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DAY, Flora Morath (Fish) - Funeral services are complete for Mrs. Flora Morath Day of 200 Southwest 67th Avenue, West Hollywood, Fla., who died Friday morning (14 May 1965) at the Hollywood Hospital. Mrs. Day was born December 25, 1892 in Chicago, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abe Fish. She is survived by one brother, Eli Fish of Milton, Wis.; and four nieces. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. James Odom of the Fourth Street Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home from 2 to4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 17, 1965 - Monday, pg 2

CHARLES ELIJAH DECKER , 89, Norman, Okla., died Saturday at 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at Norman, Okla., following which the body will be brought to the Oak Wood Cemetery at Dixon for burial. Graveside services will be conducted at the Dixon cemetery, the Rev. Sidney Bloomquist, Aurora, former pastor of the Dixon and Polo Methodist churches will officiate. Local arrangements were completed at the McNabb Funeral Home in Polo. Dr. Decker was born at Dixon on Sept. 27, 1868, the son of Henry and Emogene Decker. He was a professor of geology at the University of Oklahoma and was honored during the March 11 annual meeting of the society on economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists in Los Angeles, Calif., when he was elected to honorary life membership of the group. He received his bachelor of arts degree in 1906 and his doctor of philosophy degree in 1917 from the University of Chicago. He received his second degree while instructor in geology at the University of Oklahoma. He became professor emeritus at the University of Oklahoma in 1943. In 1953 at the age of 85, Dr. Decker started a five year research program for a study of grapolites and became a world authority in that field. He was a charter member of the SEPM which honored him in March. He was a past president of the Sigma Gamma Episolom of the Oklahoma academy of science. He was married on Sept. 30, 1955 to Ethelene Collins, she survives. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs. W. G. Greig, Polo; Mrs. Miriam Beech, Highland Park, three nieces and nephews, and 15 greatnieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife, who died in 1954 and one sister, Miss Ada Decker.
Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 25, 1958 - Monday, pg 2 col 2

TIMOTHY M. DEES , 63, of Virden, formerly of Amboy, died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2008, in his home. He was born Oct. 24, 1944, in Hamilton, Ohio, the son of Homer and Thelma (Debolt) Dees. He married Connie Rouland Dec. 10, 1965, in Las Vegas. He was employed by Deans Foods/Bay Valley Foods for more than 30 years prior to retiring in October 2006. He was a veteran of the Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Rock River Chapter of Vietnow and Dixon VFW Post 540. He was an avid fisherman and St. Louis Rams fan. He is survived by his wife of Virden; a son, Jeff (Carol) Dees of Mount Morris; three grandchildren, Savannah, Halie and Jaycie; four brothers, Jim Dees of Amboy, Tom (Judy) Dees of Texas, Danny Dees and Ken (Sarah) Dees, both of California; a sister, Jane Duvall of California; many nieces and nephews; mother-in-law, Noreen Rouland; and sister-in-law, Judy Bruley, both of Virden. He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Michelle Kellen; and four sisters, Sally McKnight, Linda Barnett, Jackie Russell and Pat Allison. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy, with the Rev. Jack Smith officiating. Burial with military honors by the Amboy American Legion Post will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy. Visitation will be held Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Contributed by Karen Holt

JENNIE (SMITH) DIR , wife of Isaac Dir, died at her home in Harmon at 11:45 o'clock Monday of heart failure, brought on by pleurisy from which she had been suffering for about six weeks. The funeral will be held at the Harmon Methodist church at 10 o'clock Wednesday forennon, leaving the house at 9:30. Rev. Hardey of the Harmon church will probably officiate. Interment will be at the Harmon Cemetery, where her mother and other relatives are buried. Jennie Smith was born at Blooming Grove, Franklin Co. IN and came to Harmon with her parents when only six months old. She lived in Harmon township and Rock Falls until Dec. 25, 1866 when she was married to Isaac Dir. Since then she has lived in Prophetstown, Harmon, Coloma and the past two years at the present home in Harmon. Five children have been born to the union, two of which died while young. Two daughters and one son survive her. Her mother died several years ago and her father, W.L. Smith, better known as Prairie Smith, died in Oklahoma only a few months ago. Two brothers and three sisters survive. They are John Smith of Butler Co. IA; Maurice Smith who is somewhere west of here. The sisterare Mrs. Ed Murray of Syracuse Neb.; Miss Adeline Smith of Ft. Worth TX and Mrs. D.S. Morgan of Arlington IL. Mrs. Dir was a member of the church of God in Bureau County, a good wife and loving mother. Several of her relatives live in this city.
Sterling Daily Standard Tuesday June 20, 1899 Contributed by Sue Nesland

JACOB DITZLER , 77, passed away at 8 a.m. Friday, at Orchard Glen Nursing home, Dixon. He had been in the trucking business since 1936. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday, at Brown-Seidel Funeral Home, with the Rev. Daniel Doty of the Christian Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. He was born. Sept. 20, 1892, in Littleston, Pa., the son of John and Sara Hostetter Ditzler. He married Katie Reigel, Aug. 7, 1912, in Littleston, Pa. Survivors include the widow, three sons, Boyl, Harold and John, all of Polo; five daughters, Mrs. Ernest (Mary) Fox, Polo; Miss Ditzler, Mrs. Arthur (Edna) Cooper, Mrs. Conrad (Betty) Urdick and Mrs. Vern (Jean) Cassen, all of Rockford; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the funeeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 3, 1970 - Friday, pg 2 col 3

VIRTUS F. DOHSE , 53, Polo, died at his home at 1:30 a.m. Friday. He had just returned home from St. Anthony's Hospital where he had undergone heart surgery May 16. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Benson-McNabb Funeral Home, with the Rev. Robert Holmes, pastor of the Polo United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. Friends may visit after 1 p.m. Sunday and the family will be present at the funeral home from 7-8 p.m. Saturday. Virtus Dohse was born July 16, 1918 in Elvira, Iowa, the son of Fred and Ann Goenner Dohse. He married July 13, 1940 in Clinton, Iowa to Virginia Chenouth. He had been employed at White Pines State Park before his illness and was formerly employed by Buffalo Township. Survivors include his widow; one son, Jack, Rock Falls, and one daughter, Mrs. Terry (Linda) Carrow, Polo; his father, Fred, Polo; two grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. LeRoy (Norma) Buss, Shannon; Mrs. Doyle (Florence) Weekly, Savanna; Mrs. Conrad (Betty) Orth, Colby, Wis., and Mrs. Joseph (Delores) Boubach, Belvedere. He was preceded in death by his mother and one sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 2, 1972 - Friday, page 2

NINA MORRISON DOUGLASS , the subject of this brief memorian, whose sudden death was noted in the Reporter last week, was born January 4th, 1848 at Dixon , Illinois , her maiden name being Nina MORRISON. She was united in marriage to Mr. E.F. DOUGLASS July 10th, 1873 at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin . They made their home the following three years at Necedah , Wisconsin , then taking up their residence at Postville , Iowa , where Mr. DOUGLASS was in business. In the year of 1885, she came with her husband to Dysart, where they have since continued their home. Mrs. DOUGLASS assisted her husband in the conduct of his drug store here, and also assisted in the post office when he was postmaster. Mrs. DOUGLASS was most active in the church, social and lodge circles of our city and community, being affiliated with the Presbyterian church. She affiliated with the order of Eastern Stars in Vinton, and later when the lodge was organized at Dysart, she became a charter member of the local Chapter. She was an honored Past Worthy Matron; having been presented with her jewel at the ceremonial program in February, 1923. She was also a charter member of the Hearthstone Circle of Dysart. Mr. and Mrs. DOUGLASS were never blessed with children in their home, yet their fifty-two years of travel down life’s pathway have been happy ones. On July 10th, 1923 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, holding open house during the afternoon and evening, when a large number of friends called to greet them and wish them continued joy and happiness. Mrs. DOUGLASS’ friend were numbered by her acquaintances, to know her was to lover her, and she will be greatly missed by the sorrowing husband, other relative and friends. Funeral services were held from the family home in Dysart last Friday afternoon at two o’clock, being in charge of the Dysart chapter O.E.S., the order also having charge of brief services at the grave. The casket was banked with beautiful floral offerings, attesting the high esteem in which deceased was held. Among those from out of town to be present for the obsequies were: Miss Marjorie BURLINGAME, Alhambra, Calif., Mr. and Mrs. Thos GALLAGHER and son Douglass of Cedar Rapids, Mrs. C.R. STEVENS of Chicago, Mrs. R.N. DOUGLASS, son Ray and daughter Ruth of Postville, F.L. MORRISON of Minneapolis, the later being a half brother of Mrs. DOUGLASS. Mr. and Mrs. R.W. WAITE and Mrs. S. CREPS of Waterloo , Mr. and Mrs. John MARSAU of Traer, and Mrs. C.C. GARDNER of Des Moines .

