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Shirley Mae (Paxton) Deskin

Shirley Mae (Paxton) Deskin of Aurora, CO, formerly of Kewanee, died August 20, 2018 at her home. She was born July 27, 1937 in Kewanee, the daughter of Harold W. and Etta Marie (McNaught) Paxton.  She graduated from Kewanee High School in 1955.  She married Frank Vance Deskin in June 1955.  He preceded her in death in December 2016.
She is survived by a son, Douglas V. Deskin of Aurora, CO and a daughter, Beth (Jeff) Tramel of Aurora, CO; and two grandsons, Jeremy and Matthew, both of Arvada, CO.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a grandson, Nathan Tramel.
Shirley was a homemaker who devoted her life to her husband and children.  She enjoyed traveling across the country with her husband with one of her favorite places being Las Vegas.  She spent many hours embroidering quilt blocks and loved to play bingo.
A joint Memorial Service for Shirley and Frank will be held at 11:00 am on September 5, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee, IL. Military Rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be made to the Denver Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association. Please leave an online condolence for Shirley’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Retired Illinois State Trooper Floyd Blanks

Retired Illinois State Trooper, Floyd Blanks, 59, of Kewanee, died at 4:05 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, August 31 at the First Congregational Church in Kewanee. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 30 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Sunday School Department at the First Congregational Church in Kewanee, the Wethersfield Academic Foundation Hall of Fame, the Black History Extravaganza, Kewanee Crop Walk or to the Kewanee Historical Society.
He was born May 16, 1959, the son of Gus and Verdia Mae (Clayton) Blanks Sr. He married Anita Brown on November 22, 1986 in Kewanee. She survives, as do his two daughters, Jennifer Marie Blanks and Melissa Blanks, his siblings; Glady (Billy) Bell, Callie (Charles) Brock, Ollie (Larry) Owens, Lilly (Ronnie) Bea, Richard (Patricia) Blanks, James Blanks, Fred (Jean) Blanks, Robert (Kathy) Blanks, Eddie (Tammy) Blanks, Gus Blanks Jr., Lindsey Blanks, Monica Blanks, Sheree (Mary) Blanks and LeRoy Blanks and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Deloris Blanks and two brothers, Earl and Lindzy.
Floyd graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1977 and attended Black Hawk College in Moline and the Police Academy. He was Sergeant with the Illinois State Police for many years and was also a fireman for Firehouse #2 with the Kewanee Fire Department and for the Bloomington-Normal Fire Department. He was the recipient of the Illinois State Police Meritorious Award and numerous commendations, awards and letters of recognition. He was also an instructor in a national drug interdiction program. He was a member of Ark Tabernacle Church and was inducted into the Wethersfield Academic Foundation Hall of Fame in 2011. He enjoyed building things, fishing, golfing and baseball. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews.

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James W. "Jim" Little

James W. “Jim” Little, 71, of Kewanee, died at 2:50 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 29 at the Church of Peace in rural Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 28 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Garden of Peace Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee Park District.
He was born January 25, 1947 in Kewanee, the son of Betty Little. Survivors include his wife, Betsy Little, a daughter, Michelle (Jim) Anderson, grandchildren; Deborah Hager, Kirsten Hager, Bryce Anderson and Tess Anderson, his sister, Joyce (Don) Swearingen, mother-in-law, Hazel Boswell, sisters-in-law; Judy Quagliano, Nancy (Don) VanDeSampel and Michelle Ricciardi, nieces and nephews; John (Autumn) Summy, Shawn (Crystal) Summy, Kirk VanDeSampel, Chris (Jessica) Washburn, Angela (JR) Salisbury, Teresa (Don) Stickle, Don Swearingen, Matt (Cristiane) Ricciardi, Chris Ricciardi and Erin (Luke) McKnight. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Little, wife, Debbie Little, fathers-in-law, John Boswell and Bernie Cooper, mother-in-law, Mary Ann Cooper, sister-in-law, Sue Siefers, brothers-in-law, Pat Ricciardi and Francie Quagliano, a niece, Melissa Siefers and a nephew, Jacob Summy.
Jim graduated from Kewanee High School in 1965 and served his country in U.S. Navy as a SeaBee during Vietnam. He had worked in the transportation department at Marting Engineering and Great Dane for 33 years. Jim was larger than life. He had a quick wit and kind heart. Jim loved golf and never met a golf club he didn't have to buy. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed solving the world's problems with his morning coffee group at the 19th Hole Restaurant and Burger King. Jim had an infectious personality that made everyone feel at ease. He would talk to anyone and everyone as though he had known them for years.  Jim was never afraid to be the life of the party and loved to tell jokes. His true passion in life was his family. His love for his wife, daughter and grandchildren was evident in every story he told. Jim only had to meet someone one time to gain a new friend. The world is a little less bright with his passing. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald W. Jones

Donald W. Jones, 98, of rural Galva, died at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, August 26, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 1 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Martin Gutzmer will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, August 31 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus or to OSF Hospice.
He was born March 26, 1920 at the family home in rural Galva, the son of Harry and Esther (Peterson) Jones. He married Ruby A. Peck on January 4, 1948 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Survivors include his wife of 70 years of Galva, a son, Tom (Mei) Jones of Galva, a daughter, Teresa (Mike) Gibbons of Galva, a sister, Virginia Soderberg of Oak Brook, IL, five grandchildren; Cooper (Darcie) Langdon, Heather (Gary) Kiesling, Josh (Holly) Hopping, Zack (Carrie) Hopping and Kylee (Josh) Glaser and six great grandchildren; Rhett Kiesling, Parker Hopping, Olivia Hopping, Sawyer Hopping, Raya Hopping and Adlin Langdon. He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Linda Langdon.
Donald attended country schools and graduated from Galva High School. He was a grain, livestock and dairy farmer in the Galva area for many years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Galva and had been a member of the Galva School Board for 9 years. In his early years he was a member of the Knox County 4-H and had been a leader. He enjoyed woodworking.

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Donald G. Hogeboom

Donald G. Hogeboom, 90, of Annawan died on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village. Geneseo.  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee.  Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Donald Hogeboom Memorial Fund.

Donald Gene was born on February 14, 1928 in Kewanee the son of Glenn and Nettie (Orr) Hogeboom.  He was raised and educated in Kewanee and attended Kewanee High School.  Don left high school and join the Army serving in 9th Inf. Division during World War II.  He was later called back to duty during Korean Conflict and served in the 44th Division Co K 123rd Infantry.  On June 19, 1950 He married Margaret E. Blake in Kewanee.  She survives.

Don had worked at Walworth, Kewanee in receiving from 1946 to 1959 and then at Case I-H, East Moline from 1960 until 1988.  He was a member of the VFW Post 176, Annawan and Hooppole American Legion.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, pick (darts), traveling, Bears football and White Sox baseball.  He loved to play cards & Monopoly with his sons and grandsons.  He also enjoyed taking care of garden and yard and being outdoors, especially at his cabin on the Rock River.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; sons, Don (Marjorie) Hogeboom, Peoria, and Bill Hogeboom, Annawan; daughter, Jeanne (John) Zabloudil, Geneseo; grandchildren, Wesley (Molly) Hogeboom, Peoria, Lauren (Matt) Lenz, Peoria, Lucas Hogeboom, Geneseo, Logan Hogeboom, Geneseo, Ryan Carlson, Annawan, Brandon (Adrianne) Carlson, Geneseo, and Aaron Carlson, Coal Valley; great grandchildren, Zach Carlson, Graysen Carlson, Aliyah DeKeezel, Braylee Carlson, Braxton Brants, Haze Hogeboom, Noah Hogeboom, Mason Lenz and Natalie Lenz.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Orville and Harold Hogeboom, and sisters Grace Skutnick and Alice VanHyfte.
 

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Gayle Weber

Gayle Weber, 84, of Geneseo died on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at Good Samaritan Village, Geneseo. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 a.m., on Wednesday, August 29th at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Rev. Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service on Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Private interment will be in Liberty Cemetery, rural Atkinson. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.

Janet Gayle Egert was born June 17, 1934 in Geneseo the daughter of C. Robert and I. Mabel (Clark) Egert. She was raised and educated in Geneseo graduating from Geneseo High School in 1952. On June 6, 1954 she married Dean E. Weber at Grace E.U.B. Church, Geneseo. He died on August 20, 2005. Gayle had worked at McNamara’s 5 & 10, Geneseo, helped with the books for her husband’s business, Dean’s Shell Service, Geneseo, and worked and retired from Farmers National Bank, Geneseo.

Memberships include Grace United Methodist Church, Azure Circle at the church, and Card Club. She enjoyed flea markets, mystery bus tours, and camping.

Survivors include two daughters, Sandy (Art) French, Colona and Colleen “Connie” (Micah) Anderson, Cambridge. Grandchildren, Angela French, Corbin (Melissa) Shipp, Lacey (Bob) Burris, Ariel French, Jesse (Stacy) Brobston and Johanna Williams; 14 Great Grandchildren, Jordan, Jameson, Keegan, Gavin, Easton, Declan, Seth, Sarah, Ben, Devin, Izabella, Paizley, Milla, and Hunter; and her sister, Clarice Massingill, Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Dean.
 

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Algird Albert Kapacinskas

Algird Albert Kapacinskas, passed away in the early morning hours of Saturday, August 25, 2018, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, with his loving wife, Joyce, at his side. He was also an 18-year survivor of melanoma.
Algird was born on December 9, 1958 at St. Francis Hospital in Kewanee, IL to Albert Joseph and Aldona Isabella (Sutkaitis) Kapacinskas. Algird married the love of his life, Joyce Ann Blessington in Rock Island, IL on March 2, 1990.
Algird was raised in a family of nine children in a home adjacent to the family business, Al’s Midway Tap. Algird graduated from Kewanee High School in 1977, where he wrestled, played football, and played trombone in the high school band. After his father died, Algird helped his mother run the Midway Tap for several years. Algird graduated from Black Hawk College in Kewanee with an Associate’s of Liberal Arts and later graduated from Hamilton Technical College in Davenport with an Associate’s of Arts degree in electronic engineering. He then began his life-long career in the casino industry.
His marriage to Joyce was his greatest joy. For almost 29 years, they lived a wonderful life of adventure throughout the United States. Algird started his career as a slot technician at the Diamond Lady in Iowa, continuing as an executive casino manager at several casinos around the country, including Biloxi, MS, Albuquerque, NM and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Algird inherited a love of sports from his father. He was a die-hard Cubs fan and an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Algird loved music, old movies, and spending time with family and friends.
Algird was preceded in death by his father, Albert, and his nephew, Henry Kapacinskas Kelley. He is survived by his wife Joyce of Moline; his mother, Aldona Kapacinskas of Kewanee; his siblings; Diane of Arnold, MO, Leonard (Holly) of DeBary, FL, MaryAnn of Rock Island, IL, Susan of Champaign, IL, Paula of St. Paul, MN, Bruno (Cheryl) of Bradenton, FL; Ruth Amber of Kewanee and Justin of Grimes, IA, nieces and nephews include; Sam Kapacinskas of Salt Lake City, UT, Alex Kapacinskas of Jacksonville, FL; Leah Muller of Oak Park, IL, Anna Muller of Champaign, IL, Carolyn Muller, Denver, CO and William, Albert, and Audrey Kelley, all of Kewanee. Joyce’s family were beloved by Al and include Joan and Stan Snyder, Regina and Scott Harris, James Blessington, Janis and Randy Hawkins and Jeffrey Blessington, all of Chillicothe and nieces and nephew; Mitchell (Nicole) Snyder, Allison (Jim) Sterling and Genna Hawkins.
Algird was a devoted husband, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, godfather, and friend to the many people whose lives he touched. He was a kind and loving soul and had no enemies. He lived his life gently, always respectful of others. He was loved by his family and friends and will be missed but never forgotten.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, August 29th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, August 30th at the funeral home. Rev. Mark DeSutter will officiate. Private inurnment will take place at a later date. A Celebration of Life luncheon for all friends and family at the Flemish American Club in Kewanee will follow the service. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Donald V. Sawickis

Donald V. Sawickis, 88, of Kewanee, died at 10:40 a.m., Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at his home.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 25 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, August 24 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 4:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Saint John Paul II Parish, American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
He was born December 4, 1929 in Kewanee, the son Victor and Lucy (Marchulitis) Sawickis. He married Shirley Daniels on May 5, 1951. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, three daughters; Carol Mulder of Atkinson, Janice (David) DeFord of Friendswood, TX and Chris (Mark) Sexton of Davenport, IA, a twin brother, Veto (Jean) Sawickis of Kewanee, two sisters, Emily Entas and Mary Kazmierski, both of Kewanee, nine grandchildren; Dustin (Jenny) Mulder, Matt and Tyler Mulder, Shelby Mulder, Jason, Ashley and Allison DeFord, Casie (Josh) Morehead and Lindsey (Marvin) Christiansen, ten great grandchildren; Dominic, Owyn and Ellie Mulder, Kadence Sexton, Alexa and Ben Christiansen, Lincoln and Grant Morehead and Asher and Griffin Mulder and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings; Alfonse, Joseph, Edward, Bernard, Betty and Johnny.
Donald served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He farmed in the Galva area for many years and had also worked at the Kewanee Boiler Company. He was a member of Saint John Paul II Parish, Knights of Columbus, American Legion and the Henry County Farm Bureau. He was passionate about farming and thoroughly enjoyed gardening, planting flowers and reading.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to OSF Hospice for the care and compassion that was shown to them during this difficult time. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Mona J. Kubiak

Mona J. Kubiak, 84, passed away on Monday, August 20th, 2018 in her home surrounded by family and love. Mona was born on August 3rd, 1934 to Donald and Helen (Sauer) Peck in Kewanee. She graduated from Kewanee High School in 1952, after graduation she worked at Kewanee Machinery and Conveyor. She married Walt Kubiak on October 9th, 1954 and they had three daughters together. Mona enjoyed being a member of the Business and Professional Women's Foundation. She was a secretary for Attorney Don McRae and Associates for many years, retiring in 2000.

She enjoyed working outside in her yard tending to her many flowers and plants, shopping, playing slots, reading and watching Family Feud. She had a special connection with several neighborhood squirrels and hand fed them daily. Mona made it an annual tradition to take her girls and grandchildren on the train to Chicago to shop and see the Christmas decorations. Creating a lifetime of special memories with her children and grandchildren will never be forgotten. She was a very kind and selfless person who put others needs ahead of her own. She was concerned about the wellbeing of her family and friends until the very end. She will leave a huge hole in all of our hearts.

Survivors include two daughters; Lynne (Bill Reed) DeBlieck and Teri (Joe) Warner, six grandchildren; Mark (Tara) DeBlieck, Brean Holtschult (Jeremiah Bruegman), Mallery DeBlieck and Jersi, Jerni and Jexsi Warner, six great grandchildren; Coleman, Harper, Collins, Kendyl, Kenzie and Linkin, a brother; Darrel Peck, a sister; Judy (Don) Bridgewater and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Walt and their daughter; Sue.

Cremation has been accorded. Mona had requested there be no visitation or formal services. Private inurnment for both Mona and Walt will be held Friday, August 24th at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. The Very Reverend Jerry Rafalko will officiate. A gathering for family and friends will be held Saturday, August 25th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Mona's home, 330 Ridyard Ave. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
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Roger L. Claeys

Roger L. Claeys, 79, of Atkinson, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 24, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Geneseo. Reverend David Murphy will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the First Baptist Church or Atkinson Rescue Squad.

Roger was born on December 3, 1938, the son of Joseph and Lola (VanVolkenberg) Claeys, in Atkinson, Illinois. He attended Atkinson schools. Roger married Augustine A. “Augie” Martin on August 30, 1957, in Antioch, California. He worked as a combine inspector for John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline for 31 years and retired from the company. Roger was a member of First Baptist Church in Geneseo for many years.

Roger was a UAW member and proud US Navy veteran. Roger loved riding his Harley and took many trips to motorcycle races and events. Roger loved country music and put together his own band “The Westerners”. They played at VFW and Eagles halls, and local celebrations. Roger enjoyed the fine art of making homemade wine and salsa and managed to put in a gigantic garden every year. He won several ribbons for the famous cantaloupes that he grew. Roger loved to play pool and pics, and also loved to camp and fish. He took many fishing trips with family and friends, and always shared a story about the one that got away! Roger enjoyed flying. He obtained his pilot license and owned his own plane. He made several trips to the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh WI, and received two trophies for “Best Original Airplane Condition”. He had a special place in his heart for his Shelties, Bandit and Gracie, enjoyed life to its fullest, helped people with their taxes, and was a loving and caring husband and father.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Augie, daughters, Judy (Larry Lewis) Claeys, Atkinson, and Jana (Dale) Claeys-Rozendall, Lynnville, IA, grandchildren; Anita (Bill) Theisen, Moline, Ashlie (Mike) Lively, Geneseo, and Andrea (Matt) Oliver, Roseburg, OR, a step-grandson, Brandon Rozendall and twelve great-grandchildren.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lola, and three brothers, Don, Jack, and Bob Claeys.

 

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Louie Lucinda "Cindy" Girkin

Louie Lucinda “Cindy” Girkin, 34, of Kewanee, died at 9:56 am Thursday, August 16, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. A memorial visitation will be held from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, August 22 at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee with a prayer service to be held at 6:45 pm. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Sunday August 26th beginning at 3 pm at the home of her boy friend’s family at 509 Adams St. in Layfayette. Memorials can be directed to the Cindy Girkin Memorial Fund.
She was born on March 4, 1984 in Kewanee, the daughter of Carl and Helen (Stockwell) Girkin. She was adopted and raised by Mary Girkin. She is survived by her father Carl, her biological mother, Helen Stockwell, her children, Madison Whitcher, Teralynn Whitcher and Connor Girkin and her siblings, Lucius (Eva) Girkin, Jason Anderson, Becky (Charles) Doty, Jeremy Anderson, Cassy (Jeremiah) Williams, Mandy Girkin, Larry Girkin, Edwin Craig and R.J. Thomas and several nieces and nephews and her boyfriend, Edward Mensen Jr.  She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Girkin, a brother, Carl E Girkin and an aunt, Nonie Girkin.
Cindy graduated from Kewanee High School in 2002. She then attended BHE earning a degree as a CNA. She had worked at several nursing homes in the area but most recently at Toulon Health Care and Rehab Center. She was an avid Cub’s fan and enjoyed shopping, crafts and her family. Cindy was a loving, kind hearted woman who will be remembered as a loyal friend, a beloved partner, daughter and sister but most of all, a cherished mother.  This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Debi Pease

Debi Pease, 65, of Cambridge, died Saturday, August 18, 2018, at UnityPoint Health - Trinity Rock Island.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 25th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. David Joyce will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.  Cremation will take place after the service and a private committal service will be held on Monday at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Debi Pease Memorial Fund.

Debra Lynne Drehman was born February 3, 1953 in Geneseo, the daughter of Dale E. and Doris A. Manthe Drehman.  She was educated in Cambridge schools and was a member of the Class of 1971.  She attended cosmetology school in Moline. Her marriage to Ronald Pease took place on October 12, 1975 in Cambridge.

She worked as a beautician in Cambridge for 15 years.  Debi then worked as a customer service representative for Springfield Armory in Geneseo for 20 years until retiring in 2016.  She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Sean McCauley, McKinney, Texas, a grandson, Nolan McCauley, McKinney, a brother and sister-in-law, Donavan and Emilia Drehman, Bettendorf, and a sister, Dee Lookingbill, Cambridge. Other survivors include several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.  Her parents, her son, Michael Johnson, Jr., and her brother-in-law, Lee Lookingbill, preceded her in death
A video tribute may be viewed and condolences expressed by visiting Debi's obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
 

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Marvin E. Taets

Marvin E. Taets, 94, formerly of Sheffield a resident of Hawthorne Inn at Liberty Village, Princeton died there on Thursday, August 16, 2018.  Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 23rd at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield.  Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Sheffield.  Father Mark Miller will officiate.  Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Sheffield, with a rosary to be recited at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association or VITAS Hospice.

Marvin was born October 24, 1923 in Gold Township, Bureau County, IL the son of Phillip and Elizabeth (Van Cauwenberge) Taets.  He was raised and educated in Gold Township.  On September 25, 1946 in Kewanee he married Mary Van Poucke, they had 66 years together before her death on Dec. 19, 2012.  Marvin had farmed in the Sheffield area for 30 years until retiring in 1977 when they moved into town and Marvin worked for Bureau Service Co. until retiring in 1989.  He had also worked at Kraft Cheese Factory and with Bureau County Assessor’s Office.  He was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield and enjoyed family and friends, his faith, farming and growing things, building and fixing things, helping others, reading, fishing, getting mail, and following the activities his kids,  grandkids and great grandkids.

