Neil K. Minnis - 63
12/28/1953 - 7/22/2017
Oregon, IL

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Donna Friel Pearson - 86
7/24/1930 - 7/22/2017
Oregon, IL

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Tom Lowell Donovan - 74
5/18/1943 - 7/22/2017
Monroe Center, IL

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Coy M. Meeks - 77
7/27/1939 - 7/21/2017
Oregon, IL

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Doris (Rhea) Nevenhoven - 85
4/23/1932 - 7/21/2017
Oregon, IL

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Janet L. Bearrows - 86
10/18/1930 - 7/20/2017
Rockford, IL

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Helen R. Jones - 85

3/4/1932 - 6/11/2017
Grand Detour

Helen R. Jones, 85, longtime area resident, died Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Avonlea Cottage, Dixon. Born March 4, 1932 in Ripley, IL, the daughter of Loren and Mary (Cooper) Burnett. Married to Melvin “Huck” Jones February 7, 1958 in Ripley. Helen was a 1950 graduate of Tempe (AZ) High School and attended Oregon Bible College 1951-1952. She was employed by the Church of God General Conference 1952-1960 in the printing department and was an active member of Oregon Church of God. Helen was a loving housewife and mother whose family was most important to her, but also enjoyed sewing and gardening. Survived by her husband, Huck Jones of Grand Detour; son, Jim (Krista) Jones of Dixon; daughters, Joyce (Jimbo) Callaway of Oregon and Marianne Jones of Dixon; grandchildren: Timothy (Mandi) Callaway, Eric (Brekk) Callaway, Paige Jones and Lee Jones; and 6 great grandchildren. Predeceased by her parents; granddaughter, Sarah Callaway; 3 brothers; and a sister. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Thursday June 15 in Oregon Church of God with Pastor Michael Hoffman officiating. Burial in Grand Detour Cemetery. Visitation 6:00 – 8:00pm Wednesday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Helen’s name may be made to Oregon Church of God, Rock River Center or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Thomas L. "Tom" Lucas - 58

5/31/1959 - 6/10/2017
Oregon, IL

Thomas L. “Tom” Lucas, 58, of Oregon, died Saturday June 10, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born May 31, 1959 in Chicago, the son of James and Mary (Steed) Lucas. Married to Karen Fernandez October 16, 1999 in Chicago Ridge. Tom was a Transportation Supervisor for Iron Mountain in Itasca over 20 years and moved to Oregon from Chicago in 2002. He loved going to the casinos. Survived by his wife, Karen of Oregon; special daughter, Marie Lucas of Chicago; brother, Joe (Kelly) Lucas of Chicago; sister, Mary Rose (Ricky) Furco of Chicago; brothers-in-law: Bob (Ellen) Fernandez of Byron, Mike Fernandez of Oregon and Ray Fernandez of Des Plaines; and Tom was an uncle to many. Preceded in death by his parents and son, Tommy. Cremation rites are to be accorded with a Memorial Service at a later date.

Eva M. Cline - 99

11/30/1917 - 6/10/2017
Oregon, IL

Eva M. Cline, 99, longtime resident of Oregon died Saturday June 10, 2017 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born November 30, 1917 in Sterling, the daughter of Charles and Katie (Thurm) Wiegand. Married to Carl E. Cline October 14, 1949 in Sterling; he died March 21, 2014. Eva was a member of Oregon VFW Auxiliary and a 60 year member of Oregon United Methodist Church where she also taught Sunday School for many years. Eva’s family was the main focus of her life. Survived by her daughter, Carol (Rich) Magnuson of Oregon; and grandson, Nathaniel Zellers of Oregon. Also predeceased by her parents; granddaughter, April Marie Zellers; and brothers, Walter and Charles. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Wednesday June 14, 2017 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon preceded by a visitation beginning at 12:00 noon; Pastor David Rogula will officiate. Burial in Grand Detour Cemetery. Memorials in Eva’s name may be made to Oregon United Methodist Church or Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

Kina Zoe Duke - 54

12/20/1962 - 6/8/2017
Byron, IL

Kina Zoe Duke, age 54, of Byron passed away on Thursday June 8, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Rockford. She was born on December 20, 1962 in Des Plaines, IL. Kina got her bachelor’s of nursing degree from Texas Tech University and worked as a critical care nurse for Rockford Memorial Hospital before her recent retirement. She married James Duke on January 3, 2004 in Barrington, IL. Kina was a member of the NBHA and enjoyed barrel racing. She was an avid gardener and loved to travel. She was a devoted wife and mother; even extending her love by raising her pets and horses. She is survived by her husband, James Duke of Byron; children, William Eicholtz of Dallas, TX and Lukas Puckhaber of Byron; mother, Kay Duro of Mt. Morris; and brothers, Michael (Sally) Amtmann of Flemington, NJ and John Amtmann of Butte, MT. Funeral service will be 10:30 am, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St in Byron, IL. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Tuesday evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Byron, IL. Memorials are established in her name.

Timothy G. Wills - 62

8/6/1954 - 6/7/2017
Davis Junction, Illinois

Timothy G. Wills, age 62, passed away on Wednesday June 7, 2017. He was born on August 6, 1954 in Rochelle the son of Glenn and Margaret (Detig) Wills. He was a graduate of Stillman Valley High School class of 1972. Tim worked as a cement finisher for Sjostrom in Rockford for 29 years and was a member of the OPCMIA Union Local 11. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron. Tim loved gardening and spending time outdoors, especially watching sunsets in the summer. He also enjoyed being with his beloved dog, Breeze. He was an avid Cubs, Bears, and Stillman Valley Cardinals fan. He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Daniel. He is survived by his children, Cameron (Lisa) Wills and Drew (Fiancé Ancil Philip) Wills; Fiancé, Jeane Lawrence; siblings, Greg (Karen) Wills, Mark (Linda) Wills, Janet (Harold) Hackworth, Carolyn (Bruce) Larson, David (Kathy Long) Wills, and Christie (Steve Distefano) Colombi; sister-in-law, Michelle Wills; many nieces and nephews; and he was papa to Caitlin, Sienna, Aspen, and Remy. Funeral mass will be held on Monday June 12, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM on Sunday June 11, 2017 at the Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 136 West Roosevelt Road in Stillman Valley concluding with a rosary at 8 pm. Burial will be in Monroe Center Cemetery. Memorials are established in his name.

Kenneth "Dink" McKnight - 86

11/1/1930 - 6/4/2017
Monroe Center, IL

Kenneth “Dink” C. McKnight, 86, of Monroe Center, passed away peacefully Sunday June 4, 2017 at Rosewood Care Center. He was born Nov. 1, 1930 in Sublette, IL the son of Earl & Alice (Fetzer) McKnight. He attended Monroe Center Schools. Kenneth served in the Army from 1951-1953. He married Leila Rippentrop on Nov. 27, 1955 in Monroe Center Community Church. He was on the Monroe City Fire Department and a member of the VFW Post #3878. Kenneth worked as a truck driver all of his life. Survivors include his wife, Leila; children, Thomas (Teri) McKnight and Marcia (Greg) Bankes both of Rockford; grandchildren, Matt McKnight, Katie McKnight, Jason Bankes, and Amanda Bankes; great granddaughters, Nora and Adriana; brother, James (Joyce) McKnight of Rockford; brother-in-law, Howard Gipson of Stillman Valley; and sister-in-law, Beverly McKnight. He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Nancy, infant grandson Thomas Paul, sister, Luella Gipson, and brother Richard McKnight.
Funeral services will be held Thursday June 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd., Stillman Valley with Pastor Bob Mellon officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Center Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Transitions Hospice, Monroe Center Cemetery Assoc. or Monroe Community Church.

Lawrence B. Jacobs - 92

6/19/1924 - 6/2/2017
Oregon, IL


Oregon – Lawrence B. Jacobs, age 92, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 at his home. He was born June 19, 1924 on the family farm near Oregon the son of Evert and Marguerite (VanHettinga) Jacobs. He graduated from Oregon High School. He married Frances Elliott on May 10, 1947. Lawrence served his county in the U.S. Marine Corp. during WWII at Guam and Iwo Jima. He was a lifelong member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church having served as an Elder and Deacon. He participated in many work camps and mission trips including volunteering at Kings Camp. He was also a member of Oregon VFW Post 8739. He worked at the Carnation Milk Plant in Oregon before he went into the Marines and returned to work there after the war until the day the plant closed. He was an avid Oregon Hawks fan and later in life he also became a Stillman Valley Cardinals fan. He was predeceased by his parents, wife Frances, daughter Jean in 1948, son Gregory in 1968, brothers; Everett, Marvin, William, Gerald, Leonard and sister JoAnne. He is survived by his daughter Debbie (Dale) Boomgarden of Stillman Valley, grandchildren Kim Carow (Ted Frey) of Byron and James (Jennifer) Grygiel of Mt. Morris, and 3 great grandson; Tyler Carow, Alex Grygiel, and Cian Grygiel and many nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 11:00 am, Tue., June 6, 2017 at the Ebenezer Reformed Church near Oregon with the Pastor John Wisdom officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 pm, Monday evening at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street Oregon, IL. A memorial fund is established for the Ebenezer Reformed Church or the Serenity Hospice and Home.

