FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS
All of these were contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft and are transcribed from Betty Schroeder's book of burials at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, unless otherwise noted

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Frank G., Beverly A. and Ashleigh A. Walker

Fred Fasking

Fred E. Friday

Mary A. Friday

Anna Gilmore

Claus William Hansen

Dale E. Hillary

Dorothy I. Hillary

Mrs. Wilhelmine Kropfer

Dorothy C. Lage

Mrs. Anna M. Lage

Wayne R. Lage

Ethel Mae Lage

Alva F. Landau

Alfred O. Landau

Bertha Ann Milliner

Augusta E. Molck

Eugene Andrew Molck

J.J. Muehlenpfort

Fred William Riecks

John A. Roesch

Louise B. Roesch

Merle J. "Blondie" Roesch

Dorothy Roesch

Carl E. Schroeder

Elsie M. Schroeder

Alfred "Dick" Schroeder

Kenneth E. Simpsen

Carl R. Stroh

Mrs. Susanne A. Stroh

Clara M. Thedens

Albert C. Thedens

Pearl M. Wichmann

Mrs. L.N. Bishop

Lemuel N. Bishop

Melba A. Bane

Etta M. Beck

John Edward Beecher

William C. Beecher

Myrtle A. Bielfeldt

Fred G. Bielfeldt

Grace L. Bielfeldt

Mrs. Minnie Bielfeldt

Elsie E. Brandt

Otto F.Brandt

Edna H. Brokate

John Brokate

Charles R. (Dick) Briggs

Augusta Brucker

John H. Christensen

 Evelyn L. Wade

Alta A. Williams Waggoner

Frances B. Walker

Anthony B. Walker

Evelyn Walker

Mrs. Mildred E. Walters

H.N. WARD

Frank E. Warfield

Ralph A. Warfield

Dorothy M. Warfield

Deana Warfield

Beatrice L. Warman

Mae A. Warrick

Earnest Benton Webb

Margaret Lee Webb

Wilma L. Schrock Weininger

Mrs. Susan M. White

Harry W. White

Charles R. Whitehouse

William Durward Wiles

Marie Ann Wilkening

Diana M. Friend Willey

Franklin V. Williams

Beulah Mae Williams

David Williams

Martha A. Williams

Dempster W. (Slim) Wilson

Bennie "Bea" L. Wilson

Devin Troy Wilson

Gertrude M. Wissmiller

Louis Wissmiller

Ralph A. Witt

Hazel M. Witt

Richard E. Wolfe

Maxine Wolfe

Wilma D. Woodward

Andrew Lee Woodward

Lori Ann Woolever

Bartley N. Wright

Ruth E. Wright

Rosa F. Raper

Lorene M. Raper

Rev. John Smith

Susie Carnegie Walters

Marthenia M. Long

VERNA MAE THOMASSEN

Francis G. Zimmerman

Percy Miner, Jr.

Eldon M. Groth

Mrs. Josephine Rasmus

John Merold

Mrs. Mary Johnson

Jacob Marshall Urban

Miss Betty Hunt

Mrs. Julia Guderjohn

Mrs. Margaret Nerswander

 

Alta A. Williams Waggoner

Frances B. Walker

Anthony B. Walker

Evelyn Walker

Mrs. Mildred E. Walters

H.N. WARD

Frank E. Warfield

Ralph A. Warfield

Dorothy M. Warfield

Deana Warfield

Beatrice L. Warman

Mae A. Warrick

Earnest Benton Webb

Margaret Lee Webb

Wilma L. Schrock Weininger

Mrs. Susan M. White

Harry W. White

Charles R. Whitehouse

William Durward Wiles

Marie Ann Wilkening

Diana M. Friend Willey

Franklin V. Williams

Beulah Mae Williams

David Williams

Martha A. Williams

Dempster W. (Slim) Wilson

Bennie "Bea" L. Wilson

Devin Troy Wilson

Gertrude M. Wissmiller

Louis Wissmiller

Ralph A. Witt

Hazel M. Witt

Richard E. Wolfe

Maxine Wolfe

Wilma D. Woodward

Andrew Lee Woodward

Lori Ann Woolever

Bartley N. Wright

Ruth E. Wright

Rosa F. Raper

Lorene M. Raper

Rev. John Smith

Susie Carnegie Walters

Marthenia M. Long

VERNA MAE THOMASSEN

Francis G. Zimmerman

Percy Miner, Jr.

Eldon M. Groth

Mrs. Josephine Rasmus

John Merold

Mrs. Mary Johnson

Jacob Marshall Urban

Miss Betty Hunt

Mrs. Julia Guderjohn

Mrs. Margaret Nerswander

 

WALKER, FRANK G., BEVERLY A., AND ASHLEIGH A. - The funerals have been scheduled for the four Central Illinois people fatally injured in an auto-truck collison Wednesday morning (9-1-1982) at a rural intersection 2-1/2 miles north of Gibson City. The victims wre Frank G. and Beverly A. Walker, and their 2-year-old daughter, Ashleigh A., all of rural Sibley, and Joshua R. Christensen, 3 of RR 1, Anchor, a passenger in the Walker auto. Injured in the accident were Christopher Leake, 24, Sibley, and Aaron Walker, 4, who was in serious condition late last night in the intensive care unit at Burnham Hospital, Champaign.


FASKING, FRED H.A.- The funeral of Fred Fasking, 65, a bachelor of near Saybrook who was killed while walking on the hard road west of Gibson City Saturday night (October 1930) was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Lutheran Church 2-1/2 miles southeast of Anchor, the Rev. Mr. Hahn, pastor, officiating. Mr. Fasking was struck by a car driven by Clarence Fickwiler. Both were going east. It is thought that Mr. Fasking was walking in the center of the road. Mr. Fickwiler said that he dimmed his lights for an approaching car and did not see the pedestrian. At an inquest held at 8 p.m. Saturday under the direction of Coroner Lloyd Shoemaker, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. Mr. Fasking sustained a broken neck when hit by the auto and died instantly. He is survived by two brothers and a nephew who live in Gibson City. b. 1865 s/o Henry and Caroline Andreae Fasking d. October 1930

FRIDAY, FRED E. - The funeral of Fred E. Friday, 86, who died Saturday 4-27-1985 will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor. The Rev. Melvin C. Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 9 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City; and an hour before the service Tuesday at the church. He was born 8-13-1898 at Brookston, Ind., a son of Henry and Anna Bielfeldt Friday. He married Mary A. Bradshaw 12-14-1921 in Griggsville. She died 5-5-1982. Surviving are one son, Harold, Gibson City; two daughters, Florence Hensen, Fairbury, and Ollie Cherland, Cortez, Colo.; one sister, Edna Landau, Anchor; 10 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters and one granddaughter. He had farmed in the Anchor area until moving to Gibson City in 1961. He was a member of the East Central Illinois Club for the Deaf, the McLean County Farm Bureau and St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor.

FRIDAY, MARY A. BRADSHAW - Funeral services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. for Mary A. Friday, 82, Gibson City at St. John's Lutheran Church south of Anchor. Rev. Larry Larson and Rev. Melvin C. Blobaum officiated, with burial in the church cemetery. She died at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday 5-5-1982 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Visitation was from 3 - 5 and 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and an hour preceding the service at the church. She was born 5-2-1900 near Griggsville, a daughter of Sam and Renee Manton Bradshaw. She married Fred E. Friday, 12-14-1921 at Griggsville. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Harold, of Gibson City; two daughters, Florence Hensen of Colfax, and Ollie Cherland of Cortez, Colo.; four brothers, Roscoe Bradshaw of Lakeland, Fl., Clyde and Thomas Bradshaw both of Griggsville; and Arthur Bradshaw, Camp Point; five sisters, Ethel Raper, Mesa, AZ; Alice Moore, Griggsville; Rachel Musgrove and Loretta Buchanan both of Pittsfield; and Bessie Bradbury, Perry; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and a grandchild. She farmed with her husband in the Anchor area until retiring and moving to Gibson City in 1961. She was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church and the East Central Club for the Deaf.

GILMORE, ANNA KATHERINA CLAUSEN - Anna Gilmore, 92, a Sibley native and resident of Gibson City for eight years, died at 7 p.m. Wednesday 1-2-1980 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev, Alexander Youck officiating with burial in the St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, near Anchor, Il. Pallbearers were John Schroeder, Jr., Ronald Bielfeldt, Donald Bielfeldt, Gary Gilmore, John Gilmore and Steve Gilmore. Mrs. Gilmore was born 6-25-1887, Sibley, Il., a daughter of John and Mary Brading Clausen. She married George Wichmann 1-6-1925 at Anchor, Il. He died 8-22-1939. She married Samuel Gilmore 2-14-1925. He died ` in 1939. Surviving are a daughter, Pearl Wichmann, with whom she made her home; two step-daughters, Grace Bielfeldt of Sibley, Il. and Myrtle Bielfeldt of Anchor, Il.; four step-sons, Clarence Gilmore of St. Charles, Il., Sam Gilmore of Elburn, Il, Virgil Gilmore of Sugar Grove, Il. and Arthur Gilmore, Bradenton, Fl., three sisters, Augusta Molck of Anchor, Il., Luella Martens and Ida Hansen of Sibley, Il; 34 step-grandchildren; and many step-great-grandchildren. A step-daughter, four brothers, a sister and several step-grandchildren preceded her in death. Mrs. Gilmore was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, Il

HANSEN, CLAUS WILLIAM - Claus William Hansen, 45, died Monday morning 2-5-1940 at his home, 410 w. 10th St., Gibson City, of Bright's disease. Funeral services were held at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home and at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor, the Rev. August Aden, pastor of the Salem English Lutheran Church officiated. Internment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Hansen was born 11-9-1894, near Melvin, a son of Claus and Catherine Timm Hansen. On 12-20-1916 he married Miss Emma Clausen. He farmed utnil about four years ago, when ill health forced him to retire, and he moved to Gibson City. He had been bedfast for the last 18 months. Besides his wife, he leaves the following children: two sons, Weldon and Arnold; five daughters, Violet Finis, Gibson City and Mildred, Dorothy, Mary Ann and Luella, all at home. He is also survived by his father; two sisters, Anna Jacobs, Gibson City, and Hannah Gonzales,, Armstrong; one brother, Herman, Gibson City and a half-brother, Clarence, Anchor.

HILLARY, DALE E. - Dale E. Hillary, 84, of Melvin died at 3:30 p.m. Monday 7-7-2003 at Manor Care Health Care Center, Champaign. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, with the Rev. Dave Pavesic officiating. Visitation will be 6 - 8 p.m. today and **"one hour before service at the church on Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City." burial will be at St. John's Lutheran Church, near Anchor. Mr. Hillary was born 10-12-1918 at Loda, a son of Amos and Bess Schmink Hillary. He married Dorothy I. Christensen on 12-10-1940 at Melvin. She died 10-29-1985. Surviving include one son, Donald (Kathy) Hillary, Downs; one daughter, Beverly (Virgil) Rueck, Melvin; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandson. Other survivors include a special friend, Dorothy Kaiser, Melvin; two brothers, Howard Hillary and Marion Hillary both of Watseka; three sisters, Ethel Moran and Verla Menigoz of Watseka; and Emogene Hillary, Monticello, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and an infant sister. Mr. Hillary lived in the Melvin - Sibley area most of his life. He was a member of OWL Club through Nickels Home Shield where he worked for 27 years, retiring in 1985. He was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Anchor. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

HILLARY, DOROTHY I. CHRISTENSEN - The funeral of Dorothy I. Hillary, 64, rural Melvin, who died Tuesday 10-29-1985, will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church Anchor, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 - 9 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and an hour before the service Friday at the church. Mrs. Hillary was born 4-24-1921 in Sibley, a daughter of Thomas and Sophie Boettger Christensen. She married Dale Hillary 12-10-1940 in Melvin. He survives. Other survivors include a son, Donald of Downs; a daughter, Beverly J. Rueck, Melvin; a brother Floyd Christensen, Waterloo, Wis.; and four grandsons. Five brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Hillary worked for Nichols Homeshield in Chatsworth for 18 years, retiring in 1984. She was a resident of the Melvin and Sibley area all of her life. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Dorcas Society of the church, Ford County Homemakers Extension and Melvin Women's Club. She was a former 4-H leader in the Melvin area.

KROPFER, WILHELMINA FREIDERKA WAGNER - Mrs. Wilhelmine Kropfer died 3-23-1914 of a stroke. Five children, two of whom died in infancy and one at age 15. Survived by Mrs. Utesch of Bloomington, with whom she made her home and Mrs. H. Zander of Sibley, Il. 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. Gibson City Courier March 1914 born: 10-8-1831 Schaprow on the Iland of Rugen, Germany m. 1851 to Wilhelm Wagner d 3-23-1914 - stroke - 82 yrs 5 mo 14 da

LAGE, DOROTHY C. CLINE - Dorothy C. Lage, age 86 of Colfax died at 11:18 p.m. Monday 9-30-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. October 3 at St. John's Lutheran Church of rural Anchor with the Reverend Stephen Goodwin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. October 2 at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home in Colfax and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. October 3 at the church. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City or to a charity of the donor's choice. Mrs. Lage was born 6-10-1916 at Elliott, a daughter of William and Mary List Cline. She married Louis H. Lage at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Anchor on 4-5-1941. Survivors include her husband, Louis H. Lage of Colfax; three sons, Richard (Annette) Lage of Annapolis, MD, Stephen (Linda) Lage of St. Charles MO and Ronald (Mary Ann) Lage of Anchor; one daughter, Ellen (Steven) Kollmann of Northbrook; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandsons. She was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister. Mrs. Lage received her associates degree in teaching from Illinois State Normal University in 1935 and taught school for 17 years. A member of St. John's Lutheran Church of rural Anchor, Mrs. Lage was a member of its Dorcas Society and was a Sunday school teacher for 20 years. Mrs. Lage was a member of the McLean County Home Extension Association, Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary and the Anchor Friendship Club for 50-plus years.

LAGE, ANNA M. BEECHER - Mrs. Anna M. Lage, 82, died at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday 9-26-1972 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, near Anchor. Rev. Alexander Youck will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation was to be from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. She was born 2-22-1890 near Anchor, a daughter of William and Anna Stroh Beecher. She married Henry W. Lage, 2-1-1911 at Anchor. Surviving are her husband; four sons, Louis Lage, Merlin Lage, both of Anchor; Leo Lage, Colfax; Carmon Lage, Englewood, Colo; three daughters, Hazel Klintworth, Saybrook; Mildred Bielfeldt, Anchor; and Ida Watson, Normal; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grand-children; a sister, Louise Lorig, Seal Beach, Ca. Nine brothers and sisters preceded her in death. She lived in Anchor until 1945 when she moved to Gibson City. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor.

LAGE, WAYNE R. - Wayne R. Lage, 57, a Gibson City resident for 24 years and a Central Soya Co., Inc. employee, died at 8:35 a.m. yesterday 12-8-1982 at his home. An inquiry was conducted and death was due to natural causes. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, near Anchor. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Lage was born 12-7-1925, near Anchor, a son of Carl and Marie Hoffman Lage. He married Ethel Mae Siefert 2-27-1949 at Cropsey. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Keith W. of Elliott; Dennis of Gibson City and Brian of Gibson City; three brothers, Willard of Bloomington, Arnold of Arrowsmith, and Rodell of Hoopeston; three sisters, Luverne Frankeberger and Bess Bielfeldt of Bloomington; and Cleo Kyle of Normal and three granddaughters. His parents and a sister preceded him in death. Mr. Lage had been employed at Central Soya for 25 years, most of the time as a truck driver. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Gibson City Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge and the Elliott AMVETS.

LAGE, ETHEL MAE SEIFERT - Ethel Mae Lage, 61, of Gibson City died at 11:40 p.m. Friday 9-22-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Anchor. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. She was born 1-26-1928 in Cropsey, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Taylor Seifert. She married Wayne R. Lage 2-27-1949 in Cropsey. He died 12-8-1982. Survivors include three sons, Keith Lage, Dennis Lage and Brian Lage, all of Gibson City; two brothers, Delmar Seifert, Bloomington; and Keith Seifert of Sibley; three sisters, Bernelda Miller of Cropsey; Thelma Benway, Strawn; and Velda Henry, Sibley; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother. Mrs. Lage lived in Gibson City since 1957. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor.

LANDAU, ALVA F. - Alva F. Landau, 80, of Gibson City died at 6:55 a.m. Friday 8-27-1999 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. His graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Anchor, the Rev. Robert Ferro officiating. Military rites will be accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post No. 568. Visitation will be from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Monday at Lamb Fuenral Home, Gibson City. He was born 10-27-1918 at Anchor, a son of Otto and Marie Janssen Landau. He married Ethel Mae Wise on 8-14-1944 at St. Louis, Mo. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Alfred O. Landau, Gibson City; and one sister, Anna Retter, Fairbury. His parents, one daughter and one brother preceded him in death. Mr. Landau was an Army veteran of WWII and a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post No 568. He was employed by several area grain firms as a laborer and, upon retirement, volunteered many hours and years to the Lee Lowery American Legion Post No 568.

LANDAU, ALFRED O. - The funeral of Alfred O. Landau, age 74 of Gibson City will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Reverend Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Anchor. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Mr. Landau died at 8:50 a.m. Sunday 9-18-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. He was born 1-31-1920 at Anchor, a son of Otto and Marie Janssen Landau. He never married. Survivors include one sister, Anna Retter of Fairbury and one brother, Alva of Gibson City. Mr. Landau was a farmer and lived most of his life in the Gibson City area. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor and Laborers Union Local 7751, Kankakee.

MILLINER, BERTHA ANN BROWNING - The funeral of Bertha Ann Milliner, 41, of Gibson City will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Revs. Laurence Sunkel and Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, rural Anchor. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Mrs. Milliner died at 10:30 a.m. Sunday 12-31-1989 at hr sister's home near Anchor. She had cancer. She was born 1-1-1948, in Shelby Co., KY, a daughter of William and Anna Cunningham Browning. Surviving are two daughters, Patricia and Melissa Graham, both of Colfax; **six brothers, Chester Browning, Gibson City; Richard Browning, New Albany, Ind.; William and John Browning both of Louisville, Ky.; and five sisters, Louise Tutwiler and Virginia Towell, both of Danville; Evelyn Andreae, near Anchor; Mamie Towery and Irene Slaughter, both of Florida. She was preceded in death by her parents. Mrs. Milliner lived in Gibson City for eight years. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. ** only these four (of six?) brothers were listed in the obit

MOLCK, AUGUSTA E. CLAUSEN - Augusta E. Molck, age 94, a life-time Anchor area resident, died at 2:35 a.m. Monday, 1-30-1989 at Octavia Manor Nursing Home, Colfax, where she had been a resident the past three and a half years. Her funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, with the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation was held from 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax and for one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church. Mrs Molck was born 7-26-1894 in Sibley, a daughter of John and Mary Brading Clausen. She married John Molck 10-8-1919 at St. John's Lutheran Church. He died 11-10-1948. Survivors include two sons, Wilbur J. Molck, Anchor and Mervin D. Molck, Normal; two sisters, Luella Martens and Ida Hansen, both of Sibley; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Two sons, five brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Molck worked in the egg room at Wichmann's Produce in Anchor for eight years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the church's Dorcas Society. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Social Services of Illinois or Eastern McLean County Ambulance Association.

MOLCK, EUGENE ANDREW - Eugene Andrew Molck, 59, the mayor of Anchor, died at 12:40 a.m. yesterday 7-12-1983 at St. Joseph's Hospital Medical Center, Bloomington. He had been ill. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 tonight at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax, and an hour before the service at the church. He was born 2-6-1924 at Sibley, a son of John Jacob and Augusta Claussen Molck. He married Lois Rethmann 9-22-1946 at Anchor. She survives. Also surviving are his mother, Anchor; two sons, Michael, Anchor, and John, Colfax; three daughters, Sheryl Steele, Meryville, Tenn.; Jane Dameron, Colfax; and Joyce Carmack, Anchor; two brothers, Wilbur, Anchor, and Mervin, Normal; and eight grandchildren. His father and a brother preceded him in death. Mr. Molck was mayor of Anchor for 10 years. He was co-owner of Anchor Egg Co., formerly Wichmann Produce. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Bloomington Moose Lodge, Colfax American Legion and the Anchor Fire Department. He was a WWII Army Veteran. Memorials may be made to the Bloomington Cancer Foundation, in care of the family, or the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

MUEHLENPFORT, John J. - 54, died Sunday (January 1941) at his home, 2 miles west of Melvin, Il. He had been ill of high blood pressure for two years, and suffered a paralytic stroke Saturday morning. Funeral services at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Melvin, Il., with J.E. Rettburg of Hartsburg officiating. Burial in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Anchor Twp. Born in Anchor 11-21-1886, a son of Herman and Anna Muehlenpfort. He married 1-1-1908 to Wilhelmine Katharine "Minnie" Hoffmann at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor Twp. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Viola Brockman of Danforth and Lois Kietzman of Melvin; 2 sons, Kenneth and Emmerson at home; his parents of Melvin; a brother, Herman of Onarga; 3 sisters, Rose Sattelberg of Fair Grove, Mich. Lyda Ehman of Roberts; and Mrs. Alfred Lanzer of Woodburn, Ind. One granddaughter. Gibson City Courier - 1-9-1941

QUINN, ROY - Roy Quinn, 74, retired Gibson City area farmer, was found hanging in the basement of his home in Gibson City by his wife at 4:40 p.m. Monday 5-19-1975 authorities said. Ford Co. Coroner R.L. Hayslette said he had been despondent because of ill health. An inquest will be scheduled, he said. The funeral was to have been at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, near Anchor, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation was to be held at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City from 3 - 5 and 7 - 9 p.m. Tuesday and at the church after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. He was born 8-19-1900 at Charleston, a son of Henry and Emma Burro Quinn. He married Melba Beecher 11-4-1933 at Covington, Ind. Surviving are his wife; a son, Charles, Streator; a daughter, Judy Glascock, Sibley; seven grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Jess Fravala, Detroit, Mich. He had been a resident of the Gibson City area for more than 30 years and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the McLean County Farm Bureau. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Pallbearers were Linden Painter, Donald Means, George Anderson, Elza Powell, Aaron Hoffman and John Hester, Sr.

RIECKS, FRED WILLIAM - The funeral of Fred William Riecks, age 91 of Saybrook was at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, where he had served as head usher for more than 40 years. The Reverend Melvin C. Blobaum officiated with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 1 - 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers included Mark Riecks, David Riecks, Craig Riecks, Greg Wright, Douglas Wright, David Stein, and Dennis Stein. Mr. Riecks died at 1:59 p.m. Wednesday 10-13-1993 at Heritage Manor in Gibson City. He was born 9-13-1902 in rural Anchor, a son of Fred and Lena Bielfeldt Riecks. He married Velna Hall on 9-10-1947 in Anchor and she survives. Other survivors include one son, Kenneth of Loda; four daughters, Vauna Jones of Gibson City; Roberta Stein of Peoria; Shirley Wright of Lake St. Louis, MO.; and Karolyn Riecks of Prospect Hts; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Eddie of Gibson City; and two sisters, Minnie McClure and Lena Brucker, both of Sibley. One brother preceded him in death. Mr. Riecks was a resident of Anchor/Saybrook areas, retiring from farming in 1955. He was a member of the McLean County Farm Bureau. He was also a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, the Men's Brotherhood of the church and was a church trustee for several years.

