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DONALD G. PARKER , 81, formerly of Prophetstown, IL died Saturday, November 5, 2005 in Akron, OH. Services will be 2:30 P.M. Saturday, November 12th at the Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be from 1:30 P.M. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Palliative Care Unit of Akron Children’s Hospital, 1 Perkins Square, Akron, OH 44302. Don was born on October 2, 1924 in Virden, IL the son of George and Bernice (Richardson) Parker. He graduated from Virden High School. He married Melva Lomelino on May 14, 1951 in Palmyra, IL. She preceded him in death on January 7, 1991. Dona was a Navy Veteran of WWII and a fifty year member of Masonic Lodge #293 A.F. & A.M., Prophetstown. He is survived by daughters Pamela Parker, Canton, OH, Tamie Parker, Dallas, TX, a son and daughter-in-law Dr. Michael and Marie Parker, Akron, OH, and 5 grandchildren. Don was also preceded by a daughter, Valerie, son Lance, and a granddaughter, Hillary.
Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from The Prophetstown Echo – November 8, 2005

HAROLD C. PARKER , 80, of 208 Fourth Ave. S., Albany, died Wednesday, July 30, 2003, at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton. He was an over-the-road truck driver, retiring in 1987. Mr. Parker was born Jan. 6, 1923, in Fulton, the son of Clyde and Belle (Holcomb) Parker. He attended rural Morrison schools. He served in the Army during World War II. He married Nova Crumbacher on Dec. 16, 1977, in Morrison. Survivors include his wife; a son, Harold D. Parker of Colorado; and a sister, Mary London of Colorado. Graveside service is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Garden Plain Cemetery, rural Fulton, with Greg Schultz officiating. There is no visitation. Arrangements were completed by the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home
Daily Gazette 1 August 2003

JOHN PARKER , 55, Aurora, Colo., formerly of Morrison, died Saturday. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Reynolds Funeral Home, with the Rev. James Harker officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. John Parker was born April 8, 1917, at Morrison, the son of Less V. and Ida V. Nicewonger Parker. He was reared and educated in Morrison. He married Avril Hammer in April 1942. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, was a veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW. Survivors include one daughter, Joyce; his father, Less V. Parker, Aledo; one brother, Harry V., California; two sisters, Mrs. Emily Fastest, Aledo, and Mrs. George (Lovicia) Wild, Seattle Wash., and four grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 12, 1972 - Monday, page 2

MELBA (WATSON) PARKER , 63, of 408 fifth Ave. S. Albany, died Nov 10, 1992, at Mercy Hospital, Davenport, Iowa. Private graveside services will be held Thursday at Lusk Memorial Cemetery, Albany, with the Rev. Wayne Olson, pastor of Albany United Methodist Church, officiating. There will be no visitation. The Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Parker was born April 25, 1929, in Stockton, the daughter of Darius and Bessie (Perry) Watson. She was educated in the galena and Hanover schools. She married Alfred D. Parker Dec. 30, 1961, in Bettendorf, Iowa. She owned and operated L & M Antiques and Collectibles in Albany. She is survived by her husband; one son, Rick Parker of Albany; one step-daughter, Barbara Parker of Phoenix, Ariz.; two step-sons, Larry and Terry Parker, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren; one sister, Sandra L Sharp of Camanche, Iowa; and three brothers, Cloyd Watson and Boyd Watson of Camanche, Iowa, and Daruis Watosn, Jr. of Freeport. She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Joyce, Glee and Donna Watson and Wilma Buening; and her twin brother Melvin Watson.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Nov 11, 1992 - Sterling Gazette

MARY URSELY (JORDAN) PARKER , The silent messenger that had been hovering near for several weeks descended Monday, Dec. 22. 1930, 3:50 p.m. and bore away to the realms of celestial day an immortal spirit, that of a dearly beloved mother in Israel, Mrs. Ursely Parker at the home of her older daughter, Mrs. Harry S. Maxfield, 201 39th Street Moline, Ill. Early in September Mrs. Parker’s health became much impaired, in truth, she had not enjoyed good health for years but during the warm season had maintained her home here-during the cold season her time was spent with her daughters, Mrs. Maxfield of Moline and Mrs. Albert Suiter of Rock Island, so when she became ailing the first week in September she went to consult her Moline physician then to the home of her younger daughter, Mrs. Albert Suiter where she took to her bed and gradually grew weaker. A brief time before the final call came, Mrs. Parker was removed to the Maxfield home. All that living hands and medical skill could do, were to no avail-the Great Physician was the only power to heal not the physical but the spiritual and at the above date and hour the tiny silver cord released its hold of the mortal and immortal winged into the haven of rest, peace, and eternal happiness with that Father whom the subject never found a hard Master, only one in whom she placed her every trust-from Him came sustaining grace and love to the end of the earthly journey-then came her great reward-the joyful reunion of loved ones and that glorious presence with Jesus and Home Sweet Home for ever more. Mrs. Parker was of that quiet gentle loving disposition which endeared her doubly to her family and friends-she was always found willing to give of her services in all departments of church, lodge, and other activities. She was identified with the Albany Methodist Episcopal church and was ever found a consistent Christian servant. She was also a member of the Social Chapter, No. 87, Order of Eastern Star lodge, Albany and an active member of the Albany Women’s club. She will be missed greatly. We realize how great is the loss of that kind loving mother to the two daughters that their loss is that mother’s rich grain-theirs is a holy cherished memory of her.

Mary Ursely Jordan was the daughter of Sampson and Elizabeth Collins Jordan; she was born July 19, 1861 in Suttonville, West Virginia. When but four years of age she came with her parents to Whiteside County where they settled in Newton and on July 2, 1885 she became the bride of Wilbur D. Parker. Two daughters blessed this union, Flora and Lottie. The family moved to Albany several years ago. Mr. Parker was our rural mail carrier on route 2 out of Albany for several years. He passed away April 28, 1918, since, his widow had resided in the home here where the body was brought Monday evening, accompanied by the daughters and lay in state until Friday at 2:00 p.m. when the last rites were conducted by her pastor Rev. C. H. Duvall of the M.E. church assisted by Rev. Powell of the Centenary M. E. church of Rock Island, Ill. During the service as quartet composed of Mrs. E. F. Daw, Mrs. S. B. Diamond, M. S. Rosenkrans, and Aden Mosher of Davenport, Iowa sang “ The Old Rugged Cross,” Sometime We’ll Understand” and “The Land of Unsetting Sun.” The casket was attended by the six nephews: Clay Jordan, Stacy Jordan, Glenn Fagan, Howard Fagan, Dwight Fagen, and Harold Parker, Interment was made on the family lot in beautiful Oak Ridge cemetery. Survivors are the two daughters, Mrs. Harry S. Maxfield, Moline and Mrs. Albert Suiter of Rock Island, one granddaughter, Miss Virginia Maxfield, one grandson, Edwin Maxfield, both of Moline, one sister, Mrs. L. H. Ferguson of St. Louis, MO, who was with her loved one to the last. The funeral was largely attended. Among some of the relatives and friends from a distance were: Mrs. L. H. Ferguson, St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. Jessie Fagan, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Fagan, Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Fagan of Fulton; Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Fagan, Davenport, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Archie Gilchrist, Farmington, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Alva Huffman, Woodhull, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. William Ferguson; Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Given of Morison, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Miller, Moline, Ill.; Miss Elizabeth Carruthers, Canton, Ill.; Mrs. Lily Snyder, Clinton, Ia.; Clyde Burns, Erie, Ill.
Contributed by Larry Jordan

ELBERT S. PARMENTER , 81, 620 N. Ottawa, Dixon, died Sunday afternoon at Swedish American Hospital, Rockford. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Jones Funeral home in Dixon. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Lyndon Cemetery. The Rev. William C. Carpenter, rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Dixon, will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Rotary Foundation or St. Luke's Episcopal Church. Dr. Parmenter was born March 19, 1894 in Lyndon, the son of Allen and Martha Smith Parmenter. He graduated from Rush Medical College and practiced medicine in Alpena, Mich. He was the Public Health Officer for the state of Michigan for 20 years. He was the Medical Health Officer for Lee County since 1966, and retired Sept. 1, 1975. He was as member of the American Legion and the Dixon Rotary Club. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. William (Julie) Killeen of Birmingham, Mich., two sons, Allen of Washington, D.C. and William of London, Ontario, Canada; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded by his parents and two sisters.
Cotnributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 8, 1975 - Monday, page 6

ALICE M. (KILROY) PASCHAL , 69, died suddenly early Monday morning (19 Jun 1972) at Fulton. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bosma Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Lusk Memorial Cemetery, Albany. Friends may call from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Mrs. Parker was born at Albany on Sept. 19, 1903, the daughter of Albert and Amelia Huggins Curry. She was educated in Newton Township and married Harold Parker at Albany on Sept. 19, 1923. She was a member of th Albany United Methodist Church and the Jolly Farmers Wives Club at Garden Plain. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Joe (Mildred) Besse, Erie; Mrs. Theodore (Marjorie) Johnson, Phoenix, Ariz.; three sons, Alfred D., Moline; Jerry W., Albany and Donald,, Sterling, 22 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Clifford (Margaret) Rowland, Fulton, and one brother, Robert, also of Fulton. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons and one infant daughter.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette June 19, 1972 - Monday, pg 2

WILLIAM J. PAXSON - In the death of William J. Paxson, Prophetstown universally mourns, and on is constrained to say that God Almighty has reached out and plucked down of the very choicest of flowers, and in doing has enriched His kingdom. If Christianity is service to humanity, then William J. Paxson was the embodiment of Christianity. His was a life of service, always living his religion and putting into his life tat which he espoused in joining the church. Mr. Paxson lived such a life as to call down the universal encomium of all, in speaking of him, it cannot be said that he had an enemy, and yet he was a man who stood for his rights and what he believed to be just. He was known for his veracity and honor. He could count his friends by his acquaintances. To know Mr. Paxson was to love and respect him. He was one of God’s chosen disciples, leading by his noble character those with whom he came in contact. Serving his town and the community in many capacities there is none to condemn but many to proclaim his virtues. Exemplary in habit, in acts, and four square in all the things that go to make for manhood he stood out conspicuous among his followers. Surely his will be a complete inheritance of the kingdom above.
Contributed by Debbit Thormahlen from the Sterling Gazette – June 18, 1924

CAROLE P. (DONOVAN) PAYNE , 72 of Lyndon died Friday, June 2, 2006 at her home following an illness. Carole was born December 8, 1933 in Morrison, IL the daughter of Paul and Susan (Ernst) Donovan. She married Robert H. Payne on March 22, 1968 in Fremont, NE. He died September 13, 2003. Carole was a Licensed Practical Nurse and had worked at several nursing homes in Nebraska and Illinois. She was a 1952 graduate of Sterling High School and attended Lyndon United Methodist Church. Carole was an avid reader and enjoyed playing the game “greedy”. Most of all she loved and cherished her dog “Misty” and her cat, “Popcorn”. Surviving are two sons, Mark Doering of Rock Falls and Kevin Doering of Oakland, CA; 3 grandchildren; a brother Paul Donovan of New York; a step brother Jim (Robin) Gordon of Sterling; and special friends Sandy (Gale) Schroeder of Lyndon. She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter Kim Denise Doering on May 8, 1969. Cremation rites have been accorded. A celebration of her life will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 10, 2006 at Lyndon United Methodist Church with Pastor Andrew Ploenzke officiating. Gathering of friends and family will be Saturday from 10:30 until 11:00 a.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home in Prophetstown.

ELIZA (WELLS) PAYNE - At her home in this city, on Saturday, November 1, 1895, Mrs. Eliza Wells Payne, aged 87 years, 10 months and 3 days. Eliza Wells Payne was born at East Lebanon, N.H. Jan. 18, 1808. She was married to William Payne in her native village, Nov. 8, 1832, and removed to Jackson County, Illinois, in the summer of 1838, with their three oldest sons, and joined her husband who had preceded her some months, at Vergennes, in that county. Four other sons were born in Jackson and Perry counties, and in the summer of 1845 the entire family removed to Whiteside county, where in 1848 three of the sons died in childhood, in the town of Newton. In 1878 William Payne and his wife removed to Morrison where they have continuously resided during the remainder of their days; the aged husband having died three years, lacking one day, previous to the death of his wife. In all the various circumstances of her life Mrs. Payne was a devoted and faithful friend of the sick and needy, and was continuously self-sacrificing to her family and neighbors, and is well described in Whittier's poem titled "Snow Bound" in which the mother of the family is so faithfully depicted. Her religion was to believe in God and do good to humanity. She was for more than sixty years a consistent and faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and in her later years frequently expressed her willingness to join those of her many friends and relatives who had preceded her to that rest which is promised to such as she, and more especially so since the death of her husband with whom she had traveled life's journey sixty years and nine days. She left surviving her three sons; two brothers and two sisters; the eldest brother, Rev. Dennis Wells, having recently passed his ninety-second birthday, residing in Vermont. Her sister Mrs. Marilla W. Dustin, residing in Minneapolis, and Mrs. Lucinda Lovejoy who for two years past has resided with the deceased and Dr. H.K. Wells, who resides in Erie, this county.

WAYNE C. PEACH , 77, of 31236 Cooper Road, Deer Grove, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999, at his home near Deer Grove. Prayer services and Mass of Christian Burial were this morning at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tampico, with Msgr. Thomas Bales, pastor, officiating. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery, Tampico, with graveside military rites accorded by the Walnut American Legion Post 179. Arrangements were completed by Garland Funeral Home, Walnut. A memorial has been established to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tampico, Walnut Fire Department and Masses. Mr. Peach was born on July 26, 1922, in Walnut, the son of Charles Wilbur and Cora L. Mead Peach. He married Theresa R. Egan on June 3, 1947 at Tampico. She died Sept. 19, 1988. He farmed in the Deer Grove and Walnut area for more than 50 years. He served in the Army in the 361st Infantry 91st Division during World War II in North Africa and Italy, and was wounded in action twice. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tampico, the Farm Bureau and Walnut American Legion Post 179. Survivors include two daughters, Mary (G. Joseph) Weller of Elgin and Rita Peach, at home; a son, Michael Peach at home; two brothers, Lyle (Alberta) Peach of Princeton and Willard (Nancy) Peach of Tampico; three sisters, Ila (Chester) Allen of Princeton, Velva Akridge and Lois (James) Hansen, both of Tampico; a granddaughter, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois December 29, 1999 - Wednesday, pg A2

WILLARD D. PEACH , age 74, of 400 W. Kimball St. in Tampico, IL died Tuesday, October 25, 2005, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Mr. Peach was born on April 9, 1931 in LaMoille, IL, the son of Charles W. and Cora L. (Mead) Peach. He was united in marriage to Nancy Whiteside on June 18, 1954 in Walnut, IL. He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked at John Deere as a combine repairman for 27 years before retiring in 1991. He was a member of the Tampico Church of Christ and enjoyed reading Louis Lamour books. He loved his grandchildren, working in his garden and doing yard work. He is survived by his wife Nancy of Tampico, IL; three sons Larry (Karen) Peach of Mendota, IL, Ken Peach of Deer Grove, IL, Bill (Diane) Peach of Madrid, IA; one daughter Barb Peach of Tampico, IL; five grandchildren; one brother Lyle Peach of Princeton, IL; two sisters Ila Allen of Princeton, IL, Lois Hansen of New Bedford, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son David, two brothers Wayne dn Delmar Peach and one sister Velva Akridge. Funeral services were conducted October 28 at the Garland Funeral Pastor Pearle Lande officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was held October 27 at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. A memorial fund has been established in his memory.
Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from The Prophetstown Echo – November 1, 2005

HELEN PELL - Funeral services for Mrs. Nicholas E. Pell of Garden Grove, Calif., formerly of Morrison, were held Saturday afternoon in the Tomlinson funeral home. The Rev. Arent T. TePaske, retired Reformed church minister, officiated and burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dwayne Pruis, Jay Pruis, Fred Pruis, Raymond Foster, Arthur Pruis and Mennon Pruis. The beautiful floral tributes were arranged by Mrs. Dwayne Pruis and Mrs. Raymond Foster. Mrs. George Huizenga sang, "Under His Wings" and "In the Garden", accompanied by Mrs. Clayton Sikkema. The two daughters who live in California accompanied the body east for the burial. They are Mrs. Hoyt McGuire of Inglewood and Mrs. Lowell Sickle of Tustin.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 23, 1961 - Monday, pg 2

NICHOLAS E. PELL - Funeral services for Nickolas E. Pell of Garden Grove, Calif., formerly of Morrison, were held Friday in the Tomlinson funeral home. The Rev. Bert Van Soest of the Ebenezer Reformed Church officiated and burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery. Casket bearers were Fred Pruis, DduWayne Prius, Clarence Johnson, Arthur Pruis and Jay Pruis. The beautiful floral tributes were arrnaged by Mrs. Fred Pruis and Mrs. Jay Pruis, Mrs. George Hudzenga sang an appropriate selection accompanied by her dauaghter, Miss Trudy Huisenga. (spelled as such). The body had arrived Thursday morning from California and friends and relatives called thursday afternoon and evening at the funeral home.
Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 15, 1960 - Saturday, pg 6 col 2

GEORGE WILLIAM PENLEY , 75, Sallisaw, Okla., formerly of Sterling, died Saturday Sept. 22. 1984 Funeral services were held on Monday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. in the Muldrow First Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Higgs officiating. Interment was in the IOOF Cemetery, Marion. George Penly was born on May 31, 1909 in Rockwood, Tenn., the son of Luther and Vera Ralson Penley. A deacon of the First Baptist Church, Muldrow, he was retired from the Public School District in Sterling. On Aug. 15, 1931 he married Lillian Grace in Marion. Surviving are his wife,; one daughter, Judith Foote, Columbia, S.C.; two sons, William Penley Aurora and Larry Penley, Chicago; two sisters, Ava Egbert, Rockford, and Kate Bolleger, Chicago; two brothers, Ivan Penley, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Luther Penley, Marion; four grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 5, 1984 - Friday, pg A4

DOROTHY (OVERCASH) PEOPLES , 88 of Sterling died Tuesday December 28, 2010 at Coventry Living Center, Sterling. She was born on January 5, 1922 in rural Lee, County the daughter of Lloyd and Ruth (Coats) Overcash. She graduated from Fairview Grade School and from Sterling Township High School class of 1939. She married Edward Peoples on September 20, 1941 in Sterling. He died in January 1946. Dorothy was employed at Middleton Coca Cola as a book keeper for many years and was later employed at the Public Aid Office in Sterling. Dorothy enjoyed traveling and photography. She was involved in several civic organizations including Business and Professional Womens Club, Altrussa, Salvation Army and was a P.A.D.S. volunteer for 10 years. She was an active member of East Jordan United Methodist Church for over 60 years. Surviving is her sister, Marjorie Peoples of Sterling; five nieces and nephews: Ruth (David) Rodekamp of Sterling, Brooke (John) Caudillo of Sterling, Mary Jo (Tom) Babler of Naperville, Kym Overcash and Gary (Terry) Overcash of DeForrest, WI; nine great nieces and nephews: Jennica (John) Smoke, Matthew (Karen) Rodekamp, Sarah (Michael) Bathan, Luke (Tracy) Babler, Jamie (Tom) Richards, Travis Rodekamp, Lori Schroud, Chris Overcash and Amanda (Jeremy) Espinoza; eleven great great nieces and nephews: Elizabeth, Cara, Kennedi and Emilee Richards; Bethany and Brett Smoke; Eden and Claire Rodekamp; Michaela, Sam and Riley Bathan and Adeline Babler. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother Glenn; a sister Mary Alice and a nephew Lynn Overcash. Funeral services will be held on Friday December 31, 2010 at 10:30 AM in the East Jordan United Methodist Church in Sterling with the Reverend Fritz Bartles and the Reverend Thomas Babler, co-officiating. Burial will follow at the Reformed Mennonite Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation is Friday from 9:30 10:30 AM at the church. Arrangements completed by the McDonald Funeral Homes
Contributed by D. Frederick Birely

PEARL (JANVRIN) PEOPLES , 84, died Saturday afternoon at the Resthaven Nursing Home following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 PM at the Tomlinson Funeral Home. The Rev Thomas Badler of Memorial United Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Clyde Cemetery. Visitation is Monday (tonight) from 7-9 PM at the funeral home. She was born April 27, 1893 in Clyde Township, the daughter of Edward and Grace Kennedy Janvrin. She was educated in the rural schools and attended Browns Business College in Sterling. She married Charles Peoples on Dec 4, 1914, in Morrison, and he preceded in death on Jan 8, 1972. She was a member of the Ladies Aid and the Malvern United Methodist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs Homer (Phyllis) Geison, of Savanna; three sons, Robert of Savanna, Warren of Sterling, and Norbert of Sulphur, LA; 20 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son, and one brother. A memorial has been established.
The Whiteside Sentinel, June 9, 1977 Contributed by: Jayne Kennedy Sweger

ROBERT JANVRIN PEOPLES , 85, of Savanna, died Wednesday at Coventry Living Center, Sterling, Ill. Burial will be in South Clyde Cemetery, rural Morrison, Ill. He was born March 9, 1920, to Charles and Pearl Jarvrin Peoples in rural Morrison. He attended South Clyde Country School and graduated from Morrison High School in 1938. He farmed most of his life. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Savanna, and a former member of the Evangelical United Brethren Church, Malvern, Ill. He also was a member of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau. Survivors include one brother, Norbert (Jeanette) Peoples of Sulphur, La.; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Peoples and Marjorie Peoples, both of Sterling; and 17 nieces and nephews. A memorial fund has been established in his name.He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, one sister and five nieces and nephews.

ALBERT PERRY - Burial rites for Albert F. Perry were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Melvin funeral home with the Rev. J. F. Eshbaugh of the West Jordan Lutheran church officiating. Organ selections played by Mrs. J. H. Linn were "Rock of Ages" and "What a Friend We Have In Jesus." The interment was in Riverside cemetery with Harry Fisch, George Capp, John Wolf, Ross Wolf, Howard Weidel and Lester Pfundstein as pallbearers. The flowers were in charge of Mrs. George Capp, Mrs. Harry Fisch and Mrs. Wayne Knox.
Contributed by Melva Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 4, 1952 - Monday, pg 2 col 2

BERNEITTIE (HEFNER) METZLER PERRY , 82, of 703 W. 10th St., Rock Falls, died Saturday evening (13 Feb 1988) at the Sterling Care Center. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Blair Funeral Home, Rev. Melvin Chasteen officiating. Burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery, Rock Falls. Visitation is today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. A memorial has been established. Berneittie Perry was born July 3, 1905 in Alabam, Ark., the daughter of Charlie and Nancy (Fields) Hefner. She married Everett Metzler Dec. 17, 1924 in Tekamah, Neb., and then married Frank Perry Dec. 31, 1943 in Tekamah, Neb. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Doug (Pauline) Holder, Rock Falls, Mrs. Bill (Arline) McKinnis, Rock Falls; two sons, Everett and Samuel Metzler, both of Sterling; one stepson, Keith Perry of Freemount, Nebr.; three stepdaughters, Mrs. James (Nancy) Pettit, and Mrs. Edna Peters, both of Freemount, Neb., and Mrs. Frankie Johnson of Hastings, Neb.; 16 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; 11 step grandchildren and numerous step great grandchildren. Preceded by both husbands; two brothers and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 15, 1988 - Monday, pg A2

JOANNE MARGARET (BACON) BURCH PERRY - We have Joanne M. Perry with a marriage license and some census state. Johanna Margaret - maiden name Bacon. Her father was Joseph S. Bacon who homesteaded at the same time as Ira Burch but did not buy the land - probably one of his other children did. She married (1) Ira Burch 05 April 1832 in Chautauqua Co, NY - probably Busti twp as that is where her parents were living in 1830. Ira's parents were living in Ripley twp, Chautauqua Co NY. Ira died 10 March 1846 on his homestead. Family history says he was buried there. No one has ever been able to find his grave or the graves of their children that died = William H. Burch b 14 August 1840 - d 14 October 1840; Merritt Burch b 20 December 1841 - d 01 March 1842; Judson Burch b 04 February 1843 - d 28 August 1843. History says that 4 children died. It is possible that Johanna had and then lost a baby of her second husband. Johanna married (2) Ezekiel R. Perry 20 September 1846 in Walworth Co. WI - (state record listed on line.) Mr. Perry died / disappeared abt 1860. There are several versions of what happened to him but nothing proved. Johanna Perry has a beautiful stone. The base says BURCH. Someone might want to take a picture of it and put it online.
Contributed by Reta Kleve

ALONZO E. PHELPS one of the oldest market men in city, is stricken. Undoubtedly was the result of a defective heart -- health has not been good for some time. The dead body of Alonzo E. Phelps was found this afternoon at 3 o'clock in Jaquet's Meat Market near the corner of East Sixth Street and Broadway. It is evident that Mr. Phelps had been dead for some time. When the discovery was made, the residents in that vicinity were quickly notified and doctors summoned, but life had been extinct for some time. The dead body of Mr. Phelps was found by Mrs. Calligan, who resides on Locust Street . She went to the butcher shop of Jaquet Brothers and as she entered the shop, she was surprised and startled to find the body of Mr. Phelps on the floor dead. An inquest over the remains will be held, probably this evening, and in the absence of Coroner C. M. Frye in Chicago, one of the justices of the peace here, probably I. L. Weaver, will hold the inquest. Mr. Phelps is a veteran butcher. He has lived in this city for many years and at the time of his death he was probably one of the oldest meat cutters in Sterling . For a number of years, he operated a meat market and probably cut more meat than any other market man in Sterling . For the past few years he was employed by Mr. Jaquet. He is survived by a wife and five children. He resided at 321 West Fourth Street .

"Due to Heart Failure -- Official Inquiry into Cause of Death of A. E. Phelps" (Oct. 14, 1910) - Jury's verdict is that cause of death was due to natural causes and was almost instant. The official inquiry into the cause of the death of Alonzo E. Phelps was held last evening and was conducted by Justice of the Peace I. L. Weaver in the absence of the coroner. The jury, after taking testimony, reported that Mr. Phelps came to his death as the result of heart failure. The body of Mr. Phelps was discovered by Mrs. Minnie Callahan, who resides on First Avenue . When she opened the door of the market, she saw the body on the floor and she quickly summoned neighbors. An examination showed that Mr. Phelps had been sitting on a chair and was seized with failure of the heart and fell from the chair to the floor. The floor was covered with saw dust and was undisturbed. His glasses were adjusted to his nose and had evidently not been moved. His hat was found on the floor. Dr. Maxwell, who was summoned to examine him, stated that it was apparent that he had died of heart trouble. He stated that he had been treating Mr. Phelps for the past five years for heart trouble. The doctor stated that he had made an examination of the floor and it was his opinion that the man died without a struggle. W. S. Stocking, who was the fist man to make his appearance at the market after the body was discovered, also stated that he examined the floor and found that nothing had been disturbed. Benjamin Jaquet states that he had a talk with Mr. Phelps about two hours before the body was found. Mr. Phelps seemed alright at that time. Mr. Phelps complained of being ill and that his heart was troubling him. The funeral services over the remains of Alonzo E. Phelps will be held Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at the family home, 321 West Fourth Street , and will be conducted by Rev. A. C. Geyer, Pastor of the Fourth Street Methodist Church . The remains will then be taken to Oregon , to the home of his sister Mrs. Samuel [Margaret Victoria] Roat, where services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. The remains will be interred in Riverside Cemetery of Oregon, beside those of his father. Alonzo E. Phelps was a member of the Phelps family that founded the now historic city of Oregon on the Rock River in the early part of the 19th century. Mr. Phelps was born in Oregon on Apr. 19, 1847, where he remained until 25 year of age, and since that time has resided here with the exception of a few years spent in Missouri . Mr. Phelps was married to Miss Annie Lyman in this city on May 20, 1879, and to this union eight children were born, three having passed away. The surviving children are Mrs. Addie Eastman of Rockford and Miss Vernie at home, George W., John and Alonzo, who also reside in Sterling . He is also survived by his wife and two sisters, Mrs. Samuel Roat and Mrs. Charles [America Delana] Reynolds of Oregon. Mr. Phelps at the time of his death was the pioneer meat cutter of this city and had worked continuously at the trade for 42 years. He probably worked in and established the majority of the meat markets in this city. Mr. Phelps was a member of theFourth Street Methodist Church and of the Sterling Woodmen. He was well known in this city and vicinity and had many friends in Oregon . Mr. Phelps was industrious and a hard working citizen. He raised a splendid family of boys and girls, and was a wise and loving husband, a good father and an affectionate brother. His sudden death which occurred Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock has been a severe shock to the family and they have the sincere sympathy of the community in their hour of bereavement.

Additional Comments: - The town baseball team in Sterling canceled its game out of respect for Alonzo Phelps' funeral. He was buried in Riverside Cemetery in Oregon , Illinois near his father George Washington Phelps. His grandson Lloyd Phelps said the plot where Alonzo was actually buried says "Phelps-Roat" and on it are the names of Margaret [Roat] (1846-1905) and her twin sons Fred (1867-1913) and George (1867-1942).
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Sterling Evening gazette Thursday, Oct. 13, 1910 and Friday, Oct. 14, 1910

ANNA ELIZABETH (LYMAN) PHELPS widow of Alonzo Phelps, died at the Sterling Public Hospital at 3:30 o'clock Friday -- death being due to a complication of diseases, the chief of which being gall stones. She had been ill for the past three weeks, and a week ago was removed to the hospital. The funeral services will occur on Monday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Rev. A. J. Burns officiating. The remains will be interred in Calvary. Anna Elizabeth Lyman was born Dec. 2, 1853, in Philadelphia , Pa. , and was married to Alonzo Phelps in this city in 1879. Mr. Phelps passed away several years ago. Mrs. Phelps is survived by the following children: Mrs. V. E. [Adelaide ] Eastman, Alonzo, John and Verna. Also by the following brother and sisters: Richard and William of Chicago and Mrs. Phil [Ella] Clark of Chicago and Jane Lyman of Chicago. Mrs. Phelps was a devoted member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and was highly respected and verated (sic-venerated) by all who knew her. A loving mother and dutiful sister, as well as a kind neighbor. The family have the profound sympathy of the community in their hour of sorrow.

Additional Comments - Sterling Gazette Tuesday, Apr. 21, 1914 -- William Lyman [Annie's brother] returned to his home in Chicago yesterday after attending the funeral of his sister, Mrs. Anna Phelps. Richard Lyman [Annie's brother] and his little daughter of Chicago, who were called here by the death of Mrs. Anna Phelps, returned to their home yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. William (sic-Phillip) Clark [Annie's sister] and family returned to their home in Amboy today after attending the Phelps funeral. Mrs. V. A. (sic-Adelaide) Eastman [Annie's daughter] returned to her home in Rockford today after attending the funeral of her mother Mrs. Anna Phelps.

Additional Comments - Annie Lyman was a remarkable woman -- very short and with only functional hand. Only the thumb remained of one of her hands as a result of her being burned when she was a baby, probably in a tenement fire in her birthplace, Philadelphia . Her parents, John and Anne Lyman, later moved their family to a farm in Maytown , Illinois , near Amboy.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers

JOSEPH L. PICKERING 45, of Lombard, Ill. (formerly of Lyndon) died Friday (22 Apr 1977) at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the United Church of Chirst in Lombard followed by graveside services at 4 p.m. at the Lyndon Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to the United Church of Christ in Lombard. Mr. Pickering began his teaching career at Benson Street School near Prophetstown and later taught in the Lombard Schools, District 44. Survivors include one daughter, Judith; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Pickering of Dixon and one brother, David, also of Dixon.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 23, 1977 - Saturday, pg 4

CLARA EVELYN (McKENZIE) PIERCE , 58, passed away at her home in Tampico at 10:20 o'clock Saturday morning (19 Mar 1932) . Death was due to complications of diseases. Mrs. Pierce had been ailing for several years, and had been bedfast for nearly three months. Clara Evelyn McKenzie was the daughter of Robert and Julia McKenzie. She was born in Yorktown, April 26, 1864, and received her early education in the school of that community. She was married to Fred Pierce July 8, 1885, in Tampico. They spent the most of their lives in the vicinity of Tampico, excepting for three years in New York state. Mrs. Pierce was a member of the Christian Church, of the Royal Neighbors, and Eastern Star. The husband and one daughter, Mrs. Ben Brainerd of Rock Falls, survive. Two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Foy and Mrs. Maude Morrell, and brother, Ernest McKenzie, all of Tampico; a grandson, Robert Brainerd, and three great grandchildren, Bobby, Joanne and Barbara Brainerd of Rock Falls, also survive. No funeral arrangements had been made early this afternoon.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois March 19, 1932 - Saturday, pg 6 (Burial: Tampico Memorial Cemetery)

EDWIN ALVIN PIERCE , 59, of Tampico, passed away this morning suddenly in his home. Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Schmitt Funeral Chapel, Tampico, the Rev. Edgard Perez officiating with burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m.Sunday. Edwin Pierce was born Nov. 9, 1909 in Drinkwater, Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of M. L. and May Pierce. He lived in Tampico most of his life and attended Tampico schools. He married Gladys Glassburn on June 17, 1929 in Morrison. He was a member of the Tampico First United Methodist Church, Yorktown Lodge 655 AF & AM Tampico, Moline Consistory Lodge and Modern Woodmen of America. He is survived by his widow, one son, Gordon Pierce of Harvey; his mother, May Hunter of Tampico and one grandson Gordon Scott Pierce. He was preceded by his father. (Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 27, 1968 - Tuesday, pg. 6, col. 3 ) Funeral services were held for Edwin Alvin Pierce on Monday afternoon at the Schmitt Chapel in Tampico, the Rev. Edgard Perez officiating. Archie Yarde, soloist, sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "Ivory Palaces" accompanied by Mrs. David Hoover. Mrs. Howard Boostrom and Mrs. Bessie Yarde assisted by the Hillcrest Greenhouse were in charge of the many beautiful floral tributes. Burial was in Tampico Memorial cemetery with Marshall Rotz, James Meighan, Harry Hurd Jr., Holger Pedersen, Kenneth Ross, Ellie Wenger as casketbearers. (Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 27, 1968 - Tuesday, pg. 6, col. 3 )
Obituary contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 24, 1968, pg. 2, col. 2

