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Byron, IL

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Ruby M. Wakenight - 100

3/12/1916 - 9/2/2016
Oregon, IL

Ruby M. Wakenight, 100, of Oregon, died Friday Sept. 2, 2016 in Oregon Health Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Oregon on March 12, 1916 the daughter of Frank & Lena (Ferguson) Messenger. Ruby was a member of Oregon Church of God and was a seamstress for Oregon Manufacturing Sewing Factory. She enjoyed playing Bingo. Survivors include her children, Richard Wakenight of Milan, IL, Roger (Norma) Wakenight of Polo, Randy (Deb) Wakenight of Oregon, & Doris (Clyde) Payne of Las Vegas, NV; 7 grandchildren; numerous great grandchildren; sisters, Nancy Krueger of MI and Pauline Glendenning of Oregon; brother, Harry (Linda) Messenger of MI; and daughters-in-law, Barb Wakenight of Mt. Home, AR and Judy Wakenight of Polo. She was preceded in death by 1 sister, 4 brothers, and sons, James & Gregory.
Graveside services will be held Thursday Sept. 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM in Fairmount Cemetery, 1533 IL-26, Polo, IL, with Pastor Doug Cowan officiating. No visitation.

Richard Don Hull - 84

7/13/1932 - 8/29/2016
Stillman Valley, IL

Richard "Don" Hull, age 84, of Stillman Valley passed away on August 29, 2016 at OSF St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford. He was born on July 13, 1932 in Tulsa, OK the son of Alva and Almeta (Ward) Hull. He married O. Kay Henderson on September 24, 1956 in Wichita, KS. Richard owned and operated Hull Hardwood Flooring with his son Bob. In his recent years, he enjoyed making horseshoe artwork and welding. Don was a great wood worker who liked to make coffee tables. He was also an avid gardener who liked to plant flowers; especially holly hocks. He was also known for growing his vegetable garden. He is survived by his wife O. Kay Hull of Stillman Valley; children, Robert Hull of Stillman Valley, Bobby (Shelly) Hull of Brodhead, WI, and Donna (Keith) Butz of Genoa, IL; sister, Marian Seivers of Gunnison, CO; grandchildren, Jesse (Jaclyn) Butz, Susan (Jordan Spradlin) Johnson, Travis (Amy Fritsch) Hull, Mandy (Matt) Baenziger, and Bethany (Bob) Botts; great grandchildren, Chance, Brisco, Raelynn, Fallon, Kylie, and Casey; and many neices, nephews, and cousins. He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings James Henry and Almeta Henry, aunts Jewel Speciale and Francis Jones, and grandson Daniel Johnson. Visitation will be held Saturday Sept. 3, 2016 from 10:00 - 12:00 PM, in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 136 W. Roosevelt in Stillman Valley. Urn interment will be in Mouth of Stillman Cemetery. Memorials are established in his name.

Norman H. Collins - 90

8/31/1925 - 8/28/2016
Oregon, Illinois

Norman H. Collins, 90, of Dickson, Tennessee (formerly of Oregon), died August 28, 2016. He was born August 31, 1925 in Ben Davis, Missouri, the son of Zealous H. Collins and Cleda Ann (Gaither) Collins. Norman served in the U.S. Army, 26th Infantry, First Division, Company M, as a Corporal Special Guard in the Nuremburg War Crime Trials in Germany, 1945-1946. Upon his return to the States Norman became involved in his community serving 10 years on the School Board for Oak Grove Rural School District, Missouri. He married Alice Virginia Stepp April 16, 1948 in Missouri. Norman farmed for 20 years prior to moving to Oregon, Illinois in 1966 where he again became active in his community. He served in the Boy Scouts of America as Cub Scout Master, Committee Chair for Troop 81, and as Round Table Commissioner for Blackhawk Council. He was awarded the District Award of Merit. Norman was elected to the Oregon City Council and served for 12 years. He was Chair of the Oregon Chamber of Commerce for 12 years and helped create Autumn on Parade in the early 70's. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Rock River Development Committee and served as Vice President for Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging. He was asked to be Oregon's Parade Marshall in 1994 and was honored as Citizen of the Year in 1995. Norman and his wife, Alice, were active members of the Blackhawk Twirlers Club for 20 years. Norman was an Elder in The First Presbyterian Church of Oregon and a Charter Member of the Tri County Gun Club, Polo. He retired from Stronghold Camp and Conference Center, Oregon, where he worked for 23 years as Operations Manager. In 1997 Norman and his wife, Alice, moved to Dickson, Tennessee. Alice died in 1999. Norman married Dorothy E. Baker January 18, 2003 in Dickson. Norman was a member of Pine Hill Nazarene Church, McEwen, Tennessee where he served on the Finance Committee and enjoyed the company of his church family. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and was an avid reader. He will be lovingly remembered by his family as “Pop.” He is survived by his children, Kathy (Dan) Drozd, Oregon, Illinois; Keith (Kathleen) Collins Frederick, Maryland; Kevin (Ann) Collins Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 7 grandchildren, Nathan (Brittany) Drozd, Dana (Lee) Russell-Brown, Paul (Brianne) Drozd, Haleigh, Kevin, Allison, and Gavin Collins, two great-grandchildren, Jackson and Stella Drozd, Step-son Tommy (Elizabeth) Ray, brothers, Carl (Elizabeth) Collins, Robert (Barbara) Collins, Larry (Sara) Collins, sisters, Mary Stottlemyre, Lucille (Ervin) Yarnell, Louise (Max) Walker, Cleta (Junior) Vaughn, sister-in-law, Marjorie Collins, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two wives, his father, mother, one sister, and two brothers. Funeral will be 11:00 am, Wed., Aug 31, 2016 at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home in Oregon with the Rev. Randy Newton pastor of the First Baptist Church of Leaf River officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Burial service will be at Riverview Cemetery, Oregon. A memorial has been established for Pine Hill Nazarene Church, 5175 White Oak Rd., McEwen, TN 37101.

Mary Fletcher - 84

8/27/1932 - 8/28/2016
Byron, IL

Mary Fletcher, 84, of Oregon, died Sunday August 28, 2016 in St. Anne’s Center, Rockford. She was born August 27, 1932 in Oregon, IL the daughter of John & Beulah (Arends) Miles. She married George W. Fletcher on February 14, 1953; he died in 1990. She was a homemaker and worked in a sewing factory in her early years. She sewed her children’s clothes and also Barbie and Cabbage Patch doll clothes for her children and others’ dolls. Mary worked at Chicklets in Rockford and also the Oregon-Aire restaurant in Oregon. She loved going to sales and to Freeport every Thursday for her weekly outing.
She is survived by daughters, Carol (Chuck) Sutton of Leaf River, IL, Terri (Bob) Krueger of Menasha, WI, and Linda (Romaine) Castor of Machesney Park, IL; 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 5 great great grandchildren (and she loved seeing and hearing about them all); sister, Pat Onken, and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones dear to her heart. She was also preceded in death by her parents, son, Dennis James Fletcher, sisters, Oda, Rita, Rogene, Betty, Gladys, brother, John, and great granddaughter, Samantha Krueger. Special thanks to Jan and Aunt Freda and others for prayer and also to OSF Doctors and nurses and the staff at St. Anne’s (especially Michelle for her support and nurse Lori Perez and the many caregivers).
Funeral services will be held Friday Sept. 2, 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. Burial will be in Byron Cemetery.

Marvella R. "Mar" Kober - 68

8/4/1948 - 8/27/2016
Chana, IL

Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Sister
Marvella Renee "Mar" Kober, 68, of Chana, IL died Saturday August 27, 2016 in her home surrounded by her family. She was born August 4, 1948 in Washington, IL the daughter of Paul & Lillian (Greely) Wehrmann. She was a graduate of Roanoke High School. She married Herbert Kober in Roanoke on May 24, 1968. Together they owned and operated Fishers Inc in Oregon for over 40 years. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Paynes Point and had a love of God, her family, animals, and traveling. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, traveling in the motor home (some of the most memorable trips were camping with the grandchildren), trips to National Parks, and going to one of her favorite places, Maui, Hawaii. She is survived by her husband, Herb; daughters, Carmen Kober and Angie Klein; granddaughters, Sydney Klein, Madalyn Klein, Chloe Klein, Hannah Repass, and Haley Repass; and brothers, Tim Wehrmann and Tom Wehrmann, both of Roanoke, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Funeral services will be held Friday Sept. 2, 2016 at 11:00 AM in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Paynes Point with Pastor Andrew Kayes officiating. Burial will be in Emmanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5:00-7:00 PM in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. Memorials may be directed to Emmanuel Lutheran Church or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Stirling "Ken" DeArvil - 75

