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Royce F. "Stroto" VerStraete

Royce F. “Stroto” VerStraete, 84, of Atkinson, passed away on Friday, June 29, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care in Geneseo. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3rd, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson, IL. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. Visitation will be Monday, July 2nd, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, where the Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.  Memorials may be left to Royce VerStraete Memorial Fund, to be distributed amongst several local organizations.

Royce was born on October 12, 1933, the son of Francis and Emma (Autheunis) VerStraete, in Atkinson. He graduated from Atkinson High School with the class of 1952. Stroto married Joann J. “Joie” DeNeve on May 29, 1954, in Atkinson. Joie preceded him in death in 2015. Stroto owned and operated VerStraete’s Garage for 40 years. After his retirement, his son Frank took over the family business and is still operating. Stroto is a proud veteran of the United States Navy and served his country during the Korean War. He was a member of the Atkinson American Legion and former fire-fighter on the Atkinson Fire Department. Stroto shared a love for collecting antiques with his wife Joie, and together, they established “Stroto’s Antiques”. They loved traveling and looking for antiques to add to their collection. Stroto was also an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed deer hunting.

Those left to cherish his memory include his son, Frank (Lisa) VerStraete, Atkinson, and daughters, Lori (Jim) Hamer, Atkinson, Lisa (Dan) DeReu, Atkinson, and Beth (Kale) Causemaker, Geneseo. Royce is also survived by his grandchildren, Kristen, Kyle, Blake, Denelle, Tyler, Dustin, Holly, Kate, Nick, Kala, Karmen, Kidd, and Kamber, and 13 great-grandchildren.

Royce was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Emma, and his wife, Joann.

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James L. Cross

James L. Cross, 56, of Atkinson, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, July 2, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Military rites will be accorded following the service. Minister Jeremy Monk will officiate. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 1, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Cremation will be accorded following the funeral service. Memorials may be directed to the James Cross Memorial Fund.

James was born on May 25, 1962, in Moline, IL, the son of Clarence and Alberta (Dennis) Cross. He attended Rock Island High School and later graduated from Hamilton Tech College with a B.S. in electrical engineering technology. He served in the United States Army. James was united in marriage to Dona J. Lawson on August 3, 1985, in Rock Island. He was employed at Parr Instrument Company in Moline as a lab testing technician and then at Kewanee Boiler Co. and C.B. Kramer as a boiler tech. He retired from Deere & Co. as a field test technician in the research and development field. He was a member of the Church of Christ and loved online pool and euchre, golfing, gardening and cooking.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Dona, children, David (Hannah Woodard) Cross, Atkinson, Jesse (Mairead Steadman) Cross, Moline, Amanda (Tom) Garcia, Colona, grandchildren, Emerson Jade and Stark James, father, Clarence Cross, Rock Island, brothers, Mike Cross, WI, Mark Cross, Milan, Tim (Kandice Miles) Cross, Rock Island, mother-in-law, Mickey Lawson, IL, and three brothers-in-law.

James was preceded in death by his mother, Alberta, infant sister, Carol, baby Cross, grandson, Gabriel Garcia and his father-in-law, Elmer Lawson.
 

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Donald L. Feldman

Donald L. Feldman, 91, formerly of Geneseo a resident of Apostolic Christian Restmor, Morton died there on Monday, June 25, 2018.  Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 30th at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Melva England will officiate.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo with military honors.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St. Geneseo.  Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo, Geneseo Education Foundation, or Geneseo Historical Society.

Donald Lee Feldman was born May 27, 1927 in Sterling, IL the son of James C. and Hazel Mae (Morley) Feldman.  He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1945.  He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II.  He then graduated from University of Illinois in 1950 where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  He married Gloria R. Urick on June 23, 1950 in Geneseo.  She preceded him in death on June 16, 1998.  Don had owned and operated the Red Mill, Inc, Geneseo from 1950 until 1990.

Memberships include Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo where he was active in many areas including the choir for over 50 years.  Geneseo Kiwanis Club for over 40 years and member of Geneseo Country Club for over 60 years.  Don enjoyed golf, was an avid Geneseo Sports Fan and a founding member of Geneseo Grid Club. Don had been awarded 10 varsity letters while in High School and was inducted into the Geneseo High School Athletic Hall of Fame.   Don was a former board member for Geneseo Historical Society, Geneseo Communications, Geneseo Utility Board, and had been a founding member of G.E.E.E., now Geneseo Education Foundation.

Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, William and Barbara Feldman, Hinsdale, IL; Rev. Gary Feldman, Morton, IL; grandchildren, Will and Alison Feldman, Hong Kong, Madeline Feldman, New York, NY, Austin Feldman, Hinsdale, IL, Rachael Feldman, New York, NY, and James Feldman, Louisville, KY; brother Howard Feldman, Rockford, IL; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dean and Lucille Urick, Geneseo.  Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a brother, Robert Feldman.
 

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Phyllis A. Neuleib

Phyllis A. Neuleib, 89, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, June 25, 2018, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 29, 2018 at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Reverend Melva England will officiate. Inurnment will be at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 28 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Phyllis Neuleib Memorial Fund to be distributed among several organizations. Per her request, cremation has been accorded.

Phyllis was born on January 8, 1929, in Munson Township, the daughter of Lyle and Nellie (Tomlinson) Obrecht. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1946 and attended Illinois State University for two years where she was a Home Economics major. Phyllis was united in marriage to William C. Neuleib on June 25, 1950, at Grace United Methodist Church. Phyllis was a teacher in a one room school house in rural Geneseo and did private tutoring for children who needed special help. After teaching, Phyllis worked in the Hammond Henry Hospital business office. She retired after 17 years of employment. Phyllis was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and served on various committees there. Always looking for ways to provide service to others, she volunteered for the Hammond Henry Hospital Auxiliary, Geneseo Good Samaritan Village and became a member of PEO, a philanthropic organization that celebrates, educates, and motivates women. Phyllis and her entire family were active in Drum and Bugle Corps and she spent many years volunteering as a cook, driver, fundraiser, and was a second mom to thousands of drum corps kids. She was an avid scrap booker, loved to read, work in her garden and watch sports. Her friends could count on her to remember every special event with a card or note. Phyllis and Bill were snowbirds and spent 25 winters in Gulf Shores, Alabama, becoming involved in that community as well. Phyllis found the most joy when she and Bill were with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, William, children, Gregg (Carol) Neuleib, Geneseo, Kari (John) Zimny, Folsom, CA, Molly (Mike) Hamer, Geneseo, Jane (Steve) Scherer, Geneseo, grandchildren, Peter Neuleib, Arthur (Rachele) Neuleib, Jonathan Zimny, Jeanette Zimny, Billy, Tess and Sally Hamer, Allison (Bronson) Good, Jack Scherer and Diana Scherer, great-grandchildren, Carter, Tristan, and Rylan Neuleib, and a brother, Ron (Bonnie) Obrecht, Geneseo

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Nellie.

 

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Ronald E. "RJ" Johnson

Ronald E. “RJ” Johnson, 78, of rural Cambridge died on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at UnityPoint Health, Trinity, Rock Island.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 28th at Concordia Lutheran Church, Geneseo.  Rev. Stephen Mueller will officiate.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge with military rites by Cambridge American Legion.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm on Wednesday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 212 E. Court St. Cambridge.  Memorials may be made to Ronald Johnson Memorial Fund.

Ron was born March 15, 1940 in Moline the son of Chester A. and S. Edith (Young) Johnson.  He graduated from Cambridge High School and served in the U. S. Navy from 1958 to 1963.  On Feb. 4, 1961 he married Sonia Tucker in Moline.  She survives.  Ron had worked 10 years for Palmer Body Shop, Cambridge and then worked as a claims adjuster for Aetna Insurance until retiring in 2004.  He had also owned and operated his own Body Shop, 4WD Repair in Cambridge for many years.

Memberships include the NRA and the Cambridge American Legion.  Ron enjoyed 4 wheeling, restoring old Broncos, and anything train related including just going to watch them.  For many years he took trips out west to hunt Prairie Dogs and he especially enjoyed being with friends and family.

Survivors include his wife, Sonia, son and daughter-in-law, Randall and Jean Johnson, Cambridge; daughter, Kendra Burnette, Virginia Beach, VA; grandchildren, Justin (Amanda) Johnson, Laurie Johnson, Blake Johnson, and Hannah Abney; great grandchildren, Annie Mae, Alexia, Jason, and Bentley; step grandchildren, Matthew and Luke Esser; and sisters, Alice Jones, Milan and Coral Rudsell, Rock Island.  His parents, two sons, Brett and Jason Johnson and two brothers, Donald and Clyde preceded him in death.
 

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Louise M. Wilson

Louise M. Wilson, 91, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, June 24, 2018, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. A private graveside funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at the Rock Island Arsenal. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Louise was born on September 10, 1926, the daughter of Harry and Romaine (Albrecht) Schatteman, in East Moline, Illinois. She graduated from United Township High School with the class of 1944. She was united in marriage to Donald H. Wilson on April 26, 1947 in Moline. Donald preceded her in death in 1991. Louise worked with the Care Management Corporation as a nursing home administrator for several facilities in in Illinois and Iowa for 25 years before her retirement. After retirement, she worked for Sears in the tool department for 19 years. She was known as the “tool lady” to many loyal customers and friends. Louise was also a dedicated volunteer with the Hammond Henry Auxiliary. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Christine (Glen) Vincent, of Geneseo, grandson, Scott (Kim) Schnaufer, of Geneseo, two great-grandchildren, Julia Schnaufer and Nick Baraks, and her sister, Betty Freeman, of East Moline.

She was preceded in death by her parent, Harry and Romaine, and her husband, Donald.
 

