Esther M. Thompson
PRINCEVILLE – Esther M. Thompson, 69, of Princeville, passed away at 10:12 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, at her home.
Esther was born on Aug. 8, 1954, in Peoria to Jack and Bettye (Tripp) Domnitz. She married Roger Thompson on July 20, 1979; he survives.
There will be no public services for Esther. Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ruth E. Horrie
PRINCEVILLE – Ruth Elaine Horrie, beloved infant daughter of Nathaniel and Nicole Horrie, was born into her heavenly home the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Ruth’s parents, Nate and Nikki (Symmonds) Horrie of Princeville, were married on Sept. 8, 2018; they survive. She is also survived by her 2-year-old brother, Oliver James Horrie; grandparents, Steve and Marie Horrie of Princeville and Jon and Valerie Symmonds of Monica; along with great-grandparents, Ellen Witbart of Moweaqua, Jack Symmonds of Galesburg, and Bernice Walck of Galesburg.
Ruth knew only love. Born too early for this world, she will always be loved, missed, and remembered.
Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Richard H. Geeseman
ELMWOOD – Richard H. Geeseman, 76, of Elmwood, passed away at 1:20 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2023, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
He was born July 14, 1947, to Ralph and Vada (Bath) Geeseman in Peoria. Richard married Jo Ellen Sefried on July 10, 1971, in Chillicothe. She survives.
He is also survived by one son, Corey (Ashley) Geeseman of Elmwood; and two grandchildren, Paige and Mason Geeseman.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard H. “Rick” Geeseman II; one brother, Ralph Geeseman; and two sisters, Leona Gericke and Rowena Roake.
Richard served in the Army Reserves and was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion. He started at CICLO in the garage and then was promoted to lineman for 34 years, a job from which he retired in 2006. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Brimfield and a former member of the local Kiwanis Club. Richard was also an avid woodworker.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation will be held prior to the service, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the funeral home. A private burial of ashes will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in rural Brimfield at a later date.
To view Richard’s video tribute or to leave online condolences, visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.
Margene M. Kelley
KNOXVILLE – Margene M. Kelley, 83, passed away Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, in comfort at Courtyard Estates of Knoxville. She was born to Earl and Ethel (Tucker) McWilliams on March 10, 1940, in Galesburg, Ill.
Margene married Harold Kelley on May 29, 1971, and had the light of her life, Marcy. She is survived by a son-in-law Matt Hennenfent of Dahinda, Ill.; stepdaughter Pat (Kent) Willard of Bloomington, Ill.; stepson Duane Kelley of Kewanee, Ill.; stepgrandson Kevin (Brooke) Kelley and their sons, of Kewanee; stepgrandson Kyle Willard of Bloomington; and stepgranddaughter Angie (Jerry) Westefer and their son, of Kewanee. Margene is proceeded in death by her daughter Marcy Hennenfent (July 28, 2019) and husband Harold (Jan. 7, 2021).
Growing up a farm girl on the banks of the Spoon River, Margene developed her lifelong love of all animals, especially for dogs, cats and horses. She attended school in Williamsfield and graduated in the Class of 1958. Margene continued her education at the Brown Business College.
Margene always spoke highly of her jobs and all the people she had the pleasure of working with. Starting at Gale Manufacturing she was proud to help keep the workers going on their projects by assigning the orders. She then moved on to, as known today, the Farm Service Agency where she loved seeing and helping all the farmers and catching up on their families. Later on, Margene finished her work at OSF St Mary of Galesburg where many still talk about the baked goods she would bring. In her own words, “I loved all my jobs and all the great people I worked with.”
Margene also enjoyed volunteering time at the Methodist Church of Dahinda and for St Jude fundraisers at My Place in Yates City. Her friendly “Howdy, howdy” will be missed.
There will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice in her name. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory is honoring her wishes. Online condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.
Patricia A. O’Connell
KICKAPOO – Patricia A. O’Connell, 83, of Kickapoo, passed peacefully into the arms of her Lord on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, at 11:41 p.m., at her residence.
Patricia was born on Dec. 12, 1939, in Peoria, Ill., a daughter of Ted and Rose (Stenger) Inskeep.
Patricia is survived by her daughters, Maureen (Larry) Heinz of Laura, Ill., and Michelle Earnest of Chillicothe, Ill.; her brother, Rollie (Kathy) Inskeep of Indiana; and sister Donna (Ron) Turchi of Washington, Ill. Missing her also are her grandchildren, Josh and Kate, Nichole and Chad, Katie, Ashley, Kelly and Shelby, Brandon and Faith, Maggie and Danielle, and great-grandchildren and her little Zoey, her four-legged baby. Also left to cherish her memory are several nieces, nephews and very special cousins.
Her huge and beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew her and she will be forever in our hearts.
Pat graduated from the Academy of Our Lady in 1958 and went on to marry the love of her life, “Pat George” O’Connell, on May 23, 1959. He preceded her in death on Oct. 30, 2007. She was also preceded in death by her son Patrick M. O’Connell on April 4, 2017.
Patricia worked as a secretary at Harry Sonnemaker Law Office in Peoria for many years and also Wight Chevrolet. Pat then worked for the Brimfield School District and retired after 25 years of service. Many hearts have been touched by her love and compassion for the children, both grade school and high school.
