LESTER KNABBE - Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls for Lester Robert Knabe, 401 E. 7th St., Rock Falls. The Rev. Fred Anderson, pastor of the Rock Falls Methodist Church, officiated. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Wayne E. Larson was at the organ during the service. The pallbearers were William Bryant, Joe Filbert, John McPherson, Neil Janssen, Charles Peugh, and Clifford Garriott. The flowers were cared for by Swartley's. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette Tuesday 2 January 1968 2:4]
MARION (TRACEY) KNABBE, 96, of Rock Falls died March 20, 2005 at Four Season Living Center at Morrison. Mrs. Knabe was born July 4, 1908 in Morrison, the daughter of DeForest and Cora (King) Tracey. She attended Brown Business College. She married Paul Knabe in Morrison. He died July 8, 1967. She was a member of FIrst Presbyterian Church, Sterling, the Women's Circle and volunteered at Meals on Wheels at the church; Rock Falls Women's Club; and also volunteered more thatn 3,000 hours at CGH Medical Center Gift Shop. Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Celletti of Rock Falls; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded by a daughter Nancy Dearinger; a brother and a sister. Burial at Grove Hill.
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
PHILIP KNAPLE - The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Knaple, born prematurely Friday night at Community General Hospital died two hours after birth. Graveside services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Calvary Cemetery with the Rev. William Myers officiating. Survivors include his parents, one brother, Kent; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Myrtle Knaple, Rock Falls; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Loretta Wagner, Rock Falls; and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Feldthouse. He was preceded in death by one sister, Theresa, one brother, Scott, and his grandfather, Joseph J. Knaple. Dated: Nov. 3, 1973 - [Contributed by Margaret Mangers]
SCOTT KEVIN KNAPLE - Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Calvary Cemetery for Scott Kevin Knaple by the Rev. William F. Myers of St Andrews . s Church, Rock Falls. The infant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Knaple, 512 E 4th St., Rock Falls, died shortly after birth Saturday in Community General Hospital. He is survived by his parents, a brother Kent Michael at home and his grandparents, Mrs. Loretta Wagner, Joseph Knaple and Mrs. Marion Feldthouse of Rock Falls. Arrangements were completed by the Grennan and Son Funeral Home. Dated: April 9, 1972 - [Contributed by Margaret Mangers
STEVEN K. KNAPLE - 64, of Sterling, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at his home after an illness. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., Sterling, for 25 years, retiring as an electrician in 1999. He was born Aug. 7, 1942, in Sterling, the son of Joseph and Marian (Cummings) Knaple. He served in the Navy from 1960 to 1963. He married Linda Lou Wagner on Aug. 3, 1964, in Dixon. She died Oct. 17, 2000. He was a member of Rock Falls American Legion Post 902. Survivors include a son, Kent (Judy) Knaple of Rock Falls; his fiancee, Terry Durham and her daughter, Katelin; a stepsister, Sue Colville of Sterling; a stepbrother, Ron Smith of Rock Falls; and two grandchildren, Kaylin and Alyssa. He also was preceded in death by three children at birth, Scott, Philip and Theresa. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Larry Thomson of Rock Falls United Methodist Church officiating. Burial with military honors is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation is from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - 22 Dec 2006, Daily Gazette, Sterling, IL]
FERN ELIZABETH (WHIPPLE) KNAPP, 76, of 1304 Douglas Drive, Sterling, died Oct. 15, 1991 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, following a long illness. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls. Mrs. Knapp was born Oct. 17, 1914 in Tampico, the daughter of Stacey and Mamie (Elgin) Whipple. She married Gilbert Knapp Sept. 29, 1972 in Sterling. He died Feb. 27, 1983. She had been employed at Lawrence Brothers in Sterling for 27 years prior to her retirement in 1980. She attended Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW of Sterling and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She is survived by three nephews, Mike Book of Sterling, Larry Book of Clermont, Fla., and Jerry Book of San Jose, Calif.; one brother, Stacey Whipple, Hazel Park, Mich.; three sister, Sylvia Dahler, Maquoketa, Iowa; Evelyn Striklin and Doris Felton, both of Conchino Valley, Calif. She was preceded in death by one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 16, 1991 - Wednesday, page A2]
MABEL MAXINE KNAPP, 6 months old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Knapp, died Friday [04/15/1927] night at 9:05 o'clock at the home in Garden City, Rock Falls, after a short illness with pneumonia. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home and 3 o'clock at the Rock Falls Christian church. Rev. Harry E. Shiffer will officiate and interment will be made in the Rock Falls cemetery. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 16, 1927, page 2, column 2]
AGNES (TAYLOR) KNESS, wife of John Kness, died suddenly Sunday [02/05/1911] morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Lorenzo Beswick [Lydia Luella Taylor Beswick], near Morrison. Mr. and Mrs. Kness were about to retire when Mrs. Kness suddenly became ill. She grew better and was able to undress and retire but in a few minutes she grew worse and before medical aid could reach her had died. Coroner Frye held an inquest Sunday, the jury finding death came from natural causes [heart problems]. Mrs. Kness was 23 years of age and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Taylor of Malvern. She is survived by her husband, a small son, four brothers and six sisters [one sister is Jennie Viola Taylor Frankfather]. Funeral services will be held from the home in Malvern at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning. Burial will be made in the Coleta cemetery. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - Sterling Daily Standard, February 6, 1911]
JOHN P. KNESS - The Reynolds Funeral Home was filled Saturday afternoon for the funeral of John P. Kness of Malvern who died Thursday at the home of his daughter in Aurora where he had resided for the past six months. The Rev. M. L. Schrettler of the Malvern EUB CHurch officiating, and burial was in the West Genesee Cemetery at Coleta. Pallbearers, all neighbors, were John Kophamer, George Fritz, Edward Caskey, Chester Deets, John Appel and Bert A. Nelson. The beautiful floral arrangements were in charge of Mrs. George Fritz and Mrs. Chester Deets. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 5, 1960 - Monday, page 2]
ALBERT J. KNIGHT, 51, of Rock Falls died March 29, 2005 at his home. He was employed by Wayne-Dalton, Sterling prior to his illness. Mr. Knight was born Feb. 25, 1954 in Sterling the son of Albert W. and Susie (Murray) Knight. He married Cindy D. Hicks on Mach 24, 1978 in Rock Falls. He enjoyed NASCAR. Survivors are a son, Travis; two daughters Amy and Andrea; a brother Ray Claxton; four sisters, Wanda Sage, Linda Folsom, Barbara Delgado and Betty Keller; three grandsons; two great-grandaughters. He was preced by his parents and a sister, Mary McNinch. Burial in Coloma Twp. Cemetery.
DON KNIGHT, formerly of this city, and brother of Mrs. L.F. Puffer, was so severely injured at the corner of Seventh and Poplar streets in St. Louis, on Sunday evening, the 5th inst. (1873) by a freight train of the Pacific Railroad backing into the street car which he was driving, that he died on the Thursday following. This news will make many hearts sad in this city and vicinity, where he had so long lived and was so well known. It seems that he was driving his cars along 7th street, going south, at the same time a freight train was being backed up Poplar street, going west. The watchman on the Pacific railroad was lounging in a saloon at the time, and consequently no warning was given him of the approach of the train. There was a blinding storm also raging at the time. The car had scarcely touched the track before it was struck by the rear car of the freight train, staving in the forward end of the car, and throwing it and the horses from the track. Mr. Knight was found horribly mutilated lying under the car. The wheels had passed over his legs, which were both broken, two fingers of his left hand were cut off, and he sustained other injuries about the head and face. He was taken to the Hospital immediately where he lingered until the 10th inst. That the Pacific Railroad Company are to blame for this sad occurrence was established beyond doubt by the evidence at the Coroner's inquest. Indeed everything connected with the matter tends to show it. Mrs. Knight, mother of the deceased went down to St. Louis, where she was kindly treated by Col. Madison, the President of the street railway Company, and everything done to assuage her grief. The body was taken charge of by Col. M. and properly buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery. Mr. Knight was born in Hancock county in the State and was 29 years of age at the time of his death. He came to this city with his parents at an early age, and remained here until about eight years ago when he started for Kansas. He endeared himself to all with whom he became acquainted, by his many good qualities of mind and heart. Mr. Puffer visited St. Louis a day or two since, and brought Mrs. Knight back with him. He says the Pacific Railroad Co. refuse to pay her any damages, taking the ground that they are not responsible for the acts of the employees. If that is their only defence, it is a very flimsy one. [The Fulton Weekly, April 18, 1873].
MICHAEL KNIGHT, 72, of Fulton, died Wednesday at his home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home with the Rev. Phillip Sneller, pastor of First Reformed Church in Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery with graveside military honors. He was born Aug. 8, 1931, in Clinton to Lewis E. and Annabelle E. Striley Knight. He married Phyllis M. Engelkens on Feb. 26,1954, in Fulton. He was educated in the Clinton grade schools and was a graduate of Clinton High School. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was employed for 37 years with the U.S. West Telephone Co., Clinton. He was a member of First Reformed Church, Fulton. He was a member and first president of the Fulton Athletic Club. He served as a Cub and Boy Scout leader. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Susan (Gary) Prins of Thomson, Ill., and Mrs. Lori (Kent) Linder of Morrison, Ill.; two sons, Michael (Peggy) Knight Jr., McHenry, Ill., and Randy (Barb) Knight of Fulton; eight grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mary Jo (Arthur) Greve of Newton; and two brothers, James Knight of Mount Carroll, Ill., and Wayne (Wande) Knight of Phoenix, Ariz.
FREEMAN H. KNISKERN, was born at Middleburg, Schoharrie County, N.Y., on June 10, 1847. He was the eldest son of Bartholomew and Caroline Haines Kniskern. He came west with his parents to Lyndon in 1865, settling on the farm northwest of town. He was married in 1872 to Miss Mary Daggett. To them three children were born: Josephine, Claude and Nellie. Josephine died in infancy, Nellie five years ago. Surviving him are his wife, his son, Claude, and his sister, Mrs. Anna L. Bouck, of Lyndon. Mr. Kniskern's trade was that of a carpenter. He was a good workman and much of his building remains as proof of his skill. He took a deep interest in civic and public affairs of the town and was always a staunch supporter of the democratic party, for which he cast his first vote. He was a kind husband and father and leaves many friends who extend sympathy to the bereaved ones. Private funeral services were held at the home at 2 o'clock, Rev. George V. Herrick officiating. The pallbearers were R. I. Hardy, A. E. Parmenter, Will Holt, E. M. McKerg, J. G. Laxton, and H. H. Pittam. Burial was made in the family lot in the Lyndon Cemetery. Mrs. A. E. Parmenter sang a solo. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 7, 1918 - Saturday]
CAROLINE KNOWLES, 80, 1006 Avenue D. died Friday in Rock Falls Colonial Acres Rest Home. Survivors include her husband Willis; five sons, William, Kansas City, Mo., Stanley, Rockford, Wayne, Sterling, and Orgal and Norman, both of Rock Falls; four daughters, Mrs. Walter Kruger, Monroe Center, Mrs. Carroll Stanley and Mrs. Kathryn Mathews, both of Rockford, and Rachel, Bryon; a brother; a sister; 40 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in Wheelock - Allen Funeral Home. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. today in the funeral home. [Contributed by Cathy Clark - The Rockford Morning Star Date: December 23, 1967]
LEOTA (WILSON) KNOWLES, of Civic Plaza Apartment, Rock Falls, died Wednesday morning (2 December 1970) at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Verne (Florence) Turner at 1245 Brown Ave., Galesburg. Funeral services will be Friday 3 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. David Beebe, pastor of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls, officiating, and burial in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday. Mrs. Knowles was born May 3, 1884 in Lakon, Ill., the daughter of James and Mary Scoggan Wilson. She was united in marriage Sept. 28, 1901 to Clarence Knowles. The couple farmed most of their married life retiring in Delavan, returning to Rock Falls in 1938. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Verne (Florence) Turner of Galesburg, Mrs. John (Theresa) Carpenter of Oregon and Mrs. Charles (Ruth) Nelson of Barrington; three sons, Chester E. of Galesburg, Guy A. of Tacoma, Wash., and John M. of Denver, Colo.; 19 grandchildren; 59 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren. She was preceded by her husband Clarence on Nov. 23, 1949, two brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 3, 1970 - Thursday, pg 2]
LILLIAN (EILERS) KNOWLES, 41, 1507 E. 16th St., Sterling, died at 4 a.m. Sunday in Community General Hospital. Death came following a brief illness. The body was removed to the Trouth Funeral home, where friends may call until 12-noon Tuesday.Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Our Savior Lutheran Church, in Hopkins Township, with Rev. Theodore Dierks, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. A memorial has been established in her memory by the family. Lilliam Eilers was born Feb. 17, 1915 in Hopkins Township, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Eilers She attended the Emerson School and later, on July 18, 1934 was married to Raymond Knalsen in Hopkins Township by the Rev. Mr. Oetting. They farmed northwest of Sterling until his death July 28, 1952, when she moved to Sterling to make her home. She was a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Loren De Jonge, Rt. 3, Sterling, and Miss Joyce, at home; one son, Donald, at home; her mother, Mrs. Martha Eilers of Sterling; two brothers, Lawrence Eilers, Sterling, and Lester Eilers, Galt; two sisters, Mrs. Emery Tompkins, Sterling, and Mrs. Ernest Hoover, Rockford; two grandchildren, and several nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, her father, and one sister. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 5, 1956 - Monday, page 2]
WILLIS F. KNOWLES, 86, 1006 Ave. D, died Sunday in Community General Hospital, Sterling. Survivors include five sons, Stanley, Rockford, Wayne, Orgal and Norman all of Rock Falls, and William Freeman, Kansas City, Mo.; four daughters, Mrs. Walter Kruger, Monroe Center, Mrs. Kathleen Mathews and Rachel Knowles, both of Byron, and Mrs. Carroll Stanley, Rockford; 40 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchilden. Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, with burial in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today in the funeral home. [Contributed by Cathy Clark - The Rockford Morning Star Date: February 2, 1970]
ARCHIBALD KNOX At his home in Mt. Pleasant township, Whiteside county, Illinois, Wednesday, May 4, 1898, ARCHIBALD KNOX, aged 70 years, 7 months and 23 days. The deceased was born in Aurora, Erie Co., New York, Sept. 11, 1827, and at the age of eight years came with his parents to Whiteside County, Illinois, and settled in the "Ox Bow Bend," across Rock river from Prophetstown. They resided there two years and then removed to Mt. Pleasant township, settling on the land where the city of Morrison now stands. He grew up in this vicinity, and from the time of his majority was associated with the interests and development of Whiteside county. In 1852, in company with four of his brothers, he crossed the plains to California in search of gold. After a two years sojourn in that State he returned home and engaged in farming. On Sept. 1,1856, he was united in holy wedlock to Miss Minerva R. Garrison. They settled on his farm near Round Grove station, where they resided for over forty-one years, with the exception of three years and nine months, during which time they lived in Morrison. Four children were born to bless their union, all of whom with their mother, survive the deceased. His life was a success, and the hand of Providence dealt benevolently and gently with him. He always enjoyed the possession of his own home and lived in comfort from the fruit of his industry. His family relations were such that to him home was truly "the place where the heart comes to anchor and the soul finds rest." Through all the years of his married life the "black-winged messenger" never hung the crape upon his door. After living three-score years and ten he finished his labors and turned over the management of the affairs of his farm to his sons. He was a sober, industrious and moral man in the highest sense of these terms; he was a good citizen, an obliging and hospitable neighbor and friend. His house was always open and his table always spread, and to all who might come there was a cordial welcome. He was an indulgent, loving and tender parent, and the welfare and happiness of his children was his chief concern. The attention and devotion manifested toward his wife in their early companionship increased as the years rolled by and the "silver threads appeared among the gold." The boy, the ambitious youth, the active man, the patient, contented and resigned man, has closed his earthly career, but his influence has not ceased. Although a good man rests from his labors his works do follow him. The funeral services were held at his late home at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, May 6, being conducted by Rev. B. A. Morley of Chicago. The large concourse of friends and neighbors who gathered to follow his remains to their last resting place showed the respect and honor in which he was held in the community where he resided for more than half a century, and was a fitting tribute to his life. [Contributed by Linda Criswell]
ARTHUR J. KNOX
Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon for Arthur J. Knox from the home, four miles east of Morrison, Rev. H. T. Chenoweth of the local M. E. church officiating, Burial followed in Grove Hill. The young man was born in Union Grove township Jan. 26, 1909, but spent all of his life in Mt. Pleasant township with the exception of one year. He was well liked by his numerous acquaintances as was indicated by the number which gathered at the home and burial ground to pay their last respects. Arthur's mother, Margaret Doyle Knox, passed away on Jan. 16, 1911, and he is survived by his father, a brother James of Madison, Wis., and three sisters, Mildred and Margaret of Chicago, and Irene at home, and his stepmother, Mabel David Knox.[Sterling Daily Gazette, 13 May 1929; Sub by Mary Weigandt]
CYNTHIA P (LEWIS) KNOX, daughter of Rosseel and Lucinda B. Lewis, was born in Mt. Pleasant township, Whiteside county, Ill., February 26, 1866, and died In the City of Monrovia, California, August 17, 1897. She was united in marriage with J. B. Knox, January 15, 1881. Three children, Amy, Una, and Oscar, blessed their union, all of whom survive her. Most of her married life was passed in Plymouth county, Iowa. The failing health of her husband caused them to go to California eleven years ago, where under the influence of the genial climate, his health was fully restored, so that within a year they returned to their home. There they remained until the failure of her health caused them to go again to California, in October last, in hope of its restoration. But climate, medical skill and the loving ministrations of her husband and mother, were unavailing. Gradually she wasted away, but while "the Outward man was perishing the Inward man was renewed day by day." Calmly she went down into the valley, sustained by an unfaltering trust in the Divine Redeemer. Six years ago she gave her heart to God. A year thereafter her husband was converted and together they joined the United Brethren church, in whose membership she continued until going to Monrovia, and finding no church of that name there, she with her husband, united with the Methodist Episcopal church. She died in "full assurance of the faith." For her "to live was Christ,' to die was gain." Funeral services were held at the family home in Monrovia, at ten O'clock a. m. Aug. 19th, conducted by her pastor, Rev. F.D. Mather, The burial was in Live Oak Cemetery. She sleeps in Jesus. No more ill pain, but well, Healed, made whole and clean. [Contributed by Linda Criswell]
KENNETH L. KNOX, Route 1, Prophetstown Road, Rock Falls, passed away at noon Saturday in Community General Hospital. He was born Sept. 21, 1914 in Tampico, Ill., the son of Ralph and Gertrude Yarde Knox. He has lived in this area his entire life and attended the Rock Falls Public Schools and graduated from Tampico High School. Kenneth L. Knox was united in marriage to Zilma Sears Dec. 25, 1938 in Clinton, Ia. He is a past patron of Rock Falls O.E.S. Chapter 706, member of Rock Falls Masonic Lodge 936 A.F. and A.M. and a member of the Rock Falls Christian Church. Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Ronald Knox of Rock Falls, and A 2c Kenneth G. Knox of Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; one daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Peggy) Scanlan of Rock Falls; his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Knox of Rock Falls, four brothers, Frank, Aaron and George Knox of Rock Falls and Ralph Knox Jr. of Sterling; two sisters, Mrs. Robert Bitzner of LaGrange and Mrs. Wayne Wagenknecht of Moline; five grandchildren and his father-in-lawp, Gilbert Sears of Rock Falls. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call any time today or evening. Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Melvin Funeral Home, Rev. Ronald C. Ward pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church, officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 13, 1963 - Monday - pg 2 col 2]
LEONARD KNOX - Funeral services for Sp4 Leonard Wayne Knox, Sterling, who was killed in action in Vietnam on Sept. 29, 1970 will be conducted at the Melvin Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Full military rites will be conducted by personnel from the Ft. Sheridan Army Base. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 12, 1970 - Monday, pg 2]
LEWIS KNOX, one of the oldest citizens of Morrison, passed away Friday at his home, aged about sixty-four years. He was the youngest child of James and Ann Knox and was born in what is now Morrison, Nov. 8, 1842. He lived here all his life except a year and a half when he was serving his country in the 8th Ill. cavalry during the civil war. He was married Oct. 17, 1877, to Miss Emma Hulett and to their union one son, Lewis, was born, who with his mother still survives. Mr. Knox was an estimable citizen and always performed his duties faithfully and conscientiously. He was a kind husband and father and will be sadly missed by family and friends. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. M.G. Wenz Sunday at two o'clock at the home and interment was made in Round Grove cemetery. [Contributed by Linda Criswell]
MARJORIE (DEEM) KNOX, 81 of Sterling died Tuesday April 9 2002 at CGH Medical Center. Mrs. Knox was born Aug 25 1920 in Sterling the daughter of William and Sarah Adeline (CONNER) DEEM. She married Ralph KNOX Jr. on Aug 16 1941 in Sterling. He died NOv 16 1989. She was a lifetime member and very active in church activities at Wesley United Methodist Church, Sterling. Survivors include two sons, Gerald A (Cindy) KNOX of Sterling and James K (Paula) KNOX of Galesburg; a sister Lucille FOULDS of Omaha NE; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren and a step great grandson. She was preceded in death by two brothers Blenn DEEM and George DEEM and three sisters, Bernice VAN DREW, Dorothy ROLF and Winifred HARTMAN. The funeral is at 1:30 pm Friday at Wesley United Methodist Church Sterling, with the Rev. Joseph Snider officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation from noon to 1:30 pm Friday at the church . Arrangements were completed by Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established to Wesley United Methodist Church. [Daily Gazette April 10, 2002]
MARY JANE (EMERY) KNOX, daughter of John & Lucinda (Tarbell) Emery, who were natives of Vermont, was born in the town of Moriah, Essex county, NY, Feb. 7, 1827 and died at her home three miles east of Morrison, March 13, 1905. October 8, 1839, the Emery family consisting of father, mother, Cyrus, Samuel, Josiah, Mary Jane, Lucinda and Jonathan, with the wife and child of a brother names Zarah, started westward in search of the latter, who had gone ahead to look out a location, their objective point being Maquoketa Iowa. Like so many pioneer settlers they made the journey with horses and wagons from Essex to Buffalo, thence across the lake by boat to Toledo, then overa a portion of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan into Illinois, through Chicago, Naperville, Aurora and Milledgeville to Savanna on the Mississippi river, where they expected to find the brother who had preceded them. Not succeeding in this they followed teh river down to Fulton where Zarah joined them, and eventually crossed to Lyons Iowa, where a cabin was built and the family resided there for some time. All were taken ill with the ague, the parents and the youngest son Jonathan dying within three months. The subject of this sketsh soon after went to the home of N.G. Reynolds in Prophetstown where she remained until her marriage with William Knox, August 21, 1842. The couple first lived on the Allison Knox farm, then took up government land, what is now known as the Dillenbeck place, making for themselves a home wherein six of their children were born. Later they purchased 160 acres in section 14, Mt. Pleasant township, where Mrs. Knox lived, toiled and labored in the activity of a dutiful farmer's wife until 1899, since which time she has resided with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Simon Whistler. Mr. Knox died Dec. 20, 1884. Mrs. Knox was the mother of eight children, six of whom, together with a sister Lucinda, widow of James M. Pratt of Erie and a sister-in-law MRs. C.P. Emery of Rock Island, survive her as follows; Harriet E. Scribner, Geddes SD; Walter E., Martin W., LaPlata MO; WIlliam H., Morrison; Clarence D., Sterling, and Clara M., Mt. Pleasant, the last two being twins. Sarah Jane died in childhood at the age of five and is buried in the Round Grove cemetery; Andrew J. died in 1902 at the age of 44 and was interred in the Morrison cemetery. There also remain 28 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. For a number of years prior to her death, Mrs. Knox had been afflicted with heart trouble which with complications of asthma and rheumatism, caused her great pain. Rev. M.g. Wenz of the M.E. church Morrison officiated the service - burial was in Round Grove Cemetery.
ROY C. KNOX - Funeral services for Roy C. Knox were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Melvin Funeral Home by the Rev. William D. Willoughby, rector of Grace Episcopal Church. Organ music was played by Mrs. J. H. Linn. The burial was in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. Casketbearers were Fred Weber, Renato Adami, Paul Coppetelli, Sam Licocci, Lee Kerr and Peter VanLoo. Swartley Florists took care of flowers [Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Dec 31 1969 Sterling Gazette]
JAMES M. KOBBEMAN, 51, of 1301 Holland Dr., Rock Falls, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 1995, at his home after a brief illness. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Andrews Catholic Church, Rock Falls, with his brother Rev. Gerald P. Kobbeman of Holy Angels Church, Aurora, Rev. Bernard Mullane of St. Andrews Catholic Church, and priest friends of the family concelebrating. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico. visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Grennan Funeral Home, Sterling, with a 7:30 p.m. Wake and from 9-10:30 a.m. saturday at the church. A memorial has been established for Newman High School, St. Andrews Catholic Church, or Catholic Social Services. Mr. Kobbeman was born April 16, 1944, in Sterling, the son of Harry J. and Mary B. (Burke) Kobbeman. He was a graduate of St. Andrews Grade School, a 1962 graduate of Newman High School. attended St. Thomas College, St. Paul, Minn., and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He was employed for Armour and Company Meat Packing, the Chicago Northwestern Railroad for many years and recently Stewart Beverage, Sterling. He was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church. Survivors include one son, Joshua Kobbeman of Rock Falls; his mother of Rock Falls, seven brothers, Henry (Donna) Kobbeman of Colorado, William (Janice) Kobbemen of Maumee, Ohio, Rev. Gerald P. Kobbeman of Holy Angles Church, Aurora, Dan Kobbeman of Sterling, Mike (Cynthia) Kobbeman of Rock Falls, Richard (Barbara) Kobbeman of Sterling, and Marty Kobbeman of Rock Falls; two sisters, Judy (John) Morris of Sterling, and Teresa Davis of California; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father; and one sister, Mary (Dick) Clementz. [Contributed by Amy Anderson - Sterling Gazette, Friday, August 11, 1995]
ANNA (SMELSER) KOCHERSPERGER, of East St. Louis, Ill died suddenly Saturday afternoon at 4:50 o'clock at the home of M. S. Llewellyn on Fifth Avenue, death being due to heart disease. Mr. and Mrs. Kochersperger arrived here Friday morning, called on account of the serious illness of Mr. Kochersperger's father, George Kochersperger. On Saturday, Mrs. Kochersperger was in most excellent health, and she with her husband was on the way to his father's home, after enjoying a pleasant walk. On Fifth Avenue she was siezed with fainting and was taken to the Llewllyn home, and Dr. Frank and Jane Reid Keefer hurriedly summoned. Although every possible effort was made to relieve her and prolong her life, she passed away about thirty minutes after the arrival of the physicians. The sudden death of Mrs. Kochersperger, was indeed very sad. Friends of the family here rendered the grief stricken husband every possible aid, did everything possible to alliviate his grief. On Saturday evening an inquest was held, the report of the finding being that the deceased came to her death as above stated. The remains were taken to the home fo Mr. and Mrs. John Gould, 311 East Ninth Street, where bridf funeral services occured Sunday afternoon. This morning, the remains were shipped to St. Louis, accompanied by the grief stricken husband. Mrs. Kochersperger was about forty-five years of age. She was the mother of four children. She accompained her husband here to visit with his father, who is very sick and gradually failing. While apparently in the best of health, she was suddenly summoned. Just before she passed away turning to her husband she said, "It is all over, I am going, call the children." [Contributed by Sheila Smith]
GEORGE JACOB KOCHERSPERGER, an old and highly respected resident of Sterling, passed away this morning at 12:20 o'clock. Hardening of the liver from which he has been a sufferer for over a year was the cause of his demise. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the residence 907 Avenue, and at 2:30 o'clock at St. John's Lutheran church, Rev. E C Harris officiating. Interment will be in Riverside cemetery. The services will be in charge of the Odd Fellows of which Mr. Kochersperger had been a member for nearly fifty years. The members of Will Robinson Post, G A R Red Men and Modern Woodmen of America will also atend. The pall bearers will be selected from the members of the Odd Fellows, Grand Army and Red Men. George Kochersperger was born Feb. 6, 1841 in Philadelphia, Pa. He spent his earlyh life in that city and at the breaking out of the Civil war, enlisted in Company E, Twenty-ninth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, serving for four years. He participated in the battles at Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, and a number of the smaller engagements and also was with Sherman on his celebrated march from Atlanta, Georgia to the sea. In the Battle of Lookout Mountain, Mr. Kochersperger was severely wounded in the leg. Mr. Kochersperger was married in 1864 to Miss Mary Phile in Philadelphia. Mrs. Kochersperger, together with five children, survive him. They are Geroge Kochersperger, Jr. of Alton, Ill., William Kochersperger of St. Louis, Mrs. Nellie Gould, wife of John Gould of Sterling, John of Aurora and Marion, who resides at home. Mr. and Mrs. Kochersperger came to Sterling in 1882 and have made their home here since that time. Mr. Kochersperger for many years was employed in the factory of the Keystone Manufacturing Company, later resigning to officiate as janitor of the Odd Fellows temple. Nine years ago he was given the position of custodian of the post office, remaining in this position until Dec. 23, 1913 when he was taken ill. Since that time he has steadily grown worse despite the best medical treatment. George Kochersperger was a man who made friends rapidly and who had the ability to hold his friends throught the long years. Familiarly known as "Scoop", he was beloved by old and young for his unfailing nature and his many kind acts. During his long service at the post office he made aquanincence of hundreds of poeple by whom he was held in the highest esteem. He was a geniel, kindly friend and acquaintance, sincere and accommodating, a loving husband and father. As a soldier, he was brave and patriotic, his military record being without a blemish. The sorrowing family have the sincere sympathy of their many friends in Sterling and vicinity. [Contributed by Sheila Smith]
MARY (PHILE) KOCHERSPERGER, aged 86 years, passed away at 11:15 o'clock Friday evening in her home, 907 Johnson avenue. She had been ill since December 29 of last year when she fell and fractured her hip. Her health has failed since that time. The body has been removed to the Melvin funeral home. Mrs. Kochersperger is survived by four sons and one daughter, George Jr., of Alton, William H. of East St. Louis, Mrs. John Gould of Sterling, John of Aurora and Marion at home. She also leaves 12 grandchildren adn 22 great-grandchildren. Her husband George Kochersperger, preceded her in death December 12, 1914 The deceased was a member of St. John's Lutheran church, Holtslandeer Rebekah Lodge No. 70 and the Will Robinson Relief Corps No. 45. The funeral service will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Melvin funeral home on Sixth avenue, Rev. F.C. Harris will officiate. he W.R.C. ladies will have charge of the service. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery. Sterling Gazette May 9, 1931]
MARION HERSH KOCHERSPERGER, former resident of Sterling, passed away early Monday morning at Whiteside County Nursing Home after an extended illness. Born May 16, 1886, in Sterling, he was the son of George and Mary Simpson Kochersperger Sr. For 24 years he was employed by the C B and Q Railroad. Surviving are two nephews in this area, George and Leon Gould both of Sterling, two nieces in California, and one niece at Alton, Ill. His parents, three brothers and one sister preceded. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 7 to 9 pm Tuesday. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Wednesday in the mlvin Funeral Home, The Rev. Romaine W Tenney pastor of the Trinity EUB Chruch of Sterling will officiate and burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery. [Contributed by Sheila Smith]
MILDRED (ODENTHAL) KOEHLER died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at her home in Sterling, Ill. Preceded in death by her husband, Walter F. "Shorty" Koehler. Survived by her son, the Rev. Jon C. Koehler, pastor of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, St. Amant; daughter, Sue Ellen Koehler, of Sterling; and two grandsons. She was born Dec. 1, 1912, in Blue Island, Ill. The funeral Mass will be at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Sterling, at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 3. Burial in Calvary Cemetery, Sterling.
NETTIE (BUXTON) KOEHLER, 82, president of Koehler Painting and Decorating, Inc., Peoria, the past 25 years, died May 29 in St Francis Hospital, Peoria. Funeral rites were held Wednesday in the Wilton Mortuary, Peoria, conducted by the Rev. Robert B. Gates of the Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria. Mrs. Koehler was born March 1, 1890 in Deer Grove, the daughter of Charles and Susan Renner Buxton. She married Frank Koehler in 1925 at Springfield. He preceded in death May 27, 1946. Mrs. Koehler had resided in Peoria since 1920. She was a member of the White Shrine of Judea. Surviving are one son, Cecil A. Devine of Peoria, one sister, Mrs. Ruth O'Connell of Sterling, and one grandson. Two brothers and two sisters preceded in death. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 1, 1972 - Thursday, page 2]
COLETTA (WAND) KOEHN, 83, of Prophetstown died Monday, Dec. 20, 2004, at CGH Medical Center. She was employed by General Electric Co., Morrison, retiring in 1981. Mrs. Koehn was born March 2, 1921, in Elizabeth, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Wilhelm) Wand. She married Ralph "Smokey" Keohn on Jan. 3, 1942, in Elizabeth. He died March 23, 1984. She was a member ofSt. Catherine's Catholic Church, Prophetstown. Survivors include six daughters, Shirley (Jim) Eads of Prophetstown, Mary Ann. (Jerry) McClellan and Connie (Merle) Jackson. both of Lyndon. Nancy Sarmiento and Margie Koehn, both of Rock Falls, and Debbie (Ray) Imler of Petersburg, Iowa; two sons, Donald (Vicki) Koehn of Prophetstown and Gary Koehn of South Carolina; a sister, Lucille (David) Coates of Galena; 19 grandchildren; 38 great, grandchildren; and two great-greatÂgrandchildren. Services were at St. Catherine Catholic Church, Prophetstown Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling.
HERMAN KOENES, 1027 16th Ave., died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fulton Township Cemetery. Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Monday a the funeral home. He was employed by Curtis Brothers, Clinton, Iowa, for 40 years and Central Steel Tube Co., Clinton, for 8 years, retiring in 1974. He was born Nov. 30, 1909. in Fulton. He married Betty (Elizabeth) Damhoff in 1929 in Fulton. Memorials may be made to Second Reformed Church and First Reformed Church's Radio Broadcast, both of Fulton. Survivors include his wife, Betty; daughters, Norma Knott, Fulton, and Shirley Buikema, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Fanny Huff, Fulton; and a brother, Theodore Koenes, Fulton. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Quad-City Times, 1 Dec 2002]
THEODORE KOENES, 94, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, IL, died Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at the nursing home. Ted was born May 19, 1914, in East Clinton, IL, to William and Katie (Huizenga) Koenes. He was educated in the East Clinton grade schools. He married Corabelle Wilkins on December 6, 1940, in Fulton, IL. She died March 18, 1980. He later married Jeanette Dykema on September 1, 1983. She died June 6, 2007. Ted was employed at the Clinton Distilling Company in Clinton, IA, and later went to work at the E.I. Dupont Company in Clinton, IA, for 25 years, until retiring in 1974. He also worked for the Civil Conservation Corps during the depression years. He was a member of Spring Valley Reformed Church in Fulton, IL. Ted's loves were his home, shop, garden and family. He was greatly anticipating the arrival of his first great-great grandchild. Survivors include one daughter, Judy (Mrs. Richard) Smith of Fulton, IL; one son, Gary (Priscilla) Koenes of Clinton, IA; nine grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; three stepsons, Roger (Cheryl) Dykema of Sterling, IL, Arlyn (Terry) Dykema of Chadwick, IL and Gary Dykema of Savanna, IL; seven step-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jane Koenes. He was preceded in death by both wives, Corabelle and Jeanette; two sons, Timothy Koenes and one in infancy; two sisters, Fanny Huff and Martha Parker; seven brothers, Ralph, Claus, Jacob, Fritz, Herman, Willis and Henry Koenes. Funeral Information: FUNERAL SERVICE WHEN AND WHERE: 10:30 A.M. Saturday, November 15, 2008 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home OFFICIATING CLERGY: Rev. Jim Machen, Jr., Associate Pastor: Church of the Open Door - Clinton, IA VISITATION: 4 - 7 P.M. Friday, November 14, 2008 at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Hom INTERMENT: Fulton Township Cemetery - Fulton, IL [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home]
WILLIS KOENES, of 1815 4th St., died Monday, Aug. 3, 1998, at Samaritan Hospital North, Clinton, Iowa. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Fulton Chapel, Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Burial will be in Fulton Township Cemetery, Fulton. Visitation is 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. He retired in 1981 after several years at Interstate Power Co., Clinton. He later worked 11 years for the Clinton Chamber of Commerce weigh operation at Agri Industries. He was born July 11, 1916, in Fulton. He married Pauline Geerts in 1955 in Fulton. During World War II, he served in the Air Force. He flew 53 missions and was awarded the Purple Heart, Flying Cross and Air Medal with nine Oak Leaf Clusters. Memorials may be made to First Reformed Church, Fulton. Survivors include his wife; a stepson, David Ammon, Albany; four step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Fannie Huff, and brothers, Herman and Ted, all of Fulton. [Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Quad-City Times, Aug 4, 1998]
ROBERT KOENIG, 44, passed away unexpectedly at the farm home southwest of Tampico at 4:35 a.m. Friday. He had been confined to his bed for the past three weeks and had been ailing intermittently for some time. Funeral services will be held from the home Monday at 1:30 p.m. and from St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Yorktown at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the Yorktown Cemetery. The Rev. Clarence Gess, pastor of the church, will officiate. Mr. Koenig was born at Tonica, Dec. 25, 1894, a son of Fritz and Maria Koenig. He moved to Whiteside County with his parents in 1908, and attended the Tampico schools. He was married to Carrie Von Holten Nov. 26, 1924, and moved at that time to the farm where he died. He was a member of St. Paul's Church. Surviving are the widow, one son, Oscar, and one daughter, Wilma, at home, and one brother Fred Koenig, Moline. [Contributed by The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois October 6, 1939 - Wednesday, pg 5]
LINDA L. KOHL, 68, of 18780 13th Street in Fulton, Illinois died Monday, July 6, 2009, at her home. Linda was born on October 27, 1940 in Morrison, IL to Fred and Goldie (Williams) Shepard. She was educated in Morrison Grade Schools and graduated from Morrison High School. She married Ernie J. Enoch on February 2, 1957 in Morrison, IL. She later married Virgil M. Birely on June 24, 1972 in Morrison, IL. He preceded her in death on September 27, 1988. She then married Robert E. Kohl, Sr. on August 4, 1990 in Morrison, IL. He died December 19, 1998. Linda was employed by Volckmann's Furniture in Morrison, IL. She loved to go to yard sales. She loved her dogs, Girl and Taco, and she enjoyed fishing and loved the time spent with her family. Survivors include one daughter, Esther (Robert Jr.) Kohl of Clinton, IA; three step-daughters, Laurie (Murray) Henricks of Clinton, IA, Lola (Paul) McArdle of Clinton, IA, Betty (Michael Jr.) Sally of Clinton, IA; four step-sons, Robert (Esther) Kohl Jr. of Clinton, IA, Jack (Brenda) Kohl of Clinton, IA, John (Monica) Kohl of Clinton, IA, William Wernick of California; five grandchildren, Michael (Betty) Sally Jr., T-Bone Sally, Elizabeth Sally, Heather Kohl, Robert Kohl III; twenty grandchildren; twenty-three great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; two sisters, Penny Burridge of Fulton, IL, Sally Mitchell of Chicago, IL; one brother, Robert (Beverly) Shepard of Fulton, IL; and her special friend, Kelly Butler of Clinton, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents; 2nd husband, Virgil; 3rd husband, Robert; one son, Billy Joe Enoch; one sister, Rose Marie McCreery; three brothers, Jack Shepard, Donald Shepard and one other in infancy; and one grandson, Calvin Welch. [Contributed by Judy Hook]
ARLENE (CURTIS) KOLB, 83, of Pleasant View Nursing home, Morrison, formerly of Prophetstown, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at the nursing home. She taught school at rural schools in Salem, Neb., for three years, in rural schools near Tampico, and was a librarian at Prophetstown Library. Mrs. Kolb was born May 13, 1919, near Stella, Neb., the daughter of Tone and Dolly (Hager) Curtis. She attended Peru State Teacher's College. She married John "Jack" Kolb on Aug. 16, 1941, in Salem, Neb. He died Aug. 30, 2002. Survivors include two sons, Craig (Linda) Kolb of Davenport, Iowa, and Curtis (Nancy) Kolb of Erie; two brothers, Donnal Curtis of Hiawatha, Kan., and Carl (Ruth Ann) Curtis of LaCrosse, Wis.; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Faye; and a daughter, Lynne Marie. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, with Rev. Ralph I. Carr, pastor of Tampico United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial is at Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is from 5-7 Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 8, 2002 - Sunday, pg A5]
JOHN L. KOLB, 81, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, formerly of Prophetstown, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2002, at the nursing home. He was employed by Sears Manufacturing, Davenport, Iowa, as an industrial engineer, retiring in 1986. Mr. Kolb was born April 8, 1921, in Tampico, the son of Henry and Lois (Denison) Kolb. He married Arlene Curtis on Aug. 15, 1941. He served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion Post and the Prophet Hills Country Club, both in Prophetstown. Survivors include his wife of Pleasantview Nursing Home, Morrison; two sons, Craig (Linda) Kolb of Davenport, Iowa, and Curtis (Nancy) Kolb of Erie; six grandchildren; two step grandchildren; two great grandsons; and two step great grandsons. He was preceded in death by a daughter in infancy. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Garland Funeral Home, Tampico, with the Rev. Ralph I. Carr, pastor of Tampico United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial is at Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 1, 2002 - Sunday, pg A5]
TERRY D. KOLB, 40 of 1501 W. 4th St., Sterling, died at Community General Hospital shortly after being admitted as a result of an auto accident Saturday morning. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls with the Rev. O. H. Kreiter, visitation pastor of Rock Falls Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be Oak Knoll. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Monday. Terry Kolb was born on Dec. 18, 1935 in Rock Falls, the son of Ernest and Josephine Baker Kolb. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Josephine Kolb of Rock Falls; two sons, Terry 11, and Timmy, both of Walnut Ridge, Ark.; four sisters, Mrs. Ray (Marlys) Peugh and Mrs. Charles (Paula) Deyo of Sterling; Mrs. Earl (Judy) Aldridge of Rock Falls and Mrs. Donald (Jill) Hayes of Winterspring, Florida; four brothers, Gary of Charleston, W. Va.; Jack, Jeff and Marc all of Rock Falls. He was preceded by his father, Ernest on May 18, 1964. [Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 5, 1976 - Monday, pg 6]
TONY M. KOMLANC, 88, of Morrison, IL, died on Friday, November 23, 2007, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. Tony was born on December 31, 1918, in Chicago, IL, to Andrew and Mary (Klemence) Komlanc. He graduated high school from St. Bede Academy in Peru, IL. He then attended the University of Iowa and graduated from Illinois State University, Normal, IL, with a B.S. in Education. He went on to receive his Master's Degree in Administration from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Tony married Betty Lou Bulfer on June 8, 1946, in Peru, IL. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was employed with the Morrison School District for 32 years as a teacher, coach, and athletic director. Tony was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Morrison, IL. He was also a member of the IHSA, where he had served on the board, the Morrison Athletic Booster Club, and the Morrison American Legion Post #328. Tony was inducted into the IHSA Football Coaches Hall of Fame, the St. Bede and Morrison Athletic Hall of Fame, and the Shoot the Bull Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife Betty Lou; five daughters, Betsy ( Jim) Prombo of Morrison, IL, Nancy (Gary) Hamblin of Champaign, IL, Mary Jane (Tim) Thomas of Atlanta, GA, Rosemary (Jim) Sissine of Atlanta, GA, and Sara (Kelvin) Tenboer of Morrison, IL; one son, Tony Komlanc Jr. of St. Croix, USVI; nineteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren He was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.
NORMAN KONNECK, 57, of 309 W. Market St., Tampico, died Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at CGH Medical Center. Mr. Konneck was born in Spring Valley, the son of Charles and Anna (Poff) Konneck. He was united in marriage to Roberta Gerdes on Nov. 1, 1985, at Yorktown Lutheran Church. He was a 1961 graduate of Manlius High School and was a night shift supervior at Reliant Industries in Rock Falls for the past 16 months. He was an avid Dale Earnhart fan, loved to work on cars and tinker in the garage. He is survived by his wife, Roberta of Tampico; one son, Scott (Dana) Konneck of Sheffield; three stepsons, Leland (Diane) Downs of Rock Falls, Kenneth Downs of Sterling and Steven Downs of Rock Falls; his mother, Anna Konneck of Nashville, Tenn.; six granchildren; a sister, Chris Tarbuk of Nashville, Tenn.; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bob and Jean Gerdes of Tampico; his brother-in-law, Chet Gerdes of Sterling; one niece; and one nephew. He was preceded in death by his father; and one sister, Marsha. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 2, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, March 1, 2001, from 5-8 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 1, 1002 - Thursday, pg A2]
MRS. RICHARD (PRATZ) KOOBS - Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Richard Koobs, formerly of Sterling, in Texas last Tuesday. Services and burial were scheduled for today in San Antonio, Tex. Mrs. Koobs was born on Oct. 17, 1900, in Sterling, daughter of W. D. Praetz and the late Hannah Behrens. She attended Wallace school and Brown's Business College, and later went to work in Chicago. She was married to Richard Koobs of Pekin, Ill., in 1926, and moved to Texas 10 years ago. Survivors include her husbnd; three children, Richard, Jr., Carol and John; her father, W. D. Praetz; a sister, Mrs. Hazel Stevens of Sterling; and three brothers, John of Sterling, Fred of Lyndon, and William of Wilmington, Calif. She was preceded in death by her mother and a daughter, Helen. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 26, 1952 - Friday, pg 2]
ANNA (GRIEDE) KOOI, 69, of Streator, formerly of Erie, died early Tuesday in her home, following an extended illness. Funeral rites will be held at 2 p.m. DST Thursday in Streator, with burial there. Surviving are one brother, Albert Greide of Erie; two sisters, Mrs. Fred Hunt of Prophetstown and Mrs. Tena Wiersema of Port Byron; one step-sister, Mrs. Carl Arndt of Prophetstown; a step-brother, Mino Kamphuis of Clinton, Iowa, and 14 grandchildren. Albert Greide was in Streator Thursday to attend the funeral of his Sister, Mrs. Anna Kooi. [Contributed by Bonnie Pillers]
GERTRUDE (FOSSEN) KOOI, 66, 1221 9th Ave., Fulton died Monday morning (1 Dec 1975) at Jane Lamb Hospital, Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Bosma Funeral Home, Fulton. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Kooi was born Aug. 29, 1909 in Morrison, the daughter of Herman and Dora Dykema Fossen. She was raised and educated in the Morrison area. She married Joseph Kooi in Morrison December 1926. Survivors include her husband, three daughters, Mrs. Richard (Elletta Jean) Mueller of Rockford; Mrs. Donald (Doris Marie) Graham of Austin, Tex., and Mrs. Ruth Ann Cavaness of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one son, David Joseph Kooi of Garden Grove, Calif.; her mother, Mrs. Dora Fossen at Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Harold Jacobs of Fulton. She was preceded by her father and one sister. Contrbuted by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illiniois December 1, 1975 - Monday, pg 6]
JOSEPH KOPENGA, 81, formerly of Fulton, Ill., died Nov. 15, 2003, in Loma Linda, Calif. Services were conducted at The Grove Community Church in Riverside. He was born to Peter and Ida Holling Kopenga on Dec. 14, 1922, in Fulton. He married Ruth Breedan in 1944. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was in the health insurance business for many years. Survivors include one daughter; one son; one granddaughter; one grandson; one great-grandson; and a brother, Jack Kopenga of Clinton. He was preceded in death by a sister and one brother.
WENDELL D. KOPHAMER, 46, RR 2, Morrison died Thursday [07/06/1972] evening in Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church of Morrison, with the Rev. Wallace Nordquist, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Sunday. The body will be taken to the church at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning to lie in state until the hour of services. A memorial is established in his memory. Arrangements were completed by the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling. Wendall D. Kophamer was born March 31, 1926, in Tampico, the son of John and Martha Lederman Kophamer. He was a member of the National Livestock Feeders Association and a director of the Mount Pleasant Mutual Insurance Company. He was united in marriage to Jeanette Bogott, Dec. 31, 1949, at Rock Falls Methodist Church. He had farmed near Morrison until his illness. Survivors include his widow, two sons, Kenneth, Morrison and Jon at home; one daughter, Kristie, at home; his mother, Mrs. John (Martha) Kophamer, Morrison; one brother, James, Morrison; two sisters, Mrs. Bill (Jean) Gaumer, Coleta and Mrs. Ronald (Vangie) Temple, Fulton. He was preceded in death by his father.
FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services were conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday [07/10/1972] at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Morrison for Wendell K. Kophamer, RR 2, Morrison, who died Thursday evening in Community General Hospital at the age of 46. The Rev. Wallace Nordquist, pastor, conducted the services, with burial in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. The body was taken from the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling at 8 a.m. to the church to lie in state until the services. Mrs. Wilson Stone was the church organist, with Donald Miller singing "How Great Thou Art" and the congregation singing "The Lord's My Shepherd" and "Just As I Am." Pallbearers were Lyle Bogott, Lyle Partridge, Don Houseman, Glen Rick, John Tiesman and Frank Ward. Flowers w ere taken care of by Mrs. Don Houseman, Mrs. Frank Ward and Mrs. Larry Brackemeyer. The ushers for the services were Ronald Onchen, Mike Houseman and Arnold Stralow. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, July 7, 1972, page 2, column 1]
HAZEL (HANDEL) KOSIER, 95, died Friday, May 6, 2005 at CGH Medical Center. Hazel was born February 21, 1910 in Sterling, the daughter of Edward and Lottie (Cramer) Handel. She married Truman P. Kosier December 13, 1930 in Clinton, IA. He preceded her in death on February 7, 1988. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Royal Neighbors of Rock Falls, and Holly Camp 100. Survivors include three daughters, Linda Wilson, Sandy Kosier, both of Sterling, Barbara Knight of Houston, TX; a son, Robert (Diane) Kosier of Wooster, OH; five grandchildren Tim(Susie) Kosier, Melissa Kosier, Karen (Rob) Hinds, Shelly Dowell, Audra(Mike)Dusing; and 5 great-grandchildren Cody Dowell, Mallory Hinds, Christopher Ahrens Jr., William Eichelberger, Anna Eichelberger, She was preceded in death by a son, Glen Jack Kosier, four brothers, Donald, Ed, Lester and Thomas Handel. Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Tuesday, May 10, 2005 at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. Burial will be at the Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM, Monday at the Funeral Home.
ALVERA (GANTZERT) KOSTER, 87, of Sterling died Friday, July 11, 2008 at Pinecerest Manor, Mt. Morris. Mrs. Koster was born March 25, 1921 in Moccasin MT, the daughter of Paul and Lena (Heinrich) Gantzert. She married Elmer Koster on May 22, 1943 in Tallahassee, FL. She was educated in local schools and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. She was employed at Sears and Walgreen's and was a farm housewife for most of her married life. She served as a Red Cross Volunteer nurse aid during WW II and later was a pink lady with CGH Auxiliary. Survivors include her husband of 65 years; daughters, Susan (Axel) Granerd of Durham NC, Linda Koster of Largo FL and Sally (Bill) Clemens of Roscoe; sons, Norman (Ann) Koster of Dixon and David Koster of Polo; 13 grandchildren, Tracy (Kevin) Pogue, Michael (Karen) Peugh, Matthew Clemens, Gregory (Katy) Clemens, Elizabeth (fiance Chris Karalis) Clemens; Benjamin Koster, Mary (fiance Kris Haak) Koster and Diane, Mark, Peter, Karen, Michael and Emily Koster; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents, two brothers and two sisters. A celebration of her life will take place at 1 pm Wednesday, July 16, 2008 in the social hall of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1701 16th Ave. Sterling. There will be no visitation. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home and Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorial in her memory to Lutheran World Hunger Relief would be appreciated. [Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
ARTHUR H. KOSTER, 83, of Sterling died Saturday June 5, 2004, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He farmed West of Sterling for many years, and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling. Mr. Koster was born December 30, 1920 in Sterling, the son of Herbert and Anna (Wessels) Koster. He married Dorothy Sloot on March 2, 1956 in Morrison. He enjoyed farming. Survivors include his wife Dorothy, two sons Steve (Donna) of Sterling; Roger (Linda) of Decatur; one daughter Christine (Jay) Severson of Rochester MN; one sister Helen VonHolten of Toulon and five grandchildren. Preceeding him in death one brother in infancy, and a stepmother Frieda Koster. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Philip Gronbach officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 Schilling Funeral Home. [Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
DEVA DEE KOSTER,55, of Peoria, died December 26, 2003 at Coventry Village. She was employed as a Psychiatric RN at Zeller Healthcare in Peoria. Deva Koster was born Nov. 10, 1948 in Sterling the daughter of Walter and Freda (Martin) Koster. She married Robert Loh on Jan. 3, 2003 in Peoria. Survivors also include her mother, Freda; one sister, Marna Koster of Denver CO; one brother Brian Koster of St. Paul MN; one niece, Sarah Koster of Los Angeles; and one nephew Kyle Koster of Denver. Services will be Monday, Dec. 29, 2003 at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling with the Rev. Steve Wiota, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. [Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
FRIEDA (HABERER) KOSTER, was born July 2, 1908 in Rotenberg Germany to Jakob and Anna (Schumacker) Haberer. She was baptized into Christ on July 19, 1908, at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rotenberg and was confirmed there April 2, 1922. She married Herbert Koster Sept. 15, 1934 in Sterling. He preceded her on Feb. 27, 1971. She departed this life in the sign of the faith on Mar. 9, 2002, at the age of 93 years at Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison IL. Frieda was educated in the public schools in Rotemberg and emigrated to the US on Feb. 17, 1925. She was engaged in farming with her husband from 1934 to 1956. She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and was actively involved in the women's circles of the church. Her survivors include one step-daughter, Helen VonHolten of Rock Falls, one stepson, Arthur (Dorothy) Koster of Sterling, six step-grandchildren and eleven step-great grandchildren. She was preceded by three brothers, George, Johannes and Christian Haberer. [Contributed by Cynthia Lane]
MARTHA (WESSELS) KOSTER, 76, 402 W. Miller Road, Sterling, died at 5 p.m. Wednesday in Community General Hospital after an extended illness. There is visitation today from 2 - 9 p.m. in the Behrens Morturary. Funeral rites will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in St. Paul Lutheran Church with the Rev. Warren Weeg officiating. The burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Martha Wessels was born May 9, 1896 in Genesee, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wessels. She attended the LaFayette School and was married Sept. 7, 1924 to Theodore Koster. Mrs. Koster was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. Surviving with her husband and three sons, Russell Koster, rural Sterling, Merrill Koster of Silverdale, Wash., and Wesley Koster, rural Sterling. She also leaves two sisters, Mrs. E. H. (Jennie) Appel of Mt. Morris, and Mrs. Arthur (Erma) Folkers of Rock Falls, and four grandchildren. Two sisters and three brothers preceded her in death. A memorial has been established for Green Wing Bible Camp. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 1, 1972 - Thursday, page 2]
WESLEY KOSTER, 70, of, Sterling died Monday, Nov, 22, 2004, at his home. He farmed in Jordan Township and also worked with Dirks Auction Service for many years. Mr. Koster was born Dec. 28, 1933 in Sterling, the son of Theodore and Martha (Wessels) Koster. He attended the University of Illinois and served in the Army. He married Jean Hinrichs on Nov. 1, 1985, in Sterling. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and a member of Kiwanis, both in Sterling. He was an avid hunter/fisherman and enjoyed playing Santa Claus. Survivors indude his wife; a stepÂdaughter, Beth (Jim) Jordan of Orlando, Fla.; three stepsons, Robert (Lisa) Bruns of Orlando, Fla., Timothy (Dee) Bruns of Monticello, Wis., and David (Shannon) Bruns of Waunakee, Wis.; two brothers RusseH (Margaret Ann) Koster and Merrill (Betty) Koster of Silverdale, Wash.; five stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service is at 10:30 a,m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Sterling, with the Reverend Philip Gronbach, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park Sterling. Sterling Daily Gazette November 23, 2004]
ELIZABETH H. KRAFT, 96, of Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at the nursing home. Miss Kraft was born March 25. 1907, in Lyndon, the daughter of John W. and Alice (Sheehan) Kraft. She was a graduate of Morrison High School. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Morrison. She enjoyed farm life and caring for animals. Survivors include several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great- nephews. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Leo, John, Willard and Aelred. Graveside service is at 2 p.m. Thursday at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison, with the Rev. Leo Bartel, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Morrison, officiating. There is no visitation, Arrangements were completed by the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. [Daily Gazette June 3, 2003]
LULA (PEOPLES) KRAFT, 86, 19645 Fellow St., Morrison, died Monday morning at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Renkes-Reynolds funeral Home, Morrison. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. A memorial has been established by the family. Lula E. Peoples was born June 1, 1896 at White Pigeon, the daughter of John and Alfretta Tuttle Peoples. She was reared and educated in the Morrison area schools. On March 1, 1918, she married John Kraft at Morrison. She lived her entire life in the Morrison area. Mrs. Kraft was a 50 year member of the First Presbyterian Church, Morrison, and a 50 years member of the Royal Neighbors of America. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Maurice (Elinor) Keuhl, Morrison; three grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Manford (Pearl) Cain, Grandton, Wis. She was preceded in death by her husband, one grandson and one great granddaughter, eight sisters and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 12, 1982 - Monday, page A4]
Fulton, Ill: Funeral services for Henry Kramer will be held at 2 pm Monday in Fulton First Reformed church, Rev. S. C. DeJong officiating. Mr. Kramer served First church as an elder and Sunday school teacher. A prayer service will be held at 1:30 pm in the Sikkema funeral home where friends may call from this afternoon until Sunday evening. The body will be taken to the family home Monday morning. The body will repose in the church from noon Monday until the funeral hour. Burial will be in Fulton cemetery. The Clinton Herald, 29 Sep 1956, Sat, Pg 19; Sub. by M Weigandt]
HENRY R. KRAMER, 78, of 905 10th St., Fulton, died Tuesday morning in his home. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Thursday at the Bosma Funeral Home, Fulton Chapel with Rev. Rodger Dalman, pastor of the First Reformed Church of Fulton officiating, with burial in the Fulton Cemetery. Visitation is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Kramer was born in the Netherlands on Sept. 30, 1901, the son of Ralph Kramer and Jennie Muller. He was united in marriage to Tena Housenga in Fulton on Dec. 3, 1924. He was a member of the First Reformed Church of Fulton, lived in Fulton since he was a young boy and worked for 40 years as a carman for the Chicago Northwest Railroad. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Alred (Lavece) Temple of Thomson, Mrs. Maurice (Loretta) Vander Vinne of Morrison and Mrs. Elmer (Alberta) Vander Eide of Fulton; one son, Henry of Fulton, owner of the Fulton Journal; 14 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren, and three sisters, Mrs. Lucy Skipper, resident of the Pleasant View Nursing Home, Mrs. Peter H. Norman of Fulton and Mrs. Joseph Kettler of Stuart, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother A memorial has been established to the First Reformed Church Radio Broadcast. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 19, 1980 - Tuesday, pg 4]
HERBERT H. KRAMER, 73, of Sterling died Tuesday April 9, 2002, at the Amboy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. in the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with the Rev Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation is Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in his memory to Alzheimer research. Herbert H. Kramer was born on Nov. 26, 1928 in Chadwick, the son of William and Nettie (Spinka) Kramer. He married Iona Dickman on July 5, 1952 in Mount Carroll. Mr. Kramer was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling for 37 years,. retiring as an assistant superintendent in the furnace department in 1984. He served in the U.S. Navy. Surviving is his wife, Iona, his son, Myron (Karen) Kramer of Sterling, his daughter Melissa Shirley of Sterling, his brother Lee (Louise) Kramer of Sterling; his sisters, Ruth Kimpel of Mendota and Shirley Schneider of Lanark; his three grandchildren, Michelle Kramer, Andrea Shirley and Jeremiah Kramer. He was preceded on death by his parents, five brothers, and four sisters. [Contributed by Donna Rife]
KENNETH A. KRAMER, 69, 610 8th Ave., Rock Falls, died Tuesday evening in St. Anthony's Hospital in Rockford following an injury sustained in his home a few weeks ago. Funeral services will be held on Friday Afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls with the Rev. Gary Yost, pastor of the Rock River Christian Center officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Friends may call at the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial has been established in his memory. Kenneth Kramer was born on Sept. 18, 1913, in Carroll County, the son of William and Nettie (Spinka) Kramer. On April 5, 1934 he was united in marriage to Inza Larkey in Morrison. He was employed as a melter foreman at Northwestern Steel & Wire Co. for 38 years, retiring on Oct. 1 1975 Survivors include his wife, Inza; one daughter, Mrs. Carl (Betty) Dahlberg, Galt; two grandchildren; four great grandchildren; five brothers, Lee and Ralph Kramer, both of Sterling, Robert Kramer, Morrision, Herbert Kramer, Coleta and William Kramer, Rock Falls; five sisters, Mrs. George (Lucille) Rippy, Mrs. Richard (Ruth) Kimpel and Mrs. John (Shirley) Schneider, all of Lanark, Mrs. Homer (Helen) Osborn, Albany, and Mrs. Wilma Prowant, Las Vegas, Nevada. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. [Contributed by Donna Rife]
LEONA RUTH (MEDENDORP) KRAMER, age 69, of Chadwick, died Thursday, January 22, 2004 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, January 26, 2004 at Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Chadwick, with Reverend Dave Davies of Hope United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Friends were asked to call from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 25 at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Leona's name to the American Lung Association.