ROESCH, JOHN A.- The funeral of John A. Roesch, 96, Gibson City, formerely of Anchor Twp, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor. The Rev. Melvin Blobaum will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 - 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City has charge of arrangements. He died at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday 1-24-1995 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Mr. Roesch was born 6-19-1898 in Anchor Twp, a son of John Henry and Elise Weibers Roesch. He married Louise B. Suntken 8-29-1922 in Anchor Twp and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Wilma Dillman, Bloomington; one son, Vernon, Gibson City; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. One son, four sisters, four brothers and one grandson preceded him in death. Mr. Roesch retired from farming in 1967 and had operated a corn sheller for many years. He had lived most of his life in Anchor Twp. He was a life-long member of St. John's Lutheran Church and had served on the church board of trustees.

ROESCH, LOUISE B. SUNTKEN - The funeral of Louise B. Roesch, 96, of Normal, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Robert Ferro will officiate. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Anchor. Visitation will be one hour before the service Friday at the funeral home. She died at 12:19 p.m. Tuesday 8-15-2000 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Normal, where she had been a resident. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, or a charity of the donor's choice. Mrs. Roesch was born 8-20-1903 at Triplet, Mo., a daughter of John H. and Mary K. Wichmann Suntken. She married John Roesch on 8-29-1922. He died 1-24-1995. Survivors include one son, Vernon (Jessie) Roesch, Gibson City; one daughter, Wilma Dillman, Bloomington; one brother, Earnest Suntken, Bloomington; one sister, Margaret Osborne, Leesburg, Mo.; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren. One son, Merle Roesch; four brothers and six sisters preceded her in death. Also preceded her in death was a grandson, Dennis Roesch. Mrs. Roesch worked for Stokely VanCamp for many years until she was 72 years old. She then worked for Landing's Restaurant in Gibson City. She had been a resident of Bloomington since 1988. She formerly lived in Gibson City and Anchor. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor and Dorcas Society.

ROESCH, MERLE "BLONDIE" - Merle J. "Blondie" Roesch, 60, a resident of Gibson City for many years, died at 2 p.m. yesterday 8-11-1984 at his home after a lengthy illness. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, near Anchor, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial wil be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 - 9 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. He was born 8-15-1923 at Anchor, a son of John A. and Louise Suntken Roesch. He married Dorothy Fuoss 1-9-1949 at Thawville. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Rick, Fisher; Terry, Gibson City; and Mike, in the Air Force stationed at Barksdale, La.; a daughter, Linda Gregory, Elliott; his parents, Gibson City; a brother, Vernon, Gibson City; a sister, Wilma Dillman, Bloomington; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son. Mr. Roesch was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor, as well as a former church board and Sunday school board member. He was an Army Air Force veteran of WWII and a member of the Anchor American Legion. Memorials may be made to the church building fund.

ROESCH, DOROTHY MAE FUOSS - Dorothy Roesch, 73, of Gibson City died at 3:35 a.m. Friday 3-24-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex in Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Robert Ferro officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor; or Gibson Area Hospital. She was born 10-12-1926 at Thawville, Artesia Twp, a daughter of George Michael and Louise Emaline Hethke Fuoss. She married Merle John Roesch on 1-9-1949 in Thawville. He died 8-11-1984. Survivors include three sons, Rickie Lee (Rhonda) Roesch, Fisher; Terry Leroy (Debra) Roesch, Gibson City; and Michael Lynn (Sherrie) Roesch of Texas; one daughter, Linda Louise (Ron) Gregory, McLeansboro; her mother-in-law, Louise Suntken Roesch, Normal; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Roesch, four brothers, Franklin Fuoss, Leroy Fuoss, Wilfred Fuoss and Elmer Fuoss; and two sisters, Florence Hack and Frances Weerts. Mrs. Roesch graduated from Roberts Twp. High School, Roberts, 5-17-1945. Her marriage was at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Thawville, the Rev. Harold G. Molzan officiating. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor.

SCHROEDER, CARL E. - Carl E. Schroeder, 70, a life-long resident of the Saybrook and Gibson City areas, died at 7:10 a.m. Friday (5-31-1969) at the Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. He had been admitted at 9 p.m. Thursday. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor, with the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home and at the church after noon on Sunday. Mr. Schroeder was born 10-9-1898, at Sibley, a son of Peter and Emma Brading Schroeder. He never married. He is survived by three sisters, Miss Elsie Schroeder, Mrs. Helen Cramer and Mrs. William Enghausen all of Gibson City; three brothers, Alfred and Ernie, both of Gibson City, and Frank, Garden Grove, Calif. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.

SCHROEDER, ELSIE M. - Elsie M. Schroeder, 84, Gibson City, died at 7:30 a.m. Sunday 3-22-1981 at Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton, where she had been a resident the past year. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Dale Riblet, Robert Schroeder, John Schroeder, James Schroeder, Herschel Cramer, and Tom Enghausen. Surviving are three brothers, Alfred and Ernest, both of Gibson City, and Franklin of Garden Grove, Calif.; and two sisters, Helen Cramer and Hazel Enghausen, both of Gibson City. Two brothers preceded her in death. She was a Gibson City resident most of her life. Miss Schroeder was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, and the Dorcas Society of the church. She was a member of Garber Friendship Club. Memorials may be made to her church.

SCHROEDER, ALFRED "DICK" - The funeral of Alfred "Dick" Schroeder, age 85 of Gibson City was held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was held from 3 - 7 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for an hour before the service Monday at the church. Pallbearers were James Schroeder, Tom Enghausen, Herschel Cramer, Bill Pearson, Larry Winterland and Thomas Klintworth. Mr. Schroeder died at 7:45 p.m. Friday 1-6-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. He was born 12-2-1903 in Sibley, a son of Peter and Emma Brading Schroeder. He married Anna Klintworth 1-20-1926 in rural Anchor and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Robert Schroeder of Fisher; a daughter, Virginia Winterland of Colfax; two brothers, Ernest Schroeder of Gibson City and Franklin Schroeder of Garden Grove, Calif.; two sisters, Helen Cramer and Hazel Enghausen, both of Gibson City; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. He farmed in rural Colfax until his retirement in 1968 when he moved to Gibson City. He was a member of the McLean County Farm Bureau and St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, to which memorials may be made.

SIMPSEN, KENNETH E. - Kenneth E. Simpsen, 62, of rural Gibson City, died at 5:29 p.m. Saturday 2-8-1986 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. He was born 4-25-1923 at Saybrook, a son of John and Anna Roesch Simpsen. He married Dorothy Grant 9-26-1953 at Anchor. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Gayle, Gibson City; a daughter, Cynthia Franzen, Bondville; five brothers, Henry, Colfax; William, Mesa, AZ.; Albert, Saybrook; Ray, Arrowsmith; and Harold, Oklahoma City, OK.; three sisters, Elise Schleeter, Anchor; Edna Bohlin, Elgin; Hilda Harris, Jamestown, NC and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. He was a former farmer and a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor; Saybrook Legion Post 427; Voiture 24, 40 and 8 of McLean Co.; Gibson City VFW and the Gibson City Moose. Memorials may be made to his church.

STROH, CARL R. - Carl R. Stroh, 94, Gibson City, died Thursday 6-5-1975 at Douglas Nitengale Manor Nursing Home at Tuscola. He had been a resident a year. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy Tomblin, Don Brown, Darrell Stroh, Gary Stroh, Rodney Stroh and Leon Stroh. He was born near Anchor, 3-29-1881, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Reinhold Stroh. He married Martha Stubbe, 1-12-1905. She died in 11-28-1944. Surviving are three sons, R.W. Stroh, Ashkum; Arthur Stroh, Chenoa; Roger Stroh, Brooksville, Fla.; two daughters, Esther Wren, Chicago; Nadine Meredith, Gibson City; two sisters, Mrs. Otto Heckens, Gibson City; andd Mrs. Helen Newman, Davenport, Ia.; 14 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. He was the oldest member of St. John's Lutheran Church and farmed in the Anchor area for many years. He had been a Gibson City area resident since 1947. A son, four sisters, and seven brothers preceded him in death.

STROH, SUSANNE A. ERP - Mrs. Susanne A. Stroh, 80, a life-long resident of the Gibson City and Anchor communities, died at 4:45 p.m. Sunday (12-28-1966) at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City, where she had been a resident four months. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor, with Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. She was born 7-29-1886 near Gibson City, a daughter of Claus and Augusta Koenig Erp. She married Claus Edward Stroh 2-26-1908 at Gibson City. He died 8-1-1960. Surviving are four sisters, Ann McNaughton, Vernal, Utah; Marie Harm, Lockport; Dorothea Bunting, Danforth and Idabell Erp, Gibson City.

THEDENS, CLARA M. FASKING - Clara M. Thedens, age 94, of Gibson City, died at 6:40 a.m. Sunday 1-12-1997 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, at St. John's Lutheran Church in rural Anchor with the Rev. Robert Ferro officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 4 - 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before services at the church on Tuesday. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Myron Willke, Berdell Borchers, Gary Stroh and Vernon Roesch. Active pallbearers included Robert Higgins, Kevin Higgins, Chuck Geibel, Marvin Willke, Delmar Thedens and Darrell Stroh. Mrs. Thedens was born 2-10-1902 at Saybrook, a daughter of Heinrich and Maria Hensen Fasking. She married Charles A. Thedens on 2-12-1924 at Anchor. He died 7-20-1964. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Meadows of Belleville and Joyce Higgins of Rantoul; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two son-in-laws, Gene Meadows of Belleville and Allen Higgins of Rantoul. She was preceded in death by one son and two sisters. Mrs. Thedens lived in Anchor and Gibson City and most recently in Rantoul with her daughter. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of rural Anchor and served as the first president of the Dorcas Society. She was also a member of the Garber Club and the Anchor Club. Memorials may be made to her church.

THEDENS, ALBERT C. - Albert C. Thedens, age 85 of Gibson City, formerly of the Anchor area, died at 9:26 a.m. Tuesday 5-9-1989 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. His funeral was held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. There was no visitation. Lamb Funral Home, Gibson City, was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were Donald Bielfeldt, Wilbur Molck, Dudley Bridges, Donald Hammer, Maynard Schleeter and Elmo Meiners. Mr. Thedens was born 4-23-1904 near Anchor, a son of Hans and Mary George Thedens. He married Elsa J. Schmidt 10-11-1928 in Anchor and she survives. Other survivors include three daughters, Delores Taylor, Horseshoe Bend, Ark.; LaVon Thedens, Bloomington and Joan Keim of Gibson City; one brother, George of Colfax; one sister, Edna Stroh of Gibson City; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Thedens farmed in the Anchor area until 1956 and was employed by M&W Gear Co., Inc. in Gibson City until he retired in 1972. He had lived in Gibson City for the last six years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor.

WICHMANN , PEARL M. Pearl M. Wichmann, age 78 of Gibson City died at 2 a.m. Sunday 5-15-1988 at the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. Her funeral was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor, the Rev. Melvin C. Blobaum officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funral Home, Gibson City and one hour before the service Tuesday at the church. Pallbearers were Ivan Andreae, Wilbur Molck, Wayne Hanson, Gary Hanson, Mike Finis, and Phil Birkner. Miss Wichmann was born 3-12-1910 in rural Gibson City, a daughter of George and Anna Clausen Wichmann. Surviving are three step-brothers, Clarence Gilmore, St. Charles; Sam Gilmore, Elburn; and Virgil Gilmore, Sugar Grove; and two step-sisters, Grace Bielfeldt, Gibson City and Myrtle Bielfeldt, Anchor. Miss Wichmann was a resident of Gibson City for 16 years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor.

Bishop, Elsa Anna [nee Bradford] - Mrs. L.N. Bishop died at her home north of Gibson City of Friday morning, Feb. 9, 1906, at 7:45 o'clock, after a brief illness with pneumonia. Owing to the serious illness of Mr. Bishop brief funeral services were held at the home at 2:30 o'clock Sunday, Feb.11, conducted by Rev. J.R. Golden, pastor of the Christian church. Internment was in the Gibson cemetery. Elsa Anna Bradford was born near Providence, Rhode Island, Feb. 21, 1826, making her age at the time of her death 79 years, 11 months, 19 days. When five years of age she moved with her parents to Clarke county, Ohio, making the trip by wagon. She was married near Urbana, Ohio, to Lemuel N. Bishop, on July 8, 1847, and together they had passed the 58th milestone of wedded life. In 1851 they came to Illinois, and had since resided in this state, except for five years which they spent near their former home in Ohio. Mrs. Bishop was a descendant of Gov. Wm. Bradford of the Mayflower. She was the mother of eleven children, of whom seven survive. They are Mrs.G.W.B.Johnston of Spearsville, Ind., Douglas Bishop of Streator, Ill., Albert N. Bishop of Bonaparte, Iowa, Mrs. La Delle B. Anderson of Beatrice, Ok., Mrs. Nannie B. Collins of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Lily Cornelius of Loda, Illinois, and Miss Minnie E. Bishop, who has cared for her parents during their declining years. There are 18 grand children and 2 great grand children. The aged husband also survives her. He has been an invalid for years, and it was not thought that he could outlive the companion of so many years. Mrs. Bishop had been an invalid since moving to Gibson City in 1890. During her last night of life she repeated a verse of "Jesus, Lover of My Soul," and said she was resting on Jesus' breast. Her life was one of patience, of sacrifice for and devotion to her family. Her sweet disposition and nobility of character endeared her to all who knew her. Among those who attended the funeral from out of town were, Mrs. Lily Cornelius of Loda, Mrs. Nannie B. Collins of Chicago; Mrs. C. Campbell and Miss Lyda Beckham of Leroy; Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Perry, Mr. and Mrs. F. Collins, Mr. B. H. Hileman and Mrs. L. Williams of Saybrook; and Mrs. S. F. Hill and daughters of Melvin. "Her love, radiated like the morning star, Still shines upon us through the Gate Ajar." Gibson Courier Fri., Feb. 16, 1906 - Contributed by Virginia L. Aldridge

Bishop, Lemuel N. - L. N. Bishop, an aged resident of this city, passed away at his home of Mt. Airy last Tuesday evening, April 17, after a long and painful illness. The funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home, Rev. A. U. Baer officiating. Lemuel Newton Bishop was born Jan. 14, 1825, in Pike county, Ohio, reaching the extreme age of 81 years, 3 months, and 3 days. He was the eleventh child of the family and was the last survivor. He was raised to manhood in Ohio, and was married near Urbana, Ohio, on July 8, 1847 to Miss Elsa Anna Bradford. The marriage proved to be a happy and congenial one, and the couple lived together for over 58 years, the beloved wife preceding him to the spirit land. Her death occurred Feb. 9, 1906, a little over two months ago. To their union were born eleven children; seven of these still survive, all of whom have reached maturity. The surviving children are Mrs. G. W. B. Johnston of Spearsville, Indiana; Douglas Bishop, of Streator, Ill., Albert N. Bishop, of Bonaparte, Ia., Mrs. La Delle B. Anderson, of Beatrice, Okla., Mrs. Nannie B. Collins, of Chicago, Ill., Mrs. Lily Cornelius, of Loda, Ill., and Miss Minnie E. Bishop, of Gibson City. The latter has remained with her parents during their feebleness and old age, and tenderly and patiently cared for them until death closed their eyes and relieved their sufferings. There are also 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. When civil war between the north and south broke out in this country, Mr. Bishop enlisted and went to the front, serving for the Union in 1862 and 1863, and receiving the rank of Captain of Company F, 116th Illinois Infantry. He resigned April 12, 1863, on account of disability. Since the close of the war he had lived most of the time in Illinois, except five years spent in Ohio. He first came to Illinois with his family in 1851. Mr. Bishop moved to Gibson in 1890. He was a man of strong generous character and sturdy virtues, his honesty and high integrity being unquestioned. The last three years of his life he was confined to his home on account of blindness. Gibson Courier April 17, 1906 - Contributed by Virginia L. Aldridge

BIELFELDT, MYRTLE A. GILMORE - Myrtle A. Bielfeldt, 92, of Anchor, died at 4:35 p.m. Tuesday 12-31-2002 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Colfax. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Stephen Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery, Anchor. Visitation will be from 9:30 - 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Calvert and Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice. She was born 10-11-1910 at Gibson City, a daughter of Samuel and Sarah Louise Swearingen Gilmore. She married Walter Bielfeldt on 9-25-1929 at Anchor. He died 9-3-1989. Survivors include two sons, Donald (Norma) Bielfeldt, Anchor; and Larry Bielfeldt, Bloomington; three daughters, Marcelene (Orville) Eyer; Downs; Nancy (Bud) Clark, Blomington; and Vicki (Donald) Vance, Lexington; 14 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, two sisters and twin daughters. Mrs. Bielfeldt was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor.

BIELFELDT, FRED G. - Fred G. Bielfeldt, 80, of rural Sibley, a retired farmer and a charter member of the Brotherhood of St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, died at 2:10 a.m. yesterday 12-14-1984 at Burnham Hospital, Champaign. His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mr. Bielfeldt was born 3-23-1904, at Anchor, a son of Adolph and Minnie Hensen Bielfeldt. He married Grace Gilmore on 3-16-1927 at Gibson City. She survives. Other survivors include a son, Ronald, Sibley; three daughters, Camilla (Bill) Lohmeyer of Strawn; Carol Boyle, Klamath Falls, Ore.; and Beverly Meginnes, Towanda; four brothers, Walter, Adolph, Jr. and Robert, all of Anchor; and Ralph, Colfax; three sisters, Amanda Stiegman, New Minden; Velma Wichmann, Melvin; and Evelyn Salyards, Clifton, TX; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Two brothers and a grandson preceded him in death. Mr. Bielfeldt farmed in the Sibley area until his retirement in 1974. He served on the Sibley Grade School Board of Education for many years. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and its Brotherhood. Memorials may be made to the church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

BIELFELDT, GRACE L. GILMORE - Grace L. Bielfeldt, 80, a resident of Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton, and formerly of the Sibley area, died at 8:55 a.m. yesterday 1-17-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. She was born 8-4-1909 at Gibson City, the daughter of Sam and Sarah Swearingen Gilmore. She married Fred G. Bielfeldt 3-16-1927 at Gibson City. He died 12-14-1984. Surviving are one son, Ronald, Sibley; three daughters, Camilla Lohmeyer, Strawn; Carol Boyle, Klamath Falls, Ore.; and Beverly Meginnes, Towanda; eight grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; three brothers, Clarence Gilmore, Saint Charles; Sam Gilmore, Elburn; and Virgil Gilmore, Sugar Grove and a sister, Myrtle Bielfeldt, Anchor. A brother, a sister, a step-sister and a grandson preceded her in death. Mrs. Bielfeldt lived most her life in the Sibley area. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Anchor, Dorcas Women, the Garber Club and the Anchor Club. She was a 30-year volunteer with the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary. Memorials may be made to her church.

BIELFELDT, MINNIE HENSEN - Mrs. Minnie Bielfeldt, 88, a resident of Gibson City since 1951 died at ` 3:55 a.m. Saturday 11-3-1973 at the Gibson Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, near Anchor, with Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is after 5 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mrs. Bielfeldt was born 1-24-1885 at Anchor, a daughter of George and Anna Stuck Hensen. She married Adolph Bielfeldt on 1-29-1903 at Anchor. He died in 1970. She is survived by five sons, Fred, of Sibley, and Walter, Ralph, Junior, and Robert, all of Anchor; three daughters, Mrs. Amanda Stiegman, of Nashville, Il., Mrs. Velna Wichmann, of Melvin and Mrs. Evelyn Salyards, of Gibson City; 27 grandchildren, and 37 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons; two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was a long-time resident of Anchor before moving to Gibson City. She was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made to her church, the Gibson Manor Nursing home, or a charity of the donor's choice.

BRANDT, ELSIE E. STEINLICHT - Elsie E. Brandt, 99, of Gibson City, formerly of rural Anchor, died at 8:50 p.m. Thursday 11-4-1993 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, the Rev. Melvin Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. tonight at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and from noon - 1 p.m. Sunday at the church. Mrs. Brandt was born 12-4-1893, rural Anchor, a daughter of Emil and Pauline Rhode Steinlicht. She married Otto F. Brandt, 12-20-1911 in rural Sibley. He died 10-2-1953. Survivors include two sons, Orville Brandt of McHenry, and Edmund Brandt of Gibson City; one daughter, Maureen Prettyman of Delavan; three half-sisters, Margaret Vogel, Mason City, Viola Hurst, address unknown; and Louise Mattson, Boston; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. One daughter, one granddaughter, one great-granddaughter, three brothers and four sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Brandt lived in the Anchor area until moving to Gibson City in 1954. She was a life-long member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where she taught Sunday school for seven years and was a member of the Dorcas Society of the church. She was a member of the Anchor Home Bureau. Memorials may be made to her church.

BRANDT, OTTO F. - b. 12-14-1885 at Anchor, Il m. Elsie Steinlicht 12-20-1911 in Sibley, Il d. 10-2-1953 at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, Il buried: St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, Il.

BROKATE, EDNA H. FASKING - Edna H. Brokate, 87, a resident of Gibson Manor, Gibson City for 10 months died at 3:29 a.m. yesterday at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Melvin C. Blobaum officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and from 10 - 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Mrs. Brokate was born 9-20-1904 at Saybrook, a daughter of Henry L. and Mary M. Hansen Fasking. She married John H. Brokate 8-15-1948 in Anchor. He died 3-3-1976. Survivors include one sister, Clara Thedens, Gibson City. One sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Brokate was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, the Dorcas Society of the church, and the Garber Club, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to her church.

BROKATE, JOHN - John Brokate, 82, died at 10:05 a.m. Wednesday 3-3-1976 at Gibson Community Hospital,. His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor with Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Mr. Brokate was born 7-26-1893 at Osgood, Ind., a son of William and Mary Thielbar Brokate. He married Minnie Roesch 12-16-1919. She died 3-9-1947. He then married Edna Fasking 8-15-1948 near Anchor. Surviving are his widow and a brother William of Gibson City. His parents and three sisters preceded him in death. He farmed in the Anchor area before retiring and moving to Gibson City in 1948. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Men's Brotherhood of the church. Mr. Brokate was a WWI veteran and a 50-year member of the American Legion Post of Anchor.

BRIGGS, CHARLES RICHARD (DICK) - Charles R. (Dick) Briggs, 21, died about 6:24 p.m. Sunday 4-26-1960 in the hospital at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, as the result of injuries suffered in an accident March 15. He had been a patient at Great Lakes since March 28. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m Thursday at the Methodist Church with the Lamb Funeral Home in charge. Rev. Floy Ekin, pastor of the Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be service men of Chanute Air Force Base. Honorary pallbearers are Don Brokate, Larry Smith, David Yates, Michael Day, Richard Rosenbaum and John Marshall. He was born 2-28-1939 in Bloomington, a son of Harley and Marjorie Grant Briggs. He graduated from Gibson High School in 1957, where he won three varsity football letters. He enlisted in the Marine Corps 8-17-1957, and had been in Okinawa prior to his leave at home. Surviving are his parents; a brother, Tom, of Gibson City; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Briggs, Gibson City; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Grant of Saybrook and many aunts and uncles. He was a member of the Methodist Church.

BRUCKER, AUGUSTA STUBBE HERRMANN - Augusta Brucker, 94, of Gibson City died at 6 a.m. yesterday 4-1-1984 at Bartmann Nursing Home, Atlanta. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, near Anchor. Visitation will be from 3 - 5 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, and an hour before the service at the church. She was born 3-4-1890 at Poszin, Germany, a daughter of Herman and Augusta Stubbe. She married Arthur Herrmann in 1913 in Germany. He died in 1920. She married John L. Brucker 5-23-1925 at Anchor. He died 5-15-1951. Survivors include a daughter, Gertrude Modahl, Bloomington; a step-daughter, Alice Acree, Gibson City; a stepson, Herbert Brucker, Sibley; four step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren. Two daughters and a step-daughter preceded her in death. Mr. Brucker was a member of American Lutheran Church and Amearican Lutheran Church Women. Memorials may be made to her church.

