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Merna Jo Miller

Merna Jo Miller, 79, of Mineral, IL, passed away Saturday, December 24, 2016 at Unity Point Health in Rock Island, IL.  Private graveside funeral services were held at Mineral Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Geneseo Humane Society.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Merna Jo was born on May 26, 1937 in Heavener, OK, the daughter of Orlie and Monte (Tefft) Offenbacker.   She was united in marriage to Donald C. Miller.  He preceded her in death in 2003.  Merna worked for Martin Title Company in Rock Island as a title researcher for many years.  She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading and her dogs. 

 

She is survived by her daughter: Kathryn L. (Kevin) DeJaeger of Geneseo, IL; son: Russell D. Roth of Moline, IL; step-son: Duane (Lori) Miller of Annawan, IL; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

 

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

 

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Catherine J. Larson



GALVA - Catherine J. Larson, 98, a resident of the Hillcrest Home and formerly of Galva and Altona, died at 3:53 p.m., Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Saturday, December 31 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altona. Rev. Tim Anderson will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Altona. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Galva Public Library, the Galva Ministerial Association, P.E.O. Sorority, Hillcrest Home Activities Fund, Abilities Plus or to Immanuel Lutheran Church. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements. 

She was born June 1, 1918 in Dallas City, IL, the daughter of James and Elma Gene (Anderson) Crum. She married Hubert S. Larson on February 18, 1951 in Altona and he preceded her in death July 18, 2013. Survivors include her son, Jim (Deb) Larson of Altona, three grandchildren, Timothy P. Larson of Palo Alto, CA, Shawn A. Larson of Clark, MO and Matthew C. Farrell of Altona, two great grandchildren, Simon A. Larson of Clark, MO and Michael C. Farrell of Peoria, a brother, William (Eleanor) Crum of Ashville, NC, a sister, Virginia Lawhorn of Bettendorf, IA, a sister-in- Carole Crum of Dallas City, IL and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Mary, four brothers, Andrew, Paul, Bob and John and three nephews.

Catherine attended Fairview Elementary School in rural Disco. She graduated as Salutatorian in 1936 from LaHarpe High School and as Salutatorian in 1940 from Knox College. She also attended the University of Minnesota. She taught school at LaHarpe, Mt. Zion and R.O.V.A. schools for 10 years until her marriage. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church where she had been the secretary and treasurer, a Sunday School teacher and a part of the Mary Martha Group. She had also been a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1941 and the Knox County Home Extension. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
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Marjorie C. Vandersnick

 

 

Marjorie C. Vandersnick, 93, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, December 25, 2016 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL.  As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo, and no services will be held.  Inurnment will be at St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Atkinson.

 

Marjorie was born on October 31, 1923 in Atkinson, IL, the daughter of H. Ben and Lois (Plummber) Atwell.  She graduated from Atkinson High School and was united in marriage to LeRoy J. Vandersnick on February 9, 1946 in Atkinson, IL.  He preceded her in death in 1984.

 

Marjorie had been employed by the Rumler Insurance Agency in Atkinson for 30 years, retiring in 1978.  She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church.  She also belonged to the Royal Neighbors of America and Women of the Moose in Geneseo.

 

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William K. Rickman Jr.

William K. Rickman, Jr.

 

William K. Rickman, Jr., 86, of Osco, IL, passed away on Sunday, December 25, 2016 at Unity Point – Trinity in Rock Island.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, December 29th at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo.  Rev. Lynn Bergren will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo.  Visitation will be held 1 hour (10-11 AM) prior to the service at the church.  Memorials may be made to the Osco/ Andover Fire Department or the Cambridge Ambulance.  Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

William was born on June 13, 1930 in Geneseo, IL, the son of William and Leona (Kane) Rickman.  He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1948.  He was united in marriage to Joyce R. Stenzel on February 18, 1951 in Geneseo, IL.  She preceded him in death in 2011.  William was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in rural Osco, IL.  He also served in the Army Reserves.  He has been a long time member of First Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family.

 

He is survived by his daughter: Deborah (Scott) Hawkins of Elmhurst, IL; son: Rodger (Stephanie) Rickman of Geneseo, IL; grandchildren: Royce (Jen) Rickman of Davenport, and David Rickman of Osco, IL; and great grandchildren: Brook and Bryli Rickman.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife 2 sisters, Marjorie Neulieb and Helen Brown, and 2 infant sons.

 

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Dennis K. Rapp

 

Dennis K. Rapp, 64, of Cambridge, died Saturday, December 24, 2016, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Cremation had been accorded and a private graveside service will be held on Friday, December 30th, at the Bishop Hill Cemetery.  Rev. David Joyce will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Society.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Dennis Keith Rapp was born January 24, 1952 in Kewanee, the son of Lawrence F. and Mildred L. Lundeen Rapp.  He attended Galva schools and graduated from Galva High School in 1970.  He was employed at Regal Pack in Lynn Center, Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo, and he last worked at the Cambridge Library.

 

Those surviving are sisters and brothers-in-law, Elaine and Raymond VanSkike, Monmouth, Sharon and Gerry Verstraete, Moline, Pat and John Seys, Coal Valley, Cindy and Marv VanDyke, Cambridge, a brother and sister-in-law, Harland and Cindy Rapp, Cambridge, a sister-in-law, Donna Rapp, Cambridge, and several nieces and nephews.  His parents, two brothers, Gary and Howard Rapp, and a niece, Dana VanDyke, preceded him in death.

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

 

 

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Phillip Gene Collinson



VICTORIA - Phillip Gene Collinson, 85, of Victoria, died at 12:20 p.m., Thursday, December 22, 2016 at his home surrounded by his loved ones.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.Thursday, December 29 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.Wednesday, December 28 at the funeral home. Military rites will be accorded by the Victoria American Legion. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Illinois Patriot Guard or to a local American Legion or VFW.

He was born October 30, 1931 in Victoria, the son of Johnnie Russell and Lois (Pennington) Collinson. He married Charlene Jeanette Woosley on June 17, 1956 in Victoria and she preceded him in death on February 21, 2014. Survivors include three daughters, Elaine (Bob) Curry of Oneida, Vicky (Danny "Buzzard") Cantwell of Kewanee, and Kim (Clay) Locke of Victoria, eleven grandchildren, Rebecca Curry, Angela (Cesar) Jimenez, Marc Curry, Pauline (Zach) Asbury, Shannon Lee (Kathy) Cantwell, Jason Michael (Janie) Cantwell, Christine Locke (Luke Ploshay), Cody Locke, Clayton (Daleann) Locke, Jennifer Locke and Brad Locke, nineteen great grandchildren with baby Luke on the way, Elena, Emma and Thalia Jimenez, Dylan Cantwell and his fiancé Candace Palmer, Jacob, Timmy, Phillip, Ryan and Chase Cantwell, Junior and Kyler Sward, Kelton and Brett Locke, Tyler and Katie Chase, MaKayla and Austin Locke, Waylon Asbury and Hudson Locke and a great-great granddaughter, Leah. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Phillip was in the 1st graduating class of ROVA High School in 1949. He served his country in the   U.S. Army, working the front lines during the Korean War. He farmed for many years and worked at Admirals/Maytag in Galesburg for 42 years. He was of the Methodist faith and was a member of the Victoria American Legion. Over the years he enjoyed his pets and his automobiles and he also enjoyed fishing, hunting and doing his chores. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Amy M. Johnson

Amy M. Johnson, 40, of Kewanee, died Saturday, December 24, 2016, at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.  Cremation has been accorded and there will be a memorial visitation from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, December 30th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.  Memorials may be made to the family.

