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Doris M. Hier

Doris M. Hier, 83, of Kewanee, Illinois, passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 at Liberty Village in Princeton, Illinois surrounded by caring staff.  Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Faith Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Reverend Chris Bushre will officiate. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation or to the Faith Lutheran Church Building Fund.

 

Doris was born September 17, 1933 to Olof and Lura “Mae” Matson.  During her early years Doris worked for the Walworth Company.  On July 30, 1955, she married Wendell Hier.  She worked part time for many years as church secretary for St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kewanee, Illinois.  Around age 50 Doris started taking college classes.  In May 1986, Doris graduated Magna Cum Laude from Black Hawk College, East with a double major in Math and English.  She was also named a Founder’s Scholar.  That same summer, Doris launched a successful writing career which spanned 20 years and produced more than 900 published works.  These works included personal experience stories, games, devotions, food articles and even greeting cards.

 

Doris was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and was a church choir member most of her adult life.  A woman of many interests and talents, Doris was an avid reader, traveler, and reluctant camper.  For the sake of her family she camped all over the country visiting most of the continental United States.  She and her husband also visited London, England and Canada.  A self-taught pianist, Doris loved gathering with her family to play and sing around the piano.  She was also a formidable scrabble and word game opponent and loved games of all kinds.

 

Just two days short of their 62nd wedding anniversary, Doris Hier is survived by her devoted husband, Wendell, and children: Lynn Verschage (Michael) of Waupaca, Wisconsin; Lea West (Kent) of Decatur, Illinois; and Matthew Hier (Deborah) of Rockford, Illinois.  Doris is survived by seven grandchildren:  Daniel Verschage, Andra Revak, Alexandra Haefele, Rachel Seidel, Jacob Hier, Megan Blass, and Lucas Hier.  Doris also leaves five great-granchildren:  Kyler Smith; Steven Verschage;  Ayla, Braden and Bryan Revak.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson Bradley Verschage. Share a memory or online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

            

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Agnes H. Palmer

- Agnes H. Palmer, 104, of Moline, formerly of Galva, died at 6:23 p.m., Friday, July 28, 2017 at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Paul Lindbald 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 MGT New Hope Church. 

She was born August 17, 1912 on a farm near Cambridge, the daughter of Newell and Hildur (Johnson) Robertson. She married Leonard A. Palmer on February 22, 1933 in Rock Island and he preceded her in death on April 6, 1974. Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Kelley of Moline and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Raymond, a daughter, Violet Caldwell and three brothers. 

Agnes attended Cambridge schools and graduated from Victoria High School. She and her husband farmed in the Galva area until 1956 when they moved to Moline. She had worked in the kitchen at Lutheran Hospital and later for the City of Moline. She was a member of the Moline Gospel Temple and following retirement had volunteered at the church. 

The family wishes to give a special thank you to the staff of Hope Creek Care Center and Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald Morgan

 

 

Donald Hollis Morgan, 62, of Silvis, IL, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017, while under hospice care at Unity Point Health Trinity Rock Island with his "queen" by his side, wife Kelly Duff-Morgan. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and there's no funeral service. Memorials can be made in Don's honor to the Geneseo Humane Society. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting with arrangements.

 

In true Don fashion, he asked that family and friends gather at a later date to "raise a glass" to toast and celebrate his life.

 

In November 2016, Don was diagnosed with small cell lung cancer. From that point, he fought every minute of every day for the chance to spend one more day with his beloved wife, family, friends, and pets. He was a huge car fan whether that meant doing a rebuild, tinkering with a motor, racing in a demolition derby, or participating in a car show. One of his favorite vehicles was a 1948 Pontiac Silver Streak. He enjoyed traveling and made numerous trips to Mexico. Don also loved fishing, and doing anything outside.

 

Don is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Kelly Duff-Morgan; siblings Mary, Chuck, Whitney, and Trude; his wife's family, and his fur babies.

 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Tim.

 

 

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Bonnie L. Mitchell

 Bonnie L. Mitchell, 73, of Kewanee, died at 11:26 p.m., Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 31 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Victoria Cemetery in Victoria, IL at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.


She was born September 27, 1943 in Galesburg, the daughter of Elmer Clarence and Jessie Louise (Miller) Bridges. She married Edward Mitchell on July 12, 1962 and he preceded her in death on July 12, 2017 on their 55th wedding anniversary. Survivors include her two sons, Russell Mitchell of Galesburg and Duane (Jill) Mitchell, of Kewanee.


