'T' Woodford County Obits
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Mary E. Tesch
Washburn - Mary E. Tesch, 93, of MortonTerrace Health Care Center and formerly of Washburn, died at 10:20 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, at the Care Center. She was born June 7, 1913, in Washburn, the daughter of Charles B. and Bertha M. (Black) Robbins. She married Fred W. Tesch on May 17, 1958, in Washburn. He preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 2000. Surviving are one son, Doug (Mara) Robbins of Morton; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great grandchildren. Other close relatives in this area is a sister-in-law, Rachel Thorpe of Minonk, nieces, Barb (Roger) Petri of Minonk, Judy Davis, Rutland nephews; Ken (Karen) Baker, Minonk, Allen (Paula) Baker, Rutland; and Terry (Susan) Baker of Wenona. Her parents, one daughter, Marilyn Bond, one grandson, Troy, five brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Tesch graduated from Washburn High School. She owned and operated Mary's Cafe in Washburn for over 25 years. She was a member of the Washburn United Presbyterian Church and was a charter member of Washburn American Legion Auxiliary. Funeral Services were heldThursday at Calvert-Johnson-McKitrick Memorial Home in Washburn, with the Rev. Roy Backus officiating. Burial followed in Linn-Mt. Vernon Cemetery in Washburn. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the Harbor Light Hospice. She was a loving person that cared about everyone. She will be dearly missed by all. We loved her very much.

Elizabeth Murath Timmerman
Mrs. J. Timmerman Funeral Held In City Yesterday
Died Monday at age of 82, After Extended Illness
contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker


Funerals services were held yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Baptist church for Mrs. John Timmerman, 82, of this city, who died early Monday morning at her home following an extended period of ill health. The Rev. S. L. Buchanan officiated and burial was made in the Minonk cemetery.

Mrs. Timmerman was born in 1860 at Ostfriesland, Germany. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jochum Murath. The family came to America from Germany when she was a young girl and settled in this region. In 1880 she married John Timmerman who preceded her in death. Following their marriage the couple went to housekeeping on a farm near here. A few years ago they retired and purchased a home in Minonk.

Survivors include four daughters – Mrs. Martin Gerdes of Benson; Mrs. Ed Barth, Mrs. Minnie Fischer of Minonk; and Mrs. John Sullivan of Amboy - and three sons - Herman, Henry and John, all of Minonk. Three children in addition to her husband preceded her in death.
The pallbearers at the funeral services yesterday were: Herman Timmerman, Jr., Clarence Sullivan, John Barth, Robert Barth, Louis Scifers, Jr. and Carl Gerdes. Flower girls were: Adeline Timmerman, Emily Timmerman, Hannah Barth, Edith Barth, Mrs. Mildred Snow, Florence Timmerman, Mrs. Robert Barth and Mrs. Herman Timmerman, Jr.  Music for the service was by Arthur Harms, who sang “Does Jesus Care”, “Sometime We’ll Understand” and “Abide With Me.”

Those who attended from out of town included Mrs. Herman Oncken, Slayton, Minn.; Ben Timmerman, Mrs. Peter Timmerman, Mrs. John Sleeper and Mrs. Albert Timmerman, Sibley, Iowa; Louis Scifers and sons, Dana; Mr. and Mrs. Ake Timmerman, Decatur; Mr. and Mrs. Alva Snow, Hammond, Ind; Mrs. Henry Otton, Oregon, Il.; Mrs. Ollie Svela and Mrs. Hick???, Rochelle, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gerdes, Washburn; Mr. and Mrs. John Sullivan and family, Amboy; Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Whitaker, Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Carls, Flanagan; Mrs. John Aden, Graymont, and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Janssen, Cornell.

Junior Herman Timmerman
59, Dies, Services Friday - contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker
Junior H. Timmerman, 59, of rural Dana died suddenly of an apparent heart attack at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 15 at a Minonk farm.  Woodford County Coroner Stephen Mooney conducted an inquiry.  Mr. Timmerman's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday, February 18, at the First Baptist Church. Minonk, the Rev. Harry Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Cemetery.  Visitation till be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday (tonight) at Folkers Memorial Home, Minonk, and an hour before services at the church.  He was born January 31, 1918, in Minonk Township, a son of Herman and Emelie May Timmerman. He married Eleanor Richards September 20, 1941, in Groveland Township. She survives.  Also surviving are two sons; Harlan, Minonk, and Gerald, Downey, Calif.; three sisters, Mrs. Adeline Howes, Tutson, Calif.; Mrs. Emily Rittenhouse, Petersburg, and Mrs. Evelyn Elwood, Minnetonka, Minn., and a granddaughter.  Mr. Timmerman had farmed in the area for many years and was a member of the Minonk First Baptist Church.   Memorials may be made to the church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

J. (John Bernard) Timmerman (Sr.), 54, Stricken; Rites Dec. 25
Sewer Plant Boss, Father of 7, Died Monday Morning
contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker

John B. Timmerman, Sr., 54, a lifelong resident of the Minonk community, died at his home at 526 Washington Street, here, at 2:30 o'clock Monday morning, Dec. 23, after a lingering illness. Funeral services were held from the Minonk Presbyterian church at 2 P. M. Dec. 25, Christmas Day, with the Rev. John R. Dirksen, pastor, officiating and burial in the Minonk cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert Barth, Carl Gerdes, Bernard Sullivan, Edwin Barth. Eugene Beal and Herman Timmerman, Jr. The Tallyn - Folkers Memorial Home of this city was in charge. Mr. Timmerman was born at Minonk on Dec. 4. 1903, a son of John B. and Elizabeth Mairth Timmerman, and spent his entire life in this community. He was united in marriage with Julia Janssen, at Clinton, on Oct. 3. 1933. He was engaged in farming, and in recent years he was employed by the city of Minonk, in charge of the city's new sewer plant. He was also the janitor for Minonk Presbyterian church. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Julia Timmerman, Minonk, and two sons and five daughters: John Timmerman. Jr., of Wenona, and Jimmy Timmerman at home, Mrs. Wesley Patterson (Irma Jean) of Minonk, and the Misses Mary Lou, Carol, Edith and Betty Timmerman, all at home. There are three grandchildren and he is also survived by a brother and two sisters; Herman Timmerman and Mrs. Martin (Katie) Gerdes of Minonk, and Mrs. John (Hannah) Sullivan of Amboy.

Mrs. Julia (Janssen) Timmerman, Minonk, Dies Unexpectedly
contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker

Mrs. Julia Timmerman, 65, of Minonk, was found dead at her home at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, February 26. She had been under a doctor's care.  Leland Morgan, Woodford County Coroner, will hold an inquiry. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the United Presbyterian Church, Minonk, with Rev. Thor Bogren and Rev. N. Grier Hills officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Cemetery.  Visitation will be after 4 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) at Folkers Memorial Home, Minonk. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the services. She was born July 15, 1909 in Minonk, daughter of John B. and Sophie (Stear) Janssen. She married John Timmerman Sr. on October 3, 1933 at Clinton, Ill. He died December 23, 1957.  Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Wesley (Irma) Patterson, Bloomington; Mrs. Robert (Mary) Hartzler, Mrs. Robert (Carol) Oncken, Mrs. Thomas (Edith) Arndt, all of Minonk; and Mrs. Emerson (Betty) Tolan of Rutland; two sons, John of Dwight; James of Minonk; 19 grandchildren; three brothers, John F. Janssen, Minonk; Arthur J. Janssen, Minonk; William Janssen, Flanagan; one sister, Mrs. Meine Cirks, Grant Park.  She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.  Mrs. Timmerman was a member of the United Presbyterian Church, Minonk.

Leona (Jacquot) Tolan - contributed by Jane Foster
Mrs. Lena Tolan, 48, a resident of Washburn vicinity all her life, died Sunday morning, Aug. 26 at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria.  She had been ill for the last year and underwent a major operation at the hospital three weeks ago.  She was born October 20, 1885, on a farm east of Washburn, the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Jacquot.  She was married to Louis Tolan.  Surviving besides her husband are her parents, three children, Mrs. Glen Porch, living near Washburn, and Robert and Glen Tolan at home, and two sisters, Mrs. Hiene Schroeder of Joliet, and Mrs. John Crawford of Washburn. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon from the Pattensburg church and burial was in the Davidson cemetery in Linn township.

Emilie May Timmerman - Died Monday; Final Rites Wednesday- contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker

Mrs. Emilie Timmerman, 64, of 813 Maple Ave., Minonk, died at 11:30 a. m. Monday in the St. James hospital, Pontiac, where she had been a patient 13 days.  Services were held Wednesday at 2 p. m. in the Minonk Baptist church, with the Rev. E. Dennis Bartholomew officiating. Burial was in the Minonk cemetery. Arrangements were in charge of the Wilcox-Folkers Memorial Home in Minonk.  Pallbearers were Howard May, Clarence May, Glenn Falk, Eldon May, Larry May and Donald Krull.  The former Emilie May, she was born June 1, 1898, in Marshall County, the daughter of August and Anna Knack May. She was, married Oct. 18, 1917, in Benson, to Herman Timmerman, who survives.  Also surviving are a son, Junior H. Timmerman of Dana; three daughters, Mrs. Adeline Howes of Bloomington; Mrs. Emily Rittenhouse of Minonk, and Mrs. Evelyn Elwood of Danville; seven. grandchildren; three brothers, Fred May of Long Point, and Carl and Art May, both of Minonk; and three sisters, Mrs. Marie Falk of Flanagan, Mrs. Esther Krull of Toluca, and Mrs. Helen Cremer of Minonk. Two sisters and a brother preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Minonk Baptist church and its Women's Missionary society and of the Minonk Garden club. She taught junior high Sunday school classes for many years.

Rose Alena Toole - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Rose Alena Toole, 92, of 205 State St. died at 9:50 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 25, 1993, at Monte Cassino Health Care Center in Toluca.  Born Nov. 29, 1901, in rural Benson to Henry and Kate Johnson Renken, she married Lawrence Toole in Benson. He died in 1962 in Eureka. Three sisters also preceded her in death. Surviving are two nephews, Harlan G. Broers of Chillicothe and Ronald V. Broers of Lewellen, Neb.; and one niece, Nelda S. Broers of Benson.

Irma D. Tweddale - contributed by Jane Foster
Irma D. Tweddale, 93, of Washburn, died April 1 at the Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka where she had been a patient two weeks.  Born Sept. 28, 1890, near LaRose, to William and Clara Sharp Ramsey, she married Harry Tweddale Nov. 9, 1910, in Washburn.  He died June 24, 1976.  A sister also preceded her in death.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Walter Mary O'Dell of Washburn; a son, John F. of Springfield; a brother, Frank Ramsey of Toluca; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  She was a member of the Washburn United Methodist Church, its women's society, and, for over 70 years, the Washburn Woman's Club.  Services were at 2 p.m. April 3 at her church and burial was in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery.  The Newton Memorial Home was in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be made to Babyfold of Normal.

Herman Timmerman
H. (Herman Bernard) Timmerman Found Dead- contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker
Herman Timmerman, a retired Minonk farmer, was found dead about 7 p.m. Wednesday at his home at 813 Maple Avenue. The neighbors had missed seeing Mr. Timmerman around during the day, and had when a light was noticed in the living room in the evening. Dick Livingston, along with some other neighbors went to investigate and they found that he had passed away.  Leland Morgan, Woodford County Coroner, will hold an Inquiry.  Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p. m. at the Minonk Baptist Church, with the Rev. Harry Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Minonk Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wilcox-Fo1kers Memorial Home after 4 p. m. Friday and at the church after 12 noon on Saturday.  He was born November 9, l896, in Minonk township, the son of John B. and Elizabeth Myratt Timmerman. On October 18, 1917, he was married to Emilie May in Benson. Surviving are one son, Junior H. Timmerman of Dana; three daughters, Mrs. Adeline Howes of Long Beach, Calif., Mrs. Emily Rittenhouse of Petersburg, and Mrs. Elwood of Green Bay, Wis.; one sister, Mrs. Hannah Sullivan of Amboy, and seven grand children.  Three brothers and five sisters preceded him in death.  A member of the Minonk Baptist Church, Mr. Timmerman was a retired farmer.

Preston Tomblinson
LaRose - Preston J. Tomblinson, 76, of LaRose died at 7 a.m. yesterday (Aug. 3, 1988) at the Apostolic Christian Home, Eureka, where he was admitted Monday.  His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Church of the Brethren, rural Lowpoint, the Rev. Vernon Dean officiating. Burial will be in buckingham cemetery, rural Washburn, where military rites will be accorded. 
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Newton Memorial Home, Washburn, and an hour before the service at the church.  He was born Aug. 18, 1911, at West Salem, a son of Samuel and Neoma Pickett Tomblinson. He married Maude Whirrell on April 21, 1934, at Olney. She survives.  Other survivors include a son, Preston F., LaRose; a daughter, Judie Knecht, Eureka; a brother, james, Oxford, Ohio; two sisters, Anna Mae Stennett, Albion, and Louise Dunahee, Olney; and six grandchildren.  Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.  Mr. Tomblinson was engaged in farm work in his early life and later was a machinist for McBride and Schoof, Metamora, until his retirement in 1976.  He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in France and Germany, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Congressional Medal of Honor.  He was a former member of the American Legion and attended Oak Grove Church of the Brethren.

Glenn W. Tolan - contributed by Jane Foster
Glenn W. Tolan, 71, a patient at Queenwood Healthcare Center in Morton, died there at 9 p.m. Sunday, July 6.  He was formerly of Metamora. 
Born June 7, 1915, in the Washburn area to Louis and Leona Tolan, he married Harriett E. Trent in Peoria July 10, 1954.  He worked at Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years, last in 1970.  Surviving are his wife of Metamora; two stepdaughters. Mrs. Timothy Everett and Mrs. John A. Ulrich, both of Peoria; two stepsons, Robert E. Trent of Peoria, and Harold E Trent of Northpoint, Ala.; four grandchildren; one brother, Robert of Washburn; and one sister, Erma Dean of Washington.  Services were held Wednesday at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora.  The Rev. Ken Yocum officiated.  Burial was in Hickory Point Cemetery.  Contributions may be made to the Glenn W. Tolan Memorial Fund, in care of First National Bank, Metamora.

Margaret Thierer
Roanoke - Margaret "Peg" Thierer, 77, died at 3:31 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Roanoke, where she was a resident. She was born Dec. 12, 1928, in Peoria, the daughter of Edgar and Dagmar Honett Wallace. She married Leroy Thierer on Feb. 16, 1947, in Benson. He died in 1975. Survivors include four daughters, Diane (Bob) Bachman, West Point, Ind., Janet (Jim) Stuart, Carrollton, Va., Kathy (Harvey) Fischer, Benson and Karen Burnett, Carthage, Texas; three sons, John (Betty) Thierer, Washburn and Robert Thierer and Richard Thierer, both of Peoria; two sisters, Anne (Fred) Leman, Libertyville, and Nancy (Roy) Masterson, glenview; one brother, Robert Wallace, Boca Raton, Fla; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son and one sister. Thierer was a social worker for the Illinois Department of Public Aid. She was a member of the Roanoke United Methodist Church in Roanoke. Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m at the church with the Rev. Debbie Horvath officiating. Visitation will be Saturday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the Church. Burial of ashes will be held at a later date in Roanoke Township Cemetery, Roanoke. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

Robert H. Tolan - contributed by Jane Foster
Robert H. Tolan, a prominent retired farmer of Washburn, died at his home Sunday evening after a year's illness.  Deceased was about 60 years of age and had been a resident of this vicinity practically all his life and had acquired a large acreage of splendid farm land.  He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

Joseph Theena
(b. January 17, 1840) Joseph Theena is dead. A sigh of regret came from every resident of Metamora when this melancholy news was passed around Thursday morning. Even though the coming of the grim reaper was expected for montsh, the pasing of this great and noble life has thrown a pall over the community and Metamora mourns as one man. From the Metamora Herald dated February 1, 1907, vol 54 - no.21: Prior to the removal of the body to St. Mary's Church for the final services a large concourse of friends gathered at the house to view the remains for the last time. There were no services at the house, but Mayor J. C. Irving, who was an almost lifetime friend of the deceased and who perhaps knew him better than any living man outside of the immediate family, spoke a few eloquent words of tribute, which touched a responsive chord in the hearts of all present as being the whole truth.

Mrs. Marie Timmerman - contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker
Minonk – (PNS) Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Timmerman, who died Monday night at her home, will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Tallyn-Folkers Funeral Home.  The Rev. Paul Burkmueller, pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the Minonk Cemetery.  She was born in Germany May 11, 1873, the daughter of John and Frankus Myroth. She came to this country with she was 6. She was married to Henry Timmerman in Minonk in 1892.  She is survived by her husband; four sons, Peter, Henry, Herman and Walter, all of Minonk; four daughters, Mrs. Katie Von Behren, and Mrs. Marie Jacobs, both of Minonk; Mrs. Annie Uphoff, El Paso, and Mrs. Josephine Koopman, Dana; 14 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  Two brothers and three sisters preceded her in death. She was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical and Reformed Church.

Robert J. Tolan - contributed by Jane Foster
Robert J. Tolan, 80, of 109 S. Garfield, Washburn, died Oct. 31, 1993, at Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria.  Born March 16, 1913, in Pattonsburg to Louis and Leona Jacquot Tolan, he married Maurine McKittrick May 24, 1941, in Indianapolis.  She survives.  Also surviving are one daughter, Marlis Tomlinson of Washburn, and two grandchildren.  One sister and one brother preceded him in death.  He was head of maintenance for the Washburn School District.  He then worked at McBride & Schoof in Metamora.  He last was a machinist at Boley Tool Co., retiring Jan. 1, 1981.  He was a member of Washburn Masonic Lodge.  He was a member of Pattonsburg Christian Church.  Services were held Nov. 3 at Mason Funeral Home in Metamora.  The Rev. Robert Jassman officiated.  Cremation was accorded.  Burial of ashes will be at a later date at Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Washburn Christian Church.

Alta Maurine Tolan - contributed by Jane Foster
Alta Maurine Tolan, 79, of Washburn , died Sunday, September 4, 1994, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.  Born July 16, 1915, in Wayne County to John and Millie McDannel McKittrick, she married Robert J. Tolan on May 24, 1941, in Indianapolis, IN.  He died Oct. 31, 1993.  One brother also preceded her in death.  Surviving are one daughter, Marlis Tomlinson of Washburn; two sisters, Mildred Foster of Lowpoint and Laurel Mangold of Fort Wayne, IN; and two grandchildren.  A member of the Retired Teachers Association, she was an elementary school teacher in the Washburn area and started a kindergarten program in Washburn in 1959.  She was a member of Washburn Christian Church.  Services were Wednesday, September 7, at her church.  The Rev. Robert Jassman officiated.  Cremation was accorded.  Burial of ashes took place in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetry in Washburn.  Memorials may be made to her church

Joseph Thierer
Joseph J.E. Thierer, 90, Washburn, died at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 19, 2006) at Snyder Village Health Center, Metamora. He was born Oct. 12, 1916, in Greene Township, Woodford County, son of Fred and Hannah Weber Thierer. He married Lucille H. Asher on Aug. 2, 1940, in Washburn. She preceded him in death on June 20, 1990. Surviving are two sons, Fred (Sharon) Thierer, Cape Coral, Fla., and Joe (Sue) Thierer, West Peoria; eight grandchildren, Kim (Bill) Atkins, Carey (Dan) Mack, Chris Thierer, Michelle (Joe) Kahn, Jeff (Mindi) Thierer, Ashley Thierer, Allen Thierer and Joe Thierer; and seven great-grandchildren. Two sisters, Loraine Quiram and Fern Zimmerman, preceded him in death. He graduated from Washburn High School. Joe was a graduate of the apprentice course of Caterpillar Tractor Co., where he worked for 42 years, last working in 1976. He was a lifelong member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Washburn. He served on the village board, was a member of the Lions Club and served as a Democratic precinct committeeman for many years. He was involved in many baseball programs in Washburn. He managed and was general manager for the Washburn Grays town team, was instrumental in starting the Little League and the recreational programs; and he managed the Babe Ruth and Legion teams for many years. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Washburn. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Bryan Hopfensperger will officiate. Burial will follow in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery, Washburn. Memorials may be made to his church or to Washburn Rescue. Calvert-Johnson and McKitrick Memorial Home, Washburn, is in charge of arrangements.

JOHN B. TIMMERMAN PASSES.
Resident Here Since 1873. Called By Death on Sunday Evening.
contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker

John B. Timmerman died Tuesday at 6 p. m. at his home on West Fourth Street. He had been in poor health for a year and was confined to his bed the last two months of his sickness.

Services will be held at the home Friday al 1: 30 p. m., and at the First Baptist church at 2 o'clock, with Rev. Victor C. Oltrogge in charge. Burial will be in Minonk cemetery.

He was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on Sept. 7, 1851, and he came to America in 1S73, locating in this vicinity. He was married in 1880 to Elizabeth Meirath and they lived on farms near here until 1919, when they came to Minonk to make their home.

With the wife there survive three sons and six daughters: John, Herman and Henry Timmerman, Mrs. Minnie Fisher, Mrs. Katie Gerdes, Mrs. Magdalene Beal, Mrs. Anna Scifers, Mrs. Elizabeth Barth and Mrs. Hannah Sullivan, together with 28 grandchildren. One son, Peter, died two years ago. There are also one brother, Henry Timmerman, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Janssen, both of Minonk.

Mr. Timmerman was entirely a home man, but through his long residence here he became well known and his kindly virtues brought him the high regard and friendship of all.
 
Louis E. Tolan -contributed by Jane Foster
Louis E. Tolan, 79, of Washburn, a retired farmer, died at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Eureka Hospital.  He was a resident of the Roanoke Manor Nursing Home for the past four years.      
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Pattonsburg Church northeast of Washburn, the Rev. Milford Arndt officiating.  Burial was in Davison Cemetery west of Minonk.  
He was born Aug. 28, 1885, near Washburn, a son of Robert and Anna Gunsenhauser Tolan, and married Leona Jacquot in Washburn on Aug. 20, 1906.  She died in 1934.     
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Irma Dean, Washburn; two sons, Robert, Washburn, and Glen, Metamora; a sister, Mrs. Charles Schneider, Washburn; a brother, Clarence, Minonk; five grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Henry Timmerman, 89, Minonk Retired Farmer, Passes - contributed by Virgil (Timmerman Fischer) Whitaker
Henry Timmerman, 89, retired farmer and a resident of the Minonk area for about 80 years, died at his homer in the country at 10 o'clock last Thursday evening, May 14, after a lingering illness.  Funeral services were held from the Tallyn-Folters Memorial Home, in this city, at 2:30 last Sunday afternoon, with the Rev. Paul Buchmueller, pastor of St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed church, officiating. Burial was in the Minonk cemetery, pallbearers being Alje Janssen, John Tarman Janssen, Alfred Kettwich, Meint Saathoff. Jake    Folkers and Austin Lindley.  Mr. Timmerman was born Nov. 19, 1868 in Germany, a son of Peter and Anna Kimmett Timmerman. He came to America with his parents when he was nine years old and they settled on a farm near Minonk. He was actively engaged in farming until his retirement a number of years ago, and he continued to reside on the farm until his death.  He was united in marriage with Marie Meiroth at Minonk, on March 31, 1892. She preceded him in death a number of years ago. He is survived by four sons and four daughters: Peter Timmerman, Henry Timmerman, Herman Timmerman and Walter Timmerman, all of Minonk; Mrs. Anna Uphoff of El Paso; Mrs. Katie von Behren of Minonk; Mrs. Josephine Koopman of Flanagan; and Mrs. Marie Jacobs of Minonk. There are also 14 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was the last survivor of his own family, having been preceded in death by three brothers and a sister.  He was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed church at Minonk.

William Tanton
Eureka - William D. "Bill" Tanton, 85, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2007, at the Apostolic Christian Home of Eureka, where he was a resident. He was born Aug. 28, 1921, in Peoria, the son of Glenwood and Cecelia Ward Tanton. He married Margaret Jean Pletcher on July 10, 1943. She died Oct. 23, 1991. He later married Bernetta Bickwell, who survives.  Other survivors include two sons, Richard (Leah) Tanton, Sterling, and Robert (Jenny) Tanton, Millersport, Ohio; one daughter, Carolyn (Norman) Miller, Brimfield; one brother Henry (Mary) Tanton, Eureka; one sister, Charlotte (Bill) Bash, Champaign; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.  Tanton graduated from Eureka High School in 1938 and also attended the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of Delta Phi. He joined the Air Corps in 1943 was the gunner in a B17 flying fortress plane in World War II. Tanton received the Purple Heart after suffering injuries while serving Europe.  He returned to the family farm near Cazenovia and taught vocational agriculture agriculture to WWII veterans in Washburn. Tanton served on the Metamora school board, was a member of the Metamora-Germantown Hills Rotary club, Woodford County Zoning Board of Appeals, Woodford County Farm Bureau, Metamora Rural Fire Protection District, chair of the Tri-County Riverfront Forum, served as a trustee for the Illinois Central College Foundation, was a deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church in Peoria, was a member of the Shrine and assisted with the International Student Exchange, which helped individuals find host families in the area.  Crematon rites were accorded. Services were Sunday at Mason Funeral Home, Metamora. The Rev. Dr. Randall Saxon officiated. Visitation was held before the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the AC Home of Eureka or to Rotary International.

