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KERLEY, Mary Katherine


WAYNESVILLE — Mary Katherine Kerley, 96, Waynesville, passed away at 10:10 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 4, 2013) at her residence. Her funeral will be at noon Saturday at Otto-Argo-Calvert Memorial Home, Danvers. The Rev. Steve Evans will officiate. Burial will be at Park Lawn Cemetery, Danvers. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the memorial home. The family suggests memorials be made to Wapella Christian Church, Wapella. Mary was born May 21, 1917, in Danvers, the daughter of William and Effie Roach Hess. She married Henry Ray Kerley on Feb. 23, 1946, in Decatur. He passed away in March 1998. Surviving are two children, Sharon Kerley, Waynesville, and Lonnie (Jan) Kerley, Clinton; two grandchildren, Andy (Courtney) Kerley, Cerro Gordo, and Becky (Brandon) Robinson, Clinton; and two great-grandchildren, Mia and Jack Kerley, Cerro Gordo. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Louise and Adell; and one brother, John. [Source: The Pantagraph, 6 Dec 2013; Transcribed by: Susan R. Rogers]

KING, Camilla Abigail

Born July 3, 1838. at Charlestown, Ohio; d. July 4. 1848 at Tonbridge, IL; kicked in the head by a horse.[Source: King Family, by Sylvester Morgan King; Anderson; Robb, printers, 1883]

KING, Lillian (Longwell)

Mrs. Lillian King died at her home at Waynesville this morning at 4:20 o'clock from a complication of diseases, following an illness of over a year. Lillian Longwell, daughter of Clayton C. and Martha Longwell, was born at Beardstown July 26, 1873. She was united in marriage with William King in 1889 and have lived in Waynesville many years, where Mr. King is a blacksmith by trade. She is survived by her husband and the following children: Mrs. Dolly Cass of Chenoa, Mrs. Lillian Bates of Florida, Mrs. Nellie Cole of Champaign and Vivian at home. Also, one brother, H. M. Longwell, of Linesville, PA, and seven grandchildren. She was a member of the Christian church of Waynesville, Rebekahs and R.N.A.Funeral services will be held from the Christian church in Waynesville Wednesday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock, with Rev. James Barnett of Clinton, assisted by Rev. E. C. Stackhouse of Williamsville, in charge. Interment will be made in Evergreen cemetery in this city. [Source: The Pantagraph, 30 Sep 1924; Transcribed by: Susan R. Rogers]

KING, Rosanah


Born. July 22. 1847, at Tonbridge, IL; d. January 6, 1851, of brain-fever Source: King Family;, by Sylvester Morgan King; Anderson & Robb, printers, 1883]

KING, Mary Ann


WAYNESVILLE November 21 – Mrs. Mary and King, 90, oldest resident of Waynesville, died at the home of her daughter in Chicago Tuesday night. She had gone to Chicago in October to spend the winter. She had been in poor health for several months. Mr. King was born in Sangamon County, 7 miles south of Springfield, April 7, 1838 when six years old, she came with her parents to the block settlement near Waynesville. Since 1867 she had been living in town. She had retained her memory despite her years. She was a charter member of the Waynesville Christian church. On July 27, 1857, she was married to George King, who died 19 years ago. They were the parents of six children, one of whom preceded the mother in death. Surviving are the following children: Oskar and Leonard, Chicago; Mrs. Luella Weld, Chicago; Mrs. Flora Babbitt, Hoquiam, WA, and Mrs. Mary Montgomery, Waynesville. Eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren also survive. The body will arrive in Waynesville Wednesday afternoon and the funeral will be held Thursday afternoon. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery. [Source: The Pantagraph 21 Nov 1928, tr: Susan Rogers]

