LEE COUNTY ILLINOIS
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MILDRID I. (HAMPTON) LAMB , was born Jan. 24, 1923, in Rollo, Ill., to Roland and Mary (Baker) Hampton. She married Paul Lamb on Dec. 20, 1941, at Moody Bible Institute. He died Nov. 11, 2000. She is survived by two sons, Leonard (Peggy) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Douglas (Kathy) of Paw Paw; two daughters, Linda Truckenbrod of Paw Paw and Susan Taffer of Gilbert, Ariz.; a brother, William Hampton of Rock Falls; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Danny; three sisters, Alice Hampton, Ilamae Franks and Daisy Franks; and a brother, Arthur Hampton. Age 83 years
Contributed by Karen Holt

RICHARD LAMB , 66, of 1000 Dixon Ave., Rock Falls, formerly of Amboy, died Wednesday, June 25, 1997, at Colonial Acres Nursing home following an extended illness. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, with the Rev. Richard Reigle, pastor of Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Dixon, with military services conducted by the Amboy American Legion Post. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Lamb was born Sept. 26,1930 in Eau Claire, Wis., the son of Frank and Elizabeth Demarest. He owned and operated Dick's Gulf Service, Amboy, the several years. He was a member of the Rochelle VFW Post. Survivors include one son, Richard (Cheryl) Lamb of Sublette, two grandchildren and two sisters, Dolores Ashby and Joyce Wozny both of Trego, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents, and one daughter, Kathy Ann.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette June 26, 1997 - Thursday, pg A2

WALTER LAWRENCE LAMBERT , 51, 120 N. Blackstone ave., died Monday morning in his home after a two month illness. Mr. Lambert was born Sept. 6,1904 in Neoga IL, the son of John and Massey Josephine Kennedy Lambert. He married Luille Alexander March 2, 1923. He lived two years in Amboy, coming here from Mendota. He was employed as a section foreman for the Illinois Central Railroad. Surviving are his widow; two sons, Paul and David. Amboy: three daughters, Katherine and Peggy, at home, and Judith. Auora; three sisters, Mrs. Harry Beck, Dixon, and two in Ramsey. Two brothers. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist church with the Rev. Jack Brown, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Prairie Repose cemetery, friends may call until 2 p. m. Thursday in the Mihm funeral home.
Tuesday, March 13, 1956 Paper: Morning Star (Rockford, IL) Page: 3

GENA COLETTE (BOLLMAN) LANARK - Gena Colette Bollman of Champaign, Illinois passed away in Lanark, Illinois. She was born the first child of Frank and Valerie (Ebanks) Brandenburg (Patterson, CA). Gena married Andrew Mark Bollman on July 13, 2002. Gena was an Army Veteran; having served her country as a paramedic. Gena was a master gardener with the University of Illinois extension and loved working in the soil with her plants. She had a small home business of making soy candles and aromatherapy products. In spite of all of these accomplishments, her true passion was her pets; Daxx, Lucky, Arya and Winston. Her love was to create and watch things grow and flourish. She lived life to the fullest. Survivors include her husband, Andrew; her parents, Frank and Valerie; a brother Mark and Robin Brandenburg; and grandmother, Helen Ebanks; a wealth of aunts, uncles and cousins: Herb and Sunday Bollman, Jonathan and Heather; and more aunts and cousins by marriage. Services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday August 3rd, 2006 at the Russell-Frank Funeral Home in Lanark, IL. Friends may call from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributed by Toni - Find-A-Grave Modesto Bee Newspaper 8/1/2006

GENEVIEVE A. (CONKLING) LATHAM , 83, Lee County Nursing Home, formerly of 1205 Fargo Ave., Dixon, died in KSB Hospital, Dixon, on Thursday following a long illness. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Wayne Coggins of the Central Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Born on Nov. 7, 1899 in Princeton, the daughter of George and Sara Branch Taylor Conkling, she married C. Lee Latham on Aug. 15, 1921 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on Jan. 10, 1965. Surviving are four brothers, Roland of Rock Falls, Kenneth of Pekin, Clyde of Bourbonnais and Dale of Lyndon. She was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 31, 1982 - Friday, page A6

