Obituaries

Brian Dale Hurd

Brian Dale Hurd

October 3, 1953 — April 26, 2016
Service: May 14, 2016

Brian Dale Hurd, age 62 of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at Iowa City VA Medical Center after a very brief and sudden illness. Brian was born on October 3, 1953 in Rochelle, the son of Dale and Janice (Behmer) Hurd. He is a graduate of Rock Falls High School, Class of 1971. He married his childhood sweetheart, Audrey Gibbons, in Rock Falls and the two celebrated 44 years of marriage on April 7th. Brian is a United States Army...

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Mary Lavonne  Morgan

Mary Lavonne Morgan

April 30, 1930 — April 26, 2016
Service: May 6, 2016

Mary Lavonne Morgan, age 85 of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at the Villages Regional Hospital in The Villages, Florida. Lavonne was born on April 30, 1930 in Sterling, the daughter of John and Henrietta (McDermott) McDonnell. She married Donald Gene Morgan on October 17, 1953 in Sterling. Lavonne had managed and cared for the McDonnell Farms, was an Avon sales representative and also worked for the US Census. In the past, she was a...

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Dennis A. Lubbs

Dennis A. Lubbs

March 4, 1952 — April 20, 2016
Service: April 23, 2016

Dennis A. Lubbs Dennis A. Lubbs, age 64, of Tampico, died Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at his home. Dennis was born March 4, 1952 in Kewanee the son of William "Bill" and Joyce (Wangelin) Lubbs. He married Kathy Nelson on August 9, 1997. Together they have owned and operated Genesis Nursery in Tampico for 26 years. Survivors include his wife of Tampico; one daughter, Billie Jo (Aaron) Egan of Sterling; one son, Tony (Michelle) Morden of...

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Michael J. O'Neal, Sr.

Michael J. O'Neal, Sr.

October 15, 1949 — April 20, 2016
Service: April 30, 2016

SAVANNA – Michael J. O'Neal Sr., age 66, died Wednesday, April 21, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Michael was born on October 15, 1949 in Savanna the son of Lawrence J. and Arlene (Belander) O'Neal. He married Helen Wheeler on August 7, 1970 in Toledo, Ohio. Michael was employed as a Custodian for over 30 years at The Toledo Hospital, Toledo, Ohio. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed woodworking, gardening and small...

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Dorris N. Gandy

Dorris N. Gandy

May 27, 1932 — April 18, 2016
Service: No Services

Dorris N. Gandy Dorris N. Gandy, age 83, of Dixon, died Monday, April 18, 2016 at Aperion Care Amboy. Dorris was born May 27, 1932 in McMinnville, Tenn. the daughter of Arlie and Bessie (Smith) Maynard. She married Wayne Gandy on July 5, 1954 in Reno, Ga. He preceded her in death on January 23, 2002. She owned and operated Dorris's Day and Night Care Center in Dixon and was a member of Central Christian Street Church in Dixon. Survivors...

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Betty Jane Riley

Betty Jane Riley

August 23, 1933 — April 18, 2016
Service: April 21, 2016

Betty J. Riley MORRISON - Betty J. Riley, age 82, died Monday, April 18, 2016 at her home. Betty was born August 23, 1933 in Morrison the daughter of William and Ida (Smith) Birely. She married Ray Riley on July 17, 1954 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on September 15, 2012. She was homemaker. Betty was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. Survivors include 5 Godchildren, Betty Kracht of Low Moor, Iowa, Jackie (Randy) Gerlach of...

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Eugene "Jiggs" Schmidt

Eugene "Jiggs" Schmidt

June 8, 1929 — April 18, 2016
Service: April 21, 2016

STERLING – Eugene "Jiggs" Schmidt, died Monday April 18, 2016 at CGH Medical center in Sterling. Jiggs was born on June 8, 1929 the son of Charles and Clara (Hurst) Schmidt. He attended and graduated from Manlius High School , lettering in basketball, football and track. He married his high school sweetheart, Genevieve "Ginny" Dahl on January 29, 1950. He started his married life farming in the Manlius area and then moved to Rock Falls /...

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Michelle Baker Gonzalez

August 1, 1958 — April 17, 2016
Service: April 22, 2016

NELSON – Michelle Lynn Baker Gonzalez, 57 passed away Sunday April 17, 2016 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home. She was born on August 1, 1958 in Sterling, the daughter of Donald E. and Norma J. (Todhunter) Baker. She attended Nelson Grade School and Rock Falls High School. In the past she had worked at the former Lawrence Brothers in Sterling. Surviving is her husband Ray Gonzalez; one daughter Shauna Gonzalez (Jerry Underhile) of Nelson...

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William "Bill" E. Rhodes

William "Bill" E. Rhodes

July 4, 1933 — April 17, 2016
Service: April 20, 2016

William "Bill" E. Rhodes William "Bill" E. Rhodes, age 82, of Sterling, died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his home. Bill was born July 4, 1933 in Ramsey the son of Louie and Jennie (Hicks) Rhodes. He served in the US Air Force and later was employed at RB&W in the shipping department. He married Roberta Carew on November 22, 1958 in Clinton, Iowa. Bill enjoyed sitting outside, planting his garden, watching thunderstorms and spending time...

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Gail  E.  Skinner

Gail E. Skinner

August 23, 1957 — April 17, 2016
Service: April 25, 2016

Gail Eugene Skinner, age 58 of Rock Falls, died Sunday, April 17, 2016 at home. Gail was born on August 23, 1957 in Sterling, the son of Hubert and Zenith (Walters) Skinner. He was a truck driver for many years. Survivors include his daughters, Nichole Skinner of Tampico; one granddaughter, Jaslyn Cauthen; step-son, Daniel (Crystal) Swarthout of Tuscan, AZ; four brothers, Royce (Sandy) Skinner of Lyndon, Joe (Bernadette) Skinner of...

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