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Funeral services for Ivor C. Anderson were held Monday at 2 p.m. in the EUB CHurch in Loraine Township following a short service in the Rivenburg Funeral Home in Geneseo. Mr.Anderson died late Friday afternoon in his home following a heart attack. He was 48 years old. He was born in Hampton Township Jan. 25, 1901, son of Andrew and Betty Pearson Anderson, and was educated in the Port Byron schools. For the past 22 years he has resided in Loraine Township. He married Amelia Weideman April 4, 1923 in Rock Island County. He was a trustee of the Loraine Church and had served as township road commissioner and director of the Erie Telephone Company.
Survivors are the widow, a son Arlyn, and daughter Sharon, at home; three brothers, Harry and Leonard Anderson of Port Byron and Edward of East Moline; five sisters, Mrs. Betty Siegner of Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Hattie Olson of Lyndon, Mrs. F. M. Whiteside and Mrs. A. J. Smith of East Moline, and Mrs. L. W. Person of Moline.
The Rev. Otis Bowman of Lewiston, assisted by the Rev. Harold Flessner, officiated at the services. Pallbearers were Gilbert Prichard, Howard Ford and George Furstenau of Geneseo, Dale Redell of Spring Hill, E. E. Anderson, Ira Urick, Roland Hoffmeister and John Wirth of Loraine vicinity. Hubert Obrecht of Geneseo, accompanied at the organ by Charles Rivenburg, sang. In charge of the flowers were Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bennett, Mr. and Mrs. Quincy Kemmis, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis Brooks and Mrs. Ira Urick. Burial was in the North Cemetery, Geneseo.
[The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, August 22, 1949 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]

Prophetstown: - Cora A. Wendling, 99, formerly of Joliet and Geneseo, died Dec. 18, 1993 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown. Cremation rites have been accorded. Inurnment will take place at Hooppole Cemetery at a later date.
Mrs. Wendling was born Oct. 9, 1894 in Hooppole, the daughter of Edward and Caroline (Arnold) Hilger. She married Otis Wendling Jan. 30, 1913 in Pocahontas, Iowa. The couple lived in Joliet for many years until moving to Geneseo in 1972. He died in 1980. She was a member of the Church of God, Joliet, where she taught Sunday school and served as pianist.
Survivors include one sister, Mabel Vetter of Prophetstown; two nieces and two nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers.

[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, December 21, 1993 - Tuesday, pg A2- Contributed by Melva L. Taylor ]

Harland Hoppock
Freeport – Harland H. Hoppock, 92, former Rawleigh Co. executive, of 1528 W. Harrison Street, Freeport, died Sunday, February 5, 1989 at Scott & White Hospital, Temple, Texas. He was a graduate of the University of Missouri. During his years with the Rawleigh Co., he traveled extensively throughout the world for the company. For more than 50 years he was a member of the Kiwanis Club, where he was a past president, and served as a past lieutenant governor. He was a member of Embury United Methodist Church.
The son of Alfred G. and Madora (Maginnis) Hoppock, he was born November 9, 1896 in Kewanee. He married Yvonne E. Bilger in 1929, in Nice, France. She died December 24, 1971. Surviving are nephews.
Service will be Thursday at St. Luke Episcopal Church in Belton, Texas. Graveside service will be at a later date at Saxon Cemetery in Kewanee. Arrangements were completed by Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
[Unknown newspaper, submitted by Alice Horner]

ROLLIN O. SOMMERS - 90, of Hooppole, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1999, at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. Funeral services will be at 10:l30 a.m. Friday at Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole. Burial will be at Hooppole Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Gardner-Gibson and Son Funeral Home.
Mr. Sommers was born Jan. 26, 1909, in rural Hooppole, the son of Lynn and Susan (Ott) Sommers. He married Jessie Mattingley on Feb. 23, 1929. She died in 1974. He then married Ellen Copher on Oct. 23, 1976, she died in 1992. He farmed until he retired in 1974. He was a life long member of the Zion United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Henry County Board for 35 years, serving as chairman in 1969-1970. He was a board member of Henry County H.I.A., a board member of Community Unit 226 Parent Teachers Association, and a member of the Henry County P.T.A. He was a Hooppole Library District board member and Henry County Youth Service Bureau board member. He also served as Yorktown Township Supervisor.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Miller of Annawan, and Joyce (Walter) Henkel of Riverdale, Iowa; a son, Dale (Jeri) Sommers of Prophetstown; a step-son, David Copher of Dundee; six grandsons; five step grandsons; 25 great grandchildren; and six great great grandchildren. [The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois, December 16, 1999 - Thursday, pg A2 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]

Paul S. Specht, Prophetstown, Dies
Prophetstown: - Paul Stanley Specht, 52, RR 2 Prophetstown, died Sunday, Aug. 8 at 12:30 a.m. at Hammond Henry Hospital, Geneseo, after being ill for three months.
Funeral services will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery at Hooppole, with the Rev. Father Martin Fallon officiating. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Monday at Garner's Chapel. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established in his honor.
Paul Specht was born Feb. 18, 1919 in Henry County, the son of Edward and Bernice Wachs Specht. He lived his entire life in the Prophetstown area and was educated at Specht School. He married Naomi Duncan of Nelson County, Ky. at Atkinson on Sept. 19, 1959. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a veteran of WW II. He was a farmer.
Survivors include his widow; seven sons: Joe, Mike, Alan, John, Roy, Ray and Charles, all at home; two brothers, John, Atkinson and William, Milledgeville; three sisters, Mrs. Fred (Genevieve) Woldbusser and Mrs. Lester (Rolfina) Lindahl, both of Prophetstown and Mrs. Ruth Heller, Houston, Tex. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, August 9, 1971 - Submitted by Melva Taylor]

CHARLES L. McNEILL - 59, president of the McNeill Asphalt Co. of Kewanee, a firm that has done extensive work in the Sterling and Rock Falls area, died Friday morning at his Kewanee home. Funeral rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Cavanagh and Schueneman Funeral Home, where visitation will be Sunday evening. Interment will be in Pleasant View Cemetery.
The son of William O. and Ida Williams McNeill, he was born Aug. 5, 1901, in Annawan. He was educated in the Annawan schools and came to Kewanee in 1942. He married Doris Lager on Oct. 26, 1920. Surviving are his wife, Doris; three sons, Arden, Robert and Richard, all of Kewanee; a brother, Fred, in Texas, and a sister, Florence, in Florida. Mr. McNeill's three sons are associated with him in the asphalt business in Kewanee.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 5, 1960 - Saturday, page 3, Sub. by Melva L. Taylor]

JULES MAES - 95, a former Tampico resident, died Wednesday afternoon at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Funeral services are pending at Schmitt Funeral Chapel in Tampico and will be announced later. Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee. Friends may call at Schmitt Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. A memorial has been established. Jules Maes was born in Adegen, Belgium, Jan. 24, 1880, the son of Charles and Amelie Maes. He married Elodie Van Hauwenhuyze and she preceded in 1939. Survivors include three sons, Edmond and Raymond of Prophetstown, and Charles of Neponset, 10 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and one half-brother Edmond Tierentyn of Kewanee. He was preceded by his wife, one daughter and one great granddaughter. [Sterling Gazette - September 4, 1975 - Thursday, page 6 - Sub. by Melva L. Taylor]

Nels August Lofgren
Funeral services for the late Nels August Lofgren were held Wednesday afternoon at 2'oclock at the Swedish Lutheran Church. At 1:30 o'clock short services were held at the home at which time the paster, Rev. Frank A. Gustafson, read Psalm 121 and led in prayer, which followed by singing of "Rock of Ages" in Swedish by a male quartette composed of Messra, Victor Bloomquist, Hary Olson, H. S. Peterson, and Edward Lundeen. Those from out of town attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Albert Peterson and daughter Mamie; Mr. and Mrs. Emil Peterson and son LaVern, Cambridge, Oscar Bogren, Mrs. Gust Lundgren, Woodhull; Mrs. John Carlson, Alexis; Mr. and Mrs J. A. Bogren and daughter Inez, Galesburg; Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Peterson, Woodhull; besides a large number of old neighbors from northwest of here. Nels August Lofgren was born at Tveta, Sweden, July 1, 1859. He was bapitzed and confirmed in Sweden. He came to America in 1880. April 8, 1886, he married Miss Clara Peterson of Andover, ILL. To this union were born five children, two of whom died in infancy. In 1886 they moved into this community where they have become well known. He became a member of the local Lutheran Church in 1899, where he remained a member until his death. The family moved to town shortly after Christmas to enjoy their declining years. A few weeks ago he became seriously ill with pneumonia and for some it appeared that he would recover, but suffered a relapse and passed away March 25, 1917, at 9 p.m., making his age 57 years. He leaves to mourn his departure his grief stricken wife; two daughters, Mrs. Ella Conrad, near Altona, and Dora at home; one son Edwin, near Altona; four grandchildren, and a large circle of friends.
[Unknown newspaper, 1917 - Sub. by Stephen Burke, who adds: Note: It does not say in the obit that he was buried in Oneide Cemetery, Oneide, ILL. He was married in Andover, ILL, and had many relatives in Henry County, ILL. Among them were my grandparents - Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Peterson of Woodhull, as listed in the obit.]

ERNEST E. BRYAN - 85, 1702 N. Main, Kewanee, died Monday morning at Kewanee Public Hospital. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Rux-Creamer-Lund Funeral Home in Kewanee with the Rev. Richard Anderson, pastor of the Tampico Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemeterynone , north of Kewanee. Visitation is Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
He was born Feb. 19, 1893 in Bone Gap, Ill., the son of Berton and Adalaide Cantwell Bryan. He married Bernita Flint on Nov. 18, 1945 in Aledo. He was self-employed as a truck driver for many years and owned and operated a corn shelling and thrashing operation until retiring in 1958.
Survivors include his widow; one son, Wayne Bryan of Tampico; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Joyce) Philhower of Buda; 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons, two brothers, one sister, one granddaughter and three great grandchildren.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 31, 1978 - Monday, page 4 - Sub by Melva Taylor]

- 67, of Kewanee, died Thursday at Kewanee Public Hospital. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with Rev. Kenneth Wegner, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Kewanee. Visitation is Sunday from 6-9 p.m. at the Cavanagh-Schueneman Funeral Home, 219 2nd St., Kewanee. A memorial has been established to St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Heart Fund.
He was born May 22, 1911 in Kewanee, the son of Frank and Corah Brown Hepner. He married Velma Livingston on May 21, 1936, in Kewanee. He was employed at Walworth Plant and the Hepter Co. before retiring in 19973. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, VFW, and the Flemish American Club.
Survivors include his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Allen (Marcia) Dragolovich of Prophetstown; three grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Henry (Viola) VanKlaveren of Green Rock, Ill. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
[The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 4, 1978 - Friday, page 4 - Sub by Melva Taylor]

KEWANEE - Clarence Lester Hicks Sr., 87, of Kewanee, died at 5:15 PM, Monday, July 30, 2012 at Royal Oaks Care Center in Kewanee.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM, Monday, August 6 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Deacon Martin VanMeltebeck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00-5:00 PM, Sunday, August 5 at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery in Atkinson where military rites will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Memorials may be directed to the Kewanee VFW.
He was born August 21, 1924 in rural Neponset, the son of Cloren and Edith (Watts) Hicks. He married Ione DeDecker on February 17, 1942 in Galva. She survives, as do two sons, Clarence (Georgia) Hicks Jr. of Kewanee and Lon (Cris) Hicks of Prophetstown, a daughter, Lynn (Jerome) Baker of Kewanee, half-brothers, Kenneth (Betty) Todd of Kewanee, John “Jack” (Marge) Hicks of Indiana, James Hicks of Chicago, Tom (Betty) Hicks of North Carolina and Bob Dupree of Indiana, half-sisters, Marilyn (Carl) Burks of Kentucky, Eileen Meaker of Wyoming, IL and Kathy (Gus) Georgelas of Indiana, eleven grandchildren and twenty-four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Carl, Delbert, Wilbert and Russell in infancy.
Clarence attended area schools and he entered the Army in May of 1943 and he served in the 771st field Artillery Battalion in the ETO until November of 1945. He was a carpenter and had operated Big C Construction since 1965. He was a life member and Past Commander of the VFW Post #8078 and a long time member of the Loyal Order of Moose. He was an avid bowler and also member of the Kewanee and Annawan Bowler’s Association Hall of Fame and was Secretary of that association for many years.
[Source: Funeral Home obit. Aug 2, 2012. Sub. by K. Torp, who adds this Note: Bob Dupree was not actually blood-related.]

Patrick McManus
September 4, 1924 – Patrick McManus passed away at his home in Kewanee.
[Henry Republican, Henry, IL, January 1, 1925 - Sub. by N. Piper]

Cecil Beard
April 23, 1924 – Cecil Beard of Kewanee fatally shot by chum.
[Henry Republican, Henry, IL, January 1, 1925 - Sub. by N. Piper]


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