James C. Smith – 79

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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

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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.

Dennis Scott Johnson – 52

Dennis (Denny) Scott Johnson Age 52, Died Monday Sept 19th 2016 at his home on the family farm in the Pinecreek Township. Dennis was born February 26, 1964 in Rockford, Illinois to Neil D. Johnson and Sandra Ann (Warfield) Johnson.

Dennis grew up on the farm helping his father in the fields and graduated class of 1983 from Mt. Morris High School. He worked side jobs but continued to farm and raise animals until he died. He is survived by his mother Sandra Johnson of Casper, WY and 3 Sisters. Pamela Turek of Rockford, Kimberly Bowman of Haldane, Crystal Rodgers of Casper, WY. and Uncle, Jerry Warfield and multiple nieces and nephews. Dennis was preceded in death by his brother Duane Johnson and his father Neil D. Johnson.

Please join us for a celebration of life on October 8th from 2pm to 4pm at Maggie’s Idle Hour in Mt. Morris, Illinois.

Harry W. Dwyer Jr. -56

Oregon, IL., Harry W Dwyer Jr., age 56, passed away September 17, 2016 in Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon, IL. He was born May 16, 1960 in Viroqua, WI the son of Harry and Kathryn (Malli) Dwyer Sr. Harry graduated from Oregon High School class of 1978. Harry worked as an over the road truck driver for Hollewell Trucking Co., Oregon, IL. He was a lifelong resident of the community. He is survived by his mother: Kathryn Dwyer, Chana, IL. 2 sisters: Kathy Dwyer, Dixon, IL., Linda (Stuart) Deuth, Chana, IL. 3 brothers: Dan (Christine) Dwyer, Chana, IL., David (Mary) Dwyer, Leaf River, IL., Jeff (Trish) Dwyer, Van Cleave, MS. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his father Harry Sr.
Graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Daysville Cemetery, Oregon, IL at 2:00 p.m.. Pastor David Rogula of Serenity Hospice officiating.

Mary E. Thompson – 71

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Mt. Morris, IL, Mary E. Thompson, age 71, died Thursday August 25, 2016 in Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, IL. Mary was born on October 10, 1944 in Lee Center, IL the daughter of John @ Mary (Derr) Thompson. Mary worked for Kable News Company, Mt. Morris, IL retiring in 2010. Mary was a unique combination of sweet and sour, she was selfless, prideful, she loved to cook, can food, and making Christmas cookies, and when she was able, she gardened.
Mary is survived by her Son: Verne E. “Chip” (Lisa McCaw) Thompson, Freeport, IL; Daughter: Alicia (Jared) Moats, Oregon, IL; granddaughter: Payton Thompson, Freeport, IL; 4 brothers: John (Marion) Thompson, Robert (Kathy) Thompson, Floyd Drumheller; and Don (Cindy) Drumheller; sister: Ann (Gene) Patterson; and many nieces and nephews.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents, brothers: Charles and Bill Thompson.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday August 31, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL, with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. A visitation will be held on Wednesday August 31, 2106 from 6:00 until service time in Finch Funeral Home. A private family burial of cremains will be held on a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorials to American Kidney Association.

Irma Ossmann – 94

Oregon, IL, Irma Ossmann, age 94, died Friday August 12, 2016 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. Irma was born December 5, 1921 the daughter of Walter & Mayme Lee. Irma worked at Windcharger Electrical Company in Sioux City. IA, and when she moved to Mt. Morris and Oregon area she worked for Kable Printing Company and Kable News. Irma was a member of the Mt. Morris Ladies of the Moose since 1965 where she spent countless hours volunteering, she was also a member of the VFW ladies auxiliary. She enjoyed baking, fishing, bowling, and was an amazing seamstress.
Irma is survived by step-children: Lee (Sue) Ossmann; Donald (Amy) Feary; Diana Buchanan; and Marla (Jeff) Spratt; 11 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; nieces; nephews; and longtime friend: Girtie Paul.
Irma is preceded in death by her parents: Walter & Mayme Lee; Husbands: Donald Feary and Ralph Ossmann; sisters: Wanda Pence, Norma Gulbronson; brothers: Clarence Lee, Joe Lee, and Peter Lee; step children: Dennis Feary, David Feary, Donna Zuniga, Kay Bothum; and grandson: David Martin.
Graveside service will be held Friday August 26, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL followed by a service and luncheon at the Mt. Morris Moose Lodge.
Irma was a very independent lady with a heart of gold. She was never considered a stepmother, she was just mom; and she will be greatly missed.

Elva J. Buser – 94

Mt. Morris, IL, Elva J. Buser, age 94, died Sunday August 14, 2016 in Serenity Hospice & Home, Oregon, IL. Elva was born June 16, 1922 in Forreston, IL the daughter of William & Ceres (McLain) Hiteman. She graduated from Forreston High School class of 1940. Elva married Maurice Buser on November 20, 1946 in Forreston, IL and he preceded her in death. Elva was a beautician in the Mt. Morris Area. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL; Mt. Morris Senior Center; Women of The Moose; and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Elva is survived by her sons: James (Maritess) Buser, Garland TX and Michael L. Buser, Galena, IL; 2 step-grandsons: John Paul and Kevin Diaz, Garland, TX.
Elva is preceded in death by her parents, husband: Maurice; brothers: Merle, Donald, Wilbur, and William “Ole” Hiteman; sisters: Meitha McLaury, Erma Swank, and Josephine Fuhremann.
Memorial service will be held on Thursday August 18, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in Trinity Lutheran Church, Mt. Morris, IL with Rev. Frank Lay officiating. Burial will be in Adeline Cemetery on Wednesday August 17, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. Visitation will be Thursday August 18, 2016 in Trinity Lutheran Church from 9:30 A.M. until service time.
In lieu of flowers memorials to Pinecrest Manor and/or Trinity Lutheran Church.

Max W. Betz – 94

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Leaf River, IL, Max W. Betz, age 94, died August 12, 2016 in his home. Max was born April 20, 1922 in rural Leaf River the son of William & Cora (Kendal) Betz, and lived most of his life in or near Leaf River, IL.
Max joined the US Army and he served in the 108 Evacuation Medical Hospital Unit during WWII. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8739 and American Legion 145. Max was an honorary life member of the Graphic Communications International Union.
Max is survived by his wife of 65 years: Dora (Comstock) Betz; Daughter: Shirley (Shoaib) Zaman; grandchildren: Stefan Zaman and Julie (Larry) Brazeau; great grandchildren: Dalia and Jordan Brazeau.
Max is preceded in death by his parents; brother: Lyle Betz; and sisters: Edna Green and Erda Betz.
Graveside services will be held on August 19, 2016 at 10:30 A.M. in Lightsville Cemetery, Lightsville, IL with Chaplin John Tuttle of the Oregon VFW officiating. Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL is assisting the family.

Richard A. Personette – 64

Mt. Morris, IL, Richard A. Personette, age 64, passed away August 11, 2016 in KSB Hospital, Dixon, IL. He was born December 12, 1951 in Rockford, IL the son of Frank & Lois (Frey) Personette. Richard graduated from Mt. Morris High School class of 1970. Richard married Pamela VanBuskirk on June 1, 1971 in the Mt. Morris Brethren Church, and they were married 45 years.
Richard enjoyed camping, fishing, bowling, Nascar (18 Kyle Busch), and besides his family his other love in his life was the Mt. Morris Fire Department.
Richard is survived by his wife: Pamela Personette, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 sons: Jeffrey (Audra) Personette, Dixon, IL and Daniel Personette, Mt. Morris, IL; 2 grandchildren: Beth Personette, DeKalb, IL and Tyler Personette, Dixon, IL; 2 great-grandchildren; Uncle: Bob (Kathi) Personette, Mt. Morris, IL; sister-in-law: Carol Strount, Auburn, PA.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents; brother: James, and all grandparents.
Funeral service will be held on Wednesday August 17, 2016 in Finch Funeral Home, 405 East Hitt, Mt. Morris, IL at 10:30 A.M. with Rev. Josh Ehrler officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Morris, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday August 16, 2016 in Finch Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Memorials to Mt. Morris Fire Department and/or Mt. Morris Loaves & Fish.