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L. Brent Huffman

 L. Brent Huffman, 88, of Kewanee, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at his home with family.


He was born August 21, 1928 in Hickory, NC, the son of Robert Earl and Cora Lee (Hollar) Huffman. He married Joan Marie Jachowicz on February 13, 1954 in Kewanee. She survives of Kewanee, as does a daughter, Lynn (Gerald) Skizas of Mokena, IL and a son, Paul (Lynn) Huffman, of Weatherford, TX, five grandchildren, Jaime, Amianne, Michael Ann, Danielle and Jacob, a great granddaughter, Emery and a brother, Glenn (JoAnn) Huffman of Bella Vista, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Harold and a sister, Grace Anderson.


Brent was an Air Force Veteran having served during the Korean Conflict. He had worked as an estimator for the Mechanical Insulation Company.  He was a founding member of the Windmont Park Lighting Committee. He enjoyed golfing and was in several golf leagues over the years. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Fan and enjoyed watch and antique pocket watch collecting and was very fond of his little dogs, especially Chaz.

  
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, June 5th at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 6th at the funeral home. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veteran’s Council. Memorials may be directed to the Windmont Park Lighting Fund, St. Jude’s Midwest Affiliate or to the Kewanee Senior Citizens Center. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Richard F. Kuster

Richard F. “Rich” Kuster, 76, of London Mills, formerly of rural Galva, passed away at 6:04 p.m., Sunday, May 28, 2017 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, IL.


He was born December 6, 1940 in Kewanee, the son of Francis and Virginia (Seefeld) Kuster. He married Lynda M. Talberg on June 10, 1962 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. She survives, as do two sons, Pastor Douglas (Trisha) Kuster of Macomb, IL and Bradley (Sandy) Kuster of Galesburg, a daughter, Karey (Jeff) Johnson of Galesburg, eight grandchildren, Jennifer Heap of Quincy, IL, Mariah and Trinity Kuster of Macomb, IL, Devon Kuster of Canton, IL, Kaden Johnson of Galesburg, Matthew and Jordan Johnson of Chicago and Shandy Johnson of Galesburg, five great grandchildren, Jubilee and Joey Parmer and June Goodwin, all of Quincy, IL and Dylan Johnson and Brooklyn Johnson, both of Galesburg, a brother, Thomas (Cheryl) Kuster of Madison, WI, a nephew, Robert (Wendy) Kuster of Madison, WI, a niece, Lori (Troy) Betts of Sun Prairie, WI and a great niece and nephew, Kaylee and Jordan Betts of Sun Prairie, WI. He also provided a home for two foster children along the way. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.


Richard attended Galva schools, graduating from Galva High School in 1958 and served with the Illinois National Guard Unit beginning in 1958. He was a member of the UMWA Local Union 7110, Fulton County Farm Bureau and a 50+ year member of Little John Sportsman Club in Victoria which provided fond memories for his family with camping, fishing and great picnics. Rich farmed many years with his father in the Galva and Kewanee area before starting to work in the Central Shop of Midland Coal Co. in Middle Grove, IL from 1975-1989 and continued on with new management as Mid State Coal Co., from 1989-1996. He served a number of years as Union President and was the last union worker to leave at the mine’s closing. Rich then went on to work as a mechanic for Laurel Greens Golf Club in Knoxville until his retirement in 2002.


Rich had many interests throughout his life; he enjoyed developing his pulling tractor, “The General” with his friend Bob and won many trophies, traveling to Wisconsin, Missouri and Kentucky as well as local county fairs. He spent many years with his dad setting up at gun shows and flea markets. He maintained his gun dealer license for several years. After moving to London Mills in 1977, Rich and Lynda set up a stand in their yard during spoon River Days for 20 years, selling all kinds of sporting goods and adding his parents and their antiques a few years. Rich also purchased a building at the Rutledge Flea Market in Rutledge, MO, traveling there once a month to sell sporting goods. Throughout the decade of the 1980’s Rich developed a thriving honey business, starting with two hives and increasing to 500. It was a sight to behold when new queen bees arrived in individual boxes each spring at the post office! Selling honey during Spoon River Days was very popular, but most was sold by the barrels to the government. It was a good business until sadly, Rich developed an allergy to the bees.


