ALICE (RICE) HOAGLAND, 87, of Sterling, formerly of Milledgeville, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2005 at CGH Medical Ctr. She farmed iwth her husband and was a nurse's aid for 25 years. Mrs.Hoagland was born July 3, 1918 in Sterling the daughter of Wm. James and Mabel Josephine (Vaughn) Rice. She married Ralph H. Hoagland on July 6, 1934 in Oregon. He died May 22, 1967. Suvivors include two brothers, Bert and Bill both of Morrison. SHe was preced by two brother Norman and Malcolm and four sisters, Gladys Bench, Mildred Ogan, Marjorie Forder and marie Lyons. Services at 10:30 Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home with Merle Heckman officiating.Burial in Oak Knoll.
ELLA HOAGLAND, age 91, 4535 Flagg St. Orlando FL, formerly of Rock Falls, died Saturday evening in the Winter Park Care Center, Winter Park FL., following a lengthy illness. Services are pending and will be announced upon completion by the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls. Sterling Gazette 23 May 1983]
GUY L. HOAK, Funeral services for Guy L. Hoak were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. Richard C. Hanson of St. John's Lutheran Church officiated. Burial took place in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. J. H. Linn was organist. Pallbearers were Donald Gordon, Paul Barkdoll, Lawrence Morgan, Lester Jacobs, Adam Welker and Robert W. Johnson. In charge of flowers were Mrs. Russell Wahl, Mrs. Lawrence Morgan, Mrs. Joseph J. Hutten and Swartley's Flowers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 17, 1967 - Monday, pg 2]
LLOYD HOAK - Word of the death of Lloyd O. Hoak, 69, fomerly of the Sterling-Rock Falls community, has been received from Texas. He was born in Sterling on May 31, 1899, and spent many years here before moving to Houston, Tex. in 1950. Survivors include his wife, the former Esther Rigler; three sons, Lysle, Arden and Dean, all of Texas; and six grandchildren. The deceased was the brother of Mrs. Earl Eikenberry of Sterling and Mrs. Vern Hopkins of Carthage, Ill. Burial will be at Houston today. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 20, 1968 - Saturday, pg 2]
LOUIS HOAK, 75, was found dead at his residence on Saturday, August 29th. Services were held Tuesday at the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison preceded by a family prayer service. Rev. Richard Dow, pastor of the First Lutheran Church, Prophetstown officiated. Burial was in Grove Hill. Louis was born April 21, 1912 in Hopkins Twp. to Milton adn Olive M. (Cobdington) Hoak. He was educated in the rural Whiteside County grade school and attended Sterling High. He married Pearl G. VanDyke on June 2, 1934 in Rock Island IL. SHe preceded him in death on Jan. 23, 1987. He resided in Morrison and the Morrison area his entire life. He was employed with General Electric in Morrison as an electronic maintenance technician for 26 years. He was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. Mr. Hoak is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Charles (Nancy) Flickkema of Lanark, Mrs. Larry R. (Judy) Voss of Morrison, Mrs. ALlen (Jessica) Wade of Prophetstown, 11 grandchildren adn 3 great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his wife, one great-grandson and a brother in infancy.
MARGARET (JACOBS) HOAK, 807 E. 2nd St., Sterling, died Tuesday [08/22/1972] evening in her home after an extended illness. The body was moved to the Melvin funeral Home, where friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and until time of service Friday. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. J. LeRoy Hershiser, pastor of the First Christian Church of Sterling will officiate, and burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Hoak was born Feb. 2, 1889 in Sterling, the daughter of George and Johanna Folkers Jacobs. She was educated in the Sterling Public Schools and attended the Fist Christian Church of Sterling. She was a member of the King’s Daughters. She was married to Walter Hoak, June 1, 1916 in Como and hepreceded Nov. 17, 1954. Survivingare three brothers, Frank Jacobs, Roy Jacobs and Lester Jacobs, all of Sterling; four sisters, Mrs. Albert (Elizabeth) Wolf of Carlton, Minn., Mrs. John (Anna) Wolf of Cloquet, Minn.; Mrs. Frank (Zelma) Foy of Como; and Mrs. Harry (Isabel) Peterson of Rock Island. She was preceded by one son and several brothers and sisters. and is employed at Montgomery Ward’s in Dixon. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, August 23, 1972]
HERMAN H. HOBEIN - A deep gloom spread over our city on Sunday afternoon last, its black pall resting over us yet, as it will for many a day to come. Just as our citizens had gathered around the noonday meal, and the quietness of the Sabbath reigned without, and peace within, the startling cry rang thro' the streets that two of the most esteemed young men of the place had been swallowed up by the relentless current of the Mississippi, and that two others had narrowly escaped the same fate. So sudden and startling was it that many at first doubted its authenticity, and we were among that number. We could not believe that two strong, noble, generous young men, one having passed into manhood's estate, and the other just entering upon it, and whom we had noticed the evening before in the full tide of health, had been so suddenly and without warning snatched from our midst. But it was so. Eben Andrews, son-in-law of B. Robinson; Charles Kahl,Jr.,clerk in Mr. Robinson's store; Herman H. Hobein, hardware and tin merchant, and Wm. Allen, workman and clerk in his employ, had gone down to the river early in the forenoon, entered a small sail boat, coursed up and down the stream a few times, and then two came back--the others had crossed a darker river than the Father of Waters, and would thenceforth never return to greet kith or kin. These two were Herman H. Hobein and Charles Kahl, Jr., and in their untimely death the city mourns. [Contributed by Nancy Kolk "Glimpses of Fulton" Fulton Journal, 25 June 1875]
EMMA (WALD) HOCKMAN - Funeral services for Mrs. Roy Hockman of Morrison, who died Tuesday afternoon at her home after an illness of three years were held Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Reynolds Funeral Home and at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. The Rev. F. Leon Furrh officiated and burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Roy James, DeWitt Mulnix, Paul Schroeder, John Benson, Henry DeGroot and Reuben Schroeder. Friends in charge of the beautiful floral tributes were Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lawrenz, Mrs. Ruth Benson and Mrs. DeWitt Mulnix. Glenn Craddock sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beyond the Sunset" accompanied by Mrs. William Brady on the organ. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois JUNE 18, 1955 - SATURDAY, PG 2]
LARRY L. HOCKMAN - 17, Tampico, was pronounced dead at the scene of a two car collision on the Tampico Blacktop, one and a half miles east of Tampico at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. Hockman was the driver of one of two autos involved in a head-on collision at the east end of a narrow bridge over the Illinois-Mississippi Canal. Driver of the other auto was Donald L. Baker, 18, Walnut. He is listed in satisfactory condition at Community General Hospital today. A passenger in the car, James Baker, 25, was treated and released at the hospital. A passenger in Hockman's car, 13 year old Ronald Bruder, also of Tampico, is being held in Community General Hospital. Hospital officials said he is in satisfactory condition. Troopers investigating the crash, said Baker was westbound and Hockman eastbound at the time of the crash. The two cars hit headon near the east end of the bridge. Following the crash, Baker's auto nosed to the right, facing northeast against the side of the bridge. The Hockman car bounced completely over Baker's car and landed on its top, facing west on the south side of the road. The investigation into the crash is incomplete. Larry Hockman was born Aug. 20, 1946, the son of Roy and Juanita Hockman in Princeton. He attended the Tampico schools and was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are his parents and several aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Mthodist Church with the Rev. Roger Baumeister officiating. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schmitt Chapel after 2 p.m. on Thursday. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 29, 1964 - Wednesday, pg 1]
IRENE (COATES) HOEKSEMA, 91, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton, died Monday at the nursing home. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Fulton with the Rev. Philip Rauwerdink, interim pastor with Second Reformed Church in Fulton, officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery in Clinton. She was born Dec. 9, 1912, in Cherokee to John Jay and Cora Ellen Crippen Coates. She married Chester A. "Chet" Hoeksema on June 8, 1947, in Dixon, Ill. He died in 1999. She was educated in South Dakota grade schools. She resided for many years in South Dakota. She moved to Clinton and later to Fulton in 1961. She was employed as a waitress during her earlier years. She also was employed with the former Iowa State Bank in Clinton. She later transferred to the former Fulton State Bank in Fulton where she worked for 25 years before retiring in January 1989. She was a member of the Fulton American Legion Auxiliary, the Wa-tan-ye Club of Fulton and the Second Reformed Church in Fulton. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Pauline Olson of Sioux Falls, S.D.; two brothers, Vincon R. "Vince" Coates of Rapid City, S.D., Dale R. (Nathy) Coates of Madison, S.D.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a stepson, three sisters and four brothers. Memorials may be made to the Fulton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. [Clinton Herald December 15, 2003]
LAWRENCE R. HOESE, 65, of Fulton, died Tuesday at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Albany, Ill. The Rev. James R. Keenan, pastor at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, will be officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday with an 8:30 p.m. vigil service at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Calvary Hill Cemetery in Fulton. He was born March 1, 1939, in Fulton to Arthur G. and Viola E. Sullivan Hoese. He graduated from St. Mary's High School in Clinton in 1957. He received his bachelor's and doctor of juris degrees from the University of Iowa. He served in the U.S. Army. He was employed with the Office of the Solicitor in the U.S. Department of the Interior. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton. Survivors include one sister, Beverly Hoese of Fulton; one brother, Gerald (Jeanne) Hoese of Fulton; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Mass donations or the Leukemia Research Foundation. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.
MRS. RAY C. (FLETCHER) HOFFMAN - Funeral services for Mrs. Ray C Hoffman were held in the Melvin Funeral Home, 1 p.m. Wednesday. Mrs. Hoffman, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. S. Fletcher was born in Dixon, Ill., Nov. 15, 1900.She was educated in the Dixon Schools and married Ray C. Hoffman in Dixon Jan. 28 1923, later moving to Sterling where they have since resided. Mr. Hoffman and two sons, Robert W. Hoffman of Sterling and T.Sgt. Darrell Hoffman, in the service in California, also a grandson Robert W. Jr., survive. Mrs. Hoffman was a long time member of the First Methodist Church, was active in the Woman's Society of Christian Service and other departments in the church.She served Holtslander Rebekah Lodge as noble grand last year, was a past president of Will Robinson Woman's Relief Corps, a member of Ladies' Auxiliary Patriarchs Militant, the Sterling Woman's Club and Garden Club and the War Mothers. She was also past department junior club director of the WRC. Dept. of Ill., and a member of both the Past Noble Grands Club and the Past Presidents Club of the Relief Corps. She lived a busy active life, and was ever ready to help others wherever needed. For more than 20 years, she cared for her invalid mother, who passed away Feb. 7 of this year, until here own illness necessitated the admission of her mother to a nursing home. The pallbearers for her funeral were Wm McFalls, Clifford Lyon, Gale Huntley, Ralph Miatke, John David and Ronald Shawger. Those in charge of flowers were Mrs. Marietta Kohl, Mrs. Clarence Wallace, Mrs. John Ohare, Mrs. Evelyn McFalls, Mrs. W. E.Wright and Mrs. Ed. Oltman and Mrs. Vera Kier and Lundstrom's. She was laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery amid a profusion of flowers, an expression of a host of friends. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 14, 1957 - Thursday, pg 2]
OTTO HOFFMILLER - The death of Otto Hoffmiller who passed away Thursday morning, came as a shock to his many friends in Sterling and Rock Falls. Although he has been in poor health for some time, he had never complained until Tuesday evening when he became suddenly ill. He was rushed to the Sterling public hospital where an operation was performed, but his condition was so serious that no hopes were entertained from the first. Otto August Hoffmiller was born in Dubuque, Iowa, Feb. 21, 1860, and passed away at the Sterling public hospital on Thursday morning, March 6, 1924. He was the son of August and Hulda Mathia Hoffmiller. When a young man the family moved to Maquoketa where he resided until six years ago, when they moved to Sterling, Ill., and where they have resided until his death. On Sept. 10, 1901, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Rose Kohl. To this union were born two children. Besides his widow, the two children, Mrs. Lawrence Eaglin and the son Albert, and one stepdaughter, Mrs. Fred Reinhart, all of Sterling, survive. There are also four grandchildren in Sterling, one sister, Mrs. Jos. Dostal of Maquoketa, and one brother, Albert Hoffmiller of Portland, Ore. Funeral services will be held on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home and at 2:30 at the United Brethren church. He will be laid to rest in Riverside cemetery in Sterling. Submitted by Judy Hoffmiller - Jackson Sentinel]
NELLIE (LUMBARD) HOGARTH, 74, died late Friday afternoon in her home in Erie following a three weeks illness. The body was taken to the Schilling Funeral Home where friends may call after Sunday noon. Funeral services will be conducted in the Erie Christian Church Monday at 2 p.m. the Rev. Arthur Vail, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Erie Cemetery. Nellie Mae Lumbard was born Feb. 8, 1907 in Newton Township, the daughter of Albert and Hattie Martin Lumbard. She was married to Will Hogarth in Newton Township on Sept. 19,1907. they lived in Morrison until 1936 when they moved to Erie to make their home. She was a member of the Erie Christian Church, the Loyal Workers Class, Ladies Aid and Missionary Circle of the church. She was a past president of the Erie Senior Woman's Cluib. Survivors are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Charles Brown, Erie; Mrs. Lester Grau, Morrison; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 11, 1961 - Saturday, pg 2 col 3]
MARGARET (LOU) HOISINGTON, 94, of Sterling, died Sunday, April 4, 2004, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Services will be noon Thursday at McDonald, Rock Falls. Burial is in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at McDonald. A memorial has been established in her memory to Golden Meals. She was born Sept. 14, 1909, daughter of Herbert G. and Jennie Bridgestock Lou. She married Edward M. Robbins Aug. 3, 1935. He died Sept. 20, 1947. She married Chester Hoisington in 1953. He died in 1981. She was a member of First Christian Church, Sterling. Survivors are her son and daughter-in-law, Eugene and Lu Robbins, Rock Falls; five grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren [Quad City Times]
FLORA (POST) HOLESINGER, 94, of Fulton, died Wednesday at the Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison, Ill. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Second Reformed Church in Fulton. The service will be preceded by a 1:45 p.m. family prayer service at the church. The Rev. Bruce Vaandrager, pastor of Morrison Christian Reformed Church, will be officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steven, Jeffery, David, Matthew and William Holesinger, Tom Huizenga, Terry, Timothy, Jon and Cheryl Holesinger, Kristie Huizenga and Laura Ritterbush. She was born April 5, 1910, in Waarfum, Gronigen, Netherlands, Holland, to Henry and Anna Schol Post. She married George Holesinger on March 1, 1929, in Fulton. He died in 1990. She was educated in Fulton grade schools. She farmed with her husband in Morrison and Garden Plain, Ill., until their retirement in 1964 when they moved to Fulton. She was a member of Second Reformed Church in Fulton, the church's Ladies Aid and Missionary circles and the Ladies Guild. She served as chairwoman of the home department of the Missionary Circle. She was a charter member of the Harbor Crest Nursing Home Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include three sons, Allen (Carol) Holesinger, Donald (Audrey) Holesinger and Richard (Judy) Holesinger, all of Fulton; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jennie Tichler of Morrison. Memorials may be made to Second Reformed Church and Unity Christian School, both in Fulton. She was preceded in death by her husband, one grandson and one great-granddaughter. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Death Date: Nov. 17, 2004 - Published Clinton Herald Nov 20, 2004]
HARRIET A. (VAN ZUIDEN) HOLESINGER, 82, of Morrison, IL formerly of Thomson, IL, died Sunday, July 4, 2010 at Morrison Community Hospital, Morrison, IL. Harriet was born October 7, 1927 in Morrison, IL, to Henry and Jennie (Housenga) Van Zuiden. She attended Morrison Grade Schools and graduated from Morrison High School. Harriet married Marvin H. Holesinger on December 18, 1946 in Morrison, IL. He died January 30, 2001. She worked as a CNA at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mt. Carroll, IL for many years. She also helped her husband, Marvin, as a grain dealer for 13 years in the Mt. Carroll and Thomson, IL areas. Harriet was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, where she participated in prayer partners. She was a member of the PTA in Thomson, IL, where she was past president. She volunteered for Golden Meals and for the Whiteside County Fair both in Morrison. Harriet was an avid bowler, participating in leagues in Mt. Carroll and Morrison. She enjoyed reading romance novels, doing crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family. Survivors include her mother, Jennie Van Zuiden of Morrison, IL; one daughter, Jane (Don) Chambers of Kingston, IL; one son, Dale (Nancy) Holesinger of Camanche, IA; eleven grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter, and one daughter-in-law, Peggy Holesinger of Holland, MI. She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Kent and Arlyn Holesinger; and her father, Henry Van Zuiden. Funeral Information: 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home CO-OFFICIATING: Rev. Philip Stel- Pastor-Ebenezer Reformed Church-Morrison, IL and Rev. Jim Van Zetten-Interim Pastor-Ebenezer Reformed Church-Morrison, IL VISITATION: 9:30 AM Wednesday, July 7, 2010 until the time of the service at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home INTERMENT: Fenton Cemetery - Fenton, IL [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Bosma Renkes Funeral Home 6 Jul 2010]
ROBERT J. HOLESINGER, 78, of 1210 Second Ave., Fulton, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Iowa City. . Iowa. He farmed for 11 years; he later owned John Deere Implement Store, Fulton, and continued the operation as Holesinger Implement until 1978; he then returned to farming. Mr. Holesinger was born May 10, 1926. in Fulton, the son of Henry J. and Bertha (Bonneur) Holesinger. He attended Erie High School and graduated from Fulton High School. He married Shirley A. Wessels on Jan. 15. 1947, in Fulton. He was a charter member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Fulton where he served as elder and deacon. He also served as a member of the board of Unity Christian School, Fulton. Survivors include his wife; four sons, Dan (Betty) Holesinger, Russ (Jan) Holesinger and Keith (Eileen) Holesinger. all of Fulton. and Clark (Bev) Holesinger of Valparaiso. Ind.; two sisters. Evelyn (Gerald) Sharer and Margaret (Sidney) Dykstra, both of Fulton; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Holesinger. The funeral is at 10:30. a.m: Wednesday at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Fulton, with the Rev. Len Meinema, pastor, offidating. Burial is at Fulton Township Cemetery.
