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Ford County, IL Obituaries

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

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Katherine J. Thilmony Gladys I. Taylor James A. Taylor Violet A. Taylor Jerry Thompson
Dora M. Thomsen Roger Thomsen Geraldine M. Thornton Anna Belle Phillips Tibby Doris Maritta Tjardes
Lawson Tjardes Robert Emerson Tjarks Louis F. Thompson Mrs. Tornowski Donna [Pfoff] Turner
Douglas C. Turner Everine Amelia Tammen Edward M. Thompson Carl Leon Thomas Louevea H. Tesch
Barbara L. Trantina  Walter Talbot  Helen Zimmerman Tate  Carolyn Irene Tench  Mrs. Julia Thompson
Mrs. T. O. Thompson Isaac Thompson Rev. John Thompson Julia Thompson John Tjardes
George Tjarks Gerhard Tjarks Harry J. Tjarks Amanda Trimmer Hiram M. Troyer

THILMONY, KATHERINE J.- 70, a former Paxton resident, died at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday 11-27-2002 at the Kankakee Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Kankakee. Graveside services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Glen Cemetery, Paxton, with the Rev. Denis White officiating. Miss Thilmony was born 3-22-1932 at Paxton, the daughter of Peter J. and Helen Klein Thilmony. She graduated from Paxton High School, attended the University of AZ. one year and had one year of nurses training at Mercy Hospital, Urbana. She was a former member os St. Mary's Church in Paxton. Surviving are two sisters, Barbara Redden, Colorado Springs, Colo. and Ann J. Manns, Tuscon, AZ; several nieces and nephews, and two sisters-in-law, Gwen Thilmony Benoit and Bobbie Thilmony, both of Loda. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Richard Thilmony and Peter J. Thilmony. Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Kankakee Valley or for Masses. [Paxton Record/Times, 12-4-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

GLADYS I. WOODBURN TAYLOR Gladys I. Taylor, age 93 of Gibson City died at 2:45 p.m. Friday 3-8-1996 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday 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. Sunday at the funeral home. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Gandy, Roger Simms, William Jensen and Richard Jensen. Active pallbearers included Ronald Knapp, Robert Peeken, Dale Jones, Larry Littlefield, Douglas Roesch and David Stolz. Mrs. Taylor was born 11-29-1902 in Ford County, a daughter of Godfrey Fenton and Freda Summerfeldt Woodburn. She married Walter Taylor on 1-31-1924 at Chicago. Survivors include her husband, Walter Taylor of Gibson City; one son, Jack L. Taylor of Herod; one daughter, Mary E. Knapp of Colfax; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and three nephews, Paul Woodburn of LaMesa, California; Stan Frieburg of Gibson City and Don Munson of Bloomington. She was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Taylor who died in 1966; two sisters, one brother and one grandson. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the First Christian Church of Gibson City. She was also a member of the Social Country Club of Gibson City. She lived in the Gibson City area all of her life. She and her husband retired from farming in 1965 and moved into Gibson City in 1981. Memorials may be made to the Gibson City First Christian Church or to an organization of the donor's choice.

TAYLOR, James - The funeral of JAMES A. TAYLOR, 69, of Gibson City, who died Friday 4-5-1985 will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce and the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 8 p.m.
He was born 9-14-1915 at Bruch, Colo., a son of Cecil and Maude Martin Taylor. He married Violet A. Conrad 6-24-1939, at LaFayette, Ind. She died 10-16-1983. Surviving are a daughter, Julie McGuire, Gibson City; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
Mr. Taylor lived most of his life in the Gibson City area. He owned and operated James A. Taylor Construction, retiring in 1982.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City; Gibson City Masonic Lodge; Corn Belt Shrine Club of Gibson City; the Mohammed Temple of Peoria; and the Bloomington Consistory. He also was a WWII Army veteran and a member of the Brotherton-Kellar Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and the Lee Lowery American Legion Post, both in Gibson City. Memorials may be made to a Shriners Crippled Children's Hospital, the United Methodist Church or Gibson Community Hospital. Honorary Bearers:
James Hager, William Gossard, Ronald Metz. Pallbearers: Ivan Schoolcraft, John Garard, Don Garard, William Hunter, Frank Hunt III, Douglas Hager [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

8-17-1908 to 10-16-1983
Services: Wednesday, October 19, 1983
Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, IL
Ivan Schoolcraft
William Hunter
Frank Hunt III
Ellis Unzicker
John Garard
Don Garard
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

TAYLOR, VIOLET A. (CONRAD) - 75, a lifelong Gibson City area resident, died at 11:20 p.m. Sunday 10-16, 1983 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. Her funeral will bea t 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Mary Kathryn Pearce officiating. Burial will be in DrummerTwp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 9 tonight at the funeral home.
Mrs. Taylor was born 8-17-1908 near Gibson City, a daughter of Frank and Julia Strelluf Conrad. She married James A. Taylor 6-24-1939 at Lafafyette, Ind. Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Julie McGuire, Gibson City, two brothers, Clarence Conrad, Rochelle, and R. Dean Conrad, Geneva NY; two sisters, Leona Borchers, Sibley, and Gladys Arnold, Gibson City; two grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. Mrs. Taylor was a member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Gibson Community Hospital, the American Cancer Society of Gibson City or Gibson City United Methodist Church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

THOMPSON, JERRY - 46, of Hoopeston, formerly of Gibson City, died Thursday 11-6-1986 at his home. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brown Funeral Home, Hoopeston. Burial was in Floral Hill Cemetery, Hoopeston. Mr. Thompson was the son of the late Marvin Thompson and Audrey Thompson, former residents of the Gibson City and Paxton area. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; mother, Audrey; and two brothers, Richard of Hoopeston and James of Danville. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

THOMSEN, DORA M. (HOLZ) - 82, of Gibson City, died at 9:15 a.m. yesterday 4-24-1988 at the Ford County Nursing Home, Paxton. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Thomas Condron officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6:30 - 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Thomsen was born 5-27-1905 in Triplett, MO., a daughter of Charles and Anna Frohm Holz. She married John F. Thomsen on 12-6-1925, in Sibley. He died 12-31, 1971.
Surviving are two sons, Robert, Chatsworth, and Roger, Thomsford, Minn.; two daughters, Betty Shaw, Champaign, and Barbara Coit, Gibson City; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, two brothers and one grandson. Mrs. Thomsen was a resident of Gibson City for 60 years. Memorials may be made to Ford County Nursing Home or the American Cancer Society. Pallbearers: Scott Thomsen, Kirk Thomsen, John Thomsen, Brian Gulliford, Jim E. Gulliford, Alan Thomsen [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

THOMSEN, Roger - The graveside service for ROGER LEE THOMSEN, 56, of Rantoul, formerly of Gibson City, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. The Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate. Military rites will be accorded by the Lee Lowsery American Legion Post 568. He was cremated. The Champaign American Legion Post 24 will host a lunch from 1 - 3 p.m. Saturday following the service. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is in charge of arrangements.
He died at 4:25 a.m. 3-31-1999 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Memorials may be made to Thomsen Memorial Fund in care of Central Il Bank of Champaign, Urbana or Rantoul. Mr. Thomsen was born 6-4-1942 in Gibson City, a son of John F. and Dora M. Holz Thomsen. Survivors include two daughters, Angela Jones, Urbana; and Teresa Sumner, Melbourne, Fla.; two sisters, Betty Shaw, Champaign; and Barbara Coit, las Vegas; one brother, Robert Thomsen, Chatsworth; and four grandchildren. His parents preceded him in death. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

GERALDINE M. RANDALL - 79, of Gibson City died at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday 2-16-1999 at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Melvin Bell will officiate. burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Foosland. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Thornton was born 9-18-1919 at Albia, Iowa, a daughter of Louis and Anna Johnson Randall. She married Lloyd "Bud" Thornton on 7-26-1941 at Lancaster, MO. He survives. Also surviving are a son, David Thornton of Fisher; two daughters, Sharon Stroh of Gibson City and Susie Boyd of Foosland; nine grandchildren; and a brother, Dale Randall of Newton, Iowa. She was preceded in death by a son, a daughter, two brothers, two sisters, and a grandson.
Mrs. Thornton had lived in Gibson City since 1994. She formerly lived in Foosland and Rantoul. She was a member of Foosland United Methodist Church. Memorial contributions amy be made to the Foosland United Methodist Church or Gibson City Peace Meal. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

TIBBY, ANNA BELLE PHILLIPS - 93, of Gibson City died at 4:25 a.m. Tuesday 5-28-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital Annex, Gibson City. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gibson City Bible Church, Gibson city, the Rev. Paul Thomason officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, and for one hour before the service Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gibson City Bible Church.
Mrs. Tibby was born 10-5-1908 in Sullivan County, IND. a daughter of James Clifford and Maude Anna Emma Hagin Phillips. She married Earl E. Tibby on 12-14-1935, at Whiting, Ind. He died 6-3-1990.
Surviving are two daughters, Janet (Charles) Cambell, Kerryville, TX; and Ruth Ann (Judd) Wallace, Beech Grove, Ind.; one grandson, Chad Wallace, Beech Grove; one brother, Clifford Phillips, Gibson City; and one sister, Jay Vork, Ranmona, Calif.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Perry Phillips, Paxton and one sister, Vera Stroh-Busch of Iowa, formerly of Gibson City.
Anna Belle graduated from Drummer Twp High School and Il State Normal University. She went on to teach all eight grades in a one-room country school near Roberts until her marriage to Earl E. Tibby. Their years together included farming in the Perdueville and Bellflower areas. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

12-5-1912 to 10-20-1999
Services: Saturday, October 23, 1999
First Christian Church, Gibson City, Il
Officiating: The Rev. Rebecca Zelensky
Burial: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Il
Phil Tjardes
Mark Leathers
Michael Leathers
Link Woodward
Kurt Tjardes
Kent Tjardes
Martin Leathers
Brad Woodward
(Lamb Funeral Home)
[Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

TJARDES, LAWSON - 63, died at 2:37 a.m. Tuesday 2-18-1969, at Gibson Community Hospital where he had been a patient for a month. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lamb Funeral Home. The Rev. Hugh Reynolds will officiate. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be after 2 p.m. Wednesday and on Thursday morning at the funeral home. The family has suggegsted that any expressions of sympathy may be made in for form of contributions to the new building fund of the First Christian Church. He was born 9-13-1905 near Gibson City, the son of George and Fannie Suter Tjardes. He married Doris Summers 8-31-1935 in Bloomington. Survivors are his wife; two sons, George and Harry, both of Gibson City; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Kay Leathers, Decatur, and Mrs. Ann Woodward, Gibson City; two sisters, Mrs. Clyde Brittain, Saybrook, and Mrs. James Parker, Mahomet, and 10 grandchildren. His parents and one grandchild preceded Mr. Tjardes in death. Mr. Tjardes was a member and trustee of Gibson City's First Christian Church. He also was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Polled Hereford Association. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

TJARKS, ROBERT EMERSON - 81, of 1112 S. 8th St., Pekin, brother of a Gibson City woman, died at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday 2-12-2002 at Hallmark House Nursing Home, Pekin. His funeral will be at 11:15 a.m. Friday at Congregational United Church of Christ, Pekin, the Rev. Gary Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Memorial Gardens, Pekin. Visitation will be one hour before the service Friday at the church. Preston-Hanley Funeral Home, Pekin Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
(**typist notes: born: 2-22-1920, Fisher, Il; parents: John B. and Emma Beck Tjarks; married: Vivian I. Kenny 2-22-1942, South Pekin, Il.; three known sons: Robert, Gerald, and Richard Tjarks) The local survivor is his sister, Helen (Charles) Walters, Gibson City. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

THOMPSON, LOUIS F. - 87, of Gibson City died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday 3-2-1988 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City.
Mr. Thompson was born 1-5-1901, near Anchor, a son of Ferdinand and Lena Stroh Thompson. He married Leora V. Berkler on 12-22-1925 in Paxton. She died 4-22-1986. Survivors include two daughters, June Leonard, Gibson City and Jeanette Brokate, Elliott; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
He was an Army veteran of WW I. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

Tornowski - Died, Mrs. Tornowski, mother of Mrs. Ortlepp. Oct. 18, 1894 newspaper story [Contributed by Pat Whorrall-Ellis]

TURNER, Donna [Pfoff] - The funeral of DONNA JEAN PFOFF TURNER, 48, Rantoul, formerly of Gibson City, who died Saturday 12-19-1981, will be ---- at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 - 9 tonight at the funeral home.
She was born 12-2-1933, at Gibson City, a daughter of Lyle and Ruby Randle Pfoff. She married Eugene M. Turner 12-21-1971, at Gibson City. He survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Lora Horton, Rockford, and Shelly Wurmnest, Rantoul; a son, Richard Wicks, Rockford; two step-daughters, Faye Ragan, Milwaukee, Wis., and Karen Blake, San Antonio, TX.; three stepsons, Hal Turner, of California, David Turner, Redlands, Calif., and James Turner Kansas City, KS; her parents, Gibson City; a sister, Madelon Girkin, LeRoy; two brothers, Robert Pfoff, Jackson, Miss., and David Pfoff, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and eight grandchildren.
She had lived in Rantoul six years and had been employed at Spureon's Department Store there four years. She was a member of Rantoul AmVets Auxiliary and Gibson City American Legion and Veterans of Foreight Wars auxiliaries. Memorials may be made to Shriners Crippled Childrens Hospital. Pallbearers: Robert Hutchcraft, Ron Ferguson, Charles Barr, James Sommers, Eugene Timm,
Jim Miller

