ALPHA — Judy Robinson, 70, of Alpha, Ill., passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline. Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Harvest Bible Chapel in Woodhull. The Memorial Service will directly follow the conclusion of the visitation at 7 p.m. Private burial in Oak Grove Cemetery in East Peoria will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be left to the Harvest Bible Chapel in Woodhull. The Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences may be left at www.petersonwallinknox.com.
Judy was born on Nov. 25, 1949, in Peoria, Ill., to Floyd and Lucille Hall Snyder. She graduated from East Peoria High School in 1967 and attended Fort Wayne Bible College. On Nov. 12, 1977, she was united in marriage to Ron Robinson in East Peoria, Ill.
She was a surgical technician at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. Later, Judy was a licensed home daycare provider and then became a teacher's aide at AlWood schools, retiring in 2008.
Judy was a member of Harvest Bible Chapel in Woodhull.
She enjoyed quilting and watching her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, Ron, of Alpha; one son, Josh (Shanna) Robinson, of Moline; two grandchildren, Eva and Logan Robinson; one sister, Linda Wilson, of East Peoria; several nieces and nephews.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Floyd Jr.
The family would like to thank Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline for the loving care they provided Judy.
CAMBRIDGE — Betty Elaine “Granny” Strange, 70, of rural Cambridge, went to the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist with Elder Bonnie King and Pastor Trisha Chapman officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 and 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Community of Christ Church in Galesburg or to the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church.
She was born July 14, 1949, in Galesburg, the daughter of Bennie and Florence (Carlson) King. She married Daniel L. “Dan” Strange on Dec. 30, 1967, in Galesburg. He survives, along with daughter, Lisa (Paul) Miller, of Cambridge; son, Tim (Carrie) Strange, of Lewisburg, Tenn.; her granddaughter, Katie Miller, of Cambridge; a sister, Beverly (George) Ferris, of Kalispell, Mont.; a brother, Joe (Starla) King, of Oneida; her sister at heart, Maxine Schroeder, of Elmira; and many other cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Granny graduated from ROVA High School in 1967. She farmed with her husband, was a homemaker and a stay-at-home mom, raising her children. She was loved by many and proud to be called Granny by many. She was a member of Community of Christ Church in Galesburg and also attended the Bishop Hill Community United Methodist Church. In her early years she was a member of the Knox County Home Extension and the Roving Rangers. She was a member of the Illinois Beef Association, Henry County Beef Association, the National and Regional Appaloosa Associations, Red Angus Association, Simmental Association, Cambridge FFA Alumni, Bishop Hill Historical Society and Little John Conservation Club. She was a proud 4-H mom, BMX mom and enjoyed attending classic car events with her family. She loved quilts, spending time at her cabin and with her horses and all animals. She was deeply devoted to her family and will be greatly missed by them and all whose lives she touched.
WOODHULL — Wayne “Bud” D. Johnson, 85, of Woodhull, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, at OSF St. Mary's Medical Center in Galesburg, Ill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at St. John's Catholic Church in Woodhull. Burial is in the St. John's Catholic Cemetery in Woodhull where graveside military rites will be conducted. Visitation is 10 a.m. until the time of services Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at the church. Memorial contributions can be made to Tri-County Ambulance, Meals on Wheels or St. John's Catholic Church. Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, and online condolences may be left at www.petersonwallinknox.com.
Bud was born on Dec. 23, 1934, in rural McDonough County, Ill., to Jesse and Lena Shaner Johnson. He graduated from Blandinsville High School in 1953. On Dec. 19, 1957, he was united in marriage to Donna Robinson in Macomb, Ill.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959, having served in Frankfurt, Germany.
Bud was employed as a truck driver with Eagle Foods for over 30 years where he joined the Million Miler Club
Bud was a member of the Teamsters and an avid reader.
Survivors include his wife, Donna, of Woodhull; four children, Diane (David) Nesbitt, of Woodhull, Jayne (Timothy) Ackert, of Columbia, Julie (Alaka) Jayasekara, of Rockville, Md., David (Annetta Yacoub) Johnson, of Los Angeles; grandchildren, Brooke Crippen, Jeffrey Nesbitt, Olivia Jarvis, Jacob and Christian Ackert; one great-grandson, Graham Crippen; great-granddaughter, Charlotte Ackert; several nieces and nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and five brothers.
MOLINE — Jon R. Lindahl, 73, of Moline, passed away Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at Hope Hospice, Cape Coral, Fla.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd., Moline. Visitation will one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be at the Rock Island National Cemetery with Military Honors conducted. Memorials may be made to the family.
Jon R. Lindahl was born on Sept. 18, 1946, in Moline, the son of Robert W. Kathryn D. (Vogt) Lindahl. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1969 with a deployment in Vietnam. Jon was an aviational engineer for Deere and Co. Aviation Department until 2001. He married Barb Buranek in the Grand Bahama Islands on June 20, 2006.