Bonnie attended Galesburg schools. She had worked at FCA in Princeville for nearly 20 years. She enjoyed playing cards, especially Uno and thoroughly enjoyed her family time. She is now at peace with her husband. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Brayden A. Talbot

 

Brayden A. Talbot, 7 month old son of Zach and Rachel Talbot of Geneseo, IL, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 in the emergency room at Morrison Community Hospital. A private funeral service for family and friends is planned for Friday, July 28 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be left to the family.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his parents, Zach and Rachel, brother Adam, and his twin sister Brooklyn. His grandparents are Mickey & Karen Knox, Rock Falls IL, Gary & Jodell Talbot, Geneseo, IL Helen & Tony Lewis, August, GA, and his great-grandfather Ralph Dillon of Winter Haven, FL. Brayden is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

 

 

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Vincent C. “Vince” Hannah

 

Vincent C. “Vince” Hannah, 70, of Geneseo passed away peacefully surrounded by his family July 22, 2017 at his home. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, July 31st at First Baptist Church in Geneseo at 10:30 a.m. Reverend David Murphy and Reverend Joel Kobernat will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post. Visitation will be Sunday, July 30th at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Vincent Hannah Memorial Fund.

 

Vincent Cecil Hannah was born on May 8th, 1947, the son of Cecil E. and Margaret A. (Curry) Hannah in Rock Island, IL. He went to Rockridge High School before enlisting in the United States Army. He served in the Vietnam War until 1972.  Vincent married Marty A. Whitt on December 31, 1988 in New Lenox, IL. They were members of the First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Vince worked as an operations supervisor for Kinder Morgan Pipeline for 48 and a half years. He coached boys softball and was a Boy Scout leader for many years. He enjoyed fishing, spending time in his garden, and keeping his lawn manicured. He owned and remodeled many of his rental homes with his wife. Vince also enjoyed dancing and was a member of Kountry Nights from 1993-1998.

 

Vince never met a stranger, he knew everyone. He was always available to lend a helping hand to his family and church in their times of need. He resided in Geneseo for nearly 50 years, so his community ties ran deep and strong. Vince loved spending time with his wife and children and he always enjoyed opening his home to them on special occasions and holidays. Among his many qualities, he was hard working and dedicated to his family and God. He never held a grudge and was always quick to forgive. You could always count on everything he did because he did everything out of love.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife Marty Hannah. His six sons are Timothy Hannah, Milan, IL, Jeffrey Smith, Lockport, IL, James (Michelle) Smith, Galva, IL, Michael (Dayna) Smith, Minooka, IL, Kenneth (Keri) Smith, Osco, IL, and Kevin Smith, Geneseo, IL. His daughters are Cyndi (Shawn) Webster, Colona, IL and Debbie (Harry) Kosters, Morris, IL. Vincent also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren with one on the way. His brothers are Michael (Jackie) Hannah, Rock Island, IL and Allan Hannah, Monmouth, IL.

 

Vince was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Margaret, and one granddaughter Allyson Kosters.

 

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Georgia Grabbe

 Georgia Ann Grabbe, 76, of Galva, died at 3:25 p.m., Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m.Friday, July 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

She was born March 9, 1941 in Galesburg, the daughter of William and Virginia (Showalter) Perry. She married William E. “Bill” Grabbe Sr. on April 16, 1961 in Galva and he preceded her in death on July 31, 2013. Survivors include her son, William (Cheri) Grabbe Jr. of Galva, a brother, Bill, three sisters, Norma, Nancy and Betty, a grandchild, Patrick (Kotalina) Grabbe and two great grandchildren, Nathan and Carson. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Ed, a sister, Jeanie, and a daughter, Cindy in infancy.

Georgia was a homemaker and she enjoyed music, going to yard sales, watching her favorite T.V. show, American Pickers and going for rides and heading to McDonalds. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Beverly J. (Clason) Bryan

 

 

Beverly J. (Clason) Bryan, 79 of Colona, left this earth Friday morning, July 21, 2017 to join her loved ones in heaven. A graveside funeral service is scheduled for Thursday, July 27th at 10:30 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown, IL. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 26th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Geneseo Humane Society.

 

Beverly Clason was born May 14, 1938 in Soldiers Gove, WI, the daughter of Rollo and Charlotte (Ward) Clason. They moved to Illinois and became farmers. Bev married Harvey Beattie in 1956, and from that union her two sons, Scott and Todd were born. She later married Blair Bryan Jr. in Colona, IL. The years she spent with Blair were the happies years of her life. He preceded her in death on February 13, 2012. She was a longtime cashier and checkout clerk for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in Milan, then lastly at Farm & Fleet in Moline. Bev had a love for horses and dogs, and she had owned several of both in her lifetime. She will be remembered for being a fantastic cook and her talent for baking apple pies. Bev also took pride in, and enjoyed decorating her home.

 

Bev was preceded in death by her parents, brother Leroy Clason, sister Barbara Oltman, and her husband Blair Bryan Jr.

 

Bev is survived by her oldest son Scott Beattie of Dallas TX. Her son Todd (Cindy) Beattie and their daughter Jayme, who was very special to her, and a grand-daughter Alexcia Lamberson, who made her smile.

 

 

 

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Beatrice Murphy

Beatrice “Sally” Murphy, 88, of Kewanee, IL, died at 12:15 pm, Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at her home. Sally was born February 25, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Harold and Pauline (Wilsey) Walker. She married Jack Murphy on January 24, 1947 in Kewanee, he preceded her in death.

Sally is survived by 2 daughters, Kathleen (Pat) Colletta, Channahon, IL, Cynthia Murphy, Bloomingdale, MI; 2 sons, Ed (Janice) Murphy, Bloomingdale, MI and John (Karen) Murphy, Bangor, MI. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Melanie, Tricia, Keith, Patrick, John, Michael and Jamie; great grandchildren, David, Timothy, Dean, Emma, Ruby and Rose; sister Marcella Smith, Kewanee; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert Murphy; granddaughter, Kimberly and a sister Jean Haumon.

Sally enjoyed gardening, bird watching, sewing and crocheting. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her dog Holly.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 12:00 pm on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Visitation Catholic Church, Kewanee. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate. Visitation will be Saturday 9:00 to 11:45 am at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Burial will be held at a later date. Share a memory or leave a condolence for Sally’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Donna J. Nelson

 

Donna Jean (Bates) Nelson of Geneseo was called home to the loving arms of her Lord on July 19th, 2017 at the age of 88. Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 22nd at the First United Methodist Church at 10:30 a.m. Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be Friday, July 21st at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory in Geneseo from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Memorials may be left to First United Methodist Church, Hammond Henry Hospital, or Geneseo Athletics.

 

Donna was born on October 20th, 1928 and was raised in rural Kewanee, the daughter of Carl and Verla (Werkheiser) Bates.  Donna, the sister of three brothers and four sisters was a 4-H member, pitched softball and was a member of church and neighborhood groups and attended church camps where she met many friends.  

Donna graduated Wethersfield High School.  She met the love of her life, John M Nelson, through her sister Alice’s husband.  John and Donna were married on February 28th, 1948.  John passed away on June 26th, 2006. Together they farmed North of Geneseo and raised five children.  Donna, her siblings and their spouses remained close throughout their adult lives.  They enjoyed time together playing cards, traveling and gathering twice annually for large family reunions.  As they all retired they met once a month to continue playing cards and enjoying time with each other.

 

Donna was active in the Salem Society of Pink Prairie in Phoenix Township and the United Methodist Women of First Methodist Church of Geneseo.  She worked right alongside her husband on the farm, as well as preparing many midday meals for the men who came to work for them.  The workers were always expected to sit around the large family table and enjoyed her delicious homemade pies and cookies.  Her most famously requested pie was lemon meringue.  Donna and John were avid Geneseo sports fans,   attending most of the out of town events.  They were the number one fans of their eleven grandchildren.  They would spend the cold winter shut in days putting together large jigsaw puzzles. Donna will be remembered by her grandchildren and great grandchildren for her many hours spent with them, playing table games (never “letting” them win), putting puzzles together, baking them special cookies, and teaching them unconditional love.

 

Donna and John were afforded the pleasures of traveling to Europe, Canada, Alaska and The Panama Canal.  A major highlight for them was being able to attend the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA when the Illini football team played in 1984.  There were numerous trips across the country to reunite with John’s army buddies who they remained close in contact with over the years.

 

The family expresses deep appreciation to the wonderful and loving staff of Geneseo Liberty Village and Hillcrest Home who assisted in making her final two and half years pleasant and comfortable.

Donna is survived by her five children.  Three sons and their wives, Michael of Rock Island, David (Michele) of Geneseo, Steven (Diana) of Springfield, IL.  Two daughters and their husbands, Susan (Tom) Heiden and Linda (Jim) Claeys both of Geneseo.  A very special daughter, Vivette Catipon of Livermore, CA whom Donna and John took in as an exchange student.

Eleven grandchildren and spouses, Christine (Joe) Brandlin of Huntley, IL, Richard (Theresa) Van Opdorp of Mt Prospect, IL, Abby Mooney of Geneseo, Jon Van Opdorp and his fiancé’ Kate Miller of Wales, WI, Nicki (Ted) Stoops of Bloomington, IL, Angela (Roderick) Rippen of Raleigh NC, Kelsey (Brandon) Cherry of Geneseo, Jackeline (Brian) Nelson-Rogers of Springfield, IL, Tyler Claeys and special friend Ariel Stann of Chicago IL, John David (Ashley) Nelson of Junction City, KS, Emma Claeys of Geneseo.  One step grandson and wife, Justin (Heather) Heiden of Pine Island, MN.

 

Nineteen great grandchildren, Brooke and Hailey Brandlin, Blayke, Grant and Cole VanOpdorp, Mick, Madelyn and Colten Mooney, Lily, Luke and Charlotte Stoops, Garrett, Brenden and Maddoux Mather, Grace Schilling, Charlee and Lane Cherry and Cataleya-Marie Rogers.  Two step great grandchildren, Brooke Sinning and Jarrett Heiden.