GLADYS AMANDA (GLASSBURN) PIERCE , 77, 204 North Benton Street, Tampico, died Friday morning at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico with Rev. Brad Wilson, pastor of Tampico United Methodist Church officiating. Burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the Tampico Ambulance Service. Mrs. Pierce was born March 7, 1907 near Tampico, the daughter of Glenn W. and Grace Dennison Glassburn. She was united in marriage to Edwin Pierce on June 17, 1929 in Tampico. Gladys worked for the Continental Telephone Company in Tampico for over 35 years. She is survived by one son, Gordon, of South Holland and one grandson, Gordon Scott Pierce of South Holland. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 22, 1984 - Saturday
Gladys Glassburn and Edwin Pierce, both of Tampico, who were granted a divorce Wednesday, August 21 in Sterling, were married at Dixon Monday evening. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois September 5, 1935 - Thursday, pg 9)

JAMES W. PIERCE
- Funeral services for James W. (Pierre) Pierce, who died at San Diego, California last Thursday are set for Thursday with a prayer service at 9:30 a.m. at the Grennan Funeral Home followed by a Mass of the Resurrection at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-9 Wednesday. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday. James Pierce was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. until his retirement in 1968. He married Ruth M. Cox at Decatur, Feb. 12, 1946. Survivors include his widow, one son, James Woodrow Pierce of California; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Patricia) Mendota, Sterling and Mrs. Charles (Pamela) Akers, San Diego, Calif.; his mother, Edith, Missouri Valley, Iowa and eight grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 28, 1977 - Tuesday, pg 4

McKENZIE LYSANDER PIERCE
- Funeral services for M. L. Pierce were held at two o'clock Monday afternoon in the Parent funeral parlors with Rev. D. E. Springer, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. The chapel was filled with sorrowing relatives, neighbors and friends and there were many beautiful flowers, silent expressions of sympathy and respect. Rev. Springer read from the 27 Psalm and a poem, Tennyson's "Crossing the Bar." He gave a talk on "farsightedness," using as his text John 7:38. The theme of his message was "By spiritual discernment seeing through the world of Nature, the truth and beauty there; seeing beyond the exterior of a man and being a real friend; and accepting the gift of such a quality of life that it cannot be stopped." The soloist, Noel Hawkins of Sterling, a fellow employee of Edwin Pierce, son of the deceased, sang two numbers, "Lead Kindly Light" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." He was accompanied at the organ by Mrs. D. E. Springer. As a mark of respect all business houses were closed during the funeral. Burial was in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery with Virgil Peterson, W. R. Pierceson, Martin Carlson, Leo Sollars, John C. Berge, and Wm. J. Frank serving as pallbearers. Mr. Pierce passed away at 11:30 Friday night at the Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton where he had undergone a major operation about ten days before. Relatives from a distance who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Pierce of Burlington, Ia.; John Pierce and Mrs. Helen Pierce Frey of Davenport, Ia.; Mrs. Hazel McCrackin of Rock Island; Mrs. Edna Minier of Moline; Mrs. Cliff Siler of Walnut; Mrs. Robert Brainerd and Mrs. Lulu Brainerd of Rock Falls; Nate McKenzie of Crystal Lake; Mrs. Alice Thompson, Mrs. Helen Stutzman and William Murray of Falls Church, Va., and Ed Wakeman of Rockford. Among the callers at the Pierce home Sunday evening were Mr. and Mrs. Al Franklin of Delmar, Ia.McKenzie L. Pierce passed away at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, Ill., on Friday, July 31, 1942, at the age of 50 years, 8 months and 22 days. He was born near Tampico, Nov. 9, 1882, the son of Alvin and Stella McKenzie Pierce. On Nov. 27, 1902, he was married to Miss May Winchell of Yorktown, Ill. To this union was born one son, Edwin Alvin. With the exception of 11 years when he lived in Saskatchewan, Canada, he spent his entire life in this community. He was a merchant in Tampico for many years and for the past nine years had driven the school bus from the Ross school district and for almost one and a half years had assisted in the Shaheen Grocery. He leaves to mourn his loss, his widow and son Edwin A., one grandson, Gordon Mack Pierce, his daughter-in-law, Gladys Pierce, and one brother, Tracy A. Pierce, all of Tampico, besides a host of relatives and friends.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Tampico Tornado, Tampico, Illinois August 6, 1942 - Thursday
M. L. Pierce, 59, of Tampico, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Friday at the Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. He had been in poor health for some time and submitted to surgery at the hospital July 22. The body rests at the Parent funeral chapel in Tampico where friends may call. Funeral rites are to be held there at 2 p.m. Monday, with burial in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Pierce had lived in and around Tampico all his life. He farmed for a number of years and for the past few years had been employed in the Shaheen grocery in Tampico. Besides his widow, Mrs. Mae Winchell Pierce, he is survived by one son, E. A. Pierce, a grandson, Gordon Pierce and one brother, T. A. Pierce, all of Tampico.
Contributed by Melva L. TaylorThe Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois August 1, 1942 - Saturday, pg 3

SARAH JANE "JENNIE" (WILSON) SMITH PIERCE , Sarah Jane Pierce, nee Wilson, was born June 16, 1871, and died Monday, March 8, 1920, aged forty-eight years, eight months and twenty-one days. She leaves to mourn her departure three sons by her first marriage to C. H. Smith; Charles A., of Rock Falls, Ill.; H. Vernon, of Sterling, Ill., and Harry W., of Elmhurst; her husband Walter S. Pierce, two daughters, Elsey May and Vera Marie, and an adopted daughter, Marie Mundt, all at home, and three grandchildren. Also three brothers and three sisters, John S. Wilson, of Clinton, Ia., T. Alexander Wilson of Quincy, Ill., George O. Wilson, of Chicago, Mrs. S. A. Rush of O'Fallon, Ill., Mrs. Lewis H. Hunt, of Thayer, Mo., and Mrs. J. E. Reagan of Tampico, Ill. Her death was caused by a complication of diseases. She was converted to God and united in church fellowship in the Greenwood United Evangelical church, of which she was a faithful member unto the end. Her zeal for God and ever willingness to do the Master's will made her presence in God's house a source of power. She labored faithfully as Sunday school teacher and church chorister. She was also a member of the Woman's Missionary society. Her remains will lie beside the body of her mother in the Fulton cemetery to await the Trumpet of God at the first resurrection.
The Daily Gazette 15 Mar 1920 Pg. 4;5
**Funeral of Mrs. Walter Pierce Held Thursday The funeral of Mrs. Walter S. Pierce of White Pigeon, who died Monday afternoon of influenza, was held at her home yesterday morning at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. A. P. Johnson of Chadwick officiating. The remains were brought to this city after noon, and taken on the two o'clock train to Fulton for burial. The deceased was born in Clyde township June 16, 1871, and spent nearly all of her life there. Of her immediate family she is survived by her husband, three sons by a former marriage, and three daughters. She had many friends in Clyde and vicinity who will deeply regret her death.
Contributed by Marcia Sibley - The Whiteside Sentinel 12 Mar 1920 Pg 8

VICTORIA (ARDUINI) PIERCE , 89, of Sterling Pavilion died July 1, 2005 at the home. She owned and operated the former Starlight Restaurant in Sterling. She was born April 13, 1916 in Sterling, the daughter of Phillip and Antonette (Carrino) Arduini. Survivors include a son Terry; a daughter Tina Patterson; two brothers Joseph and Tony; two grandchildren. Burial is at Sacred Heart Cemetery.

FRANCIS VERLA PIERCESON - Rockford, formerly of Prophetstown, died early this moring in Rockford. Services will be held Friday in the United Methodist Church, Prophetstown, with the Rev. Paul Olson and Dr. O. Garfield Beckstrand of Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockford, officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be at Gardner Funeral Chapel Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m.
: - Funeral services for Mrs. Francis (Verla) Pierceson, 51, Rockford, former Prophetstown resident, were held Friday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Paul Olson, of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church, and Dr. O. Garfield Beckstran, of Trinity Lutheran Chnurch, Rockford, officiated. Verla Marine was born Dec. 28, 1919 in Tampico, the daughter of Will and Hylma Pierson Marine. She was educated in Manlius Schools. Mrs. Pierceson was a member of the Jenny Lind Society and Trinity Lutheran Church, Rockford. She married Francis Pierceson Nov. 29, 1941. Survivors are her husband; two sons, Kent, Sterling; Craig, Rockford; her father; two brothers, V. William Marine, Rock Falls; Merle Marine, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She was preceded by her mother. Soloist for the service was Mrs. Leamon Hill. Organist was Mrs. Clayton Schuneman. Flowers were cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Leamond Bierman and Mr. and Mrs. Donald B. Robinson. Pallbearers were C. Deane Frary, Don Frary, Calvin Schuneman, Jack McNeill, James Fisk and John Franklin. Burial was in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. A memorial has been established for the Cancer Fund.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette May 8, 1971 - Saturday, pg 1

LONA (JONES) PIERCESON , 78, passed away Monday afternoon (09 Dec 1968) at the St. Anthony Hospital, Rock Island, following an extended illness. Funeral services will be held at the Gardner Chapel, Prophetstown, Thursday afternoon, at 1:30 p.m., Richard Sprague, pastor of the Church of Christ officiating, with burial in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday afternoon and evening. A memorial has been established in her name for the Church of Christ. Lona Pierceson was born Dec. 4, 1889, in Yates Center, Kans., the daughter of Benjamin and Lucy Jones. She was educated in Kansas and Yorktown schools. She married William Pierceson on March 17, 1909, in Yorktown and they moved to Prophetstown from the farm in 1965. She is survived by her husband, one son, LeRoy Pierceson of Rock Island; one daughter, Darlene Ulman of Rock Island; one brother, Harry Jones of DeKalb; one sister, Mrs. Helen Potter of Morrison; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was preceded by her parents and three sisters (again ....
Rites Conducted For Mrs. Pierceson: Prophetstown: - Funeral services for Mrs. William R. (Lona) Pierceson, age 78, who passed away Monday, Dec. 9, were held at the Gardner Chapel in Prophetstown, Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Richard Sprague, pastor of the Church of Christ, officiated for the service with Mrs. Lyle Dingman serving as the organist. Pallbearers were Ernest Waldbusser, Albert Waldbusser, Lyle Frank, Alex Bolhous, Ronald Gibson and Glenn Wheat Jr. Burial was at the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. The Hill Crest Greenhouse of Prophetstown were in in charge of the lovely floral tributes
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette December 10, 1968 - Tuesday, pg 2

PETER PIERCESON , past 80 years of age, passed away Monday evening at 9 o'clock after more than a year's illness with dropsy. He leaves to mourn his loss his widow and four sons, Nels of Manlius, William and August of Yorktown, and John of Tampico. The arrangements for the funeral have not been made.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois November 22, 1927 - Tuesday, pg. 14, col. 2

AMANDA JUSTINE (GIBSON) PIERSON ,86, of Prophetstown, passed away Wednesday evening (19 July 1967) at the Eveningside Nursing Home where she had been a patient five months. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Gardner Funeral Chapel, the Rev. Lawrence S. Anderson officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday afternoon and evening. A memorial has been established for the First Lutheran Church. Amanda Justine Pierson was born June 6, 1881, in Bureau County, the daughter of Nels and Mary Gibson. She was educated in the Center School. She married Peter Pierson of Prophetstown, Dec. 10, 1902, in Portland, and they lived in the Prophetstown community since. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church. She is survived by three brothers, Anton Gibson, Prophetstown, Glenn Gibson of Tremont, Arthur Gibson of Lyndon; one sister, Mrs. Josie Ackeberg. She was preceded by her husband in 1955, two brothers and three sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IL July 20, 1967 - Thursday, pg 2

BETTY L. (GRAY) PIERSON , 78, of Rock Falls died June 19, 2005 at CGH Med. Ctr. She was born Sep. 27, 1926, in Rock Falls, the daughter of Frank Benjamin & Ruby B. (England) Gray. She married Robert Pierson on Jan. 31, 1946 in Rock Falls. She enjoyed cooking and spenging time with family. Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Connie Rajnowski and Julie Conley; three brothers, Russell, Darrell and Carol; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial at Coloma Twp. Cemetery.

