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MICHAEL A. RAMPAGE , 48, of Lindenhurst, formerly of Dixon , died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2007, at Arbor View Nursing Center , Zion . Mr. Ramage was born April 23, 1959, in Dixon , the son of Jerry and Susan (Etnyre) Ramage. Survivors include his mother, Susan (Ben) Bonales of Lindenhurst; his father, Jerry (Susan) Ramage of Dixon; brothers and sisters, Daniel Ramage of Lake County, Joel (Candis) Ramage of Beach Park, Terry Ramage and Erin Bonales, both of Lindenhurst, Sean (Megan) Ramage of Midlothian, Va., Christine Johnston of LaCrosse, Wis., Ruben (Jenea) Bonales of Houston, Rebecca (Michael) Barnett of Rockledge, Fla., Jennifer Ramage of Madison, Wis., Deb Grove and Robert Mitchell, both of Polo, and Becky Schurman of New Berlin; his maternal grandmother, Ethel Wells of Rockford; and 11 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandfather. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon , with Cregg Wennstrom, Condell Hospital Hospice chaplain, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial has been established to Condell Hospital Hospice, Libertyville .
The Dixon Telegraph, Monday, Aug. 6, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

MARY AVIS RANSOM , 66, Dixon, died suddenly in her home Monday. Miss Ranson was born Jan. 25, 1899, the daughter of George S. and Belle Hubbard Ransom. She attended Cook Schools and was a member of the Dixon Woman's Club, Methodist WSCS, Dixon Dorothy Chaper OES and Dixon Foreign Travel Club. Surviving are one brother, Merton, Dixon; two sisters, Mrs. Floyd Hollenbeck and Mrs. Jay Atkinson, Dixon; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by parents and two brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 31, 1964 - Friday, pg 2

ETHEL (SMITH) REMERY , 66, of 306 Cropsey Ave., Dixon, died Friday at the Dixon Public Hospital. Funeral services will be held Monday, 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Eldor Windhorn, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park in Dixon. Visitation will be Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Funeral Home. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Remery was born Aug. 7, 1913 in Savanna, the daughter of Frank and Lena (Downs) Smith. She married Toby Remrey on Sept. 28, 1929 in Clinton, Iowa. She is survived by her widower, one daughter, Mrs. Lowell (Dorothy) Sandrock of Tampico; one son, Donald of Dixon; a half brother Harry Gustafson, Portage Wis., six grand and six great grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 29, 1980 - Saturday, pg 4 (Remery and Remrey as published)

JEFFERY R. REPPE , 26, of Lyndon, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008, while on a humanitarian mission in Guatemala. He was employed by Focus Communication Services, Rock Falls, for 10 years, most recently as the telecommunications manager. Jeff was born June 5, 1982, in Sterling, the son of Ronald and Pam (Payne) Reppe. He truly loved his job and co-workers. He was a member of the American Motocross Association. He enjoyed fishing and golfing. Survivors include his parents of Sterling; his sister, Michelle (Matt Merdian) Reppe of Dixon; his maternal grandmother, Judy Payne of Dixon; two aunts, Carol (John) McGuire of Dixon and Linda Baker of Sterling; four uncles, Steve (Samantha) Payne of Dixon, Michael Payne of Polo, Ronald Payne of Dixon, and Robert (Nancy) Reppe of West Chicago; three great-aunts, LaVonne Gibbons of Edgewater, Fla., Darlene (Phil) Bondi of Dixon and Bonnie (Bob) Worman of Dixon; and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather; paternal grandparents; and one paternal cousin.