Patricia loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, but her biggest passion was working in her yard for hours on end. We want to thank the neighbors who kept an eye on Pat, who sometimes worked a little too long in the yard. If Pat wasn’t working in her yard, you could surely find her at Home Goods, spending hours strolling up and down the aisles.
A very special “thank you” to my niece, Chezney. Without your commitment to Grandma and I, we would not have been able to honor Grandma’s wishes to be home … but, we did it.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, at St. Patrick Cemetery in Kickapoo. The Rev. James Pankiewicz will officiate. Cremation rites have been accorded.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association or to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Friends and family may view full obituary and sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.
David L. Sartin
PRINCEVILLE – David “Wolfie” L. Sartin, 67, of Princeville, passed away at 2:51 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born June 19, 1956, in Peoria, Ill., to Dorsey and Pauline (Drybread) Sartin.
David is survived by two children, Brandy Sartin of Yates City and Kelsey (Adam) Snider of Elmwood; two brothers, Steve (Susan) Sartin and Greg Sartin; three grandchildren, Blaire, Barrett and Beckham Snider; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ronnie Sartin; one sister, Deborah Workman; and beloved friend, Kathy.
David graduated in 1974 from Elmwood High School. He then worked as a welder at Allied Welding in Chillicothe for several years. Cremation rites have been accorded.
A private burial of ashes will be held at Elmwood Township Cemetery at a later date. A celebration of life open house will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, at the Yates City Community Center.
Memorials may be made to the family for medical bills or to his grandchildren for an educational fund. To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.
Deborah L. Workman
PRINCEVILLE – Deborah (Sartin) L. Workman, 74, of Princeville, died Oct. 9, 2023. She is survived by her daughter, Staci Davis; one grand; three great-grandchildren; and her brothers, Steven (Susan) Sartin of Yates City and Greg Sartin of Crossville, Tenn.
Catherine M. Lee
MOUNT VERNON – Catherine M. Lee, 99, of Mount Vernon, Ill., passed away peacefully on Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at 1:14 p.m. at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor. She was born on Aug. 19, 1924, in Kewanee, Ill., to Gladys Brady and Marion Linker.
Catherine was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Clifford Linker; daughter-in-law, Teri Albertson; and granddaughter, Karen Albertson.
Catherine married the love of her life, Merton R. Lee in 1957. He passed away at an early age in 1979.
She is survived by her children, Phillip Albertson of Princeville, Ill., Brian (Carol) Lee of Mount Vernon, Kim (Craig) Willis of Patoka, Ill., and Kris (Steve) Scott of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren Darren Albertson of Princeville, Heather Leighton of Edwards, Ill., Kirby Shergill of Myrtle Beach, S.C., James Lee of Missoula, Mont., Rachel Vincent of Saint Charles and David Lee of Webster Grove, both of Missouri; and Dylan Willis of Salem, Ill.; and nine great-grandchildren.
Catherine graduated from Toulon, Illinois High School in 1942 and later received an associates degree. She worked much of her adult life in various offices and restaurants. At the age of 74, Catherine moved to Jacksonville, Fla,. where she lived for 20 years. She attended and was active at Schindler Road Baptist Church for much of that time.
In 2018, she returned to Mount Vernon due to failing health and remained here until her passing. At Catherine’s request, her body will be cremated and a private family service is planned.
Call (618) 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfh.com for further information.
Natalie J. Tunney-Stuckey
LaFAYETTE – Natalie Jane Tunney-Stuckey, 51, of LaFayette, died Oct. 4. She was born Oct. 7, 1971.
She is survived by her husband Jim Stuckey of Kewanee; her children, Logyn Hoxworth of Darien, Camryn Tunney of Champaign, Jensyn Tunney of Kewanee, Brittyn Tunney of Kewanee and Trentyn Guss of Pekin; stepchildren, Dawson Stuckey of Bloomington and Kale Stuckey of Bloomington; parents Dan Dillon (Mary Wolf) of Silvis and Pam Hoxworth (Randy) of Galva; sister Heather Dillon Strong (Stephen) of Batavia; and grandmother Emma Gerard of Woodhull.
Visitation was 5-7 p.m. Oct. 12 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 13, at the funeral home.
Jonathan P. Kenney
GALVA – Jonathan P. Kenney, 50, of Galva, died Oct. 6 at his residence. Cremation will be accorded and graveside inurnment will be held at 1 p.m., Oct. 28 at Galva Cemetery.
He was born September 7, 1973 in Galesburg, the son of Eddie W. and Patricia (Pierce) Kenney Sr. Survivors include his mother of Galva; his siblings Shelly (Bart) Ericson of LaSalle, Kelli (Terry) Patton of Geneseo and Eddie (Jackie) Kenney Jr. of Lerna., IL; six nieces and nephews Austin (Mary) Ericson, Levi (T.J.) Ericson, Lindsey (Austin) Croom, Logan Patton, Kaitlin (Bishop) Crenshaw and Graciana Kenney; and three great nieces and nephews Crawford Croom, Huntley Ericson and Collins Croom. He was preceded in death by his father.
MONMOUTH – Dale Brown, 40, of Monmouth, died at 2:39 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, at his home.
Cremation will be accorded and a graveside committal of his cremains will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, at Williamsfield Cemetery.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to his family. Rux Funeral Home in Williamsfield is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Dec. 11, 1982, in Galesburg, the son of David and Sally (Sexton) Brown. Survivors include his parents of Williamsfield; his children, Joshua Likes-Brown of Williamsfield, Ozzie Kimler of Galesburg and Rebecca Likes-Brown of Williamsfield; two brothers, Douglas Brown and Rexanna Munson of Monmouth and Alan (Tierney) Brown of Galesburg; nieces, Victoria Brown and Lilly Battye, both of Elmwood; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Dale graduated from Williamsfield High School in 2001. He had worked as a pallet assembler at Kirkwood Crates in Monmouth. He was a super adventurous individual who enjoyed fishing, Pokémon, Friday the 13th, Super Mario Bros and hanging out with the people he loved.
Pamela E. Putney
ELMWOOD – Pamela E. Putney, 64, of Elmwood, passed away at 5:12 a.m., on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2023, at Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, Ill.
She was born March 5, 1959, to Lloyd “Jake” and Eunice (Larson) Williams in Chippewa Falls, Wis.
She married Dennis Putney on Feb. 18, 1978, in Peoria. He preceded her in death on Feb. 5, 2021.
Pamela is survived by two children, Robin (Ronald) Thrasher of Elmwood and Tom (Jessica) Putney of Elmwood; two brothers, Jeffrey (Anna Marie) Williams and Patrick (Janet) Williams; one sister, Kathleen (Allen) Boldt; 10 grandchildren, Michael (Ragan) Thrasher, Addison Thrasher, Hallie Thrasher, Gena Thrasher, Kaleb Thrasher, Lillian Thrasher, Autumn Thrasher, Brielle Putney, Isla Putney and Thomas Jr. Putney; and three great-grandchildren, Roderick Thrasher, Aurora Thrasher and Merion Thrasher.
Pamela worked at County Line Vet for 20 years. She was of the Lutheran faith. She also enjoyed gardening and tending to her plants. Most importantly, her heart belonged to her family and making sure her children and grandchildren were all loved.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elmwood Fire Department.
To leave online condolences please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.
Bradley E. Gale
DAHINDA – Bradley E. Gale, 86, of Friendswood, Texas, who was raised in Dahinda, passed away peacefully with his family at his side Oct. 7, 2023, at Cottages of Clear Lake, League City, Texas.
Bradley was born on May 20, 1937, in Galesburg. He was the son of Max and Doris (Sargeant) Gale. He married Sandra K. Vicary on March 8, 1964, in Peoria. Together they celebrated 59 years of marriage.
Surviving Bradley are his loving wife, Sandra of Friendswood, Texas; children, Sheryl Gale of Friendswood and Neil Gale of League City, Texas; grandsons, Nicholas (Melodie) Gale of Friendswood and Nathan Gale of Lake City, Fla.; and great-grandson, Liam of Friendswood; and siblings, Brenda (David) Bliss of Maquon and Brent (Kim) Gale of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Bradley was raised in Dahinda and graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1955. He received his bachelors of science in agriculture from Western Illinois University in 1959. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a plant inspector.
Bradley was a member of Friendswood Methodist Church, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and Gideons International.
Graveside service will be 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, at the Williamsfield Cemetery in Williamsfield. Rev. Lee Taylor will officiate. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes & Crematory in Knoxville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Condolences can be posted online at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.
Rolf M. Anderson
GALVA – Rolf M. Anderson, 87, of Galva, died at 11:47 p.m., Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, at his home.
Cremation will be accorded and memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva where military rites will be accorded by the Galva Fusiliers. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Private inurnment will be in Galva Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Galva American Legion Post 45 or to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
He was born March 24, 1936, in Kewanee the son of Harold A. and Geneva L. (Peterson) Anderson. Rolf married Elaine (Freeberg) Gerard on Oct. 4, 1966. Survivors include his wife of Galva; his son, Eric (Kris) Anderson of Galva; two stepsons, Donald (Connie) Gerard of Galva and Kevin (Jane) Gerard of Kewanee; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and a brother, Milton (Nancy) Anderson of Davenport, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents; a stepson, Bruce Gerard; and a great-grandson.
Rolf graduated from Galva High School in 1954, and from Bradley University with a bachelor of science degree in 1958. After college he took a job as a design engineer for gear cutting tools at the Michigan Tool Co. in Detroit and then later took a position with WABCO in Peoria as project manager. He and his brother Milt eventually started a family business called Anderson Implement Inc. and Galva Auto Sales, later moving the business to Kewanee as Anderson Dodge. After selling the business, Rolf worked at Pearson Bros. American Machine as an engineer and sales manager. Upon leaving Pearson, Rolf took a job as a program manager with the Department of Defense, retiring in 1999. He also worked at the Galva Creamery.
Rolf served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Galva American Legion. He was also a member of Grace United Methodist Church in which he held several offices and was a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, American Welding Society and other professional societies and many local clubs.
He loved his family and enjoyed fishing and camping, tinkering in his shop and the many trips to Canada with his family and the many trips for many years with a group of guys.
This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.