Survivors include  two daughters, Jean Ann (James) Carter, Atkinson, IL and Nancy (Larry) Dynes, Atkinson, IL; son, Dennis R. (Sharyn) Taets, Fredericksburg, VA; daughter-in-law, Peggy Taets, Sheffield; 10 grandchildren, Carrie (Bill) Northcott, Kimberly (David) Hexter, Jenifer (William) Congdon, Scott (Jill) Dynes, Jonathan (Crystal) Taets, Adam (Danielle) Carter, Matthew (Amanda) Dynes, Michele (Robert) Gerstein, Tracey (Casey) Carton and Sarah (Joe) Kampe; and sixteen great grandchildren, Catherine, Elizabeth, Jack, Michael, Thomas, Ethan, Justin, Jackson, Bennett, Callen, Devin, Alexandria, Logan, Cole, Dominic, and Katie.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Arlene Taets, brothers, Wallace and Raymond Taets, and a son Gary Taets.

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James D. Hermie

James D. Hermie, 78, of Annawan, passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. A private funeral service will be held for family on Thursday, August 23, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Pastor Rena Whitcher will officiate. Burial will follow at Annawan Township Cemetery. Public Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the James Hermie Memorial Fund.

James was born on December 25, 1939, the son of John and Rachel (Smith) Hermie, in rural Annawan, Illinois. He is a graduate of Annawan High School. James married Donna J. Carrington on June 14, 1958, in Annawan. He worked as a welder for International Harvester Works in East Moline for many years, and he later retired from the company. James is a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. James enjoyed playing golf, making wooden toys, and having coffee with his friends at the Purple Onion in Annawan.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Donna, daughters, Kim (Gregg) Pickering, of Kewanee, and Sue (Chuck) White, of Sheffield, seven grandchildren; Brandon (Jenni) Pickering, Danny (Autumn) Pickering, Ashley Pickering, Shane Pickering, Kala (Jake) Peterson, Chelsea DeVoss, and Haley DeVoss, and 16 great-grandchildren. James is also survived by his brother, Jack (Marie) Hermie, of Bettendorf, IA, and his sister, Esther (Jim) Kuelper, of Prophetstown, IL.

James was preceded in death by his parents, John and Rachel, a grandson, Nathan Pickering, and a brother, Robert Hermie.
 

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Richard L. Gustafson

Richard L. Gustafson, 71, formerly of Cambridge, died Friday, August 10, 2018, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo.  His body has been bequeathed to the University of Iowa.  A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 24th, at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge.  Rev. Randall Mullin will officiate.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.  The family requests that everyone in attendance wear Chicago Cubs apparel if possible.  Memorials may be made to the Cambridge Lutheran Church, Hillcrest Home for their Activity/Rehab Addition, or the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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Marvin G. Garlick

Marvin G. Garlick, 72, of Geneseo, passed away on August 16, 2018, at Unity Point Trinity – Rock Island. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Visitation will take place from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 20, 2018, at the funeral home. Cremation rites will be accorded following the funeral services and a private inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of memorials and statuaries, the family requests that memorials be directed to the Geneseo Humane Society.

Marvin was born on April 27, 1946, the son of Archie M. and Rosalea (Glenn) Garlick, in Macomb, IL. He was a graduate of Rushville High School and attended Black Hawk College and the Illinois State Police Academy. He married Sue Houser on December 30, 1967 at the Rushville United Methodist Church. Marvin grew up on a dairy farm in Doddsville, IL, and showed his family’s prize heifers. He locally began his career in the beef industry at Illini Beef/IBP and Tyson Foods, as assistant sales manager for 40 years, later retiring in 2011. Following Marvin’s retirement, he worked for the City of Geneseo Park & Recreation Department and was the Geneseo Police Commissioner for many years. He was a member of the Geneseo Moose Lodge and an avid Nascar and Chicago Cubs fan. Marvin enjoyed cooking and gardening, taking pride in keeping his yard well-manicured. He was always quick to help his neighbors and always cherished his memories and friends he made in Rushville, Atkinson, and Geneseo. He will be missed by his loyal companion and four legged buddy, Kenny. Most of all, Marvin loved being Poppie to Elliott, Hattie, and Bennett.

Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sue, daughter, Carrie (Brian Kostka) Garlick, of Libertyville, IL, and their children, Elliott, Hattie, and Bennett, brother, Donnie (Kathy) Garlick, of Macomb, IL, nephews, Mike (Casey) Garlick, Matt (Pam Stoneking) Garlick, Eddie Green, Bill (Laurel) LeSage, John (Lori) LeSage, niece, Jane (Matt) Stropes, many great-nieces and great-nephews, and a brother-in-law, Ronnie Fowler, of Brooklyn, IL.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Rosalea, sister, Janice Fowler, niece, Angie Green and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary and Merle LaSage.
 

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Marie E. Boone

Marie E. Boone, 87, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Hammond Henry Long – Term Care, in Geneseo. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Reverend Michael Pakula will celebrate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to Geneseo Kiwanis Club or St. Malachy Catholic School.

Marie was born on April 20, 1931, the daughter of Thomas J. and Mae (Schumaker) Wiley, in Rock Island, Illinois. She is a graduate of Galva High School with the class of 1949. She was united in marriage to Vincent A. Boone on June 26, 1954, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Vincent preceded her in death on September 9, 1974. Marie was a life-long member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where she remained active in Altar & Rosary Society and Circle #7, and participated in Parents Club of St. Malachy School. She worked as a waitress and hostess at the former Deck Plaza in Geneseo for many years, and was a World Book Encyclopedia sales associate for many years. Marie also owned and operated Boones Catering in Geneseo, and her catering company fed the Geneseo Kiwanis Club for many years. She enjoyed playing Bingo & Yahtzee, listening to old country music, and dancing. She loved coffee and red roses and could play any instrument by ear.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Julie (Ed) Bauman, of Geneseo, Cindy (Jason Wilkins) Boone, of Geneseo, Pat (Sue) Boone, Geneseo, Lorraine (Curt) Brooks, of Rapids City, Marty Boone, of Geneseo, Terry Boone, Geneseo, Tim (Candy) Boone, Geneseo, and Jason (Wendy) Boone, Geneseo, 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law Loretta Wiley, of Geneseo, her special friend, Julian Valdez, and her friend & caregiver, Cindy Raschke.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Mae, husband, Vincent, seven brothers, and one sister.
 

