Richard H. Rahn, 85, of rural Atkinson, passed away on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at his home. Funeral services will be held on at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Atkinson Congregational Church. Reverend Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will follow at the Atkinson Township Cemetery, where military rites will be accorded by the Atkinson American Legion. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 1, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Memorials may be directed to the Atkinson Fire Department & Foster Hope.
Rich was born on December 8, 1932, the son of Herman and Alvina (Nehring) Rahn, on the family farm in rural Geneseo. He attended Atkinson schools. Rich married Gay Ann Anderson on August 3, 1957, at the Mineral United Methodist Church in Mineral, Illinois. He was a lifetime farmer in rural Atkinson, and worked for the Rock Island Line as a carmen for several years, as well as Wyffels Hybrids as a production technician later in life. Rich is a proud veteran of the United States Army and served his country from 1955-1956. He was a member of the Atkinson American Legion Post and active in Atkinson Kiwanis Club. Rich enjoyed snow skiing, ice skating, and other winter sports. His experience on the Rock Island Line gave Rich a love for train rides for fun. Most of all, Rich enjoyed spending time with his loving family at the Annual Rahn Camping Trip.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Gay Ann, children; Scott Rahn, of Rock Island, Cindy (Steve) Clementz, of Geneseo, Randy Rahn, of Geneseo, Ryan (Lola) Rahn, of Atkinson, and Russ (Linda) Rahn, of Centerville, OH; ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Alvina, his grandson, Jordan Rahn, granddaughter, Bridget Tatman, and sister, Annabelle Mohr.
Glenna L Boker, 86, of Kewanee, died at 7:13 PM Wednesday September 26, 2018 at her home. Funeral services will be at 11 AM Monday, October 1, at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-6 PM Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials can be directed to the donor’s choice.
She was born on September 23, 1932 in Versailes, Il, the daughter of William F and Lottie L (Suratt) Smith. She was first married to Lawrence Self and then to Everett L Boker. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands, a son, Lawrence, a brother James and three sisters, Barbara Clays, Lula Swan and Juanita Suratt. She is survived by a daughter, Cheryl Self of Kewanee, two sons, Jack Self of Toulon and William (Paula) Self of Daytona Beach, Florida, eleven grandchildren, Bill Self, Rebecka Self, April Self, Lawrence “Larry” Self, Dalton Brewster, Krissy Quinn, David Self, Chris Crain, Tonya Self, Jessica Lindsey and Trisha VerVynck, several great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren, a brother Charles “Dick” Smith of Kewanee, several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Imogene Bates.
Glenna had been a cook at Waunee Farms for 33 years. She recently had been baptized at the First Baptist Church in Galva. She loved cooking and she enjoyed doing woodworking and making cut-outs, doing yard work and fishing. She was especially proud of her family and enjoyed having them around. Her home was welcome to anyone and she never knew a stranger. She will be deeply missed by those lives she touched.
Arlene B. Adkins, 81, of Davenport, IA, formally of Atkinson, IL, died at 10:12 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Unity Point Trinity Hospital, Rock Island, IL. Arlene was born October 29, 1936 in Geneseo, the daughter of Harvey and Bonnie (Wolf) Morton. She attended Geneseo schools. Arlene married Larry Lee Adkins, he survives.
Arlene is survived by her two sons, Wade Adkins, Davenport, IA, and Ronald (Theresa) Hansen; one grandson, Dan Hansen; two great-grandchildren, Phinnley and Nicholas Hansen; one sister, Rita Phyfe, Geneseo. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son Ryan Adkins; one daughter in infancy, Ramone Adkins; one brother, Harvey Morton; two sisters, Vivian Wright, and Alvera Wachtel.
Arlene was a homemaker. She enjoyed Cherry Blossom Antiques Glassware, and riding motorcycles.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee. Pastor Dan Craig to officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery, rural Annawan. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence for Arlene’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com
Helen E. Schallow, 91, of Geneseo, passed away peacefully surrounded by her children and grandchildren, on Sunday, September 23, 2018, at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded and a private inurnment will take place on Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Reverend Dr. Christopher Ritter will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the Geneseo Humane Society. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.
Helen was born on December 11, 1926, the daughter of Henry and Hilma (Jokinen) Ikkala, in Marquette, Michigan. She was united in marriage to Louis B. Schallow on September 7, 1946, in Michigan. Louis preceded her in death in 2013. Helen worked in the supply department of Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo for 28 years before her retirement. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and active in the Women of the Moose, Hammond Henry Hospital Auxiliary, and the VFW Auxiliary. She enjoyed reading and spending time with her dogs. Helen was a proud grandmother, and loved staying up to date on her grandchildren’s activities and accomplishments.
Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Michael (Gwen) Schallow, of St. Charles, IL, daughter, Corrine Waldbusser, of Geneseo, grandchildren, Sarah Shrake, Scott (Becky) Waldbusser, and Kristin (Anthony) Whitt, and two great-grandchildren, Lilly and Emma.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Hilma, husband, Louis, a grandson, Ryan, four brothers, and a sister.
Victor H. Betcher, 84, of Silvis, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2018, at New Perspective Senior Living in Silvis. Cremation rites have been accorded and a Memorial Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, prior to the memorial service, at the funeral home. A private family inurnment will take place Friday, September 28, 2018, at the Rock Island Arsenal. Memorials may be directed to the American Alzheimer’s Association.
Victor was born on October 31, 1933, the son of Harry and Julia (Wicklund) Taylor, in Ashland, New Hampshire. He attended Farleigh-Dickerson College. Victor married Barbara Ann Duplissis on December 13, 1953, in Wharton, New Jersey. He is a proud veteran of the United States Army, and worked as a Munitions Commander at the Rock Island Arsenal for many years. Victor was a member of the American Legion and a longtime volunteer at Hammond Henry Hospital and Hillcrest Nursing Home in Geneseo. He enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, and golfing. Victor was a fan of all sports and was an avid Geneseo Football Fan.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Barbara, of Silvis, daughters; Connie (Jeff) Melby, of Moline, Cindy Betcher, of Moline, and Kathy Betcher, of Moline, grandchildren; Molly Danay, Hilary (Evan) Nelson, Sarah (Chris) Jacobi, Charlie Caldwell, and Sampson Sprague, and great-grandchildren; Owen & Reid Jacobi, Hunter Danay, and Esme Nelson.
Victor was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Ellen Reilly & Ingrid Carlson, and by two brothers, Raymond & Donald Taylor.
Merwyn A. Dergins, Sr., 61, of Lincoln, Illinois, died Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in the emergency room of Northwest Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, after becoming ill at his worksite. Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 29th, at St. Peter's Evangelical Church in Kewanee. His sister, Dawn Baird, will officiate. A private interment of cremains will take place at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, prior to the memorial service. There will be no visitation. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Merwyn Andrew Harris Dergins was born January 28, 1957 in Kewanee, the son of Merwyn and June Charlett Dergins. He attended Kewanee, IL and Apache Junction, AZ High Schools, and he obtained his diploma from Dover, OH. His marriage to Melanie Fortney took place on September 21, 1976 in Dover, OH. They later divorced.
He was a traveling Master Plumber for 40+ years. Merwyn enjoyed fishing, hunting, football, baseball, NASCAR, and spending time with his family.
Those surviving are four sons, Merwyn (Crystal) Dergins, Jr., Queen Creek, AZ, Chad (Catherine) Dergins, Columbus, OH, Nathan Dergins, Uhrichsville, OH, Travis (Sarah) Dergins, Ahwatukee, AZ, grandchildren, who he cherished, Matthew, Joshua, Caitlyn, Miles, and a new baby on the way. Other survivors include sisters, Dawn Baird, Vancouver, WA, and Holly Caldwell, Lincoln, IL, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His parents and grandparents preceded him in death.
Marjorie M. Johnson, 96, of Galva, died at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 17, 2018 at Hammond-Henry Long Term Care in Geneseo surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 21 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 20 at the funeral home. The family requests casual dress for the services. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Parkinson’s Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
She was born July 12, 1922 in Rockwell City, IA, the daughter of Elmer R. and Lena May (Janes) Orwig. She married Morris S. Johnson on March 18, 1945 in Galva and he preceded her in death on September 16, 1976. Survivors include her seven children; Mary Jane Conner of Washington, IL, Karen S. Johnson of Deerfield, IL, John R. (Nancy) Johnson of Springfield, VA, Paul D. (Becky) Johnson of LaFayette, TN, Gary G. Johnson of Altona, Edward G. (Debbie) Johnson of Kewanee and William D. (Ellie) Johnson of Lake Placid, FL, her sister, Verla (Dewey) Stevens of Galva, a sister-in-law, Evelyn Orwig of Galva, an aunt, Betty Orwig of Wyanet, ten grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents and three brothers; Harold, Dallas and Donnie.
Marjorie had worked at several eateries and businesses within Galva including; restaurants, grocery stores and a department store. She was a member of the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva. She enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles and word search puzzles, flower gardening, stitchery and quilting. She especially enjoyed being around her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
David D. “Coop” Cooper, 62, of Neponset, died at 4:30 a.m., Sunday, September 16, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, September 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Carol Kersey will officiate. Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. The family asks that you wear your David Cooper Benefit t-shirts to the services. Burial will be in Hopeland Cemetery in rural Buda where military rites will be conducted by the Neponset American Legion. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
He was born October 12, 1955 in Kewanee, the son of Homer and Bernice (March) Cooper. Survivors include his girlfriend, Karen Branom of Neponset, four children; Ben Cooper (Patricia Giesenhagen) of Kewanee, Heather Eaton (Jamie Tuthill) of Kewanee, Susan Hayes of Clarksville, TN and Edward Eaton of Ina, IL, twelve grandchildren; Alivia and Zoey Cooper, Kirstie (David) Frail, Tré Eaton (Lindsey Rule), Chypre Scruggs (Matt St. Clair), Erica (Andrew) Hansen, Andrea (Jason) Mapes, Breanna (Roger) Hytinen, Phillip Anderson, Trevor Barnes and Chance and Emily Eaton, eleven great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Patricia Cooper.
David graduated from Kewanee High School and attended Black Hawk East. He served his country in the Army National Guard. He had worked for Great Dane in Kewanee. David was a man who enjoyed saving a penny and reminiscing about the old times. He also enjoyed farming with the Miller family, gardening, attending yard sales and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
The family would like to thank Kirstie and David Frail for the special care they gave to Coop. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Teresa Ann Marie Dale, age 75, of Tucker, Georgia, formerly of Atkinson, Geneseo, and Erie, Illinois, passed away on Friday, September 14, 2018, at Northlake Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care in Tucker, Georgia. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson, Illinois. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2018 at Vandemore Funeral Home, prior to the service. Burial will take place in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Atkinson, Illinois. Memorials may be given to the Erie Food Pantry, PO Box 689, Erie, Illinois, 61250 in Teresa’s memory. Family and friends are invited to share in Teresa’s life at www.vandemorefuneralhome.com.
Teresa was born on May 21, 1943, the beloved daughter of Clarence and Mathilda (Desbro) Van De Woestyne. She attended Atkinson High School and graduated with the Class of 1961. She married Dennis Jones on June 29, 1962 in St. Anthony Catholic Church, Atkinson. She later married Thomas Dale on October 9, 1999 in Geneseo. Tom died on November 1, 2015, in Erie, Illinois. Teresa worked as a bookkeeper for several local businesses in the area. In 1999, Teresa and her husband, Tom built a home and retired in Erie. She enjoyed the outdoors, primarily gardening and working in her yard. She also enjoyed visiting with her friends, neighbors and playing cards, mostly Rummy. She loved her family and cherished holidays together, especially when the kids would come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Teresa will be dearly missed by her two children, Dan (wife, Juliana Cyril) Jones of Atlanta, Georgia and Brenda (husband, Steve Wilkinson) Jones of Somers, New York; one granddaughter, Josie Wilkinson; and one sister, Lois (Robert) Garcia of Erie. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mathilda; and one infant brother, William Joseph Van De Woestyne.
