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Leslie Renner - 85

9/10/1931 - 12/8/2016
Walnut, IL WALNUT – Leslie Renner, 85, of Walnut, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Leslie was born Sept, 10, 1931, in Walnut, the son of Harry Lee and Maude (Stickle) Renner. He married Charlene Hill Dec. 21, 1952, in Walnut. Les was an entrepreneur, a sales executive, and a business leader. In his career, he worked with Gonigam Bass Hill, Trus Joist Corp., Lam Fab, his own business, and his last was acting CEO at Walnut Custom Components. He had a passion for music all his life, and served many roles in his community as choir director, musician, and producer. He loved his family, faith, golf, travel, and had an especially contagious sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, Charlene of Walnut; his daughter, Nancy (Bruce) Clear of Indianapolis; four sons, Gregg (Pam) Renner of St. Louis, Brad (Lisa) Renner of Germantown, New York, Russell (Diane) Renner of Morrison, and Rod (Deron Boyles) Renner of Roswell, Georgia; two sisters, Shirley Creager and Phyllis Warner, both of Florida; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Dale Renner; three sisters, Verle Tracy, Eleanor Sidebottom, and Gladys Gettle. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Walnut United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mark Harkness officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Visit to send condolences.

James O. Mathew - 87

4/26/1929 - 11/20/2016
Walnut James Orville Mathew, age 87, of Walnut, IL left his home and his farm that he loved so well and journeyed into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jim was born on April 26, 1929 in Sterling, IL the son of Orville and Edith (Grater) Mathew. He attended Round Grove Grade School and was a 1947 graduate of Morrison High School. He leaves his loving wife Ronette (Shawger) Mathew who he married on January 23, 1955 in Sterling. He served from 1951-1953 in the United States Army in the Military Police during the Korean War. He farmed in the Sterling area until moving to the Walnut farm in 1960. He was a landowner and a livestock and grain farmer. He served as director on the Bureau Township School Board, the Bureau County Livestock Feeders Board and the Bureau and Wyanet Mutual Insurance Company Board for many years. He was a charter member of the International Harvester Collectors Club, a charter member of the National Cattlemen's Association and a lifelong member at the Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church of Walnut, the American Legion Post #179 and a past member of the Sterling Moose Lodge #726. He enjoyed farming, traveling, was an avid Red Sox fan and had various hobbies. He had a loving family that meant more to him than anything in this world. In all his years he farmed with and owned International Harvester equipment. He is also survived by one daughter Nancy (Glenn) Austin of Ohio, IL; two sons Mark (Mary Lou) Mathew of LaHarpe, IL; Kent (Julie) Mathew of Walnut, IL; four granddaughters, Jennifer Jellerichs of Sterling, Lindsay (Jeff) DeBates of Princeton, IL, Mallorie (Jason) Miller of Peru, IL, Emily Mathew of Walnut, IL; three grandsons Matthew Junis of Champaign, IL, Taylor (Samantha) Mathew of Geneseo, Mitchell Mathew of LaHarpe, IL; four great granddaughters, Chloe Miller, Courtney and Charlotte Junis and Myla Miller; three great grandsons Jaydon Jellerichs, Elijah Junis and Blake Junis; another great grandchild due in April; two step grandsons J. C. and John Austin; three step great grandsons Austin, Brayden, Preston DeBates; one brother Gerald Mathew of Morrison, IL; one sister, Janet (Bill) Wantland of Seminole, Okla.; one brother in law Ronald Johnson of Sterling; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Micah Mathew, one brother Hubert Mathew, two sisters Eleanor Schneider and Marjorie Johnson, one brother in law Charles Schneider and two sister in laws Pat and Mildred Mathew. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday November 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Walnut United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by the Walnut American Legion Post #179. Visitation will be held on Friday November 25, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Lunch will be served at the Walnut United Methodist Church following the services on Saturday. A memorial has been established to: Walnut United Methodist Church, Multiple Sclerosis Research and ALS TDI . Condolences may be sent to:

Eugene K. Lehn - 87

1/8/1929 - 11/20/2016
Ohio, IL Eugene Kenneth Lehn, age 87, of Ohio, IL died peacefully on November 20, 2016 surrounded by his family at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, IL. Gene was born on January 8 , 1929 in Humphrey, Nebraska, the son of Herman and Maude (Reineccius) Lehn. He graduated from Hall Township High School in 1947, attended LPO Jr. College and graduated from Illinois State University. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Wright on June 4, 1954 in Hollowayville, IL. Gene taught and coached in the Ohio School system for 30 years. He was a volunteer fireman, scoutmaster, and little league coach for many years. He was a member of the Ohio United Methodist Church and the Red Cross. Gene loved to garden and was an avid Cubs fan who had his dream come true by witnessing the Cubs win the 2016 World Series. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Lehn of Ohio, IL; one son Terry (Marlene) Lehn of Ohio, IL; three daughters Sharon Quest and fiance Dale Hasse of Quakertown, PA; Barb (Paul) Narez of Arnold, MO; Carla (Mark) Shewmon of Poplar Grove, IL; eight grandchildren Aaron (Megan) Lehn, Adam Quest, Danielle Shewmon, Brittany (Andy) Austin, Dan (Ana) DeBrock, Jenna (Ben Pitchford) Quest, Dion (Cynthia) Narez, and Sara DeBrock; seven great grandchildren; one brother Robert (Marge) Lehn of Seatonville, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Oakley Lehn, and one grandson Nick Narez. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday November 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with the Rev. Judy Geise pastor of the Red Oak United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date. A memorial has been established to Red Oak United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to:

Pamela J. Hanich - 71

10/1/1945 - 11/14/2016
Manlius, IL Pamela J. Hanich Pamela J. Hanich, age 71, of Manlius, died Monday, November 14, 2016 at her home. Pam was born October 1, 1945 in Sterling the daughter of Paul and Ada (Shaw) Klocke. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1963. Pam married Clare Foy on November 14, 1964. She later married Roger Hanich on November 27, 1982. Pam was previously employed at Harper Wyman, Manlius Clinic and Manlius U.S. Post Office. She was a member of the New Bedford Christian Church. Pam was a master gardener who enjoyed working in her garden. She also enjoyed quilting with her sewing group. She created many heirlooms for her family and friends. She was beloved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. Survivors include three children, Michael (Gary Boyer) Foy of Portland, Ore., Michelle (Terry) Carter of Sterling and Marshall (Rebecca) Foy of Tampico; five step children, Dawn (Chris) Hoban of Fort Myers, Fla., Michelle Hanich of Princeton, Keith (Louann) Hanich of Lake in the Hills, Theresa (Efren) Salazar of Spring, Texas and R.J. Hanich of Chicago; seven siblings, Nancy (Peter) Gartner, Janet (John) Wheat, Patrick (Bobbie) Klocke, Michael (Keri) Klocke, Laurie (David) Penfold, Craig Klocke and Paul (Delia) Klocke; three grandchildren, Wesley (Samantha) Foy, Annika Carter and Mack Foy; eight step grandchildren, Steven Carter, Mindy (Mike) Spencer, Megan (Fabian Mendoza) Carter, Eric Mares, Mitchell Mares, Matthew Schlindwein, Ashley (Cory) Armstrong and Ramiro Salazar; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband and her parents. Visitation will be Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 9 – 10:45 AM at the New Bedford Christian Church. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 AM at the church with Reverend Brian Moore officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in rural New Bedford. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Online condolences may be sent to

Wanda Peterson - 82

6/19/1934 - 11/11/2016
Walnut, Illinois

 Wanda J. Peterson


WALNUT- Wanda J. (Hansen) Peterson, age 82 of Walnut, died Friday, November 11, 2016 at Heritage Care of Walnut.

