Obituaries

Steven P. Sharp

Steven P. Sharp

October 28, 1948 — July 30, 2014
Service: August 2, 2014

Steven P. Sharp, age 65 of Sterling died Wednesday, July 30, 2014 in Sterling. Steven was born October 28, 1948 in Kankakee, IL the son of Robert Henry and Glenda Violet (Rippy) Sharp. He served in the US Army during Vietnam from May 31, 1968 until May 21, 1971. Steven worked as a machine operator at Raynor Garage Doors in Dixon for more than 26 years. He also worked at Northend Shell gas station in Sterling for 13 years as a clerk. ...

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Doris J. Bryant

Doris J. Bryant

June 2, 1935 — July 29, 2014
Service: August 2, 2014

Doris J. Bryant, age 79 of Chadwick, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at her home. Doris was born on June 2, 1935 in Sterling, the daughter of Herbert Leslie and Marguarite Frances (Turner) Saunders. She married Thomas H. Bryant on January 5, 1957at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. Doris was a member of SS. John and Catherine Catholic Church in Mt. Carroll. She was loved by all she met, and many more called her grandma and mom even if they...

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Harold R.  Palmer

Harold R. Palmer

June 1, 1930 — July 29, 2014
Service: August 2, 2014

Harold R. Palmer, age 84 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Harold was born on June 1, 1930 in Manito, IL, the son of Elmer and Iva (Vance) Palmer. He was a graduate of Manito High School. He married Janet L. Furrer on February 12, 1949 in Manito. Harold farmed first in Easton, IL and then south of Rock Falls. He served on the Whiteside County Farm Bureau Board and the Tampico Fire and Ambulance District Board. His family was the...

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James L. Moore

James L. Moore

January 16, 1925 — July 24, 2014
Service: July 30, 2014

James Leroy "Jim" Moore, 89, of Amboy, died Wednesday, July 24, 2014 at his home following a lengthy illness. Born January 16, 1925 in Oconee, Illinois he was a son of Earl and Viva (Musser) Moore. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Heckman and she preceded him in death. He then married K. Nadine (Smith) Kaecker on May 8, 1982. She survives him. Jim was a crane operator at Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for 35 years. He served in...

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Charles W.  Strand

Charles W. Strand

February 24, 1932 — July 22, 2014
Service: No Services

Charles W. Strand Charles W. Strand, age 82, of Dixon, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at KSB Hospital in Dixon. Charles was born February 24, 1932 in Hill Head, S.D. the son of Carl and Gertrude (Wyatt) Strand. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and married Carolyn Seim on July 9, 1960 in Superior, Wis. She preceded him in death on July 2, 2014. He was employed at Union Carbide in Sterling as a plant attendant for 10 years. ...

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Velva A. Kurfiss

Velva A. Kurfiss

October 16, 1944 — July 21, 2014
Service: July 24, 2014

Velva Ann Kurfiss, 69 of Sterling died Monday July 21, 2014 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on October 16, 1944 in Ottumwa, IA the daughter of Paul William and Velma Lorene (Springer) Cameron. She was employed as a QMRP at Krieder Services in Dixon for 17 years retiring in January 1993. Velva married John Charles "Gus" Kurfiss on March 16, 1986 in Kissimmee, FL. She was a member of the First Open Bible Church in Rock Falls. ...

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W. Joyce Cole

W. Joyce Cole

January 1, 1934 — July 20, 2014
Service: July 25, 2014

W. Joyce Cole W. Joyce Cole, age 80, of Sandwich, formerly of Sterling, died Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Valley West Community Hospital in Sandwich. Joyce was born January 1, 1934 in Fairfield the daughter of Frank and Ruth (Horton) Etheridge. She married John Cole on April 30, 1979 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on January 19, 1992. She was employed at National Manufacturing for 10 years. Survivors include two daughters, Rhonda ...

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Kurtis Lee Fellows

Kurtis Lee Fellows

August 5, 1982 — July 18, 2014
Service: July 22, 2014

STERLING – Kurtis L. Fellows, 31 of Sterling died Friday July 18, 2014 at his home. He was born on August 5, 1982 in Sterling, the son of Dennis and Barbara (Wessels) Fellows. Surviving are his parents of Sterling; his sister Angela Ristau of Sterling his brother Christopher Fellows (Angela Montanez) of Rock Falls; nieces and nephews and great nephews. He was preceded in death by his grand parents. Visitation will be held on Monday...

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Lana K. (Royer) Sweeney

Lana K. (Royer) Sweeney

July 20, 1964 — July 17, 2014
Service: July 19, 2014

Lana K. (Royer) Sweeney Lana K. (Royer) Sweeney, age 49, of Sterling, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Lana was born July 20, 1964 in Sterling the daughter of Vern and Patricia (Girton) Royer. She married Tim Sweeney on August 24, 1990 in Sterling. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of Sterling; her son, Ryan (Crystal) Sweeney of Idaho; her father of Rock Falls; and her sister, Laurie (Dean)...

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Kurt Hartje

Kurt Hartje

April 25, 1972 — July 16, 2014
Service: July 26, 2014

After an extended illness, Kurt J. Hartje, age 42, was received into God's loving kingdom on July 16, 2014 Kurt was born April 25, 1972, the son of Gary and Judy (Daw) Hartje. He is a member of the Milledgeville United Methodist Church. He graduated from Milledgeville High School in 1990 and completed his Bachelor's Degree in English at Northern Illinois University. While at N.I.U., he received the Orville Baker Top Junior English Writer...

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