James Kenneth Loving, 76, of Altona, died Wednesday, September 12, 2018, in the emergency room of OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. Cremation has been accorded and there will be no local services. His cremated remains will be buried in the City Cemetery, Paris, Tennessee at a later date. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Galva, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorials may be made to the family.
James was born September 21, 1941 in Paris, Tennessee, the son of Crawford and Corrine Briesendine Loving. He was educated in Paris schools and later earned a Masters of Business Administration degree. He worked for Warner Brothers in California for several years. He then became a property manager for a commercial apartment building, before moving to Altona.
Those surviving are his domestic partner, Pamela Kogan, three children, six grandchildren, and two nephews. His parents and a brother, Bobby Dixon, preceded him in death.
Condolences may be expressed and donations may be left by visiting James' obituary at www.stackhousemoore.com.
Donald M. Tomsic, 81, of Kewanee, died Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 5:00 am at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo. Don was born November 18, 1936 in Kewanee, the son of Martin and Myrtle (Cole) Tomsic. He graduated from Kewanee High School with the class of 1954. After a stent in the Army he received an Associates Degree in business and accounting. He married Betty Dexter on August 9, 1958 at the First Methodist Church, Kewanee, she survives.
Don is also survived by their children, James (Patricia) Tomsic, Charleston, SC, David (Karen) Tomsic, Kewanee, and Susan (Steven) Brody, Kewanee; two granddaughters, Samantha (fiancé, Jimmy Kida) and Claire Brody; sister, Shirley (Duane) Burnett, Geneseo; brother, John (Pat) Tomsic, Kewanee; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Don served in the US Army from 1955 to 1957, at the time of discharge he was a Specialist 3rd Class. He was also in the Kewanee National Guard. He retired from Komatsu in Peoria in 1999, where he was a purchasing agent.
Don was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Don was an Eagle Scout-Silver Beaver, Order of the Arrow (Vigil), Wood Badge, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster, and Troop Committee Chairman with the Boy Scouts of America. He led three expeditions to Philmont Scout Ranch, NM. Don was also a Master Mason, past Master, past Priest of York Rite, past Commander of Knights Templar, past Master of Fort Armstrong, treasurer of Masonic Foundation for 15 years for the Kewanee Lodge 159.
Don spent 30 years on the WHS football chain gang. Kewanee BI-Centennial King, and beard contest winner. Don organized the Cub Scout Unit at Belle Alexander School. He was a PTA President at Belle. He was also a member of the Model “T” Ford and Model “A” Clubs of America. He was a board member of the Saxon Community Cemetery Association and the First United Methodist Church. Don especially enjoyed spending time with his wife Betty of 60 years, children and grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, September 17, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. Burial will be in the Saxon Community Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A Masonic Service will be at 6:45 pm on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Saxon Community Cemetery Association, Boy Scout Troop 180, or First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Don’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Patty S. Sims, 77, of Annawan, passed away on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at her home in Annawan. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will follow at Dayton Corners Cemetery in Colona. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Annawan Alba Rescue Squad.
Patty was born on April 19, 1941, the daughter of Carroll and Irene (Wagner) Nichols, in Trenton, MO. She was united in marriage to James E. Sims on May 25, 1960; in Trenton, MO. James preceded her in death in 1999. Patty was employed at John Deere Harvester Works for 26 years, and retired from the company. Patty had been attending the Mineral United Methodist Church, and was a member of Annawan/Alba Women’s Club. She was an avid reader, and loved spending time with her family and friends. Patty was a Kansas City Royals fan.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Glynda (Greg) Woolam, of Atkinson, sons, Eddie (Jenifer Kelty) Sims, of Moline, Jim “J.R.” Sims, of Mineral, and John (Dee) Sims, of Wake Forest, NC, nine grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. Patty is also survived by her brother, Jack (Dorothy) Nichols, of Trenton, MO.
Patty was preceded in death by her parents, Carroll and Irene, husband, James, grandson, Jared Sims, two sisters, Phyllis and Joann, and son-in-law, Danny Pratt.
