SUBMIT A TIP | Fax # 309-839-4126
LISTEN LIVE
Obituaries

Bonnie J. Brereton

 

Bonnie J. Brereton, 73, of Cleveland, IL, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at her home.  As per her wishes, Cremation has accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  No services will be held and a private inurnment will be at a later date at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona.

 

Bonnie was born on March 8, 1943in Kahoka, MO, the daughter of Wayne and Hazel Cunningham.  She was united in marriage to Henry L. Brereton in 1960 in Moline, IL.  She worked for Carmel Corn and Steak Escape both at South Park Mall for many years.  She loved her family and spending time with them.

 

She is survived by her husband, Henry; daughters: Cindy Brereton of Cleveland, IL, Brenda (Russ) Anderson of Alpha, IL; son: Henry (Jennifer) Brereton, Jr. of Harrison, AK; 7 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and brothers: Chuck (LuAnn) Cunningham of Colona, IL, Wayne Cunningham of Silvis, IL

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

 

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

                                                       

0
comments


Arthur E. Fritch

Arthur E. Fritch, 89, of Kewanee, Il. died at 9:30 P.M. Friday, November 25, 2016 at Aperion Care in East Moline.  Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of Life Service will be announced in the Spring of 2017 by the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. 

0
comments


Douglas W. "Doug" Hodgett

Douglas W. “Doug” Hodgett, 64, of Neponset, Il. died November 21, 2016 at his home.  Doug was born November 15, 1952 in Kewanee the son of Dana and Grace (Saunders) Hodgett.  He graduated from Neponset High School with the class of 1970.  He married Rosie Baetens.  They were later divorced. 

Surviving is a son Brandon “B.J.” (Carly) Hodgett of Pembroke Pines, Fl., one brother Don (Jo) Hodgett of Watertown, Wi., two nieces Piper and Marley, a nephew Mike (Becky) Hodgett of Tampico, great niece and nephew Shelby and Sam.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dick and a nephew John Paul Hodgett.

Doug was a Class A welder at the former Hyster Company in Kewanee for 20 years and later was involved in trucking. 

He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends.  He will be remembered as a man of few words and for always wearing a hat.  He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan and lived for Sundays.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.  Burial will be in the West Neponset Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed to the Buda Rescue Squad. The family requests that everyone dress casual.  Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


James L. Shook


KEWANEE - James L. Shook, 77, of Kewanee, died at 12:15 a.m., Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Cremation has been accorded and no services are planned at this time. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or to the National Parkinson’s Foundation. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. 

He was born August 3, 1939 in Monmouth, IL, the son of Russell and Lillian (Jacobs) Shook. He married Sharon K. Shanks on September 5, 1964 in Galesburg. She survives of Kewanee, as do a daughter, Kelly (Steve) Moon of Kewanee, a son, Kevin (Katie) Shook of Kewanee, three siblings, Doris Hill of Huntsville, AL, David Shook of Myrtle Beach, SC and Ray Shook of Mesa, AZ, an uncle, Sidney Jacobs of Chandler, AZ and four grandchildren, Clay Dilks and Ethan, Rebecca and Emily Shook. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Joe Shook.

James graduated with his Bachelors from Western Illinois University and with his Masters from Northern Illinois University. He had worked as a Certified Public Accountant for various firms and had also taught at Kewanee High School and Wyanet schools. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Kewanee Elks Lodge. He enjoyed golfing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Roger L. Anderson



GALVA – Roger L. Anderson, 84, of rural Galva, died at 12:59 p.m., Friday, November 25, 2016 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.Saturday, December 3 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. Celebrant will be Fr. John Burns. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m.Friday, December 2 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with recitation of the rosary at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Galva FFA or Galva American Legion.

He was born December 6, 1931 in Galva, the son of Albin and Amy (Nelson) Anderson. He married Regina C. Golby on October 20, 1962 at Visitation Church in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on July 3, 2015. Survivors include a son, Jim (Donna) Anderson of Altona, a daughter, Mary Kay (David) North of Galva, two grandsons, Luke and Christopher North, both of Galva, a brother, James E. (Alberta) Anderson of Pilot Mountain, NC, four sister-in-laws, Elizabeth "Wink" Barry of Sheffield, Kate (Bernie) Cromien of Galva, Patricia (Maurice) Yepsen of Kewanee and Sister Eileen Golby of Clinton, IA, a brother-in-law, James (Alice Ann) Golby of Kewanee and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a son, Thomas James Anderson and two brother-in-laws and a sister-in-law, Jack Barry and John Martin (Barbara) Golby.

Roger graduated from Galva High School in 1949 and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He farmed south of Galva all of his life. He served as Lynn Township Road Commissioner for 25 years, was secretary-treasurer of the rural fire district for 43 years and served for 8 years on the Galva School Board. He was a member of St. John Catholic Church and its Parish Council. He was also a member of the Galva American Legion and their Galva Fusiliers and the FFA Alumni. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed playing cards and going to the casino. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Donald P. "Don" Anderson


GALVA - Donald P. “Don” Anderson, 64, of Galva, died at 8:35 p.m., Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Heartland Health Care Center in Galesburg, from complications of a stroke that had occurred earlier in the month.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Karen Martin will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be held in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Dr. Andrew Tsung at the Illinois Neurological Institute for cancer research.

He was born November 6, 1952 in Galesburg, IL, the son of Virtus and Helen (Palmer) Anderson. He married Christina L. “Chris” Ripp on March 3, 1993 in Denver, CO. She survives, as well as two daughters, Rebecca “Becca” (Crain) Johnson and Miriah Anderson, both of Galva, three grandchildren, Casey, Brayden and Piper Jo Johnson, his mother, Helen Anderson of Galva,  two nephews, Carl and Dale Anderson and his sister-in-law, Karen Anderson. He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Dennis.

Donald graduated from Galva High School in 1970. He currently was working at Caterpillar and had worked as an  assembler but was currently a tool manager. He also operated The Lucky Dog Lodge with his family in rural Galva. He was of the Methodist faith. He enjoyed golfing, attending auctions and collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia. He was a die-hard Denver Bronco’s fan. He loved his family and grandchildren and had great affection for his dogs and at times, for the cat. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

0
comments


Roger Lee Robinson

GALESBURG- Roger Lee Robinson, 65, of Galesburg, died at 10:02 a.m.on Friday, November 25, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials can be directed to the American Diabetes Foundation or the Galesburg District #205 Foundation. 

 

Roger was born on June 27, 1951 in Kewanee, the son of Arthur and Margaret (Ridings) Robinson. He married his high school sweetheart Rebecca "Becky" Kemerling on March 3, 1973 in Kewanee. In addition to Becky, he is survived by a son, Guy (and wife Billie) Robinson of DeKalb; a daughter, Amber (and husband Ben) Kincaid of New York, NY; two grandchildren, Meila and Willow Robinson; and his siblings, Jim (and wife Della) Robinson of Good Hope, GA, Joe (and wife Jean) Robinson of Seneca, IL, Mary (and husband Don) Brady of Neponset, and Raymond (and wife Carol) Robinson of Neponset. He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Roger graduated from Neponset High School in 1969. He had worked as the Director of Buildings and Grounds for Galesburg School District #205, as well as several positions at Hyster in Kewanee. He was a former member of Visitation Catholic Church in Kewanee, and an avid golfer at Baker Park, Lake Bracken Country Club, and Midland Country Club. In addition to golf, he enjoyed fishing, traveling to warmer climates, and spending with family. Roger's final act of kindness was to give the gift of life through tissue donation to the Gift of Hope.  This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Thomas R. Ording



KEWANEE - Thomas R. Ording, 78, of Kewanee, died suddenly at 9:10 a.m., Thursday, November 24, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.Saturday, December 3 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Friday, December 2 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you adopt a family or child in need for Christmas in Tom’s name. He always wanted all children to have nice gifts under the tree.
 
He was born September 16, 1938 in Kewanee, the son of Donald M. and Mildred M. (Johnson) Ording. He is survived by a daughter, Amber Flynn and her husband Kevin, two grandchildren, Keegan and Morgan all of Laguna Niguel, CA. He is also survived by a sister, Donna Carpenter and her children and many additional nieces, nephews and cousins.  He leaves behind many friends and extended family as well as his best friend Judy Moore. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Tom lived his 78 years in Kewanee.  He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1957 and served his community for over 20 years as a fireman for the City of Kewanee. He also worked at Eagles Supermarket where he made many friends. Tom was a long-time member of the Flemish American Club and the Fraternal Order of Moose. He was also a member of the First Methodist Church of Kewanee but regularly attended services with Judy at the First Baptist Church of Kewanee. He enjoyed bingo, Elvis Presley and 50’s music. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Robbie Graf



KEWANEE - Robbie Graf, 28, of Kewanee, died at 9:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Cremation has been accorded and a Celebration of Life service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, November 26 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Bob Sherman will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Public Library.

He was born October 6, 1988 in Kewanee, the son of Harold R. and Gail M. (Walker) Graf Jr. Survivors include his aunts and uncle, Julie Walker and her friend, Clarence Bartz, John (Ann) Wyss and Kris Graf, all of Kewanee and Julie Kaiser and her friend, John VanDran of Williamsfield and cousins, Amanda, Matt, Marc and Katie Graf; Stephanie and Sara Wyss and Bailey, Payten, Logan and Jakab Wright. He was preceded in death by his parents and an uncle, Charles “Chuck” Graf.

Robbie graduated from Kewanee High School in 2007. He was baptized at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC. He was an avid player of video games, especially Pokemon. He thoroughly enjoyed watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune and he also enjoyed reading and going to the Kewanee Public Library. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Andy Huffman

Andy (Bryan Andrew) Huffman, 39, of Bradford/Kewanee passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, November 19. He had fought a courageous battle after a car accident where he sustained a traumatic brain injury in 2005. Andy was born December 18, 1976, the son of Pam & Pat Berlin, Bradford, and Bryan & June Huffman, Kewanee. His mother is one of the toughest people around being his caregiver and guardian after his horrific car accident.

Two of Andy’s best friends, his sisters, are surviving, Angie (Troy) Wall of Bradford and Amber Berlin (Eric Slusser) of Blythewood, SC, whom he protected very fiercely. A step-sister, Stephanie (Tom) Otley also survives; she was also dear in his heart.

Uncle Bubb will never be forgotten by two of his nieces, who were his pride and joy, Kassie and Kendall King. He was a proud uncle that treated them as if they were his own, taking them out to eat when he could, not only to show them off but to get some attention as well. Kaden, Kellen, Kinsley, and Kennedy Wall came after 2005; even though he did not have the chance to spoil them, we know he loved them very much. Even though they will not know each other, his stories will be shared for years to come.

Taylor and Conner Otley were also joys to Andy. He had great times with them and surely stories of the same caliber as Kassie and Kendall.

Jean Kelly, grandmother, Kewanee, will dearly miss Andy and his antics. Margaret Berlin, step-grandmother, Kewanee, has fond memories of Andy as well. Andy is survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins that will greatly miss him.

Aunts, Lisa Kelly & Joyce Friichtenicht, Galesburg, and uncles, Jim Kelly & Darin Marquez, Kewanee, will feel this loss deeply and have been a great support system during these tough times.

Preceding in passing are Jim Kelly, grandfather, Tom & Madge Huffman, grandparents, Jack Berlin, step-grandfather, and Jack & Roberta Peach, step-grandparents.

Andy would have also liked to include best friends Jake Walker, Brock Colgan, Mark Heathcoat, Sarah Burt, Brian Weber, Devon Duncan, Ryan Burt, Vanessa Mannon, and Chris King.

During the last 11 years, Andy had gained a large extended family and that this time we would like to thank them. The staff at Royal Oaks Care Center has gone above and beyond for Andy, in not only his care but also in thoughts and prayers. These kind souls treated him not only as a patient but also like their own son, grandson, brother, and uncle. Andy’s care was exceptional and the family appreciates all the hard work put in by all the individuals at Royal Oaks.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Rev. Paul Copeland of the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Monday, November 28, at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family to be dispersed between Royal Oaks Care Center and Kewanee Humane Society.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Eugene E. Carlson

Eugene E. Carlson, 94, of Kewanee died at 6:15 A.M. Sunday, November 20, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.  Eugene was born November 3, 1922 in Kewanee the son of Nels and Emily Sophie (Hokanson) Carlson.  He attended Greenburg rural school and graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1941.  He served in the army during WWII from 1943-1946 as a Tech 4 Quartermaster. 

Eugene married Elaine Diericks on July 14, 1944 in Ayer, Mass.  She survives along with two sons Richard Carlson of Athens, Il., Kenneth (Diana) Carlson of Andover, Il., four grandchildren Brandon (Tricia) Carlson, Tamara (Jordan) Jones,  Angela (Bob) Galassi, Andrea (Orville) Melancon, nine great grandchildren Aaron, Joseph, Rebecca, David, Josh and Luke Galassi, Cristyn Sanchez, Grace and Anne Carlson and one great great grandson Josh Galassi.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter in infancy and four brothers Mauritz, Albert, Raymond and Roy Carlson.

Eugene was employed for 38 years at the former Kewanee Boiler Corporation retiring in 1986.  He was a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Kewanee American Legion Post #31.  He was a Chicago Cubs fan and lived to see them win a World Series.

A mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Visitation Catholic Church, St. John Paul II Parish.  Fr. John Damaseni Zilimu will officiate.  Burial will be in Mount Olivet cemetery in Kewanee at a later date with military honors accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council.  Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:15 A.M. on Saturday at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee.  Memorials may be directed to Visitation Catholic School, St. John Paul II Parish or Parkinson’s Foundation.  Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Ernestyne Jean McNaught

Ernestyne Jean McNaught, 83, of Kewanee, Il. died at 12:17 A.M. November 16, 2016 at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Jean was born December 12, 1932 in Oskaloosa, Ia the daughter of Friend Evern and Anna Amelia (Baer) Glendenning the youngest of seven children.  She married Eldon Leon McNaught on December 20, 1953 in Kewanee.  He survives along with four children Diana (Rich) Lewis of Kewanee, Ernestyne “Teena” Shreck of Milan, Michael (Dana) McNaught of Joslin, and Gracanne (Stephen) Powell of Pharr, Tx.  Grandchildren include Shaune (Rhonda) Lewis, chad (Amy) Lewis, Mackenzee Lewis and Scott Raley, Valerie (Bryan) Schafer, Melissa Shreck and Stephen Anderson, Nicole (Tommy) DePauw, Ben, Andrew, and Jennifer Hamby, Ashley McNaught Wheeler, Michael McNaught, Eric (Laura) Bjorklund and Kyle Warrenfeltz, six step grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings.

Jean had been employed at Western Union, June-Melodee record shop and worked at Sandy’s in Kewanee when it first opened.  A minister’s daughter she loved her gospel music, playing cards and games of all kinds.  She enjoyed relaxing in her tree swing listening to the waves upon her beach.  She loved to dance and go boating and camping.  She also loved and enjoyed her grandchildren.  She never failed to tithe to her church.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M. Monday, November 28, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee.  Pastor John Knuppel will officiate.  Burial will be in Evergreen Memory gardens, rural Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until the time of services on Monday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Hillcrest Nursing Home to purchase pizzas for the staff or the Kewanee VFW Auxillary.

0
comments


Florence J. Preston

 

Florence J. Preston, 86, formerly of LaFayette, died Sunday, November 20, 2016, at the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.  Cremation has been accorded and a private family memorial service will be held at a later date.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements. 

 

Florence Jane Kosier was born August 9, 1930 in Savanna, IL, the daughter of LeRoy and Jessie Hartman Kosier.  She was educated in Savanna.  Her marriage to Robert L. Preston took place on August 14, 1948 in Mt. Carroll, IL.  He passed away November 28, 2002.

 

She worked at Empire Clothing Manufacturing in Kewanee  from May 1969 until retiring in August of 1992.  Florence enjoyed cooking, camping, and fishing.  She loved her great grandchildren and spending time with her family.

 

Those surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Clifford "Sonny" and Judy Preston, LaFayette, a daughter,  Sharon Abernathy, LaFayette, four grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, two sisters and a brother preceded her in death.

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

0
comments


Judith A. Jones

Judith A. Jones, 71, of Annawan formerly of Mineral died on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Graveside inurnment services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22nd at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.  Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Memorials may be made to Annawan-Alba Rescue Squad. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Judith Phelps was born May 16, 1945 in Geneseo, IL the daughter of Floyd and Anna Mae (Thornbrugh) Phelps.  Judith married Donald VerKruyse, Sr. and later married Bernard “Barney” Jones on Oct. 22, 1984 in Sheffield.  Barney died on April 25, 1991.

 

Judith enjoyed collection cookbooks and doing word searches.

 

Family was always the most important thing to her and she was a loving, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister to her children: David (Tammy) VerKruyse, Annawan, Donna VerKruyse, Annawan, Darlene Welsh, Kewanee, Julie Lofgren, Lakeland, FL, Karen (Todd) Cordrey, Lafayette, IL and John Jones, Annawan; nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and brother, Jerry (Mary) Phelps, Kewanee.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Barney, and son, Duane VerKruyse.

 

Online condolences may be left at Judith’s obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com

0
comments


William W. LaRue III

 William W. LaRue III, 76, of Kewanee, died at 3:35 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born July 18, 1940 in Kewanee, the son of William W. LaRue II and Wilna (Smith) LaRue. Survivors include his two sisters, Marlene (John) Clayton and Jeanneane Nance, both of Kewanee and a sister-in-law, Pat LaRue of Bryant, AR. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gary W. LaRue.

William lived in Boston until returning to Kewanee in 2010. He was a great brother to his siblings. 

Per his wishes cremation has been accorded and there will be no services. Private burial will be held at a later date. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Chester Moore

 

Chester Moore, 99, of Geneseo, formerly of Cambridge died on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at his home at WoodRidge Supportive Living, Geneseo.  Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 21st at Cambridge United Methodist Church, Cambridge.  Rev. Rick McDaniel will officiate.  Inurnment will be at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal with military rites.  Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday at the church with a Masonic Service by Cambridge Lodge No. 49 A.F. & A.M. at 9:30 a.m. on Monday.   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cambridge United Methodist Church.

 

Chester was born Dec. 9, 1916 in Hunter, Kentucky the son of John and Sallie (Collins) Moore.  He was educated in Martin, Kentucky, and he served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  Chester married Mildred Perry on Nov. 30, 1940 in New Stithton, KY.  She died on Sept. 28, 2011.  Chester went to photography school at Halbert School of Photography in Kansas City, MO in 1948.  The couple moved to Cambridge in 1951.  Chester worked as a machine operator at the Rock Island Arsenal for 20 years, retiring in 1971.  He then worked as a maintenance man at Woodhull Plaza, Woodhull for 8 years.

 

Chester was a member of Cambridge United Methodist Church, Grand Lodge of Kentucky A.F. & A.M.  Lodge No. 641.  In his early years he coached Little League and taught a 4-H photography class.  He was a die-hard Cubs fan and enjoyed their winning the World Series.  He also enjoyed playing cards as well as gardening and horseshoes in his younger days.

 

Survivors include children and spouses, Arden and Lorrine Moore, Woodhull, Sheila and George Johnson, O’Fallon, IL, Charlotte and Dave York, Milan, Geri and Dan Birdsall, Lynn Center, Delbert and Lien Moore, Davenport; daughters-in-law, Connie Moore, Galesburg and Judie Moore, Andover;  25 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, eight great great grandchildren; and a sister Nancy Graber, Wadsworth, OH.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two sons, Rod and Nick, and nine brothers and sisters.

