CONSTANCE DAILEY , 92, of rural Franklin Grove, died Nov. 16, 2004 at Franklin Grove Healthcare Center after a long illness. She had moved from Santa Clara, Calif., to live with her son and his family. She was born Nov. 3, 1912 in the village of Hakala, Hawaii Territory, the daughter of Antonio and Concha (Duenha) Fernandez. She attended Commerce High School, San Francisco, Calif., and was employed by the Emporium Department Store on Market Street for many years. She married Melvin J. Dailey of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, in 1948. He preceded her in death in 1977. She was a devoted mother and homemaker and loved gardening and the outdoors. She was later employed by the California Canners and Growers.
Survivors include her son, Stephen (Martha) Dailey, of rural Franklin Grove, and two grandsons, Joseph, age 10, and Christian, age 6.

DOROTHY L. (EMBREE) DAMP , 90, formerly of Dixon, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at Pine Acres Care Center, Dekalb. She was employed by Borden Foods Co., Dixon and Dixon Developmental Center, until retiring. Mrs. Damp was born Aug. 8, 1912, in Virginia IL, the daughter of Thomas and Ellie (Fluckey) Embree. She married George Newberry on April 28, 1932. He preceded her in death.She then married Clyde Wheeler on Oct. 27, 1945 in Palmyra Mo. He died Aug. 2, 1975. She then married Russell Damp in 1987 in Palmyra, Mo. He died June 14, 1994. Survivors include four daughters, Dorothy Schroeder of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Goldie (William) Chestnutt and Chantal Atwood, both of Rushville, and Brenda (Charles) Hazelwood of Dixon. 14 Grandchildres and numerous great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Nellie Lewis, a brother, Arthur Embree, a daughter Hazel Newberry, and two granddaughters. Graveside service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pine Grove Cemetery, rural Dixon, with the Rev. Douglas Gabbard, pastor of First Baptist Church, Dixon, officiating. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Jones Funeral Home, Dixon. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Rock River Alzheimer's Association.
Contributed by Suzanne (Schroeder) Enlow / Dixon Telegraph, Dixon IL 9 Sept. 2002

FRANCES (PERKINSON) DANIELS , 83, of Dixon died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at KSB Hospital. She was employed by Dixon State School as a clerk until retiring. Mrs. Daniels was born May 31, 1921, in Deland; the daughter of Lewis and Stella Mae (Shields) Perkinson. She married Clyde Daniels on July 27, 1960, in Morrison. He died April 2, 1978.
Survivors include two sisters, Betty Gibson of Anderson, Ind., and Ida Mae (Everitt) McNeely of Scottsburg, Ind.; a niece, Jeanne McNeely of Aurora, Ohio; and a cousin, Edith Christie of Austin Ind. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Perkinson. A memorial service is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with Wilbur Ransom officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon., at a later date.

PATRICK H. DAUGHERTY , was born March 17, 1833 at Williamsburg, Maryland. Having been left an orphan in infancy he was cared for by Joshua Ealy until he was eighteen years old. Mr. Daugherty came to Illinois when a young man and at the age of twenty-five was united in marriage to Mary Jane Fisher. There was born to this union ten children, of whom five remain, namely: T. F. Daugherty, Lydia M. Rice, Phoebe E. Rutt, Ruth E. Daugherty and Julia F. Daugherty. Mrs. Daugherty died April 18, 1903. In 1891 Mr. Daugherty became a member of the Presbyterian church of Paw Paw, Illinois. For the last ten years he made his home with his granddaughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. William Baker of Clyde Township, Whiteside County. Mr. Daugherty enjoyed unusual good health for one of his age until he was stricken with pneumonia April 4th and died April 11th, 1916 aged 83 years, 1 month and 6 days. The funeral was held at his late home and at the Presbyterian church at Paw Paw, Illinois.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

DWIGHT DAVENPORT , an old resident of this vicinity and for twelve years a citizen of Paw Paw, expired of heart disease at his home Saturday forenoon. He had been down town to make some purchases and as he was about to put down his basket in the pantry, he dropped dead. His death, though sudden, was not much of a surprise for he had been badly afflicted with heart disease for about three years, and this trouble was a constant worry to the family. Mr. Davenport was able to get about town most of the time since three years ago when he fell and broke several ribs, which were thought to have pressed on the walls of the heart cavity and caused his trouble. He was a man well respected and was noted for his devoted attentions to the members of his family. Dwight Davenport was born in Harpersfield, Delaware Co., New York, in which place his earlier days were spent; he died on January 23, 1904, at his home in Paw Paw, Illinois. In 1854 he married Miss Margaret Heckman of Angelica, New York, after which he remained for four years in his native state. In 1858 Mr. and Mrs. Davenport came to Illinois, making their home in Willow Creek township. Here they lived until 1892 when they moved to their present home in Paw Paw. To them were born one son, Charles Davenport, whose death occurred in 1900. The widow and two grandchildren, Mrs. Barbara Hawbaker and Miss Hattie Davenport, and Mrs. Charles Davenport, are left to mourn his death. The deceased leaves two brothers and two sisters: Samuel Davenport of Tacoma, Washington, Wm. Davenport of Mendota, Mrs. B. J. Grant of Dixon and Mrs. Alfred Grant of Harpersfield, New York. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at the home, Rev. Green officiating. The burial was made in Ellsworth cemetery. The flowers were numerous and beautiful, and the music was furnished by Mrs. Epla and Miss Rae Epla.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

LENA DAVENPORT - One week ago last Monday Miss Lena Davenport, daughter of Mrs. Charles Davenport, was taken ill and within a few days the case had developed sufficiently to satisfy the attending physician that her trouble was appendicitis. Dr. Elliott, of Aurora, a relative of the family, was called in consultation, and agreed with Dr. Chandler that the case had been correctly diagnosed. Last Monday was selected as a date for an operation. On that day, Dr. Elliot came out and he and Dr. Chandler performed the operation. They were assisted by Mrs. Chandler and Miss Eulalie Pauley, the attending nurse. The case was found to be what had been expected and was well developed. For a time after the operation she seemed to be doing very well, but at midnight, she commenced to get worse and died after suffering greatly from that time until half past eleven at night on Tuesday. Her death is a double blow to her relatives, for her father died but a short time ago and they have not recovered from the grief of that circumstance. Lena was 17 years old, having been born on the 18th of June 1883. She was a member of the Presbyterian church. There are a host of young friends and companions to mourn her death and cherish her memory. The funeral was held in the Presbyterian church yesterday at 2 o'clock and was attended by a large number of people, many of them being schoolmates and associates. Rev. R. H. Dolliver preached the sermon, and the body was placed in the Ellsworth cemetery.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

ALLEN D. DAVIS , age 75 of Dixon, IL, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007 at his home. He was born in Rochelle, IL on April 1, 1931 the son of David and Melvia (Braddy) Davis. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dixon. Allen was preceded in death by 2 brothers: Paul and LaVern Davis. Survivors include 2 sisters: Lois Prewitt of Texas and Sharon (Charles) Rhudy of Whitesboro, TX and a sister-in-law: Doris Lindas of Rochelle. Funeral services will be held Friday March 2, 2007 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church at 111 E. 2nd St., in Dixon, IL, with Rev. Bunyan Cocar officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church from 10 to 11 AM on Friday. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery in Dixon. Unger Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle, IL is assisting the family. (April 1, 1931 - February 24, 2007)

WILLIAM E. DAVIS , 56, life long resident of the community (Amboy), passed away at his home at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at the Mihm Funeral home at 2 p.m. Saturday with Rev. A. Baum pastor of the Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery. Mr. Davis, who never married was born in Amboy March 6, 1888 a son of David & Emily Rachel (Arnold) Davis and for many years he conducted a blacksmith and repair shop here. His parents and two brothers Everett and George preceded him in death. He is survived by one brother Jesse with whom he lived.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 08 June 1944

WYMAN DAVIS , 77, who had been in ill health for the past few years died at the Moline hospital Sunday. Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Torman funeral home, the Rev. Hollis Shark officiating with burial in South Paw Paw Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph February 7, 1948

CATHERINE ANN (PULVER) DEAN died at her residence in Paw Paw, Illinois, Feb. 20, 1900, Mrs. Catherine Ann Dean, wife of John Dean. Her maiden name was Pulver. She was the daughter of J. S. and Keziah Pulver. She was born in Montgomery county, New York, Nov. 24, 1823. There she was married to John Dean in 1851. They came to Paw Paw, Ill., in 1865, and became identified with the generation of our people who having reared their families and seen them scatter are now fast dropping away at the call of the reaper Death. To them were born six children: Mrs. Delia Kelly West, Brooklyn, Ill.; Mrs. Mary Jane Madison, Hamilton county, Iowa; Mrs. Ann Potter, Paw Paw, Ill.; Mrs. Ida Valentine, Webster City, Iowa, and child, which died in infancy. The late J. P. Dean preceded his mother to the eternal world a little more than five years. Though she was one of fifteen brothers and sisters in a family, they are now all gone with the exception of H. S. Pulver, of Osage, Iowa, and Smith Pulver, of Paw Paw, Ill. She was a professor of religion since 1854, having acknowledged her Savior at Brannen's Corners Baptist church in New York. After coming west she joined the Methodist Episcopal church in Paw Paw under the pastorate of Rev. Mettler and was received into full connection in March 1890 by Rev. B. A. Dickens. When asked by her pastor shortly before her decease if all was well and right, she replied that she had nothing to depend on, only the mercy of God. She asked that prayer should be offered. This was done. Then her hand was taken and with the words, "God be with you and make all your bed in your sickness," we left her in the struggle with man's last enemy, never to see her again till we shall all appear before the judgment seat of Christ. Her funeral was held from the Methodist Episcopal church in Paw Paw, Thursday, Feb. 27, 1900. Her body was laid in the family plat at Franz Grove cemetery to await the archangel's trump. Her text was,"The wicked is thrust down in his calamity, but the righteous hath a refuge in his death." Prov. xiv:32.
* * * * * * To the kind friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted at the bedside and funeral of wife and mother we tender our sincere thanks and appreciation.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

JOHN P. DEAN - It is our sad mission this week to record the untimely demise of one of Paw Paw's respected and enterprising young citizens and merchants in the person of J. P. Dean. About four weeks ago Johnny was taken ill with typhoid fever, followed by hemorrhage of the bowels. He remarked to his relatives at the first that he would not recover, but at times he seemed much better, and as long as life endured the fond hope was entertained and cherished by kindred and friends that the dread messenger Death was not yet to arrive and summon him from them, but all that loving hearts could wish and willing hands could do was of no avail. At 3:20 o'clock Sunday morning, September 22, 1895, his spirit took flight from its frail tenement, and now may it be resting peacefully and sweetly in heaven. Life is composed of disappointments, but to the bereaved ones it is consoling to be assured that he has gone to his eternal and happy home only a little while before them and will be waiting and watching for their coming. He is at rest, dear friends, free from all earthly care. He needs not our tears and lamentations--only a little patient waiting. There will be no parting there.

2nd Notice - John P. Dean son of John and Catherine A. Dean, was born in the town of Florida, Montgomery county, N. Y., September 17, 1863, being thirty-two years and five days old at the time of his death. He moved to Paw Paw with his parents when only two years old and has resided here ever since. He was one of a family of six children a brother dying in infancy; four sisters are now living and were present at the funeral. On February 11, 1891, Mr. Dean was joined in marriage to Mellie E. Hodges, and to this union was born one child, now a little girl of two years. He was a loving and devoted husband and father and a dutiful son. He was a man who had worked himself up amid many difficulties to a prosperous businessman, and was revered and respected by all who knew him. He had never identified himself with any church, but during his late illness, at his request, Rev. Sargent called and assisted him in his effort to find the place he so much desired through faith in his Savior. Little by little the light came, and at last, trusting fully in his Master, he said if it was His will he was resigned to go. The obsequies were held in the Baptist church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. R. S. Sargent, assisted by Rev. Ollerenshaw, and the earthly remains of Mr. Dean were interred in the Frantz Grove cemetery. The businessmen attended the funeral rites in a body, there being thirty present, and the church edifice was crowded with sorrowing friends who had assembled to pay their last respects to the departed dead. The floral pieces consisted of a broken wheel, an anchor, and a pillow with the words "Our Brother." The pall-bearers were Ernest Mitchell, George Hicks, Charles Scott, Will Smith, Clifton McBride and Chris Faber. Those who were present from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Hodges of Shaw; Avy Hodges, of Shaw; Mrs. Pilcher from Wisconsin; Mr. and Mrs. Gooch of Shaw; Tracy Hodges from Kansas; Capt. Tourtillott and wife of La Moile; Josiah Miller and Miss Mary Miller of Dixon; Dr. and Ms. Goble of Earlville; Clyde Dean and wife of Aurora; Mrs. E. Valentine, Webster City, Iowa, and Mr. and Mrs. Al Kelly of West Brooklyn.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

HENRY DEETER , 621 North Dixon Avenue, died at his home at 5:45 a.m. today. Decease was born July 20, 1832, in Somerset County, PA. and was 78 years of age. He came to Illinois when a young man and was married to Sarah Ringler Feb. 12, 1858 in Jackson county, Illinois. Eleven children were born to them, four having preceded him in death. His wofe survives him. Furneral services will be held at the Evangelical church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Geo. Smith will officiate.
Dixon Telegraph November 10, 1910

HENRY DEETS , a prosperous farmer living near Harmon, (Lee County) was found dead in the road near Garland’s corner, two miles south of Harmon, this morning. His head was crushed in and he was otherwise bruised about the body. In the opinion of the coroner and others, he was seized with an attack of apoplexy or heart failure while on his way from Harmon and fell from the wagon, either his own wagon or that of someone else passing over his head and crushing it. A verdict to this effect was brought in by the coroner’s jury this morning. Mr. Deets spent the afternoon in Harmon and left for home after dark. His team appeared at his home shortly after midnight and were found in the yard, hitched to the wagon and in good condition, by members of the family. Fearing that he was injured, neighbors were appealed to at once by telephone and searching parties scoured the various roads it was believed he might have taken. The body was finally found this morning about 4 o’clock by Thomas Garland, lying at the side of the road the head crushed in as above stated. The road is one traveled but little and in a rough condition. Mr. Deets was a prosperous farmer slightly past middle age and highly respected by all who knew him. The arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made. (Contributed by Larry Reynolds from the Sterling Daily Standard, December 20, 1912).

LILLIAN (GOBLE) DEETS , 89, of 308 W. Oregon St., Polo, died Sunday at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Benson Funeral Home in Polo with Rev. Arthur Huns, pastor of the Church of the Brethren officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation is Tuesday from 7-89:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. She was born August 28, 1888 in Milledgeville, the daughter of Jess and Catherine (Peters) Goble. She married Raymond C. Deets on Feb. 8, 1912 in Milledgeville. She was a 60 year member of the Milledgeville Eastern Star and the Milledgeville Church of the Brethren. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. William (Bernice) Horton of Polo; one son, Leo of Polo; five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother and one sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 14, 1978 - Monday, page 4

The death of Mrs. Elizabeth DeFrain at her residence, 123 East Chamberlin street, yesterday, adds another to the already long list of old settlers that have passed away during the past year. Mrs. DeFrain was born in Franklin, Columbia County, PA, seventy one years ago, and came to this city about thirty seven years ago (about 1855). She was well known and highly respected and leaves one son, William, of Fellows street, to mourn his loss. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow at her late residence and the internment will be at the Burket school house. Her husband died in 1869. Rev. S. Earngey will officiate.
Dixon Telegraph July 6, 1892

WILLIAM O. DEFRAIN , son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Reitz) DeFrain was born two and one half miles east of Dixon July 5, 1861, and lived in Lee county all of his life. After finishing grade school Mr. DeFrain attended the RockRiver Seminary, located in Bluff Park, and also attended the Prof. Ferris Business college, located in the old opera house. On March 7, 1889, he was united in marriage to Mattie A. Henrie of Orangeville, Pa., who preceded him in death November 16, 1931. To this union one child, a daughter was born, Miss E. Bernice, who is left to mourn his departure. He was a retired employee of the Reynolds Wire Company of Dixon, and one of the older members of the First Christian church. A more home-loving person was not to be found than Mr. DeFrain, whose main interest in life was centered around his domestic affairs. He passed away July 20, 1944, at the age of 83. Funeral services were conducted at the home, 724 Galena avenue, Monday afternoon by Rev. A.I. Martin. Music was furnished by Mrs. Alfred Tice. Interment was in Oakwood.
Dixon Telegraph July 26, 1944

MARY (ALBRECHT) DEGNER , 84, died Monday morning in the Joyce Old Folks Home in Rochelle. She was born Jan. 23, 1878 in Bradford Twp., the daughter of Burkhart and Anna Kersten ALbrecht. On Feb. 8, 1900 she was married to William F. Degner who preceded her in death in May, 1936. Surviving are two sons, Carl of Franklin Grove, and Raymond of Lee Center; a daughter, Mrs. Maybelle Aschenbrenner; six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren; two brothers, George of Dixon and Charles of Franklin Grove; two sisters, Mrs. clara Kelley of Rockford and Mrs. Emma Ventler of Ashton. Services were held on Wednesday afternoon in St. John's Lutheran Church with Rev. Orville Kalkwarf officiating. Burial was made in the Ashton Cemetery.
Contributed by Pat France

DENNIS DELHOTAL , 58, Franklin Grove, died Saturday Feb. 6, 2010 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford. He was born on Dec. 22, l951 in Amboy, the son of Donald and Donna (Dewey) Delhotal. He had farmed in the Franklin Grove area and had served as Road Commissioner of China Twp. for 12 years. He was, a member of the Franklin Grove Volunteer Fire Department for many years. He was also a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dixon and the Franklin Grove Lions Club. He was married to Jean Yingling in St. Patrick Church Dixon on Dec. 13, 1975. He is survived by his wife, children Mark (Leigh) Delhotal, Franklin Grove; Stephanie (Fianc Stuart White) Delhotal, Rochelle; grandson John Dennis Delhotal and his parents Donald and Donna Delhotal, of, Franklin Grove. Funeral Services will be Thursday Feb. 11, 2010 beginning with a 10 a.m. Prayer Service in the Jones Funeral Home Dixon followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Patrick Catholic Church Dixon., Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery Dixon., Visitation will be on Wednesday Feb. 10, in the funeral home from 2 - 4 ,and 6 - 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established. Denny was a loving husband, father, grandfather son and friend,to his family and all who knew him.

