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BRADLEY KAECKER , died Nov. 2, 2004, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident that occurred Oct. 31, 2004. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home in Dixon, with family present from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at the United Church of Christ Congregation Church in Lee Center, with the Rev. Colleen M. Lawrence, pastor, officiating. Burial followed at Franklin Grove Cemetery in Franklin Grove.

Brad was born April 10, 1986, in Dixon, the son of Keith and Sherry Kaecker.

Survivors include his father, Keith Kaecker of Amboy; his mother and stepfather, Sherry (Paul) Brown; one brother, Jared Kaecker, all of Franklin Grove; one sister, Beth Kaecker of Wausau, Wis.; maternal grandparents, Patricia Engle, Arthur Lyons; paternal grandparents, Donald (Joyce) Kaecker all of Dixon, Nadine Moore (affectionately known as “Grandma Sweetheart “) (James) of Amboy; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He attended Franklin Grove schools. His hobbies included four-wheeling, baseball, drawing, and remote control vehicles. He was an avid Bears fan. Memorials may be given to Tri-County Animal Shelter in Dixon. Additional memorials may be given to the Elks Crippled Children’s Clinic or Shriner’s Crippled Children Hospital.

From the Amboy News

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KENNETH L. KARN , 91, of Dixon , died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2007, at his home. He farmed in the area before retiring. Kenneth was born April 9, 1916, in Tampico , the son of Charles and Julia Mae (Covell) Karn. He married Darlene L. Curtis on Oct. 7, 1943, in Cahokia , Mo. She preceded him in death on May 18, 1991. He was a member of First United Methodist Church , Dixon . Survivors include two daughters, Lovella Jean Palmer of Dixon and Vickie Schalk of Creve Couer; three brothers, Donald (Wilma) Karn of Prophetstown, Roland (Betty) Karn of Silvis and Merle (Karna) Karn of Moline; two sisters, Marjorie Ridenour of Moline and Marian Sikkema of Sterling; seven grandchildren, Sherry (William) Mayberry of Dixon, Darrell (Kelly) Palmer of South Beloit, Wis., Michael Fowler, Brian (Sophia) Schalk and Angie (Hans Christiansen) Schalk, all of Creve Couer, Stacey Schalk of East Peoria and Christy (Craig) Starr of Newport News, VA.; and 11 great-grandchildren. Kenneth also was preceded in death by a son, LeRoy Karn; a brother, Carroll Karn; and a sister, Lila Karn.

The Dixon Telegraph, Tuesday, September 18, 2007

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JOSEPH PATRICK KEENAN , died at KSB hospital Tuesday noon after a short illness.

He was born July 30, 1882 in Dixon.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 from Jones funeral home with burial in Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. Fr. Ronald French will officiate.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 11 January 1950

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HENRY KEHM , 76, passed away at his home in Compton Thursday afternoon at 4:25 after a weeks sickness. Funeral services will be held at the home at 1:30 Sunday afternoon and at 2:00 at the Compton Masonic home. The Rev. Barent Johnson officiating. A complete obituary will be published later.

Dixon Telegraph 20 September 1946 (Friday) Obituary:

Henry Kehm, the eldest son of Christian and Maggie Kehm, was born in Darnstadt, Germany in the year 1870 and passed away at his home in Compton Illinois, September 19, 1946 at the age of 76 years, 7 months and 5 days. He entered this country at the age of 12 with his parents and he lived on a farm in the vicinity of West Brooklyn and Compton since that time.

He was united in marriage to Maggie Strohman October 26, 1892. To this union 7 children were born; Emma C. King of Compton, Hilda Bodmer of West Brooklyn, Elizabeth Swope and Mary Ackland of Compton. Two daughtes and one son preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death are a grandaughter, three sisters and one brother.

Surviving are his wife Maggie Kehm, 4 daughters, 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Three brothers, William of West Brooklyn, Conrad of PawPaw, and Christian of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One sister Maggie Krahenbuhl of Nora Springs Iowa.

While residing on a farm North of Compton, Henry Kehm served his community as a thresherman and in numerous other ways. Mr. and Mrs. Kehm moved to the village of Compton 18 years ago where he was a member of the Village Board for 8 years, but then was forced to retire because of his failing eyesight. During his illness he remained a patient husband and father.

Dixon Telegraph 27 September 1946 (Friday)

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EARL M. KELCHER , 81, of Englewood, Fla., formerly of Dixon, died Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Bons Secours/Venice Nursing and Rehab Center, Venice, Fla. He was employed by Dixon Police Department for more than 34 years, retiring as chief of police in 1979.

Mr. Kelchner was born Feb. 4, 1922, in Dixon, the son of Irvin and Christy (May) Keichner. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He marned Vern Marie Pittman in 1942. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church, Dixon, and Rotunda American Legion Post 113. He was a life member of the Illinois Police Association, The Policemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Illinois, BPO Elks Lodge 2378 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, serving as past commander of Englewood, Fla., VFW Post 10178. Survivors include his wife; a son, Greg (Joanne) Kelchner ofVail, Cob.; a daughter, Cinch Kelchner of Dixon; a sister, Cleo Crossland of Dixon; and two grandchildren. Memorial service is at 2:30 p.m.Saturday at Englewood, Fla., VFW Post 10178. Inturnment is at a later date in Dixon. Arrangements were completed by Lemon Bay Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Englewood, Fla.

Daily Gazette July 29, 2003

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MARJORIE (BARROW) KELLAR , was born Aug. 17, 1915 at Janesville Wis. When she was 5 years old, her mother Mrs. Eslette Burrow passed away, after which Marjorie made her home with her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Antoinne in Amboy. She attended the Congregational church in Amboy.

She was united in marriage to Frank Kellar on June 1, 1940 and to this union, one son, Gene Edward was born. After an illness of 3 years duration she passed awy May 16, 1944 at her home. She is survived by her husband Frank, her son Gene Edward, her father Charles Barrow, her maternal grandfather Edward Antoinne and an aunt Nina Antoinne

Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 May 1944

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ALFRED M. KELLY , 70, of Harmon, died Tuesday night (January 21, 1958) in the Lee County Nursing Home. The body was brought to the Grennan and Son Funeral Home, where friends may call. Funeral rites will be held Thursday, at 8:30 a.m. in the funeral home and at 9:30 a.m. in St. Flannen's Catholic Church in Harmon. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon. The rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. tonight in the funeral home. Mr. Kelly was born Sept. 5, 1887, in Harmon, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John J. Kelly. He had farmed in the Harmon vicinity all of his life. Surviving are one brother, Emmett Kelly, Harmon, and several nephews and nieces.
Contributed by Melva Taylor from the Daily Gazette January 22, 1958 - Wednesday, pg 2 col 2

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CHARLES E. KELLEY was born in Franklin Grove August 12, 1887 and passed from this life at the KSB hospital in Dixon Sunday Morning May 18, 1947. He was 59 years 9 months and six days of age. He was the son of Frank D. and Elizabeth Plessinger Kelley and was married to Georgeanna Wells October 26, 1910 who passed away April 10, 1930.

He was connected with the Kelley Hardware Store in Franklin Grove since 1908. In 1940 he was appointed Postmaster which position he held at the time of his passing. He was married to May Conlon January 16, 1933 who shared with him the comforts of home and the problems of life both health and through sickness to the last. He was a member of Masonic Lodge # 264, A.F. & A.M. for many years.

Mr. and Mrs. Kelley went to New Orleans in January for a short rest thinking that it might benefit his health, then two months ago he was taken to the hospital but this time was shorter than thought.

Charles E. Kelley is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. George Knouse of Dixon, and Francis who is at home at present and has been assisting her father as postmaster, also one sister, Mrs. Roy Jeter, and one brother Fred M. Kelley of Franklin Grove and two grandchildren of Dixon.

Funeral services were held Tuesday May 20 from the Hicks Funeral Home with Rev. S.L. Cover officiating. Burial was in the Franklin Grove Cemetery. Mrs. Clark Wasson sang the hyms with Mrs. Russell Group accompanying. Casket bearers were Fred Bettendorf, Arthur Watson, Walter Hickman, Edward Schaffer, Robert Crawford and Frank Senger. Ladies arranging the flowers were Mrs. Frank Hatch, Mrs. Fred Bettendorf, and Mrs. Don Sharpe. Fred Kiplere was in charge of the cars.

Dixon Evening Telegraph May 23, 1947

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JEFFERSON KEMPER , 59, died Monday evening in the Rochelle Community Hospital. He was born Sept. 12, 1910 in Power Hill, the son of Charles and Clara Parker Kemper. He was married to Caroline Bresson on Aug. 24, 1932 at Crystal Lake. He was a farmer and a member of the Brooklyn AF & AM 282 of Compton, the Freeport Consistory, a trustee of the Compton Fire Department and a member of the United Methodist Church of Scarboro.

Survivors include his widow; four sons, Daryl of Sandwich; Charles, Kansas City, Kan; James of Compton; and Jefferson Jr. of Franklin Grove; three daughters, Mrs. Edward (Rosemary) Duffy, Ohio; Phyllis Kemper, Aurora; and MRs. David (Dorothy) Snow, Puerto Rico; 15 grandchildren; three brothers, Fred, Mesa, Ariz; Charles, Moweaqua; and James, Washington. Funeral services will be in the Cluts Funeral Home, Ashton, with Rev. C.A. Rieder, pastor of Scarboro, officiating. Burial will be in the Ashton Cemetery. Masonic services were held on Wednesday by Brooklyn Lodge AF & AM 282.

Contributed by Pat France

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WILLIAM SCOTT KENNAY , 36, Franklin Grove, brother of two Dixon residents was killed Sunday in an auto crash near Muscatine, Iowa. Details of the accident are unknown here. It was reported that the driver of the second car involved failed to make a curve and crashed into Kennays auto.

Funeral services are 2:30 Tuesday in the Cluts funeral home Ashton with the Rev. Miller, Elgin South Baptist church officiating. Burial will be in the Ashton cemetery.

The victim was born in Rockingham County VA Jan. 4, 1916 the son of Crug and Mary Kennay. He was married to Olivia Easter in 1947. Surviving are his widow, two children, Lorraine and William Jr.; two brothers, Dewey of Ashton and Joe, Racine Wisc. and four sisters; Mrs. Holmes Schumaker, Harrisburg VA; Mrs. Grace Sword of Dixon; Mrs. Chester Case of Dixon, Mrs. Ruby Hackbarth, Franklin Grove, and Mrs. William Easter, Washington Iowa. Kennay had been a resident of the Franklin Grove community about 35 years.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 15 Sep 1952

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SUSAN (HELLER) KENTNER , After a long Illness, borne with Christian patience and resignation, Grandma Kentner passed to her reward last evening at the home of her son C.W.Kentner, in North Dixon where for many months she had been tenderly cared for. The deceased was among the most highly esteemed of the early settlers of Lee County.

