McGowan, Nita M.
February 20, 2004
GALESBURG - Nita M. Rhykerd McGowan, 93, 550 E. Carl Sandburg Drive, died at 12:25 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 19, 2004) in OSF St. Mary Medical Center.
She was born March 12, 1910, near Cameron, the daughter of Alton W. and Edna O. Yarde Rhykerd.
She married Julian E. McGowan on Jan. 16, 1942, in Cameron. He died April 14, 2003.
Surviving are two nephews, Glenn (and Judy) Stevens and Jon (and Karen) Stevens, both of Altona; a niece, Norma Jean (and Arthur) Wolford, Abingdon; great-nieces and great-nephews; and a great-great-niece. She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.
She attended Hedgepath Country School in Cameron, graduated from Galesburg High School and attended Browns Business College.
She worked as a bookkeeper at Intrastate Telephone Company for morethan 35 years.
She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteered transporting blood for the American Red Cross.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church and worked in the church library and was a member of the Women's Circle.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel, with the Rev. Mark Wolford officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to her church or to any charity.
James L. McKinney Sr.
January 9, 2004
GLADSTONE - James L. McKinney Sr., 68, Gladstone, died at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 7, 2004) in Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa.
He was born June 20, 1935, in Gladstone, the son of Allen and Isabelle Blake McKinney.
Surviving are two sons, James L. Jr. (and Teena) McKinney, Biggsville, and Rex A. (and Jackie Allen) McKinney, Gladstone; a special friend, Beverly Sells, Burlington, Iowa; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers and sisters.
He was reared and educated in Gladstone.
He was an Army veteran.
He lived all his life in Gladstone.
He worked at Hendco Hills Golf Course and for area farmers, and for the last 16 years worked as an assembler at the Iowa Army Ammunitions Plant in Middletown, Iowa.
He was president of South Henderson Cemetery Association for many years and was a member of the Henderson County VFW Post.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Turnbull Funeral Home, Oquawka, with the Rev. Maurice Moore officiating. Friends may call today and Saturday at the funeral home; family will be present from 6 to 8 tonight. Burial will be in South Henderson Cemetery near Biggsville.
A memorial fund is being established.
McKirgan, Mabel E.
February 27, 2004
GALVA - Mabel E. McKirgan, 86, Galesburg, formerly of Galva and LaFayette, died at 4:10 a.m. Thursday (Feb. 26, 2004), in Seminary Manor, Galesburg.
She was born July 15, 1917, in Henry County, the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Sandberg Ericson.
She married John H. McKirgan on Aug. 22, 1942, in Louisville, Ky. He died Aug. 16, 1997.
Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Barzdukas, Greeley, Colo., and Marilyn McKirgan, Mason City; one sister, Ruby Ringle, Galva; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and four brothers.
She was a homemaker and had farmed near LaFayette for many years.
She was a member of the LaFayette United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and the Galva Eastern Star.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Rux Funeral Home, with the Rev. Fred Reiner officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Galva Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the LaFayette United Methodist Church.
McMahill, Clair D.
May 8, 2004
BARTONVILLE - Clair D. "Mac" McMahill, 78, Bartonville, died at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday (May 5, 2004) at home.
He was born July 1, 1925, in Walnut Grove, the son of Stephen Arnold and Ada Grace Wells McMahill.
He married Betty Jean Angel on Feb. 19, 1948, in Peoria. She died Oct. 12, 1996.
Surviving are three daughters, Marcia McMahill, Bartonville, Shirley (and Bob) Miller, Peoria, and Connie (and Kevin) Schrock, Chillicothe; three sons, Bill (and Linda) McMahill, Bartonville, Steve McMahill, St. Augustine, Fla., and Skip (and Nena) McMahill, Galesburg; three sisters, Freda Brownfield, Peoria, and Marjorie (and Ernie) Connett and Marcia (and Dave) Markwalder, both of Bartonville; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Csesznegi, a grandson and a brother.
A Navy veteran of World War II, he served as a radioman 2nd class on the U.S.S. Denver and Montpelier.
He had owned C. McMahill & Sons Plumbing in Morton.
He was a member of Plumbers Local 63 in Peoria for 40 years, a member of VFW Post 383 in Bartonville and Post 5921 in Morton; American Legion Post 979 in Bartonville and Post 318 in Morton, Mohamed Legion of Honor, Mohamed Temple Shrine, Scottish Rite bodies, and Masonic Temple Lodge 46.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel, Peoria, with the Rev. Ken Klein officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Chapel of Peace Mausoleum at Parkview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Mohamed Temple Shrine in Peoria.
McMillan, Helen I.
September 2, 2003
BAY VILLAGE, Ohio- Helen I. McMillan, 98, Bay Village, died Friday (Aug. 29, 2003) in Oakridge, N.H.
She was born Dec. 31, 1904, in Galesburg, the daughter of Oscar F. and Nellie Russell Larson.
She married Leslie D. McMillan. He preceded her in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Sally Belanger, Bay Village, and Sue M. Dzuranin; a brother, Jack Larson, Galesburg; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.
She attended Lombard College and operated a dance studio in the Weinberg Arcade Building in Galesburg in the 1920s.
She was a homemaker.
Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Berry Funeral Home, Westlake, Ohio, with the Rev. William Noyes officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Burial will be in Lakewood Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Lakewood Baptist Church.
McNamara, John E.
October 14, 2003
PHOENIX, Ariz. - John Edward McNamara, 77, Phoenix, died Sept. 25, 2003, in John C. Lincoln Hospital, Phoenix.
He was born June 14, 1926, in Galesburg, the son of Earl J. and Bertha McNamara.
Surviving are two daughters, Pamela McNamara, Phoenix, and Linda Perlich, Tucson, Ariz.; a sister, Mary Ellen McArdle, Naperville; three granddaughters; a niece; and three nephews.
He attended St. Joseph Academy and Corpus Christi High School. He graduated from Knox College and received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Illinois. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity at Knox.
He was director of behavior modified programs for fitness at John C. Lincoln Hospital and Health Center and a senior chemical scientist at Motorola Semi-Conductors, Inc.
He was a member of The Most Holy Trinity Church and involved with the Knights of Columbus and the Dominican Order.
Burial was in the VA Cemetery in Phoenix.
Memorials may be made to the Knox Memorial Bookshelf, c/o Knox College.
McReynolds, Elizabeth I.
February 12, 2004
MANLIUS - Elizabeth I. "Grandma Liz" McReynolds, 82, Manlius, formerly of Alexis, died at 7:30 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 7, 2004) in Colonial Hall Nursing Center, Princeton.
She was born Aug. 4, 1921, in Monmouth, the daughter of James and Grace Hight Stivers.
She married Harry R. McReynolds on May 21, 1938, in Davenport, Iowa. He died July 26, 1974.
Surviving are two sons, Jerry (and Dorothy) McReynolds, Manlius, and Harry D. McReynolds, Salt Lake City, Utah; two brothers, Raymond Stivers Wildwood, Fla., and Clair (and Florence) Stivers, Macomb; a sister, Dorothy Byrs, Macomb; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an aunt, two brothers and two sisters.
She worked for 30 years at J.I. Case, Rock Island, retiring in 1976.
She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manlius, and a past member of its Dorcas Circle, and a member of the J.I. Case 20-year Club, Unit 61 Mothers of WWII, Alexis and the Road Runners Camping Club of the Quad Cities.
Funeral was Wednesday in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Scott Schmidt officiating. Burial was in Mount Vernon Cemetery near North Henderson. Grant-Johnson Funeral Home, Manlius, was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to her church or the activities department at Colonial Hall Nursing Center.
Mecum, James E.
November 30, 2003
CAMBRIDGE - James E. Mecum, 83, Cambridge, died Wednesday (Nov. 26, 2003) at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island.
He was born March 27, 1920, in Adams County, the son of Loren E. and Grace E. Boyles Mecum.
He married Margaret McIntosh on April 8, 1945.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters Lea (and Richard) Parker, Flagstaff, Ariz., and Carol (and Duane) Curry, Alpha; stepmother Frances Mecum, Mendon; one sister, Eileen (and Donald) Parker, West Point; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He graduated from Bowen High School and Gem City Business College, Quincy.
During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps, flying 32 missions in a B-26 Martin Marauder. He was decorated with the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star and a French Croix de Guerre.
He worked as an accountant and bookkeeper in several businesses in Cambridge and served as treasurer pro-temp for Henry County. He owned and operated Cambridge Monument for 17 years and later worked for McFall Monument.
He was a member of First Baptist Church.
He was a member of the American Legion, Cambridge, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Kewanee, 40 and 8, Annawan, and B-26 Bomb Group Association. He was member and past Master and Treasurer for Cambridge Masonic Lodge. He was a 33 degree MSA member of Moline Consistory, member of Sauk Trail Consistory Club and KAABA Shrine, Davenport. He was member and past Patron of Cambridge Eastern Star and former member of White Shrine of Jerusalem, Galesburg. He was a member of the American Pilot Association and the International Slide Show Club.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Cambridge, with the Rev. Carlene Appel officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Cambridge Chapel, Stackhouse-Moore Funeral Services, where Masonic rites will be given at 4 p.m. burial will be in Red Oak Cemetery, rural Cambridge, where military honors will be conducted. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.stackhousemoore.com.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cambridge, Shriner's Childrens Hospitals or the Cambridge Ambulance Service.
Medhurst, Walter E.
October 4, 2003
ALEXIS - Walter E. "Red" Medhurst, 77, Alexis, died at 4:25 a.m. Friday (Oct. 3, 2003) in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born Oct. 2, 1926, in Cameron, the son of Kinnie and Margaret Shaw Medhurst.
He married Geneva Davis on Dec. 11, 1949, in Seaton.
Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Susie (and Joey) Pokorny, Petersburg; a son, Sam (and Rhonda) Medhurst, Alexis; a sister, Martha King, Galesburg; six grandchildren and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter and two brothers.
He was reared and educated in Alexis.
He was a Navy veteran of World War II.
He farmed most of his life and operated a feed store.
He was a member of Alexis United Presbyterian Church and James Harvey Scott American Legion Post 189.
Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in Alexis United Presbyterian Church. The family will meet friends after the service. Graveside service will be at 9 a.m. Monday in Mt. Vernon Cemetery, North Henderson.
Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, American Cancer Society and his church.
Medhurst, Merle S.
June 3, 2004
LEXINGTON, S.C. - Merle S. Medhurst, 93, Lexington, died Tuesday (June 1, 2004).
He was born in Winfield, Iowa, the son of Ward and Jessie Berner Medhurst.
Surviving are his wife, Eunice Rish Medhurst of Lexington; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruth Medhurst of Abingdon.
He was a graduate of Galesburg High School and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. He studied further at New York University and earned a graduate degree from the University of South Carolina and Columbia University, New York.
He taught in high schools in Illinois before joining the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 1946. He was a member of several honorary organizations and the Southern Business Education Association.
A veteran of World War II, he served in the European Theater.
He was a Mason with membership in the Loraine Lodge 893, Loraine, Ill.
He was an active member of Congaree Presbyterian Church; and also served for years on the Presbyterian Spiritual Life Committee at the University of South Carolina.
He endowed the Brenizer and Wilhelmina Rish Price Lectureship at Wingate University, Wingate, N.C., and gave to Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Ky.
Following retirement in 1976, he became interested in the Elderhostel Movement attending more than 135 throughout 30 states between 1979 and 1997.
Funeral will be at noon Thursday at Congaree Presbyterian Church, Cayce, S.C., with the Revs. John David White and Fran Bragan officiating. The family will receive friends from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at the church prior to the service. Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Congaree Presbyterian Church or to Wingate University, Wingate, N.C. or to a charity of the donor's choice.