler.  She bowled in several leagues and served as the association manager.  She was inducted into the G.B.A. Hall of Fame.  She was a member of the Lefemmes 40 & 8.  She adored her cats, enjoyed reading, and especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Virginia Clayton, Geneseo; her son, Bud (Tara) Lyford, Atkinson; grandchildren, Abby, Brendan, and Daemon Lyford; sisters, Cheryl Johnson, Moline, and Kim Bollinger, Geneseo; brother, Jason (Amber) Johnson, Geneseo; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Robin Wyffels and Bonnie Stanley.

She was preceded in death by her father William.

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Nancy J. Lyford

Nancy J. Lyford, 61, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020, at Genesis Medical Center – East, Davenport, IA.  A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 24, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Randall Mullin will officiate.  Burial will follow at North Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at the funeral home.  Women of the Moose memorial ritual will be held at 6:45 p.m.  Memorials may be directed to the Nancy Lyford Memorial Fund.

Nancy was born on August 23, 1958, the daughter of William Johnson, Jr. and Virginia (Mix) Clayton., in Geneseo.  She graduated from Geneseo High School, then attended and graduated from Illinois State University.  She married Michael Lyford, they later separated.  He preceded her in death in 2019.  Nancy had been employed at the Rock Island Arsenal as a program analysis officer for over 25 years. She was very active, for many years, in the Women of the Moose, Geneseo Moose Lodge #577.  She was a recipient of the College of Regent Degree, served as Senior Regent, as well as holding numerous other offices.  Nancy was an avid bowler.  She bowled in several leagues and served as the association manager.  She was inducted into the G.B.A. Hall of Fame.  She was a member of the Lefemmes 40 & 8.  She adored her cats, enjoyed reading, and especially loved spending time with her family and friends.

Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Virginia Clayton, Geneseo; her son, Bud (Tara) Lyford, Atkinson; grandchildren, Abby, Brendan, and Daemon Lyford; sisters, Cheryl Johnson, Moline, and Kim Bollinger, Geneseo; brother, Jason (Amber) Johnson, Geneseo; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Robin Wyffels and Bonnie Stanley.

She was preceded in death by her father William.

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Daniel F. DeGrave

Daniel F. DeGrave, 66, of Atkinson, passed away on January 18, 2020, at his home.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 23, 2020, at St. Anthony Catholic Church.  Reverend Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel.  Cremation rites will be accorded following the mass, and private inurnment will be at St. Anthony Cemetery, Atkinson.  Memorials may be directed to the Daniel DeGrave Memorial Fund.

Daniel was born February 15, 1953, the son of Aloysius and Dorothy (DeSplinter) DeGrave, in Geneseo.  He attended Atkinson High School, graduating in 1972.  Daniel married LuAnn Thurston on March 24, 1984, in Hooppole, IL.  He was employed by Heinold Hog Market and Franks Order Buyers as a hog buyer, and later at Walmart in Geneseo, for over 25 years. He served on the Atkinson Fire Department for 14 years. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.  He was an avid Yankee fan, enjoyed fishing and going for rides with LuAnn that ended at the river so they could watch the eagles.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, LuAnn; children, Luke (Amanda) DeGrave, Atkinson, Brad (Nicole) DeGrave, New Lenox, IL, Abbey (Alex) Sanchez, Geneseo, Katie (Kyle) Hankins, Andalusia, IL; grandchildren, Claire and Aubrey DeGrave, Sophia, Caleb, and Camden DeGrave, Jordan Sanchez; siblings, Linda Erickson, Coyne Center, IL, Nick (Jahnon) DeGrave, Atkinson, Steve (Catherine) DeGrave, Hannibal, MO.

He was preceded in death by his parents Aloysius and Dorothy, brother Tom DeGrave, brother-in-law Len Erickson, and nephew Karsten.

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Dennis A. Johnson

Dennis A. Johnson, 64, of Port Byron, died Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Genesis Medical Center in Silvis.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 21st, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Burials will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 11 am. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Dennis Johnson Memorial Fund.

