Rock Falls, IL
Dwayne W. Ettinger , 79, of Rock Falls, died Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at Sterling Pavilion after a long illness.
He was born Sept. 1, 1928, to M.N. and Blanche (Buhrman) Ettinger in Taylorville. Dwayne graduated from Eureka College and served two years in the U.S. Army prior to beginning a career in elementary education in 1953. During his four-decade career, Dwayne taught hundreds of grade school children and impacted the lives of thousands more as principal of Dillon and Thome Elementary schools and Rock Falls Junior High School. To his final days, it was common for people throughout Sterling and Rock Falls to mention that he was their grade school principal. Even his three children had the unique "privilege" of having their father as a principal, too.
Halfway through his career, Dwayne modeled for their children the importance of a lifelong education by completing a master's degree in special education from Northern Illinois University.
In addition to a career in education, Dwayne was involved in numerous youth organizations throughout his life. Within just the past year, he spoke from personal experience to high school students about the long-term consequences of smoking.
Dwayne served for many years as a member of the Rock Falls Public Library Board of Trustees, was a past master of the Rock Falls Masonic Lodge, past patron of the Eastern Star and an active and enthusiastic volunteer in countless community activities and events.
Dwayne married the former Lucy Sayers on Feb. 12, 1954. Spending their entire married life in Rock Falls, they celebrated their golden anniversary in February 2004, with many friends and family members at a reception hosted by their children.
Survivors include his wife, Lucy of Rock Falls; two sons, Terry (Beth Rougoux) of Syracuse, N.Y., and Tim (Loretta) of Corydon, Ind.; four grandsons, Corey, Jason, Nathan and Sean; and his sister, Louise Casey of Indio, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Betty; a brother, Jim; and his daughter, Robin Sigler.
Obituary credit: Sauk Valley Newspapers