Gordon Dahl

July 21st, 2016

Gordon Merle Dahl, age 88 of Walnut, died Wednesday, July 20, 2016.

Gordon was born on April 6, 1928 in Greenville Township, the son of Merle and Anna (Renner) Dahl. He graduated from Walnut High School and attended Monmoth College. Gordon married Bette Bolbock on July 24, 1949 at the Red Oak Church. He was a lifelong farmer. Gordon was co-captain of the 1945 Walnut football team that was inducted into the Bureau County Hall of Fame for going undefeated and unscored upon. He was a member of the New Bedford Elite Softball team that traveled to two world championships. He had over fifty years of service to Greenville Township as trustee and road commissioner. Gordon was a member of the Red Oak Church.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Bette; one daughter, Deborah (Eric) Forman of Dixon; three sons, Doug (Cindy) Dahl of Walnut, Dennis Dahl of Walnut and Darrell (Debra) Dahl of Walnut; one sister, Barbara (the late Robert) Draper of Ohio, IL; seven grandchildren, Katie Peterson, Kristin Bartels, Jamie Arellano, Brent Forman, Danae Arellano, Madalyn and Benjamin Dahl and four great-grandchildren, Ayla, Charlotte, Landon and Evelyn Arellano. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Friday, July 22, 2016 from 4:00-7:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Private graveside services will be held.

In lieu of flowers and memorial contributions, Gordy’s family kindly requests that you go out and do a good deed in your community. For online condolences, please visit:

Wayne Swearingen

July 19th, 2016

Wayne M. Swearingen, 74, of Tiskilwa, IL, formerly of Oak Forest, IL passed away on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at his home.
Wayne was born on August 8, 1941 in Bloomington, IL. He served in the U.S Army from 1959 to 1965, and was the founder and owner of Chicagoland’s Petroleum and Advertising Show in Peotone, IL from 1998-2002.
He is survived by his daughter, Brenda; son, Curtis (Jennifer); three brothers, Loren (Judy), Gordon (Diane) and Paul; and two grandchildren, Stefen Swearengin and Taylor Wilson.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Sharon Russell, and Maurice W. Swearingen; one brother, Bill; and two sister in laws, Lolita and Diane.
Family will receive friends at Kosary Funeral Home in Evergreen Park on July 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. until 12 noon. Graveside services will follow the visitation at 1:00 p.m. at Evergreen Park Cemetery, in Evergreen Park, IL.
Memorials may be directed Vitas Hospice, LaSalle, IL.
Online Condolences may be left at

Ruby Hard

July 15th, 2016

Ruby M. Hard, 98, died Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Heritage Health in Walnut.

She was born on August 23, 1917 in Manlius, IL, the daughter of Harry L. and Anna (Anderson) Carlson. She married C. Edward Hard on July 13, 1940 in Davenport, IA. He preceded her in death. Ruby was a member of the Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Manlius.

Survivors include two sons: Ronald E. (Linda) Hard of Wyanett ant Myron (Barb) Hard of Princeton; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and her brother Cecil “Cec” Carlson and her infant daughter, Elaine.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, July 18, 2016 at 10 AM at Manlius Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Garland Funeral Home in Walnut.

Memorials may be made in her memory to Heritage Health (Walnut Manor) or Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church.

Jeanne Richards

July 14th, 2016

Jeanne M. Richards, 84, of Princeton IL passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Liberty Village in Princeton.

Jeanne was born on April 21, 1932 as the 10th child of Otto and Mary Ella (Wright) Miller in Rural Tiskilwa, IL. She made her home with her sister, Anna Espel, after the death of her mother in September 1937. Jeanne attended elementary schools in Bureau County area and graduated from Princeton High School in 1949. She then attended Gregg Business College in Chicago. Jeanne worked at Citizens First National Bank. She married Eldon Richards on October 14, 1950 by candlelight ceremony at First Baptist Church. To this union were born seven children, four daughters and three sons. Mrs. Deborah Ann (Gary) Grady in October 1951, Robert Eldon in December 1952, Mrs. Patricia Carol (Dale) Mitchell in October 1955, William Russell “Rusty” (Martha) in December 1957, Ms. Linda Jean Schuh in January 1959, Mrs. Lorilee (Peter) Cadwell in December 1960 and Randall “Randy” (Jodi) in December 1965. She ran the Strawberry Patch Tea Room from 1973-1974. She also entered Illinois Valley Community College Nursing Program in 1975, and graduated in 1978. Jeanne was employed full time, as a night shift R.N. at Illinois Valley Community Hospital until 1998 and then was an on-call nurse for several years. She was an active member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She was also an avid cook. She and her husband enjoyed golfing and traveling.

Jeanne is survived by her children; Debbie (Gary) Grady of Princeton, IL, Patricia (Dale) Mitchell of Camdenton, MO, Rusty (Martha) Richards of Columbus, IN, Linda Schuh of Chatham, IL, Lorilee (Pete) Cadwell of Roscoe, IL, and Randy (Jodi) Richards of Genoa, IL. Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eldon on March 7, 2016, one son, Robert in January 1991 and one granddaughter, Michelle Rabe in April 1991, as well as six sisters and three brothers.

Services will be at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Princeton, IL on Saturday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m with a visitation 12:30p.m. until service starts. Rev. Derek Boggs will officiate. Burial will take place after at the Oakland Cemetery in Princeton.

Memorials may be directed to the Evangelical Covenant Church of Princeton, IL.

Norberg Memorial Home is assisting the family and online condolences may be left at

Walter Forth

July 14th, 2016

Walter Melvin Forth
City: Bloomington, IL
Time of Death:
Date of Death: Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Place of Death: at his home,surrounded by his family

Services: Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 11:30am at Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Officiating: Rev. Larry VanGundy, of the East White Oak Christian Church in Carlock, Illinois
Burial:Bunker Hill Cemetery, Buda
Visitation: Saturday, July 16, 2016, from 9:30- 11:30am, prior to the service at Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Date of Birth: August 25, 1934 in Wyanet, IL the son of Walter and Carrie (Peck) Forth

Married: Mary Ethel Marquis on June 26, 1953 in Wyanet, IL
she survives: yes

Survivors: loving wife: Mary: two daughters, Sharon (Gary) Roth of Johnston, IA and Chris Foster of Wyanet, IL: one Son, Gregg (Terry) Forth of Princeton, IL
one brother, Gene Forth of New Mexico:
8 grandchildren, Tina (Scott) Heller of Wyanet, Jeremy (Holly) Foster of Wyanet, Angie (John) Frazier of Normal,
Dana (Doug) Sayler of Colorado Springs, CO, Brandon Roth of Johnston, IA, Jerad (Alison) Foster of Wyanet, Cyndi (Adrian) Loffler of Charlottesville, VA,
and Chad Foster of Springfield, IL
11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death: parents, 2 sisters, Dorothy Spencer and Eleanor Davis, 3 brothers, Bill Forth, Earl Forth and Ralph Forth, one son, Gary Forth and
one son- in law, Mike Foster.

Education: Graduated from Buda Township High School with the Class of 1952.

Employment: He retired from IL Power in 1999 as a electrical relay technician. After retirement, he worked with Brad Edler, a long-time business associate.

Memberships: He was member of East White Oak Christian Church in Carlock. He was led to the Lord by Frank Cottington, his Sunday School teacher, around the age of 12.
He was also a Sunday School teacher at Bunker Hill Church of God, Buda and Bethel Baptist Church, Galesburg.
He had the gifts of listening and teaching. He loved leading Vacation Bible School. He enjoyed singing with his family.
Mel was a man of hobbies: fishing, gardening,woodworking, traveling, and astronomy. A man of many gifts and talents.
One of his most recent trips was to the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, NC.
He was truly a servant of God and loved doing things for others. He was a lifetime learner and shared knowledge with others.
He enjoyed life and did whatever he could to make life fun for the kids, both at home and church. He loved spending time with family.
Mel truly enjoyed being assigned to different locations across Illinois to bring physical and spiritual light and energy
to different communities through his electrical work.
Mary and Mel have been led to share the Gospel with whoever they meet.

Military Service:no

Memorials: May be directed to East White Oak Christian Church and Missions

Pallbearers: Jeremy Foster, Jerad Foster, Chad Foster, Brandon Roth, John Frazier, Doug Sayler and Scott Heller
Honorary Pallbearer: Jordan Foster, Dylan and Drew Sayler and Lane Foster
Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton