McDonough County, Illinois

Obituaries, Deaths & Funerals 


[Obits submitted by Sara Hemp unless noted otherwise]

Florence M. Davis Shupe Woodworth

Macomb - Florence M. Woodworth, 98, of 320 E. Pierce died at 8:56 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, 1992, at McDonough District Hospital. Born July 14, 1894, in Woodstock Township, Schuyler County, to William and Estella Ridings Shupe, she married Charles S. Woodworth on Oct. 31, 1912, in Macomb. He died Sept. 5, 1967. One daughter, Frances Spangler; two sisters; one half sister; and one half brother also preceded her in death. Surviving are one son, Charles V. of Springfield; three sisters, Mary Chandler of Augusta, Lois Strader of Prairie City and Irene McCall of Venice, Fla.; and two grandchildren.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Macomb.
She worked at the Globe-American Company in Macomb.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home. The Rev. Gerald Sebaugh will offficiate. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery.

Note: She is the daughter of William Jefferson Davis and Estella Ridings, who's 2nd marriage was to William Shupe.
Peoria Journal Star, October 19, 1992, Page: C6 

Isaac L. Winner

Isaac L. Winner, 87, of Peoria, died Friday, July 1, 2005, at Methodist Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 7, 1917, in Rushville to Nathan and Pearl Moore Winner. He married Mary Callahan on Dec. 1 1956, in Peoria. She died August 14, 1997, in Peoria. He also was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers.

Survivors include one daughter, Sharon (husband Dan) Cornia of California; one sister, Anna Volf of East Peoria; three grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was a World War II Army veteran.

He had worked on a dairy farm in Macomb. He last worked as a technician at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, retiring in 1981.
Services were Wednesday, July 6, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel. The Rev. Bob Hobdy officiated. Burial was in Parkview Cemetery.
Rushville Times, July 13, 2005

Vern Wilson

Astoria - Vern Wilson, 81, of Astoria died at 6:54 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1999, at Graham Hospital in Canton.

Born Feb. 18, 1917, in Canton to Henry J. and Nancy Estella Lingenfelter Wilson, he married Ada L. Leezer on Nov. 22, 1939, in Palmyra, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Glenn (Donna) Gearing of Macomb and Mrs. Dale (Beverly) Richardson of Bartonville; two sisters, Dortha Carson of Farmington and Mrs. Albert (Bertha) McKinley of Lewistown; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. One brother and two sisters preceded him in death.
During World War II, he helped build Camp Ellis. He then was a grinder for four years at International Harvester in Canton and later at Ken-Ray Foundry in Vermont. In 1954, he founded Wilson's Lumber Mill in rural Astoria. He and his wife o
wned Bunny Hop Rabbitry, which provided rabbits to the Fulton County Fair for eight years. He was superintendent of Astoria Landfill for four years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wood-Roby Funeral Chapel, Rushville. The Rev. Greg Parker will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the chapel. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Astoria.

Peoria Journal Star, February 19, 1999, Page: B5 

Lloyd "Jim" S. Wilson

Lloyd S. "Jim" Wilson, 83, Rushville, formally of Industry, died at 12:15 a.m. Sunday, March 2, 2003 at McDonough District Hospital, Macomb.

He was born April 3, 1919, in Emmet Township, McDonough County, the son of Ralph E. and Eva Sticklen Wilson. He married Betty June Zettle March 1, 1941, in Kahoka, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Joyce L. Davis, Burlington, Iowa, Linda Zaske, Casa Granda, Ariz., Mary Humphries, Shreveport, La.; 8 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Betty Smith, Banaque, Tenn., Virginia Lester, Orangeburg, South Carolina, and Mary Anna Thompson, Macomb.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; one sister; and one grandson, Scott Edward Davis.
He lived all of his married life in the Industry area before moving to Rushville. He was a charter member of the Industry Kiwanis, a 50 year member of Masonic Lodge and was currently a member of the Rushville Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the McDonough County farm Bureau, and served on the board for many years, was a member of Quincy Consistory, Mohammed Temple Shrine in Peoria and the Industry United Methodist Church. He was a farmer all of his life.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at the Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home, Macomb, with Marshall Litchfield officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Macomb. Friends may call after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2003 at the funeral home until time of services. There will be no family visitation.
Eagle Publications, March 14, 2003


Peggy L. McCance Williamson

Peggy L. Williamson, 69, Bushnell, passed away at 11:25 a.m. Friday, January 8, 1999, in the emergency room at McDonough District Hospital in Macomb.
Born November 7, 1929, in Swan Creek to Claude M. and Grace J. Scott McCance, she married H. Robert Williamson on September 24, 1949, in Bushnell. He survives.

Also surviving are two sons, Rodney of Avon and Robert of Bremerton, WA; one daughter, Rhonda Edmonson of London Mills; three brothers, Glenn McCance, Eugene McCance and Gaylord McCance, all of Bushnell; three sisters, Josephine Sorrells, Nola Avery and Theda Trout, all of Bushnell; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Three brothers and three sisters preceded her in death.
She was a member of TOPS.

Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Martin-Hollis Funeral Home with the Rev. L.G. Glenn officiating. Burial was in Bushnell Cemetery.
Eagle Publications, January 14, 1999
Norine L. Mendenhall Collins Wilcoxen

Norine L. Wilcoxen, 87, Rushville, formerly of Canton, died at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2006, at Snyder's Vaughn-Haven Nursing Home, Rushville.

She was born May 1, 1919, in Macomb, the daughte rof the late Charles and Lela (Bucy) Mendenhall. She first married Paul Collins on Sept. 30, 1937. He preceded her in death Nov. 4, 1969. She later married Ottis Wilcoxen July 1, 1970. He preceded her in death May 8, 1993.
She is survived by one son Richard Lee (Pauline) Collins, Frederick; one daughter, Kathleen (Kenny) Libby Streator; two step sons, Richard (Pauline) Wilcoxen, Canton, and Clifford Wilcoxen, Costa Rica; four step daughters, Thelma (George) Harn, and Irene (Bob) Harn, all of Lewistown, Shelby (Bob) Beck and Ruth (Larry) Pierson, all of Havana; 11 grandchildren; 27 step grandchildren; several great and step greatgrandchildren.

In addition to her husbands and her parents, she was preceded by a son Harold Eugene Collins.

She and her husband Paul farmed until 1969. She was also a nurse's aide at Hills Nursing Home in Rushville and a nursing home in Beardstown. She attended the Littleton United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2006, at the Wood Funeral Home, Rushville, with the Rev. Dixie Croxton officiating. Burial will follow in the Beardstown City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 6, 2006, at the Wood Funeral Home, Rushville.

Eagle Publications, May 5, 2006
Lorraine Daniels Wheeler

Lorraine Wheeler, 74 years, of Jacksonville, IL died Saturday morning, April 2, 2005 at Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville.

She was born April 15, 1930 in Macomb, IL; the daughter of Joseph and Myrtle Mae Womack Daniels. She married James Clinton Wheeler on October 9, 1949 in Jacksonville, IL and he preceded in death on November 28, 1970.

She is survived by two brothers, Joe Daniels Jr. of Macomb and Franklin D. Daniels (wife, Judy) of Victorville, CA; two sisters, Hazel D. Robinson (husband, Paul) of Jacksonville and Barbara J. Wilson (husband, Tom) of Seands Ferry, NC; numerous nieces and nephews; numerous great nieces and nephews; and an adoptive daughter, Suzzan Neves of Jacksonville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Leroy, Leslie, and Donald Daniels; and a sister, Geraldine Daniels.

Mrs. Wheeler was employed at J. Capps and Sons, the Wells Center, and CaterVend for many years prior to her retirement. She was a member of the Amvets Post 100 Auxiliary.

Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday at the Gillham-Buchanan Funeral Home in Jacksonville with burial in Jacksonville East Cemetery. The family will meet friends at the funeral home from 12:30 PM Thursday until the time of services.
Eagle Publications, April 5, 2005

Leona Brooks Westlake
Macomb - Leona Brooks Westlake, 98, of The Elms died there at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001.

Born Oct. 27, 1902, in Industry to George and Margaret Roudebush Brooks, she married Eugene Westlake on June 3, 1923. He died Dec. 10, 1957. She also was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother. Surviving are one niece, Mary Peterson of Bettendorf, Iowa; and one nephew, Skip Bainter of Macomb.
A graduate of Western Illinois Teachers College, she taught school for several years.

She moved to Macomb in 1962 and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery in Davenport. The Rev. Lori Harvey will officiate. Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Home in Macomb.

Peoria Journal Star, June 16, 2001, Page: B05

Burdette Reich Ward

Rushville - Burdette Ward, 63, of rural Rushville died at 1:12 a.m. Monday, Dec. 23, 1991, at his residence.
Born March 19, 1928, in Bainbridge Township, Schuyler County, to Herman and Helen Thompson Ward, he married Betty J. Fey on Feb. 26, 1949, in Rushville. She survives.

Also surviving are his parents of Rushville; one son, Steven of Macomb; three daughters, Marsha Lashbrook and Teresa Gossage, both of Rushville, and Becky Harrison of Houston, Texas; one brother, Stanley of LaPrairie; and nine grandchildren.