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Dennis V. "Pedro" Jones

Dennis V. “Pedro” Jones, 66, of Hooppole died on Sunday, June 24, 2018 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  Interment services will be held at 11:00 a.m. August 24th (Friday) at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Sublette, IL.  A precession to the cemetery will leave from Hooppole Fire Station at 10:00 a.m. to go to the cemetery.  Cremation rites have been accorded and memorials may be given to Hooppole Fire Department, C/O Nels Carlson, 339 Main St. Hooppole, IL 61258 to help purchase equipment for the Department.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dennis was born March 14, 1952 in Kewanee, IL the son of Dennis W. “Dude” and Aileen (Gray) Jones.  He graduated from Annawan High School in 1970.  On Feb. 26, 1986 he married Cindy Bulfer in Princeton, IL.  She survives.  Dennis had worked for International Harvester/Case, East Moline.  In retirement he had worked for O’Connell’s Jellystone Campgrounds, Amboy during the summer.  He also enjoyed helping farm at Sommer’s Farms, rural Hooppole.   Dennis had served as a volunteer with the Hooppole Fire Department for over 25 years.  He had also served on the Hooppole Village Board.  He especially enjoyed the water fights competitions between Fire Departments.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy; daughters, Samantha Jones and Julieann (Todd) Dunn; five grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, two sisters, Bonnie (Mike) Collins, and Marianne (Steven) Struble; and brothers, David (Maria) Jones and Douglas (Karen) Jones.  Special Honorary Pallbearers include, Terry Sommers, Bob Dietz, Nels Carlson, Dean Meier, Isaac Jones, Jacobii Jones, Lakena Jones, and Laurence Roddey, Jr.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

 

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Timothy Calhoun

Timothy “Tim” M. Calhoun, 57, of Milan, formerly of Kewanee, died at 11:26 pm on Friday, June 22, 2018 at Unity Point Health, Trinity Hospital, Rock Island. Tim was born May 12, 1961 in Kewanee, the son of Delbert and Susan (Kilstrom) Calhoun. Tim married Carrie Hill on November 19, 1978 at the Church of Peace, Kewanee, they later divorced, she survives.
Tim is also survived by three sons, Shannon (Shauna) Calhoun, Crestview, FL, Jesse Calhoun, Los Angeles, CA, Timothy John “TJ” Calhoun, Los Angeles, CA; sister, Rebecca “Becky” Rearden, Flagstaff, AZ; brothers, Paul (DeAnna) Calhoun, Kewanee, Jack (Christina) Calhoun, Kewanee; girlfriend, Holly Zink, Milan, IL; special friend, Judy Wilson, Rock Island; special cousin-sister, Tami Harmon Kolb; grandmother, Muriel Kilstrom; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack and Anna Calhoun and Carl Kilstrom; and one brother Carl Calhoun.
Tim was self-employed as a painter, painting for commercial, residential and the automobile industries. He enjoyed boating, fishing, waterskiing, darts, billiards, foosball. He was a very generous guy and loved hanging out with his family.
Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. With a special time of remembrance from 7:30-8:00 pm in correlation with visitation. The family requests no flowers. Memorials may be made to the Backwater Gamblers Water-skiers of Rock Island or the American Cancer Society. Please leave an online condolence for Tim’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Ron VanDeRostyne

Ron “Chiefy” VanDeRostyne,79, of Kewanee, died at 12:10 pm, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo. Ron was born September 17, 1938 the son of August “Gus” and Josephine (Vandersnick) VanDeRostyne.  Ron graduated from Kewanee High School in 1957. Ron married Carol L. Marshall on June 18, 1963 in Kewanee, she survives.
Ron is also survived by two sons, Kurt VanDeRostyne, Williamsfield, IL, Kirby VanDeRostyne, Kewanee; one daughter, Kris (Matt) Bennett, Neponset; six grandchildren, Miranda, Ethan, Tyler, Cody, Cole, and Hope; special granddaughter, Emma Brants; four great grandchildren, Stella, Ryker, Hunter, and Luke; one sister, Ruth Rossow, Carlisle, PA; a special aunt, Sister Norberta “Betty” Vandersnick, who is a Benedictine Nun in Rock Island; several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ron was preceded in death by his parents; step father, George Compton; and one brother, Robert VanDeRostyne.
Ron served his country in the United States Navy and was stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He retired from Compaction America (Hyster) in 1998. Ron was a member of Visitation Catholic Church, and the Knights of Columbus. Ron was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was also a member of the Hook and Bullet Club, Victoria, IL. He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. He loved going to the Casino, Horse Races, dancing, and spending time at his daughter’s house, fishing at the Bennett pond. He loved his Labradors, Big Girl and Gunner. Ron especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 28, 2018 at Visitation Catholic Church, Kewanee. Father Johndamaseni Zilimu will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council at the church. A private family burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of service at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Run or the Kewanee Food Pantry. Please leave an online condolence for Ron’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome

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Rochel Callear

Rochel Ann Callear, 49, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at her home in Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life is being planned for a later date. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Rochel was born on December 31, 1968, the daughter of Richard and Karen (Miller) Murrison, in Geneseo, Illinois. She graduated from United Township High School with the class of 1987. Rochel was a mail carrier for the United States Post Office in Geneseo for many years. She loved to collect memorabilia and enjoyed fishing. She was an avid Cubs fan and especially loved spending time with her granddaughter.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Darian Callear, of Geneseo, and Dalton Callear, stationed at Sheppard Air Base, US Air Force, Wichita Falls, TX, granddaughter, Aaliayah, and her brother, Chris (Lisa) Murrison, of Morrison, IL. She is also survived by her special friends Amberin Polidori, of Denver, CO, and Kris Schroeder-Green, of East Moline.

Rochel was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Karen, and by a brother, Richard Jr.
 

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Xavier Hartman

 Xavier T.  “X-Man” “Bubba” Hartman, 19, of Galva, died at 3:07 a.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical in Kewanee.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. Visitation will be held from 2:00-5:00 p.m., Sunday, June 24at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held in Galva Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
He was born March 24, 1999 in Kewanee, the son of Melissa Hartman. Survivors include his mother, Melissa Kelly of Galva, maternal grandparents, Tom (Judy) Hartman of Galva, two brothers, DeVaughn Hodge and Khalil Hodge, both of Galesburg, three sisters; Presley Grant, Miah Kelly and Willow Kelly, all of Galva, uncle, Wiley (Barbara) Hartman, two aunts, Trista (Dane) Anderson and Tammy (J.R.) Hartman, his girlfriend, Thali Empson and several cousins and great aunts and uncles.
Xavier attended Galva High School and had worked for FlexCourt Athletics in Kewanee. He was currently working for Timberlyn Lighting in Geneseo. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Galva. Xavier enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and making people laugh. He was also an outdoor enthusiast enjoying fishing and hunting. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralohme.com.

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Charity Munson-Wade

 Charity M. Munson-Wade, 48, of Galva, died at 6:02 a.m., Monday, June 18, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Cremation will be accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 p.m.,Friday, June 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. There will also be a Celebration of her Life from 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, June 30 at the First Christian Church in Keithsburg, IL. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
She was born September 20, 1969 in Muscatine, IA, the daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Stallings) Munson. She married Trisha D. Wade on September 20, 2015 in Kewanee. Survivors include her spouse of Galva, her son, Stephen “Nick” “Benjy” Munson-Wykert of Galva, a brother, Josh (Christy) Munson of Ottawa, IL, a brother-in-law, Tim Wade of Abingdon, two half-sisters, Kae Stevens and Susan Sedam and nine nieces and nephews; Makayla, Briana, Elijah, Daymeon, Benjamin, Travis, Brian, Lora and Amber. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Benjamin Munson.
Charity graduated from Cass High School in Cartersville, GA. She was a newspaper route carrier for the Peoria Journal Star, Galesburg Register-Mail and the Kewanee Star Courier. She enjoyed making friends with the pets along her newspaper route. She loved caring for her son, Nick and also enjoyed karaoke, listening to Trisha sing and especially spending time with her family. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Phyllis B. Smith

 
Phyllis B. Smith, 64, of Kewanee, died at 5:36 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 23 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be held at a later date at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.

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Debbie Stabler

 Debbie Stabler, 62, of Neponset, died at 1:46 a.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Cremation has been accorded and a memorial visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m.,Thursday, June 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Private inurnment will take place at a later date at West Neponset Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Debbie Stabler Memorial Fund.
She was born December 10, 1955 in Kewanee, the daughter of George and Ann (King) Price. She married Jerry Stabler on September 15, 1973 at the Neponset United Methodist Church. He survives as does their children, Jenny Stabler of Geneseo, Matt (Heather) Stabler of Buda and Lindsay Stabler of Sheffield, five grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Dawson, Colin, Jaxson and Samantha, two brothers, David (Virginia) Price of Kewanee and Steve Price of Texas and a sister, Susie (Michael “Spider”) Simaytis of Kewanee. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sandy Stuckey.
Debbie worked in the shipping department at Boss Mfg. in Kewanee. She was of the Methodist faith. She was a Die-Hard Chicago Cub fan and enjoyed reading and listening to George Strait and Elvis. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and going to the movies with her daughters. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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James Washington Norton

 James Washington Norton, 81, of Kewanee, died at 3:18 a.m., Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, June 20 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with visitation being held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
He was born March 21, 1937 in Harrisburg, IL, the son of William H. and Alberta (Neeley) Norton. He married Charlene Bennet and to this union were Donny Jo, James Jr. and Kevin Norton. Later he married Hazel Burns whom preceded him in death. He is presently married to and survived by his loving wife of 5 years, Vera Rohleder-Norton.
James was a man who loved the Lord. He converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for over 45 years. He was the first African-American to receive the Priesthood with the LDS of Nauvoo, IL.
Remembering and cherishing his time with us is his family: wife, Vera Norton and step-daughter, Anita Palmer, both of Kewanee, two sons, James W. (Tammy) Norton Jr. of Hiram, GA and Kevin Norton of Peoria, a brother, William (Mildred) Norton of Stockbridge, GA, four sisters; Beverly McFadden-South, Shirley Norton-Randle and Reba Norton, all of Peoria and Roslyn Norton-Anderson of Lawrenceville, GA, a sister-in-law, Rev. Karen Norton of Racine, WI and a host of nieces and nephews. James was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Donny Jo Norton, a sister, Patricia Norton-Clark and two brothers, Rev. Breon Norton and Herman Norton.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Betty I. Talbot

