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Sonya C. Haws - 48

8/5/1969 - 11/14/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

Sonya C. Haws, 48, of Stillman Valley died Tuesday November 14, 2017 in Swedish-American Hospital, Rockford. She was born August 5, 1969 in Moline, IL. She married James Haws Jr.; he died in 2015. Sonya enjoyed animals, nature, and especially being outdoors in her flower garden. She truly loved her family. Survivors include her son James “Kenny” Haws of DeKalb; parents, Fran & Sam Vincent of Monroe Center; sisters, Deb (Roy) Lindburg of SC, Cheryl Shepard of Monroe Center, and Beth (Pat) Sarver of Oregon, IL; brothers, Scott (Sheila) Anderson of TX, Richard (Yvonne) Shepard of Alsip, IL, Mike (Irma) Anderson of Rockford, Scott (Victoria) Vincent of Chicago, & Chris Vincent of Chicago; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, & nephews. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Jessica in 2016. Memorial funeral mass will be held Saturday November 18, 2017 at 12 Noon in St. Mary Catholic Church, 220 E. 2nd St., Byron, IL. Visitation will be Saturday at the church from 10:00 AM until Noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

John A. Axelson - 88

5/11/1929 - 11/13/2017
Oregon, IL

John A. Axelson, 88, of Oregon died on Monday November 13, 2017. He was born on May 11, 1929 in Lorain, Ohio, the son of John & Mildred (Wolfrom) Axelson. After graduating from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, he served in the US Army from 1951-53. He was stationed in Pusan, Korea during the Korean War. Returning from the service, he completed a Master's Degree in Counseling at the University of Michigan. He was then employed at Lee M. Thurston High School in Detroit, MI for eight years while also being enrolled in the doctoral program at the University of Michigan. He joined the faculty at Northern Illinois University (NIU) DeKalb in 1965 as a Professor of Counselor Education in the Graduate School. During his 24 years as a professor and mentor at NIU, he enjoyed working with doctoral and master's students from all parts of the world. His textbook on multicultural counseling was widely used in the counselor education field. In addition, he also conducted many outreach workshops and training programs for schools, community agencies, and business and industry. After living in DeKalb for 35 years, John and his wife moved to Oregon in 2000 to spend time with their grandchildren and family. John enjoyed nature and being outdoors. He liked yard work and a favorite pastime was creating various landscaping projects. He enjoyed being with family and always looked forward to family gatherings. John and his wife became members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Oregon after being long-time members of First Lutheran in DeKalb. John is survived by his wife, Ernestine; sons, Thomas (Lola) Axelson of Camarillo, CA and Jon (Cindy) Axelson of Oregon; and daughter, Kristin (Steve) Kochmeier of Forreston; grandson, Erik (Spring) Axelson of St. Charles, MO; granddaughter, Lynea (Jordan) Olp of Menomonee Falls, WI; great grandsons, Elijah and Owen; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob; and two sisters, Mary and Betty.
Funeral services will be held Saturday November 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM, preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00 AM, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5th & Jefferson, Oregon. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home, St. Paul Lutheran Church, or the Oregon School Foundation.

Richard B. "Dick" Jahns, Sr. - 77

5/3/1940 - 11/6/2017
Oregon, Illinois

Richard B. “Dick” Jahns, Sr., age 77, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 at Polo Rehab and Health Care Center. He was born May 3, 1940 in Aurora, IL the son of Raymond and Marion (McEwan) Jahns. He graduated from Kaneland High School in 1958. He worked 21 years for the Elburn Water Dept. retiring in 2003. He was also a retired volunteer for the Elburn Fire Dept. after serving over 25 years. Dick and Pam met with the luck of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day in 1973 and married on June 29, 1974. They brought two families together and were considered a lopsided Brady Brunch. Dick was a caring father, grandfather, and great grandfather to the entire family. He loved going on his annual fishing trips to Lake Shelbyville with family and friends. He enjoyed making birdhouses, wooden signs, fishing, cutting down trees and anything that goes "boom". Dick loved living on the Rock River with Pam after his retirement and being with his dog Jack. He was a friend to everyone he met with his outgoing personality. He won over many with his gentle, kind heart and witty humor. Dick carried this spirit into his last home and was crowned the King of the Polo Rehab and Nursing Facility by the caring staff for Valentine's Day 2017. He was predeceased by his parents, daughter Angie Landmeier, infant daughter Winessa Jahns, 2 grandsons Ryan and Timmy, and son-in-law Paul Heyob. He is survived by his wife Pam of Oregon, IL, 5 children; Richard (Emily Miller) Jahns, Jr. of Dekalb, Monty (Chris) Jahns of Sugar Grove, IL, Anna (Tom) Mainhart of Elburn, IL, Judy Heyob of Shelbyville, IL, and Dawn (Phil) Griswold of Dixon, IL, 1 brother Raymond Jahns of Rochester Hills, MI, and 1 sister Fay Driessen of Covington, WA, several grandchildren and great grandchildren, and special friend Rick Miller. A Celebration of Dick’s life will be held Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 at the Oregon VFW from 2-6 pm. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is established in Dick’s name. Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon assisted the family.

Michael J. Lang - 74

1/3/1943 - 10/31/2017
Oregon, IL

Michael J. Lang, 74, longtime Oregon resident, died Tuesday, October 31, 2017 in UW Health, Madison after a short illness. Born January 3, 1943 in Polo the son of William “Ed” and Leona (Krum) Lang. Mike was a 1962 graduate of Oregon High School, served 4 years in the US Navy aboard the USS Ticonderoga in both Viet Nam and Okinawa and earned degrees in Fire and Police Science from Sauk Valley and Rock Valley Community Colleges. He spent nine years working as a photo engraver and then 28 years in Crash Fire Rescue and Law Enforcement at the Greater Rockford Airport. Married to Merna Lang on May 11, 1998 in Arkansas. Mike enjoyed fishing, especially on Lake Norfolk in Arkansas and trips to Florida with his family. He was always telling stories about his years living above the old Ogle County Jail while his father was sheriff. He was a member of Oregon United Methodist Church and a 32nd Degree Mason in Oregon Masonic Lodge #420. Survived by his wife, Merna; daughter, Michelle (Dan Ball) Lang; and many beloved cousins. Predeceased by his parents and brother, Steve. Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00pm Sunday November 5 in the Oregon United Methodist Church preceded by a visitation beginning at 1:00pm. Pastor Thomas Kim, of the church, will officiate. Private burial in Ashton Cemetery at a later date. A memorial fund is being established

Mary Louise Smith - 86

3/30/1931 - 10/29/2017
Oregon, IL

Mary Louise Smith, 86, of Oregon passed away Sunday October 29, 2017 while at home surrounded by her loving family. She was born March 30, 1931 in Akron, OH, the daughter of Clifton and Launa (Daugherty) Jackson. Louise was a 1948 graduate of West High School in Akron OH, and married Frederick Smith November 13, 1948 in Akron. Louise was active in her community as a volunteer for the Village of Progress, an active member of Oregon United Methodist Church, the PEO, and member of the Red Hat Club. Louise was an extraordinary, mother, chef and homemaker.
Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Fred of Oregon; her daughter, Linda (Ron) Zajak of Akron, Ohio, sons, Bill (Paula) Smith, Edward (Sue) Smith, and Freddie (Kristi Knaak) Smith, all of Oregon, IL; 9 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren & 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held Saturday Nov. 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Oregon United Methodist Church with Pastor Thomas Kim officiating. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation will be held Friday from 5:00-7:30 PM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon and at the church on Saturday from 10:00 AM until time of service. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association or OSF Hospice.

Joyce M. Horn - 91

8/11/1926 - 10/25/2017
Oregon, IL

Joyce M. Horn, age 91, of Oregon passed away on Wednesday October 25, 2017 at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home. She was born on August 11, 1926 in Tiskilwa, IL the daughter of John “Edward” and Marjorie (Ringenberg) Smith. She graduated from Tiskilwa High School. Following graduation from Tiskilwa High School, Joyce worked briefly in Peoria before moving to the “big city” of Chicago where she was a teletype operator for Swift and Company. During this time she made numerous friends, many of whom she remained in touch with throughout her life. Joyce married Donald Royce Horn on October 7, 1956 in Ashton, IL. As a young wife and mother, she devoted herself to caring for her parents, husband and children. When her children reached junior and senior high school, Joyce worked outside the home as a receptionist and administrative assistant for Crest Foods in Ashton. Following her retirement, she remained active as a volunteer with the Lee County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA), church activities and, most importantly, spending time with her granddaughters. Joyce is survived by her children, Donelle Horn-Ward of Chicago, Deena Horn-Smith of Wann, OK, and Ron Horn of Oregon; and granddaughters Jessica, Jenna, Bryanna, and Ashlyn. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, young brother Dean, and special aunt Hilda Ringenberg. An irreplaceable daughter, wife, mother and grandmother, Joyce was an example of all things good in a human being, She will forever hold a special place in our hearts and memories. Visitation will be held from 2-5 PM on Sunday October 29, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Oregon, IL. A private family graveside service will be held in Ashton Cemetery on Monday with Rev. Karen Gerhard-Conner of the First Presbyterian Church in Oregon officiating. In lieu of flowers a memorial is established in Joyce Horn’s name and will be used for the First Presbyterian Church of Oregon, Serenity Hospice and Home, and Lee County Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA).

