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Obituary for Ethel A. Acheson Dean-Deane
Rushville Times, Thursday, November 21, 1957
Mrs. Ethel A Deane Dies Friday; Rites Held Here Sunday
  Mrs. Ethel A. Deane, 68, a lifelong resident of the Rushville area, died at 9:30 p. m. last Friday in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Israel Bauer of near Rushville.
  Funeral services were held at 9 p. m. Sunday in the Worthington Funeral Home, the Rev. William Woods and the Rev. Dean Wright officiating with burial  in Rushville Cemetery.
  Ethel Acheson-Deane, daughter of Alexander Acheson and Laura Helen Demaree was born May 19, 1889, in Bainbridge township, Schuyler county and departed this life Nov. 15, 1957 aged 68 years, 6 months and 29 days. Her death followed an illness of many years, during which time she was tenderly cared for by her  two daughters and members of their families.  
  One of three daughters born to Alexander and Laura Helen Acheson, Ethel Acheson was reared by Christian parents, acquiring many admirable traits of character that are requisite for good citizenship, as well as for a loving wife and mother. Her elementary education was completed in the White Oak community school in her home community, graduating from Kennedy Normal on 1907.  On February 15, 1908, she was joined in marriage to Samuel Deane, a son of David Deane and Catherine Montooth-Deane, and their newly founded home in Rushville township, was blest by the presence of two children, Laura Catherine and Florence Ruth. It was on M arch 2, 1934, that the husband and father passed away, his death being an irreparable loss and deep sorrow to his loved ones. The two daughters, Laura, the wife of Israel Bauer; and Ruth, the wife of Roy Busby, will ever cherish the memory of their devoted mother, a mother who always encouraged and understood the problems and anxieties of her daughters, and also shared the sorrows of her relatives and friends.
  She was a member of the First Presbyterian church in Rushville, and took part in its activities, preceding her illness. She loved her church, and her home was her castle, and it was there she found time to welcome her relatives and her friends, as she unselfishly ministered to her family and her church.
  Mrs. Deane was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.  Her survivors, besides, her two daughters, are six grandchildren, Allen Deane and Ronald Roy Busby; Laura Helen Peterman; Francis Edward, Raymond Deane and Lewis Israel Bauer, two great grandchildren, Richard Allen
Peterman and Edward Eugene Bauer, two sisters, Mary, the wife of Dr. Henry Benson of Rushville and Helen, the wife of Ward Lambert of Long Beach, California.

Obituary for Nettie Florence Wetzel Dean-Deane
Mrs. Lawrence Deane Of Littleton Twp. Died Today
  Mrs. Nettie Wetzel-Dean, wife of Lawrence Deane, died this (Wednesday) morning at her home in Littleton township after a long illness. She was in her seventy-fourth year.
  The remains were taken to the Gordon Funeral home in Rushville, where friends may call.
  Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Harry S. Crede, will be held Friday, August 1, at the Gordon Funeral home at 3:00 p. m. Interment will be in the Rushville cemetery.
  Mrs. Deane, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Wetzel, was born on a farm in Fulton county, where she resided until she reached young womanhood, and became the wife of Lawrence Deane.
  Mrs. Deane is survived by her husband and four children: Kerchival, who resides in the East; Dorothy, the wife of John Kost of Roswell, New Mexico; Mary Catherine, the wife of Joseph Schrader, of Galesburg; and Judson, who resides at the family home.
  Here To Attend Funeral
  Relatives and friends from a distance in attendance at the funeral services of Mrs. Lawrence Dean on Friday afternoon, were as follows:
Lewistown - Mrs. Sarah Davis, Mrs. Permelia Monroe, Toler Wetzel, Elmer Wetzel, Carlton Clark.
Galesburg - Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Shrader and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Cashman.
Table Grove - Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Dean, George H. Dean, Mrs. Merle Snyder.
Astoria - Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Dean, Elgin Dean, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Mummert and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Hess.
Browning- - John Trone.
Littleton - Mr. and Mrs. Chester Burton, Florine Bryan.
Colchester - Mr. and Mrs. Dale, Elder.
Sciota - Mr. and Mrs. Willard Litchfield, Mrs.  Zella Woods, Mrs. Cad Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bycroft.
Industry - Dewey Litchfield.
Card of Thanks
  We wish to express our appreciation to our relatives and friends for their sympathy and kindness during the illness and death of our wife and mother.  The Lawrence Dean Family.

Nettie Florence Dean
  Nettie Florence Dean was the eldest daughter of John Wet-zel and Amanda Bryan Wetzel.  Both the Wetzel and Bryan families came from   Staunton, Virginia, to Illinois about 1850  and settled near Astoria where John Wetzel and Amanda Bryan grew to adulthood. They were married Dec. 20, 1866, and established a home in Browning township. To them were born three children: Nettie Florence, Inez J. Dean and a brother Millard, who died, in 1913.
  Mrs. Dean was educated in the public schools of Browning township. Two years at Kennedy's Normal and Business College qualified her as a teacher. On Feb. 6, 1899, she was married to Lawrence Dean. They established their home in Browning township until 1911.  They moved to I.ittleton township where they resided at the time of her death.
  Mrs. Dean is survived by her husband and four children: Dor-othy, Mrs. John C. Kost of Roswell New Mexico; Judson R. who makes his home with his parents; James Kerchival of Washington, D. C.; and Mary Catherine, Mrs. Jo Shrader of Galesburg.  She is also survived by one grandchild, Nancy Kost.  Two sons, William Bernard and John Wetzel, preceded her in death.  Also one grandchild, Jerry Shrader, who died Nov 1, 1938 at the age of 5 years.
  Her death was preceded by a long illness. Weary days stretched into four long years of pain. As we pen these last lines, we bow our heads in humble gratitude to the Father of us all for the abiding faith and love of this good woman.
   "She Made Home Happy"
(By Joseph Auslander)
In a graveyard, This I read:
"She made home happy."  Not another Word about that wife, that mother.
Polished phrase, proud metaphor
Could not pay one tribute more
Tthan the simple stone that stood
Eloquent of motherhood:
"She made home happy."
   She who builds a happy home
Builds a grander roof than Rome,
Builds the nation, plants the seed
That will save us at our need.
Men whose hearts in glad homes lie,
For those homes will gladly die.
Why, then, pause in homage here?
Her's no breathless bold career
All her world a happy home.
-Contributed.

Obituary for Samuel Dean-Deane
Unknown paper, March 1934
Last Rites Held Monday Afternoon For Samuel Deane
  Samuel Deane, one of the most esteemed of Rushville township farmers and widely known in Schuyler county, departed this life at his home one and one-half miles north of this city Friday evening at 10:30   o'clock in his sixtieth year.
  Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Laren Spear, assisted by Rev. Geo. M. Wilson and Rev. Alexander McFerran, were held Monday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock from the First M. E. church in Rushville.  Interment was made in the Rushville cemetery.
  Mr. Deane had been afflicted with an incurable heart trouble for a number of years which caused him to be confined fined at intervals to his home.  His friends had hopes that he might ultimately recover a measure of health, but providence decree otherwise.  His fatal malady was hastened forward to a crisis about four months ago  when he suffered a stroke of paralysis.  Even then he made a desperate effort to overcome his physical infirmities, assisted by the best medical skill, and the kind ministrations and care of his devoted family, but his condition steadily grew worse until he finally succumbed.
  Born In Oakland Township
  Samuel, son of David and Catherine Montooth Deane, and youngest of a family of eight children, was born in Oakland township, March 18, 1875. At the time of his death, March 2, 1934, he was 58 years, 11months and 14 days of age.
  He was educated in the common schools of the county and at Kennedy's Business College in Rushville.  At an early age he and his brother, Herbert, took over the management of the old homestead farm which they continued until 1916 when they removed to the Haber farm, north of Rushville, after-ward removing to the farm where the family now resides, one and one-half miles north of Rushville.  The  partnership of these two brothers extended over a period of more than thirty-five years.
  On March 15, 1908, he was joined in marriage with Miss Ethel Acheson, who, with two daughters, Mrs. Israel Bauer and Miss Ruth, at home, are the surviving members of the family.  He is also survived by  four brothers, George of Table Grove, John and Herbert of Rushville; Lawrence of Littleton and, two sisters, Miss Alice, of Rushville and Mrs. J. B. Rose of Muncie, Ind., also three grandchildren, Francis, Laura Helen and Raymond Bauer, besides a large number of nieces and nephews and other relatives and, many friends, who join in sincere appreciation of a true friend and brother.  One brother, Wm. R. Deane, died in 1908.
  Mr. Deane made his profession of faith when a young man at the M. E. church at Houston and retained his membership there to the end.  Plain, unassuming, genial and kind were his predominating qualities. To deal justly, to love mercy and to walk  humbly, was his philosophy of life.

Obituary for Sarah Elizabeth Stambaugh Dean-Deane
Elizabeth Stambach Deane
Attended Funeral of Mrs. Geo. Deane In Table Grove
  Mrs. Elizabeth Stambach-Deane, wife of George Deane of Table Grove. died Thursday at midnight at the University hospital in Iowa City, Iowa, aged seventy-six years.  Her death was the result of pneumonia, which developed following a surgical operation which she underwent a few days previous.
  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon in Table Grove, and interment was made in the Table Grove Cemetery.
  Mrs. Deane, a daughter of the late Henry and Rachel Burrows-Stambach, was borne on a farm near Astoria in Schuyler county.
  In early womanhood she was married to George Deane, who, with the following children, survive: Clinton and Roy Deane of near Table Grove, Guy Deane of California ; Mrs. Estelle Payne of near Table Grove, and Mrs. Myrna Haney of Galesburg.  She is also survived by one brother, Fred Stambach, of South Dakota.  One son, Dale Deane, preceded her in death.
  Mr. and Mrs. John Deane and son, Merlin, Judson Deane, Mrs. Dorothy Deane-Kost, Mrs. May Crandall-Deane and daughter, Margaret, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Gaddis and Mr. and Mrs. John L. Houston were in Table Grove Saturday afternoon to  attend the funeral services of Mrs. George Deane.

Obituary for William Bernard Dean-Deane
August 8, 1919
Death of a Young Man.
  William Bernard Deane, son Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Deane, was born March 26, 1900, and died July 31, 1919, aged 19 years, 4 months and 5 days.
  He was a member of the M. E. church and Sunday school at Littleton, and his life was an open book; a boy of fine principles, of high ideal, and of exceptional mental attainments for one of his years.
  He graduated from the Littleton high school and was a member of the Senior class of the Rushville high school for 1918, but was prevented from graduating by illness in the last half of the year.  He entered the class of 1919, but was again unable to graduate on account of illness.
  Destiny seems to have ordained that Bernard pass thru a very trying ordeal of suffering and we wonder at is the marvelous patience with which it was borne.
  His list illness had its inception in an attack of inflammatory rheumatism in the month of February, which spent the greater part of its force upon his heart. With all the deep interest and sympathy of his wide circle of friends; with all the devotion of his nurse, and with the jealous and watchful care of his loved ones; yet his precious life ebbed slowly away until at last his tired heart rested from its labors and our sweet lad crossed over into the sunlight of the eternal morning.   
  Card of Thanks - We desire to thank our friends and neighbors for their many acts of kindness and their expressions of sympathy in the illness and death of our dear son. - Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Dean.

Obituary for Sarah A. McNealey/McNeeley DeCamp
Rushville Times, September 3, 1914
  Macomb Journal: Mrs. Sarah DeCamp died Saturday night of dysentery, with which she had been ill for about ten days. She was taken ill very suddenly about ten days ago and was brought to the Annex hospital last Thursday that she might be given the best of care, but her condition was such that human aid was unavailing. Her age was 73 years, 10 months and 21 days. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at 2:30 at the Jackson street Presbyterian church, Rev. W. T. Reynolds officiating. Interment was made in Oakwood.
  Sarah A. McNealey was born Oct. 3, 1840, at St. John, New Brunswick. She was the daughter of Andrew and Sarah McNealey, and with them came to this state, settling near Rushville in 1844. Nov. 22, 1866, she was united in marriage with G. S. DeCamp, now deceased, and they made their home at Industry. She lived there until 1893, since which time this city has been her home. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, which has united with the Presbyterian. She is survived by four sons, Ed and Fred DeCamp of this city, Harry of Spokane, Wash., and Walter of Auburn, Wash.; also one brother, Wm. McNealey of Cedarville, Kan., and one sister, Mrs. Jane Gorsuch of Rushville.

Obituary for Mary Alice Skiles Mummert DeFord
Rushville Times, May 2, 2001, page 15, column 3
Mary DeFord
  Mary Alice DeFord, 80, of Canton, formerly of Astoria, died Monday, April 23, 2001, at Heartland Health Care of Canton.
  She was born Jan. 14, 1921, in Schuyler County, the daughter of Benjamin and Amy Frances (Butler) Skiles.
  She married Marshall Mummert on April 1, 1939, in Mt. Sterling.  He died Nov. 24, 1989.  She then married Chellis L. DeFord on Oct. 2, 1992, in Canton.  He survives.
  She was preceded in death by one son, Dennis Mummert, and one brother, Butler Skiles.
  She also is survived by one son, Larry (wife, Blanche) Mummert of Astoria; one daughter, Mrs. Raymond (Ginger) Masten of Martinez, Calif.; one stepson, David (wife, Coleen) DeFord of Chillicothe; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Ted (Pat) Ekle of Springfield; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.
  She was a member of Astoria United Methodist Church, Sheldons Grove United Methodist Church, Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton, and sang with the Sweet Adelines.  She was a homemaker.
  Services were Friday, April 27, 2001, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Cleveland Masten officiating.  Burial was in Summum Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary for Edward F. Degitz
Rushville Times, March 24, 1974
Rites for Edward Degitz Held Here on Tuesday
  Edward F. Degitz, 82, of Rushville, died last Saturday at the Hancock County Nursing Home in Carthage.
  Services were held Tuesday at 2 p. m. at the Worthington Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wayne Sill officiating.  Burial was in the Rushville cemetery.
  Edward was born in Quincy on Dec. 4, 1891, the youngest son of George and Margaret Balzer Degitz.  After the death of his mother, he and his father came to Rushville in 1905 to live with his brother, Louis, and family.  On Sept. 16, 1913, he was married to Emily Vollmer in Rushville, and they made their home on a farm north of here and later moved to Rushville.  To this union three daughters and one son.  Edward worked as a meat cutter in Rushville and was a valued employee of the Boehm Meat Market for 40 years.
  As long as his health permitted he faithfully attended the services of the Free Methodist church of Rushville.
  He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Corina May, in 1919, and his wife in 1962.  He was the last member of a large family.
  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Don (Ruth) Walker of West Point and Mrs. Keith (Edna) Krans of Carbondale; one son C. Edward of Davenport, Ia.; three grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Obituary for Frances Edna Wyatt Demaree
Rushville Times, January 10, 2001, page 1, column 4
Three Rushville Residents Dead After Head-on Collision
  Three Rushville residents were fatally injured and three others received serious injuries as a result of a two-car collision on Route 67 near Rushville Friday evening.
  The accident occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m. on Route 67 approximately one half mile south of the intersection with Sugar Grove Road.
  Fatally injured were William Demaree, 77, who was driving one of the vehicles, his wife, Frances Edna Demaree, 79, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and a passenger in the second vehicle, Shirley J. Ward, 52.
  Injured and hospitalized were the driver of the second vehicle, Steven L. Maxwell, 57, his wife, Elizabeth J. Maxwell, 57, and another passenger in the car, Donald E. Ward, 55.
  According to the Illinois State Police report, the Demaree vehicle was north-bound on Route 67 when it swerved across the center line and collided head-on with the southbound Maxwell vehicle.
  According to the state police report, the highway was clear and dry at the time of the accident and what caused the Demaree vehicle to swerve into the southbound lane has not been determined.
  The report indicated that all of the drivers and passengers in both vehicles had been wearing their seat belts and that air bags in the vehicles deployed.
  Schuyler County Sheriff's Department, Rushville City Police Department, Schuyler County EMS, Schuyler Fire Department, Beardstown EMS and Life Flight assisted at the scene of the accident.

Rushville Times, January 10, 2001, page 13, column 5
Frances Dernaree
  Frances Edna Demaree, 79, of rural Rushville, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, 1/4 mile south of Rushville on U.S. Rt. 67, as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident.
  She was born Jan. 20, 1921, in Graham, Va., to the late Garrett II and Edna Virginia Doyle Wyatt.  She married William M. Demaree Dec. 8, 1944, in Upper Marlboro, Md.  He also died Friday.
  Surviving are one son, William W. Demaree (wife Carol) of rural Rushville; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Robert (Ruth) Peters of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  She was preceded in death by one brother.
  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rushville.  She worked at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville since its beginning and still did volunteer work at the nursing home.
  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville with Rev. Scott Henley officiating.  Burial will be in the Rushville City Cemetery.  The Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of services.
  Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church or the Rushville Volunteer Fire Department.

Obituary for Jean Mearn Lothian Demaree
Rushville Times, September 20, 2000, page 17, column 1
Jean Demaree
  Jean M. Demaree, 82, of R.R. 3, Rushville, died Friday, Sept. 15, 2000, at her home.
  She was born Nov. 20, 1917, in Wausaukee, Wisc., the daughter of the late Rev. Harry A. and Gertrude (Potter) Lothian.  She married Raymond Sevier Demaree on Sept. 26, 1948, in Mattoon.  He preceded her in death on Feb. 23, 1997.
  She was a 1935 graduate of Jacksonville High School and attended Illinois College before graduating from MacMurray College in Jacksonville in 1939.  She taught at the mission school in Chimayo, N.M.  She also taught at Witt, Roodhouse, Jacksonville, Springfield, and Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc., until her marriage.
  In 1963, she returned to teaching at the Astoria School District until her retirement in 1978.
  She was a member of Kumler United Methodist Church in Springfield, and a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Rushville and of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville where her father was a former minister.  She was a member of the Schuy-Rush Chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society, Illinois Retired Teacher Association and Women's Federation.  She loved birds and the outdoors, visiting with friends and family and always had a smile to share.  She will be remembered with much love.
  Surviving are four sons, David Demaree (wife, Tammy) of Quincy, Eric Demaree of the Philippines, John Demaree (wife Teresa Smetzer) of Rushville and Bryan Demaree of Kerrville, Texas; three daughters, Margaret Demaree of Pittsfield, Mass., Camilla Bruemmer (husband David) of Decatur and Lisa Runkle (husband Kenny) of Springfield; seven grandsons and two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews.
  She was preceded in death by her sister, Ramona Gollier.
  Cremation has been accorded.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the First Presbyterian Church in Rushville with Rev. Alice Davenport and Rev. Roosevelt S. Smith II officiating.  Burial will be in the Rushville City Cemetery.  The Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of services.
  Memorials may be given to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

Obituary for William Morris Demaree
Rushville Times, January 10, 2001, page 1, column 4
Three Rushville Residents Dead After Head-on Collision
  Three Rushville residents were fatally injured and three others received serious injuries as a result of a two-car collision on Route 67 near Rushville Friday evening.
  The accident occurred at approximately 6:50 p.m. on Route 67 approximately one half mile south of the intersection with Sugar Grove Road.
  Fatally injured were William Demaree, 77, who was driving one of the vehicles, his wife, Frances Edna Demaree, 79, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and a passenger in the second vehicle, Shirley J. Ward, 52.
  Injured and hospitalized were the driver of the second vehicle, Steven L. Maxwell, 57, his wife, Elizabeth J. Maxwell, 57, and another passenger in the car, Donald E. Ward, 55.
  According to the Illinois State Police report, the Demaree vehicle was north-bound on Route 67 when it swerved across the center line and collided head-on with the southbound Maxwell vehicle.
  According to the state police report, the highway was clear and dry at the time of the accident and what caused the Demaree vehicle to swerve into the southbound lane has not been determined.
  The report indicated that all of the drivers and passengers in both vehicles had been wearing their seat belts and that air bags in the vehicles deployed.
  Schuyler County Sheriff's Department, Rushville City Police Department, Schuyler County EMS, Schuyler Fire Department, Beardstown EMS and Life Flight assisted at the scene of the accident.

