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Rock Falls Fire, Sterling Fire, Rock Falls Police and Sterling Police set up a flag with their ladder trucks to welcome Korean War vet Cpl. Krebs home.  Placement of the flag and personnel were at the 1stAvenue bridge and 2nd Street in Sterling. Cpl. Krebs arrived this morning at Chicagos O'Hare Airport where he was met by military personnel, Chicago Fire and Chicago Police.

His casket, was managed by a military escort, and arrived around 7 a.m. Wednesday at O’Hare International Airport's Terminal 3, where Schilling Funeral Home was waiting with a hearse, said Ret. Col. Wayne Kirkpatrick, chairman of the Rolling Thunder Chapter 2, from Wauconda.

The motorcyclists provided an escort along Interstates 294 and 88 to Rock Falls.

After a stop at Harvest Time Church in Rock Falls, for a brief staging, the procession continued to the 1st Ave. bridge.

At the head of the escort were Sterling and Rock Falls Police Departments along with Sheriff Booker followed

by the hearse and about 60 members of rolling thunder as they passed under the

American Flag hung between to ladder trucks over 1st ave. All proceeded

north to Schilling Funeral Home.


Mayor Skip Lee had some comments about the home coming of Cpl. Krebs.


Corporal John Krebs Honor Procession 17 May 2019 12:30 PM Depart Schilling Funeral Home, 702 1st Ave, Sterling, IL for Calvary Cemetery 12:50 PM Arrive at Calvary Cemetery ,2102 E LeFevre Road, Sterling, IL 1:00 PM Grave-Side Services at Calvary Cemetery 2:00 PM Reception at American Legion Post 296, 601 1st Avenue, Sterling, IL


Corporal John G. Krebs, 19, of Sterling, died July 11, 1950 in a fierce battle with North Korean forces during the Korean Conflict. John was born December 11, 1930 the son of Ferdinand (Delores) Krebs.

  Survivors include two sisters Norma of CA, and Mary Galligan of CA; two nieces Deretta (Jimmie) Perkins of Ennis TX, and LaRhonda (George) Moskos of CA; two nephews Michael Krebs of OK, and Kenneth Krebs of CA; and a sister-in-law Penny Jones of Ennis TX

  John was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother George Krebs.

  Graveside services with Military Honors will be held 1 PM Friday May, 17, 2019 at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling, with Jeff Coester officiating. A luncheon will be held after the graveside service at the Sterling American Legion Post 296.  

  A memorial has been established to (Rolling Thunder, Wounded Warrior Project, Sterling American Legion, Rock Falls American Legion)

     Arrangements were completed by the Schilling Funeral Home & Cremation, Sterling.