Ruthe Ann Howes-Palacios - 55
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11/25/1932 - 3/20/2018
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Jack Fahs - 86

4/23/1930 - 2/17/2017
Walnut, Illinois WALNUT- John F. “Jack” Fahs, 86, of Walnut, died on Friday morning, February 17, 2017 at his home, with his family by his side. Jack was born on April 23, 1930 in Ohio, Illinois the son of Edward and Florence (Albrecht) Fahs. He married Patricia Quinn in 1956 at St. John's Church in Walnut. Jack was a member of Red Oak United Methodist Church. He was an agent for Standard Oil for over 20 years, retiring in 1985. Jack enjoyed collecting antique cars and hunting pheasants with his sons. Those surviving are his wife, Patricia, of Walnut; a daughter, Laurel (John) Martenson of Eau Claire, Wisc.; 2 sons, John R. Fahs, of Davenport, Iowa and Edward Q. Fahs (Debra) of Ashton; 2 sisters, Anna Mae Pedersen of Los Altos, Calif. and Edwardine Gross of Princeton; grandchildren, Maria, Catherine, Hillary, Nathan, Aaron, Carissa and Christopher; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. The visitation will be from 9-11 AM on Monday, February 20th followed by the funeral service at 11 AM at Red Oak United Methodist Church in Walnut with Reverend Judy Giese, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction and care of the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut.

Hazel - 91

11/20/1925 - 2/16/2017 AMBOY – Hazel Joyce Draper, 91, of Amboy, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at her home. Joyce was born Nov. 20, 1925, in Sublette, the daughter of Glenn Ormond and Hazel (Anderson) Conner. Joyce attended Ohio schools, and Sauk Valley College in later years. She served her country in World War II as a civilian clerk-typist at the Navy headquarters in Washington, D.C., and at war’s end was employed at a law office in Princeton. She was a lifelong member of Ohio United Methodist Church, a member of the Methodist Woman’s Organizations, served as a Sunday school teacher, and was secretary on the board of trustees. Joyce married Merrill “Pat” Draper on Oct. 18, 1946, and lived in rural Lee County on the farm, until moving to Amboy in 2010. When her children were a bit older, she was employed at the USDA Service Center in Amboy and was a weekly columnist for the Dixon Telegraph and the Amboy News, relating the trials and tribulations of a “Rural Pearl.” Her interest included a great deal of reading to her children and grandchildren, and also served as their number one cheerleader. The Lee County 4-H program ranked high on her interest list, and she freely admitted to being an avid political junkie. She also was a loyal Chicago Bears fan, especially during the glory years. She loved life, God, her family, church, Arizona, and was a founding member of the Domino Club. Good family times included camping, showing 4-H animals on the fair circuit, and never missing any school activities. One of her many dreams came true when a committee of patriotic and grateful citizens invited her to join them in their determination to honor the Ohio veterans of all wars with a memorial, and it was dedicated on Nov. 11, 2011, and will be a reminder for everyone to never forget those who sacrificed for freedom of all. She is survived by one daughter, Kelli Lynn (Jane McCaslin) Draper of Rock Falls; one son, Thomas Merrill (Theresa) Draper of Amboy; one daughter-in-law, Sandra Dewey Draper (wife of Michael Draper, deceased) of Amboy; four grandchildren, Jonathan Draper, Mathew (Katie) Draper, Nathan Draper, and Lydia Draper; one great-grandchild, Curtis Michael Draper; two sisters, Glenda (Donald) Brandenburg of Gold Canyon, Arizona, and Grace Piper of Chandler, Arizona; two brothers, Jerome Conner of Ohio, and Ormond Conner of Princeton; and numerous nieces, nephews, and special friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Michael Draper and Richard in infancy; two brothers, Fergus and Edward (Ted) Conner; one sister, Jeanne Sapp, and husband, Arthur Sapp; and four sisters-in-law, Sue Parker Conner, Lois Hopkins Conner, Mary Conner, and Ann Conner. A time of sharing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, and a memorial service at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, with the Rev. Judy Giese, pastor of Red Oak United Methodist, officiating. Cremation rites were accorded. Private burial of cremains will be at a later date at Walnut Cemetery

Josephine L. Kiser - 95

2/22/1921 - 2/14/2017
Champaign, Illinois

 Josephine Kiser, age 95 of Champaign, formerly of Walnut, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at her home.

She was born on February 22, 1921 in Harmon, IL, the daughter of Charles and Julia Elizabeth (Burden) Miller. She married Robert L. Kiser; he preceded her in death in 1971. Josephine graduated from Community Catholic High School in Sterling, Ill. She taught at Walnut schools for many years before volunteering for VISTA. She then moved to San Diego, Cal. and was in real estate for ten years there until moving to Champaign. Josephine was a member of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Champaign and a former member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Walnut. 
Survivors include her son John (Darlene) Kiser of Champaign, Ill.; son-in-law, Joseph Grewenig of Elgin, Ill.; two sisters, Marion Place of Monroe, Wis. and Theresa Klocke of Rock Falls, Ill.; one brother, Hugh (Betty) Miller of Rock Falls, Ill.; five grandchildren, Kristen (Mark) Nall, Adam Grewenig, Cain (Tara) Kiser, Kurt (Lindie) Kiser and Marie (James) Chandler; six great grandchildren, Matthew and Marion Julie Nall, Nolan and Jase Kiser, Luke Kiser and Harper Chandler; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. 
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; one daughter, Julie Grewenig; three brothers, John, George and Paul Miller and one sister, Rosanne Gotzmann.
Visitation will be Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Walnut, Ill. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the church with Reverend Thomas Shaw, Celebrant. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. 
Memorials can be made for future masses.

Jeremy "Chet" Forward - 40

10/3/1976 - 2/1/2017
Tampico, Illinois

Jeremy G. “Chet” Forward, age 40 of Tampico, passed away on Wednesday, February 1, 2017.

Chet was born on October 3, 1976 in Princeton, the son of Jeffrey Forward and Elaine (Gustafson) Forward. He graduated from Tampico High School, Class of 1995. Chet lived in Tampico all his life. He farmed and enjoyed raising cattle. He ran his own trucking company, Jeremy Forward Trucking, for the past ten years.

He is survived by his mother, Elaine Forward of Sterling; his girlfriend, Ryan DeBrock of Tampico; three sisters, Wendy (Chris) Andersen of Aurora, Stephanie (Greg) Wetzell of Prophetstown and Jennifer Forward of Rock Falls; one brother, David (Brandy) Forward of Simsbury, CT; maternal grandmother, Shirley Forward; Ryan’s mother, Billi DeBrock of Wyanet; Ryan’s sister, Nikki Johnson of Manlius; nieces and nephews, Katie and Kody Wetzell, Weston and Natalie Forward, Haley and Claire Andersen, Logan and Leigha Johnson and Rylan Schiedel; many aunts, uncles and cousins and he and Ryan’s dog, Morgan.

He was preceded in death by his father; paternal grandfather, George Forward, Jr.; maternal grandparents, Raymond and Dorothy Gustafson.

Visitation will be Monday, February 6, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, Rosary will be recited at 3:45 P.M. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico with Reverend Richard Russo, Celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tampico.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Yorktown and Tampico Fire Department.

Anna R. Olson - 95

3/17/1921 - 1/30/2017

 Anna R. Olson, 95 formerly of Tampico, died Monday, January 30, 2017 at Liberty Village in Princeton.

Anna was born on March 17, 1921 in Port Byron, Ill., the daughter of August and Mary (Hicks) VanHoe. She married Russell E. Olson on November 21, 1942 at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Prophetstown, Ill. He preceded her in death on October 5, 2005. Anna is a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico.

Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Karen (John) Klinger of Belvidere, Ill.; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren and two step grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sons, Loren and Ronald Olson; one sister and two brothers.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 9:00-10:00 A.M. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Tampico. Celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 A.M. at the church with Reverend Richard Russo, Celebrant. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tampico.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Church or Diabetic Foundation. 

Steven "Suds" Sidebottom - 64

6/12/1952 - 1/17/2017
Toluca Steven “Suds” O. Sidebottom, age 64 of Toluca, IL and formerly of Walnut, IL passed away on January 17, 2017 at home. Steve was born on June 12, 1952 in Princeton, the son of Creed and Irene (Wolfe) Sidebottom. He married Judy E. Schulte on November 25, 1972 in Ohio, IL. She preceded him in death on June 29, 2015. Steve worked as a seed corn salesman and owned Sidebottom Trucking. He also owned and operated Sud’s Bar and Grill in Toluca for many years. Steve was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca. Survivors include, three daughters, Jennifer (Brad) Fandel of Toluca, IL, Christine (Sean) Cunningham of Minonk, IL and Karen (Derek) McCully of Morton, IL; one son, Steven (Keli) Sidebottom of Minonk; eleven grandchildren, Merceades Fandel, Peyton Fandel, Sierra Fandel, Brayden Cunningham, Kyra Cunningham, Lucas Sidebottom, Parker Sidebottom, Mila Sidebottom, Isabelle McCully, Maya McCully and Dylan McCully; one sister, Patricia Madson of Campbellville, KY; mother-in-law, Marie Schulte of Walnut, IL; four sisters-in-law, Carolyn (Don) Wallace, Kathy Schulte, Joyce (Dean) Geldean and Carla (Tim) Gonnigam; three brothers-in-law, Virgil (Judy) Schulte, Marc (Carol) Schulte and Jim (Cindy) Schulte and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Visitation will be Friday, January 20, 2017 from 3:00 to 6:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral service will follow at 6:00 P.M. at the funeral home with Rev. Ryan H. Anderson, Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Toluca, officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Eastern Marshall Co. Ambulance Service, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Central Illinois Kidney Fund and Meals on Wheels.

Leslie Renner - 85

9/10/1931 - 12/8/2016
Walnut, IL WALNUT – Leslie Renner, 85, of Walnut, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Leslie was born Sept, 10, 1931, in Walnut, the son of Harry Lee and Maude (Stickle) Renner. He married Charlene Hill Dec. 21, 1952, in Walnut. Les was an entrepreneur, a sales executive, and a business leader. In his career, he worked with Gonigam Bass Hill, Trus Joist Corp., Lam Fab, his own business, and his last was acting CEO at Walnut Custom Components. He had a passion for music all his life, and served many roles in his community as choir director, musician, and producer. He loved his family, faith, golf, travel, and had an especially contagious sense of humor. Survivors include his wife, Charlene of Walnut; his daughter, Nancy (Bruce) Clear of Indianapolis; four sons, Gregg (Pam) Renner of St. Louis, Brad (Lisa) Renner of Germantown, New York, Russell (Diane) Renner of Morrison, and Rod (Deron Boyles) Renner of Roswell, Georgia; two sisters, Shirley Creager and Phyllis Warner, both of Florida; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Dale Renner; three sisters, Verle Tracy, Eleanor Sidebottom, and Gladys Gettle. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Walnut United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Mark Harkness officiating. Private family burial will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Visit to send condolences.

James O. Mathew - 87

4/26/1929 - 11/20/2016
Walnut James Orville Mathew, age 87, of Walnut, IL left his home and his farm that he loved so well and journeyed into the arms of the Lord on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling. Jim was born on April 26, 1929 in Sterling, IL the son of Orville and Edith (Grater) Mathew. He attended Round Grove Grade School and was a 1947 graduate of Morrison High School. He leaves his loving wife Ronette (Shawger) Mathew who he married on January 23, 1955 in Sterling. He served from 1951-1953 in the United States Army in the Military Police during the Korean War. He farmed in the Sterling area until moving to the Walnut farm in 1960. He was a landowner and a livestock and grain farmer. He served as director on the Bureau Township School Board, the Bureau County Livestock Feeders Board and the Bureau and Wyanet Mutual Insurance Company Board for many years. He was a charter member of the International Harvester Collectors Club, a charter member of the National Cattlemen's Association and a lifelong member at the Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church of Walnut, the American Legion Post #179 and a past member of the Sterling Moose Lodge #726. He enjoyed farming, traveling, was an avid Red Sox fan and had various hobbies. He had a loving family that meant more to him than anything in this world. In all his years he farmed with and owned International Harvester equipment. He is also survived by one daughter Nancy (Glenn) Austin of Ohio, IL; two sons Mark (Mary Lou) Mathew of LaHarpe, IL; Kent (Julie) Mathew of Walnut, IL; four granddaughters, Jennifer Jellerichs of Sterling, Lindsay (Jeff) DeBates of Princeton, IL, Mallorie (Jason) Miller of Peru, IL, Emily Mathew of Walnut, IL; three grandsons Matthew Junis of Champaign, IL, Taylor (Samantha) Mathew of Geneseo, Mitchell Mathew of LaHarpe, IL; four great granddaughters, Chloe Miller, Courtney and Charlotte Junis and Myla Miller; three great grandsons Jaydon Jellerichs, Elijah Junis and Blake Junis; another great grandchild due in April; two step grandsons J. C. and John Austin; three step great grandsons Austin, Brayden, Preston DeBates; one brother Gerald Mathew of Morrison, IL; one sister, Janet (Bill) Wantland of Seminole, Okla.; one brother in law Ronald Johnson of Sterling; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a grandson Micah Mathew, one brother Hubert Mathew, two sisters Eleanor Schneider and Marjorie Johnson, one brother in law Charles Schneider and two sister in laws Pat and Mildred Mathew. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday November 26, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the Walnut United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mark Harkness, pastor officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Cemetery with graveside military rites accorded by the Walnut American Legion Post #179. Visitation will be held on Friday November 25, 2016 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Lunch will be served at the Walnut United Methodist Church following the services on Saturday. A memorial has been established to: Walnut United Methodist Church, Multiple Sclerosis Research and ALS TDI . Condolences may be sent to:

Eugene K. Lehn - 87

1/8/1929 - 11/20/2016
Ohio, IL Eugene Kenneth Lehn, age 87, of Ohio, IL died peacefully on November 20, 2016 surrounded by his family at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton, IL. Gene was born on January 8 , 1929 in Humphrey, Nebraska, the son of Herman and Maude (Reineccius) Lehn. He graduated from Hall Township High School in 1947, attended LPO Jr. College and graduated from Illinois State University. After graduation he enlisted in the Air Force and served during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Wright on June 4, 1954 in Hollowayville, IL. Gene taught and coached in the Ohio School system for 30 years. He was a volunteer fireman, scoutmaster, and little league coach for many years. He was a member of the Ohio United Methodist Church and the Red Cross. Gene loved to garden and was an avid Cubs fan who had his dream come true by witnessing the Cubs win the 2016 World Series. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann Lehn of Ohio, IL; one son Terry (Marlene) Lehn of Ohio, IL; three daughters Sharon Quest and fiance Dale Hasse of Quakertown, PA; Barb (Paul) Narez of Arnold, MO; Carla (Mark) Shewmon of Poplar Grove, IL; eight grandchildren Aaron (Megan) Lehn, Adam Quest, Danielle Shewmon, Brittany (Andy) Austin, Dan (Ana) DeBrock, Jenna (Ben Pitchford) Quest, Dion (Cynthia) Narez, and Sara DeBrock; seven great grandchildren; one brother Robert (Marge) Lehn of Seatonville, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Oakley Lehn, and one grandson Nick Narez. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday November 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut with the Rev. Judy Geise pastor of the Red Oak United Methodist Church, officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date. A memorial has been established to Red Oak United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to:

Pamela J. Hanich - 71

10/1/1945 - 11/14/2016
Manlius, IL Pamela J. Hanich Pamela J. Hanich, age 71, of Manlius, died Monday, November 14, 2016 at her home. Pam was born October 1, 1945 in Sterling the daughter of Paul and Ada (Shaw) Klocke. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1963. Pam married Clare Foy on November 14, 1964. She later married Roger Hanich on November 27, 1982. Pam was previously employed at Harper Wyman, Manlius Clinic and Manlius U.S. Post Office. She was a member of the New Bedford Christian Church. Pam was a master gardener who enjoyed working in her garden. She also enjoyed quilting with her sewing group. She created many heirlooms for her family and friends. She was beloved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. Survivors include three children, Michael (Gary Boyer) Foy of Portland, Ore., Michelle (Terry) Carter of Sterling and Marshall (Rebecca) Foy of Tampico; five step children, Dawn (Chris) Hoban of Fort Myers, Fla., Michelle Hanich of Princeton, Keith (Louann) Hanich of Lake in the Hills, Theresa (Efren) Salazar of Spring, Texas and R.J. Hanich of Chicago; seven siblings, Nancy (Peter) Gartner, Janet (John) Wheat, Patrick (Bobbie) Klocke, Michael (Keri) Klocke, Laurie (David) Penfold, Craig Klocke and Paul (Delia) Klocke; three grandchildren, Wesley (Samantha) Foy, Annika Carter and Mack Foy; eight step grandchildren, Steven Carter, Mindy (Mike) Spencer, Megan (Fabian Mendoza) Carter, Eric Mares, Mitchell Mares, Matthew Schlindwein, Ashley (Cory) Armstrong and Ramiro Salazar; five great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband and her parents. Visitation will be Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 9 – 10:45 AM at the New Bedford Christian Church. Funeral services will be Thursday at 11:00 AM at the church with Reverend Brian Moore officiating. Burial will be at Union Cemetery in rural New Bedford. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley. Online condolences may be sent to

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