He learned to love fishing in Minnesota as a small boy and continued fishing vacations every June with extended family members, which included flea markets, antiquing and wild evening Pitch tournaments. He also enjoyed April Crappie fishing on Kentucky Lake and Cat fishing on the Mississippi, which led to big fish fries for family and friends. Rich continued dove, pheasant and quail hunting as long as his health allowed and raised many fine German Shorthaired dogs for hunting. He spent a lifetime collecting game calls, old fashioned fishing lures, decoys and became friends with some of the carvers. He was always a big fan of the St. Louis Cardinals and John Wayne movies. We will long cherish the memory of this kind, generous, loving son, husband, father, brother and friend.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, June 3 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the London Mills Ambulance Service. This obituary maybe viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Rickey J. Ford

 Rickey J. “Rick” Ford, 67, of Galva, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.


Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, June 3 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Per his wishes his cremains will be scattered in the Rocky Mountains. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.


He was born May 30, 1949 in Peoria, the son of William and Dorothy (Miller) Ford. Survivors include his girlfriend and companion of 19 years, Jennifer of Galva, two sons, Erik of Pueblo, CA and Seth of Galva, two daughters, Rheagan and Katie, both of Galva, his brother, John of East Peoria and three grandchildren, Cadience, Evan and Bransen. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bill and a daughter, Ursala.


Rickey graduated from Kewanee High School in 1968. He served his country in the Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He worked as a laborer for Local Union #538. He enjoyed socializing, gardening, camping at Allendale Conservation Club, riding his Harley Davidson and he especially enjoyed his grandson, Bransen. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Frederick W. Reiling

 

 

Frederick W. Reiling, 88, of Atkinson passed away Sunday, May 28 at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo. Funeral services will be held Friday, June 2nd at 10:30 a.m. at the Atkinson Congregational Church, Reverend Jacob Standsberry will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson. Memorials may be left in his memory to the Frederick Reiling Memorial Fund. Memorials will be distributed to several local organizations at a later date.

 

Frederick was born June 12, 1928, the son of Harold G. and Elizabeth Lee (Bowles) Reiling, in Port Byron, IL. He married Elvera M. Sears on February 15, 1948 in Atkinson, IL. Frederick was a lifetime farmer in rural Atkinson, and member of the Atkinson Congregational Church. He was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, the former Cornwall Township Road Commissioner, and former sexton of the Liberty Cemetery in rural Atkinson. Frederick was an avid tractor collector and enjoyed doing restorations on the tractors he collected. He was an accomplished wood worker, and enjoyed gardening and sharing his projects with his family & friends.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include; his wife, Elvera; son Donald (Carol) Reiling of Atkinson; daughters: Sandra (Charles) Ullrick of Geneseo, Rebecca (Michael) Pobanz of Geneseo; brother Rodney Reiling of Geneseo; and sister Marjorie (Myron) Naugle of Atkinson; 9 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

Frederick was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Elizabeth, and his son Steven Allen Reiling.

 

 

 

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Maralyn A. Guthrie

 

Maralyn A. Guthrie of Annawan died Thursday, May 25 at the age of 91. Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, May 31 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. Monsignor Dale Wellman will celebrate while Rev. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will preside. Burial will follow at the Sacred Heart Cemetery in rural Annawan. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 30 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson where the rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.

Maralyn was born on September 8, 1925, the daughter of John and Helen (Hayes) Brennan, in Rochelle, IL. She graduated from Rochelle High School in 1942 and attended Northern Illinois University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in music. Maralyn married James Guthrie on June 14, 1952. She taught vocal music in Lombard, Wethersfield, Atkinson (for over 30 years), and finished her teaching career at Lyle School in Kewanee. Maralyn was a long time music director and church organist at Sacred Heart. She also was the President of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, Province Director of National Council of Catholic Women, a member of the Altar and Rosary Society at Sacred Heart, and member of the Annawan/Alba Women’s Club. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ and accompanying many vocalists for weddings and funerals, playing bridge, golfing, swimming, attending her son’s auctions, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and watching all sports, especially her beloved Cubs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Helen; sister, Emmie Hope; brother-in-law, Jack Hope; sister-in-law, Dorothy Brennan; and daughter-in-law, Carol Guthrie.

Her survivors include her daughter, Jeanne (Paul) Tsukuno of Wheaton; son, Mark Guthrie (Pattie Lewis) of Annawan; brothers Bill (Fran) Brennan of Maple Park, Jack Brennan of Libertyville; grandchildren, Ann (Reeve) Brandon of Chicago; Katie (Scottie) Welch of Chicago; Molly Carroll of Chicago; Kelly (Adam) Lang of Chicago; Sara (Marcus) Parent of Gurnee; Susan (Dave) Mercier of Chicago; Stephanie (Patrick) Boilini of Highland Park; and great grandchildren, Symone Parent; Sasha Parent; John Brandon; Riley Welch; Brody Welch; and Timothée Mercier.

Memorials may be left in her memory to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Annawan/Alba Fire Department.

 

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Alfred L. Duck

 

 

 

Alfred L. Duck, 81, of Geneseo passed away Tuesday, May 23rd at Heartland Health Care Center in Moline, IL. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and no services are planned. Private burial is planned for a later date at Chapel Hill Gardens in Elmhurst, IL. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Alfred was born May 26, 1935, the son of Elmer Duck and Lula Franks in Dyers, Tennessee. He married Carol A. Herrmann on September 12, 1959 in Lombard, IL. He worked as an inspector for General Motors, locomotive division for 20 years, retiring in 1986. Alfred will always be remembered as a true handyman; he could fix anything and enjoy building things.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Carol (Herrmann) Duck, and his daughters: Diane Barton of Geneseo, IL and Debbie (Dane) Kunkle of Plainfield, IL; along with 8 wonderful grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

 

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Lula, his step father Johnny Emrey.

 

 

 

 

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Charles D. Lowe

 

Charles D. Lowe, 84, of Geneseo, passed away Monday, May 22 2017 at the OSF Richard Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held Friday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. at the Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo, Reverend Melva England will officiate. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorials may be left in Charles’ memory to the Grace United Methodist Church. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Charles was born April 15, 1933, the son of Louis H. and Mildred (Overman) Lowe in Sidel, IL. He was a graduate of the Sidel High School. Charles proudly served his country in United States Army. Charles married Ina C. Mills on July 20, 1957 in Brookline, Massachusetts.  He worked as a tool design checker for Caterpillar Corporation in Peoria, Aurora, and Mt. Joy for 40 years, retiring in 1988. Charles is a former Lions Club Member. He was an avid and accomplished woodworker and designer. He enjoyed traveling with classic club, and most of all he loved spending time with his family.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Ina; his son John (Marjorie) Lowe of Davenport, IA; his daughter, Debra (Peter) Riley, of Peoria, IL; and his 3 grandchildren: Alexis, Benjamin, Maxewell Riley.

 

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Louis H. and Mildred (Overman) Lowe.

 

 

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Joyce L. Beebe

 Joyce L. Beebe, 69, of Galva, passed away at 12:42 p.m., Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Joyce Beebe Memorial Fund.


She was born August 30, 1947 in Galesburg, the daughter of James A. “Arnie” and Jeanne A. (Leiser) Goodbar. Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl Beebe of Winter Garden, FL, a brother, James R. (Cathy) Goodbar of Kewanee and her special friend, Jerry Loibl. She was preceded in death by her parents and her niece, Heidi Goodbar.


Joyce graduated from Galva High School in 1965 and attended Midstate College. She worked as a meat processor for Bob Evans until her retirement. She enjoyed shopping and going to the river boat and visiting and socializing with friends. She especially loved country life and living on the farm. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Wayne Ott

Wayne “Barney” Ott, 81, of Dahinda, passed away at 8:50 a.m., Sunday, May 21, 2017 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg.


Graveside services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 25 at Williamsfield Cemetery. Rev. Jennifer Seder will officiate. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield FFA Alumni. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.


He was born January 8, 1936 in Dahinda, the son of William and Mildred (Morgan) Ott. He married Rita Ann Mackie on June 29, 1956 in Williamsfield and she preceded him in death on November 3, 2009. Survivors include his three sons, Martie (Tina) Ott, Mark (Susan) Ott and Michael (Madolyn) Ott, all of Williamsfield, six grandchildren, Abigail (John) Gruber, Alexander (Kelsey), Samantha, Austin, Brayden and Gionna, three great grandchildren, Rylee, McLean & Eloise and his sister, Peggy (Mike) Shepard of Lakeland, FL. He was also preceded in death by his parents.


Barney graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1954. He was a self-employed farmer all his life. He was an avid Billtown Bomber fan and enjoyed following the sporting events of his children and grandchildren. He greatly enjoyed visits from his family, many friends and especially his great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Harriete M. Duffy

Harriette M. Duffy, 98, of Galesburg, formerly of the Victoria and Williamsfield area, passed away at 5:10 a.m., Friday, May 19, 2017 at Marigold Rehab and Health Care Center in Galesburg.

