Jeffrey A. “Oopie” Smith

Jeffrey A. “Oopie” Smith, 60, of Nelson, passed away on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at his home. Oopie was born in Sterling on January 9, 1960, the son of Freddy and Bessie (Near) Smith. He married Francis Udell on August 3, 1996 in Rock Falls. Oopie worked as a pallet maker for many years. He…read more »


Father Arley T. Downie

Fr. Arley T. Downie, 88, of Fulton, Ill. Formerly of Farmington, New Mexico died Sunday Aug.2,2020 at Generations skilled care in Rock Island, Illinois. Arley was born on the Family Farm in Hooppole Illinois on December 24th 1931 to Thomas G. Downie and Helen E. (Shere) Downie. He was educated in his early years in…read more »

Richard E. Weigle

Richard E. Weigle, age 86 of Sterling, died Thursday, August 13, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Richard was born on August 31, 1933 in Sterling, IL, the son of Ralph and Beulah (Neikirk) Weigle. He was a United States Navy Veteran and served in the Korean War. Richard married Neva Carol…read more »


Lucille Grace Pro

Lucille Grace Pro, age 98 of Rock Falls, died Friday, August 14, 2020 at Resthave Nursing Home in Morrison. Lucille was born on May 4, 1922 in Cudahy, Wisconsin, the daughter of Clarence and Alvina (Lathrop) Peterson. She married Oresto A. Pro, Sr on May 9, 1948 in Sterling. He preceded her in death on…read more »


Linda Peterson

Linda Peterson, age 67, of Walnut, died Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Rock River Hospice and Home in Sterling. Linda was born April 4, 1953 in Princeton the daughter of Dario and Betty (Sandberg) Wolford.  She married Charles Peterson on June 16, 1984 in Manlius.  Linda was employed as a X-ray Technician at St. Margaret’s…read more »


Martha “Marty” Abbott Meyer

Martha “Marty” Abbott-Meyer, 76, of Dixon, passed away Saturday, August 8, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family. She worked as an Administrator for the Lee Country Coroner’s Office, for 20 years until her passing. Marty was born October 25, 1943, in New Hampton, IA, the daughter of Leo and Olga Diesburg. She married…read more »


Delores A. Hicks

Delores A. Hicks age 74 of Dixon died Monday Aug. 10, 2020 at her home. She was born Sept. 7, 1945 in Amboy, Illinois the daughter of Clarence and Leola (Hackbarth) Smith.  Delores had worked at Fantasy Flavors in Amboy and Schreiber Foods/Con Agra in Dixon prior to her retirement.  She had volunteered at the…read more »

Wendell J. Cook

Wendell J Cook age 86 formerly of the area died July 2, 2020 in Poland, Indiana. He was born Nov. 28, 1934 in Walnut, the son of Harold and Marie (Hermes) Cook.  He had been a machinist at Micro Gear in Prophetstown prior to his retirement.  Wendell was also a musician and played with several…read more »

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