John J. Girton

John J. Girton, 69, of Dixon, formerly of Peoria, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Serenity Hospice & Home surrounded by family. He was born, May 15, 1950, in Sterling, IL, the son of Donald E. and Gladys L. (Bressler) Girton. He married Iris Olson on September 15, 1990 in Dixon. She preceded…read more »


Leo P. McCaffrey

Leo P. McCaffrey, age 94, of Walton, died Thursday, June 13, 2019, at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. He was born November 21, 1924, in Marion Township, Lee County, the son of Joseph and Marie (Fitzpatrick) McCaffrey. Leo was a graduate of Amboy High School, Class of 1942. He was a lifelong farmer and…read more »

Scott E. Smoot

Scott E. Smoot, age 53, of Dixon, died Monday, June 10, 2019, at the Citadel of Sterling.  He was born June 29, 1966, in Downers Grove, the son of John and Katherine (Swansbro) Smoot. He was preceded in death by his brother Daniel Smoot. Survivors include his mother of Dixon;  his father of Downers Grove; …read more »

Joseph “Joe” Robert McLaughlin

Joseph “Joe” Robert McLaughlin, 62, of Dixon, died Saturday, June 8, 2019, at Dixon Rehabilitation & Health Care Center. He worked for Raynor Garage Door, for 36 years prior to his retirement. Joe was born, May 19, 1957, in Sterling, IL, the son of Joseph and Joanne (Dayton) McLaughlin. He was an avid fisherman, played…read more »

Patricia Ann Krone

Patricia Ann Krone, age77, died Saturday, June 8, 2019 at Regency Care of Sterling.        Patricia was born on October 19, 1941 in Mounds the daughter of John and Easter (Buckles) Soots. She married Kenny Linboom. He passed away and she later married Marvin Krone.  Patricia worked in the Repair Department at Wahl Clipper as well…read more »

Mary O. Ratzlaff

Mary O. Ratzlaff, 85, of Morrison, IL, passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Franklin, TN surrounded by her daughters. Mary was born February 25, 1934 in Rock Falls, IL, the daughter of Chirila John and Eva (Pavel) Ordean.  She married Harold Ratzlaff on July 6, 1952 in Sterling.  He preceded her in death…read more »


Lois A. Muldoon-Gibson

Lois A. Muldoon-Gibson, 74, died, Sunday, June 9, 2019 at her home. Lois was born May 15, 1945 in Dixon the daughter of Marvin and Myrtle (Powers) Gibson.                                        Survivors include one son, David (Sandra) Gibson of Sterling; one sister, Linda McGee of Newton, NC; one brother, Ernie (Chona) Gibson of the Philippines; and three…read more »


Vivian Louise King

Vivian Louise King, 96, of Dixon, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, at her Heritage Square in Dixon. She worked for Raynor Manufacturing, for 18 years prior to her retirement. Vivian was born, October 20, 1922, in West Frankfort, IL, the daughter of Dale and Lona (Clark) Peck. She married Lloyd Thomas King on June…read more »

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