BEVERLY JEAN (KINN) HAEFNER , 72, of Dixon died Aug. 12, 2005 at her home. She worked in the physical therapy department at KSB Hospital prior to retirement. She was born Oct. 17, 1932 in Dixon, the daughter of Roy & Rosie (Baker) Kinn. She married Melvin H. Haefner Oct. 15, 1950 in Dixon. Beverly was a member of First United Methodist Church and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 727, both in dixon, and the Church Circle. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Pamela Gascoigne, Starla Dienslake and Kimberly Von Holten; one daughter-in-law Joann Haefner of Milledgeville; three half brothers, Roy, Donald and David; 11 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preced by her son Rick. Burial at Chapel Hill.

RICK HAEFNER 51 of Milledgeville died Wednesday June 15, 2005 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. Rick was born on March 7, 1954 in Dixon, the son of Melvin and Beverly (Kinn) Haefner. He married Joann Brooks on May 6, 1977 in Grand Detour. Rick farmed in the Milledgeville area for over 24 years and attended Dutchtown Church of the Brethren. He served as President of the Illinois Simmental Association and was a member of the Illinois Angus Association. Rick also coached junior high school girls' basketball and junior high school track, along with driving a school bus for Milledgeville-Chadwick school district. He enjoyed showing cattle with his son and spending time with family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Joann; their children, Erin Haefner and Ryan Haefner, both of Milledgeville; parents, Melvin and Beverly Haefner of Dixon; sisters, Pam (Gene) Gascoigne of Lombard, Starla Dienslake of Walnut, and Kim (Shawn) VonHolten of Milledgeville. His grandparents, precede Rick in death Visitations were held on Sunday June 19, 2005 from 4-8 PM at the McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, Milledgeville. Funeral services were Monday June 20, 2005 at 10 AM at the Dutchtown Church of the Brethren with the Reverend Rick Koch officiating. Burial followed at the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.

WILLIAM HERMAN HAEFNER passed away at the Harris Hospital at Mendota on Dec. 24, 1944. He was aged 49 years, 10 months and 24 days. The remains were taken to Schwartz funeral home where the friends called to pay their last respects and funeral services were held at the Zion Evangelical church at 2:00 o'clock on Wednesday, Dec. 27, with the Rev. Ward Tarr of Van House, Iowa, officiating. Interment was in Restland cemetery, Mendota. The casket bearers were Edmund Grimes, Jeff Kemper, Less Bresson, Ben Koch, Roy Carnahan and Clarence Ackland. The deceased was born on a farm in Brooklyn township, Lee county about six miles northeast of Mendota, Jan. 30, 1895. He was the son of John Haefner and Bertha Manfelt Haefner, both of whom had come to this country from Germany in early life. William grew to young manhood on the farm in the midst of afamily of thirteen children, of whom he was the youngest. In infancy he was baptised and later confirmed in the Brooklyn township Lutheran church. On April 26, 1916, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Gardner of Viola township. Two years later they removed to the B.M. Stoddard farm in Viola township, where he resided until he was taken sick and died. He was affiliated with the Masonic lodge No. 282 of Compton and owing to his genial disposition and splendid traits of character he surrounded himself with a host of friends, all of whom are deeply grieved over the passing of this splendied man who tried in every way to exemplify the teachings of the Golden Rule, of doing unto others as he would have them do unto him. Thus he lived and when the end came there were no regrets. He leaves to mourn his passing his sorrowing widow, one son William Oswald and a daughter Frieda; a brother Edward of Amboy and 1/2 sister, M. Haines of Haywarden IA, besides a host of other relatives and friends.

Roger Cramer - Dixon Evening Telegraph

(Additional Notes from Roger) - William Augustus Hepfer born March 15, 1849 was named after the minister of Grindstone Hill Church, at that time, the Rev. Augustus C. Wedekind. Baptized at the Grindstone Hill Evangelical Church by the Rev. Augustus C. Wedekind, 1849. Per National Archive records, there are no Civil War military service records for William A. Hepfer b. 15 March 1849. William A. Hepfer and Emily Elizabeth Hunsdon were married by the Reverend George A. Brown in Franklin Grove, Illinois on May 13, 1875. Their son, Clarence, was born on December 1, 1875. Per Aunt Ruth (Hepfer) Long: Her grandpa, William, loved cigars and loved to laugh. She was very fond of him. He always had a little piece of candy for the grandchildren. He was trained as a veterinarian by his oldest brother, John Hepfer, who was a vet in Lanark, Carroll County, IL. After leaving John, William first moved to Ashton, IL and then on to Franklin Grove where he remained. On the night he died, he was called to the Meilke farm because a cow was having trouble delivering a calf. 1920 Census - Franklin Grove, China Twp., Lee Co., IL - William was listed as a veterinary surgeon. His parents are listed correctly as father born in PA and mother born in MD. Emily's parents are listed correctly as father born in VT and mother born in Ireland. Alice Hunsdon (Emily's sister) aged 67 is living with them and also as housekeeper.

HOWARD L. HAGEMAN , 84, of Amboy, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center . He owned and operated Hageman Heating and Cooling, Amboy, from 1965 until his retirement in 1985. Howard was born May 6, 1923, in West Brooklyn, the son of Charles and Lena (Braunmeier) Hageman. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Rita Schultz on Oct. 6, 1943, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Sublette. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, American Legion, Knights of Columbus Council and the chamber of commerce, all in Amboy, and Mendota BPOE Elks Lodge. He coached Little League and American Legion Baseball for many years. Survivors include his wife; a son, Daniel (Connie) Hageman of Sammamish , Wash. ; a sister Viola Pratt of Amboy; and three grandchildren, Adam (Robyn Ambrose) Hageman of North Bend, Wash., Matthew Hageman of Cle Elum , Wash. , and Ashlee Hageman of Issaquah, Wash. He was preceded in death by a sister Alberta Matzen. Prayer service is at 9:30 a.m. Monday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy, with the Rev. Carl Beekman, pastor, officiating. Burial, with military graveside honors conducted by Amboy American Legion, is at St. Patrick Cemetery , Amboy. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m., with the rosary recited at 7 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Unity Hospice of Western Illinois.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Friday, September 21, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3 - 4

BERNICE (LEONARD) HALBMAIER , 90, of Joliet , formerly of Ashton, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at Salem Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center , Joliet . She was employed by the U. S. Postal Service, Ashton office, as a clerk for 21 years, retiring in 1979. Mrs. Halbmaier was born Aug. 15, 1917, in Bradford Township , Lee County , the daughter of George and Ella (Stein) Leonard Sr. She married Clarence Hicks on Sept. 12, 1935. He preceded her in death in May 1969. She married Oswin Halbmaier on Sept. 1, 1972. He preceded her in death on May 31, 1985. She married Lewis Martin on April 5, 1988. He preceded her in death on Jan. 22, 2005. She was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church , Ashton. Survivors include two sons, Lyle ( Nancy ) Hicks of Mokena and Lynn (Mary Louise) Hicks of Palos Hills; a sister, Viletta Heiden of Mendota; a sister-in-law, Codelle Leonard of Ashton; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by a son, Dayle Hicks; a sister, Evelyn Henert; and a brother, George Leonard Jr. Private graveside service is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ashton Cemetery , with the Rev. Jonathan Black, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church , Ashton, officiating. Arrangements were completed by Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to St. John Lutheran Church , Ashton.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Sunday, September 2, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3 – 4

CAROLINE (DRUMMER) HALBMAIER , 89, died early today in Amboy Hospital. Services will be Friday at St. Marys Church West Brooklyn with burial in the cemetery there. Mrs. Halbmaier was born in May Township November 7, 1858 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Drummer and married John Halbmaier Feb 16, 1886. He died September 23, 1934. They lived in a farm near West Brooklyn for 20 years. Two of her five sisters survive. They are Mrs. Joseph Auchstetter, Sublette and Mrs. Julia Gallisath, Mendota. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mrs. Lena Smith, Iowa; Mrs. Catherine Kessel, Maytown; Mrs. Mary Willshay, Troy Grove. Since 1940 she had lived with Mr. and Mrs. John Gallisath West Brooklyn.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 25 May 1948

REV. FATHER PAUL HALBMAIER , of the Arch-diocese of Chicago died at St. John's Sanitarium, Hot Springs Ark. Sunday, Nov 29th (1925) closing a life of three score years and ten, forty-seven of which were spent in the work of Sacred Ministry. Father Halbmaier was born on Feb. 28, 1855, at Bennington, on the outskirts of Amboy, Illnois, the son of Frank Halbmaier and Dorothy Kuehna. When a boy he entered St. Francis College, Milwaukee. After completing the preparatory and collegiate courses of studies, was admitted to St. Francis Seminary in that city and took up the study of Philosophy and Theology. Bishop Faley of Chicago ordained him a priest on the 24th of June 1878. Those who knew him in his seminary days recall his gentle, kind and amiable character and recount the various occasions when his happy smile and cherry dispositioin dispelled the trials and difficulties of those early days. During his many years in the Sacred Priesthood he labored in Lamont and in the early '80's had charge of the churches in Maple Park, Virgil and Elburn, frequently making the trip from Maple Park to Elburn on a hand car. He spent a year in charge of the parish at Kankakee and for 17 years labored in the parish at Menominee. About the year 1905 he was transferred to Blue Island, Ill and remained there as pastor until 1909. In that year he sought the quiet of the Guardian Angel Orphanage and acted as chaplain of that institution for seven years. This hard work of a long and active ministry had undermined his health, and realizing that he could no longer fulfil the many duties which parish work would impose on him, he resigned his charge and spent the remaining years of his life in retirement. He is survived by three brothers, Wm. of Flandreau, So Dakota, Frank and John of West Brooklyn. Solemn Requiem High Mass was sung by Fr. Quinn at St. Mary's church, West Brooklyn, assisted by Fr. Eisenbacher of Chicago as Deacon and Fr. Brummel of Hampshire as Sub-deacon. The sermon was preached by Fr. Quinn. Other priests present were: Fathers W.F. Selk and H.V. O'Brien of Mendota; Fr. Salon of DeKalb, Fr. Donnermuth of Sublette, Fr. Keenan of Prophetstown and Fr. Krickle of Amboy. Burial was in the family lot at St. Mary's cemetery at West Brooklyn. How well and faithfully he labored in the long years of the ministry, the various congregations which he served, will bear witness. The many who came from afar to pay their laast tribute of reverence, love and devotion and to carry away with them a sacred memory of the countenance of him, who was Friend and Father to them, attest that this gentle, kind and amiable priest was truly a man of God. Those from a distance who attended the funeral on Friday were: Sisters M. Eudoxin and M. Dolorsa of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Halbmaier of Flandreau, So Dak; Mr and Mrs. Chris. Weber of Waterford, Wis: Mrs. Albert Roerder of Arthur, Iowa; Mr. Theo Rojeman and Mr. Hilby of Menominee, Ill; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Kirschman of Wasco Ill; Mr and Mrs. John Henkel, Mrs. Antone Helmer, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hochstettler, Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Hochstetter, Wm. H. Sondgeroth, Leo. W. Sondgeroth, and Miss Margaret Happ of Mendota; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kuehna, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kuehna, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stephenitch and Herman Schimmer of Sublette
Newspaper unknown - Contributed by Pauline Eubanks

MARY HALLIGAN died Saturday night (26 Mar 1910) at her home five miles east of Harmon as a result of an attack of pneumonia. The deceased was about eighty years of age and in consequence could not offer great resistance to the malady. The funeral will be held on Tuesday. The cortege will leave the late residence of the deceased at 8 o'clock on the morning and the obsequies will be held at 10 o'clock at St. Patrick's Church in Dixon where Father Gallagher of Amboy will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in that city. The deceased was married to Michael Halligan in Dixon many years ago, but for more than forty years they have had their home in Marion Township. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Michael and Thomas, and one brother, John Dolan of Kansas City.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Evening Gazette, Sterling, Illinois March 28, 1910 - Monday, pg 4

DONALD GENE HAMILTON , 63, of Dixon died Monday July 18, 2005 at his home. He and his wife have owned and operated the White House Restaurant in Dixon for more than 31 years. He was born Dec. 20, 1941 in Dixon, the son of Cecil and Ruby (Pruitt) Hamilton. He married Peggy Peterson on Aug. 13, 1966 in Dixon. Don was a US Army Veteran. He shared his zest for life with everyone he came into contact with. He loved hunting, golf, building, remodeling, restoring cars and racing. Survivors include his wife; daughter Jean Roser; son Eric; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Droste, sue Mixen and Vi Young and a brother Kenneth. Burial at Chapel Hill.

ROBERT WALLIS HAMILTON was the son of Clifford Struthers Hamilton and Lulu Francis Howe. He was married to Margaret Riley who is the daughter of Eva Magdelena Yetter Riley. He graduated from Carlton College in 1949 and worked for G.D. Searle Company for 37 years. He lived in Wilmette, Illinois for many years. He is the father of Charles Struthers Hamilton and William Yetter Hamilton.
Contributed by Karen Holt - Burial: Steward Cemetery, Steward, Lee County, Illinois
Birth: Oct. 9, 1923 Lincoln Lancaster County Nebraska, USA
Death: Mar. 25, 1991 Wilmette Cook County Illinois, USA

GEORGE HANNA , 20 years of age, residing south of Dixon five miles committed suicide this morning at 7 o’clock by sending a bullet through his heart. The deed was committed in the attic of his father’s house and when found he was dead. The family heard the report of the revolver. Young Hanna had been suffering mentally and has spent several months in a sanitarium. He also had some trouble with members of the family.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Evening Gazette, February 14, 1907, page 5, column 5

EMMA SOPHIA (WAGNER) HART , 86, DeKalb, died early Saturday at the DeKalb public hospital. Mrs. Hart was born January 18, 1878 in Bradford Township, Lee county, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Wagner. She was a graduate of the Ashton high school and attended Dixon college. She taught school for several years. She was married to Frank S. Hart of Ashton on Nov. 10, 1901 at Ashton and lived there until her husbands death in 1935. She was a member of the Ashton OES and the Presbyterian church. She is survived by three sons, Raymond and Richard of DeKalb and two sisters, Mrs. F.O. Smith of Kankakee and Minet Wagner of Dixon. Services were held Monday at the Chats (?) funeral home in Ashton with the Rev. Hugh Montanus, former Ashton pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Ashton cemetery.

