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February 27, 1929 - July 15, 2014
Mr. Wells was born February 27, 1929 in Davenport, Iowa, the son of Walter and Alice Bachman Wells. He married Helen Coyne on April 19, 1952 at St. Annes Catholic Church, East Moline. He served in the U.S. Air Force. Walter was employed as a sawyer at the Wells Lumber Company, Hillsdale. He enjoyed woodworking and wood carving.
Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Stephanie (Jay) Johnson, Port Byron, a son, James (Kim) Wells, Fenton, grandchildren, Joe Wells and Angie Jones Fullbright, a sister, Joyce Billingsley, New London, IA and a brother, Robert (Lois) Wells, Albany. He was preceded in death by brothers, Dale, Warren and Royal Wells and sisters, Ruth ODonnell and Lois Vickroy.
March 1, 1928 - July 13, 2014
Private graveside services at the Erie Cemetery will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Resthave Home. Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Erie is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. James was born March 1, 1928 in Fenton Twp., Illinois, the son of Harry and Ruby Mickle James. He married Viola Frohling on December 6, 1947 in Erie. She died on March 1, 2012. Jack was employed by Rock River Lumber and Grain, Prophetstown for over 50 years. He was a member of the Erie Christian Church where he had served as a Deacon. He enjoyed bowling, woodworking, camping and fishing.
Survivors include daughters, Donna (Kurt) Ricker, Erie, Jodie (Philip) Peterson, Dekalb, IL and Pam (Mark) Marinangeli, Morrison, a son Brad (Carole) James, Hinckley, IL, 16 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren.
DeCap, Alfred "Al"
June 18, 1927 - July 10, 2014
Mr. DeCap was born June 18, 1927 in Erie, Illinois, the son of Morris and Goldie Wychkus DeCap. He married Joan VanHecke on October 10, 1953 at St. Marys Catholic Church, East Moline.
Al farmed in the Hillsdale area, retiring in 1992. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a radio operator.
Al served in many positions on a number of local government boards to include: Rock Island County Board 10 years, Rock Island County Township Officials, Coe Township Supervisor, Coe Township Precinct Committeeman, Rock Island County Council on Addictions, Vice-Chair Rock Island County Township Officials, and Vice-Chair Rock Island County Democratic Central Committee.
He also served as a member of the Riverdale Board of Education for 10 years, the Antique Engine & Tractor Association, the Western Farm Business Association, and was a founding member of the Rock Island County Extension and 4-H Education Foundation.
He was a Trustee on the Rock Island Regional Office of Education Board of Trustees, a member of the USDA State Agriculture Committee, and a Member of the Coe-Lamb American Legion Post #0421.
Survivors include his wife, children Sue (Howard) Ickes, East Moline, John (Cheryl) DeCap, Hillsdale, Julie (Doug) Wagner, Midland, GA, son-in-law Doug Davis, Davenport: grandchildren Rebecca Ickes, Jessica Mulder, Tony DeCap, Adam DeCap, Meghan Peterson, Katy Nahra, Emily Wagner and Luke Wagner; 10 great grandchildren; sister Elsie (LaVerne) Jacobs, Erie, brother Jim (Pat) DeCap, Geneseo. He was preceded in death by a daughter Jane Davis on February 22, 2014 and a granddaughter, Michele Ickes.
Al always said If I made somebody laugh today it was a good day!
Strause Smith, Donna Jean
December 9, 1933 - July 7, 2014
Donna was born December 9, 1933 in Muscatine County, Iowa, the daughter of Harvey and Florence (Ellis) Strause. She married Calvin Smith on August 20, 1950 at her parents home in Muscatine. Donna was a caregiver and housekeeper for some area residents. She also worked at some local restaurants. She was very family oriented. She loved spending time with the family camping and fishing. Her greatest enjoyment was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donna is survived by her husband, Calvin R. Smith, Hillsdale; Daughters, Pamela Vroman, Atkinson, Lois Coleman, Hillsdale, Tina (Michael) Fulton, Hillsdale; sons, Marvin (Cindy) Smith, Hillsdale, Clayton (Susan) Smith, Port Byron; grandchildren, Justin (Renee) Vroman, Paula (Robert) Oney, Tracy (Patrick) Bonertz, Heath (Kris) Smith, Travis (Christina) Smith, Aaron (Tammy) Smith, Timothy Smith, Valerie (Justin) Stout, Janelle Smith, Tyler (Gina) Smith, Jacob (Courtney) Fulton, Derek (Jessica) Fulton; great grandchildren, Logan, Delaney Dawn, Cameron, Carson, Madison, Morgan, Brock, Blake, Aubrey, Brielle, Tatum, Lydia, Gavin, Cole, Ella, Callie, Brady; sisters, Charlotte Fified, Patsy Wellens, Karen Diviney, Connie Yoke; brothers, Phil Patterson, Ronnie Patterson, Eldon Patterson; and a special thanks to a very special friend, Pam Stroh. She was preceded in death by her mother, Florence Patterson; granddaughter, Dawn Marie Vroman; brothers, Jack Strause, Charlie Patterson and a special friend, Jean McMillan. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com
June 13, 1926 - July 5, 2014
Roy was born June 13, 1926 in Silvis, IL, the son of Frank and Ethel (Beach) Kouski. He proudly served in the US Army as an Infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division during WWII. Following his discharge he married Joy Brocker on February 26, 1949 in Pocahontas, AR. He owned and operated his own business, delivering Amoco Oil products to many area customers for 30 years. Roy lived most of his life in Port Byron. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church, Cordova. He was a lifetime member of the Coe Lamb American Legion Post 421 in Port Byron. Roy was an amateur historian of the area. He took it upon himself to document all local military service members that were killed in the line of duty. Roy served as a Village of Port Byron Trustee for 19 years and was a member of the Port Byron Historical Society and the Antique Engine & Tractor Association.
He is survived by his wife, Joy; 4 children, Paul (Cheryl) Kouski, Port Byron, Steven (Mary) Kouski, Chesterfield, VA, Jeffrey (Christina) Kouski, Champaign, IL, Kristine (Mark) Ern, Buffalo Grove, IL; 9 grandchildren, Lee Ann Kouski, Megan and Katherine Noll, Joel Kouski, Ashley, Kelan, Joshua, Dominick and Brittany Ern and one great granddaughter, Danielle Kouski. He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Greg Kouski. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com
Glazier, Marjorie "Marje"
August 3, 1941 - July 4, 2014
Marje was born August 3, 1941 in Savanna, IL, the daughter of Merle and Evelyn Hastings. She married Leslie H. Glazier on June 26, 1959 at the Morrison United Methodist Church. She was a devoted mother and wife who also worked various jobs outside the home. Marje and Les belonged to a square dance club and were avid dancers in their earlier years. Some other hobbies included fishing, ceramics and socializing with her coffee clutch friends. Marje was involved in the Erie Senior Citizen Club, Home Highlights and was a founding member of the Fireflies.
She is survived by her husband Les; 3 children, Steven (Laura) Glazier, Geneseo, Ron (Roxanne) Glazier, Hillsdale, Denise Adams, Savanna, IL; brother, George (Shirley) Hastings, Savanna, IL; sister, Rosie (Bob) Mielke, Pecatonica, IL; sister-in-law, Vicky Hastings, Hanover, IL; 8 grandchildren; 4 step-grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; 4 step-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Allen Hastings and great granddaughter, Natalie Reymer. Share a memory or condolence at www.gibsonbodefh.com
Planning a Funeral
Life ChoicesMost of us plan ahead in life. We plan for our wedding, our children's education, family vacations, and other significant expected life events. We also plan for the unexpected events of life by purchasing home, auto and medical insurance.
Understanding the benefits of pre-planning has prompted many to take the step to pre-plan their own arrangements.
Please call us at (309) 523-3151 to set up an appointment to discuss pre-planning with a caring professional.
