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Royce L. Farber

Royce L. Farber, 80, of Geneseo, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016 at Unity Point-Trinity, Rock Island.  A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, June 1st at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo.  Father Michael Pakula will celebrate.  Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Tuesday, May 31st at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Geneseo, where a Moose Service with the Pilgrim Degree will be held at 7pm.  Memorials may be made to the Royce Farber Memorial Fund, to be distributed amongst several local organizations.

 

Royce was born on April 3, 1936 in Munson Township, Geneseo, IL, the son of Leonard and Ann (Vandersnick) Farber.  He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1954 and was united in marriage to Phyllis J. Fowler on June 5, 1954 in Geneseo.  She preceded him in death on November 30, 2014.  Royce farmed in rural Geneseo for 47 years, retiring in 1997.

 

Royce was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where he was a Lector, Commentator, Usher, and served on the Parish and Finance committees.  He also was a playground supervisor for St. Malachy’s School for many years.  He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge #990 and served as Governor, Treasurer, and Trustee.  He earned his Pilgrim Degree of the Moose which is the highest Degree in the Moose Lodge.  Royce was well known for being the caller for the Moose bingo nights and was part of the Moose Lodge Ritual Group.  He had been the membership Chairman for the Illinois Moose Association and Treasurer of district #5.  Royce was a member of the Legion 112, where he served as past President as well as the fellowship Degree.  He had also been on Edford Township Trustee for many years.  He enjoyed going for drives, sightseeing around the town and country, and his weekly visits with family and friends.

 

He is survived by his children: Russell (Kathryn) Farber of Geneseo, IL, Lenny (Kim) Farber of Geneseo, IL, Debbie (Brian) Neil of Fort Pierce, FL, Connie (Stuart) Barnhorst of Columbus, IN; 19 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and brother: Henry “Duke” (Lois) Farber of Geneseo, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, his parents, and his daughter Linda Farber.

 

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James Creech


KEWANEE - James Warren Creech, 82, of Kewanee, died at 10:28 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 31 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor David Hamilton will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the James Warren Creech Memorial Fund.

He was born December 17, 1933 in Lawrence County, IL, the son of James and Agnes (Moan) Creech. He married Lora Jane Buchanan on May 3, 1959 in Lawrence County, IL and she preceded him in death on October 14, 1990. He later married Ada Scott on August 27, 1992 in Kewanee. She survives of Kewanee, as do four sons, Jeff (Krisa) Creech of St. Louis, MO, Brian (Stephanie) Creech of Petersburg, IL and Tim (Nicole) Creech and Eric Creech, both of Pekin, IL, a daughter, Becky (Jeff) Williams of Fort Worth, TX, six step-children, Martin Chayer, George Chayer, Connie (Hiram) Jenkins, Jeff Chayer, Wayne (Nickie) Chayer and John Chayer, all of Kewanee, his brother, Tom (Nettie) Creech of Wisconsin, twenty-nine grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Shirley and Elizabeth and a step-son, Jody Chayer.

Warren graduated from Bridgeport High School in 1951. He served his country in the U.S. army during the Cold War era and also in the Army National Guard obtaining the rank of Sgt. First Class . He worked as plant manager for MAPCO for 35 years until his retirement. In his later years he worked for Farm King. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Kewanee. His enjoyments included fishing, bowling and watching his local wildlife and he especially enjoyed following his children in their various sporting events. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Rodger D. Hultgren

 

 

Rodger D. Hultgren, 87, of Cambridge, died Monday, May 23, 2016, at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 28th, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Cambridge Chapel of  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church or the Illowa Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

 

Rodger Dean Hultgren was born November 15, 1928 in Moline, the son of Martin and Lillian Nelson Hultgren.  He was educated in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1946.  He attended Augustana College in Rock Island from 1946 to 1948.  His marriage to Marietta Anderson took place on October 17, 1948 in Cambridge.  Rodger began his employment at the State Bank of Osco where he served as president until retiring in 1987.  He was a lifelong resident of Cambridge.

 

He was a member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church, where he served as the Sunday School Superintendant and also served on the church board.  Rodger was a member of the school board for Cambridge Community Unit School District #227, where he served as president.  He was very active in the Boy Scouts of America as Scoutmaster of the Cambridge troop and as a member and officer of the Executive Board of the Illowa Council.  He enjoyed golf, his family, yard work, maintaining contact with Swedish relatives, and researching his Swedish heritage.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Marietta, three sons, Steven (Holly) Hultgren, Boulder CO, David (Christy Schisler) Hultgren, Peoria, IL, Paul (Diane) Hultgren, Cheyenne, WY, grandchildren, Torrin (Barb) Hultgren, Seattle, WA, Brianna (Sergio) Santander, Seatac, WA, Britt (Randy) Ramroop, Loganville, GA, Kajsa Hultgren, Cheyenne, WY, Scott (Stephanie Negrini) Hultgren, Madison, WI, and Eric (Sarah) Hultgren, Peoria, IL.  Other survivors include ten grandchildren and a sister, Virgina Hultgren Martin, Moline.  His parents, a sister, Barbara Hultgren Johnson, and a brother, Gerald Hultgren, preceded him in death.

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Margaret Mecum

 

Margaret Lorraine McIntosh Mecum, 95, formerly of Cambridge, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 20, 2016, from the emergency room at UnityPoint Health -Trinity Rock Island after a long and blessed life.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 27th at First Baptist Church, Cambridge.  Rev. Todd Smith and Rev. Daniel Witkowski will officiate.  Burial will be in Red Oak Cemetery, rural Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Cambridge Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Cambridge or the First Lutheran Church of Moline.

 

Margaret Lorraine McIntosh was born May 10, 1921 in Davenport, the daughter of James Arthur and Clarice Lissette Poppy McIntosh.   She was educated in Cambridge and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1939.  She attended Moline Business College and then became a legal secretary at the Carl Melin Law Office in Cambridge.  Margaret later worked for the Telleen, Telleen, Braendle, and Horberg Law Office in Cambridge.  Her marriage to James E. Mecum took place on April 8, 1945 in Cambridge.  He passed away on November 26, 2003.