He farmed until retiring in 1987. A Korean War Army veteran, he was a member of Schuyler American Legion Post 4. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Worthington Funeral Home in Rushville, with the Rev. Wayne Bonser officiating. Calling hours will begin at noon Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Palm Cemetery near Rushville.

Peoria Journal Star,
December 24, 1991, Page: D7


Robert W. Walters

Astoria civic leader Robert Walters dies
ASTORIA - Robert W. Walters, 78, of 601 N. Pearl St. died at 3:41 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla.

Born Aug. 27, 1924, in Oakland Township, Schuyler County, to Lester and Fern Lybarger Walters, he married Barbara Wickert Parry on May 5, 1969, in Ipava. She survives. Also surviving are one stepdaughter, Linda Shaw of Macomb; two stepsons, Dan (and Lisa) Parry and Jim Parry, both of Ipava; one stepbrother, Fred (and Dorothy) Riebling of Industry; two stepsisters, Mrs. Elvie (Shirley) Norris of Astoria and Joy Claassen of Washington; three granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one stepbrother. He was a World War II Army Air Forces veteran and a 50-year member of Astoria American Legion Post 25 and Lewistown Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He started a Producer's Dairy route in Astoria in 1948.
He built Bob's Dairy Dipper restaurant in 1951, added the Astoria Laundry Mat next to it in 1959 and built Walters' apartment buildings in 1976.

He was one of the Astoria businessmen who helped build the Astoria Care Center, now know as Astoria Gardens.

He served on the Astoria Building and Loan Board, the Astoria Town Board and the Astoria Park Board for several years.
He also served on the Board of United Soft Serve and Fast Food Association for eight years.
He donated property for the first Habitat for Humanity house built in Astoria last year.

He was a member of the Master Mason Grand Lodge of Vermont Masonic Lodge 116, AF&AM, for more than 50 years; and the Illinios Valley Shriners ANSAR Temple for 47 years.

He was a member of the Macomb Elks Lodge. He also was a member of the Scripps Golf Course in Rushville and Alligator Club, both for more than 40 years.
He was a member of Astoria United Methodist Church in Astoria.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Shawgo Memorial Home. The Rev. Marian Stone will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the memorial home, where a Masonic Service will be accorded at 8 p.m. by his Masonic lodge. Burial will be in Ipava Cemetery in Ipava, where military rites will be accorded by his American Legion post.
Peoria Journal Star, January 26, 2003, Page: B07


Henry "Kelly" Wagle

The Bootlegger's Funeral (excerpt)
On April 8, 1929, shortly after nine o'clock in the evening, in the quiet little town of Colchester, Illinois, a man named Henry Wagle, whom everyone called "Kelly," was shot dead on the street a few hundred feet from his front door. It was a gangland-style slaying, and his killer was never caught.
Wagle had expected it, had told everyone it was coming, but no one saw anything except his perforated body lying in a pool of blood on the sidewalk, illuminated by the dim glow of the streetlight, and a new Ford roadster heading out of town.

Wagle was a bootlegger. Alive, he had been the most notorious man in McDonough County. Dead, he was a communal memory that the people of Colchester (population 1,350) had to wrestle with.
Two days later they held his funeral.
The dusty old mining town was strangely quiet that Wednesday morning, poised in a kind of unnatural stillness that perhaps symbolized the future of the community. The small brick stores were closed along the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad tracks that divided the central business district into the North Side, or Depot Street, and the South Side, or Market Street. A very important resident, a man of consequence, was dead, and the town was showing its respect.

The schools were open, but most students did not attend on that day. They knew they didn't have to. The youngsters who did show up gathered in small groups at recess and talked about the bootlegger. He had been a fascinating figure to many of the - friendly and generous, exciting and mysterious.
In a certain sense the townspeople looked forward to the funeral. The killing had challenged their social consciousness, raising a host of uncomfortable questions about their community, so a great deal needed to be remembered, considered, and reconstructed.

When it was all over, the people of Colchester had another memory to keep, the last of their memories about the bootlegger, and they could only try to make a meaningful whole from a town-mind full of contradictory fragments. But notorious lawbreaking and renowned social commitment made a difficult mix, so the townspeople disagreed among themselves, and within themselves, about how they should finally regard him. As a writer for the Quincy Herald Whig soon remarked, "Wagle's own community isn't quite sure he is a hero."

On the next day, in an article entitled "1,000 Attend Henry Wagle Funeral," editor Harry Todd of the Colchester Independent, well aware of the community's psychological struggle, made a determined effort to suppress the dark reality of the dead man's career as he emphasized what many in town wanted to remember:
During his entire life Henry Wagle was known for his generosity and kind deeds. He was ever anxious and willing to lend whatever aid was at his command to acquaintances and strangers alike, and he always derived a great deal of pleasure from doing someone a kind deed. In time of sickness, no matter whether it was a contagious illness or not, Henry Wagle was the first to volunteer his services. If one or more cars were needed at a funeral, Henry Wagle always furnished them. If some person in the community found it necessary to make a hurried trip to some point, Henry Wagle always offered to drive, no matter how distant the destination. And he was never known to accept pay for any of his services. No bigger hearted man ever lived than Henry Wagle, and we are proud to class him, not as a pleasing acquaintance, but as a friend.

That was the newspaper's only comment. The killing and what had led to it were ignored. To Todd, the bootlegger had been a model of neighborly commitment and generosity, an incarnation of the small-town spirit in an era of frightening social change. That was his importance to the community.
Many of the townspeople agreed. They recalled how warmly Kelly Wagle had greeted people, calling them by name and asking about their families, and how often he had done a good turn when someone, or some group, really needed help. It was Kelly who had saved little Edna Belle Clarke after a terrible accident north of town, and it was Kelly who had outfitted the entire Colchester High School football team when nobody else stepped forward to contribute.

Others in town had admired Kelly Wagle as an individualist, a man willing to go his own way, to take a chance, to do whatever was necessary to get ahead. They told a different set of stories - about the time he outwitted the police with two identical cars, or hid his liquor in the baptistery of the local church, or stood up to the Ku Klux Klan. In his later years the bootlegger had become a legend.

Still others had simply been afraid of him. They recalled the newspaper reports about his bootlegging, the stories about his fights with men who had crossed him, the rumors that he had killed his wife. Now that he was gone, they were relieved.

So were the authorities at the county seat. The editor of the Macomb Journal viewed Wagle's career as a perversion of the American rise-by-native-talent-to-success social pattern. In an editorial published shortly after the murder, he moralized about the notorious bootlegger, making an all-too-obvious point, but he also revealed a certain admiration for him.

That Kelly Wagle was an outstanding success in his field cannot be disputed. He was the most notorious bootlegger in western Illinois, and he was also rated as a wealthy man. He had entered the game in its infancy, and he had made money.
His character was a combination of the dynamic force, natural shrewdness, and bold fearlessness that are necessary for great achievement in any walk of life. It is to be regretted that he did not turn his ability to legitimate channels.

Once again becomes apparent the great place that opportunity plays in our lives. Had opportunity placed Wagle in the employment of a big corporation, the characteristics for success which he possessed would have advanced him to a high place. Instead, he became the leading bootlegger of this section.
Although Wagle occupied the limelight, he lived under a constant strain. His last days were turbulent. He knew that he was doomed - that eventually his enemies would get him. He led a life that could but get on the nerves of the strongest man.

They say that the iron nerves of Jesse James finally broke before his death and he was as irascible as a maiden aunt. So, too, the strain of being hunted by relentless enemies was beginning to tell on Kelly Wagle. . . .
His assassination proves again that crime does not pay.

Editor Todd of the Independent did not approve of the bootlegger's career either, but he couldn't bring himself to say so. The implications for Colchester were too severe. Still, he knew that many people in town, especially young men, had an intense admiration for Wagle, so the next issue of his weekly newspaper displayed something new - a motto, set in bold type above the masthead:
"The road to success may be winding, but it is never crooked."

Todd wanted the people of Colchester to ponder the meaning of success in the light of Wagle's career in their community, and he gave them plenty of time to think it over. That motto remained at the top of every issue for two years, until he sold the newspaper and moved out of town.
And in truth, as the years went by, the townspeople thought and talked endlessly about the bootlegger, about why he had died and what he had done and how he had happened to come along in their town - Colchester, of all places.

Adeline Purdy Wilson

Mrs. Wilson born Jan. 28, 1810 and died July 14, 1911, was over 101 years old and had resided in Macomb since the fall of 1833. She had lived in the same house since 1858.

