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August 28, 2019


Derick Scott Parker, 49

Derick Scott Parker, poet, provocateur and pool player; narrator of his own life, aged 49, left this world on August 20, 2019. He's now at rest with his intellectual equals; dad, Hugh Parker, Ernest Hemingway, Henry David Thoreau and Jim Morrison.

He was born to Hugh and Judith (Below) Parker on March 7, 1970 and would proclaim forever more he was older and wiser than anyone else born that day.

He graduated from Stockton High School, attended Highland Community College, where he served on the editorial board of the Prairie Wind literary journal, and Southern Illinois University where he obtained his bachelor's degree in English. He completed graduate studies at Eastern Illinois University, working towards a MFA in Creative Writing.

Those left to celebrate his life are his favorite sister Leeann Fischer, her husband Brian, and their children Dylan and Shawn. His aunt Melody Heidenreich, uncle's Dennis Parker, Tom Heidenreich, Tom Below, and Jerry Below, and his children, Brian and Brett. Mischief making cohorts and cousins, Angela and Todd Heidenreich. His children, Tristan and Tessa Tucker and Alexander Parker, and his mother.

In addition to his father, he's gone home to be with his grandparents Rex and Marion Parker, and Harold and Clara Below. And his dog Oreo.

We will remember him at a service on Saturday August 31, at the Unitarian Universalist church in Stockton, IL. Visitation from 1-3 pm, with service beginning at 3pm. We will say good bye to him at Morseville Cemetery, Morseville Rd., Stockton, IL directly following the ceremony. We will celebrate his life and shoot one more round of pool at Aunt Mel's, 13487 E. Blair Hill Rd., Stockton, IL, starting at 5pm.

A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at

While there are many ways to describe what we loved about Derick, many cannot be put in print. Suffice it to say he touched the souls of many and agitated many more. He had a love for fishing and frisbee, fast driving and loud music, deep questions and a good book. He was courageous and never gave up. He was proud of his children and couldn't wait to see what the world had in store for them. He was a friend to many and will be missed by all whose lives he touched.

Rest well, our friend.


Roger Fay Teuscher, 77

Roger Fay Teuscher, 77, passed away on August 3, 2019, unexpectedly at his home in Cape Coral, Florida.

Roger was born June 16, 1942 in Monroe, WI to Fay and Merle (Yost) Teuscher. He graduated from Warren High School in 1960 and attended Carroll College majoring in Psychology, Sociology and Education. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and achieved his master degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1973. In1974, he completed administrative course work at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

He began his career in education as a reading specialist and fourth grade teacher at Nora Elementary School. Following this, he was the principal at Apple River Jr. High School for seven years. He spent the remaining 24 years of his educational career as principal of Warren Elementary School.

He married Diane Roberts on July 24, 1974. They raised two daughters, Heidi and Jennifer.

Roger enjoyed cooking, gardening, and entertaining his friends and family. He liked listening to classical music and show tunes. In his years at Warren School, Roger touched the lives of many students, parents, and staff. He was very dedicated to the Warren Community by serving on several boards for the Village of Warren, Warren Development Board, the Community Building, and the Warren Library. After retiring, he enjoyed spending time in Florida and North Carolina.

Roger is survived by his children-Heidi Sigafus (Scott) of Apple River, IL and Jennifer Teuscher (Lincoln Smith) of Cape Coral, FL; his sister Susan Leroux of Manosque, France; grandchildren- Eron Sigafus, Lauren Sigafus, Alizea Teuscher; nephew Justin Leroux; and his cat Macie.

He was preceded in death by his parents Fay and Merle Teuscher.

A memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the Warren United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held at the Warren United Methodist Church from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Friday September 6, 2019 and again from 10:00 a.m. until time of services on Saturday. Cremation rites have been accorded. A private family burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Warren, IL.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name and contributions can be made at the Apple River State Bank to benefit the Warren School District (CUSD #205) and the Warren United Methodist Church in his memory.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


Eileen Carol Melancon, 83

Eileen Carol Melancon, age 83, of Hanover, Illinois, passed away at home in the care of her family on Thursday, August 15, 2019.

A funeral service with full military rites was held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Hanover. Visitation was held from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Cremation will be accorded and burial of ashes will take place at sea at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department. Family and friends are invited to share in Eileen's life at

Eileen was born December 9, 1935, in Wykoff, Minnesota, the daughter of Carl and Zeta (Egen) Loll. She graduated from Stewartville High School. Eileen served as a Communication Specialist in the United States Navy during the Korean War. On November 5, 1955, Eileen married Orville Melancon in Stewartville, Minnesota. They later moved to northwest Illinois. Eileen and Orville raised six children and celebrated 56 years of marriage until Orville's passing in 2012.

Eileen worked as a private nurse, caring for the elderly in the Galena area for many years. She also previously managed the Victorian Mansion and Hillman Manor Bed & Breakfast in Galena. Before retirement she also worked at the Elizabeth Nursing Home. She was a member of Hanover VFW, American Legion Auxiliary, Hanover Fire Department Women's Auxiliary, the Galena Lions Club as a Lioness, a Red Cross volunteer, and past EMT with the Galena Ambulance Association. In the 60s, she was on the “Queen for a Day” TV show and won 2nd place. Eileen enjoyed painting and ceramics.

Eileen will be dearly missed by her four sons, Kim (Ada) Melancon of Galena, Illinois, Kevin Melancon of Hanover, Kyle (Janet) Melancon of Chicago, Illinois, and Orville Jr. (Andrea) Melancon of Hanover, Illinois; her daughter, Regina (Richard) Melby of La Crosse, Wisconsin; 9 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Hanson of South Dakota, Janice Loll of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Cathy (Merle) Sheare of La Hoya, California. Eileen is preceded in death by her husband, Orville; a son, Richard; a grandson, Richard, Jr .; two brothers, Bud and Bill Loll; and two sisters, JoAnn Reynolds and Helen Schwartz.


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