Obituaries

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Richard E. Evans

GALVA – Richard E. Evans, 91, of Galva, died at 1:55 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2024, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

He was born Nov. 10, 1932, in LaFayette, the son of William and Lena (Shoff) Evans. He married Janice R. Likes on Oct. 13, 1961, in Altona and she preceded him in death on Dec. 27, 2020.

Survivors include his daughter, Gretchen (Shane) Hickman of Galva; his son Eric Evans of Altona; two grandchildren, Brooke (Aaron) Bachman of Annawan and Taylor (Eli) Beinke of Washington, D.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter-in-law, Tammy Lynn Evans; and half-brother, Bill Briggs.

Richard graduated from LaFayette High School and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.

He worked at Hyster in Kewanee until his retirement. He was also a Galva resident entrepreneur earning the name, “Trader Dick.”

He was a member of the Galva American Legion and especially enjoyed telling stories and, of course, visiting the junkyard.

Cremation will be accorded and graveside services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 19, at Galva Cemetery where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Memorials may be directed to the Galva American Legion Hagberg-Hamlin Post 45. Rux Funeral Home in Galva is in charge of arrangements.

Francis J. Waldinger

GALVA – Francis “Frank” Joseph Waldinger, 83, of Bradford, Ill., passed away peacefully on July 15, 2024, at Genesis East Medical Center in Davenport, Iowa, after a brief illness.
Frank was born on April 12, 1941, in Princeville, Ill., to Emilie (Lang) Waldinger and Franz Waldinger. He graduated from Bradford High School in 1959.

After first noticing her at church on Aug. 15, 1961, Frank met up with Alice Parkin at a football game. They dated for two years before marrying on Aug. 10, 1963, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bradford.

Together, they had four children and farmed in Buda, Ill., for 41 years, raising corn, soybeans and hogs. He had the straightest rows of corn and the cleanest beanfields (with the help of his wife and children!) in Bureau County. Early in his farming career during the offseason, he also worked as a carpenter, building houses for Colgan Brothers Construction.  
 
Frank was a lively teller of jokes, and, if he could overcome his own laughter before he got to the punchline, his jokes were always funny.

He loved watching Jeopardy! with Alice, making sure to write down the final questions to quiz the kids and grandkids when they came to visit. He avidly solved crossword puzzles – often with the help of his friend, Siri. Frank also had an exceptional memory, recalling farming details, people’s names and sports facts like no one else while his family had to refer to Google just to join the conversation.

He was well known in his family for his witty, pithy sayings, including one that would always come after hearing of the deals and savings from shopping excursions: “You’re going to go broke saving money!”

One of Frank’s proudest moments came when his first grandchild, Ryan, was born on his birthday. They shared many special days together over the 27 years, often savoring a bunny cake Alice would bake for them.

Those surviving to cherish his memory include his doting wife of nearly 61 years, Alice; his devoted children, Kyle Waldinger (Danielle Svetcov) of Corte Madera, Calif., Corey (Laura) Waldinger of Naperville, Ill., Cynthia (Todd) Carlson of Amboy, Ill., and Teresa Waldinger (Tom O’Connor) of North Aurora, Ill.; his adoring grandchildren, Charlotte and Jo Waldinger (Corte Madera, Ryan Waldinger (Chicago), Alex Waldinger (Nashville, Tenn.), Sarah Waldinger (Chicago), Emma Waldinger (Naperville) and Avery and Beckett O’Connor (North Aurora); his beloved siblings, Ginny (Ted) Gilles, Henry (Paulette) Waldinger, Ruth (Don) Stahl, Clarence (Kathy) Waldinger and Tom Waldinger; his amazing Parkin “out-laws”; and 36 dear nieces and nephews.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Liz Code; his brother, Willie Waldinger; four brothers-in-law, Phil Code, Bill Hinkle, Rodger Woodley and Jim Parkin; and two nephews, Travis Parkin and Billy Hinkle.  

A visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. with the recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, 2024, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Bradford. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, 2024, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Bradford with Rev. John Thieryoung, officiating. Burial will immediately follow at St. John’s Cemetery. 

Memorials can be made to St. John’s Cemetery or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


Johnathon L. Tomlinson

ELMWOOD – Johnathon Lee Tomlinson, 39, of Elmwood, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, in La Crosse, Wis.

He was born March 1, 1985, in Galesburg, Ill., to Kevin L. (Beth) Tomlinson and Annette M. (Schneider) Tomlinson.

John is survived by the love of his life, Stephanie D. Bowhay; two sons, Brayden L. Stevens and Karsyn L. Tomlinson; grandfather Glenn L. Tomlinson of Kewanee; one sister-in-law, Lindsey (Ron) Gill of Franklin, Ill.; three sisters, Victoria Gibbons of Abingdon, Ill., Jennifer (Mark) Everhardt of Seymour, Tenn., and Samantha (Chris) Klavinger of Conyers, Ga.; one brother, Gary Klavinger of Perrysburg, Ohio; two aunts, Sharon (Andy) Mapes and Terri (Jeff) Stuart; one nephew, Ivar West; and two nieces, Faith and Emma Greathouse, along with several others.

John was preceded in death by one daughter, Kinsley M. Tomlinson; grandparents Barbara E. Tomlinson and Carole M. (Roderick) E. Johnson; and uncles Kevin P. Casteel and Frank C. Schneider.

John graduated from Williamsfield High School. He then served honorably in the active Army with the HHC 14th Engineer Battalion from August 2003 to February 2007 at Fort Lewis, Wash.

During his active time he deployed to Iraq twice. He served as a light-wheel vehicle mechanic. After he was released from active duty, he joined the Army Reserves and was stationed with the 733rd Maintenance Company out of Canton, Ill. He ETS’d in November 2016 after 13 years of service in our nation’s defense.

He spent time working in maintenance at Gates Rubber Company and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He most recently worked as a highway maintainer for the Peoria County Highway Department. He did his due diligence in maintaining the county roads and keeping them safe to travel for the last year and a half.

John was a member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 24-1, since 2021 and was most recently the newest committee member for the Red Ride of Central Illinois.

John was a simple man. We all knew him for his tall masculine stature that was intimidating to those who didn’t know him. For those who were in his circle, his dedication to them was like no other. He took pride in working hard and providing for his family. His true love was Stephanie, his boys, his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the Dallas Cowboys football team.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life with military rites was held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at the Elmwood Tap Banquet Hall, 100 S. Magnolia St., Elmwood, IL 61529.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his family for future expenses, in care of Stephanie Bowhay.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Barbara I. Oldfield

FARMINGTON – Barbara I. Oldfield, 80, of Farmington, passed away, Thursday, July 11, 2024, at Farmington Village.

She was born in Peoria on March 27, 1944, to Marvin and Ethel (Hyde) Wood. They preceded her in death, as well as one brother, James Wood, and her sister, Sharon (Ken) Stanley.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Wayne Oldfield. They were married on Nov. 30, 1963. Also surviving are three sons, Rob (Susie) Oldfield, Gary (Lisa) Oldfield and Kenny (Michelle) Oldfield; one brother, Albert (Pat) Wood; two grandsons, Brett (Chelesa) Oldfield and Tyler Oldfield; and one great-grandson, Luke Oldfield.

Barb always took care of her boys, and she and Wayne spent countless years farming around their home. She enjoyed traveling with Wayne after his retirement, going to country music shows and attend the New Salem Opry as often as she could.

She was a previous member of the Rebekahs association, River Valley Antique Collectors and the Peoria County Home Extension for Homemakers. Most of all, Barb loved taking care of her family.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a burial of her ashes will be on Saturday, July 20, 2024, at 1 p.m. in Brunswick Cemetery in Trivoli. A celebration of life will follow at the Farmington Moose Lodge from 2-5 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Farmington Rescue Squad.

Robyn Carlson

PRINCEVILLE – Robyn (Tankersley) Carlson, 78, of Princeville, Illinois, passed away on Thursday, July 11, 2024, at Carle Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria after a brief illness, with her family at her side.

She was born on July 10, 1946, in Peoria to Allen and Dorothy (Mahallak) Tankersley. Robyn married Ross Carlson on Jan. 17, 1981.

Robyn is survived by her husband, Ross, of Princeville; brother, Patrick A. (Beata) Tankersley of Peoria Heights; sister, Ellen (Mike) Russell of Peoria Heights; sister, Dory (James) Krusa of Brimfield; children, Chris (Tammy) Finch of Peoria, Amy (Jim) Van Dettum of Princeville and Dalton Carlson of Peoria Heights; son-in-law, Ronald Weber of Princeville; seven grandchildren, Patrick, Lindsey, Josie, Nellie, Matthew, Brittany and Katie; and several great-grandchildren.

Robyn was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Jennifer Weber; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Van Dettum.

Robyn previously loved to travel on long car trips with her husband. She was an avid reader, sometimes reading a book a day.

When Robyn was in a room full of people, she was always the center of everyone’s attention with her great sense of humor and larger-than-life personality.

Memorial donations may be made to The Colorectal Cancer Alliance in honor of her daughter, Jennifer, who passed away in March, or to the Akron-Princeville Fire Department and Akron-Princeville Ambulance.

The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the Akron-Princeville Ambulance and Akron-Princeville Fire Department for their kindness and dignity in caring for Robyn over the past few years.

There will be a private celebration of life at a later date. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe.



Alan P. Dremann

EDELSTEIN – Alan Paul Dremann, 66, of Edelstein, Ill., passed away on June 27, 2024, surrounded by his family after a long battle with prostate cancer.

Alan was born to Lois and Ivan Dremann on Aug, 12, 1957, in Princeton. While he was both athletically and academically gifted, his sense of work ethic was established at home on the farm where he helped his father. His academic pursuits took him to Bradley University where he achieved his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, which was the catalyst for his 39-year career at Caterpillar Inc.

He demonstrated consistent excellence in his career and was an ever-present loving husband and father. He and his wife, Joyce, spent their years in partnership; building a home and home-educating all four of their children, but most importantly, as a team, worshiping God in the everyday.

Alan is survived by his wife, Joyce; their four children Rachel (Bradley) Schmoyer, David (Angela) Dremann, Hannah (Daniel) Watson and Sarah (Benjamin) Swenor; and nine grandchildren.

Alan is also survived by his father, Ivan Dremann, though he was preceded by his mother, Lois. He is also survived by his siblings Nancy Leichty, Herb Dremann, Mary King and Janet Farra along with their families.

Alan’s love of Christ his Savior came first, followed by his persistent and sacrificial love of his family. He was characterized by a love of dry and absurd humor which enlivened many dinners at home and get-togethers with friends. His perseverance and steadfastness was inexhaustible whether at work, at home, or most important, in his faith. His ability to hold firm to truth was a gift that strengthened those around him. His joy in life and wisdom was shared by all he knew. The lack of his earthly presence will be a chasm in our lives, but our joy and hope is in the promise of life eternal though Jesus Christ our Lord. Oh, what a Love the Father has for us.

