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Richard "Dick" William Johnson - 92

4/22/1931 - 11/14/2013
Byron, IL

Richard "Dick" William Johnson, 82, of Byron died Friday November 15, 2013 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, IL. He was born on April 23, 1931 in Rockford, the son of Hilmer and Harriet (Olson) Johnson. Dick married Jeanne Pihl in Rockford on June 23, 1956; she passed away in 1991. He was an Army Veteran who served in the Korean War and worked for many years as a foreman at Banner Tool and Die in Rockford. In his spare time, Dick enjoyed golfing, camping with his family, building things, and being a Mr. Fix It. He is a member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Byron. He is survived by his daughters, Lisa Johnson of Byron, Laurel (Jeff) Logas of Bradenton, FL, Carol Lynn (Mark) Hart of Rockton, and Lesli (Chad) Haines of Winona, MN; grandchildren, Andrew William Hart, Jacob Johnson Haines, and Jeananne Grace Haines. He was also predeceased by his parents.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM in the All Saints Lutheran Church in Byron with the Rev. Marilyn Hanson officiating. Burial will be in Willwood Burial Park, Rockford. Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM Monday at the Farrell- Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Memorials are established for All Saints Lutheran Church or the Nature Conservancy.

Delbert Spickler - 81

8/23/2015 - 1/15/1933
Oregon, IL

Delbert E. Spickler, 81, lifelong Oregon/Mt. Morris area resident, died Tuesday January 13, 2015 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. Born August 15, 1933 in Mt. Morris, the son of Preston E. and Mildred (Thurm) Spickler. He was US Army veteran serving 1953-1955. Married to Emmalyn Jones February 16, 1957 in Mt. Morris. Delbert worked as a mechanic at Whitney Buick in Oregon over 20 years, at Wood Brothers in Oregon over 10 years and at NAPA in Oregon the past 12 years. He loved cars and working on them. Survived by his wife Emmalyn of Oregon; sons Brad Spickler and Mike (Carol) Spickler, both of Oregon; daughter, Charlene (Todd) Ruthe of Oregon; grandchildren: Craig (Jennifer) Spickler, Erin (Shawn) Gabbert and Kyle Ruthe; 5 great grandchildren; brothers, Orville (Barb) Spickler of Texas and Everett (Charlotte) Spickler of Mt. Morris; and sisters, Shirley Fulton and Lorraine (Paul) Soltow of Shannon. Predeceased by his parents. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am Saturday January 24 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am. Pastor Tim Spickler of New Life Bible Church in Winnebago will officiate. Burial in Grand Detour Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

Walter G. Price - 92

5/9/2016 - 2/17/1924
Oregon, IL

Mr. Walter Glenn Price, a long time resident of Chicago, Hinsdale, Rockford, and Oregon, Illinois, died May 9, 2016 in Oregon, Illinois of heart failure. He was 92 years of age.
Walt was born on February 17, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Josiah Glenn Price and Florence Mable Winters. He spent his entire youth in the Windy City and was proud to call himself a Chicagoan. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and graduation from Parker High School in 1942, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Marion H. Stitt, in November 1942. He then enlisted in May 1943 in the United States Army. He served in both the European and Pacific Theaters until he was honorably discharged in October 1945. Although he was assigned a variety of combat missions throughout the war, one assignment would directly impact his long-term future. After landing on Omaha Beach at Normandy, France on June 7, 1944, he helped construct many bridges to expedite General Patton’s Third Army’s rapid advances across Western Europe to defeat Nazi Germany. That experience convinced Mr. Price that he wanted to become an engineer. Walt was then assigned to the Pacific Theater and became part of the enormous troop buildup for the final invasion of the Japanese mainland. Upon Japan’s surrender in 1945, Walt returned home to his wife in Chicago and they started their family. A daughter and three sons were raised in Hinsdale and Rockford, Illinois. Influenced by Chicago’s fame for architecture and engineering and his bridge building experience during World War II, Walt pursued a career in both fields. He received a formal engineering education at the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked his way up from an entry level employee as a structural engineer at the Monadnock Building in Chicago to Chief Engineer, Martin Marietta Corporation, to founding his own company, W. G. Price and Associates in Rockford, Illinois. After 41 years of marriage, Walter and Marion Price divorced in 1984. Marion Price subsequently died on July 17, 1993. On October 25, 1987, Walt married June A. Fischer, the former June A. Rahn in Oregon, Illinois, where they have happily lived ever since. Walt volunteered his services throughout his long life to a variety of worthy causes. For example, he was President of the Hinsdale Little League, active in the Cub Scouts, donated his architectural talents to the redesigning of parts of his oldest son’s fraternity house, and the design and construction of the St. Paul Lutheran Youth Retreat in Oregon, Illinois. He loved sports, played baseball in his youth, and was a very active golfer throughout his life. Mr. Price is preceded in death by all of his siblings, Arden Willis Price, Marion Jane Davis, and Evelyn Eleanore Price. In addition to his wife Mr. Price is survived by one daughter, Leslie Johnson of Naperville, IL (Ronald); three sons, Glenn Price of Fairfax, VA (Deborah); Robert Price of Rockford, IL (Katherine); Kenneth Price of Yorkville, IL (Patricia); nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM, with visitation preceding beginning at 10:30 AM, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. 5th St., Oregon. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. The family requests that memorials be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon or St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon.

