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9/25/1937 - 11/24/2017
Oregon, Illinois

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Lois Medlar - 92
7/19/1925 - 11/20/2017
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Donald J. Finn - 83
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Sycamore, Illinois

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Goldie D. Reinke - 96
12/2/1920 - 11/14/2017
Rochelle, Illinois

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Sonya C. Haws - 48
8/5/1969 - 11/14/2017
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5/11/1929 - 11/13/2017
Oregon, IL

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Roger L. Etnyre - 89

8/5/1928 - 9/7/2017
Oregon, IL

Roger L. Etnyre, 89, lifelong Oregon resident, died Thursday, September 7, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Born August 5, 1928 in Oregon, the son of Robert D. and Eloise (Robbins) Etnyre. Roger was a graduate of Oregon High School, received his B.S. from the University of Illinois and his M.B.A. from Northwestern University. Married to Jane Ione Brooke June 19, 1954 in Oregon; she died January 5, 1998. He then married Eileen Monet; she also preceded him in death. The third generation of his family at E.D. Etnyre, Roger was employed over 67 years, serving many roles focusing on manufacturing, including Manufacturing Manager and Chairman of the Board. He enjoyed his work and business but also extensive travelling, especially trips to Mexico for many years. Roger was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon. Survived by his son, Donald (Nancy) Etnyre of Oregon; daughter, Rebecca Bamborough of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren: Brooke Etnyre, Robin Etnyre, Seth Koeppen, Garetty Koeppen and Christopher Bamborough; and special friend of the past seven years, Joan Falkenstrom. Also preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Mary Beth Etnyre; grandson, Nathan Bamborough; and sister, Marilyn Venohr. Funeral services will be held at 10:30am Monday, September 11 in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon, with Pastor Rich Tomlinson officiating. Burial in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation Sunday 3:00 - 5:00pm in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Roger's name may be made to Serenity Hospice & Home, Village of Progress, St. Paul Lutheran Church or charity of the donor's choice.

Joseph B. Russian - 70

3/30/1947 - 8/27/2017
Stillman Valley, IL

Joseph B. Russian, 70, of Stillman Valley, died Sunday August 27, 2017 in Wisconsin. He was born March 30, 1947 in Rockford the son of Joseph A. & Jean Betty (Ray) Russian. He married Betty Ann Fruin in Kings, IL on April 12, 1966; she died in 2013. He retired from the City of Rochelle water department and was a former volunteer with the Stillman Valley Fire Dept. Joe was a VietNam Army Veteran and was active with VietNow. He enjoyed fishing and his dogs. Survivors include his daughter, Renee’ (Jim) Colbert of Fredonia, WI; son, Joe Russian; grandson, Mason Colbert; brothers, G. Jake (Pat) Henry of Rockford, IL and Duane (Leslie) Russian of Palm Bay, FL; and aunt, Mable Ashelford of Byron. He was also preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial visitation will be held Saturday September 9, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 PM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd., Stillman Valley. Private interment will be in White Rock Cemetery, Kings, IL. Memorials may be directed to the family for a donation, in Joe’s memory, to the Dark Horse Lodge for veterans and the American Humane Society focusing on reuniting military dogs with their handlers

Beverly J. McKnight - 79

6/25/1938 - 8/18/2017
Davis Junction, IL

Beverly June McKnight, 79, of Davis Junction, passed away peacefully Friday August 18, 2017 in her home. She was born June 25, 1938 in Esmond, IL the daughter of Carl & Ethel (Rasmussen) Kruger. She married Richard McKnight in Monroe Center on April 12, 1959; he died in 2015. Beverly was a graduate of Monroe Center High School and worked at Monroe Center School, Stillman Valley High School, and Hill-Top Gas in Monroe Center. Beverly had fond memories of growing up on the farm and enjoyed her family, especially the grandchildren and great grandchildren and all their activities. She also liked painting, inside or outside, and tending to her flower beds. Survivors include daughter, Becky Beach of Davis Junction; sons, Rick (Terese) McKnight of Monroe Center, Steve (Kathy) McKnight of Garden Prairie, IL, Dave McKnight of Rockford, and Tim McKnight of San Diego, CA; 9 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren with 3 additional on the way; brother, Don (Kathy) Kruger; and sister, Carolyn Wetzel; and countless wonderful friends. She was also preceded in death by brother-in-law, Wayne Wetzel.
Memorial service will be held Tuesday August 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd., Stillman Valley. Reverends Les and Patricia McClelland will officiate. Visitation will be held Monday from 4:00-7:00 PM in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family for Monroe Center Cemetery Association.

