Roger L. Etnyre - 89
8/5/1928 - 9/7/2017
Oregon, IL

Roger L. Etnyre,...

Joseph B. Russian - 70
3/30/1947 - 8/27/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

Joseph B. Russian,...

Beverly J. McKnight - 79
6/25/1938 - 8/18/2017
Davis Junction, IL

Beverly June...

Joseph "Joey" Deuth - 32
6/23/1985 - 8/14/2017
Chana, Illinois

Joseph D....

Anna Mae Carlson - 97
3/20/1920 - 8/9/2017
Byron, IL

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Gerard Lammers - 94
4/8/1923 - 8/7/2017
Dixon, IL

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Kina Zoe Duke - 54

12/20/1962 - 6/8/2017
Byron, IL

Kina Zoe Duke, age 54, of Byron passed away on Thursday June 8, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Rockford. She was born on December 20, 1962 in Des Plaines, IL. Kina got her bachelor’s of nursing degree from Texas Tech University and worked as a critical care nurse for Rockford Memorial Hospital before her recent retirement. She married James Duke on January 3, 2004 in Barrington, IL. Kina was a member of the NBHA and enjoyed barrel racing. She was an avid gardener and loved to travel. She was a devoted wife and mother; even extending her love by raising her pets and horses. She is survived by her husband, James Duke of Byron; children, William Eicholtz of Dallas, TX and Lukas Puckhaber of Byron; mother, Kay Duro of Mt. Morris; and brothers, Michael (Sally) Amtmann of Flemington, NJ and John Amtmann of Butte, MT. Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St in Byron, IL. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Tuesday evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Byron, IL. Memorials are established in her name.

Timothy G. Wills - 62

8/6/1954 - 6/7/2017
Davis Junction, Illinois

Timothy G. Wills, age 62, passed away on Wednesday June 7, 2017. He was born on August 6, 1954 in Rochelle the son of Glenn and Margaret (Detig) Wills. He was a graduate of Stillman Valley High School class of 1972. Tim worked as a cement finisher for Sjostrom in Rockford for 29 years and was a member of the OPCMIA Union Local 11. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron. Tim loved gardening and spending time outdoors, especially watching sunsets in the summer. He also enjoyed being with his beloved dog, Breeze. He was an avid Cubs, Bears, and Stillman Valley Cardinals fan. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Daniel. He is survived by his children, Cameron (Lisa) Wills and Drew (Fiancé Ancil Philip) Wills; Fiancé, Jeane Lawrence; siblings, Greg (Karen) Wills, Mark (Linda) Wills, Janet (Harold) Hackworth, Carolyn (Bruce) Larson, David (Kathy Long) Wills, and Christie (Steve Distefano) Colombi; sister-in-law, Michelle Wills; many nieces and nephews; and he was papa to Caitlin, Sienna, Aspen, and Remy. Funeral mass will be held on Monday June 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM on Sunday June 11, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 136 West Roosevelt Road in Stillman Valley concluding with a rosary at 8 pm. Burial will be in Monroe Center Cemetery. Memorials are established in his name.

Kenneth "Dink" McKnight - 86

11/1/1930 - 6/4/2017
Monroe Center, IL

Kenneth “Dink” C. McKnight, 86, of Monroe Center, passed away peacefully Sunday June 4, 2017 at Rosewood Care Center. He was born Nov. 1, 1930 in Sublette, IL the son of Earl & Alice (Fetzer) McKnight. He attended Monroe Center Schools. Kenneth served in the Army from 1951-1953. He married Leila Rippentrop on Nov. 27, 1955 in Monroe Center Community Church. He was on the Monroe City Fire Department and a member of the VFW Post #3878. Kenneth worked as a truck driver all of his life. Survivors include his wife, Leila; children, Thomas (Teri) McKnight and Marcia (Greg) Bankes both of Rockford; grandchildren, Matt McKnight, Katie McKnight, Jason Bankes, and Amanda Bankes; great granddaughters, Nora and Adriana; brother, James (Joyce) McKnight of Rockford; brother-in-law, Howard Gipson of Stillman Valley; and sister-in-law, Beverly McKnight. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Nancy, infant grandson Thomas Paul, sister, Luella Gipson, and brother Richard McKnight.
Funeral services will be held Thursday June 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd., Stillman Valley with Pastor Bob Mellon officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Center Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Transitions Hospice, Monroe Center Cemetery Assoc. or Monroe Community Church.

