Margaret A. “Maggie” (Rosko) Meyer – 31

Byron, IL, Margaret A. “Maggie” (Rosko) Meyer, age 31, loving daughter, sister, and mother of Amos Patrick, died Wednesday October 19, 2016, in her home, Maggie was formerly of Mt. Morris, IL. Maggie was born August 22, 1985 in Blue Island, IL, the daughter of Donald & Luann (Martenz) Rosko. Maggie graduated from Oregon High School class of 2004, she received her associate’s ’s degree from Kishwaukee Community College, Bachelor and Master of Science in special education-preschool, from Northern Illinois University. Maggie cherished the role as mother of Amos Patrick who was born on September 16, 2013. Maggie and Amos were inseparable. Amos was Maggie’s world; there was not a day that they were not together. She enjoyed every minute with Amos and spending time with her family and friends. Maggie worked at Chana Educational Center for several years, where she strived to make a difference in children’s lives through education. She loved to run, work out, she was an avid White Sox fan, gardener, artist, and was an incredibly talented person in every way. She and Amos brought so much happiness to so many people.
Maggie is survived by her parents; Donald (Luann) Rosko, Mt. Morris, IL; brother: Mark (Aimee) Rosko, Byron; niece and nephew: Josephine and Edward Rosko, Byron, IL; paternal grandmother: Dorothy Rosko, Oak Forest, IL; loving significant other: Christopher Pearce Rockford, IL; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Maggie is preceded in death by paternal grandfather: Edward Rosko and maternal grandparents: Raymond & Lucille Martenz.
Memorial service will be held on October 24, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. in Kishwaukee Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 8195 Kishwaukee Road, Stillman Valley, IL with Pastor Eric Tonjes officiating. Burial will be held at a later date. Celebration gathering will be held following the memorial service in the Kishwaukee Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church until 7:00 P.M.
In lieu flowers memorials to be established in Maggie and Amos’s honor.
Maggie lived life to the fullest, laughed often, loved much, and was a beacon of light to the world.

Lorin H. Larson – 90

Stillman Valley, IL, Lorin H. Larson, age 90, died Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at home, surrounded by family. Lorin was born September 22, 1926, in Rockford, IL, the son of Herbert and Edna (Paulson) Larson. He attended P.A. Peterson Grade School where he set a record for the 40-yard dash that was not broken for many years. He graduated from East High School in 1944, the first class to go all four years there. He enlisted in the Navy after graduation and was sent to the Philippines where he served as a Petty Officer. Lorin married Phoebe Gibson on February 21, 1948, and they had five children. Meanwhile he went to Stout Institute in Menomonie, WI, for three years. In 1952, they moved to Rockford where he worked in construction: at Security Building, National Mirror Works, and then with Stenstrom Construction as a superintendent. In 1964, they moved to small dairy farm near Stillman Valley, and he started his own business, Lorin H. Larson, General Contractor. He retired from a position with Norandex Aluminum Company.
Lorin was a charter member of Alpine Lutheran Church. He had many interests: singing with a barbershop quartet and in choirs for Methodist churches in Rockford, the Congregational Church in Stillman Valley, and the Unity Church in Rockford; league bowling for many years, and for a few years, proudly bowling on a team with his three sons; coaching a Little League team; being a Boy Scout leader; gardening; Lions Club, constantly remodeling his house; doing almost anything that could be done from the seat of a tractor; and his dogs. Lorin built a pop-up camper in the early 1960s and took his family on several camping trips, frequently to parks in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and one memorable trip around Lake Superior.

His signature characteristic was probably his corny sense of humor. If given the slightest chance to make a pun, good or bad, he took it with gusto. He thrived on having an audience and loved being around people.
“Papa” was preceded in death by his mother, father, and stepmother Margaret (Hedin) Larson, and son-in-law Jim Rackley. He is survived and deeply missed by his wife and his sister Mary (Dale) Peterson, Bloomington, MN; and children: Sherry (Bob) Piros, Chana, IL; Christine (Joe Stemke) Rackley, Masonville, NY; Larry (Marcia) Larson, Lucky (Diane) Larson, Bruce (Carolyn) Larson, all of Stillman Valley, IL; and George (Heidi) Gonzalez, Rockford, IL; sixteen grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.
A Celebration of Life will be held in Christ Church Unity, 4381 Manchester Dr, Rockford, IL, on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Service at 11:00 with visitation one hour prior. Memorials to be determined.

