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Ruth I. Lindquist - 92

12/7/1921 - 12/28/2013
Byron, IL

Ruth I. Lindquist, 92, of Byron died Sunday December 29, 2013 in KSB Hospital, Dixon. She was born December 8, 1921 in Chetek, WI the daughter of Gottfred & Gertrude (Wiley) Knott. She married Clarence A. Lindquist in Rockford on December 28, 1944; he died in 2000. Ruth attended the United Church of Byron and was formerly employed at Kysor in Byron and at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home in Mt. Morris. Ruth and Clarence showed many children how to be good in life, in marriage, and as parents. Survivors include daughters, Sheri (Valentino) Tiseo of Italy & Susan (Murray) Leerhoff of Mission, TX; sons, Ed (Chris) Lindquist of Leaf River & Michael (Denise) Lindquist of San Antonio, TX; daughter-in-law, HyeCha Lindquist; grandchildren, Tim (Kristin) Quinlan, Jason Quinlan, Brian (Kerry) Lindquist, Jennifer Lindquist, Karen (Scott) Randels, Scott (Estela) Leerhoff, Heidi (Eddie) Lopez, Amanda Salinas, Katelyn Leerhoff, Hannah Lindquist, Benjamin Lindquist, Jill Lindquist, & Jon Lindquist; 15 great grandchildren; and several nieces & nephews. She was also preceded in death by her son, Lawrence, 1 brother, and 3 sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday January 4, 2013 at 11:00 AM, preceded by visitation from 10:30-11:00 AM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Burial will be in Big Mound Cemetery in Davis Junction. Memorials may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

Jack Basler - 84

2/1/1929 - 12/26/2013
Oregon, IL

John Darvin “Jack” Basler, 84, Oregon died on Friday, December 27th at the Mt Morris Pine Crest Terrace Alzheimer's unit. He was born on February 2, 1929 in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin to John Henry and Marion Grace (Hatch) Basler. When Jack was four years old his family moved to Oregon, Illinois when his father accepted an engineering position at the Carnation Company. Jack graduated from Oregon High School in 1948 where he lettered in Football, Basketball and Track as well as spending a great deal of time dating his future bride (Betty Mae Rosenberg Basler). After graduation Jack started to work for Abe Hess (Gulf Oil Company) in Oregon driving a fuel Oil delivery truck full time. During High School Jack worked for Abe part time as well as numerous other part time jobs including Butcher Assistant and Grocery Delivery boy. In 1948 Jack also joined the Oregon Fire Department where he would serve for the next 38 years. On October 26, 1950 Jack married his High School sweetheart Betty in a small ceremony on the Rosenberg family farm in Oregon. In 1951 Jack’s Illinois National Guard unit was called to serve in the Korean War and he went to Fort Benning Georgia for basic training prior to being shipped overseas to Korea for active duty. Jack served two years in Korea receiving two battlefield commissions and raising to the rank of Sergeant First Class with the Fifth Infantry, Intelligence division. While in Korea Jack was awarded the Bronze Star, Korean Service, Republic of Korea Korean War Service, Army Good Conduct, Korean Defense Service, United Nations Korean Service, Army National Guard Achievement and the National Defense Service medals. After the war Jack returned to Oregon and resumed his work at the Gulf Oil Company while supporting a growing family. In 1964 Jack bought the Gulf Oil Distribution Service from Abe expanding the business to include the purchase of the Rochelle Oil Company where he would work until his retirement in 1998. Upon his retirement Jack was given a testimonial by the Illinois Petroliam Marketing Association for his 50 years in the Oil Business. Jack was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. During his life Jack always saw community service as a way to contribute to the town he called home as well as the many people that helped him during his life. As well as the Oregon Fire Department Jack also served as one of the first crew members to a newly established Oregon Ambulance Service, was an Oregon Auxiliary Police Officer, member of American Legion Post 97, member of VFW Post 8739, Ogle County Fair Board, Rochelle Lions Club and Scout Master for Boy Scout Troup 52. When asked several years ago to relate one of the things he was most proud of he stated being on the Building Committee for the new Oregon First Presbyterian Church in 1978 after the 125 year old building was lost to a fire. Jack was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Frank, Dale and Clyde, sister Merlene (Griffin) and stepsister, Barbara Beckington. Grateful for having shared in his life are his wife, Betty; four children, Jeffrey Basler (Cindy Kowa) of Oregon, Robb Basler (Terri Zolondek) of Crystal Lake, Jennifer Bakener (Dave) of Oregon and Janna Bredeson (Dave) of Columbia MO; eleven grandchildren, Jaci Basler-Heather, Kim Basler, Megan Basler Ries, Adam Bakener, Jon Bakener, Gena Basler, Ken Schwartz, Alicia Labash, Steve Schwartz, Jackson Bredeson and Jamison Bredeson; six great-grandchildren, Elisabeth Ries, Adyson Basler-Heather, Brandon Bakener, Carter Ries, Garrett Bakener and Ashyr Basler-Heather. Visitation will be Monday, December 30th, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 200 South 5th St., Oregon, Illinois 61061where services will be held Tuesday, December 31st, at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church, Oregon, Illinois or Good Samaritan Fund at Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris  Arrangements are under the care of Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, Illinois.