Tammie D. Clementz, 52, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. A private family funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 15, at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Michael Pakula will officiate. There will be no visitation. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hope at the Brick House (1431 Ripley Street, Davenport, IA 52803) or to the American Cancer Society.
Tammie was born on June 30, 1966, in Zweibrucken, Germany, the daughter of Carnie and Velma (Moose) Wilkerson. She graduated from St. Katherine-St. Mark Preparatory School in 1984 and from Maryville College, St. Louis, MO in 1988, with a degree in finance. Tammie married Jeffrey Clementz on May 25, 1991, in Kauai, Hawaii. She was a Senior Branch Office Administrator for Edward D. Jones, Geneseo, for 22 years. Tammie served in several volunteer positions but still found time to travel. Her pride and joy was her daughter, Lindsey.
Tammie is survived by her loving husband, Jeffrey, daughter Lindsey, Chicago, IL, mother, Velma Wilkerson, Geneseo, and brother, Ronald Wilkerson, Pacific Heights, CA.
She was preceded in death by her father, Carnie.
The sweet soul of Marie Frances DeNolf, 98, of Andover, ascended into heaven on Sunday, September 9, 2018, after a two day stay at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care, Geneseo. As per her wishes, cremation has been accorded, and there will be no visitation or services. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Marie was born August 15, 1920, the daughter of Michael and Sophie Shuda. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Moline. Her marriage to William F. DeNolf took place on May 23, 1953 in Moline. The couple moved to Andover in 1959. She was a Fashion Two Twenty Cosmetic consultant for many years.
She loved to dance, crochet, knit, and any craft projects. Her greatest joy was her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, and attending their events. They referred to her as Granny, Cuckoo, Granny-Great, and Granny-Grapes. Marie loved birds, her favorite being the cardinal. She was a big Chicago Cubs fan.
Although she resided with her daughter, Carol "Sissie", and son-in-law, Russ "Ruskie", for the past year, she was able to enjoy her home in Andover a few times a week with her daughter, Linda "Deedle", who took over the upkeep of the Wee Farm after Bill's passing in 2006. Her husband, Steve, assisted in the maintenance.
Those left to remember and miss her terribly are Carol (Russ) Reed, Cambridge, and Linda (Steve Swiger) Pettifer, Geneseo, nine grandchildren, one step granddaughter, 26 great-grandchildren, two step great grandsons, and 14 great-great grandchildren. Her parents, her husband, a son, Jerry, and a daughter, Sandra, preceded her in death.
Shirley D. Drehman, 88, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14th, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Chaplain Roger Carson will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service (10:00-11:00 a.m.) at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Shirley Drehman Memorial Fund.
Shirley was born on July 7, 1930, the daughter of Virgil and Helen (DeMaranville) Eyer, in her grandparents’ farmhouse in Atkinson, Illinois. She went to school in a one-room school house until second grade before transferring to Geneseo schools. Shirley is a graduate of Geneseo High School, class of 1948. Shirley married Robert “Bob” Drehman. They later divorced. She worked as a reporter for the Dispatch Argus newspaper for many years. Shirley worked as a hairdresser in her own salon “Shirley’s House of Beauty” in Geneseo, and also worked as a realtor. She was a member of the Baptist faith, was proud to be a born-again Christian, and was dedicated to reading her bible. Shirley loved to dance and watch ice skating. She also enjoyed watching Olympic gymnastics. Most of all, Shirley loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Susan (John) DeSplinter, of Geneseo, son, Kenneth (Ellen) Drehman, of Geneseo, grandchildren, Ross (friend - Scott Kelty) Holmstrom, Kenissa (Slater) McKay, and Devin (Becky) Drehman, and two great-grandchildren, Bennett Drehman and Mary Colette McKay, and half-brother, John (Sue) Eyer, of Erie, IL.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Helen, and her brother, Gary Eyer.
