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Ford County, IL Obituaries

All of these were contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft, unless otherwise noted

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Louisa Jane Allen Umbarger

Rose Harvey Unzicker

Alma Underwood

Ellis W. Unzicker

 

John R. Van Nice

Mrs. Elizabeth Valentine

[Infant] Valentine

Teresa Mardell Vanantwerp

Delmar M. Vanantwerp

William J. Vaughn

Gerhard L. Von Brethorst

     

Tom Wakelin

Delores Walker

Walter Walker

Margie Flo Walters

Fred L. Whitcomb

Bernard P. Windle

Ronald D. Wilson

George Edmund Weber

Mrs. J. C. Whallon

Calista Ann Wright

Randy B. Whitaker

Charles M. Walters

Arthur Dean Watt

Eleanor A. Whitaker

Whorrall

Henry F. Whorrall

Gary Dean Williams

Naomi K. Williams

Richard Williams

Ethel E. Woolley

Ethel E. Woolley

Melvin E. Yeats

Esther Wachs

Samuel W. Wade

Philip A. Walker

Clarence Wallace

David B. Wallace

Mrs. David B. Wallace

Frances Wallace

Charles F. Walters

George Walton

Albert G. Warfield

Wilber J. Watkins

Emma Landau Weibers

Marjorie A. Weller

Bernice F. West

George W. Weygandt

Dr. T.R. Wiley

Martha E. Wiley

Larry R. Williams

Lloyd Williams

William Willner

Albert Wilson

John C. Wilson

George A. Woolley

Nelson N. Wright

Mrs. N.N. Wright

Mrs. Loyal C. Wright

Clarence E. Wurmnest

Marie M. Wurmnest

Valentine Wurmnest

       

Richard E. Young

Margaret T.W. Zander

Silas Zehr

Mabel B. Zehr

Frederick Leslie Zimmerman

Ethel L. Cline Zimmerman

June S. Sloan Zick

Doris Electa Zimmerman

Blanche Ellen Yates

Mrs. Anna Yazel

Christian H. Yoder

Mildred B. Yorker

Megan Marie Young

John H. Young

Elizabeth Kathryn Young

Earl J. Young, Sr

Marla Lee Young

John H. Young

Marilyn E. Zander

Bessie Zimmerman

Goldie Mae Zitting

Fannie Escher Zimmerman

Harman Zimmerman

Herman J. Zimmerman

Hilda Zimmerman

John Zimmerman

Lyla Zimmerman

William Zimmerman

   


Umbarger, Mrs. Jane.... an early settler of the community, died at her home in this city last Saturday. She and her husband moved to a farm north of this city about sixty years ago and continued to reside there until 1898 when they moved to Melvin where she lived until the end. She was a good woman in every way and was a good neighbor, and was always ready and willing to assist with every good work as long as she was able. She had been poorly for some time due to illness incident to old age, but she was adverse to calling a doctor and her children and friends did not realize that her condition was serious. Finally she gave consent and the doctor was called. Everything possible was done for her but it was of no avail. January 25, 1929 Page 4
Louisa Jane Allen Umbarger was born Nov. 11, 1842 near Reading, Pa., and moved to this state when four years of age, and since that time has lived in LaSalle (Putnam) and Ford Counties of this state. On Nov. 4, 1859 she was married to Josiah Umbarger. All her life she has been connected with the church. She leaves three daughters and one son: Mrs. Ada Huxtable of Gibson City, Mrs. Hattie Deininger of Laclede, Mo., Mrs. Jennie Short of Goldfield, Iowa and Mr. Jesse Umbarger of Melvin. Twenty years ago next Saturday her husband passed away and six years ago her son Almond passed away. She leaves thirteen grand children and twenty-three great grand children. Her last hours were spend in her home in Melvin and she left this life January 19, 1929. She was 86 years, 2 months, and 8 days of age. Services were held at her home Monday afternoon, Rev.H.W. Harman of the Methodist Episcopal Church officiating. Internment was in the Melvin Cemetery. The Melvin Motor, Melvin, IL [Contributed by Nancy Piper]

UNZICKER, Mrs. ROSE HARVEY - passed away at her home April 5, 1944, aged 55 years, 6 months and 12 days. She was born 9-23-1888 in Richmond, Ky, daughter of Chas and Susy Harvey. On 7-21-1931, she was married to John Unzicker in Champaign, Il. She leaves to mourn her death, her husband; two brothers, Levi and Joseph Harvey, of Richmond, Ky.; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Newby, Leroy, Mrs. Nona Brodus, Richmond, Ky.; and Mrs. Laura Perkins, Lexington, KY. She will be greatly missed by her many friends as she was an active Red Cross worker and had donated blood twice. She was a member of the Royal Neighbors, Women's Relief Corps., and was active in the work of the Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamb's Chapel in charge of Rev. E.H. Sauer. Burial will be made in the Gibson City cemetery. (Gibson City Courier April 5, 1944) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


Underwood, Alma O'Neal Crowe
Mrs. Alma Underwood, 72, died Tuesday 2-4-1969 at the Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services will be Friday at the United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jack Kaley officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery.
She was born 10-10-1896 in Ellsworth, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel O'Neal. She married Charles Crowe 12-24-1914 in Bloomington; he died in 1957. She made her home in Paxton for many years when Mr. Crowe was Ford County sheriff. She married Henry Underwood 5-3-1963. Surviving, two sons: Howard Crowe and Willard Crowe. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

UNZICKER, ELLIS W. "FRITZ"
b. 5-30-1921, Fisher, Champaign County, IL
s/o William and Anna Katherine Oyer Unzicker
m. Mildred M. Jacoby, 3-20-1943 at Chicago; she survives
d. 4-2-1998, Provena Medical Center, Urbana, Champaign County, IL
bur: East Bend Gardens, Fisher, Champaign County, IL.
[Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]


VAN NICE, JOHN R. - 87, of Findlay, Ohio, a Roberts native, died at 8:49 a.m. Monday 11-25-2002 at Taylor House Assisted Living, Findlay. Funeral services were at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kirkpatrick-Behnke Funeral Home, Findlay, the Rev. Mark Brodbeck officiating. Private burial was in Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts. Visitaiton was from 1 - 3 p.m. and 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Van Nice was born 8-28-1915 in Roberts, a son of Charles E. and Blanche Yackee Van Nice. He married Marion Sundby in Grand Forks, N D, 8-21-1941. She died 7-3-2001. Surviving is one daughter, Karen (Jim) Spurgat of Rawson, Ohio. He was also preceded in death by one son, Jan E. Van Nice. Mr. Van Nice graduated from the University of Illinois, Carleton College and the State University of Iowa. He retired from the University of Findlay as professor of music in 1980. [Paxton Record/Times, 12-4-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

VALENTINE, Mrs. Elizabeth - ELLIOTT - Died on Friday, March 4, at her home in Elliott, Mrs. Elizabeth Valentine aged 37 years. The deceased leaves three children, one daughter and two small boys. She was a sister of Messrs. W. F. and A. B. Williams and a half sister to John Mathis of Elliott. The funeral was held at the U. B. church conducted by Rev. Dungan and the body was interred in the Waggoner cemetery. We extend sympathy to the bereaved family. GIBSON COURIER NEWSPAPER FRIDAY 11 MARCH 1898. [submitted by Rosemary Kurtz]

VALENTINE, INFANT - ELLIOTT - The infant babe (left motherless by the death of Mrs. Bettie Valentine), died Wednesday morning. The little body was laid beside its mother in the Waggoner cemetery. GIBSON COURIER NEWSPAPER FRIDAY 29 APRIL 1898. [submitted by Rosemary Kurtz]

VANANTWERP, TERESA MARDELL - Piper City - Teresas Mardel VanAntwerp, 76, Piper City, died at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday 1-7-2003 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon. Arrangements are pending at Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City. [January 8, 2003 Paxton Record/Times,
The funeral Mass of Teresa Mardell VanAntwerp, 76, of Piper City was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Catholic Church, Piper City. The Rev. John Balluff officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Piper City. Visitation was from 4 - 8 p.m. Friday at Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, with a rosary service at 8 p.m. Mrs. VanAntwerp died at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday 1-7-2003 at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Mattoon, where she had been a resident for the past year. She was born 10-24-1926, a daughter of Grover Cleveland Aloysius and Sarah "Sadie" Fraher Stucker. She married Robert Phillip VanAntwerp 4-2-1951 in Cullom. He died 4-2-2002. Surviving are three sons, Robert Michael (Julie) VanAntwerp of Mahomet, Steven Eugene VanAntwerp of Piper City and Raymond Marc (Heide) VanAntwerp of Loda; two daughters, Marilyn Jane Boma of Gilman and Julia Marie (David) Mabrey of Paxton; eight grandchildren; one sister Mary Ellen McGaughey of Cullom; and one brother James Perry (Joan) Stucker of Palm Desert, Calif. Her parents; one sister, Sarah Jean Stucker; and one brother-in-law, Francis, preceded her in death. Mrs. VanAntwerp was a graduate of Cullom High School in 1944. She was a teller at State Bank of Piper City for 12 years, retiring in 1988. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, Piper City, and St. Peter Council of Catholic Women, where she was past president and Woman of the Year. She taught St. Peter CCD classses. She enjoyed gardening, crossword puzzles and cooking.. Memorials may be made to her church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


DELMAR M. VanANTWERP

3-22-1917 to 10-27-1983
Services: Saturday, October 29, 1983
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating:
Rev. Laurence Sunkel
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
Don Kincade
Harold Farnsworth
Tom Hunt
Pallbearers:
James M. Miller
Harry Groom
Dale Oneal
Gene Williams
Evan Lovan
Clyde Day
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

VAUGHN, WILLIAM J. "BILL" - 56, of 342 W. Pells, died at 4:40 p.m. Monday at Paxton Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, the Rev. Allen Kelley officiating. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 tonight at the funeral home. Masonic services will be at 8:30 p.m.
He was born 7-1-1924, in Cissna Park, a son of Everett H. and Belle Polson Vaughn. He married Doloris D. Bond on 7-16-1948 in Paxton. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Lawless, Paxton; two sons, Kevin Huffman, Texas, and Robert, at home; a brother, Luther "Luke," Paxton; and two grandchldren. His parents, a daughter, a brother and a sister preceded him in death.
He graduated from Gibson City Community High School and worked in the motor pool at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul. Mr. Vaughn worked for 20 years, retiring in 1966. He served in WWII in the US Navy on the USS Nashville.
He was a member of the American Legion, the First Southern Baptist Church, the Paxton Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite Consistory, Danville. Memorials my be made to the American Heart Association or a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


