Raymond Verdick

August 28th, 2014

Raymond D. Verdick, age 68, of Rock Falls, Illinois died Monday August 25, 2014 at home
surrounded by his family.
Raymond was born July 10, 1946, the son of Dean and Doris (Hansen) Verdick, in Sterling,
Illinois. He married Edith Miller on September 24, 1966 in Fort Riley, Kansas. She preceded
him in death on August 16, 1999. Raymond served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He
worked as a Crane Mechanic with Northwestern Steel and Wire Company for 35 years. He was a
member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 2783 and the American Legion Post #0902 in
Rock Falls. Raymond loved to spend time outdoors and was an avid fisherman.
He is survived by one son; Gale (Stacy) Verdick of Aurora, Illinois, one daughter; Sandy (Tom)
Garcia of Aurora, Illinois; six grandchildren: Sara, Jessica and Jenna Verdick and Tommy, Joey
and Edith Garcia all of Aurora; his special friend Pam Stephens of Rock Falls; four sisters;
Barbara (Marvin) Bohnert of Joliet, Illinois; Betty (Steve) Snitchler of Dixon, Illinois; Helen
Blackert of Rockford, Illinois and Lois (Randy) Temple of Morrison, Illinois; numerous nieces
and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Edith.
Funeral Services will be held Friday, August 29, 2014 at 10:00am at the Garland Funeral
Home in Walnut. Burial will take place in Tampico Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be
held 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 28, 2014 at the funeral home in Walnut. A memorial
has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Condolences may be sent to

Raymond Verdick

August 25th, 2014

Raymond Verdick, age 68, of Rock Falls died on Monday, August 25th at his home.  Funeral arrangements are pending with Garland Funeral Home in Tampico.

James Ott

August 25th, 2014

James Leo Ott

A graveside funeral service with full ‘Military Rites’ for James “Jim” Ott, age 71 of Princeton, will be at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Reverand George Woosnam will officiate. The family will be receiving friends at the cemetery ½ hour prior to the service.

Jim was born on December 14, 1942, in Mendota, Illinois to William and Evalyn (Fenlon) Ott. He graduated from Princeton High School in 1960. Jim continued his education at the University of Iowa, receiving his BS in Psychology in 1965. Jim spent the greater part of his life working for the Department of Agriculture as an agent for the Agriculture Soil Conservation Services. Jim served in the U.S. Army overseas from 1967-1969. He was a member of the American Legion. During his free time, Jim enjoyed gardening and home repairs and had a ‘labor’ of love renovating and flipping homes.

Today, Jim is survived by his son Christopher ‘Chris’ Ott of Tiskilwa, a sister Louise Fields of Florida and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 son William Ott, and 1 sister Alma Jean Kemerling.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be directed to the National Center for PTSD, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America or to the Princeton American Legion.
Arrangements are through Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.

Shirley Noble

August 22nd, 2014

Shirley Noble, 78, of Walnut died on Thursday, August 21st at Unity Point Health Methodist Hospital in Peoria.  Arrangements for Shirley Noble are pending at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut.

Dolores Smith

August 22nd, 2014

Dolores M. Smith, age 89, of Dixon and formerly of Walnut and Milledgeville, Illinois died Monday, August 18, 2014 at her home in Dixon.
Dolores was born July 8, 1925 in Wausau, Wisconsin, the daughter of Frank and Ida (Kuntz) Tremel. She was united in marriage to Donald R. Crump on May 11, 1946 in Wausau. He died December 10, 1975. She married Robert Smith May 5, 1979 in Walnut. He died December 24, 2001. She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Dixon and was formerly a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Walnut. Dolores did volunteer work for Hospice, Walnut Manor, Walnut House and St. John’s Catholic Church. She also was an Alter and Rosary attendant.
She is survived by two sons: Dan (Lois) Crump of Aurora, Colorado and Richard Crump of Toulon, Illinois; two daughters: Sharon (Bill) Johnston of Rock Falls, Illinois and Mary (Gary) Lydic of Thornton, Colorado; nine grandchildren: Sharilyn Eddy, Stacia (Kirk) Staples, Susan (Vincent) Searles, Sam (Kaz) Crump, Jessica (Jeremy) Quinn, Laurel Crump, Erica Crump, and Chasidy Lydic Anheier (Kenny Pennington) and Donald (Cassie) Lydic; eight great-grandchildren: Daniel Eddy, Vincent, Alexzandria and Gregory Lydic, Conner and Logan Quinn, Quinn and Adam Staples; one great-great- granddaughter, Aubrey Marie Eddy; one sister, Gladys Crump; Two special nieces: Mickey Hoffman and Carol Molen; three sister- in laws: Alice Davis, Janet Smith and Stephaney Smith and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, one son, Lee Patrick Crump, four brothers: Walter, Clarence, Earl and Patrick Tremel and two sisters: Caroline and Mae Freuen.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 25, 2014 at St John’s Catholic Church in Walnut with Rev. Thomas Shaw, pastor, officiating. Burial will be place in Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. before Mass at the church with the Rosary recited at 8:30 a.m. A memorial has been established to the Walnut Fire Department or St. John’s Catholic Church. Condolences may be sent to

Carol Swearingen

August 20th, 2014

Carol E. Swearingen
Age: 79
City: Wyanet, IL
Time of Death: 1:30 p.m.
Date of Death: August 19, 2014
Place of Death: OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria
Services: Monday, August 25, 2014 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton at 10:30 a.m.
Officiating: Rev. Marvin Claassen
Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Wyanet, Illinois
Visitation: 4-8 Sunday, August 24, 2014 / Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton
Date of Birth: March 6, 1935 / Kewanee, IL / Claude V. & Lottie O. (Robinson) Stabler
Married: John Albert Swearingen / September 4, 1953 / Kewanee, IL
He died: February 7, 2009
Survivors: 2 Sons – Terry Swearingen – Wyanet, IL / Jay Swearingen – Wyanet, IL
Daughter – Cherie (John) Kittle – New Braunfels, TX
2 Granddaughters – Angie (Terry) Summers – Yorkville, IL / Ryane (Brandon) Barton – Plainfield, IL
5 – Great-Grandchildren – Ben, Nate & Luke Summers – Yorkville, IL / Meryn & Piper Barton – Plainfield, IL
3 Brothers – Dr. Gary Stabler – Mentor, OH / Lee (Mary Jane) Stabler – Kewanee, IL / Larry (Karen) Stabler – Neponset, IL
Preceded in death: parents / husband / Brother – Wayland “Bud” Stabler / Sister – Shirley Pickering
Education: Grad Neponset High School in 1953
Employment: Prairie View Nursing Home, Princeton / Bank Teller for Amcore & Citizens State Bank, Wyanet / Farmer’s wife
Memorials: Wyanet Rescue Sqaud or Donor’s Choice
Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton


Daniel Steffen

August 15th, 2014

Daniel B. Steffen, 86, of Neponset, Il. and formerly of Low Point, Il. died at 5:50 A.M. Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Kewanee Care Home. Daniel was born June 1, 1928 in Low Point the son of Daniel and Janet (Mitchell) Steffen. He graduated from Metamora High School in 1946. Daniel served in the U.S. Army on the front lines in Korea for 18 months and was discharged in November of 1952. He married Reva Arnold on August 16, 1953 in Buda, Il. She survives along with one son Scott (Janell) Steffen of Neponset, a granddaughter Danielle Steffen, many nieces and nephews and special friends Mary Pickering and Mary Jane Werderman. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers John and James and his daughter and son-in law Theresa and Ron Brown.
Daniel farmed all his life. First, in the Low Point area and later in Neponset where the couple moved in 1960. They enjoyed wintering in Texas where he played shuffleboard on the Rio Grande Valley League. An avid sportsman, Daniel played baseball and softball in his younger days and particularly enjoyed the highly competitive Peoria Sunday Morning League. An avid bowler he was inducted into the Kewanee Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1984. He was a Chicago Bears, Bulls and long suffering Cubs fan.
Daniel and Reva had travelled to all 50 states and Europe. He attended the First Christian Church in Kewanee.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 15, 2014 at the First Christian Church in Kewanee. Pastors Joe Schmidt and Brian Giese will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens, rural Kewanee where military honors will be accorded by the Kewanee Veterans Council. Visitation will be from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services on Friday at the Church. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church or the Buda Rescue Squad. The Schueneman-Tumbleson Funeral Home, Kewanee, Il. is in charge of arrangements. Private online condolences may be shared with the family at

Charles Sims

August 15th, 2014


Charles H. Sims, 80, of Tiskilwa, passed away on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, with Rev. Jeffrey Stirniman officiating. Interment will follow at the St. Mary Cemetery, Tiskilwa. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton, with a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.

Charles was born on April 4, 1934 in rural Tiskilwa to Paul and Agatha (Taylor) Sims. He farmed for 13 years and later raised Rat Terrier puppies. He had retired from the Henry Grain Elevator after 30 years. He attended Bureau Township School and graduated from Tiskilwa High School in 1952. He married Phyllis Elmore on June 19, 1954 in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tiskilwa.

He enjoyed coon hunting, attending Flea-Market in Rutledge, Missouri and restoring Massey Harris Tractors.

He is survived by: his wife, Phyllis Sims of Tiskilwa; 5 sons, Dan (Julie) Sims of St. Charles, Missouri, John (Jayne Barnes) Sims of Tiskilwa, Wayne (Wendy Kenny) Sims of Tiskilwa, Tom (Ruth) Sims of Tiskilwa, and Andy Sims of Princeton; 4 daughters, Jill (Ray) Carrington of Wyanet, Wanda (Gary) Wagner of Tiskilwa, Jacqualyn (Mark) Karlosky of Tiskilwa and Janet (Mike) Rosenberger of El Passo, Illinois; 30 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, Fred (Sharon) Sims of St. Charles, Illinois, Cletus (Nancy) Sims of Tiskilwa, Edward (Mary Jo) Sims of Palatine; 6 sisters, Elizabeth Downey of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Jenirose (Donald) Houston of Tiskilwa, Mary Sims of Loves Park, Illinois, Clara (George) Janet of The Villages, Florida, Cecelia Sims of Princeton and Carol (Mark) Albrecht of Ohio, Illinois.

He was preceded in death by: 1 granddaughter, Lori Carrington; 1 sister-in-law, Thedie Sims and 1 brother-in-law- Joe Downey.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Tiskilwa Ambulance Service or the St. Louis Catholic School.

Amy Porter

August 15th, 2014

Amy Porter

TISKILWA – Amy V. Porter, 58, of Tiskilwa passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Amy was born June 9, 1956, in Austin, Texas to James and Verie (Fritsche) Armstead. Amy graduated from high school in Caldwell, Texas and married Eric L Porter in 1982. He survives. She enjoyed her yard and was reported to have a “green thumb” when it came to gardening. Amy was a homemaker and foster parent for many years, opening her heart and home to numerous children in need, permanently adopting two of them permanently. Children in crisis were often brought to her by the authorities in the middle of the night when their parents were unable to care for them.

She is survived by two sons, Samuel Porter of Tiskilwa and Blake Herrick on tour in Kuwait; a daughter, Amber Porter of Charleston, SC, and goddaughter Brianna Olsen of Walnut. Also surviving are two brothers, Andrew (Susan) Armstead of Dallas, TX and Mike (Deborah) Armstead of College Station, TX; one brother-in-law, Leif (Dawn) Porter of Sheffield, and one sister-in-law, Krista Porter (Mary Ramos) of Springfield, MO; one granddaughter, Anya of Dunlap and numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a step-son, Aaron Porter, and two brothers-in-law Michael and Norman Porter.

Cremation will be accorded by the Norberg Memorial Home with a Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to the Humane Society or animal rescue of the giver’s choice.

Clara Micklevitz

August 15th, 2014

Clara Mae Micklevitz
Clara M. Micklevitz passed away quietly at home on August 13, 2014. She will be greatly missed by her loving family, friends and hospice caregivers. Cremation is to be accorded and a Memorial Service celebrating Clara’s life will be announced at a later date.

Clara was born on February 11, 1926 in Plainfield, WI to Ralph and Gertrude (Sparks) Cain. She attended Plainfield High School. Right out of school she married Floyd Harmel in February of 1944. He preceded her in death in 1988. She again married later in life and he also preceded her in death.

Clara spent a great portion of her life as a fantastic cook last working at the Lakelawn Lodge a huge resort in Delavan WI. She was also a loving homemaker. Clara loved going to church and couldn’t wait for Sundays. She was a member of the New Hope Church of the Nazarene. Clara was also one of the oldest active members in Illinois of the Christian Motorcyclist Association, headquartered in Hatfield, Arkansas.

Clara is survived by two of her children; Barbara (Carl) Prokes of Princeton and Gary Harmel, three grandchildren; Daniel Erdman, Andrea Erdman, Kimberly Evans-Prokes, 8 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great- grandchildren.

Clara was preceded by her parents, both husbands and two sons Gordon Harmel and Rodney Harmel.

Memorials may be directed to VITAS Hospice Care, LaSalle, or to the New Hope Church of the Nazarene or to the Family for distribution.

Online condolences may be left at
All arrangements made with Norberg Memorial Home, Inc., Princeton, Illinois.