Rushville Times, January 10, 2001, page 13, column 4
William Demaree
  William Morris Demaree, 77, of rural Rushville, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, at the Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville as a result of injuries received in an automobile accident.
  He was born April 7, 1923, in Rushville to the late Morris H. and Nell E. Sevier Demaree.  He married Frances E. Wyatt Dec. 8, 1944 in Upper Marlboro, Md.  She also died on Friday.
  Surviving are one son, William W. Demaree (wife Carol) of rural Rushville; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Jackson of Jefferson City, Mo.; and two brothers, Danny Demaree of Columbia, Mo., and Dwight Demaree of Rushville.
  He was preceded in death by one brother.
  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rushville, was a 50-year member and past Master of Rushville Lodge No. 9 A.F. and A.M.; the Schuyler American Legion Post 4, and was a former member of the Rushville State Bank Board of Directors.  He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of WW II and a life long farmer.
  Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Rushville with Rev. Scott Henley officiating.  Burial will be in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville is in charge of the arrangements.
  Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church or the Rushville Volunteer Fire Department.

Obituary for Clarence "Edwin" Edwin DeMoss
Rushville Times, October 22, 1964
Edwin DeMoss Killed in Gun Mishap Saturday
  C. Edwin DeMoss, sexton of the Rushville cemetery for the past seven years, was found dead of an accidental gunshot wound Saturday evening in the cemetery. His body was found at 5:30 lying near the tool shed with a 12-gauge shotgun laying on the ground near the body.
  Discovery was by his son, Dennis. Testimony at the inquest which was conducted by Dr. V. M. Corman that evening stated that it appeared that Mr. DeMoss had tripped and fallen while carrying the gun and that it discharged and caused his death. Witnessess at the inquest were Dr. T. J. Ashcraft, Jacksonville, who was one of the first on the scene after the son had called for help, City Policeman Gus Olander and Allen Ashcraft.
  Members of the jury were Carl Way, foreman, Ray Greer, George Root, Robert Lang, Ed Logan and John Henninger.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Roby Funeral Chapel with Rev. Marshall H. Ervin officiating. Burial was in the Rushville cemetery.
  Clarence Edwin DeMoss was born in Rushville on May 26, 1901, the son of Dale Carter DeMoss and Racheal Elizabeth Resor DeMoss.
  He married Pearl Beatrice Lindsey on February 11, 1924. To this union were born five children: Mildred Marie, wife of Merle Terry of Brooklyn, Barbara Louise, wife of Jack Swigart of Galesburg, Ronald Eugene of Rushville, Edwin Mathew DeMoss of Charleston and Dennis Wayne at home.
  He spent all of his life in Schuyler county, attending school in Littleton and later working 23 years as a coal miner. He had been sexton of the Rushville cemetery for the past seven years.
  Surviving are two brothers, Milton and Shirley; three sisters, Mrs. Florence Hermann, Mrs. Anna Allen and Mrs. Pearl Scheuttler. Deceased is a brother, James W. DeMoss. Also surviving are his widow, two daughters, three sons and nine grandchildren--Judy, Sharon, Connie and Kathy McLaren, Danny and Marilyn Terry, and Mike, Mitch, and Melinda DeMoss.
  Note: Infant son, Clarence born and died December 9, 1931; and Infant son, Edward born and died January 17, 1927.
Franklin Leroy Demy Death
Unknown paper, May 1956
Browning Youth Body Recovered Monday Noon
  Franklin Demy, 25, of Browning, who served four years in the Air Force, including one year in Korea, and who was employed at the Wells Lamont glove Factory, Beardstown, drowned at 7:30 o'clock Sunday night in the Illinois river when a high wave almost capsized the flatboat in which he was riding and jolted him into the river.
  Demy couldn't swim.  His brother-in-law Art Landes of Beardstown, immediately shut off the outboard motor and jumped in after him.
  Another boat was close behind containing Ronald Mallicoat also of Beardstown, who is also a brother-in-law of the decedent and Raymond Landes of Beardstown.
  Art Landes missed Demy.  When Mallicoat saw him surface enough that one hand protruded from the water, he dived in.
  But the swimmers failed to locate Demy.  Volunteers joined the search and the resection from Beardstown fire department stood by on the Schuyler side of the river.
  The accident occurred just below the new state bridge and in mid-channel of the river.
  The river was unusually rough Sunday evening, but many boats were out on the water due to the extreme heat and the sport that went with riding the whitecaps.
  Art Landes, who is employed at the Beardstown Lumber company, said he had just warned Demy to put on a lifejacket, but Demy laughed and said that wasn’t necessary.  At that moment a high wave hit the boat, and Demy went overboard.
  Floodlights were played on the river in the area where he went down and volunteer rescue workers continued the search until midnight Sunday.  The river became increasingly rough and due to the weather the rescue was halted until Monday morning.
  Ten small boats and about 25 men engaged in the search.  The Mason County Rescue crew from Havana arrived with hooks and dragging equipment at 11 a.m., and the Adams county emergency rescue crew from Quincy arrived a short time later.  Deputy Sheriff Howard Osmer helped with operations, as did state patrol officers and local police and fire department personnel.
  The body was recovered at noon.
  Demy was a lifelong resident of Browning township in Schuyler county.  He was born March 27, 1931 east of Bader, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Demy.
  He served in the U. S. Air Force from 1951 to 1955.  After his return from a year's service in Korea and upon his discharge from the Air Force, he was employed at the Wells Lamont glove factory in Beardstown.
  Besides his parents, he is survived by a brother, Gene of Browning and two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Landes and Mrs. Doris Mallicoat, both of Beardstown.

Obituary for Hilda Sayers Demy
unknown paper, December 4, 1985
Mrs. Hilda Demy Dies At Age 91
  Mrs. Hilda Demy, 91, of Arenzville, formerly of Astoria, died at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, 1985, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.
  She was born May 5, 1894, in Browning Township, a daughter of Amos J. and Louisa Geiss Sayers.  She married John F. Demy Sept. 26, 1927, in Decatur.  He died Aug. 28, 1978.
  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Landes of Beardstown and Mrs. Doris Mallicoat of Arenville; 10 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by two sons and two sisters.
  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. this afternoon at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Rev. Jim Comstock officiating.  Burial will be in (New) Ridgeville Cemetery.

Obituary for John Franklin Demy
unknown paper, August 1978
Rites Held Thursday For John F. Demy, 83
  John Franklin Demy, 83, of rural Astoria died Monday, Aug. 28 at home.
  He was a retired Farmer.
  Services were held at 1 p.m. last Thursday at the Shawgo Memorial Home.  Burial was in (New) Ridgeville Cemetery.
  Born in Bader Jan. 18, 1895, to Jess and Dove Lanta Geiman Demy, he married Hilda Sayers in Decatur Sept. 26, 1927.
  Survivng are his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Landers of Beardstown, Mrs. Doris Mallicoat of Arenzville; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Obituary for Virgil "Elvis" Gene Demy
died: October 13, 1962
unknown paper, October 18, 1962
Virgil G. Demy, 24, Dies In Beardstown Saturday
  Virgil Gene (Elvis) Demy, 24, of Beardstown, died unexpectedly at 3:45 p.m. Saturday while working for E & Z Feed company.  The truck with a portable feed mixing operation was at Art Zeeck's barn.
  The body was taken to Cline's Funeral home where funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. J. B. Nicholson officiating.
  Interment was in (New) Ridgeville cemetery in Schuyler county.
  He was born in Schuyler county July 6, 1938, and attended schools at Browning.
  He married Amanda Joan Maltby Aug. 1, 1958.
  He is survived by his widow, Joann; three children, Jody, 4, Douglas, 2, Melinda, 6 months; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Demy of Summum; two sisters, Mrs. Doris Mallicoat of Arenzville, and Mrs. Dorothy Landis of Beardstown; his grandfather, Johnathan Sayers of Summum; several nieces and nephews.

Obituary for Frances J. Kinne Derry
Rushville Times, January 9, 2002, page 13, column 6
Frances Derry
  Mrs. Frances J. Derry, 92, of Vermont, died Dec. 30, 2001, at the Life Care Nursing Center in Tucson, Ariz.
  She was born Sept. 8, 1909, in Fulton County, the daughter of Luke and Victoria Bard Kinne.  She married Roscoe R. Derry on Dec. 1, 1927.  He died March 21, 1988.  She also was preceded in death by three sons, three daughters, two brothers, three sisters and one great-grandson.
  She is survived by three daughters, Marian Carithers of Vermont, Evelyn Lacey of Junction City, Kan., and Joyce Wright of Tucson, Ariz.; one son, Eldon Derry of Industry; two brothers, Ted Kinne of Vermont and Bille Kinne of Rockford; one sister, Bertha Gough of Baltimore, Md.; 29 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
  She was a member of the Vermont Methodist Church and had been an employee of Ken-Ray Foundry in Vermont and was a homemaker.
  Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at Kost Memorial Home. Burial was in Phillips Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Hospice Association.

Obituary for Syrena Elizabeth Cook Derry
died: January 26, 1932
Vermont Union, February 1, 1932
  Seyrena {Cyrena} Elizabeth Derry passed away Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter in Bethel Twp.  She was stricken with a stroke five years ago and has been in poor health until her death, at the age of 77 years 2 weeks and 2 days.
  Seyrena Elizabeth Cook, daughter of Peter L. Cook and Hannah Cook. She was united in marriage to Jacob H. Derry on March 18, 1875. To this union ten children were born: Burlen W. Derry, Macomb; Florietta Bell Bozard of Industry; Warren D. Derry of Vermont; Lucinda M. Schisler Cameron, IL.; Nelson L. Derry of Berwick; Peter N. Derry of Macomb; of Farmington, Orda Derry near Good Hope; Samual H. Derry of Macomb; Goda P. Derry preceded her in death: Chester Derry of Abingdon. There are 48 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends to mourn the death of a kind and loving mother.
  She united with the church in young womanhood and lived a faithful member until her death claimed her.
 Funeral services were held Thursday at 2:30 at the home of Warren Derry. Interment in the Phillips Cem.
  Note: She married Jacob Henry Derry Jr. 18 Mar. 1875 Schuyler Co. IL. Jacob Henry Derry Jr. was born 5 Mar. 1853 Astoria Twp. Fulton Co. IL. Died 3 Jan. 1931 Bartonville, Peoria Co. IL. Buried 5 Jan 1931 Phillips Cem. Schuyler Co. IL. Married age 22. Lived Fulton Co. IL.