Susan (Heller) Kentner was born in Bushkill, Pike County, PA, Sept 30, 1805. Here her youthful years were spent and here in 1822, when only 17 years of age, she was married to William Kentner of the same place.

They came west and settled in Dixon in 1850, and subsequently removed to Palmyra township where in 1856 Mr. Kentner Died of typhoid fever, leaving his wife and eleven children, all of whom grew to maturity. Now at the ripe old age of 93 years and 6 months lacking two days, she died from paralysis after a season of utter helplessness extending over ten weeks, which to a woman of her active temperment must have been a severe trial, though borne without a murmur. Mrs Kentner retained, up to the time of her illness all her faculties in a most remarkable degree, and to the very last her mind was clear and active. She was ever a kind and thoughtful mother, a good neighbor, a true friend and a Christian woman. Her death was a peaceful departure to a fuller life and occurred about fifteen minutes after nine o'clock on the evening of Tuesday March 28th, 1899. Her surviving children are: Mrs C. Whitcomb of Beatrice, Neb.; C.W. of Dixo; Mrs Sarah E. Lyman of Rockwell, Iowa; Jacob S. of Arizona; Amos of Golden City, MO; W. A. of Palmyra; Geo. E. of New Mexico; and Mrs. Julia Myers of Palmyra.

The funeral services will be held at the home of her son, C.W.Kentner at 1 o'clock of Friday, and in the brick church in Palmyra at 2 o'clock, and will be conducted by Rev. J.D.Leek of the Methodist church of which she has been a member for about 60 years.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 March 1899

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WILLIAM ANDERSON KENTNER , Sunday afternoon, April 23, at 1:30 P.M., William A. Kentner (familiarly known as Andy Kentner) died at his home in Palmyra, after a brief illness known as pneumonia. Mr. Kentner was a well-to-do farmer, and was highly esteemed throughout this vicinity for his sterling good qualities. He was a kind-hearted neighbor, a genial companion, and to his friends he was a friend tried and true. His aged mother, who a part of the time made her home with him, preceded him but about three weeks to the echoless shore.

Mr Kentner was born in Wyoming County, PA on Jan 7, 1843, and in 1850 when a lad of seven, came with his parents to Lee County and settled on the farm where he has resided ever since. Seven years later his father died, and the older members of the family having by that time settlements of their own, the care and responsibility of the home farm largely rested upon his youthful shoulders, and he proved himself fully equal to the emergency, having by this time received a fair common school education. He was first married to Miss Lizzie Stewart of Nelson Township in Jan 1868, who died shortly after the birth of their only child, James E. Kentner, now of Flagher, Colorado. March 19, 1872, Mr. Kentner was again married, to Miss Fannie Clark, who with two daughters, Misses Georgia and Nellie, survive to mourn the loss of a most affectionate husband and father.

The funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon. After a brief preliminary service at the hosestead at 2 o'clock, the casket will be conveyed to the Sugar Grove church, where the funeral discourse will be preached by Rev. J.D.Leek of the methodist church.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 24 April 1899

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CHARLES KERSTEN - Services for Charles Kersten, 79, who died Sunday afternoon (31 Aug. 1952) in Walmolts Clinic, Oregon, were today in the Methodist church and burial was in the Ashton Cemetery.

Mr. Kersten was born in Reynolds Twp. 30 November 1872 and lived in this area most of his life. He married Katie Becker Feb. 22, 1911. Survivors include his widow, a daughter Mrs. Zada Haight, Marshalltown IA; four sons, Adrian, at home, Ralph in Ashton, Earl of Chicago, and Oscar in CA; one sister Mrs. Caroline Vaupel, Ashton.

Dixon Telegraph 2 Sep. 1952

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ANNA KATHERINE (KRUG) KERSTEN , passed away at the Rochelle hospital Monday evening Jan. 12. She was born in Bradford Twp. March 4, 1870 the daughter of John & Katherine Krug. She was united in marriage to August N. Kersten Feb. 19, 1891 and after her marriage moved to Ashton in 1907 where she had since resided. One daughter Goldie preceded her in death March 5, 1924 as did one brother William and a sister Mary. One brother John M. Krug survives. Funeral services were held this afternoon at 1:30 from the Cluts Funeral home and at 2 p.m. from the Evangelical Church, the pastor Rev. E. Engelter officiating, and interment was in the Ashton cemetery. The casket bearer were Ervin Wagner, C.H. Kersten, Wesley Krug, Verlis Tadd, Clarence Heibenthal, and Harvey Heibenthal.

Dixon Evening Telegraph January 15, 1948

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JANICE MARIE (WATSON) KERSTEN , 79, of Dixon, died Friday, July 1, 2005, at the Franklin Grove Nursing Home, Franklin Grove. Mrs. Kersten was born Jan. 13, 1926, in Franklin Grove, the daughter of Clarence “Arthur” and Josephine Ida (Royster) Watson. She married Adrian William Kersten on March 1, 1958 in Amboy.

Survivors included her husband, Adrian; one son, David (Beth) Kersten, Mooresville, N.C.; one daughter, Pamela (Clark) Lumsden, Dixon; one brother, Melvin (Vera) Watson, Rockford; three sisters, Rita (Rodney) Roop, Dixon, Beverly (Dean) McMillion, Franklin Grove, and Sharon (Dale) Brierton, Rockford; and two step grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at the Preston-Schilling Funeral Home, Dixon, with the Rev. Karl Sokol, pastor of the United Methodist Church, Franklin Grove, officiating. Burial followed at Franklin Grove Cemetery. Visitation was held from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home. Memorials have been established to the United Methodist Church of Franklin Grove and Hospice of the Rock River Valley.