Alan’s family was to be present at Bethany Baptist Church for a visitation on Friday, July 5th from 4-7 p.m. and again on July 6th from 10-11 a.m. with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m.. Burial was to be at Blue Ridge Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Davison-Fulton Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria.

Condolences and memories may be shared through Woolsey-Wilton.com.

Marita L. Irvine

TALLAHASEE, Fla. – Marita Lynn (Christiansen) Irvine, 71, of Tallahassee, Fla., formerly of Galva, Ill., passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, on May 28, 2024.

Marita was born in Shelbyville, Ill., on Feb, 10, 1953, to Marjorie Christiansen (Swim) and Marvin L. Christiansen. Marita met the love of her life and soul mate, David William Irvine in 1974, and they eloped on March 14, 1982, in Dallas, Texas.

Marita was an over-the-road truck driver with her husband for 35 years, retiring in 2009. She loved to cook and if you left her table hungry, it was your own fault. She loved exploring new restaurants, playing Yahtzee, and listening to “Cops” on the television. Above all else, she loved her family fiercely.

Marita is survived by her daughter, Anita Shae Porter, Tallahassee, Fla.; her “fluffy butt grandkids” Nova, Ox and Ravioli; three sisters, Joanne Glover of Phoenix, Ariz., Dorothy Stark of Davenport, Iowa, and Cheryl Godsey of East Moline, Ill.; her sister-in-law, Nancy (Poole) Roberts of Batesville, Ark., her “daughters-in-love”, Cyndi McCoy of Galva; Jaymie Sanders of Davenport, Iowa, Sally Decrane of Kewanee, Rita Edelman of Lincon, Ill., and Denise Johnson of Zephyr Hills; and “son-in-love” Thomas (Angela) Leece of Ocala, both of Florida; her grandchildren, Andrea C. Irvine, Danial J. Porter, Robert Aaron Irvine Slavish (Jaimie), Jontavius Johnson, Megan L. (Gatling) Schreiber, Jessica Pitman, Brittany McNaught, Jaymie Slavish, Randi (Jake) Davis, Trai Anderson, Tabitha Davis, Robbie Anne Slavish, Belahna Slavish, Zohee Slavish, Alyssa Shadden, Gage Shadden, James (Beck) Frederick, Nelson Carlson; several great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and extended family.

Marita was welcomed into heaven by her husband (who was probably waiting for her in a semi, with a big smile on his face), her parents, 16 brothers and sisters and her best friend, Myrabeth “Mickey” Rapp.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Melissa Shrewsberry for helping take care of her for the past six months and loving her like she was her own; Marion County Hospice for giving her dignity, peace and comfort during her final days; and her Ret’d neighbors, Roxy and Laz, who promptly ran to her rescue if she “took a trip” or needed help removing a turtle from the kitchen floor that Nova had so proudly gifted her.

Funeral services were July 10, 2024, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Marita will be laid to rest at the Galva Cemetery, next to her husband.

Jacob E. Rewerts

WYOMING – Jacob E. Rewerts, 44, of Wyoming, passed away at 7:59 p.m. Thursday, June 27, 2024, at his home. Born in Peoria, on Oct. 31, 1979, he was the son of Myron A. and Vicki L. (Beck) Rewerts.

Surviving Jake are his brother, Chris (Lacey) Rewerts of Washburn; three nephews, Riley, Reid and Westin; and aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jake was employed at Nutrien in Princeville for 25 years and finished his career farming. He enjoyed hosting other farmers for coffee in the mornings, antique farm equipment and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. He will be missed by his lunch and dinner friends at Curry’s and Catalpa Grove.

Funeral service was July 2, 2024, at Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Wyoming. Rev. Rebecca Klemm officiated. Burial was at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Wyoming Fire Department.
Condolences for Jake’s family may be left on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Donald E. Bantz

TOULON – Donald E. “Don” Bantz, 75, of Toulon, died June 24, 2024, at OSF Saint Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. He was born March 27, 1949, in Elmore, the son of Maurice E. “Buster” and Shirley J. (Lumberry) Bantz. He married Barbara Graves on April 7, 1973. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include his son Michael (Megan) Bantz of Forsyth; daughter, Donna Bantz of Toulon; four brothers, John (Jennifer) Bantz of Williamsfield, Harley Bantz and Dennis (Gina) Bantz, both of Happy Hollow, and Larry Bantz of Fairview; and nine grandchildren, Chance and Chloe Deilkes, Kayden, Maci, Piper and Easton Bantz, Isabelle and Owen Thompson and Ellayna Orwig.

Don worked as a power shovel operator for the State of Illinois Department of Transportation from 1969-2000 and for West Jersey Express from 2002 until June of 2022.

Funeral services were July 3.

George A. Baer

EUREKA – George A. Baer, 74, of Eureka, passed away at 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at Carle Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

Born in Peoria on Aug. 14, 1949, he was the son of Otto and Eleanor (Grusy) Baer.
Surviving George are eight siblings, Anna Marie (Steve) Stoller of Wyoming, Delores Baer of Eureka, Linda Joos of Chillicothe, Edward (Connie) Baer of Elverson, Pa., Larry (Vera) Baer of Edelstein, Terry Baer of Peoria, Cynthia Herr of Fairbury and Nita (Kevin) Grimm of Morrill, Kan.; and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Anita Baer; and a brother-in-law, Rolland Joos.

George was a good friend. He was a friend to his siblings. He was a very special friend to his nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was a friend to the waitresses and waiters, the clerk at the checkout, his neighbors, his community, his co-workers at Alcoa; and oh, how he loved his church family.

George had the ability to set children into peals of laughter and to cause the adults in his life to chuckle. George was employed at Alcoa for 32 years, then at AC Skylines until retirement. He was a member of the Apostolic Christian Church in Princeville and Eureka, where he lived his sincere faith simply.

Funeral services were July 1, 2024, at the Princeville Apostolic Christian Church. Ministers of the church officiated. Visitation was June 30, 2024, at Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Princeville.

Memorial contributions can be made to Eureka Apostolic Christian Home. Condolences for George’s family may be left on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Larry L. Boyer

ELMWOOD – Larry L. Boyer, 86, of Elmwood, passed away at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born April 9, 1938, in Peoria, Ill., to Charles “Elmer” and Virginia (Baggs) Boyer.
Larry first married Carla Haines and then later married Louise Hess on April 17, 1993, in Elmwood. She survives.

Larry is also survived by five children, Lynn (Robert “Bobby”) Tannock of Elmwood, Angie (Larry) Shideman of Elmwood, Daniel (Angela) Hess of Bloomington, Ill., James (Amy) Hess of Bloomington and Rhonda (David) Ross of Springfield, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, Noah Shideman, Aubrey (Aaron) Graves, Alexa (Heath Skaggs) Shideman, Tyler (Sarah) Tannock, Dara (Andrew) Castro, Travis (Lubna) Brady, Hannah (Sam) Hensley, Emily Hess, Kate Ross, Jack Ross, Alex Hess and Ella Hess; eight great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Jensen and Mavis Hensley, Hank Hess, Korra Graves, Ben and Halen Skaggs, Lucia Castro and four more on the way; two brothers, Roger Boyer of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Ronald (Donna) Boyer of Trivoli; one sister, LuAnn (Todd) Tedder of Garland, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Lori Lee Boyer.
Larry attended country school through eighth grade at Moore School on Texas Road. He graduated in 1956 from Elmwood High School. He then served for the U.S. Army Reserves from 1961-67. His work career began when Larry was in high school working the summer for his dad at B&B Builders. Larry was a member of the bricklayers union in Peoria. Later, Larry and his brother, Ron started their business as Boyer Construction, doing masonry work.

Larry was an avid golfer, playing countless rounds at his beloved Maple Lane Country Club. His other loves were hunting, fishing and hunting mushrooms, mostly fall ones. He also enjoyed spending time with his family.

Larry was also a member of the Farmington Moose and a former member of Maple Lane Country Club, where he served on the board.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elmwood. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Military rites and burial will immediately follow the service at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate, 4722 N. Sheridan Road, Peoria, IL 61614, and to the Ronald McDonald House.

To view Larry’s video tribute or to leave an online condolence, visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Ricky L. Camp

ELMWOOD – Ricky L. “Rick” Camp, 66, of Elmwood, passed away at 1:58 p.m. on Saturday, July 6, 2024, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born Feb. 10, 1958, in Peoria to Ronald “Sonny” and Marjorie (Harkness) Camp. He married Jo Arbogast on March 17, 1979, in Elmwood. She survives.

Rick is also survived by two children, Brian (Rhonda) Camp of Austin, Texas, and Jill (David) Williams Lansford of Bement, Ill.; three brothers, Ron (Shelley) Camp, Gary (Karen) Camp and Dennis (Heidi) Camp; and four grandchildren, Eli Camp, Tessa Camp, Breanna Camp and Jerrica Williams Lansford.

Rick worked at Liberty Steel & Wire/Keystone for 43 years, where he retired from on April 1, 2023. He was passionate about car restoration, especially his 1956 Chevy.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no services at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elmwood Fire Department or BYE Ambulance.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Susan K. Streitmatter

PRINCEVILLE – Susan K. Streitmatter, 73, of Princeville, passed away at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, 2024, at the Arc of Chillicothe. Born in Peoria on May 9, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Mabel (Oertley) Streitmatter.

She is survived by several cousins and her loving dogs.

Susan grew up on the family farm and graduated from Princeville High School and Bradley University. She spent the entirety of her professional life teaching kindergarten at Brimfield Grade School.

Funeral services were July 3, 2024, at Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Princeville. Pastor Ernie Russell officiated. Burial followed in Streitmatter Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to her church, Edelstein Congregational Church, 2903 W. Main St., Edelstein, IL 61526.

Condolences for Susan’s family may be left on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Johnathon L. Tomlinson

ELMWOOD – Johnathon Lee Tomlinson, 39, of Elmwood, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2024, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, in La Crosse, Wis.

He was born March 1, 1985, in Galesburg, Ill., to Kevin L. (Beth) Tomlinson and Annette M. (Schneider) Tomlinson.

John is survived by the love of his life, Stephanie D. Bowhay; two sons, Brayden L. Stevens and Karsyn L. Tomlinson; one sister-in-law, Lindsey (Ron) Gill of Franklin, Ill.; three sisters, Victoria Gibbons of Abingdon, Ill., Jennifer (Mark) Everhardt of Seymour, Tenn., and Samantha (Chris) Klavinger of Conyers, Ga.; one brother, Gary Klavinger of Perrysburg, Ohio; two aunts, Sharon (Andy) Mapes and Terri (Jeff) Stuart; one nephew, Ivar West; and two nieces, Faith and Emma Greathouse, along with several others.

John was preceded in death by one daughter, Kinsley M. Tomlinson; his grandparents, Barbara E. Tomlinson and Carole M. (Roderick) E. Johnson; and uncles Kevin P. Casteel and Frank C. Schneider.

John graduated from Williamsfield High School. He then served honorably in the active Army with the HHC 14th Engineer Battalion from August 2003 to February 2007 at Fort Lewis, Washi.

