GLORIA E. (HAYS) MAAKESTAD , 74, of Dixon and Punta Gorda FL died Oct. 30, 2005 at her home in Dixon following a five month illness. Gloria was born Jan. 28, 1931, on a farm near Steward. She was the daughter of Omer & Ruth (Mitchell) Hays. She was a 1949 graduate of Steward High School. Gloria was married March 11, 1950 to Raymond Maakestad of Lee. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran CHurch in Dixon, and later a member of Grace christian Fellowship, always displaying a strong faith in God. She sold Avon for many years in the Dixon area. Gloria's initials G.E.M. fit her well as she was a ver loving and caring woman, a real "gem" of a person, who will be missed by all. Gloria is survived by her husband of 55 years; one son Dennis of DeKalb; a daughter Diana Daniels of Martinez CA; two sisters, Beverly Cordott of Steward and Rhonda Schiessl of Beloit WI; one brother-in-law James (Carole) Maakestad of Sycamore. Burial at Chapel Hill.

MRS. SAMUEL J. MALL died at KSB Hospital Sunday (28 May 1950) about 10 p.m. She was born in Ashton On Nov. 24, 1878 and had lived in Dixon the last 40 years. She is survived by her husband, a son Kenneth, four grandchildren, a sister Mrs. Wm. Burhenn, Franklin Grove and a brother Henry Vaupel, Ashton. Burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 May 1950 Christena Martha Vaupel was born Nove. 24, 1878 in Bradford Township. On Dec. 24, 1896 she was married to Samuel J. Mall and celebrated their golden anniversary in 1946. Mrs. Mall was a member of the First Methodist Church of Dixon for many years and was also a member of the Minnie Bell Rebekah Lodge 423 and Royal Neighbors. The Malls have lived in Dixon for 40 years and Mrs. Mall was employed for more than 25 years at J.C. Penny Company. The pallbearers were nephews Paul, George, William and Charles Vaupell; Ray Burhenn and neighbor Virgil Childers.

JOHN PHILLIP MANGAN , 80, of Orlando FL, formerly of the Sterling area, died Tuesday July 5, 2005 at Specialty Select Hospital in Orlando. He was employed by the Northwestern Steel & Wrie Co as a welder for 40 years. John was born June 12, 1925 in Dixon, the son of Claude and Amanda (Krug) Mangan. He served int he Navy during World War II. He married Nina O. Walters on May 30, 1948 in Sterling. He wsa an avid golfer with a longtime membership at Emerald Hill. Survivors include two daughters, Jeri of Hubertis WI and Kay of Roswell GA; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded by a sister, Eileen Tarner. Burial at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

ANNA MAGDELENA (BOLLMAN) MANNING , widow of Fred Manning Sr. passed away at the home of her daughter Mrs. Wiley Stone in Chicago after a long illness. She is survived by six children, Mrs. Paul Young of Nelson; Mrs. Chester Waldman of Chicago; Mrs Clifford Brodeau of Burlingame Calif; Mrs. Wiley Stone of Chicago; Mrs. Bruce Hart of Phoenix Ariz. and Harold Manning of Dixon; one grandaughter Shirley Anna Brodeau; one brother William Bollman of Prophetstown. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Melvin Funeral home, Rev. George J. Curran officiating and burial at Pine Grove Cemetery in Nelson Twp.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 12 February 1949

Another Obituary: Anna Magdelena Manning daughter of Henry and Christina Bollman was born April 19, 1865 in South Dixon Twp. She passed away Feb. 12, 1949 in Chicago at the home of her daughter Mrs. Wiley Stone. Her parents moved to Nelson Twp. at an early age where she spent her young womanhood. During this time she attended the Cook school and for a number of years was organist at the Zion church and was a Sunday School Teacher there. On July 4, 1891 she was married to Frederick Henry Manning. She was preceded in death by her husband on January 10, 1941, one son Fred J. Manning on Sept. 14, 1940 and by one daughter Mrs. Alvin Roder on January 14, 1945. She was a member of St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Dixon. She had lived her entire life in the area except for 11 years which were spent near DesMoines Iowa. The past two years she has made her home with Mrs. Paul Young of Nelson. The pallbearers were Carl Janssen Sr, Art Missman, Chris Johnson, Ed Schick, Everett Rooker and Wilbur Fulfs.

CATHERINE M. (HALFMAN) MANNING , 90, 308 N. Division St., Polo, died Monday at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church with Father Matthew Rudden officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with a Rosary at 8:30 p.m. at the Benson-Brown-Seidel Funeral Home. Catherine Manning was born on Aug. 19, 1893, the daughter of Peter and Francis Rust Halfman. On Sept. 10, 1912 she married Bernard J. Manning in Butte, Neb. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Mary's Altar and Rosary Society. Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Irvin (Isadora) Senneff and Mrs. Bill (LaVonne) Blakeslee, both of Mt. Carroll, Mrs. Edward (Mary) Kordal, DelRay Beach, Fla., Mrs. Jim (Donna) Conklin, Beloit, Wis., Mrs. Paul (Leota) Cavanaugh, Polo; five sons, John, Savanna; Edward, Chadwick; Bernard, Oxford, Wis., Lyle, Polo; Levern, Wyanette; 35 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; three great great grandchilidren; three sisters, Mrs. Angie Linebeck, Maquoketa, Iowa; Mrs. Francis Wiers, Savanna; Mrs. Mary Hawk, Mt. Carroll; and one brother, Leo Halfman, Salem, N.C. Preceding her in death were her husband, one daughter, one sister, and four brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette August 30, 1983 - Tuesday, pg A4

LYDIA (DELP) MANNINGM , was born November 24th 1856 in JordanTownship, Whiteside Co. (Died 24 November 1922 in Harmon - Burial in Harmon) In 1877 on the 17th day of September she was married to Eamon C. Walker and they went to Wisconsin where they resided a few years. To this union was born two children, Charles Henry and Grace Ina Walker. Through cercumstances not under her control she was compelled to obtain a divorce and in 1886 she returned to Illinois and began a struggle, bravely and courageously to care for her little ones. On March 29,1888 she was married to Samuel Manning in Harmon and has lived here every since. In the early years of her life in Harmon she united with the M. E. church. She has been a staunch worker, willing to help whereever needed. She was thoughtful of others, ever forgetful of self. She remembered the sick in many kind ways. In the later years of her life she was a great sufferer due to three operations which she sustained but from which she never recovered. All during her life with Mr. Manning her slightest wish has been granted and so many times she has told how kind and devoted her husband had been to her. During the last four weeks she has repeatedly asserted she would not recover and planned her own funeral arrangements. To the personal knowledge of her nurse she prayed daily for all those dear to her and especially for her two children. She deeply appreciated all the attention she received at the hands of her friends during her late illness. We can only repeat the scripture verse which seemed to be the keynote of this woman’s life: “What soever thy hand findest to do, do it with all thy might. She leaves to mourn her loss her husband Samuel Manning, her two children Charles H. Walker of DeKalb and Grace I. Huff of Waterman, four grand children, two great grand children, one brother three sisters and many other relatives. There were many beautiful floral pieces. Mrs. Leonard Seago and Mrs. George Long sang three beautiful duets. The burial took place in Greenwood cemetery. The immediate relatives and friends who made up the Manning funeral party were Mr. and Mrs. John Dulin of Rock Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Delp, Mr. and Mrs. Warfel of Sterling, Miss Covel, Mr. and Mrs. R. Covel of Rock Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Manning of Dixon, Mr. John Preigel of Rock Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Wadsworth and Mr. James Swan of Dixon, Mrs. Dennis and Mrs. Mary Walker of Clinton, Iowa, Mrs. Gertie Tompkins [remainder not copied]
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, December 4, 1922, page 8, column 5

KENNETH ROYAL MANON , 82, of Franklin Grove, formerly of the Dixon area, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2005, at Franklin Grove Nursing Center. He farmed in the Palmyra Township area for 43 years, retiring in 1991. Mr. Manon was born June 20, 1922, in Harmon, the son of Charles and Florence (Pittman) Manon. He served in the Army during World War II in Company A 503rd Military Police in Italy. He married Norma D. Walter on May 13, 1945, in Sterling. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Kenneth P. (Linda) Manon of Lindenwood and Steve W. (Debra) Manon of Wentzville, Mo.; a daughter, Jane (Mark) Davis of Fairfield, Conn.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Stern and Lois Maxey; and a brother, HamId Manon. The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. , Robert L. Hansen, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial, with military honors provided by Dixon combined veterans organizations, is at Palmyra Cemetery,
Sterling Gazette 21 January 2005

VINCENT MARSHANG , passed away at his home west of Amboy at an early hour this morning. He was taken suddenly and seriously ill at his home last evening when he suffered a heart attack from which he failed to rally. He was born in Whiteside County Jan. 15, 1905 the son of John and Emma Marshang. He was united in marriage to Miss Beckie Mock at Sterling January 14, 1928, who survives him with one daughter Miss Gladys and two sons, Charles and David all at home. He is also survived by his father John Marshang of Sterling and one sister Mrs. Edward Bock of Polo. He was preceded in death by his mother and one brother. Funeral arrangements which have not been made will be announced later from the Mihm funeral home in Amboy.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 October 1948(The paper originally published his names as Hubert - They put the correct name of Victor in the next days publication). Burial was at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Cemetery in Amboy

ALBERT MARTIN was born in Brightwood, Grant county, Kentucky, February 14, 1888, and passed away February 28, 1945 at the age of 57 years and 14 days. He lived in this vicinity for a number of year. He leaves two daughters, Mrs.Mary Parks, of Utica, Illinois, and Mrs, Crystal Risetter of Paw Paw; a brother, Homer Martin, of Chicago, and a sister, Mrs. Anna Noes of Gas City, Indiana. Also surviving him are five grandchildcrn and several nieces and nephews. He was employed at the Green River ordnance plant at the time of his death, having worked continuously since it started.
Dixon Telegraph 14 March 1945

HAZEL F. MARTIN , 90, of Dixon, died, Sunday, December 25, 2005, at the Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dixon. She was a nanny for the Beier family in Dixon, and a certified nurse’s aide at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. Hazel was born February 14, 1915, in Dixon, IL, the daughter of Jesse and Ruby (Gilbert) Martin. She was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Dixon. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Lowell and Elwin Martin; and one sister, Marion Smith. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 30, 2005, at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Dixon, with the Rev. Lynn Bond, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon

LOUIS B. MARTIN , 87, of Ashton died Sunday, Jan.9, 2005 at Franklin Grove Nursing Center. He was employed by White Truck Corps overseas operation as an industrial consultant. Mr. Martin was born Aug. 22, 1917 in Winona. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Ashton. Survivors include his wife, Bernice of Ashton. Private graveside service is Thursday at Ashton Cemetery with the Rev. Jonathan Black, pastor of the St. John Lutheran Church Ashton, Officiatin. There will be no visitation. Arrangement completed by Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy.
Sterling Daily Gazette January 11, 2005

MERLIN L. MARTIN , 76, of Dixon died Thurs-day, May 29, 2008, in Franklin Grove Nursing and Rehab-ilitation Center, Franklin Grove. He worked for USFandG, Dixon, for 25 years, the Dixon Developmental Center and then was a prison guard until his retirement in August of 1996. He was born July 13, 1931, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Merlin and Virginia (Rhodes) Martin Sr. He married Virginia Clarkson on Dec. 22, 1956, in Chatham, N.J. Martin was a member of St. Anne's Catholic Church in Dixon, Dixon Moose Lodge 727, Dixon Elk's Lodge BPOE 779 and Dixon Knights of Columbus. He served in the U.S. Navy from Dec. 5, 1955, to September of 1957, graduated from Chatham High School, Chatham, N.J., and Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J. He did volunteer work for Catholic Charities, was a devoted Washington Redskins fan, coached little league, enjoyed bowling, playing baseball, golf, tennis and deep sea fishing. Merlin also enjoyed playing cards with his friends, the challenge of crossword puzzles and spending time with his family, which included sightseeing trips around the world. Survivors include wife, Virginia of Dixon; sons, Merlin "Bud" (Leslee) Martin III of Dixon, Jeffrey (Mary) Martin of Byron; brother, Norman W. Martin of Mathews, N.C.; sister, Anne LaBeaux of Napa, Calif.; and grandson, Ryan Martin. Predeceased by parents. Service at 2 p.m. Monday, June 2, in Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with visitation from noon to time of service; the Rev. Michael Morrissey, pastor of St. Anne's Catholic Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial with full military graveside services provided by the combined veterans organizations at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. In lieu of flowers, memorial has been established to the American Heart Association.

JOHN MARTINEZ ,75, formerly of Hanover died THursday Feb. 17, 2005 at St. Anthony's in Rockford.He was employed by Eatons Ind. retiring in 1994. Mr. Martinez was born June 23, 1929 in Nelson, the son of Frank & Libradia (Zambrano) Martinez. He married Ann Shildwahter in 1956. She died March 10, 1987. He enjoyed fishing. Survivors include three sisters, Josephine, Anne and Frances; special friend, Ursula Fry. He was preced by a sister, Madeline and a brother Albert. Burial at Lanark Cemetery in Carroll County.

BERNADINE (CARRINGTON) MATHERLY , 88, of Dixon died Wednesday Dec. 8, 2004, at Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dixon. She was employed by Marion (Ohio) General Hospital for 13 years and by Dr. Vernon Nichols M.D. for six years prior to her retirement in 1978. Mrs. Matherly was born June 21, 1916 in Storm Lake, Iowa, the daughter of James and Gertrude (McFadden) Carrington, She married Glen Matherly on Sept. 2, 1939 in Spencer Iowa. He died May 6, 2003. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Marion. Ohio, and St. Patrick Catholic Church. Dixon. Survivors include numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, James, Joe, John and Frank Carrington; and a sister, Mary C. Bishop. Prayer service is at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, With the Rev. Robert Jones, pastor, officiating. Burial is at St. Patrick Cemetery Maytown.
Contributed by Jan Roggy - Sterling Gazette November 17, 2004

DANIEL CARLOS MATHEWS , was born in Ontario, near Toronto, June 26, 1828, and died Oct. 23, 1902. When but a boy of four summers, he came with his parents to the state of Michigan living near Grand Rapids. On the 25th of December 1854 he was united in marriage to Hester Ann Soule; two children blessed this union, Remus E. and Eva Lelo. He came to Illinois in 1876 where he lived until the messenger called and closed earth's scene. At the age of 37 years he sought life and hope in Jesus and united with the Baptist church being a member for several years. Some years after, he with his wife united with the Methodist Episcopal church of which he remained a member until his death. From the time of his conversion he observed family worship and maintained the sacred duty and privilege until the last. On Wednesday morning prior to his death he took the book and read in the devotion. He was a man of strong christian character, ever urging others to follow in the path of righteousness.As a citizen he was honest and upright, loved by all, and he will be greatly missed in the community. Besides the wife and daughters he leaves two aged brothers and one sister. The family have the sympathy of the entire community.

CARD OF THANKS: Mrs. D. C. Matthews and daughter desire to thank the kind friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted them in their sad bereavement. Also, the Male quartette for their beautiful selections and the friends for the floral offerings.

Contributed by Marilyn Widler

CHARLES J. McBRIDE , passed away at 9:25 last evening at the KSB hospital in Dixon, following surgery to which he had submitted a few days ago. He was born in May Township, Lee County Dec 25, 1906, the son of William and Agnes McBride. For a time he was employed at the Northwestern Steel & Wire Company in Sterling, later accepting employment as a guard at the Green River Ordance plant and during the past eight months had been employed im Amboy. He is survived by his mother, five sisters; Mrs. Mary Moran of Ohio, Mrs. Ilene Kelly of Amboy, Miss Margaret McBride Savanna; Mrs. Elizabeth Dempsey, Dixon; and Mrs. Lucille Bushman, Amboy, and two brothers; Edward of Dixon and Francis of Sterling. His father preceded him in death March 24, 1947 and a brother also preceded him in death. Funeral services at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy and burial at St.Patricks Cemetery in Amboy.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 January 1948

ELIZABETH CATHERINE (BAKER) McBRIDE , was born at Delhi, Illinois, February 25, 1836. She was the oldest child of Ira and Sarah Baker. While she was but a girl, the family moved to Chicago, and in 1848 they moved to Paw Paw, Ill., where she has since resided. On December 30, 1858 she was married to George Runyan McBride. To this union three children were born: Maggie, who preceded her in death; Frank and Mrs. J. A. Warren. Since the death of her husband, which occurred April 26, 1885, she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Warren, with the exception of three years. She is also survived by five sisters and five brothers: Silas Baker, Mrs. Mary Radley, Mrs. Chas. Smith and Mrs. Jas. Blee of Paw Paw and Mrs. Willis Blee, Mrs. Scott Yingline, Ira, John, Schuyler and Joseph Baker of California. There are also six grand children and three great grand children. Having been a Christian for some years, she was baptized by Elder Sturgeon, March 12, 1871, and united with the Baptist Church, then at South Paw. The funeral was conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. B. Martin, from the home on Sunday, Nov. 15 and the interment was in the South Paw Paw Cemetery by the side of her husband.
--Submitted by Marilyn Widler

MARY G. (McCOY) McBRIDE , 89, of Dixon died May 19, 2005 at her home. She aught in Lee County schools for five years. She also was employed by Lee county Nursing home and Village Inn, as a nurse's aide, retiring in 1973. Mrs. McBride was born May 3, 1916 in Maron Twp. the daughter of Frank & Gertrude (Lally) MCCoy. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon and the Catholic Women's Club. She married Frank A. McBride on AUg. 23, 1941, in Walton. He died, July 1, 2002. Survivors are four daughters, ANita, Mary, Kathleen and Clare; four sons, Jerome, Eugene, Thomas and Lawrence; a brother William McCoy; 18 granchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery.

MELVIN L. McBRIDE , 75, of Rockford died at 6:58 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, in his home.
Born Aug. 19, 1934, in Lee Center, the son of Jerry and Mary (Schaeffer) McBride.
Veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Married Deanna J. Houseweart on Aug. 3, 1957, in Rockford.
Former owner of Mary's Place.
Formerly employed by Bell Beverage and retired from Johnson Enterprises.
Member of Y's Men's at the YMCA. Harmony Club and Moose Club.
Avid Chicago Bears fan. Mel enjoyed boating, bowling and especially spending time with his family.
Survivors include wife, Deanna; children, Vikki McBride of Rockford, Dawn (Robin) Newgard of Roscoe, Lisa (Paul) Rehfeldt of Rockton and Scott
In Loving Memory to Dad - from his daughter Vikki- Delehanty Funeral Home
McBride Pioneer Family

LULU (HUTTON) McCAFFEY , daughter of Fletcher & Sarah McCaffey was born in Palymra IL on March 9, 1878. After a lingering illness she passed away at the home of her son William in Milwaukee Wisc. on Tuesday March 22, 1946. On Feb 22, 1899 she was united in marriage to Ancil T. McCaffey and continued to live in this neighborhood until the year 1905 when they moved to Wisconsin. To this union six children were born, five of whom survive. Mrs. McCaffey was baptised and joined the Baptist church while living in this neighborhood. Not finding a Baptist Church in Waupan where she made her home most of the time after leaving these parts, she united with the Congregationa church. She was a great homebody. In fact she made home her kingdom. Even after her children grew up and established homes of their own her interest in their affairs did not slacken and her influence on their lives did not slacken. Mrs. McCaffey is survived by her husband, two daughter, Mrs. Dorothy McGaffey of Milwaukee; Mrs. Clifford Cairns, Alberta Lea MN; three sons Ernest of Pontiac Mich; William of Milwaukee and Edward of Minneapolis; one sister, Mrs. William Rogers of Evanston IL; one brother Earl Hutton of Lee County and six grandchildren.

Services - Preston Funeral Home. Dr. Floyd Blewfield officiating. Burial in Palmyra Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 01 April 1946

SAMUEL BURD McCALISTER , was born in DeWitt county, July 23, 1879, the son of William and Sarah Jane McCalister. He was married to Katherine Norton May 1, 1901 and most of their married life was spent in or near Lee Center. He was a tiler by trade, also a janitor in the local school for about ten years. He was an honest, industrious citizen and will be missed in this community where he had lived so many years. He had been in failing health for the past two years and passed away Friday morning at the East Moline state hospital. He is survived by his wife, one son Donald of Rockford, one daughter, Mrs. James Trothing of Rochelle, two grandchildren and two sisters. Funeral services were held at the Mihm funeral home in Amboy at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the Rev. Dennis Bennett officiating. Pallbearers included F. L. Jahn, Frank Stebbings, Howard Wellman, John Braset, Frank Chesley, Henry Hanneman. Burial was in Woodside cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegrph November 14, 1946

JOHN W. McCONNAUGHAY , 72, of Dixon, died, Thursday, July 27, 2006, at his residence. He was a self-employed as an electrician. Mr. McConnaughay was born April 16, 1934, in Dixon, Illinois, the son of John H. and Arline (Stevenson) McConnaughay. He was a member of the Dixon Moose Lodge # 727 and served in the United States Army during the Korean War. Survivors include one son, Jess Dale McConnaughay, Mesa, AZ; one daughter, Cecilia (Chris) Grossman, Dixon, IL; three grandchildren, Nathaniel, Patrick and Victoria Grossman. He was preceded in death by, his parents; and one daughter, Gail McConnaughay. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2006, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert Franek, interim pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dixon, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

CINDY M. McCORKEL , 39, of Amboy died March 29, 2004 at the Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Cremation rites have been accorded. There were no services. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date at Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy. Arrangements were handled by the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy. Ms. McCorkel was born on July 15, 1964 in Wisconsin to Millard and Beverly (Kandra) McCorkel. Survivors include her father of Amboy; one brother, Charles (Dawn) McCorkel of Amboy; one niece; and one nephew. She was preceded in death by her mother. Ms. McCorkel had been employed by the Plano Molding Company in Plano.
Mendota Reporter

KATHLEEN McCORMICK ,66, of Dixon, died Oct. 16, 2005 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. She taught at Amboy Central School for 25 years. She wsa born Jan. 8, 1939 in Dixon, the daughte rof Cecil & Mildred (Garland) McCormick. Survivors include four sisters, Sally, Jane, Marge and June and special friend Art Frey. SHe was preceded by a sister Karen. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery, Harmon.

KAREN THERESA McCORMICK , was born June 13, 1944 and passed away Aug. 5, 1949 at her home near Harmon. She was the fourth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil McCormick. She leaves behind her, her parents and five sisters, Sally Ann, Kathleen, Margaret B. and the twins Jane and June. Her funeral was held Monday August 8 at St. Flannan's church Harmon, with Rev. David Murphy officiating at a mass of the angels. The pallbearers were Michael Garland, Dean Powers, Michael McCormick and James Delhotal

MARY ELLEN (HARVEY) McCORMICK , was born January 13, 1887 in Aurora Ill. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Fred Powers of Harmon, Mrs. Fred Chiverton, one son Ed., of Harmon, three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Long, Dixon, Mrs. Leo Montovon Elmhurst, Ill., Mrs. Julius McKeil of Harmon, two brothers, Howard Harvey, Amboy and John Harvey of Chicago. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock from the Jones funeral home and at 9:30 from St. Patricks Catholic Church Dixon Fr. David Murphy officiating and with interment in Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon
Dixon Evening Telegraph August 15, 1949

LEO McCOY , 53, Rt. 1 Amboy, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday in Dixon KSB Hospital after a short illness. He was born March 29, 1901 in Marion Township, and was a life long resident of Amboy. He married Katherine Gatchel June 30, 1934. He is survived by his widow, three sisters, Mrs.Earl Drew, Dixon; Mrs. Agnes Dodson, and Mrs. Milton Bauman, both of Aurora; six brothers, Thomas, Rockford; Charles, Walton; John, Ohio; Dr. H.C., Dixon; Dennis, Aurora; and Edwin, Harmon. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers. Funeral services will be held in his Amboy home at 9: a.m. Tuesday and at 9:30 a.m.in St. Mary's Catholic Church Walton, with the Rev. Robert Donovan officiating. Burial will be in St. Patricks Cemetery in Amboy. Friends may call ath the McCoy home in Amboy.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 November 1954

JAMES McCOY , 76, of Dixon died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004 at KSB Hospital. He was employed by the state of Illinois as a civil engineer for more than 30 years, retiring in 1990. Mr. McCoy was born Oct. 13, 1928 in Savanna, the son of David and Augusta (Schmidt) McCoy. Survivors include a daughter, Michele (Glen) Avery of Oak Creek, Wis.; and a son Steven Truninger of Winthrop Harbor. There are no services. Cremation rites have been accorded. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls.
Sterling Daily Gazette December 29, 2004 - contributed by Jan Roggy

FRANCIS A. (DAUGHERTY) McCREY , 78, died at 7:25 p.m. Monday (April 21, 1952) in KSB Hospital in Dixon where she had been a patient about two weeks. Mrs. McCrey had been a resident of the Amboy area since she and her husband moved here in 1913. She was born July 10, 1873 at LaMoille the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Daugherty. She married John McCrey Sep. 14. 1893 at Princeton. Mrs. McCrey is survived by her widower, three sons, Floyd, Winnebago, Marvin, Bremerton Wash., and Virgil, Sterling. Three daughter Miss Lois Kiser, Freeport; Mrs Mirl Trenholm, Pekin and Mrs. Lloyd Floto, Fox Lake; a sister, Mrs. Ida Shaw, Maple Park, 26 Grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren. Two brother and four sisters preceded her in death. Funeral services will be Thursday at the Baptist Church in Amboy, the Rev. Charles Rhodes will officiate. Burial will be in Binghampton Cemetery.
Dixon Evening telegraph April 22, 1952

MARY McGOWAN , 80, life long resident of Lee county, passed away at her home, 316 Peoria avenue, at 5:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon after a short illness. Funeral arrangements which await word from her son, Raymond, who is on a business trip in California, are being made at the Jones funeral home, where friends may call. Mrs. McGowan was born in May township, Lee county, April 28, 1864, and had lived in this city for many years. Her husband, the late M.J. McGowan, was prominent in Republican circles and was sheriff of Lee county early in the century. She is survived by a son, Raymond, vice president of the Shaw-Walker furniture company at Musekgon, Mich.; three sisters, Mrs. Katherine Niles, Rockford, Mrs. Elizabeth Bukard, Freeport, and Mrs. Helen Roat, Dixon; and two grandsons in the armed services. Her husband and a daughter preceded her in death.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 March 1945

DELORES (BUSHMAN) McGUIRE , 66, of Amboy died Sept. 13, 2005 at OSF St. Anthony, Rockford. She was born Oct. 6, 1938 in Amboy the daughter of Bernard and Lucille (McBride) Bushman. She was a graduate of St. Anthony School of Nursing in 1959 and had been employed as a nurse for 45 years working at St. Anthony's, Amboy Hospital, Dixon State School, Mendota Community Hospital and Dixon Correctional Center. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy, and a member of the church prayer group and choir. She also was a member of the IL Nurses Assoc. She was a homework volunteer at Teen Turf, AMboy and for 40 years was a 40-H volunteer, teaching crocheting and knitting. She also did volunteer home n ursing in the Amboy area for many years. She was preceded by one grandson, Christopher Storment; a brother, Bernard J. Bushman. She is survived by daughters, Mary, Laura; sons Greg and John; grandchildren, Christopher LEffelman, Michell Leffelman, Angelica Strutzenberg, Alex Strutzenberg, Timothy Helfrich, William, Tracie, Bryan, Cassandra and Walker Helfrich, Chelsea and Caleb McGuire; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Ann (Urban) Becker Amboy; two brother Ron and Charles and other special family members. Burial at SSt. Patrick Cemetery, Amboy.

DANIEL WILLIAM McKENNEY , passed away at 1:45 o'clock this morning after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at the Masonic Temple at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon with Mrs. Lennie Green reading the Christian Science service. Burial will be in Oakwood cemetery with membes of Friendship Lodge # 7, A. F. & A.M. being in charge of graveside services. Friends may call at the Melvin funeral home until 1:00 p.m. Monday at which time the body will be taken to the Masonic Temple. He was born June 15, 1893 in Dixon and has resided here most of his life. He leaves no close relatives, his mother and father preceded him in death
Dixon Evening Telegraph 20 November 1948.

ANNA LOU (FISHER) McKENNEY , 86, well known in Dixon passed away at her home in Mt. Carroll early this morning after an illnes of 12 years duration. Funeral services will be held at her home at 1:30 Thursday the Rev. K.K. Olafson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery Dixon. Anna Lou Fisher was born in Mt. Carroll Aug 15, 1859 a daughter of Harry & Mary Fisher and after he graduation from the Illinois Normal College in Normal she taught school in Carroll County until her marrige to Oscar McKenney, Mt. Carroll Merchant and banker, March 31, 1887. Her only immediate survivors are two nieces Mrs. Edwin F. Lawrence, Shore Acres, Rock Falls and Mrs. Clement Smith, St. Paul.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 19 Mar 1946

MARIE (STOLTZ) McKINZIE , daughter of Bernard and Margaret Stoltz, was born in Sterling, Ill., on Dec. 14, 1885, and passed away in Dixon, Ill. on July 24, 1944, at the age of 58 years, seven months and 10 days. She leaves to mourn: her husband, Fay McKenzie of Crystal Lake Ill., and one daughter, Mrs. Marion Judge of Salt Lake City, Utah. Other survivors include her father, Bernard T. Stoltz of Cedar Rapids Iowa; three sisters; Mrs. Paul Jammison of St. Paul Minn. Mrs. Henry M. Hey of Dixon, and Mrs. R. P. Andreas of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and one brother A C Stoltz of Minnespolis, Minn. Mrs. McKenzie came to full Christian confession of Christ in her youth, affiliating with the Trinity Evangelical Church of Sterling, Ill., and of which church she was a faithful member for many years. She affiliated with the Grace Evangelical church of Dixon on Feb. 15, 1931 and maintained an active relationship thereto until the time of her passing. She was a devoted Christian woman and gave full proof of her faith in many years of service to others for Christ and the church. Services were held on Friday, July 28, 1944 at the Melvin Funeral chapel, Dixon, in charge of the Rev. Geo. D. Nielsen, pastor of the Evangelical church.
Dixon Telegraph July 29, 1944

