Clark County Illinois
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Death Notices


Leah Neer Fagin
Leah Neer Fagin, 90, of St. Louis, MO, formerly of Martinsville, Ill., died Sunday, October 20, 1996.
She was born May 4, 1906, in Martinsville to Charles Guy and Edna (Doran) Neer. She married Thomas Fagin, who preceded her in death.
She was a retired teacher.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, October 23, 1996, at Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville with Rev. Gary Tilley officiating.
Burial will be in Rupp Cemetery in Martinsville.
Visitation will be until service time on Wednesday.
[From the Marshall Independent Choice - 23 Oct 1996 - Submitted by: Larry Wells]

Charles A. Fasig
Martinsville, Ill. Dec. 26 -- Charles A. Fasig, 78 years old, died at his residence, west of Martinsville at 7 p.m. Saturday.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alice Wasson of East Orange, N.J.; two sisters, Mrs. Katherine Princle of Casper, Wyo. and Mrs. Cora Tharp of Norwalk, Calif.; one brother, Tom of Topeka, Kan.
He was a member of the Martinsville Masonic Lodge.
Masonic services will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenwell Funeral Home, where friend may call after 6 p.m. Monday.
Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Ridgelawn cemetery.
[Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

Christian Fasig
Christian Fasig was born in Lebanon county, Pa., July 28, 1825 and died November 18, 1901, aged 76 years, 3 months and 20 days.
He was married to Catherine Fasig January 5, 1846. To this union was born 12 children, 9 boys and 3 girls, 6 of whom have passed before.
He came to Martinsville 54 years ago and has remained here ever since. He was one of the pioneer members of the Church of God and remained a faithful adherent to her.
As a soldier he stood in his place, as a citizen he did his duty, as a father he did for his home all that could be asked, as a friend and neighbor he was honored and loved.
Death came to relieve him of trouble last Monday morning while in the hospital at Kankakee.
The body was brought home and after a short service at the home he was laid to rest in the Kettering cemetery.
[c. Nov 1901, Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

Claude Fasig
Claude Fasig, 84, of Sun City, Arizona and formerly of Martinsville and Casey, died at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, August 24, 2000 in Sun City, Arizona.
Funeral services were at 9 a.m. Monday, August 28 in Sunland Lakeside Chapel, Sun City, Az.
Burial in Sunland Cemetery, Sun City, Az.
Local memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Monday at Greenwell Funeral Home, Martinsville, with the Rev. Ivan Bennett officiating.
He was born April 14, 1916 in Clark Co, Illinois to Edgar and Nellie (Ennis) Fasig. He was married November 28, 1936 to Freda Maring.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a Seaman and was a member of Clark Lodge 603 AF & AM, Martinsville.
Surviving are his wife, Freda Fasig; sons Jack Fasig of Sidney, Mont., Clay Fasig of Florida, Bob Fasig of Seattle, Wash., and Bill Fasig of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter Sheila Dill of Kent, Wash; brothers, Paul Fasig of Martinsville, Bill Fasig of Robinson, Dean Fasig of Casey; sisters Eloise Ramsey of Texarkana, Tex., Margaret Bennett of Casey and Mary Dillier of Casey; and several granchildren.
[From the Guardian - Charleston; Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

Edgar Fasig
Casey, Ill. April 24 -- Edgar Fasig, 68 years old, 500 North Ninth street, died at Union Hospital in Terre Haute Monday.
Surviving are the widow, Nellie; four sons, Claude of Chattanooga, Tenn.; Paul of Villa Grove, Ill.; Billie of Robinson and Dean of Casey; three daughters, Mrs. Eloise Ramsey of Robinson, Mrs. Mary Dillier of Casey, and Mrs. Margaret Bennett also of Casey; two brothers, Charles of Martinsville and Tom of Topeka, Kan., two sisters, Mrs. Cora Tharp of California and Mrs. Kathryn Pringle of Casper, Wyo.
He had been janitor of the Casey High School for 23 years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of West Union.
The body was taken to the Markwell Funeral Home, where friends may call until noon Wednesday, when it will be taken to the Kimlin Church for services at 2 o'clock that afternoon.
Burial will be in Casey cemetery, new addition.
The Rev. Clarence Blind of Annapolis will officiate assisted by the Rev. Roscoe Deverick of Casey.
From the Terre Haute Tribune Star - Tuesday, April 24, 1956 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

H. H. Fasig
Stamford - H. H. Fasig, 84, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Witham at 4 a.m. Friday, following a short illness.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McReynolds funeral home and at 2:30 p.m. at the Stamford Methodist church.
Mr. Fasig was the eldest son of Jacob and Sarah Fasig and was born in Richland county, Ohio, March 20, 1856. He was one of 10 children. He lived in Ohio until 1868 when he came with his parents to Illinois and settled in Clark county near Martinsville. In 1875 he came to McLean.
On Oct. 2, 1879 he was married to Mrs. Catherine Overake who died in 1920. They were the parents of three daughters, two of whom survive, Mrs. Arthur Witham of Stamford and Mrs. C. C. Geisert of Gardena, Calif.
Mr & Mrs Fasig lived on a farm near Funks Grove during which time he organized and was superintendent of the Sunday school at the Funks Grove church, later moving to McLean where he was a member of the Methodist church and served on the official board.
Since 1922 he as made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Witham.
He is survived by seven grandchildren, and the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. Frona Messner, Tulsa, Okla; Mrs. Nettie Daugherty, Boston, Ill.; Mrs Celia Seaton and Mrs. Emma Williams both of Martinsville and one brother and one sister preceded him in death.
Mr. Fasig was a member of the Methodist church at McLean and The Masonic Lodge.
[From The Pantograph (Bloomington, IL)- Aug 18, 1940 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

John W. Fasig
John W. Fasig, died at 3:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the residence, 1709 Liberty avenue.
He is survived by the widow, Anna; five sons, R. L. Fasig, Arthur, Arnold, Russell H. and Harold Fasig; four daughters, Mrs. W. W. Ballard of Martinsville.; Mrs. Raymond Dengler and Mrs. Glen Brown of Chicago and Mrs. Kenneth McCosh of Terre Haute; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two brothers, O. G. Fasig of Martinsville and Charles Fasig of St. Louis.
The body was taken to the J. N. Hickman & Son's funeral home, where friends may call.
The body will be taken Tuesday morning to the home of Mrs. Ballard in Martinsville, where funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon.
Burial will be in Martinsville cemetery.
From the Terre Haute Tribune Star, Monday, April 22, 1935 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider

Laura E. Fasig
Laura E. Fasig, 99, of Terre Haute died at 9:05 a.m. Monday, January 24, 1994, in Countryside Nursing Center.
She was born Aug. 4, 1894, in Wheeling, W.Va. to John W. King and Lucy Virginia Carmichael King.
Her husband, Arnold Fasig, died April 12, 1977.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, King and May Fasig of Terre Haute; one granddaughter, Gayla Jean Fasig; and two great-granddaughters, Jill Elizabeth Titus and Jessica Lee Titus.
She was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Elks Ladies Golf League 18 Hole Group and was a charter member of Badoura Temple 23 Daughters of the Nile.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Callahan Funeral Home, with the Rev. Charles Ballard officiating.
Burial is in the Roselawn Memorial Park.
Visitation is 12:30 p.m. until services Wednesday.
[Tuesday, January 25, 1994 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider

Nellie Fasig
Martinsville-Mrs. Nellie B. Fasig, 99, of Martinsville died at 11:30 a.m. Sunday (June 11, 1989)at Heartland Manor in Casey.
The funeral is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenwell Funeral Home in Martinsville. Burial is in Casey Cumberland Cemetery. Visitation is from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Born Nov. 22, 1889, in Martinsville, she was the daughter of John and Charity Melbourne Ennis. She married Edgar Fasig, who died April 23, 1956.
Surviving are four sons, Paul Fasig of Martinsville, Claude Fasig of Sun City, Ariz., Billy Joe Fasig of Robinson and Dean Fasig of Casey; three daughters, Mrs. Eloise Ramsey of Robinson, Mrs. Margaret Bennett of Cherokee Village, Ark., and Mrs. Mary Dillier of Casey; 20 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mrs. Fasig was a member of the Eastern Star, White Shrine and Kimlin Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
[June - 1989, Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

Russel Dean Fasig Sr
Greenwood, Ind - Russel Dean Fasig Sr, 64, a native of Martinsville, Ill., died at St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis.
A retired Western Electric employee, he is survived by the wife, Helen; a son, R. D. Fassig Jr.; a daughter, Mrs. Barbara Bryan, Indianapolis; two sisters, Mrs. Edna McCosh and Mrs. Florence Dengler, Terre Haute; a half brother, Arnold Fasig, Terre Haute.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Greenwood Chapel, J. C. Wilson Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Friends may call after 12 noon Thursday.
[Wednesday, Sept 8, 1971 - Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

Thomas Fasig
Thomas Fasig, 89, formely of 813 Webster, died Friday at a Topeka nursing home after an extended illness on January 18, 1980
He was born June 25, 1890, at Casey, Ill. and lived in Topeka most of his life.
Mr. Fasig was a retired letter carrier in Topeka. He retired in 1952 after 30 years service.
He was an Army veteran of World War I and member of Otterbein United Methodist Church, past master of Orient Lodge No.51, AF & AM, and member of Phillip Billard Post No. 1650 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, all at Topeka.
He was married to Fannie Windsor in 1918 at Topeka. She preceded him in death in 1973.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Thelma Weir, Bonner Springs; a son Gerald Fasig, Fort Worth, Texas; a sister, Mrs. Catherine Pringle, Casper, Wyo.; 10 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Topeka.
[c. Jan 1980, Submitted by: Phyllis A. Watson Snider]

