Veterans Who Have Passed–Kenelm”Ken” Groff, Jr.

Source:  Rockford Register Star, August 8, 2021.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Harold Herried

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Feb. 3, 2021.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Norbert Miller

Source:  Rockford Register Star, April 19, 2021.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Earl H. Hardcastle, Jr


Veterans Who Have Passed — Harold Donald Johnson


Harold Donald Johnson 1926—2020
Harold Donald Johnson, 94, of Dixon, passed away on Monday, December 14, 2020, at Liberty Court Assisted Living & Memory Care, Dixon, IL. He was employed by the Illinois Northern Utility Co., which merged with Public Service Co., then with Commonwealth Edison Co. for 36 prior to his retirement.
Harold was born May 15, 1926, in Dixon, IL, the son of Harry and Jennie (Steinbeck) Johnson. He had several nicknames, mainly “Goozle” which was passed on from his father and “Swede” which was from his time with the Utility Company. Harold graduated from Dixon High School, class of 1944. He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1944-1946 including duty in the European Theater of Operations. Also served in the Illinois National Guard and Korean Conflict from 1949-1952. Harold was proud to have received three Honorable Discharges. He attended Grace United Methodist Church in Dixon, was a member of the American Legion Post #12, a Charter Volunteer at Dixon Rural Fire Dept for 11 years (1946-1957), a member of the World War II National Museum in New Orleans, and a special Deputy Sheriff under John Stouffer, Robert Burrs and his good friend Quest. During the Depression Era he delivered newspapers for the Dixon Evening Telegraph and Rockford Morning Star. Harold had the pleasure of being Grand Marshall of the 2017 Memorial Day Parade. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and the many trips they took. He is survived by special friends, Terrie Sloan, Kathy Gridley, and Leonard Jerrells; cousins and many friends. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Raymond and brother, Richard who passed away in infancy.
Private graveside service will be on Friday, December 18, 2020, at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, IL, with, Pastor Jack Briggs, officiating, with full Military Honors by the combined Veteran’s Military Groups.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be mailed to Midland States Bank in C/O Connie Bontz directed to Oakwood Cemetery for the Veterans Platform to install a ramp or the Dixon Veterans Memorial Park.
Harold expressed his thanks and blessing to go to Terrie Sloan, a great friend and a devoted neighbor for over the last 30 plus years especially since living alone at home and then at Liberty Court, for the many visits and helping hands, may God put many stars in your crown.
Harold’s special friends would like to extend a thank you to nurse Andrea and all the staff at Liberty Court for taking such good care of him during his stay. As well as the combined Veteran Military Groups in the local area for all they do for Veterans.
“There is never a total loss,
But what there is a small
Gain somewhere,
If you look at it Right”
~Harold D. Johnson
Arrangements were completed by Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon.
Condolences may be sent to
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, 2020, and found on

Veterans Who Have Passed — Ernest C. Mowers


Ernest C. Mowers 1926—2020
America has lost another from its greatest generation. Ernest C. Mowers, 94 of Belvidere, IL died, December 7, 2020 in Belvidere, IL. Ernest was born to Amos J. and Agnes (Mahle) Mowers May 16, 1926 in Genoa, IL. He graduated from high school in 1944. He married Charmeine Whitehead in 1947 and upon her passing he married Gloria (Schmidt) Greenhow in 2001 in Belvidere. Ernest was employed with Barber-Colman in Rockford, IL and Giddings & Lewis in Janesville, WI for many years. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere, The American Legion and VFW. Ernest proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy from 1944 to 1950 then reenlisted and was honorably discharged again in 1954. He served in WWII and the Korean Navy Reserves as a Gunner’s mate. He served on Motor Torpedo Boats, the USS Barr and USS Gosselin/Destroyer Escorts totaling 6.5 years accredited. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golf, woodworking, bowling, and the Green Bay Packers.
Ernest will be loved and missed by his wife, Gloria; daughters, Michele Pospeschil, Josette (Bradley) Parsch and Denise (Ronald Vike, Jr.) Poindexter; stepchildren, Cindy Collins, Susan (Steve) Dalhstrom and Greg (Sherlene) Greenhow; grandchildren, Jason and Tom Pospeschil, Leah and Clinton Parsch, Kirsten Peterson, and Chelsea Packer; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; previous wife of 53 years, Charmeine Mowers; and grand-son, Casey Poindexter.
The walk-through visitation will be held Tuesday, December 15, 2020 from 10:00 -10:45 a.m. at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave, Belvidere IL 61008. Funeral service will be private. Live Stream of the funeral service will be Tuesday December 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Burial at Highland Garden of Memories. Pastor Braun Campbell will officiate. Due to state guidelines social distancing and facemasks required. Memorials in his honor can be made to the family to establish a memorial at a later date. If you would like to leave a memory for the family, please visit
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2020, as found on

