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LOUIS LaFEVER , 63, of Dixon, died, Wednesday, August 16, 2006, at his home. Along with his wife, Vonda, they have owned and operated Flower’s Etc., Dixon, since 1990. Mr. LaFever was born, December 21, 1942, in Dixon, Illinois, the son of William and Josephine (Bevilacque) LaFever. He married Vonda Stouwie on June 30, 1989, in Iowa City, IA. Bud was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Dixon, Dixon Rotary Club, past board member of Dixon Main Street, past board member of the Dixon Chamber of Commerce, and member of the E.A.A. He was an avid woodworker, hunter, fisherman, and an airplane enthusiast. Survivors include his wife, Vonda, Dixon; four sons, Bill (Sue) LaFever, Rockford, Bob LaFever, Corona Del Mar, CA, Sayer (Erica) Martin, West Des Moines, IA, Tyler Martin, Omaha, NE; three daughters, Lisa (John) Sullivan, Chicago, Chris LaFever, Omaha, NE, EllieJo LaFever, Dixon; his parents, William and Josephine LaFever, Dixon; two brothers, Bill (Joan) LaFever, Kansas City, MO, Mike (Jane) LaFever, Dixon; two sisters, Barbara Jo (Edward) Kinports, Shawnee Mission, KS, Jill (George) Reigle, Highland Park, IL; and seven grandchildren, Cody and Kylie Sullivan, Reid and Morgan Zuerlein, Will, Arli Jo, and Neve LaFever. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, August 19, 2006, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert W. Jones, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon.

J. HAROLD LAHMAN , 66, former Sterling resident, died unexpectedly Thursday in his home in Silver Springs , MD. Services will be conducted at the Behrens Mortuary in Sterling Monday at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. Lloyd Wilkinson of the Congregational Church in sterling officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Dixon . Friends may call at the Behrens Mortuary from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Mr. Lahman was born April 30, 1900, the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Lahman in Franklin Grove. He was educated in the Franklin Grove schools and at the University of Wisconsin . Lahman moved from the area to Chicago in 1952. Lahman is survived by his widow, Mildred; one daughter Mrs. Robert Rosselott, Potomac , Md. ; three grandchildren, tow brothers, W. C. Lahman, Sterling and J. B. Lahman, Franklin Grove; three sisters, Mrs. George Andrews, Oak Park , Ill. , Mrs. Lela Irvin, Silver Springs , Md. and Mrs. Helen Towne, Franklin Grove.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Feb 11, 1967 Sterling Gazette

JENNIE E. LAING , 85, of East Everett Street, a life long resident of Dixon passed away at KSB Hospital monday evening after an illness of 10 days. Funeral services will be held at the Staples funeral home 2:00 Thursday, Dr. Floyd L. Blewfield, pastor of the 1st Methodist church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood. Miss Laing was born in Dixon, a daughter of Robert & Maria (Dill) Laing. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. W.S. Morris of Dixon, two nephews and four neices.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 7 November 1944.

AGNES (GARLAND) LALLY , died at 1:45 a.m. today (25 January 1951) at the KSB hospital after a short illness at the age of 53. Surviving are her husband and one daughter Janet. A daughter, Joan, preceded her in death. Three sisters, Miss Olive Garland and Miss Charlotte Garland of Sterling and Mrs. Mildred McCormick, Harmon; five brothers, Frank, Thomas, Edward, Paul and Harry Garland of Harmon also survive. Services will be held from the Jones Funeral home Saturday at 8:45 a.m. and at 9:30 from St. Flannens Church, burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery. (Dixon Evening Telegraph 25 January 1951)

2nd Obit additional information: Mrs. Raymond Lally, 53, died at KSB hospital Jan. 25. Mrs. Lally, the former Agnes Garland was born in Harmon March 4, 1897 the daughter of John & Bridgett Garland. Mrs. Lally taught at Lake School, Harmon for the past 17 years and was a school teacher for 25 years.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 21 February 1951

JOAN THERESA LALLY , Harmon, was born June 24, 1931 in Chicago Ill. She is survived by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Lally of Harmon, one sister Janet of Dixon.
Dixon Evening Telegraph August 15, 1949

ALLEN H. LANCASTER , 67, of the Dixon public schools for 23 years prior to retirement, died Saturday night (June 27, 1959) in a Champaign hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Preston Funeral Home in Dixon, Rev. George J. Curran, pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Supt. Lancaster was born May 3, 1892 in Ridgefarm, Ill. He suffered a stroke about two months ago. Mr. Lancaster was named school superintendent in 1932 and held that position until 1955 when he retired. He is survived by his wife, Nelle; a son Allen Jr., of Sterling; and two grandsons.
Contributed by Melva Taylor from the Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 29, 1959 - Monday,

LESTER LANDIS , was born near Amboy, Ill., Oct. 20, 1915; died at his home near Nachusa, Ill., Nov. 18, 1933; aged 18 y. 28 d. He grew to manhood in the home of his grandparents, Bro. and Sister Ezra Landis. He was an obedient boy in the home, where he will be missed greatly. On Friday evening, after singing a number of Gospel songs, he retired in his usual health; but on Saturday morning his body was found in his room and his spirit had departed to be with the Lord. Death was due to cerebral hemorrhage. Lester confessed Christ as his personal Savior and was received into church fellowship at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church July 26, 1931. He was a faithful Christian boy. Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon in charge of S. E. Graybill of Freeport, Ill., where a large congregation gathered to pay a last tribute of respect. Text, Job 16: 22.

DEBORAHLYNN (IKELER) LARABEE was born Oct. 12, 1951, in Mendota, to Harold Ikeler and Virginia Eich. She married David Larabee Aug. 16, 1969, in Paw Paw. She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Anissa (Andrew) Larabee-Smith and Nicole (Clayton) Jones; five grandsons, Jordan, Holden, Austin, Dane and Trystan; her father of Paw Paw; two sisters, Denise (Dennis) Dirksen and Holli (Eric) Peterson; and a brother, Randy (Kim) Ikeler. She was preceded in death by her mother
Contributed by Karen Holt

RALPH LARABEE , 84, of Steward died Nov. 26, 2004 at the Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 30 at the Torman Funeral Home, Paw Paw with Rev. Ken Foster officiating. Burial was at Restland Cemetery, Mendota. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. on Nov. 29 at the funeral home. Mr. Larabee was born Jan. 29, 1920 in Compton to William and Reta (Russell) Larabee. He married Betty Kettley on July 8, 1940 in Clinton, Iowa. She preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 1997. Survivors include one son, David (Debbie) Larabee of Peoria, Ariz.; two daughters, Shirley (John) Lage of Greencastle, Ind. and Sharon Larabee of Steward; one sister, Roberta (Lynn) Northcutt of Scarboro; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; one sister, Ethel McNeilly; and one brother, Howard Larabee. Mr. Larabee farmed in the Steward area until his retirement. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Steward and the Lee County Farm Bureau.

CLARA EDITH (MILLIKEN) LARGE , 53, passed away very suddenly at her home, 2101 Dodge street last evening at 7 o'clock. >She is survived by her husband, five daughters; Mrs. William C. Pratt, Mrs. Floyd Garren, Mrs. Hope Bock, Mrs.Harold Bock, Mrs. George Dempsey, all of Dixon, her mother Mrs. Lydia Milliken of Seymour Iowa, two sisters, Mrs. Maude Hunt of Los Angeles, Cal., Mrs. Ione Rowan of Seymour Iowa, three brothers, Otis Milliken of DesMoines Iowa, Roy of Centerville Iowa, and Forest of Seymour Iowa, also a number of granchildren. Funeral arrangements have not been completed and will be announced later. Funeral services will be conducted from the Preston Funeral home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. William E. Thompson officiating. Interment in Chapel Hill.
Dixon Evening Telegraph Nov 14, 1948