ELMER J. PIERSON , 74, 708 11th Ave., Rock Falls, died Wednesday morning (25 Jan 1967) at Community General Hospital. Mr. Pierson was born Aug. 5, 1892 in Prophetstown, the son of Ola and Anna Pierson. He was united in marriage to Hulda C. Ufkin, who died April 11, 1962. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rock Ralls. The couple farmed for many years, moved to Rock Falls 20 years ago, where he was employed on the Street Department for the City of Rock Falls until his retirement. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. George (Dorothy) Heller, Prophetstown; one son, Robert L., Rock Falls, with whom he had been making his home; one sister,, Mrs. Franklin (Helen) Hanson, Sterling; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Funeral arrangements will be announced upon completion by the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home where friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday. January 26th Funeral services Friday at Wheelock Funeral Home with Rev. E. A. Henricks officiating. Burial in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois January 25, 1967 - Wednesday, pg

NELS PIERSON , Funeral services for Nels Pierson, 63, Tampico blacksmith for 33 years, will be conducted at the Parent Funeral Home in Tampico at 2 pm. Thursday. The Rev. Vernon Gibb, pastor of the Baptist Church will officiate. Committal will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Tampico business houses will close from 1:30 to 3 p.m. during the rites. Mr. Pierson passed away at his home Tuesday. (14 Feb. 1946) He had been ailing for some time and seriously ill for two months. Mr. Pierson was born at Malmo, Sweden, Oct. 15, 1882, the son of Perry and Hannah Pierson. He came to the United States with his parents when he was five years old. His father passed away while the family lived at Perry, Iowa, and the family returned to Sweden in 1896. Mr. Pierson was confirmed in the Lutheran faith in Sweden. He returned to the United States at the age of 21 years and followed the vocation of blacksmithing which he learned in Sweden. He followed this trade in various cities and went to Tampico in 1913 from Canton. He married Sigrid Olson at Tampico Sept. 20, 1916. He was a member of the Welders' Associaiotn, the Tampico Businessmen's Association and served at one time on the Tampico Township High School Board of Education. Surviving are his wife, two children, Mrs. Gene (Nadine) Mack and Nels Leo Pierson, serving in the Navy , and one sister, Mrs. Ida Pierson, living in Sweden. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois February 15, 1946 - Wednesday, pg 10

NELSE H. PIERSON , of Rt. 2, Rock Falls, passed away Sunday (21 August 1960) afternoon at Community General Hospital after a short illness, at the age of 77. Mr. Pierson was born Feb. 8, 1883 in Broby, Sweden, the son of Ola and Anna Pierson. In early years he ran a threshing machine in the Tampico area, and had resided in Rock Falls the past four years. He is survived by one brother, Elmer of Rock Falls; one sister, Mrs. Franklin (Helen) Hanson of Sterling. He was preceded by his parents; one brother, Arvid and one sister in infancy. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 1:230 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral home with Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor-emeritus of the Rock Falls Christian Church officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery at Prophetstown. Friends may call at the funeral home.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 22, 1960 - Monday, pg 2

PETER PIERSON , 92, died Wednesday after a weeks illness at a rest home in Rock Falls. The body was removed to the Parent Funeral Home in Tampico. Funeral services will be held at the Tampico Methodist Church at 2 p.m. (CST) Friday. The Rev. Swaney will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairfield Greenville Cemetery. Peter Pierson was born in Sweden, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Olaf Pierson. He received his education in Illinois. He was united in marriage to Hannah Linder on October 31, 1895 in Chicago. They had lived in Tampico about 19 years. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, one son, Arthur Pierson, Adams, Wis.; two daughters, Mrs. Victor Brickson, Downing, Wis., and Mrs. William Hill, Colfax, Wis.; one brother Arthur, Manlius; one sister Mrs. Nettie Volland, Rock Falls; three grandchidlren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother Oscar, and one sister Mrs. Nellie Johnson.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 23, 1955 - Thursday, pg 2

EMMA (LADUE) PINKLEY , sister of F. M. LaDue of this city, died at her home on East Cleveland Street, Spring Valley, Wednesday evening, October 21, after a long illness. The remains were brought to Prophetstown and interred at Riverside Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Rev. Mills, a former pastor of the Spring Valley Congregational Church being in charge. Mrs. Pinkley had lived in Spring Valley for about 40 years and was a member of the Congregational Church in which she was an active worker. She was also a member of the Eastern Star, and the Spring Valley and the LaSalle Women's Clubs. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. La Due, both now deceased, and was born at Yorktown July 1867. She spent her childhood in Yorktown and her young womanhood in Tampico to which place her parents moved from Yorktown. She was married at Tampico to J. C. Pinkley in 1885. They moved in 1893 to Spring Valley where her farther opened a drug store, later operated by her fatheer and Mr. Pinkley. Mr. Pinkley died in 1931. The deceased is survived by her daughter, Mrs. M. J. Rhoads of Spring Valley, two brothers: F. M. LaDue of Prophetstown, and Dr. B. E. LaDue of Sterling, and one sister, Mrs. N. H. Smith of Sterling, all of whom were present at the funeral together with friends from Spring Valley.
Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Prophetstown Echo, Prophetstown, Illinois Octoeber 25, 1933

MARY PINTER , 84, who has been living with her sister, Mrs. Peter Kaup, 1015 Le Roy Ave., Rock Falls, died at 3 a.m. Saturday in Colonial Acres Rest Home. The body was taken to the Grennan and Son Funeral Home and later today was removed to the Haben Funeral Home in Skokie, where services and burial will take place Monday morning. Mrs. Pinter was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of St. Andrew's Church. She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Kaup; one niece, Elizabeth Kaup, and one nephew, Henry Kaup, of Rock Falls. She was preceded by her husband, Henry, two sisters and one brother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 4, 1961 - Saturday, page 2

HENRY C. PIPPERT - The funeral of the late Henry C. Pippert, prominent Rock Falls business man, took place at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon in the home 212 Third avenue. Many relatives and friends gathered for the service which was charge of Rev. F.H. Knight of the Rock Falls Methodist church. There were beautiful flowers in various arrangements. Two hymns, “In the Garden” and “Rock of Ages” were sweetly sung by Mrs. W.H. Kelsey and Mrs. Ruth Johnston. The words of the minister were very comforting to the bereaved ones. Pallbearers were W.H. Kelsey, W.T. Stone, W.F. Klocke, J.A. Kadel, A.A. Sisson and Joseph Walton. interment was made in the family lot at the Odd Fellows cemetery, Rock Falls. There were many relatives and friends from Ashton, Rochelle and Malta in attendance, also the following from Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Golder, Charles Golder, Mrs. Carrie McWharton, Mrs. Ethel Davis and J.M. Corrick of the Union stock yards, a close business friend of the Pippet brothers. Mrs. Marjorie Gaumer, daughter of the late Mr. Pippert, arrived Saturday from El Paso, Texas, with her little daughter and will remain for a few weeks.

Contributed by Georgi DiBartolo - Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois, Monday, 11 January, 1932

HENRY C. PIPPERT - Christian Science Funeral Services will be held at the Woods Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon for Mrs. John Pippert 58 who passed away at her home 318 W. Third St. at 10 p.m. Thursday night (2 November 1944). Mrs. Zada McClusky of Clinton IA will be the reader and the body will be creamated Monday at Greenwood Cemetery Rockford. Mrs. Pippert, a past worthy high priestess of Corinthian Shrine, White Shrine of Jerusalem, Dixon has been confined to her bed since last Friday.

Leila C. Miller, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Phil J. Miller was born Jan. 23, 1886 in Helena Ark. She was graduated from High School in Helena and attended a girls seminary at Fayetteville Ark. On March 2, 1908 at Helena she was married to John E. Pippert. They resided in Rockford and Minneapolis before coming to this community in 1910. To them was born one son John Cleburne Pippert. Mrs. Pippert became a Christian Sciene practitioner following her graduation in 1923. Surviving are her husband, son and daughter-in-law Ethel Pippert of Moline, a brother L. Bertram Miller of Ft. Myers FL and three grandchildren Patricia Cleburn, Pamela Jean and Suzanne Ethel Pippert. Her parents and a brother Phil J. Miller preceded her.
From the Dixon Evening Telegraph 4 November 1944

HENRY C. PITNEY , 81, of Tampico, who for 13 years conducted shoe stores in Dixon and who had many friends here, passed away unexpectedly in the Jane Lamb hospital in Clinton IA where he had gone last Wednesday for observation and treatment. His death followed a minor operation. Funeral arrangement were incomplete at noon today but it was announced the services would be held at the Methodist Church in Tampico of which he was a member, with Rev. Hollis Wharton officiating. Burial will be in Blairstown IA.

Mr. Pitney was born on a farm southeast of Tampico April 1, 1866 a son of Otto D. & Harriett Pitney and received his education in the Tampico schools and Dixon Business College. From 1901 to 1921 he conducted a general store in Tampico and then entered the shoe business in Dixon, retiring after 13 years to take up the real estate business in his native village. He was married March 21, 1894 in Blairstown to Miss Lola F. Forman who survives him together with a brother Frank L. of Sterling; a sister Mrs. J.W. McKenzie of Erie and several nieces and nephews. His parents and two brothers preceded him. Mr. Pitneys affiliations were with the Masonic orders and the Order of Eastern Star.

The Dixon Evening Telegraph 15 July 1947

DEAN G. PITTS , 68 of Sterling died March 18, 2005 at CGH Med. Dean was born July 10, 1936 in Sterling, the son of Walter S. and Helen M. (Johnson). He married Patricia L. Hanson on May 1, 1955 in Sterling. He was employed as an overhead crane operator at the former Northwestern Steel & Wire, retiring in 1988. He was a member of First United Meth. Church in Sterling and enjoyed sailing, collecting antiques and watching and feeding the birds and squirrels. He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Linda and Amie; two brothers, Raymond and Walters; seven grandchildren. He was preceded by his son Tony and infant sister Joanne. Burial at Oak Knoll Cemetery.