During his active time he deployed to Iraq twice. He served as a light-wheel vehicle mechanic. After he was released from active duty, he joined the Army Reserves and was stationed with the 733rd Maintenance Company out of Canton, Ill. He ETS’d in November 2016 after 13 years of service in our nation defense.

He spent time working in maintenance at Gates Rubber Company and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He most recently worked as a highway maintainer for the Peoria County Highway Department. He did his due diligence in maintaining the county roads and keeping them safe to travel for the last year and a half.

John was a member of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 24-1, since 2021 and was most recently the newest committee member for the Red Ride of Central Illinois.

John was a simple man. We all knew him for his tall masculine stature that was intimidating to those who didn’t know him. For those who were in his circle, his dedication to them was like no other. He took pride in working hard and providing for his family. His true love was Stephanie, his boys, his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and the Dallas Cowboys football team.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life with military rites will be held from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2024, at the Elmwood Tap Banquet Hall, 100 S. Magnolia St., Elmwood, IL 61529.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his family for future expenses, in care of Stephanie Bowhay.

To leave an online condolence, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Patricia A. Campbell

DUNLAP – Patricia A. Campbell, 70, of Dunlap, mother of a Princeville man, died June 25, 2024, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Pat was born Jan. 28, 1954, to Carl and Doris (Wirth) Carmody. She married Murray Campbell in Peoria. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Nancy Schwartz and her husband Murray.

Surviving are her sons, Corey (Audrey) Campbell of Princeville and Ryan (Allison) Campbell of Peoria; sisters, Pam (Steve) Poulsen of Hardy, Ark., Carla Carmody (Bill Bowden) of Dunlap, Kathi (Dave) James of Chillicothe and Angie Carmody (Kelly Triemstra) of Oshkosh, Wis.; and four grandchildren.
Services were July 2.

Larry E. Dawson Sr.

SPRINGFIELD – Larry E. Dawson Sr., 81, of Springfield, formerly of Pekin, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2024, at Concordia Village in Springfield.

Larry was born on Sept. 15, 1942, in Peoria to Chester and Isabelle (Rushing) Dawson. On Dec. 21, 1979, he married Cheryl “Cheri” Lee (Martin) Campbell, and she survives.
He is also survived by four children, Larry (Trudy) Dawson Jr. and Debora “Debbie” (Brian) Ihnes, both of Elmwood, Patricia “Patty” Stancomb of Dahinda and Nicole Campbell “Nikki” (Joe) Monari of Springfield; one brother, Robert “Bob” (Norma) Dawson of Elmwood; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, James “Jim” Dawson; two special brothers-in-law, Kenneth “Kenny” Mitzelfelt and William “Bill” Martin; and three sisters-in-law, Mary Dawson, Jaqueline “Jackie” Mitzelfelt and Louise Martin.

As per Larry’s wishes, no services will be held. Inurnment will be at Parkview Cemetery in Peoria.

Condolences can be left online at www.Davison-Fulton.com.

Steven G. Hughey

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Steven Glenn Hughey, 72, father of a Princeville woman, passed away on June 27, 2024, in Chandler, Ariz. He was born on Aug. 20, 1951, in Galesburg to parents William E. and Shirley M. (Stivers) Hughey. They preceded him in death. He married Susan Hughey on April 21, 2006; she survives.

Steven’s zest for life was paralleled only by his love for his family. He is also survived by his daughter, Veronica (Bert) Haskell of Princeville; son, Ian (Sara) Hughey of Kettering, Ohio; stepdaughter, Tara (David) Torres of Ahwatukee, Ariz.; stepson, Danny Touvell of Chandler, Ariz.; his adored grandchildren, Gabrielle and William Haskell, both of Illinois, and Isaac, Liam and Divya Hughey, all of Ohio; two stepgrandsons, Blaise and Phoenix Torres of Ahwatukee, Ariz.; two brothers, Alan D. Hughey of Lafayette, La., and Robert E. Hughey of Galesburg; three very special nieces; many cousins; and several lifelong friends he considered brothers.

He was preceded in death by one brother, David Hughey.

Steven grew up in Galesburg, the oldest of four boys (yes, his mother was a saint!) hunting pheasant, rabbit and squirrel with his dad and three brothers. An alumnus of Galesburg High School, he graduated with the Class of 1969, later furthering his education by earning a degree from DeVry Polytechnic Institute in 1977.
As a proud U.S. Army veteran, he served his country in Vietnam, earning the Army Commendation medal.

Following his military service, Steve worked at Gates Rubber Company and started a concert promotion business Concerts Unlimited, and was the first to bring Ted Nugent and the Amboy Dukes to Monmouth College in 1975.

He later moved to Ohio, where he lived for nearly 30 years. There he began his career journey in sales managing Record Town; was a store manager, stoking fires at Fire Place Specialties; achieved life insurance salesman-of-the-year accolades at Prudential Insurance for several years; and later became a sales manager for Airtron Heating and Cooling. He concluded his work life with Wolf Mechanical in Phoenix.

Steve will be laid to rest with military honors in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix on Oct. 8, 2024, at 10:30 a.m.

A celebration of Steve’s life hosted by his family is being planned in Galesburg, with details to be announced.

Larry K. Miles

ALPHA – Larry Kay Miles, 82, of Alpha, an Elmwood native, died surrounded by his family at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, on June 29, 2024.

Larry was born in Elmwood to Raymond and LaVeda Miles on Sept. 3, 1941. He graduated from Elmwood High School and joined the Army. He was an Illinois State Trooper, retiring as a master trooper and with many marksman awards. After retiring, he had many jobs, including semi-truck driver, security officer and cab driver.

Larry married Nancy Langbehn. They had two sons, Scott and Peter. He later married Deanna Randall. They had a daughter, Megan. Larry is survived by one son, Scott (Felicia) Miles; one daughter, Megan Miles; one daughter-in-law, Destiny Miles; one sister-in-law, Helen Miles; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Peter Miles; one brother, Lee Miles; one sister, Peg Miles; one sister-in-law, Karen Miles; and two granddaughters.
Services were July 6, 2024, at Lehigh Cemetery in rural Elmwood.
Condolences can be left online at www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.



Nancy K. Blakey

WYOMING – Nancy K. Blakey, 80, of Wyoming, passed away at 5:46 p.m. on Saturday, June 22, 2024, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria.

Born on Aug. 17, 1943, in Peoria, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Norma (Carman) Timmons. On Dec. 13, 1959, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Stanley “Butch” Blakey in Princeville. He preceded her in death on April 6, 2004.

Surviving Nancy is a daughter, Kim Plumer of Wyoming; two grandchildren, Jacob (Claudia) Plumer of Wyoming and Tiffany (Chad) Bell of Morton; 10 great-grandchildren, Jon, Allison, Sam and Abe Plumer, and Jordan, Jaxon, Jeter, Justus, Aubrey and Jruw Ann Bell; and a sister, Marcia (Paul) Nothnagel of Clinton.

Aside from her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her beloved dog, Maxie.

Nancy’s mother owned the Wyoming Floral Shop where she worked for many years. Nancy could be found decorating for any reason and every season, caring for her lawn and garden and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who lovingly referred to her as “Grandma Sweetie.”

She was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs. Nancy was a member of the Wyoming Methodist Church and the Wyoming Eastern Star.

Funeral service will take place on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Wyoming, at 11 a.m. Rev. Tammy Shane will officiate. Burial will follow at Wyoming Cemetery. Visitation will take place at the funeral home prior from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society through Relay for Life (Eagles) at www.relayforlife.com/donate.

To leave condolences for Nancy’s family please visit www.haskellfuneral.com.

­­Donald E. Bantz

TOULON – Donald E. “Don” Bantz, 75, of Toulon, died at 6:26 a.m., Monday, June 24, 2024 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

Arrangements are pending at Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield.

­­Thomas A. Bubnick

KEWANEE – Thomas “Tom” A. Bubnick, a life-long resident of Kewanee, passed away on June 22, 2024, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria. Thomas was born April 17, 1942, in Kewanee, the son of Frank G. and Adela M. (Zeglis) Bubnick.

Thomas married Sue Ellen Ericson on Dec. 16, 1978, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Kewanee; she survives as do their two children, Marc of Chicago and Kristin (John) Farrell of Orlando, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Rita M. Bubnick of Kewanee.
Tom was a graduate of Visitation Grade School, Kewanee High School’s class of 1960 and Illinois State University. He was employed by the Wyoming Elementary Unit School District #27 and the Stark County School District #100 for 26 years. He particularly enjoyed his 16-year tenure as a junior high basketball coach.

A private graveside service will take place in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Golnick-Schueneman Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Visitation School Foundation, Kewanee School Foundation, or the Henry County Senior Center.

Codolences can be left online at www.golnickschuenemanfh.com.

Ronald E. Doran

KEWANEE – Ronald E. “Ron” Doran, 84, of Kewanee, died June 18, 2024, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born on Dec. 30, 1939, in Pontiac, the son of Eugene E. and Theresa Marie (Froelich) Doran. He married Susan K. Junis on Feb. 1, 1972, in Kewanee and she preceded him in death on Aug. 10, 2009.

Survivors include a daughter, Dr. Dawn (Doran) Muci (Francesco) of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a brother, Ken (Sigrunn) Doran of Bloomington; and two grandchildren. He was also


Howard W. Cooper

MAQUON – Howard W. Cooper, 57, of Maquon, passed away on June 18, 2024, at Carle Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

He was born Jan. 29, 1967, in Canton, Ill., to Claire and Dorothy (Dikeman) Cooper.
He married Elizabeth Haines on July 18, 2020, in Maquon. She survives.

Howard is also survived by one daughter, Alexzandra Samonds of Grayslake, Ill.; two brothers, Perry (Linda) Cooper and David Cooper; one sister, Connie (Curt) Caldwell; two grandchildren, Thalia and Rowan Samonds; five nieces, Toni (Sven) Preuss, Melissa Cooper, Ashley (Jason) Easley, Amber (Steve) Walker and Alyson (Jason) Glenn; three nephews, Travis Newton, Damien Cooper and Joel (Sarah) Cooper; 16 great-nieces and great-nephews; and nine great-great nieces and nephews.

Howard is preceded in death by his parents; one niece, Tina Rooney; and one great-nephew, Sen Cooper.

Howard was a stagehand for various venues in the area. He loved his job, music and people over all.

Cremation rites have been accorded.
Memorials may be made to Men’s Teen Challenge.
To leave online condolences visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Charles F. Herridge

YATES CITY – Charles “Chuck” F. Herridge, 92, of Yates City, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2024, at Courtyard Estates in Farmington.

He was born Jan. 22, 1932, in Peoria, to James “Burt” and Florence “Edna” (Calder) Herridge.

Chuck married Jacqueline “Jackie” Cashman on March 22, 1952, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on May 6, 2020.

Chuck is survived by one son, Steve (Chris) Herridge of Elmwood, and three grandchildren, Kelsey (Emily) Herridge, Ryan Herridge and Nate Herridge.
Chuck is also preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Burt Ronald Herridge; and two sisters, Alma “June” Wright and Marian Edna Wright.

