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  • Omar Wilhelms | 10/18/2019
    on October 18, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Mary Lou Robertson
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 17, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Mary Lou Robertson, age 81, of Thomson, Illinois, previously of Savanna, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at her home. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 21, 2019 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna with Father Moises Apostol officiating. Burial will take place at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Savanna. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Mary was born February 25, 1938, the daughter of Lyman “Rudy” and Joanna “Annie” (Darr) Johnson in Stockton, Illinois. She attended Savanna High School, graduating with the Class of 1956. On May 17, 1958, Mary married Gilbert Robertson at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Savanna. Together they raised four children and celebrated 61 years of marriage. Mary worked as a production worker for Invensys (Eaton Corporation) for 30 years until her retirement in 2000. Mary was a loving wife and mother who cherished family gatherings with her husband, and spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, competitive canasta, jigsaw puzzles and watching the creatures that lived in her backyard. She was an avid fan of the University of Illinois sports teams, and the Fulton Steamers. Mary will be dearly missed by her husband, Gilbert; four children, Mark (Wendy) Robertson of Rochester Hills, Michigan, Mona (Kevin) Coyle of Dixon, Illinois, Mike (Tammy) Robertson of Savanna, and Melody Conner of Fulton, Illinois; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Merna Keehner of Roanoke, Virginia. Mary is preceded in death by her parents, Rudy and Annie; a granddaughter, Mary Jo Conner; brother, Robert Johnson; sister-in-law, Nancy (Kramer) Johnson; and two nieces, Tamie Sue and Robin Johnson. […]

  • Cole J. Ringen
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 17, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Cole J. Ringen, age 19, of Miles Iowa, passed away at Clinton Mercy Hospital on Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Cremation Rites have been accorded. A private family service will be held in Cole’s honor. Cole was born May 30, 2000 in Clinton IA, the son of William Ringen and Erica McGuire. He attended Easton Valley schools, and later, graduated from high school in Portage, IN with the class of 2018. Cole will be remembered for his artistic mind. He spent much of his free time working on his artwork. A lover of guitar and poetry, it should come as no surprise that he often wrote his own song lyrics. Family and friends meant a great deal to Cole, as well. Those family members and friends will be forever impacted by their time with him. Cole will be dearly missed by his parents William Ringen (Andraya Ruchotzke), of Miles, IA and Erica McGuire (Jim Medlicott) of Nashville, TN; grandparents Robert (Michele) Ringen of Miles, IA; great grandmother Marian Hoyer of Sabula, IA; aunt Rebecca Stolk of Dubuque IA; cousins Kaitlyn, Marcus and Kenedy Stolk, all of Dubuque, IA; step uncle Anthony Swanson of Miles, IA; and many extended family members. Cole is preceded in death by his grandparents, Terrance and Mary Beth McGuire, and Rhonda Ringen, and his great grandparents, Shelton and Marbeth Jenkins, Wilbur and Erma Ringen, and John Hoyer. […]

  • Dorothy May Rogers
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 16, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Dorothy May Rogers, age 94, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois, passed away Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Allure Nursing Home in Mt. Carroll. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Carroll with Parson Bob Stark Officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Law Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, and also one hour prior to the service at the church Saturday. Memorials may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Mt. Carroll. Dorothy was born at home on October 22, 1924 in Dunlap, Illinois, the daughter of Elmer and Lillian (Mummert) Smith. She graduated from the Mt. Carroll High School, Class of 1942. On June 27, 1942, Dorothy married Harold Rogers. They raised two daughters and celebrated 69 years of marriage. During WWII, Dorothy worked at the Savanna Depot. With her love for flowers, she also worked at Marth’s Variety and Flower Shop and the Old Glenview Hotel Flower Shop, both in downtown Mt. Carroll. Dorothy was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the Deborah Circle, as well as a member of NARFE #604. She spent her free time babysitting for her neighbors and sewing. She loved collecting jewelry from the different places that she and Harold would travel. Every summer, for 30 years, they would visit their cabin on Lake Big Too Much in Minnesota. Dorothy will be dearly missed by her two daughters, Linda (Roy) Rathje of Sabula, Iowa and Judy (Dan) Oberg of Dixon, Illinois; six grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren; her brother Floyd (Charleen) Smith of Clinton, Iowa; and her sister Darlene Kaufman of Mt. Carroll, Illinois. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents Elmer and Lillian, her husband, Harold, and brother Clyde. […]

