Posted Online: Feb. 21, 2006, 11:00 pm

Obituaries for Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006

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  • Warren Fisher
  • Rosemary Heberle
  • Ruth Kemerling
  • Edward Sims Sr.
  • Francis VanQuakebeke
  • Alice Weber
  • Helen Dengler
  • Arrabelle Meyer
  • Raymond Schick


  • Florence Vesey

    Florence Vesey, 49, of Rock Island, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at her home.

    Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Pentecostal Church of God, Davenport. Visitation is an hour prior to services at church.

    She was born May 26, 1956, to T.J. and Marie Vesey.

    Survivors are companion, Robert Marshall, Rock Island; sons, Ramsey, Kinya, James Pugh Jr.; mother, Rock Island; brothers and sisters, Tommy, Harry, Jerry, Lowerance Peniston, Alvin, Betty, Charlene Cole, DeWayne, Janet, Nanette, Chris, and LaTonya Davis.

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    Fred Crow

    Fred Crow, 81, of Chattanooga, Tenn., formerly of Moline, and Winfield, Ala., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2006, at Life Care Center, East Ridge, Tenn.

    Services were held at 11 a.m. Feb. 18 at Lawrence Funeral Home, Winfield. Burial was in Mount Olive Cemetery in Twin, Ala. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation. Local arrangements were by Heritage Funeral Home, Chattanooga.

    Mr. Crow retired from International Harvester, Rock Island, after 30 years of service.

    Survivors (and spouses) are son, Larry (Norma) Crow, daughter, Brenda (John) Waldon, all Chattanooga; brother, Elton (Donna) Crow, Iowa; sisters, Pearlie Lacey, Sulligent, Ala., Lenora (Mel) Sims, Detroit, Ala., and Joyce (Leon) Sizemore, Amory, Miss.; grandchildren, Jonathan Hill, Aimee Wallis, John A. Waldon, James Waldon, Heather Landen and Daryl Crow; eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Iva Lee Shirey Crow; infant daughter; parents; brothers, Ural Crow; sister, Hazel Cantrell; grandson, Scott Crow; and son-in-law, Alan Hill.

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    August Gomez

    August G. Gomez, 82, of Moline, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Van Hoe Funeral Home, East Moline, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Jessie King

    Jessie Ellen King, 92, a resident of Amber Ridge Assisted Living Residence, Moline, formerly of Rock Island, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at her home.

    Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Wheelan Funeral Home, Rock Island. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amber Ridge or Alleman High School.

    Jessie Dunlop was born Dec. 11, 1913, in Decatur, Ill., daughter of William and Mary Ellen Dunlop. She married Harlan M. King Oct. 27, 1938, in Davenport. He preceded her in death on Dec. 27, 1999.

    In early years, Mrs. King worked alongside her family at the former King's Market, Rock Island.

    She was a member of the Women Elks, both in Rock Island and Moline. Jessie was involved in all of her children's activities, whether at school or scouting. She loved spending time with her family and, in later years, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jessica "Suzy" and Dr. Thomas Carney, Peoria Heights, Ill.; sons and daughters-in-law, Harlan E. and Suzie King, Rock Island, and J. Michael and Ruth King, Rockton, Ill.; grandchildren, Doug King and his wife, Kris, Apple Valley, Minn., Jennifer King, Simpsonville, S.C., David J. King and his wife, Rachel, Egan, Minn., Elizabeth, David M. and Brian King, all Rockton; and great-grandchildren, Alex and Emily King, Apple Valley, and Jonathan King, Egan. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.

    Online condolences may be left for the family at www.wheelanfuneralhome.com.

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    Ronald Paschall

    Dr. Ronald R. Paschall, 87, of Moline, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at First Congregational Church, Moline. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Wendt Funeral Home, Moline, where further arrangements are pending.

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    Reiko Perez

    Reiko Perez, 74, of Moline, died peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at her home.

    Funeral services will be 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with a rosary at 7 p.m. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Moline, VNHA, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Beacon of Hope Hospice or a favorite charity.

    Reiko was born June 29, 1931, to Hanzo and Kaouru Ida in Darien, Manchuria. She married Jesse Perez on Feb. 27, 1956, in Fukuoka, Japan.

    In her youth she enjoyed playing the guitar and a good hand of cards. She also loved playing video games with her two grandsons. In addition to these things, she enjoyed crafts, crocheting, knitting and cooking for her family. She adored her two grandsons.

    Survivors (and spouses) include her husband, Jesse, Moline; daughter, Franki (Phil) Cunningham, Moline; grandsons, Nicholas and Alex, Moline; one sister and two brothers in Japan; brothers-in-law, Seferino D. (Esther) Perez, Rufus J. (Joyce) Perez, Bill Foster; sister-in-law, Jane (Alvino) Pena. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and her husband's two sisters.