Obituary for Nancy Lee Crafton DeSollar
Illinoian Star, Beardstown, Cass County, Illinois, February 6, 1965
Mrs. A. E. DeSollar, 46, Former Local Resident Dies
  Mrs. A. E. DeSollar, 46, of Murrayville, daughter of Mrs. Edna Crafton of Beardstown, died at 9:05 a. m. Friday at the Moline Nursing Home, in Jacksonville, where she had been cared for the past five and one-half years.
  She was the former Nancy Lee Crafton, a daughter of Mrs. Edna Skiles Crafton and the late Thomas E. Crafton, Sr.  She was born May 23, 1918, at Browning and lived in Beardstown from 1919 until her marriage on September 3, 1939 to Archie E. DeSollar of Jacksonville.
  She was a graduated from Beardstown High School with the class of 1936.  She was a member of the Methodist Church in Murrayville.
  She is survivied by her husband and two children, John Allen DeSollar of Springfield and Jane Ellen DeSollar of Jacksonville; her mother, Mrs. Edna Crafton of Beardstown, a brother, Thomas E. Crafton of Baltimore, Maryland; two sisters, Mrs. R. H. (Rozella) Murray and Mrs. C. R. (Maxine) Todd, both of Beardstown and her grandmother, Mrs Alma Skiles of Astoria.
  She was preceeded in death by her father in 1947 and an infant brother in 1930.
  Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Monday at the Murrayville Methodist Church, with the Rev. J. R. Seed and the Rev. Owen Chandler officiating.
  Burial will be in the Memorial Lawn Cemetery.
  The body is at the Mackey Funeral Home in Murrayville, where the family will receive friends Sunday afternoon and evening.
  Note: Mrs. R. H. (Rozella) Murray and Mrs. C. R. (Maxine) Todd are really cousins.  They are the daughters of William "Willie" Jennings Bryan Crafton (brother of Thomas "Earl" Earl Crafton) and Stella Lenora Surratt but raised as sisters to Nancy.

Obituary for Carl Dial
Carl Dial
  Died, March 3rd 1897, Carl, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. I. E. Dial, of this city, aged two years, one month and nine days.
  The little one had been ill but a few days when death relieved his suffering and carried his spirit to God who gave it.
  It is a very sad blow to the bereaved parents, and they have the sympathy and kindly support of a host of friends, who have endeavored in every way to lighten their burden of sorrow.
  The funeral was preached Thursday at the residence, Rev. Lugg officiating. Burial took place at Pleasant Grove cemetery.
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother's things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends. These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."

Obituary for Adaline "Addie" Lenover Steele Dietz
Daily Gate City, Thursday August 11, 1938, page 7
Brief Illness In Death
  Mrs. Adaline Steele Dietz died at the St. Joseph's Hospital last night at 8 o'clock after a lingering illness over the last few years. She had been seriously ill for only the last 19 days.
  The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Lenover, she was born near Rushville, Illinois May 3, 1864, and had lived in Keokuk for the last 30 years. She was united in marriage with James Steele October 30, 1884 who preceded her in death March 18, 1920. January 15, 1923 she married Frank Dietz who also preceded her in death June 2, 1936.
  She was a faithful member of the Second Presbyterian Church and was a devoted mother being very fond of children and loved by all who knew her.
  One daughter preceded her in death in infancy, and surviving are five sons: Theodore of Wayland, MO., Clifford of Croton; Frank, Gailord, and Calvin all of Keokuk; one brother Ben Lenover of Rushville, a sister Mrs. Callie Smedley also of Rushville, two step-children Mrs. Robert Armstrong and George Steele both of Rushville, 24 grandchildren, and a number of neices and nephews.
  The funeral service will be held from the Brunat Funeral Home Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Death Notice of Laura J. Doane Dixson
Rushville Times, July 1933
  Mrs. Eli B. Dixson passed away July 20 at her home in Columbus, Mont. She was a niece of H. O. Bader.

Obituary for Nina Margaret Poole Dobleskey
Rushville Times, June 1998
Nina M. Dobleskey
  Nina Margaret Dobleskey, 74, of Rushville, died Thursday, May 28, 1998, at the Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
  She was born Sept. 9, 1923, in Rushville, to the late Edward and Frances M. Bradbury Poole. She married George Dobleskey May 14, 1950, in Rushville. He survives, along with one brother, Charles Poole, of Danville; a nephew, Thomas Poole of Rushville, a niece, Susan Poole of San Francisco,
Calif.; a great-niece, Toni Williams; and a great-nephew, Robert R. Poole.
  She was preceded in death by a brother, Walter Benjamin Poole.
  She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rushville, Schuyler Legion Auxiliary Unit #4, Schuyler Jail Museum and Genealogical Center, past president of Rushville B. & P. W. Club, past president of the American Heart Association, and was first runner up at the Illinois State Fair Spelling Bee in 1993.
  She worked at the Bartlow Packing Company, Mickelberry Packing Company and Rushville Hardware Company. She was secretary of the Non-Commissioned Officers Club at Chanute Air Force Base where sh met her husband.  she also had been employed at the Rushville City Clerk's office, Strong Plumbing and Heating, Bottoroff Insurance, Culbertson Memorial Hospital and for Dr. Russell R. Dohner, M.D., retiring in 1993.
  Funeral services were held Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Rushville with Dr. Jack Volkers officiating. Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church, Schuyler Heart Association, or the Cass-Schuyler Hospice.
  Submitted by: Carol Longwell Miller <Misswings@kc.rr.com>

Obituary for Susan Christine Long Dodds
Rushville Times, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002
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Susan Dodds
  Susan Christine Dodds, 91, of Rushville, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2002, at the Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home in Rushville.
  She was born May 5, 1911, in St. Paul, Minn. the daughter of Joseph Ray and Cressa Juett Long. She married George M. Dodds April 21, 1935, in Rushville.  He died March 6, 1977.
  Surviving are a son, Thomas M. Dodds of Rushville; two grandsons; three great-grandchildren; one brother, William Plummer Long of Castle Rock, Colo.; one sister, Viva (husband, Ralph) Harris of Pekin.
  Two brothers, Dwayne and Shirly Long, and infant sister, Ethel Mae Long, and her parents preceded her in death.
  She attended Western Illinois State Teacher's College in Macomb and before her marriage, she taught in Schuyler county rural schools for seven years.
  She enjoyed traveling and went on many foreign trips al long as her health permitted.
  Funeral services were held Saturday at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Ken Harris officiating. Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery.
  Memorial may be given to the American Diabetes Association.
  Note: Reverend Kenneth Harris is Susan's nephew, son of sister, Viva.

Obituary for Annis A. Smith Donaldson
Rushville Times, June 28, 2000, page 13, column 3
Annis Donaldson
  Annis A. Donaldson, 74, of Beardstown, died Monday, June 26, 2000, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
  She was born Sept. 25, 1925, in Beardstown, the daughter of Warren F. and AuVerne Rule Smith.  She married Robert W. Donaldson on Aug. 31, 1947, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Beardstown.  He survives.
  Also surviving are one daughter, Debbie (husband John A.) Prief of Beardstown; and two grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents.
  Mrs. Donaldson graduated from Beardstown High School in 1943.  She attended Monticello Junior College in Godfrey from 1944 until 1945, and then graduated from MacMurray College in Jacksonville in 1947.  She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Beardstown, where she served as chairman of the Memorial Fund since 1967.  Mrs. Donaldson was a charter member of the Beardstown Emblem Club #474.  She was an active member of Chapter GU of the P.E.O. Sisterhood in Beardstown, where she had served as president from 1965 until 1967.
  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown.  Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Beardstown.
  Memorials have been suggested to the Cass County Visiting Nurses or Culbertson Memorial Hospital.

Obituary for Leslie J. Donaldson
Rushville Times, Feb 23, 2000, page 15, column 1
Leslie J. Donaldson
  Leslie J. Donaldson, 82, of Rushville, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2000, at his home.
  He was born March 16, 1917, in Knox County, the son of the late Timothy and Mae (Tharp) Donaldson.    He married Virginia Mitchell on July 31, 1940, in Monticello, Mo., and she preceded him in death on March 2, 1994.  He later married Gerry Kitch on Dec. 23, 1994, in Rushville.  She survives.
  Also surviving are one son, Denny Donaldson (wife Dee) of Marion; two granddaughters; one brother, Robert Donaldson (wife Annis) of Beardstown; three sisters, Wilma Higgins and Dorothy Schnake, both of Beardstown, and Juanita Corrie of Littleton.
  He was preceded in death by a grandson.
  An Army Air Corps veteran of W.W II, he had worked on the CB & Q Railroad and operated the Dairy Bar in Rushville.  He had farmed and owned Donaldson Gravel Company in Rushville.
  He was a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville, Rushville Masonic Lodge A.F. & A.M. #9, Scottish Rite, Ansar Shrine, Schuyler County Shrine Club, Schuyler American Legion Post 4 and the Beardstown Elks Club.
  Funeral services were Saturday at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Rushville with Rev. Robert Belew officiating.  Burial was in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville was in charge of arrangements.
  Memorials may be given to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Obituary for Sarah Margaret Self Donaldson
Rushville Times, August 14, 1929 in part.
  Sarah Margaret, daughter of Jason and Catherine Byers Self, was born in Texas County, Mo., Sept. 22, 1853, and passed away in Bainbridge Twp. where she had resided for 43 years, Aug. 10, 1929.
  At an early age, during the Civil War, she, with her parents, made an overland trip to Texas in a covered wagon drawn by oxen, residing there only a short time.  When she was 14 years of age they came to Illinois.
  In her girlhood days she was converted and baptised into the Union Baptist Church at Sugar Grove and although home duties and distance has kept her from attending there, she has ever been a reader of her Bible and lived a true Christian life.
  In October 1873, she was united in marriage to James A. Donaldson, who preceded her in death 13 years ago. She is survived by 10 children: Mrs. John A. Ward of Rushville; J. Walter of Vincennes, Iowa; Mrs. C. A. Ward, Mrs. Henry Kirkham and Mrs. Albert Caldwell, all of Beardstown; Timothy of Rushville; Edward of Frederick; Jason, Mary and Berton residing at home; one step-daughter, Mrs. J. S. Bell of Beardstown; 16 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, James and William Self of Beardstown, and Luther Self of St. Louis, Mo.
  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Rippy at Sugar Grove Church, interment in Langford Cemetery. Pallbearers were her nephews: Charles, Monroe, Perry, Robert, Denny and George Self.

