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Karen L. Wieneke

 

Karen L. Wieneke, 60, of Geneseo, passed away suddenly on December 26, 2017, at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado, while visiting her family. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Karen Wieneke Memorial Fund.

 

Karen was born on May 18, 1957, the daughter of Calvin and Jean (Anderson) Strother, in Moline, IL. She graduated from Moline High School. Karen was united in marriage to Larry A. Wieneke on April 16, 1977, in Moline. She worked as a homemaker during her life, raising her children, Julie and Jason. Karen enjoyed cooking & baking, which she especially loved to do with her grandchildren. She also loved to decorate for the holidays. Karen was a collector of Isabelle Blooms.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Larry, her son, Jason (Julie Linville) Wieneke, Davenport, IA, daughter, Julie (Kevin) Baugh, Conifer, CO, grandchildren , Melanie and Alayna Bough, sister, Linda (Tom) Dundon, Cleveland, OH, and three nephews, Tommy, Chris, and Ryan Dundon.

 

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Calvin and Jean.

 

 

 

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Debbie Carroll

Debbie Carroll, 63, born in Galesburg, IL on September, 9, 1954 went to her heavenly father on Christmas morning. She will be greatly missed by her family.

She is survived by her mother, Anna Carroll and sister, Pamela Swenson both of Winter Haven, FL, a sister, Esther (Todd) Covell of Sterling, IL, brother, Johnnie (Pam) Carroll of Ohio, several nieces and nephews; Joshua (Marissa) Swenson, Matthew (Stephanie) Swenson, Slain (Ashley) Covell, Aletta (Kurt) Danekas, Hardy (Katie) Carroll, Caroline Carroll and Allison Carroll and two great nephews, Briggs Danekas and Sebastian Bradley Swenson. She was preceded in death by her father, Harold Carroll, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Wilcox and Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Carroll and brother-in-law, Brad Swenson.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, December 28 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Sterling, IL. Pastor Jeremy McLaughlin will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursdayat Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dale E. Burger

Dale E. Burger, 93, of Kewanee died at 3:10 a.m., Saturday December 23, 2017 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 29 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Reverend Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m.Thursday, December 28 at the funeral home. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Salvation Army. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

He was born October 8, 1924 in Mineral, IL, the son of Glen and Grace (Leeds) Burger. He married Donna M. Brush on July 12, 1947 in Cambridge and she preceded him in death on November 9, 1998. Survivors include his two sons, Larry (Hisako) Burger of Kewanee and Jerry Burger of Detroit, MI, five grandchildren, Kellie Reeder, Dale E. Burger II and Shellie Rhoads, all of Columbus, NE, Aaron Burger of West Frankfort, IL and Kioko Mogami of Yokosuka, Japan, three great grandchildren, Christopher Reeder, William Reeder and Kaia Burger and one great-great grandchild. He was also preceded in death by his parents.

Dale served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1943-45 obtaining the rank of Tec 5. During those years he had received a Silver Battle Star, a Bronze Battle Star, a Good Conduct Medal and a Meritorious Unit Award. He had owned and operated Burger and Son Auto Parts and he enjoyed bowling. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Lowell Dale Ewert

 

Lowell Dale Ewert, 84, died on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at his home in Geneseo. Visitation will take place on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 3:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. A funeral service will follow at 7:00pm that evening. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded following funeral services, and a private inurnment will take place on Friday, December 29, at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to Hammond Henry Circle of Care or to the Geneseo Police Department.

 

Lowell was born on September 11, 1933 in Hillsboro, KS. He was the son of Edwin and Hilda (Remple) Ewert, and graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1951. He participated in multiple sports while in high school, but was most talented at basketball. In his younger years, he farmed with his father, milking 40 cows, twice daily, as well as planting and combining wheat and corn. Lowell married Joyce LaVon Boehringer on November 3, 1951, in Hillsboro. Lowell continued to farm with his father until the summer of 1955, when he began working as a welder for Buller Manufacturing. In 1964, Lowell, Joyce, and their four daughters moved to Newton, KS, where he worked in sales at a company that built tractor cabs. Lowell and his family moved to Geneseo, IL in 1967, and he began working as a sales manager for Morton Building Inc. in Atkinson, IL. Lowell had a 25-year career at Morton Buildings, and earned many trips through his successes, giving he and Joyce the opportunity to travel numerous places worldwide. After retiring from Morton Buildings, Lowell worked in real estate for 12 years.

 

Lowell’s commitment to the Geneseo community was unwavering. In 1984, he was appointed as 1st Ward Alderman, a position he faithfully held every term for 25 years. He retired from the City Council in 2012. During his tenure on the Council, Lowell was also a member of the Geneseo Park Board and Geneseo Public Service Board. He loved working for the people of Geneseo, and was committed to the development of the Richmond Hill soccer fields, the new city hall and police department, the new municipal building, and the completion of North City Park. Lowell also spent his retirement years as a landscaper for the Geneseo Country Club, a 25-year volunteer for the Quad City Airshow, and an employee at Fareway Grocery Store in Geneseo, where he enjoyed seeing people and helping them each day.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Joyce, of 66 years; daughters, Cheryl Ewert (Dave Stedwell) of LeClaire, IA, Beverly (Rich) Anderson of Bettendorf, IA, Janelle (Bill) Dale of Geneseo, IL, Virginia (Jay) Sears, of Geneseo, IL. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Luke (Lindsey) Sears, Natalie Anderson, Mallory (Ryan) Wirth, Hila (Eric) Swanson, Grant Anderson; great-grandsons, Deklen and Kolter Sears, and Wyatt Wirth; his sisters JoAnn Mann, Carolyn Simpson, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Ed & Hilda, and by brothers, Russell and Ronney Ewert.

 

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Harold A. Dillon

Harold A. Dillon, 91, died at 9:56 pm on December 15, 2017, at his home in Kewanee. Harold was born August 10, 1926 in Kewanee, the son of Frank and Lena (Livek) Dillon. Harold graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944. Harold attended technical college at the Utility Engineering Institute and became a certified refrigeration engineer. Harold married Verna Ellenwood on September 12, 1948 in Kewanee.