    Reiko possessed a sharp wit, a caring hand and a loving soul.

    Online condolences may be expressed to Reiko's family by visiting her obituary at www.esterdahlmortuary.com.

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    L.C. Hill

    L.C. Hill, 86, of East Moline, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at Forest Hill Health and Rehab Center, East Moline.

    Arrangements are pending at Sullivan-Phillips Mortuary, East Moline.

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    Willis Bishop

    Willis C. Bishop, 82, of East Moline, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at his home.

    Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, 6601 38th Ave., Moline. Visitation will be 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. Military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post 246, Moline.

    Willis was born May 8, 1923, in Peoria, Ill. He married Margaret Jackson March 22, 1951, in Peoria. She preceded him in death Oct. 12, 1999.

    Willis was employed as an electrician at John Deere Harvester, East Moline, for 20 years, retiring in 1985. He served in the Army during World War II, where he received two Bronze Medals. He was a member of Moline American Legion Post 246. Willis was also a member of Sycamore Baptist Church in Rapids City, where he served as a deacon. He also enjoyed dancing.

    Survivors include his daughter, Connie Renner, Flatonia, Texas; three sons, Richard and special friend, Linda Mattson, East Moline, Gary, Flint, Mich., and David, Flint; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a half-sister, Irene Ward, East Moline. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Raymond.

    Online condolences may be expressed to Willis' family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahlmortuary.com.

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    James Hollowell

    James T. Hollowell, 62, of Silvis, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006, at Trinity Medical Center, Rock Island.

    Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, East Moline, with the Rev. John Sibley officiating. Cremation will be accorded, as he wished.

    James was born March 13, 1943, in Galesburg to Thadius and LaJune Barlow Hollowell.

    He was a counselor with Social Services, working with abused and challenged children.

    He was a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, East Moline. James was an athlete in his high school and college days and was inducted into the Amateur League Softball Hall of Fame.

    He is survived by his mother, LaJune; daughter and son-in-law, Astasha F. and Jahmal Davis, Vallejo, Calif.; sons, Troy Hollowell, Sacramento, Calif., Damien Madison, Davenport; grandchildren, Zanovia Hollowell, Kierra Hollowell, Nia and Josiah Davis; sisters, Carolyn Bibbs, Ava Frazier and Sonia Shaw; brothers, John Sibley, Dennis Sibley, Tracy Sibley and Troy Hollowell. He was preceded in death by his father, Thadius.

    Condolences may be left for the family at www.sullivanphillips.com.

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    Dorothy Nicholson

    Graveside services for Dorothy Nicholson, 75, of Warren Towers, Silvis, formerly of Green Rock, are 11 a.m. Friday at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. A memorial gathering will be held at Warren Towers, 13th Floor Community Room, Silvis, at noon on Friday, following the services.

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    John Maxwell

    John L. Maxwell, 79, of Coal Valley, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at Trinity West, Rock Island.

    Graveside services are 3 p.m. Friday at Greenview Memorial Gardens, East Moline. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by Runge, Davenport.

    He was born July 16, 1926, near Manchester, Iowa, to Hubert and Getsie Clendenen Maxwell Sr.

    He was employed as a draftsman at the Rock Island Arsenal for 16 years prior to his retirement.

    Surviving are his brothers (and wives), Hubert (Imogene), Davenport, and Douglas (Valerie), Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

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    Ila Behrens

    Ila Jean Behrens, 73, of Rock Falls, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at CGH Medical Center, Sterling.

    Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bethel Reform, Sterling. Burial is in Elm Lawn Cemetery, Princeton. Visitation is one hour prior to services at church. Arrangements are by Garland Funeral Home, Walnut.

    She was born July 31, 1932, to Lee and Stella Wright. She married James Behrens.

    Survivors (and spouses) are son, Denny (Sandra) Behrens, Prophetstown; daughter, Diane (Art) Oldham, Tampico; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Gailya Lee Chapin, Fairfield Glade, Tenn., Lucille Sawyers, Tampico; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jimmy Lee; sister, Charlene Grimes; and grandson, Cory John Oldham.

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    Duane `Bill' Dahl

    Duane "Bill" Dahl, 70, of Orion, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, Ill.

    Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Orion. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the ARK in St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Lutheran Cemetery, Orion. Military rites will be conducted by Sherman J. Sagadin Post 143 VFW, Orion. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church or Orion Community Veterans Memorial. Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Orion, is in charge of arrangements.

    Bill was born March 29, 1935, in Moline to Charles J. and Frances M. Peterson Dahl. He married G. Mardelle Anderson April 26, 1957, in Orion. She preceded him in death June 19, 1999. He married Charlotte Lizdas Oct. 4, 2003, in Orion.