HERMAN REUBEN , 69, of Dixon , died Monday, Sept. 3, 2007, at KSB Hospital . He was employed by Covenant Transport, as a truck driver, for 12 years, retiring in 2002; and most recently part time by Instant Car Credit, Dixon . Herman was born Feb. 20, 1938, in Amboy, the son of Herman Sr. and Pauline (Wagner) Reubin. He served in the Navy. Herman married Judith L. Johnson on May 26, 1962, in Stanford. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church , Dixon , and a past member of the Teamsters. He was a past Little League coach for Al Morrison and an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Survivors include his wife, a son, Rick (Denell) Reubin and a daughter, Lori Reubin, all of Dixon; five brothers, James (Rose) Reubin of Dixon, Ronald Reubin and Donald (Sue) Reubin, both of Gatesville, Texas, John Reubin of Cathedral City, Calif., and David Reubin of Amboy; three sisters, Dorene Sensenig of Amboy, Kathryn (Brian) Cullon of Belleville and Carol (James) DeGeorge of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren, Sydni, Taylor and Ross Reubin and Tricia and Jamie Starnes; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church , Dixon , with the Rev. Robert L. Hansen, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Oakwood Cemetery , Dixon . Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m., with the family present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday at Preston- Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon
The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, September 5, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1 – 2

EDITH MARIA (McNAMER) REYNOLDS , 77 formerly of Dixon , died at 1:45p.m. Tuesday at Pleasant View Luther Home where she had resided about two years. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Chapel Hill Chapel, Dixon by the Rev. Joseph McMahon of the First Methodist Church of Dixon. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery . A daughter of Willis T. and Mary Stillwell McNamer, Mrs. Reynolds was born October 27, 1886 at South Elkhorn . She attended South Elkhorn School and was a member of the M.E. South Elkhorn Church . She married July 18, 1904 to John Reynolds, who died in 1958. She was a member of the First Methodist Church of Ottawa, the Mary E Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, the White Shrine at Dixon and the Dixon Rebekah Lodge. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ruth Tecce of Palatine and Mrs. Stanley (Muriel)White of Ottawa; two sons, Eugene of La Mesa, Calif., and Keith of Stamford, Conn.; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is preceded in death by a son, William, her parents, her grandparents Hiram and Maria Stewart McNamer, four aunts, Martha McNamer Heath, Mary McNamer Johnson, Nellie McNamer O'Kane, Jessie McNamer Sweet, four uncles,Eugene, John, Frank and Harry. (Ottawa Daily Times July 3, 1963
Contributed by Nanette White

JOSEPH LOUIS RIBBLE , 83, of Dixon, died Monday Dec. 27, 1999 at KSB Hospital. Prayer services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Preston-Shilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Robert M. Jensen, pastor of the John Knox Presbyterian Church, Tulsa, Okla., officiating. Visitation will be from 2-7 p.m., with the family present from 2-4 and 6-7 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services and interment of cremains will be at a later date. A memorial has been established to First Presbyterian Church and Heritage Square. Mr. Ribble was born Dec. 24, 1916, in Manchester, Iowa, the son of Guy and Genevieve (Cavanaugh) Ribble. He was a graduate of the University of Dubuque. He served in the Navy during World War II. He married Rhoda Walters on Sept. 17, 1949 in West Allis, Wis., she survives. He had worked for Montgomery Ward for two years and Commonwealth Edison for 35 years prior to his retirement in 1981. He was a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Dixon, Dixon Kiwanis Club, the American Cancer Society Board in Lee County, Dixon Family YMCA., Dixon United Way, served as treasurer for Blackhawk Presbytery and the Laidig Memorial Center. He also instructed water safety and served as an auxiliary deputy for the Lee County Sheriffs Department.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 29, 1999 - Wednesday, pg A2