DORIS (HAWBECKER) LAW - Funeral services for Mrs. Paul Law, Dixon, who passed away at 3:45 p.m. Friday January 18, 1957 in a Dixon hospital after a short illness, were held Monday afternoon, January 21, 1957 at Dixon Church of the Brethren, with the Rev. Don Snyder, pastor, officiating. Burial was made in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. Mrs. Law was born October 6, 1918, north of Lanark, the daughter of Aaron and Addie (Rowland) Hawbecker. She was married to Paul Law on September 16, 1939, at her parents’ home. Mr. and Mrs. Law moved to Dixon 15 years ago. She was a member of the Dixon Church of the Brethren. (Alice Horner’s note: She was Doris Hawbecker, and her husband was Paul M. Law, son of Freeman H. and Maude E. [Mader] Law. She graduated from Lanark High School in 1936.) Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Janice and Barbara, and one son, Arthur, all at home; one brother, the Rev. Merle Hawbecker of Lanark, and one sister, Mrs. Albert Iske of Polo.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Chadwick Review, Chadwick, Carroll County, Illinois Thursday, January 24, 1957

CHARLES LAWSON , 32, of Nelson was instantly killed Monday afternoon at 4:20 in a fall from an overhead electric crane at the Northwestern Steel and Wire company plant. He was a crane maintenance man and was working on the crane when he lost his balance and fell approximately 30 feet striking on a railroad track. A physician was summoned immediately and he was pronounced dead. The body was removed to the Trouth funeral home, where Coroner C. M. Frye will conduct the inquest this afternoon. He was born August 12, 1913 in Wisconsin and attended the Dixon school. In 1933 he was united in marriage with Miss Hazel Hollingsworth who, with six children, are among the survivors. Charles "Chuck" Lawson, Jr., aged 11, the eldest son, is a Sterling Daily Gazette carrier in Nelson. The other children are Roger, Patricia, James, Joy and David. Lawson was employed at the Medusa Cement company plant in Dixon before securing employment in the local mill. Several years ago he purchased a home in Nelson where the family had since resided. He was popular with his fellow employees and was highly respected by all who knew him. Also surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Lawson of Rockford; three brothers, Donald Lawson of Dixon, Flight Officer Howard Lawson, based in Italy, and George Lawson, who is attending an army radio school at St. Louis; and his maternal grandfather, Carl Menes of Lodi, Wis. Funeral arrangements have not been completed but it is expected the services will be held in Dixon.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette, Tuesday, July 3, 1945, 3:1

DORIS (EASTON) LAWSON , 79, of Ashton, died on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008, at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at Ashton Methodist Church in Ashton, with the Rev. Monica William officiating. Burial will be in Ashton Cemetery, Ashton. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services, both at the church. Unger-Horner Funeral Home in Rochelle was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Ashton Methodist Church or St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital. Mrs. Lawson was born on Dec. 25, 1928, in Decatur, the daughter of Albert E. Jack and Ila M. Carson Easton. She married Glenn L. Lawson on Dec. 31, 1946, in Vandalia; he died on Dec. 31, 1997. She was employed by Eaton Control and retired after 28 years, then she worked in the lunch room for several years at Ashton School. She is survived by a son, Bill Lawson and his wife Jane of Rockford; daughters, Linda and her husband Richard Russell of Ashton, Monetta and her husband Rod Young of Ashton, and Pat and her husband Roger Garrison of Polo; brother, Gary Watson of Brownstown; grandchildren, Shelley ODell, Debbie Tucker, Amy and her husband Dave Bushman, Jolinda and her husband Larry Bittinger, Keith Chestnut and his wife Katie, Molly and her husband Douglas Sides, Bennett Lawson, Emily Lawson and Brady Young; and great-grandchildren, Kyle ODell, Lindsey ODell, Avery Tucker, Ruby Tucker, Tristan Bushman, Griffin Bushman, Hayden Bittinger, Garrett Bittinger, Raine Sides and Cole Chestnut. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters, Phyllis Young and Betty Watson; grandson, Randy Russell; and great-grandchild, Eden Bushman.

