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Lorrin A. Buechler

 

Lorrin A. Buechler, 84, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 2nd, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Reverend Matt Kamprath will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service, (9:30-10:30 a.m.), at the church. Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Lorrin was born on April 1, 1933, the son of Robert and Ruby (Klavohn) Buechler, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1951, and served for two years in the United States Army and spent 14 months in Korea. Lorrin was united in marriage to Donna M. Nelson in October of 1953; she preceded him in death on June 21, 2012. Lorrin was a longtime member of the First Lutheran Church in Geneseo. He worked as a smoked meats supervisor at Oscar Mayer & Co. in Davenport, IA for over 36 years before his retirement in 1992. Lorrin was active in his community and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He enjoyed golfing at the Geneseo Country Club, where he was a longtime member, and loved his two Yorkshire terrier puppies.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his children, Larry (Donna) Buechler, Sherrard, IL, and Darcy (Ken) Hebdon, CO, six grandchildren, Debra, David, Justin, Jacob, Kalen, and Sarah, and three great-grandchildren. Lorrin is also survived by his brother, Don Buechler, Geneseo, sister, Mildred (Jim) Weisser, Geneseo, and another sister, Marilyn (Larry) Christensen, Torrance, CA.

 

Lorrin was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Ruby, his loving wife Donna, and a brother.

 

 

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Maxine McKinley

Maxine M. McKinley, 78, of Cambridge went to be with her Lord on Friday, February 23, 2018 from Liberty Village, Geneseo after a courageous battle with cancer.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 2nd at Grace Lutheran Church, Ophiem, IL.  Rev. Nancy Jaster will officiate.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until services at the church on Friday.  Cremation rites will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be on Saturday, March 3rd at Grace Lutheran Church Cemetery, Ophiem.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church - Cemetery Fund.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge is assisting the family.

 

Maxine Mae Carlson was born June 8, 1939 in Galesburg, IL the daughter of Paul and Chrystal (Samuelson) Carlson.  She graduated from Alwood High School in 1957 and from Herley Beauty School in Rock Island.  On Nov. 30, 1958, she married Larry McKinley at Grace Lutheran Church. Ophiem, IL.  He survives.

 

Maxine had worked 23 years for the Clerk & Assessments Office at Henry County Court House.  She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she had been chair of council, Sunday school teacher, volunteer secretary, member of W.E.L.C.A. and the Dorcas and Lydia Circles.  She enjoyed flowers, gardening, quilting, cross stitching, and doing jig saw puzzles.

 

Survivors include her husband, Larry; daughters and sons-in-laws, Brenda McKinley, Independence, MO, Belinda and Jim Webb, Grayslake, IL, and Debra and Mike Cass, Roscoe, IL; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Jana McKinley, Lake Stevens, WA; eleven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lloyd and Joanne Carlson, Woodhull, Harry and Donna Carlson, Woodhull, Harvey and Barb Carlson, Lynn Center, Robert and Glenda Carlson, Madison, IN, and Wesley and Sandy Carlson, Lynn Center;  sister and brother-in-law, Norma and John Ingram, Strawberry, AR; and sister-in-law, Barbara Carlson, Peoria.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and two brothers Raymond and Ralph Carlson.

 

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Catherine Chmielowski

Catherine Chmielowski, 81, of Kewanee, formerly of Niles, IL, died Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at Courtyard EstatesMass of Christian Burial will be 11 am Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Visitation Church, Kewanee. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate. Cremation and burial will be private at a later date. Visitation will be from 9:30-11 am Saturday, March 3, 2018 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home.

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Genevieve Pauling Barton

 

Genevieve Pauling Barton, 89, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, IL. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Burial will follow at the North Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Genevieve Barton Memorial Fund.

 

Genevieve was born on February 9, 1929, the daughter of Francis Stanley and Anna Elizabeth (Lukowski) Budzik, in Downers Grove, IL. She was united in marriage to William Barton on December 29, 1951, in Downers Grove. William preceded her in death in 1994. Genevieve was a member of Mormon faith and attended the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints in Moline, IL. She was a member of the Relief Society and enjoyed scrapbooking and gardening.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Timothy J. Barton, CO, and Daniel (Janet) Barton, West Chicago, IL, and her daughter-in-law Diane Barton, Geneseo. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

 

Genevieve was preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Anna, husband, William, eight sisters, and one great-grandchild.