Mrs. John O'Connor Wilson, whose maiden name was Adeline L. Purdy. was the daughter of Henry and Anna Purdy. being the eleventh child of the family of twenty- three children, all of whom with the parents preceded her in death long ago. Her ancestors were Irish, her grandfather having emigrated to the United States at an early day. The family settled around Lebanon, Kentucky. Adeline Purdy was married to John O'Connor Wilson on May 28, 1827. Ten children were born to them, only two of whom survive. They are Dr. B. H. Wilson, of Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, and Miss Cornelia Wilson of Macomb. Four of the ten children died in infancy, Charles at the age of one year, the others were Samuel P. Wilson, Elizabeth Clark, and Cincinatus Wilson. In the year 1833 Mr. and Mrs. Wilson left the "blue grass" state for Illinois. It was in October and the journey to this section was made in a two-horse buggy. The weather was ideal and the journey was made without mishap. They first settled on a farm four and one-half miles southwest of Macomb, on which they resided for eighteen months, coming then to Macomb to live and spend the rest of their days. Macomb when they first moved here was but a mere hamlet, and the greater part of McDonough county was a wilderness of brush and prairies unsettled. Wild game of all kinds abounded in those days and for many years afterwards until the great rush of civilization crowded the game from the face of the earth, and now it is rare for a nimrod to bag more than a rabbit or squirrel and no more the gobble of wild turkey is heard.

They first began housekeeping in Macomb in a house that stood where the fine new Christian church now stands. Their residence on the farm was a log cabin; chinked with mud and built in the style of a century ago.
They resided on East Jackson street for some time, moving thence to South Lafayette street and in 1858 Mr. Wilson erected the house in which the pioneer woman passed away. The house is in a good condition and at the time it was built it was conceded to be the finest for miles around.

John O. C. Wilson, husband of the subject of this sketch, was a prominent figure in the life of Macomb, during the early days of settlement. He was a leader in political affairs and was honored by being chosen the first mayor the city ever had. In his early life he was a Whig. Later be espoused the cause of the Democratic party. Fraternally he was a prominent member of the A. F. & A. M. He died in Macomb March 18,1880.

Mrs. Wilson was dearly beloved by everyone. She was a fine religious character. She had been affiliated with a church since she was but eighteen years of age. first becoming united with the Presbyterian church in Marion county, Kentucky and shortly after moving here she became a member of the Presbyterian church of Macomb, being one of the oldest members of the local church.

Besides her two children Mrs. Wilson's demise is mourned by eight grand children, seventeen great grandchildren and two great, great, grandchildren

[Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society, 1912 - Submitted by K. Torp] 
Carroll E Wood

Carroll E. "Woody" Wood, 88, of Brandinn Acres, Reedsville, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, at Heartland of Preston County after a short illness. He was born Sept. 29, 1912, in Macomb, Ill., son of the late Beryl and Dena McCreery Wood. He was an outstanding athlete in basketball and baseball at Western Illinois University and was co-captain of the 1934-1935 basketball team that won the Little 19 Conference Championship. In 1936, coaches elected him to receive the conference's Most Valuable Player trophy. He played semi-pro basketball after graduating from Western Illinois University in 1937, and was a member of the Ayers Oilers team for Kahokia, Mo., that won the 1938 YMCA tournament in Detroit. He played some professional baseball before beginning his coaching and teaching career, which extended over 30 years at Macomb, Elkhart, Mount Pulaski, Unit 5 Normal and District 87 Bloomington, all in Illinois. His most famous basketball team at Bloomington High posted a 23-3 record, ranked fifth in the state polls, won the Big 12 Conference, and went to the sectional, where it lost to Decatur. The Decatur team won the state tournament and had four of its five starters play college basketball. He was inducted into the Western Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1975. He retired in 1973 and moved to Alpine Lake Resort, near Terra Alta, to be near his daughter, Barbara and family. He became a dedicated Mountaineer fan after moving to West Virginia. He was a member of Reedsville United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Verona Lovett Wood, whom he married on Aug. 1, 1938; a daughter and spouse, Barbara and Ron Salter, of Vienna; two grandsons, Gary Salter, of Vienna, and Greg Salter, of Huntersville, N.C., and several cousins in Illinois. Friends may call at the James G. Lobb Funeral Home, W.Va. 7, Reedsville, from 12:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, until the 1:30 p.m. memorial service, with Dr. David Spence officiating.
Dominion Post, Morgantown, West Virginia -
submitted by Ida Maack Recu

Robert Joel Worley

Jan. 18, 1867 - Mar. 9, 1936
Robert J. Worley, son of Edward A. and Christia Thrasher Worley was born in Indiana on January 18, 1867, and passed away at his home six and one-half miles southwest of Raritan, Monday, March 9, 1936. He had been failing in health for months, but was only bedfast a short time, suffering from kidney trouble and complications. When he was a small boy he came with his parents to Illinois where they settled on a farm in the Old Bedford neighborhood, and it was there that he grew to manhood. In February of 1883 he was united in marriage to Ellen Hazelwood who preceded him in death a few years ago. Three children were born to them, all of whom remain to mourn their father’s passing. They are Mrs. Emma Thomas, of Raritan; Fred Worley, of LaHarpe; and Frank Worley of Monmouth. Two brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. Mr. Worley followed the occupation of farming and was an honest, industrious citizen, a good husband and father and a fine neighbor. for about 35 years he had been a member of the Old Bedford church. Funeral services were held last Wednesday afternoon at the Blandinsville Christian church. Rev. F. W. Leonard of Month, assisted by Rev. Mr. Willy of the Old Bedford church, officiating. Accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Ray Metcalf, Mr. and Mrs. Rolland Grate, Mrs. Arthur Grate, and Nelson Maraton sang “It Is Well With My Soul” and “Going Down the Valley.” Among those who attended the funeral services were the children and their families; Mr. and Mrs. Alva Thomas and children of Raritan, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Worley of Monmouth, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Worley and Mrs. Gale Scandlan of LarHarpe, two grandsons, Robert Worley from Florida and J. R. Worley of Raritan, a granddaughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Kempt of Stronghurst, a granddaughter Miss Mabelle Thomas of Monmouth, a nephew Roy Worley of Fairfield, Iowa, nieces Mrs. Mary Cook of Stronghurst and Mrs. Clora Conway of Gary, Indiana, Mrs. Olive Worley and Mrs. Maggie Worley of Raritan and Mrs. Minnie Ball of Bushnell.
[Unknown newspaper, Mar. 10, 1936 - Sub. by Jane Worley Knapp]
Researcher Jane Knapp submits this family information as well:

Children of Edward & Christia Worley
1. Robert Joel Worley Farmerb. 1-18-1861 Old Harmony, IN d. 3-9-1936 Blandinsville (Raritan), Henderson Co. ILm. Minerva Ellen Hazelwood/Haselwood 2-6-1883b. 9-20-1860 Henderson Co. ILd. 11-4-1929 Raritan, Henderson Co. IL Blandinsville, McDonough Co. IL Liberty Cem.Parents: James Haselwood (b. Bradfordsville, KY) & Jane Duncan (b. McDonough Co., IL)2. Willis Edward Worley Farmer in Raritan, ILb. 2-24-1862 Monroe Co. INd. 7-16-1927 Blandinsville, McDonough Co. IL Glade City Cem.m. Stella A. Green 12-23-1888b. 7-27-1862 Sperry, IAd. 3-1-1926 Blandinsville, McDonough Co. IL Glade City Cem.Parents: Edward Green (PA) & Eliza Jane Howard (TN)3. Martha (Mattie) Worleyb. 1863d. 4. Emma Worleyb. ? 1866 /1867d. 5. Harley L. Worley Mercantile/grocery/restaurantb. 8-27-1872 Blandinsville, McDonough Co. ILd. 6-7-1934 Macomb, McDonough Co. IL Blandinsville, IL Glade City Cem.m. Margaret (Maggie) R. Worthington 12-20-1905 Raritan Twp. ILb. Warren Co. ILd. 1- - Gary, IN bur. Blandinsville, IL Glade City Cem.
Charles "Chuck" Walton

PLYMOUTH - Chuck Walton, 49, died at 12:55 p.m. Saturday December 25, 1999, in his home.

He was born November 27, 1950 in Macomb to Charles (Bud) E. and Alice (Pickle) Walton. He married Bonnie Riser November 30, 1968 in Colchester. She survives.
Also surviving are his father, Charles E. Walton of Macomb; two sons Stacey and Kerry Walton of Plymouth, one daughter Alice Wall of Plymouth; his step-mother Gertrude Walton of Macomb, three brothers, Jim Walton of Indianapolis, Ind., Marc Walton of Macomb, and Mike Clarke of Bushnell; two sisters, Doreen Peterson of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Debbie Lanier of Huston, Texas and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Cremation rites have accorded. Memorials services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Hamilton Funeral Home in Plymouth with the Rev. Hank Nash officiating.
Charles W. Welch
 died: August 25, 1926
Charles W. Welch died at his home in Macomb, Wednesday morning of heart disease after an illness of 6 weeks at the age of 73 years, 6 months and 3 days.

Deceased was born in Colchester February 10, 1853 and spent the greater part of his life in this locality. In November of 1924, he moved to Macomb. He has always resided in this county and was well known and always had a high standing in the community. He was a 32nd degree Mason.

On December 25, 1878, he was married to Emma Reece, now deceased, but he is survived by the following sons and daughters: Mrs. R. Verne White of South Dakota, Mrs. Blanche Johnson of California, Cleve C. Welch of Colchester, Dr. R. R. Welch of Macomb, Homer W. Welch of Beardstown, and Mrs. Hazel Zimmerman of Colchester. Two sisters, Mrs. Nancy Guy of Macomb, and Mrs. Lee May of New York are also living. For some time Mr. Welch has been at the home of his son Dr. Welch in Macomb and there has been no hope of his recovery for several weeks.

