Whiteside County Illinois


FLORA CAROLYN (LENSER) YAGER , 87, died Saturday noon (24 June 1972) in Prophetstown Riverview Center, following several years of ill health. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Gardner Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Daniel Boxwell of the First Congregational Church. The burial was in Riverside Cemetery. A memorial was established to the Prophets Riverview Center. Flora Lenser was born in Geneseo Feb. 28, 1885, the daughter of Fred and Fredericka Hamman Lenser and was educated in the Geneseo Schools. She was united in marriage with George Yager of Geneseo Feb. 16, 1905 in Geneseo. He preceded her in death. They farmed 33 years in the Prophetstown area. Mrs. Yager's last residence was on Washington Street where she lived 39 years before entering the center. She is survived by one son Roland of Prophetstown, a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Yager James of Erie, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. Her husband, one brother and one sister preceded in death. Mrs. Yager was a member of the Prophetstown Woman's Club and assisted in organization of the Division of Garden and Conservation in 1945. She was also an organizing member of the Country Club in 1910, served 15 years on the Henry C. Adams Library Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Congregational Church and its Women's Fellowship, and Martha Class.
June 30 - Funeral services for Mrs. George (Flora) Yager, 87, who died Saturday noon at the Prophets Riverview Center were held at 2 p.m. on Monday at the Gardner Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Boxwell, officiating. Burial took place at Riverside Cemetery. Pallbearers were Louis Weburg, Don Frary, Stanley Adams, Robert Reynolds, Philip Bauer and John Oberle. Organist for the service was Mrs. Lyle Dingman. Flowers cared for by Mrs. John Oberle, Mrs. Phil Bauer and Mrs. and Mrs. LaRue Parrill and Hillcrest Greenhouse.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 26, 1972 - Monday, pg 2

ROLAND YAGER , 87, of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at the Prophets Riverview Center, Prophetstown. Services are 11 a.m. Monday at First Congregational Church, Prophetstown, where he was a member. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Prophetstown. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Gibson & Son Funeral Home, Prophetstown, with Masonic rites at 6 p.m. A memorial fund has been established. Roland was born July 19, 1916, on the family farm south of Prophetstown, the son of George and Flora Lenser Yager. He married Mary Jane Sanders in Kewanee on Aug. 30, 1939. Roland graduated from Prophetstown High School, where he participated in basketball and also set several track records. He went on to the University of Illinois, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and a member of the track team. He graduated with a degree in agriculture. He was a lifelong farmer and had also served as president and board member of Prophetstown High School. He also taught ag classes to returning veterans following World War II. He was a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of Lodge 293 AF&AM, Prophetstown, the Kaaba Shrine, Davenport, and Minerva Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Prophetstown. Roland is survived by his wife; a son, Gerhard, Prophetstown; daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Lawrence Hansen, Racine, Wis.; grandchildren, Mark Hansen and Kimberly Hansen; a niece, Sharon James Reedy, Prophetstown; relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred James.

ARCHIE YARDE , 69, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon in Tampico. He was born Jan. 20, 1895, the son of John Williams and Alice Estella Yarde in Galesburg. He attended the Galesburg and Tampico schools coming to Tampico at the age of 14. On May 4, 1921 he married Bessie Mae McKensie in Tamkpico. He was a member of the Methodist Church and American Legion Post 574 in Tampico. Surviving are his wife, one son, Archie Jr., Tampico; two granddaughters; four brothers, Harpie, Rock Falls, I.N., Yates City, Edgar, Peoria and Gifford, Manteno; two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Knox, Rock Falls, Mrs. Steve Domkoski, Rockford and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son in infancy, four brothers and one sister. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the Schmitt Chapel with the Rev. Theodore Dahl of the Tampico Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call this evening at the funeral home. A memorial is being established.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 26, 1964 - Thursday, pg 2

ARCHIE A. YARDE , 84, of Tampico, died Saturday, July 29, 2006, at Prophets Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Tampico United Methodist Church with the Rev. Monty Fox pastor officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation is 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the Garland Funeral Home, Tampico. He was born on Feb. 9, 1922, to Archie A. Sr. and Bessie Mckenzie in Larimore, N.D. He was united in marriage to Clemma June Buchanan in Tampico on Oct. 26, 1946. She preceded him in death on Jan. 26, 2003. He is survived by two daughters (and spouses), Barbara (Ben) Pennington, Bettendorf, Betty (Don) Bechtold, Geneva, Ill.; three grandchildren, Jeff Pennington, Brenna and Kelly Bechtold

