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Gerald D. Nelson

Gerald D. Nelson, 88, of Galva, died Thursday, December 13, 2018, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 17th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery with military services by the Galva Fusiliers.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Veterans Honor Flight or the American Legion Post No. 45.

Gerald Dennis Nelson was born April 19, 1930 in Cambridge Township, the son of Lawrence L. and Vernice L. Lindstrum Nelson.  He was educated in rural Henry County schools and graduated from Galva High School in 1948.     His marriage to Dorothy I. Boostrom took place on January 14, 1951 in Galva.  Gerald served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War.

He was a carpenter and a farmer in the Galva-Bishop Hill area for many years.  His memberships include the Messiah Lutheran Church, Galva, and the Hagberg-Hamlin American Legion Post No. 45 of Galva.  Gerald enjoyed watching Galva sports, especially when his grandchildren were playing, and he was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls.

Those surviving are his wife, Dorothy, a daughter and son-in-law, Teri and Rich Volkert, Galva, a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Kathy Nelson, Trempealeau, WI, a daughter-in-law, Dawn Nelson, Sparta, WI, five grandchildren, Bilan (Chad) Hockers, Skylar Nelson, Mitchell Nelson, Kyle (Melissa) Volkert, and Kelly (Matt) Fargher, three step grandchildren, Jeff (Jessica) McCabe, Tom (Melissa) McCabe, and Marc (Jamie) McCabe.  Other survivors include five great grandchildren, six step great grandchildren, and a brother, Lewis (Marian) Nelson, Bishop Hill.  His parents, a son, Tom, two great grandsons, Noah and Liam Hockers, a sister, Lois Anderson, and a brother, Jim Nelson preceded him in death.

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Michael H. "Mike" Tautkus

Michael H. “Mike” Tautkus, 68, of Neponset, died Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at OSF St Luke Medical Center, Kewanee. Mike was born August 27, 1950, in Kewanee, the son of Jack and Becky (Hayden) Tautkus. Mike graduated from Western High School, Buda with the class of 1968. Mike married Peggy Craine on July 23, 1977 in Kewanee, she survives.
Mike is survived by his wife; son, Erik (Melissa) Tautkus, Dunlap; daughter, Stephanie (Chris) Grussing, Tolono, IL; five grandchildren, Jackson, Caroline, Hayden, Liam, and Ellie; and one sister, Sue, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.
Mike graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Education. He owned the Fireside Inn in Neponset. He later worked and retired from the Illinois State Board of Education. Mike attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, as a little boy. Mike cheered on the Fighting Illini, and enjoyed snowmobiling, golfing, and racquetball. He especially loved working on the farm, vacationing with family and watching his grandchildren play sports.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 am, Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Marcus Throneburg will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Friday, December 14, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and St. Jude’s Children Hospital. Please leave an online condolence for Michael’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

 

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Dolores D. Larson

Dolores D. Larson, 88, of Andover, died Tuesday, December 11, 2018, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 14th, at the Augustana Lutheran Church, Andover.  Rev. Reed Pedersen will officiate.  Burial will be in the Andover Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Augustana Lutheran Church.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Dolores Darlene Anderson was born July 29, 1930 in Richland Grove, Mercer County, Illinois, the daughter of Paul and Erma McGraw Anderson.  When she was two years old, she was adopted by C. Jesse and Hannah Anderson Holliday.  She was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1948.  Her marriage to Donald R. Larson of Lynn Center took place on November 14, 1948 in Cambridge, and they just celebrated their 70th anniversary.         .

The couple farmed near Lynn Center for ten years before moving to Andover in 1959.  Dolores worked at the Henry County Cold Storage and then was a Deputy County Clerk at the Henry County Courthouse for 25 years.  She loved flowers, cooking, gardening, bowling, and bingo.

Those surviving are her husband, Donald, her son, Dennis Larson, Andover, a sister, Ruth Myers, Fullerton, Nebraska, and several nieces and nephews.  Her parents, a daughter, Annette, a sister, and a brother preceded her in death.

