FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS

Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft unless noted otherwise...

Obits for the following names are on this page.
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Charles Kenneth Fackler

Christine Falvey

Jonathon David Farmer

Floyd A. Farmer

Lula K. Farris

Jack Farris

Gladys M. Fasking

Elsie G. Fawver

A. Violetta Feek

Ora B. Ferguson

Marvin W. Ferguson

Mary Alma Ferguson

June E. Ferri

Cora M. Fields

Mary E. Fields

Viola M. Finis

Walter James Fischer

Grace L. Fisher

Kathryn H. Fisher

Josephine Fitzhenry

Sarah J. Fitzhenry

Mrs. Harriet Fitzpatrick

Martha Flick

Rosetta Folkers

Kathleen (Rolland) Folwell

Stanhope B. Foster

Jacqueline Ruth Fox

Ellen Frieburg

Constance L. Frieburg

Esther R. Frieburg

Fredericka Friese

Fred C. Fry

Evert Milton Frykman

Harriett Marie Frykman

Doris Ann Funk

Mary Lucille Farnsworth

Ronald L.Ferguson

Lofton B. Farmer

James Ferguson

Morris E. Fields

Travis Eugene Fields

Trent Lee Fields

Lillie Frederickson

Florence F. Tandy Fogarty

Heike Freese

Roy Farmer

Zadie E. Farmer

Henry Ferriss

 Edward H. Fasking

 Mary Hanson Fasking

William C. Fasking

Ardelle Irene Fawver

James Foster

John M. Foster

John Stanhope Foster

Robert Allen Foster

Rev. Magnus Frykman

Solomon Fawver

   

FACKLER, CHARLES KENNETH - Charles Kenneth Fackler, 49, of Gibson City, who was employed in the engineering department of M&W Gear Co., Gibson City for 23 years, and formerly of Colfax, died at 8:55 p.m. Monday, 10-26-1987 at his home. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, with the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers will be Clifford Barclay, Raymond Lantz, John Martin, James Clemens, Kenny Hilgemann and Randy Hinrichsen. Visitation was from 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, where the rosary was recited at 8 p.m. Mr. Fackler was born 10-17-1938 at Heyworth, a son of Joseph Henry and Zula Brown Fackler. He married Connie Hinrichsen on 3-18-1961 at Colfax. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Todd and Tim, both of St. Louis; two daughters, Angela Hill, Aschaffenberg, Germany, and Jill Fackler, at home; one brother, Joe of Denver; six sisters, Anita Mills of Milford; Louise Coffey, Bloomington; Regina Johnson, Gibson City; Bernadine Hildemann of Colfax; Verna Bett of Rochelle; and Dorothy Schopp of Heyworth; and three grandchildren. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Fackler, who lived in Gibson City for 17-1/2 years, was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FALVEY, CHRISTINE (JENSEN) - The funeral of Christine Falvey, 93, of Gibson City, formerly of Bayles Lake, Loda, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Reverend Laurence Sunkel will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Mrs. Falvey, a Gibson City resident for the last six years, died at 10:05 a.m. Monday 8-10-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital. She was born 3-12-1894 in McLean County, a daughter of Hans Peter and Anna K. Jensen Jensen. She married William Falvey on 11-5-1925 in Ludlow. He died in 1955. Survivors include one brother, Clarence Jensen, Valparaiso, Ind. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Falvey was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City and its Sunshine Sunday School class. She also was a member of the OES. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FARMER, JONATHON (JOHNATHAN) DAVID - age five months of Foosland died at 7:13 a.m. Sunday 9-19-1993 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Philip Curran officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 1 - 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Johnathan was born 4-13-1933 in Urbana, a son of David A. and Meredith R. Schutte Farmer. Survivors include his parents of Foosland; a sister, Jessica Farmer, at home; maternal grandparents, John and Bonnie Schutte of Gibson City; maternal great-grandmother, Mildred Yorker of Gibson City; and paternal great-grandmother, Jocie Angel of Sibley. His paternal grandparents preceded him in death. memorials may be made to the Johnathan D. Farmer Memorial Fund. Pallbearers were John Schutte and Bill Farmer. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FARMER, FLOYD A.,JR. - The funeral for Floyd A. Farmer, Jr., 65, a retired farmer, who died Tuesday 12-10-1985, will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Gibson City Methodist Church, the Rev. Randall Perry and the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6:30 - 8 tonight at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and one hour before the service at the church on Friday. He was born 6-10-1920 at Akron, Ohio, a son of Floyd and Mary Teckle Farmer. He married Frances Gregerson on 12-26-1941 at Gibson City. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Roger, Sturgis, Mich. He was a farmer in Elliott area for 40 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. Mr. Farmer was a former member of the Farm and Home Administration Board, Ford County ASCS Committees, Elliott school board, Elliott Elevator Board and Ford Co. Farm Bureau. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FARRIS. LULA K. (SAWYER) - Lula K. Farris, 91, a Gibson City area resident all her life, died at 12:20 a.m. Monday 1-19-1981 at Gibson Community Hospital, Annex. Her funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Dr. James Bortell officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Delmar Underwood, William Jensen, Don Jordan, Virgil Jordan, Richard Moody and Charles Leffler. Mrs. Farris was born 9-27-1889, in East Bend Township, a daughter of John and Katherine Knerr Sawyer. She married John "Jack" Farris 2-22-1917 near Dewey. He died 1-26-1964. Surviving are two sons, J.H. and Robert, both of Gibson City; two sisters, Grace Elkin and Lela Utterback, both of Gibson City; four grandchidren; and six great-grandchildren. A brother and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Farris was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and Margaret Noble Sunday school class. She was a member of the Gibson City Senior Women's Club, the Gibson City Recreation Club and the Blackford Community Club. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City United Methodist Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FARRIS, JACK "J.H." - age 70 of Gibson City died at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, 11-10-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Reverend Clarence Bangs and the Rev. Carl Johnston officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5:30 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Orville Siem and Walter Taylor. Active pallbearers included Wayne Apperson, Larry Littlefield, Robert Provin, Junior Mohart, Duane Roelf and Loren Bane. Born 1-14-1918 in rural Gibson City, he was the son of John H. and Lula Sawyer Farris. He married Verna Donner 1-28-1943 in Paxton and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Roger R. of Mount Vernon and Dennis D. of Elliott; five grandchildren; and one brother, Robert R. of Gibson City. He farmed all of his life in the Gibson City area and was a seed corn salesman for several years for Moews. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FASKING, GLADYS M. (BULGER) - Gladys M. Fasking, 84, of Oak Lawn, died at 6:30 a.m. Sunday 6-23-1985 at Northwestern Hospital, Chicago. Mrs. Fasking was a former Gibson City resident. She had been employed for 44 years at Loy's Store when she retired in 1982. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Gibson City United Methdodist Church, the Reverend Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at the funeral home, Gibson City. Mrs. Fasking was born 5-18-1901, at Joliet, a daughter of Harry and Margaret Lee Perry Bulger. She married George Fasking 1-10-1923 at Gibson City. He died 11-1-1937. Survivors include a son, Walter "Cotton" of Mesa, Ariz.; two daughters, Shirley Jackson, Oak Lawn and Marion Iserman, Mesa, Ariz.; a sister, Beulah Reiners of Gibson City; 14 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. An infant son, a daughter, a brother and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Fasking was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Friendship Sunday school class of the church and the Scotland Club. She had lived in Oak Lawn two years. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FAWVER, ELSIE G. (NOLES) - The funeral for Elsie G. Fawver, 102, of Gibson City will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Fawver died at 3:45 p.m. Monday 7-31-2000 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to Gibson Area Hospital or First Christian Church in Gibson City. She was born 9-26-1897, at Otwell, Ind., a daughter of John and Sara Riley Noles. She married Harvey E. Fawver on 1-24-1920 at Keenes. He died 9-13-1964. Survivors include one son, Jack H. (Mary Evelyn) Fawver, Gibson City; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, one brother, three sisters, one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter. Mrs. Fawver was a member of First Christian Church and the CWF of the church in Gibson City. She was a member of the Gibson City American Legion Auxiliary. Mrs. Fawver was a school teacher in Wayne City for many years. She also worked in retail sales in Gibson City for many years. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FEEK, A. VIOLETTA (DOTSON)- age 102, a Bloomington-Normal resident until 1961, died Friday, 12-10-1993 in Inverness, Florida. She will be cremated. A memorial service will be in Florida. A service will be at a later date in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She was born 12-9-1891 in Saybrook, a daughter of Albert and Nora Arbogast Dotson. She married Robert Watson Feek in 1912 in Gibson City, he died in 1961. Survivors include a son, Robert Feek of Normal; two daughters, Mildred Brenning of Austin, Tx. and Marjorie Brady of Tavares, Florida; five grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. A daughter, a son, three brothers and a sister preceded her in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FERGUSON, ORA B. - age 71, a Gibson City resident for 40 years, died at 9:55 p.m. Sunday 3-25-1990 at Covenant Medical Center, in Champaign (Urbana). His funeral will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Dick Cates officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Don Vinson, Kenneth Walker, Lawrence Gordon, Delmar Case, Carl Brooks and Red Blake. Active pallbearers included Edward Boyd, Dan Boyd, Charles Boyd, Carl E. Boyd, Steve Salyards and Kenneth Walker, Jr. Mr. Ferguson was born 5-31-1918 in Monroe County, Ky, a son of Buford and Quintella Kingery Ferguson. He married Christine Boyd 9-11-1940 in Bloomington and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Tracy of Gibson City; one brother, Paul of Colfax; and three sisters, Faye Boyd of Gibson City; Mary Warsaw of Saybrook and Blondeain Bradford of Colfax. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Ferguson was employed for 38 years at Central Soya, Inc., Gibson City, retiring in 1981. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FERGUSON, MARVIN W. - The funeral of Marvin W. Ferguson, 81, of Gibosn City will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall Perry will officiate. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Ferguson, a retired farmer, died at 6:07 p.m. Sunday, 2-2-1986 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. He was born 12-8-1904 in Kentucky, a son of Rom (Ron?) and Laurie Ferguson. He married Mary Alma Hafley on 7-27-1929 at McLean. She died 2-3-1985. Survivors include one son, Ronald Ferguson of Gibson City; three brothers, Clint Ferguson, Heyworth; Ernest Ferguson, Horse Branch, Ky. and Shelby Ferguson, Indiana; two grandsons; and three great-grandsons. Six brothers and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Ferguson lived in the Ellsworth - Arrowsmith area until he moved to Gibson City three years ago.[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FERGUSON, MARY ALMA (HAFLEY) - Mary Alma Ferguson, 72, died at 4:42 a.m. Sunday, 2-3-1985 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiated with burial in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were John Loveless, David Schriber, Kenneth McRoberts, David Sullivan, Randy and Jim Ferguson. Mrs. Ferguson was born 10-22-1912, Danville, Ky., a daughter of Dave and Ruth Wilson Hafley. She married Marvin Ferguson 7-27-1929 at McLean. He survives. Also surviving are one son, Ronald, Gibson City; four sisters, Erma Sullivan and Pearl Schriber, both of Lincoln; Leona McCracken, San Diego; and Frances McRoberts, Atlanta; two grandsons; and two granddaughters. She was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Mrs. Ferguson was a resident of the Ellsworth - Arrowsmith area for many years. She moved to Gibson City in 1983. She was a member of Bethal Church, LeRoy, and the Old Town Township Homemakers. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FERRI, JUNE E. (OBERMARK) - Private graveside services were in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, for June E. Ferri, 75, of Gibson City. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Ferri died at 11:50 .m. Friday 5-29-1998 at Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. She was born 4-27-1923 at Gary, Ind., a daughter of Rueben H. and Ethel F. Aldridge Obermark. Surviving are a son, Mark Allen Ferri of Salem, Ind.; a daughter, Kathleen JoAn Hamilton of Naples, Fla., and a grandson. A brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Ferri graduated from Drummer Twp High School. Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FIELDS, CORA M. (BURRIS)- Cora M. Fields, 99, of Gibson City died at 10:40 a.m. yesterday 11-25-1984 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Paul King officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from noon - 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Fields was born 7-11-1885 at Monticello, a daughter of Samuel and Emma Fowler Burris. She married Thomas S. Fields 7-8-1912 at Gibson City. He died 3-23-1962. Surviving are two nephews, LeRoy Fields, Gibson City and Charles Burris, Los Angeles; and a cousin, Madeline Haydon, Chicago. A brother and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Fields had been a Gibson City resident for 94 years. She was a member of the AME Church, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FIELDS, MARY E. (THOMAS)- The graveside funeral of Mary E. Fields, 104, a resident of Gibson City most of her life, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Sam Hooks will officiate. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Fields died at 5:20 p.m. Sunday 9-29-1991 at Gibson Manor, Gibson City. She was born 6-2-1887, in Trenton, KY., a daughter of William and Lula Cherry Thomas. She married Samuel J. Fields in 1910 at Clinton. He died 10-9-1955. Survivors include one son, LeRoy, Springfield. One sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Fields was a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the United Negro College Fund. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FINIS, VIOLA M. (HANSEN) - Viola M. Finis, age 81 of Gibson City died at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday 10-21-1998 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 24 at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7:30 p.m. October 23 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services at the church on Saturday. Pallbearers were Timothy Finis, Jeffrey Finis, Mitch Risinger, Don Hansen, Wayne Hansen and Gary Hansen. Mrs. Finis was born 6-30-1917 at Gibson City, a daughter of Claus William and Emma Clausen Hansen. She married Ralph Bernard Finis on 9-23-1938 at Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 1-11-1998. Survivors include two sons, Douglas (Carolyn) Finis of Bellflower and Michael "Mick" Finis of Gibson City; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Ann Loveless of Gibson City; two brothers, Weldon John Hansen of Bloomington and Arnold "Pete" Hansen of Champaign. She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant brother and three sisters. Mrs. Finis lived all of her life in Gibson City. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City and the Lee Lowery American Legion Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Gibson City or to the Gibson Area Hospital. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FISCHER, WALTER J.- Walter James Fischer, age 54 of Gibson City died at 3:50 a.m. Thursday, 7-14-1994 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He had been ill. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Tom Hutchcraft, Jim Gramley, Chad Bork, Jeremy Maupin, Jim Lindelof and Tracy Mott. Mr. Fischer was born 2-11-1940 in Providence, RI, the son of Walter G. and Flavilla Cornell Fischer. He married Mary M. Lemke on 3-5-1966 in Minneapolis, and she survives. Other survivors include his mother of Cranston, RI; two sons, William "Buddy' of Sibley and Mason of Gifford; a daughter, Tricia Goin of Foosland; one brother Richard of Bradford, VT and six granddaughters. His father and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Fischer was a resident of Gibson City for 13 years and had been employed at Baillie's Mfg. in Gibson City for eight years. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City and was an Army veteran. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FISHER, GRACE L. (CORNELL) - Grace L. Fisher, 98, of McHenry, formerly of Gibson City and Sibley, died at 11:05 a.m. Sunday 3-16-1986 at the Royal Terrace Nursing Home, McHenry. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mrs. Fisher was born 4-11-1887 at Harrisburg, Ark., a daughter of William and Alpha McMackin Cornell. She married Arthur Leon Fisher on 10-2-1922 at Paxton. He died 12-5-1953. Survivors include a daughter, Betty Guenther of McHenry; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Belva Giorgi of Panquitch, Utah; and several nieces and nephews. She ws preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters and a step-daughter. Mrs. Fisher and her husband farmed in the Sibley area before moving to Gibson City in 1942. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FISHER, KATHRYN H. (FARRIS)- 96, a resident of the Champaign County Nursing Home, Urbana, formerly of Gibson City, died at 7:50 a.m. Saturday 1-4-1986 at the nursing home. Her graveside funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Sam Nassey officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City is in charge of arrangements. She was born 7-22-1889 at Gibson City, a daughter of Henry and Bertha Bonnen Farris. She married George Harry Fisher in June 1910 at Gibson City. He died 4-1-1965. Surviving are three grandchildren, Richard Fisher, Logan, Utah; John Fisher, Enumlaw, Wash.; and Diane Gibb, Chatsworth; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, three brothers and two sisters. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FITZHENRY, JOSEPHINE (McCOY)- age 98 of Gibson City died at 9:46 a.m. Monday, 8-10-1998 at Palmwood Health Care Center in Piper City. Graveside funeral services were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Mrs. FitzHenry was born 11-2-1899 at Mount Sterling, a daughter of Fred W. and RoseAnn O'Conner McCoy. She married Harry R. (Bud) FitzHenry. He preceded her in death on 2-15-1979. Survivors include two sisters, Betty Latzman of Fort Myers, Florida and Barbara Rabbitt of Woodstock; one brother, Lewis McCoy of Mount Sterling and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City and the Gibson City Woman's Club. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FITZHENRY, SARAH J. (BURNS)- Mrs. FitzHenry made her home on a farm 2 miles north of Gibson City since 1875, with the exception of 6 months in Fairbury, Neb. at which place her husband died. Survived by the following children: Ray FitzHenry; Mrs. Emily Ferguson; Mrs. W.C. (Nora) Barnes; Edwin FitzHenry; Mrs. D.W. (Alice) Fitchhorn; Mrs. Wm. (Sarah) Swatsley of Williams, Iowa; and Wm. F. FitzHenry of Lake Park, Iowa. Also her aged mother, Mrs. L.A. Burns and a sister, Mrs. Maggie Swearingen of this city. b. 5-27-1849, Adams County, Ohio parents: Mr. and Mrs. L.A. Burns m. 10-30-1866 to Edwin S. FitzHenry d. 3-21-1911 bur: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FITZPATRICK, HARRIET (WACK)- Mrs. Harriet Fitzpatrick, 76, died at 6:55 p.m. Thursday 4-8-1976 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex where she had lived six years. Her funeral was held at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harvey Rutledge, Julius Martens, John Martens, Dan McNelis, Jack Branson and Don Rickey. She was born 10-22-1899 at Mansfield, a daughter of Charles and Emma Burton Wack. She married Glen Fitzpatrick 1-1-1920 at Mansfield. He died 11-24-1965. Surviving are a brother Reber, and a nephew. She had been a resident of the Guthrie - Gibson City area since her marriage. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, the Margaret Noble Sunday school class of the church, the American Legion Auxiliary in Gibson City and the Guthrie Community Club. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FLICK MARTHA (BLACKMORE) - 76, of Gibson City, died at 12 noon Friday (10-25-1946) in Gibson City after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at the Lamb Funeral Chapel in Gibson City at 2 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery. She was the daughter of James and Ann Keziah Blackmore, born near Elliott 12-22-1869. She was married to A.B. Flick on 12-23-1891. He died in 1907. A son, James of Hume, Ohio survives. Also surviving are six grandchildren, a great-grandchild, a sister, Mrs. Rose Hanson of Elliott, a brother, David Blackmore of Paxton. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FOLKERS, ROSEZETTA (BREWER) -Anchor - Rosetta Folkers, 65, of Heritage Manor, Gibson City, formerly of Anchor, died at 9 p.m. Wednesday 1-5-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax, the Rev. Louella Pence officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1 - 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association. Mrs. Folkers was born 6-21-1934 in Toluca, the daughter of Granville B. and Mabel B. Self Brewer. She married George E. Folkers on 8-5-1951 in Lacon. He died 4-26-1984. Survivors include two sons, Billy E. Folkers, Sr., Gridley; and Steven E. Folkers, Anchor; one daughter, Sally A. Priester, Farmer City; one sister, Thelma M. Hasty, El Paso; and one brother, Raymond W. Brewer, Streator. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Billy E. Folkers, Jr., Skye Folkers, Kimberly Priester and Amanda Priester; and one great-grandchild, Brendan Folkers. Her parents, three brothers, and one son, David, preceded her in death. Mrs. Folkers was a homemaker and was educated in Toluca schools. She was a member of Christian Church of Pattonsburg. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FOLWELL, KATHLEEN (ROLLAND)- 37, of Gibson City died at 2 p.m. Friday 7-28-1995 at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Stephen M. Schwanke will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1 - 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Folwell was born on 5-16-1958 at Gibson City, a daughter of George and Alma Davis Rolland, She married James W. Folwell on 6-30-1992 at Paxton. He survives. Also survivng are her father of Selma, Ala., and mother, Alma Day, of Gibson City; a son, Marcus Kane Rolland of Gibson City; two daughters, Desiree Nicole Folwell and Dusti Lee Folwell, both of Gibson City; a brother, George Rolland Jr. of Rantoul; and three sisters, Vicky Rolland and Rose Al-Hussaini, both of Gibson City. , and Anne Dille of Boise, Idaho. Mrs. Folwell lived in Gibson City all her life. She had worked at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City for five years. Memorial contributons may be made to the family. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FOSTER, STANHOPE B.- 79, a farm manager and lifelong resident of Gibson City, died at 12:31 a.m. yesterday 2-1-1989 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1 - 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Foster was born 7-2-1909 at Gibson City, a son of John and Ella Vaughn Foster. He married Helen M. Foulks on 10-12-1934 at Urbana. She survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Norma Dietz, Gibson City and Celia Johnson, Monticello; one sister, Helen Foster Kelley, Gibson City; and nine grandchildren. One son, one brother and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Foster, for 19 years, was a member of the Farmers Grain Co. Board, serving 10 years as board president. He was a former member of the Ford Co. Soil Conservation Board for several years and was a member of the Gibson City Board of Education for 10 years. He also was a member of the Ford County Farm Bureau and the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FOX, JACQUELINE (GRANT)- The funeral of Jacqueline Ruth Fox, 69, a resident of Gibson City since 1947, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City. The Rev. Laurence Sunkel will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. Mrs. Fox died at 9:45 a.m. Monday 1-6-1992 at Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. She was born 6-28-1922 at Lewisport, Ky., a daughter of Arley and Edna Sampley Grant. She married Edmund K. Fox 8-12-1944 at Owensboro, Ky. He died 3-1-1983. Survivors include two sons, Michael Fox of Overland Park, Kan., and Eric Fox of Champaign; two brothers, Samuel and Douglas Grant, both of Owensboro, Ky.; one sister, June Owens of Nortonville, Ky.; and two grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Fox was associated with Telecare, a volunteer telephone assistance program in Gibson City. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Brotherton-Kellar VFW Post Auxiliary Unit, Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