RICHARD HART , late of Sycamore IL , born Ashton IL on December 19, 1909, passed away peacefully on April 22, 2007 in Keystone Heights , FL. He was 97 years old. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, MaryBelle (Orner) Hart, his parents, Frank and Emma ( Wagner) Hart, and his brothers Raymond and F. Stanley Hart. Richard had a genuine warmth, and enduring humor. Richard was an alumnus of Ashton High School , where he lettered in basketball. He attended the University of Illinois and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He enjoyed good health and mental clarity through all of his days. He was a long time farmer, real estate Broker and farm manager, conducting business with his brothers in DeKalb , IL as “Frank S. Hart Sons”. He was a gifted musician and played the piano for over 90 years. He was fond of recounting his playing for silent movies in Ashton’s movie theater as a youth. He also played in various dance bands as a young man, often traveling to music jobs with his brother Raymond (who played the trombone) in a “Model T” Ford. He is survived by his son, Stephen Hart (LaDonna), of Keystone Heights , FL , and daughter, Mary Diane Hart, 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was also cherished by several nieces and nephews and friends who will dearly miss him. A deeply gentle and loving soul, Richard was a true gift to us all. Compassionate generous, and honorable he connected the generations of our family to our ancestors. He was descended from Isaac ( Elizabeth ) Hart, who emigrated from England to what is now the Boston MA area in 1636, and Charles Dwight Hart and Katherine (Wright) Hart, who homesteaded and farmed in Lee County IL in the 1860’s. The family farm is now owned and operated by his nephew James Hart, and remains in the family. Thou we suffer a very great loss in his death; we are comforted to know that he is returned to a place of eternal bliss, in the care of our Creator. There will be a family graveside memorial service in Ashton IL on June 2. Burial will be in the Ashton cemetery, -- Written by his son Stephen Hart
Contributed by Carole J. Dick

JANE SUZANNE (HUTTEN) HART , 81, of Ashon died Sunday Jan. 2, 2005 at her home. She wsa born Nov. 5, 1923 in Dixon, the daughter of Paul and margaret Frances (Preston) Hutten. She married F. Stanley Hart on March 4, 1950 in Dixon. He died Mach 11, 2002. Survivors include three sons, Robert, Perry and James; a daughter Rebecca wheeler; a sister Donna Lapollo and seven grandchildren. Burial in Woodside Cemetery.

DAVID HARTMAN , a well known farmer residing at Nelson died this morning at 3 o’clock at his home after an illness of several months with a complication of diseases and his death was not entirely unexpected. The deceased leaves a wife and three young children. The widow was formerly Miss Sevilla Hax of this city and has many friends here who will deeply sympathize with her in the sorrow that has fallen to her lot. Mr. Hartman was a well to do farmer about 45 years old and a native of Nelson. He was a member of the Dixon lodge of Odd Fellows and this order will take charge of the last rites over the remains. He also belonged to the order of the Knights of the Globe and was a consistent member of the Dixon Lutheran church for many years. The funeral will take place at the church in Harmon on Friday [04/05/1901] afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Dr. Dornblaser, pastor of the Dixon Lutheran church will officiate. It is expected that a number of Mr. Hartman’s friends from this city will attend the obsequies.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Weekly Gazette, April 5, 1901, page 3, column 1

MARTHA (PARKER) HAWBECKER , 86, Franklin Grove died Friday evening at the Lee County Nursing home. (June 19, 1953) after a long illness. Mrs. Hawbecker lived most of her life in Franklin Grove. She was born Jan. 14, 1867 in Indiana the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Parker. She married George Hawbecker on March 19, 1936. Surviving are her widower, two sisters, Mrs. Cora Echoltz , Nachusa and Mrs. Fred Johnson, Dixon. Funeral services were at the Hicks funeral home today at 2 p.m. the Rev. O.D. Buck officiated.

CHARLES C. HEATON , 39, was in critical condition at KSB hospital today suffering from a self-inflicted bullet wound in the head. His condition at noon was described as 'very poor' at the hospital. Authorities reported that Heaton, very despondent over being forced to move from the farm he operated a mile north of the Brierton school shot himself in the forehead with a .22 calibre rifle at approximately 5:30 a.m. today. They said Heaton and his wife had planned to move soon, and had rented another farm. They have no children.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 5 January 1948 Charles Heaton, 39, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 6, 1948 after suffering from a prolonged period of mental depression. Born Jan. 3, 1909 in Dixon Twp., he lived in this vicinity all his life. He was baptized in St. Pauls Lutheran Church Apr. 17, 1927 and married Jan. 8 1930 to Eleanor Haenitsch by Rev. Frank Wingert of the Franklin Grove Brethern Church. He is survived by his wife, his mother Mrs. Lydia Heaton of Polo, five sisters, Mrs. William Cooper of Rockford, Mrs. Luther Acker of Polo, Mrs. Lester Cooper of Dixon, Mrs. Earl Howard of Polo and Mrs. Loren Garren of Dixon, a brother Leslie Heaton of Rt. 2 Dixon, and several nieces and nephews. His father and 2 brothers preceded him in death.

LLOYD EDWARD HEATON , 76, of Dixon died Saturday May 21, 2005 at Polo Reh. Ctr. He was a heavy equipment operator for Wastone Quarry for 34 years prior to his retirement in 1987. Lloyd was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was born Dec. 3, 1928 in Dixon, the son of Leslie Howard and Myrtle Julia (Fisher) Heaton. He married Agnes Mae Hazelwood on July 11, 1953 in Dixon. Survivors include his wife; a son Sidney; a daughter Pamela; a brother Lester and a sister Hazel Miller. He was preceded by his parents; two brothers, Frank and Glenn and one sister in infancy. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial.

JUDGE WILLIAM WEED HEATON , of Dixon, ILL., Chief-Justice of the Appellate Court for Cook County, dropped dead yesterday morning at 11 o'clock in the Northwestern Railway Company's offices. He had come to this city and spent Christmas with ex-Judge Wood. Yesterday morning he was present at the rooms of the Appellate Court, and did some little business, such as approving the bills for fitting up the rooms. He stayed there only a few moments, and then went over to the offices of the Chicago and Northwestern Railway. Ascending the stairs he sought out the office of A. M. Herrington, Esq., Assistant General Solicitor, and said to him: "My daughter is to be married to-morrow, and I would like a pass for the minister from Chicago to Dixon and return." Before Mr. Herrington could answer, he saw the Judge falling, and starting to his aid, caught him before he had reached the floor. He was taken to a private office, and died in about ten minutes, remaining unconscious all the time. As soon as possible, Coroner Dietzsch was notified, an inquest held, and a verdict of death by heart-disease returned. The body was taken to Dixon last evening.
The following sketch gives the main facts of Judge Heaton's life:
William Weed Heaton was born in Western, Oneida County, N.Y. April 18, 1814. He received an academical education, and, after completing his allotted course of studies, engaged in school-teaching, but remained in this pursuit only a short time. In 1835, having decided to become a lawyer, he entered upon a course of legal study, and in 1838, having completed his course, was admitted to the Bar in Terre Haute, Ind., and at once gained a good practice and large circle of clients. In 1840 he removed to Dixon, ILL., and continued the practice of his profession until 1861. In that year he was elected Judge of the Circuit Court, and continued to occupy that position until July of this year, when he was chosen as one of the Judges of the Appellate Court for this county. On the assembling of the court Oct. 16, Judge Heaton was chosen Chief Justice. Judge Heaton was known as a skillful and upright expounder of the law, and a man of great acquirements. His rulings and judgments were noted for clearness, and his deportment on the Bench won the respect of the Bar and the citizens over whose suits he presided.
DIXON, ILL., Dec. 26, --- The intelligence of Judge Heaton's sudden death in Chicago, at the office of the Hon. B. C. Cook, which was received here to-day about 8 o'clock p.m., cast a deep gloom over our entire city, where the deceased has resided for the past thirty years. What makes the case still more sad, invitations were out for the wedding of his youngest daughter, which was to take place at his residence tomorrow evening. There will be a meeting of the Lee County Bar, also of our citizens to-morrow, to take action relative to his death, and make arrangements for the funeral services, the time of which is not yet definitely fixed.
Contributed by Elsie Harmon
The Dixon Telegraph has an obituary in their archives but I don't have a copy of it.
Born 18 Apr 1814 - Died 26 Dec 1877 the son of John and Sarah (Weed) Heaton. Married to Angeline C.Seymour 10 December 1837 in Oneida NY - Married 2nd time to Phebe Miller 5 April 1839 in Vego IN and married 3rd time to Lucinda 17 March 1851 in Dixon IL.

THOMAS H. HEHIER : Funeral services for Thomas H. Hehier formerly a resident of Sublette and Amboy where he worked as an operator for the Illinois Central Railroad, will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patricks Catholic Church in Rockford. Mr. Hehier died at 1 a.m. Sunday at St. Anthony's hospital in Rockford where he underwent surgery two weeks ago. Born in Wapella Ill., June 3, 1884, he married Edith Theiss, Sublette, 1908. She died at Rockford in 1926. Five children were born to them; Mrs. Larry Aldrich, Rock Island; Mrs. Theo Lang, Rockford; Mrs. Hal McCue, Rockford; Harold, Rockford and Mrs. Thomas Blake, Rockford. Fourteen Grandchildren and eight sisters also survive. A son Roger died at the age of 3 in 1924. He had lived in Rockford since since 1919 where he worked for the C.B. & Q, Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 25 November 1947

ANNA (KERSTEN) HEIBENTHAL , 90, died at her home in Ashton Monday (August 8, 1955) at 8:15 p.m. following a long illness. She was born on October 15, 1864 in Reynolds township in Lee county the daughter of John & Christina Hildebrandt Kersten. She was one of eleven children. On September 30, 1884 she was married to William Hiebenthal. Surviving are two sons Harvey and Clarence, Ashton; two daughters, Mrs. Della Tadd, Ashton and Mrs. Ada Webber, Compton; two brothers August and John, Ashton; eight grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, a daughter Mrs. Alta Wagner and eight brothers and sisters. Services will be Thursday at the E.U.B. church in Ashton. Rev. Tenney will officiate. The body is at the Cluts funeral home.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 09 August 1955

RUSSELL L. HELFRICH , 74, of Dixon, died Feb. 9, 2005 at KSB Hospital. He was employed by Rock River Ready Mix as aTeamster, retiring in 1995. He was born May 16, 1930 in Dixon, the son of Roy & Millie (Fischer) He married Agnes Anne Blackburn on APril 7, 1951. She died Jan. 19, 1978. He then married Dorothy L. Nelson Stover on June 13, 1981 in Dixon. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 727 and Elks Lodge BPOE 772, all in Dixon. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Kenneth, Thomas and Roanald; two sisters Ethel Steder and Alice Mills; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He wsa preced by a brother Elwin and two sisters Grace Zentz and Mildred Helfrich. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

DONNA (PENTLAND) HENSON , 73, of Dixon died Oct. 6, 2005 at Lee County Nursing and Reh. Center. She was employed by Dixon State School, Dixon Developmental Center and Mabley Development Center for 48 years, retiring in 1997. She was born July 29, 1932 in Dixon, the daughter of Vivian Duane & Margaret Allene (Baker) Pentland. She married Kenenth Henson on Nov. 13, 1952 in Dixon. He died March 1, 2004. Survivors include two daughters, Jeanette of Dixon and Tamra Hamilton of Sterling, a sister, Beverly Ott of San Bernardino CA and two grandchildren, Nichole Cowell and Zachary Hamilton both of Sterling. Burial in Chapel Hill.

LILLIE (TOMPKINS) HENSON , 85, of Rock Falls died March 10, 2005 at her home. She helped her husband manage and maintain rental properties. She was born Feb. 3, 1920 in Dixon, the daughter of Lawrence and Gertrude (Royer) Tompkins. She married Stanley Henson on June 16, 1945 in Rock Falls. He died Feb. 13, 2003. She collected roosters and enjoyed garage sales. Survivors includer her children, Linda Diamondstein, Bob Meenan, Wesley and Sharon Kay and her friend, Bill Chessmore; four sisters Isabelle Snyder, Loretta Barber, Louise Tutterow and Lois Bottoms; a brother Lawrence Tompkins; 18 grandchildren. Burial at Coloma Township Cemetery Rock Falls.

VERMAL HENSON , 69, of Nachusa died Friday, June 20, 2003, in Visalia, Calif. He was employed by Prince Castle for 30 and then by Ludwig Dairy for 17 years. until retiring. Mr. Hensonn was born Feb. 18, 1934 in Dixon. the son of Levi and Hazel (Wright) Henson. He served in the Army during the Korean War He married Marie Susanna Biehle on Feb. 4, 1972, in Dixon.