CHRISTENSEN, JOHN H. - The funeral services of Mr. John H. Christensen took place Monday noon at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and at 1 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church. Rev. A. Hahn officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. The services were well attended in spite of bad roads and weather. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. b. 8-19-1896 s/o Thomas and Anna Brandt Christensen d. 12-9-1929

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EVELYN L. KNECHT LANGE WADE
Evelyn L. Wade, age 59 of Elliott, died at 9:45 p.m. Monday, 1-8-1990 at Chanute Air Force Base Hospital in Rantoul. She had been ill for a year. Her funeral was held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Clarence Taylor officiating. She was cremated and burial will be at a later date in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mrs. Wade was born 10-22-1930 at Carlock, a daughter of Walter Mitchell and Ruth L. Johnson Knecht. She married Junior Leon Lange on 11-30-1947 in Gibson City. She later married Morton Wade on 12-31-1974 in Great Falls, Montana and he survives. Other survivors include two sons, Michael Lange and Mark Lange, both of Gibson City; one daughter, Marcia Walters of El Paso; two step-sons, Chris Wade, Virginia Beach, VA and Eric Wade, Irving TX; one brother, Donald Knecht of Charleston, SC; one sister, Marilyn Snedden of Wichita Falls, TX; five grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren. Her parents, one brother and one grandson preceded her in death. Mrs. Wade had been a resident of Elliott for four years. She was a member of Community Christian Church, Gibson City, VFW Auxiliary of Great Falls; and Women of the Moose in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

ALTA A. UPTON WILLIAMS WAGGONER
The funeral of Alta A. Williams Waggoner, 79, of Gibson City was at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Thomas Condron officiated. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, with a Women of the Moose ceremony at 8 p.m. Mrs. Waggoner died at 11:26 a.m. Friday 4-13-1990 at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. She was born 2-19-1911 in Paxton, a daughter of Benjamin and Mary Peasley Upton. She married Franklin C. Williams in 1929, in Paxton. She married Paul Waggoner 11-2-1964 in Danville. He died 4-13-1968. Surviving are three sons, Frank V. Williams, Gibson City; Donald Williams, Beach Park; and Ronald Williams, Madison, Ind.; three daughters, Marie Lewis, Danville; Bonnie Ball, Dewey; and Cheri Wilson, Gibson City; her companion of many years, William Raffety, Gibson City; a brother, Homer Upton, Galesburg; four sisters, Opal Fudge, Riverside, Cal.; Garnetta O'Brien, Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Grace Simpson, Arcola; and Edna Gonzaliz, Galesburg; 21 grandchildren; and 20 great-grand-children. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters. Mrs. Waggoner had been a resident of Gibson City for 60 years. She grew up in the Midland City and Waynesville areas. She was a member of Women of the Moose and the VFW Auxiliary of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society or the VFW Auxiliary.

FRANCES B. GRAMER FLANAGAN WALKER
Frances B. Walker, age 81, a resident of Gibson City since 1974 died at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, 3-27-1991 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m Friday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with the Reverend Barbara Escarraz officiating. Visitation was held from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mrs. Walker was born 8-29-1909 in Campbellsville, KY, a daughter of John and Mary Ship Gramer. She married Percy Flanagan on 10-10-1925 in Clinton. He died 10-13-1965. She married Thornton Walker on 8-7-1968 in Bloomington. He died 10-4-1980. Survivors include three step-sons, Donald Walker of Normal, Elvis Walker of Sun Lake, AZ and Eugene Walker of Delphi, Indiana; and one step-daughter, Linda Kelch of Bloomington. Six brothers and five sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Walker was a member of Gibson City United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital or to Gibson Manor, Gibson City.

ANTHONY B. WALKER
Funeral services for Anthony B. Walker, 73, of Elliott will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall K. Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Mr. Walker died at 5:09 p.m. Saturday 5-20-1989 at Logan Memorial Hospital, Russellville, KY. He was born 1-16-1916 in Muhlenberg Co., KY., a son of Frank and Cora Findley Walker. He married Evelyn Long on 6-30-1940 at Allegre, Ky. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Ted Walker of Mahomet, Robert Walker and Jerry Walker, both of Gibson City; a daughter, Janet Brewer of Elliott; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a brother, Herschel Walker of Greenville, KY. He was preceded in death by two grandchildren, five brothers and two sisters. Mr. Walker was a retired electician. He had resided in the Elliott area since 1957. He was a member of Mount Taylor Baptist Church, Allegre, Ky., and was president of the Elliott Senior Citizens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.

EVELYN LONG WALKER
The funeral of Evelyn Walker, age 67 of Elliott, was conducted Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverends Randall K Perry and Beth Watson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was held from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Ron Gregory, Fred Punke, William Kruse, Gary Stroh, Ed Godsey and Michael Walker. Mrs. Walker died at 6:53 p.m. Friday 2-2-1990 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. She was born 6-6-1922 in Muhlenberg, Ky., a daughter of Doy and Mertha Cobb Long. She married Anthony B. Walker on 6-30-1940 at Allegre, Ky. He died 5-20-1989. Surviving are three sons, Ted of Mahomet; and Robert and Terry, both of Gibson City; a daughter, Janet Brewer of Elliott; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Burngie Long, Elkton, Ky and Edgar Long Elliott; and three sisters, Sylvia Sweeney, Rosewood, Ky; Oleta Stinly, Humansville, Mo; and Wilma Powell, Elkton, Ky. She was preceded in death by two grandchildren. Mrs. Walker had been a resident of Elliott since 1960. She was a member of Elliott United Methodist Church and Elliott Senior Citizens. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.


MILDRED E. YOUNG WALTERS
The funeral of Mrs. Mildred E. Walters, 55, RR Saybrook, who died Wednesday, will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Gibson City United Methodist Church. The Rev. Don Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. today at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and an hour before the service at the church. She was born 11-2-1921 near Saybrook, a daughter of Carl and Alma Augspurger Young. She married Warren Walters, 2-12-1943 near Saybrook. He survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Margie Wyant, Colfax; two sons, Gerald, Gibson City, and Douglas, Saybrook; her mother, Gibson City; a sister, Dorothy Metzler, Nannanee, Ind.; and four brothers, Harold, Richard, and John, all of Saybrook; and James, El Paso. Her father preceded her in death. Mrs. Walters, a life-long Saybrook area resident, was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church, WSCS, Friendly Circle and Saybrook Homemakers Club. Memorials may be made to the church.

H.N. WARD
H.N. Ward
b. 5-2-1835 at Havenhill, NH
d. 1-9-1914 at Los Angeles, CA
Brought back to Gibson City for burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery.
Preceded in death by his wife and a son and a daughter.
One son survives.
Gibson City Courier 5-1-1914

FRANK E. WARFIELD
Frank E. Warfield, age 81 of Saybrook died at 7:19 a.m. Wednesday 2-4-1998 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City at 10:30 a.m. Friday. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were Jim Nagle, Bob Nagle, Fred Polito, Ron Warfield, Jim Warfield and Charles Kerchenfaut. Mr. Warfield was born 2-24-1916 at Gibson City, a son of Albert G. and Deana Onken Warfield. He never married. Survivors include four sisters, Lauretta Kerchenfaut and Marjorie Nagle, both of Gibson City; Alice Polito of Northfield and Mildred Logan of Pittsburgh, PA and one brother, Richard Warfield of Wauconda. He was preceded in death by one brother and his parents. A farmer for all of his life, Mr. Warfield lived his entire life in the Gibson City and Saybrook area. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church in Gibson City or to the Gibson Community Hospital.


RALPH W. WARFIELD
Ralph A. Warfield, 60, a well-known area farmer died at 8:30 a.m. Monday 7-2-1973 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church with Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home. Mr. Warfield has served as past president of the Ford County Farm Bureau, the Gibson City school board, and the Gibson Community Chest. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church or the American Cancer Society. b. 7-18-1912 parents: Albert G. & Deana Onken Warfield married: Dorothy M. Dueringer 2-14-1937 at Melvin d. 7-2-1973

DOROTHY M. DUERINGER WARFIELD
Dorothy M. Warfield, 88, Gibson City, died at 3:10 p.m. Sunday 10-7-2001 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Christian Church, Gibson City. Burial was private. Visitation was 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Mrs. Warfield was born 5-17-1913 at Guthrie, a daughter of Gilbert and Edna Arends Dueringer. She married Ralph Warfield 2-14-1937 at Melvin. He died 7-2-1973. Surviving are two daughters, Lois (John) Revell of Columbus, Ind.; and Ann (Joel) Hertz of Monticello; one son, Ronald (Melanie) Warfield of Gibson City; one sister, Ruth Pool of Melvin; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Warfield was an active member of First Christian Church in Gibson City, where she was a trustee, was active in Christian Women's Fellowship and was a long-time junior and adult choir director and Sunday school teacher. She was a member of the Pleasant Hour Club, Recreation Club and treasurer and deliverer for Meals on Wheels. Mrs. Warfield was a volunteer at Gibson City Telecare. She was a long-time 4-H leader and a host for the International Farm Youth Exchange. She taught in a one-room country school after attending Illinois State University. She subsequently was a teaching assistant at Gibson City Elementary School. Memorials may be made to her church.

DEANA ONKEN WARFIELD
Deana Warfield, 95, died at 6:55 p.m. Sunday 8-20-1978 at Gibson Community Hospital. Graveside services were at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery. A memorial service followed at 3 p.m. at the First Christian Church with the Rev. Hugh Reynolds and the Rev. Louis Haase officiating. Pallbearers were Fred Polito, Jim Warfield, Ron Warfield, Charles Kerchenfaut, Dick Nagle and Robert Nagle. Mrs. Warfield was born 8-24-1882 in Gibson City, a daughter of George and Wilmina Brethorst Onken. She married Albert G. Warfield 3-9-1910 in Springfield. He died 5-28-1955. Surviving are two sons, Frank of Saybrook and Richard of Wauconda; four daughters, Lauretta Kerchenfaut and Marjorie Nagle, both of Gibson City; Alice Semrau of Wilmette and Mildred McClure, Albuquerque, NM; 19 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. A son, a brother and four sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Warfield, who taught in Piper City, Melvin and Gibson City schools, attended the University of Illinois. She was a deaconess of the First Christian Church and taught Sunday School. She was a charter member of the Pleasant Hour Club. Memorials may be made to her church.

BEATRICE L. TERREL WARMAN
Beatrice L. Warman, 80, of Sarasota, Fl., formerly of the Gibson City - Foosland area, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday 11-13-1984 at her home. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with Order of the Eastern Star rites accorded at 8 p.m. Pallbearers were Leonard Cross, Walter Taylor, Melvin Wright, Raymond Leisure, Douglas Knapp and Ronald Knapp. Mrs. Warman was born 6-26-1904 in Royal Center, Ind., a daughter of James and Letitia Jones Terrel. She married Herman C. Warman 4-7-1929 at Danville. He died 4-12-1984. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Woodward of Villa Grove, and Joan Smith of Manchester, Mo.; and three grandchildren. Mrs. Warman and her husband farmed in the Foosland - Gibson City area until they retired in 1969 and moved to Florida. She was a past worthy matron of Drummer Chapter 822 of the OES. She was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and Gibson City's Woman's Club.

MAE A. WRIGHT WARRICK
Mae A. Warrick, 78, died at 8:25 a.m. yesterday at the Gilman Nursing Home, where she had been a resident since September 1979. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Christian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Sunday at Reilley Funeral Home, Gilman, and at 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Mrs. Warrick was born 3-30-1905 at Saybrook, a daughter of John Howard and Minnie Struebing Wright. She married Kenneth "Casey" Warrick 12-27-1927 at Gibson City. He died 3-7-1976. Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Kay Warrick, Watseka; two brothers, Melvin Wright and Alan Wright, both of Gibson City; and three sisters, Verna Donner and Edna Smith, both of Gibson City, and Wilma Rick, Farmer City. A sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Warrick attended Gibson City schools. Memorials may be made to Welles School, Watseka, or to the Gilman Nursing Home.

