It is with sorrow and sense of loss that I inform you of the loss of these Brethren.
ROBERT LEE NORTH, 79, of Fulton, IL, died Saturday, December 19, 2020, at Prairie Hills in Clinton, IA.
A private family graveside service will be held at Fulton Township Cemetery in Fulton, IL, preceded by a private family visitation at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home.
Robert was born October 27, 1941, in Paris, IL, to Samuel L. and Katheryn (Petty) North. He was educated in the Paris, IL, grade schools and was a 1959 graduate of Paris High School. He married Linda L. Dohse on November 5, 1966, in Morrison, IL. Robert was a 55 year member of the Boilermakers Local 60 in Morton, IL. He was a former member of the National Guard. Robert was a member of the Fulton Masonic Lodge #189 AF & AM and Merton Chapter of the Eastern Star in Fulton. He was also a member of the Moline Scottish Rite where he was a 32nd degree mason. Robert enjoyed spending time with his family especially watching the grandchildren’s sporting events.
Survivors include his wife, Linda; one son, Michael North of Fulton, IL; three grandchildren, Kegan, Erik, and Jakob North; one brother, Jim North of Wisconsin.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
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Mark E. “Harpo” Wilson, age 73 of Knoxville, Illinois died at 8:40 A.M. on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at his home.
He was born on July 15, 1947 in Monmouth, Illinois. He was adopted by his parents Robert and Virginia (Cameron) Wilson. He was reared and educated in New Boston attending Westmer High School. He married Pamela D. Plyer on July 19, 1970 in New Boston, Illinois.
Surviving is his wife, Pamela Wilson of Knoxville, Illinois; his children, William W. Wilson of Crest Hill, Illinois and Paula M. Wilson of Galesburg, Illinois; one grandson, Austin (Samantha) Wilson of Galesburg, Illinois; one sister, Joan Brockert of Muscatine, Iowa; two nieces, Amber Hahn of Muscatine, Iowa and Sherri Gehiken of Reynolds, Illinois. He was preceded in death by only his parents.
He began his career as an officer for the Joliet Correctional Center in Joliet, Illinois, transfer to Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg, Illinois, finally retiring in 2012 as a Lieutenant from Stateville Correctional Center in Joiet, Illinois. He was a member of the Knoxville United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Illinois, Pacific Lodge 66 A.F. & A.M. in Knoxville, Illinois, Scottish Rite of Moline, Illinois and Honorary Member of the Maquon Masonic Lodge 530 A.F. & A.M. and the Knox Country TRIAD. He enjoyed helping around his church, woodworking, guns and when he was younger, hunting. He loved to be on the water, and especially the cruises he took.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 7, 2020 at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. Masks and social distancing will be required. Private Masonic Services will be held following the visitation. Private Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 8, 2020. Memorials may be made to the Knoxville United Methodist Church or Knoxville Masonic Lodge. On-line condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com
Thomas O. “Tom” Warner, Sr., 80 died Wednesday, November 25, 2020, at the CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL.
Tom was born January 12, 1940, in Hyannas, NE; the son of Dean E. and Katherine D. Warner Linville. He married Thelma J. Burdick on February 29, 1964, in Philadelphia, PA. Tom served in the U.S. Navy from 1962 – 1968, where he served on the USS Pickerel, USS-177 and was a plank owner on the USS Haddo, SSN-604. He was in the Naval Reserves from 1984 – 2004. He was employed by Com-Ed in Morris, IL and the Quad Cities from 1970 – 1993 and then by the City of Fulton from 1994 – 2004. Tom was a member of the Fulton Presbyterian Church, Fulton American Legion Post #402, Fulton City Lodge No. 189 A.F. & A.M., where he served in numerous positions including Master 9 times, Merton Chapter of the Easter Star No. 356 serving as Worthy Patron numerous times, and several Masonic bodies in Illinois.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma of Fulton, IL; 1 daughter, Leah (Robert) Kephart of Davenport, IA; 1 son, Thomas O. Warner, Jr. of Clinton, IA; 3 grandchildren, Alec Huizenga, Dylan Huizenga and Monica Thomas; 4 great grandchildren, Harper Huizenga, Nora Huizenga, Gabriella Huizenga and Oliver Huizenga; 4 sisters, Dora Lee Ball of Lakewood, CO, Coleen (William III) Robinson of Denver, CO, Louise Rohde of Ansley, NE and Patricia (Christopher) Faine of Columbus, OH; and 3 brothers, Charles (Janet) Warner of Grant City MO, Robert Warner of Hot Springs Village, AR and Richard (Ruth) Warner of Skidmore, MO.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Dean Warner and Katherine Hall; 1 sister, Phyllis Warner; and 1 brother, George Leslie “Buddy” Warner.
Masks and social distancing will be enforced for a visitation allowing 10 people in at a time held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home, Fulton, IL, with a Masonic service to be held at 4:00 P.M. Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M. at the funeral home. Private burial will be in the Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Fulton Presbyterian Church, American Cancer Society or the Fulton City Lodge.
Published on December 3, 2020
James W. Dellitt, age 82, of Aledo, Illinois died Monday December 7, 2020 at Mercer Manor in Aledo. Services are at 10:00 am Saturday December 12, 2020 at the Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. Burial will be in the Hamlet Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. Visitation is from 2-6:30 pm Friday at Fippingers where a memorial fund will be established. Family will be in attendance from 4:30-6:30 pm. A Masonic service will be held after the visitation. Social distancing, masks and Covid-19 Guidelines will be required.
Jim was born September 17, 1938 in Aledo to John and Marguerite Giffin Dellitt. He graduated from Aledo High School and served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Roosevelt as a communications specialist.
In 1965, he married Barbara Toellen. He later married Deanna “Dee” Barnes
Cosgrove March 18, 1983 in Aledo. She died March 12, 2019. After returning from the Navy, he worked for his father who was the Perryton Township Road Commissioner. He later started Dellitt Trucking and eventually partnered with his brothers to form Dellitt Trucking and Ag. Jim went on to be a salesman for Crop Production Services for many years and retired from Nutrien Ag in 2019. He made many great friends in the farming industry in his over 60 years in the business. He also assisted his wife, Dee, in the operation of the Town and Country Lanes and Restaurant in Aledo for many years.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Aledo, the Oakview Country Club, Mohammed Shrine Temple in Peoria and was a past master of the Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge # 679. He was active in the Valley of Moline Scottish Rite where he received the Meritorious Service Award known as the Red Cap Award. One of his great joys was attending his yearly class reunion of the class of 1956. He loved spending time with his classmates and made them all a different themed music CD for each reunion. He also liked to share one or two of his signature jokes with them.
Jim had a great love for all types of music and was an avid music collector. He was a talented musician in his own rite, playing the saxophone throughout the area with his own local band known as “Jimmy Dellitt and His Notables.” In later years he delighted his family by giving small “concerts” during Christmas holidays and family get togethers. He was a devoted, life-long St. Louis Cardinals Fan. Most of all Jim deeply loved and was devoted to his family. A favorite family quote by one of his son-in-laws when asked by his wife why he couldn’t be more like Jim Dellitt was “there is only ONE Jim Dellitt”! And that was indeed true. He kindness, caring, humor and his infectious laugh will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
Survivors include his children, Rebecca (Jeff) Middleton of Coal Valley, Jeff
(Shelly) Dellitt of Bettendorf, Denise (John) Kelly and Susie (John) Swearingen both of Aledo, Karen (Jim) Murphy of Donahue, Iowa, Andy Sharp and Deena (John) Maurus both of Rock Island, 12 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, 1 lovingly expected, 2 sisters, Vivian Brown and Vicki (Larry Finley) Dellitt both of Aledo, 2 brothers, J.W. (Jo) Dellitt and Gary (Connie) Dellitt, both of Aledo and several nieces and nephews.
His parents and his wife, Dee preceded him in death.
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Lt. Col. Jon C. Cook, US Army (Ret), 72, of Moline, Illinois, passed on Tuesday, November 24, 2020, in his home.
Private graveside services and entombment will be in Rock Island National Cemetery. Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory under the direction of Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Animal Aid Society, Moline, or Quad Cities Animal Recovery Team.
Jon Charles Cook was born February 3, 1948, in Tokyo, Japan, to William Wesley and Barbara (Kriess) Cook. He graduated from Ohio State University, and married Marcia Ferris on June 12, 1971, in Moline. He served in the US Army from 1972 until retiring in 1992. He then worked with Army Community Services in Army Emergency Relief on the Rock Island Arsenal for several years, retiring in 2014. He was an active member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Moline, where he served as Church Clerk, Second Reader, and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of Doric Lodge #319, AF & AM, and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Moline. He was a volunteer with Quad Cities Animal Recovery Team and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Jon is survived by his wife, Marcia; two children, William Cook of Moline and Nancy Testa-Meyer and her husband Edward Meyer of Rock Island; two grandchildren, Ashley Testa and Serenity Meyer; and step-siblings and their spouses, Roger “Tim” and Julie Richards, Howard “Doug” and Cathy Richards, Earl “Jeff” Richards, and Mary Giffin.
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Earl L.“Buck” Wendt, of Moline, IL, died October 10th, 2020, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, IA, after a courageous two year battle with pancreatic cancer.
Services will be Saturday, October 17th at 10 am, at Calvary Church Quad Cities, Moline, IL, with visitation on Friday, October 16th from 3 pm until 7 pm at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline, IL. Burial will be at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Moline, IL.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society
Earl L. “Buck” Wendt was born in Moline, IL on September 4, 1937, to Earl and Helen (McClean) Wendt, Sr. He married Sandra Gernant on August 24, 1958, in Moline. Later, on January 2, 1985, in Maui, Hawaii, he married Coralie G. Leasenby, who survives.
Earl “Buck” graduated from Moline High School and then graduated from Worsham School of Mortuary with a degree in Mortuary Science. He was then employed as a funeral director for his father and Uncle, Richard Wendt at Wendt Brothers Funeral Home. During the 1960’s while Wendt Brothers Funeral Home had an active ambulance service, he was also a Red Cross First Aid Instructor. After the death of his father, he became a partner with his Uncle Rich and brothers until his Uncle’s retirement in 1985 at which time he then acquired ownership and operated Wendt Brothers Funeral Home/Wendt Funeral Home until his death.
Earl “Buck” served as Moline Alderman 2nd Ward from 1971-1973 and then was elected and served as Mayor of Moline from 1973 – 1977. He was a member of First Congregational Church in Moline, designated Head Usher for many years; the Masonic Lodge 1014 AF&AM – 32nd Degree Mason – “High 12”, Scottish Rite Valley of Moline, past President of the Moline Lions Club, the Rotary Club, S.A.R. (Sons of American Revolution), past President of Rock Island County Historical Society, past President of the Mississippi Valley Region Antique Automobile Club of America, Eastern Star, Kaaba Shrine, and “Over the Hill” Coffee Group.
His enjoyments included collecting antiques, working on his vintage cars and traveling around the world and spending the winters at their home in Sarasota, Florida. “Buck” will be remembered for living life to the fullest, with compassion, integrity and humor. He was friendly and approachable to anyone and everyone and was an extraordinary person to all that knew him.
Survivors include his wife Coralie; children daughter: Beth Jacobs of Moline; a son: Earl “Boo” (Tamara) Wendt of Moline; a daughter: Susan Brunat of Rockford, IL; two grandchildren, Shelby (Jason) Wentland of Machesney Park, IL, Elliott Jacobs of East Moline and one great grandchild, Alyssia Wentland; two brothers: George Wendt (Jeanie) of Bloomington, IL, and Patrick (Candace) Wendt of East Moline. Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, William Wendt and Michael Wendt.
The funeral will be live streamed; details will be posted soon.
John M. Myers, 80, of Orion passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at UnityPoint Health Trinity Rock Island.
Visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at Esterdahl Funeral Home, 1301 4th Street, Orion Illinois. A memorial service will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to his family.
John was born on July 24, 1940 in Kokomo, Indiana the son of Myron C. and Betty L. Smith Myers. He married Bonnie L. Barker on December 23, 1966 in Bettendorf, Iowa.
John was employed as a pipefitter with Farmall in Rock Island. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and member of the Orion American Legion Post #255. He was also a member of the Sherman Lodge 535 A.F & A.M. John loved riding his motorcycle but above all was his love for his family.
John is survived by his loving wife of 53 years; Daughters Lori (Bobby) Schroeder Norwood, MO; Melissa (Nick) Ashley Geneseo, IL; Grandchildren and great grandchildren, Sisters Barbara and Terri, Brothers Tim and Pat.
John was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters and a brother.
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John Jacob (Jack) Poust, 89, of Silvis, passed away, Monday, October 12, 2020, at New Perspective Senior Living.
Private family services will be held at this time. Burial will be at Western Township Cemetery, Orion. Memorials may be made to the Organ Fund at Orion United Methodist Church, Riverside United Methodist Church, Moline, Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago. The service will be livestreamed on October 24, 2020, at 11 am and can be found connected to Jacks’ obituary at esterdahl.com
Jack was born on January 8, 1931, in Salina, KS, the son of Grover and Jeannette (Ortmen) Poust. He married Nancy Roberts on May 29, 1955, at the Orion United Methodist Church. She preceded him on October 24, 2017. Jack graduated from Danville, IL High School and Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL. He has been a member at Orion United Methodist, where he served as a chair on the board, a trustee and on the memorial committee. He attended Riverside United Methodist Church. Jack served on the Orion athletic booster club where he was given the honor of being in the Sports Hall of Fame. Jack was a member of the Blackhawk Shrine, Coal Valley Sunrise Rotary, and served on the Western Township Library Board. As an eleven-year-old, he spent nearly a year in Shriners’ Hospital in Chicago because of a misdiagnosed childhood illness. At Illinois Wesleyan, he met the love of his life, Nancy Roberts. They were married for 62 years. Jack and Nancy were members of a couple’s card club for 60 years. These five couples were part of a lifelong “family” for the Pousts. Jack loved camping at Camp Hauberg and traveling to visit family and friends. He especially loved family time and was a stranger to NO ONE!
Survivors include his sons, John “Jed” (Renee) Poust, East Moline, David Poust, Walnut, IL; grandsons, Dr. Ashley Poust, San Diego, CA, SSG Ben (Jessica) Poust, Salt Lake City, UT, Eli Poust, Walnut, IL; step grandchildren, Seala Hite, Marengo, IL, Tyler Hite, Clinton, IA; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Nancy Roberts, Geneseo, and much beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and brother, Grover Poust, sister-in-law, Louise Poust, infant sister, and three beloved bulldogs.
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Vernon E. “Vern” Staelens, 92, of Moline, passed away Sunday, September 13, 2020 at Clarissa Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Funeral services will be 11am Thursday, September 17, 2020 at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111-1st St A, Moline with visitation one hour prior to service. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 246, Moline. Memorials can be made to American Red Cross.
Vern was born April 4, 1928 in Moline, the son of Frank and Gerada (DeGetter) Staelens. He married Anna Mae “Annie” Manuel Mugerdichian on August 31, 1968 in Rock Island.
Vern was a U.S. Army veteran having served in WWII. He retired after 36 years from Iowa Illinois Gas and Electric Company, Rock Island as a crew leader.
Vern was a first team Northwest Conference Football selection, named All State Illinois High School Football Team and made the Illinois State track meet in the district. He was the first sophomore to play varsity football and basketball at Rocky and played guard for the undefeated football team in 1944. After returning from service, he played football for the semi-pro team the Quad City Mohawks. He also played softball for Parker’s Tap, Montgomery Elevator, Lou Reedy’s and Colman Florist. He loved to play golf where he had 4 holes in one, fishing, cooking, gardening and he was a hat collector with currently 2000 hats.
Vern was a member of East End Club, former member of Davenport Elks 298 and Vikings Club and was a 32 Degree Mason Doric Lodge 319, Moline.
Survivors include his wife, Annie, daughters, Cindi Tsaboukos, San Jose, CA, Kimberly Halsey, A.P., D.O.M. (Thomas Chapman), Inyerness, FL and 6 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Vicki Hockaday.
Ill. Bro. Donald Lyle Anderson, 33°, 86, of Moline, passed away, Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Private graveside services will be at Moline Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Doric Lodge No. 319 Scholarship Fund or Black Hawk College Scholarship Fund. Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Moline, is assisting the family.
Don was born on April 20, 1934, in Vermont, Illinois, the son of Lyle and Manda (Heller) Anderson. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Western Illinois University in 1956 and a year later received his Master of Science Degree from Western Illinois University. He furthered his education with courses at Knox College and Southern Illinois University, to name a few. He married Norma Rae Longlett on June 27, 1959, in Liberty, Illinois.
Don began his career in education teaching science and mathematics at ROWVA High School. He later became Professor of Physics and Engineering at Black Hawk College, where he served as Department Chairman, Division Chairman, and Academic Advisor. He was a laboratory and teaching assistant at Western Illinois University. Don was an active member of Doric Lodge No. 319 and Scottish Rite and coordinate bodies. He was a member of Riverside United Methodist Church in Moline, where he was a teacher, part of the Church Council, as well as a Property Chairman. He enjoyed tending to his garden and reading. He also had a keen interest in astronomy, taking astronomy courses at the University of Tennessee. Above all, Don cherished his time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife; daughter, Laura McCormick; son, Kevan Anderson; and grandchildren; Alyssa McCormick, Hailey McCormick, Thomas McCormick, Kelsy McCormick.
He was preceded in death by his parents. Memories may be shared on the tribute wall.
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Leo A. Cash Jr., 95, of Galesburg, died at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in the Hawthorne Inn.
He was born May 7, 1924, in Aledo, Illinois, the son of Leo A. and Marjorie E. (Smith) Cash Sr. He married Margaret E. Salter on September 3, 1955, at the First Presbyterian Church of Galesburg. She preceded him in death on December 21, 2016, after 61 years of marriage.
He is survived by two children, Mary (Doug) Johnson of Dublin, Ohio and Paul (Amy) Cash of Hinsdale, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Eric (Madison), Alex, Elizabeth, Courtney, Patrick, Frances, and Colin; and a great grandson, Bennett. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Clarke on December 30, 2019.
After graduating from Roseville High School in 1942, Leo entered the United States Army Air Corps, serving during World War II. After his honorable discharge, he went on to attend Knox College, graduating in 1947. Leo was a banker, serving as Executive Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer of United Federal Savings and Loan for more than 35 years before retiring.
Leo was an active member of First Presbyterian Church for over 60 years, serving as an elder and deacon. He was also a member of the Galesburg Noon Lions Club and the Alpha Masonic Lodge. Leo was an avid golfer, he went for a walk nearly every day, and he loved to read.
Cremation will be accorded. Private family burial will be with Margaret on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Leo’s name may be made to the First Presbyterian Church to help maintain the sanctuary or the Jack E. Larson Endowment Fund at the Galesburg Community Foundation to be used for the Shoe Fund. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel is handling arrangements for the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com
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Donald L. Feldman, 91, formerly of Geneseo a resident of Apostolic Christian Restmor, Morton died there on Monday, June 25, 2018. Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, June 30th at Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Rev. Melva England will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo with military honors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, 225 E. Park St. Geneseo. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo, Geneseo Education Foundation, or Geneseo Historical Museum.
