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Dennis C. “Denny” Hutchinson

 

Dennis C. “Denny” Hutchinson, 64, of Atkinson, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in rural Atkinson from injuries received in an automobile accident south of Atkinson.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 29th at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Chris Ritter will officiate.  Burial will follow at Liberty Cemetery in Atkinson.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Friday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to the Dennis Hutchinson Memorial Fund.

 

Denny was born on January 28, 1952 in Geneseo, IL, the son of Wilbur and Alice (Bates) Hutchinson.  He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1970.  He was a lifetime farmer in rural Atkinson and enjoyed playing slow pitch softball.

 

He is survived by his mother, Alice Hutchinson, Geneseo, IL; sons: Kurt Hutchinson of Schaumburg, IL, and Tony Hutchinson of Florida; sisters: Darla (Mark) Anderson of Geneseo, IL, and Diane McCann of Moline, IL; brother: Darrell (Doris) Hutchinson of Atkinson, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbur.

 

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Kenneth A. "Kenny" Powell

 

Kenneth A. “Kenny” Powell, 75, of Colona, passed away Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at his home.  A private graveside service with Inurnment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where Military Honors will be accorded by Colona American Legion Post #1233 and Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate.  Kenny’s family would like to invite everyone to join them at the Colona American Legion for a celebration of Kenny’s life from 2-4 pm on Friday, October 28th. Memorials may be made to the Colona Animal Shelter or a charity of donor’s choice.  As per his wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo. 

 

Kenny was born on February 17, 1941 in Atkinson, IL, the son of Emmett and Frances (Keemle Floming) Powell.  He graduated from Atkinson High School and proudly served in the US Navy as a Seaman First Class.  He was united in marriage to Cheryl “Cheri” Beaird on May 14, 1971 in Rock Island.  He was a forklift operator for Case-IH in East Moline for over 30 years, from which he retired from in 1992.

 

Kenny was a member of UAW 1304 in East Moline and a 32nd degree Mason of the Moline Lodge #1014.  He was also a member of the Colona American Legion Post #1233 for 37 years.  He enjoyed taking care of his yard, going for walks, and riding his bike.  He looked forward to meeting up with his coffee group at the Doughnut Shop.

 

He is survived by his wife, Cheryl “Cheri”; daughter: Maria Powell of Milan, IL; grandchildren: Anna Marlof and Timothy Marlof; and sister: Roseann Powell of Plainfield, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Timothy Powell, and his brother Bill Powell.

 

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Garneau and his staff for all the care and compassion they extended to Kenny during his illness.

 

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Diana L. Osborne

Diana L. Osborne, 60, of Kewanee, following a long, courageous battle with scleroderma, passed away peacefully and surrounded by her loving family at 9:01 a.m. Saturday, October 22, 2016, at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home (Peoria).

Diana was born July 29, 1956, in Moline, Illinois to Orth and Maxine Hoffman. She was preceded in death by her parents. On September 23, 1981, Diana married John Osborne. They later divorced but remained friends for the sake of their children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her four children, Bradley Osborne (Tammy Hernandez-Stoner) of Kewanee, Brian (Amy) Siemers of Peoria, Brent Siemers of Kewanee and Rebecca (Jerod) Wigant of Galva; six grandchildren, D’Andrea Stoner; Liam and Madeline Siemers; Collin, Danielle and Emmett Wigant; two sisters, Madeline (Dennis) Lindstrom and Susan Welch, all of Kewanee and her treasured friend of more than fifty years, Mickee Salz of Kewanee.

Diana graduated from Kewanee High School in 1974. For more than twenty-nine years, she worked at Eagle Food Center/Eagle Country Market prior to its closing. She then worked for Bomag Americas, Inc. as a strategic buyer. Throughout the course of her career, Diana loved her work at both Eagle and Bomag, as well as the amazing relationships she developed with many of her fellow customers and coworkers. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Kewanee, Illinois.

Diana made a positive impact on many peoples’ lives, touching them through her endless generosity and friendship. Her grandchildren meant the world to her and she fought to the end to spend as much time with them as possible. Family overall was of great importance to her, including celebrating holidays, special occasions and every day meals together. She enjoyed shopping, cooking, decorating and cheering on the Chicago Cubs. She also loved to travel. In the last few years of her life, Diana made multiple trips with family members to places including, Seattle, Washington; Orlando, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada and the mountains of Tennessee.

Funeral services will be held at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home in Kewanee on Saturday, October 29, at 10 a.m. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, October 28 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee.  Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schunemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Diana’s name to one of the following organizations – Family House of Peoria (1339 E. Nebraska Avenue, Peoria, IL 61603); OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home (8630 IL-Route 91, Peoria, IL 61615) or the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate Clinic/Children’s Hospital of Illinois at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center (530 NE Glen Oak, Peoria, IL 61637).

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Eugene R. "Gene" Anderson



GALVA – Eugene R. “Gene” Anderson, 82, of rural Galva, died at 5:00 a.m., Saturday, October 22, 2016 at his home.

Cremation has been accorded and there will be no services. Private inurnment will held on the family farm. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

He was born June 9, 1934 in Kinsman, IL, the son of Edwin and Genevieve (McCluskey) Anderson. He married Marilyn Stitt on September 25, 1953 in Dyersburg, TN. She survives of Galva, as do their four children, Philip (Raymonde) Anderson of Tallahassee, FL, Norman Anderson of Roseville, IL and Esther Anderson and Carrie Anderson, both of Galva, his sister, Marjorie (Charles)  McCormack of Verona, IL and four grandchildren, Jeffrey Anderson of Gary, IN, Callie Anderson of Galva, Sebrina Occeus of Houston, TX and Aurellio Anderson of Tallahassee, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Gerald, Roy and Stanley.

Gene farmed for many years and also had worked as a welder, building water towers in the midwest. His passion was farming and raising cattle. He enjoyed old tractors and woodworking. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Verna J. McKeever

 

KEWANEE - Verna J. McKeever, 80, of Kewanee, died at 11:03 a.m., Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at her home.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Bob Sherman will officiate. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will follow at Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Verna McKeever Memorial Fund.

She was born February 24, 1936 in Fergus Falls, MN, the daughter of Oscar and Vera (Lindberg) Fjeld. She married Clifford J. “Cliff” McKeever on May 21, 1955 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on September 3, 2004. Survivors include her grandson, Jason McKeever of Kewanee, two brothers, Darwin Fjeld of Fairfax, VA and Mike Fjeld of Kewanee and two sisters, June Swett of Manchester, PA and Carol Nash of Cadiz, KY. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, David Fjeld, her son, Steven McKeever and her daughter, Kimberly McKeever.

