BACON Children - Charles, Caleb & George - They all died from diphtheria at Pleasant Plain, Neb. in November 1883.

Diphtheria has broken out in the neighborhood and several fatal cases have already occurred. A son and daughter of Mr. Caleb Bacon, five miles northeast have died, and his brother, Mr. Homer Bacon, seven miles northwest, has lost three boys during the past week from the same cause. There are several cases of a mild form in town, which our physicians have in hand, and no serious results are anticipated. It seems that prompt medical attendance at the very first symptoms of the disease gives he only hope of recovery.

Sons of Homer & Mary Bacon, who have been residents of Nebraska but a little over one month, the affliction seems very hard to bear. The boys were born in Willow Creek, Lee county, Ill., where the family had resided for many years, and was beloved and respected by all acquainted with them.

Died, Nov. 18th, 1883, CHARLES O. BACON, aged 17 years, and 28 days.
Died, Nov. 21st, 1883, CALEB J. BACON, aged 7 years, 4 months and 15 days.
Died, Nov. 23rd, 1883, GEORGE W. BACON, aged 8 years, 10 months and 9 days.

Contributed to Genealogy Trails by Marilyn Widler

MRS. HARRY BADGER prominent resident of Amboy and mother of attorney Warren H. Badger of Dixon, passed away very suddenly at an early hour this morning at her home here. She had been in ailing health for the past 10 days. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 from the Amboy Congregational Church. The body will be taken from the Mihm Funeral Home to the late residence at 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon. The complete obituary will be published at a later date.

Dixon Telegraph September 11, 1946

EMMA (DePUE) BAILEY - Funeral service for Mrs. Emma Bailey, formerly Emma DePue and resident of this locality for many years, were held Monday afternoon at the Vaughan chapel. Rev. M. E. Corbett officiated and burial was in Woodside cemetery at Lee Center. Music for the services was furnished by Mrs. William Kidd and Mrs. Glenn Winans, accompanied by Mrs. Arthur Bloomquist. Mrs. Bailey passed away in Vida, Mont., Jan. 21, 1937, after an illness of two weeks. She had been tenderly cared for by her daughter, Mrs. Edna Clarke, with whom she made her home. Emma De Pue was born in Staten Island, N. Y., in 1850. She was married to John H. Bailey in Lee county, Ill., and they lived in the vicinity of Amboy for many years. Four children werer born to them, all of whom survive: Mrs. Eva F. Mills of Ostrander, O., Mrs. Mabel E. Hark of Cincinnati, O., Will Bailey and Mrs. Edna Clarke of Vida, Mont. About 20 years ago Mrs. Bailey moved to Montana to make her home. Surviving besides her four children are five sisters, Mrs. Clayton Rockwood and Mrs. Chris Ullrich of Amboy, Mrs. M. L. Ford of Chicago, Mrs. Dan Antonides of North Platte, Neb., Mrs. Asa Middleton of Grundy Center, Ia., and one brother, Enos De Pue of Farmington, N. M. Pall bearers for the final services Monday were Clayton Rockwood, Russell Rockwood, Floyd Clark, Arlyn Ullrich, Will Harck and Alvin Derr.
Contributed by: Carolyn Jarvey

GEORGE B. BAILEY , 90, of Dixon , died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at Avonlea Cottage, Dixon , after an extended illness. He was employed by Dixon Oil Co. as a bookkeeper until retiring. George was born Nov. 12, 1916, in Dubuque , Iowa , the son of Benjamin and Sybilla (Bongartz) Bailey. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Mildred L. “Mickie” Wilson on May 18, 1946, in Dixon . She preceded him in death on Dec. 4, 1993. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon . Survivors include two daughters, Georgia (Roger) Michel of Dixon and Susan (Tim) Fane of Rockford; a son, Steven (Kenda) of Dixon ; a brother, Ben Bailey Jr. of Sterling ; and five grandchildren, Stephanie and Allison Bailey of Dixon , Eric Michel of Cherry Valley , Nicholas Fane of Chicago and Benjamin Bailey of San Diego . He also was preceded in death by a sister and four brothers. Mass of the Resurrection is at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon , with the Rev. Michael Morrissey officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by the Dixon combined veterans group, is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens , Dixon . Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon . .
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

LUCIAN BAILEY , 60, Rt. 3, Dixon, a native and a lifelong resident of this area, died Wednesday morning (27 April 1966) in Dixon Public Hospital. Survivors include his widow, Justine; two sons, Jack and Edward, both of rural Dixon; two daughters, Mrs. Lorraine Siefkin and Mrs. Josephine Conley, both of Arvada, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; a brother, Victor or Rock Falls; and five sisters. Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Friday, in Preston Funeral home, where friends may call. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette April 28, 1966 - Thursday, pg 2

MARY LOUISE (DYSART) BAIRD , 84, of Franklin Grove, passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010, surrounded by her children, at Dixon Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Mary Lou was born July 26, 1925, the daughter of Glenn and Clementine Dysart. She married Dale Edman Baird on Aug. 21, 1954, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Nachusa. Mary Lou graduated with a B.S. degree from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., in 1947, and graduated with a teacher's certificate from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, in 1948. She taught high school in Milledgeville and Amboy for several years and was a substitute teacher in the Dixon School District for many years. Mary Lou was a long-time Lee County 4-H Club leader and volunteer, a member of First United Methodist Church, Dixon, and the area American Association of University Women. Mary Lou was an avid horsewoman in her youth, showing saddlebreds throughout the area, and continued to own horses throughout her life. In later years, she loved going to auctions and buying and reselling collectibles and antiques. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dale, in 1986; and an infant son in 1956. Survivors include two daughters, Sue Ellen (Dennis)Holmes of Mukwonago, Wis., and Suzanne (Jose) Tovar of Johnston, Iowa; two sons, Dale Baird and Donald Baird, both of Franklin Grove; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. Private graveside service will be at a later date at Emmert Cemetery, Franklin Grove.
Source: Pat Easterday - Dixon Telegraph 27 Jul 2010

BETH LORRAINE (ATKINSON) BARNHART 88, of Sterling, formerly of Dixon, died Friday, July 28, 2006, at Coventry Living Center, Sterling. She was an elementary teacher and librarian for the Dixon Public Schools for 45 years prior to her retirement in 1972. Mrs. Barnhart was born, November 9, 1917, in Dixon, IL, the daughter of Joseph and Floy Ariel (Ransom) Atkinson. She married Ralph Kenneth Barnhart on August 2, 1941, in Dixon. He preceded her in death on October 3, 1999. She was a member of Saint Paul Lutheran Church. Survivors include, two sons, Arthur K. (Lois) Barnhart, Richard A. Barnhart, both of Dixon; one sister, Marilyn Teague, Venice, FL; three grandchildren, Cathe Barnhart, Christopher (Janet) Barnhart, Angela Barnhart; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Justine Bailey, Neva Kelsey, and La Verne Wade.

BARBARA (BROWN) BASS , 57, of Kewanee, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at Kewanee Care Nursing Home. She was employed by Dixon State School working with the mentally ill for 20 years and then by Wal-Mart for six years. She also worked in private home health care. Barbara was born Oct. 10, 1949, in Kewanee, the daughter of Virgil and Lucille (Bowyer) Brown. She was a 1968 graduate of Kewanee High School . Babara married John F. Bass on Nov. 22, 1975, in Dixon . She enjoyed watching TV and movies. Her hobbies included needlepoint and ctocheting afghans and blankets. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Sara (Shane) Nordick of Grand Forks, N.D.; a sister, Beverly (Roger) Emmerson of Sheffield; and two grandchildren, Eric Max Roberson and Kendra Ann Nordick. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Amanda Jane; and her parents, grandparents and an uncle. Graveside service and burial is at 11:45 a.m. Monday at Chapel Hill Memorial Park , Dixon , with the Rev. Jerry Rafalko officiating. Visitation is from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial to be established.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

ELEANOR R. (HOLMAN) BASS , 76, of Mt. Morris, formerly of Dixon, died, Saturday, August 05, 2006, at Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris .Eleanor was born June 8, 1930, in Pontiac, IL, the daughter of Ernest and Ocie M. (McHenry) Holman. She married Pearl E. Bass on June 9, 1946, in Rock Falls, IL. He preceded her in death July 31, 1985. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Sterling. Survivors include, three sons, Kenneth Bass, Centralia, IL, John (Barbara) Bass, Kewanee, IL, Ernest (Bertha) Bass, Polo; three daughters, Bonnie (Walter) Stahl, Dixon, Patricia (Edward) Kane, Milledgeville, IL, Leila Bass, Rock Falls, IL; one brother, Joseph (Lara) Holman Rock Island, IL; one sister, Hazel Franklin, Centralia, IL; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Eleanor was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, Larry and Ernest E. Bass; two brothers, Lloyd and John Holman; and one sister, Eloise Richards. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday August 8, 2006, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Bunyan Cocar, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Monday

FRANK BASSLER was born at Franklin Grove, March 12, 1869. He passed away at the Katherine Shaw Bethea hospital in Dixon Tuesday morning at 11:15 after a short illness. On Thanksgiving day, 1900, Mr. Bassler was united in marriage to Miss Ida Thompson, daughter of the late John and Lydia Thompson at Ashton. They were united in marriage by Rev. I. E. Honeywell, pastor of the Methodist church. Mrs. Bassler preceded him in death October 6, 1926. He leaves to mourn his departure his sister-in-law, Mrs. Pearl Carter, and a cousin, Miss Alice Fitch of this place, his niece, Hazel Hart of Ashton, a nephew, Leon Beach of Chicago, a niece, Mrs. Clare Turek of St. Louis. His sterling character and that he never spoke ill of anyone resulted in a host of friends. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon conducted by Rev. Ralph Dreger, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial in Ashton cemetery

FUNERAL NOTICE - The funeral of Frank Bassler, 68, who passed away Tuesday morning (4 January 1938) at the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon after a short illness, will be held at the home of Miss ?Hattie? Brown, a lifelong neighbor, at 2:00 o’clock Thursday afternoon, the Bassler home having been closed for the winter. The Rev. Ralph M. Dreger, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, will officiate and burial will be in the Ashton cemetery. Mr. Bassler was born in Franklin Grove, March 12, 1869, the family moving to Ashton inn 1880. His wife preceded him in death eleven years ago. He is mourned by Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hart of Bradford township, and Mr. And Mrs. Cal Carter of China Township, the two women having grown up in his home, Mrs. Carter being a sister of his wife.
Contributed by Ed Bassler from the Dixon Telegraph January 5 & 8, 1938

IDA (THOMPSON) BASSLER - The community was shocked and saddened Wednesday morning to learn of the death of Mrs. Frank Bassler which occurred at her home at 12:15 a. m. death being due to a cerebral hemorrhage. Mrs. Bassler had been in her usual health, and retired Tuesday evening feeling about as well as usual. Mr. Bassler was awakened at midnight, Mrs. Bassler complaining of a little indigestion. They visited with each other, and Mr. Bassler remained awake to wait upon his wife should it be necessary, and at 12:15 death came suddenly, as it appeared Mrs. Bassler was going to sleep. A physician was summoned at once, but death took place before his arrival. Mrs. Ida Bassler was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson, and was born near Lighthouse April 13, 1864 and at her death had reached the age of 62 years, 5 months and 23 days. The greater part of her life was spent in Ashton where she lived with her parents. For a number of years Mrs. Bassler was engaged in teaching in the Ashton public school and later held a similar position in the Rockord public schools. The deceased was united in marriage with Mr. Frank Bassler, November 27, 1900. No children were born to this union, but a niece, Mrs. Clarence Hart, was raised in the home, and was given the same tender loving care that could be given their own child.

Besides her husband, Mrs. Bassler is survived by one sister, Miss Pearl Thompson. Mrs. Bassler in early life united with the Methodist Episcopal Church. She was a member of Ashton Rebekah Lodge No. 497, and for several years served in the capacity of secretary. Mrs. Bassler was of quiet disposition, devoting her time to the care of her home, and to those dependent upon her. Much has been taken from the husband, sister and niece and the large circle of friends and neighbors, but much is left. The Christian’s hope and fadeless memories are still theirs. Coroner F. M. Banker of Franklin Grove conducted an inquest, the jury consisting of L. T. Moore, George W. Batchelor, John M. Krug, Justus Wagner, Fred Tadd and William F. Klingebiel. Funeral services will be held from the late home Friday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Loyal V. Sitler, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church.
Contributed by Ed Bassler from Dixon Telegraph Thursday Evening October 7, 1926 page 2

MYRTLE CECELIA (SHUCK) BATES , 80 of 209 Lincoln Way, died Sunday (15 Jan 1978) in KSB Hospital after a short illnes. She was born July 9, 1897 in Palymra Township, Lee County, the daughter of Daniel Shuck and Anna Trouth Shuck. She was married to Wilbur R. Bates on Oct. 11, 1916. He died Nov. 9, 1957. Mrs. Bates was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Survivors include one son, Wilbur E. of Havana; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A son preceded in death in infancy.

Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Allen-Bukley-Shank Funeral Home, with Rev. William Swarbrick, pastor af St. Paul's Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery. visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today. A memorial has been established.

WILBUR R. BATES - Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in the family home for Wilbur R. bates, 61, of 20 Lincoln Way Dixon, who died this Morning. He was born Sept. 17, 1896 in Franklin Grove, son of Albert and Mina Webb Bates.

Survivors include his wife, Myrtle and a son Wilbur Eugene Bates, of Havana Ill. one brother Ralph, of Freport two sisters, Mrs. John Hartzel and Mrs. Harry Long of Dixon, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son. Friends may call at the family home after 7 p.m. today.Arrangements have benn completed by the Melvin Fineral Home. Rev. George J. curran of St. Paul's Lutheran Church will officiate at the Monday. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery.

PAUL E. BAY , 71, of Dixon died Saturday, May 1, 2004 at his home following an extended illness. He was employed by Dixon Home Savings and Loan as vice president, managing officer for 27 years and then by the Illinois Dept. of Trans. for 15 years, retiring in 2000.

Mr. Bay was born April 22, 1933, in Dixon, the son of Harold and Caroline 9Fischbach) Bay. He served in the Army as a corporal during the Korean War. He married Patricia Louise Warner on Nov. 27, 1955 in Dixon. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, member and past president of Dixon Rotary Club and an ambassador for Dixon Chamber of Commerce. He was a former Boy Scout leader and an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife; a son, Joe (Tracy) Bay of Dixon; two daughters, Jane (Mike) LaFever of Dixon and Sue (Doug) Valkema of Freeport; two sisters, Helen (Frank) Hoyle and Pauline Campbell, both of Dixon; eight grandchidlren;a nd a great-grandson.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran with the Rev. Robert L. Hansen Pastor, officiating. Creamation rites will be accorded.

Sterling Gazette May 2, 2004 contributed by Jan Roggy

ELMER BECK , 31, employed by Willis Countryman of Viola Township, living northwest of Paw Paw, was instantly killed about 11:30 Sunday nite in an auto accident 1 mile north of Compton on US 51. Beck was presumed to be driving north on the highway and at the curve north of Compton failed to make the turn and crashed into a parkway separating the county and state highways. He apparently struck a clump of bushes in the parkway and a snowbank and catapulted against a telephone pole which was snapped off about 5 feet above the ground. The driver was thrown free of the car and believed to have been killed instantly. State officers Schriener of Sandwich and McIntire of Dixon and Kiner of Prophetstown were dispatched to the scene and summoned an ambulance from Paw Paw and ordered the removal of the wrecked car. Beck is survived by his wife and four children.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 19 February 1945

TERESA A. (HOHLMAN) BECKER , 69, of Amboy died Oct. 26, 2004 at the Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29 at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy and at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy with Rev. Aaron Brodeski, pastor, officiating. Burial was at St. Patrick Cemetery, Amboy. Visitation was from 9-10 a.m. on Oct. 29 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Becker was born Oct. 15, 1935 in Peru to Andrew and Ruth (Byvik) Hohlman. She married Eugene F. Becker on Sept. 17, 1955 in Peru. He preceded her in death on March 23, 2002.

Survivors include six children, Robert (Dee) Becker of Byron, Cynthia (Dan) Macholan of Dunlap, Michael Becker of Phoenix, Ariz., David (Laurie) Becker of Kenner, La., Daniel Becker of Tempe, Ariz. and Dennis (Sue) Becker of Amboy and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents. Mrs. Becker was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy. A memorial has been established to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Mendota Reporter

VERNON A. BECKER , 82, of Sublette died Saturday, Jul 19, 2003, at his home. He farmed the Sublette area and operated a farm supply store, retiring in 1983 Mr. Becker was born April 3, 1921 in Sublette, the son of George F. and Malinda (Stephenitch) Becker. He married Lorraine Wickey on Feb. 18, 1948, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Sublette. He was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Sublette, Mendota Elks Club and Knights of Columbus, He was a Cubs/Bear fan and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include his wife, three sons, Randy Becker of Hammond Ind., and Mark (Lisa) Becker and Chris Becker, both of Amboy; two daughters, Kathy (Samir) Nissan, Chico, Calif., and Sara (Robert) Matter of Okanogan, Wash.; two sisters, Irene McMillion of Reno Nev., and Laverne (Cecil) Byrd of Harbor Springs, Mich.; a brother Roland (Edith) Becker of Mendota and 11 grandchildren,

Mass of Christian Burial is a 10:30 am. Wednesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Sublette, with the Rev. Edward Hughes, pastor, officiating. Burial of cremains is at a later date. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m., with the rosary recited at 5:45 p.m., Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon,

Daily Gazette July 21, 2003

STEVE BEDNAR , 81, of Woodhaven Lakes, Sublette, died Friday Nov. 5, 2004 at Amboy Rehab. and Nursing center. He was employed by Sunbeam Corp. for 34 years retiring in 1980.

Mr. Bednar was born on April 2, 1923, in Westville, the osn of Steven and Mary (Kupchik) Bednar. He served in the Navy during WW II. He married Marcella Janota on May 1, 1954 in Cicero. He was a member of AMboy Americna Legion and the Lee COunty Veterans Assistance Comm. He was a volunteer for many organization, including Teen Turf, Amboy and Gordon Tech High School and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Linda Berggreen and Karen Lee, both of Amboy; three sons, Neal Bednar of Romeoville, Stepehen (Christine) Bednar of Plainfield and James Bednar of Amboy, a sister, Marie (Steve) Fertaly of Brookfield; 12 grandchildren and 2 GG Grandchildren.

Mass of Chirsitan Burial is at 10:30 Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sublette, with Rev. Edward Hughes officiating. Burial with military honors is at St. Marys Cemetery.

The Sterling Gazette - from Jan Roggy

DORIS (THRASHER) BEHRENDT , 60, 2104 Cummins St., died at KSB Hospital Monday, Feb. 7, after a short illness. She was employed at Heritage Square Nursing Home at the time of her death. She was born Feb 10, 1922 in Amboy to Robert and Inez (Allen) Thrasher. She married Walter E. Behrendt Oct. 13, 1940 in Miles, Iowa. He preceded her in death in 1982.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters. Survivors include daughters Mrs. Donald (Nancy) Smice and Arlene Gholson, both of Mount Morris, Mrs. Donald (Alice) Hofmaster of Freeport, Mrs. Thomas (Lorraine) Gitchel of Winslow, Lynn at home; son, Stanley Behrendt of Byron; sisters, Mrs. Everett (Valeria) Behrendt of Dixon; Mrs. Ellwyn (Mary) Swegle of Ashton; Mrs. Arthur (Lois) Burgess of Harmon; Mrs. Ollie (Barbara) Arlington of Great Falls, Mont.; brothers Robert Thrasher of Dixon and William Thrasher of Harmon;; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. Cecil Radamacher, pastor of the Dixon Church of God, Abrahamic Faith officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
Contributed to Genealogy Trails by Karen Holt/ Dixon Evening Telegraph Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1983

WALTER ERVIN BEHRENDT , 67, 1522 Clark St., died Sunday, Sept. 19 in KSB Hospital after a long illness. He was a contractor in construction before his retirement. He was born April 25, 1915 in Harmon to John and Harriett (Wolf) Behrendt. He was married to Doris Thrasher on October 13, 1940 in Miles, Iowa. He was preceded in death by one brother. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Mrs. Donald (Nancy) Smice and Arlene Gholson, both of Mount Morris, Mrs. Donald (Alice) Hofmaster of Freeport, Mrs. Thomas (Lorraine) Gitchel of Winslow, Lynn Behrendt of Dixon; son, Stanley of Byron; sisters, Mrs. Raymond (Evelyn) Friemuth of Mount Morris, Mrs. Virgil (Irene) Schmall of Dixon; brothers, Everett of Dixon, Alvin of Sterling; 12 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Funeral will be Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in Chapel Hill Funeral Home, with the Rev. Frank Berman, associate pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the funeral home.
Contributed to Genealogy Trails by Karen Holt / Dixon Evening Telegraph Monday, Sept. 10, 1982

ERMA S. (SANCHEZ) BENAVIDEZ , 70, of Sublette died Sept. 23, 2004 at her home following a brief illness. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Sept. 27 at Community United Methodist Church of LaMoille with Rev. Julie Bunt officiating. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in (Mendota) . Visitation was from 2-5 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota. Mrs. Benavidez was born May 3, 1934 in San Luis, Colo. to Estevan and Emiliana Sanchez. Survivors include four sons, Jimmie Jr. of Sublette, Roderick of Princeton, Antonio of Peoria and Bernie (Sarah) of Rochester, Minn.; three daughters, Jeanne (Milton) Rapp of Sublette, Leota (Bill) Silfies of St. John, Ind. and Jackie (Eldon) Molln of LaMoille; 24 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Maclovio Sanchez of Denver, Colo.; three sisters, Clorinda Bruno of Colorado Springs, Colo., Erla Duarte of Pueblo West, Colo. and Mary Edwards of Pueblo, Colo.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, one brother, one sister, a great grandchild and the father of her children. Ms. Benavidez enjoyed spending time with her family and taking care of others. She also had a passion for working in her flower gardens.
Mendota Reporter

CATHERINE A. (HANEY) BENNETT , was born July 7, 1840, at Columbia, Warren Co., New Jersey, and died Sept. 14, 1901, at her home in Paw Paw. In 1863 she was united in marriage with Jerome Bennett at Morrison, Ill. In this union they were blest with one daughter, Mrs. Dollie Philliips. From her childhood Mrs. Bennett was an earnest, devoted christian, being a member of the Baptist church at Sterling, Ill., for a number of years. In 1888, she with her husband were united with the Methodist church at Paw Paw, Ill., of which she was an active member until Jan. 21, 1894, when she was stricken with paralysis, rendering her perfectly helpless up to the time of her death, a period of seven years, seven mo., and twenty-four days. In spite of those years of suffering, which was very severe at times, her faith grew stronger in Him who doeth all things well and she bore her cross patiently to the end. There are left to mourn her loss her husband, a daughter, and a brother, William Haney, of Moquoketa, Iowa. The funeral was held in the Methodist church on Monday, and the interment at the Frantz Grove Cemetery.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

DALE WILLIAM BENNETT , 76, of Franklin Grove, died Sunday July 5, 2009, at the Ogle County Hospice Serenity Home in Oregon. He was the owner of Nelson Sand and Gravel Company from 1958 – 1994, and partner in Associated Asphalt and W-W Asphalt. Dale was born September 3, 1932, in Taylor Township Ogle County, IL, the son of John and Emma (Hepfer) Bennett. He married Mary Louise Biesecker on August 6, 1951, in Oregon. Dale was a member of Franklin Grove United Methodist Church. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing, hunting for morels, gardening, spending time with his dogs, Muffy and Baby. He always whistled while he worked. Survivors include his wife, Mary Bennett of Franklin Grove; two sons, Thomas (LuAnn) Bennett, Steven (Susan) Bennett, both of Dixon; two daughters, Diane (John) Nicholson, Mary Kathleen (Curtis) Fair, both of Franklin Grove; one sister, Betty (Harold) Hoff of McHenry; his mother-in-law, Marilyn Butler of Franklin Grove; 14 grandchildren, Kendra (Ryan) Brodin of Shoreview, MN, Krista (Tom) Makarowski of New Lenox, Kim (Nicholas) Cox of Aurora, Amy, Bradley, Bryan, Kellie, Laura, and Nickolas Bennett all of Dixon, Jessica, Macy, and Jade Fair of Franklin Grove, Ryan Bennett currently stationed in the State of Maryland, Jennifer (Oscar) Moreno of Harmon; and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, John Bennett; one sister, Jeannine Huskins; and his mother-in-law, Ruth Butler
Contributed by Roger and Sue Cramer - Find-A-Grave

DONALD C. BENNETT , 51, 1616 W. 1st St., Dixon, died Saturday in Rockford Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. He was a foreman in Plant 4 at Northwestern Steel and Wire. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday in the Preston Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Seymour Halford, pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. at the funeral home with the family being present from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Sauk Valley Hospice Association. Born on June 25, 1931 in Dixon, the son of Edwin W. and Helen Johnson Bennett, and married Donna Oellig on June 25, 1950 in Dixon. He was a member of the American Legion. Survivors include his wife, Donna; his mother, Helen Tatum, Dixon; one son, Randel, Dixon; one daughter, Mrs. Tom (Pam) Hamburg, Dixon; and four grandchildren. Preceded him in death were his father and one granddaughter.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 22, 1982 - Monday, page A4

FLORA (SMALLHALL) BENNETT , daughter of Aquilla and Sarah Hassinger Bennett, was born March 18, 1862 near Lane, IL. On March 23, 1880, she was united in marriage to Frank E. (Evan) Smallwood. To this union nine children were born, Mrs. Alzina Whitmore, Mrs. Mary Hill, Mrs. Louise Schoaf, Joseph and Oscar Smallwood, all of Harmon, IL, Edgar L. of Detroit, MI, Mrs. Nellie Query of Maroa, IL and Mrs. Minnie Piuser of Molalla, Oregon. Mrs. Smallwood passed away Tuesday, April 19th, at 12:30pm at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Whitmore, with whom she had made her home for the last seven years, at the age of 87 years. She leaves to mourn her passing besides the above named children, three sisters, Mrs. Julia (Bennett) Miller, Clinton, IL; Mrs. Rose (Rosa Bennett) Miller of Bloomington, IL and Mrs. Daisy Girard of Decatur, IL; also eighteen grandchildren. Her husband Frank preceded her in death in January 1940 and a son passed away in infancy. Funeral services for Mrs. Smallwood were held Friday, April 22 at 2pm at the Methodist church of Harmon. Rev. William Coates officiating. Interment was made in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers were J. Hicks, P. McCarter, F. Hicks, A. Allen, F. Rodenbaugh and L. Bontz. Mrs. Zelma Hicks and Mrs. Edna Allen were in charge of the flowers. Out-of-town people attending the services were Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gardner, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Query and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kammarmeyer and Mrs. Flora Query, all of Maroa, IL; Mrs. Julia Miller of Clinton, IL and Mr. and Mrs, George Atchison of Weldon, IL.

GWENDOLYN (BOND) BENNETT , 92, of Sterling , formerly of Dixon , died Monday, Aug. 27, 2007, at Sterling Pavillion. She was employed by the state of Iowa from 1934 to 1947, Montgomery Ward from 1960 to 1962 and by the state of Illinois as a clerk for 8 ½ years, retiring in 1971. Gwen was born May 18, 1915, in Bloomfield , Iowa , the daughter of Fred P. and Celia E. (Rupe) Bond. She married Lyle V. Bennett on Aug. 1, 1942, in Indianapolis . He preceded her in death May 23, 1989. Gwen was a member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Dixon . She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Survivors include a son, Kenneth P. (Mary) Bennett of Sterling; a daughter, Karen E. (Fred) Tambura of Mount Morris; four grandchildren, Fred Lee McCgowan, Tommy Lyle (Misty Dawn) McCgowan, Melissa (Jeremiah) Sylvester and Michael W.T. Bennett; and two great-grandsons, Trevor McCgowan and Michael W. T. Bennett II. She also was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon , with the Revs. Lynn Bond, pastor of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Dixon , and Beverly Sheppherd, co-officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon . Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

JOHN BENNETT , 82, 414 Eleventh St. Dixon died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday (09 June 1953) at KSB hospital following a short illness. Born 11 August 1870 in Columbus Ind. Bennett came to Dixon 60 years ago and had lived here since. He was employed by J.I. Case Co. but had been retired for 20 years. Mr. Bennett is survived by his widow Alice, a brother Dan Bennett, Columbus Ind. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Jones Funeral home, the Rev. T.S. Green will officiate and burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 10 June 1953

REID A. BERGA , age 82, of Amboy, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2004, at Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of cremains will be at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. Arrangements by the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy. Mr. Berga was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Amboy, the son of Oscar and Margaret Edith (Abbott) Berga. He married Louise Stemmer and she preceded him in death in September of 1995. Survivors include a daughter, Carol (Jim) Shorett of Seattle, Wash. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Hiatt. He was a veteran of the Navy from 1940 to 1959. He had been employed by the United States Postal Service prior to his retirement.
Amboy News November 2004

AUGUST JUNIOR BEROGAN , 79, of Dixon , died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at KSB Hospital . He worked as a tree trimmer in the Dixon area. Mr. Berogan was born Sept. 15, 1927, in Dixon , the son of Albert and Gertrude (Pabst) Berogan. Survivors include a sister, Betty (Gerald D) Martinson of Dixon; a brother, Kenneth A. Berogan of Dixon ; and 12 nieces and nephews. Private family funeral service is Monday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, with Bishop Dale Druien of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, officiating. Burial is at Prairie Repose Cemetery , Amboy. There is no visitation. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3-4

HERBERT DALE BEROGAN , 49, of Lexington , Tenn. , formerly of the area, died Friday, Sept. 14, 2007, in Lexington , Tenn. He was employed by Raynor Garage Doors, Dixon , for 21 years; and by Volvo Penta, Lexington , Tenn. , for 11 years. Mr. Berogan was born Oct. 21, 1957, in Lee County , the son of Leonard Dale and Darlean Rosalie Berogan. He was a 1975 graduate of Amboy High School . He was married to Darlene Kay Berogan. She preceded him in death. Survivors include a daughter, Deidra Berogan of Dixon ; a son, Zachary Berogan of Lexington , Tenn. ; three step-daughters, Debbie (Scott Luft) Alter of Glenview, Lisa (Steve) Jacobs of Amboy and Melissa ( Kent ) Sheperd of Huntingdon, Tenn. ; a step-son, Greg (Jennifer) Alter of Dixon, two sisters, Rosalie (Gary Lutz) Berogan of Amboy and Cyd (TeJay) Spencer of Bono, Ark.; three brothers, Francis (Laura) Berogan of Amboy, Wyatt (Shawna) Berogan of Franklin Grove and Wesley Berogan of Dixon; eight step-grandchildren; 10 nieces and seven nephews. He also was preceded in death by his parents. The funeral was today at Broad Street Church of Christ, Lexington , Tenn. , with P.J. Hardy officiating. Burial was at Bargerton Church of Christ Cemetery, Lexington , Tenn. Arrangements were completed by Reeds Chapel, Lexington , Tenn.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, September, 18, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3 – 4

ROBERT E. BEROGAN , age 77, of Dixon, died Sunday, Feb. 15, 2004, at Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at 11 a.m. in the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon, with the Rev. Steve Young, Pastor of the Greater Life Tabernacle Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the funeral home. He was born in Amboy on April 28, 1926, the son of George and Ruth (Wellman) Berogan. He married Francis Stern on Dec. 31, 1955. She preceded him in death April 11, 1985. He then married Melanie Terry in 1996. She preceded him in death Sept. 14, 2003. Survivors include four daughters, Dale (Edward) Batt, Roxann Kelchner, Janet Berogan, and Mary Ann Berogan, all of Dixon; two sons, Robert (Sue) Berogan of Rockford, and Tom (Sue) Berogan of Dixon; several grand-children and great-grandchildren; step-daughters, Linda (Kent) Portner of Dixon, and Pam Rubright of California; step-sons, Chuck (Lisa) Rubright of Marion and James Patrick of Rockford; two brothers, George (Dorothy) Berogan of Rockford, and Leo Berogan of Stillman Valley. He was also preceded in death by his parents, one daughter, one son, one grandson, one great-granddaughter, and one brother. He was a farmer and also worked for Helly’s Saw Mill for many years prior to his retirement.
Amboy News

JACOB BETZ - Friday morning, JACOB BETZ of Compton was found hanging from a beam in his hayloft, quite dead. He had gone to the barn, as was his usual custom to perform some work and chores; as he did not return when expected, a search revealed the above startling fact. Mr. Betz's action was due to financial troubles, from which he seemed unable to break. His embarrassment was mostly due to his brother George Betz's failure, with whom he had signed notes to large amounts, and was obliged to pay the same. His death was a surprise to all, as he was considered a very fine man; and in no wise in a position to cause him to commit such a deed. He was highly respected and well liked by all with whom he was acquainted; his word was gold. He had at all times held the confidence of his townsmen and served in many offices of trust. We give his obituary elsewhere.

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Mr. Jacob Betz was born in Wayne Co., New York, July 11, 1843, and died in the village of Compton, Lee Co., Ill., March 3, 1893. When about two years of age, he came west with his parents and settled in Perkins Grove, Bureau Co., Ill. About 30 years ago he was converted to God under the ministry of the Rev. Jacob Shafla, and immediately united with the German Evangelical Church, in which he held many important and responsible offices; as Steward, Trustee, Class Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and for many years Sunday School Superintendent. Up to the time of his death he continued a faithful and honored member of the church of his early choice, and was a liberal supporter of all its institutions. On August 5, 1865 he was united in marriage to Margaret Kessler, who died February 28,1866. He afterward was united in marriage to Margaret Pope, who with three children survive him to mourn the loss of a kind husband, a loving father, a noble christian man, and a good and honored citizen. His aged father, three brothers and five sisters are still living. About one year ago he moved from his farm in Brooklyn to the village of Compton where he had built himself a beautiful home in which he expected to spend, in quiet and leisure, the evening of his life. He faithfully attended the worship of God in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and soon made hosts of friends and today is sincerely mourned by both pastor and people. As a citizen he was honored and respected by all who knew him. But he has left us, and we are admonished to "Be also ready for in such an hour as we think not the Son of man cometh." The funeral services were held at the Compton Methodist Church last Sunday morning and were attended by a crowd of sympathizing neighbors and friends, many of whom found it impossible to get in the church. The services were conducted by the Rev. B. A. Dickens assisted by the Rev. Robert Bell. The burial services were held at the cemetery west of Four Mile Grove. R. B.
Contributed to Genealogy Trails Marilyn Widler

GEORGE MORTON BISHOP , 79, of Sterling and formerly of Dixon, died Sunday, June 8, 1997 in his residence. He was employed by F.X. Newcomer and Company then for George Bishop Realtor for 25 years prior to his retirement in 1979. He was born on Oct. 30, 1917 in Dixon to James M and Mabel Lucille (Hodges) Bishop. He married Wanda Lucille Langholf on Oct. 17, 1940 in Dixon. He was a member of the Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church and a lifetime member of the Dixon Noon Lions Club. Dixon Evening Telegraph

GARY OWINGS BLACK , 69, of Dixon died Friday, May 30, 2003, at his home. He was an underwriter and vice president for Security Benefit Life Insurance Co., for 26 years prior to his retirement in 1993. Gary was born Feb. 24, 1934, in Pekin, the son of Henry Milton and Laura Mae (Camm) Black. He married Rosalie Faye Albin on March 19, 1961, in Kahoka, Mo. He attended the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, and was a member of the Masonic Temple. Iowa City, Iowa. Survivors include his wife of Columbia, S.C. two sons, Rick (Julie) Young of Des Moines, Iowa, Richard Black of Leon, W.V.; one daughter. Laurel Jasper of Dixon; his mother-in- law, Pearl Albin of Iowa City. Iowa; his stepmother. Frances (Vernon) Wright of Ashton; three brothers, Curtis Black of Iowa City, Iowa, and Henry (Bonnie) Black and George Black, both of Rockford; two sisters, Judith (John) Bogle of Eugene. Ore., and Doralee (Jack) Erickson of Ashton; one stepsister. Cheryl Dyer of Thompson. Pa.; and three grandchildren. Derek and Catherine Jasper and Lance Young. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and four brothers, Edmond, Quenton, Kenneth and James Black. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 5, 2003, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Vincent Marrandiflo, director of pastoral care at KSB Hospital. officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at West Branch Cemetery, West Branch, Iowa. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. June 4, 2003, at the funeral home.
Gazette June 1, 2003

GEORGE DALLAS BLACK arrived in Franklin Grove, Illinois from Maine with his parents, John Crosby and Chloe (Wilbur) Black, in October, 1855. In May, 1862, he enlisted in the infantry of Company H of the U.S. Army for three months but was kept four months as Sergeant, second in command, guarding 9,000 prisoners at White Oak, the prison camp of Fort Douglas, where he was taken ill with typhoid fever and was sent home. In March, 1865, he re enlisted in Company A of the 34th Infantry for a period of one year but was honorably discharged in three months at the close of the war. George became a Mason in Prophetstown Lodge #293 in May, 1871 and later petitioned to move his membership to Lodge #264 in Franklin Grove in September, 1872. He was one of the last surviving members of the Grand Army of the Republic Post in Franklin Grove. For over 40 years, George, a grocer by profession, was one of Franklin Grove's leading businessmen. He also served as Collector for China Township of Lee County during 1879-1880.
Source: Kenneth Tyler at Find-A-Grave

JEREMIAH LINDSEY BLACK was killed at the battle of Tory Swamps, Bentonville, North Carolina at the age of 26 years, 10 months, and 13 days of age, just a month before the end of the Civil War in March, 1865. The 1935 Lee County Centennial Book stated that Jeremiah had been a favorite pupil of Professor Scott in Franklin Grove, Illinois who often mentioned his brave soldier boy to the pupils of the school. "There is your Country's flag," he would say, "for which your brave, young school companion gave his bright, heroic life." A grave marker for the Grand Army of the Republic #398 can be found at his gravesite in the Franklin Grove Cemetery, Franklin Grove (Lee County) Illinois.
Source: Kenneth Tyler at Find-A-Grave

JOHN CROSBY BLACK Born in Maine, John Crosby Black was an innkeeper in North Searsport near the Penobscot River. He also served as a justice of the peace and in that capacity performed several marriages in Waldo County. In the fall of 1855, John and his entire family moved west to Illinois where they settled in Franklin Grove (Lee County), a railroad town on the Council Bluffs Division of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway 88 miles west of Chicago. This move is verified in the 1881 History of Lee County. The next year (1856) Black was made postmaster and office he held until 1861. John and his wife Chloe helped to build the community of Franklin Grove. He died in 1864 at age 52 years, 8 months, and 1 day of consumption (pneumonia), having suffered for many years from the effects of asthma.
Source: Kenneth Tyler at Find-A-Grave

CHARLES F. BLACKBURN , 74, of Springfield, formerly of Sandwich and Aurora, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, at Memorial Hospital, Springfield. Charles was born Aug. 10, 1935, in Dixon, the son of John and Mary (Dunphy) Blackburn. He was a graduate of Amboy High School. Charles married Betty W. Owens in February 1971, in Aurora. She preceded him in death. He lived in Aurora most of his life and in Sandwich for about 10 years. His final years were spent with his son, Charles, daughter-in-law, Michelle, and his two wonderful grandsons, Peyton and Grant in Springfield. Charles was a member of Operating Engineers Local 150 in Joliet for more than 50 years. He was a proud veteran of the Navy, serving during the Korean War. Charles was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, Springfield. He is survived by four children, Pete Stellatos, Lillian Rana (DeWayne) Downs of Texas, Charlie (Michelle) Blackburn of Springfield, and Susan Rediger of Wyoming; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosemary of Barrington; one brother, Patrick Blackburn of Dixon and Florida; sister-in-law, Mildred Blackburn; and several nieces and nephews. He also was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Steve. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Cemetery, Amboy, followed by refreshments at Walton Tap banquet room. Come in casual clothes and reminisce. Cremation rites have been accorded. Arrangements were completed by Turner-Eighner Funeral Home, Somonauk.
Pat Easterday - The Dixon Telegraph Dixon, Lee Co., IL. Wednesday, July 14, 2010 Page A4 - Col. 3-4

CHRISTOPHER BLACKBURN , 80-years-old retired farmer died Saturday afternoon in his Harmon home following a long illness. He was born near Harmon July (date missing), 1877, and had lived in the community his entire life. He is survived by his wife, Margaret; son John Blackburn of Harmon; a brother Michael Blackburn of Amboy and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, with requiem mass at St Flannen’s Catholic Church, Harmon. Rev. David Murphy officiated and burial was in Holy cross cemetery, Harmon
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the . April 9, 1957 Sterling Daily Gazette

CALVIN BOHN , 84, of 936 Carnahan Road, West Brooklyn , died Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at his home. He was a lifetime farmer in the West Brooklyn area; and was employed by Mayrath Industries, Compton , Illinois Frame, Mendota, and CPS, Steward. Calvin was born March 19, 1923, in Amboy, the son of August and Nin (Abercrombie) Bohn. He was a 1941 graduate of Lee Center High School . Calvin married Betty Lou Chaon on June 3, 1944, at St. Mary’s Church, West Brooklyn . He was a member of St. Mary’s Church, West Brooklyn , and Catholic Order of Forresters. He served as trustee for Viola township and was past chief and honorary chief on the West Brooklyn Volunteer Fire Department. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Richard (Ginny) of Williams Bay, Wis. , and Randy (Valerie) of Nashville , Ark. ; a daughter, Dr. Kathy Bohn (Tom Nielsen) of Bloomington ; a sister, Alma “Billie” Sorbe of Dixon ; six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers, two sisters and a granddaughter. The funeral is at 10;30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, West Brooklyn , with the Rev. Edward Hughes officiating. Burial is at St. Mary’s Cemetery, West Brooklyn . Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. with the rosary recited at 4 p.m., Friday at Schwarz Funeral Home, Mendota, and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3-4

LILLIAN (BECKER) BOYCE , 96, of Ashton, died Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2007, at Sterling Pavilion. Lillian was born Nov. 10, 1910, in Germany , the daughter of Phillip and Amelia Becker. She married Henry W. Phelps in 1974. He preceded her in death. She married Leo Boyce in 1993. He preceded her in death. Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl (the late Freddie Ward) Taylor of Ashton and Betty Toops of Little York; a brother, John (Lillian) Becker of Westmont; seven grandchildren; and several great- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Freddie Taylor and Maynard Toops. Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Fellowship Church , Ashton, with Dana LaBerge, pastor, officiating. Arrangements were completed by Coulon-Lyons Family Funeral Home, Ashton.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Monday, September 17, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3 – 4

DAVID BOYLE - On Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, Davic “Dave” Boyle, of Nachusa, lost his brave and fearless fight with colon cancer surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 14, 1952, the son of Robert and Eileen (Long) Boyle of Amboy. On July 15, 1972, he married his wife, Deborah (Parke) Boyle, at First Baptist Church , Dixon . They were married 35 years this past July. Dave was employed by Harden’s Auto and Truck Repair, Dixon , for more than 22 years. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy, and was a past volunteer for the Nachusa Fire Department. He was a proud U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1972-1974. Dave was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved the outdoors, hot summer days, world history and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; and one brother, Gregory, in infancy. He will be incredibly missed by his wife; three children, Mark (Lisa) Boyle of Nachusa, Brandy (Matthew) Bloemker of Aurora and Lindsey Boyle of Nachusa; and one grandson, Evan Bloemker of Aurora . Dave also is survived by his sister, Sharon (Edward) Ortgiesen of Brownsburg , Ind. ; two brothers, Robert (Doreen) Boyle and Jim ( Tracy ) Boyle, both of Amboy; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007,m at First Baptist Church , Dixon , with Rev. Bunyan Cocar, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon , with military honors by the Dixon combined veterans group. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon . A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

DEAN ELWOOD BOYNTON : A young Dixon man was killed early this morning in the collision of two semi-trailer trucks on Interstate 80 near Davenport, Iowa. Dead is Dean Boynton, 25 Rt. 1, Dixon. He was apparently killed on impact when his semi rammed into the rear of another semi loaded with frozen fruit juice. The other vehicle was parked alongside the highway. Scott County sheriff's police said the other driver, John F. Pitz, New Hampton, Iowa, was uninjured. Funeral arrangement are incomplete as of presstime today. The body will be brought to the Allen Funeral Home in Dixon. Dean Elwood Boynton was born June 17, 1937, in Dixon, the son of Wilbert and Dorothy Hummel Boynton Sr. He attended the Dixon grade schools and was a 1956 graduate of Dixon High School At the time of his death he was employed by the Schwerman Trucking Co., which hauls cement from the Medusa Cement Plant in Dixon. Survivors include his parents, four sisters, Mary Jane at home; Mrs Herbert (Midge) Youngman, also of Dixon; Mrs. Francis (Ruth) Strang, Milton Wash.; and Mrs. Anthony (Lois) Farina, Germantown, Wis.,; a brother Wilbert Jr., of Dixon, and several aunts, uncles, neices and nephews.
Sterling Gazette 26 April 1963

EVELYN PHYLLIS (WALTER) BRICKEY , 88, of Dixon, Ill., died Tuesday (June 14, 2005) at Franklin Grove (Ill.) Nursing Center. Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church, Dixon, with the Revs. Soon Sun Lee and Seymour Halford co-officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. She worked with Edelmann in Dixon for 12 years prior to her retirement in 1989. She was born Sept. 23, 1916, in Compton, Ill., to Gustav and Mabel Butler Walter. She married Curtis Albert Brickey on Feb. 12, 1933, in Cambridge, Ill. He died in 1980. Survivors include one son, Keith Brickey of Bloomingdale, Ill.; four daughters, Betty Bay and Mrs. Karen (Robert) Kreger, both of Dixon, Mrs. Kathryn (Gary) Gerdes of Clinton and Mrs. Peggy (John) Dowding of Dixon; 13 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. A memorial has been established with Grace United Methodist Church, 921 E. Chamberlain St., Dixon, IL 61021. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons and one great-great-granddaughter.

ANNA BRIERTON - The funeral of Mrs. Anna Brierton 903 Third St. whose death Tuesday morning (April 9, 1946) was announced in last evenings Telegraph will be at the Staples Funeral home at 2 p.m. Friday with Rev. Bliss B. Cartwright, pastor of the First Presb. Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Mrs. Brierton was born in Ireland May 24, 1860, survived by two sons, Lee and Henry of Glen Ellyn, and a daughter Mrs. G.Campbell of Ontario Canada.

MARTHA (BENNETT) BRIERTON , 55 of Rt 3 Dixon died in KSB hospital about 1 am Friday (July 6, 1951) after a short illness. Services will be held Monday July 9 at 2 p.m. from the Melvin Funeral home Rev. George J. Curran of the St. Paul Lutheran church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood. She was born in Dixon Twp. Oct. 24, 1895 the daughter of Samuel & Elizabeth (Carse) Bennett. Survivors include her husband Richard, a son Floyd at home, three stepsons Kenneth, Albert and Melvin and three brothers, Fletcher, William and Floyd with one sister Mrs. Leslie Herbst of Dixon.

RUTH MARGARET (CLEARY) BROOKNER , 99, of Dixon, died Sunday, October 29, 2006, at the Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dixon. She worked as a switchboard operator, for Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, for 25 years, prior to her retirement. Ruth was born February 24, 1907, in Gordon, NE, the daughter of Patrick and Carrie (Cordes) Cleary. She married Paul Brookner Jr., in 1938, in Palm, CA. He preceded her in death on January 23, 1953.

Survivors include, one niece, Barbara (David) Higgs, Dixon; one niece-in-law, Nancy Cleary, Dixon; one cousin, Ima Eckhoff, Ashton. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Vernon Cleary; one niece, Joan Richards; and one nephew, Jack Cleary. Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, November 3, 2006, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert Jones, pastor, officiating. Interment of cremains will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service, at the church.

GREGORY A. BROOKS , 54 of Dixon died April 21, 2005 at KSB Hospital after an extended illness. He was retired from Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. Sterling. Mr. Brooks was born Sept. 15, 1950 in Dixon, the son of Wayne & Sharon (Heckman) Brooks. He married Tanya Marks on March 17, 1981 in Woosung.

Survivors include his wife; four sons, Harry, Dru, Redric and Creedence; a sister Tamera: two brothers, Richard and James. He was preceded by his parents; a sister Barbara and a newphew.

MADELINE JEAN (RICHARDS) BROOKS , 68, of Dixon died Fri May 30, 2003, at her home. was employed by Dixon State School for 12 years, retiring in 1968, Mrs. Brooks was born Dec. 15, 1934, in Oregon, the daughter of Earl and Dorothy (Whitmore) Richards, She was part of the Foster Grandparents Program in Dixon for three years. Survivors include a son, Steve (Lori) Lantz of Oregon; three daughters, Jan (Terry) Day Franklin Grove and Kathy (Bruce) Miller and Bev Lantz, both of Dixon; 10 grandchildren; and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Betty Maves, Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Monday at Preston-Schillin Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Vincent Marandino, director of pastor care at KSB Hospital officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation is from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established

ARTHUR J. BROWN - Funeral services were held Sunday at the Cluts Funeral home for Arthur J. Brown, 515 E. Second St., Dixon IL., who died Friday morning at KSB hospital after a brief illnes from an unexpected heart attack. Services were conducted by Rev. Wm. Anderson, Ashton Presbyterian minister and burial was in the Ashton Cemetery. Mr. Brown who had a long and fine record in a very responsible position with the Pacific Fruit Express was born in Ashton and his parents and a brother Charles and a sister Nancy preceded him in death. He had retired only a few years ago and he and his wife had come to Dixon to make their home. Floral tributes were profuse, the impressive service included a song "Abide With Me" sung by Mrs. Andrew Ventler. Bearers were Ono Grueben, Verlis Tadd, Harold Lawson, Hugh Wood, Oliver Kurth and Vernon Pfieffer. Attending from Chicago, Mrs. M. Raymond, Mr. and Mrs. P.F. Raymond & Son, Mrs. A.E. Schwind, Mrs. P. Magda, Mrs. Lee Clegg, and Miss L. Wheeler. From Algona Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Clegg. Miss R. Miller, Louisville KY, Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Clegg, Malta IL, Miss B. Nettleton, Bloomington IL, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Van Ensslear, Park Ridge, and many friends from Dixon.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 09 November 1953

ELSA ANN (FISCHER) BROWNE , 93, of Sterling died April 17, 2005 at Willow Wood Care Center, Rock Falls. Elsa was born on Sept. 13, 1911 in Dixon, the daughter of John E. and Cklar (Stegmann) Fischer. She taught school in the Stillman Valley area for about eight years. Elsa married Robert Cameron Browne on Jan. 20, 1940 in Dixon. He die din 1981. She was a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a benefactor to Christ Lutheran School, both in Sterling. Elsa was a staunch member of the Republican Party and was a friend to the late President Ronald Reagan. She was very patriotic. Elsa was a past member of the Sterling Women's Club, where she served as a past state officer.
Surviving are her nieces Eleanor McCracken and Carol Ratliff both of Kewanee. Burial is at Oakwood cemetery.

FRANK T. BROWNE , 84, a retired farmer and one-time horse dealer over a wide area died this morning at his farm home a short distance east of Rock Falls on the Dixon road. Funeral arrangements are being made at the Wheelock funeral home. Mr. Brown was born at the "bend" on Rock river near Grand Detour, March 20, 1868, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John S. Brown. He and Miss Catherine Robb were married in 1893. She died in 1916. He and his father bought and sold horses throughout this area for many years. Buying horses also took him to various places in the West in years gone by. He sold them on his home place as well as in Chicago, many of them going to the army. A member of the Masonic lodge for 50 years, the Eastern Star and the Methodist church, he had watched the Rock Falls community grow from a small village. Surviving are two sons, Dr. J. B. Brown, a biochemistry instructor at Ohio State University in Columbus, and Kenneth R. Brown, a Des Moines electrical engineer, one daughter, Mrs. Ray Simester, across the road from the Brown farm, 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 19, 1953 - Monday, pg 2 col 4

FRANK BROWN , 72, died Sunday morning (20 November 1966) at the Dixon Public Hospital. He had been Grand Detour township supervisor for 22 years and was chairman of the Ogle County Board of Superevisors in 1954. A resident of Grand Detour for the past 25 years, he was born in Cooksville, Wis., on April 14, 1894, the son of William and Henrietta Viney Brown. He married Merle G. Guynn on Oct. 3, 1936. He owned and operated the Standard Service Station for many years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Dixon. Preceding him in death was a brother and a sister. Survivors include his widow; a daughter, Mrs. George (Jean) Slindee of Rockford; and a grandson. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tueday, in the Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Wesley Braaten, pastor of the Village Church of Grand Detour, officiating.Burial will be in the Grand Detour Cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 22, 1966 - Tuesday, pg 2

CARL C. BRUCE , 89, of Dixon , died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, at Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center surrounded by his family. He was well-known in the Dixon area as a carburetor specialist and owned Bruce Motors Service and Bruce Motors Mobil at the site of the present Dixon Pharmacy. He was by Dixon Park District from 1972 to 1983. Carl was born April 21, 1918, in Mount Vernon , the son of Earl Curtis and Grace (Loman) Bruce. He grew up in the Amboy area. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps and completed cadet training at James Millikin University . During World War II he was a B-17 ball turret gunner, completing 22 combat missions in the European and African theaters and was awarded numerous decorations and medals. Carl married Emma Steder on Oct. 7, 1938, in Clinton , Iowa . They lived in Libertyville, and in 1952, moved to Dixon ,. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking and traveling, especially his trip to Alaska and his annual trips across the western United States . He was a hard worker and devoted family man who became a avid sports fan as he watched his grandchildrens’ games. Survivors include his wife; here daughters, Carla (Richard) Humphreys of Polo, Penny (Charles) Billman of Durand and Cheryl (Fred) Ayres of Rockford; and five grandchildren, Daniel Humphreys of Smyrna, Ga., Carrie Humphreys of Paw Paw, Andrew and Michael Armstrong, both of Chicago, and Johathon Ayres of Rockford. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Irene Hupach and Betty Anderson; and three brothers, Arthur, Gleason and Berthal. A celebration of life is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon , with Daniel Penn, Unity Hospice chaplain, officiating. Burial, with military honors accorded by the Dixon combined veterans group, is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens , Dixon . Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Unity Hospice of Western Illinois and St. Paul Lutheran Church , Dixon . The family sends special thanks for all the loving care Carl and his family received from Unity Hospice of Western Illinois.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Friday, Aug. 17, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