Donald Lee Feldman was born May 27, 1927 in Sterling, IL the son of James C. and Hazel Mae (Morley) Feldman. He graduated from Geneseo High School in 1945. He served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He then graduated from University of Illinois in 1950 where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He married Gloria R. Urick on June 23, 1950 in Geneseo. She preceded him in death on June 16, 1998. Don had owned and operated the Red Mill, Inc, Geneseo from 1950 until 1990.
Memberships include Grace United Methodist Church, Geneseo where he was active in many areas including the choir for over 50 years. Geneseo Kiwanis Club for over 40 years and member of Geneseo Country Club for over 60 years. Don enjoyed golf, was an avid Geneseo Sports Fan and a founding member of Geneseo Grid Club. Don had been awarded 10 varsity letters while in High School and was inducted into the Geneseo High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Don was a former board member for Geneseo Historical Museum, Geneseo Communications, Geneseo Utility Board, and had been a founding member of G.E.E.E., now Geneseo Education Foundation.
Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, William and Barbara Feldman, Hinsdale, IL; Rev. Gary Feldman, Morton, IL; grandchildren, Will and Alison Feldman, Hong Kong, Madeline Feldman, New York, NY, Austin Feldman, Hinsdale, IL, Rachael Feldman, New York, NY, and James Feldman, Louisville, KY; brother Howard Feldman, Rockford, IL; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dean and Lucille Urick, Geneseo. Don was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and a brother, Robert Feldman.
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Thomas J. Clark, age 96, passed away on September 25, 2019. Beloved husband of the late Vivian (nee Race) Clark and the late Eleanore Clark. Dear father of Barbara Bishop, Sharon (Vance) Moore and Vesta “Becky” (late Robert) Lloyd. Grandfather of Tara and Thomas (Jaime) Bishop. Great grandfather of Thomas W. Bishop.
He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, 1194th Platoon. Thomas was a recipient of a Purple Heart and Silver Star. He was a member of VFW Post 5972 and also a 65 year member of the Scottish Right. He was a faithful follower of the Fighting Illini basketball team and the Chicago Cubs.
Leo A. Mead, 84, of New Boston, Illinois was surrounded by family as he passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at Brookstone of Aledo.
Funeral services are 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8th, with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service, at New Boston United Methodist Church. Serving as pallbearers are Nathan Holliday, Gage Kilburn, Richard Osborn, Ronald Osborn, Rex Osborn and Dabu Bunn. Burial will be in New Boston Cemetery, with graveside military rites by Aledo American Legion Post 121. Memorials may be left for the family. Dennison Funeral Home, Aledo is handling arrangements.
Leo was born March 29, 1934 in New Boston, Illinois the son of Vern and Mina Smith Mead. In 1956, he married Betty Leith in New Boston. She passed away on June 23, 2007. Leo served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. Over the years, Leo had owned and operated Meads Plumbing and Heating, worked for the City of New Boston and retired from Heinz in Muscatine. He was a member of the New Boston Masonic Lodge. In his free time, he enjoyed woodworking, playing bingo, watching the Green Bay Packers and traveling. His greatest joy was spending time with family.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughter: Leah (Bruce) Fuller of Lutz, Florida; granddaughters: Stephanie Sedam (Chris Defrieze) of New Boston, Illinois and Adrian (Levi) Kilburn of Hannibal, Missouri; great grandchildren: Rachel, Nathan, Ericka, Gage and Jared, as well as Karley, Kasi and Kayla; God-children: Rick, Ozzie, Rex, Joe and Sis; sister-in-law: Nancy Coulter and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter: Kim Mead, God-son: Randy and siblings: Harvey, Fred, Richard, Lela, Bessie, Elmer and Lyle.
Wayne H. Coers, 79, of Cordova, IL, died Saturday, April 25, 2020 at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline. Visitation for family and relatives will be from 10:00am – 12:00pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at Gibson – Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron. Attendees will be allowed into the funeral home in small groups of 10 or less. If you are required to wait your turn in line outside of the building, please respect the social distancing guidelines of 6 feet of spacing. Graveside services in the Cordova Cemetery will be private for immediate family. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be determined.
Wayne Harold Coers was born November 11, 1940 in Sterling, Illinois, the son of Harold J. and Norine M. (McCaslin) Coers. The family moved from Rock Falls, IL, to North of Cordova in 1947 to farm. Wayne graduated from Erie High School in 1958. He was a lifelong farmer in the Cordova area. Farming and his family meant everything to Wayne. He enjoyed collecting things, especially toy tractors and John Deere paraphernalia. Wayne was a Worshipful Master Mason and a member of the former Philo Lodge #436 in Port Byron, later merging with Stewart Lodge #92 in Geneseo.
Surviving are his 4 children and spouses, Beth (Bill) Covemaker, Moline, Christina (Dan) Ford, Fulton, Harold (Pam) Coers, Cordova, Robert (Kristin) Coers, Cordova; grandchildren, Brittany Stanfield, Heather Coers, Abbie Brasmer, Cassandra Gregorcyk, Lucas, Lance, Austin, and Phillip Coers, Preston, Dakota, and Wyatt Ford; great grandchildren, Ember, Jack, Clint Coers; Elliot and Novalie Stanfield; and other special children in his life, Ryan, Joe and Lincoln. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Juanita Nelms. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com
James Walter Gillett, age 81, of Elburn, IL, ascended into Heaven on February 4, 2020, after passing away peacefully at Oak Crest Retirement Center where he made his home in recent years.
He was born October 10, 1938, in Muscatine, IA, the son of Kenneth and Mary (VanDolah) Gillett.
Jim grew up on a farm in the Buffalo Prairie area of IL.
After graduating from Muscatine Community College in 1958, Jim worked as the Assistant Manager of the Farmers Elevator Company in Taylor Ridge, IL.
On April 12, 1959, James and Beverly (Nelson) Gillett were united in marriage. They were blessed with two children, Jeffrey and Julie. In November of 1968, the family moved to Elburn, IL, where Jim accepted a position as manager of the Elburn Co-Operative Company.
In addition to his work and family, Jim was continuously active in community efforts with the Elburn Lions Club. He was President in 1975, a Melvin Jones Recipient in 1995, and he became a lifetime member in 1999. Along with being in charge of the car raffle, Jim drove the Elburn Days Car in the parade for over 30 years. He taught all of his grandchildren how to drive; the year each grandchild earned their license, they drove the car in the parade. Furthermore, Jim was also a Director for the Kane County Bank and Grain & Feed Association of Illinois for many years. He was a member of the Community Congregational Church in Elburn, as well as the Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge, and the Tabala Shrine in Rockford.
Jim was an avid Cubâ€™s fan and enjoyed watching spring training during winters in Mesa, AZ with Bev and their friends. For his retirement job, Jim like to sort mail at Sun Life and Oak Crest and to play pool with his brotherâ€”together they were the Billiards Coordinators.
Jim is survived by his daughter Julie (Ed) Stuehm; his daughter-in-law, Denise Gillett-Parchert and her husband Wayne Parchert; three grandchildren: Sara (Matthew) Amato, Laura (Ludwig) Gerdes, and J.C. (Sophie Gaynor) Gillett; one great-granddaughter, Maewyn Gerdes; one brother Jerry (Karen) Gillett and countryside of friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Mary Gillett; his wife, Beverly Gillett, and his son, Jeffrey Gillett.
Visitation will be at 2:30- 3:30 p.m. with a memorial service to follow on 3:30 p.m., at the Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn, on Sunday, February 9, 2020. A second visitation will follow services until 5:00 p.m. Private cremation burial will occur at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Jimâ€™s name. Checks may be made to the Elburn Lions Club, 500 Filmore St., Elburn, IL 60119, or memorials may be mailed to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com
Harold “Squirt” E. Bleuer, Harold was born on August 2, 1931 to Harold Smith Foster and Lillian Doris (Berry) Bleuer in Rock Island, Illinois. He married Audrey J. Granger on March 15, 1951 in Alpha, Illinois.
He went to join his wife and Jesus his Savior on February 16, 2019 at the Lynmoore Assisted Living and Memory Facility in Fort Pierce, Florida.
He was survived by Children, Ann (Randy) Bowser of Florida, Mark (Susan) Bleuer of Texas, Susan (Randy) Parker of Colorado, Janet (Juan) Pacheco of Florida, Nicholus Bleuer of Illinois. He had many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his parents, wife, Audrey of 66 years, son, Vern “Buster” and great-grandson, Randy Bowser-Smith.
He graduated from Rock Island High School and attended some college courses. He joined the Navy for 4 years as a torpedoman. He proudly served as a Rock Island Firefighter and EMT retiring as a Captain after 25 years.
He was a member of the Rock Island Conservation Club, Rock Island Lions Club, Masons, VFW, and Boy Scouts of America.
He really enjoyed hunting, fishing, rock hunting, camping, playing cards, and craft work. He lived with his wife Audrey for many years as Volunteer Rangers at Boy Scouts camps at Loud Thunder and Minneyata.
Please give any donations to the Boy Scouts of America.
The family would like to thank the Lynmoore Memory Care Unit in Fort Pierce for the wonderful care they gave our Dad. An extra thank you goes out to Josyln and Anabell for being extra king to “Pops”. We as a family would like to give each of you a big hug.
There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony at the Lynmoore Assisted Living Facility, 1550 N. Lawnwood Circle, Fort Pierce, FL on March 9th at 2:00 PM.
There will be a Celebration of Life Ceremony for both Harold and Audrey on June 22nd in Illinois. Place and time to be determined. Thank you to all who touched our Father’s life.
Jack Hoover 86, passed away at home in Anthem, AZ on November 24, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
Jack was born on June 27, 1933, the youngest boy & 11th child of 13 children born to John and Orpha Hoover in the small southern Illinois town of in Rosiclare, IL. After a very brief courtship, he married the love of his life, Joyce Caroline Arp on August 31, 1958 in Davenport, IA. They enjoyed 56 loving years together until Joyce’s passing in 2014. Jack and Joyce are survived by daughter Janis, son Mark, daughter-in-law Lisa, and grand children Lauren, Michael, and Lindsey.
Jack had a long and distinguished 38 year career in the grocery business advancing from stock clerk to Food Division President and Corporate Senior Vice President for Lucky Stores. He had many, many fond memories of his friends and co-workers and reminisced often about his working years.
He was a good & loving man who had a positive and lasting influence on so many over a wonderful life. A member of the Camelback Church of Christ in Phoenix for 32 years he loved his extended church family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was deeply loved and will be missed by his family and friends.
After a long, fruitful, satisfying life, he is now resting with God, Joyce, and the family he loved so much. In addition to his children & grandchildren, Jack is survived by sisters Margie Oxford and Shirley Ullrick as well as many, many nieces & nephews, all of whom love & miss him dearly.
A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, December 7 at:
Camelback Church of Christ
5225 E Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Darrell Edward Fields was born April 10, 1941, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Galesburg, to George and Edna Fields. He was raised in and around the surrounding farming area. As a young man he worked at different odd jobs before he graduated from Galesburg High School in 1959. After graduation he resided in California for two years working in an orange juice factory before returning to Galesburg. He drove a lumber truck for Leo Gale, working out of Wickes Lumber Co. For his career Darrell worked for the CB&Q Railroad as a switchman and later for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad as a brakeman, conductor and engineer for 37 years. As a young man he enjoyed bowling, fishing and hunting.
He married Sharon Colleen Thompson on Nov. 10, 1963, at First Christian Church in Galesburg. They resided in Galesburg for several years before moving to Henderson to raise their family.
Darrell is survived by his wife; his daughter, Elizabeth (Todd) Marske of Wheaton; sons, Paul (Kristin) Fields of Dunlap and Ronald (Rebecca) Fields of Savoy; eight grandchildren, Erica Marske of Cleveland, Stewart and Ingrid of Wheaton, Benjamin Fields of Lombard, Alexander and Abigail Fields of Dunlap, Rachel Fields of Carbondale and Leah Fields of Savoy; two sisters, E. Louise Green of Moline and Candace (Loren) Swihart of Lynn Center; and two brothers, Ronald (Maureen) Fields of Great Mills, Maryland, and Fredrick (Linda) Fields of Columbia, Maryland. Many cousins, nieces and nephews remain.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Patricia Ann and Silver Christine; and two brothers, Michael Fields and W. Dale Fields.
He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Galesburg. He was a Master Mason who held several positions with in the lodge as well as being the Master in 1992. He joined the Scottish Rite in 1980. For 37 years he served the Henderson Cemetery Henderson as trustee and clerk/treasurer.
Darrell liked to be outside and to build. Gardening and building houses and garages were like second nature to him. Darrell and Sharon liked to travel, mainly to the East Coast and West Coast. When he retired in 2002, they wintered in Orange Beach, Alabama. He enjoyed playing pinochle, sudoku and reading books, especially James Patterson. Then there was wine making. Picking black raspberries for mom’s pies was his favorite. Later in retirement Darrell and Sharon labored over various berries, turning them into award-winning wines that family, friends and the kids enjoyed. Watching Coach Massey’s girls’ basketball was one of their shared pastimes long after their kids graduated.
His favorite Bible verse was Psalm 23, and the Apostle’s Creed.
Due to social distancing limitations related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be held at a future date at the First United Methodist Church. Cremation will be accorded. Private Family interment will be held in the Henderson Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Chaddock Children’s Home (Methodist Church) or OSF Hospice. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
Dale Dewey Anderson, son of Dewey M. and Minnie Rosetta Kadel Anderson, was born on November 9, 1926 in Ophiem, Illinois and departed this life on January 21, 2010 in Lebanon, Missouri at eighty-three years of age. He was united in marriage to Nadine Nancy Cudmore and to this union two sons were born.
He was preceded in death by his mom and dad; his son, Terry Laverne Trout; and brother, Mardell Anderson.
Dale is survived by a son, Dale Dean Anderson and his wife, Patti, of Davenport, Iowa; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Carol Chapman of Moline, Illinois, Marion Eberts of Sherrard, Illinois, Martha Foster and her husband Gene of Sherrard, Illinois, and Leona Anthony and her husband LeRoy of Rock Island, Illinois. He has also left behind many nieces and nephews.
Dale was born and raised in Illinois. After serving in the Military during WWII, he returned to Illinois honorably discharged. He worked for Case, John Deere and Amitek. Dale also devoted much of his life to his farm in Orion, Illinois where he tended the land and raised livestock with his mother.
He was a member of the Sherrard Presbyterian Church in Sherrard, IL for over 25 years. He had made a profession of faith in Christ during that time. After moving to Macomb, Missouri five years ago, he attended Corinth Baptist Church.
Dale was also a lifetime member of the Viola Masonic Lodge in Viola, Illinois, and the Legion of the Moose Lodge and also a lifetime member of the Norwood Masonic Lodge in Norwood, Missouri.
In his spare time, Dale enjoyed taking care of the farm and going to auctions. Since he moved to Missouri, he raised donkeys and dreamed of raising cattle. He renovated his home and planned on spending his remaining years in Missouri. Dale took pride in how much Missourians are always willing to lend a hand and care for each other. He also found a lot of comfort in his dog, Chi Chi.
Dale will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle, as well as a good neighbor and friend. We are grateful for God bringing him into our lives.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 25, 2010 in the Corinth Baptist Church, Macomb, Missouri. Burial will follow in Macomb Cemetery.
Raymond Henry Collier was born on June 6, 1931 in Mercer, Mo.
He was elected to receive the degrees from Silvis Lodge No. 898 on June 10, 1991. He was initiated an Entered Apprentice on June 24, 1991. Passed to the degree of Fellow Graft on November 4, 1991. And Raised to the Sublime degree of Master Mason on May 3, 1993. Called to the Grand Lodge on High April 14, 2020 at the age of 89 years, 10 months and 8 days, thus ending our brothers’ masonic record.
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 KAABA 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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Ted E. Davies, 100, Rock Island, passed away Sunday, May 31, 2020 at Park Vista Retirement Living, East Moline.
Drive through visitation will be 4-7pm, Thursday, June 11, 2020 at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111-1st St A, Moline. A Private Funeral will be Friday at the funeral home where his live-streamed service can be viewed on Rafferty Funeral Home’s Facebook at 10:00am. Burial will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island with military honors by American Legion Post 246, Moline. Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Ted was born July 4, 1919 in Bement, IL, the son of Fred and Mary Lena Louisa “Mayme” (Day) Davies. He married Barbara A. Tamme on October 23, 1948 in Rock Island. She preceded him in death on January 8, 2018.
Ted was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge and was a decorated soldier in the 75th Infantry-3rd Army. Ted co-founded Ted’s Boatarama, Rock Island with his wife Barbara in 1958 retiring in 1984.
Ted was a member of the Shriners, Masonic Blue Lodge #57, Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, head of Forest Preserve at Niabi Zoo, was on the County Board for 36 years and was the Chairman of the Building Commission for the Rock Island County jail for over 20 years where he traveled to research other jails to help make Rock Island County better.
Ted loved fishing, enjoyed socializing with people and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his children, Jim (Julie) Davies, Rock Island and Lisa (Tim) Sparkman, Rock Island; grandchildren, Janelle (Victor) Anderson, Jeffrey Davies, Josh Davies (Andrea Anderson), Samantha (Christopher) Berg, Benjamin Sparkman and T. Charlie Sparkman and great grandchildren, Ryleigh, Madyson, Henry, Emma and Teddy. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kim, son-in-law, Jack New, brother, Bill and sister, Jane Burch.
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Bienvenido “Ben” A. Arboleda Jr., 67, of Rock Island, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City.
A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Rock Island, with military honors. Memorials may be made to the family.
Ben was born on October 28, 1952 in Bauang, La Union, Philippines, the son of Bienvenido and Placida “Ada” (Andrada) Arboleda Sr. Ben was a proud retired Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Navy for twenty years. He was also a retired U.S. Postal Service worker. Ben was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Masonic Lodge Eureka #69, Shriners International, High Twelve International, and the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Freemasonry. He enjoyed singing, eating, and working on cars. Ben will be remembered as being a hardworking, positive minded, friendly and loving man. He enjoyed meeting new people, and could light up the room with his big smile. Ben was very passionate about his work and his family. He was a man of true character and the way he talked about his family was always with true love. He’s one-of-a-kind, beautiful, fun, funny, loving, incredible person.
Ben is survived by his wife, Remy Arboleda; children, Jason Arboleda, Maggie (Jeff) Perine, Ana Rica (Craig) Hartman, Kristiana “Kat” Arboleda, and Joshua Arboleda; step daughter, Nicole Noble; grandchildren, Rheagan Arboleda, Jaxon Arboleda, Lincoln Arboleda, Van Savage, Talia and Milla Perine, Matthew Hartman, Corbin and Josie Hartman, Judah Ray Bird, and Avery Levi Kauer; brothers, Dante (Marivic) Arboleda, Romeo (Mel) Arboleda, and Cesar Arboleda; nephews, Jan Paul, Warren, Eric, Froilan, and Jerome Arboleda; and sister-in-law, Yolly Arboleda. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jess Arboleda; and nephew, Kenzley Arboleda.
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Richard Rowan, 90, of Silvis, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020, peacefully at home.
A private family service will be held at Esterdahl Mortuary, Moline. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Esterdahl Mortuary and Crematory, Ltd. is assisting the family.
Richard was born November 18, 1929, in Centerville, IA, the son of Harry and Mary (Allardyce) Rowan. He married Janice Ferkel on October 12, 1957, they were married 62 years. Richard worked at International Harvester for 35 years as a repairman. He was a masonic member for 61 years. He was a decorated Army Sergeant in the Korean War, like all the heroes of the quad cities he served his country with honor. Richard received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star. He enjoyed fishing, his family and was an avid hunter.
Survivors include his wife; Janice, children; Judy (James) Krogman, Mary Jo Johnson, Rick Rowan, Tom Rowan, and Todd Rowan, 11 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother; Bill sisters; Margaret Helen, Donna, Roberta, Luelle, and Georgiann.
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Mark E. Dorbeck, 78, of Moline, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at Unity Point Trinity, Rock Island.
A Private Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan were his live-streamed service can be viewed on Rafferty Funeral Home’s Facebook at 10:30 am. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, East Moline with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 246, Moline. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research or Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Mark was born June 18, 1941 in Moline, the son of Herbert and Pauline (Rekiere) Dorbeck. He married Margaret E. Enright on November 6, 1965 at St. Ambrose Church, Erie.
Mark was a 1960 Alleman High School graduate. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served in the Korean War.
Mark retired in 2011 from the Milan Quick Lube where he was the owner/operator for 20 years. After his retirement, he worked at East Moline Sheet Metal and he previously worked 25 years at IH Farmall.
Mark was a member of Kabba Shrine, Black Hawk Shrine Club, Masonic Lodge, American Legion Post 246, Moline and the Milan Gun Club.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret; children, Mike (Michele) Dorbeck, Milan and Michelle (Shawn) Trask, Rock Island; grandchildren, Michaela (Blake) Opsal, Madison Dorbeck, Mark Dorbeck, Austin Trask and Bryce Trask and great grandson, Copper Opsal. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Bruce Dorbeck.
The family would like to thank Unity Point 4th Floor Nursing Staff for their special care and support they gave to Mark.
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Kenneth H. Dean, 90, of Moline, passed away Wednesday April 15, 2020 at UnityPoint-Trinity, Rock Island.
A memorial graveside service and inurnment with military honors will be held at a later date at National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to Iowa Masonic Health Center, Bettendorf.
Kenneth was born September 29, 1929 in Princeton, Missouri, a son of Walter E. and Kathleen Kinnison Dean. He married Betty McKillip on December 22, 1956 in Rock Island. She preceded him in death on November 14, 2011.
Kenneth was a U.S. Army veteran. He was in sales and management for Roth Tank Co., Rock Island for 45 years.
He was a lifetime member of Doric Lodge 319 A.F. & A.M., and a member of Viola United Presbyterian Church. In recent years, he attended Edgewood Baptist Church, Rock Island. He was a cowboy at heart. He previously bought, sold and traded horses as a hobby. He enjoyed attending rodeos and bluegrass music festivals with his wife. They loved traveling together and visited every state, except Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Canada and Mexico.
Surviving are his daughters and sons-in-law, Terry and Cliff Blundy, East Moline, and Bobbi and Craig Park, Moline; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; seven great-great grandchildren; two brothers, Ronnie (Marilyn) Dean, Taylor Ridge and Larry Dean, Rock Island; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Janet Bausch, Bettendorf.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and two daughters, Tammy Lou Dean and Melinda Youmans.
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Kenneth W. “Twister” Helmers, 77, of Moline, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2020 at his daughter’s home in Milan. Per his wishes, Kenneth will be cremated and no services are planned at this time. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Wheelan Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kenneth was born April 22, 1943 in LaHarpe, IL, a son of Wendell G. and Mary Alice (Carmack) Helmers. He graduated from LaHarpe High School and moved to the Quad Cities to work for the railroad. His career moved on from Rock Island Lines to John Deere. He married Margaret Conover on January 2, 1965 and one daughter, Johnna, was born to their union. Twister retired from John Deere Foundry as a Foreman in 1991 after 27 years of service to the Company. Upon his retirement, Twister moved to Florida for a time. He returned to the Quad Cities in 1999 and enjoyed numerous club affiliations including: the Vikings Club, Masonic Temple, Ducks Unlimited, East End Club, Milan Rifle Club and the NRA. Twister was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and he loved auctioneering for Stenzel Auction, tractors and shooting firearms. Twister never met a stranger, he genuinely enjoyed people.
Left to cherish his memory are his sweetheart, Kathy Pickett, Moline; daughter, Johnna (Todd) Sebben, Milan; grandchildren, Tierney (Chris), Kody (Jessica) and Tanner; great grandchildren, Daxon, Mila and Kaiver; nephews, Doug (Amanda) Helmers and Derek Helmers; niece, Debbie (Tim) Canfield and several great nieces and nephews. Also surviving are many extended family members and dear friends.
Twister was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard Helmers.
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Donald Gene Strafford, 89, of Bonita Springs, Fla., passed away Saturday (Feb. 22, 2020) in Naples, Fla.
He was the devoted husband of Dorma D. (Stephenson) Strafford.
Donald was born July 28, 1930, in Moline, to Fred and Hazel (Gelwicks) Strafford. His parents preceded him in death.
He grew up in the Moline area, attending area schools, and June 11, 1950, he married the love of his life, Dorma. The two started their life together in Moline and he was soon called to serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. After his service, he returned home and secured a position with John Deere. In 1957, the two relocated to Wisconsin and he continued with the John Deere Company. Along the way, they were blessed with two wonderful children.
Donald transferred to Kankakee with his family in 1966 to continue his career as a territory manager for the John Deere Company.
He and Dorma began vacationing to Florida in the 1980s and, in 1990, the two settled in Bonita Springs as Florida residents and became “snowbirds” until 2017 when they became full-time residents.
Donald was quite the outdoor sportsman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing his favorite spot in Canada, and was an excellent trap shooter. He particularly enjoyed travelling, as he and his wife visited many countries all over the world. He took pride in his role as a Mason and a member of the Zor Shrine. Above all was the time he spent with his family and friends.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 69 years, Dorma D. (Stephenson) Strafford; their son, Stephen Strafford and Jo-Anne Smith; daughter, Martha McLaren and husband Matthew; sisters-in-law, Phyllis Strafford and Myrna Strafford; and nieces and nephews.
Preceding him were his brothers, Thomas, his twin, and Robert Strafford.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607-1460 or First Presbyterian Church, PO Box 2168, Bonita Springs, FL 34133 or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Roy L. Bugh, Age 77, died peacefully in his home outside Ewing, MO on August 31, 2017. He was born March 6, 1940 in Lewistown, MO to Ruby and Albert Bugh. Roy married Judith Ann Shouse in 1962, and they had just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary; she survives.
Mr. Bugh was a 1958 graduate of Lewistown High School. He had worked at John Deere Harvester in East Moline, IL. He was an accomplished carpenter, remodeling many houses. He was a certified auctioneer, barber, farmer, and small engine mechanic. Roy enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, playing bluegrass music, horseback riding, watching his cattle and listening to his coyote hounds run. As a 32nd degree Master Mason, he had just been awarded his 50-year pin. Mr. and Mrs. Bugh attended Emerson Baptist Church.
Other survivors include his daughter Kathy (Brent) Burchett of Milton, IA and his son Larry (Tracy) Bugh of Quincy, IL. Surviving grandchildren include Royal and Raven Bugh of Quincy, IL; Noah, Jonah and Amos Stovall of Milton, IA; Baley Burchett of Iowa City, IA; and Avery Burchett of Burlington, IA. Surviving siblings include Lloyd (Barb) Bugh, Kenny (Lois) Bugh, Ron Bugh, Steve (Karen) Bugh, Dennis (Karen) Bugh, Norma “Sis” Lay, and Melba (Carl) Bodine. Mr. Bugh was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Larry Dean Bugh; and a grandson, River Bugh.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ball-Davis Funeral Home in Ewing with Rev. Jeff Voepel officiating. Burial will be in Ewing Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday September 5, 2017 from 4 until 7 p.m. with a Masonic service at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Northeast Missouri, 201 S. Baltimore, Suite C, Kirksville, MO 63501 or the River Bugh Memorial Fund at First Bankers Trust in Quincy, IL.
Pallbearers will be: Ron Bugh, Dennis Bugh, Sonny Klocke, Tim Bridgeman, Tom Allison and Aaron Lay; Honorary Pallbearer will be: Bill Runquist
Music will be: “I Will Go To My Grave Loving You”,” Family Bible”, “Supper Time” & “The Soul of Men Never Die”.
Mark W. Border, 67, of Rock Island, formerly of Orion, died Monday, November 25, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Orion. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Monday at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Moline, with a masonic service at 7 p.m. Burial will be at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Memorials may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Mark was born on August 9, 1952, in Davenport, IA, the son of Norman W. and Dorothy L. (Stokes) Border. He married Denise Mathias on October 11, 1975, in Moline. He received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree from St. Ambrose University. Mark had 42 years of service as a U.S. Army Civilian most recently with the Army Sustainment Command.
Mark was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Orion where he served on various committees. Mark was past chairman of Sherman Lodge 535 AF & AM, Orion and Past chairman of the Advisory Board of Rainbow Girls. He was a 32nd degree mason with the Scottish Rites and Coordinate Bodies Valley of Moline. Mark was active with the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society of Western Illinois Chapter. He also enjoyed his time with the Q.C. Cruisers.
Survivors include his wife, Denise of Rock Island; son, Nicholas (Jennifer) Border of Orion; grandchildren, Katelyn, Caroline, and Joseph William Border; sister, Patricia (Michael) Walters of LaGrange, KY.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Valerie Caulkins.
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Gail Goodell, 78, of Prophetstown, died Saturday, April 27, 2019, at his home.
His funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Leon United Methodist Church in rural Prophetstown with Rev. Jan Shaulis officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Bosma-Gibson Funeral Home in Prophetstown, with Masonic services at the conclusion of the visitation. Interment will be at Leon Cemetery, rural Prophetstown. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Leon United Methodist Church, Antique Engine & Tractor Association or Prophetstown Area Historical Society.
Gail was born April 30, 1940, in Sterling, Ill., to Glenn M. and Iva L. Tonkinson Goodell. He was educated in the rural Prophetstown grade schools and was a 1958 graduate of Prophetstown High School. He then attended Ag Short Courses at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Ill. Gail married Janet A. Oetzel on Nov. 23, 1963, in Prophetstown.
He was first employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling. He then farmed his entire life in the Prophetstown area, where he raised hogs, cattle, grain and seed corn. He was a longtime Wyffels Seed Corn grower. He enjoyed custom harvesting seed corn, especially the years he spent harvesting in Texas.
Gail was a member of Leon United Methodist Church, Prophetstown Lions Club, Prophetstown Masonic Lodge 293 (50-year member), Moline Consistory, Tebala Shriners, Antique Engine & Tractor Association and Deer Valley Collectors. Gail served as a board member of the Whiteside County Zoning Board, Big Slough Drainage District, Prophetstown Park District, Prophetstown Farmers Mutual Insurance Company and Illinois Farm Business Farm Management. Gail was an avid antique tractor collector, who enjoyed driving in parades and tractor rides, especially the drive over the Mackinac Bridge, Mich., and the RFD Tractor Drive in Grand Island, Neb.
Survivors include his wife, Janet; one daughter, Diane (Kevin) Baker, of Prophetstown; one son, David (Casey) Goodell, of Prophetstown; three grandchildren, Jacob Baker, of Sheridan, Ind., Abbey (fiancé Dylan DeShane) Baker, of Erie, and Alexandra Johnson, of Prophetstown; one sister, Shirley (Bill) Sharer, of Sterling; one niece and three nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Robert N. Beyerlein, 72, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital – Emergency Room, Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life and gathering of family and friends will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at First Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory will be assisting with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Geneseo and Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo.
Robert was born on August 19, 1946, in Santa Monica, CA, the son of Jack and Ruth (Nielsen) Beyerlein. He married Debra L. Grudzinski on December 21, 1974, in Rock Island, IL.
Robert graduated from Rock Island High School and earned an associate degree in Computer Technology from Eastern Iowa Community College. He worked at John Deere & Company for over thirty years as a computer programmer and systems auditor. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and member of the Clement Masonic Lodge #0680, Colona. He was an avid Corvette enthusiast and collector. He was a founding and lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Debra; his daughter, Jennifer (Colton Moore) Beyerlein, Clarence, IA; mother-in-law, Bernice Grudzinski, Geneseo; brother-in-law, Gregory Grudzinski, Apple Valley, MN; and several nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Robert N. Beyerlein, 72, of Geneseo, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 6, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital – Emergency Room, Geneseo. Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life and gathering of family and friends will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at First Lutheran Church, Fellowship Hall. Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory will be assisting with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Geneseo and Henry County Humane Society – Geneseo.
Robert was born on August 19, 1946, in Santa Monica, CA, the son of Jack and Ruth (Nielsen) Beyerlein. He married Debra L. Grudzinski on December 21, 1974, in Rock Island, IL.
Robert graduated from Rock Island High School and earned an associate degree in Computer Technology from Eastern Iowa Community College. He worked at John Deere & Company for over thirty years as a computer programmer and systems auditor. He was a 32nd-degree Mason and member of the Clement Masonic Lodge #0680, Colona. He was an avid Corvette enthusiast and collector. He was a founding and lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY.
Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Debra; his daughter, Jennifer (Colton Moore) Beyerlein, Clarence, IA; mother-in-law, Bernice Grudzinski, Geneseo; brother-in-law, Gregory Grudzinski, Apple Valley, MN; and several nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Eldon Spencer Johnson, 85, of Geneseo, formerly of Coal Valley, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2009, at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.
Funeral services celebrating his life will be 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, at Beulah Presbyterian Church, rural Orion, the Rev Charles Cunningham will officiate. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Family and friends of Eldon may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday prior to service at the church. Memorials may be left to Beulah Presbyterian Church. Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Eldon was born on Aug. 10, 1923, in Geneseo, the son of Seth and Clara Klavohn Johnson. He was a graduate of East Moline High School. Eldon proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers in England for three years. He was united in marriage to Gladys A. Bartsch on Sept. 7, 1957, at Hillsdale United Methodist Church, and they celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2007.
Eldon had been employed at Illinois Bell as a communication serviceman for 36 years, from which he retired in 1983. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masonic Temple, Scottish Rite, Moline, and was a Rural Township Board Member. Eldon was a member of the Beulah Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and on the building and grounds committee. He enjoyed collecting antique and unusual telephones.
Survivors include his wife, Gladys; a son, Eldon Wayne Johnson, Geneseo; a sister, Genevieve Yager, Geneseo; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Juanita Long.
Max W. Schlatter, 93, of Geneseo, formerly of Annawan, passed away Sunday, March 6, 2016 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. As per his wishes, Cremation Rites have been accorded by Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory and there will be no services. Private inurnment will be in the North Hill Cemetery in Wagland, IA
Max was born on August 6, 1922 in Washington, IA the son of Joe and Mona Schlatter. He was united in marriage to Phyllis J. Fulton on July 6, 1947 in Washington, IA. She preceded him in death in 2014. Max proudly served in the US Army as a Boat Captain during WWII. Max owned and operated Western Auto Store in Monmouth, IL. Later Max and his partner Harry Strum founded Strum Auto Parts Stores in the Quad Cities and had many stores throughout the Midwest. After selling the auto parts business they purchased the Mazda dealership in Davenport, IA. They then purchased the Clayton House Hotel, which they owned for many years. After retiring Max and Phyllis moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for many years and then moved to Annawan. Max was a longtime member of the Shriner’s and was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his sister Bett Harper of Sigourney, IA and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.
Ill. Bro. William “Bill” Bruce, 33°, 84, of Moline, IL, died Monday, November 4, 2019, at his home.
On Friday, November 8th, a Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 1608 – 13th Street, Moline, at 9:30 a.m. Burial, with Masonic Services followed by Military Rites accorded by American Legion Post #246, will be at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Then, a visitation for family and friends will take place at Wendt Funeral Home in Moline from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Bill was born June 1, 1935, in Lake Bruce, IN, to James and Alma (Edlin) Bruce. On January 27, 1962, in Gary, IN, he married Peggy Brown, who survives.
Bill served in the U.S. Army, and was employed by American Family Insurance for over 32 years, retiring in 2000. He was a member of Sacred Heart Church, Scottish Rite Valley of Moline, Doric Lodge, Grotto, High-12 Club, he was a recipient of the DeMolay Legion of Honor Award, and was coroted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General August 29, 1989.
In addition to his wife, Peggy, survivors include his daughter, Linda Bruce of Milan, IL; son, Mike Bruce of Moline; and brother, John (Becky) Bruce of Winnamac, IN.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and a sister.
Memorials may be made to Seton School or to Sacred Heart Church.
Robert M. Tomlinson
, age 77, of New Windsor, IL, died Wednesday October 16, 2019 at the Aledo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Funeral services are 10:00 am Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the New Windsor Presbyterian Church. Burial is in the New Windsor Cemetery. Visitation is 4-7pm Tuesday at the Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home, Alpha, where a masonic service will be conducted at 7:30 PM. A memorial fund will be established and online condolences can be made at www.petersonwallinknox.com
He was born August 22, 1942 in Moline, Il to Robert and Susie “Libby” Downer Tomlinson. He was confirmed in the Swedona Lutheran Church and graduated from Sherrard High School. He attended Blackhawk College where he received his welding certificate and his realtors License. He was united in marriage to Theresa L. Beeney September 1, 1963 in Illinois City, IL.
Bob was employed at Farmall in Rock Island and retired in 1991 from Navistar in Indiana. He created his own business “Bob’s Odd Jobs” in New Windsor helping people with repairs and maintenance in their homes. He was a former member of the New Windsor Village Board and served as Mayor from 1991-1996.
Other memberships include the Viola Masonic Lodge # 577 AF & AM , Sherrard Lions Club, Mercer County Relay for Life and he was a former member of the FFA in High school. He enjoyed bowling, golfing in leagues and charitable outings, hunting, fishing, traveling and especially being with his family and attending his grandchildren’s’ activities.
He is survived by his wife, Theresa, 1 daughter Susan (Michael) Iverson, of Sherrard, IL, 1 son, Scott Tomlinson of Elko, NV, 4 Grandchildren: Ryan, Dylan, Brock and Bailey, 2 sisters, Janice Pappas of Swedona, IL, Sharon (Roger) Bates of New Windsor and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Charles Pappas and Steven Dungan and a niece Staci Weston.
Allan James Gray, 104, of Silvis, passed away July 17, 2019, at Bickford Cottage in Davenport.
Masonic services will be held Monday, July 22nd, at 1 p.m. at Schroder Mortuary in Silvis. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time. Burial will follow at Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline. Memorials may be made to the family.
Allan was born April 19, 1915, in Moline, the son of Christopher and Jessie Fraser Gray. He married Marian M. Heath on March 7, 1942, in Memphis, Mo. She passed away July 19, 2006. Allan served in the Army during World War II. He retired from John Deere Foundry after 40 years and was a member of the Silvis Masonic Lodge and Moline VFW. He enjoyed golfing and bowling.
Survivors include his son, Robert (Sharon) Gray, of Bettendorf; grandchildren, Christine (Michael) Coyne-Logan, Robert A. Jr. (Robyn) Gray and Jonathan (Kathleen McCormack) Gray; great-grandchildren, Trevor, William, Hallie and Stella; special nieces and nephews Jessie Boyd, Jackie Martens, Pam Green, Christopher Gray and Mike Green.
Allan was preceded in death by his wife; brother, Harry; sister, Alma Carlisle; and several nieces and nephews.
Willis B. Noftsger
, 78 of Alpha, IL died Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Seminary Manor in Galesburg. Services are 11:00 a.m. Friday April 12, 2019 at Peterson Wallin Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. Burial is in Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge, Illinois where graveside military services will be conducted. Visitation is one hour prior to services Friday where memorials may be left to Tri-County Ambulance Service or the Oxford American Legion Post #1197. Online condolences may be left at www.petersonwallinknox.com
He was born March 21, 1941 in Leon, Iowa to Bruce and Jennie Struble Noftsger. Willis married Wanda E. Roule April 9, 1966 in Leon, Iowa. She died April 26, 2017. Willis was a U.S. Army veteran. He was employed at the Michigan/Wisconsin Pipeline and retired from ANR Pipeline Company. Willis later worked part-time at CPS in Viola. He was a former commander of the Oxford American Legion Post # 1197.
Survivors include one daughter: Wendy Capps of Des Moines, Iowa; one sister: Sharon (Billy) Jones of Lamoni, Iowa; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law: David and Bonnie Roule of Uniontown, Ohio; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; two sons: Billy and Wayne.
James R.”Jim” Gallaugher , 83, of East Moline, IL, will be 10 am Friday at the Van Hoe Funeral Home Ltd., East Moline. Burial will be in Rock Island, National Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-7 Thursday at the funeral Home. Jim passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at his home.
Jim was born July 27, 1935, in East Moline, the son of E. Roy and Myrtis Dykes Gallaugher.
After graduation from United Township High School in 1953, he attended the University of Illinois on a Rock Island Railroad scholarship. He graduated in 1957 with an Engineering degree. He married his high school sweetheart Joan Getty and began 5 years active duty in the Navy and served 20 years in the Naval Reserve. He achieved the rank of Captain in the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corp with various duties including duty in the Panama Canal Zone, Commanding Officer of the 26th Seabee Battalion headquartered in Glenview, IL, and various Regimental duties in several states.
After Navy active duty he was employed as a civilian by the Army at Rock Island Arsenal serving as Project Engineer on the Copperhead Artillery Shell, the M203 Grenade Launcher Attachment, and as the Army’s Chief Engineer on the M16 Rifle. The last 14 years with the Army, he served as Director of the Industrial Engineering Activity. He retired as a GS 15
Numerous awards were received from both the Army and Navy as well as an award from the American Legion as the most decorated Air Force ROTC cadet at the University of Illinois. Schools attended included a year at the National Defense University in Washington, D. C., the Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Jungle Warfare School in Panama. Jim’s duties took him to every state in the U.S. and eight foreign countries.
After retirement from the Navy and Army he was employed for 10 years by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency as an Air Pollution Control Engineer, finally retiring in December 2000. He remained active with his 185 acre Tree Farm near Viola, IL.
Jim was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the National Defense Executive Reserve, was listed in “Who’s Who in the Midwest” and “Who’s Who in Technology”. He was a past president of Delta Phi Social Fraternity at the U of IL, past president of the local chapter of the American Defense Preparedness Association, and past president of the Navy Reserve Association. He served voluntarily for several years as a consultant to the Engineering Departments of Iowa State University and St. Ambrose University.
Survivors include his wife, Joan; children, Kathryn Douglass, Jeffrey, Cynthia Ross, Joel and spouse Marta, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren; and sister, Patricia Place.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Reba Gallaugher and Wanda Reeves.
Memorials may be made to Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association.
Duane H. Else, 83, formerly of Cambridge, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at Genesis Medical Center, Aledo. Arrangements: Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services, Cambridge. More details will be forwarded as they become available.
Roger True Logan, 92, of Moline, passed peacefully on March 26, 2019 at Rosewood Care Center, Moline. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Knox Chapel of Wheelan Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 2106 7thAve., Rock Island. Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the Knox Chapel. Inurnment will be in Rock Island National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s’ choice.
Roger was born January 21, 1927 in Overton, NE, a son of John and Beatrice (Casey) Logan. He married Myrt Stubblefield in June of 1949. Roger served in the U.S. Army during the Occupation of Japan and was discharged in 1946. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska and worked for the Department of the Army in many capacities before retiring in 1986 at the Rock Island Arsenal. Roger was a lifetime member of the University of Nebraska Alumni Association and a die – hard Cornhusker fan. He was also a member of Lodge #57 A.F & A.M., KAABA Shriners, Blackhawk Shrine Club and he was a 32nd degree Mason of the Valley. He was also a life member of N.A.R.F.E., member of American Legion Post #246 and a member of First Congregational Church, Moline.
Roger is survived by his wife, Myrt; son, David (Teri) Logan, Davenport; daughter, Sharon Snow, Newport, OR; granddaughter, DeAna Fountain; grandson, Jeremy (Carissa) Fountain; great grandchildren, Devin, Dazia, Mackenzie, Trenton, Isaiah and great great granddaughter, Amiah Allen; sisters in law, Helen Brannon, Jessie O’Neil and Betty Stubblefield; Also surviving are many nieces, nephews and many extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ester.
Edwin A. Nesbitt
, 91, of Aledo, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, March 15, 2019 at Genesis Senior Living Aledo. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Aledo United Methodist Church. Burial is in the Aledo Cemetery. Visitation is 4-7 p.m.Tuesday, at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo where Masonic Services will be conducted at 7pm. Memorials may be made to the Aledo United Methodist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be left at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com
Edwin “Ed” was born February 21, 1928 in Aledo, the son of Boyd P. and Myrtle C. (Anderson) Nesbitt. Ed was raised on the family farm north of Aledo. He graduated from Aledo High School, class of 1946. He married Marian Graham on July 19, 1947 at the Aledo United Methodist Church Parsonage. Together they raised six children. He worked 47 years in the trucking industry, retiring from Preston Trucking in 1993. He then worked part-time at Walmart in Aledo, retiring in 2008. He also worked part-time at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo, retiring in 2012. Ed was a member of the Aledo United Methodist Church, Aledo Eastern Star Lodge 126, Aledo Masonic Lodge 252, and Teamsters Union 371.
Ed and Marian moved to the family farm in 1978. Ed enjoyed driving. He and Marian took many road trips, visiting several states. They also bowled and played cards with friends. They enjoyed spending time with family and attending their grandchildren’s events. Ed could often be found having morning coffee with his friends at the Town and Country Bowling Alley. He took much pride in maintaining his home and surrounding acreage.
Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 71 years; and children; Steven (Michele), Odessa, FL; Linda (Steve) Nelson, Galva; Barbara (Stan) Damron, Alpha; David (Diane), Woodhull; Patricia (Greg) McKnight, Coal Valley; and Karen (Larry) Goff, Woodhull. He is survived by 12 grandchildren; Matthew Nesbitt, Diana Nesbitt, Leah (Brandon) Chapman, Laura Anderson, Brian (Melissa) Brown, Kevin (Becky) Brown, Brooke Crippen, Jeffrey Nesbitt, Denise (Kurt) Barman, Nathan Beuseling, Christopher (Sawyer) Goff, and Cari (Jason) Main; three step-grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews; including Clifford (Traci) Nesbitt, Aledo; a great niece (bonus granddaughter), Jill Dunn, Seaton; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Ardythe Graham, Viola; and his special caregiver, Marni Berenger.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Alfred; and sons-in-law, Greg Beuseling and Warren Brown.
The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff at Genesis Senior Living and Genesis Hospice for their care and support; and to Pastor Zach Glenn for his visits and prayers.
Eric M. Noyd, 32°, MSA, 48, of Geneseo, IL, passed away on Thursday, February 21, 2018, surrounded by his loving family, at his home. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, at Countryside Christian Church in Port Byron. Pastor Andy Adams will officiate. Cremations rites will be accorded following the funeral service. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 26, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo Chapel. Masonic services will be held at 7 p.m. by the Viola Masonic Lodge. Memorials may be made to the Rock River Christian Camp or the Moline Chapter of Eastern Star.
Eric was born on July 27, 1970, the son of Michael and Linda (Liby) Noyd, in Rock Island, IL. Eric married Jane E. Tjardes, on April 4, 2009 in Urbana, IL. He was employed at Dohrn Transfer Co. in Rock Island as a data analyst. Eric was an Eagle Scout, a member of the Viola Masonic Lodge #577. He was a member of the London Masonic Lodge in Silvis, the Moline Eastern Star, and the Scottish Rite where he was a 32nd MSA. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Black Hawks, and Fighting Illini fan. He was a fan of all sports. Eric enjoyed brewing beer, watching Star Wars, and Lord of the Rings. Eric especially enjoyed going on cruises with his loving wife, Jane.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Jane; his parents, Michael and Linda of Cambridge, IL; one brother, Travis (Stephanie) of Andover, IL; mother-in-law, Marilyn Tjardes of Foosland, IL; brother-in-law, Phil (Jayne) Tjardes of Gibson City, IL; sister-in-law, Jan (Larry) Pfeiffer of Carlinville, IL; and nine nieces and nephews.
Eric was preceded in death by his grandparents.
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William Howard Mercer, 81, of Neponset, died, Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, IA. Howard was born May 16, 1937 in Galesburg, IL, the son of Stanley and Ruth (Thompson) Mercer. He graduated from Neponset High School with the class of 1955. Howard married Kathleen Hull on December 27, 1974 at the Congregational Church, Sheffield.
Howard is survived by his wife, Kathleen; two sons, Stanley (Audrey) Mercer, Kewanee, Michael (Becky) Mercer, Harrisonburg, VA; two grandchildren, Tyler Mercer, Princeton, Ashley Mercer, Princeton; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Howard worked at Martin Engineering in Neponset for several years and later worked at John Deere for 25 years, retiring in 1997. Howard joined the Masons in 1967 and was a 32nd Degree Mason. Howard loved to do woodworking, building and refinishing furniture. He enjoyed working away in the flower garden. Howard was a home body and loved spending time with his dogs. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends.
Visitation will be from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. A Masonic Service will be at 7:00 pm, following the visitation. There will be no Funeral Services. Burial will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Western Bureau County Food Pantry, Sheffield. Please leave an online condolence for Howard’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com
David E. Moon, 76, of Annawan, passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo with his wife by his side. Funeral Services to celebrate his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Frida,y January 25, 2019, at Mineral United Methodist Church. Reverend Terry Lancaster will officiate. Visitation for David will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel. A Masonic Ritual will be conducted by the Walnut Masonic Lodge at 7:00 p.m. Cremation will be accorded following the services. A private inurnment will be held at a later date in the Mineral Cemetery. Memorials may be left to the Mineral-Gold Fire Department or the Annawan-Alba Public Library.
David was born May 27, 1942, in Kewanee, the son of Dale & Marjorie (Davies) Moon. He was a graduate of Mineral High School, attended Illinois State University for three years, and the University of Illinois for one year. He was united in marriage to Sandra L. Potesak on August 5, 1967. David farmed in rural Mineral Township for 50 years before retiring and moving to Annawan. He was a lifelong member of Mineral United Methodist Church, a 50-year member of the Sheffield Masonic Lodges which has now merged with Walnut Lodge. He truly loved golfing, woodworking, and most of all adored spending time with his family.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Sandra; children, Scott Moon, Mapleton, IL, Susan (James) Hartford, Arlington, VA, and Laura (Eric) Meyer, Chicago, IL; grandchildren, Amanda Moon, Michael Moon, Lily Hartford, Sebastian Meyer, and Aleksander Meyer.
David was preceded in death by his parents.
George Gnatovich, 92, of Rock Island, passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019, at Trinity Hospital in Rock Island.
Funeral services were held at 12:00 p.m., Friday, January 11, 2019 at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Rock Island. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, January 10, 2019, with a Trisagion service held at 6:30 p.m., at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. Entombment will be at Moline Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.
George was born on May 27, 1926 in East Moline, the son of Nicholas and Mary (Perkovich) Gnatovich. He married Joy Skiles in 1949 in Moline, and she preceded him in death January 7, 2005.
Upon graduating East Moline High in 1944, the next day George reported for duty in the Navy and fought in the South Pacific on a Destroyer Escort, the U.S.S. Duffy. George started his career at Tri City Food on 23rd Ave in Moline with his brother, Sam, and then they went on to build and own Highland Park Bowl. They later owned Sammy G Lanes where he retired in 1999. He was a member of St. George Greek Orthodox church. For many decades George, his brother, John, and mother, Mary, religiously would have lunch together every Monday until her passing in 1986. They continued this tradition and then George’s son, Mark, joined upon his retirement in 2012 and continued until George’s recent passing. This grew into what they called the “Monday Lunch Club.” He also loved golfing, bowling, playing cards (especially euchre). George was truly known for his ability to tell jokes. One of his happiest moments was playing free golf at Golfmohr, after turning 90.
Survivors include his son, Mark Gnatovich, Rock Island; Grandchildren Lee, Mark “Nick”, and Brandy; Great grandchild Devin; Brother John Gnatovich; Several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, George Jr. and his brother, Sam.
Gerald Russell Stephens, 94 of Streator passed away Friday (November 9th).
A visitation was held Wednesday from 9:30 – 11 AM at the Winterrowd Funeral Home. A Masonic ritual was held at 10:45 and funeral services were held at 11 AM at the funeral home. A private family burial will be in the Richland Cemetery in Leonore and serving as pallbearers will be family members.
Gerald was born January 30, 1924 in Clarinda, Iowa to Clarence and Vera (Hulbert) Stephens. He married Melinda M. Richard on January 16, 1944. She preceded him in death on July 9, 2015.
Surviving are daughters Linda (Gene) Kencke of Central Point, Oregon and Janice (George) Wilts of Streator, grandchildren Lansing (Stacy) Kencke, Stephanie (Alex) Hayes, Jackie (Doug) Johnson, Joseph (Rebekah) Kencke, Allison Kencke, Shellie (Chris) Pytel and Tori (Jason) Artman, 17 great-grandchildren.
Gerald is preceded in death by his parents, his wife, great-grandson Dustin Kencke, brother Clarence (Bud) Stephens, sisters Elsie Wolf and Mary Jane Pharr.
He came to Streator in 1942 graduating from Streator High School. Gerald worked for the Burlington RR all of his life giving them 38 years of service starting out as a yard clerk, advancing to rate clerk and promoted to Agent working his way through the ranks to become Head of Operation and Management in the Chicago office the last 13 years before retiring. He was a member of the Streator Masonic Lodge, a 32nd Degree in Moline, a member of the 1st United Methodist Church and the Methodist Men.
The family requested no flowers and memorials to be the donor’s choice.
H. Douglas Bedinger, 88, of Colona, Illinois, died Sunday, November 11, 2018, at home.
Services are 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline. Visitation is 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday with a masonic service at 7:00 p.m. with Doric Lodge #319, AF & AM, presiding. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation or Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Doug was born January 2, 1930, in Sidell, Illinois, to Rev. Harold and Mildred (Sigmon) Bedinger. He graduated from Galesburg High School and earned a master’s degree in engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He married Joyce Ann Sevey on August 19, 1949, in Stockton, Illinois. She died September 2, 2008.
He worked for the Department of Defense all over the country, retiring from the U.S. Army Rock Island Command in 1983. He was a part of the original design team for both the Minuteman Missile System and the Patriot Missile System.
He was a member of Colona United Methodist Church, Gallup Lodge #22, AF & AM, in Gallup, New Mexico, recently receiving his 50-year pin, and Scottish Rite Bodies. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, and being in the yard. Above all else, family was the most important thing to Doug.
Doug is survived by three children, Anna Marie Cramblett, Douglas (Darlene) Bedinger, and Deborah “Debbie” (Ernie) Manrrique; grandchildren, Michelle (Chris) Baker, Michael (Jennifer) Cramblett, Jassen (Racheal) Manrrique, David (Kristy) Manrrique, Douglas (Mary) Bedinger, Jr., Tim (Corina) Bedinger, and Kirk (Loryl) Bedinger; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Lou Schotters; and brothers, Danny (Brenda) Bedinger, David (Ann) Bedinger, and Danny Joe Bedinger. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; and siblings, James, Charles, and Jeannie.
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Donald Robert Stephenson, AUGUST 15, 1933 – OCTOBER 30, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the loss of Donald, of Nashville, IN. Don was a member of the, ‘Friends of Brown County State Park’. Who touched many hearts with his ever positive outlook on life and his “handyman” can-do spirit. Don was a graduate of Ellettsville High School and retired as a general manager of a stamping shop at a tool and die factory in Elkhart, Indiana. He was a charter member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Bloomington, 32nd member of the Galesburg, Illinois Free and Accepted Masons and Scottish Rite. He was known as the “Mayor” of Town Hill in Nashville.
Don is survived by his wife Carolyn (Fogleman) Stephenson whom he married 65 years ago in 1953. And his four children: Lou Ann Smith of Galesburg, IL. Vickey Marshall, of Whitestown, IN; sons, Mike (Debbie) Stephenson of Nixa, MO and Mark Stephenson of Pueblo, CO. Don also has 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Barbara Lou Cox and two sons-in-law, Chuck Smith and Paul Marshall. May the memories of his smiling face and his always available, “helping hands” ease the pain that so many of his family and friends are feeling. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at the Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home; 4150 E. Third St. in Bloomington. Burial will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens. Friends may visit the family on Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be forwarded to the, ‘Friends of Brown County State Park,’ in Don’s memory or to I.U. Health; Bloomington Hospice. Carolyn and family want to thank all of you for the outpouring of support over the many years as a resident and former business owner of Yesterday’s Lore, in the warmhearted, Nashville, Brown County community. We wish you all many Blessings in the years to come. In Don’s memory, Amen.
Dale E. Lawrence, 78, of Atkinson, passed away on Friday, March 02, 2018, at Hammond Henry Hospital in Geneseo, IL. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson. Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. A visitation will be held prior to the prayer service, from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Dale Lawrence Memorial Fund. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.
Dale was born on November 14, 1939, the son of William Leroy and Luella Mae (Freeze) Johanson, in Moline, IL. He was united in marriage to Dixie A. Reed on March 15, 1958, in Milan, IL. Dale worked at John Deere Planter Works for several years before owning and operating the Oakwood Motel for 15 years. He later became an independent truck driver and owner of Lawrence Trucking. He was a member of Stewart Masonic Lodge AF & AM, and Eastern Star. Dale enjoyed trucking, camping, and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Those left to cherish his memory include, his wife, Dixie, sons, Kurt Lawrence, Atkinson, and Kris (Donna) Lawrence, Hillsdale, daughter, Karen Disterhoft (Ken Glines), Atkinson, nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Dale is also survived by his brothers, William (Lynn) Lawrence, AZ, and Calvin (Paula) Lawrence, MI, half-brothers, Albert Johanson, Roger Johanson, and Leroy (Brenda) Johanson, and a half-sister, Kathy (Randy) McMean.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, William and Luella, sister, Irma, and one great-grandson, Sean.
Carl E. Foley, 74, of Moline, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018, at home.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Rafferty Funeral Home, 2111 1st St. A, Moline. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Moline Memorial Park. A memorial fund has been established.
Carl was born September 15, 1943, in Macon, Mo., the son of Lea and Nava (Ervin) Foley. He married Lois Wooten on December 1, 1963, in Atlanta, Mo.