 

Donna is also survived by one brother, Earl Bates and one sister Phyllis (Alvin) Hepner both of Kewanee and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two brothers, and three sisters.

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Judith Pianawski

Judith Ann (Polansky) Pianowski, 70, of Kewanee, passed away at 5:26 a.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 20 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Osceola Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society.

She was born July 5, 1947 in Moline, the daughter of Frank Albert and Helen Louise (Druin) Polansky Sr. She married Alan John Pianowski on November 25, 1972 in Kewanee. He survives, as do a son, Ted Alan Pianowski of Ohio, three daughters, Denise Lee Thomason of Dayton, OH, Charlotte Irene Horsley of Knoxville, TN and Heidi Marie Parsons of Kewanee, eleven grandchildren, Tomie Nicole Pianowski, Jill Marie McConnell, April Lynne Merritt, Jamie Kay Thomason, Rebecca Jean Thomason, Jessica Lynne Thomason, Charlotte Irene Pianowski Jr., Sharde Nicole Pianowski, Jennifer Marie Horsley, Tyler Dennis Parsons and Spencer David Parsons, thirty-three great grandchildren and her brother, Frank Polansky Jr. of Pahrump, NV. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Joyce Marie Foster and a sister-in-law, Jackie Polansky.

Judith graduated from Kewanee High School in 1966. She had worked as a turner at Headwear in Kewanee, in housekeeping at Kewanee Hospital, as a jogger at the Mail-o-graph and as a presser at Novak’s Cleaners until her retirement. She was a member of the Family History Club and the Top 5 in Kewanee. She enjoyed sewing and doing needlepoint and making cat blankets for the Kewanee Animal Shelter. She also enjoyed her cats, doing family history and being on the computer, but most of all she cherished her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Emanual Rosa

 Emanuel Mario Rosa, 64, of Kewanee, died at 7:21 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded and memorial services will be held at a later date. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.  

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Bruce A. Tossell

 Bruce A. Tossell, 58, of Kewanee, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at his home.


A visitation will be held from 1:00-3:00 p.m., Saturday, July 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Following the visitation cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 29 at the Rux Funeral Home with the Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko officiating. Private inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.


He was born September 17, 1958 in Kewanee. He was the youngest son of James and Erma (Richard) Tossell. Bruce loved Kewanee. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1976 and attended college in St. Louis. He continued his career with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at Johnson State Park until his retirement. He also served the City of Kewanee as councilman for 10 years and became Mayor in 2007, serving two terms. He remained involved in the community even after leaving office in 2015. Bruce was a Facebook enthusiast and was especially fond of cooking and grilling and took special interest in the landscape and outdoor living space at his home. He was always willing to help anyone if he could and tried to find solutions to sometimes very difficult situations.


Bruce married Lisa Kidd and they later divorced. He is survived by his daughter, Carley (Jeff) Frail and their two children, Grace and Max and his son, Cayon Tossell. Also surviving are brothers, Jim (Margie) and Dick Tossell, both of Kewanee, sisters, Connie (Joe) Mangan of Florida and Ginger Tossell (Dan Bates) and Nancy (Tim) DeLathouwer, both of Kewanee, several nieces, nephews and cousins, his faithful dog, Jen and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.


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Bennett W. Vincent

 

 

Bennett W. Vincent, 55, of rural Cambridge, died Monday, July 17, 2017 at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 20th at the Cambridge United Methodist Church.  Rev. Rick McDaniel will officiate.  Pastor David Joyce will give the eulogy.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or to Pancreatic Cancer Research.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Bennett Wayne Vincent was born July 6, 1962 in Geneseo, the son of Hal Dean and Sally Wells Vincent.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1980.  Bennett attended Illinois State University in Normal and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Business.  His marriage to Bonita A. Brown took place on September 5, 1987 at the Cambridge United Methodist Church.  He was a lifelong farmer.

 

His memberships include the Cambridge United Methodist Church, Valley View Country Club, Cambridge, and the American Bowling Congress Hall of Fame.  He enjoyed bowling, golf, and family vacations.  Bennett was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Bonita, a son and daughter, Brandon & Lynne Thompson, Lutz, FL, a son, Brinton Vincent (fiancée - Perry Alekna) Maquoketa, IA, a daughter, Bailey Vincent, Bettendorf, his parents, Hal Dean and Sally Vincent, Cambridge, a brother and sister-in-law, Mitch and Doreen Vincent, Cambridge, two sisters and a brother-in-law, Joni Secymore, Cambridge, and Angela Vincent and Darryl Cherry, Pearland, TX.  Other survivors include brothers-in-law and their wives, Ron Trout, Atalissa, IA, Dale and Joanne Trout, Saffell, AR, Kevin and Sandy Brown, Abingdon, IL, a sister-in-law and her husband, Brenda and Jeff Brown, Des Plaines, IL, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.  His grandparents and a brother-in-law, Paul Secymore, preceded him in death.     