Joanne B. Lenz - 81

4/7/1932 - 12/24/2013
Byron, IL

Joanne B. Lenz, age 81, died Wed., Dec. 25, 2013 at Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center in Oregon, IL.  She was born Apr. 8, 1932 in Oak Park, IL the daughter to Robert and Dorothy (Rusk) Davis. She graduated from Oak Park High School in 1950. On Feb. 13, 1954 she married Richard Lenz in Oak Park. Joanne and Richard moved to Mt. Morris, IL in 2001. She raised and trained Siberian huskies and horses. Joanne was a former 4-H leader and was on the board of Director’s of the Dupage County Fair. She loved knitting, swimming, painting, drawing, and other types of art. She had some of her dogs portrayed in the movie 8 Below. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Robert Davis, and sister-in-law Elizabeth Davis. Survived by her husband Richard Lenz of Mt. Morris, 4 children; Sandra (Charlie) Zimmerman of Warrenville, IL, Richard Lenz of Marengo, IL, Sally (Raymond) Carter of Blue Grass, Iowa, and Thomas (Sandra) Lenz of Rhinelander, WI, brother Arthur Davis of St. Charles, IL, 8 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. Funeral service will be 10:00am, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. in Byron, IL 61010 with the Rev. David Rogula officiating.
Visitation will be Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 from 2-4 pm at the Funeral Home in Byron. A memorial fund is established for 4-H club

Marvin Scott McGlown - 40

8/19/1973 - 12/21/2013
Oregon, IL

STERLING – Marvin Scott McGlown, 40, of Sterling and formerly of Dixon, died Sunday, December 22, 2013 in CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Born August 20, 1973 in Dixon the son of William and Ruth Ann (Rote) McGlown. He was formerly a member of First Christian Church of Oregon and attended Dixon High School. Scott worked as an auto mechanic in the area for many years and had started schooling for the heating & cooling trade before his illness. He belonged to Dreams to Reality Car Club. Survived by his mother, Ruth Ann (George) Bowers of Oregon; brothers, Troy (Kristie) McGlown of Amboy and William McGlown of Dixon; sister, Tanya McGlown of Rock Falls; children, Emanuel, Kamerin and Taniesha McGlown, all of Sterling; the mother of his children, Bambi Wilson of Sterling; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Monday December 30 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, with Pastors David and Debbie Hines officiating. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation Sunday, December 29 2:00 – 4:00pm in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Janet E. Guist - 91

