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Helen E. Mackie



WILLIAMSFIELD - Helen E. Mackie, 84, of rural Williamsfield, died at 5:10 p.m., Thursday, April 28, 2016 at her home. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 2 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rev. Jennifer Seder. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be in the Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

She was born May 16, 1931 in Galesburg, the daughter of J. Glenn and Ina (Ashbury) Cheesman. She married Donald G. Mackie on January 14, 1951 in Galesburg. He survives, as do two sons, Michael (Tasi) Mackie of Williamsfield, Daniel (Sherry) Mackie of Mapleton, IL, a son-in-law, Norman Johnson of Dahinda, eight grandchildren, Mack (Tiffany) Johnson, James Mackie, Beau (Amber) Johnson, Drew Mackie, Danielle Mackie, Whitney (Lucas) Leckrone, Lacy (Cody) Niebuhr and Nate Mackie, six great grandchildren with one on the way, two sisters, Virginia Whittaker of Hudson, IL and Anna Mae (Junior) Dudley of Williamsfield and two brothers, Jack and Edward Cheesman, both of Galesburg. She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Janice Johnson.

Helen graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1949. In her early years, she had worked at Galesburg Research Hospital, Gale Products and Burlington Northern Truck Line and as a realtor. She was also a homemaker and had helped her husband on the family farm. She was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, especially raising tomatoes and tending to her strawberry patch. She was an avid oil painter and enjoyed following her children and grandchildren's activities and sporting events and the family gatherings at the lake. Her favorite holiday was Christmas as she was able to decorate and share the love of the season. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Mellody J. Ravelingeen



KEWANEE - Mellody J. Ravelingeen, 62, of Kewanee, formerly of Chicago, died at 11:58 a.m., Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the home of her daughter, Adrienne. 

A prayer service will be held at 1:00 p.m.Saturday April 30 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee followed by a time of remembrance and refreshment at Cerno’s in Kewanee. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the prayer service at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service. Memorials can be directed to her family.

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James G. "Jim" Kursock



KEWANEE - James M. “Jim” Kursock, 71, of Kewanee, died at 3:30 a.m., Friday, April 29, 2016 at his home.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 3 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrant will be Fr. John Burns. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, May 2 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the Rosary at 7:45 p.m.Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the kitchen restoration project at St. John Catholic Church or to the Kewanee Animal Shelter.

He was born May 13, 1944 in Kewanee, the son Frank J. and Charlotte K. (Seyller) Kursock. He married Sandra Johnson on March 19, 1966 in Kewanee, She survives of Kewanee, as do two sons, Scott (Kelli) Kursock of Kewanee and Greg (Stephenie) Kursock of Pekin, IL, two sisters, Carol (Joe) Hankins of Kewanee and Nancy (Robert) Levesque of Jacksonville Beach, FL, four grandchildren, Jordan (Zach) Sall, Jessica and Jacey Kursock and Alyssa Buss, three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas Sr.

Jim graduated from Kewanee High School in 1962 and from Midstate College. He worked for the Kewanee Police Department from September 1, 1966 to September 1, 1994. He was formally appointed Chief of Police on April 24, 1989 after serving a few months as Interim Chief and served in that capacity until his retirement. He had also worked for Maness and Son Amusement Machine Supplier in Elmwood for 20 years. He served on the Henry county Board for 20 years and was a member of St. John Catholic Church, the Youth Service Bureau, Kewanee Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, the former Moose Lodge, VFW and the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid golfer and had been a member of the Senior League at Baker Park. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Helen Rae Larimer

 

 

Helen Rae Larimer, 94, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully in her sleep on April 27, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care.  A Funeral Service celebrating her life will be at 11 am on Monday, May 2nd at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Melva England will officiate.  Burial will follow at Annawan Cemetery.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior (10-11 am) to the service at the church.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church.

 

Helen was born on December 13, 1921 in Annawan, IL, the daughter of Grover and Edna (Batten) Miller.  She graduated from Annawan High School in 1939 and went on to Hershey’s Beauty School in Kewanee, from which she graduated in 1941.  She was united in marriage to Glyndon Brownell in 1945.  They moved to Geneseo in 1953 and he passed away November 1963.  She later married Scott Larimer on February 17, 1968.  He preceded her in death in 2001.  Helen operated a beauty shop in the Park Side Hotel in Kewanee and later in her home in Annawan.  She also worked as a receptionist for Dr. Doering and Dr. Parsons and later at the Geneseo Telephone Company.

 

Helen was a member of HHH Auxiliary, Women of the Moose, Grace United Methodist Church, Rose Circle, Geneseo Country Club, and several card clubs.

 

She is survived by her children: Jann (Glenn) Sigwalt of Geneseo, IL, and Jim (Jeannine) Larimer of Rochester, MN; grandchildren: Traci Sigwalt of Geneseo, Jason (Kelly) Larimer of Geneseo, and Jodi Larimer of Fargo, ND; and several great and great great grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by both husbands and her parents.

 

 

 

 

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Betty E. Todd

Betty E. Todd, 81, of Kewanee, Il. died at 6:40 A.M. Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.  Betty was born June 17, 1934 in LaFayette, Il. the daughter of Ray and Edna Hamm.  She graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1953.

Betty married Vern Todd on September 5, 1953 in Kewanee.  Betty worked with her husband Vern at Todd’s Auto Body in Kewanee for many years prior to their retirement in December of 2005. He preceded her in death on July 29, 2015.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son Delbert in 1998

Surviving is a son Randy (Linda) Todd, a daughter Becky (Dave) Mitro all of Kewanee, six grandchildren Randy, Brandon, Alison, Andy, Aimee and Adam, nine great grandchildren.  Betty was an avid Cubs fan and enjoyed spending time with her family; especially her grand and great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.   Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.  Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens, rural Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Monday May 2nd at the funeral home.   Memorials may be directed to the family.   Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Reuben T. DeSmith

 

 

Reuben T. DeSmith, 89, of Atkinson, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2016 surrounded by his family at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Long Term Care in Geneseo.  A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10 am on Saturday, April 30th at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson.  Father S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Atkinson, where Military Honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion Post.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Friday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30pm.  Memorials may be made to Atkinson American Legion, St. Anthony’s Church, or the Atkinson Fire Department.

 

Reuben was born on December 31, 1926 in Atkinson, IL, the son of Edward and Elizabeth (VanDeRostyne) DeSmith.  He graduated from Atkinson High School in 1945.  He proudly served in the US Army during WWII.  He was united in marriage to Patricia A. Hoogerwerf on September 2, 1950 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson.  Reuben had been a lifelong grain and livestock farmer in rural Atkinson, retiring in December 1991 when he and Pat moved to town.  He had also been a seed corn representative for Wyffels Hybrids for 29 years.

 

Reuben was a member of St. Anthony Catholic church, Atkinson American Legion Post, and Atkinson Kiwanis Club.  He was an Atkinson Fire District Trustee for 25 years and an Atkinson township tax assessor for many years.  Reuben enjoyed fishing and golfing.  He also enjoyed having coffee with his buddies and walking with his friends, the Hayden’s Hikers.  He loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren’s events.

 

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Patricia; daughter: Marjean (Steve) Laleman of Geneseo; sons: Dick (Cindy) DeSmith of Atkinson, Dave (Kathy) DeSmith of Geneseo, Dan (Linda) DeSmith of Atkinson and Ron (Ann) DeSmith of Atkinson; 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; sister: Rhea Dwyer of Geneseo; and brother: Glenn (Betty) DeSmith of Geneseo.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Francis Dwyer.

 

 

 

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Joyce M. Trudo Simon

 

Joyce M. Trudo Simon, 83, of Rockford, IL, formerly of Sterling, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at Amberwood Care Center in Rockford, IL.  As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Private Inurnment will take place at Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling.

 

Joyce was born on August 23, 1932 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Harry and Grace (McPherson) Trudo.  She is survived by her sister Carole (Joseph) Filbert of Ponte Gorda, FL and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and 2 brothers.

 

 

 

 

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Ronald L. "Ron" Murphey Sr

KEWANEE - Ronald L. “Ron” Murphey Sr., 82, of Kewanee, died at 2:40 a.m., Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, May 2 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dr. William R. Toliver will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee VFW Post 8078.

He was born June 6, 1933 in Kewanee, the son of Leslie LaVerne and Margaret (Virgo) Murphy. He married Mary Jane Abbott on May 11, 1952 at the Nazarene Church in Kewanee. She survives of Kewanee, as do six children, Kathleen Louise Dennison, Ronald (Nickie) Murphey Jr. and Peggy (Tom) DePauw, all of Kewanee, Sherri Swan and her special friend, Jay Olson, of Maquoketa, IA, Wendy Foster of Kansas City, KS and Tammy (David) VerKruyse of Annawan, two siblings, Loren Murphy and Evelyn Cox, both of Kansas City, KS, twenty-four grandchildren, forty great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and two special friends, Rocky Swan and Ray Williams Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Alvin Murphey and Wilmer, LaVerne, Frederick Sr. and Robert Murphy, two sisters, Anna Marie in infancy and Judith Beckman and two great grandsons, Baby James and JR.

Ron was extremely proud to be a veteran and served his country from 1952-59 in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict, obtaining the rank of Airman 1st Class. He had worked as a brick layer and concrete finisher having owned and operated Murphey and Son Masonry for 20 years. He was a member of the 40&8 and a life member of the Kewanee VFW Post 8078. He loved watching Westerns and enjoyed going to the casinos and of course speaking his mind. His greatest enjoyment was his family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald E. Vyneman

 

 

Donald E. Vyneman, 80, of Sheffield died on Sunday, April, 24, 2016 at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.  Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 28th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Father Mark Miller will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery, Sheffield.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.  Memorials may be made to Sheffield-Mineral Rescue Unit or to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Don was born December 12, 1935 in Concord Township, Bureau County, IL the son of Peter and Marjorie (Morman) Vyneman.  He graduated from Mineral High School in 1953.  On May 10, 1958 he married Marlene Driessens in Sheffield.  She survives.  Don had worked at Kraft Foods and then for many years at F.S. in Sheffield until retiring.  In his retirement he worked as a bailiff in Bureau County for several years.

 

Memberships include St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, Sheffield Knights of Columbus, Sheffield Lions Club, Hidden Lake Country Club, and the Mineral Boulders Club.  For many years Don had been active with the Sheffield Homecoming Association.  Don enjoyed, golfing, rolle bolle and playing cards.

 

Survivors include his wife, Marlene; son, Gary Vyneman, Newport Beach, CA, daughter Karen Keegan, McKinney, TX, and son, Thomas (Stacey) Vyneman, Brentwood, TN; seven grandchildren, Alexandria and Andrew Vyneman, Tyler, Allison, and Kyle Keegan, and Britton and Brynn Vyneman; and a sister, Mary Ann Dwyer, Pinellas Park, FL.  His parents and a brother in infancy preceded him in death.

 

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Don’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Roberta McConnell Drescher

 

Roberta McConnell Drescher, 94, of Aledo, formerly of Cambridge, died Friday, April 22, 2016, at the Aledo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  Cremation has been accorded and a celebration of life memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, April 30th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. David Joyce will officiate.  Interment of cremains will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. A memorial visitation will be from 10 to 12 prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Roberta Drescher Memorial Fund.

 

Roberta Loraine McConnell was born June 19, 1921 in Woodhull, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Norma Poppy McConnell.  She was raised and educated in and around Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1939.  Her class originated the "Viking" annual yearbook, and she was voted the best looking girl in the first class yearbook.   Her marriage to her high school sweetheart, William M. Drescher,  took place on August 22, 1941 in Osco.  He passed away November 5, 1992.

 

She was a substitute rural mail carrier in Osco and also worked at the Osco State Bank.  She and Bill formed Drescher Pontiac in Cambridge on February 2, 1957.  She attended General Motors Bookkeeping school every fall for 33 years by correspondence and was the only bookkeeper at Drescher Pontiac until retiring in 1990.

 

Roberta enjoyed all spectator sports, including the Cubs, the Bears, and the Bulls and also enjoyed watching her grandchildren in Michigan and Cambridge as they grew up.  She was proud all four of her grandchildren took piano lessons.  They were her life.   

 

Her memberships include the Cambridge United Methodist Church, where she had taught Sunday School, its UMW Wesleyan Group, and the Henry County Farm Bureau.  She and Bill were charter members of the Valley Country Club in Cambridge.

