Obituary – Allyn Frank May

December 4th, 2018

Allyn Frank May, 71, or Princeton, IL passed away on November 25, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital surrounded by loved ones.

Allyn was born in Princeton, IL to Lloyd and Alyce (Kreiger) May on September 21, 1947.  He was a graduate of Princeton High School and married his love Sue McDonald on January 5, 1979 in Princeton, IL.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church and worked as a farmer.

He was a member of the US Army Reserves from 1965 to 1971.  Allyn was also a member of the Illinois Farm Bureau and enjoyed collecting old tractors and going to tractor pull events.  He loved spending time with his family and his loving wife of almost 40 years, Sue.

He is survived by his wife, Sue, his son Justin (Rita) May and four grandchildren, one brother Pete (Karen) May.

He is preceded in death by his parents.  

The family will be having a private service at a later date.

Arrangements by Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, IL

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Obituary – Barbara Larson

December 4th, 2018

Barbara F. Larson, 91, of Princeton, IL passed away on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at her home surrounded by loved ones.
Barbara was born on May 22, 1927 to Raymond and Viola (Scott) Gerard in Toulon, IL. She married the late James Larson on January 2, 1948 at the Methodist Church in Princeton, IL. She was a homemaker and raised their three children.
She enjoyed sewing and embroidery, as well as cooking for her family and supporting her favorite baseball team The Chicago Cubs. She loved to garden and spend time with her family.
Barbara is survived by two sons, Robert “Bob” Larson – Peru, IL, William “Bill” (Christine) Larson – Rock Falls, IL; and one daughter, Brenda Larson of Princeton, IL; two grandsons, Jeff Larson and Mark Larson; two great grandchildren, William Larson and Guilianna Larson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James Larson (2000), one daughter in infancy, two sisters, Geraldine Calef, Donna Behnke.
Services will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018, 12:00 p.m. at Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton, IL. Officiated by Pastor Brad Wilson, followed by a graveside service at Oakland Cemetery.
A visitation will be held at Norberg Memorial Home on Friday, December 7, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. prior to services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for charitable disbursement.
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Obituary – Ronald Pond

November 27th, 2018

Ronald Pond, 76, of Sheffield died Monday, November 26, 2018 at his son’s home in Sheffield.
He was born October 30, 1942 the son of Calvin and Naomia (Anderson) Pond in Princeton, Illinois. He was married to Patricia Rumbold and they had 3 children, Lynnette (Keith) Yepsen of Schererville, IN, Christine (Mark) Pratt of Neponset, IL, and Brett (Shellie) Pond of Sheffield, IL.

Ron is survived by his children; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Calvin Pond, and one grandchild, Tanner Yepsen.

He graduated from Wyanet High School with the Class of 1960. Ron worked at Jostens, Bureau County Sheriff’s Office, farming, and was a local tavern owner. He enjoyed traveling, reading and visiting with family and friends, including his lifelong friend Steve “Motor” Hetherington daily.

A visitation will be held Friday, November 30, 2018 from 10 am – 12 Noon at Bunker Hill Church of God, Buda with a private burial following. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. Online condolences may be sent to

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Obituary – Jennifer VanCleave

November 27th, 2018

Jennifer A. (Mecum) Van Cleave, 60, of Princeton, IL passed away on Friday, November 23,
2018 at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria, IL.
Jennifer was born on September 29, 1958 to Charles Mecum and Betty Jean Philhower in Kewanee, IL.
She was a graduate of Princeton High School, Class of 1976. She attended Sauk Valley Community
College, earned an associates degree in accounting from Illinois Valley Community College in 2012 and
was a graduate of Western Illinois University, 2014, with a bachelors. She married the late Roger Van
Cleave on December 23, 1989 at the New Hope Church of the Nazarene, in Princeton, IL. Jennifer
worked as an Insurance Sales Associate for a time as well as a hub manager at UDS Delivery Service. But
she fulfilled a long-held goal when she worked as an advocate at Freedom House from 2015 to 2018,
retiring due to health issues.
She enjoyed sewing, cooking and anything starring Kiefer Sutherland. She loved playing solitaire and
collecting souvenir spoons. Jennifer also loved listening to the Carpenters and her all-time favorite Jim
Croce. You’d often find her singing songs to her kids, too.
Jennifer is survived by one daughter, Ariel Van Cleave – Seattle, WA and one son, Ulysses Van Cleave –
Princeton, IL, one sister, Daniel Johnson – Peoria, IL; one brother, David (Andrea) Mecum; two nieces,
two nephews and multiple grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roger Van Cleave, one son, Starr Mecum, one
daughter, Schuyler Van Cleave and one brother Stacy Mecum.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Norberg Memorial Home on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
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Obituary – William “Bill” Nelson

November 21st, 2018

William Eugene “Bill” Nelson, 98, of Princeton passed away on Thursday, November 15th, at Liberty Village in Princeton.


Bill was born March 25th, 1920 in Rockford, the son of Anna (Wallin) and Alfred Nelson. The family moved to Chicago when Bill was a small child to the Logan Square neighborhood. Bill attended Lane Tech High school where he excelled in baseball, spending two years as back up first baseman to Cubs superstar Phil Cavaretta before gaining the starting job his last two years of school. After graduation he started his pharmacy studies at Hines Hospital School of Pharmacy.  During this time Bill also played semi-professional baseball. Upon graduation he moved back to Rockford where he met Ramona Davis. Bill and Ramona were married on November 28th, 1942 and left for San Diego where Bill entered the US Navy, Pacific Theatre, as a pharmacist. After the war they moved to Princeton, opening Nelson Drug Store in 1949.   Ramona passed away April 4, 1987 and he remarried Judith Ruch Struthers, on March 18, 1995.


He became involved in a number of community organizations including Princeton Booster club, Lions club, American Legion , Bureau Valley Country Club, Illinois Valley Pharmacy ‘association,  Princeton Chamber of Commerce and was at the time of his death the last founding member of the BPOE Lodge of Princeton. In 1964 Bill was appointed to the Princeton City Council where he served for 15 years until he was elected Mayor of Princeton in 1979 and again in 1983. Bill was always called “Mr.Mayor” from that time on. 


Bill was accorded a number of honors in his life, including Retailer of the Year, Homestead Festival Grand Marshall and Gallery of Ageless Achievers. Bill was selected as the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Pharmacy award by the Illinois Pharmaceutical Association.   At the time of his retirement in 2012, Bill was the oldest practicing pharmacist in the United States. His work life spanned over 83 years,  from selling newspapers on the street corners of Chicago in 1929 until retirement in 2012 at the age of 92 ½.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Ruch Struthers; daughters Karen (John) Criner; Connie (Richard) Miles; sons William (Dorothy) Nelson; and Eric (Brenda Sloan) Nelson; a stepson Jason (Amie) Struthers; ten grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; his sister Shirley (Roger) Holmstrom; sister-in-law Rita Nelson ; brother-in-law Lynn Davis.


Bill was preceded in death by his first wife Ramona; a son, Dale; stepson James; his sister Dorothy Sonni, brother Bob and his parents.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Sunday, December 2nd at Princeton Elks Lodge from 1 to 4 pm.


Because of his life-long love of baseball and the Chicago Cubs, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to Princeton Youth Baseball.


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Arrangements by Norberg Memorial Home, Inc.