Donald L. Horst – 98

Mt. Morris, IL, Donald L. Horst, age 98, died Sunday October 16, 2016 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Don was born May 1, 1918 in Mt. Morris, IL the son of John & Amanda (Stukenberg) Horst. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1935. Don studied music at Wartburg College, and he studied traffic management at the freight traffic institute in Chicago, IL. Don married Arlene Zumdahl on June 24, 1944 and she preceded him in death on September 22, 1998. He was employed 44 years at Kable News Company in the traffic department. Don was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL, where he served on the Church Council and served as the Sunday School Superintendent. Don was also a member of the board of directors of the magazine shippers association, Ogle County Farm Bureau, Rock River Valley Traffic Club, Easter Seal Committee and United Way.
Don is survived by 3 daughters: Christine (Ron) Lewis, Mt. Morris, IL; Donna Jenkins, Peoria, IL, and Debra Ovenden, Mt. Morris, IL; 10 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
Don is preceded in death by his parents; wife: Arlene; infant son; brothers: Merville and Leland.
Funeral services will be held Thursday October 20, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be held in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held Thursday October 20, 2016 from 9:30 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Mary Barbara Wagner – 69

Leaf River, IL, Mary Barbara Wagner, age 69, died Wednesday October 12, 2016 in her home in Leaf River, IL, with her daughter by her side. Barbara was born December 20, 1946 in Chalmers Township, IL the daughter of Edmund & Dorothy (Billeter) St. Ledger. She graduated from St. Mary Academy class of 1964, Nauvoo, IL. Barbara married Lawrence Wagner on November 22, 1993 in Oregon, IL. She was a typesetter for Combined Communication Services in Oregon, IL for several years. She was an avid reader, and played multiple dart leagues, loved her cats, watching College Basketball, the Chicago Cubs, Movies, and spending time with her family and loved ones.
Barbara is survived by her husband: Lawrence Wagner, Leaf River, IL; 3 sons: Larry Parsons, Marion, IL; Joseph Parsons, Madison, WI; and Donald Parsons, Dixon, IL; step-son: Tim (Jessica) Wagner, Lawrenceburg, TN; daughter: Lorena (Chris) Davis, Leaf River, IL; step-daughter: Katrina (Shawne) Aldridge, Forreston, IL; 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; 4 brothers: Paul (Therese) St. Ledger, East Moline, IL; Dean (Nancy) St. Ledger, Monmouth, IL; Don (Ginger) St. Ledger, Roseville, IL; Bernard (Diana) St. Ledger, Roseville, IL; 2 sisters: Helen St. Ledger, East Moline, IL and Anita St. Ledger, Quincy, IL.
Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, son: Jon Parsons; and sister: Lois Dixon.
Funeral Mass will be held Saturday October 15, 2016 at 10:00 in St Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, IL with Father Joseph Naill officiating.
Burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held on Friday October 14, 2016 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL from 5:00 P.M. -7:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 6:45 P.M.
Memorials to be determined.

Leo D. Ridenour – 95

Leo Dee Ridenour, of Mt. Morris, IL died October 5, 2016 at Pinecrest Terrace at 95. He was born April 6, 1921 at home in Leaf River, IL, the son of John “Howard” Ridenour and Hanna (Cain) Ridenour. Leo lived in Leaf River five years until moving to Rockford where he attended 1st and 2nd grade. He moved to Mt. Morris in 1931 where he completed his education. While there he was President of FFA his senior year. He delivered newspapers during high school for spending money. He was a Veteran of WWII serving 8 months as a Ward Master in the Medical Corp. in the states for the U. S. Army and eventually received a Medical Discharge due to asthma in 1943. He married Marilyn E. Reber on July 20, 1946 in Mt. Morris and they moved to the Plainview Farm, one mile south of Leaf River. To this marriage were born three children, Steven, Jerre and Melody. Leo farmed and worked at the former Kable Printing Co. were he was President of the Book Binders Local 65 in Mt. Morris until the plant went on strike in 1974. He worked various jobs after that until he began farming full time raising pigs, cattle, Shetland ponies and various fowl. He was a member of the American Legion Post 143 and Samuel H. Davis Lodge No. 96. He was a 50 year member of the Mason’s and a member of the Disciples United Methodist Church. He served on the Let Freedom Ring Committee in Mt. Morris for 10 years. He was friends of the late Governor and Mrs. Otto Kerner and was responsible for bringing the Governor and Senator Paul Douglas to Mt. Morris as main speakers to the Fourth of July celebration. In 1967 he moved back to Mt Morris where he spent the majority of his remaining life. Leo enjoyed traveling, roller skating, dancing, walking and history. He was preceded in death by his mother, his father and his son. He is survived by two daughters, Jerre L. (Charles) Duffy of Mt. Morris and Melody J. (Gary) Henderson of Oregon, IL; six grandchildren, Cheryl (Joe) Jicha of New Berlin, WI, Lauren (Jon) Silvers, of Fargo, ND, Tim (Rhonda) Duffy of Stillman Valley, IL, Dr. Todd (Dr. Alicia) Duffy of Sugar Grove, IL, Corey (Jamie) Buck of Mt. Morris, IL, and Mindy (Tom) Becker of Fillmore, UT; and many great grandchildren and several great great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Finch Funeral Home in Mt. Morris from 9:30 to 11:00 Saturday, October 8th. A private graveside service will follow at Plainview Cemetery in Mt. Morris. Memorials can be given in Leo’s name to Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris.

David C. Wright – 88

David C. Wright, 88, of Freeport, IL, passed away Saturday night, October 1, 2016, at Freeport Hospital after a courageous battle with pneumonia. David, also known as “Cork”, was born on August 17, 1928, in Oregon Township, IL, to Carroll and Belle (Lewis) Wright. On November 12, 1949, in Mt. Morris, IL, he married his high school sweetheart from just two doors down, Barbara Jean Payne, whom he still referred to as his lovely bride after almost 67 years of marriage.

After graduating from Mt. Morris High School, David entered a printing apprenticeship at Kable Printing, Mt. Morris, IL, where over the course of 26 years he was promoted from the composing room to customer service and eventually sales. In the mid seventies, with Barb by his side, he published “Sales Managers Mail Market” and “Pilot/Owner” card mailers from his home. In 1977, he accepted a position in Yankton, SD, at Gurney Seed and Nursery as Vice President, Catalog Production. Ten years later, David moved his love of printing and publishing to Swiss Colony in Monroe, WI, where he was Executive Director of Catalog Advertising and Production. In retirement, he enjoyed spending hours in his workshop building birdhouses and painting signs for everyone he knew.

David was a member of the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America Order of the Arrow and later served as an assistant scout master. He enjoyed memberships with the Rock River Craftsman, Lions Club, Elks Club, Loyal Order of the Moose, Masonic Lodge, Methodist Church and VFW. He served in the United States Army Signal Corps on Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands during the Korean War.

David is survived and deeply missed by his wife, Barbara, and daughters, Charlene (Steve) Bonnen of Byron, IL, and Sherry (Jack) Pattison of Bondurant, IA, as well as grandchildren, Samuel Pattison of Des Moines, IA, Mary (Kyle) Marek-Spartz of St. Paul, MN, and Lukas Bonnen of Dekalb, IL. He is preceded in death by his sister, Martha and brothers, Robert and Bruce.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Parkview Home, 1711 W. Church Street, Freeport, IL, on Saturday, October 15, 2016, from 2-5pm. Memorials may be directed to Parkview Home @ or a charity of your preference.

Gerald D. Merrill – 83

Oregon, IL, Gerald D. Merrill, age 83, passed away on September 29, 2016 in Serenity Hospice & Home after a long illness. Gerald was born May 10, 1933 in Oregon, IL the son of Charles E. & Adeline G. (Heatherington) Merrill. Gerald worked for Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris, IL. He loved to golf and fix or work on anything.
Gerald left behind sons: Matthew (Dawn) Merrill and Michael (Jo) Merrill both of Oregon, IL; grandchildren: Paige Merrill, Brittany Merrill, Chance Merrill, and Adam Merrill; great grandson: Issac Merrill; nephew: Chris Merrill and special nephew: Cerby Merrill.
Gerald is preceded in death by his parents and wife: Wanda.
Per Gerald wishes cremation rites have been accorded and there will be no services. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL helped family with the cremation rites.

James C. Smith – 79

Mt. Morris, IL, James C. Smith, age 79, passed away on Saturday October 1, 2016 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Jim was born on September 9, 1937 in Freeport, IL the son of Charles & Grace (Smith) Smith. He graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1955. Jim served in the United States Army from 1957 to 1959. Jim retired from Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company. Jim was an avid sports fan; he enjoyed watching golf, Detroit Lions, Boston Red Sox, and the Illini.
Jim is survived by niece: Patricia (Denny) O’Boyle, Chillicothe, IL. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, brother & sister in law: Dr. George (Arta Lou) Smith.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday October 5, 2016 at 3:30 P.M. in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating.
Memorials to Sunset Golf Club.

Dale R. Drexler – 69

Oregon, IL, Dale R. Drexler, age 69, loving husband, father, and grandfather went to be with the Lord peacefully Thursday September 29, 2016 surrounded by his family. Dale is the son of Roderick & Marjorie (Elliott) Drexler. Dale graduated from Mt. Morris High School.
Dale married Sandy Samsel in June of 1984. He enjoyed his kids, grandkids, family and friends, and really enjoyed his snowbird friends, spending his winters with them in Florida. Dale joined the US Army and served his country for 3 years, lifetime member of the American Legion Post 83 and member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He retired from the State of Illinois DNR after 20 years and retired from driving school bus after 20+ years. Dale served on the Pine Creek Township Board for the past 20+years. He and Sandy attended Cornerstone Family Church (Formerly the Byron Baptist) in Byron, IL.
Dale will be sadly missed by his family and all whose lives he touched.
Dale is survived by his wife; daughter: Diane (Jeff) Marsh, Freeport, IL; son: Douglas (Terra) Drexler, Polo, IL; Step Children: Michael (Melissa) Smith, Iowa; Cody (Desa) Smith, Sterling, IL; and Jodi (Matt) Whitlock, Byron, IL; 14 grandchildren; Sisters: Jeannine (Don) Price, Mt. Morris, IL and Marcia (Mike) Fry, Oregon, IL.
Dale is preceded in death by his Parents.
Visitation will be held Saturday October 8, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. with a celebration of life at 11:30 A.M. at the Cornerstone Family Church, Byron, IL with Pastor Randy Snider officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to the family will be appreciated.

May Rose Luepkes – 89

May Rose Luepkes 89, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris, IL., after a long battle with cancer. She was surrounded by her daughters and grandchildren. May was born May 3, 1927 in Byron Township to Arthur & Ada (Haugh) Miller. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Harry Luepkes on January 25, 1947 in Sycamore, IL. They lived most of their lives in the Ogle County area. He farmed and she was a housewife and mother to their 5 daughters. For a short time she worked at the Oregon Piano Factory and Indian Village Restaurant. Later they moved to Mt. Morris, IL. She enjoyed gardening, canning, crafts, growing African violets, and her soap operas. She especially loved and enjoyed cooking and babysitting for her grandchildren. She also loved her many dogs like “Daisy Mae-“Beau”-“Baby” and lastly “Peaches”.
May is survived by her daughters: Pauline (Dan) Sadler, Linda (Larry) Krutsinger, Debra Milliman all of Mt. Morris, IL; Shirley (Bill) Hale, Dixon, IL; Diana (Floyd) Cox, Isanti, MN; one brother Kenneth (Alice) Miller, Polo, IL; 2 sisters Betty (Roy) Wells, Mt. Morris, IL., Darlene (Chuck) Barnhart, Polo, IL. 12 grandchildren, 28 great grand children, and 3 great great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband Harry, 2 grandsons, 2 son-in-laws, 1 brother and 2 sisters.
May will be sadly missed by her family and all those whose lives she touched.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Pinecrest Manor who took exceptional care of her while she was there. “What we have once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us”—Helen Keller
Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 12:00 Noon at Finch Funeral Home. Rev. Dave Rogula of Serenity Hospice officiating. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016 10:00 am til service time.