MILLEDGEVILLE – Evelyn L. “Lynn” Hull Oncken, 84, of Milledgeville, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, at Regency Care Clinic in Sterling, from an extended illness.
Lynn was born Dec. 17, 1932, in Batavia, the daughter of Clark Arthur Hull and Beatrice (Bell) Hull. Lynn married Keith Oncken on Sept. 10, 1950, with Lynn’s father, a Methodist minister, conducting the marriage ceremony.
Lynn grew up in a musical family and played her first piano solo at age 3. When she moved to Milledgeville as a sophomore, she won first at district and second in state competition, and later earned a piano scholarship at Cornell College. By that time, she had met the love of her life, Keith, and they were married shortly after high school. Lynn and Keith recently celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary.
Lynn pursued her lifelong interest in music by teaching piano lessons and by serving 25 years as church organist at Messiah Lutheran Church. She loved animals, enjoyed nature, and was the inspiration for many family camping trips in the summer. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Lynn is survived by her husband, Keith; two daughters, Vicki Sandhu of Elgin and Deborah (Bill) Crowson of Dixon; one son-in-law, Mike Ford of Dixon; four grandchildren, Chris (Jennifer) Diehl, Jamie (Tasha Morton) Diehl, Nicole Diehl, and Allison Brantley; six great-grandchildren, Haylee, Kilee, Ashley, Blake, Ashtyn, and Audrey; many nieces and nephews; special care providers, Mirna Cabrera and Isela Calderon; and neighbor, Roxanne Francis.
Lynn was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Frances Townsen and Marion Indreika; one brother, Clark Hull; and one daughter, Kristy Oncken Ford.
The funeral was 10:30 a.m. Monday at Messiah Lutheran Church in Sterling, with Pastor Kirk Neugebauer officiating. Burial was at South Elkhorn Cemetery near Milledgeville.
In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to Hospice of the Rock River Valley, Messiah Lutheran Church, and Milledgeville Fire Department.