TURNER, DOUGLAS C. - 14, of Gibson City died at 6:15 p.m. Friday 12-19-1997 at his residence. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Gibson City United Methodist Church, the Rev. Randall L. Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church Monday. Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, is handling arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Swann Special Care Center, Champaign.
He was born 11-23-1983 at Gibson City, the son of Charles D. and Julie K. Jensen Turner. Survivors include his parents; one sister, Katie M. Turner, at home; maternal grandparents, Kay Jensen and Jim Jensen, both of Gibson City; paternal grandmother, Ruth Allen, Glasgow, KY; and maternal stepgrandmother, Darlene Jensen, Gibson City. His paternal grandfather and one uncle preceded him in death. He lived most of his life at the Swann Special Care Center, Champaign. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

TAMMEN, EVERINE AMELIA (OLSON) - b. 9-30-1922, Thawville, Il; parents: John "Jack" & Cora Madison Olson; m. Darrell H. Tammen 6-30-1939 in Kentland, Indiana. He died 4-16-1996; d. 1-9-2003 Heartland Health Care, Paxton, Il. buried: Ridgeland Twp Cemetery, Thawville. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

THOMPSON, EDWARD M. - 94, of Paxton, died at 1 p.m. Monday 11-4-2002 at Knights Templar Home, Paxton. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton. The Rev. Randy Surey will officiate. Burial will be in Glen Cemetery. Mr. Thompson was born 10-6-1908 at Elliott, the son of John and Margaret Lunde Thompson. He married Iva Magnuson 4-12-1941 at Paxton; she survives. Also surviving are one son, John (Cindy) Thompson of Lexington, SC; one daughter, Jeannie (Jim) Kingston of Paxton; three sisters, Josie Ehresman of Elida, Ohio, Mae Meredith of Gibson City, and Margaret (Harold) Young of Saybrook; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, two sisters and one great-grandson. He was an automotive instructor at Chanute AFB, retiring in 1973. He was a member of Evangelical Covenant Church, Paxton, serving as deacon, trustee and usher over the years, and was also a member of the National Association of Federal Retirees. [Paxton Record/Times, 11-6-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

THOMAS, CARL LEON - 60, of Dewey b. 12-7-1941 in Paxton parents: William Claude and Opal Simpkins Thomas m. Karen Cagle 4-13-1965 in Paxton, she survives d. Monday 11-4-2002 at St. Luke's Hospital, Chesterfield, Mo. buried: Willowbrook Cemetery, Fisher [Paxton Record/Times, 11-13-2002, Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

TESCH, LOUEVEA H. FOLKERS - 79, of Apache Junction, AZ., formerly of Gibson City, died Wednesday 9-18-2002 at Valley Lutheran Hospital in Mesa, AZ. Funeral services were at 7 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dave Pavesic officiating. Burial was private. Visitation was from 5 - 7 p.m. Monday at Lamb Funeral Home. Mrs. Tesch was born 10-20-1922, at Minonk Township, a daughter of Gehardt G. and Alma L. Brucker Folkers. Surviving are two daughters, Nancy Kerns of Paxton and Cynthia Kerns of Apache Junction; one brother, Jacob Folkers of Bloomington; one sister Rosie Brewer of Gibson City; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and one great-grandson. Mrs. Tesch lived in Apache Junction for the last four years, previously living in Gibson City. She was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City. She enjoyed sightseeing and flowers. Memorials may be made to her church. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