Vanessa Jo Jackson
DYER, Tenn. – Vanessa Jo Kear Lewis Jackson, 36, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, Tenn.
She was born in Peoria, Ill., on Sept. 30, 1986.
Jackson was a paralegal for Finch McEwen Law and was an avid horse person who competed in rodeos and barrel racing.
She is survived by her son, T.J. Lewis; husband, Chad Jackson; and her mother, Tammie Kear of Princeville, Ill.
Vanessa was preceded in death by her father, Tim Kear.
Memorials may be made to a donation account for her son at Security Bank, 211 S. College, Trenton, TN 38382. Please reference TJ Lewis or “donation account.”
Celebrating a life that loved to live will take place Oct. 8 from 2-4 p.m. at the Princeville Heritage Museum, 325. N. Ostrom Ave., Princeville.
Richard J. Schmitt
KICKAPOO – Richard J. “Dick” Schmitt, 88, of Kickapoo, passed away on Oct. 2, 2023, at Carle Health Proctor Hospital in Peoria. Dick was born on Nov. 8, 1934, in Peoria to Bernard and Frances (Cramer) Schmitt. He married Joan E. Noonen on Aug. 11, 1956, in Peoria. She preceded him in death on Dec. 19, 2022.
Also surviving are one son, John Schmitt of Kickapoo; three daughters, Nancy (Bill) Foreman of Kickapoo, Barb Kelch of Kickapoo and Jane (Greg) Gudat of Brimfield; seven grandchildren, Melissa (Monte) Kenney, Josh Foreman, Katie (Tom) Schnake, Doug (Ashley Strauch) Kelch, Kayla (Steffen) Casey, Nicki (Kyle) Peckmann and Tyler (Helen) Gudat; six great-grandchildren, Ethan, Ty, Brody, Eli, Nate and Molly; and a sister, Helen Ewalt of San Diego.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, who passed at birth; two sons, Rick Schmitt Jr. and Al Schmitt; a son-in-law, Kenny Kelch; three brothers; and a sister.
Dick was a farmer his entire career and retired from Laborers Union 165. He enjoyed traveling with friends, golfing and going to Minnesota on fishing trips with his family for over 50 years.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Kickapoo. Father James Pankiewicz will preside. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Kickapoo.
Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services, Princeville, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Brimfield Fire Department.
To leave online condolences on Dick’s tribute wall, visit www.haskellfuneral.com.
Carl D. Sprowls
FARMINGTON – Carl Dennis Sprowls, 84, of Farmington, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at the Farmington Village in Farmington.
He was born on Jan. 27, 1939, in Paw Paw, Ill., to Ernest and Pauline (Thompson) Sprowls.
Surviving are his partner of 37 years, Nancy Sollenberger of Farmington; five children, Melissa (Rob) Wallace of Bartonville, Jeff Sollenberger of Florida, Alan (Melissa) Sollenberger of Canton, Barb Englert of Bellevue and Michelle Sollenberger of Farmington; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and sister Paula Sprowls of Speer, Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Lance and Doug Sprowls; one brother; and three sisters.
Carl worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 31½ years, retiring in 1998. He was a member of Farmington Moose Lodge 1571 and the Farmington American Legion. Carl was an Air Force veteran.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be a Celebration of Life on Oct. 28, 2023, from 1-4 p.m. at Farmington Moose Lodge 1571.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton is in charge of arrangements. Memorials can be made to either Moose Lodge 1571 or the Farmington American Legion.
To leave online condolences please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Melissa L. Coile
FARMINGTON – Melissa L. Coile, 35, of Farmington, died Sept. 30, 2023, at her residence.
She was born on Nov. 23, 1987, in Peoria to Michael and Tammy (Crumley) Brown. Survivors include her parents; her children, Mason Coile, Lucas Coile and Bailey Coile; paternal grandparents, John “Jack” and Hazel Brown of Farmington; and sisters, Melinda (Jacob Ulm) Brown of Farmington, Melanie Brown of Morton, Meleah (Matthew) Stenger of Farmington, Melaina (Austin) DeWester of Farmington and Meleasha (Walter Zessin) Brown of Farmington.
A funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at 1 p.m. at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Canton, with a visitation held two hours prior at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.
Charles R. Haefli
FARMINGTON – Charles R. “Chuck” Haefli, 63 of Farmington, died on Sept. 30, 2023, at his residence. He was born on June 3, 1960, in Peoria, a son of Richard and Gladys (Blunier) Haefli.
Surviving are one daughter, Kelsi Haefli of Hanna City; three sisters, Rhonda (Paul) Miester of Hanna City, Barbara (Dale) Geyer of Peoria and Dori (Mike) Paule of Germantown Hills; and one brother, Tom (Kris) Haefli of Peoria.
Chuck worked and retired as a general contractor/part owner of T. Haefli & Sons, and later working as property manager for Oak Cliff Complex in Peoria.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at Anderson-Sedgwick Funeral Home in Farmington, where a memorial visitation will be from 5 p.m. until the time of the services. Cremation rites will be accorded.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.
Verla E. Wexell
GALESBURG – Verla E. Wexell, 86, a resident of Royal Oaks Care Center, formerly of Galva, died Sept. 18, 2023, at OSF Saint Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
Funeral services were Sept. 22 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva.
She was born Sept. 13, 1937, in Dahinda, the daughter of Hubert and Glady (Lechleider) Hodges. Survivors include her three children, Mike (Chris) Wexell of Kewanee, Al (Mary) Wexell of Galva and Christine Wexell of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Liz Wexell of Cambridge; her sister, Inez Miller of Burlington, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, LeRoy and Gerald, three sisters, Ila Olin, Guynith Lundburg and Doris Keeney, and her son, Larry Wexell.
Verla graduated from Williamsfield High School in 1955.
She drove a school bus for the Galva School District for 18 years. She had also worked at Midwest Tungsten Service and operated several coffee shops in Bishop Hill.
Kenneth C. Borland
PEORIA – Kenneth C. Borland, 97, of Peoria, went to heaven on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023, at Farmington Village.
Kenny was born on Sept. 27, 1925, in Peoria, Ill., to Irving and Mabel (Cameron) Borland. He married Esther Doubet on Oct. 9, 1948, and they shared 66 wonderful years together.
He is survived by his children, Linda (David) Captain of Smith Center, Kan., Connie (Bob) Friedrich of Hanna City, Ill., Joyce (Jerry) Easley of Hanna City, Mark (Deb) Borland of Orlando, Fla., and Becky (Doug) Klaus of Tomball, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Kate Borland of Jupiter, Fla.; 24 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Kay Doubet; along with many nieces and nephews.
Kenny was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Esther; his parents; daughter, Patti Copple; son, Bruce; and brother, Bob.
A man fully devoted to God and his family, Kenny loved God’s word and interacting with people.
He attended Bradley University but left early to serve his country. After returning from service in the Navy during World War II, Kenny joined the family-owned Borland Dairy business, where he worked some 20 years, primarily as a deliveryman. He later joined his father-in-law at the E. W. Doubet Seed Company in Hanna City, where he worked until his retirement.
Kenny was a man dedicated to community and Christian service. He served many years with the Norwood School board and he was one of the founding members of, and served on the board of, the Peoria Christian Center. He served as an elder of the Limestone Presbyterian Church and later as an elder of the Hanna City Presbyterian Church.
Visitations for Kenny were on Monday, Sept. 25, at The Wilton Mortuary in Peoria and again on Tuesday, Sept. 26, prior to the funeral at Hanna City Presbyterian Church, where the Rev. David Keithley officiated.
Memorial donations may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators (for Mark and Deb Borland and/or David and Linda Captain), the Peoria Christian Center or the Hanna City Presbyterian Church.
Condolences can be left online at www.thewiltonmortuary.com.
Henry A. Bowdoin
WYOMING – Henry A. “Hank” Bowdoin, 82, of Wyoming, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, at 9:03 a.m. at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Hank was born on April 8, 1941, in Mont Belvieu, Texas, the son of Ben and Evelyn (Adrian) Bowdoin. He married Benola “Bennie” Streitmatter on Feb. 12, 1967. He is survived by his wife, Benola; son, Brad (Chantel) Bowdoin of LaVernia, Texas; daughter, Beth Tyre of Princeville, Ill.; six grandchildren, Allie, AJ, Adrian and Annika Bowdoin, and Caleb and Brody Tyre; and sisters-in-law Rose and Gail Bowdoin. He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ben and Jim Bowdoin.
Hank served his country in the United States Army. He worked several jobs including IMC Fertilizer in Speer, Caterpillar, owner/operator of Agri Power Inc. in Toulon, as well as Cutco Inc., retiring in 2009. He was a member of the Stark County Masonic Lodge #479 A.F. & A.M., and Toulon American Legion. Hank enjoyed spending time with family and fishing with his friends.
His funeral will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville. Craig Martin will officiate.
Visitation will be from 10-11:30 a.m. prior to the funeral. Burial will be in Streitmatter Cemetery in rural Princeville Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian Skylines.
To leave condolences for Hank’s family, please visit his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.
Evelyn F. Forney
BRIMFIELD – Evelyn Fae Forney, 83, of Brimfield, passed away at 2:38 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, at her home. Evelyn was born on July 17, 1940, in Maquon to Marion and Ruby (Dalton) Broadfield. She married James Forney on Sept. 25, 1959; he survives.
Also surviving are her two daughters, Jamma Brannan of Kickapoo, Ill., and Jerri (Dennis) Rhoads of Sheridan, Ill.; one son, Jeffrey (Lily) Forney of Queens Creek, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Betty (Meade) Montgomery, Carol Henry, Peg Brackett and Mariann Forney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Lauren Forney; brother, Vernon Broadfield; and son-in-law, Charles Brannon.
Evelyn adored her children and grandchildren. Her greatest joy was spending time with them. She would always be there to help and didn’t know how to say “No.” Evelyn enjoyed thrift shopping in her spare time.
Memorial contributions may be made to BYE Ambulance Service and the Children’s Organ Transplant Association.
Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences for Evelyn’s family may be left on her tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.
David A. Lesones
HEYWORTH – David A. Lesones, 64, of Heyworth, Ill., passed away at 10:20 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023, at OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, Ill.
He was born Nov. 23, 1958, to Martin “Carl” and Marjorie (Schulte) Lesones in Elgin, Ill.
