Herbert Herbeck - 95
8/23/1922 - 2/2/2018
Monroe Center, IL

Herbert E. Herbeck,...

Donald D. Spangler - 52
2/28/1965 - 1/31/2018
Oregon, IL

Donald D. Spangler,...

Donna Delores Wills - 95
2/6/1922 - 1/24/2018
Byron, IL

Donna Delores...

John "Jack" Mershon - 82
11/6/1935 - 1/23/2018
Oregon, IL

John I. "Jack"...

Lewis B. Riley - 83
2/15/1934 - 1/21/2018
Stillman Valley, IL

Lewis B. Riley, age...

Roger D. Patterson, JR - 42
3/5/1975 - 1/16/2018
Mt. Morris, Illinois

Roger D. Patterson,...

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Lewis B. Riley - 83

2/15/1934 - 1/21/2018
Stillman Valley, IL

Lewis B. Riley, age 83, of Stillman Valley passed away on Sunday January 21, 2018 in his home. He was born in Melvern, KS, on February 15, 1934, the son of Odis and Effie (DeForest) Riley. Lewis graduated high school in Hazel Park, MI. After high school, he joined the United States Air Force. Lewis married Myrna Norman on August 30, 1958 in Tangier, IN. After the Air Force, he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration for 37 years spending the last 18 years of his career as the air traffic control manager at the Rockford International Airport. Lewis and Myrna attended Kishwaukee Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Stillman Valley. In his retirement, Lewis enjoyed art. He volunteered as a docent at the Rockford Art Museum and taught numerous children and adults art classes. Lewis is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Myrna Riley of Stillman Valley; children, Tammy (Dan) Thompson of Roscoe and Michael (Julie) Riley of Bloomington, IL; siblings, Jerry (Mary) Riley of Converse, TX and Alice Lee of North Glenn, CO; grandchildren, Megan Riley, Miles Riley, Brendan Riley, and Nathan Thompson; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Theodore Riley. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Kishwaukee Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Stillman Valley with Pastor Eric Tonjes officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 – 11:00 AM prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Kishwaukee Cemetery. A memorial fund is established for the church.

Roger D. Patterson, JR - 42

3/5/1975 - 1/16/2018
Mt. Morris, Illinois

Roger D. Patterson, Jr., age 42, of Mt. Morris passed away on Tuesday January 16, 2018. He was born on March 5, 1975 in Rochelle, the son of Roger D and Karen (Crouch) Patterson. Roger was raised in Mayfield, Kentucky for most of his life and moved here seven years ago. He attended Grace County High School in Mayfield and also attended Oregon High School. Roger worked as a Union construction worker. He was a talented builder. He is survived by his parents, Roger D. Patterson, Sr. of Mt. Morris and Karon (Dudley) Crouch DeMoss of Mayfield, KY; children, Jacob Toms of Milledgeville, IL, Keegan Akins of Forreston, IL, Ethan Patterson of Mayfield, KY, and Aurora Jade VanHorne of North Dakota; siblings, Jerry Patterson, Jennifer Reed, and Rebecca Reed all of Mayfield, KY. A visitation will be held on Sunday January 21, 2018 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Oregon from 1-3 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family

Lois J. Horst - 98

12/15/1919 - 1/11/2018
Mt. Morris, Illinois

Mt. Morris, IL – Lois J. Horst, age 98, a lifelong Leaf River and Mt. Morris area resident went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Jan 11, 2018. She was born Dec. 15, 1919 near Leaf River, IL the daughter of Clifford and Gussie (Schelling) Lovell. Lois graduated from Leaf River High School in 1937. She married Merville Horst on May 24, 1938. Lois worked as a CNA at Pinecrest Manor for 15 years. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris where she was part of the Lutheran Church Women and was also formerly the accompanist for the Jr. Choir.
She was also a member of the helping Hands Club. She was formerly the organist for the St. James Lutheran Church of Forreston. Her family including her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren were the most important part of her life. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Merville, 3 brothers: Leonard, Maurice, and Kenneth Lovell, 2 son-in-laws: Donald Johnson and Burt Coplien. She is survived by her 5 children:
Barbara Johnson (Lyle Freeze) of Leaf River, Joanne Coplien of Brodhead, WI, Berniece (Tom) Reed of San Antonio, TX, Robert (Barbara) Horst of Austin, TX, and William (Connie) Horst of Mt. Morris, IL, 16 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 25 great great grandchildren and 3 more on the way, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris, IL with the Pastor Josh Ehrler and Pastor Myron Bartell Co-officiating. Burial will be in the West Grove Cemetery near Forreston, Visitation will be Friday evening Jan. 19, 2018 from 5-7 pm at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon, IL. A memorial fund is established for the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris, Pinecrest Manor, or Serenity Hospice and Home.

