Betty B. Tracey, 85, of Geneseo, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018, at Good Samaritan Society in Geneseo, surrounded by her loving family. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Inurnment will follow at the Rock Island National Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home, where the Rosary will be prayed at 4:00 p.m. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be left to the Betty Tracey Memorial Fund, and will be dispersed to several local charities.
Betty was born on December 3, 1932, the daughter of Franklin and Ila (Lease) Brown, in Thomson Township, IL. She is a graduate of Savanna High School and also attended Black Hawk College where she received her Broker’s License. Betty was united in marriage to Victor M. Tracey Jr. on January 11, 1953, in Savanna, IL. Betty and Vic raised four wonderful children together and were co-owners of Metro Reality in Geneseo for many years. Vic preceded her in death on May 7, 2014. After her time in real-estate, Betty worked as a book keeper for the Hardee’s Corporation, and later Paul Miller. She also worked briefly for H&R Block. Betty was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo and had participated as a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Women of the Moose. She is one of the founding members of the Kitchen Quarterback Club for the Green Machine football team. Betty and Vic enjoyed doing crafts and woodworking together. They worked from a woodshop in their home, which they named Kerfs & ‘Krylics, and would take their products to several craft shows in the area to be sold. Betty also enjoyed to crochet and was an incredible cook. Most of all, Betty loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters; Nancy (Mark) Argue, of Mount Horeb, WI, Carol Tracey (Lewis Opsal) of Geneseo, and Cheryl (Scott) Specht, of Port Byron, IL, son; Ron (Lori) Tracey, of Geneseo, nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by her brother, George Brown, of Thomson, IL, and her sister-in-law, Mary Jo Tracey, of Savanna, IL.
Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Ila, her husband, Vic, a brother, Vernon Brown, and sister, Barbara Cottral.
Michael L. “Mike” Larson, 61, of Normal, formerly of Kewanee, died at 2:56 a.m., Tuesday, November 27, 2018 at his home.
Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Michael Larson Memorial Fund.
He was born May 20, 1957 in Freeport, IL, the son of Harold and Donna (Lyon) Larson. He married Donna J. Alsman. Survivors include his wife of Normal, two children, Danny Larson and Andrea (Robert) Brown, a step-daughter, Sheila Vaughn, a grandson, Bishop Brown, three step-grandchildren; Emma and Donovan Fluty and Skyler Vaughn, two sisters, Penney Grabbe of Kewanee and Pam (R.J.) Hampton of Daytona Beach, FL, two brothers, Dave (Laura) Larson of Marquette Heights, IL and Terry (Sony) Larson of El Paso, IL, two brothers-in-law, Paul Hood of Kewanee and Bob Alsman of Austin, TX, a sister-in-law, Mary Dibble of Bloomington, IL and several nieces and nephews; Jeff and Lisa Hampton, Kevin (Brandy) Hampton, Eric, Tom, Harold, Jerimiah, Hannah and Joshua Larson and Bryan, Bradley and Lesa Hampton. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Patty Hood, a brother, Dennis Larson, a brother-in-law, Bob Grabbe and a niece, Liz Larson.
Mike graduated from Kewanee High School in 1975. He most recently had worked at Casey’s and had also worked in the culinary department at State Farm Insurance in Bloomington. In his earlier years he worked at Monical’s Pizza. Mike loved sports and was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He also loved his family and playing Bingo with his wife and he especially enjoyed family get-togethers.
Donald A. “Don” Klavohn, 95, a longtime Geneseo Businessman and Civic Leader, passed away on Monday, November 26, 2018, at the Avonlea Cottage Nursing Home in Milan, IL. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5, at First Congregational Church in Geneseo. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 5th, at the church, one hour prior to the funeral service. Cremation rites will be accorded following the services and a private inurnment will take place at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be left to the Don Klavohn Memorial Fund, and will be dispersed to several Geneseo Organizations for the benefit of the City of Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo, is assisting the family with these arrangements.
Don was born on July 14, 1923, the son of Charles and Hilda (Swanson) Klavohn, in Geneseo, IL. He graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1940. Don married Suzanne A. “Zanne” Hanford on September 7, 1945, in Geneseo. Zanne preceded him in death in 2002. Don is the founder of the former Klavohn Furniture Store, which he owned and operated in downtown Geneseo for 56 years. The store was a well-known fixture of the city for many years. One of Don’s objectives was to make Geneseo an attractive place to live, own a home, and raise a family. He was proud to have an influential role in the development of the ‘Off Street Parking Project’ in downtown Geneseo. In his opinion, “the downtown business district leaves a lasting impression of the quality of the community.” Don was extremely proud to be a businessman in Geneseo, the city he loved, and it was his wish that the pride in the development and tradition of Geneseo be continued for many years to come.