MARVEL (CATER) LARSEN , 81, of Dixon died Friday, June 13, 2003, at KSB Hospital. She was employed by Dixon High School as the head cook for 10 years, retiring in 1986. Mrs. Larsen was born Oct. 3, 1921, in Dover, the daughter of James and Harriet (Myer) Cater. She married Allen I. Larsen on March 18, 1943, in Dixon. He died Feb. 5, 1996. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church, Dixon, and various clubs and organization in the community. Survivors include two sons, Michael (Phyllis) Larsen of Ferryville, Wis., and Mark (Renae) Larsen of Sycamore; a daughter, Karen Malmgren of Canton; two brothers, James Cater of Englewood, Fla., and Arden Cater of Florida; 15 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Herron. The funeral is at 10:30 am. Monday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Berty Hakeem, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to KSB Hospice.
Daily Gazette June 14, 2003

KENNETH ALBERT LARSON - BRADFORD, AR--KENNETH ALBERT LARSON, age 76, of Bradford, died Tuesday, January 12, 1993. He was born at Paw Paw, Ill., April 26, 1916, a son of the late George and Esther Larson. He was a retired truck driver, a veteran of World War II and a Lutheran. He is survived by his wife, Ethel Ray Larson of the home; a step-son, Lonnie Gimlin of Matthews, Mo.; three step-daughters, Peggy Hart, also of Matthews, Loretta DePriest of Rogers, AR, and Carol Cagle of Bradford; two brothers, Henry Larson of Illinois and Leif Larson of Wisconsin; two sisters, Esther Oros of Aurora, Ill., and Helen Haight of Florida; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted today (Thursday) at 1:00 p.m. at Bradford Baptist Church. Graveside services and burial will be held at Masonic Cemetery in Pocahontas at 3:30 p.m. Powell Funeral Home of Bald Knob-Judsonia is in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by Anna Newell ---Pocahontas (AR) Star Herald, Jan 14, 1993, submitted by Freda Roberts.

ELIZABETH (WEBER) LAUER who died Sunday morning in Amboy Public Hospital will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church. Burial will be in St. Marys Cemetery. Mrs. Lauer had submitted to major surgery in the Amboy Hospital June 16. Born in Compton June 16, 1893 she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Weber. She was married June 28, 1911 in Mendota. The couple lived on a farm in Sublette until 1946 when they retired and moved into the village. Mrs. Laurer was a member of St. Anne Society and was one of the founders of the SOS mothers club during WW II. Surviving are also three sons, Paul M. and Elroy of Sublette; Cletus, Kankakee; Four brothers, Adam Weber , Compton; Christ Weber, Waterford Wisc; William Weber, Mendota; John Weber, Earlville; five sisters, Catherine Miller; Emma Weber, Josephine Dinges, and Louise Henkel all of Mendota and Tillie Untz, Mundelein and six grandchildren.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 June 1953

ELLEN LAUER 84, of Amboy, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2007, at Mendota Community Hospital . She was employed by Commonwealth Edison for 43 years, retiring in 1982. Ms. Lauer was born Oct. 9, 1922, in Sublette, the daughter of Leon A and Mary Margaret ( Clark ) Lauer. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy. Survivors include three sisters, Patricia (George) Weir of San Benito, Texas, Marge Reed of Topeka , Kan. , and Mary Dickinson of Amboy; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Charles Dickinson and J. Warren Reed. Mass of Christian Burial is at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy, with the Rev. Carl Beekman, pastor, officiating. Burial is at St. Patrick Cemetery , Amboy. Visitation is from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Sunday, September, 16, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1 – 2

MARGARET (BLEI) LAUER died in St. Josephs hospital Friday morning (04 Feb. 1950) after a long illness. Mrs. Lauer was a lifetime resident of Sublette, born March 13, 1860 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Blei. On March 26, 1884 she was married to Michael Lauer. They lived on their homestead south of Sublette until 1911 when they retired and moved to Sublette. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1934. Michael Lauer died May 10, 1936. Mrs. Lauer is survived by four children, Mrs. Celia Bulfer, Amboy; Mrs. Anna Becker, Paul Sr. and Ralph all of Sublette; a brother William of Spring Valley Calif; a sister Mrs. Catherine Kolb of Dubuque Iowa; 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Services will be Monday at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sublette; Rev. James Lauer of St. Josephs Parish, Peru IL was celebrant of the Requiem High Mass; Rev. Eugene Lauer of Spaulding Institute in Peoria was Deacon; Father Victor Henkel OSB of St. Bedes was Sub-Deacon; Rev. Edward J. Lehman pastor of the Sublette parish was master of ceremonies and delivered the sermon. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. (Pallbearers were Paul Lauer Jr, Elroy Lauer, Raymond Lauer, Allen Lauer, Paul Bulfer and Floyd Pry. The funeral was conduced by another grandson Cletus Lauer of Kankakee)
Dixon Evening Telegraph 25 February 1950

MARY (MALACH) LAUER , 88, daughter of the late George and Catherine Malach died Sunday Morning (12 June 1949) at her home in Winnetka, Ill. after a short illness. Born in Maytown July 31, 1860, the deceased was married to George Lauer June 17, 1880 also of Sublette, moving to Winnetka in 1920. Her husband died in 1929 and one son John of DesPlaines also preceded her. Surviving are six children, Rev. James Lauere O.S.B. pastor of St. Josephs Church in Peru; Misses Erma and Roma of Winnetka; George L.A. Lauer in Beverly Hills; Alphonse A. Lauer in Oregon and Leon A. Lauer of Amboy; three sisters, Miss Catherine Malach in Sublette; Mrs. A.H. Lauer in DesPlaines; Mrs. Christina Ludwig of Chicago; one brother Otto Malach of Dixon, 10 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. The funeral is Wednesday from Scott's funeral home at Wilmette, to the Faith, Hope & Charity church of Winnetka where a solemn high mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Rev. James Lauer as celebrant will be assisted by Rev. Eugene Lauer O.S.B. grandson of the deceased, Rev. Wilford Lauer S.J. a nephew of the deceased. Burial will be in St. Marys Cemetery in Sublette at 1 P.M.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 14 June 1949

ALICE MAUD (PLATTEN) LAWTON , was born in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada Sept. 13, 1887 and passed away at her home Tuesday evening, (10:30 o'clock) Feb. 17, following a lingering illness. (Tuesday fell on the 18th) With her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Platten, she moved to Minnesota at the age of 11. At an early age she came to Dixon, Illinois. In 1909 she was united in marriage to Fred A. Lawton, and has since made her home in Palmyra township. To this union, four children were born; Stanley Thomas, Edward Albert, Lucy Maud and George Frederick. Her parents, her husband, a son, a granddaughter, and a sister and brother have preceded her in death. She leaves to mourn her passing her three children: Edward, Fred and Lucy of Dixon, three grandchildren, two nieces, Mrs. Elwood Rickard of Tucson, Ariz., and Mary Louise Platten of California, and three nephews, Lee, Harold and Donald Platten, also of California. She was a life long member of the Methodist church and worked faithfully in it and the Sugar Grove church as long as her health permitted. Mrs. Lawton was also affilliated with several other organizations including Palmyra Grange, Palmyra Ladies Aid Society, W.C.T.U., W.S.C.S. of the Methodist church and others. Her passing is a keen loss to her family and friends, for she was an active and interested worker wherever she was. The Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1947 Dixon Evening Telegraph newspaper article showed: Mrs. Lawton's body will be taken to her late home from Melvin funeral home at 4:00 o'clock this afternoon.

Funeral services were held on Thursday afternoon Feb. 20, (2:30 o'clock), from her late home and Sugar Grove church, by the Rev. Merrill S. Tope, pastor of the First Methodist church of Dixon, assisted by Dr. Floyd L. Blewfield, of Morris, former pastor of the church. Interment was in the Palmyra cemetery.
Father Thomas Platten died 1943.
Mother Susanna (Gilroy) Platten died 1935.
Brother George Platten died 1940.
Sister Elsie Lavina (Platten) Swarts died 1946.
Husband Frederick Lawton died 1922.
Granddaughter Susan Lawton died 1943.
Son Stanley died 1934.
Contributed by Elsie Harmon

MARY (SUITTS) LAWTON , 89, of Dixon, died, January 19, 2006, at the Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. Mary was born September 19, 1916, in Rock Island, IL, the daughter of Clarence Arthur and Mary Margaret (McEnany) Suitts. She married Edward A. Lawton Sr. on April 17, 1936, in Dixon. He preceded her in death on March 10, 1959. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Dixon. Survivors include, 2 sons, Edward A. (Carol) Lawton Jr., Dixon, Dennis (Lynn) Lawton, Snellville, GA; 1 daughter Kathleen Hammond, Denver, CO; 5 brothers, Thomas (Phyllis) Suitts, Richard (Kay) Suitts, Robert Suitts, William (Beth) Suitts, Phil Suitts; 2 sisters, Betty Polillo, Ann (Jerry) Issacson; 6 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Mary was preceded in death by 2 daughters, Susan and Debra Lawton in infancy; 1 brother Harry; and 1 sister Patricia Suitt Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 23, 2006, at the First United Methodist Church Chapel, Dixon, with the Rev. Tony Hawkins, pastor, officiating. Burial of cremains will be at Palmyra Cemetery, Dixon.

MAGGIE MAE (MOSELEY) LEAKE , 83, passed away at her apartment in the Hotel Nachusa at 8 o'clock this morning after a short illness. Funeral services conducted by Floyd L. Blewfield, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will be held at the Preston Funeral Home at 2 o'clock Saturday. Burial in Temperance Hill Cemetery. rs. Leake who was born at Binghampton, Lee Co Illinois Jan. 25, 1863 is survived by two foster daughters, Mrs. Ezra Dewey and Mrs. Henry C. Bothe both whom reside near Ashton. Her husband, the late Daniel C. Leake preceded her in death April 9, 1930.( (Dixon Evening Telegraph 07 March 1946)

Mrs. Maggie Mae Leake, daughter of the late William and Jane Dunlop Moseley, was born in Binghampton, Lee Co Il. on Jan. 25, 1863. Although she had been in failing health for some time on account of a heart ailment and advancing years, she passed away very suddenly in her room at the Nachusa Hotel on Thursday morning, March 7th 1946 at the ripe age of 83 years, 1 month and 10 days. Mrs. Leake spent her early life with her parents in Binghampton. In December of 1881 she was united in marriage to Daniel C. Leake and started housekeeping on a farm at Temperance Hill where they lived until the year 1915. She and her husband then moved to Dixon where they had purchased a home in Bluff Park, which property Mrs. Leake still owned at the time of her passing. Mr. Leake preceded her in death April 9, 1930. Mrs. Leake was a christian woman of poise and faithfulness. When she first came to Dixon she became a member of the First Methodist church. All through the years she has manifested a great love for the church and a willingness to generously support it in every possible way. She was also a member of, and vitally interested in the W.C.T.U. Right up to the last she was active in Red Cross work and was more than generous with her time and skill in this field of endeavor. Surely she has done what she could to serve both God and her fellow man. Hence there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness and there is prepared for her " a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens." She is survived by two foster daughters, Mrs. Henry C. Bothe and Mrs. Ezra Dewey both of Ashton Ill. There are also a number of neices and nephews and a host of friends who will greatly miss her. All of her immediate family have preceded her in death.

Now the Laborer's task is o'er
Now the battle day is past
Now upon the farther shore
Lands the voyager at last
Father in thy gracious keeping
Leave me now, Thy servant sleeping
Dixon Evening Telegraph 10 March 1946

CATHERINE (BAUER) LEBRE , 93, of Dixon died Feb. 18, 2005 at her home. Mrs. Lebre was born March 2, 1911 in Harmon, the daughter of Joseph and Margaret (Peters) Bauer. She married George U. Lebre on May 11, 1935 in Dixon. He died Nov. 23, 2000. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon and Catholic Women's Club. Survivors include five daughters; Margaret Wallace, Norma Van Scoyoc, Kay Farley, Judith Gearhart and Linda Martin; two sons Donald and Steven; 18 grandchildren adn 13 great-grandchildren. She was preced by a brother Clarence Bauer and a great-grandson. Prayer service is at 10 a.m. Monday at Jones Funeral Home followed by Mass at 10;30 a.m. at St. Patricks Church Dixon. Burial is at Oakwood.

FANNIE (EBERSOLE) LEFEVRE , died suddenly shortly after noon Sunday at her home, 222 Lincolnway, Dixon. She was 82 years of age and was the widow of the late L. L. LeFevre who died in 1936. The former Fannie Ebersole was born near Prairieville in 1873, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Ebersole. She lived her entire life in this community, moving to Dixon from a farm in 1927. She is survived by nine daughters, Miss Minnie LeFevre, Polo, and Mrs. Oliver Harms, Mrs. Henry Johns, Mrs Harry Friedrichs, Mrs. Clifford Nehring, Mrs. John Ankeny, Mrs. Ellsworth Miller, Mrs. Robert Fulmer and Mrs. Charles Fordman, all of Dixon; four sons, Frank LeFevre, Rockford, and Roy, Christ and Elmer of Dixon; a sister, Mrs. John Weber and a brother, Henry, ----grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and 21 great great grandchildren. A son, George, preceded her in death about six years ago. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Evangelical Church in Dixon, with Rev. George Ralph, pastor, officiating. The body is at the Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Dixon where friends may call.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 9, 1956 - Monday, page 2

NAOMI G. (ALTER) LEFEVRE , 101, of Dixon died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Mrs. LeFevre was born Feb. 12, 1903, in DeKalb, the daughter of Frank and Mary (Mensch) Alter. She married LeRoy D. LeFevre on Jan. 20, 1926, in Dixon. He died Feb.28, 1998. She was a charter member of Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon, and a member of Palmyra Aid Society. Survivors include three sons, Eldon (Shirley) LeFevre of Oregon, Leonard (Patricia) LeFevre of Polo and Lyle (Karen) LeFevre of Dixon, a daughter, Lois (Verne) Langley of Sterling, a son-in-law, Edward Dittmar of Milledgeville, 15 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren; six step-greatgrandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Dittmar; a brother, Wilbur Alter; and two sisters, Alice Prescott and Luella Alter. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday [04/10/2004] at Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Richard Reigle, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m., with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Friday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 7, 2004, page A6, column 5 (picture included)

RONALD LEFEVRE , 65, of Dixon died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at Oregon Healthcare Center. He was employed by Kreider Work Shop for 20 years. Mr. LeFevre was born Jan. 18, 1938 in Dixon, the son of Christian and Emma (Wade) LeFevre. He was a member of Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon. Survivors include his mother of Dixon; a sister, Sharon (Jerry) Tribley of Dixon; and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Richard D. Reigle, pastor of Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, Dixon officiating. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church,

RALPH L. LEFFELMAN , 79, of Sublette died May 6, 2005 at Amboy Reh. & Nursing Center. He was a lifelong farmer in the Sublette area. Mr. Leffelman was born March 19, 1926 in SUblette, the son of Joseph and Mae 9McGovern) Leffelman. He married Dolores Nauman on Oct. 8, 1949 in Ohio. She died Oct. 23, 1982. Survivors include two daughters, Laura Hubbell and Loreen Mead of Amboy; two sons Lee of McNeil AZ and Louis of Amboy; two sisters, Mary Payne and Doris Hayner. He was preceded by three brothers, Frank, Charlie and Vince; three sisters, Eileen Young, Helen Mekeel and Betty Lefelman. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10:30 Thursday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sublette with Rev. Edward Hughes officiating. Creamation rites will be accorded. Burial at a later date at St. Mary Cemetery.

JOYCE E. LENNOX , 60, 504 Van Buren Ave. , Dixon , died Sunday, Feb 22, 1998, at her home. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon , with the Rev. Gary McCaw, Pastor of the Assembly of God Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial will be at Lighthouse Cemetery , Oregon . Visitation will be from 12:30 -1:30 Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Lenox was born April 8, 1937 in Dixon , the daughter of Guy and Ruth (Garner) Hardesty. She married Lawrence Lenox on June 18, 1940, in Dixon . She was a seamstress for 10 years. Survivors include her husband Lawrence of Dixon; two brothers David (Bonnie) Shank and Lawrence Shank of Dixon; one sister, Darlene (Clifford) Spangler of Willis, Texas ; one half-sister, Gloria Burland of Bristol , England ; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Feb 23, 1998 Gazette

MRS. W.H. LENNOX , passed away at 5 p.m. Tuesday (January 25, 1938) at her home, 305 Lincolnway, Dixon, after an extended illnss. She was a patient in the Sterling public hospital in the early fall for observation and since that time had been failing. Funeral rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the home, followed by burial in the Prairieville cemetery. One son, Clyde Lenox and one sister, Miss Gretha Hayungs, both of Dixon survive. She also leaves several nieces and nephews. Her husband perceded her in death several years ago.

