Obituaries

Gladys M. Typer

POLO – Gladys M. Typer, 96 of Polo, passed away Monday, May 3, 2021, at Polo Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. ... more

Valdene Grace Snodgrass

BYRON – Valdene Grace Snodgrass, 85, of Byron, died Monday, April 26, 2021, at The Atrium in Rockford. She was born in her parent’s home, June 11, 1935 in Oregon, the daughter of Emmo F. and Jessie G. (Claussen) Oltmanns. ... more

 

Kenneth C. Obendorf

POLO – Kenneth C. Obendorf, 90 of Polo passed peacefully away at his home on Wednesday, April 28th 2021, with his loving wife of 70 years by his side. Kenneth was born May 7th, 1930 in Carroll County, the son of Arthur and Nellie Waterbury Obendorf. Kenneth graduated from Polo Community High School in 1948. He married Elizabeth Isley on Feb. 17th, 1951 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Polo.... more

Joseph W. Macak

OREGON – Joseph W. Macak, 84, of Oregon, died suddenly Sunday, April 25, 2021 at KSB Hospital, Dixon. He lived the past 16 years in Oregon, moving from Lombard. Born April 17, 1937 in Chicago, the son of William J. and Eleanor (Fitzgerald) Macak.... more

Kurt B. Laurent

CHANA – Kurt B. Laurent, 75, of Chana, died Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in his home. Born in 1945 in Rockford, the son of Wilbur K. and Bernice (Welte) Laurent.... more

Robert B. “Bob” Kloog

OREGON – Robert B. “Bob” Kloog, 66, of Oregon, died Monday, May 3, 2021 in Serenity Hospice Home following a short illness. Born Jan. 12, 1955 in Aurora, the son of Wilbur and Helen Kloog.... more

Elmars J. Kalnins

MOUNT MORRIS – Elmars J. Kalnins, age 91, died Saturday, April 24, 2021 at Pinecrest Manor in Mt. Morris with his wife, Marion, at his side. He was born Jan. 5, 1930 in Riga, Latvia, the son to Janis and Zelma (Wunderlich) Kalnins. ... more

Betty L. Jones

PEORIA – Betty L. Jones, age 84, died Monday, May 3, 2021 surrounded by her loving family. She was born Oct. 3, 1936 in Henderson, Tenn., the daughter of Leonard and Benny “Vesty” (Hensley) Hopper. ... more

Ron Birr

OREGON – On April 23, 2021, Ron Birr, 78, of Oregon, passed away peacefully, after suffering an extended illness (Parkinsonism/Lewy Body Dementia.) Ronald Raymond Birr was born in Elmhurst, on Feb. 3, 1943 to Raymond and Dorothea (nee Reschke) Birr of the Wheaton-Lombard, Ill., area. Ron was a 1961 graduate of Wheaton High School.... more

Michael Robert O’Connell

OREGON – Michael Robert O’Connell, of Oregon, passed away after a long illness Thursday April 22, 2021. Born Feb. 24, 1953 to parents Kathryn (Minehan) and Robert O’Connell in Evanston. He spent his primary years in Des Plaines, then moved to Oregon in high school.... more

Donald W. Wetzel

STILLMAN VALLEY – Donald W. Wetzel, age 91, went home to be with the Lord on April 25, 2021 at Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon. He was born on April 20, 1930 in Rochelle the son of Joe and Edna (Thomas) Wetzel.... more

Patricia "Pat" Ann Voth

STILLMAN VALLEY – Patricia "Pat" Ann Voth, 75, of Stillman Valley, went home to be with the Lord on April 23, 2021. Pat was the second oldest of ten children born to Percy and Constance (Aasness) Tharaldson in Fargo, North Dakota on Jan. 12, 1946. ... more

Margaret (Peggy) Anne (Walts) Leis

Margaret (Peggy) Anne (Walts) Leis of Pacifica, Calif., died Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 following complications from a variety of illnesses.... more

Dennis Echelbarger

FRANKLIN GROVE – Dennis Echelbarger, age 64, died on Friday, April 23, 2021 at OSF St Anthony Medical Center in Rockford from Covid-19. Dennis was born on Sept. 1, 1956 in Dixon the son of Jesse and Hannah (Essex) Echelbarger. ... more

Alice Cross

Alice Cross, age 84, went to be with Jesus on April 23, 2021. She was surrounded by her daughters and the caring staff of Serenity House in Oregon.... more