Don was a member of the Kiwanis Club, where he served as a past president, as well as; Geneseo Country Club, Stewart Lodge #92, AF & AM, Geneseo Moose Lodge, and a longtime member of the First Congregational Church. Don was also an active member, and longtime supporter of the Geneseo Chamber and the Victorian Walk. In true businessman fashion, Don loved to stay up to date on the investment markets. He was an avid golfer and loved to sing. He was a member of the church choir and the Four Roses Quartet group.
Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Janet Klavohn, of Geneseo, and several nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Hilda, his wife, Zanne, and two brothers, Richard “Dick Klavohn, and Wilbur “Web” Klavohn.
William L. “Bill” Hansen, 67, of Kewanee, died at 7:05 p.m., Thursday, November 22, 2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.
A gathering service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, November 29, at the Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. Dan Craig will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday. November 28 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bill Hansen Memorial Fund.
He was born on October 5, 1951 in Kewanee, the son of Robert and Shirley (Richards) Hansen. He married Roseanne M Whetstone on May 22, 1976 at the First Baptist Church in Kewanee. She survives, as do three daughters, Leslie (Matt) Vigor of Quincy, IL, Meagan (Brandon) Robbins of Kewanee and Sara (Brad) Engels of Bloomington, IL, five grandchildren, Henry and Simon Vigor, Kylie Robbins. Alec Engels and Davis Engels, who was born just four days earlier at the same time of Bill’s passing, two foster granddaughters and three brothers, Bob (Leona) Hansen of Kewanee, Tom (Mary) Hansen of Franklin, IL and Denny (Dorthea) Hansen of Kewanee. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bill graduated from Kewanee High School in 1970. He had worked in the produce department at Wal-Mart. In earlier years, he had worked as the produce manager at Eagles. In his high school years, he had played varsity football as a freshman and then played bass drum with the band. He was active with the First Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon, singing in the choir and was director of the missions. He had been a member of the Jaycee’s and had played catcher for their soft-ball team. As his girls grew, he became active in their lives by serving as an assistant Girl Scout Leader and as a service unit director for the Kewanee, Cambridge and Galva Girl Scout Units and as the First Aider for Summer Camp. He was also a Girls Little League Coach and had been active as a prison chaplain for the Kewanee Youth Prison. He enjoyed bird watching and was an avid Chicago Bear fan as well as a White Sox, Cubs and Cardinal fan.
Annabelle Sturtewagen, 78, of Atkinson, passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at Unity Point – Trinity Hospital, ICU, in Rock Island, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 28, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Atkinson. Reverend S. Stephen Engelbrecht will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, where the Rosary will be prayed at 3:30 p.m., prior to the visitation. Memorials may be directed to the Annabelle Sturtewagen Memorial Fund.
Annabelle was born on April 20, 1940, the daughter of Forest and Ruth (Sheahan) Emery, in Kewanee, IL. She graduated from Lafayette High School with the class of 1958. Annabelle was united in marriage to Kenneth J. Sturtewagen on February 20, 1960, in Atkinson. Kenneth preceded her in death on January 1, 2014. Annabelle owned and operated “Annabelle’s Hair Styling Salon” in Atkinson for many years, and also styled hair at the Good Samaritan Society in Geneseo. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church where she was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society. Annabelle enjoyed attending Rolle Bolle games with her husband, Kenny Joe. She also looked forward to taking her grandson, Nick, out to eat and the two loved going for car rides.
Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Shane (Stacey) Sturtewagen, of Atkinson, and Shawn (Diane) Sturtewagen, of Mitchellville, IA, grandchildren; Nick, Ryan, Dylan, Vince, Eric, and Amber, and her daughter-in-law, Heather Williams, of Milan, IL.
Annabelle was preceded in death by her parents, Forest and Ruth, husband, Kenny Joe, son, Shad Sturtewagen, sister, Janet, and her step-father, Henry Winans.
Virginia A. Nelson, 83, of Kewanee, died Thursday, November 22, 2018 at Kewanee Care. Virginia was born August 18, 1935 in Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of Georg and Bertha (Andrewson) Nelson. She was preceded in death by her parents; twin brother, John Nelson; brother in law; John Auwerda; two nephews, Richard and Robert Auwerda and one great nephew, Jake Auwerda.
Virginia lived in Wheaton and graduated from Wheaton College Academy in 1954. She attended Wheaton College and North Central College, graduating with a bachelor’s in science degree. She then taught physical education in Aurora and Wheaton and directed camp in the summers. Mostly in the Salvation Army Camps, the camps came in a variety of youth, music, golden age, blind and deaf. This led to becoming a Salvation Army officer and was sent to Kewanee to work with the children to the elderly. We wanted to do something for the Senior Citizens of Kewanee, so we formed a committee to bring about a Senior Center, after quick growth, it became the Henry County Senior Citizens Inc. Virginia gave 37 years to this organization. She was active on the state level, she was a member of the Association of Illinois Senior Centers and former president of that organization. She was also a member of the Illinois Coalition on Aging and was former president there as well. She served as chair of the Illinois Delegation to the 1995 White House Conference on Aging. She received woman of the year from the Kewanee Business and Professional Women’s in 1983 and later the outstanding Citizen of the Year Award from the Ambassadors Club.
Virginia’s hobbies included, collecting and giving programs on antique dolls, and portraying some historic people, such as Florence Nightingale, Fanny Cosby, Mother Theresa, Mary, Mother of Jesus, Betsy Ross, Mary Todd Lincoln, and even Fred Francis.
Virginia is survived by her sister, Marion Auwerda, Keystone, NE; a twin brother; three nephews, David Auwerda, Ed Nelson, Ron Nelson; ten great nieces and nephews and four great, great nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. till time of service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Senior Citizens Center. Please leave an online condolence for Virginia’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Imogene (Ima) F. DeDecker of Marion, Iowa passed away from complications due to cancer at St. Luke’s Hospice in Cedar Rapids on Monday, November 19th, 2018. Private funeral services will be held at Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery in Cambridge, IL.
Ima was born on May 4th, 1947, the daughter of Francis and Leota Williams in Geneseo, IL. She is a 1965 graduate of Geneseo High School. Ima was united in marriage to Lynn M. DeDecker on June 3rd, 1967 at St Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Ima held several roles in the banking industry for 26 years. Ima enjoyed her exquisite flower garden, home decorating, reading, and having coffee with her friends. Most of all, Ima adored spending time with her grandchildren and spoiling them, especially at Christmas. She also loved shopping with her daughter, Abby. Ima always put the interests and needs of others ahead of her own.
Those left to cherish the memories include her husband, Lynn DeDecker, of Marion, IA; son, Todd (Janna) DeDecker, of Andover, IL; daughters, Shelli (Aaron) Lytle, of Cedar Falls, IA and Abby DeDecker of Marion, IA. Her grandchildren are, Addisen, Amara and Evan Lytle, of Cedar Falls, IA and Danielle and Erica DeDecker of Kitchener, Ontario. Ima is also survived by sisters, Peggy Williams, Rosetta Peiffer, Brenda (Greg) Van Opdorp, and brother, Rodney (Janice) Williams, all of Geneseo. Ima was preceded in death by her parents, and nephew.
Elizabeth A. “Liz” Shaner, 73, of Neponset, IL, passed away on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at her home. According to her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Elizabeth Shaner Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home and Crematory, Atkinson, is in charge of these arrangements.
Liz was born on August 15, 1945, the daughter of Randall and Velma (Berry) Shaner, in Princeton, IL. She worked for many years in Los Angeles, CA, in the film industry, where she was a member of the Motion Picture Union, and specialized in painting and building sets for movies and commercials. Liz was very proud of her ability to faux paint, making plywood look like mountains or stone walls and tile floors. Liz will always be remembered for her very stubborn, yet warm and unique personality. No one who met her could easily forget her, as the song goes “She did it her way”.
Those left to cherish her memory include her beloved daughter, Cory Shaner, of Kewannee, IL, brother, Dennis (Bernadette) Shaner, of Neponset, IL, her twin sister, Virginia Fujino, of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and sister, Suzanne Quinn, of Naples, FL. Liz was preceded in death by her parents, Randall and Velma.
Jacqueline L. Mannon, 81, of Neponset, died at 8:38 p.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Private services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 25 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Jacqueline Mannon Memorial Fund.
She was born December 5, 1936 in Kewanee, the daughter of Frank and Gladys (Richards) Rotz. She married Clyde H. Mannon on September 18, 1954 in Kewanee and he preceded her in death on March 22, 2000. Survivors include two sons, Clyde (Karen) Mannon Jr. of Foley, AL and Michael (Donna) Mannon of Geneseo, her daughter, Michelle Mannon of Neponset, seven grandchildren; Chris (Nicole), Jake (Sara), Nick, Samantha, Nichole, Michael and Patrick and eight great grandchildren with one on the way. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Frank.
Jacqueline worked as a postal carrier in Sheffield and had also farmed. She loved her dogs and horses and donating to the Humane Society. She enjoyed crocheting, ceramics and baking and she especially enjoyed her family and spending time with her grandchildren. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Steven M. Swanson, 56, of Geneseo, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at his home. Cremation has been accorded and a private graveside service will be held on Monday, November 19 at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be directed to the Steven Swanson Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Homes and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.
Steven was born on December 25, 1961, the son of Darrell and Norma (Wirth) Swanson, in Geneseo, IL. He attended Geneseo High School. He worked as a heavy equipment operator, and worked through local labor unions. Steven was united in marriage to Kimberly Beuseling, on March 23, 1985. They later divorced. Steve was an avid outdoorsman, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Those left to cherish his memory include his mother, Norma, his children, Brandi (Kyle) Russell, and Austin Swanson, both of Davenport, IA, brother, Terry (Carol) Swanson, of Paris, TX and two nieces, Tabatha and Scarlett Swanson. Steven was preceded in death by his father, Darrell and his brother, Scott Swanson.
Lois Marie Robb, 79, of Moline, formerly of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 19, 2018 at First Congregational Church in Moline, IL. Reverend Michael Schwartz will officiate. Private burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will take place on Sunday, November 18, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, additional visitation will be held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at the church, prior to the funeral service on Monday. Memorials may be directed to the Lois Robb Memorial Fund.
Lois was born on November 27, 1938, the daughter of George and Luella (Goerne) Gahm, in Streator, IL. She graduated from Streator High School, and received her degree in nursing at Methodist School of Nursing in Peoria, IL. Lois was united in marriage to James W. Robb on March 31, 1959. They later divorced and James preceded her in death in 2004. Lois was a nurse at the Brokaw Hospital in Bloomington-Normal, IL. In 1976, Lois and the family moved to Geneseo, and became a nurse at the Family Medical Association, as well as working part-time at Hammond Henry Hospital, retiring after 30 years. During her time in school, Lois was very proud to have been a part of the Streator High School Synchronized Swimming Team! She is a long-time member of Tops and Red Hat Society. She enjoyed dancing, sewing, and spending time in her flower garden. Lois loved spending time traveling with her long-time companion Larry. She will be very missed by her beloved cat Molly.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughters; Susan Clary, of Morrison, IL, Sheri (Dave) Emmert, of Sycamore, IL, and Sally ( John) Heggeland, of Naperville, IL, nine grandchildren, her brother, Richard Gahm, of Hamilton Ohio, and sister, Elsie VonKerens, of Lockport, IL. Lois is also survived by her fiancé, Larry Gillam, of Moline, IL. Lois was preceded in death by her parents, George and Luella.
Lois A. Smith, 91, of Galva, died at 1:28 a.m., Monday, November 12, 2018 at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Tricia Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 16 at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Galva or to the Sarcoma Foundation of American.
She was born August 6, 1927 in Galva, the daughter of Carl and Anna (Lindholm) Erickson. She married Dale S. “Smitty” Smith on July 4, 1947 and he preceded her in death on September 24, 2017. Survivors include four sons; Jerry (Donna) Smith and William “Bill” (Tammy) Smith, both of Galva, John (Therese) Smith of Pingree Grove, IL and Bruce Smith of Galva, four daughters; Jean (John) Huff of Galesburg, Loretta (Mike) Lamb of Gays, IL, Barbara (Ronald) Franklin of LaSalle, IL and Mary Jane “Chick” Johnson (Fred Carlson) of Sheffield, IL, 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Eleanor Ericson and a brother, Raymond.
Lois graduated from Galva High School in 1945. She worked at Dixline in Galva for 25 years retiring in 1991. In her early years she sang and took Swedish lessons to keep up with her family heritage. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva and she was a great cook and enjoyed cooking, crocheting, reading and doing oil paintings and jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She especially enjoyed visits with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was known as the “Queen” of catalog shopping and was known for her buttermilk brownies which were referred to as “Grandma Lois’s brownies.”
