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Ruth Evelyn McCloud

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Ruth Evelyn McCloud, 88, of Batavia, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Manor Care in Naperville, surrounded by the love and care of her family. Released from the frailty of her earthly body, she closed her tired eyes and claimed her Savior’s promise of a place prepared for her.

Ruth was born Sept. 9, 1923, in Otis, Colo., the second daughter of Herbert and Grace (McNutt) McMurray. In December of that year, hard times caused the family to move back to Nebraska, where Herbert could find work and they could be near family. They lived on a farm south of Liberty until 1930, when they moved to Lincoln, where Ruth was enrolled in a large elementary school. It was quite a change from the Prairie Queen Rural School, where she began her education, but adjust she did and went on to graduate from College View High School in 1941.

She taught one year in a country school and went on to attend both the University of Nebraska and McPherson College in Kansas. In December of 1945, Ruth was in her junior year at Kansas, but at the time was staying with her sister, Winifred Conley, for the holidays. The only one of three sisters still unattached, Ruth was hoping to find a returning soldier whose last name began with “Mc,” and who met a list of other requirements. Her sister, Ferne, worked at the Recorder’s Office and was watching for a suitable possibility. George McCloud fit the profile.

In December of 1945, Burdette Conley, the local funeral director, asked George to drive George’s new car as a flower car for a funeral. George knew the Conley family well, including Chuck and Winifred. As fate would have it, Ruth was at the funeral home answering telephones. George was furnishing his new car, and match-making was in the air.

Following their chance meeting in Carrie Conley’s kitchen, George invited Ruth to see “Rhapsody in Blue” on New Year’s Eve at the Paramount in Aurora. After the movie, they had a quiet dinner, a first kiss, and the match was made. Ruth returned to school in Kansas; shortly, George came for a visit. He proposed, she accepted, and on June 7, 1946, they were married at the Elburn Congregational Church in Elburn. They made their first home at the Emeritt Hughes residence in Elburn.

Ruth taught for three years at the Blaine Street School in Batavia. Ruth and George made their home in several places in Batavia while both of them were teaching there. Ruth set her teaching aside and became a full-time mother when the first of her children was born. George and Ruth were blessed with two sons, Page and Alan, but also knew the pain of loss with two children, ho died in infancy—George M. in 1949 and Cathleen R. in 1954.

In 1954, George took a position in Leaf River, and they made their home there for a time. They returned to Batavia and then to Westmont in 1955. In 1957, son James was born, and their family was complete.

After her children were older, Ruth returned to college and attended Northern Illinois University nights and summers until she earned her bachelor’s in elementary education in 1966 and her master’s degree shortly thereafter. During those years, Ruth returned to teaching. She taught in numerous elementary grades in Clarendon Hills, Warrenville and Wheaton, retiring in 1979.

In 1980, George and Ruth retired to Melbourne, Fla., and made their home both there and in Sebring, Fla. While in Florida, they were involved with the Lamp Lighter Players, the Elk’s Lodge, their local church, and spent many hours bowling and playing golf.

In 1996, George and Ruth returned again to Elburn to be closer to their children and family. George passed away in 2003, and Ruth went to make her home at Heritage Woods in Batavia, where she continued to live.

Ruth was a woman with a great sense of humor and loved to play jokes. She had a creative side that was seen not only by her family, but by the many students who passed through her classroom. She enjoyed playing the piano, which was a gift she shared with her children and grandchildren. She also used her musical gifts when she and George put on skits for the Lamplighters.

Ruth had an independent spirit that, in later years, helped her to take care of her own affairs. Ruth loved children, especially the little ones, and welcomed gladly the birth of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a gifted storyteller, and to all of those she loved, she leaves a legacy of stories, including those in her own handwriting in a book entitled “Grandmother, A Record Book of Memories.” As the years go by, those stories will be retold from generation to generation whenever her family gathers together.

Ruth was a member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn.

She is survived by three sons, Page (Carol) McCloud of Batavia, Alan (Nancy) McCloud of Batavia, and James (Jane) McCloud of Naperville, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Jack (Emily) McCloud of Westminster, Colo., Scott (Nicole) McCloud of Elburn, Michael (Jessica Anzolloto) McCloud of Aurora, Linnea McCloud of Batavia, Tessa (Mike) Wagner of Geneva, Tara (Matt) Carlson of Batavia, Rebecca McCloud and Stephanie McCloud, both of Naperville; five great-grandchildren, Scott, Josie, Dylan, Violet and Maxwell (with four more on the way); one sister, Ferne (Ralph) Conley of Batavia; a number of nieces and nephews, and a lifetime of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, George; two children in infancy, George M. and Cathleen R.; her parents, Herbert and Grace McMurray; one sister and brother-in-law, Winifred and Charles Conley; and one nephew, Bruce Conley.

Visitation was held Monday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A service to celebrate her life was held on Tuesday morning at the funeral home, and officiated by Pastor Michelle Prentice-Leslie of Community Congregational Church in Elburn. Interment was held at Blackberry Township Cemetery in Elburn.

Memorials in Ruth’s name may be made to the Ruth E.McCloud Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the family at the same address or on the web at, which is where you may also read her life story.

Brett Richard Brubaker

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Brett Richard Brubaker, son of Dick and Beth Brubaker of Elburn, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 3, 2012.

Brett was born June 25, 1962, in Arlington Heights, Ill. He moved to Elburn with his family in 1976 and attended Kaneland High School, graduating in 1980. Brett attended Taylor University, graduating in 1984.

In 2001, Brett married Mary Lynn Morgan of Batavia. In 2011, Brett and Mary Lynn moved to Brookfield, Wis., where Brett worked as senior software developer for MC Services.

Brett was a kind and generous man, passionate about reading, energized by his friendships, devoted to playing fast-pitch softball, in love with his wife and children, and deeply committed to his relationship with Jesus Christ.

Brett is survived by his wife, Mary Lynn Brubaker; his children, Brandi and Brennan Brubaker, and Jody Henningson; his parents, Dick and Beth Brubaker; and his siblings, Scott Brubaker, Linda Nelson, Dana Gould, Sarah Ahrens and Liz Ruh.

Lorena Darlene Repp

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Lorena Darlene Repp, 80, of Elburn, passed away peacefully surrounded by the love and prayers of her family at her home on Tuesday, June 5, 2012.

She was born Jan. 23, 1932, in St. Joseph County, Mo., the daughter of William and Clara (Gibbons) Davison.

As the daughter of a pastor, the family moved quite a bit, and regardless of where they were, she assisted her father with his ministry. She would attend local schools wherever the family settled for the time being.

Lorena met the love of her life, Robert Eugene Repp, at a local dance in 1946. Robert returned to Iowa because he missed his girl. Before long it was May 15, 1948, and they began their life together.

Lorena and Robert moved to different places around the area, but always called Elburn “home.”

Lorena worked a number of different jobs throughout her life. She worked the night shift for Dyna Color in Aurora and waitressed at Red Lion in Elgin. When Robert took on a custodial position with the Community Congregational Church in Elburn, she shortly joined him. She would say she wanted to make sure he was “doing it right.” Although she enjoyed her work with all of these organizations, she loved nothing more than to stay home and take care of her family.

She was a faithful member of the Community Congregational Church of Elburn for many years. She also served as a leader for the Campfire Girls.

Lorena was one who always loved to extend a helping hand and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. You could also find her visiting the elderly in the local area. Lorena enjoyed spending endless hours in her flower garden, tending to it daily. As a provider for her family, she would make clothing for her children, matching dresses for the girls and shirts, blue jeans, and suits for the boys. Her daughters all had wedding dresses made for them by hand. Every fall season she would can and freeze the vegetables that Robert grew. When her children grew up, she passed on her knowledge and taught them all how to cook and sew. Lorena was also her children’s “protector.” Lorena also passed on her love and devotion to her church. She made sure that every Sunday her children made it to Sunday school.

She is survived by her children, Deborah (Gary) Schmidt of Longmont, Colo., Roberta (Charles) Sandberg of Sugar Grove, Bruce Repp of Elburn, Gloria (Bob) Weglarz of Cortland, Lorraine (David) Hall of Big Rock and Robert Repp of Elburn; 11 grandchildren and 10 great granchildren; one sister, Annabelle Merritt of Milan, Ill.; one brother, Bill Davison of DeKalb; one half-brother, Orville Lee Mitchell of Dallas Center, Iowa; a host of extended family and friends,and a special thank you to her care givers, Rob and Kathy.

She now joins her husband Robert, her parents, and her sisters, Martha Anderson and Lila Ward.

Visitation was held on June 9 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Lorena’s life followed. Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie, pastor of Community Congregational Church of Elburn, officiated.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit CNS Hospice. Checks may be made to the “Lorena Repp Memorial” and mailed in care of the Repp Family to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Joan Phyllis Bergquist

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Joan Phyllis Bergquist, 77, of Elburn, passed away quietly Wednesday morning, June 5, 2012, at Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva, surrounded by the love and care of her family.

Joan was born Nov. 13, 1934, in Dundee, Ill., the daughter Anton and Hazel (Nehls) Oksas. She grew up in St. Charles and graduated from St. Charles High School with the class of 1953.

Following graduation, she went to work at Howell Manufacturing.

When her high school sweetheart, Albert Bergquist, left for boot camp, he proposed and told Joan she had six weeks to put a wedding together. While home on leave, Al and Joan were married on Dec. 29, 1955, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in St. Charles.

Al and Joan began their new life and spent their first holiday together, making their home on the corner of Keslinger Road and Route 47 in Elburn. Later, they would live in town at the Bateman house until 1958, when they moved their young family to the farm on Pouley Road.

A busy mother of two, Joan, who was a “city girl,” began to learn about life on the farm. Within a few years, their family grew to include two more daughters, and in that time, Joan managed her home, the children, and cared for her in-laws, as well. Life on the farm was never dull, and occasionally full of excitement. Somehow Joan took it all in stride, and her family remembers her as being “amazing,” somehow managing everything that life brought her way.

In the 1970s, Joan worked for a time at Ball’s Seed Company. For a number of years, she was employed at Pathology Consultants in Geneva.

In 1992, when the children were grown and life was slower, Al bought a Goldwing motorcycle from a neighbor. Al and Joan took to the road every weekend from March through October. There was no destination too far, and over the years they covered every state except Alaska and Hawaii. They loved everything about those days on the road, stopping to see interesting sights and traveling the back roads where the scenery was rich and beautiful.

In 1996 they traded up for a newer model, and in 2003 they purchased a “Trike.” The Trike travelled thousands of miles over highways and byways with Al in the driver’s seat and Joan perched behind him.

Joan was an active member of Lord of Life Church, LaFox, where she was involved in the women’s bible study group and often served in the welcome center and as a greeter.

She was a member of the Quivera Club in the early years. She and Al danced with the Sugar Squares and were members of the GWRRA Illinois B-2, DK of DeKalb, and Chapter V in Batavia. Recently, Joan became a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post No. 630 Elburn.

Joan was a trusted friend, a devoted wife and mother who was always there whenever they needed her. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the sunshine of her days, and she delighted, making holidays special for them. There were countless “parties” at grandma’s house, complete with special treats and decorations.

She was always in the stands to cheer on her grandchildren in whatever sport they were involved in. They could always look up and see grandma on the bleachers.

Joan leaves a legacy of love to be handed down from generation to generation, and a lifetime of stories that will be told whenever family and friends are together.

She is survived by four children, Vicki Bergquist of Elburn, Al “Butch” (Connie) Bergquist of Troxel, Barbara (Patrick) Bradford of Maple Park and Mary (Chuck) Liss of Elburn; six grandchildren, Rebecca (Ronald Jr.) Edwards, nee Bradford, of Sycamore, Ben and Blake Bradford of Maple Park, and Mackenzie, Allison and Chuck Liss of Elburn; two great-grandchildren, Shelby and Bradford Edwards of Sycamore; one brother, Bob (Inga) Oksas of Maple Park; one sister, Carol Fabrizius of Maple Park; two brothers-in-law, Carl (Sharon) Bergquist of St. Charles and Norman (Diane) Bergquist of Elburn; one sister-in-law, Alice Nickels of Monroe, Wis.; many nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Al; her parents; sister-in-law, Diane Oksas; and one brother-in-law, Joseph Fabrizius.

Joan’s visitation was held June 8 at Lord of Life Church, Route 38 and LaFox Road in LaFox. A service to celebrate her life followed. Interment was held at Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn.

A memorial has been established in Joan’s name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Joan Bergquist Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119.

Tributes may be forwarded to the family at the same address or on the web at

Letter: A thank you to Conley Funeral Home

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Our family would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thank you to the staff of Conley Funeral Home for all of their work and effort in providing us with a memorable and meaningful service. Their untiring devotion to quality and compassion, as well as their superlative level of support was and is appreciated to the highest degree.

We are deeply grateful and touched by the Elburn American Legion and Fire Department for their honoring and respectful expressions, along with display of the antique fire truck, Mike’s jacket, pictures, and walk through salutations and honors.

And we thank the community for their cards, condolences, phone calls, flowers, and memorials in remembrance of Mike.

Our family remembers and appreciates everyone’s kind expressions of sympathy and caring.

Mary Ann Jurgensen, and
Scott, Brenda and Alyssa Bevans

Suzanne Splain

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Suzanne Splain, 69, of Elburn, passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of her family, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Provena Mercy Center Hospital in Aurora.

She was born July 6, 1942, the daughter of Edwin R. and Arlene Johnson.

Suzanne grew up in Batavia and attended local school. She graduated from Batavia High School with the class of 1960. Following graduation, Suzanne worked for Sears for a time before working for a local book bindery. Later, she worked for Fox Valley Jobbers and answered phones for Country West Towing before retiring.

Suzanne met the man she would share almost 45 years of memories when she was only 8 years old when both she and Bob Splain were receiving treatment for polio. Years later, Suzanne looked him up, and it didn’t take long before their hearts became one. They were united in marriage on November 18, 1967 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia.

They began their new life together in Park Shore Apartments in St. Charles for a time before building a house in Elburn on Keslinger Road in 1964. They made that house a home and filled it with memories, making a life that will be remembered for generations.

Suzanne was a faithful member of both the Bethany Lutheran Church in Batavia and in later years, Faith Lutheran Church in Geneva.

When Suzanne and Bob first were married, they loved to travel anytime and anywhere. Their trips took them throughout the U.S., taking in the sights as they went. Destinations included Yellowstone National Park and Mt. Rushmore to Cape Canaveral in Florida and many places in between. One trip took them south to Mexico and was particularly memorable for all involved. Suzanne loved being outside, mowing the grass and tending the garden, gracing her home with beautiful flowers and serving mouthwatering dishes like “no peek” stew using vegetables from the harvest. Other delicious recipes included her famous lasagna and goulash, tater tot casserole and homemade macaroni and cheese. Basically, if Suzanne made up her mind up to cook something, you could guarantee it would be good. Suzanne was the definition of the word grace. Her faith was true, and her heart was quick to love and even quicker to forgive. Her inner strength and resolve was stronger than many. She overcame breathing difficulties for over fifteen years and was an example of how to live a life no matter what obstacles life gives you. Although she and Bob never had any children, their nieces, nephews, cousins and a family of friends will miss her dearly.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 45 years, Bob; and two siblings, Ed (Karen) Johnson and Kathy (Keith) Douthit.

She is preceded in death by her parents and one sister.

Visitation was held June 2 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate her memory followed visitation. Interment followed at River Hills Cemetery in Batavia.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in her name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Suzanne Splain Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at where you can find her full life story.

Glenn R. Kahl

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Glenn R. Kahl, 93, passed from this life to eternal life on May 29, 2012, at his home, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family.

Glenn was born in Maple Park on May 18, 1919, the son of Foster Ray and Laura (Miller) Kahl.

Glenn attended local schools and graduated from Maple Park High School as president of the class of 1937. During his high school years, Glenn was busy shooting baskets and making a name for himself on the basketball court. He began farming at a young age.

Following high school, he continued to work for his dad on the farm until he enlisted in Army Air Corps just after Pearl Harbor in 1941.

Glenn served proudly for four years, became a Master Sergeant, and spent the last year and a half serving in the European Theater before his honorable discharge in October of 1945.

He returned to farm life upon his return from the service but found more than harvest waiting for him. Helen Dumdie caught not only his eye but his heart, and from that very moment he knew that he’d marry her and she’d make him the happiest man alive, she just didn’t know it yet. Two weeks into their courtship, he slipped a ring on her finger, and before the snows melted the following year, they were married on Feb. 2, 1946.

They began their new life together in the Maple Park area. While Helen was busy making their house a home, Glenn left the fields and opened a new repair shop, Kahl Appliance Sales and Service, through which he cared as much for his community as his community cared for him. He retired in 1982, but still kept busy as an avid woodworker, making custom furniture and frames for family and friends to proudly display in their homes.

Glenn wore many hats over the years as he worked and lived in town that he loved. He was captain of the Maple Park Merchants Basketball Team in the late 1930s. He was elected to the Maple Park Village Board as trustee in 1949, and later became village president at the age of 33 in 1952. During this time, he not only became co-chair of the Maple Park Centennial, but also won the Abe Lincoln Look-Alike Contest as well. A proud veteran, Glenn was a lifetime member of the Maple Park American Legion, Post No. 312, where he was Post Commander and served as Chaplain for 16 years. He was also an 81-year member of the Grace United Methodist Church, where he was Lay Leader for 10 years, trustee, board chairman and worked hard during all the numerous fund raising activities. Glenn was also instrumental in bringing about the East Room Addition in 1964. In 1966, he was appointed to serve as supervisor of Virgil Township and, thereby, a member of the Kane County Board of Supervisors. He oversaw the township for 14 and a half years before stepping down in the spring of 1981. During this time Glenn served on various other committees, including the Chairman of Recorders Committee, and served as member of the Kane County Zoning Board of Appeals for over 20 years. He also was a volunteer fireman in Maple Park for many years and in 2004, Glenn held his highest office, that of “King” during Maple Park’s Sesquicentennial.

You could take a farmer out his fields but he’ll always remember the smell of the harvest. Glenn never forgot his farming heritage and was proud of his renowned talent of picking corn by hand and how quickly he could move down the rows with ease. His wit was quicker than most and his “one-liners” could really zing, bringing smiles all around. Glenn was a family man of the highest order. Of all his accomplishments, marrying his wife and raising a family of five children were the highlights of his life. Glenn will never be forgotten, nor will his last sentiments written for his family and friends, “Don’t grieve but celebrate the past.”

He is survived by his five children, Roger (Pat) Kahl, Dennis (Karen) Kahl, Carol (Ron) Williams, Allen (Mary) Kahl and Janet (Ken) Stoll; eight grandchildren, Grant (Cindy) Kahl, Brandon (Dana) Kahl, Chris (Kim) Kahl, Tiffany (Lori Angstadt) Kahl, Heather (Bert) Veldhuizen, Nick (Loren) Kahl, and Addam and Breanne Kahl; eight great-grandchildren: Trevor Kahl, Kailyn Kahl, Brock Kahl, Mackenzie Kahl, Brooke Kahl, Peyton Kahl, Aidan Kahl, and Garrett Veldhuizen; one brother-in-law, Paul (Audrey) Dumdie; many nieces, nephews and cousins; a special care giver, Krystyna Struzik; and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded by his beloved wife, Helen A. Kahl; his parents, Ray and Laura Kahl; and three sisters, Alice Schroyer, Dorothy McAdams and Lucille Johnson.

A private family service and burial will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit the Maple Park American Legion, Post No. 312. Checks may be made to the “Glenn Kahl Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at where you can find his full life story.

Delwin O. Laughridge

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Delwin O. Laughridge, 72, of Carol Stream, Ill., passed away surrounded by the love and prayers of his family on Thursday, May 24, 2012, at Glen Oaks Hospital in Glendale Heights, after a second battle with cancer that took his body, but never his spirit.

He was born, Sept. 24, 1939, in Minot, N.D., the son of Roy and Buela Laughridge.

Delwin grew up on a rural farm in Minot and attended local schools. He graduated from Surrey High School with the class of 1958.

A special young lady who taught at a local parish school caught the eye of Delwin, who was a parishioner at the time. Marliss stole his heart, but gave hers in return. They began a 50-year love affair on Jan. 27, 1962, in Mitchell, S. D. Married at last, they began their new life together in Minot, N.D., for a time before moving to the Chicago area and making a home in Villa Park, Ill.

Delwin worked at the Gerber Food Company until an opportunity to change jobs took them to Denver, Colo., where he became a service parts manager. Omaha, Neb., became home when he accepted the new title of sales branch manager, and before long, Delwin moved up again when he accepted the position of service parts regional manager in Carol Stream.

Delwin’s work ethic was second to none, so it was no surprise that he took on a six-state sales territory for Oreck before buying into Carpet Express, which still operates today.

Delwin was a faithful member and elder at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in La Fox. There he taught bible class for over 20 years. Delwin enjoyed helping people learn and grow in the Word, but he also liked the challenge it presented him, helping to look inside himself and hear what God was saying. In earlier years, Delwin loved to knock all 10 pins down while playing in one of his bowling leagues.

Delwin had an incredibly big heart with room enough for all. He never met a stranger and was quick to share his infectious sense of humor bringing smiles and a laughter from all. He was a self-made man whose home was his castle. Delwin was often found caring for his lawn and garden, making sure everything was just right, especially his prized Hibiscus. The fountains, grills, lawn mowers and snow blowers were only purchased after meticulous shopping to find just the right one. After all the yard work was complete, he’d cap off the day, admiring his work while grilling in his back yard.

Delwin was no slouch in the garage, either, as his hands, dirty from grease, would deftly repair anything and everything, from the clutch on his daughter’s car to building a car from scratch alongside his son. He even taught others how to handle their own maintenance.

Delwin enjoyed traveling, too. His trips to Acapulco, Puerto Rico and Cancun with Marliss, along with family reunions in North Dakota and Disney cruises with his grandchildren, were filled with enough memories to last generations. One of his last trips was no exception when they left on a road trip with no destination, plans or time constraints, eventually reaching the “end” when they came to Salt Lake City.

Delwin was also an avid reader of mysteries full of intrigue and governmental conspiracies. When he wasn’t on the road, Delwin loved to catch some of his favorite shows and games on the television. He was fan of crime dramas like “CSI,” “24” and “Person of Interest.” “American Idol,” “Jeopardy,” and “Wheel of Fortune” found spots on his list of things to watch, but sports always came first. NASCAR, the Denver Broncos and the White Sox demanded his attention, although the latter was just to antagonize his son-in-law, who is a Cubs fan.

The most important things in his life were his family. His steadfast faith was the bedrock on which he built a life that would mirror the scriptures, and he was proud to call Jesus his personal Savior. He was forever learning about himself, and would freely share the wisdom learned from his own mistakes. Delwin always strove for unconditional love and to be the best man he could be for his wife, children and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When his cancer first struck, he fought valiantly and won, but unfortunately that victory would be short lived. The cancer returned, but Delwin’s faith kept him strong for as long as it could, and despite all the hardships, you never would hear him complain. Delwin was indeed a great man who will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife, Marliss; three children, Delwin “Chip” (Denise) Laughridge II, Christine (Van) Harrington and Eric (Nicole) Laughridge; eight grandchildren, Rebekah (Seth), Hatley, Alex, Kallie, Jonah, Lisa, Vanny, Colin; four great-grandchildren, Tirzah, Jeremiah, Levi and Silas; six brothers, Stan (Jo) Laughridge, Gary (Helen) Laughridge, Del (Marilynn) Laughridge, Jack Laughridge, Garth (Sue) Laughridge and Craig (Wendy) Laughridge;many nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

He is preceded in death by his father Roy, mother Buela, step-mother Helen, and one brother, Gary “Butch” Laughridge.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, on the corner of La Fox Rd. and Route 38. A funeral service to celebrate his life will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, also at the church. Rev. Phil Ressler, pastor of the church, will officiate. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in his name to support Lord of Life mission trips, as well as a scholarship to benefit children attending Lord Of Life Pre-School. Checks may be made to the “Delwin Laughridge Memorial” and mailed in care P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Roger Phillip Crome Sr.

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Roger Phillip Crome Sr., 65, of Sycamore, formerly of Burlington, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

He was born Dec. 31, 1946, in Lawton, Okla., the son of John and Dorothy Juanita (Roskam) Crome. Roger grew up in Burlington and attended Burlington Elementary School and Burlington Central High School. Roger served in the Army from 1965 to 1968 in the 7th Battalion (HAWK) 5th Artillery. He was stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.

Roger worked as an electrician for 37 years and was a member of the IBEW Local No. 117. He enjoyed fishing and deer hunting and loved to play cribbage.

