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Gene "Tunney" Smith

Gene “Tunney” Smith, 88, of Williamsfield passed away at 12:59 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2019 at home.
Tunney was born May 6, 1930 in Victoria Township to Isaac and Maude (Dimmick) Smith.  He married Helen (Spencer) Smith on December 27, 1952 and she preceded him in death in 2002.  He later married Linda (Doubet) Smith on November 28, 2005.  She survives. He also is survived by one son, Willard Scott (Sandy) Smith of Galesburg; two daughters, Denise (Steve) Best of Cambridge and Anita (Ian) Baird of Yates City; ten grandchildren, Kristie Sparling, Barry Reed, Stephanie Doubet, Katie Wrage, Scott, Seth and Spencer Smith, Sarah Powers, Brianne and Jillian Baird; eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joe, Jim and Ben; three sisters, Barb Beverlin, Mildred Collins and Addie Stedman and one daughter, Teresa Reed.
He was raised and educated in Williamsfield.  He was a 1948 graduate of Williamsfield High School. His career was in agriculture work and ag facility management in central Illinois, Williamsfield Farmers Coop, Williamsfield; Anderson Elevator, Nekoma; International Multifoods Corp, Williamsfield and Ulah; Laura Elevator, Laura; Graves Fertilizer, Williamsfield; Cramer AgriCenter, Cramer, retiring in 1993 as owner/operator of Cramer AgriCenter.
He was an active civic member of his community.  He was a member of Williamsfield United Methodist Church, serving on many committees, a member of the MidCentury Telephone Board and served fourteen years as a trustee & Mayor of the Village of Williamsfield.
He was an avid baseball and basketball fan and enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He loved his family and was a constant provider and protector of each and every one of them.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 26 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Barry Reed will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 25 at the church. Burial will be in Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Williamsfield Alumni Association- Scholarship Fund.

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Juanita Fay Winter

Juanita Fay Winter, 85, of Galva, died at 8:03 a.m., Saturday, April 20, 2019 at her home.
Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Pastor Trisha Chapman will officiate. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be held at Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church.
Juanita was born July 11, 1933 in Macomb, IL, the daughter of Jacob and Pearl (Cheesman) Stoneking. She married Richard H. Winter on September 2, 1983 in Galesburg. Survivors include her husband of Galva, their children; Rhonda (Roger) Callahan, Terry Shryack and Gary Shryack, all of Galesburg, Julie (Kevin) Peachey of Varna, IL, Tim (Ruth) Shryack of Springfield, MO, Robert (Gail) Winter of Galesburg, Richard (Cheryl) Winter of Dunlap, IL and Denise Bailey of Knoxville, IL, her sister, Dolorus (Jim) Miller of Macomb, IL, twenty-one grandchildren and thirty great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Dorothy Litchfield, a son and daughter-in-law, Paul (Crislyn) Winter and a son-in-law, Dennis Bailey.
Juanita graduated from Macomb High School in 1951. She worked as a clerk at Kroger’s grocery store in Galesburg and Kewanee. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed sewing, embroidering, scrapbooking and putting together family photo albums. 

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Joan C. Weeks

Joan C. Weeks, 90, of Galva, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at Betty’s Garden in Kewanee. Joan was born February 4, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Edith and Sam Clouston. She graduated from Kewanee High School in 1946. Joan married Harold Weeks on May 13, 1950 and he preceded her in death on November 14, 1990. Surviving are one daughter, Marchele (Michael) Mahnesmith; one son, David Weeks (Suzanne Willis, fiancé); four grandchildren, Becca and Morgan Mahnesmith, Paul (Holly) Weeks, and Jesse Weeks-Goodin; and one great-grandchild, Bradley Weeks. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Clarice Johnson; niece, Lois Armstrong; and grandson, John Weeks-Goodin.
 Joan loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, bowling, sewing, gardening, and going to weekly dinners at Mary’s with her best friends Jim and Janice Anderson.
 The family would like to thank all of her special care givers.  We sincerely appreciated all the care and love she received during her illness.
 Joan’s wit and humor will be dearly missed, especially her famous response when asked how she was doing, “fat, sassy and nasty”. 
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 26 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Fr. Jerry Rafalko 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 Betty’s Garden Memory Care of Kewanee or to the Galva Legion. 