 

Those surviving are a daughter, Barbara Borg, Rapid City, SD, a son and daughter -in-law, Bill and Sandi Drescher, Jr., Viola, four grandchildren, Matthew (Brooke) Borg, Kara (Dr.Ken) Benjamin, Holly (Scott) Maruna, and Melody (Juston) Vermost.  Other survivors include nine great grandchildren and one due in July, a brother, Marvin McConnell, several cherished nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Jeanne Downing.  Her parents, her husband, two sisters, Geraldine Hewitt and Marian DeBackere, and a son-in-law, Dr. Larry Borg, preceded her in death.  Roberta's family wish to thank Aledo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center for the wonderful loving personal care given to our loved one for the last two years, and the Harbor Lights Hospice of Galesburg.                 

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

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Loretta Lynn Empson

Loretta Lynn Empson, 46, of Kewanee, Il. died at 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 25, 2016 at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, Il.  Loretta was born October 13, 1969 in Kewanee the daughter of Harry W. and Myrtle Athalia (Smith) Nelson, Sr.  She attended Kewanee Schools.  Loretta married Daniel John Empson on October 13, 2002 in Nashville, Tn.  He survives along with three daughters Andrea Peach and Autumn Peach both of Kewanee and Athalia Empson of Altona, Il., three grandchildren Olivia, Clairity and Devin, her father, Harry W. Nelson Sr. of Hartselle, Alabama, one brother Harry W. (Tracey) Nelson, Jr. also of Hartselle, one sister Zena Petty of Dixon, Il., her boyfriend Raul Flores of Kewanee and several nieces and nephews.

Loretta was preceded in death by her mother in 1988. 

Loretta had worked as a waitress.  She enjoyed feeding the squirrels, crocheting and spending time with her family.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, April 29, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.   Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Friday at the funeral home.  Inurnment will be private for the family at a later date.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Janet M. Stromquist

 

 

Janet M. Stromquist, 82, of Cambridge, died Monday, April 25, 2016, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Graveside committal services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28th, at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  There is no visitation.  Memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Society for the care of cats.

 

Janet Mae McCombs was born November 11, 1933 in Rock Island, the daughter of Paul E. and Violet Marick McCombs.  She was a 1952 graduate of United Township High School.  Her marriage to Theron O. Stromquist took place on May 30, 1986 at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  He died on February 25, 2001.  She worked at the Reliance Improvement Company in Moline and then at Nu-Side Company in Andover.  Her hobbies included quilting, sewing, crafts, and ceramic.

 

Those surviving are two stepson and their wives, Richard and Judy Cook, Durham, MO, Gene and Kathy Stromquist, Cambridge, , two nieces, and close friends, Jackie Beauprez, Kewanee, and Ginny Krueger, Cambridge.  Her parents, her husband, and a brother, Reed DeBord, preceded her in death.

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Janet's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Margaret A. "Maggie" Campbell

Margaret A. “Maggie” Campbell, 68, of Kewanee, Il. died at 6:15 A.M. Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.  Maggie was born January 12, 1948 in Galesburg, Il. the daughter of Dale and Mae (Ogburn) Nelson.  Maggie married Tom Campbell on April 22, 1974 in Springfield, Il.  He survives along with one son William Campbell of Kewanee, three grandchildren Zachary (Sorcha) Campbell, Kayla Campbell and Cole Campbell, one great granddaughter Alicia Campbell, one brother Warren (Alice) Nelson of Kewanee, three nieces Kelly Milnes, Kris Jackson and Autumn Nelson and four great nieces Tayler Jackson, Delaney Reynolds, Katelyn and Abigail Carmen.   She was preceded in death by her parents and a son in infancy.

Maggie was a homemaker for over 20 years through the Henry County Health Department prior to her retirement.  She enjoyed bowling, animals and attending country/western concerts.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 28, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Rev. Dr. William R. Toliver will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Ko H. Stanley

 

 

Ko H. Stanley, 89, formerly of Cambridge, died Thursday, April 21, 2016,  at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo.  Cremation has been accorded and a private memorial service will held at a later date at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate.   There is no visitation.  Memorials may be made to Father Jerry Rafalko, 716 N. Tremont St., Kewanee, IL 61443.

 

Ko Hanamura was born August 7, 1926 in Matsumoto, Japan, the daughter of Hikaru and Kiyose (Murakami) Hanamura.  She was educated in Japan and graduated from Meiji University in Tokyo with a degree in economics and business law.  She also received her teacher's license while in Japan.  Her marriage to Donald Stanley took place on March 7, 1952 in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan.  He died June 9, 2004.

 

She worked as a respiratory therapy aide at the Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo until retiring in 1985.  Ko proudly became a United States citizen on September 26, 1986.  She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and enjoyed gardening, reading, crocheting, knitting, bird watching, and playing Rummy.

 

Those surviving are her son, Victor Stanley, Des Plaines, IL, three daughters, Dorette (Tym) Kerr, Kewanee, Mary Salier, Geneseo, Ann (Tom) Dobbels, Yorkville, IL, and grandchildren, Tristin (Jordan) Wollbrink, Glen Carbon, IL, Payton Salier, Geneseo, Alyssa and Nick Damato and Gavin Dobbels, all of Yorkville.  Other survivors include a half brother, Makoto Hanamura, Japan, and a half sister, Kaori Momose, Japan, and several nieces and nephews.  Her parents, her husband, a brother, Masamichi Hanamura, and a sister, Kiyoko Krick, preceded her in death.

A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Ko's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Glen E. Noble

 

 

Glen E. Noble, 97, of Cambridge, died Thursday, April 21, 2016, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, April 25th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Rick McDaniel will officiating.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

 

Glen Edward Noble was born November 23, 1918 in Versailles, IL, the son of Arthur and Dora Liehr Noble.  He was educated in Cambridge area schools.  His marriage to Myrtle D. Hepner took place on January 8, 1938 in Clinton, Iowa.  She passed away on April 25, 1986

 

He had been a farmer all of his life.  Glen and Myrtle farmed in the Osco and Cambridge areas.  He enjoyed his family, farming, hunting, and fishing.  Glen received his pilot's license and loved flying his plane.  He lived to see two sets of five generations in his family.  His memberships included the Cambridge United Methodist Church, the NRA, and the EAA.

 

Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Ralph Brown, Moline, a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Janet Noble, Cambridge, grandchildren and (spouses) Angela L. Daniels, Moline, Audrey A. Peal, East Moline, Thomas E. Daniels, Aurora, IL, Jeffrey (Genia) Noble, Hesperia, CA, Lance (Chris) Noble, Andover, and Mathew Noble, Cambridge.

 

Other survivors include great grandchildren, Kristie (Bruce) Leachman, Geneseo, Jason (Valerie) Peal, Cleveland, IL, Jennifer Peal, East Moline, Brent Daniels, Henderson, KY, Shaina Daniels, Aurora, IL, Hanna, Gracie, and Avery Noble, all of Andover, Sophie and Alexia Noble, Hesperia, CA, great great grandchildren, Tirzah and McKenna Leachman, Geneseo, and Eva, John Henry, and Emma Peal, all of Cleveland, IL.  Step grandchildren are Russell (Trudy) Brown, Rock Island, Caralee (Jeff) Rath, Moline, Aaron (Vicki) Brown, Orion, and Malinda (Jon) Rodocker, Moline.  There are 18 step great grandchildren and five step great great grandchildren.  His parents and his wife preceded him in death.

A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Glen's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Vernon Harry Charlet



KEWANEE - Vernon Harry Charlet, 84, of rural Kewanee, died at 5:07 a.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m.Saturday, April 23 at the Church of Peace in rural Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service  at the church. 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 Church of Peace or the Kewanee Senior Citizen’s Center. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. 

He was born June 28, 1931 in Kewanee, the son of Harry and Hazel (Kempin) Charlet. He married Marilyn Diane Lambert on November 10, 1957 at the Presbyterian Church in Kewanee. She survives, as does a daughter, Diana (Jim) Galloway of Kewanee, two sons, Kevin (Dawn) Charlet of Kewanee and Neil (Traci) Charlet of Schaumburg, IL, six grandchildren, Hilary and Austin Charlet, Madison and Dylan Galloway and Jacob and Axel Charlet, two step-grandchildren, Lisa Kane and Jenny Pelton, four step-great grandchildren, Isabella, Addyson, Olivia and Alex, a brother Marvin (Lola) Charlet of Kewanee, a sister, Eileen (Robert) Prusator of Moline and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and an uncle, Clarence.

Vern was a 1949 graduate of Wethersfield High School. He served his country from 1951 to 1956 in the Navy aboard the USS Howard Gilmore. He was a grain and dairy farmer having been in a farming partnership with his father and Uncle Clarence and then later with his brother, Marvin and son, Kevin. He was a member of the Church of Peace where he had been president of the church council for two terms and  was a member of the Church of Peace Brotherhood. He was a president and director of the Farmer’s Co-Op Elevator  a past member of the Kewanee Moose Lodge and Odd fellows Lodge. He enjoyed playing c

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Rodney R. Dorman


KEWANEE-  Rodney R. Dorman, 65, of Kewanee, was pronounced dead at 10:58 a.m., Thursday, April 14, 2016 at the scene of a semi and train collision that had occurred in rural Galva.  


Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 23 at the First Baptist Church in Kewanee.  Pastors Max York and Marcus Throneburg will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, April 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee High School FFA, Hill Church, State Road Community Church and NAMI Tri-County IL.

He was born January 1, 1951 in Kewanee, the son of Stanley F. and Maxine (Rhodenbaugh) Dorman.  He married Rebecca “Becky” M. Lentz on November 29, 1975 in Peoria.  She survives of Kewanee, as do two daughters, Raylene and Rachael Dorman, both of Kewanee, a son, Rob (Kellye) Dorman of Kansas City, MO, two brothers, Stan Dorman of Arkansas and Terry (Mary) Dorman of Ogema, MN, a sister, Cheryl (Bob) Faller of Vero Beach, FL, a grandson, Hudson and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. Rodney served as a special father figure to Jessie (Lacy) Stone and their children, Talan and Olivia.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Tadd, in infancy.  

Rodney graduated from Toulon High School in 1969 and received his applied science degree from Black Hawk East in 1972.  He served his country in the Air National Guard.  He was a farmer and owner and operator of Dorman Trucking.  Rodney served his community over the years as a member of Rotary, the Henry County Farm Bureau, NAMI Tri-County IL and coordinated several Hog Days parade floats for the Mothers of Twins Club. His Christian service has included working as a youth group sponsor, “Awana volunteer”, Deacon, church camp counselor (kids called him Tarzan), God’s van driver, church bus driver, and a semi driver whenever needed for the Lord’s work. Most of all, Rod enjoyed spending time with his family and friends on the farm, traveling to visit relatives and playing with his grandson. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Doris M. Kirman Polansky



KEWANEE- Doris M. Kirman Polansky, 92, of Kewanee, passed away at 9:45 p.m., Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Cremation has been accorded and a graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 22 at Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. A memorial visitation will be held from 10:00-10:45 a.m., Friday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church in Kewanee and to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Doris was born October 24, 1923 in Kewanee. She was one of four daughters of Phillip and Alma Thurwanger.  After World War II, she married Donald Kirman in 1946 and they had farmed west of Kewanee until 1974 when they moved to Wethersfield.  Donald passed away on October 9, 1976.  She remarried to John Polansky of Kewanee in August of 1979.  They later divorced but remained friends throughout the years.  Doris was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Donald Kirman, two sisters, Lois Archer and Jean DeMay and her daughter, Ginger. Surviving is her daughter, Linda Ericson (Walt Bryant) of Sun City, AZ and son, Donald Jr. and Andrea Kirman of Mesa, AZ, and a sister, Ella Mae Pyle of Phoenix, AZ.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Burns Grange, and several card clubs. Doris loved her family and the friendship of her many card playing companions.  She also loved to dance at the Flemish American Club and enjoyed listening to live music.  This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Patricia S. "Pat" Brown



NEKOMA - Patricia S. “Pat” Brown, 68, of Nekoma, went to be with her Lord at 1:01 a.m., Sunday, April 17, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Tim Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be directed to Autism  Speaks or the American Diabetes Foundation.

Patricia was born March 2, 1948 in Kewanee, the daughter of Daniel H (Peck) Millslagle Sr. and Zereta Neuleib Millslagle. She married Otis Lee Brown on August 2, 1974. He survives along with two daughters, Sherry Vasquez (and Carl Morrison) and Edith “Edie” (Kenneth) Tracy, both of Galesburg, six grandsons and one granddaughter, Victor, Benjamin and Matthew Vasquez, Nathaniel, Zachary and Ezekiel Tracy and Mercedes Vasquez and a great grandson, Carter James Tracy, her mother Zereta Millslagle of Geneseo,  two aunts, Ethel Ruzas of Kewanee and Margaret (Dick) Despain of Moline; also four very special friends Marlene Miles, Nancy Moon, Donya Price and Susan Liepitz. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Daniel Millslagle Jr.

