Gloria I. Snow, 88, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Good Samaritan Society, Geneseo. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at First Congregational Church, Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to First Congregational Church or Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo.
Gloria was born July 14, 1930, the daughter of Charles and Tillie (Williams) Swanson, in Geneseo. She attended Geneseo High School. Gloria and D. Richard Snow were married on November 20, 1949, in Geneseo. D. Richard Snow preceded her in death in 2011. She was employed by the Geneseo School District as a custodian for over, 25 years, from which she retired. Gloria enjoyed collecting things and flower gardening. She especially loved her pets and animals.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters, Sharon (Jeff) Schneider, Geneseo, Judy (David) Eisenreich, Plymouth, MN, Linda Pilcher, Rock Island; sons, Dennis (Claudia Parish) Snow, Sawyer, MI, Ron (Skipper) Snow, Cambridge; grandchildren, Stephanie LoGuidice, Jim Pilcher, Nicole Towery, Sam Snow; great-grandchildren, Alexis and Ethan Towery.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Tillie, her husband, D. Richard, son, Robert Snow, two brothers, and three sisters.
Patricia Ann Baird, 88, of rural Yates City, died peacefully on June 6, 2019 at the home of her daughter Katherine in Mahomet, IL.
Cremation has been accorded and a Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 14 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rev. Glen Bocox will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13 at the church. Inurnment will be at Williamsfield Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to OSF Hospice of Champaign-Urbana, the Williamsfield United Methodist Church or the Galesburg YMCA. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is assisting the family with arrangements.
She was born December 18, 1930 in Chicago, the daughter of Thorleif and Martha (Dittman) Larsen. She married James R. Baird on June 28, 1953 in Williamsfield and he preceded her in death on July 18, 2009. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Donald Larsen and a sister, Barbara Prignano. She is survived by a son, Douglas Byron (Nancy) Baird of Williamsfield, daughter, Katherine Ann (Jeff) Tock of Mahomet, nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, one sister, Suzi Lenhart of Ponca City, OK and her little dog, Vinny.
Pat had attended Marengo High School and the University of Illinois graduating with a Bachelors of Music Degree. She then received her Master’s Degree from Bradley University in voice and education. She had taught kindergarten for 13 years in Yates City and had also taught private music lessons.
She was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church for 66 years and had taught Sunday School for 25 years. She had founded the first children’s choir at the church and began the first bell choir at the church. She had also played the organ and directed the choir at St. James Catholic Church in Williamsfield. She sang in the Community Chorus in Galesburg, participated in Prairie Players musical productions in Galesburg and had presented solo musical programs throughout the area. She was a member of the Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional and philanthropic music organization as well as other performing musical clubs in Galesburg. She had also been a Cadet Girl Scout Leader in Williamsfield and an active member of the Galesburg YMCA for 35 years.
Pat loved spending time with her family and grandchildren, traveling throughout the world, playing the harp and piano as well as visiting friends in nursing homes. She was a Master Gardener who enjoyed helping others, sharing her knowledge, and liked to give flowers and produce from her gardens.
Arden D. “Ardie” Clementz, 73, of Annawan, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City, IA. A Funeral Mass to celebrate his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be held Sunday, June 9, 2019, from 3 – 6 p.m. at the church. The Rosary will be recited at 2:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Annawan-Alba Fire Department & Rescue Squad. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel is assisting with arrangements.
Arden was born October 16, 1945, the son of Arlo and Edna (Croegaert) Clementz, in Geneseo. He attended Annawan High School, graduating in 1963. He married Nancy R. Reynolds on May 12, 1973, in Freeport, IL. Ardie was employed by John Deere Harvester Works, as an industrial laborer, for thirty years, retiring in 1994. He was on the Annawan-Alba Fire Department & Rescue Squad for over 50 years. He was a member of the Annawan Bolders Club, where he was the Treasurer and President. He was an avid rolle bolle player, and even taught rolle bolle for the Annawan High School physical education class. He enjoyed watching stock car racing, the Chicago Cubs, and following the Annawan Braves sporting events.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Nancy; daughter, Trina (Kevin) Burns, Davenport, IA; son, Troy (Erin) Clementz, Mineral, IL; two grandchildren, Faith and Evan Burns; sister, Sandra Pottorf, Easton, IL; sister-in-law, Joann Clementz, Kewanee.
