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Gary F. Guenther - 73

12/10/1941 - 7/18/2015
Walnut, Illinois

 Gary Francis Guenther, age 73, of Walnut, Illinois died Saturday, July 18, 2015, at his home.

Gary was born on December 10, 1941 in Waverly, MO the son of Francis and Ruth (Longenecker) Guenther. He served in the United States Marines.  He was a lifelong farmer in Texas and Colorado and former member of the American Legion in Colorado.  Gary loved playing bass guitar.

He is survived by one son Gary “Ed” (Stephanie) Guenther of Walnut; three grandchildren Allison, Ashley, and Allen ; one brother Garland “ Corky”  (Judy) of Houston, TX; four sisters Elaine (Jim) Newsome  of Palestine, TX, Carole (Ken) Hotcaveg of  Valdosta, GA, Susie (Joe) Mathews Weslaco, TX, Barbara Moore of  Bryan, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation rites were accorded.  There will be no local services.  Arrangements were completed by Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. 

Mary E. Conner - 78

2/17/1937 - 7/13/2015
Walnut, IL

Mary E. Conner, age 78, of Ohio, Illinois passed away Monday, July 13, 2015 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, Illinois, surrounded by her family.
Mary was born February 17, 1937 in Princeton, Illinois, the daughter of Dale and Kathleen (Walter) Doran. She was united in marriage to Jerome “Rip” Conner on January 18, 1958 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. She worked for Scott Brothers Insurance for over 20 years as a customer service representative. Mary was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the OCCW.
She is survived by her husband, Jerome; two daughters: Colleen (Paul) Lehmann of Columbia, MO and Laura (Scott) Reuter of Walnut, IL, two sons: Jerry (Terri) Conner of Ohio, IL and Jim (Becky) Conner of Ohio, IL; ten grandchildren: Courtney (Matt) Forristall, Megan Lehmann, Mitchell (Amanda) Conner, Molly (Tyler) Surma, Katie (Mike) Melsheimer, Christian Lehmann, Shannon Reuter, Valerie Reuter, Paige Conner and Jay Conner; 5 great-grandchildren; five sisters: Joan Sisler of Dekalb, IL, Kay (Dave) Willey of Sterling, IL, Colleen (Bob) Bockel of Princeton, IL, Susan (Al) Stickelmaier and Ann Turpen of Chillicothe, IL; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Bill Doran; one brother- in law, Lewis Sisler; and one sister- in law, Judy Doran.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio, with Father Thomas Shaw, pastor, officiating. Burial will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio. Visitation will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., with a rosary service at 3:30p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Dennis P. Driessens - 71

12/9/1943 - 7/10/2015
Tampico, IL

Dennis P. Driessens, age 71 of Tampico, Illinois died Friday, July 10, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
Dennis was born on December 9, 1943 in Deer Grove, Illinois the son of Kamil and Bertha (VanPayrs) Driessens. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Konneck in Morrison, Illinois on February 24, 1978. Dennis was a Tampico Volunteer Fireman for 30 years and was a Whiteside County Sheriff Dispatcher for many years. He worked at RB & W for many years, owned and operated 5th Quarter in Tampico for 9 years and retired from the United States Postal Service after over 20 years.
He is survived by his wife Evelyn Driessens of Tampico, Illinois; one daughter Re Ann Holbrock of Colona, Illinois two sons Kevin (Trinda) Driessens, Scott (Dana) Konneck of Sheffield, Illinois; his mother Bertha Driessens of Tampico, Illinois; six grandchildren; one great granddaughter; two brothers Donald (Pat) Driessens of Rock Falls, Illinois, Darrell (Lynette) Driessens of Nevada and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his father.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday at 4 p.m. July 14, 2015 at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico with Father Richard Kramer officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 1 to 4 p.m. at Garland Funeral Home with rosary at 12:30 p.m.. Cremations rites will be accorded after the service. A memorial has been established to Juvenile Diabetes. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Ruth E. Kelly - 97

1/10/1918 - 7/8/2015
Tampico, IL

Ruth E. Kelly, age 97, of Tampico, Illinois died Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Prophetstown, Illinois.
Ruth was born January 20, 1918 in Sterling, Illinois the daughter of Roy Earl and Margaret (Sturm) McKenzie. She was united in marriage to Richard Dale Kelly on July 10, 1941 in Tampico. He preceded her in death on March 17, 1990. Ruth was a professional pianist in Chicago and Rockford area during her lifetime. She was a member of the Tampico Methodist Church and was active in the American Lung Association. Ruth attended Illinois Wesleyan College and the University of Illinois, majoring in music.
She is survived by one son, Day Kelly of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; one daughter, Margot (Tim) Downey of Vernon Hills, Illinois; seven grandchildren (Day – Michael, Faith, Isaiah, Luke; Margot – Stephen, David, Daniel); two great grandchildren (Caleb, McKenzie) and two nieces (Sandra McKenzie Schmitt, Connie Essig).
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one son, Dana in infancy and one sister, Mary Lou Schmitt.
A visitation will be held Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Funeral services will be at 3:00 p.m. following the visitation on Thursday, with Rev. Leanne Keate, pastor of the Tampico United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will take place in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Tampico United Methodist Church. Garland Funeral Home in Tampico is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Judy E. Sidebottom - 62

4/25/1953 - 6/29/2015
Walnut, IL

Judy E. Sidebottom, age 62, of Toluca, Illinois and formerly of Walnut, Illinois passed away June 29, 2015 at Richard L. Owens Hospice in Peoria, Illinois.
Judy was born April 25, 1953 in Princeton, Illinois, the daughter of Albert and Marie (Von Holten) Schulte. She was united in marriage to Steven Sidebottom on November 25, 1972 in Ohio, Illinois. She babysat for many years in Walnut. Judy worked as a cook with Heritage Health in Minonk, worked at the Toluca Garment Factory and Miller Hardware. Judy also helped Steve run their bar, Suds, in Toluca for 15 years. She was a member of the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca. Judy enjoyed spending time with her grandkids.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; three daughters: Jennifer (Brad) Fandel of Toluca, Christine (Sean) Cunningham of Minonk and Karen (Derek) McCully of Morton, Illinois; one son: Steven (Keli) Sidebottom of Minonk; eleven grandchildren: Merceades Fandel, Peyton Fandel, Sierra Fandel, Brayden Cunningham, Kyra Cunningham, Lucas Sidebottom, Parker Sidebottom, Mila Sidebottom, Isabelle McCully, Maya McCully and Dylan McCully; her mother, Marie Schulte of Walnut; three sisters: Carolyn (Don) Wallace of Tampico, Illinois, Joyce (Dean) Geldean of Harmon, Illinois, Carla (Tim) Gonnigam of Walnut; three brothers: Virgil (Judy) Schulte of Walnut, Marc (Carol) Schulte of Walnut and Jim (Cindy) Schulte of Ohio, Illinois and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Albert and one brother, Jerry Schulte.
Funeral Services will be conducted on Friday, July 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Walnut Bible Church with Rev. Ryan Anderson, Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca and Rev. Eldon Cook, Pastor of the Walnut Bible Church, co-officiating. Burial will take place in Van Orin Repose Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 1, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial has been established in her memory to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca or the Richard L. Owens Hospice in Peoria. Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Merrill L. “Pat” Draper - 93

2/17/1922 - 6/14/2015
Walnut, IL

Merrill L. “Pat” Draper, age 93, of Amboy, Illinois died Sunday, June 14, 2015 at Aperion Care in Amboy.
Pat was born February 17, 1922 the son of Ivan and Helen (Murphy) Draper in New Bedford, Illinois. He was united in marriage to Joyce Conner on October 18, 1946 in Ohio, Illinois. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Pat moved to the Walton area in 1948 and farmed there for his whole life. He was a member of the Amboy School Board, the Lee County Merit Board, the Lee County Deputies Association, the Lee County ASCS committee, and the Walnut Masonic Lodge #722. He was the East Grove Township Road Commissioner for 26 years. Pat was a former member the Ohio United Methodist Church and a present member of the Red Oak United Methodist Church. He enjoyed the Lee County 4H Center. He served on the 4H Center Board and was a 4H leader. Pat enjoyed fishing in Canada, area high school sports, and local livestock shows. He dearly loved his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Joyce of Amboy; one daughter, Kelli (Jane) Draper of Dixon, Illinois; one son, Tom (Theresa) Draper, their two children, Nathan Draper and Lydia Draper all of Amboy; one daughter- in law, Sandra (Michael, deceased) Draper, their two children, Jonathan Draper and Mathew (Katie) Draper, one great-grandchild, Curtis Draper, all of Amboy; one sister Marjorie Frank of Palm Springs, California; one sister- in law, Barb Draper of Ohio, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one son, Michael; one son in infancy, both parents and four brothers, Marvin, James, Ivan “Short” Jr. and Robert; and one sister, Marian Gustafson.
A funeral service will be held Friday, June 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with Rev. Judy Giese, Pastor of the Red Oak United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will take place in Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A memorial has been established to the Ohio Veterans Memorial and the Lee County 4H Center. Condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com

