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JOHN W. CADLE was Naval aviator in secret WWII missions
John Cadle earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his involvement in a World War II operation so secret that the admiral who pinned the medal to his chest did not even know about it, said his son Jay Cadle. Mr. Cadle was one of two fighter pilots who helped to capture the last German U-boat of WWII - the last major warship captured by Americans - in a "super secret" operation that earned Mr. Cadle the selective honor, Jay Cadle said.
According to his son, Mr. Cadle was chosen for the operation since he was considered one of the best aviators in the Navy at the time, which was a dubious honor, given that Mr. Cadle had to land his fighter plane on the notoriously small U.S.S. Guadalcanal, "a postage stamp bobbing up and down in the water" as Mr. Cadle had described it. The ship is used as a helicopter pad in the Gulf, Jay Cadle said.
The task force found and pinned the sub in a shallow harbor, Jay Cadle said. Mr. Cadle and another pilot continuously strafed the sub until a contingent of armed seamen boarded the sub and captured it, he said. Aside from the boat, a cache of German code books also were obtained "which is basically why we won the war, but no one knows that," Jay Cadle said. As a result of his service in the operation, Mr. Cadle's military career flourished. "He was a very big hero because of [the operation], but no one could know," Mr. Jay Cadle said.
John W. Cadle, 76, of Marietta died Sunday, March 29. Mr. Cadle became a research pilot, a job similar to that of a test pilot but flying aircraft in their raw stages "before it was safe," his son said.
Aside from flying every jet until his retirement in 19?? with the F-4, Mr. Cadle also was a prominent test subject for the U.S. space program, Jay Cadle said. According to his son, Mr. Cadle tested the centrifuge for John Glenn before the astronaut had to undergo G-Force training. "Had [my father] been a little younger, he may have had a shot at being an astronaut," Jay Cadle Said. Mr. Cadle was born on Jan. 27, 1922, in Indianapolis, Ind., to a father who also was a commander in the military, the family said. As a youngster, Mr. Cadle bounced across the country with his father and made it a priority to learn to fly, Jay Cadle said.
In 1939, Mr. Cadle graduated from St. John's Military Academy and was in college at the outbreak of WWII, his son said. Because of his prior aviator experience, Mr. Cadle entered the military as a Naval aviator, he said. Mr. Cadle served in two wars, including the Korean War, before retiring for personal reasons, Jay Cadle said.
"He chose to change his whole life and become a full-time father," his son said. Mr. Cadle was described as fun-loving and cheerful who was "the epitome of a gentleman and an officer," his son said. "Probably because of his days as a pilot…he lived for today," he said.
After retiring, Mr. Cadle moved his family to Atlanta and became a real-estate broker with Fortenberry Realty, Jay Cadle said. He retired for good in 19??, the family said. While Mr. Cadle enjoyed civilian life, he never flew again after his discharge, a lifelong regret, his son said. Yet, Mr. Cadle's heart was always to the sky. "Everytime a plane flew over, he was always looking up," he said.
Services will be 4:30 p.m. today at Hay-Gantt Funeral Home in Marietta. Survivors include his wife, Alpha Anne Cadle; one son, Jay Cadle of Marietta; and two grandchildren.
(Tuesday, March 31, 1998 Paper: Marietta Daily Journal Page 3B)
By Jarred Schenke -- Marrietta Daily Journal Staff Writer

LAURA MAE (WILLIAMS) CALKINS passed away at her home in Dixon Thursday, January 24, 1924. Laura Mae Williams was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N. E. Williams of Sterling. She was born March 4, 1879, and was united in marriage to B. F. Calkins Jan. 1, 1903. Three children were born to them, Gilman, Judd and Frances, all at home. Besides her husband and children, Mrs. Calkins leaves her parents, four sisters, Mrs. G. W. Mott of Alameda, Cal., Mrs. Oscar Geoffroy, Mrs. Frank Graff and Mrs. W. H. Perry of Sterling, and two brothers, Herbert A. Williams of Aurora and Isaac Davis of Sapulpa, Olka.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds from the Sterling Daily Gazette, January 26, 1924

