Willard Vaughn Larson, age 95 of Knoxville, Illinois died at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, Illinois.
Willard was born on August 25,
1925 the son of Vaughn and Marie
(Johnson) Larson. He attended and
graduated from Knoxville High
School in 1942 and then attended
Augustana College and Western
Illinois University. He married
Norma Jean Truelove on January 4,
1948 in Victoria, Illinois.
Surviving is his wife, Norma Larson
of Knoxville, Illinois; his children:
Dennis (Jane) Larson of Knoxville,
Illinois, Paul (Linda) Larson of Knoxville, Illinois, Diane (Tim) Grady of Saddlebrooke, Missouri, and Mark (Kim) Larson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Eleven grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and one great-great
grandchild. One brother Ted (Marilyn) Larson of Knoxville, Illinois. Many other relatives and friends.
He served his country during World War II, in the 3 rd Army, 5 th Infantry Division, and 2 nd Infantry Regiment in Europe, receiving the Combat Infantry Badge, a Bronze Star, the Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Battle Stars, and the good conduct Medal. He was a member of the Harry Philblad American Legion Post #749 of Knoxville, Illinois, serving as both Past Commander and Chaplin. He farmed north of Knoxville for 43 years. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Illinois and served on the Church Board. He was Knox Township Supervisor for
44 years, Knox County board of Supervisors for 22 years, and the Knox County Fair Board for 20 years.
He was also a Master Mason of the
Knoxville Masonic Pacific Lodge #66
A.F. & A.M., the Consistory Valley of
Peoria, and the Mahomet Shrine of
He was an avid fisherman with his
fishing buddy, Mark Boyer and an
avid hunter, he shot a Turkey when
he was 91. He loved to take drives
through his farm on his ATV. Willard
spent 21 years wintering in Texas
with Norma where they met a lot of
Private Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021. A Memorial and Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In-lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Knoxville American Legion Post #749 or to Grace Lutheran Church in Knoxville, Illinois. On-line condolences and/or expressions of sympathy may be sent through
Richard “Dick” Wayne Carroll, 90, of Galesburg, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family on January 18, 2021 at 9:46 a.m.
Richard was born May 25, 1930 in
the old St. Mary’s Hospital in
Galesburg, the son of Glen T. and Fern
C. (Smith) Carroll. He married Julie B.
Anderson on October 16, 1966 at the
First Lutheran Church, Galesburg.
Richard is survived by a daughter,
Rebecca Lynn (E. Scott) Stewart of
Granbury, TX; and a son, Michael Alan
(Amber Dillbeck) Carroll of Galesburg.
He is also survived by four
grandchildren who were his pride and
joy. They are Tyler Richard Stewart of
Cedarburg, WI, Emily Elizabeth Stewart of Granbury, TX, Caleb Christian Carroll of Cape Coral, FL, and Ayden Louis Almaguer of Galesburg.
Richard is survived by three sisters, Mary Simmons of Beaumont, TX, Annette (Al) Caldwell of Beaumont, TX, and Marlyn Winder of Washington, IL. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and David Carroll; and two
sisters, Joy Ferguson and Martha
He graduated high school from
Pasadena City College, Pasadena,
CA in 1949. He received an
Associates Degree in Law
Enforcement from Carl Sandburg
College, Galesburg. He also
completed many courses in Law
Enforcement at Northwestern
Richard joined the Galesburg
Police Department in 1955 and
retired from there in 1980 with the rank of Lieutenant. After retiring he was employed at East Moline Correctional Center for six years and then served as the Chief of Police for New Windsor, IL for eight years. His last job was working for Option Care delivering medicine.
He served in the United States Navy from July 1950 through his honorable discharge in May 1954. Richard was a lifetime member of the Illinois Police Association, Blackhawk Division, having served as their treasurer for 38 years. He was also a member of the Galesburg Police Benevolent and Protective Association Unit #19. He was a longtime member of Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post #285. He was an avid golfer and loved playing at Bunker Links Golf Course six days a week for years. He was happiest when spending time with his family.
Cremation rites will be accorded. A celebration of life visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Watson Thomas Funeral Home and Crematory, Galesburg. Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus. Online expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.watsonthomas.com.
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John Thomas “Tom” England, 80, of Knoxville, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2021,6:05 PM, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg.
Tom was born on April 12, 1940 in
Galesburg. He was the son of
Herman and Dorothy (Davis)
England. He married Lois Jane
Smart of Homewood, Illinois on
August 17, 1963. She survives,
along with a daughter, Elizabeth
Ann England of Plymouth,
Minnesota, and a sister Susan
(John) Wozny of Hawthorne
Woods, Illinois; brother-in-law,
John (Polly) Smart of Champaign,
Illinois; and four nephews, Jerry
Hinck, Paul Hinck, Shay Smart
and Paul Wozny. Tom was
preceded in death by his parents,
a sister, Janet Marie Hinck.
Tom graduated from Knoxville High School in 1958 and Eureka College in 1963. He served two years in the US Army, the last year in Vietnam. He worked six years for Pekin Insurance as a field manager and traveled the ten county area around Galesburg. In 1974, he resigned from Pekin Insurance and went into business with his father at Lacy-England Agency in Knoxville. He also sold real estate for five years for Wilson-Hannam Realty. He owned and operated Lacy-England Agency Inc. for twenty-three years before retiring and selling his business in 1997.
Rotary was an important part of Tom’s life. He joined the Knoxville Rotary Club in 1975 and then the Galesburg Rotary Club in 1978. He served as President in 1994-95. He was a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Paul Harris Society, recipient of the Clarendon E. Van Norman Service Award, and the first recipient of the Max Goodsill Award. He was a donor and major benefactor to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International as well as a major donor to the Galesburg Rotary Club Foundation. When the Galesburg Club started their own foundation in 2006, Tom endowed a plan that would provide funds to help pay for the exchange students ski
trips. His endowment would also provide funding to the Knoxville High School Project Graduation and other worthy K.H.S. Programs.
In the spring of 2015, Tom was one of the original organizers of the newly formed Knoxville Community Fund and served on the advisory board. He was a major donor and benefactor to this cause and helped to grow this fund from $25,000 to $300,000 in five years.
Until the last few years of his life, Tom enjoyed golfing at Lake Bracken Country Club and fly fishing for trout.
Due to COVID-19 a private graveside service will be held at the Knoxville Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Hurd-Hendrick’s Funeral Homes and Crematory, Knoxville have been entrusted with arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Galesburg Rotary Club Foundation or to the Galesburg Community Foundation for the Knoxville Community Fund. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.
Mr. Jerry D. Hollingsworth, 87, of Galesburg passed away at 5:55 am Friday, December 25, 2020 at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg due to complications from COVID-19.
He was the loving husband of Alice
(Parsons) Hollingsworth, to whom
he was married for 66 years and
with whom he raised five children:
Jim Hollingsworth of Galesburg,
Julie (Ron) Morris of Galesburg,
Jeanie (Rick) Wilson of Carterville,
Illinois, Jane Phillips and Joni (Bob)
Kroeger of Centralia, Illinois. He
also was the proud and kind grandfather to ten grandchildren: Tara (Jonathan) Williams, Mandy (Jeff) Rose, Shawn Mahnesmith, Brandon (Beth) Phillips, Brianna (Logan) Purcell, Bailey Phillips, Mitchell (Dawn) Kroeger, Madylin Kroeger, Mindy (Eric) Matthews, and Ryan Morris. He also had seventeen loving great grandchildren. He is preceded in death his daughter, Jane Phillips on September 9, 2015.
Jerry was born August 12, 1933 in Galesburg the son of Carl and Mamie A. (Pearson)
Hollingsworth. He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1951, and after completing high school, he served in the Army. On leave from service, he met and proposed to Alice. They married August, 1954.
Jerry supported his family and pursued his passion as a carpenter from 1954-1995,
helping to build many historical homes in Galesburg, and in 1959, he built his own home on Moshier Avenue in Galesburg (with his colleagues’ help). He was the treasurer for the local carpenters’ union in the late 1960’s and built many a porch, picnic table (adult and kid-sized), and deck for his family members and friends.
Influenced by his creative mother, Mamie, Jerry played lead guitar and banjo in many
country and bluegrass bands in the area and was President of the Country Music
Association in the 1960’s. In 1969, Jerry moved his family to Petersburg, Illinois, where he became the general manager and brought in dozens of famous Nashville artists at the Illinois Country Opry. With the help of his first band, “The Mississippi Valley Boys,” he started the Opry’s house band, “The Country Giants,” and they performed every weekend and produced several albums. Other bands included the Rambler Express and Pure Country.
While working as a manager and musician at the Opry, he also worked as a carpenter,
which he continued when he moved to Galesburg in 1978. Joined by his son, he worked as a carpenter until he retired in 1995.
In his life, he enjoyed two passions in addition to his family, carpentry, and music. He
enjoyed weekends in nature at his family’s cabin on the Mississippi River in Oquawka,
Illinois, where he spent many weekends. He also built an extraordinary raised village and model train set in the basement of his home, which his children and grandchildren adored and could watch him run for hours on end. In his last years, he enjoyed watching classic Westerns and World War II television programs and visiting his wife, Alice, daily at the nursing home where she continues to reside.
Visitation will be 10:00-11:00 am Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Hinchliff-Pearson-
West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Galesburg Chapel. Due to guidelines
associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and facemasks will be required with limited occupancy. A Private Family Service will be held Thursday with Chaplain Jordan Knight officiating. Those wishing to attend the funeral “virtually” may watch the live broadcast at 11:00 am Thursday on the funeral home’s Facebook page at . Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at
Mr. Roland E. “Rollie” Williams, Sr., 62, of Galesburg, Illinois died 9:54 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his home.
He was born February 25, 1958 in
Galesburg to Tannie and Winnifred
E. (Trent) Williams.
Surviving is his mother, Winnifred
Mack and step father, Leroy Mack
of Peoria, the mother of his
children, Anna Medina of
Galesburg, a son, Roland E.
Williams, Jr. of Galesburg, a
daughter, Monique Williams of
Galesburg, three brothers, Stanley
Trent of Georgia, Kenny
Cunningham of East Dubuque, Illinois, and Kevin Williams of Conway, Arkansas, a sister, Rosemary Williams of Portland, Oregon, two grandchildren, Nyla Jordan and Terence Jordan, several nieces, nephews, great nieces, a great nephew and cousins. He is preceded in death by his father, Tannie Williams and two brothers, Keith Trent and Timmy Williams.
Rollie attended Churchill Junior High School where he played sports and his love for sports especially basketball, continued when he got to Galesburg High School. Describing himself as “the fastest in the school at the time”, his sophomore team went undefeated at 22-0. Upon graduation from GHS in 1977, he earned his associate degree while playing basketball at Carl Sandburg College and then continued on to Graceland College in Iowa. Throughout his life, he worked for different companies as a construction worker. He enjoyed many things in his 62 years of life, including coaching kids, cooking, fishing, playing slots, building things, going on road trips, going to the movies, volunteering at First Baptist Church, attending bible study, listening to Gospel music, and most importantly, spending time with his family.
Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service Galesburg Chapel. Due to guidelines associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing and facemasks will be required with limited occupancy. A private funeral service will be at the chapel. Rev. Tyson Parks, III will officiate. Burial will be in East Linwood Cemetery, Galesburg. Memorials may be made to the family. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.