 

Her memberships included the First Baptist Church, Cambridge, JOY Circle of the church, the Cambridge Social Hour Club, the Mystic Chapter 160 - Order of the Eastern Star, Cambridge, where she served as Worthy Matron, the White Shrine, the Cambridge Women's Club, the Cambridge American Legion Auxiliary, Daughters of the Nile, the 40 et 8, the Henry County Historical Society, and the Andover Historical Society.  Margaret taught piano for many years.  She was a soloist, an artist, the family seamstress, and a volunteer grandma for the first grade.  She was also an avid card player.

 

Those surviving include two daughters and sons-in-law, Lea and Richard Parker, Flagstaff, AZ and Carol and Duane Curry, Alpha, IL; grandchildren and spouses, Jessica  (Patrick) Young, Flagstaff, AZ, Jaina (Benjamin) Moan, Henderson, NV, Thaddeus (Kathy) Curry, Alpha, Joshua (Jody) Curry, Alpha, Laura (Brian) Hines, Moab, UT, Sarah (Aaron) Fischbach, Thousand Oaks, CA, and Alisa Curry, Sherrard, IL; great grandchildren, Christopher (Marie), Cody, Evan, Owen, Lauren, Carsen, Hadaly Curry, Michael and Poppy Fischbach, Josephine Wells, Charlie and Clara Hines, Aspen, Elden, Asher, and Elias Young, and special friends, Mary and Lew Maggioria.  Her parents and her husband preceded her in death.

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Nicole Besette

 

Nicole Besette, 42, of Atkinson, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL.  A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 3pm on Thursday, May 26th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Crematory.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior (2-3 pm) to the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Nicole Besette Memorial Fund.

 

Nicole was born on October 19, 1973 in Silvis, IL, the daughter of Wayne and Suzanne (Boney) Carter.  She graduated from Geneseo High School.  She was united in marriage to Michael Besette on April 20, 2001.  Nicole enjoyed catering, singing, and crocheting.  More than anything she loved being a full time mother.

 

She is survived by her husband, Michael; children: Sabrinna Popp, Nathaniel Popp, Zachary Popp, Elizabeth Besette, Michael Besette, Jr., and Edward Besette; parents: Wayne and Suzanne Carter; brother: Eric (Trisha) Carter; and niece: Caroline Carter.

 

 

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Reva I. Setser

 

Reva I. Setser, 94, of East Moline, formerly of Geneseo, died on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St., Geneseo.  Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline, IL.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Tuesday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus.

 

Reva Irene Copelan was born September 17, 1921, in Colchester, IL the daughter of Clarence and Lenora (Stuck) Copelan.  Reva was raised and educated in Colchester, IL and graduated from Colchester High School.  She was united in marriage to John C. Setser on November 29, 1941, in Hannibal, MO.  He died February 19, 1999.  Reva enjoyed family, and was always ready for a family gathering.

 

Survivors include her sons, Irvin (Brenda) Setser, Zachary, LA, and Paul (Ellie) Setser, Moline, IL; eight grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren; and a special friend, Bob Shipp.  Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband; a son, Donald; a daughter, Beverly Hurry; two brothers; three sisters; and a granddaughter.

 

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Alberta H. Osborne

 

Alberta H. Osborne, 88, of Silvis, formerly of Annawan, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at her home.  A funeral service celebrating her life will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 25th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Atkinson.  Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Burial will follow at Hooppole Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church.

 

Alberta was born on August 12, 1927 in Rock Island, IL, the daughter of Emmett and Margaret (Rahn) Lain.  She was married for 10 years to Wayne J. Roman of Prophetstown.  Alberta was then united in marriage to Virgil Lee Osborne on August 11, 1957 at Tampico, IL.  Virgil preceded her in death in 1980.   Alberta and Virgil owned and operated the Osborne Apartments.

 

Alberta was a member of the United Methodist Church for over 40 years.  She was also a member of the Kiwanis and helped with the planting of the flowers on Main Street in Annawan.  She was very involved with her community and was especially active with the community center.  Alberta enjoyed ballroom dancing, gardening, sewing, and cooking.  She loved baking for family and friends and was an avid follower of Annawan sports. 

 

She is survived by her children: Gary Osborne of Jacksonville, IL, Gloria (Dwane) Webster of Toulon, IL, Wayne Roman of Prophetstown, IL, Loni (Mike) Duncan of Colona, IL, and Sherrie (Danny) Coppejans of Silvis, IL; 16 grandchildren; several great grandchildren and a few great great grandchildren; brothers: Burb (Karen) Lain of Cambridge, IL, and Harlan Lain of Oquawka, IL; and her most devoted friend Romie (dog).

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Virgil, her parents, 1 sister, and 3 brothers.

 

 

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Richard C. "Rock" Walker

 

 

Richard C. “Rock” Walker, 62 of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Emergency Room.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 7pm on Friday, May 20th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory.  Rev. David Schultz will officiate.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm prior to the service on Friday.  Cremation Rites will be accorded following services and inurnment will be at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Richard Walker Memorial Fund.

 

Rock was born on February 25, 1954 in Ottumwa, IA, the son of Richard W. and Agnes (Butler) Walker.  He graduated from Ottumwa High School and went on the attend Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.  He then moved to the Quad Cities where he worked for J.I. Case for over 15 years.  He was united in marriage to Kelli L. Harrell on August 29, 1992 in Orion, IL.  He worked for McLaughlin Body Company in Moline for 10 years and currently was the Finishing Manager at Collis LLC in Clinton, IA.