Cremation will be accorded and no services are planned at this time. Inurnment will be in Victoria Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Victoria United Methodist Church or to O.A.K.S. in Galesburg.  Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

She was born June 13, 1918 in Victoria, the daughter of Frank and Mabrun (Rice) Peterson. She married William E. Duffy on December 3, 1939 in Burlington, IA and he preceded her in death in July of 1984. Survivors include her two sons, William E. (Donna) Duffy Jr. of Viola, IL and Cecil (Mary) Duffy of Galva, six grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, seven great-great grandchildren and a special nephew, Tim Connors. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, five brothers.

Harriette graduated from Victoria High School in 1937. She operated the Victoria Hotel Café for many years. She was a member of the Victoria United Methodist Church and O.A.K.S. in Galesburg. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Bonnie R. Cox

 

Bonnie R. Cox, 95, of Colona IL, formerly of Annawan, IL, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 24 at 11:00 a.m at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Atkinson, Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will be in the Annawan Township Cemetery in Annawan, IL. Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 a.m. on hour prior to the service. Memorials may be left to the Bonnie Cox Memorial Fund.

 

Bonnie was born April 12, 1922, the daughter of Cleve and Helen (Carter) Shearer, in Tampico, IL. She attended Tampico High School, and went on to achieve her business degree following her graduation. Bonnie married Clarence W. Cox in 1945, he preceded her in death. She and Clarence were active members of the Annawan and Mineral communities. Bonnie was a member of Annawan Community United Methodist Church. She was also a member of Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed crocheting, helping her family.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Richard (Marlee) Cox of Colona, IL, and Jim (Jeanine) Cox of Rock Springs, WY; and her grandchildren: Bruce (Kelly) Cox, Nichole Cox, Jim Cox, and Kim Burnside; 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

 

Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, Cleve and Helen, and her husband Clarence.

 

 

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Jean Ringberg

Jean M. Ringberg, 74, of Woodhull, IL passed away Wednesday, May 17th 2017 at Unity Point Health – Methodist in Peoria, IL. Funeral mass will be Monday, May 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Woodhull, Father Burns will officiate. Burial will be in the St. John Cemetery in Woodhull. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be left in her memory to the Jean Ringberg Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Jean was born May 10, 1943, the daughter of Leonard and Selina (Cauwels) Vermeire, in Geneseo, IL. She was a graduate of Alwood High School.  Jean went on to pursue beautician’s license and cosmetology. She married William R. Ringberg on July 25th, 1964 in Geneseo, IL. Jean worked at National Seal in Galesburg, IL as an accountant for many years, and then later was a part-time accountant for Compton Accounting in Kewanee, IL. She loved to go camping, and was a member of the Winnebago Camping Club. Jean also enjoyed playing cards, spending time with her family, and attending all of her family’s events. She was a member of the St. John’s Church in Woodhull.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband William; her son Scott (Kim) Ringberg of Evansville, WI; her daughter Kim Wexell of Galva, IL; sister Marilyn (Barry) McVietty of Geneseo, IL; grandchildren: Jennifer Ringberg, Mathew Ringberg, Ben Gulliksen, Connor Gulliksen, Cody Wexell, Kyle Wexell, Brett Wexell; and sister in-law Judith (Jim) Werthmann of Sun City, AZ.

 

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Selina.

 

 

 

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Gladys Stemmley

 

Gladys Jean Stemmley, 93, of Sun Lakes, AZ, formerly of Orion, passed away Sunday, May 14th at Hospice of the Valley in Chandler, Arizona. Funeral services are scheduled for Saturday, May 20th at 11:00 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo. Reverend Melva England will officiate. Burial will be in the Orion Lutheran Cemetery in Orion, IL. Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home. Memorials may be left in her memory to the Gladys Jean Stemmley Memorial Fund.

 

Gladys Jean was born April 11th, 1924, the daughter of Frank and Iona (Standard) Soderberg, in Orion, IL. She married Fred Stemmley on November 24, 1942 in Missouri.  Gladys Jean worked at Anniston Army Depot in Bynum, AL for 25 years. Gladys Jean volunteered at the Stroke Center while living in Palm Springs, CA and was a life member of the Elks Lodge.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include; her husband Fred, her daughters: Linda (Rick) Harrison of Montevallo, AL, and Mary Tolbert of Reno, NV; 4 grandsons, and 8 great-grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Iona and 3 sisters: Martha Bodeen, Maxine Dorman, and Shirley Skinner.

