Thomas L Simpson – 73

Oregon, IL, Thomas L. Simpson, age 73, died Monday November 28, 2016 in Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, IL. Tom was born December 12, 1943 in Rockford, IL the son of Charles & Muriel (Alberts) Simpson, Tom was raised by Royal & Marian Holden. He graduated from Oregon High School class of 1961 and he received his Associate of Science Degree in 1997. Tom married Diane Bunnell on February 10, 1968 in Orangeville, IL. Tom was a Rural Mail Carrier for Byron Post Office retiring in 2010. Tom served in The US Army from 1962 to 1965.
Tom is survived by his wife: Diane Simpson, Oregon, IL; Theresa Garcia, Mahomet, IL and Deanna Kyker, Dixon, IL; 4 granddaughters: Alyssa and Angela Garcia, Mahomet, IL, Nicole Kyker, Dixon, IL, and Aleshia Kyker, Polo, IL; great grandson: Riley James McPhillips, Polo, IL; 4 brothers: Stan Simpson; Art Simpson; Jack (Patricia) Simpson, all of Rockford, IL; Carl (MaryEllen) Simpson, Champaign, IL, 2 sisters: Margaret Livengood, Milledgeville, IL and Judy (Mike) Smith, Rockford, IL.
Tom is preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law: Estaban Garcia; and brother-in-law: Sheldon Livengood.
Memorial service will be held Saturday December 10, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Mike Huffman officiating. Burial will be at later date. Visitation will be Saturday December 10, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until service time in Finch Funeral Home, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to be established.

Kenneth I. Heeren – 77

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Mt. Morris, IL, Kenneth I. Heeren, age 77, died Wednesday November 23, 2016 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Ken was born December 10, 1938 on the family farm in Shannon, IL, the son of Alvin & Gertrude (Fuls) Heeren. He farmed with his father both in Shannon and later on the ancestral farm in George, Iowa. Ken loved tractors and did repair work for area neighbors as well as milk their cows when they were away. Ken and his family moved back to Illinois in the early 1960’s and decided to give printing a try, working at Kable Printing Company, Mt. Morris, IL; becoming a journeyman and eventually a purchasing agent. During this time he found his true love of photography. Ken began doing outdoor portraits on his rural Brookville farm. His photography became well known and the studio became his full time profession. Ken later operated Villa Image in Freeport, IL, and in 1987 moved the business to his home in Mt. Morris, IL. Ken’s clients became long time friends. Ken won many state and national awards and one of his portraits appeared on the cover of the Professional Photographers of America magazine. He was a humble man who listened more than he spoke. He loved his family and his animals, especially his cats, Sabrina and Monroe. Ken was an open-minded person who didn’t judge others and was always ready to listen to your concerns and opinions. Ken’s happiest times were traveling the back roads of Wisconsin with his wife Jan on his motorcycle and MG sports car. He loved traveling to far away places, beaches, camping in the woods, and having a beer with his good friends. He always strived to do his best no matter what the endeavor.
Ken is survived by his wife: Janet Heeren, Mt. Morris, IL; daughter: Laurel (Doug) Bergren, Mt. Carroll, IL; two sons: James Heeren, Beloit, WI and Jason Heeren, South Beloit, WI; two step-daughters: Laurie Hongsermeier, Mt. Morris, IL and Cindy Deming, Evansville, WI; 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: John Heeren and Harold Heeren; one sister: Dorothy Bomgarden; brother-in-law: Ralph Bomgarden; and sister-in-law: Edith Heeren.
Memorial service was held Saturday November 26, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Burial of cremains will be held at a later date. Services were handled by Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.
Memorials to Pinecrest Terrace.

Helen E. Borneman – 92

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Helen Elizabeth Borneman,92, of Leaf River,died Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris. She was born December 30, 1923 in the family home in Mt. Morris, Illinois,the second child and only daughter of Roy and Beulah (Conrad) Baker. She graduated from Mt. Morris High School in
1941and attended one year at Northern Illinois State Teachers College before starting her banking
career. Helen retired from Amcore Trust Company (originally Citizens State Bank of Mount Morris) on
December 31, 1993 as Vice President and Trust Officer after 51years of employment.

In her younger years,Helen was active with the Ogle County Rural Youth organization, Mt. Morris Junior Women’s Club,Ogle County 4-H Foundation and the Mt.Morris 4th of July Planning Committee. More recently she served on the Highland Community College Foundation Board, Pinecrest Auxiliary and Pinecrest Foundation Board of Directors. As a lifelong member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris, she worked with the Luther League youth and was a longtime member of the Dorcas Women’s group,Stewardship committee and TWELCA organization. In -addition, she served as the church’s Financial Secretary for 40 years.

In her youth,Helen enjoyed square dancing and roller skating. On September 20, 1953,she married Emerson Henry Borneman of Leaf River at Trinity in Mt. Morris. They were married 47 years and lived on the family farm north of Mt. Morris until his death on Christmas morning in 2000. As a farm wife she planted a large garden and canned or froze the produce. She enjoyed baking pies,hunting morel
mushrooms,sewing, traveling, ice cream and playing “42”. She and Emerson frequently hosted sledding parties, hayrides or class trips to see the baby animals.

Helen is survived by her five children, Louise (Craig) Suttman, Forreston, Paul (Mary) Borneman, Yorkville, Linda Borneman (Gary Melvin), Forreston,Mary Jo (Daniel) Dilbeck, Winnebago, David Borneman, Ann Arbor, Michigan; grandchildren, Lisa Suttman, Monroe, WI, Peter Suttman, Chaska, MN, John Borneman,Chicago,Sarah (David) Gray,Yorkville, Andrew (Miranda) Borneman, Bartlett,Timothy Borneman, Yorkville,Carolyn Dilbeck, Winnebago, Molly & Tess Borneman, Ann Arbor,Ml; 3 great­ grandchildren;1step-grandchild and 3 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents;husband;brother,Conroy Baker and one granddaughter,Rebecca Dilbeck.

A visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday November 27, 2016 at the Finch Funeral Home in Mt. Morris. Funeral services will be held at 10a.m. Monday, November 28th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mt. Morris. Interment will take place at West Grove Cemetery in rural Forreston. The family thanks Pinecrest Manor and especially the Wing 3 staff for their excellent and compassionate care given to Helen. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church or Pinecrest Manor, Mt. Morris.

Linda Baker Burr – 60

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Linda Baker Burr passed away at Serenity House on November 18th, 2016 in Oregon, IL after a long illness. She was 60. Linda was born January 16th, 1956 in Freeport, IL to her parents, Uldine and Harold Baker. She graduated from Midstate College in 1979. She married Melvin Burr in 1986.
The Burr’s got married in Mesa, Arizona where Melvin worked as a mechanic and Linda worked as a legal secretary. They moved back in Illinois in 1989 where early on she was a stay at home mother and later continued her work as a legal secretary.
She was a dedicated mother who enjoyed coordinating activities for her and others’ children. She took an active role in her children’s pastimes, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4H, and various sports teams. Later in life, she enjoyed organizing those memories through scrapbooking.
Linda is survived by her mother, Uldine Baker; her husband, Melvin Burr; her son, Brandon Burr; her daughter, her Shannon (Luke) Burr Cochran; her granddaughter, Marcelline Cochran; her brother, Bill (Susie) Baker; her sister, Barbara (Tim) Baker Krehl; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Harold Baker.
Linda was cremated and there will be celebration of her life on December 10th at 3:00 pm at The Moose in Mount Morris (101 Moose Dr). All are welcome to attend and celebrate Linda’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Serenity Hospice Care in Linda’s name.

Edwin L. Smith – 80

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Oregon, IL, Edwin L. Smith, age 80, died Friday November 18, 2016 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL with his family by his side. Edwin was born October 23, 1936 in Ashton, IL the son of Benjamin & Emma (Holden) Smith. Edwin married Edna Donker on July 26, 1957 in Oregon, IL. He worked at Martin Marietta in Oregon for 23 years retiring in 1981. Edwin enjoyed his time with his family, cards, garden, his car rides, his dog Peaches, watching Wrestling, old westerns, and rodeos.
Edwin is survived by his wife: Edna Smith, Oregon, IL; Sons: Larry (Friend Mary) Smith, Leaf River, IL; Tim (Yvonne) Smith, Rockford, IL; Daughters: Kathy (Ralph) Long, Mt. Morris, IL and Sheila Miller, Sterling, IL; 4 grandchildren: Joe Travis, Maria Travis both of Freeport, IL, Kate (Devin) Miller, Las Vegas, NV, and Jack Miller, Sterling, IL; step-granddaughter: Lisa (Donald) Moore, Rockford, IL; 2 brothers: Warren (Maggie) Smith, Byron, IL and Delano Smith, Dixon, IL.
Edwin is preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers: John, Harry, and David; 1 sister: Charlotte.
Memorial services will be Monday November 21, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Frank Lay officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Daysville Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday November 21, 2016 from 10:00 A.M. until services time in Finch Funeral Home.
Memorials to Oregon Senior Center, Oregon, IL.

Robert E. “Ed” Moore – 84

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Forreston, IL, Robert E. “Ed” Moore, age 84, died Thursday November 10, 2016 at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe, WI. Ed was born on February 14, 1932 in Smithville, AR the son of Evert & Loma (Smith) Moore. He graduated from Lynn High School, Lynn, AR in 1951. After serving in the US Navy for 4 years, he lived in the Rockford area for several years where he worked for UPS.
Ed married Delores “De” Welsh on May 26, 1966 in Cherry Valley, IL and she preceded him in death on October 29, 2013. Ed and De lived most of their married life on Lightsville Road in Leaf River, IL. Later they moved to Forreston, IL where Ed still resided until his recent illness.
Ed operated Ed’s Auto and retired from Sundstrand Corporation. He was widely known for his immense knowledge of antique autos particularly from the early 1900’s. As a young man he enjoyed racing autos. Ed was a photography buff, and many will remember him always with his camera in hand.
Ed is survived by daughter: Kim Carlson, O’Fallon, MO; grandson: Jay Johnson, Orangeville, IL; great granddaughter: Anna Belle Johnson; sister: Bonnie Pearson, Rockford, IL; brother in law: Ron (Bev) Johnson, Monroe, WI; sisters in law: Faun (Jack) Hill, Punta Gorda, FL and Donna Welsh, Davenport, IA; many niece, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews. Close friends Guy and Linda Lacombe, Chana, IL, further survive him.
Ed is preceded in death by his parents, wife: De; brother: Relton; and infant brother and sister.
Funeral service will be held on Saturday November 19, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in the Leaf River Baptist Church, Leaf River, IL with Rev. Randy Newton officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery, Amboy, IL. Visitation will be held on Saturday November 19, 2016 from 9:00 A.M. until service time in the Leaf River Baptist Church, Leaf River, IL.
Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL.

Jerry D. Macklin – 81

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Mt. Morris, IL, Jerry D. Macklin, age 81, died on Friday October 28, 2016 in her home. Jerry was born on August 1, 1935 in Macon, MS the daughter of George & Vera (Slawson) Finch. Jerry married Kenneth C. Macklin on June 15, 1955 in Macon, MS. Jerry worked as a certified nurses aide with Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL retiring in 2015 after 38 years at the age of 80. She enjoyed her flower and vegetable garden, Saturday morning family breakfast, and her job at Pinecrest.
Jerry is survived by her husband: Kenneth C. Macklin, Mt. Morris, IL; son: Randy (Donna) Macklin, Rock City, IL; 3 daughters: Cindy (Mikkel) Mann, Byron, IL, Pat (Gregg) Bernhard, Byron, IL, and Barb (Mike) McGuire, Oregon, IL; 11 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren; 3 brothers, and 2 sisters
Jerry is preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters.
Memorial service will be held Sunday November 6, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. in the Mt. Morris Church of The Brethren, with Rev. Virginia Haney officiating. There will be a private family burial at a later time.
Memorials to the St. Jude and/or Rockford rescue Mission.

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

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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

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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.
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Donald L. Horst – 98

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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.