Walter G. Price - 92

5/9/2016 - 2/17/1924
Oregon, IL

Mr. Walter Glenn Price, a long time resident of Chicago, Hinsdale, Rockford, and Oregon, Illinois, died May 9, 2016 in Oregon, Illinois of heart failure. He was 92 years of age.
Walt was born on February 17, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Josiah Glenn Price and Florence Mable Winters. He spent his entire youth in the Windy City and was proud to call himself a Chicagoan. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and graduation from Parker High School in 1942, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Marion H. Stitt, in November 1942. He then enlisted in May 1943 in the United States Army. He served in both the European and Pacific Theaters until he was honorably discharged in October 1945. Although he was assigned a variety of combat missions throughout the war, one assignment would directly impact his long-term future. After landing on Omaha Beach at Normandy, France on June 7, 1944, he helped construct many bridges to expedite General Patton’s Third Army’s rapid advances across Western Europe to defeat Nazi Germany. That experience convinced Mr. Price that he wanted to become an engineer. Walt was then assigned to the Pacific Theater and became part of the enormous troop buildup for the final invasion of the Japanese mainland. Upon Japan’s surrender in 1945, Walt returned home to his wife in Chicago and they started their family. A daughter and three sons were raised in Hinsdale and Rockford, Illinois. Influenced by Chicago’s fame for architecture and engineering and his bridge building experience during World War II, Walt pursued a career in both fields. He received a formal engineering education at the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked his way up from an entry level employee as a structural engineer at the Monadnock Building in Chicago to Chief Engineer, Martin Marietta Corporation, to founding his own company, W. G. Price and Associates in Rockford, Illinois. After 41 years of marriage, Walter and Marion Price divorced in 1984. Marion Price subsequently died on July 17, 1993. On October 25, 1987, Walt married June A. Fischer, the former June A. Rahn in Oregon, Illinois, where they have happily lived ever since. Walt volunteered his services throughout his long life to a variety of worthy causes. For example, he was President of the Hinsdale Little League, active in the Cub Scouts, donated his architectural talents to the redesigning of parts of his oldest son’s fraternity house, and the design and construction of the St. Paul Lutheran Youth Retreat in Oregon, Illinois. He loved sports, played baseball in his youth, and was a very active golfer throughout his life. Mr. Price is preceded in death by all of his siblings, Arden Willis Price, Marion Jane Davis, and Evelyn Eleanore Price. In addition to his wife Mr. Price is survived by one daughter, Leslie Johnson of Naperville, IL (Ronald); three sons, Glenn Price of Fairfax, VA (Deborah); Robert Price of Rockford, IL (Katherine); Kenneth Price of Yorkville, IL (Patricia); nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM, with visitation preceding beginning at 10:30 AM, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. 5th St., Oregon. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. The family requests that memorials be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon or St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon.

Walter G. Price - 92

5/9/2016 - 2/17/1924
Oregon, IL

Mr. Walter Glenn Price, a long time resident of Chicago, Hinsdale, Rockford, and Oregon, Illinois, died May 9, 2016 in Oregon, Illinois of heart failure. He was 92 years of age.
Walt was born on February 17, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Josiah Glenn Price and Florence Mable Winters. He spent his entire youth in the Windy City and was proud to call himself a Chicagoan. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and graduation from Parker High School in 1942, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Marion H. Stitt, in November 1942. He then enlisted in May 1943 in the United States Army. He served in both the European and Pacific Theaters until he was honorably discharged in October 1945. Although he was assigned a variety of combat missions throughout the war, one assignment would directly impact his long-term future. After landing on Omaha Beach at Normandy, France on June 7, 1944, he helped construct many bridges to expedite General Patton’s Third Army’s rapid advances across Western Europe to defeat Nazi Germany. That experience convinced Mr. Price that he wanted to become an engineer. Walt was then assigned to the Pacific Theater and became part of the enormous troop buildup for the final invasion of the Japanese mainland. Upon Japan’s surrender in 1945, Walt returned home to his wife in Chicago and they started their family. A daughter and three sons were raised in Hinsdale and Rockford, Illinois. Influenced by Chicago’s fame for architecture and engineering and his bridge building experience during World War II, Walt pursued a career in both fields. He received a formal engineering education at the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked his way up from an entry level employee as a structural engineer at the Monadnock Building in Chicago to Chief Engineer, Martin Marietta Corporation, to founding his own company, W. G. Price and Associates in Rockford, Illinois. After 41 years of marriage, Walter and Marion Price divorced in 1984. Marion Price subsequently died on July 17, 1993. On October 25, 1987, Walt married June A. Fischer, the former June A. Rahn in Oregon, Illinois, where they have happily lived ever since. Walt volunteered his services throughout his long life to a variety of worthy causes. For example, he was President of the Hinsdale Little League, active in the Cub Scouts, donated his architectural talents to the redesigning of parts of his oldest son’s fraternity house, and the design and construction of the St. Paul Lutheran Youth Retreat in Oregon, Illinois. He loved sports, played baseball in his youth, and was a very active golfer throughout his life. Mr. Price is preceded in death by all of his siblings, Arden Willis Price, Marion Jane Davis, and Evelyn Eleanore Price. In addition to his wife Mr. Price is survived by one daughter, Leslie Johnson of Naperville, IL (Ronald); three sons, Glenn Price of Fairfax, VA (Deborah); Robert Price of Rockford, IL (Katherine); Kenneth Price of Yorkville, IL (Patricia); nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM, with visitation preceding beginning at 10:30 AM, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. 5th St., Oregon. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. The family requests that memorials be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon or St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon.

Walter G. Price - 92

5/9/2016 - 2/17/1924
Oregon, IL

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Walter G. Price - 92

5/9/2016 - 2/17/1924
Oregon, IL

Mr. Walter Glenn Price, a long time resident of Chicago, Hinsdale, Rockford, and Oregon, Illinois, died May 9, 2016 in Oregon, Illinois of heart failure. He was 92 years of age.
Walt was born on February 17, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Josiah Glenn Price and Florence Mable Winters. He spent his entire youth in the Windy City and was proud to call himself a Chicagoan. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and graduation from Parker High School in 1942, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Marion H. Stitt, in November 1942. He then enlisted in May 1943 in the United States Army. He served in both the European and Pacific Theaters until he was honorably discharged in October 1945. Although he was assigned a variety of combat missions throughout the war, one assignment would directly impact his long-term future. After landing on Omaha Beach at Normandy, France on June 7, 1944, he helped construct many bridges to expedite General Patton’s Third Army’s rapid advances across Western Europe to defeat Nazi Germany. That experience convinced Mr. Price that he wanted to become an engineer. Walt was then assigned to the Pacific Theater and became part of the enormous troop buildup for the final invasion of the Japanese mainland. Upon Japan’s surrender in 1945, Walt returned home to his wife in Chicago and they started their family. A daughter and three sons were raised in Hinsdale and Rockford, Illinois. Influenced by Chicago’s fame for architecture and engineering and his bridge building experience during World War II, Walt pursued a career in both fields. He received a formal engineering education at the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked his way up from an entry level employee as a structural engineer at the Monadnock Building in Chicago to Chief Engineer, Martin Marietta Corporation, to founding his own company, W. G. Price and Associates in Rockford, Illinois. After 41 years of marriage, Walter and Marion Price divorced in 1984. Marion Price subsequently died on July 17, 1993. On October 25, 1987, Walt married June A. Fischer, the former June A. Rahn in Oregon, Illinois, where they have happily lived ever since. Walt volunteered his services throughout his long life to a variety of worthy causes. For example, he was President of the Hinsdale Little League, active in the Cub Scouts, donated his architectural talents to the redesigning of parts of his oldest son’s fraternity house, and the design and construction of the St. Paul Lutheran Youth Retreat in Oregon, Illinois. He loved sports, played baseball in his youth, and was a very active golfer throughout his life. Mr. Price is preceded in death by all of his siblings, Arden Willis Price, Marion Jane Davis, and Evelyn Eleanore Price. In addition to his wife Mr. Price is survived by one daughter, Leslie Johnson of Naperville, IL (Ronald); three sons, Glenn Price of Fairfax, VA (Deborah); Robert Price of Rockford, IL (Katherine); Kenneth Price of Yorkville, IL (Patricia); nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM, with visitation preceding beginning at 10:30 AM, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. 5th St., Oregon. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. The family requests that memorials be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon or St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon.

