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FLOYD J. KANEY , passed peacefully into the arms of his loving Savior on Tuesday, June 29, 2010, after a brief illness at FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport. Floyd was born Nov. 16, 1921, in Forreston, the youngest son of Edith and Jesse Kaney. Upon his graduation from High school, he served during World War II as a Navy seaman stationed in England. It was his years in England that opened the eyes of "a naive farm boy" to the beauty, adventure and endless possibilities the world offered and profoundly influenced the course of Floyd's life. When the war ended, he returned to the states and enrolled at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. It was there he met the love of his life and soulmate, Lynn Marie Boots. While at Cornell, Floyd and Lynn pursued their passion for music and performing together, a gift they shared throughout their 61 years of marriage. An opportunity to work with his friend, Matt Marvin, brought the newlyweds to Freeport and led to Floyd's long career in real estate. But it was his family and music he counted as his greatest blessings. For 25 years Floyd directed the youth and adult choirs at Faith United Methodist Church. He was a frequent soloist at area events and with the Freeport Choral Society. He also was active in Winneshiek Theatre for many years and sang lead roles in "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "Little Mary Sunshire," and "Guys and Dolls" among others. Along with Lynn, who accompanied on piano, as she often did, they directed "My Fair Lady," one of Winneshiek's most successful productions. Floyd worked tirelessly to establish The Unicorn in Freeport, where guests enjoyed sold-out evenings of dining and musical entertainment in its magical atmosphere. One of the greatest thrills of his theatrical life, however, was singing the roll of John Adams in Freeport's bicentennial production of the musical "1776" at the Masonic Temple. After retiring from real estate, Floyd and Lynn built their home in Carefree, Ariz., where he quickly realized retirement was not for him. He then enjoyed 10 year career with Russ Lyon Realty and, inspired by his passion for music, worked to establish the Desert Foothills Arts Community, bringing talented musicians from all over the country to concert stages in the Southwest. During their years in Arizona, Floyd and Lynn maintained their home in Freeport and eventually moved to their last home together at the Parkview community where they lived among lifelong friends they treasured. Floyd's unwavering devotion to his wife, Lynn, during her long illness, has been the inspiration to all who knew him. Floyd was preced in death by his parents, two brothers, two sisters an dmost recently by his sweet dog, Riley, who was loved by everyone in their Parkview Community. Floyd is survived by his wife, Lynn; his daughter, Carole and her husband, Jim Francis of Dallas, Texas; twin sons, Steven of Phoenix, Ariz., and Charles and his wife, Rita, of Minneapolis, Minn.; grandchildren, Meghan (Anthony) Wilson, Ellen (Kyle) DuGaue, Michael Kaney, Alexandra, Nathan and Lucas Kaney; and great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Wilson; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Keith Stott. The family is deeply grateful for the wonderful staff and attendants at Parkview Home, where Floyd knew Lynn was being so well cared for. And for the loving support of special family friends, Nancy McNaive and Lyle Reedy. All who ever heard his glorious baritone voice may rejoice that Floyd, through God's grace, now sings with the celestrial choir, "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound!" A celebration of Floyd's life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday July 3, 2010 at Freeport United Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, his family would be honored if friends chose to make donations in Floyd's name to a charity they support.
Freeport Journal 01 July 2010

JOHN KAZAKOS , 1525 W. Harrison, Freeport, owner and operator of the only shoe shine stand in Freeport, died this morning in Freeport Memorial Hospital following a short illness. (Transcriber’s Note: This newspaper clipping isn’t dated, but the Social Security Death Index gives his date of death as April 1977.) A native of Greece, Kazakos came to the United States in 1910 and began his shoe shine operation in a small wooden structure near the corner of E. Stephenson St. and S. State Ave. in 1924 and continued to operate it until his recent illness. A news story on Kazakos a few years ago quotes him as saying that a customer once asked him if he knew everybody in Freeport and he answered “No, I only know 90 per cent of the people.” He often told how he made one modest fortune, lost it and then was able to make a comeback that allowed him to make several return trips to Greece. He told how he lost several thousands of dollars in the depression along with rental property. The money, he was quoted as saying, came from the days when the shoeshine business was a booming business. “It was a live town years ago...,” he said. “I used to have four kids shine shoes; we charge 10 cents then and took in maybe $50 a day.” Even in later years he admitted that shining shoes was a hobby where he could make $2 or $3 a day to cover expenses. He was also employed as a molder at the Arcade Manufacturing factory for 13 years. He told the story last year of how another employee made a bet with him that he could make more molds in a day than Kazakos. “By noon I’d made 300 and he made 250,” he said. “Next day he quit.” City Inspector Ed Brooks said that Kazakos “was famous for his moldings. He could make more molds than anyone in Freeport.” He was also active in politics. “He was a great guy,” Freeport Mayor Mark McLeRoy said this morning. “He was a legend in our community. Even with a limited education, he was a very intelligent person.” McLeRoy said Kazakos served in an unofficial capacity as assistant campaign manager for the mayor for many years. “He would often stop at our home and was not only loved by me but by my whole family,” McLeRoy said. “John was never bashful about telling his opinion whether you agreed with it or not.” Politicians went to him, the mayor said, who called Kazakos, “very honest but very blunt.” McLeroy said that probably Kazakos was most remembered for his speech during the controversy over construction of a new courthouse when he received a standing ovation during the public meeting. Kazakos told how he donated money to his boyhood home of Mitilinoi on the Greek island of Samos for a renovation project on the Mitilinoi City Hall building. He repeated the story there and at other times about how the citizens wanted to keep him there and make him mayor. “I told them no,” he said. “I’ve got to get back to my country. I’m an American.” Everybody talks about John’s speech there,” McLeRoy said. Kazakos was a member of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Freeport and the American Hellenic Society. John Kazakos was born April 29, 1892, on the island of Samos, the son of Demetrios and Penelope (Moshonas) Kazakos. Surviving are two daughters, Katina Papazahariou of Canada and Mrs. Paul (Alicia) Kazakos of Freeport; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Philoctitis and Kospantinos, both of Greece; and two sisters, Dorothea Panourakis and Despina Mayrantzotou, both of Greece. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Holy Cross Creek Orthodox Church of Freeport. The Rev. Theoharis Theoharis of Rockford will officiate with burial in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home where a prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday. A memorial fund has been established for the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church of Freeport.
Contributed by Alice Horner

JOHN KEEHN , 74, residing at 727 East Center street, passed away at a local hospital last night, where he had been a patient for the past ten weeks. Funeral services will be held at the Walker mortuary, West Main street, at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Rev. Carl M. Grahl, pastor of Zion Reformed church, will conduct the services and interment will be made at Oakland. Friends may call at the mortuary. Mr. Keehn was born at Richland Center, Wis., June 24, 1868. He came to Freeport when 23 years of age and had been engaged in the carpentering trade. His marriage to Miss Lena Hahn took place May 10, 1894. The wife passed away July 10, 1936. The following children survive: Otto, East Moline: Edwin, Mrs. Howard Keith, Mrs. Henry Brown, Mrs. Robert Kutzke, Mrs. Leona Kutzke, Mrs. Kenneth Casford, all of Freeport. Two sisters survive, Mrs. Clara Carmichael, Freeport; Mrs. Alma Schulz, San Antonio, Tex. There are also 21 grandchildren.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Journal Standard October 14, 1942