Rosemary Carpenter - 85

9/8/1929 - 6/10/2015
Walnut, IL

Rosemary Carpenter, age 85, of Walnut, Illinois died Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at her home in Walnut surrounded by her family.
Rosemary was born on September 8, 1929 in Walnut, Illinois the daughter of Kennison and Helen (Meltzer)Williams. She was united in marriage to Marvin R. Carpenter on August 6, 1950. He preceded her in death on January 28, 1983. She worked at Model Clothing and Avanti Foods in Walnut during her lifetime. She was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church where she was very active in the church circle and in the church choir. She also was a member of the Bryant Club.
She is survived by three daughters Becky (Mark) Netherland of Glenview, Illinois, Beth Carpenter of Huntley, Illinois, Wendy Carter of Bourbonnais, Illinois; one son Robert (Heidi) Carpenter of Fort Collins, Colorado ; 5 grandchildren Cassie Carter, Justin Carter, Ashley Carter, Logan Carter and Henry Netherland; two sisters Joanne Adams of Phoenix, Arizona, Carolyn Williams of Phoenix, Arizona; two brothers Roger Williams of Corinth, Texas, Larry (Connie) Williams of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one brother Ronald Williams and one sister Mildred Hollingsworth.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday June 13, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Walnut United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery. A memorial has been established Walnut United Methodist Church and the Walnut Fourth of July Fireworks. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Beverley G. Dahl - 79

2/7/1955 - 6/8/2015
Walnut, IL

Beverley G. Dahl, age 79, of Walnut, Illinois passed away Monday, June 8, 2015 at her home.
Beverley was born October 7, 1935 in Kewanee, Illinois, the daughter of Carroll and Edith (Gustafson) Purdy. On February 7, 1955 she was united in marriage to Kenneth Earl Dahl, Jr. in Corwith, Mississippi. He preceded her in death on January 22, 1989. She worked at Harper- Wyman in Princeton for several years.
She is survived by one daughter, Kendra (James) Yohnka of Walnut, Illinois, three grandchildren, Carolyn Joy Sleiff, James K. Yohnka and Konnor W. Yohnka; two great- grandchildren, Reanna and Devin Slaight; one sister, Carolyn (Ronald) Kern of Bloomington, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews.
Beverley was preceded in death by both parents, her husband, one son, George, one daughter, Rosemarie, one sister, Karen and four brothers, Harold, Edward, William and Kenneth.
A memorial service will be held Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with Russell Roberts officiating. Burial will take place in Walnut Cemetery. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial has been established in her memory. Online condolences may be sent to www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

D. Eileen Davis- Nielsen - 94

7/15/1920 - 6/2/2015
Tampico, IL

D. Eileen Davis- Nielsen, age 94, of Sterling, Illinois died Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
Eileen was born on July 15, 1920 in Golden, Illinois, the daughter of Elijah Wells “Tom” and Nellie Schieferdecker Osborne. She was united in marriage to Arthur L. Davis on January 24, 1943 in Tampico, Illinois. He preceded her in death on October 22, 1985. She then married Henry Nielsen on December 13, 1987 in Tampico. He preceded her in death on July 24, 2006. During her lifetime she was a telephone operator, a farmer’s wife, and owned and operated the EOD Antique Shop. Eileen was a member of the Tampico United Methodist Church, The Red Hatters, and was an avid card player. She also was very active at the Whiteside County Fair in the floral exhibits.
She is survived by two sons Rick (Maryse) Davis of Toulouse, France, Paul (Sandy) Davis of Rock Falls, Illinois; one daughter Mary Chriest of Rock Falls, Illinois; nine grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren with another due this year; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, son in law Roger Chriest, two brothers Gene and Lee and one sister Margaret.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday June 6th at10:30 at the Tampico United Methodist Church with the Rev. Leanne Keate, pastor officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Burial will be in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the Tampico United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Pamela I. Huseman - 62

11/29/2015 - 11/16/1953
Walnut, IL Pamela I. Huseman, age 62, of Walnut, Illinois died Sunday, November 29, 2015 at her home. Pamela was born November 16, 1953, the daughter of Donald and Elizabeth (Jones) Francis in Rantoul, Illinois. She was united in marriage to Glen Huseman on November 3, 1990 at the Walnut United Methodist Church in Walnut. She worked as a CNA at the Walnut Manor in Walnut for 25 years. Pam was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Walnut, the Green River Riders and the Community Club. She enjoyed crafting, Elvis Presley music and helping others in need. She is survived by her husband, Glen of Walnut, IL; 2 daughters: Michelle (Mike) Dykstra of Walnut, IL and Melissa Brandon of Deer Grove, IL; 1 son, Jeremy (Michelle) Brandon of Walnut, IL; 10 grandchildren; 2 great- grandchildren; her mother, Elizabeth Shirley of Walnut, IL; 1 brother, Donald Francis of Deer Grove, IL; 1 sister, Tammy (Mike) Howlett of Walnut, IL and several nieces and nephews She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Francis and one sister in infancy. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 10:30 at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut. Burial will take place in Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A memorial has been established in her memory to the Walnut Fire Department.

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