Sandra (Oltmanns) Spinks - 77
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Oregon, IL

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Art Wright - 84

6/2/1932 - 11/24/2016
Mt. Morris, IL

Arlen C. "Art" Wright, 84, of Mt. Morris, former longtime resident of Oregon, died Thursday November 24, 2016 in his home. He was born June 2, 1932 in Oregon, IL the son of Harry "Pete" & Minnie (Helman) Wright. He married Mary Owings on May 28, 1955 in Fresno, CA. Art was an Air Force Veteran and member of Polo American Legion and lifetime member of Oregon VFW Post 8739. He retired from Mott Brothers and worked their offices in Rockford, DeKalb, and Rock Falls. He was a member of Mt. Morris Moose Lodge and also the American Rabbit Breeders Association. He enjoyed the outdoors and gardening. Survivors include his wife, Mary; son, Robert of Oregon; daughters, Cheri Wright of Oregon and Jackie Paul of Chana; grandchildren, Jake (Jenn) Zimmerman, Dusti Zimmerman, and Billy Paul; great grandchildren, Andrew & Emily Zimmerman; sisters, Mary Lu Kessling and Virginia Hoar both of Roscoe; and brothers, Lyle (Fonda) of Lanark, IL and Darryl (Therese) of Highlands Ranch, CO. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Diane, a son, Mark, sisters, Flora and Mildred, brother, Clarence, half-siblings, Roland Wright, Alan Dietzman, and Lois Wright Thompson.
Funeral services will be Wednesday November 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., Oregon with Rev. Chan Choi officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 4:00-7:00 PM. Burial, with military honors, will be in Lightsville Cemetery, near Leaf River.

Henry Hoting - 81

5/26/1935 - 11/22/2016
Byron, IL

Henry Hoting, 81, longtime Byron resident, died Tuesday November 22, 2016 in Huntington, Indiana. He was born May 26, 1935 in Colton, SD the son of Hiko & Mary (Terviel) Hoting. He married Patsy Mae Snyder in Mt. Morris, IL on Sept. 27, 1953; she died in 1991. Henry retired as a serviceman from Ingersoll Tool in Rockford. He enjoyed collecting tractors at his place in Huntington. Survivors include his daughters, Debra (Gary) Stanek of Stillman Valley and Dena (Fred) Carter of Byron; sons, Douglas (Earlanne) of Huntington, IN, Duane of Freeport, IL, and Daryl of Leaf River, IL; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and sister, Barbara Van Hauen of New Milford, IL. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Anna Mae Newhausen.
Funeral services will be held Saturday Nov. 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM, preceded by visitation beginning at 1:00 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron. Rev. Randy Snider will officiate. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery.

Karen K. Little - 74

9/14/1942 - 11/16/2016
Byron, Illinois

Byron – Karen Kay Little, age74, of Byron died Wed. Nov. 16, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born Sept. 14, 1942 in Oregon, IL the daughter of Sherman and Edna (Andrews) VanVleet. She graduated from Oregon High School in 1960. She married Willard E. Little on Oct. 7, 1960 in Oregon. Karen worked for many years at the Ben Franklin Store and then the Dollar Store in Oregon. She was a lifelong member of the East Oregon Church of God where she taught Sunday school for over 40 years and was the Church Treasurer for approx. 30 years. Karen loved to bowl, fish, work in her tomato and flower gardens, but most of all her real love in life was her family. She was predeceased by her parents, brother Kenneth VanVleet, sister Carol Korf, and son-in-law Darcy Keys. She is survived by her husband of 56 years Willard “Willie” Little of Byron, 3 children; Kelly (Mike) Bartels of Monroe, Wisconsin, Leslie (Jerry) Long of Mt. Morris, Christopher Little of Byron, sister Shirley Fletcher of Bentonville, Virginia, 3 grandchildren; Tyler (Shelby) Keys-Bartels, Jennifer Long, and Tiffany Weems, 5 Great Grandchildren; Logan, Lauren, Addison, Lacey and Hazel, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at the East Oregon Church of God with the Pastor Dale Swartz and Pastor John Guthrie Co-officiating. Burial will be in the Daysville Cemetery near Oregon. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Monday evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street, Oregon, IL. A memorial fund is established in Karen’s name.

Jack L. Grubb - 83

1/13/1933 - 11/11/2016
Byron, IL

Jack L. Grubb, 83, of Byron died Friday November 11, 2016 in his home surrounded by his family. He was born January 13, 1933 in Rockford, IL the son of Dale & Erma (Boolman) Grubb. He married Barbara DeMarb in Rockford on August 20, 1955. Jack was a Navy Veteran and was a member of the Byron American Legion. He was an Ironworker with Local #498 and in the 1970’s served as their president. Jack was the Democratic chair in Ogle County for several years and enjoyed fishing, yard work, his rose garden, and playing with his dog.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara; daughter, Laurel (William Kirk) Schrupp of Oregon; sons, Lawrence (Lisa) Grubb of Richmond, IL, Mark (Nancy) Grubb of Rockford, and Jeffrey Grubb of Byron; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, James Grubb of Marengo; and other brothers and sisters.
The family extends special thanks to VNA Hospice for their excellent care and guidance.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday Nov. 16, 2016 at 12 Noon in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be Wed. from 10:00 AM until service time at Noon. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Machesney Park, IL. Memorials may be directed to VNA Hospice.

Ilene L. Mailand - 90

5/30/1926 - 11/11/2016
Byron, IL

Ilene L. Mailand, 90, former longtime Egan resident, died Friday November 11, 2016 in Freeport Memorial Hospital following a short illness. Born May 30, 1926 in Freeport, the daughter of Isaac and Fannie (Meiborg) Buskohl. Married to John W. Mailand, Jr. November 1, 1944 in Stephenson County; he died November 19, 2002. Ilene was formerly employed at Kable Printing in Mt. Morris and was a member of The Byron American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing and gardening and especially cooking and baking. Survived by her son, Earle Mailand of Byron; daughters: Deloris (Kenneth) VanBuskirk of Grand Detour, Nola (Larry) Johnson of Coldwater, Mich., Carol Nicodemus of Freeport, and Linda (Leonard) Pinter of Freeport; daughter-in-law, Jane Mailand of Coldwater, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren; and brothers, Clarence Buskohl of Byron and Donald Buskohl of New Braunsfel, TX. Also predeceased by her parents, son Roger Mailand, grandson Andrew Scott, granddaughter, Lisa Dawn, son-in-law Walter Nicodemus, daughter-in-law Ella Mailand, brothers Alvin Buskohl and Robert Gann and sister, Evelyn Zumdahl. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Thursday November 17 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Byron with Pastor Joshua Kuck of Main Street Church of Chelsea, Mich. officiating. Burial in Adeline Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday 6:00 – 8:00pm in the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established.

Wilma Mae Buse - 92

5/2/1924 - 11/5/2016
Oregon, Illinois

Oregon – Wilma Mae Buse, age 92, died Sat., Nov. 5, 2016 at the Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center. She was born May 2, 1924 in Doolittle Mills, Indiana the daughter of Russell and Gladys (Lamon) Lynch. She graduated from Oil Twp. High School in Saint Croix, Indiana and than from Sauk Valley College Nursing School. She formerly worked at the Oregon Sewing Factory and than for the Neighbor’s Nursing Home in Byron. Wilma was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Oregon. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Arnold, granddaughter Judy Eichman, Brother Victor Lynch, and 2 sisters; Norma Walker and Marjorie Underhill. She is survived by her daughter Lois Eichman of Alamo, TX, and son Don (Pam) Buse of Mt. Morris, 2 brothers Harold Lynch of St. Croix, IN, and Joseph Lynch of Taswell, IN, Sister Shirley Mitchell of Eckerty, IN, 4 grandsons; Jason (Angela) Eichman, Dustin (Samantha) Buse, Devon Buse, and Cody Buse, 4 Great Grandchildren: T.J., Elizabeth, Jennifer, and Kenzie Mae. Funeral service will be 1:00 pm, Wed., Nov. 9, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Oregon with the Pastor Jack Briggs officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the church from Noon till 1:00 pm. Burial will be at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. A memorial fund is established for the First Presbyterian Church of Oregon.

Betty L. Nyberg - 92

3/18/1924 - 11/5/2016
Byron, IL

Betty Lorraine Nyberg, of Freeport and Byron, IL went home to be with the Lord on November 5, 2016, at age 92. She was born Betty Compton on March 18, 1924, the daughter of Cliff and Charlotte (Miller) Compton, in Moose Lake, Minnesota. She is survived by her son, Russell (Sandra) Nyberg of Pennsylvania and daughter Laurie (Nyberg) Greenwell of Arizona and sisters Jane Prenot and Meryl Nelson and brothers Dick Compton and Caleb Compton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Nyberg and her daughter, Chrys Seaton and brother Cliff and sisters Janet and Myrna. She leaves behind several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Betty spent the last years of her life studying God’s word and praying for others. She had a weekly Bible study in her home up until she was 92. Over the years, she made many quilts, especially baby quilts to give to new babies in the family. Her more adventuresome interest was riding motorcycles with her husband Len.
Both visitation and funeral services will be held at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 West Merchant St. in Byron on Thursday November 10, 2016. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with the service to immediately follow at 11:00 AM with Pastor Gary Cortese officiating. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery. Memorials are established for Hospice or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Evalene V. Palmer - 103