Jon was a member of the American Legion and Moose Lodge in Cape Coral, Fla. He was a member of the Viking Club in Moline. He was an avid car enthusiast (especially his 1936 Chevy Coupe). He also enjoyed fishing trips in Canada. Barb and Jon enjoyed 10 wonderful years wintering in Cape Coral, Fla., with fun loving friends.
Survivors include his wife, Barb; stepsons, Steven (Tammy Hartschorn) Suter and Robert (Lisa) Moon; daughters, Angela (Lois Hamilton-Lindahl) Lindahl and Amber (Jeff) Harris; grandchildren, Hunter and Adele Moon, Jamie, Sydnie, Hannah, Colby, Quincy, Henry and Abigail Harris; sister, Carol Wegner; and brother, Bill Lindahl.
He was preceded by his parents; sister, Ann; and one grandson, Abraham.
ROCK ISLAND — Betty “Jean” Downing, 90, of Rock Island, died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at UnityPoint Health–Trinity Rock Island. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Island. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. Burial will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in care of St. John's Lutheran Church, 4501 7th Ave., Rock Island.
Jean was born in Escanaba, Mich., on May 29, 1929, a daughter of Charles H. and Maria S. Burman Beck. Jean graduated from Escanaba High School in 1947. She graduated with a bachelor's degree from Augustana College in 1951 where she was a member of the orchestra and band all four years as well as the Sigma Pi Delta Sorority.
Jean married Gerald B. Downing on Aug. 11, 1951, at Bethany Lutheran Church, Escanaba, Mich. He preceded her in death on March 10, 2006.
Jean was an elementary school teacher for the Rock Island/Milan School District 41.
Jean was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Rock Island, for nearly 70 years. She served as secretary and vice president of Lutheran Church Women and was a longtime member of the Altar Guild. She also served as a member of WELCA (which assisted in providing funeral luncheons), the lunch bunch and assisted with book study and bible study groups. Other memberships included the Augustana Endowment Society, the Illinois Retired Teachers Association — locally the Blackhawk Unit of I.R.T.A and International Order of Kings Daughters, Rock Island.
Jean's special interests and enjoyments included swimming and music. In her earlier years, she bowled in the Ladies League in Rock Island and came in first place in a doubles tournament in 2000. She was also an avid Chicago Cubs fan.
Those left to cherish her memory include her son and daughter-in-law, Bruce G. and Robin Downing, Rock Island; grandchildren, Jay (Stephanie), Kristin (John), Jennifer (Bernie), Taylor and Joshua; four great-grandchildren; and many cousins, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Susan J. Peterson; and sister, Margaret Malkusak.
MOLINE — Richard C. Gesling, Moline, died Feb. 19,2020.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday, April 13, at Riverside United Methodist Church, Moline.
Born in Burlington, Iowa, to Otis and Ruth (Becker) Gesling on July 21, 1927; married Bonnie Finke on Aug. 28, 1949. During their 70 years of marriage, they enjoyed countless happy times camping out west, spending time with family and friends, watching ballgames (especially Augustana College) and participating in their United Methodist Church.
Dick is survived by his beloved wife, Bonnie; son, Robert (Carrie), of Blue Grass, Iowa; daughters, Linda (Steven Ozanne), of Falcon Heights, Minn., Diane (Bernard Bober), of Lancaster, Wis., and Nancy (Robert Bell), of Port Orford, Ore.; 13 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Although “Mr. Gesling” was a byword for discipline and strictness during his 22 years teaching math in the Davenport schools, he was also noted for his support for school activities and involvement with the community. He was a lifetime member of the National Educational Association, former officer of the Scott Schools Credit Union and member of the Davenport Retired Teachers.
Dick's wide-ranging interests included memberships with the Circus Historical Society, Rock Island County Historical Society, Rock Island Conservation Club, American Philatelic Society and Moline American Legion. Formerly, he served on the board of the QCCA and was part of the Rock Island Lions Club.
Perhaps his most noted leadership role came during the 20-plus years he and Bonnie spent summers camping at Georgetown Lake in Montana. Their enthusiasm encouraged so many others to come that a section of the campground became labeled “Moline, Montana” and, even without an election, Dick was widely known as The Mayor.
Memorials preferred to Riverside United Methodist Church, Christian Friendliness or Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
ROCK ISLAND — Lawrence E. Gulley, 83, of Rock Island, passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at his residence.
A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, 3030 7th Ave., Rock Island. A visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Burial with military rites will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to the family.
Lawrence was born on May 11, 1936, in Benton, Ill., the son of Lawrence J. and Josie (Aaron) Gulley. He was married to Bettie McGuire in 1956, and to Mary Gulley in 1995; both preceded him in death. Lawrence worked as a Union Steward for Wonderbread bakeries. He was a proud U.S. Veteran, serving in the Air Force during the Korean War.
Lawrence is survived by his children, Trudy (Marty) Lawson, Becky (Larry) Thorndyke, Julie Miller and John (Jacqueline) Gulley; stepdaughter, Shelly; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one more on the way; and siblings, Mabel Harvey, Bill Gulley and Robert Gulley. He was preceded in death by his spouses; son, Marshall Gulley; parents; and brothers, Arthur, Donald and Charles Gulley.