Surviving are his wife, Connie (nee Dodd), whom he married on Nov. 17, 1984; his mother, Juanita Crome of Genoa, Ill.; two sons, Roger (Cristy) Crome Jr. and John (Nicole) Crome, both of Sycamore; one daughter, Dawn Reis of Wonder Lake, Ill.; one stepson, Duane (Sharon) Zeilmann of Peoria, Ariz.; one stepdaughter, Dawn (James) Northcutt of Marengo, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, Derrick and Brayden Crome, Gabriel, Elijah and Lillian Crome, Jourden and Shawn Reis, Konner, Keegan and Kyle Northcutt; one sister, Patricia (Richard) Laverty of St. Charles; and two brothers, Kenneth (Patricia) Crome of Genoa, and Charles (Marissa) Crome of Davis Junction, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at the Fredrick Funeral Home, 284 Park St., Hampshire, Ill., and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, June 1, at St. John Lutheran Church, 13N535 French Road, Burlington, Ill.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday at St. John Lutheran Church. Pastor Howard Gleason officiating. Burial will be at the Burlington Union Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Roger’s name may be directed to the St. John Lutheran Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Hickman

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Jeffrey A. “Jeff” Hickman, 55, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family at Manor Care in Elgin, Ill., on Saturday, May 19, 2012.

Jeff met Laura Fencl during their teenage years. As the years went by, what was once a friendship turned into forty years of memories when they were united in marriage on January 15, 1982.

They began their new life together in Elgin and welcomed three children, Jeff, James, and Jessica. The family moved to Maple Park in the early 1990s where they have continued to make their home.

Jeff was a member of Independent Order of Odd Fellows for many years.

He loved driving, whether it was on four wheels or two; he was a dedicated racer. As long as it had a motor, Jeff was your man. From fixing his stock cars to his beloved Harley Davidson, you would never find Jeff without a little grease under his fingernails. When he wasn’t in his garage surrounded by the sounds of wrenches and certain exclamations, Jeff could be found enjoying the outdoors and occasionally hunted but when it came other members of Mother Nature, you could find no better friend. In his backyard you could find a wide selection of bird feeders which provided a buffet of bird seed specific to each visitor, so that no one flew away wanting more. He was also dedicated to his community and fellow man through his time with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a fraternal organization.

Above all he was a loving father who was happiest making memories with his wife and children. His life changed in an instant when he and Laura were hospitalized after a motorcycle accident during a charity run on June 25, 2006. Although Laura recovered from her injuries, Jeff never did. He was forced to live the rest of his life dependant on the love and devotions of his wife and children who cared for his every need, as a tribute of the love and dedication he so willingly gave. Although his body was broken, his spirit never was and now he is free to ride the highways of Heaven.

He is survived by his loving wife Laura of Maple Park,three children: Jeff (Amanda) Hickman of Janesville, Wis., James Hickman of Sycamore, and Jessica Hickman of Maple Park; his parents, Mike and Betty Hickman; his in-laws, Ron and Pearl Fencl; two brothers: John (Karen) Hickman and Chris Hickman

He is preceded in death by his grandparents.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 25, from 3 to 7:30 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. An Independent Order of Odd Fellows service will be held in his honor beginning at 7:30 p.m. Private family interment will follow cremation at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Jeffrey Hickman Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Justin Tyler

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Justin Tyler, 27, of Elburn, suddenly passed from this life to the next unexpectedly on Friday May 18, 2012, at his home.

Justin was born July 30, 1984, in Beloit, Wis. the son of Richard and Laura (Kasel) Tyler.

He was the second of three children.

Justin attended Stone Creek Elementary School in Roscoe, Ill. before his family moved to Elburn where he later attended Kaneland High School. As a child, Justin took part in local youth baseball, basketball, and soccer programs.

After graduating from Kaneland High School in 2002, Justin decided to further his education and began taking classes at Southern Illinois University (SIU) where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.

After returning from SIU Justin began working as a para-professional for Kaneland High School. For a short time he worked for a temp agency before being offered a position with Jimmy Johns. If you frequented any of the Jimmy Johns in the St. Charles or Geneva area, you may have come across his friendly smile.

Justin’s love for sports as a kid continued on later in life. He had a special place in his heart for his beloved Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls and Green Bay Packers. There was also a special interest in cars and bikes. As a young man Justin took on a job with McDonald’s so he could purchase his first bike for moto-cross racing. One of his biggest moments was when he “table topped” and crashed. When asked how he was, he answered “sore, but did it look cool?” Justin found himself on many camping trips with his family. He frequented Shabbona Lake or Minocqua Lake searching for the fish “on the bite.” Justin was a kind hearted spirit who was always willing to extend a helping hand to people. He really cared about helping those who needed it most, especially those with special needs, aspiring to someday become a counselor. The care he had for his family surpassed all others and he was especially close to his sisters Sarah and Melanie. Although Justin’s time with us was short lived, his good deeds and memories will live on forever.

He is survived by his father, Richard Tyler; two sisters, Sarah and Melanie Tyler; maternal grandparents, Eugene and Marliss Kasel; many aunts and uncles, cousins and a host of friends, and also by his mother, Laura Kasel; and paternal grandparents, John and Betty Tyler.

Visitation was held on Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. in Elburn. Fr. Karl Ganss, pastor of St. Gall Catholic Church, officiated.

A memorial has been established in Justin’s name to benefit the Lazarus House: Checks may be made to the “Lazarus House” and mailed in care of the Tyler Family P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Donald ‘Donnie’ R. Krause

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Donald “Donnie” R. Krause, 74, of Elburn, passed away peacefully on May 22, 2012, at Geneva Nursing and Rehab Center after a hard-fought battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 9, 1937, in Elgin, Ill., the son of Albert and Freida Krause.

Donald grew up in Elgin, where he attended local school before graduating from Elgin High School in 1957. In his teenage years he would spend his time working on cars and “tinkering” with any thing that needed fixing.

Donald was drafted into the United States Army where he proudly served his country as an operator of heavy equipment.

In 1964 he met the love of his life, Bonnie Vogt. On April 24, 1965, they were united in marriage and would spend the next 47 years by each other’s side.

After living in the Elgin area most of his life, Donald decided to upgrade to a bigger home that was also closer to work. Donald moved his family to their new home in Elburn.

Upon his return from the Army, Donald returned work with Geneva Construction, where he worked for 42 years, 8 months, and 12 days. During his tenure with Geneva Construction he worked as an operator. During his final years before retirement, Donald served in the capacity of shop foreman. In 2000 he said goodbye to the career he loved so much and retired.