She was a member of the Kewanee High School Class of 1966. She had been the head cook at Hillcrest Nursing Home. She had also owned and operated Heirloom Antiques in Bishop Hill for 10 years. She enjoyed doing crafts and loved watching hummingbirds and listening to the song birds that came to their home. She was especially proud of her children and grandchildren and enjoyed taking them camping and fishing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Allen D. Jones Sr


GALESBURG - Allen D. Jones Sr., 54, of Galesburg, died at 10:22 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at his home.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m.Saturday, April 23 at the Galesburg Foursquare Church. Rev. Bob Wakefield will officiate. Private inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

He was born February 4, 1962 in Hereford, TX, the son of Wilbur and Dorothy (Workheiser) Jones. Survivors include his parents of Galesburg, two sons, Floyd Jones and Allen Jones Jr., both of Galesburg, a daughter, Melissa (Demarco) Brown of Galesburg, a brother, Wayne Jones of Kewanee, four sisters, Cindy Hilman and Jody Jones, both of Galesburg, Julie Jones of Beardstown and Wanda Jones of Troy, MO, eight grandchildren, Freeman, Marissa, Julissa, Brandon, Demarco, Tyresse, Allen III and Hannah and one great grandchild on the way, Aaliyah. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and two sisters in infancy, Rachiel and Ramona.

Allen had been employed as a chef at Jumer’s and at Sully’s in Galesburg and had also worked as a truck driver.  He enjoyed cooking, watching movies, especially the Hobbit and Star Wars, but his greatest enjoyment was his family and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
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Ivan M. Bennett


KEWANEE - Ivan M. Bennett, 75, of Kewanee, died at 6:56 p.m., Saturday, April 16, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Thursday, April 21 at Rux Funeral Home. Linnea Gustafson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.Wednesday, April 20 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

He was born January 24, 1941 in Neponset, the son of Wilbur and Elizabeth (Stabler) Bennett. He married Patricia L. “Pat” Kirman on October 8, 1961. She survives of Kewanee, as do two sons, Brian Bennett of Peoria and Colin Bennett of Raleigh, NC, a daughter, Lisa (Bruce) McGee of Radcliff, KY, five grandchildren, Bennett (Heather) McGee, Hunter McGee and Abbie, Ivy and Emme Bennett and two great grandchildren, Rorie and Rowan. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Wilbur Dean, two sisters, Shirley Anderson and Audrey Rakestraw and a sister in infancy.

Ivan graduated from Neponset High School in 1960. He served his country in the Army and then the Army Reserves during the Vietnam Era. He was employed as a final inspector at Hyster Co./BOMAG until his retirement in 2005. He had also helped various farmers in the area and had worked at Thede Co. as a John Deere repair specialist. In his early years he was a member of the Jaycees. He had also been the caretaker at Francis Park in Kewanee. He enjoyed participating in area parades with the family John Deere tractor, camping and following the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
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Eva L. Thurston


GALVA-  Eva L. Thurston, 80, of Galva, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family at 5:00 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2016 at Heartland Health Care Center in Galesburg.

Eva was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Kewanee, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 20. The Rev. Drs. Dale Dykstra and James Breed will officiate. There will be visitation on Tuesday, April 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Memorials can be directed to her church or the American Heart Association.

Eva was born on March 25, 1936 in Grantsville, West Virginia, the daughter of Vernon and Theodosia (Robinson) Boyce. She married Elmer Thurston Jr. on January 9, 1954 at the Baptist Church in Alexander, VA. She is survived by her devoted husband of 62 years, Elmer Thurston Jr. of Galva, and their children, Pam (Steve) Konstanty of Galva, Philip (Sharon) Thurston of Rio, Donald Thurston (Ruth Smith) of Abingdon and Dwayne (Michele) Thurston of Sheffield, nine grandchildren, Julie (Konstanty) Forsythe, Faythe (Thurston) Schiltz, Jennifer (Konstanty) Coan, Lisa (Thurston) Larimer and Shawn, Eric, Ryan and Emily Thurston and ten great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Ashley Thurston.

In addition to being a homemaker, Eva had worked at Midland Country Club and as a baker at several places including Super Value, Eagle’s and Jack and Jill. She was very active in her church and she especially enjoyed her grandchildren, crocheting, baking and reading. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Frances L. Wiedenhoeft

 

 

Frances L. Wiedenhoeft, 94, of Geneseo, passed away Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  A Funeral Service celebrating her life will be at 10:30 am on Monday, April 18th at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo.  Rev. Lynn Bergren will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 3-6 pm on Sunday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Geneseo Education Foundation, or Hillcrest Home.

 

Frances was born on August 23, 1921 in Andover, IL, the daughter of Luther and Hilma (Bengston) Hultgren.  She graduated from Cambridge High School and went on to Western Illinois University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree for teaching.  She was united in marriage to Wallace Wiedenhoeft on July 21, 1945.  He preceded her in death in 2013.  Frances started her career teaching in Osco.  Then she taught 3rd grade at Howard school and at Millikin Elementary in Geneseo, where she retired in 1987.

 

Frances was a member of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, the Delta Kappa Gamma Teaching Fraternity, and a lifetime member of the Geneseo PTA.  She enjoyed reading, traveling and quilting.  She loved spending time with her family and friends, and especially her granddaughters.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Lorrin “Butch”) DeBlieck; son: Mark (Deb) Wiedenhoeft; granddaughters: Krista (Brett) Ford and Kara Wiedenhoeft; and great granddaughters: Camille, Brooke, and Julianna Ford.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Wallace, her parents, 2 brothers, and 4 sisters.

 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caring and supportive staff at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo.

 

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Elnora R. (Painter) Melody

 

Elnora R. (Painter) Melody, 101, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Woodridge Assisted Living in Geneseo, IL.  A Funeral Service celebrating her life will be at 11 am on Saturday, April 16th at Vandemore Funeral Homes, Geneseo.  Pastor Dan Werthman will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service (10 – 11 am) at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Wildwood Church, East Moline.

 

Elnora was born Feb 22, 1915 to William and Beulah Painter, on the family's farm in rural Geneseo. She married Roy Melody on April 12, 1936.  She enjoyed her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, crocheting, gardening, ceramics, her dogs, and feeding and watching birds. She was a former member of DAR. 