Joseph "Joey" Deuth - 32

6/23/1985 - 8/14/2017
Chana, Illinois

Joseph D. “Joey” Deuth, 32, lifelong resident of Chana, died suddenly Monday August 14, 2017 in Rochelle Community Hospital. Born June 23, 1985 in Rochelle, the son of Stuart and Linda (Dwyer) Deuth. Joey was a 2003 graduate of Oregon High School and had been employed at Ratworx in Mt. Morris setting up online auctions. He was past Boy Scout, enjoyed guns and shooting and was a Life Member of the NRA. Survived by his parents, Stu and Linda Deuth of Chana; maternal grandmother, Kathryn Dwyer of Chana; paternal grandparents, Lyle and Donna Deuth of Chana; brother, Dennis Deuth of Chana; sister, Theresa (David) Kienitz of Norfolk, VA; niece, Muriel Kienitz; and several uncles, aunts and cousins. Preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Harry “Butch” Dwyer. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday August 19 at the Ogle County Farm Bureau, 421 W. Pines Road, Oregon beginning with a short service at 2:00pm with Pastor David Rogula officiating.

Anna Mae Carlson - 97

3/20/1920 - 8/9/2017
Byron, IL

Anna Mae Carlson, 97, longtime Byron resident, went Home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Wednesday August 9, 2017 in Mercy Health Center, Rockford. Born March 20, 1920 in Black Earth, Wis., the daughter of Alfred and Esther (Lundell) Mickelson. She was a graduate of Black Earth (WI) High School and Swedish Covenant School of Nursing and practiced private duty nursing in Rockford for several years. Married to Elmer W. Carlson August 15, 1942 in Palmyra, MO; he preceded her in death October 16, 1996. Anna Mae was a member of Cornerstone Family (formerly First Baptist) Church of Byron where she was a Deaconess and church organist for over 50 years. Survived by sons, John W. (Jody) Carlson of Pecatonica and William E. (Kathleen) Carlson of Byron; daughter, Carol Anne (Hubert) Zull of Byron; 6 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and 2 great great grandchildren. Also predeceased by her parents; brothers, Ronald, Carroll and Earl; and sister, Francis. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Saturday, August 12 in Cornerstone Family Church of Byron preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00am in the church; Pastor Randy Snider, of the church, will officiate. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Anna Mae's name may be made to Rockford Rescue Mission or Cornerstone Family Church. The family extends special thanks for their loving care to the staff of Wesley Willows, Dr. Craig Rogers, E3 staff at Mercy Health and Paula at Mercy Hospice.

Gerard Lammers - 94

4/8/1923 - 8/7/2017
Dixon, IL

Gerard Cline Lammers was born on April 8, 1923 at the hospital in Mitchell, SD and lived in Wessington Springs, SD until moving to Madison SD in 1932. He was valedictorian of his High School class there and was also Magma Cum Laude in Chemical Engineering at the South Dakota School of Mines and Tech. Upon Graduation he served in the Army in 1946 and went on to MIT on the GI Bill for his Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering.
Upon graduation, he worked for Kodak in Rochester, NY and a consulting engineers firm in Pittsburgh, PA where he met Anne Costa. They were married on Oct 7, 1950. Later, they moved to Colorado where he worked for another consulting firm and lived in the Wheatridge and Lakewood areas while having three children: Cynthia, Bryan, and Valerie who survive him. Anne passed away in 2014.
Gerard often contributed to the Denver Post editorial page while living there and when Standard Oil of Indiana offered him a job in Whiting, IN, he was also offered the Editor position at the newspaper. They elected to move to Lansing, IL, then Munster, IN, then Oswego, IL while he did research for what became Amoco Chemicals in Naperville, IL where he finished his career. His contributions for Amoco included the process for making the chemical that allows shirts to be “no-iron”. More than half such facilities in the world use his process. Later he worked on environmental projects, including some post career work for Argonne Labs and Waste Management. He holds several patents.
Gerard continued to write editorials and articles throughout his life, with the last being published the day before his death on August 7, 2017. He was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and after moving to the Lost Lake area of Dixon, IL in 2000, he attended the Lighthouse Methodist Church in Daysville, IL where services will be held on Saturday, August 12 at 1:00 PM. Visitation will be prior to the service from 12:00 noon until 1:00 PM at the church. Burial will be at the Lighthouse Cemetery. A memorial fund is established for the Lighthouse United Methodist Church.

Graeme "Ben" Kaufman - 86

12/17/1930 - 8/4/2017
Oregon, IL

Ben Kaufman, 86, passed away in New Castle, Colorado, on June 16, 2017. A former Oregon, Illinois resident, Ben was born in Mendota, Illinois, son of Vesta Edgecomb and Elmer Kaufman. He married Dolores “Dolly” Kaufman on September 2, 1951. He spent his childhood in Mendota, Polo and Oregon, Illinois. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1948 and attended business school in Rockford, Illinois. He was employed by the Kroger Company for 24 years. Ben was a Korean War veteran, a member of the VFW and Masons, and was a volunteer fireman for many years. He lived in Oregon for 40 years before moving to New Castle in 1993. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Dolly, sister Jane Warner and brother Jim Kaufman. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Greg Wood, his grandsons, Robert and Kyle, and many other relatives and friends who will miss him.

A Celebration of Ben’s life was held at the Black Dog Saloon in New Castle, Colorado, on June 25, 2017.

Visitation in Oregon, Illinois, will be held on Saturday, August 26, 2017, from 9:00–11:00 a.m. at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., then burial with military honors at Riverview Cemetery. A gathering at the Oregon VFW, 1310 W. Washington Street, will follow.

Memorial donations in Ben’s name may be sent to Hospice of the Valley, 1901 Grand Avenue, Suite 206, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, or to a charity of your choice.

Jason David Hahne - 42

4/3/1975 - 8/2/2017
Byron, IL

Jason David Hahne, age 42, died on Wednesday August 2, 2017 at his home. Born on April 3, 1975 in Belvidere, IL; he is the son of Gary and Johanna (Schreiber) Hahne. Jason worked at Chrysler as a tool and die maker and was a member of UAW 1268. He enjoyed the simple things in life like a good IPA, watching 80’s movies and playing Pokemon Go. He loved sports and cheered on the Detroit Red Wings, San Francisco 49ers, North Carolina Tar Heels, and was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. While he loved sports; his passion was music and attending concerts. Jason is survived by his beloved son, Devan of Rockford; parents, Gary and Johanna Hahne of Oregon; sister, Erin (Rajko) Ivancich of Roscoe; significant other, Shelia Vargas of Byron; special aunts, Wanda Knaub and Lois Hahne; biological mother, Peggy (Darryl) Cox; biological siblings, Roger, Greg, Jackie, Melinda, and Michelle; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and biological brother Timothy. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM concluding with a time for sharing at 7PM on Monday August 7, 2017 at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St. Byron, IL 61010. In lieu of flowers memorials are established in his name.

Gerald L. Medlar - 83

2/12/1934 - 7/29/2017
Oregon, IL

Gerald L. "Jerry" Medlar, 83, lifelong Oregon resident, died Saturday July 29, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born February 12, 1934 the son of Leon and Leona(Haney) Medlar in the home of Royal and Marian (Haney) Holden of Mt. Morris. Married to Patricia Reynolds September 8, 1956 in DeKalb. Jerry was a graduate of Oregon High School and Northern Illinois University and served in the US Army 1957-1959. He was employed as the Comptroller for E.D. Etnyre Co. in Oregon for over 30 years and then as a self-employed accountant. Jerry was an avid golfer, long time member of the Oregon Country Club and also of Oregon United Methodist Church. He served 30 plus years on the Oregon City Council and Oregon Planning Commission. Jerry was a big time Chicago Bears and Cubs fan. Survived by his wife of over 60 years, Pat of Oregon; son, Gerald L. "Jay" (Laura) Medlar, Jr. of Oregon; daughter, Carolee (Michael) James of Dixon; granddaughter, Natalie Husemann; great granddaughter, Harmony Husemann; brothers, Don (Becky) Medlar of Louisville, KY and Neil (Becky) Medlar of Rockford; and sister-in-law, Lois Medlar of Oregon. Predeceased by his parents and brother, Gene Medlar. A Memorial Service will be held at 8:00pm Wednesday August 9 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 5:00pm:; Pastor David Rogula will officiate. Burial at a later date in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Memorials in Jerry's name may be made to Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center, Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon or Village of Progress, Oregon.

Beth Ann Typer - 59

6/7/1958 - 7/24/2017
Byron, IL

Beth Ann Typer, age 59, passed away on Monday July 24, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born on June 7, 1958 in Rockford the daughter of George and Phyllis (Johnson) Ashby. From the moment Beth was born she was a fighter. She was a medical miracle under going multiple surgeries, including a kidney transplant and being diagnosed with VHL. She is a graduate of Byron High School class of 1977. Beth loved sunsets, fishing and traveling. She especially loved riding the Harley with her husband and playing at the beach with her children, nieces, and nephews. She worked at the Byron Middle School library and loved to pass on her love of reading to the children there. Beth was also a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband, Duncan of Byron; children, Randyn Typer of OK, Katie (Shadly) Diab of Peoria, and Monty Typer of Byron; sisters, Patty (Tim) McCaffrey of Amboy and Kathy (Don) Brown of Arkdale, WI; granddaughter, Taqwa and triplet grandchildren on the way; many nieces and nephews; and her service dog Henry. She is preceded in death by her parents and nephew Billy McCaffrey. Funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM Friday July 28, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron. Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM Thursday July 27, 2017 at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron concluding with a rosary at 7PM. Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Amboy. Memorials are established in her name.

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