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C. Christine Johnson - 92

7/24/1924 - 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 - 86

3/10/1930 - 10/17/2016
Oregon, Illinois

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 - 68

2/25/1948 - 10/9/2016
Oregon, IL

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 - 41

9/7/1975 - 10/8/2016
Oregon, IL

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 - 86

10/24/1929 - 10/8/2016
Oregon, Illinois

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 - 88

10/3/1928 - 10/4/2016
Oregon, IL

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.

Franklin J. Hammond - 82

1/30/1934 - 10/3/2016
Leaf River, IL

Franklin J. Hammond, age 82, of Leaf River passed away at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. He was born on January 30, 1934 in Isabel, South Dakota to Dorcey and Carolyn (Pogany) Hammond. He is a graduate of Leaf River High School. Frank married Fern Westerman on November 27, 1957. He spent many years as a volunteer firefighter for Leaf River Volunteer Fire Department. Frank previoulsy was on the Leaf River Village Board. In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking. Frank is survived by his loving wife Fern of Leaf River; children, Kelly (Steve) Truckenbrod of Lake Villa, IL, Mindy (Keith) Morgan of Erie, IL, Pat Hammond of Oregon, IL, and Mona (Roger) Best of Rockford, IL; brothers, Bill Hammond of Leaf River and Bob (Linda) Hammond of Davis Junction; grandchildren, Tiffany Truckenbrod, Bobby Truckenbrod, Sammy (Matt) Wolf, and Sydney Morgan; great grandchildren, Landon and Lilly; and several nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents and sisters, Carolyn Hammond and Charlotte Taylor. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday October 6, 2016 at Farrell Holland Funeral Home, Byron preceded by a visitation beginning at 10:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Lightsville Cemetery in Leaf River. In lieu of flowers memorials are established for the Leaf River Fire Department.

Bettie J. Stone - 81

2/5/1935 - 9/29/2016
Oregon, IL

Bettie J. Stone, 81, of Oregon, died Thursday September 29, 2016 in Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. She was born Feb. 5, 1935 in Dixon, IL the daughter of DeForest & Rose (Greene) Lowry. She married LeRoy Clifford Stone on Feb. 10, 1954 in Oregon; he died in 2008. Bettie is survived by her children, Randy Stone of Daysville, Cindy (Don) Drumheller of Honeycreek, and Rocky (Carol Richards) Stone of Chana; 8 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; sisters, Norma (Neil) Peterson of Grand Detour, Pauline (Orlie) Harrington of Arkansas, and Vivian Shinn of Sarasota, FL; and brothers, Donald (Nancy) Lowry of Cherry, IL, Roddy (Pat) Lowry and Kenny (Debbie) Lowry, both of Grand Detour; and many nieces & nephews. She was also preceded in death by a grandson and siblings, Alice Rottke, Marian Spardella, Marjorie Blaga, Judy Brandt, Shirley Haas, & Gary Lowry.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM on Monday October 3, 2016 in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, Oregon. No funeral service. Private burial will be in Daysville Cemetery.

Shelley S. Shelton - 47

6/29/1969 - 9/28/2016
Oregon, IL

Shelley S. Shelton, 47, of Oregon, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday September 28, 2016 in Dixon, IL. She was born June 29, 1969 in Rockford, IL the daughter of Mark and Barbara (Clapper) Davis. Shelley was a graduate of Oregon High School , graduated Magna Cum Laude in Communications from Northeastern Illinois University, and also studied Certified Clinical Medical Assisting at Rock Valley College. She loved the outdoors, especially taking pictures of butterflies and flowers. Shelley also enjoyed reading and music, and adored her niece, Ava. Shelley put it this way: "I am a free spirit who loves nature, traveling, and who are spiritually awakened. Love & Light !!"
Survivors include her father and step-mother, Mark & Barb Davis of Oregon; sisters, Jennifer (Richard) Boyden of Oregon and Courtney (Ben Kittinger) Mulkins and their daughter, Ava of Rockford; step-brother, Peter (Megha) Probst and their daughter, Suriya of Chicago; maternal grandmother, Betty Roberts of Mt. Morris; paternal grandparents, Herbert & Marion Davis of Oregon; and best friend, Deanna Jergens of Dixon. She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara and her maternal grandfather, John Clapper.
Memorial services will be held Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. 7th St, Oregon, followed immediately by a gathering of family and friends at the Oregon VFW.

Glenn A. Book - 79

9/14/1937 - 9/26/2016
Leaf River, IL

Glenn A. Book, age 79, of Leaf River passed away suddenly on September 26, 2016. He was born on September 14, 1937 to Clarence and Jessie (Martin) Book. Glenn’s passion in life was farming and he made it his life’s work. One of his favorite things to do was to be out on the combine. He was a member of the Farm Bureau. Glenn was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Byron where he was a part of the Knight’s of Columbus. He was an active member of the Horseshoe Riding Club where he once served as President. Glenn was also a member of the Mount Morris Moose Lodge. He is survived by his sons, Adrian (Tari) Book and Mike (Sherrie) Book of Leaf River; Fiancé, Kathrine Boos of Dixon; step children, Howard (Tammy) Book of Kentucky, Connie (Dave) Fox of Tampico, Steve (Sue) Book of Rockford, and Carol (Lloyd) Bellows of Oregon; Siblings, Harold (Cheryl) Book of Byron, Dorothy Butt of Belvidere, Marge Genandt of Forreston, Mildred Sammons of CA, and David (Linda) Book of Pecatonica; sister-in-law, Beverly Book of Pecatonica; 4 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and many great great grand children. He is predeceased by his parents, first wife Joanne, second wife Nellie May, 2 brothers, and 3 sisters. Christian funeral mass will be held Thursday September 29, 2016 at 5:00 PM, preceded by visitation from 3:00 PM until time of mass, in St. Mary Catholic Church, 220 E. 2nd St., Byron with Father Howard Barch officiating. Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Byron. A memorial fund is established in his name.

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