NEPONSET - Jeanne L. Gunning, 94, of Neponset, died at 10:57 AM, Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in the emergency room at Kewanee Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, March 31 at Rux Funeral Home in Kewanee. Rev. William R. Toliver will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00-6:00 PM, Sunday, March 30 at the funeral home. Burial will be in Evergreen Memory Gardens in rural Kewanee. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Neponset Historical Society or to the Neponset Public Library.
She was born September 30, 1919 in Kewanee, the daughter of Robert R. and Ethel L. (Headley) Coates. She married Cecil M. Gunning on November 19, 1943 in San Diego, CA. Survivors include her three sons, Daniel (Elissa) Gunning of Galena, IL, Gregg (Paula) Gunning of Neponset and Clifford (Dee) Gunning of Kewanee, her brother, Thomas Coates of Kewanee, two brother-in-laws, Lawrence Gunning of Texas and Lloyd (Phyllis) Gunning of Aurora, IL, ten grandchildren, Christopher, Brian, Kyle, Lance, Derek, Brandon, Shawna, Jay, Elizabeth and Kathryn and twelve great grandchildren, Nathan, William, Kathryn, Kaylin, Zachary, Caleb, Kimberly, Alexandria, Trinity, Mira, Brian and Jacob. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a brother, Robert and a sister, Elizabeth.
Jeanne lived on the family farm southeast of Neponset and attended country school thru the 7th grade and completed 8th grade in town. She graduated from Neponset High School in 1937 as Salutatorian. She was a member of Boy’s 4-H Club, having numerous projects with sheep being her major one, attending county and state fairs and showing Grand Champion at the International Livestock Show in Chicago in 1936 and had also led Girl’s 4-H Club with her sister for several years. Jeanne attended Western Illinois University receiving her teaching certificate and also attended the University of Illinois, Augustana and Black Hawk East. She began teaching in country schools for 2 years and then taught for District 152 for a little over three years. In 1945 she returned to Neponset where she went back to teaching in Mineral-Annawan Unit from 1959-70 and then taught at Neponset from 1970 until her retirement in 1993.
Jeanne was a member of the Neponset Congregational Church where she had served on the church board, taught Sunday School for 25 years and had been card ministry coordinator. She was a life member of the Neponset Historical Society having served on the board and was elected to the Neponset Public Library Board of Trustees in 1979 serving as the Board Secretary. She was also a life member of Home Health Services in Princeton. Her interests were many and included, Champion of Youth, reading, writing, gardening, sports of all kinds, especially the Chicago Bears and Cubs, good music, pets and animals, nature and God. She was involved in farming all of her life. Jeanne maintained a sense of humor, minded her own business, lived and let live, kept her faith in God and counted her blessings every day. This obituary may be viewed and private condolences left at www.ruxfuneralhome.com.