ELAINE McLAUGHLIN , 78, of Amboy died Nov. 16, 2004 at St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Maytown with Rev. Kenneth Stachyra, pastor officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick Cemetery, Maytown. Visitation will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. on Nov. 19 at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy. Ms. McLaughlin was born Oct. 11, 1926 in Sublette to Charles and Mary (Meade) McLaughlin. Survivors include one brother, Jerome (Ruby) McLaughlin of Sublette; two sisters-in-law, Rita McLaughlin and Eleanor McLaughlin, both of Amboy; 15 nieces and nephews; and numerous grand nieces and nephews and great grand nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, James, William, Clare, Bernard and Robert McLaughlin; one sister, Marjorie McLaughin; and several nieces and nephews. Ms. McLaughlin was employed as a nurse’s aid at Mendota Community Hospital in her early years. Later, she was employed by the Rockford Diocese for over 25 years as a rectory housekeeper in several parishes in Northern Illinois. For several years prior to retirement she worked in childcare in a private home. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Maytown and their Altar and Rosary Society and she sang in several parish choirs throughout the diocese. Ms. McLaughlin was a loving person who devoted her life to caring for people. She also helped raise and nurture three families of nieces and nephews. For the last several years, the Waters girls have been a great joy in her life. Her dedication to family and friends was an outward sign of her very strong faith. That love and support will be missed by those whose lives she touched.
Mendota Reporter November 17, 2004

MARYELLEN (SMITH) McLINDSAY , 65, of Amboy, died May 24, 2005 at her home. Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on May 28 at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy with Rev. Frank Brozenec, pastor of the East Grove Union Church, officiating. Burial followed at Prairie Repose Cemetery in Amboy. Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 27 at the funeral home. Mrs. McLindsay was born Aug. 16, 1939 in Amboy, to Wilbur and Freda (White) Smith. She married Richard McLindsay on Feb. 23, 1957 in Amboy. Survivors include her husband of Amboy; four children, Vicki (Tom) Kessel of Ohio, Ill., Brian (Kathy) McLindsay of Houston, Texas, Connie (Duane) Dickison of Peotone and Wendy (Joel) Wolman of Elkhorn, Wis.; her mother, Freda Branson of Amboy; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Delmar Smith, William (Judy) Smith and Wayne Smith, all of Amboy; and one sister, Shirley (John) Ehman of Maryland. She was preceded in death by her father. Mrs. McLindsay was a cosmetologist and the owner of Mary's Calico Room in Amboy for many years. She was a member of the East Grove Union Church.
Contributed by Karen Holt

LOLA J. (BEROGAN) MEAD , 74, of Amboy died Nov. 16, 2004 at Rockford Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 20 beginning with a 9:30 a.m. prayer service at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy with Rev. Aaron Brodeski, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick Cemetery, Maytown. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19 at the funeral home with the rosary at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Mead was born May 26, 1930 in Amboy to Harry and Elizabeth (McKeever) Berogan. She married Edward E. Mead on Dec. 4, 1948 in Amboy. He preceded her in death on March 8, 2000. Survivors include two sons, Thomas (Deb) Mead and Jack (Loreen) Mead, both of Amboy; five daughters, Kathy (Rick) Ketchum and Eileen (Alan) Quest, both of Amboy, Sheila (Jim) Hicks of Harmon, Colleen (Jeff) Myers of Sublette and Christine (Bob) Bell of Amboy; 21 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; one sister, Mickey Bryant of Thornton, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Mead was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Amboy and the Dixon YMCA where she swan over 3500 miles since joining in 1987.
The Mendota Reporter

MARY DELLAMAE (GREEN) MEADOR , 57, died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Lois Herzog, Amboy at 12:55 a.m. today She had been ill the past year. A former Dixon resident Mrs. Meador moved to her daughters home last fall. She had been a lee County resident since 1917. Born Nov. 4, 1895 at Salem, she was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Green. She married Oda Meador in Sept. 1915 in Kell IL. They moved to Dixon two years later. Surviving besides the daughter is a son Leroy, Dixon; another daughter Mrs. Thelma Reinhold of Amboy; two brothers James and Joseph both of Dixon. She was preceded by her parents, husband, two sons, five brothers and two sisters. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Mihm Funeral home, the Rev. Leon Kellen of Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Termperance Hill cemetery north of Amboy.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 27 December 1952

MARY (SCHWEIGER) MEISTER , 84, died Saturday at Amboy hospital after an illness of four years duration. Funeral services were held at 8:30 a.m. today at the Mihm funeral home and at 9:00 a.m. at St. Patricks Catholic Church, Amboy, her grandson the Rev. Anthony J. Becker, celebrating the mass. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery in West Brooklyn. Mrs. Meister, the daughter of George & Theresa Casper Schweiger was born at Hallowayville, LaSalle county Feb. 25, 1864 and married George Meister Nov. 6, 1884 at Sublette. He preceded her in death May 19, 1932. They lived on farms in the Sublette and West Brooklyn community. She came to Amboy four years ago to maker her home with her daughters. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Jacob Bulfer, Mrs. Anton Becker and Mrs. John Faley all of Amboy and M.S. Ferdinand Full, Mendota; 16 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In addition to her husband she was preceded in death by a son Nicholas who died in December 1940, and three infant sons.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 16 February 1948

ARTHUR MEKEEL passed away at his home in Harmon township Tuesday evening following a long illness. He was born in Harmon township Jan. 10, 1863 and been an residen there his entire life, having resided on his present farm for 76 years. He is survived by his wife Hettie, one brother Anson of Kerley Colo. and several nieces and nephews residing in this vicinity. Funeral services will be Friday at Jones Funeral home. Interment in Greenwood cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 07 February 1945

Arthur Aaron Mekeel son of Solomon and Priscilla Mekeel was born Jan. 19, 1863 in Harmon township a few miles from what is now the Mekeel homestead, and departed this life at his home Tuesday evening, Feb. 6, 1945 following a long illness of 82 years 2 weeks and 4 days. He had been a resident of Harmon township his entire life. His marriage to Hettie Chilcote took place at Dixon December 31, 1926 He leaves to mourn his passing his widow, one brother Anson of Kersey Colo., and several neices and nephews to whom the sympathy of all their friends is extended at this time. He was preceded by his parents, 2 sisters and 3 brothers. A good man has left us. Mr. Mekeel was generous to a degree. Never was he too busy to stop and help those less favored than he. If all his good works could be turned to melodies, a symphony would fill the skies. Keenly appreciative of the beauties of the world he was filled with the joy of living. His happy spirit was contagious and he cheered those with home he came in contact. His untimely passing has left a breach, not only in the activities of his home but in the life of the whole community. Services were held at Jones Funeral home conducted by the Rev. Albert S. Nelson, pastor of the First Christian Church at Polo with Mrs. Fay Barnhart and Mrs. Russel Jones of Polo Church as singers. Casket bearers were Wm. Dietz, Edward Mannion, Irwin Lewis, Clifford Hill, Arthur Hermes and Joseph Smallwood.

ARTHUR H. MEKEEL , age 77, of Amboy died Monday May 3, 2004 in the Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. He was born Oct. 2, 1926 in Harmon, the son of Julius and Blanche (Harvey) Mekeel. He was a graduate of Community Catholic High School in Sterling and attended Rockford College and DePaul University in Chicago. He had been employed by Commonwealth Edison Co. in Dixon for 35 years and was a senior marketing engineer when he retired in 1985. He was a member of St. Patrick Church in Amboy and the Mendota Elks Lodge. He was a veteran of the US Army serving during WW II. He was married to Margaret Merlo on Sep 2, 1950 in Amboy. He is survived by his wife; children, Kathy 9Steve) Gardner of Amboy, Donald E. (Diane) Mekeel of Sterling, Frank J. (Kathy) Mekeel of Amboy, Mary (Roland) Derksen of Holland Mich., John R. Mekeel of Dixon, Theresa M. Mekeel of Dixon, Paul (Lori) Mekeel of Huntsville Texas, Patrick D. Mekeel of Dixon, Michael M. (Chris) Mekeel of Dixon and Thomas Mekeel of Dixon; 19 grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; and two sisters, Ann (Ed) Rios of Sterling and Mary Bennett of Rock Hill SC. He was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Richard; and one sister, Alice Whiting. Funeral services are Thursday May 6, 2004 at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy - Mass at 10 am at St. Patrick Catholic Church with the Rev. Aaron Brodeski officiating.Burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Contributed by Jan Roggy - From the Sterling Gazette May 4, 2004

FLORENCE (STEPHENITCH) MESSER , 63, 1317 Peoria Avenue died today at her home after a long illness. She was born in Sublette August 6, 1891 the daughter of John and Catherine Stephenitch and came to Dixon in 1913. She is survived by her husband (Gust Messer). She was preceded by her parents and a brother. Services will be at the Jones Funeral home at 9:00 and at St. Patricks Catholic Church at 9:30, Rev. T.S. Green officiating with burial at St. Marys Cemetery (Sublette).
Dixon Evening Telegraph 13 December 1954

AARON J. METZLER , 75, well known shoe repairer at 207 First Avenue, Rock Falls, was found dead in bed at his home, 311 Sixth Avenue, Sterling, at an early hour Wednesday morning. He had not been feeling well the last two days but worked in his shoe shop a part of Tuesday, going home to rest. He retired at the usual hour with no seeming distress, except fatigue and the heat. His body was taken to the Wheelock Funeral Home this morning. It is expected the funeral will be Saturday and will be from the Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, with committal at Dixon. Mr. Metzler was born in Dixon, May 3, 1870, the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Metzler, who came to Dixon from Pennsylvania. He was reared and educated in Dixon, and married Miss Geneva Boslow of Mendota, who passed away in rock Falls in 1941. Surviving children are Edward Metzler of Rockford, Earl Mezler of Newport, R.I., and Mrs. William Baker of Ventura, Calif. There are three grandchildren; Eugene of Rockford, Earl of Newport and Ardine Triggs of Ventura, Calif. Mr. Metzler was the last of his family, five brothers and a sister having preceded him in death. Mr. Metzler came to rock Falls in 1935 and had operated his shoe shop here since that time. He leaves many friends to mourn his loss.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois July 25, 1945 - Wednesday, pg 12

GEORGIANNA ROBINSON METZLER , formerly a resident of King's Court, this city, died at 9 a.m. at the poor farm near Eldena, where she was an inmate. She was born in Franklin Grove and was about 55 years old. She leaves one son, William Clark, who drives hack; two brothers, George and Henry Robinson, Webster City, IA; and one sister Mrs. Sophia Walker, Villisca, Iowa. No funeral arrangements will be made until word is received from Sophia. The remains were brought to Dixon this morning.
Contributed by Georgea Clinton from the Feb. 14, 1910 Dixon Telegraph page 5:2