 

 

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Walter E. Johnson

 

Walter E. Johnson, 76, of Davenport IA, formerly of Geneseo, passed away Wednesday May 17, 2017, at Manor Care in Davenport. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:30 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo, Reverend Todd Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, military honors will be by Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be 12:30-1:30 p.m., one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorials may be left in his memory to Genesis Hospice or Shriners Children’s Hospital.

 

Walter was born July 1st, 1940, the son of Carl and Ila (Stahl) Johnson, in Geneseo, IL. He attended Geneseo High School. Walter married Jeraldine I. Schultz on May 7, 1972 in Kewanee, IL. Walter was a member of the US Navy from 1960-1964. He worked for the Rock Island Lines, at the Geneseo Senior Citizen Center as a driver, and at the Geneseo Community Center as a custodian.  Walter is a former member of the Stewart Lodge 92 AF & AM, former member of the Geneseo Civil Defense, and an avid Railroad Retiree; attending their gatherings. He was a skilled woodworker, loved to garden and mow his grass, enjoyed going out to eat, and loved watching the Lawrence Welk Show. Walter was a faithful participant of the church services at Manor Care in Davenport.

 

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Jeraldine Johnson of Davenport, IA; son Clayton Johnson of Davenport, IA; daughter Carrie (Brian) DePuydt of Davenport, IA; brother Ronald Johnson of Annawan, IL; sister Rose (Denny) Cleair of Geneseo, IL; and his special honorary grandchildren Sean, Matt, Will, Caty, and Hope Pohl.

 

Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Ila, and one nephew.

 

 

 

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Margaret O. Calsyn

 

Margaret O. Calsyn, 94, of Geneseo passed away Tuesday, May 16th 2017 at Hammond Henry Long Term Care Unit in Geneseo. A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, May 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow in North Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be Monday, May 22nd from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Margaret Calsyn Memorial Fund.

 

Margaret was born January 26, 1923, the daughter of Adiel Verplaetse and Helene Vandekerckhove, in Munson Township, rural Geneseo. She married Andrew A. Calsyn June 30, 1945 in Geneseo. He passed away in 2006. Margaret was employed at Hammond Henry Hospital in the laundry department for 27 years and assisted Andrew with farming in rural Geneseo. She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and the Altar & Rosary Society. During World War II, Margaret helped assemble tail sections for war planes at John Deere Forge in East Moline. Margaret enjoyed embroidery, reading, and baking.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son Dale (Janice) Calsyn of Oswego, IL; her daughters: Betty (Gordon) Bodeen of Geneseo, Helen (John) Garwood of Las Vegas, NV, and Mary (Ron) Ryman of Geneseo, IL; 6 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

 

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, Adiel and Helene, her husband Andrew, and 2 brothers: George and Alfred Verplaetse.

 

 

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Shirley M. Rakestraw

 

Shirley M. Rakestraw, 80, of Mineral, IL, passed away Tuesday, May 16th 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, May 22nd at 10:00 a.m at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Reverend Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial is to follow at Evergreen Memory Gardens in Kewanee, IL. Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m on Sunday, May 21st; at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Atkinson, IL with a rosary being recited at 1:30 p.m. Memorials may be left in her memory to the Shirley Rakestraw Memorial Fund.

 

Shirley was born November 8th, 1936, the daughter of Alphonse Sierens and Helen L. Hoogerwerf, in Kewanee, IL. She attended Mineral High School and graduated in the class of 1954. She married Duane D. “Palsy” Rakestraw on September 25, 1954 in Kewanee, he passed away April 30, 2016. Shirley was a waitress at the former Sauk Trail Inn in Annawan for a few years. She and Palsy were partners in owning the Mineral Country Store.  Shirley loved to golf and was a member of golf leagues at Hidden Lake Country Club. She looked forward to golf and wine with her women’s leagues, and to beating her husband Palsy at golf. Shirley and Palsy would take off after the “crops” were in and travel down south, hitting golf courses along the way. Many good times were had in Biloxi, Mississippi and Myrtle Beach. Shirley loved Christmas day, and always made it special for those she loved.  She enjoyed spending time tending to her flower garden and meeting her friends for coffee. Shirley was a proud member of the Altar & Rosary Society and Hidden Lake Golf League.