  • Venita L McConnel
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 16, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Venita L McConnel of Mt. Carroll and formerly of Wauconda, IL beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away Monday October 14th at Mercy One Hospital in Clinton, Iowa. Venita had a uniquely large and productive life. In her early years she was a concert Pianist who along with her father playing the violin competed and won Indiana State Amateur duets two years she also competed solo winning several state awards and a national as well. She met the love of her life at the Servicemen’s Center where her and John quickly developed a love that lasted over 65 years. They were married on April 4th, 1954 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Venita was instrumental in helping to break the glass ceiling of women being allowed in upper management. She was Vice President of Reliance Laboratory Glassworks, an international company for many years. Venita was also the Business Administrator at University of Health Science/Chicago Medical School for many years. She was very active in Republican politics in Lake County, IL and Carroll County, IL. Her political career spanned more than sixty years and included being Wauconda Village clerk for 13 years, Precinct Committeeman for over 30 years, and Campaign manager for dozens of local, county, and state campaigns. Venita never charged for her services, she always said she did it from her heart. That exemplified Venita’s life. A small sampling of her many awards and honors include: National Republican Award, Washington DC Lake County Republican Organization for being County Candidate for National Award 1994 Lake County Republican party Bob Milton Award Heart Association for her fundraising efforts Listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Business Women Received recognition award for Community Services from Illinois House of Representatives 1995. Illinois Top Woman Republican award Received a “Venita McConnel Day in Illinois Award” from the Governor in 1999 Venita has been active in Carroll County since 1999 where she had served as Republican Committeeman, President of Carroll County Republican Women (twice). She served on the Executive Lake County Republican Party Cabinet for 10 years. Member of Hospice Board for North Eastern Illinois Charter member of FISH Organization in Wauconda Member of Wauconda Chamber of Commerce, Lioness, Lake Zurich Chamber of Commerce Women’s Club, Kiwanis and Wauconda Township Republican Club where she served as President many times. She was appointed by the […]

  • Marvin Woessner
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 15, 2019 at 10:42 pm

    Marvin Woessner, age 91 of Lena, Illinois formerly of Mount Carroll, Illinois, died on Monday, October 14, 2019 at the Lena Living Center.  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mount Carroll with Reverend Kim Chapman officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mount Carroll. A visitation will be held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the United Methodist Church, Mount Carroll or Unity  Hospice in Marvin’s memory. Marvin was born on a farm near Shannon, Illinois, on December 22, 1927, the son of Clarence and Martha (Moring) Woessner.  He graduated from the Shannon High School with the Class of 1945.  On June 22, 1947, Marvin married Mary Kearnaghan in Mount Carroll.  They raised four children and celebrated 64 years of marriage.  They renewed their vows in February of 2012.  Mary passed away April 2, 2012.  Marvin farmed north of Mount Carroll and also had a successful real estate and title insurance business until retiring in 1992. Mary and Marvin loved taking their children on the Mississippi River and camping at Timberlake. They enjoyed traveling and spending winters together in Bonita Springs, Florida.  Marvin had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing tricks on friends. Marvin was a member of the United Methodist Church, Mt. Carroll Rotary Club, Cyrus Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite.   Marvin will be dearly missed by one son Brian (Cynthia) Woessner of Mount Carroll; three daughters, Deborah (Herman Wild) Polhill of Hanover, Illinois, Teresa (Randy) Criddle of Byron, Illinois and Kristina (Dick) Mazzie of West Bloomfield, Michigan; eight grandchildren; and sixteen great grandchildren. Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Mary, and a brother, Wendell. […]

  • Joan Phyllis Croffoot | 10/15/2019
    on October 15, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Warren Wilbur Koch
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 14, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    Warren “Cookie” Wilbur Koch, age 68, of Miles, Iowa, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 17, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston, Iowa. Burial will take place in the Miles Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston. Warren was born February 16, 1951, the son of Wilbur and Phyllis (Struve) Koch in Savanna, Illinois. He attend Miles High School, and Graduated with the class of 1969. In 1970 a car accident left Warren paralyzed. Warren was lead to overcome many obstacles in the coming years due to his serious injury, but he never let the accident slow him down. Warren worked on his family farm his entire life. For his efforts in agriculture he was awarded with the outstanding young farmer award. Outside of his work, Warren was an involved member in his community. He spent 7 years on the EC school board, served on the Clinton County Solid and Water Conservation Board for 26 years, and worked with Easter Seals Rural Solutions, an organization that uplifted the lives of disabled farmers and helped them get back to work. Warren was an inspiration to all and was always ready to help friends, family, or just about anybody, and the community would return these favors in kind. Warren loved his family and especially enjoyed attending the school events and performances of Morgan and Tyler. He was an avid supporter of any school events home or away. He enjoyed going to tractor pulls, stock car races, and playing cards with friends. Warren also enjoyed watching the Iowa Hawkeyes, Chicago Bears, and Chicago Cubs. On any given morning you'd be able to find Warren at the shop for his morning chat sessions. Warren will be dearly missed by his Sister, Wanda Koch; his niece, Wendy Hines; his great-niece, Morgan Hines; his great-nephew, Tyler Hines; and by many dear friends. Warren his proceeded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Phyllis Koch. […]

  • Walter "Irv" Shrake
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 14, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    Walter Irvin Shrake 1933-2019 Walter “Irv” Shrake of Savanna, IL, beloved husband, father, and pillar in his community passed away Sunday, October 13, 2019 at FHN Hospital in Freeport, IL. Irv was a lifelong resident of Savanna. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict and was stationed in Japan. Irv retired from Soo Line Railroad (formerly Milwaukee Road) after 39 years of service as a computer technician and instructor. He also was later editor of the Savanna Times-Journal for a number of years and created the “Out of the Main Channel” column. Irv served in the Savanna Bible Church (Formerly known as Oak Park Bible Church) for many years beginning in his youth. He was on the administrative board as a deacon, taught Sunday School, and has been recognized as a mentor to youth in the community. Irv was also a long-time Rotarian, member of the Savanna VFW, and served as City Clerk for 12 years. Irv leaves his beloved wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Ann Mohns (Betty) Shrake, daughters Sharon Shrake Reynolds (Robert) of Paragould, AR and Melissa Shrake White (Maurice) of Savanna, and his sons David Shrake of Boston, MA and Daniel Shrake of Savanna. He leaves 5 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren, and a previous son-in-law, Scott Stubblefield of Clinton, Iowa. Mr. Shrake was preceded in death by his parents Irvin M. Shrake and Elsie Mae Shrake, a brother Robert Shrake, and son at-birth, Jonathon. Irv will be remembered for his friendly, outgoing manner and wry wit, his love of animals and the Mississippi River, and his love of the Lord Jesus Christ and his church. Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19, 2019 at the Savanna Bible Church, with burial to follow in Spring Lake Cemetery, Savanna. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Savanna Bible Church. […]