He is survived by one brother, Donald (Norma) Lesones; three sisters, Marcia (the late Willie) Briggs, Carlene (Richard) Hart and Carolyn Winans; and several nieces and nephews, whom he dearly loved. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Daniel Lesones.
David was an EMT for B.Y.E. Ambulance for 38 years. He was also a former school-bus driver for the Farmington and Brimfield school districts.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to David Lesones’ family for his funeral expenses. To leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.
David L. Sprout
YATES CITY – David L. Sprout, 76, of Yates City, passed away at 10:55 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
He was born Nov. 5, 1946, to Ernest and Hazel (VanDusen) Sprout in Yates City. He married Carol Keel on Nov. 5, 1967, in Peoria. She survives.
He is also survived by three children, Matthew (Kathy Tongue) Sprout of Champaign, Ill., Chris (Cindy Seidel) Sprout of Metamora, and Tim (Stacie) Sprout of Canton; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Oliver and Gail Sprout; and seven grandchildren, Andy, Mariah, Brady, Nick, Cannon, Lucas, and Malina.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Sprout; two brothers, Bob Oliver and Ernie Sprout; and three sisters, Frances Rynearson, Norabelle Rynearson and Helen Oliver.
David served in the Air Force as a sergeant from 1965-68. He was a member of U.A.W. Local 974 and an electrician at Caterpillar for 35 years, where he retired from in 2003. He also worked at Hot Shots Pharmacy for several years.
David was a former volunteer firefighter for Elba-Salem Fire Department. He also loved taking photos as well as spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
A funeral service will be at noon on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2023, at Oaks-Hines Funeral Home in Elmwood. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home. Burial will immediately follow with military rites at Yates City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greater Peoria Honor Flight and the American Cancer Association.
To view David’s video tribute or to leave online condolences, please visit www.oakshinesfuneralhome.com.
Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.
Roger D. McGinnis
TRIVOLI – Roger D. McGinnis, 64, of Trivoli, died Sept. 23, 2023, at his home.
He was born on Aug. 5, 1959, in Peoria, a son of Dalton McGinnis and Imogene N. (McCoy) McGinnis.
Roger is survived by his daughter, Rosemary McGinnis of Pekin; two grandchildren; two sisters, Tricia (Gary) Ratliff of Elkhorn, Neb., and Zayna Connor of Trivoli; one brother, Patrick McGinnis of Trivoli; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Roger’s funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, 2023, at the Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. His visitation will be from 1-2 p.m., also on Friday at the funeral chapel. Burial will take place in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in rural Trivoli.
Condolences can be left online at www.Davison-Fulton.com.
Robert D. Jackson
BRADFORD – Robert Dean Jackson, 76, of Bradford, formerly of Wyoming, passed away at 11:42 a.m. Saturday, Sept, 16, 2023, at Courtyard Estates in Bradford. Robert was born on Oct. 17, 1946, in Kewanee to Eugene and Barbara (Pettit) Jackson. He married Katherine Read on Dec, 5, 1965, and she preceded him in death in August of 1971.
Robert later married Cathy Briggs on Sept, 3, 1976, in Wyoming. She preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2005.
Surviving are his daughter, Penny (Russ) Schierer of Toulon; two grandchildren, Paige Gerard and Keegan Gerard both of Toulon; and one sister, Suzann (Patrick) O’Neill of Edelstein. He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Robert graduated from the former Wyoming Community High School and worked as a truck driver for Ratliff Bros, retiring on Oct. 20, 2006.
He volunteered with the Wyoming Fire Department for over 30 years, and with the former Wyoming Ambulance Service for several years. He was a member of the Fort Defiance Rifle and Pistol Club and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
His funeral was to be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Wyoming. Rev. Ross Wyman was to officiate. His visitation was Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023, at the funeral home. Burial was to be in Wyoming Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wyoming Fire Department or the First Congregational UCC in Wyoming.
Condolences for Robert’s family may be left on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.
Robert L. Pacey
PEORIA – Robert L. “Bob” Pacey, 94, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, at Heartis Village Peoria Assisted Living. He was born Feb. 12, 1929, in Brimfield, to parents Leland and Caroline (Blundy) Pacey. On Feb. 28, 1953, he married Betty Emerick in Brimfield.
Survivors include his wife, Betty; sister, Jane of Bossier City, La.; daughter, Cheryl of Brimfield; son, Bill (Connie) of Brimfield; daughter-in-law, Pam of Janesville, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Lisa, Matt, Erin, Beth, Emily, Jennifer and Rick; 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Frances and Carol; brother, Harold; son, Doug; and son-in-law, Alan.
Bob served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of Union Church in Brimfield. He was employed as a farmer, bus driver and retired from Caterpillar Inc. after 24 years.
He enjoyed music, singing, camping and family get-togethers. Family was the most important to him. Bob was filled with nothing but love and hugs, and he never met a stranger, he only met friends.
His funeral service was Sept. 16, 2023, at Brimfield Union Church. Rev. Stephen Barch officiated. Burial was at Brimfield Township Cemetery.
Haskell Funeral & Cremation Services in Princeville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorial donations can be made to the Union Church in Brimfield or B.Y.E. Ambulance Service.
Online condolences may be left for Bob’s family on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.
