Obituaries

Ronald Eugene King

BYRON – Ronald Eugene King, age 68, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He was born Aug. 7, 1951 in Oregon, the son of George E. and Harriet (Cann) King. ... more

Charles E. Heng

CHANA – Charles E. Heng, 92, lifelong resident of Chana, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 at Oregon Living & Rehabilitation Center. Born June 26, 1927 in Dixon and united in marriage to Marion Potts July 1, 1950 in Chana.... more

Othelda “Opie” Ferguson

Othelda “Opie” Ferguson, 79, of the Stillman Valley/Byron area, died peacefully Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019 at Swedish American Hospital. She was born June 8, 1940 in Bono, Ark., to Louie and Lucille (Whitmire) Harris. ... more

Adrian G. Book

LEAF RIVER – Adrian G. Book, age 57, passed away in Rockford on Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. He was born in Rockford on June 25, 1962 the son of Glenn and Joan (Helwig) Book.... more

 

Jane Marie Baker

BYRON – Jane Marie Baker, age 60, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at Serenity Hospice Home in Oregon. She was born in Rockford on April 9, 1959 the daughter of Shelby and Shirley (Botten) Baker.... more

Diana O’Brien

ROCKTON – Diana O’Brien, 52, of Rockton, passed away Nov. 24, 2019 with her loving family at her side. Diana was born March 27, 1967 to Janis and Robert Wilson in Rockford. She spent her adult life as a nurse’s aide and phlebotomist serving the Rockford community. She worked at Rockford Memorial, SwedishAmerican and Beloit hospitals. Diana loved spending her time horseback riding, fishing and camping. An ideal day for her would be a combination of all three. She was a talented artist, and worked with stained glass as her medium of choice.... more

Shawn M. Nielsen

BYRON – Shawn M. Nielsen, age 37, died on Saturday Nov. 30, 2019 at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford. He was born on Feb. 6, 1982 in Elgin the son of William and Janet (Spradlin) Nielsen.... more

 

Kevin Joe McKee

OREGON – Kevin Joe McKee, 52, of Oregon, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 in his home following a courageous battle with ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease. Born Sept. 24, 1967 in Linton, Ind., the son of Michael and Virginia (Liston) McKee.... more

John W. Kusnierz

MONROE CENTER – John W. Kusnierz, age 37, went to be with his Lord and Savior while surrounded by his family on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019. John was born Nov. 11, 1982 in Elizabethtown, Ky., and moved to this area while in grade school.... more

Nevene Marie Cook Payne Kalen

BYRON – Nevene Marie Cook Payne Kalen, age 90, passed away in Bryon on Dec. 3, 2019. Nevene was born on June 28, 1948 in Morrillton, Ark. She was raised with her brothers Milton, James, and William. Nevene was a devoted wife and mother to three children who were blessed to have her as their mother.... more

Marian L. Carpenter

MOUNT MORRIS – Marian L. Carpenter, age 87, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 at the Pinecrest Manor in Mount Morris. She was born Nov. 19, 1932 in Sterling, the daughter of Cloyd E. and Marvel (Kramer) Kendell, Sr. ... more

Theodore A. “Ted” Arbogast

MOUNT MORRIS – Theodore A. “Ted” Arbogast, age 82, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at Pinecrest Manor in Mount Morris. He was born July 16, 1937 in Oregon, the son of Harold and Edna (Carr) Arbogast.... more