Verna had worked as a hairdresser out of her home for many years. She thoroughly enjoyed taking care of her customers. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan who loved to entertain, do yard work and take care of her home and backyard. Her family was her pride and joy and she had a passion for taking care of them. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Francis H. Taets

 

Francis H. Taets, 80, of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Unity Point Health – Trinity Rock Island.  A funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on Monday, October 24th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo, where Military Honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post # 5083.  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Humane Society.

 

Francis was born on June 23, 1936 in Loraine Township, the son of Edmond and Marguerita (VanVooren) Taets.  He was united in marriage to Betty Jean Mathis on June 2, 1962 in Las Vegas, NV.  She preceded him in death on November 17, 2011.  He was a foreman/ superintendent at J.F. Edwards Construction Co. for 38 years.

 

Francis was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Riverbend Second Ward in East Moline.  He enjoyed flower gardening, traveling, stamp & coin collecting, and working outside in his orchard. 

 

He is survived by his son: Quentin Taets of Geneseo, IL; daughters: Cheryl Taets of Geneseo, IL, Crystal (Tod) Workman of Nutrioso, AZ, Carla (Julius) Chirchir of Ames, IA; grandchildren: Tod Ryan (Laura) Workman, Ashley (Mitchell) Udall, Natalie (Garret) Hunt, Ethan Workman, Dylan Workman, Taeton Chirchir; great grandchildren: Nailla Workman, Echo Udall; sisters: Phyllis Galloway of Salt Lake City, UT, Patricia Deets of Winona, MN; and brothers Ronald (Marilyn) Taets of Coal Valley, IL, Richard (Nora) Taets of Geneseo, IL, Kenneth Taets of Livermore, CA.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty, and his sister Lucille Jones.

 

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John M. Page

 

 

John M. Page, 90, of Geneseo died on Friday, October 14, 2016, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.  Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016, at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Melva England and Rev. Mark Graham will officiate.  Burial will be in Owens Cemetery at Bullfrog Valley, AR, at a later date.  Friends are invited to visit with the family after the services in the church fellowship hall.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hammond-Henry Hospital Foundation, Geneseo; Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo; Dover First United Methodist Church, Dover, AR; or Geneseo Historical Society, Geneseo.

 

John was born Jan. 2, 1926, in Bullfrog Valley, the son of John William and Eunice (Ladd) Page.  He graduated from Dover (Arkansas) High School in 1943.  John served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater.  John graduated from Iowa State University, Ames, and has an MBA from Roosevelt University, Chicago.  On Oct 1, 1949 he married Virginia Burnett in Galesburg, IL.  She died on June 17, 2011.

 

John had worked as a cheese factory superintendent in Batesville, AR, and then 38 years for Morton Salt Company, Chicago, in sales and marketing.  John retired to become the Historian for the Mt. Prospect (Illinois) Historical Society.  He moved with his wife to Geneseo in 1997.

 

Memberships include Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo; Geneseo Kiwanis Club; and Hayden’s Hikers.  John had been a volunteer for the Geneseo Historical Society, and a former member of Institute of Food Technologists, American Marketing Association, and North American Paul Tillich Society (of theologians).  John spent a lifetime of learning through his commitment to Christ.

 

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn (Jerry) Webb, Cordova, IL; two sons, John Michael (Julie) Page, Cary, NC, and Daniel (Dawn) Page, Montara, CA; grandchildren, Dick (Kuan-jung) Page, Jim Page, Mike (Deborah) Webb, Matthew Webb, and Jackie (Troy) Tisthammer; and great grandchildren, Hannah, Logan, and Jackson Webb; Levi and Caleb Tisthammer; and Jill and John Miles Page.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sister Anita Page, brothers Wayne and W.D. Page, and granddaughter Anna Webb.

 

Video tribute may be view and condolences expressed at John’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com

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Shirley Mae (Hepner) Bevington

Shirley Mae (Hepner) Bevington, 89, of Kewanee died at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday October 5, 2016 at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  She was born April 24, 1927 in Coal Velley, Il. the daughter of Ernest and Clara (Couve) Wetzel.  Shirley married Lorenz “Zeke” Hepner on June 24, 1945 in Kewanee, Il.  He died in July of 1967.  She later married Harold Bevington.  He died December 25, 1978.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, best friend and companion Bill Holland and one sister Eileen Wetzel.

Surviving are two sons Steven (Susan) Hepner of Berlin, Germany, Brandon (Karen) Hepner of Lexington, Il., two daughters Cindy (Terry) Looney of Kewanee, Patricia (Pat McLaughlin) Hepner of Coal Valley, Il, fifteen grandchildren Seth (Nicole) Hepner of St. Louis, Mo., Stephanie Hepner (Trevor) Carlson of Uppsala, Sweden, Sean (Amanda) Hepner of Quincy, Ma., Eric (Carol) Hepner of Colfax, Il., Nathan (Fadra) Hepner of Fayette, Mo., Rachael (Jeromy) Paddock of Arthur, Il., Leah (Wade) Williams of Normal, Il., Aaron Hepner of Rockport, Il., Fr. Timothy Hepner of Bloomington, Il., Gary, Jason, Kaden and Caleb Hepner of Lexington, Il., Jon (Amanda) Looney of Kewanee, Il. and Robert (Alisha) Looney of Bushnell, Il.,  seventeen great grandchildren and one sister Joyce MacKain of Fullerton, Ca.

A farmer’s wife, Shirley had also been employed at Del Farm and from 1960-1976 worked as a checker at National Tea Co.  Shirley was a member of the Church of Peace, the Lydia circle and sang in the choir for 50 years.

She was an avid bird watcher, submitted literary works for the 3 Rivers Arts Council and performed monologues.  She enjoyed traveling to Germany to visit her son Steven and family.   Her grandchildren called her “Gram Chickie” and will always remember her as a loving, caring grandmother.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 24, 2016 at the Church of Peace, rural Kewanee.  Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.  Burial will be in the Garden of Peace Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 2-4 P.M. Sunday, October 23 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Memorials may be directed to the Church of Peace.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Eberta M. DeBaillie

Eberta M. DeBaillie, 82, of Erie, passed away Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 23rd at Loraine United Methodist Church in Prophetstown.  Rev. Jeff Haley will officiate.  Private inurnment will be at Loraine Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the services in the fellowship hall of the church for a time of reflection, visiting and light refreshments.  As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, who are assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials may be made to Pat’s Table or Geneseo Food Pantry Building Fund.

 

Eberta was born on September 19, 1934 in Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Harold and Esther (Peterson) Schmoll.  She graduated from Geneseo High School.  She was united in marriage to Phillip L. DeBaillie on October 16, 1955 at Ebenezer Church in Geneseo.  She was a sales clerk at Smith Farm Supply for many years and later at Family Medical in Geneseo for several years as an office associate. 

 

Eberta was a very active member of Loraine United Methodist Church and Evening Circle.  She was a longtime Treasurer for the church.  She was a former member of the Henry County Homemakers and former board member of the Geneseo Food Pantry.  Eberta volunteered with the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary and at Pat’s Table in Prophetstown, which provided free meals to people.  She was still active in helping with the apple pie project at church. She enjoyed quilting and flower gardening.  She loved spending time with her family and showed everyone the joy of hospitality.

 

She is survived by her husband, Phillip; daughters: Loraine (Michael) Henthorn of Erie, IL, Beth Ann (Kalmar) Fox of Geneseo, IL, and Laurel (Edward) Resendez of Woodstock, GA; son: Lee (Jennifer) DeBaillie of Verona, WI; grandchildren: Nicolas (Annie) Henthorn, Neal (Karissa) Henthorn, Brennan and Tyle Fox, Rachel, Olivia and Eddie Resendez, Phillip and Anna DeBaillie; 9 great grandchildren; and brother: Wilbur Schmoll of Cambridge, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and 3 sisters, Avis, Doris and Julie.

 

 

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William H. Gordon Jr.

KEWANEE - William H. Gordon Jr., 73, of Kewanee, died at 11:14 a.m., Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA after a short battle with cancer.

Cremation has been accorded and a graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 21 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Fr. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Edward J. “Ed” Price

Edward J. “Ed” Price, 57, of Silvis, Il. and formerly of Kewanee died at 2:35 P.M. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.  Ed was born June 2, 1959 in Kewanee the son of Marvin and Sheila (Wyand) Price.  He graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1977.  He later graduated from Black Hawk East Jr. College and received a B.S. and Master’s degree from Western Illinois University.  Ed had been employed as an auto mechanic, worked at compaction America and retired from the Rock Island Arsenal due to ill health.   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, archery, motocross and r c racing.  He was a member of the Potters Club at the First United Methodist Church.
Ed married Meryll Cerdina on March 17, 2007 in Manila, Phillipines.  She survives along with a daughter Danielle (Ryan) Hatfield of Toulon, Il. a grandson Logan Hatfield, his mother Sheila Tunnicliff of Kewanee, his father Marvin Price of Kewanee, one brother Ron (Marsha) Price of Kewanee, one sister Patty (Jay) Poulos of Kewanee, two nephews Shannon Price and Jim Russell and two nieces Theresa and Jennifer Russel and two great nephews.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the First Baptist Church of Kewanee.  Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church.  Burial will be private for the family in Pleasant View Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to an education fund for his grandson, Logan.  Contributions may be left at the church or directed to an account at Peoples National Bank.  Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Susan E. Saigh

Susan E. Saigh, 58, of Kewanee, ended her battle with cancer on Saturday, October 15, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.  A Memorial Mass celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday October 21st at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bradford, IL.  Father John Burns will celebrate.  Private inurnment is planned at St. John’s Cemetery in Bradford.   Memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Geneseo and they are assisting the family with arrangements.
 
She was born June 25, 1958, in Peoria, IL, the daughter of Gerald and Lucille (Luchtefeld) Grunloh. A graduate of Bradford High School, she earned her Vet Technician Certificate from Bel-Rea Institute in Denver, CO, and worked as a vet technician for the Kewanee Vet Clinic.  She married the love of her life, Charles A. Saigh, Jr., on Dec, 15, 1991, in Kewanee, IL. He preceded her in death, as did her parents and a brother-in-law, Mike Johnston. 
 
Like St. Francis of Assisi, she had six siblings yet considered all the creatures of God as her brothers and sisters. Throughout her life, she saved and cared for countless animals. No stray animal was ever turned away; she always wanted to make an animal's life better. On her own farm, she was an ardent steward of livestock, especially her sheep.  A member of St. John Catholic Church in Galva, she viewed strangers as friends she had yet to meet, instantly setting them at ease with her honesty and empathy. She firmly believed in being sustained by faith, encouraged by hope and surrounded by love.  “My dreams are old dreams,” she believed. “Maybe they did not work out. But they are still my dreams.”  She was loved by her family and she enjoyed spending time with them. 
 
She is survived by her sisters Vickie Johnston of Wyoming, Marsha (Rick) Smith of Bradford, Cyndi Plunkett of Oxford, WI, Norma Green of Leland, and Lorrie (Jay) Wilson of Annawan; her brother, Rod (Deb) Grunloh of Bradford; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and numerous beloved pets, including her life companions JustUs, Butterball and Little Joe.
 
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Della J. Stofko

Della J. Stofko, 86, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, October 16, 2016 at Hammond Henry Hospital.  As per her request, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Services will be held in Utah, so no local services will be held.

Della was born on August 23, 1930 in Alton, IL, the daughter of Sylvester and Josephine (Hurst) Sellier.  She was united in marriage to Andrew Stofko.  He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughter: Joellen “Jody” (James) Benhart of Geneseo, IL; son: Dale Franklin of Castle Dale, UT; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, 2 sons, and 1 sister.
 

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Edward J. "Ed" Price

Edward J. "Ed" Price of Silvis, Il. and formerly of Kewanee died at 2:35 P.M. Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 22, 2016 at the First Baptist Church in Kewanee.  Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the church.  Burial will be private for the family.  Memorials may be directed the American Diabetes Association.  A complete obituary will be published Wednesday.  The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.

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Glen H. Highsmith

Glen H. Highsmith, 89, of Geneseo, IL, passed away Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo.  As per his request, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Geneseo and there will be no services held.

Glen was born on January 2, 1927 in Clay City, IL the son of Clarence and Muriel Highsmith.  He was united in marriage to Jackie E. Vincent on August 23, 1960 in Robison, IL.  He was a locomotive Engineer with Rock Island Lines for over 30 years, from which he retired.  Glen enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie; son: Barry Highsmith of Moline, IL; step-sons: Ron Holdridge of Geneseo, IL, Kevin Holdridge of Florence, CO, and Jack Holdridge of Rochester, MN; step-daughter: Sue (Todd) Nicholson of Hillsdale, IL; 2 grandchildren and 6 step-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother, and 1 sister.
 

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Mary L. Hagan

Mary L. Hagan, 89, of Galesburg, Il and formerly of Kewanee died at 10:22 a.m. Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Marigold Care Center Galesburg Il.  Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday, October 17, 2016 at the Schueneman & Tumbleson funeral home with the Rev. Dan Craig officiating. Visitation will be from 12: 00 p.m. until services on Monday at the funeral home.  Burial will be in the Mount Olivet cemetery. Memorial may be made to Henry County Humane Society or the Kewanee Veterans Council.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

Mary was born November 18, 1926 in rural Kewanee daughter of George P. and Mary A. (Martin) German.  She married Joseph Hagan on October 21, 1945 in Oak Park, Il.  He preceded her in death in 2013.  She was also preceded in death by two brothers Bob and Bud and two sisters Elaine and Helen.

Mary had been employed as a nurse’s aide in Kewanee and later worked at Admiral in Galesburg, prior to her retirement.  She enjoyed reading, nature and animals, country western music and spending time with her family.

Surviving is a son Daniel (Linda) Hagan of Springfield,, Il. a daughter Sue Ann (Chuck) Johnson of Cambridge, Il., four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Dean C. Larson

 

 

Dean C. Larson, 86, of Annawan passed in his sleep Thursday morning, Oct. 13, 2016 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19th at Annawan Community United Methodist Church, Annawan.  Rev. Dan Wright will officiate.  Burial will be in Annawan Township Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Memorials may be made to Annawan-Alba Rescue or Fire Departments.

 

Dean Conrad Larson was born March 28, 1930 in Kewanee, the son of Harold and Edna (Conrad) Larson.  He attended Kewanee schools.  His father passed away when Dean was 14 so mom and son operated Larson Furniture in Kewanee.

 

He married Jean Louise Jahraus and had 2 children Sue and Bob.  Larson Furniture was moved to Annawan where he also had a small farm.  He later opened Larson Distributing in Moline and continued there through his retirement.

 

Dean had served as a board member for many years at Geneseo Telephone Company.  He was a member of Annawan Community United Methodist Church, and a charter member of Annawan Kiwanis club.  He was very proud of all of their community activities.

 

An avid woodworker and scrollsawyer, he loved to travel, play bridge and especially play cribbage for quarters.

 

He will be missed by many.

 

Preceded in death by his parents and wife of 51 years, he is survived by his son, Robert, Geneseo, his daughter Sue (Joe) Van Wassenhove, Kirkland, WA, 4 grandsons, Dieter, Trosten, Sandor and Hannes as well as three great grandchildren.

 

Video tribute may be viewed and online condolence left at Dean’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com

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Angela M. Carey

 

Angela M. Carey, 54, of Cambridge, passed away on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  She was surrounded by her loving family.  Cremation has been accorded and there will be a private family memorial service at a later date.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Angela Carey Memorial Fund.

 

Angela Marie Carey was born February 2, 1962 in Kewanee, the daughter of Clifford and Marie Watson Carey.  She was educated in area schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1980.  She worked as a department manager for over 20 years at Walmart in Kewanee.  Angie loved hunting for Morel mushrooms, gardening, going to the beach, and spending time with her grandchildren.

 

Those surviving are her lifelong companion, Kevin Echelberger, Cambridge, a daughter and son-in-law, Brandy and Kenny Swanson, Cambridge, a daughter and her fiancee, Chelsie Echelberger and Jared Preston, Orion, and  three grandchildren, Kyrstin, Kyera, and Kayson Swanson, all of Cambridge.  Other survivors include her mother, Marie Berg, Sapula, OK, her father, Clifford Carey, Coyne Center, IL, a sister, a half-sister, and her best friend, Lynette Leander, Cambridge.  Her grandparents, three brothers, a sister, and a half-brother preceded her in death.

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

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Jack Hathaway

Jack Hathaway, 83, of Galva died at 12:14 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12, 2016, at Courtyard Estates in Galva surrounded by his family.

 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 17, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Jeff Goard will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Visitation will be on Sunday, October 16 from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Run First Responders, Galva Athletic Boosters, or the Galva American Legion Post 45.

Jack was born on August 23, 1933, to Howard and Gladys (Curtis) Hathaway. His mother died in childbirth and he was raised by Howard and Jean (Farwell) Hathaway. He married Mary Robson on December 29, 1959 in Kewanee, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife who passed away on July 30, 2016.

Jack is survived by daughter Anne Hathaway of Indianapolis, IN, son, John (Angela) of Galva, IL. Grandchildren Abigail (Tony) Segura of Kewanee, Colby (Caitlin) Hathaway of Champaign, IL and Drew Fox. Two step grandchildren, Lyndsey and Derek Heise. Three great grandaughters Adelyn, Alizabeth and Anabel and a great grandson due in November. Two sisters in law, Doris Friend, formerly of Cambridge and now of Courtyard Estates in Galva, Roberta O'Hara of Fenton, MI and two nephews, David and Timothy O'Hara and their families.

 

Jack graduated from Galva High School in 1951 and attended his 65th class reunion in August. He enrolled at Bradley University but left college to serve in the U.S. Navy. He was a proud Seabee – a member of the United States Naval Construction Forces – stationed in Trinidad which he offered referred to with fond memories and was able to visit again for a reunion. After leaving the military, Jack joined his father, Howard, as a plumbing contractor at Hathaway's Plumbing and Heating. Jack and Mary purchased Swanks Hardware in Galva in 1969 and have owned and operated it with help from their son as Hathaway's Plumbing, Heating and True Value Hardware for over 47 years.

Jack's commitment to the Galva community was reflected in many ways. In 1978 he was a founding member of the Community State Bank of Galva. Jack and the late Warren Arter founded and built the Galva subdivision. Jack also served the community as plumbing inspector for many years.

 

Jack and Mary were Grand Marshals of the 2009 Galva 4th of July parade. Jack served with the Galva Fire Department for 41 years and was a member and past President (1998-99) of the Galva Rotary. He was inducted into the Galva Wildcats Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 as a friend to GHS sports for running the scoreboard at Galva High School home football games for 4 years, He was also a member of the Galva American Legion and the First Congregational Church of Galva.

 

The Hathaway family would like to thank and acknowledge the quality nursing and care team at Galva Courtyard Estates as well as the caregivers for their love, care and support over the last few months.

