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Ford County, IL Obituaries

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Mrs. Elizabeth Main

Peter Main

Peter Main

Catherine Martens

Jacob Martens

Mabel L. Martens

Alwina Stroh Martin

Emma Martin

Friederike Ann Martin

Harold W. May

Margretha May

Anna G. Mcclure

Benjamin H. Mcclure

Della Hunt Mcclure

Frances Mcclure

Frank Mcclure

Jane A. Deal Mcclure

Leona Emmons Mcclure

Robert A. Mcclure


Marta Schlosser Mccracken

Christopher E. Mckinney

Simon Mclain

James E. Mcpherson

L. Maude Jordan Means

Leonard E. Messer

Kim Meredith

John Merle

Theodore Meyer

James Harry Miller

James Franklin Miller

Mrs. Mason Miller

Peter Miller

James E. Mitchell

John T. Mock

Elsie Molck

Mrs. John A Montelius

James M. Mooney

Gideon "Bud" Moore

James Taylor Moore

James W. Moore

Mrs. Elizabeth More

Bertha Barr Morris

George Wallace Morris

Mary L. Morris

Claude H. Mott

William Moyer

Sophia Koehler Munson

Ole L. Munson

Loyal L. Murdock

MAIN, ELIZABETH AITKEN - Gibson Courier, Friday, 6-29-1900
Mrs. Elizabeth Main, daughter of John and Belle Aitken, was born in Scotland, near Edinburg, 9-13-1920, and died 6-25-1900, aged 79 years, 9 months and 12 days. She was married to Peter Main, 12-31-1851. To this union were born four sons, one of whom died in infancy and one at the tender age of three. In May 1853, this couple came to this country, and in a few years after their arrival, or in 1866, settled in Ford County and purchased the farm upon which Peter Main, the eldest son, now lives. Here they lived, prosperous, contented and happy, until Dec 14, 1880, when death deprived them of a kind and generous husband and in 1866 this couple joined a United Brethren class, which was at that time organized at Antioch schoolhouse. A short time afterward they moved their membership to Gibson City, where Mrs. Main was an earnest worker until called to her reward. Almost four score years of faithful and marked service for the Master entitles Grandma Main to words of eulogy which I cannot command; but never until we all meet beyond the portal will the influence for good be known, which was exemplified in that grand, pure life which is now forever stilled. Plain in dress and speech, but firm in her convictions of right and duty, nobly she followed in the footsteps of the Master, and the appeal of the afflicted and distressed to her was never made in vain. The influence of her beautiful and Christ-like life may be seen in the lives of her immediate family, who are earnestly striving to follow the teachings of the mother they so deeply mourn. The funeral service was held at the U.B. Church on Wednesday, Miss Niswonger officiating. Floral offerings were in profusion. A very long procession followed the remains to Gibson's beautiful cemetery. The deceased left two sons, Peter and J. F. Main, so well and favorably known, and
Marian Dusold, whom she tenderly cared for from infancy. The sympathy of the entire neighborhood and surrounding country goes out to them in this, their hour of affliction.

MAIN, PETER - Gibson Courier, Friday 12-17-1880
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, 12-14-1880, at his residence two miles east of Gibson, of pneumonia, Peter Main, aged about 55 years. Mr. Main was one of the early settlers in this part of Illinois, and was an upright Christian man, greatly esteemed by those who knew him best. He has gone to his reward. Funeral services were held at the residence of the deceased on Wednesday, Rev. Mr. Corley officiating.
Peter Main, aged 73 years, 1 month and 26 days, a pioneer resident and prominent citizen of this community, died at his home on South Church Street (Gibson City) yesterday morning (11-18-1931) from injuries received Friday evening, 10-23-1931, when the hay rack on which he was riding was struck by the automobile of Joseph Campbell of Paxton. Arnold Griswold of Paxton was riding with Campbell. Both were instantly killed. Mr. Main received injuries which contributed to his death. Since the accident he had never been out of bed. Coroner S.A. Hanson of Elliott was here yesterday morning and held an inquest at the Main home on S. Church Street. The jury comprised of Melvin Hollis, foreman; Lawrence Fitzhenry, S.A.D. Helmick, Ben Weakman, George Little and J.P. McMurry, returned a verdict of accidental death. Peter Main, son of Peter and Elizabeth Main, was born 9-22-1858, in Tazewell County, Ill. He came to Ford County in 1866 and settled on the Main homestead, two miles and a half east of Gibson City. He was united in marriage to Christena Nicol of McLean, Ill., on 11-4-1896. Mr. and Mrs. Main lived on the farm until a few years ago, when they moved into town. Besides his wife, he is survived by the following children: Rev. Lawrence Main of Peoria; Ethel, Elmer and Russell Main of this city, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Mr. Main was a life-long member of the United Brethren Church of this city. Before the local church was founded, he attended the services at the Antioch schoolhouse, later placing his membership in the local United Brethren Church. Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon the U.B. Church in charge of Rev. B. Lee Towsley, assisted by Rev. H.E. Longbrake of Danville; burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery.

Martens, Mrs. Catherine
Catherine Meister was born in Braaken, near Hemmingstedt, Holstein, Germany, February 11, 1863, and died on December 27 at 1:10 p.m. at her home in Sibley. She was baptized shortly after birth and confirmed in due time in the Lutheran Church. In 1883 she emigrated to America and located in Scribner, Nebraska, where she had relatives.
February 13, 1884, she was married to Gustav Martens of Scribner, Neb. They spent several years in Nebraska and later moved to Illinois and located near Anchor and later bought a home near Sibley to which they moved in the spring of 1918. They continued living on this farm until February, 1930, when they moved to their property in Sibley.
Eleven children were born to this union, three preceding their mother in death. She leaves to mourn her loss; her husband, and six sons, Herman of Pamona, Calif.; Henry of Los Angeles, Calif.; Hugo of Pueblo, Colo.; W.H. of Emmett, Idaho; John of Idaho; two daughters, Mrs. William Roesch of Sibley and Mrs. John Wagner of Piper City, Ill.; also one sister and a brother in Germany. Fifteen grandchildren also survive.
Mrs. Martens was always a faithful member of the Lutheran Church. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, December 30, the services being in charge of Rev. E. Grosz, assisted by Rev. A. Hahn. Burial was in the Sibley Cemetery.
1-8-1931-date on newspaper

Martens, Jacob
Jacob Martens passed away at his home in Anchor Thursday morning at 10:15, after a long illness of complicated diseases.
He was born in Hanover, Germany, June 2, 1866, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Martens. He came to the United States when he was sixteen years old, locating in McLean County.
On February 2, 1887, he was united in marriage to Grace Cornelia Sasthoff. He lived in this community for 50 years and began his career as a farmer. In 1908 he established the Anchor Bank and organized the Farmers Elevator Co. in Anchor.
For over twenty years he served as supervisor of Anchor township and for two terms he served as one of the Representatives of District No. 26 in the State Legislature.
He was united with the Lutheran Church in his early youth and attended faithfully as long as health permitted.
Those who preceded him in death are his parents, three sisters and two brothers; also an infant son and daughter. All that loving hands could do for a dear one was done by his folks.
He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, three daughters, Minnie and Margaret of Anchor and Ella Wolverton of Ionia, Mich., two sons, John of Anchor, and Louis of Bloomington, Indiana, seven grandchildren; one brother, Louis of Anchor; one sister Mrs. Jacob Stephens, of Clara City, Minnesota. He also leaves many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services took place Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the home and at 2:00 o'clock at St. John's Lutheran Church, with Rev. A. Hahn in charge of the services. Interment was in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery.
8-3-1933- date on newspaper

Martens, Mabel L.
Mabel L. Martens, age 94 of Gibson City died at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 1997 at her residence in Gibson City.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley with the Reverend Grant Christenson officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery in Sibley.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 11 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City and for one hour before the services at the church on Saturday.
Pallbearers included Martin Meyer, Art Benz, Lee Meyer, Rowe Blissard, Jeff Sixt and Kimberly Sixt.
Mrs. Martens was born February 6, 1903 at Sibley a daughter of Fred and Elizabeth Leenerman Koehler. She married Julius C. Martens on January 21, 1925 at Sibley. He preceded her in death on September 14, 1985.
Survivors include one daughter Frances (Mark) Sixt of Normal; two grandchildren, Jeff (Heidi) Sixt of Gibson City and Kimberly Sixt of Bloomington; three great-grandchildren, Chris, Patrick and Andrew Sixt; one nephew, Martin (Irene) Meyer of Gibson City and several other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother and three sisters.
A resident of the Gibson City and Sibley areas for all of her life. Mrs. Martens was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley. She was active in Peace Meal, Guthrie Community Club and the Progressive Club.
Memorials may be made to the St. John's Lutheran Church of Sibley or Peace Meal of Gibson City.

Mrs. Alwina Stroh Martin, 72, Annaheim, CA., died in her home last Friday
9-24-1971, just one week after the death of her sister, Mrs. Wiebke Stroh Anders.
Death was due to an apparent heart attack. Mrs. Martin was a sister of the late
Fred Stroh. Funeral services and burial were Monday in Annaheim. She is survived by four children, several grandchildren and two sisters.

Martin, Emma - Gibson Courier, Thursday 1-6-1949
b. 3-9-1868 at Danville, Vermilion County, Il
d. Suddenly at her home Friday (abt Dec 31, 1948)
burial: Gibson City Cemetery
survivors: two daughters, Mrs. Josephine Stout and Mrs. Edna Stephens
two sons, Frank Martin and Don Martin

Martin, Friederike Ann Beck
Gibson City - Mrs. Dave Martin died Thursday (2-8-1945) at the Mennonite Hospital in Bloomington. Funeral services will be Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. E.H. Sauer officiating; burial will be in the Gibson City Cemetery.
She was born Friederike Ann Beck on 4-29-1895 in Anchor, a daughter of Peter G. and Wiebke Timcke Beck. She married David Martin in Bloomington 1-5-1916. Surviving are her husband and a niece, Mrs. Eleanor Beck Lamberti, who she reared, and two brothers, Henry Beck and Herman Beck.

May, Harold W.
Harold W. May, 62, of Orlando, FL, formerly of Gibson City, died Tuesday, 4-12-1983 at Brookwood Hospital, Orlando. His funeral was Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Michael Barr officiating; burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook; graveside military rites were conducted by Lee Lowery Post 568, Gibson City.
Pallbearers were Leonard Evans, Charles Walters, Robert Knerr, Francis Lynch, Jerry Freehill and Keith Lage. Mr. May was born 2-23-1921 at Medaryville, Indiana, a son of Peter and Myrtle Jordan May. He married Ethel Faye Bane in July 1947 at Gibson City; she died 12-25-1976.
Surviving are two sons, Everett of Gibson City, and Peter of Randall, MN.; a daughter, Norma Bauman, Strawn; three brothers, Henry and Adolph, both Gibson City, and Russell of Elliott; two sisters, Myrtle Kaiser and Gladys Smock, both of Gibson City; and five grandchildren. Two sisters and a grandchild preceded him in death.
Mr. May was a truck driver for many years with Golden Brothers Trucking Co. in the Chicago area. He was a member of Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 and the VFW Post in Gibson City; he was a veteran of WWII.

May, Mrs. Peter
Mrs. Peter May, former resident of this vicinity, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Wenner of Brookings, South Dakota, on Thursday, Jan. 26. The remains were taken to the home of her son, Adolph May, at Rensselaer, Ind., and the funeral was held at the Christian church of that city on Sunday, Jan. 29, in charge of the pastor, Rev. Mullen. Interment was in the family lot in Weston cemetery.
Margretha, daughter of Philip and Margretha Nierstheimer, was born in Hesse, Germany, Feb. 8, 1846, her age at death being 82 years, 11 months and 18 days. She was a member of the Evangelical church. She was united in marriage to Peter May of Bavaria, Germany, Dec. 26, 1867. The couple emigrated to America in their early married life, and settled in Bloomington, Ill., where they remained for several years. From there they moved to Ford county, where they lived on a farm near Gibson City until 1905, when they moved to Rensselear, Ind. Mr. May died there on Jan. 19, 1911.
Mrs. May lived by herself for several years, and took care of her grandchild, Evelyn Shumway, until the child passed away at the age of 3 years and 6 months. In 1923 she went to Brookings, S.D., and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Wenner, until her death. She became a helpless invalid in March 1927, and passed her remaining days in bed. She was a kind mother, loved by all who knew her, and her passing is sincerely mourned by many relatives and friends.
Mrs. May was the mother of eleven children of whom but four survive her, as follows; Mrs. Anna Wenner of Brookings S.D.; Mrs. Elizabeth Bond of New Buffalo, Mich.; Peter May of Elliott, Ill.; and Adolph May of Rensselaer, Ind. She is also survived by three brothers, Philip and Henry Nierstheimer of Bloomington, Ill., and Adolph Nierstheimer of Pekin, Ill.
Among those who attended the funeral were Mrs. Henry Nierstheimer, daughter Lizzie, and son Walter.

McClure Anna
A private funeral service was held for Anna G. McClure, age 93 of Bloomington, formerly of Gibson City, at Metzler-Froelich Memorial Home in Bloomington. Burial was in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.
There was no visitation.
Mrs. McClure, a retired banquet room manager, died 25, 1990 at Americana Healthcare Center in Normal.
She was born November 2, 1896 in Warren County, Indiana a daughter of John and Jessie Jordan Long.
Survivors include one son Laurel Ping of Gibson City; three daughters, Fern Brethorst of Loda; Mary Alice Wallman of San Diego; California; Delouris "Pat" Craft of Bloomington; 11 grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
One son, two daughters and three sisters preceded her in death.
Mrs. McClure was a number of years manager of the banquet room of the former Illinois Hotel in downtown Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to the BroMenn Home Healthcare Service.

McCLURE, BENJAMIN H. - Gibson Courier, Friday 6-21-1907
b. 6-18-1818, Posey County, Indiana; to Il in 1824.
m. Frances Killiam, 10-13-1835 or 1837; Stouts Grove, McLean County, Il.
nine children; four survive
John T. McClure
Susan E. Baily
Harriet N. Collier
James M. McClure of Limon, Colorado
d. 6-15-1907, age 89, years and 7 days; home of daughter, Mrs. J.H. Collier, Gibson City.
buried: Gibson Cemetery beside the beloved wife who went to her rest five years ago.

McClure, Mrs. Della Hunt
Word was received here Thursday of the death of Mrs. Della Hunt McClure, who passed away in Kankakee on Thursday morning. J.W. Hunt left for that place at once and accompanied the remains to this city Thursday evening. The body will lie in state at the home of J.W. Hunt on Saturday from 10 a.m. till noon. Funeral services will be held from the M.E. Church Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Interment at Melvin Cemetery
6-7-1917-date on newspaper

b. 5-1-1811, Jasper County, KY
last one of a family of ten children
m. 10-18-1835 to Benjamin Harrison McClure at Stout's Grove, now Danvers, Il.
4 of 9 children survive:
John T. McClure
Mrs. J. M. Baily (Susan)
Mrs. J. H. Collier (Harriet)
James M. McClure
d. 6-17-1902, home of her daughter, Mrs. J.M. Bailey, Gibson City, Il.
buried: Gibson City Cemetery

