Robert Louis Hepner, 88, of rural Kewanee passed away at 6:15 A.M. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at his home on Brandenburg Corners, rural Kewanee.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 1, 2016 at the Church of Peace. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in the Garden of Peace Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 2-5 P.M. Sunday, July 31, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. where masonic services will be conducted at 5:00 P.M. Additional visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Monday at the Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Garden of Peace Cemetery Fund. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Bob was born on the family farm in rural Kewanee on September 11, 1927 the middle son of Erich and Ruth Charlet) Hepner. He graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1945. He married Norma J. Sellman on February 25, 1956 in the Cambridge Lutheran Church, Cambridge, Il. The couple have lived all their married life at Brandenburg, Corners; northeast of Kewanee.
Bob was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Kewanee American Legion Post #31 and VFW Post #8078.
Bob served 43 years as an elected Township Official. He first was Kewanee Township Highway Commissioner for 12 years and then Kewanee Township Supervisor for 31 years.
He was the founder and first president of the Henry County Township Officials and was a member and board member of the Township Officials of Illinois and served as treasurer many years and later as President of the Supervisor’s Division of Township Officials of Illinois. The Township Officials of Illinois presented Bob with its highest honor, the President’s Award in 1999, for his long active service to Township government.
Bob served on the Henry County Board for 18 years, Henry County Housing Authority, Salvation Army Board; where he served as chairman, was vice-chairman of the Good Shepherd Foundation, Vice-Chairman of Project Now and Vice-Chairman of the Henry County Planning Commission.
Over the years, Bob was a “constant” on many boards and committees. He was a member of the Kewanee Historical Society, Henry County Historical Society, Henry County Farm Bureau and Henry County Republicans serving many years as Precinct Committeeman. He was a member of Kewanee Masonic Lodge #159 A.F. and A.M., Kewanee Chapter #47 Royal Arch Masons, Kewanee Commandery #71 Knights Templar and Peoria Mohammed Shrine Temple.
He was a member of the Church of Peace where he was baptized and confirmed. He served on the Church board and other committees for many years and taught Sunday school.
Bob enjoyed morning coffee with his friends at McDonald’s, attending and supporting his grandchildren’s activities, working around his farm and Sunday afternoon drives with Norma reminiscing about the projects he completed on the roads.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Norma of 60 years, daughter Dianne (Jeff) Wasson of Iowa, City, Ia., daughter-in-law Annette Hepner of Kewanee, three grandchildren Linnea Hepner of Kewanee and Annika and Trevor Wasson of Iowa City, one brother Alvin (Phyllis) Hepner of Kewanee,
nieces and nephews. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Raymond Hepner and his son Mark Robert Hepner in 2013.
Jade E. Lindquist, 46, of Cambridge, died Sunday, July 24, 2016, at his home of natural causes. Cremation has been accorded and a private graveside service will be held in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, at a later date. There is no visitation. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Jade Edward Lindquist was born May 4, 1970 in Geneseo, the son of John and Nancy Clark Lindquist. He was educated in Cambridge schools. He worked as laborer for CSI Manufacturing and Carlson Barnwood Company, both of Cambridge. Jade also did odd jobs around the community.
Those surviving are his mother and stepfather, Nancy and Clair "Skip" Janson, Cambridge, a brother, Adam Lindquist, two half brothers, Jerrod and Joe Lindquist, and stepbrothers, Rod (Paula) Janson, Cambridge, and Scott (Katie) Janson, Cambridge. His father preceded him in death.
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KEWANEE - Louise Kalvin, 92, of Kewanee, died at 8:36 p.m., Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, July 28 at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kewanee. Fr. James Clement will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 27 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. John’s Episcopal Church.
She was born December 24, 1923 in Stringtown, KY, the daughter of Walter and Mary (Dame) Scott. She married Peter Kalvin on April 2, 1942 in Missouri and he preceded her in death on December 8, 1960. Survivors include two sons, John (Nancy) Kalvin of Urbana, IL and Rick Kalvin of Chicago, two daughters, Linda Kalvin of Kewanee and Pat (Brian) Bjorklund of Minneapolis, MN, five grandchildren, Rebecca Judge, John Kalvin, Kris Bjorklund, Katie Bjorklund and Stephanie Evans and six great grandchildren, Sydney, Caden, Jak, Joryn, Elliott and Samuel. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Elmer Scott and a sister, Mildred Bloomberg.
Louise graduated from Kewanee High School in 1941. She had worked as a stock clerk at JC Penney, a bookkeeper at St Francis and Kewanee Hospitals and as an office manager for Drs. Svendson and Cernovich. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Louise was an avid reader and enjoyed baking and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com
GALVA - Ruby M. Ringle, 96, of Galva and most recently Courtyard Estates, died at 1:05 a.m., Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 27 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Galva.
She was born December 3, 1919 in a farmhouse in Burns Twp., the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Sandberg) Ericson. She married Lowell “Hook” Ringle on December 26, 1941 in Elmwood, IL and he preceded her in death on April 16, 1973. Survivors include her son, Ken (Doni) Ringle of Walnut, her daughter, Becky (Bob) Gale of Galva, six grandchildren, Mike (Ellen) Ringle, Angie (Mike) Glassburn, Kelly (Bob) McDonnell, Kevin (Bryann) Gale, Kraig (Dawn) Gale and Kyle (Sheliah) Gale, eighteen great grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters.
Ruby graduated from LaFayette High School. She had worked as a cup machine operator at Lily-Tulip in Galva. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Galva and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a diehard Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed seamstress work, canning fruits and vegetables, making wool braided rugs, baking and was especially known for her pie baking. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Catherine Louise Swearingen, 95, of Kewanee and formerly of Neponset died at 5:15 P.M. Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Peggy Young Boarding Home in Kewanee. Catherine was born October 5, 1920 in Bagdad, Kentucky the daughter of Omar Guy and Ida Jane (Grob) Lea.
