David Murray

August 4th, 2015

David Lloyd “Buster” Murray
Age: 68
City: Bradford, IL
Time of Death: 3:30 p.m.
Date of Death: Auguat 2, 2015
Place of Death: OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL

Services: Friday, August 7, 2015 / Graveside Services, Oseola Grove Cemetery, rural Bradford at 2:00 p.m.
Officiating: Rev. Amy Holman
Burial: Osceola Grove, Rural Bradford
Visitation: None
Date of Birth: December 17, 1946 / Kewanee, IL / Lloyd & Dorothy (Fawcett) Murray

Survivors: Fiancee – Carol Dykeman – Kewanee, IL

Step-Brother – Larry (Bonnie) Fansler – Bradford, IL
3 Brothers – Ronnie (Patty) Murray – Aurora, CO / John (Pat) Murray – TX / Michael (Linda) Murray – Kewanee, IL
3 Sisters – Faye (Denny) Curtis – Kewanee, IL / Mary Wilkinson – Bradford, IL / Jane Murray – Bradford, IL
Numerous Nieces & Nephews

Preceded in death: parents,

Employment: farm worker / Cox Fertilizer, Bradford, IL / Longman Brothers for 10 years / Road Commissioners for Elmira Twp for 24 years.

Memorials: Bradford Rescue Squad

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Bradford

Thomas Cedric Strouse

July 31st, 2015

Thomas Cedric “Ced” Strouse, 85, of rural Buda, IL joined longtime buddy Burton Doty in heaven on Sunday, July 26,

2015 after dying at home surrounded by his earthly angels, Kelly Hechtner and her team, who cared for him for over

five years. The family expresses their gratitude to the team and Unity Hospice – Rochelle. Memorial visitation will be

held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5th at Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, Sheffield. Private inurnment

services will be held at Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, IL with military honors. Memorials may be made to Mason

Memorial Public Library, PO Box 55, Buda, IL, 61314.

Born to Edgar M. and Jessie C. (Cecil) Strouse on October 22, 1929 in Elkhart, IN, Ced moved to his mother’s family

farm in Bureau County as a teenager. He received his accounting degree from Bradley University, served in the U.S.

Air Force as a cryptographer during the Korean War, and farmed with his brother Ted Strouse for decades. Ced had

been a member of Hidden Lake Country Club and Princeton Elks Club and past president of Sheffield Lions Club.

We’ll all miss the impish twinkle in his eye. It tickled him to drop just a subtle, harmless hint about someone at

Langford Pharmacy and observe how much a rumor spread and evolved. An avid golfer, fisherman, gardener, card

player and cigar-eating yet big-hearted fellow, Ced thrived on helping others.

Survivors include nephew Paul Strouse (Cindi Knickrehm), niece Lisa (Tony) Caramia, and grandnephews Cole

Hunton and Paxton Strouse. Ced’s parents, brother, sister-in-law Pat Strouse, and niece Kay Strouse preceded him in


Online condolences for Ced may be left at his obituary on

Billie Jessen

July 29th, 2015

Billie A. Jessen, 80 of Hennepin died on Monday, July 27, 2015 at her residence.

Service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Dysart – Cofoid Funeral

Chapel, Granville. Rev. Mike Barclay will officiate. Burial will be at Riverside

Cemetery, Hennepin.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Dysart – Cofoid

Funeral Chapel, Granville.

Billie was born in Chicago, Illinois on January 1, 1935 to Floyd and Guistina “Jean”

(Actis) Brown. She married Gudmund “Sonny” Jessen on May 28, 1955 in Granville.

She graduated from Hennepin High School. Billie was Deputy Clerk for the Putnam

County Clerk for many years. Billie was also a legal secretary for Durley Boyle Law

Firm in Hennepin, a mother and homemaker.

Billie was a member of the Hennepin United Methodist Church and the Putnam County

Democrats Organization.

She is survived by one son, Craig (Amy) Jessen Sr. of Hennepin; two daughters, Debra

Jessen Holmes of Standard and Cheryl Jessen Keegan of Peru; six grandchildren,

Nicholas Keegan of Hennepin, Amanda (Jason) Scaggs of Hennepin, Craig (Bailey)

Jessen Jr. of Hennepin, Jeremy Jessen of Peru, Cody Jessen of Granville and Joshua

Jessen of Hennepin; two great-grandchildren, Jack Jessen and Presley Scaggs; two sister-

in-law’s, Delores Jessen of Hennepin and Ann Brown of Hennepin.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, “Sonny” in 2003 and her twin

brothers, Floyd and Harvey Brown.

Contributions may be directed to donor’s choice.

Pallbearers will be Nic Keegan, Cody Jessen, Jeremy Jessen, Josh Jessen, Craig Jessen Jr.

and Jason Scaggs.

Online condolences may be made to her family at

Ireta Merkley

July 28th, 2015

Ireta L. “Rita” Merkley
Age: 85
City: Princeton, IL
Time of Death: 8:00 p.m.
Date of Death: July 26, 2015
Place of Death: Liberty Village of Princeton

Services: Friday, July 31, 2015 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton at 11:00 a.m.
Officiating: Rev. Laura Tanner
Burial: Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton, IL
Visitation: 4-7 Thursday, July 30, 2015 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Rosary Services:

Date of Birth: Janaury 14, 1930 / Spring Valley, IL / George E. & Clara Katheryn (Van Der Voorte) Rowley

Married: Frank P. Merkley / Princeton, Illinois / March 15, 1947
he survives: Frank P. Merkley – Princeton, IL

Survivors: Son – Lon (Jane) Merkley – Princeton, IL
3 Grandchildren – Dr. Michelle (Chris) Oliver – Athens, IL / Lance (Tabatha) Merkley – Lake Bruin, LA / Jarrod (Elisha) Merkley – Princeton, IL
4 Great-Grandchildren – Elana Martinez – Princeton, Il / Mason Merkley – Princeton, IL / Carter Merkley – Lake Bruin, LA / Alexander Oliver – Athens, IL
2 Brothers – Walter (Gladys) Rowley – Princeton, IL / William (Silvia) Nelson – Princeton, IL

Preceded in death: parents – George Rowley & Clara Katheryn Nelson / Daughter – Pamela Merkley

Employment: Self Employed as a busisness Women & Owner & Operator Old Times – Quilters Heaven and Lacery

Memorials: Illinois Valley Hospice, Illinois Community Hospital, Peru, IL / Princeton Fire Dept

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Vernon Miller

July 27th, 2015

Vernon Kaye Miller
Age: 70
City: Manlius, Illinois
Time of Death: 2:18 p.m.
Date of Death: July 25, 2015
Place of Death: Unity Point Health, Peoria, Illinois

Services: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 / Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius at 10:00 a.m.
Officiating: Rev. Brian Moore
Burial: Mineral Cemetery, Mineral, Illinois
Visitation: 4-7 Tuesday, July 28, 2015 / Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius

Date of Birth: August 13, 1944 / Kewanee, Illinois / Virgil & Billie (Bennett) Miller

Survivors: 2 Daughters – Christine Bohms – Oregon, IL / Janelle (Mike) Smith – Sheffield, IL
2 Sons – Timothy K. Miller – Sheffield, IL / Matthew (Belinda) Miller – Sheffield, IL
12 Grandchildren
4 Great-Grandchildren
Brother – Jon Miller – Sheffield, IL
Significant other – Cheryl Bishop – Sheffield, IL
Niece – Joleen (Dan) Zulkowsky-Cook – Paducah, KY

Preceded in death: parents / grandson – Ryan Niedziela / Sister – Paula Zulkowsky

Education: Grad Manlius High School in 1962

Employment: Lifetime farmer

Memberships: Manlius Sportsman’s club / Bureau County Farm Bureau

Military Service: no

Memorials: Family of Vernon Kaye Miller / Manlius Rescue Squad

Pallbearers: Jim Thompson / Kenneth Brummel / Richard Brummel / Scott Milby / Greg Whitmer / Ed Wilhelm / Spencer Davis
Honorary Pallbearers: Thomas Jones / Lowell Kepner / Bob Hensel / Bill Wessel

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius

Nicholas Decker

July 22nd, 2015

Nicholas Scott Decker
Age: 19
City: Spring Valley, IL formely Sheffield
Time of Death: 1:05 p.m.
Date of Death: July 19, 2015
Place of Death: at home in Spring Valley, IL

Services: Private Services / Cremation Rites will be accorded
Officiating: Rev. Laura Tanner
Burial: Inurnment Oakland Cemetery, Princeton
Visitation: None

Date of Birth: March 13, 1996 / Wurzburg, Germany / Michael & Julie (Post) Decker

Survivors: Father – Michael Decker – Marysville, OH

Mother – Julie (Doug) Platz – New Bedford, IL
Brother – Kyle Decker – New Bedford, IL
2 Step – Brothers – Andrew (Kelly) Platz – Geneseo, IL / Alex Platz – New Bedford, IL
step-sister – Tiffany Platz – Kewanee, IL
Grand-Parents – Roger Post – Princeton, IL / Betty Ann Black – Marysville, OH

Preceded in death: Grandmother – Jaqueline Post / Grandfather – Scotty Black

Memorials: Friends of Strays, Princeton

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Marion Albrecht

July 21st, 2015

Marion Niles Albrecht, age 96, of Tiskilwa died July 19, 2015. He was born to Levi

and Lydia (Roth) Albrecht on May 10, 1919, in Morton, Illinois, the second of three sons.