Why Pre-Plan?Peace of Mind
Many who have undergone the emotional strain of arranging a funeral within hours of losing a loved one have made the choice to pre-plan their own funeral. Doing so lifts the burden from their loved ones by relieving decision-making pressure at a time of grief and emotional stress.
Funeral arrangements are a deeply personal choice. Pre-planning provides you with the time needed to make practical, detailed decisions that reflect your standards, lifestyle, taste and budget. And we assure you and your family that the choices you make will be carried out as planned.
When you finalize your plan, we can advise you of the total cost. You do not have to set aside funds for your plan, but doing so protects you against escalating funeral costs. By locking in today's funeral costs and ensuring that the necessary funds are set aside, you help relieve yourself of unnecessary future worry and your survivors of an unexpected expense.
Immediate ArrangementsIn Time of Need
We understand that making the many decisions which come at a time of loss can be difficult. We offer our support by providing you with options as you consider making immediate arrangements.
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Grief SupportWelcome to the Griefwords Online Library
Brought to you by the Center for Loss and Life Transition - Alan Wolfelt, Ph.D., Director
These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.
The Journey Through Grief
The Mourner's Bill of Rights
Helping Others with Grief
A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:
Helping a Friend in Grief
Helping a Man Who is Grieving
Helping a Friend Who is Dying
Helping a Friend Who is Seriously Ill
Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal
Helping a Homicide Survivor Heal
Helping a Grandparent Who is Grieving
Helping a Grieving Friend in the Workplace
Helping AIDS Survivors Heal
Helping SIDS Survivors Heal
Helping Your Family When a Member is Dying
Helping Your Family When a Member is Seriously Ill
Helping Your Family Cope When a Pet Dies
Helping Your Family Decide if Organ and Tissue Donation is Right for You
Helping Yourself with Grief
Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.
Helping Your Family Heal After Stillbirth
Helping Yourself Heal When an Adult Sibling Dies
Mustering the Courage to Mourn
Love and Grief:
In Communion and Greater Than the Sum of Their Parts
Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Loved Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Spouse Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When Your Parent Dies
Helping Yourself Heal When a Baby Dies
Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season
Helping Dispel 5 Common Myths About Grief
Helping Yourself Live When You Are Seriously Ill
Helping Yourself Live When You Are Dying
Exploring the Uniqueness of Your Suicide Grief
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 1
Healing Your Traumatized Heart: Seeking Safety, Understanding, and Peace Part 2
Healing Your Grieving Body: Physical Practices for Mourners
The Spiritual Path to Healing: An Introduction
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 1
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 2
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 3
The Spiritual Path to Healing: Mourning Ideas, Part 4
Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning
Will I Befriend My Feelings Or Will I Deny, Repress, Or Inhibit Them?
Will I Grieve Or Will I Mourn?
The Capacity to Love Requires the Neccesity to Mourn
For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers
Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.
Finding the Right Words: Guidelines on how to talk to grieving children about death
How to Talk to the Children and Teens in Your Life About the Newtown, CT Tragedy
Helping Children Cope With Grief
Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief
Helping Infants and Toddlers Cope with Grief
Helping Children with Funerals
Helping Children Understand Cremation
Helping a Child Who is Seriously Ill
Helping a Child Who is Dying
Helping Grieving Children at School
Helping Bereaved Siblings Heal
Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics
The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.
Helping Your Family Personalize the Funeral
Helping Create a Meaningful Eulogy
Ten Freedoms for Creating a Meaningful Funeral
Why is the Funeral Ritual Important?
For Hospices and Other Caregivers
Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.
Companioning the Bereaved: An Introduction
Tenet 1: Companioning Principle
Tenet 2: Companioning Principle
The Awesome Power of "Telling The Story"
Caregiver as Gardener: A Parable
Companioning vs. Treating: Beyond The Medical Model of Bereavement Caregiving
Growing Through Grief: The Role of Support Groups
Responding to Problems in the Support Group Setting
The Bereavement Caregiver's Self-Care Guidelines
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