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Obituary for Betty E. Trone Ward
August 4, 1981 died
Rites for Betty E. Ward Held Here Saturday
  Mrs. Betty E. Ward, 83, died at 8:40 a.m. last Wednesday at Culbertson Memorial hospital.
  Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Worthington Funeral Home, the Rev. Evan Williams officiating.  Burial was in the Rushville Cemetery.
  She was born Dec. 8, 1897, in Browning township, Schuyler county, the daughter of Frank and Bertha Robertson Trone.  She married Ernest Ward.  He preceded her in death July 23, 1972.  She was a member of the Pleasant View Christian church.
  Surviving are one son, Stanley Tomlinson of Flint, Mich.; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by four brothers: Joseph, Luther, Herman and Edgar and two sisters: Opal and Lana.

Obituary for Catherine "Cassie" C. Lenover Ward
Rushville Times, January 11, 1933
Mrs. E. L. Ward Died Today At Home East Of This City
  Mrs. Catherine Lenover Ward, widow of Elias Leander Ward, aged 68 years died at her late home near this city after a lingering illness January 11, 1933.
  Funeral services conducted by Rev. Geo. W. Wilson will be held Friday at 2o'clock from the First M. E. Church in Rushville.  Commitment to be in Rest Haven Mausoleum beside her husband.
  Mrs. Ward, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Alex Lenover was born Sept. 5, 1865 near Rushville where she resided until her marriage to Elias Ward March 21, 1886 who preceded her in death 6 years ago.
  She is survived by 4 children: Everett and L. H. Ward and Mrs. Leslie (Lillian) King all of the vicinity of Rushville, Mrs. Pearl Whitson of Cuba, Missouri; also 1 brother, Benjamin Lenover and a sister, Mrs. Roscoe Smedley both of Schuyler Co; a sister, Mrs. Addie Dietz of Keokuk, Iowa; also 12 grandchildren.
  Submitted by: "Tammy Matthews" <tamlma@cityscape.net>

Charles Robert Ward, 1st Lt. Death
Schuyler Citizen, September 14, 1864
  Charles R. Ward died on 1 September at father's home in Camden. He was a 1st Lt. in co. F, 119th Illinois Infantry Regt.  119th page

Obituary for Elias "Leander" Leander Ward
Rushville Times, July 1927
Hogs Attack Leander Ward In Farm Field
Bainbridge Farmer, Aged Sixty-five Years Past, Found Dead In Pasture Lot On His Home Farm. Bady Badly Mutilated
  Leander Ward, native resident of Bainbridge township, suffered a horrible death Thursday evening between the hours of 6 and 9 o'clock, when he was killed and almost completely devoured by ravenous hogs at his farm home.
  Mr. Ward left the house about 6 o'clock p.m. to do his evening chores and when he failed to return to the house, as darkness came on, his wife became alarmed.  She called neighbors by telephone and Arthur Illman first responded and came at once to the farm home. After Mrs. Ward had told of her husband's long absence he went to the pasture lot where he was horrified to find a bunch of hogs surrounding the body of the aged man, who only a short time before had left his home in apparent good health. Mr. Illman experienced some trouble in driving the hogs away, and it was only when other neighbors came to assist him was this accomplished, as the taste of blood had crazed the beasts.
Identified By Circumstances
  The body was terribly mutilated and had it not been known that Mr. Ward had gone into the field and have not returned identification would have been impossible other than from the fragments of blood stained clothing that he wore. His face, arms and legs had been attacked by the hogs and almost completely devoured and the trunk of his body was badly mutilated. After the hogs had been driven from the field by the neighbors assembled the body was brought to the C.H. Hammond undertaking parlors and prepared for burial. Dr. W. F. Justus, county coronor, was notified and after an examination of the body and an interview with some of those who drove the infuriated swine away, he decided to forego holding an inquest, but instead held an inquiry and signed the death certificate on the facts as brought out in substance as stated above. Whether Mr. Ward, who was in his sixty-sixth year, was suddenly stricken by paralysis and fell dead in the hog lot, or had stumbled and fell prone on the ground while still alive, will never be known, as there was no outery and no eye wittnesses to his tragic death.
  Funeral Held Sunday
  Funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. W. Monson, were held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the First M.E. Church. Interment was made in Resthaven Mausoleum.
  The following obituary, written by a life-long friend and neighbor, was read at the service:
   Elias Leander, second child of Henry M. and Mary Ann Ward, was born in Bainbridge township, Schuyler county, March 10, 1862, and passed out of this earthly life at his farm home three miles from Rushville, on July 21, 1927, aged 65 years, 4months and 11 days. He was united in marriage to Carrie C. Lenover March 21, 1886. To this union were born four children: Everett, Leander H., Abbie Lilly King of Schuyler county and Ollie Pearl Whitson of Cuba, Mo., all of whom with the wife are left to mourn the loss of a husband and father.
   Some time after forty years ago he with his wife united with the Southern M. E. Church at Mt. Carmel, under the ministration of H. H. Jones. Altho not of a very strong or robust constitution yet he was noted for his energy and perseverance and for his remarkable habits of industry.
  He is also survived by one half-brother, John A., and three half-sisters, Mrs. Dora Dodds, Mrs. Rosannah Lenover and Adaline Bowman, also thirteen grandchildren.
  On the day of his death he assisted in putting hay in the barn and after eating supper went to drive some hogs to the pasture, and to bring up the cows, but not returning as soon as his wife thought he should, and being bodily crippled with rheumatism herself, she called some neighbors over the telephone to look for him, which resulted in finding his lifeless body in the pasture not far from the public highway, and thus was the sudden and unexpected passing away of this father, husband, friend, neighbor, and good citizen. We are again reminded of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death.

Obituary for Earnest/Ernest Ward
July 27, 1972
Ernest Ward Dies Sunday At Culbertson Hospital.
  Ernest Ward 86, retired school teacher and carpenter, died Sunday afternoon at Culbertson Memorial hospital.
  Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 11 a. m. at the Worthington Funeral home, with Collis Trone officiating.  Burial will be in Rushville cemetery.
  He was born on June 12, 1886, in Humbolt, Kansas, son of Grant and Rebecca Weiss Ward.  He is survived by his wife, the former Betty Trone; three sons, Marshall of Macomb, Howard of Peoria, Shelby of Canton; one daughter Mrs. Ardis Jett of Canton; one step-son Stanley Tomlinson of Flint, Michigan: two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Cole of rural Havana and Mrs. Hazel Grove of Summum; 11 grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Harley.

Obituary for James Rufus Ward
Rushville Times, August 12, 1931
James R. Ward
  James R. Ward, World War Veteran, died Monday at the home of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Ward in Bainbridge township.
  Funeral services conducted by Rev. H. M. Cady were held Wednesday at Mt. Carmel church at 2 p.m. Interment in Gillette cemetery.
  Mr. Ward is survived by his wife, 3 children, James LaVerne, Marcia Fern and Albert, his parents, one brother Fred of Alpha and two sisters, Ruth, wife of Harry Milby of Littleton township, and Florence Ward residing at home.
  James Rufus Ward was born in Bainbridge township August 10, 1898 and departed this life August 10, 1931 aged 33 years. James the third son of Charles B. and Laura Ward was born and raised on the Ward homestead farm where he resided until he married Ruth Fern Hindman, January 29, 1921. To this union three children were born, James LaVerne, Marcia Fern, and Albert Eugene. On July 29, 1918 he enlisted in the naval service and on August 13, 1919 received his honorable discharge. At the age of 9 years he united with the M. E. church at Mt. Carmel.
  He spent several months in the Woodman Sanitarium of Woodman, Colo., later entering Veterans hospital at Tucson, Ariz. after 1 1/2 months there, he returned home.

Obituary for Laura J. McCoy Ward
Rushville Times, Nov. 17, 1999, page 17, column 3
Laura Ward
  Laura J. Ward, 94, of Mt. Sterling, died Thursday, Nov. 11, 1999, at St. Vincent's Home in Quincy.
  Born May 30, 1905, in Hersman to Arthur A. and Lizzie Newby McCoy, she married Merle E. Ward on Dec. 24, 1924, in Mt. Sterling.  He died April 6, 1991.
  One sister, one brother and one stepsister also preceded her in death.
  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. LeeRoy (Wilma) Behymer of Mt. Sterling, and Mrs. Harold (Rita) Pickinpaugh and Mrs. John (Doris) Howell, both of Quincy; one sister, Eleanor McCoy of Urbana; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
  She and her husband farmed near Hersman for several years.
  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Christ in Mt. Sterling, where she was a former member of the Missionary Society.
  She also was a member of Schuyler-Brown Home Extension and Mt. Sterling Senior Citizens.
  Services were Monday at Hufnagel Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling.  The Rev. Richard Young officiated.  Burial was in Hersman Cemetery in Hersman.
  Memorials may be made to her church, Mt. Sterling Senior Citizens or the Blessing Foundation for Hospice.

