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Joshua Denning

March 9, 1985 - March 18, 2019

OREGON – Joshua Denning, age 34, died Monday, March 18, 2019 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Joshua was born on March 9, 1985 in Sterling the son of Jack and Linda (Wise) Denning. He was currently employed as an Apartment Manager for Corporate Suites, LLC in Oregon and previously laid carpet for Knapp Flooring in Polo. Joshua loved to camp and was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his...
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Edna M. Cheshier

August 23, 1935 - March 17, 2019

Edna Mae Cheshier, 83, of Sterling, died on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on August 23, 1935 in Sterling to William and Margaret (Ufken) Lauts. She married Harry Cheshier on May 23, 1963 in Rock Falls. He died on November 1, 1988. She worked for Tri County Opportunity Council for 22 years until retiring in 2010. Edna was a member of the Women...
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June E. McCloud

October 10, 1938 - March 17, 2019

STERLING – June Ellen McCloud, 80, of Sterling died peacefully at Avonlea Cottage in Dixon, IL on March 17, 2019. June was born on October 10, 1938 in Joliet, IL the daughter of John and Ethel French. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Dr. Albert O. McCloud, Jr., on June 27, 1959. June was a surgical nurse for Dr. Ballard prior to her retirement. She was an avid golfer and...
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Josephine Ewbank

March 14, 1917 - March 14, 2019

Josephine Ewbank, 102, born in Las Cruces, New Mexico and formerly of Sterling, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019, at Presence Cor Mariae Nursing Home, in Rockford. Surviving are sister, Francis "Butchie" (Vincent) Medina; son, Michael (Susan) Guevara of Rockford; stepson, Kris (Dierdra) Ewbank of Mesa, Ariz.; four grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren. Predeceased by sisters, Madeline ...
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Peter J. Delgado, Sr.

September 1, 1934 - March 12, 2019

Peter John Delgado Sr., age 84 of Sterling, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, IA. Pete was born on September 1, 1934 in Nelson, IL, the son of Eligio and Carolina (Garcia) Delgado. He married Helen F. Regalado on September 17, 1955 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Pete worked at Raynor Garage as a warehouse foreman for 41 years, retiring in 1996....
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Timothy P. McLoughlin

August 25, 1948 - March 11, 2019

Timothy Patrick McLoughlin, age 70 of Prophetstown, died Monday, March 11, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Tim was born on August 25, 1948 in Chicago, the son of Bartholomew and Jeanne (Lange) McLoughlin. He is a United States Army Veteran. He married Denise Wranik on November 9, 1968 in Elgin, IL. Tim was a member of the Tampico Lion's Club and Tampico United Methodist Church. ...
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Kendall Bragg

May 2, 1964 - March 11, 2019

Kendall Bragg, age 54, died Monday, March 11, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford. Kendall was born on May 12, 1964 in Union City, Ind. the son of Richard L. and Sharon (Snyder) Bragg. He was a member of Rock River Christian Center and enjoyed collecting Hot Wheels. Survivors include, his mother, Sharon Langley of Rock Falls; one daughter; two sons; one sister, Katherine Colvin...
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Thomas John Kenney

February 7, 1969 - March 9, 2019

Thomas John Kenney, age 50, of Chicago, formerly of Polo, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago. Tom was born February 7, 1969 in Dixon the son of John and Lydia (Jimenez) Kenney. He was a 1987 graduate of Polo Community High School. Tom graduated with honors from DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer...
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Vernon Smith

January 11, 1929 - March 7, 2019

Vernon Raymond Smith, age 90 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, March 07, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling. Vernon was born on January 11, 1929 in Davenport, IA, the son of Raymond and Julia M. (Johnson) Smith. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 27 years before retiring on June 1, 1991. He married Rita J. (Helms) Anspach on February 23, 1991 in Sterling. Survivors...
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Mary A. Dieterle

May 19, 1926 - March 4, 2019

Mary A. Dieterle, age 92, of Sterling, died Monday, March 4, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Mary was born May 19, 1926 in Sterling the daughter of Charles and Lucile (Bartel) Vogelsang. She graduated from Community High School in 1944 and was also a 1947 graduate of St. Anthony Nursing School in Rockford. She married Aloysius J. Dieterle on November 29, 1947 at Sacred Heart Church in...
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Heather L. Smith

July 21, 1981 - March 3, 2019

Heather L. Smith, age 37, formerly of Abingdon died Sunday, March 3, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Heather was born on July 21, 1981 in Galesburg the daughter of Ray E. and Julie C. (Larsen) Smith. She loved doing crafts, shopping and watching WWF Wrestling. She is survived by her father, Ray Smith of Springfield, Mo.; her mother Julie Smith of Yates City; one sister, Kristen...
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Elizabeth "Betty" Murphy

December 21, 1930 - February 28, 2019

Elizabeth "Betty" E. Murphy, 88 died at home surrounded by her family on February 28, 2019 Betty was born December 21, 1930 the daughter of James and Roslyn (Cumrine) Lauff. She married John J. Murphy on May 27, 1950, at St. Mary Church. He preceded her in death on Oct. 23, 2009. Betty was a life long member of St. Mary Church Sterling and Altar and Rosary Society. She was a devoted mother...
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Florence Genny Bogle