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Gynethia Ann (Bishop) Rodriguez

Gynethia Ann (Bishop) Rodriguez, 63, of Kewanee went home to be with her Lord as she passed suddenly at her home on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 27 at the First Christian Church in Kewanee. Pastor Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born September 22, 1955 in Kewanee, the daughter of Irvine and Marjorie (Hall) Bishop. She married Herminio Rodriquez Jr. on February 13, 2009 in Sterling, IL. She had worked as a housekeeper at Royal Oaks Care Center in Kewanee since 1997. She had belonged to the former Kewanee Nazarene Church and for the past couple of years had been attending the First Christian Church.

Gynethia was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, John Bishop, a son in infancy, James Raymond Ibarra II, a niece, Gabina Ann Garcia, several aunts and recently, a step-brother. Survivors include her husband, Herminio Rodriguez Jr. of Kewanee, her sister, Glenda Gardner (Sam Garcia) of Kewanee, her daughters; Catalina (Rudy) Sias of Las Cruces, NM, Corina Jaco (Duane VanDeSampel) of Kewanee, Maria (Jason) Dazley of Kewanee, Josephine Ibarra with her special friend, William James of Kewanee and Jeanny Ibarra with her special friend, Cody Ringberg of Kewanee, grandchildren; Josh Grant Jr. (Courtney Contreras), Michael (Mindy) Guerrero, Maritza and Mariah Sias, Sidney Jaco, Cavius Reed, Jaya Favela, Jordan Ibarra and soon to be Jakil Lee and great grandchildren; Mya, Brycen, Carson, Blake, Malakai, Alayna, Jayden and Sofiah. She was also survived by several nieces and nephews.

This extensive list goes to show that she loved her family more than anything!!

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Mary Jane Murphey

Mary Jane Murphey, 83, of Kewanee, died at 11:55 p.m., Thursday, April 18, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family.
Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
She was born October 18, 1935 in Oquawka, IL, the daughter of Allie Richard and Helen Beatrice (Simmon) Abbott Sr. She married Ronald L. “Ron” Murphey Sr. on May 11, 1952 at the Nazarene Church in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on April 26, 2016. Survivors include her six children; Kathleen Louise Dennison, Ronald (Nickie) Murphey Jr. and Peggy (Tom) DePauw, all of Kewanee, Sherri Swan of Cascade, IA, Wendy Foster of Kansas City, KS and Tammy (David) VerKruyse of Annawan, a sister, Nora Pinnick of Kewanee, twenty-four grandchildren, forty-six great grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Allie Richard Abbott Jr., two sisters, Katherine Dwayer and Nancy Regnald and two great grandsons, Baby James and JR.
Mary Jane was a homemaker and had worked at JB Rombach in Neponset until her retirement. She enjoyed the sunshine, sitting in her screened in porch, going sightseeing and especially attending family functions. Her greatest enjoyment was her family and friends. 

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Paul R. Peterson

Paul R. Peterson, 71. of Cambridge, died Friday, April 19, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  According to his wishes, cremation has been accorded and there will be no services. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Paul Raymond Peterson was born October 29, 1947 in Geneseo, the son of Raymond and Helen Chrisop Peterson.  He was educated in Geneseo schools. His marriage to Sharon I. Stanfield took place on April 5, 1965, and they just celebrated their 54th Anniversary.  Paul was a lifelong mechanic that could build or repair anything.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Sharon, a daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Lamar McGinnis, Jasper, AL, two sons and daughters-in-law, Dana and Dolores Peterson, Medical Lake, WA, and Bradley and Cheryl Peterson, Cambridge.  Other survivors include four grandchildren, April (Brandon) Boyd, Cambridge, Kristynna (Joseph) Desiderio, Haleyville, AL, Emily (Nathan) Stiles, Galva, Autumn McGinnis, Jasper, AL, four great grandchildren, Olive and Warren Boyd, Vera and Cedar Desiderio, and his pal, Harley Boy.  His parents, a sister, Mary Nicely, a granddaughter, Sunnie Rose McGinnis, and a great grandson, River Sage Boyd, preceded him in death.

 

 

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Duane H. Else

Duane H. Else, 83, formerly of rural Cambridge, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Genesis Medical Center, Aledo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 22nd, at the Cambridge United Methodist Church.  Rev. Jim Aniol will officiate.  Per his request, cremation will take place after the funeral and a private committal service will be held at Rosedale Cemetery at a later date.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services with a Masonic Service at 7:00 p.m.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge united Methodist Church or the Aledo Rehabilitation & Health Care Center.

