Chelbie Altepeter - 65
7/22/1953 - 1/21/2019
Sterling, Illinois STERLING – Chelbie Lynn Altepeter, age 65,...
Rose M. Batten - 81
12/17/1937 - 1/16/2019
Tampico, Illinois TAMPICO – Rose M. Batten, 81 of Tampico died...
Bud Ward - 95
3/18/1923 - 1/12/2019
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Paul C. Williams - 61
4/1/1957 - 1/9/2019
Van Orin, Illinois Paul C. Williams, age 61, died on Wednesday,...

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Melvin E. Vest - 84

6/14/2018 - 6/27/2018
Maquoketa, IA Melvin E. Vest, age 84, of Maquoketa, IA, died Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at Crestridge Care Center in Maquoketa. Melvin was born June 14, 1934 in Richland Center, WI the son of James and Merna (Brown) Vest. He served in the US Army during the Korean War and later married his middle school sweetheart, Naomi Allaback, on March 10, 1961 in Madison, WI. Melvin was employed as an electrician. He enjoyed fishing with his grandchildren and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Survivors include two daughters, Dawn (William) Bailey of Fulton and Sara (Michael) Stoltenberg of Clinton, IA; one son, Mark (Mary) Vest of Ohio, IL; one sister, Bessie McMahon of Fitchberg, WI; eight grandchildren, Jennifer, Jamie, Janelle, Jason, Andrew, Zachary, Richard and Nicole; thirteen great grandchildren, Ijah, Bentlee, Azriella, Braiden, Addison, Olivia, Kaleb, Chloe, Sophia, Jaxon, Allie, Alexis and Sierra; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; one brother, Harold Vest; one sister, Doris Stittleburg; one grandson, Justin; and one great grandson, Crews. Visitation will be Saturday, June 30, 2018 from 10 – 11:00 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in Ohio, IL. A memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to

Jack L. Kuelper - 78

6/10/1940 - 6/20/2018
Wyanet Jack L. Kuelper, age 78, of Wyanet, died Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. Jack was born June 10, 1940 in Deer Grove the son of Leonard and Helen (Reffett) Kuelper. He married Judith Morse on December 22, 1961 in Rock Falls and was employed as a mill wright at Northwestern Steel and Wire for 34 years. Survivors include his wife, Judy Kuelper of Wyanet; one daughter, Korina (Dennis) Nichols of Princeton; two sons, Cory Kuelper of Wyanet and Eugene Kuelper of Annawan; one sister, Betty Hotchkiss of Thomas; one brother, James (Esther) Kuelper of Prophetstown; six grandchildren; one step grandchild; and eight great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Leonard Kuelper, Ronald Kuelper, Lyle Kuelper and Robert Kuelper; and one sister, Cheryl Kuelper. Graveside services will be Friday, June 29, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Yorktown Cemetery with Pastor Roger Carlson officiating. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Tampico Fire Department. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico.

Gary D. Johnson - 77

10/27/2018 - 5/31/2018
Tampico, IL TAMPICO – Gary D. Johnson, 77 of Tampico died Thursday May 31, 2018 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. He was born on October 27, 1940 in Sterling the son of Donald and Doris (Gibson) Johnson. He attended Prophetstown elementary schools and was a 1958 graduate of Prophetstown High School. He also attended a short course in agriculture at the University of Illinois. Gary married Joan Olson on July 28, 1962 at the Tampico United Methodist Church. Gary has been engaged in farming all his life. He was also active in many community activities: Ball Program in Tampico from 1967 – 2000; member of the Board of Directors of the Whiteside Co Farm Bureau; member of the Board of Directors of the Whiteside Co Farm Services Agency; Member of the Tampico Lions Club; President of the Tampico Cemetery Association; Member Antique Engine & Tractor Association; Tampico Community Club; Tampico Area Historical Society; Tampico Area Long Range Planning Committee; Christmas in the Country; Tampico United Methodist Church youth programs and many mission projects; former Facilities Committee member of Wesley Woods Methodist Camp in Wisconsin; and he was named Whiteside Co Republican Volunteer of the Year for 2016. He enjoyed being with his grandchildren and nieces and nephews and attending all their activities as was possible. His pride and joy was driving his antique 1950 Oliver 66 in parades. For over 50 years he has been pleased to share Christmas Joy with the surrounding communities by decorating the farm yard with over 100 lighted figures and other displays. He was a great sports enthusiast and did his best to make it to as many local school ball games as possible. Survivors include his wife, Joan; two sons Terry (Gabriela) Johnson of Rockford and Kelly (Carrie) Johnson of Pleasant Prairie, WI; four grandchildren: Michaela, Miranda, Addison and Andrew; his sister Shirley (Douglas) Jensen of Prophetstown. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Dwight. Visitation will be held on Sunday June 3, 2018 from 3-7 PM at the Tampico United Methodist Church. The funeral will follow on Monday June 4, 2018 at 11 AM in the church with the Reverend Leann Keate, pastor officiating. Burial will conclude at the Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements by Garland Funeral Home, Tampico. A memorial will be established in his memory.

Mabel L. Wolfe - 85

11/9/1932 - 5/27/2018
Walnut, IL Mabel L. Wolfe Mabel L. Wolfe, age 85, of Walnut, died Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. Mabel was born November 9, 1932 in Tampico, IL the daughter of Leon and Hazel (Kepner) Palmer. She married Claude Wolfe on July 20, 1952 in Walnut. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2005. Mabel was employed as a housekeeper at Walnut Manor for several years. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Walnut and enjoyed flower gardening, making baby quilts, baking and sewing. Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca (George F.) Cantrell of Dixon and Emily (Kevin) Ross of Iowa; two brothers, Stanley (Jenny) Wolfe of Spanaway, WA and Kenneth Wolfe of Walnut; one daughter-in-law, Rita Wolfe of Princeton; three brothers, Donny Palmer of IL, Leland Palmer of Mt. Morris and Edgar Palmer of Wyanet; and many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and also many nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one daughter, Treva Wolfe at birth; one son, William Wolfe; and one sister. Cremation rites will be accorded. There are no services. Online condolences may be sent to

Robert - 62

11/28/1955 - 5/10/2018
Walnut, Illinois Robert “Rob” Michael Wallace, died Thursday, May 10, 2018 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Rob was born on November 28, 1955 in Princeton, the son of Loyal and Frances (Downey) Wallace. He married Darlene Wiggim on September 23, 1978 in Princeton. Rob was employed at Heritage Health in Walnut for the past 32 years where he worked as the maintenance manager. He also worked at Manlius Grain and Walnut Farm Equiptment prior to working at Heritage Health. Rob enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a charter member of the Happy Hookers Fishing Club. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and his family. Survivors include his wife, Darlene; one daughter, Amber (Matthew) Morman of Kenosha, WI; two grandsons, Dylan and Andrew; two sisters, Ann Sprowls of Sheffield and Jean (Clifford) Smith of Princeton; and one brother, Thomas (Judy) Wallace of Port Byron. He was preceded in death by his parents. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Walnut. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Reverend Thomas Shaw officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial is established in his memory.

Ruthe Ann Howes-Palacios - 55

3/21/1963 - 5/2/2018
Des Plaines, Illinois Ruthe Ann Howes-Palacios, age 55 of Des Plaines, passed Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at her home after a long illness. Ruthe was born on March 21, 1963 in Peoria. She graduated from Bradford High School, Illinois Central College, University of Illinois and then earned her Doctorate Degree from Northern Illinois University Law School. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority. She married Juvenal Palacios on October 3, 1998. She worked for 5 years at A.R.D. C. and 19 years at Cook County State’s Attorney Office. She is survived by her husband, Juvenal; her son, Eliseo of Des Plaines; her parents, Doug and Mary Hansen of Walnut and Tom Howes of Bradford; four brothers, Bob (Carol) Howes of Walnut, Brian (Janet) Howes of St. Charles, Mark (Stacie) Hansen of Peoria and Mike (Minnette) Hansen of Ocala, FL; one sister, Jean (Jay) Morthland of Rock Falls; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents. Visitation will be Saturday, May 5, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, 14733 IL HWY 92. Funeral service will follow at 12:00 P.M. with Reverend Brian Moore officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery.

Oscar E. Koenig - 91

5/21/1926 - 4/23/2018
Tampico, Illinois TAMPICO – Oscar E. Koenig, age 91, died Monday April 23, 2018 at Prophets Riverview Good Samaritan Center in Prophetstown. Oscar was born on May 21, 1926 on the family farm in Tampico the son of Robert and Carlene (VonHolten) Koenig. His father died when he was 13. Oscar stayed home to run the farm. He was owner operator of Evergreen Lawn Farms, Tampico specializing in Dairy as well as Registered Holstein Breeding Stock and Grain Production. He later attended Sterling High School as an adult earning his GED. Oscar attended Sauk Valley Community College taking one class at a time for 16 years earning 2 Associates degrees with High Honors. He served 12 years on the Sauk Valley College Board and nearly 50 years as Financial Secretary on the church council of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Yorktown. Oscar loved to travel having visited every continent but Antarctica. Survivors include several cousins; close friends and devoted farm hands he considered family. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Wilma Koenig. Gathering of family and friends will be from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rock Falls. Memorial services will follow at 11:00 AM at the church with Reverend Bree Truax officiating. Private burial at Yorktown Cemetery will be held at a later date. Arrangements were completed by the Garland Funeral Home, Tampico. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to