  • Clarence F. Hibst, Jr. | 10/13/2019
    on October 13, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Randal "Duffer" Reistroffer
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 12, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Randal E. “Duffer” Reistroffer, age 64, of Bryant, Iowa, passed away Thursday, October 10, 2019 at his home. A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston, Iowa. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Preston. A visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com Randy was born December 30, 1954, the son of Allen and Evelyn (Medinger) Reistroffer in Maquoketa, Iowa. He grew up on the family farm near Bryant and attended Northeast High School with the Class of 1973. Randy chose to enlist in the Marine Corp and proudly served his country 1972-75, attaining the rank of E-4 Corporal. On September 18, 1982, Randy married Mary Jo McCloy. Together they raised four children and celebrated 37 years of marriage. Randy worked as a Dealer for the Casino Belle in Dubuque, Manager for the Mississippi Belle in Clinton, and a Pit Boss for Catfish Bend Casino in Burlington, Iowa until retirement. He was a member of the Spragueville American Legion, the Preston AMVETS Club, and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Preston. Randy enjoyed playing cards, and Allis Chalmers tractors. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren fishing and camping. Randy will be dearly missed by his wife, Mary Jo of Bryant; four children, Edward Reistroffer of Welton, Iowa, Angela (Mike Hopfensperger) Reistroffer of Dewitt, Iowa, Rodney Reistroffer of Bryant, Iowa, and Rebecca (Matt Gerardy) Reistroffer of Preston, Iowa; four grandchildren, Mallory, Cecilia, Gracie, and Robert; his mother, Evelyn Reistroffer of Camanche; his brother, Steve Reistroffer of Welton, Iowa; four sisters, Diane Skinner of Grand Mound, Iowa, Sandra (Tom) Claussen of Anamosa, Iowa, Paula (Brian Chandler) Coleman of Goose Lake, Iowa and Mary Jo (Tom) McCleary of Bondurant, Iowa; and Hilde Myklatun, a Norwegian foreign exchange student that lived with the family in 2005. Randy is preceded in death by his father, Allen; a sister, JoAnn in infancy; brother in-law, Troy Skinner; and his mother and father in-law, Eugene and Arletta McCloy. […]

  • Nolan "Buck" Franzen
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 11, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Nolan “Buck” Franzen, age 77, of Clinton, IA, passed away Thursday October 10, 2019 at Bickford Senior Living in Clinton. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, October 14, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna, Illinois. Burial in St. Peter Catholic Cemetery in Sabula, IA will occur following the service. Visitation will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., prior to the service at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established in Buck’s name. Buck was born December 31, 1941 in Canton, IA, the son of August “Butch” and Iola “Ollie” (Schmidt) Franzen. He attended Sabula schools, graduating from Sabula High School. In 1961 Buck married Claudia Hoyer. They celebrated 20 years of marriage before her untimely passing. Buck spent most of his working years with Dupont as a machine operator. In his free time, he loved to hunt and fish, and when the seasons changed, snowmobiling became a favorite of his. When he wasn’t experiencing the great outdoors, he could be found enjoying a good game of cards, or cheering on his Minnesota Vikings. Buck will be dearly missed by his daughter, Shawn Cole of Sabula, IA; two sons, Scott Franzen of Sabula and Doug (Teena) Franzen of Sabula; 12 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Aleda “Ede” Lohmeier of Sabula, Sandy Jepsen of Sabula, and Lanelle “Neak” Doermann of Sabula. Buck is preceded in death by his wife, Claudia; his parents Butch and Ollie; his three brothers, Terrill “Pete” Franzen, Lyndell “Bummy” Franzen, and Gaylen “Jiggs” Franzen; two sisters, Sharon Jess and Lynanne Metz; a grandson, Grant Franzen; and a son-in-law, John Cole. […]

  • Barbara E Kessler
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 8, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Barbara E. Kessler, age 84, of Thomson, Illinois, passed away Sunday, October 6, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, October 11, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. Burial will take place in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 10, 2019 at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com  Barbara was born on February 16, 1935, the daughter of Harry and Eleanor (Hatfield) Forry, in Mountain, Wisconsin. She attended Savanna High School, graduating with the Class of 1953. On August 7, 1954, Barbara married Merle Atherton. Barbara later married to Gene Kessler on April 5, 1986. Gene passed away on December 28, 1998.  Barbara and Gene operated Gene's Oasis Tavern in Savanna for many years.  She also held several jobs throughout her life, including a telephone operator, a hairdresser working out of her home in Thomson, the Thomson schools, working as a bookkeeper for Quality Ready Mix in Savanna and a short time in Garden City, Kansas.  She also worked as a cashier at The Station Convenience Store and at McGinnis Market for several summers. When Barbara wasn't working, she enjoyed bowling, reading, hosting family dinners regularly, taking road trips with her sister, watching her grandkids play sports, playing the slots and watching Westerns and rooting for the Green Bay Packers.  Barbara will be dearly missed by her two sons, Stephen (Becky) Atherton and Randy (Brenda) Atherton, both of Thomson; her daughter, Cynthia Atherton McGinnis of Fulton, Illinois; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Beverly Atherton of Thomson. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gene, and both parents. […]

