Dr. Clem Mattson

July 21st, 2014

Dr. CLEM MATTSON Dr. Clem Jacob Mattson, 77, of Cherry, formerly of Tomah, Wisconsin, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. A memorial service will be held 12 p.m. Wednesday in the Fiocchi Funeral Home, Cherry. Interment will be held at the Ladd Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home. Clem was born on May 11, 1937 in La Moure, North Dakota to Jul and Dorothy (McGregor) Mattson. He married Rose Marie Marconi on September 18, 1970 in Grafton, North Dakota. He received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1963 and was Board Certified in family practice. He practiced medicine in Grafton, North Dakota, Sandwich, Illinois, Iowa State University, Ames and retired from the Tomah V.A. Medical Center, Tomah, Wisconsin. Clem had an inquisitive mind, loved to read, loved to discuss politics and philosophy. He had a kind heart and a genuine concern for social causes. He is survived by: his wife, Rose Marie Mattson of Cherry; 2 sons, Corey (Rachel Shively) Mattson of Bloomington, and David Mattson of DeKalb; 1 daughter, Kristi (Samuel) Pine of Dana Point, California; 2 grandchildren, Estelle and Solomon Pine; 4 brothers, Dr. Joseph (Pat) Mattson of Hettinger, North Dakota, Dr. Larry (Sue) Mattson of Austin, Texas, Don James (Marge) Mattson of Portland, Oregon, Michael (Colleen) Mattson of Fargo, North Dakota; and 1 sister, Mary Ellen Kleuver of Salt Lake City, Utah. Memorials may be directed to: The Care Organization or the American Kidney Fund.

Kaecho Saechao

July 21st, 2014

Kaecho Saechao, 100, of rural Princeton passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Heritage Manor of LaSalle.

Service will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Interment will follow in the DePue Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services Friday in the funeral home.

She was born on May 5, 1914 in Laos. She married Chiemvang Saechao.

She is survived by: Her children, Yienvang (Paluang) Saelee of Laos and Fouorn (Naiyoon) Saechao of rural Princeton; 7 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 9 great great grandchildren; and 2 sisters, Yiencho and Koicho of Laos.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; 2 children, Fouseng Saechao and Muangvang; and 1 grandchild.

Lawrence Thome

July 21st, 2014

Lawrence E. Thome, age 75, of Tampico, Illinois died Friday, July 18, 2014 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.
Larry was born on January 4, 1939 in Sterling, Illinois, the son of Lawrence and Mildred (Lee) Thome. He was united in marriage to Judy Vermeire DePauw on June 12, 1971 in Geneseo, Illinois. Larry farmed in the Tampico area during his lifetime. He was a member of the Tampico United Methodist Church, the Tampico Lions Club and a life member of the Amateur Trap Shooting Association. Larry was also a 40 year member of the Tampico Fire Department. He enjoyed reading, hunting, fishing, and going to his grandchildren’s sporting games.
He is survived by his wife Judy of Tampico, Illinois; two sons Robert Thome of Rock Falls, Illinois, Jeff Thome of Tampico, Illinois; one daughter Sherry Bauer of Union Grove, Wisconsin; five grandchildren Andrew and Reece Bauer, Braeden, Logan and Hannah Thome; one sister Jerria (Neil) Cady of Rock Falls, Illinois; one niece and one nephew.  He was preceded in death by his parents. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday at 10 Tampico United Methodist Church with the Rev. Leanne Kaete, pastor officiating. Burial will be at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Annawan. A memorial has been established to Tampico United Methodist Church and The Tampico Fire Department. Condolences may be sent to:

Richard “Dick” Nelson

July 21st, 2014

Nelson-RRichard L. “Dick” Nelson
1935 – 2014

Richard L. “Dick” Nelson, 79 of Princeton died suddenly at home on Friday, July 18, 2014.
Dick was born on March 30, 1935, in Princeton to Frances and Malcolm Nelson (both deceased).
He was raised with five siblings. Surviving are Wilbur (Virginia) Nelson and Bob Nelson. Preceding him in death were Marilyn Gonigam, Norma Nelick and Ron Nelson. Dick is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
He was a graduate of Princeton High School, Class of 1953 and served in the Army as a radar operator in Virginia and Alaska from 1955 until 1957.

Dick married Judith Ward on September 1, 1957. In the fall, they would have been married 57 years. She survives along with their three children, Leanne (Dr. Jeff) Martin of Princeton, Laurie Wallace of Scottsdale, Arizona and Steve (Gina) Nelson of Princeton. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Nicole Martin, Kelsey Wallace, Colin and Audrey Nelson.

Dick was the founder of Nelson Enterprises which includes Advanced Asphalt Company, TCI Manufacturing and Sales, Tri-Con Materials LLC, Pavement Maintenance Services, Inc., D&J Leasing and AAA Aviation LLC. He also acquired Kory Industries with a group of other investors.
A nationally known leader in the aggregate industry, he produced the PEP Vari-Vibe Screen that changed the world and is still used internationally today.
Dick was also a pioneer for environmental causes and promoted the recycling of asphalt and other “green” issues.
During his entrepreneurial and tenured years Dick merited worldwide patent recognition and employed several hundred people.
He always credited his success to the “team” who managed his companies. He believed his success happened because of the people he surrounded himself with in his businesses.
When Dick celebrated his 50th business anniversary with an open house to recognize his team, the Nelson family established an annual scholarship for a Princeton High School senior student planning to attend a vocational school.
Caterpillar matches that scholarship.

Professionally, Dick served as past president of the Illinois Asphalt Paving Association and was recognized as a leader in various professional circles throughout the United States.
He was a firm believer in giving back to his community and was a past president of the Princeton Park District with an additional 20 years of service as a board member. He work diligently for the development of Zearing Park and the Bureau County Metro Center.
He also made volunteer and material contributions to the City of Princeton and Princeton High School and was a past Grand Marshall of the Princeton Homestead Festival Parade.
Dick was the first fund raising chairman of the Bureau County United Way and volunteered his time with Cubs Scouts and Princeton Little League.

Having a strong faith in a “Supreme Being”, Dick also served on the board of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.
Family and family activities were always an important part of Dick’s life. Flying was his passion and he even built his own helicopter. He also enjoyed photography. He was an avid reader and loved to travel.

In 2011, Dick realized a lifelong dream and authorized his autobiography – Paving the Road to Success…his journey through life and in management.
Services will be held on Wednesday, July 23, at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Princeton at 10:00 A.M.. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, July 22 at Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Princeton Park District or St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church.

Norberg Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.

Betty Fairbanks

July 17th, 2014

Betty L. Fairbanks, age 81, formerly of Wyanet and Bureau Township died
Wednesday, July 15, 2014 at the Walnut Manor Nursing Home in Walnut.
Betty was born on April 24, 1933 in Kewanee, Illinois the daughter of William E.
and Florence (Gibson) Hoye. She was united in marriage to Harry R. Fairbanks
on May 27, 1961in Buda, Illinois. He preceded her in death on May 2, 2005. She
retired from Harper Wyman after more than 30 years. She had most recently
attended Wyanet and Walnut United Methodist Church and was a member of the
Wyanet VFW Auxillary. Betty enjoyed traveling, camping, horseback riding and
dancing to the Rhythm King Band.
She is survived by one daughter Paula (Lou) Cosenza of Mantino, Illinois; three
sons Jerry (Jeannette) Fairbanks of Walnut, Illinois, Steven (Connie) Fairbanks
of Wyanet, Illinois; Richard (Jacque) Fairbanks of Grand Ridge, Illinois; one
stepdaughter Christina Pagel of Tulsa, Oklahoma; six grandchildren; nine great
grandchildren; one sister Lillie Bonacquisti of Rockford, Illinois; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one sister Ellen.
Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Garland Funeral
Home in Walnut and on Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the United Methodist
Church in Walnut. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 10 a.m.
at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Harkness. Burial will
be in Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet. A memorial has been established to
the Walnut United Methodist Church Roof Fund. Condolences may be sent:

Clarke Devore

July 15th, 2014

Clarke A. Devore, age 95, of Tampico, Illinois, died today, Tuesday July 15, 2014 Rosewood Care Center in Rockford, Illinois.  Clarke was born on October 8, 1918, in Bayard, Nebraska, the son of Marion and Lenore (Adams) Devore. He was united in marriage to Mildred E. McRae on August 21, 1938 in Bayard, Nebraska. She preceded him in death on January 7, 1996. Clarke was in the Ministry for 72 years, serving in Tampico at the Church of Christ for 30 of those years.  He is survived by two daughters: Joan Fort of Rockford, Illinois and Phyllis (Otis) Leathers of Elizabethton, Tennessee; one son Richard (Sue) Devore of Rochelle, Illinois; ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter; one sister Betty Hubbard of Gering, Nebraska and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son, Paul; one grandson, Clarke; three brothers and five sisters.  A visitation will be held from 2:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Garland Funeral Home in Tampico followed by burial at Tampico Memorial Cemetery. A memorial service will be held 11:00a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at the Central Christian Church in Rockford, Illinois, with Rev. Sherm Nichols, officiating. A memorial fund has been established in Clarke’s memory to the Tampico Church of Christ. Condolences may be sent to

Leland Puttcamp

July 15th, 2014

Leland Charles Puttcamp
1919 – 2014

PRINCETON / Wheaton – Funeral Services for Leland Charles Puttcamp, age 95 of Princeton, will be Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 2:30 PM at Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton, IL. The family will receive friends during a visitation for Leland on Saturday July 19, 2014 from 2:00 – 2:30 PM also at Norberg Memorial Home.

Leland Puttcamp passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at home in Wheaton, IL where he was surrounded by, and will be missed by, his loving friends and care-givers. He was born June 9, 1919, in Dover Twp, IL to Charles and Louise (Werner) Puttcamp. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1937. Leland married Rita M. Martin in Columbus, OH on May 15, 1943. Leland served four years in the U.S. Air Force during WWII, two and one half years in England and Germany. After the war he worked for over 30 years as a rehabilitation therapist in Veterans Hospitals in Chillicothe, OH and then Hines, IL.

Leland was a private man and a naturalist at heart his whole life. A member of the Audubon Society his grounds were a sanctuary for rare birds and flowers. He also loved studying and writing articles for both historical and genealogical societies. Leland was a strong advocate and long-time sponsor for the St. Joseph’s Lakota Indians School and Missions in Chamberlain, SD.

Leland will be greatly missed by many loving friends.

He was preceded by his parents, his wife Rita, and one son Charles.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to either The Bureau County Historical Society or the Bureau County Genealogical Society.

Arrangements have been made through Norberg Memorial Home and online condolences may be left at

Donald Yarro

July 14th, 2014

Donald Gene Yarro
1940 – 2014

PRINCETON – Graveside Funeral Services for Donald Gene Yarro, age 73 of Princeton, will be Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 3:30 PM at Glen Cemetery in Paxton, IL north of Champaign. Family and friends will meet at Baier Funeral Home, 406 E. Pells St. in Paxton at 3:00 PM prior to going to the cemetery.

The family will receive friends during a visitation for Donald on Tuesday July 15, 2014 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.

Donald Yarro passed away on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton. He was born in 1940, in Oak Park, IL to Dominic and Arlene (Olson) Yarro. He graduated from Proviso High School in 1958 in Maywood, IL. Donald married Karen Lynne Atwood at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Melrose Park, IL on October 6, 1962. He spent his lifetime in pipeline construction and maintenance for NICOR Energy before retiring after 40 years in 1996.

Donald was all about automobiles.all cars, a car lover, and a car buff. And if it wasn’t about cars then it was about being an antique wanderer, wonderer and enthusiast and yes cars come into play there as well.

Bob is survived by his wife Karen here in Princeton, his daughter Kimberly (Robert) Dorman of Bureau IL, 3 grandsons Bryan Oliver of Princeton, Matthew Dorman of Bureau, Robert Dorman Jr. of Lombard IL, and 2 great-grandchildren Henry Oliver of Bureau, and Evelyn Dorman of Lombard.

He was preceded by his parents, and one son Michael Yarro.

Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be directed to Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

Arrangements have been made through Norberg Memorial Home and online condolences may be left at

Lorna Durham

July 14th, 2014

durham, lornaLorna C. Durham, age 88, of Walnut, Illinois died Monday July 14, 2014 at her daughter Sue’s home in Rockford, Illinois.  Lorna was born July 19, 1925 in Sublette, Illinois, the daughter of Wayne T. and Lola (Carey) Johnson. She was united in marriage to Tom Durham on August 13, 1944. He preceded her in death on May 2, 2012. Lorna was a bus driver for many years. She also farmed with her husband, Tom.  She is survived by two sons: Larry (Dawn) Durham of Metropolis, Illinois and John (Cari) Durham of Walnut, Illinois; two daughters: Jeannie Jones of Apollo Beach, Florida and Sue (Chuck) Jenner of Rockford, Illinois; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; two sisters: Eva Blanche Burkey of Walnut, Illinois and Carolyn (Howard) Anderson of Princeton, Illinois; and several nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one grandson, Trent Jones, and one brother, Douglas.  Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at the Garland Funeral Home, with Rev. Brian Moore, pastor of the First Christian Church in Walnut, officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 9:00 10:30 a.m. prior to the service at the Garland Funeral Home. A memorial has been established in her memory. Condolences may be sent to

Shirley Williams

July 14th, 2014

89 year old Shirley A. Williams of Tiskilwa, died on Saturday, July 12th at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison Wisconsin.  Services are tentatively scheduled for Thursday at the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton.