CAROL JANE (WRIGHT) KICKSEY, 43, of 533 East High Street, Morrison, died Thursday morning (15 Jan 1981) at Sterling Community General Hospital.Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral home, Morrison with the Rev. Ray Rebuck, pastor of the Trinity United Methodist Church, Sterling. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation is Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Oral Roberts Cancer Research Hospital. Carol Jane Wright was born May 27, 1937 in Mac, Kentucky, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Wright. She was educated in the Kentucky, Rock Falls and East St. Louis schools. She was united in marriage to Richard K. Kicksey on July 10, 1971 in Morrison. (more, see paper). [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 15, 1981 - Thursday, pg A4
WILLIAM KIER - The announcement of the death of Elder William Kier will be found in another a column. The following brief sketch of his life has been kindly prepared for the Sentinel by Rev. George T. Crissman: William Kier was born in Perthshire, Scotland, Aug. 8, 1802 and spent the early morning of his life in this locality, noted for its historic importance. At the age of sixteen, he came to the Western world to find a home, and at first made choice of St. Andrews, in Canada, where he remained for ten years, during which time be was joined In marriage with Maria Hurd, of Balfordshire, England, on Sept. 14, 1824. Thinking to obtain a more favorable location than the one in Canada, he left that country and removed to St. Lawrence County, New York in the vicinity of the Messina Springs. Here a citizenship of twenty years drew around Mr. Kier and family a large circle of warm-hearted friends, who were loud and earnest in their protestations against his newly proposed plan to push out still further on the frontier West, to secure a new home. Twenty-three years ago, in October, he established himself as a resident in Morrison and has become identified with the growth and development of the community in which he has lived an honored member. During this time, he has attracted to himself such treasures of friendship and love as neither money nor earthly fame could secure. In response to the inquiry, once made of him, as to how it was that he had so many friends, and few enemies, he said he did not know, unless it was because he made no special effort to accumulate earthly riches, but had been all intent on laying up treasures In Heaven. Having served In the capacity of an ordained officer, in the church of which he was a member, in St. Lawrence County, New York, he was, at the organization of the Presbyterian Church, formerly of Union Grove, but now of Morrison, chosen Ruling Elder, in company with N. M. Jackson and a few months later with James Snyder, the two constituting the original board, in the early history of the Church. In his capacity of Elder, Father Kier has served as a true friend of the Church. in her days of weakness, and in her days of increase and prosperity. It is a rare thing to find any one more attached to the church of his choice than Elder Kier was to his Presbyterian Home. Nothing could attract him away from his own church services; and yet It would be difficult to find one more catholic in his spirit and feelings toward sister denominations, than he. Mr. Kier warmly appreciated the acts of kindness shown him by his friends, from time to time, and he remarked to the writer, a few days ago, that it seemed to him his friends were determined not to let him die. During the past year friends have watched with sadness the declining health of this good old man; and, though they have felt that at some time the separation must come, many hoped the time would be long deferred. His late illness was one of great severity and yet he did not murmur, but with an unwavering faith he looked forward to the end. He talked of soon meeting his friends, who had passed on before, as if he were simply about to visit them in some other town, and asked what messages he should take. A family, consisting of the aged widow, seven children, and fifteen grandchildren, remained to mourn the death of Father Kier, and this circle is increased by a large number of relatives, a little further separated by ties of kindred. The circle also extends to the members of the church, to which the deceased belonged. And the sentiment which the writer has heard from men of the world, as he has met them on the corner's of the streets and by the way, is that a good man has gone from us, it is seldom that such an unblemished life of purity is exhibited for so many years, and there few persons who go down to the grave so much beloved by all classes of society, by the young, and by the old. We can but express the fond prayer, that his mantle may fall upon many others, to take his place. [Contributed by Bob Mosher The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 8, 1871 - Monday, pg 2]
WILLIAM E. KIER, 70, of Route 3, Morrison, passed away Thursday (27 Jun 1946) in his home after an illness of five months. Funeral rites will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, northwest of Morrison, with Dr. H. J. Rendall officiating. Interment will be in the Spring Valley Cemetery. William E. Kier was born June 14, 1876, in Ustick Township, the son of John and Ellen Newlove Kier. He was reared and educated in Morrison. For a number of years, Mr. Kier was a business man in Chicago. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and active in the American Legion. Mr. Kier was a past president of the Rotary Club in Chicago. Besides his widow, the former Eva L. Coppage, to whom he was married Nov. 29, 1898, in Chadwick, he leaves two daughters, Mrs. J. Charles Gilbert of Route three, Morrison, and Mrs. Edward C. Dohse of Beach Road, Waukegan, and two nephews, Clarence and Paul Kier of Morrison. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 28, 1946 - Friday, page 12]
BETH L. (MYERS) KILBERG, 76, of Sterling, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at Coventry Living Center, Sterling. Beth was born May 15, 1934, in Sterling, the daughter of Wilbur s. and Edith F. (Rutt) Myers. She married Karl W. Kilberg on June 26, 1954, in Sterling. After her marriage, she worked as a secretary for Eureka Funeral Coach Co., Rock Falls. She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling. She was an avid reader. Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Kristen (Alan) Citterman of Arlington Heights; three sons, Steven Kilberg of Batavia, Douglas (Linda) Kilberg of Chatham, and Timothy (Una) Kilberg of McMurray, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Marian Nunemaker; and one brother, Leland Myers. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Homes. From Pat Easaterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph Dixon, Lee Co., IL. Page A4 - Col. 3-4]
MELISSA (LUNING) DRUMMET KILBEY - Funeral services for Mrs. Melissa Kilbey, 83, who passed away at Daytona Beach, Florida, last February 13, will be held at Garner's Chapel Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m. with the Rev.George O. A. McKinley officiating. Burial wil be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel Saturday evening. Mrs. Kilbey was born November 23, 1864 at Dana, the daughter of William and Mary Luning. She married George Drummet of Prophetstown and to this union were born four children, Mrs. Carl M. Brewer, Mrs. Fred Boyd, Mrs. Ernest Waterfill and John W. Drummet. Mr. Drummet died in 1923 and about ten years later Mrs. Drummet married E. L. Kilbey of Sterling. Mr. Kilbey passed away in 1943, and since that time his widow has made her home in Sterling at 508 Second Avenue. Mrs. Kilbey is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Carl M. Brewer of Prophetstown, and Mrs. Fred Boyd of Kankakee, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Waterfill, and son, John W Drummet, and her parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 30, 1948 - Friday, pg 10]
GEORGE W. KILBURN, father of David Kilburn of Sterling, passed away Wednesday evening at his residence at the Chicago Junior School, 1600 Dundee Ave., Chicago. He had been superintendent of the school 23 years. Private memorial services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. today at the residence. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 9, 1956 - Friday, page 2]
FRANCES (FRENCH) KILLAM was born in Cortland county, New York, October 1st, 1859 and closed her early life at her home near Conrad, Iowa, January 4th, 1901. In 1869 she came to Illinois with her parents. She was the daughter of a Methodist minister who more than thirty years ago, preached in Coleta for a number of years. She was an efficient helper in his evangelistic work, especially among the young people, and in singing in which she excelled. After the death of her father, she went with her mother to Evanston where she pursued her studies in the Conservatory of Music at the Northwestern University. In 1882 she was married to James A. Scoville of Vinton, Iowa. For the past eleven years they had lived in Conrad, Iowa. She was much devoted to her home. At the age of thirteen she professed religion. She took a lively interest in the new church enterprise at Conrad just completed, and did much in securing subscriptions to the fund of the Ladies' Aid Society. Little did she or the society suspect that just one week after the dedication she would be the first member to be borne through the portals of the sanctuary she helped to erect, but never saw, to her resting place in the "Silent City". Her final illness dated three weeks prior to her death when she was visit.... (end of obit missing - Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scapbook Clipping]
ELIAS KILMER - The funeral of E.H. Kilmer was held at the Leon church Thursday afternoon, and was attended by large numbers of people. Mr. Kilmer was formerly a resident of this place, having lived here a great many years until three years ago when he left the farm and moved to Prophetstown which place has since been his home. He was sick several months and suffered greatly during his illness. He was buried by the side of his wife who preceded him nearly two years. (From the Sterling Standard 15 April 1905 Elias H. Kilmer departed this life at his home in Prophetstown, Tuesday,. April 4, 1905, aged 65 years, death being caused by Bright's disease. He was a native of New York coming to Illinois in 1865 and settling in Leon where he resided until 3 years ago, when he moved to Prophetstown. His wife died about 2 years ago. Mr. Kilmer was a union soldier and served in Comany K 20th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He leaves a brother in Iowa and an adopted daughter Mrs. GraceMapes to mourn his death. The funeral was held at the house Thursday. Rev. Funston officiated and interment made beside his wife in the Leon Cemetery [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Sterling Standard 17 April 1905]
MARY I. (HEIN) KILROY - 84, of 306 E. 3rd St., Rock Falls, died late Monday afternoon (30 August 1971) in her home. Prayer services will be held at 9:15 a.m. Thursday in the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls and requiem mass at 10 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Morrison. The Rev. William Joffe of St. Mary's Morrison and the Rev. William Boland of St. Patrick's Church, Dixon, will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, where a rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Wednesday. A memorial in Mrs. Kilroy's memory has been established to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Morrison. Mrs. Kilroy was born Dec. 18, 1886, the daughter of G. A. and Mary Dawson Hein at Clinton, Iowa. She was united in marriage to H. Earl Kilroy Jan. 18, 1911 in the St. Mary's Catholic Church at Tampico. They lived their entire married life in Whiteside County, farming for many years and then resided in Morrison for 30 years. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Altar and Rosary Society of Morrison. Mrs. Kilroy is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Alfred (Alice Mae) Paschal of Rock Falls with whom she made her home, Mrs. Frank (Bernice) Mack of Shannon and Mrs. Ramond F. (Irma) Hoy of Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Francis (Iva) Brightman of Erie; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She was preceded by her husband, H. Earl Kilroy in 1940; one daughter, Ruth Marie in 1913; three brothers and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette August 31, 1971 - Tuesday, pg 2]
ROBERT KILROY - Chicago; former Tampico resident, died suddenly in Chicago Friday. He is survived by 2 sons, Richard W. Kilroy, Rock Falls; Ivan Kilroy, Sterling, and three daughters, Mrs. Roberta Zizney, California; Mrs. Caroline Fargher and Mrs. Marjorie Bellows, both of Sterling. Funeral arrangements are pending. [Contributed by Suzy Wert - The Daily Gazette [ Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois ] Saturday, 13 Nov 1965 Page 3, column 5]
WILLIAM EDWARD KILROY, aged 59, a resident of Montmorency Township, was found dead in his bed at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. William McCormick, two miles east of Tampico, at 5 o'clock Friday morning (3 December 1926) . Mr. Kilroy had been employed for several weeks in helping his son-in-law with his corn picking. Mr. Kilroy had been in good health and had spent the entire day Thursday in picking corn. If he was feeling badly Thursday night before he retired, he made no complaint and when Mr. McCormick went to Mr. Kilroy's room to call him at 5 o'clock Friday morning, he was shocked to find him cold in death. Mr. Kilroy had been a resident of Tampico for a number of years until last spring when he and his family moved to a farm in Montmorency Township. An inquest will be held by Coroner Frye Friday afternoon. The definite plans for the funeral have not been made, pending worked from relatives [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 3, 1926 - Friday, pg 2]
KIMBALL, a child of William, living near Sterling, Whiteside County, was killed in a tornado there recently. (Rock Island Register, Wednesday 20 June 1860)
BOYD KIMMEL, 52, veteran Whiteside County law enforcing officer, died at 6:20 a.m. today in Illinois Research Hospital, Chicago, where he was taken Tuesday. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage 10 days ago and was taken to the Morrison Hospital. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Methodist Church, with Dr. H. J. Rendall, Presbyterian pastor officiating. Masonic services will be conducted at the grave in Grove Hill cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday in the Reynolds funeral home. Mr. Kimmel was born June 2, 1913 to Lester and Jennie Craddock Kimmel of Tampico, Whiteside County. He was reared in Chicago and had lived the last 32 years in Morrison. He married Clara Tollenaar Nov. 1, 1937 in Clinton. Mr. Kimmel had served for 22 years in Whiteside as either special sheriff's deputy or as sheriff. He was first elected sheriff in 1946 and still had one year to serve of his current term. He was president of the Whiteside County Fair Association, chief of the Morrison Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Illinois Sheriff's Association and of the Morrison Masonic Lodge. Survivors are his wife: two sons, Lester of Rock Falls and John of Morrison; one daughter, Kay at home; three grandchildren; and the mother, Mrs. Jennie Kimmel, and a brother, Neal, both of Morrison. He was preceded in death by a grandson and his father. [Contributed by Joyce Kimmel The Clinton Herald Sep. 8, 1965]
CLARA IDA (TOLLENAAR) KIMMEL, 88, of Colorado Springs, CO, formerly of Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, Sept. 24 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO. Mrs. Kimmel was born Oct. 18, 1914, in Washington, IA to Henry and Edith Tollenaar. She attended school in Miles and Preston, IA, receiving an RN degree in 1935 from Jane Lamb School of Nursing in Clinton, IA. In 1937 she married Boyd Kimmel and moved to Morrison where she did private duty and visiting nursing. In 1946 was appointed to the Morrison Hospital board and became cook and matron of the Whiteside County Jail. She was the Whiteside County Sheriff from 1965 thru 1966 and was a Whiteside County deputy sheriff until her retirement in 1989. She was a member of the Morrison Methodist Church, Eastern Star, Republican Women's club and many other local and state organizations. Survivors include her son John (Joyce) Kimmel of Colorado Springs, Kay (Leon) Vanderploeg of Morrison, CO, grandchildren Jeff Kimmel, Beth Hardman, Patricia Fredericks, Valerie Nielsen David and Steven Vanderploeg. She had 13 great grandchildren and one step great great grandchild. Two sisters also survive, Ora Smith of Urbana and Henrietta Bergander of Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, three sisters, husband Boyd Kimmel, son Lester "Butch" Kimmel and a grandson in infancy. Mrs. Kimmel donated her body for research to the University Of Colorado School Of medicine. A memorial service was held in Colorado Springs on Sept. 27. A graveside service will be held in Morrison, at a later date. Memorial gifts may be made to the National Heart Association. [Contributed by Joyce Kimmel]
HAZEL IRENE (TURNEY) KIMMEL - Services for Mrs. Raymond Kimmel, 63, have been set for 2 p.m. Thursday, in the First Congregational Church, Rock Falls. Mrs. Kimmel died Tuesday morning in Community General Hospital, Sterling.The Rev. Donald Proctor of the First Congregational Church, Rock Falls, will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Friends may call at Gardner Funeral Chapel Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the Leukemia Foundation. Hazel Irene Turney was born March 2, 1908 in Morrison the daughter of Lyman and Mabel Turney. She was educated in Morrison. She moved to Rock Falls from Lyndon in 1965. Mrs. Kimmel was a member of the First Congregation Church, RockFalls, and the RNA. She married Addon Johnson, he died in 1930. She married F. W. Klocke in 1934. He died in 1962. She married Raymond Kimmel in 1970. Survivors are the husband, one son, Terry, St. Louis Mo., one stepson, Bill Kimmel, Richmond Park, one daughter Mrs. Norman (Jean) OIlinger, Prophetstown; four grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren. She was preceded by her parents, one brother, Forrest Turney. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 5, 1971 - Wednesday, pg 2]
JAMES BOYD KIMMEL, 64, of St. Colletta School, Jefferson, WI., died Friday, June 15, 2001, at Fort Atkinson Memorial Health Services, Fort Atkinson, WI. Mr. Kimmel was born June 1, 1937, in Morrison, IL., the son of Neal and Kathleen (Forward) Kimmel. Survivors include a sister, Virginia (Ted) Gapinski of Winnebego, IL.; a niece, two nephews; and many great-nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mass of Christian Burial will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Coletta Chapel, St. Coletta School, Jefferson, WI., with the Rev. Thomas Gillespie officiating. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison, (IL) with the Rev. Leo Bartel, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Morrison, (IL) officiating. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel. Local arrangements were completed by the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. [Contributed by Joyce Kimmel - Sterling Gazette Newspaper - June 10, 2001]
JENNIE (CRADDOCK) KIMMEL, 84, Morrison, died at 6:10 a.m. Saturday at Eveningside Nursing home. The funeral was held Monday at 2 p.m. in the Reynolds funeral home. The Rev. Bruce Breneman officiated. Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lawrence Ludens, Harold Slager, Loren Olson, Edward Stuart, Russell Wolf and Clifford Alldritt. Mrs. Henry Musch and Mrs. Lawrence Ludens were in charge of flowers. Mrs. Abe Renkes, organist, played "Abide With Me". Jennie Craddock was born Nov. 29, 1886, in Bureau county to Delos and Minnie Craddock. She was reared and educated at Tampico and the Girton Ladies Finishing School near Chicago. She married Lester L. Kimmel Nov. 26, 1910, at Tampico. She resided in Chicago for 35 years and moved to Morrison in 1948. Mrs. Kimmel was a member of Ruth Circle and the W.S.C.S. of the Methodist church and the Morrison Garden Club. Surviving are a son, Neal Kimmel, Morrison, five grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son Boyd, a great-grandson and two sisters, Lena and Marian. [Contributed by Joyce Kimmel]
--- Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Jennie Kimmel, 84, Morrison, who died Saturday in the Eveningside Nursing home. The Rev. Bruce Breneman of the First Methodist Church will officiate with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Reynolds Funeral home after 2 p.m. Sunday. Jennie Craddock Kimmel was born Nov. 28, 1886 in Bureau County, the daughter of Delos and Minnie Craddock. She was educated in the Tampico schools and the Girton Ladies Finishing School near Chicago. On Nov. 26, 1910, she was married to Lester L. Kimmel in Tampico. The couple then resided in the Chicago area before returning to the Morrison area in 1948. Jennie Kimmel was a member of the Ruth Circle of the Methodist Church of Morrison and the Morrison Garden Club. Survivors include one son, Neal, Morrison; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, Boyd, one grandson and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor]
JOHN D. KIMMEL - (1940-2015) John D. Kimmel, age 75, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2015, at his home in Palm Harbor, FL, with his family by his side. John was born on January 30, 1940, in Clinton, IA, to Boyd and Clara (Tollenaar) Kimmel. He was educated inthe Morrison Schools and was involved in, and excelled at, all sports offered through the school system. He was inducted into the Morrison High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. John's request was for a memorial fund to be established in his name, to assist any student needing financial assistance to be able to participate in athletics in Morrison High School.On August 23, 1956, John married Joyce Ottens in Morrison. While in Morrison, he worked at Groharing Mason Contractors from 1958 to 1964, and started a painting contractor business in 1964 unto 1966. He was a member of the Morrison Fire Department for over ten years. He was a member of the Morrison Dunlap Lodge #321 A.F. & A.M., and was a 32nd Degree Mason andmember of the Scottish Rite Valley of Moline, IL. John began his career with General Electric in 1964 in Morrison and was employed for 38 years until his retirement. During his employment he was transferred to a variety of G.E. Plants including Carroll, IA; Ft. Wayne, IN; Shelbyville, IN and Tell City, IN. He developed many lifelong and cherished friendships in these communities. During his illness he received many calls and cards from past employees from these locations, with the common thread being that he was always a fair and honest man. Following his retirement from G.E., he moved to Colorado Springs, CO, to be near his family. One of John's greatest joys was being a grandpa to his four grandchildren. His greatest lessons tohis family were to work harrde, play hard, and enjoy all that life has to offer. He had a quick and wonderful sense of humor and has left his family with the gift of countless stories to smile at, laugh about, and retell to their children. While in Colorado he spent many enjoyable hours on outings with his wife, Joyce, driving through and taking in the Rocky Mountains.John had a love of artistic pursuits, the outdoors, fishing, and wildlife that he shared with his family his entire life. Whenever he moved, he would draw up plans and landscape his yards beautifully. If not outdoors, he could be found in his garage surrounded by his tools and lumber. He was an accomplished wood worker, finishing many treasured projects and pieces for his family over the years. He was also an accomplished wood carver of birds and ducks and enjoyed leather tooling. John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Joyce Kimmel of Palm Harbor, FL; his daughter Beth Hardman and her partner, Kirk Decker, of New Port Ritchey, FL; four grandchildren, Katie McCartney of Sycamore, IL; Bryan McCartney of Loveland, CO; Sarah McCartney of Peyton, CO; and Andrew Hardman of Loveland, CO; his sister Kay (Leon) Vanderploeg of Morrison, CO; and many sisters-in-laws, brothe-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Boyd and Clara, his brother, Butch, and his son, Steven John. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be submitted to the family for John's chosen memorial to the Morrison High School Atheletic Program, whic is being established. A memorial service and service of Masonic Rites will be held in May of 2015 in Morrison, IL [Contributed by Joyce A. Kimmel - Tampa Bay Times Date: Feb 5, 2015]
KATHLEEN L. KIMMEL - 87, 191 N. Grape Street, Morrison, Il, died Sunday, May 21, 2000, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. Casket bearers will be Ed Stuart, John Massey, Bob Schick, Burton Schambaugh, Stan Maxfield, Earl Grater. Memorials can be made to St. Coletta of Wisconsin. Kathleen was born Dec. 21, 1912, Prophetstown, IL to Walter and Grace R. (Terry) Forward. She was educated in Leon Country School. She was a graduate of Prophetstown High School and attended Brown's Business College. She married Neal Kimmel, Nov. 23, 1932, in Morrison, IL. He died Nov. 30, 1993. She was employed as a bookkeeper with her husband and later with Eddie Schuler and Vend-0mack both of Morrison, IL She was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church and the church's Good Morning Circle where she served in various capacities. She was a 50+ year member and past president of Morrison Wa-Tan-Ye and a 50+ year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Hospital Auxillary. She is survived by one daughter, Virginia (Mrs. Ted) Gapinski, Forreston, one son, James Kimmel, Jefferson, WI, three grandchildren, Alan (Keni) Gapinsky, James (Ann) Gapinski, and Kathy (Mrs. Tim) McGuire; eight great grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Mrs. Clara Kimmel, Colorado Springs, CO. She was preceded in death by her husband, Neal and one brother, Elwood Forward. [Contributed by Joyce Kimmel]
L.L. "BUTCH" KIMMEL - The funeral will be 2 p.m. Monday in Morrison United Methodist Church for L.L. "Butch" Kimmel, 52, of 205 Johnson St., Morrison, who died Friday in Morrison Community Hospital. The Rev. Dr. Lynn Longenbaugh will officiate. A 1:45 p.m. family prayer service will preceded the funeral in the church chapel. Visitation will be 2 to 5:30 and and 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday in Morrison Chapel, Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, where a 7:30 p.m. Masonic service will be conducted. Burial will be in Grove Hill. Mr. Kimmel was born Aug. 19, 1938 in Clinton, to Boyd and Clara I. Tollenaar Kimmel. He was educated in the Morrison grade schools and was a 1956 graduate of Morrison High School. He attended Western Illinois University in Ma comb, received an associate degree in law enforcement at Saul Valley Community College in Sterling, and was a graduate of the FBI Academy at Quantico VA. He was employed by the Rock Falls Police-Fire Department for six years, was later employed with the Whiteside County Sheriff 's Dept. in charge of the Sterling office, where he served for four years. He was elected and served as sheriff of Whiteside County from 1970 to 1990, with his term expiring at midnight Nov. 30, 1990. He was a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church, Rock Falls Masonic Lodge No. 936, Scottish Rite Valley of Freeport Consistory and the Tebela Shrine Temple of Rockford. He was the founder of the Whiteside County Sheriff's Mounted Patrol and was a past member of the Morrison and Rock Falls fire departments. He was a member of the Northern Illinois and Illinois State and National sheriff's associates. While in office, he organized and founded the Sheriff's Fishing Derby and the Whiteside County Youth Benefit Horse. He held numerous track records while at Morrison High School and helped organize and coached in the Morrison Junior Tackle Football program. He served as a coach on the Rock Falls Junior Tackle Football League and served as a little league baseball coach in Rock Falls for many years. Survivors included a daughter, Mrs. Kent Pat Zuidema of Morrison; a son, Jeff of Marengo IL; six grandchildren; his mother of Morrison; a sister, Mrs. Leon (Kay) Vanderploeg of Morrison, Colo. and a brother, John Kimmel of Tell City, Ind. He was preceded in death by his father. [Death date: Nov. 30, 1990; Contributed by Joyce Kimmel]