  • Terry Lee Miller
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Terry Miller, age 70, of Savanna, Illinois, passed away Sunday, October 6th, 2019 at his home. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 10th at the Law-Jones Funeral Home in Savanna, with Full Military Rites. A Visitation will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. prior to the service, at the funeral home. Inurnment will take place at a later date in Spring Lake Cemetery, Savanna. Terry was born June 17, 1949, in Sterling, Illinois, the son of Paul and Shirley (Alexander) Miller. He attended Forreston High School and immediately joined the Army. He served three tours in Vietnam with the Green Berets as a communication specialist. Terry received a purple heart and was honorably discharged in 1970. Terry had three marriages; the first to Sally Kielman in 1970, the second to Patricia Vergin in 1980, and the third to Dianne Huston in 2015. Terry was an employee of the Frontier Telephone Company, where he worked as a fiber optics splicer. He was a post commander of the Savanna VFW Post #2223. In his spare time, Terry liked to fish and hunt. He also took great pride in his lawn. During the summer, Terry would have huge cookouts with his friends and family. Terry loved to spend time with his loved ones, and especially enjoyed the company of his many grandchildren. Terry is survived by his wife Dianne; one son, Scott (Michelle) Miller of Savanna, Illinois; two daughters, Sandra Steiner (fiancé Robert Mceneany) of Savanna, Illinois and Tara Miller (fiancé Jonathan Dadd) of Savanna, Illinois; 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren; three brothers, Paul (Jeanette) Miller of Rockfalls, Illinois, James (Stella) Miller of Forreston, Illinois, and Robert (Robin) Miller of Polo, Illinois. Terry is preceded in death by his parents. […]

  • Nancy Nelson
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 7, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Nancy Nelson, age 83, of Savanna, IL, passed away Thursday October 3, 2019 at Big Meadows Nursing Home in Savanna. Cremation rites will be accorded. A private family memorial will take place at a later date. […]

  • Rita Shields
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 7, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Rita Shields, of Lake Carroll, IL, passed away Thursday, October 3rd at the age of 66. Rita was raised in Chicago (St. Cajetan's parish) by parents Vincent and Marion Kennedy. She's survived by her husband of 37 years, Frederick Shields. She was a wonderful mother to Nicholas (Nicole), Elizabeth (George), and Laura (Richard). She was also a grandmother to Nora and Noah. She was an avid dog lover, who enjoyed baking and gardening. She started the greenhouse at The Elisabeth Ludeman Center, where she worked with the disabled for 34 years. She was a social butterfly, who was loving and caring. She touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Special Olympics of Illinois in Rita's name. Open Memorial Services will be held on Friday, October 11th at 3:00 PM in the Arbor Room at Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. […]