He was a proud member of International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 150, for over 50 years. He was a longtime member of Moose Lodge 1368 in St. Charles and American Legion Post 312 in Maple Park.

Donald was a “people person,” and regardless of how long you knew him, it was like he was a lifelong friend. Those close to him would say no one was a stranger to Donald. He was an avid collector who always went looking for his special “treasures.” If it needed to be fixed, he fixed it.

Donald was a simple person who enjoyed life on the go. No matter where he was, he was always enjoyed the company of others. Many would consider him a natural entertainer. He enjoyed spending time at his local hangouts to catch a football or baseball game. If he wasn’t there, he was at home hosting his friends. Above all, he was a devoted family man who cherished his family more than anything else.

He is survived by his loving wife Bonnie of Elburn; one son, Donald Krause of Elgin; one daughter, Lisa (Shawn) Simmons of Elburn; three grandsons, Matt, Steve and Scott Simmons; and many close friends.

He is proceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Laverne Krause.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 24, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn. A funeral service celebrating Donald’s life will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday May 25, with a time of visitation from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Pastor Lisa Kruse-Safford of Cornerstone Methodist Church will officiate.

A memorial has been established in Donald’s name to benefit his favorite charities. Checks may be made to the “Donald Krause Memorial” and mailed in care of the Krause Family, P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Terri Doremus

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Terri Doremus, 65, of Elburn, formerly of Des Plaines, Ill., passed away peacefully at Loyola Hospital, Saturday, May 5, 2012.

Terri was born on Sept. 16, 1946, in Bellwood, Ill., the daughter of Ralph (Bud) and Elsie (Sue) (Peterson) Doremus.

She grew up in Des Plaines, where she attended West Elementary School and Algonquin Junior High. Throughout her childhood years, she was involved in Girl Scouts of America; never missing summer camp at Norwesco and attending the Girl Scout Round-Up in Button Bay, Vt., during her senior year in high school.

She was active in her church youth group and sang in the choir. As a student at Maine West High School, Des Plaines, Terri was a cast member of “Kiss Me Kate” and assisted behind the scenes with lighting and costuming. She graduated in 1964.

Terri valued her opportunity to further her education by attending Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., DePaul University, Chicago, and receiving her Bachelor’s Degrees in Theatre and English from the University of Montana in Missoula.

Terri spent the summer after graduation doing Summer Stock in Scobey, Mont., as a costume assistant.

Upon return to Illinois, she worked as a full-time secretary and a part-time director of youth ministry at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection in Niles.

In 1978, Terri entered seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She directed the musical “Godspell”. Her third year of seminary was spent as an intern at Zion Lutheran Church in Gowrie, Iowa, where she continued to blend her love of the theatre with her faith by writing and presenting a Lenten series of dramatic presentations on the women of Jesus’ life.

She graduated in 1982 with a Masters of Divinity. Terri was one of 13 women out of 40 Masters of Divinity students. She was ordained in January 1983 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Park Ridge, Ill.

Terri was called as pastor to two congregations in southern Illinois; St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Nokomis and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fillmore. She faithfully served those two communities for 10 years, creating new and innovative ways to reach out in faith.

Upon her return to the northwest suburbs, Terri served as Interim Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Arlington Heights, Ill.

She graduated from the Chaplaincy Program at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, Ill. Terri served as an on-call chaplain for the hospital for several years. During that time, she participated in the Anniversary Celebration of Ordination for the head of the Chaplaincy program. Terri also sang and played guitar during a peace vigil at the hospital.

Terri also worked as a counselor in a private practice in Schaumburg, Ill., until the mid-1990s, when she retired due to health concerns.

Terri had a special place in her heart for her “furry friends” and was a strong supporter of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. Her constant companion the last 12 years was her beloved dog, Domino, a dog she rescued as a puppy. She was a foster parent to a variety of dogs over the years, for in her heart there was always “room for one more”.

Terri loved reading mysteries; especially the ones that included recipes. She was an avid fan of the television show “Chopped” and loved to try new recipes out for friends and loved ones. She also enjoyed NCIS, Animal Planet and Worst Cooks.

Although she enjoyed all genres of music, Terri loved show tunes and the music of Josh Groban.

She crocheted and loved making appliqued Christmas stockings for family and friends—especially as a gift for a newborn baby.
Every New Year’s Eve included Thin Man or Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies, banging pans at midnight and the traditional forkful of herring for good luck.

Terri’s apartment door was always open, welcoming all, listening compassionately and lovingly supporting those who needed a shoulder to lean on.

She actively participated in the ceramics class at the Meadows Apartments, and every Thursday you could find her calling the Bingo games.

Terri never lost hope, relying on her faith amidst the hardest of times, meeting each new day courageously with a smile on her face and love in her heart.

She is survived by her sister, Roxanne; her nephew, Ryan Andrew; and great-nephew, Elijah Ryan.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Private celebration of life will be held by the family on Friday, May 18, in the Community Room at the Meadows Apartments.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Terri’s name to benefit Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and Tails Animal Shelter.

Checks may be made out to either charity and mailed in the care of the Terri Doremus family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Gary D. Jones

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Gary D. Jones, 75, of SaddleBrooke, Ariz., and formerly of Geneva, born Aug. 11, 1936, to Walter and Ferne Jones in Ottumwa, Iowa, passed away May 8, 2012, in SaddleBrooke, Ariz.

Gary received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Iowa State in 1958. He was employed at Robert H. Anderson of St. Charles, until his retirement in 1998. He was an Alderman for the 3rd Ward in Geneva from 1991-1995.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.

Gary is survived by his loving wife, Maureen Jones; daughter, Sheri (Chris) Crandall of St. Charles; sons, Brian (Amy) Jones of DeKalb, and Brad (Debbie) Jones of Elburn; six grandchildren, Stephen Crandall, Dylan Jones, Allison Jones, Erin Crandall, Ellen Jones and Austin Jones, all of Illinois.

He enjoyed playing poker with his friends, traveling and spending time with his family. Gary made numerous friends during his life, who along with his family will miss him dearly.

A visitation will be held Friday, June 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Malone Funeral Home in Geneva. Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Casa de la Luz Foundation. Vistoso Funeral Home, Oro Valley, AZ (520) 544-2285.