3/7/1922 - 12/20/2013
Oregon, IL

Janet Elaine (nee Hofert) Guist, age 91, passed away peacefully, after a long and full life, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, Illinois on Saturday, December 21, 2013. Born March 8, 1922, in Tonawanda, New York, to Estella Irene (nee Woods) and Herbert William Hofert, she attended the Buffalo Business College and graduated in 1940. Upon graduation, she went to work for Bell Air Craft. At the end of WWII, she journeyed to Lansing, Michigan, and worked for Charles P. Loomis, Esquire, a foremost rural sociologist at Michigan State University. While in Michigan, she met Hollie James Guist at a dance, who was in grad school at MSU, and married him on June 28, 1947, back in Tonawanda, NY. Janet was a member of Faith Assembly in Oregon, IL, but attended most recently at Trinity Lutheran with family. She was a Red Hat member, and also cherished her friends at her Caring and Sharing Group. She loved her family at Pinecrest Village where she had resided for almost nine years. She had worked tirelessly for her church serving her Lord in whatever capacity she could. It is not often that a woman can fulfill all the roles in life. Janet mothered five successful children, was a fabulous homemaker, baked the most delicious pies, and for a time worked at the Guist Agency. She was a loving daughter, devoted wife, great mom, generous grandma and thrilled great grandmother. Janet was a source of limitless wisdom and kindness to all she met. She was selfless, generous and devoted to her family and friends. Janet's companionship, spunkiness, quick wit, and love of life will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Janet and Hollie danced their way through just days shy of 56 years of marriage, with Hollie preceding her in death on June 6, 2003. Loving mother of Christine (Thomas) Brady, Susan (Stephen) Miller, Deborah (Charles) Buser, Hollie (Anne) Guist, Jr., David (Vicky) Guist; devoted grandmother of 14: Matthew and Michael Brady, Elizabeth, Christopher and Andrew Miller, Anne and Amy Buser, Frederick and Geoffrey Guist, Eric and Ean Decker, Alek, Elliott, Emerson, and Ethan Guist; delighted great grandmother of 18. She was preceded in death by her parents, her two brothers: Herbert William Hofert, Jr, and William James Hofert; and sister-in-law: Carmelia (nee Sinicropi) Hofert.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 308 East Brayton Road, Mt. Morris, IL, at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held from 4 pm to 7pm on Friday, December 27, at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon, IL and from 10 am to 11 am on Saturday at the church preceding the services Memorial contributions are welcome and may be directed to Serenity Hospice and Home, 1658 S. Illinois 2, Oregon, IL 61061 or to the Good Samaritan Fund at Pinecrest Village, 408 S. McKendrie Avenue, Mt. Morris, IL 61054.
Thank you to the staff and volunteers at Serenity Hospice and Home for their love, help and support.

Janet M. Bulthaus - 88

2/24/1925 - 12/20/2013
Oregon, IL

Janet M. Bulthaus, 88, died Sat. Dec. 21, 2013 in Franklin Grove Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 25, 1925 in Mt. Carroll, IL the daughter of George & Geneva (Bird) Miller. She was a 1942 graduate of Oregon High School and married Robert L. Bulthaus in Chana on Oct. 9, 1943; he died in 1985. Janet was a quality auditor at Quebecor in Mt. Morris and was a member of Chana United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, and gardening. Survivors include her daughter, Mari Lynn Roberson of Rochelle; sons, Robert (Diane) Bulthaus, Jr. of Chesterfield, MO, Russell (Anita) Bulthaus of Galena, IL, and Randall (Debbora) Bulthaus of Chana, IL; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Doris Grover Stevens.

Funeral services will be held Friday Dec. 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM, preceded by visitation from 9:30 AM until service time, in Chana United Methodist Church. Pastor Javier Martinez will officiate. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Chana United Methodist Church.

Joan J. Silbaugh - 66

4/9/1947 - 12/20/2013
Byron, Illinois

ROCKFORD – Joan J. (Terrell) Silbaugh, 66, died Saturday December 21, 2013 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon, after a long illness with bone cancer. She was born on April 10, 1947 in Mankato, MN the daughter of Ralph D. Terrell and Margaret (Millbrath) Terrell. Joan was married in 1972 in Scranton, IA. She worked at Fingerhut, Brown Printing, and Birdseye in Minnesota. While in Illinois she worked for the Byron School District, Rockford Products, Rockford Memorial Hospital, Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, and also bartended for 20 years. She also had her own business doing electrolysis, and selling candy and caramel apples at fairs. Joan played baseball, basketball, racquetball, bowling, golf, and was an avid card player and was in a dart league. She went on road trips, and enjoyed auctions and collecting antiques. She also did photography, painting, and wood burning. Joan was a member of the Moose Lodge, White Eagle’s, Eagle’s Club, and volunteered for R.S.V.P. Joan is survived by her two children, Tina M. (Matt) Nelson of Byron and Chad L. ( fiance' Janet) Silbaugh of Rockford; brothers and sisters: Fayette Misner, Penny Terrell, Ralph Terrell, Margaret Lessick, Elizabeth Terrell, Blair (fiance' Shannon) Terrell, Patrick (Sue) Terrell, Judith (Robert) O’Malley, Timothy (Robin) Terrell, Christine Terrell, Jeanne (Timothy) Duke, and Maureen Terrell; seven grandchildren, Michael, Samantha, Dylan, Justin, Gavyn, Lexi, and Ariana. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister Kay Coopman, Nephew Brian Scholtes, an infant niece, sister-in-law Carrie Terrell and brother-in-law Harry Misner. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Saturday December 28, 2013 at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron with the Rev. Joseph Naill of the St. Mary's Catholic Church in Oregon offiiciating.   Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM Friday December 27 at the funeral home with a rosary service concluding the visitation at 7PM. Visitation will also be held from 9:30-10:30 AM Saturday prior to the service. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Byron. Memorials may be directed to the family.

Tressia M. Crawford - 86

1/18/1927 - 12/18/2013
Byron, Illinois

Byron – Tressia M. Crawford, age 86, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 at Neighbor’s Rehabilitation Center in Byron following a long illness. She was born Jan. 19, 1927 in Meadow Bridge, West Virginia the daughter to Eddie and Florence (Sims) Redden. Tressia graduated from Athens, West Virginia High School. She married Samuel E. Crawford on Feb. 17, 1945 in Tyler, Texas. She was a former member and Sunday School teacher at the Church of God in Crescent City, Florida. She also previously taught Sunday School at the Assembly of God Church in Byron. She is survived by her husband Samuel Crawford, Sr. of Byron, predeceased by her oldest child Violet Lou Markham, survived by 3 children; Vicky Fosburgh of Lees Summit, MO., Samuel (Cindy) Crawford, Jr. of Hockley, TX, and Wanda Rhoads of Addison, IL, Son-in-law Lonnie Markham, 1 Brother,2 sisters, 12 grandchildren, 26 Great Grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, She was also predeceased by 2 brothers and 6 sisters. Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron, Illinois 61010 with the Rev. Mark Swanson pastor of the Berean Baptist Church of Rockford officiating. Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 pm, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Byron. A memorial fund is established for the Neighbor’s Rehabilitation Center in Byron.

Jason A. Miller - 38

7/24/1975 - 12/16/2013
Oregon, IL

Jason A. Miller, 38, lifelong Oregon and Mt. Morris resident, died Tuesday December 17, 2013 at University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Born July 25, 1975 the son of Jay and Janice (Nordman) Miller. Jason was a 1993 graduate of Oregon High School and was employed nearly 15 years at Total Logistics Control in Rochelle. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church of Oregon. Jason was an avid motorcyclist, loved shooting and loved his dogs. The family extends special thanks to University of Wisconsin at Madison for 20 years of ongoing care to Jason and strongly encourages consideration of organ donation, which gave Jason those extra 20 years. Survived by his sister Janelle Miller and fiancé Erik Reed of Oregon; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Predeceased by his parents and grandparents. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Saturday December 21 in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon, preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am in the church. Pastor Phil Gronbach will officiate. Burial in Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery at Paynes Point. Memorials may be directed to the family

Melvin "Pete" Asche - 83

8/7/1930 - 12/11/2013
Byron, Illinois

Melvin L. “Pete” Asche, 83, formerly of Leaf River, died Thursday Dec. 12, 2013 in Neighbors Nursing Home, Byron. He was born Aug. 8, 1930 in Seward, IL the son of Weert & Mary (Kaltenbach) Asche. Pete worked at Cashway Feed Service in Leaf River for 21 years and for 2 years at Global Van Lines, retiring in 1983. He was a Korean War Veteran, a member of the Leaf River American Legion, and was a member of Leaf River United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife Rose; one step son; 3 step daughters; many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; and his brother, Wayne (Joan) Asche of Winnebago. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, and 3 brothers.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday Dec. 17, 2013 at 11:00 AM in Leaf River United Methodist Church, preceded by visitation from 10:00 AM until time of service. Burial, with military honors, will be in Lightsville Cemetery, Leaf River.

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