LENA (HAHN) KEEHN , 61, wife of John G. Keehn, 727 East Center street, passed away at 8:30 o'clock last night. A complication of diseases caused her death. She had been seriously ill two weeks. Decedent was born in Freeport on Dec. 15, 1874, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hahn, and was united in marriage to John G. Keehn on May 10, 1894. Surviving, besides the husband, are seven children and eighteen grandchildren. Her parents and two brothers preceded her in death. Children surviving are: Otto Keehn, East Moline; Edwin and MIss Florence Keehn, at home; Mrs. Howard Keith, Mrs. Henry Brown, Mrs. Robert Kutzke, Mrs. Walter Kutzke, Freeport. Also surviving are three brothers, Henry Hahn and Fred Hahn, Freeport, William Hahn, Dubuque, Ia., and a sister, Mrs. John Siems, Freeport. Mrs. Keehn was a faithful member of Zion Reformed church and of Zion Ladies' Aid society. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock at the home and at 2:30 at Zion church, Rev. C. M. Grahl, pastor, officiating. Burial will be made in Oakland cemetery, Six nephews will act as pallbearers.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - July 11, 1936

MARGARET (ROUGHT) KEMP - Mrs. John Kemp, 36, who was fatally stabbed in an altercation at her home in Beloit yesterday afternoon, while attempting to aid a girl tenant of her apartment, was a former resident of Freeport and had many friends here. Her maiden name was the Miss Margaret Rought and she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Rought. She was a graduate of Freeport high school and was employed for some time at the F. A. Read store before leaving Freeport, about ten years ago. Her father was a traveling engineer for the Illinois Central railroad with headquarters in Freeport, later moving to Alhambra, Calif., after being pensioned a few years ago. She also has a brother, James, and a sister residing in California. Report from Beloit today said that Miss Marie Elder, 26, also a resident of Beloit, is being held in jail there and has admitted the fatal stabbing. It was indicated she would be charged with first degree murder. According to reports made by Beloit police Miss Elder went to the Kemp home about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon in a taxicab from a tavern where, it was said, patrons of the tavern alleged she had threatened to "get" Virginia Pearson, 30, a roomer in the Kemp apartment. She had a large hunting knife dangling from the belt of her slacks telling the taxi driver that it was merely a "souvenir." It was alleged Miss Elder, a divorcee, was jealous of Miss Pearson, claiming the latter was dating her "boy friend." Miss Pearson, alerted by a telephone call from the tavern, had locked herself in her room. When Mrs. Kemp observed Miss Elder standing at the door of Miss Pearson's room she called to her to come down stairs. Some conversation ensued after which the fatal stabbing took place. Mr. Kemp was in the basement of the apartment at the time and said he heard nothing until he went upstairs and observed his wife running toward a front door where she collapsed and died soon afterwards. The husband jerked the blood-stained knife from the hand of the assailant and police were summoned, taking Miss Elder into custody. She is said to have exclaimed "I didn't mean to kill her." Mrs. Kemp is survived by her husband and three children, Tony,6; Lucy, 4; John Jr., eighteen months. District Attorney Howard Moss, Janesville, announced today that he was preparing a first degree murder warrant to be served on Miss Elder. Meantime both Miss Edler and Miss Pearson were being questioned by Chief of Police Robert Blumer and other Beloit officials.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - August 28, 1946 pencil date

ARCHER B. KERCHNER , 50, passed away about 6:30 o'clock this morning at his home in Harlem township. He had been ill about two years. He was born in Harlem township on Jan. 30, 1895, the son of George and Eva T. Kerchner, and on Sept. 1, 1915, was united in marriage to Daisy M. Richards. He is survived by his widow; three children, Harry Myrnice, of Ridott, Mrs. Roger (Merle) Shippee, of McConnell, and Marvin, at home; his mother; two sisters, Anna, of Chicago, Georgene, of New York; three brothers, Emil and Charles, of Chicago; Delbert, of Blue Field, Ind., and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 at the Walker mortuary. Friends may call at the home until Monday morning at 10 o'clock.
Contributed by Dean McMakin - Find-A-Grave - Freeport Journal 11 May 1945

DAISY MAE (RICHARDS) KERCHNER , 95, a resident of Freeport Manor Nursing Center and formerly of 140 N. Park Blvd., died Tuesday morning, Sept. 13, 1988 at the manor following an extended illness. She was born Nov. 1, 1893, at Lena, the daughter of William and Mary (Diestelmeier) Richards. She married Archer B. Kerchner on Sept. 1, 1915, in Freeport. He died May 11, 1945. She was employed for many years in the kitchen at Freeport Memorial Hospital. She attended Park Hills Evangelical Free Church. Surviving are one daughter, Merle (Mrs. Matthew) Ludwig, Freeport; one son, Marvin P., Dakota; one daughter-in-law, Bethel Kerchner, Freeport; one brother, Roy Richards, Albuquerque, N.M.; one sister, Jennie Helsinger, Freeport; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, one son, one brother, two sisters and one grandson. Service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. The Rev. Cliff Gilleland, associate pastor of Park Hills Evangelical Free Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Dean McMakin - Find-A-Grave - Freeport Journal-Standard, Tuesday, 13 September 1988

ABBIE (FOLLETT) KICKHAFER - 95, of Villas of Shannon Nursing Center, formerly of Freeport, died Friday March 1, 1991 at the nursing center after an extended illness. She was a lifelong member of First Lutheran Church of Freeport, a 50-year member of the Tri-Mu Class and a member of the Dorcus Society of WELCA. She was born April 23, 1895 at Dixon, daughter of LeRoy and Jessie (Hill) Follett. On January 2, 1915, she was married to Walter E. Kieckhaefer at Dubuque, Iowa. He died in April 1976. Surviving are two sons, Robert V. and his wife, Charlotte of Dixon, California, and Donald E. and wife, Jean of Hartford, Wisconsin; three daughters, Mrs. Eleanor (Charles) Rutter of Orangeville, Lucille Stephenson of Freeport, and Mrs. Betty Lou (Harold) Schulz of Jane, Missouri; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Burke – Tubbs Funeral Home, Freeport, with the Rev. Arthur Stees of First Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Freeport. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal

RICHARD F. KINSELLA - Funeral services will be held today for Richard F. Kinsella, 76, widely known Democratic political figure and former major league base ball scout who died Saturday night following a heart attack. Long a leader in the Sangamon County Democratic organization, Kinsella supported Governor Horner's first campaign in 1932 and was appointed by the governor as superintendent of the state's oil inspection division, a position he held at his death. For 20 years prior to 1932 Kinsella scouted baseball talent for the New Giants and was credited with the discovery of such players as Heinie Groh, Larry Doyle, Arthur Fletcher and Ferdie Schupp. Friends said it was Kinsella who recommended the Giants acquire Pitcher Carl Hubbell. Monsignor M.A. Tallent will officiate at a requiem mass at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the Rev. Patrick Romayne of Chicago, will deliver the sermon. A half hour earlier there will be services at the residence.
Freeport Journal 16 Oct 1939

EMMA KINZIG , wife of Anton Kinzig, passed away at 11 o'clock this morning at a East Moline hospital, after an extended illness. Emma Shinstine was born in Freeport, in 1875, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Burkhart Shinstine. She was united in marriage to Anton Kinzig in 1900. Besides her husband she leaves the following children: Clemens Kinzig, Springfield, Ill.; Edward Kinzig and Mrs. George Giesey, Freeport. There are also two step-sons, Leo Kinzig, Rockford; Otto Kinzig, Yakima, Wash. Two sisters and four brothers also survive, Mrs. Anna Rink, Prairie du Chien, Wis.; Mrs. Kate Bigelow, Des Moines, Ia.; Frank Shinstine, Bellingham, Wash.; Charles, Albert, and John Shinstine, Freeport. Funeral services for the late Mrs. Anton Kinzig were held at the Schwarz funeral home at 8:15 o'clock this morning with a requiem mass at St. Joseph's Catholic church at 8:30 o'clock Rev. N. J. Berg celebrated the mass and interment was made in St. Joseph's cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Undated Clipping

