Timothy J. Feary – 33

IMG_7046Timothy J Feary, age 33, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015 as a result of a car accident. Timothy was born October 21, 1981 in Dixon, Illinois, the son of James and Barbara Feary. Timothy graduated from Dixon high school, class of 1999. He joined the United States Army in 2003. He served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo, and also in Korea. After his honorable discharge from the United States Army in 2012, Tim attended Western Illinois University and finished his degree at Carl Sandburg College just this May. Tim was due to graduate from Carl Sandburg College on May 14, 2015. His parents walked in his honor.
Tim enjoyed fishing with his dad, bowling, online gaming, and was an avid Chicago Bears fan. He was a former VFW Commander, and supported veterans in any way he could. He loved his nieces and would surprise them with gifts. He had an outgoing and charming nature which made him an instant friend to many. He will sadly and lovingly be missed by his family and friends.
Timothy is survived by his parents: James and Barbara Feary, Dixon, IL; sister, Kimberly (Duane) Feary, Dixon, IL; nieces, Gabrielle, Delaney, and Annalise, Dixon, IL; fiancé Amanda Pauk; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Timothy is preceded in death by his Grandparents.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 10:00am at Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Visitation will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2015 from 6pm to 8 with family present in Finch Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.

Marian E. Gray – 98

Lifelong Mt. Morris resident Marian Elizabeth Gray, 98, passed peacefully at home amidst the love of her family on May 6, 2015. Born to Walter and Sarah McNett on Jan. 31, 1917. MMHS Class of ’35. National Honor Society, Pepster’s president and always a Mounder.

Loving wife of William Gray, mother of Sally and Nancy, grandmother of Sean, sister of Robert, Maurice, Helen, Rebecca and Richard McNett; sister and daughter-in-law, aunt to her dear nieces, nephews and their children, close friend to many and best friends with her sweet pug Nomar. Predeceased by her parents, husband, siblings and many close friends.

Member of Disciples United Methodist Church and the Mt. Morris Senior Center. Employed by Kable Printing and Watt Publishing. Lifetime member of the Mt. Morris Sewing Club from 1933 to present. Loved family reunions, holidays, cross country trips, her home town, Wrigley Field and autumn excursions to nearby states. A passionate Cubs fan, she was excited about and cheered on the 2015 team. She holds a special place in the hearts of family and friends.

The Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home. 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, Il. with Rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.

The family thanks Serenity Home and Hospice for their excellent home care. Memorials to Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris Public Library, Serenity Home and Hospice and to the Mt. Morris Campus Fountain, in care of the Village of Mt. Morris.

Eric J. Pepper – 37

Mt. Morris, IL, Eric J. Pepper, age 37, died Tuesday May 5, 2015 in rural Oregon, IL. Eric was born February 13, 1978 in Freeport, IL the son of Sandra Pepper Ewens. Eric graduated from Oregon High School class of 1997. Eric worked for Danlee Wood Products, Forreston, IL. Eric loved his guitar, sketching, he loved the Arts, and loved to cook. He was always there for his family and friends, and spending time with Kristin. Eric was in TNB Band.
Eric is survived by his parents: Sandra & Troy Ewens, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughter: Starr Pepper, Heiskell, TN; Brother: Tim (Marie) Morris, Montgomery, IL; Sister: Samantha J. Ewens, Dixon, IL; Grandparents: Barbara Pepper, Oregon, IL; Clarence & Linda Morris, Mt. Morris, IL; Saundra Taylor, Mt. Morris, IL. Several Aunts & Uncles; Special Friend: Kristin Derby, Shannon, IL.
Eric is preceded in death by his Grandfather Pepper.
Memorial services will be held Saturday May 9, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Dr. Ronnie B. Woods officiating. Visitation will be Saturday May 9, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. till service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to the Wounded Warriors.

Doug A. Weidman – 44

WeidmanPolo, IL, Doug “Dude” Weidman, age 44, of Polo, IL died Saturday May 2, 2015, as a result of a motorcycle crash. Doug was born January 30, 1971 in Morrison, IL the Son of Charm (Mihelich) Weidman. He attended schools in Morrison and he graduated from Morrison High School class of 1989. Doug married Kim Ghibellini on August 24, 2014 in Colorado. Doug worked for Bocker Grain in Polo, IL at the time of his death. His passion in his life was hunting, fishing, and motorcycling. He never missed a day of either hunting or finding that special place to fish, and being sure to tell everyone about the big one that got away, he left a lasting memory with everyone that he met. Doug’s pride was his 1965 Chevy Nova that he completely restored.
Doug is survived by his wife: Kim Weidman, Polo, IL. Children: Breanna of Ventura, CA; Josh of Lanark, IL; Jessica & Hunter, Prophetstown, IL. Parents: Brent & Charm Dykema, Morrison, IL. Sister: Kristy (Franz) Jacobs, Evans, CO. Brother: Darren Dykema, Sterling, IL. Aunt: Tonia McReynolds, Pueblo, CO. Uncle: Butch Mihelich, Pueblo, CO. Stepchildren: John and Kennedy Ghibellini, Mt. Morris, IL.
Doug was preceded in death by his Grandparents: Anthony & Shirley Mihelich.
Memorial services will be held Friday May 8, 2015 at 6:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Ken Renkes officiating.
Memorials to his Children has been established.

Anita L. Martin – 68

Mt. Morris, IL, Anita Louise Martin, age 68, died Wednesday April 22, 2015 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Anita was born July 15, 1946 in Oregon, IL the daughter of Hal L. & Jennie H. (Hillers) Snodgrass. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1964. Anita married Earl E. Martin on September 6, 1969 in the United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL. Anita worked in the bindery department in Kable Printing fro 10 years and then she worked for Watt publishing in Advertising for 29 years retiring in 2004. Anita was a member of the Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL, where she taught Sunday school and served on various committees.
Anita is survived by her Husband: Earl Martin, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughter: Amanda C. Martin-Pressley, Polo, IL; Grandchildren: Ghabriel Monroe Martin-Pressley, Piper Elizabeth Martin-Pressley, and MyKalah Lynn Martin-Pressley, Polo, IL; Nephew: Michael (Erica) Snodgrass, Des Moines, Iowa, and Niece: Tammy (Scott) Glenn, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 Great Nieces and 3 Great Nephews; Sisters: Virginia Snodgrass, Polo, IL and Ruth Snodgrass, Salt Lake City, UT.
Anita is preceded in death by her Parents, Sister: Paula Marie Snodgrass.
Funeral services will be held Saturday April 25, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL with rev. Dwight Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Oregon, IL. Visitation will be Saturday April 25, 2015 from 9:00 A.M. until service time in Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris.
Memorials to Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris Fire Department, Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, and/or Serenity Hospice & Home.

Patricia L. Leopold – 78

Mt. Morris, IL, Patricia L Leopold, age 78, died in her home on Friday April 17, 2015, Mt. Morris, IL. Pat was born February 10, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio the daughter of Arlington Joseph & Mildred (Coss) DeSonia Sr. Pat graduated from Belvidere High School class of 1955. She married Marvin W. Leopold Sr. on December 23, 1955 in Belvidere, IL. Pat worked as traffic secretary for Kable Printing Company retiring in 2003. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL and the Mt. Morris Women of The Moose. She enjoyed camping, mushrooming, relaxing and reading books. Pat was a devoted dog lover and she will be missed by Cody, Midget, and Tennessee.
Pat is survived by her children: Marvin (Alice) Leopold Jr., Roscoe, IL; Jeffrey (Dana) Leopold, Marion, NC; Brenda Perrone, Loves Park, IL; and Cynthia (Rob) Bergin, Suwanee, GA. Grandchildren: Jacob (Kirsten), Seth (Megan), and Abby Leopold, Marion, NC; Ryan Jacobs, Belvidere, IL and Corey Jacobs, Phoenix, AZ; Brent, Breanna, and Alana Bergin, Suwanee, GA. Great Grandchild: Ashton Jacobs, Pecatonica, IL. Brother: Dan DeSonia, Rochester, IN.
Pat is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband: Marvin Sr. 2 Brothers: Joe Jr. and James DeSonia; and 2 Sisters: Arlene Redner and Betty Olson.
Funeral Mass will be Thursday April 23, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Wednesday April 22, 2015 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to St. Mary Catholic Church

Evelyn Forsyth – 92

Scan 2015-4-14 0002Mt. Morris, IL, Evelyn Marie Ranson Forsyth, daughter of Earl and Anna (Thulin) Shepherd, was born on July 16, 1922 in Henderson Illinois. Evelyn and her family lived on a farm and Evelyn often told stories of gathering the eggs from under the hens, carrying water from the well and laughing with her brothers. She graduated from Alpha High School in Alpha, Illinois in 1939. On July 8, 1943, she married Raymond L Ranson in Alpha, IL. Evelyn and Ray moved to Mt. Morris, IL in 1948. Evelyn and Ray were members of the Mt. Morris Moose and they enjoyed bowling, evenings of dancing and playing cards with their friends. Evelyn worked as an Administrative Assistant at MacGregor Magazine Agency for 26 years, retiring in 1975. Raymond Ranson passed away on November 14, 1974. Evelyn married Charles A. Forsyth on December 10, 1975 in Mt. Morris, IL. Both Evelyn and Charlie were members of the Mt. Morris Church of the Brethren and volunteered at PineCrest Nursing Home for 24 years. Charlie and Evelyn were married for 40 beautiful years. They loved to travel, host parties and spend time with family. Evelyn is survived by her husband, daughter, Deb (Mark) Elliott of Oregon, IL, two grandchildren, Shawn (Kate) Elliott of Belton, MO and Amanda (Larry Marks) Elliott of Chicago, IL, her two great-grandchildren, Emilee Ann Elliott and Kara Rae Elliott of Belton, MO, one niece and two nephews. Evelyn was preceded in death by her father, mother, two brothers and a host of friends. Evelyn was an infinitely kind, warmhearted woman with strong faith who offered many a hug. She laughed often. She loved to cook and bake and always stirred in just the right amount of Love. Memorial service will be Thursday April 16, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday April 16, 2015 from 1:00 P.M. until service time in the church. There will be also a time of fellowship following the service.

William D. “Bill” Messer – 86

Mt. Morris, IL, William D. “Bill” Messer, age 86, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and mentor; passed away in his home on Sunday April 12, 2015 with his family at his side. Bill was born September 16, 1928 in Mt. Morris, IL the son of Kenneth & Mildred (Pittenger) Messer. Bill graduated from Mt. Morris High school class of 1946; he attended Marquette, Rockford, and Highland Colleges. Bill married Thelma M. Ray on June 10, 1948 in Adeline, IL. He was a traffic manager for Kable Printing and Quebecor Printing in Mt. Morris IL retiring in 2003. Bill was a founding member of Blackhawk Officials. He umpired and officiated for many years. He also coached youth softball and baseball in Mt. Morris, IL. Bill was a member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551, farm bureau, and St. Brides Episcopal church, Oregon, IL, Samuel H. Davis Lodge #96 which he served as a Past Master. Bill loved his family dearly playing ball, fishing, and enjoying the “65” Chevy at car shows.
Survivors include his wife: Thelma Messer, Mt. Morris, IL; Son: Terry (Janice) Messer, Mt. Morris, IL; Sharon Lynn Maree, Charlotte, NC. Grandchildren: Rob (Shelly) Messer, Todd (Kayla) Messer, Eric (Shawn) Messer, Chris Huffman, Dusty (Kim) Huffman, and Jay Huffman. 7 Great Grandchildren and 11 Foster Children. Brothers: Arnold (Betty) Messer, Byron, IL, Doug (Sandy) Messer, Rockford, IL, Tom Messer, Mt. Morris, IL. Sister: Linda (Clarence) Bechtold, Mt. Morris, IL.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Brothers: Glen, Gene, Darrell, James, and Charles; Son in law: Clifford Maree.
In Keeping with Bills’ Wishes cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arraignments are handled through Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Serenity Hospice & Home, Mt. Morris Fire Department, Good Samaritan Fund, and/or Pinecrest Manor.
Special thanks to Dr. Coates & Staff, also to Serenity Hospice & Home for their care of our Husband and Father.

Larry E. Schier – 71

Mt. Morris, IL, Larry E. Schier, age 71, passed away peacefully in his home in Mt. Morris, IL on Saturday March 28, 2015, surrounded by his family. Larry was born August 16, 1943 in Oregon, IL the son of Harold & Esther (Friday) Schier. Larry attended Pine Creek Elementary and Mt. Morris High School. Larry married his soul mate of over 30 years, Darcie Schelling on January 26, 2014 on the Farm in Mt. Morris, IL. His passion in life was his trucking business as the owner/operator of Schier Trucking since 1956. He took over his family farm in 1972, and he had a special love for his bear “Sissy” and the many animals that he raised on his farm. Larry was involved in and contributed in hauling cattle for the 4-H Circle M in Mt. Morris and the many other 4-H kids throughout Ogle County. He was a seed corn dealer for Pioneer, member of the farm bureau for many years, and he loved his Minneapolis-Moline tractors. Larry was well known and respected as a mentor and role model for many in the community over the years.
Larry is survived by his wife: Darcie Schier, Mt. Morris, IL; Mother: Esther Schier, Mt. Morris, IL; Sons: Dwayne Schier, Milledgeville, IL; Eric (Emily) Schier, Mt. Morris, IL; Daughters: Lori (Norman) Steele, Mt. Morris, IL; Cindy Rowland, Byron, IL; and Amber (Ray) Kosick, Mt. Morris, IL. 3 Grandsons: Dustin (Kimberly) Schier, Mt. Morris, IL; Tyler Rowland, Byron, IL; and Evan “Hector” Kosick, Mt. Morris, IL. 4 Granddaughters: Danielle Schier, Freeport, IL; Jozi (Christopher) Wheat, Norfolk, VA; Alana Rowland, Byron, IL; and Ellie Schier, Mt. Morris, IL and Several Great-Grandchildren. Sister: Joyce (Dennis) Berg, Dixon, IL. Many nieces and nephews.
Larry is preceded in death by his Father.
Funeral service will be Thursday April 2, 2015 at 10:30 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.
Visitation will be Wednesday April 1, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials to be determined.
Larry requested a special recognition for his trucking Buddy “Hector.” Hector would tell you his “Papa” taught him how to drive a semi and a tractor and everything he knows about the trucking business. Larry’s message to “Hector” is to “Keep on Truckin!”
“Larry was a true Pinecreeker

Curtis W. Miller – 80

Mt. Morris, IL, Curtis “Crazy Curt” W. Miller, age 80, died Saturday March 28, 2015 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Curt was born July 23, 1934 in Fargo, North Dakota the son of Chester A. & Esther C. (Fetting) Miller. Curt married Muriel P. Greene on June 26, 1954 in Mt. Morris, IL. Curt worked as a Pressman for Kable Printing Company – Quebecor for 39 years; he was self-employed construction worker, and he also worked for Baker’s Turkey Farm. He was a member of The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, Sunset Golf Club, the Pressman Union Local 124, and he enjoyed making jewelry.
Curt is survived by his wife: Muriel Miller, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 Sons: Jeffrey Miller, Mystic, CT and Mark (Laura) Miller, Mt. Morris, IL; 4 Daughters: Cindy (Michael) Hulsebus, Fontana, WI; Janet (Lonnie) Foster, Cabot, AR; Debbie Eckles, Mt. Morris, IL; and Laurie (Mark) Weems, Bemidji, MN; 17 Grandchildren, 34 Great-Grandchildren; 2 Brothers: Dennis (Leona) Miller, Fulton, IL and Clifford (Lois) Miller, Sterling, IL; Sister: Judy (Glen) Virgin, Las Vegas, NV.
Curtis is preceded in death by his Parents; Grandson: James Nanninga; 8 Sisters; and 7 Brothers.
Funeral service will be Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren with Virginia Haney officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.Visitation will be Tuesday March 31, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until Service time in The Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren.
Please in lieu of flowers Memorials to Pinecrest Terrace.