Iroquois County Obituaries
Richard M. Parsons
Richard M. Parsons, 73 of rural Paxton died at 10:35 A.M. Monday, October 17, 2005, following a one car accident in rural Loda. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, October 21, 2005, at the Ford-Baier Funeral Home, 406 E. Pells St., Paxton, IL with Rev. Chet Travis officiating. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Loda, IL. Visitation will be held Friday from 12:00 noon until the time of the service.
Mr. Parsons was born October 2, 1932 in Kerr Twp., Champaign County, IL known as "Dogtown" the son of Charles A. and Mildred R. Johnson Parsons. He atended schools in Paxton, including the one room Flagg School west of town and graduated from Paxton High School. He spent his life on the farm working for himself, his neighbors and for many years in conjunction with his step-brother, Wendell Siddens. Being very self-sufficient he continued to live on the home place after his mother passed away in 1988. Though he painted, caned and wrote poetry, Dick was best known to auctioneers and others throughout downstate Illinois as an avid auction goer. Being an expert on Aladdin lamps, hand-wound clocks, guns, glassware, furniture and anything else he took a liking to. He spent his adult life amassing a huge collection and wide variety of unique items. He is survived by three brothers, Gordon C. Parsons of Klamath Falls, OR, Marty D. (Bertha) Parsons of Hoopeston and Perry Parsons of Rantoul and one sister Edith (Glen) Reynolds of Gifford, IL and numerous other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters, Dorothy Tavenner, Ruth Wills, Kathryn Parsons and 2 brothers, Donald Parsons and Raymond Parsons who died in infancy. [Contributed by "Bevery Jo Tavenner Black"]
Mrs. Bernice (Rader) Paul, 42, died at 2.am. Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1958 at Iroquois Hospital in Watseka, Illinois. Death resulted from heart attack suffered at her home, 114 Pearl St., at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when she was at the Watseka Hospital. Funeral at Barker Funeral home at 2p.m. Friday August 29th. Reverend A. D. Gould. Buried at Maple Grove cemetery.
She was born December 3, 1915 on a farm near Wellington, Illinois. Elmer Rader and LaVina Thomas Rader are her parents. She married James Lindsley Pau l on October 3, 1934. She had five children, three boys and two girls. Katherine, Ella, Ted, Charles, and Rocky. She had four sisters and two brothers; Mrs. Rhuie Sturm, Mrs. Pearl Smith, Mrs. Hazel Smith, Everett Rader (121 Brown St. Watseka, IL 432-4073), Walter Rader, and Mrs. Rosemary Landes, who died on March 22, 1958
Funeral Friday for Mrs. Paul, 42, of Milford
MILFORD (JNS) Mrs. Bernice Paul, 42, dies at 2 a.m. today in Iroquois Hospital, Watseka. Mrs. Paul became ill about 7 p.m. Tuesday and was taken to the hospital. Death apparently resulted from a stroke and a blood clot. Mrs. Paul was born on Dec. 3., 1915 on a farm near Wellington, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Rader. She was married on Oct. 3, 1934 to James Lindsley Paul. Surviving are the widower; sons, Theodore, Charles and Rocky, all at home; daughters, Mrs. Ella Marie O Connor, Flint, Mich., and Mrs. Catherine Irene Taden of Watseka; her father and a step-mother of Milford; sisters, Mrs. Rhuie Sturn and Mrs. Pearl Smith, both of Milford, and Mrs. Hazel Smith, Watseka; brothers, Everett Rader of Watseka and Walter Rader of Perrysville, Ind. She was preceded in death by her mother, a sister and four brothers. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Barker Funeral Home, the Rev. A.D. Gould, pastor of the Nazarene Church, officiating. Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home today until the hour of the services.
(The Kankakee Journal, Kankakee, Illinois Aug 27, 1958; tr. by Carrol Mick)
Charles Elmer Paul
Charles Elmer Paul, 60, Rossville, formerly of Milford, died Sunday, November 14, 2004 at VA Illiana Health Care System in Danville. Graveside services were held Friday, November 19 at the VA Cemetery in Danville with military graveside rites. He was born April 26, 1944, in Watseka, the son of James Lindsley and Bernice Rader Paul. Mr. Paul worked at QSE in the maintenace department for 8 years. He served in the Vietnam Wat in the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed carpentry, electrical work, and reading westerns and science fiction novels. He was married first to Lillian Lucille Carlock in June, 1965, in Long Beach, California. She survives in Zavalla, Texas. He later married Gwen Krueger March 5, 1977 in Sheldon. She survives in Rossville. Also surviving are seven daughters and one son-in-law: Carrol and Tom Mick, Lakewood, Colorado, Spring R. Paul of Westville, Myli Paul of Denver, Colorado, Sadie Paul of Watseka, Kori Paul of Denver, Colorado, Sheri Paul of Denver, Colorado, and Angel Paul of Rossville' three sons, Byron D.E. James of Stueben, Maince, Byron Paul of Omaha, Nebraska and Toby Paul of Rossville; one sister, Ella M. Taden of Williamston, South Carolina; one brother, Rocky L. Paul of Rustburg, West Virginia; and fourteen grandchildre. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Theodore J. Paul of Sheldon; and one sister, Katherine I. Taden of Watseka. (Published by The Lone Tree Leader in Onarga, IL, November 26, 2004)
Mrs. Ella Paul, Sightless Long Time, Passes away on North Axtel.
Mrs Ella Paul passed away Sunday morning, April 18th at 6:30 at her home on N. Axtel Ave. at the age of 64 years, 10months and 10 days. She had been ill several years and was blind.
The funeral service was held yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Weyland Funeral Home in charge of Rev. Chas. Fitzhenry. Interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery.
The following obituary was read by the minister: Sara Ella Paul Mayfield was born in Milfrd Twp., Ill., June 8, 1872, and passed away April 18, 1937 at her home in Milford. She was the daughter of Jame & Elizabeth Mayfield, there having been five children besides herself. Two brothers are now deceased. Those living of her father's family are Mrs. Mary Griest of Milford and John Mayfield also of Milford; George of Shelton, Nebr., and James Lincoln Mayfield of Casey, Ill. There are also 14 nieces and nephews and a sister-in law * Mrs. Minnie Mayfield of Danville. After leaving grade school she worked for a time in Danville and later in Chicago, where she met and was married Nov. 11, 1896 to S. L. Paul, who was then a veterinary student. They continued to live in Chicago until 1906, when they moved to Milford for their permanent home. Here Dr. Paul continued the practice of his profession until his death, Jan. 13, 1925. One child was born to this couple in Chicago but died in infancy. They later adopted a son, Lindsley, who after Dr. Paul's death became Mrs. Paul's dependance, especially after Mrs. Paul's affliction with blindness some twelve years ago, this care being shared for the past three years by his wife Mr. Bernice Rader Paul. For the past two years, Mrs. Paul has been practically bed fast. Prior to that time she was able to get about the house with help.
Mrs. Paul had been active in lodge work both in Chicago & Milford, being the installing officer in the Mecahees and holding in succession every office in the gift of Royal Neighbors lodge in Milford, which in itself is indicative of a kind and helpful disposition. she has been a member of the Methodist Church of Milford for 30 years, and this pastor's visitations found her usually inclined to take a cheerful view of life despite her great afflictions, and to draw comfort in anticipation of a future life.
Mr. & Mrs. Homer Griest and Mrs. Margery Myers, their niece, all of Oakland, Coles Co., Ill. attended the funeral of Mrs. Ella Paul. [Milford Herald News Thurs. April 22, 1937; tr. by Carrol Mick]
J. Lindsley Paul
J. Lindsley Paul Services Monday
J. Lindsley Paul, 68, of Milford died at 2a.m. Friday, July 21, 1978, at Iroquois Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient for four weeks. Born October 2, 1909 in Chicago, he was a son of Sylvanius and Ella Mayfield Paul. He was married October 22, 1934, in Watseka to Bernice Rader who preceded him in 1 958. He was married August 22, 1974, in St. Louis, Missouri Lavern Roper who survives. He was preceded in death by three infant children. Mr. Paul was a member of the Milford Moose Lodge. Funeral services were held at 2pm Monday, July 24, at the Barker Funeral Home with the Rev. Neil Larimore officiating. Pallbearers were Hayyr Gillette, Bob Crook, Leonard Axelson, Dave Allen, Wayne Rutledge and Dobie Brich. Burial was in Maple G rove Cemetery.
Dr. S. L. Paul
Died Tuesday of Paralysis
Milford's Mayor, Dr. S.L. Paul, was stricken with paralysis while working in his hospital here Monday morning and died at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday evening, January 13th, 1925, without having regained consciousness.
Dr. Paul had been in poor health for a number of years but had been about town and attending to his business each day and while his death from this cause had been anticipated by some of his friends and acquaintances.
Dr. Paul was a veterinary surgeon and had practiced this profession here for many years and in this way his acquaintance was extended to a wide circle. He had also acted as Mayor of the Village of Milford the past six years, which position he was holding at the time of his death. He was first elected to this office six yeard ago and was re-elected in 1921 and again re-elected in 1923, which fact attests to the esteem with which he was regarded by the citizens, the voters, of his home town.
Dr. S. Lindsley Paul is survived by his widow, Ella (Nee) Mayfield, one son, James Lindsey Paul, a sister, Mrs. James H. Handley, of Buffalo, and one brother, Frank Fox Paul, of Chicago, Illinois.
The funeral services were held in the Milford M.E. Church this Thursday, January 15th, at two o'clock p.m. Rev. Kasiska, pastor of the church officiating. Dr. Paul was widely known and the church was filled with sorrowing friends from miles around the currounding country, Chicago, and eastern cities.
Dr. Paul was born in Weedsport, New York, October 22nd, 1866. He removed with his parents to Chicago in 1892, where he lived until he moved to Milford, Illinois, in 1906. He married Miss Sarah Ella Mayfield, of Milford, Illinois, on November 11th, 1896.
He graduated from the McKillip Veterinary College at Chicago, Illinois in 1908. He has practiced his professsion continuously since his residence in Milford. For the past ten years he has held the office of Assistant State Veterinary.
Dr. Paul was Village Trustee from May 1915, until May 1919, when he was elected Village President, which office he held at the time of his death. He was in public service in Milford almost 15 years. Because of failing health he tried to retire from public office some time ago, but the Village Board was unanimous in prevailing on him to continue in office.
During his long term of office he enjoyed the confidence and friendship of all the people, and the remarkable growth and progress of Milford during his administration as Village President attested to his enthusiastic interest, splendid ability and untiring labor.
He was a man of rare tenderness of heart; generous, outspoken, loyal, staunch and conscientious in his dealings. He was always grateful of self, considerate of others and a devoted husband ____. During the long years ____ic service he was always at ____ of duty.
His hosts of friends will deeply mourn his going and the whole community will keenly feel the loss of a citizen to whom it is deeply indebted.
Interment was made in beautiful Maple Grove Cemetery. [The Milford Herald News Thursday afternoon January 15, 1925 (front page) (transcribed by Carrol (Paul) Mick - his great granddaughter)
Theodore J. Paul, 60, Sheldon, Ill., died today, Dec 21, 2001 at his home. He was born on Nov. 14, 1940 in Milford, the son of James Paul and Bernice Rader Paul. He married Sue Taylor Paul on Dec. 10, 1968 in Tennessee. He worked at the elevator and Wagner Pop Corn plant in Milford. He was a member of Darrow Church of Christ, rural Sheldon. He is survived by wife, Sue Paul; and sons, James and Frank Paul, all in Sheldon; one sister Ella Taden of Florida; and two brothers along with many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters and one brother. Visitation will be 4-8pm., Saturday at the Baier Funeral Home in Watseka and one hour prior to funeral services. Funeral services will be at 1pm Sunday at the Baier Funeral Home. Burial will be at Sheldon Cemetery. [Picture of Theodore Paul on the PHOTOS page]
DEATH OF JUDGE PAYSON'S FATHER.
Washington, April 8.: Judge Payson, of Illinois, received a telegram last night informing him of the death of his father at Ashkum, Iroquois County, Ill. He left at once for home and will be absent one week. [Monday, April 9, 1888, Paper: Daily Inter Ocean (Chicago, IL) Volume: XVII Issue: 16 Page: 2 - BZ - Sub by FoFG]
The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Peddycoart, aged eight months, died last week. [Source: The Watseka Republican, Watseka, Iroquois county, ILL., Wednesday, Decemebr 14, 1892; Sub. by dmcneeley]
Louis Petit passed away at his home in Chicago following a long illness due to stomach trouble. Funeral services were conducted in Chicago on Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Louis Fronville, and Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Cnudde from Clifton, attended the funeral. Louis Petit was born in Clifton about 65 years ago, and spent his boyhood in this vicinity. After reaching manhood he went to Chicago, living on the north side. Until five or six years ago he had been connected with a bank on Chicago's north side, since which time he had been retired. He was a widower and made his home with a married daughter. Mrs. Louis Fronville is his sister. No other surviving relatives live in this vicinity. (Thursday, April 28, 1938, The Clifton Advocate, Illinois; submitted by Jan Wagoner)
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