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MAGGIE VOEGLER KERSTEN , 87, died at 5:30 a.m. yesterday in the home of her daughter Mrs. Olive Eisenberg near Rochelle where she had lived for the past 10 years.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Evangelical church, Ashton, Rev. Engelter officiating. Burial will be in Lawridge cemetery. Friends may call at the Unger funeral home.

Mrs. Kersten was born Nov. 14, 1859 in Germany and came to the US when she was 8 years old, settling with her parents near Lee Center. She was married to William Kersten August 11, 1883 and they lived in Reynolds township until 1926 when they moved to Rochelle. Since her husbands death in1927 she has made her home with her children.

Survivors inlcude Mrs. Eisenberg and four sons, Charles and Mandel, Rochelle, Clarence, Ashton and Herbert, Kirkland.

Dixon Evening Telegraph

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URA A. KIME passed away at his home, 715 Peoria Ave last night at 10:45 after a lingering illness. He had been in the employ of the city street department for a number of years until forced to retire because of failing health. He had been an employee of the park district and before that served as superintendent of the city street department.

He was aborn in Somerset PA May 21, 1872 and is survived by his wife, one daughter Lucille, three sons, Ellis of Minneapolis, Glen of Chana, Charles of Eureka CA, four grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Cora Herbst of Dixon, Mrs. Anna Sollenberger of Hutchison KS, and one brother William of Dixon. He was a member of Dixon Camp no. 56, M.W.A. Burial in Oakwood.

Dixon Evening telegraph 27 Oct 1944

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CHARLOTTE CHRISTINA (REINHART) KESSELRING , daughter of Andrew and Catherine Reinhart was born in China Township on March 16, 1869. In 1896 she was united in marriage to Frank Kesselring and they settled for the first few years of their married life on a farm north of Franklin Grove. They then moved onto a farm in Bradford Townwhip where they lived for the remainder of their lives; Mrs. Kesselring having lived there for 44 years. Into this family two children were born; a daughter Ethel who passed away August 5, 1941, and Catherine, now Mrs. Warner Schier of Franklin Grove. Mr. Kesselring preceded his wife in death, having passed away January 19, 1936. Mrs. Kesselring was a member of the Presbyterian Church and of the Garnet chapter OES where she took an active part; serving as "Worthy Matron" "Treasurer" and "Martha" for a number of years. She was a kind and loving mother with her home occupying the center of interest, and yet she found time to be a good citizen, friend and neighbor. She was confined to her bed for four weeks before her passing which occurred in the early morning hours of the 20th of February 1947.

To mourn her death she leaves one sister, Mrs. Katherine Shaulis of Dixon and two brothers, Henry of Dixon and John of Franklin Grove. Also her daughter, and three grandchildren, Gerald, Charlotte and Norma Schier and a nephew Fred Kesselring who lived in her home since he was 11 years old.

Dixon Evening Telegraph February 26, 1947

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ARLEY G. KING , 78, of Dixon died April 24, 2005 after a long battle with Alzheimer's at Coventry Village in Sterling. He was born Oct. 25, 1926 in Eldena, the son of Wm. & Esther King. He graduated from Amboy High in 1943 and served in the Armed Forces during WW II in the Philippines. After being honorably discharged he married Viola E. Clayton on Jan. 17, 1948 and settled in Dixon where he worked as an auto mechanic. In 1950 Arly and Vi moved into their farm outside of Lee center where they raised hree sons and spent time with their 7 grandchildren. Arley was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, who enjoyed a good game of cards, dancing with his wife, reminiscing with other farmers and spirited conversation. He was a member of the Royal Order of the Moose in Dixon and the First United Meth. Church.

Survivors are his wife; three sons, Dan, Jim and Dick; one brother Robert. He was preceded by a twin siser Arlene WIlliams; his sisters Mabel Beryr, Elvina Meurer and Ethel Hepp; and grandson Brian King. Burial at Chapel Hill.

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FLORENCE M. KING , 88, died (3 Aug 1987) Monday at the Sterling Care Center. Funeral prayer services will be Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Grennan Funeral Home in Sterling, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of the Resurrection at St. Flannen's Catholic Church in Harmon with Rev. Richard Kramer officiating. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery in Harmon. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Grennan Funeral home with a wake service at 7 p.m. Survivors include two sisters, Emma Sindlinger and Elsie McCormick, both of Chicago; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois August 4, 1987 - Tuesday, pg A2

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LESLIE R. KING , 91, of Dixon died Wednesday, June 25, 2003, at Lee County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dixon. He owned and operated King Furniture, Mendota, for 20 years, retiring in 1962.

Mr. King was born Oct. 12, 1911, in Dixon, the son of Fred and Grace (Wilkins) King. He married Catherine L. Mellott on June 26, 1935, in Dixon. She died Nov. 15, 2000.

