Obituary – Neil Wise

April 26th, 2018

Neil L. Wise

Age: 86

City: Manlius, Illinois

Time of Death: 6:40pm

Date of Death: Monday, April 23, 2018

Place of Death: his home.

Burial: Cremation rites will be accorded and a private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Date/ Place of Birth: August 16, 1931 in Greenville Township the son of Andrew C. and Dorothy (Kruse) Wise.

Marriage: He married Virginia Devenney on October 5, 1957 in Princeton, Illinois. She survives in Manlius.

Survivors: five children: Laura Wise of Manlius, IL, Christopher (Stephanie) Wise of Joliet, IL, Andrea Wise of East Moline, IL, Michael (Heidi) Wise of Normal, IL, and Jolyn (Tom Jackson) Wise, of Mt. Morris, IL; a special granddaughter, Tori Crosby; one sister: Vivian (Mervyn) Wilson of Sheffield, IL; and several nieces and nephews

Preceded in death: his parents, two sisters: Margaret Chapple and Celestia “Sadie” VanOrmer.

Education: Neil graduated from Manlius High School with the Class of 1949.

Military Service: Served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Employment: He worked at Kraft Foods and Korhumel Industries in Manlius, IL.

Memorials: May be directed to Illinois Valley Animal Rescue in Peru, IL or the Quad City Animal Welfare Center in Milan, IL.

Grant- Johnson Funeral Home, Princeton

Obituary – Dennis Headley

April 26th, 2018

Dennis Eugene Headley of Princeton passed away Saturday, April 22, 2018.

Dennis was born July 19 1940, in Princeton to John and Orpha (Roberts) Headley. He married Carol Lund Aug. 12, 1992.

He was a graduate of Walnut High School and worked as a truck driver until he retired. He was also a lifetime member of the Bureau County Fair.

Dennis enjoyed tinkering with cars and lawn tractors, watching NASCAR to see his favorite driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr., sneaking in ice cream whenever he could, and spending time with his family, friends and dogs, Pixie, Dixie and Chippy. He was also lovingly known by friends and family members as Dennis the Menace.

He is survived by one daughter; Vicki Lair; five sons, Jerry (Tammy) Cork, Terry (Mary) Cork, Craig Hopkins, Carl Hopkins and David (Stacey) Headley; one daughter-in-law, Angelique Lipe; one sister, Vicki Headley; and a multitude of grandchildren.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, John and Orpha Headley; his wife, Carol Headley; two brothers, Bernard Headley and James Headley; and one granddaughter, Carri Lynn Cork.

A celebration of life will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Norberg Memorial Home in Princeton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Online condolences may be left at

National News – April 26, 2018

April 26th, 2018

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News Headlines – April 25, 2018

April 25th, 2018

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News Headlines – April 24, 2018

April 24th, 2018

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