Obituary for Lucy E. Lafary Ward
Rushville Times, November 29, 2000, page 15, column 4
Lucy Ward
  Lucy E. Ward, 77, of rura1 Astoria, died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at Prairieview Care Center in Lewistown.
  She was born March 22, 1923, in Farmers Township, Fulton County, the daughter of Emmett and Bessie (Lawver) Lafary.  She married Dale M. Ward on Aug. 29, 1940, in Ft. Madison, Iowa.  He died June 23, 1995.  She also was preceded in death by one sister.
  Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Fred (Karen) Smith of West York, Mrs. Wally (Sharon) Hammond of Canton, Frances Weaver of Sterling and Mrs. Duane (Donna) Loudenburg of Bradford; four sons, Ronald (and Linda) Ward of Cuba, Gary (and Diana) Ward of Bushnell, Larry (and Debra) Ward of Lewistown, and Dennis Ward of Lewistown; 20 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.
  She was a homemaker.
  Graveside services were Sunday, Nov. 26, with Collis Trone officiating at the Randall Cemetery near Bernadotte.  Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to Christmas Fund c/o Prairieview Care Center in Lewistown.

Obituary for Roy Dean Ward II
Rushville Times, November 1, 2000, page 14A, column 4
  Roy D. Ward Jr., 48, of Beardstown, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2000, at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.
  He was born Nov. 29, 1951, in Marietta, Ohio, to Roy Dean and Glenna Mae Nutter Ward.
  Surviving are four sons, Jeremy and Terry, both of Beardstown, Jason (wife Julie) of Rushville, and Todd of Fremont, Neb.; three grandchildren; three sisters, Linda (husband George) Forshey of Vincent, Ohio, Sandra (husband Tim) Snelling of Zanesville, Ohio, and Cynthia (husband Dan) Stout of Lowell, Ohio; one nephew and three nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents.
  He was an Army veteran, serving from 1971 to 1974. He graduated in 1971 from Nelsonville Technical Institute in Ohio. Since 1986, he worked as a USDA meat inspector for Excel Corp., formerly Oscar Mayer Co., in Beardstown. Before that, he worked for Madison Foods in Madison, Neb.
  Services will be Thursday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Beardstown. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday at Sager Funeral Home, where the family will be present from 5-8 p.m. Burial will be in Beardstown City Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Death and Obituary of Shirley Joan Busby Ward
Three Rushville Residents Dead After Head-on Collision
Rushville Times, January 10, 2001, page 1, column 4
  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 1
Shirley Ward
  Shirley Joan Ward, 52, of Rushville, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident.
  She was born July 15, 1948, in Rushville, the daughter of Ivan and Rose (Dean) Busby.  She married Donald Ward on June 22, 1968, in Rushville.  He survives.
  Also surviving are her mother of Rushville; two daughters, Lynn Stover (husband Jeff) and Beth Read (husband Mark) all of Rushville; five grandchildren; one brother, Michael Busby of Rushville; and one niece and one nephew.
  She was preceded in death by her father and one brother, Charles Busby.
  A 1971 graduate of Graham School of Nursing, she was a registered nurse at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville for 29 years, serving as the Director of Nursing since 1993.
  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Rushville, Culbertson Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and the Illinois Organization of Nurse Leaders.  She enjoyed spending time and babysitting her grandchildren.
  Memorial services were Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Scott Henley officiating.  Burial of the cremains followed in the Rushville City Cemetery.  The Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville was in charge of the services.
  Memorials may be given to Culbertson Memorial Hospital or the First United Methodist Church.

Obituary of Bertha M. Giddings Wardell
Rushville Times, Thursday Feb. 23, 1978, page 8
Rites for Bertha Wardell held on Wednesday.
  Mrs. Bertha M. Wardell, 84, of Macomb, formerly of Schuyler County died Sunday at McDonough Distrist Hospital in Macomb, IL.
  Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1pm. at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell, IL. with burial in Palm Cemetery southwest of Rushville, IL.
  She was born on Aug. 30, 1893, at Clayton, IL. a daughter of Perry and Rebecca Giddings. She married Harry Wardell on May 25, 1912, at Virginia, IL. He died in August 1957.
  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Vera Boyd of Canton, IL; and six sons, Frank of Ellisville, IL., James of Santa Clara, Calif., Morris of Princeville, IL, Lyle of Smithfield, IL., Harry of Florida, IL., and Charles of New Lenox, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and one sister.

Obituary of Dora Jane Vancil Wardell
Rushville Times, November 23, 1967
Rites Held in Macomb for Dora Jane Wardell
  Mrs. Dora Jane Wardell, 80, of Macomb, former Schyuler county resident, died last Tuesday at McDonough District Hospital. She had been in failing health for several years.
  She was born April 22, 1887 in Bainbridge township, Schuyler County, the daughter of John and Loesa Icenogle Vancil.
  She resided in this city until moving to Macomb in 1919. She was a member of the Rushville Baptist Church..
  In 1904 she was married to Fred Burton Wardell. He died Oct 3, 1939.
  Surviving are three children, William John Wardell of Adair; Mrs. Ethel Mae Gray of Rock Island; and Mrs. Mary Wilkins of Macomb; two brothers Herman Vancil of Hazel Park, Mich. and Homer Vancil of this city; two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Goodwin of this city and Mrs. Hattie Lisenbee of Macomb; three grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. Two sons and a daughter died in infancy. Two brothers, Carl and Eber, died previously.
  Funeral services were held last Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen chapel in Macomb with Rev. Cecil Swindle officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery.

Obituary for Helen Rose McDowell Wardell
Rushville Times, May 3, 2000, page 17, column 3
Helen Wardell
  Helen Wardell, 87, of Rushville, died Monday, May 1, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
  She was born Feb. 13, 1913, in Woodstock Township, Schuyler County; the daughter of the late William and Julia Clark Rose.
  A graduate of Rushville High School, she worked several years as a secretary to J. M. Loring, James Long, and Sterling Swearingen.
  At the beginning of WW II, she worked at the first defense plant in Illinois at Illiopolis.  She was later transferred to Bakersfield, Calif., Knoxville, Tenn., and various other defense plants.
  She married L. A. McDowell on July 3, 1946.  He preceded her in death in 1969.
  She was an animal lover and helped many animals that needed a home.  She was a former member of the Schuyler Home Extension and the Federation of Women.  She volunteered for a number of years for the Multiple Sclerosis Organization in New Jersey.  She attended the First Southern Baptist Church in Rushville.
  She is survived by one son, Dennis Wardell of Macomb; one daughter, Denise Peterman of Rushville; and two granddaughters.
  She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Harvey Rose; and two sisters, Vera Rose and Nettie Malcomson.
  Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel in Rushville with Rev. Mike Cooper officiating.  Burial will follow in the Rushville City Cemetery.  There will be no visitation.
  Memorials may be given to the Schuyler County Senior Citizens Center.

Obituary for James Wardell
Rushville Times, Sept. 4, 1969
Rites Held Thursday for James Wardell, 89
  Funeral services for James Wardell, 89, of Plymouth was held Thursday at 10 am. in the Cookson Funeral home in Plymouth. The Rev. James Weiss officiated with interment in Palm cemetery south west of the city.
  Mr. Wardell died Tuesday morning in McDonough District Hospital where he had been a patient since Aug. 19.
  He was born July 9, 1880, the son of Francis and Nancy Robbins Wardell. He was married to the former Susie Thrap at Rushville.
  He worked in the oil fields at Colmar from 1913-1920, then farmed near Rushville. He later operated a grocery store. Ten years ago he retired and moved to Plymouth. He was a member of the Methodist church.
  He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. B. G. Drake of Peoria; one brother, Earl of Santa Monica, Calif.; six grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; and two great- great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two children, Hazel and Francis; three brothers, Lester, Sammy, and Henry; and two sisters, Myrtle and Lilly.

Obituary for Peggy L. Gossage Warden
Rushville Times, May 16, 2001, page 7B, column 4
Peggy Warden
  Peggy L. Warden, 66, of Beardstown, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
  She was born Oct. 18, 1934, in Bainbridge Township in Schuyler County, the daughter of Samuel and Velva Amelia Croxton Gossage.  She married Robert James Warden on May 25, 1957, at the home of his sister in Beardstown.  He preceded her in death in September 1988.
  Surviving are one son, Pete Warden (wife Debbie) of Beardstown; two daughters, Teresa Szabo (husband John) and Penny DeLoche, both of Beardstown; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one son, Marty Warden, and five brothers, Paul, Leslie, David, Charlie, and Jack "Mick" Gossage.
  Mrs. Warden attended school in Schuyler County.  She assisted her husband on the family farm in the South Drainage District near Beardstown.  An avid reader and a Braves baseball fan, she also loved to play Bingo, travel and be with her family.
  Funeral services were held Monday, May 14, at the Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with Mike Courson of the First Christian Church in Beardstown officiating.  Burial was in the Beardstown City Cemetery.
  Memorials have been suggested to Gambro Healthcare-Jacksonville or Cass County Visiting Nurses.

