Veterans Who Have Passed–Daniel H. Reilly


Veterans Who Have Passed–Charles Wilhelmson

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Feb. 3, 2019.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Leon C. Raiford, Jr.

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Feb. 9, 2019.

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 — John Berland


John Berland 1933—2020
John Berland of Rockford, IL passed away peacefully on November 19, 2020. He was born May 1, 1933 in Hordvik, Norway. He married Inger, also from Norway, in Rockford, IL in 1958. He served in both the Norwegian and US Army. He was co-owner of Rockford Viking Builders and later had his own business building homes and remodeling. John enjoyed fishing, golfing at Red Barn Golf Course, traveling and cooking on the weekends. John is loved and will be missed by his wife, Inger; children Anita (Jeffrey) and Mark, and his grandchildren Kristian (Kristi) and Michelle (Matthew).
We will remember a life well-lived and how proud he was of his children and grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 10 to Dec. 12, 2020, as found on

Veterans Who Have Passed — James L. Wrede

James L. Wrede 1946—2020
James Wrede, 74 passed away peacefully on December 3, 2020 in Port Isabel, Texas. His loving wife Roxanne at his side. Cremation rites have been accorded, a private family service will be held at a later date. James was born and graduated from high school in Medford, Wisconsin. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He began work at the Chrysler Plant in Belvidere, Illinois and worked there until he retired after 30 years. He spent his retirement years enjoying his gardens, golfing, fishing, playing cards and filling his days with family and friends.
James is predeceased by his parents (Alex and Mary), his brother and sister (Dick and LaVonne) and his first wife (Joan).
James is survived by his wife Roxanne. His children, Kimberly(Gordon) Schaefer, Nicole (Martin) Adams, Tonya (Jamie) Peter, Tracey (Steve) Swanson, and Tim(Erin) Harris. James was blessed with 8 grandchildren: Haley, Britton, Ezra, Dalton, Lyndzey, Cole, Dane and Claire. As well as one great granddaughter, Layla. His siblings, Claire(Lois) Wrede, Marge(Art) Wild, Rosemary(Gerald) Viegut and many nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by his family and friends at Lakeland RV Campground in Milton, Wisconsin and the Port Isabel Park Center in Port Isabel, Texas.
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 9 to Dec. 12, 2020, as found on

Veterans Who Have Passed — Jerry Hubble


Jerry Max Hubble 1939—2020

Jerry Max Hubble, 81 of Rockton, IL passed away on December 8, 2020 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Wayne County, IL on August 12, 1939. He graduated from Cisne High School, Class of 1957. Jerry attended Eastern Illinois University for a short time. He was an Army veteran. He married the former Donna Lee VanSickle on June 10, 1959. They have been blessed with two daughters Kari (Bill) Emrich and Wendy (Derek) Fredchowski. They have five grandchildren, Scott (Katelyn) Sauberlich, Samantha Sauberlich, Aereka (Mason) Heyde, Megan Sauberlich and Dylan Sauberlich. As well as having ten great grandchildren Riley, Isabella, Gabriella and Cole, Harper and Harlow, Gannon and Weston, Aiden and Adlelyn. He was an active member of the Old Stone Church and served on various committees. He retired from GTE after working there thirty-four years. He is survived by his wife Donna; two daughters; grandchildren; great grandchildren; two brothers Elmo Hubble of Lafayette, LA and Jerald Hubble of Mt. Erie, IL and one sister Janice Simmons of Pittsburg, IL.
Predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford and Bernice (Powell) Hubble.
A private memorial ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020. A live streaming of the service will be available on Zoom, information is listed below. Cremation Rites to be Accorded. Final Resting place to be at Rockton Township Cemetery, Rockton, Illinois. McCorkle Funeral Home- Rockton Chapel assisted the family.
Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 2020, as found on