Funeral services were held at Argyle Church, north of Colchester at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. Interment in Mount Auburn Cemetery.

Blandinsville Star Gazette, August 26, 1926, page 3

Emma Reece Welch
Mrs. Charles W. Welch, died at the late residence in Colchester township Sunday, July 4th, of pernicious anemia, aged 59 years, 11 months and 15 days.
Funeral services will be held at Argyle Church at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning. Interment in the Argyle Cemetery.

Deceased was born July 19, 1860 in Colchester township and has lived in that section all her life. She was married December 23, 1878. She has been a member of the Methodist church for 30 years. Her maiden name was Emma Reece.

Besides her husband she leaves 6 children: Vern R. of Brooking, South Dakota; Dr. R. R. Welch of Macomb; Mrs. Blanche Johnson of Macomb; C. C. Welch of Colchester and Mrs. Glen Zimmerman of Colchester. She leaves also her mother, and 5 brothers, Charles, Alonzo, Fred and Clifford of Colchester and William of Dallas, Texas, and one sister Mrs. Angie Curran.
Macomb Daily Journal, July 6, 1920

Cleve C. Welch
Cleve Welch, of Bethel, is Fire Victim
Cleve C. Welch, well know Bethel township man was fatally burned yesterday when his clothes ignited from gasoline he was using on his car. Desperately and in intense agony he ran from the garage into the yard where Mrs. Welch saw him fall, overcome by the fire that engulfed him. Mr. Welch was a brother of Dr. R. R. Welch of this city. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in West Bethel church with Rev. F. W. Leonard of Blandinsville officiating. Interment in Mt. Auburn Cemetery.

Note: this is from of a lengthy news article that includes coroner inquest testimony from his wife, Daisy.
Macomb Daily Journal, March 4, 1931, page 1

David Seybold Welch

died: June 1, 1918
David Welch died Saturday evening at his home 624 North Randolph street, this city at 6:05 o'clock of leakage of the heart with which he had been afflicted since last October, aged 40 years, 8 months and 24 days. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Christian Church, conducted by Rev. H. G. Waggoner; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.
David Seybold, son of Azro B. and Nancy V. Welch, was born September 7, 1877 in Blandinsville and came to this city in 1895, where he followed his occupation of painter and sign writer. For several years he was employed at the Fellheimer clothing store and later was in partnership with Charles Sweeney, deceased, in the painting business. He was lasate employed by the C. Leander paint firm until his failing health would no longer permit. For a number of years he held the office of First Lieutenant in Troop H. Illinois National Guard of this city.
January 11, 1900 he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Hoskinson of this city and 3 children resulting from this union now survive besides their mother, to mourn their loss of a kind, loving, affectionate and devoted husband and father. The children are namely, Lenore, Virginia and Elizabeth, all at home. He is also survived by one brother, Ernest of Keddleston, Sask., Canada and 3 sisters, Mrs. Nora Cowan, Mrs. Laura Quigley both of Rock Island and Mrs. Flora Bagg of Keystown, Sask., Canada. Deceased's mother was interred a week ago yesterday in Oakwood Cemetery.

Mr. Welch was a man well liked in Macomb and held in the highest esteem of all who knew him. Fraternally he was affiliated with the Red Men, Mystic Workers and Tri-State Lodges.

Macomb Journal, June 3, 1918

Elijah A. Welch of Colchester died Wednesday, December 17, 1913 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wallace Baumgardner 515 East Carroll Street after an illness of 2 weeks. The cause of death was paralysis with complications. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 o'clock at Argyle, conducted by Revs. VanNattan and Steele.

Deceased was born March 31, 1838 in Colchester township and has lived in that vicinity all his life. In 1868 he was united in marriage to Harriet Guy, who died in 1883. To this union were born 6 children, Elsie and James, deceased; George W. and Mrs. Myra Baumgardner of Colchester; Mrs. Angeline Baumgardner of Macomb and Henry T. of Beaumont, Texas. He leaves one brother, Albert B. of Dawson, Texas; 2 sisters, Mrs. Amanda Thornton, Houston, Texas and Mrs. Emma Norris of Austin, Texas.
Deceased has been a member of the Presbyterian church for 50 years, always taking an active part and was ready when the summons came, to go.
Macomb Daily Journal
December 18, 1913, page 5
Hattie Guy Welch

At her residence in Tennessee township, McDonough County, Illinois, on Friday evening, October 26, 1883, Mrs. Hattie Welch, wife of Elijah Welch, aged 41 years. Deceased was a daughter of George G. Guy and was born and raised in Emmet township. Her disease was consumption with which she was severely afflicted for a long time.

Macomb Journal, November 1, 1883

Mrs. Washington Welch
Mrs. Washington Welch, mother of George S. Welch, well-known of this city, Mrs. A. Thornton, Albert Welch of Colchester and Mrs. Emma Norris, died at her home near Argyle Church, 2 miles north of Colchester, the present week.
She was a lady of high Christian character, and among the pioneer inhabitants.

Macomb Journal, November 17, 1887

John A. Worthington

John Worthington, Good Hope, Dies
Who: John A. Worthington, 74, of Good Hope.
Died: 2:57 a.m. Friday at McDonough District Hospital.
Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Corman Memorial Home in Roseville, the Rev. James Weiss officiating.

Born: Dec. 12, 1898, in Holdridge, Neb.
Parents: Andrew and Teresa Irons Worthington.
Married: Mabel Marie Cross on July 20, 1920, at Bushnell; she is deceased.

Survived by: five sons, Kenneth and Keith, both of Roseville, John J. of Spokane, Wash., Frank of Good Hope and Lyle of Little York; eight daughters, Mrs. Lucille Hagemister of Harvard, Neb., Mrs. Bernice Sutton of North Highland, Calif., Mrs. Fern Woodworth and Mrs. Bernadine Bankes, both of Macomb, Mrs. Lodema Fawcett of Bartonville, Mrs. Joyce Brewer of Abindon, Mrs. Shirley Simmons of Roseville and Mrs. Linda Looper of Avon; one sister, Mrs. Ruth Schirber of Bancroft, Iowa; 50 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: one grandchild, seven sisters and two brothers.

History: After moving from Nebraska at the age of three, Mr. Worthington resided in Brown County and McDonough County. He was a member of the Macomb Elks Club and he attend the Swan Creek United Methodist Church.
Macomb Daily Journal, Friday, March 23, 1973

Mable Marie Cross Worthington

Mrs. Worthington, Walnut Grove, Dies
Who: Mrs. Mable Marie Worthingotn, 61, a life-long resident of Walnut Grove. Died: at 3:13 a.m. today at McDonough District Hospital where she had been a patient for seven days. She had been in poor health for about four months.
Funeral: services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Corman Memorial Home in Roseville; Rev. R. G. Marks will conduct the services.

Burial: Forest Lawn Memory Gardens in Macomb.
Born: Sept 19. 1902, in Walnut Grove.
Parents: Frank and Cordia Hageman Cross.
Married: to John Worthington on July 20, 1920, in Bushnell; he survives.

Survived by: her mother; five sons, Kenneth of Roseville, John Jr. of Smithshire, Keith of Swan Creek, Frank of Good Hope, and Lyle at home; eight daughters, Mrs. Louis Bankes of Macomb, Mrs. Don Hagemeister of Hayward, Neb., Mrs. Wilbert Sutton of N. Sacramento, Calif., Mrs. Fern Helms of Macomb, Mrs. Marion Simmons of Macomb, Mrs. Wheeler Fawcett of Peoria, Mrs. Marvin Brewer of Galesburg, and Miss Linda Worthington of Galesburg; 41 grandchildren; three brothers, Chalmers Cross of Macomb, Mrs. Dorothy Tournear of Macomb, and Mrs. Fern Johnson of LaHarpe.
Preceded in death by: her father, a grandchild, and a sister.
Macomb Daily Journal, Sat., December 28, 1963

E. Kenneth Worthington

Roseville Resident Dies In Monmouth
Who: E. Kenneth Worthington, 53 of R.R. 1, Roseville.
Died: 8:15 a. m. Wednesday at Monmouth Hospital.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at Sargent's Funeral Home in Macomb, Rev. Richard Huckins will officiate.
Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, military rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Born: March 31, 1924, near Bushnell.
Parents: John W. and Mable Cross Worthington.
History: resided in the Good Hope and Bushnell areas, veteran of World War II, having served overseas for two years, farmer, members of Monmouth VFW and Elks, Bushnell 100F, Roseville American Legion, and Center United Methodist Church.
Married: Sept. 26, 1946, to Mary Watt; she survives.
Survived by: widow; five daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Nancy) Huston of Roseville, Mrs. Robert (Hope) Huston of Avon, Mrs. Mitchell (Susan) John of Macomb, Miss Tracey Worthington and Miss Kendra Worthington, at home; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; four brothers, Keith and Frank of Roseville, Lyle of Little York and John of Spokane, Wash., and eight sisters, Mrs. Don (Lucille) Hagmeister of Harvard, Neb., Mrs. Wilburt (Bernice) Sutton of North Highlands, Calif., Mrs. Wayne (Fern) Woodworth and Mrs. Lewis (Bernadine) Bankes of Macomb, Mrs. Lodema Fawcett of Bartonville, Mrs. Mervin (Joyce) Brewer of Abingdon, Mrs. Marion (Shirley) Simmons of Roseville, and Mrs. Linda Luper of Springfield.