9/23/1940 - 8/24/2016
Oregon, IL

Stirling K. “Ken” DeArvil, 75, longtime Oregon resident, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Born September 23, 1940 in Dixon, the son of Murray and Ann (Miller) DeArvil. He was a 1958 graduate of Dixon High School and served in the US Marine Corp. Married to Sandra Curtis January 3, 1960 in Oregon; she died November 3, 1998. Then married Sharon Needham June 26, 2004 in Oregon. Ken was employed as a corporate transportation manager for Swift for 20 years, retiring in 1980;then sold semi-trucks for Rockford Truck Sales until 2002; then employed as traffic manager for Leek Trucking in Rockford until 2006. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon and actively involved with Blackhawk Area Boy Scouts where he was awarded the Order of the Arrow. Ken enjoyed woodworking, duck hunting, fishing, and his grandchildren and their sporting events. Survived by his wife, Sharon DeArvil of Oregon; daughters: Kelly (Dave) Brooks of Winnebago and Marcy (Bob) Egyed of Oregon; grandchildren: Rob Brooks, Michael Brooks, Laura (Evan) Sanford, Jake DeArvil, John DeArvil, Ellie Egyed and Kaitlyn Egyed; great grandchildren, Kennadi and Owen; brother, Robert (Elizabeth) DeArvil of Oregon; sister, Kathy (Don) Hess of Dixon; half-brother, Royal “Bud” DeArvil; half-sisters: Kim, Cindy, Shelly, Pam, Dayle and Michelle; and brother-in-law, Steve (Rose) Curtis. Also predeceased by his parents and son, Tom DeArvil. Funeral services will be held at 11:00am Monday August 29 in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Oregon with Pastor Rich Tomlinson officiating. Burial in Daysville Cemetery. Visitation Sunday 3:00-5:00pm in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. A memorial fund has been established

John Amos DeVries - 78

4/3/1938 - 8/22/2016
Oregon, Illinois


Oregon-John Amos DeVries, 78, died in Cozumel, Mexico August 22, 2016 from kidney failure. John was born on April 3, 1938 in Rockford, Illinois the son of Amos and Beulah (Krohn) DeVries. He graduated from Oregon High School in 1956. He then married Judith Cultra on January 22, 1958 in Ashton, Illinois. He was an active member of Illinois National Guard 1957-1963. John farmed in Ogle County for 30+ years where he started with a small farm in Rockvale Township and grew his farming operation to over 4000 acres in three states. He also owned/operated DeVries Grain and Fertilizer into the mid 80's. John helped a lot of area farmers through some very difficult economic times in the early 80's. He then relocated to Cozumel, Mexico where he married Maria Esther Guevara Campos. In Cozumel, he started Less Pay Car Rental for 20+ years. If you knew John, you always had a story to tell. He will be missed by many who knew him. John was predeceased by his parents, an infant daughter Catherine Lynn DeVries, brother Arnold, and recently his daughter Amy Luepkes. Survived by his wife, Maria Esther; sons John Kenneth (Cathy) DeVries and John Amos DeVries Guevara; daughter Carla (Tony) Benesh; grandsons Bryan (Erica) DeVries, Brett (Jennifer) DeVries, Austin and David Luepkes, and Blake Benesh; and great grandchildren Carson, Caroline and Harper DeVries.
Graveside services will be at 11:00 am, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Ebenezer Cemetery on German Church Rd, rural Oregon. There will be a luncheon and celebration of life directly after the service at the Oregon VFW. A memorial fund established in his name.

