Henry Area


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Friday, August 12, 1921 - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Anna Mae Stowe, 95, of Tiskilwa, passed away Tuesday April 18, 2017, 1:30 pm at the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.

    Visitation will be Saturday April 22, 2017, from 9:00 to 11:00 am at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, 513 Carroll St. Henry. Funeral services will follow at 11:00 am. Sylvia Larssen will officiate. Burial will follow at Henry cemetery, Henry. Memorials may be made to the Richard L. Owens Hospice Home, Peoria.

    Anna Mae was born August 12, 1921 in Tiskilwa, IL to Michael and Anna (Poff) Tyne. She married Elvin “Al” H. Stowe on September 13, 1940 in Burlington, Iowa. He preceded her in death on December 21, 1980.

    Surviving are her children, Roxanna Martin, of Petersburg, IL, Janice (Don) Johnson, of Long Grove, Iowa, Leland (Jean) Stowe and Elaine Case, both of Tiskilwa, one sister, Lois Satterfield, of Fulton, nineteen grandchildren, forty seven great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

    Her parents, two son, Bill and Carl Stowe, one daughter, Linda Doyle, one granddaughter, three grandson, and a grand daughter-in-law, preceded her in death.

    Anna Mae was a homemaker, a loving mother and grandmother to many.

She was a member of two different craft clubs for over 50 years.

    She will be remembered for her Sunday noon dinners at the farm. The family shared cards and laughter with all who attended.

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Thursday, September 7, 1922 - Saturday, March 11, 2017

Helene L. Dawson, 94 of Henry passed away at 6:10 PM Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Heartland Health Care Center, Henry.

    Mrs. Dawson was born September 7, 1922 in Bradford, IL to Robert A. and Edith M. (Petersen) Wolfe.

    Helen attended school in Bradford before leaving to work in Peoria where she met her husband Harold Ray Dawson in 1942. Their story was special in that their courtship was only three days long before driving to Missouri to be married by a Justice of the Peace in Palmyra. Harold’s cousin Eugene Smith was on board for the trip, both of whom were set to depart for their enlistment in the United States Navy. Harold and Helene celebrated 56 years of marriage before Harold passed away in 1999.

    Over the course of Harold’s six year deployment, Helene supported the war effort while also moving from coast to coast to be with her husband as he summoned her with his arrival on shore. In San Francisco, she was a teletype operator and on the east coast she held employment in both furniture and airplane factories, having been a riveter at one time. Helene had a fascination with Harold’s war ship, the U.S.S. Independence, which she spoke often. Her claim to fame was an article written by Phil Luciano of the Peoria Journal Star titled “Love of Man and Ship”.

    After Harold was discharged for his six years of Navy service, they both settled on a farm west of Henry to raise two children. Finally, they settled in to their long-standing and beloved home in Henry in 1969. Helene enjoyed collecting antiques and going to auctions and was very proud of their home.

    Helene is survived by her children, Thomas Dawson of California, Linda (Tony) Decker of Roanoke and adopted granddaughter, Chaela (Brian) Dentinger of Sparland; grandchildren, Rebbecca Crider of Varna, Jennifer (Rick) Hearn of Peoria and Brenda Dawson; great grandchildren, Paige, Jacob, Christina, Tahlya, Tyler, Ricky, Jayden, Madyson and Conner; and a great great grandson, Gage.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, brother, Alfred D. Wolfe, and sisters, Pat (Walt) Ledbetter, Marian (Wayne) McDowell and Virginia Pelker.

    Her funeral services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, “Downtown Chapel”, Henry, with Fr. Frank Dunaway officiating. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery, Henry. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Thursday prior to services at the memorial home.

    Donations can be made to the A.R.K. in Lacon as Helene was an avid lover of animals, especially cats.

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Thursday, September 11, 1947 - Sunday, March 12, 2017

Ronald Edwin Miles, 69, of Henry, passed away Sunday March 12, 2017, 6:30 am at his home in Henry.

