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Jerome David “Rip” Conner - 84

3/21/1935 - 6/14/2019
Ohio, IL

OHIO - Jerome David “Rip” Conner, age 84 of Ohio, died Friday, June 14, 2019 at Heritage Health of Walnut.

Jerome was born on March 21, 1935 in Ohio, the son of Glenn O. and Hazel (Anderson) Conner. He is a United States Army Veteran. Jerome married Mary Doran on January 18, 1958 at Immaculate Conception in Ohio. She preceded him in death on July 13, 2015. Jerome farmed in the Ohio area for many years. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio.

Survivors include two daughters, Colleen (Paul) Lehmann of Columbia, MO and Laura (Scott) Reuter of Walnut; two sons, Jerry (Terri) Conner of Ohio, IL and Jim (Becky) Conner of Ohio, IL; one sister, Grace Piper of Chandler, AZ; one brother, Orm Conner of Princeton; ten grandchildren, Courtney (Matt) Forristall, Megan Lehmann, Mitchell (Amanda) Conner, Molly (Tyler) Surma, Katie (Mike) Melsheimer, Christian (Katie) Lehmann, Shannon (Trevin) Kennedy, Valerie Reuter, Paige Conner and Jay Conner; and ten great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; three sisters, Jeanne Sapp, Joyce Draper and Glenda Brandenburg; and two brothers, Fergus Conner and Edward “Ted” Conner.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Wednesday June 19, 2019 from 9:30 – 11 AM at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 A.M. at the church with the Reverend Thomas Shaw Celebrant officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Ohio. Arrangements are completed with the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Memorials to St. Mary Cemetery, Ohio

Donald H. Steele - 84

12/27/1934 - 6/14/2019
Walnut, IL

Donald H. Steele, age 84 of Walnut, died Friday, June 14, 2019 at his home.

Donald was born on December 27, 1934 in Kasbeer, IL, the son on George and Minnie (Busse) Steele. He is a United States Army National Guard Veteran, serving from 1957-1963. Donald married Beverly Guenther on September 20, 1958 at County Line Ev. Lutheran Church. He worked in construction for 20 years and farmed for 20 years. Donald was a Village Board Trustee for 28 years in Walnut and was elected Mayor for 4 years. He was a member of the American Legion in Walnut for 34 years, a charter member of Holy Trinity Church in Walnut since 1966 and served on the church council for 40+ years.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Beverly; two daughters, Lori (William) Maddox of Pekin and Vicki Neahring of Walnut; one son, Randall (Debbie) Steele of Walnut; one sister, Margaret Peterson of IN; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Vance) Peterson, Bradley (Kate) Steele, Tiffany Pistole, Dustin Neahring and Andrew (Katie) Maddox ; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Leland Steele; and one sister, Eva Steele.

Visitation will be Tuesday June 18, 2019 from 9 – 10:30 AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Walnut. Funeral service will follow at 10:30 AM with the Reverend Brian Heller officiating. Burial will conclude at Walnut Cemetery. Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is handling arrangements.

Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church and to Hospice.

Babe Brandon - 87

5/21/1932 - 6/8/2019
Walnut, IL

Babe Brandon, 87 years of Van Petten, IL, passed away at her home on June 8, after a several years battle with Alzheimer’s Dementia.

Frances “Babe” was born May 21, 1932 to LeRoy and Margaret Henry in a farm house in Nelson Twp., IL on what is now called Bollman Road. After graduating from Community High School (now Newman High) she studied for nurses training at Rock Island, but when her brother was drafted into the army, she returned home to help her father with the farm.

In her senior year, she met and selected David Brandon and they were wed in 1951, going on to have two children, Dave Gene Jr and Stanley Henry and in later years adopted two girls (sisters), Tracy Lynn and Kimberly Anne (Williamson).

Dave and Babe spent 3 years in Freeport while he did tree work for the power company, when a hired man position came open in 1954, they decided to raise their boys on the farm at Van Petten. They farmed in a loose partnership with her father until 1972 when a disagreement in principle caused them to purchase a country store in Stevensville MT. Together they operated the store for 4 years and sold it to retire to a 15 acre orchard nearby. She learned apple culture, sorting and marketing for 12 years, when economics dictated return to a paying job at 57 years of age, they repurchased the same store again for another 4 years. She was a mother, homemaker and work companion her entire life. A nationally rated firefighter 3 firefighter and fought the fires of Yellowstone Park in 1988. She took great pride in her 6000 volume library and 700 piece museum; and her 1930 model “A” Ford that she drove to school in 1949 and kept all her life.

Babe was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Patrick Henry and older sister Margaret “Peggy” Henry.
She is survived by her spouse of 67 years, Dave; her sons David Jr and Stanley; her daughters Tracy and Kimberly; several grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; as well as hundreds of friends across the nation.

A celebration of life will be held on Friday July 5, 2019 at her home in Van Petten, IL. Please contact Dave for any further information at (815) 380-8043. Arrangements by Garland Funeral Home, Walnut.

Karen S. Burger - 72

7/18/1946 - 4/29/2019
Tampico, IL

Karen S. Burger, age 72, of Tampico, died Monday, April 29, 2019 at her home.

