FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS

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

Obits for the following names are on this page.
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Irene Mathilda Hummel Kemnetz

James Kaeding

Arno A. Krumwiede

Leroy Krumwiede

Darlene Schoolcraft Evans Kelley

Thomas A. Kelley

Marguerite A. Kendrick (NEW!)

   

Darrell Kindred

Robert Knapp

W.D. "Bud" Kreitzer

James B. Kretzer

Martha V. (Hawthorne) Kumler

Elizabeth Ann Kleindienst

Velma Wreath Kelley

Karry N. Kestner

Bernard R. Kysar

Benjamin F. Kaufman

William Kaufmann

Ella Schertz

Marjorie Kemple

Louis Kietzman

William J. Knab

Charles W. Knapp

Anna L. Koehler

Mary Ann Becker Koehler

Harry G. Koehler

McKinley Koehler

John L. Kreitzer

Mrs. Thelma Krumwiede

Elmer L. Kumler

Arthur A. Kuntz

Mrs. Eva Kuntz

 

 


KEMNETZ, IRENE MATHILDA HUMMEL - 86, died at 8:10 p.m. Saturday 10-5-2002 at Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Watseka. She was born 2-27-1916 in Germanville Twp, a daughter of Frank Antone and Anna Carolina Hornickel Hummel. She married Lloyd D. Kemnetz Sr on 3-31-1934 in Chatsworth. He died 11-23-2001. Burial was in Germanville Cemetery, rural Chatsworth.

KAEDING, JAMES - 58 of Port, Washington, Wisc. b. 5-6-1944 in Fairbury s/o Henry Emil and Ferne Diercouff-Fuoss Kaeding m. Kathy A. Crawford 3-9-1968 in Roberts, she survives d. Thursday 10-10-2002 at St. Michael's Hospital, Milwaukee bur: St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Washington.

KRUMWIEDE, ARNO A. - 88, of Watseka, a Buckley native. b. 11-3-1913 in Buckley, s/o F.P. and Lillie Kaufmann Krumwiede. m. Betty E. Corbly 9-28-1940 in Buckley. She survives. d. Sunday 10-13-2002 at Provena St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee bur: St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery, Woodworth.

KRUMWIEDE, LEROY "ROY" - 75, of Sacramento, Calif., formerly of Buckley died Sunday 11-3-2002. Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Town and Country Lutheran Church, Sacramento. Visitation was from 4 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at East Lawn Mortuary, Sacramento. He was married for 56 years to his wife, Lois, who survives at 2430 Catalina Dr., Sacramento, Calif. 95864. Also surviving are three sons, Rick Krumwiede of Sacramento, Kip (Lana) Krumwiede of Orem, Utah, and Kent Krumwiede of Sacramento; four grandchildren, two brothers, Loren (Wilma) Krumwiede of Payson, and Lynn (Vada) Krumwiede of Salinas, Kan.; six nieces and two nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda, and by his parents, Raymond and Gertrude Krumwiede. He owned and operated a gas station and restaurant in Illinois for more than 10 years, and retired from Weinstock's after 28 years. He was a Navy veteran of WW II, a lifetime member of the Buckley American Legion Post, and a member of the Town and Country Lutheran Church. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-6-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

DARLENE SCHOOLCRAFT EVANS KELLEY
12-19-1930 to 4-30-2000
Services: Wednesday, May 3, 2000
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Gary Fairchild
Organist: Julie Nettleton
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, McLean County, Il
Pallbearers:
Randy Schoolcraft
Danny Schoolcraft
Tom Schoolcraft
Martin Mott
Mark Mott
Mike Mott
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


KELLEY, THOMAS A. - 85, a resident of Gibson City for 45 years, died at 8:15 p.m. Saturday 6-7-1986 at Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery.
He was born 2-26-1901, at Argenta, a son of William and Elizabeth Houston Kelley. He married Helen Bratcher on 2-18-1933, in Bloomington. She survives. Also surviving are three brothers, Peter, Springfield; Howard, Bloomington; and Paul, Decatur; three sisters, Mae Poll, Decatur; Lillie Croy, Peoria; and Ann Padgett, Decatur. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters. He owned and operated his own trucking business for many years, retiring in 1975. He also served as a patrolman for the Gibson City police. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

THOMAS A. KELLEY Thomas A. Kelley, 85, a resident of Gibson City for 45 years, died at 8:15 p.m. Saturday 6-7-1986 at Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 tonight at the funeral home. He was born 2-26-1901, at Argenta, a son of William and Elizabeth Houston Kelley. He married Helen Bratcher on 2-18-1933 in Bloomington and she survives. Also surviving are three brothers, Peter of Springfield; Howard of Bloomington; and Paul of Decatur; three sisters, Mae Poll of Decatur; Lillie Croy of Peoria; and Ann Padgett, Decatur. He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers and two sisters. He owned and operated his own trucking busines for many years, retiring in 1975. He also served as a patrolman for the Gibson City police. Memorials may be made to the Ford County Nursing Home or to a charity of the donor's choice.

KINDRED, Darrell - The funeral of DARRELL LYN SASMET 53, of Urbana, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church of Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. He died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday 6-25-1994 at Birchwood Healthcare Center, Belleville. Death was attributed to natural causes. He was born 5-24-1941, at Heyworth, a son of Harold and Delora "Dolly" Dahl Kindred. Survivors include his mother, Delora Samet, Elliott; and two sisters, Carolyn Kay Bell, Gibson City; and Connie Sue Samet, Chicago. His step-father, Robert Samet, preceded him in death. He was a 1959 graduate of Gibson City High School, and attended Northwestern University. He graduated from the University of Il., College of Journalism in 1964; and was a 1967 graduate of the University of Il., College of Law. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


DARRELL LYNN SAMET KINDRED The funeral of Darrell Lynn Samet Kindred, 53, of Urbana, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Methodist Church of Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. He died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday 6-25-1994 at Birchwood Healthcare Center, Belleville. Death was attributed to natural causes. He was born 5-24-1941 at Heyworth, a son of Harold and Delora "Dolly" Dahl Kindred. Survivors include his mother, Delora Samet, Elliott; and two sisters, Carolyn Kay Bell, Gibson City; and Connie Sue Samet, Chicago. His stepfather, Robert Samet, preceded him in death. He was a 1959 graduate of Gibson City High School, and attended Northwestern University. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Journalism, in 1964; and was a 1967 graduate of the University of Illinois, College of Law. He worked for the Champaign News Gazette from 1962 - 1967, and was licensed to practice law in NY, California and International Law. He worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, and later lived in NY, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Calif. While in NY and California, he performed in theater. He was skilled in the art of sand painting, and authored a book on the subject. His hobbies included painting, needlepoint and flowers, and he was an avid reader and movie-goer. A marathan runner, he participated in numerous races. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southern Illinois.

KNAPP, Robert - The funeral of ROBERT DOUGLAS KNAPP, 66, of Colfax, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Methodist Church, Colfax. The Rev. Ron Johnson will officiate. Burial with full military rites, will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.
He died at 12:06 a.m. Thursday 6-7-2001 at his residence. Mr. Knapp was born 12-23-1934, in Gibson City, a son of Robert J. and Marion A. Anderson Knapp. He married Mary Elizabeth Taylor on 6-1-1958 in Gibson City. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Kevin (Chris) Knap, Rocky River, Ohio; and Mike (Diane) Knapp, Greenville, Mich.; one brother, Ronald L. (Betty) Knapp, Gibson City; one sister, Karen Long, Gibson City; and six grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death.
Mr. Knapp was a 1952 graduate of Drummer Twp High School and completed four years of service with the U.S. Army and was based in Germany. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

W.D. "BUD" KREITZER
6-1-1912 to 8-8-1995
Services: Friday August 11, 1995
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Patrick W. Cox
Burial: Elliott Cemetery, Elliott, Il.
Pallbearers:
Donald Swanstrom
Ronald Meiners
Eugene Roth
Rollie Seibring
John Healey
Edwin Sauer
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