Dennis Andrew Johnson was born March 27, 1955 in Kewanee, the son of Joseph and Bernice Dupre Johnson.  He was educated in Cambridge schools.  His marriage to Susan Harvey Moy took place on February 16, 2000 in Rock Island.  Dennis farmed with his father in Henry County until 1993 and then became a truck driver.  He was currently driving for Crete Transportation out of Mankato, Minnesota.  Dennis enjoyed puzzles, gardening, NASCAR, and his two favorite dogs.         

Those surviving are his wife, Susan, his children, Dawn (Mike) Dunbar, Moline, Dennis (Lisa) Johnson, Geneseo, and Amanda (Brett Rule) Johnson, Coal Valley, nine grandchildren, Mackenzie and Kristopher Dunbar, Kyler, Madison, Nathan, Zack, and Lexi, Johnson, and Kaylynn and Peyton Rule.  Other survivors include a sister, Debra (Pete) VanDerSnick, Orion, three brothers, David J. Johnson, Moline, Daniel and Jane Johnson, Newton, Iowa, and Douglas Johnson, Cambridge.  His parents preceded him in death.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Marcella "Marcie" Jean Churling

Marcella “Marcie” Jean Churling, 86, passed away on January 2, 2020 at home, surrounded by her family after being diagnosed with cancer two and a half years ago.
She was born on January 21, 1933 in Kewanee, Illinois to John and Clara (Davis) Stenwall.  She married Leonard “Pete” Churling on August 31, 1952 and they spent 55 joyous years together until he preceded her in death on March 22, 2008.  
Marcie enjoyed knitting, baking, tending her flower gardens, traveling, her weekly breakfasts with her life-long friends and spending time with her family, specifically her great grandchildren who were the light of her life.  She was a long-time member of the South Side Club and First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her daughters Kathy (George) Maroney of Carbondale, Jean Churling of Peoria and Sandy Wiggins of Westminster, CO; granddaughters Erica (Mark) Newman of New Ulm, MN, Emily (Jeff) McLaughlin of Tigard, OR, and Nichole (Kyle) Thomas of Muskegon, MI; and great-grandchildren Hunter Newman (6), Brielle Newman (4), Chloe Thomas (3), Vivian McLaughlin (2), Lyla Newman (1), and Elliot Thomas (1).
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Warren and John, and son-in-law Russell Wiggins.
An open house celebrating her life will be held on January 18, 2019 from 11:30 to 2:00 at The American Legion at 1509 Railroad Avenue in Kewanee.  Private family burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Illinois CancerCare Foundation, 8940 N Wood Sage Road, Peoria, IL 61615 or accessing this link https://illinoiscancercarefoundation.org/ to make a donation.

 

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Virginia Elora Peters

Virginia Elora Peters, 104, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 13, 2020, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  An inurnment service will be held at a later date in Alexander, IA.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials may be directed to the Virginia Peters Memorial Fund.
Virginia was born on October 29, 1915, the daughter of Clinton and Rosa Jane (Ross) Gregory, in Wakon, IA.  After college, she taught school in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where she met Curtis Peters.  Virginia married Curtis W. Peters in a double wedding ceremony with her sister Dorothy and Al Lindroth, on May 18, 1940, in Knoxville, Ia.  The couple became nationally known for their shared love of each other and their passion for Hershey’s chocolate.  Feature stories were done across the country, including on the Today Show and People magazine (https://people.com/food/husband-wife-credit-hersheys-long-marriage/).  Virginia worked as a schoolteacher in Texas while Curtis served in WWII.  In 1944 Curtis and Virginia moved to Waterloo, IA, where they operated a printing business called the Curt Craft Company for over 40 years.  Virginia did all the bookwork while raising their family of five children.  Virginia and Curt were always involved in many Christian activities as well as Gideons.  Curt and Virginia retired in 1983 and relocated to Curt’s hometown of Alexander, IA, where they resided until 1997.
Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband, Curtis; her five children, Curtis “Gregory” Peters, Janene (Brad) Church, Jim (Barbara) Peters, Susan (Roger) Cathoir, and Ron (Connie) Peters; 11 grandchildren, Timothy, James, Joe, Sarah, Karen, Ann, Bobby, Phillip, Teresa, Bekah, and Andrew; 9 great-grandchildren, Max, Callan, Bret, Amanda, Shauna, Ella, William, Jane, and Samuel; 1 great-great-grandchild, Tulula.
She was preceded in death by her parents Clinton and Rosa, her sisters Wilma Carlson and Dorothy Lindroth, daughter-in-law Helen Peters, and one grandchild Bobby Sewick.

