Lillie Kleckner

June 25th, 2016

Lillie Kleckner of Princeton passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Manor Court, Liberty Village, in Princeton.

Born in Cranberry Township, N.C., to Lincoln and Rosa (Loveless) Buchanan, she married Donald E. Kleckner Dec. 30, 1959, in North Carolina. He died Sept. 6, 2011.

She was a CNA private care taker in the Princeton area for many years.

She was a member of the Princeton Wesleyan Church. She enjoyed needlework and quilting.

Surviving are two sons, Alan (Rose) Kleckner of Ocala, Fla., and Scott (Anita) Kleckner of Princeton; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one brother, Oscar (Sandy) Buchanan of Pennsylvania.

She was also preceded in death by her parents; one son, Kip; and two sisters and one brother.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, at the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, with Pastor Ron Townsley officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials have been established to the family.

Richard Carroll

June 24th, 2016

Richard J. “Dick” Carroll, age 81, of Bradford, IL passed away Wednesday,

June 22, 2016 at his home.

Dick was born April 23, 1935 in Camp Grove, IL, the son of Raymond and

Ursula (Sager) Carroll. He married Wanda Lucille Unterfer June 25, 1971 at

Visitation Catholic Church in Kewanee, IL.  Dick and Lucy would have

celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this week. He graduated from

Wyoming High School with the Class of 1953. Dick was a lifelong Stark

County resident and farmer. He was a member of St. John the Baptist

Catholic Church. Dick retired in 2001 and enjoyed spending time with his

family and friends.

Dick is survived by his wife, Lucy of Bradford, IL; four children: Michael

Carroll of Coal Valley, IL, Anne Carroll of Coal Valley, IL, Daniel (Ariana)

Carroll of Colorado Springs, CO and William (Sara) Carroll of Villa Grove,

IL; three grandchildren: Ethan, Emma and Elijah Carroll of Villa Grove, IL;

one sister, Dorothy (Jim) Allen of Richardson, TX and many nieces and


He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Barbara Swanson

and Irene Smith and one brother, Dean Carroll.

A funeral mass will be held Monday, June 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at St.

John the Baptist Catholic Church, Bradford, with Father John Cyr

officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, June 26 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at

the Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford. Cremation rites will be

accorded after services at Grant- Johnson Funeral Homes, Inc and

Crematory, Princeton. Inurnment will take place at a later date. Memorials

may be directed to the Bradford Rescue Squad in Dick’s memory. Online

condolences may be left at

Elizabeth “Betty” Hoover

June 23rd, 2016

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Hoover, age 84 of Dixon, died Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at KSB Hospital in Dixon.

Betty was born on December 5, 1931 in Princeton, the daughter of Philip and Alberta (Bolbock) Spohn. She retired from KSB after working for many years in the transcription department. Betty was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon.

Survivors include her daughter, Nancy (Jose) Castillo of Dallas, TX; two sisters, Louise (Richard) Yob of Milwaukee, WI and Marilyn (Clarence) Blaine of Sublette, IL; one brother, Don (Georgine) Spohn of Ohio, IL; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and daughter, Marilyn Hoover.

A Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, June 27, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Anne Catholic Church in Dixon, with the Rev. Antoni Kretowicz officiating. A gathering of family and friends will be from 9:00-10:00 A.M. at the church. Burial will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Ohio, IL.

Garland Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Raymond Hodge

June 21st, 2016

Raymond H. Hodge, 87, of Princeton passed away peacefully at home in his sleep on Father’s Day morning, June 19, 2016. He was a cherished husband as well as a beloved father to five children, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Born Aug. 11, 1928, in Ewing to Raymond F. and Jewell M. (Martin) Hodge, he married Betty J. Warling Dec. 26, 1951, in Princeton. She survives.

He moved with his parents from southern Illinois to the Manlius-New Bedford area around 1948. He served two years in the Army during the Korean War. Upon returning from Korea, he got a job stocking shelves at the Piggly Wiggly grocery store near the fairgrounds in Princeton. Within four years, he was promoted to manager and remained the manager for 30 years in which time Piggly Wiggly became the Eagle Super Market, occupying the building that is now the Princeton Public Library. Retiring at the age of 59, he spent his retirement years enjoying vacations with his wife, his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed visiting presidential homes and sitting on his front porch in the summertime saying “hello there” to passersby, an activity he enjoyed on his last night in this life.

Before ill health struck, he attended the First Christian Church in Princeton for many years, as well as the Hampshire Colony Church.

Survivors include his five children, Michael (Amy) Hodge of DeKalb, Cheryl (Bil) Bebej of Princeton, Patrick Hodge of Princeton, Thomas Hodge of Rochester, N.Y., and Kami (Dave) Krieger of Princeton; his 13 grandchildren, Nicole (Keith) Enstrom, Darin (Kim) Croegaert Ginger (Brian) Evans, Ryan (Melissa) Bebej, Britani (Charles) Sidwell, Nathan (Catherine) Hodge, Joshua Hodge, Timothy Hodge, Matthew (Maggie) Krieger, Ethan (Trina) Krieger, Kathryn Krieger, Chelsea Vance and Andrew Broset; his seven great-grandchildren, Keira Croegaert, Aidan Croegaert, Parker Evans, Chase Evans, Kyler Bebej, Devin Bebej and Ainsley Sidwell; one brother, John Hodge of Shabbona; and two sister, Marietta Rashid and Judy Stepanek, both of Iowa.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton with the Rev. Michael Hodge officiating. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be directed to Bureau County Young Life.

Online condolences may be left at

Jesse Walters

June 20th, 2016

Jesse Lee Walters
Age: 25
City: P{rinceton, IL
Time of Death: 10:30 p.m.
Date of Death: June 17, 2016
Place of Death: at home, Princeton, IL

Services: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 / New Hope Church of Nazerene, Princeton, IL at 11:00 a.m.
Officiating: Pastor Laura Tanner
Burial: Inurnment at later date / Cremation Rites will be accorded at Grant-Johnson Funeral Homes, Inc. Crematory Princeton
Visitation: 8-11 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, 2016 / New Hope Church of Nazarene, Princeton

Date of Birth: March 13, 1991 / LaCrosse, WI / Justin D. & Janice F. (Murphy) Walters

Married: never married

Survivors: Parents – Justin & Janice Walters – Princeton, IL
Brothers – Luke (Christina) Walters – Princeton, IL / John (Heather) Walters – Princeton, IL
2 Nieces – Maddie Walters & Kendall Walters – Princeton, IL
Grandparents – John & Linda Murphy – Princeton, IL / Marge Walters – Princeton, IL
2 Uncles – Mike Murphy – Hyattsville, MD / Andy (Mindi) Murphy – Waxahachie, TX
2 Aunts – Katie (Charlotte Albrecht) Murphy – Dexter, MI / Kimber (Cal) Swanson – Urbana, IL
Several Cousins

Preceded in death: Paternal Grandparents – Lee R. & Margaret M. “Midge” Walters
Great-Grandparents – Gerald & Leaffie Murphy

Education: Grad Princeton Christian Academy / Grd Princeton High School, Princeton, IL in 2009

Employment: Work for the City of Princeton, Street Department

Memberships: Jesse loved his family and his life long friends. They enjoyed his dry wit and sense of humor. Jesse was interested in drag racing, politics and animals, especialy tigers & rats. He enjoyed hard work. He fought hard but lost his battle against depression and alcoholism. His faith remained firm.
He leaves a huge hole in the hearts of those who loved him.

Military Service: no

Memorials: Local Alcoholics Anomymous

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton