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Obituaries and Death Notices

Unless otherwise stated, these obituaries were compiled from old newspapers by Milo Custer and published in 1912

KADEL, Daniel, ( Musician; Formerly of Bloomington, Ill. Brother of Philip Kadel, Charles Kadel, and Mrs. John G. Kehr,) b. Germany, d. Dallas, Texas, Aug. ..., 1880. Left widow and 3 ch.

KAGEL -- Charles DeLoss Kagel, 77, of R.R. 2, Ellsworth, died at 12:04 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 5, 1998) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington. His funeral will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick of Merna Church, Bloomington, the Rev. Gerald T. Ward officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mound Cemetery, Blue Mound Township. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home, Bloomington, with a prayer service at 8 p.m. Visitation also will be a half-hour before the service Wednesday at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, the Corn Belt Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association or a charity of the donor's choice. Mr. Kagel was born Nov. 21, 1921, at Bellflower, a son of Charles F. and Grace Margaret Leary Kagel. He married Louella Baker on Aug. 15, 1953, at Lincoln. She survives. Other survivors include four daughters, Ruth (Gerald) Poppe, Chenoa; Janet Marie (John) Hogan, Dalton City; Karen (Mark) Wyant, Ellsworth; and Mary (Daniel) Kerber, Arrowsmith; and one son, John D. Kagel, Ellsworth. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, Phillip Poppe; Craig, Lynn and Alan Hogan; Zebulon, Wendy, Zachary and Jennifer Wyant; Christopher, Kelly and Nickolas Kerber; and John D. Kagel Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Mr. Kagel was a graduate of Cooksville High School. During their married life, he and his wife farmed in McLean County. He also was a meter reader for Corn Belt Electric for more than 15 years. He was a member and past two-term governor of the Bloomington Moose Lodge 745 and held several offices in the lodge. He served on the Tri-Valley school board from 1967 to 1977. He enjoyed dancing and county music. He was a member of St. Patrick of Merna Church. (The Pantagraph)

KAGEL, Louella M Baker -- Louella M. Kagel, 77, R.R. 2, Ellsworth, died at 10:40 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 8, 2002) at Heritage Manor, Colfax. Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington, the Rev. Gerald T. Ward officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mound Cemetery, Blue Mound Township. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington, with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, and for a half hour before the service Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association Corn Belt Chapter or to Heritage Manor of Colfax. She was born June 18, 1925, at Hartsburg, a daughter of Louis Nicholas and Edith Schwantz Baker. She married Charles DeLoss Kagel Aug. 15, 1953, at Lincoln. He died Dec. 5, 1998. Surviving are four daughters, Ruth (Gerald) Poppe, Chenoa; Janet (John) Hogan, Dalton City; Karen (Mark) Wyant, Ellsworth; and Mary (Daniel) Kerber, Arrowsmith; one son, John D. Kagel, Chenoa; two sisters, Esther (Rudy) Lolling, Lincoln, and Irma (Bill) Neil, Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Wilbur (Mac) Baker, Lincoln; and 12 grandchildren, Phillip Poppe; Craig, Lynn and Alan Hogan; Zeb, Wendy, Zach and Jenny Wyant; Chris, Kelly and Nick Kerber; and John David Kagel Jr. Mrs. Kagel was a graduate of Hartsburg-Emden High School and worked as a meter reader for Corn Belt Electric for many years and was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Patrick Church of Merna; Women of The Moose; American Legion Ellsworth Auxiliary; Home Extension East Siders; and had been a 4-H leader for the Ellsworth Tip Toppers. (The Pantagraph)

KARR, Mrs. Irene, ( Wife of Harvey B. Karr, Daughter of William and Nancy Shannon,) b. Newport, Ky. Nov. 28, 1849, settled in Ill. 1850, m. Dec. 15, 1870, d. near Shirley, Ill. Nov. 21, 1874, Left one sister, Mrs. M. H. Chuse.

KARR, Walter, [Son of Thomas and Celia (Lewis) Karr.] b. Sussex County, New Jersey, July 8, 1797, m. Elizabeth Ann Karr, 1823, Settled in McLean County, Ill. March 11, 1834, d. Heyworth, Ill. March 22, 1879. ch. Edwin Karr , Mrs. Harriet Kinzel, Henry A. Karr, Mrs. Celia Rockwell , and four others. [See Duis' "Good Old Times" 1874, Page 802.]

KASPRZAK, John A., 91, formerly of Normal, died at 7:35 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 7, 2008) at Terrace Nursing Home, Waukegan. His funeral will be at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home and at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Kevin Lucas officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to the family. John was born May 8, 1917, in Chicago, the son of Joseph and Mary Koziol Kasprzak. He married Frances M. Macedon on Aug. 26, 1944, in Chicago. She died Oct. 8, 2003. He is survived by two daughters, Eileen (Ron) Boro, Normal, and Therese (Howard) Furniss, Waukegan; six grandchildren, Steve Boro, Brian Boro, Michelle (Andrew) Fruge, Debbie Nemiro, Scott (DeAnna) Furniss and David (Allison) Furniss; eight great-grandchildren, Jacob, Kristin, Kacey, Allison, Andrea, Sophia, Nathan and Nikolas; and one sister, Monica Filstead, Arlington Heights. John attended St. Pius Grade School and was a graduate of Carl Schurz High School, both in Chicago. John worked in security for Bergner's department store in Bloomington for several years. While in Chicago, he worked as a machinist for Austin Continental Co. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and the Knights of Columbus. [The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois]

KATES, G. H. b. Germantown, Pa. Jan. 4, 1834, m. Mary A. Adams, Quincy, Ill. 1863, d. Bloomington, Ill. May 15, 1879. Left 4 ch.

KEELY, John, d. at his res. on North Mason Street, Bloomington, Ill. June 6, 1877, aged 42 years.

KEISER, John, ( Father of H. Keiser,) d. 511 N. McLean St. Bloomington, Ill. Dec. 26, 1873, aged 72 years.

KEITH, Mrs. Helen, d. at res. of J. W. Law, 811 N. Evans St. Bloomington, Ill. about Dec. 17, 1879, aged 69 years.

KENYON, Ezra T. d. at his res. 2 1-2 miles west of McLean, Ill. July 21, 1880, aged 67 years.

KENYON, Capt. Shepherd E. b. Conn. 1806, m. Eleanor Lawton, Conn. 1829, settled in McLean County, Ill. 1840, d. Bloomington, Ill. Dec. 26, 1880. Daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Riley.

KENYON, Mrs. Eleanor, (Wife of S. E. Kenyon,) d. Bloomington, Ill. Nov. 26, 1874, aged 79 years.

KETCHUM, Mary A. -- Mrs. Ketchum Died Saturday Afternoon -
Mrs. Mary A. Ketchum, ages eighty-two years, a native of Ohio, who had been a resident of this city for one week, died Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at her apartments on Fayard street. Deceased had been a visitor to Biloxi for several winters and was well and favorably known among the citizens as well as winter visitors in the city. She is survived by a husband and other relatives. The remains have been taken to her former home in Chenoa, Illinois, where the funeral will be held.
[20 Dec 1915 - Daily Herald - Biloxi, Mississippi]

KEVE, John J. (Formerly of McLean County, Ill.) d. near Eldorado, Kansas, Sept. 27, 1873.

KIDD, James -- For love of a schoolmistress, James Kidd, of McLean County, Illinois, blew out his foolish brains. [1871 Feb 12 - Galveston News]

KILLIN , James, d. Atlanta, Ill. Oct. 30, 1871 , aged 80 years.

KILLMER , William J. d. at his res. corner Walnut and Mason Streets, Bloomington, Ill. Jan. 14, 1874, aged 79 years.

KIMBALL, Mrs. Eliza, (Wife of Dr. S. P. Kimball,) d. Fairbury, Ill. June 21, 1871, aged 43 years.

KIMLER, Sergeant Jefferson E. -- At Springfield Mo, Oct. 1st, of typhoid pneumonia, Sergeant Jefferson E Kimler of Co. G, 94th Regiment Illinois Volunteers. McLean Co., IL, October 8, 1862. [Source unknown: Submitted by Foxie Hagerty]

KIRBY, James, ( Formerly of Yorkshire, England,) d. Allin Twp. McLean County, Ill. July 20, 1873, aged 66 years.

KISSELL, Mrs. Lois A. (Wife of John V. Kissel,) d. at Bloomington, Ill. (?) Sept. 16 , 1872, aged 38 years.

KITCHEN, John, d. Decatur, Ill. April 5, 1875, aged 67 years.

KLUMP -- HUDSON - The funeral of Edith M. Hinshaw Klump, 95, of Heritage Manor, El Paso, formerly of Hudson, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Beck Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Rev. Gloria Hernandez will officiate. Burial will be in Hudson Cemetery, Hudson. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the memorial home. She died at 2:56 p.m. Monday (June 19, 2000) at Heritage Manor, El Paso. Memorials may be made to Hudson Christian Church, Hudson. Mrs. Klump was born Jan. 8, 1905, in Hudson, the daughter of Frank W. and Grace Gildersleeve Hinshaw. She married Gussie Klump Oct. 5, 1927, in El Paso. He died May 11, 1981. Survivors include two daughters, Waunita (Charles) Geshiwlm, Carlock, and Lois (Donald) Hines, R.R. 1, Bloomington; and one sister, Evelyn Marss, Lexington. Also surviving are a brother-in-law, Edward Madix, Hudson, and eight grandchildren, Susan (Patrick) Larkin, Steven (Marjorie) Geshiwlm, Douglas (Kimberly) Geshiwlm, Gregory (Susan) Geshiwlm, Lori Ann Geshiwlm, David Geshiwlm, Becky Hines and Mark (Jana) Hines; and 11 great-grandchildren, Ryan and Erin Larkin; Natalie and Nicole Geshiwlm; Lance and Lindsey Geshiwlm; Trevor, Olivia and Ian Geshiwlm; and Billy and Robbie Hines. Her parents, two brothers, two sisters and one grandchild preceded her in death. Mrs. Klump was a homemaker. She was a member of Hudson Christian Church; Hudson Homemakers Extension Association; and White Oak Social Club. [The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois]

KOCH, Frederick, d. Bloomington, Ill. Jan. 5, 1875, a. 53 years. Son, F. Koch

KNICKERBOCKER, Mrs. Melinda, d. Bloomington, Ill. Dec. n, 1873, aged 68 years, 8 months, 5 days.

KNOX, John W. (Formerly of Champaign, Ill.) d. Pembroke, N. H July 20, 1871.

KOEHN, Frederick Sr. d. Bloomington, Ill. March 15, 1878, aged 68 years.


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