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GENEVIEVE (DAVIS) WADE , 82 of Sterling, died Tuesday. March 13, 2007 at CGH Medical Center. Mrs Wade worked as an activity aide at Polo Continental Manor Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 9, 1924 in Davenport Iowa the daughter of Frank and Clara (Beckwith) Davis She married Orville Wade on Aug 29, 1947 in Sterling. He died June 4, 1994. Genevieve was a member of Science Ridge Mennonite Church Sterling, and Palmyra Grange; and volunteered at Hospice of the Rock River valley and the American Red Cross Blood Mobile, where she was a 26-gallon donor She enjoyed woodcarving
Contributed by Cynthia Lane

GRACE (HAUGER) WADE of RFD 1, Sterling, died at the Community General Hospital Tuesday afternoon. She was born June 1, 1898, in Chicago, the daughter of J. H. and Anna Hauger. She was united in marriage to Glen Wade on Oct. 11, 1916, at the bride's home in Sterling. They farmed and lived their entire married life in Jordan Township. She was a member of the Science Ridge Mennonite Church and the WMSA of the church. She is survived by her husband, Glen; one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Lois Ann) Olson of Moline; three sons, Paul and Orville of RFT 1, Sterling; three brothers, Will and Lemuel Hauger of Freeport, Charles of Dixon; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Services will be Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the Science Ridge Mennonite Church, with Bishop A.C.Good and Bishop J. Frederick Erb officiating, with burial in the Science Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Wednesday until noon on Thursday when the body will be taken to the church to lie in state until the hour of services. A memorial for the Science Ridge Mennonite Church has been established.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Februry 14, 1962 - pg 6, col 3

HAROLD C. WADE , 87, of Sterling died Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002, at CGH Medical Center. Harold C. Wade was born on Sept. 11, 1915, in Sterling, the son of Harry and Hattie (Shuler) Wade. He was a 1933 graduate of Sterling High School and was a graduate of Scoville Business School and the School of Banking. University of Wisconsin, Harold married Doris Abel on April 9, 1947, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling. He was employed at the former Central National Bank in Sterling and later Amcore Bank for a combined total of more than 59 years, retiring as first vice president. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Pacific and was a member of the Sterling American Legion. Harold was a member of Grace Episcopal Church, Sterling, and a member and past treasurer of the Sterling Lions Club from which he was the recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. He also held past board positions on the Sterling Library Board, the city of Sterling Police Pension Board and Sterling Township Board. Surviving are his wife, Doris; his daughter, Lynn (Cary) Spencer of Livermore, Calif; his son, Marty (Olivia) Wade of Sterling; his sister, Madeline Harding of Rock Falls; his grandson, Scott Spencer of Livermore, Calif; his two stepgrandchildren, Alecia (Dennis) Day and Phillip Jones, both of Sterling; and his two step-great-grandchildren. Nathan and Sarah Day of Sterling. Celebration of the Funeral Mass with Holy Eucharist will be Thursday, Dec. 26, 2002, at 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, Sterling, with the Rev. Thomas Rosa officiating. Private burial with military rites will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. A gathering of friends and family will take place on Thursday from 4-2 p.m. at The church with arrangements completed by McDonald Funeral Home
The Daily Gazette December 21, 2002

LESLIE J.B. WADE , 37, of 17th Ave., died suddenly Monday morning at Community General Hospital after suffering a heart attack. Mr. Wade was born Nov. 12, 1922 at Bono, Ark., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer J. Wade. He attended local schools. He was united in marriage to Emma Foster Nov. 1, 1943, at New Port, Ark. The couple moved to Sterling-Rock Falls area 10 years ago where he was employed as a Shearman at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company. He is survived by his wife, Emma; his father, Elmer, of Jonsboro, Ark.; four brothers, Cecil and Melvin, both of Rock Falls; Cloyce and Dean of Jonsboro, Ark.; two sisters, Mrs. B. C. (Marie) Haynie of Kermitt, Texas; and Myrtle Wade, of Jonsboro, Ark.; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his mother. Funeral services will be at the Allen Funeral Home Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with Rev. A. V. Rose of the Como Baptist Church officiating, after which the body will be taken overland to the Farmers Union Funereal Home at Jonsboro, Ark., for services Thursday at 2 p.m. with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery, at Jonsboro.
Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 28, 1960 - Tuesday

MARJORIE (MUSCH) WADE , 80, of Arvada, CO, formerly of Morrison, IL, died Friday, October 26, 2007 at the Arvada Health Care Center. Marjorie was born November 28, 1926 to Enno and Florence Musch. She was educated in the Morrison, IL schools, and married Forest Wade on April 9, 1946 in Morrison. He died February 6, 1976. She was a homemaker and farmed with her husband in the Morrison area for many years before they moved to Colorado in 1968. She had been a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church. Marjorie enjoyed working in the yard and crocheting. Survivors include two sons, Robert (Donna) Wade of Littleton, CO and Charles (Sharon) Wade of Arvada, CO; four grandchildren, Jason (Tammy) Wade, Sandi Wade; Robert (Jessica) Wade, Dale (Josie) Wade; five great grandchildren, Grace and Tori Wade; Taylor and Zach Wade; Mellonie Wade. She was preceded in death by her husband, Forest; two brothers, Charles and Robert Musch.

NORMA J. (HOUSENGA) WADE , 76, of Fulton, died Sunday at her home. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home. The Rev. Wendell Davelaar, chaplain of the Fulton Fire Department, will be officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Interment will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery. She was born July 25, 1928, in Clinton to Everett J. "Doc" and Jennie B. Brondyke Housenga. She married Edgar E. Wade on Oct. 4, 1946, in Fulton. He died in 1991. She attended Fulton Grade School and graduated from Fulton High School. She was a member of the Red Hat Society in Clinton. She was as a bookkeeper with Sears in Clinton, Barrows Camp-O-Rama in Camanche and McEleney Motors in Clinton. She also was employed with the Fulton Country Club Pro-Shop and the Fulton Fire Protection District Ambulance Service. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Shelia (George) Van Kampen of Fulton; two sons, Vance (Katie Honeywell) Wade and Mark (Lori) Wade, all of Fulton; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Linda (Darrell) Alm of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Donna Simmons of Anthum, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her husband, one son and two brothers. Memorials may be made to the Fulton Ambulance Service or the VNA Hospice, Clinton.
Clinton Herald July 27, 2004

SADA E. (HOFFMAN) WADE , 95, Morrison, died Tuesday afternoon at Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Morrison United Methodist Church, preceded by a 10:45 a.m. prayer service at the church. The Rev. Lynn Longenbaugh will officiate. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Renkes-Reynolds Funeral Home. A memorial has been established to the Morrison United Methodist Church. Sada E. Hoffman was born Dec. 9, 1887 in Mahaska County, Iowa. She was reared and educated in Iowa and lived in Missouri until her marrige to L. W. Wade on April 22, 1908 in Laplanta, Mo. He preceded her in death August of 1948. Following marriage they farmed in the Morrison area from 1908 until 1946, when they moved to town. She was a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church and the Ruth Circle of the United Methodist Women. Survivors include four sons Dale, Hardy, Ark.; William, Prophetstown; Conrad, Cucamonga, Calif.; and Glenn, Newcastle, Delaware; 25 grandchildren; 52 great grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband, two daughters, three sons, one sister and two brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 16, 1983 - Wednesday, pg A4

ALLISON WAGNER , daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. William Wagner, Arlington Heights died Sunday (Jul 15, 1974) at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge. Allison Wagner was born Friday, July 12, 1974. Burial services were held Tuesday at Riverside Mennonite Cemetery. Survivors include her parents and one brother Peter, maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Bogott, Sterling, and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wagner, Sterling
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Jul 19, 1974 Sterling Gazette

FLOYD HENRY WAGNER , 73, of rural Coleta, died Saturday afternoon (02 Aug 1975) at Community General Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Woodin Funeral Home in Milledgeville with the Rev. William Welk, pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church of Milledgeville, officiating. Burail was in West Genesee Cemetery. Floyd Wagner was born March 5, 1902 in Genesee Township, the son of John and Mary Schreiner Wagner. He lived his entire life on the family farm. Survivors include one brother, Harvey Wagner of Sterling; two sisters, Mrs. Walter (Rose) Easterbrooks of Milledgeville and Mrs. Ross (Cora) Fellows of Round Grove. He was preceded by his parents; two brothers, John and William; and one sister, Mrs. John (Pearl) Mertz.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor Sterling Gazette August 4, 1975 - Monday

JOHN WAGNER - Funeral services for John Wagner, 65, who died at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday (22 Jun 1960) at the Hines Veterans Hospital in Maywood, will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Woodin Funeral Home in Milledgeville. Rev. J. F. Eshbaugh will officiate and burial will be in the West Genesee Cemetery. Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Darlene Quackboerner, Mt. Carroll; and two sons, Vernon and Marvin, and another daughter, Alice at home. Also surviving, three brothers, William and Floyd of Milledgeville, and Harvey, Sterling; two sisters, Mrs. Ross Fellows, Round Grove; and Mrs. Walter Estabrook, Milledgeville. There are also six grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 23, 1960 - Thursday, pg 2 col 3

KEITH E. WAGNER , 67, of Rock Falls died Thursday, Nov 18, 1999, after an extended illness. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with Michael Browning officiating. Military rites will follow. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Mr. Wagner was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Polo, the son of Glenn and Loretta (Hubbard) Wagner. He married Nancy Denning on Oct 10, 1959, in Rock Falls, with the late Rev. Shiffer officiating. She survives. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the Army from 1950 to 1955. He was employed as a truck driver for Blount Brothers Trucking at the Byron Nuclear Plant before an injury forced him to retire early. He sharpened chains for saws and loved the outdoors. Survivors include a son, Glenn Wagner of Jessup, MD; five daughters, Cindy Bonnell of Bourbonnais, Tina Wagner and Nicole Wagner, both of Rock Falls, Glenda (Harry) Pageloff of Sterling and Kathy Mullins of Ashton; four brothers, Marvin Wagner of Rochelle, Ron Wagner of Compton, Harold Wagner of Rock Falls and Leo Wagner of Rockford; five sisters, Lois Ferris of Harmon, Doris Toddhunter of Nelson and Linda Knaple, Judy Lewis and Nelda Burge, all of Rock Falls; nine grandchildren; and a great grandchild.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Nov 22, 1999 Daily Gazette