Ardie was preceded in death by his parents, Arlo and Edna, his brother, Blair, and his brother-in-law, Dean Pottorf.
Steven A. Neuwohner, 58, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at his residence. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. Inurnment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorial visitation will be held from 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be directed to Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo.
Steve was born on November 4, 1960, the son of Kenny and Carol (Hingtgen) Neuwohner, in Dubuque. He attended Geneseo High School. He served in the United States Air Force for eight years. He was working with Rock Holke, of Geneseo, as an independent contractor doing tiling work. Steve was an avid Indy and Formula 1 racing fan and was on a pit crew for a racing team. He also enjoyed riding his Segway and especially loved his dog Peek.
Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Kenny and Carol Neuwohner; brother, Paul (Tammi) Neuwohner; sister, Jan (Phillip) Dallas; nephews, Michael and Adam Neuwohner, Tate Odell, Ryan and Collin Dallas.
Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents and his dog Peek.
N. Catherine “Katie” Hamrick, 94, of Geneseo died on Tuesday, June 04, 2019 at Heartland Health Care, Moline. As per her request her body was donated to Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois. No services are planned. Interment will be at a later date in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services are assisting with arrangements.
Katie was born January 29, 1925 in Carthage, IL the daughter of Aubrey and Nina M. (Timberlake) Hamrick. Katie graduated from the University of Illinois, Champaign and then worked as a secretary there for several years before working for the Physical Plant as a custodian until retiring. She moved to Geneseo in 2005 and was a member of First United Methodist Church, Geneseo as well as the UMW at the church. Survivors include her friends.
Dean W. Conrad, 84, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019, at First Baptist Church, Geneseo. Pastor David Murphy will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 5, 2019, from 3 – 5 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to First Baptist Church and the Dean Conrad Memorial Fund.
Dean was born on June 19, 1934, the son of William and Lillian (Hulting) Conrad. He married Doris Wyckoff on October 24, 1954, in Geneseo. She preceded him in death November 15, 2017. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1952 and was a lifetime farmer in rural Cambridge. Dean also worked as a blackjack dealer on the President Riverboat Casino since opening in April of 1991. He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge and enjoyed fishing, reading, and being on his computer. He was an avid flower gardener, Cubs fan, and being with his grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters Susan (Tim Janey) Conrad, Geneseo, Dea (Neil) Conrad-Curry, Alpha, and Lisa (John) Conrad-Holcomb, Eldridge, IA; son, Steve (Jann) Conrad, Andover; seven grandchildren; one step-grandchild; twelve great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; one step-great,-great-grandchild; brothers, Wayne (Fran) Conrad, Cambridge, and Dale (Ruth) Conrad, Longmont, CO.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents, William and Lillian, his loving wife, Doris, and his brother, John Conrad.
Harold L. Smith, 92, of Galva, died at 10:54 p.m., Friday, May 31, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Randall Swanson 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 Messiah Lutheran Church or the Galva Senior Citizen Center.
He was born January 17, 1927 in Galesburg, IL the son of Edwin and Edna (Ellickson) Smith. He married Ethel Marie Emken on February 7, 1954 in Henderson Grove and she preceded him in death on September 14, 2012. Survivors include his son, Roger (Deb) Smith of Galva, four grandchildren, Jason Smith (Johanna Kremer) of Geneseo, Krystle Smith (Gereco Buckner) of Memphis, TN and Darrious and Jatavius Smith eight great grandchildren, a brother Harvey Smith of Galesburg and several nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and three sisters.
Harold farmed with his wife for 20 years in the Galesburg and Galva area. He had also worked for the Galva School District. Harold operated a lawn mowing business with his wife and they had mowed lawns in the Galva area since 1980. He continued this following her death until earlier this spring. He had also been a craft vendor with his wife. Harold and his wife would make trips to Michigan and bring back peaches to sell to local customers. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and had held several positions on the church board and been the caretaker at the church for a number of years. He was also a member of the Galva Senior Citizens Center and had served on its board.
Penny S. Gilbert, 58, of Geneseo died on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2019 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo. Burial will be in North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Penny Sue Carlile was born October 22, 1960 in Geneseo, IL the daughter of Paul E. and Mary Lee (Heller) Carlile. She graduated from Rock Island High School in 1978. On August 2, 1980 she married Kevin Gilbert in Galesburg, IL. He survives.
Penny had worked as a CNA at Hope Creek Nursing Home and other places. She loved the color purple and to read. She especially loved her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Kevin; her children, Sarah (Ron) Hardy, FL, Richard (Molly) Gilbert, MN, Keith Gilbert, LaCrosse, WI, Samantha (Anthony Evans) Gilbert, Geneseo, and Nicole (Brandon Tyler) Gilbert, LaCrosse, WI; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Deb (Dale) Ague, Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Michael F. Werner, 67, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019, at his residence. Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. Cremation rites have been accorded, inurnment will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 6, 2019, at Roselawn Memory Garden, Moline. Military honors will be provided by the Moline American Legion. Memorial Visitation will be held Thursday, June 5, 2019, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Michael F. Werner Memorial Fund.
Michael was born on August 29, 1951, the son of Jerome and Mardell (Hodgins) Werner, in Moline. He married Vicki Enyeart in 1971, then later married Susan Miller on September 28, 1995. He was employed as a mechanic at Auto Acres and 2 & 92. Michael served his country proudly in the United States Army. He enjoyed fishing and cars, especially Volkswagens.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife, Susan; sons, Michael (Sharon) Werner, Jr., Campton Hills, IL, Scott Werner, Hamburg, Germany; grandchildren, Sarah and Ashley Werner, Henricke Werner; brothers, James (Cherie) Werner, East Moline, IL, Robert (Rose) Werner, East Moline, Daniel (Carolyn) Werner, Geneseo, Paul Werner, Geneseo, Kenneth (Teresa) Werner, Geneseo; sisters Mary Ann (James) Clifton, Geneseo, Sandra (Johnny) Dell, Sacramento, CA, Janet (Paul) Vanderschaaf, Geneseo, Ellen (Kenny) Drehman, Geneseo, Margaret (Mike) Godsil, Papillion, NE.
He was preceded in death by his parents Jerome and Mardell.
Carolyn S. Dison, 80, of Kewanee, died at 1:14 p.m., Thursday, May 30, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Cremation will be accorded and private graveside services will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Carolyn Dison Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
She was born June 18, 1938 in Kewanee, the daughter of Raymond and Florence (VanHecker) Jacobson. Survivors include her three children, Debbie Martinez of Kewanee, Victor Dison of Hesperia, CA and Michael Dison of Hopedale, IL, two sisters, Becky Kilby of Kewanee and Pat (Bob) Morris of Devore, CA, five grandchildren; Kimberly Raley of Irwin, IL, Ryan Cecil and Micah Martinez, both of Kewanee and Michael T. Dison and Madison Dison, both of Hopedale, IL and a great grandson, Nathaniel Cecil of Kewanee. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Robert and Kenneth Jacobson, a sister, Mary Martens and a son in infancy.
Carolyn attended Kewanee High School and received her GED in 1986. She had worked at Kewanee Manufacturing and at Boss Manufacturing. She was of the Catholic faith and was a member of the VFW American Legion Auxiliary and had been a member of the former Moose Lodge. She enjoyed crocheting, woodworking and doing puzzles.
Garry Wayne Costenson, 56, of Kewanee, passed away at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 1:43 p.m. He was born in Kewanee on November 11, 1962 to John and Genevieve (Bennett) Costenson. He was educated in Kewanee, graduating from Kewanee High School in 1980 and the Kewanee Hospital School of Radiology in 1982.