DANIEL LEONARD , Harmon, died at KSB hospital about noon Monday (11 June 1951) after a short illness. He was born Aug. 9, 1867 in Harmon. Survivors include his wife, one son Daniel Jr., one sister, Mary Leonard, Harmon. Burial Holy Cross Hsp.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 12 Jun 1951

GEORGE O. LEONARD , 72, of Ashton, died on Sept. 25, 2004 at the Swedish American Hospital with his family by his side. He was born March 9, 1932 in Sublette, the son of George and Ella Stein Leonard. He married Codelle Ward on Dec. 15, 1951 in Franklin Grove. Mr. Leonard farmed and trucked in the Ashton area for 52 years. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rochelle, and the Loyal Order of the Moose. He is survived by his wife, Codelle, of Ashton; two daughters, Nancy and her husband Don Schabacker, and Debra and her husband Larry Drew, all of Rochelle; granddaughter Sherri Drew, of Rochelle; grandson Mike and his wife Kelly Drew, of Steward; two great-grandchildren, Zephan and Holliana Drew; two sisters, Viletta Heiden, of Mendota, and Bernice Halbmaier and her husband Louis Martin, of Ashton; and several nieces and nephews. His parents, an infant sister, and a sister Evelyn Henert Kreiser, preceded him in death. He will be remembered and missed by many. Visitation was held at the Unger Horner Funeral Home, 400 North Sixth Street, Rochelle, on Monday, Sept. 27, from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., and also from 10 a.n. – 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church prior to the funeral. The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2004 at the First Presbyterian Church of Rochelle. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the First Presbyterian Church of Rochelle. Burial followed in the Flagg Center Cemetery.

WALTER WILLIAM LEPPERD , son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lepperd Sr. was born in Dixon IL, on June 15, 1919. He met accidental death by drowning on July 9 1944. Bud, as he was affectionately called by his many friends, was a life-time resident of Lee county. He obtained his education in th3 public schools and Dixon and Amboy and was a graduate of the Amboy high school. For the past few years he has operated a garage and filling station in Dixon. On September 16, 1933 he was united in marriage to Maude Thurston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Thurston of rural route 3. Dixon, Ill. The ceremony was performed in the First Methodist church of this city. To this union two sons were born, one of whom, Robert Lee, died in infancy. Surviving are his wife and son Walter; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lepperd of Dixon; one brother, Lt. Thomas Lepperd, Jr., who is serving overseas as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Force; two sisters, Mrs. Harry Coons of Rochelle and Mrs. Kirby MacKinnon of Amboy; and a grandfather William Joynt of Dixon, besides many other relatives and a host of friends
Dixon Telegraph 18 Jul 1944

ESTHER ALLINE LESTER , 83, of Davenport, Iowa, formerly of DeKalb, Ill., died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at her daughter's home. Memorial services in celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at First Evangelical Free Church, 3321 Seventh St. in Moline, Ill. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Dixon. Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, is assisting her family with arrangements. Mrs. Lester was born in 1927 in Liscomb, Iowa to John and Lula Gale. In her teen years, she served as a US Army Cadet Nurse and then with Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital School of Nursing in Dixon. On August 10, 1947, she married Gerald (Gerry) Lester in Harmon, Ill. He preceded her in death on April 6, 2002. She owned her own home business in DeKalb for more than 25 years, retiring with her husband Gerry in 1986. Esther and Gerry lived in Bradenton, Fla. where they frequently entertained family and friends. Four years after Gerry's death, Esther moved to Monroe, Wis. to be closer to her daughters. This past Sep., she moved to Davenport, Iowa, enjoying the gracious life at Senior Star until her illness. For the few months she lived here in Davenport, she was a member of the First Evangelical Free Church. She is survived by daughters, Elaine (John) Ferris of Davenport, Iowa, Jeri (Pete) Seaman of Lenexa, Kan. and Zo Anne Anderson of Monroe, Wis.; six grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren, her sister, Betty Jo Wubbena of Forreston, Ill.; brother, Allen (Nancy) Gale of Oregon, Ill.; and brother-in-law, Charles Lester of Dixon. In addition to her husband, Gerald Lester, she was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Clyde, Cleo and John Jr.; and sisters, Vernice Behrendt, Lillie Nagin, Marie James and Elnora Irving. Esther enjoyed her volunteer work at Manatee Hospital in Bradenton, Fla. and working with hospice in Monroe, Wis. Esther and Gerry loved to golf and travel together. They spent much time visiting their children still living in the Midwest and enjoying their grandchildren. Esther will be missed by her loving family. Online condolences may be expressed to Mrs. Lester's family by visiting her obituary at www.WeertsFH.com. Memorials can be made to Monroe Wisconsin Hospice or First Evangelical Free Church of Moline. Published in Daily Chronicle from March 29 to March 31, 2011
Contribued by Karen Holt
Esther Alline Lester b Feb 1927 Liscomb, Marshall Co. IA - d March 17, 2011 Davenport, Scott Co. Iowa
Parents: John Henry Gale and Lulu Zetta Allen
Husband: Gerald G. Lester b 14 Aug 1924 Greenwood, Clark, Wisconsin, USA - died 06 Apr 2002 Bradenton, Manatee, Florida, USA
Parents: Harry Lester and Hilda GODT
Both buried at Chapel Hill Cemetery Lee Co IL

CPL. EDWIN LEVAN eldest son of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Levan Rt. 2 was killed in action June 6 while fighting in France according to word received by his parents last evening. Cpl. Levan was born and lived all his life in Marion Twp. enlisting on his birthday Feb. 5, 1942. He was assigned to the tank corps, sent overseas Oct. 19, 1943. He was stationed in England until D-Day. Dixon Telegraph 17 August 1944 The body of Cpl. Edwin Levan WWII hero, will arrive in Dixon 12:25 p.m. Friday for funeral services and burial in his native land on Sunday. Services will be held at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Levan Rt. 2 at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at 2 p.m. the Rev. C.L. Wagner pastor & chaplin in WW I officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill. Cpl. Levan paid he supreme sacrifice in the European theatre of operations.

REUBEN J. LEVAN , 84, 1017 S. Peoria, Dixon was pronounced dead on arrival at KSB Hospital Tuesday afternoon (08 Oct 1974) . Funeral services were held Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Jones Funeral home and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Patricks Catholic Church. The Rev. James Molloy offficiated. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Glen Genz, Earl Genz, Leroy Genz, Warren Blum, Walter Blum and Raymond Levan. Reuben Levan was born Jan. 1, 1890 in S. Dixon Township, the son of Methias and Isabelle(Mueller). Levan, married the former Elsie Genz Jan. 14, 1919 in Dixon. Levan has been a resident of Dixon for the past 30 years and was formerly employed by the Massey Hardware. A World War I Veteran, Levan was a member of the American Legion, Palmyra, Whiteside County, Pomona: Illinois State and National Granges. He held a diploma in violin and coronet from Strong's Music College, and was a graduate of Coppins Business College. Levan played in the Dixon Symphony Orchestra and was a member of numerous area bands. Survivors include his widow; four brothers, Arthur, Elwin, Elmer, all of Dixon, and Methias, Franklin Grove, and two sisters, Mrs. Agnes Blum of Polo and Mrs. Frances Schmidt of Dixon. One sister preceded him in death
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 8, 1974 - Tuesday