Frank McClure, one of the eight children of John T. and Jane Deal McClure, was born 12-23-1863, three miles west of Danvers, Ill., and when he was four years old his parents came to Ford County and settled on the family homestead. He graduated from the Gibson High School with the class of 1881, and the next two years attended Wesleyan University at Bloomington, taking a commercial course, and upon returning to this city took a position as a bookkeeper in the McClure bank, where he remained for three years and then resigned to take up farming. He was married to Miss Leona B. Emmons of Franklin, Ohio, 3-8-1892, and they began housekeeping on the farm belonging to his grandfather Benjamin H. McClure, and they resided there until the spring of 1903. Mrs. McClure died 7-3-1903, just as the family was preparing to move into their new farm home, now owned and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Warfield. He married Miss Della Hunt of Melvin, 12-12-1906, and they made their home at 703 N. Church Street and he continued his farming. On 3-4-1914, he moved to Pearland, TX., where the family lived until moving to Plainview, TX, in September 1916. His wife died in 1917, and was buried in Melvin. In January 1918, the family returned to Gibson City and resided on the family homestead until 1924. On 7-1-1938, he went to Greeley, Colorado to visit his childhood friend, Dr. John W. Fuqua, formerly of Gibson City, and while there took ill of pneumonia and was removed to the hospital. He died September 28, 1938, at the Island Grove Hospital. The body was brought to Gibson City by Miss McClure and Mrs. Foster and the funeral was held in the W.S. Lamb Funeral home on Saturday, October 1; burial was in the family lot in the Gibson Cemetery. He is survived by two daughters, Miss Louise and Miss Olive, and one son, Clyde E. McClure of Gibson City, three children having died in infancy. Also three grandchildren, Patricia Ann, Marilyn Jane and Herbert C. McClure.

McCLURE, JANE A. DEAL -Gibson Courier, Friday 5-20-1904
b. 7-2-1836, Shenandoah County, PA.
m. John T. McClure, 4-25-1861 at Danvers, Il.; to Ford County 1868
mother of 8 children; one died in infancy.
Clyde B. McClure, died 2-26-1901, age 30 @ Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Alice Foster
Ora D.
Suzanne - all graduates of Gibson High School
d. 5-17-1904, Country home northwest of Gibson City.

McCLURE, LEONA EMMONS - Gibson Courier, Friday 7-10-1903
b. 4-4-1868, Franklin, Warren County, Ohio
d/o J. Stein Emmons; only survivor of three children
m. 3-8-1892, Frank McClure, Gibson City, Ford County, Il.
Six children; three died in infancy
Clyde E. McClure, only child listed in obit
d. 7-6-1903, northwest of Gibson City.
(lengthy obit printed in Courier)

McCLURE, ROBERT A. - Gibson Courier, Friday, 11-2-1906
The community was saddened last Saturday evening at the news of the sudden death of Robert A. McClure, one of the pioneer settlers of Ford County, and a highly respected citizen of Gibson. The funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon, and largely attended. The business of the city was suspended on account of the funeral, the stores being closed, and the wires of the local telephone company were silent. Robert A. McClure was born near Danvers, McLean County, Ill. on 1-3-1843, and was the first son of a family of six children...........

McCracken, Marta Schlosser
b. 12-25-1870, Paxton, Ford County, Il
d/o George and Abbey M. Welsh Schlosser.
m. Fred A. McCracken 1897 in Paxton
d. 5-27-1955 in Pontiac, Livingston County, Il.
bur: Glen Cemetery, Paxton, Ford County, Il.

McKINNEY, CHRISTOPHER E. Gibson Courier, 6-15-1978
b. 12-27-1951, Urbana, Champaign County, Il.
s/o Earl and Doyne -enry McKinney
d. "dead on arrival at the Gibson Community Hospital following an automobile accident Thursday evening, 6-8-1978. The one-car accident occurred at about 8:15 p.m. on a blacktop road near Foosland. The driver of the auto, Terry C. Ave, Danville, was admitted to the Gibson Community Hospital and later transferred to Danville's St. Elizabeth Hospital. The auto failed to negotiate a curve on county hwy 29, 1.2 miles south of Foosland. The car left the road, struck a culvert and crashed into a power pole before rolling over."buried: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Foosland, Champaign County, Il.

Melvin Motor 7-4-1919
Simon McLain was born 2-5-1848 at Hopewell, Pa. and died 6-27-1919, near Melvin. He was married to Mary Wilson 8-17-1876. To them four children were born. The faithful wife and mother died 3-2-1894. The children now grown have homes of their own; Harry in Milwaukee; Byron in Chicago; Mrs. Ethel Beck and Mrs. Edna Carroll near Melvin. Mr. McLain was married to Nellie Gobb 7-21-1895. Besides his wife and children, the following half-siblings survive: Mrs. Wyant, Harry, Sam and George Warsing. Short funeral services were held at the home of F.E. Carroll after which the funeral services were held on the lawn of the Congregational Church; Rev. Mrs. Heyse officiating, assisted by Rev. Raycraft. Interment was made in Melvin Cemetery. The IOOF had charge of the services at the cemetery.

McPherson, James E.
James E. McPherson, age 73 of Gibson City died at 4:50 p.m. Thursday, March 18, 1999 at Veteran's Administration Hospital in Danville.
Graveside services were at 10 a.m. Monday, March 22 at the Drummer Township Cemetery in Gibson City with Joe McCameron officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery Gibson City.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City.
Pallbearers were Leonard Maupin, Robert Maupin, Don Maupin, John Moore, Jim Moore and Ron Moore.
Mr. McPherson was born July 13, 1925 at Dunmore, Kentucky, at son of Colie F. and Gertie Tooley McPherson. He married Edith I. Maupin on February 8, 1947 at Paxton.
Survivors include his wife, Edith I. McPherson of Gibson City; three sons, Michael J. McPherson of Gibson City; Dale McPherson of Elliott and Wayne McPherson of Gibson City; two daughters, Lyndia Miller of Foosland and Sharon Shepherd of Champaign; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Flossie Moore of Gibson City. He was preceded in death by two brothers.
A resident of Gibson City for most of his life, Mr. McPherson was a Navy veteran of World War II.
Memorials can be made to the Gibson Area Hospital.
3-24-1999- date on newspaper

Means, L. Maude Jordan
L. Maude Means, 93, Tucson, AZ, a former Gibson City resident, died Tuesday 6-15-1976 in Tucson. Funeral services were held Thursday at the Arizona Mortuary Chapel. A son, Stanley Means, Tucson, is the only survivor. A native of Adrian, Michigan, Mrs. Means graduated from Adrian University as a music major. She married Earl Means of Gibson City in June 1906. They operated a grocery store in Gibson City for many years.

Messer, Leonard E.
Leonard E. Messer, of Peoria and formerly of here, died at 12:05 a.m. Thursday in Proctor hospital. He had been a patient there since March 17.
He was taken to the Gauss Mortuary where funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday. Graveside services were at 3 p.m. Saturday in Gibson City cemetery.
Mr. Messer was born at El Paso the son of J.W. and Jennie Stephens Messer. He married Gertrude Dean. He has been a Peoria resident for the past 16 years. He was raised in El Paso and later made his home in Lexington and Gibson City.
Surviving are his wife and two sisters, Mrs. Lottie Murfield, 101 E. Phoenix Ave., Normal and Mrs. Lillian Stephens also of Normal. There is one grandchild.
He was a member of the Christian Church at Gibson city.
4-17-1952 - date on newspaper

Meredith, Kim
Kim Meredith, age 38, a farmer and resident of rural Foosland for most of his life, died Wednesday 7-15-1992 at Gibson Community Hospital ER after he was stricken while fighting a fire in Foosland early Wednesday. His funeral was held Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Lee Reed officiating; burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Foosland.
Mr. Meredith was born 10-26-1953 at Champaign, a son of Glenn J. and Mary Margaret Burge Meredith. He married Chalis (Chic) Grider on 9-16-1972 at Gibson City and she survives.
Other survivors include his father of Vidor, TX; one daughter, Jennifer Meredith at home; one brother, Keith of Fisher and two sisters, Kay Enz of Danville, Indiana and Kathy Hendricks of St. Charles. His mother preceded him in death.
Mr. Meredith was coach of a girls' softball team in Gibson City. He served as assistant chief of the Foosland Volunteer Fire Department.

MERLE, JOHN - Gibson Courier, Thursday 2-20-1919
John Merle, a farmer whose home was near Melvin, died last Monday while visiting relatives in Minnesota where he had gone four weeks before. His wife, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Onno Arends of the Melvin neighborhood, died last July. He is survived by a little son, Willard, about four years old.

Meyer, Theodore
Theodore Meyer, 84, died at 2:10 a.m. Monday at Gibson Community Hospital. He had been in failing health for several months.
His funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley. The Rev. William Heinzig officiated. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery. Lamb Funeral Home was in charge of the service.
The family suggested that any expression of sympathy be made in the form of contributions to Lutheran Homes at Muscatine, Iowa or the building fund of St. John's Lutheran Church.
Mr. Meyer was born Oct. 15, 1884 in Germany and came to the Sibley area as an infant. He married Minnie Winter on Jan. 27, 1909.
Survivors are his wife; a son, Donald, Anchor; two daughters, Mrs. Vera Burns, Paxton and Mrs. Mildred Petersen, Colfax; two brothers, Henry and Fred, both of Sibley; a sister, Miss Margaret Meyer, Sibley; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A son, a daughter, four brothers and two sisters preceded Mr. Meyer in death.
He farmed until his retirement in 1950.
Mr. Meyer was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church and held many church offices through the years.
Pallbearers were Earl Roesch, James Winters, Delmar Winters, William Lohmeyer, Roy Meyer and Walter Meyer.
2-20-1969- date on newspaper

Miller Infant
James Harry, 11 day old son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Miller died at the St. Joseph's hospital May 14. Death was due to pneumonia. His parents, a brother, Richard and two sisters, Mary Alice and Sara Louise survive. The funeral and burial was here Saturday
5-20-1943- date on newspaper

Miller, James Franklin
James Franklin Miller, age 63 died at 12:40 a.m. February 23, 1996 at Heritage Manor in Colfax.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 25 at the Duffy-Pils Memorial home in Colfax with the Reverend Dorotha Russell officiating. He was cremated.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the memorial service at the funeral home.
Mr. Miller was born September 23, 1932 at Bellflower a son of Rolly and May Connour Miller. He married Linda Provine in Champaign in 1979.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Miller of Mililani, Hawaii; one son Brian Miller of Champaign; four daughters, Debbie Cunningham of Lakeland, Florida; Joan Miller of Champaign, Jamie Miller of Mililani, Hawaii and Julie Miller of Mililani, Hawaii and one step-son Reno Provin of Mililani, Hawaii; two brothers Loren Miller of Bellflower and Larry(Benny) Miller of Gibson City; four sisters, Betty Perry of Colfax; Beverly Burk of Colfax; Sandra Slater of German Valley, and Kathy Campbell of Bellflower and one aunt, Donna Miller of Foosland and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and one son.
Mr. Miller was a 1949 graduate of Bellflower Township High School and served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict…….