Veterans Who Have Passed — Toby C. Whitehead


Toby C. Whitehead 1926—2020
Toby C. Whitehead, 94, of Winnebago, formerly of Corning, AR, died Friday, December 4, 2020, at Prairie View Assisted Living Community in Winnebago. He was born January 15, 1926 in Corning, AR, the son of Toby Clarence and Lelia (Ora) Whitaker Whitehead. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving in World War II and the Korean War. Toby worked 35 years at Sundstrand Corporation in Rockford retiring as a test lab supervisor and also farmed. He was a member and bus driver at Berean Baptist Church in Rockford. He enjoyed going for drives, cooking, hunting and fishing.
Toby is survived by his sons, Chris (Beth) Whitehead, Jeff (Pam) Whitehead, Jimmy (Mark) Whitehead; daughters, Barbara Patterson, Debbie (Jon) Pearson, Sheila (Scott) Rehfeldt, Melanie (John) Lieske; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brothers, Billy (Oma Dean) Whitehead, Frank Whitehead, Wilke (Sylvia) Whitehead; several nephews and nieces.
Toby is predeceased by his daughter, Sandi Gray; brothers, Johnny Whitehead, Phillip Whitehead; sisters, Nina Smith, Martha Owens.
Private family interment service at Corning Cemetery in Corning, AR. In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established. Arrangements by Genandt Funeral Home, 602 N. Elida St., Winnebago. For an online obituary and tributes go to


Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9, 2020, as found on

Veterans Who Have Passed — Richard Francis Balentyne Sr.

Richard Francis Balentyne Sr. 1929—2020
Richard Francis Balentyne Sr., 91, of Belvidere, IL passed away at his home on Sunday, November 29, 2020. Son of the late Harry F. and Lydia (Dralle) Balentyne, he was born on Monday, June 3, 1929 in Belvidere, IL. Richard served his country during the Korean Conflict in The United States Army Military Police. He married the love of his life, Beverly Dolphin, on Sunday, June 14, 1953 at St. James Catholic Church in Belvidere, IL. Richard worked for Barber Coleman as an assembler for 47 years. He was very active at St. James Catholic Church in Belvidere. He was an altar server, usher, and a Eucharistic Minister. He was a member of the VFW and American Legion, and volunteered at the Keen Age Center, Chamber of Commerce, Conservation District, and St. James Catholic Church. Richard is loved and will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Beverly; daughter, Anne (Thomas) Wise; grandchildren, Amanda Wise, Jonathan Wise; brother, Kenneth (Patricia) Balentyne; sisters in law, Juanita Balentyne, Sonja Balentyne; The Stark Family; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Lydia; son, Rich Balentyne; 6 infant children; brothers, Harry I. Balentyne, Gerald Balentyne, Emmett J. Balentyne; sister, Phyllis Blake. There will be a visitation on Monday, December 7, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. at Belvidere Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Belvidere, IL. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 A.M. at St. James Catholic Church. Interment will follow mass at St. James Catholic Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in the family’s name.
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2020, as found on

Veterans Who Have Passed — Roger R. Bird


Roger R. Bird 1932—2020

Roger R. Bird, 88, of Rockford passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, November 27, 2020. He was born on April 10, 1932 to Chellis and Myrtle (Daughenbaugh) Bird. Roger graduated from West High School in 1951 and was voted Most Photogenic in his Class. He married the love of his life, Evelyn Heitzman, on January 3, 1953. He joined the US Air Force in 1952 and served during the Korean War. Roger worked at Heitzman Manufacturing for 25+ years. He later obtained his real estate license and worked part-time as a real estate broker. In 1998, he and his wife purchased a Bed and Breakfast in Galena, IL and served as Innkeepers of the Hellman Guest House from 1998 to 2004. He truly enjoyed their time in Galena and the family shares many happy memories during that time. Roger always had a positive attitude and never took anything too seriously, always joking and laughing whenever he could. He was an avid Bears and Cubs fan. He had a profound love for animals and cared for many injured animals over the years. He will truly be missed by his wife and family.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years; his son, Steven (Jane) Bird; daughters, Susan (Jeff) Berg, Dianne Keller and Mary (Steve) Schoenberg; his grandchildren, Derek (Ryan) Bird of Flower Mound, TX, Garrett (Elizabeth) Bird, Adam (Chelsea) Bird, Brett (Cassi) Bird, Jessica (James) Bird, Nathan (Rachel) Bird, Jennifer (Chris) Masiewicz, Michele Meyer, Michael (Val) Meyer of Denver, CO, Emily (Zach) Zwiger, Aaron, Allison and Matthew Keller; 17 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved dogs, Tommie and Penny. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ronald; and two sisters, Lois Kuhns and Gloria Nordstrom.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 3, 2020 in St. Bridget Catholic Church, 600 Clifford Ave, Loves Park. Masks and social distancing are required. Due to COVID-19, there will be a private family visitation. Entombment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. To share a memory or express condolences, visit

Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, 2020, as found on