JAMES WILLIAM DELHOTAL - An 18 year old Harmon youth, whose brother has polio and whose sister has been placed under observation for polio, died of the same disease last night in St. Francis hospital, Peoria. James William Delhotal, son ofMr. and Mrs. Raymond Delhotal died of bulbar infantile paralysis at 8:30 after a three day illness. Stricken Thursday, he had been admitted to the Peoria hospital Friday. His brother William, 12, 1 patient in the hospital since Thursday with bulbar polio, was reported in good condition this morning by medical authorities. The sister Marguerite, 16, was placed under observation yesterday in Amboy Public hospital. There are no other children in the family. The death was the second polio fatality in Lee county this season and the 13th case reported in the county. Six of the victims have come from Harmon. No new cases of poolio were reported in Ogle county over the weekend. There have been 14 cases reported there and one fatality. Private funeral services for the Delhotal youth are to be held at 8:30 Tuesday in Jones fuenral home, Dixon. Rev. David Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in Holy Cross cemetery, Harmon. A mass will be held at 9:30 Tuesday in St. Flannens church at Harmon. Surviving besides his parents, borther and sister are his paternal grandmother and great-grandmother. The boy was born at Harmon June 14, 1934. He was graduated from St. Norberts academy, West De Pere Wisc. last June.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 25 Aug 1952

AUGUSTA M. DEMPSEY , 78, died suddenly at 7 a.m. today (May 13, 1947) at the home of her daughter Mrs. Joseph McGrath, Amboy, after an illness of a year. Funeral services will be held Friday from the McGrath residence at 8:30 a.m. and at St. Patrick's church at 9 a.m. with burial in St. Patricks Cemetery in Amboy. Mrs. Dempsey was born March 30, 1867 in East St. Louis IL the daughter of Peter and Augusta Leuer and married Edward Dempsey who preceded her in death October 20, 1930 in Amboy 53 years ago. They resided on a farm in Marian Township until their retirement in 1928. She has resided at the McGrath home for the last few years. She is survived by two sons, Edward, Dixon and Frank, Amboy, Mrs. McGrath, her only daughter, a brother Peter Leuer, Chicago; one sister, Mrs. Christina Bradley, Dixon; seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a foster son William Hanlon, Nevada MO. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and four sisters.
Dixon Evening Telegraph May 13, 1947

MARCELLA (O'BRIEN) DEMPSEY , age 91, of Dixon, died Monday, September 3, 2007, in her home. She was born in Harmon, Illinois, October, 21, 1915, the daughter of Edward and Mary (Henry) O'Brien. She was united in marriage to John J. Dempsey in Harmon on June 16, 1932. She was a member of St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon and the Ladies of the Moose. She loved to play bingo and cards with her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her husband on June 23, 1971; a son, William; a grandson; a great-granddaughter; three sisters, Mabel Geiger, Florence Mason, and Mary Hansen; three brothers, Joseph O'Brien, John O'Brien, and Edward O'Brien. She is survived by two sons, John "Jack" (Sharon) Dempsey, Jr. of Bullhead City, AZ and Robert (Flores) Dempsey of Dixon; three daughters, Patricia (Donald) Brown of Lena, Sally Earp of Rockford, and Mary Jo (Thomas) Youngmark of Aurora; daughter-in-law, Margaret Dempsey of Harmon; 19 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Hazel (Joe) Engle of Dixon; Elizabeth O'Brien of Prescott, AZ, and Loretta Fasanella of North Ft. Myers, FL; and a brother, Melvin "Pat" (Jean) O'Brien of Prescott, AZ. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2007 begining with a 9:45 AM prayer service in the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon followed by 10:30 AM, Mass of Christian Burial at St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon with Rev. Carl Beekman, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 from 2:00 until 8:00 PM in the funeral home with the rosary recited at 7:30 PM. Memorials have been established to St. Flannen Church and St. Jude Children's Hospital.

PETER L. DEMPSEY , 54, of 119 W. 2nd St., Dixon, died in Dixon Public Hospital Wednesday (17 Apr 1974) following a short illness. He was Dixon Township road commissioner at the time of death. There is visitation after 2 p.m. Friday in the Jones Funeral Home where a rosary is to be recited at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 in the Jones Funeral Home and at 10 o'clock at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with the Rev. James Molloy officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Peter L. Dempsey was born in Harmon Nov. 1, 1919, son of John and Nellie Blackburn Dempsey. He had been a resident of this area his entire lifetime. He was united in marriage with Alice Egan at Tampico April 15, 1940. Surviving with Mrs. Dempsey are one son Gordon of Harmon and one daughter Nancy of Sterling, his mother Mrs. Nellie Dempsey of Dixon and three sisters and one brother, Mrs. Howard (Helen) Gleason and Mrs. Joseph (Ann) Ege of Dixon, Mrs. Virgil (Marie) McCray of Rock Falls and Francis Dempsey of Dixon. There are seven grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 18, 1974 - Thursday, pg 2

JERRY L. DENNIS , 63, formerly of Byron, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, in Wuestoff Hospital. Melbourne. Fla., after a sudden illness. Mr. Dennis was born on Aug. 7, 1941, in Dixon. the son of Russell and Margaret (Flower) Dennis. He was a 1959 graduate of Byron High School. Survivors include a son, Christopher of Zephyr Hills, Fla: four brothers, Marvin (Nancy) of Hillsborough, Calif.. Michael (Audrey) of Rockford. Jack (Marla) of Polo and Kent (Linda) of South Bend. II).d.; two sisters, Esta (Terry), Coffey of Dixon and Linda (Dan) Nadal of Mesa. Ariz.; and numerous . aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews. greatmieces and great­nephews.

Aged Retired Clergyman is Dead in Amboy
Rev. Arnett W. Depew Died at Hospital There Sunday. (Telegraph Special Service) Amboy, Feb 6 - Rev. Arnett W. Depew, son of William and Elizabeth Arnett Depew, was born at Staten Island, N. Y. May 8, 1852, and passed on to his reward of an active Christian life at the Amboy city hospital on Sunday morning, February 5, 1928. He had arrived at the age of 75 years, eight months and 27 days, the major part of his life being given to the ministry. His last charge was the Congregational Liberty church near Atkinson, Ill., but about two years ago, failing in health, he was obliged to retire from active church duties and was tenderly cared for by members of his family until death came to relieve him from his sufferings. Rev. Arnett Depew was one of a large family of fifteen children, four of whom have preceeded him to the Spirit Land. He leaves to mourn his passing, seven sisters and four brothers, who sincerely regret the loss of this dear brother. They are as follows: Mrs. Mary Weir of Beaman, Iowa, Mrs. Emma Dailey (should be Bailey) of Vida, Mont., Mrs. Phoebe Antonides of North Platte, Neb., Mrs. Marie Ford of Beaman, Iowa, Mrs. Etta Ullrich of Amboy, Mrs. Alice (Alcie) Middleton of Grundy Center, Iowa, Enos Depew of Farmington, N. M., and Charles Depew. Funeral services will be held at the residence of his sister Mrs. Clayton Rockwood at Shaw Station, this county, Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 8, conducted by the Rev. Spooner, an old friend of Chicago, assisted by Rev. Peters of the Liberty church near Atkinson, Ill., and interment will be made in the family lot in Woodside cemetery at Lee Center. The sympathy of many friends in this vicinity is extended to the brothers and sisters in the loss they sustain in the death of this amiable and Christian gentleman.
Contributed by Carolyn Jarvey - Dixon Evening Telegraph 06 February 1928

ELIZABETH ESTHER (ARNETT) DEPEW , was born in New York City, March eighth, eighteen hundred twenty-eight. Was married to W. C. Depew January twenty-third, eighteen hundred forty five. To this union were born fifteen children, two of whom died in infancy. Thirteen grew to manhood and womanhood, and twelve are now living. One, Everson S., was drowned in June eighteen hundred ninety-one. The family moved to Illinois from Staten Island, New York, in April, eighteen hundred sixty-seven, and until the time of his death, Mr. Depew was a farmer. By the death of her husband on January twenty-third, eighteen hundred eighty-nine, she was left a widow with two small girls to care for. In eighteen hundred ninety she removed from Lee Center to Abingdon, Illinois, to make her home with one of her sons who at that time was pastor of the Congregational church and since that time she continued to be the head of the household. She died at Roberts, Illinois, July first, nineteen hundred sixteen. In her earlier life she united with the Methodist church on Staten Island, New York, and from her sixteenth year she has been a consecrated, devoted christian, living her simple life under many difficulties, but maintaining the high ideals of her christian experience. As early as eighteen hundred seventy-five she became identified with the Congregational church when she began to attend the service and Suinday school carried on in the Hulbert school house in Bradford under the minitry of the Rev. James Brewer. When the services there was abandoned she put her membership in the Lee Center church and attended the service with remarkable faithfulness and punctuality. She took her letter from this church to the Abingdon church and changed with the changing pastorate, until in nineteen hundred, when she united with the Wayne church and remained in this connection until her death. On account of the rebuilding of the Congregational church that is now under way in Lee Center, the funeral was held there from the Methodist church Thursday morning, July 6th at 10:30, Rev. H. E. Heyse officiating. The burial was at Woodside cemetery.
Contributed by Carolyn Jarvey - Amboy News 7 July 1916