 

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Joyce E. Rogers

Joyce E. Rogers, 96, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Allure of Geneseo.  A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Morristown Cemetery, Morristown, IL.  Visitation will be held from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Memorials may be directed to Compassus Hospice.

Joyce was born on March 5, 1923, the daughter of Arthur and Tella (McHenry) Nelson, in Geneseo.  She graduated from Geneseo High School.  She married Warren Rogers in 1943.  He preceded her in death in 1999.  While living in Moline, Joyce worked at Hardee’s Restaurant, Moline, as a cook for seventeen years.  After retiring she retired to Hardees, Southpark Mall, as a coffee server.  She enjoyed crossword and jigsaw puzzles.  

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Steve (Debbie) Rogers, Geneseo, Priscilla (Larry) Lodge, Andover, and Lucinda (Terry) Ball, Troy, IL; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Virgil Nelson, Geneseo

She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Tella, her husband Warren, son Stuart Rogers, sister Priscilla Liken, and brother John Nelson.

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Robert "Bob" George Verplaetse

Robert “Bob” George Verplaetse. 68, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, January 10, 2020, at Generations at Rock Island Nursing Home, Rock Island, IL.  A celebration of life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Robert Verplaetse Memorial Fund.

Bob was born on June 22, 1951, the son of George and Margaret (Kleinau) Verplaetse, in Geneseo.  He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1969.  He was as an over the road truck driver.  He enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears and Cubs, playing softball, bowling, and golf.  

Those left to cherish his memory include his son Jason (Melissa), Taylor Ridge, IL; grandchildren, Jaylee, William, Colin, Kimber; brother, John (Sandra) Verplaetse, Cambridge; sister, Mary Fritch, Reynolds, and Ruth Neuleib, Kewanee.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Margaret, and brothers-in-law, Leland Neuleib and Harvey Fritch.

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Rosalie E. Creglow,

Rosalie E. Creglow, 88, of Kewanee, formerly of Galva, died Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, January 17th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Rosalie Elaine Dean was born December 13, 1931 in Pekin, Illinois, the daughter of Earl W. and Veda H. Bastian Dean.  She was educated in Havana, Illinois schools and graduated from Havana High School in 1950.  Her marriage to Kenneth Creglow took place on June 10, 1950 in Ipava, Illinois.  He passed away on September 3, 2016.  Rosalie retired from Verizon in 1987 after 29 years of service.

Those surviving are a daughter, Brenda Newman, Kewanee, a son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Barbara Creglow, Altona, five grandchildren, Trisha Dailey, Toulon, Dawn Ahlberg, Kewanee, Melissa Coaster, Toulon, Aaron Ahlberg,  Kewanee, and Zack (Tessa) Creglow, DesMoines, Iowa.  Other survivors include six great grandchildren, Kalyn Dailey and Colyn Dailey, both of Toulon, Talyssa Closen and Taryn Ahlberg, both of Kewanee, Devon Sterling, Atkinson, and Harrison Creglow, DesMoines.  Her parents, her husband, and two brothers, Bill Dean and Douglas Dosier, preceded her in death.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Darrell Alwin Keim

Darrell Alwin Keim, formerly of Annawan, IL, 91, passed away January 11, 2020, at Toulon Healthcare Center, Toulon.   A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2020, at Fairview United Methodist Church, rural Annawan.  Reverend Peg Emmertt will officiate.  Inurnment will be at Fairview United Methodist Cemetery where Military Honors will be accorded following the service.  Visitation will be held from 10 – 11 a.m. on Monday, at the church.  Cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials may be made to Fairview United Methodist Church, Toulon Healthcare Center Alzheimer’s Unit, or Annawan-Alba Rescue.