ANTON FRANK KINZIG , 80, an employee of the Henney industries for more than 60 years, died in a Freeport hospital early today after a brief illness. He entered the employ of the Henney Buggy company, Jan. 8, 1888, and continued with the Henney Motor company until he was taken ill about two weeks ago. He resided at 437 South Liberty avenue. Mr. Kinzig was born in Mannheim, Germany, March 28, 1867. He came to the United States at the age of 17 and settled at Mt. Carroll. Shortly afterward he came to Freeport where he since resided. He was married about 60 years ago to Miss Elizabeth Schlamp. Two sons were born to this union, Leo of Rockford, and Otto, Yakima, Wash. The wife preceded him in death and later he married Miss Emma Shinstine. She passed away in 1940. Children of this union are Clemmens of Lincoln, Ill.; Mrs. George (Vanetta) Giesey, with whom he made his home; and Edward, also of Freeport. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic church. Funeral arrangements are being made at the Schwarz funeral home.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Feb. 27 handwritten date

LAURA L. (DIESTELMEIER) KLASS , 518 S. Harlem Avenue, died Friday afternoon, May 3, 1974 at Freeport Manor Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Klaas was born January 1, 1899 in Erin Township, daughter of William and Anna (Diestelmeier) Altenbern. She married Albert H. Klaas on January 14, 1920 in Erin Township. She was a lifelong member of the Salem United Church of Christ. Survivors include her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Robert (Joyce) Lapp, rural Freeport; two granddaughters, and a sister, Mrs. William (Hilda) Amendt, Freeport. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, and six brothers. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home, the Rev. Milton Kading of Salem UCC officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. A memorial has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois May 4, 1974

MINNIE J. (KEISTER) KLECKNER - Orangeville, Ill. Dec. 29 1939 - Funeral services for the late Mrs. Hiram S. Kleckner will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Burington Funeral Home in Orangeville and at 2 p.m. at Grace Reformed church of Orangeville, conducted by Rev. Lois E. McKeown. Six nephews will serve as bearers and interment will be made in Chapel cemetery, east of Rock Grove. MinnieJ. Keister was born Dec. 23, 1864 in Roscoe township. In the early years of her life she joined the Reformed church of Walnut Grove, but latter attended teh Methodist church. She was married in 1884 to Hiram S. Kleckner at Dakota and they resided in the vicinty of Oneco and Orangeville until about 30 years ago, later moving to Iowa and Minnesota. Mr. Kleckner preceding her in death about 14 years ago. For the past two years Mrs. Kleckner lived at Grand Junction Colo. and while on a visit with relatives in Waterloo, Iowa, since Dec. 13 (1939) she became ill and passed away on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. She is survived by one son, Gien S. Kleckner, Millstadt Ill. one brother, John G. Keister, Dakota, two sisters, Mrs. C.F. Bennehoff, Rock Grove and Mrs. Dick Cotherman, White, SD and three grandchildren. One daughter Vera died at the age of five months. The late Mrs. Elmer E. Hartwig, Orangeville, was a sister.
Freeport Journal 29 December 1939

WILLIAM D. KLECKNER - Service for William D. Kleckner, 59, of 5800 Preston Road, chairman of the Republican Party and former teacher, will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Embury United Methodist Church. The Rev. Elmer Dickson, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Walker Mortuary. He died Wednesday, March 8, 1989 at his home. Mr. Kleckner attended Fountain Green High School, then graduated in 1947 from Carthage High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Carthage College and his master’s degree in administration from Northern Illinois University. A science teacher at the Freeport Junior High School, he was also the dean at the Freeport Junior and Senior High Schools for 19 years and a Student Council advisor. In 1985, he retired. For the past two and one-half years, he was administrative assistant for the Department of Accounting Revenue for the State of Illinois. He was precinct committeeman for Harlem Township. Then for three years, he was the chairman of the Republican Party. For a number of years he was supervisor of Harlem Township. He served on the boards of Big Brothers and the Salvation Army. A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of the Carthage Masonic Lodge and Tebala Shrine, Rockford. Also, he served on the board of DeMolay for young men. A veteran of the Korean War, he was a member of AmVets, Eagles, and Embury Methodist Church. Kleckner’s man interests left their mark on the community. “Bill was a caring man and responded to people,” said Roosevelt Banks, a close friend and fellow dean at Freeport High. “He had integrity and honesty. To him everyone was someone. Bill helped students in all sorts of ways. He looked on his job as a challenge. I’m aware of a couple he helped along financially in college.” “I considered Bill a good friend and I’ll miss him terribly,” said John Bevan, FHS principal. “When I came to Freeport High he and Roosevelt (Banks) implemented the new discipline system. Mayor Mark McLeRoy recalls Kleckner’s impact on youth and Salvation Army. “Bill was the type of person who didn’t want a lot of accolades, but had a real concern for others. Many young people could go to him and feel confident in discussing things. So many times he’d spend countless hours getting the Salvation Army Christmas baskets filled and delivered to make sure no one was slighted. Bill was a worker, that’s the way I’d exemplify him.” Captain Judith Eagle, head of the Freeport Salvation Army, said, “Bill was a very productive part of our board and filled in wherever needed. We will certainly miss him.” The son of William F. and Ada F. (Whitcomb) Kleckner, he was born August 29, 1929 in Carthage. He married Betty J. Nudd in LaHarpe, Illinois on January 13, 1951. Surviving are his widow; three children, David and his wife Diana of Rialto, California, Kay (Mrs. Brian) Edler of Lena, and Chris, a student at Illinois State University; and three grandchildren, Alexis and Ethan Kleckner and Lynne Edler. He was preceded in death by his parents. The family requests that all remembrances be directed to the memorial which has been established in his name.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois undated clipping

CHARLES A. KLEIN - Charles A. Klein, 31 East Monterey street, well known resident of Freeport, died this morning in a local hospital following an illness of about two years. Mr. Klein, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Miller) Klein, was born in Freeport February 2, 1866, and was one of a family of nine children. His parents were pioneer settlers in Freeport. In 1905 he was united in marriage with Miss Ida Natzel, who preceded him in death. He is survived by one daughter, Miss Gladys Klein, of Freeport, three brothers, Joseph Klein of Bend, Ore., Robert Klein, of Kevin, Mont., Adam Klein of Freeport, and two sisters Mrs. Ross K. Hess and Mrs. Lillian K. Bardell, both of Freeport. Two sisters, Mrs. Pauline K. Dickes, and Mrs. Abigail K. Wells, and one brother, Walter Klein, preceded him in death. Mr. Klein was a tinner by trade. He worked at his trade in Colorado and California and some years ago returned to Freeport where he has since resided. He was a member of Excelsior Lodge No. 97 , A. F. & A. M., Freeport Consistory and co-ordinate bodies, and the Mystic Shrine at Rockford. He has been a Mason for 47 years. Mr. Klein was well versed in activities in Freeport during his early youth and he had a faculty of remembering events, and activities of many years ago. Funeral services will be held Saturday from the Eichmeier & Becker funeral home. Dr. D. L. McNary will officiate and burial will be made in Oakland cemetery. Arrangements as to the time have not as yet been completed.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - February 1939 clipping

ELI KLINE , age 74 years 4 months 27days; farmer; died January 25, 1883 at 5pm; Rock Grove, Stephenson County, Illinois; American, born in Ohio; resident of the state for 12 years; cause of death: disability; buried at Frankenberger Cemetery;

EWERT KLINE - The body of Private Ewert Kline, son of Mrs. Louisa Kline, is expected Sunday morning and if it arrives then the funeral will be held on that day also, with interment at Eldorado cemetery. Mrs. Kline received a letter yesterday from the nurses who attended Private Kline in his last illness. The letter was written a week ago and said that the young man was critically ill of spinal meningitis. He had not yet died when the letter was posted. Word of the young man's death came in a telegram to his mother on Thursday. It was announced this afternoon that the remains of Private Ewert Kline will arrive here Sunday morning from Fort Wadsworth, N. Y., and the funeral will be held from Orangeville at 10:15 a.m. with burial at Eldorado cemetery at 1:30. The remains will be buried with military honors. A squad from Company L. I. N. G., will take part in the service. After the burial, services will be conducted by the Rev. Mr. Kline in the U. B. church. In case the body should not arrive tomorrow morning the funeral will be held on Monday at the same hour as is set for the service tomorrow.
Contributed by Karen Fyock dated September 21, 1918

