Obituaries

Max W. Shrode
posted on: 2015-07-01

Max W. Shrode, age 90, of Monmouth, Illinois, passed away at 5:55 am on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at his farm house in Monmouth. He was born on November 29, 1924 in Monmouth, IL, the son of Scott and Myrtle M. (Barker) Shrode. He grew up on a farm just south of Gerlaw, IL. At the time, they had little to their name, but as Max said, he didn't know they were poor...because everyone was. Max attended school in Monmouth and graduated with the class of 1943. Shortly after school, Max joined the Army Air Corps and was selected to the flying program as a Flight Officer (Pilot). After training and flying a number of aircraft, he was assigned to C-47 Skytrains; one of the workhorses of WWII. He served overseas in the China, Burma, and India Theater of Operations. He was stationed in China and flew critical supply missions to support the effort against the Empire of Japan. After returning from overseas, he met and eventually married Colleene on June 6, 1948. They were happily married for 67 years prior to his death. Max worked several jobs in the beginning of his career but settled into a long employment with the U.S. Postal Service where he retired in 1983. He was honored by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) for 50 years of membership. As a testament to his character, he was not done serving after retirement. Max volunteered countless hours for over 25 years at the Strom Center in Monmouth, where he held every position on the board. He devoted his time until it was physically impossible for him to continue. He attended and was very active at First Christian Church in Monmouth. Max was know by his family and friends as a servant, very humble, generous, honest, hardworking, and a man of resilient character. He is survived by his wife, Colleene of Monmouth, son, John (Barbara) Shrode of Macomb, IL, daughter, Jane (Don) Jewell of Monmouth, three grandsons, one granddaughter, and five great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, grandson Jeffrey, and three brothers.


Services: A funeral service is planned for 10:30 am on Monday, July 6, 2015 at the First Christian Church in Monmouth. His family will be present from 9:00-10:30 prior to the service at the Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Monmouth Cemetery. Memorial funds are being established for the First Christian Church in Monmouth or the Strom Center of Monmouth.

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Georgia Ann Van Winkle

Georgia Ann Van Winkle, age 73, of Oquawka, Illinois, passed away at 10:40 pm on Monday, June 29, 2015 at Genesis East Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. She was born on June 21, 1942 in Burlington, Iowa and is the daughter of Delbert Paul and Olive Evelyn Loeffers Loper. Georgia was raised in Burlington, Iowa where she attended local schools and graduated from the Burlington High School with the class of 1960. She then received her nursing degree from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington and has been a registered nurse in the area. She was first married to Harry I Whitmore. She later was married to Tilford Gordan Van Winkle on June 18, 1985 in Las Vega, Nevada. He is surviving. Georgia first was employed at Parkview Manor Nursing Home in Burlington, IA and later worked at the Burlington Medical Center for a number of years. She then was the "Director of Nursing" at Rosebush Nursing Home and later at Rose Bush Assisted Living. She is a faithful member of Faith Bible Church in Oquawka, and a devoted homemaker, mother, and, grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Evelyn (Charlie) Conrad of Crawfordsville, Iowa and two step daughters, Juliana Zane of Bonaparte, Iowa and Jennifer VanWinkle-Nordby (Erik) in Norway. There is one son, Anthony (Brenda) Whitmore of Santa Rosa. CA and one step sons, Jason (Wendy) Van Winkle in Georgia, There are ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren surviving. One brother, Paul (Donna) Loper of Galesburg, IL, and four sisters, Helen (Wayne) Crandall of Oquawka, IL, Carmen (Larry) Hartman of Oquawka, IL, Carolyn Norder in Texas, and Delene Wilson of Oquawka, IL. She is preceded in death by her parents, first husband, and a daughter, Linda.


Services: A funeral service will be on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at the Turnbull Funeral Home in Oquawka, Illinois. Interment will be in the Oquawka Cemetery following. Her family plans a visitation at Turnbull Funeral Home receiving their friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Monday evening at the Turnbull Funeral Home. A memorial fund is being established for the Faith Bible Church of Oquawka, Illinois.