Bette Lou (Goodale) Sawickis, 89, of Kewanee, passed away on September 11, 2018 at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. Bette was born July 19, 1929 in Kewanee, the daughter of Louis and Mabel (Evans) Goodale, the fourth child of five. She graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1947.
She married Edward Sawickis on April 12, 1958. Edward, the love of her life, died in 1993. Bette is survived by three children, Linda (Nausser) Jamali of Springfield, IL, John (Gretchen) Sawickis of Matthews, NC, and Mark of Kewanee; grandsons, Paul and Drake Jamali both of Washington, D.C.; and her sister, Mary Motley of Kewanee. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three siblings, Doris Clark, Donald Goodale, and Louise Weingart.
Nicknamed “The General” and “The Pepsi Lady”, Bette devoted her time to her three children-serving as chief scheduler and attending sporting events, school plays and band concerts. She preferred baking over cooking and will be remembered for her fabulous homemade fudge. She also served as bookkeeper at Ed’s Heating and Air Conditioning until 1986.
Bette enjoyed traveling, dancing with Ed at the Flemish American Club, breakfast with her friends, getting her hair done on Saturdays, Wheel of Fortune, popcorn, celebrating Christmas, Cubs games, and attending First Christian Church. Most of all, Bette enjoyed spending time with her family.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018 at Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Wethersfield Academic Foundation 439 Willard St. Kewanee, IL. Special thanks to Heather Jontz and the staff at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. Please leave an online condolence for Bette Lou’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy J. Hill, 87, Kewanee, died at 3:45 p.m., Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Kewanee Care Home. Cremation will be accorded and memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. There will be no visitation. Inurnment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Senior Citizens Center in Kewanee.
She was born March 28, 1931 in Matteson, IL, the daughter of Emil and May (Roberts) Kangas. She married Harold W. Hill on June 18, 1949 in Chicago and he preceded her in death on October 26, 1989. She is survived by two sons, Kevin Hill of Olympia, WA and Mark (Karyl) Hill of Bloomington, IL, two daughters, Mary (Conrad) Hubner of Manito, IL and LuAnn (Paul) Schaecher of Kewanee, a daughter-in-law, Lynette (Miller) Hill of Shelton, WA, ten grandchildren; Shana (Sid) Redding, Rachel (Benjamin) Rabey, Kraig, Kara and Kody Hill, Rita and Robert Trentadue, Stefanie (Dustin) Hampton, Amanda (Larry) Schreiber and Nicholas Schaecher, nine great grandchildren; Krista, Becker, Sullivan, Grey, Arlyn, Elena, Allie, Owen and Hadliegh, a brother, Paul (Jenny) Kangas and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a son, Lance Hill, great grandson, Graham Rabey, three brothers, George, Merle and Robert, two sisters, Marjorie Kopp and Elizabeth Stuart, sisters-in-law; Louise Kangas, Lois Tilson and Elaine Souba and her special friends, Marjorie Lamb and Viola Washburn.
Dorothy graduated from Hyde Park High School in Chicago. She had worked in the kitchen at Henry’s in Kewanee, at the coffee shop at A-Z in the Henry County Senior Citizen Center and as night matron at the Whiting Home. She was a member of the former St. Francis of Assisi Catholic and its Altar & Rosary Society and was currently a member of Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, doing puzzles and she especially enjoyed people.
Mary Ellorene Salisbury, 81, a resident of Marigold Health Care Center, formerly of Kewanee and Galva, died at 4:55 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Cremation will be accorded and graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 14 at Galva Cemetery. Pastor Jeff Goard will officiate. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
She was born August 24, 1937 in Galva, the daughter of Albert and Edna (Bonar) Gearhart. She married Ronald Salisbury Sr. on June 9, 1956 and they later divorced. Survivors include her son, Ronald (Janet) Salisbury Jr. of Toulon, her brother, Dave Gearhart of Galva and her two grandchildren; Kylie and Kimberly. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John Gearhart Sr.
Mary graduated from Galva High School. She was a homemaker who loved to garden and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.