HELEN M. PITTS ,was born November 8, 1907, in Coleta, Ihe daughter of Bernard and Hanna (Rushmeyer) Johnson. She was baptized at East Genesse Lutheran Church on December 20, 1907, and confirmed there March 30, 1921. She married Walter Pitts on November 27, 1929. He preceded her in death on October 1, 1963. She departed this life in the sign of the faith on October 1, 2003, at CGH Medical Center. Helen and her husband owned and operated Pitts Sporting Good Stores in Sterling and Savanna for several years. After his death, she worked in the cafeteria at Community General Hospital as a cashier. She was a member of St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling. Survivors include three sons: Waller J. (Helen) Pitts of Lutz, Florida, Dean (Patricia) Pitts of Sterling, and Raymond (Barbara) Pills of Rock Falls; one sister, Vera Coble of Sterling; one brother, Alvin Johnson of Sterling; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Joanne, and a grandson, Tony Pitts.
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

ELMER PLAUTZ - WAS BORN SEPTEMBER 19, 1918, IN LEE COUNTY, THE SON OF FRANK G. AND EMMA M. (HACKBARTH) PLAUTZ. HE MARRIED HAZEL MAE HINRICHS ON MAY 12, 1940, IN STERLING. HE FARMED IN THE AREA FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND SOLD MACHINERY AT STOUFFER'S ONE STOP, DIXON, ILLINOIS FOR 30 YEARS. HE WAS A MEMBER OF ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, STERLING.SURVIVORS INCLUDE HIS WIFE HAZEL OF STERLING; ONE DAUGHTER, MARY KAY (EDWARD) MC CUNE OF STERLING; ONE GRANDAUGHTER, DANA RENAE VAUGHN; FIVE STEP-GRANDCHILDREN, SHARON MC CUNE, SUSAN MCCUNE, PAUL MCCUNE, JASON MCCUNE, AND PENNY VANKAMPEN; AND TWO SISTERS, HELEN NELSON AND FRANCES ( HAROLD) KNAPP BOTH OF ROCK FALLS. HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY THREE BROTHERS AND ONE SISTER.
Contributed by Donald Hinrichs from the Sterling Gazette

EUGENE LEO PLAUTZ - Scottsdale, Ariz: - Eugene Leo Plautz, 57, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died Tuesday at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital. Funeral service was at 2 p.m. today at the Green Acres Chapel of Light Scottsdale, Ariz. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. A memorial has been established to the American Heart Association. Mr. Plautz was born in the Montmorency Township. He moved to Arizona 31 years ago. He was employed by Anderson Clayton in Phoenix for 16 years, where he held the title of foreman. He served in the US Army in the Korean War. He was a member of the Scottsdale Sportsmen Club. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; one daughter, Lori Frazer, Mesa, Ariz.; two sons, Steve, Mesa; Richard, Chandler, Ariz.; three sisters, Helen Nelson and Frances Knapp, both of Rock Falls; Mildred Balster, Rockford; one brother, Elmer Plautz of Sterling; and two grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 7, 1990 - Friday, pg A2

FRANK PLAUTZ - The Rock Falls Lutheran church was filled with relatives and friends Wednesday afternoon for the funeral of the late Frank Plautz. There was a short service at 1:30 o'clock in the home south of Rock Falls, preceding the 2 o'clock service in the church, conducted by the Rev. Wilhelm Streng. For his text, Rev. Mr. Streng preached on "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; yea, saith the Spirit that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them." Herman Oltman sang "Nearer My God to Thee" and "Abide with Me," with Mrs. Oltman at the organ. Burial was in the Odd Fellows cemetery, Rock Falls. The casket bearers were Willliam Plautz, William Kunde, Frank G Plautz, Frank Ufkin, Andrew Folkers and Walter Oltmanns. Flowers were in charge of Verna Stern, Mrs. Wilson King, Mrs. Marion Maxey, Mrs. Lawrence Bauman, Miss Helen Block, Mrs. John Damken, Miss Leona Oltman and Mrs. Glen Nelson. Many relatives and friends from Dixon, Rochelle, Walnut, Yorktown, Tampico and Prophetstown attended the services.
Sketch of Life
Frank Plautz was born as the youngest child of Gottlieb Plautz and Friederika Genz on July 3, 1876, at Friederika Walde, Germany. In his infancy he was baptized into the faith of the Triune God. As a young boy he came to America with his parents, who settled on farm east of Rock Falls. The first year in this country he lost his father. Grown into young manhood the departed moved to Nebraska where he farmed for 10 years. Upon his return to Illinois he was united in holy matrimony with Miss Jennie Oltmans on January 16, 1901. Pastor H. Weyrauch heard their marriage vows. For five years the young couple lived at Nelson and ever since have resided in Montmorency township. Eight children were born to this union, six of whom survive their father. Last year the departed and his wife were privileged to observe their 40th wedding anniversay. All his life the departed remained true to the Lutheran church. As a youth he was confirmed at the Lutheran altar and only a few days before his departure he once more received the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper. Regularly he was found in our services of worship. The congregation of which he was faithful member honored his day by a position on the church council for 29 years. All of his children were instructed and confirmed in the faith of their Lord and Saviour. For 41 years he has been a member of this church. For many years he was also a member of the social circle. About two years ago the departed felt that his strength was waning. Repeatedly he was bedfast for a time until last Sunday evening a sudden stroke brought the end of his life near. On Monday morning at 4:40 o'clock he fell asleep with most of his family by his bedside. He had reached the age of 65 years, 11 months and 11 days. He leaves to mourn his wife and children: Herman and wife, Lucille Pearson of Prophetstown; Walter and wife, Emma Sandrock, of Wheaton, Minn.; Hazel and husband, Fred Sandrock of Prophetstown; Harold and wife, Dorothy Pletsch of Prophetstown; Delbert and wife, Cassie Stern, of Rock Falls; Wilma and husband, Orville Johnson, of Plainview, Neb. Two children preceded him in death: John, who died at the age of 16 months in 1908, and Mrs. Marie Polte, who died at the age of 26 years in 1937. His parents, three brothers and three sisters preceded him in death. He is also survived by one brother, Herman Plautz of Rock Falls, and by 15 grandchildren.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 19, 1942 - Friday, pg. 7, col. 5

HAZEL (WOLBER) PLAUTZ , 92, of Sterling, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at CGH Medical Center. Hazel was born on April 14, 1918, in rural Carroll County, the daughter of Hio and Margaret Cassie (Wolber) Hinrichs. She married Elmer August Plautz on May 12, 1940, in Sterling. He died Feb. 2, 1997. Hazel was employed for many years at both Swartley's Florist and Lundstrom Florists, both in Sterling. She was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, and a past member of the Edith Eyekamp Circle. Surviving are her daughter, Mary Kay McCune of Sterling; her granddaughter, Dana (Chad) Goff of Sterling; her three great-grandchildren, Audra, Cara, and Aydan Goff; and her brother, Donald E. Hinrichs of Sterling. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Parker and Arlene Wetzell; and four brothers, Lawrence, Alvin, Glen, and Harold "Bud" Hinrichs. Her funeral and visitation was held at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling with burial at Maple Ridge Cemetery, rural Sterling. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home, Sterling.
Contributed by Barry Johnson -- also sent in by Donald E. Hinrichs

LUCILLE PLAUTZ - Services for Mrs. Lucille Plautz, 59, who died in her home Sunday, were held Wednesday afternoon in the Rock Falls Lutheran Church. The Rev. Donald Comnick, pastor, officiated and burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Pallbearers were Richard Pearson, Carlyle Sandrock, Curtis Plautz, Orval Johnson, Dean Sandrock and Virgil Plautz, nephews of the deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Lester Swanson and Mrs. Robert Bergston assisted with flowers. Herman Oltmann sang and Mrs. Herman Oltmann played the organ.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 23, 1961 - Thursday, page 2

WALTER LOUIS PLAUTZ - Funeral services were conducted at the St. John Lutheran Church of Wheaton, Minn., for Walter Louis Plautz, on May 17, at 2 p.m. by the Rev. Leonard F. Klug. Interment was at the St. John Cemetery. His six nephews served as pallberers: Dean Sandrock, Curtis Plautz and Orval J. Johnson of Prophetstown; Leonard Plautz of Ogema, Wis.; Marvin Polte of Walnut, Ill., and Virgil Plautz of Sterling. Honorary pallbearers were: Henry Thomsen, Paul Walz, Fred Licktsinn, Johnny Kuehl, Art Krumwiede, Orval Dobbs, Harry Totzke and Les Aukes. Walter was born on the 27th day of October, 1902, to Frank and Jennie Plautz at Rock Falls. He was received, as an infant, into God's Kingdom by Holy Baptism. As a youth, he was confirmed into the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rock Falls. On Jan. 6, 1925, he was united in Holy Wedlock to Emma Sandrock by the Rev. William Krebs. To this union three children were born, two daughters and one son. Walter and his family lived in this community until 1940, when he and his family moved to Wheaton, Minn. Besides farming he also was in the real estate and auctioneering business the past 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, DeWayne; two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife Emma; two daughters, Betty (Mrs. Howard Baxter) of Moorehead, Minn., and Marjorie (Mrs. Willard Krumweide) of Wheaton; twelve grandchildren; two brothers, Harold of Prophetstown and Delbert of Rock Falls; one sister, Mrs. Orval W. Johnson.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 25, 1968 - Saturday, pg 2

MICHAEL PLOTNER age 59, of 26510 Hurd Road, Deer Grove, IL, was called to the Lord suddenly, Monday, October 24, 2005 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling, IL. Mike was born November 3, 1945 in Toulon, IL, the son of Leslie M. and Elsie Darlene (King) Plotner. He was united in marriage to Barbara Spencer on November 3, 1989 at the First Presbyterian Church in Sterling. She preceded him in death on April 4, 2000. He served in the US army in Korea during the Vietnam War. He farmed on the family L & M Stock Farm in Deer Grove, IL, during his lifetime. He was educated in the Tampico Schools and attended the Moline Institute of Commerce. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sterling, the Whiteside County Fair Board, Whiteside County Beef Superintendent, Hahnaman Township Drainage Committee, and Deer Valley Country Club member. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #902 in Rock Falls and the Masonic Lodge #293. He was an avid bowler, being involved from Young American Bowling Association thru the State Bowling Association, where he served as president for several years, was a member of the Sterling Rock Falls Bowling Hall of Fame and the 6th District Bowling Association. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, bowling, and classic cars.