Wanda was born on June 19, 1934 in Mazon, IL, the daughter of George & Mildred (Brooks) Reader, Sr. She married Richard N. Hansen on August 16, 1952 in Princeton. He preceded her in death on January 4, 1987. She then married Forrest “Buck” Peterson on October 27, 1990 in Walnut. He preceded her in death on September 9, 2010. Wanda was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church and a member of the former Hamilton Club. She enjoyed baking pies, tending to her flower garden, playing cards, and most of all, spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include two daughters, Barb Rutledge of Walnut and Beth Nelson of Deer Grove; two sons, Barry (Karen) Hansen of Hayden, Idaho and Bill Hansen of Chandler, Arizona; three step-children, Kim (Teri) Peterson, Kurt (Julie) Peterson and Bunni (Bob) Cline; one sister, Shirley (Bill) Weaver of Morris, Illinois; one brother, George Reader, Jr. of Coal City, Illinois; five grandchildren, Scott (Ruby) Rutledge, Tammy (Jason) Vidmar, Tonya (Mike) Besler, Trisha (Rob) Blackwell and Cody Nelson; nine great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; three sisters, Vivian Burke, Rita Oakland and Viola Shoemaker; two brothers, Roy and Kenneth “Doc” Reader and one brother in infancy, Donald Reader.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 A.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home.

A memorial has been established in her memory. 

Geneva A. Jensen - 75

11/11/1940 - 10/3/2016
Walnut, Illinois

Geneva A. Jensen, 75, of Walnut, died Monday morning, October 3, 2016 at her home.

Born November 11, 1940 in Taylorville, she was a daughter of Orville and Sarah (Clark) Grant.  She attended grade school in Edinburg, Il and graduate from Ohio High School. She married Willard “Bill” Jensen on July 8, 1967 in Walnut.  He preceded her in death on April 12, 2007.  She had worked at Harper-Wyman in Princeton; Walnut Manor Nursing Home; Empire Level Co; Walmart in Sterling and transferring to Princeton where she retired. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Walnut. She had served as a past Cub Scout Den mother in Sheffield and Walnut. She was a member of the Sterling Women of the Moose and Chairwomen of Mooseheart for 2 years and a past member of the Walnut Chamber of Commerece.

Survivors include her sons: Douglas (Brenda) Jensen of Bureau and Willard “Bill “ (Linda) Jensen of New Bewdford; daughters: Dixi Hill of Walnut and Donna (Kevin) Scanlan of Tampico; sisters, Doris (Gene) Maxedon, Gladys Hanson, and Maxine Hughes; brothers, Fred (Julia) Grant and Clarence (Mary) Grant; and 7 grandchildren: Austin (Katie), Natasha, Savanah, Cody, Evan (Katelynn), Riley, Caden.

Geneva was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson Chad Alan Hill; four sisters: Mary Dyer, Laverne Simpson, Barbara Quickle and Alberta Willis; a brother Steve Grant.

A gathering of friends and family will take place on Wednesday October 5, 2016 from 10 – 11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial service will follow at 11 AM at the funeral home with the Reverend Thomas Shaw, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Walnut officiating. Burial will conclude at Walnut Cemetery.

Joyce Fortune - 87

4/8/1929 - 9/30/2016
Tampico TAMPICO – Joyce Fortune, age 87, died Friday, September 30, 2016 at Good Samaritan Prophets Riverview Nursing Home. Joyce was born on April 8, 1929 in Sterling the daughter of Jobert and Olive (Jester) Kinney. She married Donald Fortune on May 4, 1947 in Rock Falls. Joyce was employed as a Registered Nurse at CGH Hospital and several area nursing homes. She was an active member of the Advent Christian Church in Prophetstown. Joyce was loved and will be missed by her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, Don Fortune of Tampico; one son, Thomas (Regi) Fortune of Tampico; two grandchildren, Christine (Michael) Terry of Tampico and Tommy Joe (Angela) Fortune of Chicago; two great grandchildren, Mikeila Sanders and Nicholas Terry. Visitation will be from 9:30 – 11:00 AM Monday, October 3, 2016 at the Advent Christian Church in Prophetstown. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 AM with Reverend Jim Jensen officiating. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery, Tampico. Arrangements were completed with the Garland Funeral Home, Tampico. A memorial has been established to the church.

