FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS

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

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Gale W. Parsons

Gordon L. Parsons

Howard J. Peters

Marjorie E. Peters

Ray Petersen

Luella R. (Zeigler) Pettit

Otto J. Phillips

Laurel E. Ping

Darwin A. Pommering

Mrs. Vesta L. Preston

William C. Preston

Samuel Preston

George W. Preston

Ray C. Preston

Lula A. Hool Phares

 Della B. Painter

 Earl I. Painter

 Mrs. Luther Parker

Carrie Pearson

Mrs. Olaf C. Pearson

Willard Pearson

Josephine Perry

John Peters

Minnie P. Peterson

George L. Phillips

Lewis Henry Phillips

George C. Pinkley

Elizabeth Harding Preston

Mrs. G. W. Preston

Jacob W. Preston

Mrs. J. W. Preston

Faye M. Preston

G.W. Preston

George Lay Preston

Enid Preston

Loyal Loy Preston

Mary O. Preston

Rhea Preston

Samuel H. Preston

Wm. N. Preston

Lydia L. Lock Pufahl

Rachel Punke

Richard Henry Punke

Roy Quinn

       


GALE W. PARSONS
8-31-1930 to 11-15-1998
Services: Wednesday November 18, 1998
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Melvin Bell
Burial: Lyman Township Cemetery, Roberts, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
Darrell Winkler
Erman Bradford
Dick Warlow
Ronnie Meiners
John Stauffer
Mike Lee
Ralph Milligan
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

PARSONS, GORDON L. "BUD" - 83, a lifelong rural Clarence resident and farmer, died at 3:39 a.m. Monday 11-25-2002 at Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton, where he had been a resident 2-1/2 years. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. Sidney Crowcroft officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Visitation was 4 - 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mr. Parsons was born 7-4-1919 in rural Rankin, a son of Clarence "Pete" and Ida L. Waite Parsons. He married Lois J. Kissack 1-5-1945 at the Methodist parsonage in Paxton. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, Mark (Becky) Parsons and Doug (Mary) Parsons, both of Paxton; one daughter, Linda Bagby of Normal; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one sister. Mr. Parsons attended the Waite School, rural Rankin. He graduated from Armstrong High School. In addition to farming, he was a self-employed carpenter. He served in the US Army during WWII, in the 308th Bomber Division in the India-China-Burma threatre of operations. He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, rural Clarence; a former member of the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau; a member of the Rankin American Legion post and had served as Button Twp clerk for 20 years. Memorials may be made to his church, the Il Knights Templar Home or a charity of the donor's choice. [Paxton Record/Times, Monday, 11-27-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

PETERS, HOWARD J. - 78, of Gibson City, died at 7:07 p.m. Wednesday 1-21-1998 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, Il. A private graveside service will be Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with the Rev. Al Schneck officiating. The family will receive friends after 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 206 S. Church Street, Gibson City.
Mr. Peters was born 3-15-1919 at Melvin, a son of August and Alma Ronna Peters. He married Marjorie Underwood in August of 1941 at St. Charles, MO. She died 7-26-1997.
Survivors include three daughters, Diane Kay Dooley, Franklin; Patsy Jean Clapper, Champaign; and Debbie Little, Rantoul; one son, Thomas Lee Peters, Gibson City; three brothers, Donald Peters, Gibson City; Harvey Peters, Farmer City; and Marlin Peters, Saybrook; and one sister, Carol Seely, Whittier, Calif; and six grandchildren. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

PETERS, MARJORIE E. UNDERWOOD - 75, of Gibson City, died at 9:43 p.m. Saturday 7-26-1997 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Howard J. Peters; one son, Thomas Lee Peters, Gibson City; three daughters, Dianne Kay Dooley, Franklin; Patsy Jean Clapper, Champaign, and Debbie Little, Rantoul; two brothers, Harold Underwood, Gibson City and LeRoy Underwood, Houston, TX., one sister Gladys Bristle, Columbus Ohio and six grandchildren.
Mrs. Peters was born 9-12-1921 in rural Melvin, a daughter of Henry W. and Dorothy L. Trimmer Underwood. She married Howard J. Peters in August 1941 in St. Charles, MO. She was preced in death by her parents, one brother and one infant brother.
Living in Gibson City all of her life, Mrs. Peters worked in the family business, H.J. Peters Repair Service in Gibson City, for many years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City. Pallbearers: LeRoy Underwood, Roger Hustedt, John Martin
Dennis Underwood, Mick Kingsley, Ray Leisure [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

RAY "PETE" PETERSEN
5-3-1936 to 1-19-1999
Services: Thursday, January 21, 1999
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Mark Diedrich Burial:
Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Robert Swearingen
Raymond Leisure
Jack Johnson
Robert Nagle
Steve Harper
Frank Gerber
Ted Swanson
Lee Cordes
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LUELLA R. (ZEIGLER) PETTIT-Luella R. Pettit, age 80 of Washington Cout House, Ohio died at 8:55 a.m. Thursday 12-12-2002 at the Greene Memorial Hospital in Xenia, Ohio. She was born in Bond, Ohio on 3-13-1922 a daughter of William and Frances Jeremy Zeigler. She retired in 1993 from the medical records department of Loyola University Hospital in Chicago. She was preceded in death by her son, Benjamin B. Pettit; sisters and brothers, Pauline, Emily, Ardella, Johnny and Kenneth Zeigler. She is survived by her husband, Bently B. Pettit; a son, Kenneth (Shirley) Pettit of Washington Court House, Ohio; daughters, Judith (Loy) Crum of Seymour, IN and Jean (Bill) Nelson of Danville; brothers William (Edna) Zeigler of Ashland, Ohio and Charles (Millie) Zeigler of Titusville, FL.; sisters, Dorothy (Elwood) Humphrey of Winter Park, FL, Effie (Marlin) Cole of Tiro, Ohio and Patricia (Danny) Tackett of Shelby, Ohio; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and special caregivers, Emma Blair and Marjorie Athey. Mass of Christian Burial was held at 9:30 a.m. Monday December 16 at St. Colman Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Jan Sullivan officiating. Burial was at Drummer Twp Cemetery in Gibson City at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 17. Visitation was from 1 - 5 p.m. December 15 at the Morrow Funeral Home in Washington Court House, Ohio.

PHILLIPS, OTTO J. - died at 1:00 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 1936 at his home in Gibson City, OTTO J. PHILLIPS, aged 61 years, 9 months and 24 days. Funeral services will be held at Lamb's chapel at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, in charge of Rev. Donald H. Gibbs, pastor of the Methodist Church. Interment in the Gibson Cemetery. (FUNERAL NOTICE FROM ORIGINAL CARD.) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

PING, LAUREL E. - 80, of Gibson City died at 8 p.m. Thursday 1-11-1996 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Military rites will be accorded by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568.
He is survived by his wife, Ima Jean Ping; one daughter, Barbara O'Connell, Tinley Park; two sisters, Delouris Pat Craft, Bloomington, and Mary Alice Wallman, San Diego; his stepmother, Marie Ping, Bloomington; and three grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a brother.
He was born 6-20-1915 in Stuben Twp, Ind. a son of Lester and Anna (Long) Ping. He married Ima Jean Lee 6-16-1950 in Harvey.
Mr. Ping was a resident of Gibson City most of his life. He owned and operated Ping Plumbing and Heating in Gibson City for 50 years before retiring in 1982. He was employed by the city of Pontiac as airport manager and plumbing inspector from 1987 - 1994.
Mr. Ping was a member of United Methodist Church, Gibson City; the Brotherton-Keller Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6289; Foosland Sportsmans Club; Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 and Illinois Plumbers Inspector No 1 of the Central-South Region. Mr. Ping was a Navy veteran of WWII. Pallbearers: William Brethorst, Kenneth Meredith, Wilbert Lee, William Pearson, Robert Crossman, Carl Raper [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

POMMERING, DARWIN A. - 60, of Gibson City, died at 9:08 a.m. yesterday 8-10-1984 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Rev. Michael Barr officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home. He was born 5-16-1924, in Westfield, Wis., a son of William and Leafy Knitter Pommering. He married Jeanne (Veatch) Hutchcraft 5-27-1983. She survivives. Also surviving are three brothers and a sister. His parents and a sister preceded him in death. He lived in Rochelle for several years and was a Gibson City resident since August of 1962. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

DARWIN A. POMMERING
Born: 5-16-1924 Westfield, WI
Died: 8-10-1984 Gibson City, Il
Services: Sunday, August 12, 1984
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il Officiating:
Rev. Michael Barr Burial:
Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

PRESTON, Mrs. VESTA L. HOOL 94, died at Gibson Manor Nursing Home at noon, Thursday, 6-14-1973. Her funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, with the Rev. John R. Curtis officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery. She was born 8-11-1878, a daughter of Charles and Emma Eversole Hool. She was married to William C. Preston 3-30-1897, at Gibson City. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Zelma Shields, Foosland; Mrs. Charlotte McClure, Gibson City; Mrs. Charline Klausen, Champaign; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Harold Hool, Pompano Beach, FL.; two sisters, Mrs. Lulu Phares, Gibson City; Mrs. Marie Joy, Streator. Her husband, two sons, two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. She was a lifelong resident of Gibson City, a member of the United Methodist Chruch and was a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was a member of the Margaret Noble Sunday School Class. She was a 50-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Gibson City Women's Club. She was a past president of The Auxiliary.

PRESTON, WILLIAM C. 86, died at the Gibson Community Hospital at 4:45 p.m. Thursday (12-29-1960?) where he had been a patient four days. His funeral was held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Floy Ekin, officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Porter, Herb McClure, Al Ray Preston, Murray Preston, Laurence Sauer, and Gene Hool. He was born 3-25-1874, in Missouri. He married Vesta Hool on 3-30-1897, in Gibson City. He had lived 80 years in Gibson City and was a rural mail carrier for more than 40 years. He retired in 1938. He was an active member of the Methodist Church and had held many church offices. Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Zelma Shields, Foosland; Mrs. Charlotte McClure, Gibson City; Mrs. Charline Klausen, Champaign; a son Ray, Wheaton; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. A son preceded him in death.

PRESTON, Samuel - Funeral services for SAMUEL HARDING PRESTON, aged 81, pioneer resident of Gibson City, who died at 6:20 p.m. Monday 8-21-1933, at his home on North Church Street, will be held this Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the M.E. Church. The services will be in charge of the pastor, Rev. Albert H. Flagge. Interment will be in the local cemetery. He was in his 82nd year. Mr. Preston had been in poor health for the past years, but he was not bedfast until about three weeks ago. For over a week prior to his death he was unconscious. He was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Harding Preston and was born near Neward in Lielong? County, Ohio, on January 2?, 1852. His father died when he was a small child. As a youth he learned the decorators trade, which he followed until he was 20 years of age, when he came to Illinois and joined his mother and other members of the family who had previously settled at Hudson. In the year 1856, the family moved to Ford county and located in the Guthrie neighborhood. On 4-19-1882 he married Miss Mary Barrow, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Barrow, east of this city. They began housekeeping in Gibson City, where Mr. Preston was engaged in the implement business. In the year 1887 they moved to their farm east of town and lived there for nine years. They then moved to town and Mr. Preston built the resident on North Church Street which had been his home for 37 years. Upon retiring from the farm Mr. Preston engaged in the real estate business, which he continued until about ten years ago, when he retired from active business. He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Faye M. Preston, who obtained a leave of absence a year ago from the Decatur schools, where she is a teacher, to assist in the care of her parents. One daughter, Rhea, died 8-20-1911, at the age of 23 years. He is also survived by one brother, Henry T. Preston, of Springfield, Mo. Mr. Preston was a member of the M.E. church and took an active interest in the affairs of the church. He was also a member of the local K of P Lodge. When the chautauquas were the popular form of summer entertainment, Mr. Preston took an active part in bringing the best of talent to this city. He was a member of the committee which had the steel pavilion erected in the city park, and had charge of the structure up to the time it was turned over to the city.

PRESTON, GEORGE W. - The thinning ranks of Lott Post, Grand Army of the Republic, suffered another depletion on Saturday when Comrade GEORGE W. PRESTON answered the final call. His death occured at the hospital of the Soldiers Home at Danville. (9-25-1926). Mr. Preston had made his home at the Soldier's Home for the past three or four years, taking frequent furloughs and visiting his old friends and comrades in Gibson City, making his home while here with his son. W.C. Preston, and family. His last furlough was about three weeks ago, and while here he fell in his room and fractured his hip. He was taken back to Danville to the hospital, but his age prevented his recovery, and he passed peacefully away last Saturday. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church in this city on Monday afternoon, the services being in charge of Rev. F.E. Smith. Seven of the comrades of Lott Post attended the funeral. The American Legion provided an escort to the cemetery, and after the services at the grave a Legion bugler sounded "Taps." George W. Preston was born at Chatham, Licking County, Ohio, on 11-10-1839, and died at the hospital in Danville, Il on 9-25-1926, at the age of 86 years, 10 months and 15 days. He was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Harding Preston. His father. was English and his mother was of German lineage. He was of a family of eleven children, six boys and five girls, all of whom have preceded him in death except two brothers, Samuel H., of Gibson City and Henry T. of Springfield, Mo. He enlisted in the Union Army on the 22nd day of September 1860, and served until August, 1864, at which time he was discharged on account of serious wounds, which were received at the battle of Ringgold, Ga. He previously took part in the following engagements - Fort Donelson, Pittsburgh Landing, Shiloh, Corinth, Arkansas Post, Jackson, Black River, Canton, Lookout Mountain, Mission Ridge, and the Siege of Vicksburg, which lasted forty-seven days. He was united in marriage to Catherine Haas on 12-8-1864. He came to Illinois to McLean county, in 1868, where he engaged in farming for seven years, after which he moved to Ford county, near Guthrie, and still later he moved to the Scotland neighborhood. In 1897 he moved to Gibson City, where he had since lived at the home of his son, W.C. Preston. Those of the immediate relatives who are left to mourn the loss of his going are his son, W.C. Preston, and wife; four grandchildren;, his two brothers, Samuel and Henry T., together with many other more distant relatives and many friends. He united with the Methodist Church of Gibson City in October, 1895, during the pastorate of Rev. W.T. Beadles. He remained a faithful member of the same church until his removal by death to the Church Triumphant. Those from out of town who were present at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Preston of Elliott; Mrs. W.C. Thompson, Ray ? and Mrs. Rickard of Paxton; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Harrison and Frank Powell of Bloomington; Sam ? of the Old Soldier's Home at Danville.

