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Ryan A. Sherman - 353/19/1982 - 9/13/2017
"For long you live and high you fly and smiles you give and tears you'll cry and all you touch and all you'll see is all your life will ever be." Pink Floyd
Ryan Allen Sherman was born March 19th, 1982 in Modesto, CA and passed away September 13th 2017. Ryan attended Orangeburg Christian School, Fremont elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High and graduated from Modesto High in 2000. Ryan received his Bachelors in Liberal studies and earned his teaching credentials. Ryan taught World History at Ralph H. Metcalfe in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Ryan is preceded in death by his wife Kimberley Sherman whom passed March 29th 2017. Ryan is survived by his parents Carolyn (Robert) Gunn and Robert Sherman; his siblings; Nicole Mitchell, Joanna Gunn, Lindi (Rocco) Marsiglia; grandparents; Virginia Lamb, Roberta Roberts and Fred Sherman; in-Laws, Richard and Donna VanVelzer, Zach VanVelzer, and Katie Rose; nieces and nephews. Kira, Gage, Madison, Khan, Gloria, Claudia, and Baby Marsiglia; and Ryan and Kim's dog Maddie.
Ryan was a life long learner and traveler. He made it a priority in life to see as much of the world as possible. He traveled to Egypt, all over Europe and a recent trip to Asia. In fact, his love for travel led him to meet his late wife Kim while on a European tour in 2005. They established a friendship and continued it after returning home. After a long distance relationship, Ryan relocated to Milwaukee to be with Kim. They married June 18th, 2010. They lifted each other up through life's challenges and triumphs over the years. They traveled to Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Jamaica and all over the US.
Ryan loved reading, history, playing guitar, music, and attending concerts. Ryan cared for all of his coworkers and students. He loved all of his friends and extended family, including aunts, uncles, and cousins. Ryan and Kim always welcomed friends and family in the home they shared.
Ryan was a kind and gentle man who valued life experiences, teaching, family, and most importantly love. Ryan will be missed more than words can ever express by so many.
Son, "I'll love you forever, I'll like you for always, as long as I'm living my baby you will be." Love you forever. Mom
Graveside service will be held Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Byron Cemetery, Byron, IL.
Future services and celebrations will be announced.
Bobby G. Holder - 8112/12/1935 - 9/12/2017
Stillman Valley, IL
Stillman Valley – Bobby G. Holder, age 81, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 at his home near Stillman Valley surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 12, 1935 in Hoxie, Arkansas the son of Will Henry and Leona Afton (Spargo) Holder. He attended Hoxie, Arkansas and Rockford, IL schools. He married Margaret Kildow on July 17, 1954 in Rockford, IL. Bobby was a Class “A” Tool and Die maker who worked 18 years for National Lock and than 10 years for Eaton Corporation. He had a strong work ethic so after retirement he would buy, restore and resell houses and cabins in the north woods. In the past 24 years he restored over 50 homes. He loved to spend time with his family and loved spoiling his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved to fish, boat and spend time at their lake house. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret of 63 years, 3 children; Alan Ray (Deb) Holder, Randy Will Holder, and Michel Ann (Don) Maroney, grandchildren; Sarah (Shawn), Rayanna(Patric), Brent, Rachel (Jameson), Hannah, Hailey, Chris, Jennifer (Brandon), great grandchildren; Kaylyn, Austin, Makenna, Emmery, Dayton, Dennon, Brooklyn, Mason, Macie Grace, Bailey, and Layla, brother William “Billy” Holder (companion Madeline), Sister Shirley Stults, Sister-in-laws Betty and Beverly Holder, step father-in-law James Drew, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, mother, father-in-law, mother-in-law, sisters Imogene (Jack) Spain, Brenda (Gary) Bankes, brothers Lehman (Clarice) Holder, Lonnie Holder, Ray (Geneva) Holder, sister-in-law Jean Holder, and brother-in-law Jim Stults.
Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Monday, Sept. 18th, 2017 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 6286 Linden Rd., Rockford, IL with the Pastor Mike Killian officiating. Burial will be in the Kishwaukee Cemetery near Stillman Valley. Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 17th, 2017 from 4-6 pm at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd, Stillman Valley, IL. A memorial fund is established for the OSF St. Anthony Cancer Center.
John L. "Huck" Clapper - 573/22/1960 - 9/8/2017
Oregon – John L. “Huck” Clapper, age 57,a loving husband, father, and grandfather, died suddenly, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at Mercy Health Hospital in Rockford. He was born March 22, ,1960 in Dixon the son of John S. and Betty (Ennenga) Clapper. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1978. He married Cherie Hargis July 22, 1986 in Oregon. He worked 26 years for Quebecor in Mt. Morris and worked the past year for Raynor in Dixon, IL. Huck loved most of all his family. He was a dedicated husband and father. He enjoyed watching his children’s sporting events. He loved to be outdoors hiking and fishing. He enjoyed his trips to Wisconsin and Canada. He was known to his family and friends by his good sense of humor. Huck is survived by his wife Cherie, 3 children; Matthew Clapper, Erin Clapper(Jacob Lewis), and Evan Clapper, grandson London Lewis all of Oregon, mother Betty Roberts of Mt. Morris, brother Jamie (Roberta) Roberts of Leaf River, sister Debra (George) Cox of Mt. Morris, Father-in-law Lloyd (Karen) Hargis of Janesville, Wisconsin, brother-in-law Barry Hargis, many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was predeceased by his father John S. Clapper who proudly served in WW 2, and his 2 sisters; Gloria Prichard and Barbara Clapper. Visitation will be held from 2-4 pm with a 4 pm prayer service on Sunday, Sept. 17th, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St. Oregon, IL. Pastor John Guthrie of the East Oregon Chapel of the Church of God will lead the Prayer service. A memorial fund is established in Huck’s name.
Roger L. Etnyre - 898/5/1928 - 9/7/2017
Roger L. Etnyre, 89, lifelong Oregon resident, died Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Born August 5, 1928 in Oregon, the son of Robert D. and Eloise (Robbins) Etnyre. Roger was a graduate of Oregon High School, received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his M.B.A. from Northwestern University. Married to Jane Ione Brooke June 19, 1954 in Oregon; she died January 5, 1998. He then married Eileen Monet; she also preceded him in death. The third generation of his family at E.D. Etnyre, Roger was employed over 67 years, serving many roles focusing on manufacturing, including Manufacturing Manager and Chairman of the Board. He enjoyed his work and business but also extensive travelling, especially trips to Mexico for many years. Roger was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon. Survived by his son, Donald (Nancy) Etnyre of Oregon; daughter, Rebecca Bamborough of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren: Brooke Etnyre, Robin Etnyre, Seth Koeppen, Garetty Koeppen and Christopher Bamborough; and special friend of the past seven years, Joan Falkenstrom. Also preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Mary Beth Etnyre; grandson, Nathan Bamborough; and sister, Marilyn Venohr. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Monday, September 11 in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon, with Pastor Rich Tomlinson officiating. Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation Sunday 3:00 - 5:00pm in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Roger's name may be made to Serenity Hospice & Home, Village of Progress, St. Paul Lutheran Church or charity of the donor's choice.
Joseph B. Russian - 703/30/1947 - 8/27/2017
Stillman Valley, IL
Joseph B. Russian, 70, of Stillman Valley, died Sunday August 27, 2017 in Wisconsin. He was born March 30, 1947 in Rockford the son of Joseph A. & Jean Betty (Ray) Russian. He married Betty Ann Fruin in Kings, IL on April 12, 1966; she died in 2013. He retired from the City of Rochelle water department and was a former volunteer with the Stillman Valley Fire Dept. Joe was a VietNam Army Veteran and was active with VietNow. He enjoyed fishing and his dogs. Survivors include his daughter, Renee’ (Jim) Colbert of Fredonia, WI; son, Joe Russian; grandson, Mason Colbert; brothers, G. Jake (Pat) Henry of Rockford, IL and Duane (Leslie) Russian of Palm Bay, FL; and aunt, Mable Ashelford of Byron. He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial visitation will be held Saturday September 9, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 PM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd., Stillman Valley. Private interment will be in White Rock Cemetery, Kings, IL. Memorials may be directed to the family for a donation, in Joe’s memory, to the Dark Horse Lodge for veterans and the American Humane Society focusing on reuniting military dogs with their handlers
Beverly J. McKnight - 796/25/1938 - 8/18/2017
Davis Junction, IL
Beverly June McKnight, 79, of Davis Junction, passed away peacefully Friday August 18, 2017 in her home. She was born June 25, 1938 in Esmond, IL the daughter of Carl & Ethel (Rasmussen) Kruger. She married Richard McKnight in Monroe Center on April 12, 1959; he died in 2015. Beverly was a graduate of Monroe Center High School and worked at Monroe Center School, Stillman Valley High School, and Hill-Top Gas in Monroe Center. Beverly had fond memories of growing up on the farm and enjoyed her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren and all their activities. She also liked painting, inside or outside, and tending to her flower beds. Survivors include daughter, Becky Beach of Davis Junction; sons, Rick (Terese) McKnight of Monroe Center, Steve (Kathy) McKnight of Garden Prairie, IL, Dave McKnight of Rockford, and Tim McKnight of San Diego, CA; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren with 3 additional on the way; brother, Don (Kathy) Kruger; and sister, Carolyn Wetzel; and countless wonderful friends. She was also preceded in death by brother-in-law, Wayne Wetzel.
Memorial service will be held Tuesday August 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd., Stillman Valley. Reverends Les and Patricia McClelland will officiate. Visitation will be held Monday from 4:00-7:00 PM in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family for Monroe Center Cemetery Association.