Gene E, Medlar - 86

3/21/1931 - 5/25/2017
Oregon, IL

Gene E. Medlar, 86, longtime Oregon resident, died Thursday May 25, 2017 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Born March 21, 1931 in Oregon, the son of Leon and Leona (Haney) Medlar. He was a graduate of Oregon High School and a Korean War veteran serving in the US Army. Married to Lois Long May 21. 1955 in Oregon. He owned and operated Gene’s Garage Door Service, working in Rockford, Mendota and Oregon for many years before retiring in 2011. Gene was a lifetime member and past Commander of Oregon VFW Post 8739 and past Commander of the 6th Illinois District. He was also a member Oregon United Methodist Church for over 60 years and of the “Depot Gang” involved in the restoration of the Oregon train depot. Gene loved and cared for his family and loved gardening. Survived by his wife, Lois of Oregon; son, Terry (Vickie) Medlar of Cleveland, OH; daughter, Sharon Bocker of Oregon; grandchildren: Troy (Laura) Medlar of Marysville, OH, Ashley Wineman of Alliance, OH, Shanna (Jeremiah) Blankenship of Rockford, Cari Gomer of Alpharetta, GA and Bradley Bocker of Chana; 9 great grandchildren; brothers: Don (Becky) Medlar of Louisville, KY, Gerald (Pat) Medlar of Oregon and Neil (Becky) Medlar of Rockford; and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday May 27 in Oregon United Methodist Church with Pastor Thomas E. Kim, of the church, officiating. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Visitation Friday 5:00 – 8:00pm in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Gene’s name may be made to Oregon VFW Post 8739, Oregon United Methodist Church of Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon.

Charley Stroud - 102

4/15/1915 - 5/23/2017
Leaf River, IL

Charley W. Stroud, 102, longtime Leaf River resident, died Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris. Born April 13, 1915 in Fordland, MO, the son of John and Amy Alice Stroud. He was a World War II US Army veteran. Married to Christina Emmeline Lawson March 19, 1938 in Marshfield, MO; she died September 23, 2006. Charley was employed as a welder at J.I. Case in Rockford for 22 1/2 years and then for 7 years at Wood's in Oregon, retiring in 1977. He loved fishing, gardening and lawn work. Survived by his son, John Edmond Stroud of Leaf River; daughter, Geraldine Trenholm of Rockford; grandchildren: Ted W. Trenholm, Patricia A. (Kevin) Weber and Samantha (Rick) Aylard; great grandchildren: Kyle, Myia & Asia Weber, Katelyn Trenholm, Amanda Torkelson, Savannah Marsili, and Cassandra Aylward; great great granddaughter, Karyann Joy Weber; and sister, Opal Gossman of Arizona. Also predeceased by his parents, grandson John A. Trenholm, and 12 siblings. Visitation 10:00 - 11:00am Saturday May 27 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Byron. Private family graveside services will be held in Lightsville Cemetery. A memorial fund is established.

June E. Rowland - 84

4/16/1933 - 5/23/2017
Leaf River, Illinois

Leaf River – June E. “Gilbertson” Rowland, passed away, Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from complications of heart surgery at the age of 84. She was born April 16, 1933 on Easter Sunday in Avon, WI the daughter of Edward and Mary Helen (Bussey) Gilbertson. She graduated from Orfordville, WI High School. She married her husband of 52 years Omer E. Rowland on Dec. 5, 1950 in Leaf River, IL. He passed away in Oct. of 2002. June lived each and every day to the fullest and cherished her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as all of her"buddies" at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home. She always had a kind word to say, a listening ear or was a shoulder to cry on, even when she wasn’t having the best of days herself. Rarely did you hear a complaint from her, nor did she ever want to “bother” someone to ask for help. June worked 25+ years at Pinecrest Manor in the dietary dept. where she made many new friends and always remembered long time acquaintances. After retirement, June worked part-time at the Leaf River Library and loved all of her “Library” girls. She enjoyed gardening, playing the piano, traveling including her trip to Norway of which she was very proud of her Scandinavian heritage. She also enjoyed cooking for her family and friends and watching the birds. She was a member of the North Grove Christian Church and formerly a member of the Horseshoe Riding Club, and served as a Girl Scout leader. June is survived by her 5 children; Vickie (Alan) Pals, Christie (David) Meighan, Julie (Vince) Wright, Ed (Val) Rowland, and Carrie Ebens (Josh Nye), 14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, Sister Carol (Wayne) Sumpter, and their family. As mom always said “It is what it is and this too shall pass”. Funeral service will be 1:00 pm, Friday, May 26, 2017 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street, Oregon, IL with the Pastor Terry Ceroni of the North Grove Christian Church officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Burial will be in the North Grove Christian Cemetery. A memorial fund is established for the Garden at Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home where Mom loved to sit, drink her coffee, and listen to the birds.

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