DeRollo Tirus Kelly, 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 11, 2018 with his wife of 63 years by his side.
DeRollo was born February 27, 1929 in Galva to Tirus “Ty” and Pearl Kelly. He was welcomed home by a sister, Berenice and his two brothers, Russell and Loyal. They preceded him in death. Another brother, Keith, passed before DeRollo was born. On April 17, 1955 he married Marilyn E. Bartz at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church UCC in Kewanee. Marilyn survives, as does his three sons, Kim (Pam) Kelly, Mark (Rochelle) Kelly and Tom (Karen) Kelly. He is also survived by grandchildren; Jeremiah, Hilary, Kirsten, Seth, Sierra, Rebecca and William and his great grandchildren; Miah, Willow, Piper, Kelly and Beckham.
DeRollo’s life was one centered around family, work and service. While a student at Galva High School, he was employed at the Galva News arising early each morning to go to work before starting his school day and then returning to work once the school day was done. After graduating from GHS in 1947 he continued to work at the Galva News until joining the Army serving in Germany during the Korean War. After his service to our country, he returned to Galva and worked as a shipping clerk at Lily Tulip until its closing. He then joined the staff at the Galva School District serving as grade school janitor until his retirement in 1992. For over 40 years he also served as church custodian at the First United Methodist Church in Galva where he was a lifelong member. He was also a member of several organizations. During his young adult years, he was a drummer in the Black Knights Drum and Bugle Corp. He was a proud member of the Galva Odd Fellows serving as Grand Noble, the Galva Masonic Lodge, serving as Master, the Galva Manx Society and the Galva American Legion.
He was a talented artist leaving his contributions in the murals painted inside his church and in his beautiful colorings treasured by his family. He loved to travel, and he and Marilyn took many adventures spending their time camping and enjoying the country he loved. He enjoyed bowling and was known to pitch a wicked game of horseshoes. He will be missed but will live on through those who were blessed to know him.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 16 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Rev. Tricia Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Masonic rites at 6:45 p.m. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or to the Galva Senior Citizens Center.
Theodore D. Vlahos (“Ted”), 91, of La Grange Park, IL, formerly of Kewanee, died Monday morning, November 5th. Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 17th at 10:00 a.m. at Schueneman Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, with Rev.Dr. Ciprian Sas officiating. Interment will be at the Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee where Military Rites will be conducted by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be Friday, November 16th from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with the Trisagion service starting at 6:30 p.m at the funeral home.
Ted was born in Kewanee, IL, the son of the late David and Amelia (Kaldis) Vlahos. In 1955, he married the late Penelope Stavros in Moline, IL. He is survived by three daughters: Emily (Mark) Rehn, Pamela (Ken) Mott, and Mary (Chris) Velisaris, LaGrange, IL. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Dianna (fiancé Andrew Mohrmann) and Katherin Rehn (fiancé Stephen Wong), Theodore and John Mott, and Christopher and Madalyn Velisaris. Preceding him in death aside from his parents and wife were three sisters, Anastasia Canellos, Aphrodite Velon and Helen Johnson.
Ted attended Kewanee Schools as a youth, but ended up graduating from Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago. Ted then attended Monmouth College. Due to family financial problems, he left college and went to work at Peoples Cleaners, which he then purchased. He worked there for four years before he served two years in the Army, including one year with the Third Infantry Division as an officer in Korea. Upon his release from the army he organized the National Guard unit in Kewanee.
In 1958, he signed the very first franchise agreement with Sandy’s Franchise Company, later Hardee’s, during the dawn of the fast food business. At one time, he owned seventeen restaurants, the last of which he sold in 2000. In 1969, he founded Rochelle Broadcasting Company, an A.M.-F.M. radio station, serving as president of the company until he sold his share in 2018. In 1975, he and his wife, Penny, opened The Gazebo, a women’s ready to wear store in Kewanee, followed by The Emporium, another women’s clothing and bridal store. They sold the stores in 1985 when Penny retired from the business.
Ted was very active in his community. He was Chairman of a committee to pass a referendum establishing a municipal airport in Kewanee. He also worked to pass a referendum establishing a community college in Kewanee; then served on the Board of Trustees to ensure the buildings were built. Ted served nine years on the Kewanee Hospital Foundation Board, serving as President the last three years. One of his many accomplishments on the board was bringing the Kidney Dialysis Department to Kewanee. In 1999, he was presented with the Kewanee Citizen of the Year Award. From 1970 to 1974 he served as National Financial Chairman for Monmouth College.
