Obituaries Tuesday July 1st

Mr. Charles “Gene” Cramberg, 86, of Dallas City, IL passed away at his home at 5:00 AM Monday, June 30, 2014. He was born on June 4, 1928 in Dallas City, the son of Elgy and Ruth Patterson Cramberg. On July 10, 1949 he married Joanne Claudine Bell in Colusa, IL.


Gene attended the Dallas City High School and joined the U.S. Navy in 1949 where he worked at the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, NC. Mr. Cramberg then worked at the IAAP near Middleton, IA for 27 years. Gene “The Trader” always made trades or swaps on guns, bows and arrows, boats, etc. He was an avid sportsman and loved fishing, boating, mushrooming, and hunting of all kinds with gun or bow. Gene owned an archery business for many years, where he made bows and mechanical releases. He was a member of the National Rifle Association, and the National Field Archery Association for 35 years. He was also a member American Bowling Congress for 50 years and has bowled 3 perfect games.


He is survived by his wife, Joanne, one daughter, Kathy Pindell of Galesburg, IL, two sons, Kenny Cramberg of Carman, IL, and Kevin Cramberg of Dallas City, 5 grandchildren, Tish Peterson, Jason Pindell, Amie Rosson, Randi Copeland, and Jessica Cramberg, 5 great-grandchildren, Jeremy Peterson, Autumn Peterson, Hannah Pindell, Urijah Copeland, and Reagan Pindell, and 2 sisters, Charlotte Knuth of Galesburg and Janice Brags of East Galesburg.


Gene was preceded in death by his parents.


Friends and family are to gather at Banks and Beals Funeral home in Dallas City at 10:45 AM before processing to a graveside service which will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, July 5, 2014 in the Harris Cemetery near Dallas City. Following the services, friends and family are invited to the Dallas City Community Center for a time of food and refreshments and to celebrate Gene’s life. A memorial fund has been established for the Dallas City Ambulance. Condolences may be left at


Mrs. Mardene Derry, 89, of Colusa, IL passed away 1:35 a.m. Monday, June 30, 2014 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, IL.


Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Colusa United Methodist Church in Colusa with David Poland officiating. Burial will be held at Harris Cemetery near Dallas City, IL. The family will receive friends from 8:30a.m. until time of service at the church. A memorial fund has been established for the Colusa United Methodist Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Banks & Beals Funeral Home of Dallas City is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at