2011 Obituaries
         
         

 

Donna S. Nelson

Polo - Donna S. Nelson, 61, of Polo, passed away Dec. 11, 2011, at her home. She was employed by Lee Wayne Corp. in accounting.

Donna was born Aug. 6, 1950 in Dixon, the daughter of John Carroll and Loretta (Vock) Carroll. On Sept. 14, 1968 in Polo, she was united in marriage to Daniel Nelson.
Donna fought a long, hard and courages fight with ovarian cancer. She loved playing games, cards, going to the casino boat with friends and solving the worlds problems in the hot tub with dear friend Linda.

Survivors include: husband Daniel Nelson; mother Loretta (Vock) Carroll; sons Cory (Kimberly) Nelson of St. Charles, Curt (Ashley Houck) Nelson of Polo, Chad (Sara) Nelson of Longmont, CO; sisters Diane Sandell of Polo, Debra (Tom) Flint of Bradenton, FL, Julie Carroll of Edgewater, MD; brothers Norman (Jackie) Carroll of Polo, Ronald (Margaret) Carroll of Sterling, Kevin (Sue) Carroll of Polo; grandsons Owen Nelson and Spencer Nelson

She was preceded in death by father John Carroll.

Services: The funeral will be at 10:30 AM, Friday, Dec. 16, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 15, from 4-7 PM at Polo Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Maurice G. Terhune

Lanark - Maurice G. Terhune, 87, of Lanark, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2011, at Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. He farmed in rural Lanark.
Maurice was born, June 20,1924 in Sterling, the son of Lester and Laura (Graehling) Terhune. On June 7, 1947 he was united in marriage to Florence Wilson.

Survivors include: wife Florence; daughter Mary (Dean) Borsic of Gurnee, IL; son Larry Terhune of Saginaw, TX; grandsons John Borsic and Christopher M. Terhune.
He was preceded in death by his Parents.
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Services: The funeral will be at 10:30 AM, Friday, Dec. 2 at Polo Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM at Polo Family Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Curtiss C. Henning

Polo - Curtiss Carlyle Henning has gone to Ducks Unlimited/Pheasants Forever/glory on November 23, 2011.
He was born on November 10, 1932, in Springfield, MN. He was the first of three high-spirited children born to Harry Henning and Esther (Black) Henning. He spent his youth in rural Minnesota going to school and working on the family farm. Curt and his brother Byron worked as part of his father's baling service and he showed a special affinity for fastening the wires.

After graduating from Gaylord High School in 1951, Curt enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War. Upon returning stateside, he attended college on the GI Bill, graduating from Mankato State University with a B.A. in History. He taught junior high school for 3 years in IL, meeting his wife of 48 years, Margaret Griffith of Ashton, IL, whose classroom was just across the hall. They moved to Alaska in 1965 and taught school anther 6 years. During his time in Alaska, Curt flew Cessna airplanes and moon-lighted as a big-game hunter.

Upon departing the Last Frontier, Curt and Margaret relocated to Pine Creek with three younglings and numerous big game trophies in tow. He worked in farm service industries, including many years at the Polo COOP. In his retiement years, he also was a faithful provider of Casey's day-old donuts to the COOP staff.

Curt was happiest in the great outdoors, hunting, fishing, collecting tractors, planting tress, splitting wood and riding his 4-wheeled vehicle. He was a car enthusiast, one of his favorites being his 1960 convetible Austin Healy. He also was an avid collector of guns, books and duck decoys. Curt dabble in playing piano, enjoyed classic jazz and almost always had music playing in his basement lair (DTV channel 584). He will be remembered for not only his love of trees, but his devotion to life, wild and otherwise, and to being a conscientious steward of the earth.

Curt is survived by his brother Byron Henning of Oakland, CA; sister Sandra Degan of Holmes Beach, FL; wife Margaret; his children John Henning, Seattle; Nancy Henning (John Burkhart), Portland; and Janet Henning Strauss (Steve), three grandchildren, Curt, Lauren and Kate; and his beloved barn cat Bobbie.

At his request, no services will be held. A Celebration of Life will occur next spring. A memorial has been established at the Sheldrick Wildlife Fund.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

James P. Shadewaldt

Polo - James P. Shadewaldt, 92, of Polo, passed away Tuesday, November 15, at his home.  He was a Machine Operator for Woods Brother in Oregon.
James was born August  21, 1919, in Panola, IL, the son of William Carl and Nellie (Sestak) Shadewaldt.  On February 12, 1945, in London, England he was united in marriage to Frances Gale.

James was a veteran of the US Navy serving in WWII.

Survivors include: wife Frances; daughter Gail (Jim) Brueggeman of Fairview Heights, IL; sister Ethel (Ed) Lane of Albuquerque, NM; 2 Grandchildren; 3 Great Grandchildren.   

He was preceded in death by sisters, Wilhemina Rich, Esther Shadewaldt and Ruth Shadewaldt; brother George Shadewaldt.

Services: The funeral will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 19,  2011 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Polo.  Private burial will be Monday in Bloomington.  Visitation will be from 10-11:00 AM, one hour prior to the service, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Michael Remrey

Michael Remrey, 65, of Savanna, passed away Saturday, November 5, at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna.

He was retired with the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 612.

Michael was born, Sept. 23, 1946 in Dixon, the son of Adelbert and Hazel (Carlson) Remrey. On June 10, 1983, in Leaf River, he was united in marriage to Beverly J.

Wolfley (she preceded him in 2006). He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Michael was a member of the Polo VFW, the Savannah VFW and Moose Lodge and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Clinton, IA.

Survivors include: son Alex (Libby) Remrey of Bienville, LA; brother Dale (Linda) Smyth of Woodlands, TX; 9 Grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his parents

Private burial will be held at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Eleanor E. Merdian

Eleanor E. Merdian, 87, of Polo, passed away Monday, October 31, at Hospice Serenity Home, Oregon. She was a Homemaker.

Eleanor was born, February 21, 1924 in Walnut, Illinois, the daughter of Nels A. and Anna (Allen) Malmberg. On November 30, 1945 in Ohio, IL, she was united in marriage to Floyd Merdian ( he preceded her in 1999).

Survivors include: two daughters Cathy (David) Sweet of Cody, WY, Karen (Chuck) Cole of Frankfort, IL; son David (Jean) Merdian of Polo; 7 Grandchildren; 3 Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two sisters Helen Gloden, Mildred Colver and two brothers Harvey and Cecil Malmberg.

Services: The funeral will be at 10:00 AM, Thursday, November 3, at Polo Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Garden, Dixon. Visitation will be from 4-6 pm Wednesday, November 2, also at Polo Family Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Sarah Jean Imel

Polo - Sarah Jean Imel, 84, of Polo, passed away Monday, October 24, 2011, at her home.
She was a waitress with Schwenks, White Pines and Edgewood Golf Course.
Sarah was born, July 25,1927 in Savanna, IL, the daughter of Roy Hummel and Bertha (Beaver) Hummel.  On February 23, 1946  she was united in marriage to James Edward Imel (he preceded her in 1995).

Survivors include:  daughter Linda Snapp of Oregon; sons Michael (Mary) Imel of Sterling, John (Melinda) Imel of Polo;  sister Mary Wolfe of Savanna, IL;  6 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren
She was preceded in death by 3 sisters Shirley Ball, Elenor Nooney and Alberta Eisenbise, 3 brothers Dale, Max and Jack Hummel.

Services: The Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Polo.  Burial will be at Fairmount  Cemetery also in Polo. Visitation is from 5-7p.m. at Polo Family Funeral Home, Wednesday, with the rosary recited at 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Ogle County Hospice.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Nicholas Scholl

Polo - Nicholas Scholl, 64, of Polo, passed away Friday, September 23, 2011, at his home.

Nicholas was born, April 10, 1947 in Hinsdale, Illinois, born to Marie Flora then adopted at the age of 17 by Elmer and Gertrude (Fossler) Scholl.

Nick graduated from Polo High School. He then proudly served his country in the Marine Corps. during the Vietnam War. When he returned he graduated from Morrison Institute of Technology with a degree in drafting. Later he worked at Central Quality and Lawrence Brothers as a draftsman. He retired to farming, and gardening. He especially loved his flower and vegetable gardens. In his younger years he also enjoyed drag racing his Yenko Camaro.

Survivors include: Special companion of 25 years Gail Warnken; sister Kathy (Arnie) Tyrell of Polo; brother Dennis Scholl of Chicago; nephew Richard Halfman; In-laws:
Barb (Rick) Blackburn/ Mt. Morris Susan and Sarah/ Rockfalls
Joyce (Craig) Aska/ Oregon Casey Fry and John Aska/ Searcy, Arkansas
Laura (Rick) Mick and Chris Heath/ Polo
Kathy (Glen) Estrada/ Sterling
Randy (Sheila) Shannan and Fallan Warnken/ Oregon
Bradley Fogle of Dixon, Riley and Jeremy Warnken of Milledgeville
Liz (Marcel) Brittni and Katie Hutchison/ Milledgeville
Nick’s special Cocker Spaniel named Pokey
He is preceded by his Parents, brothers Richard and Donald Flora and brother-in-law Ted Warnken.

Services: The funeral will be at 5:00 PM, Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at Polo Family Funeral Home. Special Military Remembrance Service will be held at a later date. Visitation will be from 4-5:00 PM Tuesday, one hour prior also at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
Cremation rites will be accorded.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Robert (Bob) Lang

Robert (Bob) Lang, 95, formerly of Forreston and Polo, passed away Tuesday, August 9, 2011 in West Palm Beach, FL where he and his wife, Louise, have lived since retiring 31 years ago.
 
Lang was born January 15th, 1916 in Forreston, the 7th of 8 children born to Frank and Mary Ellen (Heller) Lang.  Bob’s father died when he was a young boy.  His mother raised the family by running the “Forreston House.”  Bob and his siblings took on many jobs to help the family through some rough times.  Some of the jobs Bob held as an adult included a bread route and a Blue Star Potato Chip route.  During WWII, Bob enlisted in the Navy and distinguished himself with 2 bronze medals and many citations for his bravery under fire.  Twice, the ship he was on, was blown up and he landed in the water, but survived.  After returning to Forreston, Bob owned and ran the Standard Oil Service Station and served as Forreston’s Fire Chief.  In 1952 Bob met and married the love of his life, Alice Louise Sweet.  Later he worked for the state highway dept. then for the Polo School District as the high school custodian.  Whatever the job, Lang earned the respect of his fellow workers, because of his many and varied skills.  Because of his caring spirit and great wit, he earned the friendship of all those around him.   Louise is now a resident of Pinecrest Community, 414 S. Wesley Av., Mt. Morris, IL 61054, room 7-55.
 
