Obituaries

Lewis Demp Rice

Lewis Demp Rice

March 9, 1932 — August 26, 2015
Service: August 29, 2015

Lewis "Demp" "Louie" "Dempsey" "Uncle Demp" Rice, 83 of Coleta, died Wed, Aug. 26, 2015, at his home, after an extended illness. He was born March 9, 1932, in Brickeys, St. Francis Township, Lee County, Ark., the son of William Detroit "W.D." and Mary Lou (Brock) Rice. Lewis lived near Turkey Scratch and West Helena, Ark. He served in the Army, Stationed in Germany. In the mid 1950s, Lewis moved to the Sterling area. He met Lucille Jane...

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Lois E. Richards

Lois E. Richards

August 19, 1951 — August 26, 2015
Service: August 31, 2015

Lois Richards Lois Richards, age 64, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at her home. Lois was born August 19, 1951 in Sterling the daughter of Raymond and Edith (Roberts) Tarbill. She married Charles Richards on December 4, 1969 in Sterling. Lois was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She enjoyed spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Her hobbies were going to garage sales and to the casino. ...

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Robert Doescher, Sr.

Robert Doescher, Sr.

June 21, 1927 — August 25, 2015
Service: August 28, 2015

Robert Doescher, Sr., age 88 of Fulton, died Tuesday, August 26, 2015 at Mercy Living Center North in Clinton. Robert was born on June 21, 1927 in Lyons, Iowa; the son of William and Ida (Winkel) Doescher. He married Kathryn Huizenga on April 20, 1948. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2013. He was employed by the Department of Transportation as a toll booth operator for many years. He also worked for the City of Fulton, for Pillsbury...

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Vickie Lynn Helfrich

Vickie Lynn Helfrich

March 22, 1955 — August 25, 2015
Service: August 29, 2015

Vickie Lynn Helfrich, age 60 of Sterling, died Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at her home. Vickie was born on March 22, 1955 in Dixon; the daughter of David and Dorothy (Weems) Helfrich. She was employed by Exceptional Care for 29 years. Vickie's greatest joy was her grandchildren; she loved spending her time with them. Everyone who considered her their grandma called her "Nana". She will be dearly missed by her friends and family. Survivors...

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Irene M. Babel Dettman

Irene M. Babel Dettman

July 24, 1930 — August 24, 2015
Service: No Services

Irene Babel Dettman of Sterling passed away peacefully August 24, 2015, at home. Irene was born the only daughter of Harley and Mildred Babel on July 24, 1930. She had a twin brother, Kenneth, and three other brothers, Ray, Don and Russ. Irene graduated in 1948 from Sterling High School. On September 3, 1948, she married Lloyd Dettman at Broadway Methodist Church. The couple were married for 67 years, had five children, and several...

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Nicole E. VanDeVelde

Nicole E. VanDeVelde

October 3, 1988 — August 22, 2015
Service: August 29, 2015

PROPHETSTOWN - Nicole Elizabeth VanDeVelde 26 of Prophetstown Il. went to be with her loved ones in heaven on August 22, 2015, after being involved in a car accident. Nicole was a beautiful young woman inside and out. Her smile alone would help brighten even the darkest days. She had a kind soul, loving spirit and a softness about her that drew people in. Nicole loved her family and friends immensely. She had many special friends who were...

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Betty J. Billings

Betty J. Billings

March 25, 1928 — August 20, 2015
Service: August 26, 2015

Betty J. Billings, age 87 of Rock Falls, died August 20, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Betty was born on March 25, 1928 in Filbert, West Virginia; the daughter of Ollie and Mary Bell (Myers) Hamilton. She married Thomas R. Billings on September 23, 1946 in Welch, West Virginia; together they celebrated over 68 years of marriage. Betty and Thomas moved to Rock Falls in 1948. She was employed by General Electric in Morrison. During...

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Dennis G. Hammes

Dennis G. Hammes

October 15, 1943 — August 20, 2015
Service: August 25, 2015

ROCK FALLS – Dennis G. Hammes, 71 of Rock Falls died Thursday August 20, 2015 at his home. He was born on October 15, 1943 in LaCrosse, WI, the son of Eugene and Verna (Gronemus) Hammes. He married Ellen Steine on January 11, 1964 in LaCrosse. Dennis was employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling from 1963 – 2001. He then worked at Walmart from 2001 – 2013. Dennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and...

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Marvin T. Baker

Marvin T. Baker

April 1, 1957 — August 19, 2015
Service: August 25, 2015

Marvin T. Baker, age 58, died at home Wednesday, August 19, 2015. Marvin was born on April 1, 1957 in Sterling the son of Marvin and Mary (Ridge) Baker. He was employed as welder for many years with Welders Union Local 2158 in Bettendorf, IA. Marvin was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Sterling. Survivors include, three sisters, Marilee Johnson of Idaho Springs, Colo., Sueann (Robert) Kubes of Peoria, Ariz....

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Fidencio Campos III

Fidencio Campos III

January 21, 1972 — August 19, 2015
Service: August 24, 2015

Fidencio Campos III, age 43 of Madison, WI died Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at his home. Fidencio was born January 21, 1972 in Sterling the son of Fidencio Campos, Jr. and Diane Mullan. Fidencio worked as a chef at Lombardino's Restaurant in Madison. As a chef, he traveled to many parts of the United States, but a few of his favorite places included Madison, New Orleans, Oregon and Colorado. He loved art and was a gifted painter. Fidencio...

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