Obituaries

Kenneth Thomas

February 21, 1921 — October 3, 2012
Service: October 5, 2012

Kenneth L. Thomas, 91, of Rock Falls died Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Transitions Health and Rehab Center, Rock Falls. Kenneth was born February 21, 1921 in Delmar, North Dakota. He married Betty Smith in 1939. She died in 1964. He worked for Globe Machine in South Beloit for several years. He was a US Army veteran serving during WWII. He is survived by two sons, Larry Thomas and Michael Thomas both of Rock Falls and several...

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Curtis Waggoner

Curtis Waggoner

— October 1, 2012
Service: October 6, 2012

STERLING – Curtis Waggoner, age 63, died Monday, October 1, 2012 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. Curtis was born October 14, 1948 in Anamosa, Iowa the son of Nathaniel R. and Glenda M. (McElvania) Waggoner. He married Kaye Schiller on June 21, 1975 in Woodstock. Curtis was employed as an Engineering Technician with the Department of Agriculture for 35 years retiring in December 2007. He was a member of the Rock River Road Runners...

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Mary E. Robertson

Mary E. Robertson

July 25, 1934 — September 27, 2012
Service: October 1, 2012

ROCK FALLS – Mary E. Robertson, 78 of Rock Falls died Thursday September 27, 2012 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. She was born on July 25, 1934 in Rock Falls, the daughter of Albin and Helen (Crotts) Frieberg. She was employed as a mental health technician at the Jack Mabley Center for 33 years retiring in 1997. Surviving are two sons: Harold Pessman and Roger Pessman both of Rock Falls; three daughters: Linda (Bob) Robbins of Rock...

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Richard C.  Steder

Richard C. Steder

October 3, 1947 — September 27, 2012
Service: October 2, 2012

ROCK FALLS – Richard C. Steder, 64 of Rock Falls died Thursday September 27, 2012 at Genisis Medical Center, Davenport, IA. He was born on October 3, 1947 in Dixon, the son of Fred and Velma M (Switzer) Steder. He married Kathleen Hancock on March 7, 1970 in Dixon. Richard had been employed at the former Northwestern Steel and Wire Co for 28 years in the East Plant until their closure. He then worked at Edelmann's in Dixon for about 5...

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Gary L. Allen

Gary L. Allen

December 29, 1953 — September 26, 2012
Service: October 2, 2012

Gary L. Allen, 58, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at his home. Born December 29, 1953 in Sterling he was a son of Carl and Crystal (Martin) Allen. Surviving are 2 sons, Erik Allen of New York, New York and Jesse (Misty) Allen of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, William Allen of Wheat Ridge, Colorado; a step brother, Ronald (Jan) Graham of Hyattsville, Maryland; 2 grandchildren, Aiden Lee and Kamryn Marie Allen. He was...

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Karen Jean Habben

Karen Jean Habben

December 21, 1943 — September 26, 2012
Service: October 1, 2012

Karen J. Habben, age 68, of Sterling, died Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Karen was born December 21, 1943 in Sterling the daughter of Edwin and Evelyn (Forehand) Gronis. She married Neal G. Habben on March 6, 1965 in Sterling. She was a homemaker and was a member of New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling. Karen was a fun loving wife, mother and grandma who lived life to the fullest and loved to laugh. She...

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Robert G. Wolber

Robert G. Wolber

July 28, 1923 — September 26, 2012
Service: No Services

ROCK FALLS – Robert G. Wolber, 89 passed away Wednesday September 26, 2012 at Coventry Living Center, Sterling. He was born on July 28, 1923 in Sterling, the son of Geroge and Edna (Johlfs) Wolber. He served in the US Army during WW II and after his discharge began work at the former National Manufacturing Co in Sterling retiring after over 40 years of service. He married Mary Lou Murray on June 15, 1952. To this union, two children were...

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LeRoy "Buzz" Fisher

LeRoy "Buzz" Fisher

November 8, 1918 — September 24, 2012
Service: September 28, 2012

Leroy H. "Buzz" Fisher, 93 of Sterling died Monday September 24, 2012 at CGH medical Center, Sterling. He was born on November 8, 1918 south of Rock Falls, the son of Herbert Leroy and Helen (Robinson) Fisher and was a veteran of WW II having served in the US Army during the Battle of the Bulge. He married Jane Devine on July 8, 1961 in Sterling. She died November 20, 2001. Leroy was a retired truck driver having last driven for the former...

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Maxine A. Livengood

Maxine A. Livengood

July 4, 1920 — September 24, 2012
Service: September 29, 2012

Maxine Adella Livengood, 92, passed away Monday, September 24, 2012, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mt. Carroll, Ill. Maxine Livengood was born on her father's birthday, July 4, 1920, in Mason City, Iowa to Stanley and Minnie (Shields) Birdsall. She graduated from Stockton High School, attended Huntington University, Huntington, IN and the University of Wisconsin at Platteville where she received her teaching certificate. She married...

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Jimmie Joe Jackley

Jimmie Joe Jackley

May 21, 1934 — September 23, 2012
Service: September 27, 2012

Jimmie Jackley, age 78, of Rock Falls died Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Transitions Nursing and Rehab. Jimmie was born May 21, 1934 in Bagley, WI the son of Alfred and Evelyn (Bailey) Jackley. He worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire for more than 30 years. Jimmie was an avid gardener, and loved to go fishing, hunting, and camping in Mission, TX and Buffalo, WY. Jimmie married Carol Ruth Bovey on July 6, 1954 in Dixon. His beloved wife...

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