She married Harley Laverne Swearingen on August 13, 1942 in Kahoka, Mo. The couple farmed for over forty years in Neponset. She was also employed at Martin Engineering in Neponset retiring in 1975. Harley preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers William Lea and John Lea, one sister Elizabeth Lea Metcalf and a grandson Ron Aman.
Surviving are four daughters Mary L. (John) Wirth, Louise (Mike) Addis, Ida Jane (Bob Torbert) Swearingen and Jackie M. (Terry) Warner all of Kewanee, 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 7 great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews in Illinois and Kentucky that she cherished.
Catherine was an avid bowler. She enjoyed trips to the boat and spending time with her family. She created beautiful quilts taking awards for her exceptional sewing ability at the fair in Bureau County.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, July 28, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Rev. Paul Copeland of the First United Methodist church will officiate. Burial will be in the West Neponset Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 P.M. Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Senior Citizen Center. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Esther M. DeSplinter, 97, a resident of Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at the village. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 28th at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Atkinson. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Coletta of Wisconsin/Illinois or Abilities Plus, Kewanee.
Esther DeSutter was born June 4, 1919 in Atkinson, IL the daughter of Raymond and Alma (Rahn) DeSutter. She was educated in Henry County Schools. Esther married Oliver Harris on Dec. 7, 1937 in Atkinson. They were the parents of three children, Robert, Sheryl and Laurie. Oliver died on June 13, 1955 in a tragic accident. Esther supported her young family by keeping area homes and businesses sparkling and supplying them with homemade cookies, pies, cakes and yeast breads. She was later employed as a seamstress in the drapery department at the former Myers Furniture Store and as a bus driver for Pinks Bus Service, both in Geneseo. Esther married Edward DeSplinter on April 22, 1967 in DePue, IL. He died on Feb. 22, 1996.
Esther was a tireless volunteer on behalf of persons with disabilities following the birth of her grandson, Owen, who was born with Down Syndrome. As such, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Abilities Plus Resale Shop in Kewanee which has provided crucial financial support to the agency for more than 25 years. She had been named Abilities Plus Volunteer of the Year.
Esther was a member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, Geneseo and the Altar and Rosary Society of the church for many years.
She enjoyed doing fine needlework and gifted her children, grandchildren and others with pieces of her handiwork. She was a superb cook and pie baker, and her Christmas cookie trays were eagerly looked forward to by friends and family, coworkers, and organizations.
Esther is survived by two daughters, Sheryl (Ron Brossman) Plumley, Geneseo and Laurie (Chip) Benjamin, New York, NY; daughter-in-law, Glenda Harris, Sullivan, IL; five grandchildren, Garett (Ellie) Plumley, Prophetstown, IL, Owen Plumley, Roselle, IL, Marshall (Valerie), Plumley, Geneseo, Cristina (Liz Tenenbaum) Harris, New York, NY, and David Benjamin, Sacramento, CA; seven great grandchildren, and six great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, brother, Lawrence DeSutter, son, Robert Harris and a grandson, Billy Harris.
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La Verne C. West
La Verne C. West, 94, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016, surrounded by his family at Hammond-Henry Long Term Care. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, July 27th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo. Melva England will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 4-7pm on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the La Verne West Memorial Fund.
La Verne was born on May 16, 1922 in Cornwall Township, Atkinson, IL, the son of Frank and Alta (Greer) West. He was united in marriage to Gladys Kleckner on October 1, 1949 in Rockford, IL. She preceded him in death in 2007. La Verne was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in rural Geneseo, retiring in 1987.
La Verne was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. He was active in 4-H in his youth and had been a past member of the Geneseo Lions Club. He enjoyed his family, especially following his grandchildren and their activities.
He is survived by his daughter: Dixine (Rick) Grantham of Jackson, MO; sons: Don (Peggy) West of Geneseo, IL, and Duane (Karen) West of Geneseo, IL; grandchildren: Tyler Grantham, Hunter (Hailee) Grantham, Brian, Barry, and Brody West, Brock, Chelsea, and Hannah West; step grandchildren: Megan and Kate Dochterman; great grandchildren: Lennon, Ashlyn, Kale, and Eva; and his sister: Elizabeth Gradert of Geneseo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys, his parents, and his sister Genevieve Delp.
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Donna L. Murray, 78, of Kewanee, IL. died at 5:35 P.M. Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home. Donna was born November 14, 1937 in Sparland, Il. the daughter of Clarence Tobias and Alma (Walker) Nighswonger. She graduated Valedictorian of Sparland High School and was also Senior Homecoming Queen. Donna had been married to Henry Betz and later Marlen Murray.
Surviving is one daughter Marie (Reba Tracy) McKee of Kewanee, seven grandsons Eric, Robert and Christopher Slusser; Derek, Randy and Michael Betz and Kyle McKee, one step granddaughter Jennifer Pender, numerous great grandchildren, a sister Louise Placher of Chillicothe, Il., two sons-in-law Bob McKee and Pat Slusser both of Kewanee, daughter in-law Julie Sturm, sister-in-law Ida Dalwymple and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Terry Betz, her daughter Cindy Slusser, her grandson Rob McKee and three brothers.
A homemaker, Donna had also been employed at Kewanee Hospital and area nursing homes. She was a St. Louis Cardinal fan, enjoyed spending time with family and grandchildren and watching the Wheel of Fortune.
Cremation was accorded and a memorial service will be announced later in the year by the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
KEWANEE - Donna K. Queen, 71, of Kewanee, died at 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Sharing of Memories will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Bruce McGee will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the of the service at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service. Memorials may be directed to the Donna Queen Memorial Fund.
She was born January 22, 1945 in Kewanee, the daughter Howard and Jean (Pyle) Kirman. She married Charles J. Queen on November 15, 1983 in Southern Illinois. He survives of Kewanee, as does a son, Dion (Brenda) Queen of Chicago, two sisters, Pat Bennett of Kewanee and Sheri Kirman of Galesburg, a sister-in-law, Mary, a brother-in-law, Bill “Elory” Queen, three grandchildren, Demi, Dante and Dessa and nine nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Denny and Tommy, a sister and brother-in-law, Deb and Shane Spires and a niece, Elizabeth.
Donna attended Kewanee Schools and had resided in Kewanee most of her life. She had worked at Leisure Hills Nursing Home and later at Oakwood Nursing Home and had operated Donna’s Daycare Center out of her home. She loved NASCAR, enjoyed watching softball, football and baseball, working in the yard, traveling to Chicago and spending time with her two best friends, Wilda Armstrong and Nota Hall. She especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Aaron J. Crosby, age 43 of Albers, IL, formerly of Annawan, entered into rest on Monday, July 18, 2016 at his residence surrounded by his family. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, July 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Albers, IL with Fr. Gene Neff and Deacon Glenn Netemeyer presiding. Graveside service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield, IL. Visitation will be Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and again on Friday, July 22, 2016 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Albers, IL. In Lieu of Flowers, memorials may be made to his children’s education fund and will be received at the church or through Moss Funeral Home, 535 N. 5th, Breese, IL 62230 who is serving the family. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with arrangements.
Aaron was born May 20, 1973 in Geneseo, IL, the son of John and Sandy (VanKerrebroeck) Crosby. He was united in marriage to Amanda Black on August 10, 2002 at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Fairfield, IL. Aaron received his bachelor’s degree in Plant and Soil Science from SIU-Carbondale and currently worked for Gateway FS in Nashville, IL as a Seed and Crop Protection Manager. He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Albers, IL and the Albers Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, but his true passion was farming. Aaron coached his children’s tee ball teams and was well known in his neighborhood for teaching all the kids how to ride a bike.
Surviving is his wife Amanda; his children, Abigail, Andrew, and Alex Crosby; his parents, John and Sandy, nee VanKerrebroeck, Crosby of Annawan, IL; his sisters, Angie (fiancé Tim Crawford) Crosby of Galena, IL and Alissa (Franco) Quatrini of Naperville, IL; nieces and nephews, Mia Williams, Spencer Crawford, Ryker and Kinsley Quatrini, Graham Black, and another to arrive soon; his paternal grandmother, Dorothy, nee VanDeKeere, Crosby of Geneseo, IL; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Alex and Joan, nee Beall, Black of Mill Shoals, IL; and a brother-in-law and a sister-in-law, Robert (Megan) Black of Barnhill, IL.
Mr. Crosby was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Vernon and Esther, nee Minnaert, VanKerrebroeck; paternal grandfather, Donald Crosby; his aunt and godmother, Pam Mayhew; and a cousin Kim Adams.
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KEWANEE - Kimberly S. McKeever, 55, of Kewanee, died at 12:20 p.m., Monday, July 18, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Cremation has been accorded and memorial services will be held at a later date. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
A complete obituary will appear later.
KEWANEE – Bernadine E. Conè, 98, of Kewanee, died at 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 15, 2016 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 20 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dr. William R. Toliver will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.
She was born August 23, 1917 in Kewanee, the daughter of Herman and Elizabeth (Schneider) Neumann. She married Leo Francis Conè on July 10, 1937 in Mt. Carroll, IL and he preceded her in death on January 29, 1996. Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Thorson of Kewanee, two grandsons, Ronald G. Nanninga of Kewanee and David A. Nanninga of Galva and two nieces, Carol Kendall and Phyllis Smith, both of Kewanee. She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Bernadine was a homemaker and along with her husband had farmed outside Kewanee for many years. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.
David E. Walton, 69, of Kewanee, Il. died at 3:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Sharon Woods Nursing Home in Peoria, Il.
David was born October 2, 1946 in Kewanee, Il. the son of Earl Virgil and Mina Louise (Potter) Walton.
David served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. He received the Purple Heart and Bronze Service Star. David married Maelene Aldrich on July 2, 1991 in Cambridge, Il. She survives along with two daughters Edie Walton of Peoria, Il. and Keely Marshal of Missouri, two stepsons Joseph Sosa and Michael Sosa, Sr. of Kewanee, six grandchildren Tiffany, Michael, Austin, Tristan, C.J. and Lindsey, and two sisters Shirley Lempke of Kewanee and Barbara Fornoff of Peoria, Il. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers Earl, Stanley, Richard and Nowlan Walton.
David listened to classic rock and enjoyed sports and watching the Chicago Bears.
A private family memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 22, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Fr. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council following the services at the funeral home. There will be no visitation. Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Geneseo, Illinois – The Reverend Father Gerard Joseph Verhoye, 94, was born into eternal life on Monday, July 18, 2016 at WoodRidge Supportive Living in Geneseo. He peacefully accepted the diagnosis of Squamous Cell Carcinoma and embraced it as his prayerful preparation for eternal glory. He served as a Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Peoria for 67 years.
A funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson at 10:30 am on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC, Bishop of Peoria, will be present in choro and will offer the prayers of Final Commendation. Reverend R. Anthony Lee, will preside. Homily will be delivered by Father Thomas R. Brajkovich. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery, Atkinson. A luncheon will follow at St. Anthony Parish Hall. Father’s body will lie in state at St. Anthony Church, Atkinson on Wednesday, July 20, beginning at 4:00pm. A prayer service will be conducted at 7:00pm. His body will continue to lie in state at the Church until the Mass of Christian Burial. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325, of which Father was a frequent supporter. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Atkinson is assisting with arrangements.
Father Verhoye was born on March 22, 1922 in Moline, Illinois. He was the son of Charles Verhoye of Ruiselede Belgium and Bertha Van Poucke of Kaster Belgium. Father Verhoye attended Sacred Heart School in Moline and the former St. Joseph’s School, Rock Island. He entered seminary at St. Bede College, Peru, Illinois, where he studied philosophy. He studied theology at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He was ordained on March 13, 1949 by Bishop Joseph H. L. Schlarman in the Bishop’s private chapel.
Father Verhoye served God’s people as assistant pastor at St. Malachy, Geneseo, St. Joseph, Rock Island and St. Anthony, Atkinson. In 1954 he was assigned assistant pastor of St. Joseph Parish, La Salle. He next served as Chaplain at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. In 1959 he was appointed Assistant Pastor of Immaculate Conception, Monmouth, where a year later he became Administrator. From 1961 to 1971 he was Pastor of St. John, Galva. From 1976 until he received Senior Priest Status in 1992, he served as Pastor of St. Anthony, Atkinson and St. Mary, Hooppole.
In an interview on the occasion of his 60th priestly anniversary, Father Verhoye spoke about his vocation. ''I debated about becoming a priest. I did not know if I was smart enough or good enough. I thought about becoming a priest when I was in grade school. When I was in high school I began to come to the conclusion that priesthood was my calling and that erased my doubts of being good enough or smart enough. In my reading, I came across the name Saint John Vianney and I learned that he had some doubts, too, and he made it, so I thought maybe I could, too. I also came across the line in John’s Gospel, ‘I have chosen you, you have not chosen me’ (John 15:16), and, from that moment, I thought maybe Christ wanted me to reach certain people. That was in high school and that’s when I made my decision.”
Well known for his love of the Belgian sport, “Rolle Bolle,” Father Verhoye often would say the greatest day ever was when he won the Western League Championship. He also enjoyed marksmanship with archery or firearms and hunting.
His was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Margaret Roland, who died in 1982. He is survived by two nieces, Lisa Roland of Ashland, OR and Dana Cole of Tucson, AZ.
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GALVA - Dorothy Ellen (Angle) Dornink, 94, of Galva, died at 12:23 a.m., Sunday, July 17, 2016 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg following a brief illness.
She was born in Dakota, IL on April 2, 1922, the daughter of William “Ray” and Helen (Swanzey) Angle. Dorothy graduated from Dakota High School in 1939 and attended Northern Illinois Teachers College in DeKalb, IL from 1939-42, graduating with a degree in education. She taught school from 1942-45 around Dakota, IL. She married Sheldon Dornink on January 6, 1944. Dorothy and Sheldon had six children and lived in a variety of communities including, Dakota, Roseville, Ursa and Galva, IL.
Dorothy was a longtime member of the Farm Bureau Extension and the Galva United Methodist Church. She sang in the choir, taught SundaySchool and was a member of the UMW Circle. She enjoyed gardening, especially tending to her pansies and continued an appreciation of nature, learned from a childhood of growing up on a dairy farm. She also greatly enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Over the years she traveled with her husband to Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas and Brazil. She and Sheldon were also longtime winter residents of N. Padre Island, TX. With her attention to detail, Dorothy kept a tidy home, often decorating with her favorite color blue. She was a lively conversationalist engaging in clever comments and humorous retorts and always enjoyed writing and receiving cards. Dorothy brought great joy to her family and friends through her kindness and ability to make others feel special.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Jean in 1963 and her husband, Sheldon in 2009. She is survived by three daughters, Colleen Faherty (Bob) of Avoca, WI, Melody Huette (Doug) of Tiffin, IA and Lynn Dornink (Carl Mittnight) of Reading, MA; two sons, Alan Dornink (Valerie Johansen) of Lebanon, TN and Robert Dornink (Denise) of Galesburg, IL; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, July 23 at the Galva First United Methodist Church. Pastor Russell Collister will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. An additional visitation will be held from 1:00-1:45 p.m., Sunday, July 24 at Daughenbaugh Funeral Home in Dakota, IL followed by burial with a graveside service at 2:00 p.m. at Dakota Cemetery. Memorials in Dorothy’s honor may be directed to the Galva First United Methodist Church. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Roger A. Martin, 77, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Cambridge, died Saturday, July 16, 2016, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 22nd, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, with military services by the Cambridge American Legion Post No. 417. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roger Martin Memorial Fund.
Roger Allen Martin was born December 3, 1938 in Cambridge, the son of Joseph Ernest and Wenda C. Setterberg Martin. He was educated in Cambridge schools. Roger join the U.S. Army and served from 1956 to 1958. His marriage to Carolyn Horton took place in 1959. They later divorced. He married Sue Heck in September of 1973, and they divorced after several years of marriage, but remained friends.
He worked many years as a car salesman for several area dealerships including Brubaker Motors in Kewanee, and Warren Chevrolet and Mills Chevrolet, both in the Quad Cities. Roger then worked for the Illinois DOT out of the Lynn Center facility until the mid 1970's when he and his brother, Gene, purchased the West Side Station in Cambridge. He operated the station until 1986 when he moved to Austin. His employment in Austin was as a security guard which he did until retiring. Roger also had a pilot's license and had owned two planes several years ago, and he was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.
Those surviving are his children, Debra Martin, Austin, TX, Ronnie (Marilyn Gibbons) Martin, Cambridge, Adam Martin and Kelly Martin, both of Austin. Other survivors included six grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. His parents, a daughter, Theresa Lynn, two sisters, Janet Seabloom and Ruth Wexell, and three brothers, Keith, Gene, and Joe Martin, preceded him in death.
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Cheryl A. Johnston, 68, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport. Cremation had been accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Cheryl Ann Fike was born March 27, 1948, Robinson, Illinois, the daughter of Darl W. and Rosemary Ramsey Fike. She was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1966. Cheryl then attended Western Illinois University in Macomb and graduated in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics with a minor in Art . Her marriage to William H. Johnston took place in August of 1971 in Cambridge.
She ran the Sunshine Preschool out of her home until the early 1990's and then operated the Blumen Laden flower shop there until 2000. Cheryl was an antique dealer after that and had a booth in the Galesburg Antique Mall for 19 years. She also was an EMT, served on the Kewanee Hospital Board, and was an active volunteer for the American Red Cross, serving disaster areas in different parts of the country. Cheryl enjoyed gardening and especially shopping.
Those surviving are her husband, Bill, a daughter and son-in-law, Allison and Tim Maguire, Indianapolis, IN, a son Shawn Johnston, Cambridge, and a granddaughter, Sidney Oberbeck. Other survivors include aunts, uncles, cousins, and her two cats, Sophie and McKenzie.
Her parents, an infant sister, Mary Lynn Fike, and a brother, Roger Fike, preceded her in death.
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Cheryl I. Leander, 60, of Nekoma, died Thursday, July 14, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 19th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Cheryl Leander Memorial Fund.
Cheryl Ilene Wiles was born July 14, 1956 in Kirksville, Missouri, the daughter of Herbert and Charlene Davis Wiles. She was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1974. Her marriage to Michael Leander took place on September 13, 1980 in Cambridge. Cheryl worked at the Maytag Plant in Galesburg for 28 years and was a team leader when the plant closed. She has been employed as an assistant manager for the last 11 years at the Dollar Tree in Kewanee.
She was a member of the Hook and Bullet Club in Victoria, IL, where she liked to camp. Cheryl loved to cook and feed many friends and family. She enjoyed making floral arrangements, wild flowers, watching the sunset and the moon and stars. Cheryl especially spending time with her granddaughter, Olivia.
Those surviving are her husband, Mike, a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Leander (George Calderon), Nekoma, a granddaughter, Olivia Calderon, and her mother, Charlene Wiles, Cambridge. Other survivors include a sister, Karen Legere, Canton, IL, two brothers and sisters-in-law, Wendell and Debra Wiles, and Greg and Christine Wiles, all of Cambridge. Her father preceded her in death.
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Francis E. Fleming, 77, of Independence, MO, formerly of Geneseo, passed away Monday, July 11, 2016 at Monterey Park Rehab & Health Care Center in Independence, MO. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Saturday, July 16th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be held 1 hour prior (9:30-10:30 am) to the service. Memorials may be made to the Francis Fleming Memorial Fund.
Francis was born on March 11, 1939 in Colona, IL, the son of Edward and Bernadine (Vershaw) Fleming. He farmed for many years for Duane Dilenbeck in rural Geneseo. He proudly served with the National Guard. Francis was united in marriage to Katherine Teaburg.
He is survived by his wife, Kathrine; daughter: Connie Borneman; sons: Edward Fleming and Glen Fleming; grandchildren: Patricia Fleming, Duane Fleming, Brandon Borneman, Jeremy Johnson, Jerri Lowe ; and 13 great grandchildren.
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KEWANEE - Robert S. Ziegler, 66, of Kewanee, died at 9:42 a.m., Monday, July 11, 2016 at his home.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or to the Kewanee Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
Carol A. Johnson, 88, of Geneseo, passed away Friday, July 8, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, July 12th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church.
Carol was born on December 22, 1927 in Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Fred and Rogene (Duffin) Reig. She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1945 and from Illinois State University in 1949. She was united in marriage to Wilbur Johnson on June 19, 1949 in Geneseo. He preceded her in death in 1998. She then married R. Carrol Johnson on May 6, 2000 in Geneseo. Carol had been a school teacher in rural Cambridge. She then became a teller at Central Bank in Geneseo for many years.
Carol was a member of First Presbyterian Church for over 60 years. She also belonged to the Presbyterian Women and D.A.R. (Daughters of the American Revolution). Carol was the Historian for the church and enjoyed quilting.
She is survived by her husband, R. Carrol; sons: Kent (Carol) Johnson of Geneseo, Craig (Karen) Johnson of Bloomington, MN, Scott (Jennifer) Johnson of Geneseo; step children: Carol Ann (Bing) Nishiura of Winston Salem, NC, and David (Sheila McCauley) Johnson of Indialantic, FL; grandchildren: Abby, Hannah, Gabriel, Luke, and Metta Johnson; 3 step grandchildren: Kurt and Tony Hutchinson and Christena Callahan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Wilbur, 2 brothers, and 1 sister.
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Eugene Neil Dir, 79, of Kewanee, Il. died at 2:45 a.m. Friday, July 8, 2016 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Il. Gene was born March 24, 1937 in New Bedford, Il. the son of Glenn and Lillian (Olson) Dir. He graduated from Walnut High School with the class of 1955. He served in the Illinois National Guard Kewanee unit in the early 1960’s.
Gene married Marlyn Valencia on September 9, 1989 in Los Angeles, Ca. She survives along with three sons Neil Solomon of Moline, Il., Kevin Dir of Garden Plain, Kansas, Noah Dir of Kewanee, one daughter Glenda VanDeVoorde of Davenport, Ia and her friend Doyle Stoner, five grandchildren Corey Dir of Goddard, Ks., Clayton Dir of Wichita, Ks., Tyler VanDeVoorde of Derby, Ks. Nicholas VanDeVoorde and Lillie VanDeVoorde both of Davenport, Ia;. Also surviving are several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and five uncles Orland, Harold and Leonard Olson and Leslie and Tracy Dir.