Carl retired from John Deere Harvester, East Moline, in 2001 after 34 years. He was a member of the UAW 865, East Moline, and the Masonic Lodge 1014, Moline. He enjoyed reading and was everyone’s fix-it man.
Survivors include his wife, Lois; children, Christopher (Tiffany) Foley, Coal Valley, Lisa Contreras, Moline, and Michelle Foley, Blue Grass; grandchildren, Nick, Allie, Emily, Teddy, Gage, Max, Damien, Evan, Noah, Eli and Morgan; great-grandchildren, Amuora and Isabella; and a brother, Damon Foley, Macon, Mo. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Natalie.
Lloyd E. “Skip” Chick , 79, of East Moline, Illinois, died Monday, October 15, 2018, at Clarissa Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa.
Private family services will be at a later date. Cremation will take place at Trimble Crematory, Moline, under the direction of the Cremation Society of the Quad Cities.
Lloyd Earling Chick was born March 16, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Lloyd and Alice (Peterson) Chick. He married Linda Brown on September 29, 1967, in Moline. She passed away in 2015.
He was a proud four year veteran of the UN Navy, a switchman, and did miscellaneous jobs for the Rock Island Rail Road, owner and operator for the Quad City Raceway from 1970-1979, journeyman and maintenance mechanic at various operations around the Quad Cities.
He was a member of Rock Island Moose Lodge #190, Rock Island Boat Club, Doric Masonic Lodge #319 and a 32nd Degree member of Valley of Moline Masonic Lodge. Skip enjoyed music, dirt track racing, riding his Harley, boating, and camping where Skip was always seen holding a PBR. Above all of his memberships and hobbies, he loved spending time with his family.
Lloyd is survived by a daughter, Karen (Dennis) Roberts of East Moline; sons, Nick (Shirley) Musick of Elgin Texas, and Scott Thaxton of Hampton; five grandchildren, Eric Roberts, Evan (Shawna Raley) Roberts, Christoper (Hannah) Glaub, Joe (Minnie) Balusek and Jason Magness; six great-grandchildren; Hendrix; Chloe; Lily; David; Bryce and Kaylee, a niece; Melody McGee; and a nephew; Daniel Rogers. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; a sister, Linda Rogers; and his daughter, Lori Chick.
“Skip’s biggest battle in life was the six times he fought cancer in his last 39 years. He was very strong willed” – Skips family.
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Richard Lee Medd, 92, of Moline, Illinois, died June 15, 2018 following complications of a massive stroke. His beloved wife of 73 years, Alberta (Bert) Medd, was still able to hold his hand and his heart until his last day. As Richard (Dick) passed from one stage of life into another at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, memories from his many years were being shared across generations and geographical lines. His stories will continue to be told with joy and admiration by his four children, Gary Medd (Jean) of Davenport, James Medd (Sandy) of Nashville, Judy Schuler (Jere) of Cincinnati, Rich Medd (Stacey) of Coralville; ten grandchildren, David Medd, Cynthia Sanger, Christy Medd, Kori Medd, Grant Kilgard, Wayne Kilgard, Celia Schnupp, Gabriel Medd, Kellie Coy, and Jason Schuler; twenty-four great grandchildren; brother, Robert (Nancy) Medd of Iowa City; and all those who were lucky enough to be his family member, colleague, or friend. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Mildred Medd, and his brothers, William, Ralph, and Ronald Medd.
Dick will be honored with pride each time we: rake if there are leaves, play if there is a piano, listen if there is music, pay if there is a bill, pick up if there is a phone call, invent if there is an idea, indulge if there is a Blizzard, and leave if it is time to go home.
Richard Medd was a pioneer in the Dairy Queen franchise, helping to develop, protect and promote the DQ brand nationally, and spread soft serve ice cream and jobs across the Midwest and the eastern part of the United States. Although his accomplishments as a businessman (Dairy Queen, Medd-O-Lane Dairy), World War II Army Air Corps Veteran (B-29 navigator), musician (pianist and trombonist), and thirty-second degree Mason were numerous, Dick was best at being a husband, dad, and grandpa. We will celebrate all he was and all he continues to be at a visitation from 4 pm to 7 pm on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 am on Friday, June 22, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport with burial at National Cemetery, Rock Island to follow. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, or to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Richard B. Adams, 87, of Galesburg, died at 8:53 p.m. Wednesday, December 27, 2017 in the emergency room of OSF St. Mary Medical Center.
He was born January 10, 1930, in Galesburg, the son of Everett K. and Mildred G. (Faulkner) Adams. He married Dorothy I. Boynton on May 8, 1954, in Galesburg.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 64 years, Dorothy; two sons, Michael N. (Dianna) Adams of Knoxville and Dr. James K. (Kelly) Adams of Peoria; a daughter, Cynthia K. (Robert) Cannon of Galesburg; two grandsons, Michael C. (Courtney) Adams and Steven A. (Hannah) Godsil; and one great grandchild on the way. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Mary Way, Nell Rose Knowles, and Cecile Adams.
Richard began working for the CB&Q Railroad as a fireman on December 31, 1951. He went on to become an engineer, a road foreman, a master mechanic, and finally regional superintendent of locomotives (field) before retiring June 1, 1987 from Burlington Northern Railroad.
He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1947 and attended the University of Illinois. Richard was of Methodist faith, had been a Mason since 1953, and was a member of the Galesburg Railroad Museum. He enjoyed gardening and maintained a yard that belonged in Better Homes and Gardens. He dearly loved his family and was a wonderful father.
Richard served in the United States Army for two years in Korea. He participated in the Invasion of Inchon, the Battle of Seoul, and the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
Cremation will be accorded. Private family graveside service will be Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in Wataga Cemetery. Rev. Rick Warren will officiate. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Galesburg Railroad Museum. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services of Galesburg is handling arrangements for the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com
Ill. Bro. Robert O. Ralston, 33°
Robert was born on October 8, 1938 and passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018.
Robert was a resident of Ohio at the time of passing.
Graduate of University of Cincinnati (BBA) and Xavier University (MBA).
He was active in the Scottish Rite Masons and led the Scottish Rite Northern Masonic Jurisdiction as Sovereign Grand Commander from 1993-2003. Visitation at 10 am on Friday, September 7, 2018, at Mason Christian Village chapel. Burial to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Montgomery.
Ill. Brother Ralston was Sovereign Grand Commander from 1993 to 2003.
Joe L. “Mick” Vrban, 78, of Colona, died Sunday, September 30, 2018, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, October 5, 2018, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601-38th Avenue, Moline. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m., Thursday, October 4, at the funeral home, where a Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. Burial will be at Dayton Cemetery, Colona, Il. Memorials may be made to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or the Clement Masonic Lodge #680. All need to use 60th Street for access to the funeral home.
Joe L. was born on August 11, 1940, in Moline, IL, the son of Joe F. and Elinor (Robinson) Vrban. Friends and family called him Mick, which is the nickname his sister Carol started using for him when he was just a baby.
He graduated from United Township High School and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Germany and Washington D.C. After being honorably discharged at the rank of Sergeant, he served four more years of reserve duty.
Mick married Sandra Frame Morris in 1968 in Silvis, Ill., happily choosing to be dad to Sandra’s four children. Mick and Sandy added three more children and they raised their family in Green River, Ill.
He proudly worked for John Deere Harvester Works and retired in 1997 after 30 years as a welder.
Mick was an active member and former Worshipful Master at Clement Masonic Lodge #680, Colona; a member of the Colona/Green Rock American Legion, where he proudly served on the memorial rifle squad honoring other veterans. He was a Boy Scout troop leader when his boys were younger.
Mick was a proud, private man, who loved his family, community, and country. He thoroughly enjoyed time with his grandchildren and shared simple joys with them – fishing on the banks of the canal, worm hunting, backyard archery, whittling sticks, coin collecting.
He protected the earth to preserve its beauty and fruit for future generations.
Survivors include sons, Dean (Brenda), Eldon, Missouri, Scott (Dawn), Colona, IL, Carl (Vicky), Pottsboro, TX; daughters Sherry (Joe) Lambert, Carbon Cliff, IL, Jennifer (Jason) Kneen, Moline, and Mikki Vrban (Brian) Krantz, Moline; more than 30 grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother James L. “Jocko” (Carole), and sister Carol Stout. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sandra, son Jim, and granddaughter Amy Lynn.
Memories may be shared on the tribute wall.
Ill. Norman R. Buecker, MSA, 33°, 93, of Springfield, passed away Monday, October 1, 2018 at Heritage Health. He was born January 2, 1925 in Springfield to Fredrick William and Adda Beth (Bradley) Buecker. He married LaDean Spence on February 10, 1951 and she preceded him in death on February 26, 2014.
Survivors include two children, Nancy Beth Buecker of Springfield and Bradley Joe (Nancy Pistorius) Buecker of Lawrence, Kansas; one grandchild, Alyssa Buecker; one sister, Ramona June Goldstein of Springfield and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; two brothers, Harold “Dick” Buecker and Matthew Dale “Crit” Buecker and one sister, Mable Staley.
Norman was a World War II Army Veteran. He was the owner and operator of Norman’s Plumbing and Heating.
Norman was a member of Scottish Rite, York Rite and Ansar Shrine.
Visitation: 10:00 am–12:00 pm Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield.
Funeral Service: 12:00 pm Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Staab Funeral Home – Springfield with Reverend Dr. Joe Eby officiating.
Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Scottish Rite Valley of Springfield, AASR.
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Norman R. Buecker, M.S.A., 33°
January 2, 1925 – October 1, 2018
Services: Staab Funeral Home
1109 S. Fifth Street
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Visitation: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Masonic Service: 12:00 noon
Religious Services thereafter – Reverend Joe Eby, ICOD Prior
Internment at Oakridge Cemetery, Springfield
Upon conclusion of services
Celebration and fellowship at
Springfield Masonic Center
1020 Rickard Road
Grand Master of A.F. & A.M.
1979 – 1980
Elected to received Meritorious Service Award June 1, 1965
Coroneted a S.G.I.G., 33° September 1, 1970
Active Member, Supreme Council September 29, 1981
Deputy for State of Illinois 1992 – 2000
Active Emeritus September 26, 2000 – October 1, 2018
Visitation 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Masonic Service 12:00 noon
Religious service to follow
Internment Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois
Harold Roy Thompson, 88, of Geneseo, formerly of rural Annawan, passed away on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at Hammond-Henry Hospital Extended Care Unit, Geneseo with his family by his side. Funeral services celebrating his life will be held 10:00 am Wednesday, November 24, at Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd, Atkinson. Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will be in the Hooppole Cemetery. Visitation for Harold will be from 4 – 8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials may be left to the Harold Thompson Memorial Fund, Hooppole Cemetery Association, or Annawan Community United Methodist Church.
Harold was born on October 12, 1922 in Alba Township the son of James E. & Celia (Boyd) Thompson. He was united in marriage to Marsha Pysson in 1979, they later divorced. Harold was a lifetime grain & livestock farmer, farming in rural Annawan, Atkinson & Alba Township retiring in 2000. He was a member of the Annawan Community United Methodist Church, and the Masonic Lodge, Hooppole for many years. Harold was a licensed pilot for many years and enjoyed flying his airplanes. He also enjoyed dancing, hunting and fishing trips to Canada and especially spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his daughter and spouse Michelle & Bryan Anderson, Galesburg, IL; his son Michael Thompson, Geneseo, IL; three grandchildren Oliver, Celia, and Edmund Anderson, five sisters and spouse Mary Whisker, Toulon; Lucille McCune, Mineral; Barbara Young, Geneseo; Beth & Neil Johnson, Galva; Judy Hansen, Utica, IL; a sister-in-law Odetta Thompson, Annawan; numerous nieces & nephews and a special friend Helen Claeys, Geneseo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers Orin, Calvin, & James, and one sister Dorothy Koss.
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
Donald E. Hofer, 93, of Aledo, formerly of Taylor Ridge, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at Genesis Senior Living, Aledo. Services for Mr. Hofer will be 10:30 am, Friday at the Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home & Crematory, Reynolds. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 8 pm, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Reynolds Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Reynolds United Methodist Church or to the Reynolds Fire Department.
Donald was born on April 3, 1923 in Taylor Ridge, a son of Everett and Lucy Zeitler Hofer. He married Lucille M. “May” Osborn on May 1, 1943 in Taylor Ridge. She preceded him in death on December 19, 2008. Donald was a lifelong farmer in Taylor Ridge, retiring in 1988. He was a member of the Reynolds United Methodist Church, Andalusia Masonic Lodge No. 516 AF & AM, Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 617, and the Rock Island County Farm Bureau. Donald had served on the Rock Ridge School Board and had served as the Edgington Township Supervisor.
Survivors include his children, Carol (Ron) Parchert, Buffalo Prairie, Donna Hayes, Trenton, Florida, Darrel (Judy) Hofer, Reynolds, Daniel (Janice) Hofer, Reynolds, Ann Marie (Kevin) Keller, Reynolds, Neil (Carolyn) Hofer, Guttenberg, Iowa; 13 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; a sister, Kathrine Osborn, Reynolds; a sister in law, Katie Hofer, Taylor Ridge.
Donald was preceded in death by his parents; wife, May; a granddaughter, Connie Hofer, sons in law, Al Howell and Mike Hayes, brother, Virgil Hofer; sister, Evelyn Burton; brothers in law, Willard Burton and Ben Osborn.
Herbert C. Spahn, 100, of Moline, Illinois, died Monday, September 10, 2018, in Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline. A Masonic funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. with Doric Lodge #319, AF & AM, Moline, presiding. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial is in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Friends are invited to a funeral luncheon at CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe following the burial. Memorials may be made to Doric Lodge or Clarissa Cook Hospice.
Herbert Casper Spahn was born November 6, 1917, in Chicago, to Jacob and Elizabeth (Dietzel) Stahl, and raised by his mother and step-father, Albert Spahn. He married Nellie Johnson on December 31, 1938, in Moline. She died October 31, 1988. He served in the US Navy during WW II, and was a machinist at International Harvester East Moline Works for 37 years, retiring in 1978. Herb was active in the Masonic Fraternity, where he was a longtime member of Moline Lodge #1014, AF & AM, now Doric Lodge #319; Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Moline; Kaaba Shrine; Moline Chapter #258, Order of Eastern Star; and Zal Grotto. He belonged to American Legion Post #569 in Milan, and was passionate about vegetable gardening.
Herb is survived by children, Gary Spahn and his wife Sandra of Perkinston, Mississippi, Daniel Spahn and Marilee Spahn, both of Moline; grandchildren and spouses, Brian and Kim Spahn, Jonette and Clay Gilley, Luanne and Dan Wise, and Sonnet Busen Greene and Brady Greene; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife and three brothers, Richard, Ernest, and Victor Spahn; and a great-grandson.
Robert Earl Downing, 92, of Taylor Ridge passed away April 24, 2017 at his home.
Graveside memorial services with military honors were at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Rock Island
Robert was born March 11, 1925 in Rock Island, a son of John L Downing and Grace M Durling. He graduated from Rock Island High School in 1943 and attended Augustana College where he held the high jump record for many years.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he attained the rank of 2LT and served as a navigator for the 64th Bomber Squadron. He married Reita Katherine Amy on February 10, 1951, and they enjoyed 65 wonderful years of marriage together. They loved to square dance and spent their winters in Arizona, living in Sunlife on “D” street. He was an avid Cubs and Hawkeyes fan, and enjoyed bowling, golfing and hiking. He enjoyed eating at Maid-rite, Whitey’s and Harris Pizza. His family would often mail him a care package during their winters in Arizona. After his military service he worked as a clerk for the Rock Island Post Office and retired after 34 years.
Survivors include: brother-in-law, Richard H. Amy, Milan; nephew, Richard (Kay) Amy, Illinois City; niece, Reita (Michael) Kuster, Taylor Ridge; 5 great nephews; 1 great niece; and 12 proud great greats. He was especially close to two great nephews, Rickey (Krystle) and Matt (Chelsea) Kuster, of Andalusia; and great niece, Gail (DJ) Hahn of Rock Island. He was preceded in death by his wife, Reita, parents, brother and sister-in-law, John R. And Evelyn Downing and his beloved dog Snoopy.
Lloyd R. Dyer, 92, of Kewanee died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, June 8, 2018, at his home.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. The Rev. Joe Schmidt will officiate. Visitation was held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, with Masonic services at 6:45 p.m. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee.
Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church in Kewanee.
He was born on June 8, 1926, in Canton, IL, the son of Uri and Verna (Macklin) Dyer. He married Irene L. Asbell on December 26, 1948, in Kewanee, and she preceded him in death on June 26, 2004.
Survivors include two sons, Robert (Linda) Dyer of St. Charles, MO, and Bradley (Shirley) Dyer of Kewanee; a daughter, Peggy (Richard) Bennett of Kewanee; six grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Herb Dyer.
Lloyd graduated from Kewanee High School in 1944. He served his country in the U.S. Navy after World War II. He had worked in the Forestry Division as a tree trimmer for Illinois Power for 35 years until his retirement. He also operated the Dairy Queen from 1967-1973. He helped develop the Kewanee Stage Coach/Pony Express Trail with Gus DeToye. He was a member of the First Christian Church and the Kewanee Masonic Lodge. He was an avid sports fan and animal lover who enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf and following the Chicago Cubs, especially their World Series win. He had marshaled at various golf outings over the years, had been a Boy Scout leader and was inducted into the Kewanee High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017 for football. He also enjoyed visiting with people and being a part of the McDonald’s crew and especially following the events of his grandchildren.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com
Memorial services for Eli “Mac” R. McDermand, 91, of Bettendorf, will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 13, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davenport. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m. until services time at the church. Mr. McDermand passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. Cunnick-Collins Mortuary and Cremation Service assisted the family with arrangements.
Eli Ray McDermand was born Sept. 15, 1923, in Moline, the son of Carroll and Henrietta (DeReu) McDermand. On June 21, 1958, he married Jacquelyn Bowman in Davenport. She preceded him in death in April of 2015. Mr. McDermand worked in the personnel department at IH Farmall in Rock Island for more than 44 years. He was an active member since 1948 of the Valley of Moline Scottish Rite, attaining the level of 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason. He was also a Master Mason within Roosevelt Lodge No. 646 in Davenport. For more than 50 years, he served on the board of directors at IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union. Mr. McDermand was an active member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. He was well-known to many, outside on his corner or buzzing around Bettendorf, happily smoking his pipe.
He is survived by a daughter: Kim (Dan) Thompson, LeClaire; and two grandchildren: Brian Erichsen, Des Moines, and Katie Thompson, Davenport.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Henrietta.
Noted Midwestern raconteur Omer L. Baumgartner passed away at this home in Ames, Iowa on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011. He was 90 years old. Mr. Baumgartner had lived a long and passionate life dedicated to rambunctious performances and dairy products.
Born on a dairy farm in Walnut, Ill., Baumgartner was prodigious with the movement of manure from an early age, and exercising these and other talents, earned recognition for his National 4-H Grand Champion Dairy Heifer, Clementine’s Ramona, in 1930 at the age of 10. After this debut, and as the Depression raged, Baumgartner cut his teeth in the livestock industry while attending hundreds of county and state fairs, showing and selling cattle, frying oysters, skinning rabbits, and drinking whiskey. While still a freshman at the University of Illinois, he successfully quelled the great dairy upraising of 1938, averting a desperate ice cream shortage in Chicago, and was immediately recruited, without finishing college, by the state’s Guernsey Breeders Association as a field agent.