LESTER LEE KIMMEL, 70, a Morrison resident for the past eight years, died at 2:10 p.m. Sunday in the Morrison hospital where he had been a patient for the past five weeks. The deceased had been ill for about a year. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Reynolds funeral home with the Rev. James Hagerty, Methodist minister, officiating and burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery. There will be Masonic services at the grave. The deceased was born at Ord, Nebr., on June 4, 1886, the son of Alden and Bertha Golden Kimmel, and was reared at Walnut. On November 26, 1910, he was married to Jennie Craddock at Tampico who survives. He was in the automobile business in Chicago for about 35 years and came to Morrison eight years ago when he entered semi-retirement. He was an ardent horseman and never missed a trail ride when health permitted. He was a member of the Woodlawn Park Masonic lodge of Chicago and transferred to the Morrison lodge when he moved here. Besides his widow he is survived by two sons, Neal and Boyd Kimmel of Morrison, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, a brother, Claude A. Kimmel, of Gentry, Ark. and a sister, Mrs. Frank Lyen of Omaha, Nebr. His parents and three sisters preceded him in death. [Contributed by Joyce Kimmel]
Another Obituary: LESTER L. KIMMEL - 70, of 1/2 mile north of Morrison, semi-retired, passed away Sunday (31 Mar 1957) at 2:10 p.m. in the Morrison Community Hospital where he had been a patient for five weeks. He had been ill for about a year. The body was removed to the Reynolds Funeral Home where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Reynolds Funeral Home. The Rev. James H. Hagerty of the Methodist church will officiate and burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Masonic services will be held at the grave. He was born June 4, 1886 in Ord, Neb., the son of Alvin and Bertha Golden Kimmel. He was reared and educated at Walnut, Ill. He was married Nov. 26, 1910 in Tampico to Jennie Craddock. They resided in Chicago for 35 years and moved to Morrison eight years ago. He was a member of the Morrison Masonic Lodge, Dunlap No. 321, and was a former member of the Woodlawn Park Lodge of Chicago. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Ilinois April 1, 1957 - Monday, pg 2]
NEAL KIMMEL - 82, of 101 N. Grape St., Morrison, died Tuesday, at Resthave Nursing Home. The funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday at Morrison Chapel, Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home with the Rev. Lynn Longenbaugh of Morrison United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, where an 8 p.m. Masonic service will be conducted. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Mr. Kimmel was born Sept. 1, 1911, in Dubuque, to Lester L. and Jennie Craddock Kimmel. He married Kathleen L. Forward, Nov. 23, 1932, in Morrison, He was educated in the Chicago grade and high schools and owned and operated Kimmel Motor Sales and Service in Morrison from 1932 to 1957. He was then employed as an auto salesman in the Morrison and Sterling areas until retiring in 1973. He was a member of the Morrison Masonic Dunlap Lodge 321 AF & Am; Order of the Eastern Star, Loyal Order of Moose, Clinton Lodge 363; and Morrison Chamber of Commerce. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Ted (Virginia) Gapinski of Forreston, Ill.; a son, James of Jefferson, Wis.; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother and nephews. (Death date: Nov. 30, 1993)
--- The funeral was 10 a.m. Friday, Dec 3, at the Morrison Chapel of The Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Rev. Dr. Lynn Longenbaugh, pastor of the Morrison United Church officiated. Madelyn Renkes served as organist. She played an organ interlude "How Great Thou Art" Burial was at Grove Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Merle Grau, Keith Knox. Loren Olson, Burton Shambaugh, Edward Stuart, and Marvin Vos. Honorary casket bearers were Clifford Alldritt and Dale Bielema. [Contributed by Joyce Kimmel]
RUTH (EICHELBERGER) KINDLE, 96, of Sterling died Monday at Prophets River View Center. Mrs. Kindle was born April 15, 1909 in Sterling the daughter of Roy G. and Anna R. (Wolber) Eichelberger. She married Vernon V. Kindle on Feb. 14, 1932 in Sterling. He died Aug. 22, 1996. She enjoyed sewing/crocheting and playing cards. Survivors include two sons, Jimmy E. and Danny L; a daughter Nancy Kendell; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. Burial at Maple Ridge Cemetery.
LOIS M. (TABER) KINER -, 66, of 5170 Kiner Road, Prophetstown, died July 15, 1994 at Sterling Pavilion. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Congregational Church, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Melvin Hough officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Gardner Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to First Congregational Church. Mrs. Kiner was born Sept. 5, 1927 in Prophetstown, the daughter of William L. and Grace (Paschal) Taber. She was educated in Prophetstown and graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1945. She married Roland D. Kiner July 14, 1946, in Prophetstown. Prior to her marriage she was employed in the office of the Illinois Department of Registration and Education in Springfield. She later served as manager of the Prophetstown Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. for 21 years, retiring in 1991. She was a member of First Congregatonal Church, the Women's Fellowship, a member of the choir for many years, a member of the Prophetstown American Legion Auxiliary and the Prophet Hills Country Club. Survivors include her husband; two sons, Jeffrey (Pen) Kiner of Tampa, Fla., and Jon (Judy) Kiner of Elyria, Ohio; six grandchildren; and one brother, Nelson (Phyllis) Taber of Cambridge. She was preceded in death by one sister, Juanita Woolums. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 17, 1994 - Sunday, pg A5]
BETH ALISON KING, 18, 1809 1st Ave., Sterling, died early Sunday morning in an automobile accident. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling, with Rev. J. Randall Brown, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory. She was born Nov. 27, 1964, in Sterling, the daughter of William and Agnes Dimond King. She was a 1982 graduate of Sterling High School and had been employed by the Central National Bank of Sterling. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sterling. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William King, formerly of Sterling, now of Waukegan; one brother, Bill King, Tacoma, Wash.; two sisters, Mrs. Jerry (Barb) Barton, Sterling and Mrs. Garry (Brenda) Nelson, Sterling. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 20, 1982 - Monday, page A4]
ELAINE V. KING, 67, of Freeport Road, Sterling, died Thursday morning at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. E. L. Welch, pastor of the Full Gospel Assembly Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. A memorial has been established to the Full Gospel Assembly Church. Mrs. King was born April 5, 1915 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Frank and Edna (Smith) Dundon. She was a member of the Full Gospel Assembly Church. Survivors include one son, William King of Sterling; three daughters, Mrs. Barbara Prescott, Mrs. Leland (Nancy) Murray and Mrs. Paul (Margaret) Wolber, all of Sterling; one brother, Lawrence Dundon of Long Beach, California; one half-brother, Carl Ness of Wisconsin; three sisters, Mrs. Laura Ericksen of Long Beach, California, Mrs. Raymond (Frances) Stroup and Mrs. Howard (Clara) Conley, both of Rock Falls; two half-sisters, Mrs. Basil (Olive) Holmes of Hemet, California and Mrs. Gordon (Marion) Koth of Los Alamitos, California; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 8, 1982 - Thursday, page A4]
HARRISON EZRA KING, 72, retired employee of the Farmer's Elevator and Supply Company, and well known resident of the Morrison community, died unexpectedly at 8 p.m. Saturday in his home. He had been undergoing treatment for a heart condition for several years. Dr. W. W. Robinson, Whiteside County Coroner, conducted an inquest in the Reynolds Funeral Home on Sunday. Funeral services will be conducted in the Reynolds Funeral Home Tuesday at 1 p.m., the Rev. David Fouts, pastor of the Morrison Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery. Mr. King was born in Westminster, Md., the son of Theodore and Emma King. He had resided in Whiteside County for 57 years and married to Caroline Ness of Dixon in 1911. He worked for many years at the Farmer's Elevator and Supply Company until his retirement a few years ago. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Morrison and the Moose Lodge of Clinton, Iowa. Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Clarence (Dorothy) Stralow, Morrison; one grandson, Robert H. Stralow; three brothers, Elmer and Roy King, both of Littlestown, Pa., Charles King, Taneytown, Md.; one sister, Mrs. Paul R. Erb, Westminster, Md.; one uncle and one aunt and a number of nieces and nephews. His wife preceded him in death in January 1943. He was also preceded by his parents and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 5, 1960 - Monday, page 2]
LAURA A. KING, 74, of Rockford, mother of R. J. King of 504 Second avenue, Rock Falls, and formerly of Rock Falls, passed away Monday at 12:30 a.m. in St. Anthony's hospital, Rockford. Her body was brought to the Wheelock funeral home in Rock Falls this morning. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the funeral home, Rev. Wayne Leighty, pastor of the Rock Falls Methodist church, officiating. The committal will be in the Odd Fellows cemetery, Rock Falls. Surviving Mrs. King are one daughter, Mrs. Carl (Mabel) White of Rockford; a son, Raymond King of Rock Falls, and one grandson, James White of Rockford. Her husband, Charles King, passed away in 1942. Seven brothers and sisters preceded Mrs. King in death. She was the last of her family. [Contributed by Melva Taylor from the Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 17, 1947 - Monday, pg 6, col. 5]
RUTH (BREECE) KING - At the home of her daughter, Mrs. W. F. Wilbur, at Jacobstown, on Saturday, December 24, 1892, Mrs. RUTH KING, aged 74 years, 1 month and 2 days. Ruth Breece was born in Knox Co., Ohio Nov.22, 1818. She was married to Samuel King, in February 1840, her married life having extended over more than half a century. Remaining in Ohio until 1847, she came with her husband and family to Whiteside Co., Ill which has been her home ever since. Her husband and eight children survive her one child having died in infancy. The following are the children: Emeline, Oliver, James, Arthur, Eliza (Derby), Becca, Pruella (Sawyer), and Milton. The funeral services were held at the M. E. church in this city on Tuesday, Rev. J. A. J. Whipple officiating and the remains Interred in Grove Hill cemetery. [Contributed by Linda Criswell]
SAMUEL KING - At the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Wood in Clyde, Saturday, August 22, 1896, Mr. SAMUEL KING, aged 85 years, 5 months and 27 days. Samuel King was born near Baltimore, Maryland, February 25, 1811. In his boyhood he with his parents removed to Knox county, Ohio, where he was married to Ruth Breece February 12, 1838. He remained In Ohio until 1847, when he came west to Whiteside county, Illinois, living In Union Grove four years, in Mt. Pleasant two years and then removed to Clyde where he has since resided. Nine children were born to the union, one dying in infancy. His wife died December 24, 1892, since which time the deceased resided with his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Wood in Clyde. The deceased was an honorable, upright citizen, who maintained during a long and useful life the confidence and respect of all who knew him. The funeral services were held at the home of his daughter Monday afternoon at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. M. L. Norris of this city. Interment took place in Grove Hill cemetery. [Contributed by Linda Criswell]
ZILPHA (BURNS) KING - At her home in Union Grove Thursday, January 12, 1893, Mrs. Zilpha King aged 40 years, 7 months and 6 days. Zilpha Burns was born in Union Grove township, June 6, 1852. SHe was married James B. King in March 1872. Three children were born to them. Mrs. King was of a very quiet disposition and gave her whole attention to her home duties. She was a faithful wife, a kind and affectionate mother and a warm friend. Besides her husband and children she leaves a large circle of friends. Burial in Grove Hill Cemetery.
J.C. KINGSBURY for many years a resident of Genesee Township, passed away at the late home in Lanark at 10:15 o'clock Thursday night after an illness of several months. Mr. Kingsbury had a severe attack of the flu last spring, which left him with a weakened heart which had caused him much trouble of late. He was born in Genesee township, and for several years operated a grocery store in Coleta. Beside the widow, one daughter, Olive, who resides at home, and two sisters living in Kansas, survive. Funeral services will be held from the home in Lanark at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen]
SILVIUS KINGSBURY - At his home in New Genesee on Sunday June 15, 1890, Mr. Silvius H. Kingsbury aged 62 years, 1 month and 24 days. Mr. Kingsbury was born in Antwerp Jefferson County NY April 21, 1828. He came to Illinois in 1854 and located in Genesee township. He was married to Miss Olive Pond, Feb. 11, 1860 at White Rock IL. Four children were born to them all of whom are living and are; Mrs. Mary Edson and Mrs. Carrie Mensch of New Genesee; Mrs. Emma Kennedy of Deering KS, and Cady Kingsbury who is living at home in New Genesee. Mrs. Kingsbury died Oct. 3, 1879. Mr. Kingsbury was again married on Jan. 20, 1886 to Mrs. Mary Jackson Wells. She died Oct. 6, 1889. Mr. Kingsbury now moved from his farm to Unionville, near Morrison, where he lived about one year. A month or so ago he returned to his farm, where he was more contented. He was taken ill with congestion of the lungs and inflammation of the kidneys and was sick only five days when he passed away. He was well known and highly esteemed as a friend and neighbor. Besides his near relatives there are many friends who mourn his loss.
CANDY (LAW) KINGHAM 40, of 894 Bend Road (Dixon) died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 1998, at University Hospital, Madison, Wis. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Jones Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Tom Williams, pastor of Como Baptist Church, Como, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Kingham was born Feb. 4, 1958, in Sterling, the daughter of Gerald and Fadra Tedrick Law. She married Michael Kingham in Morrison. He survives She was employed by KSB Hospital as a licensed practical nurse. She was a member of Como Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons Aaron Kingham and Andrew Kingham, both at home; a daughter, Antonia Kingham, at home, her parents, Gerald and Fadra Law of Rock Falls; two brothers, Brian (Becky) Law of Davis and Brent Law of Loves Park; maternal grandmother, Juanita Tedrick of Rock Falls; and paternal grandmother, Lenora Meek of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandfathers. [Sterling Gazette 20 November 1998]
ETHEL M. (NEWTON) McCLURE KINMON, 75, 1303 Franklin, Rock Falls, died suddenly Wednesday morning (9 June 1971) at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with burial in IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Friday. Mrs. Kinmon was born on November 24, 1895 at Owenton, Ky, the daughter of John and Alice Jump Newton. She was united in marriage on March 28, 1914 at Owenton, Ky., to Luther M. Kinmon, and came to Rock Falls in 1920. Mrs. Kinmon worked for several years at Peerless Level and then for seven years at Wahl Clipper before retiring. She attended the Faith Baptist Church of Sterling and was a membe of the Golden Age Clug. Mrs. Kinmon is survived by her husband, Luther; two daughters, Mrs. Chalres (Sylvia) James and Mrs. Keith (Shirley) Pulford, both of Rock Falls; two sons, John of Polo and Gerald, Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Robert (Edith) Wheeler, Cincinnati, Ohio, 11 grandchildren; six great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and two daughters, Alice Elizabeth and Mary Virginia. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 9, 1971 - Wednesday, pg 2]
LEONA MAE (McKEE) KINNAMAN, 67, of Sterling died Saturday, April 12, 2003, after an extended illness. Mrs. Kinnaman was born Sept. 8, 1935, in Cleveland, Okla., the daughter of Jesse and Irene (Legier) McKee. She married Darwin Dean Kinnaman on June 7, 1974, in Flora. She was a member of Berean Baptist Church, Rock Falls. Survivors include her husband, three sons, Michael Persinger of Sterling, Steven (Lisa) Persinger of Flora and Allen Persinger of Toyko; four stepsons Mark (Sue) Kinnaman and Michael (Kelly) Kinnaman, both of Sterling, Daniel (Lori) Kinnaman of Hanover and Joseph Kinnaman of Peosta, Iowa; a stepdaughter, Denise (Albert) Garza of Colorado Springs, Colo.; her mother, Irene Howard of Ellwood; a sister, Betty (Don) Thompson of Ellwood; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father; three brothers; and a sister. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Berean Baptist Church, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Al Lynn and the Rev. Roger Carlson, officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. A memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley.
MARLIN M. KINNEY, 65, 509 19th Ave., Sterling, died unexpectedly Tuesday (07 Feb 1984) in Corpus Christi, Texas, while vacationing there. Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Clark J. Moushon, the pastor of the First United Methodist Church, Sterling, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Masonic services will be held on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory to the Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital, the American Heart Fund and the Diabetes Foundation. Marlin Kinney was born Dec. 16, 1918 in Plymouth Iowa, the son of Melvin and Anna Wurn Kinney. On Sept. 10, 1941 he was united in marriage to Leila M. Berry in Osage, Iowa. He began M. M. Kinney, Inc., on June 4, 1948 and served as President until his retirement on Sept. 1, 1983. He was Chairman of the Board of M. M. Kinney, Inc. at the time of his death. He served on the Board of Directors of Community State Bank and on the Board of Independent Small Businessmen's Association. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sterling, the Rock Falls American Legion Post 902, the Tebala Shrine of Rockford, the Sterling and Rock Falls Masonic Lodges, the Freeport Consistory, Scottish and York Rites, a Lay Leader of the First United Methodist Church of Sterling and a member of the DeKalb District of the Northern Illinois Conference Church Location Committee. He served with the U.S. Air Force during World War II in the South Pacific. Surviving are his wife, Leila, one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Patricia) Egan, Port Byron, one son, Melvyn Kinney, Rock Falls; five grandchildren, and two sisters. Mrs. Harold (Doris) Neevel, Kansas City, Mo., and Mrs. Jack (Buena) Bromley, Phoenix, Ariz. He was preceded by his parents and one brother. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, February 10, 1984 - Friday, pg A6]
HENRY J. KIRCHER, formerly of Louisburg, died at his home in Kansas City, Mo., Friday, December 11th, after being confined to his bed a week following two years of failing health. He was aged 73 years, 3 months and 12 days. The deceased was born August 29, 1858 in Sterling, Ill., and when twelve years of age he came to Louisburg, where for 50 years he resided on the Kircher homestead. October 18th, 1892 at Wea he was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Vohs, who preceded him in death 27 years ago. To this union five children were born, two of whom, a son, Freddie and a daughter are deceased, the latter having died in infancy. the survivors are: a daughter, Anna Mae, wife of James Murray of Louisburg; two sons: Lester Kircher, of Kansas City and Frank Kircher, of Cleveland; two sisters: Mrs. Herman J. Spielbusch, of Louisburg and Mrs. Albert A. Vohs, McAllen Texas ; three brothers, Albert Kircher, Louis W. Kircher and Wm. R. Kircher all of Louisburg; one grandson, Billy Kircher, of Cleveland. A brother, Charles Kircher died in May 1931. Funeral services were held from the Holy Rosary church at Wea Monday morning. Interment was in the Wea Cemetery. Those here from out-of-town to attend the funeral included: Mr. and Mrs. Harry Buchner, Mrs. Glenn Kircher, Mr. Bert Kircher, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Regan and son, John; Mr. Herman Shreeves, Mr. and Mrs. O.V. King, Mr. Nelson, Mr. Buchanan, Mr. Paul, Mr. Pooman, all from Kansas City; Messrs. Arthur and Jerome Van Hercke, of Trading Post; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kircher, of Paola and Mr. and Mrs. Dan Bettis, of Pleasant Hill." [Contributed by Thomas Kircher - Louisburg Herald December 17, 1931 Page 1, Col. 7 Film # L2106]
WILLIAM ROBERT KIRCHER, died suddenly Friday morning, march 25th, at 6:00 o'clock, at the Kircher homestead, 6 miles northeast of Louisburg, where he had resided for fifty-eight years. This marked the third time that a brother of the Kircher family, was taken in death, during the last ten months. Three weeks ago, Mr. Kircher suffered an attack of indigestion, which was so severe that it was necessary for him to summon his physician. He recovered and was apparently in good health until the hour preceding his demise, when he became ill with heart trouble which proved fatal before the doctor could arrive. He was aged 64 years, 11 months, and 24 days. William Robert Kircher was born April 17, 1867, at Sterling, Illinois. When six years of age he came to Louisburg, with his parents, the late Frederick and Louisa Kircher, settling on the Kircher homestead. On February 7, 1899, he was united in marriage to Mary Anna Vohs, at Wea, Reverend Hohe, officiating. To this union were born seven children, those surviving being; a daughter Florence, wife of Johnie Winters, of Louisburg; five sons: Richard, Paola; the twins, William, of Emporia, and John, of Cleveland; and Clifford and Charles of the home. One son died in infancy. Besides his own children, Mr. Kircher raised two of his brother Henry's children; Anna Mae, wife of James Murray, of Louisburg, and Lester, of Kansas City, whose mother was Caroline Vohs. Besides his wife and children, the deceased leaves two brothers, Albert and Louis, of Louisburg; two sisters; Mrs. Cecelia Vohs, of Mcallaen, Texas; and Mrs. Herman P. Speilbusch, of Louisburg; also two grandchildren, Mary Louise and Joan Kircher of Paola. Mr. Kircher possessed an unfailing devotion to his family and home and cared not for luxuries or pleasures other than those that he could enjoy with his family. His numerous virtuous deeds will long remain in the hearts that loved him as a husband, a father and a friend. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. A. J. Phelan from the Holy rosary church, at Wea. Monday morning, at 10:00 o'clock. Interment was in the Wea Cemetery. Relatives and friends from out-of-town, who attended the funeral: Miss Lore Ford and Messrs. Lester and Bert Kircher, of Kansas City; Mrs. Edith Hale, Mr. and Mrs. Crawford, Miss Geraldine Monroe and Mr. Wm. Kircher, Emporia; Mr. and Mrs. Perry Sadler with Louella and Junior from Trenton, Nebraska; Mr. Pearl Wren, Mr. George Cunningham and Mr. Maurice Langdon, of Paola; Mr. and Mrs. Ernest DeBrot and daughters, Minni Mae, Mrs. Fern Presang and their son, Lawrence, of Wichita and Mr. and Mrs. George Vohs with George and Frank, of Block. " [Contributed by Tom Kircher - Louisburg Herald Thursday March 31, 1932 page 1, Col 2 Film L2106 of Kansas Historical Society, Topeka Ks.]