Donald D. Plack
PEKIN – Donald Dean “Don” Plack, 85, of Pekin, passed away on Sept. 9, 2023, at Pekin Manor after a courageous battle with cancer. He was formerly of Peoria and Washington.
Don was born on Sept. 9, 1938, in Douglas to Martin Dean and Helen Louise (Simkins) Plack. He graduated from Yates City High School and attended the University of Illinois and began a loving and full life. Don married Carol June Peterson on June 14, 1959, in Knoxville. She died on Sept. 24, 2013. He also was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Donald Lawrence Plack; two granddaughters, Alex Pace and Emily Rose Eichler; and one brother, Robert Plack.
Surviving are four children, Sheri (Paul) Eichler of North St. Paul, Minn., Jeffrey Plack of Pekin, Steven Plack of McKinney, Texas, and Jennifer (John) Pace of Ocala, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, Amanda (Jason) Adams, Steven (Abi) Eichler, Katie (Ben) Norman, David Eichler, Tyler Plack, Austin Plack, Ryland Rusnak-Plack, Presley (Hannah) Plack, Griffin Plack, Ari Grebner, Alia Pace and Duncan Pace; and eight great-grandchildren. He was an active and hands-on grandfather and great-grandfather, just as he was as a father. He also leaves two brothers, Eugene “Red” (Janet) Plack of Peoria and Tom (Sue) Plack of Yates City; one sister, Louise (Mike) Reinhart of Yates City; one brother-in-law, Jerry (Kay) Peterson of Peoria; and a sister-in-law, Barb (Bob Anderson) Frakes of Peoria.
Don not only supported his family but was known to volunteer for various charitable organizations, led a Boy Scouts troop and formerly ran the Boys and Girls Club of Peoria, while being the best Dad anyone could hope for. He was a loan officer for more than 30 years, last working for Eagle Mortgage. He previously had worked for General Financial, Pioneer Bank, South Side Bank and First Bank in Peoria.
In retirement, Don loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren enjoying life. He loved to fish with the family, share stories from the past and play cards, with rummy his favorite card game. He was known as a jokester, having laughter and smiles around him most of his days. He showed his children what unconditional love looked like and has ensured his family will remain close through the generations.
His funeral was Sept. 16, 2023, at Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Creve Coeur. Pastor John Plunkett officiated. Burial was in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. To express condolences online, visit www.preston-hanley.com.
Shelly R. Schulz
ELMWOOD – Shelly René Schulz of Elmwood passed away at 5:10 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. She was born Sept. 15, 1950, in Brookfield, Mo., to Chester and Roma (Eads) Payne. She married Terry Schulz on Sept. 21, 1968, at Howett Street Church in Peoria. He survives.
She is also survived by two children, Heidi (Larry) Ennis of Elmwood and Heath (Nancy) Schulz of Elmwood; former foreign exchange student, Raoul Van Poelgeest of Grijpskerk, Holland; three grandchildren, Trenton, Lauren and Charlotte; one sister, Lisa Payne Crujido; and four brothers, Scott (Alice) Payne, Jason (Penny) Payne, Shawn (Stacie) Payne and Christian (Jan) Payne. She is preceded in death by her parents.
René worked in banking and retired from Farmers State Bank in Elmwood. She was also a member of the Elmwood United Methodist Church and very involved with the United Women of Faith. She loved traveling and spending her winters in Bandera, Texas, where she was the social director at Bandera Pioneer RV Resort. René was also a loving mother, devoted volunteer, and loved spending time with her grandchildren.
A funeral service was Sept. 19, 2023, at Elmwood United Methodist Church. Cremation was accorded and a private burial of her ashes will be held at Elmwood Township Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elmwood United Methodist Church, B.Y.E. Ambulance or the Claude Keefer Industrial Arts Building. To leave online condolences please visit oakshinesfuneralhome.com. Oaks-Hines Funeral Home and Crematory in Elmwood is in charge of arrangements.
Richard A. Riccioni
FARMINGTON – Richard A. Riccioni, 80, of Farmington, died Sept. 16, 2023, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria. He was born on Jan. 14, 1943, in Canton. He married Susan Wilson on Aug. 15, 1964, in Farmington. She preceded him in death on May 11, 2022. He is survived by two children, Gina (Scott) Voice and Rick (Ann) Riccioni, both of Farmington; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service will be held at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Farmington.
, IL. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Farmington Rescue Squad 1100. To leave an online condolence you may go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com
James H. Hickey
CAMP GROVE – James “Jim” Henry Hickey, 76, formerly of Camp Grove, Ill., passed away at his home in Bellingham, Wash., on April 23, 2023. Jim is the son of John and Helen Hickey of Camp Grove.
He is survived by his wife Peggy, daughter Yarrow, son Stefan, grandson Sterling, brother Dennis Hickey and sisters Rosemary Welch and Kathleen Czarniewski. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Philip Hickey and Bernard Hickey.
A memorial service and inurnment ceremony will take place at St. Patrick’s Catholic Cemetery in rural Camp Grove on Saturday, Oct.
7, at 12:30 p.m.
A luncheon and celebration of life will follow the cemetery service at Shallowbrook Farm in Bradford.
All attendees are invited to the luncheon.