 

 

 

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Charles Ray Thomas

Charles Ray Thomas, 89, of Galva, died at 8:23 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 28 at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Rev. Karen Martin will officiate. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Evergreen Memory Gardens, rural Kewanee. Memorials can be directed to Grace United Methodist Church.

He was born on June 4, 1928 in Morley, IA, the son of Charles M and Edna (Kinyon) Thomas. He married Betty Lou Krause on September 14, 1956 at the Methodist Church in Bishop Hill. She survives as does a son, Donald (Toni) Thomas of Glendale, AZ and a daughter, Gail Eastman of Galva, four grandchildren, BreAnna Thomas, Patrick (Kota) Grabbe, Paul Eastman and Jayden Gabel, three great-grandchildren, Nathan and Carson Grabbe and Jase Skaggs and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Velma Witt and Mary Carmody and a brother, Donald Thomas.

Ray graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1947. He had worked at several places over the years including Walworth Co, Lilly-Tulip, the C B &Q Railroad, Pearson’s and the Stark County Schools. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and the IOOF, Galva. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking and was known for his many wooden lawn ornaments that he had crafted. Ray loved everyone and enjoyed visiting with family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.   

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Paul Lams Jr

Paul Joseph Lams, Jr. “Joey” to family and friends, 27, of Geneseo died on February 20, 2018 at his home from an undiagnosed heart condition following a month of flu-like symptoms and pneumonia.  Memorial services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25th at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo where visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. before the service.  Pastor Chris Ritter will officiate.  Cremation rites have been accorded.  In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made for a Paul J. Lams, Jr. Trade School Scholarship Fund to be set up by his family.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo is assisting the family.

 

Paul “Joey” Lams, Jr. was born September 14, 1990 in Moline, IL the son of Paul J. Lams, Sr. and Scarlet (Ortiz) Lams.  He graduated with honors from Sherrard High School in 2009 and from Blackhawk College, Moline in 2013. 

Paul married Sarah Lawson on July 29, 2017 in Geneseo.  She survives.

 

Paul had worked as a Tooling & Quality Engineer for Jewell Group.  He had also owned and operated his own pallet business called Paul’s Pallet Pile.

 

Paul had a very strong work ethic and dearly loved his wife.  He also had a love for all animals especially his dog, Ruger, their cats, and his nephew dog, Rusty.  He had also formed a special bond with Sarah’s grandfather who recently passed away.

 

Survivors include his wife, Sarah; Father, Paul J. Lams, Sr., Milan and his friend Vickie; his mother, Scarlet Lams, Milan; brother, James Lams, Milan; sister, Jennifer Warfel, Crystal Lake, IL; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bernie and Nancy Lawson, Geneseo; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Aaron and Janelle Lawson, Rock Island; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Kendra and Hector Escobedo, Glendora, CA; brother-in-law, Ethan Lawson, Breckenridge, CO; sister-in-law, Rachel Lawson, Geneseo, two nieces, two nephews, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

 

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

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David C. Johnson

David C. Johnson, 86, of rural Kewanee, died at 4:00 a.m., Thursday, February 22, 2018 at his home.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, February 24 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the service and private inurnment will be held at Edford Township Cemetery in rural Geneseo at a later date where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

He was born January 9, 1932 in Andover, IL, the son of C. Franklin and Martha (Poston) Johnson. He was reared and educated in the Henry County area. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin. In later years he served with the Kewanee Veterans Council Honor Guard, Post #31. He was a semi-truck driver for McNeil’s Asphalt Company for 38 years, retiring in 1996.

