Obituary – Richard Zinn

October 12th, 2017

Richard Paul Zinn, 57

October 6, 1960 to October 11, 2017

Richard Paul Zinn of Princeton died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 just five days following his 57th birthday. He is remembered as a joyful and loving friend and family member despite having suffered many health challenges throughout his life.

Rick was an avid and active sports fan. He served as water boy to the Waukegan H.S. Bulldogs football team in the 1970s. He competed in the Special Olympics as long as his body was able from his teens and into his 40s. Rick’s devotion to watching the professional sports teams of Chicago was richly rewarded when the Cubs won the 2016 World Series. He could quote game statistics in baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.

Gateway Services of Princeton gave him the opportunity to make his own path in adult life as an active church and community member in his adopted home town. He live out his last years at Colonial Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

Rick is pre-deceased by his father, Rev. Dr. J. Robert Zinn of Chicago and is survived by his mother, D. Laini Zinn of Chicago, brother William Zinn (Cathy) of Citrus Heights, CA, sister Cindy Zinn Ball (Bob) of Chicago, as well as cousins, nieces, nephews, and extended family across the country.

Services will be held at Open Prairie United Church of Christ, Princeton on Saturday, October 14, 2017 with visitation at 2:00 p.m. and memorial service at 3:00 p.m. followed by a reception.

Donations may be made in Rick’s name to:
Gateway Services of Princeton, Illinois
Special Olympics


Obituary – Larry DeWaele

October 12th, 2017

WALNUT- Larry August DeWaele, 70 of Walnut, died Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at his home.

Larry was born on January 6, 1947 in Princeton, the son of Loren and Vivian “Marjorie” (Johnson) DeWaele. He worked for Walnut Custom Homes for many years.

Survivors include his sister, Linda Jeandrevin of Ontario, CA; his brother, Darrell (Brenda) DeWaele of Walnut; several aunts, uncles and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A gathering of family and friends will be held on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Memorial service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit:

Obituary – Marilyn Johnson

October 12th, 2017

Marilyn Sue Johnson, 70, of Wyanet, passed away on Sunday, October 8, 2017, in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.

Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday in the Bunker Hill Church, Buda, with Rev. John Erickson officiating. Interment will follow at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Wyanet. Her family will receive friends from 3 until 7 p.m. Thursday in the church. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for the family at

Marilyn was born on May 21, 1947in Princeton, to Frank Virden and Mary L. (Daley) Johnson. She married Curtis L. Johnson on October 23, 1965 in the Tiskilwa Methodist Church. She had worked at the Ace Distribution Center in Princeton. She was a member of the Manlius Baptist Church, the Wyanet Village Board for many years, the Wyanet Old Car Club, and Co-sponsor of the Prairie State Long Rifle Show.

She is survived by: her husband, Curt Johnson of Wyanet; her son, Robert (Mandi) Johnson of Wyanet; 3 grandchildren, Trent (Kayleigh) Johnson, Derrick (Emily) Johnson, and Katelin (Mark) Skelley; 2 great grandchildren, Caleb and Samuel Johnson; her siblings, Lyle (Carole) Johnson of Lake Thunderbird, Larry (Kay) Johnson of Tiskilwa, and Carol (Dean) Rowe of Princeton.

She was preceded in death by: her parents; and 2 daughters in infancy.

Memorials may be directed to the wishes of the family.

Obituary – Lushin Perry

October 11th, 2017

Lushin C. Perry, 101, of Tiskilwa, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017, in the Illinois Veterans Home, LaSalle.

A graveside service will be held in the Poplar Grove Cemetery in Marshall, Indiana at a later date. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for the family at

Lushin was born on March 24, 1916 in Marshall, Indiana to Frank Charles and Esta Viola (Hockett) Perry. He had served in the United States Army in the 5th division of the 3rd army during World War II in the European Theatre of Operations having served under George Patton. He married Edith Hedwig Pupp on December 14, 1946 in Crown Point, Indiana. He had retired from Consolidated Freightways in 1993 and had worked for GTE of Princeton. He was a member of the Wyanet VFW.

He is survived by: his children, Priscilla (Dale) Ethridge of Tucson, Arizona, Allen (Donna) Perry of Tiskilwa, Deborah (Thomas) Towne of Dover, Wendy (Joseph) Strong of Lacon, and Fay (David) Youngquist of Tacoma, Washington; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Edith in 2005; 2 sisters, Othella and Martha; 1 brother, Clayton; 3 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild.

Memorials may be directed to the Malden Ambulance Service.

Obituary – Tommy Peterson

October 8th, 2017

Tommy C. Peterson
Age: 87
City: Wyanet, IL
Time of Death:
Date of Death: October 7, 2017
Place of Death: Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, Illinois

Services: None
Burial: Cremation rites will be accorded and burial will be at a later date in the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island
Visitation: 6-8 Thursday, October 12, 2017 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Rosary Service:
Military Rites:
Date of Birth: March 8, 1930 / Detroit, MI / Evert Ansgar & Lorraine F. (Drea) Peterson
Married: Mary Ann Weaver / Nashville, TN (They divorced)
she survives: Mary Ann Moses – Andalusia, AL
Survivors: 3 Sons – Todd (Kelly) Peterson – Wyanet, Illinois / Mark Peterson – Andalusia, AL / Vance (Jennifer) Peterson – Wyanet, Illinos
8 Grandchildren
17 Great- Grandchildren
Preceded in death: parents / Daughter – Jill Holly Albritton


Employment: Retired U.S. Air Force

Memberships: St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sheffield, IL

Military Service: Lt Col U.S. Air Force / Korean Conflict & Vietnam
Memorials: Wyanet Rescue Squad

Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton