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LaVERNA MILLER, 85, DeKalb, died Dec. 2, 2000, at Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center, DeKalb. She was born Oct. 31, 1915, in Merrill, WI, to Rev. John and Hulda (Hollstein) Moor. She married Ward Miller June 29, 1940, in Demotte, IN. She attended grade school in Wisconsin, and graduated from Roosevelt High School, Chicago. She earned her bachelor's degree from Northern Illinois State Teachers' College, DeKalb; and her master's degree from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. She taught fifth grade for four years in Elmhurst, before teaching Kindergarten in DeKalb for 36 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, DeKalb, including the United Methodist Women and Circle 1. She also sang in the Chancel Choir and was a charter member of the Celebration Chorale at the church. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, DeKalb County Farm Bureau Prime Timers, Retired Teachers Association, DeKalb Women's Club, Castle Club, and the NIU Alumni Association. Survivors include her husband, of DeKalb; 1 son, Ward (Judy) Miller, Sycamore; 2 daughters, Jule (Roger) Allaman, Rose-ville, and Betty (David) Clark, Elgin; 9 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Francis Kennedy, St. Paul, MN, and Julia Hanna, Bowling Green, OH; nieces; nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and 1 brother, Harold Moor. Funeral services will be Wednesday, Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, DeKalb. Visitation was scheduled Tuesday, Dec. 5, 3-7 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, where a memorial is established for her church. Burial will be in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.
ELINOR ROLFE (GJERMUNDSON) RENWICK, 81, Sycamore, died Dec. 2, 2000, at Pine Acres Care Center, DeKalb. She was born April 1, 1919, in DeKalb, to Frank and Jennie (Whitmore) Rolfe. She married Maurice J. Gjermundson July 15, 1945. Following his death, she married Robert Renwick on Feb. 14, 1987. She was educated in DeKalb schools, graduating from DeKalb Township High School in 1937. She worked several years for M.F. Malone Department Store, DeKalb. She then worked at DEKALB Ag, retiring in 1983, after 20 years. She was a former member of First United Methodist Church, DeKalb, where she was active in the women's circles for more than 60 years. After moving to Sycamore, she became a member of Sycamore United Methodist Church. She was a 60-year member of the Eastern Star Normal Chapter 357, holding several offices. Survivors include her husband, of Sycamore; 1 daughter, Terri (John) Vasu, Arvada, CO; 1 grandson; 1 step-daughter, Janet Renwick, DeKalb; nieces; nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her first husband, Maurice, on July 26, 1979; 3 brothers, Charles, Eugene and John Rolfe; 2 sisters, Dorothy Zaeske and Hazel Bailey. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, where a memorial is established. Burial is in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.
LOUISE BROWN COOPER, 89, died Nov. 27, 2000, at her home in Geneva. She was the long-time publisher and editor of the Elburn Herald. She was born Sept. 2, 1911, in Anna, to Holly and Eva Grace (Williams) Brown. She spent her early years in southern Illinois, and attended Southern Illinois University. She taught elementary school in Carbondale. She married Ralph L. Cooper June 1, 1933. They moved to Washington, D.C., where both worked in the Library of Congress. She and the family lived in Carmel, CA, when Richard joined the Navy at the outbreak of World War II. They moved to Geneva in 1945. Under her stewardship, the Elburn Herald won many Illinois Press Association awards, recognizing her contributions to the Kaneland community. She was a member of the League of Women Voters, Geneva Golf Club and founding member of the Kaneland Academic Foundation. She was active in service organizations in Elburn and Geneva. Survivors include her husband, of Geneva; 2 sons, Richard Cooper, Alexandria, VA, and Stephen M. Cooper, Geneva, and 2 daughters-in-law, Sharon and Gail Cooper; 6 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. She was predeceased by 1 son, Peter W. Cooper, in 1954, of a childhood accident; her parents; 1 brother, Harold Brown. Arrangements by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. Burial is in Blackberry Cemetery, Elburn. Memorials may be made to the Louise B. Cooper Memorial Scholarship for Journalism at Kaneland High School, in care of the funeral home.
GEORGE LOUIS JR., 60, DeKalb, died Nov. 27, 2000, at home. He was born March 18, 1940, in Kansas City, MO, to George and Marion Louis. He married Teresa (Seldal) Rissman July 15, 1989, in DeKalb. Along with his wife, Teresa, he owned All Seasons Florist, DeKalb, and was the well-known driver/delivery man for the floral shop. He served in the U.S. Navy 1958-60. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, DeKalb; Knights of Columbus Council 717; and DeKalb Rotary Club. Prior to moving to DeKalb, he was very active in community projects in the Des Moines, IA, area. He was an avid Kansas City Chiefs fan, who loved his family and visiting with everyone. Survivors include his wife, of DeKalb; 5 children, Sutton (Gale) Reese, St. Petersburg, FL, Doug (Wanda) Louis, Des Moines, IA, Shannon (Matt) Fenster, Council Bluffs, IA, Matt (Jessica) Rissman, DeKalb, and Andrea (Jason) Kennedy, Bulls Gap, TN; 5 grandchildren; 1 aunt, Bette Beem, Kansas City, MO; cousins. He was predeceased by his parents. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, where a memorial is established. Interment of ashes will be at a later date.
DONALD HENRY CHAPLIN, 82, rural Kingston, died Nov. 27, 2000, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. He was born Jan. 22, 1918, in Kingston, to Thomas and Minnie (Aves) Chaplin. He married Frances Lawrence May 19, 1937, in Sycamore. He was a dairy farmer. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Kingston, and DeKalb County Farm Bureau, serving on the board 32 years, including as president. He was a past director of the Oak Crest board; past member of Genoa Lions Club; past ASCS committeeman; past director of Illinois State Farmer Elected Committeeman; and past president of the Kingston Community Club, G-K School Board, PMA District 5, and Monet Acres. Survivors include his wife, of rural Kingston; 2 daughters, Janet (Larry) Mathey, Kingston, and Jean (Richard) McCleary, Broadlands; 1 son, Marlin (Marilyn) Chaplin, Genoa; 9 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; 1 brother, Kenneth Chaplin; 1 sister, Gladys Bridger. Arrangements by Cooper-Quiram Funeral Home, Genoa, where a memorial is established. Burial is in Kingston Cemetery.
DANIEL BRUCE MADSEN, 60, Sycamore, formerly Plano, died Nov. 26, 2000, at Hines VA Hospital. He was born April 12, 1940, in Aurora, to Leon and Margaret (Westphal) Madsen. He married Janice Bailey Nov. 1, 1974, in Plano. He formerly worked at Northern Illinois University in the Food Service Department. He was a 1958 graduate of Plano High School and served in the Merchant Marines. Survivors include his wife, of Sycamore; 1 daughter, Lisa Madsen, Sycamore; aunts and uncles, including locally, Howard (Barbara) Madsen, Elburn, and Arthur (Carol) Ardeline, Plano; cousins. Arrangements by Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, where a memorial is established. Burial will be in Little Rock Cemetery, Plano.
ETHEL MARIE NUNN WYLDE, 97, died Nov. 22, 2000, at her home, after a lengthy illness. She was born Jan. 26, 1903, in Louisville, KY, to Sophia and Charles Ellis. She moved to Marshalltown, IA, at an early age. She graduated from Marshalltown Business College, and later the Iowa School of Cosmotology, Des Moines, IA. She married John C. Nunn Nov. 5, 1925. They lived in Iowa City, IA, where he had a real estate and insurance business until his death in 1953. She then became a secretary at the Veterans' Hospital. She married Royal Wylde Jan. 27, 1966, and they lived in Sycamore. He died in February, 1989. She moved to Abbotswood Retirement Center in January, 1990, and lived there until her death. She was a member of Sycamore United Methodist Church. Survivors include 1 daughter, Doris Patterson, Greensboro; 1 daughter-in-law, Dorothy Nunn, Davis, CA; 6 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; step-daughter-in-law, Chris Wylde; 4 step-grandchildren; 4 step-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; both husbands; 3 brothers; 1 son, John Nunn; 1 step-son, James Wylde. Local arrangements by Butala Funeral & Crematory, Sycamore. Memorials may be made to Bible Broadcasting Station, Charlotte, NC; Compassion International, Colorado Springs, CO; or Westover Church, 505 Muirs Chapel, Greensboro, NC.