 

 

The following obits contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

Elsena Schlachter Tjaden
Mrs. Heike Tjaden, one of the best known and one of the oldest residents in Linn Township, passed away on August 2, at the homeplace west of Benson, where she had resided continuously for fifty-five years. Mrs. Tjaden had been suffering with sickness for a long time.
Funeral services were held August 4, at the Lutheran church west of Benson, withthe pastor, Rev. J. W. Hafermann in charge. Burial was at the church cemetery. Elsena Schlachter was born in Germany June 10, 1848, but when she was three years old the family came to America and located at Peoria. Later they moved to the vicinity of Benson which had since been the home. The husband died fourteen years ago. Eight children survive the mother's death, they being the following: Mrs Fred Buettemeier, who resides on the home place; Mrs H. J. Collmann, Mrs Jacob Abens and Mrs Herman Poppinga, of Gilmore City, Iowa; Mrs Herman Claussen of Palmer, Iowa; Robert Tjaden of Rockwell City, Iowa; Mrs Fred Heye Folkers of Delevan, Wis. There also survives one brother, Robert Schlachter of Glenvil, Nebr. FIfty-eight grandchildren and forty-eight great-grandchildren also survive. Mrs Tjaden was not only highly esteemed but she was dearly beloved by all those who knew her. She was a type of motherly woman who makes of the home the dearest spot in all the world and in this respect she left a heritages (sic) of cherished memories that will cling with her children for many and many a day.

George Tjaden, 72, Passes Away at his Home in Cazenovia

Body at Mason Funeral Home; Services Sat., 1:30 in Metamora Mennonite Church. George Tjaden, 72, native of Linn township, Woodford county and a resident of Cazenovia the last 19 years, died at his home there Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 11:30 a.m. He had been in failing health the last six months. The body was brought to the Mason funeral home in Metamora, where friends will be received after 7 p.m. today (Friday). Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Metamora Mennonite church. The body will be taken to the church one hour before the services, which will be at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. LeRoy Kennel conducting the services. Interment will be in Glen Dale Cemetery, Washington. Deceased was a son of Charles [Tjade] and Mary Smith [Heimke Schmidt] Tjaden and was born in Linn township Oct. 8, 1881. He had spent the greater part of his life in farming. He was united in marriage with Addie Schoon in Washington, Ill. April 12, 1904. Survivors are his wife and the following brothers and sisters: Harm Tjaden of Benson, Ralph Tjaden of Lowpoint, Charles Tjaden of Chenoa, Clarence Tjaden of Peoria, Jack Tjaden of Cazenovia, Katie Brauer of Rockford, Annie Reddy of Peoria and Minnie Moreland of Los Angeles, Calif. Mr Tjaden had many friends and his death is mourned generally throughout this part of the county. He was a kindly, neighborly gentleman, with a friendly greeting for all and will be sadly missed in the community.

Kathryn G. Thayer
MINONK -- The memorial service of Kathryn G. Thayer, 92, of Modesto, Calif., a native of Minonk, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk. The Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Colonial Chapel-Franklin & Downs, Modesto, Calif., was in charge of arrangements in California. Mrs. Thayer died Jan. 7, 2001, at English Oaks Convalescent Hospital, Modesto, Calif. She was born April 8, 1908, at Minonk, a daughter of Henry and Phoebe Barth Kettwich. She married George Thayer on Aug. 8, 1930. He died Dec. 25, 1977. Survivors include two sons, George Thayer and Dale Thayer, both of Modesto; two sisters, Ruth Timmerman, Minonk; and Minnie Harms, Minneapolis; a brother, Clarence Kettwich, Minonk; three grandsons; and three great-granddaughters.

Violet M. Tjaden
The private family committal service of Violet M. Tjaden, 78, Hudson, was held Tuesday at East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, the Rev. Carl H. Miller officiating. Brady Funeral Home, Bloomington, was in charge of arrangements. Mrs Tjaden, who was cremated, died at 5:29 p.m. Saturday, February 18, 1989 at Brokaw Hospital, Normal. She was born April 1, 1910, a daughter of Walter and Elsie Ruvenacht Kelsey. She married Louis Tjaden December 26, 1919, in Benson. He survives. Other survivors include one son, Don, Hudson; two brothers, Stanley Kelsey, Minonk, and Dr. E. E. Kelsey, DVM, El Paso; one sister, Mildred Platzek, Chugiak, Alaska; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death. Mrs Tjaden was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Bloomington, to which memorials may be made.

Lucile Johanna Tolan
MINONK -- Lucile Johanna Tolan, 84, Minonk, died at 5:45 a.m. Sunday (July 15, 2007) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk, with the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial will follow in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. prior to services Wednesday at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Minonk Ambulance; Heritage Manor Volunteers; or St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk. Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements.  Lucile was born July 28, 1922, in Minonk, the daughter of John and Gretke Harms Kettwich. She married Lyle E. Tolan on June 22, 1941, in Minonk. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1988. Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Norbert) Soltwedel, Shumway, and Lois (John) Freberg, Oneida; two sons, Emerson (Betty) Tolan, Minonk, and James (Barbara) Tolan, Rochelle; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, two sisters, one brother and one grandson. She was raised and educated in Minonk. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Minonk. She was a 4-H Leader for many years, and a member of the Woodford County Home Extension.

Tena Tarman
MINONK - Tena Tarman, 101, formerly of Decatur, died at 11:25 a.m. May 23, 2008, at Snyder Village in Metamora.  Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk, with the Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe officiating. Burial will follow with military rites in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.  Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk, is in charge of arrangements.  Tena was born Dec. 9, 1906, near Minonk, the daughter of John and Frederica Janssen Tarman. After graduating from Minonk High School, she received her nurse's degree from Brokaw Hospital and a bachelor of science degree from Millikin University, Decatur. She received a master's degree in education from the University of Illinois.  She served in the U.S. Army Nurses Corps 97th Evacuation Hospital from June 17, 1941, to Oct. 31, 1945, in France and Belgium. She was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for her meritorious service.  Tena was employed by the Decatur District 61 as a school nurse in junior high and elementary schools until retirement in 1972.  She was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.  Tena was a member of the St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Minonk, the Minonk American Legion Post 142 and the School Nurses Association

 

 

Curtis Turner
Minonk - Curtis E. Turner, 18, died at 7:40 p.m., Friday, Feb. 16, 2007, following a two-vehicle accident west of Flanagan. He was born Nov. 26, 1988, in Streator, the son of Donald Turner and Jennifer Klendworth. Survivors include his father and his mother, Jennifer (David) Lindsay, both of Minonk; three sisters, Amber Turner, Nicole Lindsay and Kim Turner, all of Minonk; maternal grandparents, Jack and Lois Klendworth, Minonk; paternal grandparents, Don and Evelyn Turner, Dana; stepgrandparents, Dave and Marianne Lindsay, Minonk; maternal great-grandparents, Velma "Granny" Klendworth, Minonk, and Margaret Woltzen, Long Point and several aunts, uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfathers and paternal grandparents. Turner was a senior at Fieldcrest High School, Minonk. He worked at Durre Brothers, Minonk.  Services were Tuesday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. The Rev. Craig Swenson officiated. Visitation was held before the service at the funeral home. Burial was in Minonk Township Cemetery, Minonk. Memorials may be made to the Children's Hospital of OSF St. Francis Medical Center, Peoria, or to the National Wildlife Federation.
 
Harry E. Tweddale - contributed by Jane Foster
Services for Harry E. Tweddale, 90, who died last Thursday in Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Eureka were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Washburn United Methodist Church, of which he was a member.  The Rev. David Shoemaker officiated.  Burial was in Linn-Mount Vernon Cemetery.  Born May 15,1886 in Washburn, a son of John R. and Rosa Day Tweddale, he married Irma Ramsey Nov. 9, 1910, at Washburn.  Surviving are his wife; one son, John F. of Springfield; one daughter, Mrs. Walter (Mary) O'Dell of Washburn; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Maude Tomblinson
LAROSE - Maude Marie Tomblinson, 93, formerly of LaRose, died at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2007, at the Apostolic Christian Home in Eureka.  Maude was born April 18, 1914, in Noble, Ill., to David and Evelina (McLeave) Whirrell. She married Preston J. Tomblinson on Aug. 21, 1934, in Olney, Ill. He preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 1988. Surviving are one son, Preston F. (Susan) Tomblinson of LaRose; one daughter, Judie (Ernest) Knecht of Eureka; one brother, Fred LeLand Whirrell of Hillsboro, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Her parents, five brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.  She attended the Oak Grove Church of The Brethren in Lowpoint. For 10 years, she was a cook for Gaedes Nursing Home in West Salem, Ill. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, 2007, at Calvert-Johnson & McKitrick Memorial Home in Washburn. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the memorial home, with an hour visitation prior to the service. The Rev. Robert DeBolt will officiate. Burial will follow at Buckingham Cemetery in Lowpoint.  Memorials may be made to the Apostolic Christian Home, Eureka.

John Tammen - contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden
Mrs George Ioerger, who had been visiting at the home of her brother-in-law, Joseph Ioerger, southwest of town, and at Michael Ioerger's near Peoria, received a telephone message last Friday night that her father, John Tammen, an aged resident of near Woodford, had met with sudden death by being thrown from a buggy.  The accident happened as Mr Tammen was returning home from George Ioerger's. It is supposed the horse turned too short, upsetting the buggy. In the fall the old gentleman's neck was broken and when picked up he was dead. Mrs Ioerger left at once for her home near Woodford. The funeral took place Tuesday, burial being made in the Minonk cemetery
 
Russell Tweddale - contributed by Jane Foster
Russell Tweddale, prominent Washburn citizen, passed away last Friday morning in St. Francis Hospital, Peoria, where he had been a patient for a month.  Though suffering for a long time from diabetes, development of gangrene in one of his legs, due to this sickness, made necessary an operation.  About four weeks ago his left leg below the knee was amputated.  He was apparently doing well after the operation for a time, but the diabetic condition grew steadily worse.  Mr. Tweddale was a son of the late Dr. James Tweddale, a pioneer Washburn physician, and had been prominent in Woodford county affairs throughout his life.  He had been a candidate for county treasurer at one time and served several terms as mayor of Washburn.  He was united in marriage in young manhood with Miss Margaret Jury, who survives with nine children, namely:  Mrs. Rudy Harmon, Edward, Charles and James Tweddale of Washburn; Roy Tweddale of Peoria, Mrs. Helen Walker, Williamsfield; Mrs. Kate Erb, Carlock; Wm. Tweddale of LaRose and Mrs. May Hill of Camp Grove; also eleven grandchildren, and one brother, John R. Tweddale, state's attorney of Woodford county.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the home in Washburn and burial was in the Mt. Vernon cemetery near Washburn.

John F. Tweddale - contributed by Jane Foster
John F. Tweddale, 81, of 911 Golfview Drive, Eureka, died Saturday, May 16, 1998, at his residence.  Born Nov. 29, 1916, in Washburn to Harry Eugene and Irma Dell Ramsey Tweddale, he married Pauline Smith in 1940 in Woodstock.  She died in 1969.  He married Barbara Christie Shea in 1973 in Rockford.  She survives.  Also surviving are one son, Jack of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one daughter, Lynne Watkins of Kerrville, Texas; one sister, Mary O'Dell of Washburn; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.  He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the adjutant general's department.  He attended Eureka College and the University of Illinois under a work-study program.  He completed the Dartmouth College field of study and was awarded the Executive Management Award.  He worked in the tool cribs, planning and treasury departments of Caterpillar Inc., where he became credit manager for Europe and the Far East.  He transferred to the Treasury Department of the United States Steel Corp. in 1955, where he handled the credit department under the branch manager's of St. Louis, Cleveland and Pittsburgh.  He later worked for American Bridge Co. and then retired from the federal government's Small Business Administration as a loan officer in 1985.  He was a member of Eureka Christian Church.  Cremation was accorded.  A memorial service was held Wednesday, May 20, at Otto-Argo Funeral Home.  The Rev. Bruce Naylor officiated.  Burial of ashes was in Olio Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to his church, Eureka College or Chaddock Children's Foundation, 205 S. 24th St., Quincy, Ill. 62301.

Was Found Dead
B. W. Taylor
, aged 72, a long time resident of Washburn, was found dead in his bed last Saturday morning. Heart disease is given as the cause of death. Deceased is survived by eight children. The funeral was held Monday.

John R "Jack" Tweddale - contributed by Jane Foster

Eureka -- John R Tweddale, known fondly as Jack, of Hot Springs Village, Ark., formerly of Eureka, passed away Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, after battling a lengthy illness.  Jack was born on July 3, 1942, to John F. and Pauline Smith Tweddale in Eureka, Ill.  He married Betsy E. Carr on Aug. 7, 1965.  Surviving are three children from that marriage, Natalie Daprile (her husband, Gavin) of Morgan Hill, Calif., Jeff Tweddale (his wife, Kate) of Occidental, Calif., and Amy Martin (her husband, David) of Bend, Ore. He married Katherine Hill on Nov. 28, 1992, and was lovingly cared for by her until his death.  Kay survives along with Jack's sister, Lynne Watkins of Peoria, Ill.,; Jack's seven grandchildren; and Kay's children, Dave, Bob, Kathy and Greg, and their eight children. He was proceded in death by both parents. Jack attended schools in Eureka and St. Louis and graduated from Eureka College in 1965 with a degree in business administration.  He served in the Army Reserves.  He had a successful career as a vice president of sales and marketing with some of the world's largest consumer electronics companies (RCA, Zenith, Tomy, Toshiba and Ricoh, among others) and a stint in Silicon Valley and consumer retail. He had a passion for sports and excelled in both baseball and basketball through high school and college.  Jack was a tried and true Dallas Cowboys fan.  He was a fun loving man who enjoyed playing golf and tennis, debating politics, and always had a book in hand.  He retired in 2001 due to illness and settled in Hot Springs Village, Ark.  Services will take place at the Olio Township Cemetery in Eureka, Ill., at 11 a.m. on June 26, 2010.

Roy Tweddale
Roy Tweddale, 67,  of Fowler, Ill., formerly of Peoria and Washburn, died at 3:30 am Monday, Aug. 22, 1955, at Deaconess Hospital, Freeport.  Mr. Tweddale, a representative of the National Independent Businessmen's Association, was spending the week end in Freeport and was sticken with an illness Sunday evening.  Funeral servics were at 2 pm Wednesday at the Pacey memorial home, Washburn.  The Rev. J. G. Garlock, pastor of the Fowler, Ill. United Brethren church officiated.  Burial was in Linn-Mt. Vernon cemetery.  Visitation was at the memorial home after 7 pm Tuesday.  Born at Washburn May 3, 1888, he was a son of Russell and Margaret Jury Tweddale.  He spent most of his life at Washburn and in Peoria.  Surviving are his wife, Carrie E. Shafer Tweddale, one son, Ronald Tweddale of Fowler:  three sisters, Mrs. Ruby Harmon of Washburn, Mrs. Mae Hill of Springfield and Mrs. Katherine Bertram of Carlock, and four brothers, James Tweddale and Charles Tweddale, both of Washburn, Ted Tweddale of Grand Rapids, Mich., and William Tweddale of Lacon. (contributed by Jane Foster)

PIONEER WASHBURN PHYSICIAN IS DEAD

Dr. James R. Tweddale, one of the oldest medical practitioners in Illinois, a man widely known and honored, died at his home in Washburn at 10 o'clock Saturday evening January 8, 1916 as the result of an illness of a few weeks.  Dr. Tweddale practiced medicine in Washburn continuously since 1869 up to three years ago when he retired on account of his advanced years.  He was born in New York state in 1833 and had practiced medicine for fifty years.  He was prominent in medical circles in this part of the state and held a high place as a citizen and physician in Washburn.  His practice extended back almost to pioneer times and he was known to most of the older citizens of the county.   He leaves two sons, Russell Tweddale and Attorney John R. Tweddale, both of Washburn.  The funeral was held at 1:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon and was attended by a very large gathering. contributed by Jane Foster

Carrie E. Tweddale
Carrie E. Tweddale, 100, of Hobart, Ind., died June 9, 1992, at Hobart, Ind. 
She was born March 10, 1892, in rural Washburn, Marshall County, Illinois, to John and Emma Wagner Shafer.  Surviving are one son, Donald Tweddale, 820 S. Garfield, Hobart, Ind.; four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.  She lived in the Washburn area until 1932, when she moved with her son to Denver, Colo.  Twelve years ago she moved to Hobart, Ind., to be near her son.  She ws a very active Methodist, both here and in Colorado.  Services were conducted by the Rev. Dennis Kennell of the Cazenovia Mennonite Church, June 12, at noon at Linn-Mt. Vernon Cemetery, Washburn.  Arrangements by Reese Funeral Home, Inc., Hobart, Ind.contributed by Jane Foster

Mrs. L. R. Thomas
Putnam
- Our community was greatly saddened on Sunday morning when the news came over the wire that Mrs. Thomas, wife of Rev. L. R. Thomas had died suddenly; only sick two hours.  She seemed as well as usual and performed her morning work; first she complained of a pain in her head and soon was unconscious and died at 11 a.m. at the age of 50 years 4 months and 4 days.  She leaves a husband, one son, Raymond, and two daughters, Mrs. Maurine French of Minonk and Marin at home; three brothers and one sister.  The funeral was held at the Christian church Tuesday at 1:30 a.m., Rev. Peters of Eureka , officiating, assisted by Rev. Seble. The church was filled with those who always held her in high esteem.  She was a faithful church member, a Sunday school teacher of the young ladies class, and the Aid society will miss a faithful member.  They took the noon train for Eureka , where the burial took place.  Rev. Thomas and family have the sympathy of all in their sorrow...contributed by Nancy Piper

Jeanne Tammen
Jeanne Tammen, 85, of rural Gridley, IL passed away at 10:08 p.m. on Friday, October 24, 2008 at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, IL.
She was born Erma Jeanne Kingdon on March 1, 1923 in El Paso, IL a daughter of Alfred and Hazel Wilkey Kingdon. She married John Tammen on September 26, 1948 in El Paso, IL. He survives. Survivors include one son, Jim (Nancy) Tammen of Marion, IL; one daughter, Karen (Paul) Morin of St. Charles, MO; six grandchildren, Kim Morin; Cary Tammen; Lindsey (Joseph) Mansfield; Kelly (Denny) Summerfield; Nathan Tammen; Kyle Morin; and two great-grandchildren, Hannah Summerfield andParker Mansfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Marvin Kingdon. Jeanne graduated from the Mennonite school of nursing and worked at the Mennonite Hospital. She also worked at various other nursing positions. Achieving the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, Jeanne served her country with the United States Army as a nurse during WWII. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in El Paso where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28, 2008. The Rev. Bobby Niemtschk will officiate. Visitation will be held on Monday evening from 5-8 p.m. at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso and one hour prior to the service at her church. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in El Paso. Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church Building Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice...contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden

EL PASO, IL - Robert D. Thario, 73 of 98 S. Sycamore, El Paso passed away on Friday, September 12, 2008 at 2:00 P.M. at his family residence. Private family services will be held. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, El Paso is handling arrangements. Memorial contributions may be directed to his family. Robert was born April 23, 1935 at Cloverdale, IL, a son of Albert and Leatha Mitchell Thario. He married Mildred I. Ford on December 25, 1956 at Mayflower, Arkansas. She survives. Other survivors include his children, Dorothy R. McDaniel, Phoenix, AZ, Robert B. Thario, Gilbert, AZ, Earnadean Gustafson, Eugene, OR, James Thario, Peoria and Mary Thario, Minonk; 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Robert served his country in the United States Army. He was employed by Caterpillar Tractor Company for 30 years working at building LL in East Peoria. He was a member of the El Paso American Legion, the American Racing Pigeons and the National Committee to preserve Social Security and Medicare. 

Tjade (Charles) Meemen Tjaden
Charles (Tjade) M. Tjaden, son of George (Gerjet) and Elisabeth Tjaden, was born in Monshuem, Germany (should be Engerhafe, Ostfriesland) March 5, 1851.  He was one of a family of five children.  In 1857 he came with his parents to America and located at Peoria, Illinois.  Later they came to Linn Twp in Woodford Co.  On August 5, 1874 he was united in marriage with Mary (Heimke) J. Schmidt.  To this union were born thirteen children, eleven of whom are still living.  They are:  Mrs. Lizzie Broers of Cazenovia, Mrs Kate Brauer of Rockford, Mrs Mary Wells of Detroit, Mich., Mrs Anna Reddy of Peoria, Mrs Minnie Moreland of Gary, Ind., Harm of Benson, George of Washington, Ralph of Chicago, Clarence of Peoria, Charles of Chicago and John of Peoria.  Two children, Mrs Ida Hemsath and an infant, preceded in death.  The family resided on a farm in Linn Twp until 1908 when Mr and Mrs Tjaden retired and settled in Lowpoint.  In 1926 their married life of over 51 years was brought to a close by the passing away of Mrs. Tjaden. Five years later, after a period of intense suffering, death also claimed Mr Tjaden.  He died at 1:45 Tuesday morning, 6 October 1931, at his home in Lowpoint.  He had attained the age of 80 years, 7 months and 1 day.
There remain to mourn his passing his eleven children, other relatives and many friends.  Funeral was held a 1:00 Thursday afternoon in the Lowpoint church.  In charge were Rev W.A. Stauffer and Rv M.W. Lang.  Interment was in the Lutheran cemetery near Benson. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Harm Tjaden
Harm Tjaden, 79, Benson Farmer, Died in Hospital Last Night - Funeral Services to be Held on Saturday
Harm Tjaden, 79, a lifelong resident of the Benson-Minonk area, died at 7:45 o'clock last night (Wednesday, Aug. 27) at St Francis hospital, Peoria.  Mr Tjaden had a stroke last February, but had recovered and was in fairly good health until a week ago, when he became ill and entered the hospital.  The body was taken to the Tallyn-Folkers Memorial Home in this city, where friends may call after 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon (Friday). Funeral services will be held from St Paul's Lutheran church in Benson on Saturday, Aug. 30, with burial in the Benson cemetery.  Mr Tjaden was born in Linn township, west of Minonk, on June 28, 1878 (note:  he was born in 1879), a son of Tjade and Heimke Schmidt Tjaden.  He was united in marriage with Hannah Woltzen on Aug. 30, 1900.  She survives, and they would have observed their 58th wedding anniversary this coming Saturday, Aug. 30.
Mr Tjaden farmed in Linn township until 1912, when he moved to a farm a mile north of Benson.  In 1914 he moved to a farm east of Benson, where he and Mrs Tjaden have since resided.  Mr Tjaden served three terms as a trustee of St Paul's Lutheran church of Benson, and also served as a director of the Farmers Co-Op. Elevator, in Benson, for 28 years, resigning in 1957.  Surviving, besides his widow, Mrs Hannah Tjaden, are their five children: Mrs Ervain Hansen (Fannie), of Streator; Edward Tjaden of Minonk; Louis Tjaden of Hudson; Lester Tjaden of Benson; and Mrs Roy Kelsey (Pearl) of Kirkland.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and by four brothers and three sisters; Clarence TJaden of Peoria; Jack Tjaden of Cazenovia; Ralph Tjaden of Lowpoint; Charles Tjaden of Los Angeles, Calif.; Mrs Eno Brauer (Kate) of Rockford; Mrs Al Moreland (Minnie) of California; and Mrs Clifford Reddy (Ann) of Peoria. Three sisters and a brother preceded him in death. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Lester (Ted) Ernst Tjaden
Lester (Ted) Ernst Tjaden, 89, of 1012 W. Davidson St., Roanoke, died at 4:40 a.m. Friday (Oct. 12, 2001) at his residence. His funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Benson, the Rev. Peter Reuss officiating. Burial will be in Clayton Township Cemetery, Benson, with military rites by Benson American Legion Post 454. Visitation will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Knapp-Johnson-Harris Funeral Home, Roanoke, is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or to Methodist Hospice.  He was born July 10, 1912, in rural Benson, a son of Harm and Hannah Woltzen Tjaden. He married Ida Mae Gilbert on Jan. 10, 1942, at Bloomington. She survives.  Other survivors include a daughter, Sharon (Gerry) Trantina, Fort Myers Beach, Fla.; a son, David (Diane) Tjaden, Gurnee; and a sister, Pearl Kelsey, Genoa.
Also surviving are three grandchildren, Aaron (Theresa) Trantina, Michael Tjaden and Sarah Trantina; a great-grandson, Matthew Trantina; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.  Ted was a farmer in the Benson area for all his life. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Benson.
He was an Air Force Veteran of World War II and was a member of Benson American Legion Post 454. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Christopher William Tesch
Christopher William Tesch, 94, of Minonk died at 1:10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 1992, at Lida Home in Minonk.  Born March 10, 1898, in Long Point to Nicholas and Henrietta Prussner Tesch, he married Ann Knack on July 30, 1919. She died Nov. 29, 1962. He later married Marie Budde on March 1, 1963. She died in May 1973. One son, Edward, seven brothers and five sisters also preceded him in death. Surviving are one son, Fred of Washburn; one daughter, Rachel Thorpe of Minonk; two brothers, Bill of Camden, Mich., and Herman of Battle Creek, Mich.; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild. He farmed in the Minonk and Dana areas and was employed by Catepillar Inc. in East Peoria. He also was a bus driver for Minonk High School. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Folkers-Froelich Memorial Home. The Rev. Jerry Kaskela will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the memorial home. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Lida Home in Minonk. [contributed by Amy Robbins-Tjaden]