PRESTON, RAY C. - 60, formerly of Gibson City, died at 5:51 p.m. Thursday at the Elmhurst Hospital where he was admitted earlier in the day. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Leo Ewing officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Mr. Preston was born 7-2-1902 in Gibson City, the son of William C. and Vesta Hool Preston. He was married to Alyce Hunt 9-8-1925 in Gibson City. Mr. Preston was an insurance agent in the community until moving to Indianapolis in 1940. The next year he moved to Glen Elyn, and in 1956, he moved to Wheaton. He leaves his widow; two sons, AlRay of DesPlaines and Murray of Springfield; five grandchildren; his mother, and three sisters, Mrs. Charlotte McClure of Gibson City, Mrs. Zelma Shields of Foosland and Mrs. Charlene Klausen of Champaign. Mr. Preston was a member of the Methodist Church.

PHARES, Mrs. LULA A. HOOL - 95, was found dead at her apartment at 7 p.m. Friday 8-27-1976. She apparently died earlier in the day. Her funeral was held at 11 a.m. Monday August 30 at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. Mrs. Phares was born 12-28-1880 in Fairbury a daughter of Charles and Emma Eversole Hool. She married John Phares in 1903. He died in 1923. She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Ramona Dunn, Springfield; a son William Phares, Fort Pierce, Fla.; a brother Harold Hool, Pompano Beach Fla.; a sister Mrs. Marie Joy, Streator; two grandchildren and three great-grandsons. She was also preceded in death by a son. She was a Gibson City resident for most of her life, and a member of the United Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary.


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


Painter, Della B. Kessler
Della B. Painter, 82, Gibson City, died Thursday 8-24-1978 at Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services were Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home with Rev. James Bortell officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery. Pallbearers were cousins of Mrs. Painter, Lowell and Larry Dueringer, John and Greg Pool, and Ralph and Tom Dueringer. Mrs. Painter was born 7-12-1896 at Cropsey, a daughter of Arthur and Rosa Dueringer Kessler. She married Earl I. Painter; he survives.

Painter, Earl I. - WWII Veteran
Earl I. Painter, 88, died Sunday, 6-15-1980 at Danville Veterans Adm. Hospital, Danville. Funeral services will be Thursday, at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Dr. James Bortell officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Painter was born 3-1-1892 at Foosland, a son of Emanuel and Mary Armstrong Painter. He married Della Kessler, 12-31-1923 at Chicago; she died 8-24-1976. Surviving: a son, Robert and three grandchildren.

Parker, Mrs. Luther
Mrs. Luther Parker, age 79, of Farmer City, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 21 at the Mennenite hospital in Bloomington.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1:00 p.m. at the Stensel Funeral Home with Rev. Fred Harold in charge. Burial in Gibson City Cemetery.
She was born Dec. 7, 1876 at Bradfordsville, KY., the daughter of Huston and Hester Gribbens. She was married to Luther Parker of Gibson City on Aug. 30, 1927. She is survived by her husband of Farmer City, two sisters and two brothers.
12-22-1955 - date on newspaper

Pearson, Mrs. Carrie
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday from the Lamb funeral home for Mrs. Carrie Pearson, who died Saturday in Ft. Dodge, IA. Rev. Oscar Purn of Paxton officiated.
The body, accompanied by a son, Emil, was brought here Tuesday noon. Mrs. Pearson was the widow of the late Nels Pearson, former Gibson City resident and foreman on the Nickel Plate railroad. She was born in Sweden.
Pearson, Mrs. Olaf C.
Mrs. Olaf C. Pearson, 89, died Tuesday night at 9:00 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. T. Swanson, 511 North Wood Street, Gibson City. The cause of death was heart failure.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the Lamb Funeral Home at 2 o'clock, with Rev. August Aden, pastor of the Salem English Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Gibson Cemetery.
Tena Anderson was born April 27, 1850, at Kjells Nebbelon, Sweden, and came to America in 1879 at the age of 29. In 1881 she was married at Paxton to Olaf C. Pearson. They lived at Osman and Sibley Illinois for a number of years, then moved to Gibson City in 1903.
Mr. Pearson died here June 12, 1938. Mrs. Pearson is survived by a son, Hawkin Nelson, Granite Fails, Wash., and a daughter, Mrs. J.T. Swanson, Gibson City, and three grandchildren. She had made her home with her daughter and son-in-law here for the past year and one half.
She had been a member of the Salem English Lutheran Church for 35 years.
7-27-1939 - date on newspaper


PEARSON, WILLARD W. "PIKE"
Willard "Pike" Pearson, 70, of Gibson City, died Tuesday 12-29-1992 at Covenant Medical Center in Urbana. A Graveside service was Saturday at Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating; military rites were accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 of Gibson City. He was born 12-15-1922 in Foosland, the son of Otto W. and Myrtle A. Walker Pearson. He married Betty J. Painter on 1-8-1949; she died 8-21-1977. Surviving are four sons, Milton of Saybrook; Orrin of Melvin; and Willard Jr. and Ernie, both of Gibson City; one daughter, Kathy Ann Tomlinson of Gibson City and 12 grand-children. One son, one grandson, one brother and one sister preceded him in death. Mr. Pearson lived most of his life in the Gibson City area. A Navy veteran of WWII, he was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 of Gibson City and a life member of Brotherton Keller Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6289 of Gibson City. He was also a member of the United Methodist Church of Gibson City.

