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1/23/1935 - 10/11/2018
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Ritchie A. Jensen - 61

12/31/1955 - 8/30/2017
Atkinson, Illinois Atkinson- Ritchie A. Jensen, 61, of Atkinson, died on Wednesday morning, August 30, 2017 at University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City. He was born December 31, 1955 in Princeton to Harley and Betty (Hotchkiss) Jensen. He married Debra Sawyers on June 2, 1973 in Walnut. Ritchie was an operations specialist for Bituminous Insurance for 15 years. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan and also enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and attending dirt track stock car racing at various different tracks. He loved his family and adored his grandchildren. He is survived by his wife, Deb, of Atkinson; 2 sons, Christopher (Jessica) Jensen of Burrton, Kansas and Ritchie (Amber) Jensen of Villa Grove; his mother, Betty, of Mineral; his step-mother, Karen Jensen of Walnut; brothers, Donald Hotchkiss of Mineral, Jerry Jensen of Princeton and Bobby Stern of Walnut; and 3 grandchildren, Brock, Addie and Alex Jensen. He was preceded in death by his father and a brother Terry. Visitation will be from 1-3 PM on Sunday, September 3 at Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will be at 10 AM Monday, September 4 at First Christian Church in Walnut with Pastor Brian Moore, officiating. Cremation rites will follow the services. A memorial has been established in his memory. To send condolences visit

Beverly J. Berogan - 85

1/10/1932 - 8/12/2017
Walnut, Illinois

 Beverly J. Berogan, 85 of Walnut died Saturday August 12, 2017 at Heritage Health of Walnut.

She was born on January 10, 1932 in Walnut, the daughter of S. Russell and Pearl (Strouss) Weller. She was united in marriage on June 25, 1950 to William Levi Berogan. He preceded her in death on September 4, 1994. Beverly had worked as the head cook at Walnut Grade School retiring after 27 years. She had managed  the Walnut Senior Citizens building and was a coordinator  for several years for the bingo and card playing. She loved to cook, her gardening, flowers, play bingo, play cards and fishing. She was a member of the Walnut United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her son, Russell (Vickie) Berogan of Walnut; her son-in-law Donald Rice of Dixon; brother-in-laws: Donald (Chris) Berogan and Melvin Berogan and sister-in-law Harriet Moore; 9 grandchildren: Paige Berogan, Billie Jo Ristau, Brad Free, Brandon Rice, Jacob Rice, Brittany Rice, Regan Rice, Ryver Rice and Rayne Rice; 1 step grandchild Donnie Rice; 14 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi; daughter Nyla Rice; son Terry in infancy; her sisters: Evelyn Leech and Louise Weller; her parents and grand parents.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday August 16, 2017 from 9 - 11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow at 11 AM at the funeral home with the Reverend Mark Harkness, officiating. Burial will conclude at the Walnut Cemetery. A memorial will be established in her memory.

John "Jack" Keleher - 86

11/12/1930 - 8/3/2017
Rock Falls, Illinois

John “Jack” William Keleher, of Rock Falls, was born in Sublette, IL on November 12, 1930 to John R. Keleher and Evelyn (Babe) Keleher, and grew up in Walnut, IL with sisters, Mary Ann (Gaunt-Rockford) and Linda (Carr-Walnut). He passed away at Morningside of Sterling on August 3rd, 2017 at the age of 86. He attended Walnut Schools and swerved in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a Flight Engineer and Mechanic on B-29 and B-47 bombers as a Technical Sergeant. Following his military service, Jack joined the Illinois State Police and served with distinction for 35 years-one of only two ISP troopers to serve for that length of time. He started as a road Trooper and worked his way up through the ranks in District 7 (Rock Island) and District 1 (Sterling), and finished as a Captain and District Commander in Rock Island. Following his retirement from the State Police in 1990, Jack served a number of years with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office in Court Security. Jack was married to Delora (Beaber) Keleher of  Rock Falls, for nearly 58 years, with two sons, Michael (Micheale) Keleher of Grayslake, IL and Daniel (Carole) Keleher of Somersworth, NH; grandchildren, Jackie Keleher of Galveston, TX, John Hein of Grayslake, IL and Jennifer Hein of Grayslake, IL and great grandson, Kearin Hein of Grayslake, IL.

Jack was an avid hunter and loved kids and dogs with equal vigor and held the coveted status of “Neighborhood Grandpa” of the Breezy Acres Subdivision through several generations of kids and neighbors. He could always be counted upon to lend a hand, pass out a kind word, a butter cookie or Milk Bone and pump up a bike tire to those in need. He served many years as a volunteer fireman with the Walnut Fire Department and was a life member of the Walnut First Christian Church.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 3:00-6:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut, 14733 IL RT 92. Funeral service will be Monday, August 7, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at the funeral home in Walnut with Reverend Brian Moore officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Walnut Cemetery in Walnut.

In lieu of flowers a memorial is established. 

Lois A. Richmond - 79

7/24/1937 - 7/10/2017
Rock Falls, IL ROCK FALLS – Lois A. Richmond, age 79, died Monday, July 10, 2017 at Heritage Health of Walnut. Lois was born on July 24, 1937 in Sterling the daughter of Chester and Alpha (Johnson) Wolber. She married William Richmond on April 19, 1969 in Sterling. Lois was employed as a Waitress with the Tampico Lounge for several years retiring in 1999. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Walnut. She is survived by her husband, William of Rock Falls; one daughter, JoAnne (Tony) Lybarger of Dixon; five sons, Richard (Ida) Vary of Walnut, Alan (Roxanne) Vary of Charter Oak, Iowa, Steve (Renee) Vary of Dowell City, Iowa, Michael Vary of Rock Falls and Thomas Vary of Roseville; five sisters, Carol Spears of Prophetstown, Barb DeWald of Rock Falls, Joyce Sandrock of Sterling, Donna Jean Walgren of Mt. Morris and Alverta Habben of Rockford; seven grandchildren; three great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Charles Wolber; one sister, Jenna Lee Kulas. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at the Garland Funeral Home, Tampico. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Thursday at the funeral home with Reverend Brian Moore of the First Christian Church of Walnut. Burial will follow at Tampico Memorial Cemetery, Tampico. In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Rock Falls American Legion Post 902 Ladies Auxiliary. Online condolences may be sent to www.

Leone W. Johnson - 97

10/26/1919 - 7/5/2017
Walnut, Illinois Leone W. Johnson, age 97, of Ohio, IL died Wednesday July 5, 2017 at the Heritage Health in Walnut. Leone was born on October 26, 1920 in Amboy, IL, the daughter of Lawrence and Mary (Garland) Morrissey. She was united in marriage to William H. Johnson on September 20, 1941. He preceded her in death on February 25, 1996. She was the cook/manager at Walton Grade School for many years. Leone enjoyed crocheting and was a great cook and baker. She is survived by one daughter Mary Clare (James) Spratt of Ohio, IL; two grandchildren Dr. Kimberly Serbe of Decatur, IL, Robert (Terri) Spratt of Aurora, IL; three great grandchildren Andy Serbe, Hannah Serbe, and Ivy Spratt. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters Eileen Dunphy and Laneita Montavon. Visitation will be held on Friday July 7, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Celebration of the Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church in Ohio with Father Hugh Anderson and Father Thomas Shaw co-officating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ohio. A memorial has been established to Immaculate Conception Church of Ohio, Ohio Fire Department and Gateway Services in lieu of flowers.

Mildred "Millie" M. Valt - 96

1/15/1921 - 7/1/2017
Pillager, MN Mildred “Millie” M.Valt, age 96, of Pillager, MN and formerly of Walnut died Saturday July 1, 2017 at Riverside Assisted Living. Mildred was born on January 15, 1921 in Peoria, IL the daughter of Frank and Leona (Bontjes) Kloth. She was united in marriage to Victor V. Valt on November 9, 1939 in Burlington, IA. He preceded her in death on November 2, 1986. Mildred and Victor owned and operated the Sunset Motel in Walnut. She is survived by two daughters Edna (Jack) Lair of Motley, MN, Charlene Covill of Walnut, IL; 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one son John. Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday July 8th at 3 p.m. at the Walnut Cemetery with the Rev. Brian Moore, pastor of the First Christian Church of Walnut officiating. There will be no visitation. A memorial has been established in her memory.

Lowell T. Drayton - 86

4/15/1931 - 6/15/2017
Walnut, Illinois

 Lowell Thomas Drayton, age 86 of Walnut, died Thursday, June 15, 2017 at CGH Medical Center in Sterling.

Lowell was born on April 15, 1931 in Thomas, IL, the son of Asa T. and Marian (Brunner) Drayton. He is a United States Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. Lowell married Marilyn Brandau on July 1, 1951 at the First Lutheran Church of Ohio. He was employed by Northwestern Steel and Wire for 32 years until retirement. Lowell was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Ohio.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; his daughter, Janet (Lee) Mathis of Simpsonville, SC; his two sons, Lowell Thomas “Tom” (Nancy) Drayton, Jr. of Le Claire, IA and Robert (Jennifer) Drayton of Cottage Grove, MN; two brothers, Marlow (Wanda) Drayton of Walnut and Gordon Drayton of Elko, NV; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Roland and Kennard Drayton.

A gathering of family and friends will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 P.M. at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Memorial service will be Monday, June 19, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Lutheran Church of Ohio with Rev. Gene Vincent, officiating. Burial to follow at Fairfield-Greenville Cemetery in New Bedford, IL.

Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Ohio. 

Sue J. Peterson - 85

5/26/1932 - 6/14/2017
Walnut, Illinois

Sue J. Peterson, 85 of Walnut died Thursday June 14, 2017 at Heritage Health in Walnut.