Gene started work with International Union of Operating Engineers Local #649 in 1957. He retired August 1, 1999. Following retirement he still worked as needed from 2001-2014. He enjoyed riding his bike, a good conversation, walks in the San Gabriel Mountains of Southern California, cars and trucks, operating heavy equipment and spending time with his family. He spent the winter months in Monrovia, Ca. each year until 2011.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, July 11, 2016 at the First Christian church in Kewanee. Pastor Joe Schmidt will officiate. Burial will be in the Manlius, Il. Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-6 P.M. Sunday, July 10th at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Memorials may be directed to his son Noah’s college fund % Community State Bank, 409 Tenney St., Kewanee, Il. 61443. Private online condolences may be shared with the family HERE.
LeRoy E. “Lee” Lohman, 85, of Rock Island, and long- time President of Lohman Companies, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016 at Unity Point – Trinity Rock Island. A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 9:30 am on Wednesday, July 13th at Sacred Heart Church in Moline. Father Mark DeSutter will celebrate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be from 4-8 pm on Tuesday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Geneseo. Memorials may be made to the Lee Lohman Memorial Fund, to be distributed amongst several local organizations.
Lee was born on December 13, 1930 in Houghton, IA, the son of Joseph and Katherine (Sanders) Lohman. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1948; he attended the University of Illinois and graduated from St. Ambrose University in 1957. He was united in marriage to Sharon M. Long on May 4, 1988 in Italy. Lohman Companies was originally founded in 1953 by Victor “Gus” Lohman and Eugene C. Lohman as the Lohman Brothers Agency. In 1958 Lee joined his brothers adding a full range of life and health insurance, and annuities to the services offered by the Lohman Brothers Agency. Over the next number of years the Lohman Brothers became organized in four corporations: L.B. Benefits, Lohman Insurance, Lohman Realty, and L.B. Enterprises. The company continued under this organization for the next 20 years, through the 1960’s, 1970’s and into the 1980’s. In 1972 the three brothers spearheaded the project to found Illini Beef from scratch. It has since become Tyson Foods location, a location which supports the Quad Cities with more jobs than Alcoa, and Hy-Vee. During 1988/89 Lee and Gene divided the company business, estates, and family planning purposes. Lee became the CEO with his sons Brett, Todd, and Scott becoming Vice Presidents. During 2001 Lee “officially” retired and management of the company was transferred to his three sons, but he still remained very active in the company.
Lee was a very active businessman. He earned the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant designations from the American College, insurance industry’s educational institution in Byn Marw, PA. He was a lifetime and qualifying member of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) organization. This group is composed of the top life insurance producers in over 75 countries around the world and Lee was active in this group for over 45 years. He was a member of the Top of the Table organization for over 30 years, this group is composed of the top 1% of all life insurance agents in the MDRT. He was a member of the International Forum, which is a group of top life insurance producers around the world. He was a teacher for a number of years in the Purdue University Life Insurance Institute. Lee had served as President of the Quad City CLU Chapter (now known as the Society of Financial Planning Professionals) and the Quad City Estate Planning Council. Lee has also worked as an insurance consultant to the American Meat Institute leading to speaking at meetings in 5 South American countries. He was very active with General American Life (now part of the Metlife Group). He served as past President of General Life Insurance Company’s General Advisory Council through which he has spoken in many General Life conventions around the world. He was one of three founders of the General American Computer Club which developed computer programs based on the experience and knowledge of the club’s members.
Lee and his brothers were very active in their community. They helped found the Geneseo Little League Football program. They built the Country Estates subdivision north of Geneseo and over 100 homes in town. He and his brothers were in the group which founded Illini Beef (now owned by Tysons). They also built the Hillcrest Shopping Center and gas station which once stood where Walgreens is today. Lee and his brothers built the Hillcrest Lanes which he took sole ownership of in the mid 1980’s and renamed Lee’s Lanes. Lee was a driving force and major contributor in building the downtown Geneseo Library building. He donated land to both Rock Island and Bettendorf Park Districts. His gifts to St. Ambrose University, his alma mater, resulted in the building of Lee Lohman Arena for physical education. And Lee’s gifts to the American College, in insurance industry’s educational institution in Byn Marw, PA, have earned him inclusion on their prestigious Founders Wall. Lee enjoyed boating in the Ozarks with his family. He and Sharon also enjoyed traveling the world. They have been to many countries in Europe, Asia and South America. They were married in Venice Italy and have returned there several times.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon Lohman; children: Brett (Harlene) Lohman, Todd (Chris) Lohman, Scott (Pam) Lohman, Jill (Joe) Dubin, Jann (Steve) Freehling, Lynn (Jeff) Anderson; step-children: Todd (Lisa) Broadbent and Troy Broadbent; 13 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren and 1 step-great grandchild; and sister-in-law: Verla Lohman.
He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Katherine Lohman; siblings: Eunice Lohman, Arlene Lohman, Eugene Lohman, Victor "Gus" Lohman, and Vera Oberg; daughter-in-law: Karla Lohman; 2 sisters-in-law, 1 brother-in-law and 1 grandchild.
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Jeanne L. Lamb, 84, of Galva, died Saturday, July 9, 2016, at the Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 13th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Abilities Plus or the Alzheimer's
Jeanne Lucille Carper was born November 30, 1931 near Buda, IL, the daughter of John Laurence and Gladys Anna Webb Carper. She was educated in Galva schools and graduated from Galva High School in 1949. Her marriage to Herbert E. Lamb took place on February 19, 1951 in Galva. Jeanne worked as an accountant at the First National Bank of Galva until 1973. She was then employed at the Saving and Loan in Aledo until retiring and moving back to Galva in 1985.
Her memberships included the First Baptist Church of Galva where she was a 74 year member and had the longest continuous membership in the church. The couple wintered in Florida for 25 years after retirement, and she was active in the Red Hat Society there. Jeanne loved gospel music, walking, and reading, especially her bible.