Perry, Miss Josephine
Miss Josephine Perry, who was born in Melvin sixty-one years ago died Saturday at Wesley Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was a former representative of the Fifth District in the 57th and 58th General Assembly. She lived at 6221 University Avenue in Chicago. She had been a resident of Chicago for 32 years. She is survived by two brothers and two sisters, Dr. Eugene B., Dr. Benjamin, Miss Elizabeth and Miss Lorinda Perry. Services were held Tuesday at McWilliams Chapel of the First Presbyterian Church in Chicago. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery Wednesday with Rev. Philip R. Coen officiating
5-20-1943- date on newspaper

Peters, John
John Peters died at the Brokaw hospital in Bloomington on Thursday afternoon, June 3 at 2:45, aged 82 years, 2 months, and 22 days.
He had been ill for the past seven weeks, but his condition did not become serious until a little over a week ago.
He was the son of Hans and Margaret Peters and was born in Holstein, Germany, March 12, 1844.
His marriage to Catherine Schumacher occurred December 24, 1865. They moved to America in 1868, coming to Bloomington, where he had since resided, with the exception of the years 1881 to 1904, during which time he resided in the Guthrie neighborhood. To this union ten children were born, three of whom survive. He was preceded in death by his wife, eleven years ago.
The surviving children are Mrs. Frank Owens, St. Louis, Mo.; Mrs. E.P. Thornton of Bloomington and John Peters of Velva, N.D.
There are also two brothers, Peter Peters of Melvin Ill., and William Peters, in Germany. There are besides the above mentioned relatives two grandchildren, Violet Owens, of St. Louis and Mrs. Charles Haven, and one great-grandchild, John Havens.
Mr. Peters led a simple, quiet life. He had a character of sterling qualities that manifested themselves in his association with his friends and his devotion to his family and home.
The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon from the M.E. Church in this city at 2:30, in charge of the pastor, Rev. F.E. Smith. Interment was in the local cemetery.
Peterson, Mrs. Clarence (nee Johnson)
d/o Mrs. C.V. Johnson
died: 5-1-1935, following surgery, Paxton Community Hospital
children:
Gene Peterson
Leona Peterson
Elaine Peterson
Carl Peterson
Eleanor Dianne (born Saturday before her death on Wednesday)

Peterson, Minnie
Funeral services were held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Herscher Saturday, January 26 for Minnie P. Peterson.
She died January 22, 1991 at Prairie View Home in Danforth
Burial was at Pilot Cemetery in Herscher.
She was born September 21, 1890 at Elliott a daughter of Gustave and Rachel Ramsden Punke. She attended ISNU in Normal and taught in various schools in Ford County. She married P. Louis Peterson on June 19, 1918. He preceded her in death March 8, 1967.
She is survived by a foster daughter and 16 nieces and nephews including Alma Schrock, Margaret Farmer and Franklin Punke of Paxton and Frederick Punke and Mary Punke of Elliott.


Phillips, George L.
George L. Phillips was born Sept. 22, 1852, in Putnam County near Magnolia, Illinois and passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest Tansley near Melvin, Ill., Jan. 13, 1921, at the age of 68 years, 3 months and 22 days. He came to this county with his parents 47 years ago from Magnolia.
Mr. Phillips was united in marriage to Miriam Elizabeth Graves, Feb. 17, 1876. The wife preceded him in death Aug. 12, 1920. To this union four children were born; Bertie, who died in 1893; Mrs. Ernest Tansley; William Phillips of Melvin, and an infant daughter who died in 1888.
He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Jane Warner, of Bloomington, Mrs. Frank Thompson, of Melvin, and two brothers, Alfred Phillips and A. L. Phillips, of Gibson City and one granddaughter, Eva Mae Tansley, and many relatives and friends. He was a charter member of the M.W.A. No. 923 of Melvin.
Mr. Phillips was a good neighbor and was always ready to accommodate anyone. He was a lover of horses and during his life did a great deal to relieve suffering among them. He never held a public office still he took great interest in public affairs.
The funeral was held from the late home in Melvin, Saturday afternoon at 1:30. A large company of relatives and friends were present. Rev. W.L. Barnes conducted the service and a male quartette sang the hymns of comfort. The lodge brothers carried the remains to their last resting place.
Those from a distance attending the funeral were Delbert, John, Orville and Henry Phillips of Lostant; Elmer Phillips of Tonica; Mr. and Mrs. David Warner, Bloomington, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Phillips, Mrs. A.L. Phillips and Mrs. Kirtchenfaut, Gibson city, Mr. and Mrs. N.T. Graves and daughter, Fairbury; Dr. Graves, Chicago; Mrs. Cora Miester, Buckingham; and Mrs. Jessie Andrews of Oakway, Colo.
This paper joins the many friends in extending sympathy to the family.
1-21-1921- date on newspaper

Phillips, Lewis Henry
Lewis Henry Phillips was born July 17, 1853 at Lostant, LaSalle Co. Illinois and died at his home in Lawrenceville, Illinois, Jan. 13, 1921, aged 67 years 5 months and 26 days. He was the eldest child of Abraham and Sarah Phillips, pioneers of LaSalle County.
He resided at his birthplace until the fall of 1879 when he was united in marriage to Ellen Burt, of Magnolia, Ill. and moved to Melvin, Ill. to begin the organization of a new home. To this union four children were born; an infant who died at birth; Mrs. Jessamine McQuillen, of Upland Calif.; Mrs. Novella Highsmith, of Lawrenceville, and Burt Phillips, of Melvin. His life partner died in 1918. He leaves besides his children, three grandchildren, five brothers and three sisters.
When 17 years of age he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and remained a faithful and active member his entire life.
Mr. Phillips was a man of sterling worth, a good citizen, good neighbor, honest and upright in his dealings with his fellowman. He stood for the best things in life and for the community in which he lived and was always found on the right side of every moral question. He has made the world better by his having lived in it and in passing he leaves to his children a precious heritage - a good name.
The funeral services were held in Lawrenceville and the remains accompanied by the relatives arrived in Melvin Saturday morning where they were met by a large number of friends. The funeral courtage went direct to the cemetery where interment was made with Rev. W.L. Barnes officiating.
Those attending the funeral from a distance were; Mrs. Novella Highsmith, of Lawrenceville; Mrs. G.D. Hiltabrand, of Peoria; Messrs. Frank Cerval, of Henry; J.W. and Delbert Phillips, of Lostant; Elmer Phillips, of Tonica; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Phillips and Mrs. A.L. Phillips, of Gibson City.
This paper joins the large circle of friends in extending sympathy to the family.
1-21-1921- date on newspaper


PINKLEY, GEORGE C. - (partial) Gibson Courier, Thursday, 3-4-1937
George C. Pinkley, 73, pioneer building contractor of this city, died Thursday at the Marietta Hospital in Marietta, Georgia, after an illness of several weeks with heart disease. Mr. Pinkley was born near Sullivan, Ill. on 5-12-1863......