Harold is survived by his wife, Verna; two daughters, Carol Dillon (Bryan Scott), Seattle, WA, Diane Price, Kenosha, WI; one son, Rich (Linda) Dillon, Wasco, IL; six grandchildren, Phil, Scott, Debbie and Drew Dillon, Danielle and Steph Price; nine great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert Dillon; and sister-in-law, Betty Dillon.

Harold served his country for two years during WWII in the Navy. He owned and operated Dillon’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning for 40 years, with his wife Verna. Harold served as president of the Henry County Builder’s Association for many years. In his early years he enjoyed water sports, instructing scuba diving, was a water safety instructor for the Red Cross, and a training officer for the Coast Guard. He was active in the Saddle Club and owned a blind horse “Babe”, who won many blue ribbons. Harold enjoyed being a boy scout leader for many years. He was private pilot with over 450 hours of flight time. Harold and Verna enjoyed many years of square dancing together with their dance club. His entire life he was an avid outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, canoeing, and camping with his family. Eventually he owned a cottage on the Mississippi where the family enjoyed many wonderful times together. In his retirement years he spent over 20 years traveling the country with Verna in the RV. Harold had time to pursue his rock hounding hobby and expanded into cutting a polishing rocks. He then became a silver and goldsmith, making and selling jewelry. He also loved acrobatic kite flying. Fishing was his life-long passion, which he enjoyed up until the end.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11:30 am, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Monsignor Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council.  Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to the Salvation Army. Please leave an online condolence for Harold’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Romelle J. Hintz

Romelle J. Hintz, 87, of Kewanee, died at 9:48 a.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Wethersfield Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or to the Henry County Humane Society.

She was born October 10, 1930 in Kewanee, the daughter of Clifford and Florence (Lundgren) Larson. She married Paul M. Hintz on July 1, 1951 in Kewanee. He survives of Kewanee, as does a daughter, Deborah (Michael) Filipiak of Bloomington, IL, a son, Gary Hintz of Bloomington, IL, a son-in-law, Richard Nestrick of Normal, IL, seven grandchildren, Erik, Scott and Justin Filipiak, Sara Hale and Ashley, Bradley and Kyle Hintz and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Cherie Lynn Nestrick and three sisters, Jean Craig, Rosalie Andris and Donna Wahlbeck.

Romelle graduated from Kewanee High School in 1948. She was a homemaker and had also worked for Sears and Gibson Greeting Cards. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and had also been a Jayceette and member of a Women’s Club. She enjoyed traveling in their RV and wintering in Key West, FL from 1988-2015 and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary maybe viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Dr. Steven L. Hepner

     Dr. Steven L. Hepner, 70, passed away at the Charite Hospital in Berlin, Germany on October 13, 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer. A Celebration and Thanksgiving of the Life of Steven, was held on November 11, 2017 at the St. George’s Angelican-Episcapal Church in Berlin, Germany. A second memorial and internment of the ashes service will be held at the Church of Atonement, 5749 N. Kenmore Ave, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm. Please leave an online condolence for Steven’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

     Steven was born November 23, 1946 in Kewanee the son of Lorenz A. and Shirley (Wetzel) Hepner-Bevington. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Kewanee High School in 1964, after which he attended Elmhurst College, working summers at WKEI radio and Kewanee Boiler. He received a BA in music and returned to Kewanee where he taught 5th grade at Franklin School and sang in the Kewanee Barbershop Chorus for one year.

            Steve then served two years in the US Army and was stationed at Ft. Leonard, wood working at the post TV, radio stations and the newspaper. He married Susan L. Dreese on August 15, 1970 in Chicago. Following military service, Steve attended Northwestern University in Chicago, earning a Masters and Doctorate degrees in music.

            In 1975, Steven and Susan moved to Berlin, Germany and began teaching careers at the John F. Kennedy High School in Berlin. Steve worked as a music teacher from 1978-2012 and was assistant principal from 1981-until his retirement in 2012.

            Steven is survived by his wife; three children, Dr. Seth L (Nicole) Hepner, St. Louis, MO, Sean L (Amanda) Hepner, Quincy, MA, Stephanie L (Trevor) Hepner-Carlson, Singapore; three grandchildren, Elna and Eva Hepner, St. Louis, MO, Theodore Hepner-Carlson, Singapore; two sisters, Patricia (Pat) Hepner, Knoxville, TN, Cynthia (Terry) Looney, Kewanee; one brother, Brandon (Karen) Hepner, Lexington, IL; and nephews and nieces, Jon (Amanda) Looney, Robert (Alisha) Looney, Eric (Carol) Hepner, Nathan (Fadra) Hepner, Rachel (Jeromy) Paddock, Leah (Wade) Williams, Aaron Hepner, Fr. Timothy Hepner, Gary, Caleb, and Caden Hepner. He was preceded in death by his parents; and grandparents, Arthur and Elizabeth (Fuerst) Hepner, and Ernest and Clara (Couve) Wetzel.

            Steven gave endlessly of himself—of his love, his time, and his talent. He was a man of integrity, courage, and strength, upon whom people could and did rely. For himself, his family, his students, and his colleagues, he maintained high standards, but he was able and willing to go the extra mile to help others and to reach them. As a principal, he was always there for the “underdog”, understanding rather than blaming, wanting to help and not to punish. As a teacher, he communicated his love and enthusiasm for music, and he infected countless numbers of students, parents, and friends with the “barbershop bug.” As a husband and father, he was un-paralleled with his encouraging words, his infectious enthusiasm for life, his listening ear, and his understanding heart.

            To honor Steve’s profound impact on the Kennedy School and to continue his legacy, the Dr. Steven L. Hepner Memorial Scholarship has been established. This scholarship will be given annually to one John F. Kennedy School Student who is an independent thinker and demonstrates one or more of Steve’s outstanding qualities. Donations may be made through Paypal at: alumni@jfksberlin.org. (Please select “donation” from the drop down menu)

    

  

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Ferne I. Lindell

 

 

Ferne I. Lindell, 84, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 22, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo, IL. Reverend Laura Kamprath will officiate. Cremation will follow the funeral service, and inurnment will take place at the Rock Island National Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Friday, prior to the funeral service at the church. Memorials may be left to the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Ferne was born on January, 4, 1933, the daughter of Burl L. and Margaret (Burtis) Deem, in Colona, IL. She was united in marriage to Dennis Lindell on October 10, 1954, in Colona, IL. Ferne was a member of First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. She loved spending time with her sons and granddaughter! She enjoyed many a card game with her relatives and card-club family. She enjoyed traveling with her Classic Club friends as well as the many family vacations she went on through our beautiful country. Ferne was an avid cubs fan, and endured a lot of “razzing” from friends and family for it!

