Joyce E. Shelton – 82

Joyce Elaine Sweeney Shelton,age 82 passed on November 16,2017. Joyce was born Sept 1,1935 in Pine Creek Township to Wilbur J & Ida Kump Sweeney. Joyce spent the majority of her life in Mt. Morris.
Joyce worked at Kable Printing and Pinecrest for many years.
Joyce enjoyed painting, crocheting and reading in her spare time. She enjoyed sharing her life with her schipperke dogs, Trixie, Shadow, Belle, Scooter, and Muffin .
She is survived by her daughter Tina Rauch Toney (Mike) , Colonial Heights,VA her son Jeff Shelton, Mt. Morris, 4 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren. Siblings, Patricia Burd, Gene Sweeney, Richard (Margaret) Sweeney, Judith Barnhart and David (Julie) Sweeney. many neices and nephews.

At her request there will be no services.

Gregory J. Wood – 19


Leaf River, IL, Gregory J. Wood, age 19, passed away on November 10, 2017 in his home in Leaf River, IL. Gregory was born on September 16, 1998 in Rockford, IL the son of Marcus & Nicole (Wiles) Wood. Gregory graduated from Forreston High School class of 2017. Gregory started at an early age as a Leaf River Fire Cadet until he completed his Cadet training earning his full radio number. In 2014 he became an emergency medical responder, which he was the first and youngest in Illinois through Swedish American EMS. Gregory loved firefighting so much he joined the German Valley Station. He completed his EMT B Certification through Highland Community College in the spring of 2017. Gregory in his free time enjoyed riding four wheelers, shooting guns, and spending time with his family. Gregory worked for Joe-Eng Dairy Farm in German Valley, IL.
Gregory is survived by his Parents: Marcus (Nicole) Wood, Leaf River, IL; Brother: Travis Wood, Leaf River, IL; Grandparents: Jim (Melinda) Wiles, Leaf River, IL; Mike (Bev) Campbell, Shannon, IL; and Greg (Julie) Wood, Clarksville, TN; Great Grandparents: Jack (Nonie) Wiles, Leaf River, IL; Ray (Linda) Swanson, Byron, IL, Betty Wood, Oregon, IL; Aunts & Uncles: Jessica (Jason) Stoll, Alex Wiles, James (Patty) Wood; Several Great Aunts, Great Uncles, and Cousins: Sadie, Nolan, and Tyler; step Aunts & Uncles; and many other family members.
Gregory is preceded in death by Great Grandparents.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday November 25, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. in the Leaf River, River Valley Complex, with Rev. Randy Snyder officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday November 25, 2017 from 10:30 A.M. until service time in the River Valley Complex, Leaf River, IL.
Family’s request in lieu of flowers memorial to Leaf River Fire Department.

David Allen Jones – 77


Mt. Morris, IL, David Allen Jones passed away on November 16, 2017 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Dave was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 29, 1942. Dave was raised in Princeton, Sterling and Dixon, Illinois as a boy and later moved to California where he spent most of his life. In his later years, Dave moved to Ohio and then back to Illinois.
Dave was extremely talented in many areas of life. He was a master tool and die maker for most of his career. He was a creative inventor, an artist, poet, and loved to tinker in his work shop.
Dave loved the Lord and was active in choirs, Bible studies, and other activities. Dave was a dedicated and loving husband and father and served the Lord at Pinecrest in spite of his physical challenges.
He was preceeded in death by his late wife Betty and son, Marshall. He is survived by his first wife, Joy, their three children Allan, Scott (wife, Gloria), and Tamara, as well as their two grandchildren Marshall Junior, and Kierra, and his current wife, Carole Reisinger-Jones. He is also survived by his brothers: Ted (Kris), Randy (Thelma), and Cliff (Linda). The last four years Dave and Carole have resided at Pinecrest Community in Mount Morris, Illinois.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 18 at 1:00 pm at Lost Lake Community Church of the Nazerene, 90 W. Flagg Road (corner of Flagg and Lowden Road).
Memorials have been established for the Good Samaritan Fund at the Pinecrest Community Home, 414 S. Wesley Avenue, Mount Morris, Ill. 61054.

Loretta L. Greene – 78


Oregon, IL, Loretta L. Greene, age 78, passed away Saturday October 28, 2017 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Loretta was born May 29, 1939 in West Virginia, where she lived her life in the Charlestown, Harpers Ferry, and Martinsburg areas of West Virginia until 1997. Loretta moved to Illinois in 1997 to be closer to her three youngest children, and her grand children who were residing here in Illinois.
Loretta is survived by her children: Lynn Painter, Laine Painter, Lori Wagner, and Lance Painter; grandchildren: Choni Birkett, Ryan Thomas, Adria Chikotas, Andrea Thomas, and Lacey Painter; and 2 great grandchildren.
Loretta is preceded in death by her eldest daughter: Leslie A. Jones of Martinsburg, West Virginia who passed away in February of 2008, and her husband: Nathaniel L. Greene, who passed away in 2013, at the age of 81.
Cremation rites have been accorded per the wishes of Loretta.

