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JAMES ALLEN RADKE , 80, of Dixon died Monday Dec. 27, 2004 at his home. He was employed by Dixon Home Telephone and Central Telephone for 43 years before retiring in 1986. Mr. Radke was born Aug. 24, 1924 in Grand Forks N.D. the son of Carl adn Mabel (Sprague) Radke. He married Eloise Whisenand on June 10, 1945 in Dixon. He attended the Univ. of Kansas, was a member of Dixon Church of the Brethren and served on the board of directors at First Fed. Savings & Loan. He enjoyed his family and was interested in the the history of Dixon. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Michael (Rachelle) and Steven (Claudette) both of Dixon; a sister, Charlotte Libke of Belvidere; 3 grandchildren adn a great-grandaughter. He was preceded by a son Kenneth; a brother Gordon and two sisters, Vivian Brown and Helen Schmidt. Services at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens with Rev. Stan Rodabaugh, pastor of Dixon Church of the Brethren officiating. There was no visitation.

JAMES S. RADLEY , the son of John Jay and Sarah (Thomas) Radley was born in Montgomery County, New York in the year of 1836. James came to Lee County, Paw Paw, Illinois with his family in 1856. He was united in marriage to Sabra Mirilla Taylor, daughter of Rev. William Taylor. James S. of the firm of Barnard & Radley, furniture dealers of Earlville, Illinois came to Earlville in 1865 and in company with Mr. Barnard worked at the carpenter's trade establishing a business. James was a brother to; Anderson, Catherine, Rebecca, Jacob, Joseph, Elizabeth, John and William.
Contributed by Karen Holt - Burial: South Paw Paw Cemetery, Paw Paw, Lee County, Illinois
Birth: 1836 Montgomery County, New York -- Death: 1913 Paw Paw, Lee County, Illinois

WARD J. RADLEY , was born near Geneva, Illinois, January 2, 1850. He was the youngest of a family of eight children, of which there were six boys and two girls. He came with his parents to the vicinity of Paw Paw in 1854 where he grew to manhood on the old Radley farm west of town. March 8, 1882, he wed Janet Buchanan. Together they lived on the farm till they came to the village of Paw Paw to retire, which was about 22 years ago. Mr. Radley had not been strong for some years having trouble with his head and heart, but he was ever busy about his home, helping where he could and making the work lighter for his family. The morning of his death he had been working, and went out to cut some wood where he was found in an unconscious condition. He did not revive from this but soon passed away. Ward Radley was quiet in disposition. He loved his home and spent most of his time there. He had an unusual fondness for his garden and was a good gardener. He had a passion for flowers and had many growing in the summer time. He took pleasure in giving them to people to enjoy as he enjoyed them. He maintained a boyish interest in the Christmas time and each year was happy in making gifts to his friends. He loved music and nothing pleased him more than hearing his daughter play the old song, "Sweet bye and bye." In his younger years he played in the old "Radley Orchestra" that was famous in its day. As we are going down the valley one by one it came his time to be summoned. On Tuesday morning, December 28, he closed his earthly record being 65 years, 11 months and 26 days of age. Only one brother of the eight children survives him, Sidney Radley of Paw Paw. He leaves his beloved partner, sharer of his joys and sorrows for thirty-three years to mourn her loss. Also his two children, Mrs. Lile Savage of Tucumcari, New Mexico, and Arla Gene Radley of Paw Paw, also one granddaughter. The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the home at 2 o'clock, Rev. O. T. Canfield of the M. E. Church officiating, and burial was in Wyoming Cemetery.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

EVELYN F. RADMACHER , age 91, of Sublette, died Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004, at KSB Hospital in Dixon. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at 10:30 a.m., at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Sublette, with the Rev. Edward Hughes, Pastor, officiating. Burial of cremains will follow in St. Mary Cemetery in Sublette. Arrangements by the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy. Ms. Radmacher was born Sept. 9, 1912, in Miles City, Mont., the daughter of Henry and Ella (Young) Radmacher. She was preceded in death by her parents and a half-brother. She was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Sublette.

LINCOLN LEVI RAFFENSBERGER passed away at his home in Franklin Grove Thursday, January 24, 1935, after an illness of several years which became serious but recently, having been confined to his bed but a few days. Mr. Raffensberger, a son of Levi & Sarah (Christman) Raffensberger, was born on the hoome farm about one mile north of Nachusa and on the 16th of January of this year celebrated his 74th birthday in a very quiet manner on account of illness. Mr. Raffensberger spent his entire lifetime in this community. After his marriage to Miss Orpha Rhodes February 25, he was engaged in farming for a number of years, then moved to Dixon, later to Nachusa and finally to Franklin Grove where his wife died September 11, 1930. Mr. Raffensberger was the last of a pioneer family of four brothers and two sisters.

Those remaining to morn his death are the following nieces and nephews; Elmer Raffensberger, Battleford Saskatchewan Canada; Mrs. Mary White, Anacorts Washington; Miss Mina Raffensberger, Mimai FL; Walter, Lee, Roy and Harry and Miss Olive Raffensberger, Dixon. Funeral services wereheld Sunday afternoon at the Brethren church, Rev. O.D.Buck having charge of the services, being assisted by Rev. Paul Studebaker. Funeral hymns were sung by Rev. and Mrs. Studebaker, Rev. Frank Wingert and MRs. Clifford Blocher. Burial in the Burket cemetery near Dixon. Casket bearers were S.S. Herbst, A.F. Dierdorff, George Hawbecker, Harry Emmert, Roy Warrenfeltz, Jay Thompkins.
Contributed by Tom Terrall from the Dixon Telegraph January 26, 1935

ORPHA ANNA (RHODES) RAFFENSBERGER a highly respected citizen of FranklinG rove passed away at her home at 9:40 yesterday morning. Orpha Rodges was born in Nachusa township, March 4, 1860 and was married to Lincoln Raffensberger on Febraury 25, 1885. Besides her husband she is survived by one sister Mrs. Wilson Crawford of this city. Funeral services will be at the Brethren church in Franklin Grove Sunday at 2:30 with burial in the Burket cemetery. Friends are requested to omit flowers.
Contributed by Tom Terrall from the Dixon Telegraph September 12, 1930

MILDRED MARIA (WILLSTEAD) RAHN , 96, of Dixon died Friday Dec. 31, 2004 at West Rochelle nursing and Rehab. Cener. She owned and operated Wheeler's Nursing Home, Lena, for 17 years, retiring in 1974. Mrs. Rahn was born April 8, 1908, in Lee County, near Harmon, the daughter of Thomas C. and Florence M. (Casson) Willstead. She married James e. Wheeler on Nov. 22, 1947 in Dixon. He died April 9, 1983. She then married William H. Rahn on Nov. 14, 1988 in Clinton Iowa. He died April 9, 1993. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Oregon. Survivors include a nephew, Thomas (Donna) Willstead of Portage Wisc.; and nine nieces, Mary Lou (Robert) Smith, Sharon Sue Goss and Carol Lee Rowley, all of Rochelle, Florence Wragg of Oregon, Merla (William) Brooks of Missouri, Alice (Ronnie) Daniels of Dixon, Paula (Gene) Schick of Warren and Nelda (Ronald) Bersten of Palmyra, Wis. She was preced in death by a stepson, Jimmy Wheeler; and three brothers, Lester, Ronald and Kenneth Willstead. Funeral ia at 10:30 Tuesday at the First Baptist Church, Oregon with Rev. Jerry Clark Pastor and the Rev. David Wetterlund of Pekin, Co-officiating. Burial at Chapel Hill Memorial.

ARLINN E. RAMBO , 84, of 100 Zachary Lane, Morrison, died Monday March 7, 2005 at Morrison Community Hospital. He as employd by Rock River Production Credit Assoc., had been sales manager for Field Enterprise Education Corp., was an admissions counselor for Morrison Draft and technology, and later cofounded Morrison Institute of Technology. Mr. Rambo was born May 20, 1920, in Sikeston, Mo., the son of Linn E. and Maude C. (Erdman) Rambo, and was raised at Nachusa Lutheran Home for children. He was a 1940 graduate of Dixon High School and redeived an honorary doctorate from Morrison Inst. of Tech. He served in the Army during WWII. He married Nancy J. Weisert on Nov. 19, 1942, in St. Louis. She died Sept. 4, 1998. He then married Catherine A. Hockman on Oct. 9, 1999, in Nachusa. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, Lions Club and American Legion Post 328, all in Morrison. He volunteered as the financial director of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Whiteside County Chapter and served on the M IT Board. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Diane (Charles) Grobe of Franklin Grove and Janice Rambo of Jefferson City MO; two sisters Mary Ann Rambo of Jefferson City, MO and Bette ANderson of ANameim Hills CA; six grandchildren. He was preceded by a son, James A. Rambo, a grandson Keith D. Wiegand and two brothers, Roland E. and Jean E. Rambo. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

DEANNA (MAYES) RAMSEY , 38, of Franklin Grove, died in an auto accident on Oct. 31, 2004. Dee was born June 6, 1966 in Ottawa, the daughter of Lois (Johnson) and Howard Mayes. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Ashton. Her survivors include her mother Lois (Mike) Burke, Rochelle, father Howard (Carletta) Mayes, Campbellsville, Ken., four children; son Trevor Ramsey, three daughters Ashely, Chante and Kelsey all of Franklin Grove; grandmother, Mary Frank Mayes, Campbellsville, Ken. Brother Howard Keith Mayes, Lebanon, Ken, one half brother, Willliam Howard Mayes, Wyanet, one half sister, Amanda Mayes, Wyanet and many aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her other grandparents. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004 at Lyons Cluts-Simes Funeral Home, Main and Richardson, Ashton, with Rev. Dana LaBerge, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Ashton, officiating. Interment at Trinity Memorial Gardens, Rochelle. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3.
Ashton Gazette

ROSANNA (NEBERGALL) REAMS , born in Virginia, September 5th, 1842. She died in Paw Paw, Lee Co., Illinois, July 12th, 1896. Her parents were Adam and Rosanna Nebergall. They came from Virginia to Illinois in 1860, on account of their abolition principles. Even in the southern part of Illinois the family were the object of spite of "the Knights of the golden circle" and the daughter won public and official recognition in defending her father’s and her own convictions. She also won the heart of a Union soldier. She married D. A. Reams on the 12th day of October, 1865, in McDonald Co., Illinois at what is now New Philadelphia. Of this marriage five children were born. Dora, Ida, Caleb, Fred and Clara. All are living. All were present during their mothers sickness. All but one, whose home is in Massachusetts, were at the death bed and saw the end. There are four grand children. Mr. and Mrs. Reams came to Paw Paw from Nebraska, where they had lived after their marriage, in 1879. Mr. Reams was raised here, and this has been their home and they are all well ?……. Mrs. Reams united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1886. She was not taken into the church in full connection till May 17th last. She was then received and partook of the sacrament. She thus had her wish to leave a clear testimony to her family of her faith in Christ. She was a sufferer, her difficulty being chronic inflamation of the stomach and her illness protracted. Through it all she manifested patience and fortitude and an example that will not soon be forgotten. The esteem in which she was held by all who knew her is witnessed to by their company. The old home is not what it used to be. The hearts of those she loved are indeed bereaved. The funeral was held in the M. E. Church Monday at 10 o’clock, Rev. R. H. Dolliver in charge. The Frantz Grove Cemetery contains the remains of the deceased.
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ROBERT A. REDFERN , 69, of Dixon died Tuesday. July 15, 2003, at Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dixon. He was employed by Montgomery Ward. American Energy Savers and Anchor Coupling, retiring in 2001. He also owned and operated Appliance Outlet Store, Dixon. Mr. Redfern was born Sept. 12, 1933, in Atlanta, the son of Robert and Zoe (Chambers) Redfern. He served in the Army. He married Corene K. Kurtis on Dec. 19. 1987, in Dixon. He was a member of Dixon Elks Lodge BPOE 779. Survivors include his wife; two sons. Scott Redfern of Seattle and Brian Redfern of Los Angeles: a daughter, Mary Self of Hawaii; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Memorial service is at 2 p.m. Monday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Vincent Marrandio, director of pastoral care at KSB Hospital. officiating. Burial of cremains is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Daily Gazette July 17, 2003

MARY (KEENAN) REED , 44, Plum Hollow Road, city clerk of Dixon, died Wednesday (22 Dec 1965) in Veterans Administration Hospital, Iowa City, Ia., following a long illness. Mrs. Reed had been city clerk since June, 1963. He was a native and life-loing resident of Dixon. She had served three years with the Women's Army Corps. Survivors include her husband, Harold; three daughters, Rondi Anne, Christina Lynn and Patricia Jane, all at home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Keenan, Dixon, and a sister, Mrs. Katherine Sharp, Bettendorf, Ia. Services will be Friday at 9 a.m. in Jones Funeral home and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anne's Catholic Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. Friends may call after noon today in the funeral home, where the rosaryi will be recited at 8 o'clock tonight.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 23, 1965 - Thursday, pg 2

REBECCA W. (MILLER) REED , died at 1 a.m. Wednesday in the KSB hospital, Dixon, after a long illness. Mrs. Reed was born July 1, 1876 in Nelson Twp. the daughter of Dike and Augusta (Stromberg) Miller. She married Howard L. Reed on March 29, 1905 in Harmon Township. Surviving are her widower; two sons, Miller, Dixon and Robert, Fresno, Calif.; two daughters, Mrs. Ernes (Kathryn) Schoaf, Sterling, and Mrs. Vernon (Maryellen) Busker, Nelson; a brother Harry Miller, Nelson; a sister, Mrs. Frank Seidel, Sterling, and seven grandchildren.>She was preceded by her parents, a brother, August Miller and three sisters, Mrs. William Janssen, Mrs. Flora Kimball, and an infant.
Funeral services will be held in the Melvin funeral home, Dixon, on Saturday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Arthur A. Vinz, pastor of the First Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Nelson cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph June 24, 1953

GLENN LOUIS REHMSTEDT , 80, of Dixon, died Saturday, July 29, 2006, at the University of Iowa Hospital, Iowa City, IA. He was the master lithographer at Dixon Publishing prior to his retirement. Mr. Rehmstedt was born October 7, 1925, in Taylorville, IL, the son of Louis and Gladys (DeWerff) Rehmstedt. He married Helen M. Nelson on July 21, 1962, in Dixon. She preceded him in death on July 22, 2003. Glenn was a member of the Dixon Friendship Lodge #7 AF & AM for 58 years and Knight Templar. Survivors include two sons, Michael (Sherry) Nelson, Polo, Richard (Nancy) Nelson, Dixon; six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife. Funeral and Masonic services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2006, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Lynn Bond, pastor of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. There will be no visitation.

