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Marvin A. Damron
KEWANEE - Marvin A. Damron, 64, of Kewanee, died at 6:36 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2000, in the emergency room at Kewanee Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at First United Methodist Church, Kewanee, the Rev. Robert Foulk officiating. Visitation is from 4 to 9 this evening at the church. Burial will be in Hamilton, Ill., Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, of which he was a member; the American Cancer Society; the American Heart Association; the Leukemia Society of America, Illinois Chapter; or Kewanee High School. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, is in charge of arrangements.
He was born Sept. 14, 1936, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Arthur and Elizabeth (Edwards) Damron. He married Patricia Ann Rickert July 28, 1957.
She survives, as do four sons, Dr. Timothy A. (Leatha) Damron of Syracuse, N.Y., Michael M. (Sharon) Damron of El Paso, Texas, Patrick A. (Leisa) Damron of Kewanee and Cuong (Shelly) Quach of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Mike (Deborah A.) Townsend of Kewanee and Mrs. Cuong (Lan) Tu of Houston; a sister, Mrs. Udell (Janet) Meyers of Quantico, Va.; and 13 grandchildren, Neil K. Damron, Terry Failor, Joseph Failor, Maria Chavez, Haile E. Townsend, Melanie M. Townsend, Ryan L. Rumbold, Rachel J. Rumbold, Madelyn I. Damron, Benjamin Tu, Franklin Tu. Catherine Quach and Calvin Quach. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandchild, Casie Failor.
He was educated in Hamilton, Ill., and was a graduate of Hamilton High School. He was a member of the Illinois National Guard, serving in Frankfurt, Germany, in 1961. He was a 1958 graduate of the University of Illinois, where he also received his master's degree in 1963. He received his administrative certificate at the University of Colorado in 1966.
He was agriculture teacher in Hamilton from 1958 to 1961, then was agriculture instructor at Kewanee High School in 1962-1967, serving as 4-H leader and adviser to FFA and Student Council. In 1967 the Kewanee School Board appointed him Kewanee High School principal and the school district's director of transportation.
His memberships included the Kewanee Kiwanis Club, of which he was past president, treasurer and vice president and a Hixson Award recipient; the Illinois Principals Association; the Illinois Association of Secondary School Principals, of which he had been a state officer; the National Association of Secondary School Principals; the Illinois Vocational Teachers, for which he was a section chairman; Future Farmers of America; Henry County Youth Service Bureau, where he was a member of the board of directors; the Drug and Alcohol Task Force; Sauk Trail Organization for Preservation; the Area Board for Child Development; Ryan's Round Barn Life Member; ILCAAP; Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture; National Alpha Zeta Fraternity of Agriculture; Alpha Tau Alpha Education Fraternity; Alpha Gamma Rho Agriculture Fraternity; and the University of Illinois Alumni Association.
He was a certified lay speaker at his church, and his hobbies included the John Deere Two Cylinder Club, the Lionel Train Collectors Club of America, the Mackinaw Canoe Club and the Train Collectors Association.

William A. Waldinger
BRADFORD - William A. Waldinger, 51, of Bradford, died at 8:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Oakwood Health Care Center, Kewanee.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Bradford, the Rev. John Thieryoung officiating. Visitation is from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford, with a rosary at 8 p.m. Burial will be in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Bradford. Memorials may be made to the St. John's building fund or the Bradford Rescue Squad.
He was born Sept. 16, 1949, in Kewanee, the son of Franz and Emilie (Lang) Waldinger.
Surviving are a son, Lance Waldinger of Portland, Ore.; a daughter, Samantha Waldinger of Bradford; a grandchild; four brothers, Francis (Alice) Waldinger of Buda, Henry (Paulette) Waldinger of Bradford, Clarence (Kathy) Waldinger of Sciota and Tom Waldinger of Baltimore; and three sisters, Mrs. Phil (Liz) Code of Bradford and Mrs. Ted (Ginny) Gilles and Mrs. Don (Ruth) Stahl, both of Princeville. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He was a volunteer firefighter for the Bradford Fire Department for the past 23 years. He worked as a parts man for Arends Inc. in Bradford and Kewanee, and for Goodrich John Deere when the management changed. He also was a custodian at Bradford High School. He coached the Babe Ruth baseball team in Bradford. He was an avid Bears and Cubs fan.

Frances M. Ray
KEWANEE -- Frances M. Ray, 80, a resident of Hillcrest Nursing Home in rural Geneseo and formerly of Kewanee, died at 6:43 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, 2001, at the home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee, Dr. James Breed officiating. Visitation is one hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Home.
She was born Feb. 12, 1921, in Lone Wolf, Okla., the daughter of Loyd A. and Isabelle (Pruitt) Ray. She is survived by a brother, Loy (Arlene) Ray of Hudson, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Mildred Bryner. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Kewanee.

Clark R. Larson Sr.
PRINCETON -- Clark R. Larson Sr., 87, of Princeton, died at 5 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2001, at Kewanee Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, the Rev. Harold Burkey officiating. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Wyanet, of which he was a member; or the Wyanet Rescue Unit.
He was born April 2, 1914, in Wyanet, the son of Paul and Hazel (Golding) Larson. He married Margaret Newcomb Sept. 1, 1939, in Urbana. She preceded him in death Jan. 25, 1999.
Surviving are three sons, Clark R. (Beverly) Larson of Princeton, Ronald (Sharon) Larson of Kewanee and Eric (Dorothy) Larson of Longview, Texas; two sisters, Fern Marlow of Annandale, Va. and Inez Coffeen of Clemson, S.C.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was educated in Wyanet and earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois. He was a sales representative for DuPont before World War II.
He was an Army major in World War II, fighting in Europe in Gen. George Patton's Third Army from D-Day through the Battle of the Bulge. He received eight medals, four battle stars and the Bronze Star. Recently he received the Jubilee of Liberty Gold Medal from France for his efforts in the liberation of France.
After the war he farmed in the Wyanet area for 25 years. He was active in his church and was a school board member, Boy Scout leader and 4-H leader. He had been a member of the Bureau County ASCS Committee for 25 years, worked for the Farmers Home Administration and was a board member and president of the Federal Land Bank office in Kewanee. He was a past president of the St. Louis Advisory Committee and charter member and past commander of Wyanet VFW Post 6634. He was a member of the Princeton Elks Lodge, and recently donated an acre of land to the village of Wyanet to expand their park in memory of his family.

Gladys G. Yarger
ATKINSON -- Gladys G. Yarger, 75, of rural Atkinson, died at 1:03 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at Kewanee Hospital.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at First Christian Church, Kewanee, the Rev. Brian Giese officiating. Visitation is from 5 to 8 this evening at Rux Funeral Home, Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, of which she was a member; or the Kewanee Hospital Skilled Care Unit.
She was born April 9, 1926, in Oneida, the daughter of Orville and Carolyn (Corbin) McCormack. She married Eugene "Gene" Yarger Oct. 10, 1948, in Kewanee.
He survives, as do four sons, Doug (Sherry) Yarger of Galva, Roger (Theresa) Yarger and Rick (Lisa) Yarger, all of Cambridge, and Todd (Lynn) Yarger of Atkinson; 14 grandchildren; a brother, Mac (Geri) McCormack of Peoria; and four sisters, Lois Allison of Watseka, Ill., Mrs. Milford (Fern) Heller of Geneseo, Vashti Collister of Fairfield Bay, Ark. and Mrs. John (Mabel) Kemp of St. Louis. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son in infancy; a grandson; and a brother, Harold McCormack.
She had been a homemaker, and in her early years worked for Boss Manufacturing, Kewanee, in the office. She was a volunteer in the gift shop at Kewanee Hospital. She enjoyed decorating, crafts, music, movies, games and cards, and especially her family and grandchildren.

Irene J. Carty
KEWANEE -- Irene J. Carty, 86, of Kewanee, died at 6:10 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2002 at her home. 
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at First Christian Church in Kewanee. Brian Giese will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM this evening at the church. Burial will be in Wethersfield Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Building Fund at First Christian Church, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital or to the American Cancer Society. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. 
She was born June 7, 1915 in Dodge Center, Minn., the daughter of Louis and Louise (Kremzow) Block. She married Glenn T. Hampton on Feb. 14, 1935 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death in 1951. She then married C. Eldon Carty on Oct. 4, 1956 in Kewanee. He preceded her in death on Oct. 4, 1989. 
Surviving are three sons, Glenn (Judy) Hampton of Mesa, Ariz., William (Kay) Hampton of Ft. Meyers, Fla. and James (Debbie) Hampton of Fallbrook, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. John (Judy) Jagers of Kewanee; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Terre (Carole) Reingardt of Denver, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ann Hollcraft of LaFayette, Ind. She was also preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, two stepgrandsons and a stepson. 
She graduated in 1933 from Kewanee High School. She was a member of First Christian Church in Kewanee. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed doing aerobics at the YMCA in Kewanee.

Dr. Barry E. Zonkel
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Dr. Barry E. Zonkel, 63, of Bourbonnais, died Wednesday, July 31, 2002, at Riverside Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. Memorials may be made to B.A.R.K. (Because Animals Really Kount).
He was born June 25, 1939, in Kewanee, the son of John and Laurette (Tietz) Zonkel. He married Sharon Kellam Sept. 22, 1965, at Fort Slocum, New Rochelle, N.Y.
She survives, as do two sons, Brian Zonkel of Bradley and Phillip Zonkel of Long Beach, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Denny (Marilyn) McCullough of Two Rivers, Wis.; his mother, of Kewanee; a niece, Michelle Goode; two nephews, Mike (Nikki) McCullough and Cory McCullough; a great-niece; and two great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father.
He was a 1957 Wethersfield High School graduate, an Army veteran, and a graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois.
He owned and practiced in a small-animal clinic in Bourbonnais until his retirement in January 2001. He was an avid Chicago Bulls, Bears and Cubs fan.

Phyllis C. Ohm
KEWANEE -- Phyllis C. Ohm, 79, of Warrenville, Ill. and formerly of Kewanee, died at 7:54 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2002 at Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. 
Cremation rites were accorded. Graveside inurnment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 5, at Milo Mound Cemetery, rural Bradford. The Rev. Mike Marcey will officiate. There is no visitation. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the Milo Mound Cemetery Fund. Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born June 9, 1923 in Kewanee, the daughter of Percival and Anna (Swanson) Koch. She graduated from Kewanee High School in 1941. She married Frank Ohm Aug. 10, 1941 in Kahoka, Mo. He preceded her in death Aug. 15, 1998. A brother, James Koch, also preceded her in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Penny Ohm of Warrenville and Mrs. Sue Riordan of Peru; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 
She had worked at the Galva Creamery. She enjoyed cooking and collecting recipes. She was an avid reader, loved animals, life on the farm and the Kewanee Hog Days Parade. While living in Warrenville she attended Naperville Presbyterian Church. 

Shelby A. Mechling
BUDA -- Shelby A. Mechling, 66, of Buda, died at 4:25 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at Walnut Manor Nursing Home.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Bunker Hill Church of God, Buda, the Revs. Fred Criminger and Lauren W. Gerber officiating. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be in Bunker Hill Cemetery, rural Buda. Memorials may be made to Bunker Hill Church of God, of which she was a member; the American Cancer Society; or the Buda Rescue Squad.
She was born July 16, 1936 in Buda, the daughter of Richard and Marian (Strait) Marquis. She married Duane E. Mechling Aug. 5, 1956 in Belvidere. He preceded her in death July 26, 2000.
Surviving are her mother, of Buda; two daughters, Mrs. Terry (Jacqueline) Hasbrook of Sheffield and Mrs. Bill (Janis) McDonald of Walnut; seven grandchildren, Kristen, Jason, Taryn and Lauren Hasbrook and Sarah, Melissa and Olivia McDonald; two brothers, Merrill (Cheryl) Marquis of Mendota and Dick (Pat) Marquis of Princeton; and a sister, Mrs. Melvin (Mary) Forth of Bloomington. She was also preceded in death by her father; an infant sister, Velma Marquis; and a nephew, Gary Forth.
She was a member of Buda American Legion Auxiliary 261 and the Tri-County Municipal League. She worked for Kraft Foods in Manlius, Harper-Wyman in Princeton and Farmers State Bank in Sheffield, and was a homemaker. She had been village clerk in Buda for several years.

