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Month: May 2018

Workation 2018 Starts Monday

Organizers Say, ‘Help Us Help You’ — Can Handle 10-12 More Jobs RiverReader.org Staff Report LANARK — With nearly 60 volunteers ready to take a “workation” in Lanark, the third edition of the popular week-long project is ready to start at 7:15 a.m. on Monday morning, June 4, at the First Brethren Church. The church’s neighbors-helping-neighbors program has quickly become the largest community service project the congregation has undertaken in its 130-year history. Last year, volunteers from six local congregations also participated in completing 52 projects. With this year’s 58 volunteers (so far) nearly doubling the 2017 volunteer count,...

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Gov. Rauner Proclaims May 30, 2018 “Officer Mark Dallas Day” in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD (May 30, 2018) — Honoring the quick thinking and brave actions of the Dixon, Illinois school resource officer who thwarted a school shooting two weeks ago, Gov. Bruce Rauner has proclaimed May 30, 2018, Officer Mark Dallas Day in Illinois. Rauner, along with State Sen. Tim Bivins (R-Dixon) and State Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) met with Dallas, his family, and members of the Dixon Police Department in his Capitol office on Wednesday. “Officer Dallas’ decisive and courageous action saved the lives of many students and staff at Dixon High School and prevented what could have been an unimaginable...

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Brian L. Williams

Brian L. Williams — November 9, 1962 – May 22, 2018 Brian L. Williams passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. He was the son of Audrey Wade and was born on November 9, 1962 in Freeport, IL. Brian attended Stockton High School. Brian owned and operated Brubaker Trucking, worked at Fischer Excavating and Haas Dirt Works, Inc. He was a member of the Kent-Pearl City Fire Department. Brian was a loving Father and Grandfather he married Christine (Brubaker) on February 12, 1994, together they had two children Ashlee, and Branden. He is survived by his wife Christine of Pearl City; five children- Ashlee and Branden both of Pearl City, Tina (Duane) Reed of Kent, Jacob Snook of Lake Carroll, and Skylar; three beautiful grandchildren- Jayce, Baylee, and Alex; his mother Audrey Wade of Pearl City; two sisters Denise and Deanna Williams and one brother Brad Williams and several Aunts and Uncles. Preceded in death by his In-law’s Marlene and Wayne Brubaker, and his grandparents Harry and Helen Evans. Funeral Service will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday May 26, 2018 at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena, IL Visitation will be from 9:00 am until time of service on Saturday May 26, 2018 at the Leamon Funeral Home, Lena, IL Wayne Fischer will officiate at the service. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery Pearl City , Il....

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Sandra M. Andersen

Sandra M. Andersen — February 15, 1941 – August 29, 2017 Sandra M. Andersen, age 76, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2017. A prayer service will be held at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 30 at Law-Jones Funeral Home in Mt. Carroll. A memorial gathering will be held from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Sandra was born on February 15, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Stanley and Elizabeth Flak. She attended St. Procopius High School and graduated with the Class of 1958. Later in life, she earned a degree in Computer Programming from Morton College. On February 4, 1967, Sandra married the love of her life Lawrence Andersen. Sandra was a homemaker, family meant the world to her. Sandra was a member of the Saints John and Catherine Catholic Church in Mt. Carroll. She enjoyed playing Bingo and league bowling with Lawrence. Sandra and Lawrence treasured the time they spent going to Morrison-Rockwood State Park in Morrison, Illinois to enjoy mother nature. She loved reading, movies, gardening and animals especially, her dog Scruffie. Sandra will be dearly missed by her husband, Lawrence; four children, Elliott Andersen of Downers Grove, Illinois, Noah (Sharon Andersen of Las Vegas, Nevada, Ingrid (Jason) Lawlor of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Mercy (Jacob) Grant of Peoria, Illinois; three grandchildren, Olivia, Isabella, Jaxon Grant and a brother, Stanley “Butch” (Donna) Flak...

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Chadwick-Milledgeville FFA Consignment Auction

Location: BioAg-Milledgeville Please see Facebook for color pictures and more items as added Friday May 25, 2018 5:00pm Items consigned or donated to the Milledgeville FFA. The purpose of the auction is to teach the 15 members who volunteered their lunch period for 6 weeks most aspects of preparing and running an auction. All items will be auctioned by FFA members. Special Thanks to Duncan Land and Auction for providing this incredible opportunity. Auto: 1996 Geo Tracker, 1924 Dodge brothers custom Street Rod, 1972 restored Chevelle 350 Turbo trans. 355 CI Holley 4 barrel, 1985 Mercedes Benz 380SL Roadster,...

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All Veterans Are Invited to the Dedication of the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge

The Momentous Bridge Dedication is Happening Father’s Day Weekend The story of the Savanna-Sabula bridge begins the year 1932, when the project was funded by the Savanna-Sabula Bridge Company, and built by the Minneapolis Bridge Co., of Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the bridge was built, it was a big improvement to transportation, in the region. The original bridge dedication plaque states, “To these, the communities along the new route between Chicago and Cedar Rapids, we dedicate this bridge.”[1] The bridge served as a major link between Illinois and Iowa for 85 years, before the condition of the bridge deteriorated and required...

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‘Workation’ Volunteers Ready To Work For You

LANARK — After two successful years of helping people in their own backyard, and receiving state-wide recognition, the Lanark First Brethren Church and City of Lanark volunteers are ready to do it again. They need your help by suggesting people and projects that may need assistance for Workation 2018, to be held June 4 to 9. “That week has been proclaimed as the first official Lanark Community Service Week by the Lanark City Council, the week of Workation 2018,” said Floyd Roberts, a member of the Lanark Brethren Church that conceived of the project in 2015. “It’s also an...

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Brumbaugh Says Good-bye

Outgoing West Carroll Superintendent Will Miss ‘The Thunder Way’ BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org MOUNT CARROLL — Outgoing West Carroll District Superintendent Adam Brumbaugh bid farewell to the school board and community at the board’s May 16 regular meeting, his last as superintendent. “Thanks to the school board and to the community,” Brumbaugh said, “for taking a chance on me as a high school principal and a superintendent. I’ll miss West Carroll and doing things the Thunder Way.” Brumbaugh departs after two years as district superintendent, following two years as West Carroll High School Principal. He will be replaced...

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JCE Plans Solar Energy Project Near Thomson

The Single Axis Facility Could Be ‘Very Exciting Economically’ For The Area BY MICHAEL MILLER For RiverReader.org THOMSON — Mike Casper, the CEO of Jo-Carroll Energy, addressed the Thomson Village board at its regular May 14 meeting, informing them a solar energy project in Thomson is one of several that Dairyland Power has recently announced. Dairyland is a not-for-profit electric cooperative that provides wholesale power to 24 member distribution electric cooperatives, including Jo-Carroll Energy. Casper said the solar site will be a 10-acre parcel of land south of the Danisco plant near Thomson. SoCore Energy will own and install...

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Lanark Entrepreneur Cruises Like A Boss With Avon

Lanark’s Ann Knutti And Avon Representatives Across The Country Turn High-Sales Into The High Seas With An All-Inclusive Cruise Incentive RiverReader.org Staff report NEW YORK — Local businesswoman, Ann Knutti from Lanark, has earned an all-inclusive trip to Bermuda with Avon’s ‘Cruise Like a Boss’ incentive program for Avon Representatives across the country. Each year, thousands of Representatives rally to earn this highly-coveted grand prize, and this year Avon was pleased to welcome over 350 Representatives to set sail on the Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship from April 28 to May 3. “Our Avon Representatives inspire...

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Harriet B. Vernon

Harriet B. Vernon, age 91 of Mt. Carroll, Illinois died on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Carroll County Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mt. Carroll. Private burial will take place in Mt. Vernon Memorial Estates Cemetery in Lemont,...

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Dave E. Hoge

Dave E. Hoge — July 13, 1943 – May 15, 2018 Dave E. Hoge, age 74, of Thomson, Illinois, died on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Rock River Hospice House in Sterling, Illinois. Cremation Rites have been accorded. Dave was born on July 13, 1943, the son of Elmer and Edna Hoge in Walnut, Illinois. He proudly served his country in the United States Army and the United States Marine Corp for thirty years. While enlisted, Dave served in the Vietnam War and was held captive as a Prisoner of War for thirty days. Dave married Nina Audrey Albright and later married Carol Ann Isenhart. Carol Ann died on August 14, 2015. Dave was an amazing man and was always willing to help others. He loved the outdoors, especially gardening and fishing. Dave also enjoyed watching westerns and listening to Johnny and June Cash. Most of all, Dave cherished spending time with his family and close friends. Dave will be dearly missed by two daughters, Angelina (Douglas) Matthews, and Patsy (James) Searcy; one granddaughter, Amber Matthews; five great grandchildren, Connor and Natalya Searcy and Reilly, Eliette, and Adelaide Matthews; and two brothers, Don and Danny Hoge. Dave as preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Carol Ann...

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William “Bill” L. Boland Sr.

William “Bill” L. Boland Sr. — October 8, 1929 – May 16, 2018 William “Bill” L. Boland Sr., 88, formerly of Forreston, Illinois, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 in Gresham, Oregon. Bill was born October 8, 1929 in Freeport, the son of Joseph and Fern (Cheeseman) Boland. Bill married Sue Cox in November 1953. Then he married Violet Toelke on July 14, 1972. Violet died November 8, 2001. He then marred Lois Swalve on September 3, 2004 at United Methodist Church, Forreston. Bill proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked at KellySpringfield for many years. He was a member of Forreston United Methodist Church, Forreston American Legion, and Mt. Morris Golf Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting during his free time. Surviving are his wife, Lois Boland of Gresham, Oregon; four sons, William (Marjorie) Boland Jr. of Freeport, Raymond (Leticia) Boland of Pearl City, and Charles (Brenda) Boland of Freeport and Matt (Margaret) Boland of Maryland; five brothers, Barney Boland of Dubuque, Michael Boland of St. Louis, Kenny Boland of Freeport, Tony Boland of Dubuque, and Jack Boland of Dubuque. Also surviving are several beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Violet; six brothers, Leo, Joe, Brian, Robert, Danny, and Charles; and three sisters, Ann, Mary, and Pat. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday May...

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Timber Lake Playhouse Hosts Open House

Two ‘Concert Series’ Events Coming May 25 and June 2  MOUNT CARROLL – Timber Lake Playhouse, the premier professional summer theatre of Northwest Illinois, will host an Open House from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday morning, May 26. Tours of the theatre, the shops, rehearsal space, the barn and the newly acquired Coach House will be given by members of the TLP Board and TLP Staff. Tour the backstage area, see how scenery and costumes are built, walk the new nature trails throughout the TLP property and see how the TLP staff lives. You’ll have the opportunity to...

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Notice to Proceed Memo: The Victims of the Tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas

The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from The President of the United States of America and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that all persons or entities covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act are to fly the flags at half-staff in honor of: The Victims of the Tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas Please immediately lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied by your agency’s personnel until:               Sunset, Tuesday, May 22,...

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Dakota Wolber

Dakota Wolber, age 25, of Murrieta, California, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018, at home. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. Burial will take place in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Galesburg, Illinois. A visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2018 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. A memorial fund has been established in Dakota’s memory. Dakota was born February 12th, 1993, in Freeport, Illinois, the beloved son of Jody L. Wolber and Laura J. Sheeley. He attended Murrieta Valley High School in Murrieta, California, and graduated with the Class of 2011. He later went on to receive his B.S. in Audio Production from the Art Institute of San Bernardino where he graduated with honors. Dakota was employed as a journeyman at abcSAGE, Inc. in LaCresta, California under the guidance and direction of Kurt. He was a baptized member of Clinton Church of Christ, Clinton, IA which he began attending with his maternal grandparents. Dakota was a lover of horses; his dogs; motorcycles; and classic cars, especially his father’s GTO, which he and his father spent many hours together working on, showing and enjoying; and his own Trans Am. Dakota had a profound passion for creating and listening to all types of music. Dakota will be deeply missed by his father, Jody Wolber...

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Former Lanark and Milledgeville Police Officer Prevents School Shooting

Mark Dallas is a 15-Year Veteran of the Dixon Police Department From the Dixon Police Department: UPDATE – Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell has formally announced the Dixon Police Officer involved in this morning’s shooting as Officer Mark Dallas. Officer Dallas is a 15 year veteran of the Dixon Police Department and has 24 total years of law enforcement experience. Officer Dallas has been assigned as the Dixon High School Resource Officer for the past 5 years. Officer Dallas was shot at numerous times by the suspect during this incident, but was unharmed. Matt Milby is the suspect. Milby was...

