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

LACEY, Miss Mary Louisa, ( Daughter of W. S. Lacey,) d. at the res. of her father in Pontiac, Ill. Nov. 20, 1877, aged 22 years

LACKEY, Mrs. Dr. J. S. ( Daughter of E. H. Didlake,) d. Normal, Ill. Sept. 26, 1879, aged 43 years.

LAFLIN, Mrs. Jane, (Mother of Mrs. Henry West,) d. Bloomington Ill March 28, 1875.

LAKE, John, d. Heyworth, Ill. April 13, 1877.

LAMBERT, Cornelius, d. Atlanta, Ill. Feb. 22, 1871 , aged 58 years.

LAND, T. H. (Private, 1st Regt. Kentucky Vol. Cavalry, Mexican War ) b. Madison County, Ky. Dec. 4, 1822, Settled in McLean County Ill 1853 d. McLean County, Ill. Nov. 8, 1878. ch. Mrs. Wesley Stubblefield, two other daughters and four sons.

LANE -- Carolyne and Isaac --- Carolyne, 85, passed away Sunday (Dec. 7, 2008) at Manor Care Health Center, Normal, and her husband, Isaac Lane, 86, passed away Monday (Dec. 8, 2008) at BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal. They both had resided in Bloomington. Services for Carolyne and Isaac Lane will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington. The Revs. Joseph and Ellen Culpepper will be officiating. Burial will be at East Lawn Cemetery, Bloomington. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Carolyne was born March 18, 1923, in Emington, the daughter of John M. and Velma Hargreaves Wyllie. She married Isaac Lane on Dec. 12, 1953, in Emington. He passed away Dec. 08, 2008. Isaac was born July 28, 1922, in McLean, the son of Isaac and Betty Neeves Lane. He married Carolyne on Dec. 12, 1953, in Emington. She passed away Dec. 7, 2008. Carolyne is survived by one brother, John (Marilyn) Wyllie, Pontiac; one niece, Jan (Todd) Miller, Pontiac; two nephews, Scott Wyllie, Emington, and John (Diane) Wyllie, Pontiac; and nine great-nieces and great- nephews. Isaac is survived by his sister, Anita Poling, Bloomington. Also surviving are nine nieces and nephews, Dr. David Burke, Tom (Peggy) Duncan, Mike (Betsy) Duncan, Connie (Larry) Tabor, Susan (Dan) Consolvo, Linda (David) Heisner, Stephanie (Pete) Kagy, Greg (Carolyn) Poling and Lori (Tim) Glaze. Also surviving are 14 great-nieces and great-nephews. Carolyne was preceded in death by her parents. Isaac was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Mabel Duncan, Hazel Stubblefield, Grethel Neil and Lora Burke; one brother, Eugene Lane; and two nephews, Steven Lane and John Burke. Carolyne graduated from Dwight High School, Dwight, and Stephens College, Columbia, Mo. She had retired from State Farm Insurance Cos., Bloomington, after 40 years of service. Isaac graduated from McLean High School and served in the U.S. armed forces during World War II. He had retired from State Farm Insurance Cos., Bloomington, after 40 years of service. [The Pantagraph - Bloomington, Illinois]

LANGE, Henry, ( Son of Gustave Lange,) d. at the res. of his grandfather J. G. Lange, ..., W. Grove St. Bloomington, Ill. Sept. 27, 1877, aged 21 years, 9 months.

LANGE, John T. b. Germany, d. Bloomington, Ill. Aug. 7, 1879, aged about 75 years. Son, Gus Lange, Ex -Sheriff, McLean County, Ill.

LARISON, George W. ( Co. I, 3rd Ill. Cavalry, Civil War; Son of Green B. Larison, Sr.) m. Hannah Eversole, 1871, d. ..., E. Olive St. Bloomington Ill. May 25, 1878, aged 32 years. Brothers, James M. Larison, Lee Larison G. B. Larison, Jr., Sister, Mrs. H. C. Fell. (Left also 2 ch.)

LARRIMORE, John N. b. Queen Ann County, Md. 1816, d. at the res of his mother-in-law, Mrs. S. M. Baker, 2 miles east of Bloomington, Ill. Aug 10, 1879, aged 63 years.

LAUGHLIN, J. Dickson, d. (Bloomington, Ill.?) about Oct. 6, 1877.

LAWRENCE, Clark, d. at the res. of his daughter in Leroy, Ill. Sept. 16 1874, aged 71 years.

LAWRENCE, Mrs. Louisa F. ( Wife of Albert Lawrence,) d. Pontiac, Ill. April 11, 1875, aged 65 years.

LAWRENCE, Mrs. Mary G. ( Wife of Jonas A. Lawrence,) d. 408 S. Albert Street, Bloomington, Ill. Sept. 1, 1874, aged 29 years, 3 days

LEACH -- Samuel Leach, Bloomington, aged 73, a former supervisor and prominent in political and secret society circles for many years, dropped dead at a local theater. [December 19, 1913, Ste. Marie Tribune, Jasper County, IL, Friday, submitted by K. Torp]

LEAVITT, Moses, d. Mason City, Ill. April 19, 1875.

LEECH, Henry W. (Tailor,) b. Pittsburg, Pa. June 1, 1829, m. Sarepta H. Downey, of Atlanta, Ill. Feb. ..., 1867, d. Bloomington, Ill. Jan. 29, 1880. (Left two daughters.)

LEEPER, Mrs. Eleanor, d. Waynesville, Ill. Jan. 22, 1871, aged 73 years

LEIGABER, Jack
Bloomington, Ill:  Jack Leigaber, journeyman machinist, shot in head and stomach here today by A.C. Kemplin, who alleged Leigaber had been paying too much attention to his wife.  Mortally wounded.  [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), 05 Nov. 1912; sub by KT]


LENZ -- Emil Lenz, one of the oldest German-American settlers of Bloomington, IL, died yesterday. He was 63 years of age. [The Chicago Times Herald, Thursday Morning, May 30, 1895 - Tr by Suzan Stern]

LENZE, Joseph, ( Father of Emil Lenze,) b. Germany, d. Bloomington Ill March 12, 1874, aged 64 years.

LIGHTFOOT, Capt. John Lightfoot
Was a Founder of the G.A.R. - Capt. John Lightfoot died at Bloomington, aged 77.  He was one of the five men, in Decatur a quarter of a century ago, organized post No. 1 of the Grand Army of the Republic, and was a member of the committee who drew up the original ritual. [The Watseka Republican, Watseka, Iroquois Co., 30 September 1891; sub. by dmcneeley]


LONG, Frederick, d. 717 West Front St. Bloomington, Ill. July 1, 1879(?) aged 42 years.

LOTT, J. B. (Co. C. 33rd Ill. Vol. Inf. Civil War.) Formerly of McLean County, Ill. d. Gibson City, Ill. Sept. .... 1879.

LOVELESS, Daniel, (Farmer) d. near Belleflower, Ill. Sept. .., 1879.

LOW, Mrs. Sarah, ( Nee Brooks; widow of Nathan Low, Senior,) b. Fayette County, Pa. Nov. 24, 1792, d. Heyworth, Ill. June 28, 1879. Ch. Mrs. Bailey H. Coffey, Mrs. Elizabeth Karr, Mrs. Isaac Vauordstrand, John N. Low, Nathan Low, Junior, [of Galatea, Col.]

LOWELL, Frank F. d. at the res. of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Sarah Burger, El Paso, Ill. Nov. 7, 1879, aged 33 years. (Left widow and 2 ch.)


LOWERY - Mrs. Anna B. Lowery, 87, of 1715 W. College, Normal, passed away at Mennonite Hospital at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 1973. She had been ill for eight years. She left 151 descendants. Married at 13, she had 11 children, all surviving. She also left 45 grandchildren and 92 great-grandchildren. Her funeral was held Saturday at the Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Lexington. She was born August 24, 1886, in Fulton Co., a daughter of Garrett and Josephine Atkinson Ackerson. She was married to John W. Lowery December 25, 1899 in Farmington. He died May 3, 1965. Survivors include five daughters, Mrs. Mary Ralston, Lexington; Mrs. Emma Smith, Ore City, Texas; Mrs. Frieda Willan. Normal; Mrs. Dorothy Lipscomb, Bloomington; and Mrs. Margie Lishka, San Angelo, Texas; six sons, Jim, Lexington; Eugene, Weldon; Carl, Bloomington; Paul, Bloomington; Frank, Stuart, Fla.; and Lee of Normal; a brother Eugene Ackerson. Irvington; 45 grandchildren; 92 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren. Three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death. Mrs. Lowery was a member of Grace Baptist Church. [Source: Lexington Unit Journal - Chenoa Clipper times -Thursday, August 9, 1973; Contributed by: George Lowery; Transcribed by: Ruth Lowery Price]