Preston, Elizabeth Harding
Elizabeth Harding Preston was born at Hagerstown, Md., July 17, 1815: died at Gibson City, Ill., June 10, 1893. When she was 9 years old her parents removed to Zanesville, Ohio, and when 15 yeas old to near Newark, Ohio. At 17 years of age she was converted, baptized, and united with that branch of the Christian church known as New Light. On March 9th, 1837, she was united in marriage with Jacob Preston. After her marriage she united with the Methodist church, of which her husband was a member, and has since lived a consistent and faithful christen life.
The union of Bro. and Sister Preston was blessed in the birth of eleven children - five girls and six sons. Two daughters and five sons survive; the others having passed on before. Sister Preston was widowed by the decease of her husband May 10th, 1866, yet she looked well to the care of her children. One son and one daughter reside in Missouri; the balance all at or near Gibson City. She has been a resident of Illinois since 1871, living near Bloomington until 1877, when she removed to Gibson where she lived until her death, and was beloved by all who became acquainted with her.
Mrs. Preston's age was 77 years, 10months and 17 days. And during all of that long and eventful life there was no time when she could not have looked with fearlessness upon man's last and best friend, death, as the one who breaks the carnal bondage and sets the imprisoned spirit free, who closes a life of necessary toil and opens the doors of immortal happiness, returning the soul to its own original and glorious home, to go no more out forever. For to them that be God's children death is no other than a passage to the Father, A Chariot to Heaven. During the years of her life in this vicinity she had gained a host of friends by her mild, generous manner. She had always a word of encouragement or praise for those who sought her wise counsel, and her smile was sunshine and spread light upon all faces, thus rendering her presence truly charm-like. The love and respect which she commanded was shown by the vast number who assembled on Monday June 12th, to attend the burials, in Gibson's beautiful cemetery, of her whom they loved and honored. The funeral service was held at the home of N.N. Wright, Rev. Beadles of the M.E. church officiating. A line of carriages more than 1/2 mile in length followed the remains to the grave, where after the concluding ceremonies the Christian, patriotic and pioneer mother was left quietly sleeping. And to the sorrowing children of this truly Christian mother we with the entire community extend our heartfelt sympathy.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
Friday June 16, 1893


Preston, Mrs. G. W.
At her home about 2½ miles east of Gibson, on Friday morning, March 5, at 7:15, occurred the death of Mrs. G. W. Preston, an honored and highly respected Christian woman, whom to know was to love. Catherine Haas was born in Licking County, Ohio, February 12, 1840. At the early age of fourteen she united with the Evangelical Lutheran church. She was united in marriage with George W. Preston December 8, 1864. In 1868 they removed from Ohio to Hudson, McLean County, Illinois, where they lived until 1875, when they moved to a farm two miles north of their present home. In 1879 they came to their present home, where they continued to reside until her decease. Her earth life measured by days, numbered 55 years, 1 month and 23 days, but numbered by deeds of kindness and words of cheer and affection, she lived the full measure of her years, for hers was a completed life. She lived for her home; it was her delight to comfort and cheer those who composed her household. She lived for her husband, a true wife, his comfort and joy. Having no children after the flesh, she took to her heart and home one upon whom she lavished all the wealth of a motherly love. She lived for her friends and neighbors, for the heart that truly loves home, loves humanity. Her deeds of love and unostentatious charity are not chronicled in the annals of this selfish world, but they are graven on the hearts of the recipients of her bounty, and are written on the records of Him who keeps a book of remembrance and who rewards even the cup of cold wine given in His name. She lived for heaven. As recorded in youth she united with the church, and on coming to Illinois and not finding the denomination to which she belonged, she united with the M. E. church and she remained faithful to its vows and faith until called home.
She had been in failing health for several months, and about February 1 it became apparent that a dangerous disease was making rapid inroads upon her physical life. All that love and skill could suggest could not avail to prolong her useful life. When made aware of the probability of her departure from earth, she felt no terror. She only desired that she might live to minister to her loved ones. Her family and brother, Ezra Haas of Wabash, Indiana, and a sister, Mrs. Lottie Wright of Rushsylvania, Ohio, were present at her departure. A brother at Newark and a sister at Utica, Ohio were notified of the sad event, but could not be present. But for those and all of us the great joy of an eternal union awaits. Let us so live as to be ready to enter through the gate into the city whither our sister has gone, bearing with us the name she bore, the name she loved, the only name the opens Heaven's doors to mortals who have sinned and been redeemed-the blessed name Jesus.
The funeral services, which was very impressive, was held at the house of the deceased at 2 p.m. Sunday, Rev. W. T. Beadles officiating, the M. E. choir being in attendance. The floral orderings were many and appreciated, among which were noticeable the following designs Gate ajar, presented by Preston brothers and Loyal Wright; Lyre, presented by the W. R. C.; large scroll artistically arranged with the words "Rest" and surmounted by a pure white dove, by the Scotland School. After the service the remains, followed by a vast procession were taken to Gibson's beautiful cemetery, escorted by the members of the G.A.R, the W. R. C. and the S. of V., where, amid weeping friends, the beautiful ceremony of the W. R. C. was performed, the last sad word spoken and the mortal remains of a noble Christian woman were left to sweetly sleep until that day when we shall all be called upon to appear before Him who doeth all things well.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
April 12, 1895

Preston, Jacob W.
With profound sorrow the news was passed around town last Saturday evening that J. W. Preston, a prominent and respected citizen, had passed quietly away at his home on Church Street. It was the end of an illness extending over nearly a year of time. Many times in the past six months his life had hung trembling in the balance, but his strong vitality had asserted itself in the combat with death, and he would rally again. A few weeks ago he was able to leave his bed and appear on the street and at his place of business again, but his illness returned and the weary sufferer finally gave up the hopeless struggle and fell asleep, the sleep that only means an awakening on the immortal shores.
The funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock on Monday afternoon at the Methodist church, Rev. F. A. McCarty having charge, assisted by Rev. W. T. Beadles of Paxton and Rev. John R. Golden. In obedience to a public proclamation, issued by Mayor Roth and the City Council, all business was suspended for two hours on account of the funeral, and a large number of the business men attended the services. The Mayor and City Council, all other offices of the city and the members of the Gibson fire department in uniform, attended the funeral in a body. The services were of the most solemn and impressive character, a fitting tribute by the community of the esteem in which the departed was so universally held. The seating capacity of the building was taxed to its utmost. Brief services were also held at the grave.
Jacob Wright Preston was born at Chatham, Licking county, Ohio, on Feb. 24, 1854, making his age 51 years, 3 months and 9 days at the time of his death. He died on Saturday, June 3, 1905, at his home in the city. In the year 1871, when a young man seventeen years of age, he came to Illinois, first settling in McLean County, near Bloomington. There he taught school for two years, after which he studied medicine for a year under Dr. J. C. Adams of Hudson, but was compelled to abandon his studies on account of poor health. In the spring of 1877 he first came to Ford County, and settled near Guthrie.
While still living on the farm he wooed and won the hand of Miss Mary E. Speedie, their marriage taking place September 17, 1879. To them were born four children, the first of whom died in infancy. The second child, Ray, died when four years old, nineteen years ago. Two children survive, a son, George, aged eighteen and an infant daughter, Dhrea, aged three. Two months after the birth of the little daughter, Dhrea, Mrs. Preston passed away.
One of the most important phases of Mr. Preston's life in this community was his church affiliations. He united with the Methodist church of Gibson shortly after moving here, and it is his noble work as a member of this congregation which will endure for years to come. Here was his real life's work. His constant and unselfish efforts in behalf of his chosen church revealed to the community the true manhood that was in him, and won him the respect of his fellow citizens. For a number of years he was superintendent of the Sunday school, and when not serving in that capacity was a teacher and worker.
Mr. Preston helped to organize the first Epworth League, one of the most important auxiliaries of church work, and was several times chosen as its president. He was also identified with the church board for many years and served as church treasurer until failing health made it imperative for him to give up the church books. His work as a member of the church choir was as willing and as unselfish as his efforts in other departments, and the singers who were called upon last Monday to sing his requiem could not but think of the scores of times when he had willingly given up his business to perform a like service for other mourning households. In all these lines of active work Mr. Preston will be sorely missed by his fellow workers in the church.
Besides his two children he leaves three brothers, George W., Samuel H., and Henry T., all of Gibson; and two sisters, Mrs. Calista Wright of this city, and Mrs. Mary Sanford of Versailles, Missouri.
Among those who attended the funeral from out of town were the following: W. V. Howell and daughter of Bloomington, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Wirt of Saybrook, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wagner of Champaign, Preston Wright of Peoria, Rev. and Mrs. W T. Beadles of Paxton, Mrs. Etta Cusey of Bloomington.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
June 9, 1905

Preston, Mrs. J.W.
Mrs. J. W. Preston died at her home on Church Street last Monday evening at about half past ten o'clock. The funeral services were held at the M.E. church on Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, being conducted by Rev. J. A. Lucas of Carlinville Ill., a former pastor of the deceased, assisted by Rev. Rollin Everhart. After an eloquent address by Rev. Lucas, the W. R. C., of which Mrs. Preston was a member, paid their last touching tribute to the dead.
Mary Ellen Speedie was born in Fall River, Mass., May 3, 1860, making her age a little less than 42 years. She came with her parents to Logan County, Illinois in 1865. Remaining there two years, her parents moved to Ford County, where she resided until the day of her death. Part of this time was spent on the farm and part of it in the city. On Sept. 17, 1879, she was happily united in marriage to J. W. Preston, who lives to mourn her loss. In 1883 Mr. and Mrs. Preston moved to this city, where they had since lived, with the exception of four years spent on the farm. Four children were born to this union, three sons and one daughter, the latter now being two months old. One son, George, and the little daughter survive the mother.
Mrs. Preston was converted and joined the M. E. church in 1883, and since that time had been a faithful member. By nature Mrs. Preston was an optimist, ever looking on the bright side of life, cheering and blessing those around her. She cheerfully served her church in a number of capacities. She ever sought to do her duty, never shirked, and by her kindness of heart advanced her Master's work. She was a true wife, a helpmeet in the truest sense, always ready to aid in all that a wife could do. As a mother she was devoted and self-sacrificing. Her place in the home, the church, and in the hearts of her hundreds of friends will be hard indeed to fill.
About nine weeks ago Mrs. Preston was stricken with paralysis, and it developed at the same time that she was afflicted with a dangerous kidney disease. Although she had partially recovered from the attack, it was known that her condition was very critical. The end came very suddenly Monday night, almost before her husband could summon medical aid. The blow was a crushing one for the fond husband and young son, and they have the sympathy of the entire community in their bereavement.
The following relatives from abroad attended the funeral on Wednesday: V. E. Howell and daughter Sallie, Sydney Cusy, Chas. Wright and H. T. Preston of Bloomington; J. B. Wirt and daughter Ida of Saybrook; W. M. Preston of Gainesville, Ark.; Mr. and Mrs. Miles Hand of Clarence; Mrs. Belle Martin of Texarkana, Ark. The latter is a sister of the deceased and will remain here for several weeks.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
March 21, 1902

Preston, Faye Murr
Gibson City- Miss Faye M. Preston 87, formerly of Gibson City, died Friday (Aug 14, 1970) morning at her home on Decatur. Services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until the funeral time Sunday at the funeral home.
She was born August 7, 1883 near Elliott, a daughter of Samuel and Mary Barrow Preston. Survivors include four cousins, Mrs. Eva Jones, Mrs. Maude Phillips and Mrs. Myrtle Newman all of Gibson City, and Mrs. Ruby Hopkins of Springfield. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Decatur. She taught primary grades in Gibson City, Melvin and Decatur elementary schools. She moved to Decatur in 1945.

Preston, G.W.
Wednesday afternoon, at the residence of G. W. Preston, occurred one of the saddest accidents that it has ever been our lot to chronicle. Mrs. Preston and Mrs. Jacob Preston were engaged in making soap and had set aside a kettle full to cool when a little four year-old of Jacob Preston's who was playing about the premises, approached it unobserved, walking backward, and fell backward into the hot mass. His mother heard his screams and pulled him out, burning her hands in a dreadful manner. The little fellow was fearfully burned about the upper part of the body and face, his hat having in a measure protected his head. He suffered in great agony until a little after midnight, when death came to his release. Today the little charred form was tenderly laid to rest in the Gibson cemetery. The terribly bereaved parents have the tender sympathy of all in their crushing sorrow.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
June 4, 1886

Preston, George
George Lay Preston, well known former resident of Gibson City, died at his home in Peoria last Friday evening, after an illness extending over a period of two years, following a stroke of paralysis. Funeral services were held in Lamb's chapel in Gibson City at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, in charge of Rev. R. M. Luedde, Pastor of the local Christian church.
George L. Preston, son of Jacob W. and Mary Speedie Preston, was born near Guthrie, Ill., Feb. 18, 1887. He moved with his parents to Gibson City when he was a child, and was educated in the public schools of this city.
On June 17, 1912, he was united in marriage to Carrie Andersen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Anderson of Gibson City. To this union four children were born, all of whom survive.
They made their home here for a number of years after their marriage. Later Mr. Preston worked for the Alexander Lumber Company at Kankakee and Royal, Ill. In June, 1927, Mr. Preston moved to Elliott to accept a position as manager of the F.A. Miller lumber yard. During his few years residence there he made many warm friends in the community.
Six years ago he moved to Peoria, where he resided until the time of his death. While in Peoria he became associated with the Peoria Star, with whom he worked until his health failed and he was forced to retire from active business.
He was a member of the Masonic lodge and of the Electa chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. While residing in Elliott he became a member of the United Brethren church, in which church he held his membership until the close of his earthly pilgrimage.
In April of this year there was a noticeable change in his health, and about two weeks ago there was a decided change for the worse, the end coming on Friday evening, Oct. 16, 1936, at the age of 49 years, 7 months and 28 days. The parents, two brothers and an infant daughter preceded him in death.
He is survived by his devoted wife and the following children: Mary Ann, Maxine, Zane and George L. Jr., all of Peoria. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Dhrea Jordan of California.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
October 22, 1936

