Kenneth L. Bicksler – 88


Kenneth L. Bicksler – 88
5/10/1920 – 12/10/2008

Leaf River – Kenneth L. Bicksler, 88, of Leaf River went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, in Swedish-American Hospital, Rockford, surrounded by his loving family. Born May 10, 1920, in Freeport, the son of Archie and Orelda (Brandt) Bicksler. He married Lillian Unger on July 12, 1941, in Rochelle; she died Dec. 11, 1968. He married Leatrice Lynch on Jan. 2, 1970, in Lanark; she survives him. Ken was a farmer in the Leaf River and Forreston area, and a machinist at Barber-Colman in Rockford. He retired March 31, 1986. Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Pacific Theater in World War II. Member of Leaf River United Methodist Church; Jerry Wickam American Legion Post 1148, Leaf River; and the Leaf River Lions Club. Ken was voted Leaf River Citizen of the Year for his active community volunteerism. He loved yardwork, playing cards, traveling, hunting mushrooms and family gatherings where he could tease his grandchildren. Survived by his wife, Leatrice; daughters, Diane (J.T.) Wells and Cindy (Steve) Mongan, both of Mount Morris; sons, Merle (Sherrie) Bicksler of Leaf River, Gary (Nancy) Bicksler of Roscoe, Tom (Marilyn) Bicksler of Dakota, Dennis (Julie) Bicksler of Roanoke and Rick (Renee) Bicksler of Byron; 10 grandsons; six granddaughters; 21 great-grand-children; brothers, Russ (Betty) Bicksler of Freeport, Don (Betty) Bicksler of Mount Morris and Wayne (Donna) Bicksler of Mount Morris; and sisters, Lois Russell of Lena, Ethel Svanda of Byron and Dorothy (Tom) Mahon of Byron. Predeceased by parents; and first wife, Lillian. Service at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, in Leaf River United Methodist Church, Leaf River, with the Rev. Kent Svendsen, pastor, officiating. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in Finch Funeral Home, 405 E. Hitt St., Mount Morris. Burial in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport. Memorials to the Leaf River Lions Club, Leaf River United Methodist Church or Leaf River Fire Department.

 

Visitation:
Friday, December 12, 2008
4 to 7 p.m.
Finch Funeral Home
Service:
Saturday, December 13, 2008
11:30 a.m.
Leaf River United Methodist Church

Neita Aileen Bjorklund – 83

Neita Aileen Bjorklund – 83
10/22/1925 – 11/19/2008

Mount Morris, IL – Neita Aileen Bjorklund, 83, of Mount Morris died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mount Morris. Born Oct., 22, 1925, in the family home in Eagle Point Township, Ogle County, daughter of Paul Weigle and Mildred (Ports) Weigle. Graduated from Polo High School, Class of 1943 and attended Rockford Business College. Married Ronald Bjorklund on Jan. 6, 1974, in Oregon. Lived in Mount Morris for 63 years. Employed as a secretary at Kable News Co. in Mount Morris, previously worked for a local seed corn business in Polo, Watt Publishing Co. and was a day care provider. Member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Women of the Moose 985, Mount Morris and held the College of Regents degree. As a young girl Neita was a member of the girl’s community 4-H Club, United Brethren Brick Church in Polo and participated in and won many spelling bees. She also played alto saxophone in the Polo High School band. Survivors include husband, Ron Bjorklund; sons, Casey (Shareen) Buck and Clancy Buck, all of Polo; daughters, Sandra (George) Grobe of Rockford, Julie (Doug) Shank of Huntley and Bridget (Rob) Lester of Liberty, Mo.; stepsons, Bruce (Keatha) Bjorklund of Canton, S.D., David (Beverly) Bjorklund of Byron and Wayne (Marcy) Bjorklund of Oregon; stepdaughter, Nancy (Michael) Prier of West Burlington, Iowa; seven grandsons; four granddaughters; four stepgrandsons; four stepgraddaughters; seven great-grandsons; three great-granddaughters; sisters, Doris (Dwight) Silvius and Phylis (Bud) Davis, all of Polo. Predeceased by parents; brother, Gene Weigle; two infant sisters; and grandson, Michael Cross. Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 26, in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Morris, the Rev. Steven Erickson, pastor, officiating. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, in Finch Funeral Home. Memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church, Mount Morris Senior Center or Ogle County Hospice.

Visitation:
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
4 to 7 p.m.
Finch Funeral Home

Service:
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
11 a.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church