Betty I. Talbot, 92, of Geneseo, was called home to her Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on, Monday, June 25, 2018, at the First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Reverend David Murphy will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church.

Betty was born on October 4, 1925, the daughter of William and Lillie (Oelke) Erdman, in Geneseo. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1943. Betty was united in marriage to Floyd W. Talbot on October 22, 1944. Floyd preceded her in death in 2011. Betty spent her life as a homemaker and raised eight children. She was a longtime member of the Baptist Church where she was very active. Betty was a dedicated volunteer for various organizations and groups, and loved to read, cook, handwork, garden, and can the goods that she grew. Betty was known as a mother and grandmother to many.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Bill (Tammy) Talbot, Concho, AZ, Randy Talbot, Peoria, and Tom (Nancy) Talbot, Johnsburg, IL, daughters, Bonnie (Bruce) Stine, Geneseo, Kathy (Mike) Johnson, Prophetstown, Cindy (Roger) Clayton, Lyndon, IL, Penny (Tony) Haymes, Buffalo, WY, and Kristi (John) Fisher, Geneseo, 18 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and seven step-great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by her sisters, Violet (Don) Fleming and Darla (Gary) Johns, both of Geneseo.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lillie, her husband, Floyd, three grandchildren, and two brothers, Donald and Wayne Erdman.

 


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Lillian E. Smith

– Lillian E. Smith, 92, of Kewanee, formerly of Coal Valley, died at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Royal Oaks Care Center in Kewanee.
Lillian’s wish was to have her body donated to science and a memorial service will be held at11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 21 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Literacy Outreach Program at BHE, East Moline Christian School or to the First United Methodist Church. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
She was born May 12, 1926 in Viola, IL, the daughter of Lawrence and Susanna (Leinbach) Smith. She was married in 1950 and later divorced. Survivors include her two daughters, Marina (Stephen) Payne of Elmhurst, IL and Rebecca (Timothy) Shaw of Niles, MI, a brother, Eugene (Wanda) Smith of New Boston, IL, a sister, June McMillen of Normal, IL and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Edwin Smith, two nephews and a great niece.
Lillian attended Monmouth College and was the first woman to receive a degree in physics when she graduated in 1950. She had lived in Coal Valley for 38 years and had been a math and science teacher at East Moline Christian School for 11 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee and enjoyed bible study. She also enjoyed reading astrophysics books and autobiographies, playing bingo, doing cryptogram puzzles, following politics and researching genealogy.  This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome..com.

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Anez R. Emmerson

 

Anez R. Emmerson, 93, of Geneseo, IL, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Good Samaritan in Geneseo.  A Funeral Mass celebrating her life will be at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 18, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo.  Father Pakula will celebrate.  Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, at Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where a Rosary will be at 3:30 p.m. prior to the Visitation, and a Women of the Moose service will be held following the visitation.  Memorials may be made to St. Malachy Catholic Church, St. Mary Catholic School, or Women of the Moose.

Anez was born on November 10, 1924 in Geneseo, the daughter of Leon and Irma (VanLancker) Franck.  She was united to Rene Emmerson on March 2, 1946 at St. Malachy Church in Geneseo.  He preceded her in death on January 29, 2012.  Anez farmed alongside her husband in rural Geneseo for many years and then moved into town when they retired.

Anez was very active in her community.  She was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, Altar and Rosary Circle #14, Queen of Victory, American Legion Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, and Women of the Moose.  She enjoyed quilting, playing bingo, and rolle bolle.  Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived her daughters, Sharon (Stan) Griffin of Geneseo, Shirley (Sam) Hurt of Moline, IL, her son, Steve (Sue) Emmerson of Geneseo, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and brother, Leon (Maria) Franck of Shorewood, IL. Anez is also survived by her sister-in-law’s, Norma Emmerson, Sheffield, Rosemary Franck, Cambridge, and Donna Franck, Grapeview, WA, and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Rodgers, Manlius, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rene, her parents, two sisters and two brothers.

