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February 26, 2020


David R. Groezinger, 51

David R. Groezinger, of Elizabeth, IL, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020 at his home.

A funeral service was held Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 11 am at the First United Methodist Church in Elizabeth, IL. Visitation was held from 9 am to 11 am, before the service. Cremation rites will be accorded, and burial will take place on a later date. Family and friends are invited to share in David’s life at

David was born January 5, 1969, in Galena, IL, the son of Delos and Patricia (Roberts) Groezinger. He attended Elizabeth schools, graduating from River Ridge High School with the class of 1987. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, where he learned trade skills that helped him throughout his career. A machinist by trade, David held numerous factory jobs throughout his life. Being a lifelong member of the community, David was proud to serve as an EMT and a volunteer firefighter in Elizabeth.

David loved boating on the Mississippi River in his cabin cruiser, and always had a good time attending Cheese Days in Monroe, WI, with his brother Scott, and friends. David always seemed to enjoy being a host. He had a collection of beer steins, and even though he wasn’t much of a drinker, he loved to serve his guests out of them. Every year, he’d host a big Christmas Eve breakfast where all were invited. And we do mean “all!” Whether you were family, a friend, or the person in line ahead of him at the coffee shop, you could expect an invite. David was also a talented singer, singing “Danny Boy” at many family funerals.

David is survived by his mother, Patricia Schaible, of Elizabeth, IL; sisters, Sue (Dennis) Roberts, of Savanna, IL and Melody Groezinger of Omaha, NE; brother, Scott (Nicole) Groezinger, of DeKalb, IL; brother-in-law, Richard Theyerl, of Rockford, IL; and many nieces and nephews. David is preceded in death by his father, Delos Groezinger; sister, Annette Theyerl; and step-father, Rodney Schaible.


Mark Andrew Davis, 59

Mark Andrew Davis, 59, of Orangeville, went to be with the Lord after a courageous battle of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, surrounded by his family, on Monday, February 17, 2020.

He was born on November 25, 1960 to Roscoe and Marlene (Stites) Davis in Monroe, WI. Mark was a 1979 graduate of Orangeville High School. He worked at Star Manufacturing in Freeport for 23 years, and most recently at Ace Hardware in Monroe, WI. Mark proudly served his community on the Orangeville Fire Department for 28 years. He was a lifetime member of the Orangeville United Methodist Church. He was an avid sports fan always cheering for the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, but especially for his nieces and nephews. Mark would attend his nieces and nephews sporting events when he could, or he would listen to them on the radio, always rooting for the Orangeville Broncos, Monroe Cheesemakers, and the Black Hawk Warriors. Family was everything to Mark.

Mark is survived by his best friend, and the love of his life Mary Pat (Herbst) Richel of Orangeville, his father, Roscoe Davis of Orangeville, siblings; Brian (Rosealie) Davis of Harlingen, TX, Lisa (Todd) Flannery of Monroe, WI, nieces and nephews; Brian Jr., Joe, Rachel, Casey, Rebecca, Jacob, great-nieces and nephews; Hailey, Gavin, Griffin, Lexi, Jaxsyn, Maxeen, Lila, and Camdyn, Mary’s children; Ted (Amy) Richel, Kathleen (Ron) Rule, Sarah (Bill) Preuss, Craig (Jerrica) Richel, Mary’s grandchildren; Gunnar, Gavin, Greta, Theresa, Declan, and Hadley, many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and his brothers of the Orangeville Fire Department.

He was preceded in death by his mother Marlene in 2018, and his brother Kevin in March of 2016.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Orangeville United Methodist Church in Orangeville, IL. A visitation was from 4:00-7:00 PM on Friday, February 21, 2020, at the Orangeville United Methodist Church, and again from 10:00 AM until time of services on Saturday. Pastor Siegfried Schwirblat officiated the services. A memorial has been established in his memory.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to everyone that cared for Mark throughout the years. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Manchester, IA

Steven Ellis Wichman, 65

Steven Ellis Wichman, 65 of Manchester, IA, passed away on Feb 19th, 2020 in Freeport, IL.

He was born on April 8, 1954 in Freeport, IL the son of Clark and Barbara (Smith) Wichman. He graduated from Le-Win High School in 1972. In his youth he was active in the 4-H and FFA, where he showed the Grand Champion Scramble Steer in 1971. He married Lynn Ann (Walters) Wichman April 26, 2003 at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, IA. Steven was born, raised, and worked on the Wichman family Dairy Farm, Lena, IL 1954-1996.

He went to work for the Canadian National Railroad for 20 more years. His hobbies included being a lifelong farmer, if only a hobby farmer after he moved to Iowa. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and family gatherings. Working on antique tractor was a favorite past time. He enjoyed working on projects, fabricating needed parts.

Survived by wife Lynn Ann (Walters) Wichman, his four sons; Jeremy (Alice) Wichman of Loves Park, IL, Doug Wichman of Creswell, OR, Adam (Ashley) Wichman of Ridott, IL, and Matthew Wichman of Manchester, IA; grandchildren;Tyler, Zach, Nathan, Cierra, Tucker, Levi, Raylee, Sylias, sisters; Linda (Timothy) Quinn, Cindy (Jeffrey) Smith, Vicky (Ronald) Watson, Elaine (Wayne) Gift, all of Lena, IL.

He was preceeded by parents Clark and Barb Wichman, father in-law Martin E Walters and brother in-law Todd Walters.

Funeral services were held 12:00 PM Noon on Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Cornerstone Church at 18141 222nd Street Manchester, IA. A visitation was from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at the Evangelical Free Church in Lena, and again from 10:00 AM until the time of services on Monday at the church. Pastor Joe Camp officiated the services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory.

Steve was always a generous man and continued so after death by being an organ donor. Condolences may be sent to the family at


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