RUTH ANTOINETTE DRISCOLL, 90, Sycamore, formerly Evanston, died Nov. 20, 2000, at Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center, DeKalb. She was born Jan. 27, 1910, in South Grove Township, near Kirkland, to Jesse and Edith (Allen) Driscoll. She retired from teaching in the Evanston Public School System. She attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College, DeKalb; graduated from Haverton College, Pennsylvania; and earned a master's degree from the University of Chicago. She was a member of First Methodist Church, Evanston; Illinois Teachers Association; and the Council on Student Travel. She was a world traveler. Survivors include 1 brother, John (Ruth) Driscoll, Sycamore; 7 sisters, Carol Driscoll, Oak Crest, Vivian Willett, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Wilma Kellogg, Sycamore, Norma Lofgren, Evanston, Gladys Zimmer-man, Boca Raton, FL, Marilyn Day, North Ft. Myers, FL, and Shirley Carter, Rockford. She was predeceased by her parents; an infant brother, Theodore Decatur Driscoll; 3 sisters, Gertrude Butzow, Mabel Bailey and Virginia Woodward. Arrangements by Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, where a memorial is established for Sycamore Public Library. Interment is in South Grove Cemetery, near Kirkland.
ERVILLE EARL CURRENS, 95, DeKalb, died Oct. 14, 2000, at Oak Crest-DeKalb Area Retirement Center, DeKalb, where she lived 14 years. She was born Dec. 27, 1904, in Columbus, KS, to Frank and Magdalene (Schmidt) Earl. She married the Rev. Harvey J. Currens March 3, 1927 at the Lutheran Parsonage, Maywood. She was a nurse, graduating in 1927, from Jefferson Park Hospital Nursing School, Chicago. Along with her husband, she was a missionary to Liberia, West Africa, from 1927-37, and 1947-72. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, DeKalb. Survivors include 2 sons, Gerald E. Currens, Eugene, OR, and William E. Currens, Mooresville, NC; 7 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, in 1977; 1 daughter, Dorothy Mae Edwards, in 1991. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb. Her body was donated to science, with interment of ashes at a later date in Emmert Cemetery, Franklin Grove.
DR. PAUL MERRITT KEENE, D.V.M., 81, Eldridge, IA, formerly of Hinckley, died Jan. 27, 2001, at home. He was born Oct. 8, 1919, in Shabbona, to Dr. Harry LaFrayette and Jessie Elizabeth (Stram) Keene. He married Eileen Mae Blackman, on Dec. 25, 1941, in Waterman. He was a member of both the Shabbona Congregational Church, Shabbona, and the Hinckley United Methodist Church, Hinckley. He was, for more than 26 years, a veterinarian in the Hinckley, Big Rock, Waterman and Shabbona areas. He served for more than 10 years as a director of the I.S.V.M.A. until retiring in 1982. He was a lifetime member of the A.V.M.A. and the I.S.V.M.A. He also served as a meat inspector in 13 northern counties. After retirement, he and his wife moved to Manitowish Waters, WI, where they lived for 10 years. They then moved back to Rochelle for 10 years, and most recently lived with their daughter Susan and her family in Eldridge, IA. He was a lifetime member of both the Masonic Lodge and the Tebala Shrine Temple in Rockford. Survivors include his wife, of Eldridge, IA; 4 children, Kurt Paul Keene, Rochelle, David Alan (Suzie) Keene, Tremont, Linda Ellen (Joe) Kilgore, Pontiac, and Susan Leah (Arthur) Melchure, Eldridge, IA; 11 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents; and 1 sister,Ceo Virgene Keene. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, Hinckley. Burial is in Rosehill Cemetery, Shabbona.
BILLY F. SLUDER, 59, DeKalb, died Jan. 29, 2001, at home. He was born July 27, 1941, in Chuckey, TN, to Kenneth and Georgia (Combs) Sluder. He was employed by Essex Wire before working at Del Monte. He was a member of the DeKalb Wesleyan Church, where he was a trustee. He also did volunteer work for the Salvation Army. Survivors include 1 daughter, Tammy Arneson, Malta; 3 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Kathern Stroyan, Barefoot Bay, FL, and Margaret (Bill) Greenway, Greenville, TN; 2 nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, and 2 brothers, Gene and Kyle. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, where a memorial is established. Cremation has taken place.
JOHN E. "JACK" STEVENS, 63, formerly Big Rock, died Jan. 29, 2001, at Willowcrest Nursing Pavilion, Sandwich. He was born Feb. 24, 1937, in Aurora, to Edward and Myrtle (Spicer) Stevens. She was employed for many years as a drafting engineer by Stephens-Adams, Aurora. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He served as a past president, treasurer and secretary of the Aurora Sportsman's Club. He also was a member of the Aurora Moose Lodge #400. He was proud to have served his country in the United States Marine Reserves. Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Patricia, of Hinckley; 3 children, Elizabeth (Paul) Johnson, Rockford, John J. (Amy) Stevens, Jacksonville, FL, and Guy M. Stevens, Rockford; 4 grandchildren; 1 brother, William (Josephine) Stevens, Aurora; 1 sister, Patricia Swanson, Aurora; nieces; nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; 1 brother, Don Stevens; 1 sister, June Durland. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, Hinckley. Burial was private.
MARJORIE McCREA, 76, Hinckley, died Feb. 1, 2001, at Provena Mercy Center, Aurora. She was born May 7, 1924, in rural Big Rock, to Howard and Hazel (Hefty) McCrea. She was a member of the Hinckley First United Methodist Church, Hinckley. She also was a member of both the Eastern Star and the Hinckley American Legion Auxiliary. She was a registered nurse for more than 40 years in the Obstetrics Department, first at St. Joseph's Hospital, and later at Mercy Center, Aurora, until her retirement in 1988. Survivors include 1 sister, Virginia (Walter) Bock, Aurora; sister-in-law, Evelyn McCrea, Hinckley; nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; 1 brother, Wayne H. McCrea, on March 14, 1990; 1 nephew, Steven McCrea, November, 1965. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, Hinckley. Burial is in Greenwood Cemetery, Hinckley. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of Mercy Retirement Fund, McAuley Manor and Convent, Aurora, or to the Hinckley First United Methodist Church, 801 N. Sycamore St., Hinckley, IL 60520.
BERNIE E. CHAVERS, 59, Genoa, died Feb. 2, 2001, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford. He was born July 4, 1941, in Los Angeles, CA, to Charlie and Kathleen Chavers. He married Mary J. Mavor, on June 19, 1974, in Wheaton. He served in the Vietnam War in the U.S. Navy on an aircraft carrier. He worked as a truck technician for Biggers Chevrolet, in Elgin, for 10 years. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose and attended the Foursquare Gospel Church, Genoa. Survivors include his wife, of Genoa; 4 daughters, Mary (Vito) Gozdziewicz, Bartlett, Paula (Shane) Hagemeier, Bellevue, NE, Jean Hurley, Addison, and Kathleen (Jason) O'Shields, St. Charles; 9 grandchildren; 1 great-granddaughter; 1 brother, Lloyd (Cindy) Chavers, Laguna Hills, CA; 1 sister, Ellen Mason, Joshua Tree, CA; 1 half-sister, Dolores. Arrangements by Slater-Butala Funeral Home, Genoa, where a memorial is established for the American Cancer Society. Burial is in Genoa Cemetery, Genoa.