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Lois E. Novotny

Lois E. Novotny, 86, of rural Kewanee, died Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo. Lois was born October 1, 1931 in Madison, Nebraska, the daughter of Lyle and Irene Oleson. She married Marvin R. Novotny on November 20, 1949 in Norfolk, Nebraska, he preceded her in death on May 15, 2017.
Lois is survived by a son, Joe (Connie) Novotny, Galva, IL; daughter, Judy Novotny, Dixon, IL; son-in-law, Mark Guthrie, Annawan, IL; nine grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; and a sister, Norma Jean (Duane) Siedschlag, Omaha, NE. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; daughter, Carol M. Guthrie in 2008; brother, Duane; and a sister, Marilyn.
Lois was a member of Faith Lutheran Church. She enjoyed baking and auctions with Mark and Carol Guthrie. She was a devoted wife and mother. Lois worked tirelessly beside Marvin on the farm for many years.
Memorial Services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, August 20, 2018 at Faith Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Pastor Chris Bushar will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service at Faith Lutheran Church. Memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church. Please leave an online condolence for Lois’ family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Greg A. Purdy

Greg A. Purdy, 39, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at his home. Greg was born February 8, 1979 in Davenport, IA, the son of William and Vicki (Malone) Purdy. Greg married Jennifer Lang on July 14, 2017 in Kewanee.
Greg is survived by his wife, Jenny; a son, Christian Purdy; a daughter, Alexis Purdy; step-daughter, Jordyn Dykeman of Kewanee, Jocolyn Little of Kewanee; step-son, Jaiden Little; sister, Melissa (Russell) Roberts of Kewanee; brothers, Michael (Jennifer) Purdy, Castleton, IL; Erik (Aprille) Purdy, Kewanee, IL; three nieces; three nephews; and his father and mother in law, Gene Lang and Sue (Mark) VanDeRostyne all of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his father; and his paternal and maternal grandparents.
Greg was a contractor by trade and was working towards his CDL.  He loved derby cars, Nascar, fishing and WWE. He had a collection of white Bengal tigers scattered throughout the house. Greg was an expert griller/smoker and loved having friends over to hang out. He especially loved spending time with his children and step-children. Most of all, he loved to make people laugh.
Graveside Services will be at 2:15 pm, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 pm, Tuesday, August 21, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established. Please leave an online condolence for Greg’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Donna D. Schiltz

Donna D. Schiltz, 90, formerly of Kewanee, Illinois, passed away at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Fountain View Village Skilled Nursing Care Center in Arizona. 

Donna was born on July 15, 1928, in La Salle, Illinois, the daughter of Bruce and Florence (Kelly) Davis. She attended Visitation Elementary and Kewanee High School.  She also attended Marycrest College, Brown’s Business School, Bradley University, and Western Illinois University, receiving her teaching degree from Pestalozzi Froebel Teachers College of Chicago.  She taught third grade at Lyle, Franklin and Irving Schools for a total of 21 years, retiring from the Kewanee District in 1983.

Donna married John Schiltz on June 8, 1967. She had previously been married to Vernon Hermie.  She is survived by three sons, Greg (Marian) Hermie of Fountain Hills, AZ, Tim (Chris) Hermie of Roscoe, IL, Kevin (Cathie) Hermie of Kewanee. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Jenny (Casey) Jensen of Black River Falls, WI, Tim Hermie of Arlington Heights, Bruce (Katie) Hermie of Fountain Hills, AZ, Alex (Courtney) Hermie of St. Peters, MO, and Claire (Tyler Nichols) Hermie of Kewanee; three great granddaughters: Emmery, Abigail and Finley Hermie of Fountain Hills, AZ, as well as one brother, Tom Davis of North Palm Beach, FL. She was preceded in death by her husband John, her mother and her father.  

While living in Kewanee, Donna was a member of the Saint John Paul II parish and Henry/Stark Retired Teachers Association. She was a lover of animals, having raised several Chihuahua dogs and a variety of cats throughout her life. 

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am, Friday, August 17, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Deacon Marty VanMeltebeck will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Kewanee Schools Foundation or the Kewanee Humane Society in Donna’s name. Please leave an online condolence for Donna’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Kallen Glenn Peed

Kallen Glenn Peed was born into the arms of the angels on July 28, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Galesburg.
Kallen is survived by his loving parents Steven Peed and Laura Barnes; adorning siblings, Jadyn Peed, Keagen Sparks, Jamarien Peed, Alaya Peed, Nevaeh Peed, Noah Peed, Kysen Peed, Nash Peed; maternal grandparents, Larry Neels, Julie Neels; paternal grandparents, Willie Peed, Lynn Peed, all of Kewanee; uncles, Mickeal (Angie) Barnes, Galva, Nick Neels, Kewanee, Richard Barnes, Kewanee, William Peed, Kewanee, Ryan Peed, Kewanee; aunts, Sara Peed, Kewanee, Jamie Royce, Kewanee; and numerous cousins. Kallen was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Gary Barnes; uncle, Ben Royce; and one cousin, Ethan Peed.
A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until the time of service on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at the funeral home. Please leave an online condolence for Kallen’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Lloyd E. Fronk

Lloyd E. Fronk, 50, of Annawan died on Monday, August 13, 2018 at the OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice House, Peoria.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 20th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Annawan Township, Henry Co, IL.  Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and 1 hour prior to services on Monday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Funeral Expenses Fund at Bank Orion, or OSF Richard Owens Hospice House or Annawan-Alba Fire Department.

Lloyd was born May 31, 1968 in Kewanee, IL the son of Lloyd L. and Edith F. (Blodgett) Fronk.  Lloyd graduated from Kewanee High School in 1987.  On June 24, 1989 at Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee he married.  Debra L. Kemerling.  She survives.

Lloyd had worked for Hatzer & Nordstrom Equip. Co., Annawan for over 30 years.  He enjoyed working on small engines, fishing, camping and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Debra; sons, Christopher Fronk, Annawan and Eugene Fronk, Chillicothe, IL; sister, Vicki Krantz, Annawan; half-sisters, Pamela Mills, Maria Petty, and Roxanne Schwigen, all of Kewanee and half-brother, Mark Schwigen, Chicago, IL.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Uncle Larry Fronk, half-sister, Tina Petty and an infant sister.
 

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Shirley A. Enyeart-Nelson

Shirley A. Enyeart-Nelson, 86, a resident of Hillcrest Home, formerly of Atkinson and past resident of Orion, passed away on Monday, August 13, 2018, at the nursing home in Geneseo. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimers Research Association, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, or Our Lady of Peace Church in Orion.

Shirley was born on July 13, 1932, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Lievens) Taets, in Atkinson, Illinois. She married Donald Enyeart in November of 1951. They later divorced and Donald preceded her in death in 2004. Shirley later married Donald Nelson in January 1992. Mr. Nelson preceded Shirley in death in 2011. She worked as an independent jewelry sales associate for Sarah Coventry, Jewels by Parklane, and Celebrity Jewelry.   Shirley was a long-time member of Our Lady of Peace Church in Orion, and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Atkinson. She was a member of Catholic Order of Foresters. She enjoyed playing bingo, bowling, reading, and especially loved watching golf.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, John (Cindy) Enyeart, of Erie, IL, Tom (Vicky) Enyeart, of Atkinson, Jerry (Darcy) Enyeart, of Atkinson, and Larry (Teresea) Enyeart, of Bloomington, IL, and daughters, Vicki (Gary) Carrington, of Atkinson, Conni (Steve) Bristol, of Geneseo, and Kay (Ed) McCoy, of Anchorage, AK, 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and her brother’s-in-law, Richard Portrey, of Hillsdale, IL, and Phil St. Jean, of Rhode Island.”

