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Merwyn A. Dergins, Sr

Merwyn A. Dergins, Sr., 61, of Lincoln, Illinois, died Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in the emergency room of Northwest Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, after becoming ill at his worksite.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 29th, at St. Peter's Evangelical Church in Kewanee.  His sister, Dawn Baird, will officiate.  A private interment of cremains will take place at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, prior to the memorial service.  There will be no visitation.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Merwyn Andrew Harris Dergins was born January 28, 1957 in Kewanee, the son of Merwyn and June Charlett Dergins.  He attended Kewanee, IL and Apache Junction, AZ High Schools, and he obtained his diploma from Dover, OH.  His marriage to Melanie Fortney took place on September 21, 1976 in Dover, OH.  They later divorced.

He was a traveling Master Plumber for 40+ years.  Merwyn enjoyed fishing, hunting, football, baseball, NASCAR, and spending time with his family.

Those surviving are four sons, Merwyn (Crystal) Dergins, Jr., Queen Creek, AZ, Chad (Catherine) Dergins, Columbus, OH, Nathan Dergins, Uhrichsville, OH, Travis (Sarah) Dergins, Ahwatukee, AZ, grandchildren, who he cherished, Matthew, Joshua, Caitlyn, Miles, and a new baby on the way.  Other survivors include sisters, Dawn Baird, Vancouver, WA, and Holly Caldwell, Lincoln, IL, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  His parents and grandparents preceded him in death.
 

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Marjorie M. Johnson

Marjorie M. Johnson, 96, of Galva, died at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2018 at Hammond-Henry Long Term Care in Geneseo surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 20 at the funeral home. The family requests casual dress for the services. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Parkinson’s Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
She was born July 12, 1922 in Rockwell City, IA, the daughter of Elmer R. and Lena May (Janes) Orwig. She married Morris S. Johnson on March 18, 1945 in Galva and he preceded her in death on September 16, 1976. Survivors include her seven children; Mary Jane Conner of Washington, IL, Karen S. Johnson of Deerfield, IL, John R. (Nancy) Johnson of Springfield, VA, Paul D. (Becky) Johnson of LaFayette, TN, Gary G. Johnson of Altona, Edward G. (Debbie) Johnson of Kewanee and William D. (Ellie) Johnson of Lake Placid, FL, her sister, Verla (Dewey) Stevens of Galva, a sister-in-law, Evelyn Orwig of Galva, an aunt, Betty Orwig of Wyanet, ten grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers; Harold, Dallas and Donnie.
Marjorie had worked at several eateries and businesses within Galva including; restaurants, grocery stores and a department store. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and word search puzzles, flower gardening, stitchery and quilting. She especially enjoyed being around her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
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David D. "Coop" Coo

David D. “Coop” Cooper, 62, of Neponset, died at 4:30 a.m., Sunday, September 16, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Carol Kersey will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. The family asks that you wear your David Cooper Benefit t-shirts to the services. Burial will be in Hopeland Cemetery in rural Buda where military rites will be conducted by the Neponset American Legion. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
He was born October 12, 1955 in Kewanee, the son of Homer and Bernice (March) Cooper. Survivors include his girlfriend, Karen Branom of Neponset, four children; Ben Cooper (Patricia Giesenhagen) of Kewanee, Heather Eaton (Jamie Tuthill) of Kewanee, Susan Hayes of Clarksville, TN and Edward Eaton of Ina, IL, twelve grandchildren; Alivia and Zoey Cooper, Kirstie (David) Frail, Tré Eaton (Lindsey Rule), Chypre Scruggs (Matt St. Clair), Erica (Andrew) Hansen, Andrea (Jason) Mapes, Breanna (Roger) Hytinen, Phillip Anderson, Trevor Barnes and Chance and Emily Eaton, eleven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Cooper.
David graduated from Kewanee High School and attended Black Hawk East. He served his country in the Army National Guard. He had worked for Great Dane in Kewanee. David was a man who enjoyed saving a penny and reminiscing about the old times. He also enjoyed farming with the Miller family, gardening, attending yard sales and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
The family would like to thank Kirstie and David Frail for the special care they gave to Coop. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Teresa Ann Marie Dale

Teresa Ann Marie Dale, age 75, of Tucker, Georgia, formerly of Atkinson, Geneseo, and Erie, Illinois, passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018, at Northlake Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care in Tucker, Georgia. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson, Illinois. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home, prior to the service. Burial will take place in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Atkinson, Illinois. Memorials may be given to the Erie Food Pantry, PO Box 689, Erie, Illinois, 61250 in Teresa’s memory. Family and friends are invited to share in Teresa’s life at www.vandemorefuneralhome.com.

Teresa was born on May 21, 1943, the beloved daughter of Clarence and Mathilda (Desbro) Van De Woestyne.  She attended Atkinson High School and graduated with the Class of 1961.  She married Dennis Jones on June 29, 1962 in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson.  She later married Thomas Dale on October 9, 1999 in Geneseo.  Tom died on November 1, 2015, in Erie, Illinois. Teresa worked as a bookkeeper for several local businesses in the area.  In 1999, Teresa and her husband, Tom built a home and retired in Erie.  She enjoyed the outdoors, primarily gardening and working in her yard.  She also enjoyed visiting with her friends, neighbors and playing cards, mostly Rummy.  She loved her family and cherished holidays together, especially when the kids would come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
           
Teresa will be dearly missed by her two children, Dan (wife, Juliana Cyril) Jones of Atlanta, Georgia and Brenda (husband, Steve Wilkinson) Jones of Somers, New York; one granddaughter, Josie Wilkinson; and one sister, Lois (Robert) Garcia of Erie.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mathilda; and one infant brother, William Joseph Van De Woestyne.
 

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James Kenneth Loving

James Kenneth Loving, 76, of Altona, died Wednesday, September 12, 2018, in the emergency room of OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.  Cremation has been accorded and there will be no local services.  His cremated remains will be buried in the City Cemetery, Paris, Tennessee at a later date.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Galva, is assisting the family with the arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the family.

James was born September 21, 1941 in Paris, Tennessee, the son of Crawford and Corrine Briesendine Loving.  He was educated in Paris schools and later earned a Masters of Business Administration degree.  He worked for Warner Brothers in California for several years.  He then became a property manager for a commercial apartment building, before moving to Altona.

Those surviving are his domestic partner, Pamela Kogan, three children, six grandchildren, and two nephews.  His parents and a brother, Bobby Dixon, preceded him in death.
Condolences may be expressed and donations may be left by visiting James' obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Donald M. Tomsic

Donald M. Tomsic, 81, of Kewanee, died Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Don was born November 18, 1936 in Kewanee, the son of Martin and Myrtle (Cole) Tomsic. He graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1954. After a stent in the Army he received an Associates Degree in business and accounting. He married Betty Dexter on August 9, 1958 at the First Methodist Church, Kewanee, she survives.
Don is also survived by their children, James (Patricia) Tomsic, Charleston, SC, David (Karen) Tomsic, Kewanee, and Susan (Steven) Brody, Kewanee; two granddaughters, Samantha (fiancé, Jimmy Kida) and Claire Brody; sister, Shirley (Duane) Burnett, Geneseo; brother, John (Pat) Tomsic, Kewanee; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Don served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957, at the time of discharge he was a Specialist 3rd Class. He was also in the Kewanee National Guard. He retired from Komatsu in Peoria in 1999, where he was a purchasing agent.
Don was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Don was an Eagle Scout-Silver Beaver, Order of the Arrow (Vigil), Wood Badge, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Troop Committee Chairman with the Boy Scouts of America. He led three expeditions to Philmont Scout Ranch, NM. Don was also a Master Mason, past Master, past Priest of York Rite, past Commander of Knights Templar, past Master of Fort Armstrong, treasurer of Masonic Foundation for 15 years for the Kewanee Lodge 159.
Don spent 30 years on the WHS football chain gang. Kewanee BI-Centennial King, and beard contest winner. Don organized the Cub Scout Unit at Belle Alexander School. He was a PTA President at Belle. He was also a member of the Model “T” Ford and Model “A” Clubs of America. He was a board member of the Saxon Community Cemetery Association and the First United Methodist Church. Don especially enjoyed spending time with his wife Betty of 60 years, children and grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, September 17, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. Burial will be in the Saxon Community Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A Masonic Service will be at 6:45 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Saxon Community Cemetery Association, Boy Scout Troop 180, or First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Don’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Patty S. Sims

Patty S. Sims, 77, of Annawan, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at her home in Annawan. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will follow at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Annawan Alba Rescue Squad.

Patty was born on April 19, 1941, the daughter of Carroll and Irene (Wagner) Nichols, in Trenton, MO. She was united in marriage to James E. Sims on May 25, 1960; in Trenton, MO. James preceded her in death in 1999. Patty was employed at John Deere Harvester Works for 26 years, and retired from the company. Patty had been attending the Mineral United Methodist Church, and was a member of Annawan/Alba Women’s Club. She was an avid reader, and loved spending time with her family and friends. Patty was a Kansas City Royals fan.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Glynda (Greg) Woolam, of Atkinson, sons, Eddie (Jenifer Kelty) Sims, of Moline, Jim “J.R.” Sims, of Mineral, and John (Dee) Sims, of Wake Forest, NC, nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Patty is also survived by her brother, Jack (Dorothy) Nichols, of Trenton, MO.

Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Carroll and Irene, husband, James, grandson, Jared Sims, two sisters, Phyllis and Joann, and son-in-law, Danny Pratt.
 

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Tammie D. Clementz

Tammie D. Clementz, 52, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. A private family funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 15, at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Michael Pakula will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope at the Brick House (1431 Ripley Street, Davenport, IA 52803) or to the American Cancer Society.

Tammie was born on June 30, 1966, in Zweibrucken, Germany, the daughter of Carnie and Velma (Moose) Wilkerson. She graduated from St. Katherine-St. Mark Preparatory School in 1984 and from Maryville College, St. Louis, MO in 1988, with a degree in finance. Tammie married Jeffrey Clementz on May 25, 1991, in Kauai, Hawaii. She was a Senior Branch Office Administrator for Edward D. Jones, Geneseo, for 22 years. Tammie served in several volunteer positions but still found time to travel.  Her pride and joy was her daughter, Lindsey.

Tammie is survived by her loving husband, Jeffrey, daughter Lindsey, Chicago, IL, mother, Velma Wilkerson, Geneseo, and brother, Ronald Wilkerson, Pacific Heights, CA.

She was preceded in death by her father, Carnie.

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Marie Frances DeNolf

The sweet soul of Marie Frances DeNolf, 98, of Andover, ascended into heaven on Sunday, September 9, 2018, after a two day stay at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo.  As per her wishes, cremation has been accorded, and there will be no visitation or services.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Marie was born August 15, 1920, the daughter of Michael and Sophie Shuda.  She attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Moline.  Her marriage to William F. DeNolf took place on May 23, 1953 in Moline.  The couple moved to Andover in 1959.  She was a Fashion Two Twenty Cosmetic consultant for many years.

She loved to dance, crochet, knit, and any craft projects.  Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, and attending their events.  They referred to her as Granny, Cuckoo, Granny-Great, and Granny-Grapes. Marie loved birds, her favorite being the cardinal.  She was a big Chicago Cubs fan.

Although she resided with her daughter, Carol "Sissie", and son-in-law, Russ "Ruskie", for the past year, she was able to enjoy her home in Andover a few times a week with her daughter, Linda "Deedle", who took over the upkeep of the Wee Farm after Bill's passing in 2006.  Her husband, Steve, assisted in the maintenance.

Those left to remember and miss her terribly are Carol (Russ) Reed, Cambridge, and Linda (Steve Swiger) Pettifer, Geneseo, nine grandchildren, one step granddaughter, 26 great-grandchildren, two step great grandsons, and 14 great-great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, a son, Jerry, and a daughter, Sandra, preceded her in death.

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Shirley D. Drehman

Shirley D. Drehman, 88, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14th, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Chaplain Roger Carson will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Shirley Drehman Memorial Fund.

Shirley was born on July 7, 1930, the daughter of Virgil and Helen (DeMaranville) Eyer, in her grandparents’ farmhouse in Atkinson, Illinois. She went to school in a one-room school house until second grade before transferring to Geneseo schools. Shirley is a graduate of Geneseo High School, class of 1948. Shirley married Robert “Bob” Drehman. They later divorced. She worked as a reporter for the Dispatch Argus newspaper for many years. Shirley worked as a hairdresser in her own salon “Shirley’s House of Beauty” in Geneseo, and also worked as a realtor. She was a member of the Baptist faith, was proud to be a born-again Christian, and was dedicated to reading her bible. Shirley loved to dance and watch ice skating. She also enjoyed watching Olympic gymnastics. Most of all, Shirley loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Susan (John) DeSplinter, of Geneseo, son, Kenneth (Ellen) Drehman, of Geneseo, grandchildren, Ross (friend - Scott Kelty) Holmstrom, Kenissa (Slater) McKay, and Devin (Becky) Drehman, and two great-grandchildren, Bennett Drehman and Mary Colette McKay, and half-brother, John (Sue) Eyer, of Erie, IL.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Helen, and her brother, Gary Eyer.
 

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Bette Lou (Goodale) Sawickis

Bette Lou (Goodale) Sawickis, 89, of Kewanee, passed away on September 11, 2018 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. Bette was born July 19, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Louis and Mabel (Evans) Goodale, the fourth child of five. She graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1947.
She married Edward Sawickis on April 12, 1958. Edward, the love of her life, died in 1993. Bette is survived by three children, Linda (Nausser) Jamali of Springfield, IL, John (Gretchen) Sawickis of Matthews, NC, and Mark of Kewanee; grandsons, Paul and Drake Jamali both of Washington, D.C.; and her sister, Mary Motley of Kewanee. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three siblings, Doris Clark, Donald Goodale, and Louise Weingart.
Nicknamed “The General” and “The Pepsi Lady”, Bette devoted her time to her three children-serving as chief scheduler and attending sporting events, school plays and band concerts. She preferred baking over cooking and will be remembered for her fabulous homemade fudge. She also served as bookkeeper at Ed’s Heating and Air Conditioning until 1986.
Bette enjoyed traveling, dancing with Ed at the Flemish American Club, breakfast with her friends, getting her hair done on Saturdays, Wheel of Fortune, popcorn, celebrating Christmas, Cubs games, and attending First Christian Church. Most of all, Bette enjoyed spending time with her family.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wethersfield Academic Foundation 439 Willard St. Kewanee, IL. Special thanks to Heather Jontz and the staff at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. Please leave an online condolence for Bette Lou’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Dorothy J. Hill

Dorothy J. Hill, 87, Kewanee, died at 3:45 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home. Cremation will be accorded and memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Senior Citizens Center in Kewanee.
She was born March 28, 1931 in Matteson, IL, the daughter of Emil and May (Roberts) Kangas. She married Harold W. Hill on June 18, 1949 in Chicago and he preceded her in death on October 26, 1989. She is survived by two sons, Kevin Hill of Olympia, WA and Mark (Karyl) Hill of Bloomington, IL, two daughters, Mary (Conrad) Hubner of Manito, IL and LuAnn (Paul) Schaecher of Kewanee, a daughter-in-law, Lynette (Miller) Hill of Shelton, WA, ten grandchildren; Shana (Sid) Redding, Rachel (Benjamin) Rabey, Kraig, Kara and Kody Hill, Rita and Robert Trentadue, Stefanie (Dustin) Hampton, Amanda (Larry) Schreiber and Nicholas Schaecher, nine great grandchildren; Krista, Becker, Sullivan, Grey, Arlyn, Elena, Allie, Owen and Hadliegh, a brother, Paul (Jenny) Kangas and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son, Lance Hill, great grandson, Graham Rabey, three brothers, George, Merle and Robert, two sisters, Marjorie Kopp and Elizabeth Stuart, sisters-in-law; Louise Kangas, Lois Tilson and Elaine Souba and her special friends, Marjorie Lamb and Viola Washburn.

Dorothy graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago. She had worked in the kitchen at Henry’s in Kewanee, at the coffee shop at A-Z in the Henry County Senior Citizen Center and as night matron at the Whiting Home. She was a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Catholic and its Altar & Rosary Society and was currently a member of Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, doing puzzles and she especially enjoyed people. 

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Mary Ellorene Salisbury

Mary Ellorene Salisbury, 81, a resident of Marigold Health Care Center, formerly of Kewanee and Galva, died at 4:55 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Cremation will be accorded and graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 14 at Galva Cemetery. Pastor Jeff Goard will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
She was born August 24, 1937 in Galva, the daughter of Albert and Edna (Bonar) Gearhart. She married Ronald Salisbury Sr. on June 9, 1956 and they later divorced. Survivors include her son, Ronald (Janet) Salisbury Jr. of Toulon, her brother, Dave Gearhart of Galva and her two grandchildren; Kylie and Kimberly. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John Gearhart Sr.
Mary graduated from Galva High School. She was a homemaker who loved to garden and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. 

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Robert G. Gardner

Robert G. Gardner, 70, of rural Cambridge, passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at his farm doing his cattle chores.  Cremation has been accorded and a public visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 11th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cambridge Ambulance Service or the Cambridge Fire Department

Robert Gale Gardner was born January 10, 1948 in Galesburg, the son of Wilson G. and Avice M. Fink Gardner.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1966.  Bob attended the Lincoln Barber College in East Moline, graduating in 1968.  His marriage to Kathy Heberer took place on March 21, 1971 at the family farm in rural Cambridge.

He was a self employed barber at his shop, Shears, in Kewanee for 50 years and had farmed most of his life on the family farm.  Bob was not a man of great accomplishments, he was just a great man who knew no strangers.

Those surviving are his wife, Kathy, his children, Patience (Paul) Hansen, Genoa, IL, Neil Gardner, Kewanee, and Mariah (Craig) Clementz, Prophetstown, and grandchildren, Griffin, Sydney, Madysen, Nash, Brody, and Ella.                   Other survivors include a brother, a sister, and an aunt.  His parents and a sister preceded him in death. The family would like to thank Christine Wexell, Dennis Nussear, and Amanda Johnson of the Cambridge Ambulance, Officer Winters, and neighbor and friend, Meg, for being there for Kathy.
 

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Ronald "Ron" L. Troyer

Ronald “Ron” L.  Troyer, 59, of Kewanee, died Thursday, September 6, 2018 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Ron was born May 30, 1959, the son of Virgil and Marilyn (Troyer) Cowling, in Hastings, MI. Ron had degrees in Auto Mechanics and Welding.
Ron is survived by his mother, Marilyn Cowling; two daughters, Sabrina Tran, Kewanee; Brittney McEdward, Cashmere, WA; grandchildren, Jacob Tran, Emitt Tran, Marleigh McEdward, Ezekiel McEdward, Kyle Smith, and Heather Smith; three sisters, Cindy Troyer, Neponset, Diana (Mark Sr.) Sutton, Kewanee, Ginney (Ron) Vinson, Kewanee; one brother, Matt Cowling; significant other, Esther Smith, Kewanee; children he considered his own, Angie Smith, Larry (Cheryl) Smith, Jr., both of Kewanee; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his dad, Virgil Cowling and a son, Nicholas Troyer.
Ron worked for Great Dane for many years, as a safety director and a union trainer. Ron was a proud member of the Union #30, as a Union Steward. In his youth he attended Sheffield Methodist Church. He enjoyed meeting and getting to know people. He loved to frequent Goodwill, the auctions and yard sales around the area. He also loved demolition derby cars with his nephew Mark Sutton, Jr., he played the guitar and sang. Ron was a very sarcastic person and enjoyed telling jokes. He enjoyed his dog, Jenna and cats, Scooter and Tootsie. Ron especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Stephen McGough will officiate. The family requests casual attire in Ron’s memory. Burial will be in the West Neponset Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday, September 14, 2018 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established. Please leave an online condolence for Ron’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Bryant Ottes (Baby Bop) Pruett

Bryant Ottes (Baby Bop) Pruett, infant son of Jason and Andrea Pruett, of Calamus, IA, passed away while in his parent’s arms, on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. The family requests that baseball attire be worn to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville, IL. Following the committal service, the family invites friends and loved ones to join them for a luncheon of celebration at the Knoxville American Legion. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Bryant Pruett Memorial Fund, to be distributed amongst several charities that have been helpful to the family.

To Bryant, what would have been our future Grand Champion pig showman, and Chicago Cubs All Star Player, we love you more.

Those left to cherish Bryant’s memory include his parents, Jason & Andrea Pruett, sisters, Shelby and Tenley,  grandparents, Ron & Jeanne Wilt, of Walnut, IL, and William & LuAnn Pruett, of Gilson, IL, great-grandparents, Dean Ganshow, Dolores Wilt, and Richard Pruett, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bryant was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.


 

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Sue Ann Hostetler

Sue Ann Hostetler, 66, of Kewanee, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born December 10, 1951 in Kewanee, the daughter of Roy and Pearl Mae (Bunker) Mahnesmith. Sue graduated from Kewanee High School Class of 1970. 
Sue is survived by her mother, Mae Mahnesmith, Kewanee; brother, Roy L. (Linda) Mahnesmith, Princeton; daughters, Sabrina (Adam) Haptonstall, and Shannon (Jason) Schwarz, both of Kewanee. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Nikki Golden, Brandon Golden, Morgan Golden, Alex Forbes, Dallas Schwarz, Brianna Schwarz, all of Kewanee, Alexia Schwarz and Tristan Schwarz, both of Godfrey, IL. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Potter Mahnesmith.
Sue worked for the Kewanee Police Department and the City of Kewanee as a Telecommunicator. She retired in December of 2017. Sue was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee. She was a talented seamstress and she enjoyed quilting. She was an excellent cook and baker. Sue loved spending time with friends and family especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed cuddling with her two Bichon Frise dogs, Lacee and Joker. Sue was involved with the Relay for Life for many years and she loved to dance.
Memorial Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. James Breed to officiate. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. till time of service at the funeral home. Private Burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Please leave an online condolence for Sue’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Jerry L. Verdick

Jerry L. Verdick, 71, of Port Byron, passed away suddenly on Saturday September 1, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 5, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Jerry Verdick Memorial Fund. The family would like to invite their friends and loved ones to join them for a memorial luncheon at the Geneseo Moose Lodge, immediately following the committal services at the cemetery.

Jerry was born on February 4, 1947, the son of Clarence and Katherine (Price) Verdick, in Morrison, Illinois. He is a graduate of Manlius High School and a proud veteran of the United States Army. Jerry married Glenda Fordham, they later divorced. On April 11, 1981, Jerry married Sherie M. Powers in Sheffield, Illinois. He was employed at Timberlyn Lighting Company in Geneseo, where he was the general manager for many years before his retirement from the company. Jerry was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Port Byron. He enjoyed Rolle Bolle and attending auctions & garage sales. Most of all, Jerry loved the time he spent with his family and grand-puppies.

Those left to cherish his memory include wife, Sherie, son, Rob Verdick, of Geneseo, daughter, Jessica (Cody) Vipond, of Geneseo, his father, Clarence Verdick, of Davenport, three grandchildren, Jonna, Jerry, and Clint Verdick, and two great-grandchildren, Max & Adam Lee. Jerry is also survived by his siblings, Judy (Tom) Wallace, of Port Byron, Steve (Mary) Verdick, of Peoria, and Bruce (Lisa) Verdick, of Texas.

Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine, and by his son, Adam John Verdick.

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Christine L. Sullivan

Christine L. Sullivan passed away peacefully at home on August 31. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday September 9, at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo with Rev. Christopher Ritter officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo. A private burial will be held on Monday, September 10. Memorials and donations in lieu of flowers can be directed to Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s (www.pedaling4parkinsons.org).   
Chris was born on June 1, 1954, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of James and Jackie Sprinkle. She graduated from Palatine High School in 1972. She attended Cornell College, where she met her husband, eventually graduating from Illinois State University in 1976.
She worked several jobs throughout her life including waitressing, sales, and an aerobics instructor. In recent years she was the Director of Congregational Care at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, retiring after over 10 years of service. Chris was a devoted believer in Jesus Christ with a servant’s heart, loved by the entire congregation. 
Chris loved to dance and was a member of a dance troupe that toured Europe during college. Later she performed liturgical dance for her church. She performed and taught dance at any opportunity.
Her hobby was caring for people. She was always sending someone a card or note, making a phone call to catch up, or buying that special gift to express her love to family and friends.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Doug, sons, Matthew and Kyle, daughter, Lauren (Jeriah) Williams, mother and father, three brothers (Jim, Scott, and Kurt), a sister (Laurie), and her mother-in-law Gramma Dee. She had a special love for her grandsons, Greyson and Miles, and her granddaughter, Bianca. She loved her dog, Ellie.

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Shirley Mae (Paxton) Deskin

Shirley Mae (Paxton) Deskin of Aurora, CO, formerly of Kewanee, died August 20, 2018 at her home. She was born July 27, 1937 in Kewanee, the daughter of Harold W. and Etta Marie (McNaught) Paxton.  She graduated from Kewanee High School in 1955.  She married Frank Vance Deskin in June 1955.  He preceded her in death in December 2016.
She is survived by a son, Douglas V. Deskin of Aurora, CO and a daughter, Beth (Jeff) Tramel of Aurora, CO; and two grandsons, Jeremy and Matthew, both of Arvada, CO.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a grandson, Nathan Tramel.
Shirley was a homemaker who devoted her life to her husband and children.  She enjoyed traveling across the country with her husband with one of her favorite places being Las Vegas.  She spent many hours embroidering quilt blocks and loved to play bingo.
A joint Memorial Service for Shirley and Frank will be held at 11:00 am on September 5, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee, IL. Military Rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the Denver Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association. Please leave an online condolence for Shirley’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Retired Illinois State Trooper Floyd Blanks

Retired Illinois State Trooper, Floyd Blanks, 59, of Kewanee, died at 4:05 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 31 at the First Congregational Church in Kewanee. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 30 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Sunday School Department at the First Congregational Church in Kewanee, the Wethersfield Academic Foundation Hall of Fame, the Black History Extravaganza, Kewanee Crop Walk or to the Kewanee Historical Society.
He was born May 16, 1959, the son of Gus and Verdia Mae (Clayton) Blanks Sr. He married Anita Brown on November 22, 1986 in Kewanee. She survives, as do his two daughters, Jennifer Marie Blanks and Melissa Blanks, his siblings; Glady (Billy) Bell, Callie (Charles) Brock, Ollie (Larry) Owens, Lilly (Ronnie) Bea, Richard (Patricia) Blanks, James Blanks, Fred (Jean) Blanks, Robert (Kathy) Blanks, Eddie (Tammy) Blanks, Gus Blanks Jr., Lindsey Blanks, Monica Blanks, Sheree (Mary) Blanks and LeRoy Blanks and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Deloris Blanks and two brothers, Earl and Lindzy.
Floyd graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1977 and attended Black Hawk College in Moline and the Police Academy. He was Sergeant with the Illinois State Police for many years and was also a fireman for Firehouse #2 with the Kewanee Fire Department and for the Bloomington-Normal Fire Department. He was the recipient of the Illinois State Police Meritorious Award and numerous commendations, awards and letters of recognition. He was also an instructor in a national drug interdiction program. He was a member of Ark Tabernacle Church and was inducted into the Wethersfield Academic Foundation Hall of Fame in 2011. He enjoyed building things, fishing, golfing and baseball. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews.