WAYNE R. ECKERT, 42, DeKalb, died April 1, 2001, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. He was born Sept. 1, 1958, in Elmhurst, to Robert and Phyllis (Cass) Eckert. He married Susan Marie Wallace Dec. 9, 1988, in Geneva. He was employed at IDEAL Manufacturing for the past year. He had been employed at Fermilab, Batavia, for 17 years. He also had worked at the Kishwaukee YMCA as the building superintendent. Survivors include his wife, of DeKalb; 2 sons, Wade and Maxx, of DeKalb; his parents, Robert and Phyllis Eckert, Elmhurst; 1 sister, Susan (Michael) Ruta, Carol Stream; his paternal grandmother, Anna Eckert, Carol Stream; nieces; nephews; 1 cousin. He was predeceased by his paternal grandmother and his maternal grandparents. Funeral service will be April 4, 1:30 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, where a memorial is established. Visitation was scheduled April 3, 4-8 p.m. Burial will be in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.
JUNE E. (KERWIN) LAMPKINS, 64, Sycamore, died March 31, 2001, at home. She was born June 24, 1936, in DeKalb, to James Leroy and Esther M. (Lawrence) Kerwin. She married Donald E. Lampkins March 21, 1953, in Geneva. She attended DeKalb and Sycamore schools. She was employed by the First National Bank of DeKalb, and taught ceramics for many years. She was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. John, Sycamore, and the Sycamore VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She was an avid bingo player, and enjoyed the riverboats and Las Vegas. She enjoyed attending her grandchildren's school activities and sporting events. After her husband retired, they spent winters in Florida and Texas. Survivors include her husband, of Sycamore; 5 children, Cheryl Maness, Don (Kathy) Lampkins, Deana (Ed) Eberly, and Steve (Barb) Lampkins, all Sycamore, and Doris (Terry Carlton) Grubbs, DeKalb; 8 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren; 1 sister, Bonnie (Don) Diedrich, DeKalb; 1 brother, James (Polly) Kerwin Jr., Sycamore; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; cousins; sisters- and brothers-in-law. She was predeceased by her parents; 1 son-in-law, Kenney Grubbs. Arrangements by Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, Sycamore, where a memorial is established. Burial is in Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore.
DOROTHY E. FACTLY, 90, Burlington, died March 31, 2001, at Bethany Healthcare Center, DeKalb. She was born June 26, 1910, in Burlington, to George and Alvina (Wiese) Laseman. She married Henry V. Factly June 8, 1929. She was a 1927 graduate of Burlington High School. She was employed at the former Elgin National Watch Factory and J.C. Penney's before becoming postmaster for the Burlington Post Office, a position she held for 13 years.She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Burlington, the Ladies Aid Society and the Retired Postmasters. Survivors include 3 daughters, Patricia (Loren) Jones, Glenna Schairer and Romelle (Robert) Ostrom, all of Burlington; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, on Dec. 31, 1987; 1 son-in-law, Donald Schairer, on Oct. 20, 1996; 2 brothers, Herman and Elmer Laseman; 1 sister, Lois Ouimette. A private funeral service will be April 4, 1:30 p.m., at Fredrick Funeral Home, Hampshire, where a memorial is established. Visitation was scheduled April 3, 5-8 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in Burlington Township Union Cemetery, Burlington.
ROBERT W. HOWISON, 85, DeKalb, formerly of Somonauk, died March 31, 2001, at the DeKalb County Nursing and Rehab Center, DeKalb. He was born Nov. 25, 1915, to R.J. and Margaret (Beveridge) Howison. He was a lifelong Somonauk-area farmer. He later was employed at The Daily Chronicle and The MidWeek, DeKalb. He was a member of the Somonauk United Presbyterian Church and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. Survivors include 1 daughter, Margaret (Dr. Marvin) Trepton, DeKalb; 2 grandchildren; nieces; nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Florence; 1 brother, Donald Howison; 1 sister, Evelyn Lafferty. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, where a memorial is established. Burial is in Oak Mound Cemetery, rural Somonauk.
JULIUS DOERFLINGER, 70, Plano, died March 31, 2001, at home. He was born Sept. 19, 1930, in Hungary, to Johann and Theresa (Huber) Doerflinger. He married Elsa Martha Echstein, in Neckarwestheim, Germany, on March 14, 1952. He was employed for many years in concrete manufacturing. He also was a carpenter and woodworker, and will be remembered for the many birdhouses he built. He also was an avid fisherman. Survivors include his wife, of Plano; 1 sister, Helene Gillich, Stuttgart Weilimdorf, Germany; 2 nieces; 1 great-niece; 1 great-nephew. He was predeceased by his parents. Arrangements by Nelson Funeral Home, Plano.
DORIS WARD, 73, formerly of DeKalb, died March 30, 2001, at Northwoods Care Center, Belvidere. She was born Feb. 22, 1928, in Portagville, MO, to Daniel W. and Myrtle May (Young) Hopper. She retired from Rittenhouse Paper Co., after more than 25 years of service. She also had waitressed at the Uptown and Around the Clock restaurants in DeKalb. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan. Survivors include 7 children, Phyllis (Phyllis Moore) Simpson, DeKalb, Mary (Paul) Erickson, Rockledge, FL, Karen (Lanny) Dean, Greenville, TN, Kathy (Pete) Murray, Melbourne, FL, Donald Simpson, Palm Bay, FL, Kathryn (William) Bonnet, DeKalb, and Tammy Ward, Cocoa Beach, FL; 25 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Tommy (Cecil) Nierider, Bryton, MI, and Ruby Smith, DeKalb; nieces; nephews. She was predeceased by 1 son, James "Rick" Simpson; 2 grandchildren; Shane and Jamie; 1 brother, Daniel Hopper; 2 sisters, Irene Campbell and Opal Ross. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, where a memorial is established. Burial is in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.
MILTON I. PERRY, 91, Durand, formerly Sycamore, died March 29, 2001, at St. Anne Center, Rockford. He was born March 13, 1910, in Sycamore, to Arthur and Salma Perry. He married Alvina Erlandson, May 15, 1937. He was an NIU graduate. He was formerly employed as a chemist at J.I. Case, Rockford. He later returned to run the family homestead farm outside of Sycamore. After retiring from farming, he worked several years at the Sycamore Post Office. After retiring, he moved to Lake Summerset in Durand, where he worked as a photographer for the local newspaper. He was a longtime member of Salem Lutheran Church, Sycamore, and longtime member and past president of the Rockford Camera Club. He traveled the 50 states and several countries photographing the sights and creating slide shows with music and voice to entertain thousands throughout Illinois and Wisconsin. Survivors include 3 sons, Curtis A. (Susan) Perry, Douglas R. (Susan) Perry, Roger I. (Marilyn) Perry; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife; 1 sister, Lois Williams; 1 granddaughter, Pamela. Arrangements by Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, Sycamore. Burial is in South Burlington Cemetery, Burlington. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice of charities.
RICHARD D. AKEN, 60, Sycamore, died March 29, 2001, at home. He was born June 27, 1940, in Mendota, to Carroll and Florence (Worsley) Aken. He married Della Holbrook Nov. 6, 1965, in Elgin. He was a graduate of Genoa-Kingston High School, and served in the U.S. Navy from 1958-62. He worked for Hiatt Brothers and also for Kallal's Sheet Metal Co. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 219, Sycamore VFW, and a former member of the Eagles Aerie, DeKalb. He enjoyed aviation shows, golf, and was a history buff. Survivors include his wife, of Sycamore; 2 sons, Shawn Aken, Sycamore, and Brad Aken, Bloomington; his mother, Florence Aken, Genoa; 2 sisters, Carolyn (Bob) Arneson, Normal, and Deb (Greg) Ammann, Myrtle Creek, OR; 1 brother, Doug (Glenda) Aken, Oregon, IL; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, in 1994. Arrangements by Quiram-Sycamore Funeral Home, Sycamore. Interment is in Genoa Cemetery, Genoa.
GLORIA J. NELSON, 77, DeKalb, died March 27, 2001, at home. She was born March 22, 1924, in Belvidere, to William and Anna (Hof) Williams. She married Carl E. Nelson, Dec. 12, 1946, in DeKalb. Survivors include 2 sons, Reuben (Marcia) Nelson, Sycamore, and Raymond Nelson, Minneapolis, MN; 4 grandchildren; 2 nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and her husband, April 15, 1999. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, where a memorial is established. Cremation has taken place.
