Bureau County, IL Obituaries and Death Notices

Charles H. Dabler

July 30, 1960 Sterling Gazette - Donated by Margaret Mangers

Manlius Funeral services were held for Charles H Dabler Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Manlius Baptist Church with the pastor Rev. Norman Moore officiating.  The organist was Mrs. Ruth Johnson, and soloist Mrs. George Twidell.  The casket bearers were Leland Dabler, Robert Dabler, Irvin Dabler, Ronald Dabler, Marvin Dabler, and Robert Watson. Burial was in Manlius Baptist Cemetery.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

May 13, 1963 - Monday, pg 2 col 2

Mrs. Rufus Dacorn, Walnut, Passes Away

Walnut: - Funeral services for Mrs. Rufus Dacorn, 72, who died late Saturday afternoon in Perry Memorial hospital in Princeton, were held Monday afternoon in the Red Oak EUB Church, with the Rev. O. E. Cole, officiating. Burial was in the Walnut Cemetery.

Mrs. Flossie Rufus Dacorn was born April 15, 1891, the daughter of James and Anna McMullen in Streator. She married Rufus Dacorn on Dec. 1, 1917 in Walnut and lived in this area since her marriage.

Surviving are her husband, one son, John, of Walnut; two brothers, James, Clearwater Fla., and John of South Pekin; four sisters, Mrs. Maude Cosby, St. Petersburg, Fla., Mrs. Helen Polish, Canton, Mrs. Hazel Freeman, Norris, and Mrs. Harold Collins, Oswega, and three grandchildren.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor --

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 5, 1984 - Friday, pg A4

DAPHNE DALE. Memorial services were held at the New Bedford Christian Church on Monday, for Mrs. John (Daphne) Dale, rural New Bedford, who died on Sunday at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton, with the Rev. William Douglas officiating.

Daphne A. Dale was born on Jan. 5, 1902 in Greenville Township, the daughter of Herman H. and Emma Swanson Draper. On Dec. 17, 1921 she married John H. Dale in Princeton. She was a member of the New Bedford Christian Church, Princeton Rebekah Lodge 85 and Camp 1491 of the New Bedford Royal Neighbors, and also a member of the Mothers of World War II.

Surviving are two sons, Robert, Ohio, and Merle, Manlius; nine grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister, Marvyl; one son, Lawrence; and one grandson. Memorials may be made to New Bedford Christian Church or the Manlius Rescue Unit

Child of Mr. Daugherty

Taken From the Henry Republican
May 20, 1880 - Milo

Since writing our last letter another one of Mr. Daugherty's children has died; will be buried today, 18th.

Mrs. E. H. Dawson

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 19, 1882 - Milo

Mrs. E. H. Dawson, a citizen for many years of Milo was brought from Tiskilwa on Wednesday for burial. Mrs. Dawson's health has not been good for some time. She leaves a husband and four sons to mourn her departure.

Mrs. Dawson was an old residence of Milo, coming from Pennsylvania in 1855 and had resided in Iowa since May last. Mrs. Dawson was a member of the M. E. church, a good mother, a kind neighbor and well respected in this community. Mr. Dawson is spending a few days with his old friends and neighbors and is silent on his religious views.

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 26, 1882 - Milo

E. H. Dawson returned to his home in Green Co. Iowa, Monday morning. Mr. Dawson was here to bury his wife at Tiskilwa last week.

Jehu L. Dawson

November 23, 1922

Jehu L. Dawson
Jehu L. Dawson passed his life at his home in Putnam, November 21, 1922, at 4:15 a.m. at the age of 82 years, 4 months, and 17 days. He was born in West Virginia and in early manhood came to Illinois and settled in Wheatland township, Bureau county. In 1861 he enlisted in the 86th regiment, Illinois volunteers and served his country for four years.

Forty-seven years ago the 10th of this month, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary T. Johnson. To this union was born six children, one daughter died at the age of six; the remaining are Mrs. Harry Finley of Wheatland township, who lives on the old homestead; Mrs. Elton Anderson of Dover, Bureau county; Curtis of Princeton, Ill.; Olive and Darline of Putnam.

Three years ago the 7th of October, Mrs. Dawson was taken by death. he also leaves one brother and two sisters, Abraham Dawson of Putnam, Mrs. Kate Headly of Pennsylvania and Mrs. Rebecca Thurston of Bureau, Illinois and George Freer of Streator, Illinois, who he cared for from childhood.

After being honorably discharged from the army he purchased land in Bureau county where he lived until 10 years ago when he moved to Putnam and where he has since made his home. Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at the M. E. Church, conducted by Rev. W. H. Witter, assisted by Rev. Carpenter of Henry. His body will be laid to rest in Putnam cemetery beside his wife and daughter.


Contributed by Pat Esterday

Walnut __ The Rev. James O. Davis Sr., 86, of Walnut Manor Nursing Home, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2007, at the nursing home. He was a United Methodist minister in Walnut and many other communities before retiring. The Rev. Davis was born Dec. 12, 1920, in Oklahoma, the son of George F. and Johanna (Yarbrough) Davis. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He married Jeanette Coffey on Feb. 26, 1944, in Elko, Nev. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Marsha Zaccone of Walnut and Valerie (Thomas) Rooney and Nancy (Lee) Wagner, both of Gilbert, Ariz.; three sons, James “Jody” (Angie) Davis Jr. and Paul (Laura) Davis, both of Walnut, and Timothy (Julie) Davis of Princeton; 17 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers. The funeral is at 10 a.m. Saturday at Garland Funeral Home, Walnut, with the Revs. Paul Nolden, pastor of Walnut United Methodist Church, and Eldon Cook, pastor of Walnut Bible Church, co-officiating. Burial is at Walnut Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established to the Walnut Manor van fund.

Taken from: The Dixon Telegraph, Thursday, August 23, 2007, Page A2 – Col. 1-2

Elisha P. DeMaranville

February 1904
Taken From the Henry Republican

Two Sudden Deaths - Brother and Sister of Tiskilwa Die The Same Day

Mrs. Phebe Gates Passes Away in the Morning and Her Brother at Noon.

Mrs. Gates and Mr. DeMaraville were aunt and uncle of Mrs. Andrew Hunter and Mrs. Frank T. Brown of this city, who requested us to copy the obituaries below, as taken from the Princeton Republican.

At the home of her daughter Mrs. Frank Ward, in Tiskilwa, the angel of death came and took Mrs. Phebe A. Gates at 3 o'clock Saturday morning, and at a few minutes to 12 of the same day death entered the home of Mrs. Cloe Goodale and claimed her father Elisha P. DeMaranville, an older brother of Mrs. Gates. The former died as the result of an abscess, while the latter succumbed to paralysis, with which he was stricken the Tuesday before. The funeral services were held at the Cottage M. E. church, six miles south of Tiskilwa, on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. A. Alford officiating. He chose for his text John 10:10, "I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly." A quartet composed of Miss Rachel Jack, Miss Ada Ioder, Miss Kellogg and Dr. Landis, with Mrs. Grace Smith at the organ, rendered some beautiful selections.

The church was filled to overflowing. The bodies of the brother and sister in life were laid side by side in death in the cemetery south of the church. The following are sketches of their lives that were known to the residents of southern Bureau county.

Elisha P. DeMaranville

Elisha P. DeMaranville was born in Tioga county, New York, July 1, 1825, and lived to see not only three-fourths of the old century, but into the fourth year of the new, passing away quietly at the home of his daughter Mrs. Goodale, a few hours after the death of his sister, on Feb. 13, 1904, aged 78 years, 7 months and 12 days. On July 2, 1840 he was united in marriage with Miss Adelia Brown, and to this union four children were born, all of whom have passed away. In 1859 he came from New York to Bureau county, Ill., which place has been his home for

the greater part of the time since, however he has spent some months at different times in Kansas. His wife died in 1861 and two years afterwards, in 1863, he married Miss Marie Albee, who passed away in 1871. To this union two children were born, one of whom has passed away, and the only remaining child is Mrs. Cloe Goodale. Eight grandchildren remain, three living elsewhere and five here.

During the war of '61 - '65, he enlisted as a private, but was rejected at the last examination on account of rheumatism. He shed tears because of this, as he longed to fight for his country's flag.

Sixty-one years ago he sought and found the Lord. His conversion was glorious and all these years he has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. In his day he was a great singer, and his workshop rang with his voice of joy and praise. The surrounding country is marked with his workmanship in houses and barns, but he has gone to that building of God, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

Jerome Demaranville - Courtesy Mikki Judge

24, Aug 1892

Jerome DeMaranville, an estimable farmer residing some six miles from Tiskilwa, died Tuesday, Aug 23, of erysipelas. He had been ill but a few days and was in town less than two weeks ago. Mr. DeMeranville was about forty-three years of age. The funeral will be held this afternoon and the interment will take place at Mt. Bloom.