Bob’s four sisters and three brothers preceded him in death, along with his parents. Leaving to grieve him, in addition to his wife, Louise, are six nieces, three nephews, and also a loving West Palm Beach neighborhood.
 
Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, September 25, at the White Oak Cemetery in Forreston, internment being in the Lang family plot.  Funeral Home services were provided by Mitzell-Faville-Zern Funeral Home in West Palm Beach and Polo Family Funeral Home in Polo. 

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

George P. “"Bill"” Babcock

George P. “Bill” Babcock, 83, of Sterling (formerly of Earlville), passed away September 13, 2011, at Ogle County Serenity Home, Oregon.

Bill was a veteran of the US Army and proudly served during the Korean Conflict. He owned his own insurance agency in Earlville IL, for more than 30 years. But his true passion in life was his children to whom he devoted his entire life. Bill was born, July 14, 1928 in Wiggins, Mississippi, the son of Phil and Margaret (Horne) Babcock.

Survivors include: daughters Jennifer Gaughan of Lake Carroll, Jeanette (Doug) Linker of Lanark, Lorali (Dan) Heintzelman of Dixon, Rachel (Jim) DuBois of Morrison; sons Chad (Liz) Babcock of Tomah, Wisconsin, Phillip Babcock of San Francisco, California; sisters Ann Norton formerly of Earlville, Kaye Mims of Mobile, Alabama; 8 Grandchildren, 3 Great Grandchildren; special niece Teresa Norton.

He was preceded in death by son-in-law Brian Gaughan.

A gathering of family and friends will be September 25, Sunday, 11:00-2:00 at the Earl Township Bldg, 1506 E. U.S. 34, Earlville, IL 60518

A memorial has been established Ogle County Hospice, Serenity Home, PO Box 462, Oregon, IL 61061

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Marjorie L. Bowers

Marjorie L. Bowers, 86, of Polo, passed away September 12, 2011, at her home. She was a Homemaker.

Marjorie was born July 24, 1925 in Carroll County, the daughter of Osbern and Jessie (Kahl) Shafer. On June 6, 1943, she was united in marriage to Orville Bowers Sr. (he preceded her on Feb. 1, 1995)

Survivors include: sons Gary (Trudy) Bowers of Dixon and Orville G. Bowers Jr. of Savanna; 3 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren
She was preceded in death by brothers Ralph, Earl, Lester and Harry Shafer; sister Grace Truman; grandson Kieth Bowers.

Services: The funeral will be at 10:30 AM, Friday, September 16, 2011 at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Polo. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 AM (one hour prior) at St. Marks Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established Ogle County Hospice.

Arrangements completed by Polo Family Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Gladys I. Stiles

Polo - Gladys I. Stiles, 92, of Polo, passed away September 9, 2011, at Polo Rehabilitation Center.

She was employed by Central Quality.

Gladys was born January 17, 1919, in Polo, the daughter of Thomas and Ella (Bell) Odom. On November 25, 1948, she was united in marriage to Leonard Stiles (he preceded her in 1991).

Survivors include: Great Niece Candace Tinley of Florida and Great Nephew Kevin Tinley of Libertyville, IL

She was preceded in death by Sisters Alberta Ransom, Della Grove and a Niece Vivian Tinley .

Services: The funeral will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 13, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Polo. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be one hour prior to service, from 10-11:00 AM, also at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Polo.

Arrangements were completed by Polo Family Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Helen M. Smith

POLO – Helen M. Smith, 72, of Polo, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at Polo Rehabilitation Center.

She was employed by the Village of Progress and attended Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Polo.

Helen was born, February 5, 1939 in Dixon, the daughter of Miles and Ina (Shellhause) Smith.

Survivors include: brothers Lloyd (Mary) Smith of Oregon and Charles (Brenda) Smith of Polo

She was preceded in death by her Parents, niece Esther Smith and 2 Great-Nephews

Services: A graveside service will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, September 9, at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo, with Pastor Fritz Bartels officiating.

Cremation rites have been accorded.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.



Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Doris M. Powell

Polo - Doris M. Powell, 90, of Polo, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at Liberty Court, Dixon. She was a Registered Nurse.

Doris was born, August 16, 1921 in Rockford, the daughter of Axel W. Sr. and Ingeborg A. (Lundgren) Olsen. On October 24, 1943, in Texas, she was united in marriage to John D. Powell (he preceded her in 2005) .

Survivors include: daughters Shirley (Michael) Niewald of Bettendorf, IA, Patty (Dan) Knowles of Sandwich, IL, Kirsten (Patrick) Kavanaugh of Dixon; brother Edward (Karen) Olsen of Polo, 6 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, 3 Step-Grandchildren,
5 Step-Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by granddaughter Jami Knowles, sister Shirley Olsen and brother Axel Olsen Jr..
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Services: The funeral will be 10:30 AM, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011 at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Polo. Private burial will be held at Fairmount Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Thelma I. Diehl

Polo - Thelma I. Diehl, 89, of Polo, passed away August 27, 2011, at Dixon Health Care Center.