Chuck was an English teacher at Eureka High School for five years and elementary principal at Lowpoint-Washburn for six years. At age 34, he became superintendent of Yates City School District #207 from 1966 to 1979.

Chuck enjoyed fishing, camping, and traveling.

Memorials may be made to Elba-Salem Fire Department.
A private graveside service will be held at Yates City Cemetery.
To leave online condolences visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Janet L. Anderson

DAHINDA – Janet L. “Jan” Anderson, 84, of rural Dahinda died June 10, 2024, at her home.

She was born on Jan. 22, 1940, in Knoxville, the daughter of Paul R. and Frances (Ekstrom) Anderson. She attended and graduated from Knoxville High School in 1958.
Surviving is a sister, Carol Love of Galesburg; and one brother, Robert (Vickie) Anderson of Williamsfield. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Donald Paul Anderson; and a niece, Lori Fox.

She lived in Milan and worked for Case IH in Moline until she retired in 1993 and moved to rural Dahinda. She enjoyed mowing yards, gardening and helping friends and relatives with their projects.

Private graveside service will be held at a later date. Condolences can be left online at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

James B. DeMent

ELMWOOD – James “Barry” B. DeMent, 76, of Elmwood, passed away on June 21, 2024, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

He was born June 2, 1948, to James and Corrine (Spencer) DeMent in Peoria. He married Wanda Craig on April 11, 1974, in Peoria. She survives.

Barry is also survived by three children Laura (Jason) Lawrence, Joshua (April) DeMent and JaeLee (Khao Toum) DeMent; one sister, Wendy Studt; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Barry is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Susie.

Barry served in the U.S. Marine Corps from March 1971 to September 1973, including 31 days in Vietnam. He worked 30 years at Caterpillar as a maintenance electrician. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and aggravating his grandkids.
Condolences can be left online at oakshinesfuneralhome.com.

Teresa J. Holford

ELMWOOD – Teresa J. Holford, 76, of Elmwood was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world suddenly but peacefully on June 17, 2024.

There was no match for Teresa’s love of her daughters and grandkids, though plants and gardening came pretty close. She had a full life with her husband, brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces and a group of very specials girlfriends.

A celebration of life may commence at a later date.
Condolences can be left online at www.schmidthaller.com.

Lucinda B. Russell

PRINCEVILLE – Lucinda Belle (Murphy) Russell, 82, of San Antonio, Texas, died June 13, 2024. Born on July 26, 1941, in Peoria, she was the daughter of George R. Murphy Sr. and Lillian P. Murphy (Burkholder).

On Aug. 13, 1960, she married Leo W. Russell, son of Ralph W. Russell and Mary Jane Russell (Hayden) of LaPrairie. He preceded her in death on Dec. 16, 2020.

Also surviving Lucinda are her daughter, Lori J. Murphy of San Antonio; son, Larry D. Russell (Kelli) of Elgin, Texas; and daughter, Lisa A. Kamenick (James) of San Antonio; eight grandchildren; and many great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law, William A. Murphy.

Lucinda and Leo loved to travel the United States. They were long-time residents of Princeville. Once their children were grown, they moved to Tucson, Ariz., and later relocated to Springfield, Mo. In 2020, they moved to San Antonio to be near their children.

A graveside celebration of life will take place at a later date at the Blue Ridge Cemetery.
Condolences can be left online at www.haskellfuneral.com.

James M. Peacock

PRINCEVILLE – James “Sonny” Marvin Peacock, 81, of Princeville, formerly of East Galesburg, passed away June 14, 2024, at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Sonny was born on June 8, 1943, in Rushville to Merle and Myrtle (Knous) Peacock.
Surviving are one son, Christopher Peacock of St. David; one daughter, Jeannie Peacock of Princeville; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Richard Peacock.
A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Condolences can be left online at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Nancy J. Wright

HANNA CITY – Nancy J. Wright, 82, of Hanna City died June 19, 2024.
She was born on July 26, 1941, in Peoria, to Raymond and Hazel (Nett) Baird. She married Gerald Wright on Jan. 5, 1960, in Peoria. He survives.

Nancy is also survived by her daughters, Robin Barnard of East Peoria, Veronica Baker of Bartonville, Joy (Keith) Haun of Bartonville and Patricia (Ronald) Clements of Port Charlotte, Fla.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Dixie Shrum.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A funeral service was June 23. A private family burial will take place at Smithville Cemetery.

Condolences can be left online at www.Davison-Fulton-BartonvilleChapel.com.



William Clelland III

MAQUOKETA, Iowa – William “Bill” Clelland III, 64, died Friday, May 17, 2024.
Bill was born Nov. 14, 1959, in Peoria, Ill., the son of William Clelland and Joyce Brush. He worked for Caterpillar Inc. for more than 25 years after his service in the United States Navy. He married Connie Nuebling on March 1, 1980. She survives.

You could always find him fixing something, most of the time it was electronics. He will also be remembered for coaching baseball and planning gifts for his children and grandchildren.

He is also survived by his children, Rachel (Michael) Spitz and William Clelland, and his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Celebration of life will be on June 29, 2024, at the American Legion hall in Brimfield, Ill., from 1-3 p.m.

Bernard L. Gilles

KICKAPOO – Bernard Lawrence Gilles, 90, of Kickapoo, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 17, 2024, at his home with his family by his side.

He was born June 11, 1934, in Peoria, a son to Lawrence S. and Mary R. (Ritschel) Gilles. He was raised and educated in Kickapoo, graduating from Spalding Institute with the Class of 1952, where he was a standout baseball player. After graduating, on Feb. 4, 1954, Bernie enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served as an electrician mate 2nd Class on the battleship USS New Jersey. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 20, 1957.

On Sept. 23, 1961, he married Marietta “Mary” Schneider at St. Mary of Lourdes church in Germantown Hills. Together they raised a family and cherished 62 years. He worked for Montgomery Elevator for 39 years, retiring as a superintendent. Bernie was the Kickapoo Township supervisor for eight years, organized and coached the first Little League team in Kickapoo and was honored by the Kickapoo community with a plaque recognizing his leadership and organization of the 150-year celebration of Kickapoo.

He enjoyed auctioneering part time, was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, was Kickapoo’s Santa for many years and will be remembered for his Super Bowl poker parties.

His love of family was top priority, especially watching his grandchildren play their sports. Bernie was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and community citizen who was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Gilles; four children, Karen Gilles, Janet (Dan) O’Connell, Beth (Dave) Gudat and Steve (Lynne) Gilles; six grandchildren, Jayla (Jeff) Ralston, Samantha Gudat, Abby Gudat, Brett Gilles, Brian (Kayla) Gilles and Olivia Gilles; two great-grandchildren, Bella Bishop and Beau Lawrence Ralston; and one sister, Christine (George) LaFollett.

Bernie was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Chuck Gilles; and two sisters, Joan Gillespie and Carol Fairbanks.

Visitation was to be at St. Mary’s Kickapoo Parish Hall on Wednesday, June 19, 2024, from 4-7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at 10:30 a.m., with an additional visitation one hour prior to mass. The Rev. James Pankiewicz will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Kickapoo.

Preferred memorials in Bernie’s memory may be made to the Keith LaFollett Memorial Scholarship Fund, Greater Peoria Honor Flight or St. Mary’s Catholic Church or school.
Friends and family can log onto www.wrightandsalmon.com to sign the online guestbook, submit photos and share Bernie’s memorial page via social media.
Funeral arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Wright & Salmon Mortuary.

Donna R. Kneer

GALESBURG – Donna R. Kneer, 76, of Galesburg, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Donna was born on Feb. 2, 1948, in Galesburg. She was the daughter of Ralph and Louise (Spencer) Mackie. She married Greg Kneer on Sept. 2, 1967, at the Williamsfield Methodist Church. Together they celebrated 56 years of marriage.

Surviving Donna are her husband, Greg, at home; children Darcy (Leah) Kneer of Dupo, Ill., and Lisa (Kirt) Ervin of Aviston, Ill.; five grandchildren; and brothers Greg (Theresa) Mackie of Elmwood, Rod (Cheryl) Mackie of Laura and Curt (Susan) Mackie of Williamsfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Donna was a graduate of Williamsfield High School. She attended Iowa Wesleyan University. Donna had a career in women’s retail, including co-owner of the former Ladybug Shoppe in Knoxville. Later she was secretary for Dale Murdock, D.C. and at Blucker, Kneer and Associates before she officially retired.

Donna was a member of the Knoxville United Methodist Church, secretary of the church council and member of Methodist Women. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and a 50-year member of Daughters of the American Revolution.

Donna loved gardening, especially flowers. She also enjoyed reading and traveling … from Alaska to Hawaii, the Lower 48, Europe, the Caribbean and more.

She was a loving, welcoming and kindhearted lady with an infectious laugh who will be missed by those that loved her. She was blessed to be a part of a large and loving family.
Visitation was June 16, 2024, at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory, Knoxville. Funeral services were June 17, 2024, at the Knoxville United Methodist Church. Rev. Dave Mustain officiated. Burial was in Williamsfield Cemetery, Williamsfield.
Memorials may be made to the Knoxville United Methodist Church or to the OSF HealthCare Foundation.

Online condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Duane O. Bell

GALVA – Duane O. Bell, 85, has no more cart to move around or office chair to miss, as he has for the past six months. He has taken his final load to the streets of gold in heaven, where he was greeted by his parents and son, Ron, on the morning of June 7, 2024, from the Knox County Nursing Home.

He was born in Galva (the house is gone now but was located behind the Ford garage) on Oct. 30, 1938, the son of C.S. and Marjorie Bell.

Graduating from Galva High School in 1956, he married the love of his life, Suzanne Armstrong on Nov. 17, 1957. Together they had four healthy sons. They first lived east of Galva and then in 1975 moved to Duane and Sue’s dream farm west of town.

Duane’s entire life was spent as an employee, driver, mechanic and owner of Bell Trucking Co., which his father started in 1933 and which this past September proudly celebrated its 90th year in business.

Duane loved Galva, the friendly face and the place he called home. He was very proud of how the town grew and flourished and every sports team and activity he so kindheartedly supported.

He loved the family he left behind, Suzanne and his three sons; Steve (Susan) of Galva, Richard (Jane Doss) of Fort Meyers, Fla., and Chris (Tricia) of Broken Arrow, Okla.; his daughter-in-law, Georgia Bell of Galesburg; his sister, Jean Oehlman of Harland, Iowa; grandchildren Rebecca, Daniel, Remington, Wendy, Kerry, Tracy, CeCe, Chloe, Molly and Jonah; and ten healthy great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Jack and son Ron.

A visitation was held June 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Graveside services were to be held at 9 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, at Galva Cemetery, where military rites were to be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Pastor Katie Gallagher was to officiate. Coffee and Duane’s favorite Geneseo donuts were to follow the service at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Galva.

Memorials may be directed to the Messiah Lutheran Church, Galva American Legion or to the Galva Park District for a bench.

Peter J. Johnson

WYOMING – Peter “Pete” J. Johnson, 89, of Denver, Colo., formerly of Wyoming, passed away at 11:14 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2024, at Highpoint Assisted Living in Denver.
One word that describes Pete is commitment. He stood behind his family, his community and his sports teams.

