Local Obituaries

Local Obituaries for January 27, 1998


Jerry Duke

Jerry Lee Duke Sr., 52, of Kankakee, died Monday (Jan. 26, 1998) at his home.
Memorial services are pending at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.

Madelyn Rundle

GALESBURG - Madelyn E. Rundle, 73, of Galesburg, the mother of Beaverville resident, died Jan. 20, 1998, at Community Memorial Hospital in Monmouth.
Visitation was Jan. 22 at Turnbull Funeral Home. A private family funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 22 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Monmouth, by The Rev. Carl LoPreste.
Her five sons were pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Galesburg or to Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth.
She was born June 19, 1924, in Youngstown, the daughter of Joseph Ernest and Fern Opal Smith McCullum. She was a 1942 graduate of Abingdon High School and a 1946 graduate of Saint Francis School of Nursing.
Her husband, John R. Rundle, whom she married March 3, 1947, in Petersburg, died May 17, 1988.
Mrs. Rundle retired from Zeller Mental Health Hospital in 1990.
She donated her body to Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo.
Survivors include five sons and four daughters-in-law, John Steven and Melanie Rundle of DesMoines, Iowa, Charles Robert and Mary Rundle of Beaverville, David Bruce and Sherry Rundle of Monmouth, James Brooks and Gloria Rundle of Galesburg and Joe Allan Rundle and his fiancee, Carolyn Lawson, also of Galesburg; two daughters and sons- in-law, Lou Ann and Mark Cavanaugh of Monmouth and Cheryl and Barry Free of Seaton; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; her stepfather, Lester Woods of Avon; one brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Sharon Woods of Galesburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Kay and Wayne Morss of Dixon; and nieces and nephews.
A sister is deceased.

Patricia Austin

MOMENCE - Visitation for Patricia Austin, 54, of Momence, will be from 2 p.m. Wednesday until the 3 p.m. services at Fitzpatrick Funeral Directors, Kankakee.
Cremation rites will be accorded.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Mrs. Austin died Sunday (Jan. 25, 1998) at Momence Meadows.
She was born Dec. 1, 1943, in Momence, the daughter of Issac and Mildred Steel Boudreau.
Surviving are her husband, William ''Bill'' Austin, whom she married June 29, 1989, in Hopkins Park, of Momence; a step-daughter and son-in-law, Vickey and Harry Ehart of Watseka; her mother of Las Vegas, Nev., and five sisters.
Her father is deceased.

Arthur Schlenz

Arthur H. Schlenz, 86, of Kankakee, died Monday (Jan. 26, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
Among his survivors are three daughters, Sandra Schlenz of Kankakee, Suzanne Owens of Bloomington and Sheryl Vollmer of Bourbonnais.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m.- noon Thursday at the Rehr Kaiser Funeral Home, Kankakee. Burial will follow at Mound Grove Gardens of Memory Cemetery.

Joyce Koerner

EDMONDS, Wash. - Joyce M. Koerner, 86, of Edmonds, Wash., a former area teacher with local relatives, died Saturday (Jan. 24, 1998).
A memorial service will be held at noon Wednesday in the chapel of Beck's Funeral Home, Edmonds.
Private inurnment will be in Holyrood Cemetery, Shoreline, Wash.
Memorials may be made to the Carol Rowe Food Bank at the Edmonds Methodist Church, Edmonds, Wash.
She was born Sept. 15, 1911, the daughter of George C. and Leona Knickerson Koerner.
A 43-year school teacher, she taught in Edmonds for 24 years, the Olympic Penisula in Washington for eight years and in Illinois are for 11 years, which included the Kempton area before she went to Washington.
She traveled extensively in Europe.
Mrs. Koerner wrote the Historical Study of Edmonds, a fourth grade textbook which is still in use today.
Among survivors are cousins in Lafayette, Pontiac, Odell and Chebanse.

Joe Roff

GARDNER - Joe W. Roff, 73, of Gardner, died Sunday (Jan. 25, 1998) at his home.
Cremation rites were accorded.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McDowell Cemetery in Dwight. Deacon William Kelly will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the Gardner Ambulance Squad or to the American Cancer Society.
R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Braidwood Chapel, was in charge of arrangements.
He was born Aug. 30, 1924, in Moweagua, the son of Ernest and Bernadine West Roff.
Mr. Roff worked at the Stateville prison for 16 years. He was a retired member of the IBEW Local 176 in Joliet and a member of the VFW and the American Legion Koca Post 39 in Braidwood.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart.
Surviving are his wife, the former Alma Nelson, whom he married July 21, 1945, in Morris; one daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Richard Czjakowski of Orland Park; three sons, Michael of Las Vegas, Nev., Patrick Roff of Dwight and Timothy Roff of Gardner; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters and one brother-in-law, Emily and Wayne Knoblich of Morris and Mary Claire Wise of Leesburg, Fla.

James Gundy

BOWLING GREEN, Ky./WILMINGTON - James Robert Gundy, 52, of Bowling Green, Ky., formerly of the Wilmington area, died Jan. 9, 1998, at his home following a short illness.
He was born Nov. 23, 1945, in Joliet, the son of Robert and Fay Pool Gundy.
Surviving are a sister, Betty Gundy Gibson and two nephews, Brandon and Benjamin Gibson, all of Ritchie.
Private services were held at the Freitag Funearl Home in Wilmington with burial at Wesley Cemetery, Wilmington.

Kenneth Vaughn

Kenneth ''Dude'' Vaughn, 69, of Kankakee, died Monday (Jan. 26, 1998) at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, after a long illness of cancer.Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a wake service and Masonic rites, at the Kankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes and from 9 a.m. Friday until the 11 a.m. services at Gaskins Funeral Home in Harrisburg. The Rev. Jack Stallings will officiate.
Burial will be in Sunset Lawn Cemetery, Harrisburg.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
He was born, April 11, 1928, in Harrisburg, the son of Alvin and Mattie Hubbard Vaughn.
Mr. Vaughn retired from Conrail after 30 years.
Surviving are his wife, the former Maryann Gresiak, whom he married Aug. 30, 1952, in Harrisburg; one son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth Ross and Lori Vaughn of Kankakee; two daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn Jean and Ron O'Connor of Kankakee and Lisa Anne and Brian Stevenson of Phoenix, Ariz.; three sisters, Jessie LaBarbara of Chicago, Jeannette Stone of Sheridan, Judy Perkins of Trenton, Mich.; one brother, Sam Vaughn of Eldorado; and six grandchildren.
His parents and four brothers, Harry, Henry, Ross and John D. Vaughn, are deceased.
He was a member of St. Martin of Tours, Kankakee, and was a 32nd Degree Mason.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting and golfing.

Henry Potts

MANTENO - Visitation for Henry C. Potts, 66, of Manteno, will be held from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Brown Funeral Home, Manteno.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Church, Manteno, by the Rev. Mark Fracaro.
Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Manteno.
Memorials may be made the the donor's choice.
Mr. Potts died Saturday (Jan. 24, 1998) at Riverside Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 3, 1931, in Water Valley, Miss., the son of George Jackson and Lemmie B. Porter Potts.
Surviving are his wife, the former Patricia Walsh; one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and Mary Potts; one sister and brother-in-law, Verdine and John Ambrosi; two brothers and one sister-in-law, George Potts and Jack and Bobbie Potts; and one grandchild.
His parents are deceased.
Mr. Potts had been a set-up man in steel mills at Allied Tube and Conduit, Harvey.
He served in the Navy and was a Catholic.