ISAAC J. KLINE , at his home in Spring Grove at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 1, 1894 in 53rd year. born in Spring Grove in Dec. 1841 and spent most of life in the county. Married Miss Rebecca Zimmerman of Davis, IL. 12 children 6 survive. His aged mother, Mrs. Eli Kline, also though in feeble health. Last Saturday afternoon came to Brodhead in apparent health. In the evening, start home with son Mr. Wilbur Kline and Wil's wife of Brodhead. When near Eli Frisbie's place, about a mile from home taken very sick. Got home, nearly helpless. Left side paralyzed and lost power of speech. Soldier of the late war. Member of Ben Davis Post G.A.R. Funeral on Tuesday afternoon at B. Chapel. Inter in the adjoining cemetery." July 12, 1894 pg. 5 "In last week's obit of Isaac Kline- said died Sunday July 1 should have been Monday, the 2nd."
Source: Bonnie Pehrson at Find-A-grave

CLARENCE H. KLIPPING , member of the men’s clothing firm, Klipping & Howard, 2 West Stephenson Street, passed away suddenly from coronary shock Saturday night, February 5, 1944 about 8:45 o’clock in a local hospital. He suffered a heart attack about 4 a.m. Saturday at his home, 708 West Lincoln Boulevard, and another attack about 6:30 p.m. after which he was taken to the hospital. The funeral will be held from the Walker Mortuary Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. with services in Embury Methodist Church at 2 o’clock. Rev. Ralph M. Pierce, D. D., pastor of the church, will conduct the services. At the church services, Ray Divan, baritone will sing “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked,” by O’Hare. Mrs. Derk Duthler will be the organist. Evergreen Lodge will conduct Masonic services at Oakland Cemetery, where interment will be made. Mr. Klipping was born November 5, 1894 in Pearl City, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Klipping. He attended the grade and high schools in Pearl City. He came to Freeport about 25 years ago and shortly afterward became associated with the late George Carroll in the operation of a men’s clothing store at 2 West Stephenson Street, the firm being known as Carroll & Klipping. After Mr. Carroll’s death in 1937, Mr. Klipping and Clarence O. Howard continued the business as Klipping and Howard, the store being operated at the same location for the 25 years. On September 22, 1920 Mr. Klipping was married to Miss Anna Smith in Grundy Center, Iowa, and during all of their married life they resided in Freeport. Mr. Klipping had a genial, cheery disposition and the happy faculty of making friends in business, church, and Masonic circles and his unexpected passing was a shock to them, as few knew of his illness. Surviving are his wife and two sons. Private Odell Klipping is expected today from Camp Fanning, Texas where he has been receiving training in the United States Army since October 11. The younger son, Roger, is a student at Freeport Junior High School. Three brothers and one sister also survive, Lewis Klipping of Grundy Center, Iowa, Ephraim Klipping of McConnell, Oliver Klipping of Dyersville, Iowa, and Mrs. E. V. Aurand of Freeport. A number of other relatives reside in Freeport and vicinity and in Iowa. One sister and one brother preceded him in death. He had long been a member of Embury Methodist Church and was interested in its activities being a member of the official board and of the Goodfellowship class. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of American Legion post No. 139. He also was a member of Freeport Chamber of Commerce. He was interested also in the Masonic fraternity, holding membership in Evergreen Lodge No. 170, A. F. & A. M. in Freeport Consistory, in which he had been on some of the degree teams, the Tebala Shrine of Rockford, Capernaum Shrine No. 4 of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, and in the newly formed High-12 Club. Friends may call at the Walker Mortuary.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois February 7, 1944

EPHRAIM J. KLIPPING , 68, 433 West Garfield Street, passed away at his home this morning, April 9, 1948. He was born August 18, 1889 near Pearl City, the son of Fred and Maggie Klipping. He was married October 24, 1912 to Clara Brinkmeier. The couple farmed in Loran Township until they moved to Freeport in July 1947. The wife survives, as do four children, Mrs. Burdette (Irene) Grier and Robert, of Pearl City; Mrs. Stanley (Clarabelle) Meier of Dakota, and Donald at home. Also surviving are three grandchildren; two brothers, Lewis of Grundy Center, Iowa and Oliver, also of Iowa, and a sister, Mrs. Earl Aurand of Freeport. His parents, two brothers, and a sister preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. at the Eichmeier & Becker funeral home. Rev. Charles F. Landwere, pastor of First English Lutheran church will officiate, and burial will take place in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed b Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois April 9, 1948

FREDERICK KLIPPING , a resident of Pearl City, passed away yesterday afternoon, June 8, 1934 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. V. Aurand, 616 South Galena Avenue. Mr. and Mrs. Klipping had been visiting in Freeport for the past few days at the homes of their daughter and their son, C. H. Klipping. He suffered a stroke recently which resulted in his death. (Alice Horner’s note: His obituary doesn’t state this, but his parents were Fred and Yetta [unknown maiden name] Kloepping. As far as I can tell, these elder Kloeppings, Fred and Yetta, used the Kloepping spelling of their surname themselves, but the census takers didn’t consistently. The obituary for the Frederick Klipping who died June 8, 1934 spells his surname Klipping, but Oakland Cemetery personnel told me their records show his name as Kloepping.) Mr. Klipping was born in Freeport in 1856 and spent his early boyhood here. Later he moved to Carroll County where he resided for some years and then resided on his farm in Loran Township. For the past sixteen years he resided at Pearl City. Mr. and Mrs. Klipping celebrated their golden wedding two years ago. Besides his wife, Margaret Klipping, he leaves the following children: Louis Klipping of Grundy Center, Iowa, George Klipping of Rockford, Ephraim Klipping of Pearl City, Elta Aurand of Freeport, Clarence Klippingt of Freeport, and Oliver Klipping of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One daughter, Edith Edler, preceded him in death. The following brothers and sisters also survive: Ernest of Chadwick, Will and August of Lanark, Charles of Pearl City, Mrs. Conrad Koertner of Freeport, Mrs. Fred Ploeger of Pearl City, and Mrs. Mary Hauseman of Gilman, Illinois. Funeral services will be conducted at the home in Pearl City at 1:30 o’clock Monday afternoon, with services at 2 o’clock at the Lutheran Church. Rev. F. H. Schroer will conduct the services assisted by Rev. William Beuscher of Freeport. (Alice Horner’s note: Oakland Cemetery personnel in Freeport show he was buried there on June 11, 1934
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois June 9, 1934

GEORGE KLIPPING , 49, a resident of Rockford for the last nine years, died after two weeks’ illness yesterday afternoon, August 10, 1934, at his home, 918 North Day Avenue. Born on January 8, 1885 at Pearl City, Ill., Klipping had served as a carpenter most of his life. Surviving are his widow, Ethel; his mother, Mrs. Margaret Klipping of Pearl City; one sister, Mrs. Earl Aurand, Freeport, and four brothers, Louis K. of Grundy Center, Iowa, Ephraim of Pearl City, Clarence of Freeport, and Oliver of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the church with the Rev. B. E. Allen, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Willwood Cemetery, Rockford.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois August 11, 1934

MARGARET (PLOEGER) KLIPPING , widow of the late Frederick K. Klipping, of Pearl City, passed away about 9:30 o’clock this morning, October 18, 1934, at the home of her son, Clarence H. Kipping at 708 West Lincoln Boulevard, following an illness of about five weeks. She was born in Loran Township January 9, 1858 and her marriage to Frederick K. Klipping took place 52 years ago. Mr. Klipping passed away in June. The family always resided in and around Pearl City. (Alice Horner’s note: Margaret Klipping’s parents were Simon and Caroline Ploeger. She married Frederick Klipping on February 3, 1882 in Stephenson County, Illinois, according to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, which spells their names Fred S. Clipping and Maggie Ploeger. Frederick Klipping died June 8, 1934.) Mrs. Klipping is survived by the following children: Louis of Grundy Center, Iowa, Ephraim of Pearl City, Mrs. Earl Aurand and Clarence of Freeport, and Oliver of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. One daughter, Mrs. Henry Edler, died in February, and a son George passed away in August. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 o’clock Saturday afternoon from the Offenheiser funeral parlor in Pearl City and later from the Lutheran Church at Pearl City. Rev. William Beuscher of Freeport will officiate, and burial will be made in Oakland Cemetery. (Alice Horner’s note: Oakland Cemetery personnel told me she is buried under the name Kloepping, not Klipping.)
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois October 18, 1934

OLIVER KLIPPING , 54, formerly a member of the firm of Carroll & Klipping, Freeport clothiers, died suddenly in his home in Centerville, Iowa Sunday morning, August 21, 1955. He was born in Pearl City April 6, 1901, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Klipping. For some years he was in partnership here with the late George Carroll. He was then employed for 28 years by the J. C. Penney Company, the last 11 years in Centerville. Survivors include his wife, Mae, and a son, James, of Des Moines. A sister and a brother also survive, Mrs. Elta Aurand of Freeport, and Louis of Grundy Center, Iowa. Three brothers and a sister died previously. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, and Association of Commerce at Centerville. Service will be in the Catholic Church at Centerville at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, followed by service in the Schwarz Funeral Home, Freeport, at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The Rt. Rev. C. F. Conley, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, will officiate. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Tuesday. The Rosary will be recited in the funeral home at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Monday, August 22, 1955

ROGER L.KLIPPING , of Hollywood, Florida, manager of the former Klipping’s Clothing Corner store here from 1956-1968, died Sunday night, June 22, 1969 in Delray Beach, Florida. Mr. Klipping, a World War II veteran and a member of Embury United Methodist Church here, was manager of the men’s clothing department of Jordan Marsh Department Store in Miami, Florida. Born June 25, 1927 in Freeport, he was the son of Clarence H. and Anna B. (Smith) Klipping. He attended the University of New Mexico and Albuquerque and the University of Rochester in New York. Surviving are his mother; and a brother, Odell A. of Freeport and Naples, Florida. He was preceded in death by his father. Funeral arrangements are being completed by Walker Mortuary.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Monday, June 23, 1969
Alice Horner’s note: The Tuesday, June 23, 1969 edition of the Freeport Journal Standard states that the funeral will be Wednesday, June 25, 1969 and the burial in Oakland Cemetery.

CHARLES W. KLOEPPING/KLIPPING , passed away shortly before noon today at his home three and a half miles south east of Pearl City, death following a heart attack. Mr. Klipping had been ill but three days. (Alice Horner’s obituary: His obituary calls him Charles W. Klipping, but his surname was spelled Kloepping earlier in his life, and several of his children spelled it Kloepping as well.) He was born October 24, 1869 in Stephenson County, Illinois, south of Freeport. He was married in 1900 to Miss Henrietta Koertner, who survives, as do the following children: Mrs. Theodore Erbsen and Mrs. Francis Artman, of Shannon, and Louisa and one son, Samuel, both at home. Fred Klipping preceded his father in death five years ago. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 o’clock at the home, and at 2 o’clock at the German Eben Ezer church, of which he was a member, and interment will be made in the adjoining cemetery, Rev. Max Schroedel officiating. (Alice Horner’s note: This cemetery is now called the Ebenezer United Church of Christ Cemetery, and it is located in rural Pearl City, Illinois.)
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois March 17, 1938

CONRAD KLOEPPING - The Death Harvest – Conrad Kloepping, An Old Settler, Passes To The Beyond – Other Notes
Mr. Conrad Kloepping died at his home on American street on Friday, September 3, 1886, a victim of consumption. The deceased was a native of Germany, but moved to Florence Township (Stephenson County, Illinois) at an early day. He was 66 years of age, and leaves a wife and nine children to mourn his loss. He moved to the city a few years ago. The funeral takes place at 10 o’clock on Sabbath morning, Rev. H. Roland to officiate.
Contributed by Alice Horner - The Daily Journal, Freeport, Illinois September 4, 1886
Alice Horner’s note; The Freeport City Cemetery transcription book, volume 5, recorded between 1990-1992 by the Stephenson County Genealogical Society, shows his age as 66 years, 7 months and 28 days, making him born January 6, 1820.

FRED KLOEPPING , passed away at his home near Forreston Thursday morning, March 9, 1933. Death was due to double pneumonia. He had been ill ten days. The young man grew to manhood in this vicinity, being born here and his parents reside about three miles south of Pearl City. He was about 25 years of age, a son of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Kloepping. (Alice Horner’s note: I show him being born April 5, 1902, making him 30 years old when he died.) He was married on June 3, 1931 to Miss Edith Frey and to this union one child was born, and preceded the young father in death. (Alice Horner’s note: Edith Frey’s surname was misspelled as Frye.) He is survived by his wife, his parents, and three sisters and one brother, they are: Louisa and Sam at home, Mrs. Emma Erbson and Mrs. Lillian Artman of near Shannon. Mr. Kloepping was a member at the Stone church southwest of Pearl City.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois Friday, March 10, 1933
His tombstone photo is on, and the listing indicates he is buried, with his son Eugene L. Kloepping, who died in 1931, at White Oak Cemetery, near Forreston, Ogle County, Illinois.
His surname is misspelled phonetically as Klipping throughout his obituary. The name on his tombstone in White Oak Cemetery, Forreston, is Kloepping.

LUCILLE (KOERTNER) KLOEPPING , 85, of Pearl City, died Monday, July 7, 2003, at the Freeport Memorial Hospital. Born July 11, 1917 in Loran Township she was the daughter of William and Lenora (Goethe) Koertner. She married Lester H. Kloepping in 1938 and he died May 16, 1980. She attended Pearl City schools and graduated from Freeport Senior High School. She and her husband farmed their entire life. She enjoyed working, being outdoors, and working puzzles. Surviving are one daughter, Judith (Elmer Sr.) Rahn of Chadwick; two sons, Charles L. Kloepping of Pearl City, David A Kloepping of Stafford, Virginia; one sister, Pauline Edler of Pearl City; two grandchildren, Leanne Rahn of Lanark and Elmer (Annette) Rahn Jr. of Mt. Carroll; five great grandchildren, Justin, Correy, Darrin, Rachel, and Mitchel Rahn all of Mt. Carroll; one sister in-law, Jeanne Koch of Freeport; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Karl Koch. Private family services will be held. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery & Mausoleum. There will be no visitation.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MARIA KLOEPPING , died Sunday evening, August 29, 1897, at 7 o’clock of dropsy, at her home, No. 31 American Street, after an illness of five weeks. Mrs. Kloepping’s maiden name was Maria Jording. She was born in Germany March 1821 and was married to Mr. Kloepping 49 years ago, and about forty-seven years ago they came to Stephenson County, settled in Florence Township. (Alice Horner’s note: Her husband was Conrad Kloepping.) Fifteen years ago they moved to town. Mr. Kloepping died eleven years ago. Mrs. Kloepping leaves eight children, Mrs. R. Forry of Rock Grove, Mrs. Fred Brady of Eleroy, Samuel Kloepping of Forest City, Iowa, Conrad Kloepping of Amboy, Mrs. Herman Korff of Freeport, Mrs. J. Moellenberndt of Freeport, Henry Kloepping of Freeport, Mrs. Sarah Forry of Freeport; also one sister, Mrs. Catherine Dickes of Freeport. The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock from the late residence, and at 10:3- from Oak Street Church, and Rev. Alberding will officiate. Mrs. Kloepping was a consistent Christian all the years of her life and a devoted member of the Oak Street Evangelical church. Her life was one of great activity and the tender care she bestowed upon her children was repaid by them in her declining years.
Cotnributed by Alice Horner - The Daily Journal, Freeport, Illinois August 30, 1897 (Buried in City Cemetery)

CAROL ANN KLOPF , 62, of Rochelle, died Monday May 11, 2009 at her home. She was born on May 30, 1946, in Freeport, the daughter of Aubrey and Helen (Marth) Davis. Carol was a nurse for more than 20 years at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford and then was an industrial nurse for Rochelle Foods for 17 years, prior to retiring in 2005. Her father preceded her in death. Survivors include her daughter, Lisa (Daniel) Sutton, of Rochelle; granddaughter, Baylie Sutton, of Rochelle; mother, Helen Davis, of Eden Prairie, Minn.; two sisters, Mary Beth (Dennis) Nelson, of Redwood Falls, Minn., and Barbara (Brom) Johnson, of Edina, Minn. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15 at Unger-Horner Funeral Home with Rev. Ryan Sutton officiating. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday prior to the service. Cremation rites were arranged by Unger-Horner Funeral Home and burial will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Freeport.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Unger-Horner Funeral Home

VERA (YODER) KOBOLDT , a former Freeport resident, died Saturday in St. Mary's Hospital, Streator, following a long illness. Mrs. Koboldt formerly lived at 615 S. Float Ave., before making her home in Streator with her daughter, Mrs. Karl (Lois) McNutt a year ago. She was a seamstress, a member of First Methodist Church, Eagles and Germania clubs. Mrs. Koboldt was born Sept. 2, 1892 in Freeport, the daughter of Eff and Minnie (Place) Yoder. She was married to William Koboldt Oct 17, 1930. He died Dec. 20, 1946. Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. McNutt, four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. in Walker Mortuary. Rev. Webster Hobb of First Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Dean McMakin - Find-A-Grave

EMMA KOCH - 77, a resident of Lena Continental Manor Nursing Center in Lena, died Tuesday, November 29, 1994 at the nursing facility. Born April 6, 1917 in Kent Township, she was a daughter of Henry and Mary (Butts) Otte. (Alice Horner’s note: Other sources show her mother’s maiden name as Butt.) On April 27, 1940, she and Harold G. Koch were married at Eleroy. He died November 21, 1990. She and her husband farmed in Stephenson County, including the Dakota and Davis areas. She lived in Rock City from 1991 to 1993 when she moved to the nursing home. She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Eleroy. Surviving are two daughters, Sharon (Merton) Holland of Lena and Kathryn (Richard) Slamp of Nora; and five sons, Eugene (Sally) Koch of Lanark, Kenneth (Sharon) Koch of Lena, Dean (Bonnie) Koch of Rock City, and Roger (Kathy) Koch and Donald (Rita) Koch, both of Dakota. Survivors also include 18 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, Floyd (Jean) Otte of Pearl City; and two sisters, Florence Otte and Luella (Robert) Penticoff, both of Freeport. She was also preceded in death by her brother Orie. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Daughenbaugh Funeral Home, Dakota, with the Rev. David G. Carr of Grace Evangelical Congregational Church, Afolkey, officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. Friends may call from 4 to 8p.m. Friday at the funeral home where the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m.
Contributed by Alice Horner

JUDITH K. KOCH - Judith K. Koch, 56, of 1006 S. Arcade Ave., died Thursday, Nov. 6, 1997, at Rockford Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Faith United Methodist Church. For more than 20 years she worked for Newell Company. Born Nov. 5, 1941, in Freeport, she was the daughter of Roland and Anna (Weegans) Graff. On March 24, 1961, she married Lawrence E. Koch. She is survived by her husband, her mother, Anna Graff of Freeport, one daughter, Annette (Dean) Albert of Freeport; two sons, Brian Koch and Robert Koch, both of Freeport; nine sisters, Delores Saxby, Darlene Keith, Charmaine Schryver, Dorothy Strohecker, Nancy Starliper, Sandy DeBoer, Mary Thomason, Diane Schlamp and Cindy Kostenbader, all of Freeport; three brothers, Gerald Graff of Freeport, Roland Graff Jr. of Arizona, Donald Graff of Oklahoma; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Grandview Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Bowden of Faith United Methodist Church officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. Tuesday to time of service at Walker Mortuary. A memorial fund has been established by the family.
Contributed by Karen Fyock

MICHAEL KOCH - The late Michael Koch was a native of Germany having been born to Mr. and Mrs.Wilhelm and Katherine Koch, Mary 14, 1849 at Proeckingen, Wittemberg. After spending his early childhood there he came to American with his parents in 1854 spending his 5th birthday aboard the ship. After a short sojourn at Pittsburg, Penn., they came west and finally located on a farm in Jefferson Township, Stephenson County, Illinois where he grew to manhood. Having been dedicated to his Lord and Saviour in his infancy by his God fearing parents he was united personally with this congregation by confirmation during the pastorate of Rev. W.G. Kuentzel of which organization he remained a faaithful loyal lmember unto his last breath. On January 14, 1873 he entered into the state of Holy matrimony with Miss Rosina Offenhiser also of Jefferson Township with whom he lived a happy prosperous life. Always a good husband and father endearing himself to all who learned to know him. Unto this union were born seven children-, two sons and three daughters who with his helpmate remain to mourn the loss of an indulgent loving husband and father. The secret strength of this home was the close fellowship and daily walk with the Saviour, having established and continued the family altar. The following are the children: Oscar and Laura at home, George Koch and Mesdames Albert Althof, George Butz, and Nelson Flickinger in this vicinity and Mrs. Edwin High of Sandwich, DeKalb County. There are also seventeen grand children and ten great grand children besides a host of other relatives and friends who join with them to mourn the loss of a good friend. The church looses in him a loyal and faithful member and the community an upright straight forward citizen. Mr. Koch was always strong and healthy seldom being sick, it was quite a shock to the bereaved household as well as to the entire community when the sad news spread that a paralytic stroke had overtaken him early Saturday morning, May 21st. His entire right side was laid low and from this shock he could not recuperate. He lingered low in this wise, seemingly conscious until almost the very last. Yet it was hard for him to make himself understood because the tongue was also partly paralyzed. Yet all the medical aid and loving hearts and hands could do to make his illness as comfortable as possible was resorted to. A trained nurse was procured but in spite of all that man can do he finally gave up the uneaqual struggle and slumbered peacefully into the land of eternal joy and peace to be no more a sojourner in Messecho land but a citizen of the heavenly abode of the soul while his earthly remains will rest near the church in which he worshipped unil the great resurrection morning when the dead in Christ shall rise first. He was called to his final reward at about quarter to five o'clock Monday P.M. bringing the days of his eartly sojourn to the nice old age of 78 years, and 9 days. A precious one from us has gone. A voice we loved is stilled. A place in the home which never can be filled. And we say the Lord hath taken away. The name of the Lord is praised. Our loss is his gain. And may his soul rest in peace on the bosom of his Saviour.
Source: "Jeremy" at Rootsweb World Connect