She was a bookkeeper retiring from Hazelhurst Grain.
Thelma was born, June 5, 1922 in Amberg, WI, the daughter of Fred Eads and Mamie Moore Eads. On August 21,1943, she was united in marriage to Denver Diehl (he preceded her in May of this year).

Survivors include: son Arnold (Marilyn) Diehl of Polo; sisters Grace Bowen of Lyndon, Esther Rhodes, Betty (Bob) Truckenmiller, both of Prophetstown; brother Jim (Shirley) Eads of Prophetstown; 10 Grandchildren; 6 Great Grandchildren
She was preceded in death by son Ronald, three brothers, Fred, Alfred, and Richard Eads and one great-grandson, Nicholas Diehl.

Services: The funeral will be held at 10:00 AM, September 1, 2011 at Polo Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at South Elkhorn Cemetery, Milledgeville. Visitation will be from 6-8 PM at Polo Family Funeral Home on August 31.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Robert K. Duncan

Polo - Robert K. Duncan, 84, of Polo, passed away August 2, 2011, at Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris. He was a lifelong farmer in Polo.

Robert was born April 11,1927 in Polo, the son of Fred Duncan and Hattie (Lockner) Duncan. On August 19, 1950 in Polo, he was united in marriage to Carol Deuth (she preceded him on July 20, 2010).

Robert was a member of the Polo Lions Club, Ogle County Farm Bureau and Ogle County Pork Producers Board of Directors, Polo School Board as President, Trustee for Forreston Grove Church, adviser to numerous elected officials including congress women Lynn Martin and Umpire for the Polo Girls Softball.

Survivors include: sons Kevin (Anna) Duncan of Monument, CO, Brian (Kelly) Duncan of Polo, Eric (Sheila) Duncan of Bloomington, IL; sister Ruth Nevenhoven of Freeport; brother Don (Betty) Duncan of Mt. Morris; 8 Grandchildren
He was preceeded in death by sister Wilma Greenfield.

Services: The funeral will be 10 AM, Monday, August 8, at Forrestorn Grove Church. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Sunday, August 7, at Polo Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Forreston Grove Church and Pinecrest Manor.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

David Weber

Polo - David Weber, 101, of Polo, passed away July 27, 2011, at KSB Hospital. He farmed in Polo for 37 years.

David was born, January, 6, 1910 in Wing, ND, the son of John Weber and Regina (Knoddle) Weber. In 1932 he was united in marriage to Elvina J. Reed (she preceded him in 1982). David was a member of the Elkhorn Brick Church, Polo

Survivors include: daughter Marilyn Matheson of Delavan, WI; sons: Carl D. (Roberta) Weber of Polo, Jim (Virginia) Weber of San Rafael, CA, Stanley Weber of Polo; sister Mary Warren of Portland, OR; 5 Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by sons Larry and Alvon Weber; grandson Tyler and daughter-in-law Mary Kay Weber; 2 Sisters and 9 Brothers.

Services: The funeral will be at 10:30 AM, August 1, 2011 at Polo Family Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Jerry Martz with Elkhorn Brick Church, Polo. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be Sunday, July 31, 2011 from 1-3 PM at Polo Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Lavona “Pete” L. Crossen

Rockford - Lavona “Pete” L. Crossen, 47, of Polo, passed away June 28, 2011, at Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was a Homemaker. "Pete" enjoyed gardening, canning, and putting jigsaw puzzles together. She also was an avid Packer fan.
Pete was born, April 6, 1964 in Oregon, the daughter of Harlan Alderks and Mary (Suter) Alderks. On December 12, 1997 in Dixon, she was united in marriage to Bob Crossen (He preceded her on January 26, 2011).

Survivors include: father Harlan Alderks; son Josh Conkey, of Polo, step- son Joshua (Angela) Crossen, of Galesburg; step-daughters Jennifer (David) Kutz, Amy (John) Kutz, both of Dixon and Amber Crossen, of Mattson; sisters: Judy (Russell) Castle, of Dixon, Joanne (Jerry) Hitchcock of Oregon, Dawn (David) Fitzgerald, of Polo, Harlene Alderks, of Forreston; brothers Mike (Slyvia) Gilroy, of Dixon, Kevin (Dione) Aldreks, of Baileyville; 3 Step-Grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by husband Bob, her mother Mary, first husband Derrick Conkey, brother Jesse Gilroy, sister Kimberly Alderks.

Services: The funeral will be 11:00 AM, July 1, 2011 at Polo Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be from 10-11:00 AM, one hour prior to service, also at the Polo Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Bill (Billy) Garrison

Bill (Billy) Garrison, local musician passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2011 at CGH Medical Center. He was a long time entertainer in the area, playing in many of the local clubs. He also worked for Block Music and later Heritage Music. Most recently he was organist for the First Presbyterian Church of Morrison for 20 years.

Bill was born January 20, 1938, in Polo, to Walter and Edith (Pearce) Garrison. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, twin Bobby in infancy, Charles and Glen. Survivors include one brother, Chester Garrison of Sterling; nephew Lon (Lynn) Garrison of Polo; special friends Pat and Rick Simpson of Rock Falls.

