Albert M. Felker – 86

Mt. Morris, IL, Albert M. Felker, age 86, died Tuesday August 25, 2015 in The Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL. Albert was born February 17, 1929 in Oak Park, IL the son of Hugh W. & Ruth (Newcomer) Felker. Albert served in the US Airforce during the Korean Conflict, and was stationed in Bangor, Maine. Albert graduated with a B.S. in Pharmacy from Drake University. He owned and operated Felker Pharmacy until he retired in 2000. Albert married Margaret (Peggy) Miller at Browns Lake in Burlington, WI in 1955, and she preceded him in death in 1974. Albert married Marjorie L. Blake in Las Vegas, NV on June 29, 1983. He enjoyed fishing, spending time at his lake on the farm and winters in Florida being a snowbird. He was a member of the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge #1551.
Albert is survived by his Wife: Marjorie Felker, Mt. Morris, IL; Sons: Tom (Cathy) Felker, Byron, IL, David (Nancy) Felker, Fayetteville, AR; Daughters: Ruth Tucker, Yacolt, WA, Margaret (Andrew) Smart, Ankney, IA; Stepson: Brad Blake, Oregon, IL. 10 Grandchildren and 2 step-Grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife: Margaret (Peggy); Son: Stuart; and Brother: Robert.
Visitation will be Sunday August 30, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL. A private family burial will be in Silver Creek Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home

James W. Wakenight Sr. – 72

Oregon, IL, James W. Wakenight Sr., age 72, died in Oregon Rehab & Healthcare center on August 24, 2015. James was born November 30, 1942, in Oregon, IL the son of Lloyd & Mary (Wragg) Wakenight. James married Shirley Burger on December 16, 1961 in Oregon, IL. He worked for Kable printing company and when he retired he was a lead pressman, with over 50 years of service. James was an avid outdoorsman, loved to garden, Fisherman, mushroom hunter, and would be seen on his Harley Davidson. James loved his time out in Montana with his wife and family.
James is survived by his wife: Shirley Wakenight, Oregon, IL; Jim Wakenight Jr.: Oregon, IL; Daughter: Lisa (Phil) Prince, Aurora, IL. 3 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren; Brother: Bud (Connie) Sigler, Mt. Vernon, IL; 2 Sisters: Vicki Anderson, Oregon, IL and Nancy Plemons, Leaf River, IL.
James is preceded in death by his parents: Lloyd & Mary Wakenight and Harold & Mary Sigler; Grandson: Jimmy; and Nephew: Wayne Sigler.
Memorial services will be held Saturday August 29, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorial to be established.

Doris R. Blake – 92

Mt. Morris, IL, Doris R. Blake, age 92, Loving wife, mother, grandma, GG, and woman of great faith was called home on August 24, 2015. Doris was born July 12, 1923 in Mt. Morris, IL the daughter of William & Eunice (Fulton) Pieper. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1941. Doris married Arnold (Beanie) Blake on June 29, 1946.
Doris worked for Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris, IL for 35 years.
She served as church treasurer at First Christian Church for many years.
Family was the core of her life. She will be lovingly missed by daughters, Diane Bollman, Seattle WA; Deborah (Gary) Ladwig, Rockford IL; Denise (Bill) Bear, Venice FL; Aneva Freeman, Seattle WA and Judy (Bert) Himes, Byron IL,
several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Ruth Martin, San Rafael CA.
Doris is pre-deceased in death by her parents, husband: Beanie; three brothers and two sisters.
Funeral service will be Thursday August 27, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Disciples United Methodist Church, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Thursday August 27, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until service time at Disciples United Methodist Church.
Memorials to Hospice Care of America.

Dolores I. “Dodie” Gecan – 85

Mt. Morris, IL, Dolores I. “Dodie” Gecan, age 85, died peacefully in Mesa Arizona with loving family members by her side, Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Dodie was born November 22, 1929 in Polo, IL the daughter of Elmer & Margorie (Allison) Wilson. Dodie married William T. Coffman on June 10, 1950 in Polo, IL, and he preceded her in death on January 18, 1971. In November 1972 she married Edward G. Gecan, and preceded her in death on March 4, 2000.
For the better part of the past 30 years, Dodie has lived in Mesa, AZ, but has always considered Northern Illinois home. Her outgoing personality made it easy for her to make new friends, and made her 1890 Club and dress shop businesses both enjoyable and successful.
Dodie loved being around family and friends. She enjoyed cooking, socializing, and family gatherings. She especially enjoyed her 4 legged companion “Beja”.
Dodie is survived by her Daughter: Valerie Hanes, San Tan Valley, AZ. Son: William (Kathy) Coffman. Six Grandchildren: Jason Coffman, Zachery Coffman, Chicago, IL, Rebecca (Clayton) Merrill, Canton, MS, Joseph (Jenny)Hanes, Jacob Hanes, Mesa, AZ and Joshua Hanes, San Diego, CA. Two Step-Granddaughters, Cari Olsen, and Julie (Donald) Sholes, Byron, IL, Five Great Grandchildren Katelyn and Garrett Merrill, Canton, MS and Preston, Luke and Addison Hanes, Mesa, AZ. And 3 Step-Great Grandchildren Maggie, Cooper and Michael Sholes, Byron, IL.
Dodie is preceded in death by her Parents, Husbands William Coffman and Edward Gecan, daughter Cynthia Sue, and sons Jon Curtis, and Michael Scott Coffman.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established at Sunset Golf Course. Donations can be made in Dodie’s name and sent to Sunset Golf Course, Box 39, Mt Morris, IL 61054. Sunset is where her daughter Valerie learned the great game of golf, put her golf skills to great use and is now running a golf course in San Tan Valley. It’s also where her son William honed his craft of social golf and once he learned how not to wrap clubs around trees found the game rather enjoyable.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family.

Lorraine E. Krueger – 86

Mt. Morris, IL, Lorraine E. Krueger, age 86, died Thursday August 20, 2015 in Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon, IL. Lorraine was born March 18, 1929 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Loren & Marie (Vaughn) Allen; but was raised by Frank & Mena Marsh. Lorraine married Curtis C. Krueger on May 20, 1948 in Mt. Morris, IL, and they were married for 66 years. Curtis preceded her in death on April 18, 2014. Lorraine worked in Customer Service McGregor’s for 43 years retiring in 2001, and she worked in the Mt. Morris Public Library.
Lorraine is survived by her Sons: Jeffrey (Malinda) Krueger, Royalton, IL; Dennis (Tena) Krueger, Leaf River, IL; David Krueger, Mt. Morris, IL; James (Risa) Krueger, Byron, IL; and Daughter: Mary Lou (Gary) Meier, Milledgeville, IL. Grandchildren: Rachel Vallance, Winnebago, IL; Justin (Elizabeth) Krueger, Cherry Valley, IL; Melissa (Tim) Peebels, Royalton, IL; Andy Raum, Norfolk, VA; Jaime Raum, Morrison, IL; Megan (Nate) Hilton, Fairbault, MN; Curtis Krueger, Leaf River, IL. Great grandchildren: Trevor, Chase, Morgan, Brooke, and Aubrey, Winnebago, IL; Makayla Meier, Milledgeville, IL; Jase Meier, Milledgeville, IL; Alexa Haas, Dallas, TX; Jared Krueger, Cherry Valley, IL; Emma Krueger, Cherry Valley, IL. Lorraine is preceded in death by her Parents; Husband: Curtis; Brother: Eugene Allen; and Frank & Mena Marsh .
Funeral services will be Tuesday August 25, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. David Poust officiating. Burial will be in Plainview Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL on Wednesday August 26, 2015 at 1:00 PM. Visitation will be on Tuesday August 25, 2015 from 5:30 P.M. till service time in Finch Funeral Home.
In Lieu of flowers memorials to Alzheimer’s Foundation

Robert L. King – 94

Byron, IL, Robert L. King, age 94, died Friday, July 31, 2015 at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL. Robert was born on January 5, 1921 in Van Orin, IL the son of William and Esther (Molln) King. He married his wife Nadine in 1940. She preceded him in death in 2002.
Robert is survived by 1 son: Dennis (Kay Y.) King of Byron, IL. 4 grandchildren: Jon (Nimfa), Rebecca, Jason, and Jared (Kristin). 6 great-grandchildren: Angelika, Alex, Hunter, Haylee, Owen, and Henry. Also, 1 daughter-in-law Kay L. King. He is preceded in death by his wife and son Jerry King. Cremation rites accorded to Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, IL.

Melody Martinez – 76

photo-2Mt. Morris, IL, Melody Martinez, age 76, died peacefully in her home with her family by her side on Friday July 17, 2015. Melody was born May 7, 1939 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Harry Allan & Norberta Agnes (Kelley) Hallin. Melody married Antonio Martinez Jr. on February 20, 1977 in Chicago, IL, and he preceded her in death on August 8, 2012.
Melody enjoyed spending time with her family, bingo, playing cards, knitting many different kinds of items, Traveling, Shopping, reading, and spoiling her dog “Chula.”
Melody is survived by her Daughter: Nore (Doug) Hatfield, Mt. Morris, IL; Sons: Steven and Michael Martinez, Dwight, IL. 6 Grandchildren: Jennifer (Micheal) Alaniz, Oregon, IL; Michael (Joni) Voight, Rochelle, IL; Anthony Voight, Lakeland, FL; Jesse James Hatfield, Mt. Morris, IL; Jesse Martinez, Dwight, IL; and Becca Martinez, Dwight, IL. 7 Great-Grandchildren: Christopher and Jonathon Alaniz, Oregon, IL; Brenden, Reese, and Emilyn Voight, Rochelle, IL; Malachi Voight, Rockford, IL; and Dalltyn Queen, Mt. Morris, IL. 3 Sisters: Joelanne Zielinsai, Florida; Donna (Tom) Jahr, Florida; Claudia (Jack) Ambrasino, Italy. 1 Brother: Gerald (Mary) Grimes, Illinois.
Melody was preceded by her Parents, Husband: Antonio; Brother: William Hallin; and Son: Perry Stevens.
Memorial services will be Saturday August 1, 2015 at 12:00 A.M. in the New Life Assembly of God, 401 S 8th Street, Oregon, IL with Pastor Dave Demmer officiating. Visitation will be August 1, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. until service time in the Church. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family.

Rosemary Merrill – 85

Oregon, IL, Rosemary Merrill, age 85, died Monday July 13, 2015 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Rosemary was born March 16, 1930 in Oak Park, IL the daughter of Max & Elizabeth (Chovanic) Wittge.
Rosemary is survived by her 2 Sons: Chris Merrill, Oregon, IL and Cerby (Bonnie) Merrill, Oregon, IL. 5 Grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren. 1 Sister: Emma Scerba and 1 Brother: LeRoy Wittge.
Per Rosemary’s wishes there will not be any services. Rosemary will be buried in Daysville Cemetery, Oregon, IL. Finch Funeral Home is assisting the family with her wishes.

Lynn A. Manis – 73

Oregon, IL, Lynn A. Manis, age 73, died on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at his home after a short battle with cancer. Lynn was born November 11, 1941 (Armistice Day) in Freeport, IL the son of Mack & Roberta (Kaff) Manis. He attended Mt. Morris Schools. After high school he served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Lynn worked as a Reviser at Prographics, Rockford, IL where he was employed for over 25 years. Lynn enjoyed reading, watching movies, trivia and was a Chicago Bears fan!
Lynn is survived by 6 daughters: Kymberlee (John) Ubele of Georgia; Andrea (Mike Pontnack) Manis of Oregon, IL; Shannon Manis of Grand Detour, IL; Aimee Manis of Mt. Morris, IL; Rebecca (Mike) Benge of Oregon, IL; Heather Manis of Davis, IL, 1 son: Joe (Kristi Ellis) Manis, Raleigh, NC, 15 Grandchildren: Jeremiah & Jesse Ubele, Damon Manis, Crystin Martin, Chelsea Manis, Julian Manis, Derrick Stone, Shayne & Kenan Kraucunas, Courtney Barcai, Evan Ruthe, Kyle, Calvin & Chloe Clary, and Landon Manis, and 6 Great-Grandchildren. He is also survived by 2 Nephews: Chris & Mike Reynolds. Lynn is preceded in death by his Parents, Brother: Jerrell, and Sister: Caroline.
Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 7:15 P.M. in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be held prior to service from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt Street, Mt. Morris, IL. Memorial Fund established at First National Bank in Oregon, IL. All funds will be used to help enrich the lives of our Veterans.

Ruth Irene Balluff – 101

Ruth Balluff PictureRuth Irene Balluff, 101, a long-time resident of Mt. Morris, died July 2, 2015 at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, Illinois.

Ruth was born on April 14, 1914, the daughter of ‘Bert’ Lewis Albert Davis and Effie Mae (Marteney) Davis. She married ‘Bud’ Carl Edward Balluff on October 14, 1933 in the family home in Pinecreek Township, Illinois. Ruth worked for over 30 years at McGregor’s Subscription Agency as the head of the foreign publisher’s service. She was preceded in death by her husband, father, mother, and sister, Marie Davis.

Ruth’s passion for life, learning, and laughter was contagious and enjoyed by all who knew her. She loved summers at Lake Wisconsin, winters in Florida, traveling, clubs and activities with friends, quilting, reading, and giving educational programs. Her generosity helped many students attend college, supported learning and reading, care of the aged and those who are ill, and spiritual growth of youth.

Ruth is survived by her loving family and their extended families, cousin Joyce Davis of Oregon, Il; nieces Pat Burbank of N. Kingstown, RI; Gayl Poley of Providence, RI, and Diane Warran of N. Highlands, CA; and nephews Wayne Schelling of Mt. Morris, IL; Kim Poley of St. Louis, MO; David Ward of Stockton, CA; Brian Schelling of Rochester, MN; and Mike Balluff of Owensville, MO.

Memorial gifts may be made to Mt. Morris Public Library or Lutheran Outdoor Ministry Center.

There will be a private burial service. The memorial service will be held on Wednesday July 8 at 2 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris. Finch Funeral Home assisting family with the services.