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, William and Elizabeth, husband, Donald Nelson, three sisters, Rita Portrey, Barb St. Jean, and Judi Tieken, and a brother, David Taets.
 

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Donald R. Severns

Donald R. Severns, 72, of Moline, died Saturday, August 11, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 18th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.  Memorials may be made to the Donald Severns Memorial Fund.

Donald Raymond Severns was born July 20, 1946 in Moline, the son of Raymond and Harriet Lott Severns.  He was educated in Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1964.  His marriage to Cynthia M. Hartman took place on June 24, 1978 in Aledo.  He worked in construction for Montgomery Elevator in Moline and retired in 2004 as a service technician for Kone Elevator.       

He was a member of the International Union of Elevator Constructors and served as treasurer of the I.U.E.C Local #46.  Don served on the Martherville Village Board, and he was a volunteer fireman when he lived in Matherville.  His hobbies were woodworking, fishing, and camping.

Those surviving are his wife, Cindy, three daughters and sons-in-law, Tracie and Tim Carother, Sherrard, Bambi and Tim Wilburn, Center, TX, Joleen and Brian Easley, Moline, two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Anji Severns, Matherville, and Brent Severns, Belleville, IL.  Other survivors include eight grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and two sisters,  Janice Schadt, Huntley, IL, and Donna (Robert) Partlow, Center, TX.
His parents and a sister, Joyce Miller, preceded him in death.
 

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Sara R. (Tedell) Goembel

Sara R. (Tedell)  Goembel, 69, formerly of Colona, a resident of St. Anthony’s Care Center, Rock Island died there on Friday, August 10, 2018.  Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15th at Colona United Methodist Church, Colona, IL.  Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo.  Rev. Mark Horn and Rev. Randy Willers will officiate.  Visitation will be from Noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the church.  Memorials may be made to Education Fund for her grandchildren.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Geneseo is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sara Ruth Tedell was born February 6, 1949 in Moline, IL the daughter of Martin J. Tedell, Jr. and Lillian “Sunny” (Sundquist) Tedell.  She attended Moline schools and graduated from The Villa De Chantal, Rock Island.  She also received an associate’s degree from Blackhawk College, Moline.  On Nov. 23, 1974 at Salem Lutheran Church, Moline she married David Goembel.  He died on Dec. 28, 1992.

Sara was a member of Friends Network in Geneseo and Colona United Methodist Church.  She enjoyed collecting plates, playing bingo, baking and loved animals.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Lewis Whittle, Colona; 2 grandsons, Tyler Nelson and Bretton Ferguson; her mother, Sunny Tedell, Moline, brother-in-law, Doug Kaiser, Moline and special friends, Heidi Christianson and Carl Beckman.  She was preceded in death by her father, husband, daughter Ashley, grandson Matthew and sisters, Anne Kaiser and Laura Enloe.
 

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Laura J. Favre

Laura J. Favre, 90, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Unity Point Health – Trinity, Rock Island. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Reverend Dr. Chris Ritter will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 14, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to the Laura Favre Memorial Fund to be distributed amongst several local organizations.

Laura was born on July 24, 1928, the daughter of Orlando and Sadie (Peters) Ludwig, in Chicago Heights, IL. She is a graduate of Edwardsville High School. Laura was united in marriage to Jacob “Jake” Favre on August 10, 1947, in Mt. Olive, IL. Jake preceded her in death in 2013. She worked as a homemaker from her own home and raised five children. Laura was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, and active in the Women of the Moose and Academy of Friendship clubs. She also participated in the Impact Group, which lectured to those arrested for drunk driving, as well as the Tourism Council for Geneseo. Laura was a member of the Victoria Walk Committee for many years and is a proud founding member of Richmond Hill Players. In 2017, Laura was selected to sit as Grand Marshall in the Christmas walk parade, in recognition of her many years of volunteering for so many local groups and organizations. She was very instrumental in, and loved helping build many parade floats held throughout the year.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Wayne (Christina Hellwich) Favre, of Nordland, WA, daughters, Yvonne Favre, of Rock Island, and Jackie (Mike) Skiles, of Geneseo, six grandchildren, Joe, Aubry, Michael, Kari, Jacob, and Dana, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Laura was preceded in death by her parents, Orlando and Sadie, husband, Jacob, and daughters, Sharon Favre and Catherine Pulling.
 

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Sharon J. Peer

Sharon J. Peer, 78, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Unity Point Health-Trinity, in Bettendorf, IA. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Jeff French will officiate.  Burial will follow at Western Township Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2018, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Baptist Church in Geneseo.

Sharon was born on November 30, 1939, the daughter of John V. and Marjorie (Huston) Schnepf. Sharon was united in marriage to Donald R. Peer on July 11, 1959, in Coal Valley, IL. Donald preceded her in death in 2003. She worked as a homemaker for many years. Sharon was a lifetime member of Faith Baptist Church in Geneseo and a proud member of the Bishop Hill Historical Society. She loved socializing with her family and friends, and especially enjoyed spending time with her companion dog and love, Raijeanea.

Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Daniel Peer, of Birmingham, AL, daughter, Patti (Todd Grell)  Kowitz, of Calamus, IA, six grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents, John and Marjorie, husband, Donald, and a sister, Ruth.

 

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Julie Ann Yepsen

Julie Ann Yepsen, 46, of Galva, died peacefully at home at 7:02 a.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2018.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, August 11 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Johndamaseni Zilimu. Visitation will be held from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, August 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 4:00 p.m. Private inurnment will be held at a later date at Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Julie Yepsen Memorial Fund c/o of Community State Bank.
She was born January 30, 1972 in Oshkosh, WI, the daughter of Fred and Joyce (Krueger) Stollenwerk. She married Michael Yepsen on May 13, 2000 in Kewanee. Survivors include her husband of Galva, her children, Addison Marie Yepsen and Adam Michael Yepsen, both of Galva, her father of East Troy, WI, her mother of Hilbert, WI, two brothers, Dan Stollenwerk and Chad Stollenwerk, two sisters, Shannon (Eric) Allen and Jackie (Chris) Kell and several nieces and nephews including; Dalton, Gabrielle, Elijah, Maya, Braden and Carver.
Julie graduated from Kewanee High School in 1990 and from Black Hawk East and Illinois Central College. She was as a dental hygienist, having worked in Kewanee, Bloomington-Normal, Pekin, Moline and Geneseo. She had also been a substitute teacher in Galva and Bradford. She was an avid softball player and had coached volleyball for Visitation School and soccer and baseball for the Galva youth sports league. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Carol A. Eyrich

Carol A. Eyrich, 78, of Geneseo, passed away on Sunday, August 05, 2018, at her home in Geneseo, after a lengthy battle with dementia. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Reverend Melva England will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., prior to the service, at the church. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be left to the Carol A. Eyrich Memorial Fund and will be distributed to several local organizations according to her wishes. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is in charge of these arrangements.

