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JOHN H. KACHELHOFFER , who farmed for over 60 years before retiring on his West Stephenson Road farm in 1958, died late Wednesday night in Freeport Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. He was born June 22, 1880, on a Silver Creek Township farm which is now part of Albertus airfield. His parents were William H. and Margaret J. (Bardell) Kachelhoffer. On Dec. 25, 1902 he married Mildred C. Maclem in Freeport. Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Mrs. Irving (Frances) Halper, Chicago; a son, Ralph of Freeport; a foster son, Jack Rubiske, Huntington Park, Calif.; a grandson; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Pack of Freeport. He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday in Walker Mortuary with the Rev. Edwin A. Arends officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Friday at the mortuary. A memorial is being established.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Jan. 24, 1968 clipping

JOHN KAHLEY , one of Buckeye's worthy citizens, died at 4 o'clock a. m. on Saturday, February 16, of pneumonia. Mr. Kahley was born in Lebanon Co., Pa., Jan. 15, 1826, and was married October 5, 1848, to Miss Sarah Binner. In 1856 he came to Stephenson county and located in Buckeye township, where he resided up to his death. He leaves a widow, three sons and five daughters and many warm and true friends to mourn his death. He was a brother of Mrs. John D. Diffenbaugh and Peter Kahley, of Freeport. He was a kind father, affectionate husband, an upright and honest citizen, and universally loved and respected by all his neighbors for his noble character and many good qualities of heart. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. P. Gheen, Monday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. in a very impressive manner, at the Lutheran church in Cedarville. The funeral was very largely attended by his many fiends who came to pay respect to one who while living they had learned to love and honor. After the services at the church the remains were buried in the Addams cemetery, west of the village. The pall-bearers were Messrs, Eisenhour, Epley, Reager, Leid, Ermold, and Frazer. Thus is laid at rest another old settler, one who by his own energy and industry secured a comfortable home for himself and family. We shall all miss him. The family have the sympathy of all the neighbors in their sad bereavement.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Feb. 18, 1889 clipping

JANET HELEN (KOYM) KEENAN , 64, of Washington, D.C., died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 26, 1997, at her home. Daughter of Alfred and Lillian (Aschner) [Oschner] Koym, she was born Aug. 11, 1932, in Freeport. She was a graduate of Freeport High School and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Recently retired, she was the executive assistant to Hilda Mason, Washington, D.C. councilman. Surviving are her two daughters, Margaret (David) Albamonte of Riverdale, Md., and Genevieve "Jenny" (Tim) Dwyer of Woodstock; one son, John (Teresa) Keenan of Brandywine, Md; seven grandchildren, Sophia and Isabella Albamonte, Michele and Timothy Dwyer, and Erin, John V. and Robert Keenan; one brother, James (Judith) Koym of Freeport, two nieces, Sally (Michael) Laden of Cheshire, Monn., and Amy (Dan) Stowe of Freeport; and one nephew, Stuart (Susan) Koym of Freeport. Her parents preceded her in death. A memorial service will be held at a later date, and memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (The Journal Standard [Freeport, IL], Tues. 29 Jul 1997, p4)

AUGUST C. KEINER , a well known resident of Freeport, passed away at his home, 526 South Burchard avenue, at 11:30 o'clock Sunday morning, after an illness lingering for mare than a year. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Marie M.; two children, Howard and Margaret, at home; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Keiner, of Mishawauka, Ind.; and two sisters, Mrs. Henry Hahn, of Freeport, and Mrs. L. E. Hartzog, of Mishawauka, Ind. August Keiner was born in Mishawauka, Ind., on January 17, 1868 the son of John and Margaret Keiner. He came to Freeport in 1894, and was married in June, that year, to Marie M. Thallemer, of this city. Two children were born to this union. Mr. Keiner was a painter by trade, and was employed for many years by Schwarz & Sons painters. He was a member of the Macabees of the World and of the Independent Order of Foresters. The fuenral will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the late home, Rev. C. S. Briggs pastor of the First Methodist church officiating. S. A. Douglas has charge of the arrangements and the following will serve as pall bearers: . H. Ryan, H. E. Fisher, Edward Meyers, __.A. Penticoff, W. C. Rehfeld, W. P. Flint. Interment will be made in Oakland.
Contributed by Karen Fyock from the Freeport Journal Standard March 12, 1923

JOHN F. KEISTER - Funeral Services for the late John Franklin Keister, one of Kent's oldest and most esteemed citizens, was held at the M. E. church at Kent, Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. Evans assisted by Rev. Stroh. Mr. Keister passed away Mar. 18th, 1927, at the home of his son, Bert S. Keister, with whom he has been making his home. He was the son of Silas and Nancy Keister, pioneer settlers of this vicinity, and was born January 15, 1851 in Kent township, Stephenson county, Illinois, where he spent all of his life. He received his education at Lena High school and at Brown's Business College, Rockford, Ill. He was united in marriage with Alice Miller, October 14, 1874. She preceded him in death April 4, 1924. Eight children blessed their home: Bert S.Keister, Kent, Ill., Walter M. Keister, Murray, Idaho; Mrs. Amy L. Metcalf, Kent, Ill.; Mrs. Ada L. Miller, Kent, Ill.; Mrs. Maytie M. Aurand, Kent, Ill.; Arthur L. Keister, deceased, Mrs. Georgia B. Auman, Kent, Ill.; Sherwood F. Keister, Rockford, Ill. He is also survived by a brother, George W. Keister, Kent, Illinois, sixteen grandchildren and a host of friends. Mr. Keister was always interested in the things that were for the betterment of the community. He was a man of sound judgement and his children as well as friends came to him for advice. He will be greatly missed by his children and the community. Interment was made in the Brethren cemetery. Two children, Walter of Murray, Idaho, and Ada were unable to be present at the service. Card of Thanks--We wish to extend our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors for their kind help and assistance in our late bereavement. The children.
Contributed by Ron Keister - The Freeport Journal-Standard Date: March 22, 1927

HENRY H. KELTNER , died early this morning, February 13, 1957, at the home of a daughter, Mrs. George Fike of rural Freeport, after a one-year illness. He was born July 24, 1861 in Carroll County, the son of Henry and Catherine (Eisenbise) Keltner. He was a retired farmer. On March 29, 1884 he married Phoebe Delp. She preceded him in death in 1941. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Fike of rural Freeport and Mrs. Chester Boop of Shannon; two sons, Guy and Perry, both of Pearl City; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Yellow Creek Church of the Brethren, of which he was a member. The Rev. Joseph F. Plesen, pastor, will officiate assisted by the Rev. David Ockerman, pastor of the Lena Church of the Brethren. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the Offenheiser Funeral Home from noon Thursday until noon Friday.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois February 13, 1957

EMMA (EULER) KENNISON , an esteemed lady of this city, passed away this morning at 3 o'clock at her home, 128 Blackhawk street, after a short illness extending over a period of three weeks. She was born in Nebraska Feb. 26, 1881. She came to Freeport in 1896 and was married to Martin Kennison the same year. Besides her husband she is survived by two little children, Edna and William. She leaves three brothers, George, Herman and Conrad. The funeral arrangements have yet to be made.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Daily Journal, Freeport, 24 May 1901]

JOHN M. KEPLER , a farmer of Stephenson county, Ill., was recently killed by lightning. He was returning from the field riding one horse and leading another. His son was ahead in a similar position and a colt was following behind. A thunderbolt fell upon the father and five horses, killing them instantly, but the son escaped. Mr. Kepler left a widow and ten children.
Contributed by Kim Torp - [Wheeling Daily Intelligencer. (Wheeling, Va. [W. Va.]), May 21, 1853]

MARION (HILLMER) KIMES, 95, of 1511 W. Stephenson Street, died Wednesday June 29, 1994 at her home. Born march 11, 1899 in Freeport, she was the daughter of Henry A. and Carrie (Snyder) Hillmer. A graduate of Freeport High School, she attended Knox College for three years and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. On August 14, 1926 she married Thomas A. Kimes of Streator. He died September 28, 1991. She was a charter member of Amity Society and a member of the Shakespeare Society. She was a volunteer at Deaconess Hospital and then at Freeport Memorial Hospital with the Women’s Auxiliary. She was a lifelong member of Embury United Methodist Church. Surviving are her son, Robert H. (Fawn) Kimes of Freeport; a sister, Jean H. (Larry) Kahl of Freeport; two grandsons, Bradford E. (Lorrie) Kimes of Freeport, and Grant T. Kimes of Scottsdale, Arizona; one granddaughter, Tracy Kimes (Michael) Woods of Commerce Township, Michigan; great-grandchildren Derek and Brittany Kimes, both of Freeport; seven nieces and seven nephews. Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Embury United Methodist Church with the Rev. Stephen Aram officiating. Graveside services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Oakland Cemetery. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established together with that of her husband for Embury United Methodist Church. Arrangements were completed by Walker Mortuary, Freeport.
Contributed by Alice Horner - undated clipping

THOMAS A. KIMES , 95, of 1511 W. Stephenson Street, former president of H. A. Hillmer Company, died Saturday, September 28, 1991 at home. He began working at the H.A. Hillmer Company in Freeport in 1928, and retired in 1970 as president. Previously, he was a salesman for Streator Brick Company in Streator. Prior to that, he spent three years in China, for Standard Oil Co. of New York. From Streator High School, where he was captain of the football team, he went to Knox College, Galesburg, where he was a four-year football letterman and a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He served in the U. S. Army Ambulance Corps with the French Army during World War I. He spoke both Chinese and French. He was an avid golfer and bowler and a member of the American Legion, Masonic Order, Freeport Country Club, and Freeport Rotary Club. He was a past president of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce. For 10 years, he served as president of the Freeport Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. He was a former director of Intercity Box & Paper Co. he served as trustee of the YWCA and chairman of the Board of trustees of Embury United Methodist Church. As a longtime volunteer with the Boy Scouts, he was awarded the distinguished Silver Beaver Award. Born in Streator on December 8, 1895, he was a son of Oscar and Margaret (Davies) Kimes. He married Marion E. Hillmer on August 14, 1926 in Freeport. Surviving are his wife, one son, Robert and wife, Fawn, grandson Brad Kimes and wife, Lorrie, and great-grandchildren Derek and Brittany Kimes, all of Freeport; granddaughter Tracy Woods and husband, Michael, of Lower Straits Lake, Michigan; grandson Grant Thomas Kimes of Scottsdale, Arizona; and one sister, Helen Ovelmen and husband, Oliver, of Ottawa. Preceding him in death were four brothers, Clarence, Oscar, Elmer, and Harold, and three sisters, Myrtle, Bertha, and Elsie. Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Embury United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery. There will be no visitation. A memorial has been established for Black Hawk Council, Boys Scouts of America, and Embury United Methodist Church.
Contributed by Alice Horner - undated clipping

MARIA (MILLER) KIRK , widow of William Kirk, died on Sunday evening at 11:10 o'clock, at her home, No. 73 Clay Street, in the eighty-seventh year of her age. She had been very feeble for the past six weeks and her death was not unexpected. Within the past few years she suffered three light strokes of paralysis, the third one last fall. This left her arm and side partially paralyzed. Mrs. Kirk was born in Maryland, August 22nd, 1798. Her maiden name was Maria Miller. When she was a little girl she removed with her parents to Stark County, Ohio, where she lived for about fifty years. She was married there in January, 1819, to William Kirk. In 1858 they came west and settled in Freeport, where they lived ever afterward, and drew many friends about them. It was here where they celebrated their golden wedding in January 1869. About two years later, in February, 1871, Mr. Kirk died, at the good old age of seventy-five years. Mr. and Mrs. Kirk were strictly religious people. They became members of the Methodist Episcopal church on the same day, about fifty years ago, when living back in Ohio, and the certificates of such membership, are now among the family relics. The descendants of Mr. and Mrs. Kirk are nine children, forty grandchildren, forty-nine great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren. The children are as follows: George Kirk, of Bath, Summit county, Ohio; Mrs. Milo F. Robinson, Los Banos, Calif.; Rufus Kirk of Larned, Kan.; Albert Kirk of Toledo, Ohio; Major E. B. Kirk, quartermaster in the regular army, now stationed at Atlanta, Ga.; Mrs. Daniel Hoover, Mrs. Joseph Porter, Mrs. Clara Brown and Mrs. Lodema Curry, of Freeport. The funeral will be held at the house tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. O. F. Mattison, pastor of the FIrst Methodist church, of which deceased was an honored member, will preach the sermon, and the remains of deceased will be interred in the city cemetery by the side of those of her husband. Mr. Albert Kirk is the only member of the family here from a distance.
The Daily Bulletin April 27, 1885

WILLIAM KIRK , died in this city on the 24th of February, 1871, at the advanced age of 75 years. The universal esteem by which the deceased was held in our community, demands something more than a passing notice. He was born in Centre County, Pennsylvania, October 15th, 1795, where he spent a portion of his life. At an early day he moved to Ohio, where he resided for many years, respected and beloved by all who knew him. In 1858 deceased emigrated to Illinois, where he was extensively engaged in farming. A few years ago he removed to this city, where he has resided up to the time of his death. He was emphatically an honest man, prompt in business, untiring in industry, a kind neighbor, and a good friend. He leaves a wife and a large family, who have grown up to manhood and womanhood, to mourn his untimely end. The last sad rites were paid to this esteemed citizen, on Sunday last. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Smith of the First M. E. Church, of which denomination he had been an honored member and true Christian for upwards of thirty years.
"He gave his honors to the world again, His blessed past to Heaven, and slept in peace."
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Freeport Weekly Bulletin March 2, 1871

CHRISTOPHER LEE KLUCK - Graveside services were conducted for the infant son of Delbert and Janna (Haan) Kluck of rural Dakota were held Friday afternoon in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport. The Rev. Roy Berg, pastor of Martintown Community Church, officiated. The infant was stillborn Wednesday night in St. Clare Hospital, Monroe, Wisconsin. Surviving besides his parents are his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Haan of Lanark. Funeral arrangement by Leaman Funeral Home at Lena.
Contributed by Melva L. Taylor - The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois May 8, 1972 - Monday, page 2

ALICE M. (EULER) KLUG , 83, of St. Louis, died Feb. 22 in the Ravines Foundation Nursing Home in Berrien Springs. She was born Aug. 11, 1897, in Freeport, Ill., the daughter of George and Lillian (Mullen) Euler. She married Ernest Klug, who preceded her in death in May of 1952. Mrs. Klug was an elementary school teacher at the Jack Day School in St. Louis and was a member of the First Church of Christ Scientists in Alma. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Noreen) Cole of St. Louis and Mrs. Frederick (Sylvia) Harper of Aulburn Heights; and 5 grandchildren. Services were Feb. 25...at the McLauchlin-Willit Funeral Home in Berrien Springs. Interment will be Thursday in Spring Hill Cemetery in Avocia. Memorials in Mrs. Klug's name may be made to the First Church of Christ Scientist in Alma [Michigan].
Contributed by Alice Horner - [unidentified 1981 clipping]

GEORGE M. KNEISS , 53, passed away at a Rockford hospital Sunday noon from a heart affection. He had been ill for the past two weeks. Funeral services will be held at the home, 920 North Day avenue, Rockford, Wed...with services at Sabin church, near Pearl City...Rev. Mr. Milhouse of the State St. Lutheran church, Rockford, will conduct the services and interment will be made in Sabin cemetery. Mr. Kneiss was born Feb. 28, 1888, near Shannon, the son of George and Katherine Kneiss. His parents and one son preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife and four children, Mrs. Edwin Popp, Freeport; Paul, Weldon and Gordon Kneiss, Rockford. There are also four brothers and a sister, William Kneiss, Freeport; Henry, Otto and Albert Kneiss, Mrs. Emma Geise, Shannon. There are also two grandchildren.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Freeport Jl-Std, Mon. 7 Jul 1941, p12]

GORDON L. KNEISS , formerly of Freeport, died Sunday night in Rockford Memorial Hospital following an apparent heart attack. Mr. Kneiss, employed by Twin Disc Clutch Co. as an inspector for more than 24 years, was a member of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was an Army veteran of WWII, having served in Germany and Italy. Born July 27, 1926, in Carroll Co., he was the son of George and Laura (Steffen) Kneiss. He married Maryelyn Edwards Sept. 4, 1948, in Rockford. Surviving are his widow; a daughter, Sharon, at home; a sister, Mrs. Edwin (Velma) Popp of Freeport; and two brothers, Paul of Dixon and Weldon of Rockford. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Wilbur Christenson Funeral Home, Rockford. The Rev. L. T. Runestad, pastor of the Lutheran Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Willwood Burial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 8 Tuesday.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Died 9 Apr 1972. Undated clipping, courtesy Joan Cotherman]

LAURA (STEFFEN) KNEISS , 67, widow of George Kneiss and a native of Stephenson Co., died in a local hospital Monday afternoon. She lived at 634 N. Waddell Ave. Previously she had lived in Rockford for a number of years. She was born in Stephenson Co., Oct. 9, 1886, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Steffen. Her marriage to George Kneiss took place in Dec. 1910. Her husband died previously. She was a member of Messiah Luth. Church, Rockford. Survivors include a daughter and three sons: Mrs. Edwin Popp and Paul Kneiss, Freeport; Gordon and Weldon Kneiss, Rockford. There are 8 grand-children. Three brothers and 2 sisters also survive, Walter and Robert Steffen, Freeport; Maynard Steffen, Rockford; Mrs. Albert Kneiss, Lanark; and Mrs. Brian Phillips, Pearl City. Funeral services...Walker Mortuary...Wed. The Rev. Earl Hartman, pastor of Westview U. B. Church will officiate. Interment...Sabin Cemetery...
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Tues. 20 Jul 1954, p9

WELDON MERL KNEISS , 55, 1210 5th Ave. was dead on arrival at 4:15 p.m. Sat. May 26 1973, at Swedish American Hospital after a long illness. Born April 25, 1918, in Shannon, IL, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Kniess. Lived 40 years in Rockford, coming here from Shannon. Married the former Inez McCauley in Belvidere Aug. 5, 1955. Employed as a machinist at Redin Production Machinery Co.; Veteran of WW II; serving in the Marine Corps in the Philippines and South Pacific. Life member of Post No. 5149, Veterans of Foreign Wars. Survivors include his widow, Inez; one son, Charles, Rockford; 4 daughters, Mrs. Walter (Marlene) Pederson, Mrs. Larry (Margaret) Schwengels, Mrs. James (Marilyn) Owens, all of Rockford; and Mrs. Rudy (Linda) Florenzy, Las Vegas, Nev.; a stepson, William Palmer, Oxnard, Calif., 9 grandchildren and 2 step-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Edwin (Velma) Popp, Freeport; a brother, Paul, Dixon, 2 nieces. He was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Ralph and Gordon, the latter dying April 9, 1972. Services...Wed. in Fred C. Olson Mortuary...Rev. Frederick Hinshelwood, pastor of Bethany UMC officiating. Burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens...
[According to his daughter, Marlene, the spelling of his surname was changed when he was in the military and he kept it that way.]
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Rockford Morning Star, Sun. 27 May 1973, pB11)

JOHN H. KOESTER , S. Galena Ave., died in a local hospital Sunday morning. (4 Oct 1959) He was born in Freeport June 13, 1908, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joachim Koester. His marriage to Leona Schrader took place June 30, 1934. They lived in Kent Township 10 years where he was employed in a cheese factory. For the past eight years he was employed at Micro Switch as a metal finisher. He was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife; three sons, Richard of Rock City; Dale and Sheldon, at home; one daughter, Miss Evelyn, at home; three grandchildren; three brothers, Karl, Emil and Joseph, all of Freeport; and three sisters, Miss Alma of Dixon; Mrs. Irva (Irma) Kuhlemeier of Freeport and Mrs. Karl (Charlotte) Lamm of Scioto Mills. Services will be in the Walker Mortuary...Tues. The Rev. George Busekros, pastor of Bethany United Church of Christ will conduct the service. Interment will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Mon. 5 Oct 1959, p4)

JOHN KORF , 78, Freeport attorney since 1947, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 20, 1998, at Freeport Memorial Hospital. SOn of George F. and Florence (Dorman) Korf, he was born Nov. 29, 1919 in Freeport. He and Lucile Vosburg were married April 10, 1943, in Florida. She died May 22, 1974. He received degrees from the University of Chicago in 1941 and the University of Chicago School of Law in 1947, and was the recipient of an honorary degree from Highland Community College. In 1947 he established Korf and Korf law firm with his father, and practiced law here for more than 50 years. He was instrumental in forming Freeport Community College, and is known as the founding father of what is now the Highland Community College Foundation. He served many years and was active in various capacities in Freeport Public Library, Freeport Memorial Hospital, Freeport School Board and the Arts Council of Freeport Art Museum. His memberships included American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and Stephenson County Bar Association. In addition, he held a membership at First Presbyterian Church. During World War II he served in the Navy overseas. Family members include four daughters, Susan K. (Frederick) David of Dallas, Texas, Linda Korf of Oak Brook, Ellen E. (Dennnis) Olson of Rockford, and Christine Korf of Freeport; five grandchildren, Brian D., Jeffery L. and Jennifer S. Blume, and Aaron J. and Eric M. Olson; and two sisters, Kathryn K. (Lyle) Brandt of Palos Park and Mary K. (John) Markov of Ludington, Mich. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at First Prebyterian Church. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Officiating the services will be the Rev. Carol Shaffer of the church. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. Memorial funds have been established for Freeport Arts center and Highland Community College Foundation.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Scrapbook Clipping
Also Contributed by Alice Horner with thanks to Mary Youngblut - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois September 22, 1998

LUCILE (VOSBURG) KORF - Mrs. John (Lucile V.) Korf, wife of a local attorney, who died suddenly Wednesday morning, May 22, 1974, was an elder of First Presbyterian church, a member of the Board of Comprehensive Health Planning of Northwest Illinois, a longtime member of Freeport Shakespeare Society, and has been working with the Youth Council on the Directory of Human Resource Personnel and Organizations. She was a member of the first Community Chest board, representing the Illinois Children’s Home and Aid Society, with which she had been associated as a professional social worker. She was instrumental in organizing the tutoring program at First Presbyterian Church and was active in the Meals On Wheels program. Mrs. Korf was a social worker for Head Start in its early years, and more recently for the King’s Daughters Home between September 1967 and February 1971. The former Lucile Vosburg was born May 17, 1919 at Gilman, Iowa, the daughter of Glenn Earl and Iva Nora (Stover) Vosburg. She received her B. A. in social work from Lindenwood College and completed graduate work in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She was married to John Korf of Freeport on April 10, 1943. Their children are Mrs. Ronald (Susan) Blume of Raytown, Missouri, Miss Linda Korf of Chicago, and Ellen and Christine at home. Also surviving are three brothers, Maurice Vosburg of Hampton, Iowa, Keith Vosburg of Grimmell, Iowa, and Gale Vosburg of San Pedro, California. Her parents and one brother died previously. The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery. There will be no visitation. The family has named First Presbyterian Church to receive memorial gifts. Arrangements were completed by Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home.
Contributed by Alice Horner with thanks to Mary Youngblut - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport Illinois May 23, 1974

ALFRED C. KOYM , 84, a resident of Parkview Home, died Saturday evening, Feb. 22, at Freeport Memorial Hosp...A maintenance electrician for Illinois Central RR until 1932, he then started Alfred C. Koym Electric Motors, now known as Koym Electric Motors at 417 S. Locust Ave...member of St. John UCC. Born in Freeport on Sept. 26, 1901, he was the son of Louis and Wilhelmina (Berhenke) Koym. He married Lillian Ochsner in Cedarville on Dec. 12, 1924. She died Jan. 26, 1979. Surviving are 1 son, James A. of Freeport; 1 daughter, Janet Keenan of Washington, D.C., 1 sister, Mrs. Dorothy (Paul) Neberman of Freeport; and 6 grandchildren. In addition to his wife, 3 brothers and 2 sisters preceded him in death. Services...Tues. at Walker Mortuary. The Rev. Wallace Reifsteck, pastor of St. John UCC will officiate. Burial...Oakland...
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Mon. 24 Feb 1986, p2)

LILLIAN (OCHSNER) KOYM , 78, of 1334 LaCresta Dr., died Friday...at Freeport Memorial Hospital following an extended illness. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ...Born July 6, 1900, in Freeport, she was the daughter of Jacob and Sophia (Steffen) Ochsner. She married Alfred Koym Dec. 12, 1924 in Cedarville. Surviving are her husband; one son, James A. of Freeport; one daughter, Mrs. Janet Keenan of Washington, D.C., 6 grandchildren, and 2 brothers, Frank of Afolkey and William of Dakota. She was preceded in death by one brother. Funeral service...Mon. Walker Mortuary. The Rev. Philip Anstedt will officiate. Burial...Oakland...
Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - (Freeport Journal-Standard, Sat. 27 Jan 1979)

JACOB N. KRYDER , At Cedarville, Ill., January 6th, 1879, Jacob N. Kryder, in the 36th year of his age. Brother Kryder had been sick for seven years, and confined to his bed for nearly one year. He died of lung disease, contracted in the army, where the members of Co. B., 46th Illinois Infantry will remember him as a brave and faithful soldier. He was remarkably patient, and appreciated, in a high degree, the faithfulness of the family and friends. Jake had many friends and a large company attended his funeral. He obeyed the call of the Great Commander, "Give me thy heart," and it is hoped his comrades will prepare for the "great Day of the Lord." His pastor, Geo. H. Wells.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - Scrapbook Clipping

MARGARET KRYDER , The funeral of the late Mrs. Margaret Kryder was held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Seyler. The services were conducted by Rev. N. J. Harkness and Rev. Joseph Best, and the remains were interred in the Wright cemetery near Cedarville. Mrs. Margaret Kryder, one of the pioneer Methodists of Stephenson County and mother of the late Rev. Cyrus Kryder, died Friday night in this city, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Seyler. She was 82 years old, and death was the result of old age. The deceased was a native of Pennsylvania and was born Dec. 17, 1808. Her maiden name was Margaret Holloway, and she was married to Daniel Kryder in January, 1835. In 1842 they came west and settled near Cedarville, this county. While Rev. Joseph Best was preaching at Cedarville the deceased joined the Methodist church, and she soon became one of the most earnest workers in that church, and did much for the cause of Christianity. Her husband died about three years ago, and five sons also preceded her to the grave. The remaining children are Wm. Kryder and Mrs. Law of Cedarville, and Mrs. Seyler, of Freeport, with whom the deceased has made her home for the past eight years. The funeral was held Monday morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. N. J. Harkness and Rev. Joseph Best officiated, and the remains were interred in the Wright Cemetery near Cedarville.
Contributed by Karen Fyock - January 14, 1891 clipping

KARL KUBITZ , 89, of Freeport Manor Nursing Home, a former director of instrumental music in Freeport public schools, died Thursday, April 4, 1991, at the home. He came to Freeport in 1924 as high school band and orchestra director and taught instrumental music at all levels in the music department of the Freeport School System, becoming head of the department, before leaving in 1955. From 1955 until 1967, he was a chemist for Micro Switch Co., in Freeport. (Alice Horner’s note: This obituary doesn’t say so, but Karl Kubitz taught individual band students at Freeport Junior High School between about 1955 – 1962, and possibly afterwards, possibly on an after school basis. I can’t remember what time of the day my classes with him were, but I know they were during this time period.) “Karl was a wonderful musician,” said Ernie Seeman, a longtime associate of Kubitz in the Freeport High School music department, “Sometimes he was testy and tough on the kids, but it was all in the cause of making great music. The ones he was tough on would always come back to visit and tell him how much the band and orchestra meant to them.” He was a graduate of Galena High School and Augustana College at Rock Island, receiving a bachelor’s degree in science. He directed the Augustana College band for two years and played in band and orchestras throughout his high school and college years. For four years, he played with the Tri-City symphony orchestra in Davenport, Iowa. During college he was teacher of flute in the Augustana Conservatory of Music in Rock Island. He was a member of the American Band Masters Association and the American Chemical Society, a life member of the American Federation of Musicians and a trustee of the Federation’s Local Number 340. Born April 3, 1902 at Columbus, Wisconsin, he was the son of Otto and Catherine (Holdermann) Kubitz. He married Mary Jane Willie on June 17, 1932 in Freeport. She died May 4, 1977. Surviving are two sons, Thomas of Freeport and William of Urbana; two sisters, Mrs. Frieda (Herbert) Anderson of Racine, Wisconsin, and Mrs. Gerda (John) Nelson of Green Bay, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Emily Hoffman of Seattle, Washington, James Kubitz of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Daniel and Michael Kubitz of Freeport; and one great-grandson, Curtis Hoffman of Seattle. He was preceded in death by his wife and two brothers. Cremation took place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The cremains will be interred at Oakland Cemetery. Walker Mortuary is in charge of the service.
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CHARLOTTE (GRAVENSTEIN) KUBLY - Funeral service for Mrs. Isaac (Charlotte) Kubly, 121 W. Broadway, who died Saturday afternoon, March 28, 1959 at a Freeport hospital after a long illness, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Walker Mortuary. The Rev. H. R. Zager, pastor of the First Evangelical United Brethren Church of Forreston, will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Mrs. Kubly was born March 26, 1897 near Forreston, the daughter of Derk and Dina Gravenstein. She was married to Isaac Kubly June 27, 1923. Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Meta, at home; a son, Ivan of Hazel Crest; four brothers, Moody and Paul, both of Freeport, Richard of German Valley, and Martin of Sierra Vista, Ariz. She was preceded in death by a daughter, two brothers and a sister.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, March 30, 1959

GLADYS (MACKERT) KUBLY , 93, of Freeport died Sunday, July 18, 1999 at Provena St. Joseph Center. She was born January 30, 1906, the daughter of Herman and Freida (Schroeder) Mackert. On August 18, 1960 she and Isaac J. Kubly were married. He died July 3, 1980. Her employment included Henney Motor Company and Western Newell Manufacturing Company in Freeport. She was a member of St. John United Church of Christ, and the Women’s Guild and Dorcas Circle of the church. Surviving are one niece, three nephews, and a stepson, Ivan Kubly, of Tinley Park. Preceding her in death were her parents, husband, and four brothers. Private graveside service and burial was at Oakland Cemetery and Mausoleum. There was no visitation. Walker Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.
Contributed by Alice Horner
Henney Motor

MILDRED MAXINE KUBLY - The death of Mildred Maxine Kubly, the eleven year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I. J. Kubly, West Broadway, which occurred Tuesday afternoon, October 12, 1937 at 4:30 after an illness of two days, brings sorrow to the home and to her many school friends. Mildred Maxine was born September 12, 1926 and all her life has lived in Freeport. She attended Union School, was a member of Oak Avenue Evangelical Sunday school and the junior choir and the Star of Hope junior circle of the King’s Daughters. She is survived by her parents, one sister, Meta, a brother, Ivan, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kubly of Monticello, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Walker Mortuary, Rev. William Beuscher officiating. Interment will be at Oakland Cemetery and John E. Miller will be in charge of arrangements. The junior choir will sing.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois October 13, 1937

INA M. KUNKLE - 84, of 1650 S. Chicago Avenue, formerly Stephenson County school nurse, died Thursday September 12, 1996 at Freeport Memorial Hospital. She graduated from Deaconess School of Nursing in 1934 and practiced at… (Alice Horner’s note: This part of the obituary is missing.) Daughter of John and Jurine (Tollefson) Beecher, she was born August 28, 1912 in Bristol. (Alice Horner’s note: Bristol is in Kendall County, Illinois.) She and Lester Stukenberg were married in 1934 in Freeport. He died April 1, 1951. On July 11, 1953, she and Glen F. Kunkle, then mayor of the city of Freeport, were married in Yorkville, Illinois. Surviving family members include her husband; a son, L. Robert (Diane) Stukenberg of Bullhead City, Arizona; a daughter, Sharon (John) Aaby of Freeport; five grandchildren, Les Stukenberg of Scottsdale, Arizona, Greg (Patti) Aaby of Freeport, Tracey (Chip) Takase of Maui, Hawaii, Erik (Denise) Stukenberg of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Barb Aaby of Overland Park, Kansas. Two brothers also preceded her in death. Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church with the Rev. Linda Kersten, associate pastor, officiating. Burial will be n Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Burke-Tubbs Funeral Home. A memorial fund has been established by the family.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois undated clipping

CARA (HAAG) KUNTZ , 87, a former resident of Freeport and mother of Oscar J. Kuntz, passed away Saturday night, May 18, 1940 in her home in Rockford. Funeral services will be conducted at the Ochner and Klontz Funeral Home, North Church Street, Rockford at 1:30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Interment will be made at Oakland Cemetery, Freeport. Mrs. Kuntz was born at Emaus, Pennsylvania December 27, 1852, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Haag. She came west with her parents at the age of nine, the family settling at Creston, Illinois and later moving to Dakota and then to Freeport. She leaves the son Oscar, and one daughter, Mrs. Warren Dickover of Rockford. There are also six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her husband, James W. Kuntz, passed away February 2, 1926. (Alice Horner’s note: I show his death occurring January 30, 1925.)
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois May 20, 1940