David married Barbara P. Gillespie on July 21, 1957 and they were happily married for 53 years until her passing in 2010. Survivors include his five children, Lynn (Allan) Swan and Roxann Sholl, both of Kewanee, Ryker (Lynette) Johnson of Decatur, IL and Chad Johnson and Clayton Johnson, both of Kewanee, eight grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren, his brother, Carl Johnson of Burton, MI, numerous nieces and nephews and his long-time four-legged companion, Pepper. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, two brothers, Benjamin and Fran Johnson, two sisters, Mary Workheiser and Emily Roman and a daughter and two sons.

He led a happy and fulfilling life caring for his family and friends. He enjoyed going to the casino, watching NASCAR and mowing his yard. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Leslie H. Groy

  

 

Leslie H. Groy passed away peacefully on February 21, 2018 at the age of 100.  He resided at Courtyard Estates, Kewanee. 

 

Les was born on December 5, 1917 in Kewanee, Illinois, the son of Herman and Dora Groy.  He briefly attended Kewanee High School before going to work in a local coal mine with his father.  He toiled in coal mines for three years.  He later worked at a local milk company washing bottles before being employed at Larson Furniture Company in 1937 as a delivery man.  He met Betty Paul at a local dance, fell in love and married in 1940.  Les proudly served his country in the Army Air Force during World War II for 3 ½ years, stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska.  Les worked as a barber for 28 years.  Les possessed extraordinary talent as a handyman.  He completely retrofitted his house while raising two daughters whom he put through college.  He enjoyed playing cards at the Flemish-American Club.  He and Betty loved to take driving vacations, especially around the Great Lakes.  After retiring from barbering, he became a part-time craftsman.  He and Betty traveled to craft shows to sell his woodworking.  He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.

 

Preceding him in death were his beloved wife of 56 years, Betty, in 2004; his parents, Dora and Herman Groy; his sisters, Doris Groy, Evelyn Groy, and Elsie Ball.  He was survived by his brother, Hayden Groy of Green Bay, WI; his daughters, Jane (Thomas) Willer of Libertyville, IL, and Joan (James) McArdle of Downers Grove, IL.; two grandchildren: Timothy (Tamara) McArdle of Ballston Lake, NY and Daniel McArdle of Chicago; two great-grandchildren: Patrick and Jessica McArdle of Ballston, NY and nieces and nephew.

 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Schueneman and Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee.  Rev. Paul Copeland will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Les will be laid to rest beside his wife at Pleasant View Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council.  Memorials may be made to the Sarah Circle, First United Methodist Church of Kewanee or the Windmont Christmas lighting fund.

 

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Helen M. Dwyer

 

 

Helen M. Dwyer, 93, of Geneseo, formerly of rural Atkinson, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center East, Davenport, IA. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at St. Malachy’s Catholic Church. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Atkinson. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo. The rosary will be recited at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be left to St. Malachy’s Catholic Church or the Henry County Fair Association.

 

Helen was born at home during a snowstorm in Rochester, NY, on Dec. 21, 1924, the daughter of Isadore and Doris “Nellie” (Pridat) Van Der Bruggen. At the age of eight, her family moved to Kewanee. Helen attended Kewanee High School. Prior to her marriage, she worked at Boss Glove Manufacturing and Walworth Manufacturing, both in Kewanee.

 

Helen married John Dwyer on June 28, 1944, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on March 30, 1989. The couple farmed in rural Atkinson. She was a farm wife, homemaker and proud mother of ten children – one daughter and nine sons. She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and the Altar & Rosary Society. She previously was a member of several card clubs and had been the oldest member of the local Curves gym. She took pleasure in all family gatherings. She enjoyed knitting, puzzles and reading.

 

She is survived by her children, Doris Fleming, of Gibson City, Jim (Norma) Dwyer, Greeley, CO, Tom (Chris) Dwyer, John (Joy) Dwyer, Joe (Lisa) Dwyer, all of Geneseo, Mike (Janette) Dwyer, Atkinson, Bob (Cathy) Dwyer, Roseville, Dennis (Jacque) Dwyer, Bettendorf, IA and Richard (Nora) Dwyer, Muscatine, IA. She is survived by 25 grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 28  great-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren. Other survivors include her sister, Maryin Weckelman and sisters-in-law Rhea Dwyer and Marilyn Van Der Bruggen. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Bill Dwyer, a great-granddaughter, Machala, her brother, Art and sister, Gay.