LOWERY -- WAYNESVILLE - (PNS) - James G. Lowery, 82, rural Lexington, died at 6:55 a.m. yesterday (Feb. 19, 1983) at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington. His funeral will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Musselman-Moore Funeral Home, Lexington, the Rev. Charles Workman officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 tonight at the funeral home. He was born Dec. 4, 1900, in Jefferson County, a son of John W. and Blanche Acherson Lowery. He married Ethel Ellis Sept. 28, 1925, at Mount Vernon. She survives. Also surviving are four sons, Robert, Waynesville, Donald, Chatsworth, Charles, 1114 W. Mill St., Bloomington, and George, Lexington; two daughters, Hazel Taylor, Waynesville, and Mary Lowery, Lincoln, five brothers; Carl R. 104 E. Wood St., Bloomington; Paul, of Bloomington; Eugene, Weldon; Lee, Summitt, Miss. and Frank, Stewart, Fla.; five sisters, Mary Ralston, Lexington; Frieda Willan of 19 Briarwood Ave., Normal; Dorothy Lipscomb, R.R. 7 Bloomington; Emma Smith, Texas; and Marjorie Lishka, Bryan, Texas; 25 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren. Mr. Lowery was a log buyer for Sword's & Co. and for General Wood Worldwide Markets for more than 25 years. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association. [Source: Pantagraph; Contributed by: George Lowery; Transcribed by: Ruth Lowery Price]

LOWERY, John Allan -- Allen Lowery, sixteen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Lowery, died at ten o'clock Sunday night at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Lowery, southwest of Lexington following a short illness of diabetes. Funeral service were held at the Selma chapel Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 in charge of Rev. J. Gay Jordan pastor of the United Brethren church. (TRANSCRIBER NOTE: Illinois Statewide Death Index, 1916-1950 has his name as John Allen Lowery and death date as Oct. 11, 1925 in Money Creek Township, McLean County, Illinois. Family records has his name as John Allan Lowery and he went by Allan, his tombstone has Allan Lowery. He is buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery (Also known as Selma Cemetery) Lexington Township, McLean County, Illinois.) [Source: Pantagraph; Contributed by: George Lowery; Transcribed by: Ruth Lowery Price]

LYMAN, Edgar, d. Normal, Ill. Oct. 16, 1873.

LYONS, John D. d. Bloomington, Ill. about Aug. 7, 1872, aged 27 years, 7 m's.

LYPE - The Funeral Of Martha Lee (Musselman) Lype, 75, of 35 Hilltop Mobile Court, Lexington, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Church of Christ Uniting, Lexington, the Rev. Dennis Pritchard officiating. Burial will be in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church, with an Order of the Eastern Star service at 8 p.m. Froelich Memorial Home, Gridley, has charge of arrangements. Mrs. Lype died at 2:45 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 28, 1997) at her home. Memorials may be made to Church of Christ Uniting, Lexington, or Order of the Eastern Star Lexington Chapter. Mrs. Lype was born Aug. 3, 1922, in Bloomington, a daughter of Wallace J. and Fern N. Norris Musselman. She married Warren R. Lype in Bloomington. He died Sept. 11, 1976. Surviving are two sons, Michael D. (Ellen Johnson) Lype and Timothy Lyn (Teri) Lype, both of Lexington. Also surviving are two granddaughters, Lauren Kelsie Lype and Janet Elizabeth Lype. Mrs. Lype was preceded in death by a brother, W. Jack Musselman. An aunt, Marie H. Musselman Rose, also preceded her in death. Mrs. Lype was a member of Church of Christ Uniting, Lexington; Order of the Eastern Star, Lexington; Ladies Auxiliary of Lexington American Legion Post; and McLean County Humane Society. She was a graduate of Lexington schools and Illinois State University, Normal. She taught seventh grade at Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, for 20 years. (The Pantagraph)


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