MILLEDGEVILLE - Evelyn (Lynn) Lee Hull Oncken, 84, of Milledgeville, died on Nov. 2, 2017, from an extended illness at Regency Care Center in Sterling. Lynn was born on Dec. 17, 1932, in Batavia, the daughter of Clark Arthur Hull and Beatrice (Bell) Hull.
Lynn married Keith Oncken on Sept. 10, 1950, with Lynn’s father, a Methodist minister, conducting the marriage ceremony. Lynn grew up in a musical family and played her first piano solo at age three. When she moved to Milledgeville as a sophomore, she won first at district and second in state competition and later earned a piano scholarship at Cornell College. By that time she had met the love of her life, Keith, and they were married shortly after high school. Lynn and Keith recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
Lynn pursued her life-long interest in music by teaching piano lessons and by serving 25 years as church organist at Messiah Lutheran Church. She loved animals, enjoyed nature, and was the inspiration for many family camping trips in the summer. She enjoyed spending time with her
Lynn is survived by her husband, Keith, and by two daughters: Vicki Sandhu of Elgin, Deborah (Bill) Crowson of Dixon; one son-in-law, Mike Ford of Dixon; four grandchildren: Chris (Jennifer) Diehl, Jamie Diehl (Tasha Morton), Nicole Diehl, and Alison Brantley and six greatgrandchildren: Haylee, Kilee, Ashley, Blake, Ashtyn and Audrey; many nieces and nephews, and special care-providers Mirna Cabrera and Isela Calderon; and neighbor, Roxanne Francis.
Lynn was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Frances Townsend and Marion Indreika; and one brother, Clark Hull; and one daughter, Kristy Oncken Ford.
Funeral services were on Monday, Nov. 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1601 Ave. F, Sterling, with Pastor Kirk Neugebauer officiating. Visitation was from 2-5 p.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home, 520 Holcomb Ave. in Milledgeville, on Sunday, Nov. 5. Burial was at South Elkhorn Cemetery near Milledgeville. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley, Messiah Lutheran Church and to the Milledgeville Fire Department.