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07/28/2014, 6:00 pm Services for James Pribble, 69, of Davenport, are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Halligan-McCabe-DeVries, Davenport. Burial is in Fairmount Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation is today.
He was born May 21, 1945, in Texarkana, Texas, to Elvern and Erma Pribble. He married Sandra Barracough. He married Katherine Ehlers. He married Debra King in 2002.
Survivors are wife, Debbie; children, Jeff, Dawn Schulz, Sean, Davenport, Gwynne, Patrick, Kyle, Rock Island; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three siblings.

07/28/2014, 6:00 pm Viola Millick, 87, of Bettendorf, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Iowa Masonic Health, Bettendorf.
A memorial gathering is 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at McGinnis-Chambers, Bettendorf. Burial is in Davenport Memorial Park.
She was born March 17, 1927, in Wien, Mo. She married Hubert Millick in 1956 in Nashua, Iowa. He died in 2005.
Survivors are daughter, Linda Plummer, Bettendorf; and son, Jim, Davenport. She was preceded by two sisters and two brothers.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Viola's obituary at
07/28/2014, 6:00 pm Dorothy "Dottie" S. Kropp, 86, of Davenport, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.
Arrangements are pending at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport.

07/28/2014, 6:00 pm Melvin F. Williams, 89, of New Boston, died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at UnityPoint Health-Methodist, Peoria.
According to his wishes, his body was donated to science. Memorial services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Fippinger Funeral Home, Aledo. There is no visitation. Burial will be at a later date in Corns Cemetery, rural Reynolds. Memorials may be made to Corns Cemetery. Online condolences may be left at
He was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Perryton Township, outside of Aledo, to a family of 15, a son of Fred and Ruth Sproston Williams. He graduated from Reynolds High School in 1943. He never married.
Melvin served honorably as a radar man in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Melvin attended Monmouth College before settling on a career in sales with the JC Penney Co. He was employed first in the Aledo store, then Kewanee and finally retired from the SouthPark store in Moline.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Aledo and Aledo American Legion Post 121.
He deeply loved his family and friends, drinking beer at the cabin in New Boston, dancing, wintering in Arizona and chilling at the ranch in New Mexico. In his later years, he enjoyed watching the river traffic, the birds at his feeders at his home in New Boston and watching reruns of old Westerns on television. He enjoyed life to the fullest and shared that with everyone he knew.
Survivors include two sisters, Shirley (Fred) Schultz, Silvis, and Patty Ryan, Metamora; two brothers, Willard (Betty) Williams and Leonard (Sandra) Williams, both of Aledo; best friends, Philip and Candace Franklin; and several generations of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, eight beloved sisters and two wonderful brothers.
He was truly loved and will be profoundly missed.
07/28/2014, 6:00 pm Gladys L. Simpson, 97, of Alexis, died at 1:27 p.m. Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Genesis Medical Center, Aledo.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 31, at Norwood Presbyterian Church, Alexis, with the Rev. David Dutton. Burial will be in Norwood Cemetery. Her family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to Norwood Presbyterian Church. Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Alexis, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at
She was born March 6, 1917, at Sunbeam, Mercer County, the daughter of Louis W. and Nellie Blanche Gilmore Smith. She was raised and educated in the Aledo area and graduated from Aledo High School in 1935.
Gladys married Melvin F. Simpson on Sept. 5, 1935, in Monmouth. He preceded her in death May 28, 2001.
She and her husband farmed west of Alexis until retiring and moving into Alexis in 1992. She was a seamstress at Bowman-Colwell Department Store in Monmouth for nine years. She was an avid seamtress and quilter.
She was a active member of Norwood Presbyterian Church and a member of Eastern Star of Alexis, having served as past matron, and was a member of the Norwood Community Club and the Alexis Women's Club. She served on the Warren County Election Board for 25 years.
Her family includes two sons, Robert (Karen) Simpson, Viola, and Richard (Janet) Simpson, Alexis; seven grandchildren, Jeff Simpson and Sandy Simpson, both of Aledo, Kathy Dunn, Maryland, Gary Simpson, Alexis, Susan Andrews, Tennessee, Tom McKee, Colorado, and John McKee, Texas; 16 great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; along with nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers; one daughter, Edythe McKee; one granddaughter; and one great-great-granddaughter.
07/28/2014, 6:00 pm Loralee Joyce Schultz, 69, of Senatobia, Miss., passed away July 25, 2014, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia, with visitation beginning at 12:30 p.m. Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church in Senatobia, where she attended.
Loralee graduated from Western Illinois University with a master's degree in both counseling and English.
She leaves her husband, Roger Schultz, Senatobia; daughter, Amy Marie Fentress (Jonathan), Lonsdale, Ark.; stepdaughters, Michelle Antona and Renee Dalton, both of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Leslie Schultz, Madison, Wis.; sister, Connie Palmer, Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Keith Asmus, Davenport; and five grandchildren.
07/28/2014, 6:00 pm Emily R. Roman, 72, of Atkinson, died Monday, July 28, 2014, at Genesis Medical Center East Campus, Davenport.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Among survivors is her husband, Gerald.
Further arrangements are pending.
07/28/2014, 6:00 pm Denise McAtee, 45, of Lynn Center, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, in Davenport.
Arrangements are pending at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl Funeral Home, Orion.