 

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

 

0
comments


Beatrice "Joy" Price

Beatrice “Joy” Price, 79, of Kewanee, Il. died November 15, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.

Joy was born December 2, 1936 in Chicago, Il. the daughter of William and Elsie (Strum) Wirtanen, Sr.  She married Delbert Price on June 22, 1957 in Chicago.  He preceded her in death on November 21, 2015.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son Dale Price and a Brother William Wirtanen, Jr.

Surviving are two daughters Annette (Jay) DeValkenaere and Connie (James) Goodrich, one son George Price all of Kewanee, 12 grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Joy had been employed as a CNA in Chicago and at Kewanee Care.  She was a member of the first United Methodist Church of Kewanee. She enjoyed camping, spending time with her family and grandchildren and crocheting.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, November 21, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee.  Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate.  There will be no visitation.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Gerald E. "Jerry" Armstrong

Gerald E. “Jerry” Armstrong, 69 of Annawan died on Monday, Nov. 14, 2016 at his home.  A time of Celebration of His Life will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19th at the home of his nephew at 211 S. Walnut St. in Kewanee.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  Memorials may be given to his family to help with funeral expenses.

 

Jerry was born Nov. 1, 1947 in Kewanee, IL the son of Kenneth and Ethel (Rounds) Armstrong.  He attended Kewanee Schools and spent his life working as a truck driver.  Jerry loved his family and helping others.

 

Survivors include two sisters, Carol Armstrong, Colorado Springs, CO and Beverly Armstrong, Atkinson; a brother, Wayne Armstrong, Mineral and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and great great nieces and great great nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and special friend, Marlene Miller. 

 

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

0
comments


Vivian M. Verstraete

 Vivian M. Verstraete, 93, of Kewanee, Il., died November 12, 2016 at Courtyard Estates at betty’s Memory Garden in Bushnell, Il.,

Vivian was born May 16, 1923 in Kewanee the daughter of Edmond and Constance (Kull) Lammens.  She attended Kewanee Schools.  She married Vernon “Butch” Verstraete on May 22, 1944.  He preceded her in death on May 6, 2006.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Virgie VanWassenhove and Helen VandeWalle.

Surviving are three sons Jim “Buck” Verstraete of Kewanee and his friend Flow of Princeton, Il., John Verstraete of Little Elm, Texas, Don (Mary) Verstraete of Carrolton, Texas and one daughter Connie (Dave) Younglove of Kewanee, five grandchildren Todd (Chrissy) Younglove of Neponset, Il., Andrew (Erica) Verstraete of Kewanee, Leah (John) Galindo of Lewisville, Texas, Matthew Verstraete of Carrolton, Texas, Josh Verstraete of The Colony, Texas, four great grandchildren David Younglove,
Ashtyn Younglove, Rylee Verstraete and Cash Verstraete and many nieces and nephews. 

Over the years, Vivian had worked at McNabb’s Drug Store, Kewanee National Bank and Kewanee Hospital Pharmacy.  Vivian was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee.  She was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bulls fan.  She will be remembered by her great humor and was the life of the party.  Her faith was her rock in life and she was a great prayer warrior.  She found great joy in helping others.  Vivian loved being with family and attending events of the grand and great grandchildren.  She enjoyed playing golf and vacationing with husband Butch in Biloxi, Ms.  After their retirement, they spent the winters in Az.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 18, 2016 at Visitation Catholic Church.  Fr. John Damaseni will officiate.  Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. on Friday, November 17th at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. where the rosary will be recited at 6:45 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Visitation Catholic School, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Kewanee Salvation Army.  Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

0
comments


Deborah Lee Schurer Mayorga


COLEVILLE - Deborah Lee Schurer Mayorga left us on October 1, 2016 at her home in Coleville, CA due to a sudden heart attack. Debbie was born July 7, 1962 in Chicago, the daughter of Donald and Peggy (Shields) Schurer. 

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m.Saturday, November 26, 2016 at St. John Catholic Church in Galva. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to a memorial fund being established by her sons in California.

Debbie attended Wethersfield and Neponset schools, graduating from Neponset. She worked with her grandma Dora Shields in the restaurant business as a server and kitchen assistant during her school years. Later she worked as an accountant in Florida, Colorado and California. Debbie believed that one of the special gifts of this world is relationships. She invested her love and time in her family and friends. She was a warm and caring person who gave up on no one. She was her children and grandchildren’s biggest fan.

She is survived her husband, Joe, her mother and step-father, Peggy and Don England, sons, Michael and Richard Mayorga, grandchildren, Joshua, Nathan and McKenzy, brothers, Michael and Schawn Schurer, step-brothers, Patrick Jr. and Mark Mattman, her aunt, Sandra (Bob) Miles, nieces, Jamie Lee Schurer Thorp and Reyna Raven Schurer, nephew, Jonathan Mychael Schurer and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, grandparents, Bob and Dora Shields and Andreas and Mildred Schurer, uncles, John and Tom Shields and an aunt, Kathi “Crash” Baker.

Her legacy is love and in love she will always be remembered. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Michael Lee Reynolds


KEWANEE - Michael Lee Reynolds, 41, of Kewanee, died at 12:58 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Brooklyn Center, MN.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Thursday, November 17 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Karen Martin will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service. Memorials may be directed to the Michael Reynolds Memorial Fund.

0
comments


Ruth H. Humphrey

 

 

Ruth M. Humphrey, 99, formerly of Cambridge, died Monday, November 14, 2016, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 16th, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church or Hillcrest Home.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Ruth Harriet Franzen was born February 6, 1917 in Orion, the daughter of Charles and Hedvig Ericson Franzen.  She was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1935.  Her marriage to Clarence Humphrey took place on July 3, 1935 in Moline.  He died July 15, 2006.  Ruth worked as a cook at the Cambridge Grade School from 1959 until retiring in 1982.

 

Her memberships included the Cambridge Lutheran Church and the WELCA Naomi Circle.  She enjoyed crocheting and had made Afghans for all her children and grandchildren.  She and her husband had served as Superintendents of 

Horticulture at the Henry County Fair for many years.

 

Those surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Ruth Ann and Ray Newman, Orion, Janis and Vern Moore, Cambridge, a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Pamela Humphrey, Cambridge, nine grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, and 14 great great grandchildren.  Her parents, her husband, a grandson, three great grandchildren, and six sisters preceded her in death.

