Marc Galassi, 49, of Cherry, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria.
Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Friday, December 6th at The Fiocchi Funeral Home in Cherry.Services will be held on Saturday,December 7th at 2:00 p.m., in the Chapel ofThe Fiocchi Funeral Home with Interment will follow at Miners Memorial Cemetery, Cherry. Private online condolences may be left for Marc’s family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Marc was born on March 25, 1970 in Peru, to Raymond and Marla (Kulpa) Galassi. He was a graduate of The University of Illinois. He married Dani Hewitt on February 2, 1996. He was an Iron worker for the Local 444.
Marc’s joys in life included fishing, hunting, and anything sports related. He especially looked forward to his annual fishing trips with his brother and brothers-in-law. He had a tendency to put everyone's needs before his own and wanted to ensure everyone he was with was having a good time.
Marc was most importantly an amazing husband and father who worked extremely hard to provide for his family and was proud to do so. He prioritized his family, putting them above and before everything else. His wife and daughters were his number one priority, always doing everything he could to give them the best life possible.
Marc will be greatly missed by all family and friends.
He is survived by: His wife, Dani Galassi, of Cherry; his mother, Marla Galassi of Peru; his daughters, Taylor and Hunter Galassi at home; his sister, Raelyn Galassi of Peoria; and his brother, Jay Galassi of Sugar Grove.
He is preceded in death by: his father, Raymond on November 18, 2011.
Richard V. DeBord, 91, of Princeton, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, in his home.
A Memorial Service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 7, in the St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton, with Fr. Daniel Gifford and Deacon John Murphy officiating. His family will receive friends from 9 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the church. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Princeton, with military honors by the Wyanet VFW. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for Richard’s family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Richard was born on December 21, 1927, in Chicago, to Fay and Marie (Menke) DeBord. He was a graduate of St. Bede Academy. He served in the United States Marine Corps during World War 2 from 1945 until 1949. He married Marjorie Ann Langley, he later married Nancy Hannon. He was a State Farm Insurance Agent for 33 years.
He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church for 73 years; the Wyanet VFW for 60 years; an honorary member of the Knights of Columbus 4th degree and honorary Knights of Columbus 3rd degree for 50 years. He was past president of the Princeton Park District, a member of the Princeton Rotary, a member of the Princeton Chamber of Commerce.
He is survived by: His wife, Nancy DeBord of Princeton; his three children, Daniel (Patricia) DeBord of Apple Valley, Minnesota, Laurence (Dixie) DeBord of Yorkville; and Susan M. (Scott) Phipps of Medina, Minnesota; 7 grandchildren, Tim DeBord, Allison (Phil) Buckvold, Autumn (Wes) Gilliam, Megan (John) Burke, Amanda (Dan) DeBord, Michael (Melanie) Phipps Ryan Phipps; his Step-grandchild Autumn (Nick) Tiska; and 5 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by: his parents; his first wife, Marjorie, on September 23, 1997; 3 brothers, John, William, and Robert; and 2 grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to: St. Louis Catholic Church, the Wyanet VFW or the donor’s choice.
Michael B. Morse, 66, of Malden, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019, in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.
A Memorial Service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the Malden Methodist Church, Malden, with Rev. Gary Brooks officiating. His family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for Michael’s family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Michael was born on October 8, 1953, in Princeton, to Rex and Nancy (Washer) Morse. He was a graduate of Malden High School. He married Mary “Colleen” Cassiday on June 25, 1977 in The Immaculate Conception Church, Spring Valley. He was a self employed carpenter for 45 years.
He was a lifelong member of the Malden Methodist Church, a charter member of the Malden Lions Club, a past Malden Village Board member, a past little league coach and a past boy scout leader.
He is survived by: His wife, Mary “Colleen” Morse of Malden; his son, David (Kimberly) Morse of Malden; 3 grandchildren, Jameson, Max and Theo; 2 brothers, Richard (Jyl) Morse of Malden and Gary (Mariann) Morse of Malden; and a sister, Nancy “Susan” (Kevin) Hale of Tiskilwa.
He is preceded in death by: his son, Justin Lee Morse; and a brother, Randy Morse.
Memorials may be directed to: The Malden Methodist Church.
James Michael (Mike) Bickett, 79, of Princeton died Saturday October 26, 2019 at his home surrounded by his family.
Michael was born on April 26, 1940 in Perry Memorial Hospital at Princeton, the son of Joseph Everett and Mary Rita (Miles) Bickett. On December 2nd, 1961, he was united in marriage to Nancy Ann Bulfer at the St. Patrick’s Church, Maytown.
He graduated from LaMoille Community High School with the class of 1959. Mr. Bickett served with the United States National Guard from 1961-1964, Army Air Force National Reserve 1964-1967. He was a volunteer fireman for the Malden Fire Department for 10 years. Michael was a former member of the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Arlington. For the past thirteen years, he was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton.
Mr. Bickett was a farmer in the Malden area for 57 years.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy, two daughters and one son, Beth (Floyd) Robison, Morgantown, In. Brenda Bickett, San Diego, Ca, Kent E. Bickett of Princeton, seven grandchildren, Paul, Melissa, Charles, Cassandra, Mackenzie, Abby, Sabrina and one great grand son born on October 26, Jesse Michael, two sisters Joyce (Robert) Balzer Rockford, Rita (James) Becker, Muscatine, IA and one brother, John Bickett of Princeton.
He was preceded in death by two sons in infancy, Dennis and Douglas, his parents, one brother, Joseph Bickett and two sisters, Sister Mary Joseph Bickett, Barbara Cauwels.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 am Friday, November 1st in the St. Louis Catholic Church with visitation two hours prior to the mass. Father Daniel Gifford and Fr. Jason Becker is co-officiating the mass. A private graveside service will be held at St. Patrick’s Church cemetary, Maytown on Saturday at noon.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Illinois Chapter,St. Patrick’s Church, Arlington, or St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton.
James J. Heider, 53, of Princeton, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2019, at OSF St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, following a brief illness.
Military Honors for James will be held 4 p.m. Thursday at the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Services will be held at 6 p.m. in the funeral home with Rev. Karen Karczewski officiating. His family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until the time of services Thursday at the funeral home. Private online condolences may be left for his family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
James was born on September 20, 1966, in Oak Park to August W. and Patricia (Glover) Heider. He was a graduate of Proviso East High School. He married Michell Rudolph on April 16, 1994, in Chicago. He served in the United States Air Force, having attained the rank of Sergeant, where he served as Security Police. He worked at L.W. Schneider .
He was a member of Open Prairie United Church of Christ, Princeton, and a Girl Scout Co-Leader.
He is survived by: His wife, Michell Heider of Princeton; his daughter, Heather Heider at home; his brother, William Heider of Brookfield; and his sisters, Diane (Larry) Wilkinson of Lake Havasu, Arizona, and Carole (Anthony) Smith of Countryside, Illinois.
He is preceded in death by: his parents; and a brother.
Gary L. Burton, 75, of Deer Creek, formerly of Buda, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2019, at Snyder Village in Metamora.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Monday in the Oakland Cemetery, Princeton. Arrangements are through the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton. Private online condolences may be left for his family at www.FiocchiFuneralHomes.com.
Gary was born on March 14, 1944, in Princeton to Paul and Sarah (Burress) Burton. He married Ketra Jean Klaus on December 27, 1966 in Eureka. He was a teacher for over 35 years having taught at various schools in the area and retiring from Bureau Valley, and was a basketball coach.
He is survived by: his wife, Ketra Jean Burton of Eureka; his son, Bryan (Stephanie) Burton of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; his daughter, Cheri (Mike) Boles of Eureka; and 4 grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by: his parents; and his brother, Donald.
Charles Calvin Knudsen passed away peacefully at the LaSalle Veteran’s Nursing Home on Monday, July 8, 2019 at the age of 93.
Charles was born on the family farm in Kingsley, Iowa to Andrew and Vera (Pierce) Knudsen on December 23, 1925, the youngest of eight children, including two sets of twins.
Charles graduated from Kingsley High School at 17 and made plans to join the United States Navy, but was too young. It took him two weeks to talk his mother into signing her permission for him to join. He served as a Yeoman in the Navy in the Pacific Theater during WWII.
Discharged from the Navy in late 1945, he met and married Lorna Deviney on January 5, 1947 and lived in LeMars, Iowa. Charles worked for several companies as a bookkeeper, but excelled as a salesman and traveled extensively throughout Iowa, Minnesota and Missouri, eventually moving to Princeton, Illinois in 1963. In 1989, Charles and Lorna relocated to Tacoma, Washington to be near family, coming back to Princeton in 1997. Lorna passed away on April 5, 1999.
He re-married on January 19, 2002, in a ceremony in his hometown of Kingsley, Iowa, where they lived. He enjoyed his time in Kingsley, renewing old friendships, as well as being near his siblings and extended family.
For health reasons, Charles returned to Princeton to be with family in 2016, then settled into the LaSalle Veteran’s Nursing Home in December of 2017. He made many friends among the residents there, was popular with the staff and even was asked by the staff to be a greeter at the entry to welcome visitors. He loved and welcomed visits from his family and special friends.
He is preceded in death by first wife, Lorna, son, Keith Knudsen, grandson, Brett Sandberg, and second wife, Margaret.
Charles is survived by five children, Marcia Peddicord, Gail Sanderson, Kevin (Sharon) Knudsen, and Kent Knudsen, all of Princeton, Illinois, Kelly (Sean Lucas) Hanna of Crystal Lake, Illinois and Daughter-in-law Kate Knudsen of California; ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be held at Fiocchi Jensen Funeral Home from 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019. Services will be held immediately after, beginning at 1 pm at Fiocchi Jensen Funeral Home, officiated by Marcia Peddicord, Certified Lay Minister, followed by a graveside service with full military honors at Elm Lawn Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to LaSalle Veteran’s Home in LaSalle, Illinois or donor’s choice.
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