Von Brethorst, Gerhard L
Gerhard L. Von Brethorst, Ford County pioneer, was born 2-2-1858 at Theener, Ostfriesland, Germany, and was baptized 3-30-1853; confirmed 4-6-1871. He served in the German army from Nov 1875 to September 1878, and was honorably discharged as a non-commissioned officer. In 1879 he came to America, locating in Ford County, Ill. Mr. Von Brethorst entered into the bonds of holy matrimony with Miss Dorothea Beckmann at Melvin, Ill. on 9-2-1884. He became a naturalized citizen on 4-4-1891 in Ford County, Il. A postmastership was granted him 12-15-1897, for Guthrie, Il. In 1912 Mr. and Mrs. Von Brethorst and sons,
Gerhard, Emil, Friedrich and daughter Tiba...... locating in Iona Twp, near Clarissa, Minn., where the family hewed a farm out of the wilderness and with their own hands built themselves a comfortable home and adequate barns. Mr. Von Brethorst passed away 1-4-1935 after failing health due to old age. He was at his death aged 82-10-2. He is mourned as a faithful husband and dutiful father, and a thrifty neighbor and citizen. There remain to weep at his passing, his beloved wife for more than 51 years; three daughters; Almina (Mrs. John Jorgensen); Tiba (Mrs. R. Oltman); and Dorothy (Mrs. Marshall Oelrihs); and five sons: Joergen, Karl, Gerhard, Emil, and Friedrich. Funeral services were held at the Von Brethorst home on Saturday, Dec 7 with Rev. Upton E. Dahle in charge. The mixed quartet of the Norwegian Lutheran Church of Clarissa rendered well-chosen hymn numbers.
The remains, accompanied by the son, Emil, arrived in Paxton on Sunday noon. Funeral services were held at the Newman & Brown funeral home with Rev. John T. Killip, former Wall Twp. pastor, officiating. At the close of the services entombment took place in the Glen Cemetery. The pallbearers were: Elmer Ramshaw, George Plackett, Henry Aukland, P. Campbell, Ben Andrews, and Ray Paulson, old friends and neighbors in Wall Twp. Others attending were: Mr. and Mrs. Merton Gilmore, Mr. and Mrs. George Onken, Mrs. Cordie Ogg, Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Warfield and daughter, Mildred; Mrs. Anna Wilken, all of Gibson City and Mr. and Mrs. Marion Lewis, of Melvin.
[Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]




Wakelin
, Tom - Died Jan 30, 1896; born in England 1/1/16, came to U.S. 1860, went to El Paso, then Fairbury, and to Roberts in 1872. An early walker and a handyman, he lived with his son Walter after his wife died. Services were at M.E. with Rev. Bird officiating, with burial here. [Contributed by Pat Whorrall-Ellis]

Wakelin, Wesley - Died, age 3, with services at ME by Rev. Bird. Jan. 17, 1895 newspaper story [Contributed by Pat Whorrall-Ellis]

WALKER, DELORES (DAVIS)- 80 of Gibson City died at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, 2-9-2002 at The Manor Care in Champaign. Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 12 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City. Visitation was from 6 - 8 p.m. February 11 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City where a rosary was recited at 8 p.m.
Pallbearers were Fred Davis, David Davis, Dennis Davis, Jim Nelson, Larry Delaney and Stanley Davis, Jr.
Mrs. Walker was born 5-8-1921 at Gibson City, a daughter of George Walter and Kathryn Jenson Davis. She married Willard Glenn Walker on 11-30-1945 at Gibson City. He preceded her in death on 7-17-1994. She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie Kay Walker of Gibson City. Mrs. Walker was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City, the Altar and Rosary Society and the Council of Catholic Women. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church or to the American Heart Association. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WALKER, WALTER - 72, a resident of Gibson City for 47 years, died at 4:15 a.m. yesterday 5-20-1986 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Henry Emery officiating. Burial will be in the Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born 5-11-1914, at Hazelhurst, Miss., a son of Jonathan and Ora Thrasher Walker. He married Hazel Spinks on 7-9-1973, at Chicago. She survives. Also surviving are one son, Walter E., at home; two daughters, Leslie Walker, Urbana, and Cassandra Walker, at home; one stepson, Noah Coleman, Chicago; one brother, L.S., Hazelhurst, Miss.; one sister, Rossetta Maymon, Hazelhurst, Miss.; and one granddaughter. He was preceded in death by two brothers, three sisters and one stepson.
He had worked for the Il Central Gulf railroad for 32 years, retiring in 1976. He was a member of the New Hope Methodist Church at Hazelhurst, Miss., and the St. John's Masonic Lodge, St. Ann, where he was a 33rd Degree Mason. Memorials may be made to the family. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

MARGIE FLO MATTHEWS WALTERS
6-18-1898 to 11-30-1995
Services: Monday, December 4, 1995
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il.
Officiating: The Rev. Patrick W. Cox
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
Donald Walters
Bill Harris
Howard Miller
Don Ulfers
Active Pallbearers:
David Walters
Jerry Walters
John Walters
James Walters
Doug Walters
Margie Wyant
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WALTERS, MARGIE FLO (MATTHEWS) - 97, Gibson City, died at 8:51 p.m. Thursday 11-30-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Gibson City or Gibson Community Hospital Annex.
Mrs. Walters was born 6-18-1898, in Gibson City, a daughter of Lucian L. and Lady Capitola Wendell Matthews. She married Charles F. Walters 12-24-1919, in Gibson City. He died 1-6-1960. Survivors include three sons, Warren W. Walters, Saybrook; Charles M. Walters, Gibson City; and Robert G. Walters, Colfax; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren. One brother and one grandson preceded her in death. She lived in the Gibson City and the Saybrook are all of her life. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City, and a charter member of Scotland Efficiency Club, Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WHITCOMB, FRED L. - 76, a lifelong Paxton resident and businessman died at 10 a.m. Friday 1-3-2003 at his home. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Visitation was 4 - 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Whitcomb was born 2-23-1926 at Paxton, a son of Gorman P. and Vera M. Smith Whitcomb. He married Barbara J. Leonard 10-21-1951, at Rantoul. She died 4-2-1994. Surviving are two sons and one daughter, Greg (Cindy) Whitcomb, Terry Whitcomb and Carol (Dennis) Wolken, all of Paxton; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson of Paxton; one brother, Jim Whitcomb of Paxton; and three sisters, Jean Terrell of Paxton, Demaris Swan of Watseka and Frieda Hyde of Loda. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Mr. Whitcomb graduated from Paxton High school in 1944 and from Bradley University, Peoria. He was a co-founder of Paxton Ready Mix, in Paxton. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Paxton; the Paxton Masonic Lodge No 416 AF & AM; the Corn Belt Shrine, Peoria; Prospect Chapter No 367 OES; the Paxton Rotary Club; and the Rantoul Moose. He served in the US Navy in WWII and was stationed in the Phillipines. [January 8, 2003 Paxton Record/Times, Submitted by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WINDLE, BERNARD P. - 90, of Paxton died at 4:40 a.m. Friday 9-27-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. John Davenport officiating. Burial was in Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston. Visitation was from noon until the service Sunday at the funeral home. Mr. Windle was born 7-7-1912, at Xenia, a son of Arley and Maude Johnson Windle. He married Catherine Maxfield. He married Ora Lewis 9-6-1952, at Paxton. She died 4-23-2002. Survivors include one daughter, Judy (Mack) Brown of Paxton; three sons, Randy Windle of Ellsworth, Harold Windle of Pomona, Calif., and Paul Windle of LaJolla, Calif.; three stepsons, Roy Albertson of LeRoy, Jack Albertson of Paxton and Gene Albertson of Florida; one stepdaughter, Nancy Matthews of Montgomery, Ala.; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Harriett Bryan; and one brother, Willard Windle, both of Flora. One son and one brother preceded him in death. Mr. Windle spent his early years in Flora and Xenia, where he attended school. He retired from the Nickel Plate Railroad after many years of employment. He had also been employed by Stokeley Van Camp, Hoopeston, and had farmed. He enjoyed bingo and gardening and attended the Paxton Peace Meal program. Memorials may be made to Asta Care Center of Ford County, Paxton. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WILSON, RONALD D. - 32, RR1, Fisher, was found dead Saturday afternoon 8-6-1977, after a manhunt was organized Friday when his wife reported him missing. His body was found hanging in a tree about a half-mile north of the Fisher bridge. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Wilken officiating. Burial was in Willowbrook Cemetery near Fisher. Pallbearers were Tom Hall, Ted Timms, Dale Copher, Jack Welborn, Bruce Sizer and Richard Smith. He was born 5-3-1945 in Bloomington, a son of Dempster and Bennie Phelps Wilson. He married Flora Willis 2-5-1966 in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are a son, Richard D. and a daughter, Kathryn M., both at home; his parents, Gibson City; a brother Donald D., Jonesboro, and two sisters Mrs. Betty Bradbury and Mrs. Marjorie Vaughn, both of Gibson City. [Gibson Courier - August 1977, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WEBER, GEORGE EDMUND - 77, of Piper City died at 8:28 a.m. Thursday 11-7-2002 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka. His funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Peter Catholic Church, Piper City. The Rev. John Balluff officiated. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Piper City, with military rites by Gibb Post No 588 of the American Legion, Piper City. Visitation was from 4 - 6 p.m. Sunday at Reilly-Redenius Funeral Home, Piper City, with a prayer service at 4 p.m. Mr. Weber was born 11-14-1924, in Fairbury, the son of George L. and Olive Grey Weber. He is survived by many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Weber was a farmer and life-long resident of the Piper City area. He graduated from Piper City High Schhol and was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church. An Army veteran of WWII, he was a member of the Gibb Post #588 of the American Legion. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-13-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Whallon, Mrs. J. C. - died at the home of her son, J. I. Whallon, in this city on Tuesday morning, May 11, after a lingering illness of consumption. She was in the 67th year of her age and a native of Kentucky. The funeral took place on Wednesday. Religious services were held at the residence by Rev. Shaeffer at 9:30 a.m. and the remains were then taken to the Waggoner cemetery and laid away with kindred dust. GIBSON COURIER NEWSPAPER, 13 MAY 1892 [submitted by Rosemary Kurtz]

WRIGHT, CALISTA ANN PRESTON - died at her home in the western part of this city last Saturday, 3-24-1917, following an illness of a few weeks' duration. Mrs. Wright was one of Gibson City's earliest pioneers, coming here in 1874 when the town was only a few years old. She was a woman of high Christian character and held in warmest esteem in the community. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church on Monday afternoon in charge of the pastor, Rev. Chris Galeener. The funeral address was delivered by Rev. P.P. Carson, pastor of the M.E. Church at Paxton, and former pastor of the Gibson City church. The following obituary was read the the funeral. Calista Ann Preston was born at Chatham Licking Co., Ohio, 3-3-1847 and passed away at her home in Gibson City, Il 3-24-1917, aged 70 years and 21 days. She was converted in her early girlhood and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which church she was a member until her death. She moved to Homer, Ohio with her mother and family, at which place she was united in marriage with N.N. Wright, 12-14-1871. After one year's residence in Homer, they moved to Versailles, Mo., where they resided one year, moving to Illinois in 1874. The remainder of her life was spent in this community. Three sons were born to this union, Loyal C. of Seattle, Wash., Jacob Preston, of Peoria, Ill., and Bartley N. of Gibson City, all of whom survive. Beside the husband and sons, three brothers, George W. and Sam H. Preston of Gibson City, and Henry T. Preston of Springfield, Mo., one grandson, and numerous other relatives mourn her death. The sons who live out of town were both present at the funeral.