HELEN MARIE (HUGGINS) REHMSTEDT , 84, of Dixon died Sunday, June 22, 2003, at her home, She was employed by Dixon Publishing Co., and North Court Pharmacy. Mrs. Rehmstedt was born April 26, 1919, in Dixon the daughter of Andrew and Myrtle (Figley) Huggins. She married Glenn L Rehmstedt on July 21, 1962 in Dixon. She was a member of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Dixon. Survivors include her husband: two sons, Richard (Nancy) Nelson of Dixon and Michael (Sherrie) Nelson of Fort Collins, Cob.: a sister, Madelyn (Albert) Haenitsch of Florida: six grandchildren: and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Beverly Ball. The funeral is at 10:30 am. Wednesday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. with the Rev. Lynn Bond, pastor of First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, Dixon, officiating. Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon.
June 23 2003 Daily Gazette

GEORGE W. REID , 86, of Dixon, died Sunday November, 5, 2006, at his home, following an extended illness. He worked for the Dixon Cement Plant as a truck driver for 34 years prior to his retirement in 1980. George was born, November 7, 1919, in Norfolk, VA, the son of Elisha and Irene (Horton) Reid. He married Rose Collins on November 18, 1946, in Dixon. She preceded him in death on April 8, 1979. George served in the United States Army’s Special Services during W.W. II; was a prize fighter from 1935 to 1942; and a Golden Gloves Trainer in Dixon for 10 years. George founded the Dixon Girls’ Softball League in 1970 and was a coach for many years. He was a member of Second Baptist Church, Dixon. Survivors include one son, Terry Reid, Dixon; two sisters, Levonia Wells, Annie Heckstahl, both of Brooklyn, NY; and one grandson, James Reid. He is further survived by his companion of 27 years, Sylvia Williams, Dixon, her two sons, Brian and Stewart Cox, along with her seven grandchildren who lovingly called him “Papa George”. George was preceded in death by five brothers, Joseph Andrew, James Isaac, Willy Howard, Warren Nathanial, and Elisha Reid; two sisters, Minerva Reid and Mary Galloway. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 9, 2006, at the Second Baptist Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Galon D. Darby, pastor, officiating. Burial with full military graveside services provided by the combined veterans organizations will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon.

MABEL FLORA REID , daughter of Robert & Flora C. Reid, was born at temperance Hill, Lee County June 9, 1852 and died at her home, 214 South Jefferson avenue, Amboy, Tuesday evening, Jan. 9, after an illness of long duration at the age of 68 years and seven months. She attended Temperance Hill School and was graduated from Amboy High school with the class of 1901. In 1915 she moved to Amboy with her parents when the retired from farming. She is survived by her aged mother, two brothers, Lester B. Reid, Amboy and James R. Reid, Dixon; three nieces nad one nephew, Mrs. Ruth underhill and Mrs. Edna Belle Hillson, Amboy and Robert Reid and Mrs. Roberta Wagner, Dixon. She was preceded in death by a brother Thomas Reid in 1925 and her father Robert in 1927. Memorial services were held Thursday afternoon at the First Meth. Church Amboy with Rev. Norman miler officiating. Burial in Prairie Repose Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 17 Jan. 1951

AUGUST REINHART , 84, retired farmer died Monday in his home here. He had lived in Ashton the past five years after moving from Franklin Grove. He was born Dec. 15, 1869 in Bradford Township the son of Antoine and Katherine (Kersten) Reinhart. He married Katherine Gonnerman who died in 1949. Survivors are a daughter Mrs. Elsie Gleim, Ashton; a grandaughter Miss Ethel Nass who lived with Mr.Reinhart and a brother Christian Reinhart, Eldena. Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Orville Kalkwarf officiating. Burial will be in Ashton cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 December 1953

CHRISTIAN REINHART , 79, retired Ashton carpenter died Tuesday night (January 4, 1955) in Lee County Nursing Home, Eldena after a long illness. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in Cluts funeral home the Rev. Orville Kalkwarf officiating. Burial will be in Bradford Cemetery. Mr. Reinhart was born Dec. 28, 1875 the son of Antoine and Katherine (Kersten) Reinhart. Two daughters Mrs. Lena Sandelson and Mrs. Gertrude Burkey preceded him.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 05 January 1955

KATHRINA (GONNERMAN) REINHART , 78, a resident of this community her entire life, died suddenly at 9:25 p.m. Sunday (January 30, 1949) in her home here. She was born Nov. 27, 1871 in Bradford Twp. the daughter of Henry and Katherine (Weber) Gonnerman. She was married to August Reinhart on July 6, 1891 in Dixon. Surviving are her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Elsie Gleim, Ashton; a grandaughter Miss Ethel Nass, one brother Adam and a sister Mrs. Daisy Aschenbrenner of Ashton and another sister Mrs. August Burhenn of Nachusa. Mr. and Mrs. Reinhart celebrated their 50th wedding annivesary in 1941. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Mrs. Bessie Nass, two brothers, Charles and Will, and a sister Mrs. Mary Reitz. Services are Tuesday in the Cluts Funeral home and at St. John's Lutheran Church, Ashton. The Rev. F.W. Renke officiating. Burial in Ashton Cem.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 31 January 1949.

MRS. CHARLES REINHOLD , 71, a resident of Amboy for 45 years, passed away at 10:15 o'clock Monday morning at a hospital in Elgin. Funeral services will beheld at the Mihm funeral home at 2 o'clock Wednesday, burial in Prairie Repose. She was born at Shaw Station Lee County, April 19, 1877, a daughte rof Mr.a nd Mrs. John Schultheis, and had been a resident of this county all of her life. She was married July 3, 1903 to Charles A. Reinhold, who survives, together with a daughter Mrs. Albert Barnickle of Shabbona and a ga grandaughter. She was the last of eleven children having been preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and six sisters.
Dixon Evening Herald 23 Nov. 1948

MELVIN LEO REISINGER , eldest son of John F. and Elizabeth Ann Reisinger, was born June 18, 1877 at Adeline, Ogle county, IL, and passed away at his home, 1611 Second street at 12:13 o'clock the 19th day of July at the age of 67 years., one month and one day. Lee, as he was known by everyone, had been a lifetime resident of Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties, he received his education at the public school of Franklin Grove, Ill. On Nov. 1, 1899 he was united in marriage to Anna B. Frantz of Sunfield, Mich. To this union four sons were born: Clifford of Beloit, Wis., Virgil of Hobart, Ind., Pvt. Kenneth who is now serving with the armed forces in France and and LaVerne of Dixon. Surviving to mourn their loss besides his wife and sons are one sister, Mrs. Charles Smith of Dixon and seven grandchildren, also several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Preceeding him in death were his father, mother, One sister and two brothers. He united with the Brethren church in 1901 and attended regularly until his recent illness prevented.
Dixon Telegraph July 24, 1944

WILHELMINA (ANTHES) REISS , nee Wilhelmina Anthes, was born at Geneseo, Henry County, Illinois, October 15, 1822 and passed away December 28, 1915. On January 10, 1872, she was married to George Reiss at Lee Center. To this union were born seven children, Mrs William F Klein of Ellsworth, Wisconsin; Mrs S.E. Robinson, of Oxford, Montana; J.F., Martha A., May H and Ezra C Reiss of Garrison, Iowa; and Mrs Josephine Marietta Of Vinton, Iowa; all of whom with the husband survive. Mrs Reiss was the oldest of a family of nine children and is also survived by four brothers and four sisters. She was converted at the age of twelve years and remained an active member of the church until illness made it impossible for her to take an active part in the work. In 1876, George and Willi purchased her parents farm (The Rev John C Anthes. Mr and Mrs Reiss spent the first fifteen years of their married life on a farm adjoining Ashton, and it was there that their children were born. In March 1887, they sold their farm and moved to Garrison, Iowa, where they lived until the time of their death. She was laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery at Vinton, Iowa. Those who attended the funeral from a distance were Miss Lizzie Krug, Mrs Edward Klenke, Mr John Wagner, Mr George Wagner, Mr Charles Heibenthal and Mr Herman Mall of Ashton, Illinois; Mr Jonathan Anthes of Halin, Iowa; Mr John F Anthes, of Sutton, Nebraska; Mr John Just of Mitchell, South Dakota, and Mrs William F Klein and two children of Ellsworth, Wisconsin