Joseph "Joey" Deuth - 326/23/1985 - 8/14/2017
Joseph D. “Joey” Deuth, 32, lifelong resident of Chana, died suddenly Monday August 14, 2017 in Rochelle Community Hospital. Born June 23, 1985 in Rochelle, the son of Stuart and Linda (Dwyer) Deuth. Joey was a 2003 graduate of Oregon High School and had been employed at Ratworx in Mt. Morris setting up online auctions. He was past Boy Scout, enjoyed guns and shooting and was a Life Member of the NRA. Survived by his parents, Stu and Linda Deuth of Chana; maternal grandmother, Kathryn Dwyer of Chana; paternal grandparents, Lyle and Donna Deuth of Chana; brother, Dennis Deuth of Chana; sister, Theresa (David) Kienitz of Norfolk, VA; niece, Muriel Kienitz; and several uncles, aunts and cousins. Preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Harry “Butch” Dwyer. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday August 19 at the Ogle County Farm Bureau, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon beginning with a short service at 2:00pm with Pastor David Rogula officiating.
Anna Mae Carlson - 973/20/1920 - 8/9/2017
Anna Mae Carlson, 97, longtime Byron resident, went Home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Wednesday August 9, 2017 in Mercy Health Center, Rockford. Born March 20, 1920 in Black Earth, Wis., the daughter of Alfred and Esther (Lundell) Mickelson. She was a graduate of Black Earth (WI) High School and Swedish Covenant School of Nursing and practiced private duty nursing in Rockford for several years. Married to Elmer W. Carlson August 15, 1942 in Palmyra, MO; he preceded her in death October 16, 1996. Anna Mae was a member of Cornerstone Family (formerly First Baptist) Church of Byron where she was a Deaconess and church organist for over 50 years. Survived by sons, John W. (Jody) Carlson of Pecatonica and William E. (Kathleen) Carlson of Byron; daughter, Carol Anne (Hubert) Zull of Byron; 6 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren. Also predeceased by her parents; brothers, Ronald, Carroll and Earl; and sister, Francis. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Saturday, August 12 in Cornerstone Family Church of Byron preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am in the church; Pastor Randy Snider, of the church, will officiate. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Anna Mae's name may be made to Rockford Rescue Mission or Cornerstone Family Church. The family extends special thanks for their loving care to the staff of Wesley Willows, Dr. Craig Rogers, E3 staff at Mercy Health and Paula at Mercy Hospice.
Gerard Lammers - 944/8/1923 - 8/7/2017
Gerard Cline Lammers was born on April 8, 1923 at the hospital in Mitchell, SD and lived in Wessington Springs, SD until moving to Madison SD in 1932. He was valedictorian of his High School class there and was also Magma Cum Laude in Chemical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Tech. Upon Graduation he served in the Army in 1946 and went on to MIT on the GI Bill for his Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.
Upon graduation, he worked for Kodak in Rochester, NY and a consulting engineers firm in Pittsburgh, PA where he met Anne Costa. They were married on Oct 7, 1950. Later, they moved to Colorado where he worked for another consulting firm and lived in the Wheatridge and Lakewood areas while having three children: Cynthia, Bryan, and Valerie who survive him. Anne passed away in 2014.
Gerard often contributed to the Denver Post editorial page while living there and when Standard Oil of Indiana offered him a job in Whiting, IN, he was also offered the Editor position at the newspaper. They elected to move to Lansing, IL, then Munster, IN, then Oswego, IL while he did research for what became Amoco Chemicals in Naperville, IL where he finished his career. His contributions for Amoco included the process for making the chemical that allows shirts to be “no-iron”. More than half such facilities in the world use his process. Later he worked on environmental projects, including some post career work for Argonne Labs and Waste Management. He holds several patents.
Gerard continued to write editorials and articles throughout his life, with the last being published the day before his death on August 7, 2017. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and after moving to the Lost Lake area of Dixon, IL in 2000, he attended the Lighthouse Methodist Church in Daysville, IL where services will be held on Saturday, August 12 at 1:00 PM. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:00 noon until 1:00 PM at the church. Burial will be at the Lighthouse Cemetery. A memorial fund is established for the Lighthouse United Methodist Church.
Graeme "Ben" Kaufman - 8612/17/1930 - 8/4/2017
Ben Kaufman, 86, passed away in New Castle, Colorado, on June 16, 2017. A former Oregon, Illinois resident, Ben was born in Mendota, Illinois, son of Vesta Edgecomb and Elmer Kaufman. He married Dolores “Dolly” Kaufman on September 2, 1951. He spent his childhood in Mendota, Polo and Oregon, Illinois. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1948 and attended business school in Rockford, Illinois. He was employed by the Kroger Company for 24 years. Ben was a Korean War veteran, a member of the VFW and Masons, and was a volunteer fireman for many years. He lived in Oregon for 40 years before moving to New Castle in 1993. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Dolly, sister Jane Warner and brother Jim Kaufman. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Greg Wood, his grandsons, Robert and Kyle, and many other relatives and friends who will miss him.
A Celebration of Ben’s life was held at the Black Dog Saloon in New Castle, Colorado, on June 25, 2017.
Visitation in Oregon, Illinois, will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 9:00–11:00 a.m. at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., then burial with military honors at Riverview Cemetery. A gathering at the Oregon VFW, 1310 W. Washington Street, will follow.
Memorial donations in Ben’s name may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1901 Grand Avenue, Suite 206, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, or to a charity of your choice.