LORETTA (HUBBARD) WAGNER , 91, of Rock Falls , died Saturday, Feb. 21, 1998, at New Beginnings Nursing Home, Rock Falls . Funeral Arrangements are pending at the McDonald Funeral Home (Feb 22, 1998 Daily Gazette)
Loretta E. S. Wagner, 91, of Rock Falls , died Saturday, Feb 21, 1998, at New Beginnings Nursing Home, Rock Falls . Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls , with the Rev. David Page Kell, Pastor of the First United Methodist Church , Rock Falls , officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park , Sterling . Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Wagner was born April 8, 1906, in Montmorency Township , Whiteside County , the daughter of Frank L and Minnie E (Fisher) Hubbard. She married Glenn H. Wagner on June 27, 1931, in Rock Falls . He died June 26, 1958. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rock Falls. Survivors include five sons, Keith e. ( Nancy ) Wagner and Harold C. (Mary Jo) Wagner both of Rock Falls, Marvin E (Mary Rose) Wagner of Rochelle, Ronnie L (Judy) Wagner of Compton, and Leo C (Margaret) Wagner Rockford; six daughters, Lois E (Brad) Ferris of Harmon, Eileene M (Ken) Ford of Rockford, Doris A. (Dan) Todhunter of Nelson, Linda L (Steven) Knaple, Judy R. (Leo) Lewis, and Nelda M (Rick) Burge all of Rock Falls; 43 grandchildren; 63 great grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by one son, Wallace w. Wagner; one grandson, Chris Lewis; three sisters; and six brothers.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the Feb 23, 1998 Daily Gazette

LUCILLE (SCHNEIDER) WAGNER , 92, of Sterling died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at Coventry Village Nursing Home, Sterling. She was employed by Lawrence Bros., Sterling, for many years before retiring. Mrs.Wagner was born June 14, 1912, near Coleta the daughter of George and Deila (McQuay) Schneider. She married Henry S. Wagner on Feb. 16, 1935, in Dixon. He died Dec. 24, 1995. She was a member of First Christian Church, Rock FalIs, and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include a daughter, Karol (Ronald) Gerken of Sterling: a son, Dave (Sheryl) Wagner of Rock EalIs; two sisters, Marian Smith and Myrtle Hines, both of Sterling; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. l'he funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at First Chdstian Church, Rock Falls, with the Rev. April McClure-Stewart, pastor, officiat­ ing. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.

MARK WAGNER , 8, drowned Tuesday in Idaho. He is the son of Harvey and Glenda (Sharp) Wagner of 144 Plateau Drive, Pocatello, Idaho, and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wagner of 204 W. 18th St., Rock Falls. Funeral services will be held on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home with Rev. J. Randall Brown, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Sterling officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Rock Falls. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 1 p.m. until the hour of services. Mark was born on May 28, 1970 in Longmont, Colo. He is survived by his parents, two sisters, Lisa and Laura, both at home, his maternal grandmother, Mrs. William F. Sharp of Rock Falls, his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Wagner of Rock Falls, several aunts, uncle and cousins.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois July 5, 1978 - Wednesday, page 4

WALLACE W. WAGNER , 41, RFD 1, Knief Road, Rock Falls, was fatally injured in a truck accident at Palisades State Park in Savanna Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be held at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls on Friday at 1:30 p.m. with the Rev. Lowell L Ragains, pastor of the Maranatha Baptist Church in Yeowardville, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Dixon. Friends may call at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home on Thursday for 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wallace Wagner was born May 28, 1933 in Chadwick, the son of Glenn H. and Loretta E. S. Hubbard Wagner. He was united in marriage to the former Judy L Harding. He was a member of the Sterling Moose Lodge and the Teamster and Local Union. He was employed for Kinney Excavating Co. for the past 10 years up until the time of his death. He attended grade school in Polo and graduated from the Sterling Township High School in the class of 1954. He served for the Army during the Korean Conflict, He is survived by his widow, Judy, two daughters, Toni Lynn and Linda Kay both at home; his mother, Mrs. Loretta Wagner of Rock Falls; six sisters, Mrs. Bradley (Lois) Ferris of Harmon, Mrs. Kenneth (Eileene) Ford of Oregon, IL., Mrs. Danny (Doris) Todhunter, Nelson; Mrs. Steven (Linda) Knaple of Rock Falls, Mrs. Leo (Judith) Lewis of Rock Falls, Mrs. Roger (Nelda) Stanfield of Sterling; five brothers, Keith E Wagner of Dixon, Marvin E Wagner, Rochelle; Ronald L Wagner of Compton, Leo C Wagner of Oregon; Harod Wagner of Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by his father.

October 8, 1974
Brakes Fail; RF Man Killed
Savanna - Wallace W. Wagner, 41, RR 1, Rock Falls, was killed Tuesday afternoon, when the brakes on the dump truck he was driving failed, causing it to go over a steep embankment and crashing at Mississippi Palisades State Park. According to Sate Police reports, Wagner, an employe of Kinney Excavating Service, Sterling, was backing the truck up to a paving machine on the south Road, one-half mile west of Scenic Ride Road, in the state park, when the brakes gave out. The truck rolled down a steep grade, struck a vacated pickup truck, broke through a guardrail and plunged down an embankment. After crashing at the bottom the truck rolled over several times crushing Wagner. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Carroll County Coroner, L. B. Hussey. An inquest will be held at later date. Funeral arrangements for Wagner are being completed by Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home, Rock Falls.
Contributed by Margaret (Wilson) Mangers

WILLIAM WAGNER , 77, of RR 2, Chadwick, passed away Friday, following a truck train accident in Milledgeville. An inquest was conducted Friday night at 8:30 by Dr. L. B. Hussey, Carroll County Coroner. Funeral services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Woodin Funeral Home, the Rev. William Welk, pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church officiting with burial in West Genesee Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday evening from 7 to 9. William Wagner was born Dec. 1, 1889 in rural Coleta, the son of John and Mary Schreiner Wagner. He lived all his life in this area and was a farmer. He is survived by two brothers, Harvey of Sterling; Floyd of rural Chadwick, with whom he made his home; two sisters, Mrs. Walter (Rose) Estabrooks of Milledgeville and Mrs. Cora Fellows of Round Grove. He was preceded by his parents, one sister and one brother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 4, 1967 - Saturday, pg 2

BETSY (COBLEIGH) WAITE , one of our aged and respected ladies, peacefully passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Durstine, Thursday, June 28, 1906 at eleven o'clock p.m. Mrs. Waite's maiden name was Betsey Cobleigh and she was born in Martinsburg, Lewis County, New York, October 20, 1820, being at the time of her death 85 years, 8 months and 8 days old. She grew to womanhood in her native state and in the year 1838 she became the wife of M. L. Waite. To this union were born three children namely M. C. Waite who resides in Morrison, Mrs. Nellie Durstine of Milledgeville and Mrs. Harriet McCullen who died twenty years ago. In the year 1863 the Waite family left their eastern home and came to Morrison, Whiteside county, Illinois, where they resided until twelve years ago last March when they came to Milledgeville to reside with their daughter. Three years ago last October Mrs. Waite was called upon to mourn the loss of her husband by death. The deceased was the last member of her family to answer the summons of death. She had been in feeble health for several years but retained her faculties until about a year ago when her mind began to fail and gradually the infirmities of old age crept upon her and the six weeks previous to her death she was confined to her bed, being tenderly cared for by her daughter. Mrs. Waite was not identified with any church but was always interested in the work of the church and by her many good deeds showed herself to be a true Christian. The fuenral services were conducted from her late home Sunday morning at nine o'clock, Rev. J. W Paetznick of the Lutheran church officiating. The body was then conveyed to Morrison where the interment was made in Grove Hill cemetery beside the members of her family who had gone before. The funeral was in charge of Fraser & Fraser. Mrs. Durstine and her son, Roy and family accompanied the remains to Morrison.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Scrapbook Clipping

HOWARD F. WAITE , 79, of Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, November 17, 2004 at Mercy Medical Center North in Clinton, IA. Howard was born April 25, 1925, in Joliet, IL, to Orville F. and Cecil (Fletcher) Waite. He was educated in the Morrison, IL schools, graduating from Morrison High School in 1943. He then graduated from Chillicothe Business College in Chillicothe, MO. Howard was employed as an accountant with General Electric Co. of Morrison for more than 30 years. He was a member of the Morrison United Methodist Church, where he sang in the choir. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge in Morrison, and was also a Shriner. He was a member of the Moose Lodge in Clinton, IA and an officer in the local chapter of AARP. After retirement, he took pleasure in delivering Meals on Wheels to the local shut-ins. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, reading and bowling. Survivors include one brother, Wilbur (Sharon) Waite of Fullerton, CA; one niece, Deborah (Mrs. Randy) Evans of Monett, MO; one nephew, James Howard Waite of Fullerton, CA.




LYLE A. WAITE , 73, of Prophetstown, IL died Monday, January 16, 2006 at the prohets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the Prophetstown United Methodist Church where he was a member. Private internment will take place at a later time. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund h as been established. The Gibson and Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown, is handling the arrangements and cremation. Lyle was born December 2, 1931 in Prophetstown, the son of Ralph and Lenora (Wildman) Waite. He graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1949. On November 7, 1953 he married Marilyn Packer in Prophetstown. Lyle worked as a revenue collection agent for the State of Illinois. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. His memberships included American Legion Post #552, Masonic Lodge #293 A.F. & A.M., Moline Consistory, Prophetstown Lions Club having served as secretary/treasurer, Past President of Prophet Hills Country Club, and also as a volunteer at the Prophetstown Food Pantry. He is survived by his wife, 3 grandsons, 2 great-grandchildren, sister and brother-in-law, Marilou and Michael Wasilewski, Springfield, IL, brothers and sisters-in-law, Arlyn and Carol Waite, Indian Rock Springs, FL, Neil and Linda Waite, Hobe Sound, FL, and Joe and Cheri Waite, Prophetstown. Lyle was preceded by a son Alan in 1991 and a sister Joyce Hiland.
Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Prophetstown Echo

MILFORD C. WAITE was born in the town of Pinckney, Lewis county, state of New York, on March 13th 1840, and died in Morrison, Ill., May 31, 1907. He came to Illinois with his parents in the year 1863, locating in Morrison where he has since resided. He lived with his father's family for many years, working with his father at the carpenters trade and later at general teaming. In the year 1890 he was married to Mrs. Emily Engle. To this union was born one child, his only daughter, Miss Gladys Waite who mourns the loss of a kind father. Owing to his quiet, retiring and somewhat diffident nature his acquaintance was not large, and only the friends who knew him best were aware of the many sterling qualities of his mind and heart. He had his virtues and it becomes those only who are perfect to say that he had his faults, He was a brother of Mrs. Nellie Durstine of this place who has been temporarily residing in Morrison. The funeral services were held at the residence, Sunday afternoon, and were conducted by Rev. Mr. Newton. The burial was in Grove Hill cemetery
Contributed by Karen Fyock

ADAM WALLACE - At his residence in this city on Thursday April 2, 1891 Mr. Adam Wallace aged 74 years, 10 months and 25 days. Adam Wallace was boon in Lochwinnoch Scotland, May 7, 1816. He came to America in 1840 and settled in the State of Maine where he lived until 1856 when he came to Illinois, locating in Ustick, this county. He resided there until 1878 when he moved with his family to this city where he has since made his home. (Morrison). Besides his wife, he leaves two children a son and daughter, both residing in Exeter, Neb., and a brother, Wm. Wallace of this city, and a sister Mrs. Robert Ralston of Clinton Iowa. Mr. Wallace has been in poor health for several years and although he had received medical treatment it was of no avail. He was of a very genial nature and happy disposition, speaking kind words of encouragement to those in distress and often bringing happiness to those who were despondent and discouraged by the trials and cares of life. Many there are of our citizens who will miss his kindly greetings and will sincerely mourn his departure. The funeral services were held on Saturday at the Presbyterian church, Rev. J.W. Skinner officiating. The remains were interred in Grove Hill Cemetery.

