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Obituaries and Death Notices

Samuel Caldwell
The Henry Republican December 15, 188
Died in Milo, Dec. 3, Samuel Caldwell, 54.

Harry Gregory Calef
The Henry Republican, Henry, IL August 20, 1868
Died at Whitefield Corners of congestion of the brain, after an illness of only ten hours, Harry Gregory, youngest son of Ezra P. and Jane C. Calef, age one year and 6 months

Joseph Caywood
The Bradford Republican, September 17, 1885
Milo - A large concourse of people attended the funeral of Joseph Caywood at the M. E. church on last Sunday. The deceased had been a resident of Milo for years and leaves many friends to sympathize with the family in their sorrow.

William Challenger
Submitters Name: Denise Parsons
Obit: Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - July 6, 1997
SPRING VALLEY -- William Challenger, 91, of Basswood Healthcare Center in Princeton, formerly of Spring Valley, died at 12:45 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 1997, at the center. Born Nov. 14, 1905, in Spring Valley to Marc and Elizabeth Simpson Challenger, he married Henrietta Kinkin on July 24, 1926. She died May 23, 1997. One daughter, Charmayne Thompson, three brothers and one sister also preceded him in death. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Betty Lou) Derango of Reseda, Calif.; two sisters, Genevieve Devert and Marie Pistona, both of Spring Valley; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He was a bus driver for the LaSalle-Peru Bus Lines for 32 years, retiring in 1958. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley. The Rev. Colleen Lawrence will officiate. Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery in Spring Valley.

Mrs. Huldah Chesney
Taken From the Henry Republican April 13, 1876
In Milo, April 8, of consumption, Mrs. Huldah Chesney, aged 39 years.
Wheatland - Another one of our citizens, Mrs. Chesney was buried April 4th. Mrs. Chesney was a sister-in-law of the late deceased Mrs. Anderson and a daughter of Mr. Merritt. Her age was probably 50. She died on consumption of which she has long been ailing. Her remains were placed in the cemetery at Tiskilwa.

Virgil Cioni

Newspaper: Peoria Journal Star

Date: 20 Aug 1999

Submitters Name: Denise Parsons

Obit: Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - August 20, 1999

SPRING VALLEY -- Virgil Cioni, 78, of 419 W. Erie died at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 1999, at his residence.

Born Sept. 2, 1920, in Dalzell to Dominic and Louisa Palmieri Cioni, he married Lillian Yerly on Nov. 24, 1942. She died Oct. 16, 1990. One brother and one sister also preceded him in death.

Surviving are two daughters, Leah Ann (Gary) Robison of Spring Valley and Mary Louise Zagar of Duluth, Ga.; four sisters, Rose Causa of Oglesby, Anna Sabatini of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Alma Mini and Virginia (Wayne) Norman, both of Peru; and five grandchildren.

A World War II Army veteran serving in Europe, he received the Purple Heart. He was a member of Spring Valley American Legion He worked at Sundstrand in LaSalle before retiring.
He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Spring Valley.

Services will be at 10:40 a.m. Saturday at Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley and at 11 a.m. Saturday at his church. The Rev.
Donald Henderson will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at the funeral home, with an American Legion memorial service at 6 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Burial will be in Ladd Cemetery in Ladd.

Ella Clark

Taken From the Henry Republican
July 6, 1876

Our community was suddenly thrown into excitement on Monday, July 3d, by the sad death of Miss Ella Clark by lightning. Miss Clark was attending school at Hunterís school house, when a heavy storm, visiting our neighborhood, accompanied with severe lightning, was made the agent of this sad work. The lightning struck the school house and killed Miss Ella suddenly; also damaging the building some. The funeral service was held July 4th at Robert Hunterís, in which the goodly number present showed that the bereaved sister and widowed mother have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Steven M. Clark

June 25, 1874

Died in Wheatland, Bureau county, June 23, of congestion of the brain, Steven M. Clark of this city (Henry). Aged about 62 years.

Son of Thomas Clark

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 23, 1880

Milo - Died September 18 of diptheria, the only son of Thomas and Mary Clark, aged about 8 years. He was an extremely bright boy leading all his classes in school in all branches of education that children of his age study.

Daughter of William Clement

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 30, 1880

Lone Tree - Death has visited our neighborhood and this time has taken Wm. Clement's little girl, about seven years and eight months old. She died with diphtheria.

Whitefield Corners - Diphtheria is quite prevalent in Milo. Mr. Clement lost one of his chilcren, 11 years old; the rest are down with the same disease.

Freda J. (Dobbs) Cole
Submitted by Melva L. Taylor
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 4 1982 - Saturday, page A4

- 71, of 216 S. 2nd Street, Walnut, died unexpectedly in her home Thursday evening. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Allen-Garland Funeral Home with Rev. Gene Gebhart, pastor, First Christian Church of Walnut officiating. The body will then be taken to Orchard, Iowa, where graveside services will be held on Monday at 3 p.m. in the Orchard Cemetery, with the Rev. Paul Brown officiating. Friends may call in the Allen-Garland Funeral Home on Sunday from 4 p.m. until the hour of service. A memorial has been established in her memory.
Mrs. Cole was born June 3, 1911 in Charles City, Iowa, the daughter of Nathan and Addie Keen Dobbs. She was united in marriage to Ceylon Cole in 1929 in Charles City, and he preceded her in death in February of 1961.
Mrs. Cole is survived by one daughter: Mrs. Bernard (Sandra) Wagner of Osage, Iowa, five sons: Gene of San Angelo, Texas, Larry of Chicago, Terry of Fairfield, Calif., Garry of Colfax, Ill., and Jerry of Murphysboro, Ill. Thirteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Five brothers: Orville of Detroit, Paul and Homer Dobbs of Charles City, Iowa, and Clarence and Ralph Dobbs of Minneapolis, Minn. Several nieces and nephews. She is preceded by her husband and four brothers.