 

Left to cherish her memory are her children; Deb Rakestraw of Naperville, IL, Duane (Linda) Rakestraw of Geneseo, IL, Denise Howell of Geneseo, IL, Dave (Kathy) Rakestraw of Annawan, IL, Darrell (Regina) Rakestraw of Mineral, IL; grandchildren Ryan Howell, Mandy (Brandon) Heller, Kerry (Shea) Jones, Ty (Melissa) Rakestraw, Dylan Rakestraw, Kelsey Rakestraw, Heath Rakestraw, Logan Rakestraw, Elizabeth Rakestraw; step-grandchildren: Raquel Frankenreider, Shannon Frankenreider; great-grandchildren: Liam James Heller, Piper Jamey Jones, Maddison Rakestraw, Kennedy Rakestraw, Knox Rakestraw; step-great-grandchildren: Peyton Frankenreider, Baylor Frankenreider, Charlie Frankenreider; and brother Kenny (Sara) Sierens of Annawan, IL, along with sister-in-law Joyce Geiger.

 

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Alphonse and Helen, and her husband Duane “Palsy”; infant son Duane “Danny” Rakestraw, granddaughter Jamey Howell, son-in-law James P. Howell, an in-laws Darrel “Fluff” and Hazel.

 

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Marvin R. Novotny

Marvin R, Novotny, 90, of rural Kewanee, died at 8:30 P.M. Monday, May 15, 2017 at the Courtyard Estates in Galva, IL. Marvin was born July 22, 1926 in Meadow Grove, Nebraska, the son of Jim and Marie (Nemec) Novotny. He married Lois Elaine Oleson on November 20, 1949 in Norfolk, Nebraska, she survives.

Also surviving is a son, Joey (Connie) Novotny, Galva, IL; daughter, Judy Novotny, Dixon, IL; son-in-law, Mark Guthrie, Annawan; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Maryann Novotny, Nebraska.

He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, Donald and James; daughter Carol M. Guthrie in 2008.

Marvin was a US Army veteran having served in WWII and the Korean Conflict. He had 42 jumps as a paratrooper. He was a life-long farmer having farmed in rural Kewanee and Hoopole areas. He belonged to the Hoopole American Legion.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Church, Kewanee, IL with military honors accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Pastor Paul Weber will officiate.  Visitation will be from 12:30 P.M. till the time of service on Saturday at the church. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Carol M. Guthrie Memorial 5K run/walk or to Faith Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Share a memory or leave an online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Jean D. Humbard

 

 

Jean D. Humbard, 85, of Geneseo passed away Tuesday May 16, 2017 at the Geneseo Good Samaritan Society. Funeral services are planned for Saturday, May 20th at 3:00 p.m. at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo, visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Private inurnment will be Monday, at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be left in her memory to the Jean Humbard Memorial Fund. Per her request, cremation rites will be accorded following the services.

 

Jean was born on February 5th, 1932, the daughter of Ezra Newman and Jane Lucas, in Manningtree, Essex, England. Jean married Henry L. Humbard on August 9th, 1952 in Essex, England. Henry passed away in 2012. She was a proud member of the American Legion Auxiliary and volunteered with the American Red Cross for many years. Jean also loved knitting, crocheting, playing cards, doing her crossword puzzles, greatly enjoyed traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Bob (Tonya) Humbard of Bloomington, IN; her daughters, Sue (Joe) DeVoss of Cocoa, FL, and Mary (Mike) Pratt of Geneseo, IL; 8 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Fred Newman of Redditch, England.

 

Jean was preceded in death by her parents, Ezra and Jane, her husband Henry, and 2 sisters.

 

 

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Geraldine Greene

Geraldine Greene, 70, of Kewanee, died at 9:00 p.m., Monday, May 15, 2017 at UnityPoint Health-Methodist in Peoria.


Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, May 19 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation. Memorials may be directed to the family.


She was born July 24, 1946 in Opelousas, LA. She married Caesar William Greene Sr. and he preceded her in death on February 13, 2014. Survivors include her two children, Michael Greene and his special friend, Amanda of Rock Island and Jacqueline Greene and her special friend, Dave of Kewanee, two brothers, Ben and Warren, a sister, Betty Chappell of Waco, TX and two grandchildren, Mike Jr. and Garrett. She was also preceded in death by her parents.


Geraldine was a homemaker and a member of the Second Baptist Church in Kewanee. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Carol A. Jacobson

 

 

Carol A. Jacobson, 81, of Geneseo died peacefully on May 10, 2017 at Good Samaritan in Geneseo.  Per her wishes, she will be cremated and a celebration of her life will be scheduled at a later time. A private graveside service will be held Wednesday, at the North Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Carol A. Jacobson Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several charitable organizations. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo is handling the arrangements.

