Obituaries

Charley Riney

Charley Riney

August 16, 1945 — July 1, 2019
Service: July 6, 2019

Charley P. Riney, age 73, passed away peacefully Monday morning, July 1st, surrounded by family and friends. Charley was born in Keokuk, Iowa and graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School in 1963. He then attended Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa from 1963-67, graduating with a degree in teaching high school English, a career he pursued for 47 years. During his time at Loras, Riney was a standout on the basketball and track teams, setting a new...

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Betty J. Shumaker

Betty J. Shumaker

November 25, 1923 — June 26, 2019
Service: No Services

Betty J. Shumaker, age 95, died Wednesday June 26, 2019 at CGH Medical Center, Sterling. Betty was born on November 25, 1923 in Dixon the daughter of Harold and Ruth (Tate) Bennett. She married Clarence R. "Boots" Shumaker on November 17, 1943 in Morrison. He died on June 24, 2015. Betty was employed as a Beautician for several years at Gladys Bixby's Home Salon in Sterling. She was a great cook as well as seamstress. Betty enjoyed crafts...

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Harry  T. Riggins, Jr.

Harry T. Riggins, Jr.

October 5, 1925 — June 23, 2019
Service: June 28, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Harry T. Riggins, Jr. age 93, died Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Rock River Hospice & Home. Harry was born on October 5, 1925 in Tharpe, Tenn. the son of Harry T. and Lillis M. (Hester) Riggins, Sr. Harry married A. Winifred Clifton on October 10, 1947 in Rock Falls. She died on December 28, 1991. Harry was employed with Northwestern Steel & Wire for 36 years retiring in 1982. He served his country in the United States Navy...

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Diane DeJarnatt

Diane DeJarnatt

September 19, 1956 — June 21, 2019
Service: June 29, 2019

STERLING – Diane C. DeJarnatt, 62 of Sterling died Friday June 21, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. She was born on September 19, 1956 in Morrison, the daughter of Oscar and Mary Jean (Heeren) Pletsch and was a 1975 graduate of Tampico High School. She married Barry DeJarnatt on September 19, 1981 in Sterling. She had attended Sauk Valley Community College. Diane had worked as a teacher's aide for Bi-County Special Education...

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Leon Neese

Leon Neese

August 30, 1935 — June 20, 2019
Service: June 25, 2019

Leon Neese, 83, a resident of Sterling, died on Thursday evening, June 20, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Born on August 30, 1935 in Sterling, he was a son of Dacre Leon and Louise (Weiss) Neese. On October 28, 1961 he was united in marriage to Shirley Jean Devine in Rockford. She passed away on June 27, 2008. Leon worked for Wahl Clipper for 32 years until his retirement. He served in the United States Army and was a member of...

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David "Dave" Fisk

September 1, 1938 — June 19, 2019
Service: June 21, 2019

David "Dave" Fisk, 80, a resident of Prophetstown, died on Wednesday morning, June 19th at Trinity Medical Center in Rock Island. He was born on September 1, 1938 in Sterling to Harold and Margaret (Carstensen) Fisk. He was united in marriage to Anita Johnson on August 19, 1957 in Norfolk, Virginia. Dave was a lineman for the former Contel Telephone Company, later Frontier, for over 40 years retiring in 2003. He was a graduate of...

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Joahn Kathleen  Hacker

Joahn Kathleen Hacker

January 4, 1928 — June 18, 2019
Service: June 23, 2019

Joahn Kathleen (Tritz) Hacker, 91, a resident of Sterling, died on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at her home. She was born on January 4, 1928 in Freeport to Frank and Marie (Lyons) Tritz. She married Don Hacker on May 22, 1948. After graduating from Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport, Iowa, Joahn went to work for Tritz Implement Company International Harvester and then later for Rock River Country Club as a book keeper until her...

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Tom Cheshier

Tom Cheshier

August 18, 1951 — June 17, 2019
Service: Services Pending

COLETA – Tom Cheshier, 67 of Coleta, died Monday June 17, 2019 at his home following a brief illness. He was born on August 18, 1951 in Sterling the son of Jack R. and Barbara J. (Craig) Cheshier. Tom attended Rock Falls and Sterling Schools. He served in the Illinois Army National Guard. He married Marcia (Conkling) Searing on November 14, 1987 in Coleta. He began his working career at the former Chapman Brothers in Sterling as a welder...

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Richard Condiff

Richard Condiff

September 29, 1932 — June 17, 2019
Service: June 21, 2019

ROCK FALLS – Richard Condiff, age 86, died at home Monday, June 17, 2019. Richard was born on September 29, 1932 in Park Rapids, Minn. the son of LeRoy and Marguerite (Comstock) Condiff. He married Darlene Helt in Rock Falls on March 2, 1952. She died on January 27, 2013. Richard was employed as a Crane Mechanic and Foreman at Northwestern Steel & Wire for over 30 years. He loved NASCAR racing and even drove Stockcar in his earlier years. ...

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Patricia L.  Onken

Patricia L. Onken

June 4, 1952 — June 14, 2019
Service: No Services

Patricia Lynn Onken, age 67 of Morrison, died Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Resthave Care and Rehab in Morrison. Patricia was born on June 4, 1952 in Morrison, the daughter of Ellsworth and Marian (Dykhuizen) Nice. She married Darrell Jay Onken on August 9, 1983 in Morrison. He preceded her in death on February 24, 2019. Patricia retired from General Electric in Morrison. Survivors include her son, Russell Onken of Morrison; step-son, Bill...

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