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11/23/1939 - 12/14/2016
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6/10/1940 - 12/12/2016
Oregon, Illinois

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Oregon, IL

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Diane J. Knaub - 73
10/18/1943 - 12/8/2016
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Virginia Lee Schnorr - 87
8/12/1929 - 11/26/2016
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2/21/1953 - 11/25/2016
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Marvella R. "Mar" Kober - 68

8/4/1948 - 8/27/2016
Chana, IL

Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Sister
Marvella Renee "Mar" Kober, 68, of Chana, IL died Saturday August 27, 2016 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born August 4, 1948 in Washington, IL the daughter of Paul & Lillian (Greely) Wehrmann. She was a graduate of Roanoke High School. She married Herbert Kober in Roanoke on May 24, 1968. Together they owned and operated Fishers Inc in Oregon for over 40 years. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Paynes Point and had a love of God, her family, animals, and traveling. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling in the motor home (some of the most memorable trips were camping with the grandchildren), trips to National Parks, and going to one of her favorite places, Maui, Hawaii. She is survived by her husband, Herb; daughters, Carmen Kober and Angie Klein; granddaughters, Sydney Klein, Madalyn Klein, Chloe Klein, Hannah Repass, and Haley Repass; and brothers, Tim Wehrmann and Tom Wehrmann, both of Roanoke, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held Friday Sept. 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Paynes Point with Pastor Andrew Kayes officiating. Burial will be in Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. Memorials may be directed to Emmanuel Lutheran Church or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Stirling "Ken" DeArvil - 75

9/23/1940 - 8/24/2016
Oregon, IL

Stirling K. “Ken” DeArvil, 75, longtime Oregon resident, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Born September 23, 1940 in Dixon, the son of Murray and Ann (Miller) DeArvil. He was a 1958 graduate of Dixon High School and served in the US Marine Corp. Married to Sandra Curtis January 3, 1960 in Oregon; she died November 3, 1998. Then married Sharon Needham June 26, 2004 in Oregon. Ken was employed as a corporate transportation manager for Swift for 20 years, retiring in 1980;then sold semi-trucks for Rockford Truck Sales until 2002; then employed as traffic manager for Leek Trucking in Rockford until 2006. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon and actively involved with Blackhawk Area Boy Scouts where he was awarded the Order of the Arrow. Ken enjoyed woodworking, duck hunting, fishing, and his grandchildren and their sporting events. Survived by his wife, Sharon DeArvil of Oregon; daughters: Kelly (Dave) Brooks of Winnebago and Marcy (Bob) Egyed of Oregon; grandchildren: Rob Brooks, Michael Brooks, Laura (Evan) Sanford, Jake DeArvil, John DeArvil, Ellie Egyed and Kaitlyn Egyed; great grandchildren, Kennadi and Owen; brother, Robert (Elizabeth) DeArvil of Oregon; sister, Kathy (Don) Hess of Dixon; half-brother, Royal “Bud” DeArvil; half-sisters: Kim, Cindy, Shelly, Pam, Dayle and Michelle; and brother-in-law, Steve (Rose) Curtis. Also predeceased by his parents and son, Tom DeArvil. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Monday August 29 in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon with Pastor Rich Tomlinson officiating. Burial in Daysville Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 3:00-5:00pm in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. A memorial fund has been established

John Amos DeVries - 78

4/3/1938 - 8/22/2016
Oregon, Illinois


Oregon-John Amos DeVries, 78, died in Cozumel, Mexico August 22, 2016 from kidney failure. John was born on April 3, 1938 in Rockford, Illinois the son of Amos and Beulah (Krohn) DeVries. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1956. He then married Judith Cultra on January 22, 1958 in Ashton, Illinois. He was an active member of Illinois National Guard 1957-1963. John farmed in Ogle County for 30+ years where he started with a small farm in Rockvale Township and grew his farming operation to over 4000 acres in three states. He also owned/operated DeVries Grain and Fertilizer into the mid 80's. John helped a lot of area farmers through some very difficult economic times in the early 80's. He then relocated to Cozumel, Mexico where he married Maria Esther Guevara Campos. In Cozumel, he started Less Pay Car Rental for 20+ years. If you knew John, you always had a story to tell. He will be missed by many who knew him. John was predeceased by his parents, an infant daughter Catherine Lynn DeVries, brother Arnold, and recently his daughter Amy Luepkes. Survived by his wife, Maria Esther; sons John Kenneth (Cathy) DeVries and John Amos DeVries Guevara; daughter Carla (Tony) Benesh; grandsons Bryan (Erica) DeVries, Brett (Jennifer) DeVries, Austin and David Luepkes, and Blake Benesh; and great grandchildren Carson, Caroline and Harper DeVries.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Ebenezer Cemetery on German Church Rd, rural Oregon. There will be a luncheon and celebration of life directly after the service at the Oregon VFW. A memorial fund established in his name.

Virginia M. Bettner - 78

5/14/1938 - 8/18/2016
Shannon, IL

Virginia M. Bettner, 78, lifelong Ogle County resident, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born May 14, 1938 in Dixon, the daughter of William and Orva (Sanford) Lansden. Married to Raymond "Pat" Bettner July 14, 1957 in Ashton; he died August 18, 1990. Virginia was a short order cook at various area restaurants for many years. She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Brookville and was a member of Mt. Morris Moose Lodge where she received her Green Cap and was a Senior Regent. Virginia enjoyed playing cards, cross-stitch, paint by numbers, word search puzzles, country music, flower gardening, attending family sports activities and the color purple. Survived by sons: Douglas (Cathy) Bettner of Forreston, Kenneth (Joyce Bates) Bettner of Polo, Stewart (Beth Vaultonburg) Bettner of German Valley, Patrick (Katie) Bettner of Shannon and Shawn (Linda) Bettner of Forreston; daughters: Bernadine (Harlan) Grenzow of Juda, WI, Teresa (John) Nafzger of Brodhead, WI, Dawn (Joel) Stocker of Monroe, WI, Priscilla Schumacher of Forreston, Joy Svihlik of Erie, Carlyn Klotzbach of Shullsburg, WI, and Tina (Chris) Krebs of Monroe, WI; 24 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by her parents, grandson Victor Nafzger, an infant brother and special friend Sam Swalve. Funeral service will be held at 11:00am Monday August 22 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon with Pastor Jerry Martz of Grace United Methodist Church in Brookville officiating. Burial in White Rock Cemetery, Kings. Visitation Sunday 2:00 - 6:00pm in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Mt. Morris Moose Lodge.

David L. Akins - 60

6/7/1956 - 8/15/2016
Byron, IL

David L. Akins, age 60, passed away suddenly on August 15, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 7, 1956 in Sandusky, OH the son of Ervin and Iris (Gardner) Akins. He married Cindy Rasmussen on September 19, 2011; she passed away on April 25, 2013. David was a family man who adored his grandchildren. He loved cars and racing. One of the many highlights of his life was getting to drive a race car in Chicago. He was a huge history buff and enjoyed boating in his spare time. He was an all around wonderful guy. He is survived by his parents, Ervin and Iris Akins of Thorton, CO; his daughter, Nicole (Nick Post) Akins of Zumbrota, MN; sister, Susanne (Larry) Schalles of Justin, TX; grandchildren, Levi, Willow, Mika, and Porsche; step-children, Christine (Shaun) Kuntz of Lombard, IL and John Gage of Lombard, IL; and mother-in-law, Mary Rasmussen of Lombard, IL. He is preceded in death by his wife Cindy. Visitation will be held on Wednesday August 24, 2016 from 4-6 PM at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home; 506 W. Merchant St. Byron, IL 61010.

Alberta K. (Bain) Brown - 102

8/30/1913 - 8/11/2016
Oregon, IL

Alberta K. (Bain) Brown, 102, an Oregon resident for 54 years, died Thursday August 11, 2016 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. “Heaven has gained a new angel.” Born August 30, 1913 in Leonore, IL, the daughter of John and Helena (Broschied) Schorn. Married to Robert “Jim” Bain October 16, 1941; he died April 28, 1979. Then married to James “Jim” Brown May 1990; he died July 13, 2004. Alberta worked several years at the University of Illinois Agricultural Office in Oregon and was well known for her excellent baking and cooking. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon and its Catholic Daughters of the Americas chapter. Survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Craig) Bain-Cox of Rockford; son, Robert Bain, Jr. of Sterling; step-children: Maureen (Steve) Asebrook, Dennis (Debbie) Brown, Timothy (Margaret) Brown, Patrick Brown and Terry (Rita) Brown, all of Ohio; grandchildren: Alan (Gwen) Cox, David (Shelly) Cox, James (Lindsay) Cox and Ann Elizabeth Cox (Alberta was also Godmother to Ann); 13 great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter; and many step- grandchildren. Also predeceased by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am Monday August 15 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon with Rev. Joseph Naill as celebrant. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon on Sunday 5:00 – 7:00pm with a 7:00pm Rosary Service.

