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Ford County, IL Obituaries

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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Isaac Steiner

Mary G. Sharp

Walter Michael Siebert

Helen F. Salyards

Clarence E. Sample

Edwin W. Sauer

Dr. Wilbur Sauer

Sally Louise Schmidt

Anna Maria Schoenfeldt

Johann Christian Schoenfeldt

Dale W. Schoolcraft

Ernest P. Schroeder

John William Schroeder

Rachel Sharer

Mrs. W. C. Stephens

A. Gene Scarbrough

Hayden P. Steiner

Zelma C. Preston Shields

Robert M. Shields

Rachel M. Sharer

Amelia C. Sheppelman

Rev. W. E. Sillence

Mildred Simmons

 Shirley O. Simmons

Agnes E. Sloat

Ivan D. Sloat

Karen K. Smith

Eileen J. Brokate Schutte

Lee Victor Swanson

Rosalie M. Sommer

Earl Sprau

Ivan D. Stalter

Louise Hardies Stiger

Claudia Strebeck

Robert J. Strebeck

Andrew Stroh

Bertha W. Stroh

Edna Stroh

Fred Stroh

Harry W. Stroh

Peggy Stroh

Jane Ann Scatterday

Louis Edward Summers

Joe H. Suter

Clarence R. Sutherland

Jean E. Swanson

 

Walter I. Stilwell

John W. Shilts,Sr.

Leland Swengel

Paul L. Stamm

Paul Stamm

Elsie A. Stevens

Helen Louise Schantz

Kazuko Therese Sandland

 Arthur W. Salvage

 Russell D. Salyards

 Rev. Orville Salzman

 Robert Douglas Sarver

Lewis Sawyer

Sherman Schoolcraft

Henry Schuldt

Mary C Schuldt

Christina Schumacher

Louise Margaret Schroeder

John Schutte

Ruth Sharp

Jas. E. Sheffer Jr.

Mrs. O.L. Sheffer

John Sheppelman

Kristine Kay Shilts

Grace Shimer

Mrs. L.F. Shoemaker

Mrs. Hattie Short

James E. Shubert

Barbara Siela

Luella A. Sixt

Ernestine Skinner

Ida B. Slater

Anna Hope Smith

Imogene Smith

Isaac Smith

Rita J. Smith

Vera Eileen Smith

Ray R. Snyder

Gladys Spangler

Alice Speedie

David Speedie

Matthew Speedie

Alice Speers

William R. Speers

Arla V. Steigman

August Steinlicht

Thomas Jefferson Stephens

Mrs. James W. Stevens

Albert H. Stroh

Emma Roesch Stroh

Herman Stroh

Minnie Stroh

Olga M. Stroh

Richard Carlyle Stroh

William Stroh

William A. Strunk

Anna Amalia Struve

John Clarence Stuhmer

Eva G. Sublon

Mary F. Sublon

Delia Summers

J. Howard Summers

Imo E. Swallow

Anna Charlotte Pierson

August F. Swanson

Charles J. Swanson

Elizabeth Eckstrand Swanson

Janet Swanson

Lawrence F. Swanson

Anna Switzer (new)

 Henry H. Switzer (new)    


STEINER, ISAAC (IKE) -, 86, a life-long Buckley farmer, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday 1-2-2003 at Heartland Healthcare in Paxton, where he had been a resident for three months. Funeral services were Sunday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Buckley, the Rev. Mark J. Haller officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery, Buckley. Visitation was Saturday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home in Buckley, and Sunday at the church one hour before the service. Mr. Steiner was born 2-4-1916 at Buckley, the son of John and Emma Reichen Steiner. He married Luella Flessner 12-13-1944, at Dixon. She survives. Also surviving are five daughters, Linda (Dave) Johnson, Kankakee; Diane (Mike) Gundlach, Hastings, Donna (Roik) Hockenberger, Mt. Laurel, NJ, and Karen (Bill) Mellon, Downs; eight grandchildren, two brothers, Abe Steiner, Monmouth, and Art Steiner, Clifton Colo; and one sister Elsie Bleich, Paxton. He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers and one sister. Mr. Steiner was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and the Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau. He was the drainage commissioner of Artesia Twp for many years and also was a member of the St. John's School Board. He collected antiques, was a Cub and Dutchmasters fan and enjoyed gardening. Memorials may be made to his church, Heartland Healthcare Center or a charity of the donor's choice. [January 8, 2003 Paxton Record/Times, Submitted by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SHARP, MARY G. - 80, of Gibson City, died at 9:35 a.m. Tuesday 1-7-2003 at ASTA Care Center, Paxton. A funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City. The Rev. William Smith officiated. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation was 9 - 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Mrs. Sharp was born 1-4-1923 at Chicago, a daughter of Daniel F. and Gertrude (McBride) McBride. She married John B. Sharp 1-4-1939 at Chicago, He survives. Also surviving are two daughters; Mary Ann Sharp of Gibson City and Sister Ann Sharp OSF of Joliet; three sons; James B. Sharp of Darien, John B. Sharp of Chicago and Daniel F. Sharp of Green Bay, Wis.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Mrs. Sharp was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City. She was a school bus driver for 30 years with the Hawthorne School District in Lake County. Mrs. Sharp had lived in Gibson City for the past six years, formerly living in Murdelein. Memorials may be made to the Sharp family. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SIEBERT, WALTER MICHAEL - Harrodsburg, KY - Walter Michael Siebert, 91, Herrodsburg, formerly of Paxton, died Sunday 1-12-2003 at his home. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Catholic Church, Harrodsburg, the Rev. Joseph Muench officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg. Visitation was after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Church. Ransdell Funeral Chapel, Harrodsburg is in charge of arrangements. Surviving are his wife, Agnes C. Siebert of Harrodsburg, and a son, Robert Siebert, of Illinois. Mr. Siebert was a former fire chief in Paxton. He was a 28-year member of St. Andrew Catholic Church and the Il Retired Fireman's Association. He served in the Army during WWII. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew Catholic Church building fund. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]


SALYARDS, HELEN F. JOHNSON - 64, Gibson City died at 7:01 a.m. Friday 9-15-1995 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Survivors include five sons, Rusty Salyards, Rantoul; Eric Salyards, Mansfield; Vince Salyards, Flanders, NJ; Mark Salyards, Minot, ND; and Steve Salyards, Gibson City; one sister; Evelyn Thompson, Neoga; one brother, Charles Johnson, Middletown, CA; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CLARENCE E. SAMPLE
5-1-1892 to 8-15-1985
Services: Sunday, August 18, 1985
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il.
Officiating: Dr. Randall Perry
Burial: Glen Cemetery, Paxton, Il.
Pallbearers:
Michael Sample
Robert Sample
Chris Sample
Roger Ponton, Jr.
Kenneth Sample
Mark Sample
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SAMPLE, Clarence - Mr. Sample was born 5-1-1892 in Peoria, a son of John and Mary Bolmer Sample. He married Marie Muhleman 12-31-1915 in Fisher. She died 4-17-1936.
Survivors include two sons, Keith E, Sacramento, Calif., and John R., Gibson City; a sister, Cora Reid, Champaign, 13 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. A son, a daughter, two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SAUER, EDWIN W. - 77, of Gibson City died at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday 5-7-2002 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Memorial services will be at 6 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 - 6 p.m. Friday at the church. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Sauer was born 8-16-1924 at Chicago, a son of Edwin H. and Laura M. Waterman Sauer. He married Deonna Moody on 11-26-1948 at Gibson City. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, Steven W. Sauer of Fort Collins, Colo., Douglas R. Sauer of Farmington, Minn., and E. Mark Sauer of Silver Springs, MDD.; four grandchildren; and two brothers, Laurance Sauer of Paxton and Fred Sauer of Middleton, Ohio. He was preceded in death by a brother.
Mr. Sauer graduated from the University of Il in 1949 with a master's degree in agricultural education. He taught agriculture at the high school level for 30 years - three years at Longview and 27 years at Fisher High School. He was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho Frternity and the University of Il Men's Gleen Club. He was a crop adjuster for Country Companies for 20 years. He also was a building salesman for Hager Lumber and farmed for many years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City, where he served on many committees and sang in the choir for 50 years. Mr. Sasuer was active with the Fisher Fair for 20 years, including nine years as president. He was a member of the Ford County Board of Review for 20 years; a member of the Drummer Twp Drainage Ditch Committee; and was past-president of the Gibson City Lions Club in 1986 - 1987. He and state Sen. Stan Weaver worked together to make WWII veterans car license plates available in Il. He enjoyed woodworking and helped create the Bear E. Friendly Bear at the North Park in Gibson City. He was a Coast Guard veteran of WWII, serving from 1942 - 1946.
Memorail contributions may be made to United Methodist Church in Gibson City or to Gibson Area Hospital Foundation. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SAUER, Dr. Wilbur - A memorial service for DR. WILBUR W. SAUER, 79, a retired optometrist, was at 7:30 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Paxton, the Rev. Richard H. Swain, officiating.
Dr. Sauer died at 7 a.m. Wednesday, 7-23-1997 at St. Mary's Hospital, Kankakee. He was born 4-7-1918 at Chicago, a son of the Rev. Edwin H. and Laura Mae Waterman Sauer. He married Merna M. (Miller) Archer 9-30-1950 at Fisher. She survives.
Also surviving are three brothers, Laurance H. Sauer of rural Paxton, Edwin W. Sauer of Gibson City and Gilbert Frederick Sauer of Middletown, Ohio, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SCHMIDT, SALLY LOUISE HAGER - age 70, a four-year resident of Indian Wells, AZ and a 32-year resident of Riverwoods, died 10-6-2001 at her daughter's home in Danville, CA after a long battle with breast cancer.
She is survived by her husband, John Schmidt; one son, John Eric Schmidt of Valencia, CA; three daughters, Peggy Bradley of Danville, CA, Kathy Jeffrey of Valencia, CA, and JoAnn Gilreath of Edmunds, WA.; ten grandchildren; two brothers, Douglas E. and James A. Hager, both of Gibson City and one sister JoAnn of Atlanta, GA. She was preceded in death by one son, Neil, who died in 1964.
Mrs. Schmidt was born 2-18-1931 in Normal, Il and was raised in Gibson City where her father, Henry Hager, founded the Hager Lumber Yard. She attended the University of Il. where in 1953 she earned a bachelor degree in education. In 1953 she married John (Peck) Schmidt, her childhood sweetheart, whose parents John and Helen and brother Russel operated the Western Auto Hardware Store until 1988.
Mrs. Schmidt was a homemaker for 48 years in Riverwoods in Calabasas, CA and in Indian Wells, AZ. She taught elementary education at the Lincoln School in Urbana and was assistant manager for 10 years at the Tennis Lady retail store in the Northbrook Mall in Northbrook, Il. Very active in the community, Mrs. Schmidt served in several capacities with the Riverwoods Resident Association, as a director and co-chair of the Bike Path Committee and chair of the Arts and Riverwoods Art Show in 1980. She was active in many elementary school activities and served as troop leader in the Brownie and Girl Scout troops in Riverwoods for over 10 years. She was named Riverwoods Resident of the Year in 1982. An avid tennis player, Mrs. Schmidt served on many committees at the Tennaqua Club in Deerfield and as chair of the tennis social committee at the Ironwood County Club in Palm Desert, Ca.
She served as a volunteer worker at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Rancho Mirage, Ca.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday 11-17-2001 at the Hyatt Hotel in Deerfield with a reception following at the hotel. Interment will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SCHOENFELDT, MRS. ANNA MARIA (BEECK) - Born: 1-12-1831, Weddingstedt, Holstein Germany, Died: 5-26-1900, Buried: 5-28-1900 at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Anchor, Il. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SCHOENFELDT, JOHANN CHRISTIAN JAKOB - Born: 1-27-1829, Heide, Holstein Germany; Married 7-15-1856 Germany to Anna Maria Beeck; Died: 8-23-1906; Buried: 8-25-1906 at St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Anchor, Il [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

DALE W. SCHOOLCRAFT
Services: Saturday, July 7, 1984
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Gregory White
Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook, Il
Pallbearers:
Larry Strebeck
Jack Walton
Ed Lambert
Mike Lorenzen
John Garard
Gene Allen
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SCHROEDER, Ernest - The funeral for ERNEST P. SCHROEDER, 88, of Gibson City will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zelensky officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
He died at 11 a.m. Saturday 6-22-2002 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Gibson City or Gibson Area Hospital. He was born 2-28-1914, in Anchor Twp, the son of Peter Henry and Emma Alwine Brading Schroeder. He married Betty Jane Adkins on 6-10-1940 in Gibson City. She survives. Also surviving are two sons, James D. (Jan) Schroeder, Gibson City; and Dr. Gregory L. (Susan) Schroeder, LaSalle; one daughter, Jean Donovan, Gibson City; five grandchildren, Brian Schroeder, Gibson City; Danny (Lori) Donovan, Champaign; Lisas Donovan, Elliott;' Eric Schroeder, LaSalle; and Jody Schroeder, Chicago; two great-grandsons, Michael and Patrick Donovan, Champaign; and one sister, Helen Cramer, Gibson City. Three sisters and five brothers preceded him in death. Mr. Schroeder lived in the Gibson City area all his life. He served 30 years on the Gibson City Fire Department. Mr. schroeder was a self-employed mechanic. He was a member of First Christian Church of Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SCHROEDER, JOHN WILLIAM "JACK" - 58, a resident of Bayles Lake, Loda, and postmaster of the Gibson City Post Office, died at 12:35 p.m. yesterday 7-27-1986 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Methodist Church, Gibson City. The Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce and the Rev. Carl Johnston will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and an hour before the service Wednesday at the church.
He was born 1-15-1928, in Saybrook, a son of John and Clara Gilmore Schroeder. He married Dwanna (Shaner) McCall on 7-19-1975, in Gibson City. She survives. Also surviving are a stepson, Michael McCall, Gibson City; a step-daughter Rebecca Bane, Dewey; six sisters, LaVonne Riblet and Betty Pearson, both of Gibson City; Jeanette Carter, Paxton; Rachael Hartman and Maurine Hartman, both of Hudson; and Sharon Luedde, Pittsfield; and four step-grandchildren. His parents and a sister preceded him in death.
Mr. Schroeder was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church and a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He worked at the Gibson City Post Office for more than 30 years and was appointed postmaster on 4-29-1983. He was a member of the 609 Postmasters and the Tri-County Postmasters. Memorials may be made to the Mercy Hospice Care Program or the Gibson City or Elliott United Methodist Churches. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SHARER, Rachel - The funeral of RACHEL M. HUTCHCRAFT SHARER, 77, of Gibson City will be at 10 a.m. today at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 9 - 10 a.m. today at the funeral home. She died at 6:31 p.m. Sunday 11-18-1990 at her home.
She was born 7-31-1913 at Aden, Hamilton County, Il., a daughter of John and Amy Viola Garrison Hutchcraft. She married Albert Clay Sharer 2-16-1935 in Belle Prairie. He died 10-24-1972. Survivors include a nephew, Robert Hutchcraft, Gibson City. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Clarence Hutchcraft in 1978 , Clyde Hutchcraft in 1959 and John Dale Hutchcraft in 1973; and several nieces and nephews. She had lived in Carlinville for 21 years. In 1972, she moved to Gibson City, where she worked as a secretary at Walker Insurance Company [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

