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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Graeme "Ben" Kaufman - 86
12/17/1930 - 8/4/2017
Oregon, IL

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Jason David Hahne - 42
4/3/1975 - 8/2/2017
Byron, IL

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Gerald L. Medlar - 83
2/12/1934 - 7/29/2017
Oregon, IL

Gerald L. "Jerry"...

Beth Ann Typer - 59
6/7/1958 - 7/24/2017
Byron, IL

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Ed Spratt - 54

8/29/1962 - 7/23/2017
Oregon, IL

Ed Spratt, 54, of Oregon, died suddenly Sunday July 23, 2017 at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Born August 29, 1962 in Rochelle, the son of Robert Spratt and Joyce Smith. Ed attended Oregon schools. He worked for Blackhawk Moving Company of Sycamore for over 20 years and also as a local handyman. Ed loved fishing and spending time outdoors. Survived by his parents, Joyce Smith of Oregon and Robert (Joanne) Spratt of Oregon; sons, Derek (Lorraina Ramos) Spratt and Ryan Fenton, both of Rockford and Jason Spratt of Rochelle; daughter Sasha Fenton of Rockford; grandchildren, Anthony Fenton and Amina Spratt; brothers: Jerry (Brenda) Spratt of Williamstown, SC, Jeff (Marla) Spratt of Chana and Roy (Dorothy) Spratt of Polo; and many nieces and nephews. A memorial visitation will be held 6:00-8:00pm Friday July 28 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Neil K. Minnis - 63

12/28/1953 - 7/22/2017
Oregon, IL

Neil K. Minnis, 63, of Oregon, died unexpectedly on Saturday July 22, 2017 in Swedish-American Hospital, Rockford. He was born Dec. 28, 1953 in Chicago. Neil has been in the Ogle County area since 1983 and he married Robin VanDien in Grand Detour, IL on Sept. 13, 1986. He was an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oregon and enjoyed being involved with the youth groups. He was a great husband, father, and grandfather and liked remodeling projects, yard work, traveling, and any adventure activities. Neil served in law enforcement for 42 years and worked at police departments in Rock Falls, Dixon, Byron, Oregon and, presently was serving with the Ogle County Sheriff's Dept. Survivors include his wife, Robin; daughters, Jennifer Minnis of Grayslake, IL & Leigh Ann "Annie" Minnis of Mt. Morris; son, Nathaniel (Kristen) Minnis of South Elgin, IL; and grandchildren, Lexi, Sam, Ethan, & McKenzie. His parents Oren & Velma (Weidman) Minnis preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lynn & Phyllis VanDien.
Memorial services will be held Monday July 31, 2017 at 10:30 AM in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon with Rev. Richard Tomlinson officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00-5:00 PM in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. Memorials may be directed to Robin Minnis to be donated to a fund that helps children of fallen police officers or to St. Paul Lutheran Church.

Donna Friel Pearson - 86

7/24/1930 - 7/22/2017
Oregon, IL

Donna J. Pearson, 86, longtime Oregon resident, died Saturday July 22, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Born July 24, 1930 in Malta, IL the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Doane) Askvig. Donna was a graduate of Kirkland High School and attended Rockford Business College. She married Robert Pearson June 6, 1980 in Oregon; he died June 7, 2015. Donna was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, enjoyed gardening and was devoted to her grandchildren. Survived by her children: Richard (Emily) Friel of LaGrange Park, Jacqueline (Jake) Boyden of Oregon, Tina Martin of Oregon and Kurt (Carol) Friel of Port Orange, FL; grandchildren: John Friel, Anna Friel, Angela (Jonathan) Martin-Bakener, Chad Martin, Brad (Holly) Martin, Ryan Friel and Melissa Friel; great grandchildren: Ava & Ali Martin and Lucas, Logan & Landon Martin; and several nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by her parents,her first husband, Charles Friel and brother, Robert Murray. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am Saturday July 29 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon with Rev. Joseph Naill as celebrant preceded by a visitation 9:00 – 10:30am in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. Burial will be private. Memorials in Donna’s name may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon or Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

Tom Lowell Donovan - 74

5/18/1943 - 7/22/2017
Monroe Center, IL

Monroe Center – Tom Lowell Donovan, age 74, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. He was born May 18, 1943 in Rockford the son of John E. and Dorothy E. (Lowell) Donovan. He currently worked for Swedish American Hospital in the Central Supply Dept. Tom was a member of the YMCA where he had accumulated over 11,000 miles of swimming. He loved to read, watch old movies, harness racing, and playing Pool. He was a New York Yankees fan and a Chicago Bulls fan. Tom was predeceased by his parents and brother Timothy Ross Donovan. He is survived by his sister Rebecca Donovan of Davis Junction. A memorial Mass will be held 1:00 pm Friday, August 18, 2017 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with the Rev. Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be prior to the Mass from 11:30 to 1:00 pm at the Church. A memorial fund is established for the YMCA of Rockford.

Coy M. Meeks - 77

7/27/1939 - 7/21/2017
Oregon, IL

Coy M. Meeks, age 77, passed away on July 20, 2017 at Oregon Living and Rehab Center. He was born on July 27, 1939 in Johnson City, TN. He married Helene Krispin on November 10, 1962. Coy was an avid Nascar Fan and a loving family man. In his spare time he enjoyed going to flea markets and garage sales. Survivors include his wife Helene, children, Ellen (John) Pearson and John Meeks; siblings, Susan Lee, Diane Regotti, Lillian Barry, Margaret Raimondi, Ralph (Mary) Ketchum, and Billy (Anna) Ketchum; grandchildren, Amanda (Jade Suster) Meeks, Alex, Sara, Valerie, Macy, Lisa, and Tealor; and great grandchildren, Arya and Liam. He is preceded in death by his parents, daughters Lisa and Diane, and brothers Taylor and James. A memorial service will be held at 1PM on Friday July 28, 2017 at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street in Oregon, IL. Visitation will be from 11-1 PM prior to the service. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is established in his name.

Doris (Rhea) Nevenhoven - 85

4/23/1932 - 7/21/2017
Oregon, IL

Doris J. (Rhea) Nevenhoven, 85, longtime Oregon resident, died Friday July 21, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Born April 24, 1932 in Freeport, the daughter of Nonne and Fannie (Kerkhoff) Buss. Married to Jack C. Rhea January 17, 1955 in Freeport; he died May 29, 1998. She then married Wilbur Nevenhoven in 2003; he too preceded her in death. Survived by her daughter, Pam (Gary) Ferge of Mt. Morris; sons, Dennis (Barb) Rhea and Scott (Shelly) Rhea, both of Oregon; grandchildren: Bret Ferge, Angela Schwartz, Holly (Jason) Neal, Andrew Rhea and Sommer Rhea; great grandchildren: Brady Schwartz, August Schwartz and Madison Neal; and sisters, Joyce McAuliffe and Kathleen Foster. Also preceded in death by her parents, sister Lorraine and brother Lawrence. In keeping with the wishes of Doris, cremation with a private family burial will take place. In lieu of flowers, donations in Doris’ name may be made to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

Janet L. Bearrows - 86

10/18/1930 - 7/20/2017
Rockford, IL

Rockford – Janet L. Bearrows, age 86, died Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Morning Star Village in Rockford. She was born on October 18, 1930 in Rockford the daughter of Gale and Hazel (Dennison) Batty. She graduated from Monroe Center High School in 1948. Janet married Ronald D. Bearrows on October 1, 1950 at the Monroe Center Community Church. She previously worked as a cook at the Hilltop Restaurant in Monroe Center and also retired from J.C. Penney’s. She was a member of the Monroe Center Community Church where she was a former Sunday School Superintendent, and was active in the Ladies Guild and Friendship Circle. She was a 4-H leader for the Monroe Center Jolly Jumpers. She enjoyed horseback riding and was a member of the Valley Trail Riders and the Ogle County Trail Riders Association. She was an avid traveler who made it to all 50 states and through out Europe. She also loved being a winter Texan. Janet was a former member of the Blackhawk Twirlers Square Dancing Club. As a resident at Morningstar Village she loved playing bingo, doing floral arrangements, and started a 500 card club. She also enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. She is survived by her children Susan Bearrows of Kenosha, WI and Scott Bearrows of Rockford; grandchildren, Laura (Brad) Gray of Rockford, Steven (Shelly) Bearrows of Rockford, and Matthew (Katie) Bearrows of Monroe Center; great grandchildren, Mason, Alexis, Wyatt, Andrea (Jamie) Brinkmeyer, Danyel, Tim, and Matthew; great great grandson, Schyler; brother Gene Batty of Davis Junction, sisters Mary Hackney of Rockford, and Edie Bonne of Lakeville, MN, and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, her husband Ronald, daughter-in-law Ronna, and sister Judy (Batty) VanBriesen. Visitation will be in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Stillman Valley on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 am Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Monroe Center Community Church with Pastor Bob Mellon officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Center Cemetery. Memorials are established in her name.