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

 

 

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Mary Jo Cleary-Hasley

Mary Jo Cleary-Hasley, 70, of Galesburg, passed away peacefully at 7:14 a.m., Friday, July 14, 2017 at her home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Tuesday, July 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Karen Martin 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 family for a memorial to be established.

She was born October 9, 1946 in Galva, the daughter of Clyde and Norene (Anderson) Nichols. She married Danny Cooper and later married Clifford Cleary and is survived by her husband of 27 years, Paul Hasley. Also surviving her are four daughters, Tangee (Pat) Frazier of Quincy, Crystal (Joel) Emerich of Phoenix, AZ, Jollene (Casey) Gunlikson of Williston, ND and Kelli Jo Cooper and her fiancé, Jeff McFadden, of Galesburg, her brother, Larry (Joyce) Nichols of Peoria, eleven grandchildren, six great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Clifford and children, Marlene and Kenneth Cooper.

Mary Jo attended Galva schools and Brown’s Business College. She worked for many years as a CNA at Marigold and Cottonwood Nursing Homes and most recently as a crossing guard. She enjoyed spending time with family, especially her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed playing cards. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Lisa M. McCann

 

Lisa M. McCann, 59, Geneseo, passed away peacefully with her siblings at her side on July 14, 2017 at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, Iowa after a year-long courageous battle with cancer.  A visitation to celebrate her life will be held at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on July 18, 2017.  A memorial service will also be at Vandemore Funeral Home on July 19 at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will be in North Cemetery, Geneseo.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Geneseo Humane Society or the Clarissa Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa. 

 

Lisa was born in Geneseo, Illinois on August 14, 1957 to Edward and Betty (Gernant) McCann.  She graduated from Geneseo High School in 1975.  She worked in the banking industry her entire life, spending the past 30 plus years as a conversion analyst for Fiserv.  Lisa enjoyed life to the fullest.  She loved spending time with friends and family, was a Bears, Yankees, Cubs, Fighting Illini and Nascar fan.  Her back door was always open to anyone who wanted to come by to visit.  The TV in her kitchen was always on, and if not tuned in to a sporting event, was dialed into the Food Network.  She raised several Schnauzers over the years, and will be missed by her little buddy Linus.

 

Lisa is survived by her sister Patricia and friend, Steve Walker, Geneseo, brothers Ed (Michele), Cedar Falls, Iowa and Steve (Heidi Parkhurst), Coal Valley, Illinois; five nieces and nephews, Cade and Madison McCann, Cedar Falls, Alison Tomczak (Doug), Naperville, Illinois, Michael McCann, Moline, Illinois and Darby Finnegan and friend Tyler Pitlik, also of Moline; and her special great-niece and nephew Sadie and Owen Tomczak, Naperville, who always referred to her as “aunt Lisa”.  She is also survived by a fantastic circle of friends.  She was preceeded in death by her parents.

 

The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff at Dr. Garneau’s office.  A special thanks to the wonderful staff at Clarissa Cook for making Lisa’s last days on this earth so comfortable.

 

 

 

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Edward Mitchell

Edward Mitchell, 79, of Kewanee, died at 10:47 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at his home due to complications of colon and liver cancer.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 15 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service and inurnment will be in Victoria Cemetery in Victoria, IL at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.


He was born December 16, 1937 in Galesburg, IL, the son of Sylvanus Earl and Florence Ruth (Callison) Mitchell. He entered the U.S. Army at 17 years of age and served six years in Korea and Germany. Following his time in the service he worked at Kewanee Boiler Corporation until his retirement.


Edward married Bonnie (Bridges) Mitchell on July 12, 1962 and they had been married 55 years on the date of his death. She survives, along with sons, Russell Mitchell and Duane (Jill) Mitchell, a sister, Mary Louise Morrell and two brothers, Ray Charles Mitchell and Richard Junior (Lynn) Mitchell and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in by his parents, two brothers, William Earl Mitchell and his twin, Edmund Lee Mitchell and a sister, Earline Ruth (Mitchell) Breasaw. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Francis Zimmerman

– Francis C. “Hank” “Zim” “Zimmy” Zimmerman, 95, of Kewanee, passed away at 6:10 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Kewanee Care Home.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 18 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee, Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Monday, July 17 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Francis Zimmerman Memorial Fund.


He was born March 1, 1922 in Bradford, the son of Carl and Estella “Stella” (Powers) Zimmerman. He married Eleanor Johnson on July 25, 1942 in Manlius and she preceded him in death in May of 1996. He later married Shirley A. Currier-Homer on January 31, 1998 in Kewanee. She survives as do, his daughter, Sharon Lappin of Kewanee, his son, Gary (Dorothy) Zimmerman of Loma Linda, CA, a sister, Laura (Ray) McCall of Princeton, four grandchildren, Doug (April) Zimmerman, Scott (Alyssa) Zimmerman, Melissa (Rick) Baskett and Joe (April) Fjeld and seven great grandchildren, Cody Demas, Kyla, Tristen, Makenna and Addix Fjeld and Amriel and Kendron Baskett. He was also preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Everett, Fred and Jesse.


