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

Veterans Who Have Passed — Loren W. Johnson


Loren W. Johnson 1935—2020
Loren W. Johnson, 85, of Rockford, passed away on Sunday, December 6. 2020. Born May 29, 1935, in Rockford, son of Fred S. and Mildred (Swanson) Johnson. Graduate of Rockford East High School, Class of 1953 and Lake Forest College in 1957 where he was a member of Delta Chi Fraternity. Veteran of the U.S. Army. Loren married Audrey G. Johnson on December 27,1957. She predeceased him on September 26, 2010. Loren was employed as a realtor by Whitehead Realtors for many years. He was a member of Rockford Board of Realtors, Illinois Association of Realtors and National Association of Realtors. Former President of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and former member of the Children’s Home and Aid Society, Board of Meat and Eat (now Lifescape Community Services). Loren was a longtime member of Alpine Kiwanis Club and YMCA Retired Men’s Club and a lifetime member of Bethesda Covenant Church, servicing on its Board of Trustees. Loren and Audrey spent many summers in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. They also traveled to many European countries; especially enjoying visiting relatives in Sweden and traveling most of this country. Survived by sister-in-law, Phyllis C. Johnson of Elmhurst, IL; cousin, Robert C. Buie of Pryor Lake, MN; and numerous friends, including Jeff (Jane) Klinger. Also predeceased by his parents.
Graveside Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020 at Scandinavian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alpine Kiwanis Club, PO BOX 5132, Rockford, IL 61125. Please visit for Covid 19 limitations or to express a condolences.
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11, 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 — William “Bill’ J. McHoes


William J. McHoes 1940—2020
Age 80, of Monroe, WI died on Friday, December 4, 2020 at his home. Bill was born on January 27, 1940 in Freeport, IL, the son of William B. and Irene (Rodewig) McHoes Bauer. He graduated from Freeport Aquin High School in 1958. Bill was stationed in Germany and earned the rank of spec 4 while serving in the U.S. Army from 1958 until his honorable discharge in 1961. He married Barbara Abey in 1961. Bill and Candace DeRemer were married on March 17, 1998 in Monroe. Bill worked at F.W. Means and Ajax Laundry in Rockford for several years. He purchased Monroe Laundry in 1971 and along with his brother established B & B Towel service in 1972. Bill started Cadiz Hills Campground in 1977 and later Cadiz Hills Antiques. He was a former member of the Freeport Eagles Club.
Bill is survived by his wife, Candace McHoes of Monroe; three sons, Steve (Tracy) McHoes, David (Christine) McHoes, and Mark (Jennifer) McHoes; two step-sons, Alexander (Anne) Oestreicher and Zach (Sara) Oestreicher; seven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and his brother, Robert (Bonnie) McHoes. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Clifford Bauer; and a niece, DeeAnn Cass.
Per Bill’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded and no services will be held. The Newcomer Funeral Home, Monroe, is assisting the family. Condolences may be shared at
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 7 to Dec. 9, 2020, as found on

Veterans Who Have Passed — Michael Thomas Kitzinger

Michael Thomas Kitzinger 1951—2020
Michael Thomas Kitzinger, 69 of Belvidere, died on December 4, 2020 in his home, surrounded by his loving family. Born on February 8, 1951 in Chicago, son of Ernest L. and Veronica (McFadden) Kitzinger. Attended Notre Dame College Prep and Maine East High School. Served in the United States Army. United in marriage to Judy Ward on October 7, 1989 in Chicago. Mike was a self-employed carpenter. He was a talented carpenter, he enjoyed building bookcases, dresser and toy boxes for his family. Mike’s true joy was spending time with his grandchildren. They were truly the light of his life. Survived by his wife, Judy; children, Mike (Candy) Anthony, Scott Anthony, Michael (Jessica) Kitzinger, Stacy (Jeff) Devereaux, Joey (Nicole) Kitzinger, David Kitzinger, Chris (Tammy) Anthony, Lisa (Chris) Bibly; 24 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; brothers, Tom and Larry Kitzinger, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Lenny Kitzinger. Mike’s family is grateful to the staff of Heartland Hospice for their loving care, especially Tammy Christensen. Her caring presence and her ability to be the “weighted blanket” that the family needed was greatly appreciated. Walk through visitation on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon at Grace Funeral & Cremation Services, 4301 N. Main St. Rockford. Live webcast of the funeral service can be watched here: at noon. Private family services and interment due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Share a message of condolence at

Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 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