Clara Kathryn Skaggs
WYANET - Clara Kathryn Skaggs, 80, of Wyanet, died at 10:52 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Wyanet, the Rev. Ken Wilson officiating. Visitation is from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home, and one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Wyanet. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to Princeton Bible Church, which she attended.
She was born Jan. 7, 1920, in Taylor County, Kentucky, the daughter of Johnnie J. and Nora L. (Skaggs) Shofner. She married Albert L. Skaggs Jr. Aug. 31, 1940, in Columbia, Ky.
He survives, as do a son, Kerry (Teresa) Skaggs of Louisville, Ky.; two daughters, Mrs. David (Nancy) DeWeese and Mrs. Robert (Glenda) Cochrane, both of Mobile, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Mike Philips, Jill Wilson, Tracey Phillips, Randa Avery, Jamie Bond, Stephen Cochrane, Paul Cochrane, Danielle Skaggs, Leslie Skaggs and Tracii Jones; and three sisters, Emma Hunt of Wyanet and Minnie Anderson and Exie Trumbo, both of Walnut. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Michael Skaggs; and a great-granddaughter, Angel Johns.
She was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Taylor County. She was a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a master's degree. She was a first-grade teacher in Sterling. She was a member of the Illinois Education Association and the National Education Association.

Eleanor J. Nyboer
CAMBRIDGE - Eleanor J. Nyboer, 76, of Cambridge, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport, Iowa.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, at Rosedale Cemetery, Cambridge. Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Cambridge Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services. Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Activity Fund.
She was born May 31, 1924, in Atkinson, the daughter of John and Jennie (Marriman) VanDeVoorde. She married Herman Nyboer Sept. 16, 1941, in Luverne, Minn. He preceded her in death Oct. 10, 1995.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Larry (Sharon) Mack of Milan; a daughter and her fiance, Deb Palmer and Mitch Hancock of Cambridge; a son, Gary (Jane) Nyboer of Sparland; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Loretta VeerKamp of Rockaway Beach, Mo.; and two brothers, Louis VanDeVoorde of Kewanee and Raymond VanDeVoorde of Colona. She was also preceded in death by a son, John; a grandson, Shane Nyboer; and a brother, Gustaf "Staf" VanDeVoorde.
She was educated in Larchwood, Iowa. She and her husband farmed in the Orion area for many years. She had worked as a cook at the Green Acres Motel and Restaurant in Orion.

Robert L. Walker
TOULON - Robert L. Walker, 41, of St. Louis and formerly of Toulon, died Monday, June 25, 2001, at his home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 29, at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, Toulon, the Rev. Prosper Tournear officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial will be in West Jersey Cemetery. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
He was born Feb. 15, 1960, in Kewanee, the son of Andrew and Muriel (Tracy) Walker.
Surviving are his mother, of rural Toulon; a sister, Cynthia Landiss of Bloomington; a brother, James Walker of Lititz, Pa.; a niece; and a nephew. He was preceded in death by his father and a niece.
He was a 1982 graduate of Illinois State University in Normal. He worked as a data processor for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in St. Louis.

