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April 15, 2020


Earl J. “Tip” Tipton, 89

Earl J. “Tip” Tipton, age 89, of Stockton, IL passed away Thursday, April 09, 2020 at home.

He was born August 9, 1930 the son of the late Arthur N. and Louisa M. (Streicher) Tipton. Tip married Darlene O’Neill on June 26, 1954. Darlene passed away June 23, 2017.

Tip grew up on a farm and drove truck most of his life, mainly for LCL and Jewel Rentar. He was a member of the Stockton American Legion and Teamsters. Tip enjoyed Nascar, boating, snowmobiling, spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and vacationing in his free time. He was also an animal lover.

Tip is survived by his sons, Jamie (Nan) of Rosendale, WI and Joey (Janet) of Galena, IL; daughters, Kelly (Kevin) Stewart of Stockton and Karla (special friend Chris) White of Stockton, IL; 13 grandchildren; Joshua, Cassie, Jesse & Caitlyn Tipton; Annessa Tipton & Amanda Vargas; Alex, Andrew & Aspyn Stewart; and Christian, Noah, Kanzas & Kyah White; and 8 great grandchildren; and his sister, Clara Endress. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; infant son, Timothy; sister, Florence Wickler; and brothers, Harry, Carson and infant Clyde.

A private family graveside will be held. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at

Pearl City

Kenneth LaVerne Musser, 91

Kenneth LaVerne Musser, 91, of Pearl City passed away April 9, 2020 in his home with his family by his side.

He was born May 19, 1928 to Edgar (Dick) and Juanita (Thomasson) Musser of Pearl City, IL.

Kenneth graduated from Pearl City High School in 1946. He was drafted into the army in January 1951. He served in the Korean War until January 1953 when he was honorably discharged. Kenneth married Donna (Johnson) on October 4, 1953 at where is now Zion Community Church in Pearl City.

He was a life-time member of the Pearl City American Legion Post 1014 serving numerous leadership roles, including several terms as treasurer, Post 1014 Commander and the 13th District Commander in 1985-1986. He was an active member of the Korean War Veterans Association. He was a member of the board and president for over 3 decades with Loran Mutual Insurance Company. Kenneth was the Loran Township Supervisor of Assessments for many years. He was a long-time member of Zion Community Church in Pearl City.

Kenneth farmed in Pearl City his entire life. He continued to be a faithful famer even after moving to town. He loved Farm All tractors, watching wrestling and going for a Sunday drive. He never met a dessert he didn’t like! You could always find him reading or playing cards, if he wasn’t in the fields. He enjoyed watching his children, grand-children and great grand-children play sports and show at the local fairs. One of Kenneth’s greatest honors was attending an Honor Flight in May 2017 with his daughter Barb. His infectious grin will be missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Terry Musser and son-in-law Edward Curry. He is survived by his wife; son: James (Denise) Musser; daughters: Barbara Curry and Leslie Musser. He is survived by his grandchildren: Joel, Darin (Shannon), Brett (Aubrey), Courtney, Brock (Kim) Musser, Kerstin Curry, Morgan (Keagan) Blasing, and Grant Curry. He is also survived by his great grandchildren: Drake, Brea, Charlotte, Gemma, Shea, Sawyer, Levi Musser and Brixtin Blasing.

Private family services will be held. Interment will take place at Oakland Cemetery and Mausoleum in Freeport. A memorial fund has been established. The family would like to give a special thank you to FHN Hospice for their care. Condolences may be shared with Kenneth’s family at

Benton, WI

Jewell McNett, 57

Jewell McNett, age 57 of Benton, WI, peacefully passed away at home on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. She was born on September 21, 1962; the daughter of the late Delvin and Doris (Disrud) McNett. She had previously been married to Timothy McAuliffe and together they had a son, Chase Christopher McAuliffe. She later married Timothy A. Ditsworth on November 10, 2001, they have been together for 30 years.

She was a massage therapist who worked out of her home as well as at Lands’ End in Platteville, WI. In more recent years she spent her time providing supportive care for friends and family. Jewell enjoyed working with photos, creating albums and memory boards. She also enjoyed journaling, home improvement projects, making crafts and collecting various trinkets. When she was able, she loved tending to her big garden, especially her pea pods and lilies. Most of all she loved her family, visiting, weekly phone calls and spending time with her great nieces and nephews. She had a warm heart and a kind soul along with a sassiness that no one could match. She was dearly loved and will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her husband Tim Ditsworth of Benton, WI; sisters, Joyce (Jack) Becke of Freeport, Janice (John) Bauch of Freeport, Jeanne (Ralph) Stietz of Gratiot, WI, and Joleen (Butch) Thommen of Warren, IL; brothers, Richard (Kathy) McNett of Lena, IL, Ronald McNett of Freeport, and James (Tammy Ihous) McNett of Shullsburg, WI; step-son, Greg Ditsworth; father-in-law, Glenn Ditsworth of Freeport; sisters-in-law, Debbie (Kevin) Fleischer of Freeport and Sandy (Joe) Lacy of Belleville, WI; numerous nieces and nephews; and several honorary sons & daughters that were friends of Chases who have kept close since his passing. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Chase Christopher McAuliffe; sister, Jackie Hermann; brothers, Roger, Rodney “Pete,” and Jerry; and mother-in-law, Ruth Ditsworth.

Due to social distancing, private family services will be held and she will be laid to rest next to her son in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Gratiot, WI. A memorial service will take place at a later date. A memorial fund has been established in her name. Condolences may be shared at


Bonnie M. Stubbe, 91

Bonnie M. Stubbe, 91, of Monroe, WI, formerly of Winslow, IL passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020, surrounded by her family, at Aster Assisted Living in Monroe, WI.

She was born on September 20, 1928 to John and Cecelia (Miller) Jordan in Freeport, IL. She married her high school sweetheart, Theodore “Ted” Stubbe on March 14, 1948. Ted and Bonnie established their home and farm near Winslow, where they worked together and raised their family. Bonnie also worked at Ammons Turkey Farm, Mitek, and Polly’s Grocery Store for 17 ½ years. She was a past president of the Winslow Women’s Club, delivered meals on wheels, and was a member of the McConnell United Methodist Church.

Bonnie is survived by her children; Carlo (Linda) Stubbe of Savanna and Suzanne (Don) Rudisill of Lena, grandchildren; Christopher Stubbe of Lake Summerset, Heidi (LeWayne) Moore of McConnell, and Brandon (Erin) Rudisill of Winslow, great-grandchildren; Zachary and Ashley Maaske, Toni Stubbe, and Lila Rudisill, 6 step great-grandchildren; and a sister in law Monna Shippy of Freeport.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two grandsons, a sister Irene, brothers Cliff and Henry, and her husband Ted in 2014

In light of recent events, funeral services will be private, but the family is planning a celebration of life at a later date. Burial will be at Rock Lily Cemetery in Winslow, IL. A memorial has been established in her memory.

Condolences may be sent to the family at


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