Robert G. Gardner, 70, of rural Cambridge, passed away suddenly on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at his farm doing his cattle chores. Cremation has been accorded and a public visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 11th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services. A private celebration of life service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cambridge Ambulance Service or the Cambridge Fire Department
Robert Gale Gardner was born January 10, 1948 in Galesburg, the son of Wilson G. and Avice M. Fink Gardner. He was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1966. Bob attended the Lincoln Barber College in East Moline, graduating in 1968. His marriage to Kathy Heberer took place on March 21, 1971 at the family farm in rural Cambridge.
He was a self employed barber at his shop, Shears, in Kewanee for 50 years and had farmed most of his life on the family farm. Bob was not a man of great accomplishments, he was just a great man who knew no strangers.
Those surviving are his wife, Kathy, his children, Patience (Paul) Hansen, Genoa, IL, Neil Gardner, Kewanee, and Mariah (Craig) Clementz, Prophetstown, and grandchildren, Griffin, Sydney, Madysen, Nash, Brody, and Ella. Other survivors include a brother, a sister, and an aunt. His parents and a sister preceded him in death. The family would like to thank Christine Wexell, Dennis Nussear, and Amanda Johnson of the Cambridge Ambulance, Officer Winters, and neighbor and friend, Meg, for being there for Kathy.
Ronald “Ron” L. Troyer, 59, of Kewanee, died Thursday, September 6, 2018 at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. Ron was born May 30, 1959, the son of Virgil and Marilyn (Troyer) Cowling, in Hastings, MI. Ron had degrees in Auto Mechanics and Welding.
Ron is survived by his mother, Marilyn Cowling; two daughters, Sabrina Tran, Kewanee; Brittney McEdward, Cashmere, WA; grandchildren, Jacob Tran, Emitt Tran, Marleigh McEdward, Ezekiel McEdward, Kyle Smith, and Heather Smith; three sisters, Cindy Troyer, Neponset, Diana (Mark Sr.) Sutton, Kewanee, Ginney (Ron) Vinson, Kewanee; one brother, Matt Cowling; significant other, Esther Smith, Kewanee; children he considered his own, Angie Smith, Larry (Cheryl) Smith, Jr., both of Kewanee; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his dad, Virgil Cowling and a son, Nicholas Troyer.
Ron worked for Great Dane for many years, as a safety director and a union trainer. Ron was a proud member of the Union #30, as a Union Steward. In his youth he attended Sheffield Methodist Church. He enjoyed meeting and getting to know people. He loved to frequent Goodwill, the auctions and yard sales around the area. He also loved demolition derby cars with his nephew Mark Sutton, Jr., he played the guitar and sang. Ron was a very sarcastic person and enjoyed telling jokes. He enjoyed his dog, Jenna and cats, Scooter and Tootsie. Ron especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:00 am, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Stephen McGough will officiate. The family requests casual attire in Ron’s memory. Burial will be in the West Neponset Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Friday, September 14, 2018 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established. Please leave an online condolence for Ron’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Bryant Ottes (Baby Bop) Pruett, infant son of Jason and Andrea Pruett, of Calamus, IA, passed away while in his parent’s arms, on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 10, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. The family requests that baseball attire be worn to the funeral service. Burial will follow at Knoxville Cemetery in Knoxville, IL. Following the committal service, the family invites friends and loved ones to join them for a luncheon of celebration at the Knoxville American Legion. Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Bryant Pruett Memorial Fund, to be distributed amongst several charities that have been helpful to the family.
To Bryant, what would have been our future Grand Champion pig showman, and Chicago Cubs All Star Player, we love you more.
Those left to cherish Bryant’s memory include his parents, Jason & Andrea Pruett, sisters, Shelby and Tenley, grandparents, Ron & Jeanne Wilt, of Walnut, IL, and William & LuAnn Pruett, of Gilson, IL, great-grandparents, Dean Ganshow, Dolores Wilt, and Richard Pruett, as well as several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Bryant was preceded in death by his great-grandparents.
Sue Ann Hostetler, 66, of Kewanee, died Saturday, September 1, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born December 10, 1951 in Kewanee, the daughter of Roy and Pearl Mae (Bunker) Mahnesmith. Sue graduated from Kewanee High School Class of 1970.