There will be no visitation. Private family services will be held Wednesday at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry. Doug Clinton will officiate. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Henry.

Memorials may be made to the Henry Police Department or to Vitas Hospice.

Ronnie was born September 11, 1947 in Princeton, IL to Kenneth and Betty (DeBolt) Miles. He married Sandra Shurts on April 30, 1966 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Henry. She survives.

Also surviving are his mother, Betty Miles, of Henry, his brothers, Rich (Connie) Miles of Lake Thunderbird, and Dave (Betty Ann) Miles, of Hennepin, one sister, Donna (The late Larry) Klein, of Henry, and his dog, Chelsea. His father preceded him in death.

Ronnie graduated from Henry-Senachwine High School. He was employed at Kay’s Hatchery, for 25 years, B F Goodrich, both of Henry and retired as custodian at Henry Grade School. He was of the Christian faith. 

He loved to hunt for arrowheads, fishing, having campfires in the back yard, being outside and feeding his squirrels by hand. He also enjoyed doing things with his many nieces and nephews and his family.

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Tuesday, June 12, 1928 - Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Laurence Taylor “Larry” Maloney, 88, of Lake Thunderbird, Putnam, passed away Wednesday February 22, 2017, 1:55 AM at Heartland Health Care Center, Henry.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held at a later date.

Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is assisting the family.

Laurence was born June 12, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to Thomas and Mabel W. (Taylor) Maloney.

He married Jacqueline Gehringer on June 12, 1950 in Glen Ellyn, IL. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2011.

Surviving are his daughter, Cheryl Maloney, of San Francisco, CA and his son, Thomas (Linda0 Maloney, of Oklahoma City, Ok, a sister, Barbara Khorey, of New York, new York and his German Shepard, Cheyenne.

Larry had served his county in the United State Army serving in the Korean War.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Laurence was employed as ticket agent at Cubs Park, White Sox Park, Blackstone Theater and many other well-known venues. He later became the Business Agent for the Local 750 Union and treasure of the Shubert Theater.

Larry was a fun, funny character and will be missed by all who knew him.2017-02-27

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Wednesday, April 24, 1940 - Saturday, January 21, 2017

Frank Roger De Luca, 76, of Lake Thunderbird, Putnam, passed away Saturday January 21, 2017 9:45 pm at his home in Putnam.

Visitation will be Saturday January 28, 2017 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Henry. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 am. Fr. Michael Schaub will officiate. Cremation rites will follow the mass. Burial will be at later date at St. Francis Cemetery, Putnam. Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is in charge of arrangements.

Frank was born April 24, 1940 in Racine, WI to Louis and Linda (Ricchio) De Luca, Sr. He was united in marriage to Gretchen Horn on August 1, 1964 in Racine, WI. This past August they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary.

Surviving are his wife, Gretchen, three children, Carolyn (Bill) Garske, of Camden, ME, Anthony (Susan) De Luca and Kenneth (Laura) De Luca, both of Germantown Hills, grandchildren, William and Jared Garske, Lauren and Frank De Luca, Hannah, Heather and Seth De Luca, brothers, Arthur De Luca, of Crooked Lake, WI and Kenneth De Luca, of Dallas, TX.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Louis Jr and Richard De Luca, and sisters, Ersilia Nielsen and Linda Treiber.

Frank was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed fishing, the north woods, new cars and talking with everyone he met. Frank was owner of Engineered Equipment Sales.

Frank had served his country in the United States Army National Guard and the 32nd Infantry Division. He served from 1961 to 1964. He also was a member of the Crooked Lake Lions Club and was a volunteer fire fighter.

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Thursday, February 16, 1928 - Friday, January 20, 2017

Donald Norman Rickey, 88, 0f Henry, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017, 10:31 am at his home in Henry.

Visitation will be Tuesday, January 24, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, “Downtown Chapel” 416 Edward St. Henry. Funeral services will be Wednesday 10:00 am at the memorial home. David Barajas will officiate. Burial will follow at Henry Cemetery, where full military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family or to the Henry Senior Nutrition Site.

Don was born February 16, 1928 in La Prairie, IL to Leslie and Margaret A. (Holt) Rickey. He married Mary Janet York on February 5, 1954 in Mc Nabb, Il. She survives in Henry.

Also surviving are his children, Donald Noreen) Rickey, of Murfreesboro, TN., Bradley J. (Paula D.) Rickey, and Holly Smith, both of Henry, eight grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.

His parents, one brother Gordon and an infant brother, preceded him in death.

Don was a graduate of Henry-Senachwine High School, class of 1944. He owned and operated Rick’s Tools for over 25 years, retiring in 1992. He had served his country in the United State Army from 1951 to 1956. He was a member of the Henry Baptist Church, serving as a Deacon, Secretary and Treasure.

Don will be remembered for his two greatest passions in life, music and aviation. He was an entertainer from the age of 8. He played many different musical instruments in his lifetime, most notable was the guitar and banjo. He was known as the “Banjo Man”. He performed for many different events, such as the Henry Fourth of July, events at St. Mary’s Center and different nursing homes.

He had helped to form the “Bobby K Show”. Which was a group of musicians that entertained at senior citizens events, nursing homes, retirement centers and prisons. The events were always for charity, not for profit and for those in need of entertainment.

His other passion in life was flying. He built and flew his own air plane. He was a member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, NRA, IL State Rifle Association and the EAA, (Experimental Aircraft Association).

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Friday, June 9, 1944 - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

William Delano Shearer, 72, of Henry, passed away Tuesday January 17, 2017, 8:05 pm at Unity Point/Proctor Hospital, Peoria.

Visitation will be Friday January 20, 2017 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, 413 Carroll St. Henry. Rosary will be recited at 3:30 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday 11:00 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Henry. Fr. Harold Schmitt and Deacon Robert Murphy will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Henry, where full military rites will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John XXIII Parish, Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Conception, West Peoria or to the charity of the donors’ choice.

Bill was born June 9, 1944 in Peoria, IL to Harold A. and Lucille C. (Maupin) Shearer. He married Betty Schmitt on July 7, 1967, at St. Joseph’s Church, Henry. She survives in Henry, along with his four children, Christine (Chris) Franklin, of Normal, Robert (Kelly) Shearer, of Wenona, Eric (Sandi) Shearer, of Henry, and Gretchen (William) Pearsall, of Peoria Heights. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Tiffani Shearer, Andrew Shearer, Erika and Emily Franklin, Joseph Shearer, Beatrice Pearsall, step-grandson, Jarod Scott, two sisters Linda (Richard) Link, Rebecca (Larry) Botoletto, both of Henry.

Bill graduated from Henry-Senachwine High School in 1962, and he immediately enlisted in the United Sates Army, serving in Korea, Vietnam and Japan. He was employed at Caterpillar for over 19 years, last working as a pipe fitter at the Technical Center, Mossville. He then was employed a Sales rep for Kar Products/Barnes Distribution for 23 years and earned numerous awards a Sales Rep of the Year and Most Improved. He had also farmed from 1967 to 1985.

Bill was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Henry. Then when it was merged with St. Mary’s Parish, he was then a member of St. John XXIII Parish. He was a Past Grand Knight of Henry Council 2405 Knights of Columbus, a 51 years member of the Henry American Legion, Post 323; and coached the Illinois State Junior Riffle Team for several years.