 

 

 

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Barbara L. Haverback

 

 

Barbara L. Haverback, 75, of rural Annawan, passed away at her home on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral mass and a private inurnment will take place on Tuesday, at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the Funeral Mass (10:00 – 11:00 a.m.) at the church, where the Rosary will be recited at 9:45 a.m. Memorials may be directed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or Annawan Community Center. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with these arrangments.

 

Barbara was born June 28, 1942, the daughter of Herbert C. and Marguerite (Billiet) Vandersnick, in Annawan. She graduated from Annawan High School with the class of 1960. She married Marvin E. Haverback on November 27, 1965 in Annawan. She worked at Kewanee Manufacturing as a billing clerk. She was a lifelong active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church where she served with the Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoyed baking, gardening and refinishing antique furniture, but most of all she loved watching her grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time with her family.

 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Marvin, son, Blake (Denise) Haverback, Atkinson and daughters, Brenda (Scott) Smith, Annawan, Beth (James) Medema, Prophetstown, Hope (Adam) DeRycke, Annawan and Heidi (Justin) Frank, Atkinson. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Haley, Shannon, Rylie, Nicole, Emma, Kyla, Abby, Katelyn, Jackson and Mason.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Marguerite, twin daughters, Kim and Kerri, a grandson, Noah DeRycke, sister, Mary Johnson and brother, Don Bradley.

 

 

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Cinda S. Anderson

Cinda S. Anderson, 67, of rural Bishop Hill, died at 1:28 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 22 at the Old Colony School in Bishop Hill. Rev. Linda Winkelman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association or the American Cancer Society.  

She was born March 24, 1950 in Silver Creek, NY, the daughter of Donald and Grace (Zodle) Hilliker. She married Robert Anderson on July 15, 1973 in Sheridan, NY. He survives as well as a son, Jeffrey Jones of Bloomington, IL, two daughters, Joy (Matthew) Amundsen of Frisco, TX and Tracy (Austin) McNamara of Bloomington, IL, a grandson, Clint Amundsen, a sister, Charmane (Stan) Cross of Austin, TX, a brother, Bradley (Theresa) Hilliker of Chesterfield, VA and three brother-in-laws, Ronald (Gail) Anderson of Myrtle Beach, SC, Roger (Judy) Anderson of Galva and Randy (Sue) Anderson of Cambridge, Il and several nieces and nephews.

Cinda had graduated from Silver Creek Central School and had attended Alfred University. She had worked at the State Bank of Toulon, Kewanee branch and for Country Companies in Bloomington, IL. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and the Bishop Hill Old Settler’s Association of which she had been president for a number of years. She was also a member of the Henry County Museum and the Henry County Historical Society, both of which she had served as treasurer.  She enjoyed antiquing and serving as a volunteer for many of the Bishop Hill events through out the year. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com

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Jay E. Kemerling

Jay E. Kemerling, 65, of Osceola died 10:24 p.m. Sunday February 11, 2018 at his home. Jay was born June 12, 1952 in Kewanee, the son of Edward and Ruth (Strom) Kemerling. Surviving are his three sons, Thaddeus (Molly) Elgin, Galva, Justin (Robin) Elgin, Kewanee, Jarrett (Erica) Elgin, Galva; and four grandchildren, Colin, Bailey, Caylee and Ethan. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Janet.

Jay graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1970. He attended Black Hawk East College and Illinois State University. Jay worked at Hyster as a mechanical engineer. He was a member of the NRA. Jay enjoyed gardening and yardwork. He was an animal lover. Jay enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren.

Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home.   Reverend Paul Copland will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the Pleasantview cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Henry County Humane Shelter Kewanee Chapter. Please share a memory or an online condolence for Jay’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Marilyn A. DeValkenaere

Marilyn A. DeValkenaere, 82, of Kewanee, died Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Kewanee Care. Marilyn was born December 2, 1931 in rural Wethersfield, the daughter of Frank and Blanche (Dustin) Craig. She graduated from Wethersfield the class of 1949. She married Joe DeValkenaere, they later divorced.