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

 

0
comments


Paul F. Manthe


KEWANEE- Paul F. Manthe, 83, of Kewanee, passed away at 6:40 a.m., Friday, November 11, 2016 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.


 

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 16 at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee where military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.


 

He was born February 21, 1933 in Kewanee, the son of Merton W. and Mary Ann (Prusator) Manthe. He married Margaret C. Berkes on October 7, 1963 in Kewanee. She preceded him in death on December 2, 1980. Survivors include two sons, Thomas and Dean Manthe of Kewanee, a stepson, Mike Witte and a stepdaughter, Michele Witte. He was also preceded in death by his parents and one sister.


 

Paul had attended Galva High School and served his country in the U.S. Army where he was stationed in Germany. He was a member of St. John Paul II Parish, a fifty-year member of the VFW, and the American Legion. He enjoyed watching football and game shows. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Judy K. Murphy

Judy K. Murphy, 72, of Kewanee, IL. died at 6:36 P.M. Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at her home.  Judy was born July 1, 1944 in Kewanee the daughter of Morris and Margaret (Smith) Rosebeck.  She attended Kewanee schools.

Judy married David Murphy on April 26, 1984 in Lacon, IL.  He survives along with a daughter Roxanne (Jack) Morgan of Kewanee, two grandsons Brian and Steven Lambert.  She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers Sonny, Dean and Lawrence, one sister Mary Ann and one grandson Randy Joe Lambert.

She had been employed at L.R. Nelson Sprinkler Co. in Peoria, Il.  Judy enjoyed spending time with her family.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 16, 2016 in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Kewanee, Il.    Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schunemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Chuck Birdsell


KEWANEE - Chuck Birdsell, 76, of Kewanee, passed away at 2:03 a.m., Monday, November 7, 2016 at Toulon Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee where military rites will be held by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans. 

He was born November 28, 1939 in Orleans, IL, the son of Hartley Roosevelt and Hazel (Turner) Birdsell. He married Irene J. Golden on September 26, 1982 in Kewanee. She survives of Kewanee, as do two sons, Robert (Lisa) Birdsell of Carrollton, IL and Lee (Dranna) Birdsell of Verdigris, OK, three step-children, Gayle (Lou) Padilla of Kewanee, Brian (Vicki) Girkin of Talala, OK and DeeDee (Paul) Sherbeyn of Toulon, a brother, William Birdsell of Springfield, IL, two sisters, Clara (John) Miller of Athens, IL and Velma Douglas of Amarillo, TX and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Ruth Hickey, Ethel Marie Waters and Nancy Lee Birdsell in infancy.

Chuck graduated from Franklin High School and served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. He had worked as a farmhand and as a truck driver. He was a member of the VFW and enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Joseph D. Schillinger

Joseph David Schillinger, 85, of Geneseo, passed away Monday, November 07, 2016 and Unity Point Health –Trinity, Rock Island.   A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, November 12th at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 8948 N. 1900 Ave., Geneseo.  Burial will follow at the St. John’s Cemetery.  A time for seeing Joe’s family, sharing memories, and lunch will follow until 2:00 pm at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to his church for trees or plantings on the church grounds or to the Geneseo International Thanksgiving Fellowship Program of which Joe and his family have participated in since 1963, hosting over 100 guests in their farm home.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Joe was born in a Coal Valley farm home on August 7, 1931.  The first child of a family of 6, to Ferd and Grace (Kilby) Schillinger, Joe grew up learning and loving farming and family.  He graduated in 1949 from Orion High School.  He was united in marriage to Margo Betcher on November 27, 1955.  They continued farming and were blessed with a family of 3 children.  He loved feeding cattle and talking with other cattlemen and farmers, always learning.

 

He learned to weld, finding a way to repair most anything.  He enjoyed his family.  In later years, he had time to watch ball games, do crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles, visit shut-ins, and attend bible studies.  He was an excellent speller and never met a stranger.

 

Surviving are his wife, Margo; sons: Kem (Linda), and Drew D. (Cathy) Schillinger, all of Geneseo, IL; daughter: Susan (Michael) Church of Nashville, TN; grandchildren: Joseph J. and Ben Schillinger of Geneseo, IL, Erin Schillinger of Moline, IL, Katie (Zach) Bryant of Washington, NE, Brittany Church of New York City, NY, and Scott Church of Chicago, IL; step-grandchildren: Richard Denkmann of Geneseo, IL, and Lisa Bear of NC; brothers: John of Moline, IL, Richard (Diane) of Lynne Center, IL; and sisters: Carol (Bob) Reese, Sunny (Jim) Moorhusen both of Cordova, IL, and Sharon (Lon) Pirkl of Geneseo, IL.

 

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

                                              

0
comments


Helen J. Cantwell



KEWANEE - Helen J. Cantwell, 89, of Kewanee, passed away at 7:25 a.m., Sunday, November 6, 2016 at her home.

Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Wednesday, November 9 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded and a graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m.Thursday, November 10 at Pleasant View Cemetery. Fr. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.

She was born November 21, 1926 in West Jersey, IL, the daughter of Ira and Catherine (Reintjes) Chamberlain. She married Harold D. Cantwell on September 27, 1945 in Wyoming, IL and he preceded her in death on July 13, 2006. Survivors include two daughters, Delores “Dody” “Dee” Dailey of Kewanee and Diane (Michael) Atkinson of Macomb, IL, three grandchildren, Troy Dailey of Daytona Beach, FL, Melissa Thompson of Port Orange, FL and Crystal D. (Shawn) Summy of Kewanee and six great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and a brother in infancy.

Helen had worked as an assembler at Breeze Inc. until her retirement in 1985 and also had worked at the Henry County Health Department doing home healthcare. She was of the Catholic faith. She loved her pet cats and enjoyed her flower gardens, listening to country music, going to garage sales and collecting knickknacks and antiques. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments


Randy J. DeVenney

Randy J. DeVenney, 56, of Kewanee, died at 7:15 a.m., Sunday, October 30, 2016 at his home.

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m.Saturday, November 12 at the American Legion in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

0
comments


Lloyd T. Cleair

Lloyd T. Cleair, 97, of Davenport, formerly of Atkinson, passed away Sunday, November 6, 2016 at Bickford Cottage in Davenport.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, November 10th at Atkinson Congregational Church.  Rev. Jacob Stansberry will officiate.  Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery Atkinson, where Military Honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion Post.  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Wednesday at Vandemore Funeral Homes, Atkinson, followed by a Masonic Lodge Ritual will be at 7 pm by Stewart Masonic Lodge #92 AF & AM.  Memorials may be made to the Atkinson Congregational Church.

 

Lloyd was born on November 7, 1918 in Melcher-Dallas, Monroe County, IA, the son of Minos and Florence (Ream) Cleair.  He graduated from Melcher-Dallas High School.  He proudly served in the US Navy during WWII.  He was united in marriage to May McEldowney on July 3, 1940 in Tipton, IA.  She preceded him in death in 2005.  Lloyd farmed in rural Atkinson for many years as well as worked at I.H. works in East Moline as a layout inspector for 23 years, from which he retired in 1979.

 

Lloyd was a member of the Atkinson Congregational Church, Stewart Masonic Lodge #92 AF & AM, and the Atkinson American Legion.  He enjoyed woodworking, wood carving, golfing, and deer hunting.  He loved spending time with his family, especially attending all the grandkids sporting events.

 

He is survived by his children: Denis (Rose) Cleair of Geneseo, IL, Katherine (Bob) Ruser of Davenport, IA, Kenny (JoAnn) Cleair of Arcadia, MO, Janet (Dennis) Passini of Coal Valley, IL, Larry (Beverly) Cleair of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Jerry (Jan) Cleair of Joplin, MO; 9 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, May, his parents, 2 sisters, and 2 brothers.

 

The family would love to thank the Bickford Cottage, Davenport and Beacon of Hope Hospice for the wonderful care they gave to Lloyd and the care they’ve extended to the family.

 

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

                                              

0
comments


Patrick H. Gray

Patrick H. Gray, 87, of Colona, passed away November 3, 2016, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  A Funeral Service celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, November 8th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4–7 PM   on Monday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to the Patrick Gray Memorial Fund.

 

Patrick was born on April 11, 1929 in Carrolltown, PA, the son of Thomas and Marie (Troxeller) Gray. Pat was united in marriage to Shirley A Schweninger on April 28, 1950 in Geneseo, IL.  She preceded him in death in 2007. 

 

Pat had been employed at the C.D. Ford and Sons in Geneseo for 16 years.  He later was employed as a repairman at the John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline for 26 years, retiring in 1990.  He was of the Catholic faith and was a member of the UAW #865.  He helped start the Geneseo Little League Baseball program.  He enjoyed fishing, taking care of his yard, ten pin bowling where he was one of the original inductees into the Hall of Fame.        

 

 

He is survived by his children: Gary (Diane) Gray of Geneso, IL, Carolyn (Chuck) Stock of  Loveland, CO, Larry (Jane) Gray of Osco, IL, Jack Gray of Farmington, IL, Steven (Stephanie) Gray of Silvis, IL, and Ron (Jeannie) Gray of Seaton, IL; 19 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren, 8 step-grandchildren and 10 step great grandchildren; brother: Tom Gray of Geneseo, IL, sister: Lorraine Jennings, TX.; and special friend Jeannene Tournear of Atkinson, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, his parents, 1 brother and 4 sisters.

 

 

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

                                                       

0
comments


Alice L. Hutchinson

Alice L. Hutchinson 89 of Geneseo passed away on Saturday November 5, 2016 at the Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term care Unit, Geneseo. Funeral services celebrating her life will be held 10:00 A.M. Wednesday November 9 at the First United Methodist Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow in the Liberty Cemetery, Rural Atkinson. Visitation for Alice will be Tuesday from 4-7 PM at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo.  Memorials may be left to the First United Methodist Church, the Geneseo Food Pantry, or State Road Church.

 

Alice was born on December 17, 1926 in Wethersfield Twp., rural Kewanee, the daughter of Carl & Verla (Werkheiser) Bates. She graduated from the Wethersfield High School in 1944. She was united in marriage to Wilbur Hutchinson on April 14, 1946 in Kewanee, Wilbur passed away in 1993. Alice was devoted farm wife,  she and Wilbur farmed in rural Atkinson, and they operated Hutchinson Trucking for many years before moving to Geneseo 1985. She was a very active and devoted member of the First United Methodist Church, Geneseo where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was an avid quilter and member of the Geneseo Community Quilters.  Alice was an avid card player in three card groups, and belonged to sewing groups as well. She was a member of the Women of the Moose, and Alice had belonged to the State Road Church and the Burns Township Social Circle. She loved her family and spending time with all of them.

 

Survivors include her children Diane McCann, Moline; Darla (Mark) Anderson, Geneseo; and Darrell (Doris) Hutchinson, Atkinson; Grandchildren Amy (Brian) Bogner, Darren Hutchinson, Alison(Doug) Tomczak, Mike McCann, Adam Anderson, Aaron(Keely) Anderson, and Ashley (Garrett) Mangan, Kurt Hutchinson and Tony Hutchinson; Great Grandchildren:  Addison, Hudson, Owen, Sadie, Zach, and Matthew;  Sisters: Donna Nelson, Geneseo, and Phyllis(Alvin)Hepner, Kewanee Brother Earl Bates, Kewanee, And her Sister-in-law Carol Bates, Galva

 

Alice was preceded in death by Her Parents,  husband Wilbur;  one son Dennis Hutchinson October 25, 2016; 2 brothers: Tom and Eddie; 2 sisters Lois Dienst and Doris Bickers

 

 

Share a message of sympathy and light a candle in her Memory with Alice’s family at: vandemorefuneralhome.com

0
comments


Russel J. Kern

 

Russell J. Kern, 78, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, November 2, 2016, All Saints Day, at UnityPoint Health - Methodist Hospital, Peoria.  Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 8th, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge.  Father John Burns will officiate.  Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, with military services.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church with a parish rosary at 4:30.  Memorials may be made to the Russell Kern Memorial Fund.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangement.

 

Russell James Kern was born January 11, 1938 in Mosinee, Wisconsin, the son of Arthur and Martha Oprzendek Kern.  He was raised and educated in Gary, Indiana, and graduated from Lew Wallace High School in 1956.  He served in the U. S. Army from March 7, 1962 until retiring with the rank of Staff Sergeant on December 18, 1970.  Russell served a one year tour of duty in Vietnam and received the National Defense Service Medal, a Bronze Star Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze Service Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, and the Good Conduct Medal.

 

He was employed at U. S. Steel in Gary from 1970 to 1980.  He moved to Tulsa, OK, and worked at the University of Tulsa until retiring in 2000.  Russell then did some part time work in the Tulsa area until moving to Cambridge in 2003.  His memberships included the Cambridge American Legion Post No. 417 and St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge.  Russell was a lifetime member of the Izaak Walton League of Geneseo.  He enjoyed fishing and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packer fan.

 

Those surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Theresa and Matt Moody, Cambridge, grandchildren, Kayleigh Stone (fiancé-Wade Brewer, Rhiannon Kiefer, Hunter Kiefer, Marine Corporal Christopher Fox, Hailey Moody, Kyle Moody, and several great grandchildren.  Other survivors include, four children from his first marriage, James (Alberta) Nettles, Amelia Rose Kern, Marcia (Dino) Travlino, and Elwood Nettles, a grandson, Jimmy (Katrina) Nettles, several other grandchildren and great grandchildren, a brother, Jerome (Mary) Kern, Lansing, IL, a sister, Joan Lodovisi, Indianapolis, IN, and a goddaughter, Lisa Lewandowski.  His parents, a brother-in-law, Vic Lodovisi, and a nephew, Larry Lodovisi, preceded him in death.

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

 

0
comments


Ronald R. Coppejans

Ronald R. Coppejans, 84, of Annawan, passed away Tuesday, November 01, 2016 at 4:56 a.m. surrounded by his loving family at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, November 5th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan.  Rev. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Atkinson.  Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Friday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.  Memorials may be left to the Annawan-Alba Fire and Rescue, the Annawan Library, the Howes Park Community Center, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.

 

Ronald was born August 17, 1932 in Geneseo, the son of Raymond and Selma (Mariman) Coppejans.  He was a 1951 graduate of Atkinson High School.  Ronald was united in marriage to Margaret A. Powell on June 6, 1953, at Sacred Heart Church, Annawan.  Ronald began working in construction at the young age of 16.  He was an accomplished farmer in Mineral for 31 years while perfecting his carpentry skills with B & B Builders from Sterling, IL.  In 1980, he co-partnered with his son(s) to open Coppejans Construction, Inc.  He retired in 2010, but continued to do handyman jobs for friends and neighbors.

 

Ronald was a member of Sacred Heart Parish and the Annawan Bolders Club.  He loved family get-togethers, especially during the holidays.  He was an avid, sometimes boisterous, fan of his children and grandchildren’s sporting events.  Ronald enjoyed reading his handyman magazines, watching sports on T.V., and sitting on his back patio.

 

Margaret is left to cherish their (63) years of memories, along with their five children: Bonnie Baker, Tampa Bay, FL; Dan (Sherrie) Coppejans, Silvis; Kenny (Lu Anne) Coppejans and Allan (Kathy) Coppejans, Annawan; and Scott (Kim) Coppejans, El Paso; their twelve grandchildren: Lindsay (Ivan) Sulic, Braeden Fetterman, Ashley (Jamie) Michaux, Chelsea Baker, Jared (Brandy Rakowski), Halee (Josh) Carpenter, Autumn (Ryan Howell) Coppejans, Alex Coppejans, Michael (Alcia) Barnett, Erica (Dan) Anderson, Jake DeJaeger, Dalton Coppejans, Ryan Coppejans, Jordyn Coppejans, and Hannah Coppejans; great-grandchildren: Mila Sulic; Aidan and Brinnley Coppejans, Joey and Abby Rakowski, Jenna Ohda; Lincoln, Landon, Lane Barnett, Cash, and Sawyer Anderson; and his siblings; Arthur (Janet) Coppejans, James (Darlene) Coppejans, , and Roseann (Clint) Warren, Geneseo; and Marietta Andrews, Buda.

 

Ronald is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters-in-laws, Katherine Powell and Grace Powell Taets; and three brother-in-laws, Virgil Powell, Stanley Taets, and Donny Andrews.

 

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

0
comments


Zelma P. Stufflebeam

Zelma P. Stufflebeam, 84, of Geneseo, passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Graveside services will be at 2:00 pm on Monday at Agency Cemetery in Agency, IA.  Visitation will be held 1 hour prior (1-2 pm) to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Geneseo Good Samaritan Village, First United Methodist Church, or the American Heart Association.

 

Zelma was born on October 8, 1932 in Ottumwa, Wapello County, IL, the daughter of Clyde and Wanda (Davis) Bailey.  She graduated from Ottumwa High School and then went on to the X-ray Technician School of St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa.  She married Richard C. Hendricks and later divorced.  She married Raymond P. Stufflebeam on September 17, 1995.  He preceded her in death on November 20, 2010.  Zelma had worked at J.I. Case and WHBF before becoming a homemaker after her daughter Beth was born.  Zelma was a member of First United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed genealogy, weaving, sewing, ceramics, traveling, and jig saw puzzles.

 

She is survived by her daughter: Beth (Ken) Roberts of East Moline, IL; step-sons: John (Sunny) Stufflebeam of Serena, IL, Terry (Jeanne) Stufflebeam of Colona, IL, and Michael (Deborah) Stufflebeam of Indianapolis, IN; grandchildren: Tess, Sadie; 1 great grandchild; 11 step-grandchildren; 8 step-great grandchildren; sister: Dorothy Darland of Rock Island, IL; and many loving  nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond; brothers: Francis, Robert, and Rex Bailey; sisters: Fern Kirfman and Faye Melton; and a brother and sister in infancy.

 

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

                                                       

0
comments


Doris M. Abernathy

 


Doris M. Abernathy, 88, of Galva, went to be with the Lord Jesus on Sunday, October 30, 2016, at Kewanee Care Nursing Home.  Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 5th, at the Galva Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Ivan Brake will officiate.  Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Galva Assembly of God Church.

 

Doris Maxine Jennings was born September 7, 1928 in Macomb, IL, the daughter of Herman and Violet Hulsey Jennings.  She graduated from Rushville (IL) High School in 1946 and attended the School of Nursing at Saint Francis Hospital in Macomb in 1949 and became a Licensed Practical Nurse.  Her marriage to Wayne L. Abernathy took place on April 15, 1950 in Quincy, IL.

 

She worked at the Wasson Nursing Home and Galva Manor room and board, retiring after 28 years.  Doris was a member of the Galva Assembly of God Church for 56 years, where she enjoyed going on Sundays.  She also loved odd things that no one else liked, and watched television, especially channel Me TV.

 

Those surviving are her husband, Wayne, two daughters, Katrina "Tina" Abernathy and Tonya L. Abernathy, all of Galva, a daughter-in-law, Sharon Abernathy, LaFayette, two grandson, Bard (Marlo) Abernathy, Galesburg, Kipp (Michelle Offill) Abernathy, Rock Falls, IL, four great grandchildren, Zach, Bryce, Krayten, and Kieryn Abernathy, a sister-in-law, Jenny Jennings, Galva, two nieces, Sharon (Frank) Bainbridge, Galva, and Pam (Leonard) Nicolay, Kewanee.  Also surviving are special friends, Ron Hepner, Ruth Hepner, Brandon Macklin, Mike and Karen Rohrig, Drew and Krystal Dirks, all of Galva, and Lenny, Jenny, and Aribella Fryer of Galesburg.  Her parents, a son, Timothy, a sister, Shirley, and a brother, Gene, preceded her in death.

