Ronald Reppe

Ronald Reppe, age 61, died Saturday, January 4, 2020 at the Rock River Hospice and Home, Sterling. Ron was born on October 2, 1958 in Sterling the son of Robert and Clarice (Bushing) Reppe. He married Pam Payne on April 15, 1978 in Dixon.  Ron was employed as a Maintenance Mechanic at Northwestern Steel &…read more »

Mary Iva “Missy” Rangel

Mary Iva “Missy” Rangel, age 61, beloved mother, wife, sister and friend passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on January 3, 2020. Mary was born August 16, 1958 to John and Marie (Vogel) Schmitt. She graduated from Sterling High School in 1976. She married Fred Rangel on October 26, 1979 just…read more »


Peter Matthew Scully

Peter Matthew Scully passed away unexpectedly on January 2nd, 2020. Peter was born in Dixon, IL on November 14th, 1975 to John T. and Gayle (Swickheimer) Scully of Amboy IL. He attended St. Anne Catholic School in Dixon and then Amboy Public Schools where he was an avid wrestler and graduated from Amboy High School…read more »


Raymond E Portner

Raymond E. Portner, 81, of Sterling died on Monday, December 30, 2019 at Rock River Hospice Home. Raymond was born April 28, 1938 in Polo, the son of Alven and Agnes Portner. He worked as a farmer at Fred Jacobs Farm, and later moved to Virginia where he worked in a shipyard until his retirement.…read more »


Elinda D. Aurand-Briggs

Elinda D. Aurand-Briggs, age 69, formerly of Rock Falls died on December 7, 2019 at her father’s home in Sun City, Ariz. Elinda was born on August 30, 1950 in Gary, Ind. the daughter of Marvin and Margaret (Russell) Shaver, Sr.  She was an active member of Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls.  Elinda…read more »


James “Jim” N. Kulas

James “Jim” N. Kulas, 86, died Friday, December 20, 2019. He was born on March, 25 1933 in Stephen, Minnesota, the son of Bazil and Frances (Longowski) Kulas. Jim married Karen Barnhart on September 30, 1960 at St. Andrew Catholic Church. He served in the Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. Jim…read more »

Otis B “O B” Homer

Otis B. “O.B.” Horner age 84 of Amboy died Wed. Jan. 1, 2020 at his home.  He was born March 21, 1935 in Jefferson County, T.N. the son of Johnnie and Edith (Talbott) Horner. He was a partsman for IDOT for over 15 yrs prior to his retirement, O.B. was also a Veteran of the…read more »

Joanne Carolyn Smith

Joanne Carolyn Smith, 81, of Dixon, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019, at Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. She worked for Donaldsons prior to her retirement. Joanne was born, September 7, 1938, in Dixon, IL, the daughter of Kenyon and Hazel (Fritts) Geiger . She married Jimmie “Jim” E. Smith on June 30, 1956…read more »

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