February 12, 2020
Richard Cummings, 74
Richard Cummings loved fishing, hunting and spending as much time outdoors as possible. On January 30, 2020, at the age of 74, Richard passed away at home in Lanark, Illinois, after a short illness.
He leaves a brother, James (Linda) Cummings of Menasha, WI and a sister, Barbara Anderson of Skokie, IL. He is also survived by a niece Crystal Janousek of Kaukauna, WI; a nephew, James J Cummings of Stevens Point, WI; two great-nieces, Cloe Janousek, Kaukauna, WI and Maggie Janousek, Kaukauna, WI; a great-nephew Jaxon Cummings, Stevens Point, WI; and several close friends, all of whom he loved dearly.
Richard was born June 19, 1945 in Wild Rose, Wisconsin, the son of Arthur and Marcia (Johnson) Cummings. Richard’s father made a career in the US Air Force serving during WWII, so while Richard was growing up, he lived in England, attended grade school in Morocco, and graduated high school in Minot, North Dakota. (His most unfavorite place to live.)
Richard served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. His passion to protect his country was born out of his family’s dedication to serve, starting with his great-great- grandfather serving during the Civil War, and his great-grandfather serving during WWI. Richard served several years in the Navy aboard the USS New Jersey and participated in the Vietnam combat tour.
After serving in the military, he pursued his desire to be close to nature by building and living two years in a primitive cottage in the woods of Wisconsin, finding food and living off of the land. At the end of the second winter, Richard decided that living in Skokie at his sister’s home was going to be a lot better than living in the cold Wisconsin woods. He spent 20 years in Skokie and worked as a machinist and CNC operator for John Crane, Inc.
Richard later returned to the outdoors to hunt and fish by retiring to Northwest Illinois, living in Lanark. He often hunted and went fishing with his close friends, including Jack Kucmierz, or spending time with his neighbor Randy Wyckoff. He enjoyed rooting for the Green Bay Packers or New England Patriots, woodworking and photography. Richard will be remembered fondly for his stubbornness when debating politics, but most of all being a dedicated friend.
A family memorial service and military honors will be held at a later date with inurnment in the family burial plot in Almond, Wisconsin. Law-Jones Funeral Home is humbly honored to serve the family and you are invited to share in Richard’s life at http://www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Maxine Wickland, 98
Maxine Wickland, age 98, passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020 at Parkview Nursing Home in Freeport, IL.
She was born on June 23, 1921 to Luther and Lena (Salier) Lower. She married Floyd Wickland on December 24, 1939.
She is survived by her daughter; Sandra (Steven) Johnson of Belvidere, IL, Grandson; Ryan (Leasha) Johnson of Belvidere, IL.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and her sister Darlene Diehl.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Thursday February 6, 2020 at the Leamon Funeral Home in Lena. Visitation was from 9:30 until time of service at the Funeral Home. Officiating was Rev. Rick Bader.
Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial has been established in her name. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com.
Ronald D. Magee, 78
Ronald “Ron” D. Magee, 78, of Stockton, IL passed away on Thursday, February 6, 2020 with his family by his side at UW Hospital in Madison, WI.
He was born on August 1, 1941 to Vernon and Neola (Gates) Magee in Freeport, he was the eldest of 14 children. Ron married Rita Evans on August 28, 1965 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton. Ron retired Kelly Springfield after 34 years. He was a hardworking man who worked in carpentry, electric, plumbing, and cement; he was a jack of all trades. Ron loved the outdoors and nature, where he worked in his flower and vegetable gardens, and enjoyed feeding the birds and the fish in his coy pond.
Ron would do anything for everyone, giving the shirt off of his back. He felt that providing for his family was his utmost responsibility. He was a proud grandpa and dad. Family was the most important to him, attending all of his grandchildren’s events; especially sporting events and races.
Ron is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Rita of Stockton, three daughters; Amy (Richard) Kennedy of Machesney Park, Jodi (Scott) Townsend of Stockton, and Jill Magee of Virginia, grandchildren; Alivia, Peyton, and Christian Kennedy, Ascher, Taylor and Kirsten (Gus) Townsend, Faith and Cyrus Schrader, great-grandson Moxyn Werhane, siblings; Gary (Rose) Magee, Carol (Joe) Staver, Janet Behrens, Jimmy Magee, Johnny (Charmaine) Magee, Mike Magee, Stephen Magee, Gene (Teresa) Magee, June (Dave) Bergemann, Trisha (Boyd) Cox, numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings; Patrick Magee, Mary Raab, and Tom Magee, and a nephew Jeremiah Magee.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton.
A visitation was from 4:00-7:00 PM on Monday, February 10, 2020 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton. Burial will be at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Stockton. Father Michael Morrissey will officiate the services. Cremation rites have been accorded.
A memorial has been established in his memory. Condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.leamonfh.com.