Obituaries

Brenda J. “BJ” Messenger

CHANA – Brenda J. “BJ” Messenger, 66, of Chana and formerly of Oregon, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 in KSB Hospital, Dixon. Born Nov. 29, 1954 in Oregon, the daughter of Kenneth and Shirley (Good) Marth. Married to Lawrence L. “Tim” Messenger Dec. 7, 1974 in Oregon; he died Oct. 15, 2008.... more

Barbara Ann Kinner

OREGON – Barbara Ann Kinner, 82, of Oregon, passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Born April 8, 1938 in Freeport, the daughter of John and Beverly (Schasker) DeVries. Married Leonard Kinner on Nov. 11, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nev. A member of Baileyville Baptist Church. Barbara enjoyed traveling and most of all taking care of her family.... more

Bernard “Bernie” John Empen

FORRESTON – Bernard “Bernie” John Empen, 86, of Forreston, passed away, Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 at Manor Court, Freeport. Mr. Empen was born Aug. 23, 1934 in Ashton, the son of Bernard A. and Josephine (Burken) Empen.... more

Kevin S. Bettner

OREGON – Kevin S. Bettner, 62, lifelong resident of Oregon, passed away in his home the morning of Jan. 8.... more

Harry J. Beauchem

BYRON – Harry J. Beauchem, 83, longtime Byron resident, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Generations at Neighbors, Byron. Born Dec. 26, 1937 in Biggsville, Ill., the son of Eugene and Margaret (Stubb) Beauchem.... more

Thomas “Tom” John Racuk

BYRON – Thomas “Tom” John Racuk, 59, of Byron, died on Dec. 26, 2020. He was born on Oct. 5, 1961, in Rockford, to Wladimir and Lidia (Litwinchuk) Rakuc.... more

Ralph F. Pullin, Jr.

LINDENWOOD – Ralph F. Pullin, Jr., 75, passed away on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 at the V.A. Hospital in Madison, Wis. Ralph was born on Feb. 1, 1945 to Ralph Foss and Georgianna (Svetly) Pullin in Rochelle. ... more

Richard C. “Dick” Peterson

MOUNT MORRIS – Richard C. “Dick” Peterson, age 93, passed away on Jan. 5, 2021 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris. Dick was born on July 1, 1927 in Evanston, the son of Carl and Ann (Verboten) Peterson. Dick married Mary Jo Addis on July 14, 1955 in Evanston, and she preceded him in death on May 14, 1997.... more

Samantha Rae Gilmour

Samantha Rae Gilmour, 27, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 at home with her parents by her side. She was born on June 21, 1993 and her parents were so excited to welcome her into this world. After enduring over 15 years of gastrointestinal problems she was ultimately diagnosed with Chronic Global Neuromyopathic Gastrointestinal Dysmotility, a rare digestive disorder including malabsorption.... more

Norma (Hiatt) Frank

Norma (Hiatt) Frank, 88, of Byron passed away peacefully on Friday, Dec. 25th, 2020 at Generations of Neighbors. She was born Oct. 29, 1934 in Rockford, the daughter of Lee S. and Roma (McKern) Hiatt. ... more

Donald E. Ebens

OREGON – Donald E. Ebens, 87, lifelong Oregon resident, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020 in his home. Born Sept. 29, 1933 in Oregon, the son of John and Mildred (Tillett) Ebens.... more

Jerry Paul Daws

FORRESTON – Jerry Paul Daws, age 81, died Saturday evening, Jan. 2, 2021 at his Forreston home where he was cared for by his family and Ogle County Hospice. He was born in Freeport on Dec.12, 1939 to parents Royce and Harriet Daws.... more

Dianne I. Coats

Dianne I. Coats, 67, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. She was born April 11, 1953 in Freeport at St. Francis Hospital. She is the daughter of DeForest L. and Catherine Senn. ... more

 

Jean E. Bolthouse

OREGON – Jean E. Bolthouse, 91, lifelong Oregon resident, died Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020 in KSB Hospital, Dixon. Born April 28, 1929 in Oregon, the daughter of Irvin “Kappy” and Elizabeth “Betty” (DeMurray) Kappenman.... more

Spencer Henry Aurand

Spencer Henry Aurand, 86, of Dixon, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at Liberty Court Assisted Living & Memory Care, Dixon. He worked for Telephone Company, for 28 years prior to his retirement. Spencer also owned and operated Aurand Tree Service from 1955-2007.... more