RHODA (WALTERS) RIBBLE , a resident of Heritage Square Assisted Care & Nursing Home of Dixon, IL passed away quietly on the morning of January 28, 2011 at the age of 95. Rhoda will be missed by many, but her spirit will live on with her family and friends, many of whom consider her an exemplar of a life well lived. She was born on January 29, 1916 in Wild Rose, WI, to the late Walter J. and Elizabeth (Jones) Walters. On September 17, 1949 she married Joseph L. Ribble and together they lived and worked most of their married life in Dixon. He preceded her in death on December 27, 1999. She is survived by her daughters and their spouses, Debbie and Ed Devine of New Lenox, IL; Janet and Bob Jensen of Delafield, WI; five grandchildren: Brian (Jennifer) Devine; Sara (Tony) Steele; David (Sarah) Jensen; Marlene (Kevin) Wolter; and Andy (Cathy) Jensen; and twelve great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Margaret Walters and Lois Walters, of Wild Rose, Wisconsin, and preceded in death by her brother Newton Walters. Rhoda’s life was marked by supreme capability to organize and record information, interest in both the history and the current events of the world, self-discipline, frugality, a deep belief in God, and thoughtfulness for those whose circumstances were less fortunate. Her interests were wide and varied. Throughout her life she loved reading, concentrating on the classics of literature and non-fiction materials that would broaden her understanding of the world. She also enjoyed gardening, teaching Sunday school and leading Bible studies, walking, traveling, and volunteering. She was a Girl Scout and 4H leader while her daughters were growing up, a tour guide at the Reagan home after retirement. Rhoda was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Dixon, Presbyterian Women’s Association, Phidian Art Club, and PEO for many years. She worked for the Veterans’ Administration in Washington, DC during the early 1940’s and then was in charge of a secretarial pool for the Veteran’s Administration in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for several more years. She stayed home to raise her two daughters when they were young, and then returned to part-time work as a secretary for the Peace Corps office in DeKalb, IL. Rhoda was employed by the Dixon Public Library in 1967 and continued to enjoy working there till 1981. Friends may call at Preston Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday, February 1, 2011, with memorial services at First Presbyterian Church of Dixon on February 2, 2011 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts may be offered to Heritage Square, Dixon or First Presbyterian Church of Dixon. The Ribble family wishes to thank the staff of Heritage Square Nursing Center for their gracious and loving care of Rhoda over the past five years and especially during her final days. Many thanks also go to her good friends who called on her often and helped her with shopping, writing letters and other tasks.
Preston-Shilling Funeral Home

LUCRETIA RICE , 231 Lincoln Way, Dixon, died at the Dixon Public Hospital Wednesday evening (19 April 1967) after a long illness. She was born in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of James and Eliza Payne Rice. She is survived by three sisters, Miss Nellie Rice, Mrs. Clark Rickard and Mrs. Myrtle Bishop; one brother, Curtis Rice, all of Dixon, and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Dixon. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Allen-Buckley Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Shephered of the First Christian Church officiating, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. At Miss Rice's request, funeral services will be private with no visitation.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 20, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2

MARY V. RITZMAN , 84, of Sandwich, IL passed away, Sunday, September 17, 2006 in Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich. She was born November 30, 1921 in Motherwell, Scotland the daughter of James and Catherine (Reynolds) Carduff. She married Henry George Ritzman on May 4, 1939 in Chicago, IL. She was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Church in Sandwich. She is survived by two daughters, Linda (Duane) Herren of Earlville, IL, and Mary (Jock) Kubica of Sandwich, IL; two sons, James (Margaret) Ritzman of O'Brien, FL, and Henry (Debra) Ritzman of Plano, IL; sixteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters; Alice Kolet of Hoffman Estates, IL and Catherine (Raymond) Glas of Norridge, IL; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in dearth by her parents; her husband; two children, Carol Wennmacher and John Ritzman; two brothers and four sisters. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, September 21, 2006 at Burkhart Funeral Home in Sandwich, IL with Father Donald D. DeSalvo officiating. Burial will follow in Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw, Illinois. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 20, 2006 in the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family. For further information or to sign the online guest book go to www.TurnerBurkhartFH.com Burkhart Funeral Home 606 E. Arnold Rd., Sandwich, IL 60548 (815) 786-2165
Contributed by Karen Holt - Burial: Wyoming Cemetery, Paw Paw, Lee County, Illinois

ANNA (JEFFERY) ROBBINS , 56, of 612 Van Buren St., Dixon, passed away Saturday night (12 Jun 1965) at Dixon Public Hospital, after a short illness. She was born May 6, 1910 at Kell, the daughter of Harry and Loretta Williams Jeffery. She was married to Don Robbins, Nov. 23, 1927. She is survived by her husband, two sisters, Mrs. Harry (Lavada) Mundt, East Moline; Mrs. John (Harriet) O'Brien, Rock Falls; two brothers, William Jeffery, Rockford; John Jeffery, New Orleans, La. She was preceded by her parents, one son and one brother. Funeral services will be Tuesday, 2 p.m. at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, with Rev. LeRoy J. Smith, Park Manor Missionary Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 14, 1965 - Monday, pg 2

FRED ROYER - At 4 o'clock Friday afternoon, Fred S. Royer, who for the past few weeks has been desperately ill, passed away at his home in Prairieville. The deceased has been out of health for several years with a disorder that baffled the skill of the most eminent medical men in this city, as well as specialists in Chicago. His death was not unexpected, as he had been failing steadily for several months and the end coming yesterday was no surprise to the friends and family. Mr. Royer's disease was one of the brain and was first manifested in the failure of his sight which left him totally blind something over two years ago. Since then he has gradually failed. Mr. Royer's funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at the Praireville church at 2:30, Rev. Mr. Fleck, pastor of St. John's Lutheran church will conduct the service and the body will be buried in the village cemetery. The following old friends will carry the body to its last resting place; E.H. Klosterman, Elmer Ebersole, John Zigler, I.B. Carolus, Grant LeFever and Frelland Lan ---- the rest was lost in the article.
Sterling Evening Gazette January 13, 1906 from Sue Nesland

PAUL H. RUBRIGHT , 64, Retire Rual Mail Carraier, Passes Away Paul H. Rubright of East Lincolnway, Sterling passed away Tuesday evening (23 May 1961) in the Home Hospital at the age of 64. He was born Feb. 27, 1897, in Eldena, Ill., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace G. Rubright. Mr. Rubright was a retired rural mail carrier having served in that capacity for 43 years. He is survived by one brother, Dr. Franklin Rubright; one niece, Mrs. Susan Coleman of Barrington, Ill.; five greta nieces and nephews; several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother in infancy. Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Comnick of the Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church officiatng. Burial will be in Prairieville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Wednesday. A memorial has been established for the Home Hospital.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 24, 1961 - Wednesday, pg 2 col 4

JANICE LOUISE (SCHOELLER) RUTT , 88, of Dixon , died Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, at Heritage Square , Dixon . She was employed by Dixon Electronic as a bookkeeper for 18 years before retiring. Janice was born March 28, 1919, in White Bear Lake , Minn. , the daughter of Leo and Christine (Selbach) Schoeller. She married Vincent Rutt on Dec. 31, 1964, in Rockford . Janice was a member of First United Methodist Church and Elks Lodge BPOE 779 Ladies Auxiliary, both of Dixon . Survivors include her husband; a son Gary Lee (Doris) Hollewell of Forreston; two stepsons, Wesley (Melanie) Rutt of Webster, Texas, and Alan ( Kay) Rutt of Woodburn, Ky.; a stepdaughter, Leslea (Rick) Bates of Metropolis; two sisters, Lucille Greenlee of Rockford and Ruth Blasena of Mahtomedi, Minn., two grandchildren, Lee (Rebecca) Hollewell and SuAnn (Matthew) Solverson; and three great-grandchildren, Curtis and Jared Hollewell and Abigail Solverson. Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church , Dixon , with the Rev. Tony Hawkins, pastor, officiating. Cremation rites have been accorded. There is no burial.
The Dixon Telegraph, Monday, Aug. 13, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

MARY ALICE (QUINN) RYAN , 93, died Saturday, June 26, 2010, after a short illness. She taught at Dixon State School and Amboy and Walnut grade schools. Mrs. Ryan was born Feb. 8, 1917, the daughter of Frank and Charlotte Quinn of Van Orin. She married Francis Ryan on Dec. 1, 1945, at Immaculate Conception Church, Ohio. He preceded her in death in November, 1981. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Ohio. Survivors include her children, Sharon (Lee) Carley of Beloit, Wis., Sheila (James)Bacorn of Santa Clarita, Calif., and Sandy (Dave) Blum and James Ryan, both of Rockford; six grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Prayer service will be a 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Ohio, with the Rev. Dan Wilder officiating. Burial will be at St. Patrick Cemetery, Maytown. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m., with prayer service at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial will be established.
Source Pat Easterday - The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, June 29, 2010, Page A4 - Col. 5-6

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