Survivors include two sons, Leslie King Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, and Richard A. (Marilyn) King of Deland, Fla.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, John King. Private memorial service will be at a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. Preston-Schilling Funeral Home - Dixon

Daily Gazette 27 Jun 2003

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ANNA KLEIN ,88, passed away at her home 319 East Main St. Amboy, at 1 a.m. Wednesday Jan. 7, 1948. She had been in failing health since last September. Mrs. Klein was born in Franklin Grove Aug. 20, 1859 the daughter of John Wagner & Elizabeth Smith. She was united in marriage to Henry Klein in Amboy, Aug. 11, 1880 and had been a resident of Lee County her entire life. Surving her is one son Henry Paul Klein of Amboy. She was preceded in death by her husband who passed away Aug. 16, 1908, and three daughters, Mrs. Stella Chabot, Mrs. Austa Finch, and Mrs. Ruth Tait. She was an active member of the Amboy Methodist Church and for many years was president of the M.E. Ladies Aid Society. She was also a member of Arbutus chapter O.E.S., The Amboy Womens' Club, and the W.T.C.U. Funeral services were conducted from the late residence, Friday afternoon at 2:30 p.m., the Rev. Norman C. Miller, pastor of the Methodist Church officiating and interment was in Prairie Repose cemetery. The casket bearers were Jack Edwards, William A. Keho, John McGowan, Robert G. Nowe, R.W. Ruckman and E.S. Green.

Dixon Evening Telegraph

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ELMA KATHRYN (KRUG) KLINGEBIEL , 58, wife of William F. Klingebiel, county supervisor from Ashton Township, died today at KSB hospital.

Mrs. Klingebiel was born in 1895 at Dysart Iowa to John and Mary Krug. She married in 1923 in Ashton.

Surviving are her husband, a son, James William, Springfield Missouri; three sisters, Mrs. Clara Tadd, DeKalb; Mrs. LeRoy Buhler, Dixon; Mrs. Estella Rosecrans, Dixon.

Living most of her life in Ashton, Mrs. Klingebiel was a member of the Methodist church and of the Methodist choir for 35 years. She was treasurer of the Sunday School and a member of the WSCS of the Methodist church and of the Eastern Star.

Friends may call at the Cluts Funeral Home Ashton, the funeral will be Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m, the Rev. Merle Hall pastor of the Methodist Church will officiate. Burial in Ashton Cemetery.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 17 November 1952

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ERNEST LOUIS KNAUER , son of John and Matilda Knauer, was born March 11, 1876 and died Feb. 4, 1908, aged 31 years, 10 months, and 23 days. His schooldays were spent in Compton; here he grew to manhood among many friends who have known him these years. He was the victim of a distressing accident by which he lost an eye and nearly lost his life caused by the unexpected explosion of a charge of powder on July 4, 1896. He and his brother were firing a loaded gas pipe in celebration of the Fourth when the accident occurred.

In 1901 he went to Chicago and worked for the Pinkerton Detective Agency for a time. A year later he was employed in Naperville at upholstering and cabinet work. About two years later he began work at the plumbing trade. About six months ago his work called him to Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Three weeks ago he returned to his home sick with jaundice. This attack did not appear serious until the last few days of his life. He sank into a comatose condition from which he did not recover. Many friends mourn his going and extend a word of sympathy to the family now doubly bereaved in the death of George, Sept. 29, 1907 and Ernest two days ago. May the Comforter bind up the broken hearted and give strength to bear this great trial.

Submitted by Marilyn Widler

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WILLIAM A. KNAUTS - Funeral services for William A. Knauts, 89 will be held Sunday at 2:00 in the Tomlinson Funeral home with Dr. O.C. Jones pastor of the Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Binghampton Cemetery.

Mr. Knauts died Thursday (June 3, 1954) in Amboy Hospital after a long illness. He was born June 11, 1864 in Port Huron Mich. He married Jennie Downer in West Bureau Township July 12, 1911. The couple farmed until moving to Amboy 32 years ago.

Survivors are a brother George, Osburne Wash. and a sister Mrs.Nettie Flaherty, Princeton.

Dixon Evening Telegraph June 5, 1954

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CARL N. KNUDTEN , 94, formerly of Amboy, died Jan.. 9, 2004, in South Hampton Place, Columbia, Mo. Memorial Services will be 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Amboy, with Carl’s nephew, the Rev. Herbert Knudten, officiating. Burial of cremains will be in Woodside Cemetery, Lee Center. Local arrangements are by the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy.

Mr. Knudten was born in Chicago to Anna and Christian Knudten on April 15, 1909. He married Marion Virgil in Chicago on Nov. 28, 1935. She preceded him in death on Feb. 16, 1995, in Bradenton, Fla.

Survivors include three sons, Ronald (Mary Ellen) Knudten of Chanhassen, Minn., Alan (Charlene) Knudten of Rock Falls, and Kenneth (Mary Jo) Knudten of Columbia, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Georgia Carroll of Sarasota, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in economics. After working with the Cook County Assessors office for several years, he took a job with Felt & Tallant selling Comptometers (the predecessor to the adding machine). He remained in that position until 1953 when he became co-owner, with his brother Harold Carroll, of Friendly Motors Chevrolet and Oldsmobile Auto Dealership in Amboy, which had been owned by their father-in-law, Harry Longman. Carl and his wife Marion retired in 1972. He was a member of St. Simon Lutheran Church in Chicago, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Amboy, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Bradenton, Fla. A memorial has been established to the Alzheimer’s Assn., 1121 Business Loop 70 E, Columbia, MO 65201.

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FRANCILE W. (WOMACK) KOBLER , 78, of Dixon, died Jan. 17, 2005 at her home with her only child, Trisha and surrounded by her loyal felines. Mrs. Kobler was born July 20, 1926 in Sublette, the daughter of W.F. & Katherine L. (Giese) Womack. She married George J. Kobler Nov. 14, 1970 in Dixon. He died Sep. 9, 1995. She was a former member of St. Anne's catholic Church, Dixon and a past member of Quester's Club. She donated much of her time doing volunteer work at the senior citizens center and for many years assisted the seniors in filing their income tax.

Survivors includer her daughter Patricia Niebauer; a sister Shirley Bryden; two brothers Robert Niebauer and Richard Niebauer; a special friend Jean Chapman. Burial in Chapel Hill.

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CHARLES E. KOCH , 66, of Amboy died Nov. 29, 2004 at his home. Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 2 beginning with a 10 a.m. prayer service at the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Dec. 1 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home with the rosary at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Koch was born March 16, 1938 in Amboy to Floyd and Esther (Montavon) Koch. He married Karlene Blake on July 6, 1957 in Amboy.

Survivors include his wife of Amboy; four daughters, Kristine (Greg) Welker of Chadwick, Joan (Terry) Brunt of Amboy, Angela (James) Bender of Lawson, Mo. and Laura (Mark Hicks) Koch of Amboy; two sons, Anthony Koch and Daniel (Laurie) Koch, both of Amboy; 10 grandchildren; one great granddaughter; three brothers, Gordy (Sherry) Koch and John (Julie) Koch, both of Amboy and Greg (Pam) Koch of Elgin; two sisters, Karen (Don) McCoy and Janice (John) Klausen, both of Dixon; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Douglas and Thomas Koch.

Mr. Koch was a teacher at the Eldena School and worked at the Dixon Co-op. For the last 30 years he had been an insurance agent, most recently with Walder and Rhodes Agency in Dixon. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Amboy, a member of and president of Shady Oaks Country Club in Amboy, past president of the Amboy Clipper Backer Booster Club and a 27 year member of the Dixon Elks Lodge 779. A memorial has been established

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ROBERT L. KOECHIG , 78, of Ashton died Wednesday, July 16, 2003, at his home. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service Ashton Office, as a rural letter carrier for 30 years.

Mr. Koechig was born Aug. 7, 1924, in Dutchtown, Mo., the son of Louis and Pauline Koechig. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He married Vernan "Patricia" Petro on Nov. 13, 1947, in Ashton. He was a 50 year member of Ashton Masonic Lodge. Survivors include his wife; four sisters Imogene (Donald) Mattson, Leonora (Paul) Poll, Maryanne (Donald) Johnson and Shirley (Duane) Paul; a brother, Lloyd (Betty) Koechig; and many nieces and nephews, He was preceded by two brothers and a sister. Private graveside service is at Franklin Grove Cemetery Arrangements were completed by Lyons Cluts-Simes Funeral Home, Rochelle,

Jefferson City MO News Tribune 15 Feb 2001

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EUGENE M. KOEHLER , 85, of Amboy died Nov. 9, 2005 at Mendota Com. Hsp. He was a pharmacist and owned and operated Koehler Drug Store, Amboy for more than 20 years retiriing in 1981. He was born Nov. 21, 1919 in Sublette the son of Paul and Bessie (Hicks) Koehler. He served in the Army during WW II. He married Dorothy Stephenitch on Aug. 19, 1948 in Amboy. He was a member of St. Patrick's church in Amboy and the IL Pharmacy Assoc. He was a lifetime member of Mendoata Elks Lodge 1212 and the Amboy Volunteer Fire Dept. He also served as a volunteer fireman.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter Jeannie Seloover; a son Ron; a sister Audrey Richmond and three grandchildren, Derri & Kendra Seloover, and Ashleigh Koeher. He was preceded by a brother Kenneth. Burial at St. Patrick Cemetery.

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HERMAN L. KOHL , 74, Franklin Grove, died t 12:30 a.m. Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Otto Boyenga, also of Franklin Grove. He had been in poor health.

He was born June 16, 1880 in Schoenberder, Germany, the son of August and Caroline Bettin Kohl. He was one of 12 children. He married Clara Withey Feb. 20, 1907. She died AUg. 23, 1931. He had been a carpenter most of his life and had lived iwth his daughter for the past few years.

He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Boyenga, and Mrs. Ormil SMith, Oakland, Calif.; a son, George, Norwood Ohio; and a brother, the Rev. W.F. Kohl Omaha Neb. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Hicks Funeral Home, Franklin Grove, with the Rev. O.D. Buck, Church of the Brethren, officiating. Burial will be in the Franklin Grove Cemetery.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 28 March 1955

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ANNA MARIE (HOBERG) KOPECK , 88 of Dixon died Nov. 11, 2004 at her home. She wsa born May 2, 1916 in Dixon, the daughter of Fred C. & Kathryn (McGrail) Hoberg. She married Paul Kopeck May 1, 1943 in Dixon. He preceded her in death June 7, 1970. She worked for the State Hwy. Dept. Dixon for seven years; Reynolds Wire Co. for four years and as Chief Circuit Judge James E. Bales' administrative secretary in the Lee County Courthouse from 1971 until her retirement in 1983. She was a member of St. Patricks Church and Catholic Women's Club.

She is survived by one son Paul; three daughters, Kathryn, Rosemary and Suzanne; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial in St. Patricks.

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THEODORE C. KREITER , 93, Amboys oldest resident died at 3 a.m. today in Amboy Public Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital Monday evening following a fall in the kitchen of his home at which time he suffered a fractured hip. For the past 3 years Mr. Kreiter had resided Mrs.George Tuttle and son Richard on North Mason Ave.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Amboy Methodist Church with Dr. O.C. Jones officiating. Burial will be in Prairie Repose Cemetery.