Death Notice for Mary Speed Warren
Rushville Times, November 17, 1920
Death of Mrs. Augustus Warren
  On Tuesday morning a telegram came to Mathias Speed of this city giving news of the death of his only sister, Mrs. Mary Warren, widow of the late Augustus Warren, at her home in Minneapolis, Minn., where the family has resided since removing from Rushville thirty years ago. Interment will be in Minneapolis.

William Speed Warren Death
Schuyler Citizen, August 10, 1864
  William Speed Warren, died of 7 August, aged 4 months, son of Augusta and Mary Warren.

Obituary for Goldie M. Leonhard Watkins
Rushville Times, September 13, 2000, page 13, column 1
Goldie Watkins
  Goldie M. Watkins, 102, a longtime resident of Chandlerville, died at Heritage Manor East in Beardstown Tuesday morning Sept. 5, 2000.
  She was born Dec. 8, 1897, in Bluff Springs, the daughter of George H. and Della P. Moulton-Leonhard.  She married Roy Watkins on March 8, 1922, in Beardstown.  He died May 14, 1980.  She also was preceded in death by five brothers, Homer, Kenneth, Leo, Lloyd, and Wilbur, and three sisters, Mae Kirchner, Leda Goff, and Irene Leonard.
  Mrs. Watkins is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Jack (Phyllis) Hutchings of Coconut Creek, Fla.; four grandchildren; three great-grandsons; and one sister, Helen Douglas of Pittsfield.
  She received her high school diploma and attended Western Illinois University to obtain her teaching certificate.  She taught at Brick School and in the Panther Creek area.  Mr. and Mrs. Watkins also operated a Dairy Queen at Burlington, Iowa.  They later owned and operated Watkins Drug Sundries.  She was a member of Bluff Springs United Methodist Church, Home Extension, and Cass County Heart Association.
  Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown with Rev. Sue Bailey officiating.  Graveside services followed at the Beardstown City Cemetery on the Springfield Road.  Burial was in the Cline Perpetual Care Section of the Beardstown City Cemetery.
  Memorials [may] be made to the donor's choice.

Obituary for Ina Elizabeth Lewis Weaver
Rushville Times, Wednesday, Oct. 13, 1999, page 9A, column 5
Ina Weaver
  Ina Elizabeth (Lewis) Weaver, 102, of Beardstown, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 1999, at Heritage Manor South.
  She was born Aug. 17, 1897, in Jasper County, Ingraham, Illinois. She was the daughter of Enoch and Ella (Stanley) Lewis.  She married John A. Weaver of Edgewood on May 4, 1919.
  She was received into the Adventist Fellowship on Sept. 16, 1967, at Noble.  Mr. and Mr. Weaver moved to Beardstown on April 27, 1979 from Salem.
  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; a daughter, Mary Ellen Alderson, a son, William Lewis Weaver, two sons-in-law, Roland Alderson and James W. Pigg; a daughter-in-law, Kathryne Weaver; a great-grandson, Cody Alderson; three sisters and one brother.
  She is survived by one daughter, Eva Ruth Pigg of Beardstown; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
  Memorials may be made to Heritage Manor South Activity Fund.
  Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday; Oct. 13, 1999, at the Farina Chapel Cemetery of Farina.  Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home of Beardstown is in charge of the arrangements.

Obituary for Clair E. Webb
Rushville Times, April 5, 2000, page 17, column 4
  Clair E. Webb, 93, of Astoria, died Sunday, April 2, 2000, at Astoria Healthcare Center.
  He was born Feb. 9, 1907, in Summum, the son of Charles B. and Ethel D. Smith Webb.
  He married Margaret Louise Parr on Feb. 15, 1932. She died April 19, 1973.
  He also was preceded in death by one granddaughter, five brothers and two sisters.
  Surviving are one son, William (wife Sara) Webb of Loveland, Colo; three grandsons; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Maurice Webb of Lewistown, Walter Webb of Astoria, and Floyd Webb of Lewistown; and one sister, Mildred Slaight of Canton.
  He worked at the Key Coal Company and Astoria Fibra Steel Company, both at Astoria, and also was a retired farmer.
  Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2000, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with visitation one hour before services at the Shawgo Memorial Home. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Astoria.

Obituary for Donald "Don" D Webel
Rushville Times, Jan. 19, 2000, page 13, column 1
Don Webel
  Don Webel, 64, of Pittsfield, formerly of Fishhook, died Monday evening, Jan. 17, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.  Arrangements are pending at the Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Pittsfield.

Obituary for Pat Mullins Webel
Rushville Times, Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1990, page 13, column 3.
Pat Mullins Webel
  Pat Webel, 64, of Pittsfield formerly of Fishhook, died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 1999, at her residence.
  She was born Nov. 19, 1935, in Fishhook, the daughter of Clifford and Yvonne Whitaker Mullins.  She married Donald D. Webel on June 22, 1956, in Perry.  He survives.
  She also is survived by two sons, Mick and Dave, both of Pittsfield; two grandchildren; and one sister Marilyn (husband John) Bauer of Pittsfield.  She was preceded in death by her parents.
  Mrs. Webel was a 1953 graduate of Perry High School and attended Western Illinois Teachers College in Macomb.  Her past employment included Likes Jewelry Store in Quincy, Mt. Sterling Democrat Message newspaper, and the Western Express newspaper.  She was co-founder and a member of the Pat, Linda and Company Song and Dance Troop, which later became the Zebulon Trio.  She also sang with "Sounds of Us" throughout the area.  She was a member of the Fishhook United Methodist Church in Fishhook.
  Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 27, 1999, at the Skinner-Airsman-Hires Funeral Home in Griggsville with burial at Wilson Cemetery in Perry.
  Memorials are suggested to the Blessing Hospice/Pike County Unit.

Obituary for Hildreth G. Fey Maddock Worley Weber
Rushville Times, March 8, 2000, page 15, column 4
Hildreth Weber
  Hildreth G. Weber, 93, of Macomb, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
  She was born Feb. 18, 1907, in Schuyler County, the daughter of William and Myrtle Cooper Fey.  She was married to Clarence Maddock, Frank Worley and Virgil Weber, and all are deceased.
  She is survived by two sons, Darrell (wife Enid) Maddock of Plymouth, Ind., and Richard (wife Katy) Worley of Gatesville, Texas; four granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen Lewis of Ripley.
  She was preceded in death by two sisters, E. Lucille Lewis and Mildred Hetrick.
  She was a charter member of the Church of God Abrahamic Faith.  She was an organist, pianist and teacher for more than 50 years, and was a member of Macomb Raritan Bridge Club for 50+ years.  She was very active in YWCA and Senior Citizens and drove many years to get people to vote.  She attended music college in Quincy.  She was the organist at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home for over 45 years.
  Funeral services were Monday at the Church of God Abrahamic Faith with Rev. Michael Brown officiating.  Burial was in the Ripley Cemetery.  Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home in Macomb was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to Church of God Abrahamic Faith or McDonough District Hospital's Hospice Program.

Obituary for Wilma E. Baumgarter Hackett Weber
Rushville Times, Wednesday, June 6, 2001, page 13, column 2
Wilma Weber
  Wilma E. Weber, 85, of the Clayberg Fulton County Nursing Center in Cuba, formerly of Lewistown, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001, at the nursing home.
  She was born Sept. 8, 1915, in Havana, the daughter of Hart and Carrie (Severns) Baumgarter.  She married Steve Hackett on Oct. 3, 1936, in Pontiac.  He died in January 1959.  She later married Ernest Weber on March 6, 1966, at Lewistown.  He died in September 1989.  She also was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.
  Surviving are one son, Kirby Hackett of Farmington; one daughter, Mrs. David (Jean) Lidwell of Canton; two granddaughters and two sisters, Norene Derry of Peoria, and Mrs. Robert (Emily) Curless of Astoria.
  She had worked as a receptionist and secretary for Dr. Dohner and Dr. Wall in Rushville, and for Dr. Thompson in Lewistown.  She had also worked at the Fulton Democrat newspaper, and the former Lewistown News.
  She was a member of the Lewistown United Methodist Church.  Graveside services were held Thursday, May 31, at White Chapel Memory Gardens in Canton, with the Rev. Jon Sims officiating.  Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Central Illinois.

Obituary for Donald Floyd Weishaar
Rushville Times, Feb. 9, 2000, page 13, column 1
Donald Weishaar
  Donald F. Weishaar, 89, of Browning, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2000, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
  He was born March 26, 1910, in Browning, the son of Charles and Lula (Seymore) Weishaar.  He married Zelma Fern Harris Nov. 16, 1929, in Beardstown.  She died Jan. 13, 1999.
  He also was preceded in death by two brothers, Homer and Frank, and one sister, Ila Winston.
  Surviving are two daughters, Elaine Stroop of Pekin and Elsie Gobel of Browning; one son, Jerry Weishaar of Browning, nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Beulah Trone of Pekin; and one brother, Charles Weishaar of Browning.
  He was a member of the Assembly of God Church and had been a minister in the Camden and Augusta areas for 30 years, and was a commercial fisherman for more than 70 years.
  Graveside services were Saturday, Feb. 5, 2000, at Browning Cemetery with Collis Trone officiating.  The Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of services.