Walter G. Price - 92

5/9/2016 - 2/17/1924
Oregon, IL

Mr. Walter Glenn Price, a long time resident of Chicago, Hinsdale, Rockford, and Oregon, Illinois, died May 9, 2016 in Oregon, Illinois of heart failure. He was 92 years of age.
Walt was born on February 17, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Josiah Glenn Price and Florence Mable Winters. He spent his entire youth in the Windy City and was proud to call himself a Chicagoan. After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and graduation from Parker High School in 1942, he married his high school sweetheart, the former Marion H. Stitt, in November 1942. He then enlisted in May 1943 in the United States Army. He served in both the European and Pacific Theaters until he was honorably discharged in October 1945. Although he was assigned a variety of combat missions throughout the war, one assignment would directly impact his long-term future. After landing on Omaha Beach at Normandy, France on June 7, 1944, he helped construct many bridges to expedite General Patton’s Third Army’s rapid advances across Western Europe to defeat Nazi Germany. That experience convinced Mr. Price that he wanted to become an engineer. Walt was then assigned to the Pacific Theater and became part of the enormous troop buildup for the final invasion of the Japanese mainland. Upon Japan’s surrender in 1945, Walt returned home to his wife in Chicago and they started their family. A daughter and three sons were raised in Hinsdale and Rockford, Illinois. Influenced by Chicago’s fame for architecture and engineering and his bridge building experience during World War II, Walt pursued a career in both fields. He received a formal engineering education at the Illinois Institute of Technology and worked his way up from an entry level employee as a structural engineer at the Monadnock Building in Chicago to Chief Engineer, Martin Marietta Corporation, to founding his own company, W. G. Price and Associates in Rockford, Illinois. After 41 years of marriage, Walter and Marion Price divorced in 1984. Marion Price subsequently died on July 17, 1993. On October 25, 1987, Walt married June A. Fischer, the former June A. Rahn in Oregon, Illinois, where they have happily lived ever since. Walt volunteered his services throughout his long life to a variety of worthy causes. For example, he was President of the Hinsdale Little League, active in the Cub Scouts, donated his architectural talents to the redesigning of parts of his oldest son’s fraternity house, and the design and construction of the St. Paul Lutheran Youth Retreat in Oregon, Illinois. He loved sports, played baseball in his youth, and was a very active golfer throughout his life. Mr. Price is preceded in death by all of his siblings, Arden Willis Price, Marion Jane Davis, and Evelyn Eleanore Price. In addition to his wife Mr. Price is survived by one daughter, Leslie Johnson of Naperville, IL (Ronald); three sons, Glenn Price of Fairfax, VA (Deborah); Robert Price of Rockford, IL (Katherine); Kenneth Price of Yorkville, IL (Patricia); nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday May 12, 2016 at 11:30 AM, with visitation preceding beginning at 10:30 AM, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. 5th St., Oregon. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. The family requests that memorials be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon or St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon.

Thelma J. Blum - 91

2/1/2014 - 2/9/1922
Byron, IL

Thelma J. Blum, 91, longtime resident of rural Byron, formerly of Sterling, died Sunday February 2, 2014 in Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon. She was born February 10, 1922 in Tampico, IL the son of George & Darlene (Anderberg) Forward. She married Vivian Henry Rosenow in 1942 and he died in 1952. Thelma and William E. Blum were married in Dixon on June 23, 1956; he died in 2012. She was an active member of the United Church of Byron where she was involved with the women’s Circles. Thelma enjoyed cooking and formerly cooked at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron. Survivors include her children, Brenda (Joe) Breit of Bellevue, WA, Jim (Jane) Rosenow of Rock Falls, Gary (Kathy) Rosenow of League City, TX, and Cindy (Mike) Lester of Racine, WI; step-daughter, Carol Ranken of Sterling; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and a brother, Robert (Dorothy) Forward of MO. She was also preceded in death by a 4 sisters, Edna, Frances, Mabel, & Helen and a brother, George, Jr.
Private interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, IL. Memorial services at the United Church of Byron will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

Thelma J. Blum - 91

2/1/2014 - 2/9/1922
Byron, IL

Thelma J. Blum, 91, longtime resident of rural Byron, formerly of Sterling, died Sunday February 2, 2014 in Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon. She was born February 10, 1922 in Tampico, IL the son of George & Darlene (Anderberg) Forward. She married Vivian Henry Rosenow in 1942 and he died in 1952. Thelma and William E. Blum were married in Dixon on June 23, 1956; he died in 2012. She was an active member of the United Church of Byron where she was involved with the women’s Circles. Thelma enjoyed cooking and formerly cooked at Neighbors Nursing Home in Byron. Survivors include her children, Brenda (Joe) Breit of Bellevue, WA, Jim (Jane) Rosenow of Rock Falls, Gary (Kathy) Rosenow of League City, TX, and Cindy (Mike) Lester of Racine, WI; step-daughter, Carol Ranken of Sterling; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; and a brother, Robert (Dorothy) Forward of MO. She was also preceded in death by a 4 sisters, Edna, Frances, Mabel, & Helen and a brother, George, Jr.
Private interment will be in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, IL. Memorial services at the United Church of Byron will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

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