07/29/2014, 4:47 pm

Gabriella "Gaye" Maertens, 80, of Menahga, Minn., passed away peacefully at St Joseph's Hospital in Park Rapids, Minn., on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Services are 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, East Moline, with Father Chase Hilgenbrinck officiating. Visitation will begin one hour prior to services at the church. Organist will be Joel Limburg. Family and friends will serve as casket bearers. Interment will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. For information, call Jones-Pearson Funeral Home, 218-732-5131.
She was born April 16, 1934, in Chicago, to Marcel and Zoe Degraer. The family lived in Chicago and then moved to East Moline, where Gaye grew up and attended St. Mary's Grade School. She graduated from Allemean High School in Rock Island and then attended Marycrest College in Davenport.
Gaye married Ronald Maertens on June 16, 1956. She taught sixth grade at St. Mary's School in Moline for one year and third grade at Holy Family School in Davenport for one year. Gaye also held a secretarial position at University of Illinois in Urbana and a secretarial position at the University of Iowa in Iowa City and was an obstetrics technician at a local hospital in Illinois.
Gaye is survived by her three children, Daniel (Janet), Andover, Minn., Catherine (best friend Pam), St. Cloud, Minn., Thomas (Dorothy), Brooklyn Center, Minn.; sister, Marcella Hunt, Silvis; brother, Robert (Mildred) Degraer, Monroe, Minn.; niece, Therese Hunt, San Diego, Calif.; six grandchildren, Andrew, Charles, Mary, Jane, Edward and James; and numerous cousins. Gaye was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ronald; her parents, Marcel and Zoe Degraer; and a nephew, David Hunt.

07/28/2014, 6:00 pm Patricia Johnson, 69, of Galva, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at OSF St. Francis, Peoria.
Services are 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rux, Galva. Visitation is 1 p.m. to services. Burial is in Galva Cemetery.
She was born May 30, 1945, in St. Joseph, Mich., to Eugene and Nina Swanson. She married Stephen Johnson in 1965 in Rolling Meadows, Ill.
Survivors include husband; daughters, Kelly Ramlo, Yorkville, Ill., Kim, Colfax, Ill., and Keri, Galva; sister, Elizabeth Howard, West Chicago; four grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.

07/28/2014, 6:00 pm L. Eileen Gunning, 75, of Neponset, died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at OSF Medical, Peoria.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist, Kewanee. Burial is in Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset. Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at Schueneman-Tumbleson, Kewanee.
She was born Oct. 13, 1938, to W. Wayne and Mary Ann Miller.
Survivors are husband, Merrill; children, Patricia Miller, Peoria, Virginia Pratt, Kewanee, Robert, Rio Rancho, N.M., Richard, Fort Collins, Colo.; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; and seven siblings.