KRETZER, JAMES B. - 44, of Gibson City died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday 8-27-1998 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday 8-30-1998 at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Boone Farney will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.
Mr. Kretzer was born 6-16-1954 at Gibson City a son of Arthur W., and Mary Lee Malone Kretzer. He first married GaLynn Heffernan. He later married Donna Williams on 6-14-1989, at Gibson City. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Natasha Kretzer of Paxton and Brittany Kretzer of Gibson City; a stepdaughter, Ashley Adams of Gibson City; his mother of Normal; a brother, Mike Kretzer of El Paso; a sister, Debbie Walden of Bloomington and his grandmother, Luetta Malon of Blue Mound. He was preceded in death by his father. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

KUMLER, MARTHA V. (HAWTHORNE) - 73, of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Mansfield and Gibson City, died at 1:40 a.m. Saturday 9-19-1987 at St. Luke's Hospital, Maumee, Ohio. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mansfield Cemetery, with the Rev. Kim Egoff-Fox officiating. There will be no visitation. Stensel-Calvert-Belangee Funeral Home, Mansfield, is in charge of arrangements.
She was born 9-29-1913, in Mansfield, a daughter of Alexander and Margaret Burgess Hawthorne. Survivors include one son, Dr. Marvin Kumler, Toledo, Ohio; one daughter, Sharon Seaton, Sycamore; two brothers, Francis, Farmer City, and Cecil, Saybrook; three sisters, Louise Parrett, Mahomet; Annabell Simpson, Oblong; and Velma Heidewald, RR 5 Bloomington; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers.
She was a sales clerk at Robeson's Department Store, Champaign for the past 15 years. She was a member of First United Methodists Church, Champaign; past worthy matron of Drummer Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Gibson City; member of Country Social Club, Gibson City; and member of Junior and Senior Women's clubs, Gibson City. She was a graduate of Mansfield High School and the Illinois State University teacher diploma program. She was a former Miss Piatt County and a runner-up for Miss Illinois. Memorials may be made to the Martha V. Kumler Scholarship Fund at Bowling Green State University Foundation, Ohio. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

KLEINDIENST, Elizabeth Ann - "B. Ann" Kleindienst, women's and civil rights activist and sociologist in St. Louis, Boston, and Washington DC died Monday, 12-16-2002 at the age of 70. Born Elizabeth Ann Carson in Chicago and raised in Gibson City, Kleindienst was the youngest of four. Her father Paul Carson owned and operated a Ford dealership in Gibson City from 1918 to 1968. She graduated from Drummer Twp High School in 1949. She attended the U of I in Champaign and Loyola University in Chicago where she was one of only a few women students. Among her survivors are daughter, Kris Kleindienst of St. Louis and sons, Paul Joseph and Kurt Edward Kleindienst of Rochester, NY; sister Catherine Carson Sherrard of Littleton, MA and brother John Carson of Eau Claire, WI as well as several nieces, nephews and three grandchildren. Plans for a memorial service are pending for early 2003. Memorial contributions may be made to PROMO-Growing American Youth, PO Box 24106, St. Louis, MO 63130 [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

KELLEY, Velma Wreath (Kilbreth) - 97, of Paxton died at 9:25 p.m. Wednesday 12-11-2002 at Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton, where she had been in declining health since 1997. Funeral services were Monday at Johnson Funeral Home, Fairfield, following visitation. Visitation was from 9 - 11 a.m. Monday at the Funeral Home. Mrs. Kelley was born 2-11-1905, at Boyleston, a daughter of John W. and Martha (Miller) Kilbreth. She married James Arthur Kelley 1-24-1927. He died 10-29-1978. Surviving are two sons, Murrel (Lorene) Kelley of Fairfield and Norman (Doris) Kelley of Benson, KY.; two daughters, Barbara (Kenneth) Edwards, Jr. of Paxton and Marjorie (Don) Flanagan of Waukegan; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one nephew, Richard (Ginger) Kilbreth of Myrtle Beach, SC. She was also preceded in death by one son, Lowell Kelley; one brother, Cecil Kilbreth; and one sister, Irene Halsey. Mrs. Kelley formerly resided in Fairfield. She moved to this area in 1969 to live with her daughter, Barbara Edwards. She was a member of the Church of Christ for 59 years. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


KARRY N. KESTNER Karry N. Kestner, 82, a resident of the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton, since 1988, and formerly of Gibson City, died at 7:18 a.m. yesterday 1-6-1993 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Samuel Goins officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Kestner was born 5-22-1910 in Pikeville, KY, a son of David and Margaret Conley Kestner. He married Arlene Sanders 3-4-1940 in Sullivan. Survivors include three sons, Jerry, Forrest; George, Pontiac; and Ronald, Long Point; three daughters, Beverly Fretty, Paxton; Wanetta Tomczak, Thorp, Wis.; and Sharon Burgess, Hampshire; two sisters, Fannie Lourash, Decatur, and Betty Young, Seattle, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Three brothers, three sisters, three granddaughters and one great-granddaughter preceded him in death. Mr. Kestner, who had lived in the Gibson City area since 1948, was a member of the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church, Elliott. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

BERNARD R. KYSAR
5-27-1911 to 8-8-1999
Services: Wednesday, August 11, 1999
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il.
Officiating: The Rev. Mark Diedrich
Burial: Melvin Cemetery, Melvin Il.
Pallbearers:
David Fields
Rich Fields
Rob Fields
Casey Fields
Doug Higgins
Jon Apland
Michael Fields
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]



The following obituaries were transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton:

Kaufman, Benjamin F.
Benjamin F. Kaufman, 63, mayor-elect of Melvin, passed away on Saturday afternoon (4-20-1935) at Lake View Hospital in Danville following an operation which was performed with the hope that relief from intestinal obstructions might be obtained. Mr. Kaufman had been seriously ill for nine weeks and for some time his condition had been very alarming.
The deceased was born 7-29-1871 in Tazewell County, near Pekin, IL where he spent the early years of his life. On 2-8-1892 he was united in marriage to Miss Louise Strubhar of Morton. About 35 years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman came to Melvin and since that time they have continued to reside here.
Mr. Kaufman served the telephone company as manager for many years, the exchange being located in his property during the time. Later he purchased the Mahlon Hess store and since that time he has been engaged in that business.
Funeral services for Mr. Kaufman were held this afternoon at the family home in Melvin with Rev. H.W. Hartman, pastor of the Roberts-Melvin Methodist Churches and Rev. E.S. Guilbert, pastor of the Melvin Congregational Church officiating; entombment following in the Melvin Cemetery.

Kaufmann, William
Former Buckley Mayor
William Kaufmann, 67, of Buckley, died Tuesday at Paxton Community Hospital after a heart attack last Saturday morning. Funeral services will be held Friday at the family residence and at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Rev. E.M. Goltermann officiating; burial will be in the Church cemetery. Mr. Kaufmann was born 12-24-1880 at Buckley.
Surviving are his wife (no name mentioned), three sons, Mark, Donald, and Alva; a daughter, Mrs. Viola Winterstein; five sisters, Miss Clara, Mrs. Allie Preise, Mrs. Paulina Hartke, Mrs. Lizzie Koschnick, and Mrs. Lillie Krumwiede; three brothers, George, Martin and Ed Kaufmann.