Obituary for William Deranda Dorsett
From the Schuylerite Genealogical Periodical, Fall 1994, Rushville Times, Thursday, May 9, 1895
Death of a Pioneer Citizen
  At 9:15 o'clock Thursday morning May 2, 1895, William Deranda Dorsett, one of the oldest settlers of Schuyler County, passed away from this life. He had been lingering with a complication of diseases for several weeks, and such was their virulence that medical skill and careful nursing only served to prolong the few days that were allotted to him on earth. He died as he had lived, trusting in the religion he had espoused in early years.
  Deceased was born in Randolph County, North Carolina, December 28, 1829. At the age of six years he came in a six-horse wagon with his father's family to this state, and settled in what is now known as Huntsville Township, Schuyler County. There the family was subjected to all hardships and trials of pioneer life, and young William under those conditions united the elements of character that made him in after years so beloved by all who knew him. In 1859 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Ann Pendleton, who, with six children, still survives him. The children in order of age are: Martha L. Scoville, of Kennedy, Texas; Hattie E. Byers of Rushville, Ill.; Joshua E. Dorsett of Marianna, Arkansas; Ellis Benson Dorsett of Huntsville, Ill.; Hardin Wallace Dorsett of Spearville, Kansas, and Alvin DeWitt Dorsett of Baraboo, Wis. By a strange coincidence the father died on the 28th birthday of his youngest child. Since 1883 the deceased has led a retired life in Rushville.
  "Father" Dorsett, as he was wanted to be called by those numbered among his hundreds of friends in recent years, was one of those men of sterling worth who gives character to American citizenship and strength to the religion he professed. His honesty and integrity stood out in marked contrast to the too grasping tendencies of the present time, and his religious and home life was like a beautiful flower that lends its fragrance to make mankind better and happier. For many years he was a faithful member of the Methodist church and took an active interest in all church work and duties.
  The funeral was held at the residence Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, conducted by the Rev. J.B. Horney, at which all the members were present except the daughter in Texas. Clarkson Dorsett, the sole surviving brother, living in Huntsville Township was also present. Other relatives from a distance and scores of sympathizing friends in Rushville attended the funeral to pay the last sad tribute to his memory. Internment took place in the Rushville cemetery.

Obituary for Mary E. Virgin Dotzert
Rushville Times, November 1, 2000, page 14A, column 5
Mary Dotzert
  Mary E. Dotzert, 79, of Beardstown, died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at the Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
  She was born Sept. 29, 1921, in Woodson, the daughter of Liz and Eula Wilson Virgin.  She married Clarence E. Dotzert on June 15, 1940, in New London, Mo.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1998.
  Surviving are four sons, Jerry Dotzert (wife Patsy), David C. Dotzert (wife Sue), Michael Dotzert (wife Joyce) and Douglas Dotzert, all of Beardstown; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Aileen Emerick and Bernice Loughary (husband Bob) both of Beardstown.
  She also was preceded in death by her parents.
  Mrs. Dotzert graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1940.  She was a member of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluff Springs.  Mrs. Dotzert farmed with her husband in Cass County for 50 years.  When her children were young, Mrs. Dotzert worked at Woolworths in Beardstown.  In recent years she worked at the Beardstown Elks Club and as an election judge for Precinct 2 in Beardstown.
  Funeral services for Mary E. Dotzert were held Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with Rev. Elise Rothfusz of the St. John's Lutheran Church in Bluff Springs officiating.  Burial was in the Beardstown City Cemetery.
  Memorials have been suggested to the Cass/Schuyler Hospice or the Cass County Visiting Nurses.

Obituary for Charles William Estes Douglas
unknown paper, 1964
Charles Douglas
  Bader - Charles W. Douglas, 87, of Bader, died early Sunday morning in the Mason District Hospital at Havana, after an illness of about two years.
 Born Dec 25, 1876 at Jerseyville, Ill, he was the son of Davis Mallory and Mary Elizabeth Douglas.  He married Mildred Shultz in April of 1902.  She survives him.  Mr. Douglas had spent most of his life in the Bader area.
 Also surviving are four sons: James of Ocala, Fla; Lyle of Peoria; Marvin of Tucson Ariz; and Stanley of Bader; three daughters: Mrs. Louise McCombs, Bader; Mrs Ruth Baslis, Kewanee; Mrs Doris Douglas, Kewanee; 15 grand children; 23 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  Four children preceded him in death.
 Funeral services will be held at today in the Astoria Christian Church with the Rev.  ??  officiating.  Burial will be held in Bader cemetery.
 Friends will call at one hour before service.

Obituary for Ethel M. Beyen Hare Douglas
found in a Neodesha, KS newspaper, by Jacque Dean Linnebur:
Ethel M. Douglas
  Ethel M. Douglas, 57, 613 Shawnee, So. Coffeyville, died Thursday afternoon at Coffeyville Memorial Hospital. She was born Jan. 6, 1921 at Parsons, the daughter of Henry H and Glessna Beyen (nee Grommett).
  She attended Parsons and Tyro Schools before marrying Calvin Leo Douglas in October of 1946 at Oswego. They lived in South Coffeyville. Mr. Douglas died in August of 1974.
  A baptized member of the German Lutheran Church of Tyro, she owned and operated a Dish and Gift Shop in South Coffeyville.
  Survivors include two sons, Jack D. Hare, and Albert W. Hare, a sister, Mrs. Arthur (Emma) Jones; 5 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Saturday in the Ford Funeral Service Colonial Chapel with burial in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
  Remark from Jacque: "They omitted grandma's 1st marriage to Albert William Hare."
  From: Dick Hare <REHARE9@aol.com> & Jacque Dean Linnebur <lancel@midusa.net>

Obituary for Mildred Ann Schultz Douglas
died July 7, 1978
unknown paper, July 1978
Mildred Ann (Schultz) Douglas
  Mildred Ann (Schultz) Douglas, 94, of Astoria died yesterday in Culbertson Memorial Hospital, Rushville.
  Born May 23, 1884, at Bader to George Reuben and Ellen Jane (Lester) Shultz, she married Charles William Douglas April 8, 1903, in Browning.
  Surviving: three daughters, Mrs Louise McCombs, Bader; Mrs Ruth Baslis and Miss Doris Douglas of Kewanee, Ill.; two sons, Lyle of Peoria Heights, Marvin of Quincy, 14 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren; 21 great great grandchildren.
  Visitation after 4 p.m. today, Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria.
  Services 3:30 p.m. tomorrow Astoria Christian Church.  Burial Bader Cemetery.

Obituary for Emma Parker Dowler
Rushville Times, June 26, 1913
  Mrs. Emma Dowler, a former resident of Bainbridge, died in Beardstown.
  We take the following account of her death from the Beardstown Enterprise:  Died Saturday evening at 2:30 o'clock, at her late home, 813 S. Clay Street, Mrs. Emma Dowler at the age of 73 years, 6 months and 1 day. Deceased was born in Schuyler County, Illinois, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Parker and was married to John L. Dowler at Jacksonville, March 22, 1864. Her husband preceeded her to the grave. Three children survive her. They are: Mrs. W. A. Eunisson, New York City, Chas. M. Dowler and Wm. L. Dowler of Beardstown. One sister also survives her, Mrs. Henrietta J. Burnham of Dripping Springs, Boone County, Missouri.
  She was a member of the M.E. Church of Beardstown, and a graduate of Illinois Woman's College of Jacksonville in the class of 1860.
  Funeral services were held Monday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at the M. E. Church, Rev. N. M. Rigg officiating. Interment in the City Cemetery.

Obituary for Anthony E. Downing
Rushville Times,Wednesday, May 17, 2000, page 4B, column 3
Anthony Downing
  Anthony E. Downing, 41, of Ipava died Sunday, May 14, 2000, at his home.
  He was born Sept. 27, 1958, in Macomb, the son of Larry and Shirley (Dowacter) Downing.
  He married Kelly Meyer on May 1, 1986, at Las Vegas, Nev. She survives.
  He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Ivan and Beatrice Dowacter.
  Also surviving are two daughters, Krysta and Nichole at home; two sons, Bradley and Matthew at home; his mother, Shirley A. Downing of Roseville; his father, Larry W. (and Kay) Downing of Augusta; paternal grandparents, Clinton "Jack" and Hazel Downing of Plymouth; step-grandmother, Dora Gooden of Blandinsville; two sisters, Kimberly (husband Dan) Yoomans of Clinton and Traci (husband T. J.) Arundale of Scott Air Force Base; two step-sisters, Michelle (husband Paul) Haddock of Chicago and Heather (husband Rich) Lemmon of Urbana.
  He was an inventory clerk at Western Illinois University.
  He was an Army veteran from 1977-1992.
  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 17 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Ipava with Rev. Damien Spikereit officiating. Burial will be in the Ipava Cemetery with military rites by the Ipava American Legion Post #17.
  Memorials may be made to the education fund for his children at the Ipava State Bank.

Obituary for Amanda "Mandi" D. Downs
Rushville Times, August 23, 2000, page 13, column 1
'Mandi' Downs
  Amanda "Mandi" D. Downs, 19, of Vermont, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
  She was born Feb. 26, 1981, in Rushville, the daughter of Chris and Wanda (Morrow) Downs.
  Mandi was a 1999 graduate of VIT High School.  While at VIT she was an All-American cheerleader, a member of the chorus, National Honor Society, science club, yearbook staff, Rainbow Girls, SADD and drama department.
  She was scheduled as a sophomore at Western Illinois University, studying education and took ballet and jazz dance and was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority.  She also was taking a modeling class with the John Casablanca Modeling Agency in Chicago.  She was first runnerup in the 1999 Miss Fulton County Pageant.  She attended the United Methodist Church in Vermont and worked at Wal-Mart in Macomb.
  Surviving are her mother and step father, Wanda and Mike Parsano of Vermont; her father and step mother, Chris and Barbara Downs of Rushville; seven brothers, Dusty Downs, Jason Hogan, Chad Hogan, Kyle Hogan and Bryan Downs, all of Rushville, and Robert Parsano and Aaron Parsano, both of Vermont; two sisters, Candi Parsano and Mary Beth Parsano, both of Vermont; grandparents, Homer and Vada Downs and Earl and Darlene Morrow, all of Rushville, Bryan Douglas of Quincy and Leo and Paula Parsano of Vermont; great-grandmother Agnes Morrow of Lockport; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
  Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Rushville Free Methodist Church with Rev. Rob Kirkham officiating.  Burial will follow in the Vermont Cemetery.  Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville is in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to the Children's Miracle Network.

Obituary for Carl Edward Doyle
Rushville Times, January 29, 1992
  Carl Edward Doyle, 78, of Warsaw, died Friday, Jan. 24 at his home. He was born May 14, 1913, at Mendon, the son of Fred and Etta Neaterour Doyle. He married Marie A. Worster, Nov 9, 1945, at Carthage. She survives in Warsaw. Also surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Frank (Clara) Lung of Rushville, Mrs. John (Marjorie) Armstrong, Mrs. Jerry (Connie) Keller, both of Warsaw, and Mrs. Earl (Patricia) Gutting of Macomb; two sons, Carl Robert and John Frederick, both of Warsaw; 12 grandchildren and one great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and three sisters.
  He was a member of the V.F.W. and the American Legion Posts of Warsaw and Warsaw Boat Club. He served in the U.S. Army during W.W.II. He had been employed with the Electric Storage Battery Co. in Warsaw for 22 years.
  Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 27 in the Assembly of God Church in Warsaw with the Rev. Robert H. Cowan officiating. Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery at Warsaw. A military service was held at the graveside by V.F.W. Post #9802 and the Ralph Parker American Legion Post #682 of Warsaw. The Lamporte Funeral Home of Warsaw was in charge of the services. Memorials have been established in his memory.

Obituary for Marie Alice Worster Doyle
Rushville Times, December 27, 2000, page 9, column 4
  Marie Alice Doyle, 75, of Hamilton, formerly of Warsaw, died Wednesday; Dec. 20, 2000, at her home.
  She was born Dec. 21, 1924, in Hamilton, a daughter of Hugh and Clara Bell Stepp Worster.  On Nov. 9, 1945, she married Carl Edward Doyle in Carthage.  He died Jan. 24, 1992.
  She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ralph Parker American Legion Post.  She loved to crochet.
  She is survived by four daughters, Clara Lung (husband Frank) of Rushville, Marjorie Armstrong (husband John) of Warsaw, Connie Keller (husband Jerry) of Warsaw, and Patricia Gutting (husband Earl) of Bardolph two sons, Carl Robert (wife Edna) of Warsaw and John Frederick (wife Stephanie) of Warsaw; one brother, James Worster of Alexandria, Mo.; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two nieces and two nephews.
  She also was preceded in death by her parents, and an infant great-granddaughter, Hope Marie Doyle.
  Funeral services were Saturday; Dec. 23, 2000, at the Lamporte Funeral Home in Warsaw, with Rev. Rob Lane officiating.  Burial was in the Oakland Cemetery in Warsaw.
  Memorials in the name of Marie A. Doyle have been established for the Blessing Hancock County Hospice.

Obituary for George D. Duncan
George D. Duncan Dead
  On Monday of this week Postmaster T. W. Price received a telegram announcing the death of George D. Duncan, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. May Darling, at Yakima, Washington, Saturday morning at 9 o'clock. The telegram stated that the remains would be brought to Astoria for interment, and that Clem Darling, his son-in-law, would accompany the body to this city, and it is expected to arrive here Wednesday noon. Mr. Duncan was for many years engaged in the general merchandise business in this city, being associated with W. H. Spangler, his son-in-law, under the firm name of Duncan & Spangler. When Mr. Spangler went to California several years ago, Mr. Duncan accompanied Mr. Spangler and wife to Pasadena, Cali., where he had since made his home until a few weeks ago when he went to visit his daughter, Mrs. Darling where he passed into rest as stated above.
  Mr. Duncan was a man of sterling honesty, a sincere Christian gentleman and a man highly respected in this community in which he lived so many years. He was a devoted member of the M. E. church, giving freely of his time and means to aid the Master's cause. A more suitable obituary will appear later.
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother's things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends. These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."

Obituary for Constance "Connie" M. Beatty Dupoy
Rushville Times, October 25, 2000, page 13, column 1
Constance Dupoy
  Constance "Connie" M. Dupoy, 67, of Texas City, Texas, formerly of Beardstown, died Monday, Oct. 23, 2000, at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas.
  She was born Sept. 8, 1933, in Browning, to John William and Gertrude Elenore Harris Beatty.  She married James Francis Dupoy who preceded her in death on July 15, 1984.
  Mrs. Dupoy is survived by her two daughters, Susan E. (husband Ernest Placker) and Lynn (husband Richard) German, all of Texas City, Texas; a son, James (wife Betty Ann) Dupoy of Galesburg; a brother, James O. Beatty of Germantown Hills; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
  She worked as a homemaker most of her life.
  Visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, from 5-9 p.m. at the Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, 2000, at the funeral home with interment at the Beardstown City Cemetery with Rev. Mike Courson of the First Christian Church officiating.

Obituary for Robert Wayne Osborn Dupoy
unknown paper, died between February 21, 1970-October 04, 1971
  Graveside services were held yesterday at the Beardstown City Cemetery for Robert Wayne Osborn Dupoy, 19, of Galesburg, formerly of Beardstown.  He was found hanged Thursday in his home by his wife and friends, apparently a suicide victim. 
  He was born in Beardstown July 23, 1951, to Wayne and Constant Beaty Osborn.  He married Christine Pickle February 21, 1970, in Galesburg.  He was preceded in death by his father, Wayne, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Osborn.
  Surviving besides his widow are his mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Dupoy of Galesburg; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Beaty of Beardstown; one sister, Susan of Galesburg; half brother James; half sister, Lynn, all of Galesburg; and a step sister, Jeanie of Beardstown.

Obituary for Catherine Parry DuPuy
In Memoriam
Catherine DuPuy
  Catherine Parry was born in Astoria township, Fulton county, Illinois, May 31, 1845, and died in Astoria, April 27, 1902, aged 56 years, 10 months and 26 days.
  She has always resided, since her birth, in or near Astoria and hence was known by almost every one is a wide range of surrounding territory contig- ???.
  She was the second daughter of ??? Parry, Sr., and the eldest of six living children. On Oct. 7, 1866, she was married to William DuPuy of this county.
  There were five children born of this union, four of whom survive, namely: Ella Siders, Ida Hess, Jesse DuPuy, Alta Blocker, all of whom reside at no great distance from the parental home.
  She became a professed Christian in her girlhood and during all her life has been a good, faithful follower of Jesus and through all the shifting changes of life held fast to her profession. Always thoughtful and patient her home was ??? ??grance worthy of imitation by her children. She know death could not be long in coming so she made careful preparation for her long journey. After two years of ill health she was compelled to take to her bed in November last and during these long, tedious days she was cheerful and patient and always so grateful when a kindness was shown her.
  Last Sabbath morning as the bells were ringing out their notes, inviting all to come to worship, her soul quietly slipped away. She went to worship in the great temple of heaven where
  Congregations ne'er break up
  And Sabbaths never end.
  The funeral services were held at Oak Grove U. B. church on April 29th. Rev. J. O. Kirkpatrick conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Mr. Hart.
  She was buried in the Oak Grove cemetery where sleep many of her loved ones and friends of other years.
  A great many friends gathered at the church to pay tribute to their deceased friend.
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother's things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends. These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."

Obituary for William Dupuy
William Dupuy
  William Dupuy was born Feb. 29th, A. D. 1840, and Died Feb. 9, 1907. Age 66 years 11 months and 9 days; he has always resided since his youth in or near Astoria and hence was known by almost every one in a wide range of surrounding territory contiguous to Astoria.
  He was married to Catherine Parry Oct. 7, A. D. 1866 to them were five children born four of whom survive to mourn the loss of a loving father. He knew death could not be long in coming so he made careful preparation for his long journey. After several years of ill health he was compelled to take his bed in June and during these long tedious days he was cheerful and patient and always so grateful when kindness was shown him.
  The funeral services were held at Oak Grove U. B. church on Feb. 10. Rev. Wagle conducted the services. He was buried in the Oak Grove cemetery where sleeps many of his loved ones and friends of other years. A great many friends gathered at the church to pay tribute to their deceased friend.
  Card of Thanks
  We extend our sincere thanks to neighbors and friends for kindness shown us during our father's sickness and death. Children.
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother's things after her death. "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends. These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties. These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."

Obituary for Edward F. Durell
Rushville Times, February 2, 2000, page 13, column 1
  Edward F. Durell, 91, of Beardstown, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2000, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.
  He was born May 28, 1908, in Beardstown, the son of the late Harry "Doodle" and the late Luvenia A. Wayman Durell. He married Pearl Marie Frakes on June 6, 1944, in Beardstown. She preceded him in death on Aug. 7, 1999.
  He is survived by two sons, Donald (wife Bonnie), and Junior (wife Connie), both of Beardstown; two daughters, Luvenia "Beanie" (husband Gene) Wray of New Albany, Miss., and Rosie Brockley (husband Bill) of Astoria; two stepdaughters, Martina (husband Glen) Westlake of Astoria and Mary Kimbro of Silva; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
  He worked as an engineer for the Valley Barge Line and Material Service for 30 years until his retirement in 1968. During retirement, he enjoyed outdoor events such as rabbit hunting, trapping, and fishing, especially ice fishing.
  Funeral services were Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2000, at the Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown. Burial was in the Beardstown City Cemetery.