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Alan (Lynn) Lindell, Geneseo, Jeff Lindell, Strongsville, OH, and Tim (Margaret McDowell) Lindell, Cary, NC, granddaughter, Melanie Lindell, Rochester, MN, and her brother, John Deem, Colona, IL.

 

Ferne was preceded in death by her parents, husband Dennis, sister, Madeline, and her brother, Pete.

 

 

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Marjorie L. Rahn

 

 

Marjorie L. Rahn, 96, of Geneseo, passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at her home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 a.m. on Thursday, one hour prior to the funeral service, at the church. Memorials may be left to the Marjorie Rahn Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting with these arrangements.

 

Marjorie was born on January 3, 1921, the daughter of Edward and Caroline (Weiss) Frank, in Geneseo, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School. Marjorie was united in marriage to Rolland W. Rahn on June 13, 1943 in Geneseo. Rolland preceded her in death in 2013. She worked for Hulting Hybrids, Geneseo, in the seed room. Marjorie also assisted her husband Rolland on their farm, where she milked several dairy cows for many years. Marjorie was a longtime member of Concordia Lutheran Church in Geneseo, and was active in several church groups. She enjoyed reading and loved meeting with her card club.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Donald (Holly) Rahn, Geneseo, and Arlon (Kathleen) Rahn, Mesa, AZ. She has eight grandchildren.

 

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, son, James Rahn, and by two sisters.

 

 

 

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Brantley M. Francis

 

 

Brantley M. Francis, 3 year old son of Matt and Jeanna Francis, of Geneseo, passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on December 16, 2017. Funeral services celebrating his life will be on Wednesday, December 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Geneseo Evangelical Free Church where the family requests formal attire, followed by a burial at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Reverend Stephen Palm will officiate. Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 19 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo where the family requests casual attire, #TeamBrantley or a SuperHero shirt is appropriate.  Memorials may be left to the Brantley Francis Memorial Fund.

 

Brantley was born in Peoria on August 11, 2014. Brantley loved the color red. His favorite foods were pizza rolls and McDonalds, especially his favorite, chicken nuggets. He loved the Justice League, Marvel Avengers and Ninja Turtles. He liked the Ninja Turtles so much that he even wanted to be Raphael when he grew up.

 

Brantley is survived by his parents, Matt and Jeanna, his sister, Brooklyn, grandparents, Brad & Chris Olson, Moline and Eric & Sheila Francis, Geneseo, great-grandparents, Jeannine Hicks, East Moline, Betty Olson, Moline and Bonnie Jazwick, Orion, great-great grandmother, Geraldine Gronenthal, Nebraska. Brantley is also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.

 

 

 

 

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Irene Janet McCartney

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Irene Janet (Kotynski) McCartney of Geneseo, IL passed away peacefully on December 9th, 2017 with family members by her side. Services will be held in the morning on Thursday, December 21 at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. The visitation will be from 9:30 (rosary at 9:30 a.m.) to 10:30 a.m. in the church followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m.  There will be a luncheon in the church hall following the Funeral Mass. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Irene’s name to the Geneseo Food Pantry, 217 North Russell Street, Geneseo, IL 61254. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Irene was born to the late Anastazy S. and Janet (Jaskulska) Kotynski in1926 at St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital, Chicago, IL.  She was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hammond, IN.  Her godmother was Cecilia (Chessia) Glazer. Irene attended St. Joseph Grade School and graduated from Hammond High School. Irene worked at a Naval Office in South Chicago and at Hammond City Hall as secretary to the City Engineer.

 

Irene married the love of her life, Michael John McCartney, Jr. in 1950.   Witnesses at her marriage were her brother Edward S. Kotynski and Michael’s sister, Gertrude A. McCartney.  Their first three children were born in Hammond, IN - Michael III, Mary and Regina.

 

Michael took a job with Detroit Testing Lab and Irene had the next three children while living in Detroit – Chris, Maureen and John.  Their youngest child, Marie, was born in Toledo when Michael took a position with Owens-Illinois.

 

Michael and Irene raised their family in South Toledo, attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church where both were very active in the church and community.  They spent time making and maintaining numerous friendships that lasted a lifetime.  Irene was particularly fond of her birthday club and her Weight Watchers group (They met after meetings for lunch and joked about how they “watched” as their “weight” went up!)  After Michael retired from O-I, Irene and Michael moved to Chickasha, OK and lived there until Michael passed away in 2008 after 58 years of marriage.  In 2009, Irene moved to Geneseo.  In 2017 she moved into Good Samaritan Nursing Village in Geneseo.

 

After Irene and Michael retired, they had calling cards printed with the phrase, “We have lived fully; We have loved well.”  Michael and Irene certainly did!

 

She is preceded in death by her husband Michael, Jr., her parents Anastazy S. and Janet (Jaskulska) Kotynski and her brothers Edward, Henry and George.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She is survived by seven children: Michael III (Joie Zatko), Schererville, IN, Mary, Owatonna, MN, Regina (Al) Sutherland, Chickasha, OK, Chris, McCook, NE, Maureen (Robert) Hall, Pfafftown, NC, John (Sally Lonsdale) of St. Petersburg, FL and Marie (Kevin) Lillis, Geneseo.  She is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

 

 

The burial will take place on January 6, 2018, in Chickasha, OK at the Fairlawn Cemetery (Grady County, OK) next to her husband of 58 years, Michael, Jr.

 

 

 

 

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Leo L. Johnson

 

Leo L. Johnson , 88, formerly of Cambridge, died Saturday, December 16, 2017, at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 20th, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, with military honors.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremations Services.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church.

 

Leo LaVerne Johnson was born March 2, 1929 in Andover Township, the son of Herman A. and Hazel T. Wildermuth Johnson.  He was educated in Cambridge area school and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1947.  He attended Black Hawk College, East Campus, in Kewanee.  Leo joined the Iowa National Guard in 1948 and served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War era.   His marriage to Elizabeth J. Durham took place on August 23, 1958 in Rock Island.

