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Peter Bender
Peter Bender was born in Frankfurt-on-the-Main, Germany , the fifth of six children. His parents, Frederick and Mary Bender,  never left the Fatherland. Our subject received a German education and embarked for America at the age of 19. He received further education in  New York and then located near Baltimore, Md., where he engaged in farming until 1856, when he removed with his family, to Alexandria,  Missouri, where he rented a farm for about three years, when they bought a well improved farm of 80 acres. Politically he was a Democrat. He and his wife were members of the  German Lutheran church. After the death of his wife, in 1888, he sold his home and bought property here, where he had lived for many years. He remained a citizen  of this city until troubled and taken sick with cancer, when it became necessary for him to be sent to the St. Joseph hospital, where he  remained for two years and four months. He gently passed away on the evening of February 22, 1913 at 5:30. The funeral services were held at the German Evangelical St. Paul's church, Monday, Feb. 24. at 10 a.m., conducted by the pastor, Rev. Bechtold. The interment was in the church cemetery. [Submitted by: Bev Nichols]

Jerry Lee Brunk
Newspaper: Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL
Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth
Obit: Jerry Lee Brunk, 77, of Kahoka, died peacefully surrounded by his family Tuesday (June 21, 2011) in the Clark Country Nursing Home in Kahoka. Jerry was born Dec. 28, 1933, in Bloomfield, Iowa, a son of Clifford and Zella Modrell Brunk. He graduated from Burlington (Iowa) High School and then worked various jobs in the area, where he met his future wife, who was employed by Sheaffer Pen in Fort Madison, Iowa. They became engaged when he entered the Army. On Jan. 8, 1955, he married Irene E. Muhrer in the St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka. They lived their lives devoted to each other, their family, church and community. Jerry had always dreamed of becoming a farmer and after his marriage to Irene he was able to join the family farming south of Kahoka and during that time held various jobs, including serving as Clark County Assessor for two terms. He was an active and faithful member of St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka, always willing to offer a hand, and he and Irene ministered by visiting those in the hospital and nursing home every Sunday when able. He was a charter member of the Kahoka Lions Club, receiving many honors within that organization. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, mushroom hunting, bowling, playing cards, growing a big garden and sharing its abundance with others. He enjoyed a good game of golf with a good friend, Melvin Hunziker, and collecting nuts with his brother, Arnold. He was an avid Clark County, Mizzou, Cardinals and Rams sports fan. More than anything, he and Irene loved being with their family and attending as many of their grandchildren's and great-grandchildren's sporting events as time and health allowed. Survivors include his wife, Irene, of Kahoka; his children, Janis Wallingford and special friend, Charlie Bates of Keokuk, Iowa, Gayla and Kent Nixon of Kahoka, Tamra Dochterman of Quincy, Ill., and her special friend, Jim Waples of Kahoka, and Terry L. Brunk of Kahoka; eight grandchildren, Jason and Linda Wallingford of Maywood, Tisha and Troy Patterson of Monroe City, Kendra and Joseph Nichols of Burlington, Kale and Katrina Nixon of Kahoka, Ryan and Kim Dochterman of Canton, Erica and Shane Durnil of Columbia, Lane Dochterman of Herington, Kan., and Shaina Dochterman of Kirksville; nine great-grandchildren, Jase and Jakeb Wallingford, Bo Patterson, Koy, Kayne, and Kennyck Nixon, Wesley Dochterman and McKenna and Landen Durnil; four siblings, Arnold Brunk of Kahoka, Larry and Sandy Brunk of Burlington, Rosemary and Jim Moore of Clinton, and Steven and Beverly Brunk of Danville; sisters-in-law, Lucille Brunk, and Rovene Meinhardt and husband, Deane, all of Kahoka; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Orlanda and Edna Muhrer; a brother, Ronald Brunk and his wife Donna; a sister-in-law, Jean Brunk; and two nephews, Ronnie and Kerry Moore. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Church of Christ in Kahoka, with Pastor Shawn McAfee officiating. Burial with military rites by the Missouri Military Honor Team will follow in St. Paul Church Cemetery. VISITATION: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday in the Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with family present Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services in the church.  ARRANGEMENTS: Wilson Funeral Home, Kahoka.

