Obituaries Tuesday January 26th

Kirk Richard Swanson, 54, of West Burlington, died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, January 24, 2021 at his home.
Born March 20, 1966 he was the son of Robert and Linda (Carlson) Swanson. He married Susan Swanson on June 16, 1995 in Burlington, Iowa.
Kirk was a machinist for 25 years and retired in 2018. He was a member of Meyers Marina and a lifetime member of the NRA.
He was the biggest river rat there ever was! He loved deer hunting and fishing, boating and teasing his kids. His time spent with his friends and family was the most important to him. He was a simple man and enjoyed life.
Survivors include his wife Susan; his parents; and his four children, Lisa (Nate) Knapp of Gladstone, IL, Joshua (Jill) Bowman of Burlington, IA, Joseph (Joni) Bowman of Burlington, IA, and Ashley Bowman (Paul Greco) of Naples, FL and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by both maternal and paternal grandparents.
The funeral service for “Swanie” will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 29th at Lunning Chapel. The Rev. Paul Hermansen will officiate. Interment will be in Aspen Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 28th at Lunning Chapel where the family will receive friends.
A memorial has been established for Bethany Lutheran Church.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Kristina Elizabeth Bishop (Russell), age 47 of Stronghurst, Illinois, passed away Sunday January 24, 2021 at her home. She was born October 1, 1973 in Folsom, California, the daughter of Bruce and Rita Diaz Bishop.
Kristina was a graduate of the Institute of Technology in Roseville, California. She was employed by Kmart in California for several years. She lived in the Stronghust area for the past seven years. She loved to cook, read, spending time outside, and spending time with her family and friends. She was an avid fan of the Las Vegas Raiders football team.
Survivors include her husband; John Russell, father; Bruce Bishop, mother: Rita Benson, eight children; Daniel Price, Todd Colston, Shian Morrison, Sierra Russell, Coda Morrison, Joshua Russell, Chaz Russell, Zander Russell, four grandchildren; Jade and Kyrin Williams and Scarlett and Roselie Price, and her best friend for twenty two years; Danielle Price. She was preceded in death by her grandparents and one daughter; Mary Kay Price.
A private family service will be held Friday January 29, 2021 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Stronghurst. A memorial has been established for the family. Please visit Kristina’s obituary at to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

M. Evohn Sartorius, 92, of Colchester, Illinois passed away at 9:20 p.m. Saturday, January 23, 2021at The Elms in Macomb, Illinois.
She was born March 22, 1928 in Hancock County, the daughter of Lee and Margaret Icenogle Smock. She was first married to Loren Sartorius. They later divorced. She then married Winfred Vickeroy. He preceded her in death in 1998.
Evohn worked as a bookkeeper in the family businesses. She also worked as a realtor while living in California and later worked at Bridgeway in Macomb. She attended the Webster Community Church, Webster, Illinois, for many years.
She is survived by her friend and companion, Herald Stagman of Colchester; daughter Linda Stansbury of Phoenix, Arizona; sons, David Sartorius of Colchester and Larry Sartorius of Burlington, Iowa; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one sister, Christine Carle of Webster.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred and two brothers, Leslie and Paul Smock.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2021 at the Webster Cemetery, Webster with Ted Burnfield officiating. No visitation is planned.
A memorial fund has been established for the Webster Community Church. For those who are unable to attend, memorials may be sent to the Evohn Satorius Memorial Fund, c/o Banks & Beals Funeral Home, P.O. Box 503, LaHarpe, Illinois 61450.
To leave a condolence for the family, please visit Evohn’s obituary at

Robert Leon Dillon, 79, of Stronghurst, entered eternal rest on January 23rd at 6:30 p.m. at Oaklane Nursing and Rehab.

Born on February 23, 1941 in Monmouth,Illinois, Bob was the youngest son of John and Laura Johnson Dillon. He grew up outside of Stronghurst on his family’s dairy farm, where he and his two brothers worked, yet still found time to be mischievous. In school, Bob participated in many extra curriculars, including basketball, football, track, and band, while still maintaining social butterfly status. Bob graduated from Stronghurst High School in 1959, and soon entered the United States Navy. One of his proudest moments of being a crew member of the USS Lake Champlain was when they picked up Alan Shepherd from the Pacific Ocean after his space flight in 1961. He was fortunate to see many parts of the world during his military service.