Virginia M. Bettner - 78

5/14/1938 - 8/18/2016
Shannon, IL

Virginia M. Bettner, 78, lifelong Ogle County resident, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born May 14, 1938 in Dixon, the daughter of William and Orva (Sanford) Lansden. Married to Raymond "Pat" Bettner July 14, 1957 in Ashton; he died August 18, 1990. Virginia was a short order cook at various area restaurants for many years. She attended Grace United Methodist Church in Brookville and was a member of Mt. Morris Moose Lodge where she received her Green Cap and was a Senior Regent. Virginia enjoyed playing cards, cross-stitch, paint by numbers, word search puzzles, country music, flower gardening, attending family sports activities and the color purple. Survived by sons: Douglas (Cathy) Bettner of Forreston, Kenneth (Joyce Bates) Bettner of Polo, Stewart (Beth Vaultonburg) Bettner of German Valley, Patrick (Katie) Bettner of Shannon and Shawn (Linda) Bettner of Forreston; daughters: Bernadine (Harlan) Grenzow of Juda, WI, Teresa (John) Nafzger of Brodhead, WI, Dawn (Joel) Stocker of Monroe, WI, Priscilla Schumacher of Forreston, Joy Svihlik of Erie, Carlyn Klotzbach of Shullsburg, WI, and Tina (Chris) Krebs of Monroe, WI; 24 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by her parents, grandson Victor Nafzger, an infant brother and special friend Sam Swalve. Funeral service will be held at 11:00am Monday August 22 in Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon with Pastor Jerry Martz of Grace United Methodist Church in Brookville officiating. Burial in White Rock Cemetery, Kings. Visitation Sunday 2:00 - 6:00pm in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Mt. Morris Moose Lodge.

David L. Akins - 60

6/7/1956 - 8/15/2016
Byron, IL

David L. Akins, age 60, passed away suddenly on August 15, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 7, 1956 in Sandusky, OH the son of Ervin and Iris (Gardner) Akins. He married Cindy Rasmussen on September 19, 2011; she passed away on April 25, 2013. David was a family man who adored his grandchildren. He loved cars and racing. One of the many highlights of his life was getting to drive a race car in Chicago. He was a huge history buff and enjoyed boating in his spare time. He was an all around wonderful guy. He is survived by his parents, Ervin and Iris Akins of Thorton, CO; his daughter, Nicole (Nick Post) Akins of Zumbrota, MN; sister, Susanne (Larry) Schalles of Justin, TX; grandchildren, Levi, Willow, Mika, and Porsche; step-children, Christine (Shaun) Kuntz of Lombard, IL and John Gage of Lombard, IL; and mother-in-law, Mary Rasmussen of Lombard, IL. He is preceded in death by his wife Cindy. Visitation will be held on Wednesday August 24, 2016 from 4-6 PM at Farrell Holland Gale Funeral Home; 506 W. Merchant St. Byron, IL 61010.

Alberta K. (Bain) Brown - 102

8/30/1913 - 8/11/2016
Oregon, IL

Alberta K. (Bain) Brown, 102, an Oregon resident for 54 years, died Thursday August 11, 2016 in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. “Heaven has gained a new angel.” Born August 30, 1913 in Leonore, IL, the daughter of John and Helena (Broschied) Schorn. Married to Robert “Jim” Bain October 16, 1941; he died April 28, 1979. Then married to James “Jim” Brown May 1990; he died July 13, 2004. Alberta worked several years at the University of Illinois Agricultural Office in Oregon and was well known for her excellent baking and cooking. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon and its Catholic Daughters of the Americas chapter. Survived by her daughter, Bonnie (Craig) Bain-Cox of Rockford; son, Robert Bain, Jr. of Sterling; step-children: Maureen (Steve) Asebrook, Dennis (Debbie) Brown, Timothy (Margaret) Brown, Patrick Brown and Terry (Rita) Brown, all of Ohio; grandchildren: Alan (Gwen) Cox, David (Shelly) Cox, James (Lindsay) Cox and Ann Elizabeth Cox (Alberta was also Godmother to Ann); 13 great grandchildren; a great great granddaughter; and many step- grandchildren. Also predeceased by 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Christian Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00am Monday August 15 in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon with Rev. Joseph Naill as celebrant. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, Oregon. Visitation at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon on Sunday 5:00 – 7:00pm with a 7:00pm Rosary Service.

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