 

He was a farmer in Andover Township until retiring in 1983.  Leo then worked at the Osco Fertilizer business from 1983 until 1988.  He was an "Onion King" concession  worker for several years, starting in 1987 and also worked at the Henry County Clerk's office in the Elections Department from 1989 until 1999.   He moved to Cambridge in 1991.

 

His memberships included the County Center Grange #1862 and the Henry-Pomona Grange #84, both of which he joined in 1971.  Leo was a Webelos Leader and Cubmaster from 1970 to 1980 for Cambridge Cub Scout Pack 135.  He was a lifetime member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church, serving two terms on the Church Council, 23 years as Sunday School Superintendent, and 30 years as Pledge Secretary.  He was a very active member of the church.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Betty, his children, Kevin L. (Lynn) Johnson, Davenport, Todd R. (Diane) Johnson, Cambridge,          Jo Ellen (Eugene) Goodwin, Aurora, CO, Christopher J. (Becky) Johnson, Platte City, MO, and grandchildren,  Chasity (Nick) Brown. Todd R. (Kaley) Johnson, Jr., Nicole (Nick) Catour, William Haff, Brandon Haff, Rebecca (Jon) Deyo, Dustin Goodwin, Eric Goodwin, Jessica Johnson, Courtney (Chance) Goodson, and Noah Johnson.  Also surviving are 18 great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, two brothers, Donald (Yvonne) Johnson, Cambridge, and Larry D. Johnson, Geneseo.  His parents, a sister, Shirley Louise Johnson, an infant son, Adrian Anton Johnson, and a granddaughter, Amy Johnson, preceded him in death.

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Howard M. O'Neill

Howard Michael O’Neill, 81, of Kewanee, passed away at 8:00 a.m., Friday, December 15, 2017 at the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 22 at Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Msgr. Douglas Hennessy will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 p.m., Thursday, December 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held in Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Visitation Catholic School or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

He was born June 28, 1936 in Kewanee, the son of Clement John and Helen (Plymm) O’Neill. He married Kay M. Johnson on January 19, 1957 at Visitation Catholic Church in Kewanee. She survives, as does a son, Michael (Karol) O’Neill of Kewanee, two daughters, Carrie (Brock) Wakefield of Kewanee and Liz (Pete) DeSmit of Virginia and eight grandchildren, Alexis and Aaron Wakefield, Kelly Fuentes, Anna Slover, Rachel Perva, Patrick O’Neill, Megan Zannoni and Zachary DeSmit and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Clem Jr. and Lawrence.

Howard graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1954. In his early years he had worked as an agent for Burlington Northern and then worked as a gas journeyman for Illinois Power for 30 years, retiring in 1995. He was a member of Visitation Church, St. John Paul II Parish, Kewanee Elks Lodge and the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of a Hummel Club and Forever Fords; a Model T and Model A Club. He enjoyed traveling. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Raymond L. Gentry

 

Raymond L. Gentry, 83, of Atkinson, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL. A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson. Memorials may be left to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Ray was born on May, 9, 1934, the son of Ralph and Ruth (DeWolf) Gentry, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Atkinson High School. Ray married Kenlyn E. Verschoore on November 6, 1954, in Davenport, IA. Ray was a horse trainer for 45 years, and also judged the American Quarter Horse division at horse shows for 33 years. Ray was a very talented man. He enjoyed doing oil paintings. Ray’s true love was horses. He was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Kenlyn, son, Rock (Val) Gentry, TX, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, sister, Cheryl (Mike) Lewsander, Port Byron, IL, and his brothers, Winfred (Ruth) Gentry, Atkisnon, IL, Jack (Elaine) Gentry, Moline, IL, Roy (Vanda) Gentry, Viola, IL, Keith (Sandy) Gentry, Chatham, IL, Jim (Audrey) Gentry, Atkinson, IL, and Rich (Pat) Gentry, Atkinson, IL.

 

Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Ruth, sister, Connie Edwards, and by two grandchildren.

 

 

 

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Janette L. Alexander Arkland

 

 

Janette L. (Alexander) Arkland, 67, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully at her home on December 14, 2017, surrounded by her family. A memorial service is scheduled for Monday, December 18, at 11:00 a.m. at Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Reverend Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 17, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Janette L. Arkland Memorial Fund. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.

 

Janette was born on March 21, 1950, the daughter of Maurice and Leora “Bonnie” LaVonne (Allen) Alexander, in Moline, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School, after which she received two years of respiratory therapy certification, and her EMT-I training and certification. Janette worked as an emergency room technician and EMT-I for the Geneseo ambulance service, at Hammond Henry Hospital for 32 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she served on several committees and taught Sunday school. Janette loved her birds and cats, and traveling with her family out west, and to the Rocky Mountains.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Jennifer Arkland, Geneseo, grandchildren, Bryan, Magan, Glen Lee, and Bryne Arkland, great-granddaughter, Tatem Belle, brother, Dan Alexander, Geneseo, sister, Sharon Long, Muskegon, MI, and five nieces and nephews.

 

Janette was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Leora “Bonnie” LaVonne, sister, Renae Michelle, and brother, Dale Lee.

 

 

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William J. Trussen

 William J. “Billy T.” Trussen, 59, of Kewanee, died at 7:40 p.m., Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Jason Garcia will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service and inurnment will be held at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the William Trussen Memorial Fund.

He was born April 16, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of John H. and Ina L. (White) Trussen. Survivors include three brothers, Gary Spahn, Jerry (Susan) Trussen and John Trussen III (Tamara Weir), all of Kewanee, three sisters, Judy Curran of Kewanee, Kathy (Tim) McCants of Coal City, IL and Holly Lee of Kewanee and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents a sister, Joy.

Billy T. graduated from Kewanee High School in 1976. He had worked as autobody repairman and in maintenance at Kewanee Corporation. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and he enjoyed woodworking, cooking and baking, gardening and especially spoiling his nieces and nephews. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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LaWana M. VanDeWoestyne

 

LaWana M. VanDeWoestyne, 82, a resident at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, formerly of Colona, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Hillcrest Home. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colona, IL. Reverend Peter Zorjan will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in East Moline. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, where the Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to the LaWana VanDeWoestyne Memorial Fund.

