Obituaries

DAVID 'SMOKEY' SPEERS





David Sherman “Smokey”Speers, 98, a Rulo, native, passed away on March 16, 2017, in Grayslake, Illinois. He was born Feb. 21, 1919 in Rulo, the son of John and Mary (Noyse) Speers.  
David grew up and attended Rulo schools later graduating from Rulo High School.  After graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy where he served during World War II.  He made the Navy a career where he served 27 years, before being discharged at the rank of master chief petty officer.
Sherman loved baseball and was a Detroit Tiger’s fan since 1934. He was a member of the Wildwood Presbyterian Church for 50 years where he was an Elder and on the Evangelism Committee for over 20 years
Sherman and his wife Esther Joslin, a White Cloud, KS native, were married in 1948.  They lived in various places in the states and overseas due to his military career before settling and retiring to Wildwood, IL.  She died in 1997.
He is survived by his loving daughter Dollie (Roy) Letto;  daughter in law Cyndi Reynolds of Hiawatha; Grandchildren Brendan Letto, Wesley Letto, James (Cindy) Reynolds of Falls City; Great-grandchildren Ashleigh (Adam) Eickhoff, Samantha and David Reynolds, all of Falls City; with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by hiswife; his son Jimmy Reynolds; his daughters:  Lyla Beasley, Ramona (Greg) Staronowicz; granddaughter Sheila Reynolds; 26 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Hiawatha,  with Rev. Nancy Tuma, of First Presbyterian Church of Hiawatha, officiating. Interment with military honors a courtesy of Brown County Veterans Honor Guard, will be at Hiawatha Cemetery.
The family will meet with friends one hour prior to service.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Wildwood Presbyterian Church for the Sherman Speers Memorial Fund, 18630 W. Old Gages Lake RD, Grayslake, IL  60030.
www.chapeloaksfuneralhome.com

APOLLONIA 'LONI' INGLIS





Apollonia “Loni” Maria (Shafer) Inglis, 79, of Falls City, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at the Community Medical Center in Falls City. She was born on Dec.  8, 1937, in Straubing, West Germany to Benedikt and Berta Scheifl.  
Loni was raised in Germany where she attended school and graduated from high school. She met her future husband Norman T. Shafer while he was serving in the army and stationed in Germany. The couple were married on June 1, 1959 and to this union six children, Petra, Helmut, Melvin, Norman I., Debbie, and Ramona were born. The couple began married life raising their family in Germany before moving to Falls City Loni worked for many years as a waitress at Northvue Café and the Motel. She was later united in marriage to James “Jim” Inglis. Loni loved to cook and made sure everybody that was at her home didn’t go hungry.  She was a member of the Falls City VFW Auxillary # 1765 and in her spare time enjoyed cooking, drinking beer, camping, fishing, and spending time outdoors. Loni would do anything for anybody and seemed to always have a smile on her face.  
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Norman T. Shafer, three brothers, one sister, and daughters-in-law Shari Shafer and Robin Shafer.
Loni is survived by her husband Jim Inglis of Falls City; children: Petra (Peter) Primbs of Straubing, Germany; Helmut Shafer of Falls City; Melvin Shafer of Hiawatha, KS; Norman (Janet) Shafer of Falls City; Debbie (Wayne) Lucas of King George, VA; Ramona (Michael) Dishong of Falls City; 11 grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a sister Elfriede Rossmuller of Straubing, Germany; and many other relatives and friends.
Graveside Committal Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Falls City Catholic Cemetery with Father Thomas Dunavan officiating.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017, at the Hall Funeral Chapel in Falls City. Family will greet friends from 6-8 p.m. at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Falls City Animal Shelter.
www.hallfuneral.net

sMARVIN VINSONHALER





Marvin Vinsonhaler, 82, passed away on March 17, 2017 in Harlingen, TX. He was born on Aug. 11, 1934 in Rulo, the son of Maurice and Margaret (Jondrow) Vinsonhaler.
He moved to Falls City with his family at a very young age. He attended school in Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 1953.
He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1952, and was discharged in 1963. He married Rosa Lee York on June 23, 1953, they shared 64 years together. Three children were born to this union.
During their marriage, Marvin went to work for Hinky Dinky in Falls City in 1955 for 42 years as Store Manager. They lived in Omaha, Nebraska City and Lincoln. He was a member of the Toastmaster and Eagles Clubs.
Retiring in 1997, they moved to Big Lake, MO, and lived there for 10 years. In 1998 they became “Winter Texans” and lived on South Padre Island during the winters for three years. They then moved to Lakewood Village in Harlingen, where they purchased a home.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Margaret; and his youngest son, Mark, who died at age 59.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Rosa Lee; son, John (Sharon) Vinsonhaler, of Pleasant Dale, NE; daughter-in-law, Cindy Vinsonhaler, of Wilber; daughter, Connie Joe (Glenn) Stevens, of Lincoln; nine grandchildren, Jake and Ryan Miller, Tanner and Jared Stevens, Jeffrey Vinsonhaler, Natalie Aase, Tiffany Clifton, and Dustin and Lacey Vinsonhaler; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Heavenly Grace Funeral and Crematory, of La Feria, TX, is in charge of arrangements.
Burial will be held at a later date at Steel Cemetery in Falls City.

MARVIN VINSONHALER





Marvin Vinsonhaler, 82, passed away on March 17, 2017 in Harlingen, TX. He was born on Aug. 11, 1934 in Rulo, the son of Maurice and Margaret (Jondrow) Vinsonhaler.
He moved to Falls City with his family at a very young age. He attended school in Falls City and graduated from Falls City High School in 1953.
He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1952, and was discharged in 1963. He married Rosa Lee York on June 23, 1953, they shared 64 years together. Three children were born to this union.
During their marriage, Marvin went to work for Hinky Dinky in Falls City in 1955 for 42 years as Store Manager. They lived in Omaha, Nebraska City and Lincoln. He was a member of the Toastmaster and Eagles Clubs.
Retiring in 1997, they moved to Big Lake, MO, and lived there for 10 years. In 1998 they became “Winter Texans” and lived on South Padre Island during the winters for three years. They then moved to Lakewood Village in Harlingen, where they purchased a home.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Maurice and Margaret; and his youngest son, Mark, who died at age 59.
Marvin is survived by his wife, Rosa Lee; son, John (Sharon) Vinsonhaler, of Pleasant Dale, NE; daughter-in-law, Cindy Vinsonhaler, of Wilber; daughter, Connie Joe (Glenn) Stevens, of Lincoln; nine grandchildren, Jake and Ryan Miller, Tanner and Jared Stevens, Jeffrey Vinsonhaler, Natalie Aase, Tiffany Clifton, and Dustin and Lacey Vinsonhaler; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Heavenly Grace Funeral and Crematory, of La Feria, TX, is in charge of arrangements.
Burial will be held at a later date at Steel Cemetery in Falls City.

HENRY 'HANK' MENZE





Henry “Hank” Menze 88,of Kansas City, passed away Feb. 26, 2017.
Graveside service will be at Steele Cemetery, Saturday March 25, 2017 at 11:00 A.M with Father David Oldham of Peter & Paul Catholic Church officiating also, full military honor.