Garry married Margaret “Peggy” VanWassenhove in 1996. She survives as do their 4 children; Shane (Michelle) Costenson of Kewanee, Megan (Eli) Millsap of Bloomington, Emily (Chris) Robinson of Kewanee, and Samantha (Paul) Thomas of Canton, Illinois. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren, whom he adored and loved; Elaina and Audrey Costenson, Cole and Abigail Millsap, Cydnie Robinson, Aloria Button, Davennie, Bryant, and Elizabeth Robinson, Tanner Thomas, Teagann and Laela Hindson, and Silas Thomas.
Garry is also survived by a sister Barbara (Michael) Leckey of Kewanee, several brothers and sisters-in-law, and an abundance of nieces and nephews, whom he loved very much. He was preceded in death by a brother, David Costenson, and by his parents.
Garry worked in the radiology field specializing in ultrasound from 1980 to 2017. He was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Garry’s interests included camping, supporting Kewanee athletics, attending University of Michigan football games, coaching semi-pro football, refereeing basketball, umpiring with his brother and nephew, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was honored in 2014 with the Kewanee Park District’s Friend of Baseball Award. He was a member of the Kewanee Elks Lodge and he served on the Kewanee School Board from 2001 to 2005. In addition, Garry was the co-founder and chairman of the KHS Athletic Hall of Fame. He was recently nominated and will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019 as a Friend of the Hall of Fame.
Garry loved with all of his heart, and he will be remembered by his wife of nearly 23 years, his children and grandchildren, and all those he leaves behind as a man of strong principle and never-ending courage.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Fr. John Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, June 3 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family or to the KHS Athletic Hall of Fame.
Ann C. Seyller, 63, of Moline, formerly of Hooppole, passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, at Amber Ridge Memory Care Facility, in Moline, surrounded by her family. A Funeral Service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019, at Elim Covenant Church, Moline. Reverend Steve Peterson will officiate. Burial will be in Hooppole Cemetery, Hooppole, IL. Visitation will be held Sunday, June 2, 2019, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to Elim Covenant Church or Calvary Evangelical Congregational Church, Hooppole.
Ann was born November 4, 1955, the daughter of Richard and Patricia (Mullen) Seyller, in Moline, IL. She graduated from Annawan High School in 1973 and attended Mid State Business College, Peoria. She worked as an administrative assistant and secretary at John Hancock Insurance. She then worked at Royal Neighbors of America as an administrative assistant for many years, until her retirement. During her employment at Royal Neighbors, she won Employee of the Year and was awarded a trip to the Bahamas. Ann grew up in the Calvary Evangelical Church in Hooppole, then became an active member at Elim Covenant Church in Moline. She enjoyed singing in the choir and was the director for several years. She was the President of Covenant Women’s Ministry and taught Sunday School at the church. She enjoyed reading and singing, she was part of the Sweet Adeline’s Singing Group in Peoria. She loved going with Girl’s Night Out Group and especially loved her nieces and nephews.
Those left to cherish her memory include her sister, Peggy (Alan) Larson, Plano, TX; brothers, Jack (Jean) Seyller, Moline and David (Brenda) Seyller, East Moline; nieces, Tracy (Aaron) Klugger, Jessica Seyller, Rebecca (Jason) Bean; nephews, David Larson, Christian Seyller, Trevor Seyller; great-nieces, Willemina and Joslyn Klugger; great-nephews, Daniel and Michael Bean.
The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to their cousin, Sheila Yoeckel, for the many years of help and support she provided to Ann.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Patricia.
Earl G. Stout, 85, of Kewanee, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at Kewanee Care. Earl was born June 23, 1933 in Lafayette, IL, the son of Eddis and Cora (King) Stout. Earl graduated from Lafayette High School with the class of 1951. Earl married Dolores DeKeyser on February 11, 1956 at St. Francis in Kewanee; she survives.
Also surviving are six children, Joe (Georganne) Stout, Kewanee, Jim (Kelley) Stout, Moline, Jeff Stout, Kewanee, Jackie (Brad) DeMay, Kewanee, Jon (Cindy) Stout, Kewanee, Jason Stout, Kewanee; eight grandchildren, Arron, Tad, Tyvan, Jeremy Stout, Jonathan DeMay, Amanda Clementz, Nicollett Winn and Alysha Winn; seven great grandchildren; one brother, Donald (Joann Cathlyn) Stout, Annawan; and one sister Margaret Berlin, Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Earl served in the United States Army. Earl was a Foreman/Supervisor for Kewanee Corp, retiring at age 67. He enjoyed playing cards, horseshoes, and fishing. Earl especially loved camping with his son, Jon in his younger years. He was on a Senior Golf League and enjoyed golfing with grandson, Jeremy and sons, Jim and Jon. Earl was a huge Boilermaker fan; following football, basketball and baseball.
Graveside services will be at 11:30 am, Friday, May 31, 2019 at Evergreen Cemetery. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Park District. Please leave an online condolence for Earl’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Nellie M. Larvenz, 99, of Kewanee, died at 12:40 p.m., Tuesday May 28, 2019 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Greg Olson will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Private burial will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army.
She was born November 20, 1919 in New Sharon, IA, the daughter of Pearl and Daisy (Hiatt) Stanley. She married Clifford Lee on November 30, 1938 in Montezuma, IA and he preceded her in death in 1962. She later married Willard Larvenz on July 18, 1964 in Moline and he preceded her in death in 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Jerry and Jim Lee and a brother, Ernest Stanley. She is survived by two daughters, Carol (John) Lane of Elmira and Pat (Randy) Crofton of Oregon, IL, fifteen grandchildren, thirty-four great grandchildren and a step-daughter, Victoria Raychen.
In her early years, Nellie had lived on a farm and then later worked at the Bethany Children’s Home. She enjoyed reading and flower gardening.
Edward Joseph Coleman, 77, of rural Geneseo, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Living Center. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 31, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 595 E. Ogden Ave., Geneseo. Visitation for the family will be held from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate the Mass. Cremation will be accorded and a private inurnment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory - Geneseo Chapel is assisting with all the arrangements.
Ed was born in Eaton, Ohio, on June 26, 1941. He graduated from Dixon-Israel Township High School in Eaton and from The Ohio State University, in Columbus. On June 20, 1964, he married Christy Stare in Zanesville, Ohio. Ed was retired from sales, marketing, and finance positions with the John Deere Construction Equipment Division of Deere and Company, where he’d worked for 35 years. He was a member of the Geneseo Kiwanis and Ohio State University Alumni Association. After retirement, if he wasn’t mowing his lawn or attending estate auctions and tractor shows, Ed enjoyed traveling with his wife, Christy, and watching his grandsons play sports and perform in musicals, choirs, and concerts.
Ed was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ella (Clancy) Coleman, of Eaton, Ohio. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Christy (Stare) Coleman of Geneseo; a brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Nancy (Tittel) Coleman of Woodbridge, VA; his children and their spouses, Elizabeth Coleman of Minneapolis, MN, Anne (Coleman) and Gordon Sammons of Geneseo; Mike Coleman, and Steve and Susan (Cucci) Coleman of Geneseo. He is also survived by nine grandsons, Christian (Charleston, IL), Erik, Evan, Will, and Cy Sammons; and Connor, Daniel, Liam, and Ryan Coleman, all of Geneseo.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to the Geneseo Education Foundation, the Geneseo Food Pantry, or St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo.
Eugene L. “Gene” Decker, 78, of Atkinson, formerly of Annawan, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019, at his residence. A Funeral Mass to celebrate his life will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2019, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson. Reverend Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 30, 2019, from 4-7 p.m.at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Hope Lodge (part of the American Cancer Society) or the Gene Decker Memorial Fund.
Eugene was born April 19, 1941, the son of Aubrey and Frances (Redshaw) Decker, in Lincoln, IL. He married Marie E. Greenwood on May 14, 1966, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in Annawan. Gene and Marie moved from rural Annawan to Atkinson in 2005. Gene graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1959. He served in the United States Army Reserves for six years. Gene worked for Alcoa for 7 ½ years and started farming in Annawan and Hooppole area in 1968. His true passion was farming the land he loved. He was still active in the farming operations with his son. He enjoyed his drives checking his crops He was a seed corn representative for 30 years at Renk & Fontanelle Seed Company. He was active on the Annawan school board (1981 – 1989), longtime member of the Illinois Farm Bureau, served two terms on the Henry County Farm Bureau, and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. His hobbies included reading and following the Bears and Cubs. He also enjoyed attending his grandsons’ sporting events and activities.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 53 years, Marie; daughter, Annette Decker, Elkridge, MD; son, Greg (Kate) Decker, Atkinson; grandsons, Dylan and Kaleb Decker; brothers, Dean (Lauran) Decker, Nevada, Neil (Irma) Decker, Prophetstown; sister Linda (Dave) Wherry, Fulton.
Gene was preceded in death by his parents Aubrey and Frances.
Ronald “Ronnie” E. Ellis, 62, of Neponset, died Sunday, May 26, 2019 at OSF St. Luke’s Medical Center, Kewanee. Ronnie was born September 27, 1956, in Macon, GA, the son of Alton W. Sr. and Barbara (Vincent) Ellis. Ronnie married Elizabeth Dana in Macon, GA on September 12, 1997, she survives.
Also surviving is Ronnie’s mother, Barbara of Dexter, GA; one son, Kyle Ellis of Macon, GA; one granddaughter, Megan Ellis; two sisters, Shirley (Ronald) Warren, Dexter, GA, Teresa (Billy) Warren, Dexter, GA; two brothers, Alton “Pete” (Brenda) Ellis, Jr., Fayetteville, GA, Randy (Donis) Ellis, Hammond, LA; and a truck load of nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Ronnie was preceded in death by his dad; a daughter in infancy, Amanda Ellis; nephews, Britt and Brandon Warren; and niece, Abby Dana.
Ronnie was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. Ronnie was a truck driver ending his career driving for the entertainment industry. He was a member of the 40 and 8. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, and Hallmark movies. He played the guitar and was learning to play the fiddle and piano. He loved his animals and doing things for his Bethy. He especially loved his family, neighbors, and friends.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Jon Vincent will officiate. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset, where Military Rites will be conducted by the Neponset Veteran’s Council. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until the time of service on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at the church. Memorials may be made to the Buda Rescue, Kewanee Humane Society, or the VA Mental Health. Please leave an online condolence for Ronnie’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Eugene L. “Gene” Decker, 78, of Atkinson, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2019, at his home. Funeral arrangements are pending with Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel. Among his survivors is his wife, Marie.
Sandra M. “Sandy” Spets, 77, of Port Charlotte, FL, formerly of Kewanee, IL, died Sunday, May 26, 2019.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, May 31st at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee, IL. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 1st at the funeral home with Pastor Kevin Drane officiating. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery in Bishop Hill, IL. Memorials may be directed to Tidwell Hospice in Port Charlotte, FL or to Feldick Ministries in Kinta, OK and will be accepted at Rux Funeral Home, 507 S. Chestnut St., Kewanee, IL 61443.
Sandy was born September 3, 1941 in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of Harold and Minnie (Rohrig) Homer. She married Donald Spets on June 30, 1963 and they have been married for nearly 56 years. Survivors include her husband, her children; Timothy (Katherine) Spets of Algonquin, IL and Thomas Spets of Orlando, FL, her grandchildren; Austin (Katie) Spets, Dylan Spets and Cassandra Spets, her brother; Albert (Linda) Homer of Kewanee, IL, nieces and nephews; Vicki (Homer) Rosenfelder, Chris (Homer) Jones, Jodi Homer, Leigh Ann (Homer) Meyers, Steven Homer, Jeri (Tim) Homer-Hallinan, Lisa (Mark) Friedrich, Alan (Carey) Homer, Shelly (Bruce) Kinzer, Julie (Steve) Shirley, David Spets, Doug Spets, Michael (Rhonda) Rinella, Steve (Sally) Rinella, Jane Millman, Susan (Greg) Christakos, James (Sue) Spets, Joseph (Antonette) Spets and Ann Marie (Todd) Hayes. She was preceded in death by her parents Harold and Minnie Homer, her brothers and their spouses Roger Homer, LeRoy (Gloria) Homer and George (Marge) Homer, and her nephew Bradley Homer.
Sandy graduated from Wethersfield High School and Black Hawk East in Kewanee. She lived in Kewanee until 1985 and in Port Charlotte, FL since. She enjoyed her career as a Special Education teacher, golfing with friends and family, and loved animals. She was a great wife and mother and was loved by everyone that knew her.
Clarence F. Drescher, 86, of Cambridge, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Marigold Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Galesburg, IL. Cremation rites have been accorded; no services will be held. The family will have a private inurnment that will be scheduled for a later date at Rosedale Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Cambridge Fire & Ambulance Service and St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel will be assisting with arrangements.
Clarence was born on October 11, 1932, the son of Fred and Bernice (Andrews) Drescher, in Osco, IL. He married Lauretta J. Swanson on May 6, 1951, in Geneseo. Clarence had been a mechanic at the former Drescher Pontiac car dealership, in Cambridge, as well as managed the Community Lanes, for several years. And then, for 26 years, he was a crop adjuster for Rain & Hail Insurance Company in Johnston, IA. He was a member of Orion Christian Church and was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Cambridge. He was a volunteer for over 30 years at the Cambridge Fire Department. Clarence was an avid woodworker.
Those left to cherish his memory is his wife of 68 years, Lauretta; daughters, Denise (Jeff) Adkison, Washington, IA, Regina Page, Indianapolis, IN; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents Fred and Bernice, two brothers, Bill and Jim, and two sisters, Gretchen and Dora.
Debra Sue Kuster-Teerlinck, 61, of Kewanee, died at 1:20 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home in Kewanee.
Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 29 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with the funeral services following at 11:00 a.m. Father Jerry Rafalko will officiate with eulogy brought by her brother, Terry Kuster. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Kewanee Veterinary Clinic, 206 Townsedge Rd (Dr. Chris Ryan & Dr. D.R. Moder) or Kewanee Human Society (Cats and Kittens Division).
Debra was born October 12, 1957 in Kewanee, the daughter of Alan and Imogene Kuster. She married Louis P. Teerlinck of Galesburg on December 13, 1977 in Kewanee. They were married for almost 22 years. Louis passed away on November 20, 1999. Also, she was preceded in death by her father (Alan), and a brother, (Timothy). Surviving are her mother, Imogene Kuster of Kewanee, three brothers, Bruce Kuster of Shelton, WA, Mark Kuster of Kewanee, IL, and Terry Kuster of Davenport, IA, and a sister, Twyla Tholin of Kewanee, and a foster-sister, Tamara Gordon-Stoner. She had many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
After marrying Louis Teerlinck on December 13, 1977, the couple made their home in Rome, IL, while the couple built their home in Chillicothe, IL. Debra was a needlepoint and counted cross-stich artisan. She loved making cross-stitched plaques and pictures and giving them away as gifts. While living in the Chillicothe area, Debra owned and operated Elegant Stitchery, her own business. They lived there many years until Louis’s health declined forcing them to relocate in Kewanee. Debra remained in Kewanee after Louis’s death on November 20, 1999, eventually settling into the Hollis House.
Debbie was also a talented musician starting in grade school with a coronet. She upgraded her talent to playing trumpet. She then learned how to play the bugle. For many years Debra played taps at funerals, Kewanee Memorial Day Services and wreath laying ceremonies for the Kewanee VFW Post 8078 Color Guard. On September 4, 1999, Debra’s bugler talents were utilized for the dedication ceremony of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall Dedication Ceremony at the Kewanee National Guard Armory. Debra played taps every night as the colors were lowered. Many who were present were blessed to hear Debra play taps from St. Mary’s cemetery. Her beautiful rendition echoed off the front of the National Guard Armory walls creating her own echo. Anyone who really knew Debra knew she was a true patriot and respected all branches of the US Armed Forces.
Vera J. Edwards, 95, of Geneseo died on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo. Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29th at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Rev. Melva England will officiate. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church.