There will be a 10:00 AM graveside service Wednesday, June 22, at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo, with cousin Pastor Monte Cox, of Polo Open Bible Church and Pastor Mike Selburg of First Presbyterian, Morrison officiating.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.



Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Gary D. Johnson

Oregon - Gary D. Johnson, 80, of Oregon, passed away June 8, 2011, at Proctor Hospital, Peoria. He was a Illinois Conservation Police Officer until retiring in December of 1991.

Gary was born November 10, 1930 in Ogle County, the son of Robert and Rose Kathryn (Geary) Johnson. In October of 1979, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Kielsmeier.

Survivors include: wife Carolyn; step-daughter Linda (LeFevre) and Vito Sisto of Lombard; 3 grandchildren Drew, Gabriel, Nathan Sisto; nieces Cindy Enzler (Antonio Martinez) Kelly (Shane and Skylar) Williams, Bobbie (Sabrina and Madelyn) Heath, Victoria Yount; cousin Phil Johnson

He was preceeded in death by sister Kay Offill and brother Theodore.

Services: Graveside service will be 3:00 PM, Tuesday, June 14, at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

In Memory of: Gary Johnson
Purpose: Il. Conservation Police Honor Guard
Send all checks to: Illinois Conservation Foundation
                               Attn: Kathy Wheeler
                               One Natural Resources Way
                               Springfield, IL 62702


Cremation rites will be accorded.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

William “Bill” S. Patterson

Polo - William “Bill” S. Patterson, 80, of Polo, passed away June 06, 2011, at Polo Rehabilitation Center. He worked with the Operating Engineer Local 150 as a Heavy Equipment Operator.

Bill was born, October 9, 1930, in McConnellsburg, PA, the son of Thomas W. Patterson and Wava (Garber) Patterson. On March 26, 1991, he was united in marriage to Lucille Randecker .

Bill was a veteran of the United States Army and member of the Polo American Legion, Polo VFW, and Edgewood Golf Course.

Survivors include: sisters Elizabeth “Betty” Patterson of Mt. Morris, Mary Ellen Kroh of Arizona; brother Thomas W. (Donna) Patterson of Polo; special friend and care taker Kim Finnicum.

He was preceded in death by wife Lucille and three siblings at birth.

Services: The graveside service will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be from 10-11:00 AM at Polo Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Denver A. Diehl

Dixon- Denver A. Diehl, 90, of Polo, passed away May 30, 2011, at Dixon Health Care Center. He was a truck driver retiring with Hazelhurst Grain.
Denver was born, March 25, 1921 in Coleta, IL, the son of William J. Diehl and Elizabeth (Hensler) Diehl. On August 21, 1943, he was united in marriage toThelma Eads.

Denver was a veteran of Navy serving in WW II.
Survivors include: wife Thelma Diehl; son Arnold (Marilyn) Diehl of Polo, sister Ruth VanZuiden of Colorado; 10 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren,
He was preceded in death by son Ronald Diehl, 3 Brothers and great grandson Nicholas Diehl.

Services: The funeral will be at 10:00 AM, June 3, 2011at Polo Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at South Elkhorn Cemetery, Milledgeville. Visitation will be June 2, 2011 from 6-8 PM at Polo Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

David Conrad Ambeau

Oregon - David Conrad Ambeau, 60, of Oregon (formerly of Polo), passed away May 2, 2011, at KSB Hospital.

David was born, November 11, 1950 in Escanaba, MI, the son of Wilfred A. Ambeau and Naomi L. (Stengel) Ambeau.

Survivors include: brother Michael Ambeau of Polo; aunts Geraldine (Russell) Johnson of Sugar Grove, and Sharon Ambeau of Escanaba, MI; niece Ashley Ambeau of Polo and nephew Vincent Ambeau of Benton, IL.
He was preceded in death by Parents, and sister Carol Ann Ambeau (Wagner).

Services: Private graveside service will be held at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established
Cremation rites will be accorded.



Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Joyce Elaine Groen

Polo - Joyce Elaine Groen, 74, of Polo, passed away April 26, 2011, at KSB Hospital. She was a full time volunteer with the Milledgeville Grade School.

Joyce was born, August 4, 1936 in Dixon, the daughter of Harry Wuebben and Louise (Folk) Wuebben. On November 10, 1956 in Polo, she was united in marriage to Walter Groen.

Survivors include: daughters Julie (AL) Krochock, of Aurora, sons Mark (Connie) Groen of Milledgeville, Michael (Mary) Groen of Sugar Grove, brothers Harold (Jeanette) Wuebben of Dayton, OH, Larry Wuebben of Polo, 9 Grandchildren,
2 Great Grandchildren.

She was proceeded in death by Parents, husband Walter (1999), son Jeffrey Groen (1963), daughter Kathy Gardner (1979).

Services: The funeral will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 30, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 AM at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Polo also on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established Milledgeville Schools.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Betty M. Rogers

Polo- Betty M. Rogers, 81, of Polo, passed away Tuesday, April 19, at Polo Rehabilitation Center.

She was the head cook for the Polo School district for over 30 years before retiring.

Betty was born, Feb. 4, 1930 in Ogle County, the daughter of Carl Zigler and Ruth (Bowers) Zigler. On December 6, 1953, in Stockton, she was united in marriage to Edward M. Rogers, he preceded her in 1987. Betty was a member of the Polo First United Methodist Church and very active with the Polo Historical Society, Polo Library and the Humane Society.

Survivors include: son James (Rachael) Rogers of Polo; daughter-in-law Jeanne Rogers of Sterling; grandchildren Lindsay, Matthew, Marcus and Miles Rogers; step grandchildren Amber, Rebecca, Katie; step great-grandchildren Nolan, Colton, Lane.

She was preceded in death by her husband Edward and son John E. Rogers.

Services: The funeral will be at 11:00 AM, April 23 at Polo Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be from 9:30-11:00 AM (just prior to service) at Polo Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established In her name.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

James W. Currens

POLO – James W. Currens, 73, of Polo, passed away Saturday, April 16 , 2011, at Genesis Hospital, Davenport, IA. He was a Welder and Production Supervisor for
E D Etnyre & Co.

James was born, March 28, 1938 in Dixon, the son of Clyde W. and Arloine (Moore) Currens. On April 3, 1999, he was united in marriage to Linda Emmitt in Rockton, IL.

Survivors include: wife Linda; daughters Patti (Gene) Hellwig of Sterling, Amanda (Sam) Cornn of Machesney Park; sons Dan (Susan) Currens of Rockford, Andrew Currens of Galesburg; stepsons Scott (Sherri) Barnett of Ava, IL, Mark (Dorothy) Barnett of Cutler, IL, Shawn Garland of Dixon; stepdaughter Kimberly Barnett of Mt. Morris; 6 Grandchildren and 4 Step Grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services: The funeral will be at 12:30 PM, Thursday, April 21 at Polo Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery, Dixon. Visitation will be from 11-12:30 PM also at Polo Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to Living History Antique Equipment Association 1077 Rte 251, Compton, IL 61318.


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JoAnn Kitzmiller

Polo - JoAnn Kitzmiller, passed away April 10, 2011 at Serenity Hospice House in Oregon. She retired in January 2000, worked in the Patient Accounts Department and had over 24 years of service to KSB Hospital. Jo started working as an Admitting Clerk in March of 1975. She became one of the original Patient Service Representatives in 1977 and transferred to Cash Control Clerk in 1982. During her retirement, Jo pursued her lifetime motto of "Gone Fishing". JoAnn was born, January 2, 1941in Freeport, the daughter of Henry and Wilda (Doty) Kitzmiller. She graduated from Polo High School in 1959 and went on to Rockford Business College.

Survivors include: Special friend of 38 years Duane Schelling of Mt. Morris; Step-Daughters Linda (Guy) Lacombe of Chana, Darcie (Larry Schier) Wright of Mt. Morris, Crystal (Roger) Bailey of Polo; brother Eugene (Rosemarie) Kitzmiller of South Carolina; nephews, Michael Kitzmiller of Ohio, Roger (Karen) Kitzmiller of North Carolina; 7 Step-Grandchildren; 7 Great Step-Grandchildren; very special friends Neil and Christa Merdian of Polo.

She was preceded in death by Parents, infant Brother, step-son Danny Schelling.

Services: The funeral will be at 12:00 PM, Thursday, April 14 at Polo Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo. Visitation will be from 10-12 PM also at Polo Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Polo Fire Department and Ogle Co Hospice Association.


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Dorothy M. Scaggs

Polo - Dorothy Scaggs, age 88, passed away April 9, 2011 in Serenity Hospice House, Oregon, IL.

She had a love of antiques, crafting and wildlife.

Dororthy was born August 6, 1922 in Belvidere, IL the daughter of Horace and Zeta (Howarth) Hackman. She married Kenneth Scaggs on July 6, 1952 in Ashton.

Survivors include: her husband Kenneth; and many cousins
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents

Services will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 13 at Polo United Methodist Church, Polo. Visitation will be one hour prior from 9:30 to 10:30 also at the Church. Burial will be 2:00 PM at Ashton Cemetery.


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Lawrence (Larry) Ernest Knie

Lawrence (Larry) Ernest Knie, 89, died Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Polo Rehabilitation & Health Care, Polo, IL.

