Obituaries

William Gene Creekpaum

June 13, 1930 — August 23, 2016
Service: August 27, 2016

ROCK FALLS – William Gene Creekpaum, 86 of Rock Falls died Tuesday August 23, 2016 at his home. He was born on June 13, 1930 in Vergennes, IL the son of August and Dorothy (Miller) Creekpaum He married Nina B. Johnson on November 7, 1952 in Vergennes, IL. He was employed as a Reel Operator at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Sterling retiring in 1984 after 30 years. He served in the US army during the Korean War 1948-1952. ...

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Carol Fitzgerald

July 2, 1950 — August 23, 2016
Service: September 4, 2016

Carol Fitzgerald, 66, died at Sterling, IL on 8/23/2016 of cancer. Ms. Fitzgerald was born on July 2, 1950 in Chicago, to Lucien and Dian (Gorgas) Fitzgerald. She married Douglas Becknell on July 10, 1971. She was a graduate of Sterling High School and Northern Illinois University and earned a Master's degree from Illinois State University. Ms. Fitzgerald was Executive Director of the YWCA of the Sauk Valley from 1985-2015. She...

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Kenneth Haverland

Kenneth Haverland

October 7, 1934 — August 23, 2016
Service: August 27, 2016

Kenneth D. Haverland, 81 of Sterling died Tuesday August 23, 2016 at his home. He was employed by Northwestwern Steel and Wire Co for 37 years and managed the Wire Division Shipping Departments for many years before retiring in 1990. After retirement, he joined Landmark Realty as a sales agent. He served in the US Army from 1957-1959 stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA. He was born on October 7, 1934 in Rock Falls, the son of John and Velma (Murray)...

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Debbra S. Martin

Debbra S. Martin

November 28, 1972 — August 22, 2016
Service: August 26, 2016

Debbra S. Martin Debbra S. Martin, age 43, of Polo, died Monday, August 22, 2016 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Debbra was born November 28, 1972 in Sterling the daughter of Delbert and Evelyn (Portner) Tarbill. She married Lloyd Martin on July 23, 2016 in Mt. Morris. She was employed at PNC in Polo as an inspector. Survivors include her husband of Polo; one son, Andrew (Gabrielle Martinez) Tarbill of Sterling; her parents of Polo; one sister...

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Marie Radake

Marie Radake

August 26, 1930 — August 21, 2016
Service: August 26, 2016

Marie Radake Marie Radake, age 85, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Marie was born August 26, 1930 in Tamaroa the daughter of Stanley and Iona (Keller) Dublo. She was educated in Tamaroa. Marie married Frank Radake on October 30, 1948 in Benton. He preceded her in death on July 6, 1989. She was employed at GE for 22 years retiring in 1990. She was a member of Como Baptist Church. ...

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Wilbur Story Frankfother

Wilbur Story Frankfother

May 4, 1921 — August 19, 2016
Service: August 24, 2016

Wilbur Story Frankfother, age 95 of Rock Falls, died Friday, August 19, 2016 at the Illinois Veteran's Home in LaSalle. Wilbur was born on May 4, 1921 in rural Morrison, the son of William S. and Jennie V. (Taylor) Frankfother. He is a United States Army Veteran serving our country in WWII. He married Ruth Fay Marsh on November 21, 1953. She preceded him in death on September 16, 2012.Wilbur was employed by RB&W for 36 years. He was a member...

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Anita  L. Pratt

Anita L. Pratt

November 8, 1936 — August 19, 2016
Service: August 24, 2016

Anita L. Pratt, age 79 of Prophetstown, died Friday, August 19, 2016 at Good Samaritan Society in Prophetstown. Anita was born on November 8, 1936 in Moline, the daughter of Charles and June (Paine) Santee. She married Lester LaVern Pratt on May 15, 1955 in Prophetstown. Anita was a lifelong member of the Prophetstown United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Lester; four children, Terry (Michele) Pratt of Prophetstown, Cindy...

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Judith Ann Larkins

Judith Ann Larkins

July 22, 1943 — August 18, 2016
Service: No Services

Judith Ann Larkins, age 73 of Clinton, died Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Mercy Living Center South. Judith was born on July 22, 1943 in Morrison, the daughter of Gerald and Marian (Tessman) Rummel. She married Richard Larkins on December 7, 1963 at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Morrison. Judith loved to cook, spend time with her family and enjoyed being outdoors. She was a member of the Clinton Eagles Club, Aerie 705. Judith was an avid...

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Gayle Schmidt

Gayle Schmidt

June 26, 1954 — August 17, 2016
Service: August 22, 2016

Gayle S. Schmidt, 62, of Morrison, IL, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at the Pleasant View Nursing Home, Morrison, IL. Gayle was born June 26, 1954, in Morrison, IL; the daughter of Faye C. and Norma L. (Robison) Groharing. She worked in dietary at the Morrison Community Hospital, Morrison, IL for a few years. Survivors include her son, Corey (Michelle) Schmidt of Stitzer, WI; three grandchildren, Brianna, Robert "Bobby" and Bradley...

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Jose Zacarias Balderas

Jose Zacarias Balderas

November 5, 1968 — August 16, 2016
Service: August 20, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Jose Balderas, age 47, died at his home, Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Jose was born on November 5, 1968 in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico the son of Lucina Balderas. He married Linda Cavazos on November 21, 1987 in Sterling. Jose was employed as an Industrial Electrician with Sterling Steel Company for 27 years. Survivors include his wife, Linda of Rock Falls; two daughters, Amanda Balderas of Chicago and Brittany Balderas of Rock...

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