June 6, 1930 - February 28, 2019

Florence "Genny" Bogle, 88, of Fulton, passed away on Thursday morning, February 28, 2019 at the Alverno in Clinton, Iowa. She was born on June 6, 1930 in Florence, Illinois, to Harvey and Juanita (Tucker) Wade. She was united in marriage to Richard Bogle on May 26, 1951 in Shannon, Illinois. Genny attended First Baptist as well as Assembly of God in Fulton for many years. She enjoyed...
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Bonnie Lee Moreno

November 11, 1946 - February 28, 2019

Bonnie Lee Moreno, age 72 of Sterling, died Thursday, February 28, 2019 at her home. Bonnie was born on November 11, 1946 in Mountain Home, Idaho, the daughter of James and Lenora Oltman. Survivors include her three children, Kimberly Bodmer of FL, Steven (Heather) Bushman of Rock Falls and Kathryn (John) Dunaway of Sterling; eight grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She was...
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Laura "Betty" Spinka

April 22, 1938 - February 28, 2019

Laura E. "Betty" Spinka, 80 of Rock Falls, passed away Thursday, February 28, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport. Betty was born on April 22, 1938 in Sterling, the daughter of Tom and Edna (Jackson) Buckingham. She married Lee Spinka on September 7, 1958 at the First United Methodist Church in Sterling. She was a member of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church. Betty enjoyed being...
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Rosa M. Castillo

August 30, 1938 - February 26, 2019

Rosa M. Castillo, 80, of Edinburg, formerly of the area, died on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at Windsor Arbor View Nursing Home in Edinburg. Born on August 30, 1938 in Mercedes, Texas she was a daughter of Daniel and Soledad (Menchaca) Garcia. She married Bonidacio Castillo on August 15, 1983 in Edinburg. He died on December 27, 2014. She worked for BRK Electronics in Aurora for 8 years. ...
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Darrel Onken

January 3, 1950 - February 24, 2019

MORRISON, IL – Darrell J. Onken, 69 of Morrison, died Sunday February 24, 2019 at Pleasant View Nursing Home. He was born on January 3, 1950 in Morrison, the son of Russell C. and Arlene (Thompson) Onken. Darrell had attended Morison schools and served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked as a millwright with Union Local 2158 in Bettendorf, IA before retiring. Surviving is his...
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Lanette K. Hinrichs

January 21, 1968 - February 24, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Lanette K. Hinrichs, age 51, died Sunday, February 24, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Lanette was born on January 21, 1968 in Sterling the daughter of Glenn and Elnora (Wierema) Hinrichs. She was employed with Self Help Enterprises in Sterling. Lanette was a member of the First Lutheran Church of West Jordan, Sterling. Survivors include, two sisters, Linda Retherford...
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Lowell Wechsler

July 1, 1920 - February 23, 2019

STERLING – Lowell E. Wechsler, 98 of Sterling, died Saturday February 23, 2019 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. He was born on July 1, 1920 in Prairieville, IL the son of George and Anna Gladys (Millhouse) Wechsler. He served in the USAF during World War II. He had worked many years as an auto mechanic and had operated the former Wechsler Texaco & Gulf Service Stations in Rock Falls...
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Olga B. Bon

November 6, 1931 - February 21, 2019

Olga B. Bon, age 87 of Sterling, died Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Franklin Grove Living and Rehab. Olga was born on November 6, 1931 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the daughter of Eduardo and Francisca (Nivar) Bon. She was an architect and had a love for art, music and flowers. Survivors include her three children, Odile (Angel) Blazquez of Sterling, Ramon Calderon of Algonquin,...
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Danny E. Porter, Sr.

December 2, 1953 - February 17, 2019

Danny E. Porter, Sr., 65 of Sterling, died Sunday, February 17, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Danny was born on December 2, 1953 at St. Francis hospital in Kewanee, IL, the son of Cecil D. and Beulah (Neer) Porter. He spent his school years growing up in Morrison schools. He worked summers from junior high and high school until when he was married learning the painting...
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Robert D. Livingston

December 17, 1944 - February 16, 2019

PROPHETSTOWN – Robert D. Livingston, age 74 died at his home Saturday February 16, 2019. Robert was born on December 17, 1944 in Yale the son of William and Jessie (O'Dell) Livingston. He married Karen "Kay" Gorzney on October 3, 1965 in Low Moor, Iowa. She died April 19, 2008. Robert was employed with Northwestern Steel & Wire Company in Sterling for many years. He loved spending time...
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Howard A. Miller

August 29, 1936 - February 16, 2019

Howard A. Miller, 82 of Sterling, died Saturday, February 16, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Howard was born on August 29, 1936 in Sheboygan Falls, WI, the son of Edgar and Mary (Grooms) Miller. He was a United States Army Veteran and served our country during the Korean War. Howard married Audrey Schomann on May 6, 1955 in Wausau, WI. He worked for many years and retired from...
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Donald R. Fortune

March 2, 1925 - February 15, 2019

Donald R. Fortune, 93, of Tampico, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born March 2, 1925 he was a son of Edward and Edith (Carlson) Fortune. He married Joyce Kinney on May 4, 1947 in Rock Falls. She died on September 30, 2016. Don was a veteran of WWII and served in the US Navy. He was a member of Advent Christian Church in Prophetstown and had...
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Betty Jane Mayfield

January 27, 1949 - February 13, 2019

Betty J. Mayfield Betty J. Mayfield, 70, of Sterling went to dance with the angels on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. She was born to the late Kermit and Angeline (Rosik) Hansen on January 27, 1949 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She graduated from Denmark High School, Denmark, Wisconsin in 1967. She enjoyed her job working as the secretary at the First...
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Marvin J. Alt

October 18, 1930 - February 13, 2019

Marvin J. Alt Marvin J. Alt, age 88, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at his home. Family and friends mourn the passing of Marvin J. Alt. The world has lost an extraordinary man. His caring and unselfish nature will be missed by all. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. Marvin was born on October 18, 1930 the eldest son of John and...
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Marc Kolb

January 29, 1948 - February 13, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Marc Kolb, age 71, died at his home Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Marc was born on January 26, 1948 in Rock Falls the son of Ernest and Josephine (Baker) Kolb. He married LouAnn Davis on August 8, 1977 in Sterling. Marc was employed as a Machinist with National Manufacturing in Sterling for 26 years retiring in 2006. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed listening to a variety...
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Betty R. Lawrence

July 13, 1935 - February 11, 2019

Betty R. Lawrence, 83, of Rock Falls, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at home. Born July 13, 1935 in Chicago, she was a daughter of Henry and Della (nee Tice) Gadbaw. On July 9, 1955 she married Glenn Lawrence in Chicago. He died September 1, 2014. Betty enjoyed embroidering, reading and doing puzzles. She and Glenn traveled around the United States to many places but she especially...
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Gail M. Stickle

January 3, 1948 - February 11, 2019

Gail M. Stickle, 71 of Rock Falls, formerly of New Bedford, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at Rock River Hospice & Home in Sterling. Gail was born on January 3, 1948 in Westhope, ND, the daughter of Cecil and Clara (Krogen) Spafford. She married Leland Stickle on August 27, 1967 at Grace United Methodist Church in Maxbass, ND. Gail graduated from Maxbass High School in North Dakota, St....
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David "Dave" Wright

April 19, 1953 - February 11, 2019

David "Dave" Samuel Wright, age 65 of Rock Falls, formerly of Chicago, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at his home. Dave was born on April 19, 1953 in Chicago, the son of Samuel J. and Margaret M. (Engel) Wright. He served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany. He married Martha Jane "Janie" Dutton on August 31, 1973 in Chicago. Dave was a foreman and employed by Bodine...
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Patti A. Conery

July 30, 1965 - February 11, 2019

Patti A. Conery, age 53, of Rock Falls, died Monday, February 11, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Patti was born July 30, 1965 in Sterling the daughter of Edward and Helen (VanDusen) Conery. She was employed at Halo Branded Solutions in Sterling for over 10 years. Survivors include her significant other, Rodney Schmiedebush of Rock Falls; one daughter, Sara (David Matyka)...
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Raymond D. Olson

December 30, 1967 - February 10, 2019

Raymond D. Olson, age 51, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Ray was born December 30, 1967 in Sterling the son of Terry and Vicky (McKee) Olson. He married Cindy Insley on October 14, 1989 in Rock Falls. Ray was employed as a construction worker for many years and enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family. Survivors include his...
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Richard Leroy Davis

December 7, 1932 - February 9, 2019

Richard L. Davis, 86 of Sterling died Saturday February 9, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on December 7, 1932 in Courtland, NY the son of Orval and Beulah (Mayers) Davis. He married Lola Jeanette Koster on July 13, 1951 in Sterling. She died August 4, 2016. He was employed for several years at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling retiring from the caster....
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Jean L. Milnes

August 19, 1931 - February 9, 2019

Jean L. Milnes, 87, of Prophetstown, died Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. Jean was born August 19, 1931 in Malvern the daughter of Elmer and Lillian (Stern) Oncken. She married Frank Milnes on September 30, 1951 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on November 5, 2012. Jean was employed as a bookkeeper for Rock River Lumber and Grain...
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G. V. Allie

February 15, 1940 - February 8, 2019

G.V. Allie, 78 of Rock Falls died Friday February 8, 2019 at his home. He was born on February 15, 1940 in Mound City, Illinois the son of George Vernon and Norma (Sisk) Allie. He served in the US Army Reserves from 1957 – 1965. He married Patricia McCleary on June 11, 1958 in Rock Falls. He was employed as a laborer with Union Local 727 for many years. Survivors include his wife, Pat;...
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Jean L. Cushing

April 20, 1933 - February 7, 2019

Jean L. Cushing, 85, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Rock River Home and Hospice. Born April 30, 1933 in Morrison, she was a daughter of Harold William and Violet Ruby (Deadmond) Rippy. She married Edward Eugene Cushing on December 21, 1951 in Dixon. He passed away on April 5, 2017. Jean loved her animals and enjoyed playing the piano and organ. She also loved...
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Franklin Jospeh Holmes

May 12, 1933 - February 6, 2019

Franklin J. Holmes, age 85, of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. Frank was born May 12, 1933 in Geneseo the son of Ora and Mildred (Wright) Holmes. He served in the US Army as an MP from 1953-1955. Frank married Arlene Deets on April 8, 1956 in Sterling. He had farmed; owned the former County Kitchen Restaurant; worked for the Illinois...
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Franklin J. Holmes

May 12, 1933 - February 6, 2019

Franklin J. Holmes, age 85, of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at Spring Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, NV. Frank was born May 12, 1933 in Geneseo the son of Ora and Mildred (Wright) Holmes. He served in the US Army as an MP from 1953-1955. Frank married Arlene Deets on April 8, 1956 in Sterling. He had farmed; owned the former County Kitchen Restaurant; worked for the Illinois...
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Kenneth R. Heffelfinger

March 12, 1945 - February 6, 2019

Kenneth Russell Heffelfinger, age 73 of Sterling, died Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at his home. Kenneth was born on March 12, 1945 in Chadwick, the son of Charles and Mildred (Queckboerner) Heffelfinger. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the war in Vietnam. Kenneth married Carol Marie DeNeve on June 3, 1967 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on January 6, 2007. He then...
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Keith W. Swanson, Sr.