Duane Harvey Else was born December 2, 1935 in Moline the son of Harvey R. and Dorothy Schnowske Else.  He was educated in Cambridge and Galva schools and graduated from Galva High School in 1953.  His marriage to Shirley Hulstrom took place on July 25, 1952 in Galva.  He was a farmer in Henry County for many years.  Duane was a feed salesman for American Standard for 12 years and for Kent Feed Service for 52 years. 

He was a member of the Cambridge United Methodist Church, a 60 year member of the Cambridge Lodge No. 49, A.F. & A.M. where he served as Master five times, a 55 year member of the Mystic Chapter No. 160, Order of the Easter Star, serving as Worthy Patron for 15 years, and a member of the Scottish Rites of Moline.  Duane enjoyed playing cards, dancing at the Moose Lodge, cruises, and his trip to Switzerland.  

Those surviving are his wife, Shirley, Geneseo, a daughter, Kathy Woolsey, Galesburg, a son and daughter-in-law, David and Barbara Else, Blue Grass, IA, eight grandchildren, Michelle Cortes, Lehi, UT, James (Nicole) Woolsey, Phoenix, AZ, Robert (Christina) Woolsey, Gilbert, AZ, Megan (Jared) Kannenburg, Bettendorf, Melissa (Nick) Walker, Baltimore, MD, Matthew (Jaime)  Conger, Blue Grass, Timothy (Lexi) Conger, Davenport, and Michael (Jessica) Conger, Davenport.  Other survivors include 16 great grandchildren, Mariah Cortes, Macenzie Cortes, Maliyah Cortex, Noah Woolsey, Lincoln Woolsey, Reagan Woolsey, Anthony Woolsey, Lexi Woolsey, Natalia Woolsey, Braeden Kannenburg, Aria Kannenburg, Audriana Kannenburg, Avery Conger, Madison Conger, Sophia Conger, Oliver Conger, a great great granchild, Raelynn Monson, and sever cousins.  His parent and a grandson, Adam David Else, preceded him in death.

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Raymond J. Morman

Raymond J. Morman, Jr., 76, of rural Wyanet died on Monday, April 15, 2019 at Liberty Village, Princeton, IL.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23rd, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, IL.  Father Mark Miller will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield with a rosary to be recited at 4:30 p.m. on Monday. Memorials may be made to Glioblastoma Foundation.

 

Raymond was born on April 30, 1942 in Sheffield the son of Raymond J. and Alice L. (Christian) Morman, Sr.  He was raised and educated in Sheffield and graduated from Sheffield High School in 1960. He graduated from University of Illinois, Champaign in 1964.  He married Alice E. Sturtewagen on Sept. 29, 1962 in Atkinson, IL.

 

Raymond worked for Oscar Mayer in Seaton, IL as a livestock buyer for 10 years then worked at Oscar Mayer plant in Davenport, IA as a meat inspector in the tunnel.  Raymond started farming in the Sheffield/Manlius area in 1979. He farmed for 33 years before retiring in 2011.

 

Survivors include his wife, Alice; sons, Steven Morman (Joni Funk), Ames, IA and Brian (Jaclyn) Morman,  Bradford, IL; Grandchildren, Jessica (Juan) Varela, Matt (Amber) Morman, Ian Morman, Jack Morman, and Greyson Morman; four step grandchildren, Joy Kleparski, John Kleparski, Hope Norris and Ben Norris; 8 great grandchildren; sisters, JoAnn Wright, Nashville, TN, and Susan (Leroy) Tappe, Roseville, IL and brother, Gene (Yvonne) Morman, Princeton, IL; sisters-in-law, Alma (Gerald) Loncka; Kewanee, Ann Sturtewagen, Atkinson; brothers-in-law, Vernie (Linda) Sturtewagen, Atkinson, Gene Sturtewagen, St. Louis, MO. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Kevin; three brothers-in-law, Carl Wright, Donavon Sturtewagen and Francis Sturtewagen; and a sister-in-law, Katherine Sturtewagen.

 

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Gordon A. Sand

Gordon A. Sand, 79, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Cremation rites have been accorded; no services will be held.  Memorials may be directed to the Geneseo Foundation.

Gordon was born on April 17, 1939, the son of Archie and Bernice (Tomlinson) Sand.  He attended Geneseo High School and farmed in rural Geneseo for many years.  Gordon enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Those left to cherish his memory include sons, Curtis (Kara) Sand, Mt. Prospect, IL, and Craig Sand, Waukesha, WI; daughters, Christine Limer, Chenoa, IL, and Darlene Sand, St. Charles, IL; sisters, Marion (Wayne) Steinly, Sodderton, PA, and Judy (Bill) Groeschel, Kingwood, TX; grandchildren, Colin and Taylor Sand; and his dear friend Marsha Jackson.

