FORD COUNTY, Illinois OBITS


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Kenneth F. Isenhower

Anna H. Isaacs

Donald R. Ackman

Luster L.Acree

M.F. Acree

Roy Acree

Wade C. Acree

Francis L. Adams

Jason E. Aguilar

Clark Alford Sr.

Elwood D. Allen

Sidney L. Allen

Andrew Anderson

Charles C. Anderson

Chris Anderson

Miss Helen M. Anderson

John C. Anderson,

John E. Anderson, Sr.

Maurice E. Anderson

Robert Wilson Anderson

Stewart F. Anderson

Jessie Applegate

Mrs. Hazel F. Archibald

Robert C. Archibald

Amelia C. Arends

Florence A. Arends

Leslie Arends

David W. Arnette

Evelyn M. Arens

John H. Ashby

Curtis F. Ashley

L.N. Ashley

Mrs. L.N. Ashley

Amos Ball

Delmar L. Bane

Gordon W. Bane

James Alfred Bane

James Alexander Barnes

Amelia Katherine Hahn Barnett

Augustus A. Barrow

Eugene William Barrow

Mrs. Frederick Barrow

George W. Barrow

L.A. (Bood) Barrow

Louetta Livingston Barrow

Martha E. Mattie Barrow

Susan Agnes Bradford Barrow

Cpl. Harry M. Beach

Casper W. Beasley

August Beck

Barbara Margaret Portman

Clarence Beck

Frederick John Beck

Henry Carl Beck

Harry Charles Beck

Jacob Beck

Lloyd Beck

Marie Minnie C. Spellmeyer Beck

Louis/Lewis Beck

Marjorie E. Becker

Mrs. Grant Bedel

Nancy June Bedel

Henry Beecher

Gertrude B. Benway

Joe H. Benway

Oscar E. Benway

Thelma E. Seifert Benway

Barbara J. Daniels Benz

Paul D. Bidner

Adolph F. Bielfeldt

Raymond L. Bierman

 

William Blum

Albert H. Bode

John Boettger

Mrs. John Boettger

Mrs. Foske Boevers

John Bond

August (Dennie) Borchers

Emil J. Borchers

Frederick A. Borchers

Louie L. Borchers

Richard Borchers

Walter M. Borchers

Walter S. Boundy

William J. Boyd

Earl Jacob Brandt

Henry Brandt

John F. Brandt

Louis H. Brandt

Margaret Wilhelmina Frahm Brandt

William F. Brandt

Anna Marie Zander Branz

William A. Brethorst

John T. Bridgewater

Ben H. Briggs

John H. Brinkman

Anna K. Brokate

William P. Brokate

Private William Brokate

Lyle H. Brotherton

Warren B. Brown

James Ormand Brownlee

Adam Brucker

Arthur Brucker

Mrs. Dorothy Brucker

Mrs. Mary Brucker

Francis N. Bryant

William C. Bryant

Earl C. Bucher, M.D.

Edward Bunting

Charles Burris

Samuel Burris

Steven C. Burton

Leland E.Bush

Adolph Busing

Donald A. Busing

Mrs. Ruth Byerline

 

 


ISENHOWER, KENNETH F. - 70, of 1105 E. Summer St., Paxton, died at 3:48 p.m. Friday 9-13-2002 at Gibson Area Hospital, Gibson City. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Full Gospel Church, Paxton, the Rev. Terry Cooper officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton, where military graveside rites were accorded. Visitation was for one hour prior to the services at the church. Knapp - Miller Funeral Home, Paxton, was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Isenhower was born 8-29-1932, at LaGrange, Mo., a son of Floyd and Dorothy Lee Isenhower. Surviving are his wife, Lucy Isenhower of Paxton; three daughters, Tina (John) St. John of Dublin, Ga.; Donnie Isenhower of Onarga and Mary Neese of Paxton; two sons, Charles L. Isenhower of California and Kenneth O. Isenhower of Charleston; three sisters, Lois Oberlander of Bourbonnais, Eva Rodman of Peru, Ind., and Edith Brooks of Mims, Fla.; one brother, William R. Isenhower of Van Buren, Ark., and two grandchildren. His parents and one brother, Robert E. Isenhower, preceded him in death. Mr. Isenhower, was a U.S. Army infantry veteran of the Korean War. He attended Full Gospel Church of Paxton. He drove a truck for Stouts Trucking in Paxton for years and worked at Houstons Plumbing. He was a car parts manager for many years. He was an avid fisherman. Memorials may be made to his family..................Funeral services for KENNETH F. ISENHOWER, who died 9-13-2002 were Tuesday morning at Full Gospel Church, Paxton, the Rev. Terry Cooper officiating. Burial was in Glen Cemetery, Paxton. Arrangements were by Knapp-Miller Funeral Home, Paxton. [Contributed by Gail Hahn Hutchcraft]

ISAACS, ANNA H. (STEINLICHT) - Anna H. Isaacs, 93, of Colfax, mother of a Gibson City woman, a former Loda area resident, died at 7:45 a.m. Saturday 3-14-1992 at Octavia Manor Nursing Home, where she had been a resident for the past seven years. Her funeral was Tuesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Colfax, the Rev. Pat Allin officiating. Burial was in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. She was born 9-2-1898 in Chatsworth, a daughter of Julius and Katherine Marie Bierman Steinlicht. She married Bert Isaacs in Bloomington. He died 10-28-1967. Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Ehlers of Colfax and Mildred Knerr of Gibson City; a son, LaMar Isaacs of Edinburg, Texas; a sister, Emma Brackman of Homer, Ind.; a brother, Elmer Steinlicht of Peoria; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers and a son. Mrs. Isaacs was a member of the United Methodist Church, Mission, Texas and a past member of the Gibson City United Methodist Church. She had been a resident of Colfax since 1969. She lived in Edinburg, Texas from 1956 - 1969 and is formerly of the Loda and Sibley area. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Ackman, Donald
Donald R. Ackman, 52 or Rushville, father of a Gibson City man, died at 11:45 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, 2000.
Cremation has been accorded. Graveside services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Rushville city cemetery. The Rev. Scott Henley officiated.
Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Worthington Funeral Home, Rushville.
Mr. Ackman was born Dec. 22, 1947, in Rushville, a son of Robert H. and Marietta Rohn Ackman. He married Rebecca Jan Ingram, Nov. 30, 1969, in Charleston.
Surviving are three sons, Gabriel D. Ackman of Gibson City, John S. Ackman of Urbana and Matthew R. Ackman of Thomasboro; a daughter Julie E. Jenkins of Champaign; two brothers, Jon Ackman of Lincoln; and Jon Ackman of Rushville; and six grandchildren.
Mr. Ackman attended Eastern Illinois University from 1967 to 1970 and was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity. He was a bookkeeper at M&M Vending Macomb. His interests included golf.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Acree, Luster L. - WWII - CORPORAL, U.S. ARMY
b. 1925
s/o Mose F. and Lula G. Acree
m. Eva S. Celeschi
Michael
Roy
Patsy (Parsons)
Tammy (Parsons)
d. 1978
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Acree, M.F. - WWII - PFC ARMY
b. 6-6-1922
s/o Mose F. and Lula G. Acree
m. Velva B.
Sue Ann (Darrell Rickey)
d. 5-28-1974
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Acree, Roy- WWII -
b. 2-20-1916
s/o Mose F. and Lula G. Acree
m. Margaret Meadows
Marlena Dawson
Diana Livingston
d. 1-22-1958
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Acree, Wade C. - WWII
b. 2-20-1914
s/o Mose F. and Lula G. Acree
m. Alice H. Brucker
Terry Acree
d. 7-23-1982
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL.

Adams, Francis L. - WWII
b. 8-13-1921, Cerro Gordo, IL
m. Bernadine Collins, 8-22-1945
Linda Lee (Bill Gandy)
Sharon Kay Goodrich Pulido
David Adams
d. 10-3-1955
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Aguilar, Jason E.
The funeral of Jason E. Aguilar, age 18 of Melvin, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Methodist Church, Melvin.
The Reverend Roger Ross will officiate with burial in Melvin Cemetery Melvin.
Visitation was held from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City.
Mr. Aguilar was found dead at 4:35 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 1992 near Melvin at the scene of a one-car accident on the Melvin-Sibley Blacktop.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Aguilar, Scott Nugent, Eric Zander, Nathan Shelton, Chris Stroh and Eric Quinley.
He was born August 17, 1973 in Waukegan, the son of Joseph Aguilar and Myra Edwards Cunningham.
Surviving are his mother and stepfather, Myra and Greg Cunningham of Melvin and his father, Joseph Aguilar of Waukegan; two brothers Aaron Aguilar of Rockford and Steven Cunningham of Melvin; three sisters, Joanne Aguilar of Hawthorne Woods; Jennifer Wyant of Gibson City and Susan Makrees of Peoria, Arizona; and maternal grandmother, Genevieve Snyder.
He was a 1991 graduate of Melvin-Sibley High School. He attended Illinois State University Normal and was employed at Eclipse of Rockford.
Memorials may be made to the Jason Aguilar Scholarship Fund in care of the Melvin State Bank.

Alford, Clark Sr.
Word was received Friday by the Sid Elofsons of the death of Clark Alford Sr., former Paxton resident at Chicago, 12-12-1970. Alford graduated from Paxton High School in 1927. He was a retired government beef grader. Survivors are four children, Clark Jr., Marilyn, Jean and Robert and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Mary, in 1965.

Allen, Elwood D. (Deak) - WWII - ARMY ENGINEER VETERAN
Elwood D. Allen, age 74 of Gibson City, died Wednesday 6-7-1995 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral was Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Reverend Bob Koonce officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery with full military rites accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post #568. Pallbearers included Dave Edmonds, Kenneth Allen, Gary Allen, Richard Allen, Mitchel Davidson and Randy Davidson.
Mr. Allen was born 4-21-1921 in Maroa, the son of Merritt and Elizabeth Goin Allen. He married Mildred Landry on 12-26-1944 in Leesville, Louisiana and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Patricia Bishop of Bloomington and Rita Denne of Danvers; a sister, Harriett Marcum of Bloomington; four brothers, Kenneth of LeRoy, Orville of Cullom, Eugene of Gibson City, and Wayne of Bloomington; and 10 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Allen, Sidney L. - WWII - US ARMY
The funeral of Sidney L. Allen, age 82, of Melvin will be Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Reverend Roger Ross will officiate with burial in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers will include David Allen, Troy Allen, Gary Shan Allen, Raymond T. Diskin, Scott Kelly and Keith Lindsay. Honorary pallbearers are Michael Allen, Curtis Arnette and Walter Stilwell. Mr. Allen died Sunday, 12-8-1991 at Covenant Medical Center, Urbana.
He was born 5-5-1909 in Thawville,a son of Charles C. and Mae Coultas Allen. He married Jewel Corn on 5-3-1933 in Three Rivers, Michigan; she died 10-23-1953. He married Patricia Case on 4-23-1955 in Rantoul and she survives. Other survivors include five sons, Donald Allen and Lloyd Allen, both of Melvin; Gary Allen of Paxton; Randy Allen of Russellville, KY.; and Bill Carlton of Bellbrook, Ohio; five daughters, Geraldine Kelly of Loda, Dorcas Diskin of Paxton, Laura Arnette of Rantoul, Sandra Latham of Russellville, and Sherril Lindsay of Rantoul; three brothers, Jean Allen Sr. of Thawville, Jesse Allen of Lake Zurich, and Richard Allen of Lake Iroquois, Loda; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was an Army veteran of WWII.

Anderson, Andrew - Gibson Courier, Thursday December 5, 1974
Andrew J. Anderson, 75, rural Gibson City, died Thursday

Anderson, Charles C. - WWII - ARMY
b. 12-2-1897
d. 3-2-1961
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Anderson, Chris
Chris Anderson died at the home of his son, Peter J. Anderson, in Perrinton, Michigan Sunday afternoon, December 8, 1946, aged 81 years. Mr. Anderson was born in Viborg, Denmark, and came to the US in 1893, where he engaged in farming in the community south of Gibson City. Later he was employed by the Gibson Canning Company. Funeral services were held Tuesday in Perrinton, and in the First Presbyterian Church, here, Wednesday in charge of the pastor, Rev. Howard VanDyke. Burial was in the Gibson Cemetery. He is survived by two sons, Peter of Michigan and Vigo, of Peoria. He was preceded in death by his wife last May.

Anderson, Helen
Miss Helen M. Anderson, aged 19 years, died at the hospital at Defiance, Ohio, Feb. 17, 1936. Funeral services were held from the Mark Center Methodist Episcopal Church on Thursday, Feb 20, with Rev. Archie Lung of Sherwood officiating.
Miss Anderson's death was caused by acute appendicitis and an intestinal obstruction, for relief of which she underwent an operation. She was born at Sibley, Ill., and at the time of her death was a senior in Mark Center High School. Boys from the Mark Center senior class acted as pallbearers.
Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Anderson; two sisters, Mrs. Beda Roby of Chicago, and Mrs. Myrtle Weaver of Durand, Ill.; and a brother Carl A. Anderson, superintendent of the schools at Edgerton, Ohio.
The Anderson family lived in and near Gibson City for a number of years and are well known in this community.

Anderson, John C. - WWII - AIR FORCE
The private graveside service of John C. Anderson, age 82 of Gibson City, owner and operator of a garage in Gibson City for many years, was conducted Saturday in the Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City; Military rites were accorded by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Rev. Thomas Condron officiated. Pallbearers were John Bruehl, Remmer Cramer, Ed Reining, Vernon Hill, Bill Wood, and David Anderson.
Mr. Anderson died Thursday, 9-27-1990 at the Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. He was born 6-8-1908 in Gibson City, a son of Otto G. and Amanda Olson Anderson. He married Alva Atterberry on 11-26-1942 in Kansas City, MO., and she survives. Other survivors include one son, John C. of Wildwood; one daughter, Helen Maurine Anderson of Evanston, three grandchildren and one brother, Otto G. of Port Orchard, Washington.

Anderson, John E. Sr.
Funeral services for John E. Anderson, Sr., 76, was held Monday at the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church with the Rev. E.T. Einerson of Lee, and the Rev. Robert Crofton officiating; interment was at the Pontoppidan Cemetery. Pallbearers were Maynard Larson, Clarion Johnson, Robert Norem, Edwart T. Anderson, Don Anderson and Paul Anderson, all nephews of the deceased.
Mr. Anderson died Saturday 11-28-1964 at the Gibson Community Hospital where he had been a patient one day; death was attributed to a heart attack. Mr.
Anderson was born 8-10-1888, near Elliott, a son of Martin and Belle Ness Anderson. He was united in marriage to Martha Hatteberg in February of 1912; she preceded him in death. On 5-2-1931 he was married to Ruth Norem in Ottawa. Survivors are his wife, two sons, Marvin H. of Gibson City and John E. Jr., of Elliott; three grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Henry (Inger) Paulson of Lisbon and two brothers, Edward and Lawrence of Elliott. He was also preceded in death by his parents, a sister and two brothers. As a life-long resident of the Elliott community he was actively engaged in farming, formerly owned and operated a farm implement and feed store in Elliott and had done custom threshing and shelling for many years. He was a former student of the U of I, and was a member of the Pontoppidan Lutheran Church and formerly the choir director of that church

Anderson, Maurice
Maurice E. Anderson, age 73 of Elliott who was employed in Chicago for nearly 40 years before his retirement, died Monday July, 20, 1992 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City with the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating; burial will be in Elliott Cemetery.
Mr. Anderson was born May 16, 1919 at Elliott, a son of Laurence K. and Agnes Carlson Anderson. He married Helen L. Krueger on Sept. 5, 1943 at Louisiana, MO.; she survives.
Other survivors include two sons, David Anderson of Chicago and Duane
Anderson of Elliott and one brother, Gayle Anderson of Elliott.

Anderson, Robert Wilson
Robert Wilson Anderson, aged 3 years, 5 months and 8 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Anderson living on the Bert Davis farm near Fisher, died on Thursday. March 14 and the funeral was held at Mount Hope Cemetery near Foosland; on Thursday March 16, in charge of Rev. Heiser of the Amish Church. Interment was in the Mount Hope Cemetery. The family recently moved from this city to the Davis farm.
3-22-1922-date on newspaper

Anderson, Stewart F. - WWII - ARMY
Stewart F. Anderson, 82, Gibson City, an electrical contractor, died 4-14-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral will be Sunday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery.
Mr. Anderson was born 5-28-1906 in Chicago, a son of John and Nannie Anderson Anderson. He married Margaret J. Jenkins on 12-29-1939 in Gibson City; she survives. Other survivors include two sisters, Marion Knapp and Verona Thomas, both of Gibson City. Mr. Anderson moved to Gibson City in 1919, where his father bought the Gibson Iron Works. He attended school in Gibson City and later worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Co. in Peoria. He then became an electrical contractor, retiring in 1976. He was an Army veteran of WWII and was a charter member of Champaign County Camera Club. He was a member of Photographic Society of America, National Rifle Association and First Presbyterian Church of Gibson City.

APPLEGATE, JESSIE - Gibson Courier, Thursday, 1-13-1921
(partial) Jessie Applegate was born 12-26-1920, and departed this life 1-3-1921, being 13 days of age at death. She leaves to mourn, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Applegate, four brothers and her little twin sister, Bessie. Burial was in Gibson Cemetery.

Archibald, Hazel F. Stephens
Mrs. Hazel F. Archibald, 64, a life-long resident of Gibson City, died Thursday June 24, 1976 at Gibson Community Hospital. The funeral was held Saturday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Jones officiating; burial was in Gibson City (Drummer) Cemetery.
She was born January 9, 1911 in Elliott, the daughter of William and Ida Jones Stephens. She is survived by a daughter Mrs. Jo Shields, a sister, Mrs. Ila Powell, and two grandsons. She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters.

Archibald, Robert C.
Robert C. Archibald, 63, died Sunday at his home (Gibson City.) His funeral was Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, the Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating; burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. He was born 1-21-1907 at Louisville, a son of (Arnold and Grace McCloud Archibald.) He married Iris Woodward, 10-19-1949 at Pocahontas, Ark. and she survives.

ARENDS, AMELIA C. RUPPLE - Melvin Motor - 5-6-1921
Amelia C. Arends was born 9-19-1864 in Germanville, Livingston County, Il. She was born and raised in a Christian family. Her parents were devoted Christians and members of the United Evangelical Church. Here from the early days of her childhood she received a Christian training. On 12-10-1885, she was united in marriage to Henry Arends. This happy union was blessed with a daughter who died in the early days of her infancy. Those left to mourn her loss are the husband and children: Mrs. Gilbert Dueringer, Clare? Arends, Alfred Arends, LeRoy Arends, Luella Arends, Wilmer Arends and Walter Arends. For nearly 35 years they shared joy and sorrow together. She was a truly devoted wife and a loving mother to her children. Her greatest desire and joy was to see her family happy. In the year of 1885 she became a member of the German Methodist Episcopal Church and was a true and loyal member and loved her church. ............operation was performed in the Wesley Memorial Hospital, Chicago. We all hoped and prayed that she might regain her health and come home happy again. But Our Heavenly Father, in His great wisdom and love, took her to her heavenly home last Friday, 4-29-1921. At 10 o'clock in the evening she passed away. Her age was 56 years, 7 months and 10 days. With the husband and children left behind, there is one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, one brother, Adam Ruppel, one sister, Mrs. Thurner, of Indiana and many other relatives and friends. Short funeral services were held Monday afternoon from her late residence and at the German M.E. Church in this city. Rev. Henry Stahmer, the pastor, preached the sermon. Rev. John H. Tonjes of Frankfort, a former pastor of the church here, made a short address. Rev. Wm. Schumacher, pastor of the Lutheran Church read the scripture and Rev. W.L. Barnes, pastor of the M.E. Church offered prayer. The service was entirely in the English language except one song which was an especial favorite with the deceased. Miss Voss, of Roberts, sang a beautiful solo. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Melvin Cemetery. The pall-bearers were: Messrs. Cecil Thurner, Remington, Indiana; Weldon Shade, Strawn; Wesley Ruppel and Allen Berlett, Chatsworth; Raymond Wrede, Roberts; George J. Arends, Charles W. Arends and W. J. Boundy of this city. This paper joins the host of friends in extending sincere sympathy to the family.

Arends, Florence A. Beck
Mrs. Florence A. Arends, 64, died Sunday Nov. 22, 1964 at her home in Melvin. Funeral services were Tuesday at the Danforth Funeral Home at Roberts, the Rev. Dale Kool and the Rev. William Granger officiating; burial was at Peach Orchard Twp. Cemetery, Melvin.
She was born March, 5, 1900 at Melvin, a daughter of August and Mary Rose Beck. She was married to Charles Arends Sept. 6, 1924 at Melvin. She is survived by her husband, three sons, Robert and Raymond, both of Melvin, Morris, Gibson City; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Matthews, Mrs. Laura Yackee, Roberts; a brother, Walter Beck of Kingsport, TN; and two grandchildren. A daughter preceded her in death. She was a member of the Congregational Church.

Arends, Leslie
Former U.S. Congressman Leslie Arends, 89, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Melvin, died Tuesday morning July 16, 1985, at the Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Fla.
His funeral was at 2 p.m. Friday at the Melvin United Methodist Church, the Rev. Stanley Rapp officiating. Burial was in Melvin Cemetery.
Mr. Arends was born in Melvin, a son of George T. and Teda Weiss Arends. He married Betty Tychon April 21, 1946, at Melvin. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter, Leslie Eckel of Boston, Mass.; and a granddaughter Leslie Elizabeth.
He attended Ford County Schools and Oberlin College and holds an honorary degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Mr. Arends was a 33rd degree Mason and was a former district commander of the American Legion. He served as the president of the Commercial Bank of Melvin before being elected to Congress.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Melvin.
Arnette, David (Ace)
David W. Arnette, 51, Melvin, died at 12:45 Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1975 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral was held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 at Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Sabo officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Marvin Richards, Hal Turner, Bob Royal, Chet Burton, Jim Miller and Wayne Brock.
Arnette was born Jan. 19, 1924, in Peoria, the son of David and Maudie Cannoy Arnette. He lived in Gibson City area 30 years and was employed by M and W Gear Co. 18 years and by the Royal Oil and Gas Co. 14 years.
He was a veteran of W.W. II and a member of the Brotherton-Kellar VFW Post and the Lee Lowery American Legion Post, both in Gibson City.
Surviving are 5 sons, David H., Lance R., Brett A., and Bruce W., all of Melvin; Steve r., Fort Campbell, Ky.; a foster son, Michael Brown, Melvin; his mother, Mrs. Maudie Bridgwater, Gibson City; a step-father, Ray Bridgwater; 6 sisters, Mrs. Alice Register, Hemet, Calif., Mrs. Sandra Smith, Dunnville, Ky., Mrs. Mabel Logsdon, Petersburg, Ind., Mrs. Ruby Schull, Mrs. Virginia Kingsley and Mrs. Betty Dean, all of Gibson city; 3 brothers, Charles Bridgwater, Saybrook; John Bridgwater, Gibson city, and James Bridgwater, San Bernadino, Calif., and 3 grandchildren. His father and a daughter preceded him in death

Arens, Evelyn M.- WWII - US NAVY NURSE
Evelyn M. Arens, 80, of Gibson City, died Saturday 2-25-1995 at Heartland Healthcare in Paxton. Her funeral will be Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Gibson City, the Rev. William Smith officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City.
Ms. Arens was born 8-9-1914 in Wausaukee, Wis., a daughter of Theodore J. and Christina H. Hemmen Arens. Survivors include two brothers, Harlan Arens, Gibson City, and Theodore Arens, Winterhaven, FL., and one sister, Marion McCullough, Gibson City. One brother preceded her in death. She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church and it Altar and Rosary Society and Council of Catholic Women. She graduated from Gibson City High School in 1932.
Ms. Arens received her nursing and anesthetist degrees from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Bloomington. She was a Navy nurse with the rank of lieutenant during WWII. She worked at Elmhurst Community Hospital for 40 years until retiring in 1977.

Arnette, David W. - WWII - PFC ARMY
b. 1924
d. 1975
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

ASHBY, JOHN HENRY
Gibson City Courier, Thursday 5-9-1940
John H. Ashby, esteemed pioneer resident of Gibson City, died at his home Saturday 5-4-1940, aged 81 years, 5 months and 1 day. Funeral services were held at the Lamb Funeral Home on Monday in charge of Rev. Philip R. Coen, pastor of the Presbyterian Church; interment was in the Gibson Cemetery. John Henry Ashby, son of Charles and Margaret Ashby, was born near LeRoy, Ill., 12-3-1858, and came to Gibson City with his parents in his youth, spending most of his life in this community. He was married to Lola Phillips of this city 12-20-1889, who died 12-11-1933 at the age of 65 years. He is survived by four sons: Vernon, Dean, Haven and Dale; two daughters: Mrs. Vera Briggs and Mrs. Marie Rapp. One son died in infancy. He is also survived by three grandsons, three granddaughters, three great grandchildren and one nephew. .......of painter and interior decorating, being associated in the craft in later years with his son Haven. He became affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of Gibson City in 1900, of which he was a loyal and faithful attendant. In his long residence in this community he made many warm friends who will remember him with deep appreciation of the fine and useful life he lived among them. He was active in his occupation until his health began to fail in recent years.

Ashley, Curtis F. - WWII - USAF NAVIGATOR
The funeral of Curtis F. Ashley, 75, of rural Sibley, will be Tuesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. The Rev. Patrick W. Cox will officiate; burial will be in Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, with graveside military rites accorded by Martin Suntken American Legion Post 244. Mr. Ashley died Saturday 8-22-1992 at his home near Sibley.
He was born 2-27-1917 near Sibley, a son of Amos W. and Laura S. Stein Ashley. He married Doris Leonard 8-19-1946 in Gibson City; she survives. Other survivors include two sons, Gary M., Eatonton, Ga., and Randy C., Sibley; a daughter, Julie A. Saunders, St. Joseph; nine grand-children; and one great-granddaughter. His parents, a brother and a sister preceded him in death. Mr. Ashley lived in the Sibley area all his life, retiring from farming in 1981. He graduated from Sibley High School in 1934 and attended the U of I at Urbana. He served in the USAF in WWII as a navigator on a B-24 bomber and was a member of the Martin Suntken American Legion Post 244, Sibley. He also served on the Melvin-Sibley school board and was a 4-H leader for 10 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church, Gibson City.

Ashley, L.N.
L.N. Ashley of the North Union neighborhood, passed away at 2 o'clock a.m. last Monday, at the home of his son, Geo. Edwin Ashley, in Chicago, after an extended illness. The funeral was held at 2:30 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon in Sibley, the services being in charge of the Masonic lodge of that village.
Mr. Ashley was born 79 years ago in the Green mountains, at Barnard, Vermont, and came to Illinois with his father's family in the early part of 1839, first settling near the present site of Tonica, LaSalle county, where he was a prominent farmer and stock raiser for nearly thirty years. He was one of the early pioneers who hauled farm produce overland to Chicago before the railroads were in operation. He was one of the first patrons of the Chicago Stock Yards, and one of the first shippers on the Illinois Central railroad when its first stretch of track was completed. In 1882 Mr. Ashley moved to ford county and engaged in farming and stock raising. His interests were centered in the farming region of Central Illinois. A man of undoubted integrity and more than ordinary strength of character, Mr. Ashley was widely known. I him was the material so typical of the early pioneer, rugged and sturdy traits. He was master of his own fortunes and of his own household, and his was a successful and varied career. His frequent trips to Chicago as a stock shipper gave him an intimate acquaintance with men of many prominent business firms. He was an eye witness of the great Chicago fire. Mr. Ashley had been in failing health for several years. The immediate cause of his death was interstitial nephritis. His wife died some time ago. He leaves his two sons, E.D. Ashley of Sibley and G.E. Ashley of Chicago; a daughter, Mrs. Mary M. Smith of Warrensburg, Mo.; a brother H.D. Ashley of this city; a cousin, O.D. Ashley of Chicago; and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mary B. Ashley of Sibley

Ashley, Mrs. L.N.
On Tuesday morning, Jan 19 at her home northwest of Gibson, Mrs. L.N. Ashley, aged about 52 years. Her disease was a brain and spinal affection, and since the 9th inst. she has lain most of the time unconscious. She leaves a husband and children to mourn her loss. She is buried in the Sibley cemetery.
On Friday, Jan. 15 at her home 5 ½ miles northwest of Gibson, Mrs. John Vanscoy, aged about 35 years. The funeral was held on Sunday, at the residence, Rev. Mr. Griffin officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Gibson Cemetery



Ball, Amos
Amos Ball, pioneer resident of the community, an active and prominent figure in the business, fraternal and civic interest of Gibson City for forty-five years, died last Thursday evening, August 6, 1931 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bloomington, where he had gone a month before for medical and surgical treatment. An operation was performed on Saturday, August 1, from which he failed to rally. He was in his 83rd year.
The funeral was held Sunday at the Presbyterian Church, the services being in charge of the pastor, Rev. A.G. Adams, assisted by Rev. R.M. Luedde, pastor of the Christian Church. The local Masonic Lodge and members of Mt. Olivet Commandery, Knights Templar of Paxton, participated in the services, the uniformed Knights acting as escort to the cemetery. The Presbyterian male quartet, consisting of W.M. Loy, A.C. Wachs, R.L. Fox and Bryson Strauss sang several numbers accompanied by Miss Clara Rasmussen on the organ. Pallbearers were Andrew Miller, E.W. Frederick, M.C. Mattinson, Elmer Harry, T.C. McCall and A. J. Jennings, representatives of the Gibson Canning Company, of which Mr. Ball was the treasurer for many years until retiring two years ago. Burial was in the Gibson Cemetery; the burial ritual of the Grand Master Masons of Illinois was conducted at the grave by G. Haven Stephens of Danville, deputy grand master. Amos Ball, the son of Hileary and Celista (Hildreth) Ball, early settlers of Cheney's Grove Twp., McLean County, was born at Saybrook Feb. 12, 1849. He was one of a family of five children, of whom two sisters survive - Mrs. Julia Gallagher and Mrs. Hattie Means, both of Saybrook. He was married February 12, 1870 to Hannah Catherine Stephens, and they began housekeeping on a farm in Brown Twp., Champaign County, and five miles south of Gibson City. To Mr. and Mrs. Ball were born two sons and two daughters. One son, William C. Ball, died in 1904. Surviving are Mrs. Julia Lindley, wife of Circuit Judge Frank Lindle of Paxton, H.A. Ball and Mrs. Gertrude Phillips of this city. Mrs. Ball died January 6, 1929. Mr. Ball was then married to Mrs. Ollie Simmons of Chicago November 17, 1930, who survives him.

Bane, Delmar L.
Delmar L. Bane, 62, Gibson City, was fatally injured Friday afternoon, December 28, 1962, when the panel truck he was driving struck another car, driven by W.R. Ehresman of Gibson City, east of Fisher on Route 136. Mr. Bane died Friday, two hours after the collision at Chanute Air Force Base hospital. He was driving westward on Route 136 when his car was reportedly struck by the Ehresman car, going eastward, as the Ehresman car turned onto the Dewey spur road, crossing in front of the Bane car. A passenger in the Bane vehicle, Paul Kampa, 42, of Fisher, was injured and hospitalized at Chanute. Mr. Ehresman and his wife who live at 416 N. Gutrhrie were both injured and were..........and are improving and convalescing from their injuries.
Funeral service was held Sunday at the Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Leo Ewing officiating; burial was in Riverside Cemetery at Saybrook. He was born July 19, 1900 near Gibson City, a son of James and Lou Whitaker Bane. He married Mary Frances Cline, December 24, 1923 at Paxton.
Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Mrs. Harold (Ethel Faye) May and two sons, Charles and Guy, all of Gibson City; one sister, Mrs. Elmer (Letha) List, Gibson City; three brothers, Oakley, Chicago, and Gordon and Elton of Gibson City and 9 grandchildren. His parents, an infant daughter, two sisters and three brothers preceded him in death.

Bane, Gordon W. - WWII
b. 1913
S/o J.A. and Lou Witaker Bane
M. Zelma Lee Hollar
Gordon Jr. Bane
Janite (Bud) Barnes
Shirley Benison
Melodee
Carolyn
Patsy
Dixie
Barbara
d. 1966
Bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Bane, James
The funeral of James Alfred Bane, age 72 of Gibson City, will be conducted Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City.
The Reverend Randall K. Perry will officiate with burial in Riverside Cemetery, Saybrook with military graveside rites by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Pallbearers are Larry Retter, Chris Retter, Doug Hanner, Jim Miller, Brad Stacey and Ray Leisure.
Mr. Bane died at 6:45 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 1990 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.
He was born September 12, 1917 in Saybrook, a son of Frank and Alice Claypool Bane.
Surviving is a sister, Frances Retter, Gibson City.
One brother preceded him in death.
Mr. Bane had been a resident of Gibson City for 17 years and was formerly of the Foosland area. He was an Army veteran of World War II.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or to the United Methodist Church of Gibson City.

BARNES, JAMES ALEXANDER - Gibson Courier, Friday 9-2-1910
JAMES BARNES OF ELLIOTT, AGED EIGHTY YEARS, RUN OVER BY
LAKE ERIE & WESTERN TRAIN
James Alexander Barnes was born in Park County, Indiana, 1-3-1830. He was killed by a train at Elliott, Ill. 8-27-1910, at the age of 80 years, 7 months and 24 days. He was married in 1857 to Miss Maria Emma Jones. To this union were born three children, Joseph, John and Oliver. His first wife having died in 1862, he was married a second time in 1866; by his second marriage three children were born, Simon, James and Sarah. The funeral was held from the United Brethren Church in Elliott Monday afternoon; burial was at Blackford Cemetery. The pallbearers were: W.A. Cameron, George Carpenter, O.P. Hagin, J.E. Hagin, J.L. Kreitzer and James Blackmore.
**there is a lengthy story printed in the Gibson Courier of the accident

BARNETT, AMELIA KATHERINE HAHN - Paxton Record, April 1940
Roberts: Mrs. Amelia Katherine Hahn Barnett, pioneer of Roberts community, passed away Sunday 4-21-1940 at the age of 81 years. Funeral rites will be held at the Roberts Methodist Church Wednesday; entombment will be in Lyman Cemetery. The deceased, daughter of Gottlieb and Elizabeth Hahn, was born in Peru, Ill., 11-22-1858, and came to Ford County at the age of nine years. The family settled on what is now the William Hahn farm. On 3-26-1876, she was married to David Barnett and the new home was established on a farm south of Roberts until they moved to town so their children could receive their education. Mr. Barnett died 3-24-1914. Surviving are two children, Edward Clarence and Amy May, and a brother, William Hahn of Roberts. Mrs. Barnett, a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, was a good woman who enjoyed the warm friendship and high regard of all who knew her. In her passing another Roberts pioneer, whose life spanned colorful events in the history of Illinois and Ford County, has gone to her reward.
(Typist: Gail Hahn Hutchcraft)

Barrow, Augustus A.
Augustus A. Barrow, one of the best known citizens of this community and of Ford County, died at his home on North Sangamon (Gibson City) late last Tuesday, June 11, 1911, evening. Mr. Barrow had been in very poor health for several months, but was able to be up and around most of the time, and had felt especially good of late. Tuesday evening he sat out in the yard for awhile, retiring about 10 p.m. About ten minutes later, he was attacked by a smothering spell, and doctors were immediately summoned. He died in a very few minutes, his death being due to heart trouble.
The deceased was born July 8, 1848 in Frederick County, VA, where he resided until 1867, when he removed with his father's family to Bloomington, Ill; and later located on a farm of 400 acres in Dix Twp., west of Elliott. In 1872 he was united in marriage to Miss Martha M. Barrow, a cousin, and of this union four children were born - Hattie, who died at the age of 20 years, Weaver, who died when but 7 years of age; one child who died in infancy, and Louis A. Barrow, who survives. In 1886 the wife and mother died and afterwards Mr. Barrow was married to Miss Belle Stephens of Melvin who survives him.
He is also survived by four brothers and four sisters, Charles Barrow, H.J. Barrow, Mrs. Sam (Mary Owen) Preston, and Mrs. A.C. (Alberta) Wade all of Gibson City; William Barrow of Dix Twp; John Barrow of Salem; Mrs. O.P. (Ann America) Hagin, Elliott and Mrs. Joseph (Frances) K. Jones of Canada; a brother, A.W. Barrow of Gibson City, died about a year ago. Funeral services were held yesterday at the home on North Sangamon, Rev. W.T. Beadles of the Methodist Church of Potomac, IL, and former pastor of the Methodist Church of this city officiated; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery.

BARROW, EUGENE WILLIAM - Gibson Courier, Thursday 7-15-1920
Eugene William Barrow, aged 11 months and 18 days, son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Barrow of the Elliott vicinity, died Wednesday morning and the funeral was held this afternoon at the Norwegian Church in Elliott; burial was made in the Elliott Cemetery.


Barrow, Mrs. Fredrick
After many weeks of patient and hopeless illness, Mrs. Frederick Barrow, one of Ford County's pioneer settlers, passed quietly away in this city last Saturday morning at 6:15 o'clock, at the home of her daughter Mrs. J.K. Jones. The end had been expected almost daily for a long time, and Mrs. Barrow's tenacious hold on life was considered remarkable at her advanced age. The funeral was held on Monday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Jones, Rev. M.W. Everhart presiding, assisted by Rev. S. E. Fisher. It was largely attended.
Mrs. Fredrick Barrow, whose maiden name was Mary Smith, was born April 16, 1830, in Fredrick County, Virginia, near Winchester. Among the hills of old Virginia she grew to womanhood and developed the sterling traits of character for which she is now remembered and revered. At the age of 16, on the 29th of December 1846, she was married to Frederick Barrow at Winchester. Mr. Barrow was a widower at the time with two sons, Ham Barrow, now of this city, and John Barrow, now of Kinmundy, Ill. To Mr. and Mrs. Barrow were born eight children, four daughters and four sons. All these live in this immediate neighborhood and were present at the funeral Monday. They are as follows; Mrs. O.P. Hagin of Elliott, and Mrs. J.K. Jones, Mrs. A.C. Wade and Mrs. Sam Preston, all of this city, and Messrs A.A., A.W., C.F. and W.L. Barrow, all of whom are farming near this place with the exception of C.F. Barrow, who lives in town.
Mrs. Barrow came west with her husband and children in the fall of 1867 and the family settled on the old Barrow homestead two miles east of Gibson. This was then a piece of unbroken prairie land and the town of Gibson had not been thought of. Mrs. Barrow and her daughters remained in Bloomington while her husband and sons built the house on the farm. From this homestead Mrs. Barrow watched the growth and development of this magnificent farming community, and saw Gibson grow from a grain station to a modest little city. Her children grew to manhood and womanhood and Married and settled around her and her life seemed filled to the full with God's choicest blessings.
In 1882 she moved to town with her husband, who died in 1885 at the home on Church Street. Nice years longer Mrs. Barrow kept house for herself, when the last son married and started a household of his own. Since that time she has made her home with the families of her children, going from one to the other, and always finding a welcome place at their fireside.
Last January Mrs. Barrow came to town from the country home of her son, Will, who lives on the family homestead, and stopped at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.K. Jones. She had not been well for a year previous, and shortly after her arrival she was compelled to take to her bed. She grew rapidly worse, and it was soon evident that she could not survive. She hovered for weeks between life and death, and the end finally came peacefully last Saturday morning. Throughout her life Mrs. Barrow was a woman of strong religious convictions. She was a member of the U.B. Church, but usually attended the Methodist Church, which was her husband's choice. In a ripe old age, in the fullness of time, she has gone to her reward, and her children and her children's children live to bless her memory.

Barrow, George W.
Almost at the fourscore years, George W. Barrow laid down the burden of life last Tuesday evening at the home of his nephew, H.J. Barrow, in this city, bringing to close a most eventful and remarkable career. The funeral was held at the H.J. Barrow residence yesterday afternoon, Rev. P.P. Carson, officiating.
George W. Barrow was born at Stephens City, Frederick county, Virginia, March 26, 1830, and died in Gibson City August 3, 1909, making his age 79 years, 4 months and 7 days. At the age of 27 he left Virginia for the west, first settling at Bloomington, Illinois, and after a few months he went on to Iowa and stayed about a year.
The he moved to Colorado, and stayed until 1863, when he moved to Montana, which state he claimed for a home until he came to Gibson three years ago. During his wanderings through the west he became very successful as a cattle ranger, making money rapidly and investing it with wisdom. The greater part of his life was spent on the American frontier, and he was familiar with every phase of the development of the great western empire.
The last 15 years of his active life he wintered either in California or Florida, returning in the spring to his cattle ranches in Montana. A few years of his life were spent in the gold mines of Colorado and Montana. Mr. Barrow was fortunate in his investments in the growing city of Helena, Montana, where he at one time owned valuable city realty. His wealth at the time of his death was known to be over $100,000. His was a life of single blessedness. He never married. For the last 28 years of his life his nephew, George Barrow, was his constant companion.
In June, 1906, Mr. Barrow suffered a stroke of paralysis which left him a helpless invalid. His nephew, A.A. Barrow, of this city, accompanied by his wife, went to Helena at once and brought the invalid to this city, where he has since received the constant care of his relatives. About two months ago the invalid was taken to the home of H.J. Barrow, where his death occurred. The nephew George Barrow, accompanied the invalid here from Montana, and was at his bedside most of the time.
The deceased was the last of a family of eight children. He is survived by the following nephews and nieces who are known here; Messrs. Gus, Alf., Chas., Will and Ham Barrow of this city; John Barrow of Salem, Ill.; Mrs. A.C. Wade and Mrs. S. H. Preston of this city; Mrs. O.P. Hagin of Elliott; and Mrs. J.K. Jones of Stony Mountain, Manitoba. There are numerous other relatives in Virginia and the Middle West.

Barrow, L.A.
L.A. (Bood) Barrow, 69, died at 1:20 a.m. Monday in his home. He had been under a physician's care but his death during his sleep was unexpected.
Mr. and Mrs. Barrow had planned to leave Monday for a trip to Arizona to visit their daughters with another daughter, Miss Nancy Barrow, driving for them.
He was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home where funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. Vernon McDomand officiated. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery.
Mr. Barrow was born in Gibson City Aug. 25, 1885, son of Augustus and Martha Barrow. He married Margaret Andersen June 4, 1918, in Chicago. He had lived in Gibson City all his life. He attended the Gibson school and graduated from Culver Military Academy at Culver, Ind.
He had been a member of both the grade school and high school boards and was past president of the Ford County branch of National Farm Loan Association. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and for 20 years sales representative of the Ruhm Phosphate Co.
Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Barbara Buntz, Casa Grande, Ariz., Mrs. Martha Johnson, Phoenix, Ariz., Miss Lois Barrow, San Francisco, Calif., and Miss Nancy of Elgin; four grandchildren. Two brothers and one sister preceded him in death

BARROW, LOUETTA LIVINGSTON
Gibson City Courier - Thursday 5-9-1940
Mrs. Lou Barrow, 71 years, for many years a resident of Elliott, was found dead in her apartment home in Newman, Il., Tuesday morning, May 7, where she was found by her landlady at about seven o'clock. The cause of her death was said to be heart failure. Following an inquest the body was brought to Lamb's Funeral Home in Gibson City on Wednesday. Funeral services will be held here this afternoon, and interment will be in the family lot beside her husband in the Gibson Cemetery. Louetta Livingston was born 9-13-1868; and reared to womanhood on the old Livingston farm southeast of Gibson City, now occupied by Clarence Goodrich, and spent most of her life in this.......She is survived by three children, Mrs. Eva Jones, Gibson City; Glenn Barrow of Elliott, and William Barrow of Newman; also four sisters, Mrs. Ella Gard, Mrs. Kate Vogt, Mrs. Harriet Huey and Mrs. Cora Nierstheimer, and one brother, William Livingston. Mrs. Barrow moved to Newman about two years ago, and was living just across the street from the home of her son, William.

BARROW, MARTHA E. MATTIE - Gibson Courier, Friday, 2-3-1888
On last Sabbath morning (1-28-1888), death, the universal equalizer of all mankind, who has respect for neither age, grade, sex or condition, came into our midst, and took away from neighbors, friends and relatives one who to human observations should have been his last victim. Mrs. Augustus Barrow, who had not yet attained the age of forty years, was taken from a kind husband and three dependent children. As few, if any, would be able to fulfill her mission in her family, she is one that could be very poorly spared. Mrs. Barrow was a lady whose natural ability and moral graces raised her above many of her fellow beings, but owing to her naturally modest and unassuming nature, she never made herself conspicuous in any department of life and was therefore less generally known than she would otherwise have been. She leaves to the community the rich legacy of a good name, and according to our observation.......are able to travel life's rugged journey without any of the critical abuses of their fellowmen. And if the sympathy of friends can avail anything in this trying hour, Mr. Barrow and family have it in large measure.
**typist notes indicate she was a cousin to her husband


BARROW, SUSAN AGNES BRADFORD - Gibson Courier, Thursday, 8-28-1919
Mrs. H.J. Barrow, a pioneer citizen of this place, died very suddenly at her home in the north-east part of town last Thursday morning. The funeral was held at the M.E. Church Saturday afternoon, being in charge of Rev. J.L. Settles; burial was in the Gibson Cemetery. Susan Agnes Bradford was born at Markham, Fauquier County, VA. 1-18-1845, and departed this life at her home 8-21-1919 at the age of 74 years and 7 months. She was married on 3-27-1872 at Markham, Va., to Hamilton Barrow, who had come to Illinois in 1867 and returned to Virginia in 1873 and brought his bride to Ford County, which has since been their home. To this union were born four children, of whom three are living, as follows: Anna Belle Swearingen, Carrie at home, and Charles Marshall.



Beach, Cpl. Harry M. - WWII
B.
D. 3-31-1945 - killed in action
Bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Beasley, Casper W. - WWII - US ARMY
The funeral of Casper W. Beasley, age 77, of Gibson City will be Wednesday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke will officiate with burial in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Pallbearers include Robert Hanley, Kirk Rock, Dennis Kaeding, Larry Bleich, Roger Gerth and Bob Goff.
He died Sunday 3-20-1994 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Gibson City. He was born 9-22-1916 in Hillham, TN., a son of Alfred and Rhoda Talley Beasley. He married Barbara Prichard on 2-20-1942 in St. Charles, MO.; she died 7-25-1992. Survivors include one son, Greg of Austin, TX.; one daughter, Kay Reitz of Gibson City; two brothers, Arthur of Florida, and Cecil of TN; two sisters, Effie Waddell of Celina, TN. And Velma Taylor of Glascow, KY; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brothers. Mr. Beasley was a brick mason for many years. He also worked at the Pillsbury Feed Mill in Roberts for 15 years. He was an Army veteran of WWII.

Beck, August
August Beck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gottlieb Beck, was born in Germany November 27, 1852, and died in Chicago February 27, 1913, aged 60 years and 3 months.
Mr. Beck came to this city when he was a young man and spent nearly all of his life in this neighborhood. He was married to Miss Mary Rose of this place February 26, 1880, and to them were born four daughters, Mrs. Daniel Meyers, Mrs. Calvin Mathis, Misses Lora and Florence, and four sons, George, William, Walter, and Edwin, who together with the wife and mother, also four brothers William and Henry of Jackson, Minnesota, Fred in this city, Lewis of Wall Town, and one sister, Mrs. Julia Thompson of Salem, Mo., are left to mourn his untimely end.
He was well and favorably known throughout this part of the country and had a host of friends. He was a member of the Lutheran church and was honest in his dealings with his fellow man. He was a prosperous farmer and as the result of his industry and economy had gathered unto him a goodly portion of this world's goods.
The funeral services were held from the family home Monday, conducted by Rev. Richard Smith, pastor of the Congregational church in Roberts. Interment was made at Melvin Cemetery.

Beck, Barbara
Barbara Margaret Portman was born in Woodford County, near Congerville, Dec. 25, 1874. She lived there until she was 18 when she moved to a farm west of Cissna Park with her parents. The farm is now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Knake.
On July 12, 1904 she was united in marriage to Christian Beck of Gridley, Kansas. To this union were born six children two of whom preceded the mother in death.
Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday June 10 at the home of her sister, Mrs. Henry Markwalder with whom she had made her home the past few years. Rev. G.A. Meirs and Rev. P**il --?-- --?-conducted this service. Pallbearers were; Art and L----- Markwalder, Elmer and Harry Verkler, Clarence Rudlin and Harry Markwalder. Burial was in the family plot in Pine Ridge Cemetery near Loda.
(Survivors are listed but too blurry to read)

Beck, Clarence
Clarence Beck motorcycle-train collision victim
Clarence Beck, 61, was fatally injured when the motorcycle he was driving collided with the side of a northbound Norfolk & Western train at the crossing of routes 54-47-9, at 3:02 p.m. Friday.
Beck was first taken to the Gibson Community Hospital, and later was transferred to the trauma unit at Burnham City Hospital, Champaign, where he died at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Beck operated the Kerr McGee service station and the Delco truck stop, on either side of the railroad crossing.
Funeral services for Mr. Beck were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Saybrook Christian Church, the Rev. Sondra Newman officiating. Burial was in the Bellflower Township Cemetery.
Mr. Beck was born April 27, 1919, in Bloomington, Ind., a son of Edward and Edith Fischel Beck. He married Verneal Dohlman, June 15, 1941, in Farmer City. She died June 14 1968. He married Betty Vinson, June 1 1973 in Unionville, Ind. , she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Ronald and Walter, both of Saybrook; a stepson Donald Vinson, Memphis, Tenn.; three stepdaughters, Linda Hunt, Saybrook; Ruth Meister, Fairbury; and Paula, at home; five brothers, Harvey and George, both of Unionville; Robert, Leroy; Ross, Moline; and Warner, Downs; and six grandsons.
His parents and a brother preceded him in death.


BECK, FREDERICK JOHN
Melvin Motor - Oct 1920
Frederick J. Beck was born 8-2-1846, at Steigniz, Province Posen, Germany. He came to this country with his father and stepmother, his mother having died when he was a baby, in 1853. Their first home was Chicago. Later he started farming in the neighborhood of Melvin, and ever since he has been a citizen of this community. The deceased was married in 1871 to Miss Matilda Klatt. Ten children were born to this union, three of whom preceded the father into eternity. On 2-14-1893 his wife preceded him to the better world. The year following he married Mrs. Lena (Angelina Lena Rock) Oltman, formerly Miss Rock, his surviving widow. This union was blessed with one daughter. About eleven years ago he took very sick and ever since his health has been impaired. In early summer this year he became very sick and there was very little hope for recovery at that time, but he recovered and was able to take care of his store again. But only for a short span of time, it was simply the last flicker of life's dying embers. At 4:20 p.m. 10-26-1920, the end came. Mr. Beck was one of the old pioneers who have done their share to make our country and especially our great state of Illinois, what it is today. He has lived 50 years in this community, the last 15 years in the town of Melvin. He was highly respected by his fellow citizens, who showed their opinion of him by making him County assessor and town clerk in which capacities he served for a number of years; he has also taken a very active part in church work especially in his younger days. Good many years has he served as member of the church council of his local Lutheran Church. Mr. Beck was of quiet and reserved nature, much talking was not his business. And still he will be missed by many, chiefly by those who knew him best. He has well filled the place assigned to him in this world. May he now find rest in the world beyond. The deceased has reached the age of 74 years, 2 months, 24 days. He leaves to mourn his departure, his wife, 3 sons, Arthur, John and Henry of Melvin; 5 daughters, Mrs. Emma Stienke of Chicago; Mrs. Amanda Dixon of Buckley; Mrs. Minnie Reehl, Mrs. Erna Groen, Miss Ella at home; 13 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 2 step-sons and 2 step-daughters, 2 half-brothers, Lew Beck of Melvin and Henry Beck of Jackson ?; 1 half sister, Mrs. Isaac Thompson of Melvin and a number of other relatives and friends. Short funeral services were held from his late residence Thursday and later at the Lutheran Church, Rev. Wm. Schumacher officiating; interment was made in Melvin cemetery. Those from a distance who were present at the funeral were, Mrs. Stienke and sons, Herbert and William, and Herman Oltmans all of Chicago.

Beck, Henry Carl
Melvin - Henry Beck was born 11-14-1887, near Melvin, Ill. and lived in this community until he was 21 years of age. He was confirmed and grew up in the Lutheran Church. When he was of age he went west where he spent ten years of his life. He entered the army of the US from Butte, Montana, 5-28-1918. He saw service in the World War in the battles of the Meuse River and the Argonne Forest. He was discharged from Camp Grant 6-10-1919. In December 1927, he was married to Bernice Wright of Virden, II. He leaves his three-year old son, Frederick, and his wife. The following brothers and sister remain: Mrs. Emma Steinke, Mrs. James Dixon, Arthur Beck, John Beck, Mrs. Harry Reeld, Mrs. Harry Groen, and Mrs. George Phillips. One brother, Frederick preceded him in death. He passed away at Tucson, AZ. 8-12-1931 at the age of 43 years, 8 months, 28 days Funeral services were at the home Sunday afternoon, the services being in charge of Rev. H.W. Harman, pastor of the Melvin, M.E. Church; burial was in the Melvin Cemetery.
**Son of Frederick J. and Matilda Radeke Beck

Beck, Harry Charles
The remains of Harry Charles Beck arrived in Chicago Wednesday and were met in that city by his father Lewis Beck, who accompanied them to this city Thursday morning. The body was at once taken to the Congregational church, where funeral services were held Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Ada L. Heyse, pastor, assisted by Rev. Wm. Schumacher, pastor of the Lutheran church.
The following obituary was read by Major H.N. Boshell;
Harry Charles Beck, the deceased, was born February 4, 1894 at Jackson, Minn. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Eagle Grove, IA. June 23, 1916, and was assigned to Company A, 125th Machine Gun Battalion. On April 11, 1917, he was granted an indefinite furlough which was terminated August 25, 1917. He was called with his command for over sea duty September 14, 1918, and died October 12, 1918, at 1:00 p.m. in the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 4, Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England, at the age of 23 years, 8 months and 8 days.
The greatest evidence of heroism is the sacrifice of one's life for another human being. The greatest evidence of loyalty and patriotism is the sacrifice of one's life in the service of our country. This is the highest possible tribute we could pay to his memory, and the greatest source of comfort to the bereft father, mother, sisters and brothers.
Thus terminates the short but useful life in the service of his country, following in the footsteps of his brother Ralph, who made the supreme sacrifice, January 5, 1918, at Camp Pike, Arkansas. These youthful lives have been removed from among us who loved them, but they have left a memory that we can all cherish, love and respect.
Melvin Post American Legion attended the funeral in a body and accompanied their comrade to his last resting place.
The remains were interred in the Melvin Cemetery and 'taps' were sounded.
The heart of the community has gone out to this grief-stricken family who have sacrificed more for the country than has any family in this part of the state during the World War.
9-2-1920- date on newspaper

Beck, Jacob Henry
Jacob Beck, aged 65 years, died Monday April 13, 1903, at the residence of his son, William Beck, three miles northwest of Guthrie, after an illness of only a few days.
Mr. Beck was born in Germany in 1837 to Jacob and Katherine Boettger Beck. He was married in Germany in 1861. He and his wife landed in America January 20, 1884 and came directly west and settled on the Illinois prairies, where they had since lived. Eight children were born to them, six boys and two girls, two of the boys now being dead.
Mr. Beck was a good citizen and highly esteemed. The funeral was held yesterday afternoon at the U.B. Church, Rev. Harmon officiating. A portion of the service was in the German tongue Surviving him are a widow (his second wife, Anna Margaretha Katherina Thompson), two sons and two daughters.
The funeral was held at the U.B. Church in Gibson on Thursday; burial in Drummer Twp. Cemetery.

Beck, Lloyd
Lloyd Beck of rural Melvin, aged 63, died at his home on Saturday, Jan. 14, 1961. He passed away very suddenly after being a patient at Cole hospital returning home and passing away the same day. Mrs. Beck had retired earlier and hearing the noise found him slumped to the floor. She called the Melvin Fire Department for the resuscitator. Chief Ben Hoekstra, Ted Jansen and Merie Drager worked over him until a doctor arrived who pronounced him dead. He is survived by his wife, a brother Elmer of Frankfort, two sisters, Mrs. Vera Benson and Mrs. Delta Boundy both of Melvin. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at the Danforth Funeral Home in Roberts with the Rev. Roland E. Folkerts officiating. Burial was made in Melvin cemetery.

Beck, Marie Minnie C. Spellmeyer
Melvin - Mr. Louis/Lewis Beck, who submitted to an operation for gallstones at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bloomington a few days ago, passed away on Saturday night (? 4-7-1935). Funeral services were held this afternoon at the home in the country and at the Melvin Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Beck, who was comparatively young in years, was a lady of beautiful character who was beloved by all who knew her. Her passing has been a severe shock to the community, where she has resided for nearly all of her life. She is survived by hr husband, two daughters, Miss Vera at home and Mrs. Harold Boundy (Delta Lena) of Melvin, and two sons, Lloyd/Floyd and Elmer who live at home. She is also mourned by two sisters and two brothers who are namely Mrs. Jesse Umbarger and Mrs. Gus Zebarth, and Messrs. Henry and Charles Spellmeyer of the Melvin Community.

Becker, Marjorie
Marjorie E. Becker, age 89 of Gibson City died at 5:22 a.m. Monday, March 11 2002 at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 14 at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Rev. Mike Herzog officiating; Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Sibley.
Visitation will be fro 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Dan Gentes, Buzz Gentes, Steve Gentes, Ken Gentes, Tom Gentes and Rick Gentes.
Mrs. Becker was born February 27, 1913 at Sibley a daughter of Daniel E. and Ellen Lindelof Gentes.
She married Herbert H. Becker on September 11, 1938 at Sibley. He died December 1, 1944.
Survivors include one daughter, Diane DiPlacido of Gibson City; one sister, Geneva Stein of Dorsey; one brother, Francis "Buzz" Gentes of Bloomington and one granddaughter, Paula DiPlacido of Monticello.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Dale Gentes and one grandson Mark DiPlacido.
Mrs. Becker was a bookkeeper for Hicksgas in Roberts. She was also a lifetime member of the Sibley United Methodist Church in Sibley.
Mrs. Becker lived in Gibson City since moving from Sibley in 1950. Memorials can be made to the Gibson Area Hospital, the Sibley United Methodist Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Bedel, Mrs. Grant
Mrs. Grant Bedel died on Wednesday evening, Jan. 30, after a brief illness, at her country home four miles west of Gibson City. Funeral services were conducted at the home at 3:00 o'clock, Thursday afternoon, Rev. B. Lee Towsley, pastor of the U.B. Church of this city, officiating. Interment was in the country cemetery at Seymour, Indiana.
Maggie Jane Bedel was a daughter of George and Nancy Palmer. She was born at Seymour, Indiana, May 20, 1875, her age at death being 53 years, 8 months and 10 days. She was married to Grant Bedel Sept. 3, 1902. Six children were born to this union, Kenneth, Kermit, Francis, Florence, Beryl and Wilma. Francis, Florence and Beryl preceded their mother in death. Of the surviving children, Kermit and Wilma are still at home, and Kenneth lives in Gibson City.
She is also survived by her husband; a granddaughter, Doris Bedel of this city; one sister, Mrs. Francis Crockett of Seymour, Ind.; one brother, Ulysses G. Palmer of South Bend, Ind.; and her mother, Mrs. Nancy Palmer of Seymour, Ind.
Mrs. Bedel joined the Friends Church during the years of her childhood.
Mr. and Mrs. Bedel came to Illinois about 25 years ago, and first lived near Sibley, where their son Kenneth was born. They were burned out of their home and lost everything they had, and they then returned to Seymour, where the other five children were born. They moved again to Illinois about eight years ago, and have lived on the McCormick farm, four miles west of Gibson City, for five years. Mrs. Bedel's last illness last only a week, but she had been failing in health for ten years.

BEDEL, NANCY JUNE (JANE?) BEDEL - Gibson Courier, Thursday 11-25-1943
DROWNED IN TANK
The body of Nancy June Bedel, 8, was found in a horse tank at her parents home, southwest of Gibson City, Friday afternoon, after a frantic three hour search by her father. A pulmotor squad called at 2:15 failed to revive her. The girl's father missed her when he returned from lunch at noon, made a search of the lane, schoolyard and the home of George Reiners, a neighbor, before noticing the youngster's water pail on the ledge of the horse tank, which was filled with 20 inches of water. Nancy was born 6-15-1935 at the Bedel home, the daughter of Kermit and Freeda Borchers Bedel, and attended Derby school. Surviving are her sister, Eleanor Mae, a brother, Delmar Ray, her maternal grandfather, Grant Bedel, paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Borchers, all of Gibson City. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon; Rev. E.H. Sauer officiating; the remains were interred in the Gibson Cemetery.
**typist note: I believe the paternal and maternal grandparents listing are opposite of what they should be? Grant Bedel is father of Kermit; Freeda Bedel was a Borchers.

Beecher, Henry
Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Ashley, Sibley and Mr. and Mrs. Linden painter of Anchor received word Monday afternoon of the death of Henry Beecher.
Mr. Beecher, 74, of Phoenix, Ariz. Died Monday, May 19, 1975, in Waitwell Nursing Home in Phoenix. His funeral was Wednesday at the Chapel of the Chimes in Glendale, Ariz. Burial was in Waitwell Memorial Park.
He was born in Anchor Township April 4, 1901 a son of William R. and Henrietta Simpsen Beecher. He married Christina Payton.
Survivors are a son Wilfred of Paradise Valley, Ariz. and two grandsons; two sisters, Mrs. Rosalena Ashley and Mrs. Florance Painter, both of Anchor.
Mr. Beecher farmed in this area before moving to Arizona.


Benway, Gertrude
Gertrude B. Benway, 91 of Strawn, a Gibson City Courier correspondent, died at 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 1982 at Hinsdale Hospital.
A private funeral was at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Culkin funeral home, Forrest, the Rev. Jeremy Russell officiating. Burial was in Strawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Benway was born Oct. 12, 1890, at Strawn, a daughter of Henry and Gertrude Altstadt Rudolph. She married Oscar Benway Dec. 22, 1914, at Strawn. He died Dec. 31, 1948.
Surviving are five sons, Howard of Belton, Mo., Donald of London, Ohio, Russel of Elmhurst, with whom she spent the winter, Glen of Washington and Roger of Edwardsville; a brother, Henry Rudolph of Danville; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Four brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
She was also a correspondent for the Fairbury Blade and the Pantagraph.

Benway, Joe H.
Joe H. Benway, 75, of Sibley, a lifelong resident of the Sibley-Strawn area, died yesterday October 28, 1987 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, the Rev. William Hecht officiating; burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, near Sibley.
Mr. Benway was born December 16, 1911 in Strawn, a son of Albert and Anna Rudolph Benway. He married LaVerda Brucker on February 22, 1936 in Sibley, she survives, as well as: five brothers: William, Weldon, Jerome, Paul, Keith five sisters: Geralding Rebholz, Ann Rebholz, LaVerne Kurtenbach, Helen Kelly, Loretta Weisinger.

Benway, Oscar Edward
Funeral services for Oscar E. Benway, 56, who died Saturday night, January 1, 1949 at his home, will be Tuesday at Lamb's Funeral Home in Gibson City, the Rev. Chester Sheldon, Sibley, will officiate; burial will be in Sibley Cemetery. Mr. Benway was born March 13, 1892 in Strawn, a son of Joseph and Mary Kuntz Benway. He married Gertrude Rudolph of Strawn, December 22, 1914. Surviving are his wife; five sons, Howard, Donald, Russell, Glen, Roger; two sisters: Mrs. Edna Reed and Miss Vera Gullberg, a brother, William T. Benway; his mother, Mrs. Mary Gullberg of Strawn and a granddaughter. Mr. Benway has been manager of Sibley Locker Co. since 1944.

Benway, Thelma E. Seifert
b. 4-11-1920 Cropsey, McLean County, Il
d/o Joseph F. and Elizabeth Dart Taylor Seifert
m. William Marlin Benway, 2-22-1944, Gibson City, Ford County, Il.
Karen m. Jim Haab
Diane m. Bill Lewis
Sandy m. Tim Bradford
d. 9-11-1998, Home Rural Strawn; ALS five years
bur: St. Rose Cemetery, Strawn, Livingston County, Il.

Benz, Barbara J. Daniels
b. 8-22-1928, Watseka, Iroquois County, Ill.
d/o Alvie and Louise B. Freeman Daniels
m. Paul J. Benz, 9-21-1946, Watseka, Ill.
d. 10-4-1998, Heartland Center, Paxton, Ford County, Ill.
buried: Lyman Twp Cemetery, Roberts, Ford County, Il.

Bidner, Paul D.
Paul D. Bidner, age 83, of Bayles Lake, Loda, formerly of Bellflower, died at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 24, 1996 at his residence.
Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Bellflower Christian Church with the Reverend James D Scholer officiating. Burial was in Bellflower Township Cemetery in Bellflower.
Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home in Bellflower and for one hour before services at the church on Tuesday.
Mr. Bidner was born July 12, 1912 in rural Mansfield a son of Ruben and Bertha Bateman Bidner. He married Eleanor Kumler on August 26, 1932 in Bloomington.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; one daughter, Erma Giertz of Bellflower and two sons, Oliver Bidner and Lee Bidner, both of Bellflower; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Lyle Bidner of Mahomet and one sister, Mary Bright of Farmer City.
He was preceded in death by one grandson, Jeffrey Bidner; one brother, Wilmot Bidner and one sister Olive Lee.
Mr. Bidner was a 70 year member of the Bellflower Christian Church where he had served as a deacon and as an elder. He was a life-member of the Bellflower Masonic Lodge 911 and was a member of the Bloomington Consistory and the McLean County Farm Bureau. Helping to organize the Bellflower Fire Department, he served as treasurer for 50 years.
Mr. Bidner farmed in the Bellflower area until his retirement in 1988, when he moved to Bayles Lake, Loda. He also wintered in Largo, Florida for 21 years.
Memorials may be made to the Bellflower Christian Church or to Carle Hospice, Gibson City.

BIELFELDT, ADOLPH F.
Gibson City - Adolph F. Bielfeldt, 90, died Wednesday (2-4-1970) at Gibson Community Hospital Annex. His funeral will be Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church, near Anchor, the Rev. Alexander Youck will officiate; burial will be in the church cemetery. He was born near Anchor, 1-27-1880, a son of Frederick and Wilhelmina Niesche Bielfeldt. He married Minnie Hensen 1-29-1903 at Anchor. Surviving are his wife; five sons, Fred of Sibley, Walter, Ralph, Junior and Robert of Anchor; three daughters, Mrs. Amanda Stiegman, Nashville; Mrs. Velma Wichman of Melvin; Mrs. Evelyn Salyards, El Paso; 27 grandchildren; a brother, Fred of Anchor. Seven sisters, a brother, two sons, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren preceded him in death. He was a Gibson City resident 18 years and farmed in the Anchor area before moving to Gibson City. He was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, a past president of the Anchor State Bank and served in that capacity for 15 years.

Bierman, Raymond L. - WWII - MARINE CORP
Raymond L. Bierman, 76, of Gibson City, died Sunday 8-13-2000 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home, Gibson City. His graveside service will be Wednesday at Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, and the Rev. Kathleen Riechmann officiating.
He was born 8-14-1923 at Kankakee, the son of John and Ethel Spencer Bierman. Survivors include one son, Kerry (Jo Ann) Bierman, Worthington, Ohio; one daughter, Paula (Dan) Estes, Cordova, TN.; one brother, Fred Heil of California; and four grandchildren. Mr. Bierman was a welder at Central Soya in Gibson City for 35 years, retiring in 1989. Mr. Bierman was a Marine Corps veteran of WWII. He received the Bronze Star for participation in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign. He was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568; the Gibson City Masonic Lodge; and a civil defense volunteer in Gibson City.


Blum, William (Bud)
William Blum, 73, died at the Gibson Community Hospital, Wednesday. Funeral services will be Friday at the Methodist Church, Rev. Leo Ewing and Rev. R.M. Luedde officiating; burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. He was born 10-10-1891 at Cooksville, the son of Albert and Rosa Wissmiller Blum. He was married to Hilda Branz, 2-15-1917 in Sibley. He is survived by his wife, Hilda, one sister, Mrs. Emma Mehrer, several nieces and nephews.

Bode, Albert H. - WWII - US ARMY
Albert H. Bode, age 66 of Gibson City, died Sunday, 4-25-1993 at Indianapolis University Medical Center. His funeral will be Wednesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Gibson City with the Rev. William Smith officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetry with military rites accorded by Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Pallbearers will include Mike Huppert, Dick Huppert, Jack Huppert, Ed Molck, Steve Bode and John Mangan.
Mr. Bode was born 3-1-1927 in McLean, a son of John H. and Mabel I. Hilpert Bode. He married Loretta Endres on 2-3-1948 in Chatsworth and she survives. Other survivors include four sons, James E. of Bloomington, John C. of Champaign, and Robert A. and Wayne L., both of Gibson City; three daughters, Marjorie A. Brown of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ellen S. Coons of Normal, and Irene A. Bode of Memphis, TN; two brothers, Henry of Champaign and Alvin of Lake Park, GA; three sisters, Edith Newman of Rossville and Esther Molck and Edna Huppert, both of Gibson City and 15 grandchildren. A son and his parents preceded him in death.
Mr. Bode lived most of his life in Gibson City and worked for M.C. Slater, Inc., Granite City as a truck driver, retiring in 1981. He served in the US Army and was a member of the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 in Gibson City. He was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

Boettger, John
John Boettger was born September 3, 1856, at Heide, Holstein, Germany. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. His parents died when he was still an infant and he grew up in an orphan home at Heide.
In 1879 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Brandt. He brought his wife and small son to America in the spring of 1880, settling first at Manteno, Ill., and later near Sibley, Ill., where they made their home for many years and where Mrs. Boettger died on February 7, 1902.
Their union was blessed with ten children, one of them, Mrs. John Wright, dying 12 years ago. The surviving children are John Boettger of N. Dakota; Henry of Michigan; William of Michigan; Mrs. Thomas Christensen of Sibley; Mrs. Ed. Steinlicht of Iowa; Mrs. Louis Stroh of Anchor; Mrs. Val Wurmnest of Streator, Ill.; Mrs. Esterlein of Michigan.
Mr. Boettger enjoyed good health until a few years ago, when a stroke of paralysis weakened him so that death seemed to be near. He slowly regained strength again and was able to be up and around until about week ago, when he suffered another stroke. He died April 14 at eight o'clock p.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louis Stroh, and family. His age was 69 years, 7 months and 11 days.
The funeral services were held from the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louis Stroh, at two o'clock, and at three o'clock at the cemetery west of Sibley. Rev. A. Hahn officiated at the services. Reine and Arthur Stroh sand several appropriate songs. The floral offerings were many and beautiful.
4-22-1926-date on newspaper

Boettger, Mrs. John
Died, at her home two miles east of Sibley, on last Friday, Mrs. John Boettger. Smallpox had entered their home, among their children and while taking care of them she contracted lung trouble which caused her death. The deceased leaves a husband and a large family of children to mourn their loss
2-14-1902-date on newspaper

BOEVERS, FOSKE - Paxton Record, November 1901
Gibson City: Mrs. Foske Boevers, mother of Harman Zimmerman, died at the latter's home last Friday morning (11-7-1901). Mrs. Boevers was 72 years of age. About 6 o'clock she was found in a chair in her room, having almost dressed herself when death overtook her.

Bond, John
John Bond died yesterday, 4-16-1903, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hines, on North Church Street. It will be remembered that Mr. Bond lost an arm under the cars one night a few weeks ago, upon his arrival in this city. Being extremely aged, he never fully recovered from the shock, the injury eventually causing his death.
The funeral will be held this afternoon at the M.E. Church, and Rev. Harmon of the U.B. Church will have charge of the services. Mr. Bond was born in Manchester, England, 4-12-1822, making his age 81 years and 4 days. He came to this country at the age of 19 years, and two years later returned to England, where he was married to Eliza Hazelem. In 1859 Mr. and Mrs. Bond moved to the US, and made their home at what is known as Streator, Ill., then only an open prairie. They finally moved to this city, and Mrs. Bond died a number of years ago, after which Mr. Bond was again married to Mrs. Nancy Roberts. A few years ago he moved with his wife to Jasper County, Indiana, where they had since resided. It was to attend to some matters of business importance that Mr. Bond came to Gibson, meeting the accident here that caused his death.
He leaves several sons and daughters to mourn his loss. Mr. Bond was possessed of considerable property, and was well respected by those who knew him.

Borchers , August
Life-long resident of the Gibson City area, August (Dennie) Borchers, died at 1:50 p.m., Saturday, October 21, 1967 at the Gibson Community Hospital. He had been a patient there for a month. Mr. Borchers was 69 years of age.
Mr. Borchers retired from farming in 1955 and moved into town where he was employed as sexton of Drummer Township Cemetery for 10 years.
He was born Dec. 19, 1897, near Sibley, a son of Emil and Rosa Walters Borchers. He married Anna Thedens February 23, 1922 near Anchor.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at the American Lutheran Church with the Rev. O.H. Kreiter officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery. Lamb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Hie Buhs, Jake Cramer, Wayne Tyler, Stanley Leonard, Lloyd Johnson and Martin Meyer.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Berdell, of Champaign; a daughter, Mrs. Norma Rodgers, Pasadena, Texas; eight grandchildren; a brother, Richard, Marshall, Mich.; a sister, Mrs. Marie Nuss, Paxton. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers.
He was a member of the American Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Men's Brotherhood and the Ford County Farm Bureau.
10-26-1967-date on newspaper

Borchers, Emil J. - Gibson City
Emil J. Borchers, 64, died Saturday 4-17-1971 at his home. His funeral was Tuesday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. Hugh Reynolds officiating; burial was Drummer Twp. Cemetery. He was born 6-17-1906 near Gibson City, a son of Richard C. and Gretchen Roesch Borchers. He married Wilma Kietzman, 3-1-1939. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harvey Thomas, Fisher; Mrs. Larry Phillips, Rantoul; a son, E. John, Rantoul; nine grandchildren; two brothers, Louie, Elliott; Walter, Guthrie; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Brokate and Mrs. Freda Bedel. He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Borchers, Frederick A.- WWII -
b. 7-1-1902
s/o Richard and Gretchen Roesch Borchers
m. Gamilia W., 9-22-1942
d. 4-13-1968
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Borchers, Louie L.
The funeral of Louie L. Borchers, 71, who died Saturday, August 9, 1980, of an apparent heart attack was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at American Lutheran Church, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery.
Pallbearers were; Hie Buhs, Martin Meyer, Louie Miller, Tony Heideman, Harold Miller and Kenneth Arnold.
Mr. Borchers was born Feb. 20, 1909 at Gibson City, a son of Richard and Gretchen Roesch Borchers. He married Lorene L. Van Antwerp, March 18, 1933, at Paxton. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Richard, Edwardsville; and Russell, Gibson City; a daughter, Kathy Hillary, Downs; a sister, Freeda Bedel, Gibson City; a brother, Walter, Guthrie; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two sisters, and two brothers.
Mr. Borchers was a member of American Lutheran Church, Gibson City.
He retired in July 1971, after 31 years of service with the Central Soya Co.
Memorials may be made to the church or the Cardiac Care Union of Gibson Community Hospital.
8-14-1980-date on newspaper

Borchers, Richard T.
Former Gibson City resident Richard Borchers died Monday 11-25-1974 at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Funeral services were held Friday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City. Officiating at the service was the Rev. Carl Richardson; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery.
Mr. Borchers was the son of Emil and Rosa Walters Borchers. He was born 5-9-1902 near Sibley; he married Edna Roby in Paxton.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Warren E. of SanBruno, CA. two grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Marie Nuss of Paxton. Preceding him in death were a daughter and three brothers. Mr. Borchers was employed by Shell Oil Co. before retiring in 1967. He worked for the company for 40 years.
Pallbearers were Berdell Borchers, Fred Coen, Harold Nuss, James Nuss, Howard Gobble and Donald Means.

Borchers, Walter M.- WWII - PVT ARMY
b. 8-21-1920
s/o Richard and Gretchen Roesch Borchers
d. 12-16-1986
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Boundy, Walter S.
Walter S. Boundy died May 19, at his home south of Huntington, Indiana. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00. He is a brother of Chas. Boundy, Mrs. Pearl Ashmore and Mrs. J.G. Johnson of Gibson City, Mrs. Nellie Todd and Miss Lillie Boundy of Paulding, Ohio, and R.E. Boundy of Walkerville, Michigan.
He was born Dec. 13, 1883. He married Alma Bond of near Guthrie, Aug. 31, 1907; have four children, Ruth, Dealbert, Naomi and Harvey all married. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Boundy.
5-20-1943-date on newspaper

Boyd, William J. - WW II - ARMY
b. 1919
m. Faye
d. 1981
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL.

Brandt, Earl Jacob - WWII - ARMY
b. 9-6-1919
s/o Jacob H. and Anna Walters Brandt
m. 10-18-1947, Marli Martha
son, Merle Brandt
d. 6-26-1988
bur: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Brandt, Henry
Henry Brandt was born 1-5-1852 at Selsingen, Hanover, Germany, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Brandt. On 12-12-1875 he was united in marriage with Miss Anna Christine MeFyer of Seedorf. Nine children were born to this union, six sons and three daughters; one daughter died in infancy.
In 1882 the family emigrated to America and after short periods of residence near Colfax, Cropsey and Strawn, they moved to the old Gottlieb Brucker farm, northeast of Sibley in 1892. In 1903 Mr. Brandt and his family located on their homestead, which had previously been purchased. In 1912 Mr. and Mrs. Brandt retired to our village (Sibley?). In 1918 Mr. Brandt contracted influenza during the days of the epidemic. From that time on he was an invalid. In the fall of 1914 he lost his wife. Heart failure caused Mr. Brandt's death last Saturday evening, 7-21-1928; he had attained the age of 76 years, 6 months and 16 days.
He leaves to mourn his death his sons, Louis, Peter, Henry, John, Martin and William. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Gerlach at the home and at St. John's Lutheran Church on Monday, July 23; burial was made at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley.

Brandt, John F.
John F. Brandt, a former resident, age 81 of Golconda, died Friday 3-19-1965 at the Roseclare Hospital in Roseclare where he had been a patient for one day. His funeral services have been set for Tuesday at the St. John's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Alexander Youck officiating; burial will be in the church cemetery.
He was born 1-3-1884 near Anchor, a son of Henry and Minnie Frahm Brandt. He is survived by a brother August, Gibson City; three sisters, Miss Elisie Brandt, Gibson City, Mrs. Amanda Swaim, Rantoul and Mrs. Wilhelmina Parker Danforth.

Brandt, Louis H. - WWII -
b. 1913
s/o Henry and Anna Huisman Brandt
m. 8-9-1946, Marguerite R. Taylor
Howard
Patsy Bolds
d. 4-15-1981
bur: Drummer Twp Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

Brandt, Margaret Wilhelmina Frahm
Margaret Frahm, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Frahm, was born 5-15-1864 at Holstein Germany. She was baptized in infancy. When four years old she came to America with her parents, settling near Danvers, Ill. Later they moved to the neighborhood of Gibson. She received religious instruction and was confirmed in the Lutheran faith.
March 27, 1883, she was united in marriage to Mr. Henry Brandt. They made their home on a farm near Anchor, and in 1900 they bought a farm in Anchor Twp. where they resided until five years ago, when they bought a home in Gibson and retired to that place. 7-21-1919 Mr. Brandt passed away. Mrs. Brandt had not been well for several years, but was very patient during her illness. She was a good mother to her children and also a good daughter to her mother, who made her home with her. Wednesday afternoon she suffered a stroke of apoplexy which left her in an unconscious condition.
She passed away Friday (6-27-1924) aged 60 years, 1 month and 12 days.
Those who mourn her loss are her aged mother, Mrs. Frahm, and the following children: John Brandt of Idaho; Otto Brandt of Cropsey; Louis Brandt of Saybrook; Walter Brandt of Anchor; Elsie Brandt of Anchor; Mrs. Vernon (Amanda) Swaim of Elliott; August Brandt of Anchor; Herman Brandt of Gibson City, and Wilhelmina Brandt of Gibson City. There are also 12 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. One daughter, Daisy, died in infancy.
Mrs. Brandt will be greatly missed by all who knew her, as she always showed a friendly welcome to everyone who came to her home. May she rest in peace. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at the home, and at St. John's Lutheran Church, rural Anchor, in charge of the pastor, Rev. A. Hahn. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Brandt, William F.
William F. Brandt, 74, Sibley Village trustee and former village president, died at 7:15 a.m. Sunday in Community Hospital, Gibson City, where he had been a patient three weeks.
Services were held at 2 p.m. in St. John's Lutheran Church, Sibley, with the Rev. George Freidinger officiating. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley. Lamb Funeral Home was in charge.
Mr. Brandt served as village president for several terms and had been a member of the village board for many years.
A son of Edward Frederick and Julia Bollman Brandt, he was born Feb. 25, 1886, at Sibley, and spent all of his life in this community. For many years he operated a grocery store in the Brandt building, now occupied by Leathers Superway Store.
On Jan. 14, 1914, he was married to Ida Taylor at Flora N.C. Mr. Brandt was a member of St. John's Church, and a 50-year member and past worshipful master of Sibley Lodge, AF & AM. He also was a member of Modern Woodmen of America.
He leaves his widow; a son, Lyle, Palos Park, and two grandchildren. Four brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
5-19-1960 Thursday-date on newspaper
Branson, Charles L. - WWII
b. 1901
m. Ruth L. Lawson, 10-1-1928
Jack Branson
Barbara Sloat, Roberts
d. 1982
bur: Drummr Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, IL

BRANZ, ANNA MARIE ZANDER
Mrs. Wm. Branz was born on the 9th day of December, 1871, at the Island of Ruegen, Germany. In 1883 her parents emigrated to America, taking their habitation for the first three years at Bloomington, Il., and later on one of the farms of the Sibley Estate. On 10-17-1890, Anna Marie Zander was married to Mr. Wm. Branz at Melvin, Il. After farming a number of years in Germanville, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Branz took their residence in the village of Sibley. Four children were born to them, two sons and two daughters. More than 5 years ago her formerly good health began to fail. Brights disease and heart trouble gradually developed causing many attacks of angina pectoris, which brought her many a time to the point of death. Another attack of this nature ended her life on Monday evening, 9-19-1927 at the age of 55 years, 9 months and 10 days. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Zander, Sr.; her husband and children, John Branz, Henry Branz, Mrs. "Bud" Blum and Miss Helen Branz, five brothers and three sisters. Funeral services were held at the house and St. John's Lutheran Church last Thursday afternoon, Rev. C.S. Gerlach officiating; interment was made in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley.

Brethorst, William A. - WWII - PVT. ARMY
William A. Brethorst, 77, of rural Loda died Sunday, 10-8-1989 at the Heartland Health Care Center, Paxton. Funeral services will be Wednesday at the American Lutheran Church, Gibson City, the Rev. Dane Meuschke officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City.
Mr. Brethorst was born 8-29-1912 at Anchor, a son of Lambert and Augusta Beecher Brethorst. He married Fern Ping on 10-20-1935 at Gibson City; she survives. Also surviving are a son, William L. Brethorst of South Milwaukee, Wis.; a daughter, Diana Rojas of Gibson City; a brother, Siept Brethorst of Bellflower; four sisters, Ida Pretzlaff, Minnie Huston, Margaret Harding and LaVerne Johnson, all of Gibson City; five grand-children; and one great-granddaughter. He was preceded in death by three sisters. Mr. Brethorst farmed near Loda for 23 years. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church of Gibson City. He served with the US Army during WWII.

Bridgewater, John T.- WWII - US NAVY
The funeral of John T. Bridgewater, 75, of Gibson City, will be Monday at United Methodist Church in Gibson City, the Rev. Randall Robinson will officiate; burial with military rites will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. He died Tuesday 11-24-1998 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Mr. Bridgewater was born 6-18-1923 in McLean County, a son of Willie Ray and Mattie Sublett Bridgewater. He married Dorothy Eminger 7-11-1942 at St. Charles, Mo., she died 12-18-1983. He later married Doris Rutledge on 9-8-1984; she survives. Other survivors include one daughter, Rose Ann (Ron) Moore, Sibley; one son, Jon (Nancy) Bridgewater, Glendora, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Nancy (Ronald) Hardesty, St. Peter, MN; and Janet (Robert Davis), Gibson City; two sisters, Mabel Logsdon and Virginia Breeden, both of Gibson City; two half-brothers Jim Bridgewater, San Bernardino, Calif., and Charles Bridgewater of Saybrook; four half-sisters, Alice Ross, Hemet, Calif.; Betty Madden, Loda, Sandra Akin of Russellville, KY.; and Ruby Davis, Gibson City; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and one stepbrother. Mr. Bridgewater was a member of the United Methodist Church in Gibson City; the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568 in Gibson City; the Brotherton Keller VFW in Gibson City, the Gibson City Masonic Lodge 733 AM and AF. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a US Navy veteran of WWII, 1942-1944. Mr. Bridgewater farmed in the Gibson City area; he and Doris wintered in Arizona.

Briggs, Ben H.
Ben H. Briggs, 78, died at 8:55 a.m. Monday at the Gibson Community Hospital where he had been a patient for 23 days.
His funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lamb Funeral Home with the Rev. William Jones officiating. Burial was in Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leonard Cross, Ted Auterman, Primm Kerchenfant, Glenn Rutledge, Russell Blissard and Tom Kelley.
Mr. Briggs was born Sept. 13, 1888 near Gibson City, the son of Frank and Jessie Parminter Briggs. He married Vera Ashby in 1908. She died Jan. 7, 1951. He then married Elga Mills, Aug. 15, 1953. She died June 13, 1967.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Barnes, Gibson City; Mrs. Jessamine Broadfield, Fort Madison, Iowa; two sons, Harley, Gibson City; Ed, Charleston; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. June Briggs, Pontiac; Mrs. Helen Rels, Gibson City; two brothers, W.J. Briggs, Gibson City; Dewey Briggs, Springfield.
An infant son, a grandson, a brother and three sisters also preceded him in death.
He was a retired farmer, a lifelong resident of Gibson City a member of the Methodist Church and the Ford County Farm Bureau.
8-10-1967 -date on newspaper

BRINKMAN, JOHN H. -
US Navy - WWII
John H. Brinkman, 76 of Fort Myers, FL, formerly of Loda, died Saturday 3-27-1993 at Coral Trace Manor, Cape Coral, FL. His funeral will be Thursday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Philip Curran officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery with Military Rites accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post 568. Mr. Brinkman was born 6-14-1916 in Gibson City, a son of John Henry and Sarah E. Haus Brinkman. Survivors include his wife, Leoma Brinkman, one daughter Sally Jane Alt.
**Stone: Share with Pearl Barr Brinkman, wife.

Brokate, Anna
Anna K. Brokate, 75, a lifelong resident of Gibson City, died at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 7, 1979, at Gibson Community Hospital.
Her funeral was at 1 p.m. Sunday at the American Lutheran Church, the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Cecil Rainwater Jr., Wayne Lage, Gene Allen, Doug Goff, Fred Friend, and Richard Reinhart.
Mrs. Brokate was born June 12, 1904 in North Dakota, a daughter of Richard and Gretchen Roesch Borchers. She married William P. Brokate Jan. 18, 1922, near Anchor. He died in May 1977.
Surviving are four daughters, Eileen Schutte, Gibson City; Dorothy Anderson, Elliott; Betty Jamison, Decatur, and Wilma Winn, Bloomington; three sons, Merle, Gibson City; Lloyd, Elliott, and Don, Arrowsmith; a sister, Freeda Bedel, Gibson City; two brothers, Louis Borchers and Walter Borchers, both of Gibson City; 24 grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Two sons, a great-grandchild, a sister and two brothers preceded her in death.
Mrs. Brokate was a member of the American Lutheran Church and the Garber Club. She was an American Legion Auxiliary Gold Star Mother.
Memorials may be made to the American Lutheran Church or to a charity of the donor's choice

Brokate, William
William P. Brokate, 80, was found hanged in his garage at 7 a.m. Wed. may 25, 1977.
His funeral was held at 2 p.m. Fri., May 27 at the American Lutheran Church in Gibson City with the Rev. Karl Kessler officiating.
Pallbearers were Tom Rhodes, Darrel Kroon, Gene Allen, Leroy Sallee, Cecile Rainwater Jr., and Wayne Lage.
He was born June 30, 1896 in Osgood, Ind., a son of William and Mary Theilbar Brokate. He married Anna Borchrs on Jan. 18, 1922 at Anchor.
Surviving are his wife; four daughters, Mrs. Eileen Schutte, Gibson City; Mrs. Dorothy Anderson, Elliott; Mrs. Betty Jamison, Decatur; and Mrs. Wilma Winn, Bloomington; three sons, Merle, Bloomington; Lloyd, Elliott; and Don, Normal. There are 24 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, three sisters and one brother.
He was a Gibson City area resident most of his life. He was a member of the American Lutheran Church and was a retired farmer and mechanic

BROKATE, WILLIAM R. - killed in action
Private William Brokate, 19, who had been reported missing in Germany since March 3, 1945, was killed in action on that date, the war department notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Brokate, Sr., Tuesday. He was with the seventh army. Private Brokate's last letter was dated February 22. He entered the army 9-2-1944, and trained at Camp Hood, TX. He was home on furlough New Year's and went overseas January 18. He was born 7-25-1925, near Anchor and attended school in Sibley. Surviving are his parents; four sisters, Mrs. Eileen Schuette, Guthrie; Dorothy, Betty Mae and Wilma, at home; three brothers, Merle, Lloyd and Donald, all at home; three nieces; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Borchers, Gibson City, and his paternal grandfather, William Brokate, Cincinnati, Ohio.

BROTHERTON, LYLE H. - Army Veteran WWII
Lyle H. Brotherton, 70 of Gibson City, died Saturday, 7-20-1991 at his home. His funeral was Monday at Lamb Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Zastrow officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery with military rites accorded by the Lee Lowery American Legion Post #568. Mr. Brotherton was born 9-7-1920 at Ludlow, a son of Leo and Hannah Oftedahl Brotherton. He married Marjorie Wagonseller 4-27-1947 at Pocahontas, Ark. and she survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Linda Hatfield and Cheryl Hartnett; a granddaughter; and two step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers.

BROWN, WARREN B. - Marines WWII
b. 1908
s/o Robert and Pearl Brown
m. Ruby Fitzpatrick, 11-16-1929, Fowler, Indiana
d. 1986
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Ford County, Il.

Brownlee, James
James Ormand Brownlee, 83, Melvin, died at 11:12 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 1979 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Melvin United Methodist Church, the Rev. E.J. Lang officiating with burial in Melvin Cemetery.
Mr. Brownlee was born, April 26, 1896 at Paxton, a son of James M. and Anna Scott Brownlee. He married Blanche Augsburger, Dec. 17, 1919 at Sweeney, Texas. She died in 1971.
He married Edna Reep Andrews, July 19, 1974 at Melvin. She survives. Also surviving are a son, James, Sibley; three daughters, Doris Beetzel, Colfax; Ada Winters, Bloomington; Anne Beck of Elliott; two stepdaughters, Ramona Mignone, Purchase, N.Y.; Mardella Gillespie, Baltimore, MD.; one brother Everett, Gibson City; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Mr. Brownlee was a veteran of World War I and a 60-year member of the Melvin American Legion Post 642. He was also a member of the Ford County Farm Bureau.
He was a member of the Melvin United Methodist Church to which memorials may be made.

Brucker, Adam
Adam Brucker, 69, a lifelong resident of Central Illinois and one of the most extensive land owners and successful farmers in this part of the state died at his home in Fairbury on Saturday morning after a long illness from hardening of the arteries.
Mr. Brucker was born in Congerville, Tazewell County, October 16, 1859, the son of Gotthieb and Katherine Brucker. He farmed in Tazewell County for a number of years, owning 180 acres of land, three miles south of Washington. From there he moved to Belle Prairie Township in Livingston County where he purchased and farmed 240 acres, subsequently selling and moving in 1867 to Ford County. At the time of his death he owned 1,450 acres in Ford and McLean Counties. He was also interested in the Farmers elevator company in Cropsey.
Mr. Brucker was married to Paulina Stahl on March 7, 1881, she preceding him in death in 1902. To this union 10 children were born, all of whom survive; Mrs. Minnie Lange of Thawville, Miss Anna Brucker of Cropsey, Mrs. Ella Underwood of Melvin, Mrs. Laura Sheppleman of Cropsey, Mrs. Irene Yoder of Forrest, Lewis, Fred, Howard, Elmer and Walter Brucker all of Cropsey.
The funeral services were held at 12:3- o'clock Monday afternoon from the home in Fairbury and at 2 o'clock from the Cropsey M.E. Church. Rev. Van Dettum officiated.
3-29-1928-date on newspaper

Brucker, Arthur
Arthur Brucker, 82, a lifelong Sibley area resident, died at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 1982 at Mercy Hospital, Urbana.
His funeral was at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, the Rev. Donald Swenson officiating. Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, near Sibley.
Pallbearers were Roy Brucker, James Brucker, Robert Brucker, Delmar Brucker; Raymond was born March 19, 1899 in Sullivant Township, a son of August and Mary Stein Brucker. He married Dorothy Rudolph Dec. 20, 1922 at Sibley. She died Jan. 28, 1957.
Surviving are a son, Duane E. "Pete" of Strawn; a brother, Charles of Gibson City; a sister, Alice Hinrichs, Sibley; and four grandchildren.
A son, a daughter, and nine brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
Mr. Brucker was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, where he served on the church board for many years.
Memorials may be made to the church.

Brucker, Dorothy
Mrs. Dorothy Brucker, 54, died at the Gibson Community Hospital at 10:30 a.m. Monday. She had been a patient there 28 days.
She was taken to the Lamb Funeral Home at Gibson City where a prayer service was conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and her funeral was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. John's Lutheran Church at Sibley with Rev. W.C. Volkmann officiating. Burial in Mount Hope Cemetery.
She was born March 12, 1902, near Melvin, a daughter of Edward and Mary Leenerman Rudolph. She was married to Arthur Brucker Dec. 20, 1922 at Sibley.
Surviving are her husband, two sons, Vernon at home, Duane, Strawn; a brother, Schley, Rudolph, mason; a grandchild and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter.
She was a member of the Tabitha Society and St. John's Lutheran Church.
The family requested that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of a contribution to St. John's Lutheran Church.

1-31-1957 - date on newspaper
Brucker, Mrs. Mary
Sibley: Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Brucker, who died Wednesday night, 12-11-1946, will be held Saturday at the home, and at the St. John's Lutheran Church in Sibley; burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Sibley.

Bryant, Francis N.
Francis N. Bryant, age 80 of Gibson City, died Thursday 8-20-1987 at Gibson Community Hospital. His funeral was held Saturday at Lamb Funeral home, Gibson City, with the Rev. Laurence Sunkel officiating; burial was in Drummer Twp. Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harry Groom, Daryl May, Larry Swartzell, Herbert Smith, Paul Hudson and Bill Long. Mr. Bryant was born 4-23-1907 in Gibson City, a son of William C. and Etta Barrow Bryant. He married Juanita Kraft on 7-29-1927 in Indianapolis; she survives. Other survivors include a daughter, Darlene Tucker Jensen, Tuscola; and two sisters, Mercedes LaCharity and Helen Hooker. A brother preceded him in death.

BRYANT, WILLIAM C. - Gibson Courier 8-4-1927
William C. Bryant, son of Thomas D. and Harriet Bryant, was born at Clinton, Ill., 8-11-1871. He passed away from this life on 7-30-1927, aged 55 years, 11 months and 19 days. Mr. Bryant grew to young manhood in Clinton, Ill., and then studied pharmacy at Northwestern University. He came to Gibson City and engaged in his chosen profession. He worked successively for Hazlett and Strehle and for John R. Ross and also traveled for a drug firm for six years before he purchased the business some twenty-two years ago that has since been owned by him. He was married to Miss Etta Barrow on 2-1-1894, and to this union five children were born, one of which died in infancy. Surviving are Helen, wife of Leroy Hooker of Sidell, Il.; William, Francis and Mercedes, at home. Mr. Bryant was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was a Master Mason, holding his membership in the local lodge, which order had charge of the services at the grave. For the past seven years he had been in failing health and the end came not unexpectedly. Four years ago he retired from business, leaving his store under the management of his son, Wm. Bryant, Jr. He leaves to mourn his death an aged mother, Mrs. Harriet Bryant; a brother, Delmar, and two sisters, Mrs. W.F. Clark and Mrs. Samuel Graham, all of Clinton; the wife and a forenamed children and three grandchildren. Mr. Bryant's death witnesses the passing of one of the city's most substantial business men, who in the years he had spent here, had made warm friends among his business associates. He was a man of unusual ability and force of character and of high integrity. His long and untiring devotion to his business affairs probably had much to do with his untimely decline. While he had been off the street for four years, he had never been forgotten. During the long period of helpless invalidism his devoted life companion ministered to him with unselfish and untiring devotion. The sympathy of the community goes out to her and her family in this time of bereavement. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church Monday afternoon in charge of the pastor, Rev. Glenn J. Schillerstrom. Burial was in the local cemetery. Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. D.B. Stewart of Normal; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Turner and family of Paxton; Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Graham, Mr. and Mrs. N.E. Clark and Mr. Delmar Bryant of Clinton; and Mrs. George Walker of Champaign.

BUCHER, EARL C. M.D. - Lt. USNR, WWII
b. 7-10-1908, Winslow, Il
s/o Dr. Claude and Ethel Wales Bucher
m. Ruth I. Noelker, 6-1-1935
John Bucher
Mary Ann Bucher m. William Kreitzer
d. 12-12-1972
buried; Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

Bunting, Edward
Edward Bunting, age 85 of Gibson City, a retired carpenter, died at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, April 26, 1990 at Gibson Community Hospital in Gibson City.
His funeral was held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City with the Reverend Dick Cates officiating. Burial was in Drummer Township Cemetery, Gibson City.
Visitation was held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers included Floyde Walker, Tony Gandy, Max Hoover, Russell Blissard, Carroll Lange and Dale O'Neal.
Mr. Bunting was born May 24, (the rest is missing)

BURRIS, CHARLES
Gibson City Courier, Thursday 5-9-1940
Charles Burris of Joliet, Il., died Tuesday May 7, in Gibson City, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Thomas Fields, where he was brought by ambulance on Monday. He age was 47 years. Funeral services will be held at Lamb's Funeral Home this afternoon in charge of Rev. S.S. Smith, pastor of the A.M.E. Church; interment will be in the Gibson Cemetery. Charles Burris, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Burris, Gibson City pioneers, was born 3-20-1893 in Gibson City, and grew to manhood...........He was married 9-8-1916 to Hattie Thomas, in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife and one son, Charles Burris, Jr., both now living in Los Angeles. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Emma Burris, and one sister, Mrs. Thomas Fields, both residing in Gibson City. One sister, Mrs. Frances Flemings, died last year. At the outbreak of the World War, Charles enlisted in the army.
During his residence in Los Angeles and in Gibson City he was in the employ of the Mattinson family of Gibson City. Later he went to Joliet where he was employed in a Buick garage for several years. He had been an invalid for the past three years, much of which time he had been a patient in the Hines Veteran's Hospital.

Burris, Samuel
The funeral of Samuel Burris, who died at his home in this city on Wednesday night of last week, was held at the A.M.E. Church on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, the services being in charge of the Pastor Rev. Davis. Burial was in the Gibson Cemetery. Those from out or town present at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Berry Price, Miss Mildred Johnson, Miss Georgie Washington, Mrs. Johnson and Miss Anna Hornes, all of Bloomington; Albert Fowler of Minneapolis, Minn.
Samuel Burris, was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, Dec. 6, 1861 and departed this life Dec. 28, 1922, at 12:30 a.m. aged 62 years and 22 days. He became a Christian in early life and united with the A.M.E. church of this city, of which he was a member at the time of his death. He was united in marriage with Miss Emma Fowler, and they lived a happy married life until parted by his death. He was a man of character and industry, and was respected by all who knew him. Throughout his illness he was patient and uncomplaining. He leaves to mourn his loss his wife and three children- Chas. Samuel Burris, Frances Katherine Somerville and Cora Mary Fields; one brother, J.E. Burris of Chicago; one grandson, Chas. Burris Jr. a daughter-in-law, Hattie Burris and a host of friends.

BURTON, STEVEN C.
Steven C. Burton, 20 of Gibson City, died Tuesday, 5-15-1990 at Tong Duchon, Korea. Reportedly Burton was on active duty with the US Army as a military police and was shot at a Burger King in that town. The incident is currently under investigation by the US Army. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 24 at Lamb Funeral Home with the Reverend John McIntosh officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery. Mr. Burton was born 12-1-1969 in Gibson City, a son of Chester D. and Mildred I. Maupin Burton. He married Shannon C. Warsaw 6-18-1988 in Anniston, Alabama. He is survived by his wife, a son, Mitchell S. Burton; his parents of Gibson City; a brother, Rich Burton and three sisters, Sheryl Douglas of Normal, Sheila Nettleton of Saybrook, and Patricia Vogle of Heyworth; and his maternal grandmother, Effie Maupin of Gibson City. Mr. Burton was a private first class in the US Army having served in the Army for two years. He was stationed at Tong Duchon, Korea.

BUSH, LELAND E.
b. 1916
s/o Ed and Linda Bush
m. Jane Anderson, 1940
James Bush
d. 1988
buried: Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City, Il.

Busing, Adolph
The funeral of Adolph Busing, who died at his home in this city on Thursday Jan 16, was held last Saturday afternoon. The services were at the residence, conducted by Rev. E.B. Kemm, pastor of the Christian Church.
Adolph Garrett Busing was born in Rodenkirchen, Idenburg, Germany, Apr. 27, 1869. He was confirmed in the Lutheran church of that place when 14 years of age. Shortly after this the family came to this county, locating near Gibson City. On Mar. 7, 1893, he married Miss Lizzie Wederman. To them were born 6 children, Marguerite, Harold, Oscar, Adeline and Doris all living and Berenice who died June 12, 1906. The family lived on a farm near Gibson until last March, when they moved to this city. Mr. Busing had been in poor health for two years past, but was not confined to his bed until two weeks ago. He died Jan. 16. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and Modern Woodmen of America. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and the 5 children mentioned above, his mother and three brothers in this country, Henry, Willie and Gustave, and one sister, Mrs. Fasking, also two sisters in Germany, Mrs. Rabe and Mrs. Salfeldt.
The bereaved family have the sympathy of the community.
Among those who attended the funeral were the following; H. Harms of Petersburg, Ill.; Henry Troyer and family of Anchor; Dr. Scott of Foosland; Peter Brethorst and family, Chas. Walters, and John Suntken, of Sibley; Mr. Brennan of Bellflower; and Geo. Fasking and family of Saybrook.
1-24-1908-date on newspaper

BUSING, DONALD A. - Army veteran of WWII
Sibley - Donald A. Busing, 72, of Sibley died 8-3-1989 at Gibson Community Hospital, Gibson City. His funeral will be Saturday at Lamb Funeral Home, Gibson City, the Rev. David Enge officiating; burial will be in Drummer Twp. Cemetery, Gibson City. Mr. Busing was born 8-22-1916 in Sibley, a son of Gustave and Johanna Kutchera Busing. He married Cary M. Taylor on 2-15-1945 in Kewanee; she survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Susan Zimmer, Karen Clore, and Jane King; two brothers, Gus and Wilbur; three sisters, Edna Hill, Esther Vehrs and Florence Stephens; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sisters.

Byerline, Ruth
Mrs. Ruth Byerline, 74, Gibson City, died at 3:48 a.m. Wednesday, May 14, 1975 at Cole Hospital, Champaign.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church with Dr. Hugh Reynolds officiating. Burial was in the Gibson City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronald Byerline, Jack Byerline, Billy Byerline, Mike Peters, Ricky Fry and Ricky Hill.
She was born April 17, 1901 in Roby, a daughter of Benjamin and Hattie Barnes Stogdell. She married J.E. Byerline June 25, 1919 in Mechanicsburg.
Survivors include her husband, her mother, Springfield; four daughters; Mrs. Virginia Hill, Springfield; Mrs. Bette Peters, Gibson City; Mrs. Beverly Fry, Fairbury, Neb.; and Mrs. Shelby Peden, Westlake village, Calif.; two sons, Billy, Rochester, Ind. And Kenneth Springfield; 16 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; seven sisters; Mrs. Walter McWard, Champaign; Mrs. Jerry Nepote & Mrs. Pearl Ball, both of Decatur; Mrs. Everett Seaton, Edinburg; Mrs. Beryl Nichols, Springfield; Mrs. Jim Casper, Roby; and Mrs. Maggie Hill, Bean Station, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her father, one brother and one sister
5-22-1975-date on newspaper


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