Obituaries

Merle Margaret Bushman Lucas

September 17, 1918 — December 19, 2014
Service: December 22, 2014

Merle Bushman Lucas, 96 formerly of Rock Falls passed away Friday December 19, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Merle was born on September 17, 1918 in Forreston, IL the daughter of Russell and Grace (Hamilton) Timmer and was a 1936 graduate of Forreston High School. She married Ralph H. Bushman on September 7, 1936. He died on March 16, 1961. She later married Frank F. Lucas on July 14, 1970. He died on December 5, 1989. Merle had...

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Joyce M Dickinson

Joyce M Dickinson

August 31, 1925 — December 18, 2014
Service: December 23, 2014

Joyce M. Dickinson, 89, of Morrison, IL, died Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Serenity Home & Hospice, Oregon, IL. Joyce was born August 31, 1925, in Prophetstown, IL, the daughter of Arthur V. and Mae L. (Larson) Skarin. She grew up in Prophetstown, IL, and graduated from Prophetstown High School in 1943. She married Clyde Chamberlain on October 23, 1943, in Prophetstown, IL. Her companion for over 30 years was Rudy Paulsen. She...

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Margie Joan Gilmore

Margie Joan Gilmore

June 10, 1926 — December 18, 2014
Service: December 22, 2014

Margie Joan Gilmore, 88 of Sterling died Thursday December 18, 2014 in her home. She was born on June 10, 1926 in Sterling, the daughter of Noel Lancelot and Margaret Bernice (Rogers) Oberg. She married Paul Eugene Gilmore on June 30, 1948 in Sterling. He died April 6, 2000. Margie worked for many years for the City of Sterling as a crossing guard. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church. Margie had loved camping, gardening and attending...

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Leonard West Thweatt

Leonard West Thweatt

August 19, 1942 — December 18, 2014
Service: January 10, 2015

Leonard West Thweatt, age 72 of Morrison departed this life Thursday, December 18, 2014. Leonard was born August 19, 1942 to Jesse Hobart and Jimmie (West) Thweatt who were tobacco farmers in the mountains of beautiful Smithville, TN. The third of seven children, he attended a one room school house as a boy, before moving to Memphis, TN. Enlisting in the US Army in 1961, he enjoyed being stationed in Augsburg, Germany where he drove tanks...

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Ronald M. Wolber

Ronald M. Wolber

November 14, 1942 — December 17, 2014
Service: December 22, 2014

Ronald M. Wolber Ronald M. Wolber, age 72, of Sterling, died Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at his home. Ronald was born November 14, 1942 in Birmingham, Ala. the son of Kenneth and Jean (McCurdy) Wolber. He served in the US Air Force specializing in military intelligence. Ronald was an avid sports fan all his life. Early in his career, he worked for the AP covering all White Sox and Cubs home games. He later worked at Morgan Stanley in...

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Marilyn Anne Mitchell

Marilyn Anne Mitchell

August 11, 1944 — December 16, 2014
Service: December 22, 2014

Marilyn Anne Mitchell, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away December 16, 2014 in The Villages, FL. She was born on August 11, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of Wythe and Florence (Lauff) Hedrick. Married to Ron Mitchell for 20 years, she is survived by Ron; her sister, Allison Lendman; two daughters, Stephanie Hermes, and Sara (Matt) Karlson; four step-children; fourteen grandchildren and step-grandchildren and five...

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Walter "Bud" Stigall

Walter "Bud" Stigall

December 30, 1918 — December 16, 2014
Service: December 20, 2014

Walter B. "Bud" Stigall, 95 of Rock Falls died Tuesday December 16, 2014 at his home. He was born on December 30, 1918 in Rock Falls, the son of Bert Roscoe and Henrietta Christina (Jensen) Stigall. He served in the Army Reserve and then enlisted in the US Navy during World War II. He married Darla J. (Fritz) Fullmer on August 11, 1961 in Mount Carroll, IL. He was a business owner, a journalist and newspaper columnist (the Outdoor Outlook for...

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Ernest  L. Browne, Sr.

Ernest L. Browne, Sr.

May 4, 1934 — December 15, 2014
Service: No Services

Ernest L. Browne, age 80 of Rock Falls, died Monday, December 15, 2014 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport. Ernest was born on May 4, 1934 in Chicago to George and Nellie (Kamman) Browne. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Ernest married Rosemary Brody on December 4, 1973 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling; she preceded him in death on September 25, 2013. He was employed by National Manufacturing for 20...

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Sharon L. Anderson

Sharon L. Anderson

March 30, 1945 — December 10, 2014
Service: No Services

MILLEDGEVILLE – Sharon L. Anderson, age 69, died Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Sharon was born on March 30, 1945 in Kalamazoo, Mich. the daughter of Willis "Bill" and Margaret "Peg" (Norman) Taber. She married Jerry Anderson on October 15, 1976 in Galena. Sharon was employed as the Personnel Manager with JCPenney department store in Sterling for over 20 years, retiring in 1994. Survivors include, her...

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Laura J. Ramsey

Laura J. Ramsey

January 7, 1936 — December 9, 2014
Service: No Services

Laura J. Ramsey, 78, of Shabbona, IL, formerly of DeKalb and Rochelle, IL, died Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at the Prairie Crossing Living & Rehab Center, Shabbona, IL. Lawra was born January 7, 1936, in Russellville, KY, the daughter of Timmy and Ina Lee (Morgan) Rains. She married James Ramsey. He preceded her in death in 1966. She is survived by 2 daughters, Jenny Warner of Merseds, CA, and Michelle Brooks of Mt. Morris, IL; 1 son, Jim...

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