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William J. Searl

William J. Searl, 48, of Geneseo, passed away surrounded by family and friends on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at his residence.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday, April 14, 2019, from 1 – 3 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Geneseo Chapel.  Memorials may be directed to the William J. Searl Memorial Fund.

William J. Searl was born on August 14, 1970, the son of Michael John Searl and Loraine Linda (DeWindt) Searl, in Geneseo.  He married Connie S. Danity on May 29, 1998.  He graduated from Orion High school and later attended UTI Tech School in Chicago.  William was a certified mechanic for Green Chevrolet for three years, as well as Geneseo Motors for 14 years.  He was an avid hunter, fisherman, loved boating, and camping.  He truly loved the outdoors and being with his family.  

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 21years, Connie; sons, Brandon (fiancé Rachel Ryder) Searl, Geneseo, Jon Searl, California; daughters, Sarah Jackson, East Moline, Jennifer (Daniel) Dillin, Hillsdale; grandchildren, Anthony, William, Christopher, Camryn, and Levi; parents, Michael and Loraine Searl, Colona; brothers, Edward Rodts, Anamosa, IA, Michael Searl, Waterloo, IA; sisters, Kimberly Outlaw, Waterloo, IA, Linda Vlahovich, Milan.

William was preceded in death by his grandparents and best friend of 30 years, Steve Secor.

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Nancy J. Lansbarkis

Nancy J. Lansbarkis, 74, of Kewanee, died at 3:47 p.m., Monday, April 8, 2019 at Royal Oaks Care Center. Private graveside services will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Memorials may be directed to Kewanee High School or to the American Cancer Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
She was born May 8, 1944 on the farm in Henry County, IL, the daughter of Bert and Maxine Carlson. She married Lawrence Lansbarkis on May 1, 1964. Survivors include her mother of Kewanee, her husband of Kewanee, a son, James (Nicki) Lansbarkis of Texas, a brother, Steven Carlson and two grandchildren, T.J. and Erica. She was preceded in death by her father, a sister and three children; Karen Marie Lansbarkis, Richard Joseph Lansbarkis and Julie Marie Lansbarkis.
Nancy graduated from Kewanee High School in 1962. She worked in the cafeteria at Kewanee High School and Central School for over 30 years. She was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. She enjoyed working for Kewanee schools and helping with the Cubs scouts.

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Terry L. Pierson

Terry L. Pierson, 70, of rural Sheffield, formerly of Atlanta, Ga passed away after a long battle with Parkinson Disease and Cancer on Monday, April 8, 2019 at Aperion Care, Princeton, IL.  Celebration of Life memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 20th, (which would have been his 71st  birthday) with a time to visit with his family from 10:00 a.m. until the services at 11:00 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 339 E. Chestnut, Sheffield.  Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Inurnment will be in Sheffield Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Sheffield-Mineral Rescue Unit.

Terry was born April 20, 1948 in Kewanee, IL the son of Herbert C. and Shirley M. (Holman) Pierson.  He graduated from Annawan High School in 1966.  He attended Valparaiso University then graduated from Massey Junior College in Atlanta Ga. Studying interior design.  

After college he worked in interior design in Atlanta, Ga, He then worked in the furniture business in Chattanooga, TN.  Following that he then owned and operated “Pierson’s Restaurant” in Marion, IL.   He then returned to Atlanta and worked for Rachel Conway at House Parts, Inc. until his retirement.  He traveled worldwide purchasing for House Parts Inc.  Upon retirement he returned to the Sheffield area.

He was a proud member of Beard Team USA.  Where he traveled worldwide competing in beard competitions. He was an excellent cook.  He also enjoyed gardening.  

Survived by his sister, Cindy (Rick)  Ganschow, Sheffield; brother, Tim Pierson and his significant other Christy Rees, Sheffield; nieces and nephews, Scott (Meghan)  Ganschow, West Burlington, IA, Shannon (Jaime) Ganschow, Normal, IL, Tyler (LaNette) Pierson, Perkins, OK, Kari (Terry) Hepner, Monmouth, IL and Kati (Matt) Grimes, Mineral, IL;&  16 great nieces and nephews; his uncle and aunt, Delbert & Joanne Holman, Champaign, IL and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Gary Pierson.

