Veterans Who Have Passed–Todd M. Ebens

Source:  Rockford Register Star, July 25, 2020.

Harlem-Roscoe Fire Department Volunteer Passes–Owen Sprague

Source:  Rockford Register Star, July 16, 2020.

Veterans Who Have Passed–James E Kammerer

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Feb. 22, 2019.

Paul M. Burke, 1931 – 2010 – Makerite Mfg.

Source: Rockford Register Star April 29, 2010


Arthur Joseph Stites Jr. – 2016 obituary


Source: Rockford Register Star 9-26-2016

Purnell, William J.

Born in Ionia, Michigan, August 31, 1923, the son of John and Elsa (Belling) Purnell.

Moved to Rockford at a young age.

Attended East High School, enlisted 2 months before graduation in 1942.

Got his GED.

Served 4 years in the U.S. Navy, in Bainbridge, Maryland, WWII.

Married Alice Whitehead in 1947, moved to Milwaukee, WI, where he graduated from the Layton School of Art.

They returned to Rockford, where he worked for Woodward Governor.

Died January 24, 2015, at age 91, at the Medina Nursing Center.

McCorkle Funeral Home, Pecatonica United Methodist Church, Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Hayelan, Wayne E.


Born August 12, 1928, in Rockford, to Elmer N. Hayelan and Claire Bermond Hayelan.

25 year employment at Gardener Machine Co.

Graduated in 1946 from Northwestern Military and Naval Academy, Lake Geneva, WI.

Illinois National Guard 1948 – 1951, U.S. Army from 1952-1954, during the Korean War.

65-year member Rockton United Methodist Church, charter member of the Rockton Rotary Club, 34-year member of the American Legion Post #322 in Rockton.

Died Oct. 29, 2014 at River Bluff Nursing Home.

McCorkle Funeral Home, Cremation] Rockton United Methodist Church; Rockton Township Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star Nov. 2, 2014..


Kramar, Elwood S.


Born on August 7, 1926, in Clinton, WI, the son of Roy and Ruth (Bue) Kramar.

Veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in WWII.

Died Aug. 23, 2014, in Medina Nursing Center.

McCorkle Funeral Home, Durand; St. Mary Catholic Church, Durand; burial in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Durand

Source: Rockford Register Star August 27, 2014