Mrs. Laura Fears
Laura Short, wife of Richard Fears, was born in Decatur, county, Ind Feb 15, 1852 and died at her home in Johnson township, Clark County Oct. 30, 1917 aged 65 years, 8 months and 15 days.
She was united in marriage to Richard Fears, Jan. 1,1882, to this union were born two children, Myrtle Dehl of this vicinity and Lawrence Fears of Hardinsville, Ill.
She accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized by Elder W. L. Crow in 1901. She has lived a true Christian life. She was willing to go any time and expressed her willingness a few minutes before her death. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, two children, three grandchildren, three sisters and four brothers and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were at Mounts church, conducted by Rev. D. I. Lingafelter. The body was laid to rest in the nearby cemetery.
[From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (]

Robert Finney
First is an article about his death with no title:
Mrs. Robert Finney received word of her husband’s death, while he was crossing the water for France. The body reached home last Sunday and the funeral was held at her father’s residence Monday at two o’clock. Rev. A. J. McCash preached the funeral assisted by Rev. Kruzon. His body was laid to rest in Hazel Dell cemetery, with military honors. He leaves a loving wife to mourn her loss. She has the sympathy of the entire community in her sad bereavement. Robert was a member of the young men’s Friendly Bible class, in the Sunday school where he will be greatly missed by his friends.
Second article:
Mrs. Audrey Finney,
Hazel Dell, Illinois,
Dear Mrs. Finney:-Before we reach our port I want to write a few lines expressing my deepest sympathy to you in the death of Robt. Finney, one of the men under my command.
The news of his death was a great shock to me. He had complained of feeling ill shortly after leaving port, but had kept up with the activities of the other men on board, and it was not until the day before his death that he showed any cause for alarm. He was then taken immediately to the ship’s hospital, where in spite of every effort-I know-by the army and naval medical officers, pneumonia gained the upper hand, resulting so unfortunately and sadly.
I have had command of this company only a short time-not quite a month-but I had come to know your husband well, for he was on of those always willing to take on additional work if it was to benefit the other men in the company. Among other things his volunteering for cooking duty at a time when we were short handed in our kitchen pleased me immensely. The men, too, who were in the company with him, invariably spoke most highly of him, and his loss has made itself strongly felt among them.
This I know is but scant consolation to you, whose is the great loss, but I do want you to know that his personality had made strong friends for him among his company, and that he was respected by his officers. His body, I am told by the ship’s authorities will be returned to the states, and I presume to you. The few personal effects that he had with him-for most of our things were sent home before embarking-will in time is forwarded to you. But whether they can be sent direct or must go through the Adjutant General of the Army, Washington, D.C., I cannot yet learn. A list of these, however, I am enclosing. He carried, I know, insurance of $10,000 which will be paid you in monthly installments by the Bureau of War Risk Insurance, Washington, D. C.
In closing, I wish once again to express deeply and sincerely the sympathy of myself and the men for you in your loss, and yet with that is the realization that he gave his life for his country-the noblest death of all.
With respect and sympathy, I am,
Robt. A. Gibney, Capt, M. T. C.
Co.D, 302 Water Tank Train.

Robert Finney was born in Clark County, Illinois, on February 15, 1888. Was married to Audrey Sartor, of Hazel Dell, Ill on Oct 29, 1910. To this union were born two sons, both preceding the father in the eternal sleep. He enlisted in the U. S. army on June 13,1918. After a brief training at Kansas City, he was sent to Baltimore, Md., to continue his training. He was not well when he embarked upon the transportation ship. Death came on Oct. 4, 1918, on board the U.S.S. Leviathan at sea, while attached to Co. D, 302nd Water Tank Train, U.S.A. aged 30 years, 7 month and 19 days.
In life “Bob” was a kind husband, son and brother. In death he is remembered as a man of truth and valor.
He leaves to mourn, his wife, Mrs. Audrey Finney; mother, Mrs. Alice Finney; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Mills and Mrs. Edna Weaver; six brothers, Vess, William, Bert, Harley, Guy and Oral. The father, Benj. Finney, died May 8, 1910. Many other relatives and friends remain to mourn his departure and to cherish a fond memory of the man that did all that he could for home and country.
From the scrapbook of George W. Orndorff (1854-1934) of Casey & Johnson Twp, Clark County. Transcribed by S. Barhydt, great-granddaughter (


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