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Robert W. "Jack" Hyett

 

 

Robert W. “Jack” Hyett, 75, of Annawan died on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Nursing Home, Kewanee.  Memorial services will be held at 3 pm on Sunday, October 16th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Rev. Dan Wright will officiate.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to service beginning at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Annawan-Alba Rescue Squad or to Alzheimer’s Association. 

 

Jack was born June 22, 1941 in Monmouth, IL the son of Wayne and Alice Mae (McNall) Hyett.  He graduated from Joy High School in 1958.  Jack served in the U.S Army.  On July 6, 1968 he married Pamela Ouart at Fairview Church in Annawan Township, Illinois.  She survives.  Jack loved sports, especially the Cubs and the Bears.  He had also enjoyed riding motorcycles in his earlier years.

 

Survivors include his wife, Pam, a son, Matthew Hyett, Annawan, a sister Ruth Ann Wakeland, Long Grove, IA and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne Hyett and his mother, Alice Mae Marshall and a sister, Peggy Carrington.

 

Condolences may be left at Jack’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.

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Marcella C. Fultz


KEWANEE - Marcella C. Fultz, 79, of Kewanee, died at 7:30 p.m., Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Private funeral services will be held at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Joe Schmidt will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.

She was born January 10, 1937, the daughter of Walter and Geneva Hollis. She married her husband of 61 years, James Fultz in 1955 in Kewanee. He survives of Kewanee, as do two sister-in-laws, Naomi Brignadello of Kewanee and Martha Moutz of Wilmore, KY and a brother-in-law, John Fultz of Lawton, OK. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, a brother, a sister-in-law, Mary Miller and a brother-in-law, Harold Brignadello.

Marcella had been a beautician for over 40 years, working mainly at Creative Look in Kewanee. She also was a beautician for Rux Funeral Home for 25 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Kewanee. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

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Shirley A. Brose

Shirley A. Brose, 65, of Kewanee, Il. died Friday, October 7, 2016 surrounded by her children after a courageous battle with brain cancer.  Shirley was born February 9, 1951 in Chicago, Il. the daughter of Frank and Mary (Burke) Wierzycki. 

Surviving are three daughters Angela (Damon) Reese of Moline, Il., Erica (Andrew) Verstraete of Kewanee, Kim Middleton of Chandler, Az., one son Donald (Casey) Brose of Galva, Il.,  eleven grandchildren Adrien and Alanio Reese, Chelsie and Cameron  Hill, Cash Verstraete, Blaiden and Reazin Brose, Cory, Taylor, William and Sara Middleton, three great grandchildren Christina and Trinity Middleton and Andrew Fernandez,  one sister Marion Drawyer and five brothers Frank Wierzycki, Donald (Debbie) Wierzycki, Mike Wierzycki, David (Anita) Jones and John Morehead and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Shirley was a member of the Kewanee VFW auxiliary and served on the Kewanee Police auxiliary.  Shirley enjoyed gardening, fishing, camping and a love of the outdoors.  Spending time with her family was her greatest joy, especially her grandkids.

Funeral services will be at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Pastor Marshall Jones will officiate.  Private family burial will be on Monday, October 17th in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 1-3 P.M. on Sunday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.  Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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John William Polansky Sr

John William Polansky, Sr. 94, of Kewanee, Il., died at 8:30 P.M. Sunday, October 9, 2016 at his home.  John was born July 15, 1922 in McIntire, Iowa the son of Albert and Mary Marie (King) Polansky. 

John served in the US Navy during WWII in the Atlantic Coastal Patrol.  He had been employed at Demmler’s, National Acme and Allied Products retiring in 1984.

He married Lavonne Charlotte Holton in 1950 in Kewanee.  She died august 31, 1977.  He married Doris Mae Thurwanger Kirman in 1979.  They were later divorced.  He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Frank Polansky and a sister Mary Kemerling

Surviving are two sons John William Melissa Polansky Jr. of Puyallup, Wa., Terry Lee Polansky of Kewanee, five grandchildren Elizabeth and Jacob Polansky of Springfield, Il. Alexis Grant of Butler, Il, Michael Swingle of San Antonio, Tx and Candice Swingle of Puyallup, Wa. nine great grandchildren and a sister Ruth Ann (Henry) McIntire of Sedona, Az.

John enjoyed fishing, the Kewanee Chamber concerts in the park, classic country western music and playing cards and attending events at the Flemish American Club.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 P.M. Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Pastor Joe Schmidt of the First Christian Church of Kewanee will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee where military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council.   Visitation will be from noon until the time of services on Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Everett E. "Gino" Braggs

 

Everett E. “Gino” Braggs, 75, of Moline, passed away Monday, October 10, 2016 at his home.  As per his wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory and there will be no services held.  Memorials may be made to the Quad City Animal Welfare Center in his name.

 

Gino was born on May 2, 1941 in Marion, IL, the son of Everett and Mae (Darter) Braggs.  He graduated from Moline High School in 1959 and went on to firefighter training school.  He was united in marriage to Janice C. Stees on August 7, 1973 in Moline, IL.  Gino was a fireman for the city of East Moline for 26 years, from which he retired.  He was also a bartender at Hafner’s in Moline for 35 years.

 

Gino was a member of the Eagles Lodge and the East End Bolders Club.  He played and enjoyed fast pitch baseball for many years.  He loved his dogs.  He enjoyed living and being at the cabin on the Rock River and listening to live music, especially his son Wade. 

 

He is survived by his wife, Janice; children: Julie (Ford) Schick of Palm Beach, FL, Lisa (Tom) Priester of Tequesta, FL, Holly (Nathan) Pozzi of Colona, IL, and Wade Braggs of Las Vegas, NV;  grandchildren: Alexandra, Ford, Jr., Charley, Elle, Claire, Ava, and Nola Mae; sisters: Norma Lanzen of Silvis, IL, Marilyn (Lyle Franklin) Ryan ---, Cheryl (Earl) Johnson of Redondo Beach, CA; brother: William (Joy) Braggs of Phoenix, AZ; and brother-in-law: Keith Yuskis of Silvis, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Glenna.

 

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Maurice E. Bantz

 

ELMORE - Maurice E. Bantz, 90, a resident of Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg, formerly of Elmore, died at 2:30 a.m., Friday, October 7, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 12 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Pastor Jennifer Seder will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery in Elmore. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield Athletics Booster Club. 

He was born September 12, 1926 in Williamsfield, the son of Edward and Pearl (Barber) Bantz. He married Shirley J. Lumberry on February 1, 1947 in Peoria. She survives of Galesburg, as do five sons, Don (Barbara) Bantz of Laura, John (Jennifer) Bantz of Williamsfield, Harley (Cindy) Bantz of Florida, Dennis (Gina) Bantz of Williamsfield and Larry Bantz of West Jersey, two half-sisters, Janet Jones of Chicago, IL and Joanne Bantz of Anchorage, AK, nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and a great-grandchild.

Maurice worked as a school bus driver for 33 years in Yates City and Williamsfield. He also had worked in a strip coal mine near Laura and had driven a truck for a gas company. He was a former member of the Elmore Methodist Church. Maurice was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed NASCAR and dirt track racing and he thoroughly enjoyed his family and attending the events of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marilyn J. Petty



KEWANEE - Marilyn J. Petty, 87, of Kewanee, died at 2:20 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m.Wednesday, October 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

She was born April 15, 1929 in Keithsburg, IL, the daughter of John and Bernadine (Hall) Reeder. She married George L. Petty on January 27, 1951 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on June 26, 1995. Survivors include four children, Michael Petty of Carbon Cliff, IL, Alice (Carl) Hansen and Edward (Pam) Petty, both of Kewanee and Dale Petty of Chicago, her sister, Agnes Barnhouse of Coal Valley, IL, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bill.

Marilyn graduated from Keithsburg High School in 1948. She had been employed as head of the Laundry Dept. at Royal Oaks Care Center. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed playing bingo, going to the river boat, taking trips with the Henry County Senior Citizens Center, fishing and cookouts, but most of all she enjoyed being around her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
 
 

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David W. Newnam

 

David W. Newnam, 63, of Idaho Falls, ID, passed peacefully from an extended illness, on September 26, 2016. 

 

He is survived by his wife, Dr. Lisa Linning-Newnam; his father: Eugene E. Newnam; sister: Sandi (Lou) Ferdon; sister-in-law: Mary Newnam; nieces: Amy (Jason) Rosillo, Sarah (Bob) Dyxin, and Kyra Newnam; nephews: Matthew Ferdon and Kyle (Erin) Newnam; and several great nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother Marilyn J. Newnam, brother Tracy J. Newnam, and nephew Joshua T. Newnam.

 

His wishes were to be cremated, so David will be laid to rest with his brother, Tracy at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, IL.

 

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Eugene E. "Gene" Newnam

 

Eugene E. “Gene” Newnam, 86, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016 at the Rush-Copley Medical Center, Aurora, Illinois.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 12th at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo.  Rev. Lynn Bergren will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post #5083.  Visitation will be held 1 hour prior (10-11 am) to the service at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Eugene Newnam Memorial Fund.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory are assisting the family with arrangements. 

 

Gene was born on February 4, 1930 in Wolsey, SD, the son of William and Anne (Dragseth) Newnam.  He graduated from high school and went on to Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.  He was united in marriage to Marilyn J. Jacobson on May 18, 1952 in Rockville, MN.  She preceded him in death on March 26, 2013.  Gene proudly served in the US Air force as a fighter pilot.  He was a longtime employee at Rock Island Arsenal as the Head of Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics, from which he retired.

 

Gene was a member of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo.  He enjoyed his Cubbies, golfing, and being outside and feeding the birds.  Most of all he loved spending time with his family, especially at Christmas and going to drum corps shows.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Sandi (Lou) Ferdon of Plainfield, IL; daughters-in-law: Mary Newnam of Rockton, IL, and Lisa Newnam of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren: Amy (Jason) Rosillo, Sarah (Bob) Dyxin, Matthew Ferdon, Kyra Newnam, and Kyle (Erin) Newnam; great grandchildren: Parker, Emma, Logan, Lillyann, and Callahan; and sisters: Linda (Fred) Mangelsdorf of Newburgh, NY, and Betty Anne (Eugene) Dobberpuhl of Aberdeen, SD.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; his 2 sons: Tracy Newnam, and David Newnam; and his grandson: Joshua Newnam.

 

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Alice M. "Bugs" Switzer



KEWANEE - Alice M. “Bugs” Switzer, 89, a resident of Toulon Health Care Center, formerly of Kewanee, died at 10:20 a.m., Friday, October 7, 2016 at the center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or to the American Cancer Society.

She was born August 21, 1927 in Annawan, the daughter of Roy and Ann (DeSplinter) Ouart. She married Richard A. “Dick” Switzer on April 21, 1951 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on March 13, 2005. Survivors include a son, Bob (Becky) Switzer of Kewanee, a daughter, Sandy (Don) Wirth of Kewanee, three grandchildren, Nick, Valerie and Ryan and two great grandchildren, Max and Lilly. She was also preceded in death by her parents, granddaughter, Tara and a brother, Delmar Ouart.

Bugs graduated from Annawan High School in 1944 as Salutatorian. She worked as a teller and loan officer at Union Federal Savings & Loan for almost 30 years, retiring in 1992. She was an artist, enjoying painting with pastels, oils and watercolors and other various medians. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.    

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Kyle V. Bobinski

Kyle V. Bobinski, 50, of Andover, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016, in the emergency room of UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 11th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Paul Benevides 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 Kyle Bobinski Memorial Fund.

 

Kyle Vincent Bobinski was born April 15, 1966 in Moline, the son of Frank "Bo" and Judith L. Waymack Bobinski.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1984.  He served in the U.S. Navy after high school.  His marriage to Dawn Reed took place on October 1, 1993 in Cambridge.  Kyle had worked for the last eight years as a machinist at the Rock Island Arsenal.

 

He did volunteer work for foster children and was Director of the Royal Family Kids Camp through the Assembly of God Church in Geneseo.  Kyle also served as a counselor for T.R.A.C.  He enjoyed coaching sports for his children and grandchildren and tinkering with his Ford tractors.    

 

Those surviving are his wife, Dawn, a son and daughter-in-law, Guy and Megan Frison, Bettendorf, a daughter and son-in-law, Darcy and Jason Franks, Cambridge, six grandchildren, Cole, Cade, and Clara Franks, and Addison, Jaxson, and Tyler Frison.  Other survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Roy Shaw, Cambridge, a brother and sister-in-law, Mitch and Donna Bobinski, Charlotte, NC, a niece, Alesha Shaw, and nephews, Jackson and Joshua Bobinski.  His parents preceded him in death.

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

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Berthella "Budde" Neumann

 

Berthella “Budde” Neumann, 100, of Geneseo, IL, passed away Monday, October 3, 2016 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo.   A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, October 7th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Edford Township, rural Geneseo. Rev. Christopher Bushre will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. John’s Cemetery in Edford Township.  Visitation will be from 9:30 – 11:00 am prior to the service at the church.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church.

 

Berthella was born on June 10, 1916 in Round Lake, MN, the daughter of Henry and Ella (Malone) Nielsen.  She was united in marriage to Mitchell John Neumann on December 16, 1939 in Des Moines, IA.  He preceded her in death in 2000.  Berthella farmed with her husband in rural Geneseo for many years. 

 

Berthella was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.  She taught Sunday school and was a member of the LWML at church.  She was a former member of War Mothers.  Berthella was an avid and talented seamstress.  She enjoyed making clothes for her kids and was very proud that she made her daughters’ wedding dresses.

 

She is survived by her daughters: Judy (Lester) Hallquist of Dixon, IL, Marcia Elder of Des Moines, IA, and Michelle (Robert) Dale of Colona, IL; sons: Robert (Nancy) Neumann of Princeville, IL, and Henry Neumann of Beebe, AR; 15 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, her son Paul Mitchell Neumann, her daughter Marianne Kenyon, 4 sisters, and 3 brothers.

 

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Milan H. Layman

 

 

 

 

KEWANEE – Milan H. Layman, 97, of Kewanee, passed away at 7:00 am, October 4, 2016 at home with his family.

 

Visitation and Services will be held at Schueneman & Tumbleson Funeral Home in Kewanee on October 7, 2016 with The Reverend James Clement officiating. Visitation will be at 12:00 pm before the Service at 1:00 pm. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens rural Kewanee. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to St. John’s Episcopal Church of Kewanee.

 

He was born September 9, 1919 in Kewanee, the son of Sam and Ermal (Lamb) Layman. He attended the Whiting country school for 8 years, then attended Wethersfield High School for 4 years, graduating in 1937.

 

Milan was married to Pearl Gleich on October 5, 1941 in a double ring wedding with Pearl’s brother Jack Gleich and Bette Meredith. The wedding was at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kewanee. Milan and Pearl were married for 75 loving years.

 

He is survived by Pearl, two sons, Tom (Dorothy) Layman of Kewanee and Don Layman of Chicago. Three grandchildren, Michael (Christi) Layman of Falls Church, VA, Brian (Kit) Layman of Glendale Heights, IL, and Stephen Layman of Nashville, TN, and two great grandchildren Maddy and Josie Layman. Milan was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

 

Milan farmed south of Kewanee until 1980. Then he drove trucks for Golden Bros. and Ratliff Bros, and worked for Johnson’s Heating & Air Conditioning. He retired at 80. Milan served as the Wethersfield Director of the Henry County Farm Bureau. He was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church and served as Junior and Senior Wardens. Milan enjoyed boating and water skiing and annual trips to the Lake of the Ozarks with family and playing cards and ping pong with friends. After retirement Milan and Pearl became active members of the YMCA swimming regularly. 

 

Following burial, the family will meet with friends and relatives at the Henry County Senior Center at 200 E South Street in Kewanee.

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Judith M. Hancock

Judith M. Hancock, 71, of Cambridge, died Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at UnityPoint Health  - Trinity Rock Island.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 5th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Private committal services will be held at a later date at the Rock Island National Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Judy Hancock Memorial Fund.

 

Judith May Anderson was born May 24, 1945 in Moline, the daughter of Kenneth and Mildred Swanson Anderson.  She graduated from Orion High School in 1963 and attended the Moline Institute of Commerce.  She married Michael L. Brown, and they later divorced.  Her marriage to Jim L. Hancock took place on May 9, 1981 in Swedona.  He died September 30, 2016.  Judy retired from John Deere Construction Equipment Company after 25 years.  She then worked part time for the Rock Island County Farm Bureau for five years.

 

She was a member of Valley View Country Club in Cambridge.  Judy enjoyed her dear family, such special friends, her flower garden, knitting, and adventures of all her travels.  Her favorite place was the gulf coast, where she visited with God and all of his glories of nature.  She found such peace there with long talks with the Lord!  Swedona Lutheran Church  always held such a special place in her heart as the Anderson families home church.

 

Those surviving are her son, Derick H. (Heather) Brown, Orion, a granddaughter, Jenna Woolley, Orion, and a sister, Shirley (Gene) Brown, brothers-in-law, Gary (Chris) Hancock, John Hancock, and a sister-in-law, Joni Hancock Vincent, all of Cambridge.  Other survivors include 11 nieces and nephews, and 14 great nieces and great nephews.  Her parents, her husband, a sister, Bonita J. Lindstrom, and a brother-in-law, Jeff Vincent, preceded her in death.

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

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Gerald Lee Claeys

Gerald Lee Clayes, 64, of Peoria, IL and formerly of Kewanee died September 24, 2016 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Private graveside funeral services will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. The Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate, the will be no visitation. The Schueneman & Tumbleson Funeral Home in Kewanee is assisting the family with arrangements.

Gerald was born January 4, 1952 in Kewanee, the son of Charles and Shirley (Lamb) Claeys. He was reared and educated in Kewanee. Gerald is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Dale (Debbie) Lindstrom, Mrs. Jamie (Kathy) Wemple, both of Kewanee, and Mrs. Gary (Patricia) Munson of Woodhull Il. One brother William “Bill”(Linda) Claeys of Galesburg, Il.  and several nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law Sherry Camper . Gerald was preceded in death by both parents, one sister Marie Little, and one brother Charles Claeys, Jr. Private online condolences may left for the family at schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Barbara M. Bialy

 

Barbara M. Bialy, 95 of Geneseo, IL, passed away Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo.  As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Geneseo and there will be no services held.

 

Barbara was born on December 3, 1920 in Buffalo, New York the daughter of Florian and Anna (Lamkowski) Sokolowski.  She graduated from high school and was united in marriage to Edward T. Bialy.  He preceded her in death in 2008. 

 

She is survived by her daughters: Jessica Martin of Geneseo, IL, Barbara Ann (Frank) Kuberski of Buffalo, NY, and Dorothy in Florida; 3 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and 1 sister

 

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Diana Lee Nance


KEWANEE - Diana Lee Nance, 60, of Kewanee, passed away peacefully at 6:31 a.m., Saturday, October 1, 2016 from multiple complications after having emergency surgery. She was surrounded by her family at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, October 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Rebecca Klemm will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 6 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. 

She was born October 27, 1955 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, the daughter of George “Tater” and Amy (DeBord) Knowles. She married Jeffery L Nance  on September 8, 1979 in Wyoming, IL . They recently celebrated 37 years of marriage. He is left to cherish her memory, as well as three children, Brian (Heather) Nance of Galva, Heather (Dustin) Morden of Long Grove, IA, and Kevin Nance of Kewanee, eight grandchildren, or “babies, ” as she often referred to them: Ethan Nance (14), Atticus Morden (9), Liam Morden (8) Eva Nance (5) Reese Morden (5) Emma Nance (3) Elise Nance (1) and Alivia Morden (6 months) , her three siblings, Rosemary Knowles and George (Cheryl) Knowles, both of Wyoming, IL and Ray (Donna) Knowles of Lebanon, TN, her mother-in-law, Jeanneanne Nance, and aunts and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her father-in-law, Cleo Nance.

She graduated from Wyoming High School in 1973. After graduation, she attended Black Hawk East College where she earned her Licensed Practical Nursing Degree. From there, she worked at Kewanee Hospital for 33 years, primarily as an emergency room nurse. For the past 8 years, she has worked as the mental health and substance abuse nurse for Bridgeway in Kewanee.

She will be remembered most for her compassion and dedication to nursing and her patients. She adored her husband, children, but most of all, her grand babies. She enjoyed cooking, baking , reading, shopping, family gatherings and holidays and attending all extra-curricular activities of her children and grandchildren, especially their sporting events. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Jerry L. Huttenlocher

 

Jerry L. Huttenlocher, 66, of Geneseo, IL, passed away Thursday, Sep 29, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospital, with his family at his side.  In keeping with his wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Geneseo, IL.  Family and friends are invited to a Celebration of Life to be held at Woodbine Bend, Woodbine, IL, on Thurs, Oct 6 from 5-8pm.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Jerry Huttenlocher Memorial Fund.

 

Jerry was born Jan 23, 1950, in Elizabeth, IL, the son of Emil and Emily Huttenlocher.  He was united in marriage to Marsha Frutig on Jun 5, 1982.  While living in Elizabeth, IL, “Hooter” graduated from high school and worked at Tippett’s Standard Service, M&W Feed Mill, and Redfearn Excavating. After moving to Geneseo, he worked for Golden Harvest, Edwards Ready Mix, and Chicago Street Decorating.

 

Jerry was a loved and loving husband and dad.  He was a family man and a friend to many.  He was committed to everything he did, whether driving truck, maintaining the yard, or keeping his vehicles spotless. He was a volunteer for Elizabeth Fire Dept. for a number of years.  He enjoyed gardening, model railroading, and spending time with his family.

 

Jerry will be dearly missed by his wife, Marsha; sons Bryan (wife Brooke) of Dubuque, IA, and Brandon of Carbondale, CO; sisters Elsie Mae Lewis, Charlene Wilkinson, and Mary Huttenlocher; brother Melvin (JoAnn) Huttenlocher; father and mother-in-law John and Ruth Frutig; brothers-in-law Mark Frutig and Charles Neff; and many nieces and nephews. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Clara Neff, brother-in-law Wendell Lewis, and two nephews.

 

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

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Jim L. Hancock

Jim L. Hancock, 67, of Cambridge, died Friday, September 30, 2016, at UnityPoint Health - Trinity Rock Island.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 5th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Private committal services will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Jim Hancock Memorial Fund.

 

Jim LeeRoy Hancock was born February 12, 1949 in Moline, the son of Edwin "John" and Virginia Larson Hancock.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1967.  Jim served in the U.S. Army with the 43rd Engineering Battalion from 1969 to 1971.  His marriage to Jud Anderson Brown took place on May 9, 1981 in Swedona.

 

He worked for Yarger Brothers Elevator in Cambridge, Westerlund Trucking and Tennant Trucking, Orion, retiring in December 2013.  His memberships include the Cambridge American Legion Post No. 417 and Valley View Country Club, Cambridge.  Jim was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, a true "Die Hard" fan.  He truly believed the World Series victory for the Cubs was just around the corner.  Jim loved Illinois, and all Big Ten football and basketball teams, and, of course, the Chicago Bears.  He and his golfing friends could be found every weekend on the golf course enjoying the competition of play and fun.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Judy, stepson, Derick H. (Heather) Brown, Orion, and two brothers, Gary (Chris) Hancock, John Hancock, and a sister, Joni Vincent, all of Cambridge, 11 nieces and nephews, and 14 great nieces and great nephews.  His parents, a brother-in-law, Jeff Vincent, and a sister-in-law, Bonita Lindstrom, preceded him in death.

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

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Leeam Ethan Danger DeBord


KEWANEE - Leeam Ethan Danger DeBord, 6 month old son of Jeremy DeBord and Amberlyn Hockett passed away at 12:16 p.m., Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m.Monday, October 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Following the visitation cremation will be accorded. Memorials may be directed to the family.

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Geraldine "Jeri" Helmkamp

Geraldine “Jeri” Helmkamp, 83, of Kewanee, Il. died Monday, October 3, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home. 

Jeri was born June 12, 1933 in Kewanee the daughter of Max and Margaret (Fuerst) Kuster.  She

graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1951.  Jeri married Hubert Helmkamp on

October 14, 1951 in Kewanee.  He preceded her in death in 2000.  She was also preceded in death by

her parents, and two sisters Opal Kuster and Tina Kuster.

 

Surviving are two daughters Rebecca (Larry) Ault of Kewanee, Christen (Keith) Friedrich of Green

Valley, Il., two sons Mark (Pam) Helmkamp of Kewanee and David (Amy) Helmkamp of Avon, In.,  five

grandchildren Joe Ault, Adam, Luke and Anna Friedrich and Morgan Helmkamp and two sisters Joyce

Long of Kewanee and Jeanne Hintz of Davenport, Ia.

 

Jeri had been employed in the bakery at the former Super Valu in Kewanee and also as a sales clerk at

the former Guzzardo’s Hallmark Store in Kewanee.  She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in

Kewanee.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 7, 2016 at Faith Lutheran Church in Kewanee. 

Rev. Paul Weber will officiate.  Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens, rural Kewanee.  Visitation

will be from 5-7 P.M. Thursday, October 6th at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il., 

Memorials may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church.   Private online condolences may be shared with

the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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