Hank graduated from Princeton high School in 1940. He served his country in the Army Air Force during WWII. He had farmed in the Malden, Manlius and Sheffield areas. He was very active in church activities in Wyanet and Kewanee. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed all sports especially golf.

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Johnathan A. Woods

 

Johnathan A. Woods, 32, of Kewanee, IL, died Thursday, July 6, 2017 at his home. John was born April 11, 1985 in Kewanee, son of Jerry and Wanda (DeVoss) Woods. He graduated from Kewanee High School.

 

Surviving is his mother, Wanda; dad, Mike Thomas; father, Jerry; daughter, Joy; son, Jesse; sister, Ivory Woods; brother-in-law, Abishai Price; uncles, Mike DeVoss, George (Michelle) DeVoss, Brian (Brenda) Woods; aunts, Kathy Humphrey, Judy Moore, Lori Hickenbottom, Brenda Woods, Sandie DeVoss, Debbie Copper; cousins, Tony Woods, JoAna DeVoss, Dale Fought; three nephews and two nieces.

 

John was preceded in death by his grandparents; two brothers, Jesse and Elmer; and an aunt, Brenda DeVoss.  John enjoyed fishing, camping, playing Xbox, and spending time with his kids. He loved going on the road with his dad, Mike in his semi. He was learning how to work on cars with Mike teaching him.

 

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am Friday, July 14, 2017 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Al Harmon will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 – 11 am prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be left for John’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Kathleen Lamb

Kathleen Marie Lamb, 73, of Galva, died at 5:35 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.


Cremation will be accorded and a graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 18 at Galva Cemetery. Rev. Trisha Chapman will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society or to the Galva Food Pantry. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.


She was born April 19, 1944 in Kewanee, the daughter of Geroid G. and Esther I. (Calkins) Lamb. Survivors include many cousins and 2nd cousins and her special friends, JoAnn Wilson, Bonnie Hoxworth and Mary Hollingsworth. She was preceded in death by her parents.


Kathleen graduated from Galva High School in 1962. She worked as a teller at State Bank of Toulon in Galva and had also worked in her earlier years at Anderson Grain Elevator, Dr. Dickerson’s Veterinary Clinic and Bothwell Fertilizer and Equipment in Victoria. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva and enjoyed singing in the church choir especially during the holiday seasons.  She dearly loved her cats. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Helen L. Foote

 

 

Helen Louise Holevoet Foote, 88, of Geneseo, died on July 10th, 2017 under hospice care at Good Samaritan Care Facility in Geneseo, IL.  A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Father Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will be at the Annawan Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral.

Helen was born to the late George and Georgette Holevoet in the family home in Cornwall Township, Henry County on May 29th, 1929. She attended and graduated 8th grade from the Brandon Country School.  She later attended Geneseo Township High School and graduated in 1947.  One week later, she started working at her one and only job at the Geneseo Republic Newspaper, where she worked for nearly 30 years.  She was united in marriage to Casper “Doc” Hartman Foote at St. Anthony Church in Atkinson, IL on July 13th, 1968.  Doc passed away on September 2nd, 1998. She was an active member of St. Malachy Church, the Altar and Rosary Society, and various volunteer programs.   Helen’s work here on earth is done. She has received a call from her eternal home, an offer she couldn’t refuse.  This assignment consists of a grand reunion with family and friends whom she has not seen in a long time.  Her new mission takes her to a wonderful place where she will be socializing, gardening, biking, writing letters, and reading to her heart’s content.  She touched many lives in her 88 years and will be missed greatly by her family and friends.  We find comfort in one day knowing we will be invited to her heavenly reunion. 

Helen is survived by her younger siblings, Arthur Holevoet, Paul (Kathy) Holevoet of Atkinson, and MaryLou Robinson of Cambridge, three nieces, three nephews, 17 great nieces/nephews, one great-great niece and one on the way.

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Casper “Doc” Hartman Foote, brother in law, Wayne “Bunky” Robinson, and her beloved dog, Tinkerbell.

 

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Kristine Henkins

 Kristine Ann (Goreth) Henkins, 51, of Kewanee, passed away at 4:40 p.m., Sunday, July 9, 2017 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL.


Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, July 13 at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or to the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home.


She was born September 14, 1965 in Rantoul, IL, the daughter of Roger and Barbara (Wright) Goreth. She married Tony R. Henkins on October 10, 1992 in Kewanee. He survives, as does her mother of Kewanee, her grandmother, Ann Wright of New Windsor, five siblings, Kevin (Pam) Goreth of East Peoria, Kimberli (Craig) Lindstrom of Kewanee, Kelli (Sam) Mitchell of Advance, IN, Karri (Shane) Kazubowski of Kewanee and Kraig (Michelle) Goreth of Madison, MS, a sister-in-law, Ladosha (Dave) Bystry of Kewanee and fourteen nieces and nephews, Alexa, Ashlin and Clay Goreth, Mackenzie Kristine Lindstrom and Marlie Lindstrom, Kelsie and BayLee Mitchell, Ryan and Alison Kazubowski, Elizabeth, Roman and Roger Paul Goreth, Elizabeth Kegebein and David Paul Bystry. She was preceded in death by her father, paternal grandparents, maternal grandfather and her mother-in-law.


When she was eight Kris was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. She battled this disease for 44 years. When her kidneys failed at the age of 32, her sister Kim gave her new life with her gift of a kidney. From then until the present, she was always mindful to protect this wonderful gift. Nurturing her five younger brothers and sisters, her giving nature and compassion led her to a nursing career where she truly cared for her patients. Having not had children of her own, she loved to spoil and dote over her nieces and nephews. All of them loved her very much. She was very proud to have been a Godmother to a niece and nephew and to have named her niece, Ashlin Nicole.


Kris graduated from Kewanee High School in 1983 and from Moline Public School of Nursing in 1986. She worked as a Registered Nurse for Dr. Kevin Jeffries at the Family Health Clinic in Galva and had also worked at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, FL and as an orthopedic nurse at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She attended Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish and in her early years was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. She enjoyed cooking and baking and attending Peoria Rivermen hockey games. She especially enjoyed her dog, Max and attending the sporting events of her nieces and nephews. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dennis E. Drawyer

 Dennis E. Drawyer, 83, of Kewanee, died at 12:31 p.m., Friday, June 30, 2017 at his home.


Cremation will be accorded and a visitation will be held from 9:00-9:45 a.m., Thursday, July 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Private inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.


He was born October 20, 1933 in Kewanee, the son of Melvin D. and Irma M. (Hulbert) Drawyer. Survivors include his son, Dusty (Tracy) Drawyer of Kewanee, his granddaughter, Alexandria, two brothers, Nolan (Janice) Drawyer of Kewanee and Lonnie Drawyer of Princeville and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Pamela Drawyer and three brothers, Rodney, Duane and Ronald.


Dennis had served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and had obtained the rank of Master Sargent. He had worked at Kewanee Boiler Mfg. He enjoyed listening to the radio, fishing and mowing grass. In his early years he enjoyed watching baseball and football. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dean Lindsey

Dean Lindsey, 82, of Kewanee, passed away at 9:05 p.m., Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Kewanee Care Home.  


Private graveside services with military rites by the Kewanee Veterans Council will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Dean Lindsey Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.


He was born December 2, 1934 in Gorham, IL, the son of William and Geneva (Denten) Lindsey. He married Lucy P. Keel on February 27, 1957 in Beeville, TX. She survives, as do two sons, Terry (Josie) Lindsey and William (Alica) Lindsey, both of Kewanee, five grandsons, Lucas (Amber) Lindsey, TJ Allen (Jessica) Lindsey, Josh (Breann) Lindsey, Mark (Kelsey) Lindsey and Juan (Morgan) Garcia, seven granddaughters, Julie (Ryan) DeMuynck, Sheila (Patrick) Goforth, Jenilee (John) Johnson, Aimee Katheryn (Drew) Gilbreath, T.J. Lindsey,  Connie (Thad) Yordy  and two foster children, Ann Tylor and Florence Mannon, twenty great grandchildren, a sister, Shirley Petty of Toulon and a nephew, Dean Petty. He was preceded in death by his parents.


Dean served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era. He had worked at Regals in Lynn Center. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinal Fan and he will be deeply missed by his family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Phill Emmerson

 

Phill Emmerson, 91, of Sheffield passed away on Friday July 7, 2017 at the St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley, Illinois.  A Funeral Mass celebrating his life will be held at 10:00 A.M Wednesday, July12, at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield. Rev. Mark Miller will celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow in the St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield, where Military Honors will be accorded by the Clark Carrington American Legion Post #1031, Mineral. Visitation for Phill will be on Tuesday from 4-7 P.M. at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 P.M. In lieu of flowers the family requests Memorials to the Phill Emmerson Memorial Fund to be distributed to several local charities or the American Alzheimer’s Research Association.

 

Phill was born on August 1, 1925 in Princeton, Illinois the son of Mel & Alice (DeMarlie) Emmerson. He attended Sheffield Schools, and later served our country as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War from 1950-1952. He was united in marriage to Norma Hier on August 12, 1950 in Kewanee. Phill was a lifetime farmer in the Atkinson & Sheffield area’s retiring in 1989 when he and Norma moved into Sheffield. He also was a longtime Hulting Hybrid Seed Corn dealer for the Area.

