Obituaries

Jon W. Dawdy

Jon W. Dawdy, age 77, of Oquawka, Illinois passed away at University Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday July 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm. Jon was born on November 2, 1936 in Galesburg, Illinois and is the son of
Delwyn Haas and Kathryn Alfreda Knable Dawdy. He was raised and educated in the Avon and Greenbush areas and graduated from Greenbush High School. Jon drove a truck for a living and began driving for Gambles Skogmo for twenty years. He then drove for ten years for Gates Rubber Company in Galesburg, Illinois and then lastly drove for Johnson Trucking in Ft. Madison, Iowa. Jon enjoyed and was active in his work with "Toys for Tots" for many years. He has been and is currently a member of the Appeals Board in Henderson County. He earlier was a member of the Galesburg Eagles Aerie. Prior to his death, Jon was active in woodcrafts; and he enjoyed visiting, jokes, and trucking stories. He is survived by his companion, Evelyn Dawdy of Oquawka, Illinois, his sisters, Shirley Green of Galesburg, IL; Jeanne (Al) Livingston of Oquawka, IL; Jill (Ray) Hawkins of Galesburg, IL; Joey (Ron) Wolfe of Oquawka, IL; Susie Dawdy of Topeka, Kansas and two brothers, David (Marlene) Dawdy of Topeka, Kansas; and Richard (Berti) Dawdy of Bushnell, IL. There are also a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives surviving. He is preceded in his death by his parents.


Services: A funeral service will be on Saturday July 26, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Turnbull Funeral Home in Oquawka, Illinois. Interment will be in the Oquawka Cemetery. His family plans visitation at the funeral home on Saturday receiving friends from 10:00 am to 11:00 prior to his funeral service. A memorial fund is being established for the Oquawka Ambulance Service.

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Gertrude L. "Bingo Gertie" Bishop
posted on: 2014-07-20

Gertrude L. " Bingo Gertie" Bishop, age 91, of Biggsville, Illinois; passed away at the Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab Center in Stronghurst, Illinois on Saturday July 19, 2014 at 10:03 am. Gertrude was born on October 23, 1922 in Oquawka, Illinois and is the daughter of Douglas and Mabel Francis Tee McCabe. Gertrude was raised and educated Gladstone where she received her education and graduated from G & O High School. She was previously married to John E. Bishop on July 6, 1941 in Kahoka, Missouri. He preceded her on September 12, 2007. Bingo Gertie began work at Western Stoneware in Monmouth, IL for a time. She then assisted her husband in his auctioneering business for many years. She was most of all a homemaker and mother to her children. She loved playing bingo. She is survived by six sons Dean (Sue) Bishop of Seattle, Washington; Dwain (Nancy) Bishop of Downing, Missouri; Edward (Carol) Bishop of Tempe, Arizona; Mick (Diane) Bishop of Las Vegas, Nevada; Rick (Jody) Bishop of Biggsville, IL and Thomas (Lori) Bishop of Tempe, Arizona. There is one daughter, Helen (Allan) Robertson of Danville, Iowa. There are numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great, great grandchildren surviving. Also surviving are two sisters, Geraldine Hennessey of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Lois Allen of Burlington, Iowa. and two brothers, Douglas McCabe of Oquawka, Illinois and John McCabe of Burlington, Iowa. She is preceded in her death by her parents, husband, one son John, two sisters, and one brother.


Services: A graveside service for the committal of her ashes will be in the Biggsville Township Cemetery on Friday July 25, 2014 at 10:30 am. No family visitation and viewing is planned. A memorial fund will be established for Oak Lane Nursing and Rehab Center of Stronghurst, Illinois. Turnbull Funeral Homes is in charge of the arrangements.

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Geraldine F. Spicer
posted on: 2014-07-21
Geraldine F. "Gerry" Spicer, age 83, of Monmouth, Illinois; passed away at her residence on July 20, 2014 at 9:35 am. Gerri was born on October 23, 1930 in Gilson, Illinois and is the daughter of Harley H and Pauline J. Francis McCoy. She was raised and educated in Warren County where she attended rural schools and graduated from Monmouth High School in 1948. She then attended Whitworth College in Brookhaven, Mississippi and then Shurttleff College in Alton, Illinois where she attained her teachers certification. Gerri was a teacher in education at Orchard Hill Farm School where she taught from 1970 to 1987. She is a wife and mother to her husband and family throughout her life. She is a member of Faith United Presbyterian Church in Monmouth, a member of P E O Chapter E and O G M. She and Lee were very active in WBCCI Wally Byum Caravan Club International. Gerri was an avid Cubs fan, loved the card game of Bridge and was a member of numerous Bridge Clubs. She is survived by her sons, Rodney D. Spicer (Janice) of Kansas City, Missouri and Ray C. Spicer of Monmouth, Illinois. One daughter survives, Julia M. Spicer of Minneapolis, Minnesota. One granddaughter, Carrie and three grandsons, Michael (Melissa) Spicer, Nathan (Amanda) Kumagai, and Philip (Kathleen) Kamagai. There are seven great grandchildren. Her sisters survive, Josephine Menely of Fullerton, CA. Margery Nash of Santa Ana, CA, and one brother, Myron McCoy of Knoxville, IL. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one son Alan Lee Spicer.


Services: A memorial service is planned at Faith United Presbyterian Church of Monmouth on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm. Fellowship will follow the memorial service at the Church on Saturday in the social hall. A memorial fund is being established for Faith United Presbyterian Church of Monmouth, Illinois.

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