James S. Mattingly - 77

5/23/1940 - 4/12/2018
Walnut, Illinois James S. “Jimbo” Mattingly, 77 of rural Walnut, died Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Heritage Health in Walnut. Jim was born on May 23, 1940 in Princeton to Spalding and Marcella (Kolp) Mattingly. He married Linda Berry November 27, 1965 in Walnut. He graduated from Walnut High School in 1959. He was a farmer and worked at Walnut Custom Homes later in life until retirement. He loved baseball, football and hunting. He loved attending his kids’ and grandkids’ sporting events. He was an avid outdoorsman and played fast pitch baseball well into his 50s. Survivors include two sons, Matt (Shannon) Mattingly of Manlius and Dave (Jennifer) Mattingly of Walnut; one daughter, Suzanne (Jesse) Zeller of Mackinaw, IL; his mother, Marcella Mattingly of Walnut; six grandchildren, Dillon (Abbie) Mattingly, Cody Mattingly, Austin Seitter, Blake Mattingly, Keely Zeller and Meesha Zeller; three great-grandchildren, Landen Mattingly, Maci Mattingly and Avereigh Mattingly; one brother, Bob (Bonnie) Mattingly of Deer Grove; two sisters, Lola Carey of Walnut and Kelli (Robin) Hewitt of Manlius; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and one sister, Geraldine Dysart. Visitation will be Monday, April 16, 2018 from 10-11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral service will follow at 11AM at the funeral home with Reverend Brian Moore and Reverend David Berry, Co-officiating. Burial will be at Manlius Cemetery in Manlius. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his memory.

Ronette Mathew - 85

11/25/1932 - 3/20/2018
Walnut, IL Ronette Irene Mathew Ronette Irene Mathew, 85, of Walnut, IL, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. She was born November 25, 1932 in Sterling, IL the daughter of Ronald E. and Irene (Haug) Shawger. She was raised in Sterling, IL and graduated from Sterling High School in 1950. She also attended Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL. She married James Orville Mathew on January 23, 1955 in Sterling, IL. They were married for 61 years. He preceded her in death on November 20, 2016. She worked at Northwestern Steel and Wire in Sterling, IL from 1952-1955. Following their marriage, she and Jim farmed in the Sterling-Morrison area for 5 years until moving to their current farm south of Walnut. She was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church, a past member of the Walnut United Methodist Women, a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority, a member of the Farm Home Club since 1963 and a past member of the ladies of the Sterling Moose Lodge. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, traveling, gardening, dancing and cross stitching. She also collected small salt dishes and colored glass birds. She is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Glenn) Austin of Ohio, IL; two sons, Mark (Mary Lou) Mathew of LaHarpe, IL and Kent (Julie) Mathew of Walnut; four granddaughters, Jennifer Jellerichs and her boyfriend, Jessie Ranjel of Sterling, IL, Lindsay (Jeff) DeBates of Princeton, Mallorie (Jason) Miller of Peru, IL, and Emily Mathew of Kewanee, IL and three grandsons, Matthew Junis of Champaign, Taylor (Samantha) Mathew of Geneseo, IL and Mitchell Mathew of LaHarpe, IL; five great granddaughters, Chloe Miller, Courtney and Charlotte Junis, Myla Miller and Elliot Mathew and three great grandsons, Jaydon Jellerichs, Elijah Junis and Blake Junis; two step grandsons, J.C. and John Austin; three step great grandsons, Austin, Brayden and Preston DeBates. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one grandson, Micah Mathew; her brother, Jack Shawger and his wife, Sue Shawger; and one nephew, Ron Shawger. Visitation will be Friday, March 23, 2018, from 9 – 11:00 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be Friday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Mark Harkness of the Walnut United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY, 10163. Online condolences may be sent to

James L. Donovan - 62

2/10/1956 - 3/19/2018
Princeton, Illinois James L. Donovan, age 62, passed away Monday, March 19, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. James was born on February 10, 1956 at Mendota Hospital, the son of Paul and Dolores (Lampe) Donovan. He married Dixie Stocking on November 25, 1981. Out of high school, Jim worked at Culligan Water in Wyanet and then for LCN Door Closers in Princeton for 23 years. He retired from Princeton Ready Mix. Survivors include his wife, Dixie; two children, Jim Skaggs of Walnut and Brenda Gomez of Spring Valley; seven grandchildren, Mike (Robin) Epperson, Jason (Bobbi) Skaggs, James Skaggs III, Christopher Mongan, Brittany Facemire, Andrew O’Toole and Tiffaney Vanous; ten great grandchildren; one sister, Mary Donovan of Westmont; one brother, Bernard (Sara) Donovan of Walnut and one nephew, Paul Donovan. He was preceded in death by his parents and one great granddaughter, Lacie. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral service will be Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Reverend Thomas Shaw, officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio. Memorials contributions may be made in his memory.

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