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Tuesday, May 17, 1960 - Friday, January 13, 2017

Keith Alan Olson, 56, of Henry, passed away peacefully Friday January 13, 2017, 8:30 pm at his home surrounded by family and friends after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
Memorial services will be held Saturday January 21, 2017, 10:00 am at the La Prairie Presbyterian Church. Private family burial will follow at the church Cemetery. The Rev. Melinda Stevenson will officiate.
Celebration of Life services will be held at Shandy’s Bar & Grill, Henry, after 11:30 am Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the Education fund for his children, Vitas Hospice, or Illinois Cancer Care, Peoria. Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry is assisting the family with arrangements.
Keith was born May 17, 1960 in Princeton, IL to William F. and Marlene (Carlson) Olson.
Surviving is his other half, Michelle Monier, of Henry, his children, Karlie Elizabeth Olson and Kody William Olson, both at home, Karlie and Kody’s half-sisters, Kaycie Whitmer, of Lacon and Kylie (Brenden) Bogner, of Sparland, and Michelle’s son, Marshall Rinaldo, of Mark, his mother, Marlene Olson (Gene) Froland, of Henry, his father, William (Yvonne) Olson, of Mesa, AZ, two sisters, Rita (Bob) Smith and Kristi (Steve) Smith, both of Henry. Also surviving are his nephews, Brad (Sybil) Schrock, Brian (Melissa) Schrock, niece, Allison Eckberg, all of Henry and great nieces and nephews, along with his furry companion’s Jade and Ding Dong.
His brother, Steven Olson, preceded him in infancy.
Keith had worked for Lyle Wolf Construction, Princeton, IDOT, District 6 in Princeton for several years, and later worked with his brother-in-law, Bob Smith and Pavement Maintenance, of Henry. He operated Keith Olson Builders. He was known for his fine workmanship.
Keith loved to show quarter horses, hunting, fishing and boating. He enjoyed most spending time with his family and watching his children play ball.


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Monday, August 18, 1924 - Saturday, January 7, 2017

Wilmer Jr. “Bugs” Robison, 92, of Henry, passed away Saturday January 7, 2017, 2:48 pm at Unity Point Proctor Hospital, Peoria.

Visitation will be Thursday January 12, 2017 from 9:00 to 11:00 am at Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, 513 Carroll St. Henry. Memorial services will follow at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Henry Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the MSW Project.

Jr. was born August 18, 1924 in La Prairie, IL to Wilmer and Irma (Bare) Robison. He married Erma Jean Folken in 1946. She preceded him in death on July 12, 2014.

Surviving are his children, Vince (Sharon) Robison, of Chillicothe and Debra Robison-Skinner, of Granville, four grandchildren, Britiany, Kristin, Vince Jr. and Blair, four great-grandchildren, Trey, Makhi, Noah and Nariyah, two brothers, Henry D. Robison, of Henry and Francis Robison, of Sun City, FL.

His parents and four brothers preceded him in death.

Jr worked as a self-employed carpenter for most of his life. He was very active in starting and served as president of the MSW Project. He was active with the Optimist Club and many activates in the community.

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Monday, August 24, 1925 - Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Evelyn Elaine (Junker) Bade, 91, of Henry and formerly of Varna, passed away Tuesday December 27, 2016, 10:30 am at Heartland Health Care Center, Henry.

Visitation will be Monday January 2, 2017 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Varna. Funeral services will follow at 12:00 noon. Pastor Peter Gluck will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Varna. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church or to the Varna Ambulance Service.

Evelyn was born August 24, 1925 in Ancona, IL to Walter F. and Clara A.B. Junker. She married Gerhardt A. Bade June 1, 1947at Varna, IL. He preceded her in death on August 16, 2002.

Surviving are one son, Dean G. (Kathy) Bade, of Varna, and one daughter, Diane C. (Stephen) Pruitt, of Highlands Ranch, CO, five grandchildren, Gary Dean (Missy), Joseph (Carrie), Robert (Lisa), Laura (Alec) Hayden and Matthew Bade, seven great-grandchildren and one brother, Arnold (Harriet) Junker, of Varna. Her parents preceded her in death.

Evelyn resided in rural Ancona (Reading TWP), Wenona, Varna and Henry her entire lifetime. She worked as a grocery clerk, a cook for the Varna Grade School and Asta Nursing Home in Toluca and predominately, as a farm wife. She is most remembered for her gift of music as organist to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for over 60 years. She was also active in church and community organizations too numerous to mention.

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