WALLACE & SHUMAN - Funeral services for three accident victims, Mrs. Raymond Wallace, Brian K. Shuman and Gregory Ray Boroff Wallace, all of RR 1, Sterling, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in St. John’s Lutheran Church. The Rev. Richard J. Hanson of St. John’s and the Rev. E. A. Henrichs of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Rock Falls, will officiate and burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park Cemetery. There will be visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. today in the Melvin Funeral Home. At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday the bodies will be taken to St. John’s Lutheran Church to lie in state until the funeral hour at 2 p.m. Memorials have been established in their memories.
Mrs. Raymond Wallace
Mrs. Wallace was born Aug. 2, 1935 in Whiteside County, the daughter of Lester and Evelyn Woessner Wolber. She had been a resident of this area her entire life and graduated from Sterling Township High School in 1953. She was united in marriage with Raymond Wallace June 11, 1972 in Sterling. Mrs. Wallace had been employed by Colonial Acres Rest Home for the past seven years and at the time of her death was administrator of Rock Falls Colonial Acres Rest Home. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Sterling. Surviving besides her husband are one daughter, Elizabeth Shuman at home; her mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hammelman of Sterling; one sister, Mrs. Millard (Esther) Hicks of Dixon and one brother, Lyle Wolber of Rock Falls. Her father, Lester preceded Jan. 4, 1938 and a daughter Lori in 1964.
Brian Shuman
Brian K. Shuman was born Sept. 27, 1962 in Sterling the son of Richard K. and Leone M. Wolber Shuman. He was a student in the fifth grade at Franklin School and attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sterling. Surviving are his father, Richard K. Shuman of Sterling; one sister, Elizabeth Shuman at home; his step-father, Raymond Wallace of Sterling; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Hammelman of Sterling and grandfather, Paul Shuman of Rock Falls.
Gregory Wallace
Geogory Ray Boroff Wallace was born June 21, 1957 in Sterling. He was a sophomore student at Sterling Township High School and a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rock Falls. Surviving are his father, Raymond Wallace, Sterling; his mother Audrey; a sister Melanie, and a brother, Alan.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, December 4, 1972, page 2, column 1

GRACE (COLCORD) WALLACE - Funeral arrangements are complete at the Allen Funeral Home for Mrs. Grace M. Wallace, 73, of Coleta, who died Tuesday [08/01/1972] evening in Community General Hospital. Funeral services for Grace Wallace will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home with the Rev. Ben F. White, pastor of the Coleta United Methodist Church, officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday. Mrs. Wallace was born Oct. 15, 1898, in Coleta, the daughter of Ernest and Effie Pittman Colcord. She was a member of the Coleta United Methodist Church and was united in marriage to Verner V. Wallace July 30, 1919, in Coleta. Mrs. Wallace is survived by her husband, Verner and two nephews. She was preceded by her parents and one brother.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, August 2, 1972, page 2, column 2
Funeral services were conducted at the Allen Funeral home Thursday [08/03/1972] at 2 p.m. for Mrs. Grace M. Wallace, 73, of Coleta. The Rev. Ben F. White, pastor of the Coleta United Methodist Church, officiated, with the burial at the Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Mrs. Wayne Larson was the organist. Pallbearers were Marvin Carbaugh, Laverne Frankfather, John Hubbard Sr., Kenneth Overholser, John Speer and Homer Stinemeyer. Flowers were cared for by Lundstrom’s.

JOHN WALLACE - The funeral of John Wallace was held at the Methodist church at one o’clock on Tuesday [01/04/1916] afternoon. The choir sang several hymns and Rev. Naylor sang a solo. Rev. J. T. Beakley preached the funeral sermon, basing his discourse on the life of the deceased. There were a number of beautiful floral tributes and the burial was made in the Lyndon cemetery, the pass bearers being: M. W. Hardy, A. P. Holt, Dan Durick, E. M. McKerg, William Drews and Will Holt. John Wallace was born in Richland county, Ohio, Oct. 2, 1837. Came west to Fort Wayne, Ind., where he lived the earlier years of his life, later living in Michigan and Dakota. He was married to Miss Sarah Dillon in 1857. To this union twelve children were born, eight of whom survive as follows: Charles, of Sioux City, Iowa; Mrs. Bessie Stockwell, Benjamin and Mrs. Lena Elliott of Fort Dodge, Iowa; Frank Eugene, of Elkhart, Ind.; Mrs. Minerva Collins, of Minnesota; Mrs. Minerva Collins, of Minnesota; Mrs. Alice James of Lyndon, and Harry of Three Oaks, Mich. Mrs. Wallace died and Mr. Wallace was twice afterward married, the third wife being Mrs. Kate Sutton of Lyndon, who survives the deceased. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Nannie Sebring and Mrs. Sarah Avery, of Dixon, Ill. Mr. Wallace was a member of Co. G, 1st Mich. Sharpshooters. In early life he united with the U. B. church, but later he joined the Lyndon Methodist church which membership he retained at the time of his death. Mr. Wallace had lived in Lyndon for the past eighteen years or more. He was a kind husband and father, an honest law-abiding citizen and had many friends who will regret his death, all of whom extend sympathy to the bereaved family.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, January 7, 1916, page 7, column 6

VERNER WALLACE 77, Box 85, Coleta, died Tuesday [04/02/1974] at Community General Hospital. Funeral services will be Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling with the Rev. Ben F. White, pastor of the Coleta United Methodist Church officiating, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling on Thursday evening from 7-9 p.m. Mr. Wallace was born June 21, 1896 in Carroll County, the son of Miles and Isabelle Hurless Wallace. He was united in marriage to Grace M. Colcord on July 30, 1919, in Coleta. She preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 1972. He served in the United States Army during WWI in the 108th Engineers. He was a member of the Coleta Sportsman’s Club. Mr. Wallace is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Baker of Milledgeville, Mrs. Amber Walker of Albia, Iowa and Mrs. Ruby Barr of Asheville, N.C.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, April 4, 1974, page 2, column 1
Funeral services were conducted Friday [04/05/1974] at the Allen Funeral Home in Sterling for Verner V. Wallace 77, of Box 85, Coleta, who died Tuesday at Community General Hospital. The Rev. Ben F. White, pastor of the Coleta United Methodist Church officiating with burial in Riverside Cemetery. Mrs. Roscoe Eades Played the organ for the services. Pallbearers were Marvin Carbaugh, LaVerne Frankfather, John Hubbard, Sr., Paul McCormick, Homer Osborn and Homer Steinmeyer. Flowers were cared for by Lundstroms.

CHARLES J. WARNER - Funeral services for Charles J. Warner, 76, who died Saturday, were held at 3 p.m. Monday at the Dudley funeral chapel in Prophetstown. Rev. I. C. Campbell, pastor of the Congregational church, officiated. Interment was in Riverside cemetery at Prophetstown. The pallbearers were T. H. Taber, C. A. Schryver, Hubert Mathis, Dr. G. W. Nelson, K. N. Fenn and W. S. Hossack. Miss Lilah Weburg, Mrs. George Aylesworth and Mrs. Hubert Mathis assisted with the flowers. Those from a distance who attended the services were Sgt. Robert Warner, East Haddam, Conn.; Cpl. Stuart Warner, Ardmore, Okla.; Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Olmstead, Marinette, Wis.; H. W. Crowe, Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Olmstead, Henry Pitney, Mrs. Margaret Kelly, Tampico; Mrs. August Larson, Sterling; Mr. and Mrs. George Wilder, Minnesota; Mrs. Charles Wilkins, Lyndon.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois November 7, 1944 - pg 7, col. 1

CHARLES S. WARNER , 77, of Houghton Lake Mich. (former Prophetstown residet) died Wednesday in Phoenix AZ. Funeral services will be held at the Gardner Chapel Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Marshall Esty of the United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Lyndon Cemetery. Visitation is 7-9 Saturday at the chapel.

He was born May 24, 1900 in Prophetstown the son of Mendell and Dorothy Franks Warner. He attended Prophetstown schools and Browns Business College in Sterling. He owned and oeprated Warner Trailer Sales in Michigan and Dallas, Tex. until retiring.

Survivors include his widow, Ruth; two daughters, Mrs. Iola Stanley of Rock Falls and mrs. Marilyn Bogdonus of Rockford; four sons, Charles W. of Dallas Tex., Merle M. of Houghton Lake MI, Paul of Galien MI and Wayne of Phoenix AZ; 20 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Roy (Gladys) Fixk of Prophetstown and Mrs. Harry (Grace) Kidd of Sterling. Preded by his parents and one brother.

Contributed by Nancy Vance





GEORGE M. WARNER , 62, of 206 West Twelfth street, passed away Friday night at 10:30 (6 Jun 1952) at Community General hospital, after a six month's illness. The body was removed to the Woods funeral home where funeral services will be held tomorrow, Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in Riverside cemetery. He was born April 4, 1890 at Harmon, a son of M.M. and Dorothy Franks Warner. The family moved to a farm on Washington street near Prophetstown where he was reared and educated. He attended Brown's Business college in this city, following that he was employed by the Rex Paper company, and Whiffen Wholesale grocery of this city. Mr. Warner went into business for himself as a wholesale food distributor, being active in this business until stricken. During his business career he made a great many friends throughout this and adjoining counties. On May 15, 1919 he was united in marriage with Carol Hand. To this union was born one daughter, Mary Carol, now wife of Vic White of this city. He was a member of Fourth Street Methodist church and Sterling Lodge of Elks. Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. H.E. Kidd of this city, and Mrs. Roy Fisk of Prophetstown, and one brother, Charles Warner of Lansing, Mich. Also, one grandchild, and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, who passed away in infancy.
Contributed by Charlotte Schick - [Source: Sterling, Illinois, Daily Gazette, Saturday, 7 June 1952; 2; 1]

INA B. (WOODS) WARNER , 89, of 1113 Fifth Ave., Rock Falls, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at CGH Medical Center. Ina was born on Jan. 27, 1916 on the family farm in Sciota, to Erza B. and Katie E. (Lester) Woods. She was a graduate of Good Hope HS class of 1935. Ina was married on June 22, 1942 to Clarence R. Warner. The couple lived in Macomb, Galesburg and Kewanee before moving to Rock Falls in 1958. The family moved to Wheaton in 1961 for seven years before returning to Rock Falls. In the 8th grade, Ina won a college scholarship to Western Illinois University but due to the Depression, she was unable to attend. She was involved in her husband's photography business in Kewanee. When he went into the insurance business, she worked as his secretary for many years. Ina was employed as a bridal seamstress for Deanne's and Weinstein's. She was a Methodist from early childhood on. She and her husband were l ongtime members of the Elks Lodge in Kewanee and Wheaton. Ina is survived by her three children, Mrs. Joyce (Richard) Bechdolt, Michael Warner and Mrs. Betty (William C.) Braden, all of Rock Falls; five grandchildren, Edward A. Colville of St. Charles, Eric (Angela) Colville of Sterling, Rebecca Bechdolt, William J. Braden and Katie Braden, all of Rock Falls; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Broc Colville of Sterling.

JESSIE (MOATS) WARNER , 76, died early Thursday morning at the Prophetstown Riverview Center, where she had been a residnet for four years. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Gardner's Funeral Chapel, with burial in Riverside Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Mrs. Warner was born March 25, 1895, at Como, the daughter of Alexander and Etta (Newton) Moats and was educated in Erie schools. She married Keith Warner of Prophetstown on Feb. 1919 and had lived in Prophetstown since her marriage. She had been a librarian for the Henry C. Adams Memorial Library for 12 years prior to her retirement. Survivors include two sons, Robert K. Warner, Rockford; and Stewart Warner, Hoffman Estates; two daughters, Mrs. Ann Higley, Sterling; and Jean Warner of Prophetstown; and 10 grandchildren. Her parents and husband preceded her in death, and one son Jack, and one daughter Mrs Donald (Betty) Majeski.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 24, 1971 - Monday, pg 2

JESSE E. WARNER , 81, of 820 Ave. E. Rock Falls, died Monday night at the Linton Nursing Home. He was born Oct. 11, 1876 in Mt. Airy, MD, the son of Uriah and Julyann Warner. He was united in marriage to Mae A. Robinson McFadden in Rock Falls, Feb. 12, 1917 and she preceded him in death May 29, 1956. Mr. Warner is survived by four daughters: Mrs. William (Mary) Middleton, Mrs. Theodore ( Martha) Kreider, Mrs. Harlan (Cathryn) Hansen and Mrs. Lowell (Jane) Rockwell all of Rock Falls: one stepson, Cletus McFadden of Sterling; 10 grandchildren: two brothers, Earl and Raymond Warner of New Windsor, MD and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, two sons, one stepson, five brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at the Wheelock-Allen Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Kalkwarf of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating, with burial in Rock Falls Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Contributed by Marian Whitver - Sterling Daily Gazette Date: 3/18/1958

LUELLA ESTHER (BURROUGHS) WARNER , 87, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1970 in Las Animas, Colo. Funeral services will be held in the Leon United Methodist Church Monday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Preston Wood will officiate. Burial will be in Leon Cemetery. Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation. Luella Esther Burroughs was born Dec. 4, 1881, in Prophetstown, the daughter of Carlot and Addie Burroughs. She married D. D. Warner in Prophetstown Jan 4, 1905. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. LeRoy Boyd, Las Animas, Colo.; a number of nieces and nephews.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 3, 1970 - Thursday, pg 2

MRS. M.M. WARNER - Friends in this city (Morrison) learned with regret of the death of Mrs. M. M. Warner of Lanark, a former resident, which occurred at St. Francis Hospital in Freeport, Monday morning, following an operation. The family were formerly residents of Morrison, where the late Professor M. M. Warner was for a number of years superintendent of the city schools. His death occurred about two years ago. Mrs. Warner is mourned by a son and daughter, Frank Warner of Seattle, Washington, and Mrs. Earl E. Hendricks of Lanark, with whom she has made her home in recent years.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 5, 1927 - Tuesday, pg 10

MARY CARROLL (HAND) WARNER , 102, formerly of 1203 Sixth Ave., Sterling, died Sept 5, 1991, at Coventry Village, Sterling, following a short illness. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Wesley United Methodist Church, Sterling, with Rev. Thomas Petty, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday at the Allen Funeral Home, Sterling. A memorial has been established. Mrs. Warner was born Oct 28, 1889, in rural Rock Falls, the daughter of Harvey and Celia (Carroll) Hand. She was married George M. Warner May 14, 1918, at the Fourth Street Methodist Church, Sterling. He died June 8, 1952. She had been employed as a salesperson at Chester's in Sterling for many years prior to her retirement. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Sterling, since 1913, and a member of the King's Daughters since 1909. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Carol White, Sterling; one granddaughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Georgia) Morris, East Peoria; one step-grandson, Victor White, Tampico; three great granddaughters, two great stepgrandsons, three great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one sister and three brothers.
Contributed by Charlotte Schick - (Source: Sterling, Illinois, Daily Gazette, Saturday, 7 September 1991; A2; 5 & 6)
Centurion Article contributed by Nancy Vance

JAMES A. WELCH , 53, 4108 Hickory Grove Rd., Davenport, Iowa, formerly of Morrison, died August 26 (1987) at his residence. Graveside services were Friday August 28, at 3:30 in Grove Hill Cemetery, the Rev. James Harper officiated. There was no visitation. The body was cremated. Honorary casket bearers were Edd Engelkens Jr., Mike Engelkens, Rick Engelkens, Randy Starr, Eugene Johnson Jr., and Virgil Engelkens. Mr. Welch was born April 5, 1934 in Morrison to Floyd and Gertrude (Birely) Welch. He was reared and educated in the Morrison area. Survivors include three daughters; Mrs. Richard (Patricia) Sliker of Streator, Mrs. Bruce (Joanie) Sweet of Camden, So. Carolina, and Mrs. David (Brenda) Dyer of Moline; one son, James Jr. of Davenport Iowa; two sisters, MRs. Edd (Susan) Engelkens of Lyndon and Mrs. Lottie Starr of Morrison; one half brother, Kenneth Welch of Lyndon; and one stepbrother, Ray Harris of Rock Falls.
Whiteside Sentinel 1 Sep 1987

MYRNA V. (CHARNESKI) WELCH , 66, of Fulton, IL, died Thursday, June 12, 2008 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, IA. Myrna was born November 27, 1941, in Savanna, IL, to Edward and Esther (Pugh) Charneski. She attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Clinton, IA. She married Donald L. Welch on June 25, 1960 in Fulton, IL. Myrna was employed by Clinton Garment Factory, Clinton, IA, and Berg Pharmacy in Fulton, for 17 years. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Fulton and a past member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Albany, IL. She was a member of the Albany Women's Coffee Club, and the Albany PTO. Myrna was a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, sister, grandmother and great grandmother. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Survivors include her husband, Donald; one daughter, Patty (Mrs. Tony) Martin of Fulton, IL; one son, Don Jr. (Gabriele) Welch of Camanche, IA; six grandchildren, Travis (Erin Van Houten) Martin, Tiffany and Alex Martin; Nicole and Sabrina Welch and Amber (Mrs. Brian) Cook; two great grandchildren, Nolan Morrow and Aidan Cook; four sisters, Lorraine (Mrs. John) Bennett of Fulton, IL, Patricia (Mrs. Ron) Paulline of Fulton, IL, Sheryl (Mrs. Gary) Burns of Albany, IL and Kathy (Mrs. Steven) Bearsley of Albany, IL; two brothers, Edward (Irene) Charneski of Fulton, IL and Rick Charneski of Clinton, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents.

OKEL "BILL" WELCH , 1504 17th. Ave. Sterling, IL., passed away Friday, April 6, 1965 at Colonial Acres Rest Home after an extended illness. He was born June 6, 1892 at Maquoketa, Iowa the son of Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Welch. He resided in Iowa before moving to Sterling in 1934. Mr. Welch was a Veteran of WW1. He was united in marriage Sept. 16, 1929 to Viola Williams of Morrison, IL. He was employed by Nortwestern Steel and Wire Co. for many years as a truck driver. In recent years until failing health, Mr. Welch was a carpenter and building contractor and constructed several new homes in the Sterling area. Surviving are his wife, two sons, William (Joyce) Welch of Sterling and Lenral Welch of Goose Lake, Iowa. There are eight grandchildren and two nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Jessie (Charles) Book, and two brothers, Christopher Welch and David Welch. Funeral services were held Monday in the Melvin Funeral Home, Rev. David McCleary of St. John's Lutheran Church officiating and burial was made at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison, IL. Pallbearers were Sterling Carter, Forrest Crawford, Ernest Wagenecht, Albert Fuller, Elwood Howe,and Harvey Williams.
Contributed by Judy Hook

VIOLA (WILLIAMS) WELCH , 88, of Coventry Village, Sterling, IL. died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 1997 at CGH Medical Center. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with the Rev. Deb Ohrtman, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church, officiating.Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 Saturday at the funeral home. Mrs. Welch was born June 14, 1908, in Morrison, the daughter of Harry E. and Kathryn B. (Hermes) Williams Sr.She married Okel O. (Bill) Welch on Sept. 16, 1929 in Clinton, Iowa. He died April 6, 1965. She was employed as a tailor at Sullivan's Clothing Store,40 years ,retiring in 1973 Survivors include one son, William (Joyce) Welch of Sterling; six grandchildren, Kris (Todd) Weinrich, Randee (John) Malmberg, Lisa (Mark) Friederich, Lori (Kevin) Jackson, Jennifer (Craig) Wilkens, and Jon (Linda) Welch; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy (Clair) Scudder of Morrison, and Lucille (Bob) Byers of Albuquerque N.M.; four brothers, Harvey (Pauline) Williams and Richard (LaVonne) Williams of Morrison, Robert (Marilyn) Williams of Fulton, and Harry(Linda)Williams Jr. of Los Alamos, N.M.
Contributed by Judy Hook

GENE W. WELKER - A former resident of Sterling and until recently residing at Faust Hotel, Rockford, died Monday afternoon in Swedish-American Hospital, Rockford, after a short illness. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call from 7 to 9 pm. Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Melvin Funeral home. The Rev. David Fouts, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Sterling will officiate and burial will be in West Genesee Cemetery. Gene W. Welker was born Sept. 8, 1927 in Sterling, the son of Ralph E. and Ida G. Turner Welker. He was a veteran of World War II and served overseas and was a life member of VFW Post 352, Rockford. Surviving are two sons, Robert and George Welker, both of Rock Falls; one brother, Donald Welker of South International Falls, Minn., and one sister, Mrs. Lois Schrader in California.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois April 2, 1974

HAROLD W. WELKER - The body of Sgt. Harold M. Welker, a veteran of the Korean conflict who died in a Red prison camp in 1951, will arrive in Sterling Saturday. Sgt. Welker’s body is scheduled to arrive at 11:59 a.m. escorted by Sgt. Fred may of the 38 R. A. 2nd Inf. Div. Sgt. Welker died of malnutrition March 31, 1951 in a Red prison camp at Pyoktong , Korea , according to word received here from the government. Funeral arrangements are being completed by the Melvin Funeral Home. Sgt. Welker was reported missing in action Nov. 30, 1950, just 10 days after he wrote a letter to his mother telling her that his unit was “ready to advance on Seoul .” A Red broadcast later said Sgt. Welker escaped from a North Korean prisoner of war compound. A telegram from the secretary of the Army to the family said Sgt. Welker’s escape could not be verified. Sgt. Welker was inducted into the Army in January, 1949, and took basic training at Ft. Lewis , Wash. He was sent to Korea as a member of the 38 field artillery, 2nd Inf. Div., in August, 1950. He was a graduate of Sterling Township High School and was employed on a farm before entering the Armed Forces. Sgt. Welker was born Dec. 9, 1926, in Sterling . He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Robert Buzard, 1711 18th Ave. ; a sister, Mrs. John Holman, Sterling ; and a grandmother, Mrs. George Thome, Rock Falls . His father died on March 12, 1936.
Contributed by Pat Esterday - Taken from: The Daily Gazette Sterling/Rock Falls, IL. Wednesday, Dec. 14, 1955 Page 1 – Col. 7

RUTH A. WELKER , 73. of Rock Falls died Tuesday Dec. 7, 2004. after an ilIness. Ruth was born on Feb. 20, 1931 in Aurora. the daughter of Adam I and Bernadette (Miller) Besch. She was employed as office manager at the former Sterling Foodlane for 20 years and later retired after work­ing 12 years at National ~ Manufacturing. Sterling. Ruth was a member of the Red Hat Society and the Sterling Family Moose. She enjoyed traveling and I collecting chicken knickknacks.
Surviving are her children. Jean (Ray) Dawson of Polo. Joe (Alice) Dravis. Debbie Wolf, Robert (Sally) Welker and George (Sherry) Welker. all of Sterling: her sisters, Delores Ketchmark of Aurora, Audrey (Jim) Lacheta of Carpentersville and Barbara (Jim) Ledermann of Yorkville: her broth­ers, Bob Besch of Dubuque. Iowa and Jerry (Jackie) Besch of Dowling Park Fla.; her eight grandchiidren, Tom. Ed and Ken Dawson. Ron and Maggie Dravis, Jenny Wolf, Sierra and Gage Welker; and her great-grandson, Zachary Hall. She was preceded in death by her brother, Noonan Besch; special friend, Floyd Baker; a niece, Barb Trowbridge; and a nephew, Jeff Ledermann. Funeral services will be Friday Dec. 10, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. in the McDonald Funeral Home. Rock FalIs. with the Rev. Paul C. White pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Ihurch offidating. Burial will fol­low at Oak Knoll Memorial Park.

SHIRLEY (GARRIOTT) WELKER , 1504 Ave. K., Sterling, passed away early this morning (3 December 1968) in Community General Hospital after an extended illness. Born Setp. 5, 1936 in Sterling, she was the daughter of Clifford and Helen Leisner Garriott. She had resided in Sterling her entire life and attended the Sterling Public Schools. Surviving are four daughters, Katherine Staples of Sterling, Donna Jean Welker of International Falls, Minn., Kristina Welker and Lisa Welker of Sterling; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Garriott of Sterling; two brothers, Clifford Garriott Jr of Sterling and Walter E. Garriott of Rock Falls; three sisters, Mrs. Harold (Lucille) Woodin of Polo, Mrs. Donald (Barbara) Woodin of Milledgeville and Mrs. Robert (Anna) McCloud of Rock Falls, and maternal grandmother, Mrs. Frank (Bessie) Leisner of Decatur. Burial in Oak Knoll Memorial Park.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois Decemeber 3, 1968 - Tuesday, pg 2

PEARL WILLIS , 88. died Saturday morning at Community General Hospital. Funeral services were held Monday at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, Lyndon, by Rev. James Mahaffey, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Erie officiating. Burial was in Lyndon Cemetery. Arrangements conducted by the Gardner Funeral Chapel. A memorial has been established to the Lyndon United Methodist Church. She was born Feb. 19, 1890 in Sonora, Ky. She married David Willis in LaSalle Co. in 1908 and moved to Lyndon in 1920. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Divoky of Bensenville, Ill.; four sons, Ernest of Rock Falls, Harold of Dubuque, Iowa, James of San Jose, Calif., and John of Price Fredrick, Md.; 14 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two sons, 12 brothers and sisters. Pallbearers were Victor Dykema, Dean Gardner, Wayne Evans, Lyle Gehlsen, O. A. Barnickle and Arthur Gibson, Organist was Mrs. Irene Fritz and soloists Mrs. Dale Dykema and Mrs. Marvin Zaagman.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 14, 1978 - Monday, page 4

EMMA (DICKEY) WINKEY daughter of Charles and Georgiann Dickey, was born in Whiteside County, near Sterling, on May 3, 1899, and passed away July 5, 1936, at the age of 37 years, two months and two days. She received her education in the rural schools. She was united in marriage to Bela Cox, on March 24, 1914, at Clinton, Ia. To this union, two daughters were born, Irma and Jeannette. She was united in marriage to John E Winkey on Jan 1, 1934. Her mother passed away several years ago. She is survived by her husband, John Winkey of Malvern, her two daughters, Irma, the wife of Ellis Mocklin of Rock Falls, and Jeannette, the wife of Arthur Rubright of Rock Falls, on grandchild, Robert Rubright, her father Charles Dickey, two brothers, Ralph and Orville Dickey of Rock Falls, three sisters, Mrs. Carl Reglin of Rock Falls, Mrs. Albert Regan of Sterling, and Mrs. Joe Gartner of Sterling. Other relatives and friends also mourn her passing.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Sterling Gazette 15 July 1936
Newspaper Article

JOHN E. WINKEY - Funeral services for John E Winkey were held Monday afternoon at the home of his father W. A. Winkey, west of Coleta, and at 2 o’clock from the West Genesee Lutheran church. Rev. Mr. P.C. Boysen officiated. Mrs. E. R. Frankfother and Mrs. Hugh Brown sang and were accompanied at the organ by Mrs. B. H. Kline. Mrs. William Larkey and Mrs. Floyd Finkle were in charge of the floral tributes. Casket bearers were William Lorkey, John Courtright, Walter Flynn, William Wagner, Harold Morris and Ralph Heide. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church. (June 1, 1940 Sterling Gazette)
The body of John Winkey will be taken from the Melvin funeral home to the home of his father, W. A. Winkey, west of Coleta, Sunday morning. Funeral rites are to be held there at 1:45 o’clock Monday afternoon and at 2 o’clock in the West Genesee Lutheran church. Interment will be in the cemetery adjoining the church. This change was made in funeral plans to late to correct item concerning Mr. Winkey’s death in another column.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the June 4, 1940 Sterling Gazette

WILLIAM ALBERT WINKEY 89, oldest resident of Coleta, died at 1:45 p.m. Friday in the Haven of Rest Nursing Home in Milledgeville, where he had been a resident the last five months. The body was taken to the Woodin Funeral Home in Milledgeville, where friends may call after 7 p.m. Saturday. The body will be removed to the West Genesee Central Church, west of Coleta, at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, to lie in state until the hour of the funeral service at 2:30 p.m. Rev. J F Eshbaugh, pastor of the West Jordan Lutheran Church, will officiate, and burial will be in the west Genesee central Cemetery. He was born in Germany, Jan 1, 1866, the son of William and Pauline Larkey Winkey. He came to the United States at the age of nine years, and resided in the vicinity of Coleta since that time until he sold his farm and moved into Coleta. Surviving him are one brother, John, near Coleta, as well as a number of nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise, and two sons, John and Albert.
Funeral Notice: The west Genesee Lutheran Church was filled with relatives and friends for the funeral service of William a Winkey conducted Sunday afternoon, by the Rev. J F Eshbaugh, pastor of the West Jordan Lutheran Church. Mrs. Lawrence Dirks played the organ and Lyle dirks sang two selections, “In the Garden” and “I’ll Not Cross Jordan Alone” Floral tributes were cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Paul Gettle and Mrs. Martin Frankfother. Pallbearers were nephews of the deceased, Floyd Shultz, Alvin Winkey, Carl brown, Jess Smith, Elery Grubb and Charles Winkey. Burial was in the cemetery adjoining the church.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - from the January 15 & 18, 1955 Sterling Daily Gazette

DOROTHY (McDONALD) WIRTH , age 85, formerly of Prophetstown, IL, died at New Beginnings Care Center in Rock Falls, IL, on Tuesday, February 22, 2005. Dorothy was born May 7, 1919 in Fairfield Township in Bureau County, IL, the daughter of Alvin Mosley and Grace Mae (Pelton) McDonald. She graduated from Tampico High School. She was united in marriage to Harold Wirth. Her husband Harold (at age 47) and daughter, Judy (at age 15) died in a car accident on December 29, 1962. She is survived by: one son, Larry (Chris) of Fairport, NY, three grandchildren, one brother, Lyle (Marge) McDonald of Morrison, IL, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, two sisters, Gladys Glassburn, Verda Sweeet, and three brothers, Merle, Carrol and Burnell McDonald. Funeral services were conducted Feb. 25 at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico, with the Rev. Clark Devore, pastor of the Tampico Church of Christ officiating. Cremation rites were accorded after the funeral.
Contributed by Debbie Thormahlen from the Prophetstown Echo