Survivors include her daughter, Cindy (Allen) Knott, Port Byron; a special granddaughter, Melody Watters, Geneseo; brother, Frank Painter, East Moline; 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her son, Lee Melody, daughter Karen Braman, and 9 brothers and sisters.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Woodridge and Harbor Light Hospice for their extraordinary care. 
 

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Mark Douglas Roe

Mark Douglas Roe, 53, of rural Buda, Il. died at 9:50 A.M. Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at his home.  Mark was born March 18, 1963 in Avon, Il. the son of Gerald and Judy (Rice) Roe.  He graduated from Knoxville High School with the class of 1982.  He graduated from Black Hawk College in 1996.

Mark married LaNell Helton on July 1, 1992 in Cambridge, Il.   She survives along with his parents Gerald and Carol Roe of London Mills, Il. and Judy Bryan of Galva, Il.,   Also surviving are his sons Brian (Lisa) of Galva, Jeremy (Katie) of Buda, Mark II (Kairi) of Champaign, and Logan of Buda, six grandchildren Reiha (Dylan), Sage (Kenzie), Sy, Abby, Tiffany and Tanner, two twin great grandsons Reece and Ryker.  He is also survived by his International daughter Mimi of Okinawa, Japan and Jimmy Olson of Annawan who was like a son to Mark and LaNell.  Mark was also like a dad to many of his sons’ friends.  Also surviving are three brothers John (Marie), Scott, and Jeff (Tammy), six sisters Jan (Mike), Marsha (Tim), Kelly, Kim, Robin (Eric) and Geri (Jody), many nieces, nephews, very special cousin-in-laws and friends.  Mark was preceded in death by his stepfather Ed Bryan.

Mark was employed at the Kewanee YMCA.  He was an avid Bears fan and looked forward to football season every year.  He and LaNell hosted Thanksgiving every year at their home, which is a Holiday Mark looked forward to since their Thanksgiving Day consisted of fifty or more family and friends coming to their home.  Mark loved spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Monday, April 18, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.   Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.  Cremation will follow the services and private family burial will be in the the Hopeland Cemetery, rural Buda.  Visitation will be from 2-4 P.M. Sunday, April 17th at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Edward W. McElwee

 

Edward W. McElwee, 54, formerly of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Rosewood Care Center in Moline, IL. As per his wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  No services will be held.

 

            

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Lois M. Dienst


KEWANEE - Lois M. Dienst, 90, of Kewanee, died at 7:30 a.m., Monday, April 11, 2016 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m.Thursday, April 14 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Rev. David Schweppe will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Osceola Grove Cemetery in rural Bradford. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church, Stark County 4-H or to the Henry County Senior Citizen Center.

She was born November 21, 1925 in Wethersfield Twp. in Stark County, IL, the daughter of Carl and Verla (Werkheiser) Bates. She married Wilbur E. Dienst on September 29, 1946 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on October 11, 2015. Survivors include her two sons, Rodney (Sharon) Dienst and Wayne (Sandy) Dienst, both of Toulon, a brother, Earl Bates of Kewanee, three sisters, Alice Hutchinson and Donna Nelson, both of Geneseo and Phyllis (Alvin) Hepner of Kewanee, a sister-in-law, Carol Bates, five grandchildren, Keith Dienst, Rick (Liz) Dienst, Kenneth (Jodi) Dienst, Will Dienst and Wes (Jen) Dienst, four great grandchildren, Ayden, Conner, Carleigh and Clayton and her caregiver, Sherry Puskar. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three siblings, Tom, Doris and Eddie.

Lois graduated from Wethersfield High School. In her early years she worked as a secretary for the Walworth Company and had worked on the family farm. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and its Dorcas Circle. She was also a member of Bobtown, the Curly Q’s and several card clubs. She enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking, working on the family farm and sending cards for various occasions to family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
 
 

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Joyce M. (Kicksey) Teter

 

 

Joyce M. (Kicksey) Teter, 86, of East Moline, formerly of Geneseo, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline.  A Graveside Funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday, April 15th at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.   Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate.  There will be no visitation.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Humane Society.

 

Joyce was born on April 13, 1929 in Atkinson, IL, the daughter of Bernard and Josephine (Phillips) Gritman.  She graduated from Atkinson High School and was united in marriage to Russell Kicksey in 1947.  He preceded her in death in 1977.   In 1979 she married Billy Teter.  He preceded her in death in 1998.  Joyce worked at the Geneseo High School cafeteria and also drove a school bus for Pinks Bus Service for many years until her retirement.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and spending time with her dogs.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Debra (Robert) Ketron of Rock Island, IL; son, Randy (Angie) Kicksey of Davenport, IA; grandchildren, Brad Wentz, Noel Kicksey and Fantasy Kicksey; and great grandchildren, Eric Wentz and Ashley Wentz.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands Russell Kicksey and Billy Teter, son Brian Kicksey and grandson Darin Wentz.

 

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Philip A. Wiesbrook

Philip A. Wiesbrook, 82, of Annawan, IL, passed away Saturday, April 9,.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 14th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, IL.  Father Jeffrey Stirniman will celebrate.  Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Annawan, where Military Honors will be accorded by Mineral American Legion Post.  Lunch will be served at St. Patrick’s Hall immediately following  the burial.  Visitation will be held from 4-8 pm on Wednesday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Atkinson and also 1 hour prior (9:30-10:30am) to the mass at the church.  A rosary will be recited at 3:30 pm on Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the visitation.  Memorials may be made to the Philip Wiesbrook Memorial Fund.

 

Philip was born on March 27, 1934 in Aurora, IL, the son of Harry and Fabiola (Riedy) Wiesbrook.  He graduated from Naperville High School in 1952 and was united in marriage to Mary D. Schofield on June 30, 1956 in Cloverdale, IL.  He proudly served in the US Army from 1955-1957.  Phil farmed in Plainfield and Mineral, IL.

 

Phil was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.  He was a lifetime member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus (63 years).  He was a proud member of Local 150 Operating Engineers Union.  He also belonged to the Mineral American Legion, the Farm Bureau, and was a former Trustee of Mineral Township in Bureau County.  Phil loved the farm life, traveling, hunting, fishing, and a good joke.  He cherished his wife Mary and any time spent with family and friends.

 

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary; children: Linda (Kevin) Lonergan of Bettendorf, IA, Lois (Peter) Ritchken of Cleveland, OH, Steven Wiesbrook of Plainfield, IL, Sharon (Mike) Post of Brookfield, WI, Nancy (Anthony) Goodman of Sheffield, IL, Paul (Geriann) Wiesbrook of Joliet, IL, Judy (Craig) Hill of Beaver Dam, WI, Andy (Wendy) Wiesbrook of Mineral, IL, Scott (Michelle) Wiesbrook of Philo, IL; adored grandchildren: Maureen, Steven, and Katie Lonergan, Jake and Brian Ritchken, Matthew and Christopher Post, Victoria, Jonathan and Ryan Goodman, Cassandra and Joseph Wiesbrook, Tyler and Stephanie Hill, Gary Andrews, Alexander and Sophia Wiesbrook, Nathaniel, Lucille and Elsie Wiesbrook; great grandchildren: Ronnie and Caleb Baran; siblings: identical twin brother, James (Georgene) Wiesbrook of Bolingbrook, IL, Mary Wiesbrook of Woodland Park, CO, Loretta (the late Doug) Spesia of Joliet, IL, Helene (Nicholas) Smiar of Eau Claire, WI; sister-in-laws: Rita and Sis Wiesbrook; and beloved uncle to many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Fabiola Wiesbrook; brothers: Harry Wiesbrook, Jr. (Infancy), Thomas Wiesbrook, Donald Wiesbrook,  David Wiesbrook, Doug Spesia.

 

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Jeffrey Lynn "Jeff" Burrows



KEWANEE- Jeffrey Lynn “Jeff” Burrows, 59, of Kewanee, died at 2:20 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2016 at his home. 

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 15 at Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset. Pastor Rebecca Klemm will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. 

He was born March 4, 1957 in Kewanee, the son of John “Jack” Burrows Sr. and Leta (Yepsen) Burrows. He had married Karen Horner on October 23, 1977. He is survived by six sons, Donald Keith Gustaitis Jr. of  Kewanee, Adam Troy Gustaitis, of  Kewanee, Eric Jay Burrows, of Kewanee, Jesse Lee Burrows (Angela Hoffman) of Seattle, WA, Mickey Burrows of Kewanee and Joseph “Joey” Burrows (Gabi Ackal) of Kewanee, a daughter, Tonya (Rene) Smith of California, six grandchildren, two sisters, Jeanne Hansen of Phoenix, AZ and Carol Lee of Neponset, two brothers, John (Sonya) Burrows Jr. of Ft. Worth, TX and Randall Burrows of Minnesota, several nieces and nephews, his special friend, Roxanne Stalker and two boys he helped raise, Matt Sadowski and Dave Frail. 

 

Jeff graduated from Neponset High School in 1974 and had served in the National Guard. He worked as a machine operator at Great Dane in Kewanee. He was of the Methodist faith and he enjoyed bowling, fishing, mowing and drag racing. He also enjoyed attending auctions, playing pool and foosball, following the Chicago Bears and spoiling his grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Michael Dutton

NEPONSET - Michael Dutton, 44, of Neponset, died at 8:30 a.m., Friday, April 8, 2016 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 11, 2016 at Rux Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 10, from2:00-4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  Memorials may directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

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Terry L. Weir

Terry L. Weir, 50, of Cambridge, Il. and formerly of Kewanee died at 11:46 A.M. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  Terry was born January 11, 1966 in Moline, Il. the son of Leonard and Janet (Smith) Weir.  Terry graduated from Kewanee High School.

Terry married Bridget Powers.  They were later divorced.  Surviving are two sons Cody L. Weir and Colten M. Weir both of Cambridge, his fiancée Tamm Kelly of Galva, his mother Janet Weir of Cambridge, two brothers Chuck Zebell and Steve Zebell both of Fayetteville, Arkansas, four sisters Starla Edgar of Milan, Il., Lynn Wirth of Kewanee, Gail (Tim) Johnson of Cambridge and Amanda Lyle of Birmingham, Alabama, nieces, nephews and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, maternal and paternal grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Terry had been employed at VanDeVoorde’s in Annawan, Il. and was currently employed at Macon General Contractors of Bradford, Il. erecting GSI grain bins.

Terry enjoyed fishing, spending time with his boys and family, riding four wheelers, listening to music, working on cars and drinking beer.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, April 9, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Visitation will be from noon until the time of services on Saturday at the funeral home.  Cremation will follow the services with private family inurnment at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Basco Zwetkow



KEWANEE - Basco Zwetkow, 55, of Kewanee, died at 2:10 p.m., Thursday, April 7, 2016 at his home.

Cremation has been accorded and there will be no services. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

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Lloyd Vespermann

Lloyd R. Vespermann, 87, of Geneseo, IL, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at In Pointe at Lighthouse Assisted Living in Silvis.  A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 9th at Oakwood Cemetery.  As per his wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

 

Lloyd was born on October 2, 1928 in Chicago, IL, the son of Fritz Vespermann and Alice Johanssen.  He was united in marriage to Marie Limbert in April 1956 and she preceded him in death in 1967.  He married Corrine “Connie” Gee on December 15, 1973 in Geneseo, IL.  She preceded him in death on November 11, 2014.  Lloyd was president of sales and marketing at the former Illini Beef in Joslin for 12 years.  Then he and Connie relocated to Florida, where he was involved in real estate sales.  He was an avid golfer.

 

He is survived by his daughter: Dawn (fiancé Lonnie Cantrell) Crouse of Silvis; son Jim (Vicki) Vespermann of Moline, IL; grandchildren: Breesa (Adam) Hansen, Tyler (fiancée Jami and her daughter Sophia) Crouse, Brandon Vespermann, Jessica Vespermann; and 4 great grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by both spouses and his grandson, Justin Vespermann.

 

 

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Marie Hasselbusch

 

 

Marie Hasselbusch, 97, of Geneseo, IL, passed away at Hammond-Henry Long Term Care in Geneseo on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.  According to her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo.  A memorial service will be held at a later date.  Interment will be at the family plot at St. John’s Cemetery in Clarence, IA.  Memorials may be made to Hammond-Henry Hospital Extended Care.

 

Marie was born in Shellsburg, IA on September 27, 1918 to Glenn and Leona Freeman.  She graduated from Eagle Grove High School.  She was employed by Knapp and Company of Cedar Rapids, IA.