Macomb Daily Journal, Thurs., December 22, 1977


Fern Worthington Helms Woodworth

Who: Fern Woodworth, 59 of Macomb.
Funeral: 10 a.m., Friday in Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, Rev. Randall Whitmire will officiate.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery.
Died: Tuesday in Memorial Medical Center at Sprinfield.
Born: July 15, 1926 in McDonough County.
Parents: John and Mabel Cross Worthington.
Married: Albert Helms; he died July 14, 1959.
Married: Wayne Woodworth, he died March 7, 1969.
Survived by: daughter, Diana K. Shepler of Macomb; four step-children; three grandchildren; four brothers, John J. Worthington of Spokane, Wash., Keith and Frank Worthington, both of Roseville, and Lyle Worthington of Little York; and seven sisters, Mrs. Don (Lucille) Hagemeister of Giltner, Neb., Mrs. Wilbur (Bernice) Sutton of Elk Grove, Calif., Ledema Fawcette of Bartonville, Mrs. Marvin (Joyce) Brewer of Abingdon, Mrs. Marian (Shirley) Simmons of Roseville, Mrs. Lewis (Bernadine) Bankes of Macomb and Linda Luper of Springfield.

History: owner and operator of Fern's Beauty Nook; lived most of her life in McDonough County; employed by Western Illinois University Health Center; member of the Calvary Baptist Church and the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries.

Macomb Daily Journal, April 23, 1986


John J. Worthington

John J. Worthington, 59, of Macomb died Saturday at McDonough District Hospital. Funeral arrangements are pending at Corman Memorial Home in Roseville.

Macomb Daily Journal, Mon., February 22, 1988
Who: John J. Worthington, 59, of Macomb.
Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday in Corman Memorial Home here, Rev. Tom Mehafty will officiate.
Burial: Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
Died: 8:09 p.m. Saturday in McDonough District Hospital.
Born: July 7, 1928 in Walnut Grove.
Parents: John A. and Mabel Cross Worthington.
Married: Viola Watt in 1946.

Survived by: wife; a close friend with whom he made his home, Kathleen Britton of Macomb; two sons, David of Bushnell and Mike of Overland Park, Kan.; four daughters, Brenda Lybarger of Lafayette, Colo., Carolyn Taflinger of Texas, Melinda Frakes of Woodland, Texas and Jauna Becraft of Boulder, Colo.; 11 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; six sisters, Bernice Sutton of California, Lodema Fawcett of Bartonville, Joyce Brewer of Abingdon, Shirley Simmons of Roseville, Bernadine Bankes of Macomb and Linda Luper of Springfield, IL.; and three brothers, Keith and Frank, both of Roseville and Lyle of Little York.

Preceded in death by: his parents, two sisters and a brother.
History: lived most of his life in the Raritan and Smithshire areas where he farmed; lived in Idaho and Spokane, Wash., before moving to Macomb in 1987; Point Pleasant Township Road Commissioner for 12 years.

Macomb Daily Journal, Sun., February 21, 1988

Keith Worthington

Who: Keith Worthington, 67, of Galesburg.
Died: 2:15 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 1998, at Cottage Hospital in Galesburg, IL.
Funeral: 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Martin-Hollis funeral Home in Bushnell.
Burial: Oakwood Cemetery in Macomb.
Born: March 12, 1931, in Walnut Grove.
Parents: John and Mabel (Cross) Worthington.
Married: Margaret Ann Sorrells on November 27, 1949, in Bushnell.
Survived by: four sons, Steve and Joe Worthington of Good Hope, IL, Tony of Davenport, Iowa, and Tim Worthington of Dubuqe, Iowa; one daughter, Kathy Dennis of Galesburg; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Frank Worthington of Avon and Lyle Worthington of Little York and five sisters, Bernice Sutton of Herald, Calif., Bernadine Bankes of Macomb, Joyce Brewer of Galesburg, Shirley Simmons of Roseville and Linda Luper of Springfield.
Preceded in death by: his parents, two brothers, three sisters and one granddaughter.
History: farmed in McDonough and Warren counties for several years; was the Swan Township supervisor; was on the Warren County Fair Board; was a member of the Swan Creek Methodist Church; past member of the Roseville Odd Fellows Lodge and was a hunter and fisherman.
The Macomb Journal, Sunday, May 24, 1998

Carl Matthew Westlake

Macomb Daily Journal, Friday, March 19, 1943
Carl M. Westlake of Table Grove dies
Who: Carl Mathew Westlake, Table Grove farmer.
Died: this morning at the home of his nephew, Frank Foster, of Bardolph, after an illness of about a year.
Funeral: services will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the Clemens Funeral Home in Table Grove; Rev. Ingram of Adair officiating.
Burial: Miner Cemetery north of Table Grove.
Born: September 19, 1958, east of Table Grove.
Parents: son of James and Teress (Thompson) Westlake, now deceased.
Wife: Hattie Westlake, who survives; no children.
Note: Carl Matthew Westlake was born on 19 Sept. 1858 in Fulton Co., IL. Died on 19 Mar. 1943 in Bardolph, McDonough Co., IL. Buried on 20 Mar 1943 in Miner Cem., Farmers Twp., Fulton Co., IL.

Harriett Carrison Westlake

Table Grove - May 20 (Special)
Harriett Westlake of Table Grove Dies at Bardolph
Who: Harriett Carrison Westlake.
Died: Friday evening at the home of a nephew, Frank Foster, in Bardolph.
Funeral: services will be held at the Clemens Funeral Home here at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. H. A. Bahr.
Burial: Miner Cemetery north of Table Grove.
Born: Jan 17, 1861, northeast of Table Grove.
Parents: Robert and Elizabeth (Berry) Carrison.
Husband: Carl Westlake, who died in March, 1943; no children.
Surviving: other nephews Harry Carrison of Table Grove and Fred Carrison of Adair.

Donald Ernest Westlake 

Services to be Thursday For Donald E. Westlake
Who: Donald Ernest Westlake, Colchester.
Funeral: 3 p.m., Thursday, at the Chapel of the Jones Mortuary, Colchester, Rev. Ernest Louderman, will officiate.
Burial: Aven Cemetery.
Born: May 4, 1903, Macomb.
Parents: Emerson and Annie Walters Westlake.
Married: June 10, 1924, to Vi Tula Guernsey, who survives.
Survived by: wife; daughter, Darlene; mother; sisters Mrs. Nellora Waters of Table Grove, Mrs. Dana Foster of Adair, and Mrs. Stanley Oakman of Phoenix.
Preceded in death by: father and a sister.
History: resided in Abingdon 16 years and moved to Colchester 6 years ago; farmer.
Macomb Daily Journal,
Wednesday, October 15, 1952 

Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson Webster
Elizabeth Webster was born at Querlentine, Scotland, Sept. 22, 1816, and died at the home of her son, Samuel Webster, in Colchester, Sept. 22, 1908. She came to St. Louis in 1849, and to Colchester in 1857.
She was twice married, the first time to James Thompson, who died shortly after coming to this country. Her second marriage was to John Webster, who has also preceded her to the Great Beyond. She was the mother of eleven children, nine girls and two boys, of whom four are living: Isabella Meyer, of St. Louis, Sarah Yard of McDonough county, Agnes Baglin of Russellville, Ark., and Samuel Webster, of Colchester.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Cory at the M. E. church this afternoon. Interment at Mt. Auburn.
In her last sickness she often repeated the following verse:
The hour of my departure has come.
I hear the voice that calls me home.
At last, O Lord, let trouble cease
And let they servant die in peace.

Mrs. Elizabeth Webster died Tuesday afternoon at her home in Colchester, aged 92 years. The funeral will be held at the M. E. church tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. N. E. Cory: interment in Mt. Auburn cemetery.
Deceased was born in Scotland, coming to this country many years age, locating first at St. Louis and moving to Colchester in 1857 where she had since resided. Following the death of her husband she conducted a drug store in Colchester for some time. Her second husband died eight years ago, she being twice married. She is survived by these children: Samuel of Colchester, Mrs. Agnes Baglin of Russellville, Ark., Mrs. Job Yard of Emmet township, Mrs. Belle Meyers of St. Louis.

Mary Jane Yard Warren

Mary Jane Yard was born April 16, 1833, died October 2, 1902, age 74 years, 5 months and 16 days. Deceased was married to G. W. Warren, September 9, 1855 in McDonough county, Ill. To this union was born nine children. Seven girls and two boys. Three of whom have gone on before to await the coming of mother on the other side of the river. She united with the Cumberland Presbyterian church when she was about 16 years of age and when she was 27 years old, united with the Christian church and remained a faithful believer until death. She was an actual church worker as long as she was in good health, and loved to be at the house of God, and with his people to praise his name. She leaves husband, six children and twenty grand children and four brothers and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. But what is our loss is her gain. Through over 52 years of wedded life together, she now awaits the coming of her husband on the other shore.
The funeral services were held at the Union church October 2, conducted by W. E. Jones. A large attendance of friends and neighbors but speak the respect in which she was held by all who knew her. May she rest in peace in the land of her Savior.