WAYNE STEPHEN MICK , 79, of Amboy, formerly of Dixon, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004 at KSB Hospital. He owned and operated the Iceberg Restaurant Dixon for 10 years and then a lawn ornament company. Mr. Mick was born April 28, 1925 in DIxon, the son of Lee Muriel and Hazel Margaret (Hagerman) Mick. He served in the Army during WW II. He was a member of Lee County Senior Citizens Center, Dixon. Survivors include a sister, Francel Wiegel of Cape Coral, FL. He was preced by a sister; and a brother, Harold Mick. The funeral is Thursday at PReston-Schilling Funeral Home, with Wilbur Ranson of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery.
Contributed by Jan Roggy - from the Sterling Gazette

ROBERT MIHALIK , 74, of Dixon died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004 at his home. Mr. Mihalik was born March 11, 1930 in Dixon, the son of Mary Mihalik. He was employed by Dixon Developmental Center as a kitchen worker before retiring. Survivors include his guardian and friend, Willie Harney of Dixon. He was preceded in death by his mother and his guardian, Juanita Anderson. The funeral is a Jones Funeral Home Wednesday, burial is a Oakwood cemetery.
Sterling Daily Gazette December 28, 2004

ANTOINNE MILLER , 87, passed away this morning at St. Patricks Hospital, Freeport. A resident of Harmon for over 50 years, he came to the United States from Austria and had no known relatives in the country. Funeral services will be held at St. Patricks church in Harmon at 9:30 am Saturday and burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon
Dixon Evening Telegraph 12 February 1948

ARIEN MILLER , 74, of Dixon died Saturday Dec. 18, 2004 at KSB Hospital. He was a retired roofer. Mr. Miller was born May 20, 1930 in Fairmount, the son of Vernone and Flossie (Lamb) Miller. He served in the Navy during the Korean War as a petty officer first class radioman. Survivors includes two sons, Michael (Debbie) Miller and William (Gaye) Miller, both of Dixon; his mother Flossie Hall of Tennessee and four grandchildren. There are no services. Cremation rites will be accorded. Arrangements by Preston-Schilling, Dixon.
Sterling Gazette December 20, 2004 Contributed by Jan Roggy

DAVID MILLER , 62, of Wausau, Wis., died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004. He was born March 14, 1942, in Dixon, IL. the son of Harold and Angela (McLennan) Miller. David graduated from Rockford Business College and was an executive in the manufacturing industry and for several non-profit organizations. He devoted his life to helping others, serving as South Canyon Lutheran Church, Rapid City, S.D., council president; president of the Black Hills Area Boy Scout Council and Silver Beaver recipient; active member in Jaycees, Optimist and Rotary clubs; coach and district presi­dent of Canyon Lake District Little League baseball and soft­ball; treasurer of Girl Scouts of the Black Hills Council; recipient of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Award for Outstanding Service. David was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed. He enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Judy (Kested) Miller of Wausau. Wis.; two sons. Paul David (Susan Hass) Miller of Wausau, Wis., and Spencer John (Frances Scott) Miller of Rapid City. S.D.; one daughter, Courtney Miller (Mark Multer) of Wausau, Wis.; three grandchildren, Dawson David and Maya Olivia Miller and Wilson John Miller; three brothers, Thomas (Janie) Miller of Oregon, III., James (Carol) Miller of Byron, Ill., and Stephen (Susan) Miller of Oak Island, N.C.; and one sister, Angela (Donald) Leary of Oregon, Ill. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Morris, Ill. Burial will be in the Chapel Hill Cemeterv. Dixon. Ill. Visitation
Contributed by Jan Roggy - Sterling Gazette 18 December 2004

ESTHER BELLE MILLER , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Miller, who was born April 10, 1896, died August 12, 1908, at their home, her age being 12 years, 4 months and 2 days. The funeral was held Friday morning at the home and interment was in Wyoming cemetery. Rev. W. C. Scott officiated. Esther had a most pleasing personality. She was of a thoughtful disposition and always ready to lend a helping hand to add to the comfort or pleasure of others. She will be greatly missed not only by loved ones but by schoolmates and all who had the privilege to know her.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

HARRY W. MILLER - Services for Harry W. Miller, 56, who died Wednesday at Swedish American Hospital, Rockford wil be conducted Friday in the Clutz Funeral Home. The Rev. C.G. Althoff, the Paynes Point Luther Church will officiate. Burial will be in Ashton Cemetery. A member of the Ashton Masonic Lodge and the Ashton American Legion Post, Mr. Miller operated a confectionary here for 15 years before retiring about a year ago. He was born in Milwaukee Wisc. April 4, 1898, the son of John and Hattie Miller. In 1920 he married Clara Shay in Milwaukee. Survivors include the widow, a daughter Mrs. Shirley Tadd, Ashton; a brother and two sisters, Lester Miller, Mrs. Mary Anderson and Mrs. Jenny Kuehm all of Milwaukee and one grandchild.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 19 August 1954

HIRAM E. MILLER 56, one of America's most distinguished skin specialists, whose father, Edgar Miller, and step-mother, Mrs. Laura Hawley Miller, formerly lived in Dixon, died Friday at the University of California Hospital after an illness of seven months. His death was caused by complications including a brain hemorrhage and penumonia, following an operation for a brain tumor. Colleagues of the noted physician said he died "a martyr to medical science," and traced his death to pioneering research in the field of x-ray early in his career. He was head of the department of dermatology at the University of California Medical School. He was one of four boys who achieved wealth and eminence in their chosen professions. He was a grandson of the late Mrs. Hiram Hetler. Mrs. George March, Dixon, is also a relative. Born in Dixon 1891, he took his medical degree at the University of California and did post-graduate at Columbia University. He became a protege and an office associate of the late Dr. Howard Morrow, who preceded him as director of the department of dermatology at California. Dr. Morrow died Oct. 22, 1941, almost six years to the day prior to Dr. Miller's death. In recent years he was associated with Dr. Rees B. Rees and Dr. Edwin M. Hamlin in San Francisco. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Simone Miller, a daughter, Blanche, a son, Kenneth, his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Miller, Berkeley, Calif. and four brothers. Private services were held Saturday morning in Palo Alto, Calif., with burial in Alta Mesa cemetery near there.
Contributed by Elsie Harmon (Another obit in the Dixon Evening Telegraph, Mon. Nov. 3, 1947 taken from Oct. 18th issue of the San Francisco Examiner adds the name of Tenney Funeral Home. And states that he was also a clinical professor of dermatology and syphilogy and had engaged in special research studies in leprosy, tularemia and industrial skin diseases. He was a member of the Americal Medical Association, American Dermatology Association, and American Academy of Dermatology, serving on the Board)

JOHN R. MILLER , the son of Paul and Minnie Hannamen Miller, was born in Lee county, October 16, 1877 and departed this life October 18, 1947 after a lingering illness. He had been a life long resident of Lee county, having been born on a farm in Bradford Twp. At about the age of 21, he with his family moved to Dixon where he had since resided. He was united in marriage April 29. 1916 to Irma Smith, they having celebrated their 31st anniversary this year. No children were born to this union. He is survived by his widow; three brothers, Joe and Arthur of Dixon, and William of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Samuel and Harvey, a half brother Henry and a half sister, Mrs. Fredericka Bothe. Funeral services were conducted at the Preston funeral home Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Dr. J.H. Hughes pastor of the First Baptist church , officiating and internment was in the Bradford Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 October 1947

LOREN R. MILLER , 78, prominent Lee county farmer and former commissioner of highways, passed away at 8:15 o'clock Sunday morning (January 12, 1947) at the Amboy public hospital, where he had been a patient for a week. Funeral services will be held at his late home 10 1/2 miles southwest of Rochelle, at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. R.L. Townsend, pastor of the Steward Methodist Church officiating and burial will be in the Steward cemetery. Mr. Miller, a life-long resident of this community, was born in Reynolds township Nov. 23, 1868, a son of Daniel and Margaret Schultz Miller. He is survived by his widow, Ida Baker Miller and two sons, Clarence of Rochelle and Orville of West Brooklyn; two daughters, Mrs. Ed Maley of Rochelle and Mrs. Edith Pickle of Stillman Valley; and 15 granchildren.
Dixon Telegraph Monday January 13, 1947

LLOYD O. MILLER , 81, of 419 East First St., Dixon, died Saturday afternoon at Dixon Public Hospital. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Allen-Buckley Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Alfred L. Grewe, pastor of the First Lutheran Church of Jordan officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Visitation will be Monday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. with family present from 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Kathryn Shaw Beathea Hospital in his memory. Shires Miller was born in Dixon, Dec. 4, 1913, the son of August and Erma Mae Schryber Miller. He attended Dixon schools and was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals Professional Base Ball team in the early 1930's. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Burton (Anna Mae) Toms of Dixon, Mrs. Ronald (Donna) Broers of Polo and Mrs. James (Judy) Hill of Dixon; one brother, Donald Miller of Dixon; two sisters, Mrs. John (Velma) Burke of Dixon and Mrs. Mabel Welch of Chicago; five grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents and one son in infancy.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 8, 1975 - Monday, page 6

MARY C. (VAIL) MILLER , a saintly character, a consientiously good citizen, a "new woman" in business and politics fifty years in advance of the rank and file of sisters, yet always womanly and kind, a forceful influence for good in the community - such was Mrs C.P. Miller, beloved by young and old throughout the sixty-two years which have passed since she came to Amboy a bride. Especially has her influence been felt by the scores of little folks some of them now grandparents - who have passed under her tutelage in the primary class in the Methodist Sunday School and whose affections she won at the start and always retained. Funeral Services were held Sat. Jan.21, in the First M.E. church with the Rev. M. D. Bayly officiating. The Rev. A.C. Petrie of the First Congregational church took an impressive part in the service. Members of the W.C.T.U. formed a guard of honor. The pallbearers, all members of the First M.E. Official Board were; Dr. W.L. Berryman, George Lewis, Ai Tuttle, R.K. Reid, F.E.Lewis, and F.B.Keller. Internment was made in Prairie Repose cemetery. Mrs C.P. Miller, nee Mary C Vaile, was born in the village of Greenbrook, Middlesex Co, NJ on Aug 12, 1835 and died in Amboy, IL Jan. 18, 1922 at the age of 86 years, 5 months and 6 days. In her 15th year she moved with her father to Newark, NJ and in 1857 to Kewanee, IL. While in Newark she was a close neighbor of Mr. C.P. Miller. Both wre active members of the Methodist church and spent much time and talent in working out programs. Her husband who survives will have completed his 75th year of faithful service on Jan. 24, 1922. Mr and Mrs Miller were married at Burns, Henry Co, IL. May 5, 1859 and came directly to Amboy. Her adopted, and only child Leta A, beloved wife of Mr. Theo. Kreiter preceded her to the Great Beyond some 27 years ago.
She leaves to mourn her loss a devoted husband who has been her companion for more than 62 years; Two brothers; E.M. Vaile of Kewanee and Walter S. Vaile of Rock Rapids IA; a sister in law; Mrs Ida E. Vail, Rock Rapids, IA; ten nieces; Miss Mattie Sedgwick, Champaign, IL; Miss Ora Brow, Kewanee, IL; Mrs Rose Murchison, Palo Alto, CA; Edith Vail, New York; Mrs Zella Prickett and the five daughters of the late Isaac Vail of Ottawa, KS; seven nephews; Charles A Sedgwick, Champaign, IL; C.E. Pierson, Chicago, IL; Glen Vail in South Dakota; Percy Vail, Kewanee, IL; Walter in Mobile, AL; Richard in New York; Clinton E in St. Louis and innumerable friends in this and other states.