RHEA HINKSTON, 90, Lee, died March 27, 2001. She was born Sept. 25, 1910, in Shabbona, to John and Fern (Barnes) Schultz. She married Harry "Fuzzy" Hinkston, June 23, 1933, at the Congregational parsonage, Sycamore. Survivors include 3 daughters, Betty (Kenneth) Klotz, Stanwood, IA, Cleo (Ray) Yanez, Wittman, AZ, and Cheryl Thompson, Lee; 1 sister, Sylvia "Kate" Munier, Page, TX; 17 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, April 7, 1997; 1 daughter, Hannah Lyons; 1 son, Walter Hinkston; 1 sister, Ruth; 3 grandchildren, John Seldal, Brand Seldal and Shelly (Thompson) Severson; 1 great-granddaughter, Alexis Lynn Larson; 1 great-great-granddaughter, Angelina Morales. Arrangements by Jacobson Funeral Home, Shabbona, where a memorial is established. Burial is in Johnson's Grove Cemetery, Waterman.
GEORGE K. CIES, 59, DeKalb, died March 26, 2001, at home. He was born March 22, 1942, in Steelville, MO, to George and Eunice (Kelley) Cies. He graduated from Yorkville High School, attended Aurora College, and studied criminal justice at Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove. He graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy in 1968, and retired as a state police sergeant in 1999. He was appointed Waterman police chief on March 1, 2001. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and served as a volunteer fireman in Waterman since 1973. Survivors include his mother, Kelley and step-father Ellsworth Windette, Yorkville; his beloved friend, Kathy Meier, Batavia; 4 children, George C. (Christine) Cies, DeKalb, Becky Williams, Betsy (Mark) Todd and Annie (Dave) Warden, all Waterman; 10 grandchildren; the mother of his children, Melody Crayton, Waterman; 2 sisters, Julie (Jerry) Elliott, Aurora, and Genie (Bill) Witzel, Bristol; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was predeceased by his father, George T. Cies. Arrangements by Conley Funeral Home, Elburn, where a memorial is established for the Waterman Fire Department. Burial is in Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman.
HERB JOHN FUHS, 54, Bettendorf, IA, died March 25, 2001, at home, following a lengthy illness. He was born July 25, 1946, in Chasiton, IA, to Hubert and Margaret (Ihms) Fuhs. He attended Davenport, IA, schools, and worked as a baker and route salesman for The Quad City Times. He liked tilling the soil and giving his produce to family and friends. He also enjoyed cruising the Mississippi River on the large riverboats, bowling and playing darts. Survivors include 2 sisters, Rita Strike, Des Moines, IA, and Mary Davison, DeKalb; 5 brothers, Robert (Eva) Fuhs, Bettendorf, IA, Harold (Carol) Fuhs, Davenport, IA, Charles (Barbara) Fuhs, Omaha, NE, Bill (Kathy) Fuhs, Laurenceville, GA, Tom (Shirley) Fuhs, Webster City, IA; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents. Arrangements by McGinnis, Chambers & Sass Funeral Home, Bettendorf, IA. Burial is in Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport, IA. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, or the charity of the donor's choice.
JANE A. (HUNT) KLINE, 65, Malta, died May 23, 2001, at the Bethany Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, DeKalb. She was born Sept. 23, 1935, in Terre Haute, IN, to William and Margaret Evans. She was employed at Kishwaukee Community Hospital for the past 27 years, and previously was the director of resident services at Carolina Village in North Carolina. She also was a member of the Kishwaukee Community Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include 4 sons, William Jeffrey (Cheryl) Hunt, DeKalb, James Tracy (Cindy) Hunt, Sycamore, Joseph Karl Hunt, Malta, and Steven Jay (Bren-da) Hunt, Genoa; 7 grandchildren; 1 brother, Robert Evans, Indianapolis, IN; nieces; nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; 1 daughter, Julie Ann; 1 brother, Jack Evans; and 1 sister-in-law, Ann Evans. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, where a memorial is established for the DeKalb County Hospice. Burial is in Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore.
