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John Annett

Jul 27, 1936 - Oct 14, 2023

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Galva, IL

KEWANEE - John C. Annett, 87, of Santa Roa, CA, formerly of Kewanee, died Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Arbol Residences of Santa Rosa. Arrangements are pending at Rux Funeral Home in Kewaee. To to the family or in memory of John C. Annett, please

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James C. Coakley

May 17, 1956 - Feb 28, 2024

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Galva, IL

GALVA – James C. “Jim” Coakley, 67, of Galva, died Wednesday, February 28, 2024 in Galva. He was born May 17, 1956 in Moline, the son of Calvin Cornelius and Lois Anne (Penix) Coakley. He married Mariann M. Waggoner on December 12, 2012 in Galva. Survivors include his wife of Galva, his five children; Os’scarr Coakley of Galva, Douglas (Maggie) Schmidt of Galva, Amber (Melvin) Inman of Newton, IA, Samantha Schmidt (William Despain) of Galva and Jerzie and Luciee Coakley, both of Galva, three sisters; Gloria (Dan) Sheldon of Clinton, IA, Pam Coakley of Moline, and Sharon Kermeen of Sterling and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Alica Coakley and two angel infants. Jim graduated from United Township High School in East Moline, IL. He worked for the water department at Big River Resources in Galva for six years until his retirement. He had also worked for John Deere and Bob Evans and was the director of the Galva Ambulance Service for several years. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed watching football and baseball. Most of all he loved his family and cherished the time spent with them. A visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday, March 4 at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. Cremation will be accorded following the visitation. Memorials may be directed to the family. To to the family or in memory of James C. "Jim" Coakley, please

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Joel A. Brewster

May 16, 1972 - Feb 24, 2024

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Galva, IL

Galva – Joel A. “Joey” Brewster, 51, of Galva, passed away at 1:05 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at OSF St. Francis, surrounded by loving family. He was born on May 16, 1972, in Galesburg, the son of Lynda (Doss) and Gary Anderson.Surviving Joel are his daughter, Tia Brewster of Yukon, OK; grandson, Damon Reese; adopted son, Dalton Brewster; parents, Lynda and Gary Anderson of Toulon; brother, James Brewster of Moline; nephew, Frankie Doss; step siblings, Ehrin and Shauna Anderson; and a step niece, Harmony Stauth. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Joe Brewster; and a brother, John Doss.Joey loved spending time with his family. He enjoyed motorcycles and having a beer with his buddies. He owned and operated his own handyman business, Brewsters N’ Stuff. His generosity will be remembered in the way he helped others through his work and through being an organ and tissue donor.A Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. A memorial has been established at the State Bank of Toulon at the Toulon, Kewanee, and Galva location, so he may have a park bench at the park district in his memory.Haskell Funeral and Cremation Services in Wyoming is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences for Joey’s family may be left on his tribute wall at www.haskellfuneral.com.

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Patrick H. Williams

Mar 17, 1953 - Feb 18, 2024

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Galva, IL

GALVA - Patrick H. Williams, 70, of Galva, died Sunday, February 18, 2024 at his home. Cremation will be accorded and no services are planned at this time. Rux Funeral Home in Galva assisted the family with the arrangements. To to the family or in memory of Patrick H. Williams, please

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Charlotte L. Overbaugh

Nov 03, 1929 - Jan 18, 2024

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Galva, IL

GALVA – Charlotte L. “Cherie” Overbaugh, 94, of Galva, died at 6:25 a.m., Thursday, January 18, 2024 at Courtyard Estates of Galva. She was born November 3, 1929 in Beloit, WI, the daughter of Leonard and Cleora (Dennick) Larsen. She married Robert G. Overbaugh on June 28, 1952 at Beloit College in Beloit, WI and he preceded her in death on March 1, 1993. Survivors include her daughter, Teri (Overbaugh )Pankau of Oneida, her grandson, Matthew (Jill) Pankau of Galva and her friend and companion Josef Novak of Kewanee. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brother, Leonard “Spark” Larsen and her son-in-law, Ronald Pankau. Alongside her husband Bob, Cherie owned and helped operate the - Overbaugh Equipment Company – an International Harvestor Dealership in Galva that was founded in 1926. Prior, she worked for the Galva CO-OP and for Rex D. Johnson in Oneida. She was a member of the Galva Congregational Church, an active member of Galva Chapter BR – PEO, and was a lifetime supporter of the Henry County Republican Party. Cherie was proudly the first women Chairperson in Illinois, serving on the Henry County Board and was a true patriot. Cherie had a passion for cats, swimming, enjoying the Florida life, keeping an impeccable home and yard, and spending time with her close friends Josef, Nancy, and family. Funeral services to be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 30, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva with Pastor Marshall Jones officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. A private burial will be held at Galva Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Henry County Humane Society. To to the family or in memory of Charlotte L. "Cherie" Overbaugh, please

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Bob Siemers

May 12, 1954 - Dec 19, 2023

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Galva, IL

Bob always lived life to the fullest and loved to laugh at himself as he had a saying which his wife Sharon always tolerated "If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing. " Other sayings he was noted for "Should've Taken the Whiff!" "What are the odds of this happening?" and "Obviously pretty good. " Robert "Bob" Siemers was the first born to Walt "Bud" and Dolores "Dee" (DeBlock) Siemers on May 12, 1954 and passed away on December 19, 2023. He had four children, Lisa and Jennifer, and he later married Sharon (Ouart) Siemers on December 31, 1988 in Davenport. Together they had children Samantha and Marcus (deceased). Bob loved how his girls turned out and was very proud of them all and their families; Lisa (Dan) Forman, Jennifer (Bill) Pelton and Samantha; grandchildren Alex, Izzy, Addy and Olivia. Also surviving is his mother Dee, sister LuAnn (Bruce) Mahaffey, brother-in-law Mark (Diane) Ouart, sister-in-law Mary (Pat) Simaytis and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Marcus, his father, brothers Ron and Kenny, sister-in-law Nancy Ouart and many aunts and uncles. He graduated from Kewanee High School in 1972 and attended Black Hawk East in Kewanee and loved reading inspirational books and trying to always improve himself. He loved sports and especially baseball, playing on Legion baseball teams and playing softball with many great friends in the 70's and those friends he is still in constant contact with. He held Management positions in the grocery and retail business with Eagles, Super Valu, Super America, Woodside Foods and most recently Walmart Stores Inc. which he was a Food District Manager for 14 years and managed Walmart in Geneseo starting in February of 2010 retiring in 2020 following 24 years of service. Bob always gave back to the communities he worked in, belonging to the Jaycees, Moose, Elks, Kiwanis and Rotary in the Henry County area at different times in his retail career starting in 1970 and for over 49 1/2 years. He was also a Paul Harris Fellow through the Rotary Club. He loved his family very much and he knew his wife Sharon taught him to enjoy the finer things in life. Bob and Sharon loved the beach and the water and vacationed in quite a few beaches in the US and Caribbean. He taught his daughters and numerous family members to always have fun and laugh. The Santa Clown tradition that started in 1992 and Labor Day golf events and AWESOME FRIENDS that helped shape him grow as a person. These individuals were the BobBearers: John Hughes, Mark Fargher, Scott Yarde, Mark Ouart, Steve Pont, Spike, Joel, Pat S. and Steve (that's 3 Marks against me) and honorary BobBearers: Mark S. Gar, Bill, Randy Jenkins, Dan D. Jim and Leo and many many more too numerous to mention. Friends for Life and he loved them and their wives and treasured them all. His biggest goal in life that he shared was not to take yourself too seriously, laugh and push yourself to be successful in life. Bob loved to manage and lead and cherished the thousands of people he was associated with and had mentored over the years in the retail landscape and the 10's of thousands of customers who he helped over those 49 + years in the retail businesses in Kewanee, Galva, Dunlap and Geneseo areas and lead Walmart teams in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin, he thanks all of you! Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a. m. , Wednesday, December 27 at the First United Methodist Church in Kewanee with Pastor Haley Hausman officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p. m. , Tuesday, December 26 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Burial will be in Pleasant View Cemetery in Kewanee. Memorials may be directed to the Bob Siemers Memorial Fund for a memorial to be established. "If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing. " "Love and happiness don't die, people do! Love you all. " To to the family or in memory of Bob Siemers, please

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Donald Snieski

Sep 18, 1938 - Dec 08, 2023

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Galva, IL

KEWANEE - Don Snieski, 85, of Bentonville, AR, formerly of Kewanee, died peacefully on Friday, December 8, 2023 at the Circle of Life Hospice Home at Legacy Village in Bentonville. Arrangements are pending at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. To to the family or in memory of Donald "Don" Snieski, please

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Jacquelyn Grow

Dec 22, 1944 - Nov 18, 2023

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Galva, IL

Toulon. . . Jacquelyn Y. Grow, 78, a resident at Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, died peacefully at 7:35 PM Saturday, November 18, 2023 at the center. Cremation will be accorded and a private inurnment will take place at a later date in Hawaii. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is assisting the family with arrangements. She was born on December 22, 1944 in Maui, Hawaii, the daughter of Joseph and Marie (Machedo) Pang. She is survived by several children and grandchildren and had worked as a bookkeeper for the Salvation Army. To to the family or in memory of Jacquelyn Y Grow, please

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James Golby

Mar 02, 1927 - Nov 12, 2023

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Galva, IL

James Larkin Golby was born March 2, 1927 in Kewanee, Illinois to John Thomas and Elizabeth Larkin Golby. He married Alice Ann Simons on July 25, 1964 at St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Princeville, Illinois. He passed away on November 12, 2023. Jim and Alice are the parents of four children, Katherine (Eric) Stewart of Dwight, Illinois, Margaret (Craig) Gustafson of Kewanee, Illinois, Dr. Angela Golby of Morton, Illinois, and Lt. Col. (US Army, Ret. ) Dr. Jim (Kristen) Golby of Austin, Texas. They were blessed with eleven grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Dr. Sarah (Jake) Burd and Sadie Burd (The Great), 2LT Ethan Stewart, Melissa Stewart, Matthew Gustafson, Dr. Alison (Connor) McDonald, Elizabeth (Thomas) Witty, Kat Golby, Maddie Golby, John Golby, Luke Golby, and Peter Golby. Jim was the oldest of seven children. Sisters Catherine (Kate) Cromien, Elizabeth (Wink) Barry, and Sr. Eileen Golby, OSF survive as well as brother-in-law Maurice Yepsen. Also surviving are cousins Rose (Larry) Pratt, Tim (Jackie) Golby, and Doug (Dorothy) Miles as well as many nieces and nephews. His parents and his wife Alice Ann preceded him in death as did his brother John and wife Barbara Golby, his sister Regina and husband Roger Anderson, brothers-in-law Bernie Cromien and Jack Barry, and his sister Patricia Yepsen. Jim grew up on the family farm in rural Bureau County, just west of Neponset, Illinois. He enjoyed being part of a big, extended Irish family. A lot of life lessons are learned on the farm, and from an early age Jim learned to work hard. It was always important to him to honor the legacy of his family. Jim was proud to be from Neponset and graduated as valedictorian from Neponset High School in May 1945 during World War II. That next Monday he left for basic training in the United States Army. When Jim returned home after serving in the Army, he joined the Neponset American Legion. He was very proud of the fact that he had been a member of the Neponset Legion for over 76 years. As a WWII veteran, Jim felt fortunate to have the educational benefits of the G. I. Bill which covered college tuition. He was determined to graduate from a university by the age of twenty-two. He first attended Western Illinois University as they had a quarter system where he could catch up by attending in the summertime as well. After one and a half years at Western, he transferred to the University of Illinois in Champaign (U of I). While attending U of I, Jim cleaned and cooked at a fraternity house to afford the room he rented from a local family. He had a bicycle at school and would often hitchhike home to see his family. He graduated from U of I with highest honors in 1950. In 1952, he obtained his Master's Degree from the U of I and continued to take additional coursework there, at Bradley University, and at the University of Chicago. He taught Agriculture at Geneseo High School for one year before becoming the Ag teacher at Kewanee High School (KHS) in 1951. He held that position until 1962 when he became Principal of the high school. In 1967 Jim was named Superintendent of Kewanee School District #229 and the Superintendent Administrator of the Henry-Stark Special