Everett Tallyn
Everett Tallyn
of Benson was drowned Sunday afternoon about 4 o'clock while bathing at Lake Park at Bloomington. He had only been in the water about ten minutes when he sank while swimming across the lake. The body was recovered by divers after it had been in the water about an hour and a half. Together with his cousin, George Specht, also of Benson, had driven to Bloomington to visit his fiance, who is a student at Normal University. The young men went swimming at Lake Park. Neither of the men was a good swimmer. Mr. Specht started to swim across the lake, followed by Mr. Tallyn. When about 25 feet from the shore Tallyn sank. Specht caught at him, but was in such an exhausted condition that he could help but little. Other bathers near by assisted, but before the life guard arrived they lost the struggling man and he had sunk to the bottom in about 20 feet of water. Volunteer divers assisted in the search for the body for half an hour before the grappling hooks arrived. Divers and the hooks were used for three-quarters of an hour, before a diver finally located the body at 5:15 o'clock. The police had been summoned with their pulmotor, but the body had been in the water so long that it was not used. A physician who had been summoned pronounced life extinct when the body was taken from the water. Mr. Specht states that when he had reached shallow water, he turned around to see where his companion was, who waved at him and smiled. He went out of the water and then heard Everett's cries for help. Although exhausted, he jumped into the water to give his assistance, but was taken down under the water by the drowning man. Another swimmer came to the assistance, but he, too, was taken under water. No one else was near, so there was no further help. Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Sutton and son, Julius, and Mrs. Sutton's mother, Mrs. Bartow, of this city, were witnesses to the tragedy. Mrs. Bartow was sitting on the bank at the side of Mr. Tallyn's fiance, who fell into complete collapse. The remains of Mr. Tallyn were brought to the home at Benson that same evening. Everett Arthur Tallyn, eldest son of Newton and Mary Tallyn, was born at the homestead May 18, 1897, where he had always lived, except for his sojourn in France during the war, until he met his untimely death by drowning, at the age of 28 years, 1 month and three days. He received his early education at the county school a mile from his home. Taking the three-year high school course with his cousin, Eldon Eckhart, in two years, he graduated at the age of 16 in May 1913. In his early youth and young manhood he was a faithful member of the Methodist Sunday school and held the office of secretary for a number of years, ever faithful in the performance of his duties, his most prominent characteristic throughout his life. On June 4, 1918, he enlisted in the army, going directly to Camp Meade at Washington, D.C. From there he was sent to Bordeaux, France, where he was in the refrigerator corps. There he contracted pleurisy and on returning to the United States, was confined to the hospital at Fort Sheridan for some time. He was a member of the American Legion and a faithful member of the Rob Morris lodge 247, A.F. and A.M., and the order of the Eastern Star, of Minonk; of the Royal Arch Chapter of Rutland; of the Bloomington Consistory; of the Shrine of Peoria; of the White Shrine of Bloomington, holding office in the first three at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his loss his parents and one sister, Lela, at home, and two brothers, Arden, of Payne, Ohio, and Lloyd, of Columbus, Ohio, and his fiance, Miss Lillian Baird, of Normal, and many near relatives and innumerable friends. Funeral services were held at the Tallyn home west of Benson yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. L.S. Buchanan, pastor of the Benson Baptist church. Although the weather was cold and disagreeable, the funeral was one of the largest ever held in this section and scores of people from Minonk were in attendance. The pallbearers from the home to the cemetery were cousins: Dewitt, Joseph, Frankin, Brainerd, Bruce and Chester Tallyn. At the Benson cemetery, where burial took place, the Masons were in charge and the beautiful service of this order was given. The Masonic pallbearers were Weldon Smilie, Raymond and Glenn Peterson, Jacob Geiken, Carl Thompson and Raymond White. Among the relatives attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Baltz, Louis Baltz, Miss Newton Lee and Grace Lee, of Hoopeston; Mrs. T.N. Smith, of Pekin; Mrs. Elsie Rose and Ivan Ridge, of Rockwell City, Iowa; Sheldina and Albert Lee, of Garden City, Mo; Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Eckhart and daughters, Ila and Ora, of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. John Heiken, of Chatsworth; Mr. and Mrs. Will Tallyn and sons, Edwin, Ronald, and George Bernard, of Wenona; Mrs. Chas. Specht, Mrs. Ebbitt, Mrs. Henry Summers and Mrs. Chas. Loveridge, of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. George Eckhart and daughter, Vera, of Almena, Kansas; Mrs. Maggie Ficht, of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rickenburger, of Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Brainerd Tallyn, of Pontiac; Mr. and Mrs. C. Robinson and children, of Minonk; Thomas Tallyn and John Tallyn, of Peoria. [contributed by Amy R-T]

Mrs. Alma Tjaden, Washburn, Dies
Funeral services for Mrs. Alma Tjaden, 61, who died Sept. 24 at St. Francis hospital, Peoria, were held at 1:30 pm Sept. 26 at Pacey Memorial home and at 2 pm at St. Peters Lutheran church at Benson. Interment was in the church cemetery. She was born June 24, 1899, in Roanoke, the dau. of Chris and Katherine Vollmer Brandt. She was married Aug. 2, 1917, at Benson to Jacob H. H. Tjaden, who preceded her in death. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ellen Gerdes of Washburn and Mrs. Mary Heck of Roanoke; five grandchildren; two brothers, Ernest Brandt of East Peoria and Ervin Brandt of Washburn. [Henry News Republican, Oct. 5, 1960]

Irma Jean Timmerman, 86 - November 18, 2011
Irma Jean Timmerman, 86, of Minonk passed away at 9:45 p.m. Friday (Nov. 18, 2011) at Heritage Manor, Minonk. She was born Jan. 7, 1925, in Minonk, a daughter of Louis and Mathilda Oncken. She married Elmer Timmerman on Jan. 9, 1944. He passed away on Aug. 26, 2003. Survivors include one daughter, Donna (Ed) Wittenberg of Chicago; one daughter-in-law, Jane Timmerman of Minonk; three grandchildren, Jason (Jodi) Timmerman of Minonk, Sheri (Dennis) Baker of Minonk and Julie (Ron) Botten of Buffalo Grove; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Beverly (Cecil) Robertson of Minonk; one brother, Richard (Donna) Oncken of Minonk; and two sisters-in-law, Alice Baumann of Benson and Ruth Timmerman of Minonk. She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Terry Timmerman. Irma graduated from Minonk Community High School in 1943. After contributing to the war effort during World War II by reconditioning aircraft parts at Windover Air Force Base, she sold Avon and did retail work in the Minonk area. She enjoyed singing in the Village-Aires as well as at special events with her sister and brother. Irma was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Minonk. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. The Rev. Ray Barclay will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the family, who will then donate to St. Jude, FAAN or the Parkinson's Foundation.