FRED HENRY WIRTH ,68, Lorraine Township farmer who retired only one month ago, died Tuesday morning in his home at 209 Locust St., Prophetstown. Wirth was born Mary 7, 1889 in Lorraine Township, the son of Frank and Lana Trinkle Wirth. Educated in Oberle School, he spent his entire life in the area. He was united in marriage to Louise Egert of Lorraine Township, in Hooppole, Jan. 21, 1912 and farmed in the area until March 17, 1957, when the family moved to Prophetstown. Wirth was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church of Hooppole. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Marion and Harley, both of Prophetstown; two brothers, Matt Wirth, Geneseo, and Lawrence (Mike) Wirth, Prophetstown, and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Joe and William. The rosary will be recited by the Holy Name Society Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (CST) in the Gardner Chapel. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hooppole, with Rev. Edward Bawiec of Atkinson as celebrant. Burial details were not completed at noon Tuesday. [Buried at St. Mary's Cemetery]
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois May 7, 1957 - Tuesday, pg 2

HARRY JOSEPH WIRTH ,49, passed away suddenly Friday evening of an apparent heart attack while enroute to the hospital. Funeral services will be held at the St. Catherine Catholic Church of Prophetstown Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Cletus Anger will officiate with burial in St. Catherine Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gardner Chapel in Prophetstown Sunday afternoon and evening and Monday afternoon and evening. The rosary will be recited Sunday and Monday evenings at 7:30. Harley Joseph Wirth was born March 14, 1917 in Lorraine Twp., the son of Fredrick and Louise Egert Wirth. He was educated in Lorraine Twp. and the Kemmis school. He married Genevieve Meier of Prophetstown on Jan. 9, 1937 in Erie. He lived in the Prophetstown area his entire life and was a farmer. He was a member of the St. Catherine Catholic Church. He is survived by his mother, wife, one son Robert of Geneseo; two daughters, Mrs. Floyd Toppert of Prophetstown and Rhonda at home; one brother, Marion of Prophetstown and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IllinoisJanuary 7, 1967 - Saturday, pg 2

RICHARD E. WIRTH , 86, of Prophetstown, IL, died Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center, Prophetstown, IL. Richard was born August 16, 1922 in Prophetstown, IL to Lawrence and Martha (Earl) Wirth. He was educated in Prophetstown schools. Richard married Elsie Bauwens on May 13, 1944 in Geneseo, IL. She died August 25, 1976. He later married Genevieve (Meier) Wirth on September 17, 1977 in Hooppole, IL. Richard was engaged in farming in the rural Prophetstown area his entire life, retiring in 1985. He was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hooppole and was a current member of St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown. He enjoyed dancing, bowling, playing cards, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Survivors include his wife, Genevieve; one daughter, Connie (John) Fisk of Las Vegas, NV; two stepdaughters, Rhonda (Brian) Stahl of Geneseo, IL and Rita (Floyd) Toppert of Prophetstown; four grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; four great grandchildren; nine step great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mae Teerlinck of Annawan, IL. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elsie; one son, Roger Wirth; and one stepson, Robert Wirth.

ELAM C. WITWER - Mrs. Wm. Pinkney, 305 West Seventh street, Sterling, has received word of the sudden death of her brother, Elam C. Witwer, which occurred last Sunday [08/24/1924] morning at Creighton, [Knox County] Nebraska.. Mr. Witwer was teaching a Sunday School class when he was stricken, but further particulars have not been received by Mrs. Pinkney. He had been the superintendent and a teacher of the Creighton Christian Church Sunday School for many years. Mr. Witwer and his wife, formerly Mary Winters [daughter of William Jasper Winters and Elizabeth Fowler], were former residents of the vicinity of Coleta. Their parents were both early settlers in that community. Following their marriage they moved to Iowa, and later to a farm near Creighton, Nebraska. Besides the widow, Mr. Witwer is survived by six children, all grown and married. Funeral services will be held in Creighton on Friday afternoon.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, August 27, 1924, page 2, column 4.

MAY ANNA (KEEFER) WITWER was born near Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 18 1847, and died at Webster Groves, Mo., April 28, 1915, aged 68 years, 3 mo., 10 days. Her last illness dated from early in January. For years Mrs. Witwer had been a sufferer from heart trouble but until lately been free from other ailments. Of late those complications so frequent with valvular heart lesions became apparent and gradually grew worse until the end came. When Mrs. Witwer was very young her parents moved to Freeport, Ill., where her father was engaged in milling. During the early 50’s they decided to join the great throng migrating to California. The trail through Iowa was beset with so many hardships and so many immigrants were met returning from the far west that the venture was abandoned and they returned to Freeport. Being the oldest child and her grandparents being alone she went to live with them but not for long. She met and married Isiah Walters in her 16th year After her marriage she and her husband moved to Sterling to a farm south of the river. Her husband contracted tuberclulosis and being unable to longer endure the strenuous work on the farm they moved into the city in the neighborhood of the Second Ward School. To the east and north of their home all was then an open prairie. To this union four children were born. Nathaniel, Walter, Nettie and Arthur. Of these the oldest two have already preceded their mother into the great beyond. Mr. Walters died early in 71. While in Sterling Mrs. Walters was a member of the Congregational church. Among her dearest friends were the late Mrs. John Harpham, Grandma McKinney, long, long ago called to her rest, and Col. Kilgore. In 1880 Mrs. Walters married Martin Witwer, a farmer in Genesee township and moved to the farm. One son, LeRoy Witwer was born in 1883. Here Mrs. Witwer lived until the fall of 1893 when her husband died. She then moved to Normal, Ill., that her son, Arthur, might be at home while attending the State Normal University. After three years at the University, Arthur returned to Whiteside County and was engaged in teaching. His last work of that kind was as principal of the Lyndon school. Here his mother came and made her home for the nine months for two years. Mrs. Witwer always spoke of these two years as among the happiest of her life. The son then resolved to study medicine and entered the St. Louis University taking his mother and sister there to live. After finishing his medical course he located at Webster where he established a pretty suburban home for his sister and mother. Here the three have lived until the Savior saw fit to call the dear mother to her reward. The devotion of mother, daughter and son was the most striking thing of their lives. They lived for each other in the truest sense of the word. Mrs. Witwer has of late been a member of the Methodist church, where she went because daughter and son were Methodists. Thus has closed a most beautiful life, quiet and unassuming, but the more powerful because of its gentleness. Miss Gertie Allen of Lyndon was called to the home by her request as nurse. Surrounded by the best professional talent of the day for the best of the St. Louis University Medical School was at her command, helpless, she quietly closed her eyes as if in sleep and peacefully breathed her last, ready and willing to go, her only regret was her sorrowing children. The youngest son, LeRoy is married and lives at Mt. Carmel, Ill., an engineer on the Big Four Railroad. A step daughter, Mrs. Anna Pinckney, wife of the Rev. William Pinchney lives in Sterling, and a niece by marriage, Mrs. John Dickinson, resided in Jordan township. The Rev. Mr. Reed, pastor of the Haggerty Memorial church, Webster Groves, Mr. Lee Holmes, an intimate friend of the Doctor’s and Mrs. Berd Knox Hudson of Milledgeville who has been attending the Washington University the past year accompanied the sorrowing children on their trip. They arrived over the Burlington Friday [04/30/1915] morning.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Standard, May 1, 1915, page 6, column 4

R.B. WITMER passed away at his home in Santa Ana, Cal., August 23. Mr. Witmer was formerly a Sterling business man. He was born in pennsylvania but came to Illinois and settled in Sterling when a young man. He became a prominent merchant and will be remembered by many people in the vicinity of Sterling. He was interested in church and temperance work and he did not let his business in any way interfere with his convictions along those lines. In 1888, he moved to Santa Ana, Cal., where he was engaged in business until a few years ago when his health failed. A widow and seven children survive him.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - 1905 handwritten date

EUGENE WOLLESEN 75, of 218 W. 2nd Street, Lyndon, IL, died Saturday, May 26, 2007 at Morrison Community Hospital in Morrison, IL. Eugene was born October 2, 1931, in Morrison, IL to Henry and Helen (Jacobsen) Wollesen. He was educated in the Morrison grade schools and graduated from Morrison High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He married Betty J. Taylor on September 12, 1954 in Lyndon, IL. Gene along with his family owned and operated the Crow Valley Camp Ground in Sterling, IL until 1995. He was also employed with General Electric in Morrison, IL for 31 years. Gene was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison, IL, the Morrison V.F.W Post # 8281 and the Morrison American Legion Post # 328. He served as a member of the Lyndon Fire Department for 30 years retiring in 1992. As a member of the 1949 Morrison Basketball team, Gene was inducted into the Morrison High School Hall of Fame in 2001. Survivors include his wife, Betty; one daughter, Tammy Wollesen of Lyndon, IL; one son, Bryan Wollesen of Lyndon, IL; one sister, Mrs. Bernice Janssen of Lyndon, IL. He was preceded in death by two sisters Arlene Pape and Evelyn Oetting.

