Obituaries

Richard J. Strong

Richard J. Strong

May 4, 1936 — May 20, 2018
Service: May 25, 2018

Richard J. Strong, age 82, of Sterling, died Sunday, May 20, 2018 at his home in Sterling. Richard was born May 4, 1936 in Atchison, Kan. the son of Albert and Irene (VanDyke) Strong. He served in the US Marine Corps and later married Carolyn Ortscheid on December 31, 1960 in Rock Island. Richard was a teacher at Challand Middle School for 32 years retiring in 1999. He had previously taught at Lyons Jr. High in Clinton for 4 years and St....

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Esther Mae Jones

Esther Mae Jones

February 26, 1937 — May 16, 2018
Service: May 19, 2018

Esther Mae Wallace Long Jones Esther Mae Wallace Long Jones, age 81, of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at Central Dupage Hospital in Winfield. Esther was born February 26, 1937 the daughter of James and Winnie (McGee) Wallace. She moved to Sterling in 1968 and was employed at the Dixon State School. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and enjoyed praying, family, walking, flowers and most of all, beauty queen. Survivors...

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George Albert Logan, Jr.

George Albert Logan, Jr.

July 8, 1927 — May 14, 2018
Service: May 18, 2018

George A. Logan passed away peacefully at home on Monday, May 14 surrounded by his immediate family. George was born July 8, 1927 in Rock Falls, the son of Ernest O. and Mary (Smith) Logan. He graduated from Rock Falls High School in 1945 and was a life-long resident of Rock Falls. Upon graduation George joined the US Army and served during World War II from 1945-47. He was a member of Headquarters Company of the War Department at Ft....

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Antonio M. Castillo

Antonio M. Castillo

July 31, 1932 — May 12, 2018
Service: May 16, 2018

Antonio M. Castillo, age 85 of Sterling, died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Antonio was born on July 31, 1932 in San Benito, Texas, the son of Jose and Teresa (Martinez) Castillo. He married Dominga Castaneda on January 11, 1959. She preceded him in death on June 25, 1984. Antonio worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 35 years until retirement. Survivors include three sons, Antonio Castillo, Jr. of Rock Falls,...

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John M. Dunaway

John M. Dunaway

February 19, 1935 — May 12, 2018
Service: May 19, 2018

John M. Dunaway, age 83, of Sterling, died Saturday, May 12, 2018 at his home. John was born February 19, 1935 in Decatur the son of Noah and Marguerite (York) Dunaway. He served in the US Air Force and later graduated from the draftsman trade school at Oklahoma State University. John married Carolyn Turner on November 23, 1957 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Lancaster, Ohio. He was employed as an industial engineer at...

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Charles Henry Vos

Charles Henry Vos

September 15, 1923 — May 12, 2018
Service: May 18, 2018

Charles H. Vos, 94, of Fulton, formerly of Albany, died on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Harbor Crest Nursing Home in Fulton. He was born on September 15, 1923 in Galesburg, ND to Henry and Emma Vos. He married Lois Harvey on March 28, 1952 in Albany. She preceded him in death on March 25, 2016. He was a WW II veteran serving in the US Navy from 1944-1946. Charles farmed for many years retiring in January 1986. He was a member of Albany...

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Marjorie L.  Brotheridge

Marjorie L. Brotheridge

July 3, 1919 — May 9, 2018
Service: May 16, 2018

Marjorie L. Brotheridge, age 98 of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Marjorie was born on July 3, 1919 in Sterling, the daughter of Edward and Ruth (Macfarlane) Pexton. She married Robert A. Brotheridge on November 7, 1937 in Clinton, IA. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2007. Marjorie worked at Frantz Manufacturing. She enjoyed doing crafts, reading and sewing. She was a member of the First United...

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Jean  M. Wagenknecht

Jean M. Wagenknecht

February 10, 1930 — May 9, 2018
Service: May 14, 2018

Jean Marie Wagenknecht, age 88 of Sterling, died Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at Regency Care of Sterling. Jean was born on February 10, 1930 in Janesville, WI, the daughter of Oliver and Hazel (Swanson) Haugen. She married William C. Wagenknecht on Sept 7, 1951 in Sterling; he preceded her in death on December 29, 1998. Jean worked at Sowles Dry Goods and Ready to Wear in Rock Falls for 27 years and then worked in the office at RB & W for about 3...

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James Preston Starling

James Preston Starling

October 10, 1947 — May 8, 2018
Service: No Services

James Preston "Sweet Coc" (name originated from his love of Coca Cola) Starling, 70, of Prophetstown, IL, formerly of Des Moines, IA, and Rock Island, IL., went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at Winning Wheels Comprehensive Rehabilitative Care. Due to an accident, he spent the last 17 years of his life in comprehensive care. He accepted this period with great understanding and a positive outlook. Preston was born...

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Howard A. Boostrom

Howard A. Boostrom

February 21, 1925 — May 7, 2018
Service: No Services

Howard A. Boostrom Howard A. Boostrom, age 93, of Sterling, died Monday, May 7, 2018, at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Howard was born February 21, 1925 in Galva the son of Carl and Gladys (Larson) Boostrom. He graduated from Galva High School in 1942 and entered the US Navy in May of 1943, serving in the South Pacific during WWII. He was discharged in January of 1946. Howard married Helen I. Florea on August 24, 1947 in Galva....

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