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William E. Frank

 William E. “Bill” Frank, 92, of Kewanee, died at 4:26 a.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home.
Cremation will be accorded, and a memorial graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m.,Monday, June 18 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Pastor Stephen McGough will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Veterans Council. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born May 14, 1926 in Canton, IL, the son of Ellsworth and Faye (Snell) Frank. Survivors include his two sisters, Carole Miller and Marie Purdy, both of Kewanee and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Patricia Wilson, a niece, Patsy Miller and a nephew, Stephen Miller.
Bill graduated from Kewanee High School in 1945 and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He had worked as a boilermaker at Kewanee Boiler for 35 years. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church which is now Encounter Church. He enjoyed music and celebrating Christmas and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and nieces and nephews. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxufneralhome.com.
 

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Lloyd R. Dyer

Lloyd R. Dyer, 92, of Kewanee, died at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 8, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 with Masonic services at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church in Kewanee.

He was born June 8, 1926 in Canton, IL, the son of Uri and Verna (Macklin) Dyer. He married Irene L. Asbell on December 26, 1948 in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on June 26, 2004. Survivors include two sons, Robert (Linda) Dyer of St. Charles, MO and Bradley (Shirley) Dyer of Kewanee, a daughter, Peggy (Richard) Bennett of Kewanee, six grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Herb Dyer.

Lloyd graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944. He served his country in the U.S. Navy after WWII. He had worked in the Forestry Division as a tree trimmer for Illinois Power for 35 years until his retirement. He also operated the Dairy Queen from 1967-73. He helped develop the Kewanee Stage Coach/Pony Express Trail with Gus DeToye. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Kewanee Masonic Lodge. He was an avid sports fan and animal lover who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and following the Chicago Cubs and especially their World Series win. He had marshalled at various golf outings over the years, had been a Boy Scout leader and was inducted into the Kewanee High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 for football. He also enjoyed visiting with people and being a part of the McDonalds crew and especially following the events of his grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Phyliss A. Black

Phyliss A. Black, 71, of Kewanee, formerly of Galva, died at 9:51 a.m., Sunday, June 10, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held at a later date at LaFayette Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Phyliss Black Memorial Fund.

She was born March 25, 1947 in Kewanee, the daughter of Arthur and Mary (Winters) Copeland. She married Herby Ballard Black Jr. on July 24, 1965 in Galva and he preceded her in death on January 16, 1996. Survivors include her five children; Larry (Carla) Black of Princeton, Carol Taets of Kewanee, Danny (Jessica) Black of California, Herby (Tiffani) Black of Arizona and Sherry Blair of Galva, eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren with one on the way. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Black and five brothers; Vernon, Edward Nelson, Donald, Snowden and Mark.

Phyliss attended LaFayette schools and had worked as a homecare assistant for the Henry and Stark County Health Departments. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, playing Skip-Bo and Bingo, listening to Elvis music and especially visiting with her family and friends. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

   

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Clarence E. Brown

Clarence E. Brown, 63, of Kewanee, died Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA.

A Celebration of Life will held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the American Legion, Kewanee. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. prior to the service at the American Legion. Military Rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence for Clarence’s family atwww.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Mary E. Ward

 Mary E. Ward, 97, a resident of the Hillcrest Home in rural Geneseo, formerly of Kewanee, died at 9:39 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2018 at the home.
Cremation has been accorded and memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday June 16 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus.
She was born on October 3, 1920 in Elmore, IL, the daughter of Bert and Hazel (Catton) Chamberlain. She married Carl E. Ward on June 29, 1942 in Kahoka, MO and he preceded her in death on October 5, 1968. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Dennis and siblings, Bobby, Wayne, Wilna, Dorothy and Shirley. She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn Farmer of Annawan, a son, Phillip (Jane) Ward of Valley, NE, eight grandchildren, Tony (Stacie) Ward, Theresa (Steve)  Wilson, Dana Schmidt, Matt Ward, Jeffrey (Michell) Farmer, Sheri (Troy) Minnaert, Andrea (Frank) Amato and Amy (John) Lehnhoff, seventeen great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, a brother Dick Chamberlain  of Galesburg,  three sisters, Mildred “Sue” Allen of West Jersey, IL, Nancy Tracy of Wyoming, Il and Ruth Ann Mayes of De Funiak Springs, FL and several nieces and nephews.
Mary had worked as a paper cutter for International Paper in Peoria. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Steven A. "Moose" Peart

Steven A. “Moose” Peart 64, of Annawan, formally of Kewanee, died Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Unity Point Methodist Hospital, Peoria. He was born August 27, 1953 in Galesburg, the son of M. Daryl and Ruth (Ufheil) Peart. Steven married Gail Nelson on June 28, 1981 in Kewanee, she survives.
Also surviving include one daughter, Shannon (Scott) Youmans, Seattle, WA; two sons, Steve Peart, Bloomington, IL, Corey (Jessica) Peart, Memphis, TN; four grandchildren, Peyton, Isabel, Benjamin, and Shelby; three brothers, Kevin (Kathy) Peart, Aurora, IL, Kalvin (Diane) Peart, Kewanee, Jeff Peart, Annawan; two sisters, Darylnn Peart, Annawan, and Karen (Don) Krager, Springfield, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Ryan Peart.
He graduated from Kewanee High School Class of 1971. He later attended and graduated from ISU. Steven worked for Green Chevrolet in Peoria and retired from there in 2015. He was a radio sports broadcaster for WKEI for 27 years. He played baseball on the Kewanee Parkers traveling team. He enjoyed the Cubs, Bears, Illini and the Chicago Bulls. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Steven loved coaching and attending his children’s sporting events. He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kewanee.
Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Rev. Father Burnell Eckardt, Jr. Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