WHITAKER, RANDY B.- 49, of Midland, Texas, formerly of Gibson City, died Sunday 12-29-2002 at Terrace West Nursing Home, Midland. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. There will be no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangemenets. Mr. Whitaker was born 3-8-1953 at Gibson City, a son of Byron and Merle (Babe) Warder Whitaker. Surviving are one son, Ian Whitaker of Chicago; his father, Byron Whitaker of Acworth, Ga.; three sisters, Lonnie Lage of Gibson City, Sheila Whitaker of Kissimmee, Fla.; and Barb Wilson of Lexington. He was preceded in death by his mother, Merle (Babe) Smith, and one sister, Schonnie Wallen. Mr. Whitaker was a Vietnam-era U.S. army Armored Division veteran. He was lead to Christ and baptized by Raymond Bugg and the Rev. Gale Wilson of Midland. Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WALTERS, CHARLES M. - 78, of Gibson City died at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday 11-27-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City., the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with military rites accorded. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Saybrook American Legion; Gibson City Veterans of Foreign Wars; Elliott AmVets; or to an organization of the donor's choice. Honorary Pallbearer: Sammy Sommer Pallbearers: Corky Myers Dale Sedberry Denny Troyer Tony Denney Jack Fields Don Valentine Mike Grove Mr. Walters was born 7-23-1924, at Gibson City, a son of Charles F. and Margie Flo Matthews Walters. He married Helen Stroh Tjarks on 10-14-1945 at St. Charles, Mo. She survives. Also surviving are one son, David (Marilyn) Walters, Monticello; one grandson, Nicholas Walters, Monticello; and two brothers, Warren Walters, Saybrook; and Robert Walters, Colfax. His parents preceded him in death. Mr. Walters attended school in Saybrook. He served in the Army during WWII as a Glider Infantry Medic. He was also a retired truck driver. He was a lifetime member and past commander of the Gibson City VFW 6289. He also was a member and past commander of the Saybrook American Legion Post 427. Mr. Walters also belonged to the McLean County 40 et 8. He held various offices while with the 40 et 8 and he was the past Chef DeGare. [Paxton Record, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ARTHUR DEAN WATT
11-28-1931 to 7-20-1995
Services: Saturday, July 22, 1995
United Methodist Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Patrick W. Cox
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Michael Arsenault
Dave Edmonds
Corky Myers
Joe Brooks
Kendall Goff
Dave Hester
Todd Young
Doug Goff
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


WHITAKER, ELEANOR A. ANDERSON - 85, of Paducah, KY, formerly of Elliott, died at 7 a.m. Saturday 1-20-2001 at Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Fla. Her funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Burial will be in Elliott Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Whitaker was born 7-1-1915 a daughter of Martin and Lena Erickson Anderson. She married Charles "Wayne" Whitaker on 7-11-1937 in Elliott. He died 2-3-1994. Surviving are a son, Michael Whitaker of Windermere, Fla., and two grandsons. Mrs. Whitaker was a member of Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah. Memorial contributions may be made to Lone Oak First Baptist Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Whorrall........ Died, the son of Miles Whorrall, age 5, of diphtheria. July 15, 1897 newspaper story [Contributed by Pat Whorrall-Ellis]

Whorrall, Henry F. - Died on a farm near Thawville. Sept. 2, 1897 newspaper story [Contributed by Pat Whorrall-Ellis]

WILLIAMS, GARY DEAN - 42, of Gibson City died at 11:50 p.m. Wednesday 8-20-1997 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and one hour before the service Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospital for Out-patient Chemotherapy Room or to an organization of the donor's choice.
Survivors include his wife, Lynette; his parents, Donald and Carolyn Williams, Gibson City; two stepdaughters, Stephanie Boundy, Melvin; and Michelle (Lonnie) Engel, Gibson City; one stepson, Scsott Boundy, Melvin; and two sisters, Susie Lange, Gibson City; and Teri Naour, Bloomington. Also surviving are two brothers-in-law, Terry Lange and Dave Naour; and 11 nieces and nephews. His granpdarents and two uncles preceded him in death. Mr. Williams was born 8-15-1955 at Gibson City, a son of Donald Dean and Carolyn Ann Schlickman Williams. He married Lynette A. Boundy 8-8-1987 at Gibson City. Mr. Williams worked for L.R. Williams and Sons Construction in Gibson City for 17 years and for Peoples Gas in Fisher for the last five years. He had lived in Gibson City all of his life. He enjoyed golf, baseball and being with his family.[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WILLIAMS, NAOMI K. (MARSHALL) - 68, of Gibson City, died at 12:50 p.m. yesterday 2-22-1985 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
She was born 5-17-1916, at Foosland, a daughter of Merle and Catherine Ritchie Marshall. She married Lloyd R. Williams in May 1935, at Gibson City. He died 10-25-1971.
Surviving are three sons, Gene, Bob, and Don, all of Gibson City; a brother, Glenn, Urbana; two sisters, Gladys Mullin, Chenoa, and Opal Carbone, West Salem; and nine grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Williams , and two brothers.
Mrs. Williams spent her entire life in the Gibson City area and was a member of the First Christian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star, both at Gibson City. She owned and operated beauty shops in Gibson City and Normal for many years. Memorials may be made to the Diebetes Association or the Order of the Eastern Star. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WILLIAMS, Richard - The funeral of RICHARD "GENE" WILLIAMS, 57, of Gibson City, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City. The Rev. Laurence Sunkel will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 tonight at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and from 1 - 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Masonic rites will be accorded at 8 tonight at the funeral home.
Mr. Williams, partner in the family contracting firm, died Thursday 2-26-1987 at his home. He was born 4-1-1929 in Gibson City, a son of L.R. and Cleo Hoy Williams. He married Virginia Carter 7-30-1950 at Galesburg. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Lance, Mesa, Ariz.; one daughter, Sharla Williams, Gibson City; and two brothers, Bob and Don, both of Gibson City. His parents, a brother and an infant brother preceded him in death.
Mr. Williams, a graduate of Gibson City High School and Il Commercial College, was a partner in the L.R. Williams & Sons Contractors. A veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and AMVETS. He was a member and past president of the Corn Belt Shrine, a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge, Bloomington Consistory and Mohammed Temple Shrine, Peoria. Mr. Williams was a member and former trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City and a member of the Gibson City Loyal Order of Moose Lodge. Memorials may be made to the church or to a Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WOOLLEY, ETHEL E. MAIN - 89, of Gibson City, died at 1:05 a.m. yesterday 12-27-1993 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Woolley was born 3-21-1904, at Gibson City, a daughter of Peter and Christina Nichol Main. She married John A. Woolley 2-7-1935 at Gibson City. He died 5-19-1983. Survivors include two sons, Edwin, Louisville, Colo., and James, NY, NY.; a daughter, Catherine Coay, Prescott, Ariz.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. One son and three brothers preceded her in death.
Mrs. Woolley lived in the Gibson City area all of her life. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City, where she served as treasurer for many years. She and her husband formerly owned and operated the Gibson City Courier for many years, and the Woolley Studio and Gift Schop in Gibson City. Memorial may be made to the United Methodist Church of Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ETHEL E. (MAIN) WOOLLEY
3-21-1904 to 12-27-1993 Services:
Friday, December 31, 1993
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il Officiating:
Rev. Patrick W. Cox Burial:
Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il Pallbearers:
James Lindelof
Larry Main
Jay Troyer
Robert Lawless
Roger Main
Jeff Main
(Lamb Funeral Home)

Wachs, Esther
Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Arthur (Esther) Wachs, who died Saturday, Jan. 12, 1974, at a hospital in Chatsworth, Calif. Funeral services were held in Chatsworth with burial to be at Linwood Cemetery in Galesburg.
Mrs. Wachs was born in Galesburg, to Clara and August Sandburg and is the last of the family of seven brothers and sisters including Carl, the poet and historian.
She attended Weston School Galesburg High and graduated in music from Lombard College, in 1909, at the age of 21. She taught piano and as organist played for the dedication of the first pipe organ at Emanuel Methodist Church.
In 1913 she married Arthur C. Wachs of Galesburg at Grace Episcopal Church where both active in church music. The couple moved to Gibson City in 1921 where Mr. Wachs was in business for 37 years.
She was a member of Eastern Star and president of the Federated Women's Club from 1938-39. She continued piano studies with Rudolph Ganz.
Since 1968 they have been residents of Chatsworth, Calif. and members of St. Charles Episcopal Church, Northridge, and recently celebrated their 60th anniversary.
She is survived by her husband, a daughter, Jane Matthews of Chatsworth, a granddaughter Linda Anderson (Mrs. Michael) and two great-granddaughters in Van Nuys Calif.
1-17-1974- date on newspaper [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

WADE, SAMUEL W. - Gibson Courier, Friday, 3-1-1889
Samuel W. Wade was born in Ohio, 3-4-1842, died at his home in this city, 2-24-1889, aged 46 years, 11 months and 20 days. The deceased was converted and joined the U.B. Church in Ohio in 1861, and lived a consistent Christian life. In 1861, though young, he heard the call of his country for volunteers and immediately enlisted in the 16th Ohio regiment, in which he served faithfully for three years. Unfortunately, he was captured twice by the rebels during his army service, first at Cumberland Gap, and afterwards at the siege of Vicksburg. He has been a resident of this county since 1872, in and near Elliott until the last few months' residence in Gibson. Mr. Wade has always been held in high esteem by his fellow citizens as a Christian and man of unblemished character. His intention was to make this city his home in the future, having a new residence in the east part of town nearly completed; but we are reminded of God's Word which says: "Boast not thyself of tomorrow for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." The bereft mother, wife, and children have the sympathy of many friends. A large concourse of sympathizing friends gathered on Tuesday in the new M.E. Church to pay their last respects to a worthy citizen. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R.H. Beck, assisted by Revs Rinehart, Stephens and Higgins. He was buried under the auspices of Lott Post G.A.R., of which he was a member. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Walker, Philip A.
Philip A. Walker, 61, Gibson City, a well known farmer in the area, died at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 1975 at a Miami, Fla. Hospital following a heart attack
His funeral was at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Christian Church, Gibson City, with the Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was at Gibson City Cemetery. A Masonic service was held at Lamb Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Robert Garland, Earl McKinney, Ken Nelson, Ray Micherle, Roscoe Decker, and Carl Lawrence. Walker was born June 23, 1913 at Mazon, a son of Floyde E. and Myrtle Symons Walker. He married Elizabeth Norvell, Aug. 25, 1934 at Rockville, Ind. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Major Philip A. Walker Jr., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Mark Walker, Norwalk, Conn.; a daughter, Susan B. Walker, Chicago; six grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Marjorie Engle, Columbus, Ohio; and a brother Floyde S. Walker, Gibson City. Also surviving is his step-mother Mrs. Flora M. Walker, Van Nuys, Calif. He was a member of the first Christian Church, the Masonic Lodge 733; the Bloomington Consistory; the Mohammed Shire, Peoria and the Corn Belt Shrine Club. He had been active in civic and church affairs. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church.
1-16-1925- date on newspaper [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Wallace, Clarence
Funeral services for Clarence Wallace, 66, who died Sunday, Jan. 6, 1974, were held Tuesday at the Rosicare Church of Christ Burial with full military rites followed in Fluorine Cemetery.
Mr. Wallace was the father of Mrs. James Clemens. In addition to his daughter he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mayme Wallace; three sons, Robert and Clark, both of Justice and David, Mt. Vernon; one other daughter, Mrs. Joyce Holbrook, Mt. Vernon; three brothers, Lawrence, Harrisburg; Dal Golconda and Hall Oceola, Ark. And three grandchildren [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Wallace, David B.
David B. Wallace, 83 passed away at his home at 102 N. Lott Blvd, at 4:35 p.m., on Thursday, Dec., 21. Funeral services were held at the Lamb funeral home, Saturday at 3:00 p.m., with Rev. S.A. Guthrie officiating.
Burial was in Gibson City cemetery.
Mr. Wallace was born in Paris, Ill., on Aug. 25, 1867, son of William and Almira Satterly. He moved to Gibson in 1892, and on May 10, 1893, married Miss Annie More. He was employed as a stone cutter for a number of years. In 1904, he became a rural mail carrier for 28 years, and retired in 1932 at the age of 65.
His wife preceded him in death April 21, 1939, and a daughter, Frances, passed away in 1949. Only survivors are nieces and nephews. He was a member of the Methodist church.
Gibson City Courier
Thursday December 28, 1950 - [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Wallace, Mrs. David B.
Mrs. David B. Wallace died at her home in Gibson City, Friday evening, April 21, 1939, at the age of 72.
Annie Moore was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Moore, born September 23, 1866, as Lostant, Illinois. The family moved to Elliot and then to Gibson City, where she lived for the past 55 years. She was married to David B. Wallace in Gibson City on May 10, 1893. Her husband and only daughter, Miss Frances, are left to mourn her passing. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister. Mrs. Wallace had been a member of the Methodist church of Gibson City for 48 years, had served as president of the Ladies Aid society for five years, was president of the Ruth Bible class and was a member of the Women's Home Missionary society. She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors of America, the Woman's club, the Women's Relief Corps, the Daughters of Veterans and the Garden Club.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral home in charge of Rev. Donald Gibbs, pastor of the Methodist church. Burial was in Gibson cemetery.
Gibson City Courier
Thursday June 15, 1922 [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Wallace, Frances
Funeral services for Miss Frances Wallace, 61, a teacher in Ford and Champaign county schools for 42, years, were held Friday in Lamb funeral home here with Rev. A. H. Flagge officiating. Burial was in Gibson City cemetery.
Miss Wallace passed away in the St. Joseph's hospital, Bloomington, where she had been a patient for eight days. She began her duties as a seventh and eighth grade teacher in Gibson City this fall but became ill a week after school opened.
Born Jan. 23, 1888, at Gibson City, Miss Wallace was the daughter of David and Anne Moore Wallace. She graduated from high school here and began teaching in 1907. She taught for some time at Foosland and had been in the local schools since 1914. Miss Wallace attended Illinois State Normal University. She was a member of the Methodist church. She leaves her father of Gibson City. Her mother preceded her in death.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
September 29, 1949 [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Walters, Charles F.
Charles F. Walters, 65 died at the Gibson Community Hospital at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday January 6. He had been a patient there for four days and died after an extended illness.
His body was taken to the Lamb funeral home. The body will be taken to the Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Friday where services will be held at 2 p.m. Rev. Floy Elkin will be in charge of the service and interment will be in Gibson City cemetery.
Mr. Walters was born Dec 31, 1895 near Guthrie, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christian Walters. He was united in marriage to Miss Margie Flo Matthews, Dec 24, 1919 near Gibson City. He farmed in the Gibson City and Saybrook communities with the present home in the Saybrook vicinity. Mr. Walters was a member of the Methodist church.
He is survived by his wife, three sons; Warren W. of Saybrook, Charles M. of Gibson City and Robert G. of Colfax; five grandchildren, 5 sisters, Mrs. Julius Stroh of Anchor, Mrs. Louis Borchers, Gibson City; Mrs. Wilhelmena Brucker of Anchor; Mrs. Clarence Fickwiler of Melvin and Mrs. Emil Borchers, also of Gibson City, three brothers; Chris and Homer of Piper City, Harry of Sibley and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother and one sister. Memorials may be given to the Methodist home or the American Cancer Society.
1-7-1960 - date on newspaper [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

