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Amundson, Gary E. - Montgomery  
Amundson, Gary E. 69, of Montgomery, passed away on November 20, 2014 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 27, 1945 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin the son of Ernest and Erma Amundson. He was proud of his roots in Wisconsin and the family spent much of their time traveling back to see family and friends. He always remained a diehard Greenbay Packers Fan. Gary was employed with Caterpillar for 45 years before retiring in 2009. He was a loyal member of UAW Local 145. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and above all things in life he enjoyed his family the most. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Susan; his daughter, Sherry Amundson; grandchildren, Christopher (Amber Johnston) Amundson and Amber Amundson; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Ethan, Corbin and Abigail; foster daughter, Michelle Smith; and siblings, Donna Crawford, Ervin (Sharon) Amundson and Ron (Stevie) Amundson. He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Amundson; his mother and stepfather, Erma and Lloyd Peterson; and a son, Anthony, in infancy. All services are private and a burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery in Cameron, Wisconsin at a later date. Dieterle Memorial Home 630-897-1196 www.dieterlememorialhome.com .
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 23, 2014
Anderson, Betty "Jean" - Somonauk  
Anderson, Betty "Jean" 91, of Plano, passed away Monday, November 17, 2014 at The Tiller's Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego. She was born December 4, 1922 in Sandwich, the daughter of George and Carrie (Ernst) Sampson. She married Andrew Vernon Anderson in April of 1945 in Plano, IL. Jean was a member of First Lutheran Church of Plano for over 70 years. She was also a member of the quilters group at the church. Jean retired from AT&T. She enjoyed quilting, socializing with family and friends. Jean also enjoyed spending time at the family cabin in Beaver Dam, WI. She is survived by three daughters, Carol (Tom) Lee of Indianapolis, IN, Kathy (Jack) Koteles of Yorkville, IL and Connie (Don) Baker of Sandwich, IL; one son, Bill (Jayne) Anderson of Plain City, OH; ten grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Hari of St. Charles, IL and Helen Steinkamp of Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Terry Kuehlem; two sons, Doug and Steve Anderson; one granddaughter, Kristy Smith; and one brother, Don Sampson. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at First Lutheran Church in Plano with Pastor Bruce Booher officiating. Burial will follow at Little Rock Township Cemetery in Plano. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the church. Memorials may be directed to the First Lutheran Church of Plano. For more information or to sign the online guest book, go to www.EighnerFuneralHomes.com Turner-Eighner Funeral Home 3952 Turner Ave. Plano, IL 60545 630-552-3022
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 20, 2014
Cain, Stanley Vernon "Joe" - Ottawa  
Cain, Stanley Vernon "Joe" 87, of Rutland Township, formerly of Hinckley, IL, lost his battle with cancer on November 18, 2014, at Heritage Health nursing home in Mendota. Visitation will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, November 24, with a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. at Burkhart-Eighner Funeral Home in Sandwich, 606 E. Arnold Road. Military rites will follow at noon on Tuesday, November 25, with burial of ashes in Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery near Elwood, IL. Donations in his name may be made to the Edward Hines Jr. Hospital Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420, Rockville, MD. Stan was a World War II Navy veteran, serving from 1944 to 1946. He was a Seaman First Class on the USS LST 818 and was coxswain for the LST's LCVP or Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel boat. LST 818 fought in the battle of Okinawa, hauling ammo, and earned a "Battle Star" for shooting down a kamikaze plane. Stan was born February 18, 1927, in a farmhouse near Somonauk, IL, the son of Isaac Scott Cain and Helen Viola (Davis) Cain. He married his childhood sweetheart, Helen Mae Foster, on September 18, 1947, in Chicago. He is survived by his wife and two children, Lonny J. (Cindy) Cain and Cathy A. Jones, both of Ottawa. Also surviving are two brothers, Robert S. (Kathy) Cain, of Sycamore, and Daniel G. (Ruth) Cain, of Maple Park; and one sister, LuElla M. Fallier, of Arkansas City, KS. Surviving grandchildren are Gregory (Bonnie) Jones, of Wake Forest, NC, Sarah (Jeff) Rodgers, of Plainfield, Trevor B. Cain, of Denver, CO, Scott H. Cain, of New York, and Tyler J. Cain, of Ottawa; great-grandchildren, Andrea Law, Alex Law, and Ashley Rodgers, all of Plainfield, and Zachary Jones, of Wake Forest, NC; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Velma B. Stevens; and two brothers, Charles E. and Ivan P. Cain. After the Navy, Stan worked many years as a farmhand and other odd jobs. Most of his career he worked at Certified Industrial Technologies in Aurora, where he was well-respected for his engineering and design skills. He continued to do special projects for the company after retirement. He loved designing and working with metal fabrication and was proud to call himself a welder. During his retirement years he continued with his passion for painting, drawing and woodcarving. He was an avid reader and also wrote three books, two self-published, and was working on a fourth. "Not bad for a guy with an eighth-grade education," he would say about all he had accomplished. Stan truly loved to fish, especially with family. For many years the simple jon boat he rebuilt and enhanced was a familiar and unique sight over his favorite crappie hole at Shabbona Lake State Park. He embraced the importance of family and the love it creates, which is then shared through friendship. He enjoyed striking up conversations with strangers. As one friend put it, "He had a gift for making everyone feel special." The time spent during his final days with family and friends made him smile. He marked these days - and all days - spent with loved ones with a simple proclamation, "Today was a good day." Stan was loved for his wit and sense of humor, his pots of chili and outdoor grilling, and his willingness to repair what's broken or invent what's needed. He leaves behind a treasure of inventions, designs, tools, philosophy and creative genius - and a welding machine. He passed as he wanted, on his own - a final, relaxing exhale, going to the God he met at age 9 while reading the Bible under a hallway light outside a room he shared with other young men put into the Glenwood Manual Training School where he lived for seven years before running away and joining the Navy at 17. Until he could no longer talk, he apologized for causing a fuss. He said he was ready for the "silver cord" to be severed. He asked those around him to take care of each other and assured everyone that his last day would turn into a "good day."
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 23, 2014
Cowherd, Roderick - Englewood  
Cowherd, Roderick 65, of Aurora, CO, passed away at his residence surrounded by his family on November 17, 2014. He was born on February 18, 1949, in Aurora, IL to Henry and Carolyn Cowherd, Jr. He graduated from Aurora East High School, Aurora, IL in 1967 and enlisted in the Army on November 29, 1969. He served in Vietnam and was with the 82nd Airborne, 75th Rangers. He was the recipient of a bronze star with valor and three purple hearts. He recently retired from Century Elementary in Aurora Public Schools where he was a family counselor. He was loved by the staff and his students, and will be dearly missed. Loving and devoted husband of Becky Albracht; father of Anthony and Stephen Cowherd; father to Seth and Jordan Venhaus; "Papa" of Rima, Lailani and Kenya Cowherd, Cyris and Gage Venhaus all of Aurora, CO; son of Henry and Carolyn Cowherd, Jr. of Aurora, IL; brother of Brenda (Rufus) Banks of Naperville, IL and James Michael Cowherd (Rick Sanders) of Denver, CO; and uncle of Shelley (Rodney) Johnson of Mason, OH and Scott Banks of Chicago, IL. A memorial service will be held on Monday, November 24, 2014, 9:00 a.m. at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 11150 E Dartmouth Ave., Aurora, CO; interment will follow with Army honors 11:15 a.m. at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Denver, CO. Please share condolences at HoranCares.com .
