Obituaries

Jeanetta Sue Gerdes

Jeanetta Sue Gerdes

April 16, 1953 — November 20, 2014
Service: November 24, 2014

Jeanetta Sue Gerdes, age 61 of Rock Falls, died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at her home. Jeanetta was born on April 16, 1953 in Sterling to Leslie and Rebecca (Stone) Skrogstad. She married Joel Gerdes on May 2, 1970 in Sterling. Survivors include her husband, Joel; one sister, Judy (John) Bergess of Harmon; one brother, Gary (Virginia) Skrogstad of Sterling and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two...

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Frank Hiland

Frank Hiland

March 2, 1917 — November 20, 2014
Service: November 24, 2014

Frank Hiland of Prophetstown, died at the age of 97 at his home on Thursday, November 20th, 2014. Frank was born in DeKalb IL, March 2, 1917 to Arthur Hiland and Anna Glidden Hiland. He graduated from DeKalb High School and attended Northern Illinois State Teachers College and Aurora Business School. He worked with his father in the family paint and wallpaper business. He met his wife, Marian Eads, when she was a freshman at Northern. They...

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Helen L. Tucker

Helen L. Tucker

February 24, 1938 — November 18, 2014
Service: No Services

Helen L. Tucker, age 76, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at Sauk Valley Senior Living and Rehabilitation Center. Helen was born February 24, 1938 in Salem the daughter of Charles and Ruby (Lucas) Doty. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one son, Dennis Tucker of Rock Falls; one sister, Clara Chandler of Salem; three grandchildren, Terry Tucker of Lyndon, Jake (Jeff) Slater of Rock Falls and Toby Tucker of Mo.; and six...

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William R. Maxey

William R. Maxey

September 25, 1925 — November 16, 2014
Service: November 22, 2014

William Ralph Maxey, 89, of Rockford, died Saturday, November 16, 2014. Born September 25, 1925 in Kimmundy, Illinois he was a son of Robert and Edna (Elders) Maxey. He was a mechanic for Dohrn Transfer Company for many years. He served in the US Navy and was a member of the American Motorcycle Association. Those left to honor his memory include two daughters, Audrey Maxey of Rockford and Joanne Paske of Cherry Valley; three sons,...

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Milton Harting

Milton Harting

September 8, 1918 — November 14, 2014
Service: November 18, 2014

STERLING – Milton Harting, age 96, died Friday November 14, 2014 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Milton was born on September 8, 1918 in Sterling the son of Ray and Ida (Hall) Harting. He married Helen Hayen on June 20, 1947 in Sterling. She died August 20, 2012. Milton was employed with Lawrence Brothers Hardware in Sterling for 37 years retiring in 1983. He served his country in the United States Army during WWII and the Korean...

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Gordon A. Schanke, Jr.

Gordon A. Schanke, Jr.

April 27, 1945 — November 14, 2014
Service: November 20, 2014

Gordon A. Schanke, Jr. 69, of Dixon, died Friday, November 14, 2014 at home. Born April 27, 1945 in Neenah, WI he was a son of Gordon and Florence (St. Marie) Schanke, Sr. He worked as a purchasing agent for Dixon Direct for over 20 years until his retirement in 2007. He served in the Illinois National Guard. Gordon is survived by his son, Matthew (Joanna) Schanke of Dixon; a brother, Gerry Schanke of Virginia and 3 grandchildren. He...

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Junior E. Spencer

Junior E. Spencer

February 4, 1923 — November 14, 2014
Service: November 18, 2014

Junior "Spence" E. Spencer, 91, passed peacefully from his physical life to His Eternal home, at his home on Friday November 14, 2014. . Junior was born February 4, 1923 in Sterling the son of Toby O. Spencer and Etta Mae Crotts. He lived in Rock Falls until after graduating from Rock Falls High School in 1942. He married his high school sweetheart, Helen L. Shaw, on February 22, 1944 in Tallahassee, Fla. She preceded...

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Helen L. Blomberg

Helen L. Blomberg

August 7, 1934 — November 11, 2014
Service: November 14, 2014

Helen Long Blomberg, age 80 of Sterling died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Good Neighbor Care in Sterling. Helen graduated from Community Catholic High School in 1952. Mrs. Blomberg was born August 7, 1934 the daughter of William and Florence (Sweeney) Long-Buckley from Harmon, IL. She was named the valedictorian of her high school class. She attended Marycrest College from 1952-1956 and received a Bachelor's Degree in elementary...

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Robert C. Menz

Robert C. Menz

April 30, 1942 — November 11, 2014
Service: November 15, 2014

STERLING – Robert C. Menz, age 72, died Tuesday November 11, 2014 at West Lake Hospital in Melrose Park. Robert was born on April 30, 1942 in Perham, Minn. the son of Peter and Theresa (Goyke) Menz. He was employed as a Brick Layer with Northwestern Steel & Wire for over 30 years retiring in 1995. He served in the United States Army. Survivors include three daughters, Julie (Joseph) Snyder of Rock Falls, Rhonda (Anthony) Foster of Urbana...

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LaVerne W. Franks

May 27, 1928 — November 9, 2014
Service: November 12, 2014

ROCK FALLS – LaVerne W. Franks, 86 of Rock Falls died Sunday November 9, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on May 27, 1928 in Traer, IA the son of John M. and Luella (Harrison) Franks. He served in the US Navy from March 26, 1946 until January 5, 1948. LaVerne married Clara Bell M. "Bobbie" Clark on October 2, 1948 in Rock Falls. He was employed at the former Parish Alford Plant of Northwestern Steel and Wire in Rock Falls...

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