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Neil E. Holland - 8512/18/1930 - 10/25/2016
Neil E. Holland, 85, longtime Oregon resident, died Tuesday October 25, 2016 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon- reuniting with Barbie, his wife of 60 years. Born December 18, 1930 in Prophetstown the son of Chester and Mildred (Dorathy) Holland. He was a 1948 graduate of Erie High School and a 1950 graduate of Worsham School of Mortuary Science.
Neil was a US Army veteran 1951- 1953, serving in the Korean War. Married to Barbara Lynn Manning January 31, 1954 in Lyndon; she died September 5, 2014. Neil and his family moved to Oregon in 1967 when he began working at Farrell Funeral Home where he eventually assumed ownership, retiring from Farrell-Holland Funeral Home in 1997. He also owned and operated Farrell-Holland Funeral Homes in Stillman Valley and Byron. Following his retirement, he and his wife Barb enjoyed their years together traveling in this country and abroad but never staying too long away from Oregon and family. Neil was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinal fan, listening on the radio, watching on television and attending many games at Busch Stadium. He was a member of Oregon United Methodist Church, Oregon VFW Post 8739, Oregon Masonic Lodge #420, Ogle County Shrine and Tebela Shrine. Neil served on the boards of KSB Hospital, Rochelle Savings and Loan, Rock River Center and the Oregon School District. In 1990 his service to the community was recognized when he was awarded Citizen of the Year by the Oregon Chamber of Commerce and again this year when the city of Oregon named a street in his honor. Neil’s church, his faith and his family were by far the most important parts of his life. Survived by his children: Larry (Susana Guzman-Holland) Holland, LuAnne (Craig) Cann and Lisa (Tom) Gale, all of Oregon; grandchildren: Kellen (Kristi) Cann, Brooks (Sarah) Cann, Griffin Cann, Logan (Erica Arends) Cann, Jon (Paige) Holland, Katie (Jeremiah) McCarthy, Morgan Gale, Ethan (Jordan) Gale and Chloe Gale; great grandchildren: Cambria and Gunnar Cann, Finley Cann, Lydia and Violet McCarthy and Caster Holland; brother, Rodney Holland of Kewanee; sisters-in-law, Darlene Holland and Mary Stern; step grandson, Jim (Jackie) Mzhickteno; and step great grandsons, Max Mzhickteno and Kaenyn Walker. Also predeceased by his parents, brother Dale, sister Joan Hawk, daughter-in-law Marjorie, and step grandson, Mel Hicks. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am Monday October 31 in Oregon United Methodist Church with Rev Thomas E. Kim, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors in Riverview Cemetery. Visitation 2:00-6:00pm Sunday in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon with a Masonic Service at 6:00pm . Memorials in Neil’s name may be made to Oregon United Methodist Church, Rock River Center or Serenity Hospice and Home.
Jerry Michalak, Sr - 792/6/1937 - 10/24/2016
Jerry “Jerome” Michalak, Sr., age 79, of Byron passed away on Monday, October 24, 2016 at Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon, IL. Jerry was born on February 6, 1937 in LaSalle, IL the son of Vince and Josephine Michalak. He worked for many years as a heavy equipment mechanic for Patten Ind. Jerry married Patricia Kierski on October 6, 1962. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron. In his spare time, Jerry enjoyed going on fishing trips up north and sitting in his garage having a cold beer. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years Patricia of Byron; children, Jerry “Jerome” Jr. (Sherri) Michalak of Freeport, Kathy (Gary Oltmanns) Bradbury-Michalak of Oregon, Debbie (Tommy) Crawford of Friendship, TN, Matthew (Michelle Weems) Michalak of Byron, and Mark Michalak of Forreston; siblings, Vincent Michalak of Sebring, FL and Doris Markley of Clearwater, FL, grandchildren, Michelle “Mickey”, Jay, Tina, Anthony, Cody, Chrissy, Taylor, Trisha, Miranda, and Franklyn; great grandchildren, Breanna, Hayley, and Kylie; and special dog Tasha. He is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Tom and Don. Christian funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday October 28, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Visitation will be held at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home in Byron on Thursday October 27, 2016 from 5-7 PM concluding with a Rosary service at 7pm. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Byron. A memorial is established in his name.
David W. Churney - 669/20/1950 - 10/21/2016
David W. Churney, 66, of Oregon, Ill., formerly of Streator,IL died Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 at home. Dave was born Sept. 20, 1950 in Streator to Frederick Sr. and Joan (Spraggon) Churney. He graduated from St. Stephen School and Woodland High School, where he played football. He also attended Illinois Valley Community College and Southern Illinois University. Dave was in the Army from 1971 to 1973, serving in South Korea. He married Karen Funk in 1990 and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2016.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter Danielle (Troy) Kedroske; a stepson Nick (Jamie)Sutherland; grandchildren Ben Kedroske and Boston, Baylor and Adler Sutherland; a sister, Mary Kay Cavanaugh (Bill Wissen); a brother Dan (Sheryl) Churney; sister-in-law Gena Churney; and a granddaughter to be born in December. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Rick and brother-in-law Jack Cavanaugh. Besides family, Dave enjoyed his backyard fish pond, Nascar, the Chicago Bears, gardening and deep sea fishing. He joked that after retirement he wanted to live on the beach in Key West. Dave was always looking for laughs and will be missed.
Visitation will be 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday at Farrell-Holland & Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St., in Oregon, IL with service at 5:30 p.m. Cremation rites will be accorded. Memorials can be directed to Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon or Home of Hope in Sterling.
Amos Patrick Meyer - 39/16/2013 - 10/19/2016
Stillman Valley, IL
Amos Patrick Meyer
On Wednesday October 19th, 2016, our sweet angel, Amos Patrick Meyer, 3 years old, passed away peacefully. He was born September 16th, 2013 in Byron, IL to the parents Duane C. Meyer and Maggie (Rosko) Meyer. Amos was so full of life and love for everything and everyone. He was such a talker. Everything he said and did was with such joy and enthusiasm. He loved animals, Mr. Bailey, Charlie, his bunny(fire truck) and his fish (nose). But his favorite things were Paw Patrol and John Deere tractors! He was our “Little Farm Hand". Amos was a new student at Byron Forest Preserve and had recently received the honor of being student of the week.
Survivors include his father, Duane C. Meyer and Catherine Mearns and son Asher of Stillman Valley; paternal grandparents, Duane L. (papa) & Carolyn J. (Meemaw) Meyer also of Stillman Valley; Uncle Brent (Ashley) Meyer of Oregon; cousins, Preston LaBay, Greyson and Emmy Meyer of Oregon; paternal great-grandparents Richard (Jane) Meyer of Chana, IL and Robert L. Wright of Clinton, Iowa; maternal grandparents, Don (Luann) Rosko of Mt Morris, IL; Uncle Mark (Aimee) Rosko of Byron, IL; cousins Josephine and Eddie Rosko of Byron, IL; and many more Aunts, Uncles, cousins and friends.
He is preceded in death by his mother Maggie Meyer and his Great Grandma Leona Wright
Visitation will be held at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt Rd., Stillman Valley, IL on Tuesday October 25th, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 pm. A private ceremony will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established at Stillman Valley Bank in the name of Amos Patrick Meyer.
C. Christine Johnson - 927/24/1924 - 10/18/2016
Stillman Valley, IL
Stillman Valley, IL – C. Christine Johnson, age 92, died Tue., October 18, 2016 at Generations at Neighbor’s in Byron. She was born July 24, 1924 in Rutledge, TN the daughter of Clarence and Myrtle (Baer) Greenlee. She graduated from Stillman Valley High School in 1942 and from St. Anthony Nursing School in 1946. Christine was a Registered Nurse and formerly worked for Swedish American Hospital and the Byron Clinic. She married Vernie Johnson on June 15, 1946 in Stillman Valley. Christine was a member of the Congregational Christian Church in Stillman Valley. She loved to travel and would spend winters in Florida with her husband Vernie. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Vernie, Daughter Karen McGrew, brother E.C. Greenlee, and grandson Michael Hannawell. She is survived by her sons Michael (Debra) Johnson of Stillman Valley, and Stann Johnson, 4 grandchildren; Jimmy Hannawell, Jr., Lisa Dees, Paul “P.J.” Johnson, and Stephen McGrew, and several Great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be 2:00 pm, Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Stillman Valley Cemetery with Maureen McLain Chaplin of Heartland Hospice officiating. No visitation. A memorial fund is established for Heartland Hospice.
George Remour - 863/10/1930 - 10/17/2016
George L. Remour, 86, lifelong Oregon resident, died Monday October 17, 2016 in Serenity Hospice Home, Oregon. Born March 10, 1930 in Havana, IL the son of Leslie and Justina (Jansen) Remour. Married to Esther Cramer October 7, 1965 in Oregon; she died October 29, 1995. George was a 1948 graduate of Oregon High School and a US Army veteran. He was employed at Kable Printing in Mt. Morris over 40 years and as a letter carrier for the Oregon Post Office for 25 years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of Oregon VFW Post 8739 and Oregon Masonic Lodge 420 and the Tebala Shrine. Survived by his daughters, Debra (Robert) Early and Diane (Steven) Spangler, both of Oregon; son Michael Remour of Washington State; grandchildren, Jamie Early, Shawn Early and Ashley Cox; 5 great grandchildren; brother, John Remour of Oregon; and special friends and care-givers, Nate and Kim Mattison. Also predeceased by his parents and first wife and mother of his daughters, Beverly. In accordance with George’s wishes, there will be no services and private burial will be held at a later date in Daysville Cemetery
Linda N. Little - 682/25/1948 - 10/9/2016
Linda Nadine Little, 68, of Oregon, died Sunday Oct. 9, 2016 after a long illness. She was born February 25, 1948 in Midwest City, Oklahoma the daughter of Esten & Neoma (Passmore) Peck. She was a 1966 graduate of Midwest City High School. She married David Little in Stillwater, OK on Dec. 9, 1978 and they moved to his hometown of Oregon, IL in 1980. Linda worked at White Pines Ranch for many years and was also employed at the Byron Nuclear Plant and M&M Supermarket. She was an avid Cubs fan and her hobbies included saddle making and photography.