FRANCIS, W. THOMAS - 87, of Bloomington, formerly of Gibson City, died at 9:46 a.m. Sunday 12-26-1999 at St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Kathleen Reichmann officiating. Private burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Gibson Area Hospital or the First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Francis was born on 4-14-1912 in Newark, Ohio, a son of Willard Thomas and Gertrude Webel Francis. He married Helen Leanna Roth on 8-30-1936 in Gibson City. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Willard Thomas Francis, West Bend, Wis., and one daughter, Jan Noble, Bloomington. Also surviving are four granddaughters, Susan Noble; Christine Noble; Hilary Meese; and Holly Francis; and two great-granddaughters, Kaylee Janiece and Haley Ann. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. One niece also preceded him in death. Mr. Francis grew up in Ohio and attended Bluffton College in Bluffton, Ohio; receiving a BA in business. He moved to Gibson City in January of 1936. He was president and principal owner of Corn Belt Hatcheries of Illinois Inc. and Corn Belt Mills, both in Gibson City. He retired in 1978. Mr. Francis was instrumental in organizing the student loan fund. He helped organize the Gibson Community Chest. He was chairman of the Moyer Library Building Committee and president and board member for many years. He was also a board member and past president of the Lincoln Trails Library Board. He was a Gibson Community Hospital Board member for many years, serving as vice president and president from 1970 - 1982. In 1988, he was appointed Emeritus Director for Life. He chaired the fund drive for the Gibson Community Hospital Annex. He served many years in the Presbyterian Church, an elder for nine years. He taught Sunday school and was superintendent of the Sunday school. He was a past member of ministerial relations committee of the Bloomington Presbytery and a Stephen Minister. He was a member of the Lions Club for many years and a past president. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FRIEBURG, ELLEN (KIPER)- age 71 of Gibson City died at 4:15 p.m. Thursday 10-21-1999 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. October 26 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. October 25 at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Don Kiper, Andrew Kiper, Robert Beal, Chalmers Steinlicht, Brandon Barnish and Jerry Jepson. Mrs. Frieburg was born 7-15-1928 at Normal, a daughter of Silas C. and Nora Mae Winchell Kiper. She married Stanley D. Frieburg on 2-18-1948 at Springfield. He preceded her in death on 9-19-1997. Survivors include one brother, Robert Kiper of Lake Bloomington; two sisters, Sylvia Jepson of Morris and Rena Beal of Normal and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Connie, in 1993 and one brother. A resident of the Gibson City area for most of her life, Mrs. Frieburg owned and operated a restaurant in Gibson City for several years. A member of the First Christian Church in Gibson City, she was also a member of the Hustlers Club of the church and the Christian Women's Fellowship. She was also a member of the Gibson City Woman's Club, Women of the Moose, American Legion Auxiliary, Gibson Hospital Auxiliary and the Home Extension. Mrs. Frieburg also served on the Gibson City Telecare Board. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospice or to the First Christian Church, Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FRIEBURG, CONSTANCE - Constance "Connie" L. Frieburg, age 45 of rural Gibson City died at 7:28 a.m. Friday 4-9-1993 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Death was due to natural causes. Her funeral was at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Philip Curran officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pallbearers were Donald Munson, Douglas Knapp, Chalmers Steinlicht, Robert Kiper, Harold Medler and Steve Taylor. Miss Frieburg was born 3-20-1948 at Bloomington, a daughter of Stanley D. and Ellen Kiper Frieburg and they survive. Her maternal and paternal grandparents preceded her in death. Miss Frieburg was a lifelong Gibson City resident, graduating form Gibson City High School in 1968. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City and the CWF of the Church. She was a member of the Wantwood Club of Gibson City and the Drummer Twp Home Extension. Memorials may be made to her church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FRIEBURG, ESTHER R. (WOODBURN)- 85, of Gibson City died at 9:07 p.m. 7-25-1985 at Cole Hospital, Champaign. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born 2-4-1900 in Ford County, a daughter of Fenton and Freeda Sommerfield Woodburn. She married Fred J. Frieburg 1-31-1924 in Chicago. He died 1-10-1972. Survivors include a son, Stanley, Gibson City; a sister, Gladys Taylor, Gibson City and a granddaughter. A brother and a sister preceded her in death. She was a lifelong Gibson City area resident. A member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City, to which memorials may be made. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FRIESE, FREDERICKA (ROTH)- age 94, a resident of Gibson City for 41 years, died at 6:50 p.m. Saturday, 3-30-1991 at her home. Her funeral was held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and for one hour before the service Tuesday at the church. Pallbearers included Tom Eddleman, Bill Hoffman, Fred Punke, Franklin Punke, Bryan Shields and Tim Shields. She was born 11-16-1896 at Farmer, SD, a daughter of William and Minnie Dietrich Roth. She married Louis H. Friese on 12-14-1916 in Farmer, SD. He died 9-7-1973. Surviving are two sons, Arland, Leesburg, Florida and Raymond of Mesa, AZ.; two daughters, Eileen Smith of Gibson City and Dorothy Shields of Foosland; 13 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son, a son and a daughter. Mrs. Friese was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to her church or to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FRY, FRED C.- 76, of rural Cooksville, a retired decorator and horseman, formerly of Normal and Gibson City, died at 10:32 p.m. Sunday 6-21-1987 at St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Center, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Mr. Fry was born 12-15-1910 at Stewardson, a son of James and Leona Davis Fry. He married Edith Karr on 12-4-1930 at Paxton. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Maurice of Hoffman Estates, and LeMoyne of Peoria; one daughter, Joan Franz of Crystal Lake; one brother, Rev. Russel Fry of Salem; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Two sons, one daughter and two sisters preceded him in death. After semi-retiring as a painting contractor, Mr. Fry, whose grandfather was a thoroughbred racehorse breeder and trainor in the Fisher - Gibson City area, moved in the early 1970's to a horse farm along Veteran's Parkway on the east side of Bloomington. At the farm, he kept horses for children who wanted to ride and whose parents couldn't afford the animals. Mr. Fry, whose father was a horse breeder and veterinarian, served as advisor to scores of 4-H Club members with horse and pony projects. He also was a breeder of champion Tennessee Walking Horses, including one world champion and Illinois State Fair Class winners. In October 1984, the Frys moved to Cooksville when the horse farm was purchased for real estate development. He was a Methodist. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FRYKMAN, EVERT MILTON - age 84 of Gibson City died at 9:18 a.m. Saturday 4-17-1993 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. His funeral was at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 10 - 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. He was born 3-30-1909 at Gibson City, a son of Magnus and Amanda Olson Frykman. Survivors include several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by nine brothers and two sisters. Mr. Frykman was a retired clerk for the Nickel Plate Railroad and a member of the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Gibson Community Hospital. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FRYKMAN, HARRIETT MARIE (WALLACE) - 75, Arrowsmith, died at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday 11-25-1975 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Bloomington. Funeral services were held Friday Nov 28 at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold Skillrud officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. She was born 12-15-1899 in Farmer City, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wallace. She married Paul L. Frykman 4-24-1938 in Bloomington. Her husband was the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. M. Frykman, former pastor of the Swedish Lutheran Church in Gibson City; and a brother of Mrs. Hildur Johnson, Gibson City; Verner Frykman, Lima, Ohio and Milton Frykman, Gibson City. She was preceded in death by her husband, one daughter and one brother. She has been an Arrowsmith resident since 1940. She taught public schools in Ellsworth and Lowpoint. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FUNK, DORIS ANN (HITT) - 49, a Gibson City resident for 22 years, died at 6:55 a.m. Tuesday (9-8-1981) at Decatur Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient for a month. She had been ill for 1-1/2 years. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Reese Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Mrs. Funk was born 1-18-1932 in Towanda, a daughter of Herman and Margaret Cahill Hitt. She married Olen Funk 11-4-1952 in Springfield. He died 2-9-1980. Survivors are a son, Bruce of Urbana; five daughters, Peggy Edwards, Bloomington; and Linda, Cindy, Carla and Dori Lee Funk all at home; her mother, Gibson City; two sisters, Mary Bridges, Lincoln, Ark.; and Donna Moore Albuquerque, NM; and a son, Marvin R. Hitt, Crystal Lake. Her father, a brother and a sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Funk formerly was a member of the Bloomington VFW Auxiliary. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FARNSWORTH, Mary Lucille - 82, Ocala, Fla., formerly of Gibson City, died Tuesday 12-17-2002 at Ocala. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Potomac Cemetery, Potomac. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Farnsworth was born 10-28-1920 in Carrollton, a daughter of Leven M. and Abbie L. Voorhees Dowdall. She married Harold M. Farnsworth 1-16-1954, at Carrollton. He survives. Also surviving are one sister, Virginia Brannan of Bloomington; one brother, Russell Dowdall of Morris; and one sister-in-law, Rosalie Dowdall of Bloomington. One brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Farnsworth was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church. She received her bachelor of science degree from Illinois State University and her master's degree from the University of Il. She taught school in East Alton for 12 years, and then began teaching in Gibson City in 1954, retiring in 1977. After retiring, she and her husband spent winters in Ocala. In July 2000 they moved permanently to Ocala. Mrs. Farnsworth was a lifetime member of the Retired Teachers Ass'n.; the Ford County Teacher's Ass'n; a member of the OES and the Gibson City Women's Club. Memorials may be made to her church or Gibson Area Hospital. Pallbearers were Leroy VanAntwerp, David Brannon, Gary Farnsworth, Brian Farnsworth, David Hood and Paul Engdahl. [Paxton Record, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