Enid Preston, Infant Daughter
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George L. Preston, Enid Preston, who was born last Tuesday morning, April1, at about eleven o'clock, died Saturday morning, April 5, about eleven o'clock, being about four days of age. Short funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon in charge of Rev. G. A. Carlson, pastor of the Elliott Lutheran church. Internment was in the Gibson City cemetery.
Mrs. Preston's mother, Mrs. James Anderson of Gibson City, who had been in Peoria visiting her daughter, Mrs. W. P. Yorke, and Mr. and Mrs. George Swanson and Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Barrow of Gibson City attended the services. Mrs. Swanson and Mrs. Barrow are sisters of Mrs. Preston.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
Thursday April 10, 1924

Preston, Loyal Loy
Loyal Loy Preston, little son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Preston died at their home on Church Street on Tuesday. The cause of his death was appendicitis. A surgical operation was performed in the attempt to save his life, but the disease was too far advanced. Loyal was born March 30, 1900 making his age 8 years, 9 months and 5 days. He was a very bright and lovable child, a pupil of Mrs. Josephine Kelso in the third room of the public school, and also a pupil in the primary department of the Methodist Sunday school. The funeral was held at the church at 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, conducted by Rev. P.P. Carson. The family has the sympathy of the community in their sore bereavement.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
January 8, 1909


Preston, Mrs. Mary O.
Mrs. Mary O. Preston, one of this city's revered pioneers, died last Sunday noon at her home on North Church Street, after an extended illness, aged 76 years. Funeral services were held in the Methodist Episcopal church in this city at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the service being in charge of the pastor, Rev. Donald H. Gibbs. Internment was in the Gibson cemetery.
Mary Owen Barrow, daughter of Frederick and Mary Barrow, was born at Winchester, Virginia, Dec. 16, 1860, where she spent her childhood. When a girl of seventeen she came to Illinois with her parents, settling on a farm which her parents had purchased two miles east of Gibson City, now owned and occupied by Geo. Dueringer.
She was married to Samuel H. Preston April 18, 1881. After five years residing in Gibson City Mr. and Mrs. Preston moved to the Scotland farming neighborhood, where they lived nine years. They moved back to Gibson City and erected their home on North Church Street, where they spent the remainder of their days. They celebrated their golden wedding in 1932. The following year August 21, 1933, Mr. Preston passed away. One daughter, Rhea Preston, died Aug. 20, 1911. Mrs. Preston is survived by one daughter, Miss Faye Preston, a teacher in the Decatur public schools. She is also survived by two brothers, Hamilton J. Barrow and Charles F Barrow, both of Gibson City.
Seventy years of Mrs. Preston's life were lived in Gibson City and its environs, a life enriched and strengthened by the brave struggles of pioneer days. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist church. She spent last winter in Decatur with her daughter Faye, and had planned to return to Decatur this weak to spend the winter. She had been in failing health for several years. She will be greatly missed in the community which was her home for so many years.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
October 22, 1937

Preston, Miss Rhea
Died at the Warner, hospital in Clinton, on Sunday, Aug. 20, 1911, Rhea Owen Preston, aged 23 years and 1 day.
It is seldom that this community has been so profoundly touched as it was by the death of Miss Rhea Preston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Preston. Every circle of Gibson society seemed to feel the shock of her untimely death, and to mourn with the stricken parents, who were called upon to give up such a treasure. Hers was a character of more than usual loveliness and grace. Her earthly career was brief; all spent in this community, but it left a deeper impression than many lives which have been three times as long. The community watched her babyhood and sweet girlhood, watched her as she budded and flowered into a glorious womanhood, and witnessed her ever growing consideration for others, her wisdom, gracious womanliness. She was well called a "bit of sunshine", and the value this old world places on sunshine was accentuated by the gloom which followed the close of this sunny life.
When she entered an office downtown, and became a part of the busy life of the street, she soon became a general favorite, and she seemed to radiate joy and cheerfulness everywhere. There were times when her own work was overwhelming, when the office was crowded with work until she could not see her way to the end, but she never lost that sunny smile or that fine consideration for others. If there were times when her own sky was clouded it could not be discovered by those about her. Such a life is not lived in vain; such a life accomplishes much good, and gives more than it receives.
The funeral was held at the home on North Church street at 2:00 o'clock last Tuesday afternoon. It was attended by a large throng of sorrowing friends. The crowd overflowed the house onto the porch, and out onto the lawn. The music by a quartet from the Methodist choir was impressive, and rev. P.P. Carson preached a profound sermon, expressive of the underlying Christian faith. Six young women, intimate friends of the deceased, acted as honorary pal bearers. They all wore white costumes. The pall bearers were six young men. A long line of carriages and automobiles followed the remains to their last resting place in the Gibson cemetery. The following obituary was read at the funeral:
Rhea Owen Preston, daughter of Samuel H. and Mary Preston, was born in the old Barrow homestead two miles east of this city, August 19, 1888, and there her early childhood was spent. She died at the Warner hospital in Clinton on Sunday Aug. 20, 1911, aged 23 years and 1 day. The family moved to Gibson about fifteen years ago. Since then they resided in their home on North Church Street. She was educated in the public schools, graduating from the Gibson high school in June 1906. She was bright in her studies, modest in manner, cheery and winsome in disposition.
"She had little difficulty in securing a good position in the offices of the Gibson City Canning Company. She took her work very seriously, devoting herself to it in such a degree that she soon won for herself a place if trust and confidence. In her position as assistant bookkeeper she held an enviable record for accuracy, faithfulness and painstaking care of all work entrusted to her. She was held in the highest esteem by those associated with her in the office, and in addition to the warmest words of appreciation by the managers it is said that she more than filled her position, and that it will be hard to find any one to take her place.
"And yet, Miss Preston was a girl especially devoted to her home. Her thought was ever for the comfort and joy of those who were nearest and dearest to her. Outside of the home she was the sunshine in the midst of a host of friends. And many who did not know her intimately found the day brighter for her cheery word of greeting.
When Rhea was about ten years of age she, with her sister Faye united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in this city. In its services and Bible school she received spiritual nurture and training. Deeper than the sunshine of her smile deeper than the courage with which she met the stern messenger at that last moment, there was a childlike faith in her Lord and Savior. She has passed safely into his keeping.
"Her last illness was a short duration. About two weeks of seemingly slight illness, with an attempt to return to her office duties on Monday of last week. Then a realization of something more serious. A consultation, the brave journey to the hospital in Clinton. The operation last Saturday. The brief news, "All is well." Then on Sabbath morning, the same message with its heavenly meaning, "All is well."
Miss Preston is survived by her father and mother and her sister, Faye; and by a large number of relatives and a host of friends. The entire community is in sorrow and extends sincerest sympathy to the bereaved family.
Among those attending the funeral from out of town were the following: Mr. and Mrs. Guy Garrison and daughter Frances, Frank A. Howell and Mrs. Edson Hart of Bloomington; Mrs. J.B. Wirt and Miss Carrie Wirt of Saybrook; Mrs. Wm Thompson of Paxton; Mr. and Mrs. W,S. Waggoner of Champaign; Mrs. Gordon Overstreet of Hoopeston; Miss Mrytle Wade of Elgin, Ill., and Samuel H. Waldon of Sibley, Ill.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
August 25, 1911