 

Phill was a member of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, the American Legion, Kewanee and Annawan Bolder’s Club’s, Western Illinois Bolders League, and the Flemish American Club. He enjoyed, and was, an avid Rolle Bolle player. He loved to travel, and he and Norma traveled extensively.  They enjoyed 8 trips to Europe, 13 trips to Hawaii, and 4 trips to Alaska. Phill was proud to have driven in every state in the U.S.

 

Survivors include his wife: Norma; his  daughter: Patsy ( Robert) DeFauw, Annawan; son: James (Peggy) Emmerson, Sheffield;  grandchildren:  Anita (Daniel) Rakestraw, Rob (Amy) DeFauw, Jamie Emmerson, and Benjamin Emmerson; 2 step grandchildren: Kristie Mansfield, and Shawn Etheridge; Great grandchildren Hannah and Maddison Rakestraw and Nash DeFauw, and 7 step great grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Anez Emmerson, Geneseo.

 

Phill was preceded in death by his parents; 2 Brothers: Roger and Rene Emmerson; and his sister Alice Rodgers.

 

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Robert A. Huber

 Robert A. Huber “Bob” died peacefully at the Iowa Masonic Health Facility on June 30th in Bettendorf, IA at the age of 76.


Bob is survived by his four children; Ed Huber (Stacey) of Moraga, CA, Penny Hoker (Jeff) of Dixon, IA, Molly Hickerson (Sean) of Orion, IL and Carrie Vaughn (Chris) of Washington, IL.  He also had 8 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by wife, Bonnie, of Peoria, IL.


Bob was born on July 18, 1940 in Kewanee, IL to John and Emily Huber. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1959 and served in the US Army. He married Bonnie Peterson in 1963 and moved to Peoria, IL, where he lived most of his adult life.  They were married for 48 years until her death in 2011.  He was employed by Dental Arts Laboratory and Methodist Medical Center and was an active Mason, belonging to Schiller Lodge in Peoria.


Bob's world revolved around his family. His heart was constantly tethered to the well-being of his wife, children, and grandchildren. Bob was a warm, compassionate, loving soul who never met a stranger. He welcomed everyone into his life with a warm smile and a firm handshake.


A funeral is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at the Galva Cemetery on July 6th where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. A celebration of life service will follow at the Iowa Masonic Health Facility in Bettendorf, IL from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Iowa Masonic Music and Memory Program, 2500 Grant Street, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements and this obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Bonnie S. Peterson

 

Bonnie S. Peterson, 57, of Kewanee, entered her eternal home on Thursday, June 29, 2017 after a long illness.


Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Inurnment will be held at a later date in Red Oak Cemetery in rural Cambridge. Memorials may be directed to the Bonnie Peterson Memorial Fund.


She was born March 29, 1960 in Peoria, the daughter of Melvin and Lorraine (Anderson) Peterson. They preceded her in death, as do a sister, Connie, a brother, Rick, a niece, Ginger (Peterson) Schubach and nephews, Nathaniel and Jacob Peterson. Bonnie is survived by two brothers, Ron (June) Peterson of Wyoming, IL and Don (Brenda) Peterson of Princeville, IL, a niece, Rebecca (Bob) Heck and five nephews, Matt (Jen), Jeff, Ethan, Donnie and Cody Peterson.


Bonnie was a 1979 graduate of Kewanee High School. She was of the Christian faith and was a member of Kewanee Tops, Fairview Homes Community Outreach Program, Big Brother Big sisters and the Hog Days Festival Committee. She was known as the “treat lady” at Fairview Homes. Children loved to see Bonnie to get cookies or cupcakes. She put a smile on the children’s faces and loved to see the children at the Carnival. She also loved the excitement of the Hog Days Parade.

  
She lived life to the fullest and will be sadly missed by family and many friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Ronny W. Hodgson

 

 

Ronny W. Hodgson, 65, of Geneseo passed away at home with his wife by his side on Sunday, July 2. Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo; Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. The family requests that friends and family wear casual attire. Burial will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery, military honors will be provided by the Moline American Legion Post. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Ronny Hodgson Memorial Fund.

 

Ron was born on December 3, 1951, the son of William B. and Dorothy E. Hodgson in Geneseo, IL. Ron attended Geneseo schools, and graduated from Geneseo High School. He married Sandra J. Wanamaker-Fulton on July 4th 1993. Ron enjoyed photography and riding his motorcycle. He was currently working at Moline Dispatch Publishing Company as an IT Tech, and had been there for the past 21 years. Ron was a member of the United States Army during the Vietnam era, and became a proud member of the Patriot Guard Riders following his time in the service.

 

He is survived by his wife Sandra, son Erik W. Hodgson of Princeton, and step-daughter Christina (Michael) A. Brown of Geneseo, his sister Kay (Richard) L. Stiner of Geneseo, brother, Jimmy S. Hodgson of Geneseo. His grandchildren are Shawn M. Hodgson, Tori A. Hodgson, Alex X. Brown, and Jayden H. Brown

 

Ron was preceded in death by his mother and father.

 

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