ROBERT J. HOLESINGER, 101, a resident of Phoenix since 1971 and formerly of Rock Falls died Feb. 12, 2005. She was born on Dec.27, 1903 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Wm. H. and Fannie L. Kelsey. She graduated from high school and attended business college before her marriage to edward Allen Hollenbeck in August 1922. He died in Dec. 1965. They had no children. The Hollenbecks were farmers and cattle-feeders, and well connected throughout the Illinois farming community. Members of the Grange, they were dealers for Fox Feeds and helped organize a bank (now AMCORE Financial Corp). The Hollenbecks traveled extensively, both personally and as part of US sponsored farm assistance to the then USSR. Mrs. Hollenbeck was raised in the Rock Falls United Meth. Church. Since moving to Phoenix she was a member of Central United Meth. Church. She was amember of Methodist Women and the Sunday School. A supporter of Republican and conservative policies since enfranchisement, she was a member of the Republican National Committee and actively and financilly supported such activities as the reagan Library. Surviving are two nieces and many members of the Kelsey and Hollenbeck extended families. She was preceded in death by her half brother, Willard W. Kelsey, her brother James Kelsey of Phoenix and her husband, Edward. Services will be Tuesday April 5 at the Rock Falls Meth. Church with Rev. Larry Thomson officiating. Burial in Coloma Twp. Cemetery.
MARY ANN (BUELL) HOLLDORF, 72, of Sterling, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at home, surrounded by her loving family. Mary Ann was born Sept. 13, 1937, in Morrison, the daughter of Creighton Sam and Florence Pearl Buell. She was united in marriage to Lloyd D. Holldorf on June 12, 1955, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Falls. Mary Ann rarely missed a sporting event or school function in which her children participated. She thoroughly enjoyed the players on their teams, and occasionally enjoyed booing the umpires. For a number of years, Mary Ann Volunteered her time working at the gift shop at CGH Medical Center. In recent months, she spoke often as to how deeply touched she was by the generous outpouring of friendship and support provided by her close friends. A devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, she is survived by her husband of 55 years, Lloyd; her three children, Mark Holldorf and Shane (Brenda) Holldorf, both of Sterling, and Jason (Karie) Holldorf of Bartlett; eight grandchildren, Daesha, Nicholaas, Emily, and Abigail Holldorf of Sterling, Ashley Sutton of Sterling, and Madelin, Jackson, and Creighton Holldorf of Bartlett; one sister, Peggy (Marvin) Kramer of Garden Prairie; and two brothers, Larry Lewis and Bruce Buell. She was preceded in death by her father, Creighton; her mother, Florence; and her brothers, Ed Buell an Jim Buell. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today at Schilling Funeral Home, 702 First Ave., Sterling. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home. [The Dixon Telegraph Saturday, July 31, 2010]
JOHN HOLLERAN, who for nearly fifty years had been a resident of Whiteside county, died Tuesday afternoon, at four o'clock August 4, 1908, at his home on Cherry street. His death was caused from a complication of diseases incident to old age. Mr. Holleran was born June 25, 1833, in County Claire, Ireland, and in 1851 left his native country and came to Hamilton, Ontario, where he resided until 1857. That year he came west and located at Dubuque, where he remained until 1861, when he came to Fulton. August 31, 1862, he was married to Miss Mary O'Conner in Fulton. In the spring of 1865 he bought a farm in Ustick, where he moved and engaged in farming. He was a successful and enterprising farmer and in 1888 he bought another farm of 160 acres in the town of Fulton, adjoining his Ustick homestead, and in the spring of 1891 he moved onto it. Mr. Holleran was a man of strict integrity and numbered his friends by his acquaintances. He was greatly devoted to his home and family, and in the neighborhood where he had resided. For over forty years he was known among his neighbors as 'Honest John,' a name he gained through his honesty of purpose, as he would never knowingly wrong his fellow men. In 1907 he purchased the McCoy residence on *Cherry street, one of the places of residence property in Fulton and in the spring of that year retired from farming and moved his family to the new home, with the expectation of enjoying his declining years in rest and comfort. Mr. Holleran is survived by his wife, seven sons, J. Augustus and Stephen of Draper, South Dakota, William of Pukwana, John D., Edward and George of Mitchell, South Dakota, and Frank at home, and one daughter, Miss Lena, also at home. All of his children were at his bedside when the end came which was a source of satisfaction to the dying man beyond expression. His other near relatives are a brother, James Holleran, at Anaconda, Montana, and two sisters, Mrs. James Hayes and Mrs. John Fitzgerald of St. Louis. (MO) The funeral services, which were largely attended, were held Thursday forenoon at 9:30 at the Catholic church in this city with a solemn high mass, conducted by Rev. J. L. Moloney as celebrant, assisted by Rev. J. A. Murray and Rev. J Kissane of Clinton. (IA) Following the reading of the burial rites Father Murray preached an able sermon in which he paid a merited tribute to the life and character of the deceased. The funeral cortege then proceeded to the Catholic cemetery where all that was mortal of a good man, a loving husband and kind father was laid to rest. The pall-bearers were his six sons, John D., William, Stephan, Edward, George and Frank. *The Cherry Street that is stated as the street that John Holleran lived in Fulton was in later years changed to what is now (1999) 10th Street. [Contributed by Joyce Ottens Kimmel - Misc. News Clipping, 929.0773, Odell Library, Morrison, IL]
MARY (O'CONNER) HOLLERAN - The funeral of Mrs. Mary Holleran who passed away at her home Wednesday morning at 7:30 was held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the Catholic Church in this city with a solemn high mass celebrated by Rev. Father McClellen, assisted by Rev. J. J. Clancy as deacon and Father Bohling as subdeacon. Mary Mary O'Conner was born in county Kerry, Ireland May 25, 1845, and in 1856 came to America with her parents, locating in St. Thomas, Canada. Soon after her father died and in 1858 the family came west and settled in Fulton. She was married to John Holleran, August 31, 1862. For a few years after their marriage they resided in this city, and at the close of the Civil war engaged in farming near Fulton and afterwards bought a farm in Ustick Township, (Whiteside Co.), where they resided until they moved to this city again. Their union was blessed with eight children, seven sons and one daughter: Augustus of Mitchell, S.D., John D., of St. Paul, MN; Stephen, of Draper, S.D. D., William, Edward and George of Mitchell, S. D.; Frank at home and Lena who became the wife of Frank Monahan and made her home with her mother, also one brother, Garrett O'Conner, of Fulton. Mrs. Holleran was of a cherry disposition that brought the sunshine of life into the hearts of all about her. She was a dutiful wife, a kind neighbor and an ornament to the society of the community in which she lived as well as a loyal friend to all she knew. She died as she had lived, a fervent and devout catholic, fortified by the last consoling sacraments and rites of her church. The gentle smile with which she greeted all will never be seen again; the loving heart is still. The busy hands are folded in eternal rest. May she rest in peace. The casket was attended by her six sons and interment was made in the Catholic cemetery in this city (Fulton, IL). Many friends attended the funeral among whom were: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Scholfield of Aurora, Mr. and Mrs. Pauley of Aurora, Mrs. Mary Mason of Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. James Holleran, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Holleran, Mr. and Mrs. W. Murdock and Mr. and Mrs. C. Prentiss of Lyons (IA). Misses Anna and Ella Galvin of Gardenplain, Mr. and Mrs. M. Tucker of Thomson. [Contributed by Joyce Ottens Kimmel - Misc. News Clipping, 929.0773, Odell Library, Morrison, IL\
DOROTHY (KROFF) HOLLINSHEAD, a Milledgeville resident for many years died (16 July 1985) Tuesday afternoon at the Humana Hospital in West Minster Calif. A funeral Mass was held Thursday evening at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in West Minster. The body was cremated. A memorial mass will be held 10:230 a.m. Sunday, July 28, in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Polo. Remains will be interned in the Fulton Cemetery. She was born April 2 1912 in Sterling, the daughter of Leonard and Margaret Anning Kroff. Surviving are one son, David, of Huntington Beach, Calif; one grandsons, David of Spring Lake, Mich.; one brother, Kenneth Kroff of Long Beach, Calif.; and several nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lauren. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 19, 1985 - Friday, pg A6]
LEROY HOLLINSWORTH - Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling for LeRoy Hollingsworth of 712 1/2 2nd Ave., Sterling, who died Saturday. The Rev. E. D. Kretzinger, pastor of the First Oopen Bible Church of Sterling, officiated at the services with burial taking place in Oak Knoll. Mrs. Tim Brown was at the organ during the services. Pallbearers were Leon Gilliham, Charles Call, Virgil Kaehler, Hubert Lamb, William Storms and Orville Gillihan. Floweers buy Lundstroms [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 3, 1970 - Tuesday]
ALICE (SCOTT) HOLLIS : The funeral over the remains of Mrs. Charles Hollis will be held in the Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Re. W.H. Pierce officiating. The internment will be in Riverside cemetery. Alice Scott was born in Hume, Feb. 17, 1860. She received her education in the country schools and the Rock Falls school after which she was a successful teacher in Hume and in this city fora few years. She came to this city with her parents in 1883 and was married to Charles Hollis AUg. 16, 1885. To them were born two sons, Earl and Harold who are now fifteen and six years old respectively. Mr. and Mrs. Hollis lived near Penora Ia., for four years and since returning they have resided in this city with the exceptionof one year spent in Mississippi. She leaves to mourn her death besides the bereaved husband and sons, her aged father J.S. Scott and four brothers, W.H. Scott of Montmorency, Professor H.B. Scott of Wichita Kan., Dr. J.F. Scott of this city, and O.M. Scott of Emmittsburg Ia. Also four sisters, Mrs. Celestia Richardson of Fitzgerald, Ga., Mrs. b.F. Miller of Rock Falls, Mrs. Bertha L. Jenkins of Penora, Ia., and Hattie scott who lives with her father in this city. Mrs. Hollis was a kind and loving wife and mother and a good neighbor. she was loved by all who knew her. In her long illness caused by a cancer, she was very patient and never complained of her hard lot. she was a faithful member of the Methodist church, having joined the church in Iowa and being transferred by letter to the Rock Falls Church. [Contributed by Jean Portner]
CHARLES HOLLIS - The remains of charles Hollis arrived on the 5:55 o'clock train this morning from Yale, Ia., where Mr. Hollis died saturday. A funeral service was held at Yale yesterday afternoon and the remains were accompanied here by two sons Earl and Harold Hollis. The remains wer taken at once to Geyer's undertaking parlors where they remained until the time of the funeral this afternoon. The only service held here was at the grave in Riverside cemetery. Rev. C.A. Gage conducted the service at the grave. The following friends of the deceased were the pall bearers; Luman Ramsay, Henry Partridge, A. L. Coe, J.S. Schutt, Henry Longfellow, and R.H. Sheldon. Mr. Hollis was born in Como about thirty-five years ago and has made Hume township and Rock Falls his home during his entire life until about a year ago when he went to Iowa to reside with his sister who survives him. He is also survived by two brothers, Wesley of morrison and Fletcher of Council Bluffs, Ia., as well as two sons, Earl and Harold. His wife died in 1901 and was interred in the Riverside cemetery. Mr. Hollis was quite well known in this city and was a man of modest ways and good habits. He worked in the factories and also clerked in some of the stores of the city during his residence here and was known to be a pleasant and well doing man. His many friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved family. [Contributed by Jean Portner]
GERTRUDE AILENE (SCOUGHTON) HOLLIS - Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Rock Falls Evangelical Congregational Church with the Rev. Robert Zetterberg, pastor officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at McDonald Funeral home, Rock Falls. A memorial has been established for the church. Mrs. Hollis was born Nov. 15, 1912, in Ohio, the daughter of Roy B. and Ruth (Wallace) Scoughton. She married Lester Hollis on Feb. 23, 1933 in Rock Falls. He died April 19, 1978. She was employed as a scale attendant at the A.S.C.S., Morrison. She was a member of the Rock Falls Evangelical Congregational Church, and a past member of the Rock Falls Womens Club. She enjoyed gardening and flowers. Survivors include one daughter, Bette (Lawrence) Deets of Rock Falls; three grandsons, Michal (Barb) Deets, Mark (Teri) Deets, and Marshall Deets; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald Scoughton of Texas, and Richard Scoughton of Missouri; and two sisters, Viola Deem of Wisconsin, and Merle Christman of Ohio. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one foster brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, May 10, 1997 - Sunday, pg. A2]
JOSEPH MARVIN HOLLIS, 73, was found dead from a shotgun wound at 5:15 p.m. Monday at the farm home of his son, Lester Hollis, Route one, Rock Falls. Coroner John T. Meyer conducted an inquest at three o'clock this Tuesday afternoon in the Melvin funeral home. Funeral rites will be held at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon in the Melvin funeral home, the Rev. Hollis Wharton of the Walnut Methodist church officiating. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after seven o'clock this Tuesday evening. Joseph M. Hollis was born September 27, 1876 in Rock Falls, the son of Wesley and Sarah Hollis. He retired from farming in 1941 and moved to the home of his son, Lester Hollis, where he had since resided. His wife, Ida, precded him in death in 1946. Mr. Hollis was a member of the First Methodist church of Tampico and of the Rock Falls Masonic lodge. He is survived by a son, Lester; one daughter, Mrs. Cecil Fritsch of Tampico; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Kensinger of Detroit, Mich.,and Mrs. Dolly Nielson of Miami, Fla., and six grandchildren. His parents, wife and one sister, Mrs. Mary Martin, preceded him in death. (December 6, 1949 - Tuesday, pg 2, col. 2 ) Funeral services for Joseph Marvin Hollis, 73, who came to his death Monday morning, Dec. 5 at the home of his son, were held Wednesday afternoon at the Melvin funeral home in Sterling. Rev. Hollis Wharton of Walnut, former pastor of the Tampico Methodist church officiated and was assisted by Rev. Henry Austin of the Tampico Methodist church. Mrs. Archie Yarde, Sr., and Mrs. Vesta Anderson sang "In the Garden" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Burial was in the Riverside cemetery with Ray Scott Sr., Herbert Plautz, Robert Eller, Harry Butler, Bliss Loudenburg and Lue Beachler serving as pallbearers. Those having charge of floral tribute were Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Pierce, Mrs. Raymond Cordes and Mrs. Robert Eller. Friends and relatives attended the service from Woodhull, Osco, Kewanee, Prophetstown, Tampico, Walnut, Dixon, Sterling and Rock Falls. Joseph Marvin Hollis was born Sept. 27, 1876 on a farm south of Prophetstown, the son of Wesley and Sarah Francis Hollis. When a small boy the family moved to Iowa returning in a few years by covered wagon. He received his education in various Whiteside county schools and Brown's Business college at Sterling. He was a member of the Tampico Methodist church and Masonic lodge 936, Rock Falls. Oct. 17, 1901 he was united in marriage to Ida May Lane at the home of her parents south of Rock Falls by the Rev. Fred Stone. They farmed in the vicinity of Rock Falls all of their active years with the exception of a few years in Minnesota. In 1941 they quit farming and moved to Tampico where they resided until her death in 1946, after which he made his home for the winter with his daughter, then moved his trailer home out to his son's home where he was living at the time of his death. He is survived by his son Lester and daughter, Mrs. Cecil (Mayme) Fritsch; six grandchildren, Bette Hollis, Elden, Billy, Donna, Gary and Nyla Fritsch and two sisters, Mrs. Nane (Pearl) Kensinger of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Fred (Dollie) Nielsen of Miami. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents and one sister. Mr. Hollis was a faithful and loving husband and father and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 10, 1949 - Saturday, pg. 2]
LESTER LANE HOLLIS, 69, of 1711 14th Ave., Rock Falls, died Tuesday afternoon at Sterling Care Center following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls with Rev. Dennis Buss, pastor of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Rock Falls officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery. Visitation is Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. He was born May 17, 1908, in Montmorency Twp., the son of Joseph Martin and Ida May Lane Hollis. He married G. (Gertrude) Ailene Scoughton on Feb. 23, 1933 in Rock Falls. He had farmed in Montmorency until 1960 and was then employed by ASCS of Morrison until retiring in 1971. Survivors include his widow, one daughter, Mrs. Larry (Bette) Deets of Rock Falls; one sister, Mrs. Gordon (Mayme) Buchanan of Rock Falls; three grandsons, Michael Lane Deets of Dixon, Mark Deets of Rockton and Marhsall Deets of Rock Falls; and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 19, 1978 - Wednesday, pg. 4, col. 1 Funeral services were held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock funeral home for Lester L. Hollis. The Rev. Dennis Buss, pastor of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Rock Falls officiated and burial was in Riverside cemetery. Mr. Roscoe Eades was organist and Rev. Ray Rebuck soloist. Pallbearers were: Tom Pierce, Dan Pierce, Ray Cordes, Ray Scott, Robert Behrens and Robert Eller. Flowers were cared for by Behrens. (The Daily Gazette April 26, 1978 - Wednesday, pg. 4, col. l )