WILLARD J. YARDE - Moonshine Causes Death -
William Yarde, of Haldene, Ogle County, is dead as the result of drinking moonshine. Authorities investigating the sudden death of the man state that heart seizure brought on by the home brew was the cause of his death. Yarde was 35 years old and and ex-soldier. He conducted a blacksmith shop in Haldene.
OBITUARY: October 22, 1921, Saturday, pg 3 - Mililtary Rites At Tampico For Willard Yarde
The funeral services of the late Willard J. Yarde were held Thursday afternoon art 2:30 o'clock at the Methodist church under the direction of Reverend George Gable, pastor. Promptly at the appointed time the detachment of American Legion men formed at their hall and marched to the undertaker's parlors where they formed in double column and the pall bearers, Orville Meredith, Ralph Stickel, Wm. McCormick, Walter Anderson, Dean Sippel and M. E. Howland placed the flag-draped casket of their comrade in the hearse. The line of march to the Methodist church was taken, with the Legion banner and Old Glory borne by Harold Glassburn and Elmer Pierson with the color guard, Charles and James Darby leading the uniformed firing squad and members of the Legion. Arriving at the church, the color bearers took station one on either side of the door and the casket was borne into the church between two lines of men standing at salute. Reverend Gable preached a beautiful sermon, taking for his text, "If a man die, shall he live again" and appropriate hymns were sung by Mesdames Jennie Maxwell and Hattie Russell with Mrs. Addie Winchell, accompanist. The procession then wended its way to the Tampico cemetery, where the American Legion had charge of the interment which was made with the impressive ceremonies of the American Legion burial ritual, Chaplain Tracy A. Pierce reading the service. As this ended, the firing squad, Carl Von Holton, Harry Rice, Don Winans, Edward Bingenheimer, Chris Kirst, Arthur McKenzie, Otto Swinke and Guy Elmendorf, under the command of V. L. Glassburn fired three volleys over the grave, following which the mellow notes of the bugle sounded "taps," thus closing a very impressive ceremony. Willard J. Yarde was born in Galesburg, September 27, 1886 and died on October 18, 1921. He came with his parents to Whiteside county in 1904 and has lived most of the time since in the vicinity of Tampico. July 3, 1917 he enlisted in the service of the United States and received an honorable discharge therefrom in January, 1918 at Houston, Texas. He came home from the army and took up his trade as blacksmith and followed that occupation until his death at his home at Haldane, Ill. He was united in marriage November 25, 1918 to Miss Lora Douna of Earlesville and two sons have been born to this union, Willard Douna and Frank William. He leaves to mourn his passing, his family, also his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Yarde of this place, seven brothers, Frank W., of Larimore, N.D., Archie A., of Niagara, N.D., L. N. and Harpie of Tampico and Thomas, Edgar E., and Gifford at home, three sisters, Mrs. Marshall Nealey of Tampico, Mrs. Ralph Knox of Rock Falls and Bertha of Sterling, besides many friends in the vicinities where he had lived. Mr. Yarde's death was very sudden, which makes the blow all the harder for the relatives. He had come home at noon from work and had started upstairs, but on reaching the top step, collapsed and life had flown when he was reached by his wife, death having been practically instantaneous from heart failure.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois October 21, 1921, Friday- pg 12

ANNETTA (EBY) YARGER , daughter of Elder Enoch and Hetty Howe Eby, was born in Franklin County, Pa., on March 2, 1850. When yet a child she moved with her parents to northern Illinois where she grew to womanhood. "On Jan. 1, 1871, she was united in marriage to William A Yarger of Orangeville, Ill. To this union were born three children: Brooks D and Mrs Mayme Fleming both of Rivera, Calif; and Emma C., who died in infancy. "During the years her husband lived she received and cared for in her home, at various times and for periods ranging from two to fourteen years, seven children other than her own. Five of these were nieces and nephews and two were of no relation whatever. "After the death of her husband in 1904, she moved to Lena, Ill., and there took into her home her aged father and stepmother and tenderly cared for them until they passed away. In 1915 she closed her home and took a trip to the Northwest to visit her daughter in Montana and other relatives in Washington and Idaho, returning in 1917 and resuming housekeeping for a period of approximately two years. She then went to live with her daughter, Mrs. Fleming, with whom she had made her home since. In 1920 she moved with the Flemings to southern California where they established a home near Whittier, and where she passed away June 5, 1938, being 88 years, 3 months and 3 days old. "From her childhood she was a devoted member of the Church of the Brethren and loved her Lord with an exceptional intensity and was happiest when she was in a church service. "She is survived by her son, Brooks D., and her daughter, Mrs. Mayme Fleming, previously mentioned; also by two brothers, Elder David B Eby of Olympia, Wash., and Elder Levi H Eby of North Manchester, Ind.; one granddaughter, Mrs Hazel Wohlford of Dakota, Ill; and two great-grand- children, besides a host of nieces, nephews and friends. "She was preceded in death by her husband who passed on in 1904, her father in 1910, her mother whom she lost when she was but eleven years old, one brother and three sisters. "Funeral services were held in the First Brethren church of Whittier, Calif., Elder W A Ogden of Los Angeles officiating. Interment was made in Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Calif. ---Brooks D Yarger, Rivera, Calif."

EVA (MENSCH) YATES , sister of Mrs. Laura Chalmers and Mrs. Hattie Pittman of this city, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Mueller in St. Louis, Mo., Saturday. She had been ill for three days. Mrs. Yates was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Mensch and was born in Hopkins. Besides her two sisters she leaves three children and a brother, Jacob Mensch of Coffeyville, Kan. Funeral rites will be held in St. Louis, Tuesday.

HATTIE YATES , 21, wife of Robert L. Yates, passed away at the Sterling public hospital at 10 o'clock Saturday night. Death was due to diabetes. Besides the husband, a four months old child survives. The remains were taken to the family home at 618 Dixon avenue, Rock Falls, from where funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Monday morning. Rev. James Q. Moore of the Sterling Christian church conducting the rites. Burial was in Riverside cemetery.
Sterling Daily Gazette 22 October 1928

EDWARD YEAGER , of 606 Broadway, passed away at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Colonial Acres Rest Home. He was born April 18, 1884 in Chambersburg, Pa., a son of Aaron and Anna Richardson Yeager. He was married to Dora A. Fisher, Jan. 16, 1908 in Enola, Pa. He had been a resident of this community for 44 years and was engaged as a plaster contractors for many years. Prior to his retirement in 1955, he was employed for 10 years at the Russell, Burdsall and Ward Bolt and Nut Co. He was a member of the First Methodist Church, of Sterling, Lodge 1218 PBOE, Moose, Lodge 726 of Sterling and the Modern Woodmen of America. Surviving him are his wife, Dora; three sons, Clarence E. Yeager, Seth I. Yeager, of Sterling and Byers A Yeager of Rock Falls; two daughters, Mrs. John C. Weaver and Mrs. Duard Wolfe, Sterling; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce, in 1920, two brothers and two sisters. Friends may call at the Melvin Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Saturday. Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Monday, with the Rev. Ridell Kelsley, pastor of First Methodist Chukrch, officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 10, 1961 - Friday, pg 6 col 2

ETHEL M. YEAGER , 66, 7001-142nd Ave. N. Largo, Fla. died Wednesday (13 August 1980) in Clearwater, Fla. Funeral services will be held in Clearwater. Mrs. Yeager was born in Rock Falls Aug. 15. 1913. She was a member of the High Point United Methodist Church in Clearwater, the Ladies Auxiliary and Down Yonder Residents Association. She was a retired clerical worker for the Ammunitions Procurement and Supply Agency in Joliet. Survivors include her husband Orville, Largo, Fla.: one son, Bruce Yeager, Farmington Hills, Mich.; two daughters, Karen Kozan, LaGrange Park: and Marcia Ftrachan, Shaker Heights, Ohio: five grandchildren: one brother Leo Schneider, Clearwater, Fla.: and one sister, Edith Fairfax, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Contributed by Georgi DiBartolo - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, Friday August 15, 1980

CAROLINE (HELT) YELLOWITZ GRAY , 67, of 13607 Sunset Drive, Wittier, Calif., and formerly of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002 at her home. Mrs. Yellowitz was born April 5, 1934 in Sterling, the daughter of Edward and Mary Ann (Davenport) Helt. She married Barry Yellowitz on Oct. 15, 1981 in Las Vegas. She enjoyed playing bingo and traveling to visit her children. Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Mary (Carl William) Groshans of Freeport, Penny (John) Binder of North Pole, Alaska, Tammy (Tom) Lewandowski of Oregon and Shelly (Tony) Macum of Washington, Utah; seven sons, Gary (Debbie Sue) Gray and Steven (Marilyn) Gray both of Rock Falls, Terry Gray of Forreston, Les (Nancy) Gray of Centrailia, Charles Yellowitz of Cedar City, Utah, Michael (Lisa) Yellowitz of Norwalk, Calif., and Steve (Ira) Yellowitz of Las Vegas; two brothers, Emil (Rose) Helt and John (Barbara) Helt, both of Rock Falls; 25 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Tom Gray, a daughter Shirley Munz; her parents; a brother; and two sisters. The funeral is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with the Rev. Donald George, pastor of Rock River Christian Centerm officiating. Burial is at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois February 10, 2002 - pg A5