    Bill was actively engaged in his lifelong profession of farming. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, where he served on various committees. He was an Army veteran, serving from June 1955 to March 1957. He was a member of Sherman J. Sagadin Post 143 VFW, Orion, where he was post commander and chaplain. He was involved in the Corn Cob Players and Orion Easter Egg Hunt. He was on the War Memorial Committee and the Lutheran Cemetery board. He was well-known for his Chief Seattle speech. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada, and he took pride in his various woodworking projects.

    Survivors (and spouses) include his wife, Charlotte, Orion; children, Linda (Mike) Cothron, Moline, Lori (Don) Sindelar, Sherrard, Neil Dahl, Orion, Emily (Lane) Seaholm, Tacoma, Wash., Annika (Scott) Kerker, Orion; 15 grandchildren; brothers, Richard (Marilyn) Dahl, Orion, James (Shirley) Dahl, Geneseo; sister, Beatrice Strandlund, Rock Island; three stepdaughters, Penny (Jim) Cload, Longwood, Fla., Melissa O'Neal, Andover, Minn., Marta (Chris) Bradshaw, Forest Lake, Minn. He was preceded in death by his son, Nels; his parents; first wife; and a sister, Rosemary Jagger.

    Online condolences may be expressed to Bill's family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahlmortuary.com.

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    Warren Fisher

    Warren C. Fisher, 91, of Geneseo, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village.

    Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo. The Rev. Connie Leader will officiate. Burial will be in Andalusia Cemetery, Andalusia, where military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 569/200 and VFW Post 1303. Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be left to the Warren Fisher Memorial Fund.

    Warren was born Aug. 25, 1914, in Rock Island, son of Robert C. and Esther Levin Fisher. He graduated from Rock Island High School.

    Warren served in the U.S. Army, Eighth Armored Division (known as The Thundering Herd) during World War II for 4 1/2 years. He saw active duty in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany and Czechoslovakia. He was honorably discharged in December 1945.

    Warren married Betty Bischoff Jan. 3, 1946, in Andalusia. She preceded him in death in February 1993. He owned and operated Fishers Grocery Store in Rock Island and also one in Andalusia. Later he owned and operated, with the help of his brother, the W & R Laundromat in Rock Island.

    Warren has been a resident of Geneseo for about 25 years, where he managed the Maple City Mobile Home Court until his sickness.

    Survivors include his sister, Dorothy Leeds, Florida; nieces and nephews, Mark Bischoff, Andalusia, Karen (husband, Jim) Hilgers, Andalusia, Jay Bischoff, Arizona, Susan Bischoff, Oregon, David Bischoff, California, and John Bischoff; and several cousins.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and a sister.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vandemorefuneralhome.com.

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    Rosemary Heberle

    Rosemary G. Heberle, 89, of Port Byron, currently residing at the Coventry Apartments, Rock Island, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.

    Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's Catholic Church, Rapids City, where she was a member. Burial will be in National Cemetery, Arsenal Island. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today with a rosary at 5 p.m. at Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron.

    The former Rosemary G. Krotz was born Dec. 31, 1916, in Lincoln, Ill., daughter of Joseph and Anna Huneke Krotz. She married Philip Heberle April 13, 1944, in Rock Island. She enjoyed playing bingo and doing crossword puzzles.

    Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Woodley, Port Byron; a grandson and his wife, Randy and Grace Woodley, Rock Island; a granddaughter and her husband, Robyn and Dennis Pruett, Port Byron; and a brother, Dan Krotz, Coal Valley. She was preceded in death by her husband on July 20, 1986; her parents; and a brother, Eddie Krotz.

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    Ruth Kemerling

    Ruth V. Kemerling, 91, of rural Neponset, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, at Kewanee Hospital.

    Graveside services are 10 a.m. Friday in Pleasant View Cemetery. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by Schueneman-Tumbleson, Kewanee.

    She was born July 25, 1914, in Kewanee, daughter of John and Bertha Anderson Strom. She graduated from Kewanee High School. She married Edward Kemerling July 7, 1933, in Kewanee. He preceded her in death in 1974.

    She attended First Presbyterian Church, Kewanee, where she served as a nursery attendant. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking and spending time with her family.

    Surviving are her son Jay Kemerling, Neponset; a daughter, Janet Kemerling, Elyria, Ohio; nieces and nephews.

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    Edward Sims Sr.

    Edward F. Sims Sr., 85, of Sherrard, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2006, at his home.

    As he wife wished, there was a private family graveside service at Cable Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Richland Grove Township Cable Community. Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Orion, assisted the family.

    Edward was born Dec. 10, 1920, in Marquette, Kan., to Benjamin and Nora Barney Sims.