Those surviving are her husband, Herbert, Galva, a daughter and son-in-law, Lorretta Lamb Warrren and Donald Warren, DeSoto, Missouri, a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Lori (Smith) Lamb, Gays, Illinois, and a granddaughter and her husband, Nikki and Dalton Whetsell, Fairview Heights, IL. Other survivors include a sister, Joyce Dietrich, Westport, WA, and a brother, Richard (Mary) Carper, Corvallis, OR. Her parents and a sister, Jacque Carper, preceded her in death.
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KEWANEE - Rosemary Ann Paxton, 87, of Kewanee, died at 7:25 a.m., Monday, June 27, 2016 at her home.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. There will be no visitation. Private inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Visitation Church or to the Henry County Humane Society-Kewanee Chapter.
She was born February 14, 1929 in Peoria, the daughter of Arthur J. and Gladys (Houghton) McCraw. She married Clarence J. Paxton on November 7, 1953 in Belvidere, IL and he preceded her in death on June 28, 1988. Survivors include her children, Michael (Persephone) Paxton of Lisle, IL, Patrick (Marilyn) Paxton of Geneseo, IL, Thomas (Dawn) Paxton of Port Byron, IL, Peggy Sue Paxton Bosley of Peoria, IL and C. Daniel Paxton, Andrew Paxton, Frank (Rhonda) Paxton, Joseph (Sherril) Paxton, and Matthew Paxton, all of Kewanee, IL; 19 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son in infancy and a brother, James McCraw.
Rosemary enjoyed camping and tubing the past 6 years with her children; she bicycled thru Alaska at age 60; also in her 60's she bicycled thru Louisiana, Wisconsin and Iowa with a granddaughter; canoed the wilderness boundary waters of Minnesota with her daughter for 15 years until age 75; bicycled the Natchez Trace with a son and daughter; and enjoyed many other cross country camping adventures.
Rosemary received her Bachelors Degree in 1972 and her Masters Degree in Psychology in 1974 from Bradley University. She had worked as a School Psychologist for the Orion School District and for Alwood and Sherrard School Districts and had taught at Black Hawk East for 5 years. Rosemary was also an area reporter for the Quad City Times and the Star Courier. She was a member of the Bradley University Alumni Association, honorary member of Phi Kappa Phi at Bradley University, charter member of the Illinois School Psychologists Association and member of the National Association of School Psychologists and the Western Illinois School Psychologists Association where she had been the coordinator. She was currently a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish where she had been a Religious Education Instructor and was a former member of the Liturgy Committee and Parish Council and was an extraordinary Minister of Communion. She was an associate member of the Sinsinawa Dominicans. She was a former member of St. Stanislaus where she had been a PTA member and secretary and a member of the choir. Rosemary had also been on the Visitation Board of Education, the Diocesan Board of Education, RCIC Coordinator, and member of the Kewanee Hospital Hospice Board.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Vicky Lappin for all of her support. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Marian A. Keag, 86, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, July 11th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo. Per her request, Cremation Rites have been accorded. Inurnment for Marian and her late husband Dale will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where Military Honors will be accorded for Dale by Don Cherry VFW Post #5083. Visitation will be 1 hour prior (10-11 am) to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Meals on Wheels and Hillcrest Home.
Marian was born on that historic day of the “first” stock market crash, on October 29, 1929 in Davenport, IA, the daughter of Irad and Flora (Blankenfeld) Asher. She was a direct descendant of some of the first settlers of Scott County, IA. She attended Davenport and Geneseo schools. She was united in marriage to Dale Keag on December 14, 1947 at the First Presbyterian Church in Geneseo. He preceded her in death in 2005. She was a ward secretary at the former Lutheran Hospital in Moline, IL for many years and also at the Lutheran Hospital in Mesa, AZ.
Marian was a long time member of the First Presbyterian Church in Geneseo, for over 68 years, and believed strongly in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She belonged to the Presbyterian Church Ladies Circle and was a founding member of Meals on Wheels. Marian enjoyed bowling and making crafts, as well as hiking, reading, and traveling.
She is survived by her children: Maureen “Mo” Walker (Dennis Smith) of Brush, CO, Steven (Linda) Keag of Bettendorf, IA, and Jeffery (Linda) Keag of Geneseo; grandchildren: Paula Chiolero, Brian Keag, Jason McKay, and Tim Keag; 10 great grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren, and numerous step great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and 1 sister.
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David “Davey” Neirynck, 72, of Kewanee, Il. died at 5:25 A.M. Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home. Dave was born December 13, 1943 in Kewanee the son of Julius and Agnes (Erdman) Neirynck He graduated from Wethersfield High School with the class of 1961. He served in the US Air force from 1961-1965.
Dave married Wanda Goffrier on September 26, 1970 in Kewanee. She survives along their children Gretchen (Haydn) Powell of Peoria, Il. Jim (Kim) Neirynck of Neponset, Matthew (Kelly) Neirynck of Kewanee and Lori (Christian) Griffith of Cedar Rapids, Ia., and his favorite child; his 1969 Hemi Road Runner. Also surviving are five grandchildren Damian and Deke Neirynck, Samantha (Dane) Wilkes, James (Liz) Powell and Catherine Powell and her friend Jake Brockey, one brother Robert “Bobby” Neirynck of Kewanee and several nieces and nephews
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Don Neirynck.
Dave was employed as a heavy equipment operator for Ratliff Brothers in Kewanee for 35 years. He will be remembered as one of the best backhoe operators in the area. Dave was a life member of Kewanee VFW Post 8078 and Operators Union #649 in Peoria. He enjoyed working with the Windmont Park Christmas Lighting each year, NASCAR races, football, his cars and most of all spending time with his family.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 1-4 P.M. on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at the Elks Club in Kewanee. To honor Dave, bring your classic car to the celebration. Memorials may be directed to the Windmont Christmas Lighting Committee or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements. Private online condolences may be shared with the family HERE.
