Shortness, Malcolm B.
June 1, 2004
LONDON MILLS - Malcolm B. "Mac" Shortness, 87, London Mills, died at 3:10 p.m. Sunday (May 30, 2004), at home.
He was born Oct. 25, 1916, in Table Grove, the son of Willis M. and Nellie Burnett Shortness.
He married Mary L. Luman on June 13, 1943, in Tullahoma, Tenn.
Surviving are his wife; two sons, John M. (and Pamela) Shortness, Naperville, and Ernest G. Shortness, London Mills; a daughter, Janet R. (and Ted) Mottaz, Oneida; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister.
He was a 1933 graduate of Fairview Community High School.
He worked for Bert Spenny at Fairview Central Telephone Co. for several years. He began farming in 1937 and worked for Midland Electric Coal Corporation. He also worked as a salesman for Abingdon Milling Co. from 1958 to 1971.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in the 118th Signal Radio Intelligence Company attached to the Third Army Forward Headquarters. He earned five battle stars.
He was a member of the Fulton County Farm Bureau, American Legion Roy Miller Post 644 of Fairview and London Mills United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school and held many offices. He was named Conservationist of the Year by the Fulton County Soil and Water District in 1967 and 2001.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at London Mills United Methodist Church, with the Rev. John Simpson officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in Lyons Cemetery in Fairview Township, Fulton County. Corman Memorial Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the London Mills United Methodist Church.
Edna L. Shugart
December 7, 2003
PEORIA - A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bethel Bible Church, Edwards, for Edna L. Shugart.
Shugart, 83, Peoria, died at 9:10 a.m. Nov. 26, 2003, at home. The Rev. Dean McFadden will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Faith Bible Camp. Patterson Funeral Home, Elmwood, is in charge of arrangements.
H. Lucille. Smith
April 17, 2004
MONMOUTH - Helen Lucille Smith, 84, Portland, Ore., formerly of Monmouth, died at 3 a.m. Friday (April 16, 2004), in Rose City Nursing Home, Portland, Ore.
She was born Nov. 22, 1919, in Blandinsville, the daughter of Harold and Eva Carmack Simonson.
She married James Donald Smith on June 24, 1939, in Burlington, Iowa. He died Jan. 12, 1977.
Surviving are three daughters, Connie Hill, Biggsville, Penny Pomata, Maple Valley, Calif., and Linda Linsey, West Valley, Utah; one son, Michael Smith, Portland, Ore.; one sister, Patricia Robertson, Roseville, Calif.; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.
She was a homemaker.
She had lived with her youngest daughter for several years in California and then moved to Portland to be with her son.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Center Grove Cemetery, Kirkwood, with the Rev. Marian "Pete" McCart officiating. Friends may call Monday and Tuesday until the hour of service at Turnbull Funeral Home.
Howard E. Stephenson
April 13, 2004
BISHOP HILL - Howard E. "Pete" Stephenson, 79, Bishop Hill, died Sunday (April 11, 2004) in OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.
He was born Dec. 10, 1924, in Kewanee, the son of Milford and Eva Anderson Stephenson.
He married Edna F. Robertson on June 14, 1957, in Galesburg.
Surviving are his wife; a son, John (and his special friend Mary) of Galesburg; a daughter, Nancy (and Thomas) Earley, Chillicothe; a brother, Milford Stephenson Jr., Peoria; and two granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He graduated from Galva High School in 1942.
He served in the Army during World War II.
He had worked at Swift Company in the Quad Cities and as a petroleum salesman at Henry Service Co., retiring in 1986.
He was a member of Bishop Hill Methodist Church and served on the church board; was a member of the Galva Masonic Lodge, Hagburg-Hamlin American Legion Post in Galva, Lake Calhoun Country Club and Bishop Hill Old Settler's Association; was a 50-year member of the Bishop Hill Fire Department and had served as chief and as a trustee; and served on the Weller Township Board.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Rux Funeral Home, Galva, with the Rev. Davey Lefler officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Burial will be in Bishop Hill Cemetery, with military honors by the Galva Fusiliers.
Memorials may be made to his church.
Swanson, Samuel R. II
December 2, 2003
GALESBURG - Samuel Robert Swanson II, 78, Galesburg, died at 9:56 p.m. Monday (Dec. 1, 2003), in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Swanson, Samuel R. II
December 3, 2003
GALESBURG - Samuel Robert Swanson II, 78, of Galesburg, died at 9:56 p.m. Monday, (Dec. 1, 2003).
He was born Jan. 28, 1925, in Evanston, to Robert Maynard and Gladys Van Patton Swanson.
He was married to Virginia "Ginny" Peterson on Dec. 29, 1946, at the Trinity Lutheran Church by the Rev. Marvin Raymond.
Surviving is his wife; two sons, Steven M. (and Barbara) Swanson,f Hinsdale and Samuel R.(and Cindi) Swanson III, Dallas; a daughter, Debbie (and Robb) Svendsen, Hinsdale; a sister, Margaret Swanson Welch, Le Sueur, Minn.; and seven grandchildren
He was a graduate of Galesburg High School.
He served in the Army during World War II where he was a Staff Sergeant, in the 45th Division.
He was in the invasion of Sicily, Messina, Salerno, Naples, Anzio, Venafro and was a squad leader when he was captured in southern France. He was a German prisoner of war in Stalag IIIC. He was awarded the Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters and five > bronze battle stars.
He attended Knox College, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, as well as the University of Southern California.
He moved to North Henderson in 1950 where he was a partner in the Olson Swanson Grain Elevator.
