George P. Clary

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George P. Clary Dead At 79; Was Sheriff 2 Terms.
George P. Clary, for two terms Sheriff of Menard county and for many years active in the business life of this community, died at his home on South Main street at ten thirty Tuesday night Oct. 29 [1946] at the age of 79. He had been in failing health for several years and was recently a patient at a Springfield hospital.

Mr. Clary was born on a farm near Concord church north of Petersburg on Dec. 7, 1866, his parents being Ryal and Julia Mattingly Clary. He grew to manhood in the community where he was born, and early in life engaged in farming and livestock buying. He was married in 1907 to Miss Faye Miller of Petersburg, and they were the parents of five children: Mrs. Julia Stolleis of Petersburg, T. Sgt. John A. Clary of Mitchell Field, L. I.; Mrs. Mildred Rogge of Tallula; Mrs. Hazel Parkinson of Pekins; and Phil Clary, coach at Palmyra High School. Surviving are his wife and children, one grandson, Edward Rogge J., one brother H. J. Clary and one sister Miss Dora Clary, of this city.

Mr. Clary was active in Democratic politics, and served two terms as Sheriff of Menard county, also serving as chief deputy sheriff. A number of years ago he engaged in the produce business, and continued to operate the business until ill health forced his retirement a few months ago.

The body was taken to the Satorius Funeral Home where services were held at 2:30 Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. G. A. Wilson of Rock Creek and Rev. Keith Loveless of the Methodist church. Burial was in Rose Hill, pallbearers being John Rigdon, Harry Hofing, Ernest Parkinson, Hugh Clary, Clarence Tozer and Jacob Stolleis. Mrs. C. A. Mendole sang, with Mrs. M. F. Vogt as accompanist.

Contributed by Matthew Ferricks