Charles Tarman
MINONK- Minonk had its war casualty list increased to 11 for World War II Saturday when Mrs. Michael Goliwas received word from the war department that her brother. Pfc. Charles (Bob) Tarman had been killed in action somewhere in France, Aug. 4. Pfc. Tarman had been drafted in 1941, released from service under an age ruling and later recalled. His basic training period was spent at Ft. Custer, Mich. In January, 1942, he was sent to Iceland for 18 months before being ordered to Ireland in August, 1941 where he stayed until the Normandy invasion thrust. He was in the infantry. Charles Tarman was born Sep. 12, 1909, on a farm south of Minonk, son of John and Frederica Tarman. Both parents preceded him in death. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Goliwas and Lt. Ten. Tarman, formerly of Bloomington, who is now in France, as an army nurse; two half brothers John E. Janssen, Minonk; Henry Janssen, Rutland, and a half sister, Mrs. Anna Krug, El Paso. [The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)9/10/1944]

Rowland H. Tucker, Jr., 89, of Minonk, passed away at 2:40 a.m. on Friday (May 20, 2016) at Heritage Health, Minonk. He was born June 23, 1926, in Clayton Township in Woodford County, to Rowland and Grace McChesney Tucker. He married Bonna Jo Manninga on Dec. 8, 1946. She survives. Also surviving are one sister, --; three nieces, ---, Champaign, and their children, ---; and one nephew,--, Eureka, and their children, ---. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother. Rowland attended the Jackson Country Grade School and graduated from Minonk Community High School in 1944. He farmed with his father and brother on their family farm, Elmwood Stock Farm, noted for its tall elm trees and hundreds of livestock. After his marriage to Bonna Jo, he was called to serve in the U.S. Army, where he trained at Camp Polk, La., then was sent to Korea, where he served with the Fifth Regimental Combat Team on the front lines. He then returned to farming and retired in 1992. He and his wife enjoyed fishing in Wisconsin for many years, as well as golfing and bowling. They also enjoyed visiting with their hundreds of friends when they went out for an evening meal. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Minonk Township Cemetery.

William R. "Pat" Topolski
William R. "Pat" Topolski, 91, of the Illinois Veterans Home, LaSalle, formerly of Minonk, died at 11:22 a.m. Wednesday (May 21, 2003) at the home. His Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk, the Rev. Dan Wilder officiating. Burial will be in Secor Cemetery, Secor. Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Friday at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk. Mr. Topolski was born March 21, 1912, in Wenona, a son of Joseph and Frances Kowkekuski Topolski. He married Anita E. Hohl on June 9, 1940, in Nashua, Iowa. She died Nov. 30, 1995. His closest survivors are two nieces and two nephews, including Bernie (Marcia) Orsen, Streator. He was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters. Mr. Topolski was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion and VFW posts in Minonk. Before his retirement, he was a machine operator at Caterpillar Tractor Co. for 28 years and worked part-time for a number of years at Folkers Memorial Home, Minonk.

Elmer T. Timmerman
Elmer T. Timmerman, 80, of 110 Maple Ave., Minonk, died at 6:23 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 26, 2003) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk. The Rev. Craig Swenson will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Minonk American Legion Post 142. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Thursday at the church. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk, is handling arrangements. Elmer was born July 10, 1923, at Minonk, a son of Gus and Anna Rients Timmerman. He married Irma Oncken on Jan. 9, 1944, at Minonk. She survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Donna (Ed) Wittenburg, Chicago; one son, Terry (Jane) Timmerman, Minonk; one brother, Raymond (Eileen) Timmerman, Minonk; one sister, Alice Baumann, Benson; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters. Elmer was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk, where he served as an usher. He had previously been employed by Ulrich Manufacturing, Roanoke, for 20 years and retired from L.R. Nelson, Peoria. He served with the United States Army Air Corps during WWII and was a member of the Minonk American Legion Post 142. Memorials may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Minonk, or Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk.

William Tucker
MINONK -William Tucker, 60, former Minonk resident, died in a Juneau, Alaska, veteran's hospital, May 1, after a long illness. He was brought to the Wilcox Funeral Home Sunday morning. Funeral services were to be held there at 2:30 p. m. (daylight) Monday with the Rev. E, V. Young officiating. Burial was to be in the Minonk Cemetery. Mr. Tucker was born in Minonk July 17, 1890, the son of William W. and Ida Koch Tucker. He married Maude Flood at St. Paul, Min n., in 1919. He is survived by his mother; a sister, Miss Myrtle Tucker; three brothers, Fred, Minonk; Rex, St. Paul, Minn., and Frank, Seattle, Wash.  He was preceded in death by his father and a sister. He was a veteran of the first World War land the Second World War. [The Pantagraph [Bloomington, Illinois, May 14, 1951]

Raymond G. Timmerman
Raymond G. "Smiles" Timmerman, 83, Minonk, passed away at 1 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 2, 2009) at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Minonk, where he was a resident. His funeral will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home, Minonk. The Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service Sunday. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ or Heritage Manor Nursing Home. He was born March 7, 1926, in Minonk, a son of Gustav Sr. and Anna Rients Timmerman. He married Eileen Hinrichs on June 7, 1953, in Minonk. She survives. Also surviving are one son, [living] , and one daughter, [living], both of Minonk; five grandchildren, [lving] --, all of Minonk; and one sister, Alice Baumann, Benson. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant daughter, [living]  Raymond farmed in the Minonk area all of his life. An Army veteran, he served his country from 1951 to 1953. He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, where he served on the church council; American Legion Post 142 in Minonk; and the Woodford County Farm Bureau. Raymond enjoyed attending his grandkids' activities, high school sporting events and cap collecting. The family wishes to express its heartfelt thanks to all the staff at Heritage Manor for the excellent care given to Raymond while he was a resident there.

Thomas A. Toler
TOLER, Thomas A., age 75, fondly known as “The General”, Sun City Center, FL died April 7, 2009.  He was born and raised in Minonk, IL, the son of George and Josephine Toler. Tom proudly served in the US Navy, eventually moving to Washington DC where he met and later married the love of his life, Patricia Powell.  Together they lived in IL, NC, AL, GA, Guam, KY and FL. Throughout his life Tom was known for his hard work, selfless acts of charity and his one-of-a-kind sense of humor.  For over 30 years he was a professional Santa Claus delighting thousands of children with his highly-spirited “Ho Ho Ho”.  He volunteered with the Sun City Center Emergency Medical Squad, as well as spending time reading to children at Wimauma & Ruskin Elem. Schools. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Patricia, his children [6 living], eight grandchildren, one sister, Phyllis Reiter of Normal, IL, brother-in-law Melvin Reiter, Normal, IL , sister-in-law, Mickey Toler, Downers Grove, IL, and numerous neices and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents and brothers James and Bill. The family held a memorial mass on Saturday April 18, 2009 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 801 Hastings St., Orlando, FL.  A celebration of Tom’s life immediately followed in the church hall.

Paul H. Tjaden
Paul H. Tjaden, 83, of 2167 St. Rt. 251, Minonk, died at 8:45 a.m. Monday (Sept. 5, 2005) at Bromenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk. The Rev. Daniel Gansch-Boythe will officiate. Burial will be in Minonk Township Cemetery with military rites accorded. Visitation will be for one hour prior to services on Thursday at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk. Paul was born on May 30, 1922, in Roanoke Township, Woodford County, to Herman and Megalina Backer Tjaden. He married Erma Ioerger on July 6, 1947, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk. She survives. Other survivors include three sons, [living] ---; one daughter, [lving]; one brother, Herman (Marjorie) Tjaden of Roanoke; and seven grandchildren. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ludwig and Henry; and one sister, Emma. He served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II in the South Pacific and was a member of the Minonk American Legion for many years. Paul was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Minonk, and was a lifetime member of the International Order of Oddfellows and the Woodford County Farm Bureau. Memorial contributions can be made to the Chicago Shriners Hospital.

George Alfred Tunis
Apparently gaining in health from the ravages of consumption for the relief of which he had spent some months in Colorado, returning only seven weeks ago, George Tunis, a half brother of Frank Ries and Mrs. Frank DuBois of Metamora, died unexpectedly last Friday night at the home of his sister, Mrs. Willis Gieseking near Lowpoint from the effects of a hemorrhage. The young man was found dead in bed Saturday morning by his sister and the signs of a hemorrhage showed plainly the cause of his death. He had retired for the evening after eating a hearty supper and was feeling exceptionally will. During an illness of two years, he had never before suffered a hemorrhage and there was no sign that would indicate an immediate collapse. Therefore his death came as a severe shock to his relatives.
George Alfred Tunis was born in this county September 7, 1883. He spent most of his life in the vicinity of Lacon and Wilbern and to all his acquaintances was known as an industrious and exemplary young man. The dread consumption fastened itself upon him two years ago, but he continued to work until last spring when he found himself failing and decided to go to Colorado. He returned seven weeks ago and had since been making his home with his sister near Lowpoint. He appeared to be in better health since his trip west and assisted in the farm work on the Gieseking place.
Surviving the deceased are his sister Mrs. Gieseking and two half brothers and a half sister, Mrs. Frank DuBois and Frank Ries of Metamora, and John A. Ries of Magnolia.
The funeral was held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon from the M. E. church at Washburn and the remains were laid to rest in the Baptist cemetery at that place. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Dubois and Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Ries of Metamora attended the funeral. [Note: The date of death, day of death, funeral and date of newspaper are conflicting. cb Gail Porter]

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