Obituaries

Dieter  Meinen

Dieter Meinen

January 19, 1941 — August 9, 2012
Service: August 15, 2012

Heinz Dieter Meinen, age 71, died Thursday August 9, 2012 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Dieter was born on January 19, 1941 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany the son of Arthur Diedrich and Hertha Marie (Gerdes) Meinen. He married Robyn Williams on July 4, 1983 in Rock Falls. Dieter was employed as a Supervisor with Northwestern Steel & Wire in Sterling for 36 years retiring May 31, 1999. He also worked for Rock River Country Club and Behrens...

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Gary E. Smith

Gary E. Smith

December 10, 1938 — August 7, 2012
Service: No Services

Gary E. Smith, age 73, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. Gary was born December 10, 1938 in Rockford the son of Gleason and Vivian (Pearson) Smith. He married Marilyn Burn on January 23, 1987 in Miami Dade, Fla. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling for 37 years. Gary was an avid gardener who shared a large garden with close neighbors. He loved fishing and...

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Scott Taft

Scott Taft

November 17, 1969 — August 7, 2012
Service: No Services

Scott C. Taft, 42, of Dixon, died Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital in Dixon. Scott was born November 17, 1969 in Dixon, the son of Frederick "David" and Darlene (Nuttall) Taft. He was an assembler at Allied Locke for 4 years. Surviving are his parents, David and Darlene Taft of Dixon; sisters, Pamela Vivian of Dixon, Teresa (Carthel) Baker of Oregon, Melissa (Gary) Sanders of Dixon and Laura (Scott) Coblentz of...

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John Wesley Harden

John Wesley Harden

December 27, 1928 — August 5, 2012
Service: August 7, 2012

John W. Harden, 83 of Sterling died Sunday August 5, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. He was born on December 27, 1928 in Dixon, the son of Vernon and Barbara (Grobe) Harden and was Baptized and Confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Dixon. John served in the US Army from 1950-1952 and later married Audrey Bos on September 4, 1955 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Sterling. He was employed as an Insurance Representative for over 25 years...

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Harold Robert Hunsberger

Harold Robert Hunsberger

June 4, 1929 — August 2, 2012
Service: August 8, 2012

Harold R. Hunsberger, 83 of Sterling died Thursday August 2, 2012 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. He was born on June 4, 1929 in Rock Falls, the son of Harold Abraham and Ada Mae (Stees) Hunsberger and had served in the US Air Force during the Korean War. He married M. Ruth Roberson on June 25, 1952 in Mississippi. Harold was employed for over 40 years as a tool and die maker at the former Frantz Manufacturing in Sterling. He was a member of...

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Jane Elenore Kuykendall

Jane Elenore Kuykendall

March 11, 1931 — July 31, 2012
Service: No Services

Jane Kuykendall, age 81, of Fulton died Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the University of Iowa Hospital. Jane was born March 11, 1931 in Chicago, the daughter of Walter and Florence (Bushnell) Machamer. She married Paul Kuykendall on November 15, 1963 in Chicago. Jane served with Marine Corps Reserve for ten years. She was a receptionist for All Pets Small Animal Veterinary Clinic in Clinton for 17 years after retiring in 2005. Jane was a member of...

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Helen L. Frank

Helen L. Frank

March 29, 1923 — July 30, 2012
Service: August 2, 2012

Helen L. Frank Helen L. Frank, age 89, of Tampico, died Monday, July 30, 2012 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Helen was born March 29, 1923 in Hooppole the daughter of Roy and Matilda (Houch) Covell. She married Lyle Stanley Frank on November 29, 1939 in Tampico. She was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of Tampico; one daughter, Gloria (Ronald) DeValle of Sterling; two sons, Frederic Errol (Beverly) Frank of Annawan and...

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Shawn L Willett

Shawn L Willett

March 6, 1970 — July 30, 2012
Service: No Services

Shawn L. Willett, age 42, of Cedar Rapids, IA, died Monday, July 30, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids. Shawn was born March 6, 1970 in Morrison, the son of Richard Dale and Marjie (Kilroy) Willett. He worked as a metal sculptor for 12 years. Survivors include his fiance; Mindy Bell, one paternal grandmother; Audrey Reiger of Sterling, his father; Richard (Aggie) Willett of Rock Falls, his mother; Marjie Willett of Rock Falls,...

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Lawrence R. Mulford

Lawrence R. Mulford

January 13, 1930 — July 28, 2012
Service: No Services

Lawrence R. "Larry" Mulford, 82 of Sterling died Saturday afternoon, July 28, 2012 at his home following an illness. Larry was born January 13, 1930 in Harmon a son of Roland and Margaret (Garland) Mulford. He was united in marriage to Marilyn Erbes in 1952 at Ashton, Illinois. Larry was a Sterling Police Officer for 20 years until his retirement from the force. He served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. Surviving is his...

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Cody J. Bragg

Cody J. Bragg

January 30, 1989 — July 27, 2012
Service: August 2, 2012

Cody James Bragg, 23, of Sterling died Friday July 27, 2012. He was born on January 30, 1989 in Sterling, the son of Maurey and Kristy (Ganther) Bragg and was a 2007 graduate of Sterling High School. Cody enjoyed all outdoor activities, recreational events and he enjoyed life. Surviving are his parents, Maurey and Kristy Bragg of Davenport, FL; his brother, Wyatt Bragg of Davenport, FL; his girlfriend, Kelsey Schroeder of Sterling; his...

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