Obituary for Iona Karr Dutch
Rushville Times, Wednesday, July 4, 2001, page 13, column 3
Iona Dutch
  Iona Karr Dutch, 92, of Beardstown, died Saturday, June 30, 2001, at Culbertson Long Term Care of Rushville.
  She was born March 2, 1909, in Godfrey, to George and Emma Feldjes Karr.  She mar­ried John A. Dutch in Beardstown on Jan. 11, 1936.  Mrs. Dutch was preceded in death by her husband, both parents and three brothers: Harry, Earl, and Austin Karr.
  She is survived by two daughters, Martha (husband, Dave) Churchill of Moberly, Mo. and Jane (husband, Jerry) Korsmeyer of Frederick; four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
  She was a member of the Methodist faith and graduated from Our Savior’s Nursing program in Jacksonville.  She later became a housewife, and loving mother.
  Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 5, 2001, at the Beardstown City Cemetery.  The family will be at the home of Jerry and Jane Korsmeyer following the graveside service for those wishing to visit.
  Memorials may be made to Chaddock Youth Home of Quincy, Schuyler-Cass County Hospice or to the charity of the donor's choice.  Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Obituary for Henry Eads
Rushville Times, September 26, 1928
Henry Eads, Civil War Veteran, Died Saturday
  Henry Eads, Civil war veteran and for many years a resident of Rushville, died Saturday night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Hignite, near Industry, aged eight-seven years.
  Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Geo. McKee, were held from the Rushville Baptist church on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment was made in the Rushville cemetery. One son, Harry Eads, came from Jackson, Mich., to attend the funeral.
  Henry Eads, son of George and Elvira Eads, was born in Schuyler county, Illinois, May 5, 1841, and died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Moses Hignight in Brooklyn township, Saturday, Sept. 22, aged 87 years, 4 months and 3 days.
  He is survived by three sons, James of South Bend, Ind., Harry of Jackson, Mich., and Sam of Dresden, Ohio, and one brother, Edward of Kansas City.
  Mr. Eads was married three times, his wives all having preceded him in death.
  About fourteen years ago he was converted in a meeting held at Summum, Ill., and was baptised and joined the Union Baptist church and has lived a conscientious Christian life.
  At the time of the Civil was he answered his country's call and joined the union army, being a private in Co. C, 119th Ill. Infantry.
  Death Certificate  119th Infantry page

Obituary for F. Viola Hadsall Easley
Rushville Times, January 5, 2000, page 13, column 6
  F. Viola Easley, 80, of Camp Point, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
  She was born Nov. 24, 1919, in East Alton, the daughter of George L. and Feena M. (Glowner) Hadsall.
  She married Carl Easley on March 12, 1950, in Hoopston. He survives.
  Also surviving are four brothers, Harrel (wife, Joanie) of Hannibal, Mo., John (wife, Virginia) of Lewistown and Samuel (wife, Gale) of Myakka City, Fla.; three sisters, Mary Hughes of Mason City, Mrs. Fred (Berneice) McKane of Columbia, Mo., and Irene Hulme of Camp Point.
  She was preceded in death by five brothers and one sister.
  She was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Camp Point.
  She had been employed as a welder at Seneca Boat yard in Ottawa, and had worked at the Boss Glove Factory in Peoria and as an Amway Distributor.
  Funeral services were Monday, Jan. 3, 2000, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with the Rev. Tom Robbins officiating. Burial was in Astoria Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church of Camp Point.

Obituary for Irene Danner Easley
Rushville Times, March 29, 2000, page 15, column 2
  Irene Easley, 98, of Macomb, formerly of Vermont, died Wednesday, March 22, 2000, at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
  She was born Sept. 2, 1901, in Leesburg, the daughter of Moses and Lydia Bubb Danner. She married Earl Easley on Dec. 24, 1927. He died July 5, 1981.
  Surviving are one son, Herbert Easley of Vermont; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Jean Easley, and a twin sister.
  She was a member of the Vermont Christian Church.
  Funeral services were Saturday at Kost Memorial Home in Vermont with Rev. Tim Gilliland officiating. Burial was in the Vermont Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Vermont Christian Church or Wesley Village Healthcare Center.

Death Notice for Nedra Haywood Easton
Rushville Times, October 29, 1964
Receives Word on Death Of Great Niece Friday
    Mrs. Esther Aten received word Friday that her great niece, Mrs. Nedra Haywood Easton, 38, of Peoria died at a hospital there Friday morning. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Haywood of Peoria, former residents of Schuyler county. She leaves five children. The funeral services were Monday.
  Note: Mrs. Esther Aten is Esther Elizabeth Copes married to Oscar "Os" Wayne Aten of Ray, Oakland Township, Schuyler County, Illinois.  If you have more info on Nedra and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Haywood, please contact Sara Hemp <cryssara@merr.com>

Obituary for Alice "Jane" Jane Griffith Eaton
Rushville Times, June 28, 2000, page 13, column 3
Jane Eaton
  Jane Eaton, 84, of Augusta, died Sunday, June 25, 2000, in Blessing Hospital in Quincy.
  She was born March 24, 1916, in Carbon Cliff, the daughter of Benjamin and Flora (McHenry) Griffith.  She married Wayne A. Eaton on May 18, 1940, in Silvis.  He died June 9, 1982.
  She is survived by one son, Gary A. (wife Karen) Eaton of Augusta; two daughters, Bonnie (husband Robert) Bogenphol of Coulterville and Judy (husband Todd) Thompson of Plymouth; one brother, David Griffith, of East Moline; one sister, Jean Neely of Silvis; eight grandchildren, including Danielle Lung of Rushville; and 10 great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by one grandson.
  She was a homemaker.
  She graduated from United Township High School in East Moline and attended Western Illinois University in Macornb.
  She was an active member of the Huntsville United Methodist Church, where she served as organist and Sunday School teacher.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, 2000, in the Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta, with Rev. Kathleen Hughes officiating.  Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Augusta.
  Memorials may be made to the Huntsville United Methodist Church.

Obituary for Barbara "Joan" Joan Ebbert
Rushville Times, October 7, 1936
  Barbara Joan Ebbert was born April 30, 1934, near Ray and went home to be with Jesus Sept. 29, 1936.
  Joan was the eighth child born to Mr. and Mrs. John Ebbert. She will be sadly missed in the home where she was so cherished, but one more rose is blooming in heaven, and heaven is made richer by our loss. Tho we do not understand God's purpose and plan when out hearts are made to ache and bleed, we know His way is always best.
  She leaves to mourn her passing, her parents, four sisters, Mrs. Leona Smith of Astoria, Lucille, Mary and Doris; three brothers, Lewis of Rushville, Paul and Victor at home, and a number of other relatives.
  Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Christian Neck community church by Rev. Frank Goodin, pastor of the First Pentecostal church at Beardstown. Interment was in the Christian Neck cemetery.
  Card Of Thanks: We wish to thank our many friends for the beautiful flowers, assistance and sympathy in our time of sorrow. Mr. and Mrs. John Ebbert and Family.
  Death Certificate

Obituary for Thomas "Tom" Wayne Eddington
Rushville Times, May 2, 2001, page 15, column 1
Thomas W. Eddington
  Thomas W. Eddington, 74, of Beardstown, died Monday, April 23, 2001, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.
  He was born Feb. 1, 1927, in McDonough County to Oliver and Myrtle (Toland) Eddington.  He married Norma E. Mathis June 25, 1960, in Rushville.  She survives.
  He also is survived by one son, Cecil Wayne (Dana) Eddington; two daughters, Debra Sue (James E. Jr.) McClure and Janice J. (Ryan Y.) Eddington Lael, both of Beardstown; one sister, Lily Mae Daniels of Rushville; and seven grandchildren.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Roy, Cecil and William Eddington; and one sister, Frances.
  Mr. Eddington graduated from Industry High School in 1945.  He served in the United States Navy during World War II from Jan. 1945 until Dec. 1947 in the Asiatic Pacific area.  He was a member of the Black Oak Church in rural Beardstown.  Mr. Eddington formerly worked for Jones Trucking in Beardstown and then worked with Operating Engineers Construction Local 965.
  Services were held Wednesday, April 25, at the Black Oak Church, with Rev. Irene DeSollar officiating.  Burial was in the Black Oak Cemetery.  Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to the Black Oak Church in Beardstown.

Obituary for Enoch Edmonston
Rushville Times, July 27, 1872
Another Old Citizen Gone.
  Enoch Edmonston, an old and well-known citizen of this county died at his residence in Bainbridge Township on Wednesday morning last, aged 71 years and 4 days. He was taken ill Friday afternoon previous to his death, while stacking hay, doubtless occasioned by overexerting himself. Mr. Edmonston was a man of extraordinary activity for one of his age and not withstanding he had accumulated a large property it was natural for him to be hard at work. The deceased was a native of North Carolina; emigrated to this county from Indiana in 1834 and settled in the vicinity of his late residence. He was a life-long member of the Democratic party which honored him several times with prominent official positions in the county. His second wife and seven children survive him, the youngest being about two years old.

Jaspar (Indiana) Courier, August 2, 1872
  Died, Mr. Enoch Edmonston, brother of our present county clerk and for many years a citizen of this county died at his late residence in Schuyler County, Illinois, on the 24th of July. He was born in North Carolina in 1801 and emigrated with his father to this county, traveling all the way on foot and carrying his rifle on his shoulder, arriving in this county, which was then a portion of Knox County, on the 4th day of March 1818. He and his father and brothers settled in Columbia Township, where they lived for many years, until the family scattered; Enoch moving to Illinois where he owned a large farm which he lived on until his death, much respected by a large circle of friends and regarded as a pioneer of that now wealthy and populous county.

Obituary for Catherine "Lucille" Lucille Bates Edwards
October 1983
Lucille Bates Edwards Dies in California
  Lucille Bates Edwards of Glendora, Calif., formerly of Rushville, died Oct. 15 at 11 p.m. in City of Hope hospital of Glendora.
  Memorial services will be held in Glendora and later at Browning when her ashes are brought to Illinois by her daughter to be interred in Messerer cemetery.
  She was born March 12, 1910 on the family farm west of Browning to Charles and Pearle Haffner Bates.  She married George Edwards Dec. 24, 1929 in Rushville.  He died on april 1, 1960.
  Surviving are one daughter, Edna Verdicchio of Glendora; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; four sisters, Ada Willard and Bula Spillers of Browning, Lelia Strong of Pleasant View and Dolores Leezer of Monmouth; one brother, Charles Bates of Roseville; several nieces and nephews and many friends.  She was preceded in death by one son, George Jr., one grandson and one brother.