LOUISA KIRCHNER/KIRCHER - Funeral services for the late Louisa Kirchner, of Sterling, who passed away at the state institution in Lincoln, Illinois, will be held at 1:30 on Tuesday afternoon at the home of John Hartman on Seventh Avenue, Sterling. Rep. E. C. Harris, pastor of St. John's Lutheran church, will conduct the services. The body will arrive in Sterling this evening on the Peoria passenger and will be taken at once to the Hartman home.
Second Notice: The funeral of the late Miss Louisa Kirchner was held at the home of J. Hartman, 105 Seventh Ave, Sterling, Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. The services were in charge of Rev. E. C. Harris and internment was made in riverside. the deceased was about sixty years of age. She has been at the state institution for feeble minded for several years at Lincoln, and death occurred there the latter part of last week. [Contributed by Tom Kircher (Louisa was the daughter of Michael & Fredericka (Smith) Kircher)
JOHN KIRKSEY, 35, of Rt. 1, Rock Falls, father of five children, died at 7 p.m. at Community General Hospital where he had been a patient the past six days. The body was removed to the Wheelock Funeral Home in Rock Falls and will be removed today to the Farmer's Union Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Ark. Funeral rites will be held in Jonesboro Thursday. Burial will be in Bishop Cemetery, Oak Grove, Ark. Johnie Bob Kirksey was born Oct. 11, 1920 in Jonesboro, the son of Roland and Betty Kirksey. He was employed at the Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling. He was a member of the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving are his widow, Rosie; a son David, four daughters, Dorothy, Norma, Brend and Linda, all at home; his mother, Mrs Betty Truitt and stepfather, Marvin Truitt, both of Jonesboro; and four brothers, Albia Kirksey of Rock Falls, and Virgil, Wesley and Cecil of Jonesboro. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 17, 1956 - Tuesday, page 2]
GRACE MARY KIRST, 74, of Tampico, passed away Friday evening (19 Apr 1968) at the Morrison Community Hospital following a short illness. Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. in the St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Rev. Robert P. Donovan officiating, with burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schmitt Funeral Chapel Sunday afternoon after 2 p.m. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. Grace Kirst was born Feb. 28, 1894, in Morrison, the daughter of Robert and Catherine Houston. She was educated in the Morrison schools and lived in Tampico all her life. She was a member of the St. Mary's Catholic Church of Tampico. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Catherine) Hinckly of East Peoria, Mrs. Carroll (Gladys) Krueger of Davenport, Iowa; six sons, John Ardath, Glen, James and Donald of Tampico, Robert of Rock Falls and Master Sergeant William K. of Korea; ten grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents, husband, one son, Clifford, 13 brothers and sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 20, 1968 - Saturday, pg 2]
LETA D. (DOYLE) KISNER, 75, died Wednesday afternoon (27 Jan 1971) in Colonial Acres Rest home, Sterling, after an extended illness. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral home. There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home, Russell Meldorf will conduct Christian Science services. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the First Church of Christ Scientist. Mrs. Kisner was born Oct. 15, 1895 at Roodhouse, Ill., the daughter of Lewis Cass and Lillie E. Young Doyle. She was a member of the First church of Christ Scientist of Oak Park and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star at Oak Park. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Howard (Jean) Mellang of Sterling; one son, Robert E. Kisner of Villa Park, and one brother, J. R. Doyel of Cable, Wis. Seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 28, 1971 - Thursday, pg 2]
AMANDA M. (WRIGHT) KITEL, was born, Oct. 14, 1827 and died Aug. 25, 1919, at 9:20 o'clock. Amanda M. Wright was born in Bakersfield, Vt., and came west with her father's family when about 20 years old. In July, 1852, she was united in marriage to George B. Kitel, at Elgin, Ill. She came to Sterling in 1855, her husband building the Northwestern on this division. To this union were born four children, Nellie E., wife of James Greenough; Edward N. who died in 1896, Don H., who died in infancy; Andrew H., who died in 1913. Her relatives alive are Nellie E. Greenough, her daughter, and Mrs. Andrew Kitel and Mrs. Edward Kitel, and grandchildren, Helen M. Wahl, wife of Captain J. Frank Wahl of Chicago; George D. Greenough and Fannie M. Lipp, wife of W. F. Lipp of Sterling; Mrs. Fred Rohr of West Chicago and Mrs. Paul Zeigenfus of Maywood, Ill., and great grandchildren, Edgar Rohr and Marion Ziegenfus. Her husband died in 1886. Mrs. Kitel was a member of Grace Episcopal church and always active in church work. She has been an invalid for twenty years, but a great reader and worker. he service will be from the residence of George D. Greenough at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Please omit flowers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 26, 1919 - Tuesday, pg 2]
BERNICE D. KLAVENGA, 85, of Fulton, IL, died Thursday, September 13, 2007, at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton, IA. Bernice was born February 22, 1922 in Fulton, IL, to John and Fredreka (Zaagman) Klavenga. She was educated in the Fulton Christian grade schools and graduated from Fulton High School in 1940. She was employed as a seamstress at the Clinton Garment Company in Clinton, IA, retiring in 1984. Bernice was a member of First Christian Reformed Church in Fulton, a member of the Christian Women's Club and a member of the Local 303 Ladies Garment Worker's Union both in Clinton, IA. She loved gardening, crafts, and playing cards with her family. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Anna Braun, Mrs. Angeline Miley, and Clara Klavenga all of Fulton, IL; one brother, Henry (Genevieve) Klavenga of Fulton, IL; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers, David, Martin, and Ike Klavenga. Burial Fulton Twp. Cemetery [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Clinton Herald 9-14-2007]
GENEVIEVE R. (PESSMAN) KLAVENGA, 81, of Fulton, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999, in Samaritan Hospital North, Clinton, Iowa. Born Feb. 10, 1917, in Chadwick, daughter of Joseph and Ruby Ottens Pessman. Education in rural Carroll County schools. Married Rulof J. Van Vuren in Fulton on Feb. 8, 1934 he died April 3, 1987. Married Isaac "Ike" Klavenga in Clinton, Iowa, on Feb. 14, 1989. Former member of Morrison Christian Reformed Church. Member of Second Reformed Church, Fulton. She enjoyed playing cards. Survivors include husband, Ike daughter, Joyce (Charles) Jacobson of Kirkland son, Gordon (Mary) Van Vuren of Grand Rapids, Iowa foster son, Frank (Jane) Graham of Kingman, Ariz. eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Also predeceased by two grandchildren sister, Evelyn Sikkema and brother, Kenneth Pessman. Services at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Second Reformed Church, Fulton, preceded by family prayer service at 10:15 a.m. The Rev. David Landegent, pastor, will officiate. Burial in Fulton Township Cemetery. Visitation 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, in Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Fulton Chapel, 1500 10th Ave. Memorials to Unity Christian School, Fulton. 1-28-2 [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Rockford Register Star Date: 29 Jan 1999]
ISAAC KLAVENGA, 97, of Wyndcrest Nursing Home in Clinton, IA, formerly of Fulton, IL, died Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at the nursing home. Ike was born February 25, 1908, in Paterson, NJ to John and Fredreka (Zaagman) Klavenga. He was educated in the Fulton Grade School and the Fulton Christian School. He married Mettie M. Oostenryk on April 10, 1942 in Fulton. She died on October 9, 1987. He later married Genevieve Pessman-VanVuren on February 14, 1989. She died on January 27, 1999. Ike engaged in farming in the rural Fulton area. Later, he was employed by the former Burpee Seed Company in Clinton. He was a member of the Second Reformed Church in Fulton. Ike enjoyed flower gardening. Survivors include one step daughter, Joyce (Mrs. Charles) Jacobson of Kirkland, IL; one step son, Gordon (Mary) Van Vuren of Grand Rapids, MI; eight step grandchildren, several step great grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Anna Braun, Mrs. Angeline Miley, Bernice Klavenga and Clara Klavenga – all of Fulton; one brother, Henry (Genevieve) Klavenga of Fulton; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two wives, Mettie and Genevieve; two brothers, David and Martin Klavenga.
JENNIE (WIEREMA) KLAVENGA - 71, Harbor Crest Nursing Home, died Saturday at Mercy Hospital, Clinton, Ia. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma Funeral Home with the Rev. Warren Bovenkerk and the Rev. David McCoy, officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in her memory. Born on July 10, 1911 in Ustick Twp., the daughter of Charlie and Elsie Hoek Wierema, she married Martin Klavenga in Fulton on June 27, 1933. A member of the Second Reformed Church of Fulton and the Harbor Crest Nursing Home, she resided at the Harbor Crest for the past five years. Surviving are her husband; one son, James C., Gardena, Calif.; two grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Nettie Norman, Fulton, Mrs. Alice Bielema, Thomson, Mrs. Annie Bowlin, California, Mo. Preceding her in death were one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 15, 1982- Monday, page A4]
MARTIN KLAVENGA - Former Fulton resident Martin Klavenga, 89, died Monday in Bluff Terrace Care Facility, Clinton, Iowa. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, 1500 10th Ave. Burial will be in Fulton Township Cemetery. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Rockford Register Star 7 Dec 1999]
KATHRYN (AMES) KLEINSCHRODT - The funeral services of Mrs. Kathryn Kleinschrodt were held on Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 22nd, at two o'clock at the home of her son, Michael, in this city. Rev. James Potter officiating. Interment took place in Grove Hill cemetery. Kathryn Ames was born in Germany June 22, 1833. She came to the United States in 1851 and was united in marriage to John G. Kleinschrodt in 1852. Mr. and Mrs. Kleinschrodt resided in or near Morrison for a number of years and have many friends in this vicinity. Nine months ago Mrs. Kleinschrodt went to Elgin to live with her daughter, where her death occurred Dec. 18. She was eighty-two years, five months and twenty-six days old. Mr. Kleinschrodt preceded her in death on Dec. 1st, 1909. To the union of Kathryn Ames and John Kleinschrodt there were born nine children, seven of them now living, Mrs. Maggie Westhaven and Mrs. William Pierce, of Elgin, John and William of Sterling, Michael and Henry, of Morrison, and Philip, of Granada, Minn. Besides these children she leaves to mourn her death one sister, Mrs. Joseph Geiger, twenty-five grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren. The out of town attendants at the funeral were, William Kleinschrodt of Sterling, Roy Kleinschrodt, of Rock Falls, Mr. and Mrs. William Pierce and Mrs. Maggie Westhaven, of Elgin, Philip Kleinshcrodt, of Granada, Minn., and Mrs. A. J. Guthrie, of Des Moines, Iowa. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 23, 1915, pg 2, col. 2 **John "KLEINSCHROTT" married Catharine Ames 14 October 1853 DuPage Co IL Book A/879]
MRS. JOSEPH KLIMSON - Funeral services for Mrs. Joseph Klimson of Rock Falls, formerly of Morrison, were held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the First United Presbyterian Church of Morrison. The Rev. Paul DeBeer, pastor, officiated and burial was in Grove Hill cemetery. Pallbearers were Claude Ensinger of Dixon; Marvin Tichler, Larry Tichler, John Bland, Ted Busch and Gene Yarbrough, all of Morrison. Friends in charge of floral tributes were Mrs. Nan Ridley, Mrs. Betty DeGroot, Mrs. Clifford Tessman and Mrs. Warren Bohnhoff, all of Morrison. The organist, Miss Edna E. Mathew, played a prelude and a postlude to the services. A memorial has been established in her memory.