Obituary for Jerry L. Weishaar
Rushville Times, June 6, 2001, page 13, column 2
Eagle Publications, June 7, 2001
Jerry L. Weishaar
  Jerry L. Weishaar, 63, Browning, died at 8:20 a.m. Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Mason District Hospital, Havana.
  He was born Aug. 17,1937, in Rushville, the son of Donald F. and Zelma Fern (Harris) Weishaar. He married Norma Gale Nov. 5, 1960, in Havana. She survives.
  He is also survived by two sons, Tim (Christi) Weishaar, Rushville, and Marty (Nikki Tigar) Weishaar, Browning; one daughter, Cindy (Darin) Foster, Macomb; five grandchildren, Adam, Benjamin and Nicholas Weishaar, Matthew Keller and Kylie Foster; and two sisters, Elaine (Bill) Stroup, Pekin, and Elsie (Virgil) Gobel, Browning.
  He was preceded in death by his parents.
  He served in the Navy and the Marines during the Korean conflict. He worked at International Harvester Co. in Canton for 21 years, retiring in 1991. He also worked as a commercial fisherman. He belonged to the Canton Moose Lodge #784 and attended the Browning Christian Church.
  Services were held Tuesday, June 5, 2001, at the Shawgo Memorial Home, Astoria, with the Rev. Pat Clements officiating. Burial was at Browning Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

Obituary for Zelma Fern Harris Weishaar
Rushville Times, January 20, 1999
  Zelma F. Weishaar, 85, of Browning, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1999, at Heritage Manor East in  Beardstown.
  She was born March 7, 1913, in Browning, the daughter of William and Caroline (Himmel) Harris. She married Donald Weishaar on Nov. 16, 1929 in Beardstown. He survives. She also is survived by two daughters, Elaine Stroup of Pekin and Elsie Gobel of Browning; one son, Jerry Weishaar of Browning; nine grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.
  She was a member of the Browning Assembly of God Church and was a homemaker.
  Graveside services were Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, at Browning Cemetery. Jerry Houchins officiated. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of services. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary for Patricia JoAnn Rairdan Welker
Rushville Times, February 21, 2001, page 13, column 5
  Patricia JoAnn Welker, 60, of Astoria, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.
  She was born June 5, 1940, in Havana, the daughter of Fred and Margret (DeMoss) Rairdan. She married Franklin J. Welker on Dec. 3, 1956 in Havana. He survives.
  Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Delmar (Bonnie) Clark of Ipava; two sons, Bruce (wife Ranae) Welker and Billie (wife Traci) Welker, both of Princeville; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, and mother-[in-law] Dena (DeMoss) Jones.
  She was a member of the Astoria Christian Church. She worked for L.R. Nelson in Peoria and Princeville for 10 years.
  Services were Monday, Feb. 19, at Astoria Christian Church with Gary Sheets officiating. Burial was at Summum Cemetery near Astoria. Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of services.
  Memorials may be made to her church or OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Obituary for C. "Connie" Constance Pierson Wells
Constance Wells
  C. Constance  "Connie" Wells, 92, of Rushville, died Monday, Sept. 20, 1999, at the Heritage Manor South Nursing Home in Beardstown.
  She was born Dec. 4, 1906, in Altamont, to the late Albert and Mary Poorman Pierson.  She married Harold L. Wells, Oct. 1, 1945, in Rushville.  He died Nov. 4, 1983.
  Surviving are a sister-in-law, Millicent Sayers of Macomb; three brothers-in-law, Russell Wells of Augusta, Keith Wells of Macomb, James Wells of Winston, Calif., numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
  She attended Southern Illinois State Teachers College in Carbondale from 1924-1926, and received her bachelors of education degree from Illinois State Teachers College, Bloomington in 1931.  She then received her masters of arts degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana in 1939.  She taught school in Beecher City, for one year, Mendora for three years, Pawnee for 2 1/2 years, Altamont for 5 1/2 years, Sullivan for two years and Rushville for 26 years, retiring in 1966.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rushville; Be-kik-a-nin-ee Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution; Schuyler-Brown Retired Teachers Association; Delta-Kappa-Gamma National Teachers Sorority.
  Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville with Rev. Scott Henley officiating.  Burial will be in the Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn. Visitation will be from noon until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church in Rushville.

Charles W. Wells
Rushville Times, August 23, 1923
  Charles W. Wells of Canton died at the Graham hospital Monday evening of last week from burns received when a gasoline blowtorch he was using exploded and set fire to his clothing, burning almost his entire body.

Obituary for Henrietta Hendrix Welty
Rushville Times, October 8, 1925
Mrs. William Welty Buried In Camden Sunday
  Funeral services for Mrs. William Welty, who died at the home in Camden on Friday, were held from the M.E. church in Camden on Sunday at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J. M. Shields of Brooklyn, and the interment was in the King cemetery beside her husband.
  Henrietta Welty, daughter of William and Eliza Hendrix, was born in Stanford county, North Carolina, June 1st, 1843; departed this life September 25th, 1925; aged 82 years, 3 months and 25 days.
  She was united in marriage to William Welty of Schuyler county, June 2d, 1861. To this union was born six daughters, two of whom and the husband, who died Dec. 7, 1897, have preceded her to that better land.
  She was converted and gave her heart to God in her early womanhood and in later years united with the M.E. church at Camden.
  She leaves  to mourn her death four daughters: Mrs. Eliza Ewing, Mrs. Flora Stout of Augusta; Mrs. Lizzie Mason, Rushville; Mrs. Carrie Quinn of Camden; thirteen grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one brother, Geo. N. Hendrix of Portland, Oregon, and a host of relatives and friends.

Obituary for Edward "Moose" Wessel
Rushville Times, August 23, 2000, page 13, column 3
Edward Wessel
  Edward "Moose" Wessel, 80, of Frederick, died Sunday, Aug. 20, 2000, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.
  He was born Nov. 21, 1919, in Beardstown, the son of George and Evalee Wubker Wessel.  He married Lucille Brown on Oct. 11, 1941, in Palmyra, Mo.  She preceded him in death on April 27, 1994.
  Surviving are two sons, Jon "Tony" Wessel (wife Brenda) of Frederick and Dan Wessel (wife Nancy) of Jacksonville; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one brother, Harry Wessel of Quincy; and one sister, Geneva Unland of Beardstown.
  He also was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother, Paul.
  He graduated from Beardstown High School in the class of 1938.  He was a former member of the Moose Lodge in Beardstown and Rushville.  He was employed as a tool and die maker and also a steam fitter for many years.
  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, at Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown with Rev. Richard Young of the Ripley Church of God officiating.  Burial will be in the Messerer Cemetery near Frederick.
  Memorials have been suggested to the Cass/Schuyler Hospice.

Obituary for Larry W. Westlake
Rushville Times, March 21, 2001, page 15, column 1
Larry Westlake
  Larry W. Westlake, 47, of Browning, died Monday, March 19, 2001, at his parents' home.
  He was born March 10, 1954, in Rushville, the son of Glenn and Genevie (Worthington) Westlake.
  He was preceded in death by one brother, Dale, and an infant sister, Pamela.
  Surviving are his parents of rural Browning; four brothers, Glenn Allen (and Martina) Westlake of Astoria, Ronald (and Nancy) Westlake of Browning, Marvin (and Rebecca) Westlake of Mt. Carmel, and Gary (and Diane) Westlake of Browning; three sisters, Mrs. Wilmer (Linda) Gale of Astoria, Mrs. Ron (Julia) Rayburn of Morton, and Tami Clements of Browning; one sister-in-law, Darlene Westlake of Browning; 20 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
  He was a member of the Bader Christian Church.  His pastimes included driving cars and raising rabbits.  He worked at Astoria Fibra Steel and the Ansco Company in Astoria.
  Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 21 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Rev. Scott Neal.  Burial will be in the Browning Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or the Bader Christian Church.

Funeral Notice of Amanda Elizabeth Bryan Wetzel
Amanda E. Wetzel
Born August 18, 1844
Died February 2, 1921
  Aged 76 Years, 5 Months and 17 Days
  Funeral services will be held at the U. B. church, Friday, February 4, 1921, at 1:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. Ella Niswonger, assisted by Rev. J. E. Fry.
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mothers 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."
  Note: she was the wife of John Baltzer Wetzel
Obituaries for Christopher Wetzel
Christopher Wetzel
  Christopher Wetzel was born in Car???, Pennsylvania, July 13, 1813, and moved to Augusta, Virginia, in his boyhood; was married to Miss Sarah Cook, February 17, 1835. Nine children were the fruit of this union, one of whom died in infancy.  The remaining eight joined with their father in sorrow at the death of mother and wife in January 1889, almost six years ago.  Father Wetzel moved to Fulton county, Illinois, in 1836, when the country was sparcely settled, and endured the hard ships of pioneer life; but by hard labor and good management he was successful in securing a good home for himself and made liberal provision for each of his children.  The deceased was reared in the Lutheran church living a careful moral life until 1861, when he was converted and joined the church of the United Brethren in Christ, beginning at this time the active work of a christian life.  He manifested an interest in the success of the church, and was a liberal supporter of the same.  His money has helped in the erection of several houses of worship; the one in which his funeral services were held received valuable aid from his hand.  In his family government Father Wetzel was firm, but kind; and ever after his conversion he was faithful in the observance of family worship, this being the last act of his life.  While kneeling in his home on the evening of October 4th, 1894, offering his petition to God, he was taken up with his petition at the ripe old age of eighty-one years, two months and twenty one days.  Four sons and four daughters are left to mourn the loss of a loving father, but in their deepest grief there is great comfort in the thought that it is not far from the family altar to the throne of God.
  On Saturday p. m., a large concourse of relatives and friends assembled at the family residence on Main street and followed the remains to Oak Grove Chapel where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. D. E. Baer, assisted by Rev. J. B. Miller.
  The body was interred in Oak Grove cemetery by the side of the remains of Mother Wetzel to await together the resurrection call.

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  .. was born in  Carlisle, …   …, 1813, and died upon his knees in family worship, at his home in Astoria, Ill., October  …….   He was reared in the Lutheran Church, ..ing a careful, moral life until 1861, when he was converted and joined the Church of the Untied Brethren in Christ, beginning at this time the active work of a Christian life.  Father Wetzel manifested an interest in the success of the Church, and was a liberal supporter of the same.  He will long be remembered by members of congregations who worship in churches which his money helped to build.  Four sons and four daughters mourn the loss of a kind, Christian father.

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Obituary.
  Christopher Wetzel was born in Carlyle, Pennsylvania, July 13, 1813 and moved to Augusta, Virginia, in his boyhood; was married to Miss Sarah Cook, February 17, 1835.  Nine children were the fruit of this union, one of whom died in infancy.  The remaining eight joined with their father in sorrow at the death of mother and wife in January 1889, almost six years ago.  Father Wetzel moved to Fulton county, Illinois, in 1836, when the country was sparcely settled, and endured the hardships of pioneer life; but by hard labor and good management he was successful in securing a good home for himself and made liberal provision for each of his children.  The deceased was reared in the Lutheran church living a careful moral life until 1861, when he was converted and joined the church of the United Brethren in Christ, beginning at this time the active work of a christian life.  He manifested an interest in the success of the church, and was a liberal supporter of the same.  His money has helpful in the erection of several houses of worship; the one in which his funeral services were held received valuable aid from his hand.  In his family government Father Wetzel was firm, but kind; and ever after his conversion he was faithful in the observance of family worship, this being the last act of his life.  While kneeling in his home on the evening of October 4th, 1894, offering his petition to God, he was taken up with his petition at the ripe old age of eighty-one years, two months and twenty one days.  Four sons and four daughters are left to mourn the loss of a loving father, but in their deepest grief there is great comfort in the thought that it is not far from the family altar to the throne of God.
  On Saturday p.m. a large concourse …

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  Christopher Wetzel was born in Carlisle, Pa., July 13, 1813, and died upon his knees in family worship, at his home in Astoria, Ill., October ??, 1894.  He was reared in the Lutheran Church, living a careful, moral life until 1861, when he was converted and joined the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, beginning at this time the active work of a Christian life.  Father Wetzel manifested an interest in the success of the Church, and was a liberal supporter of the same.  He will ??? {long} be remembered by members of congregations ??? worship in churches which his money helped ?? build.  Four sons and four daughters mourn ??? loss of a kind, Christian father.

Note: All clippings look like they came from different papers.

Christopher Wetzel Funeral Notice
Hand Written Funeral Notice Card
Funeral Notice
  Died September 4th 1894 Christopher Wetzel, aged 81 years, two months and twenty-two days.  Funeral services will be held at the Oak Grove church at 1 o'clock p. m. Saturday September 6, 1894.
  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 Cynthia Jane Clark Wetzel
Mrs. Cynthia Wetzel Dies; Funeral Thursday
  Mrs. Cynthia Wetzel died this morning at her home in Broadway following an illness covering over two months.  Her condition had not been alarming until the last day or two.  She passed away at 6:30 o'clock this morning and all her children were at her bedside at the time of death.
  The deceased was a daughter of Benjamin and Anna Smith Clark and was born at Columbus, Ohio, June 2, 1841 making her past 77 years of age at the time of death.
  On February 14, 1867, she was united in marriage with George H. Wetzel who died a number of years ago.  She is survived by four children, being Elmer Wetzel of Kiowa, Kansas; Toler Wetzel and Mrs. Sarah Davis of Lewistown and Mrs. Permelia Monroe of Greely, Colorado.  A half sister, Mrs. Elsie Moorhouse resides in Missouri.
  Mrs. Wetzel was a member of the Methodist church, having united with the church when she was sixteen years of age.
  The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Methodist church and interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery.  Rev. Paul Nestler will have charge of the services.  It is requested that friends will omit flowers.
  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 Daniel W. Wetzel
  Daniel W. Wetsel {Wetzel}, son of George and Sarah {Nebergall} Wetsel {Wetzel} ????? {born March 10, 1844}, in Augusta County, Virginia, died May 23, 1910.  The family moved to Table Rock, Illinois, where they lived several years, and from there to the old home place, near which almost his entire life was spent.  Enlisting in the Union army, October 6, 1861, he served three years without furlough.  He married Matilda S. Lutz, February 7, 1867.  To then were born four daughters and one son.  The moved to McDonough County in 1868, living there five years.  There he joined the Pilot Grove church, remaining a member till moving back to the old home, where he was a faithful servant till death.  He left a wife, one daughter, four grandchildren, three great grandchildren, four brothers, two sisters and a host of friends and relatives.  - V. W. Overton.
  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 George Harrison Wetzel
George H. Wetzel
  George H. Wetzel, one of Lewistown township's best and most highly respected citizens, died on Wednesday of last week at his farm residence a short distance east of town.  A few weeks ago he was stricken with kidney troubles.  He was taken to Chicago where an operation was performed, but the relief sought was not obtained and his death resulted.  He was a good man and splendid citizen.  His age was about 60 years.  In the civil war he served creditably in the Union army.  He leaves a wife, several children, many relatives and a host of friends to mourn his demise.  The funeral took place Friday, Revs. McGaughey and Rogers officiating.
  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."

Harry Wetzel
Handwritten in scrapbook:
  Harry Wetzel was born J? 25 - 1882 died August 30 - ???? aged 20 yrs 2 months ????
  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."

Obituaries for John Baltzer Wetzel
John Baltzer Wetzel
  Wetzel, John B. Wetzel was born in Fulton County, Ill., and died at his home in Browning Township, Schuyler County, Ill., May 30, 1902 aged 58 years 10 months and 23 days.  He was a son of Christopher and Sarah Wetzel, who came from Virginia to Fulton County, Ill., in ???.  He was married to Amanda E. Bryan, Dec. 20, 1865.  He was converted and joined the United Brethren Church at the age of nineteen.  He was a constant worker, and was interested in the success of every department of the church.  He was a good citizen and a kind husband and father.  He leaves a wife, one son, and two daughters and sons-in-law, three brothers, and ?? sisters, to mourn.   A. Rigney.

Another obit:
John B. Wetzel
{written in pencil: Great Grandfather}
John B. Wetzel
  John Baltzer Wetzel was born July 7, 1843, in Fulton county, Ill., died at his home in Browning township, Schuyler county, May 30, 1902. Deceased was a member of a family of eight, having three brothers and four sisters, children of Christopher and Sarah Wetzel, who came from Virginia to Fulton county in 1836.  He was married to Amanda E. Bryan December 20, 1866.
  Mr. Wetzel was widely known and recognized in all the relations of life as a man of strong and positive character.  He was converted and joined the church of the United Brethren in Christ at the age of 19.  He has always been in??ately associated with the work of the church and Sunday school, and his advise and counsel in the business relations of the church always received the highest consideration.  He was a liberal supporter of the church, always ready to sacrifice both time and money to the cause of the Master.  He was never too busy to administer to the wants of those in distress and the appeals of charity were always net with a tender heart and an open hand.  He ?? {will} long be revered in this community ??is  {for his} many acts of kindness, his spot??? {spotless} character and his worthy citizen??? {citizenship}.  For such a life as that of John B. Wetzel words of eulogy are useless.  ???? {He has} gone from our midst, but we will ???ire up in our hearts to goodness ?????????? and ?isters, {sisters}, Mrs. Lawrence Dean, ?? {Mrs. Inez} J. Dean of Astoria.  His ??? died about ten years ago.  ???? {Funeral} services were held Sunday at Pleasant Ridge church, conducted by Rev. John Davis of ???? which the remains ??? to rest in Oak Grove ?? {cemetery}.
  Card of Thanks
  ??? {We} wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kind assistance during the illness and death of our son and brother.   Mrs. John B. Wetzel and Sisters.

John Baltzer Wetzel Funeral Notice
Funeral Notice
  John B. Wetzel
  Died Friday, May 30th, 1902, at 7:30 p.m., at his home, in Browning Township, aged 58 years, 10 months and 23 days.
  The funeral services will take place on Sunday, June 1st, 1902, at 11 o'clock a. m., at Pleasant Ridge church.  Burial at Oak Grove cemetery.
  Friends of the family invited.
  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 John "Newton" Newton Wetzel
J. Newton Wetzel
Hold Service Over Late J. N. Wetzel
  Table Grove, April 16 - At 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon was held the funeral of J. Newton Wetzel, a prominent and highly esteemed business man of this city, whose death occurred Monday afternoon, following several weeks of suffering from septic poisoning.
  J. N. Wetzel was born January 15 1860, in New Salem township, McDonough county, where he lived and grew to manhood on a farm.  In 1889 he married Miss Rozinne Thompson, who survives.  For the past twenty years he had been connected with the N. T. Willis Lumber company of Table Grove, and for a number of years had been president of the company.
  He was a successful business man of unimpeachable integrity and a highly valued neighbor and friend.  He was a member of the Universalist church and fraternally was a member of the K. of P. lodge.  There survive one daughter, Onida, at home, and four brothers - Ed of Little Rock, Ark.; George and Ervin of New Salem township, Allen of near Colchester - and one sister, Mrs. Frank Toland, of Leavenworth, Kansas.
  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."

Margaret Jane Graves Wetzel
hand written in scrapbook:
  Margaret Wetzel was born in Ross Co Ohio March 13, 1825  Died Jan 9 {?}, 1901 aged 76 {years} - 9 mon {months} - 4 days
  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."
  Note: This is Margaret Jane Graves, born March 13, 1825, died January 10, 1901, wife of John Nebergall Wetzel and had 8 children.

Millard F. Wetzel death
Paper, February 27, 1913
  Mrs. Addie {Clarissa "Addie" Adalaide Bryan - Mrs. Manford} Litchfield spent last week with her sister, Mrs. Amanda {Amanda Elizabeth Bryan - Mrs. John Baltzer} Wetzell and helping care for Millard {Amanda's son} Wetzell, who died Friday night.  The bereaved mother and sisters have the sympathy of a host of friends.
  Note: Millard F. Wetzel, born 1869, died February 1913

Obituary for Priscilla Ellen Wetzel
July, 1930
Priscilla Ellen Wetzel
  Priscilla Ellen Wetzel, daughter of Christopher and Sarah Cook Wetzel, passed away in Astoria, Wednesday morning, July 8th.  She was born in August {Augusta?} county, Virginia, April 27, 1837 and, at the time she fell asleep, was 93 years, 2 months and 11 days of age.  She was the second of a family of nine children, two of whom survive her, Mrs. Margaret A. Dial of Rock Island and Henry L. Wetzel of Lewistown.  Those having preceeded he in death were: George H. Wetzel, John B. Wetzel, David Taylor Wetzel, Eliza Jane Clark, Sarah Catherine Lutz and an infant sister.
  When a child Miss Wetzel came with her parents from Virginia to Fulton county, Ill., where her father became a successful and a well known farmer and land owner.  In 1892 she with her father moved to the home in Astoria where she passed away.
  She made her profession of faith in the United Brethren church at Pleasant Ridge when a young woman, and retained her membership there to the end.  Her long Christian life was one of sweet contentment and devotion to those she loved.  Her Bible was her solace and guide at all times.
  Funeral services were held at the U. B. church, Astoria, at 2:00 p.m. Friday, conducted by Rev. W. R. Seitzinger.  Interment in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
  The family of Priscilla E. Wetzel wishes to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy tendered during her illness.
  Among those from out of town attending the funeral were:  Henry L. Wetzel, Miss Maude Wetzel, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shields, Carolton Clark, Toler Wetzel, Mrs. John Bearce, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Bearce, Mrs. Oliver P. Davis, Herschel Davis and two sons and Henry Riley of Lewistown; Mrs. Lillian Dial Arthur and  Miss Marie Arthur, Rock Island, J. B. C. Lutz, Galesburg, Mr. and Mrs. Leclare H. Amrine, Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Dean and Miss Dorothy Dean, Rushville, Mr. and Mrs. Levie McFadden, Macomb, Christopher Clark and Mrs. Robert Chesterman, Larned, Kan., Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Amrine, Mrs. Chan L. Amrine, Mrs. Anna Bankert, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Corbitt, Vermont, Mrs. Louie Jeffries, Mr. and Mrs. Ot Haffner, Mr. and Mrs. Newton Bryan, New Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. George Leighty and Mrs. William Battin, Adair.
  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 Sarah E. (Sneider) Cook Wetzel
Sarah Wetzel
  Sarah Wetzel, wife of Christopher Wetzel, died January 29, 1889, aged 75 years, 3 months, and 14 days.  She was married to Christopher Wetzel, February 17, 1835.  She was one of the old settlers near Astoria, Fulton County, Illinois.  She was the mother of nine children, four sons and five daughters, one while an infant proceeded her to the heavenly ???? {home}.  She leaves a husband and eight children, ??? { most} of whom are good citizens and worthy members of the United Brethren Church.  For nearly fifty years Brother and Sister Wetzel journeyed through life together, but she has gone home a few days ahead to wait till he comes.

Obituary for Ruth Mae Lashbrook Wheelhouse
Rushville Times, December 27, 2000, page 9, column 1
  Ruth Mae Wheelhouse, 81, of Galva died Thursday, Dec. 21, 2000, at Kewanee Hospital.
  Born Jan. 16, 1919, in Mt. Sterling to Earl and Flora Lear Lashbrook, she married Richard Paul Wheelhouse on Dec. 27, 1936, in Rock Island. He died Sept. 21, 1994. One grandson, one great-grandchild and several brothers and sisters also preceded her in death.
  Surviving are four sons, Richard of Kewanee, Raymond of Rock Island, Rod of Galva and Roger of Galesburg; four daughters, Marcia (husband Ron) Hepner, Rose Hazelwood, Becky Wheelhouse and Rita (husband Larry) Mallery, all of Galva; three brothers, Clyde Lashbrook of Beardstown, Carl Lashbrook of Mendota and Fred Lashbrook of Rushville; three sisters, Grace Johnson of Moline, and Justine Sipes and Maroy Claussen, both of Rushville; 19 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
  She was a child-care giver, working out of her home. She was a member of the Assembly of God in Galva.
  Services were held Saturday, Dec. 23, at Rux Funeral Home in Galva. The Rev. Don Edwards officiated. Cremation was accorded after services.

Obituary of Beatrice Kathryn Ross White
State Journal-Register, Springfield, IL, May 2, 1992, Page: 34
Beatrice White
  BEARDSTOWN - Beatrice White, 85, of rural Beardstown died at 5:20 p.m. Thursday at Myers Convalescent and Skilled Nursing Center, Beardstown.
  Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Cline Funeral Home with burial in Beardstown City Cemetery.
  Surviving are her husband, Carlyle; two daughters, Nancy Dunaway of Springfield and Joy Quackenbush of Matthews, N.C.; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Ross of Beardstown; one sister, Mrs. Albert Wethington of Pueblo, Colo.; several nieces and nephews.

Obituary
  Beatrice White, 85, R. R. Beardstown, died at 5:20 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 1992 at Myers Convalescent and Skilled Nursing Center in Beardstown.
  She was born April 14, 1907 in Sangamon County, the daughter of Albert and Anna Mulhern Ross. She married Carlyle White, who survives.
  She is survived by: her husband. Carlyle of Beardstown; two daughters, Nancy Dunaway of Springfield, and Joy Quackenbush of Matthews, N. Carolina; seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Albert Wethington of Pueblo, Colorado; one brother, Robert Ross of Beardstown; also several nieces and nephews.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, one daughter, JoAnn Webb, one brother, Kenneth and one sister, Irene Cisco.

Obituary for Carlyle "Babe" White
June 3, 1993
  Carlyle "Babe" White; 86, Beardstown, died at 9:25 a.m. Sunday, May 30, 1993 at Myers Nursing Home in Beardstown.
  He was born September 18, 1906 in Beardstown, the son of Mark and Della Robertson White. He married Beatrice Ross. She preceded him in death on April 30, 1992.
  He is survived by: two daughters, Nancy Dunaway of Springfield and Joy Quackenbush of Matthews, N. C.; seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren, one brother; Berlyn White and one sister, Elizabeth White, both of Beardstown; also numerous nieces and nephews.
  He was also preceded in death by: his parents, his wife, one daughter, Jo Ann Webb, one brother and three sisters.
  He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Beardstown. He worked for C.I.P.S. for 32 years until his retirement in 1968.
  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at Cline Funeral Home. Burial was in Beardstown City Cemetery.
  Memorials may be made to the donor choice.

Obituary for Della Robertson White
January 1944
Mrs. Mark White Dies
Services to be Held at Methodist Church
  Mrs. Mark White, ages 63 years, 507 West Fifth street, died at 2 o'clock this morning at the Schmitt Memorial hospital where she had been a patient since last Thursday following a two weeks illness.
  The body was removed to the Cline Funeral Home to be prepared for burial and will be returned to the late home, 507 West Fifth street, this evening.
  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Methodist church where Mrs. White had been a life-long member.  Rev. P. F. B. Hanna will conduct the services and interment will be in the family lot at the  City cemetery.
  Della Robertson White, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Robertson of Browning, was born at Browning, April 21st, 1880.  She was married to Mark White, also of Browning, on December 24, 1899 and to this union seven children were born.  Following their marriage Mr. and Mrs. White moved to this city.
  Mrs. White was preceded in death by her husband who passed away Feb. 9, 1928, and by one daughter, Mrs. Norma Bates, who died in June 1938.  Her parents also preceded her in death.
  She is survived by three sons, and three daughters, Joel of Hammond, Indiana; Carlyle, of' this city; Sgt. Berlyn White, who is stationed at Geiger Field, Washington, but is now home on furlough, Mrs. Lucien Theivagt of Moline; and Genievieve and Elizabeth at home.
  One brother, Fred Robertson, and one sister, Mrs. Howard Bader, both of Browning, survive as do the following grandchildren: Tommy and Johnny White of Hammond, Indiana;  Sherwood Theivagt, Naval Aviation Cadet, stationed at Corpus Christi, Tex.; Reginald and Joyce Theivagt of Moline; Joan , Joy and Nancy White of this city; and Sally Ann Bates of Browning.

Obituary for Genevieve Oceanus White
May 1948
Genevieve White Dies
  Miss Genevieve White, widely known local woman and a life long resident of this city, died at 11 o'clock last night in Barnes hospital, St. Louis, where she had been a patient for about 10 days.  She had been ill since September.
  Miss White was born in Beardstown December 24, 1901, the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. Mark White.
  She was graduated from Beardstown high school and since was a valued employee of J. W. Doyle, and later of Joe Andria in a local dress shop.
  She is survived by her sisters, Mrs. Ione Theivagt of near this city, and Miss Elizabeth of Beardstown; and three brothers, Joel of Hammond, Ind., Carlyle and Berlyn of this city.
  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Methodist church with the Rev. E. B. Morton officiating.  Friends may call at Clines Thursday evening between 7:30 and 9 o'clock.

Obituary of Mark A {nee Talbott} White
February 16, 1927
Mark White, "Q" Conductor, Buried At Beardstown
  Mark White, veteran railroad conductor on the C. B. & Q. R. R. and for many years a resident of Beardstown, died at the Holmes hospital at Macomb Wednesday of last week.
  Funeral services were held at Beardstown at the M. E. church on Saturday, conducted by Rev. C. R. Booth; interment in the city cemetery.
  Mr. White had been in the employ of the Burlington railroad since Oct. 29, 1898,  and had been a conductor for the past twenty-one years.  He had made his home in Beardstown since 1899 where he was elected supervisor of Cass county and served thru the initial term of its organization.
  The deceased was born in Browning, Ill., in 1876 and was adopted at the age of six weeks by his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas White of Browning, who raised him as their own.
  On March 19th he would have attained the age of fifty-one years.
  He was united in marriage to Miss Della Robertson of Browning on Dec. 24th, 1899, to which union seven children were born.  They are: Mrs. Lucian Theivagt of Bluff Springs, Genevieve, Joel, Carlyle, Berklyn, Elizabeth and Norma White, who with the wife survive him.  He is also survived by two grand-children, Sherwood and Reginald Theivagt; his son-in-law, Lucian Theivagt; three - sisters, Mrs. Minnie Wiggins of Chico, Calif.; Mrs. Ida Fike of Spaulding, Neb., and Mrs. Hettie Reynolds of Omaha Neb., and two foster sisters, Mrs. G. 0. Smith of Frankfort, Ind., and Mrs. D. V. Gowdy of Quincy, Ill.
  Note: His natural parents were William T. and Matilda Ellen White Talbott.  Matilda died at his birth and is buried in Bader Cemetery, Browning Township, Schuyler County, Illinois with no stone..  She also is the sister of Thomas H. White, who adopted him.  Mark also has 3 natural sister older than him: Hettie, Ida, and Minnie Talbott mentioned above. The "foster sisters" are the children of Thomas H. and Elizabeth Carlisle who raised him.

Obituary for Pauline Ruth Menely White
Rushville Times, 1996
  Pauline R. White, 80, of Rushville, died Monday Feb 12, 1996, at the Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
  She was born May 31, 1915, in Rushville to Harry and Grace Bradbury Menely. She married Vaughn O. "Bill" White July 2, 1948, in Rushville. He died March 29, 1967.
  Surviving are one son, Bill of Rushville; two grandchildren, Heather White and Heath White; one sister, Mildred Ford of Rushville; and one brother, Floyd Menely of Beardstown. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Mary Hartman and Virginia Cady; and two brothers, Carl and Harry Menely. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Rushville and had worked for the Bottorff Insurance Agency in Rushville for 15 years, retiring in 1983.
  Grave side services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Rushville City Cemetery with Mr. Dale Gadberry officiating. There will be no formal visitation. Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville was in charge of the services. Memorials may be given to the Rushville Public Library.

Obituary for Alma H. Husted Wickert
Rushville Times, November 29, 2000, page 15, column 4
Alma Wickert
  Alma H. Wickert, 101, of Lewistown, formerly of Astoria, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at Prairieview Care Center in Lewistown.
  She was born Dec. 14, 1898, in Woodland Township, Fulton County, the daughter of Ross and Jeanette May (Howell) Husted.
  She married Reuben D. Wickert on April 18, 1920, in Astoria.  He died May 24, 1988.  She also was preceded in death by one brother, Guy and one sister, Garnet.
  Surviving are one son, L. Leon (wife Rosalee) Wickert of Lewistown, three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
  She was a charter member of the Fulton County Home Extension and the Astoria Church of the Brethren.  She was a homemaker.
  Services were Saturday, Nov. 25, 2000, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Pastor Gary Schultz officiating.  Entombment was in the Astoria Memorial Mausoleum.
  Memorials may be made to the Astoria Church of the Brethren.

Obituary for Mary Ellen Little Wickert
Rushville Times, January 17, 2001, page 13, column 3
Mary Wickert
  Mary Ellen Wickert, 76, of Rock Island, died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at Trinity Medical Center West in Rock Island.
  She was born Sept. 2, 1924, in Adair, the daughter of Roman W. and Lula May (Emig) Little.  She married Paul Devere Wickert on Dec. 16, 1956, in Astoria.  He died Jan. 20, 1990.
  She was also preceded in death by one infant son, Paul, and one brother, James Little.
  Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Hemenway of San Antonio, Texas, Penny Wickert of Rock Island, and Mrs. Clayton (Pamela) Erickson of Fayetteville, Ark.; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Shirley Werner of Astoria and Nancy Heitz of Vermont; and one brother, Phillip (and Joan) Little of Marion.
  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rock Island.  She was a homemaker.  She also worked as a telephone operator in her younger years.
She enjoyed baking and spending time with her grandchildren.
  Services were Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001, at Astoria Church of the Brethren with Rev. Jack Brown and Rev. Gary Schultz officiating.  Burial was in the Astoria Cemetery.  Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria was in charge of the services.
  Memorials may be given to the Astoria Church of the Brethren.

Obituary for Elizabeth McGinnis Wilckens
Rushville Times, January 10, 2001, page 13, column 2
  Elizabeth Wilckens, 81, of Augusta, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at her home.
  She was born Sept. 27, 1919, near Augusta the daughter of Clyde Norris and Ina Pearl (Beard) McGinnis. She married Lee Roy (Red) Wilckens on Oct. 18, 1947, in Plymouth. He survives.
  She is also survived by one daughter, Kitty (Bill) Coons of Quincy; two sons, Patrick (Sandy) Wilckens of Knoxville and Timothy (Marianne) Wilckens of Milan, Ohio; one sister, Irma Waner of Augusta; 14 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Aaron Coons; two brothers, Sterling and Ivan McGinnis and four sisters, Gladys Farwell, Sylvia Waner and Doris and Elva Melvin.
  Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 4, at the Hamilton Funeral Home in Augusta. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Augusta. Memorials are suggested to the Huntsville Methodist Church or the Augusta Senior Citizens Center.

Obituary for Cornelius "Bill" William Wilcox
Rushville Times, Wednesday, September 13, 2000, page 13, column 3
William Wilcox
  Cornelius William "Bill" Wilcox, 77, of Britton, Okla., died on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at his residence.
  He was born Feb. 9, 1923, in Beardstown, the son of Maro and Goldie Fox-Wilcox.
  He was preceded in death by both parents, two brothers, Lawrence "Pete" Wilcox, and Vern "Boy" Wilcox; and two sisters, Laura Pherigo and Lettie "Bea" Randle.
  He is survived by two sons, Mike White of  Mt. Pulaski and Dale McMurl of Oklahoma City, Okla.; three daughters, Jan Petcher of Caseyville, and Brenda Seley and Kim Hunter, both of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-granchildren.
  He was a swimming pool contractor until his retirement.  He served in the U.S. Army during W.W. II and was wounded in action at the Battle of the Bulge.  He also was a member of the American Legion.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday at Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown with Rev. Floyd Terry officiating.  Burial was at the Beardstown City Cemetery.

Obituary for Thomas C. Wilcox
Rushville Times, August 23, 2000, page 13, column 5
Thomas C. Wilcox
  Thomas C. Wilcox, 78, of Green Bay, Wisc., died at his home Aug. 9, 2000.
  He was born on May 18, 1922, to the late A.C. and Eleanor Wilcox in Green Bay.  He married Martha Schenk on March 20, 1944, in North Carolina and she preceded him in death on March 22, 1999.
  Prior to his military service, he attended St. Norbert College.  During World War II, he was stationed in Europe with the 100th Infantry Division.  After discharge, he graduated from Spencerian Business College in Milwaukee with an accounting degree.  Because of his passion for automobiles he pursued a life-long career in automobile sales, most notably with Van Drisse Lincoln-Mercury.
  Survivors include two sons, T. Clark Wilcox and his fiancee, Joy Stangel, of Green Bay, Wisc., Jay Wilcox (wife Elaine) of Cedarburg, Wisc.; one granddaughter; one brother-in-law, Richard and Wilma Schenk of Rushville; and one sister-in-law, Linda and Allen Boehm of Champaign.
  He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha, and his parents.

Obituary for Janice "Jan" Marlene Acheson Wiley
Rushville Times, September 6, 2000, page 13, column 4
Janice Wiley
  Janice Marlene Wiley, 48, of Springfield, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, at her home.
  She was born May 3, 1952, in Rushville, the daughter of Rollin Gene and Wanda Jean Walker Acheson. She married Richard Stanton Wiley June 2, 1973, in Rushville.
  She was preceded in death by her grandparents and by her son, Richard Michael Wiley, in 1998.
  She graduated from Rushville High School in 1970.  She attended Illinois College.  She was a homemaker and an active member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Springfield.
  She is survived by her husband, Richard S.; two sons, David and Joshua, and daughter Kristen, all at home; her parents, Gene and Wanda Acheson of Rushville; two brothers, Larry Acheson (wife, June) of Plano, Texas, and Alan Acheson (wife, Holly) of Rushville; one sister, Linda Cockerill (husband, Terry) of Jacksonville; and 10 nieces and nephews.
  Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000 at Boardman-Smith Funeral Chapel in Springfield, with Rev. Thomas Radtke officiating.  Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield.
  Memorials may be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or to Memorial Medical Center Home Care-Hospice.

Obituary for Hattie "Susie" Sue Wherley Wilkens
Rushville Times, February 14, 2001, page 13, column 2
  Hattie Sue "Susie" Wilkens, 80, of Powell, Wy., formerly of Astoria, died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at the Powell Nursing Home in Powell, Wy.
  She was born Sept. 12, 1920, in Macomb, the daughter of John A. and Bonnie B. (Curless) Wherley. She married Gerald Wilkens on Sept. 8, 1944, in California. He survives.
  Also surviving are one son, Gerry (and Pat) Wilkens of Salt Lake City, Utah; three daughters, Sallie Wentz of Scottsbluff, Neb., Mrs. Dick (Nancy) Hargrove of Helena, Mont.; and Mrs. Paul (Teri Ann) Drake of Helena, Mont.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, John Phillip (and Lois Ann) Wherley of Scottsdale, Ariz.
  She was a member of Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 226 in Ipava. She and her husband were owner/operators of Wilkens Jewelry in Astoria from 1945-1952.
  They moved to Casper, Wy., in 1952, where they managed the John Triponey Jewelry Store for three years. They bought Shelby Jewelry in Powell, Wy., in 1955. In 1972, the family expanded their business interests and purchased a department store that Susie managed. They sold this store several years later.
  Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Gary Sheets officiating. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Burial will be at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Astoria. Memorials may be made to the Powell Nursing Home in Powell, Wy.

Obituary of Arthur J. Williams I
Rushville Times, November 29, 1956
Arthur J. Williams Dies In Washington Nov. 22
  Arthur J. Williams, 58, of Washington, D. C. died Nov. 22, after a heart attack.  His wife is the former Faye Skiles of Browning and he is a brother-in-law of Mrs. Meyer Kinnear, of Rushville.
  Mr. Williams was secretary of the federal maritime board and the federal maritime administration.  He played a major role in development of the emergency merchant fleets built during World War II and later.  It was through his efforts that Rushville launched a Victory ship on April 24, 1945.
  Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Arthur and William and four grandchildren.
  Funeral services and burial were conducted there.

Obituary for Barbara E. Davis Williams
Rushville Times, September 20, 2000, page 17, column 5
Barbara Williams
  Barbara E. Williams, 53, of Rushville, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at her residence.
  She was born March 4, 1947, in Rushville to Harold E. and Martha Smith Davis.  She married Kenneth B. "Barney" Williams Jan. 2, 1982, in Rushville.
  He survives, along with her parents of Rushville; two daughters, Megan Williams of Roxana and Mrs. Tim (Kendra) Lewis of Beardstown; three grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Ken (Joyce) Corbin and Mrs. Lyle (Marilyn) Sargent, both of Rushville.
  She taught school 10 years and was a secretary-receptionist for the Law Offices of Kanoski and Associates in Rushville.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Rushville, Illinois Valley Depression Era Glass Club, and was active in Rushville and Beardstown Bridge groups.  She loved owls, antiques and gardening.
  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Scott Henley and David Haney officiating.  Burial will be in the Rushville City Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville.
  Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church or Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice.

Obituary for Betty L. Westerfield Williams
Rushville Times, August 23, 2000, page 13, column 3
Betty Williams
  Betty L. Williams, 79, of Lewistown, formerly of Vermont, died Friday, Aug. 18, 2000, at Heartland Health Care Center in Canton.
  She was born July 1, 1921, in Canton, the daughter of Francis and Cora Mae (Fouts) Westerfield.  She married Francis L. Williams on Oct. 12 1937, in Kahoka, Mo.  He died July 18, 1986.
  She also was preceded in death by her son, Gary, a step-daughter, Philena, four brothers and three sisters.
  Surviving are two sons, Mickey (wife Susan) Williams of Lewistown and Francis Williams of Vermont; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Russell (wife Beverly) Westerfield of Canton.
  She was a homemaker.
  Services were Monday, Aug. 21, at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria with Collis Trone officiating.  Burial was at Union Chapel Cemetery in Astoria.
  Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

Obituary - Katrina Williams
Rushville Times, Feb. 9, 2000, page 13, column 1
  Katrina Williams, 23, died Jan. 23, 2000, in Rockford.
  She was buried in Rockford on Feb. 2, 2000, at Arlington Park Cemetery.  The funeral was Feb. 1, 2000.
  Katrina Kirkham of Rushville was her sponsor through the Special Friend Program.

Obituary for Ollie Mae Drinkwater Williams
Rushville Times, March 1, 2000, page 11, column 3
  Ollie Mae Williams, 98, of Beardstown, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.
  Mrs. Williams was born on Sept. 18, 1901, in Hagener Township near Beardstown, the daughter of Henry Drinkwater and Mary Ann Bolijack-Drinkwater.  She married Harry B. Williams in Cass County on June 20, 1921.
  She was the last surviving child of 12 children.  She was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, Rosemary Winner, one grandson; her parents, and her 11 siblings, Walter, Beuhla, Elsie, Lydia, Rachel, Lizzie, Charles, Sarah, Ed and Frankie {one sibling missing?}.
  Mrs. Williams is survived by five grandchildren, Peggy (husband Elmer) Scheer, of Beardstown, Kay (husband Larry) Lawson of Springfield, Reta Winner of Anaheim, Calif., Cindy (husband Pete) Goshorn of Des Moines, Iowa, and Kevin Winner of San Antonio, Texas.
  She attended several years of school with perfect attendance and near perfect grades.  After the death of her husband, she did housekeeping for William DeSollar Sr., and the DeSollar Insurance Company for more than 47 years; and several other homes.  She also worked at the Park House and Bowling Alley.  She dedicated her life to hard work and to her family.  Mrs. Williams did not fully retire until 1995.
  Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, at the Cline-Goodwin Funeral Home in Beardstown.  Burial was at Virginia in the Walnut Ridge Cemetery.
  The family has requested memorials be made to the Cass-Schuyler Hospice.




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