FERGUSON, RONALD L. - 63, of Gibson City. b. 3-20-1939 at Lincoln s/o William Marvin and Mary Alma Rafley Ferguson m. Sharon Twist 11-28-1962 at Gibson City. She survives d. Sunday, 10-20-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. bur: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.


FARMER, LOFTON B. - 72, a retired Central Soya Co., Inc. watchman died at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, 3-19-1977, at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Jim Reed officiating. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. He was born 1-17-1905 in Sikeston, MO., a son of Marion and Maude Cothern Farmer. He married Zadie Walker 10-25-1928 in Charleston, MO. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Lucille Olcott, Pennsville, NJ, and Mrs. karen Ream, Saybrook; a son, Norman Farmer, Denver Colo., a brother Lawson Farmer, Keyesport, and nine grandchildren. A son preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FARMER, ROY - 41, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lofton Farmer of Gibson City, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Saturday afternoon 8-5-1972 while at work at Caterpillar Co., in Peoria. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Davison Funeral Home in Peoria. Burial was in Glendale Cemetery, Peoria.
Mr. Farmer was born in Sikeston, MO 10-2-1931, a son of Lofton and Zadie Walker Farmer. He married Miss Doris Emrick on 7-4-1958 in Peoria. He is survived by his wife and a daughter, Debra, 11; his parents; a brother Norman, Denver, Colo.; and two sisters, Mrs. John (Lucille) Olcott, Pennsville, NJ, and Mrs. Karen Ream, Saybrook. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FERGUSON, JAMES - 64, of Springfield, formerly of Champaign and Gibson City, Il. died at 3:15 a.m. Sunday 3-13-1994 at Carle Foundation Hospital. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Jerome UMC, Springfield. The Rev. Howard Daughenbaugh will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana.
Mr. Ferguson was born 2-19-1930 at Wilkes-Barre, Pa., a son of James C. and Mildred Whitt Ferguson. He married Jane Page on 8-9-1958 at LaGrange. She survives. Also surviving are a son, James W. Ferguson of Urbana; two daughters, the Rev. Anne Ferguson and Amy Ferguson, both of Champaign; twon grandsons; two brothers, Richard W. fergsuon of St. Paul, MN, and Thomas D. Ferguson of Oak Park; and a sister Martha E. Ferguson of Olympia, Wash. He taught at Gibson City High School for 28 years. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