PETER MICHAEL MILLER , age 3 months, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999, at KSB Hospital. Funeral services will be held Tuesday Jan. 4, 2000 at 10 a.m. At Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with Rev. Ronald Ferrell, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Peter Michael Miller was born Sept. 25, 1999, in Sterling, the son of James and Sharon White Miller. Survivors include his parents of Dixon; his twin brother, Christopher at home; paternal grandparents, Christa and Allen Hicks of Dixon and Michael Miller of Freeport; maternal grandparents, Ronald and Deborah Johnson of Rock Falls and Kenneth and Kayla White of Rochelle; paternal great grandparents, Fern Wiemken of Dixon, Donald and Ida Wiemken of Sterling, Mary Hicks of Harmon, Shirley Miller of Freeport; and a maternal great grandmother, Irene McGraw of Dixon.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette - Tuesday, December 28, 2010 7:59 PM

RACHEL (MEESE) MILLER , died at the home of her son Samuel Miller, Sixth and Van Buren avenue, yesterday at 1 o'clock. Her death was the direct result of a fall sustained Tuesday noon. She was unconscious from Wednesday night till her death Fri- day noon. Had she lived till Nov. 11 she would be 84 years of age. She was the mother of ten children, six of whom survive her; they are Samuel of Dixon, Wilson and William of Rock Island, and John of Myersdale, Pa., Mrs. B.H. Cramer [Mary Ellen] of Dixon, and Mrs. John Ware of Frostbridge, Md. She had 43 grand-children and 48 great-grand children. Interment will be at the Dunkard cemetery at Franklin Grove Sunday. Services as the home of Samuel Miller at 9:00 and at the Dunkard Church at 11 o'clock.
Transcription by Ora L. Flaningam, great-great grandson. July, 2006 Rachel (Meese) Miller was the wife of William L. Miller of Elklick Twp.(1840, 1850 & 1860 census) & Summit Twp. (1870 census), Somerset Co., PA. They moved to Lee Co., IL just before 1880. William apparently predeceased her, possibly about 9 Nov. 1897.]

RONALD V. MILLER SR. , 69, of Dixon , died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at CGH Medical Center after an extended illness. He was the former owner of Miller Construction. Mr. Miller was born Sept. 22, 1937, in Fargo , N.D. the son of Chester and Esther (Fetting) Miller. He married Linda Burgett on Aug. 10, 1985, at White Pines Forest State Park, Mount Morris . Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Jerri (Duane) Cossey and Sandra (Larry) Collins, both of Missouri , and Amy (Jamie) West of California; four sons, David Everett and Larry (Phyllis) Miller, both of Missouri , and Ron (Donna) Miller Jr. and Paul (Rebecca) Newman, both of Dixon; three sisters, Joanne, Judy and Betty; five brothers, Wallace, Dennis, Clifford, Earl and Curtis; 26 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Eugene; seven sisters, Viola, Mildred, Jane, Ruth, Charlotte, Doris and Ruby; and four brothers, Gerald, Gordon, Duane and Lester. Memorial service is at noon Saturday at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Dixon , with Sam Berard, deacon of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Dixon, officiating. Burial was private. Memorial visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, both at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Rock River Valley Hospice.
The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, September 12, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1 – 2

GEORGE MILLS , 92, Dixon, died Sunday in an East Moline Hospital after a long illness. He was born in Rhodelia KY June 10, 1862 and had lived in Dixon the past 20 years. Survivors are three sons Warren, Chicago, Lyle of Santa Fe NM, Joseph of Dixon; three daughters - Mrs. Frank Alman and Mrs. Alice Dunlap both of Chicago and Mrs. Laura Mears, Hammond IN and a sister Mrs. Mary Rhodes of Rhodelia KY. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 7 Feb 1955

GRACE E. MINNIHAN , 93, of Fairfax, Va., formerly of Dixon and Los Angeles, died Thursday, July 10, 2003, at Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, Va. She was employed by Queen of Angels Hospital, Los Angeles, as a registered nurse, retiring in 1975. Miss Minnihan was born Nov. 5, 1909 in Holenwald Tenn., the daughter of Harry L. and Wilhelmina (Mueller) Minnjhan. She was a 1928 graduate of Dixon High School and a graduate of St. Anthony School of Nursing, Rockford. She was a member of St. Leo Catholic Church, Fairfax, Va. Survivors include a sister, Willa O'Connor of Dixon; two brothers, Walter Minnihan of West Covina, Calif., and Dr. Robert (Ann) Minnihan of Chesterfield, Mo.; and many nieces, nephews and great- nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Minnihan and Margaret King; and a brother, Harold Minnihan. Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 am. Saturday at St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Michael Morrissey, pastor, officiating. Burial of cremains is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation is from 10-11 am. Saturday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Jones Funeral Home, Dixon. A memorial has been established.
Daily Gazette July 15, 2003

VIRGINIA (COOK) MOELLENBERNDT , 89, of Freeport, formerly of Dixon, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2005, at her home. She was employed as a secretary by Hal Roberts Co., Dixon. for 12 years, retiring in 1945, and then by Cooks Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Dixon. retiring in 1979. Mrs. Moellenberndt was born July 25, 1915, in Waukegan. the daughter of Harry S. and Tillie A. (Johnson) Cook. She married Clarence L. Strub on Feb. 4, 1945 in Dixon. He died July 30, 1979. She then married Carl Moellenberndt on Feb. 11, 1995, in Freeport. She was a former member of First Presbyterian Church Dixon, and a member of Second Presbyterian Church, Freeport. Survivors include her husband; two stepsons, Carl D. (Bonnie Schmied) Moellenberndt of Edmonds, Wash.. and Robert (Carol) Moellenberndt of Sturgeon Bay. Wis.; a stepdaughter, Sharon (Clifford) Lang of Freeport; six step­grandchildren; three step-great­grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother. Harold C. Cook. Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church. Dixon, with the Rev. LaVerne Davenport, pastor. and the Rev. Janice Diefenthaler, pastor of Second Presbyterian Church. Freeport, co-officiating. Private burial is at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon.
Sterling Daily Gazette January 19, 2005

ALVIN MOELLER , 75, of Dixon died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2004, at KSB Hospital after an extended illness. Mr Moeller was born Feb. 15, 1929 in Sublette, the son of John R. and Elizabeth (Hess) Moeller. He married Mary A. Davis on Aug. 30. 1954, in Dixon. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Steven E. and Jeffrey L. both of Dixon. and Jody A. (Sherri) of Rock Falls; a brother, Robert of Nelson; four grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister and two brothers.
Sterling Daily Gazette January 2, 2005

GEORGE MOELLER , 45, a building contractor in Aurora for 25 years passed away at about 12:30 o'clock Monday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Malloy, 1111 Sixth street, death ending an illness of two years duration. Funeral services will be held at the Jones Funeral Home 2:00 Wednesday the Rev. C.L. Wagner, pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood. Mr. Moeller who was born April 19, 1901 in Marion Township, is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Malloy and Mrs. T.A.Benner, the latter of Roscoe CA. and three brothers; Herbert of Roscoe CA., Edward of Chicago, and Theodore of Rockford.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 27 January 1948

SARAH (RHODENBAUGH) MOELLER , 75, passed away at her home in Nelson township last evening at 9:30, following an illness of 3 years duration. She was born in Harmon Township, the daughter of Peter and Hannah Rhodenbaugh and has been a citizen of Nelson Township for 43 years. She is survived by 3 daughters; Mrs. Emma Boos of Dixon, Mrs. Gladys Distin and Miss Loleta Moeller at home; two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Bremer and Mrs. Christiana Walters of Dixon; a brother Jacob Rhodenbaugh of Harmon. Seven Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are being made at Jones Funeral Home.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 19 December 1945

The funeral of Mrs. Sarah A. Moeller, 75, of Nelson township whose death Tuesday evening was announced in Wednesday's Telegraph will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday at the Jones Funeral Home, the Rev. Martin Brown, pastor of the First Christian Church of Dixon. Burial will be in Chapel Hill.L Sarah Rhodenbaugh was born May 3, 1870 in Harmon Twp. the daughter of Peter and Hannah Rhodenbaugh. She had lived in Lee County all her life. Her husband Ernest died in 1940. Surviving are three daughters (listed above).
Dixon Evening Telegarph 20 December 1945

RUSSELL H. MOEN , 52, of Dixon died Jan. 6, 2004 at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Foursquare Gospel Church, Dixon with Rev. James Berry, pastor, officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Visitation was from 2-8 p.m. on Jan. 8 at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon with family present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mr. Moen was born Sept. 1, 1951 in Eau Claire, Wis. to Herbert and Muriel (Gardow) Moen. He married Theresa Anderson on May 25, 1973 in Eau Claire, Wis. Survivors include his wife; four sons, Adam Moen of Ames, Iowa and Darren, Keenan and Quentin Moen all of Dixon; two daughters, Coral and Grace Moen of Dixon; his mother and step-father, Muriel (Alan) Amundsen of Eau Claire, Wis.; his father, Herbert Moen of Eau Claire, Wis.; and two sisters, Rohnda (Rodney) Cook of Eau Claire, Wis. and Linda Westby of Stoughton, Wis. Mr. Moen was employed as the materials manager at Mendota Community Hospital for the last two years. He was a member of Foursquare Gospel Church, Dixon. A memorial has been established.
The Mendota Reporter

AUDREY DIANA (LATTA) MOON , 74, of Roselawn IN, formerly of Amboy died June 17, 2005 at her home. She was born May 17, 1931 in Lee County, the daughter of Wm. & Martha Ann (Heath) Latta. She married Norman E. Moon on Feb. 2, 1978 in Florida. Survivors include her husband; a son Jim; two daughter Joyce and Michelle; a brother Ron; a sister Betty Daniels; nine grandchildren and Six Great-Grandchildren. Burial at Prairie Repose Cemetery.