She was born on May 26, 1932 in Walnut, the daughter of Burke and Edna (McDermand) Livey. She married Billie E. Peterson on May 3, 1953 in Walnut. He died March 7, 2013. Sue and her late husband, Billie owned the former Peterson Jewelry Store in Walnut. She was a very welcoming and giving person. She enjoyed baking and sharing her many goods with friends, neighbors and her community for many years. She had attended the Walnut United Methodist Church.

Survivors include four daughters: Bee-Ja (Joe) Thompson of Walnut, Tami (Harold) Huseman of Walnut, Cari (John) Durham of Mayfield, KY and Jenny (Steve) Koser of Walnut; two sons: Corey (Valerie) Peterson of Walnut and Chad Peterson of Walnut; her sister, Ramona (Chuck) Hewitt of Land O' Lakes, FL; her brother, William Livey (Marjorie Albrecht) of Princeton; 18 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Shane Thompson and a great grandson Noah Lind.

Visitation will be held on Monday June 19, 2017 from 9:30 - 11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. The funeral will follow at 11 AM with the Reverend Eldon Cook officiaying. Burial will conclude at the Walnut Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Walnut Park District: construction of the Walk/Bike Path or the construction of the ROCK.

Donald L. Gustafson - 78

7/8/1938 - 5/24/2017
Reno, Nevada Don Gustafson, age 78, passed away on May 24, 2017, in Reno, Nevada, at St Mary’s Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 8, 1938, in Princeton, Illinois, to Floyd and Marjorie Gustafson. He lived in Walnut, Illinois, until he left for college in 1956. During high school, he enjoyed being class president and the captain of the football team his senior year and was always active in sports. While in high school, he met the love of his life, Marilyn Gallentine. After dating through high school and college, they were married on June 26, 1960, in Walnut. Don graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree and in 1965 with a master’s degree in geology. While in Colorado their daughter, Dawn, was born. Don’s first job took him and his family to Reno, Nevada, where he worked for the Anaconda Copper Company. While in Reno their daughter, Kimberley, was born. They moved to Yerington, Nevada, in 1966 for Don to work at the Yerington Copper Mine as a geologist. In 1971, the family moved to Butte, Montana, with Anaconda and Don worked in the underground mines and the Berkeley Pit. Four years later, Don changed jobs and went to work for Homestake Mining Company in Reno, Nevada, and started working in gold. After exploring for gold for seven years, Don was instrumental in the discovery of the McLaughin Gold Mine in Northern Napa County, California. The mine was in production from 1985 to 2004 and produced 3.4 million ounces of gold. He was a long-time member of GSN, ATPG and SME. In 1985, Don became Vice President and Director of Homestake International. His travels took him to the South Pacific, Asia, South America and North America. He had many interesting encounters with the native people of each country he visited including Indonesia, China, Mongolia and Djibouti, Africa. In 1990, Don ventured out and formed his own exploration company, Gustafson Minerals International. In 1996, Don became president of Quest Mining Company and his geology work took him primarily to Honduras, Canada and the U.S. In 2000, Don went to work for Golden Cycle Gold Corporation as the Vice President of Exploration. He worked in China and Nevada. In 2008, he decided to travel less for work and became a director for Columbus Gold out of Vancouver, Canada. He and Marilyn enjoyed traveling and cruising to many foreign countries and the U.S. He was a member of Montreux Golf Club for many years and enjoying golfing, sailing, tennis and bridge. Don was a supportive husband, father and grandfather who was always there for his family and who instilled his love for travel in his daughters and grandchildren. Don’s pride and joy were his grandchildren and he went to all of their sporting and school events while he was able. Don is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Marjorie. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, daughters, Dawn Welsh (Cary Welsh) from Reno, NV, and Kimberley Gustafson (Nic Capule) from Larkspur, CA, his grandchildren, Connor and Amber Welsh from Reno, NV, his sister, Nancy Hopkins and brother-in-law, Dr. Jim Hopkins from Des Moines, IA, sister-in- law, Charlene Warr from Covina, CA, and several nieces and nephews. A burial service will be held on June 10 at 11:00 a.m. at the Walnut Cemetery, Walnut, Illinois. Viewing will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Garland Funeral Home, 14733 Il Hwy 92, Walnut, IL 61376. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, June 15 at 1:00 p.m. at South Reno United Methodist Church, 200 DeSpain Lane, Reno, NV. In memory of Donald Gustafson, gifts can be made to the University of Colorado for an endowment to be used towards scholarships for students in the Geology Department. Point of contact is: Jasmin Brooks, University of Colorado, Office of Advancement, 1305 University Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302. Or, a donation may be made to the First Christian Church, 109 Red Oak Road, Walnut, IL, 61376.

Darla P. Piper - 74

8/13/1942 - 5/20/2017
Franklin Grove Darla P. Piper Darla P. Piper, age 74, of Franklin Grove, died Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center. Darla was born August 13, 1942 in Sublette the daughter of Cecil and Pearl (Blaine) Piper. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one daughter, Sally Piper; one sister, Carolyn Howell; and three nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 10 – 11 AM at the Garland Funeral Home in Walnut. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Reverend Barb Otten of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amboy officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established. Online condolences may be sent to

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