Despite never learning to cook anything other than fried oysters, Baumgartner attained the rank of captain during World War II for running mess halls feeding over 5,000 in Tennessee and Alabama for the Army Air Corps. He was wildly popular with the troops for his mess hours bongo drum performances accompanied by dancing girls. Baumgartner notably worked for L.S. Heath and Company, running the dairy division and inventing Heath Bar ice cream in 1951. He also co-ran Wilkinson’s Office Supplies with his wife Jattie Wilkinson Baumgartner, serving one-third of the state of Illinois and parts of Iowa. Baumgartner disliked vegetables his whole life. Despite consuming more than 2,000 pounds of butter, he never suffered from any kind of heart disease. His last meal was ice cream.
Baumgartner is survived by his daughters, Donna Prizgintas in Ames, Iowa, and Mary Baumgartner Levner in Portsmith, Va.; and grandchildren Diana Prizgintas in New Zealand, Jack Levner in New York, Arion Thiboumery in Minnesota, and Stephanie Levner in New York; and great-grandchildren Max Prizgintas and Ada Levner.
Memorials may be directed to: Red Oak United Methodist Church, Walnut, Ill.
Robert W. Clements, 86, of Springfield, Ill., passed away Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born March 13, 1929, in Mt. Auburn, the son of Cleatis and Myrtle (Young) Clements. He married Wilma I. Prior on April 21, 1950, in Mechanicsburg. She preceded him in death on Aug. 5, 2013.
Robert retired from Rock Island Arsenal in 1984 after 33 years. He was a Marine PFC during WWII. Bob was a past master of the Mt. Auburn and Illiopolis Masonic Lodge where he recently received his 50 year membership pin. He was also a longtime member of the Ansar Shriners.
Bob and Wilma were well-known in the standard bred trotters racing community. They loved spending time on their farm in Missouri and going to any farm sale or auction he could find.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters: Velma Brown, Maxine Hays, Cleata Mae Hall, Delores Brown, and Barbara Sharp; and one brother, James Clements.
Surviving are one sister, Patty J. Hunt of Lincoln, Ill.; three sisters-in-law: Mary Grace Prior (Charles, deceased), Shirley Prior (Earl, deceased), Barbara Clements (James); numerous nephews, nieces and cousins; “adopted” daughter, Bonnie Seals (Harold) and her daughters, Tara Maas, Tonya Torres, Jessica Bollman, and Bonnie’s three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Shriners Children’s Hospital in St. Louis.
C.J. Brewer, 102, of Louisville, Ky., died Monday Aug. 17, 2015, at Jefferson Manor.
Visitation was at Pearson Funeral Home, 149 Breckenridge Lane, Louisville. A private family burial took place Friday, Aug. 21, in Litchfield, Mich.
He was in manufacturing management at International Harvester in Rock Island and in Louisville, where he retired.
C. J. was a member of the Kosair Shiners in Louisville and Kaaba Shriners in Davenport. He was a member of Beechwood Baptist Church.
He is survived by his son, Clifford James Brewer; daughter, Betty Maye Folks; stepson, Michael Bewley (Ruth); stepdaughter, Patricia Bewley Coyle; grandchildren, James D. Brewer, Suzanne M. Harms, Patricia A. Dickson, Rick Folks, Ken Folks and Luanne Holeva. He was loved and will be missed by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Kenneth L. Bland, age 75, of Edgerton, died on Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at
home surrounded by his family. He was born in Sandwich, IL on June 21, 1940,
the son of John and Florence (Johnson) Bland. The family moved from
Sandwich, IL to Morrison, IL when Ken was 16yrs old. He was a 1958 graduate
of Morrison High School and after graduation served in the U.S. Navy Air
Corps as a Navigator. After coming home from the military Ken worked for the
White Side County Sherriff’s Dept. and was also a volunteer fireman. He
moved to the South Beloit/Janesville area in the early 1970’s and worked for
RD Systems as an Electrical Engineer for over 20 yrs, helping design
machines that made batteries and had also worked as a Graphic Designer for
Parker Pen. Ken married Charlotte F. (Fields) Nelson on May 6, 1990, in
Janesville and the couple moved to Edgerton. He was a member of Rock Valley
Woodcarvers, Loyal Order of the Moose and the Masonic Temple as a 32rd
Degree Mason. Ken enjoyed playing in pool leagues, fishing, hunting, golfing
and wood carving.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Edgerton; 2 children; Kenny (Lynn)
Bland of Lone Tree, IA and Michelle (Tom) Hermann of Coralville, IA; 3
grandchildren; KJ (Kayla) Bland, Heather Bland and Ella Hermann; 2
step-daughters; Dee (JR) Sheldon of Janesville and Joni Nelson of
Janesville; 2 step-grandchildren; Sara Race and Otica (PJ Hanson) Hagen; 2
step-great grandchildren, Lauren Strang and Kyrah Hagen; 4 siblings: Richard
(Irma) Bland of Fulton, IL, Jack (Susan) Bland of Morrison, IL, Dennis Bland
of Rock Island, IL and David (Chris) Bland of Pensacola, FL. He was preceded
in death by his parents, and great-granddaughter, Kayla Strang.
A Masonic Service was held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at
APFEL EHLERT FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, Edgerton. Visitation was
held on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until Noon at the funeral home. Memorials
may be made to the family. For on-line obituary and condolences:
Richard L. Eaton, 76, of Coal Valley, Illinois, died on Thursday, September
15, 2016, in his residence, from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s
Services are 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Trimble Funeral Home, 1700 1st Street,
Coal Valley, Illinois. Burial is in Coal Valley Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to
7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where Sherman Lodge #535, Orion, AF & AM,
will conduct Masonic funeral services at 6:30 p.m. Monday. In lieu of
flowers, memorials may be made to ALS Association, Greater Chicago Chapter.
Richard Lloyd Eaton was born January 7, 1940, in Milan, Illinois, to Charles
McKinley and Lou Dollie (Milburn) Eaton. He was raised by his father and
step-mother, Edna, He married Shirley Tisdale on May 29, 1958, in Moline.
She died December 15, 1994. He was a self-employed plastering contractor,
operating Richard L. Eaton Plastering for over 40 years, retiring in 2004.
He was the master plasterer of the Quad Cities, and taught younger
plasterers to “do it right,” many of whom now own their own plastering
businesses. He was a man of many talents and interests. He loved the
outdoors and gardening, was the “go-to” guy in his neighborhood and was
willing to help anyone. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan, and
enjoyed visiting the gambling boats.
Dick is survived by two daughters and three sons-in-law, Lisa and Jeff
Kapple of Silvis, Illinois, Tracy and Dave Paarmann of DeWitt, Iowa, and
Randall Jasper of Coal Valley; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren;
his step-mother, Edna Kuehl of Rock Island; four sisters, Peggy Hays of
South Carolina, Pearl Walker of Alabama, Pat Chance of East Moline, and
Cindy Eaton of Milan; and his partner, Gloria Stiles of Orion. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; a daughter, Penny Jasper; and his
brother, Charles Eaton.
Lee Roy Jones, 87, of Muscatine, passed away on Tuesday, November, 7, 2017,
at his home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November
11, 2017, at the Geo. M. Wittich-Lewis Home for Funeral and Cremation
Services with Rev. Darryl Erickson officiating. Entombment will be held at
the Muscatine Memorial Park Cemetery Community Garden Mausoleum. Visitation
for Lee Roy will be 4-7 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the Spring Valley Bible Camp in Lee Roy’s name.
Sympathy notes may be left for the family at
Lee Roy Jones was born on December 10, 1929, in Columbus Junction, Iowa, the
son of Roy Evans Ellsworth and Lula Anna (Connor) Jones. On February 26,
1960, Lee Roy was united in marriage to Dorothy Marilyn Lippens in Rock
Island, Illinois. He graduated in a class of four from Grandview High School
and was employed at International Harvester Farmall for 33 years. Lee Roy’s
greatest sadness came at the loss of his daughter, Marsha, when she was 29
years of age in a vehicular accident.
Lee Roy is survived and lovingly remembered by his wife, Dorothy of
Muscatine; son, Robert Lee Jones and wife, Penny of Muscatine; daughter,
Lisa Smock and husband, Rod of Muscatine; grandchildren, Monica Horchem,
Jessica Jones, Joshua Jones and his wife, Megan, Kayla Carlsten and her
husband, Jeremy, Matthew Calvert, Brody Smock and his wife, Melissa, and
Rory Smock; 11 great-grandchildren; and five nieces and nephews.
Royce A. “Buzz” Stenzel, 83, of rural Cambridge, passed away on December 30,
2017, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Long Term Care Unit. A funeral service will
be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, January 4, 2018, at First Lutheran Church in
Geneseo, IL. Reverend Laura Kamprath will officiate. Burial will follow at
Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo. Visitation will be held 9:30-11:00 a.m. on
Thursday, an hour and a half prior to the funeral service, at the church and
a Masonic ritual will be held at 11:00 a.m. prior to the funeral service by
Stewart Lodge No. 92 AF&AM. Memorials may be directed to First Lutheran
Church or Geneseo Humane Society. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory,
Geneseo, is assisting with these arrangements.
Royce was born on July 24, 1934, the son of Roy and Margaret (Swanson)
Stenzel, in Geneseo, IL. He was united in marriage to Sharon D. Barritt on
October 18, 1953 at First Lutheran Church, where he was a lifelong member.
Royce farmed in Munson Township for over 60 years and was always willing to
lend a helping hand to his neighbors and friends. He enjoyed spending time
with his family, friends and dogs, wood working and he was an Iowa Hawkeye
fan. He was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau, Henry County
Genealogical Society, Henry County Historical Society, Bishop Hill Heritage
Society, a member of Scottish Rite, Eastern Star. He had been a Mason since
1957 and a perpetual member of Stewart Lodge No. 92, Geneseo.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Sharon, daughters Susan
(Ronald) Hucke, Glendale, AZ and Judith Stenzel, St. Louis, MO, niece
Deborah (Scott) Hawkins and nephew Rodger (Stephanie) Rickman.
Curtis Eli Richardson, 73 of Aledo, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Genesis Medical Center, Aledo. Military Graveside services will be Monday at 12:00 Noon at the National Cemetery, Rock Island Arsenal. Visitation is Monday from 9:00 to 10:30 AM, with Masonic Rites at 10:30 AM at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Curtis Richardson memorial fund or the Mercer County VFW Post #1571.
Curtis was born on December 12, 1943 in Mercer County, Illinois. Curtis served his country in the United States Navy for over 24 years. He married Diane Trial on April 13, 2002 in Aledo, Illinois.
Curtis was a man of many talents, especially enjoyed woodworking and electrical jobs. He was employed with Deane Frye Construction for many years and with the former Contel Telephone Company from 1968 to 1995. Curtis was a 50 year member of the Aledo Masonic Lodge #252 and Order of the Eastern Star #126. He was also a member of the Mercer County VFW Post #1571 and the American Legion, Post #121. Curtis was a Die-Hard Chicago Cub Fan, and enjoyed seeing them win the World Series. He also enjoyed watching the Chicago Bears, Nascar and spending time with Sir Walter, his canine companion.
Curtis is survived by his wife, Diane; daughter: Tammy Friedel and fiancé, Adam Douglas of Aledo; Granddaughter, C. J. Friedel of Waukesha, WI; siblings: George Richardson of Tennessee and Ardeen Phillips and Judith Richardson, both of Davenport; special friends: Marie Burrill and family and Martha, Kevin & Katie Fuller. He was preceded in death by his mother, Melvina (Jump) Richardson; Son, Tony Richardson and special friends: Darrell Burrill and Kenny Fuller.
Samuel T. “Sam” Nelson, 87, of rural Aledo, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Speer Funeral Home, Aledo. Burial will be at Hamlet Cemetery. Visitation is today from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Hamlet Cemetery or Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church.
Son of Lytle Nelson and Frances Fuhr Nelson, Sam was born April 22, 1929, in the house where he lived all his life. He married Geneva Johnson, of Edgington, on April 10, 1955.
Sam farmed his whole life, first with his father and then with his son, Dennis. On July 4, 1940, he helped his father open Lake Nelson, a man-made lake for fishing, swimming and boating. The property included a roller skating rink, an outdoor movie screen, a track for car races and a baseball diamond in the middle of the track. The popular recreation complex closed in 1952 when Sam entered the U.S. Navy.
He was a member of the Buffalo Prairie Presbyterian Church and the Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge. He served on the Mercer County Board and was a Duncan Township trustee. Sam also served on the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Aledo, the Buffalo Prairie State Bank and Hamlet Mutual Insurance.
Sam is survived by his wife, Geneva; his children, Dennis (Cindy) Nelson, Joy, Laura (Ed) Rivas, Naperville, Kathy (Steve) Shirley, Frisco, Texas, and Samuel T. Nelson III, Naperville; grandchildren, Alex Rivas, Burbank, Calif., and Barbara Rivas, Naperville; and special friend, Sheridan Hank. Sam was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Drucilla; and a son, Bryan.
LeRoy Muffler, 90. Roy was born on June 2, 1923 and passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
LeRoy was a resident of Serena, Illinois at the time of passing.
LeRoy was married to Diane.
Funeral Service were at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Ottawa Funeral Home with Rev. Cynthia Zolk and Fr. John Waugh officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7, with Masonic Services. Burial will be in West Serena Cemetery with Military Services.
In Memoriam William M. Myers 1936-2018 A beloved husband father brother and friend William M. “Bill” Myers passed away peacefully on Friday March 23 2018 at home in Huntley IL surrounded by his family. Born in Davenport IA on June 17 1936 he was a graduate of Culver Military Academy in Culver IN. He earned a degree in Chemistry from Knox College in Galesburg IL where he was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army for 8 years as a Captain Infantry Unit Commander and Platoon Leader. First stationed at Ft. Benning GA his service took him to Vietnam early in the conflict and later Okinawa Japan where he served as a Green Beret with the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne). He received a Parachute Badge Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) and Viet Nam Service Medal. An accomplished aviator he learned to fly in the early 1960’s. He amassed nearly 20000 hours of flight experience in everything from small single-engine airplanes up to the Boeing 747. He held almost every available FAA pilot certificate and rating. He joined United Airlines near the end of the piston airliner era as a flight engineer on the DC-6. Over the course of his 30-year career he flew throughout the United States and all over the world retiring in 1996 as a Captain flying the DC-10. Following his career with United he had a 2nd career as an Air Carrier Inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where he enjoyed seeing the aviation industry from a different perspective. A life-long mariner boating was one of his greatest passions. Whether day trips on Lake Geneva Lake Michigan crossings or leading sailing trips in the Caribbean he loved being on the water for the social time that boating created with family & friends. He was a member of the US Power Squadron since 1956. Sharing his passion with others he volunteered his time serving the organization where he taught boating classes and promoted safe boating for many years. He was elected District Commander of the Fox Valley (IL) Power Squadron and led the organization in the region before retiring in 2007. He married the love of his life Ceil in 1999. He’ll be remembered as a wonderful husband father brother and friend. A “salt of the earth” guy he was wise genuine honest loyal humble and hard-working. A teacher and mentor to many he always found the good in things. Even through health struggles later in life he never complained and was always upbeat happy and grateful. He was preceded in death by his parents two sisters Virginia Marian and one brother Richard. He is survived by his beloved wife Cecile Myers; son Tom Myers (Vicki) Denver CO; daughter Jennifer Myers Kendall (Chris) Sydney Australia; son Tom Furio (Judi) Orlando FL; son Anthony Furio (Paula) Cary IL; nine grandchildren – and his favorite puppy Ollie.
Clifford J. Sichta Jr., 73, of Geneseo passed away peacefully Feb. 13, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf, surrounded by loving family.
Per his wishes he will be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Quad Cities Cremation Center is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Henry County Humane Society in Kewanee.
Cliff was born Dec. 19, 1944 in Washington D.C., the son of Clifford and Virginia Cuno Sichta. He graduated from Illinois Wesleyan, the class of 1966, and was a member of the Acacia Fraternity. Cliff was an “Insurance Wizard” and worked as a C.P.C.U.-certified underwriter for Lohman Bros. in Geneseo and Lyle R. Jager Agency in Kewanee. Cliff enjoyed the study of Theology, woodworking and playing golf.
Survivors include his former wives Pam Zweng and Carol Mayo; sons Joe (Kim) Sichta of Malibu, CA and Jeff (Kelly) Sichta of Gretna, NE; daughters Maggie (Lou) Kinnamon of Mahomet, IL, Jessica (John) Gilligan of Naperville, IL and Rebecca (Trent) Proehl of Tremont, IL; grandchildren Jake, Nina, Nicole, Arielle, Marissa, Delainie, Kyle, Kade, Kara, Annabel, Ryan, Carlie, Alida and Ava; 8 great grandchildren; brother Robert (Pia) Sichta of Bradenton, FL and sisters Marge (Jerry) Misek of Elizabeth, IL and Sue (Jim) VerHage of Beverly Hills, MI.
Clifford was preceded in death by his parents and a great grandson, Sailor.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the compassionate staff of Illini Hospital ICU and the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.
Arnold J. Bauer, 93, formerly of Moline, Illinois, died Tuesday, August 9, 2016, in Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline, Illinois.
Services are 3 p.m. Sunday in the Horizon Room at Trimble Funeral Home at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline. Visitation is one hour before the services. Graveside services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Dubuque Memorial Park, Dubuque, Iowa. Memorials may be made to Riverside United Methodist Church, Moline.
Arnold James Bauer was born November 19, 1922, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Reinhold R. and Leona (Walker) Bauer. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1941. After graduation he was employed by Farley & Loetscher in Dubuque, Iowa. He married Vivian Hirsch on April 2, 1943, in Dubuque. He served in the 5th Air Force division of the U. S. Army Air Corps during WW II. He attended the University of North Dakota in Fargo for special training while in the service. He was a topographical engineer in the South Pacific and traveled from Australia to Japan laying out target mosaics for air force pilots bombing missions, including Nagasaki and Hiroshima.
Arnold was employed by Deere and Company for 36 years as a project architect and administrator of Deere facilities, where he and his staff provided architectural services to John Deere dealers throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia. After retiring in 1985, he was plant engineer for Harrington Signal Co., Moline, for eight years.
He was an active member of Riverside United Methodist Church, Moline, where he was a lay leader, president of Methodist Men, chairman of finance, property and building committees. He was a member of Doric Lodge #319, AF & AM, and Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Moline.
Arnold is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sally and Thomas Fuller of Moline; two grandchildren and their spouses, Stacey and Jeff Gerstel, and Jessica and Jason Stahl; and four great-grandchildren, Samantha and Tyler Gerstel and Andrew and Abby Stahl. He was preceded in death by his father, Reinhold Bauer; his mother, Leona Wilkerson; his wife, Vivian Bauer; his sister, Mary Lehnen; and his brother, Curtis Bauer.
Neil Zachmeyer, 99, of Monmouth died at 12:20 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Roseville Rehabilitation and Care Center, Roseville, IL.
He was born June 10, 1916 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Harry Edward and Matilda Barbara (Krehbiel) Zachmeyer. He was raised and educated in Galesburg, graduating from Galesburg High School in 1935.
Neil married Helen Euginia Crapnell.