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Betty A. Devor

Betty A. Devor, 78, of Kewanee, died Friday, April 5, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Hospital, Peoria. Betty was born September 5, 1940 in Litchfield, IL, the daughter of Walter J. and Marie J. (Kraus) DeWerff. Betty graduated from Mt. Olive High School with the class of 1958. Betty married Paul A. Devor on August 5, 1962 at the Mt. Olive Methodist Church, he preceded her in death on April 17, 2001. 
Betty is survived by two daughters, Dr. Penny (Scott) Wesson, WI, Christine (Curt) Reeves, Kewanee; one son, Timothy A. (Alexis Green-Ortiz) Devor, Moline; four grandchildren, Sarah (Chris) Nelson, Peoria, Ryan Reeves, Elk Grove Village, IL, Zachary Wesson, WI, and Jake Wesson, WI; and one brother, Frank DeWerff, Tampa, FL. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one son, Mark Devor.
Betty was a homemaker whose greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren. With her husband’s job, it was necessary to move some. They lived in several places in Illinois including Flora, Harrisburg, Jerseyville, Belvidere, and Kewanee. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, including serving as the Christian Education Coordinator. She was in the Sarah Circle, M&M’s, and United Methodist Women and was recently named UMW Volunteer of the Year.  In addition to her church life, Betty volunteered at the St. Luke’s Hospital gift shop, participated in two book clubs, Women’s Club, and served as an election judge. Her grandchildren will always remember her for her generosity, kindness, unconditional love, and her sense of fun.
Memorial Services will be 11:00 am, Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Kewanee First United Methodist Church.                    Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Mt. Olive, IL. Visitation will be from 9:30 – 11:00 am, Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the church. Memorials may be made to Kewanee First United Methodist Church or to the Kewanee Public Library. Please leave an online condolence for Betty’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

 

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Debra S. Gonzalez

Debra S. Gonzales, 64, of Williamsfield, passed away at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at her home.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield. Rev. Jennifer Seder will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Williamsfield Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Knox County Humane Society or to Central Illinois Friends of Peoria.
She was born November 10, 1954 in Galesburg, the daughter of Robert and Ruth (Smith) Tucker. She was a special mom to Nic and Guy and their children; Gabby, Austin and Hayden, a sister to Denise (Butch) Kimler of Williamsfield, an aunt to Kara Kimler and her children, Boston and Evie of Dahinda and an aunt to Deric Kimler of Peoria Heights. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Debra graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1972. She was an administrative assistant for Burlington Northern retiring in 2010 following 35 years of service. She was of the Christian faith and enjoyed cooking, traveling and dancing and she especially enjoyed her dog, Lucy. 

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Romona J. Carlson

Romona J. Carlson, 89, of Kewanee, died Monday, April 8, 2019 at Kewanee Care. Romona was born September 16, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Elzie and Celia (Hanner) Barnes. Romona graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1948. Romona married Eugene Carlson on March 18, 1950 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death on July 11, 2018.
Romona is survived by one daughter, Kathlene (Dennis) Chamberlain, Henry, IL; three grandchildren, Brent (Rachel) Livek, Portland, OR, Amy Livek, Peoria, Lisa J. (Angela) Chamberlain, Mendota, IL; one great granddaughter, Tatum Livek. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Lee, Willard and Chet Barnes; three sisters, Juanita VanWynsberg, Mae Green, and Ruby Bailleu.
Romona was a member of the First Baptist Church, Kewanee, the Naomi Circle, and was on the Social Committee. She also enjoyed ushering at the church. She worked Boss Manufacturing after high school. Romona was a seamstress at Bondies for many years, a medical secretary at St. Francis Hospital and a homemaker. She was on a bowling league and loved riding horses in her early days. Romona enjoyed needlepoint, sewing, shopping and was a great baker. She was an excellent typist. Romona was an animal lover. She also enjoyed her long walks with Marilyn. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the time of service on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the church. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. Please leave an online condolence for Romona’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Beulah Kathleen Dobbels

Beulah Kathleen Dobbels, 59, of Kewanee, died at 1:51 p.m., Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport, IA.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dr. William R. Toliver will officiate. Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
She was born July 5, 1959 in Kewanee, the daughter of William Jack and Maggie Francis (Edwards) Crain. Survivors include her boyfriend, Robert Oleson, two sons, Curtis Cox and Chad Oleson, three daughters; Melissa Dobbels, Sheri Swearingen and Shauna Oleson, two brothers, William Jack Crain Jr. and Vernon Lee Crain (Peg), twenty grandchildren; Miranda (Jake), Grayden, Paven, Nevrus, Lataya, Adarius, Shalesha, Kvion, Jleon, Tazaria, Tyziana, Azarion, Quintin, Kahlen, Kaden, Kaylee, Kenzie, Aaliyah, Aaiden and Remington, two great grandchildren, Ellory and Ryder McDonald and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a grandson, Kegan and eight siblings; John, Raymond, Joe, Robert, Martha, Nellie, Edith and Dorothy.
Beulah worked at Excelled Sheepskin and Leather in Kewanee. She enjoyed going to garage sales, shopping and walking in the park.

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Sara Jane Sierens

Sara Jane Sierens, 78, of Annawan, passed away on Friday, April 5, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital – Davenport, Iowa surrounded by her loving family.  Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at Mineral United Methodist Church. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Memory Gardens, Kewanee. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, from 4 – 7 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory – Atkinson Chapel.  Memorials may be directed to Sara Sierens Memorial Fund, where they will be distributed amongst several local charities.

 

Sara was born on September 6, 1940, the daughter of Howard K. and Marjorie (Shearer) Anderson, in Ophiem, IL.  She married Kenneth “Kenny” Sierens on August 1, 1959, in Sheffield. Sara and Kenny farmed for over 50 years in the Mineral and Annawan communities, as well as owned and operated the Mineral Elevator in Mineral and Atkinson for 35 years.  She graduated Mineral High School, class of 1958, and attended AIC Business College in Davenport. She was an avid golfer, enjoyed reading, followed her grandchildren’s sporting events, and was a loyal Braves and Bravettes supporter. She was on the Mineral District Library Board and Precinct Committeemen for Gold Township.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her loving husband of 59 years, Kenny; son, Troy (Tracy) Sierens, Mineral, daughter, Wanda (Mike) Lucas, Annawan; seven grandchildren, Joe, Caila, Alexis, Jordyn, Kristin Sierens, Austin and Hunter Lucas; two great grandchildren, Haidyn and Ava; sister, Gay Ann Rahn, Atkinson; brothers, Doug (Kathy) Anderson, Creve Cour, MO, Gregg (Linda) Anderson, Chatham, IL.

 

Sara was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Kenny Joe and Jimmy Joe Sierens, brother, Arden Anderson.

 

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Glenda S. Fortman

Glenda S. Fortman, 81, of Kewanee, died Monday, April 1, 2019 at OSF Richard Owens Hospice House, Peoria. Glenda was born February 21, 1938 in Kewanee, the daughter of Joseph and Doris (Schoonover) Pyle. She graduated from Kewanee High School. Glenda married Donald Fortman on October 3, 1959 in Kewanee, he survives.
Glenda is also survived by one daughter, Stephanie (Dennis) Parsons, Park Forest, IL; one son, Jeffrey (Michele) Fortman, DVM, Flossmoor, IL; four grandchildren, Zachary and Colin Parsons, and Claire and Olivia Fortman; and two sisters, Mary Jo (Gordon) Simonsen, Huntley, IL, Barbara (Tom) Rieder, Aurora, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son in infancy, Shawn; and one sister in infancy, Marion Pyle.
Glenda was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed shopping, baking, reading, and gardening. You could also find Glenda doing cross-stitch and putting puzzles together.
Memorial Services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 1:00 pm until the time of service on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee First United Methodist Church, Wayne Bartlett Scholarship Fund. Please leave an online condolence for Glenda’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Gerald M. Foes

Gerald M. Foes, 75, of Sheffield died on Monday, April 1, 2019 at Liberty Village, Princeton.  Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 8th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Father Mark Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.  Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Service, 339 E. Chestnut St., Sheffield, where a Christian wake service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.  Memorials may be made to Sheffield-Mineral Rescue Unit.

Gerald Morris Foes was born August 4, 1943 in Kewanee, IL the son of Morris E. “Morry” Foes and Laura F. Rakestraw.  He was raised and educated in Mineral area graduating from Mineral High School in 1961.  He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam Era from 1962 to 1973 working as a mechanic on jet engines.  On January 15, 1965 he married Mildred Witte in Arlington, VA.  The couple returned to the Sheffield area in 1973 where they farmed in rural Sheffield.

He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  He was passionate about farming and airplanes.  He was an avid sports fan and had a great love for History.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred; two daughters, Cristy (John) Stupegia, Oglesby, IL, and Cathy (Joel) Soto, McHenry, IL; a son, Daniel Gerald (Bridget) Foes, Princeton; five grandchildren, Ben Stupegia, Tianny Soto, Braeden Soto, Grant Foes, and Morgan Foes; brother, Tom (Cynthia) Foes, Annawan; sisters, Joyce (Raymond) Dixon, Peoria, Marlene (Thomas) Etheridge, Princeton, and Connie (Thomas) Jaggers, Manlius.  He was preceded in death by his Father and Mother.

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Joyce E. Long

Joyce E. Long, 87, of Kewanee, died at 12:45 a.m., Saturday, March 30, 2019 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 8 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Burnell Eckardt will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 7 at the funeral home with a VFW Ladies Auxiliary service at 2:45 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, VFW Post 8078 Auxiliary, or to the American Cancer Society.
She was born August 2, 1931 in Neponset, the daughter of Max G. and Margaret A. (Fuerst) Kuster. She was first married to Don Geer and then later married Arnold “Arnie” Long on May 22, 1971 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on February 13, 1984. Survivors include her son, Martin (Belinda) Geer of Walkoloa, HI, her two daughters, Kathleen (Kenneth) Nussear of Kewanee and Palm Springs, CA and Linda (Robert “Bob”) Jacobs of Kewanee, a sister, Jeanne Hintz of Davenport, IA, five grandchildren; Lorie (Patrick) Townsend of Bettendorf, IA, Sheri Terry and her special friend, Tim Willage of Kewanee, Rick Wiley of Washington DC, Lisa McCann of Shelbyville, IL and Steven Geer of Virginia and six great grandchildren; Megan, Michael, Willie, Trenton, Jacob and Miah and step children, Ron (Doris Ann) Long, Kevin Long and Annette Johnson.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and three sisters; Opal Kuster, Jeraldine Helmkamp and Elaine “Tina” Kuster and two step-sons, Chuck and Don Long.
Joyce graduated from Kewanee High School in 1949. She worked as a waitress at Midland Country Club for 21 years, retiring in 1994. She had also been a part-time bartender at the Shamrock Club. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Eagles Aire and a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed bowling and was a member of the Kewanee Women’s Bowling Association. 

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Carol Jean Abbot

Carol Jean Abbot, 74, of Kewanee, died Monday, April 1, 2019 at Kewanee Care. Carol was born May 26, 1944, in Kewanee, the daughter of Robey and Roberta (Ogburn) Medley. She attended Kewanee Schools. Carol married Allie “Dick” Abbot on July 13, 1962 in Cambridge, he preceded her in death on June 1, 2015.
Carol is survived by one daughter, Theresa (Steve) Petty; two sons, Terry and Tony Abbot, all of Kewanee; nine grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and two on the way. She is also survived by brother, Robert (Pat) Johnson, Altona, IL and a sister, Diane Jacobs, CO. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, “Dick”; sister, Shirley Mitchell; brother, Richard Medley; and a grandson, Jairus Petty.
Carol worked as a CNA her entire life. She enjoyed camping, thrift shopping, and listening to music. She also enjoyed spending time with Ms. Ella, her dog. She especially loved spending time with family and friends.
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. A private family burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Please leave an online condolence for Carol’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Raymond G. "Ray" Heinrich

Raymond G. “Ray” Heinrich, 85, of Kewanee, died at 4:50 a.m., Monday, April 1, 2019 at the Kewanee Care Home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 5 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Pastor Paul Weber will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born April 15, 1933 in Kewanee, the son of Daniel and Eloise (Heideman) Heinrich. He married Sandra Dilts on March 15, 1959. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, a son, Mike (Jill) Heinrich of Iowa City, IA, a daughter, Melissa (Alfred) Ellsworth of Park Ridge, IL and six grandchildren; Tom and Jayne Heinrich, Erin (Matt) Budi and Megan, Al and Dan Ellsworth. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Frederick Heinrich and his sister, Bernita Vancil.
Ray graduated from Kewanee High School in 1951 and from Valparaiso University in 1954. He started his career as an insurance executive at Illinois Mutual in Peoria and had a long career in insurance and real estate for Schwefel, Heinrich and Grice and Arrow Realty and most recently worked as a Sales Associate for Spets Brothers in Kewanee. He was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church and a past member of many professional and civic organizations including MidValley Association of Realtors, Rotary Club (President 1979-1980) and Kewanee Chamber of Commerce. Ray loved spending time with his family, was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed tending to his garden and lawn. 