Born in Bloomington Il. Sept. 10, 1861. Mr. Kreiter came to America in 1875.

He opened a grist mill and machine shop in Binghampton in 1885-86, doing all of his own machine work with the help of his father. In 1890 he discontinued the grist mill but ran his machine shop until 1919. Selling his Binghampton property at the age of 89. Mr. Kreiter, who is survived by several neices and nephews, moved to Amboy.

"Tate" was very active and alert up to the time of his accident and made almost daily trips to the downtown area.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 22 October 1954

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PATRICIA (PETTENGER) KRESANEK , 66, of Dixon, died Monday Nov. 8, 2004 at KSB Hospital. She was born Sep. 24, 1938 in Dixon, the daughter of Arthur & Katherine (Burkhart) Pettenger. She married Robert Kresanek on Fe. 18, 1955. He died May 1988.

Survivors include three sons; Robert, James and Michael; three daughters, Mary Smith, Lori Sharp and Norma McCay; her mother; three brothers, Robert, Richard and Roger; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery.

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CHARLES KRUG , former resident of Dixon passed away at his home 2313 Roosevelt Avenue, Clinton IA. Wednesday night (October 9). He formerly operated a restrauant on First Street in Dixon but moved to Clinton several years ago. He is survived by his widow, the former Anna Salzman of Dixon, one son Walter, a brother August both of Dixon and two grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted from the Pape Funeral Home in Clinton at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon after which the body will be brought to the Jones Funeral Home in Dixon for funeral services to be conducted from the Immanuel Lutheran Church at an hour to be announced later.

Dixon Telegraph Oct 10, 1946

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DORA (KAECHER) KRUG :
The funeral of Mrs. Charles (Dora) Krug who passed away at 8:15 Friday morning at the Rochelle Hospital will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Evangelical church here, the Rev. Mr. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park Dixon.. Friends may call at the Stephen Funeral Home this evening.

Mrs. Krug is survived by six children; Laura Rettke, Ray Krug and Mina Krug of Dixon; Roy of Oak Park; and Edward & Clara Krug of Ashton. Three grandsons Jeryl and Norman of Ashton and Richard Krug of Oak Park. Three brothers Charles Kaecker of Rochelle, and Andrew and Clarence Kaecker of Ashton and three sisters, Bertha Vaupel and Nellie Gonnerman of Ashton and Anna Joyce of Dixon.

Funeral Services were held Sunday afternoon at the Evangelical Church for Mrs. Charles Krug who died Friday at the Rochelle Hospital at the age of 66 years and 20 days. Rev. J.W. Davis pastor of the church officiated and burial was made at Chapel Hill Memorial Park Dixon. Pallbearers were Andrus Griffith, Wesley Attig, George Shabaker, Otto Blum, Roy Hiebenthal and Paul Charters.

Dora Kaecher, daughter of the late William and Minnie Kaecher was born in Bradford Twp., June 3, 1878. She grew up in the Bradford community one of a family of 12 children. She was converted on March 12, 1893 and united with the Ashton Evangelical Church during the ministry of Rev. W. Berberich.

On Jan. 19, 1899 she was united in marriage with Charles Krug and to this union were born six children; They are three sons; Roy of Oak Park, Edward of Ashton and Ray of Dixon and three daughters; Laura Rettke of Dixon and Clara and Mina still in the family circle. There are also three grandson.

She is also survived by three brothers; Andrew Kaecker of Ashton, Charles of Rochelle and Clarence of Ashton. Three sisters; Nellie Gonnerman of Ashton, Anna Joyce of Dixon, Bertha Vaupel of Ashton. One brother and four sisters preceded her in death.

Mrs. Krug lived all but five years of her life in this community, five years spent in Chicago where three of her children were born. Returning to Ashton she resumed her interest in the local church and community.

Since last Thanksgiving she had been ill but suffered patiently. She was cheerful and happy to the close of her last hour.

Following are those from out of town attending the funeral. George Krug, Mr. & Mrs Casper Krug, Mr and Mrs. Allen Krug and sons, Mrs Anna Nelson, Mrs. Minnie Delp and Bertha, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Delp and son, Mr and Mrs Herman Braasch, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Casper, and Harold Hoffman, all of Chicago. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kaecker, Mr and Mrs Lloyd Ewald, Mr. and Mrs. Adam Krug, John Krug, George Cleary and Mrs. Reinke all of Rochelle. Mr. and Mrs. John Joyce and Daughters, Mrs. Frank Krug, Mr and Mrs Ira Utz, Mrs. Louis Starks, Mrs. James Betow and Mrs. Ella Cotter all of Dixon. Mr and Mrs Paul Finn and Mr. Lezinsky of Rockford, Mrs. Galen Meyers of Denver Colo. and Kenneth Kaecker of Steward.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 24 June 1944 & 7 July 1944

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FRANK C. KRUG , the son of Adam & Christine Krug, who preceded him some years ago, was born in Dixon IL April 25, 1871 and passed away at his home at 816 W. 3rd St June 11, 1944, aged 70 years, 1 month and 17 days.

Mr. Krug entered into the holy bonds of matrimony, taking Lizzie Utz of Ashton IL his bride on Nov 14, 1900.

To this union were born 1 son and 3 daughters. The son, Archibald preceded him Feb. 1920. The daughters are Mrs. Ira Utz , Mrs. Louis Starks and Mrs. James Betow Jr.