Richard Wade - 76

1/13/1941 - 7/18/2017
Oregon, IL

Richard N. Wade, 76, of Oregon died Tuesday July 18, 2017 in his home. He was born January 13, 1941 in Geneva, IL, the son of Leonard & Lucille (Gusler) Wade. He married Luann Ruth Aldis on June 9, 1961 in Cortland, IL; she died in 2009. Richard attended Chana United Methodist Church and was a building services foreman at NIU. Earlier he had farmed and enjoyed hunting and shooting his guns. His greatest love was his family and he really enjoyed the grandchildren. Survivors include children; Timothy J. Wade of Rocky Comfort, MO, Brenda Wade of Hanover Park, IL, Richard (Molly) Wade of Kingston, IL, and Lynda Wade of Oregon ,IL; grandchildren, Richard Ryan, Brooke, Emmi, Noah, Olivia, Chase, & Rob; great grandchildren, Jordan, Elena, & J.J.; niece and nephew, Debra & David; and his dog, Louie. He was also preceded in death by his parents, grandsons, Jonathan and Josh and brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Juannel.
Funeral services will be on Friday July 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street in Oregon, IL with Rev. David Munoz officiating. Visitation will be Friday, prior to the service, at the funeral home from 4:00-6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

John Gronberg - 91

5/30/1926 - 7/12/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

John Gronberg, age 91, passed away on July 12, 2017 at Generations at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron. He was born on May 30, 1926. He married the love of his life, Hilda Ipema on April 3, 1947. John was a proud Marine Corps veteran. He worked as a factory machinist at Elco Tool in Rockford and also worked as a farmer. John was a passionate fisherman and a was a dog lover. He enjoyed wood working and feeding the birds in his spare time. He also liked to go antiquing. He is survived and missed by his wife, Hilda of Stillman Valley; his children, Linda (Tom) Hough of Machesney Park, Albert (Nancy) Gronberg of Collinsville, OK, Wayne (Sharon) Gronberg of Lena, IL, Janet (Victor) Sadewater of Machesney Park, and John Allen Gronberg of Stillman Valley; sister, Corrine Nelson of Rockford; 10 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Allen, Ruth, and Ruby. No public services will be held at this time. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Kenneth J. Voss - 62

12/14/1954 - 7/9/2017
Byron, IL

Kenneth “Kenny” J. Voss, 62, passed away Sunday, July 9, 2017 after a short and fierce battle with cancer. Kenny was born December 14, 1954, in Milwaukee, WI to Mary (Zembrowski) and Vernon Voss. He married the love of his life, Linda Engbring, on July 17, 1976; just shy of 41 years. He was a valuable employee of Sherwin Industries out of Milwaukee, WI for more than 20 years. Kenny was a friendly, familiar face to many. He thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was an avid sports fan of NASCAR, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. Survivors include his beloved wife Linda; children Danny (April) and Stephanie; two grandchildren, Clara Elizabeth and Nolan Thomas; two brothers, John of Florida, Tom (Ellen) of Milwaukee; sister, Mary Virginia of Milwaukee and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Vernon; two brothers, Vernon II and Michael.
Visitation will be held from 1:00-4:00 PM on Saturday, July 15, concluding with funeral services at 4:00 PM, in the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. in Byron, IL. Kenny will be missed by many.

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