CLARA KLIMSTRA, 88, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home, died Wednesday at Mercy North Hospital, Clinton. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home with the Rev. Wendell Davelaar, pastor of the First Christian Reformed Church in Fulton, officiating. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joe Wiersema, Andrew Wiersema, Tom Wiersema, Tim Wiebenga, Nick Bielema, Melissa Wiebenga, Angela Bielema, Jamie Wiersema and Jessica Vander Linde. She was born Sept. 15, 1915, in Fulton to Claus P. and Alice De Wind Klimstra. She was educated in the Cottonwood School in rural Whiteside County, Ill. She was a member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Fulton and the church's Rebecca Society. She was a member of the Harbor Crest Nursing Home resident council. She was employed with the former Hilltop Grocery Store in Fulton and later was employed in the housekeeping department of Wyndcrest Nursing Home before retiring in 1985. Survivors include one niece; three great-nieces; and three great-nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers
IRMA C. KLIMSTRA, Services for Irma C. Klimstra, of East Moline, formerly of Moline, are 10 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline. Entombment is in Moline Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation is 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. Memorials may be made to the church's building fund. Mrs. Klimstra died Tuesday, July 20, 2004, in Rosewood Care Center, Moline. The former Irma Clausen Geiger was born Aug. 25, 1915, in Morrison, Ill., the daughter of Harry and Anna (Clausen) Geiger. She married Rensie Klimstra on Oct. 18, 1937, in Clinton, Iowa. He died June 12, 1999. She was Secretary-Treasurer of her husband's business, Quad City Specialty Company. She was a member of Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline, where she served on various church committees, and volunteered for over 30 years at the former Moline Public Hospital. She loved being with her granddaughters and their families, and enjoyed playing bridge with her friends and bowling. Irma is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Joan Klimstra of Quincy, Ill.; two granddaughters and their husbands, Elizabeth and Stephen Keck of St. Louis, Mo., and Amy and Joe Rudd of Winter Park, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Andrew Rudd; sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law, Pearl Sissing of Clinton, Iowa, Lois Klimstra of Northbrook, Ill., Miriam Klimstra of Cary, N.C., and Frank and Marguerite Van Osdol of Galena, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rensie; her parents; a sister-in-law, Tena Klimstra; and brothers-in-law, Louie, Paul, and Bill Klimstra, and Clarence Sissing. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent, Quad-City Times, 22 Jul 2004]
KLAAS KLIMSTRA - Funeral services for Klaas Klimstra, retired farmer who died in the East Moline hospital Thursday noon were held at 1:30 Saturday in the Sikkema funeral home, and at 2 p.m. in the Trinity Reformed church with the Rev. Delbert Vander Haar in charge. Burial was in Fulton cemetery. Mr. Klimstra was born in the Netherlands, the son of Dewey and Petronella Klimstra, on March 28, 1868. He came to this country in 1889 (difficult to read on the obit, too dark) and married Kate Van Zuiden in Fulton in 1892. he was a member of the Trinity Reformed church. Surviving are his widow and three children, Mrs. Ren Rus of Fulton, Mrs. Frank DeWeerdt of Erie, and Mrs. Lou Juist of Thomson; two brothers, Paul of Erie, and Lewis of Litchfield, Minn., and a sister, Mrs. Frank Buikema of Fulton. Nine grandchildren aand 17 great grandchildren also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Mrs. Jake Rus, and Mrs. Henry Temple; two brothers, Ren and Lou, and a sister, Mrs. John Heum. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Obituary, Tuesday, July 6, 1948, Page 9;1]
LOUIS W. KLIMSTRA, 91, Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, died June 10, 2004, at Trinity at Terrace Park, Bettendorf. Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at Bosma-Renkes, Morrison. Visitation is 12:30 p.m. until services. Burial is in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. He married Nellie Buikema. She died in 1977. He married Tena Bush. She died in 2004. Surviving are daughter, Mary Klimstra, Morrison; stepchildren, Deb Witt, Ruth Tichler, Doug Bush, Ted Bush, all Morrison; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Pearl Sissing, Fulton, Marguerite VanOsdol, Galena, Ill. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Obit from The Dispatch, June 16, 2004]
RENSIE KLIMSTRA - Services for Rensie Klimstra, of Moline, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bethel Wesley United Methodist Church, Moline. Burial will be in Moline Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. today at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. Mr. Klimstra died Saturday, June 12, 1999, in Trinity Medical Center-West Campus, Rock Island. He owned, operated, and was president of Quad-City Specialty Company, Moline, for 15 years, retiring in 1986. He previously was vice-president and general manager of Hydraxtor Company, Moline, for 25 years. He was born June 13, 1915, in rural Whiteside County, Ill. He married Irma Geiger in 1937, in Clinton, Iowa. Memorials may be made to the church's building fund. Survivors include his wife; a son, Richard, Quincy, Ill.; two granddaughters; sisters, Pearl Sissing, Fulton, Ill., and Marguerite VanOsdol, Galena, Ill.; and a brother, Louis, Morrison, Ill. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Quad-City Times, 14 Jun 1999]
TENA (SCHIPPER) BUSH KLIMSTRA, 86, of Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison died Thursday (24 May 2004) at the Nursing Home. The funeral will begin at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ebenezer Reformed Church, Morrison, with the Rev. Calvin J. Rynbrandt, pastor of Ebenezer Reformed Church, officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, Morrison, Ill. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Pallbearers will be Brad Bush, Seth Bush, Jeremiah Johnson, Todd Witt, Boone Brackemyer, Corey Ottens, Shane Witt, Jason Van Lente, Calvin Maxwell, Tom Millard and Joe Screnock. She was born Sept. 10, 1917, in Garden Plain, Ill., to Henry and Alice Housenga Schipper. She married Edwin G. Bush on March 19, 1943, in Morrison. He died in May 1977. She married Louis W. Klimstra on July 6, 1979, in Morrison. She was educated in the Fulton schools. She was employed by the toy factory in Morrison; the garment factory in Clinton; and also did house work for various families in the Fulton, Ill., and Morrison. She was a member of the Ebenezer Reformed Church in Morrison, where she was a member of the church's Lydian Society, Ladies Aid and the Quilting Society. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Mrs. Deb (William) Witt of Morrison and Mrs. Ruth (Gary) Tichler of Morrison; two sons, Doug (Bonnie) Bush of Morrison and Ted (Cindy) Bush of Morrison; a stepdaughter, Mary Sue Klimstra of Morrison; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, a sister and nine brothers.
Ford J. KLINE - 56, slept, peacefully into eternity at 11:30 o'clock Saturday night at his home, 512 Thirteenth Avenue, One of the Daily Gazette's oldest employees in point of years of loyal service has passed to his reward. Informed only a few weeks ago of a fatal illness his thoughts were not of himself, but only that he be permitted time to look after personal affairs in the interest of loved ones. This he did while his strength lasted, and with this accomplished he was ready to go, that he not become a burden on his wife and family. Ford J. Kline was born Dec. 24, 1892 at Sterling, Ill, the son of the late James R. and Jessie Kline. He was a lifelong resident of this city. He was educated in the Sterling schools. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He is survied by his wife, Olive Martin Kline; one son, Burton Kline of San Francisco, Calif. and two daughters, Mrs. DeLos Maxson of Rochelle and Mrs. Marian Henson, in the home. A sister, Mrs. Edith Armstrong of Aurora, Ill. and five grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 oclock at the Melvin funeral home where friends may call to view the body until the hour of serivces. The Rev. Loyal M. Wilkinson, pastor of the Congregational church, will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Ford was a deep thinker and an ardent reader of articles of various newspaper commentators. He kept well informed on local, state, national and international affairs but never burdened others with his knowledge or personal opinions. Always glad to visit with friends and fellow employees, Ford never became the aggressor in giving his ideas to others, only submitting them when counsel was sought. Never in our many years of association have we ever heard him speak an unkind word toward anyone, or seek to do anyone an injustice. He had a keen sense of humor and chuckled heartily over amusing incidents. Ford would not want to be eulogized. He lived life in a quiet unassuming manner. He was an ardent home lover, liked outdoor recreation in fishing and studying nature. He was a lover of flowers and had a keen and thorough knowledge of the same. He started in newspaper work as a carrier boy while attending school. In 1909 his apprenticeship was started with the Sterling Standard, which was then in the building now occupied by the Sterling Federal Savings and Loan Association. For several years his time was devoted to setting advertisements and making up the paper. In spare time he began learning to operate the linotype. In 1913 he accepted a position as adsetter and linotype operator for The Daily Gazette, and about a year later was placed on the linotype full time, which work he followed up until his recent illness. His memory will remain a cherished possession of his fellow workers and a large circle of Friends. [Contributed by Marian Whitver - Sterling Gazette 5 Feb 1949]
GEORGE L. KLINE - was born 18 February 1833 in Center County, PA. He died 18 February 1892. George worked on a farm during his early years in Pennsylvania. In his young manhood he devoted much of his time to hunting and capturing wild animals, which were in much demand by national history societies at that time. Many of the specimens he collected and captured are at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. George enlisted in the Pennsylvania Bucktail Rifles in 1861. He participated in all of the battles of that famous regiment. He was injured in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. He was plagued by this wound and this was a primary cause of his death in 1892. He came to Illinois in 1864 and went into They ran a drug business with his brother in Geneseo, Illinois, store. He later moved to Sterling and engaged in the same business until his health failed and he was forced to quit. He married Lucretia A. Oliver on 24 Dec 1865. He was survived by one daughter, Mrs. Lillie Stevens and two sons, John and George. [From the "Whiteside County Genealogists" - Civil War Veterans Cemetery Walk Sept. 26, 2015]
LUCRETIA A. KLINE - The funeral services of Mrs. Lucretia A. Kline were held at the home of John L. Kline this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Many of the friends of the family were in attendance. The services were in charge of Rev. W. W. Diehl, pastor of the Fourth Street Methodist church, of which church the deceased had long been a member. There were many beautiful floral contributions, tokens of the respect from Mrs. Kline's admiring friends. the interment took place in Riverside cemetery and the pallbearers were the brothers and sons of the deceased. The following is the history of the life of the deceased as told by her pastor. Miss Lucretia A. Oliver was born at Sugar Grove, Ill., February 6, 1842, and died in Sterling, July 21, 1903. She was married to George L. Kline, December 24, 1865. He died in Sterling, February 12, 1892. Mrs. Kline joined the Fourth Street Methodist church June 20, 1866, and remained a constant member of that organization up to the time of her death. Her life was characterized by unselfishness and ceaseless devotion to her family and parents. Her care for the sick, unbroken day and night for years together, revealed in her character the noblest instincts of a true mother and daughter, "In as much as ye did it unto the least of these, my little ones, ye did it unto me." seemed to be the unwritten motto of her life. Quietly on the morning of July 21, her spirit passed through the gates into the land of eternal day. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. J. A. Kline of Rock Falls; two brothers, S. F. Oliver of Rock Falls, and O. A. Oliver of Chicago; a daughter Mrs. F. D. Stevens of Como and two sons, John L. Kline of Sterling and George O. Kline of Freeport. Close Store For Funeral: Hendricks' Drug Store Shut Up During the Funeral of Mrs. George L. Kline The drug store of A. R. Hendricks was closed Thursday afternoon during the hour of the funeral of Mrs. George L. Kline. John L. Kline, a son of the deceased, is an employee of Mr. Hendricks, and the store was closed in respect for him and that the members of the force might be given an opportunity of attending the services. Mr. Kline knew nothing of Mr. Hendricks' intention to close the store, but he is deeply grateful for the thoughtful act and fully appreciates Mr. Hendrick's kindness. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - dated 1903 - Scrapbook Clipping *** Another Notice *** Mrs. Lucretia A. Kline, widow of the late George S. Kline, died at her home in Sterling, Tuesday morning, July 21, in the sixty-first year of her age. Lucretia Oliver was born February 6, 1842, in Palmyra township, this county and her mother, Mrs. Lydia Oliver, died only last week at a very advanced age. Her father died a little over a year ago. The deceased was the mother of John L. Kline for many years a druggist in this city and now employed in the A. R. Hendricks drug store in Sterling, Illinois. [Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1903 hand-written date -Scrapbook clipping]