Once back in Stronghurst, Bob soon opened DIllon’s Feed and Farm Supply. Later, he became a regional supervisor for Cargill, then Illini Feeds, while still maintaining his own business. During this time, Bob reconnected with a former schoolmate, Carole Veech Manley. The two married on June 27, 1981, uniting their two families. Bob eventually sold his feed business and opened Dillon’s Realty and Appraisal. Bob’s careers allowed him to do what he loved most-interacting with people and sharing his wisdom, wit, and humor.

Bob was a very active member of the community, where he was involved in several organizations. He was a member of the Stronghurst Christian Church, serving as an elder, and leading numerous bible studies. He was often seen driving around town, and rarely missed a morning breakfast at the local restaurant, or an afternoon coffee at FS.

He is survived by his wife Carole, his brother, Roger (Bonnie) Dillon of Quincy, and 6 children: Tim (Tiffany) Dillon of Duluth, Georgia, Natalie (Todd) Ensminger of Carman, Elizabeth (Ryan) Ablon of Las Vegas, Lisa (Jon) Corzatt of Raritan, Shelley (Mark) Graves of Lake Saint Louis, and Shannon (Chad) Watson of Ankeny, Iowa. He also leaves behind 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, with one on the way. His family celebrates the fact that he is at peace with his creator, while leaving a trail of laughter, generosity, compassion, and faith for all to follow.

Friends may call as they desire from 1 to 5 pm Wednesday, January 27th at Banks and Beals in Stronghurst. Due to the pandemic, a private family funeral service will be held. Burial, with military rites will be in the Stronghurst Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established for the Stronghurst Christian Church and Oaklane Nursing and Rehab.
Please visit Bob’s obituary at to sign the guest book and leave a condolence.

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of James (Jim) Ray Painter, 66 of Goodfield, IL at his home on January 22, 2021. He was born in La Harpe, IL on May 1st, 1954, son of Ray “SNAP” and Winifred (Elder) Painter.
Surviving is his wife Angela (Thie) of 43 years along with his sons, Jameson Painter and Caitlyn McAmis of Las Vegas, NV, Joseph and Katie (Strack) Painter and Grandchildren Riley and Ronan Painter of Carbondale IL, and daughter Lauren (Cupcake) and Steven Spradling of Geneva, IL. His sisters, Diane McKinnon of Terre Haute, IL and Nieces Kim (George) Thompson, Debbie (PJ) Funk, and Susan (David) Hobby. Jean and (Lynn) Dougherty of Blandinsville, IL. Betty (Kenneth) Wright also of Blandinsville, and his brother Joseph and Joni Painter and Nephews JJ and Brian Painter of Bloomington, IL.
Jim grew up in Terre Haute, IL, graduated from LaHarpe High School in 1972, went to Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL to study Business Administration. Jim stayed in Bloomington and started working for Ryder in the truck rentals area. He was there many years, worked a short while for Peterbilt and then found his true home with Altorfer Inc, a Caterpillar Dealership. He was Truck Operations Manager for Altorfer CAT Power Systems East Peoria, IL and Altorfer Industries in Chicago. He oversaw many projects including the new building renovation for Altorfer CAT Power Systems in East Peoria, along with many other projects including a dyno.
Jim had many passions. At the top was the Chicago Bears, watching every game and attending at least one preseason practice every year. One of his proud moments was having season tickets to the 1985 Bears Super bowl season. Another was Howard Thie buying media deck tickets for Jim, Angie, Joe and JJ to watch Cupcake march with the NIU marching band at the Monday night opener during halftime against the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Charles Tillman Cornerstone foundation They help keep families out of homelessness and hopelessness due to insurmountable medical bills.
Due to the pandemic, a private family service will be held on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Banks and Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe, IL. To leave a condolence, please visit Jim’s obituary at