Pete was born on Oct. 3, 1934, in Kewanee, Ill., to Joel A. and Mabel F. (Magnuson) Johnson. He married Carol (Seid) on Feb. 5, 1960, in Des Moines, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Dec. 25, 2022.

Surviving are two daughters, Jennifer (David Paschke) Johnson of Minneapolis, Minn., and Ingrid (Joe Chapo) Johnson of Denver, Colo.; four grandchildren, Anna, Michael, Katharine and Greta; and one step-grandchild, Theresa. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Philip Johnson.

Pete attended the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in Chicago. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from Drake University. He owned and operated Johnson’s Drug Store in Wyoming, Ill., from 1960 to 2014.

Pete was a member of the First Congregational Church of Wyoming and the Wyoming American Legion. He was an avid sports fan and supported the Chicago White Sox, Illini nation and the Stark County Rebels. From the 1970s into the 1990s, Pete wrote a historical sports column for the local newspaper. He loved having a press pass. It made his frequent visits to sporting events even more interesting.

His funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2024, at the First Congregational Church of Wyoming. Pastor Ross Wyman will officiate. Burial will be in Wyoming Cemetery. Celebration will follow at The Spoon River Bowl in Wyoming, from noon to 3 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Memorial contributions may be made to The First Congregational Church of Wyoming. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave condolences for Pete’s family please visit www.haskellfuneral.com.

Vicky L. Rosenberg

CRYSTAL LAKE – Vicky Lynn Rosenberg (née Bloomberg) died June 6, 2024, at Advocate Christ Medical Center after years of valiantly fighting both heart failure and breast cancer. She was 76.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James Rosenberg; their two daughters, Amanda (Whit) Chaiyabhat and Katherine (Kirk) Douglas; her sister Tracy (Charlie) Jaco; six grandchildren; her niece Rachel Bloomberg; and nephews Donovan and Dustin Jaco.
Vicky was born in Kewanee on May 3, 1948, to parents Richard Bloomberg and Mildred Scott. Vicky was the first of three Bloomberg girls, big sister to Gail Bloomberg and Tracy Jaco. As a child, she lived a rural life in Toulon, Ill., some of it on a farm. She often lamented the hour-long bus rides to and from school and decided she wanted to raise her family in a larger town.

She got her wish after she began attending Illinois State University where she met Jim Rosenberg. The couple was married Nov. 22, 1969, and the following year Jim accepted a teaching position at Crystal Lake Central High School and the couple moved to the northwest Chicago suburb, where they made their home the remainder of her life. Later Vicky would finish her studies at Northern Illinois University, from which she graduated with a bachelor of science in education in 1971.

She gave birth to her first child, Mandi, at the age of 30, on Mother’s Day 1977. Three years later the family welcomed Kate.

An ever-dedicated mother, she chose her jobs and the location of their home specifically to maximize time together as a family. The girls could walk to all of their schools from K to 12 and they never came home to an empty house – in fact, most friends who visited the girls after school were met with delicious homemade baked goods. She loved to cook for her family to show her love, which she continued to do even throughout her illness. Not a single special occasion ever passed without a special meal, treat, or a thoughtful gift or card sent cross country.

Her first professional job was working as a teller at Home State Bank but she also spent time working at Thunderbird Nursery School while her girls were enrolled and volunteered at Husmann Elementary School. She then worked as a librarian at the Fox River Grove Children’s Library, where she frequently took the girls on the weekends. She later worked as an assistant librarian at McHenry County College, which her daughters also attended, until she retired.

Although she wasn’t a natural traveler, with Jim by her side she pushed herself out of her comfort zone so the pair could see the world together. They traveled everywhere from Spain’s Canary Islands to Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, Dublin, Prague and Krakow among countless other globe-trotting adventures. When her daughters were young the family also took multiple vacations each year, driving all across America (with the girls bickering in back).

Once they were grown, she also made frequent visits to see her children as they moved around the country to places including Washington D.C., Arizona, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, California, Texas and Florida. She witnessed the birth of all six of her grandchildren: Mackenzie Chaiyabhat (19), Carter Chaiyabhat (18), Kayleigh Chaiyabhat (15), Cameron Chaiyabhat (6) and twins Alexandria and Andrew Douglas (9).

She was preceded in death by her parents Dick and Millie Bloomberg and her sister Gail Bloomberg – the mention of whom as she was gravely ill made Vicky smile for the last time; she was at peace thinking of reuniting with her sister in heaven.

Fierce, pragmatic, logical and determined, Vicky was always athletic, strong and capable. She played basketball in high school and took jujitsu classes as a young wife. She handled home renovations including demolition and building a deck on her own. She wasn’t often openly emotional, which belied the fact she was the most loving and thoughtful person you’d ever encounter. Of the grief we all are feeling, she would offer the warmest of hugs, a kiss on the cheek and simply say, “This too shall pass.”

Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Querhammer and Flagg Funeral Home, 500 W Terra Cotta Ave, Crystal Lake, IL 60014.

Agnes E. Snyder

GALVA – Agnes Elora Snyder, 98, of Galva, Ill., formerly of LaFayette, passed away at 9:55 p.m., on Friday, June 7, 2024, at her daughter’s residence in Woodhull.

She was born March 20, 1926, to Harry and Alma (Lindzey) Runyon in Trivoli, Ill. She married Carl “Ted” Snyder Sr. on Dec. 12, 1942, in Cahokia, Mo. He preceded her in death on March 10, 1985.

Agnes is survived by three children, Carl “Sonny” (Lauretta) Snyder Jr. of Yates City, Linda “Joni” (Larry) Henikoff of Virginia and Judy (Todd) Kaiser of Woodhull; one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Snyder; eight grandchildren, Clarissa (Jay) Price, Nathan (Susan) Henikoff, Cynthia (Jason) Chasteen, Scott Snyder, Bart (Amy) Snyder, Danny (Gill) Snyder, Ethan Kaiser and Elias Kaiser; and nine great-grandchildren.

Agnes is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert Snyder; three brothers, Gene Runyon, Robert Runyon and Kenny Runyon; and four sisters, Mary Bantz, Phyllis Bock, Ruth Aiello and Betty King.

Agnes attended the LaFayette United Methodist Church. She was a former treasurer for the United Methodist Women at the church and the Debra Circle. Agnes was a member of the Red Hats as well as the Stark County Farm Bureau.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at Elmwood Township Cemetery. A food and fellowship open house to celebrate Agnes’s life will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Elmwood United Methodist Church following the service.

Memorials may be made to Stark County Ambulance, BYE Ambulance or LaFayette United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Sharon M. Winter

JOELTON, Tenn. – Sharon Mae (Vaughan) Winter, 83, of Joelton, Tenn., passed away on Friday, June 7, 2024, at the Waters of Gallatin in Gallatin, Tenn.

She was born in Rock Island, Ill., on Feb. 28, 1941, to the late John L. Vaughan and Maxine Mae (Caton) Vaughan. She worked as an assistant manager at Opryland Hotel.

Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, E. Dean Winter; daughter, Deanna Winter; and brothers, John Vaughan and Richard Charles Vaughan.

She is survived by her daughter, Christine Winter; son, Mark Alan Winter (Lisa); and many nieces and nephews.

Sharon will be interred at Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery in Nashville, Tenn., at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Cheatham County Funeral Home, (615) 792-2552, and condolences can be left online at cheathamcountyfh.com.

Linda S. Raley

GALVA – Linda Sue Raley, 74, of Galva, died at 4:50 p.m., Monday, June 10, 2024, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born May 5, 1950, in Kewanee, the daughter of Joney and Sadie (Hughes) Yelm. She married Terry Raley on Feb. 2, 1979, in Kewanee.

Survivors include her husband of Galva; her three children, Samantha (Brian) Robbins of Powell, Ohio, Jake (Kenda) Kitner of Lincoln, Ill., and Eli Raley of Charleston, S.C.; her siblings, Ann (Duane) Barlow of Pinehurst, N.C., Kenneth (Jane) Yelm of Hamilton, Ohio, and David (Cindy) Yelm of San Bernadino, Calif.; five grandchildren, Trevor Robbins, Blayne (Sam) Robbins, Kaitlyn Nelson and Brooke and Colt Kitner; and three great-grandchildren, Owen and Liam Robbins and Charlotte Groff. She was preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Alice Collinson.

Linda worked at Community State Bank in Galva for 31 years, serving in many capacities and last holding the title of vice president. She enjoyed flower gardening, reading, crocheting, trips to the beaches of South Carolina and shopping with her daughter. Most of all she loved her family and cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A public visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m., Friday, June 14, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Private services will be held at the funeral home with Deacon Michael Crummer officiating. A celebration of life luncheon for the public will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at the Galva American Legion. Memorials may be directed to OSF Hospice.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.




Randy J. Reich

GALESBURG – Randy J. Reich, 66, of Galesburg, passed away at 9:06 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2024, at Wagner Place in Galesburg.

Randy was born October 22, 1957, in Peoria, Ill. Randy’s parents were Robert and Emma “Kathleen” (Keller) Reich.

Randy is survived by two sisters, Rebecca “Becky” (Larry) Hartley of Farmington and Mindy (Gary) Norbom of Dunlap; and one niece, Emily (James) Hecox of Farmington.
Randy is preceded in death by his parents.

Randy loved sports, especially bowling, the Farmington Farmers basketball team and the Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed going to the workshop during the week at KCCDD. He also enjoyed eating spaghetti, chicken fried rice and strawberry shakes.

Randy was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brimfield.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow the service at Elmwood Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brimfield.
To leave online condolences, visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Harlie L. Rhodes

PRINCEVILLE – Harlie LeRoy Rhodes, 92, of Morton, a Princeville native, passed away June 9, 2024, at Apostolic Christian Restmor in Morton. He was born on March 3, 1932, in Princeville to Harlie Joseph and Wilda Leona (Burns) Rhodes.
He married Garna Rhodes on Jan. 12, 1951, in Wyoming. She preceded him in death on March 2, 2022. He was also preceded in death by one infant daughter, Linda Lou Rhodes, and siblings David F. Rhodes, Juanita Rhodes, Hariette Thurston, Duane Rhodes and Gerald Rhodes. Surviving are his daughters Debora Rhodes of Normal and Brenda (Dr. John) Baer of Tremont; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Gilbert and James Rhodes.

Services were June 13, 2024.
Condolences can be left online at www.knappjohnson.com.

Nancy Goff

HANNA CITY – Nancy “Nan” Goff was born on Nov. 1, 1950, in Omaha, Neb., to Jack Charles Troe and Phyllis Elaine Henry, both of whom preceded her in death. Nan was the third of four siblings, who all survive, Marsha (Rick) Taylor, Charles (Lisa) Troe and Thomas (Bonnie) Troe.