MARY (HESS) KLINE - The funeral services of Mrs. Mary Kline were held Tuesday afternoon, November 10, at 1 o'clock at the house and 2 o'clock at the Penrose U.B. Church. She was buried at the cemetery. Rev. F. A. Lubbs, pastor of Coleta Circuit U. B. church, had charge of the services. He preached from the text, Gen. 5:24 "And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him." He used as a foundation of thought, (1) He believed in God and (2) he had this testimony that he pleased God. Mary (Hess) Kline was born June 30, 1850 in Lancaster County, PA. and died Nov. 7, 1925 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob Frank, at Sterling, aged 75 years, 4 months, 7 days. She was the daughter of Jacob and Margaret Hess. She grew to womanhood in Lancaster and there was united in marriage to Christian Kline Nov. 18, 1869. To this union 11 children were born, six daughters and five sons, as follows; Margarite, who died in girlhood; Mrs. Amelia Shaible of Penrose, Ill.; Jacob of Marietta, Pa.; Mrs. Anna Henry of Winnebago, Ill.; Henry of Lancaster City, Pa.; Benjamin and Christian of Coleta; Isaiah of Los Angeles, Cal; Mrs. Elizabeth Majeska of Prophetstown; Mrs. Barbara Frank of Sterling and Katie Gasso of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her husband 29 years ago, and ten of her children survive to mourn the loss of a loving and tender mother. She also leaves 26 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers living in the east to mourn their loss. Mrs. Kline was converted early in her married life and joined the Evangelical church. After coming to Illinois she joined the United Brethren church at Penrose, of which she remained a staunch and faithful member until her death. This lovely and loving mother died where manhood's evening touched the western horizon, and the shadow has fallen far to the eastward. She had reached on life's highway the stone that marks its highest point; and being weary and tired; having reached the harbor at the end of her voyage, she laid down her burden and fell into that dreamless sleep that kisses down her eyelids still, and now, after all, is it not best, after having reached the harbor at the end of her voyage, and having braved the storms of life, the ship has not been sunk in midocean, but entered the harbor, where we lay her away not a wrecked ship, but peacefully; where her remains shall pass into pathetic dust, but her soul has gone to its maker. And her children shall arise and call her blessed. [Contributed by Tom Hess - Burial 7 Nov 1925]
WILLIAM A. KNACK - Services for William A. Knack of Sterling, who died Thursday were held Saturday afternoon in the Rock Falls Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald Comnick officiating. Burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Wayne Larson sang "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Heaven is My Home," accompanied by Mrs. Wayne Larson at the organ. Pallbearers were Walter Schilpp, Carl Heinze, John Ryan, Ira Hendryx, Harry Kobbeman, and August Mohr, Mrs. Lorenzo Wescott, Mrs. Glenn Carroll, Mrs. CLyde Nelson and Swartley florists were in charge of flowers. Funeral arrangements were completed at the Melvin Funeral Home. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 19, 1957 - Monday, pg 2]
LOUIS KLINE, for many years one of the prominent business men of Serling and Rock Falls, died at his home in Chicago, Sunday. The body will be brought to Sterling Tuesday noon and taken to the Melvin funeral home, where services will be held at 2 o'clock with Sterling commandery, Knights Templar, of which the deceased was a member, in charge. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Kline was born here and spent practically his entire life in Sterling and Rock Falls. He attended the Rock Falls schools, and afterward Cornell college, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. He then became associated with his father J.A. Kline in the drug business in Rock Falls and was also, at one time employed by his uncle G.L. Kline in the drug business in Sterling. The Rock Falls drug store wasoperated under the name of J. A. Kline & Sons. After disposing of his drug store in Rock Falls, Mr. Kline became a member of the firm of Massey & Massey, manufacturing chemists, in this city. As the business grew it became necessary to expand and the firm finally moved to Chicago where Mr. Kline continued with it for several years, finally disposing of his holdings and retiring. During the past few years he has devoted a great deal of his time to writing. An ardent prohibitionish, much of his writing was along prohibition lines. He was also an occassional contributor to the Gazette. Mr. Kline was about 73 years of age. He is survived by his wife and two sons, Otis Adelbert Kline of New York city and Allen Kline of Boston, Mass. Two children died in infancy. His cousin, Mrs. LillianK. Stevens of 1010 Seventh ave, is the only local relative remaining. Mr. Kline visited Sterling only a few months ago. At that time he renewed old acquaintances and expressed a sincere longing to return to Sterling ifhe could dispose of his holdings in Chicago.
A fall on the icy sidewalk a week ago was the cause of the death of Lous A. Kline of Chicago, whose funeral was held at the Melvin funeral home Tuesday afternoon with burial at Riverside. Mr. Kline had goen from his residence to the store to secure his paper. Stepping on a bit of ice, he lost his balance and fell. Removed to his home, which was only a short distance away, it was feared that his leg was broken and X-rays were taken. It was found that no bones were broken, but his condition continued to grow worse and he was finally removed to the hospital where it was found that he had suffered internal injuries. An operation was immediately resorted to, but without success, he passing away on Sunday. The funeral Tuesday was in charge of Sterling commandery Knights Templar, of which Mr. Kline was a member. The attendance of old friend and relatives was large. Accompanying the body from Chicago to Sterling were the widow, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Adelbert Kline of New York city, NY and daughter Eleanor of Chicago and Allen A. Kline of Boston, Mass. The funeral party returned to Chicago Tuesday evening. [Sterling Daily Gazette, January 26, 1938]
MARY (HESS) KLINE - The funeral services of Mrs. Mary Kline were held Tuesday afternoon, November 10, at 1 o'clock at the house and 2 o'clock at the Penrose U.B. Church. She was buried at the cemetery. Rev. F. A. Lubbs, pastor of Coleta Circuit U. B. church, had charge of the services. He preached from the text, Gen. 5:24 "And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him." He used as a foundation of thought, (1) He believed in God and (2) he had this testimony that he pleased God. Mary (Hess) Kline was born June 30, 1850 in Lancaster County, PA. and died Nov. 7, 1925 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob Frank, at Sterling, aged 75 years, 4 months, 7 days. She was the daughter of Jacob and Margaret Hess. She grew to womanhood in Lancaster and there was united in marriage to Christian Kline Nov. 18, 1869. To this union 11 children were born, six daughters and five sons, as follows; Margarite, who died in girlhood; Mrs. Amelia Shaible of Penrose, Ill.; Jacob of Marietta, Pa.; Mrs. Anna Henry of Winnebago, Ill.; Henry of Lancaster City, Pa.; Benjamin and Christian of Coleta; Isaiah of Los Angeles, Cal; Mrs. Elizabeth Majeska of Prophetstown; Mrs. Barbara Frank of Sterling and Katie Gasso of Sterling. She was preceded in death by her husband 29 years ago, and ten of her children survive to mourn the loss of a loving and tender mother. She also leaves 26 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers living in the east to mourn their loss. Mrs. Kline was converted early in her married life and joined the Evangelical church. After coming to Illinois she joined the United Brethren church at Penrose, of which she remained a staunch and faithful member until her death. This lovely and loving mother died where manhood's evening touched the western horizon, and the shadow has fallen far to the eastward. She had reached on life's highway the stone that marks its highest point; and being weary and tired; having reached the harbor at the end of her voyage, she laid down her burden and fell into that dreamless sleep that kisses down her eyelids still, and now, after all, is it not best, after having reached the harbor at the end of her voyage, and having braved the storms of life, the ship has not been sunk in midocean, but entered the harbor, where we lay her away not a wrecked ship, but peacefully; where her remains shall pass into pathetic dust, but her soul has gone to its maker. And her children shall arise and call her blessed. [Contributed by Tom hess -- November 7, 1925)
DOROTHY V. (BEVEROTH) KLITZ, 79, of Morrison, died Friday at Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Morrison. The service will be preceded by a 10:45 a.m. family prayer service in the church chapel. The Rev. Mike Winkelman, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, will be officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. She was born May 26, 1924, in Morrison to Herman E.A. and Amelia Machamer Beveroth. She married Jess L. Klitz on Feb. 11, 1942, in Morrison. She was educated in the Mount Pleasant Township Rural Center School in Whiteside County, Ill. She was engaged in farming with her husband in rural Sterling, Ill. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Morrison where she was a member of the Ladies Aid Society, served as a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Morrison Garden Club and was a Morrison Community Hospital Pink Lady volunteer for 20 years. She also was a member of the former Merry Circle Club in Mount Carroll, Ill. Survivors include her husband; three sisters, Mrs. Marian (Henry) Meinsma of Fulton, Ill., Mrs. Onlie (Charles) Walmsley of Rockford, Ill., and Mrs. Lois (Robert) Kelley of Zephyrhills, Fla.; two brothers, Herman (Leora) Beveroth of Sterling and Herbert (Judith) Beveroth of Rock Falls, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Virginia Beveroth of Morrison; one brother-in-law, Herbert Badtke of Morrison
ARNOLD EDWARD KLOBES infant son of Edward G. and Edith L. Klobes, was born in Fairfield Township, April 14, 1930 and died April 28, 1930, aged 14 days. He is survived by his sorrowing parents, one sister, Helen Edith, and a host of relatives. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. The funeral was held at the home Tuesday, conducted by Rev. J. D. Williams. Music was rendered by Mrs. Minnie Bollman and Mrs. Cora Bard; Miss E. Ruth Crosell, accompanist. Interment was in the Greenville-Fairfield Cemetery. [Contributed by Melva l. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 3, 1930 - Saturday, pg 8]
CHARLES KLOBES - The funeral of Charles Klobes, held Friday afternoon at the Heim funeral home in Prophetstown, was attended by many old neighbors and friends. The funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. C. F. Chastern of the Lyndon Methodist church with the Rev. F. A. Grahm assisting. Mr. Graham held pastorates at the Leon Methodist church his first over 50 years ago, and performed the rites when Mr. and Mrs. Klobes were married. Lloyd Wildman sang "Abide With Me" and "Sweet Bye and Bye." Mrs Stella Wildman accompanist. The pallbearers were Glenn Brooks, Glenn Gooddell, Kennth Stewart and Harry --- (Barr?, can't read), of the Woodward's Bluff area. Those having charge of the many floral offerings were Mrs. Kenneth Stewart, Mrs. Glenn Gooddell and Mrs. Glenn Brooks. Burial was in the family plot in the Lyndon cemetery. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois July 3, 1951 - Tuesday, pg. 2, col. 1]
RUBY (SWANGER) KLOBES, 25, young Prophetstown matron, passed away Monday morning (3 Feb 1941) at a sanatorium in Rock Island, where she has been a patient since August, 1938. The body was removed to the Helm & Helm Mortuary at Prophetstown. Arrangements for the funeral are not complete. Ruby Swanger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Swanger of Coal Valley, was born in April 1915, and was married to Ralph Klobes of Prophetstown Aug. 29, 1932. Since their marriage they had resided in Prophetstown and vicinity. Besides her husband and parents she is survived by a daughter, Gail; four brothers, Raymond Swanger, Lyndon; Morgan, Sherman and Edward Swanger, Coal Valley; one sister, Mrs. LeRoy Willett, Prophetstown; one half-brother, Levi Swanger, and two half sisters. She was preceded in death by a daughter, LaVona Jean, who passed away Sept. 7, 1940, at the age of seven years. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois February 3, 1941 - Monday, pg 10(Buried Leon Cemetery)]
SADIE KLOBES, died early Tuesday morning at her home in Lyndon. The body was taken to the Helm and Helm Funeral Home in Prophetstown where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Lyndon cemetery. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 16, 1954 - Tuesday, pg 2 (Might have been buried at Leon Cemetery)]
MARTHA J. (GENSER) KLOCKE 87, of Sterling, died Friday, March 30, 2007 surrounded by her family at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Martha was born on December 16, 1919, in Sheffield, Illinois, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Gorman) Genster. She married Lloyd (Sonny) Klocke on February 6, 1943, in Sheffield. Martha and Sonny owned and operated Klocke's Sinnissippi Barbeque, a Sterling landmark, for many years. Survivors include her daughters, Barb (Tom) Luther of Madison, Wisconsin, and Martie (Tom) Kojis of Green Bay, Wisconsin; grandchildren Karlene (Paul) Dockum, Lauri Wright, Julie (Jamie) Coker, Jodi (Courtney) Wood; Kevin (Tara) Luther, Greg (Jodi) Luther, and Joe Luther; Ben and Kelly Kojis. She is further survived by two brothers, Jack (Barb) Genster of Sheffield and C. Joseph Genster of Princeton, NJ, many nieces and nephews and 13 great grandchildren who gave her great joy. She was preceded in death by Lloyd and two daughters, Maricarole Jenner and Kathy Drynan; her parents and three sisters. Mass of the Christian Burial will be at 10 AM Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with the Reverend Paul White, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Monday at the Schilling Funeral Home and from 9-10 AM Tuesday at the church, prior to services. Martha will be remembered by all of the people who had so much fun at Klocke's throughout the years. After retirement, she enjoyed the time spent with Sonny, family, and friends at their condo in Florida. Her entire family has many fond memories of playing dice, sharing laughs, and vacations with Grandma Klocke.