EDWARD F. CARDOTT , 98, of Steward, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, at Rochelle Community Hospital in Rochelle. He was born on April 23, 1907 in West Brooklyn, the son of Emil and Mary (Bower) Cardott. Edward married Irene B. Austin and she preceded him on Dec. 26, 1988. He was also preceded in death by 10 brothers, Louie, Emil Jr., Joseph, Ervin, Bill, Hank, James, George, Wilbur and Leo; and five sisters, Helen Waters, Anna Sieberns, Mamie Parsley, Mabel Davis and Laura Clayton. Edward was a farmer and was employed by DelMonte Corp.for over 30 years prior to his retirement. Survivors include six sons, Russell (Shirley) Cardoott, of Rimby AB, Canada, Ronald (Beverly) Cardott, of Steward, Roy (Eddie May) Cardott, of Rochelle, Ralph Cardott, of Oregon, Richard Cardott, of Cordova, and Dr. Randel (Patricia) Cardott, of Moline; two daughters, Roxy Hill, of Steward, and Roselle Nordick, of Port Byron; 19 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, at the Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 North Sixth Street, Rochelle, with Rev. Robert Miller officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the funeral service on Monday. Burial will be at Steward Cemetery in Steward.

JOSEPH CARNEY , was born May 6, 1836 in Richmond, Carleton county, Ontario, Canada and died Sept. 9, 1926, at the age of 90 years, 4 months and 3 days. At the age of seventeen (about 1853)he went to Pennsylvania. After remaining one year he returned to Canada for his parents. Later he moved with his parents to Putnam county Illinois. August 11, 1862 he entered the service of his county at Ottawa, with company K, 104th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer infantry. He was in the battle of Hartville, the actions of Elk River, Davis Cross Roads and the battle of Chickamauga. In the latter battle he was captured and held a prisoner at Libby and Andersonville prisons for seventeen months. He was mustered out of service June 18, 1865. In the early 70's he settled on a farm in Lee county and was united in marriage to Mary E. Weiss at Rockford, August 4, 1879. To this union were born eight children. All of them survive except Lula Ann, who died in infancy. Besides his wife he leaves to mourn his loss two sons, Joseph of Steward and Sidney of Rock Island; five daughters: Mrs. Agnes Romick, of Shabbona; Mrs. Sophia Swegle, of Dixon; Mrs. Verna Byerhoff, of Chicago; Mrs. Olive Cratty of Dixon, and Mrs. Dorothy Cook, of Manchester, S.D. Also fifteen grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Price, of Ottawa.

He was a faithful member and a regular attendant of the Methodist church for over forty years. Funeral services were held from the M.E. church in Steward, Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12, Rev. W. Hutchinson conducting the devotionals. Rev. Fred W. Nazarene, of Rochelle, Preached the sermon from 1 Cor 3:22 "All Things Are Yours--Life and Death." A firing squad fired three volleys at the grave and taps was sounded by Clarence Eyster. Music at the last sad rites was furnished by a quartet, one of the songs being a selection requested by an absent daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Cook of Manchester, S.D., who was unable to be present. Mrs. Cook visited her father three weeks previous to his death. Those present from a distance were: Mrs. Margaret Price and son Charles, Mrs. Flora Smith and Miss Margaret Beers of Ottawa, IL; S.S. Carney, Adair, IA; Mrs. Carrie Meadowcraft, Mrs. Annie Kurtz, Charles and George Gleason and Ellwood Forney of Depue, IL; Mr. and Mrs. Zeno Wise, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Doolittle and Miss Rosabel Cooper of Rockford; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beck and Frank Wise of Davis, IL, and Mrs. Ward Goble and Irving Wise of Paw Paw.
Contributed to Genealogy Trails by Karen Holt

GUY CARPENTER - Funeral services were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Preston Funeral Home, for Guy Carpenter, 68, of 618 Nachusa Ave., who died Monday in Dixon Public Hospital. The Rev. George Curran, pastor of St. Jaul's Lutheran Church, officiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Carpenter was born in Dixon, Sept. 20, 1892, the only child of Harry Calvin and Clara Ortgiesen Carpenter. He was graduated from Dixon High School at the age of 16, and completed his education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the law school of the University. He served overseas in World War I as a second lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps. He then practiced law in Chicago until about three years ago, when he retired to Dixon because of ill health. He is survived by his uncles, Daniel, Lawrence, Charles, and Bert Ortgiesen, and Merton Carpenter, Rockford. Also surviving is his aunt, Mrs. Grace Anderson Beck, Polo.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette - November 2, 1960 - Wednesday, page 2

ODELL CARPENTER , the fourth child of William Carpenter and Georgia Ann Watson, was born Oct. 10, 1913, in Springfield , Tenn. As a youngster he moved to Dixon , where he attended elementary and high school. After serving honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945, he returned to his hometown. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion. Odell held several positions and utilized his entrepreneurial skills as owner/manager of a shoeshine parlor. All those who knew and loved Odie, know that he was a great cook and he loved to fish and hunt. And of course, we can not forget his love of gardening, as even to this date, he supplied many of his friends and neighbors with fresh vegetables spanning from Dixon to Chicago ! He was known for his “GO” style, with hats to compliment his attire. “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor.” __ Proverbs 22:9. Odell’s middle name was “giver.” He would share whatever he had with anyone in need. He was a true friend if ever there was one and we are all witnesses to his favorite pastime of socializing with family and friends. Odell departed this life Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at 10:40 a.m., leaving to mourn two loving daughters, Anna Owens and Jodell Carpenter, who were born to his union with Joan Marie Axe; his sister, Ruby Whitfield; two granddaughters, Jacklyn and Nakiesha; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. Odell was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Carpenter; one brother, William Carpenter; and two sisters, Rosa Bell Carpenter and Gertha Lee Carpenter Washington. Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at Second Baptist Church , Dixon , with the Rev. Galon Darby, pastor, and Rev. William G. Washington, pastor of Marriah Grove Baptist Church , Adairville , Ky. , co-officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon . Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Tuesday until time of service at the church. Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon . A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - The Dixon Telegraph, Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3 - 4.

DOROTHY (VAESSEN) CAVANAUGH , 83, of Dixon , died Tuesday, July 31, 2007, at Lee County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center , Dixon . She was employed by KSB Hospital and Dixon Development Center as a registered nurse from 1965 until retiring in 1983. Dorothy was born on Dec. 15, 1923, in Sublette, the daughter of Frank and Blanche (Rubel) Vaessen. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon . Survivors include two sons, Greg (Connie) Cavanaugh of Dixon and Matthew (Robin) Cavanaugh of Loves Park; a daughter, Margaret Cavanaugh of Midlothian , Va. ; two brothers, Ellwyn (Daun) Vaessen of Polo and Eugene Vaessen of Dixon ; two sisters, Rosie (Jim) McCullough of Petaluma, Calif., and Kay (Doug) Foster of Amboy; and seven grandchildren, Robert Thompson III, Gabriel Thompson, Kimberly Cavanaugh, Kathryn Cavanaugh, Kelsie Cavanaugh, Bailey Waldon and Klara Waldon. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Carol Cavanaugh and Karen Cavanaugh; three sisters, Berniece Vaessen, Mary Vaessen and Dolly Benson; and a brother, William Vaessen. Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Thursday, at St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon , with the Rev. Michael Morrissey, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon
Contributed by Pat Esterday

KAREN CAVANAUGH , 49, of Rockford, formerly of Dixon, died Nov. 13, 2005 at Rockford Memorial. She was employed by Singer Zone Mental Health Center, Rockford as a mental health technician for 31 years. Ms. Cavanaugh was born June 23, 1956 in Dixon, the daughter of Wm. & Dorothy (Vaessen) Cavanaugh.
Survivors include her mother of Dixon; two brothers, Greg and Matthew; a sister Margaret and five nieces and two nephews. Burial is at Oakwood.

HARLAN CHRISTOFFERSON ,71, of Dixon , died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at KSB Hospital . He was employed by Dixon State School and Peoria State Hospital ; and also owned and operated Walton Tap, Fireside Inn and Gamut Liquors. Chris was born April 23, 1936, in Portage , Wis. , the son of John and Violet (Tennyson) Christoffersen. He graduated from Western Illinois University . He married Joan Dempsey on July 22, 1961, at St. Patrick Church, Dixon . Survivors include his wife; two sons, Jeff (Tami) Christofferson of Amboy and Mike (Gina) Christoffersen of Dixon; a daughter, Mona (Brad) Daum of El Paso, Texas; two sisters, Donna Krueger of Algonquin and Mary Jane Wetzell of Sterling ; a brother, John (Marlene) Christoffersen of Carmel, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by two granddaughters. Private funeral service is Thursday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon , with the Rev. Richard Kramer officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of cremains is at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon .
Contributed by Pat Esterday - The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2-

DAVID CLAYTON - The remains of David Clayton, brother of Mrs. T.I. Easatwood of Dixon, who passed away Thursday at a hospital in Moline from heart trouble arrived in Dixon and were taken directly to Oakwood Cemetery, where interment took place. Mr. Clayton was 54 years of age and had been ill six weeks. Another sister, Mrs. Rolland accompanied the remains to Dixon.
Sterling Daily Gazette Monday 13 Mar 1916

JOHN P. CLEARY , age 72, of Dixon died Sunday Jan. 2, 2005 at KSB Hospital, after an extended illness. He was born in Dixon on Nov. 4, 1932 to Vernon adn Helen (Green) Cleary. He was united in marriage to Nancy Healy on April 7, 1953 in Dixon. He served in the US Army from 1953 - 1955 during the Korean Conflict. He retired from MEdusa Cemetn Plant after 29 years and held many union offices in the UCL & GW Local. He owned and operated Jack and Nancy's Shamrock with his wife fot 15 years. Prior to that he bartended at several establishments throughout the tri-county area. He was a lifelong member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 690 since 1977, where he held all chair offices including grand knight. He was a member of and past faithful navigator of the Father Boland Assembly 4th Degree. He had served as state Retention Chairman north, membership coordinator and recruitment coordinator for the Knights of Columbus. He received the Rockford Knight of the Round Table Award in 1997 and was state medallion recipient in 1999. He had served as treasurer, secretary and was currently vice president of the Rockford Diocesan Chapter. He also had been Rockford Diocesan Program consultant.
He was preceded by his parents and one sister Mary Jean Dearborn. He is survived by his wife Nancy of 51 years; children, Michael of Carlsbad NM, Douglas of Dixon, Deborah Patterson of Clarksville TN, Shawn of Sioux Falls SD, Patricia Scott of Dixon, Theresa Reuter of Dixon, Patrick of Sterling and Thomas, Daniel, Terrence and Colleen Mixen all of Dixon. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

A.J. COEBAUGH , Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Preston Funeral Home for A. J. Colebaugh, 53, Dixon, who died Sataurday in Dixon Public Hospital, following a heart attack. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. He was born in Savanna. He was a driver for the Greyhound Bus Co., and lived in Dixon 28 years. Survivors are his widow, Hilda; his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Floyd Colebaugh, Savanna; a daughter, Mrs. George Hoertz, Savanna; a son Ronald of Oregon state, and a sister, Mrs. Lester Baily, Savanna.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 3. 1961 - Monday, pg 2 col 4

SUSAN (HANNA) COFFEE - Word was received yesterday at Dixon of the death of Mrs. Patrick Coffey at Dubuque, Ia., on Sunday [02/20/1916] night. The remains will arrive on the 11:00 a. m. train Tuesday and will be taken to the home of Thomas Coffey on East Seventh street, Dixon. Susan Hanna was born in Dixon and was about 48 years of age. Here, she was united in marriage to Patrick Coffey and they moved to Dubuque about eight years ago. Beside her husband she leaves two children, Mrs. Anna Turney and Charles Coffey, both of Dubuque. She also leaves two sisters and a brother, Mrs. Charles Wilhelm, Miss Rebecca Hanna and Jonas Hanna, all of this city. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 9:30 a. m. at the Thomas Coffee home and at 10 o’clock from St. Patrick’s church.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds

ELLEN (PRICE) COFFEY , 62, og Goleta, CA, formerly of Dixon died Thursday June 30, 2005 at her home after a long illnes. She was employed by various elementary schools in Goleta CA, as a food service employee for several years. Mrs. Coffey was born Oct. 26, 1942 in Dixon, the daughter of Merle and Mable PRice. She married Neil Coffey on Dec.17, 1957.
Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Deborah Starbuck of Arroyo Grande CA, Donna Demeter of Goleta, and Diana Burnham of Orcutt CA; two sons, Jack of Solvang CA and Joe of Goleta; two sisters Ruth Vincent and ALice Morgan. She was preced by her parents. Burial at Calvary Cemetery, Santa Barbara CA.