Jan Craig Eubanks - 69

3/31/1947 - 8/9/2016
Davis Junction, IL

Jan Craig Eubanks, 69, of Davis Junction, died Tuesday August 9, 2016 in OSF St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford. He was born March 31, 1947 in Blue Island, IL the son of Lionel & Florence (Callahan) Eubanks. He was a1965 graduate of Tinley Park High School, was an Army Veteran, and enjoyed fishing and following NASCAR. He married Diane Haack in Oak Forest, IL on Sept. 28, 1968. He retired, in 2014, after 50 years of employment, from Panduit Corp. He is survived by his wife, Diane; daughters, Cynthia Eubanks of Davis Junction, IL and Teresa Eubanks of Byron; grandson, Abram Craig Eubanks of Byron; and sisters, Pamela Kormiak of Mokena, IL and Tamara Trock of Crete, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Christian funeral mass will be held Monday August 15, 2016 at 11:00 AM, preceded by visitation from 9:30 AM until mass time, in St. Mary Catholic Church, 220 E. 2nd St., Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating.

Gregory L. Bonne - 69

10/5/1946 - 8/8/2016
Rockford, Illinois

Gregory Lee “Greg” Bonne , 69, of Rockford, passed away on Monday August 8th, 2016 at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI surrounded by his loving family and dear friends. He was born October 5th, 1946 in Rockford, Illinois the son of the late John M. and Winnifred L.( Braddy) Bonne. He was raised and worked on the family farm until he enlisted in the Navy in 1965. A Vietnam War Veteran, he served our country on the US Navy supply ship U.S.S. Mars. A Northern Illinois University graduate, Greg’s infectious charm led him down the sales path selling computers, stocks, and oil products. Greg delighted in fishing, traveling, carpentry, and coin collecting. He spent his later years in the company of his dear friend Kathy Flannigan, longtime companion Don Bonavia, and beloved dog. He had a wide range of friends from the military, work, biking, AA, and his favorite local diners. He adored visits from his children, grandchildren, nieces, cousins, and anyone willing to stop by and join him in watching Fox News. He is survived by his son, Andrew (Kylee), and daughter Katherine (Doyle Miller III), five grandchildren, and former spouse Judy. A memorial service will be 10:00 am Saturday, August 20th at Monroe Center Community Church with the Pastor Mike Ballard and Pastor Robert Mellon co-officiating followed by interment of ashes at the Monroe Center Cemetery and luncheon at the church. Memorials may be made to William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital ICU (Attn: Community Relations (135)), 2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, WI 53705).

Marvin L. Hay - 79

4/16/1937 - 8/7/2016
Byron, IL

Marvin L. Hay, 79, of Byron died Sunday August 7, 2016 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. He was born April 16, 1937 in Sorento, IL, the son of John H. & Edna I. (Stoner) Hay. He married Christina “Vicki” Nannenga on Dec. 28, 1978 in Byron. Marvin was a truck driver for Advanced Transportation in Rockford and was a member of the Teamsters Local #325. He was an Air Force Veteran and was a member of the Byron American Legion Post. He supported A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois and enjoyed crossword puzzles. Survivors include his children, Michael (Sherry) Hay of Newcastle, OK, Linda (Mike) Goodman of Dunlap, CA, Kenny Earl Hay of Fresno, CA, Annette (Matt) Burke of Buena Park, CA, Joe (Nita) Aebly of Rockford, Craig Hay of WI, and Andy (Jeni) Hay of Rockford; grandchildren, Taylor, Holly, Abagail, and Marian, Destiny, Jeremy, Brian, James and Lynda; and brother, Kenny Hay of Hebron, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Vicki, son, John, brother, Larry, and nephew, Jeffrey. Funeral services will be held Saturday August 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM, preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron with Pastor Randy Snider officiating. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery.

Carleen Miller - 62

1/15/1954 - 8/6/2016
Byron, Illinois

Carleen J. Miller, age 62, of Byron passed away on August 6, 2016 at Serenity Hospice House in Oregon. She was born on January 15, 1954 in Zion, Illinois the daughter of Donald and Francis (Monio) Erickson. Carleen married David Miller on July 19, 1975. He preceded her in death on February 12, 2013. She was a member of Cornerstone Family Church in Byron. She enjoyed sewing and taking care of her family. She is survived by her children, Dan Miller of Forreston, Michael Miller of Byron, and Kate Miller of Byron; and sisters, Karen (Dale) Friedrich of Stillman Valley and Andrea (Elizabeth) Erickson of Lake Bluff, IL. Carleen is preceded by her parents, husband, brother Don Erickson, infant brother Ronald and an infant sister Connie. Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday August 12 in Cornerstone Family Church in Byron with Pastor Randy Snider officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service on Friday from 12:30 – 2:00 pm at the church. Memorials are established in her name.

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