VELMA JUNE LEVAN , 83, of Dixon , died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center , Dixon , after an extended illness. Mrs. Levan was born Aug. 29, 1924, in Newaygo , Mich. , the daughter of Steve and Frieda (Kritzer) Walter. She married Lester G. Levan on Feb. 15, 1947, in Dixon . She was a member of United Methodist Church , Harmon, and Good Sam Camp Club. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Karen (Larry) Setchell and Diane (John) Beveridge, both of Dixon , and Luann (Larry) Grobe of Polo; a sister, Norma Manon of Franklin Grove; six grandchildren, Mark ( Shannon ) Setchell, Michael (Nina) Setchell, Traci (Greg) Morris, Sarah (Conrad) Ramirez, Nicholas (Brandy) Grobe and Lesley Grobe; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Fazzi. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon . Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon . Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m., with family present from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to United Methodist Church , Harmon, and Ogle County Hospice.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Monday, September 10, 2007, Page A2 Col. 3 – 4

ELLA (GROVE) LEVEY the former Libby Ellen Grove, daughter of Wm. and Amanda Grove, was born in Willow Creek Twp. on Nov. 4, 1870 and died Aug. 22 at her home in Steward after a long illness. She was married to Asa E. Byrd in 1888 and to this union six daughters and six sons. Mr. Byrd died May 5, 1907. She was wed to Guy P. Levey in Steward May 31, 1912. He survives as do six daughters, Mrs. Effie Schoenholz, Scarboro; Mrs. Alta Kirby, Steward; Mrs. Forest Fields, DeKalb; Mrs. Lila Wormley, Shabbona; Mrs. Nellie Houghtley, Rochelle; Mrs. Leona Diller, Steward and one son Orville Byrd, Steward; five grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and two brothers, John and George Grove, Scarboro. Services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the Unger Funeal home Rochelle with Rev. D. Gene Harrington officiating and burial in Twin Grove Cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Holt - Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 August 1950

RACHEL LEWIS , wife of Rev. W.H. Lewis, 1309 Palmyra avenue, Dixon, died at 10 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 1950 after a long illness. Mrs. Lewis was born in Fulton County IL Jan. 30, 1876 and died at the age of 73 years two months and ten days. She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Geraldine, at home; two sons, Leland of Kewanee and Kenneth of Little ROck Arkansas; three sisters Mrs. Charles (Minnie) Hummel, Lewiston, Illinois, Mrs. Edward (Barbara) Strode of Cuba Illinois and Mrs. Everett (Mabel) Winship of Cuba IL; two brothers Frank Haacke of Bryant IL and Vivian of Cuba IL; seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Dixon Telegraph 4 Dec. 1950

THERESA (GIRTON) LEWIS , 77, of Dixon died April 30, 2005 at Lee COunty Nursing Home. She was employed by Northern IL University, DeKalb as a custodian for 12 years, retiring in 1989. Mrs. Lewis was born Oct. 4, 1927 in Amboy, the daughter of Louis and Julia (Hanrahan) Girton. She married Arthur Lewis on Oct. 14, 1946 in Dixon. He died July 24, 1967. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon SMith of Granklin Grove, a son, Stan of Dixon, eight grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren and a Great Great Grandchild. She was preceded by a daughter, four brothers and three sisters. Graveside service is at 1:30 p.m. at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon with Wilber Ransom family friend, officiating. Creamation rites have been accorded. There is no visitation.

CHARLES A. LIEVAN , Franklin Grove, passed away in the KSB hospital Saturday morning at 9:30 following a short illness. He was born in Lee County Nov. 23, 1883 and for a number of years operated a farm on the Lincoln Hwy. east of Dixon. Surviving is one daughter Avis Crawford of Nachusa, a grandson Larry Joe, three sisters Mrs. Charles Keyes of Whittier Calif. Mrs. Harold McCleary of Polo and Mrs. Roy McCleary of Dixon and two brothers Walters of Aurora SD and Raymond of Sioux Falls SD. Funeral services will be held from the Jones Funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 with Rev. Luther Cooperider, pastor of St. Pauls church of Nachusa officiating, interment in Oakwood.
Dixon Evening Telegraph Sep. 26, 1949

GRACE ELLEN (RHODES) LIEVAN - The funeral of Mrs. Charles A. Lievan who passed away at her home in Dixon Township Aug. 19th wsa held Tuesday Aug. 21 at the Jones Funeral Home the Rev. Floyd L. Blewfield, pastor of the First Methodist Church officiated. Burial was in Oakwood cemetery where she was tenderly laid to rest by Walter Avey, C.L. Clymer, Ray Herbst, Charles Coleman, George Patterson, and Leon Burkett. Grace Ellen Rhodes was born in Waterloo IA June 29, 1886 daughter of Joseph & Minerva Rhodes and came to Dixon with her parents as a young child. She was educated in the North Dixon schools and was confirmed at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Dixon and in later life transferred to the First Methodist church of which she was an active member. She was united in marriage to Charles A. Lievan on Nov. 4, 1908 and to this union one daughter Avis was born. Mr. and Mrs. Lievan spent their entired married life farming in this community. She is survived by her husband, the daughter, Mrs. Raymond Crawford, one grandson Lawrence Joseph Crawford, two sisters Mrs. Fred Gilbert of Dixon and Mrs. Elam Hill of Oberon ND and one brother Roy of Polo. She was preceded by her parents, a sister Mrs. Mary Warner and a brother Harry Rhodes.

SOPHIA (BREMER) LIEVAN , passed away at Argusville N.D. Aug. 21, 1948 aged 90 years and 18 days. She was born in Dixon IL Aug. 21, 1858 and was united in marriage to John W. Lievan at Dixon on Dec. 24, 1887. She was a former teacher in Dixon schools and was a member of the Grace Evangelical Church in Dixon where she had been active in the church organizations. She is survived by one son Warren Lievan of Mapleton Minn., one daughter Mrs. Charles Burkett of Argusville ND, 10 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. A daughter Mrs. Arthur Shuck preceded her in death nine years ago. The funeral was held from the Jones Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Monday morning, with Rev. Park O. Bailey officiating and interment was in Oakwood cemetery. Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 Sep. 1948
(Obituary says age at death was 90y 18d which would mean she was born 3 Aug 1858.. but obit also says born Aug 21 1858.. ?? )

MERLE LIGHTNER , 81, of Anna Maria, Fla. , formerly of Dixon , passed Thursday, Aug. 9, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his wife and children. He worked for Commonwealth Edison (Exelon) for over 35 years, prior to his retirement in 1981. Mr. Lightner was born May 14, 1926, in Dixon , the son of Merle W. and Beulah (Stacey) Lightner. He graduated from Dixon High School in 1944. Merle married Marillyn Kayes on Jan. 9, 1944, in Los Angeles . He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Claxton during World War II. Survivors include his wife of Anna Maria , Fla. ; three sons, John (Linda) Lightner of Bradenton, Fla., Joe (Eris) Lightner of Dixon and Tom (Elise) Lightner of Sarasota, Fla.; two daughters, Linda (the late Gordon Brantley) Brantley and Peggy (George) Covert, both of Dixon; two brothers, Gerald (Julia) Lightner of Lady Lake, Fla., and Faye Lightner of Minnesota; 12 grandchildren, Eric, Kristopher, Mark, Jennifer, John II, Tonya, Cory, Stephanie, Jamie, Stacey, Matthew, Kaylee; and 14 great-grandchildren, Lydia, Phoebe, Ben, Tanner, Taylor, Lindsey, John III, Joey, Jordan, Tiffany, Aspen, Hope, Adam and Jesse. He was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Jamie Rodriquez. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2007, at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Dixon , with the Rev. Lynn Bond, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon . Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon . A memorial has been established to First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Dixon , and Roser Memorial Thrift Shop, Anna Maria, Fla.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3-

ROBERT LINBOOM , 74, of Dixon , died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007, at his home. Mr. Linboom was born May 17, 1933, in Sterling . He married Wilma Tate July 27, 1967, in Dixon . She preceded him in death on July 16, 2001. He served in the Air Force. Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Maxson of Dixon ; two sons, Rick (Lisa) Linboom of Bettendorf, Iowa , and Brian Linboom of Dixon ; and three grandchildren. He also was preceded by a grandson, a sister and two brothers. The funeral is at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon . Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens , Dixon . Visitation is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, September 13, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 3 – 4

F.W. LINCOLN , 65. of Monroe, Wis., died unexpectedly Monday, July 7, 2003, at Monroe Clinic Hospital, Monroe, Wis. Mr. Lincoln was born July 27, 1937, in Harmon, the son of Floyd and Mildred (Reneau) Lincoln. He was a graduate of Franklin Grove High School, He married Ethel Spangler on Dec. 6. 1956, in Franklin Grove. He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Post 754, Monroe, Wis. He enjoyed hunting/fishing and was an avid horseshoe player. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Lori (Roger) Koehn of Brodhead, Wis.; three sons, Daniel (Traci) Lincoln of Juda, Wis., and Brad Lincoln and Brian (Cindy) Lincoln, both of Monroe, Wis.; four sisters, DorIa Powell of Argyle, Wis., Carol Hanson of Dixon, Edna Forren of Rock Falls and Gerry (Irv) Perala of Rockford; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Daily Gazette July 8, 2003

LEE LINCOLN , passed away Saturday evening (11 January 1947) at the home of his daughter, Mildred, in Des Moines, Iowa. He was a former Dixon carpenter and left this city for DesMoines about eight years ago. Arrangements are being made at the Preston funeral home and the obituary will be announced later. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 o'clock at Grace Evangelical United Brethren church, the Rev. George Nielsen officiating, and interment will be in Oakwood.
Dixon Telegraph January 13, 1947

HANNAH LINDBLOMH , passed away this morning at 1 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Floto in Nelson Township, where she had made her home for the past month, her death following a lingering illness. She was born in Sweden, Aug. 17 1868, coming to the US when 23 years of age and for several years followed her vocation of nursing. She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Johnson of Orin, and a niece, Mrs. Carl Fredell of that place, a foster daughter, Mildred Tuell, who was employed by the Dixon Home Telephone Co., for a period of 19 years, preceed her in death. Funeral service will be held at the Jones funeral home Wednesday afternoon at 2 p., the Rev. A.I. Martin, pastor of the 1st Christian church officiating and interment will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park
Dixon Telegraph July 24, 1944

GILBERT B. LINDEMAN , 83, Lee county native, died at 6 p.m. Tuesday (6 January 1953) in Mansion nursing home after a 3 month illness. Born in South Dixon Township Feb. 19, 1869 he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. (Nancy Fritz) Harmon Lindeman. Surviving are his widow, Ida; two daughters, Mrs. Edna Topper, Dixon and Mrs. Bert Stitzel, Clinton IA; two sons, Guy, Rochelle and Floyd, Aurora; a brother, Clint, Dixon; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandhchildren. He was preceded by his parents and six sisters. Service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in St. James Church, south on Route 52. The Rev. R.R. Heidenreich, Woodbine, and Paul Gordon, Dixon will officiate. Buril will be in Burket ceetery east of Dixon. Friends may call at Preston funeral home until 1 p.m. Thursday when the body will be taken to the church. The body will not be viewed after services.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 7 January 1953

NINA LOUISE (SANFORD) LINDEN , age 91 of Waterman, Illinois, passed away on Saturday, October 7, 2000 at the Shabbona Health Care Center in Shabbona, Illinois. She was born on November 17, 1908 in Paw Paw, Illinois, the daughter of George Wilbur and Martha (Ambler) Sanford. Nina was united in marriage to Mr. Charles Everett Linden and they spent many happy years together until his passing. Mrs. Linden was a member of the Waterman Presbyterian Church. Nina and her husband were for many years employed in the grocery and gas station business. They were the former owners of a combination grocery store and gas station in Shabbona and of grocery stores in both Aurora and the "Linden's Superett" in Waterman. Mrs. Linden was also at one time a child-care provider in Waterman. She will be remembered for her sewing and tatting abilities and the many lovely items she made for her family and friends. She was survived by her daughter Shirley (Bobby) Davis, Pontotoc, Mississippi; one step grandchild and three step great grandchildren, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Linden was preceded in death by her husband Charles, her son, Raymond and her brother Ray Sanford. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel located at 116 North Birch Street in Waterman, Illinois with Pastor K. Scott Merchant officiating. Interment will follow in the Wyoming Cemetery in Paw Paw, Illinois. Friends may call from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Monday, October 9, 2000 at the Nash-Nelson Chapel in Waterman, Illinois.
Contributed by James Seidelman The Aurora Beacon News

MATILDA (BILLS) LINDSEY , well known in this section, died at the home of James Babbitt last Monday after a lingering illness. She was born in Parkman, O., in 1829, being nearly 68 years old at the time of her demise. She was the daughter of Harvey and Lucy Bills. Her father was a resident of Paw Paw when the Methodist Church was built here and was one of its first members. Mrs. Lindsey was ever ready to lend a helping hand in financial matters. The funeral was held at Mr. Babbitt's home last Tuesday and the remains were interred in the West Side cemetery. Rev. R. H. Dolliver officiated.
--Submitted by Marilyn Widler

ORVILLE CHARLES LINGLE , 70, of Franklin Grove died Saturday, June 28, 2003, at KSB Hospital. He was employed by Ashton School District as a driver for the hearing impaired until retiring. Mr. Lingle was born May 25, 1933, in Lockport, N.Y, the son of James and Jeanneth (Mauzba) Boyd. He married Phyllis Schilling on March 9, 1978, in Clearwater, Fla. Survivors include a son, Charles Kenneth Lingle of Tonawanda, N.Y; two daughters, Brenda (John) Fiedler of Houston and Diana M. (Kenneth) Armstrong of Williamsville, N.Y.; a stepson, Robert F. (Lauran) Sahm of Kent, Wash.; a stepdaughter, Sherrie M. (James) Smith of Middleport, N.Y.; a brother, James B. (Mary Jane) Lingle Jr. of Newfane, N.Y.; a sister, Eleanor Burndt of Lockport, N.Y.; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; four stepgrandchildren; and a step-great-granddaughter. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bates-Wallace and Heath Funeral Home, Middleport, N.Y Burial is at Cold Springs Cemetery, Lockport, N.Y. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, and from 10-11 a.m. Thursday in Middleport, N.Y.
Daily Gazette June 30, 2003

FANNIE LITTLE , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Little, of Dixon, died at her home, of cerebral spinal fever, last Thursday afternoon and was buried Sunday afternoon. The following extract was taken from the Dixon Sun: "Miss Little was an estimable young lady of rare promise of intelligence and usefulness, and her death in the fresh bloom of young womanhood is a loss that will be felt in the circles of society in which she moved. Miss Little was born in Viola township this county, January 1, 1866, and removed to Dixon with her parents when about 15 years of age. Here she finished her education, graduation in 1883; since which time she has been enrolled as a member of the corps of Lee county's young teachers, with the promise of a life of happiness. Her parents in the bereavement have the sympathy of a large circle of sincere friends."
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

JOSEPH FRANCIS LONERGAN , well known Dixon watchmaker, passed away suddenly at his home, 205 East Eighth street, at about 10:00 o'clock this morning, the result of a heart attack. An inquest will be held at 5:00 o'clock this afternoon at the Jones funeral home, where funeral arrangements, which will be announced later, are being made. (Dixon Telegraph 23 September 1944)

Obituary: Joseph Francis Lonergan was born in Dixon July 19, 1901 the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Lonergan and passed away at his home in Dixon Saturday Sept. 23, 1944. Funeral services were held Tuesday Sept. 26 at 9 o'clock at his home and at 9:30 o'clock at St. Patricks Catholic church. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery. Mr. Lonergan, a watchmaker of experience of many years was married July 17, 1944 to Vera Bentley of Dixon who survives together with his father who resides in Portland Ore.,five uncles, John and George Farley of Amboy, the Rev. Fr. Joe Lonergan of Menonomee Ill., and Charles and Frank Lonergan of Oregon and two aunts, Mrs. George McGrath of Woosung, and Miss Agnes Lonergan who resides in Florida. His mother and a sister preceded him in death.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 39 Septenber 1844

WILLIAM LONERGAN , of Chicago passed away after a short illness. He was 61 years old and a former of Dixon who had made his home in Chicago for 22 years. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Margaret L. Smith of Polo and Mrs. Marie L. Craig of Sterling. Services will be held Monday at St. Patricks Catholic Church and burial in Oakwood cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 08 May 1848