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Linda S. Schmidt

Linda S. Schmidt, 52, of Geneseo, Director of Music and Worship at First Lutheran Church, passed away on December 10, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital. Funeral services celebrating her life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Pastors Matt & Laura Kamprath, and Bishop Jeff Clements will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, at the church. Cremation will follow funeral services and a private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran Church, Geneseo - Worship & Music Ministry. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Linda was born on March 31, 1966, the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Winkler) Joy, in Cedar Rapids, IA. She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music from Luther College in Decorah, IA, and received her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Music Education from Concordia University in River Forest, IL. Linda was united in marriage to Clifford J. Schmidt on January 2, 1993, in Cedar Rapids. She was currently a Deacon and Minister of Music and Worship at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Linda served congregations in Madison, WI, Clinton, IA and Kenosha, WI, for a total of 30 years, prior to her time here in Geneseo with First Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. Linda’s passion was music, and sharing her talents with children and others was her joy! She enjoyed flower gardening and traveling with her husband Cliff and their children. They especially loved to travel to the ocean and visit sandy beaches together. Linda adored her family, and was so very dedicated to them. The sound of her music and joyous spirit will be missed.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Cliff, son, Andrew Schmidt, daughter, Natalya Schmidt, all of Geneseo, brother, Brian (Kris) Joy, and two nephews, Nathan and Matthew Joy, of Altoona, IA.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents.

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Fern L. Stabler

Fern L. Stabler, 92, a resident of the Kewanee Care Home, formerly of Neponset, died at 7:47 p.m., Saturday, December 8, 2018 at the home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Jordan Knight will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be held in West Neponset Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Buda Rescue Squad.
She was born September 2, 1926 in Sheffield, the daughter of Frank D. and Louisa J. (Phillips) Hand. She married Charles W. Stabler on February 10, 1947 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on October 2, 2003. Survivors include her son, Jerry Stabler of Neponset, a daughter, Sherry (Roger) Cannon of Marango, IL, six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sons, Gary and Jack.
Fern was a homemaker and a member of the Neponset United Methodist Church. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting and especially enjoyed being with her family.

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Keith E. DeBlieck

Keith E. DeBlieck, 85, of Geneseo died on Saturday, December 08, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  A memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St., Geneseo.  Graveside services will be held at 10:00 on Thursday at Spring Creek Cemetery (Blue Light Cemetery) rural Atkinson.  Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate with military honors by Geneseo VFW.  Memorials may be made to Arthritis Foundation or Henry County Humane Society, Geneseo.

Keith was born June 29, 1933 in Geneseo the son of Edward B. and Moneta N. (Keegan) DeBlieck.  Keith graduated from J.D. Darnell High School, Geneseo in 1951.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.  On Sept. 17. 1956 he married Janet Paxson in Kansas City, MO.  She died on July 18, 2013.

Keith had worked for Gilbert Pritchard Implement, Blackhawk Foundation and Clyde Johnson Trucking before owning and operating DeBlieck Trucking in Geneseo for many years.  Keith enjoyed wood working, fishing, and restoring trucks and cars.

Survivors include his sons, Todd (Rhonda) DeBlieck, Tim (Leah Gustafson) DeBlieck, all of Geneseo; daughter, Tracey (Robert) Blair, Edgewood, IL; Tracey’s family and Keith’s granddaughter,  Nichole (Ryan) Davis, Indianapolis, IN with great grandsons, Keegan, Jace and Gunnar; Todd’s family Bryon Talbot, Longview, WA and his children Riley and Kaitlynn, Derick (Melissa) Talbot, Cambridge and their children, Christopher, Dakota,  and Andrew, and  Trista (Matt) McMan, Colona and their daughter, Summer; Tim’s family Edythe (Anthony) Johnson, Geneseo and their children, Foster and Korionna, and Raymond Gustafson, Geneseo; and sister, Barb (Harry) Olsen.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Janet.

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Thomas B. "Tom" Raley

Thomas B. “Tom” Raley, 79, of Galva, died at 5:45 p.m., Sunday, December 2, 2018 at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 7 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrant will be Fr. John Burns. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 6 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with recitation of the rosary at 4:00 p.m. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.
He was born April 20, 1939 in Lebanon, KY, the son of Joseph Thomas and Martha Alice (Luckett) Raley. He married Yvonne L. Baker in 1959 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on March 10, 2018. Survivors include his two children, Peter Raley of Galva and Laurie Beaman of Pocatella, ID, three brothers; Jim (Pat) Raley, Terry (Linda) Raley and Bob (Tracy) Raley, all of Galva, three sisters; Mary Porter of Galva and Sue (Dave) Bolt and Fran Griffin, both of Arizona, four grandchildren; Ronnie Beaman, Tristine David, Jared Cramer and Ross Cramer and seven great grandchildren; Dillon, Caleb, Damien, Trinity, Ginger, Lilija and Ashton. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Martha Kirk and a nephew, Joe Kirk.
Tom graduated from Galva High School in 1957. He had worked at the Galva Foundry, Pearson Brothers, the Galva Coop and River Valley Coop. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church and enjoyed gardening and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. 

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Elmer M. Reedy

Elmer M. Reedy, 91, longtime teacher, athletic director, and coach, at Geneseo High School, passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society, Geneseo Village, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Friday, December 7, from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where a Moose service will be held at 7:00 p.m. A scripture service will follow. Memorials may be directed to the Elmer Reedy Memorial Fund, and will be distributed to several local organizations.

 

Elmer was born on July, 7, 1927, the son of Joseph and Anna (Minniear) Reedy, in Rantoul, IL. He is a graduate of Rantoul High School and attended Illinois State University, where he received his degree in Educational Administration. Elmer proudly served in the United States Navy.  Elmer married Catherine J. “Kitty” Rapier on June 14, 1952, in Bloomington, IL. Kitty preceded him in death on July 13, 2006. Elmer was a teacher, athletic director, and coach, for Geneseo High School, where he touched the lives of many students and athletes during his 65 year career. He was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and the Geneseo Moose Lodge. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed taking his wife Kitty out to play the game. Elmer’s true passion was coaching football, the GREEN MACHINE, and he was inducted into the IHSA Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Cindy Redding (Gary Mariman), of Geneseo, Jim Reedy, of Dublin, CA, Bob (Beth) Reedy, of Monmouth, IL, Cathy (Ron) Powers, of Dubuque, IA, Jerry (Lynn) Reedy, of Geneseo, and Bill (Sheri) Reedy, of Bettendorf, IA. Elmer is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, 20 step-great-grandchildren, and eight step-great-great-grandchildren.

 

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Anna Reedy, his wife, Kitty, his in-laws, Catherine and Leland Rapire, brothers: Jerome, Albert, and James Reedy, a granddaughter, Grace Marie, and step-great-granddaughter, Justice.

 

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Jakob Dean Woodworth

Jakob Dean Woodworth, infant son of Jonathan and Erica (Cuyler) Woodworth, was born into the arms of the angels on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. Jakob is deeply loved by his mommy and daddy, big sister Zoey, his grandparents, Tammy (Rick) McBride, and Rick Cuyler, his aunts, Jennifer (Mason) Aldred, Kayla McBride, and uncles, Michael (Nicole) Davis, Jesse Cuyler, his cousins, Amanda and Dade Aldred, and many others. He was preceded by paternal grandmother, Sharon Woodworth. Jakob will always remain his parents’ precious baby and Zoey’s little brother, and they will hold him again in heaven one day.
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am, Friday, December 7, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service on Friday, December 7, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Please leave an online condolence for Jakob’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

 

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Betty B. Tracey

Betty B. Tracey, 85, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society in Geneseo, surrounded by her loving family. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Inurnment will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home, where the Rosary will be prayed at 4:00 p.m. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be left to the Betty Tracey Memorial Fund, and will be dispersed to several local charities. 

Betty was born on December 3, 1932, the daughter of Franklin and Ila (Lease) Brown, in Thomson Township, IL. She is a graduate of Savanna High School and also attended Black Hawk College where she received her Broker’s License. Betty was united in marriage to Victor M. Tracey Jr. on January 11, 1953, in Savanna, IL. Betty and Vic raised four wonderful children together and were co-owners of Metro Reality in Geneseo for many years. Vic preceded her in death on May 7, 2014. After her time in real-estate, Betty worked as a book keeper for the Hardee’s Corporation, and later Paul Miller. She also worked briefly for H&R Block. Betty was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo and had participated as a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose. She is one of the founding members of the Kitchen Quarterback Club for the Green Machine football team. Betty and Vic enjoyed doing crafts and woodworking together. They worked from a woodshop in their home, which they named Kerfs & ‘Krylics, and would take their products to several craft shows in the area to be sold. Betty also enjoyed to crochet and was an incredible cook. Most of all, Betty loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters; Nancy (Mark) Argue, of Mount Horeb, WI, Carol Tracey (Lewis Opsal) of Geneseo, and Cheryl (Scott) Specht, of Port Byron, IL, son; Ron (Lori) Tracey, of Geneseo, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by her brother, George Brown, of Thomson, IL, and her sister-in-law, Mary Jo Tracey, of Savanna, IL.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Ila, her husband, Vic, a brother, Vernon Brown, and sister, Barbara Cottral.

 

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Michael L. "Mike" Larson

Michael L. “Mike” Larson, 61, of Normal, formerly of Kewanee, died at 2:56 a.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at his home.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Michael Larson Memorial Fund.

He was born May 20, 1957 in Freeport, IL, the son of Harold and Donna (Lyon) Larson. He married Donna J. Alsman. Survivors include his wife of Normal, two children, Danny Larson and Andrea (Robert) Brown, a step-daughter, Sheila Vaughn, a grandson, Bishop Brown, three step-grandchildren; Emma and Donovan Fluty and Skyler Vaughn, two sisters, Penney Grabbe of Kewanee and Pam (R.J.) Hampton of Daytona Beach, FL, two brothers, Dave (Laura) Larson of Marquette Heights, IL and Terry (Sony) Larson of El Paso, IL, two brothers-in-law, Paul Hood of Kewanee and Bob Alsman of Austin, TX, a sister-in-law, Mary Dibble of Bloomington, IL and several nieces and nephews; Jeff and Lisa Hampton, Kevin (Brandy) Hampton, Eric, Tom, Harold, Jerimiah, Hannah and Joshua Larson and Bryan, Bradley and Lesa Hampton. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Patty Hood, a brother, Dennis Larson, a brother-in-law, Bob Grabbe and a niece, Liz Larson.

Mike graduated from Kewanee High School in 1975. He most recently had worked at Casey’s and had also worked in the culinary department at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington. In his earlier years he worked at Monical’s Pizza. Mike loved sports and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He also loved his family and playing Bingo with his wife and he especially enjoyed family get-togethers.

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Donald A. "Don" Klavohn

Donald A. “Don” Klavohn, 95, a longtime Geneseo Businessman and Civic Leader, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018, at the Avonlea Cottage Nursing Home in Milan, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, at First Congregational Church in Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5th, at the church, one hour prior to the funeral service. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services and a private inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be left to the Don Klavohn Memorial Fund, and will be dispersed to several Geneseo Organizations for the benefit of the City of Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Don was born on July 14, 1923, the son of Charles and Hilda (Swanson) Klavohn, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1940. Don married Suzanne A. “Zanne” Hanford on September 7, 1945, in Geneseo. Zanne preceded him in death in 2002. Don is the founder of the former Klavohn Furniture Store, which he owned and operated in downtown Geneseo for 56 years. The store was a well-known fixture of the city for many years. One of Don’s objectives was to make Geneseo an attractive place to live, own a home, and raise a family. He was proud to have an influential role in the development of the ‘Off Street Parking Project’ in downtown Geneseo. In his opinion, “the downtown business district leaves a lasting impression of the quality of the community.” Don was extremely proud to be a businessman in Geneseo, the city he loved, and it was his wish that the pride in the development and tradition of Geneseo be continued for many years to come. 

Don was a member of the Kiwanis Club, where he served as a past president, as well as; Geneseo Country Club, Stewart Lodge #92, AF & AM, Geneseo Moose Lodge, and a longtime member of the First Congregational Church. Don was also an active member, and longtime supporter of the Geneseo Chamber and the Victorian Walk. In true businessman fashion, Don loved to stay up to date on the investment markets. He was an avid golfer and loved to sing. He was a member of the church choir and the Four Roses Quartet group.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Janet Klavohn, of Geneseo, and several nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Hilda, his wife, Zanne, and two brothers, Richard “Dick Klavohn, and Wilbur “Web” Klavohn.

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William L. "Bill" Hansen

William L. “Bill” Hansen, 67, of Kewanee, died at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, November 22, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
A gathering service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, November 29, at the Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday. November 28 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bill Hansen Memorial Fund.
He was born on October 5, 1951 in Kewanee, the son of Robert and Shirley (Richards) Hansen. He married Roseanne M Whetstone on May 22, 1976 at the First Baptist Church in Kewanee. She survives, as do three daughters, Leslie (Matt) Vigor of Quincy, IL, Meagan (Brandon) Robbins of Kewanee and Sara (Brad) Engels of Bloomington, IL, five grandchildren, Henry and Simon Vigor, Kylie Robbins. Alec Engels and Davis Engels, who was born just four days earlier at the same time of Bill’s passing, two foster granddaughters and three brothers, Bob (Leona) Hansen of Kewanee, Tom (Mary) Hansen of Franklin, IL and Denny (Dorthea) Hansen of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bill graduated from Kewanee High School in 1970. He had worked in the produce department at Wal-Mart. In earlier years, he had worked as the produce manager at Eagles. In his high school years, he had played varsity football as a freshman and then played bass drum with the band. He was active with the First Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon, singing in the choir and was director of the missions. He had been a member of the Jaycee’s and had played catcher for their soft-ball team. As his girls grew, he became active in their lives by serving as an assistant Girl Scout Leader and as a service unit director for the Kewanee, Cambridge and Galva Girl Scout Units and as the First Aider for Summer Camp.  He was also a Girls Little League Coach and had been active as a prison chaplain for the Kewanee Youth Prison. He enjoyed bird watching and was an avid Chicago Bear fan as well as a White Sox, Cubs and Cardinal fan.

 

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Annabelle Sturtewagen

Annabelle Sturtewagen, 78, of Atkinson, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Unity Point – Trinity Hospital, ICU, in Rock Island, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m., prior to the visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Annabelle Sturtewagen Memorial Fund.

Annabelle was born on April 20, 1940, the daughter of Forest and Ruth (Sheahan) Emery, in Kewanee, IL. She graduated from Lafayette High School with the class of 1958. Annabelle was united in marriage to Kenneth J. Sturtewagen on February 20, 1960, in Atkinson. Kenneth preceded her in death on January 1, 2014. Annabelle owned and operated “Annabelle’s Hair Styling Salon” in Atkinson for many years, and also styled hair at the Good Samaritan Society in Geneseo. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society. Annabelle enjoyed attending Rolle Bolle games with her husband, Kenny Joe. She also looked forward to taking her grandson, Nick, out to eat and the two loved going for car rides.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Shane (Stacey) Sturtewagen, of Atkinson, and Shawn (Diane) Sturtewagen, of Mitchellville, IA, grandchildren; Nick, Ryan, Dylan, Vince, Eric, and Amber, and her daughter-in-law, Heather Williams, of Milan, IL.

Annabelle was preceded in death by her parents, Forest and Ruth, husband, Kenny Joe, son, Shad Sturtewagen, sister, Janet, and her step-father, Henry Winans.

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Virginia A. Nelson

Virginia A. Nelson, 83, of Kewanee, died Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Kewanee Care. Virginia was born August 18, 1935 in Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of Georg and Bertha (Andrewson) Nelson. She was preceded in death by her parents; twin brother, John Nelson; brother in law; John Auwerda; two nephews, Richard and Robert Auwerda and one great nephew, Jake Auwerda.
Virginia lived in Wheaton and graduated from Wheaton College Academy in 1954. She attended Wheaton College and North Central College, graduating with a bachelor’s in science degree. She then taught physical education in Aurora and Wheaton and directed camp in the summers. Mostly in the Salvation Army Camps, the camps came in a variety of youth, music, golden age, blind and deaf. This led to becoming a Salvation Army officer and was sent to Kewanee to work with the children to the elderly. We wanted to do something for the Senior Citizens of Kewanee, so we formed a committee to bring about a Senior Center, after quick growth, it became the Henry County Senior Citizens Inc. Virginia gave 37 years to this organization. She was active on the state level, she was a member of the Association of Illinois Senior Centers and former president of that organization. She was also a member of the Illinois Coalition on Aging and was former president there as well. She served as chair of the Illinois Delegation to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. She received woman of the year from the Kewanee Business and Professional Women’s in 1983 and later the outstanding Citizen of the Year Award from the Ambassadors Club.
Virginia’s hobbies included, collecting and giving programs on antique dolls, and portraying some historic people, such as Florence Nightingale, Fanny Cosby, Mother Theresa, Mary, Mother of Jesus, Betsy Ross, Mary Todd Lincoln, and even Fred Francis.
Virginia is survived by her sister, Marion Auwerda, Keystone, NE; a twin brother; three nephews, David Auwerda, Ed Nelson, Ron Nelson; ten great nieces and nephews and four great, great nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Senior Citizens Center. Please leave an online condolence for Virginia’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

 

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Imogene (Ima) F. DeDecker

Imogene (Ima) F. DeDecker of Marion, Iowa passed away from complications due to cancer at St. Luke’s Hospice in Cedar Rapids on Monday, November 19th, 2018.  Private funeral services will be held at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo Chapel.  Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate.  Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery in Cambridge, IL.
 
Ima was born on May 4th, 1947, the daughter of Francis and Leota Williams in Geneseo, IL.  She is a 1965 graduate of Geneseo High School.  Ima was united in marriage to Lynn M. DeDecker on June 3rd, 1967 at St Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo.  Ima held several roles in the banking industry for 26 years.  Ima enjoyed her exquisite flower garden, home decorating, reading, and having coffee with her friends.  Most of all, Ima adored spending time with her grandchildren and spoiling them, especially at Christmas.  She also loved shopping with her daughter, Abby.  Ima always put the interests and needs of others ahead of her own.  
 
Those left to cherish the memories include her husband, Lynn DeDecker, of Marion, IA; son, Todd (Janna) DeDecker, of Andover, IL; daughters, Shelli (Aaron) Lytle, of Cedar Falls, IA and Abby DeDecker of Marion, IA.  Her grandchildren are, Addisen, Amara and Evan Lytle, of Cedar Falls, IA and Danielle and Erica DeDecker of Kitchener, Ontario.  Ima is also survived by sisters, Peggy Williams, Rosetta Peiffer, Brenda (Greg) Van Opdorp, and brother, Rodney (Janice) Williams, all of Geneseo.  Ima was preceded in death by her parents, and nephew.