Survivors include her husband, David; daughter, Sheril (Stephen) Abernathy of Midwest City, OK; son, Jesse Little of Madison, WI; granddaughters, McKaena and Jaely Abernathy; sisters, Arla (Frank) Protzman and Carol (Tommy) Hager both of Midwest City, OK, and Brenda (Edward) Grainger of Oklahoma City, OK; father-in-law, Dick Little of Oregon, IL; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, James Jefferson, and mother-in-law, Dolores Little. Cremation rites were accorded with interment at a later date. The family would like to thank Dr. Appenheimer, Serenity Hospice & Home, and Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center for their fine care.
Chad W. Copeland - 419/7/1975 - 10/8/2016
Chad William Copeland, 41, of Dixon, died Saturday October 8, 2016 in Kindred Hospital, Sycamore. He was born September 7, 1975 in Peoria, IL. Chad graduated, in the Class of 1994, from Oregon High School and worked at Flex O Glass Inc. in Dixon. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing, but his passion was disc golf.
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Wayne & Karen Copeland of Mt. Morris; his mother, Linda Kennelly Copeland of Colorado; sister, Jennifer (Chris) Shaffer of Mt. Morris; and brothers, Jake (Laurel) Copeland of Sycamore and Jonathan (Amy) Copeland of Peosta, Iowa. He was preceded in death by a sister, Amanda Renee and grandparents, Mary & Luby Copeland and John & Dorothy Kennelly.
Funeral services will be held Thursday Oct. 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home with Pastor Mary Lou Eubanks, officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00-8:00 PM in the funeral home. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Pay It Forward House, 719 Somonauk St., Sycamore, IL 60178.
Donald L. Dales - 8610/24/1929 - 10/8/2016
Oregon - Donald L. Dales, age 86, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at his home near Oregon. He was born Oct. 24, 1929 in Rochelle the son of
LeRoy and Alice (Worthington) Dales. He graduated from Rochelle High School in 1947. Don served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1956.
He married Carolyn F. Grindley on April 24, 1954 in Mahomet, IL. She preceded him in death on June 21, 1993. Don formerly worked at the Conover Piano factory in Oregon and for Caron International in Oregon and Rochelle. He also worked several years at Northern Illinois University in the Security Dept. Don was a resident of Oregon for 48 yrs. formerly of Chana. He managed the Chana grocery store and the post office. He was a member of the Oregon VFW. He was an avid Packers and Cubs fan. Don was predeceased by his parents, wife Carolyn, brother Duane Dales, and sister Phyllis Gunderson. He is survived by his 2 children; Douglas Dales of Oregon and Marcia (Jeff) Mays of Normal, IL, 3 grandchildren; Nicholas Dales, Allison and Emily Mays, several nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be 11:00 am, Wed., Oct. 12, 2016 at the Daysville Cemetery near Oregon with the Rev. Kregg Farmer pastor of the Community Baptist Church in Milledgeville officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30 am to 10:30 am at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th Street Oregon, IL. 61061. A memorial fund is established in Don’s name.
William G. Himert - 8810/3/1928 - 10/4/2016
William G. Himert, 88, of Oregon died Tuesday October 4, 2016 in Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. He was born October 3, 1928 in Oregon, IL the son of Glenn W. & Ruth E. (Woodworth) Himert. He married Clarice Holverson in Oregon on August 5, 1950; she died in 2014. Bill retired in 1985 , after 36 years of employment, from Commonwealth Edison Co. He served in the US Army and was a member of the American Legion. Bill was also a member of the Oregon Masonic Lodge, the Freeport Consistory, and the Tabalah Shrine, and was a volunteer fireman with the Oregon Fire Dept. for many years
Survivors include his son, Glenn A. “Gus” (Ronda) Himert of Oregon; daughter, Cynthia R. Himert of Huntsville, Alabama; 5 grandchildren, Michelle Stewart, Jeremy Stewart, Major Nate (Stephanie) Himert,
Mallory ( 1st Lt. Rammell) Nwaokai, and Amanda (Scott) Zimmermann; 2 great grandsons, Atticus & Braxton; and nieces & nephews. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Vera Huffman.
Funeral services, with military honors, will be Friday October 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM, preceded by visitation from 4:00 PM until service time, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon, with Pastor Michael Hoffman officiating. Private burial will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. Memorials may be directed to the Oregon Depot Museum.