Roy M. Potter, age 98, of Chadwick, Illinois, died Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at the Carroll County Good Samaritan Society, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 17, 2012, at the Law – Jones Funeral Home in Chadwick. Burial will follow in the Chadwick Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. prior to the funeral at Law – Jones Funeral Home, Chadwick. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Roy was born Mar 1, 1914 in Fargo, North Dakota, grew up in Fargo and attended school there. He moved to Illinois in 1937 where he worked as a machinist and toolmaker at International Harvester in Moline, Illinois, producing tooling for heavy farm equipment and then materials in support of the war effort. Roy later worked at and retired from the Savanna Army Depot. His was the last of many generations of skilled craftsmen who relied on manual skill and knowledge of tools and materials before the advent of computers.
Roy and Dorothea Jane Mackey of Chadwick were married Jan 13, 1940, and moved to Chadwick with sons Roger and Steven in 1946. He helped establish and was Scoutmaster of a local Boy Scout Troop that led to creation of the “Scout Pond” south of town, a source of camp outs and largemouth bass for a time, and he arranged and led Apple River Canyon Boy Scout Camp trips. While a member of the Chadwick Village Council, in conjunction with the local Lions Club, he was instrumental in the planning and installation of street signs and house numbering that remain today.
Roy is survived by sons Roger Potter of Los Altos, California, and Steven Potter, Phoenix, Arizona, grandsons Christopher Potter, Frisco, Texas, and Ross Potter, Mesa, Arizona, and a younger brother, Loren Potter in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Roy was preceded in death by wife Dorothea in 1991.
Donald W. “Doc” Keim, age 76, of Mt. Carroll, Illinois died Monday, August 13, 2012 at FHN Hospital, Freeport, Illinois. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 17, 2012 at the Mt. Carroll United Methodist Church with Reverend Terri Lafferty officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date in Oak Hill Cemetery, Mt. Carroll. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 16, 2012 at the Frank-Law-Jones Funeral Home, Mt. Carroll, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. A Masonic Service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, during the visitation. Memorials may be given in Don’s memory for the Mt. Carroll Methodist Church. Condolences and tributes may be left at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Don was born September 4, 1935 in Savanna, the son of Edwin and Garnet (McGinty) Keim. He grew up on the family farm near Mt. Carroll with brothers Herb and Lowell. Don is a graduate of the Mt. Carroll High School with the Class of 1953. He then went on to study Animal Science at the University of Illinois and graduated with a B.S. degree in 1957. While at the U of I, he played the coronet in the Fighting Illini Marching Band. Don served in the U.S. Army after college, spending time in Washington State. He then returned to Mt. Carroll to work with his father on the family farm, raising and milking registered Brown Swiss Cows. On June 19, 1965, Don married Beverly Groff. After many years of marriage, they later divorced.
Don continued farming until 1985. After farming, he worked at the Bee Line Ready Mix and Hannaman & Albrecht Feed and Grain, both in Mt. Carroll. He also worked several years at Dura in Stockton, and particularly enjoyed his last job, mowing the golf course at the Stockton Country Club.
Don was a member of the Mt. Carroll United Methodist Church and the Mt. Carroll Cyrus Masonic Lodge #188. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards with friends, and driving through the countryside. He like watching eagles and looking for flowers.
Don will be dearly missed by his two sons, Brian (Dana) Keim of Lanark, Illinois and Scott Keim of Sycamore, Illinois; two grandchildren, Jalen and Harper; his brother, Lowell Keim of Mt. Carroll; and his companion, Norma Robbe of Mt. Carroll. Don is preceded in death by his brother, Herb and both parents.
Peggy Groharing, age 57, of Thomson, Illinois died Thursday, August 9, 2012 at home. A funeral service will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2012 at the Church of God, Mt. Carroll with Pastor Ron Abbott officiating. Burial will be in Dunshee (Lower York) Cemetery, Thomson. Visitation will be held from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, August 12, 2012 at the Law-Jones Funeral Home, Thomson. Memorials may be made in Peggy’s name Breast Cancer research. Online condolences and memorial tributes may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfuneralhome.com.
Peggy was born April 1, 1955 in Charlotte, North Carolina, the daughter of George W. and Audrey (Jessee) O’Neal, Sr.. She graduated high school in 1972 at Oakridge High School, Orlando, Florida. On March 19, 1988, Peggy married Richard Groharing in Orlando, Fl.
Peggy met Richard while they both worked as Correction Officers for Orange County in Orlando, Florida. Peggy worked for Orange County for twelve years. They moved back to Richard’s hometown of Thomson in 1994.
Peggy was a member of the Church of God, Mt. Carroll and a life-member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She had a passion for hummingbirds, and most of all, loved spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.
Peggy will be dearly missed by her husband, Richard Groharing of Thomson; five sons, Chris (Melissa) O’Neal of Riverton, Utah, Dave (Kristy) Groharing of Byron, Robb (Julie) Groharing of Thomson, Steve (Susie) Groharing of Hanover, and Eric (Tamara) Groharing of Twin Lakes, Wisconsin; twelve grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a brother, George O’Neal, Jr. of Dallas, Tx.,and her aunt Peggy Moore of Williamsburg Ohio who was her namesake. She is preceded in death by both parents.
Mary Catherine Donahoe
Mary Catherine Donahoe (Sheehan) was born August 17, 1926 and died July 5, 2012. A funeral mass will be said on August 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 110 West Madison Street, Chicago IL. Inurnment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover IL at 5:30 that evening. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Franciscans for the World, Attn. Father Mario, 110 West Madison Street, Chicago IL 60602.
John T. Donahoe III
John T. Donahoe III was born April 29, 1952 and died February 5, 2012. A funeral mass will be said August 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 110 West Madison Street, Chicago IL. Inurnment will take place at Evergreen Cemetery, Hanover IL at 5:30 that evening.