There are six living brothers, George, Casper and Allen of Chicago, Adam and John of Rochelle and Charles of Ashton. There are five living sisters; Julia and Lottie, preceding their brother. The surviving sisters are Minnie & Anna of Chicago; Clara of Canada; Lizzie of Ashton and Christine of Dixon. There are 3 grandchildren; Mrs. Galen Myers of Denver Colo, Richard in the Navy and Kenneth at home.

Mr. Krug became a christian in early life and remained in the faith until the time of his departure. He spent his lifetime in Dixon and community with the exception of 6 years in Chicago. He possessed a cheerful disposition, which won for him many dear friends. His concern for his family and his loved ones caused him to be loved by those who knew him best. His many friends and loved ones will sadly mourn their loss and when they think of him they will emulate his virtues and cherish his memories.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 24 Jun 1944

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ANNA KURZROCK , 79, 401 Peoria Ave., Dixon, died Sunday afternoon in Dixon Public Hospital. Miss Kurzrock was born in Dixon on June 20, 1889, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Wiegand Kurzrock. She lived her entire life in Dixon and had been a bookkeeper for Beiers Bakery until her retirement. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Dixon. Miss Kurzrock is survived by one brother, Charles H. Kurzrock, with whom she made her home; several nieces and nephews. She was preceded by two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Allen-Buckley Funeral home with the Rev. R. G. Magle, pastor of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, officiating, with burial in Oakwood Cemetery.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 5, 1969 - Monday, pg 2 col 2

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CHRISTIAN KURTH - Funeral services for the late Christian Kurth, long time Ashton citizen, were largely attended Saturday afternoon. The services were held at 1:30 from the home of his son Fred Kurth, and at two o'clock from St. John's Lutheran church, the services being in charge of the pastor, Rev. F.W. Henge. Interment took place in the Ashton Cemetery. Christian Kurth, son of Frederick Kurth and Henrietta, nee Wedemeyer, was born in Birschhausen near Witzenhausen, in the province of Hessia, on September 15, 1856. He ws baptized there by his Lutheran pastor in his infancy, and received a part of his religious and secular education in Germany.

The last week in April, in the year 1867, being ten years of age, he accompanied his parents to the United States in search for a new home in the new country, settling in this county and state, residing in and around Ashton for 65 years. Here in the vicinity of Ashton he wsa instructed in religion prior to Confirmation, becoming a member of the Lutheran church by the rite of Confirmation. He remained a faithful, life long member of the church.

On October 20, 1881, he was united in holy wedlock with Miss Amelia Witzel. To this happy union seven children were born, tow of whom died in their infant days. It also pleased the Lord to call his beloved wife to her eternal rest on December 20, 1928.

The deceased and his wife retired from the farm forty years ago, moving to the village of Ashton in the year 1892. Soon after his wife's death he disposed of his household belongings and for the last three years was making his home with his children. While living here in the village of Ashton, he was honored by his fellow citizens by being elected as a member of the Village Board, serving in that capacity for several terms. He also served as a member of the CHurch Board for a certain length of time. Mr. Kurth enjoyed good health until his 74th birthday, when in March of last year he was confined to his bed with yellow jaundice. However, he rallied sufficiently to be able to be about, though never fully healed. On November 12th he became bedfast a second time and his condition gradually became worse. He received kind and loving care to the end, but it was of no avail, for it was soon plainly evident that hs end was near. On Tuesday evening he had a very severe attack of pain. Realizing that his condition was very critical his children were summoned to his bedside. On Wednesday morning he received Holy Communion for the gaining of spiritual strength and soon thereafter lapsed into unconsciousness. Wednesday afternoon, January 27th, at 3:30 o'clock he peacefully passed away to his eternal reward at the age of 75 years, four months, and 12 days. He is survived by five children; Mrs. Minnie Gonnerman, Fred and Charles Kurth of Ashton; Mrs. Mary Finnestad, Creston; and Mrs. Lena Govig, Rockford. There are 19 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and a host of friends and relatives.

Contributed by Pat France

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DANIEL WARD KYKER , 15, son of Mr. and Mrs. Winfred Kyker of route 3, Dixon, passed away at his parents home at 3:00 o'clock this morning after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at the home at 2:15 o'clock Monday afternoon and at the Pine Creek Christian church at 2:30, the Rev. Albert Nelson of Polo officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial park. Friends may call at the Melvin funeral home until 10:00 o'clock Monday morning.

Ward wsa born in Ogle county June 10, 1929, and is survived by his parents and four brothers, S/Sgt. Harold Kyker, who is in Texas, and Robert, Gene and harry at home.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 23 Jun 1944

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WINFORD P. KYKER , Rt. 3, Dixon, died at his home suddenly Saturday morning, Jan. 27, 1951. He was born in Washington county TN Sept. 5, 1895 and died at the age of 55 years, four months and 22 days. He had farmed in this community for 40 years.

He is survived by his wife Lillie; fours ons, Harold, Polo; Robert, Rockford; and Gene and Harry at home; three sisters, Mrs. Herman McKee, Oregon; Naoma Huffman, Polo; and margaret Wragg, Oregon; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, one brother and two sisters.

A short prayer service will be held at the home 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30. Memorial services will be held at the Pennsylvania Corners Christian church at 2:30 with Rev. Allen Shaw, Rockford, officiating. Inerment will be in Chapel Hill. Friends may call at the Chapel Hill funeral home until 10 a.m. Tuesday, at which time the remains will be taken to the home.

Dixon Evening Telegraph 29 Jan 1951

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