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Final funeral arrangements set for fallen McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office squad car dedicated to Deputy Jacob Keltner | Photo by Alex Vucha.

The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office has announced visitation, funeral and procession arrangements for fallen Deputy Jacob Keltner. The public is encouraged to line the procession route on Wednesday.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Jacob Keltner, who worked as a fugitive investigator on the local U.S. Marshals task force, died on Thursday after being shot while serving a warrant at a Rockford hotel.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday at the DeFiore Funeral Home, 10763 Dundee Road in Huntley. The public visitation hours are from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a formal law enforcement walk-through at 6 p.m. Those attending are asked to dress for the weather and to anticipate standing outside while waiting to pay respects.

There will not be any parking at the DeFiore Funeral Home. Everyone attending can park at either at St. Mary Catholic Church, 10307 Dundee Road in Huntley, or the Wal-Mart, 12300 Route 47 in Huntley, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said. Buses will take attendees from these two locations to and from the funeral home.

McHenry County Sheriff’s Office squad car dedicated to Deputy Jacob Keltner | Photo by Alex Vucha.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday at Woodstock North High School, 3000 Raffel Road in Woodstock. Parking at the high school will be for first responders only, the sheriff’s office said.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. with law enforcement receiving priority seating followed by other first responders. The funeral will start at 10 a.m. with the official procession following immediately.

“We highly encourage the public to line the official procession route on Wednesday to show their support and honor Deputy Keltner. The procession route will be for law enforcement and emergency vehicles only,” McHenry County Sheriff spokeswoman Sandra Rodgers said.

The procession will leave Woodstock High School around 12:30 p.m. heading north on Raffel Road, left on Charles Road, left on Route 47, left on Route 14, right on Route 31, right on James R. Rakow Road, right on Algonquin Road, left on Ruth Road, left on Dundee Road and end at DeFiore Funeral Home.

The public is also encouraged to leave any notes or flowers on the squad car dedicated to Deputy Keltner located on the east side of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office building, 2200 North Seminary Ave in Woodstock.


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