Darrell was born in the Annawan area on December 2, 1928, to Fred W. Keim and Agnes (Ford) Keim.  He graduated from Annawan High School in 1946. He graduated from Coyne Electrical School of Technology, Chicago, IL 1947. Working in the area with a Radio and Appliance dealer while assisting on the family farm until called to serve in the Armed Forces.

Beginning in 1951 he served proudly in the Armed Service Forces, 349th Transportation Corp. earning Certificates in Welding and Stevedore classifications. He sailed to Thule Greenland to serve with the 373rd. T.M.P. DET.No.3 where he earned the Royal Order of the Blue Nose for serving our nation for several months above the Arctic Circle.  Returning home from military service he began farming in rural Annawan, Cornwall Township. He married Charlene C. Parker on April 26, 1953, at the then Fairview Evangelical United Brethren Church, Annawan, IL.

After farming for 5 years he proceeded to have a great working career that included Midland Electric Coal Company over the next 7 years. He worked at both the Atkinson tipple facility as a welder and the Victoria mine where he helped build the largest electric strip mine coal shovel in the United States at that time. When the mine closed, he went to work for John Deere & Co. Moline, IL He worked as a certified maintenance welder capable of welding high-pressure pipes and later became a maintenance millwright serving in the Plow Planter & Central Cylinder Facilities retiring after 24 ½ years from what is the now the Seeding Division in Moline.

Darrell was a very civic-minded individual. He was a lifelong member of Fairview United Methodist Church where he held positions of Sunday School Superintendent, Administrative Board Chairman, Finance & Audit committee chairmanships, trustee, and head trustee.  He joined the Annawan Kiwanis Club in 1978 and held several officer positions through the years and was awarded the outstanding leadership and citizen of the year in 1985 and again in 1995. He enjoyed participating in the club activities which included “Pancake Day”, “Annawan Fun Day”, and other fundraising and assistance used for the cub scouts, schools, teachers and numerous other local charities.  Darrell was a charter member of the “Friends of the Round Barn” that worked for the restoration, upkeep, and tours for the barn located at Johnson’s Sauk Trail State Park. He worked tirelessly to give tours and would schedule his later life around the volunteer tour schedule.  He was a member of the Henry County Genealogical Society. 

Darrell enjoyed traveling and spent time exploring our nation's many wonders and crisscrossing the country to visit children and relatives.  He was an advocate for the Red Cross and subsequently given over 20 gallons of blood through the local area blood drives in support of our troops and area blood banks.

His hobbies were numerous and included metalworking, woodworking, photography, gardening, fruit trees, and roses.  He loved providing the birds and squirrels winter food and housing, along with his many personal inventions to make life easier.  Darrell installed one of the area’s first active solar systems to heat his house and hot water in 1983, where it continues to work to this day.

Darrell is survived by his wife of 66.7 years Charlene, Annawan,  Sons,  Dennis, Springfield, OR, Michael (Beth) Port Byron, IL, and a Daughter Deborah (William) Salmond, Rock Hill, SC, Brother Ronald (Mary), Moline, IL, Sister Marilyn Nielsen, Geneseo, IL, Four grandchildren James (Ashley) Keim, Carmel, IN, Sarah (Justin) Williams, Romeoville, IL, Amy Salmond, Rock Hill, SC, Ivan Salmond, Rock Hill, SC, Two Great-grandchildren, Wesley Keim and Ella Keim, Carmel, IN.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and Four Brothers Dwain, Harold, F. Hayden, Marvin.

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William A. Rockstroh

William A. Rockstroh, 80, of Geneseo, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at Kahl Home, Davenport, IA.  A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020, at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline, IL.  Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 12, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials may be directed to the William Rockstroh Memorial Fund.

William was born July 21, 1939, the son of Adolph and Evelyn Rockstroh, in Moline, IL.  He graduated from Moline High School and went on to attend two years at a technical college in Chicago.  He married Margaret Spierowski on July 18, 1959, in Chicago.  She preceded him death in 2013.  Bill was employed by John Deere Harvester Works, John Deere Plow Planter, and John Deere Administration Center, for 28 years, until his retirement.   He enjoyed traveling, bowling, fishing, and spending time with his family.  He was an avid Bears and Cubs fan, loved his cars, and his cat Simba.