ROSINA (OFFENHISER) KOCH , 88, a semi-invalid for about three years died Saturday afternoon at her home near Pearl City. She was born in Wuettemberg Germany, July 12, 1849, and came to this country at the age of 20 years. She was the daughter of Jacob and Maria Offenheiser. She was the last of a family of seven to pass away. She was united in marriage to Michael Koch of Jefferson township, January 14, 1873. Their golden anniversary was celebrated in 1923. They resided in this community until November 1913, when they retired to their late home near Pearl City. Her husband preceded her in death May 23, 1927. To this union were born seven children, Mrs. Albert Althof, Mrs. Anna Flickinger, of near Loran, Mrs. George Butz of near Shannon, Mrs. Edwin Hough, of Sandwich, George of Pearl City, Oscar and Laura at home who cared for her during her declining years. She also leaves to mourn her loss seventeen grandchildren, and twenty-six great grandchildren, also a host of friends. "Grandmother", as she was known to a wide circle of friends, led a quiet, serviceable and Christian life. She was confirmed at the age of fourteen in the Lutheran faith. She had an exceptionally good memory and her Bible was a great comfort to her. Funeral services were held from the house at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and at 2:00 from the Salem Reformed church at Loran of which she was a faithful and life long memeber. Rev E.F. Franz officiated and burial was made in th adjoining cemetery. Six nephews served as pall bearers.
Source: "Jeremy" at Rootsweb World Connect

CLEMENS KUHLEMEIER , 74, lifetime farmer in the Pearl City and Shannon areas, died Thursday December 14, 1995 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. His memberships included Pearl City Zion United Methodist Church, Stephenson County Farm Bureau, and U & I Club of Pearl City. Son of Walter and Mabel (Dole) Kuhlemeier, he was born April 8, 1921 in Loran Township, rural Pearl City. He and Katherine Strohecker were married May 23, 1942 in Freeport. Surviving family members include his wife; three sons, Steven (Cathleen) Kuhlemeier of Freeport, and Andrew (Mary) and Stuart (Debbie) Kuhlemeier, both of Pearl City; one daughter, Ann (Albert) Mokros of Lena; 13 grandchildren; and one brother, Norman (Marjorie) Kuhlemeier of Freeport. One brother, Stanley, preceded him in death. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday at Zion United Methodist Church with the Rev. Nancy Blade officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Hermann Funeral Home in Pearl City. A memorial fund has been established by his family.
Contributed by Alice Horner

CHARLES KUHLEMEYER , 72, a life long resident of Stephenson county and formerly engaged in the implement and garage business in Pearl City and Lena, passed away at a local hospital early today after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held at Oak Avenue Evangelical church, of which he had been an active member, at 1:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Rev. W. A. Stauffer will conduct the services. Friends may call at the Walker mortuary, West Main street. Mr. Kuhlemeyer was born on a farm near Pearl City Dec. 25, 1872, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Kuhlemeyer. He was united in marriage Feb. 23, 1897, to Miss Ida Espe, who passed away Feb. 10, 1910. He was again married Sept. 11, 1911, to Miss Elizabeth Kortemeier, who survives. He also leaves the following children: Harold, Lena; Earl, Pontiac, Mich., Nelson, Freeport; Mrs. Beulah Black, McConnell; six grandchildren. Three brothers and five sisters also survive, William and Albert, Pearl City; George, Freeport; Mrs. Ida Pope, Naperville; Mrs. Laura Peters, Chicago; Mrs. Ella Guither, Princeton; Mrs. Mabel Guither, Walnut; Mrs. Clara Barnes, Pearl City.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - May 10, 1945 clipping

DORCAS (EDWARDS) KUHLEMEYER , 91, of Freeport, died Sunday, September 12, 2010 at Stephenson Nursing Center. She was born May 14, 1919 in Hillsboro, IL., the daughter of Lawrence and Stella (Carr) Edwards. Dorcas worked for Crum and Forrester for over 25 years. She married Nelson Kuhlemeyer on April 25, 1942 in Freeport. He died on February 19, 1997. Dorcas was a member of Cedarville Baptist Church, Insurance Women of Illinois and the Joy Singers. Survivors include one son Lyle (Susan) Kuhlemeyer of Freeport; three daughters, Nancy (George) Goldsworthy of Freeport, Dianne (Lee) Runte of Freeport and April (Roger) Friedrich of Monroe, WI; also nine grandchildren and Four Great-grandchildren. She was Preceded in death by her husband, One grandson, Rick Miller. One great-grandson, Jacob Kuhlemeyer; one great-grandaughter Lexus Jackson; one sister, and her friend Lyle Leverton. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at Cedarville Baptist Church 10:30 a.m. Rev. Gene McIntosh will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. A memorial has been established in her memory.
Contributed by Alice Horner

HOMER KUHLEMEYER , 85, 107 N, Sunset Ave., Freeport, died Wednesday August 20, 1986 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. He was a machinist at Fairbanks Morse before retiring in 1963. Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Ernest R. Francis of Embury United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic service at 8 p.m. A memorial has been established for Embury Methodist Church and Knights Templar Eye Foundation. Homer Kuhlemeyer was born March 5, 1901 in Freeport, the son of August and Minnie (Noth) Kuhlemeyer. On June 30, 1928 he married Laura M. Artis in Valley City, North Dakota. He was a veteran of the Navy serving in World War I and a 50-year member of Embury Methodist Church. Other memberships included Excelsior Lodge, AF & AM, Freeport Scottish Rite, Freeport York Rite, Eastern Star and Capernaum Shrine. In 1981 he received the meritorious service award of the Masonic Council of Deliberation. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Jane (H. E.) Gilliatt or Richardson, Texas, and Nancy Hockey of Venice, Calif.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Six brothers and three sisters preceded him in death.
Contributed by Alice Horner

LAURA (ARTIS) KUHLEMEYER , 81, of 107 N. Sunset Avenue, Freeport, died Saturday, May 21, 1988 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Embury United Methodist Church, and was a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star and a past worthy high priestess of the White Shrine of Jerusalem. The daughter of William H. and Jennie (Bennett) Artis, she was born December 5, 1906 in Augusta, Wis. On June 30, 1928 she married Homer H. Kuhlemeyer in North Dakota. He died August 20, 1986 in Freeport. Surviving are two daughters, Jane (Mrs. Harold E.) Gilliatt of Richardson, Texas and Nancy Hockey of Venice, Calif.; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Four brothers and two sisters preceded her in death, in addition to her husband. Service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Walker Mortuary. The Rev. Elmer A. Dickson, pastor of Embury United Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the mortuary, where a memorial service will be conducted by the Freeport Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, at 7 p.m. A memorial fund has been established for the church.
Contributed by Alice Horner

MURRY KUHLEMEYER , 80, of Pearl City, died Thursday, September 11, 1997 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. Son of Simon and Nancy (Fennell) Kuhlemeyer, he was born March 10, 1917 at Pearl City. He was raised by his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Kuhlemeyer. He married Verla M. Mitchell June 3, 1945 at St. John Lutheran Church in Pearl City. He graduated in 1934 from Freeport High School. He and his brother-in-law formerly operated K & P Grocery Store in Pearl City. He retired from Micro Switch in 1982. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Pearl City, a 50-year member of the Pearl City Masonic Lodge, a member of the Freeport Consistory, a charter member of the Pearl City Lions Club, past governor of District 1-D of the Lions, former member of the Germania Club, member of the Freeport Elks Lodge, member of the Lena Golf Club and he served on the Pearl City Village Board for several years. Survivors include his wife, several nieces and nephews, three sisters-in-law, Virginia Kuhlemeyer of Pearl City, Joan Mitchell of San Diego, California, and Maxine Mary Mitchell of Rockford, and one brother-in-law, Jay (Maxine) Mitchell, of Pearl City. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Thelma Marks and Grace Popel and one brother, Donald Kuhlemeyer. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in St. John Lutheran Church in Pearl City with the Rev. Barbara Rapp officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Pearl City. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home in Pearl City. The Lions Club will conduct a service at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John Lutheran Church and the Pearl City Lions Club.
Contributed by Alice Horner