Nan married Terry Goff in Peoria on June 6, 1970, and was mother to Hilary (Patrick Beckman) Goff, Bryce (Stacey) Goff, and Jonathan Goff, all of whom survive. Six grandchildren also survive, Alvilde Shirven, Amaya Goff, Jadyn Goff, Lyla Goff, Esther Shirven, and Hannah Shirven.

Nan’s funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2024, at Grace and Peace Lutheran Church in Peoria. Pastor Mary Beenken will officiate. Her visitation will be from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, at Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home in Peoria. A celebration of life gathering will be from 6:30-8 p.m. also at the funeral home. An additional visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. on Wednesday at her church. Inurnment will take place later in Springdale Cemetery in Peoria. Her funeral service will be available via live stream on the Grace and Peace Lutheran Church YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/@graceandpeacevideo4975/streams.
Condolences can be left online at www.Woolsey-Wilton.com.


James L. Cisel

MESA, Ariz. – James L. “Jim” Cisel, 74, of Mesa, Ariz., passed away at 4:58 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at his home.

He was born Feb. 20, 1950, to Joseph and Ann (Maher) Cisel. He married Lacinda Morris on Oct.12, 1985, in Mills, N.J. She preceded him in death in June 2020.

Jim is survived by three children, Katey McCready of Mesa, Ariz., Megan Minkler of Mesa, Ariz., and JoAnn Cisel of Mesa, Ariz.; one sister, Glynis (Jim) King; and four grandchildren. Jim is also preceded in death by his parents.

Jim served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years, from which he retired in 1993. He was a member of the local VFW. He also enjoyed attending the Chicago Cubs spring-training games.

A graveside service with military rites will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in rural Elmwood.

To leave online condolences, visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Michael H. Colgan

MONICA – Michael H. Colgan, 86, of Monica, passed away at 8:13 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2024, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. Born on Sept. 19, 1937, in Princeville, he was the son of Hugh and Mabel (Green) Colgan.

On May 31, 1955, he married Evelyn Fail; she preceded him in death on Sept. 9, 1987. On June 6, 2009, he married Daphne “Pat” Colgan; she preceded him in death on April 27, 2018.
Surviving Michael are five daughters, Marsha (Doug) Reno, Tammy (Mark) Foster, Amy (Jim) Clark, Angela Colgan and Lori (Tom Hurlbutt) Windish; two stepdaughters, Garnetta (Rodney) Krug and Hari (Tom) McNally; 11 grandchildren; and numerous great- grandchildren and great-great-grand- children. He was preceded in death by his parents; both wives; two brothers; three sisters; and a son, Michael L. Colgan.

Michael worked at Keystone Steel and Wire for over 30 years until his retirement. He farmed, raised and sold sheep, and enjoyed coon hunting.

A graveside service will take place on Friday, June 21, 2024, at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Cemetery at 1 p.m. Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home. To leave condolences for Michael’s family, please visit www.haskellfuneral.com.

George W. Gregg

YATES CITY – George W. Gregg, 95, of Yates City, passed away at 12:53 p.m., on Monday, June 10, 2024 at Farmington Village.

George was born July 14, 1928, in Galesburg, Ill., to Bernard Lewey and Florence Alicia (Wadsworth) Gregg. He married Mildred L. Johnson on Sept. 28, 1968, in Bartonville, Ill. She survives.

George is also survived by three sons, John Robert Gregg, Shawn Edward Gregg and George Scott (Angie Lawinger) Gregg.

George is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Nancy Jean Richardson; niece, Victoria Best; nephew, James Richardson; and brother-in-law, James D. Richardson.

George served his country in the U.S. Navy as a gunners mate on the USS Midway from 1947-54.

He worked for Hill-Kastien as an automotive machinist and was written up in Motor Trend magazine. He was a heavy equipment operator for Local #649 for 44 years.

George was a 71-year life member of the VFW # 4724 in Elmwood, Ill., and life member of the Masons in Farmington. He was a past volunteer for the Elba-Salem Fire Department.
George loved his cocker spaniels, Taffy, Sparkle, Claudette and Ashley; his red Ford pickup trucks; and his green tractor. Above all, he loved his family.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2024, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A burial will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Elba-Salem Fire Department.
To leave online condolences, please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Agnes E. Snyder

GALVA – Agnes Elora Snyder, 98, of Galva, Ill., formerly of LaFayette, passed away at 9:55 p.m., on Friday, June 7, 2024, at her daughter’s residence in Woodhull.

She was born March 20, 1926, to Harry and Alma (Lindzey) Runyon in Trivoli, Ill. She married Carl “Ted” Snyder Sr. on Dec. 12, 1942, in Cahokia, Mo. He preceded her in death on March 10, 1985.

Agnes is survived by three children, Carl “Sonny” (Lauretta) Snyder Jr. of Yates City, Linda “Joni” (Larry) Henikoff of Virginia and Judy (Todd) Kaiser of Woodhull; one daughter-in-law, Cheryl Snyder; eight grandchildren, Clarissa (Jay) Price, Nathan (Susan) Henikoff, Cynthia (Jason) Chasteen, Scott Snyder, Bart (Amy) Snyder, Danny (Gill) Snyder, Ethan Kaiser and Elias Kaiser; and nine great-grandchildren.

Agnes is also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert Snyder; three brothers, Gene Runyon, Robert Runyon and Kenny Runyon; and four sisters, Mary Bantz, Phyllis Bock, Ruth Aiello and Betty King.

Agnes attended the LaFayette United Methodist Church. She was a former treasurer for the United Methodist Women at the church and the Debra Circle. Agnes was a member of the Red Hats as well as the Stark County Farm Bureau.

A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, 2024, at Elmwood Township Cemetery. A food and fellowship open house to celebrate Agnes’s life will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Elmwood United Methodist Church following the service.

Memorials may be made to Stark County Ambulance, BYE Ambulance or LaFayette United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Lorna J. Yelm

WILLIAMSFIELD – Lorna J. Yelm, 90, of Williamsfield, died at 3:24 a.m. Thursday, June 6, 2024, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born May 18, 1934, in Knox County, Ill., the daughter of Loren and Susie (Kimler) Spencer. She married Everett G. “Cowboy” Yelm on Nov. 18, 1955, in Williamsfield. Survivors include her husband of Williamsfield; two sons, Roland (Linda) Yelm of Monmouth and Timothy Yelm of Williamsfield; four grandchildren, Richard Yelm, Eric Munoz, Rachel (Cody) Whiteside and Noah Munoz; and three great-grandchildren, Bailey Jo, Faith and Phillip.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Phillip; daughter-in-law, Daisy; and four sisters, Theda, Grace, Louise and Mary Lou.

Lorna graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1952 and attended Brown’s Business College. She was a water clerk for the city of Williamsfield for over 40 years. She also worked at a camera shop in Galesburg, at Rask Gas Station and as a cashier at Ladd’s.

She was a member of the Williamsfield United Methodist Church, where she served on various committees, sang in the choir and was treasurer. She enjoyed reading, doing jigsaw puzzles, knitting and crocheting, and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Funeral services were held June 11 at the Williamsfield United Methodist Church, with Pastor Zoila Marty officiating. A visitation was held one hour prior to the services at the church. The burial was to be in Williamsfield Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Williamsfield United Methodist Church. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.

Roy A. Canier

KNOXVILLE – Roy Allen Canier, 67, of Knoxville, died June 6, 2024, in Spring Valley Minn. He was born Oct. 19, 1956, in Lansing, Mich. He married Debra Ann Nichols on Oct. 26, 1985, in Galesburg.

Surviving are his wife of over 38 years, Deb Canier of Knoxville; two sons, Ryan (Emily Young) Canier of Galesburg and Bradley Canier of Knoxville; a daughter, Neely (Levi) Carr of Yates City; two brothers, Robert (Carol) Canier Jr. of Savanna and John Canier of Des Moines, Iowa; two sisters, Cheri (Pat Johnson) Canier of Clinton, Iowa, and Charlene (Mark) Herring of Stockton; and seven grandchildren.

Private graveside services will be today, June 13, in Yates City Cemetery. Condolences can be left online at www.h-p-w.com.

Ronald R. Vance

WILLIAMSFIELD – Ronald Roy “Ron” Vance, 84, of Williamsfield, died May 29, 2024, at OSF Saint Mary Medical Center in Galesburg. He was born Oct. 20, 1939, in Plymouth. He married Mary Ann Wilson on Dec. 13, 1957, in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on Dec. 15, 1990.

Surviving are three sons, Rodney (Ann) Vance of Williamsfield, Shawn (Kathy) Vance of Dahinda and Michael Vance of Galva; two daughters, Mary (Denny) Smith of Williamsfield and Susan Vance of Williamsfield; a brother, Daryl (Mary) Vance of Eddyville, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services were June 7, 2024.
Condolences can be left online at www.h-p-w.com.


Janet L. Kamerer

TOULON – Janet L. Kamerer, 72, of Toulon, passed away at 2:06 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born on Feb. 23, 1952, in Kewanee, she was the daughter of Marion L. “Dutch” Frail and Auliece (Leadley) Olson. On June 20, 1981, she married Robert Kamerer of Toulon; he survives.

Further surviving Janet is her daughter, Allison Kamerer of Toulon; son, Robbie (Dawn) Kamerer of Moline; a grandson, Adam Kamerer; “second son,” Keith Winn of Galesburg; three sisters, Sandy (Danny) Blakey of Toulon, Sherry Landergren of Kewanee and Traci (Brian) Shults of Toulon; a brother, Sam Frail of Wichita; an aunt, Carole Fisher of Mo.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother-in-law, Don Landergren; and a niece, Heidi Blakey.

Janet graduated from Toulon High School in 1970 and went on to serve as the librarian of the Toulon Library for 31 years, retiring May 13. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who enjoyed quilting and playing cards.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Toulon Fire Department, Toulon Public Library, or to the First Baptist Church of Toulon.

To leave condolences for Janet’s family please visit www.haskellfuneral.com.

James R. Mock

KEWANEE – James R. “Jimmy” Mock, 35, of Kewanee, Ill., died Sunday, June 2, 2024, in Kewanee.

He was born on May 22, 1989, in Galesburg, the son of James R. Mock and Maria Dykeman. He leaves behind his beloved fiancée, Maya Padilla, of Kewanee; his son, Brendan Mock (Brendan’s mother, Ann) of Trevor, Wis.; his father, stepmother and brother, Jim, Miriam and David Mock of LaFayette; aunts and uncles, Sheryl and John Peterson of Rockton, Ill., Susan Mock and Earl Elliott of Elmwood, Ill., and cousins Dana and Lydia Peterson.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Nancy Mock.

Jimmy graduated from Stark County High School in 2007. He served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard, earning the rank of chief boatswains mate. He worked as a police officer for the City of Kewanee Police Department, achieving the rank of sergeant.

Jimmy had an intense work ethic and enjoyed outdoor activities, including cattle farming, fishing and kayaking. He attended the First Christian Church of Kewanee and spent time with his fiancée and their chocolate labrador, Rowe. Most of all, he cherished time with his son.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 8, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Pastor John Reside officiating. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, June 7, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens in rural Kewanee with military honors accorded. Memorials can be made in his name and will be accepted at the funeral home.