TROY JAMES HOLLOWAY, 66 of 913 W. 21st St., Rock Falls, died in his home early Friday morning after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls on Saturday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. A. E. Anderson, pastor of the Fairview Evangelical Congregational Church of Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. Friends may call at the funeral home in Rock Falls from 7-9 p.m. on Friday. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. Troy Holloway was born Sept. 4, 1909 in Mt. Vernon, Ill., the son of George W. and Carrie B. Bond Holloway. He was united in marriage to Eva Tighe on Dec. 12, 1936 in Rockford. They lived their entire married life in the Rock Falls area. He was employed at Northwestern Steel & Wire for 37 years as a crane operator, retiring in September, 1973. He is survived by his widow, Eva; four sons, LeRoy, Charles, Robert and Elmer, all of Rock Falls; two daughters, Mrs. Carol Rose and Mrs. Clarence (Shirley) Eades, Both of Rock Falls; two sisters, Mrs. James (Violet) Gilbert of Rochelle and Fleeta Tracey of Mt. Vernon; three brothers, Jul Holloway of Rochelle, Chester Holloway of Rock Falls and Kenneth Holloway of DeKalb; 25 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 19, 1976 - Friday, pg 6]
FRED EDGAR HOLLY, was born December 2, 1893, at Sterling, Ill., Whiteside County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Holly. At the time of his death he was 25 years and 24 days of age. He spent his early life in Polo, Ill., where he resided until May, 1906, when the family moved to Rock Falls, where they resided until 1912, when the family moved to 912 Seventh Avenue, Sterling, where he passed away at 4:30 a.m. December 26, 1918. He was of a sweet and lovable disposition and beloved by numerous friends and relatives who mourn his untimely death. He was a member of the Broadway M. E. Church of Sterling where he attended when his health permitted. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Holly of Sterling, two brothers, Frank of Chicago, and Hobart of Rock Falls; two sisters, Mrs. Mabel Cashman of Polo, and Velma, who resides with the parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 31, 1918 - Tuesday, pg 7]
MABEL D. (PENTLAND) HOLLY, 82, of 604 E. 6th St., in Rock Falls, died (18 Jul 1987) Saturday morning at Community General Hospital in Sterling following a short illness. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls with Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor of the Harvest Time Bible Church of Rock Falls officiating. Burial wil be in Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in her memory. Mrs. Holly was born on Nov. 4, 1904 in Yorktown, the daughter of William J. and S. S. Kolp Pentland. She was united in marriage to Fred H. Holly on June 7, 1946 in Rock Falls, and he preceded her in death on April 16, 1962. Mrs. Holly had worked at the Green River Ordinance Place during World War II, then was a cook at the Lee County Nursing home for 15 years prior to her retirement in 1970. Survivors include two sons, Robert Royer of Harmon and Fred Holly Jr of Rock Falls; one daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Joyce) Geesey of Mt. Carroll; eight grandchildren and 12 great granchildren; one sister, Mrs. Winifred Ludke of Wisconsin; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son and four brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 20, 1987 - Monday, pg A2]
LOIS EUNICE (PUELS) HOLM - A memorial service for Lois Eunice Holm will be 5 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, Ashland, Ore. A graveside service will be held 2 p .m. Monday, June 2 at the Lower Lake Cemetery in Lower Lake Cemetery in Lower Lake Sat May 31 03:00:13 2003 -- Mrs. Holm, 84, of Talent, Ore., died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at the Ashland foster home. She was born Jan. 24, 1919 at Rock Falls, Ill., daughter of Meta and Charles Puels. She was raised in Rock Falls where she married Donald Holm on June 4, 1939. Mr. Holm preceded her in death in 1986. Dr. and Mrs. Holm served on the mission field in Indonesia from 1950 to 1960 before moving to Clearlake. They returned to the mission field, serving in Tanzania, Africa from 1977 to 1980. They lived in Grand Terrace, Calif., from 1980 to 1987, when Mrs. Holm moved to Talent, Ore. Mrs. Holm enjoyed gardening and was an active member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Surviving are three sons, Raymond Holm of Portland, Ore., Edward Holm of Turlock and Richard Holm of Marina; two daughters, Linda Hulse of Ashland and Karen Bray of Salt Lake City; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by one son, one brother, six sisters and an infant daughter. Funeral arrangements under the direction of Litwiller-Simonsen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Ashland, Ore. [Lake County Record Bee OR June 1 2003]
EDWARD H. HOLMEN - Word has been received o the death of Edward H. Holmen, 43, Dayton, O., on June 26. Mr. Holmen formerly lived in Sterling with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Holmen, and graduated from the Sterling township high school in 1925. At that time the family moved to Chicago where he was employed by the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co., and later in Akron, O. At the time of his death he was manager of sales and merchandising in the tire division of the Dayton Rubber Co., Dayton. Survivors include his wife, Pearl, three daughters, Judith, Ruth and Jean, his parents (now living in Madison, Wis.,) and a sister, Mrs. Laurance Melberg, Lake Mills, Wis. Burial services were held in Harvey, Ill., June 30. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois July 5, 1951 - Thursday, pg. 3, col. 3]
NETTIE (PEARSON) HOLMES - News was received in Morrison Tuesday evening by Mrs. John Anderson of Towne Street of the death of her daughter, Mrs. R. C. Holmes of Evanston, which followed an illness of several months. Mrs. Holmes' early life was spent in Morrison, where she will be remembered as Miss Nettie Pearson. Besides her mother there are left to mourn a daughter, Ruth, three sisters, Mrs. William Eslinger, of Thomson, and Mrs. Roy Marshall and Mrs. Lloyd Durward, of Morrison, and three brothers, Alfred Pearson of Morrison, Edward Anderson of Dakota and Ralph Anderson of Chadwick. Mrs. Eslinger and Mrs. Marshall left Wednesday for Evanston to attend the funeral services. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 1, 1930 - Thursday, pg 12]
FRED W. HONEN : The funeral of Fred W. Honens, 74, former mayor of Sterling who passed away at 11:15 o'clock Thursday morning at his home, 507 Fifth Avenue, after an illness of six years duration, will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, the Rev. Frederick Wyngarden, pastor will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Honens was born Aug. 11, 1872, Milan IL, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gustavus Honens and graduated from high school there. He worked here on the Hennepin branch of the Illinois - Mississippi River canal before entering the University of Illinois. Graduating as a civil engineer, he was employed here until completion of the canal in 1907 and then was assigned as chief engineer on the Missouri River project at Kansas City. Leaving that post in 1914 he returned here and later purchased the Sterling Foundry. He operated it for 20 years, retiring in 1938. Drafted by a citizens committee, he was elected mayor in 1923 and served one four year term. He was president of the Sterling high school board from 1918 - 1934 when he suffered a stroke which impaired his health. Also president of the Sterling Public Library board, he resigned that office Mar. 1, 1939, when his health no longer permitted great activity. He was a charter member of the Whiteside County Historical Society and the local Rotary Club; a member of Rock River Lodge #617, A.F. and A.M. and recently received a 45 year pin from the Sterling Masonic Order; a life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and an honorary member of the Engineering Fraternity of the University of Illinos. The last member of a family of 10 children, he is survived by his widow, Mary Manahan, whom he married Nov. 29, 1899 at Sterling; two sons, John G., Erie and Robert W., St. Joseph Michigan; three grandchildren. The Sterling man was secretary of the University of Illinois class of 1896 and instituted a "round robin" letter circulated among classmates annually. At the time of his death he was working on plans for a 50th Anniversary observance of his graduating class. [Dixon Evening Telegraph 08 Mar 1946]
SARAH (TAYLOR) CONKLING HONN, 76, Licking, Mo., and former resident of Rock Falls, died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday at Dixon Public Hospital. The body was removed to the Wheelock Funeral Home where friends may call after 5 p.m. Thursday. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Wheelocks Rev. H. C. Hatton, pator of the First Church of the Nazarene Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Mrs. Honn was born May 17, 1879 in Bureau County, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Taylor. She was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, Bureau County. She is survived by her husband, Tom Honn, Licking, Mo.; four daughters, Mrs. Harry (Cecil) Violet, Beulah, Mo., Mrs. Lee (Geneive) Latham, Dixon, Mrs. Roy (Laura) Sterns, Sterling, and Mrs. Glenn M. (Esther) Keime, Rock Falls; seven sons, Raymond Conkling, Dixon, Kenneth Conkling, North Pekin, Ill., Wayland Conkling, Aurora, Niles Conkling, Mt. Olive, Ill., Rowland Conkling, Rock Falls, Clyde Conkling, Peoria, and Dale Conkling, Sterling; 32 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. Preceding her in death were her first husband, George Conkling; a daughter, Mrs. Lula Waters; a son Clifford Conkling; and her parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 4, 1956 - Wednesday, page 3]
HENRIETTA (KELLER) HOOBLER, 88, Albany, died Feb. 13, 2005, at her home. Services were 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, at Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Fulton. Visitation was 1 p.m. until the service. Interment is in Minta Cemetery, rural Fulton. She was born Jan. 16, 1917, in Fulton, to Chris and Marie Kammerer Keller. She married Harold M. Hoobler March 15, 1941, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He died March 25, 1964. Survivors (and spouses) include daughters, Joyce (Larry) Kaecker, Erie, June (Jim) Burden, Erie; grandchildren, Laurie (George) Heincig, Joe (Michelle) Kaecker, Jim Kaecker, Jodie (Scott) Jones, Jerri Burden, Jackie (Dave) Naftzger; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Maryann Strouss, Camanche, Iowa; brother, Victor (Arlene) Keller, Morrison.
HENRY HOOGHEEM, 90, Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, formerly of 504 19th Ave., Fulton, died Saturday (23 July 1983) at the Harbor Crest Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home, with the Rev. Fred Bultman, pastor of the First Christian Reformed Church, Fulton, officiating. Burial will be in Fulton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Reformed Church of Fulton or to the donors choice. Henry Hoogheem was born in Fulton on Nov. 3, 1892, the son of John Hoogheem and Anna Newendyke. On May 28, 1914 he married Stella Temple in Thomson. She preceded him on June 4, 1947. He was employed for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad as a car man and welder for 52 years and was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Car Men of America, Local 429. He attended the First Christian Reformed Church, was an avid gardener and a lifelong Fulton resident residing at Harbor Crest since January of 1983. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Dan (Annabelle) Leonard, Mrs. Marion (Ruth) Vogel, Mrs. Francis (Nola) VenHuizen, all of Fulton, and Mrs. Eugene (Mae) Hammond, Mt. Carroll; one son, Paul R. Hoogheem, Clinton, Iowa; 12 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Peter C. (Winnie) Vogel and Mrs. Jacob (Gertrude) Norman, both of Fulton; and one brother, John Hoogheem, Fulton. Preceding him in death were his wife, Stella, three daughters, two grandson, one sister and three brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls Illinois July 25, 1983 - Monday, pg A4]
ALVIN HOOK -- Rev. Alvin Hook, 92, of Morrison, died Wednesday Feb. 18, 2004 at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be 8 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Morrison. The Rev. James A. Camp, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Keith D. Hook, director of Mission to the Unreached Peoples in Seattle, Wash., will be officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison. He was born July 14, 1911, in Fenton, Ill., to Cornelius and Agnes Wilkens Hook. He married Julia Weurding on Sept. 10, 1936, in Morrison. She died in 2003. He was educated in the Mount Pleasant Township Grade School and graduated from Morrison High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Central College in Pella and a master's of divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Brunswick, N.J. He served as a pastor for churches in Griggstown, N.J., Richboro, Pa., Freehold, N.J., Oradell, N.J., Orange City and as pastor of visitation for First Presbyterian Church in Morrison. The couple moved to Morrison in 1975. He was a member of the Classis of Illinois Reformed Church in America, former member of the Lion's Club, served on several boards and agencies of the Reformed Church and had taught courses in ethics and religion at Northwestern College in Orange City. He also served on the board of trustees for Northwestern College and New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Survivors include one daughter, Judith (James Allen) Hook of Rochester, N.Y.; one son, the Rev. Keith (Judy) Hook of Mukilteo, Wash.; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one sister, Henrietta Hook of Morrison. He was preceded in death by his wife, two sons and one brother. [Clinton Herald 19 Feb 2004]
BEULAH (HUIZENGA) HOOK, 78, of Fulton, died Friday at the Harbor Crest Nursing Facility, Fulton. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. The Rev. Phillip Sneller, pastor of the First Reformed Church in Fulton, will be officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Philip Bielema, Stephen Gowan, John A. Hook, James Kramer, Mark Krum, Chuck Smith, Ryan Wilkens, Julie Bielema, Marcus Hook, Christina Krum and Michelle Wilkens. She was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Newton Township, Ill., to Claus and Mary Van Kampen Huizenga. She married Marvin Hook on Oct. 4, 1945, in Fulton. She graduated from Erie (Ill.) High School in 1943. She was a member of the First Reformed Church and the church's Helping Hand Society. She also volunteered at the local nursing home helping with the music. She was engaged in farming with her husband in Albany and Morrison, Ill. She also worked part time at the National Tea Grocery Store in Morrison. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Mary (Stephen) Gowan of Morrison; one son, John A. (Judy) Hook of Morrison; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. Memorials may be made to the First Reformed Church radio broadcast. [Clinton Herald, March 8, 2004]
CORNELIUS HOOK, 89, of 414 Portland Ave., Morrison, died Oct. 23, 1991, at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wilmer VerMeer, pastor of Ebenezer Reformed Church, officiating. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Ebenezer Reformed Church Radio Fund. Mr. Hook was born July 4, 1902 in Union Grove Township, the son of Ralph and Anna (Vogel) Hook. He was reared and educated in Union Grove Township. He married Mabel Buins Sept. 24, 1928 in Morrison. He had lived in Morrison ever since his marriage. He worked 14 years at Goodenough Dairy, two years at Reip Brands Heating, and 24 years at Farmer's Elevator, retiring in 1967. Surviving is his wife, two sons, Wayne and Ron Hook, both of Morrison, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; two sisters, Roelvine Paschal and Claudia Tomilson, both of Morrison. He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 24, 1991 - Thursday, page A2]
ELLEN MARY (RAY) HOOK, Mrs. Helen Hook, 88, a resident of Harbor Crest Nursing Home since 1980, formerly of 809 16th Ave., Fulton, died Monday in the nursing home. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at noon Wednesday in Immaculate Conceptin Church of Fulton preceded by prayers, at 11:30 a.m. in Fulton Chapel of Bosma Funeral Home. Burial will be in Calvary Hill Cemetery, Fulton. Rev. James Tranel will officiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today with rosary at 8:30 p.m. Mrs. Hook was born Aug. 31, 1895, in Clinton to Patrick and Ellen McDonough Ray. She married John P. Hook Jr. June 21, 1922, in Chicago, who was a Fulton postmaster from 1933 to 1958. He died July 21, 1965. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. She is survived by a cousin, Thomas Hurley of Clinton.
ELLISON HOOK, 34, was killed instantly and Kenneth Gebhardt, 36, was injured at 6:30 P.M. last night when the car they were in failed to negotiate a curse about a mile north of Tampico and crashed into the Mile Nine Bridge. Hook was pronounced dead by a physician accompanying authorities investigating the accident and Gebhardt, driver of the car was taken to Sterling Public Hospital. Hospital attendants said the latter had suffered a fractured leg and head cuts and bruises. Surviving Hook, an employee of Northwestern Steel & Wire company, are his widow, five children and a brother Willaim Hook, Morrison. Officer W.H. Austin of Dixon, member of the state highway police investigated the accident. [Dixon Evening Telegraph, 21 November 1944]
GERALD L. HOOK, 80, died August 10,2005 at Genesis West Medical Ctr, Davenport IA. He was employed with Dries Inc., Fulton, retiring in 1990. Mr. Hook was born May 6, 1925 in Fulton the son of Joe M. and Elsie (Borgman) Hook. He served in the Navy during WW II. He married Marjorie J. Decker on Oct. 8, 1948 in Morrison. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Linda Boehde, Darlene Meyer and Patrica Smith; a son Daryl of Morrison; two sisters Gertrude Venema and Helen Smith both of Fulton; a brother Marvin of Fulton. The funeral is at 10:30 Saturday at the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Burial is at Grove Hill cem.
JOHN L. HOOK, 81, Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown, IL; formerly of Morrison, IL died Sunday, June 8, 2006 at the nursing home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 21, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. at Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison, IL. Rev. John W. Nienhuis, Pastor of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday, June 20 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Internment will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison, IL. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. John was born May 16, 1925 in Fulton, IL to Earl and Grace (Blink) Hook. He was educated in Teehan grade school of rural Fulton and attended Fulton High School. He married Loretta J. Eizenga on August 24, 1945 in Morrison, IL. She survives. He was a resident of Morrison for 60 years. He was employed for 42 years in Morrison at Potter Lumber, which then became J.A. Bull and Sons Lumber. He was a member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church. Survivors include his wife, Loretta of Prophetstown; three daughters: Sandy (Mrs. Jim) Rosenow, Morrison, IL, Peggy (Mrs. Jerry) Miller, Springfield, IL, Penny (Mrs. Kent) Roman, Prophetstown, IL; one son, Dan (Joan) Hook, Morrison, IL; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one sister, Jenny (Mrs. LaVerne) Rose, Fair Haven, IL. He was predeceased by three brothers: Epa, Isaac and Dan Hook. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Prophetstown Echo - June 20, 2006]
JULIA (WEURDING) HOOK, 90, of 607 Ash Ave., Morrison, died Monday, April 14, 2003, at her home. She was employed by Sioux County Superintendant of Schools and Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. She and her husband served in churches in Freehold and Oradell, N.J., Richboro, Penn., Orange City, Iowa, and Morrison. Mrs. Hook was born March 22, 1913 in Holland, Mich., the daughter of George and Maude (Raak) Weurding. She attended high school and Hope College, both in Holland, Mich., and Central College, Pella, Iowa. She married the Rev. Alvin A. Hook on Sept. 10, 1936, in Morrison. She was a member of Women's Club, National Department of Women's Work in Reformed Churches and served on the board of North American mission of the Reformed Churches. She also served as an elder in the Presbyterian church, was active in the women's organizations and was a Girl Scout leader. Survivors include her husband, a son, the Rev. Keith D. (Judy) Hook of Mukilteo, Wash.; a daughter, Judi (James) Allen of Rochester, N.Y.; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Kent A. Hook and Norman Hook in infancy, and two sisters, Eleanor Cromwell and Georgia Derick. Graveside committal and interment is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Morrison with the Rev. Dr. James A. Camp, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Morrison, and the Rev. Keith D. Hook, director of Mission to the Unreached People, Seattle, co-officiating. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. A memorial has been established. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois April 17, 2003 - pg A5]
KENT ALLEN HOOK, 57, of 607 Ash Ave., Morrison, formerly of Geneseo, died Sunday, Aug 26, 2001, at Morrison Community Hospital. He was employed by Geneseo Republic Newspaper as a pressman for more than 35 years. Mr. Hook was born Nov. 9, 1943, in Abington, Pa., the son of Alvin A. and Julie (Weurding) Hook. He was a 1962 graduate of Orange City High School, Orange City, Iowa, and attended Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa. He married Patricia Colling on Oct. 4, 1965,, in Orange City, Iowa. He was a member of First Lutheran church, Geneseo, and attended First Presbyterian Church, Morrison. He enjoyed trap shooting and boating. Survivors include three sons, Kevin J. Hook of Geneseo, Craig S. (Stefanie) Hook of Rochester, N.Y., and Cory L. (Crystal) Hook of Atkinson; his parents of Morrison, a sister, Judi (James) Allen of Rochester, N.Y., a brother, the Rev. Keith (Judy) Hook of Mukilteo, Wash.; and five grandchildren. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. James A. Camp, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Morrison and the Rev. Keith Hook of Mission to Un-reached People, Seattle, co-officiating. Burial is at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Contriuted by Barbara Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette Aug 29, 2001]
FLORENCE (MOAR) HOOKER - Graveside services were held today for Mrs. Florence Hooker, 84, of 1707 Ave. D., Sterling, who died Friday evening at Sterling Care Center. The Rev. John W. Ralshus, pastor for Grace Episcopal Church, officiated. Interment took place at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Florence Moar was born the daughter of John and Cora Newcomber Moar on Dec. 31, 1890 in Broadhead, Wis. She was united in marriage to D. A. O. Hooker who died in 1960. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Russell (Carol) Bates of Sterling, two grandchildren, Mrs. William (Diane) Sworm of Rockford and David Bates of Sterling, two brothers, J. K. Moar of Aurora and R. L. Moar of Dundee. Funeral arrangements by Melvin Funeral Home. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 8, 1975 - Monday, page 6]
AUGUST HOOVER, 607 Mason Avenue, Rock Falls, passed away at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in Community General Hospital after an illness of the past two weeks. Mr. Hoover was born on Oct. 23, 1873 in Berne Switzerland. He resided in this area for the past 70 years and was employed at R.B. and W. Bolt and Nut Company for over 50 years. He was a member of the Rock Falls Methodist Church. His wife Georgeianna M. Hoover, preceded him Oct. 15, 1938. A daughter Madeline, preceded him in infancy. Surviving are two daughters; Mrs. Florence Miller of Rock Falls and Rev. Agnes Russell of Rock Falls; one son, Robert A Hoover, of Kewanee. There are nine grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. Rev. Ivan Obenshain, pastor of the Rock Falls Methodist Church will officiate and burial will take place in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Rock Falls. ( Sterling Gazette Tues 11 Aug 1964) ** Funeral services for August Hoover were held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Melvin Funeral H ome. Rev. Ivan Obenshain pastor of Rock Falls Methodist Church officiated. Burial took place in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mrs. J.H. Lnn was the organist and Mr. Gerald Ponsler sand, "Abide With Me" and "Jesus Whispers Peace". Pallbearers were Carl E. Cox, Lowell H. William, Glen L. Myers, Charles F. Sands, Adelbert J. Freeman and Rev. Glenn Ehrat. Swartley's were in charge of flowers. [Contributed by Suanne Nesland - Sterling Daily Gazette Sat. 15 Aur 1964]
EDNA (EILERS) HOOVER -, 65, 716 Oakley Ave., Rockford, died Thursday afternoon (06 Mar 1975) in her home after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday in Elzie R. Ulrey Chapel of Chimes, 7000 West State St., Rockford. The Rev. Curtis Rolfe, pastor of St. John's United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Kishwaukee Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Edna Hoover was born Dec. 2, 1909 in Whiteside County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Eilers. She lived in Rockford 35 years, coming from Whiteside County. She married Ernest M. Hoover in Sterling on Feb 6, 1929. Survivors include her husband, three sons, Paul and Allan, both of Rockford and Robert of Hortonville, Wis.; three daughters, Mrs. Richard (Ruth) Plock of Rockford, Mrs. Jim (Jane) Keilback of Winnebago and Mrs. Donald (Bernice) Olesen of Hayward, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Lawrence Eilers of Sterling and Lester Eilers of Rock Falls; and a sister, Mrs. Emery Tompkins of Sterling. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling-Rock Falls, Ill., Saturday, Mar 8, 1975, Page 4;1]
GEORGE HOOVER - Funeral services for the late George Hoover, who died Monday in Minneapolis, were held Wednesday morning at Reynolds undertaking parlors in Morrison. The Rev. J. W. Dingle of the Methodist Church officiated. Those from Fulton who attended were: his sister, Mrs. Bertha Thomson; his nieces and nephew, Mrs. Cora Hoffman of Clinton and Mr. and Mrs. Earl D. Thomson, George Goff and James O'Rourke. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated clipping]
HARRY HOOVER - Sterling, September 5, 1945 â€" The funeral of Dr. Harry G. Hoover, 80, Whiteside County veterinarian, who passed away at his home Tuesday morning (September 4, 1945) as the result of a heart attack, will be held at the Woods funeral home at 3:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with the Rev. Frederick Wyngarden, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at the Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. The Knights Templar will be in charge of the service. The oldest veterinarian in active practice in Whiteside County, Dr. Hoover was born July 16, 1865 at Sterling. Surviving are his widow, Della; five children, Mrs. H. G. Thuesen, Stillwater, Okla.; Janet Hoover, Wichita, Kansas; George, Margaret, and Emma Julia Hoover, all of Chicago; four grandchildren; two brothers, Edward S. Hoover, Geneseo, and Frank Hoover, Minburn, Iowa. One brother died previously. [Contributed by Alice Horner]
HAROLD J. HOOVER - 70, 1209 th Ave., Sterling, died Tuesday evening (8 Jan 1980) in his home. Funeral services will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home in Sterling with Dr. Alfred L. Grewe officiating, with burial in Tampico Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and with the family present from 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mr. Hoover was born on Oct. 25, 1909 in Sterling, the son of Ben and Myrtle Cramer Hoover. He was united in marriage to Esther Wetzell in 1948 at the Tampico Methodist Church. He was employed by the National Manufacturing Company for 47 years. Mr. Hoover is survived by his wife, Esther, one brother, Donald of Sterling and one sister, Mrs. Elwyn (Bernice) Rhode of Coleta. He was preceded in death by his parents. A memorial has been established in his memory. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 9, 1980 - Wednesday, pg 4]
HARRY HOOVER - Sterling, September 5, 1945 â€“ The funeral of Dr. Harry G. Hoover, 80, Whiteside County veterinarian, who passed away at his home Tuesday morning (September 4, 1945) as the result of a heart attack, will be held at the Woods funeral home at 3:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with the Rev. Frederick Wyngarden, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating. Entombment will be in the mausoleum at the Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. The Knights Templar will be in charge of the service. The oldest veterinarian in active practice in Whiteside County, Dr. Hoover was born July 16, 1865 at Sterling. Surviving are his widow, Della; five children, Mrs. H. G. Thuesen, Stillwater, Okla.; Janet Hoover, Wichita, Kansas; George, Margaret, and Emma Julia Hoover, all of Chicago; four grandchildren; two brothers, Edward S. Hoover, Geneseo, and Frank Hoover, Minburn, Iowa. One brother died previously. [Contributed by Alice Horner]
HERBERT C. HOOVER, 94, Sterling Care Center, Sterling, died Wednesday evening. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling with the Rev. Donald Pritz, pastor of the St. John's Lutheran Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory. He was born on March 10, 1888 in Knoxville, Tenn., the son of Carson and Mary Hoover. He was united in marriage to Pearl A. Miller on Sept. 10, 1913 in Sterling, she preceded him in death on Dec. 15, 1967. The couple lived their entire life in Sterling. He was employed by International Harvester for 31 years and for the A & S Dairy in Sterling. Also he was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling. Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Fred (Mary) Sterenberg and Mrs. Howard (Alice) Hicks, both of Sterling, Mrs. Lester (Ethel) Kreider, Rock Island and Mrs. John (Lillian) Bloomquist, St. Louis, Mo.; 9 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents, his wife, one daughter, one son and seven brothers [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 9, 1982 - Thursday, page A6]
LIZZIE A. (LeFEVRE) HOOVER, died this morning shortly after midnight at her home, 604 Boradway. Dropsy and a complication of diseases was the cause of her demise. The funeral will be held Sunday [10/13/1912] afternoon at the residence, Rev. C. A. Riley, pastor of the congregational church, officiating. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery. Lizzie A. Le Fevre was born in Lancaster county, Pa., April 14, 1867. She was married in this city to John H. Hoover Jan. 30, 1889. Two children besides the loving husband remain to mourn her demise. They are Verna M. and Glen L., both of whom reside at home. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. W. B. Carolus of this city and Mrs. N. E. Buyers of Goshen, Ind., and three brothers, Ezra, Grant and Charles Le Fevre, all of Sterling. Her parents and one sister, Ida, preceded her to the grave. Mrs. Hoover was taken ill and for the first time considerably over a year ago. Since that time her condition has gradually grown worse until her demise. A few weeks ago she went to Chicago to consult a specialist, but her search for health proved fruitless and she rapidly grew weaker until the end came. Mrs. Hoover was an earnest christian woman—a woman who loved her home and family above all things. The bereaved family have the sincere sympathy of their many friends in this, their hour of sorrow. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Evening Gazette, October 10, 1912, page 1, column 6]
-- Obituary: Mrs. Lizzie A. Hoover, born LeFevre, was born in Lancaster county Pa., April 14, 1867, and died at her home, 604 Broadway at 12:05 this morning, after an illness of more than a year. She was married to J. H. Hoover Jan. 30, 1889 and to this union were born two children, Miss Verna M. Hoover and Glenn L. Hoover. Besides her husband and children, she leaves to mourn her untimely death two sisters Mrs. W. B. Carolus of Sterling and Mrs. N. E. Byers of Goshen, Ind., and three brothers, Ezra, Grant and Charles LeFevre, all of Sterling. The funeral will be held Sunday [10/13/1912] afternoon at her late home, Rev. C. A. Riley of the Congregational church of which she was a member, officiating. Both her parents and one sister, Miss Ida LeFevre, preceded her in death about four years ago. In the death of Mrs. Hoover a noble woman has gone, one who performed first her duty to her God, next to the members of her family, of which she was the loved queen. She was a woman who had many excellent qualities and very few faults, and always had a good word for everyone of whom she spoke, being universally loved and respected by her family, friends and acquaintances. At the time of her passing away, just as the old day had died and the new one was ushered in, her bed side was surrounded by nearly all her relatives and loved ones. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Standard, October 10, 1912, page 1, column 6]
MARGARET GEORGANNA HOOVER - daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert McNeil, pioneer residents of Rock Falls, was born June 9, 1868 in the old McNeil homestead east of the canal bridge on the Dixon road. She was the sixth of eight children in the family. She grew to young womanhood in this commnity, graduating from the East Coloma grade school and the Rock Falls high school. After leaving school she worked with her father for some time in the Rock Falls postoffice. Margaret McNeil was united in marriage to August Hoover Oct. 18, 1900. Tuesday would have been their 38th wedding anniversary. To this union was born four children - Mrs. Nick Miller of Sterling, Mrs. LeRoy Russell of Rock Falls, Madeline Hoover who died in infancy and Robert A. Hoover of Sterling. She was a home loving wife and mother. All of her life she belonged to the Rock Falls Methodist church and was greatly devoted to God's work. Mrs. Hoover passed away at 2 am Oct. 15, 1938 in the Sterling public hospital following an illness of several monts. She had been confined to the hospital the last two weeks. Death came as a sudden shock to everyone and she will be greatly missed. In addition to her husband and three living children, she is survived by six grandchildren, Richard, Madline, Lillian, Robert and Florence Russell and Donna Hoover. She leaves to mourn their loss two brothers and one sister. William McNeil of Polo, Robert of Spokane WA and Mrs. Harry Kadel of Philadelphia; two sisters in law, Mrs. A.J. McNeil of Salina KS and Mrs. John McNeil of south of Rock Falls. Two brothes and two preceded her. She also leaves a number of nephews and nieces and cousins. Services were conducted from the Melvin Funeral home Rev. James R. Philinger of the Methodist church officiated, assisted by Rev. James A Driscol. Pastor Unlinger brought comfort on basis of three words, memory, solicitude and suffering. Mrs. W.H. Kelsy sang two humn accompanied by Mrs. L.C. Pfulb. Those attending the casket were; S. Hinrichs, Robert Felthouse, Charles Williamson, Roy Tompkins, John Benton and Carl Cox. Interment was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. The floral tributes were cared for by Mrs. Charles Williamson, Mrs. Carl Cox, Mrs. James Harden and Mrs. George Van Horn. Relatives attending from out of town were; William E. McNeil, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Donaldson and Miss Mildred Donaldson of Polo; and Mrs. Harry Kadel of Philadelphia PA. [Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Gazette 21 Oct 1938]
MAY (GREEN) HOOVER, 86, 101 E. Morris St., died at 12:45 this morning (16 Sep 1960) in the Morrison Community Hospital where she had been a patient for the past four weeks. She had been in failing health about four months. May Green was born Nov. 24, 1873 in Ustick Township, the daughter of John H. and Margaret Lawry Green. She was married on June 23, 1897 at the home of her parents in Morrison to Benjamin Franklin Hoover. They farmed in Ustick township for three years before moving to Lyndon where they rented a farm for two years before buying a farm in Lyndon Township, which they operated for 43 years. They retired and moved into Morrison in 1946. She was a member of the Methodist Church, the Woman's Society of Christian Service of the church, was active in the Sunday School; was a member of the Household Science Club and the Garden Club. Survivors are her husband, two sons, Glenn Hoover, Waterman, and Walter Hoover, Chicago; two granddaughters; three great-grandsons and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Everett; three brothers, Gilbert, Banjamin and one in infancy; two sisters, Mrs. Sarah Abbott and Miss Phoebe Green. The body was removed to the Reynolds Funeral Home where friends may call after 7 p.m. this evening. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home Saturday at 3 p.m. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 16, 1960 - Thursday pg 3]
MINNIE B. (McGEE) HOOVER - Mrs. Fred A. Thomson, a former Ustick girl, died Saturday, November 14 in Agatha hospital in Clinton after an illness of about one month. Mrs. Thomson, whose maiden name was Minnie B. McKee, was born in Ustick June 11, 1887, and March 17, 1910 was married to Fred A. Thomson. Soon after their marriage they moved to Clear Lake, Minn., where Mr. Thomson engaged in farming. About October 1, Mr. Thomson gave up farming to accept a job in the signal department of the Rock Island railroad and while on their way to Chicago stopped in Fulton. Mrs. Thomson intending to remain some time with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. McKee, in Ustick. She was taken ill soon after her arrival and was moved to Agatha hospital for treatment. The deceased was a winsome woman of many good qualities that greatly endeared her to a large circle of friends. The uniform kindness and deep affection she always manifested for her husband and children greatly endeared her to them and her death is a most sad bereavement to them. Many friends join in extending sympathy and condolence to the almost heart broken husband and other mourning relatives. She leaves her husband, two sons, the youngest but two months old; her parents; two sisters, Mrs. John Pape of Ustick and Mrs. Claude McMillen of North Dakota and one brother ____ McKee, of Union Grove. The body was brought Saturday evening to the home of Mr. and Mrs. William Thomson of Thirteenth avenue, where the funeral services will be held Wednesday at two o'clock p.m. with burial in the Fulton cemetery. [Contributed by Karen Fyock Undated clipping]
VERNA (FULFS) HOOVER, 97, of Sterling, died Thursday, June 23, 2005 at Coventry Village. Mrs. Hoover was born July 30, 1907 in Sterling, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Johnson) Fulfs. She married Roy Hoover on April 10, 1930 in the parsonage of the First Lutheran Church of Jordan. Survivors include several nieces & nephews. Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, June 25, 2005 at Schilling Funeral Home with Reverend Steve Woita pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church of Polo officiating. Burial will be at the Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling, Illinois. Visitation will be 9-10, Saturday, June 25 at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, IL.
ERMA V. (HOAK) HOPKINS, 80, Ferris, died Monday morning in the Hancock County Nursing Home, Carthage. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Leathem Funeral Home, Carthage, with the Eldor Orval B. Prior, officiating. Burial will be in the Moss Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be held after 1 p.m. on Tuesday with the family present from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday evening. A memorial has been established to the Smyrna Primative Baptist Church. Erma Hopkins was born in Sterling on June 6, 1903, the daughter of Orion and Clara Journey Hoak. On Oct. 7, 1922 she married Vern H. Hopkins in Sterling. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1983. She was a member of the Smyrna Primative Baptist Church, Bentley. Surviving are two sons, Vernon R. Hopkins, Carthage and Donald Hopkins, Wichita, Kan.; two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Miller, Ferris and Mrs. Robert (Helen) Curtis, Carthage; one sister, Helen Eikenberry, Carthage; six grandchildren; four step grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were one brother, Lloyd and one grandchild. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 13, 1983 - Tuesday, pg A4]
HORACE C. HOPKINS, 48, 1012 W. 5th St., Sterling, died late Wednesday night at Iowa City Veterans Hospital. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Ross Bateman of the Grace Bible Baptist Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. on Friday. A memorial has been established to Leukemia research. Hopkins was born on Feb. 14, 1930 in Dalton, Ga., the son of Horace and Bessie Carter Hopkins. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and had been employed for 17 years as a machinist at the Bauder Machine Shop. He was a member of the Coleta Sportsman Club. Hopkins was united in marriage to the former Gloria L. Randall on Nov. 26, 1955 at the parsonage of the Rock Falls Christian Church by the late Rev. Harry E. Shiffer. He is survived by his wife, Gloria; one son, Gary L. of Sterling; one daughter, Teresa of Sterling; one grandson, Troy Alan Hopkins; his mother, Mrs. Ruth Scott of Rock Falls; one sister, Mrs. Harold (Camelia) Wetzel of Sterling; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. James R. Carter of Dalton, Ga. He was preceded in death by his father, Horace C. Hopkins Sr.; one sister, Mrs. Bonnie L. Clark. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 7, 1978 - Friday, page 4]
LEONARD H. HOPKINS, 75, former resident of the Prophetstown vicinity, died Monday morning at his home in Bentley, Ill. He had been in failing health for the past five years. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Leon church, south of Prophetstown. Elder C. E. Webb of Bentley will officiate. Interment will be in the Leon cemetery. Mr. Hopkins was born Feb. 9, 1869, in the Leon community, son of John and Mary Hopkins. He was a member of the Primitive Baptist church. He was married to Annie Markle, who died in 1920. He then married Mrs. Alma Whitty of Roodhouse in 1929. He resided in the Leon and Yorktown vicinity until 20 years ago. Besides his widow he leaves two sons, Lynn of Sublette and Vern of Prophetstown; three daughteers, Mrs. Earl Poland, Hamilton, Ill.; Mrs. Griffith Gardner, Plymouth, Ill..; Mrs. Orvil Prior, Carthage, Ill; 16 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Besides his first wife, he was preceded in death by one son, Howard. Rites at Leon Church For Leonard Hopkins Funeral services for Leonard Hopkins, 75, who died Monday at his home in Bentley, were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Leon church south of Prophetstown. Elder C. E. Webb of Bentley officiated. Lloyd Wildman sang two hymns, "Rock of Ages," and "Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me," accompanied by his mother, Mrs. S. G. Wildman. Interment was in the Leon cemetery. The pallbearers were Walter Forward, Howard Matthews, Clark Lane, Paul Lane, Fred Peterson and Otto Munson. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois November 7, 1944 - Tuesday]
NELLE (CONAWAY) HORLACHER - was born September 12, 1873, and died June 18, 1898, aged 24 years, 9 months and 6 days. When Mrs. Horlacher was eighteen months old her mother died. She was given in the hands of her stepmother's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Murray, when she was but 1 1/2 years old and remained with them until she was about twelve years old. Her father, Harvey Conaway, moved to Coleta when she was at that age. Her stepmother having died also, Nelle, as she was always known by her Coleta friends, managed the household for her father acting as a mother to her two little half sisters, Myrtle and Iva, and half brother John. Her brother died a few years ago. She remained with her father and sisters until her sisters were old enough to manage affairs, when she was united in marriage with Frank Horlacher, at Morrison, Feb. 25, 1897. About eight weeks ago she began to feel ill and from that time grew gradually worse until her death. Her ailment was an abscess in the throat. The funeral was held from the Liberal U. B. church, Monday, June 20, at 11 A. M., Rev. W. T. Richardson officiating. The remains were interred in the cemetery near Malvern beside those of her mother. Hers was a sweet, simple pure life. Her disposition won her hosts of friends. At her funeral which was perhaps the largest ever held at this place, there was hardly a dry eye. She was a devout Christian and belonged to the Liberal U. B. church. Such a person certainly deserves the reward of a life in the great beyond. All sympathize with her two sisters and father in their bereavement. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated scrapbook clipping]
ANN HORNER - At the home of her son, Henry Horner, in Beatrice, Neb., Oct. 31, 1897, at 3:30 p.m. after an illness of two weeks, Mrs. Ann Horner, aged 78 years. The deceased was well known in this city where she resided for a number of years, her husband being engaged in the musical instrument business. They removed to Beatrice Neb., eight years ago, where Mr. Horner died in 1892. She leaves two sons - Henry of Beatrice, Neb. and Samuel of Chicago. Those in this city and vicinity who knew her to esteem her, will regret to learn of her death. The funeral occurred Nov. 2nd, interment taking place at Beatrice.
HENRY GRATER HORNING - A very sad accident occurred at the residence of C.W. Reynolds of this township, on Wednesday evening of last week. Mr. Henry Horning of Malvern, son of Mr. S.E. Horning of Sterling was engaged in painting Mr. Reynolds's barn. He was standing upon a ladder, about thirty feet from the ground when Mr. Reynolds put his team in the stable. One of the horses ran out, struck the ladder, which fell, throwing Mr. Horning to the ground and breaking his neck. When they picked him up they found that he was dead. Nine years ago this month, while working upon the same barn, Mr. Horning fell and had one of his arms broken. Last January his wife died leaving her husband and five small children to mourn her loss. Now these children are orphaned and thus deprived of a father's loving care and attention. Mr. Horning was a hard working man, sober, industrious and honest. He was thirty-three years old and had been a resident of Malvern for a long time and was much esteemed by his acquaintances. The funeral services occurred on Friday afternoon at the residence of Mr. Reynolds. The remains were interred in the Hickory Grove cemetery beside those of his wife. [Contributed by Dan Hand - Whiteside Sentinel 15 July 1891]
WILLIAM A. HORRALL - 74, of 80 Smitt Road, Prophetstown, died Monday, Nov. 15, 1999 at his home. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. There will be no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Gardner-Gibson and Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown. A memorial fund has been established. Mr. Horrall was born June 10, 1925 in Chicago, the son of Dr. Onis and Ruby (Arnett) Horrall. He married Patricia Orendorff on Sept. 1, 1978 in Rock Island. She survives. He graduated from University of Illinois School of Pharmacy and worked for Walgreens in Chicago until 1962 when he moved to Prophetstown and engaged in farming. Survivors include a daughter Jill Weaver of Avondale, Ariz.; two step-daughters, Jodi McCaw of New Windsor and Judy Spahn of Davenport, Iowa; five step grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 17, 1999 - Wednesday, pg A5]
KATHRYN E. (UNZICKER) HOSTETLER, 72, of rural Tampico, died in her home Sunday afternoon after a long illness. Visitation will be Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Allen-Schmitt-Garland Funeral Chapel in Tampico. Funeral services have been set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Church at Tampico with Roy Headings, minister, officiating with burial in the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Cemetery. Mrs. Hostetler was born on April 10, 1908 in Roanoke, Ill., the daughter of Samuel E. and Sarah (Steider) Unzicker. She was united in marriage to Amos B. Hostetler on Feb. 26, 1931, in Roanoke. She is survived by her husband, three sons, Donald, Paul and Leslie, three daughters, Miss Dora Hostetler, Miss Doris Hostetler and Mrs. Stanley (Alta) Headings, all of Tampico; 24 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; one brother, Archie Unzicker of Eureka, Ill., and one sister, Mrs. Daniel (Edna) Teuscher of Fisher, Ill., and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by her parents, two sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 16, 1981 - Monday, pg A4]
ROSETTA HOSTETLER, Oklahoma City, Okla, age 60, formerly of this area died Wednesday in her home. Services will be 10 a.m. Sunday at the Amish Mennonite Church near Tampico. Burial will be in the Mennonite Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the church. Mrs. Hostetler was born May 20, 1929 near Kalona, Iowa, the daughter of Lee and Ella Kempf. She married Everett Dean Hostetler on Nov. 26, 1953 near Tampico. She is survived by her husband; three sons, Marvin of Washburn, Bill of New Alla, Okla., Eli in Manheim, Pa.; one daughter, Sally at home; nine grandchildren; three brothers; two sisters; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 5, 1989 - Thursday, pg A2]
DAVID HOTCHKISS who died Thursday (30 May 1929) following a paralytic stroke, was buried in the cemetery at Prophetstown Saturday afternoon. He had been a resident of Prophetstown 73 years and was the last of his family of 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He was born in Mexico NY March 25, 1838 and was just past 91 year sof age at the time of his death. His wife passed away in 1920 and he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Geo. Merrill and Mrs. Cora Underhill. [Whiteside Sentinel Tri Weekly - Monday June 3, 1929 Pg 1 Col 1]
HARRY HERBERT HOTCHKISS died Monday May 26, 1902 of peritonitis following appendicitis at his home 5 miles east of here. He was born in Hume Twp. Dec. 20, 1876. He married Miss Maude Horton of Lyndon in Jan. 1899. Leaves two sons, Roscoe Gifford aged 3 and cecil 5 months. [Prophetstown Echo May 31, 1902]
HARRY HOTCHKISS died at 4 o'clock this morning at his home in the country. For some time he has been a sufferer of appendicitis, and it finally caused his death. He is a young man about 27 years old. He leaves a wife and 2 children, his parents and two sisters, Mrs. George Merrill and Mrs. Eugene Underhill. [The Whiteside Sentinel May 29, 1902]
ROSALIE (BEDELL) HOTCHKISS, 50, Beloit, Wis., formerly of Morrison, passed away Friday morning after an illness of several weeks. Funeral rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Rozman-Kinzer Funeral Home, Beloit, followed by burial in the Beloit, Wis., cemetery. Mrs. Hotchkiss was born Nov. 27, 1896, in Carroll County, Illinois. She was a former teacher in Morrison and vicinity for 11 years. She left Morrison in 1929 and was married Oct. 3, 1935 to Ira Hotchkiss, who passed away in 1944. Surviving are three nephews, two nieces and a grandson. Mrs. Hotchkiss was preceded in death by her husband and a son William who was killed in Korea July 16, 1950. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 16, 1956 - Friday, page 6]
John Houchens of Rock Falls, received a telegram yesterday morning from Chicago telling him of the death of his mother which occurred very suddenly early yesterday morning. Mr. and Mrs. John Houchens left immediately for Chicago. [The Sterling Gazette 13 June 2006]
JOHN B. HOUCHENS, 67, retired farmer, died Saturday at his home Southeast of Prophetstown following an extended illness. The body was removed to the Helm and Helm mortuary in Prophetstown. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the late home. Rev. D.E. Springer of Tampico, pastor of the Leon church will officiate. Internment will be in the Leon Cemetery. John Bruce Houchens son of James Walter and Anna Carolyn Lehman Houchens was born on May 25, 1880 in Decatur. He received his education in the Chicago schools. He was married at Rock Falls to Mira Goodell of the Leon community on September 1, 1914. They lived in Chicago a year, then moved to Dixon. They later moved to Rock Falls, then came to the Leon community where he resided for the past 20 years. He was a member of the Leon Methodist church. He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Helen in the home, and 4 brothers William Ray of Glen Ellyn, Ralph S, Lincoln, Walter O of Stockton Ca, and Alonzo V of Seattle, Wash. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling Illinois January 3, 1944]
--- Funeral services for John Houchens, 67, who died Saturday were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the late home Southeast of Prophetstown. Rev. D.E. Springer of Tampico, pastor of the Leon Methodist church officiated. Mrs. Neva Denison of Tampico and Mrs. Lloyd Wildman sang "Saved By Grace" and "Ivory Palaces" accompanied by Mrs. S. O. Wildman. Internment was in the Leon Cemetery. The pallbearers were Howard Matthews, Raymond Spath, Sivard Pierson, Walter Forward, Elwood Forward and Verne Woodworth. Mrs. Howard Matthews, Mrs. Paul Lane and Mrs. Glenn Goodell assisted with flowers. (Sterling Gazette 5 Jan 1944)
DAVID E. HOUSEMAN, 56, of Daytona Beach and formerly of Morrison, Ill., died Saturday at Halifax Medical Center, South Daytona, Fla. Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Morrison, with the Rev. Mike Winkelman, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from noon until the service time at the church. The Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Interment will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling, Ill. He was born Nov. 15, 1947, in Morrison to Donald E. and Dorothy B. Rushmeyer Houseman. He married Rebecca N. Platte on June 7, 1979, in Sumner. He was educated in rural Whiteside County Ill. grade schools and graduated from Morrison High School. He also attended Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon, Ill. He was employed as the vice president of the former Whiteside County Bank of Morrison and then as a sales representative with Sharp Electronics. He was the founder of the Financial Software Corp. in St. Charles, Mo., and was the author of software for banking and health care. Most recently he was employed with Flight Safety International as a database analyst in Daytona Beach. Survivors include two sons, Ben Houseman of Altamonte Springs, Fla., and Jeremy (Christy) Houseman of Brentwood, Mo.; his parents, Don and Dorothy Houseman of Morrison; and three brothers, Dan (Marilyn) Houseman of Lake St. Louis, Mo., Keith Houseman of McAllen, Texas, and Mike (Barb) Houseman of Morrison. [Clinton Herald February 17, 2004]
DONALD E. HOUSEMAN, 79, died Friday March 4, 2005 at his home (Arizona). He was a lifetime farmer in the Morrison area and served as director and vice president of Mt. Pleasant Ins. Co. and director of Farmer's Elevator, Morrison. Mr. Houseman was born Nov. 14, 1925 in Serling, the son of Fred and Edith (Newell) Houseman. He was a 1943 graduate of Morrison High School. He married Dorothy B. Rushmeyer on Feb. 17, 1946 at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sterling. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Morrison, serving as an elder on the building committee and as a Bible Class teacher. He also served as trustee for Mt. Viev Lutheran Church, Apache Junction, Ariz. as a choir member and director of Victorious Christian Living, Phoenix and supported various Christian groups. He enjoyed playing softball in a Senior League in Arizona and golfing. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Dan (Marilyn) Houseman of Lake St. Louis MO, Keith Houseman ofMcAllen TX and Mike (Barb) Houseman of Morrison; a brother, Art of Morrison; two sisters-in-law, Marge Rushmeyer and Rogene Houseman, both of Morrison; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded by a son, David and two brothers Robert and Dean. Burial in Oak Knoll Cemetery Sterling.
EDGAR HOUSEMAN, 85, passed away at 12:50 p.m. Thursday at his home, four miles east of Morrison, following an extended illness. Born March 24, 1862 in Mt. Pleasants township, he was the last of five children of James and Elizabeth Houseman, pioneer residents. The house in which Mr. Houseman was born is still standing, one-half mile sourth of his late residence. His birthplace is now owned and occupied by his son, Fred Houseman and family. On June 2, 1886, he married Nora Phelps of Lawrence county, New York. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Miller of the Morrison Methodist church. Mr. Houseman retired from farming a number of years ago. Surviving are his widow, three sons, Floyd of Sterling, Fred, of the Morrison vicinity, and Kenneth of Clinton, Ia.; and one daughter, Mrs. Ward Lewis of Morrison. He leaves 13 grandchildren and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, and sisters, a son, Jesse, who died in 1945, a grandchild and a great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock (CST) at the Reynolds funeral home in Morrison. Rev. H. J. Rendell will officiate. [Submitted by Ken Craig]
ELIZABETH (VAN WAGGONER) HOUSEMAN - At her residence four miles east of Morrison, on Monday, July 2, 1888, Mrs. Elizabeth Houseman, aged 55 years, 11 months and 13 days. Miss Elizabeth Van Waggoner was born in Erie county, New York, July 12, 1832 and came to Illinois with her parents in 1855 and settled in Whiteside county. June 10, 1856, she was united in marriage to Mr. James Houseman, to which union five children - three sons and two daughters - were born, all of whom survive her. The oldest daughter resides in Madison county, N.Y., while the other children are living at home. Mrs. Houseman was stricken with paralysis about four months ago, and gradually grew worse and weaker until her spirit passed away. She was an affectionate wife and mother, ever looking to the comfort and welfare of her loved ones, assuming burdens from them rather than see them suffer any care or sorrow, and her death is greatly mourned. [Submitted by Ken Craig]
FLOYD JAY HOUSEMAN - Funeral services for Floyd J Houseman, former resident of Sterling, will be held at 1:30 p.m Thursday in the Melvin Funeral Home. The Rev. LeRoy Hershiser, pastor of the First Christian Church of Sterling, will officiate and burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Mr. Houseman recently resided at Clearview Nursing Home, Juneau, Wis. He died Monday morning in Waupun Memorial Hospital, Waupun, Wis., after an extended illness. Friends may call at the Melvin Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. Floyd Houseman was born March 30, 1891 at Morrison, the son of Edgar and Nora Phelps Houseman. For a number of years he was employed by the Sam Frank and Ewing garages. He was married to Mabel O'Hare who preceded in 1947. He was united in marriage to Lida Marks who preceded Feb. 25, 1974. He was a former member of the First Christian Church of Sterling. Surviving are one son, Edgar Houseman of Columbus, Ga.; one daughter, Mrs. Leta Barco of San Jose, Calif.; two brothers, Kenneth Houseman of Clinton, Iowa and Fred Houseman of Morrison; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 2 1974 - Tuesday pg 2]
JAMES HOUSEMAN - At his home in Mt. Pleasant township, Saturday, November 25, 1893 of pneumonia, Mr. James Houseman, aged 68 yers 7 months and 18 days. James Houseman was born April 7, 1825 in Montgomery county, N.Y. and his early years were spent near Oneida. He was a direct descendant of one of the oldest families in that state, his forefathers being among the first settlers of New Amsterdam. He was reared in the vocation of a farmer which calling he always followed. He came to Whiteside county in 1856. On June 10th of the same year he was married to Elizabeth Van Wagner. Five children were born to them. Emmett P., NOra, Edgar M, Arthur and Emma A. Mr. Houseman was a quiet, unobtrusive man and citizen. In his old New York home he was a schoolmate and associate of P.D. Armour and was always welcomed upon his occasional visits to Chicago by his old friend. The funeral services were held on Tuesday at the family residence, Rev. J.A.J. Whipple conducting the services. Interment in Grove Hill cemetery.