BARBARA L. (KARKUT) TRANTINA Barbara L. Trantina, 66, of Gibson City, formerly of Lockport, died at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday 1-21-2003 at her home in rural Gibson City. Her funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. George Catholic Church, Melvin, the Rev. William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the rosary recited at 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Mrs. Trantina was born 10-24-1936 at Chicago, a daughter of Stanley and Josephine Medzylo Karkut. She married Robert J. Trantina on 1-15-1966 at Lockport and he survives. Also surviving are two sons, Robert Trantina and Bernie (Jaimie) Trantina, both of Sibley; two daughters, Robin (Robert) Rigoni, Lockport; and Mary (Tony) Angus, Sandwich; seven grandchildren; one brother, Ed Karkut, Lockport; and two sisters, Josie Fleming, Urbana; and Theresa Koskiewics, Lockport. Her parents and one sister, Bernice Wolan, preceded her in death. Mrs. Trantina was a member of St. George Catholic Church in Melvin. She enjoyed caring for her grandchildren.

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

TALBOT, WALTER - Gibson Courier, Thursday 8-11-1927
A tragedy on the farm of James Buzick, two and a half miles south of Roberts at 6 o'clock on Wednesday evening of last week, cost the life of Walter Talbot, aged 38, father of five children. Talbot's home was two miles south of Roberts. The accident occurred when he was trying to fix a belt on the separator. The luckless man was whirled into the machinery receiving .......The ring of men, a co-operative group, had finished threshing on Talbot's farm but a short time previous and had moved the machines to the Buzick farm. The threshers were planning to make up for lost time by threshing through the evening. As the engine started Talbot stepped to the separator to adjust the wide belt. His arm was caught in the wheel, the speeding belt hoisting him bodily. It was necessary to amputate his crushed arm, his skull was fractured, his jaw broken, and numerous other injuries were inflicted. He was rushed to the Roberts hospital where he lay until his death. Surviving him are his widow, five children: Florence, Russell, Wayne, James, and Chalmers.

The funeral of Helen L. Tate, 73 of Poway, CA., formerly of Fairbury and Gibson City, was held Saturday at the Poway-Bernardo Mortuary, Poway; burial was in Poway Cemetery. Mrs. Tate died Wednesday 5-16-1990 at Poway Hospital. She was born 12-29-1916 in Fairbury, a daughter of Joe and Hermina Miller Zimmerman. She married Roy Tate in Gibson City; he preceded her in death in 1956. Surviving are one son, Richard of Florida; one daughter, Joan Vogel, Poway; two sisters, Pauline Frantz of Pontiac and Ruth King of Piper City; five brothers, Lloyd, John and Robert Zimmerman all of Fairbury; Harold of Pontiac and Ron of Bloomington and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers. Mrs. Tate lived in Gibson City her entire married life, moving to Poway in 1980.

Tench, Carolyn Irene
Mrs. Carolyn Irene Tench died Thursday morning at 1:10 a.m. She became ill an hour and half earlier while visiting relatives in Gibson City.
Coroner Frank Hunt III attributed death to a cerebral hemorrhage brought on by diabetes and pneumonia.
Her funeral was held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home, with the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery.
Casket bearers were David Brownlee, Charles Brownlee, Tom Taylor, Marvin Anderson, Charles Barr and Evan Leonard. Flower girls were Mrs. Charles Barr, Mrs. Amelia Sheppleman, Miss Jeanette Thompson, Mrs. Carol Rhodes, Mrs. Arlene Jacobs, and Miss Beverly Kerchenfaut.
She was born Nov. 17, 1933, near Paxton, a daughter of Glen and Irene Barnes Rutledge. She graduated from Gibson City High School in 1951, and was married to John Tench, Feb. 3, 1954, at Lawton, Okla. Her husband returned from Korea, Aug. 2.
Surviving are her husband; her parents; five brothers, Harold, Paxton; Harvey, Sibley; Dwight and Howard, at home; M. Sgt. Charles, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; three sisters, Mrs. Maurine Ogel, Paxton; Mrs. Ruby Bennett, Gibson City; Mrs. Beverly Anderson, Elliott.
8-28-1958- date on newspaper

Thompson, Julia Augusta Beck
Melvin - Mrs. Julia Thompson, 74, died Wednesday 5-6-1942, at the home of her son, Harry Thompson. Funeral services will be Friday from Mrs. Thompson's home, with the Rev. C.R. Dierla (?), pastor of the Congregational Church officiating; burial will be in Melvin Cemetery.
**Isaac O. Thompson, husband, died 2-5-1936.