July 3, 1957 - February 1, 2019

Keith W. Swanson, Sr., 61, of Sterling, died on Friday, February 1, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on July 3, 1957 in Sterling to Dean and Gwennyth (Bradford) Swanson. He married Debbie Wade on April 18, 1983. Keith worked for USA Meak for 15 years in the preparation and shipping department. He was a Minnesota Vikings fan and enjoyed traveling and motorcycles. He...
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Alfred E. Simms

December 23, 1938 - January 31, 2019

Alfred E. Simms, 80, of Rock Falls, passed away on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Morrison Skilled Care. It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our sweet father, grandfather, and friend. And yet we rejoice that he is breathing freely and consistently, free from fear of not being able to take that deep refreshing breath, safe in the arms of his Savior Jesus. His soft spirit and...
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Shellie Marie Higley

November 20, 1965 - January 31, 2019

Shellie Marie Higley, age 53, died at her home, January 31, 2019. Shellie was born on November 20, 1965 in Sterling the daughter of LeRoy and Shirley Lou (Bryant) Short. She married Tom Higley on July 24, 1983. Shellie was a homemaker and active with the auxiliary Harmon Fire Department. She is survived by her husband Tom of Harmon; two sons, Tom (Crystal Kelchner) Higley Jr. of Harmon...
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Ellen Hammes

December 29, 1942 - January 29, 2019

Ellen Hammes, 76, of Rock Falls, died on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at her home. She was born on December 29, 1942 in LaCrosse, Wisc. to Cedric and Sylvia (Thompson) Steine. She married Dennis Hammes on January 11, 1964 in LaCrosse. He preceded her in death on August 20, 2015. Ellen loved spending time with her family and adored her grandchildren and great grandson. Those left to...
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Dennis D. Thomas

June 17, 1951 - January 26, 2019

Dennis D. Thomas, 67 of Rock Falls died Saturday January 26, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on June 17, 1951 in Princeton, WV the son of George and Rose Marie (Blankenship) Thomas. He married Liali Jo Ivins on November 7, 1970 in Rock Falls. Dennis was employed as a nail operator and the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co for 32 years. He then worked at Fastenal for 15...
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Kay Francis Kobbeman

January 10, 1946 - January 26, 2019

Kay F. Kobbeman, 73 of Rock Falls passed away peacefully after a short and courageous battle with cancer. She was born on January 10, 1946 in Wyatt, MO the daughter of Ponder and Rue Kissee (Romano) Walling. Kay had put herself through nursing school to become an LPN, having finished first in her class. She married Martin P. Kobbeman on October 18, 1997 in Rock Falls. Kay was very talented and...
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Patrick "P.A." Alumbaugh

January 26, 1958 - January 24, 2019

Patrick L. "P.A." Alumbaugh, 60, of Rock Falls, died on Thursday morning, January 24, 2019 at The Maple Crossings of Amboy. He was born on January 26, 1958 in Moline to John and Edna (Schatz) Alumbaugh. He was an auto body technician for many years working at many local body shops. He had a passion for working on cars spanning a lifetime. He was a NASCAR fan and also enjoyed Harley...
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Robert "Bob" Byington

November 2, 1953 - January 22, 2019

Robert "Bob" C. Byington, 65 of Coleta passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Robert was born on November 2, 1953 in Fairfield, IL, the son of Freda (Shaw) and Leonard Byington. He loved his family, guitars, eagles and he had a passion for music. He played in many bands. He loved to teach music to whoever was willing to learn. He worked for many...
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Allen G. Hendryx

March 7, 1935 - January 22, 2019

Allen G. Hendryx, age 83, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at Physicians Regional Hospital in Naples, Fla. Allen was born March 7, 1935 in Sterling the son of James and Florence (Hollenbeck) Hendryx. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1953 and later graduated from Eureka College in 1957. He married Dorothy Zink on July 27, 1963 in Rock Falls. Allen was employed at GE...
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Debra Ann Fulkerson

May 1, 1953 - January 22, 2019

Debra Ann Fulkerson, known by most as "Mama Deb", age 65 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 in Florida. Debra was born on May 1, 1953 in Mobile, Alabama, the daughter of Newton and Maude (Smith) Merchant. She married Lloyd Fulkerson, Jr. on March 12, 1970 in Clinton, IA. She enjoyed cooking, reading, vacationing, going to the beach, spending time with her grandchildren and attending...
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Deana K. Duncan

December 8, 1956 - January 22, 2019

Deana K. Duncan, 62, of Sterling, died on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at her home. She was born on December 8, 1956 in Kokomo, Indiana to Charles and Lela (Cox) Smith. She married Ty Duncan on June 6, 2015. Deana worked for Crest Foods for 12 years. She enjoyed shopping, doing crafts and traveling. Her favorite spots were visiting the North rim of the Grand Canyon and going to various...
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Betty Ann McArdle

January 27, 1941 - January 21, 2019

Betty Ann McArdle, age 77 of Sterling, died Monday, January 21, 2019 at her home. Betty was born on January 27, 1941 in Wheaton, Illinois, the daughter of Merwin C. and Jeanette Alice (McAtic) Kuykendall. She married James McArdle in January 1963 in Urbana. He preceded her in death on July 28, 2000. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Sterling. Survivors include two sons, James...
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Roger D. Cook, Sr.

May 6, 1949 - January 21, 2019

Roger D. Cook, Sr., age 69, of Rock Falls, died Monday, January 21, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Roger was born May 6, 1949 in Pineville, Ky. the son of Henry "Dap" and Hester (Baine) Cook. He married Agnes Grubb on May 4, 1967 in Ky. She preceded him in death on January 11, 2004. He married Sue Funderberg on October 9, 2004 in Rock Falls. Roger was employed at Flex-O-Glass in...
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Chad Aaron Walker

October 18, 1970 - January 20, 2019

Chad Aaron Walker Chad Aaron Walker, age 48, of Prophetstown, died Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Morrison Community Hospital. Chad was born October 18, 1970 in Sterling the son of Terry and Barbara (Munz) Walker. He was employed at Rock River Lumber and Grain as a truck driver for many years. Chad enjoyed fishing on the river, hunting and was an avid Bears fan. Survivors include his...
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George D. Pellerin

March 23, 1948 - January 19, 2019

George D. Pellerin, age 70, of Como, died Saturday, January 19, 2019 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. George was born on March 23, 1948 in Duluth, Minn. He married Bobbie Lewis on September 8, 2001 in Sterling. George was employed as a Truck Driver for 35 years retiring in 2008. He was an avid gardener, loved working on cars, going to car shows, mowing and taking care of his yard. George...
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Roger E. Johnson

April 26, 1947 - January 18, 2019

Roger Eugene Johnson, age 71 of Rock Falls, died Friday, January 18, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Roger was born on April 26, 1947 in Sterling, the son of Gene Johnson and Betty (Baker) Boyer. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 34 years before retiring in 1999. Roger married Janie Elder on October 12, 1968 in Rock Falls. She preceded him in death on...
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Martha Jean Scott

August 23, 1937 - January 18, 2019

Martha J. Scott, 81, of Rock Falls, died on Friday morning, January 18, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on August 23, 1937 in Galesburg to Charles and Allie Bailey. She married Carl Scott on March 20, 1960 at Monmouth Christian Church in Monmouth. She worked for the former Rock Falls National Bank for 29 years until her retirement in 1989. Martha enjoyed riding...
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Leola M. Naftzger

December 30, 1920 - January 17, 2019

Leola May Naftzger, age 98, of Morrison, died Thursday, January 17, 2019 at Pleasant View Rehabilitation & Health Care Center, Morrison, surrounded by her family. Leola was born December 30, 1920 in rural Albany, Whiteside County, Illinois, the daughter of Jesse D. and Mabel (Shook) Naftzger. Leola was a member of Albany United Methodist Church. Leola was extremely proud to be a direct...
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Cecelia Delgado

September 6, 1932 - January 17, 2019

Cecelia Delgado, 86 of Sterling died Thursday January 17, 2019 at her home. She was born on September 6, 1932 in Neponsat, IL the daughter of Sebastian and Maria (Rangel) Campos. She married John Delgado on August 8, 1949 in Rock Island, IL. She was a member of Rock River Christian Center. Survivors include her husband, John; six sons: John A. Delgado of Stafford, MD, Ricardo Delgado of...
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Carolyn A. Dunaway

July 3, 1931 - January 16, 2019

Carolyn A. Dunaway, age 87, of Sterling, died Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Carolyn was born July 3, 1931 in Bellaire, Ohio the daughter of Howell and Leona (Behres) Turner. She graduated from St. Mary High School in Lancaster, Ohio in 1949 and served in the US Air Force. Carolyn married John Dunaway on November 23, 1957 in Lancaster, Ohio. He preceded her in...
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Mateo Barron, Sr.

September 21, 1932 - January 15, 2019

Mateo Barron, Sr, age 86 of Sterling, died Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Mateo was born on September 21, 1932 in Mexico, the son of Herberto and Ramona (Gonzalez) Barron. He served in the National Guard. Mateo worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for over 35 years. He attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He enjoyed gambling, traveling,...
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Virginia Mae Belisle

April 10, 1921 - January 15, 2019

Virginia M. Belisle, 97, of Sterling, died on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at her home. She was born on April 10, 1921 in Lanark to Fred and Ena (Atherton) Wentz. She was united in marriage to Clifford Belisle on July 25, 1953. He preceded her in death on March 22, 2011. Virginia was the manager of the former Gift Town Stamp Store in Sterling and Rock Falls for 20 years. She enjoyed music...
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Sandra K. Mager

March 19, 1948 - January 14, 2019

Sandra K. Mager, age 70, of Rock Falls, died Monday, January 14, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Sandra was born March 19, 1948 in Sterling the daughter of James and Beverly (Sathoff) Baker. She married Darryl Mager in 1980 in Folkston, Ga. and retired from Donaldson's in Dixon. Sandra was a member of the Rock Falls American Legion, Rock Falls VFW and the Sterling Family...
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Jeffery Ray Harrington

October 29, 1954 - January 14, 2019

Jeffrey R. Harrington, 64 of Rock Falls died Monday January 14, 2019 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He was born on October 29, 1954 in Sterling, the son of Richard L. and Betty L. (Spielman) Harrington. He married Peggy L. Arthurs on December 29, 1975 in Sterling. Jeff was employed at the former National Manufacturing for 39 years and at the time of his death worked at Charles...
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Helene K. Niederer