 

Amy Marie Johnson was born November 24, 1976 in Geneseo, the daughter of Todd  & Diana (Brown) Johnson.  She was educated in Geneseo and graduated from the J.D. Darnall High School in 1995.  She received her associates degree in business management from the Stanford Business College.  Amy was a homemaker and enjoyed painting and selling rocks at area flea markets.  She loved crocheting, training horses, and spending time with her granddaughter, and her nieces and nephews

 

Those surviving are a son, Lucas Johnson, Cambridge, a daughter, Dallas Weis, Kewanee, a granddaughter,     Bailey-Ann Weis, Kewanee, her parents, Todd and Diana Johnson, Cambridge, grandparents, Christine Keim, Geneseo, Leo and Elizabeth Johnson, East Moline, and, two sisters, Chasity (Nicholas) Brown,  Kewanee, Nicole (Nicholas) Catour, Cambridge, and a brother, Todd R. (Kaley) Johnson, Jr., Cambridge.  Other survivors include three nieces, Kalynn, Kylie, and Emily, and four nephews, Payton, Ryle, Byron, and Collin.  Her grandfather, Wendell Keim, and longtime friend, Duane Weis, preceded her in death

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Robert L. Reddig

Robert L. Reddig 84, of Geneseo passed away on Friday December 23, 2016 at the Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. Funeral services Celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday December 28 at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow in the North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation for Robert will be 1 Hour prior to the Services (10:00A.M.-11:00)Wednesday. Memorials may be left to the Robert L. Reddig Memorial Fund.

 

Robert was born on June 3, 1932 in Milan, Illinois the son of LeRoy & Irene Reddig. He served our country in the U.S. National Guard. He was united in marriage to Alice Mae Heath on April 12, 1952, and she passed away February 24, 2013. Robert was the Head Produce Buyer/Vice President at the former Eagle Foods Warehouse in Milan for 40 Years from which he then retired. He enjoyed fishing, camping and an occasional trip to the Riverboat.

 

Survivors include his daughter Cindy (Jack) Barnett, Colona, his Son Robert L. (Debra) Reddig , Owasso, OK., 2 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren, a Brother Keith (Peggy) Reddig, Colona,   2 Nephews & 2 Nieces .

 

Robert was preceded in death by his parents and his Wife Alice.

 

 

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Mary M. Dobbels

Mary M. Dobbels, 91, of rural Geneseo, died on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at her home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 28th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St., Geneseo.    Deacon Art Ries will officiate.   Private burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Atkinson.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Wednesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Geneseo Humane Society. 

 

Mary Mae VanHerzeele was born Aug. 30, 1925 in Faith, South Dakota the daughter of Louis and Sophie (VanHeireweghe) VanHerzeele.  The family moved to the family farm east of Geneseo when Mary was two years old and she lived and operated the family farm all of her life.  Mary had married Robert Dobbels on April 24, 1948 in Geneseo.  Besides farming Mary had also been a rural mail carrier for the Geneseo Post Office.  She was of the catholic faith and loved horses and sheep and all animals.

 

Survivors include three daughters Barb (Larry) Walters, Cindy Deakin, and Pam (Bob) Olson, all of Geneseo; four grandchildren, Brad Walters, Adam Olson, Lisa (Roger) Woolums and Kaler Deakin; great granddaughter, Ellianna Woolums; and special nephew, Wayne Schefsky.  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Al VanHeireweghe, sister, Clara Schefsky, and grandson, Chad Olson.

 

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John E. Mitchell

John E. Mitchell, 88, of Kewanee, Il. died at 6:00 P.M. Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at the emergency room OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded.  There will be no local services.  Burial will be in Baudette, Minnesota in 2017.  A complete obituary will be published at a later date.  The Schueneman-Tumbleson funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.

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Luella Mae Heise

Luella Mae (Watson) Heise, 79, of rural Kewanee, died at 6:42 P.M. December 16, 2016 at OSF St Francis Hospital in Peoria, Il.

Luella was born October 8, 1937 in Kewanee, Il. the daughter of Joseph and Verna May (Dennis) Watson, Sr.   She graduated from Kewanee High School and the St. Francis School of Nursing and was employed at several hospitals and nursing homes during her 25 year career.

She married Duane Heise on August 12, 1962.  He survives along with two daughters Susan (Nelson) Valerio of Garden Grove, California, Kendra (Brian) Showalter of Marquette Heights, IL., three grandsons Brandon Valerio, Noah and Joel Showalter, three granddaughters April (Robbie ) Casillas, Audrie (Rigo) Avila, Marilyn Showalter, three great grandsons Adrian and Ronnie Avila and Nathan Casillas, one sister Margaret Watson of Kewanee, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Joseph Watson, Jr.

 

Luella was a member of Church of Peace, rural Kewanee, its Women’s Guild, Peacemakers and Ruth Circle.   She taught Sunday school and had served as a 4-H leader for many years.  Luella enjoyed knitting, crocheting and spending time with her family.  Christmas was her favorite time of the year and she will be remembered for her homemade caramels and treats and spoiling the grandchildren.

 

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, December 26, 2016 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  Pastor Dan Craig will officiate.  Burial will be in the Garden of Peace Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9-11 A.M. Monday at the funeral home.  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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Elinor J. Markezich

 

Elinor J. Markezich, 91, of Geneseo, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo. 

A Memorial Mass celebrating her life will be held at a later date in Chicago.  Inurnment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Calumet City, IL.  As per her wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.

 

Elinor was born on December 31, 1924 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Albert and Marie (Garmuzinski) Grankowski.  She was united in marriage to Louis T. Markezich in 1948 in Chicago, IL.  He preceded her in death in 1995.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Chicago, IL.

 

She is survived by her son: Allan (Madelynn) Markezich of Orion, IL; grandson: Matthew; a special niece: Patricia Clarke of Chicago, IL; and a cousin: Vivian Kosic and family in Chicago, IL.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, her brother Jack, and her sister Elaine.

 

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Vera L. Haywood



GALESBURG - Vera L. Haywood, 79, of Galesburg, formerly of Kewanee, died at 12:18 a.m., Saturday, December 17, 2016 at Morton Terrace in Morton, IL.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 23 at Bethel Church of God in Christ in Kewanee. Rev. L.V. Cliff will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Vera Haywood Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is charge of arrangements.

She was born December 15, 1937 in Greenwood, MS, the daughter of Jessie and Essie (Spragging) Curry. Survivors include a son, Denzel Haywood of Galesburg, two daughters, Kimberly Haywood of Kewanee and Samella Haywood of Galesburg, her sister, Shirley Smith of Peoria, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Vera was a homemaker and had worked in housekeeping at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. She was a woman of faith and was active in her church, Community Temple Church of God in Christ in Galesburg. She was a devoted mother and aunt and had a good heart, a giving spirit and was always supportive. After her working years, she fostered a number of children taking them into her home and providing them with a stable and loving environment. She was an excellent cook who enjoyed cooking for family and friends especially around the holidays. She was truly an amazing woman and will be missed by all. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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Elsie B. Little

 

Elsie B. Little, 92, of Geneseo died on Monday, December 19, 2016 at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport, IA.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate.  Burial will be in North Cemetery, Geneseo with military honors by Geneseo V.F.W.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Thursday at the church.  Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Building Fund or The Geneseo Food Pantry Building Fund.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Elsie Bossola was born on April 5, 1924 in Herminie, Pennsylvania the daughter of Frank Louis and Teresa (Buso) Bossola.  Elsie served in the U.S. Marine Corp during W.W. II.  She married Jack A. Little on Feb. 1, 1946 in New Bern, NC.  He died on Feb. 28, 1992.  Elsie worked in Civil Service as a Personnel Specialist retiring from Rock Island Arsenal in 1973.

 

Memberships include First United Methodist Church, Geneseo, and the United Methodist Women of the church, as well as the American Legion Auxiliary, and Geneseo Moose.  She was a former member of the Geneseo Country Club.  She enjoyed golfing, dancing, reading, and playing cards.