MARION FRANCES LEE , 75, of former Dixon and Carroll County resident, died on Tuesday (27 September 1983) at the Moline Nursing and Rehabilitation Center where he was a resident. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert Zetterberg, pastor of the Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Park, Dixon. A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. Marion Lee was born in Ogle County on June 3, 1908, the son of George and Mina Hanes Lee. He retired from Lee's Trucking Company after 45 years of service. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Opal Peugh, Buena Park, Calif., and Mrs. Adele Martin, Gulfport, Miss.
From Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette

MINNIE (SNEED) LOCKHART , 81, who for many years operated the Sterling Inn Restaurant and who had been residing at 5924 Kenmore Ave., Chicago, passed away Tuesday afternoon in that city. The body was brought to the Behrens Mortuary where friends may call after 6 p.m. tonight. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in Prairieville Cemetery. She was born March 28, 1878 in Lee County, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Sneed. (..... print missing.....) Mrs. Lockhart is survived by one nephew, George F. Hughes, Wilmette. She was preceded by two sisters, Alice M. Hughes and Marian F. Sneed, Chicago; two brothers, Burt and Fred Sneed, of Sterling.
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 14, 1960 - Wednesday, page 6

CHARLES EDWARD LOWE , 61, of Sterling, Illinois, died Thursday, February 14, 2008, at his residence, following an extended illness. He was born November 1, 1946, in Dixon, Illinois, the son of Harold and Ruth (Hector) Lowe. Ed graduated from Dixon High School in 1965. He served in the United States Army during Vietnam. He married Mary Joyce Wilson on July 18, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He worked for Chrysler Corporation in Belvidere, IL, for 31 and a half years, prior to his retirement in 1996. He loved gospel and country music and had a ministry in the nursing homes in the Dixon, Polo, and Sterling areas of Illinois. Survivors include his wife, Mary Joyce Lowe of Sterling, IL; three daughters, Christine (Rev. James) Rausch of Iola, KS, Diane (Toby) Pleasant of Lovington, IL, Theresa (Keith) Leonhardt of Rockford, IL; two brothers, James E. (Janet) Lowe of Marshalltown, IA, Richard Lowe of Ashton, IL; three sisters, Barbara (John) Baker of Dixon, IL, Sandra Stormer of Davenport, IL, and Doris (Rodney) Smiley of Dixon, IL; eight grandchildren, Terra, Jennica, Dayne, Jacob, Abby, Blake, Mitchell, Elisa; and several nieces and nephews. The family wishes to acknowledge his nephew John Baker, who graciously gave Ed the gift of 17 years of life. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Paul and Melvin Lowe; one sister, Verna Powers; two nieces and two nephews. Funeral services will be February 17, 2008, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, Illinois, with the Rev. James Rausch, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Iola, Kansas, officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, Illinois.

E.F. WILLIAM LUKE , 98, of 800 Division St., Dixon, formerly of 933 N. Dement ave., died Monday at KSB Hospital in Dixon following a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Seymour Halford, pastor of the Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Emmanuel Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Grace United Methodist Church and the Lee County Nursing Home. Mr. Luke was born May 12, 18984 in Dillsboro, Indiana, the son of William Frederick and Anna Katherine Marie (Hahn) Luke. He was united in marriage to Emily Forester on Jan. 20, 1912 in Fairbury. She preceded him in death on Dec. 30, 1968. He farmed in the area south of Dixon for 34 years, retiring in 1946. He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church and was Harmon Drainage District Commissioner for several years. He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Margaret Hess of Sterling, Mrs. Edith Eden of Farmer City, Mrs. Denton (Mabel) Tennant and Mrs. P. F. (Josephine) Cochran, both of Dixon; two brothers, Edward and Frank, both of Dillsboro, Indiana; six grandchildren 14 great grandchildren and two great great grandsons.
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 6, 1982 - Tuesday, page A4

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