Melissa Anne (Bayless) Six
GENESEO -- Melissa Anne (Bayless) Six, 35, died Saturday, June 1, 2002 in Davenport, after a long battle with a drug and alcohol addiction. 
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 6 at St. Malachy's Catholic Church, Geneseo. The Rev. Michael Pakula and Deacon Harley Chaffee will officiate. Burial is in North Cemetery, Geneseo. Visitation is from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Wright Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Geneseo, with a wake service starting at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to her family.
She was born Oct. 7, 1966, in Geneseo, the daughter of Rodger and Colleen (Cherry) Bayless. She went to St. Malachy's Grade School and graduated from J.D. Darnall High School in 1984. She graduated from Black Hawk College, Moline. She worked at the Post Office, Regional Center in Davenport. She had been married to Lennie Six.
Surviving are two daughters, Megan and Ashley, and two sons, Lance and Nicholas; her parents, of Dahinda; two sisters, Tamara Bayless of Rock Island and Angela Hall of Moline; two brothers, Rodger Bayless II of Dahinda and Joseph Bayless of Galesburg, her grandparents, Barbara and Arthur Guyer of Geneseo; and nieces and nephews, Janelle Booth, Connor Hall and Bryce Bayless.
She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, camping, boating and weekends at the lake.

Leitha M. Blevins
TOULON -- Leitha M. Blevins, 102, formerly of Toulon, died 4:25 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2002, at Rosewood Care Center, Peoria, where she was a resident.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at DeBolt-Kidd Funeral Home, Toulon. The Rev. Wayne McLeod will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Toulon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Congregational Church of Toulon, of which she was a member; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Born Aug.12, 1900, in Dunlap, the daughter of George and Bertha (McKee) Wilson, she married Burl Blevins Sept. 3, 1921, in Peoria. He died Jan. 13, 1983.
Surviving are a son, Ronald (Phyllis) Blevins of Boca Raton, Fla.; four grandchildren, Bonnie Hogan of Palatine, Brenda Oliver of Beulah, Colo., Jeffrey Blevins of Rockford and John Blevins of Austin, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren. One son, George Blevins, and one sister also preceded her in death.
She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star, Wyoming Chapter.

Elena Miron
KEWANEE -- Elena Miron, 86, mother of Dr. Danica Luchici of Kewanee, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002 in Kewanee.
Funeral services were held today at Holy Nativity Church in Chicago. Burial will be at the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate Monastery in Grass Lakes, Mich. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements.
She was born May 15, 1916 in Holland, Mich., the daughter of Paja and Danica. She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Danca Luchici and other family members in Kewanee, Chicago, Arizona, Romania and Yugoslavia. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Milica; and her husband, George.
She was a nurse and her career extended from World War II in the Romanian Army until 1982 in Chicago. 

Wilbert "Bill" Taylor
EAST MOLINE -- Wilbert "Bill" Taylor, 88, of Silvis, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at his home.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, East Moline. Entombment will be in St. Mary's Mausoleum, East Moline. There will be no visitation. Memorials can be made to Genesis Hospice Care.
He was born Aug. 18, 1914 in Kewanee, the son of Frank and Louise (Vershaw) Taylor. In 1941, he married Gladys P. Chinlund of Kewanee in Edina Mo. 
She survives, as do a daughter, Mrs. Dan (Mindy) Hoffman of Germantown, Wis.; a son, Rodney (Carolyn) Taylor of Cleveland, Tenn.; grandchildren Brad (Carol) Hoffman of Raleigh, N.C., Brian (Stephanie) Hoffman of Greeneville, Tenn., Kris (Sara) Hoffman of Detroit and Shane Taylor and Kimberly Taylor of Cleveland, Tenn.; and great-grandchildren Kristoffer and Molly Hoffman of Detroit and Logan Hoffman of Greeneville.
He graduated from Visitation High School Kewanee in 1932. He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Illinois, Oregon, and Wisconsin. He was a Coast Guard veteran of World War II. He and his wife moved to the Quad Cities after the war. 
He was employed by International Harvester East Moline Works for 39 years as a process engineer in the manufacturing, planning and research departments, retiring in 1976.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and traveling. He enjoyed sports, especially his grandchildren's' Little League baseball and soccer. He was a Chicago Cubs and Bears fan.


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