DOROTHY (KLINGER) YEOWARD , 71, of 23543 Moline Rd., Sterling, died Thursday morning in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Funeral services for Mrs. Yeoward will be held on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Wheelock Allen Funeral Home in Rock Falls with the Rev. James E. Werner, pastor of the First Congregational Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory to the First Congregational Church of Rock Falls. Born on Nov. 21, 1911 in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Harvey M. and Elizabeth Beach Klinger, she was united in marriage to Fred G. Yeoward on May 7, 19031. The couple lived their entire married life in rural Sterling. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Rock Falls. She is survived by her husband, Fred; four sons, Fred K., Carlsbad, N.M., Jerrald R., Elgin, James L. of South Bend, Ind., and Richard A. of Conroe, Tex.; 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Mary Marshall of Prophetstown, and one brother, Robert Klinger of Pinckneyville. She was preceded by her parents, two brothers, two sisters and one granddaughter, Penny.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois December 30, 1982 - Thursday, page A6

MARJORIE (McNEIL) DUNCAN YEOWARD , 89, of Sterling, died Thursday March 19, 2009 at her home. Marjorie was born Oct. 25, 1919 in Sterling, the daughter of Walter and Isabel 9Hopkins) McNeil. She married Raymond F. Duncan, and later married Fred Yeoward on June 10, 1983. He preceded her in death on April 28, 19998. She was employed by GE in Morrison for 25 years. She then was employed for Harper-Wyman in Sterling for 10 years. She was a member of First Congregational Church in Rock Falls. Marjorie was a tremendous painter and created Gnomes Homes. She also enjoyed caring for her poinsettias and house plants. Survivors include four sons, Gary (Juanita) Duncan of Chesnee, S.C., Lawrence Duncan of Nampa, Idaho, Ray (Karen) Duncan of Sterling and Roger 9Donna) Duncan of Nampa, Idaho; two stepsons, Jim (Anita) Yeoward of South Bend, Ind., and Pete Yeoward of New Mexico; one sister, Maxine McNeil of Alamagordo, N.M.; one brother, James McNeil of Oakland MD, 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several stepgrandchildren. She was preceded by her husband, Fred Yeoward, one son, James Duncan in 1974; her parents; one sister, Gwendolyn Thompson; two stepsons, Jerry and Dick Yeoward; and two grandsons in infancy. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, March 23, at McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls, with Dalmus Meeks, pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 Sunday March 22, at the funeral home. A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be sent at www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com on the internet.
Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sauk Valley Media 2011

WALTER J. YEOWARD , 86, of Rock Falls, died Oct. 17, 1991, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling, with Rev. James Warner, pastor of the First Congregational Church, Rock Falls, officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established to the First Congregational Church, Rock Falls. Walter J. Yeoward was born Jan. 13, 1905, in Coal. Mo., the son of Frank J. and Verba Ethel (Grove) Yeoward. He married Mabel Boehm Feb. 11, 1925 in Rock Falls. She died March 21, 1980. Mr. Yeoward had farmed for many years before retiring in 1970. He was a member of the First Congregational Church, Rock Falls. Surviving is one son, Frank J. Yeoward, Rock Falls; one brother, Fred Yeoward, Sterling; one sister, Verna Schutt, Rock Falls; two grandchildren and two great grandchildren
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette October, 18, 1991 -

CHARLES F. YINGER , 78, died at 3 p.m. Thursday at the family home, 1106 W. 6th St., Rock Falls, where he had resided the past 46 years. he had been in ill health for some time. The body was removed to the Wheelock Funeral Home where friends may call after 4 p.m. Saturday. Funeral rites will be conducted at Wheelocks at 2 p.m Sunday, Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, officiating. Burial in Rock Falls Odd Fellows Cemetery. Mr. Yinger was born Oct. 5, 1877 in Fredrick City, Md., son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Yinger. He moved to this area at the age of 15 years and was employed as a machinist at the old Fort Dearborn Manufacturing Company for many years. He was a member of the Rock Falls Odd Fellows Lodge. He was married to Miss Christine Wolber, June 15, 1902 at Morrison. Surviving are his wife, Christine, at home; a daughter, Mrs. Fred (Clara) Propheter of Rock Falls; a son, Clarence Yinger of Rock Falls; a granddaughter, Mrs. Arthur Collins of South Bay, Fla.; a half-sister, Mrs. Nina Schrader of Lyndon; a step-sister, Mrs. Emery Lester of Sterling; and a step-brother, John Reecher of Sterling.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 9, 1956 - Friday, page 2

CARL YOECKEL , of rural Chadwick, a retired farmer and carpenter, died Tuesday morning in Colonial Acres Nursing Home, Sterling, following an extended illness. He was a longtime resident of the Chadwick and Milledgeville areas. Mr. Yoeckel was also a World War II veteran. Born Aug. 11, 1897, in Chadwick, he was the son of Carl and Mary (Wagner) Yoeckel. Surviving are four brothers, Paul of Milledgeville, Clarence of Sterling. Richard of Chadwick and Howard of Cortland, Tenn.; and three sisters, Miss Elizabeth Yoeckel of Mount Carroll, Mrs. Anna Mackey of Lanark and Mrs. Emma Martin of Chicago. Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Woodin Funeral Home, Milledgeville. The Rev William Welk, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church of Milledgeville, will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Knoll Memorial Park, Sterling.
Contributed by Pam Pickens - 12-5-1973 Freeport Journal Standard, pg. 12
Funeral services were held Thursday at the Woodin Funeral Home in Milledgeville for Carl C. Yoekel, rural Chadwick, who passed away Tuesday. The Rev. Wm. Welk pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Milledgeville, officiated. Serving as pallbearers were Elwood Gipe, Elwyn McKenna, Larry Gipe, Edgar Immel, Jerry Yoeckel and Jim Wink. Mrs. Earl Woodin was organist. Burial was in Oak Knoll , Sterling.
Contributed by Sue Nesland - Sterling Gazette 10 Dec 1973

CRAIG A. YOECKEL , 55 of Sterling died Monday November 6, 2006 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born on February 28, 1951 in Sterling, the son of Clarence and Marjorie (Tomman) Yoeckel. He married Diane Hinrichs on October 6, 1979 in Sterling. Craig was employed by the City of Sterling for 22 years with the Sewage Treatment plant and later he worked at Anchor Coupling in Sterling. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and he enjoyed gardening, working with his animals and was an avid Cardinals and Packer fan. Surviving is his wife, Diane; his father and mother-in-law Walter (Betty) Hinrichs of Rock Falls; his brother-in-law Gary (Cathy) Hinrichs of Prophetstown; his sister-in-law Marcia (Tom) Rucker of Rock Falls. He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister. Funeral services will be Wednesday November 8, 2006 at 11 AM at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls with the Reverend Judith Huseth officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Knoll Memorial Park. Visitation is Tuesday from 5-7 PM at the funeral home. A memorial will be established in his memory.

MELVIN JOHN YOHN , 56, died of a heart attack suffered at 9 a.m. Monday at his family home, 307 E. 12th St., Rock Falls. Yohn who had had heart trouble for about a year and was presently under a physician's care, died at Home Hospital, Sterling, where he was taken in the Rock Falls city ambulance after suffering a serious attack this morning. The body was removed to the Wheelock Funeral Home in Rock Falls, where service arrangements are now being made. Rev. Harry E. Shiffer, pastor of the Rock Falls Christian Church, will officiate and burial will be in the Rock Falls Odd Fellows Cemetery. Time and date of the funeral have not been set. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Tuesday. Melvin John Yohn, veteran of World War I, was born Dec. 20, 1898 at Princeton, Ill., the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Yohn. Surviving are his widow, Hazel; a stepson, William Koplin of Rock Falls; a brother Buford Yohn of Maryland; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and three brothers.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois June 27 1955 Monday Pg 2

BETTY J. (GIPSON) YONK , 74, of Rock Falls died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2004 at CGH Medical Center. She farmed with her husband in Yorktown. Mrs. Yonk was born July 17, 1930 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Jess and Jessie (Merrifield) Gipson. She married Lawrence Yonk on Jan. 27, 1951, in Rock Falls. She was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls and the Jelly Bean Brunch Bunch. She enjoyed colelcting Precious Moments. Survivors are her husband; a son Larry (Amy) Yonk of Rock Falls; a brother Jim (Betty) Gipson of Oswego; a sister-in-law, Jean Gipson of Rock Falls and three grandchildren. She was preceded by three brothers, Floyd Gipson and two in infancy. Services at St. Andrew Catholic CHurch with Monsignor Thoomas Dzielak officiating. Burial in Calvary Cemetery.
Contributed by Jan Roggy from the Sterling Gazette

IDA YONK , died Thursday noon in the Linton nursing home in Sterling. Death came following an illness of several months. The body was removed to the Howard Johnson funeral home in Manlius where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. (CST) Sunday. Rev. G. F. Cook, pastor of the New Bedford Christian church, will conduct services. Burial will be in the Tampico cemetery. Mrs. Yonk was born Nov. 7, 1859 in Sweden and she came to the United States and to Prophetstown in 1889. In November of 1892 she was married to Andrew Anderson of Princeton, who died in 1919. To this union three children were born. One, Walter of Coleta, survives, as do a number of grandchildren. Her two daughters, Mrs. Tillie Peterson and Mrs. Minnie Anderson preceded her in death. She was married in 1923 to Louis Yonk of Manlius, who also preceded her.
Contributed by Melva Taylor from The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 2, 1952 - Friday, pg 2 col 3

MRS. A.P. YOUNG - The funeral services of the late Mrs. A. P. Young were held on Thursday afternoon at two o’clock at her late residence on South Cherry Street. Rev. W. R. Cremeans of the Presbyterian Church was the efficient minister. Interment took place in Grove Hill cemetery. The pall bearers were A. W. Burkitt, J. A. West, Will Shirk, Al Flkkema, William Brearton, and Fred Barhum. Those who attended from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Duncan and daughter Bernice, of Clinton, Ia., and Ralph Boyer, of Albra, Ia.
Morrison Daily Gazette March 3, 1916

BERNARD O. YOUNG , 8l, of l3455 Covell Road, Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, l994, at his home. Bernard was born November 8, l9l2, in Morrison, to James and Nora Mensch Young. He was educated in rural Whiteside County schools. He married Ethel A. Nelson, Feb. 9, l940, in Dubuque, IA. He farmed in the rural Morrison area. Following his retirement from farming, he drove a truck and most recently was employed by the former Volckmann's furniture of Morrison. He was a member of the Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. He enjoyed woodworking. Survivors include his Wife, Ethel; two Sons, Cecil (Joan) Young of Rock Falls, IL and Gail (Norma) Young of Morrison, IL; four Grandchildren, Robert, Steven, Pat, and Amanda Young. He was preceded in death by one Sister, Maude McKee and one Brother, Emery Young

CARRIE (OLDS) TAYLOR YOUNG , 80, died this morning at her home after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Carrie Young was born Sept. 18, 1883, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Olds. She married Ed Taylor and he died. On Dec. 25, 1936, she married Ernest Young. She was an active member of the Primrose OES Chapter, Royal Neighbors and the Methodist Church. Surviving is her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Edith Ormsby, Lynnwood, Calif.; three grandchildren and three nieces, Mrs. Earl Klobes, Morrison, Mrs. Walter Bundy, Mount Carroll and Mrs. Leonard Mosier, Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services are pending at the Tomlinson Funeral Home.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 14, 1964 - Saturday

ETHEL A. (NELSON) YOUNG 8l, of Morrison, died Thursday, Nov. 26, l998, at Samaritan Hospital North Clinton, Iowa. Funeral services will be at l:30 p.m. Monday at Bethesda Lutheran Church, Morrison, with the Rev. John Cunningham, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery, Morrison. Mrs. Young was born Feb. 9, l9l7, in Morrison, the daughter of Ralph and Minnie (Radetz) Nelson. She was educated in Morrison grade schools and graduated from Morrison High School. She took her nurses training in Moline. She married Bernard O. Young on Feb. 9, l940, in Dubuque, Iowa. He died Oct. 5, l994. She was employed as a registered nurse in hospitals and nursing homes, most recently at the former Eveningside Nursing Home, Morrison. She was a member of Bethesda Lutheran Church, Morrison, the church's Ladies Guild and other church organizations. She enjoyed her pet dogs, playing the organ and doing needlework. Survivors include two sons, Cecil (Joan) Young of Rock Falls and Gail (Norma) Young of Morrison; one sister, Phyllis Preston of Mount Carroll; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Geesey.
Contributed by Cecil Young

GENE L. YOUNG , 53, died Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud, MN after a short illness. He was employed as a steel worker for NWSW and Sterling Steel. Mr. Young was born January 22, 1952 in Sterling, IL, the son of Elmer and Alice LaVonne (Hurley) Young. He married Barbara L. Parker on August 7, 1982 in Rock Falls. He was a kind and gentle man who enjoyed reading, playing cards, Trivial Pursuit, spending time with his children and grandchildren and, most of all, helping others. Survivors include his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Christie (Gary) Judd, Deanna (Scott Yingling) Barkley both of Milledgeville; one son, Andrew Young at home; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl (Roger) King of Rockford; six grandchildren, Christian Barkley, Thane Yingling, Carol Yingling, Ainsley Yingling, all of Milledgeville, Kayla Mathews, Kursten Smith of Rockford; two step-grandchildren, Josh Judd, Derek Koser, both of Fulton; his parents, Elmer and LaVonne Young of Sterling; two brothers, Elmer (Colleen) Young of Portage, MI, John "Jack" Young of Sterling; his mother-in-law, Donna Willhite of Rock Falls; six sisters-in-law, Sue Gray of Dixon, Sandi (Danny) Ivey of Sterling, Linda (Spike) Nelson of Lincoln, NE, Connie Parker of Cloquet, MN, Beulah Young of Carterville, IL, Dianna Adams Conkling of Dixon; special friends, Harry and Michelle Berogan of Sterling; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by a son, Rob Smith, two brothers, Richard Young, Roger Young and a brother-in-law, Mike Gray. Services will be held at 10:30 AM, Monday, September 12, 2005 at Schilling Funeral Home with Dalmus Meeks, Pastor of Harvest Time Bible Church officiating. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery, Sterling. Visitation will be 5-8 PM, Sunday, September 11th at the Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling.

JAMES ELI YOUNG , 73, retired farmer and carpenter, died Sunday, Jan 20, at the Morrison Community hospital, where he had been confied for the past five and one-half weeks. The body was teken to Reynolds funeral home, where friends may call. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian church with the Rev. R.B. Heydinger officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill cemetery. Mr. Young was the son of Henry and Sarah Wood Young. He was born Aug. 4, 1878, near Erie, where he lived and attended rural school until the year of 1893. In that year he moved with his parents to their farm southwest of Round Grove. He attended and was graduated from the Humphrey school and later attended business college at Sterling. He was married Feb. 24, 1904 to Nora B. Mensch, who survives. The couple farmed in Clyde for 10 years, after which they moved to a farm in Genesee, where they lived for 15 years, then moving to a farm in Union Grove. In 1936, he retired from active farming to their home at 404 W. Main. He then followed his trade as carpenter until he was in the loss of his right arm in 1941. He became ill in February 1951 and never recovered. Besides the widow, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. D. A. (Maude) McKee of Morrison; two sons, Emery of Rock Falls and Bernard of Thomson; one grandaughter, two grandsons; two brothers, Ernest of Morrison and Earl of Sterling; three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Maude.

MYRTLE (EMMONS) YOUNG , 72, died suddenly Sunday morning (14 May 1961) at the the home of her son, Darrell Graham in Tampico. Death was due to a heart attack. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Tampico Baptist Church. The Rev. Frank Frost, former pastor of the church assisted by the Rev. Myron Holmgren, pastor of the church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schmitt Funeral Chapel in Tampico after 7 p.m. this evening and until noon on Tuesday when the body will be taken to the church. Myrtle Rose Emmons was born in Tampico March 19, 1889, the daughter of Edwin and Irene Foy Emmons. She was reared and educated in Tampico. She was married to Howard Graham on June 29, 1910. He preceded her in death in 1923. She was a member of the Tampico Baptist Church, Morning Star Chapter OES. She was employed as an operator by the Tampico Farmers Telephone Company for 32 years, retiring about seven years ago. Survivors are her son, Darrell Graham, with whom she made her home; two grandsons Charles and Rodney Graham, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death in addition to her husband by her two sons, Mervin, 1934, and Chester, 1947; her parents and four sisters.

Funeral services were held for Mrs. Mrytle Young on Tuesday afternoon in the Tampico Baptist Church. The Rev. Frank Frost of Sycamore, and Rev. Myron Holmgren of the Tampico Church officiated. Mrs. Frank Frost and Mrs. Maynard Peterson sang Back of the Clouds and Ivory Palaces, accompanied by Mrs. Myron Holmgren at the organ. Mrs. Arthur Davis, and Mrs. Harold Carlson assisted with the floral tributes. Casketbearers were Ralph Foy, Earl Foy, Arthur Davis, Maynard Peterson, Less Osborne, and Harold Carolson. Burial was in the Tampico Memorial cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - Sterling Gazette May 15, 1961 - Monday, pg 2

NORA BELL (MENSCH) YOUNG , 89, of Harbor Crest Nursing Home, Fulton, died Wednesday afternoon at Mercy Hospital, Clinton, Iowa after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tomlinson Funeral Home Fulton with the Rev. Alvin Hook officiating. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The former Nora Mensch was born Oct. 11, 1886 in Whiteside County, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Mensch. She attended rural Morrison schools and lived her entire life in the Morrison area. She was married to James E. Young in Morrison and he died Jan. 20, 1952. She was a member of the DAR and the Presbyterian Church. Survivors include two sons, Emery Young of Sterling and Bernard Young of Morrison; one half-brother, Lester Mensch of Arkansas; three grandchildren; six great- grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, Mrs. Maude McKee, three sisters nad two brothers. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Mike Hosler

RACHEL E. (EWERS) YOUNG , , of Resthave Nursing Home, Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, December 27, 2006, at the nursing home. Rachel was born December 15, 1912 in Fenton, IL, to Ray and Margaret (Hawk) Ewers. She was educated in the Coburn grade school of rural Whiteside County. She was a graduate from Erie High School in Erie, IL and Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA. Rachel married Loren S. Young on August 27, 1938 in Fenton, IL. He died May 13, 1992. She taught home economics at the Erie High School, prior to World War II, and during the war, she taught at the Coburn School, a county one room school. She was a member of Morrison United Methodist Church, the church's United Methodist Women and had served as a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of Monday Evening Club and was a 50 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors include her daughter, Mary Jane Dowling of Dunlap, IL; two grandsons, Mike (Lisa) Dowling of Charlotte, NC and Matt (Holly) Dowling of Greenville, SC; four great grandchildren, Delaney, Riley, and Trey Dowling and Ansley Dowling. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Loren.

ROGER YOUNG , 49, of Carterville died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at St. Louis (Mo.) University Hospital. He was employed by Crisp Container, Marion, as a Sidel operator. Mr. Young was born May 23, 1954, in Sterling, the son of Elmer R. and Alice LaVonne (Hurley) Young. He married Beulah M Burger on Jan. 9, 1973, in Rock Falls He was a member of New Salem Baptist Church, Dale, and Little Egypt Men's Bowling Association. Survivors include his wife: four sons, Shane A. "Buster" (Amanda) Young of Carterville, Michael R. (Tammy) Young of Liberty, Mo., David L. (Cheri) Young of Harrisburg and Benjamin J. (Tequila) Young of Kansas City, Mo.; his parents of Sterling; three brothers, Elmer Ray (Colleen) Young of Portage, Mich., and Gene (Barb) Young and John "Jack" Young, both of Sterling; eight grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard W. "Dick" Young. The funeral is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Meredith-Waddell Funeral Home, Herrin, with the Rev. David Gilley and the Rev. Bruce Cullers officiating. Burial is at Herrin City Cemetery. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Daily Gazette July 3, 2003

TRUMAN R. YOUNG , 82, of Sterling died Sunday N ov. 7, 2004 at CGH Medical Center. He was employed by Lawrence Bros Hardware, Sterling for 42 1/2 years retiring in 1984. Mr. Young was born July 21, 1922, in Muscatine Iowa, the son of Harry and Cora (Amrine) Young. He attended the school for the deaf in Jacksonville. He married Alice C. Biederman on May 18, 1957, in Jefferson, Wis. He attended St. Paul Lutheran Church, Sterling, and was an avid reader. Survivors include his wife and several cousins. Services through M cDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. Burial at Union Cemetery, Jefferson Wisc.
Contributed by Jan Roggy from the Sterling Gazette November 9, 2004

WILLIAM YOUNG , an old and highly respected pioneer of Emerson, was this morning at 6 o’clock found dead in his bed. It is thought that death was caused by heart failure. Mr. Young was at work all day Friday but complained of slight pain around the region of the heart. His death was entirely unexpected, however, and has caused a shock to the entire community. The funeral services, it is expected, will be held at the house Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock. The burial will take place in the Sterling cemetery. Mr. Young was born in Lancaster county, Pa., June 13, 1831. He came to this county in 1854 and has lived in the house in which he died at Emerson, since 1866. He was the father of seven children, four of whom are now living; Frank Young, Paulina, Ia., Normie Young, of Paulina, Ia.; Joseph Young, of Cincinnati, O.; Mrs. Nettie Dickson, of Milwaukee, Wis. His wife also survives him. The deceased was a good man in every way. He was steady, reliable, hardworking, generous, honest and kind. He leaves vacant a place in the community which cannot be filled. The sorrowing family has the deepest sympathy of the people of Emerson and vicinity. Mr. Young was a stone mason by trade and has done much toward building the city of Sterling. He is said to have been the oldest settler in Emerson.

Another Notice - The village of Emerson was shocked this morning when it became known that William Young, one of the oldest and most prominent residents, died during the night and was found dead in his bed this morning,. Death was due to heart failure. Mr. young was born in Lancaster county, PA, June 13, 1831, and came to Whiteside county in 1854, working at the stone mason’s trade. In 1866 he settled in Emerson and until his death his home did not change again. Beside his wife, Mr. Young leave to mourn his sudden death four children three having preceded him in the better home. Those surviving are; Fran and Normie Young of Paulina, Iowa; Joseph Young of Cincinnati, Ohio; Mrs. Nettie Dickson of Milwaukee, Wis. Mrs. Young was a man of splendid character and surrounded himself with a multitude of friends. Funeral services will probably be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon and interment will take place in the Sterling Cemetery (Riverside Cem)
Contributed by Margaret Mangers - Newspaper dated May 13, 1899

JAMES A. YOUNT , 1311 W. Pratt Blvd., Chicago, passed away Saturday morning at West Side Veterans Hospital, Chicago, after and extended illness. He was born June 20, 1930 in Festus, Mo., the son of Clyde M. and Gladys Ebert Yount. He was a graduate of the American Academy of Art. He resided in Chicago for the past six years and was a commercial artist. He was founder and Past President of Spectrum Artists. He served in the Navy during the Korean War and was a member of Amvets Post 243, Chicago. Surviving are his wife, Margie; one son, Jeffrey A. Yount at home, and one daughter, Marcy A. Yount, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde M. Yount of Rock Falls; two brothers, Clarence E. Yount of Sterling, and Robert E. Yount of Springfield; one sister, Mrs, Mildred Gerdes of Lanark. There are several nieces and nephews. The body was moved to the Melvin Funeral Home where friends may call any time. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home, Rev. Ivan J. Obenshain, pastor of the Rock Falls Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will take place in Oak Knoll Memorial Park.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois March 2, 1964 - Monday, pg 2