Please RSVP for luncheon attendance by contacting Dennis Hickey or Valerie Hickey, 425 Enterprise Dr. Bradford, Ill., or by phone, text or email.
Gary W. Jackson
MANCHESTER, Iowa – Gary Willard Jackson, 89, of Manchester, Iowa, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2023, at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. Visitation was to be held from 4-7 p.m. Sept. 13, 2023, at Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home. In accordance with his wishes the casket will remain closed at all times. Private family services will be held.
Gary was born on Dec. 30, 1933, in Princeville, Ill., the son of Willard and Naomi (Herrmann) Jackson. He graduated from Toulon High School in Illinois. Gary entered into the United States Army where he proudly served our country and was honorable discharged. Gary married Betty Louise Ankrom on Nov. 23, 1957, in Jacksonville, Ill. Three children were born to this union. The couple moved to the Manchester area where they raised their family.
Gary entered into a long-time partnership with his brother-in-law Charlie Ankrom. He and Charlie spent most of their lives working on the farms doing tillage, mowing ditches and waterways and harvesting crops in the fall. Gary and Charlie were good stewards of the land, making sure the farms would be there for future generations. Gary passed away four years to the day Charlie had passed.
He served on the Good Neighbor Home and Oakland Cemetery Boards, was a 4-H leader, was involved with FFA and was a member of the First Presbyterian church. He enjoyed mowing and always kept his lawn immaculate, traveling the countryside and loved spending time with his family. Gary will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Gary is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Jackson; children, Melanie (Dennis) Glew of Riverdale, Pam (Larry) Murley of Aurora and Gary (Roxie) Jackson of Manchester, all of Iowa; grandchildren, Nick (Erica) Glew, Abby (Paul) Hovey, Melissa (Ed) Ludt, Kelly (Markie) Murley, Mark (Christa) Murley, Jeremy (Gina) Jackson, Jennifer (Christopher) Clayton, Tyler (Mindi) Jackson and Wesley (Aubrey) Jackson; and 29 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Naomi Jackson; sister, Gladys Webster; and great-granddaughter Hope Rose Jackson.
Memorials in memory of Gary may be directed to the Presbyterian Church, Good Neighbor Society and Care Initiatives Hospice, all of Manchester. Share a memory of Gary at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
Doyle L. Hutton III
CANTON – Doyle Leroy “3D” Hutton III, 28, of Canton, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2023. He was born on Sept. 3, 1995, in Canton to Doyle Hutton Jr. and Amy (Johnson) Evans.
He is survived by his parents, Doyle (Pam) Hutton Jr. and Amy (Billy) Evans; one brother, Tanner (Laura) Mooney; three sisters, Kaleigh (Cody) Herbst, Kayla Hall and Billie Evans; grandma Judy (late Doyle Sr.) Hutton; grandma Janice Pesti; grandma Marilyn Blanchard (late Robert Johnson); one uncle, Robert Johnson; and seven aunts, Dale (Tammy) Hutton, Janell Hutton, Tracey Johnson, Melody Johnson, Tasha Johnson, Bobbie Heath and Darcie (Jacob) Tatum.
Doyle worked as a salesman at Crawfords. He was an assistant baseball coach at LVC Miners baseball, 11U head football coach at Canton JFL, sports broadcaster at WBYS-FM, Dunlap Junior High 6th grade boys basketball coach, Princeville head JV coach/assistant varsity baseball coach and Plow City Horseman football player. Doyle absolutely loved coaching and teaching youth sports.
Visitation was Sept. 9, 2023, at Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton. Services were Sept. 10, 2023. Rev. Monroe Bailey and Pastor David Utt officiated. Burial followed services at Waterford Cemetery in rural Lewistown.
Memorials may be made to Canton JFL or a Scholarship Memorial Fund.
Condolences can be left online at www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com.
Marian M. Plack
GALESBURG – Marian Menker Plack, 94, of Galesburg, mother of Brimfield and Elmore men, passed away at Seminary Manor, Galesburg, on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023.
She was born on Feb. 9, 1929, in LaBelle, Mo. She married Raymond Plack on April 25, 1954, at the Trinity Lutheran church in Peoria.
Surviving are three sons: Dale (Susan) Plack of Brimfield, Keith (Lori) Plack of Elmore and Lyle (Melissa) Plack of Knoxville; grandchildren Jamie Kilgore, James Plack, Kimberly Plack, Tony Plack, Bradley Plack and Michael Plack; stepgrandchildren Chad Plack and Courtney Thorne; and sister-in-law Ruth Kingdon.
Marian loved to work outside helping her husband do jobs on the farm. She then worked at Home Comfort in Princeville. After moving to Knoxville, she began to work at Gross Galesburg. She also enjoyed making crafts, and did so often.
She belonged to the Peoria Motorcycle Club, and later became an honorary member. She was a member of H-2 Honda Road Riders Club, a member of Teamsters 627 and also a member of the Knox County Farm Bureau
Marian was preceded in death by her parents, Berl and Mayme Briscoe Menke, her husband Raymond Plack, brothers Earl Menke and Briscoe Menke and one grandchild.
A private family graveside service will be held at the Knoxville Cemetery.
Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory, Knoxville, will be assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials in Marian’s honor may be donated to a charity of the donor’s choosing.
Condolences can be left online at hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.