This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.

Mary L. Griffith

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Mary Lou Ketridge Griffith, 96, died at Gulf Coast Village Care Center in Cape Coral, Florida on Dec. 21, 2023.

Mary Lou was born on March 30, 1927, at her family’s farm home in Bradford. She was the daughter of the late Carl and Marie Benedict Reed.

She married Chris Ketridge at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee on March 18, 1950, and he passed away in 1976.

A graveside service will be held at Osceola Grove Cemetery in rural Bradford at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, with Pastor Haley Hausman officiating.

Ruth A. Hansen

WYANET – Ruth “Tanny” Ann Hansen, 82, of Wyanet, formerly of Bradford, passed away on May 28, 2024 at OSF St. Luke Medical Center in Kewanee. Tanny was born on Oct. 23, 1941, in Peru, the daughter of Frank and Carrie (Miller) Sadnick. She married Richard Hansen on March 16, 1963. He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 2016.

Tanny is survived by two children, Tim (Penny) Hansen and Cathie (Ken) Campbell; 12 grandchildren; three great grandchildren and one brother, Jim (Virginia) Sadnick. She was preceded in death by one son, Rodney Hansen; two brothers and five sisters.

A memorial visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2024, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Bradford. Burial of cremated remains will immediately follow in Bradford Cemetery.

Ronald R. Vance

WILLIAMSFIELD – Ronald Roy “Ron” Vance, 84, of Williamsfield died May 29, 2024, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.

He was born Oct. 20, 1939, in Plymouth, Ill., to Roy R. and Ruth (Pomeroy) Vance. He married Mary Ann Wilson on Dec. 13, 1957, in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on Dec. 15, 1990.

Surviving are three sons, Rodney (Ann) Vance of Williamsfield, Shawn (Kathy) Vance of Dahinda and Michael Vance of Galva; two daughters, Mary (Denny) Smith of Williamsfield and Susan Vance of Williamsfield; a brother, Daryl (Mary) Vance of Eddyville, Iowa, 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 7, 2024, at Memorial Park Cemetery, Galesburg.

Condolences can be left online at www.h-p-w.com.

Rudolph J. Frank

ELMWOOD – Rudolph John “Rudy” Frank, 98, of Elmwood, passed away at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Courtyard Estates in Farmington. Born on Feb. 1, 1926, in Texas. Preceded in death by his parents, siblings, wife Shirley and daughter Susie.

Survivors include his grandsons, Seth and David; stepchildren, Scott (Susan), Kathy (David) and Theresa; and Shirley’s grandchildren, Jennifer, Derek, Brandon, Melissa, Abbey and Drew.

His graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2024, at Elmwood Township Cemetery. Rev. Marla Bauler will officiate. Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to BYE Ambulance Service. Rudy wanted his obituary to say, “Rudy died.” Condolences for Rudy’s family may be left on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Frances Johnson

PEORIA – Frances “Fran” Johnson of Peoria, Ill., passed away April 25, 2024, at the age of 98. She left this world from her home at Proctor Place in Peoria, Ill., attended until the end by her loved ones.

Fran began her life Nov. 19, 1925, in Basin, Wyo., the daughter of Henry Olson and Olive “Ollie” (Behne) Olson. Her childhood was spent on a farm near Greybull, Wyo. Fran attended the University of Wyoming, studying business. She married Merrill H. Johnson on Nov. 9, 1948.

The couple lived in Wyoming and built their family, as Merrill worked for the railroad. For several years they resided in Worland, Wyo., while Merrill worked for the Texas Gulf Sulphur Company, until he was transferred to Peoria in 1962. Here Fran found a home with her family for the rest of her days. She never lost her connection to Wyoming and the mountains.
Merrill and Fran used their “spare time” to start and run a custom home-building business named HarVeMer Builders. The homes they built are scattered about the Peoria area, a legacy to this day. Fran became a self-taught draftsperson and office manager for the business. Her creativity, artistry and intellect touched every facet of the business from the blueprints to the finished homes.

In her leisure time Fran loved to sew and was a volunteer for many years at the Methodist Hospital gift shop, making beautiful items to raise money for the hospital foundation. She always took her sewing machine on vacations to Wyoming, where many a summer was spent in the Big Horn Mountains, at the family cabin built by Merrill’s father. Here she also enjoyed hiking, jeeping and relaxing in the company of numerous friends and family who still resided in the Wyoming area. All her life Fran was an avid reader, even in her later years routinely reading the Peoria Journal Star cover to cover.

Fran’s husband, Merrill, passed July 9, 2015. She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Donald Johnson and Celia (Thompson) Johnson of Brimfield, Ill., David Johnson and Julie (Morrison) Johnson of Plainfield, Ill., Merilyn Kearney (Johnson) of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Sheri Beintema (Johnson) and Terry Beintema of Brimfield. Fran lived to enjoy the company of 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Fran’s beloved cat Callie, a pugnacious old lady of 20 years, now resides with Fran’s daughter Sheri.

Cremation rights have been accorded and a celebration of life is planned for 1 p.m. June 22, 2024, at First Federated Church in Peoria. A memorial stone is planned to be placed in the Greybull cemetery.

Each of us is a stone cast upon the waters of this world, and Fran made her own great splash. Those who love her will carry on the gentle waves left by her passing, that her kind nature might continue to ripple throughout our lives.

Dixie M. King

TOULON – Dixie M. King, 73, of Toulon, passed away at 9:40 p.m. Monday, May 27, 2024, at her home, surrounded by loving family. Dixie was born on Feb. 13, 1951, in Peoria, to Charles M. and Nettie (Dixon) King. She was a 1969 graduate of Toulon High School.

Surviving Dixie is a brother, Richard (Danita) King; her nephew who cared for her the last five years, Jeff (Amanda) King; nieces, Shelly (Justin) Webster and Morgan King; nephews, Corey King and Adam King; and numerous great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Dorothy Musselman.

Dixie started her career at Boss Gloves in Kewanee and went on to work for Caterpillar Inc. for 31 years, retiring in 2005. She enjoyed going to auctions, and genealogy, having completed her family’s line and many others. She was a member of the Stark County Red Hat Society and the Stark County Genealogical Society.

Her funeral service was at 10 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2024, at Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Princeville. Burial followed in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria. Visitation was on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at the funeral home in Princeville from 5-7 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Stark County Genealogical Society. To leave condolences for Dixie’s family, please visit www.haskellfuneral.com.

Allen L. Allbaugh

KNOXVILLE – Allen L. Allbaugh, 83, father of a Farmington woman, died May 23, 2024, at his home in Knoxville, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Oct. 28, 1940, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Warren K. and Ruth (Current) Allbaugh. He married Mary Ellen (Bouma) on Sept. 14, 1963. She preceded him in death on Oct. 14, 2019.

Surviving are his daughters, Dianna (John) Hillebrand of Farmington, Juileen (Donald) Hummel of Chillicothe and Dan’Neile (Matt) Comandini of Knoxville; seven grandchildren; and siblings Roy (Anita) Allison of Knoxville, Iowa, and Virginia (Terry) McMurray of Bussey, Iowa.

A visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2024, with funeral services following visitation at 2:30 p.m. Services will be held at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville.

Condolences can be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.

Anna S. Ehresman

PRINCEVILLE – Anna “Ann” Susan Ehresman, 87, a resident of Snyder Village in Metamora and a Princeville native, passed away on May 23, 2024.

She was born on Nov. 27, 1936, in Princeville to the late Anna (Kruse) and Carl Mangold. On Aug. 10, 1958, she married Jack Ehresman in Peoria. He preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 2020, in Peoria.

Surviving Ann are her children, Douglas Ehresman, Susan (Tom) Ausman and Nancy (Brian) McKinney; six grandchildren; siblings Carl (Maggie) Mangold, Betty (Dale) Hollenberg and Irene Nafzinger; and sister-in-law Jeri Mangold.

Ann graduated as valedictorian of Dunlap High School in 1954.

Services were June 1. Burial was at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Condolences can be left online at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.

Jacqueline Griffith

EAST PEORIA – Jacqueline “Jackie” Griffith, 86, mother of a Brimfield man, died May 28, 2024, in East Peoria, surrounded by her family.

Born Jan. 1, 1938, in Peoria to William and Albena (Cinotto) Kilpatrick, she married the love of her life, Thomas Griffith, in 1990.

She was the mother of Daren (Denise) Courtright of Carbondale, Tyler (Shannon) Courtright of Brimfield, Colise (Hank) Gufrinck of Bloomington and Allison (Edward) McEwen of Prairie City; stepmother to Jennifer Buckles of Arvada, Colo., and Chris (Jennifer) Griffith of Charlotte, N.C.; grandmother of 14; and great-grandmother of six.

Also surviving are one sister, Kathleen Kilpatrick of Bloomington, and two brothers, William (Mary) Kilpatrick of Fort Myers, Fla., and Roger Kilpatrick of Peoria.

Her memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 8, 2024, at Brimfield Evangelical Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Inurnment will be at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Condolences can be left online at www.preston-hanley.com.

Beverly A. Stear

HANNA CITY – Beverly Ann (Richmond) Stear, 84, of Hanna City, passed away May 14, 2024, at Graham Memorial Hospital in Canton.

She was born in Pekin on March 15, 1940, to Charles and Rosamond (Haney) Richmond. She married Harold LeRoy Stear on April 20, 1957, in Hanna City.

Surviving are four children, Melody Wiseman of Elmwood, Harold (Bud) Stear Jr. of Fort Worth, Texas, Kelly Larkin of Hanna City and Gregory Stear (Mindy) of Washington; sisters, Kathy Richmond (Scott Fosdick) of Evanston, Ill., and Rita Pogioli (Rex) of Marquette Heights; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Charles Richmond, infant daughter Beverly Stear, sister Susan Richmond-Zerfas and son-in-law Donald Larkin.

Beverly attended high school in Farmington.
Funeral services were May 25.

Barbara A. Williams

HANNA CITY – Barbara Ann Williams, 88, of Hanna City, died May 18, 2024, at Carle Health Proctor Hospital in Peoria.

Born March 28, 1936, in Carrier Mills to John and Ruth (Bryan) Buckner, she married Freddie D. Williams on May 31, 1954, in Carrier Mills. He preceded her in death in 2011.

Surviving are her children, Jack (Joyce) Williams of Trivoli, Ron (Amy) Williams of Moscow Mills, Mo., and Jennifer (Dave) Prewitt of Blue Grass, Iowa; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Also preceding in death were her brothers, Carl, John, R.V., Moe and Jim.

Barb was a homemaker who devoted her life to taking care of her family. She loved to sit in her swing and watch the traffic go by, waving to those who would honk.

Graveside services were May 25, 2024, at the Salem Cemetery in Carrier Mills.

Condolences can be left online at Davison-Fulton-BartonvilleChapel. com.


