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Champaign County
Obituaries and Death Notices

Eddie L Aikman
URBANA - Eddie L. Aikman Sr., 69, of Urbana died at 3:23 p.m. Friday, July 20, 2007, at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Champaign. Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Renner-Wikoff Chapel and Crematory, Urbana. Mr. Aikman was born Aug. 9, 1937, in Urbana, the son of Donald E. and Gladys Dorothy Horton Aikman. He married Mary L. Rusher on July 4, 1995, in Urbana, She Survives. Also surviving are his six sons: Eddie Aikman Jr of Ogden, Donald Aikman of Urbana, Brett Peacha of Champaign, Brian Peacha of Chicago, John Peacha of Florida and Graig Peacha of Urbana. one sister Donna Scott of Champaign, seventeen grandchildren and one great grandson. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr Aikman was a retired maintenance man for the Urbana school Dist 116. He was a member of the VFW post 630 Urbana. Sons of the American Legion post Urbana . An avid bird watcher, Artist, Musician and jewelry maker.

The Funeral of Mr. A. E. Ward
Remains taken to Rantoul this afternoon for burial
The funeral of the late A. E. Ward of the grain firm of Sale & Ward, who died at his home on West Columbia Ave. Tuesday morning occurred at 1:00 this afternoon. An impressive service was conducted by Rev. George E. Scrimger, Pastor of the First Methodist Church and the lodge of Elks of which Mr. Ward was a member, attended the service in a body. The remains accompanied by a large party of relatives and friends were taken to Rantoul on the 2:20 Central train, burial being in the Rantoul Cemetery, Mr. Ward having spent the greater part of his life in that part of the county.
["Champaign Urbana News Gazette", May 30, 1900... Contributed by Barb Moksnes]

Kate Ward Dies at Hospital
Judge Freeman today was officially notified of the death of at the Kankakee Hospital for the Insane of Mrs. Kate Ward, a patient committed from this county. ["Urbana Daily Courier" January 15, 1919... Contributed by Barb Moksnes]

Death of A. H. Whitcomb.
Many of our citizens remember A. H. Whitcomb, who used to be here, a partner of W. R. Hill, in the real estate business. He was killed at Champaign, Illinois, some time ago. We have not the particulars of the killing, but we copy a special to the Inter-Ocean, dated August 14:
A. H. Whitcomb, who was disemboweled here in such a shocking manner, on last Monday by his business partner, Capt. J. M. Tracy, lingered along, surprisingly, but died this morning at one o'clock. This intensified the already intense excitement in the community.
Whitcomb's wife arrived from Kansas yesterday, not knowing the worst, and when told at the cars that her husband must die, broke down and went into a swoon. Whitcomb made a sworn statement, in view of death, that Tracy called him upstairs, first struck him with a piece of canon ball, and then in the closing struggle cut him with a knife. The knife had been freshly sharpened. These facts, together with frequent threats, alleged to have been made by Tracy, that he would kill Whitcomb, produced a strong feeling against Tracy, who is now in jail, and reported to be badly broken down. It is thought Tracy's wife will become insane. Whitcomb will be buried at ten o'clock tomorrow. [Source: "Hutchinson News" Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas; Thursday, August 28, 1879, page - 3 *** column - 3 -- Sub. by Rose Stout]

Mr. Isaiah Wright
Mr. Isaiah Wright,one of the oldest citizens of St. Joseph, died this morning at 8 o'clock. Mr. Wright was a native of North Carolina. He moved to Indiana in an early day and built the first log house in what is now the city of Greencastle, in that state. He has lived in this part of Champaign Co for thirty years or more. He filled the office of Justice of the peace for a long time after the organization of St. Joseph township. He was respected by all. We don't think there was a more honest man in the township than father Wright. He was in his 86th year at the time of his death. July 9, 1877 [Champaign Co. Gazette July 11, 1877, page 4]


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