Fred Burton Wardell

Rushville Times, Rushville, Illinois Oct. 11, 1939, page 11, c4
Fred Wardell, brother of Mrs.Carl Green of Rushville, IL died Tuesday, Oct. 3, at his home in Macomb, aged 60 years. Funeral Services were at the Assembly of God Church in Macomb, Rev J. Ferguson officiating. Burial in Oakwood cemetery in that city.
Fred Wardell. eldest son of William and Judith Ingles Wardell, was born in Bainbridge Township, Feb 1, 1880, being 57 years of age. He moved from Rushville to Macomb 28 years ago.
On Feb. 24 1903, he married Dora Vancil of Rushville, who with the following children survive: Mrs. Ethel Gray of Rock Island, Mrs. Mary Wilkins of Macomb; William J. of Rock Island. Also surviving is a grandson, William Wardell and a granddaughter, Betty Lou Gray, both of Rock Island. The following brothers and sisters survive: Frank R. and James A. Wardell of Bushnell; George T. of Galesburg, Charles E. of Beardstown; Mrs. Joe Davis of Astoria; Mrs. Carl Green of Rushville; Mrs. Kathry Stevin of Bushnell. In addition to his parents; 1 sister has preceded him in death.
from Judy Gilker

Frank R. Wardell

died: April 18, 1951
Rushville Times, Rushville, Illinois
Frank R. Wardell of Bushnell died Monday
Frank R. Wardell, 68, of Bushnell, formerly of Macomb, died Monday night at the St. Francis hospital in Macomb. He had been ill several weeks and was taken to the hospital Sunday.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Craycraft Funeral home in Bushnell. The Rev George McCowan officiating. Graveside services followed at 3 p.m. in Langford Cemetery near Rushville.
Decreased was born in Schuyler County, Nov. 16, 1882, a son of William and Judith Ingles Wardell, and moved from Macomb to Bushnell about 10 years ago.
He is survived by five brothers and sisters: Mrs. Julia Green and James Wardell of Rushville, Mrs. Gusta Green of Beardstown, Mrs. Bertha Davis of Astoria and Thomas Wardell of Galesburg. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
from Judy Gilker

Jefferson Welch

Death of Jefferson Welch
December 6, 1883
Macomb Journal told of four adults who died in the past week.
Jefferson Welch, one of the oldest settlers of McDonough Co., died at his home north of Colchester, in Emmet Township on Friday, 30th of Nov. after a long lingering illness. He settled on the farm on which he died before 1835. He married a sister of Thomas Calwell, Esq. of this city and was the father of quite a family. His wife survives him. Buried in Argyle cemetery.

Jefferson Welch
Macomb Journal, December 6, 1883
Jefferson Welch, one of the oldest settlers of McDonough County died at his home north of Colchester in Emmet township on November 30th. He came to McDonough County before 1835. He married a sister of Thomas Caldwell of this city and was the father of a large family. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church. His wife survives. Burial was in the Argyle Cemetery.


John Willis

Death of John Willis
December 6, 1883
Macomb Journal told of four adults who died in the past week.
John Willis died quite suddenly at the residence of John D. Walker Tuesday night. He had been working in the field and complained of being very sick and went to the house. Has lived in Macomb the past forty years or more, and never married, was probably sixty years old, was a sober, quiet, inoffensive, hard working man and made his living by day's work. Funeral today.

Junior Snowden White

Eagle Publications, September 12, 2002
Junior Snowden White, 85, Bushnell, died at 8:32 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2002, at his residence.
He was born Oct. 26, 1916, in Scottsburg, the son of Snowden and Laura E. Freburg White. Surviving are two brothers, Leo White, Rushville, and Dale White, Canton; four sisters, Ruth (Wayne) White, Macomb, Hazel (Celle) Barker, Bushnell, Faye Wallick, Bushnell, and Dorothy (Gerald) Willard, Avon. He was preceded in death by a friend with whom he made his home, Burnus Osborn, and a brother, Les White.
He was a World War II Army veteran. He was an initial employee of the Bushnell Tank Company, where he was employed for 30 years. He was a member of the Smithfield Gun Club, the Ideal Gun Club, and the National Rifle Association.,
Cremation was accorded. Burial of the ashes will be at later date.
Martin-Hollis Funeral Home, Bushnell, was in charge of the arrangements.

Adella Caldwell Welch

died: May 6, 1907
Macomb Daily Journal, May 7, 1907
Mrs. Adella Welch, an old and well known resident of the west part of the county, died at her home, two and one half miles northwest of Colchester, at 6:50 o'clock Monday evening of old age. She was one of the oldest residents of the county, being 93 years, 6 months and 10 days old. Funeral services will be held at the Argyle church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. R. B. Fisher of this city, interment in the cemetery at that place.
Adella Caldwell was born in Green County, Kentucky, October 26, 1813 and came to this state in 1830, locating in Sangamon county, where she lived only a short time, when she removed to this city. She lived here until 1832, when she came to the farm near Colchester, on which she lived the rest of her life. She was married to Jefferson Welch in 1832, they locating on the farm mentioned, he dying November 20, 1883. She has long been a faithful member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church and was a woman esteemed by all who knew her, one of the sturdy pioneers whose lives will ever be an example of self sacrifice and righteousness for the younger generation. She is survived by one brother, John Caldwell of Elvaston and five children - Wm. D. of Hire; Charles who lives on the home place; T. J. of Carlsbad, N. M.; Mrs. David Guy of Macomb and Mrs. Lee May of Atlanta, GA.


Taylor Welch

died: November 25, 1883
Macomb Journal, November 29, 1883
Taylor Welch of Emmet township was killed by lightning Sunday night near his home. He was born in Emmet township and has spent his whole life there. He was the son of James Welch who died several years ago and a cousin of Mrs. A. Thornton of this place and Geo. S. Welch, the bookdealer. He was married some 14 years ago to Miss Murray whose parents reside in Kentucky. They had 3 children, 2 of whom have died; the surviving child is less than 3 years old. The funeral was yesterday with burial in the Argyle Cemetery.


Garnet Carolyn Welch

Macomb Journal, March 5, 1969
Miss Garnet Carolyn Welch, 81, of 501 S. McArthur St., Macomb, a former school teacher, died at 9:30 am today at the Americana Nursing Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Friday at the Baptist Church. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery. The Rev. N. C. Blake will conduct the services.
Miss Welch was born December 10, 1887, in Hire township, the daughter of Frank and Elsie Hunt Welch. She resided in Hire township until 1903 when she moved to Macomb. In 1910, she moved to a home north of Macomb and in 1954, moved back to Macomb. She was a member of the Baptist Church, the Eastern Star, the DAR and the Sunday School Philethia Class. She graduated from Western in 1907 and taught school for several years in the Macomb area.
She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Runkle of Macomb and a niece Helen Sutton of Peoria. Two brothers, Wesley Welch and G. Bert Welch died previously.
Friends may call at the Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home after noon Thursday.


William D. Welch

Macomb Daily Journal, July 17, 1913
Was Dragged by a Hay Rake
The remains of the late William D. Welch were brought to Colchester last night from Christine, N. D., where he was killed in a runaway as told in yesterday's Journal and taken to the Williams undertaking parlors. From there they were taken to the home of his brother, Charles Welch, north of Colchester, who resides on the old home place. The funeral services will be held at Argyle Church at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Interment in the cemetery at that place. {lengthy article tells the details of the accident}


Melvin Welch

Macomb Daily Journal, September 11, 1919
Melvin Welch, formerly a resident of this city, died yesterday morning at the home of his sister, Mrs. Essie Grigsby at Joliet, aged 25 years. The body arrived last night at Colchester and was taken to the home of his uncle, C. W. Welch. The funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 pm at the Argyle church, north of Colchester, conducted by Rev. Jones.
Deceased was the son of Mrs. William Welch, who before the death of her husband lived in and near Macomb, with her family. Later they moved to Montana, where they had been making their home for the past five or six years. Several months ago the young man was taken ill with an attack of apolexy and was removed to a Denver hospital. A short time ago he was taken from there to the home of his sister, Mrs. Essie Grigsby of Joliet where he died. He was known by many here, and was well liked by everyone. He leaves his mother, two brothers, Jefferson of Arkansas, Robert of west of Macomb and one sister Mrs. Essie Grigsby of Joliet. A half sister and several brothers survive.