EDWARD J. CONROY , age 80 of Dixon, died May 24, 2005 in his home. He was born in South Dixon Township on May 13, 1925, the son of John & Mary (Brechon) Conroy. He was a 1943 graduate of Community Catholic High School (Newman) in Sterling, received a B.A. degree from Loras College, Dubuque Iowa in 1947, and did graduate studies at Loyola Univ. Chicago. He worked at the Dixon State School as assistant supervisor of education prior to entering the US Army during the Koren War where he served from 1951 - 1953. Upon his return, he joined the family business as manager of the Dixon Machine and AUto Parts for 17 years. He then became a field agent fot eh Knights of Columbus Insurance Agency as well as an independent broker in the l ife and health insurance industry. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, AmericanLegion Post, a member and past grand knight of Dixon Knights of Columbus Council 690 and a member and past faithful navigator of Father Mazzuchelli Assemboy Fourth Degree. He was a delegate to th Knights of Columbus National Convention in 1961. He wa spast state chairman of the Ladies Auxiliary. He was awarded the IL State Medallion in 1988 and the Rockford Diocise Knight of the Roundtable Aware in 1990. He was united in marriage to Rita Gardner at St. Patrick Church on Sept. 4, 1950.
He was preceded by his parents; grandson Michael Lovaas, sister, Catherine Hickey and brother, John J. Conroy. He is survived by his wife; children, Mary Kathryn Lovaas of Oak Park, Jane Toole of Bradenton FL, Margaret Hansen of Dixon, Edward Conroy of Byron and Rita Ann Nolan of Lake Worth FL. Sisters Marie Long of Polo and Margaret Kopp of Belvidere. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

JAMES O. CONROY , 62, of Amboy, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007, at his home. He was employed by Edelmann's, Dixon, for 16 years and then by TLC, Rochelle, retiring in 2005. He was born June 20, 1944, in Amboy, the son of James and Norma (Miles) Conway. He married Karen Eller on Dec. 27, 1976, in Dixon. Survivors include his wife; daughters, Dawn Conway of Amboy and Lorri Conway of Rockford; special daughters, Jennifer Fahs and Susan Wilcox, both of Amboy, and Lori Tuftee of Sterling; and special granddaughter, Makayla of Amboy. He was preceded in death by his parents. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, with Rev. Frank Brozenec, pastor of East Grove Union Church, officiating. Burial is at Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to KSB Hospice."
Contributed by Karen Holt - Burial: Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy, Lee County, Illinois
Birth: Jun. 20, 1944 Amboy, Lee County, Illinois - Death: Feb. 1, 2007 Amboy, Lee County, Illinois

EDITH (JOHNSON) COOK , 97, of Dixon, Illinois, and formerly of McLeansboro, died at 6:10 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, 1998, at the Clairmont Care Center. in Dixon. She was retired from E1gin State Hospital, having worked in the crafts department. She was born on December 31, 1900, a daughter of Marion and Janie (Shaffer) Johnson. She married Charles Eugene Cook, who preceded her in death. The funeral was at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 1998 at Gholson Funeral Home in McLeansboro. The Rev. John Lee Jr. officiated. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery in McLeansboro. Mrs. Cook is survived by one son, Robert Cook and wife, Julia of Dixon; one daughter, Delores Champion and husband Clarence of Danville, Illinois; six grandchildren, 1 great~grandchildren; and 10 greatgreat-grandchildren. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Clara Dee Cook; four brothers; and one grandchild (Born December 31, 1900 - Died September 20, 1998)

JULIA M. COOK , 80, of Dixon, died Monday, August 7, 2006, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. She was a seamstress at the Dixon State School retiring in 1979, and owned and operated Hobby Girl Ceramics, Dixon, prior to her retirement. Mrs. Cook was born on October 27, 1925, in Crab Orchard, IL, the daughter of John Shelly and Pearl Jane (Prather) Bain. She married Robert Cook on June 14, 1942, in Warrenton, MO. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Jerry (Betty) Cook, Marty (Norma) Cook; one daughter, Shirley (Ed Lieving) Long, all of Dixon; one brother, James (Carol) Bain, Lake Orion, MI; eight grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Nelson Eugene Cook; three brothers, Nelson, John, and Louie Bain; and two sisters, Jenny Griffith and June Blackburn. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, August 11, 2006, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor, of Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