Education District Cooperative. He held these positions until his retirement in 1998 and is recognized as one of the longest tenured school administrators in the State of Illinois. He was honored to be the District's Superintendent Emeritus after his retirement. Jim touched many lives during his 48 year-long careers in education. He loved and appreciated the students, staff, and faculty he was privileged to work with. He brought people together and ensured that the district had what it needed to thrive. He was compassionate towards others while leading with vision and strength. Jim valued good communication and inclusion, which led him to start numerous committees and offer regular open forums so that stakeholders in the district could have a voice and provide input. Those groups included, the Superintendent's Student Advisory Committee, the Staff Advisory Committee, the Curriculum Coordinating Committee, the Minority Voice Committee, an Administrative Committee, and Come 'n Communication sessions for the people of each school in the district. During their many years in Kewanee, Jim and Alice Ann served their community and always tried to help where they could. Jim was a leader, advocate, and pioneer. In 1952 while teaching agriculture and as the Advisor for the KHS Chapter of the Future Farmers of America, he and his students hosted a barrow show on the track in the KHS stadium. That show would later evolve into the community's celebration of "Hog Days," which commemorates the era when Henry County led the entire nation in pork production. In the late 1960s the Kewanee community sought to offer college coursework locally. Jim worked diligently and quickly to develop the curriculum. Beginning in 1967, classes were offered through Black Hawk College at the Kewanee National Guard Armory and at KHS. As class offerings and enrollment grew, the college opened a site just south of Kewanee in 1971. Jim was the last living member of the five founders of Black Hawk College East. Over the course of his professional career Jim was recognized for significant achievements and exceptional leadership. Some of those recognitions included, Honorary State Farmer by the Future Farmers of America (1956), Valley Forge Classroom Teachers Medal (1961), Outstanding Young Man by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in Kewanee (1963), Those Who Excel award for an outstanding administrator by the State of Illinois Superintendent's office (1978), Citizen of the Year by the Kewanee Chamber of Commerce (1984), Grand Marshall of the Labor Day Parade (1984), and Who's Who in Education. He was also a member of the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society in Education. Jim held numerous offices in professional and service organizations. He was a member of the American Association of School Administrators and the Illinois Association of School Administrators. Jim served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of Kewanee, President of the Kewanee Teachers Association, a member of the Kewanee YMCA Board of Directors, President of the United Fund, and Chair of the Ambassadors Club of Kewanee. Jim was proud to be a member of the Kiwanis Club of Kewanee for over 71 years and held the offices of Treasurer, Vice-President and President and especially enjoyed volunteering during the Club's Peanut Days and Pancake Day fundraisers. He was awarded the Luis V. Amador award from Division 17 within the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International to extend special recognition and honor for outstanding service within the community. Jim was also a lifetime member of the Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a. m. , Monday, November 20 at Saint John Paul II Parish in Kewanee. Celebrant will be Fr. Chris Haake. Visitation will be held from 2:00-6:00 p. m. , Sunday, November 19 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee with recitation of the rosary at 1:30 p. m. Burial will take place at 2:00 p. m. , Monday, November 20 at St. Mary of the Woods Cemetery in Princeville where military rites will be accorded by the Neponset American Legion. Jim's children would like to extend their gratitude and appreciation to their dad's extended family, close friends, and former students who made his days bright and filled them with meaning. A special thanks also to the staff at Courtyard Estates and Courtyard Village in Kewanee for their kindness and care over the last several years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may go to the Kewanee Schools Foundation or to the Black Hawk East Foundation. To to the family or in memory of James L. Golby, please

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Gary Streitmatter

May 03, 1951 - Nov 04, 2023

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Galva, IL

Heaven is brighter and full of even more love since gaining Gary Streitmatter, a happy-go-lucky gentle spirit, a kind and loving soul. Gary passed away on November 4th while residing at Toulon Health Care Center. Everyone who knew Gary knew that he was a loving person who was always happy. He knew how to make his family laugh without saying a word. He was their foundation and they have always felt that they were beyond fortunate to have been blessed with him in their family. Gary loved to travel; was able to vacation from coast to coast and loved Hawaii. He loved attending church and loved music. He knew his favorite hymns by heart and was a true Lawrence Welk fan. Gary was the 2nd of 4 children born May 3, 1951 to Merle Streitmatter and Norma Patricia "Pat" Streitmatter Brown. Gary was 72 years old when he passed far outliving life expectations for someone born with Downs Syndrome. Credit for his longevity and good health goes to his mom, Pat. She always felt that Gary was a gift from God and he was the center of her world. She went above and beyond to give him the best that life had to offer. She survives as well as his oldest sister Linda DeCamp of Henry, brother Alan (Linda) Streitmatter of Metamora and younger sister Amy (Greg) Milroy of Toulon. His father Merle and loving stepfather Boyd Brown preceded him in death. He is also survived by niece Francie (Doug) McCartney of Rome, nephews Scott (partner Lynda) DeCamp of Henry, Dave (MacKinsey) Milroy of Monmouth and Kyle Milroy of Peoria. He also had three great nieces, Erica and Alexis DeCamp of Peoria and Quinn Milroy of Monmouth and one great nephew Lincoln Milroy of Monmouth. Special credit for his development also goes to Abilities Plus, a social services agency for those with disabilities that began in 1957. Gary's parents, Merle and Pat were 2 of the 6 Founders of the agency. Gary was one of the original 9 children in 1957 and was the last survivor of that original group. A special thank you goes out to the Toulon Health Care Center for the wonderful care that Gary received. He was well cared for and seemed very content to be a resident there. Another special thank you also goes out to Compassus from Galesburg for Gary's hospice care. They did an outstanding job keeping Gary comfortable and making his passing less difficult for him and for his family. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Toulon United Methodist Church on Saturday, November 11. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p. m. with funeral to follow at 2:00 p. m. Following the services everyone is welcome to join the family in the church basement for food and fellowship. Private burial will be held at a later date. Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to Abilities Plus. To to the family or in memory of Gary Dean Streitmatter, please

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Barry Millender

Jun 10, 1970 - Oct 19, 2023

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Galva, IL

Barry Douglas Millender, 53, of Galva, IL, died on Friday, October 6, 2023, at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Barry was born on June 10, 1970 in Dallas, TX, the son of Sherman Douglas and Linda Sue (Statum) Millender. Barry married Heidi Grogg on August 7, 2015. Barry graduated from Plano Senior High and earned his Bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University. He spent his career working in the restaurant industry. He started his career in Old Chicago, and eventually owned his own restaurant. Barry was a Methodist Church member and also belonged to the Texas Tech Sigma Ki Fraternity. Barry loved his time at Cheley Colorado Camp, and was a long-time volunteer at Cheley Children's Hospital Burn Camp where he met his wife. Barry was an avid golfer, enjoyed being outdoors, and loved his dogs. He is survived by his wife, Heidi Millender of Galva, IL; parents, Sherman and Linda Millender of Plano, TX; and brother, Brett Millender of Galva, IL. Cremation was provided by Lincoln Land Cremation Society.

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