EVERSON S. DEPEW : The workmen engaged in planking the deck span of the Lyons end of the high bridge Wednesday afternoon at about three o'clock were horrified to see the body of a man fall from the structure, a distance of seventy feet into the river. It was Everson Depew who was working at the south side of the deck span putting the heavy three-inch flooring planks in place. He was carrying one end of a twenty-two foot plank and C. C. Harvey had the other end. On approaching the edge of the floor Depew suddently tripped and fell off the outer edge a clear distance of seventy feet to the water. He probably struck on his back or side and sank in fifteen feet of water, never rising to the surface or making an outcry. The alarm was given that a man was in the river and at once P. McMahon and two other workmen engaged in gathering the piles for rafting on the Lyons shore swam out and dove down repeatedly but failed to find the body. In the meantime other persons got a skiff and grappling hooks and soon drew the body from the mud at the river bottom. It was taken ashore and every effort made to restore life if such a thing had been possible. There is no doubt but that death was caused by striking the water. Soon as the news reached the home of the unfortunate man in this city his wife rushed to the river side, and frantic with grief over the terrible calamity that had so suddenly broken upon her, she shrieked and cried in a manner most pitiful to behold. It was some time before she could be restrained from the the most violent outbursts. The body of Mr. Depew was brought over the river in a skiff at six o'clock and was taken to the rooms the family occupy in the Stevenson block. E. F. Terry, the superintendent of the bridge, notified undertaker Peters to prepare the body for burial and present his bill to the company. Mr. Terry also engaged Mrs. Carpenter to remain with Mrs. Depew and also to accompany her to her former home. The balance of wages due Mr. Depew, some forty dollars, was promptly paid over to her. The body was encased in a handsome casket and transferred to the four o-clock train Thursday morning for shipment to Shaw, a small station in Lee county, near Amboy, where Mrs. Depew's parents reside. Her father, George W. Tennant, is the postmaster there. Everson Depew was twenty-seven years old, and he was formerly from Abingdon, Illinois, where his mother and a brother reside. He moved his family to Fulton last March and about two months ago got work on the bridge. He was industrious and temperate, and was a stout, healthy looking man. He leaves besides his widow a child about eighteen months old. There is not grounds for the report that he had an accident policy on his life $5,000, or in fact for any amount. He was a poor, hard-working man and the calamity of his sudden and terrible death is rendered still more heavy from the fact his widow will soon become a mother. Superintendent Terry and the bridge men were very much shocked and did everything possible to lighten the blow to the bereaved woman. The dangerous work of putting up the heavy steel spans had been all completed and congratulations had been tendered Mr. Terry and the foremen that no serious accident had occurred, when suddenly in an almost unaccountable manner this fatality occurred. Some are of the opinion that Mr. Depew was overcome by the heat and rendered dizzy made the misstep that cost him his life. It is indeed a most unfortunate occurrence and was as unavoidable as it is distressing.
Contributed by Carolyn Jarvey

WILLIAM C. DEPEW - Mr. Wm. De Pew lived in Bradford a number of years, on the Henry Clapp farm, until last October when he moved his family to this place. He died January 23, 1889, after a lingering illness. He leaves a wife and thirteen children, seven of whom were with him at the time of his death.
Contributed by Carolyn Jarvey- Amboy News 26 January 1889

WILLIAM WESLEY DEPEW , who passed away November 28 at the home of his son, Harvey Depew, at Ione, Wash., after an illiness of a few weeks. William Wesley Depew was born at Staten Island, New York, July 18, 1847, and was one of a family of 13 children. In 1861 he left New York and located in Lee county, Ill., where he was married to Althetta Evertts in 1877. After the death of his wife in------(rest is missing)
Contributed by Carolyn Jarvey

GEORGE W. DEPUY - Funeral services were conducted by the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling for George W. DePuy, 65, of Lot 201, Moore's Trailer Home Park, Dixon, who died Tuesday morning in his home. Funeral services were held on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home, Rev. David L. Beebe, pastor of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls officiated. Burial was in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dixon. Mrs. Roscoe Eades played the organ for the service. Pallbearers were Gerald Insley, Mike Knapp, Ron George, Paul Bay, Robert Linboom and Tim Bivins. Flowers were cared for by Lundstrom's Florist.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 8, 1980 - Friday, pg 4

FRANK DERR - age 59, a farmer residing about 3 miles northeast of this city (Amboy) was stricken suddenly late on Friday evening with heart trouble and passed away at 10:30 o'clock after an illness of but three hours. He is survived by his wife (Ella Eugenie Shaw Derr) and several children, to whom the condolence of many friends will be tendered. The funeral services were held at two p.m. this afternoon at the residence and burial at Lee Center, the Modern Woodmen of Lee Center having charge of the obsequies.
Sterling Daily Gazette 4 May 1914

MATTIE (LEAVENS) DERR - Funeral services for Mrs. Mattie Luella Deer, 71, a lifelong resident of Lee county who died at 10:40 p.m. Sunday (26 Nov. 1944) at the home of a son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Elliott of Amboy, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Elliott home and at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church of West Brookly. The Rev. d.H. Ross, pastor of Amboy Methodist church will occiciate and burial will be in Union Cemetery at West Brooklyn. The widow of the late Albert L. Derr, who died March 9, 1940, Mrs. Derr had lived in West Brooklyn until coming to Amboy to make her home with the Elliotts several years ago. Although in poor health for the last several years, she had remained active and had just returned from a visit with a son, Charles Leslie Derr of Shannon, a few hours before her death. She was born Nov. 7, 1873 in Lee County, the daughter of Charles adn Sarh Ann Stout Leavens. On Dec. 23 1891 she was married ot Mr. Deer, and the couple took up residence in West Brooklyn. Surviving besides the son in Shannon are four daughters, Mrs. Evelyn R. Elliott, AMboy, MRs. Ethel Neighbour and Mrs. Madolyn Hanel both of Chicago and MRs. Georgea C. Knauer, West Brooklyn.

ROBERT DEVINE , age 74, formerly of Dixon, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004, at his home in Peoria. Mr. Devine was born Aug. 5, 1930, in Dixon, the son of James M. and Frances (Morey) Devine. He served in the U. S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He married Sally Anne Aschbrenner on Oct. 10, 1964. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She preceded him in death in 1978. He was employed and retired as a bricklayer. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic( Church, Knights of Columbus, Dixon American Legion and Bricklayer's and Allied Craftworkers Local 6 and was a 50-year member. . Survivors include one daughter, Kathleen A. Devine of Peoria; one son, Michael D. Devine of New York; one sister, Patricia (Paul) Nusbaum of Dixon; one brother, John E. (Mary) Devine of .Sterling; and one.grandchild. He is preceded in death by his parents; wife; one sister, Francella Devine; and two brothers, Jim and Richard Devine. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon

LURA (MERRITT) DEWEY , 76, of Amboy passed away at 9:50 a.m. June 15, 1944 after an illness of several months. Lura L. Merritt was born Nov. 5, 1867 the daughter of Henry E and Elizabeth Merritt. When very young she, with her parents, moved to Lee Center where she grew to young womanhood and received her education at the old Lee Center Academy. On Jan 4, 1892 she was married to Winslow B. Dewey and lived in Lee Center until the fall of 1898 when they moved to Amboy. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents three brothers and three sisters. She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Luella Flessner and three grandchildren Dorothy, Robert who is serving in the US Navy and Richard. One niece Nina I. Tennant and three nephews Herbert G. and Vernon of Dixon and Carl Heagy of Mendota also survive. Mrs. Dewey was a member of the First Congressional Church, also a charter member of Arbustus chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Funeral services will be held at Mihm Funeral Home in Amboy Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial in Prairie Repose Cemetery
Dixon Evening Telegraph 16 Jun 1944

PATRICIA (SHAW) DEWEY , 62, of Amboy died Thursday March 24, 2005 at KSB Hospital. She was employed by Amboy Farm Burear as a secretary and bookkeeper for 42 years, retiring in 2005. Mrs. Dewey was born Nov. 9, 1942 in Amboy, the daughter of Rollie and Amelia (Hilbert) Shaw. She married Robert Dewey on Jan. 11, 1964 in Amboy. She was a member of East Grove Union Church and the Farm Bureau, both in Amboy. Survivors include her husband; a son, Rob (Christine) Dewey of Amboy, a daughter, ROxanne 9Paul) Albers of Compton; two brothers, Rockton (Sharon) Gentry of Sterling and charles Shaw of California; a sister, Beverly Adkins of Loves Park and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sister, Kathleen Baker and Dorothy Stewart. Funeral services at Mihm Jones Funeral Home, Amboy with Rev. Frank Brozenec, pastor of East Grove Union Church, Amboy, officiating. Burial at Prairie Repose Cemetery.

RAY L. DEWEY , 88, of Oswego, formerly of Franklin Grove, IL, passed away Friday, March 7, 2003 at the Tiller's Nursing Home with his family by his bed side. He was born November 13, 1914 in Dixon, IL, the son of the late Ezra L. and Mary (Burtsfield) Dewey. Mr. Dewey was a farmer in the Dixon, Sublette, and Franklin Grove area for many years and was a member of the Lee Co. Farmer Bureau Assoc., and a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church of Oswego. Ray was a loving husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed family and friends and who was lovingly nicknamed "Gramps" by all who knew him. He is survived by his daughter: Annetta R. (Rich) Karsten of Montgomery, three grandchildren: Kevin (Patty) Kuhn of Minooka, Tracy Kuhn and Rick (Michelle) Kuhn, both of Oswego; one step grandson: Nathan (Carrie) Karsten of Oswego and a great great granddaughter: Katie Mae Kuhn of Oswego; a special friend: Richard Kuhn and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife of 56 years: Mable Dewey in December 1996; a sister: Ruth Rhoads and a brother: Ralph Dewey; and his parents. Visitation for Mr. Dewey will be on Monday, March 10, 2003 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway, Montgomery, IL 60538. Funeral services will be from the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 11 to St. Anne's Catholic Church in Oswego at 10 a.m. Fr. Dan Stempora will officiate with interment in Chapel Hills Memorial Park in Dixon, IL at 1:30 p.m. The family of Mr. Dewey would like to thank Mary Keller of Vitas Hospice and the entire staff of the Tiller's Nursing Home for the warmth and caring they showed Ray.

BONNIE ( ALBRECHT) DICKSON> , 44, of Dixon died Sunday APril 17, 2005 at her home after an extended illnes. She was employed by CCI, Dixon. Mrs. Dickson was born May 29, 1960 in Dixon the daughter of Floyd W. and doris (Hiss) Albrecht. She married Robert Dickson on July 19, 1985 in Monroe Wis. Survivors include her husband, two sons, Christopher J. and Shawn Michael; her mother of Donaldson INd; two brothers, Stephen of Harmon adn David of Hobart IN; three sisters Barbara Lowry of Plymouth IN, Ruth Brown of Harmon and Mary Gehant of West Brooklyn. She was preced by her father and a sister Martha Schulte. Burial is at Red Oak Cemetery, Walnut.

DAVID D. DICKSON - Funeral services for David D. Dickson, whose death was noted in last evening's Telegraph, who passed away at his home on route 3, Dixon, Thursday noon, will be held Saturday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Lawrence pastor of the Polo Presbyterian church will officiate at services to be conducted from Memorial chapel at the Chapel Hill Funeral home at 2:30. Officers of Polo lodge, No. 187, A.F. & A.M. will conduct graveside services in Chapel Hill memorial park. Friends may call at the Chapel Hill funeral home. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Dickson, one daughter, Mrs. Charles Forsyth of Dixon, two sons, John D. of Mt. Morris and Robert at home, five brothers; Archie of Dixon, James of Pittsburgh, ANdrew, John and Thomas of Hamilton , Scotland and three sisters, Miss Mary Dickson, Mrs. Elizabeth Harteg and Mrs. Jevit Smith of Hamilton, Scotland. The complete obituary will be published later.
Dixon Telegraph Friday October 11, 1946

RAYMOND DINGES , 93, of 100 S. John Street, Sublette died April 1, 2004 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on April 7 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Sublette with Rev. Edward Hughes officiating. Burial was at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Sublette. Visitation was from 3-8 p.m. on April 6 at the Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota with a rosary at 3 p.m. Mr. Dinges was born Oct. 8, 1910 in Sublette to Jacob and Mary (Reis) Dinges. He married Ellice Setchell on Feb. 27, 1935 in Sublette. She preceded him in death on April 16, 1970. Survivors include one son, Donald (Donna) Dinges of Sublette; four grandchildren, Lori (Scott) Hanson of Hawthorne Woods, Tony (Jen) Dinges of Byron, Kristi (Don) Althaus of Sublette and Nick (Stacey) Dinges of Byron; eight great grandchildren, Amy, Josh, Jenn and Chaon Hanson, Ryan and Kaylee Althaus, and Anne and Lane Dinges. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Leslie and Wilbert and one sister, Esther Stephenitch. Mr. Dinges was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, a 69-year member of the Sublette Fire Department, Elks Lodge 1212 and the Mendota Moose Lodge. He was a former director of Farmers State Bank in Sublette, a former village trustee and a Democratic precinct committeeman. Memorials may be directed to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Parish Center, Sublette Fire Department or Heritage Square in Dixon.

KENNETH DIPPEL , 54, of Oxnard, Calif., died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005, at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard following a very brief illness. Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, followed by burial at Chapel Hill Cemetery with military honors conducted by the Dixon combined veterans group. Visitation was from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 9, 2005, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon. Mr. Dippel was born July 20, 1951, in Dixon, the son of Kenneth A. and Frances (Olson) Dippel. Survivors include his mother, Frances Dippel of Polo; brother, Alan (Diane) Dippel of Salisbury, N.C.; two sisters, Becky (Darryl) Stewart of King George, Va., and Jill (Louis) Vega of Belvidere; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth A. Dippel. He attended grade school in Dixon, and moved with his family to a farm in Polo in 1959, where he attended Polo schools until graduation in 1970. He graduated from Sauk Valley College in electrical engineering before entering the U.S. Air Force in 1972. He was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, and traveled Europe during his enlistment. He returned to Polo and pursued another degree at Sauk Valley College and the University of Illinois. He worked as a water treatment engineer until his death. He lived and worked in Rockford until 1990, moving to California for job opportunities and warmer weather

JUNIOR H. DITSCH - A 36-year-old employee of the Public Service Company, Junior H Ditsch, 701 Ottawa Ave., Dixon was pronounced dead on arrival this morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Dixon Public Hospital. A spokesman for the company said Ditsch who had been employed by the firm since 1951 and had been a lineman since 1956, was working with a crew at 8:35 a.m. today under the direction of Granville Shaller. They were working on a 2,400 volt line located on River Street that feeds into Reynold’s Wire plant. Apparently Ditsch came into contact with his high voltage line. He was knocked unconscious by the shock and was immediately lowered to the ground by fellow workman who administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and called the Dixon Police ambulance which came to the scene at once. Dr. R. W. Ziegler of Polo came to the scene and injected a stimulant and attempted to bring back life with a cardiac massage. The injured man was taken to Dixon Public Hospital in the police ambulance. Junior H. Ditsch was born Oct. 28, 1926 in Dixon, the son of Herless D. and Mabel (Kling) Ditsch. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he was married to Doris Ann McCue on June 4, 1947 in St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Dixon. Surviving besides his wife and parents are two children, Kathy and Jimmie at home and a brother John Ditsch, Amboy. Funeral arrangements are being completed at the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the May 23, 1962 Sterling Daily Gazette

BRITTNEY MICHELLE DIXON , 16, of Machesney Park, died Sunday, June 1, 2008, in Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford. Brittney had attended Dixon High School, Har-lem High School and was currently at Freeport High School. Brittney was born Oct. 27, 1991, in Sterling, the daughter of David and Lisa (Jones) Dixon. She attended Heartland Community Church, Rockford. Survivors include father, David (Noreen Edmondson) Dixon of Machesney Park; mother, Lisa (Patrick) Taylor of Dixon; maternal grandparents, LeRoy (Mabel) Jones Sr. of Milledgeville; paternal grandparents, William (Jacqueline) Dixon of Dixon; brother, Mitchell Dixon; sisters, Madison Dixon of Dixon, Jensen Edmondson of Machesney Park and Brittany Edmondson of San Diego; foster mother, Shay Collins of Freeport; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Predeceased by aunt and uncle, Lisa (Bill) Remmers. Service at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 5, in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Carol Soderholm, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church and Pastor Bill Reiser, of Heartland Community Church, Rockford, co-officiating. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

ESTHER R. (BAIE) DOEDEN , 94, formerly of Dixon, IL passed away on October 8, 2000 at the Shabbona Healthcare Center in Shabbona, IL. She was born on February 7, 1906 in rural Waterman, IL to Minnie (Melhorn) and August C. Baie.     She married Wendell A. Doeden on July 12, 1959 in Waterman, and he preceded her in death on July 6, 1977. She attended DeKalb County schools and graduated from Hinckley High School in 1924. She received a B.S. in education from Northern Illinois State Teachers College in 1944. She taught in DeKalb County, IL as well as being Principal of Batavia, IL. Elementary and then at Big Rock, IL Elementary. She retired in 1964 after 40 years of teaching ending in the Dixon, IL school system at Grand Detour, IL Elementary.    She was a member of the St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Hinckley, IL since 1920, also the L.C.W. Lutheran Christian Women and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association.   Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband in 1977; two sisters, Alma Challano and Mildred Baie; three brothers, Everett, Marvin and Clarence.    Surviving are a nephew, Clare (Joan) Baie and three nieces, June (Bob) Creed, Loa Jane Jacobsen and Myrtis McAllister, as well as several great and great great nieces and nephews and many friends and special friend, Rebecca Colby.   Funeral services for Mrs. Doeden will be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2000 at the Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon, IL at 11 a.m. with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Interment will take place at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon.

REV. THOMAS DOLAN , 86, formerly of Harmon, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003, in the Presbyterian Home, Minneapolis, Minn. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated in St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004, at 11 a.m., with Msgr. Thomas Brady, officiating. Funeral Mass and Burial were on Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, in Minnesota.
He was born Jan. 24, 1917, in Minnesota and had served as a priest in the Rockford Diocese, most recently in St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon prior to retiring Jan. 1, 2003. He is survived by one brother, Robert Dolan of Minnesota and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one sister

HELEN (SMITH) DONOHO , 91, of Dixon, died, Tuesday, January 03, 2006, at the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. Helen was born December 2, 1914, in Amboy, IL, the daughter of Henry W. and Edna (Graf) Smith. She married Donald S. Donoho Sr. on September 27, 1933, in Dixon. He preceded her in death on June 6, 1990. She was a member of the First Christian Church, Dixon, Dixon Lioness Club, Lee County Republican Women’s Club, and member and past Matron of the Juanita Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Amboy. Survivors include five sons, Donald S. (Darlene) Donoho Jr., Amboy, Gene (Rosie) Donoho, Dixon, James (Jane) Donoho Sr., Minneapolis, MN, Douglas (Charla) Donoho, Arlington Heights, IL, Gregory (Pamela) Donoho, Fulton, IL; two daughters, Linda (Alan) Spotts, Long Grove, IA, Rebecca (Ray) Johnson, Amboy; one sister-in-law, Pauline Smith, White Bluff, TN; 22 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and 4 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Margot Donoho; two grandsons; one brother, Winslow Smith; and one sister, Phyllis Fristch. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 7, 2006, at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Dixon, with the Rev. Lynn Bond, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

CHARLOTTE EDWINA (BEEDE) DORAN , died Monday, Sept. 15, 1997 at the Franklin Grove Nursing Center in Franklin Grove. She was born on Sept. 5, 1920 to Charles and Laura (Knight) Beede. She married Eugene Doran on Aug. 16, 1940 in Dixon. He preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 1995. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and three sisters. She was educated in the Dixon school system. She was a member of and also an Executive Board member of First Church of Christ Scientist.

Survivors include three daughters, Laura (Dean) Butterfield of Cibolo, Texas, Gary Linn (Kenneth) Smith of Racine, Wis., and Helen Doran of Randolph, Mass.; two sisters, Gladys (Edward) "Beth" Gerdes of Dixon and Louis Gordon of Milan and one grandson. Memorial services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Preston Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be held Monday from 1 p.m. until time of services. A memorial has been established to the First Church of Christ Scientist
Dixon Telegraph September 18, 1997

FRANKLIN E. DORTY , was born in Coyle, Okla., April 17, 1902, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Dorty and passed away at his home in Nelson, Friday, July 21, 1944. He came to Illinois at an early age and grew to manhood in the vicinity of Milledgeville. Ill., then going east where he resided for a number of years. On June 28, 1927, he was united in marriage to Miss Johnnie Wilford of Andalusia, Ala. Their home was established in the south for a number of years and to this union was born four daughters, all of whom, with the widow, are left to mourn his passing. Frank was held in the highest esteem by all his friends and neighbors, all of whom express their sympathy to the family who are left alone. At the time of his death he was employed by the Freeman Shoe Corp. His father, mother and two sisters preceded him in death several years ago. Two sisters, Mrs. Lottie Mull of Dixon and Ida Oakland of Vincentown, N.J., one uncle, William Conoway of Milledgeville; one nephew, Lyle Mull of Dixon; two aunts, Mrs. Alice Carbaugh of Coleta, and Mrs. Annie Mellott of McConnellsburg, Pa.; one niece, Mrs. Mary Paul of Monticello are immediate relatives who will mourn his death together iwth several cousins.
Dixon Evening Telegraph July 27, 1944

LELIA GRACE (HAUZE) DOTY , 58 passed away at 7:10 o'clock Tuesday evening at her home, 127 North Jefferson avenue, after an illness of about 25 years duration. Funeral services will be held at the Baptist church at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon, the Rev. A.M. Baum officiating, and burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery. Lelia Grace Hauze was born in Amboy March 21, 1886, a daughter of Thomas and Minnie Hauze and was married to F.L. Doty June 30 1915. Her husband is her her only immediate survivor. Her parents and a sister, Ina, having preceded her in death.
Dixon Evening Telegraph July 19, 1944

ALICE JANE DOUGHERTY , (familiarly called Allie) was born July 27, 1860, and departed this life at the residence of her parents near Paw Paw, Sept. 28th, 1889. Aged 29 years, 2 months, and 1 day. Some of the ills that flesh are heir too, had attacked her in former years, but she fell a victim at last to that foe of humanity, known as consumption. She returned home from Iowa last April, and during the past five months was a great sufferer, leaving home but twice during that period. She was converted to God and united with the M. E. Church in Iowa last winter. During her illness she expressed perfect trust in God, and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. She counselled the members of her family to not mourn her departure, but to so live as to meet her in that beautiful “Home of the soul” beyond. Her funeral services were conducted at the home of her parents by the writer, Sunday, Sept. 29th. A large concourse of friends following the remains to their last resting place, in Ellsworth cemetery. May our last end be like hers. -–E. D. Keyes
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

MARY JANE (FISHER) DOUGHERTY , was born in Muskingum Co., Ohio, June 28, 1835, and died at her home in East Paw Paw, April 18, 1902. She was united in marriage to P. H. Dougherty of Lee Co., Ill., April 8, 1858. During the greater part of her married life they resided in this county, excepting the few years in Mercer and Ogle counties. To them were born ten children, seven daughters and three sons, three daughters and one son having preceded their mother to the spirit world. The surviving children, except Mrs. Rice of California, were present at the funeral. Mrs. Dougherty became a christian in childhood, and has been a member of the Presbyterian church for many years. She not only sought to live the christian life herself but sought to lead her children in the same way. Of late years owing to poor health she has not been able to attend the public worship in the Lord’s house often but she retained her love for the sanctuary. The funeral services were conducted in the new Presbyterian church, of Paw Paw, by the pastor and assisted by Rev. Hetrick of Compton. Her last sickness prevented her attendance upon the dedicatory services, which she earnestly desired, and her earthly remains are the first to be carried thence to their last resting place. But her spirit we believe has entered the building of God, a house not made by hands eternal in the heavens, where husband and children by the grace of God and faith in her Savior may also make their eternal home. The interment was made in the Ellsworth cemetery.
* * * * * * MRS. PATRICK DOUGHERTY, who had been very sick for a number of weeks passed away quietly Friday morning. All of her children were at her bedside when she died except Mrs. Rice who is living in California. Her sister Mrs. Clayton Pierce and husband from Iowa were also here. The funeral was held Sunday at Paw Paw in the Presbyterian church. Rev. Hetrick of Compton, preached the sermon. The burial took place at Ellsworth cemetery. The bereaved family has the sympathy of their friends.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

MINNIE MARY DOUGHERTY died suddenly at the home of her parents, April 12, Miss Minnie Mary Dougherty, aged 16 years. Minnie was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Dougherty and was born Jan. 7, 1877. When 14 years of age she united with the Presbyterian church of this place, on the profession of her faith. From the home circle and by her many friends she will be greatly missed. Those who knew her well speak of her as a girl of much promise. She was bright, thoughtful, and unselfish in spirit, always ready to do what she could for others. Her Christian life, while not long, was sincere, ever seeking to honor, to the best of her ability, the Savior whom she loved and trusted. With Him she is now at (The rest of the article is not there!)
* * * * * * * * *The coroner’s verdict on the death of Miss Minnie Dougherty, who died so suddenly last week, was that she died from heart clot. No post mortem was held, and from the evidence taken the verdict was undoubtedly as near the right thing as could be learned without the post mortem examination. Such a proceeding is but a farce; any man, no matter how skilled, could not give the unquestionable cause of death by the method employed. The young lady was buried in the Ellsworth cemetery on Friday, the funeral being conducted by Rev. Ollerenshaw, at the home.
CARD OF THANKS:--Our heartfelt thanks are hereby extended to all the friends and neighbors who so kindly ministered to our needs during the protracted illness and death of our beloved daughter, Allie.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

ANN (MILLER) DOUVIER , age 77, of Amboy died at home on Thursday, May 8, 2003. She was born in West Brooklyn, on March 1, 1926, the daughter of Herbert and Dolores (Long) Miller. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy. She was united in marriage to Allen F. Douvier in Mendota on Aug. 7, 1950. He preceded her in death on Aug. 27, 1998. She also was preceded in death by one daughter. Jan Romano; and one granddaughter, Jacqueline Marie Romano. She is survived by her son-in-law, Joseph Romano of Glenview, one grandson. Joey Romano and one granddaughter. Janelle Romano, both of Glenview. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday. May 13, 2003, at 10:30 am. in St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy, with the Rev. Stanislaw Kos. pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in St. Patrick Cemetery in Amboy. There will be no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy.
Gazette May 10, 2003

ALICE (HARVEY) DOYLE died Tuesday, January 28, 1908, at her home in Rockford and the body was brought to Amboy for burial on Tuesday forenoon. Funeral services were held in St. Patrick's Catholic church at eleven o'clock and the interment was made at the Rockyford Cemetery. Mrs. Doyle was for many years a resident of this city and leaves many friends here.
Contributed by Barbara Denovan - from the Dixon Evening Telegraph Feb. 1, 1908

BERNARD K. DOYLE - Died-At his home in this city, Thursday May 23, 1895, at the age of 76 years, Mr. Bernard K. Doyle. Mr. Doyle was born in Roscommon County, Ireland, March 18, 1819, emigrating to this country in 1893 (,?? sic - probably should be 1843,) stopping at New York and Jersey City until the fall of 1855, when he came to Amboy. He was in the employ of Col. J. B. Wyman for seven years, when he entered the employ of the Illinois Central Railway and remained with them until the spring of 1891, when failing health caused him to retire. He leaves a wife and six children.
Contributed by Barbara Denovan - from the Amboy Journal 30 May 1895

THEODORE DOYLE , 68, of Ashton, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008, at KSB Hospital in Dixon, Ill. He was born Oct. 9, 1940, in Aplin, the son of Dot Edward and Reba Mini Doyle. Ted married Patricia Dyer on Oct. 9, 1965, in Dixon. He was a member of St. Patrick in Rochelle. He worked as a machine mechanic for Caron International and then at Crest Foods in Ashton prior to retiring. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Jack Doyle, L.C. Doyle and an infant brother; and two sisters, Alice Nichols and Lena Faye Bussel. Survivors include his wife, Patricia of Ashton; son, Anthony (Krista) Doyle of Rochelle; granddaughter, Riley McKenna Doyle; brothers, Sam (Alice) Doyle of Cuba, Mo., and Bobby (Peggy) Doyle of Little Rock; brother-in-laws, Bill Nichols of Wynne and Roger (Rogene) Moore of Rock Falls, Ill.; and a sister-in-law, Margie Davis of Cherry Valley. Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Rochelle, with the Rev. David Peck officiating. Visitation will be at Unger-Homer Funeral Home, 400 North Sixth St., Rochelle, Ill., on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Ashton Fire Department. Burial of his cremated remains will take place in St. Mary Cemetery at Sublette, Ill.
Contributed by Karen Holt - Burial: Saint Marys Cemetery Sublette Lee County Illinois, USA
Birth: Oct. 9, 1940, USA // Death: Dec. 2, 2008 Ashton Lee County Illinois, USA

WILLIAM CLARK DOYLE , 81, of Aurora, passed away peacefully at home on October 20 1998, when he was apparently stricken with a heart attack as he slept. He was born April 21, 1917, in Dixon, the son of John and Mary (Clark) Doyle. He grew up in Dixon, where he apprenticed into the carpentry trade and spent a lifetime in the building trade. A premier finish carpenter, his handiwork beautified many homes and buildings, but none greater than the many churches whose woodwork he installed and finished as a gift. He married Maxine McDonnell on October 12, 1938, in Dixon, where they made their home for several years before moving to Elburn in the mid-'50s. In 1958 they were in West Chicago, where they made their home until Bill retired. Following Maxine's death, he married Phyllis (Colwell) Orr on November 20, 1982. They settled in Aurora, where they had since made their home. He was a member of Holy Angels Church in Aurora, the Knights of Columbus, Glen Ellyn and the Carpenter's Union Local 558. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; six children, William E. (Loretta) Doyle of Brentwood, Tenn., Cecelia (James) Novak of San Antonio, Texas, Kathleen Turner of Trilla, Therese (Paul) Walker of Bellefonte, Penn., Edward (Anne) Doyle of Woodstock, Patrick (Ruth) Doyle of St. Charles; three step-children, Edward D. Orr of Aurora, Karyn Orr of Batavia, Margaret (Frank) Bogden of Sugar Grove; 19 grandchildren; nine step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven great-step-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Vicki Doyle of St. Charles; one sister, Frances Rink of Dixon; two brothers, Charles (Helen) Doyle of Rockford and Jack Doyle of Chicago; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Maxine; one son, John and one sister, Dorothy McGrath. Services were held October 24 at St. Gall's in Elburn. Interment followed at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon.
Elburn Herald

ELDRED DRESDEN , Funeral arrangements have been completed for Eldred Dresden, 52, a Woosung well-driller, who was pronounced dead on arrival at Dixon Public Hospital Sunday morning. He was stricken with a hear attack. Eldred Dresden was born Oct. 21, 1914, the son of Ralph and Maude Glass Bresden. He was married to Catherine Dillman, who passed away Jan 6, 1964. In October, 1966, he was united in marriage to Margaret Imfield, who survives along with his mother Maude, Polo, a son Edward, Polo, a daughter, Aileen Luts, Franklin Grove, a brother Ercel, Polo, and four sisters, including Mrs. Joy Sharkey, Polo, Mrs. DeLyle Brozy, Cambridge , Mrs. Lou Wilson, Moline , and Mrs. Ruth Elsenberg, Amboy. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Preston Funeral Home, Dixon , with the Rev. Lowell Allen, pastor of the Polo Methodist church, officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 o’clock tonight.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Jun 5, 1967 Sterling Gazette

ALVA DREW , Funeral services for Alva Drew, 63, an employee of the Dixon state school the past three years, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Chapel Hill funeral home with Miss Wanda Bain of the Assembly of God in charge. Burial will be in Chapel Hill cemetery. Mr. Drew died Saturday in the state school hospital. He was born in Frisco, Ill., March 27, 1891. Survivors are two sons, Harvey, Downey, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Swinney, Detroit; three brothers, John and Cecil, both of S. Beloit, Wis., and George, address not given, and two sisters, Mrs. Etta Duty, Ewing, and Mrs. Ovid Ward, Wenatchee, Wash.

Monday, March 1, 1954 Card of Thanks We wish to thank the employes at the Dixon State School and our friends for the kindness and sympathy, and the beautiful floral offerings during the illness and death of our beloved father, Alva Drew. We especially want to thank the pallbearers and the many people who were so kind. William R. Drew and family Cecil H. Drew and family Mrs. Dorothy Swinney
Contributed by Nanette Riley (GT Host) - The Dixon Evening Telegraph, Dixon, Illinois, Monday, February 22, 1954

CATHERINE (SCANLON) DREW , daughter of Mary Normoyle and Patrick Scanlon passed away October 16, 1948 at the age of 75 years and 7 months. She was born March 4, 1873 in Harmon and died in her home in Nelson Township at 1 o'clock in the morning after a long illness. She received her education in the public schools and was united in Marriage May 22, 1895 in Dixon Ill. to Thomas F. Drew and spent her entire life in this vicinity. She was preceded in death by her husband who passed away Nov. 7, 1933. She was the mother of nine children. Six daughters, Mrs. Mary Scully of Ohio, Mrs. Alice Levan of Dixon, Mrs. Margaret Ryan of Maytown, Mrs. Catherine Miller of Sterling, Mrs. Henry Vitello of Akron Ohio, Dorothy at home and three sons, Omer and Leo of Dixon and Raymond at home. She also leaves to mourn three sisters, Mrs. Susan Kent of Sterling, Mrs. Mary Briscoe of Dixon, Mrs. D.D. Leonard of Harmon, two brothers, Tom Scanlon of Clinton Iowa, Joseph Scanlon of Dixon. 18 Grandchildren. One sister Mrs. Alice McConnell and one brother James preceded her in death. Funeral services were conducted from St. Flannen's Catholic Church in Harmon, Monday October 18th with Rev. Fr. David Murhpy officiating. She was laid to rest in Holy Cross Cemetery at Harmon. The casket bearers were her nephews, Edward O'Donnell, Charles Kent, Clarence Kent, Henry Briscoe, Joseph Scanlon and Ray Briscoe
Dixon Evening Telegraph 5 November 1948

DENNIS J. DREW , Harmon, died Friday (July 3, 1953) at 3:45 p.m. in the KSB hospital after a months illness. Mr. Drew was born in Palmyra on Nov. 10, 1864. He farmed near Harmon most of his life. Surviving are a sister Mrs. Mame Norpell, St. Petersburg FL and several neices and nephews. Services were held today in the Jones Funeral home Dixon and at the St. Flannens church Harmon. Burial in Holy Cross.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 06 July 1953

ELWYN STORAH DREW , 91, of Dixon, died Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. He worked at Beier Bakery, Dixon, for several years and for E.D. Etnyre, Oregon, prior to his retirement in 1981. Mr. Drew was born November 1, 1916, in Dixon, IL, the son of Roscoe and Grace (Brenner) Drew. He married Laola Zell on December 4, 1938, in Stillman Valley, IL. Elwyn was a past member of the West Morgan Church of God. Survivors include his wife, Laola Drew; one daughter, Pamela (George) Stees, both of Dixon; one granddaughter, Kelli (Jason) Reed; two great granddaughters, Ashley and Abigail Reed. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Lyle, Dale, and Leon Drew. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2008, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Hollis Partlowe, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 6 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, at the funeral home.

JAMES T. DREW , 71, of 610 First street passed away at 10:30 o'clock Thursday morning (26 April 1945) at Hines Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness. Funeral services will be held at the Jones funeral home Saturday and at St. Patricks Catholic Church at 9:30 with burial in Oakwood cemetery. Members of the United Spanish War Veterans of which he was one, and Dixon Post # 12 American Legion will be in charge of the military rites. Mr. Drew who was born in Dixon July 12, 1873, son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Drew, is survived by two sisters, Mrs.Mary Duffy of Chicago and Mrs. Sadie Mack of Grand Detour and one brother Frank of Eldena.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 27 April 1945

KATHERINE MAY (FOLK) DREW , 91, Dixon, IL, died Thursday, February 08, 2007, at the Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dixon. She was a great mother, grandma, and great grandma, and will be dearly missed. Katherine worked at Spurgeon's Department Store, Dixon, prior to her retirement in 1978. Mrs. Drew was born May 24, 1915, in Sublette, IL, the daughter of John and Nancy (Cox) Folk. She married Lyle B. Drew on April 29, 1938, in Lee Center, IL. He preceded her in death on November 6, 1999. Katherine was a member of the Dixon Church of God of Abrahamic Faith where she was baptized on March 25, 1945. She also taught Sunday school, and served as church trustee and Sunday school superintendent, for many years, and was a member of the Dorcus Society. Survivors include one son, Steven C. (Michele) Drew; one daughter, Nancy (David) Johnson, all of Dixon; 17 grandchildren, Robert (Merrill) Drew, Becky Drew, Kristy Drew Fruin, Tanya Drew, David Lee Drew, Kirk Drew, Desi Drew, Nichole Drew, William (Becky) Drew, Colleen Drew, Jason Drew, Jeremy Drew, Amy (Chris) Drew Tate, Ashlynn Drew, Kyler Drew, Helen Russell, Carol Michels; 18 great grandchildren; and special niece, Bonnie (Bob) Bibey, Eden, NC. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, David Drew; one great grandson, Derek Drew Fruin; three sisters; and three brothers. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 14, 2007, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Hollis Partlowe, pastor of Dixon Church of God of Abrahamic Faith, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon

LAOLA A. (ZELL) DREW , 91, of Dixon died Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital. Laola was born, September 8, 1918, the daughter of Ole and Hattie (Butterfield) Zell in Chana, IL. She married Elwyn Storah Drew on December 4, 1938 in Stillman Valley, IL. He preceded her in death on February 19, 2008. She was a member of Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon. She was a member of the Home Extension in Lee and Ogle County, a 4H leader, Brownie leader, Girl Scout leader, and Sunday school teacher. Laola enjoyed cooking, sewing, crafts, and restoring furniture, especially family heirlooms. Survivors include one daughter, Pamela (George) Stees of Dixon; one granddaughter, Kelli (Jason) Reed of Wood River, IL; two great-granddaughters, Ashley and Abigail Reed of Wood River, IL; and one nephew, Gary (Mary) Zell of Genoa, IL. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Benjamin Keplinger and Eugene Zell. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 10, 2009, at Bethel E.C. Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Mavis, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be 5-8:00 p.m., Monday, at the church.