Stephens, William C. - resident of this city, died at 4:00 after an illness. The funeral occurred Sunday afternoon at 1:30 and burial occurred in Waggoner cemetery. Mr. Stephens was born at Long Island New York April 11 1835 where he grew to adulthood. His boyhood days were spent at the wharves and shipping docks and he acquired a love of a searfaring life. Twenty-two years of his life he was a seaman. He was married April 9 1865 and his wife survives him. Three years after his marriage he moved to Illinois settling on a farm in LaSalle county near Streator where he raised his family. There were 7 children born to Mr. & Mrs Stephens, of whom 2 boys have died. There are still living 3 sons & 2 daughters - John Stephens & Mrs. O. J. Phillips of this city, A. I. Stephens now in California, Will S. of Decatur & Mrs. Doug Prince of Rockwell City Iowa. Thirteen years ago Mr. Stephens moved with his family to this city where he has since resided. Mr. Stephens began to fail in health about a year ago and since last February had been confined to his home, a constant sufferer. Through all his sickness he displayed great fortitude and patience and last Saturday morning the old sailor started on his last voyage over an unknown sea. All of his children were present at the funeral with the exception of his son Al. GIBSON COURIER NOVEMBER 1, 1901. [submitted by Rosemary Kurtz]

STEPHENS, MRS. W. C. - died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. O. J. Phillips, Thursday evening last week after several months illness. The funeral was Saturday forenoon at the Catholic church of which she was a member, Rev. Gleason having charge. The remains were buried in the Waggoner cemetery south of this city.
Mrs. Stephens was born in County Longford Ireland August 15 1830 and she moved to Brooklyn NY when she was 17 or 18. Here she met Mr. Stephens and they were married April 9 1865. There were 7 children born to this union, two boys died. Three sons & 2 daughters survive: Will Stephens, Decatur, J. E. of this city; Alphord of California, Mrs. Ellen Prince of Rockwell City Iowa, and Mrs. O. J. Phillips of this city. Three years after her marriage Mrs. Stephens moved with her husband to Illinois, settling in LaSalle county on a farm near Streator, where she reared her children. About 13 years ago the family moved to Ford County to a farm southeast of here, moving shortly afterward to this city. Mr. Stephens died October 26, 1901, since which time Mrs Stephens has been in failing rapidly health. She joined her husband in her last long sleep Thursday July 3, 1902. GIBSON COURIER JULY 11 1902. [submitted by Rosemary Kurtz]

SCARBROUGH, A. GENE - 79, of Glendale CA. formerly of Roberts b. 8-1-1923 at Graymont s/o William Moore and Isabella Jackson Letsinger Scarbrough m. Evelyn Marie Gullet 4-10-1948. She died 9-16-1982 m. Edna Earl Weyman 12-11-1989, in Pasadena CA. She died 6-1-2002. d. Thursday 10-10-2002 at Foothill Presbyterian Hospital, Glendora, CA. bur: Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts, Il.

STEINER, HAYDEN P.- baby. d. 10-2-2002 bur: St. John's Lutheran Church cemetery, Buckley.

SHIELDS, ZELMA C. PRESTON 81, Gibson City, a retired teacher, died at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday 4-13-1980 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Curtis Lindquist officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers are to be Michael McClure, David Gill, Wm. R. Anderson, Richard Shields, Willard Shields, and Earl McKinney. Mrs. Shields was born 6-3-1898 in Gibson City, a daughter of William and Vesta Hool Preston. She married Robert M. Shields 7-24-1924 in Paxton. He died 4-5-1977. Surviving is a sister, Charlotte McClure, Gibson City; two nieces and four nephews. A sister and two brothers preceded her in death. Mrs. Shields lived in Foosland for many years, moving to Gibson City in 1971. She attended Illinois State University and taught for 43 years in Gibson City - Foosland schools. She was a lifetime member of the PTA and the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. Mrs. Shields was also a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church to which memorials may be made.

SHIELDS, ROBERT M. 86, a lifelong resident of Foosland, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, 4-5-1977 at Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, 4-7-, at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Rev. Don Jones officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Pallbearers are Michael McClure, Brian Shields, Tim Shields, Tom Sauer, Earl McKinney and David Gill. Visitation was set from 6 - 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Shields was born 9-7-1890 in Foosland, the son of Robert and Harriet Maloney Shields. He married Zelma Preston on 7-24-1924 at Paxton. She survives. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews. Four brothers and four sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Shields once had been employed at the former Foosland State Bank. He was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church

RACHEL M. (HUTCHCRAFT) SHARER
7-31-1913 to 11-18-1990
Services: Tuesday November 20, 1990
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Thomas Condron
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Michael Schwarzlose
Robert Schwarzlose
Brad Meier
Troy Hutchcraft
David Trimble
Dn Trimble
(Lamb-Young Funeral Home)


SHEPPELMAN, AMELIA C. HANSEN -58, of Lake Iroquois, Loda, formerly of Gibson City, a candidate for Iroquois County Board District 5, died at 8:12 p.m. Sunday 3-8-1992 at Chanute Air Force Base Hospital, Rantoul. The Champaign County coroner's office is investigating. A precise cause of death was unavailable last night.
Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke Officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.
She was born 8-23-1933, in Gibson City, a daughter of Clarence and Susanna Powers Hansen. She married John Sheppelman 6-8-1952, in Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Cindy Meister, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and Becky Allen and Lori Sheppelman, both of Peoria; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother and her parents.
Mrs. Sheppelman was co-owner of Atlas Travel Agency in Rantoul. She was a member of American Lutheran Church in Gibson City, Alpha Xi Delta fraternity, former member of Lake Iroquois Association board and honorary member of Future Farmers of America in Roberts-Thawville. She was active with Green Meadows Girl Scouts in Champaign and was president of the American Lutheran Council of Women of Gibson City. Pallbearers: Richard Shields, Evan Leonard, Ray Houtzel, Dick Voorhees, Jeff Whitson, Ron Knapp [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Sillence, Rev. W. E. - died Monday; he was pastor at the Congregational Church in 1890-91. Dec. 10, 1891 newspaper story [Contributed by Pat Whorrall-Ellis]

SIMMONS, Mildred - The funeral of MILDRED A. ROBERTS SIMMONS, age 82, of Gibson City was at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Johnson, Larry Johnson, Dave Johnson Jim Johnson and Jim Carrell. Active pallbearers were Kurt Simmons, Douglas Roesch, Jeremy Maupin, Douglas Knapp, Rod Johnson and Gene Johnson.
She died at 3:25 p.m. Monday, 11-15-1993 at Jackson Heights Nursing Home in Farmer City, Il.
Mrs. Simmons was born 7-23-1911 in Saybrook, a daughter of Louis and Mary Bennett Roberts. She married Shirley O. Simmons on 1-11-1931 in Monticello. He died 8-26-1993. Survivors include two sons, Dick Simmons of Loda and Charles Simmons of Bradenton, Fl; two brothers, Lawrence Roberts and Lewis Williamson, both of Saybrook; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. One brother and one sister preceded her in death. Mrs. Simmons worked at the Gibson Canning Co., and then Stokely-Van Camp in Gibson for 30 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].


SIMMONS, SHIRLEY O. - 84, a resident of Jackson Heights Nursing Home in Farmer City for eight months and formerly of Gibson City, died at 4 a.m. Thursday, 8-26-1993 at the nursing home. His funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.
Visitation was from 5 - 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with a Masonic service at 8 p.m. Honorary pallbearers were Doug Knapp, Dick Moody, Junior Mohart and Robert Davis. Active Pallbearers included Ronald Knapp, Carl Raper, Franklin Butler, Dean Main, Stanley Leonard and Gene Gardner.
Mr. Simmons was born 6-25-1909 at Gibson City, a son of Claud and Inez Doman Simmons. He married Mildred A. Roberts on 1-11-1931 at Monticello and she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Dick of Loda and Charles of Bradenton Fl; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A half-sister preceded him in death.
Mr. Simmons was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City. He was a member of the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AF & AM for 49 years and was a member of the Bloomington Consistory. He was a life-long resident of Gibson City and graduated from Drummer Twp High School in 1928. He worked for Western Electric in Chicago from 1929 to 1931. In 1932 he came back to Gibson City and was employed by Gibson Canning Co. He became plant manager in 1950 when Stokely-Van Camp purchased the company. He retired in 1974. He was a volunteer fireman for 19-1/2 years and was chief for the last 6-1/2 years of this time. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

AGNES E. SLOAT
Born: 5-13-1899, Merrick, Il
Died: 2-16-1992, Urbana, Il
Services: Tuesday, February 18, 1992, Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Patrick W. Cox;
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, IL
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SLOAT, AGNES E. BUCK
Agnes "Aggie" E. Sloat, 92, of Gibson City died at 1:37 a.m. yesterday 2-16-1992 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Sloat was born 5-13-1899 in Merrick, the daughter of Norman and Susan Davis Buck. She married Gardner L. Sloat 10-5-1916 at Vandalia. He died 1-2-1975. Surviving are five sons, Roscoe, St. Louis; Gardner E., Homosassa, Fla.; Loyd, Fisher; Roy, Farmer City; and Ivan, Thomasboro; one daughter, Shirley Blankenship, Wheeling; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, one daughter, and one brother. Mrs. Sloat was a lifelong resident of Gibson City and Fisher. She worked for 14 years as a cook at Park Grill Restaurant, Gibson City.

SLOAT, IVAN D. - 65, of Thomasboro, formerly of Fisher and Gibson City, died at 4 p.m. Firday 5-12-1995 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Patrick W. Cox officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.
Mr. Sloat was born 11-23-1929, in Fisher, a son of Gardner E. and Agnes Buck Sloat. He married Barbara Branson. He later married Dorothy Crews on 12-3-1971 in Gibson City. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Alan, Colorado; two stepsons, Larry Crews, Champaign, and Rick Crews, Ashland, KY; two stepdaughters, Pam Moore, Gibson City, and Deb Jepsen, Downs; one sister, Shirley Blankenship, Wheeling; four brothers, Earl Sloat, Homosassa, Fla; Loyd Sloat, Fisher, Roy Sloat, Farmer City; and Roscoe Sloat, St. Louis, Mo; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Mr. Sloat lived in Fisher and Gibson City. He moved to Thomasboro in 1982. Pallbearers: Tom Dueringer, Rich Sleigh, Jerry Hall, Danny Borders, Dick Jardine
Ben Hall [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SMITH, Karen K. - The funeral of KAREN K. (GEE) SMITH, 46, of Elliott, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. James Elder officiating. Burial will be in the Elliott Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 tonight at the funeral home. Mrs. Smith died at 10:56 a.m. Saturday 2-14-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, after an illness.
She was born 8-15-1940, in Bellflower, a daughter of Wayne and Iva Ladean Kirk Gee. She married Larry W. Smith on 10-8-1960 in Gibson City. He survives.
Also surviving are one son, William, Elliott; two daughters, Teresa Smith, Elliott, and Jodi Hendricks, Springdale, Ark.; one brother, Vinnie "Bud" Gee, Gibson City; two sisters, Beverly McRee, Jonesboro, Ga., and Anna Jacobs, Springdale, Ark.; and one granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her parents. She was a member of the Elliott Village Board, the Elliott Amvets Auxiliary; and the Elliott United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the church, or to the Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SCHUTTE, EILEEN J. BROKATE - 80, of Gibson City, died at 8:38 a.m. Wednesday 11-6-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Services were at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Rebecca Zenlensky officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Mrs. Schutte was born 9-25-1922, at Anchor, the daughter of William P. and Anna Kate Augusta Borchers Brokate. She married Charles Schutte 3-25-1939 at Mahomet; he preceded her in death 10-27-1971. She was also preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, two brothers, one granddaughter and one great-grandson. Surviving are five daughters, Mary (Loren) Myers of Elliott, Connie (Richard) Jamison of Ellsworth, Lanora (Glenn) Riggle of Naples, Fla., Sandra (Dave) Edmonds of Gibson City and Linda (Tom Dorfmeister) Schutte of Naples; two brothers, Merle (Betty) Brokate of Gibson City and Don (Phyllis) Brokate of Winterhaven, Fla.; three sisters, Dorothy Anderson of Elliott, Betty Jamison of Decatur and Wilma (Hank) Nelson of Bloomington; 14 grandchildren; three step-grandsons; 28 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Schutte lived in Guthrie for 63 years. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City and of the Gibson City organizations VFW auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and 40 et 8, and of the Guthrie Club and the Sub Vets of WWII. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-13-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SWANSON, LEE VICTOR - 74, a resident of Bement Health Care Center, Bement, a former Ludlow resident, died at 1:55 p.m. Sunday 11-10-2002 at the Health Care Center. Graveside rites were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with the Rev. Glenn Corbly officiating. There was no visitation. Ford-Baier Funeral Home in Paxton was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Swanson was born 4-6-1928 in rural Ludlow, a son of C. Victor and Mary Agnes Funk Swanson. He is survived by two sisters, Mary Agnes Cheatham of Portland Ore., and Alice May Swanson of Rantoul; also two brothers, Robert B. Swanson of Morro Bay, Calif. and Charles Swanson of Ludlow. He attended Maple Grove School in rural Ludlow and graduated from Paxton High School. He farmed with his father. He was a member of the Bethany Park Christian Church, Rantoul. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-13-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ROSALIE M. (Hieser) SOMMER
6-20-1935 to 5-12-1984
Services: Tuesday, May 15, 1984
Gibson City Bible Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Thomas Condron, Rev. Michael Barr
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Bryan Sommer
Brad Sommer
Mike Sommer
Craig Hieser
Steve Hieser
Roger Hieser, Sr.
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

EARL SPRAU
6-2-1919 to 2-17-1999
Services: Saturday, February 20, 1999
The American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Wayne Shelksohn Burial:
Bellflower Twp Cemetery, Bellflower, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
Richard Gregerson
Clarence Warsaw
John Grussing
Raymond Lange
George Elfers
Robert Bell
Active Pallbearers:
Richard Jardine
Melvin Fischer
Donald Jensen
Darrel Messmore
Junior Mohart
Ramon Rankin
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STALTER, Ivan - The memorial service of IVAN D. STALTER, 46, of Foosland will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Gibson City Bible Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Paul Thomason will officiate. Private burial will be in East Bend Memorial Gardens, Fisher. He died at 4:20 p.m. Monday 4-3-2000 at his home. Mr. Stalter was born 8-2-1953 at Bloomington, a son of Roland and Violet Good Stalter. He married Peggy S. Horsch on 8-11-1979 at Gibson City. She survives. Other survivors include his parents of Belleville, Wis.; one son, Jamison D. Stalter, at home; one daughter, Kaleigh J. Stalter, at home; one brother, Mervin Stalter, Monticello; and two sisters, Helen Gingerich, Goshen Ind. and Doris Foster, Mahomet. An infant sister and his grandparents preceded him in death.
Mr. Stalter has lived in the Foosland area, formerly of Chatsworth for about 15 years. He was a farmer for many years. He was a member and elder of the Gibson City Bible Church. He was a graduate of Joliet Junior College with an associate degree in Ag Business. Pallbearers: David Wilkinson, Brian Stagen, Tim Vercler, Larry Williams, Greg Kerber, Rod Horsch [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STIGER, LOUISE HARDIES - 90, of Gibson City died at 4:40 a.m. Saturday 5-20-1995 at the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating.
Mrs. Stiger was born 9-26-1904 at Melvin, a daughtaer of Otto and Minnie Stroh Hardies. She married Frank Stiger. He died 3-6-1965. Survivors include one nephew, Fred Retter of Camargo. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STREBECK, Claudia - The funeral of CLAUDIA J. (Coake) STREBECK, 47, of Gibson City will be at 1:30 p.m.
Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with a Women of the Moose service at 8 tonight.
Mrs. Strebeck, who had lived in Gibson City since 1956, died at 1:28 p.m.
Tuesday 4-22-1986 at Memorial Medical Center, Springfield.
She was born 4-30-1938, in McLean County, a daughter of Claude and Ruth Hyre Coake. She married Richard C. Strebeck 11-3-1956 in Gibson City. He survives. Other survivors include her father, Gibson City; two daughters, Terrie McNutt and Deanna Strebeck, both of Gibson City; one half sister, Catherine Brock, Kokomo, Indiana; and one grandson. Her mother preceded her in death. Mrs. Strebeck was a member of the Gibson City Women of the Moose Lodge and the Gibson City Women's Bowling Association. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STREBECK, ROBERT J. - 61, of Gibson City died at 11 a.m. Tuesday 2-5-2002 at his home in Gibson City. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with military rites by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Visitation will be for one hour before the service Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the family.
Mr. Strebeck was born 9-2-1940 at Gibson City, a son of Richarda W. and Leta Mae Wilson Strebeck. He married Antje E. Weber.
Survivors include two sons, Rudi(Marcy) Strebeck, Urbana, and Robert Erik Strebeck, Deizisau, Germany; two daughters, Heide (Daniel) Walls, and Anja Strebeck, both of Gibson City; his mother, Leta Mae Strebeck, Gibson City; four brothers, Richard C. Strebeck, Charles E. Strebeck and Fred E. Strebeck, all of Gibson City; and Larry L. Strebeck, Paxton; four sisters, Georgeanna Rainwater, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Patricia Ann Essington, Cabery; Grace Thorndyke, Gibson City; and Sara Sue Strebeck, St. Louis, Mo.; and four grandchildren. His father preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STROH, Andrew, aged 60, well known Sibley resident, was fatally injured Saturday morning 10-14-1933, when struck by a truck driven by Henry McConnell of Peoria while walking across the Franklin Street Bridge in Peoria. Mr. Stroh was taken to the Proctor Hospital in Peoria, where he died at 11:35 a.m. Saturday. According to reports, Mr. Stroh was walking east on the Franklin Street Bridge approach. The truck was entering the bridge at the same point. It is said that Stroh seemed to stagger and fall directly in front of the truck, the left front wheel passing over his body. His skull had been fractured and he sustained internal injuries.
A card in his pocket giving the name of his daughter, Mrs. D.W. Smith, of Sibley, served to establish his identity. Members of the family went to Peoria Ssaturday. W.S. Lamb, local undertaker, drove to Peoria Monday morning after the body. It was brought back to this city and prepared for burial.
Mr. Stroh was born in Germany and came to this country early in life with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Stroh, who died several years ago in Anchor. His wife, Emma S.K. Roesch, died in Anchor 10-8-1918. Since that time he had not kept a permanent residence. Six children survive, as follows: Harry of Garber; John and Roy of Hamilton, Ohiop Mrs. Herbert Minier of Cincinnati, O., Eddie of Chicago and Mrs. Dewey Smith of Sibley. He is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ferdinand Thomsen of Anchor and Mrs. Otto Hardies of near this city. Two brothers, John, of Elliott, and Gus, who residence is unknown.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock at the home of the deceased's daughter, Mrs. D.W. Smith, near Sibley, and at two o'clock at St. John;s Lutheran Church near Anchor. the services were in charge of Rev. A. Hahn. Burial was in the cemetery at St. John's Lutheran Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STROH, MRS. BERTHA W. (MINNIE) BECK - 83, of Gibson City, died at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday 5-1-1973 at Cole Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor, with Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial will be in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Thursday at the Lamb Funeral Home.
Mrs. Stroh was born 11-5-1889 at Lawrence, Kan., a daughter of Jacob and Emma Schoenfeldt Beck. She married Ferdinand Stroh, 7-4-1908 at Bloomington. He died 5-20-1968. She is survived by a son, Marvin Stroh, Cropsey; a daughter, Mrs. Lorene E. Hahn, Champaign; a foster son, Willis (Bud) Beck, Melvin; a foster daughter, Mrs. Helen (Charles) Walters, Gibson City; nine grandchildren, Duane Stroh, Beverly Steele, Sandra Cimbura and Gary Stroh, Gail Hutchcraft and Carol Jean Davis, Cheri A. Zander and Jay Beck and David Walters; six great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Wilma Stroh Cook, a grandson, five brothers, and two sisters. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STROH, Edna - The funeral of EDNA E. THEDENS STROH, 84, of Gibson City, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.
Mrs. Stroh died at 7:05 p.m. Saturday 1-9-1993 at Gibson Community Hospsital, Gibson City. She was born 6-22-1908 in Anchor, a daughter of Hans and Mary George Thedens. She married Reinhold Stroh 1-31-1931, in Anchor. He died 2-12-1978.
Survivors include two sons, Darrell, Elliott; and Gary, Gibson City; a daughter, marlene Walker, Gibson City; six grandchildren; and a brother George Thedens, Colfax. A grandson, a great-granddaughter, four brothers and a sister preceded her in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STROH, FRED - 87, Gibson City, died 8:55 p.m. Monday, May 20, 1968 in the Gibson Community Hospital. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor. Rev. Alexander Youck will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home.
Mr. Stroh was born in Anchor Twp 8-30-1880, to Andrew and Wiebke Ruther Stroh. He married Bertha Wilhelmina (Minnie) Beck 7-4-1908 in Bloomington. He farmed in the Anchor area until retiring in 1944 when he moved to Gibson City.
Surviving are his wife; one son Marvin Stroh of Cropsey; two daughters, Mrs. Wilma (Thomas) Cook Milwaukee, WI., and Mrs. Lorene Hahn, Champaign; one foster son, Willis (Bud) Beck, Melvin; and one foster-daughter, Mrs. Helen (Charles) Walters, Gibson City; four sisters, Mrs. Anna Steinlicht, American Falls, Idaho, Mrs. Theresia Dalton, Utica, NY ., Mrs. Awina Martens, Anaheim, Calif., and Mrs. Wiebke Andreae, Glendale, Calif.; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STROH, HARRY W. - 82, a resident of Sibley for 17 years, died at 10:34 a.m. yesterday 5-11-1984 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, the Rev. jerry Watkins officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery near Sibley.
He was born 7-26-1901, near Anchor, a son of Andrew and Emma Roesch Stroh. He married Felcie Weaver, 6-22-1926 near Anchor. She survives. Also surviving is a son, Raymond Stroh, Springfield; two daughters, Maxine McIntyre, Peoria, and Marlene Stroh, LaSalle, Colo.; two brothers, John Stroh Bloomington, and Eddie Stroh, Chicago; two sisters, Lizzie Smith, Bloomington and Mabel Miner, Cincinati, Ohio; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STROH PEGGY - 55, of Springfield, wife of a former Sibley resident, Raymond Eugene Stroh, died at 9:57 p.m. Thursday 1-31-2002 at St. John's Hospital, Springfield. Her funeral was Tuesday at Atonement Lutheran Church, Springfield. The Rev Jon Berg officiated. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield.
Visitation was Monday and before the service Tuesday, both at the church. Staab Funeral Home, Springfield is in charge of arrangements. Among survivors is her husband, Raymond E. Stroh. Memorials may be made to Atonement Lutheran Church, Springfield. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SCATTERDAY, Mrs. JANE ANN WILSON - passed away suddenly on Saturday afternoon (7-9-1927) at about 3 o'clock at her home 360 W. Holmes Street. For some time Mrs. Scatterday has been afflicted with heart trouble and her death did not come unexpectedly to members of her family. Her heart trouble has been greatly aggravated during the past few months by reason of a severe attack of the flu in April. At the time of her passing, Mrs. Scatterday was aged 81 years four months and 17 days. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, Rev. M.W. Mosbacher, assisted by Rev. Robert L. Welch, officiating. Appropriate hymns were read during the service. Jane Ann Scatterday, nee Wilson, was born near Moorefield in Old Virginia, 2-22-1846, and departed this life at her home in Paxton, Il, 7-9-1927 at the age of 81 years, 4 months, and 17 days. Mrs. Scatterday was left an orphan in such early childhood that she had no recollection of her parents. She was taken into the family of friends who brought her with them to Ohio, while she was still a small girl. Later she went to live with another family with whom she came to Champaign, Ill. She was married to John L. Scatterday in Champaign, 3-17-1870 and with her husband started house-keeping in pioneer style on the Illinois prairie not far from the present town of Osman, McLean County. In this part of McLean County all her children were born. In 1885 the family moved to a farm north of Fisher. In the spring of 1886 they moved to the old James Carter place known then and now as "The Fruit Farm" one mile west of Paxton. Three years later the family took up their residence in the city of Paxton where Mrs. Scatterday continued to reside up to the day of her death. Mrs. Scatterday was of a retiring nature and devoted herself to the duties of homemaking which to her was fine art. She was a devoted Christian wife and mother and her entire life and chief joy was the dedication of her life to the service of others which often intailed pain and severe self-sacrifice. In her early years she was trained in the religious faith of the United Presbyterian and Presbyterian branches of the church and the Christian principles so thorouly grounded in her early life were exemplified in her daily living as she traveled along the pathway of the earthly life. Although deprived the privilege of attending school very much like many other pioneer girls, she acquired a good education through much reading. Up to the day of her death she was a great reader and was well informed on the progress of events. She was greatly interested in education and it was her ambition to give her children as good an education as her means and facilities could afford. In the earlier years of her life she was a fine singer being naturally gifted with a good soprano voice. She knew all the old-time hymns and delighted to sing them. For the past few years, Mrs. Scatterday's health was by no means robust, and during the past year she suffered much from attacks of heart trouble. For some time she as well as the members of her family felt the day and hour of her departure from this life was not afar off. She frequently mentioned the fact and said she was ready to go when the summons came. She arose Saturday morning as usual and expressed herself as feeling quite well. She prepared breakfast and dinner and did her usual household tasks. About 3 o'clock the call came to depart and she passed on to the other life. Mrs. Scatterday's husband, the late John L. Scatterday departed this life 12-5-1922. Her only daughter, Mary Eva, died 1-19-1891. Mrs. Scatterday is survived by four sons, Frank and Harry, of Paxton, David of Kankakee, and Charlie, of Chicago, also the grandchildren, Miss Vera Scatterday and George Scatterday of Seattle, Wash., and Albert and Margaret Scatterday, of Paxton. (Paxton Record July 14, 1927) [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

LOUIS EDWARD SUMMERS
9-26-1960 to 2-5-2000
Services: Tuesday, February 8, 2000
Gibson City Bible Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Paul Thomason Burial:
Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Honorary Pallbearers:
David Christensen
Charles Dewey
Richard Summers
Tom Rhodes
Active Pallbearers:
Jonathan Knapp
Chris Dewey
Clint Dewey
Steve Rhodes
Mark Rhodes
Ron Knapp
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

JOE H. SUTER
2-8-1916 to 4-28-1993
Services: Saturday, May 1, 1993
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Patrick W. Cox
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Michael Struss
Gayle Simpsen
Todd Sommer
Michael Peters
Larry Walker
Jerry Oyer
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

CLARENCE R. SUTHERLAND
3-12-1917 to 3-16-2002
Services: Tuesday March 19, 2002
Gibson City Bible Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Paul Thomason
Organist: Eleanor Carter
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Luis Ortega
Ricky Stivers
Timmy Dunnavant
Dallas Brown
Shan Sampson
Heath Sutherland
(Lamb-Young Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft].

JEAN E. SWANSON
9-24-1929 to 9-14-1998
Services: Thursday, September 17, 1998
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Randall Robinson
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Pallbearers:
Brian Swanson
Tracy Swanson
Mark Swanson
Ted Swanson, Jr.
James Swanson
Tim Swanson
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STILWELL, Walter I. - 86, of Melvin died at 6:02 p.m. Friday 12-20-2002 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Robert Einhouse officiated. Burial was in Melvin Cemetery, with military rites by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Visitation was from noon - 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Mr. Stilwell was born 11-25-1916 at Piper City, a son of George E. and Ethel Mae Oberholtzer Stilwell. He married Miriam McLellan on 3-13-1943 at Fresno Calif. She died 8-18-1995. Survivors include two daughters, Judith Smock of Elliott and Sharon Karcheris of Melvin; three grandchidren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother. Mr. Stilwell lived in Melvin most of his life. He formerly lived in Fresno, Calif. He was a truck driver from 1936 - 1983, working for F.S. in Melvin and later did machinery transport in Peoria. He served as water and maintenance man for Melvin and he was former village president of Melvin. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of WWII. Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church, Melvin. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SHILTS, JOHN W. SR.- Funeral services for John W. Shilts, Sr. who died Friday 12-5-2002 were Dec 8 at Ford Baier Funeral home, Paxton, the Rev. John Davenport officiating. Organist was Linda Kellerhals. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Pallbearers were Rod Shilts, Randy Whitcomb, Greg Whitcomb and Bryce Shilts. [PAXTON RECORD 12-18-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SHILTS, JOHN W. SR. - 96, of Paxton, died at 7:20 p.m. Thursday 12-5-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City after a short illness. Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, the Rev. John Davenport officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Visitation was Sunday one hour before the service at the funeral home. Mr. Shilts was born 12-6-1905, at Elliott, the son of John C. and Edna Jardine Shilts. He married Mildred L. Jones on 11-4-1930 at Paxton. She survives. Other survivors include one son, Jack (Marge) Shilts, Royal; one daughter Diane Weisenbarn, Paxton; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one great -great-grandson; and one brother, Maurie Shilts, Bayles Lake. He was preceded in death by two granddaughters and one brother, Bertram (Boots) Shilts. Mr. Shilts graduated from Drummer Twp High School, Gibson City. For a number of years he was an operating engineer with Local 841 Terre Haute, Ind. He and his wife lived in the Paxton community, moving to Dunedin, Fla., where they lived for 24 years, moving back to Paxton on 11-2-2002. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Dunedin, Paxton Masonic Lodge 416 AF and AM, Ford Chapter 113 R.A.M., and Mt. Olivet Commandery No 38 Knights Templer, and was a former member of the Rantoul Moose Lodge. Memorials may be made to the Paxton Church of Christ, Gibson Area Hospital or a charity of the donor's choice. [Paxton Record, 12-11-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SWENGEL, LELAND - Funeral services for Leland Swengel, who died Dec 10, 2002, were Friday afternoon at First United Methodist Church, Paxton, the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Burial was in Elliott Cemetery. Vocalist was Christine Kley, and organist was Sherrie Morrison. Pallbearers were Steve Pacey, John Pacey, Greg Anderson, Larry Clampitt, Dennis Kingren, Michael Swengel and John Swengel. Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, was in charge of arrangements. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SWENGEL, LELAND 85, Paxton, died at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday 12-10-2002 at Illinois Knights Templar Home, Paxton, Funeral services will be at 1:30 p..m. Firday at Paxton United Methodis Church, the Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Burial will be in Elliott Cemetery, Elliott. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Thursday at Ford-Baier Funeral Home, Paxton, and one hour before the service Friday at the church. Mr. Swengel was born 12-28-1916 in rural Reddington, Ind., a son of Clyde and Flora Beikman Swengel. He married Marjorie Vevig on 8-27-1944 at Paxton Methodist Church. She survives. Also surviving are three sons, David (Linda) Swengel of Harvard, Ill., and John Swengel and Thomas (Ellen) Swengel, both of Champaign; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant son, Matthew; a sister, Willa Swengel; and a brother, Lester Swengel. Mr. Swengel was a graduate of Seymour High School, Seymour, Indiana; Indiana Central College, Indianapolis; and received a master's degree in education from the University of Ill. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He was a teacher and principal in Paxton public schools for 26 years and retired in 1980. He was a member of Paxton United Methodist Church and served as Sunday school superintendent for 25 years. He was a past commander of Paxton American Legion. Mr. Swengel enjoyed reading, gardening and watching White Sox baseball and college basketball. Memorial contributions may be made to his church. [Paxton Record, 12-11-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STAMM, PAUL L. - 88, of Paxton, died at 9:10 p.m. Friday 12-6-2002 at Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. His funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, Paxton, the Rev. Sally Meyer and the Rev. Barbara Busboom officiating. Burial was in Germanville Cemetery, Chatsworth. Visitation was from 4 - 8 p.m. Monday at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton. Mr. Stamm was born 9-19-1914 in Lutesville, Mo., the son of Albert and Lillie Funks Stamm. He married Doris Hummel on 9-19-1978 in Paxton. She survives. Other survivors include two sons, Richard (Joanne) Stamm, Chestnut, and Jerry (Rose) Stamm, Roberts; two daughters, Joan (Marion) Erwin, Diamond, and JoAnn Hamilton, Lakeland Fla.; one step-daughter, Linda (Ray) Kellerhals, Paxton, one stepson, Ronald Schmidt, Des Moines, Iowa; three brothers, Douglas (Eunice) Stamm, Roberts, Roy Stamm, Thawville and Marion (Maria Jean) Stamm, Pekin; two sisters, Pauline Kurtenbauch, Pontiac and Eulene Wagner, Loda; 12 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and five sisters. He was a retired farmer and Maytag dealer and repairman. He enjoyed fishing, camping and gardening. He was a member of First Lutheran Church in Paxton. Memorials may be made to his church, Heartland Health Care Center or a charity of the donor's choice. [Paxton Record, 12-11-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

STAMM, PAUL - Funeral services for Paul L. Stamm, who died 12-6-2002 were Tuesday morning at First Lutheran Church, Paxton, the Rev. Sally Meyer and the Rev. Barbara Busboom officiating. Burial was in Germanville Cemetery, Chatsworth. Pallbearers were Bryan Hethke, Michael Erwin, Neal Erwin, Gregory Stamm, Paul Bushue, Matthew Bronner, Paul Godbold, Robert Morgan, Kevin Webb, Scott Kellerhals and Michael Kellerhals. Honorary pallbearer was Sid Dilks.

STEVENS, ELSIE A. - 77, of Gibson City, a retired registered nurse, died at 3:52 p.m. Saturday 1-9-1993 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. Her funeral was Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. William Hecht officiating. Burial was in Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts. Visitation was Monday at the funeral home. Mrs. Stevens was born 4-25-1915 in Rutland, a daughter of John and Marie Wichmann Suntken. She married Theodore Stevens 12-12-1946 in Napoleon, Ohio. He died 7-3-1972. Surviviors include three stepdaughters, Betty Hammond, Fairbury; Bonnie Hulett, Washington; and Carol Wilson, Orlando, Fl.; a brother Ernest Suntken, Bloomington; and two sisters, Louise Roesch, Bloomington, and Margaret Osborne, Leesbury, Mo. A stepson, four brothers and five sisters preceded her in death. She graduated from Sibley High School in 1933 and from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in 1937. She was employed as a supervising registered nurse at several hospitals in the Detroit area, retiring in 1982, when she moved to Gibson City. Mrs. Stevens was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley; and the Martin H. Suntken American Legion Auxililary, Sibley. Memorials may be made to her church of the Gibson Community Hospital. [Paxton Record, Monday, 1-11-1993, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SCHANTZ, HELEN LOUISE - 73, of Gibson City, operator of a bookkeeping and tax service, died at 5:50 p.m. Sunday 1-3-1993 at Palmwood Health Care Center, Piper City. Her funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Schantz was born 2-13-1919 at Sadorus, a daughter of William R. and Anna Kamradt Stover. She married Albert P. Schantz 9-4-1954 in Paxton. He died 12-1-1981. Survivors include three stepsons, Robert, Iverness, Fl.; Edward, Mahomet; and Delmar, Gibson City; four stepdaughters, Betty Sallee, Gibson City; Ruth Mettzuer, Sebring, Fl.,; Jean Williams, Hayward, Calif.; and Wilma Streenz, Saybrook; one sister, Margaret Stair, Champaign; 18 step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Schantz, a resident of Gibson City since 1954, had operated Schantz Bookkeeping and Income Tax Service since 1959. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. [Paxton Record, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

SANDLAND, KAZUKO THERESE - 71, of Paxton died Thursday 12-5-2002 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services will be at Wimberg Funeral Home, Absecon, NJ. Mrs. Sandland was born 12-11-1930 in Shebata, Niigata Prefecture, Japan, a daughter of Sanjiro and Mathue Sakai. She married Charles Alvin Sandland on 4-11-1957 in Japan. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Walter Sandland of Smithville NJ; three daughters, Karen Sandland and Therese Sandland, both of Galloway, NJ., and Patricia Skidmore of Mullica Twp, NJ; two brothers and two sisters, all in Japan; and four grandchildren. Mrs. Sandland worked in sales for Sears. Co. [Paxton Record, 12-11-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]



These obituaries were transcribed for Genealogy Trails by Donna Walton:

Salvage, Arthur W.
b. 8-20-1894, Loda, IL
s/o William and Amanda Lee Salvage
m. Marion Kemp, 11-28-1916 in Champaign, IL
d. 1-18-1970 at Paxton.
bur: Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda, IL

Salyards, Russell D.
Russell Salyards, proprietor of the Salyards Barber Shop, died Saturday (6-6-1942) in the St. Joseph Hospital, in Bloomington. He was born 1-12-1898, in Gibson City, a son of Joseph M. and Annie Salyards. He was married to Gladys Bobo, of Paxton, who died in 1918. A son, Russell Jr. of Berkeley, California survives from this marriage. In August 1924, he was married to Elizabeth Warfield of Cerro Gordo, who survives with two children, Billy and Kay. He also leaves his mother, Mrs. Salyards of this city, and five brothers and sisters, Arthur, Loyal Sr., Mrs. Clyde VanAntwerp, Mrs. Wells Climpson and Mrs. James Neat. Mr. Salyards had been a barber here for 28 years until he became ill in November. Funeral services were Tuesday June 9 from the Lamb Funeral Home in charge of Rev. E.H. Sauer, pastor of the Methodist Church of this city. Interment was made in the Gibson City Cemetery

Salzman, Rev. Orville "Lefty"
The Rev. Orville "Lefty" Salzman, 89, Decatur, passed away Monday (July 3, 2006) at Manor Care Nursing Home, Decatur.
His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Grace United Methodist church, with the Rev. Danny Cox officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Brintlinger and Earl Funeral Home, Decatur, and for one hour prior to the service Thursday at the Church. Entombment will be in Star of Hope Mausoleum, Graceland Cemetery, Decatur. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church or the Decatur Lions Foundation.
The Rev. Salzman was born June 29, 1917, in Bloomington, the son of Arthur and Frances Orville Salzman. He married Gale Brown on June 4, 1950, in Bloomington. The Rev. Salzman graduated from Bloomington High School, attended Indiana Central, now named Indianapolis University. He then attended Bonebrake Seminary, now United Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, and earned a master's of divinity degree there in 1945.
The Rev. Salzman was ordained in 1945 and served the Lord with 58 years of active ministry. He first served the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Gibson City from 1945-1953. He then was assigned to the Decatur Third United Brethren Church, later called Third Evangelical United Brethren Church, then called Third United Methodist Church, from 1953 to 1987. He also served Cleveland Ave. United Methodist Church during his last nine years at Third United Methodist Church. Although he retired in 1987, he continued as the pastor of Latham United Methodist for 11 years. During his ministry, he was involved with evangelistic work, singing, church youth summer camps and conducted over 1,000 funerals.
The Rev. Salzman was past president of the former Decatur Area Council of Churches and was also very active in Fairview Park Sunday evening services for many years. He was also on the Illinois Council of Churches. The Rev. Salzman was involved in the East Side Housing Development Corporation, Boys Club of Decatur and was past president of D.O.V.E. He was a dedicated volunteer in the R.S.V.P. Recycling Program at the Keil Building. The Rev. Salzman was awarded 1995 Senior Volunteer of The Year by the Illinois Department On Aging.
He served on C.H.E.L.P., the Salvation Army Advisory Board and was a member of the Decatur Noon Lions Club for 61 years, receiving the Melvin Jones Award. He and Gale were proud to have attended 20 International Lions Conventions including Taiwan, Korea, Denver, Toronto and Montreal.
The Rev. Salzman played semi-pro baseball in Indianapolis, playing pitcher, hence his nickname, and first base. He was an avid White Sox fan and was proud his beloved White Sox won the World Series last year. He also founded the Gibson City Little Leagues.
The Rev. Salzman is survived by his wife, Gale; his sons, William (Cindi) Salzman, Peoria and the Rev. John (Connie) Salzman, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.; grandchildren, Aaron Salzman, Fox Lake; Lisa Salzman, Peoria; Jeremiah Salzman, Las Vegas, Nev., Leslee Salzman, Peoria; two brothers, Warren "Ots" (Norma) Salzman, Little Bear, Minn.; and Lawrence (Charlotte) Salzman, Bloomington.
The Rev. Salzman was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
The family appreciates the ongoing concerns of many friends and neighbors who have assisted with food, visits, support and prayers. They also wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of Manor Care and Dr. G. Patel for their many weeks of caring for Lefty during his illness.
7-3-2006-date on newspaper

Sarver, Robert Douglas
Robert Douglas Sarver, two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Sarver, drowned in a creek near their farm house, three and a half miles from Gibson late Friday. The fire department was called but their efforts failed to revive the child.
The boy had been playing on the porch of the farm house and apparently wandered away. First efforts to find him proved futile until Mr. Sarver discovered his footprints leading toward the creek.
A call to the Gibson City brought Bud Jones, brother of Mrs. Sarver who found the body a half mile from the house in four feet of water.
Coroner Henry Hansen conducted an inquest Friday night and a verdict of accidental death was returned.
The child was born May 10, 1942, in Bloomington. He is survived by his parents, a sister Mary Lou, and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Jones of this city, and Mr. And Mrs. Robert Sarver of Farmer City. The child's mother was formerly Charlotte Jones of this city.
Funeral services were held at the Lamb funeral home Sunday in charge of Rev. R.M. Luedde. Burial was made in the Gibson Cemetery.
5-18-1944-date on newspaper

Sawyer, Lewis
Lewis Sawyer died last Friday, Dec. 28 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Graham, in this city. His age was 70 years, 6 months and 9 days. The funeral was held at the United Brethren Church on Monday afternoon at 2:30, the services being in charge of the pastor, Rev. B. Lee Towsley. Burial was in the Gibson cemetery.
Lewis Sawyer, son of Sisander and Elizabeth Sawyer, was born at Claremont, Ill., June 19, 1858. He was married to Jennie Earnst in Richland County, near Olney, Feb. 5, 1879. To this union six children were born; Mrs. Elizabeth Graham of Gibson City; Jesse Sawyer of San Antonio, Texas; Wayne and Mert of Gibson City; and two children who died in infancy.
The greater part of his life was spent near the place of his birth and at (?)wrenceville, Ill. About twenty seven years ago he moved his family to Gibson City, where he resided until the time of his death.
Since the passing of his wife, Feb. 4, 1928, he had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Graham. He united with the United Brethren Church of this city after the "Billy" Sunday campaign. Rev. M.B. Leach was pastor at that time.
He had been in failing health for a number of years, but had been able to be out until just a day or two before his death.
Besides the above named children he is survived by eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Schuder, also survives
1-5-1939-date on newspaper



Schoolcraft, Sherman Dave
Sherman Schoolcraft, 72, Gibson City, died Thursday, 8-24-1978 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral was Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook. Pallbearers were Elmo Schmidt, Doug Hager, Glenn Davis, Clyde Hudson, James A. Taylor and Louie Prosser.
He was born 8-7-1906 at Nancy, KY., a son of Andrew and Samantha McKinley Schoolcraft. He married Audie Clifton 1-13-1926 at DeLand; she died 2-13-1970. Surviving are four sons, Dale, Ivan, David, and Jack; three daughters, Darlene Evans, Helen Mott, June Whitehurst; a brother, Herbert; two sisters,
Bonnie Weddle and Vienna Brenson.

Schuldt, Henry
Henry Schuldt, 88, died Friday 9-16-1966 at the Ford County Nursing home near Paxton, where he had resided for the past six years. Graveside rites were Saturday at the Gibson City Cemetery with the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating.
Mr. Schuldt was born 2-20-1878 in Holstein, Germany, the son of Peter and Marie Fink Schuldt, He married Widow Mary Stroh Struve 5-18-1907 at Gilman. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Normand, Chicago; a son, John Schuldt, Paxton; a sister, Mrs. Anita Benz and a brother Julius Schuldt, both of Holstein Germany; three grandsons and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife and two brothers. Mr. Schuldt had farmed in the Elliott community, and upon his retirement took up residence at the Ford County Nursing Home. Before moving to the Elliott Community.

Schuldt, Mary Christina Stroh, Struve
Mrs. Mary C Schuldt, 81, died Saturday 5-17-1958 at Gibson Community
Hospital where she had been a patient for three weeks. Services were Tuesday in Lamb Funeral Home with Rev. E.T. Einerson of Elliott officiating; burial was in Gibson City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Carl Peters and Ernest Peters of Kankakee, Raymond Camper and Clyde Whaley of Rantoul, John Schuldt of Paxton and John R. Gandy of Chicago.
Born 2-27-1877 at Anchor, Mrs. Schuldt was a daughter of John and Margaret Rasmussen Stroh. She was married to William Struve 8-22-1895 at Gilman; he died 9-20-1905. On 5-5-1907, she was married to Henry Schuldt. Mrs. Schuldt spent all her life in the Anchor and Gibson City areas. She leaves her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Gandy, Chicago, and Mrs. Augusta Johnson, Rantoul; four sons, John Schuldt, Paxton; Gus Struve, Kankakee; Emery Struve, Oaklawn, and William Struve, Gary, Indiana; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; a brother, John Stroh, Gibson City; a sister, Mrs. Lena Thompson, Anchor and 19 nieces and nephews.

SCHUMACHER, CHRISTINA (maiden name n/a) - Melvin Motor 7-10-1947
b. 5-28-1873, Hanover Germany, to America 1888
m. 1896, Claus Shumacher; he died 6-11-1940
d. not listed; after a stroke, home in Storm Lake Iowa

Schroeder, Mrs. Fred
Mrs. Louise Margaret Schroeder, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Breding, was born Feb. 1, 1875 at Saybrook, Ill. She was baptized and confirmed in St. John's Evangelical Lutheran church of Anchor. She was united in marriage with Fred Schroeder Jan. 12, 1894. This union was blessed with seven children, three of whom preceded her in death. One son was born and died May 20, 1895; one daughter was born and died May 12, 1896; one daughter Goldie, died at the age of one year.
For some years the family lived on a farm near Anchor, then in Sibley and for a number of years in Chatsworth. Cancer of the liver was the cause of her death. She was a very patient sufferer, always encouraging those around her and trusting in her God and Saviour with a strong faith. The pastor of the Lutheran church of Chatsworth visited her and administered the Lord's Supper a few weeks before her death. She passed away peacefully at her home in Chatsworth on Tuesday, Aug. 3, aged 45 years, 5 months and 20 days.
She leaves to mourn her death her grief-stricken husband, Fred Schroeder; four children; Alexander, Rosie, Fred and Marie; her aged parents John and Margaret Breding; two brothers; Henry and Alexander Breding; five sisters; Mrs. Lena Frahm, Mrs. Marie Clausen, Mrs. Emma Schroeder, Mrs. Ella Simpsen, Mrs. August Mott; and many other relatives and friends. She was a very devoted wife and mother, a loving daughter and sister and her untimely death will be greatly felt by all her relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.
The funeral was held at St. John's church on Tuesday, August 5, the services being conducted by the pastor, Rev. A. Hah. Burial was in St. John's cemetery.
8-19-1920- date on newspaper

Schutte, John Gerdes
John Schutte died at his home near Guthrie last Sunday (1-11-1925) after a lingering illness, due to injuries received in France during the World War. His age was 28 years, 7 months and 25 days. The funeral was held at the Christian Church in this city (Gibson) on Tuesday, the services being in charge of the pastor, Rev. Herbert G. Hurrell; burial was in the Gibson Cemetery in charge of the American Legion Post of Melvin.
John Gerdes Schutte was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Schutte, and was born 5-16-1896 on the family homestead east of Guthrie, where he was also living at the time of his death. He was married 9-1-1917 to Miss Lena Proffitt of this city. On the 17th of the same month, he entered the military service of his country, and was in the Army altogether, twenty-one months, seventeen months of this time being spent in France. During his service abroad he was severely wounded and while he had been able to work to some extent, he had never been free from the results of his injuries, which eventually caused his death.
He is survived by his mother, his wife, and three children: Charles Edward, age 5; Mildred, age 3; Dorothy, age 1-1/2 years. He is also survived by one brother, George, living at Sibley, and three sisters, Mrs. Eilt (Matilda) Johnson, Mrs. Chester Dueringer, and Anna, who is still at home with the widowed mother.

SHARP, RUTH - Gibson Courier, Thursday, 8-28-1919
Ruth, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sharp, died at their home 7 miles southeast of Melvin, last Saturday evening, 8-23-1919, aged 15 years, 7 months and 26 days. Death was due to Bright's disease. Ruth is survived by her parents, two brothers and one sister. The funeral was Tuesday afternoon, in charge of Rev. Hess of the Paxton M.E. Church and interment was in Paxton. The deceased was a granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. P.J. Peters of Melvin, formerly of Gibson City.

Sheffer, Jas. E. Jr.
Another victim of the rebellion died at Saybrook, Illinois, on Sunday night at 12 o'clock. Jas. E. Sheffer Jr., a son of J.E. Sheffer of this place, from the effects of an old wound received during the war of the rebellion.
Mr. Sheffer was born in Center County, Penn. In 1889, and was therefore in the 39th year of his age. He early enlisted in the war for the preservation of the Union, entering Company F of the 20th regiment of Illinois Volunteers. He was thrice wounded, the last time at Champion Hills, where a ball struck him in the shoulder and passing through the body came out in the small of the back. This wound has always troubled him and finally caused his death. His remains were brought to Gibson, and were buried in our Cemetery on Tuesday, with military honors. All the old soldiers in these parts turned out to pay the last honors to a fallen comrade, and an immense procession of citizens followed the remains from the U.B. church, where the funeral services were held, to the cemetery. The coffin was draped with the battle-torn flag belonging to Company C of the same regiment - a flag presented to the Company by the ladies of Bloomington and now in possession of N.L. Sears, Esq. of this place, whose son was a lieutenant in the Company and was killed in the battle of Raymond. The funeral services were impressive, the military feature bringing back many vivid recollections of the past strife.
Mr. Sheffer was a highly respected citizen of Saybrook, where his loss will be deeply felt. Besides his parents and brothers and sisters, he leaves a wife and two small children to mourn his early death.
2-15-1878 - date on newspaper

Sheffer, Mrs. O.L.
Mrs. O.L. Sheffer died last Saturday night at her home three miles southeast of Foosland. The funeral was held at the home on Wednesday of this week, conducted by Rev. L.S. Kidd, pastor of the Foosland M.P. Church. Interment was in the Gibson Cemetery.
Sarah Jane Allen was born in McLean County, Illinois, June 1, 1950. In early life she was left an orphan and was raised by her aunt, Mrs. Anna Griffin, at Armington. She was united in marriage with O.L. Sheffer Apr. 8, 1870, at Bloomington. To this union were born ten children-seven boys and 3 girls - all of whom are living save a twin boy who died in early life. She leaves to deeply mourn her loss, her husband and Allen, Roy, Ray, and Flora of Foosland, Mrs. Ida Sypult and Frank of Glenavon, James of Gibson and Delbert and Anna of Aberdeen, S.D.
In her early girlhood Mrs. Sheffer united with the Christian Church at her old home. Later her husband, herself, and the three older children consecrated themselves in the same church to the service of Him who said "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."
She had labored for and raised an excellent family, who remain as a living monument of a loving and self-sacrificing mother. She had been a great sufferer for many months and departed this life suddenly Saturday night, May 15, aged 58 years, 11 months, and 15 days.
5-21-1909-date on newspaper

Sheppelman, John
John Sheppelman, 70, died in Gibson Community Hospital Monday, 10-5-1964, where he had been a patient eight days. Funeral services were Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor, the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating; burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery at Sibley.
Pallbearers were Henry Simpson, John Brokate, Dick Schroeder, Everett Klintworth, Ted Hammer, and Henry Wollenschlager. He was born 8-18-1894 at ........the son of...... He married Laura Ringler 1-10-1917 in Bloomington. Surviving are his wife, a son, John, Loda; two daughters, Miss Elveria Sheppelman at home;
Mrs. Vivian Jordan, Onarga; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Louie, Dwight; Charles, Normal; Harry, Westchester; a sister Mrs. Arthur Giffhorn, Tremont. His parents and a grandson preceded him in death.
He farmed in the area until three and a half years ago when he retired and moved into Gibson City.