Preston, Samuel H.
Funeral services for Samuel H. Preston, aged 81, pioneer resident of Gibson City, who died at 6:20 p.m. Monday at his home on N. Church Street, will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at three o'clock at the M.E. church. The services will be in charge of the pastor, Rev. Albert H. Flagge. Interment will be in the local cemetery. He was in his 82nd year.
Mr. Preston had been in poor health for the past year, but he was not bedfast until about three weeks ago. For over a week prior to his death he was unconscious.
He was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Harding Preston and was born near Newark in Licking county, Ohio, on January 25, 1852. His father died when he was a small child. As a youth he learned the decorator's trade, which he followed until he was 20 years of age, when he came to Illinois and joined his mother and other members of the family who had previously settled at Hudson. In the year 1876 the family moved to Ford County and located in the Guthrie neighborhood.
On April 19, 1882, he married Miss Mary Barrow, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Barrow, east of this city. They began, housekeeping in Gibson City, where Mr. Preston was engaged in the implement business. In the year 1887 they moved to their farm, east of town and lived there for nine years. They then moved to town, and Mr. Preston built the residence on North Church Street which had been his home for 37 years.
Upon retiring from the farm Mr. Preston engaged in the real estate business which he continued until about ten years ago, when he retired from active business.
He is survived by his wife and one daughter, Miss Faye M. Preston, who obtained a leave of absence a year ago from the Decatur schools, where she is a teacher, to assist in the care of her parents. One daughter, Rhea, died on August 20, 1922, at the age of 23 years. He is also survived by one brother, Henry T. Preston, of Springfield, Mo.
Mr. Preston was a member of the M.E. church and took an active interest in the affairs of the church. He was also a member of the local K. of P. lodge. When the Chautauqua's were the popular form of summer entertainment Mr. Preston took an active part in bringing the best of talent to this city. He was a member of the committee which had the steel pavilion erected in the city park, and had charge of the structure up to the time it was turned over to the city.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
August 24, 1933


Preston, William N.
Wm. N. Preston, a brother of the Preston brothers of this city, died at his home in Knoxville, Ill., on Tuesday, March 14. The remains were brought to this city on Wednesday, and the funeral was held at the home of J. W. Preston, on Church Street, yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. F.A. McCarty officiating.
William Nathan Preston was born in Licking Co. Ohio Sept. 22, 1845 and died at his home in Knoxville, Illinois March 14, 1905. At the age of 59 years 5 months and 22 days.
Mr. Preston grew to manhood in his native state, where on May 11, 1873 he married to Miss Anna Melissa Sellers. With his family he came to Illinois in 1881 and located at Lovington, and in 1891 removed to Missouri. He came to Knoxville Illinois in Nov. 1904.
Mr. Preston was by profession a millwright. He has erected and installed many flouring mills throughout the South. His work of building, equipping and launching new milling enterprises, has made his home in some sixty different places and made his life one of unusual activity.
He was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal church south at Doniphan, Mo., some fifteen years ago, since, which time he has been actively connected with Christian work, being especially interested in the work of the Sunday school. On account of constantly removing from place to place, his church membership has always remained at Doniphan.
He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and the Modern Woodmen of America.
He leaves besides his bereaved widow, one daughter, Jennie, four brothers, Geo. W., Samuel H., Jacob W., and Henry T., and one sister, Mrs. Calista Wright of Gibson City. Also one sister, Mrs. Mary Sanford of Missouri. All were present at the funeral except the last named.
While the deceased was a stranger to our people his family have the profound sympathy of the community.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
March 17, 1905


PUFAHL, LYDIA L. LOCK
b. 7-9-1911, Tonica, IL
d/o John and Mary Hornung Lock
m. Fred R. Pufahl, 8-19-1943 at Urbana, Il.; he died 1-3-1983
d. 4-5-1998, Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, IL
bur: Glen Cemetery, Paxton, Ford County, IL


PUNKE, RACHEL ANTHONY
Mrs. Rachel Punke, for many years a resident of the Elliott and Dix twp. communities, passed away on Monday night (9-4-1927) following an illness of several months. Her death was due to a stomach disorder. Mrs. Punke is survived by nine children who are namely: Mrs. Anna E. Warfield, of Paxton; Mrs. Agnes M. Berger, of Gibson City; Mrs. P. Louis Peterson, of Herscher; Edward G., of Iowa City, Iowa; Mrs. Esther M. Scott, of Melvin; Harold H., William C., of Elliott. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. C.W. Knapp, of Gibson City. Mr. Punke preceded her in death 3-3-1924. The deceased was affiliated with the Lutheran Church for many years and was a good Christian woman who will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held at the home this afternoon, Rev. A. Hahn, pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor officiating; interment will take place at Glen Cemetery in Paxton. At the time of her death, Mrs. Punke was aged 66 years 5 months and 12 days.

PUNKE, RICHARD HENRY
Melvin Motor - 6-5-1947
Richard Punke, 58, died of a heart attack Thursday evening at his home two and one fourth miles south of Elliott; he had been in ill health several years. Funeral services were held Sunday at Lamb's Funeral Home in Gibson City, in charge of Rev. Raymond Larson of Elliott; burial was in Blackford Cemetery. Mr. Punke was born 1-15-1889 at Elliott. He was married 5-5-1913 to Flossie M. Fisher, who died in September 1928. Two children, Richard and Henry Roy, also preceded him in death. Surviving is a daughter, Miss Flossie M. Punke and the following brothers and sisters: Fred, Edward, Harold, .....Mrs. Agnes Berger and Mrs. Esther Scott.



Quinn, Roy
Roy Quinn, 74, retired Gibson City area farmer, was found hanging in the basement of his home by his wife at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, 1975, authorities said.
Ford County Coroner R.L. Hayslette said he had been despondent because of ill health. An inquest will be scheduled, he said.
The funeral was to have been at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, near Anchor, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Visitation was to be held at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and at the church after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
He was born Aug. 19, 1906 at Charleston, a son of Henry and Emma Burro Quinn. He married Melba Beecher Nov. 4, 1933 at Covington Ind.
Surviving are his wife; a son Charles, Streator; a daughter, Mrs. Judy Glascock, Sibley; seven grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Jess Fravala, Detroit, Mich.
He had been a resident of the Gibson City area for more than 30 years and was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the McLean County Farm Bureau.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
Pallbearers were Linden Painter, Donald Means, George Anderson, Elza Powell, Aaron Hoffman and John Hester Sr.
5-22-1975


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