 

Elsie is survived by a sister, Mary Pelino, Pittsburg, PA; as well as a special nephew and wife, Bill and Jean Campbell; niece, Ann Marie Campbell; and many more special nieces and nephews; a special adopted family, Pat Hosveldt and her daughters, Debbie, Sherie, and Dawn.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister Enes Edwards; and special nephew, Bob Campbell.

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

 

 

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Dennis A. "Denny" Orr

Dennis A. “Denny” Orr, 69, of rural Galva died at 9:21 A.M. Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at his home.  Denny was born December 30, 1946 in Kewanee the son of Max E. and Jean L. (Willetts) Orr.   He graduated from Wethersfield High School with the class of 1965 and later from Canton Jr. College.  He served in the U.S. Army.  Denny was an avid farmer and mechanic.  He also operated Denny’s Sales and Service in Kewanee from 1982-2005 and was currently the head of outdoor maintenance at Black Hawk East Jr. College.

Surviving is a daughter Linda (Ed) Leaf of Aurora, Il., two sons Darin Orr of Kewanee and Dennis Orr, Jr. of Davenport, Ia.  a grandson Landon Leaf, his mother Jean Orr of Kewanee, a sister Janet (Ralph) Holt of Victor, Montana, three nieces and 2 nephews.  He was preceded in death by his father Max. 

Denny enjoyed collecting Ford trucks and Minneapolis and International Farmall tractors.  He liked to boat and fish.  He was a member of the National Rifle Association and will best be remembered for time spent with family and friends and his cabin on the Rock River.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee.  Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate.  Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 4-7 P.M. Monday, December 19th at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or the Black Hawk East Junior College Foundation. Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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John E. "Rusty" Lams


KEWANEE – John E. “Rusty” Lams, 89, of Kewanee, died at 1:00 p.m., Monday, December 12, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Cremation has been accorded and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, December 21 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 9:00-10:15 a.m., Wednesday at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Inurnment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee High School Music Boosters or to Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish.

He was born October 23, 1927 in Kewanee, the son of Edward J. and Ruth C. (O'Connor) Lams. Survivors include his siblings, Tom Lams of Vancouver, WA and Nancy Loughe and Jeri (Jerry) Swearingen, both of Kewanee, his niece, Brenda Kuffel who took such great care of him and several other nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jean Brunelle.
            
Rusty attended Visitation Grade School and graduated from Kewanee High School  on the last Friday of May in 1945 and was inducted into the Army the very next day. He served during WWII as a U.S. Army Signal Corp Photographer. In his early years he had worked in the movie studios as a splicer for Technicolor and later got into projection and various other roles with RKO, Universal and MGM. Rusty was a Jazz music enthusiast and had been an instructor for the Arthur Murray Dance Studio and had also worked as a stagehand for the Lawrence Welk Show. In 1948 he attended U.C.L.A. and was actually cut from the basketball team by Coach John Wooden. He later went to electronics school and went to work for Lockheed Aircraft Co., working on the flight line as a radio/radar operator. He eventually was offered a job as Field Engineer for AMP Incorporated and became Field Engineering Manager in 1981 and Engineering Manager for the entire country in1988 and retired in 1989. Throughout his career he became acquainted with many famous people including; Frank Sinatra, Clint Eastwood, Mel Torme, Steve Allen and Tom Selleck, just to name a few. 

Rusty was a life member of the Kewanee VFW Post 8078. He was a Kewanee High School Boilermaker enthusiast and enjoyed helping his cousin, John Blachinsky with the Kewanee High School girls summer basketball program, Frank Tocha with the Cross Country team and Jim Blucker with the school band and music program. In 1996 he was named an Honorary Boilermaker and was inducted into the Kewanee High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 for coaching the the Boiler girls summer basketball program and in 2008 for helping to coach the 1996 State Champion Cross Country Team. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Mary L. McSparin

 

 

Mary L. McSparin, 64, of Geneseo passed away peacefully Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at her home.  A Memorial visitation celebrating Mary’s life will be from 4:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 20th at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to the Mary McSparin Memorial Fund.  Per her request, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Crematory.

 

Mary was born September 3, 1952 in Moline, IL, the daughter of Marvin Dempsey Schneider and Victoria Jean Callow Schneider.  She graduated from United Township High School East Moline, IL, in 1970.  Mary was the Dietary Manager at Woodridge Supportive Living Center and a Representative for Lia Sophia Jewelry.  She enjoyed baking, quilting and sewing with her neighbors, spending time with her dog Sassy, reading, watching football, fishing with her brothers, collecting jewelry, tracing her family tree, traveling and seeing the world, attending concerts, and cooking with/for her friends and family.

 

She is survived by her children: Joy Sheley of Moline, IL, Brad Orendorff of Davenport, IA, Lori McSparin Hackett (Jason Hackett) and Amy Looper of Bradenton, FL; dear friend/ roommate: Jeanne VanWinkle of Geneseo, IL; brothers: Virgil Dueysen (Betty Dueysen), Jeff Schneider (Jennifer Stewart Phelps), Terry Schneider (Deb Schneider) of East Moline, IL, Darrel Johnson of Woodhull, IL, Rick Schneider (Tammy) Schneider) of Colona, IL; sister: Virginia Lentz (Donnie Lentz) of Lineville, IA; uncle: Leon Schneider of Macon, MO; grandchildren: Tyler McDonald, Reanna Hackett, Andrew and Carly Looper; and several nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her son Mark and her parents.

 

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Beatrice Gale Bender

Beatrice Gale (Marks) Bender, 74, of Franklin, In. died December 6th in Franklin.  Having had family in Kewanee

she will be buried in the Wethersfield Cemetery.   Graveside services will be at 11:30 A.M.Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate.  There will be no visitation. The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in

charge of arrangements.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at 
www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Clarence A. Johnson

 

Clarence A. Johnson, 84, of Cambridge passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at his home.  A Memorial Mass will be at 10:30 am on Saturday, December 17th at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo.  Father Michael Pakula will celebrate.  Inurnment will follow at North Cemetery in Geneseo, where Military Honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post # 5083.  Visitation will be held 1 hour prior (9:30-10:30 am) to mass at the church.  Memorials may be made to Self-Help in Sterling or your favorite charity.  Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, who are also assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Clarence was born on October 8, 1932 in Andover, IL, the son of Harry and Anna (Peterson) Johnson.  He was a 1951 graduate of Geneseo High School, were he played football.  He was united in marriage to Elisabeth Weinspach on September 3, 1955 in Geneseo.  He proudly served in the US Army and US National Guard.  After getting out of the Army, Clarence started a construction business with his brother Harry.  Later his sons joined him in the family business building homes, commercial buildings, and apartments.  After 50 years Clarence retired in 2014.

 

Clarence belonged to the American Legion and National Rifle Association.  He loved to travel and visited Germany many times, as well as Italy, France, Russia, Austria, Belgium, and Holland.  Most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons: Richard (Sherri) Johnson of Tampico, IL, Bryan Johnson of Annawan, IL, Gary Johnson of Sterling, IL, Robert (Beth) Johnson of Rock Island, IL, Timothy Johnson of Geneseo, IL; and 8 grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Randolph Johnson; siblings: Marian Jonejan, Naomi Riceman, Verla Shelton, Maxine Nitz, and Harry Johnson.

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Shirley A. Lundeed


CHARLESTON, WV- Shirley A. Lundeen, of Charleston, WV, formerly of Kewanee, IL, died on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at her residence.  