Carol was born on August 2, 1940, the daughter of Warren Dallas & Caroline Ann (Smith) Jones, in Moline, Illinois. Carol was the youngest of five siblings; she attended Aledo schools, and graduated from Alexis High School with the class of 1958. She was united in marriage to Lee John Eyrich on December 1, 1960 at the Grace United Methodist Church in Geneseo. Carol worked as a Geneseo Telephone Operator for 22 years and was most recently employed at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo in the medical records department for 15 years, from which she retired July 28, 2000. Carol was a lifetime member of the Grace United Methodist Church. She loved traveling, picnics, and going on vacations. Carol especially loved spending time with her four grandchildren. She was skilled in handcrafts such as crocheting, embroidery, and needlework. Carol also enjoyed all of the time she spent with her friends.

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Lee, daughters, Lisa Taylor of Cedar Rapids, IA, and Paula (Steve) Schulte, of Geneseo, and her four cherished grandchildren, Olivia Taylor & Logan Taylor, of Cedar Rapids, and Brad Schulte & Scott Schulte, of Geneseo.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Caroline, son-in-law, Rick Taylor, sisters, June and Ann, and two brothers, Bill and Murray.

 

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John A. Lucas Jr

John A. Lucas Jr., 65, of Colona, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, listening to Frank Zappa, on August, 3, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center – Illini Campus, in Silvis, Illinois. A private funeral service will be held Thursday, August 9, 2018, with military honors, and will be followed by a public visitation from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Cremation rites have been accorded to follow these arrangements and a private inurnment will take place in Michigan at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be directed to the John A. Lucas Jr. Memorial Fund.

John was born on July 10, 1953, the son of John Alan Lucas Sr. and Sally (Patterson) Lucas, in Camp Lejeune, NC.  He married Kathy Visser Lucas, and they raised two daughters together. They later divorced. John attended Black Hawk College where he received his Phlebotomy Tech certification. He worked as a health care provider and phlebotomist for several local Quad City health care locations. Known as “Painless John” he was very accomplished and talented in his field and always provided a painless and easy experience for his patients. John was a musician and was known for his love and appreciation of all things music. As a US Navy Veteran, John liked following and discussing politics.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughters, Ayla K. Lucas and her son, Archer, of East Moline, and Edie P. (Adam) Gentry, and their daughter, Addison, of Atkinson. John is also survived by his brothers, Patrick Lucas, of West Hollywood, CA, Trace Lucas, of Geneseo, Les (Cindy) Lucas, of Colona, and Mike (Wanda) Lucas, of Annawan, and, sisters Karen (Bill Damm) Lucas, of Howell, MI, and Cyndi Lucas, of St. Charles, MO, step mother, Carol Lucas, of St. Charles, MO, and a step-sister, Deb Powell, of Elsie, MI.

John was preceded in death by his father, John Lucas Sr., and mother Sally Humphrey & step-father, Russ Humphrey.

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Marylyn J. Lind

Marylyn J. Lind, 84, formerly of Geneseo and Hillsdale, passed away on Monday, August 06, 2018, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the visitation will be held one hour prior, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Greenview Memorial Garden Cemetery in East Moline. Memorials may be directed to the Marylyn Lind Memorial Fund.

Marylyn was born on August 26, 1933, the daughter of Maurice and Irene (Kline) Eechout, in Moline, Illinois. She was united in marriage to Paul G. Lind on June 9, 1950, in Moline. Paul preceded her in death in 2016. Marylyn was a beautician and she owned and operated a salon from her home in Geneseo and Hillsdale for many years. She had a love for ceramics and antiquing. Some of her favorite antiquing finds were tea pots, which combined her two favorite things!

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Vicki (John) Hill, of Geneseo, and son, Craig Lind, of Rock Island. Marylyn is also survived by three grandchildren, Mindi (Damien) Baumann, Heidi (Carl) Freeman, and Austin Lind, and six great-grandchildren, Molli, Seth, and Ethan Baumann, and Kayci, Cole, and Cooper Freeman.

Marylyn was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Irene, husband, Paul, son, Rick Lind, and a sister, Maureen Riperton.

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Dianna J Hargrove

Dianna J Hargrove, 71, of LaFayette, died at 11:25 AM Saturday, August 4, 2018 in the emergency room at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. Funeral services will be held at 10 AM  on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Rux Funeral Home, Galva. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in the LaFayette Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the Dianna Hargrove Memorial Fund.

She was born on January 17, 1947 in Burlington, IA, the daughter of Dean and Ruth (Canfield) Gibson. She is survived by a son, Jake (Violet) Alvis of LaFayette, a daughter Shawn Richardson (Art Nunn) of Brookfield, MO, thirteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren, five sisters, Geraldine Kisler of Galesburg, Sharon Banta of Oquwaka, Donna of Shelbyville, MO, Joe Buck of Jacksonville, Il and Cindy Dowdy of Collman, Alabama and her significant other Jerry Chase.

Dianna graduated from Burlington High School in 1965. She had been an antique dealer out of her home for a number of years. She had also done nursing care and had been a waitress, bartender and cook. She enjoyed collecting antiques, being out-of doors, bird watching, gardening and socializing.

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Bernadine Mae Betcher

Bernadine Mae Betcher, 94, of Annawan, IL passed away Wednesday, August 1 at Woodbridge Supportive Living Center – Geneseo, IL.  A Mass of Christian burial celebrating Bernadine's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 6, 2018, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Annawan.  Rev. S. Stephen Engelbrecht will celebrate.  Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Visitation for Bernadine will be held at the church one hour before the Mass begins (10:00-11:00 a.m.).  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bernadine Betcher Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson, is assisting the family with these arrangements.
Bernadine was born June 2, 1924, the daughter of Julius and Elizabeth (DeRycke) DeDecker, in rural Annawan, IL.  She was the middle of five siblings, and graduated from Annawan High School with the Class of 1942.  Bernadine was united in marriage to Arnold Betcher on June 9, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan. They raised three children together in Annawan and were married 67 years.  Bernadine kept busy in the home while her husband built a trucking business.  Bernadine was a life-long member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Annawan, where she was a devout Catholic.
Bernadine was a masterful cook and from-scratch baker.  For several years, she made beautiful wedding cakes.  Her rolls, pies, Easter cookies and cakes were the highlight of holidays and family gatherings.  Her red velvet cake was a family favorite.  Bernadine was particular about her appearance, appreciated being nicely-attired, and always had her hair done once a week, no matter the weather.  Bernadine also painted ceramics and decorated dolls, nativity sets and other figurines and enjoyed golf.  Bernadine was calm, patient, determined and kind and was a perfect complement to her husband.  She was a loving wife and loving mother and will be missed by her family.
Survivors include a son: Craig (Peggy) Betcher of Geneseo, IL; daughters: Julie (Jeff) Catton of Atkinson, IL and LuAnn Ziles of Kansas City, MO; grandchildren: Derek (Heather) Betcher, Geneseo, IL, Kelly (Kevin) Kruck, LeClaire, IA, Jared Betcher, LeClaire, IA, Adam Ziles, Kansas City, MO, Abbie (Billy) Andrews, Overland Park, KS, Angela (Kenny) Preski, Chicago, IL, Jason (Andrea) Hasbrook, Annawan, IL, Kylee Hasbrook, Clinton, IA; 14 great-grandchildren; and sister, Helen Devrieze, of Annawan.
Bernadine was preceded in death by her husband Arnold, sisters Elvera and Delores, brother Francis, and son-in-law, John Ziles.

