Glenn H. Cooper
Glenn H. Cooper 76, of Alpha, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003 at his home.
Services 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 29 at Peterson-Wallin-Knox Funeral Home in Alpha. Burial in the Viola Cemetery where Military Services will be conducted by the Miles S. Sturgeon American Legion Post # 546 in Woodhull of which he was a member. Visitation noon until the time of service at the funeral home where memorials may be left to the Alwood Education Foundation or Kewanee Hospital Hospice.
Glenn was born July 16, 1927 in Monmouth, a son of Everett and Beatryce Retherford Cooper. He attended the Joy schools and married Frances Kness June 16, 1951 at St. Catherine's Church in Aledo.
Glenn served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1948. He received a Letter of Commendation and a WWII Victory Medal from General Chiang Chung-Cheng of China.
He was employed at Farmall in Rock Island for 23 years retiring in 1985 and was employed at Pinkerton for a two and half years.
Glenn took pleasure in gardening and taking care of his lawn. He loved fishing with and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife: Frances; three daughters and sons-in-law: Susan and Dan Sperry of Alexis; Nancy and Bob Haines of Alpha; Patty and Kevin Krause of Woodhull; two sons and daughters-in-law: David and Mary Cooper of Alpha; and Roger and Liz Cooper of Woodhull; 12 grandchildren; three great-grand children; his mother: Beatryce Cooper of Monmouth; one brother and sister-in-law: Eugene and Virginia Cooper of Aledo; and a special aunt: Margalene Snyder of East Moline.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Alfred M. Nesbitt
Alfred M. Nesbitt, 74 of Aledo, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2003 at Mercer County Hospital, Aledo.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 1 at the Aledo Cemetery with the Rev. Claude Moreland officiating. Memorials may be left for his granddaughter's education fund. Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo is in charge of arrangements.
Alfred was born Jan. 3, 1929 in Mercer County, a son of Boyd and Myrtle Anderson Nesbitt. He attended the Hardy County School and Aledo High School. He married Rhoda E. Muhlenburg on Sept. 11, 1950 in Muscatine, Iowa. She died Dec. 14, 1997.
Alfred farmed the family farm with his father for many years, retiring in 1992. He loved auto mechanics.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law: Clifford and Traci Nesbitt; a granddaughter: Jill; one brother and sister-in-law: Ed and Marian Nesbitt, all of Aledo; and several nieces and nephews.
Gertrude E. Cross
Gertrude E. Cross, 86, of New Boston, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2003 at Mercer County Hospital.
Graveside services 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Millersburg Cemetery in Millersburg with the Rev. Charles Reynolds of the First Christian Church of Keithsburg officiating. Dennison Funeral Home in Aledo is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Gertrude was born Jan. 18, 1917 in Illinois City, the daughter of James and Lena Herberly Simpson. She married Charles Cross Oct. 11, 1932 in Aledo. He died Sept. 3, 1988.
Gertrude was a homemaker. She enjoyed fishing with her husband and enjoyed flowers.
Survivors include cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four sisters and three brothers.
Charles O. Griffith
Charles O. Griffith 89, of Aledo, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003 at Mercer County Hospital in Aledo.
Graveside services10 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 4 at Peniel Cemetery in Joy with the Mercer County VFW Post #1571 officiating.
Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Mercer County VFW Post #1571 of which he was formerly a member.
Charles was born Aug. 9, 1914 in Abingdon Township, a son of Albert and Mary Ann Doud Griffith. He attended the country schools and Keithsburg High School. He married Betty Smith Bresley Dec. 25, 1950 in Joy.
He was a WWII Naval Veteran having served in the Pacific Theater on the USS Bennett, USS Ingorsal, USS Cascade, and survived the sinking of the USS Duncan. Charles received an American Campaign Medal, Asiatic - Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver and three bronze stars, a WWII Victory Medal , the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one bronze star and the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, an Honorable Service Lapel Button and the Navy Honorable Discharge Button.
Charles farmed the family farm in Abingdon Tonwship until retiring in 1976 being the third generation to own and operate the same farm. He moved to New Boston in 1994.
He was a member of the former Lion's Club in Joy, the NFO and AARP.
Charles enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan.
Survivors include his wife: Betty; one daughter and son-in-law: Patricia and Forrest Greer of Aledo; one son: Steven Griffith of Monmouth; one stepson: Terry Bresley of Joliet; seven grandchildren: Craig and Jeannie Bresley, Christina and Skye Griffith, Job Sarah, and Katherine Linboom; three great-grandchildren; and several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.
James Nelson Stevenson
James Nelson Stevenson, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2003 in lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Memorial services are Saturday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m., at Lietz-Fraze Chapel. The family has asked that donations be made to Hospice of Havasu, P.O. Box 511, Lake Havasu City, Ariz., 86405.
James was born Nelson and Cora (Bauguess) Stevenson on Oct. 28, 1916 in New Boston.
He made Lake Havasu his home 25 years ago, moving here from East Moline, where he worked for International Harvester as a drop hammer operator for 28 years.