Survivors include his wife. three sons, Allan (Donna) Henson and John (Jennifer) Shank, both of Dixon, and Ted (Jeannie) Henson of Franklin Grove; a daughter, Jeannie (Steve) Howell of Dixon. A brother, Ken (Donna) Benson of Dixon; three sisters. Darlene (Phil) Bondi, Bonnie (Robert) Worman and Judy (Ed) Payne, all of Dixon; and 17 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents: a brother, Don Benson; and a sister, Linda Pavesich. Private interment of cremains is at Emmert Cemetery, with the Rev. Tim Mitchell, pastor of United Methodist Church of Franklin Grove, officiating. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schiller Funeral Home, Dixon.
Daily Gazette June 25, 2003

EMILY ELIZABETH (HUNSDON) HEPFER , was born in Taylor Township, Ogle County on July 8th, 1848, the second of five daughters of Edward and Martha Brown Hunsdon who have preceded her in death. She was married to William A. Hepfer on May 13, 1875. Two children were born to this union, Adelaide and Clarence J. Mrs. Hepfer died on November 9th at the home of her son Clarence, where she has resided for the past two years, an an invalid, confined to her bed all the time. About three years ago she suffered a fall which broke her hip and injured her back. She was taken to Oregon to a hospital where she remained one year, then to her son's home. After her marriage she and her husband lived in Ashton for a time, moving to Franklin Grove where she made her home until her accident. She had been a resident of this town for about fifty years. Her husband died on October 9, 1923 and the daughter (Adelaide) December 1, 1925. Those left to mourn her passing are her son Clarence, two sisters, Mrs. Annie Moore of West Moline, and Miss Alice Hunsdon of Dixon, ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the home of her son, Rev. E. W. O'Neal of the Lighthouse Methodist Church officiating. Funeral hymns were sung by Mrs. Clyde Speck and Mrs. Ruth Kelley, with Mrs. W. L. Moore at the piano. The casket bearers were four grandsons, Clinton, Charles, Clifford and Joseph Hepfer, two grandsons-in-law, Curtis Ehmen and John Bennett. Burial was in the Franklin cemetery.
Source: Roger Cramer - Dixon Telegraph Oct. Nov. 15, 1933, pg. 10, col. 6.

MARY OLIVE (BEMIS) HEPFER , 82, Nashua Township, died at 6 PM Saturday in Warmolts Clinic here. She was born November 10, 1875 in Nashua Township, Ogle County, daughter of Clinton and Ida (Hardesty) Bemis. She was married to Clarence Hepfer Sept. 15, 1898. He died in 1940. Survivors are four sons, Clinton, Dixon; Clifford, Peoria; Charles, Oregon; and Joseph, Chana; six daughters, Mrs. Ethel Ehmen, Lindenwood; Mrs. Ida Long, Chana; Mrs. Emma Grimm, Franklin Grove; Mrs. Helen Hodges, Harmon; Mrs. Orletta Frisk, Chana; and Vivian Hepfer at home; 29 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sister, Mrs. Hattie Hay, Oregon, and Mrs. Elwilda (Alwilda) Millard, Rockford; and a brother, Joseph, Oregon. Services will be held at 1:30 PM Tuesday in the Farrell Funeral Home here and at 2 PM in Lighthouse (Methodist) Church with the Rev. Emery Burton officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday afternoon and evening.
Source: Roger & Sue Cramer

VIVIAN MAE HEPFER , 89, of Oregon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at Oregon Healthcare Center. She taught English at Evanston High School, prior to her retirement. Vivian was born, February 25, 1921, in Oregon, the youngest of 11 children born to Clarence and Mary Olive (Bemis) Hepfer. She was a graduate of Oregon High School and Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She was a 56-year member of the First United Methodist Church, Dixon. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Geneve Hepfer; and 22 nieces and nephews. Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Clinton Hepfer, Clifford Hepfer, Charles Hepfer, and Joseph Hepfer; six sisters, Fern Winterland, Ethel Ehmen, Ruth Long, Emma Deutsch, Helen Hodges, and Orletta Frisk.
Source: Roger & Sue Cramer - Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Ltd.

WILLIAM AUGUSTUS HEPFER (Biography / Obituary) - William Augustus Hepfer born March 15, 1849 was named after the minister of Grindstone Hill Church, at that time, the Rev. Augustus C. Wedekind. Baptized at the Grindstone Hill Evangelical Church by the Rev. Augustus C. Wedekind, 1849. Per National Archive records, there are no Civil War military service records for William A. Hepfer b. 15 March 1849. William A. Hepfer and Emily Elizabeth Hunsdon were married by the Reverend George A. Brown in Franklin Grove, Illinois on May 13, 1875. Their son, Clarence, was born on December 1, 1875.
(Dixon Telegraph Oct 10, 1923 newspaper Account, front page, lower left column )

Franklin Grove Veterinary Dies Suddenly - Dr. Hepfer, well known veterinary at Franklin Grove, died suddenly last Wednesday morning at the home of Arthur Meilke, north of Franklin Grove where he had been called upon professional services. Death is said to have been due to apoplexy. Dr. Hepfer was an able man in his profession and had a wide acquaintance throughout this part of the state.
2nd Obituary. from great granddaughter, Marion Roth: By the death of Dr. Wm. Hepfer, this vicinity lost one of its most familiar characters. His presence in the business circle will be greatly missed, as he was always present - and amiable and pleasant to everyone. As a veterinarian, his services were valuable to farmers, and in this profession he has no successor in the immediate vicinity. His sudden death came while he was administering to a sick animal at the Emil Mielke home, north of town. He had not been enjoying the best of health for some time, and prior to leaving for the country had mentioned the fact that he was ill. Wm. A. Hepfer was born March 15, 1849, at Chambersburg, Franklin Co., PA. and died at his home in Franklin Grove, IL on October 9, 1923, at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 24 days. He was the youngest son of a family of twelve children - six girls and six boys. His parents, Daniel Hepfer and Rebecca Fox Hepfer, continued their residence at Chambersburg, PA, until called from this life. He was reared under the influence of the German Lutheran faith. Coming to Lee County, IL when 21 years of age, he soon thereafter resided at Lanark and for three years read and practiced in the veterinary profession under the direction of his brother, John, also a veterinarian. Later, the deceased resided in Ogle County about three years and also at Ashton the same period of time. For thirty-nine years, he practiced his profession in Franklin Grove. Death resulted from a cerebral hemorhage. On May 13, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Emily E. Hunsdon of Ogle County. To this union were born - one son, Clarence J., residing north of this city, and one daughter, Adelaide, Mrs. Walter Freer, of Benton Harbor, Michigan. His widow, the two children, one brother, Peter of Upper Lumber City, PA; and one sister, Catharine, Mrs. Theophilus Young, of Hagerstown, MD survive him. Funeral services were held at the late home Friday afternoon, Rev. C. W. Lahman of the Brethren Church officiating, being assisted by Elder George Brown of Oregon (brother of Martha Brown Hunsdon, mother of William's wife, Emily). Interment was made in the local cemetery. Per Aunt Ruth (Hepfer) Long: Her grandpa, William, loved cigars and loved to laugh. She was very fond of him. He always had a little piece of candy for the grandchildren. He was trained as a veterinarian by his oldest brother, John Hepfer, who was a vet in Lanark, Carroll County, IL. After leaving John, William first moved to Ashton, IL and then on to Franklin Grove where he remained. On the night he died, he was called to the Meilke farm because a cow was having trouble delivering a calf. 1920 Census - Franklin Grove, China Twp., Lee Co., IL - William was listed as a veterinary surgeon. His parents are listed correctly as father born in PA and mother born in MD. Emily's parents are listed correctly as father born in VT and mother born in Ireland. Alice Hunsdon (Emily's sister) aged 67 is living with them and also as housekeeper.
Contributed by Roger and Sue Cramer

CHESTER HILL , 85, of Oregon died Oct. 4, 2005 at his home. He farmed in Ogle County for 39 years, retiring in 1989. He was born June 8, 1920 in Dixon, the son of Lee and Edith (Heckman) Hill. He served in the Army during WW II. Survivors include a son, Russell; a daughter Sherry Palmer; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded by a sister ALice Thompson and a brother Jim Bennett. Burial in Chapel Hill.

GLADYS J. (WOODROW) HILL , 90, of Ashton, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2000, in Heritage Manor, Mendota, after a long illness. Born Oct. 6, 1910, in Kansas, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Wagner) Woodrow. Married Raymond W. Hill on June 14, 1936, in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon. She was a mother and homemaker who taught elementary school and helped her husband farm in the Ashton area for many years. Survivors include four daughters, Peggy Hill of Dixon, Mary Lou (John) Glotfelty of Rome, Ga., Joan (Lew) Girmsheid of Batavia and Beverly (Bernard) Bodmer of Mendota nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Predeceased by husband, one sister and three brothers. Services at noon Monday, Nov. 13, in Lyons Cluts-Simes Funeral Home, Main and Richardson. Interment in Franklin Grove Cemetery. Visitation from 11 a.m. until service time Monday in the funeral home. A memorial has been established for Kreider School, Dixon. 11-12-2
Rockford Register Star (IL) - Monday, November 13, 2000

MARTHA ELIZABETH (MYER) HILLS - As the result of an illness which has confined her to her home since April 29th last, Mrs. Charles E. Hills passed …..can’t read. This news will be received with deep and sincere sorrow in scores of Ottawa homes, although it does not come unexpectedly to those of Mrs. Hills Friends who were aware of the serious nature of the malady which had stricken her. But to those who owe many a cheerful hour to her kindly disposition and her splendid character the blow can be softened but little. A measure of consolation will be found in the remarkable example of womanly fortitude which her life record shows. Martha Elizabeth Hills was born in the city of New York August 10, 1845, and about 1854 came with her parents, George W. and Elizabeth Urmy Myer, to Illinois, the family taking up their residence on a farm near Dixon. She completed her education in Dixon seminary, and thereafter taught school until her marriage to Charles E. Hills, of Polo, Ill. May 27, 1868. After her marriage she resided at Polo, Dixon and Seneca, Ill., coming to Ottawa in May, 1881, where she has resided continuously until her death. While still a girl she was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which she was an active working member as long as her health would permit. Hers was essentially a life of service for others, and being of an especially cheery disposition, she made many friends. Her love for and devotion to her invalid mother during a period of nice years of nine years of illness will not soon be forgotten by her acquaintance. For the last fourteen years of her life she had suffered severely for rheumatism and neuralgia, but owing to her bravery in the face of suffering and her cheerful disposition few realized the full extent of the pain and convenience she experienced. At the time of her death, in addition to her church affiliation, she belonged to the King’s Daughters, the Daughters of the Revolution and the Ottawa Woman’s club. She leaves a host of friends who will mourn her loss and treasure her memory.

Mrs. Hills leaves her surviving her husband, Charles E. Hills, and her son, George P. Hills, both of this city, and these brothers, John H. Myer, of Idaho City, Idaho, Charles A. Myer of Placerville, Idaho, and George W. Myer of Chicago. The funeral will be held at the First Methodist church Wednesday afternoon, September 20th, at 2:30. Internment will be made in Ottawa Avenue cemetery. At the special request of Mrs. Hills, who felt that flowers, were best bestowed in life and whose sick room had been abundantly provided with such by her acquaintances in her last illness, the friends and are requested to please omit flowers at the funeral.
Contributed by Charles Caughlan / Daily Republic Times Ottawa Illinois September 18, 1916

ELSIE M. (COOPER) HINES , 79, of Harmon died Feb. 28, 2005 at CGH Medical Ctr. She was born Aug. 19, 1925 in Dixon, the daughter of John William and Mabelle Josephine 9Nettz) Pettit. She married Roland Alvin Hicks on Feb. 27, 1949 at Pine Creek Christian Church, Dixon. He died Nov. 2, 1998. She was a member of Harmon United Metho. Church. Womens' Club, served as treasurer of the church for many years, and a member of Eastern Star. Survivors include four sons, John Roland, James William, Thomas Joel and David Alvin; a sister Juanita Osborne and 12 granchildren. Burial at Chapel Hill.

ELSIE M. (COOPER) HINES , 92, of Resthave Nursing Morrison, died Thursday, July 17, 2003, at CGH Medical Center. She owned and operated Hines Market for 23 years, and then was employed by Peterson's Drug Store and Wilken's IGA, all in Morrison. Mrs. Hines was born Jan. 19, 1911, in Dixon, the daughter of Lester E. and Myrtle (Heaton) Cooper. She attended Dixon High School. She married Irvin C. Hines on Jan, 19, 1928, in Dixon. He died April 19, 1962. She was a member of Rebecca Lodge and enjoyed spending time with her family. Survivors include three daughters, Sandra (Merle) Grau of Morrison; Beverly (Carlos) Lynch of New Canann, Conn., and Roberta (Robert) Blean of Good Year, Ariz.: 12 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a great-grandchild; a sister, Vernie Cooper Scott; and two brothers, Russell and Herbert Cooper. Memorial service is at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Dr. Daniel Swinson, pastor of Morrison United Methodist Church, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude' Children's Research Hospital and the Mitochondrial Disease
Daily Gazette 18 July 2003

GRACE (DeFUR) HINZ , 53 of Ashton, passed away at 11 o'clock Sunday morning at the Rochelle hospital. Funeral services will be held at the Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Mr. Peters officiating. Burial will be at the Washington Grove cemetery. Grace DeFur, daughter of William & Clara Defur, was born near Long Pine Nebr. Sept. 12, 1890 and came to Ashton in 1915 following her marriage to Henry Hinz on May 30, 1911. She is survived by her husband, her parents, five children; Zelda, Clarice, Lois (Mrs. Glen Melhausen) and Henry Jr. all of Ashton and S/Sgt. Burton Hinz who is in England. Two grandchildren, Sarah Ann Hinz and William Melhausen. A son preceded her in death in infancy.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 May 1944

LOIS HITCHCOCK , 55, of Amboy, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center . Lois was born Sept. 22, 1951, in Princeton, the daughter of Charles A. and Mary ( Austin ) Hitchcock. She was a member of First Baptist Church , Amboy. Survivors include a daughter, Tann Ackley of Machias, Maine; two sisters, Shirley Springer of Dixon and Judy Purdy of Princeton, Maine; a half brother, Kenny Austin of Minneapolis; a granddaughter; nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jim (Paula) Blue, Sherrie Thompson and Margaret Prather, all of Amboy. Graveside service is at a later date at Restland Cemetery , Mendota, with the Rev. Rocky Fritz officiating. Arrangements were completed by Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota.
Contributed by Pat Esterday

BRENDA (HARTSELL) HITTLET , 50, of Dixon , died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at her home. She was employed by Appraisal Associates of Northwest Illinois as an office manager. Mrs. Hittlet was born Feb. 20, 1957, in Rockford , the daughter of Clarence and June (Kendel) Hartsell. She married Mark Hittlet on July 10, 1986, in Oregon . She was a member of Wednesday night ladies bowling league at Plum Hollow. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Amanda Snow of Dixon and Emily Hittlet and Natalie Hittlet, both at home; her father of Oregon; two sisters, Debra (James) Tennison of Munfordville, Ky., and Robin Hartsell of Arlington, Va.; a brother, David (Candy) Hartsell of Ashton; and her grandmother, Mary Acaley of Oregon. She was preceded in death by her mother; and a brother, Paul Hartsell. The funeral is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon , with the Rev. Dr. Vincent O. Marrakino, KSB Hospital Director of religious services, officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon . Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

JACOB HITTLE - Of dropsy, Feb. 6th, 1877, Mr. Jacob Hittle, aged 69 years, 8 months and 29 days. (28 days on marker.) Mr. Hittle was born in Penn. May 8th, 1809 (Calculates to 8/9 May 1807), and married Aug. 9th, 1835, to her who now mourns his loss. In 1832 he moved to Ind., and in 1842 came to Ills., and settled a few miles north of the present town of Nachusa, and within a short distance of where his body now lies. The earlier years of Mr. Hittle's life were spent in active labor --the lot of the pioneer. Of late years he has suffered much from disease; in his last illness, intensely. Through all of this, his family, who, though happy at his release from pain, still mourn the loss of a father, were unceasing in their care. The same may truly be said of his neighbors who so cheerfully lent their aid during his long sickness. Nor was he unprepared for death. In 1840 he united with the Christian church in Ind. Finding no congregation of his choice when he came to Ill., he united with the Dunkards; until the Christian church at Pine creek was organized and then he cast his lot with them. Notwithstanding his pain he bore it all without a murmur, and was anxious to depart this life. Visions of angels came before him in his last moments, and bidding his friends and family farewell he fell asleep. The funeral was largely attended. The services were conducted by J. H. Wright, pastor of the Christian church, of Sterling, assisted by Mr. Layman, of the Dunkard church.
Contributed by Elsie Harmon - from the Dixon Telegraph 22 February 1877

EDWARD G. HOEPNER 58, of Dixon , died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007, at his sister’s home in Dixon . He worked as a pipe fitter-welder for Union Local 501, Aurora. Edward was born July 27, 1949, in Aurora, the son of Edward Edwin and Margaret (Cyko) Hoepner. He was an avid car collector. Survivors include his mother and a sister, Patricia (John) Krug, both of Dixon ; two nieces, Nicole (Chris) Peterson of DeKalb and Tessa (Nathan) Smice of Dixon; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends, Leo and Sarah Imfeld of Dixon . He was preceded in death by his father; and a daughter, Deanne Marie. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon , with the Rev. Dr. Vincent O. Marrandino, KSB Hospital chaplin, officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon . Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to KSB Hospice, Dixon .
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, Page A2 – Col 1-2

BRUCE HOPKINS , 51, of Paw Paw died Oct. 14, 2005 at St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at the Paw Paw Firehouse with Rev. Ken Foster officiating. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until time of service at the firehouse. Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at the Wyoming Township Cemetery. Torman Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Mr. Hopkins was born Dec. 19, 1953 in Mendota to George and Dorothy (Buchanan) Hopkins. Survivors include three brothers, Brian (Linda) Hopkins of New Lisbon, Wis., Barry (Anita) Hopkins of Paw Paw and Bart of Peru; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Brent; and one sister, Monica Kummers. Mr. Hopkins was a 1971 graduate of Paw Paw High School and worked for the Illinois Tollway as a mechanic for 28 years. He was a member of Teamsters Local 726 and the Paw Paw Fire Department, where he was department mechanic.

ELEANOR GRACE (PETERSON) HOPKINS , of Sandwich, IL, passed away October 22, 2005 at Sandwich Rehabilitation Center. She was born October 1, 1918 in Rollo, IL, the daughter of Nels and Elsie (Dooling) Peterson. Eleanor was well known for her jovial fun loving personality and was happiest welcoming friends and relatives for bountiful dinners, and parties. She enjoyed many arts and crafts over the years and fulfilled her desire to be an artist in mid-life, doing both oils and water colors, making quilts and many various craft projects. Her biggest passion was keeping the cupboards and freezer full of in season fruits and vegetables. She loved having the grandchildren around to help with projects, and she made sure each one had their station to work from. At Christmas, there were always more cookies and candy than anyone could use. Eleanor attended church whenever the doors were open and she was able. She possessed a deep and abiding faith in her Heavenly Father, which was the basis for her joyfulness and sustained her through every trail. Long after her health failed and she could barely speak, she was able to sing every verse of her favorite hymns. It was evident that she understood and appreciated the true meaning of her middle name - Grace. She is survived by her loving and faithful husband of 65 years, Norman Hopkins of Sandwich; her two daughters, Janice (James) Quist and Beth Jaeger; five grandchildren, Kent Quist, Jami (Gary) Bonifas, Trisha Schmeckpeper, Michael Jaeger and Tammy (Travis) Mathis; ten great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Marion Hunter and Eloise Pardridge. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, & two sisters. Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM, Tuesday, October 25, 2005 at Turner Funeral Home in Somonauk. Burial will follow in Wyoming Cemetery in Paw Paw, IL. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 7:00 PM on Monday, October 24, 2005 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to Fox Valley Older Adults or Somonauk Baptist Church School. Arrangements by Turner Funeral Home, 13160 (Rt. 34), Somonauk, IL 60552.
Contributed by Karen Holt

NORMAN HOPKINS , of Sandwich passed away quietly on Monday, July 28, 2008 at Delnor Hospital. Norman was born on September 29, 1920 in Paw Paw, IL to Ruth (Town) and Neil Hopkins. He married Eleanor Grace (Peterson) Hopkins on August 17, 1940. Norman proudly served in the Army during World War II in Italy, Belgium and Germany. After returning home he worked for many years in the plumbing and heating business in Sandwich and in Yorkville for Homer Dickson until partnering with three others in their own business before his retirement. After retirement, he enjoyed working part time at Art's Supermarket until his eyesight and health declined. He is survived by his daughters, Janice (James) Quist of Sugar Grove, IL and Beth Jaeger of Sandwich, IL; his five grandchildren, Kent Quist, Jami (Gary) Bonifas, Trisha (Wayne) Miller, Michael Jaeger and Tammy Mathis; 11 great-grandchildren; a half brother, Kenneth Peters; sisters-in-law, Marian Hunter, Polly Peterson and Adeline Peterson; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Eleanor Hopkins in 2005 and his parents. Norman was dearly loved by all who knew him as a quiet man with a dry sense of humor who worked hard and always put others needs before his own. He was known by the kind, patient and trustworthy way he lived all his days. During the eight years his beloved wife was in a nursing home, he visited her every day, often walking the nearly mile each way in the cold weather to sit and hold her hand and comfort her. His faith in the Lord was his stronghold throughout his days as he gracefully accepted his trials with blindness and other health problems with little complaint. He was a member of Somonauk Baptist Church since moving to Sandwich in the 1950's and attended faithfully before his health failed. His family and friends will miss him terribly but we know that finally he can see clearly. Visitation will be held Thursday evening, July 31, 2008 from 5:00-7:00 and a memorial service immediately following at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home in Sandwich. Private graveside services will be held at Wyoming Cemetery in Paw Paw, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Fox Valley Older Adults of Sandwich or the building fund of Village Bible Church of Sugar Grove. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.TurnerBurkhartFH.com. Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home, 606 E. Arnold Road, Sandwich, IL 60548 815-786-2165
Contributed by Karen Holt