ALFRED LONG 86, well know retired farmer and a native of Illinois, died at 11:30 Thursday morning at his home, 810 Oak street,Atlanta (?) , IA.,following a lingering illness. Mr. Long had been in poor health four years and had been bedfast three days. Complications incident to his advanced age were attributed to his death. He was born Dec. 22, 1850, at Sublette, Ill., a son of the late William R. and Charlotte Long. He grew to young manhood in that community and was married at Amboy, Ill., in February of 1880 to Bessie Reeve. In the fall of 1881 they moved to Marne, Iowa, and that winter he worked in the Wheeler general store. The next year Mr. and Mrs. Long purchased a farm five miles north of Marne where his son, Fred Long, now resides. Mr. and Mrs. Long retired from farming in 1914 and moved to Atlanta, residing there until their respective deaths. Mrs. Long died several years ago. Mr. Long had been a member of the Masonic lodge more than 53 years. He was the last charter member of the Marne Masonic lodge. Survivors include a son, Fred Long, of Marne; two grandchildren, one great grandson and three brothers, Leslie Long of Amboy, Andrew Long of Sublette and Frank J. Long of Los Angeles, Cal. A daughter, Elsie died Dec 6, 1909. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Roland, Peacock & Baxter funeral home. The rev. Richard P. Chambers officiated and interment was in the Brighton cemetery near Marne. The Marne Masonic lodge conducted the memorial service.
Found on the website of Beverly Thornton World Connect

CATHERINE (STEPENITCH) LONG , 90, of Mendota died March 10, 2005 at Mendota Com. Hsp. She was born Feb. 8, 1915 in SUblette, the daughter of Otto and Susan (Kellen) Stephenitch. She married Francis Long on June 10, 1936 in SUblette. He died July 4, 1979.
Survivors are two daughters, JoAnn Shaddick and Barbara Olsen; two brothers Harold Stepenitch of Mendoa and Otto of Canton; two sisters, Dorothy Koehler and Elaine Powers of AMboy; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucille Glaser and Marcella Stephenitch. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church with the Rev. Steven Bird officiating. Burial is at Holy Cross Cemetery.

CATHERINE (BINGHAM) LONG - Another of Lee County's oldest settlers passed away on Tuesday of last week in the person of Mrs. Wm. R. Long. Her maiden name was Charlotte M. Bingham and her birthplace was Shirleysburg, Pa. She was married to Wm. R. Long on March 27, 1848 and a little more than a year after their marriage they moved to Lee county, Ill.,settling on the south side of Palestine Grove, where for nearly fifty-seven years they have made their home. Eight children were born to them, six of whom with the aged husband survive. They are James Alfred of Marne, Iowa; Frank J. of Des Moines, Iowa; Leslie R., and Andrew W. of Sublette, Ill.; Mrs. Lucretia Ann Stewart of Marnie, Iowa and Mrs. Charlotte D. Holmes of Amboy. The two children deceased are Chas II, who died on March 1, 1860 and Mrs. Ruth E. Appleton who died at Round Grove, Ill., on Dec. 26, 1905. Mrs. Long was originally a member of the Presbyterian church, but she afterwards united with the Methodist Episcopal church with which she has been connected for nearly 60 years. At the time of her death she had reached the age of 79 years, 1 month and 3 days, The funeral services which were held at the family residence in May township and were conducted by Rev. N. R. Hinds assisted by Rev. A. Simpson, a former pastor of the Sublette Congregational church. The interment was at Prairie Repose cemetery
Found on the website of Beverly Thornton World Connect

LAURA (GRAVES) LONG , 93, of Janesville, Wis., formerly of Dixon, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at Cedar View Health Center. She owned Long's Gift Shop and Christian Bookstore, Dixon, for many years. Mrs. Long was born Aug. 24, 1911, in Appleton, Minn., the daughter of James and Pearle (Perrin) Graves. She graduated from high school in Holloway, Minn. She married Harry F. Long on June 21, 1931, in Cherokee, Iowa . He died Oct. 25, 1980. She had been a member of Community Alliance Church, Dixon, and was a member of Orchard View Alliance Church, Janesville, Wis., serving with various groups and singing in the choirs at both churches. She also served as Sunday school treasurer at Orchard View Alliance and volunteered at Cedar Crest.
Survivors include a son, Ron (Jean) Long of St. Charles, Mo.; a daughter-in-law, Roberta Long of Fort Atkinson, Wis.; four brothers, Robert Graves, Douglas Graves, John Graves and Theodore Graves; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Long and Clayton Long: a sister, Gertrude; and two brothers, Charles and James. Memorial service is at 10 a.m. Monday at Cedar Crest Chapel, Janesville, Wis., with the Rev. Ronald Lord officiating, Burial is at 1:30 p.m. at Oakwood cemetery, Dixon. Arrangements were completed by Whitcomb-Lynch- Overton Funeral Home, Janesville, Wis.

LULA O. (WERTMAN) LONG was born in Dixon IL Oct. 13, 1863 and passed away at the Troy Grove Nursing Home April 15, 1946. She was a patient there for six months. She was married to Elmer Long Dec. 24, 1879 and lived in this vicinity here her entire life except for one year which was spent near Lamoille. Her husband and two children preceded her in death; Nellie Long died Jan. 10, 1936; Bert Long died Oct 22, 1939 and her husband died Sept. 9, 1927. Funeral services were held at 4:30 Thursday April 18 at her home. The service was given by Rev. Johnson, Methodist Minister at Compton and Lene Vogeler of Mendota was the pianist. Burial was in Union Cemetery, West Brooklyn. Pallbearers were Roy Webb, Ned Giannoni both of Dixon; Wm. Stiel of Mendota; George Vincent, Anthony Gehant & Herb Miller all of West Brooklyn.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 25 April 1946

MARY (POLLARD) LONG : The funeral of Mrs. Richard W.Long who died at her home northwest of Harmon August 17 (1948), after a short illness, was held at St. Flannens church, Harmon, Aug. 20th. Solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rev. David Murphy, assisted by the Rev. T.L. Walsh Dixon, and the Rev. Robert Donavan of Walnut. The music was furnished by the Harmon choir with Mrs. E.J. McCormick as organist and C.P. Henkel as soloist. Burial was in the family lot in Oakwood cemetery in Dixon, services there being conducted by Father Murphy and Father Walsh. The pall bearers were her six nephews; Richard Pollard, John Loftus, Edward Loftus, Lee Loftus, Lester Loftus and Keith Higgins. Mary Ethel Pollard was born in Albany Ill. Aug. 13, 1868 and has been a resident of Harmon for more than 50 years. She was a teacher in the schools of Whieside county for a number of years and on Dec. 25, 1893 was united in marriage to Richard W. Long, in Immaculate Conception church at Fulton. Since then she has been a faithful member of St. Flennens church. She is survived by two daughters; Miss Eleanor and Mrs. Anna Warner of Harmon and two sons; Joseph of Rock Falls and Frances at home, also three grandchildren, Helen and Richard Long and Marian Warner. All of the members of her family were at her bedside when the end came, peacefully as she slept. She was precededin death by her husband who passed away Dec. 13, 1937 and one son William J who died at the Hines Veterans Hospital on Nov. 6, 1939. Mrs. Long was a kind, loving and faithful mother, a steadfast friend and esteemed neighbor, and will be greatly missed in her home and community in which she lived. The beautiful spiritual bouquet and the number of floral tributes were evidence of the love and esteem in which she was held by her many friends and neighbors. Friends and relatives from a distance attending were; Mrs. Margaret Hanrahan, Plainfield IL; Mrs. E.M. Ryan, Omaha Ne; Lee and Lester Loftus, Aurora; John Loftus and Mrs. Millard Turner, Savanna; Joseph Pollard, Edward Loftus, Mr. and Mrs. John Smit and son Craig, Fulton; Mrs. Dean Nichols and daughter Bonnie Louise and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pollard, Clinton Ia; Mr. and Mrs. James Polard, Bernard Pollard and Mrs. Mary Pollard and daughter Mabel and Keith Higgins, Albany; Mr. and Mrs. John Long, Mr. and Mrs Dewitt Warner, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Brooks, Mrs. Russell Warner and daughter Loretta, and Mrs. Leonard Wagner, Oregon; Mr. and Mrs. James Long, Rockford; and Mrs. William Lauff, Chicago.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 02 September 1948

