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

Truesdale, Milton Earl

Born Feb. 5,1929, Ithaca, WI to Foster and Thelma (Moser) Truesdale.

Graduate Ithaca High School 1946.

Served in the U S Army in the 379th Division during the Korean Conflict as a lab tech in Germany.

Died July 6, 2014 at Wesley Willows from complications from Alzheimer’s.

McCorkle Funeral Home, Durand; Durand United Methodist Church, burial in Durand Township Cemetery.

Source: Rockford Register Star July 9, 2014

Funk, Jack M.

Died January 18, 2014

Born July 30, 1933, son of Andrew and Marjorie Funk, Rockford

Hononegah High School graduate

U.S. Marine, veteran of the Korean Conflict

McCorkle Funeral Home, Old Stone Church (Rockton), Rockton Township Cemetery


Getty, Oliver N.

of Caledonia,

Born April 14, 1928 in Munsey, PA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Philip and Bessie Irene ((Campbell) Getty.

Veteran of the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1952, stationed in Germany and Austria.

Died April 12, 2014 in St. Anthony.

McCorkle Funeral Home – Durand Chapel, Durand United Methodist Church, Howard Cemetery.


Source: Rockford Register Star April 14, 2014