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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Wayne Lambert

Wallace S. Lamb

Lester E. Lammle

Jacob Landel

Evelyn M. Harmon Leathers

Omer L. Leathers

John Henry Leonard

Ruth M. Erickson Ljung

Oscar R. Long

Samuel Lyman

Murel M. Smith Labee

Wilber E. Luttrell

Irene M. Luhrsen

 Ella Belle Lafountain

 Jack W. Lamb

 Wilber E. Lamb

Gertrude Lanz

James Larson

Orville Larson

Leora M. Lee

Louise Lee

Ann Leenerman

John H. Leenerman

Jacob Lehmann

Minnie E. Lewis

Melvin Lindahl

James W. Lindelof

Nels Edward Lindholm

Arnold J. Linn (NEW)

Drusilla Linn (NEW)

Mrs. J. C. Linn (NEW)

Rachel Linn (NEW)

Seba Linn (NEW)

Thomas Linn (NEW)

T.I. Livingstone

Evelyn Anderson Lord

Arthur B. Loudy

Ralph Lowery

Peter Lundahl

Lars M. Lundberg

Bertha Isabell Lunde

Peter T. Lunde

   


WAYNE LAMBERT
9-28-1919 to 8-20-1994
Services: Wednesday, August 24, 1994
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Dan Hill
Burial: Kempton-Hill Cemetery, Kempton, Il.
Honorary Pallbearers:
R.H. Hutcherson
Junior Deason
Othar Smock
William Newton
Phillip Taylor
John Mott
Active Pallbearers:
Arnold Lambert
Sammy Cotton
Robert Bell
Delbert Tjarks
Tony Cotton
Kevin Bell
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LAMBERT, Wayne - died at 8:08 p.m. Saturday 8-20-1994 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. He was born 9-28-1919, in rural Gibson City, a sons of T. Weeler and Maebelle Savage Lambert. He married Dorothy "Pat" Benjamin in April 1946. He later married Mildred Marie Bowmer in October 1956. She died 5-12-1971. He married Mary Knotts on 10-10-1980 in Champaign. She survives. Also surviving are five daughters, Patti Schoolcraft of Elliott; Donna Meister of Bloomington, Lil Deason of Gibson City, Anita Cotton of Urbana and Litta Bartberger of Phoenix, AZ; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several stepchildren and step-grandchildren; and two brothers, Russel Lambert of Gilman and Leon Weaver of Ashkum. He was preceded in death by four children, four brothers and three sisters. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

WALLACE S. LAMB
1-29-1919 to 6-19-1991
Services: Friday, June 21, 1991
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Laurence Sunkel
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Junior Reynolds
Clyde McRae
Earl Young
Gary Lutterbie
David Diggle
Adolph May
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LAMMLE, LESTER E. - age 83, of Gibson City, died at 4 p.m. Thursday November 19, 1992 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. His funeral was at American Lutheran Church in Gibson City with the Reverend Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers were Jim Finefield, Junior Mohart, Lloyd Johnson, Joe Brooks, Don Bielfeldt and Tom Rhodes.
Mr. Lammle was born 12-2-1908 in Fisher, a son of Gottlieb and Pauline Lutz Lammle. He married Ruth C. Olson 9-7-1929. She died 10-27-1987. Survivors include on son, Leland of Jacksonville Beach, Fl; three daughters, Lois Vetter of Sibley; Shirley Clearwater of Jacksonville Beach, Fl; and Joyce Lange of Gibson City; two brothers, Henry of Fisher and Ralph of Tempe, AZ; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Mr. Lammle was a retired farmer and owned Lammle Balnes, Gibson City from 1955 - 1985. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LANDEL, Jacob - an old settler of Roberts, was killed by the accidental discharge of a pistol in the hands of Albert SANDSTEDT. Newton Press, July 13, 1893 [contrib. by June Swick Kessinger]

EVELYN M. HARMON LEATHERS
7-11-1909 to 8-22-1994
Services: Thursday, August 25, 1994
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Wally Krech
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
Mark Leathers
Don Rickey
Robert Hendricks
Active Pallbearers:
Michael Leathers
Mikel Leathers
Kent Leathers
Martin Leathers
Larry Leathers
Daryl Cline
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LEATHERS, Omer - The funeral for OMER L. LEATHERS, 89, of Gibson City will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randy Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Leathers died at 10:45 a.m. Friday 1-10-1997 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City.
Surviving are three sons, Kenneth Leathers, Mississippi; Mervin Leathers, Detroit, Mich; and Keith Leathers, Morton; a daughter, Patricia Cline, Normal; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters. He was born 3-26-1907 in Richland County, a son of William and Rebecca Hill Leathers. He married Evelyn M. Harmon 8-16-1924 in Richland County. She died 8-22-1994. Mr. Leathers had lived in Gibson City since 1954.
Honorary Pallbearers: Bob Hendricks, Mark Leathers, Don Rickey, Active Pallbearers: Martin Leathers, Larry Leathers, Scott Weisharr, Daryl Cline, John Tomlins, Gaylan Oros, Jon Kirby [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LEONARD, J.H. - 95, last surviving CONFEDERATE VETERAN OF THE CIVIL WAR in eastern central Illinois, and early pioneer of the South Dix community in Ford County, passed away at 6:20 p.m. in the home of his daughter, Mrs. O.B. Dobbins, on West Union St., in Champaign, where he had made his home the last three yearss.
Death was attributed to heart trouble and infirmities of age. He had been bedfast the past three days, but had been in comparatively good health before that time. Funeral rites will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday from the Mittendorf Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in WAGGONER CEMETERY near Fisher.
Of late, Mr. Leonard had taken an active interest in local and government affairs, and enjoyed many pleasant hours talking over Civil War days with Union veterans. He and S.P. Atkinson served at the Battle of Vicksburg and frequently talked about it. Mr. Atkinson passed away last spring. Mr. Leonard attended the Memorial Day luncheon given in 1926 by the Champaign Rotary Club for Civil War veterans.
Mr. Leonard was born 5-21-1842, in Salem, VA. He served with Jackson's artillery, Confererate Army, and came to Il after the war. He was then 21. After farming in Champaign and Ford Counties for two years, he moved to Kansas. About 25 years ago he retired and moved to Wichita, where he made his home until three years ago. Since then, he has resided with his daughter. The deceased was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wichita, and rarely missed a service, on which he prided himself. Rev. G. Stiegemeyer, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church in Champaign will conduct the rites. Survivors, other than his daughter, are two sons, John T. of Wichita, and W.H. Leonard of Mone Vista, Colo. Mrs. Dobbins is the widow of O.B. Dobbins. PAXTON RECORD, 12-1-1937 Stats from

Certificate of Death:
JOHN HENRY LEONARD
b. 5-31-1842 Salem, Va
d. 11-29-1937 [of ] senility, coronary sclerosis, pulmonary edema
buried 12-1-1937, Waggoner Cemetery, Ford County, Il
Last worked - farmed 1917 after 50 years
father: Jacob Leonard b. VA
m. Virginia unknown [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LJUNG, RUTH M. ERICKSON - 92, of Gibson City died at 10 a.m. Tuesday 2-16-1999 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Burial will be in Elliott Cemetery, Elliott.
Mrs. Ljung was born 11-19-1906 at Dix Twp. a daughter of Jacob and Ingeborg Johnson Erickson. She married Erik A. Ljung 8-11-1934 at Chicago. He died 11-12-1991. Surviving is a sister, Martha Neal of Gibson City. She was preceded in death by five sisters and three brothers. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LONG, OSCAR R. - 94, of Gibson City died at 8:27 p.m. Saturday 12-25-1998 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Christian Church in Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Mr. Long was born 6-26-1905 in Lancaster, Ky., a son of Fountain D. and Maggie C. Hendricks Long. He married Shirley Marie Shunk on 5-20-1930 in Atwood. She survives. Other survivors inclue two sisters, Thelma Kracht and Clara Crawford, both of Villa Grove; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, William, two brothers, three sisters and one grandson. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Lyman, Samuel - Died on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 1877 - Samuel Lyman, who moved to the Roberts area in May, 1856, farmed in the township, and built perhaps the first home in what became the village. He moved to Onarga in 1869, his wife dying in 1875. He leaves threes sons, S.B. (county sheriff), George in business in Roberts and Edward, farming near Chatsworth. [Contributed by Pat Whorrall-Ellis]

LaBEE, MUREL M. SMITH - 102, of Rankin, died at 12:40 a.m. Friday 9-10-2002 at Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday at Rankin United Methodist Church, the Rev. Jack Blair officiating. Burial was in Prairie Rest Cemetery, Delavan, where graveside services were conducted. Visitation was 4 - 8 p.m. Sunday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home;. Mrs. LaBee was born 11-17-1899, in Rankin a daughter of Harry R. and Louella Clements Smith. She married Charles A. LaBee 11-17-1929, Chicago. He died 10-13-1942. Surviving are one son, Charles F. LaBee of Pekin; her caregiver, Lois Winger of Paxton; and several nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by one brother and five sisters. Mrs. LaBee was a member of Rankin United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women and was a a former member of Paxton Hospital Auxiliary. She graduated from Rankin High School in 1918. She was a housemother at Tremont Children's Home and Arrowhead Ranch, Coal Valley. Memorials may be made to her church or Illinois Knights Templar Home. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LUTTRELL, WILBER E. - 70, of Paxton, died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday 11-2-2002 at his home. He had been in failing health several years. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, with the Rev. John Davenport and the Rev. Sidney Crowcroft officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Mr. Luttrell was born 5-17-1932, at Casey County, KY., a son of Oscar and Dolly Delk Luttrell. He married Bernice Cochran, 3-14-1959, at Martinsville, Ind. She survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Terri (Gary) Stege and Rhonda (Brad) Weisenbarn, both of Paxton; three granddaughters all of Paxton, four sisters, Zimmer Walden of Champaign, Edna Potts of Paxton, Sadie Flint of Peoria, AZ. and Mae Emerson of Somerset KY.; three brothers, Harding Luttrell and Argil Luttrell, both of Casey County, and Ronnie Luttrell in California. He was preceded in death by one son Greg; four brothers and four sisters. Mr. Luttrell attended rural schools in Casey County and moved to Paxton in 1957. He was employed by France Broom Co. and Paxton Concrete Products Co. of Paxton for a number of years. He was a member of the Church of Christ, Paxton. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-6-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LUHRSEN, IRENE M. HILGENDORF - 79, a lifelong Buckley resident. b. 11-6-1922 at Almond, Wis. d/o Edward and Laura Hogrefe Hilgendorf. m. VErnon G. Luhrsen 10-8-1944 at St John's Church Buckley. He survives d. Wednesday 10-9-2002 at Gibson Hospital Annex, Gibson City. bur: from St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley


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

LaFountain, Mrs. Ella Belle
Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Belle LaFountain, who died at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday morning at her home on N. Sangamon Avenue after a long illness, will be held at two o'clock this afternoon at the M.E. Church, in charge of Rev. Albert Flagge, pastor of the church. Burial will be held in the local cemetery.
She was born Aug. 29, 1870, on a farm three miles east of Melvin and grew to womanhood in that vicinity. When about 25 years of age she was married to Augustus A. Barrow, and they resided on his farm a mile and a half east of this city until 1903, when they moved to this city and purchased the residence which has since been her home. Mr. Barrow died June 13, 1911, and on March 9, 1914, she was married to Louis LaFountain, who was killed in an auto accident at the Derby railroad crossing on Oct. 14, 1922.
Mrs. LaFountain was a member of the Methodist Church and took an active part in the work of the Ladies Aid Society, which she served as president for a number of years.
She was a member of the Rebekah lodge, and of the chapter of the Daughters of Veterans of the Civil War.
Mrs. LaFountain is survived by a step-son, Louis A. Barrow, of this city; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Bristol, of Melvin; Mrs. Delle M. Boyle, of Danville; and Mrs. Fannie Lackey, of Loda; and two brothers, James S. Stephens of Chelsea, South Dakota, and B. Walter Stephens, of Grand Meadows, Minn.

Lamb, Jack W.
Jack W. Lamb, 45, of Concord Calif., formerly of Gibson City died about 5 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 1970, at a hospital in Concord Calif. He was admitted to the hospital only minutes earlier suffering a heart attack
His funeral was at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the MacFarlene-Bryant Funeral Chapel in Concord. Burial will be in Oakmont Memorial Park at LaFayette, Calif.
Surviving are his wife, Joan; two daughters, Jill, Oakland, Calif., Kathy, Walnut Creek, Calif.; two sons, Ace and John, Concord, Calif.; his mother Mrs. Cleo Lamb, Gibson City; a brother Wally Lamb, Gibson City. His father preceded him in death.
He lived in Gibson City until moving to California in 1960. He was a 1943 graduate of Drummer Township High School. He was co-owner of the Lamb Funeral Home from 1948 until 1960. He served with the Marines in the Pacific during World War II and has been co-owner of a furniture store in Concord, Calif. in recent years.
4-2-1970-date on newspaper


Lamb, E. Wilber
The passing of Wilber E. Lamb at Hot Springs, Arkansas, last Friday brought genuine sorrow to this community. Born and reared in Gibson City, there are many who remember him from babyhood. His was a clean and noble life, a loving and sunny character. Although his profession called him to a larger sphere of action, he was still affectionately remembered in the old home town, and through frequent visits here he had kept alive his early friendships. The dark messenger called for him in his glorious prime, as he stood on the threshold of a promising career.
At his bedside in Hot Springs were his wife, his brother, Shumway Lamb, and wife. The remains were brought to Gibson City and the funeral was held in the old family home at two o'clock last Monday afternoon, in charge of Rev. Glenn J. Schillerstrom, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of this city. The large house was filled to overflowing with friends who came to pay their last sad respects. Music was furnished by the Presbyterian male quartet. Interment was in the Gibson City cemetery.
Wilber Edwards Lamb, son of W. S. and Della Edwards Lamb, was born in Gibson City, July 13, 1889. He passed from this life while seeking to regain his health in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Jan. 20, 1928, aged 38 years, 6 months, and 7 days. He was educated in the Gibson City schools, finishing his high school studies in the Wesleyan Academy at Bloomington, after which he entered the University of Illinois. He finished his education in the University of Michigan, graduating from the college of law with the class of 1914. He was admitted to the bar in Michigan, and began the practice of law in Detroit.
On July 16, 1917, he volunteered for service in the World War, and served overseas, being in France two years. Upon being mustered out he -----
1-26-1928 - date on newspaper

LANZ, GERTRUDE PAULINE KUNTZ
Gertrude Lanz, age 91 of Sibley, a lifelong resident of the Sibley-Strawn area, died Saturday 5-12-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex where she had been a resident for three weeks. Her funeral was Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. William Hecht officiating; burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Pallbearers included Wm. Gandy, Richard Osborne, Leon Brandt, Kenneth Kuntz, Gary Kuntz and Charles H. Roby. She was born 2-17-1899 in Sibley, a daughter of Albert and Selma Schroen Kuntz. She married John A. Lanz 12-8-1926 in Sibley; he died 11-10-1970. Surviving are one daughter, Selma Williams of Sibley; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and two brothers.......

LARSON, JAMES - Gibson Courier, Thursday, 1-13-1921
James Larson died at his home in Elliott 12-29-1920 at the age of 74 years, 9 months and 5 days. He was born in Norway, 3-24-1846. In that country he was also baptized and confirmed and grew up to manhood. At the age of 23 he came over to America and settled in Paxton in 1869 and the last 40 years near Elliott. On 1-28-1874, Mr. Larson was united in marriage to Miss Sigri Underhaugen, and to them were born seven children, three of whom died in infancy. Mr. and Mrs. Larson have been members of the Pontoppidan Church since that congregation was organized in 1876. The funeral was held in Elliott New Years Day; interment occurred at the Pontoppidan Cemetery.

LARSON, ORVILLE THEODORE - (abbreviated obit) Paxton Record, January 1949
The sad funeral of Orville Larson was held on Monday afternoon at his late home on East Orleans Street, Rev. A.P. Westerberg, pastor of the First Lutheran Church officiating. The services at the grave were impressive and a firing squad composed of members of the American Legion took part. Orville Theodore Larson was born in Gibson City, 3-17-1896. He was baptized in infancy and at the age of 15 was confirmed in the First Lutheran Church of Paxton. On 12-15-1917 he enlisted in the army and went across to France with the 4th Co., 2nd Air Service Regiment, where he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. A few weeks ago he went to Floridato be with his father, who was sojourning there for his health. On the afternoon of January 29 while hunting game, he was accidentally shot and died instantly, at the age of 23 years, 10 months and 12 days.

Lee, Leora
Leora M. Lee, age 69 of Melvin, died at 3:45 p.m. Saturday, April 13, 1991 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana.
Her funeral was held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at United Methodist Church in Melvin with the Reverend Roger Ross officiating. Burial was in Melvin Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Lamb-Young Funeral Home in Roberts and for one hour before the service Tuesday at the church.
Pallbearers were Ronald Boundy, Robert Boundy, Norman Schall, Roger Arends, Dale Hillary and Mike Freehill.
She was born December 5, 1921 in Melvin, a daughter of Philip and Elva Zebarth Benz. She married Delmar Lee on October 5, 1940 in Thawville and he survives.
Also surviving are one son, Dennis of Melvin; a daughter, Donna Siders of Melvin; a sister Ruth Clubb of Peoria and five grandchildren.
Mrs. Lee and her husband farmed in the Melvin area and retired in 1975. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Melvin, and was a superintendent of grain and vegetables at the Ford County Fair for many years.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church building fund or to the Covenant Medical Center hospice program in Urbana.

LEE, LOUISE SHELTON
Louise Lee, 68, a resident of Gibson City for 24 years, died Sunday, 5-20-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be conducted Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with Michael Schmidt and Parvin DeBerry officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Honorary pallbearers were Steven M. Lee, Neal J. Atkins, Dean A. Atkins, Joshua R. Veatch, and O. Jeremiah Cole. Active pallbearers included Douglas W. Lee, Paul G. Potter, Steven D. Lee, Kenneth A. Lee, Christopher J. Lee and Chad L. Atkins. She was born 8-1-1921 in Greenville, KY., a daughter of Roy and Sally Taylor Shelton. She married James C. Lee on 11-12-1938 in Greenville and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, James G., of Onarga and Michael D. of Thawville; four daughters, Donna J. Potter of Indiana; Dr. LaVonne Veatch Goodman, Mass.; Sheryle D. Atkins, Chenoa; and Patricia G. Cole of Bellflower; 23 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Emmit Shelton and Brank Shelton, both of Greenville, KY. and William Shelton of Elkton, KY; and four sisters, Syliva Wall, Margie Ventura, Alline Wells and Emma Jean Selio, all of Hopkinsville, KY. Mrs. Lee was a member of the Church of Christ, Gibson City.

Leenerman, Mrs. Ann
Mrs. Ann Leenerman, age 77, died at the Gibson Community Hospital at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, where she had been a patient four days.
The body was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home where services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. in charge of Rev. R. Luedde.
Interment will be in the Gibson Cemetery.
Mrs. Leenerman was born May 19, 1881 in Warren Co., Mo., the daughter of Henry and Alice McLeer Copland. She was united in marriage to John H. Leenerman, Feb. 7, 1905 I the Sibley community. All her married life was spent in Ford County, moving to Gibson 12 years ago.
Survived by her husband, one daughter Mrs. Charles Sharp of Melvin; two sisters, Mrs. Frank Koestner, Monticello, Ind., and Miss Leathe Copeland of Ethan, S.D. and one brother Robert of Ethan, S.D. many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and one brother.
7-17-1958- date on newspaper

Leenerman, John H.
John H. Leenerman, 96, died at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, 1978 at Country Health Inc., a Gifford nursing home.
His funeral was 2 p.m. Friday, at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Curtis Lindquist officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Arthur Leenerman, Dave Leenerman, Wesley Leenerman, Vernon Brucker, Charles Brucker, and Dan Gentes.
Mr. Leenerman was born March 4, 1882, near Sibley, a son of Peter and Marie Baetner Leenerman. He married Ann Copeland Feb. 7, 1905, at Sibley. She died July 16, 1958.
Surviving is a daughter, Violet Sharp, Gibson City. Five sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.
He farmed in the Gibson City area for many years, moving into Gibson City upon his retirement in 1946.

Lehmann, Jacob
Jacob Lehmann was born in Obersteuben, Germany, July 27, 1853, and died near Sibley, Ill., on Thursday, April 3, 1913. He emigrated to America in 1870 and shortly after settled near Sibley. In 1883 he was married to Miss Hanna Trebes. To this union three children were born, one boy dying in infancy and a daughter, Martha, on August 29, 1908. The only surviving child is Mrs. Bertha Miller, who with her husband and little son, the only grandchild, reside on a farm adjoining to one upon which the deceased lived so long, and where he ended his days at the age of 59 years, 8 months, and 7 days. Mr. Lehmann's wife passed away July 25, 1911.
The funeral of Mr. Lehmann was held Sunday afternoon, April 6, at the German Lutheran Church in Sibley and was largely attended. Rev. Spalding officiated. Interment was made in Mount Hope Cemetery.
The deceased was one of out best known old settlers and his removal from out midst will be deeply felt by a large circle of friends.
4-18-1913- date on newspaper

Lewis, Mrs. Minnie
Mrs. Minnie E. Lewis, 82, died Monday evening, April 25.
Funeral services were held at 3:30 p.m. last Thursday at the Presbyterian Church in Gibson City. Rev. Wm. Edwards officiated and burial was in Gibson City Cemetery.
She was born March 16, 1878, near Gibson City, the daughter of George and Wilhelmina Von Brethorst Onken. She was married to John C. Eminger on Jan. 31, 1900, in Gibson City. He died Feb. 21, 1906. She was married to Marion Lewis on July 24, 1944, in Paxton. He died Dec. 25, 1950.
Survivors are a son, Leslie Eminger, Melvin; three sisters, Mrs. Dena Warfield, Saybrook; Mrs. Ida Gilmore and Mrs. Allie Ogg, both of Gibson city; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A sister and a brother preceded her in death.
She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Eastern Star Lodge at Melvin.
5-5-1960-date on newspaper

LINDAHL, MELVIN
b. 5-16-1908 at Paxton, Ford County, Il
s/o Albin and Nora Swanson Lindahl
m. Janet Andaerson of Paxton, 7-3-1931; she survives
d. 5-19-1985, Vrdugo Hospital, Glendale, California
buried: not mentioned


Lindelof, James
James W. Lindelof, age 73 of Saybrook died at 1:43 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 1997 at his home in Saybrook.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 24 at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend William Hecht officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the funeral home.
Pallbearers were Art Leenerman, Dean Lindholm, Lou Prosser, Bruce Hopkins, Charles Milburn and Joe Hale.
Mr. Lindelof was born January 31, 1942 at Sibley, a son of William R. and Edna E. Lohmeyer Lindelof. He married Joyce O. Howell on March 9, 1976 at Pontiac.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce O. Lindelof of Saybrook; two sons, William Lindelof of Seminole, FL., and James D. Lindelof of Gibson City; one daughter, Bonnie Clark of Sibley; one stepson Steve Howell of Roselle; three stepdaughters, Susan Fox of Chatsworth; Virginia Sharp of Mokena and Judith Lazer of Sherman; six grandchildren; 10 step-grandchildren; one great-grandson; three step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Lester Lindelof of Sibley and two sisters, Dolores Fairley of Melvin and Joan Tjarks of Gibson City.

Lindholm, Nels Edward
Gibson City - Edward Lindholm, 54, died suddenly Friday 8-11-1939 at his home two miles northwest of Sibley. Death was due to heart disease, a coroner's jury determined. The funeral will be Sunday at the Methodist Church in Sibley, the Rev. C. R. Lockhart, pastor, officiating.
He was born 11-23-1884 at Clarence, Il. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Marie (Oltman) Lindholm, three sons, Don, Dean and Roy. He had lived in the Sibley community for 49 years.

Linn, Arnold J. age 97 of Mequon, Wisconsin, formerly of Wilmette and Roberts, died at 4:20 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 1999 at St. Mary's Hospital in Mequon, Wisconsin.
Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 17 at Lamb-Young Funeral Home in Roberts with the Reverend Joel Catlin officiating. Burial was in Lyman Township Cemetery in Roberts.
Visitation was for one hour before the services at the funeral home.
Mr. Linn was born May 25, 1901 at Roberts a son of Frank and Seba Arnold Linn. He married Florella T. Zahn. She died July 2, 1980.
Survivors include one daughter, Dona J. William) Gentry of Fox Point, Wisconsin; two grandsons, John Gentry of Omaha, Nebraska and Christopher Gentry of Lake Forrest; four great-grandchildren and one sister Frances Linn of Gibson City.
He was preceded in death by one sister.
Mr. Linn worked for People's Gas in Chicago as a statistical accountant retiring in 1961. He was a member of the Issac Walker League.
Mr. Linn has lived in Mequon, Wisconsin for six years.
(Gibson City Courier, April 21, 1999 - Submitted by Jan Dishon)

Linn, Drusilla
Mrs. Drusilla Linn died in Piper City on Monday, June 1, 1914, and the funeral was held from the First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock.
Mrs. Linn was born on August 6, 1839, and was united in marriage to John C. Linn on October 15, 1856, in Center County, Pennsylvania. Immediately after marriage they came to Illinois, locating in Kendall County. In 1869 they came to Ford County and this vicinity has been her continuous home since. In the Spring of 1894 they moved to Piper City. Mr. Linn died on May 22, 1901.
Mrs. Linn had been ailing for some time but it was not considered that her illness was serious until a few days before her death, the end coming very suddenly. She was the mother of nine children, all of whom survive her as follows: Mrs. E. H. Downs, Geo. W. Linn, Maurice Linn, Mrs. Frank Carpenter, Mrs. Bell Allen, Mrs. H. S. Davis, Mrs. August Opperman and Mrs. Chas. Switzer, of Piper City; and Oscar Linn of Edmonds, Oklahoma. All were present at the funeral. She is also survived by twenty-three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
She was a tender, loving and devoted wife and mother, a kind neighbor and friend, and will be greatly missed in the homes of her children and by her many friends." [Chatsworth newspaper - 1914 - Submitted by Jan Dishon]

LINN, Mrs. J.C.
PIONEER MOTHER CALLED, Mrs. J. C. Linn Passed Away Monday at the Home of Her Daughter in Piper City, at the Age of Seventy-five.
Mrs. J. C. Linn died on Monday morning, June 1, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. C. B. Switzer, with whom she had lived for several years. Although she had been ailing for some time her condition was not thought so serious, and when she was suddenly stricken Monday the shock was great, both to family and to the community.
Funeral services were held at the Switzer home Wednesday afternoon conducted by her former pastor, Rev. M. C. Long of Streator, assisted by Rev. A. G. Hastings. Burial was in Brenton Cemetery.
To Mr. and Mrs. Linn nine children were born, all of whom survive and were present to mingle their tears at the mother's grave. They are Mrs. E. H. Doane, George W. and Morris Linn, Mrs. F. L. Carpenter, Mrs. Belle Allen, Mrs. H. S. Davis, Mrs. August Opperman, Mrs. C. B. Switzer, all of Piper City; and Oscar Linn of Edmond, Okla. There are also twenty-three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Mrs. Linn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Piper City and was always in her place at the services when able to attend. She was a tender, loving and Devoted mother and will be greatly missed in the home of her children, where she was a very frequent and ever welcome visitor. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the bereaved family." [Unknown newspaper, probably the Piper City Journal: - submitted by Jan Dishon]

Linn, Seba ---- ROBERTS - Seba Frances Linn, 96, of Roberts died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 4, 2001) at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb-Young Funeral Home, Roberts, the Rev. Paul Thomason officiating. Burial will be in Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Ms. Linn was born April 21, 1905, at Roberts in her lifetime home, a daughter of Frank and Seba Arnold Linn. The area survivor is a nephew, Ted (Cathy) Kendrick, Melvin. Her parents, one brother and one sister preceded her in death. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, IL) - November 6, 2001 - Submitted by Jan Dishon]

Funeral services for Seba Frances Linn, 96, of Roberts will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb-Young Funeral Home, 108 N. Walnut St., Roberts. The Rev. Paul Thomason will officiate. Burial will be in Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ms. Linn died at 8:15 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 4, 2001) at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City.
[News-Gazette, The (Champaign-Urbana, IL) - November 6, 2001 - submitted by Jan Dishon]

Linn, Thomas
At Rest
The funeral of Thomas Linn whose death occurred Saturday afternoon August 15, 1885, at the advanced age of 87 years took place at 10:30 o'clock Monday at the M. E. Church.
The services were conducted by Rev. R. F. Wilson, of Peoria, and were very impressive. The attendance was large.
Deceased was born in Pennsylvania in the year 1798. Married in 1823. Came to Illinois and settled in Kendall County in 1856, and moved to this county some eight or nine years of age. Since the death of his wife, nearly two years ago he has lived with his son Horace, where everything was done to make his last days comfortable. Three Sons and two daughters survive him. He was a member of the M. E. Church, and was known as a good citizen, a man of integrity and unblemished reputation, and will be mourned by all." [Chatsworth Plaindealer, Friday, August 21, 1885 - submitted by Jan Dishon]

Linn, Rachel
"Old Lady Linn" died at her home in this city Thursday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock and will be buried today (Saturday) at 10 o'clock. An obituary notice will appear in our next issue" [Chatsworth Plaindealer, December 1, 1883, page 1, column 2 - submitted by Jan Dishon]
Rachel Linn, whose maiden name was Leymen, was born in Center County PA, October 27, 1803. She was married to Thomas Linn, who survives her, June 5, 1823 and removed with her family to Kendall County, IL in 1856. Thence to Chatsworth in 1874, where she continued to reside in a quiet, retired manner until called hence by her Creator. She passed away as if dropping into a gentle sleep at 4:30 p.m., Nov. 29th. Experiencing religion when but a girl, she continued an exemplary member until called to her eternal rest.
The funeral was held from the M. E. Church on Saturday Dec. 1st. The Rev. Wilson of Busnell preached the discourse, and chose "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord" as his text. A very large congregation listened attentively to the sermon and after the last solemn ceremony at the church, the remains were borne to the Chatsworth cemetery for interment." [Chatsworth Plaindealer, December 8, 1883, page 1, column 3 - submitted by Jan Dishon]

Livingstone, T.I.
T.I. Livingstone died at his home last Sunday afternoon after an extended illness. The funeral was held at the home on South Church street Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. J.R. Golden officiating. Mr. Livingstone had been a resident of this neighborhood for over twenty-five years, during which time he had lived a quiet unassuming life, a life filled with unselfish deeds. He was a man of the highest integrity, a citizen who recognized his responsibilities, a husband and father who was well beloved for his kind and gentle ways and his watchful care of the home. The following obituary was read at the funeral by Rev. Golden;
Thomas Ira Livingstone was born Nov. 7, 1843, near DeWitt, DeWitt County, Illinois. There he grew to manhood and was married on July 9, 1865, to Miss Mary C. Turner. To this union seven children were born, one son and six daughters. Of this number one daughter preceded him in death. There remains of his father's family two brothers and three sisters. These with his wife and children, other relatives and unnumbered friends mourn his departure. Twenty five years ago he moved from DeWitt County to Gibson, and had since been a resident of this place. Thus for a quarter of a century he had lived in or near this city.
On November 7, 1898, he was baptized into Christ, by W.W. Sniff. A little card given hi at that time and bearing the above date, bore also this text of Scripture; 1 Cor. 16:13 "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."
In the month of February, 1901, the congregation with which he held membership chose him for a place of honor and responsibility by selecting him to fill the office of deacon, and for almost four years by served the congregation in this official capacity. They found him ever watchful for the cause of Christ, steadfast in the faith, and ever ready to further and maintain the cause of his Master.
One year ago last August his health began to fail. For a time all hoped that the decline was only temporary, and that soon he would regain his former strength. But form last November dates his serious illness. Last week it became apparent that the end was near. For a few days the decline was very rapid, and on the last Lord's Day afternoon, as the sun began to drop toward the western horizon, he fell asleep in Christ. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth; yes saith the spirit, that they may rest fro their labors; and their works do follow then.
Mr. Livingstone's surviving children are as follows; Mrs. Gard of Marion, Ind.; Mrs. Ferd Bromley of Deer Creek, Ill.; Mrs. Virgil Huey of Indianapolis, Ind., and Wm. Livingstone, Mrs. Wm. Barrow and Miss Cora Livingstone, of this city. They were all present at the funeral. Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Willis of Wapella, Ill., were here. Mr. Turner is a brother of Mrs. Livingstone and Mrs. Willis is her sister. Mr. Livingston's brother J.A. Livingstone, and daughter Mildred, of Bloomington, his sister, Mrs. Tillie Brotherton, of Oskalooss, Iowa, and Virgil Huey of Indianapolis were also here. Mr. Livingstone's two sisters, Mrs. Scroggin of Wapella and Mrs. Murbarger of Garden Grove, Iowa, and his brother, W.S. Livingstone of Chillicothe, Mo., were unable to be present.
10-2-1904-date on newspaper

LORD, EVELYN ANDERSON - Gibson Courier, Thursday 11-11-1943
(partial) Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Evelyn Anderson Lord in Phoenix, Arizona November 3. Evelyn Anderson was born on a farm near Gibson City 12-30-1906, daughter of the late O.G. and Amanda Anderson. She was a graduate of DTHS and for a number of years was employed by the First National Bank in Gibson City.......

LOUDY, ARTHUR B.
Melvin - Arthur B. Loudy, 79, died Wednesday (4-16-1969) at Gibson Manor where he had lived for several years. His funeral was Sunday at the Danforth Funeral Home in Roberts with the Rev. Harry Deffley officiating; burial was in the Melvin Cemetery. He was born 7-1-1889 in Sullivan County, TN., a son of George and Mary Elizabeth Droke Loudy. He married Cleo V. Kenney, 6-4-1924 at Melvin. Surviving are his wife; a brother, Dallas Loudy, Kingsport, Tn.; several nieces and nephews. A brother preceded him in death. He was a veteran of WW1 and a member of the Melvin United Methodist Church.

LOWERY, RALPH - Melvin Motor - 11-2-1923 - from Gibson Courier News
Failed To See Turn in Hard Road West of Hoopeston; Died in Hospital.
The life of Ralph Lowery, an ex-service man and son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Lowery of this city (Gibson) was snuffed out yesterday afternoon between four and five o'clock on the hard road five miles west of Hoopeston. The unfortunate man was driving the Ford truck belonging to his father and was on his way to Hoopeston. He was found lying along the road by a newspaper man of Hoopeston, who hurried him to the Danville Hospital where he died. The deceased was born in Gibson City 33 years ago last April. He assisted his father in the house moving business. Early in the war he enlisted in the army and was assigned to the 55th U.S. Infantry. He served with this regiment over a year in France and Germany. After his release from the service he returned to this city; he never married. Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Wayne Sawyer and Mrs. John Solomon, and four brothers, John, Guy, and Orville of this city, and Melvin of Hoopeston

LUNDAHL, PETER - Gibson Courier - Thursday, 8-4-1927
Peter Lundahl, one of the pioneer business men of Gibson City, died on Wednesday of last week at his home in Paxton, aged 75 years, 2 months and 27 days. His death was caused by organic heart trouble. Mr. Lundahl was a kindly man, a devout Christian, always industrious and had a large circle of warm friends who are deeply grieved at his passing. He was born at Christianstad, Sweden, and came to America 48 years ago, locating at Gibson City where he resided for 29 years. During most of this time he conducted a meat market in this city. Removing to Paxton with his family, he continued in the same business there for many years. The business is now conducted by his son, G.M. Lundahl, and his partner, J. Ed. Carlson. The deceased is survived by his wife and three sons, Bruce H. Lundahl, of Detroit, Michigan; Gust M. Lundahl, of Paxton, and Raymond R. Lundahl, of Milwaukee, Wis. A daughter, Mrs. Hilda Riem, passed away several years ago at her home in Kankakee, Il. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Johanna Anderson of Gibson City and Mrs. Mary Nelson living in Sweden. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the family home in Paxton, and were conducted by Rev. Oscar Purn, pastor of the First Lutheran Church.

Lundberg, Lars M.
Lars M. Lundberg, 90, died Friday (5-27-1955) at the Ford County Nursing Home near Paxton. Funeral services will be Sunday at the Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Swanson, pastor of the Mission Covenant Church officiating; burial will be in Glen Cemetery.
He was born 6-22-1864 in Vase Soken, Varmland, Sweden. He came to the
US in 1885 and settled in Sibley. He moved to Paxton in 1886. He married Lydia Sandberg 10-6-1892 in Paxton; she died in 1940. Survivors are one son, L. Grant Lundberg; two daughters, Martha Nordenburg and Marguerite Doyle.

Lunde, Miss Bertha
Bertha Isabell Lunde, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thor Lunde, was born in Ford County, Illinois. Oct. 13, 1888, and died on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1923, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Roy Fagner, in Paxton, aged 35 years, 2 months and 13 days. She was baptized and confirmed in the Pontoppldan Church in childhood. She was of a quiet disposition and spent her time at home helping her parents. Her mother died a number of years ago, and her father passed away about a year ago. They are buried in Pontoppidan cemetery. She leaves to mourn her loss two brothers and two sisters, Tom, Tamina, Peter and Gertie.
Funeral services were held at the home in Paxton on Saturday, Dec. 29, at noon and at Pontoppidan Church at 1:30 p.m. Rev. G.A. Carlson officiated and Rev. Oscar Purn assisted at the home. The pastors Purn and Carlson sang two duets, "Behold the Great White Host" and "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" Interment was in Pontoppidan cemetery

Lunde, Peter T.
Peter T. Lunde, 84, a lifelong Elliott resident, died at 2:30 a.m. Thursday, December 10, 1970 at Gibson Community Hospital, where he had been a patient for about a week.
His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. James Walsh and the Rev. James Pollard officiating. Burial was in Elliott Cemetery.
Mr. Lunde was born July 5, 1886 near Elliott, a son of Thor and Anna Dahl Lunde. He married Ortha Coleman March 17, 1916 in Indians, she died May 1, 1968.
Surviving are a son, Glen D., Elliott; three granddaughters and several nieces and nephews. Several brothers and sisters also preceded him in death.
He was a retired farmer and member of the Gibson City Bible Church.
Pallbearers were Earl Birkey, Bernard Kysar, Harvey Noland and Marlo Noland.


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