 

She was born in Altona, IL, the daughter of Orville and Lola (Kenney) Addis. She married George E. Lundeen on March 30, 1948 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on October 1, 2004. Survivors include three brothers, Michael Addis of Kewanee, IL, Glenn Addis of Montrose, IL and Joseph Addis of Valparaiso, IN, four sisters, Letha Wessels and Mary Moore, both of Kewanee, IL, Sharon Bell of Oregon and Sandra Cantwell of Oneida, IL and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Keith and Richard Addis and two sisters, Maxine Addis and Donna Fox.

 

Shirley graduated from Kewanee High School in 1945 and from the University of Charleston in Charleston, WV. She had been the Director of Continuing Education for the University of Charleston. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee, IL and the National President of Daughters of 1812. She also had been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the New England Women, the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Charleston, WV and had volunteered for the Girl Scouts and Goodwill Industries. 

 

 

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CHARLESTON, WV- Shirley A. Lundeen, of Charleston, WV, formerly of Kewanee, IL, died on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at her residence.  
 
She was born in Altona, IL, the daughter of Orville and Lola (Kenney) Addis. She married George E. Lundeen on March 30, 1948 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on October 1, 2004. Survivors include three brothers, Michael Addis of Kewanee, IL, Glenn Addis of Montrose, IL and Joseph Addis of Valparaiso, IN, four sisters, Letha Wessels and Mary Moore, both of Kewanee, IL, Sharon Bell of Oregon and Sandra Cantwell of Oneida, IL and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Keith and Richard Addis and two sisters, Maxine Addis and Donna Fox.
 
Shirley graduated from Kewanee High School in 1945 and from the University of Charleston in Charleston, WV. She had been the Director of Continuing Education for the University of Charleston. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee, IL and the National President of Daughters of 1812. She also had been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the New England Women, the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Charleston, WV and had volunteered for the Girl Scouts and Goodwill Industries. 
 

Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at a time to be announced. Private inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. 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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Robert E. Baker

 

Robert E. Baker passed away peacefully at his home the morning of December 11, 2016 with his wife by his side. He was 87.

He was born November 13, 1929 in Kewanee and resided there all his life. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1947 and briefly attended the University of Illinois at Galesburg prior to marrying Ilene (Battersby) July 31, 1949 at the First United Methodist Church of Kewanee. They enjoyed 67 years of marriage and raised 3 children Kathlene (McMahon), Michelle (Price) and Robert.

He was a carpenter by trade for over 25 years, beginning working for his father “Jack” Baker and completed a variety of construction projects locally and later in Peoria. In 1979, he began as maintenance engineer for Blackhawk College, East Campus, where he retired in 1996.

He enjoyed his years as a member of the Kewanee Chapter of Free Masons. Along with his father and brothers, Richard and Donald, they held leadership roles. In 1974 he joined the (Quad Cities) Consistory and Shriner’s. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 67 years and served in many roles including Head Usher and Trustee.

He is survived by: wife Ilene, children and their spouses Kathlene (William) McMahon, Naperville, Illinois; Michelle (Robert) Price, Fort Worth; Robert (Lynette) Baker, Kalamazoo, Michigan; Sister-in-Law Janis Craig and close niece and nephew Denise & Jim Hodge, all of Kewanee, Illinois. Also, survived by Brothers, Sisters, & Sister-in-laws: Marie Baker, Aurora, Colorado; Marilyn Saunders, Estes Park, Colorado; Janet Yedinak, Mountain View, California; Joanne McDonald, Encinitas, California; Donald & Elzene Baker, Dunlap, Illinois; and Jeanne Isabel, Sycamore, Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews; and 5 grandchildren Courtney (Steve) Roberts, Fort Worth, Texas; Mark (Brittany) McMahon, Akron, Ohio; Amanda Baker, Katelyn Baker, Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Paul Baker, Seoul, South Korea; and one great-granddaughter, Ava Michelle Roberts, Fort Worth, Texas; and a step-great-grandson Chris Roberts, Fort Worth, Texas.

He is preceded in death by mother Martha (Pickrel) Baker and father Herman “Jack” Baker as well as his brother Richard Baker and close uncle Paul Pickrel.

Calling hours are Thursday December 15, 2016 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee Illinois from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Also, calling hours are at the First United Methodist Church of Kewanee at 10:00 to 11:00 am followed by the Funeral at 11:00 am, with the Rev. Paul Copeland officiating. Internment is to follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Kewanee Memorial fund in lieu of flowers.

Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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George M. "Mike" Fritch

George M. "Mike" Fritch, 63, formerly of Cambridge, died Sunday, December 11, 2016, at the Richard L. Owens Hospice House, Peoria.  Cremation has been accorded and there will be no visitation or services.  A private family committal will take place at the St. Dominic’s Cemetery, Wyoming, IL at a later date.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family.

 

George Michael Fritch was born August 13, 1953 in Kewanee, the son of George E. and Donna M. Dillon Fritch.  He was educated in Wyoming, IL schools and graduated from high school in 1971.  He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.  His marriage to Pamela Kuehne North took place on March 27, 1992 in Kewanee.  Mike worked at the John Deere Harvester Plant in East Moline from 1996 until  2014, when he retired due to poor health.  He is a member of the Cambridge American Legion Post No. 417 and Cambridge United Methodist Church.

 

Those surviving are Pamela Fritch, his children, Michael E. (Sara) Fritch, Austin, TX, Kayla L. (Jeremy) Slagel, Montgomery, TX, Dillon P. Fritch, Kewanee, Justin D. (Sarah) North, Morrison, Miles C. Fritch, Cambridge, and two grandchildren, Landen R. Welch and Maximus W. North.  Other survivors include his step-mother, Marcella Fritch, Wyoming, IL, a sister, Suzy, a half-brother, Andy, and four step brothers. His parents and a half-brother, Joseph, preceded him in death.

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

 

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Darlene K. VanOpdorp

 

Darlene K. VanOpdorp, 83, of Geneseo, passed away Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  A Memorial Service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 on Thursday, December 15th at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo.  Rev. Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate.  Inurnment will be at a later date at North Cemetery in Geneseo.  Visitation will be 1 hour prior (10-11 am) to the service at the church.  Memorials may be made to Darlene VanOpdorp Memorial Fund.  Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo, who is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Darlene was born on August 17, 1933 in Colona, IL, the daughter of Norman and Helen (Jacobson) Reese.  She graduated from Hillsdale High School in 1951.  She was united in marriage to Donald VanOpdorp on November 3, 1951 in Geneseo, IL.  Darlene was the office manager/ medical secretary for Dr. E.D. Lardner in Moline for over 27 years, from which she retired. 

 

Darlene was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Geneseo.  Darlene and Don loved ballroom dancing.  She enjoyed wintering in Mission, TX and spending summers at their lake home in Michigan.  Darlene loved her family and cooking for them.  She treasured the time spent with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

 

She is survived by her husband, Donald; daughter: Gloria (Stan) Redell of Geneseo; sons: Greg (Brenda) VanOpdorp of Geneseo, Steve (Rhonda) VanOpdorp of Silvis; grandchildren: Scott (Holly) VanOpdorp, Adam (fiancée Michelle Martin) VanOpdorp, Matt (Samantha) VanOpdorp, Michelle VanOpdorp, Stanley, Jr. (Molly) Redell, Jason (fiancée Becky Ferry) Redell, Justin (Katie) Redell, Holly (Nick) Yates; 11 great grandchildren; 3 step- great grandchildren; and sister: June Nicholson of Hillsdale.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Norma, and her great grandson Sean.

 

The family would like to give a special Thank You to Hillcrest Home for the care given to Darlene and the entire family.

 

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Mary Suzanne "Sue" Lemanski



KEWANEE - Mary Suzanne “Sue” Lemanski, 76, of Kewanee, died at 1:47 p.m., Friday, December 9, 2016 at Peggy Young’s Boarding Home in Kewanee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.Thursday, December 15 at Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church. Celebrant will be the Very Reverend Jerry Rafalko Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m.Wednesday, December 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or to Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church.