 

Carol was born September 13, 1935 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin; the second of four children to Malcolm and Lorraine Reise Jacobson. She became the first of her family to go to college, graduating from MacMurray College for Women. As a social worker, she worked with G irl S couts in Indiana and later with the Native American population in Outagamie County, WI. For her master’s degree, she the n was accepted to the Loy ola School of Social Work in Chicago. After graduation with her Master's, she started a residential treatment c enter for boys in Palatine where she utilized horse therapy. She then worked at Park Ridge S chool for girls as a social worker where she met people who became lifelong friends. In 1974, she became the Associate Director of Adolescent Psychiatry at Rush Presbyterian St Luke’s H ospital where she began teaching family therapy to the 

medical residents . Further into her career, she counseled adults and senior citizens, offering help with social services.  She retired in 1997, but her friends knew that she wasn't hesitant to continue providing advice, with humor and with love.

 

She had visited Geneseo many times before deciding to move there in 1998, after persuading her dear, dear friend Micki Ogroski, and former Geneseo resident and friend, Joyce Strohman to join her.  Carol loved her new home, her neighborhood, and the town. She was a wonderful storyteller who loved telling people about her life experiences, inviting them to her home and making many friends in her new hometown. A generous and warm person, she would reach out to the distressed the minute she saw their sadness, all the time making friends with the more fortunate, as well.  One of her greatest moments was when Ashley and Logan Farber adopted her as their g randmother.  

 

She is survived by the sister she raised, Sandy Jacobson of Sonoma, California, and by her housemates, Micki Ogrosky and Joyce Strohman, and by her pets that (lucky for them) were a part of her life.  She will be missed by her granddaughter, Ashley Farber (Nick Holik) of Palatine and her grandson, Logan Farber of Rock Island, as well as so many other friends and family members.

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Marydel Collis

 

Marydel A. Collis, 89, of Geneseo passed away Wednesday May 10, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Funeral services are planned for Saturday, May 13 at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo, Pastor Dave Murphy will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service on Saturday. Burial and graveside service will take place at the Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona, IL following the services at the funeral home. Memorial gifts may be made in her memory to the First Baptist Church in Geneseo.

 

Marydel was born October 20, 1927, the daughter of Frank and LaVina McCoslin, in Colona, IL. She attended Geneseo High School, graduating in 1945. She then became employed as a legal secretary at the law firm of Chamberlin & Shaw. She married her husband Eldon Collis in September of 1948 in Geneseo. After marriage, Marydel became a full-time homemaker and mother. She was a proud member of the First Baptist Church of Geneseo.

 

She is survived by two children, Virginia (Larry) Lamb of Savannah, Georgia, and Kevin Collis of Geneseo, IL; and two grandchildren. Marydel also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, friends, and relatives.

 

Marydel was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and LaVina; her husband, Eldon, two brothers, Allan and Herbert, and by her son Clifford.

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Gloria J. Smith-Durant

Gloria J. Smith-Durant 62, of Kewanee, IL died at 1:48 pm on Saturday May 6, 2017 at OSF St. Luke Medical Center. Gloria was born April 14, 1955 in Kewanee the daughter of Thomas and Lucille (Tanner) Smith. She graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1973. She attended Western Illinois University, Macomb and received a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. She married Delmer Durant on June 8, 1993 in Cambridge, IL.

Surviving is her husband, Delmer Durant; daughter, Brandy (Roger) Knighten, Kewanee; son, Joseph (Nikki) Boswell, WI; brother, Tom (Annie) Smith, GA; sister, Sheri James, CO; niece, Darra Durant; grandchildren, Michael, Gary and Ashleigh Tompkins and Misty Lynn, Miranda and Lucille Boswell; two nephews and six nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Gloria worked in customer service, currently working as a home agent for HGS in Peoria. She had previously worked at the Super 8 Motel in Kewanee as a resident manager. 

Gloria loved getting together with the ladies from the class of ‘73 to eat at different restaurants. She also loved going to the Juke Box Comedy Club in Peoria with Delmer. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Visitation will be from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, IL.  Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Humane Society. Leave an online condolence for Gloria’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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David Francis Osborne

David Francis Osborne (Ozzie) passed away Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at OSF Richard Owens Hospice House in Peoria with his loving wife, Connie, and daughter Traci at his side.  David was born April 5, 1947 to Elin Jo (Peterson) and Francis (Fritz) Cleo Osborne in Kewanee, IL.