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IDPH Launches Infant At Work Pilot Program

SPRINGFIELD – Based on the long-term health value of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) is launching an Infant at Work pilot program that will allow eligible mothers, fathers, and legal guardians to bring their infants to work in the early months of parenthood. “The Infant at Work program will provide numerous benefits for participants, including healthy infant brain development, parental well-being, and critical bonding,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “Promoting health and wellness is a pillar of IDPH and we want to lead by example.” The program, which has...

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Governor Rauner’s Safety Plan Would Bring Back Illinois Death Penalty

Gov. Rauner’s public safety plan gains support CHICAGO – (May 14, 2018) Gov. Rauner’s public safety plan, which includes a death penalty provision, an all-gun waiting period, and bans on bump stocks and trigger cranks, is picking up support from leaders across the state. His amendatory veto of HB 1468 lays out a precedent setting package of initiatives aimed at preventing violence and ensuring greater safety and security for children, families, schools and communities. A fact sheet that outlines the full plan is here. Video of the press conference is posted here. Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti “I want...

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Harriet B. Vernon

Harriet B. Vernon, age 91 of Mt. Carroll, Illinois died on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at the Carroll County Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Mt. Carroll. Private burial will take place in Mt. Vernon Memorial Estates Cemetery in Lemont,...

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Eastland Holds 18th Annual Award and Scholarship Night

Thirty four Eastland Seniors Honored Thirty four Eastland seniors were honored at the 18th Annual Award and Scholarship Night held May 9, 2018.  Local businesses, organizations, memorial funds, colleges, and individuals donated over $76,000 in scholarships.  Departmental awards of excellence, as well as numerous other awards, were also presented. Adrianna Hensgen, an Eastland Senior from Shannon, is the 2018 recipient of the Eastland PTO $1,000 Scholarship. She wrote an essay, answering the question, “What one lesson in life have you learned that will take you through the rest of your life?”. Many essays were submitted, but Adrianna’s took the prize....

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The Amish Cook

Gloria’s Wedding Memories By Gloria Yoder Today we will be rewinding 10 years and reliving the events of a rather colorful day when I was 18 years old. As I read this entry from my personal diary I couldn’t help but laugh at some of the memories. Interestingly enough, this particular day a young man from Ohio was in the community that day helping prepare for a wedding and secretly hoping Gloria (then Raber) would show up at the same place! Unfortunately, I had been there the day before and now had other things to look after. Here we...

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Donald E. Ottens

Donald E. Ottens, 79, of Chadwick, IL, died Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Wichita, KS. The funeral service will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, May 17, 2018, at the Morrison Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home preceded by a visitation from 9:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Rev. Mary Bohall, pastor of Fairhaven United Methodist Church in Chadwick, IL, will officiate. Interment will be at Fairhaven Cemetery in Chadwick, IL. Memorials to Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities and Carroll County Livestock Feeders Association Scholarship have been established. Don was born December 30, 1938, in Morrison, IL, to Charles and Everdena (Hook) Ottens. He was educated in the rural Whiteside County grade schools and attended Fulton High School in Fulton, IL. Don served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He married Glenda F. Groharing on September 15, 1961, in Morrison, IL. Don was engaged in farming in the Chadwick and Morrison areas for 53 years and also was a truck driver for Sewer Equipment Company of America. Don was a member of the Masonic Lodge #867 AF & AM in Chadwick, IL and a member of Carroll County Livestock Feeders Association. He enjoyed bowling and collecting wrenches and was a member of the Missouri Valley Wrench Club. Survivors include his wife, Glenda; one daughter, Melissa Ottens of Oconomowoc, WI; one son, Michael A. Ottens of Sterling, IL; five...

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West Carroll Class Of 2018 Commencement

83 Graduating Seniors Receive Their Diplomas On Saturday, May 12  RiverReader.org Photos/Michael Miller West Carroll Superintendent Adam Brumbaugh speaks to the graduating Class of 2018, coincidentally both the first West Carroll graduating class to have spent all 13 school years together, and also the class that were freshman when Brumbaugh began his first year at West Carroll as High School Principal. He told the graduates to remember that around 95 percent of life would more than likely be “waiting” time (time spent getting to your goals), with about 5 percent “wow” time (time enjoying your achieved goals). He urged...

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Lanark Library Hosts Mary Todd Lincoln

Award-Winning Actress Laura Keyes Presents ‘Mrs. Lincoln goes to Washington City’ RiverReader.org Staff Report LANARK — Mary Todd Lincoln lived a life filled with triumphs and tragedies, but few people know her story. Now, actress Laura Keyes shares Mary’s story in an entertaining and educational program entitled “Mrs. Lincoln goes to Washington City.” Keyes will be delighting audiences with her presentation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the Lanark Public Library, 111 S. Broad St. in Downtown Lanark. The presentation focusing on the Lincoln’s first trip to Washington City will be set in October 1847. Explore Mary’s vast knowledge...

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Eastland PTO Holds First Color Run

Eastland PTO Holds Color Run Fundraiser, Awards Scholarship to Adriana Hensgen (Arial photograph, above, by Justin Joens) Last weekend, the Eastland PTO held its first “Color Run,” and RiverReader caught up with Stephanie Higley, to ask her some questions about what the Color Run is all about, and what the Eastland PTO is doing to help improve the lives of students, teachers and parents, within the Eastland school district. Stephanie commented that, “This was our first Color Run. Because it was our first we decided not to rely on it as a fundraiser, but to make sure that we cover...

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Illinois EPA to Host Additional Public Outreach Sessions on Draft Plan to Spend Volkswagen Settlement Funds

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois EPA (IEPA) will host three public outreach sessions on its Draft Plan to use the state’s $108 million allocation from the Volkswagen Settlement. A public input period was initially held from February 28 to April 20, 2018. In response to the 1,600 comments and nearly 300 survey responses received, the Agency is opting to host three additional outreach sessions to communicate with the public. The Draft Beneficiary Mitigation Plan details Illinois’ proposal to remove old, dirty diesel engines from service and replace them with new electric, alternate fuel, and cleaner diesel engines. Illinois EPA developed...

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Opening of Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge Delayed Once Again

While the overall positive economic impact of the Dale Gardner Veterans Memorial Bridge project to Carroll County can’t be denied, the delay in the opening of the bridge is causing frustration and anxiety to many in the Sabula and Savanna communities. The delays are due to continuing construction problems on the US 52 Mississippi Overflow Bridge at the north end of Sabula Island. A web page hosted and maintained by Iowa DOT states that “We anticipated a limited closure of about 40 days, limiting closure time by constructing footings and piers with the previous bridge in place and open to...

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Looking for Citizen Scientists for Monarchs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 8, 2018 Contact: Pam Steinhaus (815) 273-2732 I do believe spring/summer has finally arrived. As temperatures climb, so does the anticipation to see our first orange and black jewel of the prairie. Monarchs will be returning very shortly searching for milkweed to lay their eggs. Have you checked to see if your milkweed is coming yet? If you have a patch of milkweed, do you check it regularly? Do you know what to look for? We have been monitoring milkweed on the Ingersoll Wetlands Learning Center Prairie as part of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project,...

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Walter “Tiny” Loomis

Walter “Tiny” Loomis — March 22, 1933 –  May 6, 2018 Walter “Tiny” Loomis, age 85, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Savanna. Burial with Military Rites will take place in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery, rural Savanna. Visitation will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Savanna. Tiny was born March 22, 1933, in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, the son of Perry and Alma (Smith) Loomis. He attended Savanna High School and graduated with the Class of 1952. Tiny enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He worked in the U.S Postal Service for 28 years. On August 3, 1958, Tiny married the love of his life Donna Johannsen at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, Illinois. Tiny was a 50-year member of the American Legion Van Bibber Hansen Post #148 in Savanna. He was past commander and past county commander of the American Legion. Tiny will be dearly missed by his wife, Donna; two daughters, Doriene Loomis of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Diane (Kevin) Ritenour of Savanna, Illinois; two grandsons, Travis (Angelique...

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