Karen was born on July 18, 1946 in Rock Falls the daughter of Charles and Fern (Bruns) Tompkins. She married Lawrence Burger on July 19, 1969 in Sterling. Karen was employed at National Manufacturing for 30 years and enjoyed gardening and loved all animals.

Survivors include her husband of Tampico; one son, Brian (Beverlee) Burger of Rock Falls; one daughter, Katy Sue Russell of Rock Falls; one brother, David Tompkins of Rock Falls; seven grandchildren, Ethan, Mercedes, Samantha, Austin, Charitee, Jaylynn and Charles; and one great grandchild, Kamdyn.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Debra Burger; one brother, Donald “Butch” Tompkins; and two sisters, Kay Walter and Patricia Miller.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Dalmus Meeks officiating. Burial will be at Tampico Memorial Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Cancer Care Center in Peoria.

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Robert E. Minnick - 88

3/10/1931 - 4/18/2019
Ohio, IL

Ohio- Robert E. Minnick, 88, a resident of Ohio, Ill. died on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Heritage Health in Walnut.

He was born on March 10, 1931 in Ohio, Ill. to John and Ruth (Scallon) Minnick. He was united in marriage to Lois Plasschaert on October 1, 1955 in Sheffield. She preceded him in death on July 31, 2018.

Robert farmed for many years in the area and was a truck driver for several local trucking companies until his retirement. He was a retired Teamster and drove a school bus. He was a member of the Walnut-Ohio Knights of Columbus and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio. Robert was a veteran and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

Those left to honor his memory include his children, Linda Minnick of Denton, Texas, Charles (Tracey) Minnick of Clinton, Iowa, Deb (Kevin) Guinn of Graham, Texas and Kevin (Christine) Minnick of Princeton; 8 grandchildren, Drew Minnick, Tyler Minnick, Beau Minnick, Kalin Westerman, Jordan Minnick, Jarod Guinn, Grace Minnick, Lila Minnick and a step-grandchild, Tanner Guinn.

He is preceded in death by his wife, his parents, a granddaughter Lillian Minnick, 2 sisters and 6 brothers.

A prayer services will be conducted on Tuesday April 23, 2019 at 10:00 AM in the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, followed by the Celebration of the Mass of Christion Burial will be at 10:30 AM in Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ohio with Reverend Thomas Shaw, officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio. Visitation will be from 5-8 PM Monday, April 22 at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with the rosary recited at 4:45 PM.

A memorial has been established in his memory to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Patrick Henry - 90

3/18/1929 - 3/25/2019
Harmon, IL

Patrick Henry, 90, of rural Harmon died Monday, March 25, 2019 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling.

He was born on March 18, 1929 in Nelson Township, Lee County, Illinois the son of Leroy Sylvester and Margaret (Tyne) Henry. He married Marilyn Quinn on August 8, 1951 in Williamsburg, VA. She died December 23, 2017. Patrick served in the US Army during the Korean War. He farmed his entire lifetime, retiring at the age of 85. He was a member of St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon and was instrumental in starting the annual corn beef and cabbage dinners. Pat served on the Drainage Ditch commission, was an ASCS representative, and was active in the Harmon community, organizing the community’s first fireworks. He was also a supporter of Sauk Valley Community College’s agriculture department. He enjoyed golfing, accomplishing 2 hole in ones and an albatross—all with his famous unorthodox stance.

Survivors include three daughters: Judi (Mark) Fenoglio of Chatham, Tricia (Brad) Scott of Redlands, and Kathleen (Dan) Quinn of Pompano Falls, FL; two sons: Michael (Rebecca) Henry of Harmon and Douglas (Sherry) Henry of Rock Falls; one sister Frances “Babe” (Dave) Brandon of VanPetten ; 16 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents; his wife and his sister Peggy.

Visitation will be held on Friday March 29, 2019 from 5-7 PM with the Rosary being recited at 6:45 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Saturday at 10 AM in St. Flannen Catholic Church in Harmon. Burial will conclude with military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials to St Flannen Catholic Church or Sauk Valley Community College Agriculture Department.

Raymond E. “Earl” Marit - 89

10/11/1929 - 3/22/2019
Walnut, IL

WALNUT - Raymond E. “Earl” Marit, 89, of Walnut, died on Friday morning, March 22, 2019 at Heritage Health Center in Walnut.
He was born on October 11, 1929 in Litchfield to Wesley and Ruby (Logsdon) Marit. He married Evelyn Paepke on July 3, 1954 at 1st Christian Church in Walnut.

Earl farmed in rural Walnut for 40 years and had also worked at Motor Wheel in Mendota for over 25 years. He served in the United States Army and was a member of Walnut United Methodist Church.
Earl and Evelyn loved to travel and see new places. He was a fan of the Chicago Bulls and enjoyed watching basketball on TV. Earl enjoyed collecting arrowheads, going to auctions, and gardening. In his down time he also enjoyed playing cards and playing bingo.
Survivors include his wife of almost 65 years, Evelyn, of Walnut; a daughter, Diane (John) Heitz of Normal; a son, Gary (Gail) Marit of Lewisburg, Ohio; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 6 brothers, a sister and a grandchild.

Visitation will be Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 10-11 AM at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow at 11 AM with Reverend David Poust, officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the Walnut Fire Department in his memory.

Lois Baker - 53

11/30/1965 - 3/11/2019
Tampico TAMPICO - Lois Ellen (Kropf) Baker 53 of Tampico, IL passed away at her home with her family by her side on March 11, 2019. She was born Nov 30, 1965 at Indianapolis IN to Harold and Rosanna Kropf of Tampico, IL. She was married to Nathan L Baker on November 30, 1990. She was a member of the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Church of Tampico. She is survived by her husband Nathan; 3 sons: Jaron, Joel, Jason; 3 daughters: Lori, Linda and Lily all of Tampico, IL. Her parents Harold and Rosanna Kropf; 5 brothers Arnold Kropf of Tampico IL, Dennis Kropf of Tampico IL, Dale Kropf of Minerva OH, Douglas Kropf of Tampico IL, Darrell Kropf of Red Bluff CA; 4 sisters: Leila Hostetler (Kent) of Maquoketa IA, Luanne Kropf of Tampico IL, Lynette Kropf (Ralph) of Tampico IL, Loretta Kropf of Tampico IL; and Nathans parents, Donald and Loretta Baker. Visitation hours will be Thursday March 14, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 pm at the Fairfield Amish Mennonite School. Funeral services will follow on Friday March 15, 2019 at 10:00 AM. Burial will be at the Fairfield Amish Mennonite Cemetery.

Stanley Calsyn - 73

3/4/1946 - 3/8/2019

TAMPICO – Stanley A. Calsyn, 73 of Tampico died Friday March 8, 2019 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

He was born on March 4, 1946, the son of Frank and Marie (Grimes) Calsyn. He attended Tampico High School and was a veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the US Army from January 1966 – November 1967 as a Spec 4. Stan had worked for 34 years at the Parish Alford Plant of Northwestern Steel and Wire Co in Rock Falls. Later he worked construction and also at Mazel for approximately 6 years. Stan enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing, traveling and cruises. He was an avid racing pigeon flyer. Stan was a member and served as an officer in the Rock River Valley Pigeon Club; a member and officer of the Corn Country Combine Club; and a member of Tampico American Legion.

Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Jan Hughes Calsyn; three sons: Steven (Penny) Calsyn of Rock Falls, Michael (Dan) Calsyn of Cedar Rapids, IA and Brian Calsyn of Rock Falls; his daughter Leanne (Ken) Crane of Tampico; two step sons: David Vallez of Iowa City and Michael Vallez of Waukegan; his brother Dennis (Kris) Calsyn of Bettendorf, IA; two sisters: June (Art) Spencer of Tampico and Peggy Deets of Morrison.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Nancy in infancy and Janice Eskaria

Visitation will be held on Tuesday March 12, 2019 from 3:30 – 5:30 PM at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. The funeral will follow at 5:30 PM with Jeremiah Parker officiating. Military rites will conclude the services. Burial will take place at a later date.

Rosemary Duffy - 80

1/23/1939 - 3/6/2019

 Rosemary (Kemper) Duffy, 80, of Princeton, formerly of Ohio, Ill, died on Wednesday, March 6 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

 Rosemary was born on January 23, 1939 in Rochelle to Jefferson and Caroline (Bresson) Kemper.  She married Edward Duffy on August 3, 1968 in Ohio, Illinois.

 She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and had served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister, took communion to shut-ins and taught CCD.  Rosemary was a devout Ohio Bulldogs fan and served as past president of the Ohio Boosters and on the High School Board of Education.

 She enjoyed doing puzzles, reading and playing cards. Rosemary loved to cook and was known for her homemade baked beans which were a family favorite. She was an exceptional baker and enjoyed making Christmas cookies for all and especially enjoyed donating them to various charities and organizations. She loved her family deeply especially her grandchildren. Proper grammar was very important to her and she bestowed that on her children.

 Those left to honor her memory include her husband, Edward, of Princeton; her daughters, Deb Duffy and Phyllis Duffy both of Princeton, Erin Duffy of Rockford, Megan Duffy of Ohio and Duanna Duffy of Princeton; her grandchildren, Miguel, Nathaniel, Isaiah, Matthew, Alec, Mary, and Logan; her great grandchildren, Jakobi and Juliette; a sister Dorothy (David) Snow of Crystal Lake, Washington; her brothers, Daryl (Mary) Kemper of Litchfield Park, Ariz., Jim (Joanna) Kemper of Compton and Jeff Kemper of Dixon; a sister-in-law, Gail Kemper of Idaho Fall, Idaho; numerous nieces and nephews, and special life-long friend, Connie Allen of Ohio.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter Mary, a brother Charles and a sister Phyllis.

 Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of fmaily and friends will be from 9-10:30 AM Monday March 11 at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. A celebration of her life will be at 10:30 AM at the funeral home. Inturnment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery in Ohio. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ohio Fire and Rescue.


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