Carol S. Marcoux - 81

6/18/1936 - 1/5/2018
Mt. Morris, IL

Carol S. Marcoux, 81, longtime Oregon/Mt. Morris resident, died Friday January 5, 2018 in KSB Hospital, Dixon. Born June 18, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of Herman and Irene (Robison) Thompson. Married to David Marcoux February 23, 1957 in Garden City, Michigan; he died November 20, 1998.

Carol was a graduate of Chadsey High School in Detroit and was employed 32 years at Borg-Warner in Dixon, retiring in 1998. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston. Carol was an avid reader and Cubs fan, enjoyed the slot machines and a beer or two, and spending time with her grand and great grandchildren.

Survived by her daughter, Janice (Rick) Danekas of Mt. Morris; son, Neal (Jerri Welty) Marcoux of Dixon; grandchildren: Jason Marcoux, Erica Danekas and Kurtis (Aletta) Danekas; great grandchildren: Cheyanne Edlund, Briggs Danekas and Falon Marcoux: and sisters, Dorathy Lyman and Betty Taylor, both of Lavonia, Michigan. Also predeceased by her parents and daughter, Cathy Ann.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am Wednesday January 10 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am. Pastor Lucy Wynard of St. James Lutheran Church, Forreston will officiate. Burial in Daysville Cemetery, Oregon. Memorials in Carol's name may be made to the Mt. Morris Public Library or Granny Rose Animal Shelter, Dixon. www.farrellhollandgale.com

Richard A. Zilly - 87

3/14/1930 - 12/31/2017
Oregon, Illinois

Oregon – Richard A. Zilly, age 87, died Sunday, December 31, 2017 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. He was born March 14, 1930 in Elmhurst, IL the son of William and Myrtle (Bergquist) Zilly. He graduated from York High School in Elmhurst. He worked as a printer for most of his life. He married Theresa Heft on June 22, 1957 in Villa Park, IL. They enjoyed 60 years together. His hobbies included woodworking and photography. He was predeceased by his parents, brother Orville Zilly and sister Gertrude Ellis. He is survived by his wife Theresa Zilly of Oregon, IL, 5 children: Elizabeth (Dr. Jeffrey) Edwards of Wheaton, IL, Daniel E. (Sandra) Zilly of Winfield, IL, Suzanne (Dennis) Duggan of Fulton, IL, Karen Zilly of Long Beach, CA, Diana Zilly of Joliet, IL, 1 sister Marville Klein of Grays Lake, IL, 6 grandchildren: Darlene, Zoe, Kai, Steven, Amanda, and Jessica. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street, Oregon, IL with Dr. Jeffrey Edwards and Dennis Duggan leading the service. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Saturday at the funeral home. Private burial will take place at the St. Paul Cemetery in Aurora, IL. A memorial fund is established for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.  The family would especially like to thank the Oregon Fire Protection District for their special care of Richard.

Dean Johnson - 89

9/23/1928 - 12/29/2017
Oregon, IL

Dean Johnson, 89, lifelong Oregon resident, died Friday, December 29, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon after a short illness. Born September 23, 1928 in Oregon, the son of Samuel and Mary (Holmes) Johnson. He was a 1946 graduate of Oregon High School. Married to Melva Jean Lindahl June 20, 1953 in Oregon. Dean was a maintenance machinist at Quaker Oats in Oregon until its closing and then at Elco Tool in Rockford until retiring in 1990. He enjoyed wood carving and working in his yard. Survived by his wife, Melva Jean of Oregon; son, Bruce (Teresa) Johnson of Oregon; daughter, Christine (Ron) Ware of Mt. Morris; grandchildren: Sarah (Mike) Rutlin, Jessica (Ted) Hade, Joseph Cox, Jr., Adam Cox, Aaron (Lexi) Johnson and Abby ( Justin Cotton) Johnson; great grandchildren: Andrew, Skye, Cheyenne, Oren, Silas, Brennan and Landon. Predeceased by his parents nad sister, Georgia Draugelis. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Friday January 5, 2018 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am. Pastor David Rogula will officiate. Burial in Ebenezer Cemetery, rural Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Dean's name may be made to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

Malinda “Mindy” Thomas - 47

11/20/1970 - 12/28/2017
Byron, IL

Malinda “Mindy” S. Thomas, age 47, of Byron passed away at her home surrounded by her loving family on Thursday December 28, 2017. She was born on November 20, 1970 in Belvidere the daughter of Dale and Barbara (Miller) Bennett. Mindy worked at Rochelle Hospital as a surgical tech. Her family was the center of her life and she loved spending time going to the boat with her sister. Her children were the most important thing in her life and she enjoyed following their sporting events and academic endeavors. In her spare time, she enjoyed watching Big Brother and Forensic Files, shoe shopping, and taking a much deserved nap. She is survived by her children, Emily Thomas and Dayne Thomas of Byron; her mother, Barbara Bennett of Pecatonica; siblings, Dewayne (Jody) Bennett of Naperville, Galen (Denise) Bennett of Byron, Jeff Aronson of LaGrange Park, IL, and Belinda (Gary) Mayberry of Pecatonica; special friend, Stan Bennett of Kirkland; best friend, Christie Colombi and her family; former spouse, Zachary Thomas of Byron; and fur babies, Rocket and Bianca. She is preceded in death by her father and grandparents. A memorial service will be held at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Stillman Valley at 11:00 AM Wednesday January 3, 2018 with Pastor Gary Cortese officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday January 2, 2017 from 4-7 PM. In lieu of flowers memorials are established to help fund her children’s education.