Eunice M. Thompson - 92

4/4/1924 - 9/26/2016
Walnut, IL Eunice M. Thompson, 92, of Walnut, died Monday, September 26, 2016 at Heritage Health Care in Walnut. She was born on April 4, 1924 near Walnut, the daughter of Joseph and Ada (McCall) Wiggim. She married Ralph N. Thompson on February 1, 1945 in Princeton. He died May 4, 2005. She had worked as a beautician and was a home maker. Eunice was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut. Surviving are 5 daughters, Sue Ann (Larry) Frank of Princeton, Patricia (Bruce) Atherton of Walnut, Jane (Pete) Miller of Harmon, Julie Thompson of Walnut, and Lisa (Greg) Heaton of Dixon; 3 sons, Dave (Jill) Thompson of Clear Lake, CA, Gene (Rose) Thompson of Eldina, MN and Thomas (Loretta) Thompson of Braceville, IL; 20 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a grandson Brett Thompson; two granddaughters in law Margaret Atherton and Jill Thompson, 3 brothers and 4 sisters. A memorial has been established to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church or Heritage Health.

Mary Susan "Pocius" Doty - 66

5/27/1950 - 9/17/2016
Walnut, Illinois Walnut, IL: Mary Susan “Pocius” Doty, age 66, died at home, surrounded by family, on Saturday, September 17, 2016, following an extended illness. Susan was born on May 27, 1950, in Mendota, IL, the daughter of Thomas P. and Elizabeth (Lonie) Lane. She married Terry Doty on December 25, 2007, in Peru, IL. Susan attended Western Illinois University in Macomb. She was employed with Walmart for over 20 years as a District Manager and Bealls Retail Store in Eustis, FL, for 5 years. Susan enjoyed spending time with her family. She had a lifelong love for horses. Other hobbies included gardening, sewing and crocheting. Susan was an active member of the Walnut Community Bible Church; she enjoyed reading, studying and living the word of God. Survivors include her husband, Terry Doty of Walnut, IL; children, Angela (Patrick) Spelman, Douglas Pocius, Peru, IL, and Christopher (Theresa) Pocius, Oglesby, IL; grandchildren Machenzie Ellis and Mannix Truckenbrod; siblings, Patty (Dennis) Flaherty, Paula (Don) Jones, Davenport, IA, Vincent “Ben” (Diana) Lane, Barefoot Bay, FL., Loretta (Edward) McConville, Greer, S.C., Mark (Teresa) Lane, Earlville, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Craig Pocius, in infancy. Gathering of family and friends will be from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Walnut Community Bible Church, Walnut, IL. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Eldon Cook officiating. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, IL. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

Harold C. "Mick" Dietz - 93

8/22/1922 - 8/20/2016
Harmon, IL WALNUT – Harold C. “Mick” Dietz, age 93, formerly of Harmon died Saturday, August 20, 2016 at the Heritage Manor in Walnut. Harold was born on August 21, 1922 in Harmon the son of William P. and Ethel (Parker) Dietz. He married Jean Blocher on June 2, 1944 in Maquoketa, Iowa. She preceded him in death on September 1, 2011. Harold farmed all his life in the Harmon area and was a truck driver with the Teamsters Union . He was a member of Harmon United Methodist Church and the Walnut Masonic Lodge for over 70 years. Harold was involved in the local CB Radio club for several years and was an avid NASCAR fan. Survivors include, two daughters, Mary (Tom) Parrott of Fruitland, Iowa and Diane (Dave) Schoenholz of Dixon; five sons, Mike (Sally) Dietz of Georgia, John Dietz of Nevada, Joe (Carol) Dietz of Walnut, Jimmy (Anita) Dietz of Texas and David (Susan) Dietz of Walnut; two brothers, Lowell “Bud” (Arlene) Dietz of Lanark and Jack (Gloria) Dietz of Harmon; 30 grandchildren; many great grand and great great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Leota Johnson and Wilma Blackorby; one daughter, Wilma Paris. Visitation will be Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 9:30-11:00 A.M. at the Walnut Community Bible Church, Walnut. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the church with Reverend Eldon Cook and Reverend Leanne Keate co-officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery in Harmon. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home, Walnut. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

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