LINDA (JARNAGIN) COPPOTELLI ,56, of Dixon , died Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, at her home. She was a certified nurse’s aide for more than 30 years and was employed by Heritage Square Retirement Center , Dixon . Linda was born July 15, 1951, at Great Lakes Naval Hospital , Chicago, the daughter of William and Marian (Toms) Madden Jarnagin. She married Anthony J. Coppotelli on July 13, 1991, in Dixon . She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 540, both in Dixon . Linda’s stepfather was in the Army so she and her family traveled throughout the United States and overseas for many years. She enjoyed gardening, crafts, sewing and working with and helping the elderly. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Tiffanie M. (Peter) Stringer of Enumclaw , Wash. , and Theresa L. Zentz and Tina L. (Stephen) Adcock, both of Dixon; a sister, Karen Heflin of Sterling; a brother, Ronald Madden; mother-in-law, Barbara Coppotelli of Dixon; brother-in-law, Norman Carter of Dixon; nine grandchildren, Joshua Stoudt, Matthew Stoudt, Kristina Schmall, L.B. Helfrich, Dallas Helfrich, Cannon Stringer, Cameron Stringer, Kerstyn Sheridan and Jayden Adcock; special nephew, Jeffrey (Angela) Carter; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. She also left behind her dogs, Dakota and Ginger. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Sandy Carter. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church ; Dixon , with the Rev. Robert L. Hansen, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon . Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon . A memorial has been established to KSB Hospice.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - The Dixon Telegraph, Friday, August 31, 2007, Page A2 – Col 1-2

ALICE (SCHEAFF) COUNTRYMAN passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Edward A. Jones, 823 East Fellows at 3:45 Monday afternoon (16 May 1949) following a long illness. She was born near Holcomb Nov. 2, 1871. She is survived by two sons and one daughter; Irving B. of Indianapolis IN; Willard S. of Davenport Iowa and Mrs. Edward A. Jones of Dixon; a sister Eudora Schaeff of Holcomb, 8 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held from the home of the duaghter Wednesday at 2 p.m. burial in Lindenwood Cemetery. Dixon Evening Telegraph

OREN LEROY COUNTRYMAN - Services will be held Friday in Belevidere for a Compton man, Oren Leroy Countryman, 33 who was killed Monday night (6 December 1954) when struck by a car as he walked on Rt. 20 about 7 miles west of Elgin. He was pronounced dead on arrival at an Elgin hospital. State police reported he was struck by an auto driven by Carl M. Jorgenson of Genoa. Jorgenson had switched his light from dim to bright after meeting a truck and saw the man in his path. He swerved to miss him but was unable to avoid striking him. Survivors are his mother Mrs. Hazel Faukner, Compton; his father Delbert Countryman of Belvidere; three sisters Mrs. Bruce Luckett, Belevidere; Mrs. Shirley Mosher, Dekalb; Mrs. Beverly Higgins of Dixon and a brother Oscar Countryman of Compton. Burial in Belevidere Cemetery Dixon Evening Telegraph

GEORGE W. COWLEY , 75, of Dixon, died Sunday, November 20, 2005, while wintering in Mesa, AZ. He was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, Dixon, for 28 years, prior to his retirement in 1985. Mr. Cowley was born January 27, 1930, in Fenton, IL, the son of Robert and Mary (Forth) Cowley. He married Eva May Schulte on March 27, 1952, in San Diego, CA. George was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, Dixon Elk’s Lodge B.P.O.E. #779, served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1948-1955, and enjoyed playing golf, and bowling.
Survivors include his wife, Dixon; three sons, Duane (Lisa) Cowley, Rochelle, Bryan (Tammy) Cowley, West Orange, NJ, Ned Cowley, Dixon; four brothers, Robert (Dorothy) Cowley, Arlington, WA, James (Jean) Cowley, Cache, OK, Lee (Debbie) Cowley, Mesa, AZ, John (Teresa) Cowley, Rock Falls; six sisters, Mary Ann Dettman, Vella (Bob) Simpson, Jane Koeppen, all of Rock Falls, Peggy (Fred) Drew, Dixon, Carol Jacobs, Mendota, Donna (Charles) Matznik, Elk Grove, CA; and seven grandchildren, Katie, Marrisa, Brandon, Jayna, Dylan, Austin, and Emma Cowley. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Nancy Leach. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2005 at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert L. Hansen, pastor, officiating. Burial of cremains with full military graveside services provided by the combined veteran’s organizations will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