MORRIS E. FIELDS
2-25-1935 to 10-27-1990
Services: Monday, October 29, 1990
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Barbara Escarraz, Rev. Patrick W. Cox
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Lindsay Fancher
Lou Borden
John Morris
Chuck Morris
Robb Fields
Rich Fields
(Lamb-Young Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FIELDS, TRAVIS EUGENE - infant son of Robb N. and Terry S. Gillespie Fields, of Gibson City, died at 2:58 a.m. yesterday 6-8-1993, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith will officiate. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation. Travis was born 6-4-1993, at Urbana. The parents of the babies survive. Other survivors include a maternal grandmother, Carol Gilllespie, Mackinaw; paternal grandparents, Robert and Patricia Hutchcraft Fields, Gibson City, maternal great-grandparents, Gene and Charlotte Gillespie, Mackinaw; maternal great-grandmother, Luella French, Minier; paternal great-grandparents, Noble and Lyla Hutchcraft, Gibson City; and Bernard and Betty Kysar, Melvin; and a paternal great-great-grandmother. Preceding the twin babies in death were a maternal grandfather and paternal great-grandmother. Memorials may be made to the neonatal unit of Carle Foundation Hospital. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FIELDS, TRENT LEE - 6-day-old son of Robb N. and Terry S. Gillespie Fields of Gibson City, died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday 6-10-1993 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangement. There will be no visitation. Trent Lee was born 6-4-1993 at Urbana. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FIELDS, TIMOTHY E. - 17, was dead at 3:10 a.m. Saturday at Gibson Community Hospital. Details of his death appear on page A2. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City the Rev. Tim Shaw officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. He was born 9-23-1964, in Gibson City, a son of Morris and Peggy Miller Fields.
Surviving are his parents, Gibson City, twin sister Julie, Champaign, and Tammy, Gibson City; paternal grandfather, Bernard Kysar, Melvin; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller, Gibson City, maternal great-grandmother, Ruth Miller, Gibson City; and paternal great-grandmother, Hazel Kraft, Paxton. His paternal grandmother preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

Frederickson, Lillie - Mr & Mrs Gust Frederickson residing near Henderson, lost their little daughter Lillie, aged 5 yrs & 4 mos. The funeral took place from the family residence this morning, the burial being at Farmersville. The bereaved parents will receive the heartfelt sympathy of many friends in this, the house of their great affliction. Paxton Record 14 April 1892 [Contributed by Rosemary Kurtz]