David graduated Kewanee High School 1965, proud to be a member of the varsity football team that won the NCIC Championship in 1963.  After high school, David was drafted into the Army.  He served in Germany at the Message Center, being honorably discharged as Specialist 4th Class July 12, 1968.   He came back to Kewanee to become a Cable Splicer for United Telephone Company.  He married Glenda Munday.  There were no children in this union.  He attended Black Hawk College, Kewanee Campus where he earned a certificate in Law Enforcement. He was a member of the Moose Lodge, the American Legion and the Zion Lutheran Church.  December 31, 1982 he married Connie Juskiv Thieben.

His work eventually took him to Scottsbluff, NE where he worked for Sprint Telephone Co.   David retired from CenturyLink Telephone Company in 2003.   Connie retired in 2006 and together they cared for their 10 acre “toy farm” and enjoyed every minute growing a large garden, canning fresh veggies and caring for rescue pets.  The overflow of veggies and fruits was always shared with the Veteran's Home and friends.  Living in Nebraska he became an avid Huskers fan claiming “Uncle Tom Osborne” as “his” Uncle.   Go Huskers was a common phrase from David no matter where he was.

David enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels, gardening, his pets, cooking, baking and participating in water exercise.  David was a fun loving guy that “never met a stranger”.   He loved hanging out with his friends drinking “Tanqueray, Tonic, short glass with a lime”.  He had many “best friends” too many to mention, which none of them will be forgotten.  He was a loving husband and loved to spoil his wife Connie.  He will be sadly missed by all that knew him.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, OSF Richard Owen Hospice House, American Legion Peoria Post 2, your local Humane Society or the Scotts Bluff Volunteer Center, Scottsbluff, NE.

 

David was preceded in death by his mother and father and 2 grandchildren.  He leaves behind his wife, Connie,  sister Lela (Osborne) DeToye and the late Dennis DeToye, brother Jim (Grace) Osborne, daughters Sheri (Randy) Copple and Traci (Jeff) Turner,  grandchildren, Nathan (Skylar Savage) Turner, Natalie (Stephen) Lorance and Scott (Alyssa Howell) Copple, and great-grandchildren Gemma Lorance and Hadley Turner and 3 nieces and 1 nephew.

 

A celebration and remembrance of David's life will be held Monday, May 15th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at Kewanee Dunes (formerly Midland Country Club), 3536 Midland Rd, Kewanee, IL. Local arrangements by Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left for David’s family at www.schueneman-tumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Judyth Simaytis

Judyth Rose Simaytis, 77, of Port Byron, formerly of Kewanee, died unexpectedly on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at her new home which she recently snuggled into.


Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 6 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Trisha Chapman will officiate. Inurnment will be held in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.


She was born February 11, 1940 in Kewanee, the daughter of Duward E. and Hazel M. (Walton) Purvis. She married John A. Simaytis on June 14, 1958 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on August 12, 2001. Judyth was her beloved husbands’ primary caregiver for several years prior to his death. She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brother in-law, Joseph Simaytis and his wife, Judy K. Simaytis.


Survivors include her two sons, Mark (Deborah) Simaytis of Kewanee and Matthew (Deborah) Simaytis of Port Byron, her nephew, John J. (Allesandra) Simaytis of Galva and niece, Mellissa Simaytis of Perry, IA. Judyths’ (sister at heart) Mary Lou (Huffman) Yarger also survives along with many close friends in Lady Lake Florida, Camp Hauburg and friends in the Port Byron area. She was also survived by her fluffy companion cat, Prince Alexander.


Judyth graduated from Annawan High School in 1957. She worked as a farm wife, mother, beautician, interior decorator and seamstress. She had been part-owner of the Farmhouse Restaurant in rural Kewanee. Judyth had many hobbies that she enjoyed and was a former member of the Henry County Homemakers Extension Association where she made many good friends. She had attended the First United Methodist in Kewanee. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Martin Christensen


Martin “Bill” Christensen, 83, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on January 27, 2017 in Colorado Springs.  A memorial service will be held May 6th at 11:00am at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo IL. There will be a luncheon at the church following the private graveside service. Survivors include his wife Beverly, daughter Lori (Roger Swanson), grandson Michael Swanson, granddaughter Holly (Ted McLoughlin), granddaughter Kristina (Michael Paris), brother Dean Christensen (Judy), sister Lora (William Tremayne), and brother Gary Christensen (Linda), and two great grandsons Eli Paris and Liam McLoughlin. He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar and Charlotte Christensen, and two sons, Kenneth and John. In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with arrangements.

 

 

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