    Edward grew up in an isolated farming area in Kansas and attended a one-room school at Morgan, Kan., and Bluff City, Kan., High School.

    All through his life, he was working the land and caring for the animals, horses and cattle. In the 1930s, when he was 14, he left the Kansas farm. He made three trips on the rails, spent one year on ranches in Colorado and worked the potato harvest there. He went to Iowa and worked on his aunt's farm, then went to his uncle Len Tomlinson's farm near Sherrard. He went to Chicago and apprenticed as a tool and die maker. That is where his love for metal developed.

    He and Vera Kreydich married Sept. 13, 1942, in the Methodist Church in Warrenton, Mo. He bought a farm in New Trexton, Mo., in 1947. In 1956, the family moved to a farm near Sherrard, where he lived until his death.

    Edward invented a hay loader. He served as Richland Grove Township supervisor, where he was instrumental in building seven bridges and the township building. He was a member of the Illinois State Stock Horse Association and went on the group's 100-mile trail rides for 10 years. He served as trail boss for a time. He worked at the New Windsor Fair and IRA Rodeo for at least 40 years, building pens and chutes in addition to working with animals. Many years he served as superintendent of horse shows at the fair.

    He worked at bettering the community all his life.

    He and his wife raised two fine children. Jeannie Lillpop, of Grand Junction, Colo., has a master of arts degree and is teaching advanced children in English. Ed Sims Jr. is owner of Sims LP Gas Corp. and lives south of Milan. His grandchildren (and spouses) are Corene (Dr. Stan) Jack, Christine (Ryan) Houdek, Amy (Eric) Gustavson, Kendra (Zack) Beamon, Heather (Brian) Jochum and Bill Sims. His great-grandchildren are Nathaniel Thomas Jack and Kyle Beamon.

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    Francis VanQuakebeke

    Francis P. VanQuakebeke, of rural Annawan, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Skilled Care Unit, Geneseo.

    Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson. The Rev. Gerard Verhoye will officiate. Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Atkinson. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, where a rosary will be recited at 4:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Francis VanQuakebeke Memorial Fund.

    Francis was born Sept. 21, 1918, in Atkinson, son of Andre and Stephanie VanDeWoestyne VanQuakebeke. He married Margaret Masscho Sept. 5, 1945, in Erie.

    Francis was a lifetime farmer in rural Annawan for 55 years. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Atkinson. Francis' true love was farming.

    Survivors (and spouses) include his wife, Margaret; one daughter, Christine (Dale) Palmer, Mesa, Ariz.; three sons, Paul (Linda) VanQuakebeke, Colona, Eugene (Pam) VanQuakebeke, Osco, James VanQuakebeke, New Port Richey, Fla.; five grandchildren, James (Heather) Palmer, Daryl, Traci, Andre (Jennifer) VanQuakebeke, Michael (Julie) VanQuakebeke; two great-grandchildren, Cheyenne and Dakoda VanQuakebeke. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Art and Robert; one sister, Elizabeth Egert; and one grandson, Joshua Palmer.

    Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.vandemorefuneralhome.com.

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    Alice Weber

    Alice C. Weber, 96, of Erie, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Heartland Health Care Center, Moline.

    Arrangements are pending at Gibson Funeral Home, Erie.

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    Helen Dengler

    Helen D. Dengler, 84, of Davenport, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006, at Genesis, West Campus, Davenport.

    Memorial services are 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran, Davenport. Interment is in Pine Hill Cemetery, Davenport. Arrangements are by Weerts, Davenport.

    She was born Sept. 21, 1921, in Davenport to Emil and Mae Schaefer. She married Henry O. Dengler Nov. 20, 1946. He died Aug. 2, 1953.

    Surviving are sons, Robert Dengler, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, David Dengler, Rock Falls; seven grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren.

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    Arrabelle Meyer

    Arrabelle Ann Meyer, 82, of Walcott, died Feb. 19, 2006, at Gulf Coast Hospital, Fort Myers, Fla.

    Services are 11:30 a.m. Friday at Runge, Davenport. Burial is in Maysville, Iowa, Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

    She was born Dec. 16, 1923, in rural Scott County, Iowa, to Herbert and Melanie Kraft. She married Earl Meyer Nov. 26, 1944.

    Survivors (and spouses) are her husband; children, David (Linda), New Liberty, Paul (Dale), Eldridge, Jim, Walcott, and Judy (Jim) Howell, Walcott; seven grandchildren; siblings, Henry (Ardelle) Kraft, Lucille (H.A.) Kardel, both Davenport.

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    Raymond Schick

    Raymond R. Schick, 82, of Davenport, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2006, at Genesis Medical Center, East Campus, Davenport.

    Arrangements are pending at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport.

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