Neil worked for the CB & Q Railroad during WWII. He later was the first radio announcer for WRAM in Monmouth in 1957. He was a guest announcer for WSM at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on Feb. 9, 1959. He later worked for the Gates Rubber Co in Galesburg and the Green Thumb for seniors at the Warren County Housing Authority in Monmouth.
Neil loved Country and Western music and played with the band, Melody Rangers. The band played all around the area at fairs and homecomings. He was a founding member of the Mississippi Valley Country Music Association. He was also a member of the Monmouth Masonic Lodge, #37 A.F. & A.M., Peoria Shrine Club, Quad City Consistory, Burlington Moose Lodge and the Galesburg Elks. He was an avid ballroom dancer.
Survivors include his sons, Errol Zachmeyer and Lauren (Mary Ann) Zachmeyer both of Alexis; grandson, Danny Zachmeyer of Alexis; good friends, John Toal and Karen Segura both of Monmouth.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, David Zachmeyer.
Alvin “Al” H. Eilers, 90, of Kewanee, died at 11:25 pm on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at the Courtyard Estates of Kewanee. Alvin was born September 19, 1927 in Prophetstown, the son of George and Hazel (Becker) Eilers. Alvin graduated from Annawan High School with the class of 1945. He married Cheryl McNaught in 1952, she preceded him in death in 2000. Alvin married Eileen Hill on June 14, 2003, she survives.
Alvin is survived by three sons, Bruce (Sue) Eilers, Annawan, Mark (Lori) Eilers, Kewanee, Tim (Mel) Eilers, Naperville; two step-children, Nancee Lindbeck, Westerly, RI, Hugh (Terri) Hill, Kewanee; ten grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; brother, Eugene (Phyllis) Eilers, Geneseo; sisters, Venita Ewing, Kewanee, Alvina (Ron) DeSplinter, St. Charles, MO; and one sister-in-law, Joan Eilers, Geneseo. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Cheryl; two brothers, Frank and Kenney Eilers; and one sister, Ruth Eilers.
Alvin was a farmer all of his life, he worked for Golden Harvest Seed Corn as a side job, retiring in 2006. He was the Yorktown Supervisor for 20 years. Alvin served his country in the US Army. Alvin was a member of the Hooppole American Legion and the Masonic Lodge 293, Prophetstown. Alvin was also a member of the Zion First Methodist Church in Hooppole for over 75 years.
Funeral services will be 10:30 am, Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Zion First Methodist Church, Hooppole. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Friday, June 1, 2018 at Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Hooppole Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Zion First Methodist Church, Hooppole or Henry County Senior Center, Kewanee. Please leave an online condolence for Alvin’s family at www.schuenemantumblesonfuneralhome.com
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Vernon Thomas Wilson, 91, of Orion, died Friday, March 9, 2018, at UnityPoint Health – Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services will be held at 11am Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Kirk, Huggins, and Esterdahl Funeral Home, 1301-4th Street Orion, IL. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Monday, March 12, 2018, at Kirk, Huggins and Esterdahl Funeral Home, Orion. Burial will be 2pm, Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Bishop Hill Cemetery, Bishop Hill, IL, where military honors will be conducted by the Orion American Legion. Memorials may be made to Andover Lutheran Church, or University of Iowa Children’s Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa.
Vernon was born on April 27, 1926, in rural New Windsor, IL, the son of Fred and Inez Stevenson Wilson. He married Verla Johnson in Galesburg, IL, in 1949; she preceded him in death in June 1990. He later married Ila (Poppy) Nelson on July 14, 1991 in Andover, IL. Vernon worked in mechanical engineering at John Deere Davenport Works for over 34 years, retiring in 1982.
Vernon was a veteran, having proudly served in the United States Army in the tank division during the Korean war. He was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church in Andover, and a member and past commander of the Andover American Legion Post 465. Vernon was a Mason of the Scottish Rite and Coordinate Bodies Valley of Moline, and member of the Doric Lodge 319 AF + AM, Moline. Vernon also had an extensive musical career, playing bass, piano, and violin. He performed in various bands, including the Pleasant Valley Boys, Buddies of the Airlanes with WHBF, the Wes Holly Group with WOC, and the Mohassan Grotto Band. After retiring, Vernon enjoyed going to Arizona during the colder months, spending 24 winters with his wife there.
Survivors include his wife, Ila; three step children, Doug (Terri) Nelson, Lynn Center, Brian (Becky) Nelson, Cambridge, Cindi Sparkman, Orion; seven grandchildren; Neal (Lori) Nelson, Nicole (Marty) Ruthaivilavan, Breanna (Wade) McLaughlin, Lance Nelson, Natalie Nelson, Chad Sparkman, and Ethan Sparkman; and six great grandchildren. Sister-in-law; Joanne Wilson, East Moline, IL. nephew, Ronald (Jackie) Wilson, Silvis; nieces, Pam (Dick) Hunt, Reynolds and Jill (Craig) Johansen, East Moline, IL, and their families.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Verla; parents; and three brothers, Henry, Harry, and Ronald.
Ill. Bro. Stanley LaVerne Davidson, 33°, 71, of Basco, IL passed away on Thursday August 2, 2018 at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO. He was born May 25, 1947 in Keokuk, Iowa. He is survived by his wife Shirley, who he married on May 9, 1970, four children, eleven grandchildren, one great-granddaughter and four sisters. He served in the US Army and was a member of the Warsaw VFW. He worked at FerroSil in Keokuk for 38 years and became Plant Manager before the plant’s closing in 2002. He served on the Hancock County Board and was the longest serving board member in history on the Basco, IL Village Board. True to his spirit, Stanley was an organ and a tissue donor, giving the gift of life.
Stanley was a very dedicated and active Freemason. He was a Past Master of Basco Masonic Lodge, the current secretary of Blackhawk Masonic Lodge in Hamilton, the Thrice Potent Master of the Lodge of Perfection at the Valley of Quincy Scottish Rite from 1996-1998 and Commander-in Chief at the Valley of Quincy from 2013-2015. Stanley received the Scottish Rite 33° at Providence, RI in 2008. He participated in many Scottish Rite Degrees and Masonic Funeral Services, and was a Past Patron of Browning Chapter OES and a board member of both the Hamilton Rainbow Girls and Quincy Rainbow Girls.
A Celebration of his Life will be will be at 10:00 AM on Friday August 10, 2018 at DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center at 917 Blondeau Street, Keokuk, IA. Burial with Military Rites and the 33° Honor Guard will be at the Basco South Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday at the funeral home, followed by a public Masonic Funeral Service conducted by Black Hawk Masonic Lodge #238 starting at 8:00PM. Memorials are suggested for a Scottish Rite Scholarship to be established in his name.
Richard W. Parlier, 97, of Naples, died peacefully at home July 7th 2018. Formerly from Moline, Illinois and Chicago, he had been a Naples resident for over 30 years. Born in Sioux City, Iowa on May 2nd 1921, he attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois entering the Army Air Corps Cadet program, eventually becoming a First Lieutenant pilot flying P-51 Fighters. He went on to work for Shell Oil Company for over 20 years and over 15 with Martin Oil Service, Chicago as Vice President of Real Estate. Richard was a member of the Sailing and Yacht Club for 22 years, enjoying dancing and sailing his 32′ Irwin sailboat. A longtime member of the Medinah Shriners in Illinois, Life Member of the Naples American Legion and Naples Elks.
He married Marjorie Holmes (deceased) in 1949, having five children, Richard H. Parlier of Naples, Marnell Carlson of Lockport, IL, Allison Dille of Eureka, MO, Janalou Koppes of Grays Lake, IL, Christian Parlier of Bakersfield, CA. In 1973 he married Ruth Corn of Wilmington, IL (deceased) becoming the proud step-father to her four children, Linda Corn-Flynn of Ft. Myers, Cindy Thompson-Manchester of Aspen, CO, Michael Corn of Sarasota and the late Keith Corn of Aspen, CO.
There will be a visitation Friday, July 27th 2018 10am to 12 noon, with a funeral service at 10:30am, Fuller Funeral Home, 1625 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, FL.
Ill. Bro. Gary Curtis Mitchell, MSA, 33°, 79, Galesburg, died at 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 23, 2018, at home.
He was born Sept. 6, 1938, in Galesburg, to Lester and Ruth Lourie Mitchell. He married Karen Belle Kennedy on May 25, 1958, in Galesburg. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Curtis K. Mitchell of Phoenix, Arizona, and Lance M. (and Kathy) Mitchell of Knoxville; a sister, Linda (and Neal) McMeekan of East Peoria; five grandchildren, Kyle Mitchell, Tim Mitchell, Ryan Mitchell, Matthew Mitchell and Peyton Mitchell; a great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Jeffrey D. Mitchell on June 15, 1992.
Gary graduated from Galesburg High School in 1956 and attended Western Illinois Teachers College in Macomb. He worked for Outboard Marine Corporation, Gale Products Division, Galesburg, for 30 years. He later worked for NAEIR for 17 years and retired in 2004. He attended Covenant Church in Galesburg. He was a member of the Masonic Vesper Lodge 584. He was the youngest Mason to achieve a 33rd degree Mason east of the Mississippi River. He was also a member of the Shriners and the O.A.K.S. Gary was well known for the voice of the P.A. announcer for Lombard and Churchill Junior High Schools, Galesburg High School, Carl Sandburg College, Knox College and ROWVA/Williamsfield High School. He was a member and past president of the JFL football program, Little League Baseball program and past president and vice president of the Babe Ruth Baseball program in Galesburg. Gary was assistant coach for the Galesburg American Legion Post 285 Baseball Team for several years. He served on the football chain crew for over 20 years. He was also a Cub Scout leader in Galesburg for several years. Gary was inducted into the Friends of GHS Athletics in 2007. He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears fan.
As Gary wished, cremation will be accorded. A Masonic Service will be at 4 p.m.. Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service Galesburg Chapel followed by a memorial service with Rev. Tom Ek officiating. A celebration of life visitation will then follow from 5 to 7 p.m. A private graveside committal service will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Galesburg. Memorials may be made to the Covenant Church, OSF Hospice or Shriners Hospital for Children. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.
Henry John Trefz, 87 of Rock Island, passed away Sunday July 22, 2018 at Friendship Manor, Rock Island.
Funeral services will be 10:00am Thursday at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 2324 18th Avenue, Rock Island, where he held membership. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2:00-6:00pm at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Avenue, Rock Island, followed by a Masonic service at 6:00pm. Burial will be in Rose Lawn Cemetery, Moline. Memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church or Shriners Hospital for Children, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.
Henry was born in Moline on January 4, 1931 the son of Raymond and Hazel Godfrey Trefz. He graduated from the University of Michigan with his MBA degree in 1954. He retired from John Deere as Manager of Corporate Reporting in 1986 after 30 years of service. Henry received one of two Deere and Company life time achievement awards for accounting.
He was Past Master of Doric Lodge 319, Moline, past treasurer and potentate of Kaaba Shriner, Davenport, past president of Shriners International Treasurer Association, and past president of Blackhawk Shrine Club of the Quad Cities. Henry was a CPA and a proud Michigan Wolverine Fan!
He is survived by nieces, Sarah (Bill) Turner and Kathy (Don) Shumway; nephews, Kevin (Cindy) Bean and Peter (Donna) Bean.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Anne Bean.
George Wilson Hurd Jr., 78, longtime businessman in Knoxville and Oneida, died at 10:45 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2018, at the Knox County Nursing Home in Knoxville.
He was born Dec. 13, 1939, in Moline, the son of George Wilson and Leaveu Leona (Brown) Hurd Sr. He married Marilyn K. Reihm on April 9, 1960, in Moline. She survives of Knoxville.
He leaves behind his family: Geoffrey (Diana) Hurd of Knoxville, Gregory (Margaret) Hurd of Chillicothe, Randy (Paulette) Hurd of Washington; two daughters, Michelle (Keith “Opey”) Greene of Knoxville and Teresa (Troy) Riley of Washington, Missouri; 11 grandchildren, Megan (Traig) Hurd-Cheney of Peoria Heights, Amanda (Jarred) Beckman of Galesburg, Garrett (Samantha) Hurd of Springfield, Missouri, Betsy Hurd of Chillicothe, Boston (Allison) Jacobs of Bloomington, Justin and Samantha Hurd of Washington, Abigail and Teaguen Riley of Washington, Missouri, Sheowly and Karolina Hurd of Knoxville; five stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren, Olivia and Lorelei Cheney, Nova Jacobs and five stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, John (Tommie) Hurd of Watertown, Wisconsin, and J. Robert (Jon Collins) Hurd of East Moline; one sister, Patty Haney Ward of Geneseo; and other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, George W. Hurd Sr.; and mother and stepfather, LeRoy and Leaveu Barber.
George was raised and educated in East Moline and Silvis, attending McKinley School, D.B. Hoffman School in East Moline, and the Silvis McKinley School. He graduated from United Township High School in East Moline in 1957. He then attended the Moline Community College, and finally the Worsham Mortuary College in Chicago, graduating in 1960 as a licensed funeral director. George was a member of Delta Pi Epsilon Fraternity.
While attending high school, he worked for Schroder Mortuary in Silvis. During mortuary school, he worked for Kamps Mortuary in Chicago. After graduation, he was employed by Trimble Funeral Home in Moline, Myers Funeral Home in Geneseo, Hurley Funeral Home in Havana, Daley Mortuary in Port Byron, Beck’s Memorial Home and Metzler Funeral Home in Bloomington, and Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home and Furniture Store in Woodhull and Alpha. He then went on to purchase the Vandemore Funeral Home in Atkinson and the Hendricks Funeral Home in Oneida in 1978, the Martin-Trumbold Funeral Home in Knoxville in 1979, changing the names to Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes, and the Root Funeral Home in Maquon in 1994.
George was a member of the Knoxville United Methodist Church in Knoxville. He was also a member of Pacific Masonic Lodge 66 A.F. & A.M. of Knoxville; the Knoxville Chapter 880, Order of the Eastern Star, where he served as Worthy Patron in 1989 and 1999; he was a life member of the Valley of Moline, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. He helped organize the tri-county ambulance service in Henry, Mercer, and Knox Counties, involving four fire districts around Alpha, New Windsor, Woodhull, and Rio, serving as director and EMT. He was also a board member of the Oneida Cemetery Association, as well as a charter member of the Oak Run First Responders, organized in 1999, Carl Sandburg Mortuary Science Board, currently sexton of the Knoxville Cemetery, and serving on the Endowment Trust Fund Board for the OES Home in Macon.
John Philip Melcher, 61, of Geneseo, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity Rock Island.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2018, at First United Methodist Church, 302 N State St., Geneseo. Visitation will be Friday, July 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Cremation rites will follow services. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Geneseo or to Shriners Hospitals For Children.
John was born on Oct. 1, 1956, in Rosiclare, Ill., the son of William Henry and Marjorie Ann Aupperle Melcher. He married Jami Johnson on Nov. 30, 1985, in East Moline. John worked as a civil engineer for the Illinois Department of Transportation for 32 years, and later at McClure EngineeringIMEG Corp.
John was a member at First United Methodist Church in Geneseo, where he served as an usher, greeter and with the church’s BackPack Blessings Program. He was a member of the Doric Lodge No. 319 AF + AM, Moline, and Past Patron of the Moline Chapter No. 258, Order of Eastern Star. John enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.
Survivors include his wife, Jami Melcher; son, Matthew (Erica) Melcher, Jacksonville, Ill.; daughter, Megan (Steven) Olson, Princeton, Ill.; grandchild, Lucy Melcher; and brother, Richard (Patty) Melcher, Benton, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Jody Lentz.
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It is with deep regret that I inform you of the death of
Ill. Bro. Dick J. Carroll, 33°
on June 19th 2018 at the Christian Village in Lincoln, Illinois.
Dick was born on April 7, 1937, in Pekin. He married Kayelene A. “Kay” Sidell on Aug. 17, 1991, in Pekin. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Jody Curtis; one son, Scott Carroll; two step-daughters, Kristy Adams and Tammy Hedrick; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He also leaves his faithful dog, Ebony, who was always by his side.
Dick was a United States Air Force veteran and worked as a letter carrier in Pekin and then a real estate agent at one time.
Dick was a Mason for more than 60 years and was very active in Masonic groups throughout the State of Illinois. He was the prime mover in organizing Cathedral Lodge #1179 and was Past Master of Tremont Lodge #462, Empire Lodge #126 and Cathedral Lodge #1179. He was a Grand Lecturer, Past Member of the Board of Grand Examiners and member of credentials Committee of the Grand Lodge.
In the Scottish Rite, Valley of Peoria, he was Past Thrice Potent Master and had received the 33°.
In the York Rite Bodies, he was Past Excellent High Priest, Past Thrice Illustrious Master and Past Eminent Commander. He also was chairman of the Board of Grand Examiners for the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons of the State of Illinois and Order of the Purple Cross. He was Past Grand Master of the Grand Council of Cryptic Masons.
His other masonic memberships included Past Puissant Sovereign of the Red Cross of Constantine; Member of York Rite College #42; Past Eminent Prior of Knight York Cross of Honor of Illinois; Past President of the Holy Royal Order Knight Templar Priests; Allied Masonic Degrees; National Sojourners; DeMolay Legion of Honor and Knight Masons. He was a member of Mohammed Temple Shrine and was active in the Dramads. Dick was also an Odd Fellow Past Noble Grand
A visitation was held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin. Masonic rites were conducted at 4 p.m., with a memorial service officiated by Pastor Judy Steger Kennedy following. Military rites were also provided by the United States Air Force and Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Illinois Council Nurses Foundation, c/o Ron Fullerlove, 541 Crestview Drive, Sherrard, IL 61281; or Empire Lodge #126, c/o David Campbell, 4175 Allentown Road, Pekin, IL 61554
RWB Carroll departed to the Grand Lodge above on the 19th day of June 2018.
Thus ends the Earthly record of this just and upright man and mason.
Aledo’s biggest fan, Richard E. “Dick” Maynard, Sr., passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Genesis Medical Center in Aledo.
Services will be 10:30 AM Monday, June 4, at Bewley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Aledo. Burial, with Military Honors, will be in the Aledo Cemetery.
Visitation will be 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sunday, June 3, at the funeral home. The family will be present from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM, with Masonic Rites to follow.
Dick was born January 15, 1933, the son of Sydnie Elizabeth Edwards and Clayton Dale “Bill” Maynard. He was raised by his maternal grandmother, Selma Edwards. He graduated from Aledo High School in 1951 and attended Western Illinois University.
Dick married the love of his life, Jennievee O. Blackman, of Seaton, Illinois, on August 23, 1952, in El Montecito, California.
After serving in the military, he worked for Illinois Power. He served as Mercer County Sheriff from 1958 to 1962. In 1963, he went into business with the late Charles Ford Sr. and formed Ford & Maynard Real
Estate and Insurance Agency.
Dick invested much time into the Aledo downtown. He was instrumental in bringing numerous businesses to Mercer County. He owned and operated the Aledo Opera House, The Slammer/Great Escape, Aledo Hardware, as well as the Aledo Depot.
Dick was a devoted Democrat. He served as the Mercer County Democratic Chairman for 40 years. He was
a member of the Aledo United Methodist Church, Aledo Jaycees, Masonic Lodge No. 252, VFW Post No.1571 and the American Legion Post No. 121.
Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his loving and devoted wife, Jennie; his sons, Richard E. Jr. (Mary) Maynard of Aledo, Ronald (Patty) Maynard of Chandler, Arizona, Roger (Jackie) Maynard and Robert (Becky) Maynard all of Aledo; and one daughter, Jane (Bill) Stropes of Aledo. He also leaves behind eighteen grandchildren; and twenty-five great grandchildren.
Those meeting him in Heaven are his parents and grandparents; sister, Judy Haines; brothers, Tom Haines and Jimmy Maynard; and two great grandchildren, Erika Kate Maynard and Elijah Michael Maynard.
Memorials may be left to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Erika Kate Hope Alliance, Aledo United Methodist Church or charity of choice. Online condolences may be left for Dick’s family at www. BewleyFuneralHome.com.
Joseph “Hob” Cantrell, 85, of Carbon Cliff, passed away Friday, June 29, 2018, at New Perspective Senior Living, Silvis.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at 10 a.m. at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 2, 2018, with a Masonic Service following at 7 p.m. all at the funeral home. Cremation rites will follow services. Memorials may be made to the family for a fund to be established in Joseph’s name.
Joseph was born on November 13, 1932 in Hamilton, AL, the son of Turner and Ola Ridings Cantrell. He married Florence A. Anton on December 5, 1953 in East Moline. Joseph owned and operated Cantrell’s Body Shop, Garage, and Towing. Prior to owning his own business, Joseph worked at John Deere Plow and Planter. Joseph was involved in the Carbon Cliff Optimist Club and was the Carbon Cliff Police Chief and Carbon Cliff Assistant Fire Chief. Joseph was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Clement Lodge No. 680 of Colona. He enjoyed collecting and working on clocks.
Survivors include his wife, Florence Cantrell, Carbon Cliff; children, Joseph (Jessica) Cantrell, Silvis, Daniel Cantrell, Carbon Cliff; Patti (Mike) VanDeWoestyne, East Moline, Lonnie Cantrell, Silvis, Todd (Lisa) Cantrell, Carbon Cliff; grandchildren, Luke (Abbey) VanDeWoestyne, Elgin, IL, Joseph (Kristy) Cantrell, MO, Jill (Corey) Hynes, MO, Justin Wilson, CA, Adam (Jamie) Cantrell, Rockton, IL, Julie VanDeWoestyne, Davenport, Cassandra Cantrell, GA, Travis Hauman, Orion, and Collin, Kylie, and Dylan Cantrell all of Carbon Cliff; and several great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Brady Cantrell; one great grandson and three sisters.
Lewis R. Jinks, 95, of New Boston, died Sunday, June 10, 2018, at Crest Care Center at Ridgecrest Village, Davenport, where he had lived the past six years.
Funeral services will be held at Dennison Funeral Home in Aledo on Thursday, June 14, at 11:30 a.m., with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in New Boston Cemetery, with military rites by Aledo American Legion. Following the graveside is a time of food and fellowship at the First Christian Church, Keithsburg. Memorials may be left for Keithsburg First Christian Church, Ridgecrest Foundation Koning Charitable Fund or New Boston Fire and Ambulance.
Lewis Robert Jinks was born April 23, 1923, on a farm south of Viola to Clarence and Barbara Smith Jinks. Lew attended Rock Island public schools until his senior year, when his family moved, he graduated from Port Byron High School in 1942. After high school he went on to graduate from Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Lew entered the Army during World War II, serving in the South Pacific and Iwo Jima with the 147th Infantry. On March 7, 1948, he married Betty J. Clauson in Aledo. They were married for 62 years until Betty died on Aug. 17, 2010. Lew was a licensed funeral director and embalmer, working for Larson Funeral Home in Rock Island for over 20 years. In 1980, the family moved to Joy when Lew purchased the Olin Funeral Homes in Joy, Keithsburg and New Boston and the Crummy Funeral Homes in Viola and Reynolds. He then opened a funeral home in Aledo … all of which became Jinks Funeral Homes of Mercer County. A few years later, Lew and Betty moved to their cabin in New Boston where they spent many happy years overlooking the Mississippi River. Lew retired from funeral service in 1992. He was a member of the Aledo Masonic Lodge and Aledo Exchange Club. In his free time he enjoyed golfing, boating, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters and sons-in-law: Elizabeth and Arthur Stewart, of Round Rock, Texas, and Kristen “Tina” Nelson-Boutros and Dr. Rami Boutros of Iowa City, Iowa; grandchildren: Kaden (Jillian Hennenfent) Nelson, Garen Nelson, Taven Nelson-Boutros, Laken Nelson-Boutros and Lilien Nelson-Boutros; best friend: Barbara Thede; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and siblings: Marjorie Jinks, Lawrence Jinks, Grace Brown, Wilbur Jinks and Dorothy Wright Prahl.
Online condolences may be left at dennisonfuneralhome.com.
James W. Dunn, 71, died at home in the care of family and Hospice, on June 6, 2018, after an 11-month struggle with cancer. He resided between Buffalo Prairie and Reynolds.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, June 22, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan.
Private burial will be at a later time. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial donations can be made to the Development Office, Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707.
Jim was the son of William Dunn and Florence L. Roberts Dunn. He attended Southside Grade School, in Aledo, until 1955. He then attended Woodside, Oswestry, England; Eastern Green Jr. High and Heart of England High School, Coventry, England, from 1957 until 1963. Jim attended Aledo High School from 1963 through his graduation in 1966.
Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force and completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in August 1966. He went to technical training for electronic warfare repair at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Miss., before being stationed at Mather (1967) and McClellan
(1969-1970) Air Force Bases near Sacramento, Calif. Jim spent 1968 at Udorn RTAFB, Thailand, with temporary duties in Vietnam.
After completing military service, Jim was employed by Illinois Bell, then Ameritech and A.T. & T. for 40 years before retiring in 2012. He served on the board of what is now Vibrant Credit Union for 13 years. A marriage ended in divorce in 1996.
Jim had many interests and hobbies. He spent a lot of time beekeeping with his grandfather, Rollie Dunn, before going in the Air Force. He loved fishing both locally and on the Great Lakes, golfing with fellow telephone guys and in tournaments, and was an avid hunter and tracker.
He was past master of Buffalo Prairie Masonic Lodge 679. He also was a member of Scottish Rite, Moline, and Mohassan Grotto, Davenport.
His real passion was breeding and training Drathaars/German Wire-haired Pointers and working to improve the breed both nationally and internationally. He was a member of VDD GNA-Group North America. He was a performance judge and a breed show judge for the same international organization. Jim was a member and judge for NAVHDA (North America Versatile Hunting Dogs). He continually promoted the development of the Drathaar breed and was actively involved in training of hunting dogs. He regularly advised on general dog training, even through his long illness. He will be met by Rusty, Dolly, Amsel, Pasha, Anuschka, Aster and Otto, among many others. He loved puppies and the challenge of training them.
Jim is survived by his sister, Sandra, and her husband, Bill Farrington, and their son, John Farrington, Sackets Harbor, N.Y.; his nieces, Jennifer, and her husband, Ben Cook, New Orleans, La, and Jolene, and her husband, James Burns, Sacramento, Calif.; and two great-nieces, Zena M. Cook and Avery E. Burns.
His parents; grandparents; nephew, James Farrington; and friend of 50 years, Gary Castor, died before him.
Jim treasured his many friends from all walks of life. His family is very thankful for the love and support of all his friends over the years, especially through his long illness.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.
James Joseph Lerch Sr., 77, of Rock Island, died Sunday, May 6, 2018, at Select Specialty Hospital, Davenport. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. with a Masonic service being conducted at 7 p.m. at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Rock Island. A funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be conducted. Memorials may be made in care of South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island.
James was born in Rock Island on Nov. 1, 1940, a son of Joseph H. and Julia VanDenHende Lerch. He married Patricia Kester on July 31, 1965, at South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island.
James was a U.S. Navy veteran. He worked as a cold mill operator at Alcoa for 36 years. He was also the chief of police in Sherrard for 25 years and served 10 years with the Milan Auxiliary Police.
James was a member of South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, a Mason of the Scottish Rite, member of the Masonic Lodge No. 1014 AF & AM, Moline and the Evening Lions Club, Rock Island.
He enjoyed gardening, canning, golfing and bowling.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Patricia Lerch, Rock Island; children (and spouses), James (Julie) Lerch Jr., Glen Ellen, Ill., David P. (Julie) Lerch, Fruitland, Iowa, Melissa K. (Dale) Partain, Rock Island, and Paul M. (Charity) Lerch, Greenwood, Ark.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sue Horsman.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanfuneral.com.
James H. Hamer, 86, lifelong resident of Atkinson, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at Hillcrest Home in Geneseo, Ill., surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 30, 2018, at the Atkinson Congregational Church. The Rev. Dan Wright will officiate. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation will take place Sunday, April 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Atkinson Chapel, where a Masonic ritual will be conducted at 5 p.m. by Stewart Masonic Lodge No. 92 AF&AM. Memorials may be left to the Jim Hamer Memorial Fund, which will be distributed among several local organizations.
Jim was born July 19, 1931, the son of William and Julia (Nowers) Hamer, in Geneseo, Ill. He graduated from Atkinson High School with the class of 1949. Jim married Edley A. Taber on May 27, 1951, in Atkinson, Ill. He was a lifetime and very active member of the Atkinson Congregational Church. Jim worked for John Deere Foundry Works in East Moline as a grinder for 30 years, retiring in 1981. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army Reserve. Jim was a member of the 32nd degree of Stewart Masonic Lodge No. 92 AF&AM, where he served as Worshipful Master. Jim was also active on the Atkinson School Board and Kiwanis Club for many years. Jim was very dedicated to the Village of Atkinson and was the mayor of Atkinson for several years. He loved his family and church very much and was always helping others.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Edley; sons, Jim (Lori) Hamer, and Jon (Renee) Hamer; daughters, Janis (Lloyd) Smith, and Juli Hamer; along with eight grandchildren, Holly (Scott) VanOpdorp, Kate (Brock) Wyffels, Nick Hamer, Leslie (Kris) Judd, Eric (Amber) Hamer, Austin Hamer, Preston Cartwright and Jessie Cartwright; and four great-grandchildren, Carter, Lilly, Hadley and Sawyer.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents; William and Julia; brothers, Bill, Walt and Roy Hamer; and sisters, Wilma Seyller and Janet Gustafson.
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Euin “Sam” Sandusky, 86, of Coal Valley, IL, died Thursday, March 22, 2018, at UnityPoint Trinity West in Rock Island, IL.
Per his wishes, he will be cremated. A visitation will be held Sunday, March 25th, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Coal Valley, IL. Services will be Monday, March 26th, at the church, at 10:00 a.m., with burial in Western Cemetery near Orion, IL.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Sam was born in Bronte, TX, on September 25, 1931, son of Jesse Mack and Martha (Lowry) Sandusky. On August 28, 1953, he married JoAnn Hedrick, who preceded him in death September 29, 2004.
He attended schools in Gainesville, TX, and then served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. During his life, he owned Sandusky Construction, Quint City Barricade. He was born a cowboy, and enjoyed stock car racing, rodeos, and running heavy equipment.
Survivors include sons, Jim (Cindy) Sandusky, Todd (Kelli) Sandusky, and Scott Sandusky; a brother, Billy Joe (Betty) Sandusky; grandchildren, Cassie (Nate) Leffler, Jessica (Ben) Proust, Zane (Cory Wessells) Sandusky, Erica Sandusky, and Landon Sandusky; great-grandchild, Ariah Leffler; and special friend, Gwen Emerson of Coal Valley.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.
A Masonic service will be accorded for Brother Sandusky on Sunday the 25th of March at 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church 2431 1st Coal Valley, Illinois. He was a 54-year member of the Fraternity
Max Dean Wright, 53, of Rock Island, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, at home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be on Monday from 4-7 p.m.at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 3 p.m. Cremation rites will follow services. Memorials may be made to the family.
Max was born on July 12, 1964, in Moline, the son of LaVernon P. and Katherine Emma Moritz Wright. He married Mary J. Dodson on July 12, 1986, in Union City, Mich. He was the owner and operator of Certified Cleaning and Restoration and Lucky Ducky’s Video Poker and Slots.
Max was a 32nd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite and Coordinate Bodies Valley of Moline, member of the Doric Lodge 319 AF + AM, Moline. He was also an instructor for the Illinois Child Identification Program.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Wright, Rock Island; daughter, Amie (Jordan) Bonilla, Moline, and Ashley (Chrys) Wright, Rock Island; grandchildren, Malaya Bonilla, Tristan Bonilla, Tatum Garrett; brother, LaVernon (Bonnie) Wright, Moline; sisters, Debbie (Larry) Carlson, Florida, Nina Diane Sentner, Florida, and Ginny (Ron) Potter, Missouri; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mary Lou and Tom Dodson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Rich; and one sister, Velma Lorraine Wright.
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Please plan to attend his Masonic service on Monday.
Arcie A. Sapato, 96, of Moline, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Arsenal Island, where military honors will be conducted by the Moline American Legion Post 246. Memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church, Moline.
Arcie was born on Oct. 29, 1921, in Dallas, Texas, the son of John and Lucille Sapato. He married Dorothy Fern Arnold on Sept. 23, 1946. In his early years, he worked as a welder, and later as an inspector for John Deere for 33 years, retiring in 1983.
Arcie was a veteran, having proudly served in the United States Army during World War II, where he served in the European Theatre. Arcie was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church of Moline. He was a former Moline VFW member and was a member of UAW 865. Arcie was a member of the Silvis Masonic Lodge No. 898 AF & A.M. and the Moline Consistory.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy; children, Stephen (Kristen) Sapato, Tampa, Fla.; son-in-law, Gerald Schmidt, Moline; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and brother, Daniel Sapato, Chicago.
He was preceded in death by daughter, Cheryl Schmidt; parents; sisters, Violet, Marie, Judy, Margaret and Gloria; and brothers, Albert, Paul, Tony and John.
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Ill ⸫ Allen Gilbert “Bud” Spencer 33°, Marseilles, Illinois.
Allen Gilbert “Bud” Spencer was born on December 24, 1920 in Niagara Falls, New York and passed away Saturday, February 3, 2018, Marseilles, Illinois.
He was raised a Master Mason March 21, 1942 in Marseilles Lodge, No. 417 A.F. & A.M. and was a seventy-five-year member of the Lodge. He served as Worshipful Master in 1952, and for some number years thereafter as Treasurer. He was a member of the Spring Reunion Class, Valley of Bloomington, in 1948. He was coroneted a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33° and made an Honorary Member of the Supreme Council on September 29, 1976 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was also a member of Mohammed Shrine, Ottamar Shrine Club, and the Order of Eastern Star.
After study at Balliol College, Oxford University, Oxford, England, and graduation in 1942 from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illustrious Brother Spencer was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in the 745th Tank Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division (Big Red One) which landed on the beaches of Normandy. He participated in five campaigns and twelve major battles including the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest, So. Lo, and Mons, Belgium. He received a battlefield commission, and promotion. He was awarded the Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars, and a Silver Star. He was a Past Secretary-Treasurer of the 745th Tank Battalion Association, and a charter member of both the Marseilles American Legion Post No. 235 and the Marseilles V.F.W. Post No. 5506.
Upon his return to Marseilles he, and his wife, “Lainie”, owned and operated Spencer Insurance Agency for over fifty years. Brother Spencer’s civic service included Past President, Marseilles Chamber of Commerce: Board of Directors for Community Hospital of Ottawa; Twin Oaks Savings Bank; Marseilles Nursing Service; Marseilles Recreation Board; and the Marseilles Cemetery Association. He was proud of over fifty-years perfect attendance in the Marseilles Rotary Club and was also a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
Illustrious Brother Spencer was active in the First Congregational Church, Marseilles serving as Moderator, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Church Clerk, Finance Secretary and Sunday School Teacher and Superintendent.
Bud was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth Elaine “Lainie” Carlson Spencer. He is survived by his daughter, Sally Spencer of Marseilles: a son, Rom (Tracy) Spencer of Marseilles; seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at Seals-Campbell Funeral Home, Marseilles with Masonic Services at 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 7 at First Congregational Church, Marseilles, with interment to follow at Riverview Cemetery, Marseilles with Military Honors.
D.D. Darrah Thirty-Third Degree Club members will be seated together and serve as honorary pallbearers. Please plan to arrive at the Church around 10:30 a.m. with your caps.
Memorial gifts to the Permanent Fund, Valley of Bloomington A.A.S.R. will be appropriately acknowledged.
Take thine ease,
Rest and refresh thyself,
Enter into the Holy House of the Lord,
Thou good and faithful servant.
Thus ends the Masonic record of this just and upright man and Mason.
Barry D. Weer, 33°
Dennis C. Whicker Jr., 52, of Rock Island, passed away Friday Feb. 2, 2018, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, Iowa City.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the family.
Dennis was born Feb. 17, 1965, in Rock Island, the son of Dennis C. Whicker Sr. and Dianne Peasley. He married Tammara S. Britcher on Oct. 22, 1988, in Moline. Dennis was a U.S. Army veteran.
Mr. Whicker had been employed as a sheriff’s deputy and later a correctional officer with Rock Island County. He had also been employed with McGiverns Jewelry Store as a jeweler.
Dennis had formerly been a member and trustee of the Fraternal order of Police District 12 and the Trio Lodge in Rock Island.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy; children, Joshua Whicker, Amanda Whicker; granddaughter, Joshlynn; mother, Dianne Paulsgrove; stepfather, Lyle Paulsgrove; stepmother, Mary Whicker; siblings, Patty Fisher, Tiffany (Tom) Sanborn, Todd Whicker, Jimmy (Val) Paulsgrove; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded by his father, Dennis Whicker Sr. in 2009.
Online condolences may be left for the family at wheelanpressly.com.
Ill. John T. Phillips, 33° Memorial, 1947-2018
It is with great sadness that I relay the passing of our dear friend and brother, John Thomas Phillips. In the comfort of home, surrounded by close friends and family, and while in the loving embrace of his bride Cathy, Illustrious Brother Phillips was called to eternal refreshment by the Grand Architect of the Universe on Saturday, January 6, 2018. He was 70 years old.
A memorial service and visitation open to all who wish to attend will be held on Thursday, January 11, 2018, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, at the Scottish Rite Valley of Chicago, located at 383 E. Lake Street, Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108. Masonic funeral services conducted by Illumination Lodge No. 5, A.F. & A.M., will take place at 8:00 pm. Dinner service will be available starting 6:00 pm.
Illustrious John T. Phillips, 33°, was an accomplished Freemason and devoted Scottish Rite member. As an Active Member of the Supreme Council, Grand Lieutenant Commander, and Deputy for the State of Illinois, John was instrumental in leading the Northern Masonic Jurisdiction, Illinois Council of Deliberation, and Valley of Chicago.
As a personal mentor and friend to all, John’s legacy will live on through the hearts and minds of the so many men and women whose lives he has touched throughout his life’s journey. If we may feel like there is one less tie binding us together here on earth, may we feel that there is an even stronger, deathless tie, binding us to Heaven.
I am sure that John will be remembered for many things, but by far his greatest quality was simply how kind and generous of a man he was. We have suffered a great loss, but John provided us with an example of how to live one’s life to its fullest. Even though we mourn his passing, we celebrate the life of a man who so many of us knew and loved.
Edward J. Witas III, MSA, 33°
Executive Secretary & COO