William D. Welch

Macomb Daily Journal, December 21, 1903
William D. Welch died at the residence of Henry Garrison in Industry at 5 o'clock last evening of typhoid pneumonia, aged 30 years, 8 months and 7 days. Funeral services will be held at the Unviersalist church tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, interment in Oakwood cemetery. Owing to the sickness of Rev. B. G. Carpenter, Rev. A. F. Ernest of the Presbyterian church will conduct the services.
Deceased was born in Blandinsville and has been a resident of this state all his life. He came to Macomb about nine years ago and has since made this his residence. He was an attorney at law by profession but lately had devoted his entire attention to the business of the Macomb Mining company of which he was a member. For several months he had worked in the coal shaft of the company in an effort to get the clearing work done away so they could commence getting out the coal. Not accustomed to work of that kind it told severely on him but with the grit that was always characteristic, he kept at his task. But the effort proved too much for him. Just when they were ready to market their output and see the result of their hard labor he was taken sick, and his constitution, enfeebled by the hard labor and could not withstand the disease and just two weeks from the time he was stricken, death claimed him. Just at the point where he appeared to have a good start toward a successful business with the goal in sight, he was called away.
He was captain of the company raised here for the Spanish American war, but they never were called to the front as the quota was filled. After that he was made captain of Troop H, this city, a position which he held for some time. He was quiet and unassuming and made a first class officer.
He leaves his mother, Mrs. M. V. Martin of Quincy, two sisters, Mrs. Ed Cowan of Rock Island and Mrs. Flora Albright of Chicago, one half-sister, Miss Laura Martin of Quincy and two brothers, David and Ernest of this city.
The remains were brought to Macomb last night and taken to Martin's undertaking parlors, where they were kept until this afternoon, when they were taken to the residence of his brother, David, 624 North Randolph Street.

Elizabeth McGee White

Macomb Journal, Thursday, August 25, 1887, Colchester item
Elizabeth, wife of Stephen A. White, died in this city on August 12th aged 61 years 11 months 6 days. She was born Elizabeth McGee in Orange County, Indiana but moved to Tennessee twp, McDonough County when she was 4 years old, where she lived until moving to Colchester 2 years ago. She was married to Stephen A. White on November 18, 1841; he survives along with 7 of their 12 children, 8 of whom grew to adulthood. She was buried in the family burying ground on the old homestead in Tennessee twp on Saturday.


Andrew Jackson Worthington

Mount Sterling Message, Mount Sterling, Illinois, Feb. 7, 1923
Andrew Jackson Worthington was born in Brown County, IL. on March 21, 1848, died at his home in Mount Sterling, Ill. Feb 1, 1923 aged 74 yrs. 10 months and 10 days. About a year ago he had suffered a stroke and had been in poor health since that time. In the fall of 1878 he went to Harian County, Nebraska, and on November 27, 1881 was united in marriage to Miss Tressia Irons in Sacramento, Nebraska. To this happy couple were born eleven children, eight girls and three boys. Those who are left to mourn his untimely death are the bereaved wife, six daughters: Mrs. Mary Bond of Ida Grove, Iowa; Mrs. Emma Bond of Ida Grove, Iowa; Mrs. Geneva Thompson of Rushville, Ill.; Mrs. Zola Bond of Ida Grove, Iowa; Mrs. Ruth Schriber of Britt, Iowa and two sons: William Bradford and John Amos Worthington of Bushnell, Ill. and a sister Mrs. Lucy Brown of this city and three brothers Peter and Orlando, of Timewell, and Marion Worthington of Trenton, Mo. Also survive and twenty three grandchildren with a host of other relatives. Two daughters and a son preceded him to the great beyond. All the children were present at the funeral except two daughters: Mrs. Schriber and Mrs. Thompson. The funeral was held at the family home Saturday morning at 10:30 conducted by Rev. Finnan on the Baptist Church interment in the Cross Roads Cemetery.


Tressia Irons Worthington

died: August 16, 1928
possibly Macomb newspaper
Mrs. Teressia Virginia Irons, widow of the late Andrew Jackson Worthington died Aug. 16, at her home at New Philadelphia, Ill. age 66 yrs 3 months and 28 days. Her death followed and illness of 2 weeks from complications that resulted from influenza. The remains were brought to Rushville IL. Friday and taken to the home of Mrs. Thompson where funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon and interment made in the Crossroads Cemetery near Versailles. Teressia Virginia Irons Worthington, the daughter of William and Mary Irons was born in Woodland County, Ill. April 18, 1862, she was married to Andrew Worthington November 27, 1881 at Holdridge, Neb. To this union were born eleven children two daughters and one son preceded her in death and the husband passed away six years ago. The children left to mourn the loss of the dear mother are Miss Etta at home, John of Walnut Grove, Ill., William of New Philadelphia, Ill., Mrs. Walter Thompson of Rushville, Ill., Mrs. Edgar Bond, Mrs. Ernest Bond, Mrs. Merton Bond of Ida Grove, Iowa. Mrs. Frank Schreiber of Britt, Iowa. And a number of grandchildren and one sister and one brother also mourn her passing from life.

Bertha M. Giddings Wardell

Rushville Times, Thursday Feb. 23, 1978, page 8
Rites for Bertha Wardell held on Wednesday.
Mrs. Bertha M. Wardell, 84, of Macomb, formerly of Schuyler County died Sunday at McDonough Distrist Hospital in Macomb, IL.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at 1pm. at the Martin-Hollis Funeral Home in Bushnell, IL. with burial in Palm Cemetery southwest of Rushville, IL.
She was born on Aug. 30, 1893, at Clayton, IL. a daughter of Perry and Rebecca Giddings. She married Harry Wardell on May 25, 1912, at Virginia, IL. He died in August 1957.
Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Vera Boyd of Canton, IL; and six sons, Frank of Ellisville, IL., James of Santa Clara, Calif., Morris of Princeville, IL, Lyle of Smithfield, IL., Harry of Florida, IL., and Charles of New Lenox, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and one sister.


Hildreth G. Fey Maddock Worley Weber

Rushville Times, March 8, 2000, page 15, column 4
Hildreth G. Weber, 93, of Macomb, died Thursday, March 2, 2000, at the Elms Nursing Home in Macomb.
She was born Feb. 18, 1907, in Schuyler County, the daughter of William and Myrtle Cooper Fey. She was married to Clarence Maddock, Frank Worley and Virgil Weber, and all are deceased.
She is survived by two sons, Darrell (wife Enid) Maddock of Plymouth, Ind., and Richard (wife Katy) Worley of Gatesville, Texas; four granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Helen Lewis of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, E. Lucille Lewis and Mildred Hetrick.
She was a charter member of the Church of God Abrahamic Faith. She was an organist, pianist and teacher for more than 50 years, and was a member of Macomb Raritan Bridge Club for 50+ years. She was very active in YWCA and Senior Citizens and drove many years to get people to vote. She attended music college in Quincy. She was the organist at Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home for over 45 years.
Funeral services were Monday at the Church of God Abrahamic Faith with Rev. Michael Brown officiating. Burial was in the Ripley Cemetery. Sargent-Worthington Funeral Home in Macomb was in charge of services.
Memorials may be made to Church of God Abrahamic Faith or McDonough District Hospital's Hospice Program.

Harley L. Worley
Aug. 27, 1872 - June 7, 1934
Death Takes a Raritan Merchant
Harley Worley Passes On
The Raritan and Blandinsville friends and acquaintances of H. L. Worley were shocked and grieved last Thursday evening when word was sent out from the St. Francis hospital at Macomb to the effect that he had been taken by death. His last illness was of short duration. He was taken ill on Friday, June 1, and early Saturday evening his condition became alarming and he was hurried to the hospital where all that could be was done by skilled physicians to prolong his life, but he grew steadily worse until about 6:30 o’clock Thursday evening, June 7, death ended his suffering. His death was the result of peritonitis produced by an infected appendix. Deceased was a son of Edward A. and Christia Worley and was born in Blandinsville, Illinois, August 27, 1872, and grew to young manhood in that village. On December 20, 1905, he was united in marriage to Miss Maggie Worthington of Raritan township, Illinois, the ceremony being performed at the Christian church parsonage in Macomb. They established a home on what is known as the Solomon Grate homestead four miles southwest of Raritan where they resided for three years. From there they went to Blandinsville where he embarked in the grocery business, first as a clerk and later on his own account. During the remainder of his life he conducted a mercantile business alternately in Raritan, Blandinsville, Good Hope, Blandinsville and Raritan, coming to the last names place about two years ago and establishing a grocery and cafe. Three children, two daughters and a son, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Worley, namely: Mrs. Clora Conway of Gary, Indiana, Mrs. Christia Gordon, deceased, and Dale Worley at home. Besides his wife, he is survived by their daughter Clora and son Dale, two grandchildren, Burdette Gordon of Gary, Indiana, and Louise Gordon of Blandinsville, and one brother Robert J. Worley of Old Bedford. His parents, one brother and two sisters, Willis, Emma and Mattie, preceded him in death. Funeral services were conducted in the Roberts funeral home at Blandinsville last Sunday afternoon by Rev. H. P. Kelly, pastor of the Blandinsville Baptist church, a former neighbor and friend of the family, and were attended by a large concourse of people, a goodly number of which were from Raritan and vicinity. Music for the services was furnished by Rev. J. A. Carwile and Rev. M. E. Steinkamp of Raritan, Roscoe McDonald of near Kirkwood and Harry Monroe of Point Pleasant township, who sang, :Let the Lower Lights Be Burning,” “There is No Night There,” and “Sometime We Will Understand.” Miss Carol Flood presided at the piano. Interment was made in the Glade City cemetery at Blandinsville by the side of his daughter Christia. The pall bearers were Ray Voorhees, Elmer and Robert Harden of the Raritan community, L. D. Gordley, Elsworth Burr and Milty Jacobs of Blandinsville. The casket bore many floral offerings, emblems of regard and sympathy. [Unknown newspaper, June 11, 1934 - Sub. by Jane Worley Knapp - who adds this further family information:
Harley L. Worley Mercantile/grocery/restaurant; b. 8-27-1872 Blandinsville, McDonough Co. ILd. 6-7-1934 Macomb, McDonough Co. IL; Bur. Blandinsville, IL Glade City Cem.m. Margaret (Maggie) R. Worthington 12-20-1905 Raritan Twp. IL b. Warren Co. IL; d. Gary, IN Bur. Blandinsville, IL Glade City Cem.