Ted was also active in his church, serving on the church board and as a teacher to high school students. He was a member of Leadership 100 and an Archon of The Ecumenical Patriarchate. Ted was a member of Holy Apostles Church, Westchester, Il; All Saints Church in Peoria; St. Peter the Apostle Mission, Jupiter, FL and St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Rock Island, IL.
Ted was a lifetime member of the Third U.S. Infantry Division Society and the V.F.W. He was also a member of the American Legion and a member of “Outpost Harry Survivor Association.
Ted loved his church, his Hellenic heritage and his hometown, Kewanee.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Peoria, or Black Hawk East College Foundation (Vlahos Scholarship). Please leave an online condolence for Ted’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Todd E. Milnes, 57, of Bradford, formerly of Neponset, died, Sunday, November 11, 2018 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Todd was born July 24, 1961 in Kewanee, the son of Howard and Carolyn (Gruszeczka) Milnes of Neponset. Todd attended High School in Neponset.
Todd is survived by his parents; three daughters, Sarah Milnes, Kewanee, Samantha (Jeff) Giese, Bradford, Stefie (Tony) Stodghill, Buda; brothers, Jeff Milnes (Gypsie Bowyer), Bradford, Mitch (Sandy) Milnes, Tampico; sister, Tami Pyle, Neponset; five grandsons; four granddaughters; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Pete and Ellen Milnes.
Todd worked as a Machinist for Penberthy, Prophetstown. Todd served in the United States Navy. Todd enjoyed sports, following all the Illinois teams. He also enjoyed antiquing. His nickname was “Sporty”. He especially enjoyed watching family play at basketball games. Todd loved spending time with his family and friends.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 am, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Brian Giese to officiate. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset. Visitation will be from 4:00-6:00 pm, Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Kewanee Food Pantry. Please leave an online condolence for Todd’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
Zachary Paul Peterson, 26, of Kewanee, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at his home.
Private services will be held at Princeville Cemetery, but friends are encouraged to attend the visitation which will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 14 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Zachary Peterson Memorial Fund in c/o State Bank of Toulon (Kewanee Banking Center).
Zachary was born February 25, 1992 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, the son of Ginger K. Peterson. His mother, Ginger Schupbach, was tragically killed in an automobile accident on July 12, 2003. Her sister, Rebecca and her husband Robert Heck of Kewanee, adopted him, cared for him and loved him as their own son.
Rebecca and Robert survive of Kewanee, as do his cousins that he lived with for many years and he knew as his family; Alexis, Simon and Benjamin who knew him as their big brother. Zachary is also survived by his siblings, Jake of Avon, Allie of Galva, Nathan, stationed at Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA, Andrew of Avon and Ethel of Peoria, his maternal grandparents, Ronald and June Peterson of Wyoming and several aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews, cousins and half-siblings. He was preceded in death by a brother, Daniel and two uncles, Jacob and Nathaniel.
Zachary attended Kewanee Schools until he was accepted to Phillip J. Rock Center and School for the deaf and disabled in Glenn Ellyn. He attended there until he graduated in 2014. He had since lived at home and had begun his favorite endeavor at Abilities Plus where he made many new friends and looked forward to going to his work every day. He had competed at the Special Olympics and had won many awards.
He enjoyed puzzles, motorcycles, football and family outings. Zac was a boy so filled with love and his favorite things to do were to help cook meals for his family, help with anything he could and to give the biggest, sweetest and warmest hugs. Zac truly loved his family and his time with them. He was a young man who couldn’t hear but was always there to listen and to help anyone in need. He will be sorrowfully missed as life will simply never be the same without him.
Mary C. Anderson, 68, of rural Cambridge, died Thursday, November 8, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family. A private graveside committal service will be held on Monday, November 12th, at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. A Celebration of Life service will be at a later date in Bishop Hill. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to the OSF Hospice in Galesburg. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Mary Catherine Anderson was born October 11, 1950, in Moline, the daughter of Milton F. and Aylene M. Walsh Anderson. She was educated in Cambridge schools and graduated from Cambridge High School in 1968. Mary attended the University of Illinois in Champagne for two years before moving to California. She was a medical clerk and union shop steward at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California for 25 years. There she met her future husband, Lew Maggiora, and they were married on March 1, 1987.
In the 1970s, Marry was a "Founding Mother" of the clerical union for all of Alameda County and was president of the union in the 1980's. Her interests were playing Bridge, gardening, mowing, sale shopping, and being a caregiver for family and friends. She danced with the Jane Brown Theatre of Classical and Modern Ballet in Oakland for 20 years. Mary was a member and past president of the Cambridge Social Hour Club and a former member of the Cambridge Lutheran Church.
Those surviving are her husband, Lewis Maggiora, Cambridge, a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Richard Hansen, Kankakee, IL, a niece, a nephew, five great nieces and great nephews, and her cat, Summer. Her parents and a brother, Michael Anderson, preceded her in death.
Jeneiva “Jenny” M. Jennings, 91, of Galva, died at 6:50 a.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 10 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Galva.
She was born August 28, 1927 in Rushville, IL, the daughter of James and Erma (Green) Roudebush. She married Galen E. “Gene” Jennings on June 9, 1946 in Rushville, IL and he preceded her in death on November 30, 2009. Survivors include her two daughters, Sharon (Frank) Bainbridge of Galva and Pam (Leonard) Nicolay of Kewanee, three grandchildren; Chris Bainbridge, Kelli (Scott) Kursock and Mindi Collins, eight great grandchildren; Jordan, Jessica, Jacey, Alex, Brayden, Hannah, Jacey and Harper, a great-great grandchild, Walker and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, seven brothers and a sister in infancy.
Jenny had worked at the Gamble Store and Ben Franklin in Galva and at the Colony Store in Bishop Hill until the age of 84. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva where she was active in Sunday School. She enjoyed sewing and gardening and she especially enjoyed spending time with her family and being around people.
On November 6, 2018, Paul Shoemaker, 66, journeyed on to be with his Lord and Savior. He leaves behind a lifetime of laughter, friendship, and sharing his faith in Christ. Growing up in the countryside north of Geneseo, Paul cultivated a love and appreciation for nature, wildlife, and all of God’s creations that would last throughout his life. During his early years, Paul enjoyed playing ball with cousins, fishing, hunting, life on the farm, hunting morel mushrooms, and spending time with family. Paul was also a great storyteller, and later in life loved sharing tales of his many adventures afield with family and friends. He had a boundless love of music and always seemed to have a song to share. Paul developed many friendships around town over the years, walking the streets of Geneseo daily to share a few laughs and songs with friends along the way, always with a worn out Bible in tow. He was never shy about his love for Christ and sharing the Gospel message. Paul was one of a kind. His sense of humor, his laugh, his stories, and endless passion for the Lord will be dearly missed by the many lives he touched.
Paul was preceded in death by parents, John and June Shoemaker; sister, Patricia VanHerzeele; and brother, Charles Shoemaker. He is survived by nieces and nephews Kathy VanHerzeele, Atkinson; Bruce VanHerzeele, Geneseo; Jason Shoemaker, Prophetstown; Michelle Rolley, Bloomington; and Justin Shoemaker, Geneseo; sister-in-law Gloria Shoemaker; and sister-in-Christ Linda Schillinger and family.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, November 9, at New Life/Watermark Church, 807 W. Elk St., Geneseo, IL. A lunch will follow at the church, then inurnment at Ebenezer Cemetery. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
Frances O. “Tiny” Wall, 84, of Kewanee, passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 10, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Per her wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.
Frances was born on May 8, 1934, the daughter of William R. and Josie K. (Jeffries) Crain, in Horsecave, KY. She is a graduate of Wyanet High School. Frances was united in marriage to Erline R. Wall on December 25, 1953, in Kewanee, IL. Erline preceded her in death in 2009. Frances was employed at Champion Co. in Princeton for several years and later at the Harper & Wyman Co. in Princeton for 23 years. She retired in 1995. Frances enjoyed the outdoors and loved to go fishing and mushroom hunting. Frances was known for, and loved to entertain guests in her home while Erline was serving in the military.
Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Carl C. Wall, of Mapleton, IL, daughters; Lori (Tim) Conley, of FL, and Teresa (Roger) Schoutteet, of Kewanee, 6 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and her sister, Genevia Travis, of Wyanet, IL.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, William and Josie, husband, Erline, a son, Curtis Wall, 6 brothers, and 3 sisters.
Frank J. Clayes, 87, of Kewanee, died peacefully at 12:40 a.m., Friday, November 2, 2018 at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Don Reul will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family.