ELIZABETH (WELHELM) RHODES , a pioneer resident of Nachusa township and one of the older residents of Lee county, passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mary Marteeny of Nachusa at 8:30 yesterday morning (26 October 1919), death was due to infirmities of her age from which she had been ailing for some time. Elizabeth Wilhelm, daughter of Phillip and Rachel Witt WIlhelm, wsa born December 14, 1835 at Wellersburg PA where she resided until the early 50's when she came across the country with the family in a wagon, settling on a farm south of Nachusa. On December 25, 1856 she was united in marriage to Jacob Rhodes, the young couple moving to a farm south of Dixon where they resided until his death on January 27, 1860. After his passing she moved with her two daughters to the home of her parents, where she lived until 1880, then going to Nachusa where she resided until the time of her death. She leaves to morn her passing, two sisters, MRs. Mary Marteeny and Miss Delilah (Lou) Wilhelm, with whom she made her home in Nachusa; one brother Levi Wilhelm of Dixon; three sisters and three brothers preceeding her in death. Two daughters, Mrs. Wilson Crawford of Dixon and Mrs. Lincoln Raffensberger of Franklin Grove; four grandchildren, Roy Crawford, of Nachusa; Ross Crawford of Dixon; Mrs. Clyde Cortright and Mrs. E.L. Soper of this city and two great grandchildren, Helen and WIlson Crawford of Nachusa also survive. The funeral will be held with short services at the home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Services will be conducted from teh church at Nachusa at 2:30 and burial will take place in the Burkett cemetery. Friends have been requested to omit flowers. When a girl Mrs. Rhodes became a member of the Lutheran church and continued a devout worshipper in that faith until her passing. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. McCulloch of the Lutheran Orphanage at Nachusa.
Contributed by Tom Terrall

MABLE (PHILLIPS) RHODES , 85, Stillman Valley, died at Resthave Nursing home, Morrison, Sunday (6 May 1973) following a short illness. Funeral servicses will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Preston Funeral Home with the Rev. Ted Rodd, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Emmanuel Cemetery, South Dixon Township. Friends may call Monday after 2 p.m. The family will be present at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory. Mrs. Rhodes was born April 29, 1888, at Sutherland, Iowa, the daughter of Clark and Agnes Yager Phillips. She married Frank Rhodes Feb. 12, 1908, at Sutherland, Iowa. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Fred (Lucille) Kenny, Sterling; Mrs. Virgil (Eva) Wasson, Dixon; Mrs. James (Ethel) Reed, Shirrard; Mrs. Leo (Ruth) Kleckner, Manhattan; Mrs. Carl (Marie) Von Briesen, Stillman Valley; four sons, Clair and Arthur, both of Rockford; Clark, Byron; Paul, Freeport; 29 grandchildren, 23 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband and one son
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 7, 1973 - Monday, pg 2

NELLIE (WADSWORTH) RHODES , passed away in her sleep this morning at 5:15 after a short illness at her home, 409 N. Ottawa Ave. Mrs. Rhodes was born at Harmon Twp. August 7, 1878 and has resided in this vicinity all her life. She is survived by four children; Florence Rhodes at home, Mrs.Josephine Rambeau of Gary Ind., Mrs. Dorothy Robbins of Wichita Kansas, and Mrs. Hazel Boyenga of Dayton Ohio. Also three brother and one sister; H.L. Wadsworth of Franklin Grove and John and Harrison Wadsworth of Dixon and Mrs. Winifred Murray of Blue Earth Minn. Services for Mrs. Rhodes will be held at the Melvin Funeral Home Friday and at 3:15 at the Grace Evangelical United Brethren Church, Rev. Parke Bailey officiating and burial will be in Emmanuel Cemetery in South Dixon Twp. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred, one daughter Winifred and one son Lester.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 09 November 1949

KATHRYN (McDONNELL) RIBORDY , 62, of Sterling, formerly of Harmon, died Friday, Jan. 2, 2004, in her home. Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 5, 2004, beginning with a 9:45 a.m. prayer service in the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon, with the Rev. Ken Stachyra, pastor, officiating. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon, Visitation was in the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, from 2 to 6 p.m., with a Scripture Service at 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Ribordy was born July 17, 1941, in Sterling, the daughter of Joseph and Edith (Kyle) McDonnell. She was married to Charles Ribordy in St. Mary’s Church in Sterling, on Sept. 10, 1960. Survivors include her husband, three children, Susan (Douglas) Stolz of San Francisco, Calif, Michael Ribordy of Des Moines, Iowa, and Joan (Scott) Smith of Shabbona; six grandchildren, Audra and Alyse Stolz, both of San Francisco, Amanda, Ashley, and Adam Ribordy of Johnston, Iowa, and Elizabeth Smith of Shabbona; one brother, Jerry (Peggy) McDonnell of Rock Hill, SC; and one stepsister, Linda McGlashan (Ron) Kuepker of Rock Falls. She was preceded in death by her parents and one stepbrother, Donald McGlashan. She was a member of St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon, and the St. Anne Society. She had served as a member of the Harmon Community Board and had been an Election Judge in Harmon Twp. Memorials have been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley and St. Flannen Church in Harmon
Amboy News

JAMES RICE , practicing veterinarian in this community for well over half a century, passed away at his home, 23l Lincoln Way, at about 9:30 o'clock Wednesday evening, his death coming quietly and painlessly as he sat with his daughters. He had been ill since Monday but last evening seemed much better, until a sudden heart attack ended his long and useful life. He was aged 90 years, one month and seventeen days. Funeral services will be held at the home Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. James A Barnett, pastor of the Christian church officiating, and with burial in Oakwood cemetery. Dr. Rice was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, Feb 3, 1845, the son of the late David and Mary Rice, with whom he came west to a farm north of Ashton when he was eight years old. In early manhood, he took up the practice of his profession, which he continued faithfully and successfully throughout his unusual life. He was united in marriage to Eliza Ann Payne Jan. 7, 1869, in Ogle county and the fall of 1891 moved his family to Dixon, which city remained his home to the end of his life. He is survived by the following children: William B and Elmer E. of Rockford; Mrs C. E. Murphy of Park Ridge, Ill.; Miss Matilda Rice, Chicago; Charles L., Curtis P., Mrs. Clark Rickard, Mrs. Charles Bishop and the Misses Estella, Lucretia and Nellie of Dixon: the following grandchildren: Ellsworth, LaVerne, Thelma, Jimmie and Jacqueline Rice of Rockford; James C. Murphy of Park Ridge; Mrs. Harry Schuler and Elwood C. Richard of this city Five great grandchildren also survive.
Telegraph, Dixon, IL, Thursday, March 21, 1935

THOMAS ROBERT RICHARDS , 64, of Wylie, Texas, formerly of Amboy, died Thursday, July 10, 2003, in Dallas. He was a self-employed carpenter. Mr. Richards was born April 27, 1939, in Amboy, the son of Robert V. Richards and Ethel E. (Hobbs) Richards Steder. He served in the Army. Survivors include his wife, Barb Eckhardt of Wylie, Texas; two sons, Thomas Robert (Doris) Richards Jr. of Nevada, Texas, and Brock Allen (Kristan) Richards of Chicago; two daughters, Tern Lynn (Daniel) Pescatore of Allen, Texas, and Jane Lynae (Donald) Avrit of Wylie, Texas; his parents, Kenneth and Ethel Steder of Amboy; two brothers, Stanley Richards of Naples, Fla., and Terry Charles Richards of Sugar Grove; two sisters, Yolane (George) Meusel of Amboy and Patti Taylor of Edmond, Okia.; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother. Memorial service is at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, with the Rev. Christine Stienstra, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amboy, officiating. Burial of cremains, with military graveside services conducted by Amboy American Legion, is at Prairie Repose Cemetery. Amboy. Visitation is from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Daily Gazette July 31, 2003

DALE L. RICHARDSON , 80, of Rochelle, died Friday, Dec 31, 2004 at his home. Mr. Richardson was born Oct. 18, 1924, in Lee, the son of Hirman and Clara (Brown) Richardson. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Joanne Pottinger on Aug. 6, 1971, in Rochelle. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3878, Rochelle Masonic Lodge 374, Shabbona and American Legion Lodge 0654, waterman. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Nancy (Ed) Glavin and Cheryl Pontnack, both of Rochelle; three stepsons, Randy Clark of St. Louis, Rick (Penny) Pottinger of Plant City, Fla., and Donald (Linda) Pottinger of Oregon; a brother Lloyd (Rita) Richardson of Davis Junction; three grandchildren; several step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several step-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter; and three brothers, Alvin, Garland and Raymond Richardson. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Monday at Unger-Horner Funeral Home, Rochelle, with the Rev. Wayne L Derber officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by VFW Post 3878, Rochelle, is at Union Cemetery . Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Ogle County Hospice.
Contributed by Margaert Mangers from the Jan 2, 2005 Daily Gazette

HELEN (SWARTZ) RICKARD , 58, of Valley View Drive, Dixon, died early Monday morning in her home. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Allen-Buckley Funeral Home in Dixon, with the Rev. Dr. Robert Schumm, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Dixon officiating, and burial in Sugar Grove Cemetery, Palmyra Township. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the First United Methodist Church in her memory. Mrs. Rickard was born Feb. 15, 1914 in Dixon, the daughter of Glen and Elsie Platten Swarts. She attended local schools and was graduated from KSB Hospital School of Nursing. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dixon, the 13th District Nurses Association, KSB Nurses Alumni Association and the Dixon Private Duty Register. She was united in marriage to Elwood Rickard, who survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Maureen) Schmidt of Dixon, three grandchildren and one brother, Glen Swarts of Dixon. She was preceded by her parents.
The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 8, 1972 - Monday, page 2

LORRAINE (FITZSIMMONS) RICHARDSON , 82, a seven year resident of West Chicago and former resident of Aurora, IL, died Tuesday, November 2, 2004 at home. She was born October 12, 1922 in Amboy, IL. She was a true naval wife, and has lived on both coast lines. She was very active with the West Chicago Meals on Wheels and loved to play bingo at the West Chicago and Wheaton VFW and the Carol Stream American Legion. Lorraine is survived by her children, Thomas F., Robert R. (Deborah), Deborah J. (Michael) Foster, and Sandra K. Richardson; her grandchildren, Shannon, Deborah, Brent, Dawn, Blair, Shalon, Breann, Bresha, Robert, and Jenna; her great-grandchildren, Troy, Jessica, Jordon, Cassandra, and Haylie; her sister-in-laws and brothers-in-laws and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Richardson, of 44 years; her parents, Richard F. and Gertrude E. nee Lannen Fitzsimmons; and her siblings, Helen G. Ziejeck, Richard F. II, Eugene J., and Bernice M. Ellenwood. Visitation Friday, November 5, 2004 from 3:00 p.m. until time of service 7:30 p.m. at Williams-Woodward Funeral Home, Rt. 59 and Pine Streets, West Chicago, IL. Interment Saturday 11:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Cemetery, Amboy, IL.

DOROTHY (HARRIS) RICHMAN , 83, of Mundelein, formerly of Ashton, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000 at Libertyville Manor, Libertyville after a long illness. She and her husband farmed in the Ashton area for many years prior to retiring in Arizona in 1986. Mrs. Richman was born May 5, 1917 in Dixon, Ill., the daughter of Daniel and Bessie Harris. She married John William "Bill" Richman in Polo on Jan. 5, 1936. He died July 14, 1998. Survivors include a son, Robert (Alice) Richman of Rochelle; a daughter, Nancy (Roger) Swanson of Mundelein, formerly of Elgin; a brother, John (Forrest) Harris of Polo; four grandsons, Scott, Brian, Bradley and Erik Swanson; a granddaughter, Lisa Richman Picard; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; an infant son, Carl William; and two brothers, Winifred and Donald Harris. Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Monday, Sept. 18, 2000 at Lyons-Cluts-Simes Funeral Home, Main and Richardson Ave., Ashton, Ill. Interment Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation from 10:30 a.m., Monday until the time of services. A memorial has been established for Hospice.
Contributed by James Seidelman The Courier News - Elgin IL

EMMA (REINBOLT) RICHTER , 84, formerly of Amboy, passed away at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of her daughter Mrs. Irene Larsen, Park Ridge, after an illness of one years duration. The body will be brought to the Mihm funeral home here Friday and funeral services will be held there at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. The Rev. Dennis Bennett will officiate and burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery. Mrs. Richter was born in Mendota April 29, 1860 the daughter of Ferdinand & Clara Reinboth and is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Larson, a son Frederick; two brothers, John P. Reinboth of Springfield and Bruno F. of Amboy, a sister, Mrs.Cora Fleuhr of Dixon and 5 grandchildren.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 30 November 1944

ANNA RICKARD , widow of the late Emanuel H. Rickard passed away at the KSB hospital in Dixon Thursday (Jan. 9, 1947) afternoon at 1 o'clock following a brief illness. She was born May 7, 1862 in Whiteside County. She is survived by one son, Clark W. Rickard of Dixon, a grandson Elwood Rickard and a great granddaughter Maureen Rickard of Tucson Ariz. Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at the home of her son Clark, 235 Lincoln Way with Rev. George J. Curran officiating. Burial will be in Palmyra Cemetery.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 10 January 1947

BENJAMIN W. RICHWINE , 77, retired farmer died at 2:30 a.m. today in his home after a long illness. Mr. Richwine had been a resident of the Franklin Grove area since he was 17 years old. He was born Jan. 9, 1875 at Gardners Pa. to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Richwine. He married Anna Wisman of Franklin Grove on March 3, 1901. His widow survives together with a son Glace, Ukiah, Calif.; three daughters, Mrs. Violet Stader and Mrs. Neva Blackburn both of Dixon, and Mrs. Almyra Burhenn, Franklin Grove; two sister, Mrs. Emma Koontz and Mrs. Belinda Rocky both of Gardners; two brothers, John & Cornelius both of Gardners; five grandchildren and five great grandsons. Services have been set tentatively for Sunday in the Cluts funeral home, the Rev. H.C. Montanus will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 11 July 1952

LARS RISETTER , 74, died Sunday at his home after an illness of several months. He was a farmer in this area for 52 years. He was born here Dec. 11, 1878 and lived in this community all his life. Survivors are a son Merritt, a daughter Agnes, two grandaughters, Mrs. Dorothy Knutson, Shabbona and Shirley Risetter, Lee and a great grandaughter Janet Knutson, Shabbona. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:30 in the home of Merritt Risetter and at 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Church.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 03 August 1953

COLUMBUS E. ROBERTS , 79, 315 E. Second St., died Monday evening at KSB Hospital after a ten-day illness. Mr. Roberts was born in Norflet, KY Sept. 16, 1874 and moved to Illinois at the age of 23 to engage in farming. He was active in Grace Evangelical United Brethren church, and he and his wife, Tena, observed their 52nd wedding anniversary Jan. 29. Survivors are his widow; two sons, Russell and Melvin, both of Dixon; three daughters, Mrs. Otto (Ellen) Hucker, Beloit Wis.; Evelyn, Dixon, and Mrs. Harry (Faye) Dockery, Burbank, Calif; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a brother, John, West Somerset KY. His parents, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. Funeral services will be in Grace Evangelical Thursday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Samuel Batt officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 11 May 1954

EVALENA L. (CORNELL) ROBERTS , was born in the vicinity of Paw Paw, Ill., October 30, 1853, and died at her home east of this village Dec. 12, 1906, aged 53 years. She was married to Henry L. Roberts, Jan. 1, 1873. To this union five children were born. One son died in infancy. All the others are now residing in this place. She was converted and united with the Baptist church Jan. 28, 1886, during the pastorate of Rev. Frank Gilbert. This bare outline of her life was filled with constant and faithful services in the various relations of daughter, sister, wife and mother. Of a quiet and retiring disposition it was in the loving ministries of her home that her life found its best and natural expression. Nearly all her life had its recurring periods of weakness and suffering. She endeavored continually by example and precept to honor her Savior and commend the religion of Jesus Christ to her children and acquaintances. Funeral services were held in the Baptist church last Friday at 2 p.m. and was conducted by the Rev. H. J. Wheeler. Burial was in the Wyoming Cemetery.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler

HENRY L. ROBERTS , age 86, 1946 Illinois Rt. 26, died Monday, April 24, 1989, after a short illness. Born Nov. 4, 1903, in Polo, son of Charles and Estella Barnes Roberts. Lived 71 years in Dixon. Married Courtney V. Clinker in Biloxi, Miss. March 31, 1954, she died May 24, 1979. He was president of Hal Roberts Company Inc. Dixon. World War II veteran, serving in US Army in Criminal Investigation Division. Member Ronald Reagan Hometown Cordinating Board since 1980. Named 1988 Lee County Republican of the Year. Life member Dixon Elks, past president Walgreen Airport Board, member of Dixon VFW post 540, Dixon American Legion 12, Good Fellows, and Dixon Industrial Development Assoc. Past trooper for Illinois State Police. Survivors include son, Philip Lennon, Dixon, daughter Diane (Roger) Teuscher, Warren. Preceded by brother Leon and sister Vera.
April 29, 1989 Paper: Register Star (Rockford, IL) Page: 6

MARTHA ADELAIDE (WELLS) ROBERTS - November 26, 1861, a little girl came to bless the home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wells, in Willow Creek township. They named her Martha Adelaide, which soon lapsed into the name of Addie. She grew and developed in this vicinity, entwining herself in and about the hearts of her parents as well as everyone with whom she came in contact. She was a dutiful and affectionate daughter; true to her friends and a lively character in social circles. Loved and esteemed by all who knew her, her smiling, happy face was always a welcome sight. December 22nd last, she was married to George Roberts, and with him settled down to a new life on the Robert's farm east of town. Just in the beginning of the most important epoch of her young life, she was stricken down. Two weeks ago she complained of severe headaches, which progressed until she was finally forced to take her bed and last Saturday became delirious. The best of medical attendance was secured, but in spite of that and the affectionate ministrations of relatives and friends, she gradually failed, and the dread monster death began to hover over her, and at half-past two o'clock Thursday, gently took her spirit in his embrace and carried it to that far-a-way shore. The cause of her death was inflammation at the base of the brain. Her husband and parents have the sincere sympathy of the whole community. The funeral will be held at her home today (Friday) at four o'clock p.m., Rev. Schaible officiating. The remains will be interred in the Ellsworth cemetery.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

LAURA C. ROBERTS , 69, passed away at her home 3 miles southwest of Amboy at 11:45 p.m. Thursday night (November 2, 1944) after an illness of 4 years duration. Funeral services conducted by the Rev. Mr. Ross of the Amboy Methodist Church will be held at the Vaughn Chapel at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon with burial in the Binghampton cemetery. Mrs. Roberts who was born in Somerset Co. PA April 11, 1875 is survived by her husband, one daughter Mrs. Geneva Bradford of Rockford, a grandaughter and a great grandson, two sisters, Mrs. Lucinda Egner of Legonier Pa., and Bertha Rodamer of Hampstead Md., and a nephew, Raymond Schmidt of Dixon. Three brothes and a sister preceded her in death.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 03 November 1944

DONALD E. ROBERTSON , 72, of Dixon, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005 at Mission (Texas) Hospital. He was employed by Admiral, Dixon, for 27 years retiring in 1992, and also by Forney Trucking, Ashton for four years. Mr. Robertson was born March 15, 1932 in Buncombe, the son of John & Bertha (McCloney) Robertson. He married Delores (Lance) Willis on March 11, 1978 in Dixon. He was a member of Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 727, where he served as past governor, and Elks Lodge BPOE 779, both in Dixon. Survivors are his wife; three sons, David E. (Dawn D.) Robertson of Dixon, Kenneth (Sandra) Lordi of Garner, N>C. and Christopher (Julie) Crowley of Rolla, MO: three daughters, Laura Lordi of Stowe VT, Christine (Robert) Simmons of AZ and Sherrie Richard of Dixon; a stepson, Rodney (Linda) Willis of Charlotte, N.C. a stepdaughter Becky (Phil) Sofolo of Mt. Morris. He was preceded by a brother Charles Robertson. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial, Rev. Daniel Bentz, pastor of Northside Baptist Church, Dixon, officiating.

JOHN WILLIAM ROBERTSON , 70, RR 5, Moore's Mobile Home Park, Dixon, died Saturday ( Aug 5, 1978) at Dixon Public Hospital. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Preston Schilling Funeral home. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park. Friends may visit the funeral home after 12 noon Tuesday. The family will be present from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. John Robertson was born Sept. 3, 1907 at Elvira, the son of Lee and Effie Rowe Robertson. He married Bertha A. McCluney on May 18, 1929 at Carbondale. He was employed by the Dixon Development Center for 40 years, retiring in November, 1977, as superintendent. Survivors include his widow, three sons, Charles Lee, Goreville, and Donald and John, both of Dixon; one brother, Augusta of Belknapp; two sisters, Mrs. Truman (Violet) Merriman of Bruncombe and Mrs. Mabel Kauder of Tamms; 15 grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - --- The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, August 7, 1978 - Monday, pg 4

STELLA ADELINE (DEPEW) ROCKWOOD - Funeral services for Mrs. Stella A. Rockwood, 78, Shaw Station will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church, Amboy with the Rev. Arthur Basshard of Shaw Station church officiating and the Rev. Charles Rhodes of the First Baptist church assisting. Burial will be in Woodside.

MARION EDMONDS ROE , was born April 8, 1855, near Malugin's Grove, Lee County, Ill., and died at Franklin Grove March 20th,1899. From the earliest years she showed an active, aspiring mind, dreaming even in childhood of writing books, of teaching, and of acquiring a college education. Step by step her dreams were realized. Beginning school at four she was a teacher at sixteen, and having earned a thousand dollars by teaching she expended it in persuit of her ideal in higher education, spending some time in Jennings' Seminary, Aurora. In 1872 she came under the instruction of that famous teacher and afterward more famous philanthropist, orator and reformer, Frances E. Willard, in the Woman's College, Evanston, Ill. Still eager to broaden and strengthen her mental powers, she supplemented this training by a Chautauqua course in which she graduated, followed by a three years special course in history and literature. As a token of the spirit character of her life during these years of effort, she received this fine testimonial from Miss Willard recommending her for a position in a college as professor of history and English Literature. "This certifies that Mrs. Mary E. Roe was my pupil in the Woman's College, Evanston, Ill., and that in my long experience of well-nigh fifteen years as a teacher I never had one who left upon my mind a happier impression. In character, scholarship, high and noble purpose, and everything that we call christian integrity, she was a model. Since then has invested all the ripe, round mellow years in developing the qualities of which she was so favored a possessor." During her years of study she had ripened into widely known authorship, having published articles of wide range of thought in twenty-three journals, some of which were re-written and enlarged into bound volumes. In 1882 she married Dr. Uriah C. Roe, a man of intellect, christian character and skill in his profession, becoming the mother of two boys and two girls. For these children she cherished aspiration of high and useful careers toward which she strove to make all her teachings and influence tend. Failing in health she continued her intellectual activity to the last, delivering some notable lectures on the "Science of Motherhood," and "Lessons from the Life of Frances Willard." Early in December last, hoping that a milder climate might arrest the symptoms pulmonary disease which were threatening, she went to Alabama only to grow steadily worse. But even there, away from the companionship of her loved books, she found strength to give cheer to kept in mind and did some work upon her last task. "I will write a book of consolation that will cheer and comfort those who are weary and despondent long after I am dead. Returning home March 2nd, to die, at intervals she endeavored to pursue the loved work but in vain. Early in life, while at Evanston, she had witnessed to her faith in Christ and had continued to the end a faithful and earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. March 20, she fell asleep, saying a little before, "It is all right, I am at peace." The funeral was held at the M. E. church Thursday afternoon, Rev. C. W. Anthony, assisted by Rev. E. W. Oneal conducting the services.
Submitted by Marilyn Widler from the Franklin Grove Reporter

HANNAH (FELLOWS) ROGERS , whose death was announced yesterday (23 February 1890), was age sixty seven. Her maiden name was Hannah Fellows. Born in New Hampshire she came when a child with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Fellows, west in 1834 and was therefore one of the early settlers here. A long live was spent in doing good to those about here. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock at the residence and in the Palmyra church at 3 tomorrow afternoon.

VIOLA (ROESLER) ROOK , 98, of Sterling died Monday. July 7, 2003, at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. Mrs. Rook was born Nov. 20, 1904, in Ashton, the daughter of Joseph and Martha (Muschner) Roesler. She was a graduate of Ashton High School and attended Mount St. Clare College, Clinton, Iowa. She was a member of St. Mary Church, Sterling. Survivors include a daughter. Donna (Norman) Lubbs of Sterling; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. Memorial Mass is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Parish Center, Sterling, with the Rev. Ricardo Hernandez officiating. Burial is at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick Cemetery, Rochelle. In lieu of flowers. a memorial has been established.
Daily Gazette July 9, 2003

GLENN E. ROSENBERG , 57, of Franklin Grove died Monday, June 2, 2003, at his home following a long illness. He served as chief of police in Franklin Grove for 27 years and was employed by Plews/Edelmann, Dixon, for 15 years until retiring. Mr. Rosenberg was born Nov. 5, 1945, in Galesburg, the son of Glenn and Florence (Hatch) Rosenberg. He married Mary Joan Purvis on Oct. 13, 1979, in Franklin Grove. He was a member and elder of Franklin Grove First Presbyterian Church, a Franklin Grove Fire Department trustee and was a past firefighter and EMT. He also served on Franklin Grove Village Board, Lee County Sheriff's Reserve and was active in the DARE Program of Franklin Grove. Survivors include his wife of Franklin Grove; four daughters, Sharon (Randy) Clark, Nancy (Scott) Petersen and Susan (Steve) Bennett, all of Dixon, and Bonnie Nordman of Oregon; a son, William (Deb) Purvis of St. Peters, Mo.; three brothers; two sisters; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister. The funeral is at 10 am. Friday at First Presbyterian Church of Franklin Grove with the Rev. Colleen Lawrence, pastor, and Sheriff Tim Bivins officiating. Burial is at Franklin Grove Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m., with the family present from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m., Thursday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon. Memorials have been established to First Presbyterian Church of Franklin Grove and Franklin Grove Fire Department
Gazette June 4, 2003

ELIZABETH (BEDELL) ROSENKRANS , died Tuesday night, Feb. 20, 1900, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. T. H. Stetler, in Paw Paw. She was born April 27th, 1808, in Sussex Co., N. J. Her native place was Jainesville. Her maiden name was Bedell. Between the places and dates of her birth and death are crowded more of the vicissitudes and experiences than fall to the lot of an ordinary lifetime. She was a patriarch among the people. When her death was known the school children whispered to one another Grandma Rosenkrans is dead. She was twice married. Her first husband was Aaron Bennett. This marriage was on May 5, 1837. Upon his death, she was united in marriage to Abram Rosenkrans, Feb. 19, 1839, and he preceded her to the eternal world ten years ago. She was the mother of twelve children, six of whom are living. Jerome Bennett, Mrs. Charlotte Swarthout and Mrs. Libbie Stetler reside in Paw Paw. It was at the home of the latter that she was spending the last years of her sojourn amid every care and comfort which loving hearts and hands could provide. Two sons, Nicholas and Lester Rosenkrans, reside at Marble Rock, Iowa, a daughter, Mrs. Lyda Segafoss, in Beatrice, Nebraska. She became a christian in early life, first being identified with the Methodist Protestants, after she came to Illinois. She settled on a farm at Beemerville, four miles from Paw Paw, upon coming here. She later united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Marble Rock, Iowa, where she removed in 1873. She lived a faithful and consistent christian life, was an intelligent and progressive woman. Considering that her life spanned well-nigh the century the most famous in the annals of time for advancement, she kept well abreast of all that was going on in the world. At the same time she loved the old modes of simplicity, industry and sociability and it is doubtful if her equal in these old-fashioned virtues could be found among us. She loved the old hymns and the bible. In her younger days she was a singer and was a reader of the word of God to the very last. Her bibles bear the evidence of perusal and her life proved that she searched the scriptures and drank of the living waters of salvation. Unable to attend the sanctuary in recent years, she was glad for the visits of christian friends and the theme of converse was always Jesus and His love. As it was said of old of one whom God correcteth, so it was said of her: Thou shalt come to the grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in its season. Short funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Stetler at six o'clock, Wednesday evening, conducted by Rev. Dolliver, Rev. Mann assisting. Mrs. Dolliver sang Lead, Kindly Light. The body was taken to Marble Rock, Iowa, for burial, and was accompanied by Mrs. Swarthout, Mrs. Stetler and Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Rosenkrans.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

GLADYS B. (BERRY) ROSETTE , 97, of Paw Paw died Friday Nov. 4, 2005 at Mendota Lutheran Home. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Paw Paw United Meth. Church and burial will be at Wyomong Cemetery. Mrs. Rosette was born July 2, 1908 south of Paw Paw to Charles and Amelia (Barth) Berry. In March 1910 her family moved to a farm south of Floyd, Iowa. At the age of 7, Mrs. Rosette was baptized and joined the M ethodist Church in Floyd. She attended a country school in Floyd County IA. In 1920 the famly moved to Paw Paw and she graduated from high school in 1926 and then from Cornell College in 1930. She taught school in Viola for three years during the Depression. Later she taught in a country school for three years. On Nov. 28, 1939 she married Leonard Rosette in the home of her college roomate in Dubuque Iowa. Leonard and Gladys farmed for four years at south Paw Paw, then moved to their present home on Chicago Road in 1945. She was a member of United Methodist Church of Paw Paw, United Metodist Women, Lee County Home Extension Assoc. adn Paw Paw Merrygolds. Survivors include a son C. Arthur of Paw Paw; one daughter Alice Arjes of Ashton; 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren adn three great-great Grandchildren. She was preced by her husband on Dec. 14, 1983; two brothers Carl and Walter and her son-in-law Allie Arjes.

MARY ROSS - At Melugin Grove, Feb 26 1875, Mrs. Mary Ross, widow of Joseph Ross, aged 79 years, (born in 1796) and one of the oldest pioneers of this region having emigrated to this county in 1835. The deceased was well known and much esteemed, by the old settlers, and her funeral was largely attended
Contributed by Robin Anderson from the Amboy Journal 12 February 1875 p1, c3

CAROL LEE (WILLSTEAD) ROWLEY , 72, of Rochelle, formerly of Dixon, died Friday , April 15, 2005 at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford. She was employed by Dean Foods for 15 years retiring in 1998. Mrs. Rowley was born April 2, 1933 in Harmon, the daughter of Lester Lee and Mary (Brown) Willstead. She married Clarence Dale Rowley on July 30, 1949 in Oregon. He died Jan. 30, 2002. She was a member of First General Baptist Church in Rochelle. Survivors include a son Jack Lee of Orangeville, a brother Thomas Clyde of Portage WI; two sisters mary Lou Smith and Sharon Sue Goss of Rochelle; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded by a son Rick Dale Rwley; three brothers Russell, Lester and Everett and a sister Patricia Zentz. The funeral is 1 p.m. Tuesday Preston Schilling Funeral Home. Burial at Chapel Hill.