Lawrence B. Jacobs - 92

6/19/1924 - 6/2/2017
Oregon, IL

Oregon – Lawrence B. Jacobs, age 92, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 at his home. He was born June 19, 1924 on the family farm near Oregon the son of Evert and Marguerite (VanHettinga) Jacobs. He graduated from Oregon High School. He married Frances Elliott on May 10, 1947. Lawrence served his county in the U.S. Marine Corp. during WWII at Guam and Iwo Jima. He was a lifelong member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church having served as an Elder and Deacon. He participated in many work camps and mission trips including volunteering at Kings Camp. He was also a member of Oregon VFW Post 8739. He worked at the Carnation Milk Plant in Oregon before he went into the Marines and returned to work there after the war until the day the plant closed. He was an avid Oregon Hawks fan and later in life he also became a Stillman Valley Cardinals fan. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Frances, daughter Jean in 1948, son Gregory in 1968, brothers; Everett, Marvin, William, Gerald, Leonard and sister JoAnne. He is survived by his daughter Debbie (Dale) Boomgarden of Stillman Valley, grandchildren Kim Carow (Ted Frey) of Byron and James (Jennifer) Grygiel of Mt. Morris, and 3 great grandson; Tyler Carow, Alex Grygiel, and Cian Grygiel and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Tue., June 6, 2017 at the Ebenezer Reformed Church near Oregon with the Pastor John Wisdom officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Monday evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street Oregon, IL. A memorial fund is established for the Ebenezer Reformed Church or the Serenity Hospice and Home.

Gene E, Medlar - 86

3/21/1931 - 5/25/2017
Oregon, IL

Gene E. Medlar, 86, longtime Oregon resident, died Thursday May 25, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Born March 21, 1931 in Oregon, the son of Leon and Leona (Haney) Medlar. He was a graduate of Oregon High School and a Korean War veteran serving in the US Army. Married to Lois Long May 21. 1955 in Oregon. He owned and operated Gene’s Garage Door Service, working in Rockford, Mendota and Oregon for many years before retiring in 2011. Gene was a lifetime member and past Commander of Oregon VFW Post 8739 and past Commander of the 6th Illinois District. He was also a member Oregon United Methodist Church for over 60 years and of the “Depot Gang” involved in the restoration of the Oregon train depot. Gene loved and cared for his family and loved gardening. Survived by his wife, Lois of Oregon; son, Terry (Vickie) Medlar of Cleveland, OH; daughter, Sharon Bocker of Oregon; grandchildren: Troy (Laura) Medlar of Marysville, OH, Ashley Wineman of Alliance, OH, Shanna (Jeremiah) Blankenship of Rockford, Cari Gomer of Alpharetta, GA and Bradley Bocker of Chana; 9 great grandchildren; brothers: Don (Becky) Medlar of Louisville, KY, Gerald (Pat) Medlar of Oregon and Neil (Becky) Medlar of Rockford; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday May 27 in Oregon United Methodist Church with Pastor Thomas E. Kim, of the church, officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Visitation Friday 5:00 – 8:00pm in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gene’s name may be made to Oregon VFW Post 8739, Oregon United Methodist Church of Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

Charley Stroud - 102

4/15/1915 - 5/23/2017
Leaf River, IL

Charley W. Stroud, 102, longtime Leaf River resident, died Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris. Born April 13, 1915 in Fordland, MO, the son of John and Amy Alice Stroud. He was a World War II US Army veteran. Married to Christina Emmeline Lawson March 19, 1938 in Marshfield, MO; she died September 23, 2006. Charley was employed as a welder at J.I. Case in Rockford for 22 1/2 years and then for 7 years at Wood's in Oregon, retiring in 1977. He loved fishing, gardening and lawn work. Survived by his son, John Edmond Stroud of Leaf River; daughter, Geraldine Trenholm of Rockford; grandchildren: Ted W. Trenholm, Patricia A. (Kevin) Weber and Samantha (Rick) Aylard; great grandchildren: Kyle, Myia & Asia Weber, Katelyn Trenholm, Amanda Torkelson, Savannah Marsili, and Cassandra Aylward; great great granddaughter, Karyann Joy Weber; and sister, Opal Gossman of Arizona. Also predeceased by his parents, grandson John A. Trenholm, and 12 siblings. Visitation 10:00 - 11:00am Saturday May 27 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Byron. Private family graveside services will be held in Lightsville Cemetery. A memorial fund is established.

June E. Rowland - 84

4/16/1933 - 5/23/2017
Leaf River, Illinois

Leaf River – June E. “Gilbertson” Rowland, passed away, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from complications of heart surgery at the age of 84. She was born April 16, 1933 on Easter Sunday in Avon, WI the daughter of Edward and Mary Helen (Bussey) Gilbertson. She graduated from Orfordville, WI High School. She married her husband of 52 years Omer E. Rowland on Dec. 5, 1950 in Leaf River, IL. He passed away in Oct. of 2002. June lived each and every day to the fullest and cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as all of her"buddies" at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home. She always had a kind word to say, a listening ear or was a shoulder to cry on, even when she wasn’t having the best of days herself. Rarely did you hear a complaint from her, nor did she ever want to “bother” someone to ask for help. June worked 25+ years at Pinecrest Manor in the dietary dept. where she made many new friends and always remembered long time acquaintances. After retirement, June worked part-time at the Leaf River Library and loved all of her “Library” girls. She enjoyed gardening, playing the piano, traveling including her trip to Norway of which she was very proud of her Scandinavian heritage. She also enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and watching the birds. She was a member of the North Grove Christian Church and formerly a member of the Horseshoe Riding Club, and served as a Girl Scout leader. June is survived by her 5 children; Vickie (Alan) Pals, Christie (David) Meighan, Julie (Vince) Wright, Ed (Val) Rowland, and Carrie Ebens (Josh Nye), 14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, Sister Carol (Wayne) Sumpter, and their family. As mom always said “It is what it is and this too shall pass”. Funeral service will be 1:00 pm, Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street, Oregon, IL with the Pastor Terry Ceroni of the North Grove Christian Church officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Burial will be in the North Grove Christian Cemetery. A memorial fund is established for the Garden at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home where Mom loved to sit, drink her coffee, and listen to the birds.