Margaret M. Kellen

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Margaret M. Kellen, 73, of Aurora, passed away Friday, May 11, 2012, at Provena Mercy Center. She was born June 28, 1938, in DeKalb, Ill., the daughter of the late Louis and Leona (Gallery) Kinniry.

Margaret was united in marriage to Daniel L. Kellen in 1957 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in DeKalb. She and her family were life-time parishioners of St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Chicago.

She is survived by her three children, Louis (Shari) Kellen of Lake Villa, Ill., Maureen Cervantes of Fort Worth, Texas, and Patrick (Jennifer) Kellen of St. Charles; her grandchildren, Sarah, Thomas, Maggie, Drew, Leo and Lexi; her sisters, Joanne (Paul) Blatt of Tucson, Ariz., and Sheila Kinniry of Florida; and many in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel L. Kellen in 2008.

Visitation was held Wednesday, May 16, at The Healy Chapel, 370 Division Dr., Sugar Grove. Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, May 17, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 302 Fisk Ave. DeKalb, IL. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. For further information, please call (630) 466-1330 or visit to sign the online guestbook.

Christopher Hollis Lay

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Christopher Hollis Lay of Maple Park passed away May 1, 2012, following a long illness.

Christopher was born April 12, 1928, in Washington County, Ky., to W.C. and Isa Mae (Adkinson) Lay.

He attended local schools in Mackville, Ky.

In 1944 Christopher met the love of his life, Gloretta, when his brother married her sister. Before long the two were united in marriage on March 16, 1948, in Harrodsburg, Ky. They would spend the next 64 years by each others side.

They made their home in Harrodsburg the next four years before making their big move to northern Illinois. In 1957, they made their home in the Elburn/Maple Park area.

Throughout the years, Christopher worked various jobs. He worked for Elburn Packing, where he “fat cattled” before he was given the opportunity to become a welder for National Electronics. His welding career continued when Richardson Electronics took over. He continued his work with Richardson before retiring in 1993.

If you frequented the St. Charles Bowling Alley, you often found Christopher bowling, whether he was leading his league to a win or just enjoying a game of bowling with his family. If Christopher was not bowling you could find him in the outdoors. He enjoyed hunting squirrel, rabbit, pheasant, turtles, frogs or sinking a few worms to catch some catfish or bluegill. Regardless of what his catch was, it would always feed his family. If he wasn’t out hunting or fishing, he would be out tending to the flowers in his garden. He also enjoyed listening to classic country and gospel music.

Christopher is survived by his loving wife, Glo; his daughter, Peggy (Dennis) Wogen of Malta, Ill.; his son, Rick (Cathy) Lay of Maple Park; daughter-in-law, Ursula Lay of Dallas, Texas; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one brother and three sisters, all of Kentucky; many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, six brothers, two grandchildren, and one son, Larry.

Visitation was held May 5 at Conley Funeral Home, 116 West Pierce St., Elburn. A funeral service to celebrate Christopher’s life was held after visitation. Burial followed at Gardner Cemetery in Maple Park.

A memorial has been established in Christopher’s name to benefit the Maple Park Family Fund. Checks may be made to the “Maple Park Family Fund” and mailed in care of The Lay Family at P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Orville ‘Mike,’ ‘OJ’ Jurgensen

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Orville “Mike” “OJ” Jurgensen, 84, of Elburn, passed from this life to eternal life on Monday May 7, 2012, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family at the Michealsen Health Center in Batavia.

Mike was born Aug. 25, 1927, in Mt. Vernon, S.D., the son of John and Helena Jurgensen.

In 1951, he met Mary Ann Stredde through her brother. Before long, they decided to get married, and on Jan. 20, 1952, they exchanged vows.

In 1953, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he proudly served during the Korean War. During his service, he completed his high school education.

While Mike was serving in Korea, Mary Ann moved to Aurora for work. After returning from the Army, Mike made his way to Aurora, where he and Mary Ann lived for about three years, during which time their family grew and they were blessed with their daughter Brenda. They then moved to the Meredith’s Farm in Elburn for a few years before moving to Sycamore. A number of years later the family moved back to Elburn.

Over the years, Mike became a “Jack of all trades.” He began as a fuel truck driver while in Aurora after returning from the Army. Mike could not pass up the one true career he was looking for when he accepted a job at Meredith’s Farm in Elburn, and later, Quigley’s Farm in Sycamore. While working his years as a farmer, he also worked as a school bus driver, as a local postman, for John Deere, and monitored and delivered cars for Bob Jass. He also proudly served on the Elburn Fire Department as a volunteer.

Mike was a member of the Elburn American Legion and a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake.

Mike was a kind and gentle man who never complained and was self sacrificing, generous and helpful to anyone he met. There was not a mean bone in his body, and anyone who ever knew him loved and adored him. Although he loved to be around all people, he especially loved his family. He was a devoted and caring husband, father and grandfather. He always found the time to cheer Brenda on in any school events she was involved in.

Mike also had a gentle wisdom that he shared with the younger generations. He always loved to watch the children play and enjoy life, and he in turn had a peaceful satisfaction in the simplicities of life. Mike had an outstanding sense of humor and was the family’s comedian, finding joy in nearly everything. He also had a special place in his heart for his puppy, who he often shared his popcorn with.

Mike is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Ann; one daughter, Brenda (Scott) Bevans of Elburn; one granddaughter, Alyssa; one sister, Lucille (Leonard) Storm of Parkston, S.D.; many nieces and nephews; and numerous close family and friends.

He now joins his parents.

Visitation will be held Thursday, May 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St. Elburn, IL 60119. A funeral service celebrating Mike’s life will be held Friday May 11, at 10 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Lily Lake with Pastor Ernst Rex officiating. Interment will follow services at Blackberry Cemetery in Elburn.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Mike’s name to benefit his favorite charities: Checks may be made to the “Orville Jurgensen Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or on the web at

Donald S. Myers

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Donald S. Myers, 94, formerly of Sugar Grove, passed away April 30, 2012, at The Birches in Clarendon Hills, Ill. He was born Sept. 18, 1917, in Sugar Grove, the son of the late Nelson and Stella (Seavey) Myers.

Don served his country during WWII with the US Army Air Corps as a flight instructor. He earned his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University and was employed with Kaneland School District before moving on to teach at McCleery Elementary School, where he retired in 1970.

He also enjoyed working at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, Wesley United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church as choir director over the years. After retirement, Don worked as a woodworker and weaver at Hackley House Antiques in Phelps, Wis., a shop he owned and ran with his wife of nearly 71 years, Mary Jean Stanton.