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Wendall W. Woodall
posted on: 2015-05-25

Wendall Warren Woodall, age 90, of Monmouth, Illinois passed away at 11:25 am on May 24, 2015 at the Monmouth Nursing Home in Monmouth, Illinois. Wendall was born March 17, 1925 to Harold Isaac and Evadna Zulema (Cummins) Woodall in Webster City, IA.
There he attended school until the family moved to the Janesville/Waseca MN area, to work on the Cummins family farm. Moving back to Webster City to attend high school, Wendall was involved in scouting and athletics. His senior year, the Webster City Lynx finished 2nd in the Iowa State High School Basketball tournament, losing to Mason City. Wendall was named to the Des Moines Register's ?All-State First Team.' Following his high school graduation in 1943, Wendall signed on to be a pitcher with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball organization, and was sent to their ?farm club' team in Johnson City, TN., where he played the summer season. On November 23, 1943, Wendall reported for active duty in the Army Air Corps, receiving training to become a gunner on a B-29 bomber. The squadron he was assigned to operated in the Pacific Theatre, flying sorties to bomb Japan from various islands in the western Pacific. On one of their missions, the plane was so badly damaged that they ?limped back' as far as Iwo Jima, which had not yet been secured by the U.S. invasion forces. On only two of their four engines, and with several tires shot up, they safely landed on a shell-damaged runway. This effort earned the entire crew the "Distinguished Flying Cross". He was Honorably Discharged on January 15, 1946. ?Woody' returned home to attend college, majoring in education. He first attended Drake University from 1946-47, then completed his B.A from Iowa State Teacher's College (now UNI) in 1949. On May 30, 1948, he married Dorothy Lois Parker, his high school sweetheart, in Webster City, IA. From 1950-55, Woody taught industrial arts and physical education in Denison, IA; then followed Glenn Stavenhagen from Denison to Monmouth, a place that "Stavie" had described as, "a nice little town, where it would be great to raise kids." Monmouth is where Woody raised his family and lived out the rest of his life. As a teacher at Monmouth High school from 1955 to 1971, his career included industrial arts, physical education, head baseball coach, sophomore basketball coach, and varsity football assistant. During that time, he seemed to interact with each and every student who passed through the halls. Retiring from coaching in 1971, Woody began officiating with a Monmouth-based crew, refereeing football and basketball games in the surrounding area. Throughout his career, he achieved the positions of Dean of Boys, Vice-Principal, and in 1971, Woody became Principal of Garfield Elementary School. He served as the administrator at both Garfield and Willitts Elementary schools, and retired from Willitts in 1984. Among his most treasured memories was hearing from former players and students. It filled him with pride to hear stories of their lives, achievements, and growing families. Woody's hobbies included golf, fishing in Canada, and other outdoor activities. He maintained his lawn to a fault; some say he wore out the grass! As a proud veteran, Woody was a Life Member of VFW Post 2301, and a member of American Legion Post 136, both of Monmouth.

Wendall Woodall is survived by his wife of 66 years, Dorothy; two sons, Bill, of Dallas, TX, Dana, (Chris) of Woodstock, IL; two grandsons, Parker and Kyle; sister Verlene Niebuhr of Keokuk, IA; sister Ardeth (George) Vest of Iowa Falls, IA; three nieces, Lisa (Greg) Niebuhr-Theis, Annette Niebuhr, and Vickie Vest; two nephews, Mark (Veronica) Niebuhr, and Richard Vest. He was preceded in death by his parents and a nephew, Robert Vest.

Many thanks for the kindness shown to Woody by the staff of Courtyard Estates and Monmouth Nursing Home. He was treated with dignity and respect.


Services: A private family funeral service will be celebrated by his family.

A "Celebration of Life" will be held in his honor on Friday, July 3, 2015, from 4 to 7 pm, at VFW Post 2301, Monmouth IL.
The public is invited to share their memories.


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