Sue is survived by her mother, Mae Mahnesmith, Kewanee; brother, Roy L. (Linda) Mahnesmith, Princeton; daughters, Sabrina (Adam) Haptonstall, and Shannon (Jason) Schwarz, both of Kewanee. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Nikki Golden, Brandon Golden, Morgan Golden, Alex Forbes, Dallas Schwarz, Brianna Schwarz, all of Kewanee, Alexia Schwarz and Tristan Schwarz, both of Godfrey, IL. She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Potter Mahnesmith.
Sue worked for the Kewanee Police Department and the City of Kewanee as a Telecommunicator. She retired in December of 2017. Sue was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee. She was a talented seamstress and she enjoyed quilting. She was an excellent cook and baker. Sue loved spending time with friends and family especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed cuddling with her two Bichon Frise dogs, Lacee and Joker. Sue was involved with the Relay for Life for many years and she loved to dance.
Memorial Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. James Breed to officiate. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. till time of service at the funeral home. Private Burial will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Please leave an online condolence for Sue’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Jerry L. Verdick, 71, of Port Byron, passed away suddenly on Saturday September 1, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by Don Cherry VFW Post. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 5, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Jerry Verdick Memorial Fund. The family would like to invite their friends and loved ones to join them for a memorial luncheon at the Geneseo Moose Lodge, immediately following the committal services at the cemetery.
Jerry was born on February 4, 1947, the son of Clarence and Katherine (Price) Verdick, in Morrison, Illinois. He is a graduate of Manlius High School and a proud veteran of the United States Army. Jerry married Glenda Fordham, they later divorced. On April 11, 1981, Jerry married Sherie M. Powers in Sheffield, Illinois. He was employed at Timberlyn Lighting Company in Geneseo, where he was the general manager for many years before his retirement from the company. Jerry was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Port Byron. He enjoyed Rolle Bolle and attending auctions & garage sales. Most of all, Jerry loved the time he spent with his family and grand-puppies.
Those left to cherish his memory include wife, Sherie, son, Rob Verdick, of Geneseo, daughter, Jessica (Cody) Vipond, of Geneseo, his father, Clarence Verdick, of Davenport, three grandchildren, Jonna, Jerry, and Clint Verdick, and two great-grandchildren, Max & Adam Lee. Jerry is also survived by his siblings, Judy (Tom) Wallace, of Port Byron, Steve (Mary) Verdick, of Peoria, and Bruce (Lisa) Verdick, of Texas.
Jerry was preceded in death by his mother, Katherine, and by his son, Adam John Verdick.
Christine L. Sullivan passed away peacefully at home on August 31. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday September 9, at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo with Rev. Christopher Ritter officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 8, from 3:00 to 6:00 PM at Vandemore Funeral Home in Geneseo. A private burial will be held on Monday, September 10. Memorials and donations in lieu of flowers can be directed to Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s (www.pedaling4parkinsons.org).
Chris was born on June 1, 1954, in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of James and Jackie Sprinkle. She graduated from Palatine High School in 1972. She attended Cornell College, where she met her husband, eventually graduating from Illinois State University in 1976.
She worked several jobs throughout her life including waitressing, sales, and an aerobics instructor. In recent years she was the Director of Congregational Care at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, retiring after over 10 years of service. Chris was a devoted believer in Jesus Christ with a servant’s heart, loved by the entire congregation.
Chris loved to dance and was a member of a dance troupe that toured Europe during college. Later she performed liturgical dance for her church. She performed and taught dance at any opportunity.
Her hobby was caring for people. She was always sending someone a card or note, making a phone call to catch up, or buying that special gift to express her love to family and friends.
Those left to cherish her memory include her husband, Doug, sons, Matthew and Kyle, daughter, Lauren (Jeriah) Williams, mother and father, three brothers (Jim, Scott, and Kurt), a sister (Laurie), and her mother-in-law Gramma Dee. She had a special love for her grandsons, Greyson and Miles, and her granddaughter, Bianca. She loved her dog, Ellie.