HONORA (MITCHELL) HURLESS WOODEN was born in Fulton, Ill., Feb. 12, 1865, and passed away March 3, 1929, aged 64 years and 19 days. She was the sixth daughter of Thomas and Mary Mitchell, both of whom passed to the great beyond many years ago. She was one of a family of seventeen children, fourteen of whom have gone to the beautiful city of God, and will be there to welcome her to a loving Savior, with loving hands, into that celestial city, where in that far away land, her soul will be with Jesus. Her early childhood was spent in and around Fulton and Coleta, Ill., where she attended the public schools. On October 27, 1885 she was united in marriage to Isaac Hurless, who departed this life April 30, 1912. To this union seven children were born. The surviving children are—Vern of Chicago, Lee of Clinton, Iowa, Glenn of Sterling, Ill., Hallie of Polo and Mrs. Clifford Wolf of Polo, and Clair of Chicago. There are six grand children living and two deceased. There are also three brothers living. William Mitchell of Davenport, Iowa, Thomas Mitchell of Oregon and John B. Mitchell of Milledgeville. There are also several nephews and nieces living. On October 9, 1920, she was united in marriage to Walter Wooden of Polo, who remains to mourn the loss of a kind and loving companion. She became a Christian early in life, uniting with the Methodist church, and about fifteen years ago transferred her membership to the United Brethren church known as the Elkhorn (Brick) church. When they moved to Polo, she united with the Church of the Brethren and soon gained the love and respect of all who became acquainted with her. Her loving disposition and concern for her fellowman enlarged her circle of friends far beyond that attained by many.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, March 19, 1929, page 10, column 6

DODELLA (HURLESS) WOODIN was the daughter of Abner and Elizabeth Hurless, and was born in Whiteside county, Ill., Dec. 6, 1871. She passed away at her home in Eagle Point, Ogle county, Ill., Feb. 6th, 1920. Her age being 48 years, 2 months and 20 days, at the time of her death. On Nov. 15, 1894, she was united in marriage to Walter Woodin of Eagle Point and has since made her home there. Although an invalid the last 4 years of her life she bore her affliction patiently. She was a member of the Eagle Point aid society and always contributed her share of work, cash or sympathy. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, three sons, E. J., Archie and Rex., two grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Chas. Chronister, of Sterling; Mrs. O. B. Hawkins, of Oregon; Mrs. James Scanlan of Rock Falls, Miss Melissa Hurless of Eagle Point. Also one brother, Newton, and two half-brothers, Claude and Elza Hurless. Two brothers preceded her in death. Her step-mother, Mrs. Lottie Hurelss, survives. Funeral services were held at South Elkhorn church, Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p. m. in charge of Rev. Sanford.
Contributed by Larry Reynolds - The Sterling Daily Gazette, March 2, 1920, page 2, column 3

CLARK L. WOOLUMS , 86, of Prophetstown, died Wednesday November 23, 2011 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born May 11, 1925 in Prophetstown, the son of James and Grace (Lane) Woolums, and was a veteran of WW II, having served in the US Navy. He married Ardeth Z. Crandall on September 1, 1946 in Tampico. She died October 28, 2009. Clark was employed at Penberthy in Prophetstown for 39 years before retiring. He was a member of the Prophetstown American Legion and the Morrison VFW. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, visiting with family and friends and making Harvey Wallbanger cakes. Surviving are his children: Rick (Anna) Woolums of Prophetstown and Julie (T.J.) Tijerina of Baytown, TX; 11 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews, including Jay (Elli) Woolums of Prophetstown. He was preceded in death by two sons: Randy and Ronald Woolums; two brothers: Kenneth and Jack Woolums; and his sister Violet Couch. Visitation will be Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home, 78 Grove Street - Rt 78 North, in Prophetstown, followed by services at 11 a.m. Burial with military rites will be at Leon Cemetery. Memorials to Prophetstown American Legion or Prophetstown Lions Club.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - McDonald Funeral Home, Prophetstown November 11, 2011

JAMES JACKSON WOOLUMS , 62, who had been ill of arthritis for 15 years and unable to walk for the past 14 months, died Sunday (21 Sep. 1941) at 4 p.m. at the farm home northeast of Prophetstown. The body was removed to the Helm and Helm mortuary. Mr. Woolums was a World war veteran. He served overseas with the American expeditionary forces from July 31, 1919 to Feb. 22, 1919. He re-enlisted on Dec. 15, 1919 and served for one year at Camp Grant. James Jackson Woolums was born Feb. 18, 1879 in Fairfield, Ia. He married Mrs. Grace Woodworth in Rockford on June 30, 1920. To that union two sons were born, Jack, 19 and Clark, 16, both a home. Other survivors include the widow; a step-daughter, Mrs. Ed Castelein of Moline; a step-son, Kenneth Woodworth of Prophetstown; two sons by his first marriage, William of Waterloo, Ia., and Mervin of California; three grandchildren and four step-grandchildren. He was one of 12 children. Two brothers, Fred and Hurd of Ottumwa, Ia., and three sisters, Hattie Maxfield of Ottumwa, Ia., Cora of Fairfield, Ia., and Emma McCreight of Santa Rosa, Calif., survive. He was preceded in death by two sons from his first marriage. One died when a young child and Benjamin F., died in a southern hospital during the World war. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the home and at the Methodist church at 2 p.m. The Rev. A. E. Simester will officiate. Burial will be in Leon cemetery. Mr. Woolums retained membership in the Sterling post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and he formerly was a member of the American Legion post of Prophetstown. Six members of the V.F.W. of Sterling will serve as pallbearers and the Sterling V.F.W. will be in charge of services at the cemetery. (The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois September 22, 1941 - Monday, pg. 6 col. 5 ) Funeral services for J. J. Woolums, 62, World war veteran who died Sunday at his home northeast of Prophetstown, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Prophetstown Methodist church, Rev. A. E. Simester officiated. Mrs. H. F. Eshelman sang "Beautiful Words of Jesus" and "Sometime We'll Understand," accompanied on the organ by Mrs. V. R. Olmstead. Interment was in the Leon cemetery. The Sterling post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, of which the deceased was a member, was in charge of the services at the grave. Six members of the post, who served as pallbearers were Fred Allai, Walter Snyder, Chester Cannon, Earl Overholser, Clyde Shore and H. Wiles, all of Sterling. Mr. and Mrs. William Obendorf, Mrs. William Buchwald and Mr. and Mrs. John Sippel assisted with the flowers. Relatives from a distance who attended the services were Mr. and Mrs. Hurd Woolums, Cecil Woolums, Frank Woolums, Fred Woolums and son, Fred., jr., Mrs. S. R. Maxwell, Serena Peterson, Doris Hughey, Ottumwa, Ia.,; Mr. and Mrs. William Woolums and daughter Beverly, Waterloo, Ia.; Mr. Wilson Phyllis, Mrs. Alta Penderson, Mrs. Dan Cameron, Woodhull; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hubbard, Mrs Ella Hubbard, Mrs. Charles Maurer, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Lane, Davenport; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Castelein, Moline.
Contributed by Melva Taylor - The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois September 24, 1941 - Wednesday, pg. 10, col. 3

JUANITA MARGARET (TABER) WOOLUMS - Funeral services for Mrs. Juanita Woolums, 38, who passed away Tuesday at the Moline Lutheran Hospital, will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Congregational Church, the Rev. A. Dean Lundstrom will officiate, with burial in Leon Cemetery. Friends may call at the Gadner Chapel Thursday evening between 7 and 9 p.m. Juanita Margaret Woolums was born May 18, 1929 in Clinton, Iowa, the daughter of William L. and Grace (Paschal) Taber. She was educated in the Prophetstown Elementary and High School, graduating in 1947. She married James J. Woolums in October 1949 at the Prophetstown Congregatonal Church. She lived in the quad-cities since her marriage. She was a member of the Congregational Church. She is survived by her father; son, Jay and daughter, Jill, both at home, one brother, Nelson Taber of Rochester; one sister, Mrs. Roland Dale (Lois) Kiner of Prophetstown. She was preceded by her mother, husband and one son, David.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, IllinoisJanuary 17, 1968 - Wednesday, pg 2

WILLIS O. WRAGG , who died suddenly at his lodgings at 314 Third avenue, Rock Falls, Monday morning, was born 60 years ago in Ogle county, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Wragg. He had lived in Ogle, Lee, and Whiteside counties all his life. He is survived by a brother, Richard H. Wragg of Franklin Grove. He was employed at the R.B. & W plant in Rock Falls. At an inquest held by Coroner C. M. Frye Monday, the verdict was that he came to his death from coronary thrombosis. Funeral services will be held from the Wheelock funeral home Thursday at 2:30 p.m. with the commital in the Odd Fellows cemetery
Contributed by Melva Taylor - Sterling Gazette 21 Nov 1944 Tuesday

GLENN WELLS WRAY , 82, formerly of the Morrison area, died Monday. Feb. 21, 2005 at Mercy Medical Center North, Clinton. Iowa. He was employed by E I Dupont, Clinton, Iowa. for 33 years.
Mr. Wray was born Aug. 1, 1922, in Morrison. the son of Claire and Grace (Wells) Wray. He served in the Army. He married his wife, Stella in 1954 in Iowa City. Iowa. She preced­ed him in death. Survivors include two stepsons George (Pam) Davelis of Omaha, Neb.. Ted Davelis of Denver; two sisters Audrey Levine of San Jose, Calif. and Ina (Bob) Ainsworth. of Sycamore and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Wray; and two sis­lers, Verna Wulf and Pat Tewell. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Rose of Sharon Chapel Clinton (Iowa) Lawn Cemetery. Arrangements were completed by emke Funeral Home South Chapel.

CARL R. WRIGHT , 56, who was educated in Rock Falls elementary schools and graduated from Rock Falls Township High School, passed away this morning at 5:25 a.m. in Oak Glen Nursing Home. He had been making his home at 537 27th Ave., Moline and had been with the U S Corps of Engineers in Rock Island until his retirement in 1951. During World Ward II he had been connected with the Corps in the Ordinance offices in the Pentagon, Washington, DC and later at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen, Maryland. The deceased was born on Aug. 31, 1906 in Toluca, Ill., the son of N U and Annie Talbot Wright. On Sept 12, 1931 he was married in Nachua, Iowa to the former Etta Lucille Barthel of Sterling. Surviving besides his wife is a foster sister, Mrs. Robert Williams, Camanche, Iowa, and a niece, Mrs. Dean Stone, Clinton, Iowa. Preceding him is death were his parents and a brother. He was a member of the South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, Doric Lodge 319, Moline, and American Ordinance Association. A Masonic service is scheduled at the funeral home for 7:30 p.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held in the Trumble Funeral Home, Moline, Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. with the pastor of the South Park Presbyterian Church, rev Harold Finkbeiner, Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling , about 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers from the April 25, 1963 Sterling daily Gazette

DELBERT WRIGHT , a former employee of the postal department at Rock Falls, died suddenly of a heart attack at 9 a.m. Monday (6 Sep 1954) in his home at Algonquin. Funeral rites will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Sharp Funeral home at Dundee and a burial service will be conducted at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rock Falls. Rev. Harry E. Shiffer of the Rock Falls Christian Church will officiate at both services. Mr. Wright was born Sept. 4, 1895, at New Bedford, the son of Samuel and Jennie Dietz Wright. he lived in Rock Falls most of his lifetime until 1934 when he moved to Algonquin. Mr. Wright was with the postal department at Rock Falls as rural mail carrier between 1919 and 1934, and since that time had been with the postal department at Algonquin. He became assistant postmaster at Algonquin in 1947. On Sept. 27, 1919, Delbert Wright and Nora Hatch were united in marriage. To this union four daughters were born, a pair of twins passing away in infancy. Surviving with the widow are the two daughters, Mrs. Thelma Sipe of Prophetstown and Mrs. Marjorie Pierce of West Chicago. He also leaves two grandchildren. Mr. Wright was preceded in death by his parents.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois September 7, 1954 - Tuesday

ETTA (BARTHEL) WRIGHT , 76, of Friendship Manor, Rock Island, died Tuesday (Feb 12, 1980) morning in Maline Public Hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday form Timble Funeral Home, Moline, with Dr. David B. Castrodale South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, Ill. Etta L. (Louise) Barthel was born Oct. 6, 1903 in Whiteside County, Ill. She married Charles R. Wright in Nashua, Iowa on Sept. 12, 1931. He died April 25, 1963. Mrs. Wright was employed as a secretary at Moline Tool Company for 12 years and retired in 1970 after seven years as a secretary at Rock Island Arsenal. Mrs. Wright was a member of South Park Presbyterian Church, Rock Island, Ill. She was a past moderator of the Diaconate at the church, a president of the United Presbyterian Women of the church, past secretary of Black Hawk Ministry Council, secretary of Leo Clement Circle of King’s Daughters, member of Moline Chapter No. 258 Order of Easter Star and a member of Moline Ladies Elks. Survivors include one nephew, Richard L. Barthel of Peoria, Ill. and a niece, Mrs. Betty Harmon of Granite City, Ill.
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Feb 16, 1980 Daily Gazette

FRED WRIGHT , 59, of Rock Falls, father of Mrs. Robert Young of Nelson was held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Wheelock Funeral Home in Rock Falls and at 2:30 at the Open Bible Church, the Rev. Morgan officiating. Burial was in the I.O.O.F Cemetery. Mr. Wright who died suddenly at 1:30 o'clock Sunday morning ( 17 Aug 1947) is survived by his widow and five daughtes; Mrs. Wayne Rose, Tampico; Mrs. Lawrence Taylor, Rock Falls; Mrs. Robert Lee Pyse, Sterling; Mrs. Clarence Myers, Joliet and Mrs. Robert Young, Nelson.
Dixon Evening Telegraph 19 August 1947

LESLIE M. (WILLIAMS) WRIGHT , 69, New Bedford, owner of the Oliver Farm Implement Compnay died this morning (2 Oct 1972) Funeral services will be Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Allen Funeral home in Sterling, with the Rev. David Beebe, pastor of the First Christian Church of Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Friends may call at the Allen Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Leslie M. Wright was born August 22, 1903, in Greenville Township, the son of William and Zora Williams Wright. He was united in marriage to Elsie M. Tornow on November 11, 1925, in Dixon. He operated his own trucking business for about 20 years. Then he started the Oliver Implement Farm Equipment Business in Rock Falls, partnering with his son, Leslie J. until his death. He was a member of the First Christian Church of New Bedford and the Modern Woodman Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Elsie, one son, Leslie J. Rock Falls; one sister, Mrs. Fred (Bertha) Heward, Manlius; three brothers, Alvin, Wyanet, Glen, St. Petersburg, Fla., and John of Scofield, Wis. He was preceded in death by his parents, one grandson and one brother.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 2, 1972 - Monday, pg 2

LOUISE WRIGHT , was born in Fulton township on a farm then known as the Clifton Station on February 5, 1847 and passed from this life at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, August 4, 1925, at the home of her sister Mrs. Marianne Gage. The cause ofher death was acute indigestion, from which she had been suffering for ten days.
Miss Wright was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson Wright and spent her entire life in this community. All who knew her loved her, as she was always doing some kind deed for those about her. She is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Marianne Gage of this city, Mrs. Georgia Rheem of Oshkosh, Wis., and Mrs. Jesse Broaddus of Chilicothe, Mo., and one brother, James Ware, of near Fulton.
Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at three o'clock at the home of Mrs. Gage, with Rev. R.L. Hoover officiating. interment was made in the Fulton cemetery. Those who attended the casket were six nephews, namely, Carl, Wallace and Robert Ware; George, John and Roy Carpenter. Among those from out of town who attended the services were; Mrs. Georgia Rheem of Oshkosh, Wis., Mrs. Minnie Pierce of Hammond, Ind., Mrs. George Hill of Downers Grove, Ill., Mrs. Clifford Harris of Oak Park, Ill., George and John Carpenter ofLeClaire, Iowa, William Knight and Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Gabriel of Clinton Iowa.

PEARL JUNE (DOYER) WRIGHT , 51, of 109 East Eighth Ave., Lyndon, died Tuesday, March 2, 1999, at her home after a battle with cancer. Memorial services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Dalmus Meeks, pastor, officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Arrangements were completed by McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls. Mrs. Wright was born Feb. 12, 1948, in San Diego, Calif., the daughter of Irene and Arthur Doyer. She married Martin E. Wright on May 24, 1968, in Honolulu. He survives. She was a 1967 graduate of Kapiolani Community College for Nursing, Honolulu. She was employed by Shriners Crippled Childrens Hospital and Queens Hospital, both in Hawaii, Clairmont Hospital in California, Colonial Acres, Whiteside County Health Department for 13 years and Prophetstown Family Care Clinic. She was also a graduate of Sterling Beauty School and owned and operated Golden Image Beauty Salon. She was an active member of Prophetstown Ambulance service for the past seven years as an EMT. She was also a CPR instructor with ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification. At the time of her death she was employed by Medical Arts Center, Dixon. Survivors include a daughter, Meredith (Harlan) Prewitt of Prophetstown; two sons, Robert Wright of Prophetstown and John Wright of Lyndon; two step-daughters, Tracee (Brian) Matthews of Rock Falls and Stacee Wright of Pahrump, Nev.; three sisters, Lilla (Donald) Regnier, Marion Fontenot and Marie Hix, all of California, two brothers, Ronald (Lynn) Doyer of California and Arthur Doyer, and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter.
Contributed by Barbara Nugent - Sterling Daily Gazette 4 Mar 1999

ROBERT KENNETH WRIGHT , 72 of Rock Falls died Monday July 24, 2006 at his home after a long illness with brain cancer. He was born on February 11, 1934 in Rock Falls, the son of Numan and Sarah (Martindale) Wright. He married Angeline Neill July 25, 1955 in Essex, England. Robert was employed at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling for 40 years retiring as a piler operator in the 24 " mill. He had served in the US Army and was a member of Harvest Time Bible Church. Surviving are three sons Kenneth (Rene) Wright of Rock Falls, Kim (Josie) Wright of Sterling and Raymond Wright of Rock Falls; one daughter Irene Wright Carter (Steve Grove) of Rock Falls; four brothers Al (Deanna) McLain of Morrison, Arthur (Marion) Wright and George Wright both of Rock Falls and Martin E. Wright of Lyndon; seven grandchildren: James (Jen), Kevin (Melissa), Katie (Mike) Jessica (Dave), Brittny (Nathan), Zachary (Dawn) and Corey; nine great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; one daughter Kathy Tompkins; one infant son, Martin; and one brother Eugene McLain; two sister-in-laws Barb Wright and Pearl Wright. Memorial services will be Friday July 28, 2006 at 10 AM in the McDonald Funeral Home & Crematory in Rock Falls with the Reverend Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial with military rites will follow at Coloma Twp Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday from 4-8 PM at the funeral home.

IVY (GARRISON) WULF , 30, of Morrison died about 5:45 Friday afternoon at her home just north of this city, and funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today at the Reynolds Funeral Home with Rev. E.W. Sculley, rector of St. Anne's Episcopel Church officiating. Ivy Garrison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin (sic)Garrison of Morrison was born here January 26, 1909 and attended the local schools. She was married June 21, 1930 to Merle Wulf and they lived in Morrison. She is survived by her husband, an adopted daughter, Frances, her parents, one brother, Harry Garrison, three half brothers, Floyd, Frank, and Leo Welch of Morrison and a half sister, Mrs. Myrtle Welch. Note: Her parents are Edward and Lillie Roberts Welch Garrison. Death date is March 24, 1939
Contributed by Judy Hook

KATRINA (LANGE) WULF - At the family home in this city, Sept. 21, 1903, of apoplexy. Mrs. Katrina Wulf, wife of Henry J. Wulf, aged 60 years, 9 months and 6 days. Katrina Lange was born in the province of La?enburg, in northern Germany, on Dec. 15, 1842. She came to the United States with the family of her parents in November 1867, they first locating in Harlem, Cook County, Illinois, where they remained but a short time and then removed to Round Grove, in this township. She was married to Henry J. Wulf on July 4, 1868, in Chicago, where they lived for one year and then came to Morrison in 1869, where they have lived ever since with the exception of four years in Chicago - 1872 - 1876. There were born to this union four children, Henry who resides in Morrison, Frank and Mary of Chi ­cago, and Mrs. Lizzie Abar of Detroit, Michigan. Mrs. Wulf was ill with the grippe several years ago and has not been in perfect health since. She had been about her duties as usual on the day of her death but upon the return of her husband from his work at six o'clock in the evening, told him she was suffering from a severe headache and that she feared an attack of typhoid fever. Mr. Wulf at once went for a physician and everything that human power could accomplish was done to bring relief, but she gradually lapsed into semi consciousness and died at ten o'clock the same evening. She was a true and loving mother who faithfully did her part to maintain the family home, and passed away with the respect of all who knew her.
The funeral services were held this afternoon at two o'clock in the family home, Rev. W.V. Jefferies officiating. Interment in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Whiteside Sentinel Sept. 24, 1903 - Extracted 7 July 1987 at Odell Public Library by Arlene T. Onken

LELAND N. WULF , 78, of Erie, Ill., died Thursday at home Dec. 15, 2005 . Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Gibson Funeral Home, Erie. Burial will be at Erie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to the service time Monday at the funeral home. He was born Jan. 13, 1927, in Hillsdale, Ill., to Herman and Margaret Meyer Wolf. He married Dolores Kellogg on March 23, 1951, in Erie. He was a farmer for more than 63 years. He was a member of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Cathy (Tom) Spitzfaden of Moline, Ill., and Connie (Mark) Binder of Blue Grass; two sons, Michael (Missy) Wolf of Erie and Allan (Cindy) Wolf of Geneseo, Ill.; 11 grandchildren; and one brother, Robert (Nancy) Wolf of Erie.