Marilyn is survived by daughter, Chris (Don) Greiner, Independence, IA; two sons, Jay (Annette) DeValkenaere, Kewanee, Rod (Dee Dee) DeValkenaere, Kewanee; five grandchildren, Brian (Cary) Prusator, Andy (Amanda) Prusator, Angela (Larry) Dillender, Jason DeValkenaere, and Christine Boston; and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, and one sister.

Marilyn was the head checker and retired from the Eagles Grocery, Kewanee. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, the clerk’s union at the Eagles Grocery, the Flemish American Club. She enjoyed bowling on the team in Kewanee and had been the secretary for the bowling association. She also loved playing bingo.

Funeral services will be 3 pm Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Paul Copeland will officiate. A private family burial will be held at a later date at the Wethersfield Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the funeral home. Casual attire for the services has been requested by the family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that the memorials be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 in Marilyn’s name. Please leave an online condolence for Marilyn’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Dorothy L. Witte

Dorothy L. Witte, 91, a resident of Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline, formerly of Kewanee, died at 1:03 p.m., Sunday, February 11, 2018 at the center.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, February 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m., until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Historical Society or to the First Presbyterian Church in Kewanee.

She was born May 4, 1926 in Steele, MO, the daughter of Luther and Sarah (Clark) Williams. She married Otis McGonigal on August 25, 1944 in Corning, AR and he preceded her in death on January 30, 1972. She later married Lester E. Witte on July 14, 1973 in Geneseo and he preceded her in death on May 25, 1990. Survivors include a son, Larry (Gloria) McGonigal of Worland, WY, two daughters, Patricia (Eric) Weintraut of East Moline and Janie (Jason) Cantwell of Kewanee, a brother, Luther Clark (Florence) Williams of Springville, IA, a sister, Lillian Marie Borth of Galesburg, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Clifton and Leo, a half-sister, Doris Taylor and three step-sons.

Dorothy had worked as a nurse’s aide at Hammond-Henry Hospital in Geneseo until her retirement in 1982. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed bowling, playing cards at the Flemish-American Club and listening to music. She will be deeply missed by all family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

 

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Howard Crowell Jr.

 Howard A. “Buck” Crowell Jr., 78, of rural Kewanee, died at 8:20 a.m., Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Private services will be held at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra will officiate. A public visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m.Saturday, February 17 at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation and private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Howard “Buck” Crowell Memorial Fund.

He was born July 21, 1939 in Wauwatosa, WI, the son of Howard “Ike” and Rachel (Williams) Crowell Sr. He married Nancy Mae Werts on February 22, 1958 in Pine City, MN and together they raised four children. She preceded him in death on February 10, 1984. He was united in marriage to Kathy Radford on January 18, 1988 in Las Vegas, NV. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, three sons, Jeff Crowell of Woodland Park, CO, Kent (Karen) Crowell of Kewanee and Scott (Tami) Crowell of Bloomington, IL, his daughter, Diane (Russell) Walker of Annawan, three sisters, Darleen Vergin of Dallas, WI, Debbie Putske of Barron, WI and Maree Trotter of Iron River, MI, a brother-in-law, Orville Halvorson, seven grandchildren, Christopher (Lacey) Crowell, Katie Crowell, Ryne (Lana) Crowell, Kylen Crowell, Rachel Lippens (Dustin DeReu), Heath Walker and Sean Walker and nine great grandchildren, Nehemiah, Bella Rose, Sebastian, Gabriel, James, Liam, Isaac, Jack and Kellan. He was also preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Janice Ebert, Patricia Halvorson and Chris Schendorf and his in-laws, Harold and Marjorie Radford.

Buck was a 1958 graduate of Cameron High School in Wisconsin. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves, while raising his children. He had worked for Schwan’s for 18 years and had also worked for Meadow Gold Diary and Vendall Vending Machines. He was a member of the Kewanee American Legion and enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting and bowling with family and friends and especially enjoyed cheering on the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. “Go Pack Go” This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Wanda "Janie" McCormick

Wanda “Janie” McCormick, 88, of Kewanee died Saturday, February 10, 2018 at Kewanee Care. Wanda was born October 21, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Howard and Eva (Ames) Holmes. She graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1947. Wanda married Rex McCormick, Jr. on June 5, 1949 in Kewanee, he survives.

Wanda is survived by two sons, Mark (Beth) McCormick, Colona, IL, Matt (Lori) McCormick, Maple Valley, WA; four grandchildren, Alan (Brittney) McCormick, Michelle (Kellen) Fryrear, Amy McCormick, Eric McCormick; two great grandchildren, Hailey, Cameron; and one brother, Howard Holmes, Jr., Washington, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Julie.

Wanda was a home maker. She was a life member of the First Christian Church of Kewanee. She was an accomplished musician and enjoyed playing the organ and piano. She also loved singing in the church choir. She spent her spare time painting, and spending time with her family.

Memorial Services will be at 10:30 am on Friday, February 16, 2018 at the First Christian Church, Kewanee. Pastor Joe Schmidt will officiate. A private family burial will be at a later date at the Wethersfield Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Wanda’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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Robert M. Gunther

 Robert M. “Bob” Gunther, 71, of Kewanee, died at 9:50 p.m., Sunday, February 11, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Cremation will be accorded and Celebration of his Life will be held at later date. Memorials may be directed to the Bob Gunther Memorial Fund. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.

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Thomas VerVynck

Thomas “Tommy” W. VerVynck, 41, of Kewanee, died Saturday, February 10, 2018 in Kewanee. Tommy was born March 19, 1976 in Kewanee, the son of Walt and Paula (Titus) VerVynck. Tommy attended Kewanee High School. He married Jamie Weir on January 6, 2017 in Kewanee.

Tommy is survived by his parents; wife; sons, Austin VerVynck, Davenport, IA, Alan (Kelly Mullen) VerVynck, Sterling, IL, Connor VerVynck, Hurley, MS; step children, Chelsea Ainley, Brandon Ainley, Myranda Lambert, Drew Richardson; special nephew, Reece Weir; brother, Joseph VerVynck; sisters, Misty (Jason) Patterson, Darcy (Dana Jackson) McCommons; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and brother, Scott VerVynck.

Tommy was a highly skilled laborer and roofer, he worked for his father at Walt VerVynck Roofing prior to working for Murray Brothers Construction, Kewanee. Tommy was a member of the Allendale Conservation Club and the First Christian Church. He was an active Harley Rider and recently joined the Spoon River Riders. He loved going to Friday night football at Kewanee High School where he watched his boys play. He enjoyed golf cart mudding, playing pool, and singing karaoke, especially Metallica with his brother, Joey. He loved watching Nascar and enjoyed racing stock cars. No one could ever get enough of Tommy’s cooking. Tommy had a big heart and loved spending time with his family and friends.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of service on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Memorials may be made to the family. Please leave an online condolence for Tom’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Edwin T. "Ted" Countryman

 

 

Edwin T. “Ted” Countryman, 83, of rural Annawan, IL, passed away on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at his home. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at the Mineral United Methodist Church. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the memorial service at the church (10:00-11:00 a.m.). Private inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials may be left to the Ted Countryman Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with these arrangements.

 

Ted was born on August 27, 1934, the son of Clarence and Martha Mae (Johnson) Countryman, in Casey, IA. He married Karen Bengston Gil-braith. Ted worked for the former Boar Power Company in Annawan as site manager and salesmen for over 30 years, from which he retired. He raised Coon Rj-ver Blueticks & Beagle dogs for showing and hunting for many years, and enjoyed spending time outdoors. Ted was a member of the hunting c1ub, Coon River Blueticks, that would travel through Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin, participating in various raccoon hunting competitions and pelt trading. Ted loved to spend time with his friends and family.

 

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Karen, sons, Edwin Starr Countryman, Georgia, David (Michelle) Countryman, Florida, and Jason (Erin) Gilbraith, Illj-nois, and his daughters, LuAnn (Brian) Burton, Florida, and Diane (Robert) Catton, Illinois. Ted is also survived by his 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

 

Ted was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Martha Mae, daughter, Cheri Gilbraith, two sisters, and a brother.

 

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

                                                       

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Larry A. Johnson

Larry A. Johnson, 75, of rural Cambridge, died Wednesday, February 7, 2018, in the emergency room of Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  At his request, a private family funeral service will be held on Monday, February 12th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Les Zook will officiate.  Private committal services will follow at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  There will be no visitation.  Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

 

Larry Arthur Johnson was born February 26, 1942 in Kewanee, the son of Quentin and Grace Johnston Johnson.  He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1960.  His marriage to Shirley Janean Merritt took place on February 10, 1963 in Cambridge.  Larry was a lifelong farmer in rural Cambridge.  His memberships included the Cambridge United Methodist Church and the Henry County Farm Bureau.  He enjoyed working with electricity, especially generators.  Larry loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

 

Those surviving are his wife, Janean,  sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas Johnson, Cambridge, Randy and Amy           Johnson, Davenport, Mickey and Monica Johnson, Cambridge, and a daughter and son-in-law, Greta and Kevin Kundel, Davenport.  Other survivors include five grandchildren, Dillon Johnson, Brenna, Emily, Shawn, and Kyle Kundel, and a brother, Charles (Sue) Johnson, Cambridge.  His parents preceded him in death.

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

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Freida M. Gower

 Freida M. Gower, 62, of Colona, formerly of Kewanee, died at 2:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island.

Cremation will be accorded and private inurnment will be held at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee at a later date. 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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JoAnn Fargher

JoAnn Fargher, 83, of Kewanee, died at 8:55 p.m., Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.

Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m.Saturday, February 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Her nephew, Deacon John Holevoet will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association.

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Ruby L. Wolf

Ruby L. Wolf, 91, a resident of Genesis Senior Living in Aledo, formerly of Kewanee, died at 1:23 p.m., Sunday, February 4, 2018 at the facility in Aledo.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m.Wednesday, February 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials mar directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the Honor Flight.

She was born July 13, 1926 in DePue, IL, the daughter of Garnet and Magnolia (Sturgeon) Green. She married Floyd L. Wolf on February 19, 1944 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on May 20, 1985. Survivors include her children, David Wolf of Kewanee, Paula (Larry) Talbot of Russellville, AL and Pam (Dan) Bates of Galva, seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Todd) Salpietro of Buffalo Grove, Rod (Valerie) Wolf of Pekin, Shelly Wolf Stoner of Peoria, Shannon (Amine) Assal of Helena, AL, Nicholas Talbot of San Antonio, TX and Jason (Melissa) Bates and Eric (Rina) Bates, both of Galva and nine great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Darlene Hardt and Esther Bumphrey.

Ruby had a love for flowers, cooking, cleaning and maintaining her backyard. She especially enjoyed taking care of people and her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxunferalhome.com.

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Ardyth June McNaught

 Ardyth June McNaught, 85, a resident at Park Vista in East Moline, formerly of Galva, died at 1:36 a.m., Friday, February 2, 2018 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Her grandson, Peter McNaught, will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 6 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Park Vista.

She was born September 3, 1932 in Parchment, MI, the daughter of Burton and Leona (Campbell) Felder. She married Riley W. McNaught on March 3, 1954 in Knoxville, IL and he preceded her in death on October 30, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Lee and a sister, Audrey. She is survived by three sons, Andre (Debbie) McNaught of Bloomington, IL, Bert (Melissa) McNaught of Moline, IL and Paul McNaught of Kannapolis, NC, seven grandchildren, Andrew (Beni) McNaught, Megan McNaught, Hannah (Matt) Nelson, Peter (Claire) McNaught and Abigail, Matthew and John McNaught, a sister, Arvis (Charles) Garrison of Fairview, TX and a brother, Warren (Barbara) Felder of Troy, OH.

Ardyth graduated from the Michigan School for the Deaf in Flint, MI.  She was a homemaker and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Galva and United Methodist Women. She enjoyed doing puzzles, crafts and playing bingo. In earlier years, she enjoyed riding her bike, ever so slowly, around Galva. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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