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Edward R. Messenger Sr.

Edward R. "Ed" Messenger Sr., 71, of Amboy, formerly of Dixon, died on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.  

He was born on July 10, 1947 in Oregon the son of Everett and Cletus (Harmon) Messenger.  

He married Amanda (Rainey) Messenger on April 16, 1982 in Dixon.  

Ed enjoyed playing cards, Elvis, westerns, and his wrestling.  

He retired from Plews-Edelmann's in Dixon after 25 years in 2010.  

Ed is survived by his wife of 36 years, Amanda, of Amboy; sons, Ed (Justine) Messenger and Eric (Robyn) Messenger, both of Oregon; step-children, Anthony (Christy) Rainey, of Little River, South Carolina, Shaun (Maria) Rainey, of Tabor City, North Carolina, and Laura Pryor, of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina; six grandchildren, Malachi Messenger, Caitlin Messenger, Morgan and Alyssa Pryor, and Emmanual and Christian DaVilla; a sister, Joyce Mayfield, of Winter Haven, Florida; and a brother, Jim (Rita) Messenger, of Conway, Arkansas; and special friend, Chris Becker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Bob, Harry, Bill and Dick Messenger; and two sisters, Vonn Smith and Pat Hoker.

A heartfelt thank you to Unity Hospice for the care and comfort they provided Ed.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at 

the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, Amboy.  

A fellowship meal will follow the visitation. Cremation rites will follow. 

A memorial has been established in his name for Unity Hospice of Rochelle.  

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