He was born Feb. 25, 1922 to Ernest Henry Knie and Lottie Rachael (Noble) Knie in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
During his senior year of high school, they moved to Polo, IL. Upon graduation from Polo High School in 1941, he was called to military service. After his initial training, his unit, the 195th AAA Battalion, joined the 2nd Armored Division, dubbed “Hell on Wheels”, in England for the Normandy Invasion in Normandy, France. He performed a vast variety of duties - from clerical, to being an armored tank gunner. He was mustered out of service in 1945.
Larry married Lila Sanford on September 20, 1947 in Polo. In 1949, they were members of the “Ranch Hands”, a popular country western band that went to State Contest and won for WSDR, which, at that time, was owned by Sam Bartlett.He worked at Kable News in Mt. Morris and subsequently for his brother, Charles Knie, at Knie Appliance & TV in Polo.
Larry always had a passion for art and, especially, painting. He began drawing, painting and selling portraits and landscapes. After completing a three year course in commercial art and illustration, he now had a much deeper understanding of art layout and design. As a graduate of the “Famous Artist School” in 1964, Larry opened his own art studio and sign shop where he did commercial lettering, fine arts and taught art classes.
In June, 1968, he was offered employment with the Tennessee Valley Authority in the Land Between the Lakes at Golden Pond, Kentucky where he was a display illustrator – doing fine art and sign work. Larry retired from TVA in 1988.Their favorite pastimes in Kentucky were camping, playing music with friends and acquaintances and spending time with their pets. After a house fire destroyed their Kentucky home, in 2005, they returned to live in Polo, IL.
He is survived by his wife; one brother, Charles (Eileen) Knie of Polo; one sister, Lorraine (Vernon) Meyer of Mt. Morris; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.Graveside services will be held Saturday, 3 pm, at the Fairmont Cemetery, Polo, IL with Pastor Anthony DiMarco officiating. Burial of cremains will follow. Arrangements were completed by Polo Family Funeral Home, Polo.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to KSB Hospice Services, Dixon, IL, 61021.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Kathryn A. Sowinski

POLO – Kathryn A. Sowinski, 61, of Polo, passed away Friday, April 1 , 2011, at KSB Hospital, Dixon.
She was a First Grade Teacher for Polo School District for 36 years.

Kathryn was born, August 7, 1949 in South Milwaukee, WI the daughter of John and Audrey (Lownik) Ludwiczak. On August 22, 1970, she was united in marriage to David Sowinski in South Milwaukee.

Survivors include: husband David; father John; daughter Vanessa Sowinski of Milwaukee, WI; sisters Janice Pisarek of West Allis, WI, Marilyn (Curtis) Bolton, of Franklin, WI; brother John (Becky) Ludwiczak of South Milwaukee, WI.

She was preceded in death by her mother Audrey.

Christian Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary Church, Polo, with Father Louie officiating.

Burial will be at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, in Milwaukee on Thursday. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Polo Family Funeral Home, 110 E. Dixon St., Polo and on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Devine Mercy Congregation, 1304 Manitoba Ave, South Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Timothy E. Brown

Timothy E. Brown, 56, of Polo, passed away Wednesday March 23, 2011, at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.
He was born February 6, 1955 (on his brother's second birthday) in Harvard, IL, to Robert E. and Mary (Kaelin) Brown. Timothy married Sara Sinderson on April 1, 2000. He played football, baseball, basketball and was a champion wrestler at Harvard High School, graduating in 1973. One of his favorite childhood memories was spending summers at his Mothers cabin in northern Wisconsin with all the cousins.

Tim worked at the Chicago Mercantile after graduation, then the BNW railroad, the Laborer's Union, Finke Concrete of Harvard, Dean Foods of Chemung, then Meyer Material as a truck driver. He loved baseball-GO CUBS!-playing on men's leagues as an adult. We loved sitting on our front porch for the night Cub games, listening to Ron and Pat announce the plays on the radio. Along with the coyotes and owls that surround our home. He loved our "Little House on the Polo Prairie" having moved here in 2007 to be near our grandchildren and children. Tim was active in our church being a trustee, teacher and singing in the Sunday choir. Tim was a born again Christian and planned to attend Andrew Wommack Bible College. Tim had no pets growing up so when we married we began adopting rescue animals, gradually increasing the herd to three dogs, five cats and two chickens. He loved each of them.

Survivors include: wife Sara of Polo; brother Dennis Brown of Sycamore; sister Sue Vance of Harvard; son Caleb (Samantha) Johnson of Dixon, daughter Annie Johnson of Urbana; grandsons Sage,and Trent; grand-daughter Mackenzie, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and dear friends. Tim has left a huge hole (he was a big guy) but we know he is with his Savior. Bye Tim.

Tim was preceded in death by his parents, aunt Piggy, mother-in-law Ruth

Services will be 11:30 AM, Monday, March 28 at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Polo. Visitation will be 10:30 to 11:30 AM prior to the service also at the Church.

Cremation rites will be accorded.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


Obit  

Charles Omer Miller

Charles Omer Miller, 97, of Dixon (formerly of Polo) passed away Saturday March 12, 2011 at Serenity Hospice House, Oregon.

He worked at Sterling Wire Mill for two years, farmed in the area from 1939 until 1960, assembled and fixed combines and other farm equipment at Polo Motors for 19 years, retiring in 1979.

Omer was born January 11, 1914 in Jonesboro, TN, the son of James and Sara (Walters) Miller. He attended LaMar School in Jonesboro. He married Olgie Lockner on December 10, 1937 in Clinton, IA. She preceded him in death on February 2010. Omer received recognition in 1970 for helping to save the life of a man who was pinned beneath the head of a combine. He attended Harvest Time Bible Church in Rock Falls. Omer was a 62 year member of the Buffalo Grange. Since the loss of his sight in 1990, the Polo Senior Center was an important part of his daily life, until his move to Dixon in 2005. Omer was a dedicated family man.

Survivors include son, George (Kay) Miller of Mimms, Florida, a daughter, Karen (Bob) Wilkens of Dixon, granddaughter Carrie (Dennis) Gaul of South Bend, IN, grandson, Rob (Jen) Wilkens of Dixon, step granddaughters, Debbie Richards of Titusville, FL and Carol Richards of Chana, four great grandchildren, Katie (Ben) Wolf of Dixon, , Jeremy (Hannah) Gaul of Rockford, Jess (Gunnar) Ortgiesen of Dixon and Steph Wilkens of Dixon, great great grandson Hunter Ortgiesen

He was preceded in death by four sisters and seven brothers.

Services will be 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 16 at Polo Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at Fairmount Cemetery, Polo, immediately following. Visitation will be from 10-11:00 AM, 1 hour prior to service, also at the funeral home

Memorials have been established to : Harvest Time Bible Church and Serenity Hospice House.



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Obit  

Dorothy Atkinson

Polo - Dorothy Atkinson, age 92, died February 10, 2011 in Polo Rehab and Nursing Home, Polo, IL.

Dororthy was born July 13, 1918 in China Township, Lee County, IL the daughter of John F. & Anna (Killmer) Atkinson. Dorothy moved to Polo in the 1940‘s and farmed in the Polo for many years. She started out with horses and steam engines. Many people remember Dorothy from years of selling chickens, eggs, and honey near Polo. Dorothy kept bee hives and raised chickens, goats, sheep, hogs, but her favorites were always her dogs. Dorothy was a supporter of the Humane Society and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.


Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Vernon.
Graveside services will be Tuesday February 15, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. in Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy, IL. Officiating will be Pastor Jeremy Heller. Services were handled by Polo Family Funeral Home, Polo, IL.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Daniel Douglass

Daniel Douglass, 58, of Polo, passed away Sunday, January 30, 2011, at his home.

He was born January 15, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois, to Ruth and W. Bernard Douglass. Daniel was united in marriage to Holly (Hoover) Douglass on July 16, 1977. He was a 1974 graduate of Augustana College. Daniel and his five siblings worked at their father's candy companies in Chicago.

Survivors include his wife, Holly, three sons, Ethan (Amber) of Los Angeles, Christian of Champaign, and Logan of Rock Island, four brothers, John (Emily) of Green Oaks, Minnesota, Wylie (Ardyth) of Libertyville, Robert (Teresa) of Park Ridge, twin brother David (Susan) of Park Ridge, and sister Susan (Martin) of Park Ridge. Daniel was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Robert Hoover.

Daniel was a very creative person and enjoyed woodworking and building his Z-scale train layouts. He loved hiking and taking his family to America's national parks.

A memorial has been established to St. Jude Children's Research
Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee, 38105.

Cremation rights have been accorded.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Bob Lee Crossen
Bob Lee Crossen, 56, of Polo, passed away Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at Polo Rehabilitation Center after he lost his fight against lung cancer.

He was born December 9, 1954 in Arkansas, the son of Everett and Elsie (Badget) Crossen.

Bob enjoyed the outdoors. He was a fisherman and hunter. He also enjoyed playing cards and pool with friends. He was employed by Dixon Web Printing Company as a 2nd pressman for over 25 years. Bob married Lavona (Alderks) Crossen on December 12, 1997.

Survivors include his wife Lavona, son Joshua (Angela) Crossen, of Galesburg, daughters Jennifer (David) Kutz, Amy (John) Kutz, both of Dixon and Amber Crossen, of Mattson, granddaughters Gwenlyn Kutz and Mia Drake, grandson Lucas Crossen, stepson Josh Conkey, of Polo, brother John Crossen of Licking, MO, and sisters Denise Wilcut and Francis Looney of Maynard, AK.

Bob was proceeded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ray and Ronnie Crossen and sister Linda Meeker.

A memorial service will be held 10:00 AM Monday, January 31 at Polo Family Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to Passages Hospice.
Cremation rights have been accorded.

Condolences may be sent to pffh.condolences@gmail.com on the Internet.


 

Roberta Ann (Frey) King
Roberta Ann (Frey) King died Saturday January 8, 2011 in Sterling Illinois.

She was born June 9, 1942, the first daughter of Winton and Rebecca (Myers) Frey. She graduated from Polo Community High School with the class of 1960. She attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She married Robert G. King on February 27, 1965. While living in Madison, she held various secretarial positions. Music was her passion as was evident in her early years with the Madison Theater Guild. She continued her love of singing by joining the Madison Sweet Adelines and then the Beloit Sweet Adelines. In 1986 she moved to Scottsdale AZ to enjoy the warm weather. While there she sang with the Scottsdale Chorus and the Fiesta Chorus Sweet Adelines in Tempe, AZ.

Roberta moved back to the Polo area in 2007 and became a member of the Polo First UMC and joined the Senior Choir. She was also employed by Polo First UMC as a church secretary, until her health forced her to retire in November of 2010.
Roberta is survived by her daughter Karen (Michael) Bultman, Appleton, WI and three grandchildren (Kyle, Katie and Marissa Bultman); sisters Jean (Phil) Frey, Sherron (Joe) Johnson and Marica Struck; nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. Roberta loved getting together with family. We are sure that she has found a barbershop choir to join in heaven.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00am Wednesday, January 12 at Polo First UMC, 105 S. Congress St. Polo, Ill. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. A memorial has been established.

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