Michelle M. Armbruster

ELMWOOD – Michelle Marie (Runyon) Armbruster went home to be with her Lord and Savior at 12:58 a.m. on May 24, 2024, at home surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born in Peoria on July 15, 1968. She attended Elmwood Elementary and High School where she was a pom-pon girl all four years of high school. She attended Illinois Central College and received an associate’s degree in management and marketing. She then earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Sangamon State University. She was proud to take all of her classes at ICC and didn’t set foot on Sangamon campus until graduation. She also earned her master’s degree in human service administration from Bradley University.

She married Christopher Armbruster on Oct. 19, 1996. He survives.

She is also survived by her beloved daughter, Taylor; her precious son, Ian; her sweet dog, Pudge; her mother-in-law, Mary Ann Armbruster; her sister, Christine (Clark) Evans; her stepsister, Brittany (Craig) Campbell; her sister-in-law, Liz Armbruster; her brother-in-law, Tom (Marie) Armbruster; nieces and nephews; her best friends, Shannon Courtright and Cheryl Harlow; four aunts, Roseann Runyon, Pat Runyon, Trudy (Ken) Howard and Maria (PJ) Heinz; her uncle, George Reicheneker; many cousins; and many friends, including a group of 10 girls she has known since kindergarten.

She is preceded in death by her father, Terry Runyon; her mother, Charlotte (Kleier) Perdue; grandparents, Gene (Betty) Runyon and Tom (Laura Nell) Lewis; father-in-law, Albert John Armbruster; five uncles, Duane Runyon, Dale Runyon, Chuck Runyon, Dick Runyon and Mike Runyon; five aunts, Janice Reicheneker, Nancy Reicheneker, Patty (Gary) Fincham, Mary (Don) Carroll and Kathy Selberg; and her dog, Shadow.

Michelle worked at the Elmwood Tastee Freez, Ruppman Marketing, Foster & Gallagher, Marianne’s, Catholic Social Services and as library director at the Morrison & Mary Wiley Library in Elmwood for 20 years.

She was secretary for the Parents’ Club while her children were in elementary school and treasurer and president for the Booster Club while her children were in high school. She was the co-president and president of the Fall Festival Committee for five years.

She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Elmwood, where she taught Sunday School, Children’s Church and helped with Vacation Bible School for years. Her children also helped her when they grew older.

She loved sitting on her porch reading a book and being with family and friends.

Cremation rites have been accorded. In honor of Michelle, there will be a celebration-of-life open house at Maple Lane Country Club in Elmwood on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 1-4 p.m. with desserts and drinks. There will be a balloon release at 3:30 p.m. for those who would like to attend.

In lieu of flowers, Michelle asked that all memorial gifts go to the family to pay for expenses.

To leave online condolences, visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.

Dolores D. Horn

BRIMFIELD – Dolores “Dee” Horn left this earth on May 15, 2024, at her home in Brimfield. She suffered from a head injury incurred during a fall, from which she did not recover.

Dee was a devoted wife to her loving husband, Jerry, who proceeded her in death in October 2014. She was a wonderful mother to both her son, Kevin, who also proceeded her in death in October 1976, as well as her daughter, Michelle Curtale, who survives.

Dee was proceeded in death by her two sisters, Beverly Furlong and Brenda Calvert.

Dee is survived by her grandson Spencer (Megan) Curtale and great-grandkids Lucy, Abigail, James and Sarah.

Dee loved all of the finer things in life. Fashion was one of her passions. She could recall in perfect detail what she was wearing to any big event in her life! She was an incredible cook and loved making meals for her family. She believed every dinner should be accompanied with a great wine. She loved getting together with family. She loved music, especially jazz. She will be dearly missed.

Dee was a faithful parishioner of the Lutheran church. She and Jerry were very active in their church throughout the years. Her prayer life was strong, even in her last days. We will miss her terribly but know that she is once again united with the love of her life.

A memorial service will be held at the Brimfield Evangelical Free Church on Friday, May 31, at 11 a.m. with a lunch immediately following.

Bonita J. Freerking

HANNA CITY – Bonita “Bonnie” Jean Freerking, 86, of Hanna City, passed away on May 23, 2024, at Carle Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

She was born on Jan. 1, 1938, in Peoria to Lloyd and Lillian (McCullem) Dawson. Bonnie married Harold “Ray” Freerking on Dec. 7, 1956. He passed away July 5, 1999.

Bonnie was also preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Cynthia Rae Freerking; and brother, William L. Dawson. She is survived by her son, Daniel L. (Kathy) Freerking of Hanna City; three grandchildren, Daniel L. Freerking of Bartonville and Alexander and Christina Freerking, both of Hanna City; two great-grandsons; and brother, Donald D. Dawson of Brimfield.
Funeral services were to be held Wednesday, May 29, 2024, at 10 a.m. at Davison-Fulton Bartonville Chapel. Condolences can be left online at www. Davison-Fulton-Bartonvillechapel.com.

Todd Guidi

FARMINGTON – Todd Guidi, 61, of Farmington, passed away May 20, 2024, at his residence. He was born on Sept. 22, 1962, a son of Elmer and Marjorie (Arnett) Guidi.

Surviving are his children, Cameron (April) Guidi of Farmington, Myranda (Scott) Whitman of Bloomington, Christopher Guidi of Minnesota, Kara (T.J.) Lair of Pekin and Shaw Guidi of Bloomington; six grandchildren; brother Bradford C. (Willa) Guidi of Princeville; and sister Catherine C. (Mitchell) Goldstein of Boca Raton, Fla.

Preceding Todd in death were his parents and brother Bruce C. Guidi.

Funeral services were May 25. Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

William C. Landon

TRIVOLI – William Clarence “Bill” Landon, 78, of Trivoli, passed away May 25, 2024, at Carle Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

He was born on Sept. 21, 1945. He married Donna Marie Meminger on Aug. 17, 1969. She preceded him in death on April 7, 2023.

He is also preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kenneth Landon; three brothers, Lowell Landon, Rodney Landon and Joseph Landon Jr.; and one sister, Jane Bitner. He is survived by two children, Joseph (Wendy) Landon and Todd (Kelli) Landon; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service will be Saturday, June 1, at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at the funeral home and Saturday from 10-11 a.m. Burial will be at Smithville Cemetery in rural Hanna City.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.

David G. Long Sr.

FARMINGTON – David G. Long Sr., 83, of Farmington, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2024, at the Farmington Village.
He was born on Oct. 29, 1940, in Fulton County to Elmer and Lorene (McKinty) Long. He married Jeanette Mathis on Sept. 15, 1962. She preceded him in death on July 30, 2017.

Surviving are his children, Tammy (Chris) Girard of London Mills and David Long Jr. of Farmington; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Lou Zink.
David worked as street superintendent for the city of Farmington for 30 years.

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2024, at the London Mills Fire Department from 2-5 p.m.

Condolences can be left online at oakshinesfuneralhome.com.


Douglas M. Dial

EDELSTEIN – Douglas M. Dial, 57, of Edelstein, passed away unexpectedly at 7:24 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at Carle Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria.

Doug was born in Hinsdale, Ill., on Jan. 31, 1967, to Ronald F. and Arlene (Andreotti) Dial. On Oct. 28, 1989, he married the love of his life, Amy Bell, in Peoria; she survives.

Further surviving are two children, Alyssa (Justin) Brabant of Chillicothe and Drew (Emily) Dial of Washington; three grandchildren, Dominic, Gemma and Jackson; mother, Arlene Dial of Edelstein; brother, Mark (Shari) Dial of Iowa City, Iowa; a nephew, Sam Dial, of Macomb; and his trusted companion dog, Duke. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald F. Dial; father-in-law, Frank Bell; and his dogs, TJ, Maggie and Tucker.

Doug worked at Comcast for over 20 years and was currently the branch manager at United Rentals. He also worked part time at Bushwacker for over 30 years to support his skiing habit. Aside from hitting the slopes, Doug loved watching women’s softball (especially his daughter in college), golfing, playing the baritone saxophone in the Big Oldies All Star Band, birdwatching, traveling to Colorado and Florida and watching aerospace and aviation events like the Blue Angels. He was a great cook who enjoyed smoking meat and making pizzas for his family.

Although Doug had many titles over the years, his favorite was being “Bubba Pop” to his grandchildren. His joking nature will be deeply missed.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Saturday, May 25, 2024, at Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Princeville. Pastor David Spillman will officiate. A visitation will be held prior at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place at a later date in Princeville Township Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the Doug Dial Softball Scholarship fund at Princeville State Bank.

Condolences for Doug’s family may be left on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

Christopher L. McClain

DAHINDA – Christopher Lee McClain, 73, of Dahinda, Ill., died on May 7, 2024, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born on Jan. 5, 1951, to the late Harry and Mary (Sullivan) McClain, he married Marta Jolene Hixson on July 28, 1973, in Moline, Ill.

Chris and the love of his life, Jo, were married nearly 51 years and created a beautiful life together. He leaves behind amazing memories and stories survived by wife Jo McClain; children Chris (Mandy) McClain, Jennifer (Mike) Gribble, Jessie (Tom) Arena and James (Tabitha) McClain; and brother Charles (Cynthia) McClain. Chris, affectionately called “Pop Pop,” has joyfully inspired his grandchildren Lizzie, John, Darcy, Roselin, Liam, Gavin, Gabe and Aiden.

Chris provided for his family while employed at John Deere for 30 years. He proudly worked at Little John Conservation Club until his passing, caring for the grounds and upkeep of the land he dearly loved.

Chris enjoyed walks in the woods at Little John, sharing a laugh with everyone he encountered, a “nice little lunch,” and holding the hand of his bride anywhere the wind took them. For over 50 years, his face would light up when “Jody” walked in the room, and they enjoyed being close, listening to the birds and sharing their thoughts daily. Above all, he enjoyed his family and sharing his joy for life.

Cremation rites have been accorded. In keeping with how Chris celebrated life, his ashes will be spread in the breeze at a future date. A celebration of life was held on May 12.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Little John Conservation Club.

Cards can be sent from and condolences left at illinicremation.com.

Alan R. Millard

EDELSTEIN – Alan Ray Millard, 74, of Edelstein, passed away on May 8, 2024, in Columbia, Tenn.

Alan was born on June 5, 1949, to Leslie R. Millard and Martha V. (Nelson) Millard. Alan was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. Alan was a graduate of Princeville High School and Cliff Mann School of Floral Design. Alan went on to own Millard’s Florist and was a florist for over 50 years.

Alan had many interests, including antique cars, genealogy, local history, trains and traveling to visit his good friends in Switzerland. Alan was a lifelong resident of Edelstein, and although he traveled around the world, his favorite view was the one provided by sitting on his front porch watching the trains pass by.

Alan will be remembered for his loving spirit, sense of humor, generous soul, adventurous personality and gregarious nature. He is survived by his brothers, Kenneth (Lynda) Millard, and Stephen (Shannon) Millard of Princeton, Ill.; numerous nieces and nephews, including nephew Chris (Linda) Millard of Columbia, Tenn.; and his aunt, Dolores White of Edelstein. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronald Millard; and good friend, Art Smith.

Funeral services are Friday, May 24, 2024, at Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Princeville. Burial will be in Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Speer, Ill.

Memorials may be directed to the Princeville Heritage Museum.