Obituaries

Ruth B. Lauts

Ruth B. Lauts

June 23, 1924 — August 5, 2014
Service: August 8, 2014

Ruth B. Lauts, 90 formerly of Rock Falls died Tuesday August 5, 2014 at Parkway Center, in Sterling. Ruth was born on June 23, 1924 in Rock Island the daughter of Jesse and Myrtle (Wainwright) Hanna. She married Edwin M. Lauts on December 28, 1945 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on December 7, 2000. Ruth was a member of the Rock Falls United Methodist Church since 1954. She was also a member of the Outaga Camping Club. Ruth was a...

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Ciria Rodriguez

Ciria Rodriguez

August 11, 1922 — August 5, 2014
Service: August 8, 2014

Ciria Rodriguez, age 91 died Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Coventry Living Center in Sterling. Ciria was born August 11, 1922 in Dr Arroyo, Mexico, the daughter of Jose and Teresa (Perez) Felaciano. Survivors include two daughters Grace Rodriguez-Cid of Sterling, and Gloria Serrano of Franklin, TN, two sons Herman Rodriguez, Jr. of Kewanee, and Adrian Rodriguez of Prophetstown, three sisters Esperanza Torres of Alamo, TX, Connie Munguia of...

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Janice M. Gowan

Janice M. Gowan

August 17, 1960 — August 4, 2014
Service: August 9, 2014

Janice M. Gowan Janice M. Gowan, age 53, of Rock Falls, died Monday, August 4, 2014 at her home. Janice was born August 17, 1960 in Sterling the daughter of Eugene and Geneva (Bryant) Willman. She married Ed Gowan on November 12, 1977 in Rock Falls. Survivors include her husband of Rock Falls; one daughter, Crisy (Mike) Gowan-Young of Rockford; two sisters, Judy (Dennis) Doty of Rock Falls and Jackie (Terry) Schroth of Lyndon; and two...

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John Jack Wagner

John Jack Wagner

September 9, 1937 — August 3, 2014
Service: August 8, 2014

John "Jack" Wagner, passed away on Sunday, August 03, 2014 after a brief illness at Franklin Grove nursing home. Jack was born on September 9, 1937 in Sterling to Jack and Mary (McDonnell) Wagner. He was employed at Sowles Department Store in Rock Falls for many years and most recently at Behrens' Flower Shed. Jack loved spending time with family and friends, fishing at the Rock River and sharing recipes with acquaintances. He loved...

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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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