Mrs. Martha (De)Maronville (nee Allen)

Taken From the Henry Republican
January 8, 1880

In Milo, Bureau county, Dec. 29, of consumption, Martha, 24, wife of Jerome Maronville, daughter of Mrs. Henry Allen of Milo, and niece of Mrs. H. C. Wright of this city.

Anna E. Denman

Taken From the Henry Republican
April 28, 1881

At Clifton, Kan., April 26, Anna E., 16 years, 5 months, only daughter of Philip T. Denman, deceased. Formerly of Milo, Bureau county.

Philip T. Denman

March 18, 1875

In Milo, March 14, of congestion of hemorrhage of the lungs, Philip T. Denman, aged 48 years.

Philip T. Denman was buried on Monday at Boyd’s Grove. Some six weeks ago he was severely chilled from exposure while riding on a stage through Kansas, which brought on a severe illness on arriving at home, and the result has put a terminus to his life. Really it might be called quick consumption. Mr. Denman was a native of New Jersey, but has lived in Illinois many years. Last fall he purchased 300 acres in Kansas, and had sold off his personal property here with a view of removal in a few days. The family, consisting of the widow and six children, three of whom are young men, will move to Kansas, and do the best they can, though cast down by this untoward misfortune. Mr. Denman was a good farmer, highly esteemed as a citizen, and was in the way of a successful career. Mrs. Denman is the only sister of Mr. R. N. Clark of this city.

John DeWitt

August 25, 1870

Died at Milo, Bureau county, on the 8th inst., John DeWitt, aged 101 years. Another centurion has been gathered to his fathers. We approach such a man with reverence and awe. In our schoolboy days we learned of the revolutions in France and America, of Napoleon and Washington as things and men long past and dead. Here was a man who was 27 when Napoleon received his first command and 30 when he assumed the presidency of the consulate; and 14 when our independence was acknowledged. He had a personal recollection of General Washington, of his mother’s hiding their family cow from the British and the Hessians on Long Island. He was a beau; when knee breeches, short buckles, ruffled wristbands and bosoms and powdered wigs were an absolute necessity, now a folly long, long past.

His active life was of longer duration than that of two lives of 65 years each following the other. But for a youthful spirit, which preserved, his faculties almost unimpaired and enabled him to conform to change, he would have lived into a strange age, and had no familiar object in view. For more than a quarter of a century before his death it is probable, that he did not meet one who could recall a single reminiscence that did not date after his first half of his three score and ten.

He was born at Long Island, New York, March 22, 1769. Learned the trade of a cooper; married at 21; lived in New York, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Dearborn county, Ind., and where he died, for the last 14 years. For 82 years he was a worthy member of the M. E. Church. Two out of twelve children survive him, and his fourth generation gathered around him. During a painful illness of four months, he had the faithful, constant and untiring attention of his fourth wife, who had journeyed with him side by side, hand in hand, down the declivity of life for near a score of years, she apparently as near the brink as he. A lingering gangrene of the foot took him over and she waits by the shore for the time she shall be called to him and home.

Mrs. Mary DeWitt

Thursday, July 27, 1871

In Milo, Bureau county, July 15, at the residence of her brother, Geo. W. Bennett, Mrs. Mary Dewitt, ages 60 years. Mrs. Dewitt had been a resident of Milo for the last 15 years.

C. W. (Chris) DIMMIG

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois October 8, 1974 - Tuesday

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

Walnut: - C. W. (Chris) Dimmig, 93, died late Monday afternoon at Walnut Manor Nursing Home.

Funeral servicses will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Ross Funeral Home in Walnut. Burial will be in

Walnut Cemetery. Visitation will be after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

C. W. Dimmig was born March 22, 1881 in Dillon, Ill., the son of Frederick and Katrina Woerner Dimmig. He married Emma E. Suchert on Nov. 29, 1916.

Survivors include his widow; three daughters, Mrs. Viola Foote of Broomfield, Colo., Mrs. Betty Renner of Walnut and Mrs. Lois Johnson of Elkhorn, Wis., five sons, Willard Dimmig of Rock Falls, Francis Dimmig of Milton Junction, Wis., Robert E. Dimmig, Richard C. Dimmig and Duane Dimmig, all of Walnut; 24 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one brother, John Dimmig of Dixon; and one sister, Mrs. Hannah Joschika of Dixon.

He was preceded by his first wife Carrie in 1915, five brothers, four sisters and two grandchildren.

Mrs. Nellie Dingwell (nee Luther)

Taken From the Henry News Republican
January 21, 1915

In 1868 Joseph G. Luther came from near Brockton, Mass., and began work first as a farm hand for Cicero Phelps, later he hired to John Botham at Milo as a blacksmith; this lead to a partnership with Mr. Botham and the firm made money, both partners were good workmen, industrious, temperate and economical. In 1869 Joe Luther was united in marriage with Eliza Jane Sylvester and on Christmas day, 1871, a daughter was born to them, their first child, to whom they gave the name of Nellie. When the little girl was about 10 years old, the family moved to Dallas county, Iowa, where three or four miles west of Adel, the county seat, Mr. Luther had bought a quarter section farm. There Nellie attended the rural schools and later the school at Adel. A recent Adel paper in announcing her death of typhoid fever, speaks of her marriage several years ago to the prominent attorney of that city, E. W. Dingwell, and then says:

Mrs. E. W. Dingwell died at her home in Adel Friday evening, Dec. 11, 1914, at 9:35.

The above words contain a message that we grieve to write, one that has saddened many hearts and that will continue to cause pain and sorrow among our people through the years to come. She was taken down with typhoid fever about Nov. 18, she and her little son Wilbur. From the first she was seriously ill and she seemed to have a premonition that she would not recover. While there was at one time a slight improvement in her condition, the most skillful efforts of the physician and the best care by the trained nurses failed to stay the disease that had fastened itself upon her.

The funeral, held Sunday, at the Christian church, of which the deceased was a faithful member, was in itself a testimonial of the love in which she was held. The funeral sermon was delivered by Dr. Martin of Des Moines. Interment was made at Oakdale cemetery.

Nellie A. Luther was born at Milo, Bureau county, Illinois, on Christmas day, 1871. When about 10 years of old, she came with her parents to Iowa and they located on a farm a few miles west of Adel. There she attended the rural schools and later came to the Adel school. She was a graduate of Drake university with the class of 1896. She began her career as a teacher in the neighborhood where her parents lived, but soon went to Stuart and was principal of the Adel high school for several years. She also taught in the Valley Junction schools.

On Aug. 25, 1908, she was married to E. W. Dingwell, the well known Adel attorney, and since that time she has been one of the most prominent women of the town.

The little son, born to Mr. and Mrs. Dingwell four years ago, is still in the grasp of the disease which took his mother, but seems to be improving slowly.

Card of Thanks

It is with hearts full of thankfulness that we wish in this manner to publicly express to our many friends our gratitude for the expression of sympathy and friendliness which they have given us in the last few days and for the many beautiful floral tributes which came from the hands of our many friends.

E. W. Dingwell

Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Luther

Ray Luther

Lillian Luther


The Sterling Daily Gazette, Sterling, Illinois

February 14, 1941 - Friday, pg 7

Contributed by Melva L. Taylor.

Grant Leroy Dir was born in Fairfield Township, Bureau County, Ill., Aug. 4, 1868, passed away four miles north of New Bedford Feb. 8, 1941, at the age of 72 years, six months and two days. He was the son of William and Sarah Hackett Dir. He grew to manhood and assisted his father on the farm. Early in life he was converted to the Christian faith during the ministry of J. E. Pierce. He was united in marriage to Miss Ellen McDonald, Nov. 1, 1899. To this union were born five children. His wife passed away Jan. 28, 1909, leaving four small children. Under his tender care he kept them all together and made a home for them.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and five sisters, one son, Wayne Leroy, died Oct. 13, 1926, and one daughter, who passed away in infancy. He leaves to mourn his passing, three sons, Leslie I., Glenn L. and Tracy F.; one grandson, Eugene, also one sister, Mrs. Sam Meek, Tampico; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

The funeral was held at the New Bedford Church of Christ, Maynard Woudsma conducting, assisted by F. V. Kearns. The singing was by Lee Renner, accompanied by Mrs. Sylvia Lindgren. The pallbearers were James F. Johnson, Lowell Renner, M. M. Conkling, Fed Hansen, George Jacobsen and Cecil Neahring. Interment was in the Greenville Cemetery.