LEON E. DREW , 83 of Franklin Grove, IL, died Sunday, April 08, 2007, at the Franklin Grove Nursing Center, Franklin Grove, IL. He worked for Medusa Cement Plant, Dixon, for 28 years prior to his retirement in 1988. Mr. Drew was born April 17, 1923, in Dixon, IL, the son of Rosco and Grace (Brenner) Drew. He married Naomi Cupp on January 30, 1944, in Dixon. She preceded him in death on July 24, 1994. Leon served in the United States Army during W.W. II, was a member of the Franklin Grove United Methodist Church, and the American Legion Post 497, of Franklin Grove. Survivors include three sons, Richard (Pam) Drew, of Franklin Grove, Larry (Patricia) Drew, Kenneth (Cindy) Drew, both of Dixon; two daughters, Ellen Clark, of Franklin Grove, Gayle (Steven) Kibble, of Dixon; one brother, Elwyn (Laola) Drew, of Dixon; 14 grandchildren, Randall (Sharon) Clark, Dawn (Patrick) Dunne, Jeffrey Clark, Jason (Jenny) Drew, Matthew Drew, Paul Drew, Bradley Drew, Adam (Amy) Drew, Jesse Drew, Jacob Drew, Micah Drew, Nick (Joanna) Kibble, Mike (Paula) Kibble, Brandon Kibble; and nine great grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dale and Lyle Drew. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 12, 2007, at the Franklin Grove United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Karl Sokol, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Franklin Grove Cem.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Mable G. Drew, 79 South Dakota, will be held at 3:30 o’clock, Wednesday afternoon at the graveside, Garden of Memories Cemetery. The Rev. Parker T. Williamson, pastor of Tim’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Curry Funeral Home, 605 S. MacDill is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Drew was born February 24, 1889 in Dixon, IL. She leaves her husband, Leroy James and two sons, James W. Drew of Tampa and Robert L. Drew of Grand Rapids, MI. Here parents were William C. Jones and Gertrude M. Jones. Contributed by Julie Johnson Tampa Tribune, 3 December 1968, Tampa, Florida

LYLE B. DREW , 85, of Dixon, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999 at his residence. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Preston-Schilling funeral Home with the Rev. Hollis Parlowe, pastor of Dixon Church of God of Abrahamic Faith, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with the family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial has been established to God's Little Acres, Harmon. Mr. Drew was born on July 9, 1914, in Dixon, the son of Ross C. and Grace (Brenner) Drew. He married Katherine Fulk on April 29, 1938. She survives. He was employed by Rock Island Transfer as a truck driver for 30 years prior to his retirement in 1971. Survivors include a son, Steven C. (Michelle) Drew of Dizxon; a daughter, Nancy (David) Johnson of Dixon; two brothers, Leon Drew of Franklin Grove and Elwyn (Laola) Drew of Dixon; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, a son and a grandson.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette Sunday, Nov 7, 1999, A5:2

JAMES EDWARD DUNPHY , 55, a lifelong resident of the Harmon community died at 7:15 a.m. today (21 July 1952) at the Amboy hospital. He is survived by four brothers, Patrick in Marion Township, John and William both of Dixon, and Tim, Rock Falls; two sisters, Miss Mamie Dunphy, Harmon and Mrs. Mae Blackburn, Marion Twp. His parents and a sister preceded him in death. Services will be 9:30 am Wednesday at St. Flannen church Harmon with the Rev. D.A. Murphy officiating, burial in Holy Cross cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 21 July 1952

LUCY J. DUNSMORE , wife of P. Dinsmore, aged 47 years. After an illness of a year and half her final sickness brought much suffering, for eleven days; she was fully resigned to the change, while rational, though five days before the death she was insensible. A husband and three small children remain to mourn her loss.
The Amboy Journal 01 Aug 1877 - from the Rootsweb World Connect Website of Beverly Thornton

SENECA K. DUNTON , was born August 12, 1849, at Avoca, N. Y., and departed this life in Kalamazoo, Mich., November 8, 1908, his age being 59 years 2 months and 26 days. Mr. Dunton enlisted in the army when but fifteen years of age and saw service in one battle. He was at Washington at the grand review and was honorably discharged. He married Josephine Firkins in 1872. To this union ten children were born--seven daughters, four of whom have passed beyond, and three sons. Besides his wife and children he leaves four grand-children and three sisters: Mrs. Wm. Nicholson of Paw Paw; Mrs. John Switzer and Mrs. Loretta Hofmann of Princeton, Ill. and one brother, Mr. Loren Dunton of Antioc, Cal.
The funeral was held at the M. E. church Wednesday morning and interment was in the East Paw Paw cemetery. Rev. W. C. Scott officiated and Mrs. Herrick, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hicks and Mr. Fred Faber sang.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

JACOB C. DePUY , 100, 240 W. Chamberlin, Dixon, one of Lee County's oldest residents, died (16 July 1978) Sunday evening at the Franklin Grove Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Allen-Buckley-Shank Funeral Home with Rev. Frank M. Berman, associate pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Visitation is Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. He was born March 16, 1878 in Dixon the son of William and Mary McCavit DePuy. He married Jesse Thompson who preceded him in death Jan. 31, 1948. He married Lila Hart in 1953 and she preceded in death. Survivors include one son, George (with whom he made his home); two grandsons; seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two wives, three brothers and three sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, July 17, 1978 - Monday, pg 4

JEAN (ADAMS) DURAND , 80, of Dixon died Tuesday, Dec 21. 2004, at KSB Hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Durand was born Oct. 20, 1924, in Pine Creek Township, the daughter of Fred and Marie (Hansen) Adams. Survivors include a daughter, Judy (John) Eggenberger of Oswego; a sister, Vernece Portner of Polo; spe­cial friend, Allen Dale Davis of Dixon; two granddaughters; and a great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Knipple Faessler; and two brothers, Earl Adams and Ivan Adams. The funeral is at 11:30 a.m. 'today' at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, . Dixon. Burial is at Evergreen Cemetery. Polo.

MRS. L.G. DURIN , of Willow Creek, died of apoplexy Tuesday night without any previous warning. Mrs. Durrin had been subject to spells of heart trouble, and at different times had serious difficulty with it. She was a woman greatly respected, and was accomplished and refined. She and Mr. Durrin had been residents of Willow Creek for many years, though they spent a few years at Rockford, but came back to the farm and gave up city life.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

BETTY ANN (WEHN) DURKES - Only child of Cora Ella Watson Wehn and Frederick Donald Wehn. Betty Ann Durkes married Richard Steel Durkes (who was a banker in Dixon, IL) in Kenilworth, IL in November 1948. They lived in Glenview, IL for a while before moving to Dixon, IL. Children are: Richard Warren Durkes (B Feb 10, 1950); Elizabeth Ann Durkes O'Connell (B October 5, 1951); Donald Steel Durkes (B July 1, 1954); Jeffrey Luther Durkes (B August 10, 1957); Susan Watson Durkes (B Oct 24, 1959); Margaret Durkes Hoogs (B May 17, 1963). Richard S Durkes died November 30, 1980. She then moved from Dixon, IL to Sea Island and became a well known Sea Island artist
Source: Information on Find-A-Grave

SUSAN (STEEL) DURKES very well known in this vicinity died suddenly last night in Chicago at the home of a friend. Mrs. Durkes is survived by her son Richard Durkes and Mrs. John Roe, Grand Detour and Mrs. Burr Wilson New York, stepdaughters. Funeral arrangements had not been completed this morning. (Dixon Evening Telegraph 3 Nov. 1948)

The funeral services for Mrs. Warren C. Durkes were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bliss Cartwright officiating. Interment was at Franklin Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Durkes the former Susan Cass Steel daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Butts Steel (Harriet Elizabeth Godfrey) was born Feb. 25, 1882 in Dixon. She was a graduate of Dixon High School and St. Lukes Hospital in Chicago where she later became assistant directress of nurses. On April 7, 1917 she was married to Warren C. Durkes who died Feb. 4, 1937. For a great many years she took an active interest and part in the community and social life of Dixon and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. In recent years Mrs. Durkes made her home in San Francisco and Chicago. Of her immediate family the following survive; her son, Richard S. Durkes of Chicago; two daughters, Mrs. Burr Wilson of New York and Mrs. John C. Roe of Detour IL; a sister Mrs. Leonard Underwood of Portland Oregon; her brother George S. Steel of Los Angeles, her neice Mrs. John Karagin of Colorado Springs, CO and four nephews, Henry Bokhof of Wilmette IL, George, Godfrey and Horton Steel. She was preceded by three sisters, Jean, Bess and Grace. (Dixon Evening Telegraph 05 November 1948)

WARD E. DUVALL 54, of 524 2nd Ave., Dixon, died (17 August 1978) Thursday morning at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Shephered, pastor of the First Christian Church Disciple of Christ, officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Visitation is Friday from 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will be present from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Heart Fund. He was born April 13, 1924 in Dixon, the son of Lloyd and Ruth Frey D:uvall. He married Catherine Furlong on Oct. 18, 1966. He was a veteran of WW II and owned and operated Wards Deep Rock in Dixon for six years. He was a salesman at the Sterling Pipe Center and a member of the Dixon VFW. Survivors include his widow; one son, Larry G. of Oklahoma; two daughters, Mrs. Warren (Sandra) Musser of Sterling, Mrs. Otto (Shirley) Ottapal of Fall City, Wa., three step-sons, Steve Eno of Dixon, Peter Eno of Phoenix, and Richard Eno of Rockford; one brother, E. Wayne Duvall of Sterling; one step-brother, Doug Howard of Rock Falls; eight grandchildren and seven step grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, August 17, 1978 - Thursday, pg 4

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