Thompson, Mrs. T. O.
Mrs. T. O. Thompson died at her home in Elliott Monday morning following an illness of several days from a serious heart attack. The deceased was a resident of the Elliott community for several years and was a prominent member of the Lutheran Church.
Funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the Elliott Lutheran Church.
3-29-1928 - date on newspaper
Thomsen, Magdalena Lena Stroh
Anchor: Mrs. Lena Thomsen 84 died enroute to Gibson Community Hospital Tuesday, 9-22-1959. Her funeral will be Thursday at St. John's Lutheran Church near Anchor, Rev. Alexander Youck officiating; burial in the church cemetery.
She was born 12-30-1874 in Anchor, a daughter of John F. and Margaret Rasmussen Stroh. She married Ferdinand Thomsen 10-25-1896 in Anchor Twp. Surviving are a daughter, Miss Laura Thomsen at home; three sons, John and Lewis, Gibson City, Clarence of Paxton and a brother John Stroh, Gibson City.

Paxton Record - Thursday 2-27-1936
Melvin - Isaac Thompson, 76, retired farmer who has been ill for several months, died Tuesday afternoon at his home here of complications of old age. Mr. Thompson was born 8-22-1859, in Marshall County, Il. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. William Thompson. In his boyhood he moved to Home, Kansas where he spent his youth. On 10-25-1886, he was married to Miss Julia Beck of Melvin. They made their home at Moville, Iowa, for several years, Mr. Thompson engaging in the lumber business. Later they moved to Melvin and began farming. He is survived by the widow and a son and daughter, Harry and Mrs. Tena Williams, of Melvin. There are also a brother and a sister, Charles Thompson and Mrs. Eva Robb, who reside at Home, Kansas. Funeral services will be Thursday at the home with the Rev. E.S. Guilbert, pastor of the Congregational Church in charge; burial will follow in the Melvin Cemetery.

THOMPSON, REV. JOHN - Gibson Courier - Thursday 7-31-1919
Rev. John Thompson was born in the southern part of Sweden, 6-17-1852. At the age of seventeen years he came to America and lived at Gibson City for about 33 years. He was married in 1879 to Hannah Larson of Chicago, and to this union were born nine children. Eight children are living, one having died in infancy. He died on Saturday, 7-19-1919.

Thompson, Mrs. Julia
Mrs. Julia Thompson who passed quietly into sleep last Wednesday, May 6, 1942 was laid to rest in the Melvin Cemetery Friday afternoon, May 8th. The funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. from her late home which had served as a place of retirement and complete contentment for her and her husband for many years, and as her home since the death of her husband six years ago. Rev. Cleve R. Dierlamm, pastor of the Congregational Christian Church, was in charge of the services.
A quartet composed of Walter Arends, George J. Arends, Alfred Ehmen and Alfred Arends assisted at the services by singing several hymns. Miss Hannah Arends accompanied them at the organ.
The casket bearers were Chas. Hodges, Clyde Hunt, Frank Hartman, Guy E. Thompson, W.P. Kenward and Theo. Arends.
Those carrying flowers were Mrs. Victoria Hartman, Mrs. Anna Hays, Mrs. Emma Rexroat and Miss Janie Shilts.
Julia (Beck) Thompson was born in Marshall County, Illinois and passed away at Melvin, Illinois at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 20 days. She was united in marriage to Issac O. Thompson at Milford, Iowa, on October 25th in the year 1886. To this union were born three sons and one daughter. Two sons, Roy and Ralph passed away in early childhood. She is survived by a son, Harry A. Thompson and a daughter Mrs. Tena Williams, both of Melvin. One brother, Lewis Beck and three grandchildren, David, Evelyn and Harold Williams, all of Melvin, also survive to mourn her passing. Her husband preceded her in death on February 25th, 1936 and six brothers also died in previous years.
Following her marriage to Mr. Thompson, the happy couple farmed in Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota and then moved to a farm near Melvin where they continued to farm for several years, later moving to their home in Melvin where they lived a happy retired life.
Mrs. Thompson was a member of the Ladies Aid of the Congregational Church, taking an interest in its activities. She was possessed of a quiet and retiring nature and was content to live with the memories of former days. During her last days of failing health she received the loving care of the members of her family which made her suffering the more easy to bear.
The sympathy of the many friends is extended to the members of her family.
5-15-1942 - date on newspaper