FRANK ELSWORTH MOORE , was born at Twin Grove, Lee County, Illinois, Oct. 28, 1883, and, therefore, was approaching his 19th year at the time of his death. He died Friday night, Sept 5., 1902. Frank was the third child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Moore, who lately purchased the Isaac Hunt farm and moved onto it last Spring. Frank was brought up in Willow Creek township and spent most of his life there. He attended the Twin Grove and Blair district schools. He was a studious boy and yearned to get a good education. Frank made his character exemplary to all young men. You would call him a clean young man. Manly in conduct, he was pure in morals. Drinking, cursing and dissipation so common to the youth of our day had no power over him. The sins and temptations so common to youth he resisted and kept under his feet. He found and made a constant companion in his brother George. He was sweet spirited to all but especially to his family. He loved his home better than any other place. Few boys are more dutiful to their parents than was Frank. Nor was he afraid of hard work. Those who have watched the transformation of the Hunt farm this season know how much hard work it has cost this family. Frank's industry and painstaking labor were no small factors in this improvement. Therefore, he was indeed an exceptional youth such a one that every community is proud of and none can afford to lose. Frank's sickness came on quite suddenly a little over a week ago. The doctors called it inflammation of the bowels from the very start. The best medical skill in the community was brought in but to no avail. His sufferings were great and almost continual night and day, yet he bore them with patience and fortitude. To the end he was conscious and conversed with loved ones about the bed. He passed through the valley of the shadow of death without fear and evidently without pain. Frank leaves a father, a mother, a brother George, and two sisters, Lucy and Pearl, to mourn his loss. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to this family in this great loss and bereavement. The funeral services were held in the Baptist church Sunday afternoon, Sept. 7th. Dr. W. A. Matthews preached the sermon. Mr. and Mrs. George Hicks and the Male Quartette sang helpful and appropriate music. The remains were laid to rest in the Frantz cemetery.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

HARRY A. MOORE , 58, veteran foreman of the B.F. Shaw Printing Company, job department died at his home, 1503 Third St. at 5 P.M.Yesterday. Born Feb. 14, 1889 in Ogle County he was the son of James L and Agnes Thompson Moore. He is survived by his wife Emma, a son Donald, a daughter Marie and a grandaughter Dickie Lynn and two brothers Vernon C. and Ener E. both of Rockford. Funeral services will be held at St.Paul Lutheran church at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev.George Curran officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Members of the church council of which he had been a member for a number of years will serve as casket bearers as follows; Charles Hallquist, C.J. Johnson, Herbert F. Smith, John Bohnstiel, Clarence Wickey and John Martenson.
Dixon Evening Telegraph January 13, 1948

ROBERT MARSHALL MOORE , 68, an employee of the Illinois Northern Utilities Co., for the past 15 years, passed away at 7 this morning at his home, 413 North Ottawa, after a short illness. Funeral arranements which are bing made at the Melvin funeral home, had not been completed this morning and they will be announced later. Mr. Moore was born in Adams county, Pa. Nov. 11, 1877, and is survived by his widow, Anna C; a son, Howard of Quincy; two daughters, Mrs. Alfred Engelsberg and Mrs. Jack Haden both of Dixon; three brothers, Albert of Ashton and Frank and Arthur both of Fairfield PA; two sisters, Miss Martha Moore of Fairfield and mrs. John A Wagner of Ashton; and three grandchildren.

LYLE MORRIS , 65, died peacefully on Aug. 14, 2007 with his family by his side after a two year battle with cancer. He was born in Sublette, the son of Cora Robinson and Ernest Morris. After graduating from Ashton high school in 1959, he worked for Del Monte, then, enlisted in the Air Force, serving in Berlin , Germany . He returned to Del Monte and worked at the Rochelle Area Office, in Mendota, in Crystal City, Texas, and at the corporate office in San Francisco . He retired from Del Monte in 1997 after 37 years with the company and spent the next 10 years using his management skills in the volunteer, nonprofit field. Lyle enjoyed living a life serving and helping others. He served as president of Shelter, Inc., a county agency to ease the needs of the homeless, developed the Extended Family Program at his church that has furnished more than 100 families with furniture and goods to restart their lives, and was instrumental in planning and building the East County Family Transitional Center, which was renamed the Lyle Morris Family Center in a tribute to him last month. He worked to revitalize the Lions Center for the blind in Oakland , and managed the funding and building of a youth center in Sarajevo , Bosnia and Herzegovina , through the United Methodist Church Volunteer in Mission program. He is the recipient of the Bishop’s Award from the Cal/Nev. Conference of the United Methodist Church , the Thomas Neilson Fellowship and the Melvin Jones Fellow award for dedicated humanitarian services from the Lions Club, the Anne Sullivan Inspirational Award from the Lions Blind Center of Oakland, the Dr. Martin Luther King award from the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and both the Angel of the Year Award and the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Shelter, Inc. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Carol; daughters, Dana VonAustin and Wendy Dobshinsky; a son-in-law, John Dobshinsky; three grandchildren, Kyla, Skylar and Jacob, and another soon to be born granddaughter, all of Walnut Creek, Calif.; two sisters, Marie Ackland, of West Brooklyn, and Janet Halsne, of Rochelle; a brother, Carl Morris, of Mt. Morris; and many loving nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at the Walnut Creek United Methodist Church on Sat., Aug. 25 at 10:30 a.m.
The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, August 21, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

WILLIAM SAVAGE MORRIS , 83, a resident of Dixon for nearly 80 years died Tuesday morning at the KSB hospital. His death was the result of serious burns received three weeks ago. Mr. Morris was born November 24, 1866 in Chicago IL the son of James H. & Lucia (Savage) Morris. At the age of seven he moved to Dixon with his parents. He was a member of one of the early graduating classes of North Dixon High School. Mr. Morris attended Lake Forest College. After finishing his education he returned to the home farm on Hazelwood Rd. where for the next sixty years was actively engaged in farming. Mr. Morris united with the Presbyterian church Oct 14, 1882 and was the 2nd oldest living member at the time of his death. He served the church as an elder and a trustee. He was married June 7, 1899 to Mary Ellen Laing who preceded him in death two years ago. Mr. Morris is survived by four children, George L. and Miss Ruth E. of Dixon, Mrs. Katherine Boand and Mrs. Lucia Minard of Chicago. Four grandchildren, Robert & Janet Morris of Dixon and Wm. & Jo Ellen Minard of Chicago. Two neices, Mrs. Margaret Morgan of Sewickley PA and Miss Lucia Morris of Portland OR. Burial at Oakwood.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 February 1950

JOHN MORRISSEY - Funeral services for John Morrissey whose death was mentioned last week were held Friday afternoon from the home of his brother-in-law, George Danekas in Reynolds township, the services being conducted by Rev. George A. Walter, pastor of the Reynolds Evangelical church. Inerment was made in Ashton cemetery, and the service was conducted by Ashton Lodge No. 531 A.F. & A.M. John Morrissey was born in Sterling April 28, 1875, and died in the Rochelle hospital May 17, aged 58 years and 22 days. His death was caused by an accident in which he was pinned under a tractor and disc in the farm yard of his brother-in-law. His injuries proved fatal 12 hours afterward. As a young man, 25 years of age, he came to Ashton where he was in the employ of the Chicago & Northwestern as section foreman. In January 1910 he was transferred to another division. With his wife, he moved to Bartonville to make his home. For some years he has lived in Peoria where he was a resident at the time of his death. He was married to Miss Mary Evens of Ashton in June 1903. Three children were born to this union. They are William, Mahlon adn Mrs. Virginia Bell of Peoria. All of these with their mother survive their father. He leaves one brother, Dan Morrissey of Prophetstown; and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Bosworth of Waukegan; Mrs. Delia Walker and Mrs. Mellie Hurley of Sterling. His sudden death was a great shock to the family and his other friends and relatives and an irreprable loss to his family. The deceased was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and also of Peoria Lodge No. 15, A.F. & A.M. in Peoria.
Contributed by Pat France

PATRICK HENRY MORRISSEY , age 86, former resident of St. Mary's parish, Walton IL, a highly respected and widely known resident of this community died at his home on North Jones Avenue, Amboy at 1:15 Thursday afternoon, May 11, 1944 after a serious illness of six months duration. He had been in failing health for the past several years but had been quite active until recently. Funeral services were held Monday from the late home to St. Patricks church which was filled to capacity. Casket bearers were his six nephews, John O'Hare of Rochelle, John Blackburn and Leroy Morrisey of Harmon, Clarence, John J. and E.C. Morrisey of Walton. Interment was made at St. Patricks Cemetery in Amboy.