LOLA (BRANDON) BROWN , On Monday afternoon at her home on 319 Chamberlain street, Dixon, occurred the death of Mrs. Mahlon Brown. Lola M. Landon was born in Elkhorn Grove, Carroll county, Illinois, August 6, 1851, and grew to womanhood there. She was united in marriage with W. M Brown November 28, 1871. For many years Mrs. Brown lived with her husband on a farm northwest of MIlledgeville but for fifteen years prior to her death she resided in Dixon, Illinois. She is survived by her husband and one daughter, Mrs. Lulu Vaughn of Dixon. Two brothers and three sisters also mourn her departure. They are Asa A. and G. K. Landon of near Milledgeville, Mrs. Chas. Sunderlin of Rockford, Mrs. Lewis of Sheldon, Iowa, and Mrs. G. M. Crombie of Forreston. The deceased was a woman dearly beloved by all who knew her and her death brings sorrow to the heats of many. The funeral services were held from the home Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. A. B. Whitcombe officiating. Interment was made in Oakwood cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - dated May 18, 1908 Scrapbook Clipping

ANTHONY A. BUBRICK , 93 of Dixon died Nov. 11, 2005 at KSB Hospital. He was employed by Commonwealth Edison, Dixon, as a hydraulic mechanic for more than 30 years retiring in 1977. He was born Nov. 15, 1911 in Dixon, the son of Stephen & Judith (Bollok) Bubrick. He served in the Army during WW II. He married Cecile Liston on Jan. 14, 1942 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon. She died Aug. 8, 1977. He was a member of St. Patricks. Dixon Knights of Columbus Council 690 and the Commonwealth Edison Retirees Group. Survivors include two sons, Bruce and Gary and five grandchildren. Burial in Oakwood.

MAE KATHERINE (VAUPEL) BURHENN , 67, died today in here home after suffering a stroke Tuesday night (30 March 1954). Mrs. Burhenn was born April 12, 1886 in Bradford Twp. the daughter of Henry & Mary (Heibenthal) Vaupel. She married Wm. F. Burhenn Feb. 18, 1908. She was a member of Bradford United Evangelical Church for 42 years and later was a member of Franklin Grove Presbyterian Church. Survivors are her husband, a son Raymond, a grandaughter Mrs. Don Gallagher and two great grandchildren, all of Franklin Grove. Burial in Franklin Grove Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 31 March 1954

ANNA (HAINES) BURKHOLDER , of Dixon, formerly of Sterling, was found dead in her home at 404 Madison avenue, Dixon, Saturday [05/11/1946] evening. She had been in poor health for some time. The remains were removed to the Staples funeral home in Dixon where funeral rites are to be conducted at 3:30 p. m. Tuesday by Dr. Floyd L. Blewfield of the Dixon Methodist church. Committal will be made in the mausoleum at Riverside cemetery. Mrs. Burkholder had been a resident of Sterling until three years ago when she moved to Dixon. Her maiden name was Anna Haines. She was born January 15, 1870, in Ontario, Canada, the daughter of William and Mary J. Carson Haines. Surviving are four nieces and one nephew, Mrs. Alice Willey, Mrs. Ruth Rutt and Mrs. Cloe Haring of Dixon, mrs. Gladys Fleming of Winnepeg, Canada, and Dr. William H. Haines of Oak Park. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, May 15, 1946, page 5, column 7)

Funeral Notice: The funeral of Mrs. Annie Burkholder, former wife of Amos Burkholder, was held Tuesday [05/14/1946] at 3:30 in Dixon, Rev. Mr. Blewfield of the Dixon Methodist church officiating. The body was brought overland for committal in the Sterling mausoleum. Among those from out of the city were Dr. William Haines, a nephew of the deceased, and mother of Chicago, and Amos Burkholder of this city.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, May 15, 1946, page 5, column 7

ELIZABETH (SMITH) BUSSER , daughter of Joseph & Elizabeth Smith was born in Mendota IL June 16, 1870 and passed away early Sunday morning Dec. 14, 1947 at Shannon IL at the age of 77 years, five months and 29 days. Although she had been in failing health, death came suddenly of an unexpected heart attack. She was united in marriage to John E. Busser July 12, 1890. To this union were born eight children - John E., West Brooklyn; Paul J., Shannon; Clarence, Dixon; Mrs. Elbert Saunders, Dixon; Esther and Elizabeth and her husband preceded her in death. She is also survived by two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Helen Egerer, Amboy, Mrs. John Hitton, Dixon, and George Smith, West Brooklyn, besides 19 grandchildren and great grandchildren. Burial in the DeWolf Cemetery
Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 December 1947

PAUL BUSSER , farmer, residing near Shannon, was found dead at his home Thursday morning (3 June 1948). He was born May 19, 1906 in Lancaster Co PA. Besides his wife Elizabeth he is survived by three children, Mary, Paul Jr. and Betty, all at home. Three sisters, Mary Thomas of Dixon, Emma Miller of West Brooklyn, Lucille Saunders of Dixon, and two brothers, John of Lee Center and Clarence of Dixon. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

VERNA (CARNEY) BYERHOFF , 64, 922 Second St., died today in KSB Hospital after being ill since March 20. She was a seamstress for Boyd Casket Company. Mrs. Byerhoff was born March 17, 1891, in Steward, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Weiss Carney. Survivors are a son, George, Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Joseph H. Carney, Rochelle; three sisters, Mrs. Sophia Swegle, Dixon; Mrs. Jay Cratty, Mt. Morris, and Mrs. Harold Cook, Steward, and two grandchildren. Her parents a brother and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Byerhoff was a member of First Methodist Church, Dixon; Dixon Women’s Club and the African Violet Society. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Melvin Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Sidney Bloomquist, of First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Steward cemetery, Steward. Friends may call in the funeral home.
Contributed to Genealogy Trails by Karen Holt / May 3, 1955, The Dixon Evening Telegraph

MRS. W.C. BYERHOFF - Friends in Dixon have learned of the death of Mrs. W.C. Byerhoff formerly of Dixon and for years a resident of Ft.Dodge IA. in Oakland CA Friday March 24, 1944. Funeral services and burial took place in Ft. Dodge IA. She was born in Dixon Dec. 29, 1890 the daughter of William and Susannah Jacobus pioneer family of Lee County. She attended Dixon high and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. After her removal to Ft. Dodge she became organist in the First Baptist Church and later in St. Marks Episcopal Church. She was also a teacher in the Ft. Dodge public schools for many years. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Jean Mater of San Francisco and Mrs. Marion Patterson of New York City, one son, First Officer W.L. Byerhoff of the Army Transport Command and one grandaughter Bevery Mater.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 08 Jun 1944

PHILLIP BYRD , 34, of 923 Grant in Dixon died Tuesday morning (27 January 1987) at St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford. Graveside services will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in the Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon with Rev. William R. Wentink officiating. There will be no visitation. Local arrangements were completed by the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling. A memorial has been estalished in his memory. Mr. Byrd was born on May 31, 1952 in West Memphis, Ark., the son of Phillip and Glennedra Jones Byrd, Sr. He was a construction worker at Byron Nuclear Power Plant at the time of his death. The deceased was a member of the Dixon Moose Lodge and Local Union 727 in Dixon. Survivors include his father, Phillip Byrd Sr., of Sebring, Fla.; his mother, Glennedra Jean Byrd of Sterling; one daughter, Andrea Byrd of Boston, Mass.; one brother, Harold Byrd of Sebring, Fla.; three sisters, Mrs. Gary (Phyllis) Schreiner of Rock Falls, Mrs. Thomas (Vickey) Nell of Dallas, Tex., and Carla Bucholz of Sterling; aosl several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 28, 1987 - Wednesday,

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