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Lindsay A. Draper

Lindsay A. Draper, 37, of Osco, died Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at OSF St. Frances Medical Center, Peoria, after a short illness.  Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 6th, at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Cambridge.  Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Monday at the church.  Rev. John Burns will officiate.  Cremation will take place after the service.  Memorials may be made to the Lindsay Draper Memorial Fund.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Lindsay Anne Franck was born March 1, 1981 in Geneseo, the daughter of Randall and Shelly Seabloom Franck.  She was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 2000.  Lindsay and the love of her life, Jeff Draper, Jr., spent 16 years together and were married on November 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

Her memberships included the National Quarter Horse Association, the U. S. Bowling Congress, and Valley View Club, Cambridge.  She worked as a horse trainer for Kat Zelnio Quarter Horse Farm and Belezaire Stables near Geneseo.  She loved horses and enjoyed training her young horse, Willow.

Those surviving are her husband, Jeff, three sons, Jeremy Anderson, Cambridge, and Dallas Anderson and Jordin Draper, both at home, her parents, Randy and Shelly Franck, Geneseo, her grandmother, Rose Mary Franck, Cambridge, a brother, Jason (Megan) Franck, Rock Island, a sister, Hope (Dan) Nimrick, Cambridge, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins
 

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Robert S. Oldeen

Robert S. Oldeen, 76, of Kewanee, died at 2:12 am on August 1, 2018 at Unity Point Hospital, Rock Island. Robert was born April 14, 1942, in Kewanee, the son of Theodore and Helen (Price) Oldeen. Robert married Karen Staphan on December 18, 1960 in Kewanee, she preceded him in death on February 28, 1992.
Robert is survived by his son, Ronald (Kim) Oldeen, Kewanee; daughter, Deb (Rowdy) Meeker, Kewanee; special friend, Donna Luttmers, Kewanee; four grandchildren, Bobby Oldeen (Kristi Krafft), Sarah Oldeen, Lacey (Dan) Young, Alex (Natalie) Meeker; four great grandchildren, Hunter, DeLaney, and Sully Oldeen, Jade Young; brother, Ted (Karen) Oldeen, Plano, IL; nephews, David Oldeen, Doug (Tina) Oldeen; and several great nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Karen; parents; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Robert was the owner of Oldeen Roofing and it served the Kewanee community since 1967. He was a member of the Moose, Eagles, VFW and the Legion. Robert enjoyed traveling to Florida, fishing, hunting, and socializing with friends and family. His passion was for the children of Kewanee, he always wanted the kids to have a place to fish.
Funeral Services will be at 1:00 pm on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home.  Pastor Jon Vincent will officiate. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the time of service on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Park District. Please leave an online condolence for Robert’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Emma Jean Olander Bush

Emma Jean Olander Bush, 94, of Galva, died at 10:45 a.m., Monday, July 30, 2018 at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 8 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Bob Curry will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 7 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Galva American Legion or to the Galva Food Pantry.

She was born July 6, 1924 in Toulon, the daughter of Glenn and Chloe (Hixon) Yelm. She married Daryl Olander on November 6, 1943 and he preceded her in death on January 1, 1969. She later married Donald V. Bush on August 6, 1970 and he preceded her in death on June 29, 2006. Survivors include her son, Glenn “Pete” Olander of Galva, her four daughters; Karan (Warren) Ahlberg of Knoxville, Donna Marie Wallentine of Galva, Shirley (Richard) Sizemore of Cassville, MO and Cheryl (Wayne) Glisan of Galva, two step-sons, Donald “Buzzy” (Paula) Bush and Joe (Jacque) Bush both of Oelwein, IA, sixteen grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Marion, Glenn and Ernest, a sister, Evelyn Mae, a daughter, Sharon Ingels, a son, Donald “Deke” Olander, two grandsons, Derrick Glisan and Donald “Jimmy” Shaw, a granddaughter, Cheryl Rae Shaw and a step-daughter, Andi Bush-Grinstead.

Emma attended Toulon schools and had worked at the Galva Foundry and Kewanee Manufacturing. She was a member of the First Congregational Church in Galva and enjoyed fishing, crocheting and knitting. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Raymond "Ray" Oscar Carlson

Raymond “Ray” Oscar Carlson, 91, of Kewanee, passed away at 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Hillcrest Nursing Home, Geneseo. Ray was born on May 7, 1927 in Kewanee, the son of Oscar and Olga (Soderlund) Carlson (immigrants of Sweden). He graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1945. He joined the Navy following graduation and reported for duty on May 31, 1945 at Great Lakes Navy Training for ten weeks of boot camp. He was home on leave on August 1, 1945 when the war ended. Ray was a mess cook helper on the U.S.S. Moctobi. They were in Pearl Harbor in February 1946. Ray married Patricia Swanson on June 26, 1954 in Kewanee.
Surviving is his wife, Pat; daughter, Julie Johnson; son-in-law, Marty Padilla, all of Kewanee; four grandchildren, Mandy Padilla, Zach (Autumn) Padilla, Nikki (Eric) Johnson, and Nathan (Megan) Johnson; five great-grandchildren, Michael Shaw, Skylar Sauer, Mia Padilla, Kaden Cole, and Jordan Johnson. Also surviving are two nephews, Bill (Bonnie) Carlson and Bert (Marian Quinlin) Carlson. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Leonard Carlson, and a daughter, Jamie Padilla in 2017. 
Ray was an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Kewanee. In his younger years he served on the building committee and was head usher for many years. He was also a member of the American Legion. 
In his earlier years, Ray enjoyed bowling, fishing, golfing, playing horseshoes, wood-working projects, working in his yard, and making household improvements. Ray worked for Kewanee Boiler, Shalco, Sheffield Barcol Overdoor, and retired from Hyster Company as a traffic manager after 21 years. One of the most memorable moments in his life was going to Washington, DC on the Honor Flight with his son-in-law, Marty Padilla. He was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan and Chicago Cubs fan. Ray’s favorite thing to do was to spend time with his family.
Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church, Kewanee. Pastor Linnea Gustafson and Pastor Kristine Dohrmann to officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till time of service at the church. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church, Compassus, or to the donor’s choice. Please share a memory or an online condolence for Raymond’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com
 

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