FOGARTY, FLORENCE F. "FREDDIE" TANDY - 78, of Oconomowoc, Wisc., formerly of Gibson City, died Monday, 9-30-2002 at the Waters of Westmoreland Manor, Waukesha, Wis. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be 1 - 3 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mrs. Fogarty was born 3-9-1924, in Saunemin, a daughter of Joe G. and Wilma Frances Strong Tandy. She married Vince "Coag" Fogarty 10-29-1949 at Odell. He survives. Surviving are one daughter, Paula (Chet) Seffrood of Oconomowoc; three grandchildren, Bitty Bitters, Devan Seffrood and Sara Seffrood; one great-grandson, Toby Bitters; and two sisters, Joyce (Robert) Jepson of Lake City, Fla., and Margaraet Hugo of Orlando, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Beverly Bitters and Vinita Toni; and two brothers, Jerry and John Tandy. Mrs. Fogarty was a former member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to her church or the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FREESE, Heike - a prominent and well known citizen of this neighborhood, died last Thursday at the home of his daughter, Lizzie Neiswander, near Sibley, aged 76 years, 2 months and 18 days. The funeral was held at the M.E. church in this city last Sunday afternoon at 2:30, the services being in charge of Rev. G.L. McClanathan. Burial was in the Gibson cemetery.
Heike Freese was born in Hanover, Germany, June 5, 1841. He came to America at the age of 18, settling near Petersburg, Menard county, 111. March 5, 1873, he was married to Miss Anna Steinman, who died June 14, 1894. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom survive, as follows: Mrs. Anna Cater of Cowden, 111.; Mrs. Fanny Harm of Williams, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Bloodgood and Mrs. Lizzie Neiswander of Sibley, 111., Herman Freese of Manson, Iowa; Mrs. Maggie Janssen of Milford, Iowa; John Freese of Clear Lake, Iowa. Two sons died in infancy. Besides his children he leaves 23 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; also a brother and sister at Morrisonville, Ill.
Mr. Freese lived in Menard county six years, the family moving from there to Springfield, where they lived one year, moving to Ford county the following spring. Here he lived the balance of his life, with the exception of eight years that he lived in Iowa. Eight years ago he returned to Illinois, and since then he made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Neiswander. Mr. Freese was a member of the German Lutheran church since his 14th year, and was a man of integrity, beloved by his family and honored and respected by his neighbors. The Gibson Courier, Thursday, August 30, 1917, Submitted by Debby Volpe

ROY FARMER Died 8-5-1972

ZADIE E. FARMER Gibson City - Zadie E. Farmer, 85, of Gibson City died at 1 a.m. Tuesday 4-20-1999 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.


HENRY FERRISS Gibson City, 2-10-1920...Henry Ferriss, aged 78 years, died at his home Monday evening (2-9-1920). He leaves one daughter by his first wife, Mrs. Anna Patton of Iowa and surviving with the second wife, who was Miss Betty Homer?, the following children: Mrs. Lizzie Rosoman of Iowa, Benjamin of Iowa, Margaret and Richard, both at home, and John who lives near Gibson City. The deceased was an old soldier, having fought in the Civil War, and was a member of the G.A.R. The funeral services will be held at 2:30, Rev. Rutland in charge.

(following taken from Drummer Twp Cemetery records - as entered)

Henry Farris, father
b. 12-27-1841, Germany
s/o Christopher & J. Stauffer Farris
m.
m. Bertha Bonnen, 1872
d. 2-9-1920
bur: Drummr Twp Cemetery
service: PVT Co F. 73rd Ill Inf. Civil War
children: Benjamin
Richard
John
Elizabeth
Frank
Margaret
Kate
Anna
Harry
and an infant

Bertha Bonnen Farris, mother
b. 1-12-1855
d/o Bonnie P. & Tillie Grote Bonnen
d. 12-22-1907, age 51 years
bur: Drummer Twp Cemetery


Fasking, Edward Henry William
Edward H. Fasking, 74, died Sunday evening (6-9-1968), at Gibson Community Hospital. Services were Wednesday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, with the Rev. O.H. Kreiter, officiating; burial in the Gibson Cemetery. He was born 7-2-1893 at LaHogue, (Iroquois County), son of George and Bertha Schoenfeldt Fasking. He married Martha Wilde 12-31-1919 in Bellflower. He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred Forrest, a son, Alfred; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Haffner, Mrs. Anna Boettger; one half-sister, Mrs. William (Edna) Simpson; a step-brother, John Jacobs, Saybrook.

Fasking, Mary Hanson
B. 6-27-1877, Anchor, McLean County, IL
D/o?
M. Heinrich Ludwig Fasking, 3-26-1894, St. John's, Anchor, McLean Co., IL
D. 7-17-1948, Gibson City, Ford County, IL.
Bur: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Anchor, McLean County, IL.
Children:
Mrs. Alvina Willke, Anchor
Mrs. Clara Thedens, Gibson City
Miss Edna Fasking, at home

Fasking, William C.
Lexington:
B. 12-4-1891, LaHogue, Iroquois County/Ford County Line
D/o George and Minnie Schoenfeldt Fasking
M. Luvella Schmale, 5-27-1915, Gibson City, Ford County, Ill.
D. 5-27-1955, Brokaw Hospital, Normal, McLean County, Ill.
Bur: East Lawn Cemetery (Bloomington? McLean County, Ill.)
survivors: his wife; two daughters, Thelma Armentrout, Audrey Hazel;
three sons, Dale, William and Kenneth; three sisters, Anna Boettger,
Minnie Johannsen and Mrs. Wm. Simpson; two brothers, Edward and Burt Fasking, and half-brother, John Jacobs.

Fawver, Ardelle Irene
Ardelle Irene Fawver, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Fawver was born June 14, 1921, at Loda Illinois and departed her short life on December 30, 1928 at the St. Joseph's hospital, Bloomington Illinois at the age of 7 years, 6 months and 16 days, after a short illness caused from acute appendicitis.
Ardelle was a very intelligent student and had many original ideas. She was a child of a sunny and lovable disposition and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She leaves to mourn her untimely departure, her parents, her sister, Leanoir Iris; her brother, Shumway James; grandmother, Mrs. Rosa Fawver; grandfather and grandmother, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Ballinger; also her great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D.M. VanSchoyck, all of this city, also uncles, aunts and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at one o'clock yesterday afternoon at the United Brethren Church, Rev. B. Lee Towsley officiating. Interment was in the local cemetery.
5-1-1939


Foster, James
A private funeral was held Saturday, December 19 for James S. Foster 28 of Gibson City. Foster was found dead Thursday morning of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Dr. C Handler officiated and burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery.
He was born February 23, 1942 in Champaign, a son of Stanhop and Helen --?-- Foster. He was not married.
Surviving are his parents, two sisters, Mrs. Norma Dietz, Spokane, Wash. And Mrs. Celia Johnson, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Foster was a graduate of the University of Indiana and was attending the University of Illinois where he was a member of the honorary agricultural societies. He served four years with the Peace Corps in Columbia, S.A. and Micronesia.
Coroner Reynard Hayslette has impounded a jury of six men consisting of Ray Petersen, Earl Young Jr., George Tjardes, Gale Glascock, Lloyd Johnson and Bob Boyce for an inquest to be held at a later date.
12-24-1970- date on newspaper

FOSTER, JOHN M. -
b. 5-30-1883 (obit has to be wrong, typist' guess is 1833)
on a farm near Cumberland, Ohio
s/o John and Celia Foster, of English descent.
1866, moved to Shirley, Il.
m. Miss Electa Moore of Morgan County; she died
son: Charles M. Foster,
m. Miss Alice King of Bloomington
John S. Foster, Gibson City
Irene K. Foster, Shirley, Il
Ivan Foster, deceased
Mrs. Huber Light, Bloomington
1903, retired and moved to East Grove Street, Bloomington, Il.
d. 5-30-1919, home on East Grove, Bloomington, McLean County, Il.

