Obituaries

Rodney G. Keefer

Rodney G. Keefer

August 17, 1939 — April 5, 2016
Service: April 8, 2016

Rodney G. Keefer, 76 of Sterling, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He retired in 1984 from the Parish Alford plant of Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. in Rock Falls as a wire drawer. He was born August 17, 1939 in Sterling, the son of Amos and Doris (VanDrew) Keefer. He married Twilla Foskitt on July 6, 1962 in Rock Falls. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Brenda (Robert) Davidson of Las Animas,...

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June E. Morse

June E. Morse

April 1, 1923 — April 2, 2016
Service: April 7, 2016

June E. Morse, age 93 of Sterling, died Saturday, April 2, 2016 at Regency Care in Sterling. June was born on April 1, 1923 in Concord, IL; the daughter of Burrus and Ruth (Tewell) Rayborn. She married Howard James Morse on May 24, 1941 in Rock Falls; he preceded her in death in 1991. June was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Company for many years. She is a past member of the Rock Falls Christian Church. Survivors include one son,...

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Marilyn A. White

Marilyn A. White

August 21, 1935 — April 2, 2016
Service: April 6, 2016

Marilyn Ann White, age 80 of Sterling, died Saturday, April 2, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Marilyn was born on August 21, 1935 in Tampico, the daughter of Ellison R. and Anna K. (Klockenga) Hook. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1953. On March 7, 1954, Marilyn married James R. White in Sterling, at her mother's home; they shared 62 wonderful years together. Marilyn enjoyed antiquing and crafting. She was a member of "The...

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Betty L. Abbas

Betty L. Abbas

July 6, 1927 — March 31, 2016
Service: April 5, 2016

STERLING – Betty L. Abbas, 88 of Sterling died Thursday March 31, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on July 6, 1927 in Sacred Heart, MN the daughter of George and Ethel (Yaeger) Melsness. She married Herman Abbas on October 2, 1945 in Renville, MN. He died March 23, 2007. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Sterling. Surviving are her children: Carol (Eddie) Morse of Rock Falls, John (Patricia) Abbas of...

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Genevieve M. Wypasek

Genevieve M. Wypasek

June 13, 1933 — March 31, 2016
Service: April 5, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Genevieve M. Wypasek, age 82, died Thursday, March 31, 2016 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Genevieve was born on June 13, 1933 in Peru the daughter of John and Stella (Baran) Wasik. She married Stanley Wypasek on February 11, 1956 in Peru. Genevieve was a homemaker and member of St. Andrew Catholic Church, Rock Falls. Survivors include, her husband Stanley Wypasek of Rock Falls; two daughters, Judy Wypasek and Nancy (Joe...

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Marjorie M. Mills

Marjorie M. Mills

July 8, 1935 — March 30, 2016
Service: April 1, 2016

Marjorie M. Mills, 80, of Clinton, IA formerly of Prophetstown, died Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at the Alverno in Clinton. Born July 8, 1935 in Sterling, she was a daughter of Ernest and Sarah (Evans) Schultz. She married Billy Mills on November 25, 1966 in Sterling. He preceded her in death in 1995. Those surviving include her daughter, Valorie (Gerald) Armstrong, of Prophetstown; four sons, Michael (Debbie) Miller of LaSalle, Robert...

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Johnnie William Brown

Johnnie William Brown

April 3, 1954 — March 29, 2016
Service: April 4, 2016

Johnnie William Brown, age 61 of Sterling, died on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at his home. Johnnie was born on April 3, 1954 in Sterling, the son of John Earl and Ida (Snelling) Brown. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Rock Falls. Survivors include his daughter, Heather (Erich) Turner of Monroe, WI; one sister, Kathy Scovel (Tom Walker) of Sterling; two brothers, Earl (Rose) Rhodes of Lyndon and Moe (Mary) Rhodes of Sterling;...

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Ronald E. Peterson

Ronald E. Peterson

July 3, 1941 — March 29, 2016
Service: April 2, 2016

Ronald E. Peterson, 74, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at home. Born July 3, 1941 in Sterling, he was the son of John and Drusilla (Mitchell) Peterson. He married Debra Pierceson on September 15, 1993 in Morrison. He was a US Navy veteran and was employed with NICIL as a Care Plan Coordinator until retiring in 1993. Those left to honor his memory include his wife, Debra, of Rock Falls; a daughter, Kelly (Eric) Brannon of...

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Doris M. Kimmel

Doris M. Kimmel

November 20, 1924 — March 27, 2016
Service: April 2, 2016

ROCK FALLS – Doris M. Kimmel, 91, of Rock Falls, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nov. 20, 1924, in Sterling, the daughter of James B. and Mertella (Hart) Robinson. She married S. Calvin Kimmel on Sept. 3, 1947. She was employed for more than 40 years at Sowles Dry Goods store. Over the years, she worked a sales clerk, buyer, and bookkeeper. She retired when the store closed in...

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Lawrence H. Slifer, Jr.

Lawrence H. Slifer, Jr.

April 29, 1963 — March 27, 2016
Service: April 1, 2016

STERLING – Lawrence H. Slifer Jr., age 52, died at his home Sunday March 27, 2016. Larry was born on April 29, 1963 in Sterling the son of Lawrence H. and Marilyn (Kitzmiller) Slifer Sr. He was a member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Sterling. Larry was an avid "gear-head" who's passion was working on anything related to motors....Cars, trucks, semis, motorcycles...you name it, he could fix it! He will be missed by all...

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