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Roger E. Schnell

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

AMBOY – Roger E. Schnell, 76, of Amboy, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford. He was a lifelong cattle and grain farmer in Bradford Township, and had a passion for preserving antique farm equipment.  

Roger was born Dec. 10, 1937, in Amboy, the son of Vernon and Lois (Crawford) Schnell. Roger was a graduate of Lee Center High School, and the University of Illinois College of Agriculture in 1959. He served in the Army Reserve. He married Sharon Hallett on Sept. 1, 1963, in Oregon.

He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lee Center, the Massey Collectors Association, the Living History Antique Equipment Association, and the Red Power Club. He also was Bradford Township clerk for 20 years.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon of Amboy; three daughters, Amy (Joseph) Gibes of Gurnee, Kathy Prestegaard of Amboy, and Jeanne (Charley) Lombardo of Darien; one sister-in-law, Elsie Schnell of Franklin Grove; eight grandchildren, Hannah, Sarah, and John Gibes, Allison, Madeline, and Jaynee Prestegaard, and Jack and Mia Lombardo; and one niece, Brenda (Charles) Smith of Polo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Jon Ranon Schnell; and one brother, Howard Schnell.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lee Center. The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the church, with the Rev. Jack Briggs, pastor, officiating. Burial will be at Woodside Cemetery in Lee Center. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the Living History Antique Equipment Association and the Amboy Fire and Rescue Protection District.

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