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Laurie (William) Heller, Geneseo, Julie (Scott) Cocquit, Geneseo, Ruth (Rocky) Spanton, Cambridge, Bill (Rose) Rockstroh, Davenport, IA; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Adolph and Evelyn, and his wife Margaret.

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Colleen M. Sherbeyn

Colleen M. Sherbeyn, 51, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020, at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport, IA.  A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Colleen Sherbeyn Memorial Fund.

Colleen was born March 7, 1968, the daughter of William and Betty (Kuchirka) Powell-Epperson, in Geneseo.  She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1988.  She married Scott P. Sherbeyn on May 20, 1993, in Geneseo.  Colleen worked as an Avon and Tupperware sales associate for over 25 years, an event planner for vendor craft shows, as well as worked at Central Bank and Farmer’s National Bank as a teller, and Powell Realty, Geneseo.  Colleen enjoyed spending time with her family and her granddaughter, Addie.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Scott; son, Jason Jenkins, Geneseo; granddaughter, Addison “Addie”; mother, Betty (Harold) Epperson, New Windsor, IL; brothers, Willie Powell, Moline, and Aaron Powell (Cory Hook), Geneseo; her best friend, Dot Bross; and her loving four-legged companion Louie.

She was preceded in death by her father William, her grandparents, and an aunt.  

Colleen wished to express her thanks to her many friends and family for their love, friendship, and support through the years.

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Colleen M. Sherbeyn

Colleen M. Sherbeyn, 51, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, January 6, 2020, at Genesis East Medical Center, Davenport, IA.  A funeral service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 4 - 7 p.m. on Friday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Colleen Sherbeyn Memorial Fund.

Colleen was born March 7, 1968, the daughter of William and Betty (Kuchirka) Powell-Epperson, in Geneseo.  She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1988.  She married Scott P. Sherbeyn on May 20, 1993, in Geneseo.  Colleen worked as an Avon and Tupperware sales associate for over 25 years, an event planner for vendor craft shows, as well as worked at Central Bank and Farmer’s National Bank as a teller, and Powell Realty, Geneseo.  Colleen enjoyed spending time with her family and her granddaughter, Addie.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Scott; son, Jason Jenkins, Geneseo; granddaughter, Addison “Addie”; mother, Betty (Harold) Epperson, New Windsor, IL; brothers, Willie Powell, Moline, and Aaron Powell (Cory Hook), Geneseo; her best friend, Dot Bross; and her loving four-legged companion Louie.

She was preceded in death by her father William, her grandparents, and an aunt.  

Colleen wished to express her thanks to her many friends and family for their love, friendship, and support through the years.

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Lucille Mae McCune

Lucille Mae McCune,92, of Mineral, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at her home.  A funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel.  Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Burial will follow at Sheffield Cemetery, Sheffield, IL.  Visitation will be from 4 – 7 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2020, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Lucille McCune Memorial Fund.

Lucille was born on May 7, 1927, in Alba Township, Henry County, IL, the daughter of James and Celia (Boyd) Thompson.  She was one of ten children.  Lucille married Russell Lloyd Anderson, Eldon E. Dynes, and later married Milo James McCune on December 29, 1962.  He preceded her in death.  Lucille was a beautician, homemaker, and for many years a Walmart greeter.  She loved to cook and enjoyed feeding people.  

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Pamela Fjeld, Mineral, William “Bill” (Amanda Grimes) Dynes, Dingley, IL, James (Nicole) McCune, Sheffield, and Harry (Dee) McCune, Manlius, IL; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters, Judy Hansen and Barbara Young, Geneseo; sister-in-law, Odetta Thompson, Annawan; brother-in-law, Neil Johnson, Galva; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents James and Celia, her husband Milo, daughters Carla Lopez and Nota Dynes-Hall, sisters, Dorothy Koss, Mary Wisker, and Beth Johnson, brothers, Orin Thompson, Calvin Thompson, Harold Thompson, and James Thompson.

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