As a youth, he was baptized and became a member of Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church,

now First Mennonite Church of Morton. Most recently he was a member of Willow

Springs Mennonite Church in Tiskilwa, IL.

He graduated from Morton High School and attended Goshen College for two years. He

participated in Civilian Public Service (CPS) during WW II from 1942-1946, with most

of that time serving at a mental hospital in Wilmington, Delaware. On June 11, 1944 he

married Oleeda June Sutter from Hopedale, Illinois.

Marion farmed in both the Morton and Tiskilwa areas for 45 years. Throughout his life

he participated in both community and church activities. He had been a member of the

Tazewell County and Bureau County Farm Bureaus, Brown Swiss Cattlemen’s

Association, Hampshire Swine Association, and the American Kennel Club. At church

he served on various church committees, volunteered for Menno Haven Camp and

Retreat Center, Mennonite Disaster Service, and the Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center.

He had fun playing sports in addition to attending sporting events of his children and

grandchildren. Marion liked guiding his children in 4-H projects when they were young.

He enjoyed woodworking and refinishing furniture. Playing board and card games with

friends and family were also a favorite pastime.

Surviving are his children: Arlee (Richard) Blackburn, Wayne (Annette), Connie (Elvin)

Krabill, and Sylvia Aschliman. He has seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He has one brother, Milo, and two nieces. He was preceded in death by: his parents; a

brother, Howard; and his wife, Oleeda.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Willow Springs Mennonite Church or

Menno Haven Camp and Retreat Center.

Visitation: Friday, July 24, 2015, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Norberg Memorial Home, 701

East Thompson Street, Princeton, IL. An additional opportunity will be one hour before

the funeral service at Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa, IL.

Funeral Service: Saturday, July 25, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Willow Springs Mennonite

Church, 16621 Kentville Rd., Tiskilwa, IL with Rev. Earl Sears officiating.

Interment: Willow Springs Mennonite Church Cemetery, Tiskilwa, IL.

Online condolences may be left at

Esther Waldron

July 21st, 2015

Esther A. Waldron, age 96 of Tampico, Illinois died Saturday, July 18, 2015 at CGH

Medical Center in Sterling.

Esther was born on July 10, 1919 in Huron, South Dakota, the daughter of

Clarence and Anna (Ritter) Holforty . She was united in marriage to Manford

“Wally” Waldron on August 9, 1942 in Nebraska. He preceded her in death on

October 5, 1995. She enjoyed crocheting, gambling, and her dog Amy.

She is survived by 7 daughters, Karen (Barney)Hemminger of Sterling, IL, Vickie

(Rick) McKay of Rock Falls, IL, Cheryl (David) Adams of Sterling, IL, Jackie Adams of

Tampico, IL, DeAnn (Mick) Bryan of Tampico, IL, Bobbie Jo (Danny) Conduff of

Morrison, IL, Cindy (Paul) Haney of Tampico, IL, 3 sons Jerry Waldron of

Davenport, IA, Dennis (Betty) Waldron of Sterling, IL; Wally (Sharon) Waldron of

Sterling, IL; 30 grandchildren; 53 great grandchildren; several great-great

grandchildren; one sister Maxine Baker of Sioux Falls, SD; and numerous nieces

and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, one daughter Carol, and two

daughters in infancy, four sisters and one brother.

Private Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday 10:30 a.m. at the Garland

Funeral Home in Walnut with the Rev. Leanne Keate, pastor of the Tampico

United Methodist Church. Burial will be Tampico Memorial Cemetery. A memorial

has been established. Online condolences may be sent to:

Gary Guenther

July 21st, 2015

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. Condolences may be sent


Ross Clayton

July 16th, 2015

87 year old Ross Clayton of Princeton died on Tuesday. He was born September 15th 1927 and was a farmer in Dover Township for over 50 years. He married Minnie Norene on February 21, 1948. Survivors are his wife, one son Tom (Marilyn) Clayton of Princeton, 3 grand children and seven great grand children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one son Lonnie Clayton and one sister Dorothy Gronwald.

Services will be held Saturday July 18th at 10:30 AM at the Norberg Memorial Home In Princeton and the visitation will be held on Friday evening from 5 until 7 also at Norberg Memorial Home.