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John F. Christian


KEWANEE – John F. Christian, 91, a resident of Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline, formerly of Kewanee, died at 4:01 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 9 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 9:00-9:45 a.m., Saturdayat Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Activities Department at Hope Creek Care Center.                                        
He was born January 11, 1927 in Annawan, the son of Edward and Helen (DeClercq) Christian. He married Martha H. Russelburg on July 12, 1948 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tiskilwa and she preceded him in death on May 28, 2014. Survivors include four children; Steve (Sharon) Christian of Geneseo, Cheryl Kerr of Kewanee, Greg (Laurie) Christian of East Moline and Roxanne (Wayne) Nash of Rock Island, a step-brother, Ronald (Marilyn) Jensen of Annawan, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by his parents, his step-mother, Miriam Christian, a son-in-law, Dick Kerr and a great grandson, Steven L. Christian.
John was raised and had lived in Mineral until moving to Kewanee in 1987. He graduated from Mineral High School in 1944 and from Barber College in Peoria. He served his country in U.S. Navy during WWII from 1944-45 on the USS Bryant stationed in Treasure Island, CA. In his early years he had owned and operated John’s Barber Shop in Sheffield and then later worked for LTV Steel in Hennepin. He was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish and had been a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Kewanee. He was also a 73-year member of Post 1031 Clark-Carrington American Legion in Mineral and the United Steel Workers Union. He was an inductee of the Mineral Leopards Basketball Hall of Fame. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, telling jokes and especially spending time with his Russelburg family and his children and grandchildren. The fondest memories of his grandchildren were his storytelling and the unforgettable entertainment he provided them with.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hope Creek Care Center for the TLC and comfort they have provided for the past 4 years. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left atwww.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Mary Jean Seyller

 

Mary Jean Seyller, 87, of East Moline, formerly Hooppole, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Aperion Care in East Moline. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private, graveside services will be held in the Hooppole Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would like all memorials to be directed to the Wounded Warrior Project. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Mary Jean was born on January 9, 1931, the daughter of James and Dorothy (Manchion) Mulcahey, in Rock Island, IL. Mary spent her life as a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She enjoyed playing cards and bingo.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Mark (Denise) Seyller, Prophetstown, IL, Steve (Debra) Seyller, Tuscon, AZ, grandchildren, Sean Seyller, Savannah Seyller, Paige Bayze, Carson Bayze, Riley Bazye, Sophia Bayze, and Jake Seyller. Mary is also survived by her brothers, Ronald (Paula) Mulcahey, FL, and Richard Mucahey, Moline, IL.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, James and Dorothy.

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Harry E. Henriksen

 Harry E. Henriksen, 76, of Kewanee, died at 6:21 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2018 at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Spring Valley, IL.
Cremation will be accorded, and a Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m.,Tuesday, June 12 at Boyds Grove Methodist Church in rural Bradford. Pastor Jan Ringenberg will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to a charity of the donor’s choice. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born on November 5, 1941 in Nicholasville, KY, the son of Axel and Lila (Lee) Henriksen. He married Sandra K. Stone on August 28, 1965 at the Boyds Grove Methodist Church. She survives as do two sons, Jeff (Terri) Henriksen of Winona, MN and Rich (Cris) Henriksen of Star Prairie, WI, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren and a sister, Harriet (Jim) Kuhn of Morton, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Richard and a sister, Shirley.
Harry graduated from Tiskilwa High School and then attended the University of Iowa and then graduated from the Rockford School of Business. He served his country during the Vietnam Era with the Army. He had worked as a manager for J.C. Penny at stores in Aledo, Reedsburg and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and in Kewanee. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee, the Elks and Lions Clubs and he enjoyed golfing, bowling and fishing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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John W. Hankins

 John W. Hankins, 72, of Kewanee, died at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, June 3, 2018 at the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 8 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services and private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

He was born September 30, 1945 in Kewanee, the son of Charles W. and Ruth (Philhouer) Hankins. He married Marcella L. Nolan on May 10, 1969 in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, a daughter, Christine (Greg) Finney of Kewanee, James (Kelli) Hankins of Kewanee, a granddaughter, Gracelyn Finney, four step-grandchildren; Ashley Lisenbee, John (Liz) Derr, Matthew Derr (Carly Miller) and Schae Finney, four step-great grandchildren with two on the way; Eliza Derr, Alex Rich, David Rich and Ashley Summerford and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

John worked for the Allied Moving Company, for Pearson’s in Galva and with Abilities Plus at the rest stop on Interstate 74 near Woodhull. He had enjoyed mowing yards and working the grilling pits for the annual Kewanee Hog Days Festival. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Gertrude Johnson

Gertrude M. "Trudy" Johnson, 89, of Cambridge died Friday, May 11, 2018 at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis.  Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 8th, at the Cambridge Lutheran Church.  Burial will be in the Andover Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Memorials may be made to Cambridge Lutheran Church, the Henry County Historical Society, or Andover Historical Society.