SHILTS, KRISTINE KAY
Kristine Kay Shilts, 16 of Paxton, died Thursday 4-17-1969 at Paxton Community Hospital where she had been admitted a short time before. Miss Shilts was born 6-12-1952 in Champaign, the daughter of John W. Shilts, Jr. and Marjorie Hendershott Shilts., She attended Hoover Elementary school in Calumet City and Paxton Community schools; she was a member of the junior class of Paxton High School. Survivors include her parents, one sister, Cindy, and a brother, Rodney, both at home; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Hendershott and Mr. and Mrs. John Shilts, Sr., Paxton. Last rites for Kristine Kay Shilts were held Sunday at the Church of Christ with Rev. Vern E. Barr officiating; interment was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Pallbearers were Terry Lee, Jack Freehill, Dennis Dazey, Robert Overstreet, Greg Whitcomb, and Greg Andaerson.

SHIMER, GRACE LOVAWN BURKARD - Paxton Daily Record, Monday 10-1-1990
Grace Shimer, 86, Louisville, a native of Paxton, died 9-21-1990 in Twin Brooks Nursing Home, Louisville. Funeral services were Tuesday at Dawson & Wikoff West Wood Street Funeral Home, Decatur. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery, Decatur. Mrs. Shimer was born 5-11-1904 in Paxton, a daughter of George and Nellie Clark Burkard

Shoemaker, Mrs. F.L.
Mrs. L.F. Shoemaker of this city, who submitted to a surgical operation a few weeks ago, died at 12:40 o'clock on Tuesday morning, December 20, at St. Joseph's hospital in Bloomington. The funeral was held at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Christian Church in this city, Rev. L.O. Lehman, officiating.
The following obituary was read at the funeral:
Jeanette Donovan was born in Harrisonburg, Va. November 25, 1863. Her native state continued to be her home until about twelve years ago, when with her husband and family, she moved to McLean County, Ill. The family then moved to Gibson near the close of the year 1908 and had since made this city their home. On December 28, 1879, she was united in marriage to L.F. Shoemaker, a union which resulted in an issue of twelve children, nine of whom are still living. Their names and addresses are as follows; Mrs. Minnie Brown, Singer Glen, Va.; Mrs. Mary D. Thomas, Ellsworth, Ill,; Mrs. Dorcas McA***, Gibson City; Charles C. Shoemaker, Gibson City; Ben H. Shoemaker, Harvey, Ill.; Mrs. Rosa Vaughn, Gibson City; and Walter, Daisy and Mayme, who are still at home. The children are all able to be at the funeral of their mother, except the eldest daughter, Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Shoemaker leaves in addition to her husband and children, five brothers, three sisters, and ten grandchildren, besides a large number of friends and acquaintances who will mourn her loss. About twenty years ago Mrs. Shoemaker with her husband was converted and united with the Christian Church known as the Whitehall Church near Singer Glen, Va. She never changed her membership from this home church, but continued in the (the rest is cut off)
12-23-1910-date on newspaper

Short, Mrs. Hattie
Mrs. Hattie Short, 78, of Cedar Falls, IA., a former resident of Melvin, died Saturday in her home in Iowa. Funeral services were held Monday in Cedar Falls.
Survivors are seven sons and one daughter, 15 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; one brother, George Scott of Kankakee; four sisters; Mrs. Clara Shaffner, Springfield; Mrs. Elizabeth Sharp and Mrs. Nettie Carter, both of Melvin and Mrs. Anna Brownlee of Gibson City.
Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Brownlee attended funeral services.
Mrs. Short was a daughter of the late Levi and Cynthia Scott of Elliott.
11-17-1949 - date on newspaper

Shubert, James E. - WWII Navy Vet
b. 6-18-1923, Sparta, Tennessee
s/o James H. and Elizabeth Daniels Shubert
m. Eleanor Cook, 11-20-1948, Gibson City, Il.; she survives
d. 8-20-1987, Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, Il.
bur: Riverside Cemetery with military rites.

Siela, Mrs. Barbara
Mrs. Barbara Siela died last Saturday Dec. 29, at the home of her son Andrew Siela, southwest of this city. Her age was 89 years, 11 months and 25 days. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock at the home, the services being in charge of Rev. B. Lee Towsley.
1-5-1939- date on newspaper

Sixt, Luella A. Kennel
Luella A. Sixt, 81, Gibson City, died Sunday, 6-11-1978 at the Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was Tuesday at the American Lutheran Church with Rev. Karl Kessler officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery. Pallbearers were Darrell Nunamaker, Kenneth Stoltz, James
Miller, Robert White, Junior Mohart, and Martin Meyer. Mrs. Sixt was
born 3-11-1897 in Morton, the daughter of Thomas and Lavina Mosiman Kennel. She married Walter E. Sixt, 10-7-1919 in Middleton, Ohio. Surviving are her husband, three sons, Clarence, Earl and Mark; two daughters, Anna Lou White and Lavina Miller; four brothers, Elmer, Lester, Alvin, and Elton. Mrs. Sixt was a 36-year resident of Gibson City. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Church Women.

SKINNER, ERNSTINE WEST
The funeral of Ernestine Skinner, 67 of Sibley, who died Friday, 5-17-1985 was Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, the Rev. William Hecht officiating; burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. She was born 7-24-1917 in Sibley, the daughter of Dr. C.W. and Eugenie Trebes West. She married Harry Skinner 7-11-1936 in Sibley; he died in 1975. Survivors include her mother of Sibley; three sons, Ronald of Dwight; Gary of New Lenox; and Mark, Gibson City; two daughters, Marilyn Kay Russell, TX and Vickie Krouse, Champaign; two brothers, Charles, Springfield; and Roy of Sibley; 16 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two infant daughters. Mrs. Skinner was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley. She and her husband had owned and operated the Star Cafe in Sibley for many years.

Slater, Mrs. Ida B.
Mrs. Ida B. Slater, aged 50, widow of William Slater, who died in the year of 1923 and who was buried in this city, was brought to this city Tuesday morning from Vincenries, Ind., and buried in the local cemetery. The services at the grave were in charge of Rev. Albert F. Flagge, pastor of the M.E. Church of this city. The remains were accompanied…(rest is missing)
Smart, Dr. George E.
Dr. George E. Smart, 86, Gibson City, died Wednesday 4-20-1983 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex, where he had been a resident for four years. His graveside funeral was Friday at Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Dr. Smart was born 11-21-1896 at New Lisbon,

Smith, Anna Hope
Mrs. Anna Hope Smith, 89, of 1127 N. Melvin, died Monday morning (Nov 10, 1975) at Gibson Manor Nursing Home. She has been a Gibson City resident for seven years.
Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Senesac Funeral Home, Kankakee, and the Rev. Earl J. Brusso officiating. Burial was in the Mound Grove Gardens Memory, Kankakee.
Mrs. Smith was born August 23, 1886, in Williamson County, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Lindsey. She was married to Herbert Smith who died January 24, 1965.
Surviving are a son, Herbert L., Gibson City; two daughters, Mrs. Helen Boruff, Terre Haute, Ind., Mrs. Elvera Roy, Plant City, Fla., five grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
11-13-1975-date on newspaper

Smith, Imogene Bunyard Tucker
Imogene Smith, 76, of Gibson City died Tuesday 8-18-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral was Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating; burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery, Farmer City.
Pallbearers were Willard Crowe, Laurence Comer, Herbert Smith, Robert Hanley, Dick Walter and Charles Metz. She was born 3-15-1911 in Farmer City, a daughter of Hayes and Cora Edwards Bunyard. She married Edward H. Tucker. She later married Maurice C. Smith on 2-14-1942 in St. Charles, Missouri; he died 9-22-1966.
Survivors include one son, Edward E. "Tom" Tucker, Gibson City, and one granddaughter.

SMITH, ISAAC - Gibson Courier, Thursday 7-11-1918
Isaac Smith, a pioneer resident of Gibson City, died at his home in the west part of town last Sunday evening, after a brief illness. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the Christian Church, in charge of Rev. L.O. Lehman, of Eureka, former pastor of the church. The funeral was largely attended, and the men of the Brotherhood Bible Class were present in body. Isaac Smith was born in Knox County, KY, 12-19-1849, and died in Gibson City, 7-7-1918, aged 68 years, 6 months and 18 days. His early life was spent on the Mississippi River as a fireman and engineer. In the early eighties he came to Gibson City, and had been a resident of the neighborhood continuously since that time. He was married in this city 9-13-1885, to Miss Viola Carter, who survives him. He is also survived by one son, John H. Smith of Ovid, Michigan, who was present at the funeral. A brother, Andy Smith, resides at Jefferson, Iowa. He is also survived by two grandchildren. Mr. Smith united with the Christian Church of this city in 1898 and continued his relationship with that congregation until the time of his death. Those present at the funeral from out of town were as follows: John H. Smith of Ovid, Michigan; Mrs. Tena Carter and son Adrian of Farmer City; and W.F. Beck and family of Melvin. Mrs. Smith is making arrangements to go with her son, John, when he returns to Ovid, Michigan, where she will make an extended stay in his home.

Smith, Rita J.
Rita Joyce Smith, 66 of Paxton, formerly of Hickory Hills, died at 5:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 28, 2000 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, and the Rev. Randy Surey officiating.
Visitation was 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Smith was born June 15, 1934 in West Frankfort, a daughter of Raymond and Opal Auten Isaacs. She married Eugene Smith Jan. 10, 1953, in Chicago. He survives in Paxton.
Also surviving are one son, Brian (Karen Neumann) Smith of Naperville; two daughters, Brenda (Kevin) Smith Barrett of Hickory Hills and Dr. Bonnie (John) Smith of Paxton; two brothers, Ray Isaacs of California and Charles Sweeney of Akutan, Alaska; five grandchildren, Sarah Smith, Rebecca Smith, Shannon Barrett, Bradley Smith and Daniel Smith. Her parents and one brother, Richard Lee Roy, preceded her in death.
Mrs. Smith was a dispatch coordinator for a trucking company in Oak Lawn.
She was a member of Oak Lawn Presbyterian Church. She liked caring for her family, cooking and sewing. She enjoyed music and friendship.
Memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor's choice.

SMITH, VERA EILEEN FRIESE
b. 5-5-1922, Farmer S.D.
d/o Louis F. and Frederika Roth Friese
m. Elmer B. Buss Smith, 8-18-1942; he died 4-9-1969
d. 1-12-1998; daughter's home in Okemos, Michigan
bur: Elliott Cemetery, Elliott, Ford County, IL

Snyder, Ray R.
b. 12-24-1922 at Odell, IL
s/o William C. and Bertha Holmes Snyder
m. Shirley Walker, 7-8-1943 in Chicago
d. 1-18-1970, Berwyn, Il., heart attack
bur: Glen Cemetery, Paxton, with full military honors.

Spangler, Gladys Irene Gossett Mattox
Gladys Irene Gossett Mattox Spangler, age 61 of Bradley, died May 21, 1997 at her residence.
Funeral service were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24 at the First Social Brethren Church in Bradley with the Reverend George Miller officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens in Kankakee.
Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the Bradley Chapel.
Mrs. Spangler was born July 21, 1935 in Gibson City a daughter of Eskell and Katherine Pfoff Gossett. She married Richard Mattox on January 12, 1952. She married Guy Spangler on January 21 1983.
Survivors include both her spouses and two sons, Richard (Diana) Mattox Jr. of Bourbonnais and William (Melinda) Mattox of Bradley; two daughters Terri L. Mattox of Park Forest, Connie Mattox (rest is cut off)
5-28-1997 - date on newspaper

SPEEDIE, ALICE - Gibson Courier, Thursday 1-3-1918
Mrs. Alice Speedie died at her home in this city on New Year's night, after a brief illness. Mrs. Speedie was one of the earliest pioneer settlers of this neighborhood, and was universally esteemed. She is survived by two sons: Andrew of Champaign and Arthur. The funeral arrangements have not yet been announced. Of recent years Miss Margaret Liggett had been making her home with Mrs. Speedie, and was with her at the last.

SPEEDIE, DAVID - Gibson Courier, 8-5-1923
The funeral of David Speedie, who met death in an accident at his farm last Wednesday evening, was held at the Presbyterian Church on Friday afternoon. The services were in charge of the Pastor, Rev. Glen J. Schillerstrom; burial in the Gibson Cemetery. David Speedie, son of Matthew and Isabell (Colston) Speedie, was born in Fall River, Mass., on 3-7-1850, and departed this life at his home near Gibson City, Il on 8-1-1923, aged 73 years, 4 months and 25 days. Mr. Speedie came to Ford County with his father's family in 1866. When he was a lad of sixteen, and has since made this community his home, having been engaged in farming practically all his life. On 11-5-1891, he was united in marriage to Sarah I. Metcalf, and to this union two children were born, a son, Floyd D., and a daughter, Ruby, both at home. Mr. and Mrs. Speedie had bought a home in Gibson City, and expected before long to retire from active work and spend the evening of their lives in well earned rest. The family of which Mr. Speedie was a descendant is one of the oldest and best known families of Scotland. For three and a half centuries the Speedie family has been held in highest esteem and honor, in the home district of Perthshire.