Willis J. "Harley" Davison - 64

5/26/1953 - 10/24/2017
Dixon, Illinois

Dixon – Willis J. “Harley” Davison, age 64, died suddenly on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. He was born May 26, 1953 in Rochelle, IL the son of Willis A. and Vera (Kendel) Davison. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1971 and attended college locally. Harley worked several years for Forster Implement/John Deere in Dixon and then the past 34 years for Com Ed as a Lineman and crew leader. He married Mary Lynn Frey on Aug. 14, 1987 in Dixon, IL. He enjoyed being with his family, his animals, but mostly his grandchildren. Harley also liked to spend time with his friends at JT’s Gun shop in Dixon. He also enjoyed working in his yard. He was a good son spending time and taking care of his mother. He was predeceased by his father Willis and sister Julie Greenfield. His is survived by wife Mary Lynn Davison of Dixon, mother Vera Davison of Oregon, children; Tonya Shaw of Trevor, WI, Anna Davison of Harvard, Jeni (Monty) Smith of Dixon, D.J. Emmert of Wyanet, IL, and Ryan (Jenny) Lavelle of Bettendorf, Iowa, grandchildren; Mackenzie Shaw, Vincent Smith, Spenser Smith(Nolan Yocum), Emery Lavelle, and Julian Lavelle, and 1 great granddaughter Nora Yocum. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street, Oregon, IL with the Rev. Colin Easton of the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dixon officiating. Burial will be in the Daysville Cemetery near Oregon. Visitation will from 9:30 am to 11:00 am prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday. A memorial fund is established in his name.

Eleanor E. Ruter - 68

3/7/1949 - 10/21/2017
Oregon, IL

Eleanor E. Ruter, 68, of Oregon died Saturday Oct. 21, 2017 in KSB Hospital, Dixon. She was born March 7, 1949 in Oregon the daughter of Joseph & Helen (Yuccas) Pazera. She married Edgar A. Ruter in Freeport, IL; he died in 2008. Eleanor enjoyed playing Bingo. Survivors include her daughter, Teresa Engle of Oregon; grandson, Brandon Dietrich; great grandchildren Mason & Mia; sister, Helen (Brad) Pfoutz of Mt. Morris; and brothers, John (Marilyn ) Pazera and Paul Pazera both of Mt. Morris; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Don. Funeral services will be held Friday Oct. 27, 2017 at 11:00 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00 AM. Pastor John Guthrie will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Gardens, Freeport.

Shirley M. Parks - 87

10/2/1930 - 10/15/2017
Byron, IL

Shirley M. Parks, 87, of Byron, passed away Sunday October 15, 2017 in Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon. She was born October 2, 1930 in Rockford the daughter of Kenneth & Jennie (Carey) Nelson. Shirley attended school in Rockford until 1947, at which time the family moved to Byron. She graduated from Byron High School in 1948 at attended Rockford Memorial School of Nursing. She married Joseph H. Parks in Byron on March 2, 1950; he died in 2010. Shirley worked with her father at Nelson Jewelry from 1949 until 1974 when she and her husband Joe started Parks Sports in Byron. She moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas in 1994 and returned to Byron in 1999. Survivors include her children, Craig (Cheryl) Parks of Crivitz, WI, Kent (Denise) Parks of Flagstaff, AZ, Karen (Joe) Shiver of Winnebago, IL, and Connie (Gary) Dieckbernd of Rockton, IL; grandchildren, Joe, Chris, David, Chelsea, Benjamin (Whitney), Aaron (Rachel) Parks, Moriah (Tim) Bridges, Drew (Laura) Hogan, Trevor (Sarah) Hogan, Katryna (Pete) Kirby, Karmen (Bob) Bryer, Kacie (Scott) Spanton, Kelsey (Adam) Cooper, & Kyle and Chad Shiver; 14 great grandchildren; sister, Ramona Noyes of Genoa, IL; and brother, Kenneth (Meryl) Nelson of Byron. She was also preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:00 Noon, preceded by visitation beginning at 11:00 AM, in the United Church of Byron, 701 W. 2nd St., Byron with Rev. Dr. Jesse Tanner officiating. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

Freda J. Engelkes - 84

2/28/1933 - 10/10/2017
Oregon, IL

Freda J. Engelkes, 84, of Oregon, passed away peacefully Tuesday October 10, 2017 in Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center. She was born February 28, 1933 in Byron, IL the daughter of Joseph Lee and Isabella (Sutton) Fletcher. She married Donald E. Engelkes in Oregon, IL on Oct. 5, 1958; he died in 2005. Freda was an active member of the Oregon United Methodist Church where she was involved with the Sunday School program and Naomi Ruth Circle. She formerly was employed at the Dekalb/Ogle Phone Co., Combined Communication Services, and the Dress Shop in Conover Square. Freda enjoyed word search books, gardening, flowers, and baked the best sugar cookies. She was also the "best playmate" to her grandchildren.
Survivors include her children; Sue Engelkes, Jane (Monte) Messenger and Daniel (Shana) Engelkes all of Oregon; grandchildren, Mychal (Sarah) Messenger, Joseph Messenger, and Mya Engelkes; and her first great grandchild on the way; and many nieces & nephews including special niece Polly Black . She was also preceded in death by her parents, grandson Matthew, and 4 sisters and 6 brothers.
Funeral services will be held Friday October13, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Oregon United Methodist Church, 4th & Jefferson St., Oregon with Pastor Thomas Kim officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. Interment in Byron Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

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