JAMES WILLIAM KUNTZ , 77, Resident of City 25 Years, Dead. J. W. Kuntz, for more than twenty-five years a resident of Freeport, passed away at 11 o’clock this morning, January 30, 1925, at a local hospital after having been ill several weeks with kidney trouble and complications. (Alice Horner’s note: He was James William Kuntz, son of Owen Kuntz and Sarah A. Leibengude.) Mr. Kuntz was born in Catasauqua, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania on July 31, 1847 and came with his parents to Dakota Township, Stephenson County when a boy. He lived on a farm until his removal to Freeport over a quarter of a century ago, and had been for a number of years employed by the Stover Manufacturing and Engine Company. The decedent was untied in marriage to Clara Haag on August 26, 1871. The widow survives, as do three children: Oscar J. Kuntz of Freeport, Mrs. Warren (Emma L.) Dickover of Rockford, and Mrs. Frank Lebkicher of St. Louis. He also leaves two brothers, Louis O. Kuntz of Freeport and John C. Kuntz of Berkeley, California; and a sister, mrs. Alice Shank of Franklin Park, Illinois. There are six grandchildren. Mr. Kuntz was a member of the Evangelical church and of Cherry Camp, Modern Woodmen of America. Among his fellow workers at the Stover plant, as well as in church, lodge, and other circles, he was well liked and the news of his death will cause sorrow to hundreds of friends. Funeral services will be held on Monday afternoon at the house, 225 West Empire Street, the hour not yet having been set. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery.
Contibuted by Alice Horner

JOHN C. KUNTZ , 80, native of Stephenson County, died recently at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kuntz, 1266 Washington Avenue, Albany, California. (Alice Horner’s note: The California Death Index, 1940-1997 shows his date of birth as October 10, 1862, which differs from this obituary, and death as January 19, 1944. The original obituary also calls his father Samuel Kuntz, which is not correct; it is Owen Kuntz.) Mr. Kuntz was born at Afolkey on October 10, 1863, son of Owen and Sarah Kuntz, early Stephenson County pioneer settlers. His wife, the former Sadie Shank, died about two years ago. He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Roy Loveland of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and two sons, John I. Kuntz of Davenport, Iowa, and Samuel Kuntz of Albany, California, with whom he resided. Mr. Kuntz was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge at Davis. Funeral services were held in Albany.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois February 5, 1944

LOUIS O. KUNTZ , 76, passed away early this morning at his home, 1626 South Oak Avenue, after a lingering illness. (Alice Horner’s note: The Illinois, Deaths And Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947 shows his death date as November 30, 1927.) For the past year Mr. Kuntz has been in ill health and he has been confined to his bed for the last eight weeks. He was a very patient sufferer during his illness, and at all times retained his cheerful and pleasant disposition. Mr. Kuntz was a home-loving man and he was always happiest when at home with his wife and children. He was born in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania in 1851. When he reached the age of four years his parents moved to Freeport, and he had made his home here ever since. He had been employed at the Stover Manufacturing Company for many years. Mr. Kuntz leaves to mourn his loss his wife and three children, the latter being Chas. H. Kuntz of Elgin; Mrs. Mina Frank of Cedarville; Mrs. Dora Bixler of Freeport; as well as a host of friends. (Alice Horner’s note: According to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900 he married Margaret E. Philby on December 29, 1872 in Stephenson County.) Funeral services will be conducted from the late home at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon. Rev. H. C. Stephan, pastor of Trinity Evangelical Church, will conduct the services, Mr. Kuntz having been a member of that church. Interment will be made in Oakland Cemetery.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois December 1, 1927

OSCAR J. KUNTZ , a native of Stephenson County, died May 14, 1956 at Pine Rock Resort, Lake Vermillion, near Tower, Minnesota after a lingering illness. He was a son of James and Clara (Haag) Kuntz, and was born in Stephenson County in 1878. He was educated in Stephenson County schools and graduated from Dakota College. His marriage to Mignone Nauth took place July 5, 1903 in LaSalle, Illinois. He served as manager for the Keene Canning Company here for 22 years and later was employed by the city street department. Six years ago he retired, and with his wife moved to Minnesota to make their home with a daughter. Survivors include his wife; a son, James Oscar Kuntz of Freeport; and two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Betty) McIntyre of Hialeah, Florida and Mrs. Glenn (Garnett0 Runkle of Tower, Minnesota. There are five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His parents and two sisters died previously. Service was held in Tower on May 17. Interment was made there.
Contributed by Alice Horner - Freeport Journal Standard, Freeport, Illinois May 28, 1956

RUTH (HELSINGER) KUPFER ,, 90, of Stockton died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Morgan Memorial Home in Stockton. She was the daughter of Albert and Orpha (Carbaugh) Helsinger. Ruth married Leslie Kupfer on May 8, 1943. He died March 20, 1989. Ruth was a graduate of Lanark High School. Mrs. Kupfer was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and worked as a registered nurse for Morgan Memorial Home. She enjoyed playing cards; getting together with friends; and spending time with her bird, Riley. Ruth was an avid Cubs fan. She is survived by her daughter, Lora Lea Brewer of Mundelein; two grandchildren, Leslea Rutherford and Kathleen Trusky; four great-grandchildren, Joshua Trusky, Justin Rutherford, Tiffany Rutherford and Cassandra Rutherford; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Doris Kraus. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Amy Poust officiating. Interment will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens in Freeport. The funeral will be preceded by a one-hour visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the church. A memorial fund has been established. Arrangements are being handled by Hermann Funeral Home in Stockton.
Contributed by Mary Klein

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