6/6/1913 - 11/2/2016
Byron, Illinois

Byron – Evalene Viola Palmer, age 103 died Wed., Nov. 2, 2016 at Rockford Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 6, 1913 in Erie, IL the daughter of Harold and Annie (Miller) Matthews. She married Hank A. Palmer on Mar. 23, 1931 in Mt. Morris, Il , Hank preceded her in death in 1957. Evalene formerly worked at the Indian Village Restaurant, Kysor of Byron and cleaned houses in Oregon. She loved to crochet, garden, fish with family, loved her animals, and go to the casino. She was known by her family to always be making donuts and sweet rolls on Sunday afternoons for them. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Hank, 2 daughters; Darlene Holeton and Lois Himes, son Henry “Dick” Palmer, 3 sisters; Beulah Sullivan, Hazel Jones, and Elsie Fluck, 1 grandson Michael Holeton, 2 great grandsons Shannon and Robby Palmer, 1 great great granddaughter Gabrielle Holeton, she is survived by her daughter Dixie Dzielak of Byron, son Robert (Janet) Palmer of Grand Haven, MI, daughter-in-law Shirley Palmer of Leaf River, IL, 14 grandchildren, and many Great and Great Great Grandchildren. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant Street in Byron, IL with the Pastor Randy Snider of the Cornerstone Family Church of Byron officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Silver Creek Cemetery south of Leaf River. A memorial fund is established in Evalene’s name.

Robert F. Thingvold - 76

12/22/1939 - 10/27/2016
Stillman Valley, IL

Stillman Valley, IL – Loving Father and Grandfather, Robert R. Thingvold, age 76, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016 at Alden-Park Strathmoor in Rockford. He was born Dec. 22, 1939 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin the son of Elmer E. and Hazel M. (Clason) Thingvold. Robert graduated from East High School and attended Rock Valley College. He worked over 40 years as an inspector at Sundstrand in Rockford in the Aviation Dept. He married Doris Higdon on Feb. 27, 1960 in Rockford. She preceded him on Aug. 21, 1997. He was also predeceased by his parents, 1 sister, and 4 brothers. He is survived by his children; Glenda McCarthy of Loves Park, Wanda Bush of Byron, Carla “Jeannie”( Keenan) Wolfe of Byron, Brian (Allen Hollin) Thingvold, and Jessica (Sam Lachowicz) Woollcombe of Rockford, a stepdaughter Boramay Raz of Rockford, brother Buford Thingvold of Milwaukee, 5 grandchildren; Christopher Weaver, Jeffrey Weaver, Shawn Weaver, Adam Bush, and Leah Bush. Funeral service will be 10:00 am, Wed., Nov. 2, 2016 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Road in Stillman Valley, IL with the Pastor Tim Michalek of the Congregational Christian Church in Stillman Valley officiating. Entombment will be at the Sunset Memorial Gardens in Loves Park. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm, Tue. evening at the funeral home in Stillman Valley, IL. A memorial fund is established in Robert’s name.

Judith A. Morrison - 72

6/29/1944 - 10/26/2016
Byron, IL

Judith A. “Judy” Morrison, 72, of Byron died Wednesday Oct. 26, 2016 at her home. She was born June 29, 1944 in Rockford, IL the daughter of Henry & Irene (Asp) Fajen. She married Richard Morrison in Shirland, IL on April 29, 1978. Judy was employed at various companies that included Shumway Seed Co. in Rockford, Barber Coleman in Rockford, Kable Printing in Mt. Morris, and the Byron Nuclear Plant. She was a Girl Scout and Boy Scout Den leader and was a former member of the Winnebago County Homemaker’s Association. She enjoyed boating, reading, and doing craft projects with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Richard; daughters, Terri Benton of Champaign, IL and Chris Bodoh of Lakewood, WI; sons, Donald Ware, Jr. of Aurora, IL, Tony Ware of Byron, and Scott (Jennifer) Ware of Durand, IL; 16 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and brother, Mike Fajen. She was preceded in death by her parents, mother-in-law, Stephanie Morrison and son-in-law, David Benton.
Funeral services will be held Saturday Oct. 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from Noon-2:00 PM. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery.

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