Leona was born, Tuesday, June 26, 1934 to Cornelius and Winnie (Prins) Medendorp. She graduated in 1952 from Fulton High School, Fulton, Illinois. Leona and Harold Kramer were married February 12, 1957 in Fulton. They farmed over thirty years near Chadwick. Harold died July 31, 1989. Leona enjoyed playing piano, listening to country music, reading, working crossword puzzles, watching sports and keeping in touch with pen pals. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandson. Leona is survived by two daughters; Diane (Kenneth) Lego and Deloris (Keith) Kloepping Jr., all of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; one son, Dale Kramer of Chadwick; six grandchildren, Alan and Aaron Lego, Kelly and Kristopher Kloepping, and Kurtis and David Kramer; one great grandson, Clayton Lego; a sister, Wilma (Harlan) Johannsen of Morrison, Illinois; one brother, Vernon (Janet) Medendorp of Garden Plain, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents, her husband and a brother, Harold Medendorp, precede Leona in death. [Prairie Advocate 28 January 2004]
OLLEY BELL (COCHRAN) KRAMER, wife of Frank Kramer, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. B. Detweiler, in Sterling, at 1:45 a.m. Feb. 8, 1930, of bronchitis and arthrytis (sic), her sickness being of about four months duration. Everything that loving hands and tender care could do for her, was done, but of no avail. Her illness was of such seriousness that she could not respond to treatment. She had been failing for some time past, but not seriously enough to be confined to bed until about ten weeks ago. Olley Bell Cochran was born in Laclede, Mo., in 1868, being the only daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth Cochran and would have been 62 years of age March 10 of this year. She came with her parents to Morrison when four years old, and this has since been her home, with the exception of one year's residence in Albany, Ill. She attended the public schools of this city and was united in marriage Oct. 17, 1885, to Frank Kramer, the late Hon. Judge Wm. J. McCoy officiating. She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband and five children: Mrs. Edna Elizabeth Richardson of Morrison, Les Edward Kramer of Wayne, Ill., Mrs. Edith Mary Davis of Elmhurst, Ill., Mrs. Maurine Alta Detweiler of Sterling, and Mrs. Mauro O. Bretz of Chicago, Ill. Also five grandchildren, Marylin Detweiler, Jane Davis, Elenor Kramer, Lewis Kramer, and Frank Kramer. Mrs. Kramer was an active member of the following organizations: Women's Relief Corps, Eastern Star, White Shrine of Jerusalem, and the Household Science Club. Her entire lifetime was spent in the service of her family and friends. She willingly responded at all times to any and all calls in time of sickness or need, giving unselfishly of her time and energy, her own comfort and pleasures being her last thought. Funeral services will be held from the house on Lincolnway East at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, and the order of Eastern Star will conduct the services form the Presbyterian church at 2:30 o clock. Interment will be made in Grove Hill cemetery. [Contributed by Dawn Everling]
DORIS IRENE (HELSINGER) KRAUS, 84, of Sterling died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001, after an extended illness. Mrs. Kraus was born April 12, 1917, in Lanark, the daughter of Albert and Orpha (Carbaugh) Helsinger. She married John "Jack" Kraus on March 5, 1943, in Freeport. He died Nov. 2, 1997. She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling and was a charter member of the Erva Moody Circle. Survivors include two daughters, Mary Jane Klein of Carpentersville and Carolyn R. Kraus of Elgin; three sons, John Albert Kraus of Oneida, Edward E. Kraus of Rockford and Russell J. Kraus of Sterling; a sister, Ruth Kupfer of Stockton; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial services are at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling, with the Rev. David Beckstrom, pastor, officiating. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. A gathering of friends and family is from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory, Rock Falls. Memorials have been established to St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling, and the Diabetes Foundation. [Contributed by Mary Klein]
LUDWIG KRAUS, died at his home in the First ward on Sunday evening at 7:45 o'clock after a very long illness. He had been a great sufferer for a long time of asthma, but he bore his troubles without complaing til the end came. The funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the German Catholic church in Sterling, the Rev. Fegers officiating. The funeral cortege will leave the house in this city at 1:30 o'clock. The deceased was born in Augsburg, province of Bayern, Germany, Nov. 1, 1844. He came to New York in 1876 and later came west. He was married in 1880 to Miss Anna Nilles and they came to Rock Falls to live. He leaves to mourn his death, his widow and three children, Margaret T., Barbara I, and John L. Two other children, Gertrude and Anna Marie died before their father. Mr. Kraus was a firm Catholic, living and dying in the faith. He was a member of the Church of the Sacred Heart. He was a good man in his home and was deeply loved and honored by his wife and children. He was a machinist by trade and was a faithful employee of the Keystone Mfg. Co, for about twenty-one years. The stricken relatives have the sincere sympathy of all in their hour of sorrow. [Contributed by Mary Klein - Sterling Standard 31 Dec 1901]
FRANK E. KREIDER, 74, died Sunday at his home at 503 4th Ave. The body was removed to the Trouth Funeral Home, where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afernoon at 2:30 o'clock. Dr. Alfred L. Grewe will officiate. Burial will be in Riveside Cemetery. Frank E. Kreider was born June 18, 1879, east of Sterling, a son of John H and Magdeline Ebersole Kreider. He was educated in the rural schools. On Feb. 24, 1915 he was united in marriage with Miss Ida Shuler. They farmed north of Sterling until they retired in 1922 and moved to the late home 503 4th avenue. Mrs. Kreider passed away Feb. 6, 1952 and since that time Mr. Kreider had been very depressed. He had also been ailing for some times. He had remarked several times that there as nothing left for him to live for. [Contributed by Mike Hosler]
GRETA J. KREIDER - Memorial services for Mrs. Greeta J. Kreider of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Sterling, will be held on Monday, Nov. 15, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Christian Church of Sterling, 3400 N. 6th Ave. Services will be conducted by John Vickery, pastor, in the church parlor. Mrs. Kreider passed away on Oct. 5, in Charlotte, S.C. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 11, 1982 - Thursday, page A8]
LORNA (LANDHEER) KREIDER, 81, of Sterling died Monday, March 14, 2005, at Coventry Village, Sterling. She was employed by the former First National Bank as a teller for many years. Mrs. Kreider was born May 2, 1923, in Morrison, the daughter of Edward and Martha (Oltmanns) Laridheer. She married Harold Kreider on May 12, 1943, in Sterling. He died Aug. 8, 2004. Survivors include two daughters, Pat (Dave) BrackeIl of Sun City, Ariz. and Lynn (Jim) Sutton of Freeport; a son, Curt (Carolyn) Kreider, of Sterling; two sisters, Avis. (Doug) Chamberlain of Lyndon. and JoAnn F. (Paul) Vock of Morrison; two brothers, Edward Landheer of Sterling and Paul (Loraine) Landheer of Dixon; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sterling. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling
DANIEL KRICKOVICH, 88, of 6079 Penrose Rod, Fulton, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at his home. He was a lifetime farmer with his brother, Sam, in the rural Fulton area, etiring in 1983. Mr. Krickovich was born Feb. 2, 1915,in Fulton, the son of George and Martha (Podkonyak) Krickovich. He attended Fulton grade schools and served in the Coast Guard. Survivors include two sisters, Stella (Charles) Cantrell of Fulton and Sophie Johnson of Clinton, Iowa; a brother, Eli Krickovich of Clinton, Iowa; two nieces; and a nephew. He was precededin death by three sisters, Ann Nelson, Mary Krickovich and Della Vonach; and three brothers, Sam, Nick and Pete Krickovich. Private family service is Friday at the Fulton Chapel ofthe Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, with the Rev. Stanley Bomgarden, pastor of Fulton Presbyterian CHurch, officiating. Burial is at Fulton Township Cemetery. There is no visitation [Daily Gazette August 7, 2003]
ALDA R. KROHN, 84, of Aberdeen, S.D., formerly of Morrison died Friday (04 Oct 1985) at Bethesda Nursing home in Aberdeen. Funeral services were held today in Aberdeen, S.D. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison at a future date. Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home in Morrison was in charge of local arrangements. Alda was born on Sept. 1, 1901 in Raymond, S.D., the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Ritchie. She was raised in the Morrison area and graduated from Morrison High School She received her teachers certificate from Northern Illinois Teachers College in DeKalb. Alda lived in the Morrison and Sterling areas before returning to South Dakota many years ago. Surviving is one sister, Ila R. Ferguson of Fargo, N.D. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinos October 8, 1985 - Tuesday, pg A4]
BETTY L. (HENDERSON) KROPF, 75, died February 10, 2007, at Sterling Pavilion. Betty died of cancer, which was discovered a few weeks ago. She was born on August 24, 1931, the daughter of Earl and Lorene (Brunk) Henderson. Betty married Milo E. Kropf on September 6, 1951. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Milo, and granddaughter Faith Boettner. Survivors include her children; Jeanette (Steve) Boettner of German Valley, Merlin of Sterling, Sally of Dixon, Sandra of Rock Falls, Ann (Bob) Kurtz of Freeport, Rita (Derrick) Miller of Freeport, Dale of Des Plaines, and Noland of Davenport. 24 Grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She has one brother, Ansel Henderson of Ohio. Betty always had a smile on her face. She loved to talk and visit with family and friends. She was a very giving person that would always want to help others. When it came to hobbies, she would always be knitting up some project for someone or creating something with her plastic canvas and yarn. Baking cookies for family and friends was also a way for Betty to put a smile on their faces. During her younger years, Betty would always have a flower garden that would make the air pleasing to smell and beautiful to see. When you went in the house, you were always greeted with Betty's friend, Tigger, who always wanted to be petted. Mom will be missed very much by her children, grandchildren, brother, relatives, and friends. Visitation will be Monday February 12, 2007 from 5-8 P.M. at the Schilling Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10 A.M. Tuesday February 13, 2007 at Science Ridge Mennonite Church at. Burial will be at Science Ridge Mennonite Church Cemetery for the family members and close friends. [Contributed by Paul Koehler]
FERN E. (KROPF) KROPF, age 69, 25302 Starr Road, Tampico, Illinois died Friday, March 3, 2006 at her home after a lingering illness of strokes. She was born on August 10, 1936, near Shelbyville, IL, the daughter of Raymond and Esther (Shrock) Kropf. When she was two years they moved to Henry County. In 1943 they moved to the Tampico area where she resided except for four years. After he marriage to Wayne Kropf, they lived in Buffalo, MO. She survived by her husband Wayne of Tampico, IL; four brothers, Laurence (Ada Marie) Kropf of Tampico, IL, Leonard (Fannie) Kropf of Bolivia, Illinois, Harold (Rosanna Kropf of Tampico, Illinois, Oran (Miriam) Kropf of Middletown, Missouri; and one sister Lovina Kropf of Wheatland, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Ivan. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Church in Tampico, IL. Burial will be in the Fairfield Amish Cemetery. Visitation was held on Monday at the Fairfield Amish School in Tampico. Arrangements completed by the garland Funeral Home in Tampico. [Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Prophetstown Echo]
RAYMOND S. KROPF, 88, of rural Tampico, died Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1996, at his home. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Fairfield A.M. Church, rural Tampico. Burial will be at Fairfield A.M. Cemetery, rural Tampcio. Arrangements were completed by Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius. Mr. Kropf was born July 1, 1907, in Cass County, Wis., the son of Levi and Amanda (Yoder) Kropf. He married Esther M. Shrock on June 21, 1934, in Fisher. She died Nov. 22, 1984. He farmed for many years in rural Tampico. Survivors include five sons, Lawrence Kropf and Harold Kropf both of Tampico, Leonard Kropf of Santa Cruz, Bolivia; Ivan Kropf of Goshen, Ind.; and Oran Kropf of Middletown, Mo.; two daughters, Fern Kropf and Lavina Kropf both of Tampico; 38 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Allen Kropf and Owen Kropf, both of Missouri, David Kropf of Nashville, Ark., and Daniel Kropf of Green Forest, Ark.; and five sisters, Edna Shrock and Wilma Hostetler both of Missouri, Alice Kropf and Emma Kropf both of rural Tampico, and Ruth Hostetler of Arkansas. He was preceded in death by one brother; two sisters; and one grandson, James Kropf. Contributed to Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 18, 1996 - Thursday, pg A2]
DONALD W. KRUG, 1206 6th Ave., Rock Falls. Funeral services were held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home. Rev. Luke R. Schnake, pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church officiated, and burial was in IOOF Cemetery. Mrs. Wayne E. Larson was organist. Pallbearers were: Don Jacobs, Joseph Payne, Keith Edeus, Terry Hackbarth, James Hackbarth, Tim Hackbarth and Jack Guerrieri. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 11, 19978 - Friday, page 4]
CHESTER N. KRUSE, 89, of Morrison, died Monday at his home. There will be no funeral service or visitation. The Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home in Morrison is in charge of arrangements. Cremation rights have been accorded He was born April 14, 1915, in Milwaukee to Henry and Emma Wilke Kruse. He was educated in the Milwaukee schools and attended Concordia College in Milwaukee. He married Veronica F. Dirnbauer on July 31, 1954, in Waukegan, Ill. He served in World War II with the Army Air Corps. He owned and operated Kruse Greenhouse in Morrison from 1969 to 1993. He was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, Morrison. Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Susan Drehmer of Morrison; two sons, Thomas (Jan) Kruse of Cave Creek, Ariz., and Robert Kruse of Prophetstown, Ill.; three grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Delores (Harvey) Paul of Milwaukee. [Clinton Herald, 02 June 2004]
CARL KUEBLER, Funeral services for Carl Kuebler of Morrison were held March 27 at Tomlinson Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Theo Dierks, D. D. pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church officiated and burial was in the West Genesee Cemetery. Casket bearers were Clarence Potts, John Davis, Ed Thielen, Carl Walters, Henry Radatz and Reuben Conrady, former neighbors of Mr. Keubler in Clyde Township. Mrs. Carl Walters and Mrs. Dwight McLean assisted with floral tributes. Vocal selections were sung by Lillian Waterstreet and Mrs. Theo Dierks with the latter playing the accompaniment. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 31, 1952 - Monday, pg 2]
GRACE (BOWMAN) SCHICK KUEBLER, of 200 14th Ave, Rock Falls, Ill., aged 72 years, died Nov 27th in the home of her son Robert L Schick, 275 Beach St, with whom she made her home for the past three months. She was born in White Pidgeon, Ill, Aug 12, 1885. She is survived by two sons, Robert L. of Aurora and Charles R. Schick of Rock Falls, Ill; two sisters, Mrs. Claire Huber and Mrs. Hazel Geiger; both of Sterling, Ill; one brother, Sylvester Bowman of Morrison, Ill. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore. Funeral services will be held at the Melvin Funeral Home, Sterling, Ill, Saturday after at 3 o'clock. Rev. Ted Whitacre of the Brethren church will officiate with interment in Riverside Cemetery. [Contributed by Charlotte Schick - [Source: Aurora Beacon-News, Illinois, 29 November 1957]
ELIZABETH (JACOBSON) KUEHL, 75, Morrison, died Saturday afternoon (13 Jan 1973) in the Clinton manor Nursing Home where she had been admitted on Wednesday. She had been ill for several years. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. preceded by a 1:45 p.m. prayer service at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Wallace Nordquist officiating. Friends may call at Tomlinson's Funeral Home Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be in Lyndon Cemetery. Elizabeth Jacobsen was born July 27, 1897 at Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of Henry and Elise VonEssen Jacobson. She attended rural and city schools in the Morrison area and married Joseph Keuhl on Jan. 15, 1920 at Morrison. They farmed in the Morrison area until retiring to Morrison in 1960. She was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Survivors include one son, Maurice, RR 3, Sterling; one brother, Henry, Morrison; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on Dec. 20, 1966, one son, one grandson, two brothers and four sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 15, 1973 - Monday]
JESSICA MARIE KUEHL, 20, of 19387 Creamery Road, Morrison, IL, died Saturday, April 21, 2007 as a result of a motorcycle accident. Jessica was born April 27, 1986 in Sterling, IL, to Steven A. and Wendy S. (Engelkens) Kuehl. She was educated in the Morrison grade schools and was a 2004 graduate of Morrison High School. Jessica was employed by Medical Associates in Clinton, IA as a laboratory technician. She enjoyed playing girls softball and participating in demolition derbies. Survivors include her father and stepmother, Steve and Linda Kuehl of Morrison, IL; her mother, Wendy Gabel of Cedar Rapids, IA; one brother, Steven Kuehl at home; two stepsisters, Rachael and Madeline Barry at home; one step brother, Luke Barry at home; paternal grandmother, Peggy Kuehl of Morrison, IL and maternal grandfather, Ed "Boots" Engelkens of Morrison, IL. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Raymond Kuehl and Stevetta Engelkens.
KATE (METER) KUEHL, died Wednesday, January 21, 1914 at her home in Morrison, after an illness of several months of Bright's disease. Mrs. Kuehl was born in Holland in June 1871 and when twenty years old she came to America and located in Fulton, where soon afterwards she was married to Ren Shipman, who died in 1903. Two years later she was married to William Kuehl of Morrison. She leaves her husband, three children by her first marriage, three by her second, two sisters, Mrs. Henry Ten Boer of Fulton and Mrs. Harry Kopenga of Morrison, and two brothers, Louis and Nicholas Meter in Portland, Ore. Mrs. Kuehl was a good woman, a kind mother and loving wife. May friends of this family join in extending sympathy to the members in their sorrowful bereavement. The funeral services were held at 1 o'clock this afternoon in the Reformed church in Morrison, with burial in the Grove Hill cemetery. [Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Standard, January 24, 1914]
ROBERT LEE KULAS, 17, was killed Friday evening in a one car accident at the Hennepin Canal on Rte 88. Funeral services are pending at the Schmitt Funeral Chapel, Tampico. Robert was born July 14, 1952, in North Dakota, the son of Geonard and LaDonna Kulas. He was a junior at Tampico High School. He had lived in Tampico for 12 years. He is survived by his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Stanley (Frances) Calsyn, Tampico, Mrs. Russell (Annette) Mathias, Tampico; Mrs. Ron (Bonita) Boher, Lyndon; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Kulas, Rock Falls; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Aase, Minneapolic, Minn., and several aunts and uncles. A coroners inquest will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Schmitt Funeral Chapel, Tampico. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 15, 1969 - Saturday, pg 2]
MILTON WILLIAM KULLERSTRAND, 54, S. Beloit died Sunday night at Beloit Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be in the Gardner Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Daniel Boxwell officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral chapel from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials maybe directed to the Prophetstown-Lyndon Dad's League. Milton William Kullerstrand was born in Morgan Park on Sept. 7, 1917, the son of Iven and Marguerite Hanson Kullerstrand. He was educated in Chicago Public schools and St. John's Military Academy in Delefeid, Wis. He had served in WW II and was a member of the Prophestown Legion Post. He married Ghlea Hunt of Prophetstown on Sept. 16, 1944 and had resided in Prophetstown and Lyndon and operated the Kozy Nook restaurant in Prophetstown and Milt's Place in Lyndon. Survivors include one daughter, Candy and one son, Todd, both of Lyndon. He was preceded in death by his parents. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 22, 1974 - Monday, pg 2]
ARTHUR WALTER KUNDE, 84, of 291 Ill. Rt. 2, Dixon, died Saturday at KSB Hospital, Dixon. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, with Rev. Robert A. Leiste, pastor of Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls, with visitation from noon to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, the family present from 7-9 p.m. A memorial has been established to the Christ Our Savior Lutheran Church. Mr. Kunde was born Feb. 28, 1904 in Whiteside County, the son of Fred and Amelia Plautz Kunde. He married Viola Leesman in 1932. She died in 1936. He then married Leota H. Howe Heaton, Jan. 28, 1938 in Clinton, Iowa. He was employed at the Dixon Water Works Department for eight years, prior to retiring in 1969. He was a member of the Christ Savior Lutheran Church and Rock River Grange. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Marvin, Oregon, and Butch, Dixon; two daughters, Mrs. Phil (Doris) Pierce, Amoka, Minn., and Mrs. Mike (Marcia) Vaskie, McNabb; one sister, Mrs. Ethel Wolf, Walnut; 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, five brothers and five sisters. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 6, 1988 - Monday, page A2]
WILLIAM EDWARD KUNTZ - 85, of Fenton (IL) a retired farmer, passed away at 8 p.m. Sunday in Morrison Community Hospital where he had been a patient the past five weeks. The body rests in the Reynolds Funeral Home in Morrison where friends may call after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral rites will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home by the Rev. Jim Harker of the Fenton EUB Church. Burial will take place in the Davenport, Iowa Memorial Park Cemetery. Wm. Edward Kuntz was born Feb. 10, 1880 in Kahoka MO, the son of Daniel and Elizabeth (Kinsinzer) Kuntz. He was reared and educated in Kahoka and was married there on Sept. 6, 1906 to Lillian Clark. They resided in Clark County MO until 1938, then moved to Davenport, Iowa and in 1955 came to Fenton. Mrs. Kuntz passed away Oct. 12, 1958. Surviving are three sons and two daughters, Stanley C. of LaPlato MO, Carl D. of Davenport, Leland E. of Arlington Heights, Mrs. raymond (Irene) Riewerts of Fenton, and Mrs. M.I. (Irma) Severson of Davenport. He also leaves 10 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. His wife and 13 brothers and sisters preceded in death. The Daily Gazette, Sterling IL 13 Dec. 1965 from Sue Nesland]
