Betty A Payne

Betty A. Payne, 81 of Walnut died Monday,  September 7, 2020 at her home. She was born on November 3, 1938 in Amboy, the daughter of William and Mildred (Conderman) Kessel. She married Rudy Franciscy in February 1957. He died shortly after. She then married Harold E. “Mick” Payne on May 5, 1959 in Walton,…read more »

Betty Jane Hutchison

Betty Jane Hutchison, 84, of Milledgeville passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at her home. Betty was born in Rock Falls on October 31, 1935, the daughter of Zenas and Elsie (Williams) Morris. She married Frank Hutchison on February 11, 1955 in Sterling. He predeceased her on August 20, 1988. Together they farmed in…read more »

Betty Jean Benson

Betty Jean Benson, 61, of Sterling passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020. Betty was born in Sterling on October 7, 1958, the daughter of Floyd and Alma (Little) Dickerson. Betty married David Benson on August 1, 1981 in Coleta. Her love for children made her a pillar of the community, as she worked in…read more »

Orin W. Sheley

Orin W. Sheley, age 92, of Sterling, died Monday, August 31, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home. Orin was born May 12, 1928 in Elmhurst the son of Orin J. and Besse D. (Spaulding) Sheley.  He married Jeannine M. Wicks on July 17, 1948 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling.  She preceded him…read more »

Laurene Janc (Nee Dornbusch)

Laurene Janc (nee Dornbusch) was born in 1919 and raised in Milbank, South Dakota during the Great Depression. That taught her to be frugal and strong. The family stayed in Milbank until World War II, when Laurene came to Sterling/Rock Falls first, and the rest of the family followed–with the exception of the Carlins. She married Hubert…read more »


Betty Lou Kibble

Betty Lou Kibble, 87, of Dixon, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, August 31, 2020, at her home in Dixon, IL. Betty was born June 7, 1933, in Dixon, IL, the daughter of Granville and Margaret (Hummel) Reigle. She married Richard “Dick” Kibble on October 3, 1953, at Bethel Evangelical Congregational Church…read more »


Dale Janssen

Dale Janssen, 86 of Sterling, died, Monday, August 31, 2020.       Dale was born October 27, 1933 in Lyndon Township, the youngest of six siblings born to John and Elizabeth Janssen. Dale was educated in rural and Sterling Schools, graduating in 1951. After school he was a hired hand on a farm north of Sterling.…read more »


Robert Paige Swim

Robert Paige Swim, 81, of Grand Detour died August 27, 2020. Bob was born 12/04/38 in Dixon, the son of Charles and Margaret (Norris) Swim. He graduated from Dixon High School in 1957. He attended Northern Illinois University and Chicago Institute of Technology. Bob married Linda Burke on 12/19/62 in Karlsruhe Germany, while serving in…read more »

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