He is survived by two sons, Camren Plotner at home, Brent (Elizabeth) Fischbach of Morrison, IL; two daughters, Angie (Daehle) Reitzel of Rock Falls, IL, Amy (Trent) Burtlow of Rock Falls, IL; five grandchildren, Alex, Micah, Ethan, Destiney, Grace, his fiance’ Nita Ellingson of Sterling, IL, several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Barb and two brothers in infancy. Funeral services were conducted October 28 at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls with Rev. Monty Fox, pastor of the First United Methodist Church officiating. Burial was in Oak Knoll Cemetery in Sterling with graveside military rites by the American Legion Post #902 in Rock Falls. Visitation was held October 27 at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Masonic rites were accorded by the Prophetstown Masonic Lodge #293 AF & AM.
Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from The Prophetstown Echo – November 1, 2005

JOHN POPKIN , 78, Morrison, a retired farmer, died Thursday afternoon at Colonial Acres Nursing Home, Sterling. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, preceded by a 2:15 prayer service in the church chapel. The Rev. Wallace Nordquist, pastor, will officiate, and burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Military services will also be held at the cemetery. Friends may call at the Reynolds Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Friday. John Popkin Sr., was born Nov. 22, 1893 in Morrison, the son of Taddick and Helen Bierman Popkin. He was reared and educated in the Morrison area. He married Louise Rosenow, Feb. 18, 1923 in Morrison, and lived his entire life in the Morrison area. He was a member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church, and was a veteran of World War I. Survivors include five sons, John Jr., Alvin, Arnold and Raymond, all of Morrison; and Vernon, Savanna; two daughters, Mrs. John (Betty) Harridge, Fulton, and Mrs. Nancy Denning, Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Jack (Mary) Fields, Morrison; 20 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, three brothers and one sister.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 23, 1972 - Friday, page 2

RUTH (FOWLER) POPKIN , 72, of Morrison died May 5, 2005 at her home. She farmed with her husband in the rural Morrison area and was employed by Donna's Lunch Wagon, Morrison. She was born May 15, 1932 in Morrison the daughter of Lemuel and Ruth (Inman) Fowler. She married Alvin Popkin on Aug. 27, 1950 in Prophetstown. He died Nov. 15 1997. Survivors include two daughters Donna and Carol; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Burial in Grove Hill Cemetery.

DEWITT CLINTON POTTER , died at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Jones. He was born at Lyndon, July ___, 1839 and lived the greater part of his life in Whiteside county.

He leaves to mourn his loss five children--Henry Potter of Panama, Ia; Mrs. Alice Lane, Mrs. Hannah Swenning, Mrs. Gertrude Jones and Mrs. Georgia Degnan of Rock Falls, three brothers, Charles of Ainsworth, Nebraska, George of Erie and John of Morrison, two sisters living in the west. His wife, Harriet Brown Potter preceeded him in death about five years ago. Funeral services will be held at the home, ___ Ave. A, Rock Falls, Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will be in Lyndon Cemetery.

Another Notice:
Clinton Potter, an old and well known resident of Rock Falls passed away this morning at 1:30 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C. Jones on Avenue A. He had been seriously ill for only the past week, his death being caused from a cancer of the stomach. He was eighty two years of age at the time of his death. His wife preceeded him in death about five years ago and since that time he had been making his home with his daughter. The children who survive him are: Mrs. Hannah Swenning; Mrs. J. W. Degnan; Mrs. Elmer Lane of Rock Falls and Henry Potter of Iowa. The funeral arrangements have not been definitely decided upon but will probably be held on Thursday morning.

(25 Jul 1839 - 12 Jul 1921) Contributed by Pam Dollarhide from the Sterling Gazette 12 July 1921

HELEN O. (JONES) POTTER , 72, of 202 Cedar St., Morrison, died Monday evening at Morrison Community Hospital. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Tampico Cemetery. Visitation is from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in her memory to the Morrison United Methodist Church. Helen O. Jones was born Sept. 14, 1908 in Bureau County, the daughter of Benjamin F. and Lucy Ellen Grimes Jones. She was united in marriage to F. B. Potter on Nov. 26, 1960 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on Aug. 22, 1964. She lived in Whiteside County her entire life except for 10 years when she lived in Bailey, Michigan. She also lived in Yorktown until 1960 when she moved to Morrison. Mrs. Potter was employed by the State of Illinois as a social worker for 18 years until she retired. She was a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church, the Miriam Circle of the church, and an active member of the I W A. Mrs. Potter is survived by one brother, Harry O. Jones of Mount Morris. She was preceded in death by her husband and four sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 21, 1980 - Tuesday, pg 4

KATHRYN IRENE POTTER ,83. of Polo died Thursday, May 16, 2002, at CGH Medical Center She was employed by Parkway Restaurants as a bookkeeper, retiring in 1981 Mrs Potter was born Aug. 28, 1918. in Gross. Kan., the daughter of Carl and Dessie (Long) Brown She married Paul Potter on Aug 24, 1937, in Nevada. Mo. She was a member of East Jordan United Methodist Church, Polo. Survivors include her husband: a son, Larry (Millie) Potter of Polo; a half sister. Suzie Pieman of Kansas; four grandchildren: five great-grand-children: and two step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Gene Potter. The funeral is at 10 am Saturday at Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Russell Coats, pastor of East Jordan United Methodist Church. Polo, officiating Burial is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Dixon Visitation is from 6-8 p m today at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to East Jordan United Methodist Church.
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

MABEL (JOHNSON) POTTER , 77, died at 3:15 a.m. Sunday (10 March 1957) in her home in Tampico after a long illness. Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Tampico Baptist Church with the Rev.Frank Frost officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the Parent Funeral Home until noon Tuesday when it will be taken to the church. Mrs. Potter was born Dec.7 1879, in Fairfield Township, daughter of Christian and Achsa Johnson. She was educated in Fairfield Township schools and married Ford Burdette Potter on April 15, 1903. She was a resident of Tampico for the past 27 years and was a member of the Baptist Church and the Philathea Society. Surviving are her husband; one daughter, Mrs. Edward (Jennie Eloise) Burke, Tampico; three grandchildren, Rita Ann, Mary Alis and Clare Burke, all of Tampico; two sisters, Mr. A. J. Pierson, Manilus, and Mrs. Elbert Lathe, Lyndon; and two brothers, Stacey Johnson, Kankakee; and Wayne Johnson, Tampico. She was preceded in death by a sister, Mrs. Frank Swanson, and brother, Frank, and three brothers and a sister in infancy.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 11, 1957 - Monday, pg 2

PAUL POTTER ,91, of Polo, died Friday. Feb. 2. 2007 He was a carpenter and lifelong farmer. Mr. Potter was born Jan. 11, 1916, in Deerfield, Mo. the son of Lewellyn E. and Lois (Wiles) Potter. He married Kathryn Brown on Aug. 24, 1937, in Nevada. Mo She died May 16, 2002. He attended East Jordan United Methodist Church, Sterling. Survivors include a son, Larry (Millie) Potter of Polo; a brother. Donald Potter of Kimberling City. Mo.: a sister, Anna Mayme Wolfe of Cincinnati; four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren He also was preceded in death by a son, Gene Potter. Memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Jordan United Methodist Church Sterling, with the Rev Kyeong-ah Woo officiating. Burial of cremains is at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Dixon Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Arrangements were completed by Preston Schilling Funeral Home Dixon. Memorials have been established to East Jordan United Methodist of Church. Sterling, and Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

BERTHA POULTER , 78, of 305 6th Avenue, Rock Falls, died early Friday morning (Jan 29, 1975) in Community General Hospital. Funeral services were held on Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. David L. Beebe, pastor of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls, officiating. Burial was in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Mrs. Wayne E Larson played the organ for the service. Pallbearers, Honorary: Dorothy Chapman, Florence Davis, Ruth Near, Helen Cullins, Shirley Hubbard and Myrtle Peterson. Pallbearers, Active: Delbert Bradlery, Harold Goss, Ed Olds, Art Cullins, John Waisner and Emery Young. Flowers were cared for by Behrens.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 2, 1975 - Tuesday, pg 6

HARRY POULTER , 71, Independence, Iowa, died Tuesday evening (21 July 1959) at his home from a heart attack. Mr. Poulter was born Aug. 29, 1887 in Prophetstown, the son of John and Fannie Johnson Poulter. He was reared and educated in Prophetstown. He was married to Winnie Hurlburt of Prophetstown. He moved to Hudson, Iowa where he worked for more than 40 years in a grain elevator. He retired and moved to Independence, Iowa to make his home. Survivors are his widow, one son, Clyde, Harvey; one daughter, Mrs. Dwaine (Maxine) Hilmer, Independence, Iowa; one brother, Ralph, Prophetstown; and two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Lyle, Itasia, Ill., Mrs. Jennie Peterson, Paxton. Funeral services will be held in Independence and the body will be brought to Prophetstown for burial in the Riverside Cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 22, 1959 - Wednesday, pg

MADGE POULTER , 54, died Friday morning in a hospital at Iowa City, where she had been confined for about two weeks. The body was brought to the Helm and Helm mortuary here and funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in the Helm funeral home with the Rev. C. F. Chasteen, Methodist pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Riverside cemetery here. Pallbearers were six nephews of the deceased, Ben, John, Gene and Clyde Poulter, George Watson and William Boyd. She was born in Prophetstown, July 30, 1898, and lived here until about 10 years ago, when she went to Hudson, Ia., to live with her brother, Harry Poulter, and family. Her parents were John and Fannie Johnson Poulter. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Lyle of Rock Falls and Mrs. Jennie Peterson of Normandy, and three borthers, George Poulter of San Diego, Calif., Harry Poulter of Hudson, Ia., and Ralph Poulter of Prophetstown. Her parents, five brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 4, 1952 - Monday, pg 2 col. 3

JOHN O. POULTER , 74, of 419 Washington St., died Monday at the CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday, at the First Congregational Church in Prophetstown. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Gardner Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to the First Congregational Church or the American Cancer Society. Mr. Poulter was born Dec. 25, 1915 in Prophetstown, son of Ralph and Viola Olson Poulter. He married Margaret Mathis on June 15, 1940 in Prophetstown. He was a Navy veteran of WW II. He was employed for 17 years as a painter in the construction department of the Northwestern Steel and Wire until retiring in 1980. He was a painting contractor for many years in the Prophetstown area. He was a member of the First Congregation Church in Prophetstown. He is survived by his wife Margaret; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Mary) Stegmiller, Prophetstown; one son, Michael, Elizabeth City, N.C.; six grandchildren; three step granddaughters; five step great granddaughters; one brother, Ben Poulter, Prophetstown.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois June 6, 1990 - Wednesday, pg A2

ANNABELLE PRESNELL , 45, Manlius, died Thursday (13 April 1972) at her home. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Howard Johnson Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Faber officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery at Prophetstown. Friends may visit the funeral home fro 7-9 p.m. Saturday. Mrs. Presnell was born March 14, 1927, at Prophetstown , the daughter of Elwood and Tillie Frankenfield Burdsall. She married Clifford Presnell April 13, 1946, in San Antonio , TX Survivors include her husband, one son, David, Sterling ; one daughter, Mrs. Roy (Carolyn) Wagstaff, Patoka, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Apr 14, 1972 Sterling Gazette

CLIFFORD PRESNELL , 61, of Manlius, died Monday at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Howard Johnson Funeral Home in Manlius with Rev. Fred Miller officiating. Burial will be in riverside Cemetery in Prophetstown. visitation will be today from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Manlius Rescue Unit. Mr. Presnell was born on Sept. 29, 1925 in Prophetstown, the son of E O and Ollie Thompson Presnell. On April 13, 1946 he was united in marriage to Annabelle Burdsell in San Antonio, Tex. He was graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1943 and was a veteran of World War II having served in the army air Corp. The deceased was manager of the Manlius Grain and Supply for 30 years. He was then employed at Frary’s Lumber and Supply in Prophetstown until the time of his death. Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Wagstaff of Manlius; one son, david Presnell of Manlius; four grandchildren, his mother, Ollie of Rock Falls; one sister, Geneva Dettman of Sterling; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, his father, one brother and one sister.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Mar 31, 1987 Daily Gazette