 

Rock had an outgoing and friendly personality to all and made a lasting impression on many family members and friends.  He was an avid golfer.  He enjoyed bowling and was a fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Chicago Bears.  He loved the water and boating on the Mississippi.  Most of all he loved his family and especially his grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife Kelli; daughter: Melanie (Ryan) Walker, at home; sons: Justin Walker, Davenport, IA, Absalom Jacob “Jake” Walker, Davenport, IA, and Mitchell Walker, Missoula, MT; grandchildren: Logan, Blake, and baby Leo; sisters: Sandy (John) Venator, Gilbert, AZ, Patricia Robinson, Ottumwa, IA; father and mother-in-law: Cliff & Mary Harrell, Orion, IL; siblings-in-law: Kim & Tom Adlfinger, Kent & Julie Harrell, and Kip Harrell; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

 

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M. Maxine Moore

 

 

M. Maxine Moore, (known by many as Mommo), 91, of Geneseo, passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, May 8, 2016  at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, May 23rd at the First Congregational Church in Geneseo with Pastor Bruce Bergthold officiating.  Burial will be at Rosedale Cemetery in Cambridge following a luncheon at the church.  Visitation will be from 3-5 pm on Sunday, May 22nd at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Congregational Church.

 

Marian Maxine Casteel was born August 25, 1924 at the home of her grandparents on a farm east of Kewanee, the daughter of Ira Max and Ruby (Lindstrom) Casteel.  She was raised on a farm and has forever been a true farm girl loving every minute of it.  She was educated in various elementary country schools and Wethersfield High School.  She married Glenn Moore on September 16, 1942 in Memphis, Missouri.  He preceded her in death in 2008.  They farmed their entire married life in Henry County. 

 

Her favorite place to be was outdoors on a tractor, in her garden or caring for her many animals.  Her hobbies included crafts, sewing, quilting, canning and playing cards with friends.  Her constant companions were her dogs, her latest being Mattie.  She loved all children and especially enjoyed having her grandchildren and great grandchildren on the farm with her.  She never had an idle moment.  She was proud to be a 50 plus year member of the First Congregational Church in Geneseo and the Henry County Farm Bureau.  In their dancing days, Glenn and Maxine were members of the Flemish American Club in Kewanee, where they made many friends that they continues meeting for lunch long after their dancing days were over.  She always enjoyed visits from family, friends and neighbors.  After a fall in March 2013 she moved to Hillcrest Home.

 

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law, Lona and Ray Pribble of Geneseo; 5 grandchildren: Bruce Waller of Ft. Atkinson, WI, Troy (Tami) Waller of Geneseo, Ulrika (Shawn) Hart of Geneseo, Sarne Moore of Wilton, IA and Dustin Moens of East Moline; sister: Charlotte King of Wethersfield; two sisters-in-law: Sharon Casteel and Sandra Casteel both of Cambridge; 8 great grandchildren and many nephews and nieces.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Glenn of 66 years; her son Terry of Austin, TX; and her twin brothers Gale and Dale Casteel of Cambridge.

 

Special thanks to the devoted staff at Hillcrest Home for her loving care the past 3 years and to Hospice Compasses her last few weeks.

 

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Doris Burks Huff

Doris Burks Huff, 92, of Sheffield, Il. died February 1, 2016 at Colonial Health Care in Princeton, Il.  Doris was born January 4, 1924 in Dawn, Mo. the daughter of William and Aleatha Burks.  She graduated from Dawn High School where she enjoyed playing basketball. 

Doris married Robert E. Huff April 18, 1942.  They had 67 wonderful years together before his passing in 2009.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother Ray and a sister Beulah.

During WWII she contributed to the war effort by working at the Walworth Co. In Kewanee.   Doris was a member of the Sheffield Methodist Church.

Surviving is a son Robert O. (Chris) Huff of Piedmont, S.C., brothers Carl (Marilyn) Burks of Kewanee and LeRoy (Mel) Burks of Kingman, Az. and many nieces and nephews. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Friday, May 20, 2016 at the Sheffield Methodist Church.  Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Burial will be in the Sheffield Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials may be directed to the Sheffield Methodist Church.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Bobby G. "Bob" Mayberry

 

KEWANEE - Bobby G. “Bob” Mayberry, 91, of Kewanee, died at 12:25 a.m., Monday, May 16, 2016 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee surrounded by his loving family.


Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.,Thursday, May 19 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Biggsville Cemetery in Biggsville, IL. Memorials may be directed to the Honor Flight or to Relay for Life. 

He was born October 4, 1924 at the family home in Norris City, IL, the son of Fredrick Smith and Mattie (Short) Mayberry. He married Colleen M. Gibson on August 4, 1951 in Monmouth, IL. She survives of Kewanee, as do six daughters, Noreen (Terry) Conley of Kewanee, Anne (Rod) Young of Annawan, Jean (Mick) Ostrowski of Cape Coral, FL, Robin (Bill) Hembree of Severna Park, MD, Lorie (Andy) Jackson of Kewanee and Kathy (Raymond) McAfee of Springfield, IL, his sister, Kathleen “Dolly” Racster of Woodbridge, VA, ten grandchildren, Michael (Nikki) Ostrowski, Meghan (David) Keim, Jake (Shelly) Jackson, Nathan (Allison) Young, Jessica (James) Morrison, Alison (Jeff) Petty, Quentin and Isaac Hembree and Ian and Eli McAfee, twenty great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Kenneth, Everett and Dwight and a sister, Irene Naylor.

Bob graduated from Norris City High School in 1942 and he served his country in the Army Air Corp. during WWII and was stationed in Guam. He worked as a head lineman for GTE for 35 years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the Telephone Pioneers and a lifetime member of the VFW. He had helped his wife with Girl Scouts and the Salvation Army. Bob knew no stranger and enjoyed helping his neighbors and people of the community. His other enjoyments included treasure hunting and hunting, but mostly just running his hunting dogs. He also enjoyed going to the Sale Barn where his number was 1847 and later was just 47. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
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M.Barbara Craig

M. Barbara Craig, 90, of Kewanee, Il., died at 3:32 P.M. Friday, May 13, 2016 in the emergency room at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. 

Barb was born September 21, 1925 in Kewanee the daughter of Jim and Clarice (Harrison) Kirman.  She graduated from Kewanee High School with the Class of 1943.

Barb married Roland W. “Rollie” Craig on August 31, 1946 in Kewanee, Il.  He preceded her in death on March 30, 2009.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and a sister Shirley Binno.

Surviving are two sons Jim (Catherine) Craig of Chandler, Az., and Ken (Sherry) Craig of Tinley Park, Il., three grandchildren Neal (Kelsey) Craig, Sally (Joe) Lakdawala and Lara (Nick) Rockwell.  Five great grandchildren Logan Craig, Cameron, Chase and Claire Lakdawala, Becca Rockwell and one sister Willa Mae “Corky” Dustin of Toulon, Il.

Barb had been employed in the offices of the former Kewanee Works Walworth Co. Barb was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Kewanee and its Golden Circle and Priscilla’s.  She was also a member of the Kewanee Senior Center.  She enjoyed yard work, gardening, watching sports and was an avid Cub’s fan.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grand and great grandchildren.  Barb will be remembered for her volunteer work in the Kewanee community through her Church and the Senior Center.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra of the First Presbyterian Church and Pastor Dan Craig, nephew will officiate.  Burial will be in the Wethersfield Cemetery, Kewanee, Il.  Visitation will be from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services on Wednesday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church.

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William J. "Bill" Dwyer

 

William J. “Bill” Dwyer, 66, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center – Illini Campus, Silvis.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, May 17th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Officiated by Deacon Harley Chaffee, and the burial following  at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the William Dwyer Memorial Fund.

 

Bill was born on May 12, 1950 in Geneseo, IL, the son of John and Helen (VanDerBruggen) Dwyer.  He graduated from Atkinson High School in 1969.  He was united in marriage to Susan Olinger on August 30, 1975 in Atkinson, IL.  They later divorced.  Bill worked as a carpenter for Bob Johnson Construction Co. in Geneseo. 

 

Bill was an avid Cattleman and grew up showing and raising cattle with his family. His passion spanned over 35 years breeding and showing Simmental cattle. He showed cattle all over the United States and Canada.  In 1991 at the Breeders Sweepstakes in Louisville, KY he was named Herdsman of the Year.  Bill worked cattle until the very end.  Bill’s greatest love was making memories with his children and grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his mother Helen Dwyer of Geneseo, IL; children: Matthew (Jessica) Dwyer of Atkinson, IL, Molly (Mike) Secymore of Cambridge, IL, and Jess (Jadyn) Dwyer of Little York, IL; grandchildren: Mallory, Henry and Tanner Dwyer, Malcolm, Marshall and Meredith Secymore, Cash, Blaine and Kassidy Dwyer; sister: Doris Fleming of Rantoul, IL; brothers: Jim (Norma) Dwyer of Greeley, CO, Tom (Chris) Dwyer of Geneseo, IL, John (Joy) Dwyer of Geneseo, IL, Joe (Lisa) Dwyer of Geneseo, IL, Mike (Janette) Dwyer of Atkinson, IL, Bob (Cathy) Dwyer of Roseville, IL, Dennis (Jacque) Dwyer of Bettendorf, IA, Richard (Nora) Dwyer of Muscatine, IA; special friend: Bonnie Stanley of Geneseo, IL; and former spouse, Susan Dwyer.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, granddaughter Machala Dwyer, and his mother and father-in-law Norm and Jean Olinger.

 

 

 

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Mary L. Fuqua

 

Mary L. Fuqua, 90, of Geneseo, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2016 at her home surrounded by her family.  A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Monday, May 16th at Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo.  Pastor Mueller will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be held 1 hour prior (10-11 am) to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Concordia Lutheran Church.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Mary was born on January 1, 1926 in Edford Township, Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Edward and Goldie (Adams) Raschke.  She was united in marriage to Russell D. Fuqua on September 7, 1946 in Edford Township.  He preceded her in death in 2002.  She earned her food service degree from Fontbonne College in St. Louis.  She then worked many years in dietary service working at Geneseo Good Samaritan, Hammond-Henry Hospital, and the Moline Nursing and Rehab, from which she retired.    Mary was a member of the Concordia Lutheran Church, LWML and the CCL at church.  She was also a member of Hammond-Henry Auxiliary.  She enjoyed working with the disabled and elderly.  She loved spending time and helping out with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

She is survived by her daughters: Jean (J.C.) Williams of Geneseo, Diana Paxton of Geneseo; sons: Bob (Rita) Fuqua of Atkinson, Jim (fiancée Victoria Girtman) Fuqua of Geneseo; 8 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother Marvin, and her son-in-law Dennis Paxton.

 

The family would like to thank Pastor Mueller for his prayers, comfort and guidance; Hospice Compassus; her sitters: Marie Ufhiel, Carol Dillbeck, Victoria Girtman; and her neighbors John O’Conner and Jim Luikhart for all the loving care extended to Mary and her family.

 

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Albert G. Meers

 

 

Albert G. Meers, 93, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Heartland Health Care Center in Moline.  As per his wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Crematory and no services will be held.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Albert was born on April 23, 1923 in Chicago, IL, the son of Anton and Catherine (Kouczak) Meers.  He graduated high school and went on to study at the University of Chicago.   Albert proudly served in the US Army during WWII.  He was united in marriage to Janell A. Janus on May 12, 1962 in Chicago.  He was a service engineer for the newspaper industries for many years, from which he retired.  He was a member of the Erie R.C. Airplane Club.  He enjoyed boating and flying remote control airplanes.

 

He is survived by his wife Janell; daughter: Tracey (Neal) Zahn of Colona, IL; brother: Alvin W. Meers of Westminster, CO; niece: Anita Quinton; and nephews: Allen and Randy Meers.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Gertrude Snider.

 

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Joan L. Ellmaker

 

 

Joan L. Ellmaker, 86, of rural Colona died on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 16th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St., Geneseo.  Burial will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Joan Ellmaker Memorial Fund

 

Joan Shoff was born August 31, 1929 in Peoria, IL the daughter of William Harold and Margaret Imogene (Odgen) Shoff.  Joan was raised and educated in Peoria, IL and graduated from Peoria Manual High School in 1947.  Prior to her marriage, Joan was employed at Bagley Brothers Insurance Agency in Peoria.  On September 3, 1949, she married Glenn Ellmaker in Peoria.  He passed away on August 22, 2002.  The family resided in Sterling, Illinois until moving to Wolf Road in 1961.  During her Sterling years, Joan was active in Emerald Hill Country Club, and her children’s activities.  She was of the Methodist faith.