May 7, 1929 - January 12, 2019

Helene K. Niederer, age 89, of Sterling, died Saturday, January 12, 2019, at Regency Care of Sterling. Helene was born May 7, 1929 in Germany. She married Heinz Niederer on January 31, 1954 in Walnut. He preceded her in death on September 28, 1985. She was the head cook at Candlelight Inn in Sterling for over 30 years. Helene enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens, knitting, cooking and...
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Theresa Emelia Smith

December 14, 1929 - January 12, 2019

Theresa E. Smith, 89 of Rock Falls died Saturday January 12, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home. She was born on December 14, 1929 in Arlington, IL the daughter of Joseph R. and Ferrier M. (Urban) Smith. She had taught at St Andrew, Grade School and Newman and had served as their Development Director. She was a member of St Andrew Catholic Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include two...
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Velma Clementine Helm

June 27, 1931 - January 12, 2019

Velma C. Helm 87 of Rock Falls died Saturday January 12, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She was born on June 27, 1931 in Wiseman, Arkansas the daughter of Sam and Eliza (Bookout) Goodson. She married Edward Odell Helm on November 24, 1950. He died October 1, 2001. Velma loved to cook, garden and canning. She loved her grandchildren. Survivors are three daughters: Marilyn (Wes)...
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Ed Wolber

February 20, 1945 - January 8, 2019

Ed Wolber, age 73 of Sterling, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Ed was born on February 20, 1945 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the ¬son of Kenneth and Jean (McCurdy) Wolber. He was a United States Navy Veteran and served during the War in Vietnam from 1963-1967. Ed married Constance "Connie" O'Brien on May 29, 1971 in Sterling. He worked for Henry...
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Micarla J. DeShane

March 26, 1959 - January 8, 2019

Micarla J. DeShane, age 59 of Prophetstown, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at her home. Carla was born on March 26, 1959 in Sterling, the daughter of Lloyd and Beverly (Reynolds) Whitlock. She married Louis DeShane on November 13, 1984 in Morrison. Carla worked at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown as a dietary aide. Survivors include her husband, Louis; two daughters, Janice ...
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Catherine R. Akker

February 24, 1950 - January 8, 2019

Dr. Catherine R. Akker, age 68, of Thomson, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Heritage Health in Walnut. Catherine Rebecca Still was born February 24, 1950 to Paul and Frances (McHan) Still in Clinton, Iowa. She married Steven Akker on August 2, 1992. Cathy graduated from Mt. St. Clare Academy. Later, she earned her nursing diploma from Clinton Community College, then a B.S.N. and D.N.P....
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Ida May Mount

July 12, 1932 - January 7, 2019

Ida May Mount, age 86, of Rock Falls died Monday January 7, 2019 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Ida was born on July 12, 1932 in Ridgeland, Wis. the daughter of Edwin and Clara E. (Austin) Gravermoen. She married Denver Owen Sr.. He died August 7, 1971. Ida later married Paul Mount. He died October 19, 2009. She was employed with National Manufacturing for 23 years retiring in 1995...
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Esther B. Zamarrippa

July 1, 1937 - January 6, 2019

Esther B. Zamarripa, 81 of Sterling died Sunday January 6, 2019 at her home. She was born on July 1, 1937 in Moline, IL the daughter of Emanuel and Ladrina (Calderon) Gomez. She married Genero Zamarripa on April 30, 1960 in East Moline. Esther had worked in retail for a few years and later as a secretary at the former Products Unlimited. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Sterling....
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Penny A. Williamson

December 11, 1962 - January 4, 2019

Penny A. (Collier) Williamson, 56, of Rock Falls died on Friday morning, January 4, 2019 at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on December 11, 1962 in Sterling to Harry "Chub" and Garland "Sis" (Christiansen) Collier. She married John Williamson on April 21, 1984 in Sterling. Surviving are her husband John, of Rock Falls; daughters, Stephanie (Brad) George of Sterling and...
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Cynthia A. Montanez

March 3, 1951 - January 2, 2019

Cynthia A. Montanez, 67, of Sterling, died on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at her home. She was born on March 3, 1951 in Sterling to John and Ernestine (Penaflor) Barron. She was a homemaker and attended St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Surviving are her children: Dominick Montanez, Monica Eshelman, and Daniela (Travis Weitzel) Silvas all of Sterling; her sisters, Vickie Rios and Bobbie...
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Michael D. Jacobs

December 29, 1973 - December 31, 2018

Michael Dean Jacobs, age 45 of Sterling, died Monday, December 31, 2018 at his home. Michael was born on December 29, 1973 in Sterling, the son of Robert C. Jacobs and Patricia A. Netherly. He drove a delivery truck for Bimbo for over 25 years. Survivors include his parents, Robert (Marie) Jacobs of Rock Falls and Patricia Netherly of West Milwaukee, WI; his sister, Judy Shelton of West...
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Robert Charles Schwab

August 19, 1936 - December 27, 2018

Robert C. Schwab, 82 of Rock Falls died peacefully at his home on Thursday December 27, 2018. He was born on August 19, 1936 in Sterling, the son of Leonard and Esther (Brown) Schwab and was a graduate of Rock Falls High School. Bob served in the Marine Corps aboard a Navy ship, stationed in the Mediterranean, as a signalman. He married the former Margaret J. Challand on June 23, 1962 in...
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Mark A. McClintock

August 6, 1968 - December 27, 2018

Mark A. McClintock, 50, of Pleasant Valley, formerly of Sterling died on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Trinity Medical Center North in Bettendorf, Iowa. He was born on August 6, 1968 in Sterling to Larry McClintock and Shirley Williams. Mark owned and operated Boozie's Bar and Grill in Davenport for 11 years. He was a 1987 graduate of Prophetstown High School and was an avid sports fan...
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Michael Loncar

February 13, 1940 - December 26, 2018

Michael Loncar, age 78, of Fulton, died Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Mercy Living Center North in Clinton, Iowa. Michael was born February 13, 1940 in Des Moines, Iowa the son of Mike and Florence (Blamey) Loncar. He was raised by the Simoni family during his teenage years. Michael married Barbara Jean Dykstra on February 4, 1963 in Nebraska. He was employed at DuPont in Camanche,...
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John Christian Hildebrand

June 28, 1929 - December 25, 2018

John Christian Hildebrand entered God's loving arms on Christmas day, 2018 at the age of 89 years, 5 months, 3 weeks and 6 days. He was born June 28, 1929 in Lyndon Illinois, son of Chris and Hattie (Johnson) Hildebrand. In December 1948 he entered the army and served as a staff sergeant during the Korean war. John met Arlene C Witt in her hometown of Minocqua Wisconsin. It was love at first...
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Kenneth Houzenga

August 12, 1935 - December 25, 2018

Kenneth Houzenga, age 83, of Fulton, died Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Kenneth was born August 12, 1935 in Thomson the son of Richard and Hilda (Eissens) Houzenga. He served in the US Army and later married Marge Beswick on February 4, 1955 in Fulton. He was employed as a welder at John Deere Harvester in East Moline for 30 years retiring in February...
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Zelma Book

November 19, 1922 - December 19, 2018

Zelma Book, 96 of Sterling died Wednesday December 19, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born on November 19, 1922 in Waupun, WI the daughter of John and Catherine (Wulf) Zigler. She married Orrin D. Book on June 15, 1941 in Sterling. He died December 6, 1991. Survivors include two daughters: Patricia McNinch of Appleton, WI and Judy (Cliff) Bailey of Cleveland, TN;...
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Rita Mary Graff

July 17, 1932 - December 18, 2018

STERLING – Rita M. Graff, age 86, died Tuesday December 18, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Rita was born on July 17, 1932 in Sterling the daughter of John J. and Bertha E. (Hayen) Minertz. She married Eugene R. Graff on May 31, 1954 in Sterling. Rita was employed with Central National Bank and at Northland Farms as a Bookkeeper. She was a former 4H leader for the Jordan Super...
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Billy Joe Seidel

August 1, 1955 - December 18, 2018

Billy Joe Seidel, age 63 of Rock Falls, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City after an extended illness. Billy was born on August 1, 1955 in Sterling, the son of Raymond H. and Darlene E. (Love) Seidel. He married Donna Hose on May 25, 1995 in Jamaica. Billy had worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for many years and he was a contractor, working...
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Loretta Ruth Robinette

February 20, 1933 - December 18, 2018

DEER GROVE – Loretta Ruth Robinett, 85 of Deer Grove, died Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at her home. Loretta was born on February 20, 1933 in Sikeston, Missouri, the daughter of William and Ruby (Browning) Hill. She married Lonnie Earl Robinett, Sr. Loretta worked at General Electric for over 30 years. Survivors include her daughter, Judith Ann (John) Brandenburg of Maricopa, AZ; two...
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Marilyn Ruth Gustafson

May 17, 1938 - December 17, 2018

Marilyn R. Gustafson May 17, 1938 – December 17, 2018 Marilyn R. Gustafson, age 80, passed away on December 17, 2018, in Reno, Nevada, at Renown South Meadows Hospital surrounded by her loved ones. Marilyn was born in Princeton, Illinois, on May 17, 1938, to Rawley and Fern Gallentine. She was raised on a farm in rural Illinois until age 18 and attended Bowen and Manlius elementary schools...
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Marjorie Peoples

February 9, 1925 - December 15, 2018

Marjorie O. Peoples, 93 died peacefully at her home on December 15, 2018. She was born on February 9, 1925 near Penrose, IL the daughter of Lloyd and Ruth (Coats) Overcash. After attending the Fairview Grade School, she graduated from Sterling Township High School with the class of 1942. She was then employed at the former Central National Bank for several years. On August 1, 1945 she married...
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Norma J. Green

August 16, 1935 - December 12, 2018

Norma Jean Green, 83 formerly of Sycamore, died Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown. Norma was born on August 16, 1935, in Cooter, MO, the daughter of Claude and Jessie Mae (Gibbs) Rhoads. She married Sherman Green. He preceded her in death on September 11, 1984. Norma worked at Ideal Industries in Sycamore for many years. Survivors include five...
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Richard V. Mulnix

April 24, 1936 - December 11, 2018

Richard V. Mulnix, 82 of Sterling died Tuesday December 11, 2018 at Proctor Hospital in Peoria. He was born on April 24, 1936 in Rock Falls, the son of Virgil and Grace (Paschal) Mulnix. He was a 1954 graduate of Rock Falls High School. He married Carole Burger on January 23, 1955 in Rock Falls. She died November 27, 2008. He was owner of Economy Trophy in Rock Falls before retiring in 1995....
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Donald E. Richards, Sr.

October 24, 1946 - December 10, 2018

Donald E. Richards, Sr. Donald E. Richards, age 72, of Lyndon, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at his home. Donald was born October 24, 1946 in Streator the son of James and Fannie (Bryan) Richards. He served in the US Army and later was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 30 years retiring in 1998. Survivors include two sons, Donald E. Richards, Jr. of Rock Falls and...
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Delbert G. Housenga

February 21, 1931 - December 10, 2018

Delbert G. Housenga, 87 of Fulton, died Monday, December 10, 2018 at his home surrounded by his family. Delbert was born on February 21, 1931 in Fulton, the son of Dave and Bessie (Wiersema) Housenga. HE grew up in East Clinton, IL. He was a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean Conflict. Delbert married Patricia Widner on December 30, 1951. He was an electricion at the Ralston...
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Herbert L. Hayen

February 27, 1929 - December 9, 2018

STERLING – Herbert L. Hayen, 89 of Sterling died peacefully Sunday December 9, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home, surrounded by family. He was born on February 27, 1929 in Sterling, the son of Wilhelm and Tena (Hinrichs) Hayen and was a 1948 graduate of Sterling High School. He married Delores Exner on June 21, 1951. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary before she passed away on...
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Dennis M. Skinner

February 23, 1945 - December 9, 2018

STERLING – Dennis M. Skinner, age 73, died at his home Sunday December 9, 2018. Dennis was born on February 23, 1945 in Ottumwa, Iowa the son of Laurence and Phyllis (Gott) Skinner. He graduated from Ottumwa High School in Ottumwa, Iowa. Dennis married Brenda Burnes June 4, 1966 in Michigan. Dennis worked in the Furnace Department of Northwestern Steel & Wire in Sterling for 32 years...
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James Morgan, Sr.

December 29, 1924 - December 9, 2018

James Morgan, Sr., age 93, of Sterling, died Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Morningside of Sterling. James was born December 29, 1924 in Sterling the son of John and Clara (Ammon) Morgan. He married Deloras Russell on July 18, 1942 in Kahoka, Mo. and later served in the US Navy during WWII. He was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 33 years retiring in 1979. Survivors...
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Ramzey Hendrix Terrock

December 7, 2018

Ramzey Hendrix Terrock was born and died on Dec. 7th, 2018 surrounded by his family, his mother Sonya Terrock and Aunt Kayleen Terrock Uncle Cobie Terrock, first cousin, Zion Ruffin, great aunt, Elish Banks, Grandmother and Grandfather David and Koreen Terrock, Great Grandmother and Grandfather Mike and Laura Fitzgerald and Great Grandmother and Grandfather Randy and Christine Terrock. Ramzey is...
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Therman Lee Gosa, Jr.

August 16, 1959 - December 6, 2018

Therman Lee Gosa, Jr. 59, of Clinton, died Thursday, December 6th at Mercy Medical Center in Clinton. He was born August 16, 1959 in Moline to Therman Sr. and Catherine (DeMink) Gosa. He married Sue LaFrantois in 2000. He was a pipe insulator and a member of Heat and Insulators Union Local 81. He was a NASCAR fan particularly Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt. He enjoyed spending time...
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Lonnie E. Robinett, Jr.

October 8, 1950 - December 5, 2018

Lonnie Earl Robinett, Jr, age 68 of Deer Grove, died Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Lonnie was born on October 8, 1950 in Sikeston, MO, the son of Lonnie Earl Robinett, Sr and Loretta Ruth (Hill) Robinett. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 35 years before retiring. Survivors include his mother, Loretta of Deer Grove; two sons,...
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Karen Koenig

February 23, 1952 - December 5, 2018

Karen V. Koenig, 66, of Sterling, died on Wednesday evening, December 5, 2018 at home surrounded by her family. She was born on February 23, 1952 in Chicago to Stanley and Jean (Janush) Doweiko. She married Ken Koenig in 1977 and he died in 2013. Karen is survived by her son, Brian and his wife of Bardstown, KY; her grandson, Anthony; a sister Monica of Sterling and a brother Joseph of...
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Donna J. Hand

May 5, 1949 - December 4, 2018

Donna Jean Hand, 69 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Donna was born on May 5, 1949 in Sterling, the daughter of Marvin Eugene Trimble and Jean Eileen (Nielander) Waller. She married Fred Hand on December 3, 1983 at the Rock Falls United Methodist Church. Donna worked for over 35 years at Lawrence Brothers Manufacturing. She enjoyed playing cards...
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Joyce McGinn

December 3, 2018

Joyce E. McGinn, age 79, of rural Prophetstown, IL passed in peace Monday, December 3, 2018. She was the beloved wife of Michael for 60 years, dear sister of Marilyn (Ralph) Westman and loving mother of Kendra Franklin, Steve (Denise) McGinn, Debbie Abrams, and Tom (Andrea) McGinn. She was the proud grandmother of Connor, John, Ben, Kaitlyn, Ryan, Kelly and Allyson; and a caring friend to...
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Barbara G. Anderson

February 20, 1931 - December 3, 2018

Barbara G. Anderson, 87, of Sterling, died on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Heritage Woods in Sterling. She was born on February 10, 1931 in Sterling to Darhal and Effie (Thome) Pollock. She married Everett F. Anderson on April 2, 1948 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on October 7, 2013. Barb enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Survivors...
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Hazel E Capp

August 3, 1913 - December 1, 2018

Hazel Capp, 105, died Saturday December 1, 2018 in Sterling. She was born in Coleta on August 3, 1913, the daughter of Edward Elizabeth (Gaffey) Morris - and was a lifelong resident of Sterling. She married Clarence Capp on October 12, 1939 in Sterling. He died April 30, 1992. She was employed with Mitchell Insurance Agency in Sterling and enjoyed various activities including bowling,...
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