Margaret (Maggie) R. Worthington Worley

Wife of Harley L. Worley
RARITAN, Jan. 6 - (Special) - Mrs. Maggie Worley, 66, of Gary, Ind., formerly of Raritan, died Friday at the Methodist hospital in Gary. Mrs. Worley operated a grocery store while living in Raritan. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Roberts Funeral home in Blandinsville. The Rev. K. H. Hesselink of the Raritan Reformed church of which she was a member, officiated. Mrs. George Brokaw and Miss Darlene Gibb, accompanied by Mrs. K. H. Hesselink, sang, “The Lord Is My Shepherd,” “The City Foursquare” and “Safe in the Arms of Jesus.” Pallbearers were George Brokaw, Edgar Churchill, Roy Willard and Ray Voorhees of Raritan, William Burr and Milty Jacobs of Blandinsville. Interment was in the Blandinsville cemetery. Mrs. Worley was preceded in death by her husband, Harley Worley and one daughter, Mrs. Christy Gordon. Surviving are two children, Mrs. Raymond Conway and Dale Worley, both of Gary, and one brother, Lewis Worthington, of near Raritan; two grandchildren, Burdette and Louise Gordon, and other relatives and friends.
[unknown newspaper, Jan. unknown, sometime after 1934 - Sub by Jane Worley Knapp]

Stella A. Green Worley

July 27, 1862 - Mar. 1, 1926
Stella Ann Green, daughter of Edward and Eliza Jane Green, was born in Sperry, Iowa, July 27, 1862; and passed away at her home in Blandinsville, March 1st, 1926, aged 63 years, 7 months and 2 days. When about ten years of age she moved with her parents to Illinois and settled near Bedford church where she grew to womanhood. On December 23rd, 1888 she was united in marriage to Willis E. Worley of Blandinsville. Three children were born to this union, all of whom, with their father survive her passing. They are Roy Edward of Fairfield, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Marguerite Cook of Raritan and Vivian Estelle at home. Mrs. Worley has been afflicted with asthma for nearly 40 years and a few days ago seemed to contract a heavy cold which proved fatal. In addition to the husband and children she leaves 3 grandchildren. Also 2 sisters, Mrs. O. W. Huston of Carthage, Ill., and Mrs. Mary Hockman of Dallas City, Ill., and 3 brothers Richard Green of Dubois, Wyoming, Edward green of Colfax, Washington and James Green of Mazie, Oklahoma. Since coming to Illinois with her parents as a child Mrs. Worley has lived all of her life near Blandinsville with the exception of 6 years when with her husband and family she lived near Fairfield, Iowa. Three years ago they moved to Blandinsville their present home. Early in life Mrs. Worley united with the Raritan Christian church and two years ago last November took membership with the Blandinsville Christian church. She has not been able to attend services on account of her affliction. She was truly a good woman, a loving wife and an affectionate mother. She will be sadly missed in the home where she was confined so long with her affliction. Funeral services were held last the Christian church, Thursday 2 p.m., F. W. Leonard, officiating. [Unknown newspaper, Mar. 3, 1926 - Sub. by Jane Worley Knapp]
Further information sent in by researcher Jane Knapp:
Stella A. Green -- b. 7-27-1862 Sperry, IA; d. 3-1-1926 Blandinsville, McDonough Co. IL Glade City Cem. Parents: Edward Green (PA) & Eliza Jane Howard (TN)
m. Willis Edward Worley 12-23-1888 Farmer in Raritan, IL - b. 2-24-1862 Monroe Co. IN; d. 7-16-1927 Blandinsville, IL Glade City Cem. His Parents: Edward Ashley Worley & Christia Ann Thrasher

Willis Edward Worley

Feb. 24, 1862 - July 16, 1927

Willis Worley retired farmer passed away suddenly at 11:30 on Saturday night at his home in Blandinsville. He in company with J. C. Biship and Levi Creel spent the day fishing near LaCrosse. Mr. Worley drove the car and appeared in his usual health and spirits. They returned about six o’clock and after eating supper Mr. Worley went up town and got shaved and at 8 o’clock went home, took a bath and went to bed. About 11:20 his daughter Vivian heard him make a peculiar sound like a moan that alarmed her and she went to his bedside and spoke to him and shook his shoulder but got no response. She called Noah Carmack who was passing by and he went to the bed to find Mr. Worley apparently lifeless. He called Dr. Benjamin who found life extinct and the undertaker was notified. He called coroner Able James who came over Sunday morning and held an inquest on the body that was removed to the Lady undertaking parlors. The daughter Miss Vivian and Noah Carmack who were present at his death and John C. Bishop were the only witnesses called and the testimony was what is related above. The jury consisted of S. H. Trego, foreman, Clyde Halonline, Will Lady, Fred Klinger, T.P. Yard and James Hull. Their verdict gave Angina Pectoris, or a disease of the heart as the cause of his death.

OBITUARY -- Willis Edward Worley was born in Monroe county, Indiana on February 24, 1862 and passed away at his home in Blandinsville, Illinois at 11:30 P.M. on Saturday, July 16, 1927 aged 65 years, 4 months, and 22 days. Until about seven years ago he was a farmer in the Raritan neighborhood but on account of failing health, he quit the farm and moved to Blandinsville. He passed away suddenly, being stricken with heart disease while in his bed at 11:30 P.M. on Saturday night. On December 23, 1888 he married Miss Stella Green while living in Henderson county, who preceded him in death about two years ago. Of their family there remain one son, Roy Worley of Fairfield, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Cook of Raritan and Miss Vivian Worley at home. He has two brothers, Robert and Harvey Worley who live in Blandinsville. Deceased was an honest industrious man of quiet and kindly disposition who lived the peaceful life of a retired farmer and had many friends. He was a member of the Masonic lodge, a faithful member, a good neighbor, and a respected citizen of the community in which he lived. Funeral services were held at the Christian church at 1:30 P.M. Tuesday July 19. The Rev. F. W. Leonard officiating. The interment in Glade City Cemetery. Funeral in charge of Blandinsville lodge No. 223 A. F. and A. M.
 Unknown newspaper, July 18, 1927 -
Sub. by Jane Worley Knapp

Additional information submitted by researcher Jane Knapp:
Willis Edward Worley, Farmer in Raritan, IL b. 2-24-1862 Monroe Co. IN; d. 7-16-1927 Blandinsville, IL
m. Stella A. Green 12-23-1888; b. 7-27-1862 Sperry, IA; d. 3-1-1926 Blandinsville, IL bur. Glade City Cem.
Parents: Edward Green (PA) & Eliza Jane Howard (TN)

BUSHNELL - Lee Edward Wade, 85, of Alexander, formerly of Bushnell, died at 2:35 a.m. Sunday, April 12, 1992, at St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg.
Born Dec. 25, 1906, in Augusta to Dr. Edward H. and Lillian Davis Wade, he married Dorothy Homer on March 17, 1928, in rural Fulton County.  She died on March 13, 1968.  He later married Margaret Strawn on Sept. 2, 1984, in Alexander. 
Surviving are one daughter, two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  He was a retired accountant and a former member of the Illinois Accountants Organization.
He was a member of the Bushnell Presbyterian Church and J.L. Anderson Masonic Lodge 318, AF&AM, in Augusta.
Cremation rites will be accorded, and memorial services will be held at a later date.  Martin-Hollis Funeral HOme in Bushnell is in charge of arrangements.
 [Surviver information omitted for privacy]
Peoria Journal Star
April 13, 1992
Submitted by C.H.

Olin "Babe" Wade
MACOMB - Olin "Babe" Wade, 87, of 225 W. Calhoun died at 1:30 a.m. Friday, July 1, 1994, at his home.
Born Dec. 19, 1906, in Plymouth to Peter Boren and Rose Ellen Boman Wade, he married Mildred Zimmerman on March 11, 1945.
Surviving are one son, one daughter and five grandchildren.  One daughter, Betty , and one brother preceded him in death.
He was a painter at the former Macomb Motor Co. and also was a self-employed sign painter.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home.  The Rev. Ron Derrig-Green will officiate.
Visitation will be one hour before services at the funeral home.  Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]
Peoria Journal Star - July 2, 1994
Submitted by: C.H.
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