MILDRED L. (HULSTROM) COX - Daughter of Fred E and Hanna (Sunberg) Hulstorm. Married Howard G. Cox on Jan. 23,1933, in Kewanee. He preceded her in death. Her and her husband farmed for many years in the Polo/Milledgeville area. Survived by: two daughters, Ruth (Roy) Smith and Sandra (Jim) Ready; a son Jerry (MaryKay) Cox; brother Everett (Bernice) Hulstrom; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a son, John; a sister Edith; two brothers, Floyd and Clarence; a granddaughter in infancy; and a great-granddaughter.
Source: Find-A-Grave by "CAB"

FLORA ALVARETTA (RHODES) CRAWFORD , daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Wilhelm) Rhodes, was born in Nelson township, November 30, 1857. She received her education in Nachusa township and the North Dixon high school. She was married to Wilson Crawford November 8, 1877. Her married life was spent in the city of Dixon and Nachusa township. To this union was born two sons, Roy of Nachusa and Ross of Dixon; and two daughters, Mrs. Clyde Cortright (Florence) and Mrs. E.L. Soper (Bessie) both of Dixon. Mrs. Crawford is also survived by three grandchildren, Mrs. John Spangler, Wilson adn Charlotte Crawford and three great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Crawford's interest was largely in the home and with the members of her immediate family. For many years she shared in the responsibility of the work of the homestead. After the death ofMr. Crawford January 7, 1932, Mrs. Crawford continued to maintain her home at 703 Galena Avenue until the fall of 1939 when she went to live with her son-in-law and daughter Mr. and Mrs. E.L. Soper. Mrs. Crawford was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and one sister, Mrs. Lincoln Raffenberger. She departed this life May 20, 1946, after a long illness. Services were conducted in the First Presbyterian church with interment at the Burkett Cemetery.
Contributed by Tom Terrall

WILSON CRAWFORD , son of Samuel and Mary Ann Burket Crawford was born July 18, 1850 on the farm east of the village of Nachusa, later owned by his brother Calvin. His father Samuel Crawford came west from Altoona PA, many years ago and was one of those sturdy pioneers who have meant so much to the state of Illinois. To the family of Samuel Crawford were born nine children, five of whom grew to manhood and womanhood. Wilson outlived all the others and the family now all gone. His entire life was spent in Lee county, the greater part of it on the farm east of Nachusa. Twenty-two years ago he moved to Dixon and has since lived in the pleasant hoome at the corner of 7th St. and Galena Ave. On November 8th, 1877 he married Alvaretta Rhodes. To this union were born four children, A. LeRoy who lives on the farm east of Nachusa, Rosco W., Florence (Mrs. Clyde Cortright), Bessie (Mrs. E.L. Soper), all of whom live in Dixon. There are three grandchildren, Helen, Wilson and Charlotte Crawford, children of LeRoy. Mr. Crawford died Thursday, January 7th. For years he had been a faithful member of the congregation of the Presbyterian Church and it was his wish that the funeral services be held in that church.
Contributed by Tom Terrall

LETTA CUNNINGHAM , 76 820 W. 4th Str., Dixon, died Thursday evening at Dixon Public Hospital. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Allen-Huckley Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Shepperd, pastor of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Pine Creek Township. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2o-4 and 7-9 p.m. Sunday. A memorial in her memory has been established. Miss Cunningham was born on August 6, 1894 in Washington County, Tenn., the daughter of Thomas and Lillie Sweacker Cunnhingham. She moved to Polo in 1903 and then into Dixon about 1919, where she has resided since. She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ and president of the Ladies Aid Society. Miss Cunningham is survived by three sisters: Mrs. Maude Sheeley, RR, Mt. Morris; Mrs. Ethel Nettz and Mrs. Mae Cooley, both of Dixon; three brothers, John, Polo, George, Waterloo, Iowa, and Gordon of RR, Polo, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Frank, and one sister, Addie.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 2, 1971 - Saturday, pg 2

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