Speedie, Matthew
Mr. Matthew Speedie, so well known in our town as Father Speedie, was given release from the pains and sufferings of the body in death at 3:40 o'clock last evening. The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. from the First Presbyterian Church tomorrow (Saturday). Friends who desire to view the remains will be given an opportunity from 10 to 12 o'clock tomorrow forenoon. His obituary will be found in our columns next week.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
Friday April 22, 1898


Speedie, Matthew
Matthew Speedie was born February 14, 1817, in Glenfast, Perthshire Scotland. His parents were Andrew and Ellen Speedie. The Speedie family is one of the oldest and best known families of all Scotland, and for 300 years this name has been held in high esteem in the district of Perthshire.
This family of Scotland was not only loyal to the interest of the fatherland and true to the principles for which Bruce and Wallace fought; they were also loyal to that church which found such hearty defense and loyalty on the part of the Scotch people, and wherever any of the members of this family have gone they have always gone they have always become members of this church.
A child nurtured amid such stirring scenes and inheriting such sturdy character would be expected to develop into such a as was Father Speedie, who was a man of noble character, courage of conviction, and high esteem for the church of God.
The Speedie family numbered seven sons and three daughters. Three of these only came across the seas to find homes in America.
On settled in Canada and two, Matthew and David came to the United States. A brother, David, who now resides in Maryland, is the only living representative of this family. Another brother, Alexander, who lived and died in Scotland, rose to eminence as a churchman and as a successful financier, his fortune before his death making him a millionaire.
Matthew Speedie was raised on a farm at Glenfast, and when a lad learned the trade of wagon-making. Having finished his apprenticeship at this trade, he also became a millwright and carpenter. Being thus well equipped as an artisan, he prosecuted his trade with vigor until his departure for America in 1849.
In 1840 Mr. Speedie was married to Elizabeth Jack. To this union were born two children, one of whom, Andrew, grew to years of manhood, and is a well-known citizen of this city. Mrs. Speedie died in 1844. On the 11th of June, 1847, Father Speedie was married to Isabella Colston, a native of Fifeshire, Scotland. To this union were born four children David who lives on a farm southeast of this city, Isabella, wife of John S. Martin of Alexandria, La.; Wm. T., who lives of the original Speedie farm, and Mary, Wife of Jacob Preston of this City. All of the children were able to be present during the last sickness of their father, and thus comfort one another in their sorrow.
The Speedie family came to America in 1849, settling first at Pictou, Nova Scotia. They afterward came to Providence, R.I., and shortly moved to Fall River, Mass. Here for sixteen years the subject of this sketch was engaged with the Globe Print Works. In 1865 the family came to Illinois, and soon settled on the farm east of Gibson, which for some time had been owned by the two brothers, David and Matthew. Father Speedie lived on the farm until 1887, when he moved to Gibson City. For eleven years his venerable form has been seen upon our streets, a man whose loyalty to God, whose devotion to the church and whose love of his adopted country has made him a venerated and respected character in our community. For twenty-four years Father Speedie served as an elder of the First Presbyterian Church, and the bearers of his bier were selected from the elders and trustees of this body. The funeral held on Saturday afternoon was in accord with his desire that he be not buried on the Sabbath. He considered the services of the Lord's Day, when people gather for worship, a much more sacred duty than the laying away of his body. His life was a standing protest against irreverence and frivolity on God's day or on God's house. His pastor spoke at his funeral on the subject, "Abraham was called a friend of God."
Father Speedie, though old in years, was young in spirit. He was a great friend of the young people, and was always present at their service of prayer. He gave cheerfully and largely of his means for the support of all good causes, and his life and deeds will be sadly missed in this community. His worthy family is the evidence of his worthy character and noble life. His funeral, held on a busy Saturday afternoon, was attended by such numbers as completely filled the church.
GIBSON CITY COURIER
Friday April 29, 1898 Pg. 1

Speers, Mrs. Alice
Mrs. Alice Speers, 70, died at her home, 115 N. Melvin street, Gibson City at 6:20 a.m., Wednesday as a result of an illness of several months duration.
Funeral services are to be held at 2:30 this Thursday afternoon at the Lamb Funeral home with the Rev. R.M. Luedde, pastor of the Christian church, officiating. Burial will be in Gibson Cemetery.
She was born, Alice Smith, March 16, 1869 at New Chillicothe, Ohio, and came to Illinois over fifty years ago. Married here to Wm. R. Speers, the couple lived for a number of years in the Derby vicinity, later moving to Gibson City, where Mrs. Speers has lived for over 45 years. Mr. Speers died here about ten years ago.
Surviving are three sons; Evan Speers, Gibson city; Earl Speers, Normal; and Lucian Speers, Phillipsburg, Ohio; and four daughters; Mrs. Helen Preston, Aurora Colo., Mrs. Ethel Clements, Mrs. Olive Blissard and Miss Lula Speers all of Gibson City. Another daughter, Mrs. Hettie Huxtable preceded her mother in death in 1932.
Mrs. Speers had made her home her with Miss Lulu.
7-27-1939 - date on newspaper

Speers, William R.
William R. Speers died at his home at 115 North Melvin street in this city at 1:30 o'clock, last Monday morning, Dec. 31, after an illness from pneumonia which had lasted only a few days. His age was 62 years, 1 month and 10 days. His sudden death saddened the community. He had been sick only three or four days, and many of his friends had not heard of his illness.
Mr. Speers was one of Gibson City's most popular citizens, having grown to manhood, married and raised a large family here. In his services to the city as an alderman of the city council for several terms he had manifested signal ability and integrity. Most of his life was spent in the carpentering and building trade. In recent years he had acted in the capacity of salesman in the Hager lumber yard, where his knowledge of lumber and building had proven especially valuable.
Mr. Speers is survived by his wife and eight children, as follows; Mrs. Rolla Huxtable, Lulu Speers, Olive Speers, Earl Speers, Evan Speers and Mrs. Ed. Clements of Gibson City; Lucian Speers of Dayton, Ohio; Mrs. Glenn Preston of Aurora, Colo. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters; Mrs. Sherman LeValley, Mrs. Harry Wilson and Carl Speers of Gibson City; Mrs. Roy Hull of Decatur, Ill., Miss Odessa Speers of Gardner, Ill., and Mrs. Wm. Caryer of Hebron, Ind.
Funeral services were held at the home at 3:00 o'clock on Wednesday, in charge of Rev. R.M. Lueddie, pastor of the Christian church. Interment was in the Gibson city cemetery.
1-5-1939-date on newspaper

Steigman, Arla V. Houtzel
b. 1-11-1908, Roberts, Ford County, Il.
d/o John and Myrtle Clark Houtzel
m. Leonard Steigman, 6-12-1937, Roberts; he survives
d. 12-6-1977, Cole Hospital, Champaign, Il.
bur: Lyman Cemetery, Roberts, Ford County, Il.

Steinlicht, August
Mrs. Fred Stroh received word last Wednesday of the death of August Steinlicht, 94, American Falls, Idaho. He was married to Anna Stroh, sister of the late Fred Stroh.
Steinlicht, who was well known in the Anchor and Colfax areas had been in poor health for several years
12-24-1970-date on newspaper

Stephens, Thomas Jefferson
b. 3-27-1848 near Lancaster, Ohio
s/o Third son of Thomas and Catherine Stephens, early pioneers
of Ford County.
m. Nancy Martin of Paxton; she died July 1927, auto accident.
Charles Stephens
Parry Stephens
occ: Conducted a meat market and built the family home on Melvin St.
d. 10-11-1937, age 89 years, 6 months, 14 days.


Stevens, Mrs. J.W.
Mrs. James W. Stevens, a resident of Gibson City for nearly forty years, died at her home on North State street last Saturday morning, after a lingering illness. Her age was 65 years, 10 months and 24 days. The funeral was held at the home on Monday, July 7, at 2:30 p.m. the services being in charge of Rev. Francis E. Smith, pastor of the M.E. church. Interment was in the Gibson cemetery.
Susan F. Strevey was born in West Union, Ohio, Aug 10, 1858. She moved with her parents to Illinois….. (rest is missing)

Stroh, A.H.
Albert H. Stroh, 65, LaPorte, Ind. Died at 5:15 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 1974 at Fountainview Terrace after a six month illness.
He was born July 25, 1908 in Sibley to H.R. and Emilie (Hornke) Stroh and had lived in LaPorte for the past 30 years. Mr. Stroh was caretaker at the LaPorte Bank.
He was married May 14, 1934 in Fowler, Ind., to Paula Johnson and was a member of the Bethany Lutheran Church.
Surviving are his wife, one son, Jack T. Stroh, LaPorte, one granddaughter; two brothers, Carl Stroh, Paxton, and Adolph Stroh, Gibson City, and two sisters, Mrs. Augusta Heckens, Gibson City and Mrs. Helen Niemand, Davenport, Ia. Four brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.
Funeral services were Saturday at the Cutler Funeral Home with the Rev. H. Milton Lundahl officiating. Burial was in Patton Cemetery.
4-18-1974-date on newspaper

Stroh, Emma Roesch
b. 7-6-1881, Holstein Germany; to US 1883
d/o John H. and Elsie Wiebers Roesch
m. Andreas Henry Stroh, 10-19-1898, Anchor Lutheran Church
d. 10-8-1918, Ford County, Il.
buried: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Anchor, McLean County, Il.

Stroh, Herman
Funeral services for Herman Stroh, 59, who died suddenly at his home 12-31-1948, were conducted Sunday in St. John's Lutheran Church at Anchor. The services at Anchor were preceded by a prayer service at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City. Burial was made in St. John's Lutheran Church Cemetery; Rev. Carl Grabeman officiated.
Mr. Stroh, son of the late Henry and Emilie Hornke Stroh, was born 10-26-1889, and spent all his life in Gibson City. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church at Anchor. Surviving are his wife, the former Dora Henson and nine siblings(some are 1/2 siblings) R.A. Stroh and Carl Stroh, Gibson City; Henry, Anchor; Adolph, Saybrook; Albert, LaPorte, Indiana; Mrs. Otto (Augusta Bertha) Heckens, Sibley; Mrs. Fred (Anna) Siebert, Congerville, and Mrs. Ed (Elsa) Niemon, Davenport, Iowa.

Stroh, Minnie Boettger
Minnie Stroh, 96, a rural Anchor resident, died yesterday 11-9-1990 at Gibson Community Hospital. Her funeral will be Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Anchor, the Rev. Melvin C. Blobaum officiating; burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley.
She was born 6-8-1894 near Sibley, a daughter of John and Caroline Brandt Boettger. She married Louis Stroh 9-21-1916 at Bloomington; he died 2-28-1952. Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Eyvonne Stroh, of which she made her home; one sister, Dora Davenport and grandchildren. She lived in the Sibley area most of her life.

Stroh, Mrs. Olga M.
Mrs. Olga M. Stroh, who had been a patient in the Gibson Community Hospital for six weeks died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 8, 1967. She was 79 years old.
Lamb Funeral Home was in charge of services which were held at 2 p.m. Friday at the American Lutheran Church with the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery near Anchor.
Serving as pallbearers were Mrs. Stroh's nephews.
She was born Feb. 28, 1888, in Posen, Germany. Her parents were Gustave and Bertha Bethke Ackert. She married Adolph Stroh Dec. 26, 1907 at Guthrie.
Mrs. Stroh had been a resident of the Gibson City community for 60 years. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Anchor and the Dorcas Society.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mabel Kletzman, Rochester, Ind.; Mrs. Evelyn Graumann, Rochester, N.Y.; Mrs. Dorothy Lage, Colfax; four sons, Floyd Stroh, Monta Vista, Colo.; Raymond Stroh, 103 N. Gridley, Bloomington; Warren Stroh, Westminster, Colo.; Donald Stroh, Champaign; eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; four brothers, Fred Ackert, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Max Ackert, De Kalb; Albert and Edward Ackert, both Chicago; six sisters, Mrs. Tillie Spellmeyer, Eagle Grove, Iowa; Mrs. Alma Werner, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs. Nelda Stempf, Minneapolis, Minn.; Mrs. Emma Thompson, Melvin; Mrs. Dorothy Olson, Chicago.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, a granddaughter, and one infant sister.

STROH, RICHARD CARLYLE
Richard Carlyle Stroh, 61, Okarache, OK, formerly of Gibson City, died Friday 5-3-1985 at El Reno Nursing Home. Funeral services were Monday, at the St. John's Lutheran Church with Rev. Gary Trowbridge officiating; burial was in Holy Trinity Cemetery under the direction of the Benson Funeral Home. Mr. Stroh was born in Gibson City 5-10-1923, a son of Edward and Marie Iverson Stroh. He married Dorothy Brueggen, 12-29-1948

Stroh, William
William Stroh, 66, died Wednesday 11-27-1974 at the Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral service was Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home. The Rev. Alexander Youck officiated; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery.
He was born 10-31-1908 near Gibson City, the son of August and Annie Henricks Stroh. He married Bernice Smallwood, 6-28-1929 at Saybrook. She survives along with a foster son, Frederick Stout, Indianapolis; a foster daughter, Mrs. Mary (Wayne) Hansen, Gibson City and a nephew, Richard Stroh of Okarche, Ok.
He was a lifetime resident of Gibson City. He farmed for many years and was owner and operator of the Guthrie Elevator. In October 1973 he retired from
Stokely-Van Camp where he was head fieldman for 11 years.
Serving as pallbearers were Dean Main, Gene Gardner, Harvey Rutledge,
Hubert Stipp, Bob Shirley and Franklin Butler.

STRUNK, WILLIAM A. - Gibson Courier, 2-20-1919
b. 6-21-1854, Albany, New York
s/o Ephraim and Evelyn Strunk (they both died in Gibson City, Ford County, IL.)
m. 1880 to Miss Belle Barney, Monticello, Wisc; she survives in California
Milo F. Robert
d. about Feb 1919
Funeral held at the Christian Church, in charge of the pastor, Rev. N.W. Evans

Struve, Anna Amalia Margarete Rethmann
b. 7-2-1843, Heide Holstein Germany
d/o Johann and Regina Schoenfeldt Rethmann
m. Hans John Detlaf Struve, 10-25-1866, Heide Germany
d. 10-22-1918, Anchor, McLean County, Il.
bur: St. John's Lutheran Cemetery, Anchor, McLean County, Il.