 

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Elizabeth A. "Liz" Shaner

Elizabeth A. “Liz” Shaner, 73, of Neponset, IL, passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at her home. According to her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Elizabeth Shaner Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Atkinson, is in charge of these arrangements.

Liz was born on August 15, 1945, the daughter of Randall and Velma (Berry) Shaner, in Princeton, IL. She worked for many years in Los Angeles, CA, in the film industry, where she was a member of the Motion Picture Union, and specialized in painting and building sets for movies and commercials. Liz was very proud of her ability to faux paint, making plywood look like mountains or stone walls and tile floors.  Liz will always be remembered for her very stubborn, yet warm and unique personality. No one who met her could easily forget her, as the song goes “She did it her way”. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved daughter, Cory Shaner, of Kewannee, IL, brother, Dennis (Bernadette) Shaner, of Neponset, IL, her twin sister, Virginia Fujino, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and sister, Suzanne Quinn, of Naples, FL. Liz was preceded in death by  her parents, Randall and Velma.

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Jacqueline L. Mannon

Jacqueline L. Mannon, 81, of Neponset, died at 8:38 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Private services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Jacqueline Mannon Memorial Fund.
She was born December 5, 1936 in Kewanee, the daughter of Frank and Gladys (Richards) Rotz. She married Clyde H. Mannon on September 18, 1954 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on March 22, 2000. Survivors include two sons, Clyde (Karen) Mannon Jr. of Foley, AL and Michael (Donna) Mannon of Geneseo, her daughter, Michelle Mannon of Neponset, seven grandchildren; Chris (Nicole), Jake (Sara), Nick, Samantha, Nichole, Michael and Patrick and eight great grandchildren with one on the way. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Frank.
Jacqueline worked as a postal carrier in Sheffield and had also farmed. She loved her dogs and horses and donating to the Humane Society. She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics and baking and she especially enjoyed her family and spending time with her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Steven M. Swanson

Steven M. Swanson, 56, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at his home. Cremation has been accorded and a private graveside service will be held on Monday, November 19 at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to the Steven Swanson Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Homes and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

Steven was born on December 25, 1961, the son of Darrell and Norma (Wirth) Swanson, in Geneseo, IL. He attended Geneseo High School. He worked as a heavy equipment operator, and worked through local labor unions. Steven was united in marriage to Kimberly Beuseling, on March 23, 1985. They later divorced. Steve was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Norma, his children, Brandi (Kyle) Russell, and Austin Swanson, both of Davenport, IA, brother, Terry (Carol) Swanson, of Paris, TX and two nieces, Tabatha and Scarlett Swanson. Steven was preceded in death by his father, Darrell and his brother, Scott Swanson. 

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Lois Marie Robb

Lois Marie Robb, 79, of Moline, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 at First Congregational Church in Moline, IL. Reverend Michael Schwartz will officiate. Private burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will take place on Sunday, November 18, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, additional visitation will be held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the church, prior to the funeral service on Monday. Memorials may be directed to the Lois Robb Memorial Fund. 

Lois was born on November 27, 1938, the daughter of George and Luella (Goerne) Gahm, in Streator, IL. She graduated from Streator High School, and received her degree in nursing at Methodist School of Nursing in Peoria, IL. Lois was united in marriage to James W. Robb on March 31, 1959. They later divorced and James preceded her in death in 2004. Lois was a nurse at the Brokaw Hospital in Bloomington-Normal, IL. In 1976, Lois and the family moved to Geneseo, and became a nurse at the Family Medical Association, as well as working part-time at Hammond Henry Hospital, retiring after 30 years. During her time in school, Lois was very proud to have been a part of the Streator High School Synchronized Swimming Team! She is a long-time member of Tops and Red Hat Society. She enjoyed dancing, sewing, and spending time in her flower garden. Lois loved spending time traveling with her long-time companion Larry. She will be very missed by her beloved cat Molly.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters; Susan Clary, of Morrison, IL, Sheri (Dave) Emmert, of Sycamore, IL, and Sally ( John) Heggeland, of Naperville, IL, nine grandchildren, her brother, Richard Gahm, of Hamilton Ohio, and sister, Elsie VonKerens, of Lockport, IL. Lois is also survived by her fiancé, Larry Gillam, of Moline, IL. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, George and Luella.