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Terry M. Anderson

Terry M. Anderson, 74, of Rock Island, died Sunday, March 31, 20019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 5th, at the Trinity Anglican Church in Rock Island, with a visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service.  Father Chris Wilson and Father Jason Bowden will officiate. A luncheon will follow the service and then burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, with military services.  Memorials may be made to the Trinity Anglican Church.

 

Terry Michael Anderson was born December 26, 1944 in Geneseo, the son of Richard W. and Marcella Hubler Anderson.  He was educated in Woodhull schools and graduated from AlWood High School in 1963. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1968 and his last duty was aboard the USS Robert A. Owens.  His marriage to Peggy Johnson took place on September 4, 1965 in Woodhull. He later married Faye Moss Brody on April 29, 1989 in Rock Island.

 

He worked most of his adult life as a Journeyman Electrician in the Quad Cities area and was a member of the I.B.E.W. Local 145 of Rock Island.  Terry was also a member of the Trinity Anglican Church and fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming a Deacon on March 14, 2019. He spent many hours volunteering at the church and enjoyed playing senior softball, wintering in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and spending time with family and friends.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Faye, four children, Keith Brody, Jr., Fallon, Nevada, Kelli (Randy Schwab) Morland , Woodhull, Kristin (Darren) Wight, Knoxville, and Matthew (Kristy) Anderson, Lynn Center, and six grandchildren, Trysten Brody, Ellie, Ava, and Maya Wight, and Preston and Makenzie Anderson.  Other survivors include three brothers, Dennis (Janice) Anderson, Galesburg, Mark Anderson, Swedona, Rick (Marcy) Anderson, New Windsor, and a sister, Trudy (Kelly) Atchison, Alpha. His parents and a brother, Tim, preceded him in death.

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Deborah "Deb" Richter

Deborah “Deb” Richter, 66, of Annawan, died at 7:37 a.m., Friday, March 29, 2019 in the emergency room at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville, AR.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 6 at the Fairview United Methodist Church in rural Annawan.  Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, April 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee and one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Cremation will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be directed to the Fairview United Methodist Church, the Annawan-Alba Fire Department or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
She was born April 17, 1952 in Berwyn, IL., the daughter of Joseph and Ellen (Hughes) Pecina. She married Duane “Dewey” Richter on August 24, 1974 in Downers Grove, IL. Survivors include her husband of Annawan, two sisters, Sue (Wade) Jensen of Naperville, IL and Joanne Pecina and her partner Coni of Buford, GA, three nieces, four great nieces, one great nephew and many other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Deb had a BS from Western Illinois and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois. She had worked as a social worker for Kewanee Hospital and Hospice Care and as a social worker for Fresenius Medical Care. She was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed collecting Fiesta dishware and gemstone and silver jewelry. She also enjoyed collecting antiques and going to flea markets. Deb was a people person and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

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Dorothy E. Thomson

Dorothy E. Thomson, 88, of Nekoma-Woodhull, Illinois passed away Friday, March 29, 2019 at 4:30 A.M. at Seminary Manor in Galesburg, Illinois. Dorothy was born on July 15, 1930 in Nekoma, Illinois, the daughter of Linus Sebastian and Selma (Bloomquist) Sebastian. She attended Nekoma Grade School, and graduated from Altona High School in 1948. She worked at John H. Best in Galva until her marriage to Donald E. Thomson on December 23, 1950 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona, Illinois. Dorothy lived in Bartonville, Illinois for a few years, then Galesburg for 5 years, before moving “back” home to Nekoma in 1956. After the children were in school, she worked at the Galva Super Value for 10 years, she then worked 14 years in the Child Support Division at the Henry County Courthouse, and lastly 10 years as secretary at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She is survived by her 4 children, Linda Torbert of Galva, Illinois, Sheri Wood of Galva, Illinois, Virginia Verscheure of Kewanee, Illinois, Randy (Pam) Thomson of Nekoma, Illinois; son-in-law Gene Stone; 12 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Thomson; parents, Linus and Selma Sebastian; daughter, Diane Stone; daughter-in-law, Sherry Thomson; and 2 grandchildren, Shanna Thomson and Zachery Wood. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 2, 2019 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona, Illinois. The funeral service will directly follow the visitation at 11:00 A.M. Interment will be at the Walnut Grove Cemetery in Altona, Illinois. Rev. Tim Anderson will be officiating the services. Memorial contributions may be left to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona, Illinois. The Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Oneida, Illinois is assisting the family 

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