NORA (PHELPS) HOUSEMAN, 87, of 4 1/2 miles northeast of Morrison, passed away Sunday at 10:55 a.m. at the Morrison Community Hospital where she had been admitted Saturday. She had been in the hospital for a while this summer, returning home five weeks ago. The body was removed to the Reynolds Funeral Home where friends may call. Funeral services will be held at the Reynolds Funeral Home Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. James H. Hagerty of the First Methodist Church will officiate and burial will be at the Round Grove Cemetery. Nora B. Phelps was born April 6, 1868, at Pitcairn, N.Y., the daughter of Ezra and Sarah Phelps. She was reared and educated in New York and came to this community when 17 years of age where she had resided since that time. She was married June 2, 1886, at Morrison to Edgar M. Houseman. She was very active in the Red Cross during war years. She was a member of the Round Grove Thimble Club. Her husband passed away in September 1947. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ward (Leta) Lewis of northeast of Morrison; three sons, Floyd of Sterling, Fred of Morrison and Kenneth of Clinton, Ia.;12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren; and one brother, Frank Phelps of Harrisville, N.Y.; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son Jesse, one grandson, one great grandson, one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Garrison, and three brothers, Elmer, Fred, and Jesse Phelps [Submitted by Ken Craig]
ADA (EIZENGA) HOUSENGA, 88, of 207 East Park Street, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 25, at 10:30 o'clock at Colonial Acres Home, Sterling. She had been in failing health the past several years. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Ebenezer Reformed church, preceded by the family prayer service at 1:45 o'clock. Interment will be in Grove Hill cemetery. Friends and relatives may call at the Tomlinson Funeral Home this evening from 7 to 9 o'clock. Ada Eizenga was born August 13, 1884 in Fulton, the daughter of Klaus and Agnes Flikkema Eizenga. She was reared and educated in Garden Plain township and was married there on Jan. 14, 1909 to Harry Housinga. Most of their married life has been spent as residents of Morrison. She was a member of the Ebenezer Reformed church and it's Women's Missionary Society. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Sylvia Vos and Mrs. Henry (Agnes) Eissens; one son, Kenneth Housinga; one sister, Mrs. Menno Norman, all of Morrison; nine grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Henry and Albert Eizenga. [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers / Scrapebook in Odell Public Library, Morrison Illinois, page 85 Obituary dated 26 October 1972]
ALECK HOUSENGA, 74, of Fulton, passed away Monday morning (1 Jan. 1968) at the Morrison Community Hospital following a lengthy illness. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. preceded by prayer services for the family at 1:15, the Rev. Ralph Van Rheenen will officiate, with burial in Fulton Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday evening (tonight) at the Bosma Funeral Home. Aleck Houzenga was born Sept. 22, 1893 in Rural Fulton, the son of John and Dora Temple Houzenga. He was educated in the rural schools and farmed in Ustick Township until retiring last year. He married Lena (Rena) Venhuizen Oct. 6, 1915 in Morrison and she passed away June 20, 1966. He is survived by two sons, Roy and Howard of Morrison, eight daughters, Mrs. Lloyd (Dorothy) Foster of Ontario, Calif.; Mrs. Cornelius (Inez) Wilkins of Morrison; Mrs. Kenneth (Della) Housenga of Morrison; Mrs. Henry (Pauline) Korkill of Clinton, Iowa; Mrs. G. E. (Mildred) Drummond of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Mrs. Ben (Leona) Wisehart of Yorktown, Va.; Mrs. Arthur (Lois) Foster of Clinton, Iowa; Mrs. Edward (Irene) Chareski of Fulton, 25 Grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, two brothers, Garret and Dave of Fulton; four sisters, Mrs. Jacob (Bess) Huizenga of Morrison; Mrs. Jacob (Alice) Huizenga of Albany; Mrs. John (Helen) Medendors of Fulton, Mrs. John (Jennie) VanKampen of Chadwick. He was preceded by his parents, wife, four brothers and five grandchildren. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary Tuesday, 2 Jan 1968, 1:3 Part II]
ALVIN E. HOUSENGA, 83, of 510 12th Avenue, Fulton, IL, died Saturday, March 1, 2008 at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, IA. Alvin was born March 21, 1924 in Fulton, IL, to Garrett and Tena (Buikema) Houzenga. He attended rural Whiteside County grade schools and graduated from Morrison High School in 1942. He attended Scovill Business College in Clinton, IA and Sterling, IL. He graduated from Chicago College of Optometry in Chicago, IL in 1950, where he was a member of the Phi Theta Upsilon college fraternity. Alvin was a veteran of WWII, serving, from 1944 to 1946, in the U.S. Army in the 125th Evacuation Hospital, where he received the Good Conduct Medal and the Army Commendation Ribbon. He worked as an optometrist in Morrison, IL; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Galesburg, IL; and Moline, IL. Alvin was a member of Trinity Reformed Church in Fulton and Trinity Men's League. He was a member of the Fulton American Legion Post #402 and also a Gideon and member of the Carroll-Whiteside Camp. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Leota M. Laughlin of Aurora, CO; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Mary Lou Houzenga of Thomson, IL; several nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, Leland Houzenga and one niece, Peggy Jean Houzenga. Funeral Information FUNERAL SERVICE: 10:30 AM Wednesday, March 05, 2008 at Trinity Reformed Church in Fulton, IL OFFICIATING: Rev. Tom Merchant - Pastor of Trinity Reformed Church in Fulton, IL VISITATION: 4:00 - 7:00 PM Tuesday, March 04, 2008 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home- Fulton, IL INTERMENT: Fulton Township Cemetery - Fulton, IL Donations Information Memorials to Trinity Reformed Church and the Gideons have been established [Contributed by Barbara Nugent Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home Obituaries]
GARRETT HOUSENGA, 85, of Albany, IL, died Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at his home. Garrett was born September 1, 1922, in Fulton, IL, to John M. and Annie (Loots) Housenga. He was educated in the Fulton grade schools and attended Fulton High School. He married Bessie A. Reedy on September 26, 1945 in Albany. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Garrett was employed by Fulton Corp. in Fulton for 40 years. He was a member of the Albany United Methodist Church and a volunteer fireman for the Albany Fire Protection District. He had also served on the board of the Albany Grade School. He enjoyed fishing and camping. Survivors include his wife, Bessie; one daughter, Sandra (Mrs. Randy) Moberg of Albany; one son, Gary (Sandra) Housenga of Albany; eight grandchildren, Lori (Mark) Swift, Brian (Anneta) Ammon, Brenda (Troy) Lange, Steven Langy, Traci Kaas, Paul (Stephanie) Housenga, Richard (Wendy) Housenga and Deanna (Lalo) Solis; thirteen great grandchildren, Amanda ( Bob) Brechon, Trevor (Cortney Chase) Swift, Kristen Swift, Zachery Ammon, Niki Lange & fianc© Zach Stoddard, Sarah Langy, Kira Housenga, Matthew and Joshua Housenga, Cody and Adriana Housenga, Conrado and Alex Solis; two great great grandchildren, Logan Swift and Trey Stoddard; one sister, Mrs. Evelyn Clark of Aurora, IL. He was preceded in death by one great granddaughter, Tammy Lange; four sisters, Nellie Scott, Grace Mangelson, Geneva Shadle and Elizabeth Bogenrief; two brothers, Menno and Marvin Housenga. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent, Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Saturday, Jan 2, 1982, A4;2]
GEORGE J. HOUSENGA, 66, Argo Fay, died Sunday morning (6 Jul 1958) in his home. Services will be Tuesday in the Spring Valley Reformed Church preceded by a prayer service for the relatives in the church basement. The Rev. Gordon Alderink will officiate. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. Friends may call at the Sikkema Funeral Home, Fulton. Houzenga was born Oct. 1, 1891, the son of John and Dora Temple Houzenga. He married Katey Bielema, Feb 6, 1912. He was a member of the Spring Valley Reformed Church. He is survived by five sons, John, Richard, Elmer, Chadwick; Henry, Fulton, and James, Argo Fay; and one daughter, Mrs. Harvey (Christine) Wiersema. Also surviving are 25 grandchildren and one great-grandchild, three brothers, Aleck, Garrett and David, Fulton; four sisters, Mrs. Jake (Bessie) Huizenga, Morrison; Mrs. Jake (Alice) Huizenga, Cordova; Mrs. John (Helen) Nedendorp, Fulton, Mrs. John (Ginnie) Van Kampen. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Henry, Jake and John, and an infant son. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Illinois Daily Gazette, Monday, 7 Jul 1958, 2:6]
JACOB A. HOUSENGA, 76, 311 Third Ave. West, died Wednesday at St Anthony's Hospital in Rockford. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lyndon United Methodist Church with Steve Hartman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Lyndon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Gardner Funeral Home in Prophetstown with a Masonic service at 8 a.m. Mr. Housenga was born Jan. 27, 1913 in Erie, the son of Jane and Bertha Wierenga Housenga. He married Fern Wagner on Dec. 24, 1935 in Morrison. Mr. Housenga was a 1931 Erie High School graduate and lived in Prophetstown until moving to Lyndon in 1946. He was a millwright at Lawrence Brothers in Sterling for 33 years, retiring in 1980, and had formerly been the secretary for Lyndon school board for 18 years. Mr. Housenga was a former member of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church, where he was the Sunday School superintendent and member of the Choir. At the time of his death he was a member of the Lyndon United Methodist Church. He was also a member and past master of Lodge #293 A.F.M. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Rod of River Forest and Brad of Houston, Texas; two grandchildren; one step-grandchild; two great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ray of Erie. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Sep 7, 1989 Daily Gazette]
LENA (VENHUIZEN) HOUSENGA, 67, Fulton, passed away at 8 a.m. Monday (20 Jun 1966) in the Iowa City Hospital after being ill several weeks. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Spring Valley Reformed Church with prayer services in the church parlors at 1:45 for the family, Rev. H. G. Arink, Rowley, Iowa officiating with burial in the Fulton Cemetery. Friends may call at the Bosma Funeral Home, Fulton after 1 p.m. today. Rena Venhuizen was born March 14, 1899 the daughter of Ralph and Dora Geerts Venhuizen. She married Alec Housenga October 6, 1915 in Morrison. She was a member of the Spring Valley Reformed Church. She is survived by her husband, eight Daughters: Mrs. Lloyd (Dorothy) Foster, Phoenix, Ariz., Mrs. Cornelius (Inez) Wilkins, and Mrs. Kenneth (Della) Housing, both of Morrison, Mrs. Henry (Pauline) Corkhill, Clinton, Ia., Mrs. Mildred Miller, Cedar Rapids, Ia., Mrs. Ben (Leona) Wisehart, Fort Hueneme, Calif.; Mrs. Arthur (Lois) Foster, Mrs. Edward (Irene) Charneski, both of Fulton; two sons, Roy and Howard of Rural Morrison; 45 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, one step brother, John Pessman. She was preceded by 10 half-brothers and seven half-sisters and five grandchildren. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, IL, Tuesday, 21 June 1966, 2:1]
R. FERN (WAGNER) HOUSENGA, 75, of 404 Parker Ave., Robinson, formerly of Lyndon, died Aug. 25, 1994, at Crawford Memorial Hospital, Robinson. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Highland Avenue Baptist Church, Robinson, with the Rev. Jerry McDaniel officiating. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church, Lyndon. burial will be at Lyndon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown. Mrs. Housenga was born Dec. 8, 1918, in Prophetstown, the daughter of Elson F. and Addie (Dorathy) Wagner. She was educated in Prophetstown schools. She married Jacob a. Housenga Dec. 24, 1935, in Morrison. the couple lived in Prophetstown until 1946 when they moved to Lyndon. He died in 1989. In 1990 Fern moved to Robinson. She had been employed in the food service at Lyndon Schools. she was a member of United Methodist Church, Lyndon, and a member of Ernest Coulter American Legion Post # 69 Auxiliary. Survivors include town sons, Rod Housenga of River Forest and Brad Housenga of Robinson; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one sister, Ruby Fey of Delta, Ohio; one brother, Robert Wagner of Amboy; two half-sisters, Mrs. Robert (Gladys) Meinsma of Rock Falls and Mary Wyatt of Springfield; one half brother, Donald Saathoff (should be Sathoff) of Sterling. She was preceded in death by one sister, one brother, two half-sisters and two half-brothers. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Aug 27, 1994 Daily Gazette
KENNETH HOUSINGA, 84, died Friday (May 7, 2004) in Bradenton. The body has been cremated and a memorial service will be held in Morrison, Ill., at a later date. The Good Earth Crematory in Bradenton was in charge of arrangements. He was born in Morrison to Harry and Ada Eizenga Housinga on March 31, 1920. He married Della "Dolly" Houzenga on June 27, 1941. He served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He and his partner, Fred Beverth, operated the Sinclair Station for many years. He also worked with ADM in Clinton before retiring in 1983. He moved to Florida in 2003. He was a member of Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, American Legion and VFW. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Dianne (Ken) Quick of Bradenton; a son, Keith Quick of Morrison; four grandchildren; and one sister, Sylvia Voss of Morrison. [Clinton Herald, 11 May 2004]
E.A. HOUSTON passed away Wednesday at his home in Ottawa, the cause of his death being a paralytic stroke which he suffered a short time ago. For the past four years he and his family have been residents in Ottawa where he had been baggageman on the C., B. & Q. R.R. They were former residents of Rock Falls, where Mr. Houston was yardmaster for the Burlington for 24 years. He is survived by the widow and four children -- Blanche and Arthur of Ottawa, Gladys of Rock Falls, and Mrs. Harrison Hendricks, of Ryegate, Mont. Miss Gladys Houston went to Ottawa on Wednesday. The remains will be brot (sic) to Rock Falls for burial. The funeral arrangements have not been arranged as yet. The many friends of the family in the Twin Cities will be grieved to hear of the sudden death of Mr. Houston. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 3, 1920 - Thursday - pg. 2, col. 5]
ROBERT J. HOUSTON - At his home in this city, on Wednesday, November 22, 1893, Mr. Robert J. Houston, aged 56 years, 5 months and 2 days. Robert J. Houston was born at Madoc, Canada, June 20, 1837. He came to the State of Illinois in the year 1857 and located in the township of Lyndon. From thence he moved to Ustick in the year 1860. He was married to Miss Kate Eads August 27, 1872. Six children were born to them, of whom one, Ralph, has passed before him to the other shore. He leaves a bereaved wife and five children and three step-children to mourn his loss. He resided in the city of ..... Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery.