Tjardes, John
Word was received here Tuesday of the death of John Tjardes at his home in Hoopeston Monday night after a week's illness of pneumonia.
The funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Baptist Church, Hoopeston. Burial will be in Hoopseton Cemetery.
He was born in Wilhelhaven, Germany, in 1848. He removed to Minonk to Arrowsmith in 1891 and was engaged in the grain business there for three years, and then removed to Saybrook, where he followed that business for many years. Later he removed to Hoopeston, where he retired.
His wife died January 5, 1930. Later he married Lelia Hawkins of Danville, who with five children by the first marriage, survives. The children are Mrs. Ida Caroll of Portland, Ind., Mrs. Hulda Youle and Mrs. Nellie Cundiff of Saybrook, Harry of Strawn and George of Emington.
The deceased was grandfather of Lawson Tjardes of Gibson City.
2-27-1936 - date on newspaper

Tjarks, George
George Tjarks, 75, a retired farmer, died in Gibson Community Hospital, Friday, 2-11-1972. His funeral will be in the Saybrook Christian Church Monday, with James Reed, church minister, officiating; burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook. He was born 8-27-1896 near Saybrook, the son of Gerhard and Maria Janssen Tjarks. He married 6-30-1930 in Paxton, to Mabel Applegate. Surviving are his wife, a son, Albert, a brother Fred, two sisters, Mary Brucker and Etta Beck.

Tjarks, Gerhard Theodore
Sibley - Funeral services were held Friday afternoon for Gerhard Tjarks at the St. John's Lutheran Church with Rev. W.C. Volkman officiating; burial followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mr. Tjarks, 90, retired farmer, died Wednesday, 5-21-1952, at his home in Sibley.
He was born in Westhense, Ostiriesland, Germany on 5-10-1862. He left Germany 5-1-1888 for the US and settled in Ford County. He was married to Maria Janssen 5-1-1886 in Germany. Mr. Tjarks was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church. He retired from farming in 1919 and at that time moved to Sibley. Surviving are five sons, John of Kankakee, Harvey of Clifton, Henry and George of Gibson City, and Fred of Sibley; three daughters, Miss Hannah at home, Mrs. Etta Beck of Gibson City and Mrs. Mary Brucker of Sibley. Also surviving are 33 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his wife and a daughter.

Tjarks, Harry J
Harry J. Tjarks, 77, of Clifton, died Thursday 5-10-1969 in his home. His funeral was Monday in Zion Lutheran Church in Clifton, the Rev. Albert E. Jensen officiating; burial was in the Clayton Cemetery, Cabery.
He was born in Germany and came to this country at the age of one. He was the son of Gerhard and Maria Janssen Tjarks. They lived in the Sibley and Gibson City areas for many years. He married Etta Johnson 12-29-1909 in Sibley. Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Edith Hinrich, Mrs. Esther Sieberling, Mrs. Margaret Dietz, and Mrs. Alberta Ritchart; two sons, Harold and Frederick; four brothers, John, Kankakee; Henry, Gibson City; Fred, Sibley; and George of
Saybrook; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Brucker, Sibley; Mrs. Etta Beck, Gibson City, Miss Hannah Tjarks, Paxton; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Trimmer, Amanda Stroh
Mrs. Amanda Trimmer, 76, died Wednesday 12-16-1964 at the Gibson Community Hospital where she had been a patient for six weeks. Funeral services were Friday at the Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. Carl Grabemann officiating; burial was in the Melvin Cemetery.
She was born 1-4-1888, at Creighton, Neb., a daughter of Henry and Wiebka Jacobson Stroh. She was married to Albert Trimmer 8-25-1942; he died in 1949. She is survived by a son, Donald of Melvin; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Siebert of Congerville; Mrs. Otto Heckens of Gibson City and Mrs. Helen Niemand of Davenport, Iowa; four brothers, Carl, Adolph and R.A. Stroh, all of Gibson City and Albert of LaPort, Ind.

Troyer, Hiram M.
Hiram M. Troyer, a pioneer resident of Gibson City, died suddenly last Friday morning while visiting relatives in Chicago, aged 79 years, 9 months and 13 days. The funeral was held at the Methodist Church in this city at 1:3- o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, Jan 9, 1923, in charge of Rev. Emanuel Troyer, pastor of the Mennonite Church of Carlock, Illinois, a cousin of the deceased. The minister was assisted by Rev. F.E. Smith of the Methodist Church of this city, and Rev. Aaron Augspurger of near Saybrook. A very large number of relatives from Central Illinois, from Chicago and from Ohio, attended the funeral. Interment was made in the Greenwood cemetery, near Saybrook.

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