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JOHN FREDERICK RAFLEY , was born in Germany on April 28, 1810, and died June 28, 1893, thus his age being 83 years and 2 months. The deceased was a kind father and was well spoken of by all who knew him. He leaves two daughters (Mary Jane Stahl and Elizabeth Gaul) and seventeen grandchildren to mourn his departure. He was a member of the Dunkard Church for thirty years, during which time he tried to live a christian life. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary Boyd in Maryland in the year 1837. To them were born six children, all of whom have gone before, except two daughters. The remains were laid to rest by the side of his companion, in Cherry Grove Cemetery. Funeral services were held in the Dunkard Church at Georgetown, June 30. Rev. Henry Martin preaching the funeral sermon.
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ESTHER MARIE (HASKETT) REAGAN 95, of Savanna, died Friday Nov. 5, 2004. She resided at the Carroll County Good Samaritan Center, in Mount Carroll, Ill. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church with the Rev. Moises Apostol officiating. Burial will follow in the St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Savanna. She was born Dec. 5, 1908, in Williston, N.D., to James E. and Leone Thompson Haskett. She was raised in the homestead country of North Dakota. She later moved with her family to La Grange, Ill. She married John P. Reagan on July 18, 1936, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She attended Illinois University and Pestalozzi Froebel Teachers College in Chicago. She taught kindergarten in Savanna. She was an original member of the Palisades Art League, a member of the Clinton Art Association and Cider Painters of America (miniatures). She was active with the Carroll County Writers Circle. She belonged to Catholic Daughters of America, Catholic Women of St. Johns, Retired Teachers, NARFE and St. John's Memorial Choir. Survivors include one sister, Peggy Zimmer of Rochester Hills, Mich.; one sister-in-law, Julie Reagan of Phoenix; two daughters, Mrs. Pat (Steve) Hisler of Springfield, Va., and Mrs. Micky (Bruce) Hoegh of Irvine, Calif.; one son, Jack (Cheryl) Reagan of Savanna; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, father and mother-in-law, her husband, one brother, five brothers-in-law, one sister and one sister-in-law. Memorials may be made in her name to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Savanna or the Freeport (Ill.) Health Network Hospice.

W.H. REDMAN - Word was received in Milledgeville Friday that Capt. W.H. Redman had died at his home in Newton Iowa, Wednesday, January 9 th, 1901 at the age of 61. He was born on the Frankfother farm in Genesee, and attended school at Hazel Green. He enlisted as private in Co. C. 12, Il. Cavalry Jan 1, 1862 and was discharged June 18, 1866. For bravery he rose to the rank of Captain. His wife died at Harvey IL three years ago. He leaves one son, who resides in Chicago and two daughters. Mr. Redman was one of the originators of the "Hazel Green" Reunion and he attended all but one of them. In 1888 he was Speaker of the house of Representatives of iowa, and last fall was a candidate for Attorney General, but failed to get the nomination. He has many friends in this vicinity. Mrs. J.M. Sowles of Galt is a cousin. He attendedthe Mt. Carroll Seminary when a young man, where he graduated.

W.H. Redman was born in Whiteside County 5 March 1840 the son of Eli & Catherine (Owen) Redman.

ADELINE (SHAFER) REED , was born in Andes, Delaware Co., New York, March 8, 1825 and died in Milledgeville Dec. 31, 1906. Age 81 years, 10 months and 23 days. She came to Ill. fifty two years ago and in about a year was married to Jonas M. Reed when she became step mother to two young boys the youngest a few years old. By this marriage they had one daughter who lived to womanhood, married and died, leaving two young children, the youngest 11 years old. She took and cared for them for seven years. Mr. and Mrs. Reed lived in Polo about fifteen years, then moved to Sterling, where they resided about the same length of time. When the railroad was built to Milledgeville they moved here which place has since been her home. It is not often it falls to the lot of one to be left as lonely as was Mrs. Reed. She was the last one living of twelve brothers and sisters; her kind and devoted husband died ten years ago. Her two step sons and their wives and her only daughter proceeded her and since the children went to live with their father about four and one-half years ago her company has been good books and her Bible which she read thru many times. She became a Christian in early life and united with the Baptist church of which she was an earnest, faithful and life long member. She was of a religious, refined, intelligent and quiet nature with great love for her relatives, strong friendship for her friends and great faith and trust in her Savior. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at the M. E. church and were conducted by Rev. Warrington. Burial in the Reed cemetery near Polo.
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ANDREW RICHARD REED , age 27, of Savanna, Illinois died Tuesday, July 14, 2009 as a result of a train accident in Bettendorf, Iowa. A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 18 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna, with Father David Austin as Celebrant. Burial will be in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Savanna. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 17 at St. John’s Church Hall. A memorial fund has been established for Andrew’s family. Andrew was born June 24, 1982, in Clinton, Iowa, the son of Richard and Ramona (Ritchie) Reed. He graduated from Savanna High School with the Class of 2000. He attended Highland Community College in Freeport, Illinois, and also Hamilton Technical School in Davenport, Iowa. Andrew was a loving father and adored his daughter, Brynn and Delaney. He worked for the Dakota, Minnessota & Eastern Railroad as a conductor. He enjoyed playing sports and boating on the Mississippi River. Andrew was known by his friends as “Reed-o” and “Sweet-Meat”. Andrew is survived and lovingly remembered by his fiancé, Jamie Diercks, their daughter, Brynn and her daughter Delaney Holmes, all of Savanna, Illinois; his mother, Ramona and John Coffey of Argyle, Wisconsin; his father, Richard “Dick” Reed of Moline, Illinois; three sisters, Jennifer and Julio Ortiz of Tooele, Utah, Susan Reed and Gus Castango of Grantsville, Utah, and Katie Reed of Savanna; his maternal grandparents, Boyd and Sally Ritchie of Savanna; two half – sisters, Rachel Reed and Ashley Reed, both of Platteville, Wisconsin; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Andrew was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Milo and Rose Reed; a sister at birth, Sarah; and an uncle, Raymond Ritchie.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

JONAS M. REED - At his home in Milledgeville, Saturday, Nov. 7, 1896 of dropsey, MR. Jonas M. Reed, aged 77 yrs., 5 mos., 14 days. Jonas M. Reed was born in Middletown, Delaware Co., N.Y., May 23, 1819. When he was 2 years of age his parents moved west to Ohio, where they remained until 1831, when they again came further west to Buffalo Grove, Ogle County IL. The Reed family was among the earliest settlers and the deceased has often related to teh writer the many hardships he endured in his early pioneer life. On Nov. 19, 1840, Mr. Reed was united in marriage to Miss Lovina Sanborn. From this union were born three children, all of whom have gone to their long home. His wife died in Buffalo Grove in the year 1855. Feb. 16, 1856 he married Adeline Schaffer, of Andes, Delaware Co., New York, and to this union was born one daughter, who died Nov. 11, 1894. In 1866, Mr. Reed moved to Sterling, where he resided until 1886, when he moved to Milledgeville, where he continued to live until the time of his death. He was a man of sterling worth and integrity, energetic and hard working in the days of his strength; a man with few, if any, enemies, and one in whom his friends could trust. He served as a faithful soldier in the Black Hawk War and has at all times been a loyal citizen. To mourn his departure the deceased leaves a wife, a brother, two sisters and many sympathetic friends. The funeral service was held at the Baptist Church, Monday forenoon at 10 o'clock, Rev. E.W. Annable officiating. Interment took place int he Buffalo Grove cemetery, Ogle County.

MILO L. REED , age 73, of Savanna, Illinois, died Monday, July 9, 2007, at his home. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2007, at First United Methodist Church, Savanna, Illinois. Reverend Larry Thomson will officiate. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery, Savanna, Illinois. The Savanna VFW Post #2223 will accord military rites. Friends may call from 4:00–8:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2007, at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Memorials may be made to the Savanna Ambulance Association or the Savanna Fire Department in Milo’s Honor. Milo was born August 22, 1933, the son of Leo and Florence (Gombert) Reed in Maquoketa, Iowa. He attended Savanna High School. On September 12, 1954, Milo married Rose Marie “Rosie” Aitken in Savanna. Milo served with the United States Army Paratroopers during the Korean War and received three bronze stars. Milo worked as a cable-splicer for the local phone company, retiring after forty years of service. He was a thirty-three year Veteran of the Savanna Ambulance Association, and one of Savanna’s first EMT’s. He served for forty years on the Savanna Fire Department, achieving the rank of Captain and past President of the Savanna Fireman’s Association. Milo was a lifetime member of the Savanna VFW Post #2223; the Savanna Moose Lodge #1095 and a past member of the Savanna Zoning Board. Milo very much loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling and doing just about anything in the outdoors. Milo will be dearly missed by his two daughters, Ronda (Terry) Koser of Savanna and Darcy (Randy) Holland of Hanover, IL. three sons, Richard Reed of Moline, IL. Milo Scott (Diane Holder) Reed of Holland, Michigan and Rodney (Kelly) Reed of Albany, IL.; one sister, Brenda (Joe) Mish of Phoenix, AZ; eighteen grandchildren and fourteen great grand children. Milo was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Rose Marie; and special friend, Joanne Lindeman and a brother, Richard Gene Reed.

SAMUEL B. REED , 90, former Argo-Fa resident, died Monday, July 1, 1940 in his home in Dolliver, Iowa. He was an uncle of Garfield Watson of Savanna. He moved with his family from Argo-Fa to a farm near Dollivar 45 years ago. During the past number of years, Mr. Reed has been engaged in the real estate and insurance business. Surviving are his widow, the former Sybil Bailey of Mt. Carroll; nhine children, and other relatives. Funeral services were held in Dolliver.
Contributed by Alice Horner/ Carroll County Mirror-Democrat, Thursday, July 11, 1940

THOMAS REED , died at the county farm last Sunday February 7, 1892 from old age and a complication of diseases. The remains were removed to the home of his son-in-law, Mr. M. Grim, and were buried at the Woodland Church Cemetery on Tuesday, with appropriate religious services conducted by Rev. Wilfong of the U. B. Church. (Alice Horner’s note: Thomas Reed appears under the name Morgan Reed in the Carroll County Almshouse Register, elsewhere on Genealogy Trails, Carroll County, http://www.genealogytrails.com/ill/carroll. His son-in-law’s full name was Martin Grim, whose wife was Mary L. Reed.)
Contributed by Alice Horner Carroll County Mirror – Herald, Mount Carroll, Illinois Thursday, February 11, 1892

MARY (HOFFMAN) REIBEL , for many years a resident of Savanna, but who has been making her home in Freeport for the past six years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Rudolph Datt, in that city, yesterday afternoon (12 Dec. 1921) about 4:50 o'clock. Death was due to the infirmities of old age, as she was past 81 years of age. Mrs. Reibel was born in Weurtemberg, Germany, Sept. 3, 1840, and was married there to William Reibel about 1863. In 1885 they brought their family to this country, coming to Savanna, where they made their home until Mr. Reibel's death about six years ago, when Mrs. Reibel went to Freeport to make her home with her daughter. During her residence here, Mrs. Reibel made a great number of friends, who will regret to learn of her death. She is survived by nine children, Mrs. Anna Schmeig, William and Ben, of Savanna, Mrs. Michael Binz and Mrs. Joe Kappes, of Stockton, Mrs. Joseph Christian and Joseph Reibel of Australia, Mrs. Franklin Johnson of California, and Mrs. Rudolph Datt, of Freeport. She was also the mother of two other children, one whom died in infancy, and a son who passed away in Australia about a year ago. Besides these children, she is survived by 50 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. Her body has been brought to this city, and funeral services will be held from the St. John's Catholic church, of which she was a loyal member, Wednesday morning at nine o'clock, Rev. Father F.J. Antle officiating. Her body will be laid to rest beside that of her husband in the Catholic cemetery.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert. Source: James Burton, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Management, University of Washington, Bothell

WILLIAM REIBEL , of whose death we made brief mention in Thursday evening's Journal, was a well known resident of this city. His death occurred at 4:10 o'clock Thursday (Mar. 9, 1916) afternoon after a long illness due to dropsy. His family was aware of his critical condition and several of his children from out of the city were at his bedside when the end came. Mr. Reibel was born in Wurtemburg, Germany, in 1840, and was united in marriage there. The family came to this country in 1886 and lived in Stockton, Plum River, then in Washington township, and five years ago moved to this city where they resided in the old Hoffman property near the Pinnacle which they purchased at that time. Mr. Reibel always followed the occupation of a farmer and was a hard-working man. He was honest and upright in his dealings with his fellows and was devoted to his home and family. Besides his widow he is survived by ten children, two sons and a daughter in Australia, two daughters in Stockton, one in Freeport, one in Chicago, two sons and a daughter in this city. All are married and have families. One child died a number of years ago. The children who reside in this city are Mrs. Joe Schmeig and Ben and William Reibel. Friends extend sympathy to the bereaved wife and children in the loss of husband and father."
Contributed by Lori Gilbert. Source: James Burton, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Management, University of Washington, Bothell

HELEN (ALCORN) REKENTHALER , 86, of Mount Carroll, died Friday at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mount Carroll. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mount Carroll. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. She was born July 8, 1918, to Philip and Lula G. Frye Alcorn. She married Harold Rekenthaler on Nov. 26, 1938. He died Sept. 22, 1982. She and her husband ran a boarding house for more than 15 years in Mount Carroll. She also worked at the Caroline Mark Home for many years. She was a past member of Hickory Grove United Methodist Church and the Carroll County Home Extension. Survivors include three sons, Kenneth (Amanda) Rekenthaler of Mount Carroll, Randy Rekenthaler of Mount Carroll, and Julius (Connie) Kuberski of Stockton, Ill.; two daughters, Mrs. LuCille (Gerald) Lantz of Chadwick, Ill., and Mrs. LuAnn (James) Meyer of Sterling, Ill.; one daughter-in-law, Ruth Rekenthaler of Lanark, Ill.; one sister, Grace Gay of Milwaukee, Wis.; 19 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
Clinton Herald September 11, 2004

BEVERLY (MARTIN) REMREY , 50, of 504 N. Fourth St., Savanna, died Sunday, June 25, 2006, at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was employed by Dixon Correctional Center as a corrections officer and by Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Oregon, as a case worker. Beverly was born Dec. 18, 1955, in Rockford, the daughter of Harold "Andy" and Darlene B. (Motter) Martin. She was a 1974 graduate of Leaf River High School and a 1995 graduate of Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, with a Bachelor of Science degree in business management. She married Michael Remrey on June 10, 1983, in Kings. She lived in Savanna since May of 2001, moving there from Polo. She was of the Lutheran faith and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2223 Auxiliary, Savanna. Bev courageously battled cancer for more than 6-1/2 years. She was a very devoted wife, daughter, sister, mother and grandmother. She always was ready and willing to help everyone. Survivors include her husband, Michael; one son, Kyle (Lori) Wolfley of Polo; one stepson, Alex (Jerri) Remrey of Fountain, Colo.; her parents of Leaf River; mother-in-law, Hazel Remrey of Dixon; one sister, Vickie (Jim) Myers of Mount Morris; two brothers, Andy (Esther) Martin of Marengo and Randy (Traci) Martin of Forreston; two grandchildren, Sierra and Bryan Wolfley of Polo; and three stepgrandchildren, Becca, Madison and Cameron Remrey of Fountain, Colo. She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Clinton and Vernie Motter of Leaf River; and paternal grandparents, Nicholas and Clara Gigiano of Chicago. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 29, 2006, at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mount Morris, with the Rev. William J. Nelson, pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church, Byron, officiating. Burial is at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. A special thanks to Dr. Nora, his staff and nurses at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, for their loving care and concern. They were very special to Bev.

E. JOANN (BARR) REMREY , age 69, of Savanna, Illinois, died Monday, June 9, 2008 at home surrounded by her loving family. Funeral Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna with Reverend Larry Thomson officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. A visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12, 2008 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. JoAnn was born March 27, 1939 in Hammond, Illinois, the daughter of Asa and Julia (James) Barr. She is a graduate of the Savanna High School with the Class of 1957. On May 3, 1959, JoAnn married Philip Remrey in Savanna. A proud, loving grandmother, JoAnn enjoyed watching her grandchildren's activities with her family. She also enjoyed spending time with friends; was an avid reader; bird-watcher; and collected Santas and Angels. JoAnn was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Savanna; the Savanna Women's Club; and the "Gutter Gang." She worked for Stout's Pharmacy, Savanna; and years earlier for Hogan's Pharmacy, Savanna, and local restaurants, including Florence Graham's. JoAnn will be dearly missed by her husband, Philip of Savanna; a daughter, Deborah Todd of Mt. Carroll; three sons, David Remrey of DeKalb, Illinois, Randy (Carol) Remrey of Mt. Carroll and Doug (Christine) Remrey of Sugar Grove, Illinois; seven grandchildren, Steve Bearsely, Shawn, Jacob and Scott Remrey, Jessica, Andrea and Kelsey Todd; two brothers, Charles (Ann) Barr of Fulton, Illinois and Lawrence Barr of Morrison, Illinois; and a sister, Virginia Long of Naperville, Illinois. JoAnn is preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, Bill and Glenn; a sister, Betty Miller; and a son in-law, Doug Todd.

HOWARD L. REMREY , age 47, of Mineral Point, Wisconsin, died on Sunday, July 22, 2007 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 26, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois with Reverend David Vidler of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll officiating. Interment will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery in rural Savanna, Illinois. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. A memorial fund has been established in Howie's memory. Howie was born on February 5, 1960, the son of Boyd W. and RuthAnn (Palmer) Remrey in Freeport, Illinois. He graduated from Mount Carroll High School with the class of 1978. Howie owned his own milk route and delivered milk to Stockton Cheese Incorporated in Stockton, Illinois for twenty five years. He enjoyed collecting toy tractors and gardening. He also enjoyed riding his motorcycle and tinkering with cars and trucks. He loved spending time with his friends and family, especially his daughter, Lizzie. Howie will be dearly missed by his parents, Boyd and RuthAnn Remrey of Savanna; one daughter, Lizabeth Paige Remrey of Baraboo, Wisconsin; one brother, Bryan (Angie) Remrey of Shannon, Illinois; one sister, Brenda (Steve) Getz of Savanna, and four nephews, Aaron, Andrew, Jacob and John.

STANLEY I. REMREY , 69, of Savanna, died Tuesday at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, with the Rev. David Vidler, pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll, Ill., officiating. Burial will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. He was born Jan. 23, 1936, in Argo Fay, Ill., to Mark and Marcella (Frank) Remrey. He married Florence “Fussy” McCarthy Crist on June 16, 1979, in Savanna. He attended Mount Carroll High School. He farmed in rural Mount Carroll before retiring in 2001.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jeff Remrey of Princeton, Ill., and Kevin (Sharon) Remrey of Mount Morris, Ill.; two stepsons, Robert (Barbara) Crist of South Elgin, Ill., and Thomas Crist of Savanna; two daughters, Sherry Robinson of Bettendorf and Mrs. Tami (Ed) Bratcher of Earlville, Ill.; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Dana (Gary) Baglin of Savanna, Mrs. Martha (Steven) Lovely of Forest Hill, Md., and Mrs. Rae Ann (Dave) Reynolds of Savanna; three brothers, Philip (JoAnn) Remrey of Savanna, Denny (Carly) Remrey of Clinton and Boyd (Ruth Ann) Remrey of Savanna; 17 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one stepson.

ECHO (HYDE) RHODES , 83, a resident of The Homestead in Woodstock, Vt., formerly of Mount Carroll, died Wednesday, March 9, 1994 in Woodstock. Born April 19, 1910 in Chicago, she was the daughter of Robert M. and Ella (Albaugh) Hyde. A 1928 graduate of Ferry Hall School for Women in Lake Forest, she attended the University of Illinois where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She married Fred J. “Bud” Rhodes Jr. in August 1932, in Berwyn. He died Nov. 22, 1987. While living in Mount Carroll, she and her husband operated the century-old family business, Rhodes Brothers Lumber Yard. After their retirement, they moved to Woodstock. She attended First Lutheran Church and participated in Daughters of the American Revolution, Girl Scouts, and many other civic organizations. For many years she was a crafts director for senior citizens. Playing bridge was her pastime. Surviving are three daughters, Arden Polhill of Jakarta, Indonesia, Bonnie Umland, Woodstock, and Bobbe Maynes of Shelburne, Vt.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll with the Rev. Robert Downs of Evangelical Lutheran Church officiating. Friends may call from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Cabot Funeral Home in Woodstock.
Contributed by Alice Horner

FRED "Bud" RHODES , 76, formerly of Mount Carroll, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 1987 at the home of his daughter in Woodstock, Vermont. For a number of years he owned and operated a lumber business in Mount Carroll. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church and the Masonic Lodge of Mount Carroll, the Sequoia Club, Mount Carroll Fire Department and was active in the Boy Scouts. Rhodes also served on the Mount Carroll City Council. The son of Fred and Elizabeth (Funkey) Rhodes, he was born Jan. 16, 1911 in Mount Carroll. He married Echo Hyde on Aug. 18, 1832. Surviving are his widow of Woodstock; three daughters, Arden (Mrs. Lee) Polhill of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Bonnie (Mrs. John) Umland and Bobbe (Mrs. Robert) Maynes, both of Woodstock; a brother, William of Fair Oaks, Calif.; a sister, Betty (Mrs. Warren) Anderson of Glen Ellyn; and seven grandchildren. Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Frank Funeral Home, Mount Carroll. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established for the Mount Carroll Ministerial Association, Christmas Toys for Children Fund.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ANNA (WACKER) RICHTER , mother of Ed Richter of Thomson, passed away Sunday, July 1, 1967 in the Community General Hospital in Sterling. Services were held Tuesday in the Lutheran Church in Mount Carroll with the Rev. Wallace Johnson officiating. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. The organist for the services was Mrs. Linnae Lundgren and the vocal numbers were sung by Mrs. Clarence Buchenaw and Mrs. Sam Grim. Mrs. Russell Derrer and Mrs. Anna Fulton were in charge of flowers. Pallbearers were Elver Eisfeller, Russell Derrer, George Schmidt, Kenneth Traum, John Derrer, Jr., and John Hartman. Mrs. Richter was born in Wacker, Illinois on November 26, 1889 the daughter of John and Eliza (Harr) Wacker. She was the last member of the Wacker family who were the founders of the village of Wacker. She married John Richter in Mount Carroll on June 6, 1911. He survive, as do three sons, Edward of Thmson, Donald and Glenn of Mount Carroll, and one daughter, Mary, at home. There are six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Thomson Review, Thomson, Illinois Thursday July 6, 1967

BERTHA RICHTER , 79, lifelong resident of Mount Carroll, died Friday evening in Savanna City Hospital. Funeral services were held at 1:30 pm Monday in the Frank Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. The Rev. Wallace Johnson officiated and burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery. Bertha Poffenberger was born June 15, 1887, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Poffenberger. She married William Richter of Mount Carroll in 1911. Surviving are two sons, Herbert and Carlyle, both of Mount Carroll, one sister, Mrs. C. R. (Cora) Woy of Chadwick, one brother Ernest of Mount Carroll, and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Contributed by Alice Horner Chadwick Review, Chadwick, Illinois Thursday, September 1, 1966

CARLYLE RICHTER - Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, July 5, 1976, in the Frank Funeral Home for Carlyle Richter, 63, who died of an apparent heart attack early Friday evening. Mr. Richter, who was a foreman for the Illinois Highway Department, had served for 26 years on the City Council, including 10 years as an alderman and 16 more as Mayor of Mt. Carroll. He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Mt. Carroll and the Masonic Lodge. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, with the Rev. Roger Treadway officiating. Caryle "Buns" Richter was born on Oct 18, 1912 in Mt. Carroll, the son of William and Bertha (Poffenberger) Richter. He married Margaret Jones on Jan 1, 1937, in Mt. Carroll. Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Glenda Richter of San Diego, Calif.; and a brother, Herbert, of Mt. Carroll."
Contributed by Glenda Richter

DONALD RICHTER , 72, of Thomson, died Tuesday August 26, 1986 in University Hospitals, Iowa City. The funeral will be 10:30 a.m. Friday in Frank Funeral Home, Mount Carroll, with the Rev. Steve Erickson, First Lutheran Church, Mount Carroll, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until the service hour Friday. Mr. Richter was born October 5, 1913 in Carroll County, to John and Anna (Wacker) Richter. He married Mary Schaut August 3, 1940 in Mount Carroll. He was a member of Mount Carroll Masonic Lodge and First Lutheran Church. Survivors include a son, Randy of Thomson; a daughter, Mrs. Michael (Rhonda) Harwell of Armarillo, Texas; two grandchildren; two brothers, Edward of Arizona, and Glenn of Mount Carroll; and a sister, Mary Jean Richter of Sterling. He was preceded in death by his wife.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa Wednesday August 27, 1986

ELVER RICHTER , 75, Mount Carroll, died Monday, February 27, 1978 at the Sterling Care Center. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Frank Funeral Home, Mount Carroll, with the Rev. Tony Hawkins, Mount Carroll United Methodist Church pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be after 8 a.m. until service time Wednesday. Mr. Richter was born May 11, 1902 in Mount Carroll to Jacob and Minnie (Sauer) Richter. He married Ella Myers in 1948. Survivors include one son, Stuart, of Prophetstown; one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Wicks of Sterling; one step-daughter, Mrs. Agnes Fritz of Mount Carroll; one grandchild; six step-grandchildren; two brothers, John and Floyd, both of Mount Carroll, and two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Garris of Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. Laura James, of Chicago. He was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.
Contributed by Alice Horner Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa Tuesday, February 28, 1978

HERBERT WILLIAM RICHTER , 88, of Mt. Carroll died Saturday, Nov. 13, 2004 at Monroe (Wis.) Clinic Hospital. Funeral services will be at 10:30 Thursday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Carroll with Pastor David Vidler officiating.Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery. Herbert was born June 4, 1916 in Salem Township, Mt. Carroll the son of Wm. and Bertha (Poffenberger) Richter. He graduated from Mt. Carroll High School in 1933. Herbert married Lois Dixon on August 20, 1948 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mt. Carroll. Lois Richter died in September 1990. Following High School Herbert started farming with his father in Salem until they sold the family farm in 1955. He then began working for the Mt. carroll Insurance Agency and became manager and major stockholder. During his career with insurance, Herbert was elected to president of the Il. Assoc. of Mutual Ins. Agents. Herbert also received the Mutual Ins. Agent of IL. Award for Agent of the year. Herbert was an active member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church and served on the church board. He was an avid gardener and was known for his "Ulcer curin Horseradish" sauce. Herbert enjoyed giving away food he had grown and prepared from his garden to his friends and relatives. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandson John, walking and playing "Crazy Eights". Herbert will be deeply missed by his son, Wm. (Therese) Richter of Wordon; one grandson, John Herbert Wm. Richter; one step-grandaughter, Charity (Jeremy) Brenner of Collinsville; one step great-grandson, Gabriel Brenner; one brother in law, Walter (Marvelous) Dixon of Iowa; two sisters-in-law, Carol Schiro of Rockford and June Peterson of St. Charles; one niece, Glenda Richter (Michael Pearlman); and many other nieces and nephews. Herbert was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lois and his brother Carlyle Richter.
Contributed by Glenda Richter

JOHN RICHTER , 90, of Mount Carroll, died Wednesday at Savanna City Hospital following a short illness. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Mount Carroll Lutheran Church. Born March 22, 1889 in Carroll County, he was the son of Jacob and Minnie (Sauer) Richter. He married Anna Wacker June 6, 1911 in Mount Carroll. Surviving are three sons, Donald of Thomson, Edward of Payson, Ariz., and Glen of Mount Carroll; one daughter, Miss Mary Jean Richter of Rock Falls; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, Floyd Richter of Savanna; and two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Garris of Tucson, Ariz. and Mrs. Laura James of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his wife, four brothers and two sisters. Funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Frank Funeral Home in Mount Carroll with the Rev. Roger Treadway, pastor of Mount Carroll Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Died 29 August 1979

LILLIAN ELIZABETH RICHTER , was born May 18, 1905, at Mt. Carroll, Illinois and passed away January 15, 1933. Her early life was spent at home. Upon graduating from the Mt. Carroll high school with the class of 1924, she entered Dixon Business College and acquired a business training. She held positions in Rockford, Fulton, and Chicago. About a year ago, she came home in failing health. Last September she submitted to an operation for toxic goitre at the St. Francis Hospital, Freeport, and ten days later she underwent another operation for acute appendicitis, but all to no avail. She grew steadily weaker and in a last effort so save her life, she was taken to the Mayo Institution at Rochester, Minnesota, where her ailment heart trouble, was pronounced incurable. With this heartbreaking knowledge, her parents returned her to the home, where, after seversal weeks of patient suffering, she passed to her reward. During this trying period of her life, she exhibited the greatest courage and fortitude. Lillian was a brave and faithful Christian character; faithful to her Lord and loved ones. She was baptized in infancy and united with the First Lutheran Curch of Mt. Carroll at an early age, to which church she remained faithful until her death. Her life was an inspiration to all who knerw her and her death, a benediction. She leaves to mourn her early departure, her parents, three sisters, Mrs. Haywood Garris of Chicago, Mrs. Richard Henrickson of Rockford and Laura at home and five brothers, William, John, Henry, Elver and Floyd all of Mt. Carroll. She also leaves to mourn her devoted fiance, Mr. Harold G Miller of Chicago, besides a host of sorrowing relatives and friends. One brother, Edward, preceded her in death while in the service during the World War."
Contributed by Glenda Richter

LOIS FAYE (DIXON) RICHTER , 61, of 2 Aspen Drive, Mount Carroll, died Monday, Sept 3 at her home. She was employed as office manager for the Illinois Department of Employment Services in Freeport. She graduated from Shimer College in 1948, and received a Master's Degree from Northern Illinois University. She taught for many years in the Mount Carroll Schools, was a member of the FIrst Evangelical Church in Mt. Carroll and many other organizations. Survivors include her husband; one son, William of Edwardsville; one step-granddaughter; two sisters, Mrs. Henry (June) Geu of Hanover Park and Mrs. Frank (Carol) Schiro of Rockford; and one brother, Walter Disxon of Wheaton. She was preceded in death by two half-sisters and her parents. Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 5, at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll. The funeral will be held at 10:30 Thursday at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Robert Downs officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Memorials have been established for either First Evanngelical Lutheran Church or Hospice of Northwestern Illinois."
Contributed by Glenda Richter

MARGARET (JONES) RICHTER , age 86, formerly of Mt. Carroll, died Tuesday, January 20, 2004 at Country Villa Healthcare, San Diego, California. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 30, in the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, Illinois with Reverend Suellen Finer Myers of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Mukwanago, Wisconsin officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 29, with the Eastern Star Service at 7:00 p.m. in the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in Margaret's name to the San Diego Parkinson Corporation at 8555 Aero Drive STE 205, San Diego, CA 92123-1745. Margaret was born June 29, 1917 in Savanna, Illinois, the daughter of Newman and Nellie (Davis) Jones. She attended high school in Mt. Carroll and graduated with the Class of 1936. While attending high school, she lived with her sister Florence Hanna Lantz and worked at Shimer College. On New Year's Day in 1937, she married Carlyle Richter. Carlyle died in 1976. Margaret was a fifty-year member of the Eastern Star. She was active in Community Club, and other civic activities, particularly when Carlyle was Councilman and Mayor. She was a Girl Scout leader for ten years and a member of the Lutheran Church. Margaret enjoyed yard work and sports. She became a fine golfer and won trophies even when playing in her 70's. She enjoyed helping beginners and young children learn the game. During the war years, she worked at Savanna Ordnance Depot, later at the Farm Bureau, PCA, and for Krum Forster in Freeport. Her favorite job was that of School Secretary at Center Hill School, rural Mt. Carroll from 1965 to her retirement in 1976. She loved seeing the grown children from Center Hill who asked, "Do you remember me from Center Hill?" Survivors include one daughter, Glenda (Michael) Pearlman of San Diego, California; two grandchildren, Holly Pearlman and Shelly (Pearlman) Gilliam; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Florence Lantz, Mary Fulrath, Ada McCray, Mable Alford; and brothers, John Jones, George Jones, Walter Jones, Newman Oliver Jones and Thomas Jones.
Prairie Advocate January 28, 2004

MARY (SCHAUT) RICHTER , 50, a life-long Mount Carroll resident died Saturday morning in her home, of an apparent heart attack. She was born April 21, 1912 in Mount Carroll to Carlos and Grace Lapp Schaut. Her marriage to Donald Richter took place Aug 3, 1940 in Mount Carroll. Mrs. Richter was active in many civic groups and organizations and devoted much time to organizing the summer swimming program for young people of the area. She was a member of the Lutheran church. She was head of the Carroll County Public Welfare Department for a number of years. Surviving are her husband, a daughter, Rhonda, and a son, Randy, both at home; her mother, Mrs. Carolos Schaut of Mount Carroll; 2 sisters, Mrs. Hugh (Phyllis) Senneff of Chadwick and Mrs. Harold (Norma) Holt of Bossier City, LA., and 5 brothers, Maurice of Winona, and Richard, William, James, and Robert of Mt. Carroll. Fkuneral services were held at 2:00 PM TUesday in the Frank Funeral Home with the Rev. Clifford W. Baumann of the Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill cemetery.
Contributed by Glenda Richter

MARY RICHTER , age 75, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, died Monday, July 7, 2008 at Coventry Village, Sterling, Illinois. Cremation rites will be accorded. A Graveside Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2008, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Reverend David Vidler from the First Evangelical Lutheran Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Mary’s memory. Memorials may be sent to Self Help Enterprises, 2300 W. Le Fevre Road, Sterling, Illinois, 61081. Mary was born on July 24, 1932 the daughter of John W. and Anna Laura (Wacker) Richter in Mt. Carroll, Illinois. She attended Fairground school in Mt. Carroll and also attended schools for the handicapped. Mary worked at Self Help Enterprises in Sterling, Illinois as an assembler. Mary enjoyed watching cars drive by their home and naming the make and model. She liked watching TV and collecting jewelry and stuffed toys. Mary will be dearly missed by two brothers, Edward (Maxine) Richter of Mesa, Arizona and Glen (Gladys) Richter of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; several nieces and nephews; and her friends at the Self Help Enterprises. Mary was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Donald Richter.
Contributed by Lori Gilbert

RANDY RICHTER , 62, of Clinton, died Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center, North Campus, Clinton. Graveside Services will be 10:00am, Monday, March 12, 2012, at the Oakland Cemetery, Clinton. Military honors will be conducted by the Clinton AMVETS Post #28. The Clinton Chapel Snell-Zornig Funeral Homes and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Randy Lee Richter was born on April 11, 1949 in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, the son of Don and Mary (Schaut) Richter. He was a 1967 graduate of Mt. Carroll High School where he played football. He attended and played football on a scholarship at the University of Northern Illinois in DeKalb graduating in 1971. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam from 1971-1972. Randy was a conductor with the Chicago Northwestern & Union Pacific Railroad for over 30 years. Randy enjoyed playing on the computer and spending time on EBAY, was a animal lover specially with his cats, and enjoyed gardening. Randy is survived by the woman who loved him dearly: Mitzi Sanders-Richter of Clinton; a step-daughter: Katie (Jeremy) Brown of Clinton; step-granddaughter: Harper Lynn Brown; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; mother-in-law: Aletta Olson of Clinton; two sister-in-laws: Gloria Eskew of Clinton and Charla (John) Sietz of Litchfield Park, Arizona brother-in-law: Mike Pope of Clinton. Randy was preceded in death by his parents and his sister: Rhonda Harwell. The family requests that memorials be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society
Contributed by Glenda Richter / Alice Horner

OLIVE (ZILLHART) RIFE , 78, a former Lanark resident died Friday morning, July 22, 1977, at her sons home in Madison, Illinois. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Frank Funeral Home in Lanark with the Rev. Merle R. Hawbecker officiating. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lanark Cemetery. A Memorial has been established to the Heart Fund. She was born Aug. 7, 1898 in Mt. Carroll the daughter of Ira and Cora Brimm Zillhart. She married Roy Rife, Nov. 1, 1917 in Milledgeville. They residied in the Milledgeville and Lanark areas all their live. She was employed for 18 years for the Lanark Telephone Co. She was a member of the Lanark Church of the Brethren and a member of the Milledgeville American Legion Auxilary. Survivors include: four sons, Kenneth of Chicago, Melvin of Madison, Ill., Glenn of Virginia Beach, Va., and Bill of Maine: two daughters, Mrs. Margaret (Franklin) Kendall of Milledgeville and Mrs. Mary Nelson of Freeport: 27 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son Donald and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Donna Rife

ROY RIFE , son of Mr. Jacob and Anna Mary Rife, was born December 9, 1895 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and passed away Monday, November 23, at St. Frances hospital, Freeport, after a year's illness. Mr. Rife was taken seriously ill September 3 and had been a medical patient in the hospital since October 15. At the time of his death he was 57 years, 11 months, and 14 days old. Mr. Rife came West in 1915 and he was married in Milledgeville to Miss Olive Zillhart of Mt. Carroll. For two years Mr. and Mrs. farmed moving to Milledgeville in 1919. Most of their wedded life was spent in Milledgeville and Lanark with the exception of five years in Chambersburg, Pa. When Mr. Rife was taken ill, he was employed as a fireman for the Green Giant Company. Mr. Rife was a member of the Church of the Brethren. Survivors include: his widow, Mrs. Olive Rife; and seven children, Kenneth of Dallas, Texas; Melvin and William at home; Margaret (Mrs. Franklin Kendall) Milledgeville; Glen of the U.S. Navy; Mary Ellen (Mrs.James Hoover) of Tacoma, Washington; Donald of Lanark; four brothers, Kelvin and Lawrence of Chambersburg, Pa., Eber of Newville, Pa., Willis of York, Pa., and three sister, Mrs.Harry Snoke and Mrs. Joe Wingert of Chambersburg, and Mrs. Glenn Baker of Green Village, Pa., and six grandchildren. Funeral services were held Friday , November 27, from the Frank funeral home with the Rev. Merle Hawbecker, pastor of the Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren officiating, and burial made in the Lanark cemetery.
Contributed by Donna Rife

H. LEE RIFFE , 62, of Savanna, Friday at the University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, Wis. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna, with the Rev. Thomas Moe officiating. Cremation rites will follow. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church, Savanna. He was born Oct. 26, 1941, in Beckley, W.V. to Harlan Lee and Anna Irene Shires Riffe Sr. He married Alice M. Wilkinson on July 6, 1963, in Milwaukee, Wis. He served in the United States Air Force from 1959 to 1962. He worked with the Milwaukee, Soo Line, CPRail and IC&E Railroad for 37 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served as co-chairman of the United Methodist Church trustees. He was a member of the Savanna Volunteer Fire Department, original member of the Savanna Ambulance Association, Carroll County Sheriff's Patrol and part-time deputy sheriff, Savanna Moose Lodge 1095 since 1980, Mississippi Flyway Sportsman Club, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, United Transportation Union, founding member of the children's fire safety house, Boy Scout leader, founding member of the Waterloo Haz-mat Training Center and served as a hazardous materials training instructor. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Misty Gandara of Manhattan, Kan., and Mrs. Ronda (Mark) Rathje of Savanna; a son, Richard (Cheryl) Riffe of Appleton, Wis.; six grandchildren; two brothers, Daryl (Rose) Riffe of Madison Heights, Va., and Robert (Margaret) Riffe of Lawrenceville, Ga.; two stepsisters, Mrs. Terry (Gary) Mann of Forest, Va., and Mrs. Vida Kim (Bill) Parker of Moneta, Va.; a stepbrother, Andy (Julie) Riffe of Sharpsburg, Ga.; and four aunts, two uncles and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepparents; a stepbrother and all of his grandparents.
Clinton Herald Feb 2, 2004

JERRY ALLEN RISINGER , 67, formerly of Savanna, died April 21 in Apache Junction, Ariz. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday with inurnment at Spring Lake Cemetery, Savanna. The Rev. Jennifer Johnson of Community United Church of Christ, Savanna, will be officiating. There will be a luncheon at Savanna Moose Lodge 1095 following the service. He was born Feb. 17, 1937, in Andrew to Seth Edwin and Verda K. Young Risinger. He married Judi Hart on May 1, 1960, in Savanna. He went to school in Dallas, Texas, graduating from North Dallas High School in 1956. He started his working career with Risinger Construction Co. in Dallas. He then went to Flexiones Corp. in Elgin, Ill. He spent the next 39 years working with Interstate Power Co. in Savanna. He was a member of Community United Church of Christ, Savanna, and Cross Roads Southern Baptist Church in Apache Junction, Ariz. He also was a member of the Savanna Jaycees, Savanna Moose Lodge 1095 and the United Electrical Workers Union. Survivors include his wife; a son, Mike (Tammy) Risinger of San Angelo, Texas; two brothers, Chuck (Glenda) Young of Kemmerer, Wyo., and Jerry (Myra) Groombridge of Dallas; and four sisters, Lova Lea (Tracey) Thompson of Kemmerer, Mrs. Unice (Trinny) Pachico of Pine Top, Ariz., Barbara Lyons of Fayetteville, Mo., and Carol Ann Joseph of Macon, Ga.
Clinton Herald May 4, 2004

JANE RITCHIE , 87, died Monday evening at the county farm near Mt. Carroll , following an illness of several weeks. (Note: The Illinois Statewide Death Index spells her surname Ritchey and gives her death date as January 25, 1937.) She entered the county home on Dec. 16, and her health had been failing since that time. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Law funeral home in Savanna and burial was made in the Savanna cemetery. A nephew, Mr. Wilson of Savanna, with whom Miss Ritchie had resided for three years, and a niece in Kenosha , Wis. are the only survivors. Miss Ritchie was born in Ohio but lived in Illinois for a number of years.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Thursday January 28, 1937 edition Thomson Review

ROBERT RITCHIE , age 81, of Savanna, Illinois died Wednesday, September 14, 2005 at Mercy Medical Center South, Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 17, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church in Savanna. Visitation will be held from 9-11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church prior to the Funeral. Burial will be in Savanna Township Cemetery. Full Military Rites will be accorded by the Savanna Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 2223. Bob was born July 19, 1924 in Savanna the son of Oran and Elsie (Collier) Ritchie. He graduated from Savanna High School, Class of 1943. As a member of the United States Army, Bob served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He married Dorothy Ann Darr November 27, 1947 in Savanna. She died April 17, 1999 in Clinton, Iowa. Bob worked as a Ammunition Inspector at the Savanna Army Depot, retiring after 40 years. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Most of all he enjoyed sharing his love for the Mississippi River with family and friends. Bob was always a happy outgoing person, fun to be with. He could brighten any day. Bob will be deeply missed by his two sons, Jay (Karen) Ritchie of Albany, Illinois and Thomas (Mindy) Ritchie of Savanna, Illinois; one daughter, Sharon (Eldon) Zink of Savanna; eight grandchildren, Scott (Kari) Ritchie, Jeremy (Mindi) Ritchie, Ryan Ritchie, Mindy (Fred) Otte, Lynne, Katie, Andrew Ritchie and Annie Zink; daughter in-law, Rita (Doug) Simmons; two great grandchildren; Adeline Ritchie and Cayden Otte; two sisters, Marcile Jones of Fulton, Illinois and Lois Kroll of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. Bob is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Ann; both parents; one son, Jerry and two brothers, Lyle and Wayne.

WILLIAM WRIGHT ROCKWELL , was born in New Jersey Nov. 6, 1820 and died at his home in St. Louis Dec. 27, 1901. When a young boy he moved to the Western Reserve and lived on a farm at Hinkley Ridge, Medina Co., Ohio. There he grew to manhood and married Polly Ann Powell, Apr 4, 1849. They settled on a farm in Ohio where the two oldest children were born, Anna M. and George. In the early 50's they moved to Cherry Grove, this county, before Lanark was thought of, before the days of railroads, schools, and churches. Here they lived in the neighborhood of Lanark and Cherry Grove for twenty years. Mr. Rockwell was prominently identified with the early history of the village of Lanark. He was the first president of the village board and served terms as justice of the peace, assessor, collector, &c. He was one of the organizers of the first union church. He was also an active temperance man, and it is said was once burned out here by the opposing liquor forces. In 1880 the family left for Springfield, MO., and thence to St. Louis, where they have since resided. Mr. Rockwell leaves to mourn his loss a wife and four children, viz: Mrs. Anna M. Brown, of Chelsea, Ind. Ter.; Mrs. P.E. Dryden, and the Misses Emma and Ella of St. Louis. George, the only son, was killed in a threshing machine accident in the early days, and was the second person buried in the Lanark cemetery. The funeral was held from the Progressive church, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. Z.T. Livengood officiating, and the remains interred in the family lot in the Lanark cemetery
Posted by Bob Brown Lanark Gazette January 1, 1902

WAYNE E. ROHR , 83, of Thomson, died Saturday at his home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. The Rev. Ron Abbott of the York Community Congregational Church will be officiating. Burial will be in the Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral service Thursday at the funeral home. He was born May 13, 1920, in Cedar Rapids to Walter and Verda Stanton Rohr. He married Florence E. Henzen on Feb. 22, 1941, in Clinton. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. He retired in 1981 after working as a locomotive engineer on the Northwestern and Milwaukee railroads for 40 years. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and a 60-year member of the Clinton American Legion. He was a HAM Radio operator. Survivors include his wife; one sister, Lois Faunce of Homosassa, Fla.; and one half sister, Elizabeth Rohr of Moline, Ill.
Clinton Herald April 5, 2004

FANNIE JEANETTE ROLAND , of 909 Morgan st. died this morning at her home after several weeks of illness. She would have been 61 years old next month, born April 1, 1862, at Sandusky, O. In 1873, the family moved to Lanark, Ill., and she lived there until her marriage to Augustus N. Roland, Jan. 4, 1876 when she and her husband moved to Sterling, Ill. They came to Rockford in 1900 and have lived here since. Mr. Roland died in 1911. Mrs. Roland is survived by one brother, J.A. Widmer, 1060 School st.; one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Zerker, 1026 Morgan st.; a foster sister, Mrs. Nellie Stahl, also of this city; eight children, Mrs. Walter Eichelberger, Dixon; Harry Roland, Los Angeles; Charles Roland, Sterling; Walter Roland, Freeport; and Albert, Harold and Theodore, all of Rockford. He also leaves 25 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The Rockford Republic, Friday, 11 Mar 1921, p. 11, c. 3 Funeral services for Mrs. Fanny J. Roland will be held at the late home, 909 Morgan st., Monday morning, March 14, at 8 o’clock. Burial will be made in the family lot at Lanark, Ill., and friends attending the body to that place will take the 9:15 C. M. and St. Paul train. Rev. Clyde D. King will officiate.
Contributed by Ellen Kennedy

LARRY A. ROLAND , 54, of rural Mount Carroll, Illinois, died Monday, May 19, 2003 at Freeport Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Illinois. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 23, 2003 at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mount Carroll. Pastor John Ewing of Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren in Lanark, Illinois will officiate. Burial will be in the Lanark Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2003 at the Funeral Home. Larry was born Wednesday, October 20, 1948 in Salem Township, Carroll County, Illinois, the son of Earl and Bessie (Isenhart) Rowland. He graduated from Lanark High School with the Class of 1968. Larry was a US Army Veteran serving during the Vietnam Conflict. He married Barbara E. Neiss on October 21, 1972 at the First United Methodist Church in Savanna, Illinois. Larry formerly worked for Kelly Springfield in Freeport, Illinois. He and Barb purchased and moved to their farm in Salem Township in 1987. Larry loved farming the land and took real pride in his work. He was especially fond of the outdoors and enjoyed attending auctions. Larry found great satisfaction in working with his hands. To celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, he and Barb built the house where they made their home.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara of rural Mount Carroll; his mother, Bessie Rowland of Mount Carroll, IL.; a sister, Sandra (Gary) Koehn of Freeport, IL.; his mother and father-in-law, Calvin and Edith Neiss of Rapid City, S.D.; four sisters-in-law, Jaundel (Bill) Moore of Galena, IL., Diane Belk and her friend Mike Haffele of Savanna, IL., Judy (Bill) Neiss-Bergman of Phoenix, AZ. and Rena (Tom) Leite of Rapid City, S.D.; seven nephews and eight nieces. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Earl in November of 1975 and his longtime companion cat "Spot" in July 1998.

ALMA (COLEMAN) ROSS , 92, of Savanna, lifetime homemaker, died Friday, July 15, 1994 in Good Samaritan Hospital North at Clinton, Iowa. Born Sunday, July 6, 1902 in Mount Carroll, she was a daughter of John A. and Mary Matilda (Strautz) Coleman. She was a graduate of Mount Carroll High School. She and Earl A. Ross were married June 12, 1923 in Freeport. He died May 28, 1976, in Savanna. She and her husband operated the concession stand at Palisades State Park in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She was also a bookkeeper at various businesses in Savanna. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Carroll Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the American Legion Auxiliary. Surviving are one niece, Carol A. Sandreuter of Old Greenwich, Conn.; and seven nephews, John D. and Gerald D. Coleman, both of Greenville, David C. Crawford of Houston, Texas, Richard Crawford of Columbus, Ohio, Fred and Theodore Coleman, both of Mount Carroll and Carl E. Coleman of Edwardsville. Three brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, with the Rev. Greg Albert of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. Friends may call from 1 p.m. Sunday until time of service at the funeral home. Memorial funds have been established for the Carroll Chapter NSDAR, First Presbyterian Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Contributed by Alice Horner

CHARLES ROSS , 64, of Savanna died Friday morning in the Savanna hospital after an illness of two weeks. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Fuller funeral home, with the Rev. H. J. Rendall, pastor at the Presbyterian church officiating. Burial was made in the Savanna cemetery. Mr. Ross was born in Washington Township January 9, 1873, son of John and Susanna (Williamson) Ross and his entire life was spent in this county. He was married to Miss Anna Lauenburg of Savanna, October 16, 1895. Surviving are his widow; two sons, Charles W. Ross of near Thomson, and John Ross at home; two daughters, Miss Ruth E. Ross of Chicago and Mrs. Omar Gillogly of Savanna; a granddaughter, Miss Marie Ross of LaCrosse, Wisc.; two sisters, Mrs. John Brown of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Mrs. Harriet McCormick of Kansas City, Kansas; and six brothers, Josiah of Racine, Wisc., Harvey, Ralph, Ira, and Earl of Savanna, and Ray Ross of Hanover.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Thursday January 28, 1937 edition Thomson Review