APPRECIATION -- At this time words are inadequate for my sincere expression for the many kindnesses which were extended to me by the numerous friends in my sad hour at the time of the death and burial of my dearly beloved wife. The many kind acts of neighbors and friends, the assistance of the O.E.S. members and other organizations, the singers, pall bearers, those who tendered the beautiful flowers, those who gave of their time and lent assistance in any way. I appreciate your assistance and I say thank you from the depth of my heart. E.F. DOUGLASS
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Tama Obituaries maintained by Cyndi Vertrees with the WebBBS 4.33 Genealogy Modification Package by WebJourneymen.net

NINA L. DUNN , 77, of Dixon , died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007, at her home after a short illness. She was employed by Stewart-Warner, Chicago , for 20 years, retiring in 1993. Nina was born Aug. 8, 1930, in Jellico , Tenn. (Campbell County) , the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Perkins) Young. She married Carl Gilreath in 1945. He preceded her in death. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church , Dixon . Survivors include two granddaughters, Catherine Russi Bell of Sterling and Sylvie Milam (Jeffrey) Heller of Oregon; a grandson, Nicholas Russi of Dixon ; three great-grandchildren, Kristen Russi and Juwon and Jahrod Bell; two stepdaughters, Charlene Dunn (Fernando) Mendez of Liberty, Mo., and Susan Dunn Gibb of Greenwood , Miss. ; seven stepgrandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by two daughters, Francis Lynn Gilreath and Jane Milam; a stepson, Joseph Dunn; two sisters; and four brothers. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Northside Baptist Church , Dixon , with the Rev. Daniel Bentz, pastor, officiating. Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon . Graveside service is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Jellico Cemetery , Jellico , Tenn. A memorial has been established to Northside Baptist Church , Dixon .
Contributed by Pat Esterday

DONALD THOMAS DUSING
, 45, 320 E. Lincoln at Mount Morris, died Sunday, Oct. 10 in the Rockford Memorial Hospital after a long illness. The son of the late Stanley and Blanche Dusing, he was born May 25, 1920 in Pine Creek township. On June 14, 1941 he was united in marriage to Maryalyce Olsen. To this union five children were born, two sons Douglas and William and three daughters, Janice, Sue, and Norma. He attended the local schools, graduating from the Mount Morris High School with the class of 1938. He was employed at Kable Printing Co. and in (year and name he became a member of something Country Club can't read the copy). Mr. Dusing was a member of the Mount Morris Trinity Lutheran Church, where he was immediate past president of the Men's Club; the International Printing Pressman's and assistant's union, local 124, where he had served in several capacities, the most recent being the office of vice president from which he was forced to resign because of bad health. He was member of the board of directors of Kable Credit Union and had been an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3639. During World War 11 he served in the United States Navy in the South Pacific. Survivors include his wife, Maryalyce, Mount Morris; two sons, Sp/4 Douglas, stationed at Fort Sheridan and William at home; three daughters, Janice, Sue, and Norma at home; three brothers, Eugene, Waynard, Rockford, Marlow of Dixon; his stepmother, Mrs. Stanley Dusing, Dixon; and a half -sister, Margaret, Dixon. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mabel. Services were held Tuesday Oct. 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ralph Ryberg, pastor of the church, officiating. Burial was made in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. A memorial has been established for the music department of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Contributed by Sharon Strow - Mount Morris Times 10-14-1965 (graduated from Mt. Morris High School in 1938Donald served in the Navy from 1944-1946. During WW2 serving in the south Pacific. He worked at Kable News in Mt. Morris Illinois. He married Maryalyce Olsen on June 14, 1941. They had five children, 2 sons Douglas and William, and 3 daughters, Janis, Sue, and Norma. He was a member of Mt. Morris Trinity Lutheran Church. He was very active in many community clubs, and organizations)

EDNA MARGARET (WAKENIGHT) DUSING was the daughter of Harry & Margaret Hill Wakenight. She married Stanley Dusing in 1952 in Dixon. They had one daughter. She also had 1 step-daughter, and 3 step-sons from Stanley's first marriage. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church, and taught Sunday School there. This is my Grandma, and I have dedicated all my hard work and long hours of research on our family history to her. She was a great person, and taught me alot. She is missed and loved greatly by the whole family.

Edna M. Dusing, 80, of the Dixon Health Care Center, Died Friday, June 24th, 1994. She retired from the Dietary Dept. of the Dixon Developmental Center after 17 years. She was born on June 17th, 1914 in Oregon to Harry and Margaret L. (Hill) Wakenight. She married Stanley Dusing in 1952 in Dixon. He preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two brothers. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church. Survivors include one daughter, Margaret Strow of Dixon; one Stepson Eugene Dusing of Rockford; one brother, Raymond (Pauline) Wakenight of Galt; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren And several step grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Funeral home with the Rev. James Berry, pastor of the Four Square Church, Officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Memorial Park. Visitation will be held Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until time of the services at the funeral home. A memorial has been established
Contributed by Sharon Strow

MARYALYCE (OLSON) DUSING
, 80, of Mount Morris died Friday, April 26, 2002, at Pine Creek Manor, Mount Morris. She was employed by Kable Printing Co., Mount Morris, as a secretary in the engineering department for 12 years and by United Bank Of Illinois, Rockford, for 12 years before retiring in 1982. Mrs. Dusing was born May 13, 1921, in St. Paul, Minn, the daughter of Walter and Alice (Harty) Olsen. She married Donald Dusing on June 14, 1941. He died on Oct. 10, 1965. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Morris, past president of Junior Women's Club, past president of VFW Post 3639 Ladies Auxiliary and a former member of American Contact Bridge League. Survivors include two sons, Douglas, (Kathy) Dusing of Arlington Heights and William, (Karen) Dusing of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; three daughters, Jan (Jim) Ahling of Estero, Fla., Sue (Larry) Spaulding of Sterling and Norma Dusing of Madison Wis.; a stepsister, Jeanette Unger of Rockford; six grandchildren; several step grandchildren; two great- grandchildren; and several step- great- grandchildren. Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Morris. Private burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon. Memorials have been established to Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Morris and Kable Concert Band.
Contributed by Sharon Strow

CHARLES WELLS DUTCHER former Dixon man, who for the past eight years has been a keeper at the state penitentiary at Joliet, passed away at that institution Saturday evening at 8 o'clock, death resulting form pneumonia, after a short illness. The remains have been brought to his city and funeral services will be held at Preston's chapel at 2:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, with burial in Oakwood. Mr. Dutcher, for a number of years operated a large farm east of Dixon, going to Joliet in 1914 to accept a position. He was born in Amboy in 1856. He is survived by a son, Everett, of this city, a daughter, Mrs. Stella Godfrey, of Rockford. Mrs. Dutcher passed away eight years ago. A brother, Walter A. Dutcher, of Sioux Falls, S. D., also survives. The Elks will have charge of the services at the grave, and are asked to meet at their club rooms at 2 o'clock to attend in a body.

DELIA (STRONG) DUTCHER - Funeral services have been held for Delia S. Dutcher, 89, a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood for 70 years and a charter member of the organization's N.H. Chapter of Stockton. A native of Illinois, Mrs. Dutcher came to Stockton in 1947 when her husband, E. C. "Hank" Dutcher, was named manager of the then-new J. I. Case Co. plant. Dutcher, who retired in 1958 after 40 years with the farm implement company, is in a Lodi convalescent hospital. Until she was stricken last year by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease), Mrs. Dutcher led an active life. And even when the disease hampered her activities and robbed her of her voice, she remained alert, said her daughter, Sally Mulholland of Stockton. "She was a special lady," added the daughter. In addition to her long affiliation with P.E.O., a women's educational and philanthropic organization, Mrs. Dutcher was a member of Nichiren Shoshu of America, a Buddhist group. Surviving are her husband of 67 years, her daughter, four grandchildren, all of Stockton, and one great grand-daughter.

EVERETT CLOSE DUTCHER , 96, of Stockton, died Tuesday in a Lodi convalescent hospital. A native of Illinois, Mr. Dutcher had lived in Stockton since the late 1920's. He retired after 42 years as plant manager for J. I. Case Co., in Stockton. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Ben Ali Temple, San Joaquin Shrine Club, Elks Lodge No. 218, Scottish Rite Temple 32nd Degree and the High Twelve Club. He was a 70-year member of the Stockton Masonic Lodge No. 7, a founding member of the Karl Ross American Legion Post No. 16 and a member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce. During World War I, he served in the U.S. Army in France. He is survived by his daughter, Sally Mulholland of Stockton; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Private funeral services have been held. Martin Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Burial will be at the Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, Ill.

SUSAN A. (KENNEDY) DUTCHER , of 307 East First street, passed away at the Dixon hospital at 8:30 o'clock Monday evening, death following an operation for abscess, from which gangrene developed. Her passing was very unexpected and is a decided shock to her family and her many friends. Funeral arrangements can not be completed pending word from distant relatives, and accordingly will be announced later. Sarah (s/b Susan) A. Kennedy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kennedy, was born near Mt. Morris, Ill., March 20, 1858. She was married to Charles W. Dutcher on Nov. 27, 1879, and with the exception of six years spent in Louisiana and Texas, the entire married life of the deceased has been spent in Ogle county and Dixon. She is survived by her husband; two children, Mrs. Stella Godfrey and Everett Dutcher, both of Dixon; one sister, Mrs. Maggie Bowers of Hardwick, Minn., and a brother, Stephen Kennedy of Luverne, Minn. Early in life the deceased became a Christian and at the time of her passing was a member of the First Christian church of this city. A host of friends will mourn her death and will console with the bereaved family. Funeral Wednesday - The funeral services will be held from the late home on East First street Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. S. E. Fisher will officiate and interment will be made at Oakwood cemetery

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