WILLIAM RHODES LONG - The passing away of William R. Long has closed a career that is a prominent part of the early history of Lee county. To tell of the hardships that he and his companion endured would only be repeating the story that has often been told of other old settlers that have gone before. Born June 13, 1817 at Altoona, Pa, died March 3, 1907 at his farm about six miles south of Amboy, which has been his home for forty-eight years. He was married to Charlotte M. Bingham March 27, 1847, and to this union eight children were born; namely, Lucretia, Alfred, Ella, Delphine, Frank, Charles, Leslie and Andrew. Of these, six are still living. Charles died in infancy and Ella died Dec. 26, 1905. Mrs. Long died Feb. 13, 1906. Besides the surviving children there are thirteen grandchildren, also one sister, Mrs. Margaret Chandler, who resides at Oscaloosa, Iowa. Mr. Long first came West in 1847 and located in the state of Iowa. He as present when the government paid the Sox and Fox Indians for their land. He never expected to see the country west of the Mississippi settled up so he came back to Illinois and located near Springfield in Sangamon county where for two y ears he was overseer of one of Captain Brown's farms. Brown at that time was one of the most extensive farmers in the state. He sent Mr. Long to St. Louis with several hundred head of hogs, the animals being driven overland all the way. It as while working for Capt. Brown that Mr. Long became acquainted with Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln was employed to survey a lot of timber land for Brown, that was covered with briars and hazel brush and he had great difficulty in keeping his men at work under these trying conditions. But through his diplomacy, the man who later became the chief executive of the nation, was equal to the occasion. After leaving Capt. Brown's, Mr. Long returned to Pennsylvania where he leased an iron mine. After his marriage he again returned to Illinois, coming to Lee county in 1849. He bought a small tract of land and kept adding to it until he had acquired several hundred acres. At one time he borrowed money at 30 per cent, bought land, sewed it to wheat and paid for the land with the first crop. He lived to see this land worth $125 per acre. It is almost impossible to conceive the wonderful changes that took place during his lifetime. He saw the wooden plow grow to the great steam plow, the creadle and the flail to the machine that will cut and thresh grain. He saw Chicago grow from a muddy little village to a city of over two million inhabitants. The trail of the army in the Black Hawk war was clearly defined across part of the land owned by him, for some years after he settled there. He was burned out by a prairie fire in 1854 and in 1890 his buildings and stately trees were wrecked by a cyclone. In politics Mrs. Long was a Free Thinker, and independent of any party. First a Democrat, then a Republican, then a Greenbacker. He was one of the organizers of the Sublette Grange, and a prominent member of the Farmer's Club, and was always interested in any thing for the benefit of the farmer. He as one time president of the Old Settler's association of Lee County and served several terms as Supervisor of May. He united with the Methodist church at Sherlyburg*,Pa. and afterwards by letter to Sublette Methodist church here he was an active member and supporter as long as the church existed. The funeral services were held from the home on Wednesday afternoon, March 7, conducted by the Rev. N. R. Hinds of Mr. Morris, this being the third funeral in the family at which Mr. Hinds officiated in a little more than a year. The interment was in Prairie Repose cemetery.
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DRUCILLA DEAN LOOKINGLAND , 77, China Township will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Hicks Funeral Home, Franklin Grove with the Rev. O.D. Buck pastor of the Franklin Grove Church of the Brethren officiating. Burial will be in Emmert Cemetery near Nachusa. Miss Lookingland was born in China Township Nov. 25, 1877 the daughter of Baltis and Sarah (Plowman) Lookingland. She died Saturday in Mansion Nursing Home, Dixon after a long illness. She is survived by a sister Mrs. Ida Lott, Franklin Grove. She was a member of the Franklin Grove Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 14 November 1955

SARAH SOLONA LOOKINGLAND , 73, a life long resident of this community died Wednesday night (27 August 1953) in the Mansion Nursing Home after a lingering illness. She was born Dec. 17, 1879 in Franklin Grove the daughter of Baltis and Sarah (Plowman) Lookingland. She is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. William Lott, Mrs. Dorsie Buck and Drucilla Lookingland all of Franklin Grove. (Emmert Cemetery)
Dixon Evening Telegraph 28 August 1953

MABEL LOOS , 71 dies In Bensenville. Harmon - Mrs. Mabel Loos, 71, formerly of Harmon, died Friday at Bensenville . Funeral rites will be held at 10 a.m. Monday in Bensenville , followed by burial in LaSalle. Surviving Mrs. Loos are a daughter and three sons, Mary of Bensenville, Robert of Jackson, Mich.; James of Saratogo, Calif. , and John of San Diego, Calif. She also leaves on nephew, Donald Mannion of Seattle , Wash. , and two brothers, Frank Mannion of Seattle, Wash. and Edward Mannion of Harmon and several grandchildren. Her husband Emmit Loos, preceded her in death.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Feb 11, 1967 Sterling Gazette

SARAH (BATCHELOR) LOSEY , 73, a lifelong resident of Ashton, died Monday morning at the Rochelle Hospital where she had been a patient for eight days. She was born April 13, 1889 at Ashton the daughter of William and Mary Chappel Batchelor. She was a member of the Methodist Church and a past worthy matron of Ashton Lodge 575, O.E.S. She was preceded by her husband, Raymond, in 1953 and by five brothers and two sisters. Surviving are a sister, MRs. Mae Wisman and several nephews and nieces. Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Cluts Funeral Home with Rev. Harold K. taylor, pastor of the Meth. church officiating. Burial was in Ashton Cemetery.

MARY ANNE (NEIMEIER) LYON , 71, of Dixon died Sunday, May 25, 2003, at her home. Mrs. Lyon was born May 2, 1932, in Lena, the daughter of Clarence and Mary (Simmer) Niemeier. She married Norman Lyon on June 25, 1950, in Dixon. She was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Dixon. Survivors include, her husband of Dixon; two sons, Michael (Madonna) Lyon of Dewey, Okia., and Rick (Tina) Lyon of Lubbock, Texas; a daughter, Judith Bardell of Waukegan; and six grandchildren. Prayer service is at 10 am. Friday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 am, at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Kenneth J. Anderson, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m., with a prayer service at 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home.
Daily Gazette May 27, 2003

MARGARET LORENE (BODO) LYTLE , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bodo of West Division Street, Amboy, died at the Amboy Public Hospital 5:20 O'clock Sunday morning a few hours after giving birth to a baby daughter which preceded her in death at 11 o'clock Saturday night. Mrs. Lytle was born in Richland Center Wis., June 11, 1919 and came to Amboy with her parents about 13 years ago. She is survived by her husband E.W. Lytle of Gary Ind., two children Larry and Dianne, by a former marriage, her parents and her maternal grandparents. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Mihm funeral home with Rev. D.H. Ross of the Methodist Church in charge of the services. Burial in Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy
Funeral: Relatives attending from out of town were: Miss Ethel Legg, Mrs. Dorothy Erie, Mrs. Lois McCumber, Miss Florence Hummel, Mrs. Fern Tarr, Mrs. Opal Williams, Mrs. Edna Rock, Mrs. Mae Conover, John Haacke, George Winship and John Winship all of Futon County; Mr. and Mrs. William J. Lewis, Mohne; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Buffett, Kewanee; Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Lewis, Neponset; Ronald Lewis, Peoria; Loretta Lewis, Kewanee; Emilee Lewis, Kewanee; and David Gorey, Kewanee; Mrs. Charles Hummel, Lewiston, Illinois; Frank Haacke, Bryant IL; Mr. and Mrs. Vivan Haacke, Cuba, IL; and Edward Strode, Cuba IL. Several favorite selections of Mrs. Lewis were played by Mrs. Frank Randall at the organ. Pall bearers were: William Lewis, Ronald Lewis, Gordon Lewis and Ronald Buffett, grandsons; and John Winship and George Winship, newphews. Interment was in Oakwood Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 November 1944

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