WALTON, GEORGE - Gibson Courier, Thursday 4-20-1939
Funeral services for George Walton, 77, employee of the Gibson City Canning factory, were held Sunday from Lamb's Funeral Home, here. Rev. Donald H. Gibbs, pastor of the M.E. Church officiated and burial was in the Gibson Cemetery. Mr. Walton died Friday morning in St. Joseph's Hospital, Bloomington, where he had been a patient for the past three weeks. Death was attributed to heart disease. Surviving are three sons, Clarence, Jasper and Russell Walton, all of Gibson City; two daughters; Mrs. Rose Raper, Mrs. Lillian Collins, Gibson City; and 13 grandchildren. Mr. Walton was born 7-28-1861, in Logansport, Ind. On 3-16-1900, he was married to Mary Knell at Gibson City, and they resided here for almost 40 years. She died last August. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Warfield, Albert G.
Albert G. Warfield, 76, died Saturday (5-28-1955) at his home west of Gibson City. His funeral will be Tuesday at the First Christian Church, the Rev. Vernon McDormand officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery.
Mr. Warfield was born 11-27-1878 at Bellflower, a son of William and Margaret Primm Warfield. He married Deana Onken, 3-9-1910 at Springfield. He was a retired farmer. Survivors include his wife, three sons, Richard, Ralph and Frank; four daughters, Mrs. Merritt Kerchenfaut, Mrs. Jack Nagle, Mrs. Frank Polito and Mrs. Gordon McClure; one brother, Leonard; two sisters, Miss Mary Warfield and Mrs. Chloe Blissard. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

WATKINS, WILBER J.
Wilber J. Watkins, 69, of Paxton died Tuesday (12-24-1974) at Paxton Community Hospital where he had been a patient since December 19. Funeral services are to be Friday at the Ford Baier Funeral Home in Paxton; burial will be in Glen Cemetery. He was born 3-15-1905 in Newton, the son of Robert Harvey and Mary E. Foltz Watkins.
(remainder of obit not printed) [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Weibers, Mrs. Emma
Mrs. Emma Landau Schmidt Weibers, 75 died at 8:25 a.m. last Thursday in her home in Sibley. She had been in failing health for more than a year. Services were conducted at 2p.m. Saturday in St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, by the Rev. Alexander Youck. Burial was in St. John's cemetery.
Born May 31, 1884 in Germany, she was married to Herman Schmidt in Germany and came to the U.S. as a bride. They farmed in Anchor Township. Mr. Schmidt died in 1942, and in 1947 she was married to Herman Weibers, who died in 1956. Mrs. Weibers was a member of St. John's Church at Anchor.
She leaves four daughters, Mrs. George Enghausen, Sibley; Mrs. Wm. Glenn, Melvin; Mrs. Albert Mauser, Rantoul, and Mrs. Henry Molck, Onarga; a son, John Schmidt, Sibley; a sister, Mrs. John Wichmann, Melvin; two brothers, Julius Landau, Saybrook, and Ferdinand Landau, Anchor and another brother and sister in Germany. Mrs. Weibers also leaves 18 grandchildren. Mr. and Mrs. Marston Daugherty and family, Diana Jeanne and David of Salvang, Calif., arrived Sunday for a 12 day visit at the home of his parents, the J.G. Daughertys of Arrowsmith.
Robert Curry has received an award from the American Glass Company of Houston, Texas, as top salesman in February in the .. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Weller, Marjorie A. Gregerson
Marjorie A. Weller, 56, a lifelong Paxton resident and former state Dept of Children and Family Services employee, died 4-22-1983 at Paxton Community Hospital. She had been ill a year. Her funeral was Monday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Harold Q. Bodeen officiating; burial was in Glen Cemetery. Mrs. Weller was born
3-27-1927 at rural Paxton, a daughter of Louis P. and Allie Zimmerman Gregerson. She married Ivor L. Weller 4-20-1946 at Paxton; he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Gregory of Oswego and James of Bloomington; a daughter, Linda Luhrsen, Buckley; a brother, Richard Gregerson, Gibson City and three grandchildren
[Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

WEST, BERNICE F. BERGSTROM
Bernice F. West, 53, of Sibley, died Sunday, 12-22-1974 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City; she had been a patient there two days. Her funeral was Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. David Wence officiating; burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery near Sibley. She was born 8-11-1921, at Gibson City, a daughter of Hampton and Elsie Christiansen Bergstrom. She married Roy J. West 2-18-1945 at Sibley. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Carol West of Bloomington; a son, Douglas West, TX with the USAF, and her father, Hampton Bergstrom, Sibley. Her mother preceded her in death. She was a member of the Sibley United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Weygandt, George Washington
George Washington Weygandt aged 71 died at his home in Sibley Saturday evening about ten o'clock, after an illness of three years. Three years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis which left him without the use of one limb. Two weeks prior to his death he suffered a second stroke, from which he did not rally.
He was born June 15, 1859, at Burlington, Iowa. He moved to Mendota, Illinois when a small boy. He was married to Anna Koehler, January 12, 1888, and they moved to Ford County in 1890, where they resided on a farm southeast of Sibley until 1920, when they moved into town. Mr. Weygandt was a great friend of the children of his neighborhood. He bore his affliction cheerfully and always was glad to have his friends call upon him.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 Tuesday afternoon at the M.E. Church in Sibley, the services being in charge of Rev. Leslie C. Archer of Champaign, assisted by Rev. R.A. Beam of the local church. Burial was in the Sibley Cemetery.
Those from a distance who attended the funeral were the following; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Stenger, Mrs. Sara Martin and Mrs. Maus, Mrs. Elizabeth Weygandt, Miss Maud Weygandt and Ed. Weygandt of Mendota; Mr. and Mrs. William Kreiser, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Kreiser and son Arthur Kreiser and Miss Aletha Crane of Troy Grove, Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. John Geringer, Mrs. Charles Kott, Mrs. Emma Geringer, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Van Boggett, Jake Geringer, William Geringer, Frank Geringer, Mrs. L.R. Saunders, and Mr. and Mrs. M. Kennedy of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson, Gus Koehler, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Seepe, Mrs. Emma Danz, Mrs. Elizabeth Seip, Mrs. Walter Seepe, Mrs. Walter Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Loekle Sr., Miss Kathryn Loekle, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Helmig, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Seepe, Mrs. B.J. Bauman, Miss Bertha Seepe and Walter Seepe, all of Peru, Illinois; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Andrews and daughter of Piper City; John and Kate Kohler, Phil and Bert Kohler, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Kohler and Katheryn and Robert Kohler of Chatsworth; Dan Faust and daughter, Mrs. John Harder of Cullom; H.F. Munson and family of Middlebury, Indiana. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]


Wiley, DR. T.R.
The death of Dr. T.R. Wiley removes one of our most prominent citizens-one who has grown up with the town and was himself a large factor in its growth and prosperity. He was a man of strong will and decided traits of character, and left his impress on every undertaking with which he was associated. In his service on the school board his individuality was strongly felt, and he had much to do with building up our school to its present high standard. He was one of the originators of the Gibson Land Company, which has done so much in building up the south part of town, and was prominent in other enterprises of public nature. He was a sufferer for years with the disease, which finally led to his death, but no physical suffering could quench the ardor of his indomitable spirit. He may have made mistakes, as do all men, but these are forgotten, while people will love to remember his usefulness as a physician, his public service in the various positions of trust to which he was called, his kindness as a man, his integrity of character, and his devotion to his invalid wife and the one daughter who blessed his home. A useful, busy life has ended, and all mourn its comparatively early close.
Born July 3, 1896
The funeral of Dr. T. R. Wiley was held at his late residence on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock, and was very largely attended. The procession which followed the hearse to the cemetery was one of the longest ever seen here. Rev. W. T. Beadles conducted the services, which were brief. The pall-bearers were Doctors Culter, Strauss, Ragsdale and Shamel of this city: Dr Hill of Bloomington, Drs. Campbell and Wylie of Paxton, and Dr. Perry of Melvin. Doctors Newcomb of Fisher and Albright of Sibley were also present.
Obituary
Thomas Royston Wiley was born at Colfax Ill., June 19, 1844, where he grew up to manhood. At about 20 years of age he entered the Illinois Wesleyan University at Bloomington, from which he graduated some years later. Determining to devote his life to the practice of medicine, he began the study of that science under Dr. Hill of Bloomington. He afterward attended the medical school at Ann Arbor and Rush Medical College, Chicago, graduating from both these institutions, and, thoroughly equipped for his responsible work, he began his career as a practicing physician in Gibson in1874, since which time his life and work has been familiar to the people of Gibson and the county for miles around. In sunshine and storm by night and by day, he has responded to the calls from the afflicted, has alleviated the pains of many, and his presence has brought hope to many homes and hearts when sickness had come unbidden. Many a hard-fought battle has he fought and won for the families of this community, and not a few today live among us who have been rescued from the insidious attack of disease by his faithfulness, knowledge and skill in the healing art. But the conqueror in so many contests is conquered, and of him it may be said, as of one greater than he, "He saved others, himself he could not save." He was united in marriage with Martha E. Reeves, at Bloomington, June 17, 1874, a little more than 22 years ago. They began their married life in this city-a life devoted to each other, and while the greater part of that married life has been shadowed by severe afflictions, the sunshine of true affection has ever shone brightly in their home. One daughter blessed their union, who lived to comfort her mother in this hour of her great sorrow.
The life of Dr. Wiley has been too open to need any unfolding at this hour. He was a true son and brother. The two brothers and three sisters who survive him have no cause to blush for his memory, and the brother and sister who preceded him to the spirit world let us hope have ere this royally bidden him welcome to rest. He was a devoted husband and a loving father. For sixteen years his afflicted wife has received the support that only a true, loving, husbandly heart could give, and though often burdened by the cares of afflicted patients, and racked by his own physical afflictions, yet not for one hour was she neglected. Her welfare and happiness and those of their only daughter were upper most in his thoughts. No labor was too great, the results of which would enhance their happiness.
As a citizen his influence was thrown in the balance on the side of morality and true citizenship. The family is the unit of the community, and he who is true to the family cannot be untrue to the community; and, on the contrary, he who falls in his duty to his family cannot be true to the community. He was active in his efforts for the advancement of the interests that in his judgment would be beneficial to the public; and if his judgment was sometimes at fault, it was the weakness common to us all.
In early life he was converted and united with the M.E. church in Colfax. On his removal to Gibson he united with the church here by letter, Dec. 6, 1874. The record of the church show that for some time he was active in the work of the church, filling the positions on the official board of trustee and steward. For a number of years he has not been active in church work, a factor that may be accounted for by the afflictions of his wife and his own.
For years he has seen advancing slowly up on the citadel of his physical life that disease to which his own knowledge of the human system told him he must surrender. Yet he did not falter. Often, no doubt, has he responded to the call of the suffering when he was himself enduring greater suffering. But the limit was reached on last Tuesday June 30, when, after five weeks of intense suffering, patiently borne, his spirit returned to God who gave it.
"So, with a heaven-born hope, a kindly trust. We bid our brother now a brief farewell. Sadly, yet hoping, we commit his dust to the safe keeping of the silent cell. Softly within that perfect resting-place. We lay his wearied limbs and bid the clay Press tightly on them till the night be past, and the far east gives note of coming day. W. T. B.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
July 3, 1896 [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]
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Wiley, Mrs. Martha E.
Mrs. Martha E. Wiley died at a hospital in Bloomington last Saturday, after an illness of three or four weeks, her daughter, Mrs. Frank Hunt of this city being at her bedside at the last. The body was brought to this city, and the funeral was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, on North Church Street, on Monday. A brief, but very impressive eulogy to the dead was pronounced by Rev. S.E. Fisher, Rev. W. C. Snider also assisting in the service. Music was furnished by a male quartet.
Mrs. Wiley's maiden name was Martha E. Reeves and she was born at LeRoy, Ill. September 4, 1845. At an early age she moved with her parents to Bloomington where she lived for ten years, moving to Gibson about twenty-five years ago, shortly after her marriage. She married in 1874 to Dr. T.R. Wiley and the couple settled down to make Gibson their home. But one child was born to them, Beulah, now Mrs. Frank Hunt. About twenty years ago Mrs. Wiley sustained a severe stroke of paralysis from which she never fully recovered, the disease affecting one side of her body in such a way as to render her limbs on that side useless, and to make speech very difficult and uncertain.
For the past twenty years she remained a silent and uncomplaining sufferer, only praying that her life be spared to see her daughter married and comfortably settled in, a prayer which was granted to her. Mrs. Wiley became a Christen at the age of 25, since which time had had a strong faith in God. Her husband died in this City June 30, 1896. Besides a daughter she leaves a brother John Reeves living in Kansas, and a half brother, I.B. Ingle living in Bloomington, Ill. The following from out of town were present at the funeral: Mr. And Mrs. I B Ingles of Bloomington, Mr. and Mrs. L.R. Wiley, John Wiley and Mrs. Ruth Bunn of Colfax, Mr. and Mrs. PE Hunt of Paxton and Mrs. Wm Powell of Melvin.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
February 1, 1901 - date on newspaper [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Williams, Larry
Funeral services for Larry R. Williams, 38, who was killed at 3:55 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 1974, when a crane boom fell on him, were held Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery.
The accident happened at the Stokely-Van Camp Inc. canning plant where the L.R. Williams Construction firm, of which he was a partner, was rebuilding part of the plant that was destroyed by fire last summer. An inquest will be scheduled.
Mr. Williams was born Jan. 5, 1936 at Gibson City, a son of Lloyd and Naomi Marshall Williams. He married Marilyn Stoneburner, Oct. 31, 1958 at Pana. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Larry Rance Jr., 14; Dart Edward, 12; and Johnnie Kane, 10, all at home; his mother and three brothers, Gene, Bob and Don all of Gibson City.
He was preceded in death by his father. He was a past president of the Rotary Club, a one term member of the Gibson City council, he was appointed to complete a second term. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church and served as both assistant and superintendent of the Sunday School. Memorial tributes were to be made to the American Cancer Society. Active pallbearers were David Brownlee, Ivan Donner, Ernie Heldt, Doug Woodward, Vinnie Gee and Dale Trimble. Serving as honorary pallbearers were DeWayne Grafton, Rolf Stienmann, Larry Jenson and Dave Schlickman. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Williams, Lloyd
Lloyd Williams, son of Lloyd and Cleo Hoy Williams, aged 4 months and 20 days, died Sunday March 25, of pneumonia. Funeral services were held Monday at three o'clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Hoy on N. State Street in charge of Rev. R.M. Luedde, pastor of the Christian Church. The infant was born December 5, 1927.
3-29-1928 - date on newspaper [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Willner, William
William Willner died at his home south of Foosland Sunday morning at about ten o'clock of heart failure. He had not been sick and was sitting in a chair reading when he was stricken. The funeral was held in the church in Osman, Wednesday morning and interment was made in the Mansfield cemetery. A number from Foosland attended the funeral services. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

WILSON, ALBERT
Albert Wilson, 76, of Gibson City died Wednesday 5-9-1990 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. His funeral was Friday at Gibson City Bible Church, with the Reverend Thomas Condron officiating; burial was in Lexington Cemetery. Pallbearers included Tony Wilson, Brett Wilson, Scott Wilson, David Rainwater, Anton Schriefer and David Johnson. Mr. Wilson was born 5-13-1913 in Butler County, KY., a son of William H. and Arple Brooks Wilson. He married Effie P. Felty on 8-16-1937 in Fowler, Indiana and she survives. Other survivors include three sons, James W. of Lexington; and Michael L. and Robert D., both of Gibson City; a daughter, Carolyn Rainwater, Normal; four brothers, Eugene, Delbert, Dempster and Woodrow, one sister, Maggie Kennedy; nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Mr. Wilson had been a resident of the Gibson City area since 1937 and had been employed at Central Soya Inc. for 34 years, retiring in 1978. He was employed at Arends and Sons of Gibson City for 10 years. He was a member of the Gibson City Bible Church and the Grain Millers Unions. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

WILSON, JOHN CLEMENT. - Gibson Courier, Thursday, 2-20-1919
John C. Wilson, one of the early Ford County pioneers, passed away at his home in Gibson City last Friday night. Funeral services were held in the home Monday afternoon in charge of Rev. Lloyd S. Ruland, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church; interment was in the Gibson City Cemetery. John C. Wilson was born near Evansville, Ind., on 10-1-1835. On 2-22-1860, Mr. Wilson was married to Martha Jane Smith of Evansville, Indiana. He passed away just on the eve of their 59th wedding anniversary, having been permitted to live far beyond the allotted three score years and ten. He is survived by his wife, and by one brother, Alfred Wilson of Danvers, Il.; also by four daughters - Mrs. S.H. Storer of Saybrook, Mrs. Lou F. Pope of Chicago, Mrs. Harry England and Mrs. Margaret Day, who are at home; by two sons - E. Welsey of San Francisco, and Jesse T. of Chicago. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

WOOLLEY, GEORGE A. - Gibson Courier Thursday 1-6-1944
GEORGE A. WOOLLEY, PUBLISHER, DEAD
George A. Woolley, died in the St. Joseph Hospital, Bloomington, Tuesday where he had been a patient two weeks. He had been in failing health for several months, but insisted on staying on the job at the Gibson City Courier printing plant, which he and his son, John, owned, until the day before he was taken to the hospital. The deceased was a son of Dr. E. and Elizabeth (Bunney) Woolley, and was born near Stanford, Ill. 9-14-1874. When 7 years of age he moved with his parents to Saybrook, where he grew to manhood. At an early age he learned the printing trade from an older brother, Frank Woolley, and in 1896, he and his two brothers, Frank and Arthur formed the partnership of Woolley Bros., publishing the Saybrook Gazette and the Arrowsmith News. He was united in marriage to Miss Edna Cunningham on 5-29-1898. To this union were born two children, Mrs. Mildred Hannan, deceased and John A. Woolley of Gibson City. In 1904 Woolley Bros. purchased the Gibson City Enterprise, and he moved to Gibson City to take charge of the business. In 1924, the partnership of Woolley Bros. was dissolved, and he continued the publication of the Enterprise until the Gibson Courier and the Enterprise consolidated in 1936. His wife passed away on 5-9-1933. From December 1936 to November 1940, he was manager of the Colfax Press. On 3-31-1940, he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Etta M. Bunney at Clinton Iowa. In 1940 he and his son John, purchased the Lowery interest in the Gibson City Courier and became sole owners of that publication. He is survived by his wife, a son, John Woolley of Gibson City; a brother, A.B. Woolley of Saybrook; and four grandchildren, Mildred Ann and Collette Hannan of Stockton, Cal., and Catherine and Edwin Woolley of Gibson City. Also three step-sons; Russell Bunney of Camp Crowder, Missouri; Dale Bunney of Hudson and Bruce Bunney of Foosland. The funeral services were held at the Lamb Funeral Home at Gibson City Thursday afternoon; burial was in Riverside Cemetery at Saybrook. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Wright, Nelson N.
Only One Survivor of Civil War with Death of N. Wright
Nelson N. Wright, Civil War veteran who would have been 83 years of age next Sunday, died at the Old Soldiers' Home at Danville last Friday. He had gone to the Home Monday of last week for treatment at the hospital.
With his death the survivors of the Civil War in this city have dwindled to one, William Day being the only surviving member of Lott Post, Grand Army of the Republic.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the M.E. church, the service being in charge of Rev. Albert H. Flagge. Burial was in the local cemetery.
Members of the Lee Lowery Post No. 568, American Legion, had charge of the services at the grave. The pall bearers, all ex-service men, were: Charles Whallon, Walter Platt, George Kepley, Levi Barnhart, Clarence Swearingen and Henry Hager. William Wilken and Harvey Murry comprised the color guard. The firing squad was composed of Elmer Sparks, Myron Growcock, Elmer Sawyer, Earl Johnson, George Swearingen and George W. Blades. Harvey Murry was in charge of the squad. Fred W. Andersen blew "Taps," the soldier's last call, and the squad fired three volleys over the grave.
Obituary Sketch
The following sketch was read at the funeral by Rev. Mr. Flagge:
Nelson N. Wright was born at Homer, Ohio, on October 18, 1848. He was one of a family of five children, all of whom have preceded him into the other world.
His childhood was spent amid the stirring events of the years immediately preceding the Civil War, and when only a youth of fifteen years he heard the call of his country, felt an inward compulsion to answer it, and on February 23rd, 1864, at Newark, Ohio, he enlisted in Co. H, Regiment 76 of Ohio. He served in a number of important engagements of the war, and was with Sherman on his march to the sea. He was honorably discharged at Louisville, Ky., on July 15th, 1865, when he still was less than seventeen years old.
He was united in marriage to Miss Calista Ann Preston on December 14, 1871. Three sons were born to them. One son Loyal C. preceded his father in death about two years ago.
In the spring of 1873 he moved from Homer, Ohio to Versailles, Mo. After residing there about a year he came to Illinois. For a short time he made his home in the vicinity of Bellflower and Anchor. Then he came to the Gibson City community, where he lived for many years preceding his death.
Under the ministry of the Rev. W. J. Beadles he was converted and united with the Methodist church of Gibson City on August 21st, 1892. He was interested in his church and its work, and attended Sunday school and church services faithfully until a few months ago his failing health made it impossible. Since then, whenever I would call on him one of his first questions would be, "Well, how is the church getting along?" And he would follow his question with the remarks, "I would like to come but I cannot now." I saw him last Sunday, October 4, just before he went to the hospital. In conversation about the future he spoke of his hope for restoration to health, and then added, "But if I must go it is all right."
Instead of returning to his home in restored health, he went to that land where age and sickness are not known. His death occurred October 9th; his age was 82 years, 11 months and 21 days. He is survived by two sons, Jacob Preston Wright of Indianapolis and Bartley N. Wright, of Gibson City, and three grandchildren, James and Betty Wright of Gibson City and Loyal Florence Wright of Portland, Ore.
May the Christian's hope of reunion with their loved ones be the comfort of all who knew and loved Brother Wright.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
Thursday October 15, 1931 [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Wright, Mrs. N. N.
Mrs. N.N. Wright died at her home in the western part of this city last Saturday, following an illness of a few weeks duration. Mrs. Wright was one of Gibson City's earliest pioneers, coming here in 1874 when the town was only a few years old. She was a woman of high Christian character and held in warmest esteem in the community. The funeral was held at the Methodist church on Monday afternoon in charge of the pastor, Rev. Chris Galeener. The funeral address was delivered by Rev. P.P. Carson, pastor of the M.E. church at Paxton, and former pastor of the Gibson City church. The following obituary was read at the funeral:
Calista Ann Preston was born at Chatham, Licking Co., Ohio. March 3, 1847, and passed away at her home in Gibson City, Illinois, March 24, 1917, age 70 years and 21 days. She was converted in her early girlhood and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church of which church she was a member until her death. She moved to Homer, Ohio with her mother and family, at which place she was united in marriage with N.N. Wright, Dec. 14, 1871.
After one year's residence in Homer, they moved to Versailles, Mo., where they resided one year, moving to Illinois in 1874. The remainder of her life was spent in this community. Three sons were born to this union, Loyal C., of Seattle, Wash., Jacob Preston of Peoria, Ill., and Bartley N., of Gibson City, all of whom survive. Besides the husband and sons, three brothers, Geo. W. and Sam H. Preston of Gibson City, and Henry T. Preston of Springfield, Mo., one grandson, and numerous other relatives mourn her death. The sons who live out of town were both present at the funeral.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
[Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Wright, Mrs. Loyal C.
The remains of the late Mrs. Loyal C. Wright, accompanied by Mr. Wright, arrived in Gibson City from Seattle, Wash., last Friday evening. Brief burial services at the Gibson cemetery, attended by intimate relatives, were held at 2:00 o'clock last Sunday afternoon, in charge of Rev. Chris Galeener, pastor of the Methodist church.
Bertha Mae Moore was born at Chenoa, Illinois December 21, 1873, and died August 9, 1916, at her home in Seattle, Washington, aged 42 years, 7 months and 18 days. Following the death of her father at Chenoa, she came in infancy with her mother and sister to Gibson City, and here grew to womanhood, receiving her education in the Gibson public schools. She graduated in the spring of 1893.
After teaching school for a time in this neighborhood, she went to Georgia to live with her mother and her stepfather, Samuel Emmons. During her residence in Georgia she was married in May 1896, to Loyal Case Wright, who brought her back to Gibson City: and her they began together the happy years of married life.
They made their home in Gibson City for sixteen years, and during that time were active in this community in social life and church work. In the fall of 1912 they moved to Seattle Wash., where Mr. Wright became a department manager in a large mercantile establishment.
Mr. and Mrs. Wright found a very congenial church relationship in the portion of Seattle in which they lived. The tender ministry of these new found church friends especially endeared them to the congregation.
The serious malady which had developed before Mrs. Wright left Gibson City grew steadily worse in their new home, without hope of the possibility of a cure. Through all of these sad years of decline Mrs. Wright showed an exceptionally patient spirit, even though she was called upon to endure the most intense suffering.
Her Christian faith seemed to only grow the stronger with the fires of this fierce physical trial. Her mother, Mrs. Samuel Emmons, who later moved from Georgia to Tulsa, Okla., was at her bedside for over a year, and remained until the last. While giving this affectionate ministry for her daughter, Mrs. Emmons had the sad experience of losing her husband, who died very suddenly at Tulsa, Nov. 26, 1915.
**** funeral services they laid the body in a receiving vault where it was kept until it was brought to this city for the final burial, March 4, 1917. "Come unto me. All ye that are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."
GIBSON CITY COURIER
March 8, 1917 [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Wurmnest, Clarence
Clarence E. Wurmnest, age 74 of Sibley, died at 5:03 a.m. Sunday, October 16, 1994 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley with the Reverend William Hecht officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery in Sibley. Military rites will be accorded by the Martin Suntken American Legion Post 244 in Sibley.
Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with a Masonic service immediately following. There will also be visitation for one hour before the service Wednesday at the church.
Pallbearers include Landon Foster, Melvin Moore, Lester Lindelof, Roy Meyer, Ralph Andreae and Jim Brucker.
Mr. Wurmnest was born March 16, 1920 in Hamilton, North Dakota, a son of Valentine and Marie Boettger Wurmnest. He married Donna Koehler on February 14, 1946 in Sibley and she survives.
Other survivors include two sons, Jack of Mariposa, California; and Charles of Eureka Springs, Arkansas; two daughters, Donita Bowman of Lafayette, Indiana; and Tresita DeJuilio of Woodhull, one brother, Louis of Paxton; one sister, Josephine Wiebers, Sibley; nine grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Two brothers preceded him in death.
He lived in the Sibley area all of his married life. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II and served with the 66th squadron. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley; the Martin Suntken American Legion Post 244; the Sunshine Kitchen Band; the Sibley Senior Citizens; the Gibson City Coin Club; the Sibley Lions Club; the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF & AM; and the Bloomington Consistory.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society or the St. John's Lutheran Church of Sibley. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Wurmnest, Marie
Mrs. Marie M. Wurmnest, 71, life-long resident of the Sibley area, died at 1 p.m. Sunday (May 14, 1967) at the Fairbury Hospital, Fairbury. She has been a patient there for three months.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the St. John's Lutheran Church at Sibley with Rev. William Heinzig officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery near Sibley.
Mrs. Wurmnest was born March 26, 1896, at Sibley, daughter of John and Anna Brandt Boettger. She married Valentine Wurmnest January 24, 1913 at Sibley. He died in 1957.
Surviving are three sons, Louis of Pontiac, S.J. and Clarence, both of Sibley; one daughter, Mrs. Josephine Wiebers of Sibley; three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Stroh of Anchor, Mrs. Dora Davenport of Portland, Mich., and Mrs. Emma Steinlicht of Iowa Falls, Iowa; two brothers, William of Detroit, Mich., and Charles of Norfolk, Neb.; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and two sisters. She was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley and the American Lutheran Church Women.
5-18-1967 - date on newspaper [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Wurmnest, Valentine
Valentine Wurmnest, aged 70 years and 24 days, of Sibley died at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, 1857 in Fairbury Hospital.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, and burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley, in charge of the Lamb Funeral Home. Because of the illness of the Sibley Pastor, Rev. William Volkmann, Rev. Alexander Youck of Anchor Lutheran Church, conducted the services.
Mrs. Helen Gentes sang "In the Garden" and "What a Friend in Jesus" Music was played by Mrs. Gentes and Mrs. Lena Brucker. The Tabitha Society had charge of the flowers. Pallbearers were Harry Stroh, Fred Bielfeldt, Pete Clausen, Albert Brandt, Corbitt Norris and John Anliker.
Mr. Wurmnest was born Oct. 2, 1887, at Germanville, Ill., the son of George and Abb Wurmnest. He was married in Gibson City to Marie Boettger, Jan 24, 1913, and they lived in the Sibley community thereafter. He was a retired farmer and member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley.
Surviving are his wife, now a patient in Fairbury Hospital; a daughter, Mrs. Elmer Wiebers, and four sons, Ralph, Louis, Clarence and Sylvester, all of Sibley; in addition, there are five brothers, Jake of Carlinville, John of Mr. Pleasant, Ia; Dan of Streator, Henry of Harvey and George of Sibley; three sisters, Mrs. Mararet Altstadt, Forrest; Mrs. Anna Muller, Streator; and Mrs. Bertha Schroen, Chatsworth; 12 grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
Attending the funeral from a distance were; William Boettger, Mrs. Melvin Boettger and son, Mrs. William Brown of Detroit; Mrs. Anna Boettger, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Boettger and son, St. Johns, Mich.; Mrs. Louie Brieler, Birch Run, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Weller, Mrs. Frank Davenport, Mrs. Andrew Christensen of Portland, Mich.; Mrs. Emma Stienlicht, of Iowa Falls, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Everette Boettger, Hamilton, N.D.; Mrs. Otto Wangsness, Faribult, Minn.; Mrs. Thelma Hon, Mrs. June Bosewell, Mrs. Ruth Lamache, Mrs. H. Beery, Harvey; Mr. and Mrs. Don Wurmnest, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Wurmnest, Mrs. Ann Muller, Mrs. Anna Morrison, Streator; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wurmnest, Chicago Heights, and many from Chatsworth, Strawn, Cropsey, Rantoul, Anchor, Colfax, Gibson City, Pontiac and Sibley.
10-31-1957 - date on newspaper [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]


MELVIN E. YEATS
10-15-1922 to 10-5-1986
Services: Wednesday, October 8, 1986
First Presbyterian Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Laurence Sunkel
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
William Lindelof
William Jensen
Donald Jensen
David Haggart III
Tony Stinac
Doug Jensen
(Lamb-Young Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

YOUNG, RICHARD E. - 54, of rural Saybrook, a farmer and lifelong resident of the Saybrook area, died at 11:35 p.m. Tuesday 9-6-1983 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. He had been ill. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Rev. Jack Kaley, the Rev. Dr. Randall Perry and the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 9 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral HOme, Gibson City, and at the church after 12:30 p.m. Friday.
Mr. Young was born 2-10-1929, near Saybrook, a son of Carl and Alma Augspurger Young. He married Thelma Wey 4-11-1954 at Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Michael and Tim, both of Saybrook; and Rick, Gibson City; three brothers, Harold and John, both of Saybrook; and James, Madison, Wis.; a sister, Dorothy Metzler, Nappanee, Ind; and two grandsons. His parents and a sister, Mildred Walters, preceded him in death. Mr. Young was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Closer to God Today or to the church. Pallbearers: Dr. James Bortell, Norman Thomas, John Kaufman, Bob Anderson, Don Rhodes, Ron Hood [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Young, John H.
The memorial service of John H. Young, age 54, a rural Saybrook farmer, will be Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. The Rev. Wally Krech will officiate; a private interment service will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City.
Mr. Young died Sunday 7-26-1992 at St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria. He was born 3-15-1938 in Bloomington, a son of Carl H. and Alma C. Augspurger Young. He married Faye Litwiller on 2-5-1960 at Hopedale; she survives. Other survivors include one son Gary of rural Gibson City; one daughter, Jill Wilber of Fort Knox, KY; two brothers, Harold of Saybrook and James of El Paso; one sister, Dorothy Metzler, Nappanee, Indiana and one grandson. His parents, one brother, Richard and one sister, Mildred Young Walters, preceded him in death [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]





ZANDER, MARGARET T.W. POULOS - 83, of Sibley died at 10:45 p.m. Friday 8-20-1999 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Mon day at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, with the Rev. William Hecht officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church.
Mrs. Zander was born 10-30-1915 in Chicago, a daughter of John and Amelia Wogatska Poulos. She married Orville W. Zander on 12-9-1943, in Valparaiso, Ind. He survives. Also surviving are one son, John W. Zander of Melvin; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and one sister, Helen Kopp of Oak Lawn. She was preceded in death by one brother.
She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley, the Evangelical Lutheran Church women and the American Legion Auxiliary in Sibley. She had lived in Sibley since 1952. She worked for Dr. garrett in Sibley for 14 years. Memoral contributions may be made to St. John's Lutheran Church or the Lutheran Hour. Pallbearers: Ronald Perkins, Carey Wilson, Ernie Kopp, Tony Johnston, Eric Zander, Tony Kopp [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ZEHR, Silas - The funeral of SILAS P. ZEHR, 93, of Gibson City, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, the Rev. Cal Kaufman and the Rev. Michael Dean officiating. Burial will be in East Bend Memorial Gardens, Fisher. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and for one hour prior the service Wednesday at the church. He died at 5:15 p.m. Sunday 1-26-1997 at the Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City.
Memorials may be made to East Bend Mennonite Central Committee.
Survivors include his wife, Mabel B. Zehr; and two sons, LaVern Zehr, Fisher, and John Russell Zehr, Foosland. Also surviving are three grandsons, Stephen Zehr, Chicago; Douglas Zehr, Santa Crus, Bolivia; and Kevin Kuykendall, Orlando, Fla.; and one granddaughter, Amy Hayden, rural Fisher. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister. Mr. Zehr was born 12-12-1903, in rural Foosland, a son of John and Lydia Springer Zehr. He married Mabel B. Litwiller 2-10-1932 in rural Hopedale.
Mr. Zehr farmed for 69 years, retiring in 1989. He lived in rural Foosland most of his life, moving to Gibson City three years ago. He was a member of East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, and Champaign County Farm Bureau. Pallbearers: Rich Schrock, Phil Hayden, Steve Zehr, Don Unzicker, John Cender, Doug Zehr [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

MABEL B. LITWILLER ZEHR
8-2-1906 to 5-29-2001
Services: Friday, June 1, 2001
East Bend Mennonite Church, Fisher, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Michael Dean
Burial: East Bend Memorial Gardens, Fisher, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
Jared Hayden
Keith Zehr
Kevin Kuykendall
Pallbearers:
Don Unzicker
John Cender
Steve Zehr
Mark Birkey
Phil Hayden
Doug Zehr
(Lamb-Young Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

FREDERICK LESLIE ZIMMERMAN
1-14-1907 to 1-4-2000
Services: Friday, January 7, 2000
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Randall Robinson
Burial: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Fred Hensen
Mike Hensen
James Boyd
Brian Zimmerman
James Zimmerman
Vince Salyards
David Cline
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ZIMMERMAN, FREDERICK LESLIE - 92, of Gibson City, died at 9:50 a.m.Tuesday, 1-4-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City, Il. His funeral will be 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He was a Mason. Mr. Zimmerman was born 1-14-1907 at Derby, a son of Frederick William and Rhoda Jane Davis Zimmerman. He married Ethel Cline on 12-12-1928 in Paxton. She survives. Also surviving are one son, James (Fran) Zimmerman, Browns Mills NJ; three daughters, Mary Lee Henson, Sonja Ann Shubert and Mikki Ellen Boyd, all of Gibson City; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Mr. Zimmerman owned and operated Zimmerman Repair in Gibson City. He was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Drummer Chapter and a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF & AM. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ZIMMERMAN, ETHEL L. CLINE - 96, of Gibson City died at 12:07 p.m. Friday 11-8-2002 at her residence. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with an Eastern Star service at 8 p.m. Additional visitation was an hour before the funeral Wednesday at the church. Mrs. Zimmerman was born 10-31-1906 in KY, a daughter of Joseph Henry and Sarah Frances List Cline. She married Frederick Leslie Zimmerman on 12-12-1928 at Paxton. He died 1-4-2000. Survivors include one son, James (Martha) Zimmerman, Gibson City; three daughtes, Mary Lee Henson, Sonja Ann Shubert and Mikki Ellen Boyd, all of Gibson City; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Freeda Meece, Ludlow; and Vera Meece, Rantoul. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and two sisters. Mrs. Zimmerman was a retired LPN from Gibson City Area Hospital and Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. She also was a seamstress. She was a founding member of the Family Circle and Past Worthy Matron of the Gibson City Chapter of The Order of the Eastern Star 822. She also was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-13-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ZICK, JUNE S. SLOAN - 84, of Thawville b. 6-10-1918 at Hamilton County, Il. d/o Charles Ralph and Jane R. Rogers Sloan m. Leo C. Zick 11-4-1939 at Clinton, Iowa. He died 12-3-1968. d. Saturday 10-12-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. bur: Ridgeland Cemetery, Thawville.

ZIMMERMAN, DORIS ELECTA HUNT daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Frank Hunt, was born 8-17-1896 in Gibson City, Ill. She graduated from the Drummer Twp High school with the Class of 1914. From childhood she was a student of music, specializing in voice culture, and cello work. She studied voice with Prof. Arthur Bassett of Bloomington, Prof. Edward Meek of Champaign, and then in Chicago with Prof. Herbert Witherspoon of NYC, later attending the New England Conservation of Music in Boston. In the fall of 1921 she was the soloist with the Bostonian Sextette, touring the New England States, where concerts were given in the leading cities, and the following year she organized her own company, known as the Electa Hunt Concert company, and did lyceum work througout the eastern and southern states. In this company she was assisted by her talented sister, now Mrs. Alice Hunt Preston, as pianist and reader; also a violin soloist and celloist from Boston. During the holiday season of that year this group gave a splendid concert at the Edna Theater in this city for the local citizens. At various times she and her sister appeared on the programs of the Paxton Chautauqua, and on Labor Day in 1922 they staged the operetta, "Cherry Blossoms," for the American Legion at the Park Pavilion in the city, which was a financial success for the Legion and an artistic triumph for the young ladies. Owing to a catarrhal condition she decided to give up concert work, and then her ambition led her into the business world, where each day she lived the maxim "We, ourselves, the better serve, by serving others best." On 2-27-1926, she was united in marriage at the home of her parents in Gibson City to Herman J. Zimmerman, and this union was blessed with one son, John Thomas Zimmerman, aged two and a half years, who is known all along the business section of the city as "Tommy Z." The funeral was held at the home of her parents, Dr. and Mrs. Hunt, on North Church Street, on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the services being in charge of Rev. Francis E. Smith of Jacksonville, Ill., a former pastor of the local M.E. Church, assisted by Rev. Albert H. Flagge, the pastor of the church. Burial was in the Gibson Cemetery. Pallbearers were T.C. McCall, Sam Schrock, M.C. Mattison, Claire Houran, W.M. Loy, and John C. McClure. The floral offerings were unusually profuse and beautiful.

BLANCHE ELLEN GALT YATES
The funeral of Blanche Ellen Yates, 89, of Gibson City, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Reverend Richard Wattelet officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. Mrs. Yates died at 11 a.m. Saturday 3-12-1988 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. She was born 2-18-1899 in Indianapolis, Ind., a daughter of Harry and Alice M. Williams Galt. She married the Rev. Ora P. Yates on 11-14-1920 in Decatur. He died 8-11-1958. Survivors include four sons, Richard L., Rancho Gordo, Ca.; Vernon W., Dayton, Oh.; Neal H., Champaign, and David K, Lenexa, Kansas; one sister, Eva Stewert, Indianapolis, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, five brothers and one sister. Mrs. Yates was a member of the Nazarene Church, Gibson City. She had been a resident of Gibson City since 1951. Memorials may be made to her church.

ANNA RITTER YAZEL
Mrs. Anna Yazel, 76, died at 8;20 p.m. Saturday at her home in Normal, Il. after having been in ill health 14 years. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Stubblefield Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery. Anna Ritter was born 8-8-1861 at Salem, Ind., a daughter of John and Isabell Ritter, who later removed to Gibson City. 8-27-1889 she was married to David R. Yazel who preceded her in death in April 1934. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Normal. Surviving are a foster daughter, Mrs. Daisy Powell Sylvester of Normal; a sister, Mrs. T.T. Hunter of Normal; a brother, Walter Ritter of Bennett, Neb.; a foster grandson and granddaughter, Wilbur and Nona Sylvester and several nieces and nephews of this vicinity. born: 8-8-1861 Salem, Indiana died: 2-5-1938

CHRISTIAN H. YODER
Services held at Methodist Church, Rev. Lee Lantz, Normal, Il. officiating. Died at Brokaw Hospital, Bloomington, Il. Recently the family came back to Gibson City from Nampa, Idaho, where they moved in the winter of 1907. Was a resident of Gibson City for many years and a partner of the firm of Roth & Yoder, implement business. Survivied by wife and daughter, Florence; two died in infancy. born: 2-8-1870 Morton, Il parents: John & Elizabeth Yoder wed: 9-21-1897 to Louise Mosiman of Ohio died: 11-12-1910 41-9-4

MILDRED B. BUGBEE YORKER
Mildred B. Yorker, 77, of Gibson City died at 11:15 p.m. Tuesday 7-11-2000 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Private burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be after the service Friday at the fellowship hall of the church. Lamb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gibson Area Hospital Building Fund or to First Christian Church in Gibson City. She was born 11-25-1922 at Oneida, NY, a daughter of Herbert F. and Henrietta C. Bohrer Bugbee. She married Robert S. Yorker in NY. He died 5-12-1976. Survivors include one daughter, Bonnie (John) Schutte, Gibson City; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her parents, one daughter and one great-grandson preceded her in death. Mrs. Yorker worked in private home health care for many years. She had lived in Gibson City since 1981. She was a member of the Gibson City Moose Lodge and was affiliated with First Christian Church in Gibson City. She was an avid bear and doll collector. Mrs. Yorker will be greatly missed by her daughter, Bonnie, and son-in-law, John, and especially her traveling companion and great-granddaughter, Jessica.

MEGAN MARIE YOUNG
Megan Marie Young, infant daughter of Eric and Dianna Hudson Young of Roberts, died at 12:16 p.m. Sunday 11-5-1995 at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Peoria, four hours and 46 minutes after her birth at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City. Graveside funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. There was no visitation. Lamb Funeral Home of Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements. Megan Marie was born at 7:30 a.m. Sunday 11-5-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City, a daughter of Eric and Dianna Hudson Young. She is survived by her parents of Roberts, one brother, Neil Young of Roberts; one sister, Courtney Young of Roberts; her maternal grandparents, Carl and Donna Hudson of Gibson City; her paternal grandparents, Earl and Janice Young of Gibson City and her two paternal great-grandparents, Elizabeth Young and Lavina Rick, both of Gibson City. Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital of Gibson City.


ELIZABETH KATHRYN ENDRES YOUNG
Elizabeth Kathryn Young, 94, of Gibson City, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday 3-7-2001 at ManorCare Nursing Home, Urbana. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall L. Robinson and the Rev. Al Schneck officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and one hour before the service Saturday at the church. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. She was born 10-11-1906 at Morton, a daughter of Henry and Marie Gleichman Endres. She married Earl J. Young, Sr. on 2-4-1935 at Bloomington. He died 7-20-1983. Survivors include a son, Earl J. Young, Jr., Gibson City; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grand-children; and three great-great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, four brothers, a step-son, a step-daughter and a great-granddaughter. Mrs. Young was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. She was a member of the South Side Country Club, the Friendship Sunday school class and the Dorcas Society of her church. She graduated from Peoria Central High School in 1925 and attended Bradley University for two years. She graduated from Peoria State Hospital School of Nursing in 1929. Mrs. Young practiced nursing in Peoria State Hospital and Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago.

EARL J. YOUNG, SR.
Earl J. Young, Sr. 90, a retired purebred swine breeder and farm equipment dealer, died at 10:05 p.m. Wednesday 7-20-1983 at Gibson Manor. His funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeffrey Young, Daniel Young, Eric Young, Tony Johnson, Mark Davis, and Paul Reynolds. Mr. Young was born 5-2-1893 in Forrest, a son of John and Mary Studer Young. He married Mary Green 12-1-1915 in Drummer Twp. She died 2-4-1922. He married Elizabeth Endres 2-4-1935 at Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Paul and Earl, Jr., both of Gibson City; a daughter, Marian Holloway, Louisville, Ky; three sisters, Alta Ricketts of Mesa, Az; Helen Ernst of Gibson City; and Ruth Wright of Normal; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild. Three brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Young, a life-long Gibson City area resident, was a Minneapolis-Moline equipment dealer for 40 years and a breeder of Duroc swine for 50 years. He retired in 1958. Mr. Young was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church to which memorials may be made.

MARLA LEE DONOVAN YOUNG FAVRE
Marla Lee Young, 50, of Carle Arbors, Savoy, formerly of Gibson City died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday 2-12-1987 at the nursing home where she had lived since 1979. Her funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Perry officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home. She was born 8-18-1936 in Gibson City, a daughter of Roy and Jane Briggs Donovan. She married Mike Favre on 3-23-1978 in Fisher. He survives in Champaign. Other survivors include one son, Roy Dean Young, Irmo, SC; two daughters, Mary Jo Parks, Fisher and Lorri Denny, Homer; one brother, Danny Donovan, Gibson City; her step-father, John Barnhart, Chatsworth and six grandchildren. Her parents and an infant son preceded her in death. She was employed at the Kline and Meyer Veterinary Clinic, Gibson City before she became ill.

MARILYN ELIZABETH MURRY ZANDER
Marilyn E. Zander, age 71, of Gibson City died at 6:05 a.m. Thursday 1-20-2000 at Heartland Health Care Center in Paxton. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. January 22 at the United Methodist Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. January 21 at the Lamb Funeral Home and for one hour before the service at the church. Pallbearers were Ronald Knapp, Delbert Tjarks, Lloyd Falck, Clark Falck, Roger Kauffman and Robert Peeken. Mrs. Zander was born 3-17-1928 at Gibson City, a daughter of Welby C. and Ethel Hanson Murry. She married Frederick E. Zander on 9-3-1948 at Gibson City. He died 2-19-1990. Survivors include one sister, Helen Redding of Fisher and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Mrs. Zander lived all her life in the Gibson City area. She worked as a secretary of the Ford County Sheriff's office for several years. A member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City, Mrs. Zander was also a member of the VFW Post 6289 in Gibson City, the Elliott AMVETS Post 276, the Sibley American Legion Auxiliary Post 244 and the Normal DAV Post 99. Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Gibson City or to a charity of the donor's choice.

BESSIE BLISSARD ZIMMERMAN
Bessie Zimmerman, 83, of Scottsdale, AZ., formerly of Gibson City, died 3-17-1984 at the Scottsdale Nursing Home Plaza. Funeral at First Christian Church, Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial, Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Richcard Gregerson, Leslie Oyer, Merle Oyer, Rowe Blissard, John Blissard and Res Blissard. Born 6-29-1900, at Gibson City, a daughter of William and Chloe Warfield Blissard, she married 2-28-1925 in Gibson City to Ernest Zimmerman. He died 8-17-1971. Survivors include a daughter, Leona Swenson, Scottsdale; a brother, Russell Blissard, Gibson City; and a grandchild.

GOLDIE MAE APPLEGATE ZITTING
Goldie Mae Zitting, 85, of Gibson City, died at 2:40 a.m. yesterday 5-2-1988 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 - 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Zitting was born 10-4-1902 in Carbondale, a daughter of Army and Rhoda Turner Applegate. She married Wm. Zitting on 4-21-1923 at Paxton. He died 10-24-1954. Survivors include two step-daughters, Helen Nelson, Denver, Colo.; and Ethel Hillenbrand, Dunedin, Fl. Mrs. Zitting was a member of the Church of Christ, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


ZIMMERMAN, FANNIE ESCHER - Gibson Courier, Thursday, 4-28-1932
b. 4-28-1857, near Pekin, Tazewell County, Il.
d/o John and Fannie Escher, one of a family of nine children; two survive her
m. 10-17-1876 to John Harm Zimmerman, Ford County, Il.; he died 10-1-1898
Four children born, all survive:
Mrs. A.W. (Cynthia Ann) Robinson, Garfield Washington
Fred W. Zimmerman of Dallas, TX
Mrs. Roy W. Johnson (Maud) of Cooksville, Il.
Herman J. Zimmerman
d. 4-21-1932, Gibson City, IL.;
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery
[Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

ZIMMERMAN, HARMAN - Gibson Courier, 6-23-1939
Harman Zimmerman, 80, died Thursday morning (6-22-1939) at the home of his son, George Zimmerman, southwest of Gibson City. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at the United Brethren Church in Gibson City in charge of the pastor, Rev. H.E. Longbrake; burial will be in Gibson Cemetery. Mr. Zimmerman was born 10-2-1858, in Strackholt, Germany, coming to this country many years ago when he was a young man. He was the father of Mrs. Wilbur Warman and George Zimmerman. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

ZIMMERMAN, HERMAN J. - Supervisor of Drummer Twp. - Gibson Courier Thurs. 9-19-1935
Herman J. Zimmerman passed away at the Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington Wednesday forenoon, 9-18-1935, aged 46 years. He was taken suddenly ill downtown on Monday and was taken to the hospital at once where an emergency operation for puncture of the stomach from a chronic ulcer was performed, from which he failed to rally. Mr. Zimmerman was a lifelong resident of Drummer Twp. He was born on a farm west of town, 12-23-1888, the son of John H. and Fannie Escher Zimmerman, Ford County pioneers. His father died 10-1-1898, and his mother's death was 4-21-1932. Reared on the farm, Mr. Zimmerman moved to Gibson City with his widowed mother in 1917. He was married 2-27-1926, to Miss Doris Electa Hunt, whose death occurred 1-25-1931. To this union, one son, John Thomas Zimmerman, was born, who survives his father. Since his mother's death his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hunt have cared for him. Mr. Zimmerman is also survived by one brother, Fred W. Zimmerman of Dallas, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Johnson of Cooksville, Il., and Mrs. Cynthia Robinson of Garfield Washington. Other relatives in this immediate vicinity are an uncle, Herman Zimmerman; an aunt, Mrs. Mary Suter; and the following cousins, George Zimmerman, Aaron, Joe and Rube Suter, and Mrs. Robert Brown. Mr. Zimmerman had served seven years as Supervisor of Drummer Twp., an office to which he gave his entire time, and he was considered one of the best supervisors the township ever had. He served last year as chairman of the Ford County Board of Supervisors, and had served the board on many important committees. Funeral services will be held in Lamb's Chapel Friday afternoon, in charge of Rev. A.H. Flagge, pastor of the Methodist Church. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Zimmerman, Mrs. Hilda
Mrs. Hilda Zimmerman, 80, died at 4:55 p.m. Saturday at Gibson Community Hospital. She had been a patient for six weeks.
Her funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Willard Crowe, Vim Fuoss, William Jensen, V.B. Ernst, Loren Mire and Emerson Busick.
She was born July 12, 1886, in Germany, a daughter of Frederick and Ettina Zimmerman Onken. She was married to George Zimmerman Feb. 19, 1913, in Buckley.
Surviving are a son, Francis G., Decatur, Ind.; a daughter, Mrs. Everett Fuoss, Gibson City; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; five sisters; Mrs. Lena Shields, Mrs. Fannie Bothwell, both of Gibson City; Mrs. Anna Essington, Kempton; Mrs. Marie Cleary, Ashkum; Miss Ferne Onken, Thawville. Her husband died in 1945. Three sisters also preceded her in death.
She was a resident of Gibson City since 1913 and was a member of the Presbyterian Church. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

ZIMMERMAN, JOHN - Gibson Courier, Friday 10-7-1898
CUT TO PIECES BY THE CARS AT SPRINGFIELD
One of the most frightful and shocking accidents which ever concerned the people of this neighborhood was the killing of John Zimmerman by the cars at Springfield last Friday night. "We the jury find that the deceased came to his death on 10-1-1898, at or about 12:30 a.m., and we believe that he came to his death by being accidentally run over by what is known as train No 3 on the Chicago & Alton Road at a point midway between Fifth and Sixth Streets in the City of Springfield." John Zimmerman was born in Germany in 1851, and died in his 47th year. He came to this country in 1870, and had since that time been a resident of this neighborhood. He leaves a wife and four children, and two brothers. (There is a lengthy, gruesome obit printed in the Courier) [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Zimmerman, Lyla Berkler
Mrs. Lyla Zimmerman, 68, died Saturday, 7-26-1969 at her home in Gibson City. Funeral services were Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating; burial was in the Drummer Twp. Cemetery.
She was born 8-27-1900 at Webster City, Iowa, the daughter of Frank and Eunice Bone Berkler. She married William Zimmerman 6-19-1922 at Lafayette, Indiana. She is survived by her husband, one son, William Jr., Rantoul; one daughter Mrs. Betty Lou Brokate, Gibson City; four sisters, Mrs. Fern May and Mrs. Leora Thompson, both Gibson City; Mrs. Elma Thompson, Paxton; and Mrs. Leta Fisher, Plymouth, Indiana; three brothers, Frank Jr., Gibson City; Castle, Springfield (?); Richard, Colfax, Calif. She was preceded in death by two sisters. Pallbearers were Melvin Wright, Donald May, James E. Thompson, Dic Thompson,
Edward May and Donald Schmall. [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]

Zimmerman, William
William Zimmerman, 79, was found dead in his home in Gibson City Sunday morning by a daughter-in-law. Mrs. William Zimmerman Rantoul. The time of death has not been determined. Ford County Coroner Reynard Hayslette will conduct an inquiry
Mr. Zimmerman was a lifelong resident of Gibson City and had been employed by Illinois State Highway Maintenance, the Stokely Van-Camp Company and as a school bus driver. The funeral was Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Chester Chandler officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery. Pallbearers were Richard Gregerson, Don May, Ed May, Melvin Wright, Jim Thompson, and Dick Thompson.
He was born Feb. 18, 1894 near Fisher a son of John and Fashbender Zimmerman. He married Lyla Berkler June 19, 1922 in Lafayette Ind. She died in July 1960. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Betty Brok---, Gibson City, and a brother Charles, Foosland. A son, four sisters and a brother preceded him in death. Mr. Zimmerman served in France during World War I.
4-11-1974 [Transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton]


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