Stuhmer, John Clarence
John Clarence Stuhmer, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stuhmer, was born 5-5-1900 in Gibson City; and was baptized in the St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Anchor Twp., McLean County. When of proper age his parents sent him to public school, and in catechetical instructions, and a year ago last spring he was confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Williams, Iowa, where his parents lived. He worked on the farm of his parents at Williams with his brother Willy, and his sister Elsie kept house for them, while their parents with some of the children moved to Gibson City last spring, retiring from farming. He died 10-8-1918 in Iowa.

Sublon, Eva
Eva G. Sublon, age 90 of Gibson City, a Marshall County native, died at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 1992 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.
Her graveside funeral was held at 3 p.m. Monday at St. Ann's Catholic Cemetery in Toluca.
Visitation was held from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City.
Mrs. Sublon was born June 7, 1902 at Varna, a daughter of Amiel and Theresa Brieske Grill. She was married to Frank Sublon on December 21, 1948 at Urbana. He died January 22, 1967.
Survivors include a stepson, Kenneth Sublon of Fisher; one stepdaughter, Dorothy Welborn of Gibson City; two sisters, Mary Sublon of Fisher and Florence Jenkins of Varna; three step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.
One brother and one sister preceded her in death.
Mrs. Sublon was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sublon, Mary
Mary F. Sublon, age 89 of Fisher died at 5:45 a.m. Thursday, September 2, 1993 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.
A graveside service was at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Ann's Cemetery, Toluca with the Reverend James Kretz officiating.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City.
Mrs. Sublon was born December 7, 1903 at Varna, a daughter of Amiel and Theresa Briesdke Grill.
Survivors include a son, Kenneth Sublon of Fisher; a sister, Florence Jenkins of Varna; three grandsons, Kenny Sublon of Champaign, Terry Sublon of Rantoul, and Donny Sublon of Fisher; and three great-grandchildren.
A brother and a sister preceded her in death.
Mrs. Sublon lived in fisher for 15 years. Before that she was a Varna resident.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Summers, Mrs. Delia
Mrs. Delia Summers died at ten o'clock Friday, February 16, 1917, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Downs, after an illness of one week with pneumonia. Her age was 84 years, 3 months, and 22 days.
Mrs. Summers, whose maiden name was Delia Marietta Bronson, was born October 25, 1832, near Rochester, Michigan. She was a member of a family of thirteen children, of whom ten grew to manhood and womanhood.
Three sisters survive her; they are Mrs. Celia Larison of McAlester, Oklahoma, Mrs. Maria Griggs of Sugar Grove, Pennsylvania, and Mrs. Katherine Covel of Suisun, California.
She was married to John Summers in January 1853. They moved from Michigan to Illinois in 1866, first settling in Bloomington, and moved to Champaign County in 1879. To this union were born five children - Mrs. Carrie VanMeter, deceased; Seward W. of Fresno, California; John Howard of Gibson City; Mrs. Cora Brosius of Pueblo, Colorado; and Mrs. Nellie W. Downs of Foosland, Illinois. Ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren survive her.
Mr. Summers died August 25, 1896. Since his death Mrs. Summer's had made her home with Mrs. Downs. Mrs. Summers was a very active woman. In her early days she was a very capable nurse and served in that capacity a great deal, sometimes going many miles to aid those in need of help. She was a very devoted mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her friends, to whom she was a welcome companion, and by whom she was held in high respect. During the last four years of her life she was a great sufferer with rheumatism, but insisted on doing what she could for others until her final illness. Her long life furnishes an example to posterity of a life lived to its very fullness.
In her early days she was a member of the Presbyterian Church, but for the past 32 years was a member of the Methodist Protestant Church of Foosland.
Funeral services were held at one o'clock Sunday, Feb. 18 in the M.P. Church at Foosland, and interment was in the Gibson Cemetery. The funeral services were in charge of Re. R.E. Fox

Summers, J. Howard
The funeral of J. Howard Summers a widely known and highly respected resident of this community, who died on Monday at 12:45 p.m. was held at the Christian Church yesterday afternoon. The services were in charge of Rev. L.O. Lehman. President of Eureka College, a former pastor of the church, assisted by Rev. C.E. French, the present pastor. Interment was in the Gibson Cemetery.
John Howard Summers, son of John and Delia Bronson Summers, was born near Utica, Mich., April 2, 1857, and died at his home west of Gibson City, March 20, 1922 aged 64 years, 11 months and 18 days.
At the age of 13 years he moved with his parents to Bloomington, Ill., and later to a farm near Bellflower, Ill. In his young manhood he lived at Farmer City, and there was united in marriage with Dora M. Williams, March 7, 1883. They lived for a year near Foosland and then moved to a farm west of Gibson City, and have spent their entire married life in this vicinity.
To this union were born four children, Charles, Warner, Bruce, and Ethel Marie. The latter died at the age of two years.
He was the third child in a family of five children. Two sisters survive him, Mrs. Cora S. Brosius of Pueblo, Colo. And Mrs. Nellie E. Downs of Foosland. One sister, Mrs. Carrie Van Meter died in Fresno, Calif., Dec 28, 1900and his brother Seward Summers died in Fresno, Calif., March 28, 1917.
3-22-1922-date on newspaper

Swallow, Imo E. Stephens
Mrs. Imo E. Swallow, 71, a former Gibson City and Elliott resident, died Wednesday, 5-9-1973 at Tri-City Hospital, Oceanside, CA. Her funeral was held Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Dr. Chester Chandler officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tony Gandy, Warren Brown, Fred Zander, Marlo Noland, Herman Lohmeyer and Joe Noland.
Mrs. Swallow was born in Elliott, 6-5-1901, a daughter of William and Ida Jones Stephens. She was married to Fulton Swallow 4-24-1922 in Elliott. He died 11-20-1935. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Betty Jean Caplinger, Mrs. Mary Lou Wright, a son Francis, two sisters, Mrs. Hazel Archibald and Mrs. Ila Mae Powell.

SWANSON, ANNA CHARLOTTE PIERSON - Gibson Courier, Thursday, 3-4-1937
Anna Charlotte Pierson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Pierson, was born in Paxton 8-20-1868. When she was six years old she moved to Gibson City with her parents. She was married to August F. Swanson 5-23-1896. Mr. Swanson died here in 1931.
A lifelong resident of this community, she died at her home at noon on Sunday, 2-28-1937, following a three months' illness with heart disease, aged 68 years, 6 months and 8 days. Funeral services were held Tuesday, at the Methodist Episcopal Church, in charge of the pastor, Rev. Donald H. Gibbs.
Pallbearers were: John T. Swanson, Walter Swanson, Andrew Peterson, Will Anderson, Charles Munson and Gus Ellison. She is survived by the following children: Lawrence F., of Gibson City; Mrs. F.D. Oergel of Napa, CA.; Carl R., of Chicago; Mrs. Bess Frederking of Kankakee; Dr. Theodore, of Oak Park, Mrs. J. Krale of Sacramento, CA. Also surviving her are two sisters, Mrs. W.P. DeLaat of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Ella Leman of Chicago.


SWANSON, AUGUST F. -Gibson Courier, Thursday, 9-10-1931
August F. Swanson, veteran well driller of this city, died at his home here Tuesday afternoon (9-8-1931) after an illness of several years. His age was 67 years. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the Methodist Church in charge of the pastor, Rev. Albert H. Flagge, assisted by Rev. D.V. Charlson, pastor of the Salem Lutheran Church of this city, of which Mr. Swanson was a member. Burial will be made in the Gibson Cemetery. Mr. Swanson was born 5-29-1864, in Sweden. He came to America with his parents when he was six years of age. He had lived in Gibson City all his life. Thirty five years ago he was married to Miss Lottie Pierson, who with the following children survive: Lawrence Swanson and Mrs. George Frederking of this city; Theodore, Carl and Miss Geraldine Swanson of Chicago, and Mrs. Frank Oergel of Idaho.

SWANSON, CARL CHARLES JOHAN. - Gibson Courier, Friday 9-10-1910
The funeral of the late Charles J. Swanson occurred last Sunday afternoon at the home of his son, August F. Swanson. The services were in charge of Rev. M. Frykman, pastor of the Swedish-Lutheran Church, and the remains were laid to rest in the Gibson Cemetery. Charles J. Swanson was born in Doderhult, Sweden, 11-4-1829, and died at Bartonville, 9-1-1910 at the age of 80 years, 9 months and 27 days. He was married to Elizabeth Catherine Ekstrand, and to this union were born five children. In 1869, with his oldest son, he left his home in the old country to seek a new one in Illinois. He was followed a year later by the rest of the family. They were among the first settlers of this community. The hardships and trials of those pioneer days were many and severe, and about the year 1884 these began to tell on Mr. Swanson's mind, and it became necessary to remove him to a hospital for the insane. He spent the last 26 years of his life in the asylum. He was preceded in death by his son, Peter O., in 1886, and by his wife in 1890, and by his son, Charles R. in 1901. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. P.A. Nelson of this city, and by two sons, August F. of this city, and S. John, of Vernon, Il.

SWANSON, ELIZABETH ECKSTRAND - Gibson Courier, Friday 10-24-1890
On Wednesday, 10-22 at 12:30 a.m. at her residence in this city, Mrs. Elizabeth Swanson, aged 61 years, 4 months and 21 days. Death came after long suffering with disease and pain, closing a life which had tasted many sorrows and trials. She bore her sufferings uncomplainingly, and has gone to her reward. She was buried yesterday afternoon from the Swedish Lutheran Church, where funeral services were held, and many friends following the remains to their last resting place. The services were conducted by Rev. Olson, of Paxton.

SWANSON, JANET
b. 11-21-1917, Paxton, Il
d/o Ernest and Leta Swanson; both preceded her in death.
d. 12-23-1974 at Forkosh Memorial Hospital, Chicago
buried: Glen Cemetery, Paxton, Ford County, Il.

SWANSON, LAWRENCE F. - Gibson Courier, Thursday 9-30-1971
Lawrence F. Swanson, 74, owner of one of Gibson City's oldest businesses, died Monday 9-27-1971 at Gibson Community Hospital. He had been in ill health for several months. L.F. Swanson & Son, well contractors, were recognized during
Gibson City's Centennial celebration as the second oldest business remaining in the same family. Mr. Swanson's father started a well digging operation in 1888 and the firm had remained in the family since that time. Mr. Swanson was recognized throughout the State of Illinois for his accomplishments in his profession. He was an active and loyal member of the United Methodist Church where he was named "Mr. Methodist" in recognition of his years of unselfish service to the church. He was the only member of the congregation ever accorded this honor. At the time of his death, he was a member of the board of trustees. Funeral services were scheduled Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Rev. John Curtis officiating. Mr. Swanson was born 6-3-1897, the son of August and Anna Pearson Swanson. On 6-21-1927, he was united in marriage to Rose Oergel in Chicago. He is survived by his wife; one son, Jean of Gibson City; a foster son, Fred Bass of Takoma Park, MD.; three sisters, Mrs. F.D. (Evelyn) Gergel, CA, Mrs. J.A. (Bertha Geraldine) Krale, CA.; and Mrs. Bess Frederking of Paxton; one brother, T.Q. Swanson of Gibson City; and five grandchildren.

Switzer, Henry H. -- whose death we noted last week, was born in West Virginia September 7, 1848. He was the 6th child in a family of eleven children. He can west, to Illinois, when about 20 years of age and located near Eureka, where he worked for a number of years as a farm hand. July 4th, 1874 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna W. Gibson, in El Paso, IL., and soon after moved to a farm south of Piper City and since that time has resided in this community. To this union there were born five children, one dying in infancy. There remains Chas. B., M. Myrtle, William G., and Grace A., besides three brothers and three sisters to mourn his loss, Mrs. Switzer having preceded him to the better world. He died of tuberculosis of the throat and while his recovery was not expected, it was not thought that he was so near the end. Just a week before his death he left here for the home of a sister in Texas with the hope that the mild climate there would benefit him, but the journey proved to be too much for him and he quietly fell asleep never to waken until that day when the trumpet shall sound and the graves shall open and the sea shall give up her dead. Mr. and Mrs. Switzer were converted and united with the Methodist Church in Piper City under the pastorate of Rev. H. C. Birch. The funeral was conducted by his pastor, Rev. De La Gardie, last Saturday at 10 o'clock a.m. and interment took place in the Brenton Cemetery." [Pan-handle Advocate, Piper City, Ford Co., IL; submitted by Jan Dishon]

Switzer, Anna W. - "On last Tuesday, March 27, at the hour of 10:40 a.m., Mrs. Anna W. Switzer died at the residence of her mother, Mrs. Mary Gibson, in Piper City, after a protractod and painful illness resulting from what was pronounced internal cancer.
Mrs. Switzer's maiden name was Gibson, she being the daughter of James and Mary Gibson. She was born in Aurora, Jan. 9th, 1856, and was, accordingly, a little over 38 years old. On July 4, 1874, while the family was living near Fairbury, she was married to Henry H. Switzer, who survives her. Four children, two boys and two girls, also remain to mourn her untimely death. the Gibsons and Switzers moved to this vicinity in 1875, where Mrs. Switzer, with her family, has since resided. She was an estimable woman, a devoted wife and mother, a member of the Methodist Church, and had the respect of all who knew her.
For years Mrs. Switzer has been in poor health, and while all was done that could be suggested to cure her, it was without avail, and she gradually sank, till death finally came, as an angel of mercy, to relieve her of her sufferings.
"The funeral was held in the Methodist Church Thursday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, Rev. Fairley conducting the services. The burial was in Brenton Cemetery , on the family lot, to which her remains were tenderly consigned by the sorrowing relatives." [Advocate - 1, March 30, 1894 - Submitted by Jan Dishon]


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