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 23, 2014
Erickson, Orven - Montgomery  
Erickson, Orven 71, of Aurora, IL, passed away surrounded by his family at Seasons Hospice in Naperville, IL. He was born February 18, 1943 in Morris, IL. He was a volunteer for various organizations which include; Philips Park, the City of Aurora and EMA. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Erickson; his children, Beverly Erickson, Michael Erickson, Jeff (Christina) Erickson and David (Tammy) Erickson; grandchildren, Layla, Sofia, Maxwell, Noah, Kenny, Stephanie, Patricia, and Christopher; and great-grandchildren, Courtney, Cora, Jade, Sky, Bella and Christine. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Audrey. Family will be receiving guests on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at 1:00 p.m. at Dieterle Memorial Home, 1120 S. Broadway Ave., Montgomery, IL. Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Aurora, IL. Dieterle Memorial Home, 630-897-1196, www.dieterlememorialhome.com .
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 16, 2014
Hagerman, Beryl B. - Plainfield  
Hagerman, Beryl B. Was born in Aurora, IL and lived her entire life in Plainfield, IL. She passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 surrounded by her family at Edward Hospital in Naperville, IL. Beryl is survived by her devoted angels, Terri (Brad) Buzenski of Plainfield, IL, April (George) Booras of Yorkville, IL and Wendy (Tom) Landon of Plainfield, IL; her treasured grandchildren, Cathy (Scott) Draeger, Jonathon (Jamey) Dehmel, Carson (Natalie) Booras, Angela (David) Bartholomew, Austin (Melissa) Lea, Alicia (Miles) Conard, Scott (Crystal) Landon and Jamie (Vanessa) Landon; her precious great-grandchildren, Mallory and Morgan Draeger, Kenna Landon, Isabella Bartholomew, Carter Dehmel, Brynn and Camille Booras and Asher Lea; her dear siblings, Ila Mae Dedo, Maxine Moore, Vivien Probps, Kay (Charlie) Peak, Harvey Eichelberger, Elwin (Jean) Eichelberger, Roger (Connie) Eichelberger. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fritz Hagerman; and her parents, Harvey and Margaret Eichelberger. Beryl was a longtime, active member of the Plainfield United Methodist Church. She was also a lifetime member of the Plainfield Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She was a devoted mother to her daughters who cherished her and are left with many wonderful memories. She had a pure and true loving spirit that even the most innocent where drawn to her. For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Beryl's life, memorials may be sent to Angela Bartholomew Medical Trust Fund, c/o Standard Bank, Minooka, IL or Fight like a girl for Angela Bartholomew on Gofundme.com . Visitation will be Monday, November 24, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. at Overman-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 15219 S. Joliet Road, Plainfield. Funeral Services Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Reverend Sherry Scates officiating. Interment will follow at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Aurora, IL. OVERMAN-JONES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES 15219 S. Joliet Road (Corner of Rts. 59 & East 30) Plainfield, IL 60544 Info:(815)436-9221 or www.overmanjones.com
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 23, 2014
Hanson, Karen - Oswego  
Hanson, Karen Rose Age 72, of Montgomery, IL, died suddenly on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL. She was born December 11, 1941 in Chicago Heights, IL, the daughter of the late Melvin and Dorothy (nee Saum) Weiss. Karen was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Montgomery, IL and the Red Hat Society of Oswego, IL. She volunteered for many years at St. Luke's Church, Long Beach Elementary School both in Montgomery, IL, and the Phoenix Club in Aurora, IL. For many years, she was a food demonstrator for Dominick's Food Stores in the area. She was an avid fan of the Chicago White Sox and NASCAR cheering her favorite driver Kevin Harvick. She was a regular visitor to Branson, MO for over twenty-five years. Karen is survived by her husband, Gary A. Hanson (whom she married on May 21, 1966 in Aurora, IL); daughter, Gina Hanson; son, Rodney Hanson; and sister, Marilyn McIntosh, all of Montgomery, IL. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 12:00 noon until the funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 63 Fernwood Rd., Montgomery, IL. Burial will take place at Lincoln Memorial Park in Aurora, IL. Memorials may be directed to either the American Heart Association or the charity of the donor's choice. Arrangements are entrusted to DUNN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME with CREMTORY of Oswego, IL. For additional information 630-554-3888 or www.dunnfamilyfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 23, 2014
Heuser, Jason M. - Carol Stream  
Heuser, Jason M. 29, beloved companion and fiance of Lisa Salinas; loving father of Brandon and Atreyu Gamble; cherished son of Joyce (Peter) Manna, Brian (Randi); and dear brother of Brad (Kelly), Alicia (Demetrian) Moore, Richard, Georgia Elwood and Alexis; he is also survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until the time of funeral service at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at Brust Funeral Home, 415 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, Interment private. For information, 630-510-0044
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 17, 2014
Hutchings, John Edward - Aurora  
Hutchings, John Edward John, 82, was born in rural Morris, IL on September 11, 1932 to Walter Raymond and Velma (Harney) Hutchings. He attended Morris public schools, graduating from Morris Community High School in 1950. He earned a B.S. in Education from the University of Illinois Urbana in 1955 and a M.S. in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University in 1958. John and Rosemary Panish were married August 23, 1952 and celebrated 62 happy years together. He proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers in Korea from 1955-57. He began his career in education as a Vocational Agriculture teacher in Milledgeville, IL, becoming principal of Milledgeville High School in 1962. John and his family moved to Aurora, IL in 1964 to take a position as Assistant Principal at Aurora West High School. He was the first principal of the newly built North Campus and was appointed Director of Career and Adult Education for District 129 in 1978. After retiring from education, John became the manager at Globe Building Materials Company, and later became a Commercial Realtor with McEnroe Realtors. John was a man of many talents and able to do almost anything. In his retirement, John worked with his son, Tom, doing small home repairs. He also served as a member of the District 129 School Board. John enjoyed reading, fishing with friends in Hayward, WI and hanging out with his morning coffee bunch at Harner's Bakery. His most favorite times were those spent with family. John is survived by his wife and daughters, Carol (Jeff) Reed of Aurora, IL and Laura (Randall) Crow of Middleton, WI; four grandchildren, Sam (Cristal Diaz) Reed, Taylor Reed, Emily Crow, Charlie Crow, one great-granddaughter, Victoria Reed; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws; son, Thomas Hutchings; and sisters, Lois Hodgen and Ione Marie Zacher. John was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Holy Angels Church, corner of Hardin and Lancaster, Aurora, IL. Private interment will be at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Morris, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the John E. and Rosemary Hutchings Scholarship Fund c/o Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, 111 W. Downer Place, Suite 312, Aurora, IL 60506. www.cffrv.org Arrangements by The Healy Chapel, Aurora. For further information please call 630-897-9291 or visit www.healychapel.com to leave an online condolence.
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 18, 2014
Johnson, James - Sandwich  
Johnson, James Teare 84, of Sandwich, passed away November 19, 2014 at Valley West Hospital. He was born on May 25 1930 in Wisconsin to Elmer and Dorothy Johnson. He graduated from East Aurora High School in 1948. He worked and retired after 41 years as a brakeman and conductor on the Burlington Northern Railroad, and he was a Missionary Director at the Orchard Valley Baptist Church in Aurora, Illinois. He is survived by his wife, Patsy; his 3 children, Keith (Brenda) Johnson of Indiana, Craig B. (Mimi) Johnson, missionaries in India, and Keel (Don) Johnston of Carlin, Nevada; and stepchildren, Michael (Linda) Szot of Geneva, IL, Debra (Bill) Knudsen of Elgin, IL, Jim Szot of Washington, Tim (Diane) Szot of Montgomery, IL, Kathy Szot of Georgia and Steven Szot of Washington; and a sister-in-law, Wanda Johnson of Washington. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bob Johnson. Memorial service will be Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fox River Lutheran Church Corner of Rt. 71 and Rt. 52 in Sheridan, IL with Kevin Garner officiating. Luncheon will follow the service. Arrangements were handled by Beverage Family Funeral Home in Sandwich, Illinois. www.beveragefamilyfh.com
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Published in Beacon News on Nov. 21, 2014
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