MILLER, MRS. MASON - Gibson Courier, Friday, 6-20-1902
Mrs. Mason Miller died at her home in this city yesterday morning, after a short illness. She was taken sick Tuesday with a bad cold, which developed into pneumonia, and this, complicated with heart trouble, from which she had suffered for some time, caused her death. She was 64 years, 9 months and 27 days old. The funeral will be held at the Christian Church next Sunday afternoon.
G.W. Miller
Harry Miller
Mrs. Ora Reynolds
H.A. Miller of Des Moines, Iowa

Piper City - Peter Miller Dies at Decatur After Illness
Peter Miller, former resident of Piper City, died Wednesday morning 4-13-1955, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Dora Baldwin in Decatur, Il. He had been in ill health for several years and had spent the past fifteen months in Decatur. The body was brought to the Reilly funeral home in Piper City where friends called Friday afternoon; burial took place in Brenton Cemetery. Peter Paul Miller, son of Peter and Eunice Burger Miller, was born 3-3-1887 at Piper City. His early life was spent in this community and he attended the Piper City high school. He was a WW1 veteran and a member of Manteno American Legion. For a number of years, until his health failed, he was employed as an attendant at the state hospitals in Kankakee and Manteno. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Effie Jackson of Piper City, and Mrs. Baldwin of Decatur, and one brother, Irving V. Miller of Peru, Indiana and several nieces and nephews.

Mitchell, James E.
James E. Mitchell, age 80 of Gibson City died February 25, 1996 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City.
Mr. Mitchell was born May 14, 1915 at De Kalb. He married Georgene Perryman in 1936 at Batavia and she survives.
Also surviving are one son, two daughters, 11 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
At Mr. Mitchell's request, his body was cremated. There will be no service.

Mock, John T.
John T. Mock, age 81 of Evanston and formerly of Gibson City died 8-15-1987. Funeral services were Saturday at the William H. Scott Guardian Chapel in Wilmette; interment was in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Mr. Mock was preceded in death by his wife, Esther, two brothers, Harold and Gene and a sister, Alice. He is survived by a son, Dennis, a daughter, Mary Lou Montgomery and six grandchildren. He attended Drummer Twp. High School graduating with the class of 1923.

Molck, Mrs. Elsie
Death invaded the home of Max Molck last Sunday and left him a widower and his babe an orphan. Mrs. Molck was taken suddenly ill early Sunday morning and in spite of the efforts of three physicians who were hastily summoned, passed away at 4:30 in the afternoon.
Elsie Adelie Landau was born April 27, 1894, at Hillgroven near Weselburen in the province of Holstein, Germany. About three weeks after her birth she received the sacrament of baptism in the Lutheran Church. She was educated in the schools of her home town and at the age of fourteen was confirmed.
Soon after this she came to America with her parents and they settled down in Anchor Township. On February 16, 1916, she married Max Molck, of Sibley, and the couple made their home on the farm of her father-in-law three miles east of Sibley. A little more than two years of happy married life was granted them.
Last Saturday night the deceased retired in the best of health and in a happy mood, but when her husband awoke Sunday morning he found that his young wife was unconscious and suffering severe nervous convulsions. She immediately called a physician to her bedside, but all efforts of the doctor to relieve her of the terrible convulsions were in vain. More medical aid was summoned and at eight o'clock the deceased gave birth to a healthy baby girl. The young mother was not permitted to recognize her childe or to recognize her child or to even gain knowledge of its birth, for the combined efforts of the three doctors could not save her life and without having regained consciousness she passed away Sunday afternoon at half past four.
Mrs. Molck was a devout Christian and a loyal member of her church and tried to apply her Christian convictions to every day life. Having a very pleasant disposition she made many friends, for whoever knew her had to esteem her highly. She passes away at the age of 24 years, 1 month and 12 days.
Her sudden departure is mourned by her bereaved husband, her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ferd. Landau of Anchor Township, four brothers and five sisters, and many other relatives and a host of friends and acquaintances.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 11 at 12:30 at the home in charge of Rev. G.S. Ide, assisted by Rev. A. Hahn, of Anchor. The remains then were taken to the St. John's Lutheran Church where Rev. Hahn conducted the services assisted by Rev. Ide. Interment took place at the Lutheran Cemetery. The attendance at both places was exceptional.
6-20-1918- date on newspaper

Montelius, Mrs. John A
Mrs. John A Montelius, a pioneer resident of Ford County died at her home in Piper City on Monday, January 1 in her 81st year. She was a native of Pennsylvania and was married to the late John A. Montelius in 1867. They came immediately to Piper City 55 years ago, and had lived there ever since. Mr. Montelius died several years ago. She was a woman of culture and sturdy Christian Character who left a deep impress on the community in which she lived so long. She is survived by two sons, Joseph K. and John A. and two daughters, Margaret J. and Mary R., beside ten grandchildren. The funeral was held in the Presbyterian church at Piper City last Thursday.
1-11-1923- date on newspaper

Mooney, James
James M. Mooney, age 85 of Gibson City died at 10:12 a.m. Sunday, February 3, 1991 at Gibson Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City.
His Funeral Mass will be said at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Reverend William Smith officiating. Burial will be in Drummer Township Cemetery Gibson City.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home Gibson City with a prayer service at 10:15 a.m.
Pallbearers include Doug Moody, Paul Mooney, Anthony Coons, Mike Mooney, Gary Keim and C.L. Leyden
Mr. Mooney was born August 5, 1905 in Proctor, a son of Martin and Ellen Gillen Mooney. Surviving are two brothers, John of Gibson City and Avetus of Piper City; and one sister, Josephine Wilson of Newton Iowa. He was preceded in death by one brother
A World War II Army veteran, Mr. Mooney worked at Nobel Bros. Seed Co. in Gibson City for several years. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City
Memorials may be made to his church.

b. 7-28-1868, Lostant, Il
s/o Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Moore
d. 11-16-1908, Chicago, Cook County, Il.
When 13 years of age he moved with his parents to Elliott, and 3 years later to Gibson City. When a young man he entered the employ of J.H. Collier, and became proficient in the trade of tinsmith. For the past 18 years, he had lived and worked at his trade in Chicago; and at the time of his death was foreman for the hardware and tinware firm of Merriel Bros. He is survived by his father and mother, and sister, Mrs. Anna Wallace of this city. The funeral was held at the J.W. Moore residence Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Presley P. Carson pastor of the M.E. Church officiating

Moore, James Taylor
James Taylor Moore, age 93 of Fisher died at 2:58 p.m. Monday, February 26, 1996 at Gibson Community Hospital Annex in Gibson City.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday February 29 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Kathleen Edmission officiating. Burial will be in Willowbrook Cemetery in Fisher.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 28 at the funeral home where the Masonic services will be conducted at 7 p.m.
Mr. Moore was born August 18, 1902 at Fisher, a son of William and Clara Selby Moore. He married Edith Scholl in 1934 at Fisher. She preceded him in death in March, 1994.
Survivors include one sister, Elizabeth Sale of Kankakee; one brother, Lyle Moore of Spokane, Washington and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, one brother and one sister.
Mr. Moore lived his entire life in Fisher where he operated the James T. Moore Automotive Service for over 40 years. He was a 70 year member of the Sangamon Masonic Lodge 801 and Eastern Star and was a member of the Corn Belt Shriners Club of Gibson City. He was also a member of the Bloomington Consistory and Mohammed Shrine in Bloomington.
Memorials may be made to the Gibson Community Hospital Annex.

Moore, James W.
James W. Moore, a pioneer resident of Gibson City and a veteran of the Civil War, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. David Wallace, last Friday night, June 9, the day of his eightieth birthday. Death was due to the infirmities of age. The funeral was held at the home on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, in charge of Rev. Francis E. Smith.
The pall bearers were G.W. Bright, Frank Hicks, George Wood, A.P. Miller, Wm. Morris and Chas. Platt. Honorary pall bearers from the American Legion were Lawrence Main, Floyd Main, Harry Lovett, Andrew Tarbox, Geo. Swaim and Chas. Whallon.
James W. Moore was born at Magnolia, Ill., June 9, 1842, and spent the years of his childhood and young manhood in that vicinity. At the call of his county he enlisted in Co. A 88th Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry in August, 1862. He served nearly three years. He was in many of the principal battles of the war. He received his honorable discharge at Nashville, Tenn., in June, 1865.
He was married to Miss Elizabeth Bremn of August 17, 1865. To this union three children were born, two of whom, together with the wife and mother, preceded him in death, leaving of the near relatives only Mrs. Wallace, the daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Moore celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary in 1915.
Mr. Moore moved to this vicinity nearly forty years ago, and had resided here ever since. During that time he has held places of importance in the offices of the city. He has been Police Magistrate for several terms, holding that office at the time of his death. He was a member of the M.E. church.
Gibson City Courier
Thursday June 15, 1922

More, Mrs. J.W.
Mrs. Elizabeth (Brenn) More was born in New Jersey, June 6, 1845, and departed this life at her home in Gibson City last Monday, Sept. 8, 1919, aged 74 years, 3 months and 3 days.
She was married to James W. More, August 17, 1865, at LaSalle, Ill. To this union were born three children, of whom only one is living, Mrs. D.D Wallace of this city. She leaves to mourn her departure her aged husband, her daughter and one grandchild, and one sister who lives in Pennsylvania.
Mrs. More had made her home in Gibson City for the past thirty-five years. She united with the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1883. As long as she was physically able she was very active in the work of the church. She was a teacher in the Sunday school, president of the Ladies Aid, and a member of the W.F.M.S. When her health failed she became a member of the Home Department of the Sunday school. She cherished to her last day a Bible given to her in 1894 by her Sunday school class of ladies, of whom only four are now living. This Bible has many worn pages and marked verses. She was an active member of the Woman's Relief Corps. She was a devout woman, kind and neighborly, and performed many unostentatious acts of charity.
The funeral was held at the home on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30, the services being conducted by Rev. J.L. Settles. Burial was in the Gibson cemetery.
Gibson City Courier
Thursday September 11, 1919

Morris, Bertha Barr
b. 9-8-1894 at Xenia
d/o Charles and Alice Lee Barr
m. Clarence Morris at Paxton; he died 1965
d. 12-2-1977, Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City, Il.
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.
siblings: brother, George Barr; sister, Nell Griffith survive

Morris, George Wallace
b. 5-24-1896, Indiana
s/o Joe and Melvina Hayse Morris
m. Julia Witter, 6-22-1918, Aden, Hamilton County, Il.
surviving sons: Bernell, Wayne, Robert Morris,
d. 11-23-1978, Gibson Community Hospital
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

Morris, Marry Louise Cross
Mary L. Morris, age 65 of Gibson City, died 1-29-1998 at Carle Hospital, Urbana. Funeral services were Saturday, 1-31-1998 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City, the Rev. B.E. Koonce officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers included Eugene Cross, Charles Cross, Wayne Cross, Delbert Cross, Robert Goin and Ron Hayes. Mrs. Morris was born 12-19-1932 at Sesser, a daughter of John T. and Opal M. Shaw Cross. She married Robert Wallace Morris on 11-22-1958 in Champaign. Survivors include her husband, two daughters, Linda VerVoorn and Chrysta Reeder, a son, Albert Morris; five brothers, Robert Cross, Delbert Cross, Howard Eugene Cross, Wayne Cross and Charles Cross, a sister, Ruth Stewart.

Mott, Claude H.
Graveside funeral rites were held Monday at Drummer Twp. Cemetery for Claude H. Mott who died Saturday 11-30-1974 at Paxton Community Hospital. The Rev. Donald Jones of the United Methodist Church officiated at the cemetery service; Lamb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Mott was 85 years of age at the time of his death. He was born 10-7-1889 in Indiana, a son of Asa and Eva Stucker Mott. He married Leena Sullivan in Indiana.

MOYER, WILLIAM - Paxton Record, Wednesday, 10-26-1914
William Moyer, pioneer business man of Gibson City, and a philanthropist widely known throughout Central Illinois, died Sunday morning at the home of James Veatch in Normal. He had been a sufferer with rheumatism for the past 25 years, and in all that time had been confined to his bed or a wheeled chair. The body was taken to Gibson City Sunday evening and the funeral will be held next Wednesday. The remains were taken to the home of a sister-in-law, Mrs. Caroline Smith. A former pastor of Gibson City is to be asked to deliver the funeral sermon. The deceased was born in Pennsylvania, 3-6-1828. He moved to Il in 1870, locating in Gibson City. Mr. and Mrs. Moyer were visiting with relatives at Paxton and were seeking a location in the west. By the merest chance he visited Gibson City to call on a former acquaintance. Here he purchased lots and in December of the same year, Paxton and erected a grain office on State Street.........the Illinois Central tracks and back of the Collier hardware store. He began to prosper and for 15 years led a very active life, buying grain and selling coal. Mrs. Moyer died in 1888. Six years later Mr. Moyer took up his residence in Bloomington. A son born to Mr. and Mrs. Moyer died at the age of 9 years. Since removing from Gibson City, Mr. Moyer never lost interest in the fortunes of the community that was the scene of his early business successes. He presented Gibson with a beautiful drinking fountain which graces the intersection of Sangamon Avenue and North Second Street, and recently gave $2000 for a pipe organ for the new Presbyterian Church and gave to other churches of that city sums aggregating $3500. He also subscribed a sum to the Wesleyan fund in the campaign of two years ago.

Munson, Mrs. Ole
Sophia Koehler, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Koehler, was born in Peru, Ill., Oct. 22, 1872 and died at her home 4 miles east of Sibley July 2, 1924 aged 51 years, 8 months and 11 days. She lived in Peru until ten years of age, at which time she with her parents moved to Ford county, where she had since resided.
She was united in marriage to Ole Munson April 28, 1896. to this union three children were born - Harry, who lives near Elliott; and Hilda and Chester, who are at home. Besides her husband and children and one grandchild, she leaves seven brothers and three sisters - Fred, Charlie, Albert, William, Ferdinand, Miss Amelia, Mrs. Richard Fanain and Mrs. Geo. Weygandt, all of Sibley; Gust of Peru and John of Gibson City; and many other relatives.
Funeral services were held at the M.E. church in Gibson City on Thursday afternoon, July 3, at 3:00 o'clock, Rev. F.E. Smith officiating. Burial was in the Gibson Cemetery.
Those from out of town who attended the funeral included, J.E. Seep and daughter Marie, Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Helmig, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Seep and son Leroy, Mrs. Wm. Derwin, Gust Koehler, Florence Hundt and Hazel Dauber, all of Peru; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Geringer, Mr. and Mrs. John Geringer, Mrs. Chas. Kott, Mrs. John Stumpf, Will, Frank and Jacob Geringer and son Leroy, all of Chicago;
Dan Faust and daughter of Cullom.

Munson, Ole L.
Ole L. Munson died at his home in Three Rivers, Mich., June 8, 1927, at eight o'clock p.m. following an operation performed at the Three Rivers Hospital on May 27.
He was born near Selvesborg, Blekinge, Sweden July 5, 1863. In 1868 he came to America with his parents and two brothers, locating in Ford county, where he spent his entire life with the exception of the last year and a half, which was spent in Three Rivers.
At the age of 15 he was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Farmersville, Ill. In 1896 he was married at Sibley, Ill. to Miss Sophia Koehler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Koehler, of that place. To this union four children were born; Hilda A., Harold F., and Chester A. Munson, all of Three Rivers, Mich. One son died in infancy.
His parents and a brother Swan preceded him in death a number of years ago. His wife died July 2, 1924.
He will be deeply mourned by his three children, two grandchildren, Frances and Eugene Munson, of Gibson City, besides many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held at the W.S. Lamb & Co. undertaking parlors Friday, June 10, in charge of Rev. J.W. Eckman, pastor of the Salem Lutheran Church of this city. Interment was in the local cemetery.

Murdock, Loyal L.
Loyal L. Murdock, 43, died at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday while at work at Chanute Field at Rantoul. Don Wicoff, Champaign County coroner, said an inquiry would be held.
He was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home, where the funeral was held at 2:30 p.m. Friday by Rev. R.M. Luedde, a Christian church minister. Burial was in Gibson City cemetery, with American Legion graveside service.
1-31-1957- date on newspaper

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