Gary John Rubly – 63


Gary John Rubly, age 63, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 in his home. Born on Feb. 28 ,1954 to James Richard Rubly and Martha (Drees) Rubly. Graduated from Boylan Central Catholic High School class of 1972. Gary was a life-long farmer, most recently in Forreston, Il. He loved hunting, fishing, and working outdoors. He always had time to lend a hand to anyone in need . His sense of humor was infectious. He will be sincerely missed by all who knew and loved him.
Survivors include sisters: Joyce[Dale] Bland, Nancy Mckee, and Jan[Tony] Steward.. 2 aunts, Margaret Rubly, and Anna Jean Drees. Numerous cousins and nieces and nephews. Special friends, Mark Michalak, David Ames, John, Shelly, and Melissa Bokker, Dan Miller, Renee and John Ludwig, and many other good friends.
Predeceased by his parents.
Memorial service will be held Saturday November 4, 2017 at 11:30 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday November 4, 2017 from 10:30 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.

Amos H. Taylor Jr. – 87

Mt. Morris, IL, Amos Henry Taylor Jr., age 87, died Thursday October 26, 2017 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Amos was born April 23, 1930 in Buena Vista, CO the son of Amos Henry & Isabelle (Wells) Taylor Sr. Amos married Rogene E. Mongan on June 2, 1951 in Oregon, IL. Amos worked fro Kable Printing Compnay for 26 years, after Kable Printing Company he worked for The Mt. Morris School District in the building maintenance and he was also the bus mechanic. Amos loved his grandchildren, puttering in his garage, driving his golf cart with his grandchildren, he helped Rogene quilt, and he loved his time with his dog Lexi.
Amos is survived by his Children: Kathi (Charles) Medlar, Mt. Morris, IL, Richard (Cathy) Taylor, Davis, IL, Timothy (Beverly) Taylor, The Woodlands, Houston, TX, Patricia (William) Nordman, Oregon, IL; Grandchildren: Staci (Steven) Schrader, Shannon, IL, Pamela (David) Watry, Forreston, IL, Michal Medlar, Byron, IL, Shaun, Stephanie, and Joshua Taylor, The Woodland, Houston, TX, Megan (Rodrigo) Flores, Durand, IL, Amanda Taylor, Rockford, IL, Zachary Taylor, Davis, IL, Allison Taylor, Davis, IL, Ashley Nordman, Oregon, IL, Brad Nordman, Oregon, IL, Brandon and Josh Watry, Plano, IL, Taylor Schrader, Shannon, IL, and Ashley Schrader, New Mexico; Great Grandchildren: John Book, Shannon, IL, Adam Watry, Champaigne, IL, Ashley (Brock) Deen-Sanders, Forreston, IL, Abbey Taylor & Jacob Taylor, Houston, TX, Ethan Flores, Alex Flores, Evan Flores, and Ariana Flores, Durand, IL, Brianna Taylor and Briah Hill, Rockford, IL; Great Great Grandchild, GiGi Schrader, and Ienaya, Miguel and Ezekihal Schrader New Mexico.
Amos is preceded in death by his parents; wife: Rogene E. Taylor; brothers: Robert, Joe, and James Taylor; sisters: Mildred Mahon and Mary DeBoer.
Funeral service will be held Saturday October 28, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, with Rev. Julie Bunt officiating. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date in Lighthouse Cemetery, Oregon, IL. Visitation will be held Saturday October 28, 2017 from 1:00 P.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home and/or Serenity Hospice and Home.

Louise Hartle – 84


Oregon, IL, (Nola) Louise Hartle, age 84, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday October 15, 2017 with her family at her side. Louise was born February 18, 1933 in Jefferson County, TN the daughter of Johnnie & Edith (Talbott) Horner. Graduated from Mt. Morris High School. Louise worked for 33 years as a secretary for Lucent Technologies in Phoenix, AZ retiring in 1998. She loved gardening, traveling, boating, and especially loved cooking for her family and friends.
Louise is survived by her 5 children: Danny (Karen) Rosenbalm, Oregon, IL; Danna Rosenbalm Roberts, Mt. Morris, IL; DR Rosenbalm, Oregon, IL; Dawn (Ron Barnes) Rosenbalm, Gilbert, AZ; Debby (Randy Stone) Rosenbalm, Daysville, IL; several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren; brother: O.B. (Dorothy) Horner, Amboy, IL; sister: Peggy Brushaber, Rock Falls, IL; several nieces and nephews; special friend: Frank Schunek, Thayer, MO.
Graveside services will be held Saturday October 21, 2017 in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL at 1:00 P.M. Visitation will be held on Saturday October 21, 2017 from 12:00 P.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home.

Donna M. White – 81


Donna M. White (81) of Oregon, Il. Peacefully passed away in her home Oct. 12, 2017. Donna was born Oct. 2, 1936, at Blossburg State Hospital, Blossburg, PA. Daughter of Herbert F. Frisk and Rhoda English Ladd.
Donna graduated from Westfield High School in Westfield, PA. in 1954. Donna married Robert White on Nov. 29, 1957, divorced 1979 and never remarried. Donna retired from Illinois Dept. of Human Services as an administrator in 2000 after 25 years. Donna was member of the St. Brides Episcopal Church in Oregon, Il. and Colonial Dames XVII Century and DAR in Dixon, Il. Donna loved spending time with her family playing scrabble and cards.
Donna is survived by her sister Vera Rounds (Dundee, NY). Sons David (Ella) White, Steven (Tracie) White, John (Pamela) White, and William (Ercella) White. Grandchildren Tarin, Stephanie, Holden, Christian, Tiffany, Branden Johnson, Casimir and Debbie. Great grandchildren Olyvia, Greyson, Serenity and one on the way. Special sisters Patricia Gearhart and Judy Doherty.
Donna’s memorial service will be held Saturday October 21, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. in St. Bride’s Church, Oregon, IL. There will be coffee and donuts following the service.

Charles E. Kump Jr. – 77


Oregon, IL, Charles E. Kump Jr., age 77, passed away Saturday October 7, 2017 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL. Charles was born June 2, 1940 in Oregon Township, IL the son of Charles E. & Florence E. (Steffa) Kump. He lived in the area all his life and was a self-employed carpenter. Charles served in the US Army for 2 years. He was a member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551, Carpenter’s Union. When Charles was not working he spent time watching old classic westerns.
Charles is survived by his children: Rhonda (Pat) Marshall, Byron, IL; Steve (Ruth) Kump, Kenosha, WI; Kelly (Don) Yocum, Dixon, IL; Katrina Nordman, Iowa City, Iowa; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; brother: Robert (Hannah) Kump, Mt. Morris, IL.
Charles is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers: Dick and Chris Kump; and 2 sisters: Janet and Tutty.
Memorial services will be held Friday October 13, 2017 at 1:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Julie Bunt officiating.
In lieu of flowers memorials to be determined.

Patrick M. “Pree-Pop” Soper – 67


Leaf River, IL, Patrick M. ” pree-pop” Soper, age 67, passed away on September 28th, 2017 at Generations neighbors Nursing Home in Byron il after a long Battle of COPD. Patrick was born may 7th, 1950 in chicago,il the son of Leonard and Natalie (vanderley) soper. He was a Vietnam veteran in 1968 and worked mainly as a chicago cab driver and a OTR truck driver. He was a die-hard fan of the Chicago Bears and the cubs. He was an amazing pool player,chef, and all around amazingly hilarious man. He was a loving father to His children,Erin Soper,Kevin Soper,Natalie Soper, Stacy (Samuel) Orengo,Kelly Walsh, Lenora (Steve) Ridyard, Heather (Dan) Elsasser. Grandchildren, Michael (Kara) Lawnicki, Steven (Hailey) Lawnicki, Keith Lawnicki, Ciara Irvin, Edward (Brandy) Burkhart, Samantha Burkhart, Jordan (Branden) Hilleman, Zachary (Alyssa) Berna, Caitlin Berna, Elizabeth Elsasser, Demitra Soper, Kevin Soper Jr., Unique Diehl, Chloe Diehl, Hannah Soper, Dominick Anders, Taylor Taft, and Olivia Taft. great grandchildren, Alexis Lawnicki, Emalee Lawnicki, Kayla Lawnicki, Jayden Lawnicki, Kaydence Hilleman, Ethan Hilleman, Sebastian Ramirez, Zane Burkhart, and Avery Berna. Loving brother to Barbara (James) Meagher(Soper) Des Plaines, IL, Danny Soper, Chicago IL, Carol (Brad) Allen, Saint Louis, Mo, Alice (Gus) Cuevas, Winder, GA, David Soper and Ruth Emmerich, Merrill, Wi, nieces and nephews, Paul Allen, Brian (Vicki) Meagher,Terrance (Jessica) Meagher,Christina and Joshua Soper, Colleen (Kevin) Lester, Jimmy (Harley) Meagher, Catrina Freeman , Shannon Freeman, Adrian and Andrew Cuevas. And Preceded in death by his loving wife Judith Soper, parents: Leonard and Natalie, brother Robert Soper.
Memorial service will be Monday October 9, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, with Pastor David Poust officiating. Visitation will be on Monday October 9, 2017 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, IL.
In lieu of flowers memorials to be determined.