She was born October 12, 1940 in Kewanee, the daughter of Nicholas Dragolovich. She married Walter J. Lemanski on September 6, 1958 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on March 2, 1999. Survivors include a son, Steve (Kristi) Lemanski of Kewanee, a daughter, Jan (Jeff) Rudolph of Iowa City, IA and three grandchildren, Matt (Sara) Rudolph, David Rudolph and Catherine Rudolph. She was also preceded in death by her father.

Sue graduated from Kewanee High School with the Class of 1958 and has  continued to serve on the reunion planning committee. She was office manager for Continental Cable Vision for many years. She volunteered making and distributing cookies for the Windmont Park Lighting and also volunteered during Hog Days selling pork chop tickets. She enjoyed reading and traveling with family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
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Nota M. Dynes-Hall



KEWANEE - Nota M. Dynes-Hall, 63, of Kewanee, died at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, December 11, 2016 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.Friday, December 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Thursday, December 15 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Nota Dynes-Hall Memorial Fund. 

She was born December 12, 1952 in Annawan, the son of William and Lucille (Thompson) Dynes. Survivors include her mother, Lucille McCune of Mineral, her children, Denise Dynes of Texas, Dariese Taylor of Florida, David Taylor of Texas, Matthew (Elana) Hall of East Moline, Zachary Hall of Rock Island and Joshua Dynes-Hall (Caleb Day) of Johnsonville, TN, three special brothers, William (Amanda) Dynes of Mineral, James (Nicole) McCune of Sheffield and Harry (Dee) McCune of Walnut, thirteen grandchildren, Gabrielle Harris, Lohgan Swaggard, Seth Lazno, Alex Taylor, Javen Taylor, Maxso Madsen, Hailee, Skylar, Mariah and Marissa Hall, Tajuan Stacy, Taleah Roelens and Torianna Hall and two great grandchildren, Noah Harris and Adison Swaggard. She was preceded in death by her father, a sister, Carla and two grandsons, Torian and Malik.

Nota graduated from Annawan High School. She had worked as a caregiver, a homemaker and a hairdresser. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed crocheting and reading books. Nota was a very frugal but generous person. She was a straight forward individual and the little things mattered to her. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
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Lorraine A. Eastman

 

Lorraine A. Eastman, 77, of Buda died on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.  A Celebration of her Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17th at Sheffield United Methodist Church, Sheffield, IL.  Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church.  Memorials may be made to her family at P.O. Box 454 Sheffield,, Il 61361   Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Lorraine Ann LeVangie was born on November 9, 1939 in Weymouth, Massachusetts the daughter of Richard and Ada LeVangie.  She married Tom Bell on June 2, 1959 in Massachusetts.  She later married Howard Eastman in 1975 in Weymouth, Mass. He died in 1995 Lorraine had worked for 25 years as a Home Health Aid in Mass.  She had also driven a school bus for several years.

 

She was a member of Sheffield United Methodist Church.  She had coached her children’s softball teams,  she enjoyed the beach, reading books, watching movies, eating out, swimming at the Metro Center with her friends, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

 

Survivors include a son, Donald (Nancy) Bell, Sheffield, two daughters, Wendy Bell, and Anne Bell, both of Buda; grandchildren, Julie (Russell) Boomsma, Richard (Kristen) Bell, Savanna Bell, Derek Hart, and Sam Hart; three great grandchildren, Kynlee and Brooklyn Boomsma and Emelia Bell.  She is also survived by a brother, Richard (Helen) LeVangie in Florida; and two sisters, Ada Madden, in Mississippi, and Margaret (Fred) Pascar in Rhode Island.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two great granddaughters, Kylee Boomsma and Grace Bell.

 

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

 

 

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Delores M. Wallace

Delores M. Wallace, 83, of Geneseo, IL, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016, at her home.  A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 am Tuesday, December 13th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Geneseo.  Chaplin Todd Smith will officiate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Monday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Humane Society.

 

Delores was born on January 22, 1933 in Kewanee, IL, the daughter of Clarence and May (Hayes) Krause.  She was united in marriage to Henry L. Wallace on August 26, 1951 in Kewanee.  He preceded her in death in 1996.  Delores enjoyed her pets.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family.

 

She is survived by her daughters: Sherry Day of San Diego, CA, Linda Bos of Danville, VA, and Penny Irish of Geneseo, IL; son: Jeff (Carla) Wallace of Moline, IL; grandchildren: Jamie and Benjamin Emmerson, Kevin and Michael Wallace, Seth, Jacob, and Wyatt Irish; and 4 great grandchildren.

 

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

 

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John T. Fisher


GALVA - John T. Fisher, 75, of Galva, died at 11:00 p.m., Thursday, December 8, 2016 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.Tuesday, December 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Jeff Goard will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Monday, December 12 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.

He was born June 22, 1941 in Kewanee, the son of Arvin and Evelyn (Beaver) Fisher. He had been married to Mary Ann Yocum. Survivors include two daughters, Valorie Hall of Galva and Nancy (Rick) Turner of Cambridge, two grandchildren, Ross Hall and Jenny (James) Brunke, three great grandchildren, Rory, Macie and Natalie Hall and special friend, Diana Boarman. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, Ron Hall.

John attended Galva schools and in his early years had worked at the Galva Creamery. He worked as a molder for the Galva Foundry and had also worked for Boston Trucking. He enjoyed his dogs, Freddy and Spud and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

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Kathleen L. Cunningham

 

Kathleen L. Cunningham, 96, formerly of Rock Island, died at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, Dec. 12th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo. Deacon Robert O’Rourke will officiate.  Burial will be in Rock Island Arsenal National Cemetery, Rock Island, IL. Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Kathleen Louise Leone was born on Dec. 21, 1919 in Springfield, IL the daughter of Phillip and Clara M. (Franks) Leone.  She married William W. Cunningham on June 14, 1945 in San Antonio, Texas.  He died on Nov. 4, 1999.

 

Survivors include a daughter Nadine (Richard) Leader, Geneseo; a granddaughter, Kelli (Scott M.) Hall, Geneseo; and great grandchildren, Claire, Garrett and Emily Hall.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a sister, Rita Trobaugh.

 

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

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Frank Vance Deskin

Frank Vance Deskin, 80, of Kewanee, Il. died at 5:35 P.M. Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at his home.  Frank was born December 7, 1935 in Lockport, Il. the son of Donald Elvis and Louise (Vance) Deskin.  He attended Wethersfield schools. 

Frank served in the US Army from 1958-1960.  He married Shirley Paxton on June 26, 1955 in Kewanee. She survives along with a son Douglas Vance Deskin of Aurora, Co., a daughter Beth Ellen (Jeff) Tramel of Kewanee, IL, two grandsons Jeremy Vance and Matthew Jacob Tramel and one sister Pat Paxton of Kewanee.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Nathan Richard Tramel, two brothers Sherman and Donald Deskin and one sister Nancy Moore.

 

Frank trucked for Livek Brothers, worked in the coal mines in Victoria and also worked construction for 25 years.  He will be remembered for his carpentry work and the fact that he built his own home.  He enjoyed traveling, building furniture, working with his hands, watching NASCAR racing and especially playing and spending time with his dog of 16 years, Barnie.

There will be no visitation.  Services will be announced at a later date, with military rites provided by the Kewanee Veterans Council.  Memorials may be made to either American Cancer Society or The Wounded Warrior Project.  Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Private on line condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Audrey L.. Briggs



KEWANEE - Audrey L. Briggs, 89, of Kewanee, passed away at 8:30 p.m., Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m.Sunday, December11 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 Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or to the Central Illinois Memorial Kidney Fund.

She was born December 7, 1926 in Kewanee, the daughter of Harold W. and Elsie (Kennaugh) Kermode. She married W.E. “Bill” Briggs on July 20, 1947 in LaFayette, IL and he preceded her in death on January 28, 2010. Survivors include two daughters, Janel (Philip) DeLathouwer of Kewanee and Cynthia (Gregory) Reis of Quincy, IL, a son, Scott K. Briggs of Burlington, IA, four grandsons, Tyler DeLathouwer of Kewanee and Connor, Taylor and Cooper Reis, all of Quincy, a sister, Elsie (James) Taylor of Peoria, a brother, Harold (Patricia) Kermode of Princeton, IN and five nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents.

Audrey graduated from LaFayette High School in 1944. She worked at the former R.G. LeTourneau Inc. in Peoria, IL, the Goodyear Service Store in Kewanee and as an office secretary at Ratliff Bros. in Kewanee for 29 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Lavonne C. Witte



KEWANEE - LaVonne C. Witte, 79, of Kewanee, died peacefully at her home with her family at her side on Monday, December 5, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday, December 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee or the American Cancer Society.

She was born October 19, 1937 in Kewanee, the daughter of Marvin and Mildred (Butler) Grayson. She married Thomas R. Witte on June 29, 1957. He  survives of Kewanee, as do two sons, Rick (and wife, Teresa) Witte of Houston, TX and Randall (and wife, Lisa) Witte of Kewanee, her sister, Frances Washburn of Kewanee and six grandchildren, Josh, Zach, Madison, Jacob, Evan and Kaitlyn. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Richard and Jerry Grayson and a sister, Doris Long.

LaVonne graduated from Kewanee High School in 1955. She started her vocational career with a number of office jobs, but ultimately gravitated to a career in real estate, beginning in the late 1980's. She enjoyed a more than 20 year career as a real estate agent working at Arrow Real Estate in Kewanee. For many of those years, she partnered with her best friend, Shirley Olsen Johnson and together they formed Kewanee’s famous “LaVonne and Shirley” real estate team. Over the years, she earned numerous awards for her efforts in  real estate. 

LaVonne was deeply interested in eduaction and in the 1970"s, she ran for the Wethersfield School Board. She was the top vote getter in that election and became the first woman ever elected to the Wethersfield School Board. She served two terms. She also served on the Henry County Special Education Board. 

Vonnie was very active in Christain Women’s Club.  She was a member of the Kewanee CWC and for many years was honored to travel to other CWC’s to speak and give her testimony. During her more than 20 years as a speaker, she spoke at CWC’s in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Florida. Telling others about Christ was her passion. She attended the Covenant Church for many years and most recently was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. She was a great friend and prayer partner to many and was known for ending almost all her conversations with one of her catch phrases, either “I love you with all of my heart” or “keep looking up!” She loved God and her family with all of her heart and she will be deeply missed. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Willis R. "Bill" Tribler



 

MUNDELEIN - Willis R. (“Bill”) Tribler, a founding member and senior partner of the law firm of Tribler Orpett & Meyer, died early Saturday, December 3, after a brief hospitalization.

 

An unquestionably brilliant lawyer and strategic thinker, Bill Tribler was admired as a mentor and friend to hundreds in the legal community, not only in Chicago but throughout Illinois. Bill specialized in the defense of civil litigation. He was a renowned expert in the fields of professional liability and insurance coverage. Bill was very proud of being a lawyer and adhered to and championed the highest ethical standards. In keeping with those ethical standards, Bill served on the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) Oversight Committee from 2004-2014, and on the ARDC Inquiry Board from 2004-2013. Although Bill practiced almost exclusively on the defense side, he had many friends among the plaintiff's bar as well.  While a fierce advocate for his clients, Bill knew how to disagree without being disagreeable, and few were immune to his self-deprecating sense of humor and storytelling talents.

 

In addition to practicing law and assuming a leadership role within the law firm, Bill firmly believed in "giving back" to the legal profession.  He was active in a number of legal organizations.  For example, Bill was a prolific writer, teacher and speaker (for over 40 years) for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), publishing over 20 handbook chapters, serving as Board Chair (1992-1993) and was awarded the Addis E. Hull Award for his outstanding contributions.  For the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC), Bill initiated a scholarly publication (The Quarterly), served as its first Editor and continued writing a regular column for many years thereafter.  In 1984-1985 he served as IDC President, and subsequently received its highest honors (the John E. Guy and Distinguished Member Awards) for his exemplary service. Bill was also honored by the IDC in 1999 for his exceptional efforts in compiling the 35-year history of the organization.  Bill served in the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) General Assembly, was the Editor of the Illinois Bar Journal, and also received the ISBA's highest awards (the Medal of Merit and Laureate designation) for his many contributions.   A proud graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Bill was later recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the law school in 1996. He graduated from Bradley University in 1955, and in 2001 was honored with the Most Distinguished Alumni and Centurion Awards for his service to Bradley. An avid sports fan, his allegiance to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the University of Illinois athletics was known to all who knew him. 

 

Bill was born March 6, 1934 in Galesburg, IL, the son of Glenn and Myrtle (Johnson) Tribler. He married Katherine Oliver on June 1, 1963 in Elmira, IL. She survives, as do three brother-in-law’s, Don Oliver, John (Betty) Oliver and Stewart (Becky) Oliver and several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister-in-law, Doris Oliver.

 

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 10, 2016, at the Elmira United Presbyterian Church, in Elmira, IL. Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra will officiate. Visitation at the Church commencing at 12:00 noon. Reception immediately after the funeral service will be held at the Church. Interment will be in Elmira Cemetery. For more information, please contact Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee, IL at (309)853-4100. A memorial service to be held in Chicago in celebration of Bill’s life and legal career is being planned for April. Memorial contributions in remembrance of Bill may be made to the University of Illinois College of Law, Advancement Department, Class of 1960, 504 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Champaign, Illinois 61820, or to Bradley University, c/o Y.A. Heghin Endowed Scholarship Fund, 1501 Bradley Avenue, Peoria, IL 61625. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Phyllis E. Tarleton



GALVA - Phyllis E. Tarleton, 89, of Galva, died at 8:01 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2016 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee. 

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 9 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 8 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva  Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva Fire Department, Stark County Ambulance Service or the Hook & Bullet Conservation Club.

She was born January 30, 1927 in the Dairy Barn at Bishop Hill, the daughter of Julius B. and Elizabeth (Falk) Anderson. She married William “Bill” Tarleton on June 5, 1949  in Bishop Hill and he preceded her in death on May 3, 1986. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter and two brothers, Bud and Benny. She is survived by two sons, Mike (Deb) Tarleton and Denny (Joyce) Tarleton  both of Galva, three grandchildren, Shawn Tarleton, Megan (Dale) Keilman  and Chase Tarleton ( and Nora Carlson), two great grandchildren, Ally and Abby, her siblings, Marion “Babe” (Lewis “Louie”) Nelson and Eleanor “Nore” Larson both of Bishop Hill and Jack (Dorothy) Anderson of Woodhull and several nieces and nephews.

Phyllis attended school in Bishop Hill and graduated from Woodhull High School. She was a member of the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church. In earlier years, she and her husband Bill owned and operated th Valkommen Inn in Bishop Hill with the help of her sisters, Nore and Babe and her cousin Patty Chilberg. She had also worked for various places over the years including the Galva News, Ron Root Insurance, the Bowling Alley, at the cafeteria at Galva High School, as a bartender for her brother at Jack’s Place in Woodhull and as a secretary and bookkeeper for Rux Funeral Home in Galva.  She enjoyed sewing, coffee and rusks and her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a die-hard Cub Fan and enjoyed the recent Cub’s win of the World Series. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

 

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Robert R. "Bob" Stabler



KEWANEE - Robert R. “Bob” Stabler, 97, of Kewanee, formerly of Neponset, died at 5:52 a.m., Monday, December 5, 2016 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m.Thursday, December 8 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Rebecca Klemm will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery in Neponset where military rites will be accorded by the Neponset American Legion. Memorials may be directed to the Neponset Methodist Church or to the Buda Rescue Squad.

He was born November 6, 1919 in Kewanee, the son of Arthur T. and Marietta (Abbott) Stabler. He married Betty J. Painter on April 17, 1946 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on June 6, 2003. Survivors include his nieces and nephews, Rick (Carol) See of Bloomington, IL,  Margaret (Jim) DeBord of Kewanee and Bonnie Junk of Morton, IL, a great nephew, Jon (Emily) DeBord of Kewanee, a great niece, Rochelle (David) Nason of Goodfield, IL and many other great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews and his special friend, Germaine Breitbach of Neponset. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Vicki Hamilton.

Bob served his country in the United States Coast Guard during WWII being stationed in China and Japan. He farmed in this area for many years until his retirement in 1985. He was a member of the Neponset Methodist Church and the oldest member of the Kewanee VFW Post 8078 and a former member of the Neponset Senior Citizens. He enjoyed dancing and was honored to be able to go on the Honor Flight out to Washington DC. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Patrick E. Schaefer

 

Patrick E. Schaefer 58 of Geneseo passed away suddenly Saturday December 3, 2016 at his home.  A Memorial Visitation celebrating Pat’s life will be from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, December 7th at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo.   Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Crematory.  In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials may be made to the Patrick E. Schaefer Memorial Fund.

 

Pat was born on July 22, 1958 in Camp Pendleton, CA, the son of Robert and Betty Lou (Andrews) Schaefer.  He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1976.  He proudly served in the US Marine Corps.  Pat was united in marriage to Jamie Spear on December 17, 1995 in Geneseo, IL.  He was currently employed by the City of Geneseo as the Sexton of City of Geneseo Cemetery Department.  Pat enjoyed golfing and raising and breeding Old English Sheep dogs.  They were his love.

 

He is survived by his wife, Jamie; his father: Robert (Mary Ellen) Schaefer of Atkinson,  IL; brothers: Scott (Brenda) Schaefer of Davenport, IA, Curt Schaefer of Coal Valley, IL; sister: Deb (Mike) Taylor of Geneseo, IL; and several nieces, nephews, and great nieces.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother Betty and his grandparents Carroll and Annie Schaefer, Jim & Berniece Andrews.

 

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Aaron "Kirk" Zimmerman

Aaron “Kirk” Zimmerman, 45, of Kewanee, Il. died at 2:37 P.M. Thursday, December 1, 2016 at ahis home.  Kirk was born December 14, 1970 in Kewanee the son of August “Gus” and Karen (McMillan) Zimmerman. 

He is survived by his parents of Kewanee, one brother Kevin (Carol) Zimmerman of Kewanee an uncle Ron (Helen) McMillan of Kewanee and three cousins Tamie, Amie and Jamie.  He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Kirk was employed as a product development supervisor at Caterpillar.  Kirk had a love for farming and was the happiest on a combine.  He enjoyed boating on the Illinois River and spending time with family and friends.  He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and NASCAR.

 The family invites friends to celebrate Kirk’s life with them beginning at 5:00 P.M. on Friday, December 9, 2016 at the Kewanee Elks Lodge.  The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.   Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Darrel F. 'Bump' DeDecker

 

Darrel F. “Bump” DeDecker, 82, of Atkinson, IL, passed away Monday, December 05, 2016 at his home.    A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, December 9th at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson.  Father S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Atkinson, where Military Honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion.  Visitation will be from 4-7 pm on Thursday at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory in Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 3:30 pm.  Memorials may be made to the Darrel DeDecker Memorial Fund.

 

Darrel was born on November 23, 1934 in Atkinson, IL, the son of August and Alma (Vandersnick) DeDecker.   He graduated from Atkinson High School in 1952.  Bump played 2 seasons of football at St Ambrose’s College.  He proudly served in the US Marine Corp from 1954-1957, where he played Navy Football, obtained the rank of Sargent and aircraft radio technician instructor.   In 1957, Bump received a football scholarship at the University of Illinois.  He was selected for first team Academic All American in 1960. Upon graduation he received a degree in Industrial Management.

 

 Bump was then selected in the 1959 NFL Draft as an lineman by the then Chicago “Cardinals” and then drafted in 1961 AFL draft by the Boston “Patriots”,  the NFL St Louis Cardinals and the CFL Montreal Alouettee.  Other teams that expressed interest Cleveland Browns, San Francisco 49’s, Los Angeles Chargers, Houston Oilers, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and the Chicago Bears.  After his stint with St Louis Cardinals, he was hired as the freshman line coach at the University of Illinois.  He worked four years as a plant manager for TRW Electronics in Marshall & Casey Illinois.  In 1968 he moved back to Atkinson.  Bump was a longtime partner/owner with his brother, sister and nephew in the family business, DeDecker Hardware in Atkinson, which was founded by his father Gus in 1945 and still remains a fixture in downtown Atkinson.

 

He was united in marriage to Henrietta L. “Hank” Claeys DeReu on November 6, 1970 in Rock Island.  Bump was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson, where he was the custodian and caretaker for several years.  He was also a member of the Atkinson American Legion and Atkinson Volunteer Fire Department.  Darrel gave back to the community by organizing the youth football program (1969) and coaching Atkinson High School football (1979 & 1985 both teams went to state play-offs ).

 

He is survived by his wife, Henrietta “Hank”; sons: Drew (Lynn) DeDecker of Evergreen Park, IL, Darren DeDecker of Peoria, IL, Dane DeDecker of Atkinson; step sons: Ken (Lorinda) DeReu of Atkinson, IL, Dan (Lisa) DeReu of Atkinson, IL, Mike (Donna) DeReu of Buda, IL, Nick DeReu of Rio Rancho, NM; 15 grandchildren Derek DeDecker, Laura (Ray) Johnson, Andrew DeDecker, Denise DeDecker, Dirk DeDecker, Marcus DeReu, Johnna (Clayton ) Conrad, Denelle (Andy) Anderson, Tyler( Katie Paxton ) DeReu, Dustin (Rachel Lippens) DeReu, Josh (Arianna ) DeReu, Jessica DeReu and Gabriella DeReu ; 13 great grandchildren,  sister-in-law: Marilyn DeDecker of Atkinson, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents August and Elma DeDecker, his sister Gloria Junior, and his brother Richard DeDecker.

 

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Lawrence A. Krahn Jr.


KEWANEE - Lawrence A. Krahn Jr., 86, of Kewanee, died at 7:15 a.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m.Saturday, December 10 at Faith Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Pastor Robert Hagen will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Friday, December 9 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be directed to the George C. Forsythe Good Shepherd Hospice House in Auburndale, FL who cared for Lawrence’s wife, DeeAnn.

He was born June 24, 1930 in Kewanee, the son of Lawrence A. and Hattie (Kaiser) Krahn Sr. He married DeeAnn Ouart on November 24, 1956 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on March 28, 2012. Survivors include two sons, Gary (Donna) Krahn of Kewanee and David (Mary) Krahn of Summerville, SC, a daughter, Kathryn (Mike) Lewis of Kewanee, eight grandchildren, Steven (Stacie) Krahn of Kuna, ID, Suzanne Krahn of Boise, ID, Renee Krahn of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Nicole (Peyton) Sherwood of Summerville, SC, David Scott (Michelle) Krahn of Pasadena, MD, Angela (Patrick) Babcock of Stillman Valley, IL, Ryan VanWynsberg of Galesburg and Tyler VanWynsberg and his fiancé, Taylor Garcia of Bloomington, nine great grandchildren, Madison, Kinzley and Charleigh Sherwood, all of Summerville, SC, Cyrus, Lincoln and Emerson Babcock, all of Stillman Valley, IL, Penelope and Forrest Krahn of Pasadena, MD and Sullivan Krahn of Kuna, ID, three sisters, Harriet (Marv) Manning, Joan Hagy and Carol (Earl) Wisener, a brother, George Krahn, a sister-in-law, Carol Ouart and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents, nephews, Jerry and John Hagy, niece, Nancy Ouart and great nephews, Jaxson Hagy and Marcus Siemers.