KIRK, James M

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JAMES M. KIRK OF CLINTON DIES. Well Known Resident Had Been Important Factor in Community. CLINTON, Jan 29. James M. Kirk, one of the city's and county's most prominent citizens, died suddenly Monday morning in his home, 202 South Center street, following a serious illness dating over a period of several weeks. Mr. Kirk, accompanied by his wife, left two weeks ago Sunday for points in Texas, where they planned to spend some time for the benefit of Mr. Kirk's health. They stopped in St Louis enroute to visit his brother, Frank, and while there, Mr. Kirk was stricken ill. He was immediately brought to his home in Clinton and had since been in a critical condition. He had been in an unconscious condition for several days and, while everything was done to save his life, he sank rapidly until this 3 o'clock this morning when death occurred. The body was removed to Pullen's chapel to be prepared for burial. While an active and apparently strong man, Mr. Kirk had been afflicted with high blood pressure and had been the cause of constant concern on the part of his family and friends of late and, although the attack two weeks ago was quite sudden, it was not altogether unexpected. James M. Kirk, a son of Orange L. Kirk, was born in Bellfountaine, Logan County, Ohio, July 26, 1844. He was only three years of age when the family moved to Dewitt County and took up their residence in Clinton, and he was indebted to the public schools of this city for the early educational privileges he enjoyed. On completing his education, he began work for his father who, at that time, in 1872, was erecting the Magill House. He continued in the employ of his father for six or eight years and then started in business for himself, conducting a restaurant for a year and a half. He then served as chief of police for one term and for four years, from 1885 to 1889, was a resident of Eldorado and Wichita, Kansas, and Kansas City, MO, where he engaged in the contracting business. At the end of that time, he returned to Clinton but in 1900 and 1901 made his home in St Louis, where, in partnership with his brother, Frank, he continued in the contracting business. In the latter year, he again became a resident of Clinton, where he has since made his home. As a contractor, he had made a specialty of public work, having erected many of the school buildings throughout this section of the state. He was a man of much more than ordinary ability and usually carried forward to successful completion whatever he undertook. Mr. Kirk was married Oct. 3, 1876, to Miss Emma Johnson, a daughter of the late Eason and Alice Johnson. Of the six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Kirk, four are still living. They are Mrs. Walter Emmett, William Kirk and Reuben Kirk, all of Clinton, and Fred Kirk of Decatur. Besides his wife and children, he is survived by six grandchildren, six brothers and two sisters. He was a prominent Mason, belonging to DeWitt lodge No. 84, A. F. & A. M., in which he has filled all of the offices. He was a member of Mahammed temple of the Mystic Shrine in Peoria and was past patron of Myrtle Chapter No. 131, Order of Eastern Star, and supreme chancellor of the Order of Alabama, conferred on Royal Arch Masons only. Funeral Services will be held in the Methodist Episcopal Church Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. [Source: Decatur Herald, 30 Jan 1923, pg. 9]

KLEMM, Caroline

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Lincoln, Aug 27.—Funeral, services for Mrs. Caroline Kurtz Klemm, 75, who died Thursday at her home in Waynesville, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Waynesville Methodist Church with Rev. K. F. Krughoff and Rev. Donad Lemkau officiating. Burial will be in Union cemetery near Waynesville.

She was born Oct. 13, 1861, in Mason County, and was married to John D. Klemm of Lincoln, Feb. 12, 1885. Mr. Klemm died in 1934. The following children survive: Amelia Krenkel, Auxvasse, MO.; Louis Klemm, Beason; John Klemm, Omar Klemm, Irma Klemm, Mrs. Edna Finfrock and Ethel Reinhardt, Waynesville; and Mrs. Hilda Horn, Lincoln. Two sisters and three brothers also survive: Mrs. Fred Hutt, Washington, IA.; Mrs. Chris Awe, Lewis Kurtz, Lincoln; William Kurtz, Waynesville, and Jacob Kurtz, Atlanta. [Source: Daily Illinois State Journal (Springfield, IL), Saturday, August 28, 1937, pg 4]


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Died at home 3 miles north of Farmer City, Thursday, December 1915, 10:00 p.m., Mrs. Mary A. KNIGHT, 74 years, 9 months, 11 days. Funeral: M. E. Church, December 19. Burial: City Cemetery. [Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]

KREPPS, Effie Blanche

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Died at home in Farmer City, Friday, June 11, 1897, 7:40 p.m., Effie Blanche KREPPS, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elvin KREPPS, 15 years, 12 days. Funeral: Christian Church of Farmer City, June 13.[Source: Death/funeral cards -- tr by Linda Kingery.]