James Cooney

March 21, 1872

Died In Milo, Bureau county, March 7, of lung fever, Eli Gallatine, aged 23; also of same complaint, James Cooney, aged 50 years.

Leland Ray Cooper

From Melvva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

Januaary 13, 1970 - Tuesday, pg 2


Tampico: - Leland Ray Cooper, 26, passed away at the University Hospital in Madison, Wis., on Friday, Jan. 9, 1970 after an illness of some time. He was born in Sterling on July 7, 1943, son of Virgil and Mary Resberg Cooper. Attended Yorktown, Tampico school and Rockford School of Business. Was united in marriage with Cheryl Eastman on Dec. 21, 1963 at Baptist Church in Tampico. He had lived in Tampico vincinty for 20 years, then moved to Milledgeville and then to Stockton three years ago where he was employed by Kraft Cheese Co. He was a member of Tampico Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife Cheryl of Stockton, two daughters Kimberly and Heidi, his mother Mrs. Mary Anderson of Yorktown, two brothers Wayne of Tampico and David of Yorktown, his grandfather, Oscar Resberg of Prophetstown, and stepfather Harold Anderson and stepgrandmother Mrs. Alma Anderson, several aunts and uncles. He was preceded by his father and grandmother.

Services were held at Schmitt Chapel in Tampico on Monday, Jan. 12, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dennis Johnson of Walker, Iowa Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Yorktown Cemetery with Stuart Walker, Ronald Kelly, Stanley Frank, Larry Basen, Dale Larsen and Carl Steien acting as casketbearers. Mrs. Glen Carlson played organ prelude and postlude at Chapel.

Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Howard Batten, Mrs. Robert Nuelle and Hillcrest Greenhouse. A memorial was established for Leukemia Research Fund.

Marcy Corbin

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 9, 1876

In Milo, Feb. 28, Marcy, aged 8 months, daughter of B. F. and Elizabeth Corbin.

James M. Coutts Sr.
Newspaper: Peoria Journal Star
Date: 11 Dec 2009
Sub. By Denise Parsons
Obit: Peoria Journal Star, The (IL) - December 11, 2009
SPRING VALLEY - James M. Coutts Sr., 85, of Spring Valley died at 8:29 a.m. Dec. 8, 2009.
Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Barto Funeral Home in Spring Valley, with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church. The Rev. Robert Spilman will officiate.
Burial will be in Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with American Legion services at 6 p.m.
Mr. Coutts was born March 10, 1924, in Ladd to William and Rebecca (McClellan) Coutts. He married Marie B. Deserf on Aug. 7, 1943, at Immaculate Conception Church in Spring Valley.
He served in World War II with the Army Air Force in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations with the 33rd Troop Carrier Squadron. He was awarded four bronze battle stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
He graduated in 1942 from Hall High School and attended Washington State and Northern Illinois universities.
He was a bricklayer for more than 50 years with Local 6 in Rockford.
He was a member of International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Immaculate Conception Church, Spring Valley, Holy Name Society of the church, Spring Valley American Legion, VFW and The Rice River Boys.
He was a red coat volunteer for 10 years at St. Margaret's Hospital. He coached basketball for five years at Immaculate Conception Grade School and coached Spring Valley Little League and Senior League and American Legion baseball for more than 20 years.
Survivors are his wife, Marie of Spring Valley; one daughter, Cindy (Thomas) Vallero of Spring Valley; one son, James (Diane) Coutts of Oregon, Ill.; one sister, Jeanette Ries of Alpharetta, Ga.; one daughter-in-law, Becky Coutts of Omaha, Neb.; grandchildren, Sean, Dan and Marissa Coutts, David Saxe and Bill Coutts Jr.; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, William J. Coutts, on June 18, 2005.


From Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 19, 2007 - Wednesday, pg A2

ETHEL M. NELSON CRAIG - 86, of Morton, formerly of Princeton, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2007, at Proctor Hospital, Peoria. Mrs. Craig was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Fred and Ester (Hegglmeier) Stocking. She was a 1940 graduate of Bureau Township High School. She married Leland Nelson on Sept. 22, 1940. He preceded her in death in March 2002. She then married Billy Craig on Feb. 18, 2006. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church, Henry, and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 2 and 125, in Peoria and Princeton.

Survivors include her husband; two sons, David (Alene) Nelson, of Leaf River, and Dennis (Eve) Nelson, of Hiawatha, Iowa; a brother, Harry Stoner, of Kankakee; a sister, June Cork, of Princeton; one aunt, Edna Hotaling, of Princeton; three grandchildren, Jeff (Karen) Nelson and Carol Wright, both of Milledgeville, and Keith Nelson, of Rockford; seven great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Barbara Stoner (1934) and Sarah Merkel (2001); and a granddaughter, Amy Nelson.

The funeral is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with the Rev. Edward Harkrader, officiating. Burial is at Prairie Repose Cemetery, Dover. Visitation is from 10;30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorial may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Caleb Cushing

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 25, 1877

We see by the Princeton Republican that Caleb Cushing, one of the founders of the old Providence colony, died in Bureau county, on the 11th inst., in his 84th year.

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