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September 30, 2020


Dale R. Larsen, 73

Dale R. Larsen, age 73, of Stockton, IL went on to be with the Lord on September 21, 2020 after a three year battle with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

He was born December 29, 1946 in Lena, IL to the late William and Helen (Krise) Larsen.

He loved farming, hunting and baking. He worked for Chicago NW Railroad, the Farmers Exchange, was a dairy farmer for 20 years and Kolb Lena Cheese Factory for 22 years. After retirement, he worked for Gerlach Farms and drove for Barkau Automotive. He is a member of Calvary United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge #170 of Freeport for 37 years. Dale and Kay (Johnson) married January 31, 1970 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Stockton.

Dale is survived by his wife, Kay Larsen of Stockton; his sister, Pat Lovett of Austin, TX; his daughters, Amy Werkheiser (Karl McPeek) of Freeport and Sara (Todd) Patterson of Monroe, WI; his son, Andrew (Elaine) Larsen of Lena; and his 6 grandchildren, John, William and Matthew Werkheiser, and Max, Maggie and Molly Patterson. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Helen (Krise) Larsen; his brother, Ronald Larson; his grandson, Cody Larsen; and his half brother-in-law, Jim Lovett.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton at 2:00 p.m. beginning with a Masonic Service. There will be a visitation beginning at 12:00 p.m. Interment will take place at Morseville Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at

Joyce D. Meyer, 87

Joyce D. Mercer, age 87 of Stockton, IL passed away Friday, September 25, 2020 at Waverly Place of Stockton.

She was born February 27, 1933 in Warren, IL to the late Fred and Nellie (McLamarrah) Krippendorf. Joyce married Dale Marks on June 30, 1951. Dale passed away in October of 1978. She later married William Mercer and he passed away in 2005.

Joyce was a 1951 graduate of Warren High School. She had worked at the Dime Store in Stockton, Super Value in Stockton, Farmers Hatchery and Exchange in Elizabeth and was most known as the Activity Director at the Elizabeth Nursing Home. She was an avid card player of Euchre, 500 and Schafkopf. Joyce loved nature and went for many walks on a special trail and would often be found weeding her flower garden. Lastly, she would want to be remembered as a Good Samaritan for taking care of orphaned cats.

She is survived by her two sons, Steven Marks of Galena and Nelson Marks of Stockton and her two kitty cats, Goldie and Snowflake. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and three sisters.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Ladies Union Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be shared at


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