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James W. "Jim" Little

James W. “Jim” Little, 71, of Kewanee, died at 2:50 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 29 at the Church of Peace in rural Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Garden of Peace Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Park District.
He was born January 25, 1947 in Kewanee, the son of Betty Little. Survivors include his wife, Betsy Little, a daughter, Michelle (Jim) Anderson, grandchildren; Deborah Hager, Kirsten Hager, Bryce Anderson and Tess Anderson, his sister, Joyce (Don) Swearingen, mother-in-law, Hazel Boswell, sisters-in-law; Judy Quagliano, Nancy (Don) VanDeSampel and Michelle Ricciardi, nieces and nephews; John (Autumn) Summy, Shawn (Crystal) Summy, Kirk VanDeSampel, Chris (Jessica) Washburn, Angela (JR) Salisbury, Teresa (Don) Stickle, Don Swearingen, Matt (Cristiane) Ricciardi, Chris Ricciardi and Erin (Luke) McKnight. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Little, wife, Debbie Little, fathers-in-law, John Boswell and Bernie Cooper, mother-in-law, Mary Ann Cooper, sister-in-law, Sue Siefers, brothers-in-law, Pat Ricciardi and Francie Quagliano, a niece, Melissa Siefers and a nephew, Jacob Summy.
Jim graduated from Kewanee High School in 1965 and served his country in U.S. Navy as a SeaBee during Vietnam. He had worked in the transportation department at Marting Engineering and Great Dane for 33 years. Jim was larger than life. He had a quick wit and kind heart. Jim loved golf and never met a golf club he didn't have to buy. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed solving the world's problems with his morning coffee group at the 19th Hole Restaurant and Burger King. Jim had an infectious personality that made everyone feel at ease. He would talk to anyone and everyone as though he had known them for years.  Jim was never afraid to be the life of the party and loved to tell jokes. His true passion in life was his family. His love for his wife, daughter and grandchildren was evident in every story he told. Jim only had to meet someone one time to gain a new friend. The world is a little less bright with his passing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald W. Jones

Donald W. Jones, 98, of rural Galva, died at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, August 31 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus or to OSF Hospice.
He was born March 26, 1920 at the family home in rural Galva, the son of Harry and Esther (Peterson) Jones. He married Ruby A. Peck on January 4, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Survivors include his wife of 70 years of Galva, a son, Tom (Mei) Jones of Galva, a daughter, Teresa (Mike) Gibbons of Galva, a sister, Virginia Soderberg of Oak Brook, IL, five grandchildren; Cooper (Darcie) Langdon, Heather (Gary) Kiesling, Josh (Holly) Hopping, Zack (Carrie) Hopping and Kylee (Josh) Glaser and six great grandchildren; Rhett Kiesling, Parker Hopping, Olivia Hopping, Sawyer Hopping, Raya Hopping and Adlin Langdon. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Linda Langdon.
Donald attended country schools and graduated from Galva High School. He was a grain, livestock and dairy farmer in the Galva area for many years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Galva and had been a member of the Galva School Board for 9 years. In his early years he was a member of the Knox County 4-H and had been a leader. He enjoyed woodworking.

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Donald G. Hogeboom

Donald G. Hogeboom, 90, of Annawan died on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village. Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Donald Hogeboom Memorial Fund.

Donald Gene was born on February 14, 1928 in Kewanee the son of Glenn and Nettie (Orr) Hogeboom.  He was raised and educated in Kewanee and attended Kewanee High School.  Don left high school and join the Army serving in 9th Inf. Division during World War II.  He was later called back to duty during Korean Conflict and served in the 44th Division Co K 123rd Infantry.  On June 19, 1950 He married Margaret E. Blake in Kewanee.  She survives.

Don had worked at Walworth, Kewanee in receiving from 1946 to 1959 and then at Case I-H, East Moline from 1960 until 1988.  He was a member of the VFW Post 176, Annawan and Hooppole American Legion.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, pick (darts), traveling, Bears football and White Sox baseball.  He loved to play cards & Monopoly with his sons and grandsons.  He also enjoyed taking care of garden and yard and being outdoors, especially at his cabin on the Rock River.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; sons, Don (Marjorie) Hogeboom, Peoria, and Bill Hogeboom, Annawan; daughter, Jeanne (John) Zabloudil, Geneseo; grandchildren, Wesley (Molly) Hogeboom, Peoria, Lauren (Matt) Lenz, Peoria, Lucas Hogeboom, Geneseo, Logan Hogeboom, Geneseo, Ryan Carlson, Annawan, Brandon (Adrianne) Carlson, Geneseo, and Aaron Carlson, Coal Valley; great grandchildren, Zach Carlson, Graysen Carlson, Aliyah DeKeezel, Braylee Carlson, Braxton Brants, Haze Hogeboom, Noah Hogeboom, Mason Lenz and Natalie Lenz.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Orville and Harold Hogeboom, and sisters Grace Skutnick and Alice VanHyfte.
 

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Gayle Weber

Gayle Weber, 84, of Geneseo died on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 29th at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Rev. Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service on Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Private interment will be in Liberty Cemetery, rural Atkinson. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Janet Gayle Egert was born June 17, 1934 in Geneseo the daughter of C. Robert and I. Mabel (Clark) Egert. She was raised and educated in Geneseo graduating from Geneseo High School in 1952. On June 6, 1954 she married Dean E. Weber at Grace E.U.B. Church, Geneseo. He died on August 20, 2005. Gayle had worked at McNamara’s 5 & 10, Geneseo, helped with the books for her husband’s business, Dean’s Shell Service, Geneseo, and worked and retired from Farmers National Bank, Geneseo.

Memberships include Grace United Methodist Church, Azure Circle at the church, and Card Club. She enjoyed flea markets, mystery bus tours, and camping.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandy (Art) French, Colona and Colleen “Connie” (Micah) Anderson, Cambridge. Grandchildren, Angela French, Corbin (Melissa) Shipp, Lacey (Bob) Burris, Ariel French, Jesse (Stacy) Brobston and Johanna Williams; 14 Great Grandchildren, Jordan, Jameson, Keegan, Gavin, Easton, Declan, Seth, Sarah, Ben, Devin, Izabella, Paizley, Milla, and Hunter; and her sister, Clarice Massingill, Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dean.
 

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Algird Albert Kapacinskas

Algird Albert Kapacinskas, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 25, 2018, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, with his loving wife, Joyce, at his side. He was also an 18-year survivor of melanoma.
Algird was born on December 9, 1958 at St. Francis Hospital in Kewanee, IL to Albert Joseph and Aldona Isabella (Sutkaitis) Kapacinskas. Algird married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Blessington in Rock Island, IL on March 2, 1990.
Algird was raised in a family of nine children in a home adjacent to the family business, Al’s Midway Tap. Algird graduated from Kewanee High School in 1977, where he wrestled, played football, and played trombone in the high school band. After his father died, Algird helped his mother run the Midway Tap for several years. Algird graduated from Black Hawk College in Kewanee with an Associate’s of Liberal Arts and later graduated from Hamilton Technical College in Davenport with an Associate’s of Arts degree in electronic engineering. He then began his life-long career in the casino industry.
His marriage to Joyce was his greatest joy. For almost 29 years, they lived a wonderful life of adventure throughout the United States. Algird started his career as a slot technician at the Diamond Lady in Iowa, continuing as an executive casino manager at several casinos around the country, including Biloxi, MS, Albuquerque, NM and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Algird inherited a love of sports from his father. He was a die-hard Cubs fan and an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Algird loved music, old movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Algird was preceded in death by his father, Albert, and his nephew, Henry Kapacinskas Kelley. He is survived by his wife Joyce of Moline; his mother, Aldona Kapacinskas of Kewanee; his siblings; Diane of Arnold, MO, Leonard (Holly) of DeBary, FL, MaryAnn of Rock Island, IL, Susan of Champaign, IL, Paula of St. Paul, MN, Bruno (Cheryl) of Bradenton, FL; Ruth Amber of Kewanee and Justin of Grimes, IA, nieces and nephews include; Sam Kapacinskas of Salt Lake City, UT, Alex Kapacinskas of Jacksonville, FL; Leah Muller of Oak Park, IL, Anna Muller of Champaign, IL, Carolyn Muller, Denver, CO and William, Albert, and Audrey Kelley, all of Kewanee. Joyce’s family were beloved by Al and include Joan and Stan Snyder, Regina and Scott Harris, James Blessington, Janis and Randy Hawkins and Jeffrey Blessington, all of Chillicothe and nieces and nephew; Mitchell (Nicole) Snyder, Allison (Jim) Sterling and Genna Hawkins.
Algird was a devoted husband, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, godfather, and friend to the many people whose lives he touched. He was a kind and loving soul and had no enemies. He lived his life gently, always respectful of others. He was loved by his family and friends and will be missed but never forgotten.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, August 29th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 30th at the funeral home. Rev. Mark DeSutter will officiate. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. A Celebration of Life luncheon for all friends and family at the Flemish American Club in Kewanee will follow the service. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald V. Sawickis

Donald V. Sawickis, 88, of Kewanee, died at 10:40 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 25 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, August 24 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Saint John Paul II Parish, American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
He was born December 4, 1929 in Kewanee, the son Victor and Lucy (Marchulitis) Sawickis. He married Shirley Daniels on May 5, 1951. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, three daughters; Carol Mulder of Atkinson, Janice (David) DeFord of Friendswood, TX and Chris (Mark) Sexton of Davenport, IA, a twin brother, Veto (Jean) Sawickis of Kewanee, two sisters, Emily Entas and Mary Kazmierski, both of Kewanee, nine grandchildren; Dustin (Jenny) Mulder, Matt and Tyler Mulder, Shelby Mulder, Jason, Ashley and Allison DeFord, Casie (Josh) Morehead and Lindsey (Marvin) Christiansen, ten great grandchildren; Dominic, Owyn and Ellie Mulder, Kadence Sexton, Alexa and Ben Christiansen, Lincoln and Grant Morehead and Asher and Griffin Mulder and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings; Alfonse, Joseph, Edward, Bernard, Betty and Johnny.
Donald served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He farmed in the Galva area for many years and had also worked at the Kewanee Boiler Company. He was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish, Knights of Columbus, American Legion and the Henry County Farm Bureau. He was passionate about farming and thoroughly enjoyed gardening, planting flowers and reading.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to OSF Hospice for the care and compassion that was shown to them during this difficult time. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Mona J. Kubiak

Mona J. Kubiak, 84, passed away on Monday, August 20th, 2018 in her home surrounded by family and love. Mona was born on August 3rd, 1934 to Donald and Helen (Sauer) Peck in Kewanee. She graduated from Kewanee High School in 1952, after graduation she worked at Kewanee Machinery and Conveyor. She married Walt Kubiak on October 9th, 1954 and they had three daughters together. Mona enjoyed being a member of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation. She was a secretary for Attorney Don McRae and Associates for many years, retiring in 2000.

She enjoyed working outside in her yard tending to her many flowers and plants, shopping, playing slots, reading and watching Family Feud. She had a special connection with several neighborhood squirrels and hand fed them daily. Mona made it an annual tradition to take her girls and grandchildren on the train to Chicago to shop and see the Christmas decorations. Creating a lifetime of special memories with her children and grandchildren will never be forgotten. She was a very kind and selfless person who put others needs ahead of her own. She was concerned about the wellbeing of her family and friends until the very end. She will leave a huge hole in all of our hearts.

Survivors include two daughters; Lynne (Bill Reed) DeBlieck and Teri (Joe) Warner, six grandchildren; Mark (Tara) DeBlieck, Brean Holtschult (Jeremiah Bruegman), Mallery DeBlieck and Jersi, Jerni and Jexsi Warner, six great grandchildren; Coleman, Harper, Collins, Kendyl, Kenzie and Linkin, a brother; Darrel Peck, a sister; Judy (Don) Bridgewater and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Walt and their daughter; Sue.

Cremation has been accorded. Mona had requested there be no visitation or formal services. Private inurnment for both Mona and Walt will be held Friday, August 24th at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. The Very Reverend Jerry Rafalko will officiate. A gathering for family and friends will be held Saturday, August 25th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Mona's home, 330 Ridyard Ave. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
With you went so much of me...

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Roger L. Claeys

Roger L. Claeys, 79, of Atkinson, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Reverend David Murphy will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church or Atkinson Rescue Squad.

Roger was born on December 3, 1938, the son of Joseph and Lola (VanVolkenberg) Claeys, in Atkinson, Illinois. He attended Atkinson schools. Roger married Augustine A. “Augie” Martin on August 30, 1957, in Antioch, California. He worked as a combine inspector for John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline for 31 years and retired from the company. Roger was a member of First Baptist Church in Geneseo for many years.

Roger was a UAW member and proud US Navy veteran. Roger loved riding his Harley and took many trips to motorcycle races and events. Roger loved country music and put together his own band “The Westerners”. They played at VFW and Eagles halls, and local celebrations. Roger enjoyed the fine art of making homemade wine and salsa and managed to put in a gigantic garden every year. He won several ribbons for the famous cantaloupes that he grew. Roger loved to play pool and pics, and also loved to camp and fish. He took many fishing trips with family and friends, and always shared a story about the one that got away! Roger enjoyed flying. He obtained his pilot license and owned his own plane. He made several trips to the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh WI, and received two trophies for “Best Original Airplane Condition”. He had a special place in his heart for his Shelties, Bandit and Gracie, enjoyed life to its fullest, helped people with their taxes, and was a loving and caring husband and father.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Augie, daughters, Judy (Larry Lewis) Claeys, Atkinson, and Jana (Dale) Claeys-Rozendall, Lynnville, IA, grandchildren; Anita (Bill) Theisen, Moline, Ashlie (Mike) Lively, Geneseo, and Andrea (Matt) Oliver, Roseburg, OR, a step-grandson, Brandon Rozendall and twelve great-grandchildren.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lola, and three brothers, Don, Jack, and Bob Claeys.

 

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Louie Lucinda "Cindy" Girkin

Louie Lucinda “Cindy” Girkin, 34, of Kewanee, died at 9:56 am Thursday, August 16, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. A memorial visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, August 22 at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee with a prayer service to be held at 6:45 pm. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Sunday August 26th beginning at 3 pm at the home of her boy friend’s family at 509 Adams St. in Layfayette. Memorials can be directed to the Cindy Girkin Memorial Fund.
She was born on March 4, 1984 in Kewanee, the daughter of Carl and Helen (Stockwell) Girkin. She was adopted and raised by Mary Girkin. She is survived by her father Carl, her biological mother, Helen Stockwell, her children, Madison Whitcher, Teralynn Whitcher and Connor Girkin and her siblings, Lucius (Eva) Girkin, Jason Anderson, Becky (Charles) Doty, Jeremy Anderson, Cassy (Jeremiah) Williams, Mandy Girkin, Larry Girkin, Edwin Craig and R.J. Thomas and several nieces and nephews and her boyfriend, Edward Mensen Jr.  She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Girkin, a brother, Carl E Girkin and an aunt, Nonie Girkin.
Cindy graduated from Kewanee High School in 2002. She then attended BHE earning a degree as a CNA. She had worked at several nursing homes in the area but most recently at Toulon Health Care and Rehab Center. She was an avid Cub’s fan and enjoyed shopping, crafts and her family. Cindy was a loving, kind hearted woman who will be remembered as a loyal friend, a beloved partner, daughter and sister but most of all, a cherished mother.  This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Debi Pease

Debi Pease, 65, of Cambridge, died Saturday, August 18, 2018, at UnityPoint Health - Trinity Rock Island.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 25th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. David Joyce will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place after the service and a private committal service will be held on Monday at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Debi Pease Memorial Fund.

Debra Lynne Drehman was born February 3, 1953 in Geneseo, the daughter of Dale E. and Doris A. Manthe Drehman.  She was educated in Cambridge schools and was a member of the Class of 1971.  She attended cosmetology school in Moline. Her marriage to Ronald Pease took place on October 12, 1975 in Cambridge.

She worked as a beautician in Cambridge for 15 years.  Debi then worked as a customer service representative for Springfield Armory in Geneseo for 20 years until retiring in 2016.  She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Sean McCauley, McKinney, Texas, a grandson, Nolan McCauley, McKinney, a brother and sister-in-law, Donavan and Emilia Drehman, Bettendorf, and a sister, Dee Lookingbill, Cambridge. Other survivors include several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.  Her parents, her son, Michael Johnson, Jr., and her brother-in-law, Lee Lookingbill, preceded her in death
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Debi's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
 

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Marvin E. Taets

Marvin E. Taets, 94, formerly of Sheffield a resident of Hawthorne Inn at Liberty Village, Princeton died there on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 23rd at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.  Father Mark Miller will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield, with a rosary to be recited at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association or VITAS Hospice.

Marvin was born October 24, 1923 in Gold Township, Bureau County, IL the son of Phillip and Elizabeth (Van Cauwenberge) Taets.  He was raised and educated in Gold Township.  On September 25, 1946 in Kewanee he married Mary Van Poucke, they had 66 years together before her death on Dec. 19, 2012.  Marvin had farmed in the Sheffield area for 30 years until retiring in 1977 when they moved into town and Marvin worked for Bureau Service Co. until retiring in 1989.  He had also worked at Kraft Cheese Factory and with Bureau County Assessor’s Office.  He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield and enjoyed family and friends, his faith, farming and growing things, building and fixing things, helping others, reading, fishing, getting mail, and following the activities his kids,  grandkids and great grandkids.

Survivors include  two daughters, Jean Ann (James) Carter, Atkinson, IL and Nancy (Larry) Dynes, Atkinson, IL; son, Dennis R. (Sharyn) Taets, Fredericksburg, VA; daughter-in-law, Peggy Taets, Sheffield; 10 grandchildren, Carrie (Bill) Northcott, Kimberly (David) Hexter, Jenifer (William) Congdon, Scott (Jill) Dynes, Jonathan (Crystal) Taets, Adam (Danielle) Carter, Matthew (Amanda) Dynes, Michele (Robert) Gerstein, Tracey (Casey) Carton and Sarah (Joe) Kampe; and sixteen great grandchildren, Catherine, Elizabeth, Jack, Michael, Thomas, Ethan, Justin, Jackson, Bennett, Callen, Devin, Alexandria, Logan, Cole, Dominic, and Katie.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Arlene Taets, brothers, Wallace and Raymond Taets, and a son Gary Taets.

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James D. Hermie

James D. Hermie, 78, of Annawan, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. A private funeral service will be held for family on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Pastor Rena Whitcher will officiate. Burial will follow at Annawan Township Cemetery. Public Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the James Hermie Memorial Fund.

James was born on December 25, 1939, the son of John and Rachel (Smith) Hermie, in rural Annawan, Illinois. He is a graduate of Annawan High School. James married Donna J. Carrington on June 14, 1958, in Annawan. He worked as a welder for International Harvester Works in East Moline for many years, and he later retired from the company. James is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. James enjoyed playing golf, making wooden toys, and having coffee with his friends at the Purple Onion in Annawan.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Donna, daughters, Kim (Gregg) Pickering, of Kewanee, and Sue (Chuck) White, of Sheffield, seven grandchildren; Brandon (Jenni) Pickering, Danny (Autumn) Pickering, Ashley Pickering, Shane Pickering, Kala (Jake) Peterson, Chelsea DeVoss, and Haley DeVoss, and 16 great-grandchildren. James is also survived by his brother, Jack (Marie) Hermie, of Bettendorf, IA, and his sister, Esther (Jim) Kuelper, of Prophetstown, IL.

James was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rachel, a grandson, Nathan Pickering, and a brother, Robert Hermie.
 

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Richard L. Gustafson

Richard L. Gustafson, 71, formerly of Cambridge, died Friday, August 10, 2018, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  His body has been bequeathed to the University of Iowa.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 24th, at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge.  Rev. Randall Mullin will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  The family requests that everyone in attendance wear Chicago Cubs apparel if possible.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church, Hillcrest Home for their Activity/Rehab Addition, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Marvin G. Garlick

Marvin G. Garlick, 72, of Geneseo, passed away on August 16, 2018, at Unity Point Trinity – Rock Island. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Visitation will take place from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral services and a private inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of memorials and statuaries, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Geneseo Humane Society.

Marvin was born on April 27, 1946, the son of Archie M. and Rosalea (Glenn) Garlick, in Macomb, IL. He was a graduate of Rushville High School and attended Black Hawk College and the Illinois State Police Academy. He married Sue Houser on December 30, 1967 at the Rushville United Methodist Church. Marvin grew up on a dairy farm in Doddsville, IL, and showed his family’s prize heifers. He locally began his career in the beef industry at Illini Beef/IBP and Tyson Foods, as assistant sales manager for 40 years, later retiring in 2011. Following Marvin’s retirement, he worked for the City of Geneseo Park & Recreation Department and was the Geneseo Police Commissioner for many years. He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge and an avid Nascar and Chicago Cubs fan. Marvin enjoyed cooking and gardening, taking pride in keeping his yard well-manicured. He was always quick to help his neighbors and always cherished his memories and friends he made in Rushville, Atkinson, and Geneseo. He will be missed by his loyal companion and four legged buddy, Kenny. Most of all, Marvin loved being Poppie to Elliott, Hattie, and Bennett.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sue, daughter, Carrie (Brian Kostka) Garlick, of Libertyville, IL, and their children, Elliott, Hattie, and Bennett, brother, Donnie (Kathy) Garlick, of Macomb, IL, nephews, Mike (Casey) Garlick, Matt (Pam Stoneking) Garlick, Eddie Green, Bill (Laurel) LeSage, John (Lori) LeSage, niece, Jane (Matt) Stropes, many great-nieces and great-nephews, and a brother-in-law, Ronnie Fowler, of Brooklyn, IL.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Rosalea, sister, Janice Fowler, niece, Angie Green and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and Merle LaSage.
 

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Marie E. Boone

Marie E. Boone, 87, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Hammond Henry Long – Term Care, in Geneseo. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Reverend Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Geneseo Kiwanis Club or St. Malachy Catholic School.

Marie was born on April 20, 1931, the daughter of Thomas J. and Mae (Schumaker) Wiley, in Rock Island, Illinois. She is a graduate of Galva High School with the class of 1949. She was united in marriage to Vincent A. Boone on June 26, 1954, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Vincent preceded her in death on September 9, 1974. Marie was a life-long member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where she remained active in Altar & Rosary Society and Circle #7, and participated in Parents Club of St. Malachy School. She worked as a waitress and hostess at the former Deck Plaza in Geneseo for many years, and was a World Book Encyclopedia sales associate for many years. Marie also owned and operated Boones Catering in Geneseo, and her catering company fed the Geneseo Kiwanis Club for many years. She enjoyed playing Bingo & Yahtzee, listening to old country music, and dancing. She loved coffee and red roses and could play any instrument by ear.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Julie (Ed) Bauman, of Geneseo, Cindy (Jason Wilkins) Boone, of Geneseo, Pat (Sue) Boone, Geneseo, Lorraine (Curt) Brooks, of Rapids City, Marty Boone, of Geneseo, Terry Boone, Geneseo, Tim (Candy) Boone, Geneseo, and Jason (Wendy) Boone, Geneseo, 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Loretta Wiley, of Geneseo, her special friend, Julian Valdez, and her friend & caregiver, Cindy Raschke.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mae, husband, Vincent, seven brothers, and one sister.
 

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Lois E. Novotny

Lois E. Novotny, 86, of rural Kewanee, died Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo. Lois was born October 1, 1931 in Madison, Nebraska, the daughter of Lyle and Irene Oleson. She married Marvin R. Novotny on November 20, 1949 in Norfolk, Nebraska, he preceded her in death on May 15, 2017.
Lois is survived by a son, Joe (Connie) Novotny, Galva, IL; daughter, Judy Novotny, Dixon, IL; son-in-law, Mark Guthrie, Annawan, IL; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and a sister, Norma Jean (Duane) Siedschlag, Omaha, NE. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Carol M. Guthrie in 2008; brother, Duane; and a sister, Marilyn.
Lois was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. She enjoyed baking and auctions with Mark and Carol Guthrie. She was a devoted wife and mother. Lois worked tirelessly beside Marvin on the farm for many years.
Memorial Services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, August 20, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Pastor Chris Bushar will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service at Faith Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church. Please leave an online condolence for Lois’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Greg A. Purdy

Greg A. Purdy, 39, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at his home. Greg was born February 8, 1979 in Davenport, IA, the son of William and Vicki (Malone) Purdy. Greg married Jennifer Lang on July 14, 2017 in Kewanee.
Greg is survived by his wife, Jenny; a son, Christian Purdy; a daughter, Alexis Purdy; step-daughter, Jordyn Dykeman of Kewanee, Jocolyn Little of Kewanee; step-son, Jaiden Little; sister, Melissa (Russell) Roberts of Kewanee; brothers, Michael (Jennifer) Purdy, Castleton, IL; Erik (Aprille) Purdy, Kewanee, IL; three nieces; three nephews; and his father and mother in law, Gene Lang and Sue (Mark) VanDeRostyne all of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his father; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Greg was a contractor by trade and was working towards his CDL.  He loved derby cars, Nascar, fishing and WWE. He had a collection of white Bengal tigers scattered throughout the house. Greg was an expert griller/smoker and loved having friends over to hang out. He especially loved spending time with his children and step-children. Most of all, he loved to make people laugh.
Graveside Services will be at 2:15 pm, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established. Please leave an online condolence for Greg’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Donna D. Schiltz

Donna D. Schiltz, 90, formerly of Kewanee, Illinois, passed away at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Fountain View Village Skilled Nursing Care Center in Arizona. 