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Lois A. Smith

Lois A. Smith, 91, of Galva, died at 1:28 a.m., Monday, November 12, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Tricia Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 16 at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Galva or to the Sarcoma Foundation of American.
She was born August 6, 1927 in Galva, the daughter of Carl and Anna (Lindholm) Erickson. She married Dale S. “Smitty” Smith on July 4, 1947 and he preceded her in death on September 24, 2017. Survivors include four sons; Jerry (Donna) Smith and William “Bill” (Tammy) Smith, both of Galva, John (Therese) Smith of Pingree Grove, IL and Bruce Smith of Galva, four daughters; Jean (John) Huff of Galesburg, Loretta (Mike) Lamb of Gays, IL, Barbara (Ronald) Franklin of LaSalle, IL and Mary Jane “Chick” Johnson (Fred Carlson) of Sheffield, IL, 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Eleanor Ericson and a brother, Raymond.
Lois graduated from Galva High School in 1945. She worked at Dixline in Galva for 25 years retiring in 1991. In her early years she sang and took Swedish lessons to keep up with her family heritage. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva and she was a great cook and enjoyed cooking, crocheting, reading and doing oil paintings and jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She especially enjoyed visits with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was known as the “Queen” of catalog shopping and was known for her buttermilk brownies which were referred to as “Grandma Lois’s brownies.”

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DeRollo Tirus Kelly

DeRollo Tirus Kelly, 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 11, 2018 with his wife of 63 years by his side.
DeRollo was born February 27, 1929 in Galva to Tirus “Ty” and Pearl Kelly. He was welcomed home by a sister, Berenice and his two brothers, Russell and Loyal. They preceded him in death. Another brother, Keith, passed before DeRollo was born. On April 17, 1955 he married Marilyn E. Bartz at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC in Kewanee. Marilyn survives, as does his three sons, Kim (Pam) Kelly, Mark (Rochelle) Kelly and Tom (Karen) Kelly. He is also survived by grandchildren; Jeremiah, Hilary, Kirsten, Seth, Sierra, Rebecca and William and his great grandchildren; Miah, Willow, Piper, Kelly and Beckham.
DeRollo’s life was one centered around family, work and service. While a student at Galva High School, he was employed at the Galva News arising early each morning to go to work before starting his school day and then returning to work once the school day was done. After graduating from GHS in 1947 he continued to work at the Galva News until joining the Army serving in Germany during the Korean War. After his service to our country, he returned to Galva and worked as a shipping clerk at Lily Tulip until its closing. He then joined the staff at the Galva School District serving as grade school janitor until his retirement in 1992. For over 40 years he also served as church custodian at the First United Methodist Church in Galva where he was a lifelong member. He was also a member of several organizations. During his young adult years, he was a drummer in the Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corp. He was a proud member of the Galva Odd Fellows serving as Grand Noble, the Galva Masonic Lodge, serving as Master, the Galva Manx Society and the Galva American Legion.
He was a talented artist leaving his contributions in the murals painted inside his church and in his beautiful colorings treasured by his family. He loved to travel, and he and Marilyn took many adventures spending their time camping and enjoying the country he loved. He enjoyed bowling and was known to pitch a wicked game of horseshoes. He will be missed but will live on through those who were blessed to know him.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 16 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Rev. Tricia Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Masonic rites at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or to the Galva Senior Citizens Center. 