Rev. R. F. Ellis
Newspaper: Glasgow Weekly Times (Glasgow, Mo.)
Date: August 10, 1854
Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel
Death of Rev. R. F. Ellis.
This beloved man of God is with the dead. On last Friday afternoon, when he was momentarily expected among us--it being his design to spend some of these mid-summer weeks with his family, and preach to the Second church in this city during the absence of the pastor--the overwhelming intelligence fell like a thunderbolt upon us, that the remoseless hand of Death had cut him down. Stanger hands ministered to him in his dying hours, and bore him softly to his final resting-place. He was born in Topsham Me., October 16, 1809, and died at the residence of Mr. G. K. Biggs, in Clark county, Mo., on Monday morning, the 24th of July, 1854, in the 45th year of his age. The disease which took him away was inflamation of the brain. Bro. Biggs writes that he came to his house on Tuesday morning of the previous week, quite ill. A physician was immediately sent for, who attended upon him faithfully, to the last. He received the attention of kind friends, although among strangers.--Bro Wm. Carson, of Marion county, spent one night with him. But the most assiduous attentions were of no avail; fatal disease had fastened upon him; the irrevocable decree had gone forth. This heavy blow sinks deep into the crushed spirit. We would bow to the Father's will and be silent.--[Western Watchman].

Richard Phillip Filz
Newspaper: Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL
Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth
Richard Phillip "Tiny" Filz, 76, of Wayland, died Wednesday (Nov. 9, 2011) in Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill. "Tiny" was born Nov. 30, 1934, in Keokuk, Iowa, a son of Phillip Edward and Marguerite Schmid Filz. He married Marsha "Pat" Hornung on April 18, 1957, in Perry, MO. "Tiny" was a 1952 graduate of Wayland High School. He had been employed 43 years at Roquette in Keokuk, Iowa, at this retirement. He was a member of St. Martha's Catholic Church in Wayland. "Tiny" enjoyed daily visits and comparing stories with his buddies at the station in Wayland, which was jokingly referred to as "the office". He was an avid gardener and NASCAR fan (especially of Mark Martin). He loved to read and would read the papers each day front to back in order to keep up on current events. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Pat, of Wayland; a son, Mike Hornung and his wife, Norma, of Kahoka; one daughter, Cathy Smith and her husband, Terry, of Quincy; three grandchildren, Jennifer (Mrs. Jason) Foxall of Taylor, Michael Hornung (Tatia Davis) of Keokuk, and Amanda Kirchner (Jason Lubbert) of Quincy; four great-grandchildren, Nick Bennett, Kayla and Dakota Sherwood and Leah Lubbert; three great-great-grandchildren; a twin brother, Robert (Edith) Filz of Bowen, Ill.; two sisters, Phyllis Burke of Keokuk and Joanne (Mrs. Karl) Hopson of Erie, Ill.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary Ellen Hitz of Kahoka, Charles Neaves of southern Missouri, Danny Dietrich of Keokuk, and Betty Nokes of Quincy; as well as several nieces and nephews and their families. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Alan " Peanut" Filz; and a sister, Vera Zinnert. SERVICES: 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Martha's Catholic Church in Wayland, with the Rev. Paul Hartley conducting. Burial will follow in the Frazee Cemetery near Alexandria. VISITATION: Noon to 8 p.m. today with family receiving friends from 6 to 8 tonight in the Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka.

Jay Gynne Harris
Jay Gynne Harris, 18-months-old son of Dr. L. H. Harris, 1804 Central Avenue, Kansas side, died yesterday. Burial will be in Kahoka, Mo., this afternoon. [Source: Kansas City Star (Kansas City, MO) Sunday, 3 Feb. 1917; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Joseph A. Humes
Newspaper: Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL
Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth
Joseph A. "A.J." Humes, 80, of rural Wyaconda, died Wednesday (June 1, 2011) in his home. A.J. was born Oct. 13, 1930, in Montrose, Iowa, one of eight children born to Ernest and Rhea Stevenson Humes. He attended Keystone grade school and Kahoka High School. On June 30, 1951, he and Lois R. Calvert were married at Kahoka. They would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary later this month. A.J. farmed all of his life. He loved the outdoors and was an avid quail and mushroom hunter and also fisherman. He truly loved picking blackberries and putting in a big garden. In later years, he enjoyed playing golf. He was a member of the Wyaconda Christian Church and was elder emeritus. He had received his 50 year Masonic pin and was a member of St. Francisville Lodge No. 588 AF&AM in Wayland. He had been active in the former Wyaconda Lions Club and always enjoyed time they spent together barbecuing at the Clark County Fair. Together, he and Lois enjoyed the eight years they spent as "snowbirds' wintering in Yuma, Ariz. Most of all, he enjoyed his time spent with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Lois, of Wyaconda; a daughter, Kathy (Stanley) Blythe of Wyaconda; two sons, Richard A. (Bonnie) Humes of Clayton, Ill., and Joseph B. (Lisa) Humes of Wyaconda; six grandchildren, Chad (Natalie) Humphrey of Kahoka, Meagan Humes of Quincy, Ill., Miranda (Seth) Vermillion of Clayton, Ill., Matthew Humes of Golden, Ill., and Christopher J. Humes and Andrew A. Humes, both of Wyaconda, three great-grandchildren, Asa Joel and Corrigan Dean Humphrey and Rylynn Vermillion; three stepgrandchildren and their families, Stanley (Amy) Blythe of Walcott, Iowa, Tina Blythe of Webster City, Iowa, and Karla (Jamie) Purkapile of Colorado; two brothers, Ernest L. "Doc." (Louise) Humes of Wyaconda and James L. Humes of Burlington, Iowa; three sisters, Patricia Varnold of Keokuk, Iowa, Dora (Don) Fogle of Memphis and Mary (Bob) Fleer of Quincy, sisters-inlaw and brother-in-law, Zelma Joann Halferty of Wyaconda, Darlene Humes of Wyaconda, Allen (Beverly) Calvert of Davenport, Iowa and Normalee Calvert of Mesa, Ariz.; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Laverne and Alfred Humes; and two brothers-in-law, Robert Varnold and Raymond Calvert Jr. SERVICES: 11 a.m. Saturday in the Wyaconda Christian Church, with Rev. Sandy Browning conducting. Cremation will follow with inurnment at a later date. VISITATION: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. today in the Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with family present from 6-8 tonight. A public Masonic service will be held following visitation .