LANITA A (MANGERS) KUPEL, passed away at 3:30 o . clock Wednesday morning at her home 911 West McClure Avenue, Peoria, following an illness of long duration. She was formerly a resident of Sterling and is the daughter of Mrs. Viola Mangers Seater of Emerson. Memorial services are to be conducted at the Comerford Endsley memorial home in Peoria Friday mooring at 10 o'clock, by the Rev. Howard Detweller of the Glenn Oak Christian church. The body will be brought to Dixon at 7:15 o'clock Friday evening and from there to the Melvin funeral home. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon with Rev. Albert H. Keck, Jr., of St John's Lutheran church officiating. Interment will be made in Riverside cemetery. Lanita Mangers was born in Sterling, November 23, 1907, daughter of Mrs. Violas Mangers Seater. He was married January 1, 1932 to Harold Kupel. Since her marriage she has resided in Peoria. During her long illness she was a patient sufferer. Her chief interest was in home and family. Besides her husband she leaves one son, Harold G. Kupel; her mother, Mrs. Viola Seater, Emerson and two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Sauer of Chicago and Miss Genevieve Mangers of Emerson. Dated: 19 Dec 1934 [Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers]
DORA JANE KURK - 68, of Chicago, formerly of Sterling, died Monday (Oct. 15, 2012) in Chicago. She was born in Sterling, a daughter of the late Edward H. and Sallie L. Kurk. Dora attended Northern Illinois University and Moser Business College. She was a retired office manager at Sureway Tool and Engineering in Chicago. She was an avid collector of Dept. 56 villages and Jim Shore artisan figures and past president of the Windy City 56ers collectors club in Niles. Dora loved to travel and has visited 47 states. She was a loyal Chicago Cubs fan and had been a season ticket holder for many years, making many lifelong friends during that time at the games and Cubs conventions. She loved playing cards and board games and was deemed a "feisty" competitor. She was a member of First Congregational Church of Sterling and in earlier days was a member and junior leader of the Busy Bees 4-H Club and a representative of area Girl Scouts at National Roundups. Dora was a woman of strong principles, with a straight-forward approach to life and a tireless love for family and friends. Survivors include her beloved companion and best friend, Claude Nugent of Chicago; her loving sister, Leona (Donald) Dirks of Sterling; nieces, Juli Ann (William) Osborne of Stirling, Scotland, and Christine (Greg) Gallantine of Sterling; nephews, Gary (Linda) Dirks of Prophetstown, and John (Angel) Dirks and David (Rebecca) Dirks, both of Clarksville, Tenn.; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. SERVICES: A celebration of her life service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling. Cremation rites have been accorded. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. ARRANGEMENTS: Schilling Funeral Home. [Contributed by Ella Tittsworth - Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL]
SALLIE L. (SIMMONS) KURK - 91, of Sterling, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at her home. Mrs. Kurk was born Sept. 3, 1916, in Philadelphia, Mo., the daughter of Burdette Young and Nellie Gabe (Wood) Simmons. She married Edward H. Kurk on April 17, 1937, in Sterling . He preceded her in death on March 17, 1991. She was an active member of First Congregational Church of Sterling, holding several offices over the years. She was a member of the Whiteside County Extension for over 50 years, the Lee County Home Extension, a 4-H leader of the Elkhorn Lucky Stars, an active member of the PTA at Central School and a Girl Scout leader. She and her husband loved to travel and visited 49 states. Survivors include two daughters, Leona (Donald) Dirks of Sterling and Dora Jane (Claude Nugent) Kurk of Chicago; one sister, Marcie Leonard of Rock Falls ; five grandchildren, Gary (Linda) Dirks of Prophetstown, Christine (Greg) Gallentine of Sterling, John (Angel) Dirks, David (Rebecca) Dirks, Clarksville, Tenn., and Juliann (William) Oswald of Stirling, Scotland; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007, at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Paul Suedmeyer, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Sterling, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling . Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Sept. 12, 2007, at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to First Congregational Church, Sterling, and Whiteside County, 4-H. The Dixon Telegraph, Wednesday, September 12, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1 – 2]
HARRIET KURTZ, 80, of Rock Falls, IL, died November 10, 2002 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling, IL. She was a Registered Nurse and had been employed as a scrub nurse for orthopedic surgeons in the Chicago area. Mrs. Kurtz was born in Highland Park, IL. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She taught Bible school and was a member of the CGH Medical Center Auxiliary. Wife of the late Thomas D. Kurtz, she is survived by two daughters, Karen Mallon of North Carolina and Kathy Ferrari of Milton; one son, John Kurtz of Illinois; one sister, Doris Lawrence of Illinois, and five grandchildren. A private family service was held at the Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling, IL. Funeral arrangements were made by the Schilling Funeral Home. Donations may be made to the CGH Auxiliary c/o Joan Hermes, 100 E. Lefevre Road, Sterling, IL. Milton MA Times 21 Nov 2002]
LEVI KURTZ - With the war ended, two more former Whiteside County young men have been added to the honor roll. Both young men were residents of Belmond, Iowa, at the time they entered the service. There is a strange coincidence in the obituary of the two men; both were born in Illinois, moved to Iowa, were the same age, the same occupation -- farmers -- died the same month, and the messages of their deaths were received by the parents in the same week. LEVI KURTZ, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Kurtz, of Belmond, died from cerebospinal meningitis in France on October 26. He was called to the service on July 24, and assigned to the medical department. The young man was born in Albany, Ill., April 29, 1894. He leaves three brothers, one of whom, Charles, is in France, being called to the services the same time as Levi, eight sisters and his parents.
JOHN E. KUSTES, 65, of Fulton, died Tuesday at Mercy North Hospital. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton. The Rev. James R. Keenan, pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, will be officiating. The service will be preceded by a 10 a.m. family prayer service at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Calvary Hill Cemetery in Fulton. He was born July 26, 1939, in Clinton to John E. Kustes Sr. and Bernadette Forman Kustes. He married Leah M. McKinstry on Nov. 4, 1978, in Fulton. He attended rural Whiteside County, Ill., schools. He graduated from Fulton High School. He was engaged in farming on the family farm. He was then employed with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad. He returned to farming and then was employed with the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Sterling, Ill., before retiring in 1999. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton, the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Knights of Columbus, the Whiteside County Farm Bureau and Future Farmers of America. He also was a 4-H leader and had served as a Cub Scout and Webelo leader. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Laura (Chad) Hultman of Atkinson, Ill., Mrs. Lana (Joseph) Otten of Rock Island, Ill., and Mrs. Kimilie (Robert) Saiter of Clinton; six sons, Barry (Linda) Kustes of Clinton, Tom Kustes of Des Moines, Christopher (Amy) Kustes of DeKalb, Ill., Andrew (Kitka) Kustes of Cordova, Ill., and Keith (Tracy) Horton and Michael (Marlyce) Horton, both of Clinton; 25 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy (Robert) Pannell of Thomson, Ill., Francis Powers of Sycamore, Ill., and Mary Biggs of Moline, Ill. Memorials may be made to Mass offerings. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. [Clinton Herald, 20 January 2005]
DOROTHY (COOK) KYGER, 78, of Rock Falls died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at Coventry Village Nursing Home, Sterling. Mrs. Kyger was born Oct. 8, 1926. in Sterling, the daughter of Lucille (Payne) Cook. She married Floyd Smith. She later married Robert Kyger. He died in 1982. Survivors include five sons. Thomas R. Smith of Sterling. Robert Smith of Fulton, Floyd H. Smith and Timothy G. Smith both of Rock Falls and Daniel F. Smith of Rockford; two sisters, Darlene "Dolly" St. Clair of Sterling and June (Lynn) Babcock of Rock Falls; a brother, Bob Cook of Florida; several grandchildren and great~grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a son David Lowell Smith. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at McDonald-Alien-Grennan Funeral Home. Burial is at Oak Knoll Cemetery. [Sterling Daily Gazette, December 26, 2004]
LESTER H. KYGER, 88, of rural Prophetstown, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 1999, at CGH Medical Center. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church, officiating. There will be no visitation. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. Mr. Kyger was born Sept. 15, 1911, the son of Harry and Jessie (Petty) Kyger. He married Edna M. Wharfield on Aug. 14, 1947, in Sterling. She survives. He was employed by Lawrence Brothers, Sterling, as a punch press operator, prior to his retirement in 1973. Survivors include two daughters, Karen (Warren) Stienhurst of Dixon and Mahala (Bud Conley) Simpson of Nachusa; two brothers, Ernest Kyger of Rock Falls, and Clarence Kyger of Chicago; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 11, 1999 - Thursday, pg A2]
MICHAEL LEON KYGER, 59, of Rock Falls, died Thursday, July 26, 2007, at Rockford Memorial Hospital . He was employed by Lawrence Bros. Hardware for 10 years. Mr. Kyger was born March 16, 1948, in Sterling, the son of Ernest and Mary (Hess) Kyger. He attended East Jordan United Methodist Church, Sterling . Survivors include a son, Michael Kyger Jr. of Austin, Texas ; two brothers, Martin (Lori) Kyger of Rock Falls and Timothy Kyger of Las Vegas ; and a grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Thomas Kyger. Private graveside service is Thursday at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Homes. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to East Jordan United Methodist Church, Sterling.
GEORGE KYSETH - Funeral services for George Kyseth, 73, former Prophetstown resident who died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 1968 in Clarion, Iowa, following an extended illness, were held Dec. 29, 1968 at the Gardner Chapel. The Rev. A. Dean Lundstrom of the First Congregational Church officiated at 10 a.m. Committal was in the William McNeil burial plot in Riverside Cemetery. A memorial service was held in the Eiler Funeral Home in Clarion, Iowa. Born March 21, 1894, in Duluth, Minn., Goerge Kyseth was the son of the late B. O. and Marie Kyseth. He attended school in Sherburn and Preston, Minn., and graduated from Bradley University School of Horology in Peoria. During World War I he served with the 20th Infantry as first lieutenant. He was united Following his release from the army, George Kyseth went into partnership with his father in a jewelry store in Preston, Minn. In 1925 he and his wife and family moved to Clarion, Iowa. At the time of his residence in Prophetstown, he was associated with the Fenn Drug Store as jeweler. Mr. Kyseth was active in city, county, state business, community and fraternal affairs. He was instrumental in passage of the watchmaker's licensing bill in the Iowa Legislature and since held the number one state watchmaker's license. Bradley University gave him a citation in 1958 for outstanding achievement in horology. He was a past president of the Iowa Retail Jewelers Associaton and served on the Board of Directors many years. Preceding Mr. Kyseth in death was a son, George Kyseth, Jr. Surviving with the widow are a son Neil D. Kyseth and a granddaughter, Robin Kyseth of Tulsa, Okla. [Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 4, 1968 - Thursday, pg 6]
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