He owned Tucker-Swanson Realty until his retirement in > 1990.
Sam was a former President of the Galesburg Board of Realtors and District Vice President of the Illinois Association of Real Estate.He was a past Board Member of the Galesburg Area Chamber of Commerce and a Life Member of the First Midwest Bank Board, (formerly the Bank of Galesburg).
He was active in numerous charitable and civic organizations including a Life Membership on the Cottage Hospital Board and a charter member of the Cottage Hospital Foundation. He also served on Boards of the Harrington Home, American Cancer Society and American Heart Association.
He was a member of the Knox Gale Society and the Knox-Lombard 50 Year Club.
He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a former Rotarian and member of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 2257 and the Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Memorial services will be 11a .m. Friday at the Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Tom Larsen officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Private graveside services will be at East Linwood Cemetery.
Memorials to may be made to Galesburg District 205 Elementary Schools Reading Program, Trinity Lutheran Church or a charity of the donor's choice.
Ernest L. Thurman
April 15, 2004
ST. AUGUSTINE - Ernest L. Thurman, 64, rural St. Augustine, died at 3:01 a.m. Wednesday (April 14, 2004) in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.
He was born Aug. 19, 1939, in Monmouth, the son of John Nooton and Thelma Maxine McGee Thurman.
He married Patricia Jane Wall on March 2, 1961, in Galesburg.
Surviving are his wife; four sons, Ernest L. Thurman Jr. of Texas, Larry Thurman, St. Augustine, and Darrell Thurman and Ronne Thurman, both at home; three daughters, Susie Gray, Galesburg, and Sharon Thurman and Annie Thurman, both at home; three brothers, David (and Shirley) Thurman, Prospect, Va., Roger (and Linda) Thurman, Galesburg, and Loren (and Betty) Wheeler, Yates City; seven sisters, Mildred Boulton and Alice (and Charlie) Roaming, both of Texas, Leona (and Ronnie) Wallace of Louisiana, Linda (and Ray) Boyd of Florida, Ruth (and Dean) Kelso, Maquon, Nadine Loser of Tennessee, and Charlotte (and Ed) Gaines, Galesburg; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.
He attended school in Williamsfield and graduated from Yates City High School.
He was a Marine Corps veteran.
He worked at the CB&Q Tie Plant near Galesburg, was an ironworker out of Local 112 in Peoria, and owned and operated Thurman's Pump Service.
Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Abingdon Chapel, with the Rev. Mike Barr officiating and military honors by Harry E. Wiles American Legion Post 381. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow the service.
Memorials may be made to an education fund for his children, c/o Abingdon Banking Center.
Wagher, Stewart V.N.
December 6, 2003
GALVA - Stewart V.N. Wagher, 75, Galva, died at 11:38 a.m. Thursday (Dec. 4, 2003), at Washington Manor, Kenosha, Wis.
He was born Dec. 28, 1927, in Victoria, the son of Victor and Mabel Stewart Wagher.
He married Patricia A. Miller on June 5, 1960, in Galesburg. She died Oct. 17, 1989.
Surviving are three sons, Victor Wagher, Bowie, Md., Harold (and Vaishali) Wagher, Rolla, Mo., and Duane Wagher, Akron, Ohio; two daughters, Cynthia (and Matthew) Carroll, Sault St. Marie, Mich., and Debra Kuper, Kenosha, Wis.; one brother, Philip Wagher, Raleigh, N.C.; three sisters, Berniece (and Fred) Davis and Joyce Reem, both of Galesburg, and Norma (and Keith) Johnson, Rocklin, Calif; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
He was a graduate of Victoria High School.
He had served in the Air Force during the Korean War.
He had been a farmer, had worked for various farmers as a farm hand and worked for the Galva Co-Op for 10 years, retiring in 1993.
He was a member of the Bethany Baptist Church in Altona.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rux Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bob Nutzhorn officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Westfall Cemetery, rural Victoria, with military honors accorded.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
December 5, 2003
GALVA - Stewart Wagher, 75, Galva, died Thursday (Dec. 4, 2003), at Washington Manor in Kenosha, Wis.
Rux Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Wassom, Mary E.
May 31, 2003
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Mary Esther Wassom, 70, died Wednesday (May 28, 2003) at Sioux Valley Hospital.
She was born June 28, 1932, in Peoria, the daughter of John and Ethel M. Hastings Tribbey.
She married Arley Joe Wassom on Nov. 10, 1950, in Iowa City, Iowa.
Surviving are her husband; four sons, James J., Tim T., John H. and Jeff S. Wassom, all of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one daughter, Dianne M. Austin, Custer, S.D.; one brother, Dr. Gene E. (and Manetta) Tribbey, Galesburg; eight grandchildren; one stepgrandson; one great-grandson; a niece and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one daughter, Susan C. Wassom.
She was raised in Washburn, Ill. and Fort Madison, Iowa; and graduated from Galesburg High School in 1950. She studied art at the University of Iowa, and received her bachelor of science degree with a major in child development from South Dakota State University in 1979.
In 1959 she and her family moved to Sioux Falls where she taught Sunday school and Bible school for over 20 years at First Christian Church, and actively served on the Mission Outreach Committee. She also worshipped at the Free Evangelical Church.
She was actively involved with BSF Study Groups, Meals on Wheels and Flandreau Indian School Chaplaincy. She was a member of Bread for the World, the Art Institute of Chicago, Chi Omega and the Order of the Eastern Star; and attended Christian Women's Club.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at Miller Funeral Homes, 13th and Main streets, Sioux Falls, S.D.