DOUGLAS ROWLAND ,46, of Dixon, died October 12, 2006, at his home. He was employed for years as a cook in the Dixon area. Mr. Rowland was born June 3, 1960, in Dixon, IL, the son of James and Henrietta (Edwards) Rowland. His quick wit and humor will be missed by all. Survivors include his daughter, Ebony (Benjamin) Quaye, Jonesboro, AR; his parents, Dixon; two brothers, Kenneth (Elaine) Haynes, Lockport, IL, Ronald (Pamela) Haynes, Lansing, MI; three sisters, Janice Haynes, University Park, IL, Annette (Edward) Hatchett, Dixon, Zena Neal, Chicago, IL; significant other, Diana Fisher, Dixon; two grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four uncles; and two aunts. Funeral services will be 6:00 p.m., Monday, October 16, 2006, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Galon Darby, pastor of the Second Baptist Church, Dixon, officiating. Cremation rites will be accorded.

BLANCHE (MARONDE) ROYSTER , daughter of Laura and the late Reinhart Maronde was born June 14 , 1888 Heywarden Iowa, and passed away after a long illness on July 5, 1944 at her home in Dixon. In early childhood she became a resident of Franklin Grove and was educated in the public schools of that place. She was united in marriage to Ernest Willis Royster March 14, 1907. To this union three children were born. Richard, Avis and Garnett. Her husband and daughter Garnett preceded her in death. After the death of her husband she became employed for ten years by the Farmers Home Telephone Co. as chief operator and bookeeper. In August the year of 1934 she moved to Dixon until the time of her departure. Surviving to mourn their loss besides the children are her aged mother, Laura Maronde, two sisters; Mrs. Ralph Lundy and Mrs. Harry Eberly of Dixon; three brothers; Harold and Orville of Franklin Grove and Clarence of Grand Detour. There are several neices and nephews and a large circle of friends who will cherish her memory and emulate her virtues. Her father and one sister are also deceased. She was a true christian and devoted mother. She attended church as long as her health permitted and was a faithful follower of God. Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon July 8, 1944 at the Hicks Funeral Home in Franklin Grove by Rev. Wm E. Thompson . The songs "Good Night Here Good Morning Up There" and "Jesue Cares" were sung by Mrs. Lloyd Group of Franklin Grove. The flowers were taken care of by Mrs. Ruth Kelly of Franklin Grove and Miss Wilhemina Greenfield of Amboy. The casket bearers were George Ives, George Spangler, George Fruit, Blaine Hussey, Frank Hartzell and Carl Blum all of Franklin Grove. Interment was made at the Franklin Grove Cemetery
Dixon Telegraph July 12, 1944

KENNETH ROYSTER , 62, loving husband, devoted father, and loyal friend, of Dixon, passed away Saturday, October 18, 2008 at his home surrounded by his loving family, after a long courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a truck driver for Raynor Garage Door, Dixon, for 15 years prior to his retirement on August 30, 2008. Mick was born March 4, 1946, in Rockford, IL, the son of Kenneth Royster and Lois Fryman. He married Nena Lance on April 15, 1989, in Dixon. Mick was a member of the Carpenters Local 790, and the Dixon Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 779. His spirit will be carried on by his wife Nena; one son, Cory (Susan) Lance; two daughters, Candi (Brandon) Rogers, Chrissy (Jason) Worrell; three granddaughters, Kamryn Elizabeth Rogers, Mickenna Sue Worrell, Rachel Kay Lance, his mother, Lois, all of Dixon; two sisters, Carmen Dixon, of Somonauk, and Virginia Taylor, of Dixon; many nieces and nephews; and countless friends. Mick was preceded in death by his father, and one brother, Barry Royster. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 24, 2008 at the St. Anne Catholic Church, Dixon, with the Rev. Michael Morrissey, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon. Visitation will be from 2:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the family present from 2-4:00 p.m. and 6-8:00 p.m. The Rosary will be recited at 8:00 p.m.
Preston-Schilling Funeral Home

RICHARD RUESCH , 79, of Amboy died April 13, 2005 at Amboy Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 18 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amboy with Rev. Christine Stienstra, pastor officiating. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of service on Monday at the church. Cremation rites were accorded. Mr. Ruesch was born April 12, 1926 in Skokie to Edwin and Elsie (Bestman) Ruesch. He married Dorothy Lund on Jan. 26, 1973 in Skokie. Survivors include his wife; three children, Jeffrey (Helga) Ruesch of Libertyville, Patricia Ruesch of Honolulu, Hawaii and Deborah (Gary) Beres of Milwaukee, Wis.; a step daughter, Nancy (Frank) Van Alten of Amsterdam, Netherlands; two grandchildren, Randy and Rebecca Ruesch; two sisters, Jean (Willard) Freise and Shirley (Leroy) Kante. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Platz. Mr. Ruesch served with the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of the Amboy American Legion and the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amboy. His happiest working years were spent at Glenbrook North High School in the maintenance department for eight years prior to his retirement in 1995. A memorial has been established to the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amboy.

MARTHA (ROSENCRANS) LITTS RUNYAN , daughter of Abram and Lydia Rosenkrans, was born in Schuyler County, New York, March 9, 1833 and died at Santa Ana, California, May 15, 1916 aged 83 years 2 months and 6 days. She was married to John Litts, April 22, 1852 and the following year they came to Illinois, settling on the farm that she still owned just over in LaSalle County. One son, Alton H., was born to this union, who died at the age of 12 years. Mr. Litts died in 1858. On April 3, 1860 she was again married to Wm. Clark Runyan. They lived most of the time in this place until Mr. Runyan died March 23, 1900. In October 1905 Mrs. Runyan moved to Santa Ana, California with her daughter and family with whom she lived most of the time since. In early girlhood Mrs. Runyan was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church. After her marriage to Mr. Runyan she united with this (Baptist) church where she worshiped and labored until she united with the First Baptist church of Santa Ana, California. One daughter, Mrs. J. O. Baker and grandson, Clark E. Baker of Santa Ana, California, and two brothers, Alvin and Nicholas Rosenkrans of Marble Rock, Iowa and a brother, Andrew Rosenkrans, and sister, Mrs. T. H. Stetler of this place, survive. The body arrived here Sunday afternoon accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. Jos. Baker. The funeral was held Monday afternoon at two o'clock at the Baptist church, Rev. Frank Gilbert, a former pastor, officiating; burial was at the South Side. Gen. Hicks and wife furnished appropriate music for the services.
--Submitted by Marilyn Widler

W.C. RUNYAN , one of our old inhabitants, succumbed to the effects of cancer on Friday, March 23, 1900, being at the time a few days less than seventy-one years of age. The deceased has been in delicate health for years, but the serious phase of his illness was not noticeable until last fall. Since then he failed steadily until the final summons came. Mr. Runyan was the son of Joshua and Eliza Runyan and was born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania, on April 15, 1829. His parents moved to Lycoming county in the same state in 1833, and afterwards to Northumberland county in 1853. In October 1854 he was married to Clara McKnight of Mountour county and in the following spring they came to Lee county, Ill. Here he rented land in various places. Mrs. Runyan died in 1859. The following year he was married to Mrs. Martha Litts, daughter of Abraham Rosenkrans of Wyoming township. In the spring of 1863 he bought a farm in the vicinity of Franklin Grove and moved on it. He sold this property after working it three years and bought in Wyoming. Owing to failing health he gave up farming in 1871 and two years later engaged in business in Paw Paw, continuing until December 1879. The deceased was a member of the Baptist church, where the funeral took place on Sunday, being conducted by Rev. W. A. Matthews. The Anchor Lodge, I.O.O.F., of which he was a member, had charge of the funeral and escorted the corps to its last resting place in the cemetery at South Paw Paw. Mr. Runyan was a respected citizen and was always a straightforward man. He served the town as Justice of the Peace for several years and his administration was never excelled in Wyoming. He leaves his wife and daughter, Mrs. Lydia Baker; the other daughter, Elizabeth C. Runyan, having died several years since. In his death the community loses a valuable citizen and a christian in fact.
Contributed by Marilyn Widler

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