NELSON KUHLEMEYER , 81, of Monroe, Wis., formerly of Freeport, died Wednesday February 19, 1997 at his home. He was the plumbing and heating manager for Shepley-Hayner Plumbing Co. and for Sears-Roebuck Co. He was owner and manager of Orangeville Hardware, was co-manager and owner of Orangeville TV, and at the time he retired in 1979 was employed by Pinkerton Detective Agency. He was a charter member of Berean Baptist Church in Freeport where he served on the Building Committee and was a deacon for several years. After moving to Monroe, he was a member of First Baptist Church of Monroe. Son of Charles F. and Lizzie (Kortemeier) Kuhlemeyer, he was born June 10, 1915 in Pearl City. He and Dorcas L. Edwards were married April 25, 1942 in Freeport. Surviving family members include his wife; one son, Lyle (Susan) Kuhlemeyer of Freeport; three daughters, Nancy (George) Goldsworthy of Ocala,m Florida, Dianne (Lee) Runte of Freeport, and April Sue (Roger) Friedrich of Monroe; nine grandchildren, Barbara (Miller) Warren of Phoenix, Arizona, Teri Runte, Lori and Bradley (Theresa) Kuhlemeyer, all of Freeport, Tracy Krzewina of Lena, Wisconsin, Christopher Friedrich of Madison, Wisconsin, and Douglas and Emily Friedrich of Monroe; four great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jenna Warren, and Jacob and Caleb Kuhlemeyer; and one sister, Beulah Black of Freeport. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home with the Rev. Daniel Stertz of First Baptist Church and the Rev. Douglas Karius of Berean Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. A memorial fund has been established by the family.
Contributed by Alice Horner

VIRGINIA G. (MITCHELL) KUHLEMEYER , 86, of Pearl City died Monday, July 17, 2000 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. She was born April 12, 1914 in Pearl City to L. D. and Delia (Brinkmeier) Mitchell. After completing Pearl City’s three-year high school, she graduated from Freeport High School. On September 30, 1945, she and Eugene “Ike” Kuhlemeyer were married. He died February 4, 1976. She retired from Micro Switch in 1979. Her memberships included St. John Lutheran Church in Pearl City, and the Ladies Aid of the church; Order of the Eastern Star for 65 years, and Worthy Matron; she was also a 4-H leader. Her interests included sewing, knitting, and playing bridge. Surviving are her daughters, Molly (Ron) Clemons of Independence, Missouri, and Mary (Cliff) Clark of Littleton, Colorado; three granddaughters, Jessica Clark of San Francisco, Ann Marie Foonberg of Greenwood Village, Colorado, and Erin Clark of Littleton; two sisters, Verla Kuhlemeyer of Pearl City, who helped to care for her this year, and Joan Mitchell of San Diego; one brother, Jay (Maxine Joyce) Mitchell of Pearl City; eight nieces and nephews; 18 grandnieces and nephews; and seven great-grandnieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, and sister, Maxine Mary Mitchell. A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church with the Rev. Milton L. Whitney officiating. Private burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Pearl City. A gathering for family and friends will follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or to the Virginia and Eugene Kuhlemeyer Memorial Scholarship Fund at Pearl City High School. Arrangements were made by Ottenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home in Pearl City.
Contributed by Alice Horner

RAYMOND JULIUS KUHLEMEIER - Dakota Soldier Killed in Acton
Young Man Met Death in Battle on the St. Mihiel Front
Was 23 Years of Age and Native of Rock Run Township
Worked as Farmer with Father, Frank Kuhlmeier, Until Called to Colors in September 1917
Private Kuhlmeier's name is the thirtieth to appear upon Stephenson county's gold star list. The family received a letter from the boy recently, which was dated September 15. At that time he was billeted near the front lines and stated that his company was ready to go into action at any time and that he was expecting orders to go "over the top" any moment. He stated that he was in fine health and anxiously awaiting the time when he could assist in downing the kaiser. Private Kuhlemeier was called to the colors in September, 1917. He was chosen by the Stephenson county selection board and left for Camp Grant on September 22 and was in service just one year and five days. He remained at Camp Grant until February 27, when he was transferred to Camp Greene, North Carolina and he was made a member of Company K, 42nd Machine gun battalion. He sailed for France in March and has been actively engaged at various times since his arrival overseas. The young man was born in Rock Run township 23 years ago, he attended the rural schools and following that time he was engaged as a farmer, working with his father. He was a young man of sterling qualities and had a host of friends who will greatly mourn his absence. He leaves to mourn his death, his father who resides in Dakota township, also two brothers, Arthur of Dakota and Elmer of New Jersey and Miss Ella Kuhlemeier of Rockford.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Partial clipping November 1, 1918

J. MERVIN KUHLMYER , 73, of Pearl City, lifelong farmer, died Monday July 12, 1993 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. Retired, he owned and operated Kuhlmyer Hampshire Farms at Pearl City and was a lifetime member of the Illinois Hampshire Breeders Association. In Pearl City, he was a past member of the Masonic Lodge and Lions Club. The son of Raymond and Clara (Ditzler) Kuhlmyer, he was born August 21, 1919 in Pearl City. ON June 28, 1942 he married Irene Busch at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Surviving are his wife; one son, John (Cherie) Kuhlmyer of Pearl City; two daughters, Linda (James) Brinkmemeir of Pearl City and Sally (Stephan) McMahon of Lena. Also seven grandchildren, Cinda (Scott) Saxer and Jeremy Sheppard, both of Freeport; Stacy (Reese) Waugh, Genoa, Mark Kuhlmyer and Chet (Marlyse) Brinkmemeir, both of Pearl City and Tammy (Kurt) Baldauf and Jared Sheppard, both of Lena; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen (Leland) Bremmer of Pearl City. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral service will be 1 p.m. Thursday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Pearl City, with the Rev. Wayne Nieminen of the church officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery, Freeport. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. at Offenheiser-Schwarz Funeral Home in Pearl City. A memorial fund has been established.
Contributed by Alice Horner

ALICE M. (KEEHN) KUTZKE , a resident of Benjamin Stephenson Nursing Home, formerly of 652 W. Douglas St., died Sunday afternoon in Freeport Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. Born Nov. 20, 1905, she was the daughter of John and Lena (Hahn) Keehan in Freeport. She was married to Robert Kutzke on July 3, 1928, in Freeport. He died Oct. 21, 1967. She was a member of Zion United Church of Christ. Surviving are four sons, Donald R. and William L., both of Freeport, Robert Jr. of rural McConnell and Richard L. of Downing, Calif.: 14 grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Kenneth (Florence) Casford and Mrs. Walter (Leona) Renken, both of Freeport, and Mrs. Henry (Helen) Brown of Champaign; and a brother, Edwin, of Freeport. She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, a brother and a sister. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Funeral Home with the Rev. Carl Grahl of Zion United Church of Christ officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Journal Standard

ROBERT HENRY KUTZKE SR. , 846 E. Fir St., died in Freeport Memorial Hospital Saturday night. Mr. Kutzke was born Dec. 7, 1901, in Freeport, son of Ferdinand and Regina (Leuder) Kutzke. He attended Immanuel Lutheran School. He married Alice Keehn July 3, 1928, in Freeport. Surviving are his widow; four sons, Donald R., William L. and Robert Jr., all of Freeport, and Richard L. of Downey, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and three sisters: Mrs. Helen Trefz of Rockford, Mrs. Margaret Smith of Freeport and Mrs. Rose Tucker of Red Oak. He was preceded in death by a son, two sisters, five brothers and his parents. Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Walker Mortuary. The Rev. William Griebel, pastor of Immanuel Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call at Walker Mortuary today.
Contributed by Karen Fyock Freeport Journal Standard October 23, 1967



























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