JOSEPH R. ROSS , was born in Ireland, April 14, 1847. His parents came to America in his early infancy and settled in Savanna. Later, his father took up farming, living in Washington township, near Zion Grove. There Joseph lived until manhood, his profession for fourteen years being teaching. He taught school in this vicinity and also in Iowa and such was the character of his instruction and the high quality of his own manhood that those who were under his instruction remember him with respect and esteem. He was married twice, and his large family is the notable tribute to his best qualities. So well acquainted with young people was he that his own character was always youthful and growing. From early manhood he showed active interest in public affairs. He was a citizen in whom the community was blessed for he served it most unselfishly. He was supervisor in Washington township for several terms and served as school trustee for many years. He was an aggressive and honored member of the Court of Honor and of the Odd Fellow’s Lodge. Outside of his home perhaps the strongest interest Mr. Ross had was in his church. Such was his character and willing spirit that the Baptist Church, of which he was a member, and always glad to call upon him for official services. At the time of his death he was a member of the Board of Trustees and also of the Building Committee. Mr. Ross was a man of well known integrity. No one who knew him ever had to ask where he stood on any matter involving a question of right or wrong. And yet, such was his genial nature that he could consider the feelings of those who differed from him. He was truly a man of large fellowships, alive to the permanent and not likely to be stampeded by the unessential. And he was so willing to do a man’s part that even after it was known that his health was failing his friends, his various groups came to him for help and advice. Up to within two days of his death, for all that he was very weak, he was transacting business matters in which others were dependent upon him. And such were his methods, so careful and practical, that any sort of service he rendered had upon it the mark of permanent quality. This is evidence by the books which he kept in his various business and lodge relations. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Elo E. Fitzsimmons, of Kimberly, Idaho; Mrs. Jessie M. Hay and Mrs. Jennie W. Downing, both of Mount Carroll; Orin Lee Ross, Kimberly, Idaho; Mrs. Della M. Petty, Mount Carroll; Mrs. Belva E. Nesbitt, Zion Grove; Maude R., Harry P., Arthur Joseph, and Paul E. Ross, all of the latter named being at home. He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Mary Brown, Lincoln, Nebraska; Mrs. John Gray, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Mrs. William Hyde, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Death came unexpectedly on Sunday afternoon, July 12 for all that the end was feared. Up to the very last day he was active, genial, interested in other people and in what was going on around him. He passed into the other world almost without a pause in his activities. And such were the nature of them, so full of the concerns of those about him, so loyal to Christian principles that we must think of him as not dead, nor asleep but privileged to enter into the work of the glorious beyond.
Contributed by Alice Horner. (The wives of Joseph Ross were Jennie White & Agnes Patton)

LOIS G. (FREDERICK) ROSS , 93, of Savanna, died Tuesday Jan. 3, 2006 at her home. Memorial services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Savanna. The Rev. Michael Wey will be officiating. Inurnment will be in the Savanna Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service time Friday at the church. She was born Dec. 7, 1912, in rural Jo Daviess County, Ill., to Elmer C. and Mamie Williamson Frederick. Her family then moved to Mount Carroll, Ill. She married John C. Ross on June 20, 1937, in Savanna. He died in 1964. She attended Mount Carroll Elementary School and later moved to Savanna where she attended Savanna High School. She earned her teaching degree in education from Francis Shimer College. She taught school for six years in the Union Grove Rural School and 29 years with the Savanna schools. She also worked at the Savanna Township Public Library for nine years. She was an elder of First Presbyterian Church, Savanna, and a member for more than 70 years. She also taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, was a clerk for the Presbyterian Women’s Organization and the financial secretary. She was a member of the Carroll County Teachers Association and the Illinois Education Association. She also was active in the Savanna Reading Club. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Linda (Joseph) Sumperer of Thomson, Ill.; one son, John “Jack” Ross of Savanna; and two nephews. Lois was preceded in death by her husband and parents.

CORA EVELYN (WOOD) ROWLAND , 77, of Mount Carroll died Saturday at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. She was a member of the Mount Carroll United Methodist Church. Born May 2, 1904 in Mount Carroll, she was the daughter of William and Cora (Herschmiller) Wood. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Dorothea Weidman of Mount Carroll. Service will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Frank Funeral Home in Mount Carroll with the Rev. Dana Martin officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Mount Carroll. Friends may call from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Contributed by Alice Horner

REV. DAVID ROWLAND , formerly of Lanark, passed away last Friday at his home in Pasadena, Calif. He was born September 21, 1848 on a farm in Freedom township, north of Lanark, and spent almost his entire life in this community, in which he constantly gave support to both civic and religious welfare. He was married to Sarah Brenaman in 1876, and they lived on his farm of one-half section four miles east of Lanark, where he supervised the raising of pure bred stock and farming for thirty-five years. They then moved into his father’s homestead in Lanark, later building a new house on the same site. For twenty-seven years he served the Church of the Brethren at Shannon as pastor, driving back and forth from his farm, many times over roads almost impassable but always faithful to his post of duty. Twelve years ago Mr. and Mrs. Rowland moved to California to be near their children, and since living there he has been engaged in church activities until his sudden death on February 10th 1933. His wife preceded him in death six years ago and her remains were brought to Lanark for burial. A daughter, Mrs. Etta Taylor, preceded her parents. The remaining children are Mrs. Minnie Todd, who lived with her father, Porter Rowland of Palm Dale, Calif., and Ralph Rowland of Redondo Beach, Calif. There are also four grandchildren, all of California, and many relatives in and about Lanark. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in Pasadena.
Contributed by Alice Horner

EARL ROWLAND , 53, died Tuesday night (18 November 1975) at his home in Mt. Carroll of an apparent heart attack. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Frank Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll. The Rev. Fred Landolt, pastor of the Church of God, will officiate. Buria lwill be in the Lanark Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Earl Rowland was born Nov. 15, 1922 in Stevenson County, the on of Charles and Flossie Bowden Rowland. He married Bessie Isenhart at Lanark on Oct. 11, 1947. He was a semi-retired farmer. Survivors include his widow, one son, Larry of Mt. Carroll; one daughter, Mrs. Gary (Sandra) Koehn of Freeport; two grandchildren; his mother, Mrs. Flossie Rowland of Freeport, seven sisters, Mrs. Donald (Evelyn) Fiese and Mrs. Ardith Schmertman, both of Beloit, Wis., Pearl Rowland, Mrs. Donald (Betty) Jones and Mrs. Harold (Ruth) Earl, all of Freeport, Mrs. Jay (Florence) Pearsoll of Janesville, Wis., and Mrs. Richard (Hazel) Hastings of Savanna; and four brothers, Merle of Freeport, David of Janesville, Wis., Charles of Oregon, Wis., and Robert of Lena. He was preceded by his father and two brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls Illinois Novembet 20, 1975 - Thursday, pg 6

SIBYL (WOLF) ROWLAND : Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Frank Funeral Home here for Mrs. Harry (Sibyl) Rowland, a lifelong Lanark resident, who died Thursday night (December 4, 1969) in Freeport Memorial Hospital. Burial will be in Lanark Cemetery. The Rev. Elmer Brunk, pastor of the Lanark United Methodist Church, of which Mrs. Rowland was a member, will officiate. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Today at the funeral home. Mrs. Rowland was born July 18, 1876 in Lanark, daughter of John R. and Emma (Mellinger) Wolf. She was married to Harry Rowland in 1904 in Lanark. He died in 1947. Surviving are a son, John Loren of Conover, N.C.; a sister, Miss Grace Wolf of Lanark; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.
Contributed by Alice Horner

BELVA (SMITH) ROYER , of Hillcrest Retirement Home in LaVerne, Calif., a former Lanark resident, died Friday morning (23 August 1974) in a Pomona, California hospital after a brief illness. She was a member of the Church of the Brethren. Born Feb. 21, 1890, in Morrill, Kan., she was the daughter of Albert and Elizabeth (Kimmel) Smith. She was married to Truman Royer in 1916 in Kansas. He farmed at Lanark until his retirement. He died in 1963 and Mrs. Royer moved to California in 1965. Surviving is a brother, Joy A. of Glendale, Calif. She was also preceded in death by a sister. Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Lanark Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner

RUSSELL H. ROYER : Funeral services for Russell H. Royer, 60, who died at his home on North Broad Street Sunday at 5 p.m. were held Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren. The pastor, Rev. Walter Bowman, was in charge of the services, assisted by the Rev. Merle Hawbecker, pastor of the Cherry Grove Church of the Brethren. Burial was in the Lanark cemetery. Mr. Royer was the son of the late Jacob A. and Flora Sword Royer and was born in Cherry Grove township Nov. 19, 1888. He lived in Cherry Grove township nearly all his life, retiring and moving into Lanark about three years ago. He was married to Eva Puterbaugh in 1912. The widow, together with a daughter, Vila, of New Carlisle, Ohio, and two grandchildren, survive. He was a liife-long member of the Brethren Church. He was a graduate of the Lanark High School, class of 1907, and taught school a few years following graduation. He was the first of his graduating class to pass on.
Contributed by Amy Anderson

JOSEPHINE (FLICKINGER) RUPP , died Sunday night in Freeport Memorial Hospital. Born July 24, 1882 at Lanark, she was the daughter of Noah and Rachael (Etling) Flickinger. On Dec. 28, 1904 she was married to Bert R. Rupp in her parents’ home at Lanark. He died Nov. 9, 1966. Surviving are a son, Robert of Lanark; three daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Dorothy) Lower, Lanark, Mrs. Howard (Bernadette) Diebert, Prescott, Arizona, and Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Smith, Banning, Calif.; two grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Robert Adams, Mount Carroll; and a brother, Lake of Lanark. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Funeral arrangements are pending at Frank Funeral Home.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ROBERT L. RUPP , 66, 527 Hill St., Lanark, died Monday evening in his home following a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday in the Lanark Frank Funeral Home with the Rev. David Cooksey, pastor of the Lanark First Brethren Church and the Rev. Orville Cole, of the Lanark United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Lanark Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Memorials may be made to the Rolling Hills Progress Center, Lanark, or the First Brethren Church, Lanark. Born on Aug. 19, 1916 in Lanark, the son of Bert and Josephine Flickinger Rupp, he married Margaret Shoup on Nov. 14, 1942 in Nachusha, Iowa. He was a retired farmer, a member of the First Brethren Church, and the Carroll County Farm Bureau. Surviving are his widow, Margaret; three sisters, Mrs. Gerald (Dorothy) Lower, Lanark; Mrs. Wayne (Bernadette) Wilber, Grants Pass, Ore.; and Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Smith, Banning, Calif. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 30, 1982 - Tuesday, page A4

EMELINE M. (JOHNSON) RUSSELL , Milledgeville, Feb, 23-- Special is the Gazette-- Mrs. John Russell one of the old settlers in this part of the county, died at her home in the village last evening after an illness lasting several weeks. Her death was due to the infirmities of age as she was in the seventy-sixth year at the time of her demise. The funeral will take place at her late home on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and burial will be in Bethel cemetery by the side of her late husband who passed away some years since. The deceased lady is survived by two daughters and a son. She had been a resident of this part of the county for more than half a century and was highly esteemed by all who knew her.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - Sterling Evening Gazette 23 Feb 1910 Pg 1;8

JOHN Q. RUSSELL , was born October 29, 1828 and died December 31, 1897 at the age of sixty-nine years, two months and two days. He was one of a family of six children. Three sisters and one brother survive him. He was born in Susquehanna county, PA., but when a small boy moved to Tioga county, NY where he lived until manhood. Mr. Russell was married to Miss Emeline Johnson of Bradford Co. PA. They came to Carroll Co. IL in 1856, where they have since resided, with the exception of four years in which they lived in Whiteside Co. IL. To Mr. and Mrs. Russell were born four children, one son and three daughters - Mrs. Leila Hubbard, Walter Russell, Walla Walla Wash; Miss Matie Russell of Mileldgeville; and Mrs. Emilo Eastabrooks of Milledgeville. Mr. Russell became a member of the Milledgeville Lodge of A.F. and A.M. soon after the formation in 1860 and was ever a loyal and upright member, holding at different times the most of the positions in the gift of the lodge, being for some time its master. He was a man of positive conviction and outspoken in his expressions, aiming always to be on the side of the right. A kind husband, a loving father, a true and upright citizen, a genial friend of all, a genuine lover of children, his presence will long be missed by his family and a wide circle of friends and acquaintances, who will ever cherish of him kindly memories. On January 11, 1897, he gave his heart to the Savior and his hand to the church. He was baptized the first day of last October, and on the following Sunday he united with the Methodist church in full membership. From that time he enjoyed the privileges of the church and often expressed himself as being satisfied with the step he had taken. His last days ere truly his best. The funeral services were held Sunday forenoon at the Methodist church, Rev. F.L. Baldwin of Oregon, officiating, assistd by Rev. J.g.B. Shadford. Interment took place in Bethel cemetery.
2nd Obituary:
Last Friday morning at about 0 o'clock, this community was greatly shocked by hearing of the sudden death of John W. Russell. Mr. Russell, for three years, had not been enjoying good health, and his near friends had been informed by his physician that on account of the condition of his heart he was liable to die suddenly at any time. on Friday morning there was a strong cold wind blowing from the north, and Mr. Russell according to his usual custom, started up town at about 8:30 a.m. Upon reaching Wolfe & Greenawalt's store building he entered it, and after making mention of the weather, asked if anybody had heard how "Gabe Hanna is getting along." Scarcely before a reply could be given Mr. Russell, who was standing, had fallen forward unconscious. Messrs. Wolfe and Greenawalt rendered all the assistance in their power, F. W. Picking, who had just entered the store, called Dr. Fray, but all efforts to revive him were without avail for in a very few minutes he quietly breathed his last, and the sad news was carried to Mrs. Russell, who less than an hour before, had seen her husband leave the house in apparently as good health as usual. Mr. Russell was for many years a farmer, but had resided in Milledgeville the last ten years of his life, and worked considerably at the carpenter's trade until three years ago when he contracted a severe cold from the effects of which he never entirely recovered.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping
John Q. Russell, a prominent farmer of the vicinity of Milledgeville, died suddenly of heart disease at Wolfe & Greenswalt's store, at Milledgeville, this morning. The deceased drove to town this morning, and was seemingly in his usual good health. He stopped at the store above mentioned, having always made that place his headquarters when in town. He walked to the back end of the room and died almost immediately. The funeral will be held Sunday at 10 o'clock in the morning. Mr. Russell was sixty-seven years of age and was highly thought of in the community in which he lived. A good many years ago he conducted a harness shop in this city. (The Sterling Daily Standard 31 Dec 1897 Pg 1)
** John Q. Russell, an old resident of Milledgeville, died suddenly on the street in that city this morning at 10 o'clock. He walked up town from his residence and suddenly fell over and died from apoplexy. He was formerly engaged in the harness business there but for sometime was not in any business. At on time he conduced a harness store in Sterling. He has a brother south of the river. He was 69 years old and leaves a family. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock and will be conducted by the Masonic fraternity.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Sterling Evening Gazette 31 Dec 1897 Pg 1

VIOLA (HAUGH) RUSSELL , 91, of Clearwater FL foremerly of Rock Falls, died sunday Oct. 16, 2005. She was a waitress. Mrs. Russell was born March 24, 1914, in Lanark the daughter of Frank and edith Palmer Haugh. SHe married frank L. Russell. He died June 29, 1993. She is survived by tow sons, Kennard Russell of Brooksville FL and gerald Russell of Dundedin FL; 10 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren. She was preced by a son, Robert F. Russell. Services today at Curlew Hills Memorial Graden, Palm harbor FL.
Contributed by Jan Roggy

GEORGE A. RUTER , 89, died Thursday, May 5, 1994, at Villas of Shannon Nursing Home. Born April 22, 1905, in Upleward, Germany, he was the son of Zeede and Frances (Freerksen) Ruter. He moved to the United States in September 1923. On Jan. 12, 1937 he married Nettie Brunner at Mount Carroll. He farmed in the Shannon area most of his life, retiring in 1986. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon and a past member of the Carroll County Livestock Feeders Association and the Carroll County Farm Bureau. He is survived by his wife, Nettie; one son, Alfred (Sheryl) Ruter of Shannon; one daughter Phyllis (Ronald) Colberg of Freeport; two brothers, John Ruter of Baileyville and Hesper Ruter of Shannon; four sisters, Tena Wichman of Baileyville, Grace Julius of Freeport, Sadie Pannkuk of Forreston and Frances Zumdahl of Baileyville; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Bethel United Methodist Church in Shannon with the Rev. Larry Thomson officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hermann Funeral Home in Shannon. A memorial fund has been established
Contributed by Alice Horner

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