William McDermott
Kahoka, Mo., Nov. 27. – After a lingering sickness, William McDermott, aged 73, died last night at his residence in Kahoka. In 1894 he and others established the Clark County Savings Bank, of which he was president at the time of his demise. Source: St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, MO) Sunday, 28 Nov. 1897; transcribed by FoFG mz

Kenneth R. McNew
Newspaper: Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL
Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth
Kenneth R. McNew, 75, of Kahoka, formerly of Keokuk, Iowa, died at 6:40 a.m. Saturday (Sept. 17, 2011) in St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis. Kenneth was born Feb, 23, 1936, in Jefferson City, a son of Lloyd and Helen Wolken McNew. He married Linda Sue Martin Aug. 18, 1975, in Anacoco, La. She survives. He had lived in the Lake of the Ozarks before moving to Keokuk in 1961. He and Sue moved to Kahoka in 1999. Ken graduated from St. Peters High School in Jefferson City and attended the University of Missouri and Washington University in St. Louis. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was in radio communications. He was honorably discharged in 1962. Ken was the owner of KR McNew Heating and Air Conditioning for many years. He was the founder of MMC Enterprises of Keokuk. In 1975 he accomplished his dream of establishing, owning and operating Keokuk Prototype Foundry, Inc. (PF Steel Foundry), a short-run steel-casting business. A pattern shop and CNC machining operation was added in 1991. As the business expanded, it was relocated in Kahoka in 1998. Ken was a member of the Catholic Church, the BPO Elks Lodge 106, Knights of Columbus, and Burnt Store Marina and Country Club in Punta Gorda, Fla. Ken was a licensed pilot and enjoyed flying his own plane for many years and was a supporter of Wings Over the World. He enjoyed boating, fishing, and golfing. He was an avid reader of history and enjoyed traveling, especially the many trips taken in their motor home with a very special group of friends and family. Ken and Sue wintered in Punta Gorda, where they owned a home in Burnt Store Marina. He enjoyed having their friends and family visit them there. He was an especially kind person, volunteering his time and resources to help others. His family was very important to him and he enjoyed spending time with his kids and grandkids. He is survived by his wife, Sue, of Kahoka, five children, Neil McNew of Keizer, Ore., Monica Pierce and her partner, Rob Blindt, of West Point, Iowa, Glen McNew and his wife, Jana, of Kahoka, Angie Alger and her fiance, Mike Gretzinger, of Mascoutah, Ill., and Brooke Bender and her husband, Kevin, of Hamilton, Ill.; a brother, Lloyd McNew and his friend, Neville, of Centertown; two sisiters-in-law, Betty Malone and her husband, Roy, of Waskom, Texas, and Sandy Farrell and her husband, Kenny, of Shreveport, La.; eight grandchildren, Blake and Brant McNew of Omaha, Neb., Sydney Pierce of Baton Rouge, La., Wesley and Marcus Pierce of West Point, Dylan Columbia of Kahoka and Bailey and Hallie Mae Bender of Hamilton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Raeann. SERVICES: 11 a.m. graveside Friday with full military rites in Keokuk National Cemetery, with the Rev. Martin Goetz conducting. VISITATION: After 2 p.m. Thursday in the DeJong-Greaves Celebration of Life Center, 1212 Concert St., Keokuk, with family present 5-9 p.m.