Foster, John Stanhope
John Foster, age 81 passed away Wednesday morning (1-16-1952) in the Carle Memorial Hospital in Urbana where he had been a patient for seven weeks. He suffered a stroke in his home before entering the hospital. The body was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home, where services will be held Friday with Rev. James Cayton officiating; burial will be in the Gibson Cemetery.
Mr. Foster was born 10-9-1870 at Shirley, son of John and Alice King Foster. He came to Gibson in 1893. On 12-2-1897 he married Ella Vaughn of this city. They have farmed near Gibson City ever since. He is survived by his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Helen Kelley; a son, Stanhope, all of Gibson City; and one sister, Mrs. Alice Light of Bloomington.

FOSTER, ROBERT ALLEN
Funeral services for Robert Foster, who died Saturday, 1-31-1970 were held Tuesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home with Rev. Eugene Darling officiating.

Friday, Henry Adolph
Henry Adolph Friday, 77, died at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at his home after a month's illness.
Funeral services were held at 1p.m. Tuesday at the residence and at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor. Burial was at Anchor.
Mr. Friday was born March 25, 1864, in Chicago, the son of Frederick and Johanna Lambert Friday. He was married to Anna Bieseldt at Anchor February 18, 1892. They lived on a farm near Brookston, Ind., for ten years and then moved to Gibson City 16 years ago.
Surviving are the wife; two daughters, Mrs. Fred Riecks, of Anchor, and Mrs. Frederick A. Landau, near Anchor; three sons, Fred of Anchor, Henry Jr. of Gibson City, and Roy of Brookston, Ind.; 10 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren; a brother, George of Leigh La., a sister, Mrs. Teena Baungardner, of Anchor. Two daughters preceded him in death.
3-19-1942

FRYKMAN, REV. MAGNUS - Gibson Courier, Thursday, 2-20-1919
Rev. M. Frykman, pastor of the Swedish-Lutheran Churches of Gibson City and Sibley, died very suddenly in Chicago last Monday afternoon. The aged minister was in the office of his son, when death came without warning at 2:30 p.m. The remains were brought to the home in this city yesterday, and arrangements have been made for a public funeral, to be held in the Swedish-Lutheran Church, here, this afternoon. The services will be in charge of the ministers of the Paxton district of the Lutheran Church.
b. 10-3-1844, Parish of Sunne, Wermland, Sweden
s/o good, honest and thrifty farmers
immigrated: 1878
m. 12-4-1884? to Miss Amanda Odea Olson,
d/o Emanuel & Gustave Olson Victor, Conrad, Elmer, Hildur (Mrs. Thorsten Johnson)
Carl, Rubert, Paul, Theodore, Verner and Milton.
d. 2-17-1919, Chicago, Cook County, Il.

SOLOMON FAWVER -

Another of the pioneer farmers of the vicinity passed to his heavenly reward with the death of Solomon Fawver of this city last Monday afternoon. Death came to this aged resident after a lingering illness. His advanced age being greatly responsible for his death. The funeral was held at 10:30 o'clock yesterday morning from the United Brethren Church in charge of the Rev. M.B. Leach, pastor of the Weaver Memorial Church of Chicago and formerly pastor of the local United Brethren Church. A long line of buggies and carriages followed the remains of this pioneer and respected citizen to their final resting place in the Gibson Cemetery. Eight grandsons of the decedent acted as pallbearers at the funeral. They were as follows: Loren Ayresman, Raymond Fawver, Harvey Fawver, Vere Fawver, Roscoe Fawver, Ernst Ayresman. Three little grand-children, Elton Fawver, Russell Fawver and Lonnie Fawver, acted as flower bearers. Solomon Fawver was born in the state of Virginia on 1-8-1833 and died in Gibson City, Illinois November 18, 1912, his age at the time of his death was 79 years, 10 months and 10 days. He was married 9-17-18?4 to Miss Sarah Smith of Chillicothe, Ohio. She died 2-9-1895. To this union were born nine children, five daughters and four sons, six of whom are living as follows: Mrs. Jennie Ayresman, Mrs. Emma Ayersman, Miss Katie Fawver, George Fawver and Will Fawver, all of Gibson City, and James Fawver of Ludlow, Ill. John, the youngest son died 9-6-1908 and two daughters died in infancy. In 1867 Mr. and Mrs. Fawver came to Illinois, settling on a farm near this place. There the family made their home until about six years ago, when Mr. Fawver and his daughter, Miss Katie, moved to Gibson, where they have since resided. There remain in sorrow the six children, fourteen grandchildren, a number of more distant relatives and a great host of friends. Grandpa Fawver, as he was often called, was converted to Christianity early in his married life, and joined the Zion United Brethren Church near Saybrook. He was an industrious farmer, a good citizen, a kind and loving father, a jovial neighbor, a faithful friend and his last illness proved him to be a patient sufferer. A large number of friends from out of town attended the funeral, among the number being Mrs. Bishop of LeRoy, Mrs. Harper of Bloomington, Mrs. Hougham of Shirley, Mrs. Yazle and daughter Faye of Padua, Mr. and Mrs. D. Barnhart and Mrs. Dodson of Bellflower, Mrs. Jennie Miller, Mrs. R. Hunter, Mrs. Charles Wies, Mr. and Mrs. Will Proffitt of Saybrook, Harry Fawver and wife of Monarch, Ill., Ben Fawver, Will Dysert and Earl Larimer of Arrowsmith, Mr. Isaac Tomas and wife of Ellsworth, Ill., Mr. Rannebarger, Mrs. Nora Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Ray, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lappin, L. Sholtey, E. Herick and family, Mrs. W. Ellsworth, Miss Mattie Taylo, Mr. Kofold, Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Urban, Miss Jennie Ogg, Rev. A. Augspurger and family, Mrs. Rider, Misses Lizzie and Mary Schertz and Frank and Ora Stewart of Salem. Gibson Courier Friday, 11-22-1912


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