Larry C. Spaulding - 74

7/29/1943 - 12/28/2017
Byron, IL

Larry C. Spaulding, age 74, of Byron passed away on Thursday December 28, 2017 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. He was born in Belvidere, IL on July 29, 1943 the son of Ronald and Thelma (Yerke) Spaulding. After graduating from Marengo High School; Larry continued his education by getting his Bachelor’s degree from ISU. He then went on to earn his Master’s from NIU. Larry worked as a teacher in the Byron School District for many years. His love for the Byron Tigers never faded even after retiring. He continued to serve as a coach, groundskeeper, and mentor to many young baseball players and kids. When he wasn’t cheering on the Tigers he was cheering on his beloved Chicago Cubs and enjoyed going shooting on the farm with his son. Above all Larry was a devoted grandfather who always put his grandchildren first. He would make every event of theirs that he could and loved them unconditionally. Larry is survived by his sons, Reed (Karen) Spaulding of Byron, Randall (Kima) Spaulding of Villa Park, and Curtis (Andrea) Spaulding of Rockford; grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Brandon) Truckenmiller, Hunter Lemke, Quintin Spaulding, Brenna Lemke, Ryder Spaulding, Bryson Spaulding, Faith Spaulding, Noah Spaulding, Roman Spaulding, Zackery Rouse, Ashlynne Spaulding, and Gabriella Spaulding; and great grandson, Zane. He is predeceased by his parents and brother Lynn. Funeral services will be held Thursday Jan. 4, 2018 at 11:00 AM at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 4:00-7:00 PM at the funeral home. Memorials are established in his name.

Hubert A. Hickey - 81

5/21/1936 - 12/26/2017
Byron, IL

Hubert Arthur “Hugh” Hickey, 81, of Byron, died Tuesday December 26, 2017 at Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon, IL. He was born May 21, 1936 in Rockford, IL. He graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1954 and then the University of Notre Dame in 1958. He served in the US Army. Hugh started his business career at International Harvester Co., where he held various positions in Northern Illinois, including the Chicago area. He then worked at Sundstrand of Rockford for many years, the bulk of the time serving as “manager of contracts” for the aviation division. In the course of these duties, he did extensive travel throughout the world, which he enjoyed immensely. Hubert was preceded in death by his parents, Carolyn Yvonne (Condon) Hickey and Francis D. Hickey. He was the proud father of 4; Mark Hickey of Davis Junction, IL, Katherine Gernes of St. Paul, MN, David Hickey of O’Neil, NB, and Maria Altman of St. Louis, MO. He was the father-in-law of 4 loving people; Susan Wright Hickey, Julius Gernes, Karri Knudson Hickey, and Robert Altman. Hubert was the proud grandfather of 10; Briana, Lindsey, & Caroline Hickey of Davis Junction; Alexander, Brendon, & Meaghan Gernes of St. Paul, MN; Carter Hickey of O’Neil, NB; Thomas Schippereit of Laramie, WY; and Benjamin and Elizabeth Altman of St. Louis, MO. He is also survived by two siblings and their spouses; Roger A. Hickey and Mary Ann Saxe Hickey of Davis Junction, IL & Mary Ann Hickey Walsh and James Michael Walsh of Lincolnshire, IL. Hubert was the loving uncle of many nieces, nephews and grand nieces & grand nephews. Christian funeral mass will be held Saturday Dec. 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM in St. Mary Catholic Church, Byron. Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00-7:00 PM, concluding with the Rosary at 7 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rockford. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

Henry F. Nuppenau - 91

11/10/1926 - 12/26/2017
Oregon, Illinois

Oregon – Henry F. Nuppenau, age 91, died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017 at his home near Oregon. He was born Nov. 10, 1926 in Marion Twp. on the family farm the son of Joseph Henry and Minnie (Sherfield) Nuppenau. He graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1944. He served in the United State Army in the 10th Mountain Division in Germany. He married Beatrice “Bea” L. Pinter on Dec. 30, 1950 in Beloit, WI. She preceded him in death on June 14, 2009. Together, they loved to travel. Henry was a lifelong area resident and a board member of the Rock River Co-op. Henry loved to do woodworking and growing tomatoes. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Bea, and 4 sisters; Henrietta Lingle, Florence Hayenga, Jenny Nordman, and Dora Miller. He is survived by his son Steven Nuppenau of Oregon and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017 at the Ebenezer Reformed Church near Oregon with the Rev. Rodney E. Caldwell Chaplain of the Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the church. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery. A memorial fund is established for the Lifeline Food Pantry. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon, Il is assisting the family.

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