CAROL E. (REICHARD) PRICE , 68, of Nashville , Tenn. , formerly of Sterling , died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at her home. She was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., for 26 years as an administrative assistant, retiring in 1998. Carol was born June 20, 1939, in Sterling , the daughter of John and Vera (Maske) Reichard. She graduated from the University of Illinois . She was a member of East Jordan United Methodist Church , Sterling , and Nashville Church of Christ. Survivors include two sons, Steve (Kelley) Price of Appleton, Wis., and Scott Price of Nashville , Tenn. ; two brothers, Wayne (Sue) Reichard of Arvada, Colo., and Phil (Marlene) Reichard of York, Pa.; and two grandchildren, Ally Price and Jake Price. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at East Jordan United Methodist Church , Sterling , with the Rev. Eunhee Cha officiating. A gathering of family and friends is from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls . Burial is at Riverside Cemetery , Sterling . A memorial has been established to the American Cancer Society.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, September 11, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1 – 2

EVELYN DORIS PRICE , 83, of Sterling died Saturday, May 24, 2003, at CGH Medical Center after an extended illness. She and her husband co-owned Price Motors, Sterling, for 25 years, where she served as office manager. Mrs. Price was born Aug. 15, 1919, in Freeport, the daughter of Harry and Lizzie (Dott) Layman. She attended school in Freeport. She married Paul Price on Oct. 21,1944, in Freeport. She was an avid pool player while wintering in Arizona. Survivors include her husband; and two sisters, Alice Bischof of Fountain Hills, Ariz., and Doris Keen of Darlington, Wis. The funeral is at 1 p.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. Entombment is at Riverside Mausoleum, Sterling.
Daily Gazette 27 May 2003

JAMES ALBERT PRICE , 81, died suddenly at his home in Tampico about 1 p.m. Tuesday following a heart attack. The body was removed to the Parent Funeral Chapel where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted at the chapel Friday, July 19, at 2 p.m., the Rev. Frank Frost, pastor of the Tampico Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Mr. Price was born May 3, 1876 at Tampico, the son of Thomas and Sarah Price. He was educated in the Walnut schools, and was married to Addie Murphy on Dec. 22, 1897 at Princeton. He had resided in Tampico for the past 65 years and was a member of the Yorktown Christian Church. Survivors are one daughter, Mrs. Paul Wetzell, Tampico; one son, Garnet Price, Tampico; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Olive Cady, Lyndon; Mrs. William Black, Hillsdale; one aunt, Mrs. Nellier Miller, Rock Falls, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, who died in 1952, parents, one brother and three sisters.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent Sterling Daily Gazette Date: 17 Jul 1957

ROOSEVELT PRICE , 52, of 1202 Ave. L., Sterling, died Monday at CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with Rev. Dozell Varner, pastor of Macedonia Baptist church, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery. Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. until the time of service Thursday. Roosevelt Price was born March 31, 1938 in Little Rock, Ark., the son of Ira and Annie Pearl (Scott) Price. Surviving is a special friend, Mary Nelson, Sterling; two sons, Tony and Jammie Price, both of California; three daughters, Jackie Ward and Twila Price, both of California, and Toni Poe, Rockford; two brothers, George and Henry Scott, both of Rockford; one sister, Ira Mae Jones, Bloomington; 10 grandchildren; many nieces and nephews
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 18 1990 - Tuesday, page A2

TED PRICE who has been employed as a farm hand near Prophetstown for several years, was buried Saturday at his home in Nelsonville kY, according to word received from his father by John E. Anderson for whom Mr. Price had been working until about 2 weeks ago when he went home. He and his brother and their two sisters were killed on Thanksgiving day when their car was struck by a train near Nelsonville, the letter stated. He was known to many people in this vicinity because of his musical ability. He had broadcast several times from radio stations, singing and playing his own accompaniment on the guitar or banjo, and he had appeared on an umber of programs at entertainments near Prophetstown.

WILLIAM PRITCHARD , 74, passed away at his home in Prophetstown Monday (31 March 1952) at 12:30 p.m. following an illness of several months. The body reposes at the Gardner chapel where funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. William Dupree of the Congregational church will officiate. Committal will be in Riverside cemetery, Prophetstown. Mr. Pritchard was born south of Prophetstown, Jan. 22, 1878, the son of Henry and Eliza Irvine Pritchard. He attended the Alba township schools. He married Mattie Baker of Annawan in 1901. They lived one year in Iowa and returned to the Prophetstown area where they farmed two miles southeast until 1918 when they retired to Prophetstown. He was a member of the Congregational church. Surviving are two sons, Forrest C. and W. Ward, both of Prophetstown and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; five brothers and three sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 1, 1952 - pg 2 col. 4

ROBERT H. POTTER , 87 of Morrison died June 4, 2005 at Rsthave nursing Home. Born March 2, 1918 he was the son of Albert M. and Lillian (Paulson) Potter. He practiced law for 56 years, becoming a partner with Bull Ludens & Potter in 1952 and retiring in 2002. He maintained the firm's Fulton office for many years and was instrumental in the formation of the Fulton Flood Control District. Mr. Potter was a member of the American College of Trial Lawywers as well as the Whiteside County and IL State Bar Assoc. Mr. Potter attended Northwestern University where he completed officers training prior to WW II. He then served in the Navy as a gunnery officer, first on the USS Savannah, in the Atlantic Theater and later on the USS Cowpens in the Pacific. After the war, he graduated from the Univ. of Michigan School of Law. On Nov. 6, 1947 he married Barbara Shanley of Norfolk VA and they soon began designing and building s home together in Morrison. In later years the Potters spent their winters in Green Valley AZ. Mr. Potter was involved with the Morrison School Board, Fulton Kiwanis, Morrison Rotary and Country Club. He was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Morrison. Survivors are a brother Jim; son, Tom; daughters Ann and Sally and two grandchildren.

IRA PROCTOR , son of Mr. and Mrs. David Proctor, passed away Friday [12/17/1915] afternoon at 4 o’clock at the family home in Coleta. All summer he had been ailing but the last fatal illness was only of three weeks duration. The deceased would have been forty-four years of age had he lived until the first of next March and had spent almost his entire life in Coleta. He had hundreds of friends in Coleta and the surrounding country who will join in extending sympathy to the bereaved. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Miss Elizabeth, who arrived home today from Boise, Idaho, Mrs. Matt Spang, of Boise, Doctor Proctor, of Boise, Cephus, of Alexandria, S. D., and Richard, of near Sterling. Funeral arrangements will not be made until relatives from a distance are heard from.(The Sterling Daily Gazette, December 18, 1915, page 3, column 1) Ira Proctor passed away at the home of his parents, Friday [12/17/1915] evening at 4 o’clock of Bright’s disease after but a short illness. The funeral services were held Monday at the house at ten o’clock and at the Liberal church at 10:30. Cephas Proctor of Mitchell, S. D., and Miss Elizabeth Proctor of Idaho arrived Saturday to attend the services. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, December 22, 1915, page 2, column 6.)

Ira Proctor was born in Genesee Township March 1, 1872 and died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Proctor in Coleta December 17, 1915 of Bright’s disease and a complication of diseases, being 43 years, 9 months and 17 days old. He had been gradually failing in health for over a year and was confined to his bed about three weeks. Besides his parents he leaves three brothers and two sisters to mourn his death as follows: C. E. Proctor of Alexandria, S. Dak., Dr. G. R. Proctor and Mrs. Minnie Spang of Grandview, Idaho, Richard Proctor of Sterling and Miss Elizabeth Proctor of Boise, Idaho. Ira was a faithful member of the Liberal U. B. church of Coleta for the past twenty years and was always ready to discharge his duties as a follower of Christ. He was a regular attendant to all religious services regardless of church or creed. He was also a favorite among the young people and was nearly always present at the social gatherings in this community. He will be missed in the Liberal Sunday School of which he was a member and always discharged his duties with promptness. Ira was a young man loved by all as he had no enemies. The funeral was held from his late home Monday [12/20/1915] morning at 10 o’clock and at the Liberal church at 10:30, conducted by Rev. H. A. Barton, pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. Hutchinson, pastor of the M. E. church. Mrs. Nellie Overholser, Mrs. Edna Maxwell, D. W. Deets and W. G. Heide sang appropriate songs for the occasion. R. E. Overholser, J. C. Crom, F. R. Overholser, Clare Deets, Adam Myers and Warren Brown acted as pall bearers. The floral offerings were beautiful. Interment was in the Lutheran cemetery west of Coleta.[Buried Bethel Cemetery northeast of Coleta in Carroll Co]
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Standard, December 21, 1915, page 1, column 34

MARY (GREEN) PROCTOR , was born June 23rd, 1816 in Lawrence County, Indiana and died at her home in Genesee, Feb. 23rd, 1893, aged 76 years and 8 months. She was married December 24, 1835 to George R. Proctor. Of this union nine children were born, five of whom are now living. In October 1855, the family moved to Genesee Grove; her husband died on March 10th, 1856. She being left a widow in a new country endured many hardships but always received the support and comfort of her children. She was greatly esteemed by a wide circle of friends and neighbors for her many worthy qualities and virtues. She united with the Christian church at Coleta in 187_ and lived a consistent Christian life; she bore her long sickness with great fortitude, and death came as welcome release from suffering. The funeral was held at the Lutheran church west of Coleta on Saturday, Feb. 25th at 11 o'clock a. m. Rev. McGinnis officiated assisted..........
Cotnributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

JOHN W. PUCKETT , 89 of Sterling died Thursday December 22, 2005. He was born on August 19, 1916 in Sterling, IL the son of Ladoit and Mary (Loran) Puckett. He married Helen Dugan April 12, 1947 in Sterling. She died Jan 2, 2000. Mr. Puckett was employed at Northern Illinois Gas for 30 years retiring as a service technician in 1976. He was a veteran of WW II having served in the Army. Mr. Puckett was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Sterling; the Sterling American Legion Post 296 and the B-26 Marauder Historical Society.

Surviving is his son, Robert J. (Cathy) Puckett of Rockford, IL; his daughter Lynn A. Puckett of Sterling, IL; his brothers Richard Puckett and Joseph (Sarah) Puckett both of Rockford, IL; his grand daughter Anne (John) Dotson of Macomb, IL. He was preceded in death by his wife; one brother Robert V. Puckett. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday December 26, 2005 at 11 AM in St. Mary Catholic Church 600 Avenue B, Sterling with the Reverend Donald Ahles, Pastor and Celebrant officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is Monday from 10 - 11 AM at the church with arrangements by the McDonald-Allen-Grennan Funeral Home, 505 1st Avenue, Sterling, IL.

TODD H. PUCKETT , 38, of Fulton, IL, died Monday, September 17, 2007 at the University Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA. Todd was born October 9, 1968, in Paducah, KY, to Troy and Judith (Helm) Puckett. He was educated in the Clinton, IA schools and graduated from Clinton High School in 1987. He married Tobie R. McQuistion on December 16, 1993 in Las Vegas, NV. Todd was employed with Midwest Wood in Savanna, IL. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Clinton, IA. Survivors include his wife, Tobie; two daughters, Shelby and Macy Puckett; one son, Collin Puckett; his parents, Troy and Judy Puckett of Savanna, IL; his grandmother, Novell Puckett of Lowes, KY. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clovis and Odell Helm and Eldon Puckett.







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