Charles H. Ehmen - 97

7/24/1919 - 5/23/2017
Oregon, IL

Charles H. Ehmen, Sterling, IL, formerly of Oregon, IL passed away Tuesday, May 23, 2017 surrounded by his wife and daughters in his home. He was born July 24, 1919 to Charles and Hattie (Doeden) Ehmen on a farm on Blackhawk Rd., Oregon, IL. Charles attended Oregon schools and served in the US Army during WW II. He married Hazel I. Cheshier of Rock Falls, IL. He was employed by Kol Master Corp. and the E.D. Etnyre Co. Upon returning from the service he started his own business, Ehmen’s Electric, Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. He was a Master Electrician and Master Plumber. Chuck retired in 1982 and two of his employees bought the company. He was pleased that the company is still operating today under the ownership of Marty Bush and son and still carries the Ehmen Industries name. He retired after his wife died and he moved to Sterling, IL. Charles was a member of the Oregon Presbyterian Church and presently attended the Sterling Presbyterian Church. He was a past member of the Oregon Rotary Club. He was an avid golfer and belonged to the Oregon Golf Club and Rock Falls Golf club for many years. Charles married Barbara Lyons in Sterling in 2008. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; daughters, Sandra Greenfield, of Forreston; Vicki (Steve) Fuehrer of Ormond Beach, FL; Debbie D. Ehmen, So. Daytona, FL; grandchildren, David(Jenny) Baker, Polo, Jennifer (Clay) Stoffer, Fairfax, IA., Kristin (Jaime) Dorsey, Stillman Valley, Tara Summerlin, and Michael Ehmen of So. Daytona, FL ; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, son-in-law Robert Baker; four stepchildren and their families. He was predeceased by his parents; his first wife, Hazel; daughter, Janice Baker; grandson, Gabriel Blanchard; sisters Edna and Grace Ehmen; son-in-law Larry Greenfield; and Tara’s husband, Levi Summerlin. The family wishes a special thanks to the Hospice of the Rock River Valley staff who helped them through this journey. Funeral service will be 11:30 am on Wed., May 31, 2017 at the Oregon Presbyterian Church with visitation at the church from 10:00 am to 11:15 am prior to the service. Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon . In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Oregon Presbyterian or the Sterling Presbyterian Church or Hospice of the Rock River Valley, Sterling.

Agnes C. Heller - 88

8/12/1928 - 5/22/2017
Oregon, IL

Agnes C. Heller, 88, lifelong Oregon resident, died Monday May 22, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Born August 12, 1928 in Pine Creek Township, the daughter of John and Carrie (Canode) Schier. Married to Franklin L. Heller April 8, 1950 in Dixon; he died May 12, 2006. Aggie was a graduate of Oregon High School and attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oregon. She worked for many years as a clerk for the ASCS Office in Oregon and also as a cook for the Oregon school system for several years. Survived by her sons, Franklin Lavern (Karen) Heller of Ashton and Donald (Kathi) Heller of Byron; grandchildren: Jeremy (Terri) Heller of Grand Detour, Nathan Heller of Grand Detour, Charity (Nick) Prose of Oregon and Marni (Chet) Hennert of Byron; 10 great grandchildren; sister, Marian Berry of Byron; and special friend, Richard Little of Oregon. Also predeceased by her parents; granddaughter, Carly Jo Heller; brothers, Francis and Donald E. Schier; and sisters, Anna Mae Fisher, Lillian Guernsey and Vera Milliman. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Thursday May 25 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am: Pastor Rich Tomlinson of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon will officiate. Burial in Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Paynes Point. Memorials may be made in Aggie’s name to Serenity Hospice & Home or Rock River Center, Oregon.

Todd A. Lucas - 58

11/24/1958 - 5/20/2017
Byron, IL

Todd Allen Lucas, 58, passed away quietly on May 20, 2017 at Rochelle Gardens Care Center, in Rochelle, Illinois. Todd was born on November 24, 1958 to Walter and Deloris Lucas, Byron, Illinois. He was the youngest of the four Lucas boys, and he is survived by his three brothers Scott and Kim (Hartman) Lucas, Hartland WI, Steve Lucas, Denver, CO, & Brad and Julie (Swale) Lucas, Davidson, NC. Deloris Lucas had three children prior to marrying Walter Lucas so family gatherings in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s proved to be quite a party which Todd thoroughly enjoyed. Todd was raised in Byron, Illinois and attended Byron High School. He worked as a carpenter and as a roofer and lived in Byron, Rockford, and Rochelle. He will be remembered for being the life of the party, having a heart of gold, and being a very caring and sentimental person with strong family ties.
Todd is predeceased by Walter and Deloris Lucas (Parents), Jerry Weaver (half brother), Barbara Conderman (half sister), and Thomas Wallin, (half brother). Todd will be placed in the Byron Cemetery next to Deloris Lucas. The immediate family will hold a private service at a future date.

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