Obituary – Gerald Cain

September 6th, 2018

Gerald Cain, 73, of Spring Valley, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in St. Margaret’s Hospital, Spring Valley.

Private services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton.

Obituary – Noah Bickett

September 3rd, 2018

Noah Thomas Bickett, 24, of Princeton, Illinois passed away 2:00 a.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018 at his home.

A visitation will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at New Hope Church of the Nazarene in Princeton. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, September 6, 2018

at New Hope Church of the Nazarene in Princeton with Pastor Daniel Wierenga officiating. Burial will take place in Mt. Bloom Cemetery, Tiskilwa, Illinois.

Noah was born February 2, 1994 in Spring Valley, Illinois to Sylvia Kinsel and adopted at birth by Tom and Kelley Bickett.

He is survived by his father, Tom (Janice) Bickett of Tiskilwa; his mother: Kelley (Daniel) Wierenga of Princeton; his birthmother: Sylvia (Leigh) Orvis, of Earlville; his siblings: Adam (Malinda) Bickett, Elaina Bickett, Aaron Kinsel, and Skylar Orvis; his step-siblings: Kenney Jones and Janelle Jones; his grandmothers: Nancy Bickett and Judith Kinsel; and step-grandparents: David and Alice Schindel; and several nieces.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers, Roger Bickett and Floyd Bickett, maternal grandparents, Jim and  Sharon Randall; maternal grandfather: William Kinsel and one brother: Brandon Bickett.

Noah graduated from Princeton High School with the Class of 2012. He worked at Roadmap Radio 88.3, Combined Cleaning and Restoration, and Casey’s General Store. He was the creator and founder of the Bureau County, Illinois Weather facebook page. He was an avid New York Giants fan and he was involved in Special Olympics and an advocate and recipient for organ donation. Noah loved playing horseshoes and video games.   

Memorials may be directed to the Princeton High School Special Olympics.

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Obituary – Loren Reed

August 27th, 2018

Loren K. Reed
Age: 77
City: Princeton, IL
Time of Death: 13:45 p.m.
Date of Death: August 26, 2018
Place of Death: Liberty Village of Princeton, IL

Services: Saturdy, September 1, 2018 / Evangelical Covenant Church, Princeton at 10:00 a.m.
Officiating: Pastor Derek Boggs
Burial: Oakland Cemetery, Princeton
Visitation: 5-8 Friday, August 31, 2018 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Rosary Service:
Military Rites:

Date of Birth: November 10, 1940 / Peoria, IL / Kenneth P. & Doratha Lee (Wood) Reed

Married: Donna J. Weirman / Normal, Il / September 20, 1963
she survives: Donna J. Reed – Princeton, IL

Survivors: Daughter – Laurie (Brent) Hobbs – Palmyra, MO / Kevin (Lee Anne) Reed – Galesburg, IL
5 Grandchildren – Vannessa Sturm – Galesburg, IL / Blair (Zeph) Thompson – Galesburg, IL / Meghan (James) Wade – Sandwich, IL / Dallas (Jamie) Munson – Princeton, IL / Lynde (Zack) Candee – Madison, WI
7 Great-Grandchilderen – Kaylee & Finnigan Sturm / Lyah & Sebastian Thompson / Anthony Wade / Ava & Jaxson Munson
Brother – Barry (Jana) Reed – Bradford, IL
Sister – Sharon (James) Covert – Tiskilwa, IL

Preceded in death: Parents & Brother – Greg Reed

Education: Grad Bradford High School 1958

Employment: Co-Owner & operator of Subways

Memberships: Evangelical Covenant Church, Princeton / Past member Princeton Rotary / Past member Princeton Economic Development

Military Service:

Memorials: Evangelical Covanant Church, Princeton & Mayo Clinic



Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Obituary – Robert Allen

August 26th, 2018

Robert Harrison Allen, 87, was called home at 1:45am on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Liberty Village in Princeton, IL.

Robert (often called Bob) was born in Princeton on January 15, 1931, to Henry and Beulah (Whaley) Allen. His Great Grandparents arrived in Bureau County by covered wagon and owned a farm on Center Prairie. His Grandpa Whaley cleared land and started a farm near Kasbeer, and it was on that farm that Bob spent most of his childhood. He spoke fondly of his boyhood years working in the fields and doing chores. He graduated from Lamoille High School in 1949, where he lettered in football and was appointed captain of the team his senior year.

Bob began his studies to become a minister at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. There he met Mary Bellows, and they were married in Elgin, IL, on August 3, 1951. It was also in Elgin that he pastored his first church while continuing his studies at Emmaus Bible School nearby. He received his ordination at the Kasbeer Community Church on April 25, 1953. In 1964, he transferred his ordination to the Evangelical Free Church of America. Bob went on to serve as pastor at several churches in Wisconsin: Plum City, Pepin, and Stoughton (where he oversaw the move into a new building). In 1971, Bob returned to Bureau County where he pastored for many years at the Congregational Bible Church of Wyanet and the First Congregational Church of Bureau (where he held the office of Pastor Emeritus at the time of his death). Additionally, he served as an interim pastor at the Manlius Baptist Church and the Kasbeer Community Church and supplied pulpits all over the county for many years.

Robert is survived by two children: Robert Glenn Allen of Princeton and Vonette (Dana) Miller of Walla Walla, WA; eight grandchildren: Jerason (Ksenia) Banes of Niles, IL, Jensa and Jingher Banes of WI, Jera Wyn of Crivitz, WI, Joshua (Katie) Allen of Macclenny, FL, Robert Miller of Cambridge, MA, Andrew Miller of Seattle, WA, and Stephen Miller of Walla Walla, WA; eight great grandchildren: Jonas and Isaac Banes; Lyra, Ephraim, and Soraya Wyn; and Embry, Korben, and Lawton Allen; two brothers: Richard Allen of Chicago, IL, and Roland Allen (Robert’s twin) of Columbus, OH, several nephews and nieces, and several grandnieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mary, his daughter Donna Joy Banes, his son-in-law Jerry Banes, and his daughter-in-law Anastasia Allen.

Bob loved children and was a popular school bus driver for the Wyanet and Princeton school districts for many years. He donated his time to many organizations. Kids’ Klub was especially dear to his heart, and he served them in various capacities for over 30 years. Genealogy fascinated Bob, and he served at the Bureau County Genealogical Society for several years. He was also very much involved with the Bureau County Senior Center, the Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging, WUNT Christian radio station, and the Evangelical Association. In later years, he dedicated himself to taking care of his wife Mary when her health declined. Bob gave freely of his time and energy to everyone and everything he cared about, but his first priority was always to serve Christ, and he began every day by reading his Bible and praying.

A funeral service will be held at 11am on Friday, August 31, at Grant Johnson Funeral Home in Princeton with visitation Thursday from 5-7pm also at the funeral home. Burial will be in Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton. Memorials may be directed to Kids’ Klub Inc and to the First Congregational Church of Bureau.

Obituary – Skylar Coffin

August 26th, 2018

Skylar August Coffin, 23, of Princeton, IL passed away on Friday, August 17, 2018 with her dog Echo after a head-on collision outside of Princeton, IL.
Skylar was born on February 1, 1995 in Princeton, IL to Clifford D. Coffin and Karen J Mongan. She was a graduate of Princeton High School and worked part-time as a vet assistant. Her love for animals knew no bounds and started in her childhood and carried over into her adulthood.
Skylar was one to never leave without telling the people around her that she loved them. She was an avid almost obsessed pet lover, from the smallest butterfly to the largest dog, she loved them all. She was a very caring and very generous person, who would do anything for anyone. She loved her tie-dyed Grateful Dead shirts from a young age which was inherited from her father. Her love of music made her an old soul, she loved anything 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. She really enjoyed fishing and walking at the canal with her two dogs, Riley and Echo. She loved to do anything outdoors, camping, hiking, and she really enjoyed dirt bike riding, from the age of seven on. One of her favorite past times was hanging out with her boyfriend, Tobi Britten, good friends and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed volunteering at her nieces and nephews school events.
She is survived by; her parents, Clifford Coffin – Princeton, IL, Karen Mongan – Princeton, IL, her grandparents; Larry and Vicki Mongan – Princeton, IL, one brother, Jonathan (Kayla) Buckman – Wilsonville, IL, four sisters; Nicole (Kevin) Carroll – Princeton, IL, Haleigh (Brandon) Youngren – Princeton, IL, Sydnee (Steve Mongan – Toluca, IL, Molley Mares – Princeton, IL, eight nieces; Embyr, Tabitha, Josie, Jennessa, Aurora, Alexia, Lailah, Lyliann and seven nephews; Eli, Tucker, Khalil, Braydin, Dylan, Robert and Elliot and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Skylar is preceded in death by; her grandparents, Don and Ruth Coffin, her stepfather, David Mares, her best friend, Danielle Garza as well as her two dogs, Riley and Echo.
Services for Skylar will be on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at New Hope Church of the Nazarene, Princeton, IL, officiated by Pastor Laura Root-Tanner.
A Visitation will be held on Monday, August 27, 2018 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at New Hope Church of the Nazarene, Princeton, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Skylars gofundme page or directed to the family.
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