Kemple, Marjorie
Ella Schertz, Marjorie Kemple Die in Auto Crash
Miss Ella Schertz, 57, was killed instantly and Miss Marjorie Kemple, 43 died Wednesday morning following a head on automobile crash just west of Rantoul about 9:20 Tuesday evening.
Injured in the crash were Miss Imo Schertz of this city, Staff Sergeant Carmen Wilson, 40 Chanute airman from Louisville, KY., reported in serious condition with lacerations, multiple fractures and internal injuries. Frank Corbett of Rantoul, in fair condition, Blain J. Corbett of Elmhurst, in good condition, Joseph H. Corbett, 6, son of Frank in good condition with a broken left leg and other injuries.
The condition of Miss Schertz is reported as good. All are in Mercy, hospital, Urbana, with the exception of Sgt. Wilson who is in the Chanute hospital.
The Gibson City car was supposedly driven by Miss Imo Schertz and was westbound. The eastbound car was driven by Blaine Corbett. The accident occurred on the west sweep of an S curve and both cars were damaged on the right side, leading state police to believe that one or both cars were on the wrong side of the road. No skid marks indicated that either driver had had a chance to apply their brakes. The Schertz car was a 1948 sedan and the Corbett auto a 1949 sedan.
The Gibson City ladies were returning home from a birthday dinner party for Miss Ella Schertz when the accident occurred.
Miss Ella Schertz has been employed at the Hunt Insurance Agency for the past 18 years. Miss Imo is employed at the Fashion Shop here. Miss Kemple has been a school teacher for a number of years and was to have been English and speech teacher at the high school here this year.
Ella Schertz was born at Stanford on August 29, 1892, daughter of Peter and Mary Elizabeth Pierce Schertz. She came to Gibson City as a child and has lived here since, graduating from high school here and later studying music. She was also a secretary-treasurer of the Christian Church.
She is survived by her sister, Imo and a brother, Jesse of this city, a niece, Mrs. Betty Elliott, of Compton, California and a nephew, Richard Schertz, of Minier.
Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Lamb Funeral home with the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating.
Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery.
Marjorie Kemple was a native of this city, the daughter of the late Harry and Lavina Kemple of this city. She had taught at Saybrook, Melvin and Fairbury before signing to teach here. She was a graduate of the U. of I. and had attended summer session at the University this year. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She is survived by two brothers, Harold and Kenneth Kemple, both of this city and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, with the Rev. James C. Cayton officiating. Burial will be at the Gibson Cemetery.
9-1-1949-date on newspaper

Kendrick, Marguerite A.
MELVIN - Marguerite A. Kendrick, 85, of Melvin died at 4:30 p.m. yesterday (Sept. 25, 1989) at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. She was taken to Lamb-Young Funeral Home, Roberts. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) - September 26, 1989 - Submitted by Jan Dishon]
The Funeral Of Marguerite A. Kendrick
MELVIN - The Funeral Of Marguerite A. Kendrick, 86, Melvin, will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the United Methodist Church, Melvin. The Revs. Roger Ross and Stanley Rapp will officiate. Burial will be in Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Lamb-Young Funeral Home, Roberts.
Mrs. Kendrick died at 4:30 p.m. Monday (Sept. 25, 1989) at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, Gibson City.
She was born Dec. 25, 1902, in Roberts, a daughter of Frank C. and Seba L. Arnold Linn. She married Merritt I. Kendrick on Sept. 6, 1924, in Roberts. He died Oct. 2, 1988. Survivors include a son, Ted, Melvin; a daughter, Frances Kendrick, Champaign; a brother, Arnold Linn, Wilmette; a sister, Frances Linn, Roberts; 13 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. A grandson preceded her in death. Mrs. Kendrick was a resident of the Melvin-Roberts area all her life. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Melvin; Acacia Sunday school class of the church; Royal Neighbors of America; and the Order of the Eastern Star. [The Pantagraph, (Bloomington, IL) - September 27, 1989 - Submitted by Jan Dishon]

KIETZMAN, LOUIS - Melvin Motor - 12-14-1923
Louis Kietzman was born 5-25-1844, at Stieglitz, County of Garmikan, Province of Posen, Germany, and died at his home in Melvin, 12-5-1923, having reached the age of 78 years, 6 months and 10 days. The deceased came to this country in 1868. The first year he spent in Putnam and LaSalle Counties, Il. In 1871 he came to Ford County and made his home in the neighborhood of Melvin and Roberts, but since the spring of 1915 he lived in Melvin. March 20, 1883, he was united in holy wedlock to Miss Ernestine Tornowski. Seven children were born to this union. His wife preceded him into eternity in September, 1915, Albert died in infancy; Minnie in 1916 and another son, Theodore, in 1919. The deceased enjoyed good health during his lifetime with the exception of the last few years when he complained some, but he was never seriously ill. Thanksgiving afternoon he visited at the home of his sister, Mrs. August Schulz Sr., and it was there that he suffered a stroke which in the providence of God, should bring his earthly life to an end. Wednesday evening at about 10 o'clock, he passed away, and as we sincerely hope, went into the rest of God's chosen people. He served this church as janitor a number of years, till old age and increasing weakness bade him quit. His simple and quiet Christian life and his kind disposition have made him many friends. He was especially fond of little children and young people, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him best. Those mourning his death are his ............of Roberts; his daughters: Mrs. Emma Rexroat of Melvin; a son-in.....five grandchildren, two brothers: August of Germany, and Gustave in Melvin, two sisters, Mrs. August Schulzs Sr. of Melvin and Mrs. Gus Zabel of Buckley and a number of others.......

Knab, William J.
William J. Knab, 88, of Lake Iroquois, Loda, died at 10:07 a.m. Friday, June 16, 2006 at his home.
Knab had been in failing health for a year. There will be no services. Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, is in charge of arrangements.
Knab was born Oct. 21, 1917 in Chicago, the son of Anton and Ella Dechent Knab. He married Florence C. Walter on Oct. 5, 1940 in Chicago. She survives; also surviving are one daughter, Nancy (Robert) Seamands of Lake Iroquois, one son, John (Vida) Knab of Gurnee, and two grandsons, Timothy and Christopher Knab of Gurnee. He was preceded in death by two brothers.
He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Chicago and attended a trade school to become a tool and die maker. He was plant superintendent of the Oak Manuco in Chicago. He and his wife moved to Gibson City in 1960 where they owned and operated the Coast-to-Coast Store until 1973. They moved to Lake Iroquois in 1986. He enjoyed playing golf, enjoyed all sports and was a Cub fan, Illinois fan and a Bears fan.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

KNAPP, CHARLES W. - Gibson Courier 8-4-1927
Charles W. Knapp, one of this city's most respected citizens, passed away Monday morning, 8-1-1927 at his home at 612 East 9th Street, following an illness of only a few days caused by heart lesion and pneumonia. While at his work Wednesday afternoon he was taken suddenly ill, and was taken home. His condition was very serious from that time and gradually became worse. His death came as a distinct shock to the many friends he has made since becoming a resident of this city. Mr. Knapp was born at Lowell, Michigan, 10-22-1862, and during his early childhood moved with his parents to the state of New York where he grew to maturity, and then came to Illinois and lived near Saybrook for a few years. He was united in marriage to Miss Ella Anthony, 12-27-1887 and for nearly thirty years they made their home in Chicago, where he was a building contractor. They also lived in Rantoul for about five years, where he followed his regular calling. Their one child, Leila, died 9-10-1913, aged 21 years. About seven years ago they came to this city, where they have since been identified with the best interests of the community. He had been a life-long member of the Methodist Church. Besides his wife, he is survived by two brothers, Dr. C.W. Knapp, of this city, and Irvin J. Knapp, of Earle, Arkansas. Mr. Knapp was an artisan of an unusually high order, a skilled workman who delighted in his craft. Quiet, modest and unassuming, he made warm friends wherever he went. He was a man of clean life and possessed of innate refinement, a true Christian gentleman. He will be missed, not only in his home, but in the community. The funeral services were held in the home on East Ninth Street yesterday afternoon, in charge of Rev. Glenn J. Schillerstrom, in the absence of the pastor of the Methodist Church; burial was in the Rantoul Cemetery.

Koehler, Anna L.
Anna L. Koehler, age 91 of Sibley, died at 11:12 a.m. Saturday, November 8, 1986 at the Gibson Community Hospital Gibson City.
Her funeral was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Melvin Methodist Church in Melvin, with the Rev. Stanley A. Rapp officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley.
Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Pallbearers were Michael Bowman, Ronald Wiebers, Rowe Blissard, Donald Armstrong, Dent Bielfeldt and Les DeFries.
She was born October 5, 1895 in Cooksville a daughter of Jacob and Christina Wissmiller Blum. She married Harry G. Koehler February 14, 1917 at Sibley. He died February 12, 1967.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Wurmnest of Sibley, and Jean Arends of Melvin; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by a son, two brothers and two sisters.
She formerly taught in rural and Sibley schools. She was a member of the Melvin Methodist Church and Royal Neighbors for over 50 years.
Memorials may be made to the church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
11-12-1986

Koehler, Mrs. Chas.
Mary Ann Becker was born in New York City on March 10, 1852. her father's name was Henry Becker. While in infancy her parents moved to Peru, Illinois. At the age of six she lost her mother and her father enlisted in the army to serve during the Civil War. She lived among friends until her marriage with Mr. Chas. Koehler on January 1, 1877, at Peru.
The Koehler's stayed in Peru one year, then farmed in Troy Grove for seven years. They came to Sibley and started farming on March 1, 1885. From 1890-95 they lived in California when they returned to Sibley and farmed on the Sibley estate. On February 16, 1920 they retired to our village.
Mrs. Koehler took sick a week ago Sunday. When partly recovered she again took up her household duties, but early last Sunday she came down with pneumonia which caused her death on Tuesday morning at 6 o'clock. She is survived by her husband, five sons, one sister and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the home and at St. John's Lutheran Church, on Thursday, February 22, Rev. C.S. Gerlach, officiating. Interment was made in Mt. Hope cemetery.
The relatives attending from a distance were; Mr. and Mrs. John Stump, John, Henry Jacob, Chas. And Frank Geringer, Mrs. Chas. Knott, Mrs. Emma O'Hearn and Miss Norine O'Hearn, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Helmig, Mrs. J.E. Seepe, Miss Bertha Seepe, Mrs. J. Walgenbach, Mrs. Wm. Eisfelt Miss Hazel Dauber and Gus Koehler, of Peru, Illinois; Gus and Bert Koehler, of Chatsworth.

Koehler, Harry G.
Harry G. Koehler, 78 years old, a retired farmer, died at 6:10 p.m. Sunday, February 12, 1967, at Fairbury Hospital. He had been a patient for eight weeks.
His funeral was at 2 p.m., Wednesday at the Zion Methodist Church, Melvin, and the Rev. Harry K. Deffley officiating. Burial was in Mr. Hope Cemetery, Sibley.
Mr. Koehler was born January 25, 1889, at Sibley, a son of Charles and Mary Ann Becker Koehler. He married Ann L. Blum February 14, 1917, near Sibley.
Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Clarence Wurmnest of Sibley and Mrs. William Arends of Melvin; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and two brothers, Charles F. of Los Angeles, Calif. and McKinley of Melvin.
A son, six brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
Mr. Koehler was a member of Zion Methodist Church, Modern Woodmen of American and Ford County Farm Bureau. He farmed until 1946 when he moved to Sibley. He was a dealer for Producers Seed Co. for 20 years.
Mr. Koehler was treasurer for the Land Commissioners of township 25 range 7 at the time of his death and had been treasurer of the Melvin-Sibley School District for many years.
He had also served on the Sibley Grade School board.
2-16-1967

Koehler, McKinley
McKinley Koehler, 79, of Sibley died Wed. Nov. 5, 1975. Funeral services were held Sat., Nov 8 at 1:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Sibley, the Rev. David Wence officiating. Burial was in the Mount Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Donald Gentes, Daniel Gentes, John Ames, Delmar Brucker, Leo Rubenacker, and Roger Huppert.
Mr. Koehler was born Sept. 27, 1896, in Sibley, a son of Charles and Mary Becker Koehler. He married Marie Fricke Jan. 21, 1920, in Sibley. She died in 1931. He married Margaret Short in August 1940 at Paxton. She died in 1965.
Surviving are a son, Don Riverside, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Conger, Sibley; four grandchildren; and great grandson.
Five brothers preceded him in death.
Koehler was a member of the Sibley United Methodist Church and farmed in the Sibley area for 55 years.
11-13-1975

Kreitzer, John L.
John L. Kreitzer, son of Rudolph and Wilhelmina Kreitzer, was born in Prussia, Germany, 6-1-1849. In 1865, at the age of sixteen, he came to America alone, sailing from Liverpool on the boat "Wieland," landing at Quebec. He then made his way to Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
On 2-18-1872, he was married to Miss Abra Stowater of Wisconsin, and to this union three children were born. The larger part of Mr. Kreitzer's life was spent in the community of Elliott. Ten years of this time, 1893-1903, he owned and operated a general store.
Mr. Kreitzer was a member of the German Lutheran Church of Grafton, Wisconsin. Wednesday morning 2-29-1936 at abut 11:30, Mr. Kreitzer became suddenly ill, and passed out of this world the next evening. A cerebral hemorrhage caused his death.
He was 86 years, 8 months, and 26 days of age. Besides his wife, he leaves one son, W.A. Kreitzer, and two daughters, Mrs. Emma Cameron and Mrs. Gertie Jones, all of Elliott; five grandchildren, W.D. Kreitzer, John L. Kreitzer, Jr.

Krumwiede, Thelma Denny, Canady
Ludlow - The funeral for Mrs. Thelma Krumwiede, 60, who died Wednesday, 1-14-1970 was held Monday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City; the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiated; burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. She was born 1-20-1909 at Freetown, Ind., a daughter of Oscar and Jessie Harris Denny. She was married to Guy Canady on 9-11-1928. He died 1-18-1950. On 2-25-1956 she married Herman Krumwiede in Gibson City. Survivors are her husband, a son, Richard Canady, serving in the Army in Germany; a daughter, Mrs. Irene Snodgrass, Urbana; a brother Clarence, Rock Falls and two grandchildren. Her parents and a brother preceded her in death. She lived in Saybrook and Gibson City before moving to Ludlow 12 years ago. Mrs. Krumwiede was a member of the First Christian Church at Gibson City.

Kumler, Elmer
Elmer L. Kumler, 84, Bellflower, died at his home Thursday morning Jan. 3, 1974.
His funeral was held Saturday at the Bellflower United Methodist Church with the Rev. Owen Candler officiating. Burial was in Bellflower Cemetery.
He was born at Bellflower, Dec. 25, 1889 a son of Gilea Lee and Hannah Gillespie Kumler. He married Besse H. Richards at Monticello Aug. 17, 1914. She died in 1967.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. John Mooney, Gibson City; Mrs. Roland Sering, Stuttgart, Ark.; three sons, Richard L. and Wilbur, both of Bellflower; Lyle K. Gibson City; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Florence Tungate, Saybrook; Mrs. Lillian Curtis, Stuttgart, Ark.
A son, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and 3 grandchildren preceded him in death.
He was a member of the Bellflower United Methodist Church and farmed in the Bellflower area until his retirement in 1951.
He was a member of the McLean County Farm Bureau and served many years on the Bellflower School Board and was a past president of the board.
Pallbearers were Mark Kumler, Steve Kumler, Tyke Kumler, grandsons and John Kumler, Arthur Kumler and Charles Kumler, nephews.

Kuntz, Arthur
Arthur A. Kuntz, 79 a former Strawn resident, died at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, April 21, 1974 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, where he had been a patient for days.
His funeral was Tuesday at the Culkin Funeral Home, Forrest, with Rev. Carl Richardson officiating. Burial was in Strawn Cemetery.
Mr. Kuntz was born July --?-1894 in Sibley a son of Albert and Zelma Schroen Kuntz. He married Eva Smith, May 29, 19-in Forrest. She died in 1967.
Surviving are three daughters; Mrs. Bonnie Hamerstein, New Lennox; Mrs. Mary Rinkenburger, Denver, Colo.; and Mrs. Joyce Lynch, Evergreen Park; four sons, Robert, Sioux City, IA; Kenneth, Sibley; George, Strawn; and Terry, Salem, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Gertrude Lan---(cutoff), Sibley; two brothers, Frank, Champaign; and Ralph, Strawn; 16 grandchildren and --?-(cutoff) great grandchildren.
A brother and sister preceded him in death.
Mr. Kuntz was a veteran of World War I and was a farmer all his adult life.
4-25-1974

Kuntz, Mrs. Eva
George Kuntz' Mother Killed
Mrs. Eva Kuntz, 57, of route 1, Strawn, died as the result of injuries sustained when she was struck by a car on route 47 in Strawn Friday.
Mrs. Kuntz was attempting to cross the street with her little grandson, Timothy Kuntz, 3, of Sioux City, Iowa, when a car driven by Arthur Heiem of Decatur struck both of them. The child was not seriously hurt. Mrs. Kuntz was taken to Fairbury Hospital, where she died Sunday.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the Culkin Funeral Home in Forrest and at 10 a.m. at St. Rose Church, Strawn. Burial was in Strawn Cemetery.
Among the survivors are a son, George Kuntz, of Gibson City, and another son, a former Gibson City resident, Robert, now of Sioux City, Iowa. It was his son who was with Mrs. Kuntz.
12-28-1967


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