  • Bernadine Ann Cross | 10/07/2019
    on October 7, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Todd W. Meyers | 10/04/2019
    on October 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Mary Edler | 10/04/2019
    on October 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Harley Vincent Helle
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on October 2, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    Harley Vincent Helle, age 76 of Savanna IL, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in Davenport, IA. Visitation will take place Friday, October 4, 2019, from 5pm to 7pm, at Law Jones Funeral Home in Savanna. A funeral service will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:30 am at Law Jones Funeral Home in Savanna, IL, with burial to follow at Savanna Township Cemetery. Harley was born October 29, 1942 in Fairfield, IA, the son of Sheldon and Hazel (Hendrick) Helle. He attended Savanna schools, completing high school with the class of 1962. He married Aletha Metz; they had two children. Later in life, Harley married Lorraine Shafer, and the two enjoyed 12 happy years before Harley’s passing. Harley worked for Helle Saw Mill, Fulton Pallet Company (with his father) and drove a semi for a number of companies, hauling a variety of goods, including wood products and pallets. His work ethic didn’t end with retirement, as he loved to mow the lawn and keep himself busy working with tools. Those who knew Harley will always remember him for his penchant for storytelling; a trait he most certainly inherited from his father. He could talk with anybody, and quite frankly, he often would. He will also be fondly (or not so fondly; depends who you ask) remembered as a prankster. Most of all, Harley loved his family and of course, his dog, Jake Brake. Harley will be dearly missed by his wife Lorraine, of Thomson, IL; daughter Clarissa (John) Sullivan, of Manchester, IA; son James (Kate) Helle, of Colorado Springs, CO; three step daughters, Coweina Travis, of Ashton, IL, Julie Johnson, of Ashton, IL, and Sheri Hooper, of Clinton, IA; six grandchildren; six step grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 4 step great-grandchildren; sister, Louise (Konrad) Radke; and numerous extended family members and friends. Harley is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Lyle Helle, and his sister Lorraine McMunn. […]

  • Melvin Badtke
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on September 30, 2019 at 1:56 am

    Melvin Badtke, age 79, of rural Mt. Carroll, passed away, Sunday, September 29, 2019 at home in the loving care of his family. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. Burial will be in Upper York Cemetery, Argo Fay, Illinois. Visitation will be held 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll. A memorial has been established in his honor. Friends and family are invited to share in Melvin’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Melvin was born June 3, 1940 in Goose Lake, Iowa, the son of Arnold and Velma (Carter) Badtke. He grew up on a family farm in Eastern Iowa. Melvin is a 1960 graduate of Elvira High School, Elvira, Iowa. He met the love of his life, Joann Jurgens, at a dance in Clinton, Iowa. They were married July 15, 1961 at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, Charlotte, Iowa. Melvin and Joann raised two children and celebrated 58 years of marriage. Melvin was a life-long farmer. He and Joann established their farm near Mt. Carroll. He also worked 27 years for Internantional Paper in Clinton, Iowa, retiring in 1995. Throughout the years, Melvin took great pride in the upkeep of his farm. He enjoyed restoring his 1964 Ford 4000 tractor with his son, Bruce. He rode in the Eastern Iowa Tractorcade for 15 years. Melvin has kept working, mowing regularly and chisel plowing last fall. Farming was his life, and he liked getting together and talking with his farming friends every Thursday at Slick’s. He always enjoyed playing the card game, Canasta with family and friends. He was a member of the York Community Church of Thomson. He also belonged to the Illinois Farm Bureau and the York Trustee Township Board. Melvin will be dearly missed by his wife, Joann of rural Mt. Carroll; two children, Brenda (Richard) Byram of Thomson and Bruce (Rhonda) Badtke of Mt. Carroll; four grandchildren, R.J. (Mandi) Byram, Garrett (Nicole) Badtke, Rachel Badtke and Anna Badtke; two great grandchildren, Aubree and Owen Byram; and a brother, Larry Badtke of Clinton Iowa. Melvin is preceded in death by his parents and a sister in-law, Carol Badtke. […]

  • Edward Irvin Hiher Jr
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on September 28, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Edward I. Hiher Jr., age 62, of Thomson, Illinois passed away at home after an extended illness Saturday, September 28, 2019 in the loving care of his family. A Celebration of Life Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. A memorial fund has been established in the honor of Edward’s life. Family and friends are invited to share in Edward’s life at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com. Edward was born March 21, 1957, in Savanna, Illinois, the son of Edward Sr. and Marilyn (Lease) Hiher. He graduated from Savanna High School with the Class of 1976. On March 12, 1977, Edward married Sheila Rieck. Edward was known for having a good sense of humor. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and spending quality time with friends and family was important to him. Edward worked for Drives Inc. in Fulton for 13 years. He also worked 10 years for IBP in Joslin, Illinois. In addition, he helped on several farms in the area. Edward will be dearly missed by his two daughters, Pamela (Jacob) Diehl of Hanover, Illinois and Ashley Hiher of Mt. Carroll, Illinois; four grandchildren, Kylie, Bradly, Kayla and Hayden; three sisters, Tracey Harrison of Clinton, Iowa, Mary Barkley of Rockford, Illinois, and Cindie Johnson of Fulton, Illinois; a brother, Jim Hiher; and several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.. Edward is preceded in death by both parents and his grandparents. […]

  • Joseph Kania
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on September 27, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Joseph Kania, age 87, of Clinton, IA passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Alverno Health Care Facility in Clinton. A funeral mass will be held at 10:30am, Friday, October 4, 2019 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Savanna, IL. Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 5, 2019 at St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery in Niles, IL. Joseph was born October 22, 1931 in Chicago, IL, the son of Stanley and Francis (Augustyn) Kania. He attended Chicago schools, graduating from Harrison High School. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and was soon deployed to Korea. Joseph was incredibly proud to have served in combat, for his country. Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Joseph went to work for Florsheim Shoes in Chicago, IL, where he worked for over 30 years. Joseph was an avid Chicago sports fan. He loved his Bears, Bulls, and White Sox. One could often find him situated in front of the TV, come game time. But his interest in sport and competition wasn’t limited to just fandom. He loved to bowl, and became quite good at it. He and his brother often participated in bowling leagues and tournaments; even going so far as to compete in a tournament in Florida. Another enjoyable leisure activity of his, was visiting his sister in Las Vegas, where shows, dining, and a slot machine or two, kept them entertained. Joseph will be dearly missed by his sister, Sophie Saparito of Clinton, IA; niece Arlene Skonieczny, of Thomson, IL; nephew James (Carol) Malysiak of the Galena Territory, IL; and beloved members of his extended family, David (Susan) Schwaller of Plymouth, MN, Sun Yung Shin of Minneapolis, MN, Michael (Toni) Skonieczny of Niles, IL, Susan (Michael) Legrady of Barrington, IL, Karen (Tom) Simon of Ingleside, IL, and 11 great-great nieces and nephews, as well as many dear friends, including his friends at Alverno Health Care Facility. Joseph is preceded in death by his parents and his siblings, Eleanor, Josephine, Chester, and Henry. […]

  • Marian E. Greenfield | 09/27/2019
    on September 27, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Agnes D. Drane | 09/26/2019
    on September 26, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Robert Wayne House
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on September 25, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    Robert Wayne House, age 69 of Sabula, Iowa passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019. A Celebration of Life will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston, Iowa. In lieu of flowers, there is a memorial fund established. Robert was born October 22, 1949, the son of Carlisle and Lois (Coleman) House in Savanna, Illinois. He was raised on the family farm west of Sabula and attended Sabula High School, graduating with the Class of 1967. Robert was a life-long farmer and enjoyed watching crops from planting to harvest. He was an avid Packers, Hawkeyes, and Iowa State Cyclones fan. He was well-versed in family and local history. Robert enjoyed spending time talking with friends and complaining about the weather. Robert will be missed by his son, Matthew (Abby) House of Ankeny, Iowa; three brothers, Raymond (Wendy) House of Preston, Iowa, Richard (Kathy) House of Sabula and Randy (Chrystal) House of Sabula; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Robert is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Roger. […]

  • Thomas R. Waldron | 09/25/2019
    on September 25, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Edward "Butch" Harm Veer | 09/24/2019
    on September 24, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Marion K. Reilly | 09/23/2019
    on September 23, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Gary Nieland
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on September 20, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Gary Nieland, age 63, of Preston, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at his home. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Preston. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Preston. A visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at the funeral home. Gary was born October 14, 1955, the son of LaVerne and Irene (Medinger) Nieland in Maquoketa, Iowa. He attended Preston High School, graduating with the Class of 1973. He worked as a metal worker for Precision Metal Works in Maquoketa for many years. He enjoyed golfing, watching sports, collecting baseball and football cards, going to the casino and playing softball at Geno’s. Most of all, Gary loved spending time with his family and friends. Gary will be dearly missed by his three siblings, Karen Feltes of Maquoketa, Wayne (Nancy) Nieland of LeClaire, Iowa, and Myra (David) Franzen of Preston; seven nieces and nephews, and 13 great-nieces and nephews; and a special longtime friend, Brenda Dunn of Miles, Iowa. Gary is preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Raymond Feltes, Jr.; and two nephews. […]

  • Robert C. Madigan | 09/20/2019
    on September 20, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Dolores M. Shaughnessy | 09/18/2019
    on September 18, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Kimberly Ingram Ramirez
    by Law-Jones Funeral Home on September 17, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Kimberly Ingram Ramirez, age 53, of Hanover, Illinois, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019 at Midwest Medical Center in Galena, Illinois. A visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., with a Memorial Service at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 21, at the Law Jones Funeral Home in Elizabeth. Memorials can be given in Kim’s honor to Safe Haven Humane Society, Elizabeth. Kim was born October 21, 1965, the daughter of George and Laura (Sanders) Ingram in Tannana, Alaska. Kimberly’s father George passed away when she was only ten months old. Her mother, Laura, later remarried Frank Pentecost, who would raise Kimberly, and become her second father. Franks work took Kimberly’s family around the entire country, and she graduated from Fayetteville North Carolina High School in 1983. Kim married Francisco Ramirez on October 15, 1996. She and Francisco have lived in the Hanover area for 11 years, where they owned and operated Elizabeth Tire. Kim loved being with her children and grandchildren, being active in her community and working with her husband, Francisco, in their business. She enjoyed helping others, loved animals, and antiquing. Kim has a large extended family that she loved very much. Kimberly will be lovingly remembered by her Husband, Francisco Ramirez of Hanover; her three children, Jarrett Green of Midland Texas, Joshua (Samantha) Crotteau of Stevens point Wisconsin, and Danielle (Chad) Crotteau of Stevens Point Wisconsin; five grandchildren, Avery, Blaire, Alice, Jarrett, and Lacy; her brother, Frank Pentecost of Freeport Illinois; her sister, Kelly McAdams of Birmingham Alabama; and her mother, Laura Pentecost of Freeport Illinois; as well as nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Kimberly is preceded in death by both of her fathers, George Ingram, and Frank Pentecost; as well as her Grandparents. […]

  • Heidi Evelyn Smital | 09/17/2019
    on September 17, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Wendall William Boomgarden | 09/13/2019
    on September 13, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Ora Lee Crayton-Kuenning | 09/03/2019
    on September 3, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • John (Bill) William Krahe | 09/02/2019
    on September 2, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Marie C. Bowman | 08/30/2019
    on August 30, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Betty Jean Lindstrom | 08/29/2019
    on August 29, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Marvin H. Hans Jr. | 08/29/2019
    on August 29, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Timothy Allen Burrow | 08/28/2019
    on August 28, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Derick Scott Parker | 08/20/2019
    on August 20, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • David James Rose | 08/14/2019
    on August 14, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Helen Diane Recoy | 08/13/2019
    on August 13, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Marvin Hans Sr. | 08/12/2019
    on August 12, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Charles T. Parish | 08/11/2019
    on August 11, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Rosemary M. Thain | 08/04/2019
    on August 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Gerald S. Dorich | 08/03/2019
    on August 3, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Michael D. Miche | 08/03/2019
    on August 3, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Madeline Marie Wright | 08/01/2019
    on August 1, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Edwin R. Curry | 07/29/2019
    on July 29, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Helen O. Isherwood | 07/19/2019
    on July 19, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Dick D. Deyo | 07/09/2019
    on July 9, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Janaan M. Arand | 07/09/2019
    on July 9, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Harriet Bushman | 07/04/2019
    on July 4, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Sherryl L. Dombeck | 06/30/2019
    on June 30, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Delma J. Oates | 06/20/2019
    on June 20, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Sharon Kay Schoonhoven | 06/18/2019
    on June 18, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Lona L. Friedlein | 05/28/2019
    on May 28, 2019 at 4:00 am

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  • Catherine "Kitty" Elizabeth Buske | 05/25/2019
    on May 25, 2019 at 4:00 am

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