JOSEPH RICHARD HORTON - Dick passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 17th, 2004, at the age of 71. Born on June 28th, 1933, in Dixon, Illinois, he is survived by his wife of 47 years Carole Cason Horton; sons, Joseph R. Horton, Jr., and S. Taylor Horton; daughters, Susan Horton Richards and Laura Theresa Horton; sister, Susan Jean Bentley. Dick was a graduate of Topeka Kansas High School and earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Omaha; a Master's degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a Master's degree in Political Science from Auburn University. He was a graduate of the Air War College. A career Air Force Officer, Dick enlisted in the Aviation Cadet program in 1954 and was awarded his pilot's wings in May 1955. During his career he flew and instructed in the B-47, B-52 and B-58 aircraft and served as a senior staff officer in the office of the Joint Chief's of Staff. He flew 289 combat missions in the 0-2A as a Forward Air Controller and Detachment Commander in Vietnam. He was the youngest triple rated (pilot, navigator, and bombardier) flying officer in the United States Air Force. In 1983 Dick retired from the Air Force as Deputy Chief of Staff/Logistics, Headquarters 15th Air Force, March Air Force Base and settled in Moreno Valley. His numerous personal decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters and three Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry. He then completed a second career in the aerospace industry. He was the Logistics Engineering Department Manager for Lockheed Corporation's Vandenberg Space Shuttle operations and the Logistics Program Manager for the B2 program with Northrop Corporation. Dick was a life member of the Air Force Association and a member of the Order of Daedalians. His passions were his family, his country, his Great Danes and fishing. Interment with full military honors will be at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at Riverside National Cemetery. Staging Area #2., 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA 92518

JOHN B. HOUCK , 66, of Sterling died Friday, July 18, 2003, at CGH Medical Center, after an extended illness. John was born Nov. 24, 1936,in Woosung. the son of John and Sadie (Farster) Houck. He married Carolyn Curlee in Dixon on March 1, 1962. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 for the past 35 years. He worked for Prescott Construction, Sterling, for 18 years before retiring. He was a member of St. Luke Episcopal Church, Dixon. Surviving are his wife, Carolyn; two daughters. Theresa Houck of Rockford and Kathy (Dan) Sigwards of Sterling; one son, John M. Houck of Sterling; three grandchildren, Cara, Lucas and Alyssa Sigwards; five brothers, Don (Carole) Houck of Dixon, Walter (Sandy) Houck of Roscoe, Wilbur (Elsie) Houck of Sterling, Dennis Houck of Polo and Robert (Ruth) Houck of Sterling; and five sisters, Janet Grygiel and Dorothy (Phil) Glick, both of Rockford, Phyllis Wittenauer of Forreston and Cheryl (Vernon) Shetler and Pat Houck, both of Polo. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters. Funeral services will be at 11 am. Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with Deacon Janet Grygiel, his sister, officiating. Burial will follow at Palmyra Cemetery, rural Dixon. Visitation is from 10-11 am. Tuesday at the funeral
Sterling Gazette 20 Jul 2003

PATRICIA LOUISE HOUCK , 60, of Polo died Jan. 19, 2005 at Swedish American Hospital Rockford following a brief illness. She worked for Imeco-York Intl for 13 years as head of human resources and was a consultant for Mary Kay and Creative Memories. She was born April 19, 1944 in Dixon, the daughter of John Henry & Sadie Viola (Farster) Houck. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church Dixon. Survivors include five brother, Wilmer, Robert, Donald, Walter and Dennis; four sisters, Dorothy Glick, Phyllis Wittenauer, Janet Grygiel and Cheryl Shetler. She was preceded by two sisterm Mary Hart and Darlen Houck a brother John and a niece Trina Houck. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial.

ISAAC E. HUNT , departed this life on Monday night, August 27, 1900. The illness of the deceased had extended over a considerable time. His friends had given up hopes of his recovery for some time previous to his death. Mr. Hunt was an old settler in this neighborhood, having come here in 1852. He was a man of unusual worth and numbered his friends by the score. He was identified with the growth and history of this part of the county and was always regarded as one of Wyoming's most substantial and influential citizens. Owing to the length of his obituary, we are unable to publish it this week, but will do so next. The funeral was held in the Baptist church, of which he was a member, Wednesday forenoon at 10 o'clock.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

L. DeFOREST HUNT - Word has been received here of the death of L. DeForest Hunt, 50, well-known in this area, at his home in Hollywood, Fla. Mr. Hunt, formerly of DeKalb, died May 14. Burial was at DeKalb. Mr. Hunt was an active golfer and had played in many tournaments at Dixon and Sterling. Survivors include his widow the former Harriet Terwilliger, grandaughter of the late Harriet Landis Stitzel, and two sons, John in the service and Eugene, also a member of the armed forces.
The Dixon Evening Telegraph 21 May 1952

MAMIE (WRAGG) HUSEMAN - 67, of 303 S. Prairie in Polo, died Sunday at White Pines Manor in Oregon. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Chuch in Polo with Rev. Wayne Coggins officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dixon. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. Mrs. Huseman was born March 10, 1918 in Pine Creek Township, the daughter of Edward and Margaret Wragg. She was united in marriage to Ellsworth Huseman on July 29, 1936 in the Pine Creek Church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Gerald (Lydia) Hank of Waukegan, and Mrs. Kenneth (Sallie) Zimmerman of Dixon; three sons, James of Fond du Lac, Wis., Louie of Dixon and Eddie of Mt. Morris; five grandchildren and one brother, Jack Wragg of Polo. She was preceded in death by one brother and one grandchild. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 9, 1985 - Monday, pg A4

MRS. RAYMOND HUYETT , 66, of 923 First street, passed away at the KSB hospital 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at the Preston funeral home at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon the Rev. George J. Curran, pastor of St. Pauls Lutheran Church officiating. Creamation will follow. Friends are asked to omit flowers. Mrs. Huyett is survived by her husband, her mother Mrs. Jennie Pieper of Dixon, two sisters Mike Smith of Dixon, and Mrs. Grace Murphy of Chicago; and two brothers Fred Pieper of Dixon, and Arthur Pieper of Moline. Her father passed away 1 Mar 1923.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 12 January 1948

HELEN E. HUSSEY - 80, a resident of the Morgan Memorial Nursing Home, Stockton, for the last 22 years, died Saturday evening, October 28, 1989 after an extended illness. Born on August 31, 1909 in Amoby, she was the daughter of Warren Bruce and Helen (Bourne) Hussey. Surviving are a brother, Dr. L. B. Hussey of Savanna; and a sister, Mrs. Virginia (John) Whiton of Freeport. Private family graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy, with Dr. Gerald Robey, administrator of the Parkview Home, officiating.
Contributed by Alice Horner

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