 

She married Arlo Hasselbusch on June 22, 1946 in Cedar Rapids, IA.  They raised their family in East Moline, IL where they joined the First Presbyterian Church, East Moline, IL on Palm Sunday, April 14, 1957.  Marie was an active church member and a strong Christian.  She was devoted to her faith and her family.  Marie enjoyed singing, sewing, quilting, gardening, and cooking for her family.

 

Survivors include daughters: Pam (Steve) Durian, Geneseo, IL, Arlis (Paul) Ander, Naples, FL, Cyndi (Larry) Espel, Golden Valley, MN; son: Jim (Becky) Hasselbusch, Moline, IL; grandchildren: Scott (Julie) Durian, Eric (Tammy) Durian, Jane (Cody) Van Fleet, Ryan (Kiki) Ander, Megan Ander, Chris (Shana) Ander, Julia (Ken) Chang, Hallie Espel, Jamie (Adam) Meier, Jack (Allison Schuette) Hasselbusch; great grandchildren: Ethan and Alex Durian, Caleb and Grace Durian, Brielle and Emery Van Fleet, Griffin Ander, and Kaylie and Logan Chang.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Arlo; her parents; brothers: Claire, Jerry, Bill, and Glenn, Jr.; sisters: Mardelle Gartner, Margaret Stange, and Arlene Johnson.

 

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Hammond-Henry Long Term Care for their outstanding care for so many years.  They have become a part of our extended family and will always hold a special spot in our hearts.

 

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Donald E. Crist

Donald E. Crist, 81, of Kewanee, passed away April 1, 2016 at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.  As per his wishes Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo and there will be no services held.  Private inurnment will be in the National Cemetery, Rock Island.  Memorials may be made to the family.

 

Donald was born on July 4, 1934 in Kewanee, IL.  He was united in marriage to Kathy L. Nimrick on February 18, 1977 in Rock Island, IL.  He proudly served in the US Army from 1957- 1959.  He worked at Mail-o-graph in Kewanee in the printing department and then later at Hillcrest Home in Rural Geneseo in the maintenance Department.  He enjoyed gardening, traveling, and working with electronics.

 

He is survived by his wife, Kathy; daughter: Amy Crist Newton of Kewanee; sons: Neil F. Crist of Kewanee, Troy Crist of Kewanee; and 2 grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

 

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Odetta D. Leff

 

Odetta D. Leff, 74, of rural Altona, died Friday, April 1, 2016, at Heartland Health Care Center, Galesburg.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 5th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Burial will be in the Bishop Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Honor Flight or a charity of the donor's choice.

 

Odetta Dee Downing was born May 14, 1941 in Geneseo, the daughter of Ernest and Cleone Loding Downing.  She attended Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High Schools in 1959.  Her marriage to William A. Leff took place on September 8, 1966 in Beardstown, Illinois.  He passed away on May 20, 2009.  Odetta worked as a bookkeeper at Rishel and Son Implement in Cambridge and later at the Peoples National Bank of Cambridge.  She then helped her husband with their farming operation.  Her hobbies included cooking, mowing the yard, and reading.

 

Those surviving are three sisters-in-law, Jeane Downing, Cambridge, Lauretta (Robert) Nordstrom, Bishop Hill, Patricia Emmerson, Galva, two nephews and their wives, Zane and Crista Downing, Cambridge, Larry and Teri Nordstrom, Galva, a niece, Sue Weimer, Bettendorf, a grand nephew, grand nieces, and cousins.  Her parents, her husband, and a brother, Dennis Downing, preceded her in death.

Condolences may be expressed by visiting Odetta's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Gary Duane Nelson



GALVA - Gary Duane Nelson, 77, of Galva, joined his family who has gone before him at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at Prairie View Care Center in Lewiston, IL.

Cremation has been accorded and a gathering of family and friends will be held at the family home located at 523 N.W. 4th Ave. in Galva from5:30-7:00 p.m.Saturday, April 2. Memorials may be directed tot the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

He was born November 23, 1938 in Kewanee, the son of Willard and Mildred (King) Nelson. He married Pamela Taflinger on November 2, 2013. She survives, as do two sons, Todd Nelson of Victoria and Timmy Nelson of Galesburg, a step-son, Charles Yocum of Galva, a step-daughter, Jennifer Reed of Galesburg, five grandchildren five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Earl and step-grandson.

Gary had farmed and owned and operated Nelson’s Salvage Yard that he started in 1975. He loved cars and car shows and living life to the fullest. Gary was a caring person to his loving wife. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
 
 

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Franklin A. "Frank" Talbot

Franklin A. “Frank” Talbot, 93, of Leesburg, Florida passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 in Florida.  Graveside funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Evergreen Memory Gardens, rural Kewanee.  Rev. Paul Copeland of the First United Methodist Church of Kewanee will officiate.  Military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council.  There will be no visitation.  The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Raymond F. "Ray" Bennett

Raymond F. “Ray” Bennett also known locally as “The Candy Man”, 93, of Kewanee, Il. died at 2:33 A.M. Wednesday March 30, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.  Ray was born September 2, 1922 in Toulon, Il. the son of Arthur and Gertrude (Blanchard) Bennett.  He graduated from Toulon High School.  Ray married Lois Osborne on October 17, 1948.  She preceded him in death on December 19, 2015.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.  Surviving is their daughter Pam (Tom) Womble of Kewanee, three grandchildren Lisa (Jeremy) Murphy of Kewanee, Amy (Sid) Dev of Neponset, 1st Lieut. Erik (Nicole) Peterson stationed in Virginia with U.S. Coast Guard, six grandchildren, Zachary and Zoey Murphy, Layla and Shaan Dev and Isaac and Scarlett Peterson.   Nieces and nephews.

Ray was a Corporal in the Army Air Corp during WWII serving in the European theatre and participate in the Normandy Invasion.  Ray was in charge of traffic logistics for Boss Manufacturing Co. prior to his retirement.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kewanee, Kewanee American Legion Post 31, VFW Post 8078.  Ray was an avid golfer.  He was a golf coach at Baker Park in Kewanee for many years.  He was proud to say that he had golfed over 1000 rounds shooting under his age.  He had recorded seven holes-in-one over his lifetime at various courses in the area.   Ray always loved spending time with everyone in his family and will be remembered for his story telling.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Rev. William R. Toliver will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.   Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to Disabled American Veterans.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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