BERT HOUZENGA, 82, of Fulton, died (19 Aug 1987) Wednesday in Wynderest Nursing Home, Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home with Rev. James Sprinkle, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Fulton, officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. Visitation is Sunday from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in his memory. Mr. Houzenga was born on Oct. 20, 1904 in the Netherlands, the son of Louis and Anna (Dyke) Houzenga. He was united in marriage to Anna Buikema on July 6, 1927 in Fulton and she preceded him in death on July 18, 1958. He then married Virginia Coyne Little on Aug. 26, 1961 in Fulton and she survives. He was educated in Whiteside County schools and farmed in the rural Morrison area until 1961 when he moved to Fulton. He was employed by Agrico for 10 years as a watchman and attended the Assembly of God Church. He is survived by five daughters, Mrs. Ervin (Delores) Stuart of Morrison, Mrs. Fay (Darlene) Ashby and Mrs. Robert (Jean) Williams, both of Thomson, Mrs. George (Bernice) Kyarsgaard of Camanche, Iowa, and Ardella Houzenga of Savanna; three sons, Clifford and Bernard, both of Morrison, and Laverne of Clinton, Iowa; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Carl (Myrna) Rogers of Rock Falls, Mrs. Nancy Haan of Rockford, Mrs. James (Patricia) Gearing of Rock Grove, and Mrs. Terry (Peggy) Chase of Colona; 32 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren, 10 stepgrandchildren; 12 step great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Effie Faber of Fulton; and two brothers, Andrew and John Houzenga, both of Fulton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, one daughter in infancy, one granddaughter in infancy, one sister and one brother [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 20, 1987 - Thursday, pg A2]
DORA (TEMPLE) HOUZENGA - Funeral services for Mrs. John Houzenga were held at 1:30 Friday afternoon at the Sikkema funeral home, and at two p.m. at the Trinity Reformed church with the Rev. Delbert Vander Haar officiating. Burial was in Fulton cemetery. At the church services vocal selections were offered by E. J. Housenga, accompanied by Mrs. George Renkes. Flowers were in charge of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Vogel, and the pallbearers were grandsons of Mrs. Houzenga. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette, Saturday 20 March 1948, 5;2
ELSIE (EISSENS) HOUZENGA, 87, of Four Seasons Living Center, Morrison, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, at the center. Mrs. Houzenga was born April 1, 1917, in Thomson, the daughter of Jacob and Alice (Wiersema) Eissens. She married Henry J. Houzenga on Dec. 9,1937, in Fulton. He died Jan. 5, 1988. Survivors include a daughter. Joyce (David) Sweenie O. ( Fulton; a son, Gene R. (Kris) Houzenga of Morrison; a sister, Ruth (Marvin) . Hamstra of Morrison; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Burial is at Fulton Township Cemetery. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
JOHN HOUZENGA, 85, of 828 12th Ave., Fulton, died Jan. 2, 1993 at Samaritan Hospital South, Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with the Rev. David Landegent, pastor of Second Reformed Church, Fulton, officiating. Burial will be at Fulton Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Second Reformed Church and First Reformed Church radio broadcast. Mr. Houzenga was born Jan. 3, 1907, in Groningen, Netherlands, the son of Louis and Anna (Dyke) Houzenga. He was educated in Chicago and Albany schools. He married Katie Pessman Feb. 21, 1930 in Fulton. He moved to the United States when he was four years old. He was a farmer in the rural Fulton/Garden Plain area until retiring in 1971. He moved to Fulton in 1982. He was a member of the Second Reformed Church in Fulton and the Whiteside County Farm Bureau. He served on the Mt. Hope and Garden Plain school boards. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Neil Houzenga of Clinton, Iowa, and Harland Houzenga of Fulton; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Effie Faber and Evadena in infancy; and three brothers, Bert, Andrew and Louis. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent Sauk Valley, Sunday, 3 January 1993, H5;5]
JOHN J. HOUZENGA, 81, of Fulton, grandfather of Mrs. Kenneth Housinga of Morrison, passed away Sunday morning (19 Mar 1944) after an illness of several weeks. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Sikkema funeral home with the Rev. H. Moliema officiating. Burial was made in the Fulton Cemetery. Mr. Housenga was born in The Netherlands on Dec. 23, 1862, the son of George and Alice Houzenga. He came to this country in 1891 and farmed in the Fulton vicinity until he retired 23 years ago. He was married to Dora Temple in 1887. Surviving besides the widow are four daughters: Mrs. Jacob Huizenga of Round Grove, Mrs. John Medendorph of Fulton, Mrs. Jake Housenga of Cordova, and Mrs. John VanKampen of Ustick; six sons: Henry, Garrett and Dave of Fulton, George of Thomson, Alex of Ustick and John of Owantonna, Minn. and 50 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Jacob, and two brothers, Jacob and Peter, and one sister. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Tuesday 21 Mar 1944, 6;3]
LELAND J. HOUZENGA, 58, Route 1, Thomson, died (22 April 1989) Saturday at University Hospital at Iowa City, Iowa. after a tractor accident. Services will be a 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Fulton Chapel, Bosma-Renkes Funeral home. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. Mr. Houzenga was born August 27, 1930 in Fulton, the son of Garrett J and Ten Buikema Houzenga. He married Mary Lou LaShelle April 11, 1952 in Fulton. She survives. He attended Fulton Grade School and Thomson High School. He lived in rural Fulton until 1989 when he moved to Thomson. He had farmed for 30 years and was employed as a carpenter. He also was assistant superintendent at the Thomson Water and Sewer Department. Other survivors, his mother, two daughters, Julie Houzenga of Thomson, and Connie, Clinton, Ia.; five sons; Russell A., Mt. Carroll, Bruce E., Morrison, Art W and David S., Fulton, Douglas P, Thomson; nine grandchildren, a twin sister, Leota Loughlin, Aurora, one brother, Alvin, Galesburg. His father and a daughter preceded him. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 24, 1989 - Monday, pg A2]
ROY E. HOUZENGA, 86, of Morrison and formerly of Fulton, Ill., died Friday Nov. 5, 2004, at Genesis West Medical Center, Davenport. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Dougherty, associate pastor of Emmanuel Reformed Church in Morrison, officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fulton Township Cemetery. He was born July 27, 1918, in Fulton to Alex J. and Rena Venhuizen Houzenga. He married Evelyn D. Green on Dec. 25, 1940, in Clinton. He was educated in the rural Whiteside County schools. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was engaged in farming in the rural Morrison area. He was employed with Drives, Inc., Fulton, retiring in 1980. He was a member of Emmanuel Reformed Church in Morrison. Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; two daughters, Mrs. Judy (Nick) Becker of Morrison and Mrs. Vicky (Bob) Workman of Morrison; a son, Don (Pat) Houzenga of Terre Haute, Ind.; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six sisters, Inez Wilkens of Morrison, Mrs. Lois (Art) Foster of Clinton, Pauline Corkill of Palmdale, Calif., Mrs. Millie (Glen) Zimmerman of Cedar Rapids, Leona Self of Yorktown, Va., and Mrs. Irene (Bob) Charneski of Fulton. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, a sister and a brother. Memorials can be made to Emmanuel Reformed Church and the American Cancer Society. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent]
TENA (BUIKEMA) HOUZENGA, 93, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, died Oct. 21, 1992, at the nursing home Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Harold Ringenoldus, retired pastor of the Reformed Church in America, officiating. Burial will be in Fulton Township Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to Trinity Reformed Church and The Gideons. Mrs. Houzenga was born Nov. 29, 1898, in Garden Plain, the daughter of Jacob and Henrietta (Wierenga) Buikema. She was educated in Garden Plain School. She married Garrett Houzenga on March 3, 1920 in Fulton. He died Dec. 31, 1981. She farmed with her husband in the rural Fulton and Thomson areas until 1952 when they moved to Fulton. She was a member of Trinity Reformed Church and the church's Hannah Mission Circle. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Leota Laughlin, of Aurora, Colo.; one son, Dr. Alvin E. Housenga, Fulton; eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Nellie DeWeerdt of Prophetstown; one brother, Jay Buikema of Morrison. She was preceded in death by one son, Leland Houzenga; four sisters, Margaret Pyse, Ann Bielema, Henrietta Holesinger and Janet Schaver; four brothers, Roy Buikema, John Buikema, Louis Buikema and George Buikema and one granddaughter. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Friday 23 Oct 1992, A2;3-4]
AARON HOWARD, 28, of Prophetstown, IL formerly of Rockford, died Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at his home. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. The Rev. Greg Olson, pastor of the First Lutheran Church is officiating. There is no visitation. A memorial fund has been established. The Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown is handling arrangements. Aaron was born May 24, 1977 in Woodstock, IL the son of Craig and Dianne (Schiller) Howard. Aaron was a very mechanical person and enjoyed camping and fishing. He is survived by his mother, Dianne Howard, Prophetstown, his father Craig Howard, Rock Falls, IL, a brother Scott Howard, Manchester, TN, and nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his daughter, Robbin. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahalen from The Prophetstown Echo – April 18, 2006]
BURR HOWARD - Erie -- 81, died at his rural home near here at 3:45 a.m. Saturday following a two week's illness. The body was taken to the Schilling Funeral Home. Arrangements are pending. He was born April 7, 1872 in West Union Fayette County IA, the son of Carroll and Susan Howard. He was reared and educated near Morrison. On June 4, 1902 he was married to Susie Lamont at Morrison. Mr. Howard was a retired farmer and the family had made their home near Erie for the past three years... (Rest is missing). [Contributed by Sue Nesland]
DEAN BARTLETT HOWARD, 57, died Saturday evening at his home, RR 1, Portland Township from a gunshot wound. Funeral services will be at the Gardner Chapel Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Preston Woods officiating. Burial will be in the Fenton Cemetery. Visitation will be at the Gardner Chapel from 7-9 Tuesday. An inquest has been scheduled for Monday by Whiteside County Coroner John Ardapple. Mr. Howard was born Dec. 11, 1913, in Prophetstown and had lived for 25 years in his last residence. He was the son of William and Mary Alice Shepard Howard. He received his education in Prophetstown and Lyndon schools. He was a member of the Prophestown American Legion Post 522. On Nov. 14, 1945 he married Janet Crossman, Sterling, in Morrison. The couple had lived in the Prophetstown and Lyndon area all their lives. He had been employed at Pemberthy Manufacturing and was retired. Surviving are his widow; two stepsons, Richard Crossman, Prophetstown and Phillip, Erie; three brothers: William, Montgomery, Ala.; Robert and Darrell, both of Erie; six sisters, Mrs. Glenn Betts, Port Byron; Mrs. John Nation, Geneseo; Mrs. Harry Cole, Hillsdale; Mrs. Ronald Curry, St. Paul, Minn.; Mrs. William Mercer, Milledgeville and Mrs. Raymond Redell, Erie and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mrs. Ward Besse. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette June 14, 1971 - Monday, pg 2]
WILLIAM A. HOWARD, 70, of Sterling died June 28, 2005 at his home. He was born on Feb. 2, 1935 in Sterling the son of William and Maxine Howard. He married Ellen Stewart June 29, 1958. He was employed by Northwestern Steel for 31 years. Servied in the Army and continued serving in many capacities at the Sterling American Legion. He was also very active in the Sterling Youth Baseball and as a diehart Ernhardt fan. Surviving are his wife, two daughters, Billie Jo McDaniel and Rhonda Schweska; two sons Scott and Martin; his mother, his brothers, John and Steve; his sisters carole Finnicum and Rosemary David; his grandchildren, Thomas, Aaron, Tia, Kate, Zachary, Taylor, Carlye, Aimee, Logan, Jacob, Bradley and Austin and four great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m July 1, 2005 at McDonald Funeral Home with the Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating.
ELWOOD M. HOWE - 60, of 108 Prospect St., Morrison, retired foreman of Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling, passed away Saturday (07 December 1968) at 9:30 p.m. at Sterling Community General Hospital. He had been ill for the past six months of a heart condition. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m in Tomlinson Funeral Home, the Rev. Charles Klosterman of the Methodist Church officiating, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home any time. Elwood Howe was born Oct. 1, 1908 in Morrison, the son of Martin and Maude Sullivan Howe. He was educated in the Morrison Schools. He was a life long resident of the Morrison area and was foreman at NS&W Co. for 35 years. He married Evelyn Birely on Aug. 13, 1948 in Morrison. He is survived by his widow; one son, Raouland Howe of Sterling; one daughter, Becky at home; four sisters, Mrs. Earl (Sue) Overly of Lyndon; Mrs. Margorie Zerr of Morrison; Mrs. Joe (Grace) Fielding of Rockford and Mrs. Kirkwood (Eva) Likes of Galesburg; one brother, James Howe of Clinton, Iowa, and two grandchildren. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 9, 1968 - Monday, pg 2]
FRANCIS HOWE - The five-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Howe of Coleta died Thursday [09/18/1902] noon at 1 o'clock. The funeral was held at 12 o'clock today at the residence. Burial was at Coleta. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Standard, September 19, 1902, page 1, column 1]
HARRISON C. HOWE - Word has been received here of the death of Harrison C. Howe, general claim agent of the Chicago and Northwestern railroad who passed away at his home in Chicago on Thursday [05/25/1922]. The funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:15 o'clock at the Unity church at Oak Park, with burial at that place. Mr. Howe was born and raised in Sterling. He was a son of Elias Howe, who for years conducted a livery stable on the site now occupied by the Congregational church. He had a wide acquaintance in Sterling among the older residents of the city. After completing his education in the local schools, he became cashier of the Northwestern railroad here. He was transferred to Milwaukee, Wis., where he became manager and later went to Wood St., Chicago, as manager. For the past 15 years or more he has been general claim agent for the company. He was present at the maintenance meeting held at the Elks club here last year and has been her on visits on numerous occasions since leaving here. He was a member of various local Masonic bodies. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds / The Sterling Daily Gazette, May 26, 1922, page 2, column 4]
INFANT HOWE - The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Howe, of Clyde, died last Thursday morning and the funeral services were held at the house the following day at 1:30 p.m. Rev. W. T. Richardson, of Coleta, conducted the services. The child, though only a month old, was greatly cherished by loving parents whose many friends in this place sympathize with them in their sore bereavement. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated scrapbook clipping He might have been their son Owen Howe (15 Dec 1896) -- the only son that died young.
KARL W. HOWE - 79, 1005 8th Ave., Sterling, died Sunday (16 July 1978) at Sterling Care Center. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Behrens-Blair Funeral Home with Rev.Loyal Wilkinson, former pastor of the First Congregational Church of Sterling officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the First Congregational Church of Sterling. He was born January 21, 1908 in Morrison, the son of Samuel and Grace Kornhause Howe. He was employed as a steel clark at National Mfg. Co. for 37 years. He married Ethel Cassens on August 18, 1934 in Chicago and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Sterling. Survivors include his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Susan) Patton of Morrison; five grandchildren; his father, Samuel of Sterling; and one sister, Mrs. Howard (Virginia) Clough of Milledgeville. He was preceded in death by his mother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, July 17, 1978 - Monday, pg 4]
MARTIN O. HOWE - 80, of 106 Lincoln Way West, Morrison, passed away Friday [09/26/1958] evening at 11 p.m. at the Morrison Community hospital. He had had a heart condition for a number of years. The body was removed to the Tomlinson funeral home where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Tomlinson funeral home. The Rev. M. M. Lucas of St. Ann's Episcopal church will officiate and burial will be in Grove Hill cemetery. Mr. Howe was born Sept. 23, 1878 in Genesee Township, Whiteside county, the son of George and Susannah Overholser Howe. He was reared and educated in the Coleta schools. He was married January 1, 1900 at Morrison to Maude Sullivan who survives him. He operated his own barbershop for a number of years. He was employed as the street commissioner at Morrison for 14 years. He bought and sold cattle and horses most of his life, along with his other work. He was a former member of the Mystic Workers lodge and old Company I of the Illinois Militia. Mr. and Mrs. Howe observed their golden wedding with open house in 1950 in their home. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Elwood of Morrison and James of Elgin; four daughters, Mrs. Earl (Susannah) Overly of Lyndon, Mrs. G. Walter (Marjorie) Zerr of Morrison, Mrs. Kirkwood (Eva) Likes of Galesburg; and Mrs. Joe (Grace) Fielding of Rockford; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, four brothers, William, Abner, Clarence, and Fred Howe; three sisters, Mrs. Hattie Diehl, Mrs. Annie Sherwood and Daisy in infancy.
--- Funeral services for Martin O. Howe of Morrison who passed away Friday evening, Sept. 26, in the Morrison Community hospital where he had been a patient for several days following a stroke were held Tuesday [09/30/1958] afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Tomlinson funeral home. The Rev. M. M. Lucas, vicar of St. Ann's Episcopal church officiated and burial was made in Grove Hill cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. John Fletcher of St. Ann's choir sang The Old Rugged Cross and When the Roll Is Called up Yonder with Mrs. Fletcher playing the piano accompaniment. Serving as pall bearers were three grandsons, Rouland Howe of Sterling, John Likes of Galesburg and Daniel Howe of Elgin; and three friends, Marvin Wood, Harry Garrison and Clare Meakins of Morrison. The numerous and beautiful floral tributes were arranged by Mrs. DeWitt Mulnix, Mrs. John Sykes and Mrs. Margaret Genslinger. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, September 29, 1958]
MILLIE MAY HOWE - Coleta -- The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abner Howe, born Friday [01/24/1896; birth certificate has 01/25/1896] morning at about six o'clock, died a t ten o'clock the same day, living but a few hours. Mr. and Mrs. Howe have the sympathy of the entire community. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Standard, January 30, 1896, page 2, column 2]
PATTY (BUCKETT) HOWE - 73, of Rock Falls died Wednesday, July 14, 2004. She was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling, in sales and purchasing, retiring after 23 years. rs. Howe was born June 17, 1931, in Clay County, the daughter of Glen and Mildred (Richardson) Burkett. She was a graduate of Brown's Business College. She married Fred Howe on Jan. 10, 1949, in St. Louis. She was a member of Rock Falls Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 5418. he was an avid reader and enjoyed playing/following tennis. urvivors include her husband; two sons, Michael J. Howe and Bruche (Christine) Howe, both of Bloomington; a daughter, Connie Sue Howe of Golden Valley, Minn.; a sister, Virginia Valbert of Flora; a brother, Frank Burkett of Xenia; and four grandchildren. he was preceded in death by two sons, Dough and Jeff; and a brother, Jim Burkett. he funeral is at 1 p.m. Saturday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Carl Zager officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, July 16, 2004]
SARAH HOWE - The funeral of Mrs. Wm. J. Howe, mother of Harold (Abe) Howe, catcher for the Sterling American Legion baseball team, was held at 3:30 Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church in Morrison, Rev. LeRoy Walter of the Presbyterian church conducting the rites. Interment was in the Grove Hill cemetery. A large concourse of relatives and friends were in attendance of the rites. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. [Contributed by Sue Nesland - Daily Gazette 29 Jun 1925 Monday]
WILLIAM B. HOWE, 86, formerly of Rock Falls, died Sunday, June 15, 2003, at his daughter's home in Payson, Ariz. He was employed by R B & W Manufacturing, Calle Printing and Bauder Machine Works as a machinist, retiring in 1984. Mr. Howe was born Aug. 19, 1916, in Rock Falls, the son of LeRoy "Slim" and Gertrude (Frank) Howe. He served in the Navy. He married Doris K. Kennedy on March 27, 1943, in San Diego. She died July 19, 2000. He was a member of Rock Falls Congregational Church, a lifetime member of ATA and was inducted into the Illinois Hall of Fame in 1995. He was an avid fisherman and Cubs fan. Survivors include a daughter, Barbara (Dan) Pruett of Payson, Ariz.; four brothers, Robert (Esther) Howe of West Columbia, S.C., Theodore (Mary) Howe of Frankfort, Tenn., Calvin (Jackie) Howe of Rockford, Mich., and John (Shirley) Howe of Clinton, Iowa; five sisters, Marjory McGinn and Evelyn Murphy, both of Sterling, Joan (Ron) DeBruine of San Antonio, Lynnette (Fred) Flowers of Chicago and Mary June (Jack) McKinley of Redford, Mich.; three grandchildren: and a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a sister, Madeline; and four brothers, Donald Howe, Thomas Howe, Russell Howe and Faye Howe. The funeral is at 10:30 am. Friday at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Henrietta Milner officiating. Burial is at IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Fund [Daily Gazette June 18, 2003]
WILLIAM JOHN HOWE passed away at his home on East Winfield street in this city about two o'clock Wednesday [01/02/1929] afternoon, a victim of pneumonia, and in his passing the city lost another resident who bore the esteem and sincerest respect of his many acquaintances. Friday it was first noticed that he had a slight cold, which gradually increased in its severity until he took to his bed the day following. Tuesday his condition was such that it was deemed best to secure the services of a trained nurse, and but little hope was given from the first. However a short time before he went to meet his Maker, Mr. Howe seemed to show slight signs of rallying, but the hope thus brightened was blighted. Mr. Howe was on of a family of eleven children of Jacob and Hannah Howe, sturdy Pennsylvania stock, and his birth occurred in Lancaster county, that state, on July 18, 1854, making him 74 years, 6 months and 14 days of age at the time the curtain of his existence was drawn. He had been a resident of Whiteside county for the greater part of his life, coming here with his parents who settled in Round Grove when he was about one year old. Much of his life time had been spent in Morrison, he having come here from Coleta where he went when a young man to work at the blacksmith trade. It was here, too, that he was married to Sarah M. Overholser, the two having celebrated their golden anniversary on December 1, 1924. June of the following year witnessed the passing of his most worthy helpmate and the mother of their nine children. These are Amanda (Mrs. Wm. G.) Heide of Coleta; Millie (Mrs. W. C.) Scribner of Geddes, S. D.; Nettie (Mrs. John) Getty of Morrison; Mary (Mrs. Charles) Miller of Co- [remainder not copied] [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, January 3, 1929]
--- Funeral Notice - Funeral services for the late William J. Howe, who passed away Wednesday [01/02/1929] from pneumonia, were held at the home at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon and from the M. E. church at 2 o'clock. Rev. H. T. Chenoweth officiated at the services which were largely attended by his numerous friends, acquaintances and relatives from this city and an extensive nearby territory. The I. O. O. F. of which the deceased had been a member for many years was in charge of the funeral, giving its beautiful and impressive services at the church instead of at Grove Hill where interment was made. Those acting as pallbearers were William Moulton, Henry Conrady, George James, L. C. Peterson, F. A. Van Osdol and C. C. Robertson.
WILLIAM MADISON HOWE - Second son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Howe, of Clyde Township, Whiteside County, IL. Mr. Howe (or Willie, as he was familiarly known) remained with his parents until he reached his majority when, upon their advice, he rented a farm, making his home with his sister, Mrs. Ollie Diehl. Thus he commenced the battle of life for himself with all the bright and encouraging prospects that a young man could desire - with robust health, manly stature, always speaking the truth, jovial, and a hale, hearty fellow, admired by his kindred and comrades. But three short months ago, he made application to the Modern Woodmen of America for membership and was accepted as an admirable risk. Mr. Diehl, on leaving his farm in early morning for Morrison, asked Willie, if he would see after the stock. Upon being answered in the affirmative, he left home without a thought but that all would be well. Mrs. Diehl, after doing her morning work, concluded to lie down with her baby (but five weeks old) and rest. She, being disturbed by dreams of horror, arose and concluded to look after Willie. Upon entering the barn, she saw him lying on a mound of hay, head downward. It required all her power to change his position. She made hasty examination and concluded that life was extinct. Returning to the house, she rang the dinner bell and screamed for assistance, then returned to the body and worked heroically about half an hour before assistance arrived. The body was then removed to the house and friends and Coroner J.N. Baird notified. After impanelling a jury, the verdict was rendered that WIlliam M. Howe came to his death by cause unknown on May 31. He was laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery at West Clyde, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. Herrick of Coleta, assisted by Rev. Zook of Franklin Corners. The church as only half large enough to accommodate the concourse of relatives and friends who assembled. It was estimated that one half remained standing in the hall and outside near the windows. Rev. Herrick very beautifully illustrated the Scripture found in first Samuel 20:3 and 18
---2nd NOTICE: On Tuesday [Wednesday 05/30/1894] afternoon the news reached Sterling that Will Howe, son of Supervisor [George W.] Howe of Clyde, had been found dead in a barn by his sister, Mrs. Diehl, with whom he lived. The young man, twenty two years old, had complained of being sick that morning, and this fact caused his sister to visit the barn to see how he was feeling. A coroner's jury returned a verdict of unknown cause. The funeral was held today, and J. P. Overholser and other relatives of this city attended. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Evening Gazette, May 31, 1894, page 3, column 4]
LOUIS HOWELL, Jr. - Funeral services for Louis Howell, Jr. of Norristown, Pa., were held Moday afternoon in the Reynolds funeral home. The Rev. Anthony Campolo, who came with Mrs. Howell from Pennsylvania, officiated and burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Pallbearers were Robert Ottens, John Butkus, Marv Smith, Joe Kilmson, Dave Lennon, Garth Carpenter. Friends in charge of the floral tributes were Mrs. Burton Shambaugh adn Mrs. John Butkus. Mrs. Abe Renkes was the organist for the service. Daily Gazette 29 June 1965]
VERNON HOWELL, of Altadena, Calif., formerly of Erie, died Oct. 17, 1954 and was buried at Mountain View Cemetery at Altadena, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 1954 according to word received by his cousin, Kenneth Bennett, of near Spring Hill. Mr. Howell was son of E. J. and Mary Guthrie Howell. He attended Erie Schools and graduated from Erie High School. He moved to California about 30 years ago. He is survived by his wife, Alice, and one son, William, who is in the service stationed near his home in California. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. E. J. Howell of Altadena, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Editha Nowells, Capitola, Calif., and Miss Mary Howell, who resides with her mother. He was preceded in death by his father and a son. His mother, Mrs. E. J. Howell, of 52 W. Fotthill Blvd,. Altadena, Calif., would be glad to hear from her Erie friends. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 26, 1954 - Tuesday, pg 2]
DELIA (RICHARDS) HOWLAND, 87, passed away this morning (February 26, 1958) at her home in the Leon community after an illness of a few months. The body was removed to Gardner Funeral Parlors, where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Friday at the Leon Methodist Church with the Rev. Henry Helverson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery. Delia Richards Howland was born July 24, 1870, at Marshalltown, Iowa, the daughter of Alpheus and Abigail Perry Richards. She received her education in the school at Lamar, Mo. On July 2, 1899, she was united in marriage to Frank Howland of the Leon community, in the Leon Methodist Church, the first wedding to be performed in the church. She has lived for 57 years in Leon, where Mr. Howland was engaged in farming. She was a member of the Leon WSCS and a charter member of the church. Besides her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Lyle (Mertie) Frazier of Sterling survives: also two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Edna Winton, Lamar, Mo., and Mrs. Effie Graham, McHenry. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, four brothers, and two sisters. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Prophetstown Echo - February 26, 1958]
FRANK JACKSON HOWLAND, 92, of Prophetstown, passed away Wednesday evening at the Morrision Community Hospital, after being a patient for 11 days. Funeral services will be held at the Leon Methodist Church Saturday at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. Preston Wood officiating, with burial in Leon Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gardner Chapel Friday afternoon and evening. Frank Jackson Howland was born Aug. 14, 1874, in Prophetstown, the son of Myron E. and Prescilla (Elsworth) Howland. He was educated in the Leon School and lived his lifetime on a farm in Leon community. He married Della Richards of Prophetstown, July 2, 1899, and she passed away Feb. 26, 1958. He married Mrs. Edith Ott, Aug. 8, 1962, and she survives. He was past president of Farmers Mutual Insurance Co., of Prophetstown, and was a charter member of the Leon Methodist Church. Besides his wife he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lyle (Mertie) Frazier of Sterling; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded by his first wife, parents, one son, one brother and four sisters.
- Funeral services for Frank Howland, age 92, who passed away Wednesday were held at the Leon Methodist Church Saturday morning at 10:30. The Rev. Preston Wood officiated for the services and committal was at the Leon Cemetery. Serving as soloist for the services was Jim Duling with Ruth Goembel serving as the organist. Pallbearers were: Ralph Naftzger, George Matthews, Kenneth Stewart, Paul Lane, Joe Heitzler and Gerald Love. The lovely floral tributes were in charge of Mrs. Martha Matthews, Mrs. Betty Woodworth, and the Hill Crest Greenhouse. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 6, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2]
MARY E. (JOHNSON) HOWLAND - At her home in Blue Earth City, MN, at 7:40 a.m. Monday, November 16, 1897 of neuralgia of the stomach and heart, Mary E. beloved wife of Fred L. Howland, aged 54 years 11 months and 15 days. It was indeed a shock to our people, on Monday morning to learn that Mrs. Howland was dead. But few of them even knew that she was sick. For several years she has been a sufferer from neuralgia of the stomach and her suffering has been greatly intensified since the death of her son, George E. Young and family over a month ago. During the latter part of last week she felt the trouble about her heart and on Sunday was very much worse. Dr. Couper was called and did everything possible for her relief. She grew gradually worse and passed peacefully away Monday morning. The deceased whose maiden name was Mary E. Johnson, was born in New Hampshire, Dec. 1, 1842 and accompanied her parents, the late Mr. and mrs. Albin Johnson to this place in 1857. In 1858 she was married to Enoch C. Young. She was the mother of three children through this marriage. They were Ella M. wife of Hallett Howland of this town; the late George E. Young and Willis S. Young of San Francisco. In July (17) 1876 she was married to Fred L. Howland. Both herself and husband were members of the M.E. Church and she was an influential and beloved member of Sully Post W.R.C. Since the terrible tragedy, which took from her a beloved son, his wife and her two only grandsons, her trouble has been greatly aggrevated, though but few knew that it had approached the danger line. Her absent son Willis S., was reached by telegraph and at once started from California to attend the funeral, which will occur at the M.E. church on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Dr. Newhouse, her pastor officiating.
ELIZABETH (RUCK) HOWLETT - Death has once more called from our midst a loved on, and in response to this call Mrs. George Howlett has returned to that land from whence no traveler returns. Mrs. Howlett had for the past five months been suffering from consumption and in hopes of benefiting her health her husband took her to Dalton, Ga. After her arrival there she seemed to improve at first, then rapidly failed and died Jan. 29, 1897. Mrs. Elizabeth Ruck - Howlett was born in Fairfield, Ill., March 9, 1863, where she resided with her parents during childhood. She married Geo. Howlett, Feb. 11th, 1880 and their union was blessed with four children, two boys and two girls. Mrs. Howlett was a woman much respected by all who knew her. She was a loving and indulgent mother, her home was her happiest place and her aim was to make all around her happy. Her funeral took place in the M.E. church Sunday afternoon, Rev. S.M. Hillard officiating. The house was crowded and it was a long procession that followed her to the cemetery where she was laid at rest. Tampico Tornado February 6, 1897]
JOHN R. HOWLETT, a prominent hardware merchant and a member of the city council died very suddenly of heart trouble. Death came with terrible swiftness as he was about his usual locations during the day and possessing a rugged constitution his death was entirely unexpected and unlooked for. That he had passed away could scarcely be credited in this country until the awful fact was known. He was not feeling in hs usual good health Wednesday having had a billous attack but was not sick. He spent the day at his hardware store attending to his business and spent the evening at the Tampico club room when he seemed in the usual health. On going home he bathed his feet xxxr which he laid down on the sofa and was taken with sharp pains in the chest. A physician was summoned hastily and while the latter was disolving a hypodermic tablet for an infection, Mr. Howlett threw up his arms and expired. John R. Howlett was born forty-two years ago next December 7, in Fairfield township south of Tampico where his boyhood days were spent with his parents on the old farm. He wa married seventeen years ago to Mary Berge and after his marriage lived on the farm two years, after which he entered in the partnership with F.J. Anderson in the general store at New Bedford. He then came here and entered into the hardware business with his brother George which partnership continued until about four years ago sincewhich he as conducted the business alone. Everbody is greiving with the stricken wife and daughter, and no death has produced such a shock in the community. Words cannot express the sorrow felt in the sudden taking of this good man which is a direct loss to the village as he was a citizen whose record and deeds were for the betterment of the community. No definite funeral arrangements have been made other than it will be held Sunday. What disposition will be made of the hardware store is not known yet. The deceased was one of a family of eleven and a son of John Howlett, Sr. [Obit dated 22 September 1905]
JONATHAN HOWLETT - The entire community was shocked at the news of the sudden death of Mr. Jno. Howlett, one of Tampico's most prominent citizens and business men on Wednesday night. Mr. Howlett was apparently in the best of health and spirit. He remarked at supper Wednesday evening that he was feeling so well that he would do some book work at his store that evening. He worked until nine o'clock and then went to the Club rooms where he enjoyed pool and billiards until 10:15; he then went home, took a foot bath and went to bed. In a short time the family heard him call that he was very sick. Mrs. Howlett immediately went to his room and found that he had a severe pain in his chest. She applied hot applications and sent for a doctor. When the physician arrived he was in such pain that it was thought best to administer an hypodermic. The physician turned to his medicine case to prepare it but before it was ready Mr. Howlett had passed to the great everlasting. John R. Howlett was born in Fairfield, Bureau County, on Dec. 7, 1863 and died at his home in Tampico at 11:30 o'clock, Sept. 20, 1905. He spent his early days on his father's farm where he learned many lessons in frugality and husbandry. He was married on December 1, 1884 to Miss Mary Berge of Tampico and one child, Ethel, was born to them. In 1889 he engaged in business in a general store with F. J. Anderson in New Bedford. He remained in this business for one year and then moved to Tampico where he and his brother George started a hardware business. They prospered and remained in business together until 1902 when George retired and sold his interest to J. R. Howlett. Since then John has faithfully and successfully conducted the business alone. He always took an interest in the city government and served about eight years on the city board. He was a member in good standing in the Modern Woodmen Insurance Co. He was always exceptionally healthy, never having been sick but once, which was a six week duration of Typhoid fever, while he was in New Bedford. The funeral will be held at the M. E. church Sunday morning. The Woodmen will have charge of the services at the grave. He is survived by Mary E. Howlett his wife, Ethel his daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Howlett his parents, six sisters: Mrs. Mary Johnson, Mrs. Alice Thomson, Mrs. Patience Fullerton and Mrs. Minnie Rogers of Fairfield, Mrs. Esther Hanselman of Joliet and Tibbie Howlett who lives with her parents. Also four bothers, Oliver and Frank of Fairfield, George of Wallis Station, Texas and Charles of Rickel, Ill. (Tampico Progress 21 September 1905)
LEONARD K. HOWLETT, 80, died early this morning (13 December 1983) at the Prophets Riverview Center. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the Gardner Chapel, Prophetstown. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Bruce Janes will officiate. A memorial has been established to the Prophets Riverview Center. Leonard Howlett was born on May 17, 1903 in Fairfield Township the son of Frank and Elizabeth Klobes Howlett. On Dec. 14, 1925 he married Margerete Morse of Prophetstown. They lived in Fairfield Township and Portland Township prior to moving to Prophetstown in 1940. He worked as a crewleader for Commonwealth Edison from 1936 until 1966. Surviving are one son, Burnell Howlett, Prophetstown; two daughters, Mrs. Phillip (Justine) Swanson, Tampico and Mrs. John (Alverda) Marckx, Elcho, Wis.; two brothers, Wayne of Rock Falls and Oran of Davenport; two sisters, Leona Girton of Rock Falls and Irene Feagens of Roseburg, Oregon; eight grandchildten and ten great grandchildren. Preceding him in death was his wife in 1974. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 13, 1983 - Tuesday, pg A4]
MARGUERITE ALICE (MORRIS) HOWLETT, 68, died Monday morning at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Morrison. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gardner Chapel. Friends may call at the Chapel from 7-9 p.m Tuesday. A memorial fund has been established. Marguerite Howlett was born Aug. 16, 1906 in Coe Township, the daughter of John and Maude Brown Morris. She married Leonard Howlett of Tampico in Princeton on Dec. 14, 1925. They have lived in Prophetstown and the surrounding area. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Phil (Justine) Swanson and Mrs. Ray (Alverda) Mosher, both of Prophetstown; one son, Burnell of Prophetstown; eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. She was preceded by one son John in infancy, one brother and one step-brother [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 17, 1974 - Tuesday, pg 2]
MARY JANE (BERGE) HOWLETT -Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary L. Howlett were held in Parent's Chapel, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Appropriate recordings, including a vocal number, "The Lord's Prayer," were played preceding the service which was conducted by Eugene Morgan, pastor of the church of Christ. Mrs. Morgan read Psalms46 and two poems, "A Friend" and "Someday" and made brief comments on her life. Mrs. Nim Gosney and Mrs. Edward Fullerton were in charge of the many beautiful flowers. Burial was in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery with Edward Fullerton, Willard Hunter, Wm. Furry, R. J. Harms, J. J. Kepner, and Raymond Foy serving as Pallbearers. The business houses closed during the services as a mark of respect. Mary Louise Howlett was born May 16, 1869 in Fairfield Township, Bureau County, the daughter of George and Margaret Berge and lived in the vicinity of Tampico all of her life. She attended the Thomas school. On December 1, 1887, she married John R. Howlett Jr. who preceded her in death in 1905. One daughter, Ethel, was born to this union. Mrs. Howlett, who had been in poor health for some time, passed away Sunday morning, March 4, in the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. M. H. Parent, with whom she lived. She was president of the Tampico Memorial Cemetery Association, for many years and was very active in the management of the organizationu until her recent illness. Besides her daughter, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Emma Ruck, of Alto, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister, Mrs. Carrie Anderson. [Tampico Tornado, Thursday, March 8, 1951]
OLIVER HOWLETT, Relatives here today learned of the death of Oliver Howlett of Turtle Beach, Saskatchewan, Canada, who died Oct. 3, 1940 in Notre Dame Hospital, North Battleford, Sask., after a short illness. Burial was in Livelong, Saskatchewan. He was a member of a pioneer Bureau County family, having left the Thomas vicinity 30 years ago to go to Canada. Mr. Howlett, son of the late John and Ruehamia Howlett, was born May 20 1860, at Thomas, Ill. In 1880 he was married to Betty Newell of New Bedford. She died in 1884. To this union two children were born, the late Mrs. Maude Reiley of Prophetstown and Floyd E Howlett of Sheffield. In 1885 he was married to Phoebe Thompson of Sheffield. To this union 12 children were born. Surviving are the widow and the following children: Elmer at home; Virgil of Holland, Manitoba; Mrs. Minnie Morse of Milan, Ill.; Mrs. Kate Johnston, Huntington Park, Calif.; Harvey of Winnipeg, Manitoba; Mrs. Zeta Bye, Brandon, Manitoba; Mrs. Gladys Simmons of Balcannes, Saskatchewan; Howard of Quensey, B.C.; Artie, Turtle Beach, Saskatchewan; and Clarence of Brandon, Manitoba; 18 grandchildren and two great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Patience Emery of Prophetstown, Mrs. Charles Rogers of Thomas, Ill., one brother, Frank Howlett of Tampico. He was preceded in death by two children in infancy, three brothers and five sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois October 9, 1940 - Wednesday, pg 6]
MARY A. (MALESKY) HOYER, 69, of Fulton, died Monday October 6, 2003 at her home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the Fulton Chapel, Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. The Rev. Stanley Bomgarden of the Fulton Presbyterian Church, Fulton, will be officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry Plathe, Thomas Drury, Jesse Jepsen, Thomas Jepsen, Sam Pieczynski, Jon Ryder, Mike Johnson, Clifton "Bud" Smith and Michael Robinson. She was born April 17, 1934, in Clearfield, Pa., to Anthony R. and Nelletta C. Burke Malesky. She was educated in the DuBois Grade School and graduated from St. Joseph's High School in DuBois, Pa. She married John W. Robinson on March 13, 1954, in Fulton. She then married Donald Huebner on June 16, 1961, in Camanche. He died in 1978. She then married Gene P. Hoyer on Sept. 22, 1984. He died in 1996. She was employed with General Electric in Morrison, Ill., the former Fidelity Life Insurance Co., Fulton, and the Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. June (Larry) Plathe of Des Moines, Mrs. Martha (Thomas) Drury of Miles and Mrs. Angela (Jon) Ryder of Albany, Ill.; three sons, John (Becky) Robinson of Machesney Park, Ill., Robert (Vicki) Huebner of Clinton and Donald (Suzan) Huebner Jr. of Albany; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Gerri Bruckman of Fulton, Mrs. Donna (Bud) Smith of Fulton and Mrs. Sandra (Mike) Johnson of Cordova, Ill.; and two brothers, Daniel (Jan) Ottens of Fulton and Philip (Wendy) Ottens of Fulton. She was preceded in death by her husbands and two brothers. [Clinton Herald October 8, 2003]
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