WILLIAM F. KLOCKE, former alderman and chief of the Rock Falls fire department and for 37 years a well known and highly respected citizen of this community, passed away at 8:20 o'clock Sunday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George B. Gronis, 209 Tenth avenue, Rock Falls. While he had not been in good health for a year, his condition was not regarded as critical until a few days before the end. A year ago Mr. and Mrs. Klocke moved to Chicago to make their home, their son, Edwin r. Klocke came back to Rock Falls to visit other members of his family in hope that the change would be beneficial to him, as he realized that he was losing strength and gradually declining. But the change was of no avail, despite every care that could be given, and he gradually grew weaker until he lapsed into coma before the end and slept peacefully away. Mr. Klocke was born in Westfallen, Germany, Aug. 13, 1867, and came to America with his parents when he was only 18 months old. The family home was established in Freeport, when Mr. Klocke was married to Miss Julia Deery. Soon after his marriage he moved to Rock Falls, and for more then a third of a century he was actively identified with the affairs of the city. As a moulder in the Novelty Iron Works he was regarded as one of the most efficient and dependable of the company's force for many years. He served as an alderman in the Rock Falls city council for three terms and was for a long time a member of the city fire department, serving one term as chief of the department. He was a member of the brotherhood of American Yeoman. Besides his wife, Mr. Klocke is survived by five children and 14 grandchildren. The sons and daughters are: Grace, wife of Charles Belen of Rock Falls; William F Klocke, Jr., Rock Falls; Lloyd e, Sterling; Blanche, wife of George B Gronis. Rock Falls; Edwin F., Chicago. One son Leo, died in infancy. Two brothers and two sisters survive, as follows; Henry and Albert of Rock Falls, Mrs. Tillie Kurtz, wife of Hiram Kurtz of Detroit, Mich., and Mrs. Nellie Sabin, wife of Ralph Sabin of Freeport. A wide circle of acquaintances will also mourn the death of a valued friend and will extend sympathy to the family. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Fr. A. J. Burns, Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gronis in rock Falls, and at 9 o'clock in St. Mary's church interment will be in Calvary cemetery. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the May 20, 1926 Sterling Gazette]
FRANCES MAXINE (SATTERFIELD) KLOCKENGA, 55, rural Tampico died unexpectedly Wednesday morning (19 Jun 1974) at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Leon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dick Mayer officiating. Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery. Friends may visit the Gardner Chapel from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Memorials may be directed to the Leon United Methodist Church. Frances Maxine Satterfield was born March 4, 1919 at Normal, the daughter of Bert and Beulah Patton Satterfield. She was a graduate of Tampico High School. She married Theodore Klockenga of Tampico in Iowa on Feb. 3, 1940 and they resided in the Prophetstown -Tampico area since 1962. She was a member of the Leon Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Karen) Warren, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Alex (Connie) DeVerdi, Rockford; two sons, Bruce, Galesburg; Terry, Tampico; 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Arnold (Virginia) Annawan; and Mrs. Leamon (Mary Nelle) Hill, Prophetstown. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette June 20, 1974 - Thursday, pg 2]
GENEVIEVE (ECHELBARGER) KLOCKENGA, 60, Route 1, Tampico, died late Wednesday evening in Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Leon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Daniel Swinson, officiating. Burial will be in the Leon Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Gardner Chapel in Prophetstown. Memorials may be made to the Leon United Methodist Church. Mrs. Klockenga was born Oct. 17, 1921 in Henry, the daughter of Ralph B. and Cheryl Elizabeth (Peters) Echelbarger. She was educated in the Leon schools and was a member of the Leon Untied Methodist church and the WSCS and Leon SAS societies of the church. She also taught Sunday School for 30 years. She was united in marriage to Walter Klockenga on Feb. 3, 1940 in Davenport, Iowa, and lived all of her life in the Tampico area. She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Cheryl Echelbarger, a resident of the Prophets Riverview Center, one daughter, Mrs. Marlin (Cheryl) Nielsen of Tampico; two grandsons and one sister, Mrs. Raymond (Betty) Klockenga of Tampico. She was preceded in death by her father and her husband on Aug. 6, 1982. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 27, 1982 - Friday, page A4]
GEORGE KLOCKENGA, 92, of 209 Riverside Drive, Prophetstown, died April 18, 1994, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Leon United Methodist Church, rural Prophetstown, with Steve Hartman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Leon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown. A memorial has been established. George was born Oct. 25, 1901, in Hartsburg, the son of Harm and Sena (Oltmanns) Klockenga. He married Matie Blumhoff, Feb. 10, 1925 at the Lyndon Methodist Parsonage. The couple farmed in the Prophetstown, Tampico, and Thomas communities until 1968, when they retired and moved into Propheststown. His wife died in 1980. He was a member of Leon United Methodist Church. Survivors include one son, Richard (Debbie) Klockenga of Talmadge, Ohio; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Marjorie Piepho of Sterling; and three brothers, Gilbert Klockenga, Sr., of Prophestown, William Klockenga of Rock Falls and Raymond Klockenga of Tampico. He was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Gazette April 19, 1994 - Wednesday, pg A2]
HARM G. KLOCKENGA, 70, a well known farmer of the Leon community, passed away at 4 a.m. Friday at the Sterling Public Hospital where he had been a patient for 17 years. The body will be removed to the home Saturday afternoon from the Gardner mortuary. Funeral services will be a the Leon church Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. R. H. Wharton in charge. Committal rites will be conducted at the Leon Cemetery. Mr. Klockenga was born at Emden, Dec. 2, 1875, the son of George and Martha Harms Klockega. He married Sena Oltmans of Hartsburg at Emden in 1901. They lived in the Leon community the past 34 years. Surviving are his wife, eight sons, George of Thomas, Jake, Harmie, Theodore, Gilbert, William, Walter and Raymond, all of Prophetstown; two daughters, Mrs. Anna Hook, Sterling, and Miss Marjorie Klockenga, at home; five brothers, Ben, Jost, Nanke and George, Hartsburg, and Martin at Atlanta, and four sisters, Mrs. Fannie Bruns, Mrs. Henry Ubbenga and Mrs. Joe Lessman, Hartsburg, and Mrs. Henry Rademaker, Emden. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mrs. Jacob Bruns, Sterling, and Mrs. Albert Reiners, Emden, and a grandson in infancy. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois November 9, 1945 - Friday, pg 11]
M. LORENA KLOCKENGA, 83, of Prophetstown, died Monday at Illini Hospital, Silvis, Ill. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Catherine's Catholic Church, Prophetstown. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday with a prayer service at 6 p.m. at the Gibson Funeral Home, Erie, Ill. She was born Oct. 5, 1920, in Hooppole, Ill., to William and Mary Shackelford Druien. She married Gilbert Klockenga on Nov. 26, 1938, in Davenport. He died in 1994. She and her husband farmed in the Loraine community for nearly 60 years. She attended St. Catherine's Catholic Church, was a 4-H leader for 10 years and was a former member of the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hooppole. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Betty Jo (Dan) Vroman of Hillsdale, Ill.; two sons, Gilbert (Marian) Klockenga Jr. of Prophetstown and Cary (Nancy) Klockenga of Geneseo, Ill.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and four sisters.
E.R. KLOSS - Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 funeral services were held at the Melvin Funeral Home for E. R. Kloss, 1300 7th Ave., Rock Falls, who died suddenly Sunday morning. Rev. Robert H. Sharp officiated, and burial was in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Rock Falls. During the service at the funeral home, Mrs. J. H. Linn played the organ and Gerald Pontaler sang, "This World Is Not My Home" and "Beyond the Sunset." Pallbearers were Edward Fisher, Ray W. Wallin, Paul Gowan, John Knapp Jr., George Hadley, and Dewey Gowan. Flowers were cared for by Mrs. Gordon McKee. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 30, 1960 - Wednesday, page 2]
VERNA I. (EGERT) KLOCKENGA - Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Leon United Methodist Church, rural Prophetstown, with the Rev. Steve Hartman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Gardner Funeral Home, Prophetstown. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Klockenga was born Oct. 2, 1912 in Lorraine Township, Henry County, the daughter of Joseph and Ione (Richer) Egert. She was educated in Kemmis School. She married Harvey Klockenga, Oct. 4, 1930 in Cambridge, Ill. He died in November of 1988. She and her husband farmed in the Prophetstown community for many years, retiring and moving in Prophetstown in 1972. She was a member of the Leon United Methodist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Heitzler, Prophetstown, and Phyllis Caine, DeKalb; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mason (Arlene) Jackson, Fulton; and one brother Arvid Egert, Burlington, Iowa. She was preceded in death by five sisters and four brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 24, 1991 - Thursday, page A2]
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