Mr. Morrisey was born Nov. 1, 1857 in Belevidere, the son of Edward and Mary (Doyle) Morrisey. He moved with his parents to Mendota when just an infant and after residing there a short time moved to a farm in Marion Township 79 years ago last March. He retired and moved to Amboy in 1917. He was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Dempsey April 8,1885. They were the last couple to be married in the old St. Patrick Church in Amboy - a wooden structure which was located where the McKinnon home occupied by the D.J. McKeown family now stands. The ceremony was performed by Father Caughlin, uncle of the late Bishop Muldoon, then pastor of St. Patricks in Amboy. During the greater part of his residence in Marion Twp. he served as school director. Mr. and Mrs. Morrissey celebrated their golden anniversary on April 8, 1936.
Mrs. Morrisey passed away June 18, 1936. Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. Margaret Fitzpatrick of Virginia IL, Mrs. Mamie McCoy and Mrs. Nelle McCoy of Walton, Mrs. Anna Ryan of Maytown, Mrs. Elizabeth O'Rourke and Mrs. Loretto Lawler of Amboy; two sons, Edward and Lawrence of Walton; 24 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Four of his grandsons are in the armed forces and serving overseas. His parents, four brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. A brother, Thomas Morrisey of Walton passed away May 16, 1944. Mr. Morrissey was a kind father and a good friend. Those coming from a distance were Monsignor C.F. Conley, Mr. and Mrs. Peter O'Rourke of Freeport; Mr. and Mrs.Wm. Flannagan, Gertrude and Ethel Flannagan, Mrs. Rex Flack Sr., Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Canahan, Miss Evelyn Ryan, Leo Dolan & Miss Lois Dolan of Chicago; Mrs. Jane Morrissey, Mr. & Mrs. Theodore Sharpner, Mr. & Mrs. Wm. Morrissey, Louis Friel, Miss Mary Francis Ryan, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Ryan and daughter Ruth, Miss Stella Ryan, Miss Agnes Day, Miss Ogla Zantoas R.N., Miss Bernice Fitzpatrick R.N., Mr. & Mrs. Harry Dodson and daughter, Mrs. Milton Bauman, Mr. & Mrs. Dennis McCoy of Aurora; John Ryan of Downers Grove; Mrs. Elmer Zimmerman of Jeffersonville Ind., Mrs. Etta McKeown and daughters Miss Elizabeth Crawford of Belvidere, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dempsey, Mr. & Mrs. Harold Dempsey, Mr. & Mrs. Francis Bartel, Mr. and Mrs. James Long, Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Long, Miss Helen Friel, Mr. & Mrs. Fred Vaughn and son Jimmie, Thomas McCoy of Rockford; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Gossage and daughter Judy of Beardstown; Mr. and Mrs. D.T. Fitzpatrick and son Dean of Virginia; Mrs. Albert Roser of Joliet; Mr. & Mrs. John Schuler of DeKalb, Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Shea, J.D. Shea, Mrs. Catherine O'Neal of St. Louis; Doyle Morrissey of Sandwich; Mr. and Mrs. Otto Behle of Steward; Ensign Doris Boeth of Navy Nurse Corps, Great Lakes; Mr. and Mrs. John O'Malley and family, Miss Gertrude Blackburn of Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Pierce, Mr. and Mrs. James Blackburn, Mrs. Mary Garland, Mrs. Ed Resser all of Sterling; Mrs. Leo Fitzpatrick of Princeton; John O'Hara of Rochelle; Mr. & Mrs. A.A. Lauer of Oregon; J.P. Lawler and Fred Williams of Walnut; Mr. and Mrs. Irving Fitzpatrick, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Rose Happ of Arlington; Adolph Gaubau of Mendota, and Mrs. L.L. Deeter of DeKalb.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 May 1944

THOMAS MORRISSEY - The funeral of Thomas Morrissey, life long resident of this community (Walton) took place from the residence of his nephew Clarence Morrissey last Friday morning at 9 o'clock and from St. Mary's church Walton, at 9:30. Reverend Father D.R.Daley, Pastor celebrated the dequiem mass. Mr. Morrissey was born in Mendota December 22, 1862 son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Morrissey and passed to his eternal reward on May 17, 1944 at the Dixon hospital after an illness of many months duration. He was the last of a family of eight - five brothers and three sisters, all of whom with his parents, preceded him in death. This is the second time in the space of a week in which death entered the family. Thomas' brother Patrick Morrissey of Amboy died one week before. Mr. Morrissey will be sadly missed in the community as he was a kind neighbor and a good friend. The casket bearers were his nephews, John O'Hare, J.J. Morrissey, E.W. Morrissey, John Blackburn, Leroy Morrissey, and E.C. Morrissey. Interment was in St. Patricks cemetery in Amboy.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 25 May 1944

WILLIAM F. MORRISSEY , age 74, Pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church in Aurora, IL, died Saturday, November 4, 2000 in Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora following a brief illness. He was born October 31, 1926 in Amboy, IL, the son of William R. and Aileen (Brady) Morrissey. He graduated from St. Anne Grade School in Amboy in 1941 and Amboy High School in 1945. He attended St. Ambrose University, Davenport, IA and St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, MD. He was ordained to the priesthood March 16, 1952 in St. Patrick Church, Amboy by the Most Rev. John J. Boylan, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford. He served as an Associate Pastor at St. Michael's Parish in Galena, IL from April to December 1952; St. Patrick Parish, Rockford, IL form December 1952 until September 1958 and St. Mary Parish, Aurora, IL from September 1958 until November 1960. He served as Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Elizabeth and St. John Parish in Hanover from November 1960 until January 1964; St. Catherine Parish, Genoa from November 1975 to September 1977; St. Catherine Parish in Prophetstown and St. Ambrose Parish in Erie from March 1986 to June 1994 and St. Mary Parish in Aurora from June 1994 until the present time. He had also served as a chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, IL, St. Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, IL and St. Joseph and St. Vincent Homes in Freeport, IL during the years 1978 to 1986. Father Morrissey was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, John C. "Tiny" Morrissey on October 5, 2000 and infant Robert Morrissey. He is survived by two brothers, Attorney Joseph (Josephine) Morrissey of Rockford, IL and Lawrence (Carol) Morrissey of New Boston, IL; eight sisters, Rosemary (George) Hawks, Bette Wilhelm, Rita Glenn, Monica (John) Scorby, Barbara Goy and Colleen Koch all of Amboy, IL, Lois Considine of Romeoville, IL and Frances (Gene) Carroll of Shorewood, IL; his brother Priests; his present and former parishioners; and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2000 at 11:00 AM in St. Mary's Catholic Church Parish Hall in Aurora with the Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, Bishop of Rockford, Principal Celebrant, and Priests of the Rockford Diocese, concelebrating. Visitation will be held on Monday, November 6 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Aurora. A second Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 8, 2000 at 11:00 AM in St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy with burial following in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Amboy. Visitation will also be held in Amboy on Tuesday, November 7 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM in St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy.
Contributed by:
James Seidelman

CHARLES A. MOYER - Charges of operating a car at an unreasonable speed have been filed against a Dixon man as result of an accident early Sunday which claimed the life of an elderly man and injured two person. Dead is Charles A. Moyer, 60. The injured are Keeling W.Hobbs 33 of 715 Third st. Dixon, against whom State police have placed charges and Mrs.Julia Bell, 45, a passenger in the Moyer car. Hobbs who suffered broken ribs, cuts and bruises is a patient in Dixon public hospital. Mrs. Bell who is in Community General, Sterling, with a fracture of the left wrist, cuts and bruises was reported in good condition this morning. The accident occured as both cars were eastbound at 12:10 o'clock on Rt. 30 about 4 miles east of Rock Falls. The Hobbs car plowed into the rear of the Moyer auto after Hobbs had driven over a rise in the road. Moyer died about 2 hours later in Community General. He suffered a basal skull fracture and fracture of the left hip. A coroners jury has been sworn in and an inquest will be held at Sterling as soon as Hobbs is able to testify. There were no witness' to the crash. Hobbs was reported to have first turned left, then right to avoid hitting the Moyer auto, but oncoming traffic in the opposite lane and a ditch to his right halted the attempts to avoid the crash. After the crash the Moyer car turned onto its side and Hobbs also plunged into the ditch. Mr. Moyer is survived by a brother Leo, Madison TN and a nephew, Roy Moyer, Dixon. Born March 30, 1889 he was a son of Charles and Margaret Moyer. Services are to be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Melvin Funeral home Dixon, the Rev. George Curran officiating. Burial will be in Mt.Union cemetery between Dixon and Grand Detour.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 21 July 1952

HELEN (SULLIVAN) MURPHY , 97, of Dixon died Wednesday. July 9, 2003, in her home. Helen was born Aug. 24, 1905. in Dixon, the daughter of Tom and Mary (Truttmann) Sullivan. She was a graduate of Dixon High School and attended St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind. She worked as a medical secretary in Chicago and Dixon prior to her marriage to Dr David Murphy on June 7, 1930, in Dixon. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church and KSB Hospital Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband on Sept. 30, 1952; her parents; one sister, Catherine Murphy; and one brother, Dr. Tim Sullivan. She is survived by her seven children, Rosemary Keough of Dixon, Dr. Thomas (Jane) Murphy of Glenview, Dr. David (Luana) Murphy of Los Angeles. Edward Murphy of Dixon, Dr Michael Murphy of Skokie Marcia Walsh of Phoenix and Dennis (Barbara) Murphy of Beloit, Wis.; 12 grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; seven step-great-grandchildren; and her dear friend and sister-in-law, Louise Sullivan of Sterling. Helen was a lifelong Dixon resident. She had many interests and had been active throughout her life in many community activities. She will be fondly remembered by her family and friends. Funeral services will begin with a 10 am. prayer service Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, followed by a 10:30 am. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Michael Morrissey, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2003, with a Scripture service at 8 p.m.. at the funeral home and also from 9 until 10 am. Saturday at the funeral home.
Daily Gazette July 10, 2003

EVA MABEL (FLAMM) MURRAY , was born Nov. 28, 1874 at Dixon, Illinois. She passed from this life the morning of Sept. 29, 1905, at the home of her parents near Daykin, Nebr., being at her death the age of thirty years, ten months and one day. December 29, 1892 she was united in marriage with George W. Murray of Daykin. Of this union were born four children: Vernon, Grace, Merton and Willis, all of whom survive their mother. At the age of seventeen Mrs. Murray was converted and joined the Methodist Episcopal church at Daykin and remained an active member until two years ago, when she transferred her membership to the Presbyterian church of Fort Morgan, Colo., of which her husband is now a member. After more than a year's struggle against the ravages of a cancerous stomach during which time she suffered intensely, her human strength gave away, and she went rejoicing in a living faith to join the church Triumphant on high. Everything that medical skill could devise failed to help her. She was brought to Daykin from Fort Morgan some six weeks ago, with the hope that the change would do her good, but despite a devoted husband's constant care, her family's loving help and the sympathetic prayers of a host of friends health came not back. The funeral services were conducted by the former pastor of the Daykin M. E. church, Rev. A. O. Hinson, assisted by the present pastor, Rev. Frank Mills. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a great concourse of friends who join in sympathy for the bereaved husband, mother, father, brother, and family.

Contributed by Marilyn Widler

Lee County Obituaries