ROSE M. VANDEBURG, 84, Sycamore, died May 22, 2001, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. She was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Maple Park, to Charles A. and Kathryn (Kalvena) Janek Johnson. She married Fay L. Vandeburg, Feb. 20, 1937. She was a member of the Sycamore United Methodist Church, Sycamore. The Vandeburgs have been a long-standing farm family in the Sycamore area. Survivors include 4 children, Orrin (Marion) Vandeburg, and Roger (Jane) Vandeburg, both Sycamore, Karen (James) Ellis, Clare, and Lance Vande-burg, Genoa; 8 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters, Pauline Blade, DeKalb, and Ida Gordon, Arizona. She was predeceased by her husband, in 1957; 1 son, Dale; and 2 brothers, Joseph and Ludwig Johnson. Arrangements by Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, Sycamore, where a memorial is established for the Sycamore United Methodist Church. Burial is in Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore.
HAROLD W. "BUD" AUSTIN, 71, Savanna, formerly of DeKalb, died May 21, 2001, at University Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA. He was born Aug. 20, 1929, in St. Louis, to Herbert and Addie (Hershey) Austin. He married Delores Freeman, Dec. 24, 1986, in Harrison, AR. He was employed at Wurlitzer Piano Mfg., later worked for DeKalb- O'Hare Limo Service, and was former owner and operator of the Heating Fishing Dock in Diamond City, AR. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post 66, VFW Post 2287, DeKalb, where he served as past commander. He also was a member of the DeKalb Moose, was a Mason and a member of the Shrine. He enjoyed fishing in his spare time. Survivors include his wife, of Savanna; 3 children, Ron Austin, Sycamore, Larry (Dianna) Austin, Chicago, and Tracy (Richard) Tracy, Juneau, WI; their mother, Arlie O'Donnell, Sycamore; 2 stepsons, Robert (Mimi) Benson, DeKalb, and Steven Benson, Sun City West, AZ; 8 grandchildren; 1 niece. He was predeceased by his parents and 1 sister and brother-in-law, Audrey and Rudy Baker. Arrangements by Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, where a memorial is established. Burial is in Daysville Cemetery, rural Oregon.
GEORGE T. LAY, 78, DeKalb, died May 20, 2001, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, DeKalb. He was born March 7, 1923, in DeKalb, to Elliott Sr. and Vertna (Sanford) Lay. He married Waunita Allen, Oct. 4, 1947, in DeKalb. He was a bricklayer all his life, and was a member of the Brick Layer Union Local No. 27, where he was a 50-year Gold Membership Card Holder. He lived in DeKalb all his life, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of DeKalb. Survivors include his wife, of DeKalb; 2 sons, David G. Lay, DeKalb, and Larry Pigott, Florida; 2 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins. He was predeceased by his parents; 3 brothers, Donald, Carl and Elliott Lay Jr. Arrangements by Ronan-Moore-Finch Funeral Home, DeKalb. Interment is in Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb. Memorials may be made to the family for a memorial to be established at a later date.
HERMAN J. "HANK" GOKEN, 67, Galena, died May 18, 2001, as a result of injuries he sustained in a farm accident. He was born Aug. 21, 1933, in Waterman, to Eilert and Agnes Goken. He married Nyla S. McFadden, Sept. 6, 1958, in Lee. He was an Army veteran who served in Korea and Japan, from 1953-56. He was a member of the Honor Guard and recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. Survivors include his wife, of Galena; 1 daughter, Jody (Gerald) Tschumper, La Crosse, WI; 1 son, James (Tammy) Goken, Apple River; 4 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Casper (Marilyn) Goken, Rochelle, Eilert (Jackie) Goken and Paul (Mary) Goken, both Shab-bona; 1 sister, Mary (Vernon) Herrmann, Hinckley; 1 sister-in-law, Barb Goken, Sycamore. He was predeceased by his parents and 1 brother, Edward Goken. Arrangements by Steinke Funeral Home, Galena, where a memorial fund is established. Burial is in Greenwood Cemetery, Galena.