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Theodore D. Vlahos

Theodore D. Vlahos (“Ted”), 91, of La Grange Park, IL, formerly of Kewanee, died Monday morning, November 5th.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m. at Schueneman Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, with Rev.Dr. Ciprian Sas officiating.  Interment will be at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee where Military Rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council.  Visitation will be Friday, November 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the Trisagion service starting at 6:30 p.m at the funeral home. 
Ted was born in Kewanee, IL, the son of the late David and Amelia (Kaldis) Vlahos.  In 1955, he married the late Penelope Stavros in Moline, IL. He is survived by three daughters: Emily (Mark) Rehn, Pamela (Ken) Mott, and Mary (Chris) Velisaris, LaGrange, IL.  He is also survived by six grandchildren: Dianna (fiancé Andrew Mohrmann) and Katherin Rehn (fiancé Stephen Wong), Theodore and John Mott, and Christopher and Madalyn Velisaris.  Preceding him in death aside from his parents and wife were three sisters, Anastasia Canellos, Aphrodite Velon and Helen Johnson. 
Ted attended Kewanee Schools as a youth, but ended up graduating from Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago.  Ted then attended Monmouth College.  Due to family financial problems, he left college and went to work at Peoples Cleaners, which he then purchased.  He worked there for four years before he served two years in the Army, including one year with the Third Infantry Division as an officer in Korea.  Upon his release from the army he organized the National Guard unit in Kewanee.  
In 1958, he signed the very first franchise agreement with Sandy’s Franchise Company, later Hardee’s, during the dawn of the fast food business.  At one time, he owned seventeen restaurants, the last of which he sold in 2000.  In 1969, he founded Rochelle Broadcasting Company, an A.M.-F.M. radio station, serving as president of the company until he sold his share in 2018.  In 1975, he and his wife, Penny, opened The Gazebo, a women’s ready to wear store in Kewanee, followed by The Emporium, another women’s clothing and bridal store.  They sold the stores in 1985 when Penny retired from the business.
Ted was very active in his community.  He was Chairman of a committee to pass a referendum establishing a municipal airport in Kewanee.  He also worked to pass a referendum establishing a community college in Kewanee; then served on the Board of Trustees to ensure the buildings were built.  Ted served nine years on the Kewanee Hospital Foundation Board, serving as President the last three years.  One of his many accomplishments on the board was bringing the Kidney Dialysis Department to Kewanee.  In 1999, he was presented with the Kewanee Citizen of the Year Award.  From 1970 to 1974 he served as National Financial Chairman for Monmouth College.  
Ted was also active in his church, serving on the church board and as a teacher to high school students.  He was a member of Leadership 100 and an Archon of The Ecumenical Patriarchate.  Ted was a member of Holy Apostles Church, Westchester, Il; All Saints Church in Peoria; St. Peter the Apostle Mission, Jupiter, FL and St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Rock Island, IL.  
Ted was a lifetime member of the Third U.S. Infantry Division Society and the V.F.W. He was also a member of the American Legion and a member of “Outpost Harry Survivor Association.
Ted loved his church, his Hellenic heritage and his hometown, Kewanee.  
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Peoria, or Black Hawk East College Foundation (Vlahos Scholarship). Please leave an online condolence for Ted’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Todd E. Milnes

Todd E. Milnes, 57, of Bradford, formerly of Neponset, died, Sunday, November 11, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Todd was born July 24, 1961 in Kewanee, the son of Howard and Carolyn (Gruszeczka) Milnes of Neponset. Todd attended High School in Neponset.  
Todd is survived by his parents; three daughters, Sarah Milnes, Kewanee, Samantha (Jeff) Giese, Bradford, Stefie (Tony) Stodghill, Buda; brothers, Jeff Milnes (Gypsie Bowyer), Bradford, Mitch (Sandy) Milnes, Tampico; sister, Tami Pyle, Neponset; five grandsons; four granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Pete and Ellen Milnes.
Todd worked as a Machinist for Penberthy, Prophetstown. Todd served in the United States Navy. Todd enjoyed sports, following all the Illinois teams. He also enjoyed antiquing. His nickname was “Sporty”. He especially enjoyed watching family play at basketball games. Todd loved spending time with his family and friends. 
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Brian Giese to officiate. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 pm, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Food Pantry. Please leave an online condolence for Todd’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Zachary Paul Peterson

Zachary Paul Peterson, 26, of Kewanee, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at his home.
Private services will be held at Princeville Cemetery, but friends are encouraged to attend the visitation which will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Zachary Peterson Memorial Fund in c/o State Bank of Toulon (Kewanee Banking Center).
Zachary was born February 25, 1992 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, the son of Ginger K. Peterson. His mother, Ginger Schupbach, was tragically killed in an automobile accident on July 12, 2003. Her sister, Rebecca and her husband Robert Heck of Kewanee, adopted him, cared for him and loved him as their own son.
Rebecca and Robert survive of Kewanee, as do his cousins that he lived with for many years and he knew as his family; Alexis, Simon and Benjamin who knew him as their big brother. Zachary is also survived by his siblings, Jake of Avon, Allie of Galva, Nathan, stationed at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA, Andrew of Avon and Ethel of Peoria, his maternal grandparents, Ronald and June Peterson of Wyoming and several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and half-siblings. He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel and two uncles, Jacob and Nathaniel.
Zachary attended Kewanee Schools until he was accepted to Phillip J. Rock Center and School for the deaf and disabled in Glenn Ellyn. He attended there until he graduated in 2014. He had since lived at home and had begun his favorite endeavor at Abilities Plus where he made many new friends and looked forward to going to his work every day. He had competed at the Special Olympics and had won many awards.
He enjoyed puzzles, motorcycles, football and family outings. Zac was a boy so filled with love and his favorite things to do were to help cook meals for his family, help with anything he could and to give the biggest, sweetest and warmest hugs. Zac truly loved his family and his time with them. He was a young man who couldn’t hear but was always there to listen and to help anyone in need. He will be sorrowfully missed as life will simply never be the same without him.

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