Nelma June Carlson, 92, of Geneseo, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care in Geneseo. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 am on Friday, July 8th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo. Rev. Melva England will officiate. Burial will follow at Mizpah Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to June Carlson Memorial Fund, to be distributed to several missions.
June was born on June 19, 1924 in Strawberry Point, Iowa, the daughter of Elmer and Sarah (Laucamp) Sissel. She graduated from Tipton High School and went on to attend Business College in the Quad Cities. She was united in marriage to Clifford Carlson on October 12, 1946 in Rock Island. He preceded her in death in 1998. She was a secretary at John Deere in the administration center. She then assisted her husband on the family farm in rural Geneseo.
June was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years and belonged to the Azure Circle. She also belonged to the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, where she served as Secretary. She sang in the Chancel Choir. Nelma was a very talented and accomplished oil painter and also enjoyed vegetable and strawberry gardening.
She is survived by her daughter, Devonne (David) DeBrock of Geneseo, IL; her son: Eric (Cathy) Carlson of Geneseo, IL; grandchildren: Ty DeBrock of Geneseo, Beau (Amy) DeBrock of Greenville, WI, Matthew (Dawn) Carlson of Orion, IL, Timothy (Sarah) Carlson of Maplewood, MO; great grandchildren: Tenley, Luke, Landon, Lynsey; and brother: E. Wayne Sissel of Tipton, IA.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Ruth Adel.
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Elsie J. Gleason, 78, of Geneseo, passed away Monday, July 4, 2016 at Unity Point Health – Trinity in Rock Island. A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 9th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo. Rev. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 5-7pm on Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Elsie Gleason Memorial Fund.
Elsie was born on December 31, 1937 in Princeton, IL, the daughter of John and Vivian (Morris) Stocking. She graduated from Mineral High School. She married Robert Heston and they later separated. On June 18, 1966 she married Glenn Gleason. He preceded her in death in 1995. Elsie had worked as a cleaning lady for Chicago-Atkinson Livestock Market for many years. She was then later a lobby hostess at Hardee’s Restaurant in Geneseo for many years. Elsie was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed following her grandchildren’s sporting events.
She is survived by her daughters: Tammy (Darwin) Vermeire of Mokena, IL, Karen (Brent) Lewis of Little Elm, TX, Sharon Stone of Geneseo, IL, Kim (Ryan) VanDeWoestyne of Geneseo, IL; son: Allen Heston of Little Elm, TX; grandchildren: Elliott, Emily, and Aaron Vermeire, Hailey and Derek Lewis, Logan, Chase and Lucas VanDeWoestyne; sister-in-law: Mabel Stocking of Chula Vista, CA.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn, and her brother John Stocking.
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There is a new star in the sky watching over her family, friends and her beloved Chicago Cubs. Elizabeth Rapczak passed away June 28, 2016 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, IL.
Elizabeth (Popovich) Rapczak was born in Kewanee on August 5, 1925 to Milica and Milos Popovich. She married Joseph “Lefty” Rapczak on November 9, 1946 and they had two children Martin and Denise. Luba was a lifelong Cubs fan and thoroughly enjoyed playing the Lottery for over 40 years. She loved country music, dancing, family gatherings, cooking and Northeast Park activities. She had many friends at retailers around town as she did her weekly errands. Some would say they set their clock by Luba because she kept her same errand schedule for many years. She was fondly known by her family as “two of everything Luba” because she always bought extra of every item in case a neighbor or family member ran out of something.
Luba was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lefty, son Martin, sisters Anne Stosich and Mary Stosich, brothers John Popovich and George Popovich, nephews Jack Popovich, Scott Popovich and niece Dorothy Goodwin.
She is survived by her daughter Denise and son-in-law John Loomis of San Rafael, CA, nieces Bonnie (Tom) Devine, Rhonda (Ralph) Howland, Doreen (Kert) Huber, Carole (Hank) Van Hecker, Karen (Lowell) St. Clair, Christine Simaytis, Elaine (Arthur) Wood, Marilynn (Jack) Popovich and nephews Leo (Candace) Rapczak and Mike (Bobbi) Rapczak.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 PM on Friday July 8, 2016 in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee, Father Jerry Rafalko officiating. There will be no visitation. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Kewanee Park District for the benefit of Northeast Park, 1095 Cambridge Road, Kewanee, IL 61443.
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Willis Eugene Ray, 86, of Palm Coast, Florida and formerly of Kewanee, Illinois passed away on Friday, April 15, 2016. Willis was born August 9, 1929 in rural Wethersfield Township, the son of William Edward and Laura Florence (Wiley) Ray.
Willis graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1947 where he played football, basketball, and was on the National Honor Society. He earned his undergraduate, master's, and PhD in education at the University of Illinois in Champaign.
In 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Marvel Iola Dalton of Kewanee. They moved to Columbus, Ohio where Dr. Ray was a professor of Industrial Technology Education at the Ohio State University. Willis was active in many professional organizations and served as president of several. He co-authored The World of Construction and The World of Manufacturing. They also lived in Bloomington and New Delhi, India where Willis worked for USAID. He retired to Palm Coast, Florida where Will enjoyed golfing and working as a real estate agent.
Willis is survived by his daughter Dianne Bolzenius (Daniel) of Houston, Texas, his son Steven Ray of Palm Coast, Florida, grandchildren Michael, Stephen, Patrick, and MaryAnn Bolzenius, Jacob, Brittany, and Bryan Ray, and 9 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years Marvel, his son Phillip, his parents, his brother Burton W. Ray, and sisters Wilma E. Ray, Florence L. Hungate, and Doris L. Bonar.
He will be lovingly remembered by his family. Graveside services will be held at 11:30 am, Friday, July 8th 2016 at Wethersfield Cemetery, Kewanee. Rev. William R. Toliver will officiate. 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 HERE.