LaWana was born on December 25, 1934, the daughter of Floyd and Florence (Pecaut) Sutterer, in Perryville, MO. She attended Alleman High School. LaWana was united in marriage to David C. VanDeWoestyne on May 16, 1953 in East Moline, IL. David preceded her in death in 2010. Together, they owned and operated Daves Apple Orchard in Colona for many years. LaWana was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society at St. Patrick Church in Colona. She loved to play bingo, tend to her flower and vegetable gardens, and most of all, LaWana loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Michael (Patti) VanDeWoestyne, East Moline, Jack (Toni) VanDeWoestyne, Amboy, IL, Mark (Tracey) VanDeWoestyne, Browntown, WI, Andy (Kathleen) VanDeWoestyne, Durand, IL, and Keith VanDeWoestyne, Rosco, IL, and her daughters, Brenda (Mike) DeKezel, Colona, Vickie (Joe) Francis, Burleson, TX, Janice (Mark) Giesler, Erie, IL, and Linda (Steve) Raney, Moline, IL. She has 22 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren. LaWana is also survived by her sisters, Doris Williams, East Moline, and Dorothy (Bud) Melton, Washington, IL.

 

LaWana was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Bill Sutterer, and by her great-grandson, Conner.

 

 

 

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Florence G. Hendrickson

 

Florence G. Hendrickson, 89, of Geneseo, died Saturday, December 9, 2017, at her home. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 16, at Concordia Lutheran Church, in Geneseo. The Reverend Stephen Mueller will officiate. A visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 15, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, December 18, at Crystal Lake Memorial Park, in Crystal Lake. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary, Concordia Lutheran Church or the Geneseo Education Foundation.


Florence was born October 17, 1928, in Crystal Lake, the daughter of Charles and Freida (Holtz) Gumprecht. She graduated from Crystal Lake High School and Northern Illinois University. She married James Hendrickson in January 1957 in Crystal Lake. He died in March 1981. She taught third grade at Northside Elementary School in Geneseo from 1969 to 1994. Prior to that, she taught in Marengo and Algonquin. Following her retirement, she continued to work as a substitute in the Geneseo School District. She greatly influenced generations of Geneseo students.


Florence was an active 23-year member of the Hammond-Henry Hospital Auxiliary. She volunteered more than 5,000 hours and had served in multiple officer positions on the Auxiliary board over the years. She also was an active member of Concordia Lutheran Church and the Concordia Ladies League. She enjoyed quilting, sewing, traveling and water aerobics.


She is survived by her children Mary Hendrickson, of Jacksonville, N.C.; and Steve Hendrickson, of Parker, Colo.; as well as a brother, Charles Gumprecht; and sisters-in-law Karin Barnwell and Joyce Novovesky; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, James; her parents; and her brothers, Arnold Grumprecht and Edwin Gumprecht.

 

 

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James M. Rasmussen

 James M. “Jim” Rasmussen, 78, of Kewanee, passed away at 10:24 p.m., Monday, December 11, 2017 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

He was born February 26, 1939 in Tampico, IL, the son of Leonard and Marvis (Taylor) Rasmussen. He married Rose A. Bein on December 18, 1970 in Kewanee. She survives of Kewanee, as do two sons, Jerry (Jodi) Rasmussen and Marvin Rasmussen, both of Kewanee, four daughters, Rita (Phil) Slusser of Kewanee, Kathy McNamee of Orion, Kelly Sargent of Kewanee and Mary Jo (Roger) Montgomery of Topeka, KS, his sister, Marilyn (Harley) Heaton of Kewanee, eleven grandchildren, many great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Francis Rasmussen.

Jim worked for years at Pearson Brothers and retired from Great Dane where he was a welder for 19 years. He belonged to Hook and Bullet Conversation Club and enjoyed fishing, hunting and working on lawn mowers. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Wilbert W. Wolf

 

 

Wilbert W. Wolf, 87, of Geneseo, formerly of Lima, Ohio, passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017, at Toulon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Toulon, IL. Cremation sites have been accorded, memorial services will be held at a later date in Lima, OH. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting with these arrangements.

 

Wilbert was born on August 14, 1930, the son of Henry and Henrietta (Wendt) Wolf, in Hamler, OH. He attended Ohio Northern University, where he received his Bachelors in Science. Wilbert married Joan Stelzer on August 26, 1951, at the Zion Evangelical Church in Lima, OH. Joan preceded Wilbert in death in 2016. Wilbert graduated from Marion Township High School in Hamler, OH, and attend college at North Western School of Commerce in Lima, Ohio Northern University in Ada, and the Ohio University in Athens, OH.  He worked as comptroller for the Lima Memorial Hospital for many years, and retired in 1991. After his retirement, Wilbert continued to volunteer at the hospital, and worked as a courier part time. Wilbert is a United States Army veteran, and proudly served his country as Sergeant during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Lima, OH where he had served as treasurer on the church council board, and was currently a member of the church choir. In addition to the church choir, Wilbert had been active in several other music circles such as Lima Choral Society, Lima Symphonic Chorus, Lima Community Chorus, Lima Memorial Hospital’s Fund Raising Variety Show “High Fever Follies”, and other groups. He served as board member of Easter Seals Society, Fair Housing, Allen County Home, and Lima Senior School Band Boosters.

 

Those left to cherish his memory are his sons, Greg (Sue) Wolf and Brian (Gail) Wolf, both of Geneseo.

 

Wilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Henrietta, and his wife, Joan.

 

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Jimmy Dean Gibson

 James Dean “Jimmy Dean” Gibson, 59, of Kewanee, passed away at 10:17 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at his home.

Cremation will be accorded and graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Thursday, December 14 at Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet. Rev. Dr. William R. Toliver will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

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George W. Clary

 

 

George W. Clary, 1SG (Ret.), 73, of Coal Valley, died December 9, 2017, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  There will be a visitation from 5:00  to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 12th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Committal services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Rock Island National Cemetery on Arsenal Island with full military honors.  Those wishing to attend should meet in the parking lot at 17th Street and River Drive in Moline by 10:45.  Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Society - Services at Home, Bettendorf.

 

George William Clary was born June 13, 1944 in McCook, Nebraska, the son of Charles H. and Martha H. Clamp Clary.  He was educated in McCook schools and attended Black Hawk College in Moline and the El Paso (TX) Community College.  His marriage to Carole Barnett took place on June 3, 1963 in McCook.  He later married Diane Robinson Rathjen on May 26, 1989 in Moline.  She passed away June 17, 2016.

 

He served in the U. S. Army for 22 years, retiring on June 30, 1991.  He was then employed at the Rock Island Arsenal and retired from there on October 31, 2015.  George loved bowling, going on cruises, and spending time with his family.

 

Those surviving are a stepson, Kent (Carol) Rathjen, a stepdaughter, Kelli (Greg) Whitesides, and grandsons, Damon and Dylan Nimrick, all of Coal Valley.  Other survivors include a brother, Delbert (Lillie) Clary, Englewood, CO, sisters, Betty Sprenkle, Phoenix, AZ, Viola McBride, Colorado Springs, CO, Alice Marks, Culbertson, NE, and many nieces and nephews.   His parents, his wife, Diane, a sister, Doris, who died at birth, and a daughter, Kimberly, preceded him in death.

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

 

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JoAnn Timmerman

 

JoAnn Timmerman, 80, of rural Geneseo, passed away Saturday, December 09, 2017 surrounded by her family at her home. Funeral Mass will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colona, IL. Reverend Peter Zorjan will celebrate. Burial will follow at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m. The family requests casual attire be worn. Memorials may be left to the JoAnn Timmerman Memorial Fund.

 

JoAnn was born on December 28, 1936, the daughter of Odell and Bertha (Volcke) DeRammelaere, in Moline, IL. JoAnn was united in marriage to Lawrence A. “Larry”, “Tim”, “Lorney”, Timmerman on April 10, 1954 in East Moline, IL. JoAnn assisted her husband in farming in rural Geneseo for many years. Together, JoAnn and Lawrence owned and operated the Country View Golf Course for 35 years. JoAnn was an avid bowler, enjoyed quilting and sewing, tending to her garden, and of course, she loved to golf.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her son Jeff (Kelley) Timmerman, Geneseo, daughters, Theresa (Mike) Rosenberg, East Moline, and Debra (Tom) Ramirez, Colona. She has four grandchildren, L.J. Jungwirth, Jenny (John) Owens, Andrew (Molly) Timmerman, Tyler (Betsy) Timmerman and four step-grandchildren, Robin (Fred) Pena, Stacy (Dan) Neises, Jennifer (Louis) Redmond, and Tomas (Megan) Ramirez. JoAnn is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Emmy, Jack, Noah, and Jaidyn, and eight step-great-grandchildren. JoAnn is survived by her brother, Richard (LouAnn) DeRammelaere, East Moline, and her sisters, Janet Walker, East Moline, and June McBee, Fennimore, WI.

 

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Odell and Bertha, infant son Kenneth Timmerman, grandson, Luke Timmerman, and her brother Renee.

 

 

 

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Keith Robert Jones

 

Keith Robert Jones, 89, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, December 08, 2017, at the Generations at Rock Island Rehab and Skilled Nursing facility, in Rock Island, IL. A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church in Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold & Pastor Chris Cundiff will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Memory Gardens, Kewanee, IL where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 14, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to First Congregational Church, Geneseo.

 

Keith was born on April 27, 1928, the son of Frederic and Marie (McDowell) Jones, in Kewanee, IL. He graduated from Kewanee High School, and attended college at Purdue University in Indiana. Keith married Betty A. Quayle on June 2, 1951 in Kewanee, IL. Keith is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served his country as a Corporal during World War II.  Keith was construction project manager for several companies, including Deere & Company, Blackhawk Foundation, and Priester Construction before his retirement in 1994. He was a long-time, active member of First Congregational Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher & superintendent, as well as a member of the church choir and member of several church boards. Keith was also a member of Geneseo Country Club, for 40 years, Geneseo Kiwanis, advisor for Hammond Henry Hospital Board, and was a City of Geneseo Alderman. Keith was also an instructor at Scott Community College.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Betty, children, Kathryn S. (Richard) Matusiak, Billings, MT, David R. (Debra) Jones, Geneseo, and Gregory A. Jones, Flower Mound, TX, daughter-in-law, Patricia McDonald, O’Fallon, IL, and his sister, Marilyn Altman, Santa Barbara, CA. Keith is also survived by nine grandchildren, London Matusiak, Ashleigh Roberts, Heather Castillo, Kristin Jones, Brett Jones, Adam Jones, Annie Henthorn, Katie Cundiff and Piper Jones.  Keith also had 18 great-grandchildren.

 

Keith was preceded in death by his parents, Frederic and Marie, son, Thomas R. Jones, brother, Donald Jones, and by his sister, Beverly White.

 

 

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Joan Renard

Joan (Stuart) Renard, 86, of Galva, formerly of Toulon, died at 1:51 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Unity Point Health-Proctor in Peoria.

Per her wishes cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 16th at the Elmira United Presbyterian Church. Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra will officiate. After the service, a gathering of family and friends will take place in the church hall for a luncheon and time of visiting and sharing of memories.  Memorials may be directed to the Elmira United Presbyterian Church Lift Fund or to the Stark County Ambulance Service. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

Joan was born February 24, 1931 in Evanston, IL, the daughter of Angus M. and Elizabeth (Clarke) Stuart. She married Harold Renard on August 10, 1952 at the Elmira United Presbyterian Church and he preceded her in death on September 22, 2017. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a son, Jeffrey Renard. She is survived by a daughter, Joyce (Denny) Tarleton of Galva, a daughter-in-law, Nancy Renard of Pekin, IL, five grandchildren, Michelle, Natalie, Chase, Shane and Shandra and seven great grandchildren, Samantha, Nick, Logan, Autumn, Raymond, Chloe and Aiden.

She graduated from Toulon High School in 1948. She then attended Monmouth College for 2 years and then graduated from Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, MO. Joan was a member of the Elmira United Presbyterian Church where she had served as a Trustee, Deacon and Sunday School teacher for many years. She was also a member of the Toulon American Legion Auxiliary, past matron and grand lecturer emeritus of Toulon Chapter. #10, O.E.S. and the Toulon Past Matrons Club. She enjoyed crafts and handiwork, reading, playing bridge, trips to Branson, MO and spending time with her family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Leslie Sadilek-Sampson

Leslie Christine Sadilek-Sampson, 65, of Galva, died at 2:10 a.m., Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Cremation will be accorded and a Celebration of her Life will be held at 2:00 p.m.Saturday, December 16 at the Galva Congregational Church. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Later her ashes will be committed in a traditional Hawaiian ceremony in Hilo, HI. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

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Don R. Martin

 

Don R. Martin, 72, of Atkinson, IL, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Hammond Henry Hospital Emergency Room. Funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083 following the service. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the funeral, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be left to the Don Martin Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded to follow the services.

 

Don was born on September 17, 1945, the son of Raymond and Arlene (Jackson) Martin, in Kewanee, IL. He was a graduate of Kewanee High School, class of 1963. Don married Barbara Vandersnick on July 6, 1974 in Atkinson. He was a mechanic, working for VerStraete’s Garage in Atkinson for ten years. Don then went to work for the Village of Atkinson, making it his career for 37 years. He served the Atkinson Fire Department for 30 years. Don was a Henry County Farm Bureau member and belonged to the Atkinson American Legion. He was a very talented mechanic and enjoyed working on cars and tractors. Don was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Barb, son, Brock Martin, Kewanee, and two granddaughters, Hannah and Eliana, and his sister, Ethel (Mike) Pries, Geneseo.

 

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Arlene, and by an infant brother.

 

 

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Jasper Joseph Chayer

 Jasper Joseph Chayer, infant son of Ariel and Mike Chayer was born a silent birth at 1:42 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2017 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

A visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, December 8 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

Jasper Joseph is survived by his parents of Kewanee, his siblings, Anabelle, Damon and Stacey, grandparents, Marjorie DuBose of Geneseo, John Goepper of Pensacola, FL and Kary Chayer of Kewanee, paternal great grandparents, Aida Creech and June (Dwayne) Negley, both of Kewanee, maternal great grandparents, Robert (Marla) Shedlosky of Geneseo and Sharon Smith of Pensacola, FL, aunts, Stephanie Chayer and Amber Simmons, uncle, Andrew Hansen, great aunt, Liz Adams and great uncles, Jeff Lester and Rodney Goepper. Jasper was preceded in death by his paternal great grandfathers, Wayne Chayer and Warren Creech, maternal great grandmother, Dorothea Whisman, paternal grandfather, Jody Chayer, great aunt, Francie Jo Drilling and cousin, Kaden.

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Beatrice Haines

Beatrice Haines, 89, of Grand Blanc, Michigan, formerly of Galva, Illinois, died Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at the Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 11 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Linda Winkelman 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 Beatrice Haines Memorial Fund.

Mrs. Haines was born February 4, 1928 in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of Jerry Esio and Nancy (Warda) Esio. She married John L. Haines, Jr. on May 28, 1960 in Chicago, IL and he preceded her in death on April 11, 2007.

She is survived by her brother, Nathan “Bill” Esio and his wife, Geri Esio, and their son, Gary L. Chambon; cousins, Helen Yonan and Pamela Zeller; nephew, James (Janet) Esia, as well as close and good friend and companion, Kay (Bill) Heitsch. She was also preceded in death by brother, David (Marge) Esia; sister, Kay (Tony) Urlaub and cousins, Mary (Wally) Solomon and Margaret Yonan.

She worked at Black Hawk College as a secretary for many years before her retirement, after which she and her husband relocated to Grand Blanc, Michigan. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Marvin D. Scranton

 

Marvin D. Scranton, 87, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, December 9, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post 5083. Visitation will take place on Friday, December 8, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, where a scripture service will be held at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Malachy Catholic Church or to G.E.E.E (Geneseo Endowment for Excellence in Education).

 

Marvin was born on June 12, 1930, the son of Earl A. and Gertrude (Williams) Scranton, in Aledo, IL. On June 25, 1983, Marvin married Ellen M. Garrity in Geneseo. He received his B.S. in Education in 1966, and then a Master in the field in 1970, from Western Illinois University. Marvin received the Chief School Business Official Endorsement from Northern Illinois University in 1980. He was a teacher at Joy Consolidated Grade School in Joy, IL from 1950-1952. Marvin began his military career with the United States Army in 1952, during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge from the military in 1954, Marvin returned to his teaching career. He taught at the New Boston Grade School in New Boston, IL from 1954-1960, and then at Westmer District in Joy, IL from 1960-1967 and became principal & elementary coordinator there in 1967-68. In August of 1968, Marvin moved to Geneseo where he taught at the junior high school for three years. After teaching for three years in Geneseo, he became the principal of the Geneseo Junior High for six years. Following his time as principal in Geneseo, he worked as business manager for the Geneseo Community Unity District #228 from July 1, 1977 to his retirement in 1985. After retirement he worked at Farm and Fleet for 7 years and then started school bus driving for Pinks in 1992 up until the present day. Marvin and his wife Ellen enjoyed traveling, especially to Arizona. Marvin was a pilot, and had experience in piloting small planes. From his years in education, Marvin came to love undertaking the student exchange program. He enjoyed working in his vegetable garden. Marvin was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Cursillo, Quad City School Business Officials, Illinois Association of School Business Officials, and the Association of School Business Officials of the United States and Canada.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Ellen, brother, Jerry Scranton, Independence, MO, sister Karel Deckmann, Elk Grove Village, IL, sisters-in-law, Mary Thompson, Geneseo, and Kathryn Combs, Kewanee, and brother-in-law, Joseph (Shirley) Garrity, Geneseo. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces & great-nephews.

 

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Gertrude, brother, Earl “Bud” Scranton, and sister, Jane Bryant.

 

 

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Loren J. Alexander

Loren J. Alexander, 101, died on Tuesday November 21, 2017 in his home in Saint Louis, Missouri. The son of Julius and Olga Alexander, he was born in Chicago on August 09, 1916.

In 1983, he married Bessie L. Eisenberth in LaPorte Indiana. She died in May 2001.

Surviving is his daughter, Karen Erlanger of Saint Louis; one grandson, Kyle Oberle (and Rebecca), and two great granddaughters; Loren Davis and Piper Rose Oberle.