James two favorite baseball teams were the Cubs and the Diamondbacks. He will especially be remembered for how much he cherished his family and friends.
Survivors include his high school sweetheart and loving wife of 68 years: Vesta; son: Michael J. Stevenson of Lake Havasu; daughters: Judi A. Bush of Lake Havasu; and Wendi J. Whitson of Rock Island; and seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his two sisters, Juanita and Margaret.
Lawrence Maynard, 83, of Wynnewood, Okla., died Friday, Oct. 3, 2003 in Wynnewood.
Funeral services are 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003 in the Landmark Tabernacle Church of Pauls Valley with Pastor Don Akers officiating. Interment in the Wynnewood Cemetery under the direction of Wooster Funeral Home.
Lawrence was born to Alphonso and Irma (Drake) Maynard on Jan. 10, 1920 in Viola.
He grew up and attended school in Viola. Lawrence served his country during WWII in the European Theater. He attended Moline Community College.
Lawrence married Addie Rivers in Louisiana in 1942. Together they made their home in Aledo for 36 years. He worked as an ironworker, building bridges and skyscrapers. He attended the Landmark Tabernacle Church. Lawrence was a member of the American Legion, VFW and the NRA. His hobbies included collecting guns and coins, reading, and gardening. The highlight of his life was his granddaughter.
Survivors include one daughter: Franci Fullerton and her husband Troy of Wynnewood, Okla.; two brothers: Jack Maynard and his wife Shirley of New Windsor; and Dallas Maynard and his wife Mary of Viola; one sister: Lorraine Pickrel of Woodhull; three grandchildren: Hannah Fullerton of Wynnewood; Damien Maynard of Kewanee; and Caleb Sutherland of Wynnewood; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Addie in 1996; his parents: Alphonso and Irma Maynard; two brothers; and two sisters.
Ilah L. Logsdon
Ilah L. Logsdon, 88, of Rosewood Care Center in Galesburg, died there Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, 3:55 a.m.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 3 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel in Galesburg with the Rev. Bob Bibb officiating. Burial was in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, there.
Memorials may be made to her church.
Ilah was born April 2, 1915 at Alexis, the daughter of Charlie and Edythe Davis Milner. She graduated from Alexis High School in 1934.
Ilah was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Galesburg.
Survivors include three brothers: Charles (Florence) Milner of Battlecreek, Mich.; three sisters: Shirley (Dale) Tornquist of rural New Windsor; Gloria (Wilbert) Swihart of Arnold, Calif.; and Dariel Milner of Galesburg.
She was preceded in death by two sisters.
G. Leonard Anderson
G. Leonard Anderson, 82, of Galesburg, died Friday, Sept. 26, 4:40 p.m., at home.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 1 at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Paul Johnson officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be made 1st Lutheran Church in Galesburg or Immanuel Lutheran Church of Altona.
Hinchliff-Pearson-West Chapel handled arrangements.
Leonard graduated from Alexis High School in 1939. He married Eleanor Johnson Sept. 25, 1949 at North Henderson.
He was a foreman in the paint shop at Admiral-Maytag Corp. for 39 years, retiring in 1986. He also farmed with his father in the Seaton, Alexis, North Henderson and Varna areas.
Leonard was a member of 1st Lutheran Church of Galesburg and served on the Social Ministry Committee, was a past board member and Sunday School teacher. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and was a member of square dancing clubs.
Survivors include his wife: Eleanor; two sons: the Rev. Tim (Jane) Anderson of Altona; and Danny Anderson of Phoenix, Ariz.; a daughter: Cindy (Randy) Bender of Milan; two sisters: Ruby Bickel of Monmouth; and Betty (Gene) Corbin of rural Alexis; and four grandchildren.
Lois E. Hills
Lois E. Hills, 89, formerly of Coal Valley, died Monday, Oct. 6, 2003, in Heartland Health Care Center in Moline.
Services 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 10 at Trimble Funeral Home, Moline. Burial in Hamlet Cemetery, Hamlet. Visitation 5-8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 9 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research or Rock Island County Extension Service for 4-H.
The former Lois Elizabeth Mayhew was born Sept. 20, 1914, in Marston, the daughter of Edward and Dora (Winegard) Mayhew. She married James M. Hills on June 25, 1948, in Seaton. He died July 25, 1986.
Lois was a teacher for 27 years, retiring in 1976 from Orion School District, after having previously taught in Mercer County and Moline.
She was a member of First Congregational Church, Moline, for over 50 years, and was a member of Friendship Guild of the church and Retired Teachers Association. In earlier years, she had been a 4-H and Cub Scout leader. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, and bird watching.
Lois is survived by three children and their spouses: Wendell and Sherrill Hills of Lynn Center; Ruth and John Spibey of Cherry Valley; and Carol and Richard Nichols of Alpha; eight grandchildren; and sisters-in-law: Helen Mayhew of Galesbur; Mabel Mayhew of Aledo; and Elizabeth Cole of Huntsville, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband and three brothers, Delmar, Donald and Ralph Mayhew.