Mary E. [James] Martin
Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock occurred the death of Mrs. Mary E. Martin at St. Joseph's hospital, as the result of a stroke of apoplexy which was caused by Bright's disease.  She had been ill four weeks and was taken to the hospital a week ago.  She was unconscious eight days.  A native of Clark county, Missouri, she had lived practically all of her life in this vicinity.  She came to Keokuk with her parents in 1889, and with the exception of four years she spent in Oklahoma, lived the rest of her life here.  Mrs. Martin is well and favorably known in this city.  She was amember of the First Baptist church.  For four years she was matron of the Benevolent Union home in which capacity she served very capably.  Her friends knew her as a charitable and kindly woman.  She was possessed of more than ordinary business ability and successfully looked after her business interests after the death of her husband, which occurred seventeen years ago, in Oklahoma.
Mary E. James was born March 13, 1861 in Clark County, Missouri and she was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Alexzene James.  She came to Keokuk with her parents in 1889 where the greater part of her life was spent.  She was married to William H. Martin on June 6, 1895, in this city.  Mr. Martin was a veteran of the Civil War.  During his residence here he was engaged in the cabinet making business.  Four years of their married life was spent in Oklahoma where Mr. Martin died seventeen years ago.
The survivors are two brothers, W.E. James and Charles H.T. James, both of Keokuk; two sisters, Mrs. C.T. Sullivan of Rosalie, Kas.; and Mrs. A.S. Lung, Prosser, Wash.Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Cunningham and Hawkes chapel and interment will be in Oakland cemetery.  Friends are invited to the services at the chapel, but the burial will be private.
Source: The Daily Gate City and Constitution Democrat, Keokuk, Iowa, Nov. 23, 1920

Anna M. Miller
Newspaper: Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL
Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth
Anna M. Miller, 84, of Kahoka, died Friday (May 20, 2011) in Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill. Anna was born Sept. 18, 1926, at her parent's home in rural Alexandria, a daughter of Arthur and Alma Jesberg Dienst. She married Ralph Guilford in 1946 and they were the parents of a daughter, Beverly. Following their divorce, she was married to Robert Ware, who later preceded her in death. She was reunited with a former schoolmate, Gerald "Jerry" Rankin Miller, who also had been widowed, and they were married June 16, 1999. They made their home in Clark County, which she loved so very much. He died Nov. 15, 2010. Anna was raised in "the bottoms" of Clark County, Mo. She attended Keystone School, received her teaching certificate from Kirksville State Teacher's College, and then taught at Keystone and Mount Albia schools before moving to Quincy and teaching second grade for the next 29 years at Washington School. During part of that time, she was co-owner of Bob Ware Tours. She loved to travel, play cards collect items, raise a garden, and grow and care for flowers. She also was an avid shopper. Anna never knew a stranger, could talk for hours on end, and wasn't happy unless cooking a big meal for family and friends. She had a servant's heart that insisted on her being hostess as she enjoyed fellowship with her family. If you ever met Anna, you were included as part of her family. Her love for others knew no boundaries. Survivors include four grandchildren, Stephannie (Jeff) Guilfoyle of San Diego, Calif., Janna (the Rev. Pat) McKenna of Chattanooga, Tenn., Rebecca Kathleen "Katie" Steckler and fiance, Nick Feer, of Blair, Neb., and Chad Nathan (Jenny) Steckler of Omaha, Neb.; four stepchildren, Dr. Ed (Peggy) Ware of Knoxville, Tenn., Louise (Bill) Bash of Kahoka, Russell (Beverly) Miller of New Bloomfield and Jerry Lee (Teresa) Miller of Kahoka; 13 great-grandchildren; nine stepgrandchildren; 19 stepgreat-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Dalene and Harve Bergman and Rosie Miller, all of Memplhis, Mo.; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family whom she loved as her own. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Robert Ware and Gerald "Jerry" Miller; a daughter, Beverly Guilford Steckler; a step-daughter, Greta Ware; and siblings, Daniel Dienst, Elda Deardoff and Melda Melcher. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Wilson Funeral Home, Kahoka, with Pastor Martin Eden and Pastor Dan Deardoff conducting. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery in rural Kahoka. VISITATION: after 9 a.m. Monday in the funeral home with family present from 5 to 8 p.m. ARRANGEMENTS: Wilson Funeral Home, Kahoka.

Mrs. Mary Mutton
July 17, 1879
AT Kahoka, Mo., July 15, of old age, Mrs. Mary Mutton, aged 70 years, 2 months, 5 days of Whitefield township in this county.
A telegram to her son W. H. Mutton was received here yesterday, conveying the intelligence of the death of his mother, Mrs. Mary Mutton of Whitefield township, which took place at Kohoka, Mo. Her daughter, Mrs. T. A. Doran had been with her some weeks, called at a time when her mother was lying very low and was not expected to live. The invalid so far recovered as to be persuaded to accompany the daughter home to Missouri, for which state they started last week Friday, reaching their journey’s end the same day with apparently no inconvenience. This was the first time the mother had even scanned the interior of a passenger coach, and her first ride on a railroad. Further, in the 36 years she had resided in Marshall County, she was never 15 miles from home but once, and then was absent but one week in Galva. She survived the journey but four days, going to rest at the great age of 70 years. She survived her husband, Richard Mutton but seven years. They were among the earlier of the old settlers of the west side of the county, locating here in 1843; were industrious, hardworking people, and of their savings amassing quite an estate, which is left to their four surviving children and their families. Mr. and Mrs. Mutton were English people, married across the water, the deceased being a second wife. Mrs. Richard Tremain is the only child of the first wife, and William H. of the deceased, now residing in this county. [Source: Henry Republican, Henry IL - Nancy Piper]

Carona Owens
Carthage, Ill., Sept. 23. – Mrs. Carona Owens, wife of Henry J. Owens of Kahoka, Mo., died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Cutler, in this city this morning. [Source: St. Louis Republic (St. Louis, MO) Saturday, 24 Sept. 1898; transcribed by FoFG mz]

Harold F. Spurgeon
Newspaper: Quincy Herald Whig, Quincy, IL
Submitters Name: Ella Tittsworth
Harold F. Spurgeon, 94, of rural Wayland, died Monday (July 25, 2011) in his home. Harold was born March 22, 1917, in Wayland, a son of Adrian L. and Mary Montgomery Spurgeon. On May 25, 1940, he was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Mildred E. Linder, at the Baptist Church in Hannibal. They had been married 69 years at her death on July 3, 2009. Harold graduated from Wayland High School. He was a lifelong farmer and was able to do so actively into his 80s. In the 1940s and early 1950s, he and Mildred operated a store on the corner of downtown Wayland. Later in life, they attended glass and antique shows, buying and selling items. As a gunsmith, he was always on the lookout for a gun to purchase, repair and resell. He had a genuine concern for family and friends and enjoyed time spent with them. Survivors include his two sons, Alan Spurgeon and his wife, Debbie, of Oxford, Miss., and Bruce Spurgeon and his wife, Karen, of Kahoka; one granddaughter, Emily Smeltser and her husband, Justin, of rural Alexandria; and two great-grandchildren, Sydney and Grant Smeltser. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred; a sister, Valetta Samuels; and an infant brother. SERVICES: 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka, with Pastor Dan Steinbeck conducting. Cremation will follow. VISITATION: after 4 p.m. Wednesday with family receiving friends from 6 p.m. until time of services in the funeral home.ARRANGEMENTS: Wilson Funeral Home, Kahoka.

Miss Gertrude Trump
Failing to recover from the effects of an operation performed last Friday morning, Miss Gertrude Trump, piano teacher at the Arizona School of Music, died at St. Joseph's hospital yesterday morning at four o'clock.  The death of Miss Trump came as a severe shock to a wide circle of sincere friends.  No young woman who ever lived in Phoenix was more highly esteemed by all who knew her or more dearly loved by those who knew her best.  Her disposition was most sweet and lovable and she possessed a rare charm of manner that endeared her to all.  Miss Trump was a musician and teacher of unusual talents.  She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music and spent four years studying under English and German masters.  Her natural  ability and extensive study excellently fitted her as a teacher and her place at the School of Music will be hard to fill.  She was brought to Phoenix four years ago by Mrs. Shirley Christy, director of the school, and she immediately became a favorite in musical circles.  Last Sunday was Miss Trump's twenty-eight birthday.  She was born in Kahoka Missouri and called that place her home until she came to Phoenix.  Up to last Thursday Miss Trump attended her classes.  her illness came on very suddenly.  Following the operation it was hoped that she would recover but it finally became apparent that she could not live and her father and mother, who live in Kahoka were telegraphed for.  They did not arrive until 10:25 last night, too late to be with their beloved daughter in her last moments.  The funeral will be held at three o'clock this afternoon from Moore & McLellan's.  The body will be taken back to Missouri for burial.
Source: Arizon Republican, Phoenix, AZ, Dec. 8, 1910

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