 

Joan greatly enjoyed working with and owning racehorses at the Quad City Downs during the 1980’s.  Other interests included music and travel.  Vacation destinations included 48 states and several foreign countries.

 

Survivors include daughter, Connie Hiatt, Atkinson, IL, and son, David Ellmaker (Jackie Killeen), Colona, IL.  Also surviving are her sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Charles Cook, Peoria; one grandchild, Rick Hiatt; and several nieces and nephews.  Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Glenn; son, William; sister, Donna Shoff; and son-in-law, Richard D. Hiatt.

 

The family would like to thank the staff at Hope Creek for all of their kindness and compassion during her final months.

 

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Dale F. Worth

 

Dale F. Wirth, 78, of Geneseo died at Liberty Village, Geneseo on Monday, May 9, 2016.  Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Friday, May 13th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St., Geneseo.  Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 pm on Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Geneseo Humane Society or the Antique Engine and Tractor Association.

 

Dale was born on August 11, 1937, the son of Glenn J. and Irene (Roos) Wirth.  He was raised and educated in rural Prophetstown and Geneseo.  He married Betty L. Schurvinske on January 9, 1960 in Atkinson.  She died on Jan. 15, 2009.  He farmed all of his life, for 38 years in dairy farming.  In later years he worked part time as a tinsmith at Wirth Plumbing in Geneseo.  He enjoyed building things around the farm, tinkering and working on tractors, taking care of his chickens, and feeding the birds.  In his earlier years he enjoyed baseball and fishing.  Dale had a good sense of humor and wit.

 

Survivors include three daughters, Brenda (Mike) Dean, Cindy (fiancé, John Savage) Stoner, and Angie (Tim) Kincaid, all of Geneseo; eight grandchildren, Aaron (Laurel) Dean, Adam Dean, Brad (fiancé, Ange Cox) Stoner, Andrew Stoner, Austin Stoner, Brent (Amanda) Kincaid, Brittany Kincaid, and Bryton Kincaid; great grandchildren, Braden Kincaid, Carter Kincaid, Anthony Kincaid, Karolina Kincaid, and Dylan Dean; sisters, Rosemary (John) Doubler, Atkinson, and Diane (Neil) Wehrspann, Geneseo; and brothers, Ramon “Ray” Wirth, Geneseo, and Darrell Wirth, Chicago.  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and two brothers, Arvid and Ronald Wirth.

 

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Lucille Keeney


GENESEO - Lucille (Bennett) Beyer Keeney, 101, a resident of the Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, formerly of Kewanee and Cambridge, passed away at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 8, 2016 at the home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 14 at the Church of Peace in rural Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Private burial will be held at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to the Church of Peace. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born August 25, 1914 in Dodge Center, MN, the daughter of Scott and Mabel (Robinson) Bennett. She married Lawrence Beyer in 1935 in Peoria and they later divorced. She then married Marvin Keeney in 1969 and he preceded her in death in June of 2005. Survivors include six daughters, Delores Shimmin and Beverly (Dale) Williams, both of Kewanee, Mary (Ron) Keim of Moline, Jeanne (Larry) Roller of Monticello, IL, Bonnie (Dan) Thompson of Princeton and Bonnie Keeney (Richard Daniel) of San Diego, CA, ten grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, one great-great grandson and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, four sisters and two son-in-laws, Bob Shimmin and Jerry Workman.

Lucille grew up on a farm south of Neponset and she attended Kewanee schools. She had worked as a seamstress at Boss Manufacturing Co. and as a cook at Kewanee High School. She enjoyed being a farmers wife and living on the farm and raising chickens. She was a member of Church of Peace and its Church Circle and Women’s Guild. She was a wonderful cook and baker and was known for her angel food cakes. She also enjoyed playing cards. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Fred F. Buswell

Fred F. Buswell, 92, of Kewanee, Il. died at 4:30 P.M. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.

Fred was born November 3, 1923 in Neponset, Il.  the son of Everett and Mary (Fleming) Buswell. Fred graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1942.  He later served in the Merchant Marines.

Fred married Clara Sopiasz on September 15, 1951 in Kewanee. She preceded him in death on October 31, 2012.  He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert and a sister Phyllis.  Surviving is a son Fred “Pete” Buswell of Kewanee, two daughters Patricia Sandberg of Gum Springs, Virginia, Mary Buswell of Kewanee, former son-in-law Steve Sandberg, four grandchildren Jocelyn and Brett Sandberg, Megan Buswell and Ashley Farwell.

Fred was employed at the former Hyster Co. in Kewanee, retiring as a shop foreman.  He was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, St. John Paul II parish.  Fred was a member of the Flemish American Club.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening and his dog “Sam”.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Schueneman and Tumbleson Funeral Home in Kewanee.   His nephew, Fr. Anthony Labedis will officiate.  Burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee, Il. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Senior Citizen Center.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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James L. Billiet

 

 

James L. Billiet, 67, of Atkinson, passed away May 7, 2016 at his home.  A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10 am on Thursday, May 12th at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Atkinson, where Military Honors will be accorded by Atkinson American Legion Post.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Wednesday at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Atkinson.  Memorials may be made to the James Billiet Memorial Fund.

 

Jim was born on March 24, 1949 in Geneseo, IL, the son of Lawrence and Hannah (Lamb) Billiet.  He graduated for Atkinson High School.  He proudly served in the US Army during the Vietnam War.  He was employed by Bob Evans in Galva for 30 years, from which he retired.  Jim was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Atkinson American Legion.  He was an avid gardener and Chicago Cubs fan.

 

He is survived by his son, Brian (Marah) Billiet and their daughter, Addison, of Allen, TX; sisters: Mary Louise (Dale) Evans of Reno, NV, Judith (Kenny) Martins of Anna Arbor, MI, Paula (Dave) VanOpdorp of Rock Island, IL; brothers: Al (Sharlene) Billiet of Clearwater, FL, Richard Billiet of Prophetstown; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

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Randy Heck


GALESBURG - Randy Heck, 56, of Galesburg, formerly of Kewanee and Moline, died at 4:15 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Marigold Rehab and Health Care Center in Galesburg. 

A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m.Thursday, May 12 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.Wednesday, May 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Randy Heck Memorial Fund.

He was born February 23, 1960 in Kewanee, the son of Robert and Marjorie (Tholin) Heck Sr. He had been married to Leesha. Survivors include a son, Scott Heck of Moline, a daughter, Ariel Heck of Moline, a step-son, Parris Silvis of Alpha, five grandchildren, Cohen, Devin, Liam, Jack and Lyric, two brothers, Mike (Melody) Heck of Galva and Bob (Rebecca) Heck of Kewanee, several nieces and nephews and a great-niece. He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Randy attended Kewanee schools and served his country in the U.S. Navy. He had a love for cooking and had worked as a cook at Phil’s Steakhouse, Harold’s on the Rocks and at Bud’s Skyline Inn. He enjoyed fixing meals for his family and loved ones. He was an avid movie lover and enjoyed doing puzzles, playing cards and sketching. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at
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Lydia M. Stairwell Camp

 
Galva....Lydia M. Stairwalt Camp, 98, of Galva, died at 6:58 PM Thursday, May 5, 2016 at her home. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Wednesday, May 11 at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Susan G. Komen Cancer Center.

 

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Charles Matthew Sauer

Charles Matthew Sauer, 77, of Kewanee, Il. died at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday May 4, 2016 at his home.  Charlie was born February 13, 1939 in Kewanee, Il. the son of  LaVerne Raymond and Esther Mae (Modrow) Sauer, Sr.   He attended Kewanee Schools.

Charlie married Patricia Kaiser on April 5, 1958 in Palmyra, Mo.  She survives along with one daughter, Lisa (Larry) Rose of Galva, Il., two sons Wayne (Marie Sheets) Sauer of Kewanee.  Jeff Sauer of Live Oak, Fl., six grandchildren Jennifer (Gary Huffman) Sauer, Jason Rose, Michael, Ben and Hannah Sauer and Chelsea O’Connor, five great grandchildren Gavin, Skylar, Paige, Brezlyn and Bryer.   Also surviving is one brother James (Linda) Sauer of Moline, Il. and two sisters Jeanette Floy of Kewanee and Bonnie (David) Phillippe of Wyanet, Il.   He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, LaVerne Jr., Eugene, Bobbie and Lawrence Sauer.

Charlie had been employed at the former Mail-o-graph in Kewanee, Sheffield Brick Yard and Galva Foundry.  He retired from the John Deere Foundry in East Moline.   He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Kewanee where he served in numerous capacities including Counselor in the Branch Presidency, Sunday school Superintendent and Branch Missionary Leader.

Charlie enjoyed anything with four wheels and a motor.  He enjoyed fishing and attending back yard sales with his wife Pat.  Charlie was a people person.  He will be remembered for his charitable acts, volunteerism, and love of family.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Elder Bill Currier will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Monday, May 9 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home in Kewanee.  Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Animal Shelter or St. Jude’s.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Karen Dianne Skutnick

Karen Dianne Skutnick, 73, of Victorville California, and formerly of Kewanee, passed away on Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at St. Mary Hospital in Apple Valley, California.

 

Karen was born January 19, 1942 in Kewanee the daughter of Lloyd and Mildred (Owens) Pierce. She grew up in Kewanee and married Tom Skutnick on August 25, 1962 in Kewanee. Surviving are her husband Tom of 53 years and three daughters Teri (James) Talluto of Corona, CA, Debora (Mark)McGarrh of Cedar Park, TX, and Paula (Chris) Petrilla of Frisco, TX, six grandchildren Amanda Talluto, JT Talluto, Brandon McGarrh, Kyle McGarrh, Matt Petrilla, and Brett Petrilla, as well as her only surviving brother Richard Pierce of Friedewald, Germany.   

 

She enjoyed crocheting, watching old TV westerns and movies, spending time and conversing with her grandchildren.

 

Cremation was accorded in San Bernardino California, and a graveside service will be held in Kewanee at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Evergreen Memory Gardens, rural Kewanee.  Fr. John Burns of St. John’s Catholic Church of Galva will officiate.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.   The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.  Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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Dorothy L. Roach

 

 

Dorothy L. Roach, 87, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.  Funeral services for Dorothy and her husband Russell, who died May 2nd, will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Chaplain Roger Carlson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Dorothy Roach Memorial Fund.

 

Dorothy Louise Anderson was born August 25, 1928 in Griffin, Illinois, the daughter of Edwin E. and Mildred H. Burkett Anderson.  She was raised in the Alpha-New Windsor area and graduated from Alpha High School in 1946.  Her marriage to Russell Roach took place on May 31, 1947 in Moline.  He died May 2, 2016.  They farmed side by side for 68 years, first south of Andover and then at their present farm northwest of Cambridge.  Dorothy was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau.  She enjoyed baking, reading, and spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Luriena Roach, Geneseo, a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dave Cordingley, Cambridge, grandchildren, Andrea (Dave) Dalton, Toni Bos, and Donovan (Karen) Roach.  Other survivors include great grandchildren, Austin, Jazmine, Hailey, Hannah, Rheagan, Cooper, and Cale, a great great granddaughter, Maya, and a sister, Evelyn Harrison, Alexis.  There are four step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, and two brothers, LaVerne "Buck" and Wendell Anderson, preceded her in death.  Dorothy was the button that held her family together.

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

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Richard Dean "Dick" Connor



GALVA - Richard Dean “Dick” Connor, 70, of Galva, died at 5:05 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Toulon Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Monday, May 9 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Karen Martin will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Sunday, May 8 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to Preferred Hospice.

He was born May 31, 1945 in Galesburg, the son of Rolland and Betty (Reed) Conner. Survivors include his daughter, Gail (Pat) Sherbeyn of LaFayette, a son, Pat (Sue Ann) Conner of Galva, a brother, John (Diane) Conner of Galesburg, three grandchildren, Amber Sherbeyn, Sara Wheelhouse and Kristin Spiegel, three great grandchildren, Ethan, Carter and Addyson and several nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Mike.

Dick graduated from Galva High School in 1963. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era and had served in Antarctica. He was a self-employed urinal tech and plumber. He was a member of the Hagburg-Hamlin American Legion and the Galva Fusiliers where he had been Past Commander and District Commander. He was a longtime deer hunter and enjoyed fishing, playing cards and westerns, especially Louis L’Amour novels. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
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Kris Janine Kirkhove

 

Kris Janine Kirkhove, 52, of Annawan, passed away Tuesday, May 03, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  A Funeral Service celebrating her life will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, May 7th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Burial will follow at Mineral Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Mineral United Methodist Church.

 

Kris was born on November 14, 1963 in Moline, IL, the daughter of Paul and Sandra (Huggins) Thornbloom.   She was a 1981 graduate of Geneseo High School.  She was united in marriage to Donald Kirkhove on September 26, 1987.  Kris was a Senior Project Manager at JFECC in Geneseo.  She had worked at Hanford Insurance, the Mineral Chuckwagon, and for 2 years she drove a school bus for the Annawan School District.    

 

Kris was a member of the Mineral United Methodist Church and the Mineral Booster Club.  She was the Mineral Village Clerk and served on the Mineral Library Board.  She was an avid sports mom.  Kris enjoyed weekend shopping trips to Galena with family and friends.

 

She is survived by her husband, Donald; daughter: Kaitlyn Mackenzie Kirkhove of Annawan; son: Donovan Paul Kirkhove of Annawan; father: Paul J. Thornbloom of Moline.

 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her mother, Sandra in 1993.

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Russell V. Roach

 

 

Russell V. Roach, 88, of Cambridge, died Monday, May 2, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Chaplain Roger Carlson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Russell Roach Memorial Fund.

 

Russell was born January 3, 1928 in Galesburg, the son of Lloyd R. and Tulip V. Rosengren Roach.  He was raised in the Alpha-Woodhull area and graduated from Alpha High School in 1946.  His marriage to Dorothy Anderson took place on May 31, 1947 in Moline.  They farmed side by side for 68 years, first south of Andover and then at their present farm northwest of Cambridge.  Russell was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau.  In his early years, he enjoyed boating and fishing.

 

Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Luriena Roach, Geneseo, a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Dave Cordingley, Cambridge, grandchildren, Andrea (Dave) Dalton, Toni Bos, and Donovan (Karen) Roach.  Other survivors include great grandchildren, Austin, Jazmine, Hailey, Hannah, Rheagan, Cooper, and Cale, and a great great granddaughter, Maya.  There are four step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren.  His parents and a brother, Richard, preceded him in death.  Russell was a good, honest man and will be truly missed.

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

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Mattie G. Taylor



KEWANEE - Mattie G. Taylor, 85, of Kewanee, died at 8:00 a.m., Monday, May 2, 2016 at Toulon Health Care Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 6 at the Second Baptist Church in Kewanee. Rev. Lawrence Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Second Baptist Church. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

She was born August 24, 1930 in Ripley, TN, the daughter of Marcus and Pearlie (Estes) Young. She married Henry A. Taylor on September 21, 1946 in Brownsville, TN and he preceded her in death on January 12, 2012. Survivors include four sons, Wayne (Barbara) Taylor of Aurora, IL and Marcus Taylor, Rodney Taylor and Matt (Kendra) Taylor, all of Kewanee, a brother, Clyde (Diane) Young of Memphis, TN and several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, five brothers and sisters, three sons, David, Raphiel and Larry Taylor, a daughter, Augustine Taylor and several children in infancy.

Mattie was a homemaker and a member of the Second Baptist Church. She enjoyed her church, cooking, flower gardening and reading her Bible. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at
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Sandra K. Wiegand

Sandra K. Wiegand, 74, of Kewanee, Il. died at 1:35 P.M. Thursday, April 7, 2016 at her home.  Sandy was born January 22, 1942 in Sterling, Il. the daughter of Marvin Wade and Opal (Conley) Smith.  Sandy graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1960.  She later graduated from the Augustana School of infant Nursing and was employed in Chicago and Madison, Wi.  Sandy moved to Kewanee in 1974 where she was employed at the former Waunee Farm Restaurant and was the office manager for Dr. Evangelista.

Sandy married David Wiegand in 1967.  They were later divorced.  Surviving are two sons Scott Wiegand of Kewanee, Douglas Wiegand of Austin, Tx.  Six grandchildren Brennon, Cody, Maci, Kylie, Ainsley and Mason Wiegand.  Also surviving is one sister Lee Eisenbarth of Kewanee.  She was preceded in death by her mother.

Sandy enjoyed heading to the riverboat, her cat “Zoey” and was a fan of the Green Bay Packers.

A celebration of her life will be held from 3-6 P.M. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Kewanee Elks Lodge.  Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.  The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.  Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Delores A. Todorovich


BISHOP HILL- Delores A. Todorovich, 72, of Bishop Hill, died at 12:47 p.m., Friday, April 29, 2016 at Unity Point Health Methodist in Peoria.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.Tuesday, May 3 at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Delores Todorovich Memorial Fund.  

She was born May 31, 1943 in Galva, the daughter of Harold and Bertha (Ericson) Anderson. She married Michael Todorovich on May 30, 1973 in Chicago and he preceded her in death on January 22, 1989. She was also preceded in death by her parents Harold and Bertha, brother-in-laws, Vladamir and Milcha Todorovich, and a sister-in law, Divna Todorovich. She is survived by her children, Jelena Todorovich (Salah Saghir) of Chicago, Jasa Todorovich (Ellen) of Bishop Hill,  a grandson, Sami Saghir, and one grandchild on the way. She also has two sisters, Marilyn (Wilbur) Nelson of Cambridge and Donna (Larry) Lindberg of Britton, SD, a brother, William Anderson of Galva, sister in-law, Ljubica Dobrilovic and a brother-in-law, Nikola Jovic, both of Skokie, numerous nieces and nephews and her “Puppy” Mishko.

Delores had attended schools in Bishop Hill and Galva and graduated in 1961. She had owned and operated Valkommen Inn in Bishop Hill. In earlier years, she had been a nanny, events planner, and a travel agent while living in the Chicago area. She attended the Bishop Hill Methodist Church and St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Chicago. She was also a member of the Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association, the Bishop Hill Arts Council and the Prairie Queen Quilt Club. She was an avid supporter of the Bishop Hill Community and a die-hard Cubs Fan. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, and spending time with her family and loved being a grandma. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Helen M. Hood

 

 

Helen M. Hood, 93, of Geneseo, formerly of Annawan, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo.  A graveside funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 4th at Rock Island National Cemetery.  Rev. Donna Runge will officiate.  Visitation will be from 12 noon – 1:15 pm,

prior to leaving for the graveside service, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to the Helen Hood Memorial Fund.

 

Helen was born on May 21, 1922 in West Branch, IA, the daughter of Edward and Blanche (Wonick) Roe.  She was united in marriage to Mylo E. Hood on April 26, 1941 in Canton, MO.  He preceded her in death in 2008She was an independent real estate agent for 10 years.  She enjoyed spending time with her family and collecting elephants.

 

She is survived by her daughter: Connie (Karol) Vail of Woodhull, IL; son: Michael J. Hood of Lee, FL; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and sisters: Irene Hall of Atkinson, IL, Dorothy Berg of Milan, IL, and Lola Shaw of Colona, IL.

 

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

 

 

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Harold S. Atwell

 

 

Harold S. Atwell, 92, of Geneseo, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care.  A private Funeral Service will be held on Thursday May 5th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Geneseo.  Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate.  Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to the Atkinson Fire Department.

 

Harold was born on January 30, 1924 in Atkinson Township, the son of Albert and Mabel (Anderson) Atwell.  He was united in marriage to Myrtle Mortonson in 1942.  Later he married Edith Stahl on September 12, 1956 in Davenport, IA.  She preceded him in death in 2009.  Harold was a lifetime farmer in rural Geneseo, IL as well as worked for the Rock Island Lines Railroad.  He was an equipment repairman at the former Bellanger Farm Equipment in Geneseo.  In later years helped his friend Lyman Johnson.  Harold had a great passion for dancing. 

 

He is survived by his daughters: Cheryl (Jack) Ward of Cordova, IL, Carol (Mike) Park of Geneseo, IL; step-daughters: Beverly Miller of Geneseo, IL, Barbara (Gene) DeDecker of Atkinson, IL; grandchildren: Matt (Jaime) Ward, Molly (Mark) Biedenfeld, Justin (Kim) Park, Jodi (Morrie) DePorter; step-grandchildren: Kimberly (Shane) McBee, Travis (friend, Jennifer) Goossens, Angela (Todd) Clarke, Stephanie (Mark) Vulcani, Troy (Amy) Joseph, Sean Joseph; great grandchildren: Colton Ward, Leah & Landen Park, Joey & Ryan DePorter; step-great grandchildren: Jessica Clarke, Cade Clarke, Wyatt Goossens, Kellan McBee, Drew & Shane Joseph.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, 4 sisters, and step-daughter, Brenda Joseph.

 

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Duane R. "Palsy" Rakestraw

 

Duane D. “Palsy” Rakestraw, 81, of Mineral, IL, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family.  A Funeral Service celebrating his life will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, May 4th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Atkinson.  Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Kewanee, where Military Honors will be accorded by the Mineral American Legion.  Visitation will be from 3-7 pm on Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Annawan/ Alba Fire Department or the Quad Cities Honor Flight.

 

Duane was born on January 2, 1935 in Mineral, IL, the son of Darell and Hazel (Gradert) Rakestraw.  He graduated from Mineral High School in 1952 and was later inducted into the Bureau County Sports Hall of Fame.  He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Shirley Sierens on September 25, 1954 in Kewanee, IL.  He proudly served in the US Marine Corp from 1954-1957 and was stationed in 29 Palms, CA.  Palsy had been an Illinois State Trooper for 30 years, retiring in 1985.  He also farmed his entire life on the Rakestraw Centennial Family Farm in Rural Mineral for many years. 

 

Palsy belonged to the Mineral Bolders Club, Annawan Boosters Club, Mineral Boosters Club, Fraternal Order of Police, and several golf leagues at Hidden Lake Country Club.  He lived in Mineral his entire life and was a huge supporter of the schools.  He enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in various school sports and activities.  He enjoyed golfing, rolle bolle, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Palsy had won the Illinois State Rolle Bolle title.  He enjoyed his daily breakfast with friend, Ron Childs, at the Purple Onion.  He always needed to be the first one at the restaurant.

 

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children: Deb Rakestraw of Naperville, IL, Duane (Linda) Rakestraw of Geneseo, IL, Denise Howell of Geneseo, IL, Dave (Kathy) Rakestraw of Annawan, IL, Darrell (Regina) Rakestraw of Mineral, IL; grandchildren: Ryan Howell, Mandy (Brandon) Heller, Kerry (Shea) Jones, Ty (Melissa) Rakestraw, Dylan Rakestraw, Kelsey Rakestraw, Heath Rakestraw, Logan Rakestraw, Elizabeth Rakestraw; step-grandchildren: Raquel Frankenreider, Shannon Frankenreider; great grandchildren; Maddison Rakestraw, Kennedy Rakestraw, Knox Rakestraw; step-great grandchildren: Peyton Frankenreider, Baylor Frankenreider, Charlie Frankenreider; and sister: Joyce Geiger of Geneseo, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Daniel; a granddaughter, Jamey Howell; son-in-law James Howell; and in-laws, Alphonse & Helen Sierens.

 

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

 

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