He worked for Illinois Power Company for 27 years, was a World War II Vet and an avid bridge player. He had a great sense of humor, loved his family and his church.

There will be a graveside memorial service in Kewanee, Illinois at 11:00 am on Friday, December 8, 2017 in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. Reverend Dale Dykstra will officiate. Military Rites by the Kewanee Veterans Council. There will be no visitation.  A luncheon will be held immediately following the service at Cerno’s. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to First Presbyterian Church or Henry County Meals on Wheels. Please leave an online condolence for Loren’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Jeffery L. Autery

 Jeffery L. “Jeff” Autery, 58, of Kewanee, died at 10:50 a.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Cremation has been accorded and a Celebration of his Life will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m.,Friday, December 8 at the Kewanee Elks Lodge. Private inurnment will be held at a later date at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Jeffery Autery Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

He was born December 31, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of Roy and Shirley (Hultquist) Autery. He married Donna L. Hancock on June 3, 1983 in Kewanee. She survives of Kewanee as does his mother of Warrenville, SC. He was a true hero to his two sons; Joshua (Kirsten) Autery of Galva and Denton Autery of Kewanee. Also surviving are two sisters, Debby (Mark) Simaytis of Kewanee and Rochelle (Scott) Bergren of Aiken, SC, a brother, Steve (Cheryl) Autery of Cambridge, IL and his grandson, Kelly. He was preceded in death by his father.

Jeff graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1977 and with honors from Sauk Valley Community College with a radiologic technologist degree. He had worked as welder at BOMAG in Kewanee and as a radiology technologist at Hammond-Henry Hospital and its clinic in Colona. He was a member of Hill Church in Kewanee and had been a Cub Scout leader and an AWANA leader at the First Baptist Church. He was also a member of the NRA and Vice President of the Union. Jeff enjoyed hot rods, Ford cars and motorcycles and especially his “mistress,” his Ford Torino. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Mildred Duley

 Mildred R. “Millie” Duley, 83, of Williamsfield, died at 10:25 a.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 5 at the Yates City Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be directed to OSF Hospice or the Illinois Cancer Center. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

She was born October 6, 1934 in Douglas, IL, the daughter of Leonard and Ruth (Hausman) Hills. She married Carl D. Duley on September 20, 1935 in Yates City, IL and he preceded her in death on November 11, 2010. She is survived by a son, Greg (Debra) Duley of LaFayette, IN, two daughters, Deann (Darcy) Fowler of Muscatine, IA and Cindy Welker of Farmington, IL, six grandchildren, Christopher, Shawn, Catie, Nick, Carl and Lynsi, seven great grandchildren, Carli, Kal, Abi, Carter, Aleeda, Bryse and Braydon and two sisters, Emma Jane Duley of Maquon and Helen Laurson of Yates City. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Raymond and a sister, Dorothy.

Millie graduated from Yates City High School. In earlier years, she had worked at Zeamers Turkey Farms and at the IGA Food store in Farmington as the produce manager but she had mostly worked along side her husband in their farming operation. She had been a member of the Douglas United Methodist Church, the Yates City Quilt Club and the local Garden Club. She enjoyed doing craft work and quilting and dearly loved her family and grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Lyle DeSplinter

 

Lyle H. DeSplinter, 66, of Cambridge, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Cremation has been accorded and there will be a private family service at a later date.  Inurnment will take place in the National Cemetery.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

 

Lyle Henry DeSplinter was born February 6, 1951 in Geneseo, the son of Henry J. and Fern M. Lundell DeSplinter.  He was a member of the Geneseo High School Class of 1969 and attended the Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado.  Lyle served in the U. S. Marines during the Vietnam War.

 

He was employed as a machinist for the GNH Orthodontics Company in Franklin, Indiana, retiring in 2015.  Lyle was a member of the Geneseo VFW.  In his early years, he enjoyed competitive shooting.

 

Those surviving are two sons, John Henry DeSlinter, Powa, CA, Jason DeSplinter, Brighton, CO, four grandchildren, a brother, Dennis DeSplinter, Sacramento, CA, and a sister, Doreen Brennan, Cambridge.  His parents and a twin brother, Lynn, preceded him in death.

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

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Trevor Jo Schefsky

 

 

Trevor Jo Schefsky, 16, of Geneseo, Illinois, joined his heavenly Father at his Eternal Home after a COURAGEOUS fight surrounded by his family and outstanding medical team on Wednesday, November 29 at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Funeral services will be Monday, December 4, at 10:30 a.m. at First Lutheran Church, followed by burial at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Reverends Matt and Laura Kamprath will officiate. Visitation will be held Sunday, December 3 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be left to the Trevor Schefsky Memorial Fund at Central Bank in Geneseo.

 

Trevor was born on, May 16, 2001, and lived in Geneseo his whole amazing life. He was an exceptional young man who loved spending time with his family and friends. He loved sports and being part of a team.  He has been part of cross country, tennis, football, wrestling, and his favorite, soccer. Trevor was blessed with becoming part of an amazing soccer family.

 

Trevor was very passionate about the Cincinnati Bengals.  He became a Bengals fan when he began his trips to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and instantly became a dedicated fan…that is how Trevor was…dedicated and committed to whatever he did!

 

Trevor loved the beach life, liked the hard work of de-tasseling, playing basketball in the driveway, snow skiing, playing games with his family, spending every free moment with his friends, and always trying to put a smile on someone’s face. 

 

Trevor was an active member of the First Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed going on mission trips and being part of his church family.

 

Trevor is going to be greatly missed by everyone that knew him. The world was definitely a better place with him in it!   He left an imprint on the hearts of many and most recently to all the staff at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with his amazing ability to stay positive and overcome numerous obstacles with his endurance and strength.

 

Trevor is survived by his parents, Tony and Lori Schefsky, his brother Zachary, grandparents, Mickey & Marilyn Halverson, Geneseo, Jim & Diane Gilbraith, Geneseo, and Wayne & Paula Schefsky, Canton. Trevor is also survived by several aunts, uncles, cousins, and second cousins. 

 

He was preceded in death by his Uncle Scott Teerlinck and his cousin, Luke Teerlinck. 

 

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

                                                       

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