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Russell D. "Dean" Green

Russell D. “Dean” Green, 85, of Williamsfield, died at 1:11 a.m., Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 18 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rev. Jennifer Seder will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.
He was born March 7, 1933 in Laura, IL, the son of Luther and Margaret (Merritt) Green. He married Karen Kaye Lomax on September 1, 1954 in Lewistown, IL. Survivors include his wife of Williamsfield, four daughters; Melody (Jeff) Matthews of Garland, TX, Deana (Rob) Bush of Rio, Robin Eastburg of Galesburg and Sherry (Jim) Hanna of Rio, two sisters, Sheryl Swanson of Peoria and Vada Kavachvich of Canton, five grandchildren; Joshua (Kasey) Kramer, Kyle (Sarah) Elkins, Sarah Hanna, Leah Hanna and Robby Dean Bush, six great grandchildren with one on the way and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bernard and Gordon.
Dean worked as a coalminer for Pioneer Mine in Laura and for MECO and also drove a truck for FS and Lozier Oil Company. He attended the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed getting together with his coalminer friends and he especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren. 

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Kerin D. Billingsly

Kerin D. Billingsly, 52, of Galva, died at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, January 13, 2019 in the emergency room at OSF Saint Luke Medical Center in Kewanee.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 19 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Rev. Trisha Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church. Private inurnment will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.
She was born May 25, 1966 in Galesburg, the daughter of Don and Pat (Garrison) Nelson. She married Rick A. Billingsly on June 5, 2006 in Gainesville, FL. Survivors include her husband of Galva, her son, Ryan Billingsly of Pekin, two brothers, Brian Nelson of Colorado and Brandon Nelson of North Carolina, a sister, Carla Goddard of Arizona and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Kerin graduated from Galva High School in 1984 and had taken nursing classes at BHE. She served her country in the Air Force. She had worked as manager of a gas station in Gainesville, FL. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Galva and was a collector of Willow Tree Angels. 

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Rosemarie Sisson

Rosemarie Sisson, 94, of Geneseo, died Monday, January 14, 2019, at Hillcrest Home, rural Geneseo.  Cremation has been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, January 17th, at the Cambridge Chapel of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services.  Rev. Jim Aniol will officiate.  Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge.  Visitation will be from noon to 1:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Rosemarie Sisson Memorial Fund.

Rosemarie Moulton was born September 20, 1924 in Kewanee, the daughter of William A. and Elizabeth F. 
Golden Moulton.  She was educated in Kewanee area schools.  Her marriage to Amos Sisson took place on September 7, 1947 in Kewanee.  The couple lived in Cambridge until 1962 when they moved to East Moline.  He passed away April 3, 1999.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed her family.

Those surviving are her grandchildren, Chris Cordell, Brookfield, MO, Jeffery (Nancy) Smith, Blytheville, SC, Angela (Matt) Eads, Leesville, SC, Matthew (Grace) Sisson, East Moline, Joseph Sisson, Colona, and a daughter-in-law, Judy Howell, Cleveland, GA.  Other survivors include ten great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren, and a sister, Harriet Saey, Kewanee.
Her parents, her husband, a daughter, Betty Jean Cordell, two sons, Bill Howell and Jerry Sisson, five sisters and    four brothers preceded her in death.  The family would like to thank the staff at Hillcrest Home and the Heartland Hospice for their excellent care.

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Larry "Nick" DeWayne Nichols

Larry “Nick” DeWayne Nichols, 83, of Peoria, formerly of Galva, died peacefully at the home of his daughter with family by his side on Saturday, January 12, 2019.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 17 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 16 at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded following the services. Memorials may be directed to the Larry Nichols Memorial Fund
He was born December 5, 1935 in Galva, the son of Clyde and Norene (Anderson) Nichols. He married Joyce Aden on June 29, 1958 in Galva. Survivors include his wife of Peoria, two sons, Tebbert A. Nichols (Jeff Metz) of Peoria and Nathaniel D. Nichols (Jessica) of Galva, his daughter, Tahnee Watson (Mick Gerard) of Galva, two brothers, Robert (Laura) Nichols of Galesburg and Jeff Nichols of Mankato, MN, two sisters, JoAnn Delacruz and Jeanette (Mark) Ship, both of Galesburg, grandchildren; Matthew Sopiars (Bilyana Boeva) of Belgrade, Belgium, Jacob (Sara) Sopiars of Stuttgart, Germany, Aleksandr (Katrina) Sopiars of Trenton, IL and Elyssa and Peyton Sopiars, both of Galva and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Mary Jo Hulsey of Galesburg.
Larry graduated from Galva High School in 1953 and attended Brown’s Business College in Galesburg. He served his country in the U.S. Army serving time in Germany. He was the manager of the Galva CO-OP for 27 years and moved to Trenton, IL until his retirement. He later moved back to Galva to work as a grain merchandiser for Knobloch Grain and Rumbold & Kuhn. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams fan. Larry was involved in many athletics including; baseball, golf and bowling and loved wagering. He was very involved with his grandchildren and their athletics and attended as many of their games and meets as he could.

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Allen J. VanMeenen

Allen J. VanMeenen, 60, of Moline, passed away on Sunday, January 13, 2019, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home on Wednesday. Memorials may be directed to the Allen J. VanMeenen Memorial Fund.

Allen was born on July 30, 1958, the son of Alvin E. and Carol L. (Morgan) VanMeenen, in Geneseo, IL. He is a graduate of Geneseo High School and attended Black Hawk College. Allen married Susan Hancock. He later married Joyce Betcher. 

Those surviving him include his sons, Curtis VanMeenen, Kewanee, and Andrew VanMeenen, Moline; mother, Carol VanMeenen, Atkinson; and two brothers, Greg (Merry) VanMeenen, Geneseo, and Alvin VanMeenen Jr, Atkinson.

Allen was preceded by his grandparents, father, Alvin VanMeenen Sr., and his sister-in-law, Brenda VanMeenen.

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Mary Ann VanDeWoestyne

Mary Ann VanDeWoestyne, 90, of Geneseo, passed away on Thursday, January, 10, 2019, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, IA, surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will officiate. Burial will follow at North Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House or the Geneseo Humane Society.

Mary Ann was born on March 18, 1928, the daughter of Walter and Mary (VanOpdorp) Rahn, in Moline, IL. She graduated from Geneseo High School with the class of 1946. Mary Ann was united in marriage to Kenneth VanDeWoestyne on January 10, 1948, in Geneseo. Kenneth preceded her in death on January 22, 2012. She assisted her husband, Kenny, on their dairy farm in rural Geneseo for many years, and was an excellent homemaker and mother. Mary Ann was a member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and was a member of the Altar & Rosary Society, Circle 9. She was also active in the Mending Hearts group at Hammond Henry Hospital, and her neighborhood card club. Mary Ann also looked forward to and enjoyed attending her Tuesday morning coffee club at Lisa’s Place in Atkinson. She enjoyed flower gardening and was known for her baking skills.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children, Sharon VanDeWoestyne, Geneseo, Keith VanDeWoestyne, Geneseo, Sue (Grant) Hatch, Colona, Kevin (Susan) VanDeWoestyne, Osco, and Sally (Dwayne) Croegaert, Geneseo. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Kate (James) Jones, Colona, Kyle VanDeWoestyne, Osco, step-grandson, Lucas (Amanda) Croegaert, and three step-great-grandchildren.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mary, her husband, Kenny, and by a sister, Phyllis Anthony.

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Marvin L. "Gus" Gustafson

Marvin L. “Gus” Gustafson, 85, of Galva, died at 11:20 a.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, January 14 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva. Pastor Tricia Chapman will officiate. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m., Sunday, January 13 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church.
He was born on October 9, 1933 in Kewanee, the son of Emil and Selma (Johnson) Gustafson. He married LuAnn Spillman on October 25, 1959 at the First United Methodist Church in Galva.  He is survived by his wife and his children, Jeffrey (Janeen) Gustafson of Streator, IL and Jill (Rodney) DeClerk of Franklin, TN, four grandchildren; Ryan DeClerk, Cameron (Amanda) DeClerk, Courtney DeClerk and Erin DeClerk, two step-grandchildren, Jarret (Ji Jeong) Kurber and Joshua Kurber, two great-grandchildren, Avery and Adelynn DeClerk, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers; Lennart, Laurence, Oscar and Harold and three sisters; Agnes White, Helen Hultgren and Edith Polson.
Marvin graduated from Galva High School in 1951. He served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He had worked as a machinist at Outboard Marine Corporation and later retired from the State of Illinois highway department. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Wesley Weds, the Hagburg-Hamlin American Legion, the Lake Calhoun Country Club and the Wednesday Night Bowling League. In earlier years, he played softball for the Bishop Hill Swedes. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and a die-hard Cubs fan. He enjoyed playing cards, golfing, bowling, going for coffee and traveling and wintering in Florida. He especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

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Harvey Andrew "Andy" Baysingar

Harvey Andrew “Andy” Baysingar, 82, of Kewanee, died at 9:35 a.m., Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at his home.
Cremation will be accorded and a memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, January 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Very Rev. Jerry Rafalko will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Abilities Plus, OSF Hospice or to Illinois Cancer Care.
He was born May 10, 1936 in Brimfield, the son of Ernest and Cloey (Alexander) Baysingar. He married Patricia “Pat” Callahan on June 26, 1965 in Peoria. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, two sons, Jason (Melissa) Baysingar of Hoffman Estates, IL and Jerry (Jeanette) Baysingar of Wellington, CO, two sisters, Pat George and Ernestine Lowry, three grandchildren; Gabby, Addisyn and Reagan and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings; Robert, Christine, Virginia, Elizabeth and Henry.
Andy was owner and operator of Baysingar Antiques in Kewanee since 1969. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

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Ricky J. Zapisek

Ricky J. Zapisek, 60, of Kewanee, died Saturday, January 5, 2019 at his home, after a hard fought battle with cancer. Ricky was born September 24, 1958 in Kewanee, the son of Joseph and Mary Ann (Wager) Zapisek. He attended Kewanee High School and graduated with the Class of 1976. 
Ricky is survived by his mother, Mary Ann, Kewanee; one son, Jacob Brody, Davenport, IA; grandson, Blake Brody, Davenport, IA; brother, Terry Zapisek, Collinsville, IL; a sister, Cindy (Ken) VanWassenhove, Kewanee; a special friend called “Honey” Joanie Marsh, Kewanee, many nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.
Ricky worked for Crane Trucking and retired after 30 years. He loved sports, especially the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. He was an avid fan of dirt track racing, following Bollinger Racing. Most of all, Ricky enjoyed spending time with his family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Pastor Andrew Christman to officiate. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude or to a charity of donor’s choice. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence for Ricky’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com

 

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Shirley Elaine Egert

Shirley Elaine Egert, 90, of Moline, formerly of Kewanee, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Center in Peoria, Illinois.  Cremation rites have been accorded. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Saint John Paul II Catholic Church in Kewanee, Illinois. Reverend Jeremy Freehill will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Friday, January 11, 2019, at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Rosary will be at 4:30 pm, prior to visitation at the funeral home. 

Shirley was born on September 21, 1928, in Kewanee, to Leslie and Teresa (Rigg) Stauffer. She married William Egert on June 17, 1950. He preceded her in death on May 11, 1974. After raising her seven children, she worked as an administrative legal secretary and office manager for the Henry County State’s Attorney’s Office for 19 years. Shirley then worked as a bailiff for 14 years at the Rock Island County Courthouse. 

Shirley had a vibrant and fun-loving personality that drew people to her. She loved social gatherings with family and friends and especially enjoyed watching the sporting events of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Shirley had a passion for the Chicago Bulls and enjoyed watching NBA games. She was a former member of the Midland Country Club. 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Verlin Stauffer. Shirley is survived by her seven children, Melinda See of Peoria, Illinois, William Egert of Scottsdale, Arizona, Michael (Michaela) Egert of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Mary Melissa Underwood of Pekin, Illinois, Maribeth (James) Dura of Edwards, Illinois, Marcia (Joe) Becker of Peoria, Illinois, and Mary Michele (Thomas) Lofgren of Rock Island, Illinois; 17 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Richard L. Owens Hospice Center in Peoria and St. Pius X Catholic Church in Rock Island. Please leave an online condolence for Shirley’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com. 

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Dan T. Anderson

Dan T. Anderson, 68, of Davenport, died Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport.  Cremation has been accorded and a Celebration of Life gathering will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 9th, at Montana Jack's in Moline.  Private interment of the cremains will take place in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, at a later date.  Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge, is assisting the family with the arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Harvest Bible Chapel in  Davenport or a charity of the donor's choice.

Danny Thomas Anderson was born June 10, 1950 in Geneseo, the son of Robert N. and Lois Phillis Anderson, Sr.  He was educated in Cambridge and Orion schools and graduated from Orion High School in 1968.  Dan attended Black Hawk College in Moline.  His marriage to Pamela Bowers took place on May 21, 1972 in Orion.  They later divorced.

He grew up on the farm, drove semis, and graduated into a successful nationally known car salesman.  He never met a stranger.  Dan was currently the service manager at Mississippi Truck and Trailer in Rock Island.  He was a member of the Harvest Bible Chapel in Davenport, enjoyed socializing with friends and family and enjoying a Miller Lite.  When asked, he was always "on top of the world".

Those surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Amy and David Johnson, Viola, a son and daughter-in-law, Gabe and Shari Anderson, Yuma, TN, four grandchildren, Cathryn Albright, Nashville, TN, Seth Johnson, Viola, Chever Harkey, Ft. Steward, GA, and Shaelee Harkey, Viola.  Other survivors include two brothers, Robert Anderson Jr., Andover, and Ronald Anderson, Lynn Center.  His parents, an infant sister, Cindy Lou, and a granddaughter, Emily Johnson, preceded him in death.

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Susan E. McFail

Susan E. McFail, 76, of Kewanee, died Friday, January 4, 2019 at Kewanee Care. Susan was born August 4, 1942 in Rock Falls, IL, the daughter of George and Margaret (Melbourne) Seidel. Susan graduated from Wethersfield High School with the class of 1960. Susan married Chester Kemerling, Sr., he preceded her in death in 1979. She later married George DeVenney, he also preceded her in death in 1988.

Susan is survived by one son, Chester “Chet” Kemerling Jr., Kewanee; one granddaughter, Caityln Kemerling, Kewanee; two brothers, George “Ed” (Ulla Jean) Seidel, Sr., Romeoville, IL, James M. (Heather) Seidel, League City, IL; one sister, Anita L. Seidel, Orlando, FL; four nephews and one niece. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two step-daughters, Crellin Longenbach, Rhonda Kemerling; and one sister, Arlene Kemerling.

Susan worked as a waitress for Sugarbowl in Neponset, she currently was a housewife. Susan enjoyed fishing, watching tv, and playing on the computer. She was baptized by Rev. Thompson at the First United Methodist Church, Kewanee. She especially loved her family and giving her son and granddaughter a hard time.

Private services will be held at a later date. Burial will be Pleasant View Cemetery. Please leave an online condolence for Susan’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Bernard M. "Bernie" Steiner

Bernard M. “Bernie” Steiner 95 of Geneseo passed away on Friday January 4, 2019 at the Genesis Medical Center-East, Davenport Iowa after a brief illness. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 AM, Friday January 11 at St. Malachy Catholic Church, Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow at the Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo where Military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post #1303. Visitation for Bernie will be Thursday from 5-7 PM at the Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation in Bernie’s name to either St. Malachy School or the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. 
Bernie was born on August 16, 1923 in Granville, Illinois, the son of Antone & Mary Lesar Steiner. He graduated from United Township High School, East Moline, and St. Ambrose University, Davenport, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. In 1943 He joined the U.S. Navy during WWII. Bernie served our country at D-Day the Invasion of Normandy. He served until 1946 and then was enlisted in the Reserves and served our Country again During the Korean War. Bernie was united in marriage to Patricia Dralle on May 15, 1954 in East Moline. He had been an independent insurance broker in Geneseo as well as a real estate agent for 40 years, retiring in 2010, a career he truly loved and was very accomplished at. He was a 60-year member of St. Malachy Catholic Church, where he was an usher for 30 Years, and was a trustee on the Church Council. He was a faithful Catholic and never missed Mass, except once while serving in the Military. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW, Moose Lodge, He was one of the original St. Malachy School Board members when the school was founded. Bernie was a very avid golfer and a 50-year member of Short Hills Country Club in East Moline. He attended every John Deere Classic Tournament since its beginning 48 years ago, and was fortunate enough to have golfed across the country at some of the finest golf courses.

Survivors include his wife Patricia, daughters Melissa Steiner, Denver CO, Polly (Kelly) Sherbeyn, Geneseo, grandchildren Kurt Jensen, Bernard Sherbeyn, & Paxton Sherbeyn, sisters Beverly Hart Hemphill, RioVerde, AZ, and Patricia (James) Weir, Moline.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Tony, Joseph, and Victor, sisters Marie Bowling and Margaret Ossian.

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G. James Anderson

G. James Anderson, 89, of Geneseo, passed away on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 5, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Reverend Bruce Bergthold will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, where military honors will be accorded by the Don Cherry VFW Post. Visitation will be held from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., one hour prior to the funeral service, at the funeral home on Saturday. Memorials may be directed to the James Anderson Memorial Fund.

James was born on November 29, 1929, the son of Charles H. and Florence (Ensey) Anderson, in Cambridge, IL. He graduated from Dewitt High School in Dewitt, IA, and proudly served our country in the United States Army. James married Waunita Mattingly on December 27, 1951. She preceded him in death in 1966. James later married Doris Racic Bowers on August 10, 1969, in Geneseo. Doris also preceded him in death in 2016. James was a lifetime grain and livestock farmer in Munson Township. He also owned and operated Anderson Trucking for many years. James was a member of the First Congregational Church, the Geneseo Moose Lodge, and the KAAB Shrine. James loved taking his wife, Doris, for car rides, and the time he spent wintering in Florida. He also enjoyed golfing.

Those left to cherish his memory include his sons, Richard (Beverly) Anderson, of Bettendorf, IA, and Tim Anderson, of Geneseo; daughter, Pam (Mike) Anderson, of Oklahoma; daughter-in-law, Charlene Bowers, of East Moline, seven grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

James was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Florence, two spouses, Waunita and Doris, two sons, Mark Charles Anderson and Fred Bowers, and by his sister, Jean O’Donnell.

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Betty A. Laleman - Vroman

Betty A. Laleman - Vroman, 93, of Geneseo, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care in Geneseo, surrounded by her loving family. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Geneseo. Father Michael Pakula will celebrate. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 7, 2019, at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the Mass and private inurnment services will be held at North Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Betty Vroman Memorial Fund, to be distributed among several charitable organizations. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel, is assisting the family with these arrangements.

Betty was born on September 13, 1925, the daughter of Roy and Katherine (Ryan) McKenna, in Sterling, IL. She was united in marriage to Fred Laleman on April 7, 1945 in Prophetstown, IL. Fred preceded her in death in 1973. Betty married Alvin Vroman on February 28, 1976, in Geneseo, IL. Alvin preceded her in death in April, 2018. She worked at the Geneseo Junior High cafeteria for several years. Betty was a life time member of St. Malachy Catholic Church and was active in the Altar & Rosary Society, Circle #6. She was also a member of the Parents’ Club at St. Malachy Catholic School, and Cursillo. Betty was proud to have made one of the very first Cursillo weekends in the Diocese of Peoria.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, Ron Laleman, of Collinsville, IL, Rick (Connie) Laleman, of Bloomington, IL, Steve (Marjean) Laleman, of Geneseo, Tim (Deb) Laleman, of Geneseo, and Jeff (Sandy) Laleman, of Rock Falls, IL; daughters, Mary Beth Farber, and Marcia (Gregg) Swanson, both of Geneseo; 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren; sister, Jean Eyrich, of Prophetstown, IL and sister-in-law Bonnie Vroman. Betty is also survived by Al’s family, whom she loved, Dan (Betty Jo) Vroman, Jim Vroman, Tom (Laurie) Vroman, all of Hillsdale, IL and their eight children and 15 grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Katherine, husband, Fred, second husband, Alvin, seven brothers, five sisters and daughter-in-law, Bonnie Laleman.

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Donald Wayne Bullock

Donald Wayne Bullock, 89, of Kewanee, died peacefully at home while surrounded by his family on December 30, 2018.
Born in Kewanee to parents Glenn and Theo Bullock, Don grew up the oldest of three children and graduated from Kewanee High School.  Shortly after graduation, Don enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country in the Korean War.
In 1958, Don married Bernadine Benoodt and they had 5 children.  As they raised their family, Don worked at the boiler shop and later owned Bullock’s Heating and Air Conditioning. 
Don thoroughly enjoyed being in the outdoors and had an adventurous spirit.  He loved animals, gardening, riding and racing motorcycles, and flying planes and hang gliders.
Don is survived by his wife, Bernadine; his sons, Jon, Matt(Amy), and Andy(Jill) Bullock; daughters Beth (Donnie)Zipp and Kit(Brian) Layman; eight grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Linda Crosby.  He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ann DeWit.
Per Don’s wishes, no services will be held.  Memorials may be sent to the Henry County Humane Society at 197 S. Fisher in Kewanee, and the Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758517 
Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517. Please share a memory or leave an online condolence for Donald’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

 

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Dale German

Dale German 96, of Kewanee, died Thursday, December 27, 2018 at the Hammond Henry Long Term Care Center, Geneseo. “On October 16, 1922, at 2:00 AM, a son was born to Margaret (Warner) and Floyd German in Burns Township, IL. They named him Floyd Dale. Since his father’s name was Floyd David, he was not a “Junior,” a fact which contributed to many complexities and mis-sent mail throughout Floyd Dale’s life.” Thus begins an informal autobiography that Dale wrote several years ago for his family. Any sentences in quotes are taken directly from that autobiography.

Dale grew up in the Burns Township area and in 1928 began his education at King School. He had one classmate, Pauline Michaels, during his entire eight years there, before entering Cambridge High School from which he graduated in 1940.

“In the fall of 1940, I enrolled at the University of Illinois. Originally, I had planned to major in journalism. However, it was required to have two years of undergraduate work before enrolling in the School of Journalism, so I enrolled in the College of Commerce. After two years I had decided to continue in the major of accountancy.”

After three years at the U of I, in 1943, Dale was drafted out of the ROTC program and into the U.S. Army, Signal Corps Division. He served at various stateside bases and in the fall of 1945 was on board a Liberty ship bound for Okinawa when the entire ship was unloaded due to refrigeration issues on board. In June of 1946, he was discharged from the army and that fall returned to complete his last year at U of I, graduating in 1947.

On September 5, 1948 (“the luckiest day of my life”), Dale wed Hazel Kuster at the First Presbyterian Church in Kewanee, IL. She preceded him in death on July 8, 2002 (“the saddest day of my life”). In describing the beginning of their courtship, Dale wrote, “There was a little girl who went to Galva High School…by the name of Hazel Kuster. I sorta had my eye on her and in the summer of 1936 I went to her home, marched up to the door, and asked her mother if I could speak to Hazel. I asked Hazel to go to Atkinson to a ball game with me…I was playing ball with a local softball team and we bet a kiss on the outcome of the game. That was a bet that one couldn’t lose and the loser did pay!” 

After graduating from Illinois, Dale went into business and farming with his brothers. He and his brothers operated German’s Sales and Service on Route 81 (German’s Corners) where they sold Massey Ferguson and New Idea as well as some shorter lines. In the fall of 1986, they retired and the business was closed. Dale loved being in the farming business and, after retirement, enjoyed seeing former customers and their families. Many adults shared memories with him of being kids who looked forward to accompanying their dad to the store for parts because that meant that they got a pop and a candy bar!

Dale was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was the most patient and honest of men. In retirement, he spent many hours on various building projects with his grandsons, some more memorable than others! He also enjoyed golf, bridge, traveling with Hazel, building and flying radio-controlled airplanes, computers, and his beloved coffee group. At the time of his passing, he had his computer in his room at Hammond Henry Hospital Long Term Care and was still taking care of his affairs!

Those who will miss him greatly and are left to honor his memory include a daughter, Kris (Cal) Atwell, Geneseo, IL,  two grandsons and their wives – Ryan (Anna Peterson), Medicine Lake, MN, and Jonathan (Mandy Brothers), Grand Junction, CO,  a sister-in-law, Maurine German, Forsyth, IL, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Carrol (Gus) and Sam, and a sister-in-law, Jean German.

Private Graveside Service will be Monday, January, 7, 2019, at Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorial Services will follow at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2019, at the First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee, with the Rev. Dr. James Breed officiating. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee or to Hammond Henry Hospital Foundation, Geneseo. Please leave an online condolence for Dale’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com.

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Robert A. Anderson

Robert A. Anderson, 80, of Bishop Hill, died at 6:20 p.m., Sunday, December 30, 2018 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Rev. Randall Swanson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Bishop Hill Fire Department or the Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association.
He was born March 27, 1938 in Kewanee, the son of C. Wallace “Wally” and Fern E. (Ericson) Anderson. He married Cinda S. Hilliker on July 15, 1973 in Sheridan, NY and she preceded him in death on February 16, 2018. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a daughter, Terri Jo in infancy. He is survived by a son, Jeff Jones of Bloomington, two daughters, Joy (Matthew) Amundsen of Frisco, TX and Tracy (Austin) McNamara of Bloomington, IL, a grandson, Clint Amundsen, three brothers, Ronald (Gail) Anderson of Myrtle Beach, SC, Roger (Judy) Anderson of Galva, and Randy (Sue) Anderson of Cambridge, a brother-in-law, Bradley (Theresa) Hilliker of Chesterfield, VA and a sister-in-law Charmane (Stan) Cross of Austin, TX and several nieces and nephews.
Robert was a 1956 graduate of Galva High School. He had served in the National Guard and had worked for Country Companies for 36 years. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and was on the board of trustees for Weller Township, the Bishop Hill Old Settlers Association and the Bishop Hill Fire Department. In earlier years, he had belonged to the Bloomington Gold Corvette Club. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed golfing.

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Eldred L. "Ed" Shaw

Eldred L. “Ed” Shaw, 94, of Annawan died on Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Illini Restorative Care, Silvis.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Annawan.  Rev. Dan Wright and Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate.  Burial will be in Annawan Cemetery with military rites by Kewanee Veterans Council.   Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Eldred Shaw Memorial Fund

Eldred was born July 8, 1924 in Prophetstown, IL the son of Willington J. and Neva (Eldred) Shaw.  He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II.  On January 15, 1949 he married Beatrice Minnaert in Annawan, IL.  She survives.  Eldred had worked at the John Deere Malleable Harvester, Kewanee Boiler and then at International Harvester in East Moline retiring in 1984 after 23 ½ years.  In his retirement he had mowed lawns and plowed snow for many around Annawan.  He had also been helping and taking care of Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services in Annawan for 34 years.

Eldred was a member of Annawan Community Church, Annawan VFW and the Mineral American Legion.  He loved fishing and his trip on Honor Flight.

Survivors include his wife Beatrice; son, Dennis Shaw, Troy, MI; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Jim Elgar, Elburn, IL; four granddaughters, Dr. Corissa Elgar, Geneva, IL, Dr. Callina Elgar, Winnebago, IL Clarerinda (Shaun) Marx, Troy, MI and Anastasia (Edward) Dzierzawski, St. Clare Shores, MI; two great grandchildren, Owen and Abigail Marx and one on the way; and cherished great niece and great nephew, Abigail DeSchepper and Nathaniel DeSchepper.   He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters, twin granddaughters, and twin grandsons.

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Dwight E. "Pete" Reiff

Dwight E. “Pete” Reiff, 82, of Kewanee, died at 8:28 a.m., Sunday, December 30, 2018 at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., Friday, January 4 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Pastor Kevin Drane will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the services at the church. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the First United Methodist Church or to the Henry County Humane Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
He was born November 25, 1936 in Galva, the son of Elmer and Ruth (Collinson) Reiff. He married Sandra Heaton on June 16, 1963 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee. Survivors include his wife of Kewanee, two daughters, Diane (Todd) Reeser of Kewanee and Krista (Kerry) Loncka of Galva, a brother, Ted (Maurine) Reiff of St. Augustine, FL, a sister, RueEll (David) Richeson of Fishers, IN, four grandchildren; Drake and Paige Reeser and Christian and Courtney Loncka, two sisters-in-law, Kay Heaton and Janet Morris and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Kelly.
Pete graduated from Kewanee High School in 1954.  In his younger years he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, fishing and hunting.  He was a member of Roger Reiman’s pit crew at the Daytona 200, when Roger won the race in 1961. 
Pete was a painting contractor his entire life and painted and wallpapered many homes and businesses in the Kewanee area.  He was known for his skill of matching wood stains.  One of his last projects was donating his time to paint the new wood windows in Ryan’s Round Barn at Johnson’s Sauk Trail State Park.
He was a member of the Kewanee First United Methodist church for over 50 years where he recorded the weekly congregation attendance, assisted with the acolytes and formerly served on the Board of Trustees.
In his spare time, he enjoyed feeding and watching the birds in his backyard, watching the Chicago Cubs on TV, meeting with his daily coffee group and spending time with his family. 

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