Obituary for David "Fred" Frederick Edwards
Fred Edwards, 77, Dies Suddenly at His Home Friday
  Fred Edwards, Sr., 77, lifelong resident of the Pleasant View and Rushville communities, died suddenly Friday noon at his home on South Liberty Street in the city.
  Mr. Edwards was a carpenter and contractor all his life.  His exceptional ability in the profession brought him work thru out the entire county and for many years he had his four sons associated with him.  He continued in this work until his retirement late in the year of 1954.
  Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Worthington Funeral Home, in charge of the ... Rev. Leroy Cronkhite, pastor of the First Christian Church.  Burial was in the Messerer cemetery.
  David Frederick Edwards, son of Joshua and Myra Croxton Edwards, was born April 30, 1880, in Frederick township, Schuyler county and suddenly departed this life at his home in Rushville, January 31, 1958, aged 77 years, 9 months and one day.
  Mr. Edwards, the youngest of five children, was bereft of his parents in early childhood, after which he was taken into the home of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Croxton, where he shared the same love and care bestowed upon their two other foster children.
  He completed the elementary course of study in the Pleasant View public schools, and as a lad became interested in carpenter work to the extent that it was chosen as his life work - a vocation in which he was most proficient.  Today there are scores of fine homes, as well as many business establishments in this community and the adjoining counties that were erected under his supervision.
  For a number of years, Mr. Edwards was associated with Ralph Strong, under the business name of Strong & Edwards.  Following the death of Mr. Strong, the business was continued in association with his four sons.  Following his retirement in December, 1954, two of the sons, George V. and William G. took over the business contracting under the name of Edwards Brothers.
  It was on Decemer 24, 1906, that Fred Edwards was joined in marriage to Miss Sarah Ellen Trone, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Trone, pioneer residents of Schuyler county.  Theirs was a happy companionship that existed for more than half a century and they were privileged to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on December 24, 1956.
  Five children came to bless the happy marriage of Fred Edwards and Sarah Trone, namely: George V., William G., Fred Jr., and Mrs. Gertrude VanMeter, all of Rushville and Horace of Peoria.  These five children survive to comfort their widowed mother in her irreparable loss of her beloved companion.  There are also two granddaughters, Mrs. Betty Alters of Galesburg and Mrs. Jane Emerick, both of whom were reared in the home of their grandparents.  Other grandchildren are James Edwards, Sarah Eunice Edwards of Rushville and George Edwards Jr., and Edna Lou Trone of Los Angeles, California.  There are also 10 great-grandchildren.
  Fred Edwards was a good citizen, a man whose lifetime was measured by the yardstick of human kindness, and marked by his devotion to his family and loyalty to his friends.  Economy, thrift and integrity were the keynotes of his lifetime, and his love and kindness for his family, all children, his friends and his neighbors were ever in evidence.
  Preceding him in death were his parents and four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Clark, Mrs. Mary .. by, Letitia and Frances Ed..

Obituary for George Verne Edwards I
April 1959
George Edwards Dies Suddenly Friday Morning
  George Edwards, 52, a member of the contracting firm of Edwards Brother, died suddenly Friday morning in his home on East Washington street.  He had gone that morning to Ripley to work and became ill.  He died soon after being brought to his home.
  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Worthington funeral home with Rev. LeRoy Cronkhite officiating.  Burial was in the Messerer cemetery.
  George Verne Edwards, son of Fred Edwards, and Sarah Trone Edwards, was one of twin sons, George and William, born at Pleasant View June 29, 1907.
  George Edwards received his elementary education at his home school in the village of Pleasant View and atteded the Pleasant View high school.
  Fred Edwards, a master carpenter, began training his sons, George and William, in the art of building, when they were at an early age, a work in which they also became highly proficient.  In 1955 they became associeated in the contracting firm, know as Edwards & Sons, which was widely known in surrounding counties, as well as in their native county of Schuyler.  Following the death of their father two years ago, the two brothers took over the contracting business.
  It was on December 24, 1929, that George Edwards was joined in marriage to Miss Lucille Bates, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bates of Browning.  For more than 30 years, they were permitted to enjoy a happy companionship, which came to an abrupt end, in the passing of the beloved husband on Friday morning, April 1, at his home in Rushville.
  To the happy marriage of George Edwards and Lucille Bates, were born two children, George Jr., and Mrs. Edna Lou Trone, both of whom reside in covina, California.
  Beside his bereft wife and two children, Mr. Edwards is survived by his mother, Mrs. Sarah Trone Edwards, three brothers, William (his twin) and Fred of Rushville and Horace of Peoria, and one sister, Gertrude VanMeter of Rushville; also four grandchildren, Georgia Lynn, Nancy and Kathy Edwards and Terry Ann Trone of Covina, California.
  George Edwards was a man of quiet, unpretentious manner, a loving husband and father, and a devoted son, who was a great comfort to his widowed mother, and his irreparable loss to members of his family, is shared by his neighbors, and other relatives and by his friends, who were legion.

Obituary for Horace "Shorty" Monroe Edwards
unknown paper, died April 4, 1969
Horace "Shorty" M. Edwards, 56, Dies in Peoria Friday
  Horace M. Edwards, 56, of Peoria, former Schuyler county resident, passed away suddenly at his home on Friday evening.  Funeral services were held on Wednesday.

Obituary for Joseph "Joe" Joshua Edwards Death
Rushville Times, December 23, 1886
  Joshua ("Joe") Edwards, a coal digger, who lived by himself in a house on Coal Creek, about two miles west of Frederick, was found dead in his bed last Tuesday morning.  Mr. Andrew McCormack, a neighbor, went over to see him that morning about some hogs.  On opening the door he noticed some one was lying in bed, and on pulling the covers back he discovered that the man was dead.  Mr. McCormack immediately notified the neighbors, and one of them went after Fred Croxton, a brother-in-law of the deceased.  John D. Skiles, deputy coroner, went down yesterday morning and held an inquest.  Messrs. Jasper Farrar, John Greg, A. L. Farrar, William Dunlap, Jos. Johnson, Charles H. Bell and Alex Leisure were selected as jurymen.  One of the neighbors testified that he had not seen Edwards since last Sunday morning, and the remains indicated that he had been dead three or four days.  He had taken his clothes off before going to bed, and $68.65 were found in the pockets of his trousers.  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death from congestion of the heart.  His wife died several years ago, leaving him three children who are living with her relatives.  He was about 50 years old.

Margaret "Anna" Anna Croxton Edwards Death
Rushville Times, June 29, 1882
  Mrs. Anna Edwards, wife of Joseph Edwards died very suddenly Sunday evening.  She was the daughter of Mrs. Caleb Stevens.

Obituary for Maurice "Fred" Fred Edwards
died: Sept. 28, 1985
October 1985
Services Held for Fred Edwards
  Fred Edwards, 62, of Rushville died last Saturday at Culbertson Memorial hospital, Rushville.
  Services were held Tuesday at First United Presbyterian church, Rushville, the Rev. Michael Orsted officiating.  Burial was in Rushville City Cemetery, where military services were held by Schuyler Post 4 American Legion.  Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville, was in charge of arrangements.
  Born Feb. 22, 1923, in Pleasant View to David Frederick and Sara Trone Edwards, he married Roma Kepler Feb. 23, 1952, in Rushville.
  She survives, along with one son, David, of rural Rushville; two daughters, Mrs. Sarah Fuqua of Rushville and Mrs. Susan Hartl of Wheaton; and three grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
  He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a bricklayer all his life until retiring in February.
  Memorials may be made to First United Presbyterian church, Rushville.

Obituary for Sarah Ellen Trone Edwards
December 17, 1970
Rites Held Here Monday for Mrs. Sarah Edwards
  Mrs. Sarah Edwards, 86, of Rushville, died Friday at Culbertson hospital.
  Funeral services were held on Monday at 2 p.m. at the Worthington Funeral home.  The Rev. Dan Duerksen officiated with burial in Messerer cemetery.
  Mrs. Edwards was born Dec. 1, 1884, in Schuyler county, the daughter of George and Susan Wright Trone.
  She is survived by two sons, William and Fred, Jr., both of Rushville; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
  Preceding her in death were her husband, Fred Edwards; one daughter, Mrs. Gertrude Meyers; and two sons, George and Horace "Shorty" Edwards.

Obituary for William Giles Edwards I
1976
Rites are Held Monday Here for William Edwards
  William G. Edwards, retired local contractor, died Saturday evening at his home from a heart attack.
  Funeral services were held on Monday at the Worthington Funeral Home.  Rev. Daniel R. Duerksen officiated, and interment was in Rushville city cemetery.
  William Giles Edwards, son of Fred and Sara Trone Edwards, was born in Schuyler county on June 29, 1907.  He passed away at the age of 69 on July 31.
  He and his twin brother, George, were associated with his father in the contracting business, the firm being known as Edwards and Sons, Contractors.  On the death of his father and brother, Bill was joined by his son, Jim, in constructing many homes and businesses in the Rushville area.  At the time of Bill's retirement in 1972, Jim continued the family contracting business.
  Bill was proud to have served his country as a member of the U. S. Navy during Word War II.  His tour of duty took him to various places in the States and Pacific Theatre.
  He was united in marriage to Oliva Menely on January 5, 1927, and they were privileged to enjoy almost 50 years of life together.  Their first-born son, Billie, Jr., died at birth, and this union was blessed by another son, James Hugh, who survives.  Bill enjoyed his three grandsons, Bill, Mike, and Don, and one of his greatest pleasures was joining with them on a fishing trip or watching their many sports events.
  He was a member of the First United Presbyterian church in Rushville.  He was a member for many years of the Rushville Fire Department and served on different civic committees while he was an active business man.  His family was his greatest source of happiness, and they will forever mourn his loss.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George and Horace; and a sister, Gertrude.
  Surviving besides his wife, son and grandsons, is his youngest brother, Fred, of Rushville.



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