Larry was in the last class that graduated from Kuster School (one room school house) in 1944. He graduated from Neponset High School in 1948 as Salutatorian of his class. He graduated from Carthage College (then located Carthage, IL) in 1952. He went to work on his uncle’s farm in Iowa and then farmed in Illinois on the family’s farm. He enjoyed reading the newspaper, watching sports, especially the Cubs winning the World Series, working on the farm and enjoyed keeping up his property. He and his wife had wintered in Lake Wales, FL for 15 years. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at 
www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Inez Evelyn Ackland

Inez Evelyn Ackland, 101, of Kewanee, Il., died at 9:30 P.M. Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Kewanee Care Home.  Inez was born in Ohio Twp., Bureau County, Il. the daughter of Hjalmar and Gertrude (Olson) Danielson.  She attended grade school in Kasbeer and graduated from Ohio High School with the class of 1933.

Inez married Don Vickrey.  They were later divorced.  Inez married Clarence Ackland in 1973 in Rochelle, Il.   He died in 1986.  She returned to Kewanee to reside in 2001.  Inez was a member of Zion Lutheran church in Kewanee and its Dorcas Circle.  She enjoyed reading, spending time with her family and will be remembered for her sewing and quilting.  Inez had been employed at Trans-America Insurance and also did much work as a seamstress.

Surviving is a son Gordon (Sandy) Vickrey of Kewanee a daughter Marlene (Michael) Huff of Conyors, Ga., eight grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one sister Elsie and three brothers Harry, Elmer and Joe. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee.  Pastor Linnea Gustafson will officiate.  Burial will be in the Lawn Ridge Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services on Saturday at the Church.  Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or OSF Hospice.  Private online condolences may be shared with the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.


 

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David Alan Trainor

David Alan Trainor, 69, of Kewanee, died at 10:50 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at UIC Hospital ICU in Chicago Illinois.

A celebration of life will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Stark County High School in Toulon Illinois.  All who knew him are welcome to attend and pay their respects to the family.  Burial will be in Big Rapids, Michigan at a later date.  The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the charity of the donor’s choice. Private online condolences may be left for the family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

David was born on June 15, 1947 in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Gerald and Melba (Townsend) Trainor.  He married Nancy Erlenborn on June 28th 1969 in Clarendon Hills, Illinois.  In addition to Nancy, he is survived by his four children, Trenton (wife Gayle) Trainor of North Aurora, Illinois; Todd Trainor of Scottsdale, Arizona; Beth (husband Lance) Kuykendall of Plainfield, Illinois; and Kyra Trainor of North Aurora, Illinois; four grandchildren, Ethan Kuykendall, Liam Kuykendall, Aaron Trainor, and Eleanor Kuykendall; two siblings, Steven (his wife Fran) Trainor of Cary, Illinois; Marlene (her husband David) Selby of Sullivan, Illinois.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

David graduated from Lovington High School in 1965.  He graduated with an education degree in French and Spanish from Western Illinois University in 1969.  He sang in the University Concert Choir and was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity. He has worked at Wethersfield High School as a French Teacher and Stark County as a French and Spanish teacher.  He was instrumental in the Scholastic Bowl at Wethersfield, and began the program at Stark County.  He took numerous student groups all over the world.  He enjoyed running the horseshoe league in Kewanee, driving his convertible in local parades, traveling to his cottage in Michigan, traveling to new locations with his wife, friends, and family, reading, and watching his beloved Chicago Cubs.  He truly loved spending time with his family and being very involved with his grandchildren.  His caring teaching style, infamous jokes, and warm personality will live on in those that were lucky enough to know him.  David’s final act of kindness was to give the gift of life through tissue donation. 

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Leona E. Cecil




KEWANEE - Leona E. Cecil, 90, of Kewanee, died at 10:17 a.m., Thursday, December 1, 2016 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 6 in the chapel at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Belleville, IL. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, December 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the American Stroke Association.

She was born July 31, 1926 in East St. Louis, IL the daughter of Charles and Helen (Wilkins) Ritter. She married Eugene F. Cecil on August 26, 1947 in East St. Louis and he preceded her in death on November 16, 1975. Survivors include a son, Craig (Linda) Cecil of Madison, AL, two daughters, Cheryl (Scott) Selburg of Spring Bay, IL and Sharon (Charles) Biegel of Folsom, CA, a sister, June Shipton of Hamel, IL, nine grandchildren, Brooke, Matthew, Jordan, Joseph, Nicholas, Sarah, Morgan, Cameron and Logan and seventeen great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a bother and a sister.

Leona was a homemaker and had attended Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and birdwatching and she especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Joanne Kaye Petty



KEWANEE - Joanne Kaye Petty, 53, of Kewanee, died at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at UnityPoint Health - Trinity Rock Island.

Cremation has been accorded and a Celebration of her Life will be held at 11:00 a.m.Monday, December 5 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Stephen Rose will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

She was born June 20, 1963 in Kewanee, the daughter of Rosemary (Tucker) Derick. Survivors include her daughter, Haley Petty of Kewanee, her six siblings, Debbie (Gary) Boswell of Kewanee and their son, Jacob; Karen (Mike) Rohrig of Galva and their children, Krystal (Drew) Dirks and Jenny (Lenny) Fryer and their daughter, Aribella; Steve (Julie) Derick of Atkinson and their children, Tom, Hannah and Kayleigh; Connie Kersey and Linda (Bob) Bridgewater, both of Kewanee and Denise (Rick) Knollenberg of Pekin and many other nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents.

Joanne graduated from Toulon High School. She worked at Kewanee Hospital for 32 years as a transcriptionist and was very proud of her job. She was an artistic individual who loved doing crafts, shopping and cooking and baking, especially Christmas cookies. She enjoyed following her nephew, Jacob’s sporting events. Her daughter, Haley was her world and Joanne was her biggest fan and she gave her everything even when she had nothing. “You are the vine and I am the branch.” This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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L. Joseph Buysse

 

L. Joseph Buysse, 68, of rural Prophetstown, passed away Tuesday, November 29, 2016 surrounded by his family at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.  A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson.  Father S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Atkinson, where Military Honors will be accorded by Atkinson American Legion.  Visitation will be from 3-7 pm on Friday at Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson, where a rosary will be recited at 2:30 pm.  Memorials may be made to Abilities Plus in Kewanee or Movember Foundation.

 

Joe was born on March 27, 1948 in Geneseo, IL, the son of Lester and Mabel (Kemmis) Buysse.  He graduated from Atkinson High School in 1966 and went on to attend Bradley University.  He proudly served in the US Army National Guard.  He was united in marriage to Jill Carmichael on July 25, 1970 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson.  Joe farmed in rural Prophetstown and was a Pioneer seed representative with Atkinson Grain & Fertilizer.

 

Joe was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Atkinson American Legion.  He loved going to Mopar car shows, watching the Bears and Blackhawks, and listening to the blues, but most of all he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

 

 

He is survived by his wife, Jill; daughter: Brooke (Brad) Evans of St. Paul, MN; son: Josh (Lauren) Buysse of Palatine, IL; grandchildren: Joey and Ava Evans, Madeline Buysse; brother: James (Mary Jane “Jill”) Buysse of Riverside, CA; brother-in-law: Keith Fecteau of Sault Ste. Marie, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

 

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

 

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