Donna was born on July 15, 1928, in La Salle, Illinois, the daughter of Bruce and Florence (Kelly) Davis. She attended Visitation Elementary and Kewanee High School.  She also attended Marycrest College, Brown’s Business School, Bradley University, and Western Illinois University, receiving her teaching degree from Pestalozzi Froebel Teachers College of Chicago.  She taught third grade at Lyle, Franklin and Irving Schools for a total of 21 years, retiring from the Kewanee District in 1983.

Donna married John Schiltz on June 8, 1967. She had previously been married to Vernon Hermie.  She is survived by three sons, Greg (Marian) Hermie of Fountain Hills, AZ, Tim (Chris) Hermie of Roscoe, IL, Kevin (Cathie) Hermie of Kewanee. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Jenny (Casey) Jensen of Black River Falls, WI, Tim Hermie of Arlington Heights, Bruce (Katie) Hermie of Fountain Hills, AZ, Alex (Courtney) Hermie of St. Peters, MO, and Claire (Tyler Nichols) Hermie of Kewanee; three great granddaughters: Emmery, Abigail and Finley Hermie of Fountain Hills, AZ, as well as one brother, Tom Davis of North Palm Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband John, her mother and her father.  

While living in Kewanee, Donna was a member of the Saint John Paul II parish and Henry/Stark Retired Teachers Association. She was a lover of animals, having raised several Chihuahua dogs and a variety of cats throughout her life. 

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Friday, August 17, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Deacon Marty VanMeltebeck will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Kewanee Schools Foundation or the Kewanee Humane Society in Donna’s name. Please leave an online condolence for Donna’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Kallen Glenn Peed

Kallen Glenn Peed was born into the arms of the angels on July 28, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Galesburg.
Kallen is survived by his loving parents Steven Peed and Laura Barnes; adorning siblings, Jadyn Peed, Keagen Sparks, Jamarien Peed, Alaya Peed, Nevaeh Peed, Noah Peed, Kysen Peed, Nash Peed; maternal grandparents, Larry Neels, Julie Neels; paternal grandparents, Willie Peed, Lynn Peed, all of Kewanee; uncles, Mickeal (Angie) Barnes, Galva, Nick Neels, Kewanee, Richard Barnes, Kewanee, William Peed, Kewanee, Ryan Peed, Kewanee; aunts, Sara Peed, Kewanee, Jamie Royce, Kewanee; and numerous cousins. Kallen was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Gary Barnes; uncle, Ben Royce; and one cousin, Ethan Peed.
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the funeral home. Please leave an online condolence for Kallen’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Lloyd E. Fronk

Lloyd E. Fronk, 50, of Annawan died on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice House, Peoria.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Annawan Township, Henry Co, IL.  Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 1 hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Funeral Expenses Fund at Bank Orion, or OSF Richard Owens Hospice House or Annawan-Alba Fire Department.

Lloyd was born May 31, 1968 in Kewanee, IL the son of Lloyd L. and Edith F. (Blodgett) Fronk.  Lloyd graduated from Kewanee High School in 1987.  On June 24, 1989 at Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee he married.  Debra L. Kemerling.  She survives.

Lloyd had worked for Hatzer & Nordstrom Equip. Co., Annawan for over 30 years.  He enjoyed working on small engines, fishing, camping and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Debra; sons, Christopher Fronk, Annawan and Eugene Fronk, Chillicothe, IL; sister, Vicki Krantz, Annawan; half-sisters, Pamela Mills, Maria Petty, and Roxanne Schwigen, all of Kewanee and half-brother, Mark Schwigen, Chicago, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Uncle Larry Fronk, half-sister, Tina Petty and an infant sister.
 

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Shirley A. Enyeart-Nelson

Shirley A. Enyeart-Nelson, 86, a resident of Hillcrest Home, formerly of Atkinson and past resident of Orion, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018, at the nursing home in Geneseo. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimers Research Association, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, or Our Lady of Peace Church in Orion.

Shirley was born on July 13, 1932, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Lievens) Taets, in Atkinson, Illinois. She married Donald Enyeart in November of 1951. They later divorced and Donald preceded her in death in 2004. Shirley later married Donald Nelson in January 1992. Mr. Nelson preceded Shirley in death in 2011. She worked as an independent jewelry sales associate for Sarah Coventry, Jewels by Parklane, and Celebrity Jewelry.   Shirley was a long-time member of Our Lady of Peace Church in Orion, and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. She was a member of Catholic Order of Foresters. She enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, reading, and especially loved watching golf.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, John (Cindy) Enyeart, of Erie, IL, Tom (Vicky) Enyeart, of Atkinson, Jerry (Darcy) Enyeart, of Atkinson, and Larry (Teresea) Enyeart, of Bloomington, IL, and daughters, Vicki (Gary) Carrington, of Atkinson, Conni (Steve) Bristol, of Geneseo, and Kay (Ed) McCoy, of Anchorage, AK, 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and her brother’s-in-law, Richard Portrey, of Hillsdale, IL, and Phil St. Jean, of Rhode Island.”

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth, husband, Donald Nelson, three sisters, Rita Portrey, Barb St. Jean, and Judi Tieken, and a brother, David Taets.
 

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Donald R. Severns

Donald R. Severns, 72, of Moline, died Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 18th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Memorials may be made to the Donald Severns Memorial Fund.

Donald Raymond Severns was born July 20, 1946 in Moline, the son of Raymond and Harriet Lott Severns.  He was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1964.  His marriage to Cynthia M. Hartman took place on June 24, 1978 in Aledo.  He worked in construction for Montgomery Elevator in Moline and retired in 2004 as a service technician for Kone Elevator.       

He was a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors and served as treasurer of the I.U.E.C Local #46.  Don served on the Martherville Village Board, and he was a volunteer fireman when he lived in Matherville.  His hobbies were woodworking, fishing, and camping.

Those surviving are his wife, Cindy, three daughters and sons-in-law, Tracie and Tim Carother, Sherrard, Bambi and Tim Wilburn, Center, TX, Joleen and Brian Easley, Moline, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Anji Severns, Matherville, and Brent Severns, Belleville, IL.  Other survivors include eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and two sisters,  Janice Schadt, Huntley, IL, and Donna (Robert) Partlow, Center, TX.
His parents and a sister, Joyce Miller, preceded him in death.
 

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Sara R. (Tedell) Goembel

Sara R. (Tedell)  Goembel, 69, formerly of Colona, a resident of St. Anthony’s Care Center, Rock Island died there on Friday, August 10, 2018.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15th at Colona United Methodist Church, Colona, IL.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Rev. Mark Horn and Rev. Randy Willers will officiate.  Visitation will be from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.  Memorials may be made to Education Fund for her grandchildren.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sara Ruth Tedell was born February 6, 1949 in Moline, IL the daughter of Martin J. Tedell, Jr. and Lillian “Sunny” (Sundquist) Tedell.  She attended Moline schools and graduated from The Villa De Chantal, Rock Island.  She also received an associate’s degree from Blackhawk College, Moline.  On Nov. 23, 1974 at Salem Lutheran Church, Moline she married David Goembel.  He died on Dec. 28, 1992.

Sara was a member of Friends Network in Geneseo and Colona United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed collecting plates, playing bingo, baking and loved animals.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Lewis Whittle, Colona; 2 grandsons, Tyler Nelson and Bretton Ferguson; her mother, Sunny Tedell, Moline, brother-in-law, Doug Kaiser, Moline and special friends, Heidi Christianson and Carl Beckman.  She was preceded in death by her father, husband, daughter Ashley, grandson Matthew and sisters, Anne Kaiser and Laura Enloe.
 

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Laura J. Favre

Laura J. Favre, 90, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Unity Point Health – Trinity, Rock Island. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 14, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to the Laura Favre Memorial Fund to be distributed amongst several local organizations.

Laura was born on July 24, 1928, the daughter of Orlando and Sadie (Peters) Ludwig, in Chicago Heights, IL. She is a graduate of Edwardsville High School. Laura was united in marriage to Jacob “Jake” Favre on August 10, 1947, in Mt. Olive, IL. Jake preceded her in death in 2013. She worked as a homemaker from her own home and raised five children. Laura was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, and active in the Women of the Moose and Academy of Friendship clubs. She also participated in the Impact Group, which lectured to those arrested for drunk driving, as well as the Tourism Council for Geneseo. Laura was a member of the Victoria Walk Committee for many years and is a proud founding member of Richmond Hill Players. In 2017, Laura was selected to sit as Grand Marshall in the Christmas walk parade, in recognition of her many years of volunteering for so many local groups and organizations. She was very instrumental in, and loved helping build many parade floats held throughout the year.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Wayne (Christina Hellwich) Favre, of Nordland, WA, daughters, Yvonne Favre, of Rock Island, and Jackie (Mike) Skiles, of Geneseo, six grandchildren, Joe, Aubry, Michael, Kari, Jacob, and Dana, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Orlando and Sadie, husband, Jacob, and daughters, Sharon Favre and Catherine Pulling.
 

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Sharon J. Peer

Sharon J. Peer, 78, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Trinity, in Bettendorf, IA. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Jeff French will officiate.  Burial will follow at Western Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2018, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Baptist Church in Geneseo.

Sharon was born on November 30, 1939, the daughter of John V. and Marjorie (Huston) Schnepf. Sharon was united in marriage to Donald R. Peer on July 11, 1959, in Coal Valley, IL. Donald preceded her in death in 2003. She worked as a homemaker for many years. Sharon was a lifetime member of Faith Baptist Church in Geneseo and a proud member of the Bishop Hill Historical Society. She loved socializing with her family and friends, and especially enjoyed spending time with her companion dog and love, Raijeanea.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Daniel Peer, of Birmingham, AL, daughter, Patti (Todd Grell)  Kowitz, of Calamus, IA, six grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marjorie, husband, Donald, and a sister, Ruth.

 

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Julie Ann Yepsen

Julie Ann Yepsen, 46, of Galva, died peacefully at home at 7:02 a.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, August 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 4:00 p.m. Private inurnment will be held at a later date at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Julie Yepsen Memorial Fund c/o of Community State Bank.
She was born January 30, 1972 in Oshkosh, WI, the daughter of Fred and Joyce (Krueger) Stollenwerk. She married Michael Yepsen on May 13, 2000 in Kewanee. Survivors include her husband of Galva, her children, Addison Marie Yepsen and Adam Michael Yepsen, both of Galva, her father of East Troy, WI, her mother of Hilbert, WI, two brothers, Dan Stollenwerk and Chad Stollenwerk, two sisters, Shannon (Eric) Allen and Jackie (Chris) Kell and several nieces and nephews including; Dalton, Gabrielle, Elijah, Maya, Braden and Carver.
Julie graduated from Kewanee High School in 1990 and from Black Hawk East and Illinois Central College. She was as a dental hygienist, having worked in Kewanee, Bloomington-Normal, Pekin, Moline and Geneseo. She had also been a substitute teacher in Galva and Bradford. She was an avid softball player and had coached volleyball for Visitation School and soccer and baseball for the Galva youth sports league. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Carol A. Eyrich

Carol A. Eyrich, 78, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, August 05, 2018, at her home in Geneseo, after a lengthy battle with dementia. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Reverend Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the church. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be left to the Carol A. Eyrich Memorial Fund and will be distributed to several local organizations according to her wishes. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is in charge of these arrangements.

Carol was born on August 2, 1940, the daughter of Warren Dallas & Caroline Ann (Smith) Jones, in Moline, Illinois. Carol was the youngest of five siblings; she attended Aledo schools, and graduated from Alexis High School with the class of 1958. She was united in marriage to Lee John Eyrich on December 1, 1960 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Carol worked as a Geneseo Telephone Operator for 22 years and was most recently employed at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo in the medical records department for 15 years, from which she retired July 28, 2000. Carol was a lifetime member of the Grace United Methodist Church. She loved traveling, picnics, and going on vacations. Carol especially loved spending time with her four grandchildren. She was skilled in handcrafts such as crocheting, embroidery, and needlework. Carol also enjoyed all of the time she spent with her friends.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Lee, daughters, Lisa Taylor of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Paula (Steve) Schulte, of Geneseo, and her four cherished grandchildren, Olivia Taylor & Logan Taylor, of Cedar Rapids, and Brad Schulte & Scott Schulte, of Geneseo.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Caroline, son-in-law, Rick Taylor, sisters, June and Ann, and two brothers, Bill and Murray.

 

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John A. Lucas Jr

John A. Lucas Jr., 65, of Colona, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, listening to Frank Zappa, on August, 3, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center – Illini Campus, in Silvis, Illinois. A private funeral service will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018, with military honors, and will be followed by a public visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Cremation rites have been accorded to follow these arrangements and a private inurnment will take place in Michigan at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be directed to the John A. Lucas Jr. Memorial Fund.

John was born on July 10, 1953, the son of John Alan Lucas Sr. and Sally (Patterson) Lucas, in Camp Lejeune, NC.  He married Kathy Visser Lucas, and they raised two daughters together. They later divorced. John attended Black Hawk College where he received his Phlebotomy Tech certification. He worked as a health care provider and phlebotomist for several local Quad City health care locations. Known as “Painless John” he was very accomplished and talented in his field and always provided a painless and easy experience for his patients. John was a musician and was known for his love and appreciation of all things music. As a US Navy Veteran, John liked following and discussing politics.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Ayla K. Lucas and her son, Archer, of East Moline, and Edie P. (Adam) Gentry, and their daughter, Addison, of Atkinson. John is also survived by his brothers, Patrick Lucas, of West Hollywood, CA, Trace Lucas, of Geneseo, Les (Cindy) Lucas, of Colona, and Mike (Wanda) Lucas, of Annawan, and, sisters Karen (Bill Damm) Lucas, of Howell, MI, and Cyndi Lucas, of St. Charles, MO, step mother, Carol Lucas, of St. Charles, MO, and a step-sister, Deb Powell, of Elsie, MI.

John was preceded in death by his father, John Lucas Sr., and mother Sally Humphrey & step-father, Russ Humphrey.

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Marylyn J. Lind

Marylyn J. Lind, 84, formerly of Geneseo and Hillsdale, passed away on Monday, August 06, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the visitation will be held one hour prior, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Greenview Memorial Garden Cemetery in East Moline. Memorials may be directed to the Marylyn Lind Memorial Fund.

Marylyn was born on August 26, 1933, the daughter of Maurice and Irene (Kline) Eechout, in Moline, Illinois. She was united in marriage to Paul G. Lind on June 9, 1950, in Moline. Paul preceded her in death in 2016. Marylyn was a beautician and she owned and operated a salon from her home in Geneseo and Hillsdale for many years. She had a love for ceramics and antiquing. Some of her favorite antiquing finds were tea pots, which combined her two favorite things!

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Vicki (John) Hill, of Geneseo, and son, Craig Lind, of Rock Island. Marylyn is also survived by three grandchildren, Mindi (Damien) Baumann, Heidi (Carl) Freeman, and Austin Lind, and six great-grandchildren, Molli, Seth, and Ethan Baumann, and Kayci, Cole, and Cooper Freeman.

Marylyn was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Irene, husband, Paul, son, Rick Lind, and a sister, Maureen Riperton.

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Dianna J Hargrove

Dianna J Hargrove, 71, of LaFayette, died at 11:25 AM Saturday, August 4, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM  on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the LaFayette Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Dianna Hargrove Memorial Fund.

She was born on January 17, 1947 in Burlington, IA, the daughter of Dean and Ruth (Canfield) Gibson. She is survived by a son, Jake (Violet) Alvis of LaFayette, a daughter Shawn Richardson (Art Nunn) of Brookfield, MO, thirteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, five sisters, Geraldine Kisler of Galesburg, Sharon Banta of Oquwaka, Donna of Shelbyville, MO, Joe Buck of Jacksonville, Il and Cindy Dowdy of Collman, Alabama and her significant other Jerry Chase.

Dianna graduated from Burlington High School in 1965. She had been an antique dealer out of her home for a number of years. She had also done nursing care and had been a waitress, bartender and cook. She enjoyed collecting antiques, being out-of doors, bird watching, gardening and socializing.

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Bernadine Mae Betcher

Bernadine Mae Betcher, 94, of Annawan, IL passed away Wednesday, August 1 at Woodbridge Supportive Living Center – Geneseo, IL.  A Mass of Christian burial celebrating Bernadine's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 6, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan.  Rev. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation for Bernadine will be held at the church one hour before the Mass begins (10:00-11:00 a.m.).  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bernadine Betcher Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, is assisting the family with these arrangements.
Bernadine was born June 2, 1924, the daughter of Julius and Elizabeth (DeRycke) DeDecker, in rural Annawan, IL.  She was the middle of five siblings, and graduated from Annawan High School with the Class of 1942.  Bernadine was united in marriage to Arnold Betcher on June 9, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. They raised three children together in Annawan and were married 67 years.  Bernadine kept busy in the home while her husband built a trucking business.  Bernadine was a life-long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan, where she was a devout Catholic.
Bernadine was a masterful cook and from-scratch baker.  For several years, she made beautiful wedding cakes.  Her rolls, pies, Easter cookies and cakes were the highlight of holidays and family gatherings.  Her red velvet cake was a family favorite.  Bernadine was particular about her appearance, appreciated being nicely-attired, and always had her hair done once a week, no matter the weather.  Bernadine also painted ceramics and decorated dolls, nativity sets and other figurines and enjoyed golf.  Bernadine was calm, patient, determined and kind and was a perfect complement to her husband.  She was a loving wife and loving mother and will be missed by her family.
Survivors include a son: Craig (Peggy) Betcher of Geneseo, IL; daughters: Julie (Jeff) Catton of Atkinson, IL and LuAnn Ziles of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren: Derek (Heather) Betcher, Geneseo, IL, Kelly (Kevin) Kruck, LeClaire, IA, Jared Betcher, LeClaire, IA, Adam Ziles, Kansas City, MO, Abbie (Billy) Andrews, Overland Park, KS, Angela (Kenny) Preski, Chicago, IL, Jason (Andrea) Hasbrook, Annawan, IL, Kylee Hasbrook, Clinton, IA; 14 great-grandchildren; and sister, Helen Devrieze, of Annawan.
Bernadine was preceded in death by her husband Arnold, sisters Elvera and Delores, brother Francis, and son-in-law, John Ziles.

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Lindsay A. Draper

Lindsay A. Draper, 37, of Osco, died Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at OSF St. Frances Medical Center, Peoria, after a short illness.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 6th, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge.  Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the church.  Rev. John Burns will officiate.  Cremation will take place after the service.  Memorials may be made to the Lindsay Draper Memorial Fund.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Lindsay Anne Franck was born March 1, 1981 in Geneseo, the daughter of Randall and Shelly Seabloom Franck.  She was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 2000.  Lindsay and the love of her life, Jeff Draper, Jr., spent 16 years together and were married on November 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

Her memberships included the National Quarter Horse Association, the U. S. Bowling Congress, and Valley View Club, Cambridge.  She worked as a horse trainer for Kat Zelnio Quarter Horse Farm and Belezaire Stables near Geneseo.  She loved horses and enjoyed training her young horse, Willow.

Those surviving are her husband, Jeff, three sons, Jeremy Anderson, Cambridge, and Dallas Anderson and Jordin Draper, both at home, her parents, Randy and Shelly Franck, Geneseo, her grandmother, Rose Mary Franck, Cambridge, a brother, Jason (Megan) Franck, Rock Island, a sister, Hope (Dan) Nimrick, Cambridge, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins
 

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Robert S. Oldeen

Robert S. Oldeen, 76, of Kewanee, died at 2:12 am on August 1, 2018 at Unity Point Hospital, Rock Island. Robert was born April 14, 1942, in Kewanee, the son of Theodore and Helen (Price) Oldeen. Robert married Karen Staphan on December 18, 1960 in Kewanee, she preceded him in death on February 28, 1992.
Robert is survived by his son, Ronald (Kim) Oldeen, Kewanee; daughter, Deb (Rowdy) Meeker, Kewanee; special friend, Donna Luttmers, Kewanee; four grandchildren, Bobby Oldeen (Kristi Krafft), Sarah Oldeen, Lacey (Dan) Young, Alex (Natalie) Meeker; four great grandchildren, Hunter, DeLaney, and Sully Oldeen, Jade Young; brother, Ted (Karen) Oldeen, Plano, IL; nephews, David Oldeen, Doug (Tina) Oldeen; and several great nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Karen; parents; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Robert was the owner of Oldeen Roofing and it served the Kewanee community since 1967. He was a member of the Moose, Eagles, VFW and the Legion. Robert enjoyed traveling to Florida, fishing, hunting, and socializing with friends and family. His passion was for the children of Kewanee, he always wanted the kids to have a place to fish.
Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home.  Pastor Jon Vincent will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the time of service on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Park District. Please leave an online condolence for Robert’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Emma Jean Olander Bush

Emma Jean Olander Bush, 94, of Galva, died at 10:45 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2018 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva American Legion or to the Galva Food Pantry.

She was born July 6, 1924 in Toulon, the daughter of Glenn and Chloe (Hixon) Yelm. She married Daryl Olander on November 6, 1943 and he preceded her in death on January 1, 1969. She later married Donald V. Bush on August 6, 1970 and he preceded her in death on June 29, 2006. Survivors include her son, Glenn “Pete” Olander of Galva, her four daughters; Karan (Warren) Ahlberg of Knoxville, Donna Marie Wallentine of Galva, Shirley (Richard) Sizemore of Cassville, MO and Cheryl (Wayne) Glisan of Galva, two step-sons, Donald “Buzzy” (Paula) Bush and Joe (Jacque) Bush both of Oelwein, IA, sixteen grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Marion, Glenn and Ernest, a sister, Evelyn Mae, a daughter, Sharon Ingels, a son, Donald “Deke” Olander, two grandsons, Derrick Glisan and Donald “Jimmy” Shaw, a granddaughter, Cheryl Rae Shaw and a step-daughter, Andi Bush-Grinstead.

Emma attended Toulon schools and had worked at the Galva Foundry and Kewanee Manufacturing. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Galva and enjoyed fishing, crocheting and knitting. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Raymond "Ray" Oscar Carlson

Raymond “Ray” Oscar Carlson, 91, of Kewanee, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo. Ray was born on May 7, 1927 in Kewanee, the son of Oscar and Olga (Soderlund) Carlson (immigrants of Sweden). He graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1945. He joined the Navy following graduation and reported for duty on May 31, 1945 at Great Lakes Navy Training for ten weeks of boot camp. He was home on leave on August 1, 1945 when the war ended. Ray was a mess cook helper on the U.S.S. Moctobi. They were in Pearl Harbor in February 1946. Ray married Patricia Swanson on June 26, 1954 in Kewanee.
Surviving is his wife, Pat; daughter, Julie Johnson; son-in-law, Marty Padilla, all of Kewanee; four grandchildren, Mandy Padilla, Zach (Autumn) Padilla, Nikki (Eric) Johnson, and Nathan (Megan) Johnson; five great-grandchildren, Michael Shaw, Skylar Sauer, Mia Padilla, Kaden Cole, and Jordan Johnson. Also surviving are two nephews, Bill (Bonnie) Carlson and Bert (Marian Quinlin) Carlson. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Leonard Carlson, and a daughter, Jamie Padilla in 2017. 
Ray was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Kewanee. In his younger years he served on the building committee and was head usher for many years. He was also a member of the American Legion. 
In his earlier years, Ray enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing, playing horseshoes, wood-working projects, working in his yard, and making household improvements. Ray worked for Kewanee Boiler, Shalco, Sheffield Barcol Overdoor, and retired from Hyster Company as a traffic manager after 21 years. One of the most memorable moments in his life was going to Washington, DC on the Honor Flight with his son-in-law, Marty Padilla. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and Chicago Cubs fan. Ray’s favorite thing to do was to spend time with his family.
Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Pastor Linnea Gustafson and Pastor Kristine Dohrmann to officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till time of service at the church. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church, Compassus, or to the donor’s choice. Please share a memory or an online condolence for Raymond’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com
 

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Marie Lucille Purdy

Marie Lucille Purdy, 83, of Kewanee, died at 7:20 p.m., Monday, July 30, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, August 3 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 2 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the funeral home.

She was born November 4, 1934 in Kewanee, the daughter of Ellsworth and Faye (Snell) Frank. Survivors include her son, Michael S. (Jennifer) Purdy Sr. of Castleton, her daughter, Michelle Purdy of Kewanee, a sister, Carole Miller of Kewanee and her two grandchildren, Michael S. Purdy Jr. and Jessica J. Purdy, both of Castleton. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, William “Bill” Frank, sister, Patricia Wilson and a nephew, Keith Wilson.

Marie graduated from Kewanee High School in 1954 and attended Black Hawk East from 1983-84. She had worked at Harper Wyman in Princeton for 14 years and had delivered newspapers for the Star Courier for many years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church which is now Encounter Church and thoroughly enjoyed their church activities. She was an avid fan of Chicago Bears football and Chicago Cubs baseball and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and truly loved being with her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Margaret E. Mahoney

Margaret E. Mahoney 88, of Geneseo passed away on Friday July 27, at the Good Samaritan Society-Geneseo Village. Per her request, cremation rites have been accorded and a private inurnment will be in St. Mary Cemetery in Peoria, IL, on Thursday, August 9, 2018. A public Rosary service will be held in her memory at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, in St. Malachy Catholic Church daily chapel. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Margaret was born on August 7, 1929, the daughter of Thomas C. and Margaret (Schurtz) Mahoney, in Peoria, Illinois. She graduated from Manual High School in Peoria with the class of 1947. She worked as a clerical supervisor for Great Central Insurance Company in Peoria, and later retired from the company. She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church. Margaret was very giving and passionate about St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. She was also very involved with and passionate about helping the kids at St. Malachy Catholic School. Margaret loved anything Disney and Orlando magic, and the Chicago sports teams; Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks! She was also a fan of older, sentimental movies.

Those left to cherish her memory are several of her close friends.

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Margaret, and a brother, Reverend John A. Mahoney, former Priest of St. Malachy.

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Carolyn J. Thornton

Carolyn J. Thornton, 76, of East Moline, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center – Illini Campus, in Silvis, IL. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Cremation rites have been accorded to follow the Funeral Mass and a private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Carolyn Thornton Memorial Fund.

 

Carolyn was born on May 7, 1942, the daughter of Robert Pettit Sr. and Hazel (Stablein) Pettit, in Moline, Illinois. She was a graduate of the Alleman High School with the class of 1960 and Mary Crest College with a bachelor’s degree in education. Carolyn was united in marriage to James E. Thornton on August 10, 1963, in Moline. The couple later separated, but remained close friends through their lives. James survives Carolyn, living in Rock Island. Carolyn was self-employed as a bookkeeper for several Quad City businesses including Dan Ash Trucking Company and Franque Farms in Geneseo for over 25 years. Carolyn loved her family and friends dearly. She always made each of the people she loved feel that they were her #1 on an individual basis. She was also passionate on educating herself on her family genealogy and studied it closely, tracking her ancestors back many generations. Carolyn loved being outdoors and spending time in nature, and especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her mother, Hazel Pettit, of Geneseo, sons, Jim (Beverly) Thornton, of Lisle, IL, Tim (Malea) Thornton, of Cary, IL, and Tom (Nicole) Thornton, of Palm Harbor, FL, daughter, Julie Remkus, of Bloomington, IL, grandchildren, Daniel (Heather) Corrie, Lexi Thornton, Savannah Remkus, Patrick Thornton, Noah Thornton, Brooke Thornton, and Cole Thornton. Carolyn is also survived by her sisters, Joyce Maher, of Geneseo, Lynda (Bob) Carroll, Geneseo, Mary (Larry) Gillespie, Geneseo, and Lori (Bob) Ward, Geneseo, brother, Robert (Ginny) Pettit, of Geneseo, and by her special friend and caregiver, Chuck Quilty, of Moline.

 

Carolyn was preceded in death by her father, Robert Pettit Sr., and one grandson, Nicholas Thornton.

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Raymond "Ray" Oscar Carlson

Raymond “Ray” Oscar Carlson, 91, of Kewanee, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo. Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Pastor Linnea Gustafson and Pastor Kristine Dohrmann to officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till time of service at the church. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church, Compassus, or to the donor’s choice. Please share a memory or an online condolence for Raymond’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Todd A. "Jenzo" Jennings

Todd A. “Jenzo” Jennings, 55, of Kewanee, died Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 11:35 p.m. at OSF Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kewanee.  Todd was born February 23, 1963 in Kewanee, the son of Richard and Crellin (Kemerling) Jennings. Todd graduated from Kewanee High School. He married Stephanie A. Darrow on February 14, 2016 in Las Vegas, NV, she survives.
Todd is also survived by one sister, Teri Ann (Jeff) Crumbley, Hampton, GA; aunt, Rhonda Kemerling (Bill Haupt), Kewanee; step-dad, Terry Longenbach, Chillicothe, IL; niece and nephew, Caitlin and Jared Crumbley, Hampton, GA; great nephew, Everette Crumbley; step-sons, Michael and Jared Dougherty, Toulon, IL; numerous cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; maternal and paternal grandparents, Cliff and Arlene Furnald, Chester Kemerling and Agnes Nass and Frank Jennings; and step-son, Colby Dougherty.
Todd previously worked as a machinist. He was a member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church, Kewanee. Todd enjoyed RC racing, fishing, and hunting. He especially loved playing the guitar in the many jam sessions with friends. He also loved his dog Cooper.
Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 pm, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Service. A Memorial Service will be at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at the funeral home. Reverend David Lorenzen will officiate. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the St. Peter’s Evangelical Church. Please leave an online condolence for Todd’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Amanda A. DeLellis

Amanda A. DeLellis, 45, of McCausland, formerly of Cambridge, died Friday, July 27, 2018, at Unity Point Health - Trinity Bettendorf.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, August 1st, at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, with cremation to follow.  A Celebration of Life service will follow at 7:00 pm. at the Geneseo Church of Christ.  Memorials may be made to the Amanda DeLellis Memorial Fund.

Those surviving are her partner, Thomas Bibby, Jr., McCausland, her children, Thomas Bibby III, Shelby DeLellis, Cody Stephens, Samatha DeLellis, DeWitt, Lena DeLellis, her mother, Grace Moody, and 2 grandchildren.
 

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Mary B. Stach

Mary B. Stach, 61, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital Emergency Room in Geneseo, Illinois.  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend David Murphy will officiate. Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be held from 10:30-11:30 on Tuesday, one hour prior to the funeral service. Memorials may be directed to the Mary B. Stach Memorial Fund.

Mary was born on January 2, 1957, the daughter of Stuart and Bessie (Gibson) Stach, in Mena, Arkansas. She was a graduate of Geneseo High School with the class of 1975. Mary was employed at the former Munson’s Restaurant in Geneseo, Good Samaritan, and the Iron Kettle. She was a Lifelong member of the First Baptist Church, Geneseo, and current member of the Women of the Moose and played in the Geneseo Kitchen Band. Mary enjoyed watching old western movies, coloring, and loved music, especially Elvis Presley, and loved her family and was very dedicated to them.

Those left to cherish her memory include her brothers, Kenrick (Cary) Stach, of Geneseo, and Dean (Sandie) Stach, of Mesa, AZ, and sisters, Becky Stach, of AZ, and Janice (Brad Gradert) Stach, of Geneseo. Mary is also survived by nine nieces & nephews and eight great-nieces & nephews.

 

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Ronald L. Ketner

Ronald L. Ketner, 83, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 30, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Visitation will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m., prior to the funeral service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the First Congregational Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Ron was born on May 6, 1935, the son of Elmer and Mildred (Rogers) Schoondyke, in Moline, Illinois. He was a graduate of the United Township High School. Ron married Suzanne E. Merchie on May 6, 1979, in Las Vegas NV. He was employed as an expeditor with International Harvester Works/Case IH for over 30 years and later retired from the company. Ron enjoyed traveling, reading, and listening to big band music. He loved watching sports, especially his favorite Chicago teams, the Bears and the Cubs!

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Suzanne, daughters, Robin (David) Masterson, of Bolingbrook, IL, and Rhonda Lovdahl, of Galesburg, IL, step-daughters, Cindy Fullerton, of Muscatine, IA, and Deborah (Don) Elshoff, Malta, IL, five grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and nine step-great-granchildren.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Mildred, brother, Gary Schoondyke, sister, Rosemary Shaw, a step-daughter, and three step-grandchildren.
 

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Miriam R. Gustafson

Miriam R. Gustafson was born January 16, 1918 during a snowstorm at the Yates City farm home of her parents, Joy L. and Margaret (Mathews) Ralston. When she was 10 and a half her mother died. Miriam’s mother had encouraged her father to marry again, even suggesting her best friend, Eunice Lawrence as the perfect choice. When Miriam was in high school her father married Eunice, who had been Miriam’s 2nd grade teacher.

She graduated from Yates City High School with the class of 1936. She attended Western Illinois University for two years, earning her teaching certificate. Her first teaching job was in a one room country school in rural Kewanee. It was there that she met her husband, Oscar Gustafson, whom she married on July 22, 1941 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1994. Miriam had also taught in a one room school in DeLong and taught 6th grade at Wethersfield for 23 years. During World War II she worked at the Boss office in Kewanee. While attending high school and college she worked as a housekeeper and telephone operator.

Miriam had been a member of Zion Lutheran Church for 77 years. She taught the Adult Bible class for 41 years; sang in the church choir, played in the bell choir, served as an educational ministry workshop presenter for the LCA, volunteered at LOMC and was a 50-year member of the Omega Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma. She was a member of the first group to be inducted into the Wethersfield Academic Hall of Fame. She was still an active member of Wethersfield and Henry-Stark Retired Teachers, Dorcas Circle and the Joy Bible Study Group.

Survivors include her daughter, Linnea Gustafson of Kewanee, her son, Markel Gustafson and his significant other, Laurel Paulsen of Oak Lawn, her grandchildren, Christopher Gustafson of Chicago and Mary (Nick) Caruso of Alsip, her great grandchildren, Ethan and Morgan, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Marvin (LuAnn) Gustafson of Galva and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, step-mother, Eunice Ralston, her sister and brother-in-law, Joyce (Chuck) Williams, daughter-in-law, Michele Gustafson, three nieces; Pamela Gustafson, Kristine Hemphill and Tammy Lewis and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Agnes (Bill) White, Lennart (Lucille) Gustafson, Laurence Gustafson, Helen (Milt) Hultgren, Harold (Donna) Gustafson and Edith (Roger) Polson.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Pastor Kristine Dohrmann will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 27 at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or to the Wethersfield Academic Foundation. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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James L. Jackson

James L. Jackson, 57, of Galesburg, formerly of Kewanee, died at 1:30 a.m., Monday, July 23, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 29 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Harold L. Boyd will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the James Jackson Memorial Fund.

 

He was born March 4, 1961 in Galesburg, the son of James H. and Marietta R. (Taylor) Jackson. Survivors include his mother of Galesburg, two step-children, Ronnie Baker of Seattle, WA and Ryan Baker of Kewanee, his children, Nicole Taylor-McGee of Galesburg and Raven Jackson of Kewanee, two brothers, Gregory (Cindy) Jackson of Monmouth, IL and Darnell (Amy) Jackson of La Vista, NE, his sister, Linda Jackson of Kewanee, seven grandchildren and six nieces and nephews; Christine Donihoo, Tayler Jackson, Gregory Jackson, Anissa Jackson, Brittyn Carreau and Everleigh Rashid. He was preceded in death by his father.

 

James graduated from Kewanee High School in 1979 and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corp. He worked as cook at the Sirloin Stockade in Galesburg. He attended the Israel of God’s Church in Galesburg. He enjoyed fishing and hanging with his friends and family and he especially enjoyed taking care of his mother. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Anthony Rashid

It is with great sadness that the family of Tony Rashid announces his sudden passing on Friday, July 20, 2018 at approximately 11:20 a.m. in the Black Hills of South Dakota, found doing what he loved most - mountain climbing.

 

He will forever be remembered by his wife of 36 years, Lisa Rashid of Kewanee, son, Nathan Rashid of Kewanee, son and daughter-in-law, Jake & Eftihia Rashid of Chicago, daughter and son-in-law, Tawnie & Tyler Ewing of Sterling, daughter, Tori Rashid of Kewanee, and his best buddy, Brute. Tony was preceded in death by his father, James Rashid. He will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Alja Rashid, his 5 siblings: Brian (Kathy) Rashid of Bettendorf, Paul (Kate) Rashid of Neponset, Adeeba Rashid of Kewanee, DeEtte (Scott) Stauffer of Kewanee, and James (Kelli) Rashid of Kewanee, his extended family, and loved ones.


Tony was born in Iowa City, Iowa on November 27, 1959 to James and Alja (Isenhart) Rashid. He grew up and went to school in Toulon, IL, where he shared many fond memories with his brothers and buddies. Tony attended Wethersfield his senior year and that is where he met Lisa Gustafson, the love of his life. They married on September 18, 1982 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Tony and his wife owned and operated businesses in Kewanee, Moline, Princeton, and Springfield, MO.

 

He enjoyed the outdoors - especially the challenges and adventures of mountain climbing with his brothers, sons, and buddies. He also enjoyed hitting the open road on his motorcycle with brothers and buddies. He filmed a few amateur short films - one of them titled “Invasion of the Corn”. Tony had a nickname (or second name) for everyone he knew - and was in the process of publishing a book on the art of giving second names. He was a big fan of Ted Nugent and KISS and attended many concerts with brothers, sons, and buddies. He became interested in the American Indians when he, some guys, and his mother rode in a truck to the Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota in 1995. It would become a passion - the Great Chiefs, the culture, and the tragedy. Lisa and Tony traveled there many times and went on the Crazy Horse Volksmarch. A highlight of his life was receiving an invitation to attend a sweat lodge ceremony at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He admired the Buffalo and what it represented to the Plains Indians. “There is nothing quite like watching eagles soar at eye level or below when on a mountain.” He and Lisa donate to the Crazy Horse Memorial Fund and Akta Lakota Indian School. But his number one passion in life was animal welfare, mainly man’s best friend - the family dog - and cats. Rescue a dog or cat at your local humane society - and give it a good home. Celebrate the simple moments in life with a can of brew with family and friends.


Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Friday, July 27 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials in Tony’s honor can be made to the following: Saint John Paul II Parish, the Henry County Humane Society, and/or the Akta Lakota Indian School. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Richard Lee Kerner

Richard Lee Kerner was born September 6, 1933 in Kewanee, Illinois to Matthew and Louise Kerner, and entered into eternal life on July 21, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. In 1952 he married Mary Jayne Hawkes, also of Kewanee, Illinois. In May 2018, they celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. He leaves behind his wife and three sons, James of North Carolina, Walter and his wife Denise of Oklahoma City, and Bradley and his wife Paula of Edmond, Oklahoma, as well as four grandchildren, Kristin Cunningham and husband Barry, Kevin Kerner, Brittany Kerner, and Richard Lee Kerner II. He also leaves two great-grandchildren, Owen and Alec Cunningham. He is survived by one brother Terry Alan Kerner and his wife Linda of Illinois. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Mary Lou, and his brother Louie.

Richard was born at home on the family farm, the second youngest child of four. He graduated from Galva High School in 1951, joined the United States Air Force, and was recruited into the Air Police. Thus began his career in law enforcement. During the 20 years he was in the Air Force, he was involved in different areas of police work, including the OSI and the CIA. Duty assignments included Korea,Germany, and Taiwan. After his retirement from the USAF, he moved to Norman and was employed in a management capacity by Westinghouse, CMI, and Shaklee. He opened his own investigative agency in 1982, and was the founding father of OPIA, and later formed K-Mar Investigations Inc. Richard was featured as the lead investigator in the book Dreams of Ada by Robert Mayer. It is a true murder mystery, and can be found on Amazon.

Richard was dearly loved by family and many faithful friends. He had a remarkable sense of humor, was an excellent bridge player, loved good food, and was great fun to be around. Richard was constantly smiling, and always had something uplifting to say. He will be greatly missed by all.

 

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Alex James Wilson Edward Williams,

Alex James Wilson Edward Williams, 19, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Colona, Illinois. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church in Geneseo. Reverend David Esche will officiate. Visitation will be held on Monday, July 23, 2018, from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Cremation rites have been accorded to follow the funeral services and a private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Alex J. W. E. Williams Memorial Fund. Alex was able to give the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

Alex was born on May 14, 1999, the son of James W. and Kelli S. (Lambin) Williams, in Rock Island, Illinois. He was a graduate of Geneseo High School with the class of 2017. Growing up, he was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo, IL, Geneseo Junior Bowling, and Geneseo Boy Scouts Troop 131. He was actively involved in the youth group and music ministry as a member of the church’s “MAN Band”, and volunteered at Vacation Bible School.  He attended First Lutheran Church’s preschool program, Northside Elementary School, and Geneseo Middle and High Schools, and had many favorite teachers throughout the years.  While in high school, Alex played the alto and baritone saxophone in marching band, honors band, jazz band, and pep band. He also participated in golf, bowling, and tennis, earning academic letters and All Conference awards. Alex was selected as an Illinois State Scholar in his class and was a proud member of the National Honor Society and Link Crew. He was the recipient of the John Phillips Sousa Award, which is the highest band award that can be received. Alex was a student at Bradley University in Peoria, IL, majoring in Criminal Justice. He proudly completed his first year at the college with accumulated credit to classify as a sophomore during his freshman year. He was a member of the Theta Xi fraternity and had just been elected as president for the next term. Alex was working at Indian Creek Mini Golf, his family’s business, and had previously worked at Dairy Queen in Geneseo.

Alex will be remembered for being a true friend to all, always living life to the fullest, and his contagious smile and laugh. He loved golfing with his family and hanging out with his friends. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially family camping trips. He enjoyed the social time on XBox with his friends. Alex had a passion for music; he enjoyed listening to & playing all genres. Alex was good at teasing his little sister and loved all of the time he got to spend with the rest of his large, loving family. Alex loved and will be missed by his two dogs, Toby & Kasey.

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Jim and Kelli, sisters, Kailee Williams, at home, Jami (Justin) Burbridge, Erica (Eric) Walker, all of Geneseo, Samantha (Tim) Howard, of New Glarus, WI, Stephanie (Nick Ussery) Williams, of Yountville, CA, and Michelle (Brian Kovalick) Williams, of Des Moines, IA, and grandparents, Donna Lambin, of Geneseo, and Lewis Williams, of LeClaire, IA. Alex is also survived and loved by many precious aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Alex was welcomed into heaven as a child of Christ into the loving arms of his grandpa, Ed Lambin, grandma, Pat Williams, and cousin, Maice Quayle.


Share a message of sympathy with Alex’s family at: www.vandemorefuneralhome.com
 

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Jack C. Legg

Jack C. Legg, 70, of Kewanee, died at 6:49 a.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Kewanee at the home of his niece surrounded by his loving family.
Cremation will be accorded and A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m., Friday, July 27 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family.

He was born April 15, 1948 in Peoria, the son of Dennis E. and Betty Jo (Davis) Legg. He married Ashley Lynn Craine on March 12, 2012 in Galesburg. Survivors include his wife, Ashley Legg of Kewanee, five children; Pamela J. (Gary) Legg-Leeball of St. Cloud, FL, Penny A. Legg of Springfield, IL, Adrianna Mae Craine of Kewanee, Aidin Rue Sterling of Knoxville, IL and Landon Michael Craine of Kewanee, five siblings; Susette Marie Berger of Kewanee, Linda Lou Legg of Toulon, Richard Cleo (Tammy) Legg of Muskegon, MI, Robert Allen (Margaret) Robertson III of Grand Rapids, MI and Trisha Woods of Muskegon, MI, his mother-in-law, Michelle Lee Winegardner, grandmother-in-law, Linda Lou Ward, grandfather-in-law, David Ward, brothers-in-law, Jared and Devin Winegardner, seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren, twenty nieces and nephews, thirty-six great nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Spike. He was preceded in death by his father, Dennis, mother, Betty Jo Robertson, son, Jack C. Legg-Kline and two brothers, Robert James Legg and Paul Allen Robertson.

Jack had worked for Keystone in Peoria and also as a scrapper. He enjoyed working on cars, scrapping, watching westerns, camping and fishing and he especially enjoyed taking his grandchildren fishing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Luella C. Sherrard

Luella C. Sherrard, 96, of Newton, Iowa, formerly of Cambridge, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Park Centre in Newton.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 21st. at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services.  Rev. Jim Aniol will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from noon to 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge United Methodist Church, the Henry County Historical Museum, or the Wesley Life Hospice at Park Centre, Newton, IA.

Luella Carr was born August 25, 1921 in Kewanee, the daughter of John Lawrence and Katharine Wigren Carr.  Her grandparents were Michael L. and Catherine Moore Carr, and Victor A. and Luella Marshel Wigren.  After the death of her father in 1929 and her mother in February of 1934, Luella and her brothers, John and Jim were adopted by their grandfather, Victor Wigren and their step grandmother, Sue LeClerq Wigren in Galva.  Luella graduated from Galva High School in 1939, attended Western College for Women in Oxford, OH, and graduated from National College of Education in Evanston, IL in 1943.

She taught at the Waukegan War Nursery during World War II (1 year), kindergarten in Peoria (1year), Rock Island school (1 semester), served as high school librarian in Galva (1 year), and then taught first grade in Cambridge for 13 years.  Her marriage to John C. "Jack" Sherrard took place on December 30, 1947 in Galva.  They farmed in rural Cambridge for 61 years until Jack's death on January 6, 2009.

Her memberships included the Cambridge United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for ten years, the Chapter BR of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Galva, the Henry County Farm Bureau, and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.  She was a charter member of Valley View Country Club, Cambridge, and the Prairie Queen Quilt Club.  Luella was also a member of the Social Hour Club of Cambridge, serving as treasurer, and the Henry County Historical Museum, where she served as receptionist, librarian, and board member.

Those surviving are sons, John Sherrard, St. Petersburg, FL, Martin (Ellen) Sherrard, Ft. Myers, FL, David Sherrard, Kewanee, and a daughter, Jane (Dan) Johnson, Newton, IA, granddaughters, Stacy Sherrard, Suzanne (Jon) Kral, Kelly Sherrard, Rebecca (Justin) Humke, Jennifer Johnson (fiance Michael Bell), and a grandson, Nathan (Tricia) Sherrard.  Other survivors include a great grandson, Daniel Sherrard, and great granddaughters, Sydney Sherrard, and Savannah Humke, and several nieces, nephews, and their extended families.  Her parents and grandparents, her husband, a brother, John, in World War II, a brother, Jim, and a nephew, Scott Carr, preceded her in death.
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Luella's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
 

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Eugene G. Carlson

Eugene G. Carlson, 91, of Kewanee, died at 1:51 a.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2018 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. He was born on June 15, 1927 in Kewanee, the son of Raymond and Marguerite (Marlow) Carlson. Eugene attended and graduated from Kewanee High School. He married Ramona J. Barnes on March 18, 1950 in Kewanee, she survives.  Eugene was in the United States Army.  Serving in Korea serving from 1945-1953.
Eugene is also survived by one daughter, Kathlene (Dennis) Chamberlain, Henry, IL; three grandchildren, Brent (Rachel) Livek, Portland, Oregon, Amy Livek, Peoria, Lisa J. (Angela) Chamberlain, Ladd, IL, one great granddaughter, Tatum Livek. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harold Carlson.
Eugene was a laborer at the Kewanee Boiler Corporation. He later worked for Martin Engineering, retiring from there. Eugene was a member of the 1st Baptist Church, Kewanee, where he served two terms on the Board of Deacons and trustees. He also served as an usher and was part of the Berean Sunday School Class. Eugene was a member of the Kewanee Masonic Lodge #159 AFAM and he was a member of the Royal Arch Masons. Eugene also volunteered at the church, on the Funeral Committee and at the hospital with the Blue Coats. He was also a life time member of the Kewanee VFW Post 8078. He loved fishing, hunting, woodworking and golfing.
Funeral service will be at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, where Military Rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Sunday Schools. Please leave a memory or online condolence for Eugene’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Wilma T. Zelnio Warren

Wilma T. Zelnio Warren, 91, a resident of the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo, died at 11:07 a.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 20th at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee.  Fr. John Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in East Moline, followed by a luncheon at the American Legion in Milan, IL. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to Hillcrest Nursing Home.

She was born April 8, 1927 in Newton, IA, the daughter of Charles and Emma (Henning) Reynolds. She was first married to Edmund Zelnio on February 11, 1950 and he preceded her in death on February 10, 1970. She then married Don Warren on March 28, 1981 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on December 17, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her parents and twelve siblings. She is survived by three sons, Greg (Judy) Zelnio of Davenport, IA, Ed (Sally) Zelnio of Kettering, OH, and Mark (Marcia) Zelnio of Bloomington, IL, a daughter, Sandra (Phil) Theesfeld of Kewanee, eighteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren and three step-daughters, Sherrie (Rick) Matuszyk and Jill (Joe) Matuszyk, both of Kewanee and Debbie (Jeff) Pierson of Red Oak, IA.   

Faith and family were most important to Wilma. She looked forward to family holidays and vacations.

Wilma had attended schools in Rock Island. She and her husband Edmund had operated the Galva Hotel, Galva Pool Hall and JUG during the 60’s and 70’s.  She had also worked at E.W. Houghton Lumber Yard as a bookkeeper and as a cashier at Walmart. She had been a member of St. John Parish Church and the Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoyed dancing, crossword puzzles, camping in Michigan and playing cards with her brothers. She especially enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Wilma will be dearly missed by her family and friends, until we all meet again. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Judith K. Harris

Judith K. Harris, 75, of Galva, formerly of Bradford, died at 8:59 a.m., Friday, July 13, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Chuck Hilman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service with private inurnment at a later date at Osceola Grove Cemetery in rural Bradford. Memorials may be directed to the Judith Harris Memorial Fund.

She was born May 28, 1943 in Iowa City, IA, the daughter of Clifford and Katherine (Fackler) Esterday. She married Brad Harris in May of 1969 and he preceded her in death on December 31, 2001. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, George. She is survived by three daughters, Debbie (Cliff) Wright of Galva, Becky (Brian) Cade of Bradford and Denise Dodson of West Virginia, six grandchildren, Heather (Pat), Elizabeth (Tyler), Jacob, Christopher, Brianna and Nicholas, twelve great-grandchildren and six siblings, Clifford of Texas, Louise of Iowa, Billy and Arlene, both of Missouri, Anita of Iowa and Connie of Ohio.

Judith graduated from LaMoille High School. She had worked as a nurse for 40 years at various places including Basswood Nursing Home in Princeton for 22 years. Judy was a very caring and giving person. She loved to garden and was an avid reader. Her family was everything to her, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com. 

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Donna L. VanDyke

Donna L. VanDyke, 87, of Geneseo, formerly of Cambridge, died Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 18th, at the Cambridge United Methodist Church.  Rev. Jim Aniol and Deacon Art Ries will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge United Methodist Church or the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary.

Donna Lucille Werkheiser was born July 27, 1930 in Burns Township, Henry County, Illinois, the daughter of Lloyd H. and Helen K. Livingston Werkheiser.  She graduated from Galva High School in 1948.  Her marriage to Robert L. VanDyke took place on October 3, 1948 in Galva.  He passed away on September 7, 1999.  She was a homemaker and volunteered for various community organizations.

Her memberships include the Cambridge United Methodist Church, the Priscilla UMW group of the church, the Cambridge American Legion Auxiliary, the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary (which she really enjoyed), the Cambridge and Geneseo Order of the Eastern Star, and the Geneseo Moose Lodge #990.  Donna's hobbies were camping and traveling.  She always enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, card clubs, and coffee with friends.

Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Lynda VanDyke, Prophetstown, a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Art Ries, Geneseo, five grandchildren, Robert (Michelle) Ries, Geneseo, Darin (Molly) Ries, Montevideo, MN,  Jim (Martha) Ries, Geneseo, Eric (Chelsie) VanDyke, Prophetstown, and Angela (Donald) Appleman, Vicenza, Italy.  Other survivors include 15 great grandchildren, Bailey Ries, Braden Ries, Abby Joy VanderPloeg, Cooper Ries, Abby Lynn Ries, Matthew Ries, Sophia Ries, Joseph Ries, Gianna Ries, Xavier Ries, Anthony Ries, Gavin VanDyke, Brevin VanDyke, Eli Appleman, and Jake Appleman.  Her parents, her husband, a great granddaughter, Ella Rose Ries, a great grandson, Benjamin Ries, and a brother, Robert Werkheiser, preceded her in death.
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting  Donna's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
 

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