EARNEST BENTON WEBB
Earnest Benton Webb, age 79 of Gibson City died at 7:21 a.m. Thursday 12-18-1997 at his residence in Gibson City. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Bob Koonce officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was for one hour before the services at the funeral home. Pallbearers included Andy Kuykendall, Allen Kuykendall, Ronnie Brady, Tim Brady, Bill Lewis and George Patterson. Mr. Webb was born 12-10-1918 at Doreena, Mo, a son of Thomas Benton and Fanny Mae Jackson Webb. He married Margaret Pinkleton on 5-17-1944 at East Prairie, Mo. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Lee Webb of Gibson City; four sons, Benjamin Webb, Paul Webb and James Webb, all of Miami, Fl; and Tommy Lee Webb of Gibson City; and one sister, Elsie Hawley of Chaffee, Mo. He was preceded in death by 20 brothers and sisters and his parents. A resident of Gibson City since June 1968, Mr. Webb was a member of the Gibson City Pentecostal Church. Memorials may be made to the Webb family.

MARGARET LEE PINKLETON WEBB
Margaret Lee Webb, 70, of Gibson City died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday 6-9-1999 at her home. Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. today at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Dan Hill will officiate. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is handling arrangements. Mrs. Webb was born 11-16-1928 in Palmersville, Tenn., a daughter of Leonard and Bertha Copeland Pinkleton. She married Earnest B. Webb on 5-17-1944 in East Prairie, Mo. He survives. She was preceded in death by 14 children. Mrs. Webb was a nurse for many years at the Helen Nelson Nursing Home, Saybrook. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

WILMA L. SCHROCK WEININGER
Wilma L. Schrock Weininger, 66, formerly of Gibson City, died at 9:16 p.m. Sunday 1-1-1989 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. She had been ill. Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 1:30 - 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. She was born 2-1-1922 in Gibson City, a daughter of Joseph and Ruth Gompf Schrock. Survivors include an aunt, Merle Schrock, Gibson City, and seven cousins. Mrs. Weininger lived in the Chicago area many years, and was employed by Northern Trust Bank until her retirement in 1984. She moved to Nassau, Bahamas, after her retirement, returning to Illinois when she became ill. She was a member of the Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect and graduated from Drummer Twp High School in 1940. Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospital Hospice Unit, Urbana.

SUSAN MOONEY HUDGENS WHITE
Mrs. Susan M. White, 81, formerly of Bloomington, died at 12:45 a.m. Friday at the Restmor Nursing Home, Morton, where she had resided since last March She had made her home with a son, Bernard Hudgens in Bloomington for 20 years until going to the Morton nursing home. Her funeral will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Morton, with the Rev. Eugene Finnell officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be 2 - 4 and 6 - 9 p.m. Sunday at the Ludwig Mortuary, Morton. There will be a wake service at 7 p.m. Mrs. White was born 4-5-1892, at Proctor, a daughter of James and Margaret Cavanah Mooney. She was married to John Hudgens in 1910 in Gibson City. He died 4-10-1938. In 1950 she married Frank White. He died in 1955. Surviving are four sons: Bernard Hudgens and Jack Hudgens, both of Bloomington; Kenneth Hudgens, Rockford; Harold Hudgens, Goodfield; four daughters, Mrs. Agnes Suter, Florida; Mrs. Monica Hayes, Morton; Mrs. Rose James, Rockford, and Mrs. Patricia Starr, Burlington, VT.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Two sons and a daughter preceded her in death. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bloomington. born: 4-5-1892 died: 1974

HARRY H. WHITE
A brief funeral service for Harry W. White, 61, was conducted Friday afternoon at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City by the Rev. Lester Ringham. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. White was found dead in bed by a friend in a rooming house in San Francisco last Saturday. The coroner determined that death was caused by a heart attack. Mr. White had lived in San Francisco for three years. Born 4-19-1900 at Bloomington, Il., son of Frank White and the late Nellie Peters, he had made visits to Gibson City. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Fred Shaffer, Jersey City, NJ and a half-sister, Mrs. Harold Rhodes of Gibson City. His parents and a half-brother preceded Mr. White in death. born: 4-19-1900 died: 2-10-1962

CHARLES R. WHITEHOUSE
Charles R. Whitehouse, 41, of Arrowsmith, formerly of Gibson City, died at 7:15 p.m. Thursday 11-29-1984 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana, after a long illness. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Tom Jolly officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. He was born 11-26-1943, at Paxton, a son of Wayne and Florence Lowery Whitehouse. Survivors include a son, Kyle, Sibley; two daughters, Tonda, Sibley, and Casey Lynn, Arrowsmith; and two brothers, William, Arrowsmith and Robert, Gibson City. He was preceded in death by his parents. He was employed by Hicks Gas Co., Roberts, for seven years. Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

WILLIAM DURWARD WILES
William Durward Wiles of Elliott died at 6 p.m. Wednesday 10-1-1975 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. He was 62 years old. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with Rev. Mark Schleeter officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mrs. Wiles was born 12-17-1912 near Chenoa, a son of Elmer and Mary Hutson Wiles. He married Rena Knight, 11-20-1938 in Elliott. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Malinda Faye Lutz, Leiters Ford, Ind.; Mrs. Mary Ellen Birkey, Paxton; two grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Jack (Malinda) Bradford, Gibson City. He had been a resident of Elliott for 50 years and retired from farming two years ago. He was a member of the Elliott United Methodist Church. Pallbearers were Walter Frevert, Clarence L. Birkey, John Clark, Russell May, Wilson Bartelson, Bloice Shilts and Frank Netherton.

MARIE ANN WILKENING
Marie Ann Wilkening, 88, a resident of Gibson Manor Nursing Home for three years and formerly of Chicago, died at 1:25 a.m. yesterday, 7-10-1984 at the nursing home. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. She was born 2-2-1896 in Hlinsko, Czechoslovakia. Survivors include one son, Larry Kzasnicka, Omaha, Neb.; and a daughter, Mrs. J.E. Brown, Escondido, Ca. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

DIANA M. FRIEND WILLEY
born: 1840 in Allegheny Co., MD
wed: W.F. Willey at Wenona, Il. 6-13-1867
died: January 1914
children:
Ed Willey, of Bloomington, Il
Walter Willey, died at the home of his parents in July 1913
Gibson City Courier - January 1914

FRANKLIN V. WILLIAMS
Franklin V. Williams, age 67 of Gibson City died at 12:18 p.m. Saturday 2-1-1997 at his home. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation was at the funeral home from 1 - 3 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Williams was born 10-7-1929 at Saybrook, a son of Franklin C. and Alta Upton Williams. He married Violet Adams on 9-18-1948. He later married Ruth Ann Riddle on 4-11-1958 at Clinton. Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Williams of Gibson City; one son, Robert Allen Williams of Jacksonville, Fl.; three daughters, Katherine Swan of Champaign, Lola Breeden of Gibson City and Vicky Orr of Texas City, TX; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Williams of Radcliff, Ky and Ronald Williams of New Baltimore, Michigan; three sisters, Marie Lewis of Danville, Bonnie Ball of Dewey and Cheri Wilson of Gibson City; two half-sisters, Cindy Wallace of Loda and Rae Griffith of Knoxville. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Williams lived in Gibson City all of his life. He owned and operated Williams Body Shop in Gibson City for 35 years. A member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF and AM, Mr. Williams was a charter member of the Loyal Order of Moose 2985. He was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church.

BEULAH MAE WILLIAMS -
Gibson City Courier 2-5-1920 Beulah Mae Williams, 1 yr. 11 mo. 9 da., daughter of Luther Williams died yesterday afternoon, 2-4-1920 of pneumonia. Services at AME Church. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery.

DAVID WILLIAMS
David Williams died of lock jaw at his home in Gibson City at the age of 33 yrs. 8 mos. and 20 da. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abe Williams and four children. Also two brothers; George W. and Willard A. of Gibson City. Four sisters; Mrs. Lee Murdock and Mrs. Otis Murdock of Gibson City; Mrs. Emma Rowcliff of Kankakee, Il. and Mrs. C.A. Sharp of Everett, Washington; 1 sister, Mabel and 1 brother preceded him in death. born: 9-6-1879 McLean County, Il wed: Ida Thorine died: 5-27-1912 Sunday Gibson City, Il

MARTHA A. PETTYJOHN WILLIAMS
Martha A. Williams, 53, died of a heart attack in her yard. Services were held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home; burial Drummer Twp Cemetery. Martha A. Pettyjohn was born at **Fourbruah, Ky., 4-8-1895, and came to Gibson City in 1910. Married Willard A. Williams in 1912. Surviving are her husband; a sister, Mary Huley of Ky; three brothers of Somerset, Ky. Her parents and a sister preceded her in death.
**Fourbrush? KY?
born: 4-8-1895
wed: Willard A. Williams
died: May 1949
Gibson City Courier - 5-19-1949


DEMPSTER W. WILSON
Dempster W. (Slim) Wilson, age 90 of Gibson City died at 9:51 a.m. Saturday 1-3-1998 at his residence in Gibson City. Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dan Hill officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Kevin Ryan, Brandon Ryan, Dustin Ryan, Thomas Koehler, Joshua Bradbury, Justin Bradbury and Michael Falardeau. Mr. Wilson's grandchildren served as active pallbearers including: Richard Wilson, Tobie Vaughn, Andy Vaughn, Jeff Bradbury, Chad Johnson, Scott Fort and Matthew Wilson. Mr. Wilson was born 4-9-1907 at Butler County, Ky., a son of William H. and Arpie Ann Brooks Wilson. He married Bennie L. Phelps on 8-26-1936 at Bloomington. Survivors include his wife, Bennie Wilson of Gibson City; one son, Donald D. Wilson of Willow Springs, Mo.; two daughters, Betty J. Day of Gibson City and Marjorie A. Koehler of Foosland; one sister, Madge Kennedy of Highland, Utah; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, one sister, one son, Ronald D. Wilson, and one grandson, Bengie Vaughn. A resident of the Gibson City area for most of his life, Mr. Wilson was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the building fund of the First Baptist Church in Gibson City or to the Wilson family.

BENNIE L. PHELPS WILSON
The funeral of Bennie "Bea" L. Wilson, 78, of Gibson City, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Terry Cooper and the Rev. Dan Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. She died at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday 10-20-1999 at her home. Memorials may be made to Gibson City Telecare or to American Diabetes Association. Mrs. Wilson was born 10-6-1921 at Morgantown, Ky.; a daughter of Wesley and Rendy Ann LanGrande Phelps. She married Dempster Wilson on 8-26-1936 at Bloomington. He died 1-3-1998. Survivors include one son, Donald D. (Denise) Wilson, Willow Springs, Mo.; two daughters, Betty J. Day, Gibson City, and Marjorie (Thomas) Koehler, Foosland; one sister, Mary Gilmore, LeRoy; 13 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. One son, Ronald Dwayne Wilson; two sisters, and one brother preceded her in death. Also preceded in death was a grandson, Bengie Vaughn. Mrs. Wilson was a member of the First Baptist Church in Gibson City. She enjoyed playing bingo, baking and shopping.

DEVIN TROY WILSON
Devin Troy Wilson, infant son of Anthony and Jaelene L. Delaney Wilson, Gibson City, was stillborn at 6:32 p.m. Friday 8-18-1995 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Robert Hassle will officiate. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is handling arrangements. Survivors in addition to his parents include three brothers, Justin A. Wilson, Brice C. Wilson, and Cody W. Delaney, all at home; three sisters, Chelsi D. Wilson, Hanna R. Wilson and Gabrielle L. Wilson, all at home; his maternal grandparents, Larry and Sandy Delaney of Gibson City; his paternal granddparents, Gary and Amber Wilson of Mahomet; his maternal great-grandmother, Kathryn Dreidame of Gibson City; and his paternal great-grandparents, Norm and Jean Cox of Oakland. He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather. Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

GERTRUDE M. SPEEDIE WISSMILLER
Gertrude M. Wissmiller, 72, Gibson City, died at 9:58 a.m. Sunday, 6-2-1985 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Wissmiller was born 7-18-1912 at Gibson City, a daughter of Ralph and Gertrude McKeever Speedie. She married Louis Wissmiller 4-25-1931 at Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are four sons, William of Grinnell, Iowa, Robert and Jerald of Gibson City, and Donald of St. Louis Park, Minn.; three daughters, Kathryn Swope of Benton, Mary Rhoda of Chenoa, and Jeanette Hensley, Muncie, Ind.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was a life-time Gibson City area resident. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary, Scotland Club, Guthrie Club, and the Presbyterian Woman's Association. She was a charter membere of the Ford County Home Bureau and was a former 4-H leader. She was preceded in death by her parents, one infant brother, and two infant sons. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church. Pallbearers were Roger Swope, Greg Rhoda, Eric Rhoda, Paul Wissmiller, Jerry Wissmiller, Don Balck and Jim McKeever.

LOUIS WISSMILLER
Louis Wissmiller, 85, of Gibson City, died at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday 2-17-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, with the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and from 1 - 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Mr. Wissmiller was born in rural Cooksville on 12-13-1902 a son of John and Louisa Stuart Wissmiller. He married Gertrude M. Speedie at Gibson City on 4-25-1931. She died 6-2-1985. He had lived in the Gibson City area since 1925. He farmed until retiring in 1969. He was a member of the Ford - Iroquois Farm Bureau, and a member and elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City. Survivors include three daughters, Kathryn Swope, Benton; Mary Rhoda, Chenoa, and Jeanette Hensley, Muncie, Ind.; four sons, William, Grinnell, Iowa; Robert and Jerald, both of Gibson City, and Donald, St. Louis Park, Minn.; two sisters, Irene Grove, Largo Fl. and Elizabeth Tattini, Rotonda West, Fl.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two infant sons and four brothers. The family suggests memorials to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Gibson Community Hopsital.

RALPH A. WITT
Ralph A. Witt, 74, of Elliott, died at 5:55 a.m. Saturday 7-1-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Philip N. Curran officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with Masonic services at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, Gibson City, or to a charity of the donor's choice. He was born 1-27-1921 near Elliott, a son of Fred C. and Sophia M. Schmale Witt. He married Hazel M. Thorson 9-6-1943 at Elliott. She died 8-12-1986. He then married Dora Mae Rutledge 2-14-1988 at Gibson City. She survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Caryl Kietzman, Gibson City; three step-daughters, Judy Upton, Saybrook; Karen Lowery, Urbana; and Ruth Reiners, Elliott; a sister, Elva Witt, Gibson City; three grandchildren and five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Mr. Witt attended the First Christian Church, Gibson City. He was a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF&AM, a life member of the Bloomington Elks and member of the Elliott Amvets. Mr. Witt was a farmer in the Gibson City and Elliott areas, retiring in 1988.

HAZEL M. THORSON WITT
The funeral of Hazel M. Witt, 62, of rural Gibson City will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 - 9 tonight at the funeral home. Mrs. Witt, who spent most of her life in the Gibson City area, was dead at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday 8-12-1986 after a two-vehicle accident at an intersection of county roads in Dix Twp. She was born 1-23-1924 near Elliott, a daughter of Luther and Birdie Estes Thorson. She married Ralph A. Witt on 9-6-1943 at Elliott and he survives. Other survivors include her parents, Elliott; one daughter, Caryl Kietzman, Gibson City; two sisters, Lorene Rutledge, Springfield, and Carol Howard, Bloomington; and three grandchildren. Mrs. Witt was a member of the Elliott United Methodist Church, the Elliott AMVETS Auxiliary, the Gibson Community Hospital Auxiliary and the Scotland Efficiency Club. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

RICHARD E. WOLFE
Richard E. Wolfe, 60, a retired railroad employee, died at 6:40 a.m. yesterday 4-16-1987 at Gibson City Community Hospital. His graveside funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City has charge of arrangements. Mr. Wolfe was born 7-21-1928 at Anchor, a son of Harry and Essie Hoy Wolfe. He married Maxine Baird on 7-3-1945 at Bloomington. She survives. Other survivors include one son Richard M., Washington; one daughter, Linda Skippon, Mattoon; three brothers,, Virgil, Metamora; Dana, Jasoer, TX., and Irving, MO; three sisters, Mildred Shell, Mission, Tx; Patricia Howard, Beaumont, TX; and Ruth Lewis, Gibson City; and one grandson. Two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Wolfe was employed by the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad for 35 years, retiring in 1983. He was a member of the Gibson Community Hospital Association.

MAXINE BAIRD WOLFE
A graveside service for Maxine Wolfe, 64, Gibson City, will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Thomas Condron will officiate. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Wolfe, a retired licensed practical nurse, died at 4:17 p.m. Wednesday 6-10-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital. She was born 2-12-1923 in Arrowsmith, a daughter of Grover and Daisy Brinnegar Baird. She married Richard E. Wolfe on 7-3-1945 in Bloomington. He died 4-16-1987. Survivors include a son, Richard M. Wolfe, Washington; a daughter, Linda Skippon, Mattoon; three sisters, Ethel Powell, Colfax; Edith Clapp, Dwight, and Edna Letzer, Sarona, Wis.; and a grandson. A brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Wolfe, who attended St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing, Bloomington, before her marriage, spent most of her adult life in Gibson City. She was a candidate for mayor in 1965. She was employed for 23 years at Gibson Community Hospital, retiring in 1976. She was a member of the Gibson Hospital Association and the Gibson City Bible Church.

WILMA D. STRAUSS WOODWARD
Wilma D. Woodward, age 89 of Osprey, Florida, formerly of Gibson City, died 4-15-2000. Mrs. Woodward was born 11-13-1910 at Buckley, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Strauss. She married George W. Woodward. Her husband of 47 years preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy R. Luchowski of Osprey,, Florida; three sons, James L. Woodward of Creal Springs, Il and Sun City AZ, Douglas W. Woodward of Gibson City and Dennis L. Woodward of O'Fallon; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harry Strauss and a sister, Vera Nees. Mrs. Woodward was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and Royal Neighbors of America. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Gibson City. The National Cremation Society is in charge. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Fund or to the American Cancer Society.

ANDREW LEE WOODWARD
Andrew Lee Woodward, 5-day-old son of Amy Jo Woodward of Rantoul, died at 2:24 a.m. Monday 11-18-1996 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with the Rev. Randy Robinson officiating. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at Covenant Hospital, Urbana. He is survived by his mother; maternal grandparents, Cheri and Chuck Spurgeon, Rantoul; paternal grandfather, Elmer Woodward, Gibson City; maternal great-grandparents, Earl and Mary Edmonds, Lake Iroquois, Loda; paternal great-grandmother, Loretta Morfey, Gibson City; and paternal great-grandfather, Don Woodward, Gibson City.

LORI ANN WOOLEVER
Lori Ann Woolever, 27, of Anchor was dead at 8:35 p.m. Tuesday 4-8-1997 from injuries received in an automobile accident at the intersection of Colfax and Fort Jesse roads. A story is on Page A6. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dan Hill officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Surviving are her parents, Raymond Dale and Lola Mae Woolever, Anchor; three brothers, Raymond Dwain Woolever, Charles Russell Woolever and Gary Wayne Woolever, all of Anchor; two sisters, Daria Mae Woolever and Glenda Faye Woolever, both of Anchor; and her paternal grandmother, Eva Woolever, Cisne. Also surviving are one niece, Jayme Sanzotta, Anchor; and a sister-in-law, Rhonda Woolever, Anchor. One brother, her maternal grandparents and paternal grandfather preceded her in death. She was born 9-22-1969 at Fairfield, a daughter of Raymond Dale and Loda Mae Solomon Woolever. Miss Woolever lived in the Anchor area most of her life. She was a 1988 graduate of Octavia High School and was a hairstylist for S&K Hair Depot in Normal.

BARTLEY N. WRIGHT
Bartley N. Wright, 70, a life-long Gibson City resident, died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday in Illinois Central Railroad Hospital, in Chicago, Il. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with Dr. S.A. Guthrie officiating. and burial in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. Wright was born 3-24-1883 in Gibson City, a son of Nelson and Melissa Preston Wright. He married Dora Arbogast June 1910 in Peoria, Il. She passed away in 1945. A daughter, Mary E. "Betty" Wright, also preceded him in death. He was for many years a maintenance man on the Illinois Central Railroad. He leaves a son, James Wright of Chicago, Il. born: 3-24-1883 died March 1953 Gibson City Courier, 4-6-1953

RUTH E. YOUNG WRIGHT
The funeral of Ruth E. Wright, 72, of Normal, formerly of Gibson City and Rantoul, who died Thursday 6-28-1984 was at 4 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Dr. Randall Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Wright was born 6-2-1912 in Gibson City, a daughter of John H. and Mary S. Studer Young. She married Earl B. Wright 10-7-1929 in Falmouth, Ky. He died 10-14-1980. Surviving are two daughters, Janet Jensen of Gibson City and Jo Hanna Merritt of Towanda; one son, Earl J. of Rantoul; one sister, Alta Ricketts of Mesa, AZ; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers, one sister, and one grandson. Mrs. Wright was a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City and OES, Rantoul. She had lived in Gibson City, Rantoul, and Towanda before moving to Normal in 1981. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Gibson City.


ROSA F. WALTON RAPER
The funeral of Rosa F. Raper, 85, of Gibson City, will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall Perry will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mrs. Raper died at 7;20 p.m. Friday 10-7-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. She was born 4-22-1903 at Gibson City, a daughter of George and Mary Walton. She married Joseph Elza Raper on 4-26-1920 at Gibson City. He died 8-27-1969. Survivors include a son, Carl T., Gibson City; two daughters, Charline Petrauskas, Schaumberg; and Doris Simcic, Lake Forest; a sister, Lillie Collings, Gibson City; eight grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers. Mrs. Raper, a lifelong Gibson City resident, was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City.

LORENE M. SHEPPELMAN RAPER
Lorene M. Raper, 73, of Gibson City died at 2:12 a.m. Thursday 11-5-1998 at The Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Her funeral will be Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the McLean County Alzheimer's Association, the United Methodist Church, Gibson City; Gibson Community Hospice; or to the Heritage Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Raper was born 2-22-1925 at Cropsey, a daughter of Fred and Verna Mae Blundy Sheppelman. She married Carl T. Raper on 2-17-1946 at Sibley and he survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Patty (Jay) Omahana, Heyworth; one son, Richard (Jenny) Raper, Bloomington; one sister, Phyllis (Elmer) Snyder, Sebring, Fla.; one brother, Marvin (Ann) Sheppelman, Bloomington; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Her parents, one son, David Raper, and one brother, Harold preceded her in death. Mrs. Raper lived in Gibson City since 1946 and was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church. Lorene was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She touched many lives and hearts here on earth and will be greatly missed. We have our precious memories of her so that she will always live on in our hearts. As you enter the Kingdom of heaven we will miss you deeply, but our love will always be there for you.

MRS. JOHN SMITH
The wife of Rev. John Smith died very suddenly on last Friday morning after a sickenss of only five days. She, with her husband had resided in our town for the past eight years. She was a kind wife and mother and a friend to every one, and was highly respected by all who knew her. Her funeral was held in the M.E. church Sunday morning. Rev. Davenport officiating, and a huge concourse of people attending. The bereaved husband and children have the sincere sympathy of all the neighborhood in this, their great bereavement. (Paxton Record 4-14-1892)

SUSIE CARNEGIE WALTERS
Melvin was shocked beyond expression when the news of the death of Mrs. Susie Carnegie Walters, which occured at her home a mile north and three quarters of a mile west of Guthrie on Friday night, was received. On Wednesday Mrs. Walters was forced to submit to an operation for the removal of her appendix. On Friday she became the mother of a little babe, but her weakened condition was such that she could not recover. The babe passed away shortly after its birth. The deceased, who was a resident of Stephens, Minn., spent several years in this community before her marriage assisting Dr. Boshell as a trained nurse. She was a sister of Mrs. Herschel Day, and to all of our people she was known as a young lady of beautiful character who was loved and honored. Her death is very sad and the many friends join with this paper in extending sympathy to the family. Funeral services were held n Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the M.E. Church in Gibson City. Rev. Hoffmire, of Melvin, officiated and was assisted by Rev. F.E. Smith of Gibson City. The Gleaners attended the services in a body and the pall bearers were Messars Carl Arends, L.C. Arends, Eugene Green, W.C. Holmes, W.E. Thompson and Vernon Brotherton. At the time of her passing Mrs. Walters was aged but 24 years, 8 months and 24 days. (Paxton Record 6-17-1926)



PARTHENIA M. MOTTIER, WAUGH, LONG
Marthenia M. Long of Upland, Calif., died 11-30-1953 at San Antonia Community hospital following a six months illness. She was born 1-22-1899 in Gibson City, daughter of Walter F. and Mamie Mottier. She grew up on the Mottier farm in the Scotland neighborhood until moving with the family to El Campo, Texas in 1916 and graduated from high school there. She attended the U of I for two years and was a member of Tri Delta sorority. She was married to John A. Waugh in 1921, and lived in Detroit for many years. In 1948 she married Elmer R. Long and made her home in Upland, Calif., until the time of her death. She had a kind and happy disposition and was a devoted wife and mother and especially loved by all the children in the neighborhood. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Gibson City. Surviving is her husband, Elmer R. Long; two sons, Jack Waugh, Oceanside, Calif., and Howard Waugh of Detroit, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Judy Strelow of Philadelphia, Pa., who cared for her during her illness; two brothers, Walter C. Mottier of ElCampo TX, and John A. Mottier of Madison, Wis. Services were held in the Stone Funeral Home in Upland on December 2, with the Rev. E.A. Archer retired minister and friend of the family officiating. Private cremation.

VERNA MAE THOMASSEN
Died 4-23-1989, age 79, at Independence Village in Naperville, Il.

FRANCIS G. ZIMMERMAN
Francis G. Zimmerman, age 74 of Decatur, Indiana, passed away at 8:40 p..m. Wednesday, 2-8-1989 at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He had been in ill health for the past year. Mr. Zimmerman was an engineer with Central Soya in Decatur retiring 1-1-1980 after 46 years of service. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite. He was born 5-13-1914 in Gibson City, Ford County, a son of George and Hilda Onken Zimmerman, both of whom are deceased. He was married to Evelyn M. Wright 3-24-1940 in Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Joseph F. (Karen) Cohne of Decatur, Indiana and one son, Jeff Zimmerman of Decatur, Indiana; one sister Mrs. Everett (Pauline) Fuoss of Gibson City; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held ......obit incomplete.

PERCY MINER, JR.
Percy Miner, Jr., age 62 of Gibson City, a former railroad employee and foundry worker, died at 2:05 a.m. Monday, 2-6-1989 at the Veteran's Adm. Medical Center, Danville. His funeral was held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City with military rites by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Pallbearers included Charles Caston, Charles Caston III, Percy Fondia, Revan Fondia, Johnathan Fondia and George Rolind. Mr. Miner was born 4-10-1926 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, a son of Percy and Maggie Brown Miner, Sr. He married Jean Davis 10-27-1985 in Gibson City and she survives. Other survivors include a son, Robert of Los Angeles; six daughters, Bernice Miner and Sandra Fondia, both of Champaign; Barbara Miner, Gibson City; Cynthia Chapman, Memphis, Tennessee; Vera Caston of Chicago; and Loretta Gibson, Los Angeles; two brothers, N.C. and Elson, both of Hazlehurst; two sisters, Helen Smith and Bernice Furnace both of Hazlehurst; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A son preceded him in death. Mr. Miner had been a resident of Gibson City since 1952.


ELDON M. GROTH
The funeral of Eldon M. Groth, age 68 of Saybrook was conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Saybrook. The Rev. Carl Hendry officiated. Cremation followed. Mr. Groth, formerly of Hartsburg, died at 1:03 p.m. Tuesday 1-17-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. He was born 11-5-1920 in Hartsburg, a son of Herman and Ella Ulrich Groth. He married Juanita Taylor 8-2-1942 in St. Charles, Mo. and she survives......

JOSEPHINE RASMUS
Mrs. Josephine Rasmus, wife of P.E. Rasmus, was called in death on Thursday afternoon (date not entered) at her home three miles southeast of Paxton following an illness of several years. For four years Mrs. Rasmus has been an invalid, and during this time she has been tenderly cared for by her husband and children. Everything that has been possible to make her comfortable has been done to relieve her of her sufferings. Mrs. Rasmus was born in Sweden, October 28th, 1864, and she came to America when she was but a year and a half old. On April 17th, 1881, she was confirmed in the First Lutheran Church of Paxton. Her marriage to Mr. Rasmus took place on 12-17-1886. At the time of her passing, she was aged 61 years, 7 months and 13 days. Besides the sorrowing husband she leaves one daughter and three sons to mourn her loss. The daughter is Mrs. Harry Swanson and the sons are Melvin, Edmund and Julius, all of Paxton. Mrs. Rasmus was a good woman and the many friends join with this paper in extending sympathy to those who are left. Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon at the home and at 2:30 o'clock at the First Lutheran Church.


JOHN MEROLD
John Merold, who left this neighborhood last March to take charge of a large stock farm near Dalton City Ill for Noble Brothers of this (Gibson) city, met with a fatal accident last Saturday. He was operating a gasoline engine, when the belt flew off and wrapped around him and drew him into the machinery, breaking his neck. The remains were brought to this city and the funeral was held on Monday afternoon at the U.B. Church, the services being in charge of Rev. H.L. Fletcher. Burial was in the Gibson City cemetery. Mr. Merold was in his 39th (?) year. He was born in Germany, and came to America at the age of fifteen. He had lived in this neighborhood for a number of years, being at one time employed by J.A. Shaw, and before going to Dalton City had farmed the old Maxwell farm south of town for A.L. Phillips. He was a good farmer and an industrious dependable man. He leaves a widow and eight children, the oldest about 15 years old. He is also survived by two brothers and four sisters, all of whom but one sister, who lives in Oklahoma being present at the funeral. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge and members of that order performed the burial service at the grave.
John Merold
b. 11-17-1875
d. 12-20-1913

Lena Merold
b. 1-3-1881
d. 5-19-1956

MARY JOHNSON
(Paxton Record, Thursday, 12-2-1926) Mrs. Mary Johnson passed away on Saturday evening at 7 o'clock at her home on East Patton St. after an illness of but a week's duration caused by the infirmities of age. At the time of her death, Mrs. Johnson was 96 years, 10 months and 9 days of age. The deceased was born on January 18th, 1830 in Sweden, and together with her husband and family came to America many years ago. The family first located in New York State and later they came to Illinois where they took up their residence in Ludlow., Champaign County. Here they resided for a number of years before moving to a farm southwest of Paxton. From there they moved to Paxton about forty years ago. Surviving are five children, Misses Emily and Matilda Johnson, who reside at home; Mrs. Anna Watkins, of Toledo, Ohio; Charles Johnson of Urbana, and Oscar Johnson of Chicago. She also leaves to mourn her loss, Mr. Albert Peterson of Paxton, whom she took into her home at the time of the death of his parents when he was but two years old. To Mr. Peterson she was always the same kind sympathetic and loving mother that she was to her own children. Her home was one of happiness and sunshine and in her passing a woman of beautiful Christian charcter has been removed from the city and community. Her life was one of service and usefulness to be greatly missed. Besides the children she leaves five grandchildren.

JACOB M. URBAN - CIVIL WAR VETERAN
Jacob Marshall Urban, one of the pioneer residents of McLean County, and the father of Dr. C.C. Urban of Paxton, died Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.N. Swaim of Gibson City, at the age of 85 years. Mr. Urban fell about a month ago causing a nervous shock from which he never recovered. A few days ago his condition seemed to be better, but he contracted pneumonia which caused his death. Mr. Urban was born 10-11-1838 in Penn. His mother died when he was 11 years old. When he was 15 he and his father moved Ohio. At the age of 21 he attended Mount Union College Ohio and afterwards was a teacher for several terms. On 8-4-1862 he enlisted in Company A. 104th Ohio regiment and was a union soldier until the close of the Civil War. In 1868 he settled on a prairie farm in the eastern part of McLean County where he made his home for more than 50 years. While actively employed on his McLean county farm, he was a charter director in the organization of the first school of Anchor Twp. He served 12 years as commissioner of highways and was treasurer of that board. He also served two years as assessor and 12 years as justice of the peace. Mr. Urban took an active interest in building the Salem Church, about seven miles northeast of Saybrook, serving as trustee for 36 years. He also served as class leader, steward, Sunday School superintendent, chorister and Sunday School teacher. On April 16, 1866, he was married to Miss Fannie Stoner of Millersville, Pa. His wife preceded him in death ten years ago. Three sons, W.S. Urban of Bloomington, H.B. Urban, of Washington, Ill., and Dr. C.C. Urban of Paxton, Ill. and one daughter, Mrs. J.N. Swaim, survive. One daughter, Mrs. J.P. Johnson of Gibson City died last March. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Friday in charge of the pastor Rev. Francis E. Smith. Interment was in the Gibson Cemetery.

BETTY HUNT (Paxton Record 6-16-1892)
Miss Betty Hunt of whose illness we spoke last week, passed peacefully away on last Friday (6-16-1892) and was buried on Sunday. Funeral services were held on Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. Davenport preached to a large assembly of the neighbors and friends on the shady lawn surrounding the house. She was one of the early settlers on this prairie and was known for her industry and kindness, always trying to obey the command to do unto others as you would have them to do unto you. Her brothers and sisters desire to hereby express their thanks to all their kind neighbors and friends for their many ministrations of kindness during her sickness and burial.

JULIA KADING GUDERJOHN
Mrs. Julia Guderjohn died at her home near Roberts, Tuesday 1-9-1906. She was born in Stegolitz, Germany in 1839 where she grew up to womanhood and married August Kading. Their children, Mrs. Emil Hethke, Emil Kading and Gus Kading, all live in the vicinity. Her first husband died while they lived in Germany and she married William Guderjohn in 1867. To this union were born three children, two of whom, Mrs. August Drager and Mrs. William Warneke died. The youngest daughter, Alvina is still at home. The deceased was raised in the Lutheran faith and was an active member of that denomination. The funeral services will be held in the Congregational Church of Roberts, Friday, Jan 12th. Interment in Lyman Twp Cemetery.

JOSEPH O. KEEFE
Joseph O. Keefe, a respected resident of the Piper City community for many years passed away at his home late Thursday (1-16-1930) following an extended illness. Last summer he underwent a major operation in Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago but later gained to such extent that he was able to return home. His condition, however, has been grave for some time and his death did not come unexpectedly. Funeral services which were held on Saturday morning at St. Peter's Church in Piper City were conducted by Rev. L. Helva? and were largely attended. Mr. Keefe, the son of Catherine and John Keefe, was born near Chatsworth 9-4-1874. He attended school at Valparaiso University in Indiana and has spent most of his life in the vicinity of Chatsworth. He married Miss Elfreda ? Huxtable 8-3-1906. She survives with the following children: Leonard, William, Kathryn, Josephine, Aylifie ? and Roma. A brother, John Keefe of Piper City, and a sister Mrs. Helen Keefe Caplinger of Bellflower, Calif., also survive.

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


MARGARET HOUTON NERSWANDER
Mrs. Margaret Nerswander, wife of Edward Nerswander, living north of Gibson City, died of pneumonia Monday night. She was 36 years of age, leaving beside her husband two children, one sister, Mrs. Bloodsoe, and one brother, John, both of Iowa. Mrs. Nerswander was formerly Miss Margaret Houton of near Guthrie. The funeral will be conducted at the M.E. Church Wednesday , Rev. A.E. Longbrake of the U.B. Church officiating. (Paxton Record 2-12-1920)



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