Obituaries

Christopher Michael Mullen

Christopher Michael Mullen

October 6, 1970 — April 19, 2017
Service: April 23, 2017

Christopher M. Mullen, age 46, of Sterling, died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Christopher was born October 6, 1970 in Dearborn, MI the son of Michael and Susan (Venier) Mullen. Chris gallantly fought a rare disabling disease for 46 years. Survivors include his parents of Rock Falls; three brothers, Matthew Mullen of Libertyville, Kevin (Laura) Mullen of Sterling and Ken (Paula) Mullen of Kenosha, Wis.;...

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L. Robert "Bob" Wilson

L. Robert "Bob" Wilson

January 12, 1935 — April 19, 2017
Service: April 22, 2017

L. Robert "Bob" Wilson, 82 of Rock Falls died Wednesday April 19, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on January 12, 1935 in Dixon the son of Pearl Irene Wilson. He married Ann (Schneider) Smith on September 10, 1983 in Las Vegas, NV. Bob had worked for the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad and later for Union Pacific Railroad retiring after 38 years of service. He had served as a past volunteer fireman for the city of Elburn...

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Raymond L. Gibble

August 29, 1925 — April 15, 2017
Service: April 21, 2017

STERLING, IL – Raymond L. Gibble, 91 of Sterling died Saturday April 15, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. He was born on August 29, 1925 in Beardstown, IL the son of Samuel Bowman and Blanche S. (Dietsch) Gibble. Ray's story weaves back and forth between the Illinois, Mississippi and Rock rivers. Beardstown, Illinois lost a promising citizen when Ray graduated from it's high school. Named after Thomas Beard, who ferried customers...

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Jerry D. McKenna

Jerry D. McKenna

July 17, 1956 — April 15, 2017
Service: April 22, 2017

Jerry D. McKenna Jerry D. McKenna, age 60, of Sterling, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at his home. Jerry was born July 17, 1956 in Morrison the son of John and Esther (Eads) McKenna. He married Laurie McBroom on June 24, 1996 in Tampico. She preceded him in death on February 10, 2001. He was employed at Walnut Components for 35 years. Survivors include four daughters, Heidi Scott of N.Y., Amanda (Greg) McBroom-Rick of Sterling, Bambi...

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Traci Lynn Payne

Traci Lynn Payne

August 30, 1966 — April 15, 2017
Service: April 19, 2017

Traci Lynn Payne, age 50 of Sycamore, formerly of Sterling, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Kishwaukee Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer. Traci was born on August 30, 1966 in Sterling, the daughter of Darrell and Nancy (Waldschmidt) Holbrook. She graduated from Newman Central Catholic High School in 1984. She married Dean Payne on June 15, 1990 at St. Mary Catholic Church in...

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Christopher Dean Collins

Christopher Dean Collins

August 21, 1992 — April 14, 2017
Service: April 17, 2017

Christopher Dean Collins, age 24 of Fulton, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 14, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. Christopher was born on August 21, 1992 in Clinton, the son of Paul and Terri (Anderson) Collins. He is survived by his parents of Fulton; his two sisters, Tabatha Collins of Roanoke, VA and Megan Collins (Devon Foster) of Fulton; his brother, Mark (Ann) Collins of Fulton; paternal grandmother, Lynn Brodrecht; many...

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Michael J.  Floming

Michael J. Floming

March 23, 1962 — April 13, 2017
Service: April 19, 2017

Michael J. Floming, age 55 of Sterling, died Thursday, April 13, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Michael was born on March 23, 1962 in Geneseo, Ill., the son of Roger Floming and Beverly (Williams) Daniels. He married Annette Allen on July 13, 1994 in Sterling. He was employed by Allied Lock for 11 years. Michael enjoyed motorcycles and Taekwando. He ran Taekwando schools in Amboy, Polo and Sterling. Michael was responsible for...

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Elizabeth  "Sis" Petersen

Elizabeth "Sis" Petersen

December 12, 1944 — April 13, 2017
Service: April 20, 2017

Elizabeth "Sis" Petersen, age 72, of Sterling, died Thursday, April 13, 2017, at her home with her children. Sis was born December 12, 1944, in Linton, Ind. the daughter of Thomas and Rosemary (Haseman) Williard. She married John T. Petersen on July 10, 1965 in Downers Grove. She was a lifelong Cubs fan and loved traveling, reading and watching movies. Survivors include two daughters, Laurie (Dane) Ruth and Deborah (Todd) Frieberg both...

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Victor Howell

Victor Howell

June 26, 1936 — April 10, 2017
Service: No Services

Victor Howell, age 80, of Sterling, IL, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at his home. Survivors include his wife, Hope Howell of Sterling, IL; one son, Victor Howell of Machesney Park, IL; one daughter, Vonnie Howell of South Elgin, IL; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and Logan Hawkins of Geneva, IL, a special young man who shared Victor's birthday. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and four...

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Marion L. Reed

Marion L. Reed

October 27, 1946 — April 9, 2017
Service: April 14, 2017

Marion L. Reed, age 70, of Rock Falls, passed peacefully Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Regency Care in Sterling. Marion was born October 27, 1946 in Sterling the daughter of Clarence and Vera (Jones) Davis. Survivors include three sisters; one brother; three children: one daughter, Aleta J. Echebarria of Rock Falls; two sons, Steven J. (Cathy) Marlatt of Rock Falls and Donald L. Marlatt, Jr. of Fla.; six grandchildren, Danniel (Heather)...

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