Vera Jean Obrecht was born October 22, 1923 in Munson Township, Henry County, IL the daughter of Lorrin and Daisy (Tomlinson) Obrecht. She graduated from Geneseo High School. On Feb. 14, 1942 she married Horace D. Edwards in Kahoka, MO. He died on June 16, 2015.
Vera had worked in Medical Records at Hammond-Henry Hospital before retiring in 1982. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Women of the Moose both in Geneseo.
Survivors include grandsons, Kirk and Chris Hulslander; great and great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Cheryl Olson, granddaughter, Connie Johnston and sisters Doris DeBlieck and Joyce Lohman.
Michael L. Hemmingson, 66, of Bettendorf, passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at his residence. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at First Lutheran Church, Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded and private inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you take a day off of work, give your loved ones a hug, or donate to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org). Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel is assisting with arrangements.
Michael was born on November 14, 1952, the son of Lars and Joyce (Nelson) Hemmingson, in Geneseo. He married Laurie A. Stelle, April 22, 1978, in Naperville, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1970. He then attended Augustana College where he obtained a business and accounting degree. He retired from DECO Tool, Davenport, in January 2019, where he was employed as a purchasing manager. Michael was an avid Cubs fan, enjoyed golfing, reading, running, following politics, and his family and friends.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 41 years, Laurie; daughters, Jenny Hemmingson (Scott Pettit), Tega Cay, SC, Jaime (Juan Herrera) Hemmingson, Chicago; Kimbel (Kathie) Hemmingson, Geneseo; grandchildren, Brayden and Brenna Pettit, Nicolás Hemmingson; mother, Joyce Hemmingson, Geneseo; sister, Ann (Dave) Bean, Brimley, MI.
Michael was preceded in death by his father Lars, and his brother Nels.
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James David McCollough, 31, of Geneseo, passed peacefully in his home on Monday, May 20, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 2-5 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be directed to James David McCollough Memorial Fund.
David was born on August 23, 1987, in Kewanee. He was a graduate of Geneseo High School in 2007. He enjoyed working on cars, participating in demolition derbies, listening to country music, playing video games, and hanging out with friends. Many remembered him as always being happy, sharing lots of laughs, and always willing to offer a helping hand when needed.
Left to cherish his memory include his mother, Kathy McCollough, Geneseo; son, Jax McCollough, Savannah; aunt, Carla (Joe) Dunbar, Wyoming; special friend, Carol Wall, Bradford; along with many other family and friends.
David was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ella Hoopes, and James Ward.
Vicky L. Walline, 68, of Colona, formerly of Cambridge, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, May 20, 2019. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 25th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Rev. David Joyce will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, followed by a luncheon at the Cambridge Public Libary. There will be no public visitation. Memorials may be made to the Vicky Walline Memorial Fund.
Vicky Lee Anderson was born April 13, 1951 in Kewanee, the daughter of Milford S. and Goldie M. Burnett Anderson. She attended primary school in Galva and graduated from Central High School in Phoenix, AZ in 1969. Her marriage to Michael A. Walline took place on August 27, 1971 in Kewanee. He passed away on March 9, 2013.
She was a mother, a homemaker , and her husband's right hand (wo)man on their farm. Vicky enjoyed the red rocks of Sedona, the beaches of Kauai, hiking, her children's activities, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren. Vicky, also known as Meme, was proud of her family and enjoyed vacationing with them in Hawaii, Florida, Catalina Island, Walt Disney World, and Italy.
Those surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Tamara and Brian Wattenbarger, Rimrock, AZ, Kelsi and Jack Frajman, San Antonio, TX, a son, Travis J. Walline, Colona, grandchildren, Blake Rahmus, Chloe, Claire, and Cai Frajman, Josie and Jacob Walline, as well as Brandon and Brett Wattenbarger and Kelsey and Tristen Manasco, and a great grandson, Weston Rahmus. Other survivors include a brother, James Anderson, Phoenix, AZ, and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, her husband, three brothers, Gene, Danny, and Charles "Chuck", and two sisters, Nancy Legaspi-Macias, and Shirley Payne, preceded her in death.