Don is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jean Myers; his daughters, Margaret (Lynn Schreiner) Gramley of Elgin, Ill., and Elizabeth (Bill) Chalberg of Downers Grove, Ill.; his grandchildren, Philip (Christine) Gramley, Steven (Leanne) Gramley, Jack Chalberg, Cassie Chalberg, George (Audrey) Chalberg and Bill (Sarah) Chalberg Jr.; his great grandchildren, Robert Gramley, Lillian Gramley, Keegan Chalberg, Connor Chalberg and Grace Chalberg; his sister, Phyllis Leighton of Tempe, Ariz.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Goodfellow.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at Sugar Grove United Methodist Church, 176 Main St., Sugar Grove. Visitation will take place from 1 p.m. at the church until the time of service. Interment will take place at Sugar Grove Cemetery.

For further information, call (630) 466-1330 or visit our website at to sign the online guestbook.

David A. Diehl

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David A. Diehl, 84, of Maple Park, passed away on his farm surrounded by the love and prayers of his family Sunday morning, April 29, 2012. Released from his earthly battles, David left his farmland to claim the promise of his Savior and now surely tends the celestial fields of Heaven.

David was born Oct. 9, 1927, in Aurora, the son of Edward M. and Catherine M. (Pattermann) Diehl.

David grew up on the family farm near West Chicago and attended local schools. He graduated from West Chicago High School with the class of 1945.

David’s love of dancing brought him much joy over the years, but in his heart he knew something was missing. It wasn’t until he fell into step with Joyce C. Anderson at a Pure Milk Association dance that he realized he’d found a partner for life. Four years later, David and Joyce were united in marriage on Nov. 7, 1953.

They made their home east of Geneva, where he farmed before buying his own farm in Maple Park. On March 1, 1961, they packed up the family and moved west to Maple Park, where together they raised livestock, farmed the fields and cultivated 42 years of memories. David and Joyce had looked forward to many more, but they had danced their last when Joyce died unexpectedly following surgery in 1995. Although shook to his core, David continued to farm and make memories with his seven children, 19 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all the while wearing the smile he was rarely seen without.

In addition to his love of the land, David also was the friendly rural-route mail carrier for 21 years in Maple Park. Not only did his neighbors depend on him for the daily mail, but they counted on his 10-year dedication to the Maple Park Fire Department to keep their homes safe.

David was a faithful member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Maple Park, as well as a 50-year member of the DeKalb County Farm Bureau. The Rural Couples Club, with whom David and Joyce danced many nights away, also counted him as a member.

David was a life-long farmer whose heart believed in the details. His tractors shone bright, his planted rows were straight as an arrow, and his barns warmed the countryside with their color. When he left his fields for the day, David kept busy by making hand-carved decorations that were painted with love and cherished by his family. Jigsaw puzzles also became a pastime, with many completed puzzles ending up framed and hung with care in his home.

No one was better at remembering special dates and occasions as David. A special card was always preceded by a trip down an unseen but well-worn path to his favorite store, where they knew him by name.

He also enjoyed going to Casey’s, where he tried his luck playing Little Lotto. But his favorite trips came on Mondays when he would travel to the gambling boat in Aurora, where he played the cards he was dealt. On his last visit, David left a winner after laying down a full house—twice. His family wasn’t a stranger to card games, either. He taught his children and grandchildren to play “skit scat,” which became a requirement of any and all who joined their ranks.

David was a man who loved to dance—from Long’s Barn to the Blue Moon Ballroom—he and Joyce cut a rug whenever they could. They also liked to travel with family and friends, visiting not only Colorado, California and his favorite Las Vegas, but also on cruises to Alaska, Hawaii and the Caribbean, as well.

David had his share of troubles, too. In addition to losing his wife, David had several bouts with the cancer that would end up taking his life—the first beginning 22 years ago. But through it all, he wore a smile and never let a day go by without letting someone know he cared. His sense of humor was bountiful, making everyone smile and laugh at his practical jokes. Even when cancer stole his voice and he was dependent on his mechanical voice to help make himself heard, David soldiered on with a smile. His family was his most prized possession, and he showed them his love in a thousand different ways.

David rarely missed engaging with his children in 4-H and was a fixture at many sporting events, cheering on his children. David loved life and all the little things that made it beautiful, and has passed that legacy onto the next generation of family and friends who will never forget him.

He is survived by one daughter, Susan (Dennis) Wiles of Batavia; six sons, Richard (Gail) Diehl of Sycamore, Ronald (Linda Asselin) Diehl of Maple Park, David E. (Karen) Diehl of Sycamore, Daniel (Tracy) Diehl of DeKalb, John (Jodi) Diehl of Shabbona, Ill., and Charles (Jennifer) Diehl of Sycamore; 19 grandchildren, Amie (Jason) Rosinski and their two sons, Nathan and Caden, Katie (Rob) Hartle and their daughter, Sienna, Jennifer (Matthew York) Wiles, Julie (Andrew) Anselm, Cody Nance, and Ryan, Kurt, Lauren, Lindsey, Adam (and Angela), Holly, Abigail, Brandon, Drew, Josie, Sarah, Delia, Jillian and Hanna Diehl; one brother, Paul (Mary) Diehl of Elburn; two sisters, Toots (Don) Kohley of Huntley, Ill., and Carol Cibulskis of Batavia; one sister-in-law, Ann Diehl of Elburn; one brother-in-law, Bernard Kuhn of Bartlett, Ill.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce; five brothers, Elmer, Raymond, Franklin, George and Edward Diehl; three sisters, Mary Jane Nagel, Dorothy Kuhn and Marcia, who died in infancy; two sisters-in-law, Eleanor and Patricia Diehl; and a brother-in-law, Robert Nagel.

Visitation was held Wednesday at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn. There will be a private family prayer at the funeral home, prior to a Mass to celebrate his life, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Maple Park, at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 3. Fr. Dennis Morrissey, pastor of the church, will officiate, and interment will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Maple Park.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit hospice and cancer research. Checks may be made to the “David A. Diehl Memorial” and mailed in care to P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family through

The family would like to recognize the many professional health care providers who supported David over the years, with a special thank you to the staff of DeKalb County Hospice for their expert care, loving advice and services provided to David and his family during the last weeks of his life.

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