He was born February 18, 1931 in Kewanee the son of Frank and Hazel (Fultz) Clayes. He married Roxie Popejoy and she died in 1996. Frank later married Barbara Smith and she died in 2017. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jon Clayes, and a son, Frank III. Survivors include a brother Lawrence (Betty) Clayes of Kewanee, grandsons Kenny and Jon Clayes of Kewanee, two step-daughters, Fran Petty and Ethel (Les) Murphy of Kewanee, a daughter-in-law Marie of Kewanee, four nephews David, Jon, Larry, and Terry, a niece, Theresa, and several step-grandchildren.
Frank had attended Kewanee High School. He had worked as a cement mason for over fifty years. Frank enjoyed hunting, trap shooting at Baker Park, and fishing at local canals and strip-mines. Frank was a true outdoorsman and cherished his time with his friends and family.
William “Bill” August Doye, 84, of Kewanee, died on November 1, 2018 at OSF St. Luke Medical Center, Kewanee. Bill was born February 13, 1934, in Kewanee, the son of Donald Edward Doye and Alice Deliah Hotz. Bill married Virginia Ann Jenkin on September 5, 1954 at the Baptist Church, Kewanee, she survives.
Bill is also survived by one daughter, Jayne Dolieslager, Kewanee; two granddaughters, Jennifer (Kevin Neuleib) Boelens and Jessika Boelens, both of Kewanee; one great granddaughter, Danielle Neuleib; two great grandsons, Carver Neuleib and Jeffry Boelens-Darding; and one sister, Joyce Stephens, Coal Valley. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jeffry Doye; brother, Donald Doye; and son-in-law, Greg Dolieslager.
Bill served in the Army during the Korean War. Bill worked as an Owner Operator and visited every state. Bill enjoyed watching TV and was an avid Cubs and Bears fan. Bill also enjoyed spending time with his granddaughters and great grandchildren, he loved running them around for various activities and enjoyed going to their sporting events. He also loved John Deere memorabilia and tinkering in the garage.
Visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 am, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A Memorial Service will be at 11:00 am, Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the funeral home. Pastor Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial fund to be established. Please leave an online condolence for Bill’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.
James Richard “Jim” Turley, 82, of Kewanee, died at 10:20 p.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at his home.
Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 6 at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield, IL where military rites will be accorded. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, November 16 at the Kewanee Elks Lodge. Memorials may be directed to the American Legion for wounded veterans and their families. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born January 12, 1936 in Springfield, IL, the son of Thomas Orville and Annetta (Nokes) Turley. Survivors include his wife, Rae of Kewanee, two sons, Richard (Vicki) Turley and Jack (Lynn) Turley, both of Kewanee, a daughter, Jerri Pettersson of Hampton, GA, a brother, George (Virginia) Turley of Chatham, IL, two sisters, Annetta “Babe” Books of Sherman, IL and Christine Turner of Chatham, IL, five grandchildren; Chris Matuszyk, Amanda Mutszyk, Travis Turley, Dana Turley and Lisa Hampton and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters.
Jim graduated from Lanphier High School in January of 1954. He joined the U.S. Air Force in January of 1955 and served his country until October 20, 1958. He married Jeanne “Rae” Perritt on November 22, 1957 in El Paso, TX. They moved to Springfield, IL where they lived until he went to work for General Telephone Company. He worked for them in Kewanee, Monmouth and then back to Kewanee where he worked until he retired after 30 years. While in Monmouth he was a member of the Jaycees and is a member of the Kewanee Elks Lodge #724 and a co-founder of the Kewanee Ducks Unlimited. He enjoyed doing handy-man work, going on cruises, “tinkering” in his garage, playing solitaire on his computer and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Jim loved his family with all his heart and was always there for them. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Joyce L. Horack, 77, of Kewanee, died at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at her home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, November 3 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Pastor Stephen McGough will officiate. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, November 2 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the American Diabetes Association or to Encounter Church.
She was born January 28, 1941 in Kewanee, the daughter Fred and Berniece (Despain) Currier. She married Geoffrey K. Horack on October 20, 1963 in Kewanee. Survivors include her husband of Kewanee, son, Geoffrey D. (Jeanie) Horack of Bradford, two sisters, Shirley Zimmerman and Diane (John) Puskar, both of Kewanee, three grandchildren; Matthew K. Horack, Andrew D. Horack and Elizabeth R. Horack and several nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Jeffrey Burdett Horack in infancy.
Joyce graduated from Kewanee High school in 1959. She did house cleaning and had worked as an inserter for the Star Courier. She was a member of Encounter Church. She enjoyed working, flower gardening, watching the birds and especially enjoyed her family and grandchildren.