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

0
comments


Frances L. Lyons

 

 

Frances L. Lyons, 84, of Geneseo, passed away October 31, 2016 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  A Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, November 4th at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo.  Father S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Burial will follow at North Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be held prior to the mass from 12 noon- 1:30 pm at the church. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Humane Society or Woodridge Activity Fund.

 

Frances was born on September 12, 1932 in Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Charles and Selma (Gabriel) VanVooren.  She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1950.  She was united in marriage to Robert E. Lyons on September 14, 1952 in St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo.  He preceded her in death in 2014.  Frances owned and operated Lyons Catering Service for many years.  She was also a bookkeeper for the former Klingler Locker Plant/ Frozen Food Center and also baked wedding cakes.

 

Frances was a member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church and Altar & Rosary Circle #13/14.  She enjoyed her birds, flower gardening, and baking.  One of her favorite things to do was to sit on her porch swing and enjoy the flowers.  Most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

 

She is survived by her daughters: Connie (Gerald Scott) Shaffer of Oshkosh, WI, Mary Jo (Scott) Kappelman of Orion, IL, and Cindy (Ken) Reeves of Annawan, IL; grandchildren: Kristopher and Zachary Shaffer, Dustin and Brett “BJ” Stees; great grandchildren: Nathan, Gavin, Madilyn, Kane;  several step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; and her sister: Beverly Christensen of CO.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert and her parents.

 

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

                                              

0
comments


Randy J. DeVenney

Randy J. DeVenney, 56, of Kewanee, died at 7:15 a.m., Sunday, October 30, 2016 at his home.

 

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

0
comments


Donald E. Wheeler

 

 

Donald E. Wheeler, 88, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Peoria, from injuries received in a motorcycle accident.  A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:30 am on Thursday, November 3rd at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo.  Father S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be held 1 hour prior (9:30 -10:30 am) at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Moose Lodge #990.   Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Donald was born on November 22, 1927 in Canton, IL, the son of Dewey and Mary (Marinich) Wheeler.  He graduated from Canton High School.  He proudly served in the U.S. Navy.  Donald was united in marriage to Zelma Fischer on November 3, 1951 in Canton, IL.  She preceded him in death in 2006.  He owned and operated the D & Z Sewing Center in Geneseo with his wife Zelma for over 40 years.

 

Donald was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church.  He also belonged to the Geneseo Moose Lodge and was a former member of the Geneseo Lions Club.  He enjoyed golfing and fishing.

 

He is survived by his daughters: Phyllis Hezlep of Bartonville, IL, Deb (David) Williams of Geneseo, IL; sons: Tom (Elizabeth) Wheeler of Geneseo, IL, Ron (Deb) Wheeler of Geneseo, IL; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Bill) Loftus, Neilee Hezlep, Ken (Violet) Wheeler, Alyssa Wheeler, Nathan (Pearl) Wheeler, Karen Wheeler, Benjamin Wheeler, Gwen Wheeler; great grandchildren: Madolyn, Kenleigh, Addison, Julia, Austin, Tyler; sister: Joan Simms of Peoria, IL; brothers: Bernard Wheeler of New Orleans, LA, Fred Wheeler, Ottawa, IL, and David Wheeler of Canton, IL; and special friend: Nina Zimmerman of Hanna City, IL.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Zelma and his parents.

 

 

 

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

0
comments


Bernard W. “Bernie” Correll

 

Bernard W. “Bernie” Correll, 69, of Rodanthe, NC, formerly of Geneseo, passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, November 4th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.  Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate.  Burial will follow at Rock Island National Cemetery, where Military Honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW post # 5083.  Visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Q.C. Honor Flight.

 

Bernie was born on November 8, 1946 in Chicago, IL, the son of Warren and Helen (Swartz) Correll.  He graduated from Mattoon High School and went on the attend Black Hawk College welding school.  He was united in marriage to Rosalie Schwerman on June 16, 1966.  She preceded him in death in 1993.  He later married Deborah Holliday on July 20, 1996.  Bernie proudly served our country in the U.S. Army from 1966-1968 during the Vietnam War.  He worked at John Deere Harvester Works as a welder/ assembler for 30 years, from which he retired from in 2004.

 

Bernie was a member of St. Malachy’s Catholic Church, the Geneseo Moose Lodge, and a lifetime member of the VFW.  He also belonged to the Hog Chapter (Harley owners group).  He loved being outdoors.  He enjoyed visiting with people and never met a stranger.

 

He is survived by his wife, Deb; son: B.J. (Hannah) Correll of Katy, TX; daughter: Angela Correll of Geneseo, IL; step daughters: Angela (Ken) Minton of Apopka, FL, Lola (Darrin) Hanson of East Moline, IL; 9 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; brothers: Dennis (Kathryn) Correll of Punta Gorda, FL, and Leslie (Karen) Correll of Neoga, IL.

 

 He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Rosalie, his daughter Amy Jo, and his son Joseph Correll.

 

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

                                                       

0
comments


Patricia Ann Owens



KEWANEE - Patricia Ann Owens, 85, of Kewanee, passed away Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Home.

She was born October 25, 1931 in Galesburg, IL, the daughter of Wm and Elma (Johnson) Hofmann. She married Clarence Charles Owens on May 20, 1950 in Cambridge, IL and he preceded her in death on May 11, 2004. Survivors include her brother, Billy Hofmann (Helen) of Winter Park, FL; son, Robert Owens (Debra) of Wilmington, IL; daughters, Carol Lawrence (Jack) of Atkinson, IL; Susan Molinarolo (William) of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Melissa Walker (Kevin) of Carlinville, IL; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Aidra Hofmann and one son, Jeffrey Owens.

Those who know her best will remember her for her faith in God, her cooking (pies, fudge and no-bake cookies), her hobbies, and her love of rose bushes. Pat was an active member in her church and in many of their organizations.

Pat and Clarence spent many years square dancing and were active members at the First United Methodist Church. Pat was an active member of a Kewanee Care Auxilary Group making Kewanee Hog Day Flags for many years. She enjoyed sewing and made quilts for those she loved. She was a Girl Scout Leader at Lyle School for all three of her daughters. She loved reading and you could always depend on her being where she said she would be. Her family was her pride and joy.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Saturday, November 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Paul Copeland 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 First United Methodist Church. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

0
comments