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Robert L. Ruhl


Robert L. Ruhl, 71, of rural Cambridge, died Friday, June 1, 2018, at his home.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 6th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline, with military services.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Robert Ruhl Memorial Fund.

Robert Lyle Ruhl was born December 17, 1946 in Great Lakes, Illinois, the son of Arthur L. and Helen M. Frerich Ruhl.  He graduated from Davenport West High School in 1963.  Bob served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman from 1964 to 1968 in Vietnam on the U.S.S. America.  He married Carol Mayers in October of 1968.  His marriage to Shirley Verscheure took place on January 25, 1992 in Osco.

He worked as a laborer at John Deere from 1970 until retiring in 2006.  His memberships included the Rock Island Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #299.  His hobbies were collecting guns, woodworking, and car racing.

Those surviving are his wife, Shirley, two daughters and sons-in-law, Angela Kay and Chris Gaul, McCausland, IA,  Tracy and Devin Wells, Cambridge, four grandchildren, Isabella (Dalton Thrasher) Frisk, Chloe Gaul, Sawyer and Temperance Wells.  Other survivors include brothers-in-law, Marvin (Mary) Verscheure, Cambridge, Jerry (Janet) Verscheure, Geneseo, sisters-in-law, Helen Burleson, Moline, Georgina "Pinky" Verscheure, Davenport, and many nieces and nephews.  His parents, a son Darren Walters, and a sister, Nancy Ruhl, preceded him in death.
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Bob's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
 

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Viola E. Washburn

Viola E. Washburn, 88, of Kewanee, died at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018 at Kewanee Care Home. She was born December 24, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Edgar and Elma (McNaught) Payne. She graduated from Kewanee High School. She married George K. Washburn on May 25, 1947. He preceded her in death in 2010.
Viola is survived by a daughter, Sherry (Kirk) Moon, Kewanee; two grandchildren, Nichelle (Blair) Morey, Kewanee, Angela Seitz, Fountain Hills, Arizona; four great grandchildren, Steve Seitz, Caden Humphrey, Talyn Mercer and Scarlett Morey; sister, Lavonne (Duane) Schiltz, Kewanee; brother, Ellis Payne, Geneseo; and a special friend, Dorothy Hill. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a daughter in infancy.
Viola worked for the Union Federal Savings and Loan retiring in 1988. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She also loved going on vacations and being with her friends. Viola was a life member of St. Peter’s Evangelical Church U.C.C., Kewanee. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Kewanee Care Home for the care that Viola received.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church U.C.C., Kewanee. Reverend David Lorenzen will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Evangelical Church U.C.C. Please leave a memory or an online condolence for Viola’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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John F. VanHyfte

 

John F. VanHyfte, 95, a life-long resident of Annawan, passed away on May 30, 2018, at his home. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 10:00-11:00 a.m. at the church, prior to the Funeral Mass. The Rosary will be prayed at 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson is assisting the family with these arrangements.

John was born on September 15, 1922, the son of John and Emma (Doubler) VanHyfte, in rural Annawan. He married Elaine L. DeMink on June 17, 1942, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. John was a lifetime farmer in rural Annawan. He retired in 1977.  John joined his brother, Lawrence, in the auctioneering business in 1948, and also worked at the Kewanee Sale Barn. He retired from auctioneering in 2000. John’s favorite past-times were playing cards, watching his crops planted and harvested, and spending time at the Rediger Auction Shed. He loved watching the Chicago Cubs!

Those left to cherish his memory include his devoted wife of 75 years, Elaine, daughters, Linda (Jim Hamilton) Rosebeck, Annawan, Carol (Dennis) Diericx, Geneseo, and Judy (Rick) Rediger, Wyanet and daughter in-law, Fran VanHyfte, Annawan. John is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Tammy Neuleib, Terry Rosebeck, Mark VanHyfte, Tracey Rosebeck, Zach VanHyfte, Heather Wellman, Tara Clark, Tonya Rosebeck, Trisha Warren, Ty Noard, Nick VanHyfte, Mandi Moon Thurston, and Jonathan Moon. His two step-grandchildren are Jeremy Rediger and Seth Rediger.  He also has 26 great-grandchildren, five step-great-grandchildren and five great- great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Emma, two sons, Jim and Allan VanHyfte, two infant grandsons, Paul VanHyfte and Clint Noard, two son-in-laws, Lawrence Rosebeck and Keith Noard, two sisters, Marie (infancy) and Kathryn VanHyfte-Young, and five brothers, Anthony, William “Bill” Sr., Lee, Lawrence and Adrian.


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