Robert Arthur Donaldson

- Contributed by Margaret Mangers

Robert Arthur Donaldson, 70, formerly of Walnut, died Saturday. Aug 6, 1994 at the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Melvin-Schilling Funeral Home in Sterling. Burial will be at Walnut Cemetery in Walnut. Military rites will be given by American Legion Post No. 553 9n Milledgeville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to both American Legion Post No. 553 in Milledgeville and donor’s choice. Mr. Donaldson was born Feb. 29, 1924 in Dixon, the son of Ray and Hazel Pettit Donaldson. He married Thais Matson, who preceded him in death on April 3, 1961. He later married Vera Janvrin Brainard, and she also preceded him in death on June 8, 1993. Mr. Donaldson served in the US Army during World War II. He farmed in the Walnut area for many years and was a caretaker of John bowman of Sterling many years before his retirement. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Milledgeville, Masonic Lodge No. 722 in walnut and American Legion Post No. 553 in Milledgeville. Mr. Donaldson is survived by one son, timothy r. Donaldson of Towanda; one daughter, Lory Mae Stone of Baytown, Texas; three brothers, Ray Donaldson of Lakeview, Ark., Richard Donaldson of aurora, Colo., and Gene Donaldson, of Lisle; two sister, Rhea Jones of Milan, Mo., and Lucille Lee of Charleston, SC; two grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by two sons.

Aug 27, 1994 Daily Gazette

Selby Doolittle
The Ottawa Free Trader, Ottawa, Illinois, January 14, 1848
Died in Princeton, Bureau county on Sabbath morning, the 9th inst., of a disease of the brain, after an illness of about thirty-six hours, Selby Doolittle, attorney and counsellor at law, in the 37th year of his age.
Mr. D. was for about three years a resident of this place and by the excellence of his character and kindness of his disposition had won many warm friends among our citizens, and we feel that we are but speaking the sentiments of all in our community, to whom he was personally known, in saying that he was a man of firm principles, of high tone and generous feeling, and warm and benevolent heart; and that his talents were of an order that promised usefulness and distinction in his profession. The news of his sudden and painful death has been received with deep sorrow by his many friends here by whom his memory will long be cherished.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 26, 1977 - Friday, pg 10

Mrs. Mattie Doran Dies At Walnut

Walnut: - Mrs. Mattie Dorn, 93, a resident of the Walnut Manor Nursing Home, died Thursday evening. Funeral services will be Sunday at 1 p.m. in Ohio at the Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery at Ohio. Friends may visit Saturday afternoon from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. in the Ross Funeral Home at Walnut.

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 26, 1977 - Friday, pg 10

Mrs. Anna B. Dorr

November 14, 1872

At Neponsit, Oct. 26, after a long and painful illness, Anna B., aged 79, relict of the late Matthew Dorr and mother of the Dorr family, many of whose sons and daughters are known here.

Mrs. Mary C. Dougherty

Taken From the Henry Republican
June 30, 1881 - Milo

Died in Milo, June 21, of inflammation of stomach, Mary C., 49, wife of John C. Dougherty.

Died at Milo, June 21, 1881, Mrs. Mary C. Dougherty, wife of John C. Dougherty after an illness of one short week of inflammation of the stomach and bowels, something akin to cholera. Mrs. Dougherty was a native of Pennsylvania and was 49 years old. Her ears were always open to the cries of the sick and needy and her hands were always ready to minister to their wants. The funeral services will be held on the 22nd, by Elder John Parker of Snachwine.

D. D. Dow Infant

September 5, 1872
Taken From the Henry Republican - From Bureau Junction

Mr. D. D. Dow buried his infant son last week, aged 4 days.

Elliott Driver

September 7, 1876

At Champaign, August 1, of flux, Elliott Driver, formerly of Milo, Bureau county.

Mrs. G. Dunbar (nee Henderson)

Taken From the Henry Republican
March 23, 1882

State News
Mrs. G. Dunbar, second daughter of Congressman Henderson, was stricken with paralysis the other day at Princeton, and is lying in a precarious condition.


Contributed by Melva L. Taylor

The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois

December 6, 1975 - Saturday, pg 6

Walnut: The Funeral for Melvin N. Durham, 76, was held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Ross Funeral Home in Walnut with Dr. Eugene Spradling of the First Christian Church officiating. Organist was Mrs. John Foss. Pallbearers were Robert A. Durham, John Durham, William Morgan, Charles Jenner and Lonny Jones. Interment was in the Walnut Cemetery.

Mr. Durham was born Nov. 15, 1899 in Maytown, Lee County, the son of Charles and Ida Weeks Durham. He was married to Blanche Fordham of Walnut on Dec. 23, 1919 at the Christian parsonage in Walnut. He had farmed in the Walnut area, retiring in 1959.

Surviving are his widow, two sons, Bob and Tom of Walnut; three granddaughters and three grandsons; three great grandsons; three great granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and one sister.

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