Veterans Who Have Passed — Wayne Francis Stern


Wayne Francis Stern 1934—2020
Wayne Francis Stern, 86, passed away on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 following a long illness and COVID 19. Son of the late Frank and Gertrude (Ollman) Stern, he was born on Friday, April 20, 1934 at Highland Hospital in Belvidere, IL. Wayne graduated from Belvidere High School in 1952 and Drake University School of Pharmacy. Wayne served his country in the United States Navy as a Corpsman from 1953 to 1957. Wayne married the love of his life, Sandra Didio on Saturday, July 28, 1962 in Belmond, IA. He was the pharmacy manager at Kmart in Belvidere from opening until retirement in 1999. Wayne was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks, University of Illinois and Notre Dame. He coached Belvidere Youth Baseball for 12 years, was a Eucharistic Minister, and was a longtime member of Belvidere V.F.W. and American Legion. Wayne is loved and will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Sandy; sons, Michael Stern, Mark (Kathleen) Stern, John Stern, Jason (Karice) Stern; grandchildren, Colleen Stern, Matthew Stern, Michael Stern, Patrick Stern, Kaitlin Stern, Kyle Stern; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Gertrude; sister, Ruth Jacobsen. There will be a graveside service beginning at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at Highland Garden of Memories in Belvidere, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Gary Sinise Foundation, or Belvidere Youth Baseball.
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 11 to Dec. 14, 2020, as 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 — Guy Massetti

Guy Massetti 1925—2020
Guy Massetti passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2020 in Gig Harbor, Washington. Guy was born in Abettito, Italy, June 1st 1925 to Emil and Maddalena (DeLuca) Massetti. He came to America at the age of five years, attended Rockford West High School, earned seven varsity letters in basketball, track and football, left school in his senior year to follow his brother in the U.S. Navy. Guy served six years in the Navy in WW 2 as a Gunnery Mate aboard ships from Attu, Alaska to Murmansk, Russia. With the war’s end and time left he played football with the U.S. Navy Treasure Island Military League Team. Life of many facets: athlete, barber, hair stylist, tile setter, dancer and dance instructor with wife Mary on cruise ships. He had a full life of travel throughout the U.S.A and Europe with each of his wives. Married Mary Saltarelli, she passed away in 1976. Later married Teresa Jacobsen who passed away in 2001.
Guy was predeceased by parents, wives Mary and Teresa, brothers Dominic, Anthony, twin brothers Fiore and Fiorello.
Guy is survived by brother Silvio John (Karen)Massetti, step-daughters Pamela, Candy and Becky of Washington. Nephews Ron, Mike, Mark Massetti and Niece Lynette Elliott of the Rockford area.
Funeral Mass and service along with a gathering of family and friends were held in Tacoma Washington.
Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 11 to Dec. 13, 2020, as found on

Veterans Who Have Passed — Claude C. Vernam

Claude C. Vernam

Claude C. Vernam

December 18, 1930 – December 3, 2020

Claude C. Vernam, 89, of Rockford, IL went to be with his Lord and Savior on December 3, 2020 in Belvidere, IL. Claude was born on December 18, 1930 in Jacksonville, FL to Dwight Stanley and Nina (Cochran) Vernam. Claude married the love of his life, Billye Eddings, on November 11, 1955 in Penascola, FL. Claude worked his way through college and earned 2 master’s degrees from Florida State University and George Washington University. Claude faithfully served our country as a pilot in the United States Navy, retiring after 30 years. Claude found his spiritual home at Second First Church and was a member for many years. Claude loved to read, garden, cheering on his alma mater, Florida State University, and growing and sharing his Glads amongst his friends.

Claude will be dearly missed by his wife of 65 years, Billye; his children, Laurie (Mark) Kersey, Amy (Dave) Johnson, and Michael (Laura) Vernam; his 3 grandchildren, Bradley, Claire, and Joel; and his first great-grandchild, Lenora. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Dwight Vernam.

A graveside ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at Arlington Memorial Park, 6202 Charles St., Rockford, IL 61108. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Claude’s name may be gifted to Second First Church, To leave the family a memory, please visit

Source: Published in Rockford Register Star, December 6, 2020, as found on

Veterans Who Have Passed — Robert L. Oliver

Robert L Oliver 1936—2020
Robert Lee Oliver, 84, of Machesney Park, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Born July 22, 1936 in Freeport, IL. Son of Vernon and Ethel (McCollum) Oliver. Veteran of the United States Navy. Employed by the United States Postal Service for 55 years as a mail carrier. United in marriage to Marilyn Ratte in 1978. Robert also was a Merchant Policeman for Rockford checking local businesses to make sure they were secure is how he met his wife Marilyn over coffee. Robert was a hardworking man who would help whoever needed it. He enjoyed riding his Harley is his spare time. Private Family Prayers to be held before Entombment on Friday, December 11 at Sunset Funeral Home. To share a condolence

Source: Published in Rockford Register Star from Dec. 2 to Dec. 4, 2020, as found on

Veterans Who Have Passed — James “Jim” G. Grindley

Source: Rockford Register Star, November 29, 2020.

Veterans Who Have Passed — Charles “Chuck” J. Ridlbauer