Category Archives: Obituaries

In Memory of Walter Guffey

It’s sad to announce that Walter Raymond Guffey, Sr., 91, was reunited with his wife in eternity, with his Lord, on March 31, 2015. Born October 28, 1923, in Watauga, KY, and married July 14, 1956, to his bride of 57 years, Betty Lou Winkler. He attended Jacksonville School of the Deaf, was an active member of Rockford Lutheran Church of the Deaf where he served as treasurer. A member of the Elks Club, Eagles Club, Illinois Association for the Deaf, and the National Fraternal Society of the Deaf. An energetic and loving husband, retired from Sundstrand, avid gardener raising both vegetables and flowers, he also enjoyed a variety of wood projects and an avid Chicago sports fan. Survived by children, Lewis (Jody) Guffey, Kathy (Jamie) Petrie, Wally (Rhonda) Guffey, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Jodi Miles-Summeril; grandchildren, John Miles, Nicholas (Krystal) Guffey, K Louise (Karl) Seager, Maggie (Tim Hurkman) Phillps, Nicole Howard, Jamie Petrie, Jr., and Eddie Petrie; sister, Viola Lamp; sister-in-law, Jean Winkler; nieces and nephews; 10 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; son, Jerry Guffey; grandchild, Nicole Guffey; and brother, Calvin Guffey. Funeral services at 10 a.m. Monday, April 6, at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL. Visitation 9 a.m. until time of service. Interment in Sunset Memorial Gardens. To express condolences please visit,

In Memory of Edna Loretta Smiley

It’s sad to announce that Edna Loretta Smiley,  93, (Class of 1942) went to join her husband, Lyman, on April 10 after a long struggle with a spinal compression fracture and other problems. Edna was born profoundly deaf and sign language was her primary means of communication. However this did not stop her from having a fruitful life. She was born in 1921 in Peoria, Illinois to her parents, Henry and Ruth Lohrenz. Edna attended the Illinois School for the Deaf graduating with the class of 1942. Went on to be a “Rosie the Riveter” in Ohio during World War II. She later met her future husband, Lyman and married. They had one son, Clifton. They lived in Hammond, Indiana, Elmhurst and Bensenville, Illinois, and finally moved to San Marcos, Texas to be close to their son. Her beloved husband, Lyman, passed away in 2004. Several years after that she moved in with her son and his wife, Cathy and lived there until her final illness. Edna is survived by her son, Clifton and his wife Cathy, three Grandchildren, Greg, Beth, and Bryan as well as 8 great grandchildren. Edna also loved Cliff and Cathy’s dog Alfie who misses her. She will be missed by all. Her smiling face and love for her family were so apparent. The family will have a private celebration of her life. The family would also like to thank Sonia and Kathy of Pride PHC Services for their care of Edna over the past years. In addition during her final illness, the caring staff and Legends of Sonterra made her feel at home as much as possible in her final months.

In Memory of Lee Suter

Lee A. Suter, 64, of St. Jacob, Ill., born Sept. 21, 1950, in Highland, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at his home in St. Jacob, Ill.

Lee was a 1970 graduate from Illinois School for the Deaf. He was a member of the Illinois School for the Deaf Alumni Association, Operating Engineers Local 520, Highland Moose Lodge 2479, Troy Ill., Volunteer Fire Department with 25 years of service and the Madison County Fire Fighter Association. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, farmer, and enjoyed wood working. Most of all he enjoyed life, his family and all of his friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gustiv “Gus” Suter.

Surviving are his wife, Sondra, nee Holshouser, Suter of St. Jacob, Ill.; sons, Tobey A. (Julia) Suter Sr. of Troy, Ill., and Corey D.(Kylie) Suter of Highland, Ill.; his mother, Dorothy L., nee Keck, Suter of Highland, Ill.; stepsons, Jason (Kristi) Sutter of Troy, Ill., and Tony Di-Tucci Jr. of Orlando, Fla.; stepdaughters, Niki (Steve) Owens and Angela (Zach) Simmons both of Troy, Ill.; grandchildren, Tobey Suter Jr., Wyatt Suter, Lilian Suter and Lane Suter; and several step-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Friedens Cemetery, Troy, Ill., or Troy Volunteer Fire Department. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at Richeson Funeral Home, Troy, Ill.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the funeral home with Rev. Eddie Witt officiating. Interment will be private in Friedens Cemetery.

In Memory of Robert M. Montfort

It’s sad to announce that Robert Melloy Montfort, 82, (Class of 1954) passed away on February 9, 2015. He was born in Danville, Illinois on October 21, 1932 to Dr. Roy Montfort and Mrs. Harriet Smith Montfort. He attended and graduated at Illinois School for the Deaf. In 1957, he participated in the Deaf Olympics as a swimming diver an won the silver medal in Milan, Italy. That’s where he met Joan Turner of England and married her. They produced a daughter, Ann Harriet. Robert and Joan moved to Austin, Texas in 2002 to be close with their daughter and her family.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years; his daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Andrew Horn and his precious grandchildren, Tullos Melloy and Tandra Mildred.
There will be no Funeral Service at this moment; however, there will be a Memorial Service sometime in March.

In Memory of Robert O’Heron

It’s sad to announce that Robert O’Heron, Class of 1944, passed away last January 8, 2015. He was 91 years old.